Monthly Archives March 2003

Knees in the Breeze

The Largest jump since World War II into Bashur Airfield Iraq. Over 1100 jumpers + pallets in 19 C-17s put knees in the breeze in the dark of the night. Jumpers landed between 2 kilometers short of, and 3.5 kilometers long of the Drop zone. With the mud and the muck, it took over 12 hours to assemble the unit.
The following TACP’s jumped in to Iraq with the 173rd Airborne:

Blaine Anderson
Conan Higgins
Matthew Foote
Ryan Knight
Juan Valentin
Alejandro Castillo
Faustino Martinez
Mitchell Yang
Leo Ortiz
Todd Brooks, Col Vicenza TACP CC
Brad O’Neil (AMLO)
Bryan Shelton (BDE ALO)
James Maunz (BN ALO)
Photos of pre-jump are available inside the secure area of the site.

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TACP Combat Loss

TACP Combat Loss A disgruntled Army soldier tosses grenades into the 101st TOC and unloads his weapon through the tent killing two. One, was Major Gregory L. Stone. Major Gregory �Linus� Stone died of wounds received during a grenade attack on the 22nd of March, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, which he was assigned to as an Air Liaison Officer (ALO) at Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait, Monday March 24th, 2003. Major Stone was a member of the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS), 124th Wing, Idaho Air National Guard, located at Gowen Field. Maj Stone was mobilized and deployed in support of 19 ASOS...

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TACP Combat Loss

TACP Combat Loss FOX News, API: BAGRAM, Afghanistan � Rebel fighters fired more than a dozen rockets and mortars at U.S. military positions in eastern Afghanistan, prompting an air strike that left at least two attackers dead, an Army spokesman said Monday. The mortar and rocket fire missed their marks, and no U.S. soldiers were injured, Col. Roger King told reporters at Bagram Air Base, the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition north of Kabul. The attacks Sunday came a day after an ambush in southern Helmand province killed two U.S. servicemen, the first American combat deaths in Afghanistan since December and a sign rebel activity is increasing after the start of the war in Iraq. A U...

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Jacob Frazier was killed in action 03-21-2003

Jacob was killed in action in Afghanistan.

FOX News, API: BAGRAM, Afghanistan — Rebel fighters fired more than a dozen rockets and mortars at U.S. military positions in eastern Afghanistan, prompting an air strike that left at least two attackers dead, an Army spokesman said Monday. The mortar and rocket fire missed their marks, and no U.S. soldiers were injured, Col. Roger King told reporters at Bagram Air Base, the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition north of Kabul. The attacks Sunday came a day after an ambush in southern Helmand province killed two U.S. servicemen, the first American combat deaths in Afghanistan since December and a sign rebel activity is increasing after the start of the war in Iraq. A U...

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Comments by Charlie Heidal

I had deployed from Langley AFB with a dozen tons of gps, laser range finders, pointers and other bits of gear to back fill equipment shortfalls. Essentially there to make sure that everything got to those that needed it. I have been helping out the ASOC, JSOTF and other elements in the US and coalition to make sure that kit is ready to rock. Near Midnight of the 20th I was standing on the Iraq/Kuwait border with the CSM of the Corps Jump TAC and a few other Army studs. As far as the eye could see to the south under Nods was chem sticks attached to vehicle bumpers. Vast columns of combat power stretching to the southern horizon. They were at least 10 miles across spaced by 50 or so yards each. To the North was completely black...

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