Happy Saint Patrick’s, March Madness, or post Olympic curling! Spring is here in Afghanistan. The weather is beautiful, though not much green here yet. The Soldiers continue to be motivated and have done an amazing job improving the quality of life on each and every COP and FOB. It’s amazing that we’re almost four months into this operation already. The mission continues to improve. The Afghan Police and Army have been eager to operate with us and are well on their way to being able to take care of their country. The Jordanians have increased their operations and your Soldier has been leading the way. We’ve won the USAREUR Award for Army Maintenance Excellence and both HHC and C Co were runners up for the USAREUR Deployment Excellence Award. R&R leave is rolling along now and hopefully you will get to do everything you wanted during that time. I plan on being in the Bamberg area around the last week of April and will have a town hall meeting to share pictures and give you an idea of what we are doing. Hopefully I can answer some of your questions. It’s fantastic what you have been able to accomplish back home. The connections, events, and participation in the FRG and the newsletters you create have been a great help and comfort to us. We appreciate what you’ve done for the kids to maintain their focus and morale during the separation. We all get asked about what families and friends can do for us or what do we need. I’d like to answer that: Love, friendship, thoughts, and prayers. Just the fact that someone special cares makes the world of difference. We’ve received care packages and share the contents across the battalion as well as with our partners. You would not believe how much that helps. There is no substitution for being together, but if you keep talking and expressing your love, that will ease the time apart. All our best to the Families and friends, Courage and Strength!
LTC William I Brown
PYTHON HERALD The Company has been deployed in support of OEF X for nearly four months and we have met several milestones along the way in support of the Battalion and Company Missions. The company continues to support the logistics and maintenance readiness of the task force spread across seven FOB’s and COP’s in the Battalion area of responsibility to include the 118th Military police platoon, out of Fort Bragg, NC and Bravo Battery 4-319th FA. The hard work of the Soldiers and Leaders in the company is a direct reflection of the progress being made across two provinces.
COMMAND TEAM CPT Mason J. Wilson 1SG William E. Porter FAMILY READINESS GROUP Hhc173dfrgconnection@googlemail.com
Leader: Tina Porter BIRTHDAY’S APRIL: 7-Apr 2-Apr 11-Apr 13-Apr 14-Apr 26-Apr 29-Apr 30-Apr
Our partnerships with the ANSF have continued to strengthen as our mission progresses. As a result of the companies broad mission and close partnership with Afghan forces, many Soldiers are getting to experience the Afghan culture first hand as they are directly involved in the security, development and governance of the district. There are many changes occurring within the company over the next few months to include a change of command between myself and CPT Daniel Williams. It has been a honor to serve as the Head Quarters company commander. The experience has been invaluable and I will regret leaving the company but will leave knowing that the company is in good hands with CPT Williams. Thank you all so much for your support over the past 10 months. Remember, you are on our minds and in our prayers! We truly appreciate the support of the families of our great Paratroopers. Without the support of our families, our mission would not be possible. Thank you! If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask the chain of command in Bamberg, 1SG Porter or myself.
MOON MOSHERBUYNO SSG PRICE
SGT SFC PFC
LEWIN RIVERA KIRKLAND
Mason J. Wilson CPT, SC Commanding
PROMOTIONS: 1-Apr 1-Apr 1-Apr 1-Apr
SPC SPC SPC SPC
MADDEN NORTH OLEA THOMPSON
LEFT: SGT HERRING PARTAKES IN TEA WITH THE ANP WHILE DISCUSSING TRAINING PLANS: RIGHT; SSG MOSHERBUYNO REENLISTING FOR THE NEEDS OF THE ARMY.
Right: PFC Dacie Flynn and SPC Rebecca Mendoza enjoy dinner with the ANP chief at the Charkh DC: DFAC continue to excel with the success of the Change of Command inventory, physical fitness training and daily Class 1 operations.
While conducting a village assessment the BN PSD Platoon Leader gathers Intel and breaks bread with the local Elder.
Members of the 173D Police Mentor Team at Baraki Barak take time out of training exercises to play a game of volleyball, the local sport of choice, with ANP:: From Left to Right PFC Stevenson, Matthew, PFC Adams, Monica, SPC Jones, Rosetta, PFC Taylor, Anna Lee, PFC Eaton, Ryan. During this week the DFAC section has maintained a high tempo work schedule. The DFAC was re-certified in Combat Life Saver with members of the Operations Section in the class which was taught by SFC Rivera, Manuel and SGT Garcia, John.
COMMANDERâ€™S CORNER The last couple of months included many changes for BOLD company. We received a new 2LT, who took over the SIGINT Platoon; we reenlisted and promoted a total of 5 Soldiers; and we took the time to get to know each other a little more. As we cross that line of 100 days in theater, BOLD Soldiers continue to increase their competence and capabilities professionally, and increase the bonds personally. Thank you again to all of the family support and we look forward to seeing you on R&R!
PHOTOS We received MANY more pictures for the newsletter this month! Thank you for the support, and I hope you enjoy seeing the BOLD family in action!
C Company 173rd STB COMMAND TEAM Once again C Co 173D STB has proven to be the elite Company in the Signal Community. Raven Company’s Operational Tempo never slows down with new Battalions arriving FOB Shank; the expansion of the Brigade TOC to the multiple locations throughout the battle field where Ravens are tasked to keep the Commander’s Voice. The Company always meets and exceeds their Communications requirements. Raven Soldiers understand the importance of uninterrupted comms so there is no lack in information getting to the Soldiers on the ground whose lives depend on it. The highlight of this month was the long hours of rigorous work our Automations Soldiers have dedicated to wiring the new Tactical Operations Center. At any given time 5-8 Soldiers were crawling under the newly constructed building running several miles of wire. Also, the NETOPS Section has been working tirelessly to keep the comms infrastructure in order which covers over 5000 sq/mi of rugged Afghan Terrain.
CPT LUKE PEREIRA - COMMANDER SFC EDDIE OZUNA
- FIRST SERGEANT
1LT EDWIN SEDA
- EXECUTIVE OFFICER
FEATURED SOLDIER OF THE MONTH PV2 Angela Criss has done a phenomenal job this past three weeks acting as C Co Operations NCO in the absence of SGT Chuchie Soult how is currently on Environmental Morale Leave. PV2 Criss has worked on daily Personnel Status Report, Environmental Morale Leave coordination for the Soldiers, Pay Issues, Awards, Promotions and the Company’s day by day operations. She single handle the in-processing of three newly arrived Soldiers and seven newly arrived Airmen. She has also manage to set some time aside to train with SPC Molzon on Combat Net Radio procedures to stay current in her MOS 25U.
From The First Sergeant’s Pen! The Charlie Company Ravens are doing an incredible job in Afghanistan. One hundred days into the deployment and multi-tasked in six separate locations to include a Route Clearance Improvised Explosive Device Team (RCIED Team 15), the Company does not miss a beat. Our Soldiers have rebuilt the entire Network Infrastructure which has become the standard in Afghanistan, handle well over 1000 trouble tickets monthly, completed wiring the new Joint Operations Center (JOC) and have started laying fiber on the FOBs. With all these projects going on, our Ravens remain highly disciplined and press on maintaining around the clock communications. We are extremely proud of them.
BIRTHDAYS PFC Trent Lisenby—30 Dec
PROMOTIONS Congratulations: 1LT Brown, CPL Cruz, CPL Bagley, SPC Molzon, SPC Hanscom, SPC Scott and SPC Bennett
Chaplain’s Notes “The average pencil is seven inches long, with Just a half inch eraser, just incase you thought optimism was gone.” (Robert Brault). I start out with that quote because 12 months is a long time and it can be easy to get pessimistic while your soldier is over here. Know that we are praying for you as you pray for us. Things are going well as you have heard both from the Battalion Commander as well as from the company commanders. I travel across the battlefield each month I see around 70% of the STB soldiers. If there is any thing that you would like to see in future newsletters. Such as a specific article, feel free to write and let me know so we can put it in the next addition. My email address is email@example.com . We as soldiers cannot thank you enough for your support for what we do. Make sure that you also have a support system at home. As I leave I will part with the words of Helen Keller “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
March update from our soldiers downrange.