• GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Andar kick off the Afghanistan portion of the Turkey Trot five-kilometer race Nov. 20. Soldiers from all elements assigned to FOB Andar participated in the run. Twelve hours later, Soldiers and families from the same units on Fort Campbell ran their leg of the Turkey Trot to show solidarity to their deployed Iron Rakkasans. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Michael Naas, Task Force Iron Rakkasan Headquarters Company commander)

    TF Iron runs Turkey Trot in Afghanistan, Fort Campbell

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Andar kick off the Afghanistan portion of the Turkey Trot five-kilometer race Nov. 20. Soldiers from all elements assigned to FOB Andar participated in the run. Twelve hours later...

  • GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The top finishers from the Forward Operating Base Andar portion of the Turkey Trot five-kilometer race wait to receive their awards Nov. 20. From left: U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Thaden from Portland, N.Y., a scout from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment; U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth Deldeo from Province, R.I., an artilleryman with Company D, 1st Bn., 321st Artillery Regt.; U.S. Army Pfc. Lizeth Wakasa from West New York, N.J., with Forward Support Company, 3rd Bn., 187th Inf. Regt.; U.S. Army Spec. Derek Deboisbrand from Boston with D Co., 1st Bn., 321st Artillery Regt. Deboisbrand was the overall winner, with a time of 19 minutes, 42 seconds.  (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Michael Naas, Task Force Iron Rakkasan Headquarters Company commander)

    TF Iron runs Turkey Trot in Afghanistan, Fort Campbell

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The top finishers from the Forward Operating Base Andar portion of the Turkey Trot five-kilometer race wait to receive their awards Nov. 20. From left: U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Thaden from Portland, N.Y., a scout from 3rd...

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers of Task Force Iron Rakkasans conducted the first leg of the 5 km "Turkey Trot" on Forward Operating Base Andar in Ghazni Province Nov. 20.

Family members and rear-detachment Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky., conducted their segment of the run 12 hours later in a show of solidarity with the deployed Rakkasans, said U.S. Army Capt. Michael Naas from Dayton, Ohio, Headquarters Company, 3rd Bn., 187th Inf. Regt. commander.

At 6:30 a.m. in eastern Ghazni, 25 Soldiers lined up to start the race. With the temperature hovering just above freezing, the Soldiers huddled around for the pre-run brief wearing full winter physical training uniforms, including fleece caps and gloves. The run warmed them up, though, added Naas.

The FOB Andar Turkey Trot course followed the FOB perimeter. Participants had to run three and a half laps to complete the five-kilometer race.

As they came across the finish line, the only reward most of the Soldiers sought was the heat of going back in the tents, said Naas.

The top three finishers in both the men's and women's categories received prizes including a 3-187 Iron Rakkasan hatchet, sunglasses and a hydration system for first, second and third place respectively.

U.S. Army Spc. Derek Deboisbrand from Company D, 1st Bn., 321st Artillery Regt., from Boston won the race in a time of 19 minutes, 42 seconds.

"This run gave the Soldiers a chance to show their appreciation for the families back home," said Naas. "Our families have been extremely helpful throughout this deployment. So when we heard they were doing a fun run, we decided we would run with them."

The Soldiers and families in Kentucky started their Turkey Trot at 8 a.m. Fort Campbell time. At 6:30 p.m. on FOB Andar, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson, Iron Rakkasan command sergeant major, from Fort Campbell, Ky., gave the start command to the Soldiers at home.

"It was a great race at FOB Andar and at Fort Campbell," said Naas. "Everyone on FOB Andar is part of our family."

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