U.S. Army 1st Lt. Benjamin A. Amsler is rattling Taliban leaders in Chowkay District in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province. "They fear our platoon basically. They've created this character, I represent it, but it's my guys, it's not me. It's this Lt. Ben guy," explained Amsler assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack. When Amsler, a recent graduate from Ranger school who took over the platoon in August 2010, visits elders and local leaders, he isn't shy about passing out his contact information. He gives Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army troops his personal cell phone number. He let's everybody know that he's not in Afghanistan to hide behind the walls of Combat Outpost Fortress. "I'm not afraid to give my cell phone number out to anybody that could possibly need me at any point or to possibly contact me for [information]." We've gained a lot of support for us and the government, which is ultimately our goal," said Amsler. "We try to build support for the government, but first you have to be trusted by the people before they're going to listen to you. I think we've gained the people's trust and that shakes the Taliban up a little bit."
Soldiers held a memorial service for six fallen U.S. Soldiers from Task Force No Slack at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan April 9. The U.S. Army Soldiers, all from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, died during combat operations in Barawolo Kalay and Sarowbay in Kunar Province's Marawara District March 29. The deceased included: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga, from Hialeah, Fla.; Staff Sgt. Frank E. Adamski, from Moosup, Conn.; Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Burgess, from Cleburne, Texas; Spc. Dustin J. Feldhaus, from Glendale, Ariz.; Spc. Jameson L. Lindskog, from Pleasanton, Calif.; and Pfc. Jeremy P. Faulkner, from Griffin, Ga. Task Force No Slack commander, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joel B. Vowell, a native of Birmingham, Ala., said the Soldiers' sacrifices were not in vain. "Our enemy had grown too large, too bold, too capable to ignore any longer," said Vowell. "Task Force No Slack met that challenge and we destroyed and killed over 130 insurgent fighters and wounded scores of others in our biggest battle since Vietnam."
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus re-enlisted 113 Task Force No Slack Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan, April 11.
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