Operation Enduring Freedom XIII, beginning in January and ending in October of
2013, Combined Task Force Wolverine was tasked with serving as the primary
advisor to the Afghan National Army within Western Paktika Province,
maintaining security through partnership and offensive actions against an
aggressive enemy, and facilitating the eventual closure/ transfer to their
Afghan Partners of two Forward Operating Bases and one Combat Outpost. The
Squadron Combined Task Force took control of an area of operations the size of
the state of Rhode Island, comprised of river valleys, rocky peaks, vast desert
plains and urban areas with a total population of over 350,000 Afghans. They
also assumed responsibility as the primary advisors for two of the most active
Afghan National Army units operating in Afghanistan at the time.
Kandak, 2nd Liwa, 203rd Corps Afghan National Army, advised by the men of the
Green 1 Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team, was a lethal, aggressive
fighting force that witnessed massive improvements under the advisement of 1-89
Cavalry. Conducting major operations in Dilah wa Kushamond, Jani Khel, Yahya
Khel, Zarghun Shar and Omnah Districts, 1/2 Kandak was efficient and effective
in their role as peacekeeper within the Province.
of 6th Kandak, 2nd Liwa, 203rd Corps Afghan National Army, advised by the
Soldiers of the Green 6 Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team, were
strong and capable in their fight to secure the main supply routes from Eastern
Paktika and Pakistan, stopping the flow of foreign fighters, weapons and
explosives from reaching their destinations in Ghazni, Kabul and the heart of Afghanistan.
6th Kandak's growing pains, as they transitioned from route security to the
vital role of securing the major east-west travel ways within the The burden of
the 1st Squadron of the 89th Cavalry Regiment was shared through the
partnership with other Coalition Forces. The assistance and support provided by
the US Special Forces; Task Force Paktika, brought a province were well worth
the effort, for the role that they played in defending their homeland.
outlook to the fight, and AOB 1320, ODA 1321, ODA 1416, AOB 1430, ODA 1436, and
ODA 1432 coordination and partnership with the Afghan Uniformed Police and
Afghan Local Police Programs ensured multiple levels of security throughout the
of the 1st Squadron of the 89th Cavalry Regiment conducted themselves with the
utmost professionalism and valor as they out-planned and out-maneuvered their
enemies throughout their deployment. The tireless advisors to the Afghan
National Security Forces worked to bring their partners to a level where they
were able to stand alone and unafraid against a hostile enemy force, bent on
driving them from their foothold in the contentious areas of Western Paktika
Province in Eastern Afghanistan.
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