• PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Capt. Alex Schade, an advisor assigned to Security Force Advisory Team Green 2, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2/10 Security Forces Assistance Brigade, Forward Operating Base Boris, discusses possible enemy locations over a map with Afghan National Army Maj. Safi Nasrullah, Executive Officer of 2nd Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd "Thunder" Corps, near the village of Nikol, Afghanistan, April 27, 2013. Schade and his team were supporting ANA Operation Pamier April 21-May 3, designed to seek out insurgents in the Districts of Bermal, Giyan and Zerok of Paktika Province.

    When the tough get going, the ANA keeps rolling

    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Capt. Alex Schade, an advisor assigned to Security Force Advisory Team Green 2, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2/10 Security Forces Assistance Brigade, Forward Operating Base Boris, discusses possible...

  • PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Smoke rises from an improvised explosive device found and destroyed by Afghan National Army Soldiers near the village of Nikol, Afghanistan, April 27, 2013. Afghan Soldiers secured the high ground near Nikol in support of Afghan National Army and Uniformed Police who were entering the village as part of Afghan Operation Pamier, April 21-May 3.

    When the tough get going, the ANA keeps rolling

    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Smoke rises from an improvised explosive device found and destroyed by Afghan National Army Soldiers near the village of Nikol, Afghanistan, April 27, 2013. Afghan Soldiers secured the high ground near Nikol in support...

  • PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan --U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2/10 Security Forces Assistance Brigade, Forward Operating Base Orgun-E, Afghanistan, pull security during a patrol April 27, 2013. The Soldiers were supporting U.S. Army Advisors working with the Afghan National Army during ANA Operation Pamier in the Bermal District of Paktika Province.

    When the tough get going, the ANA keeps rolling

    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan --U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2/10 Security Forces Assistance Brigade, Forward Operating Base Orgun-E, Afghanistan, pull security during a patrol April 27, 2013. The Soldiers were...

  • PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Afghan National Army Soldiers Assigned to 2nd Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd "Thunder" Corp's, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team, discuss their recent find of pressure plates during a patrol in the Bermal District of Paktika Province, Afghanistan, April 30, 2013. Pressure plates are a component of some improvised explosive devices. The patrol was a part of ANA Operation Pamier April 21- May 3, designed to seek out insurgents in the Districts of Bermal, Giyan and Zerok of Paktika Province.

    When the tough get going, the ANA keeps rolling

    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Afghan National Army Soldiers Assigned to 2nd Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd "Thunder" Corp's, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team, discuss their recent find of pressure plates during a patrol in the Bermal District of Paktika...

By U.S. Army Sgt. Mark A. Moore II
2/10 Security Forces Assistance Brigade Public Affairs

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (May 6, 2013) -- Rendering safe improvised explosive devices, reacting to small arms fire and countering mortar attacks were challenges Afghan National Army and U.S. Army Soldiers overcame during a clearing operation conducted in the Bermal District of Paktika Province, April 21-May 3.

Taking the lead during Operation Pamier were ANA soldiers assigned to the 2nd and 4th Kandaks, 2nd Brigade, 203rd "Thunder" Corps, who advanced dismounted over mountainous terrain, to clear eight villages. They also seized weapons caches containing IED power components, mortar rounds, rocket propelled grenades, ANA and U.S. Army patterned bags and a suicide vest.

"The overall mission was to have the ANA clear villages looking for insurgent activity and weapons caches," said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Bradley A. Johns-Parson, battle captain assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, Task Force "Golden Dragons," 2/10 Security Forces Assistance Brigade, Forward Operating Base Boris. "Our mission was to advise and assist when needed and to provide over watch for dismounted personnel."

Also responsible for providing overwatch were ANA fire support soldiers assigned to 4/2/203rd Corps, who called in over 60 D30 Howitzer counter-fire missions. These missions fired over 170 high explosive rounds contributing to the suppression of the enemy, enabling ANA and U.S. forces to continue clearance operations.

"All of my soldiers are interested in engaging the enemy and securing our area," said Gholam Hassan, the fire support officer assigned to 4/2/203rd Corps. "When we send the enemy's grid coordinate to our fire direction coordinators and they shoot, we are successful in our mission."

Throughout the mission ANA soldiers received minimal advising and assistance from U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Green 2, Security Force Assistance Team, demonstrating their proficiency in their military craft and a strong desire to operate independently.

"The advising we gave was very limited," said U.S. Army Capt. Robert J. Reidel, team leader of Green 2, Security Force Advisory Team, Task Force "Golden Dragons". "We would sit down and talk through the plan, discuss the situation, advise on possible courses of action then let the ANA decide what they wanted to do."

"I was impressed by the soldiers and junior leader in the Kandaks," said Reidel. "They were ready to go out there; their motivation was high even on the last day of patrol."

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