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Monday, February 12, 2018

Ceremony for Colorado National Guard Special Forces Soldiers Reveals Details of War in Afghanistan

Photo by Staff Sgt. Warren Wright via DVIDS.
This past weekend, soldiers assigned to a Colorado National Guard special forces unit had an awards ceremony in recognition of a six-month deployment to Afghanistan that ended in October 2017. The ceremony announcement reveals details from that deployment, which show that fighting remains intense in the war in Afghanistan.

DVIDS issued a press release on Feb. 8 that announced a Feb. 10 awards ceremony for soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), which is a Colorado National Guard unit. The unit “deployed in support of the Resolute Support mission from May through October 2017.” The press release noted some of the awards that were scheduled to be presented on Saturday.

The awards approved include seven Purple Heart Medals, 10 Bronze Star Medals with Valor, and eight Army Commendation Medals with Valor. One Silver Star Medal has also been approved, but the member is currently deployed in support of the warfight. 
Many of the 59 valor awards submitted are still pending.

News often portrays current American military missions as “advisory” missions. (In fact, these soldiers were on a “train, advise and assist mission to enhance the Special Operations capabilities of our Afghan partners.”) But the amount of wounded (Purple Heart Medals) and valor medals being issued just to these Colorado special forces soldiers reveals that American troops are still engaging in serious fights in Afghanistan, or at least in parts of the country.

And it isn’t just special operations troops who are still engaging in battles. The press release notes that general purpose forces remain part of the kinetic action as well.

While in theater, Company B leveraged a fellow Colorado Army National Guard unit, the 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System), to devastating effect. The combination of units inflicted high casualties on enemy forces throughout eastern Afghanistan.

The below video, produced by the U.S. Marines, provides details of the HIMARS system.

And the following video shows an actual HIMARS strike against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Media attention on Afghanistan has waned over the years but U.S. troops remain active there, with significant, high-intensity fights still occurring during the 17th year of the war.

Note: The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

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