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Infantry continues mission to ‘force protection’

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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:30 am

CAMP CLARK, Afghanistan — Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment is working as security for Steel Squadron on Camp Clark in Khost province, Afghanistan.

The infantrymen have taken on the role of guardians.

This includes tasks ranging from tower guards to border patrols.

The safety of the Steel Squadron troopers on Camp Clark is what Apache Troop has dedicated itself to.

“Our main mission is force protection,“ said 1st Lt. Joshua Jones, one of the troop’s platoon leaders. “We run the entry control point, we man the quick reaction force, we are the security force for the Security Force Assistance Advisory Teams and we patrol and guard the camp border.

“We work with Steel Squadron but the primary security comes from the two infantry line platoons here in Apache Troop.”

Apache Troop conducted a perimeter patrol July 30, in conjunction with the Afghan National Army.

They also took along an explosive detection dog, Sgt. Marley, and his handler Spc. Mathew Streeter, 101st Tactical Explosive Detection Dog team, to clear the path of the troopers walking outside the wire.

“We put them out in front of the formation because the dog is able to find (roadside bombs) much better than our methods,” Jones said. “We have machines that can find explosives but they are limited to the ground directly under the machine.”

Marley is able to use his nose to smell explosive devices well ahead of the soldiers.

Marley uses a 100-foot leash, which allows him to clear an area wide enough for the trailing Apache Troop soldiers to move normally and look out for threats to the camp.

On the patrol, Marley found no explosives and Apache Troop conducted its mission without event. The infantry traveled nearly 2 miles and developed engagement areas.

“On this mission, we verified our ability to lay direct and indirect fire in all of our engagement areas,” said 2nd Lt. Cameron Varnado, troop fire support officer. “In the event insurgents attack the camp, we will be better able to suppress their attack and know where to fire to hit them with indirect fire because we developed the best points to engage the enemy today.”

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