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May 18, 2009

82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Arrive in Southern Afghanistan

U..S. Army paratroopers jump from a C-17 Galaxy aircraft over Holland Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C., May 5, 2009. The paratroopers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, and will be part of the first active-duty brigade combat team to fully partner with Afghan national security forces


82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Arrive in Southern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan

Task Force Pegasus, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division, assumed control of aviation operations on May 15 in southern Afghanistan. In a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, TF Talon, a subordinate unit of TF Pegasus, relieved TF Wings, 159th CAB, 101st Airborne Division.

The 82nd CAB has deployed early as part of the United States forces troop increases in southern Afghanistan. They are the first to arrive in Afghanistan as part of this plan.

The arrival of TF Pegasus, and its subordinate units, marks the first U.S. aviation brigade to commence operations in southern Afghanistan. The TF will conduct aviation operations in support of International Stabilization Force and coalition forces in order to support GIRoA in achieving a safe and secure Afghanistan.

"It goes without saying that rotary wing aviation is the coin of the realm here in Afghanistan," said Col. Paul Bricker, commander of TF Pegasus. "The distances, harsh terrain, counterinsurgency environment and sheer size of the battle-space, make battlefield circulation a significant challenge. Without rotary wing aviation; command and control, sustainment, and combat operations can be severely challenged."

As part of the ceremony, TF Wings cased their colors as a symbol of their departure. TF Pegasus and its subordinate units then uncased their colors, symbolizing their establishment of control over aviation operations in southern Afghanistan.


Wild Thing's comment...........

The build up continues, hello Taliban....bye bye Taliban!!

Posted by Wild Thing at May 18, 2009 05:44 AM


Go 82nd CAB. AIRBORNE All The Way!

Posted by: TomR at May 18, 2009 12:55 PM

Ditto Tom!!! Jumpin' from a perfectly good aircraft doesn't appeal to me, that doesn't mean I don't love 'em either.

Maybe, but tenatively, they'll pull in their death cult horns, but no, not after 610 AD can we expect to be totally rid of the butchers. Sri Lanka has declared a victory, we'll see, when and where you can't tell where one ends and the other begins.

Posted by: Jack at May 18, 2009 05:34 PM

Tom, Yesssssssss yipeee!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 18, 2009 11:42 PM

Jack, thanks for that about Sri Lanka.
I agree, one starts, another ends and
another one starts up.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 18, 2009 11:44 PM