Special Troops Battalion: Go-anywhere, do-anything attitude defined deployment
BAMBERG, Germany — The 550 soldiers of the Special Troops Battalion were a diversified group, specializing in more than 40 different Army jobs.
The battalion operated in a 5,000-square-mile swath of Logar and Wardak provinces, home to more than 1 million Afghans, unit leaders said in a written summary.
Some of the battalion’s accomplishments, according to the summary, included:
• Working closely with a Jordanian task force to conduct counterinsurgency operations in Northern Logar province, and mentoring an Afghan National Army battalion.
• Improving security at 31 polling centers in Wardak and Logar for the Sept. 18 Afghanistan parliamentary elections.
• The military police platoon helped train the Afghan National Police in the Charkh and Baraki Barak districts in Logar province
• The route-clearance company conducted more than 180 operations on 10 of “the most dangerous routes” in Wardak.
And the company’s platoons found more than 100 roadside bombs and engaged the enemy in dozens of fire fights, in addition to reacting to nine roadside bomb strikes in southern Logar.
• The human intelligence company supported more than 350 combat patrols and had more than 1,000 meetings with sources.
• The Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems platoon flew more than 2,500 hours and supported more than 230 operations, leading to the capture of 75 detainees.