The Claw The Last Edition Because We Are Coming Home!
V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 9 The Claw 31 J U LY 2012 A Few Words from Talon 6 To all family members and friends of Task Force Talon, this will be our last edition of “TheClaw” from Afghanistan. With the exception of the All American Dustoff, who will be headinghome very soon, your Talon Troopers have just completed our 10th month here in Afghanistan. Our4,173 combat flight hours this month, was our highest ever. Your Talon Troopers continue to makeyou proud by providing outstanding aviation support to our brothers and sisters throughout Re-gional Command East and Capital. Unfortunately, this month we lost another TF Talon Trooper.SGT Eric Williams, a member of the All American Dustoff, was killed on 22 July 2012 by indirectenemy fire at FOB Shank. Our hearts and prayers go out to our Heroes’ family members back home.The TF Talon family was obviously greatly saddened by this event, but remains focused. We con-tinue to gain strength from each other and from you, our loved ones back home. Task Force Talonhosted a beautiful Memorial Service for him here at Bagram. Although this has been a challengingdeployment for us all, no one will ever disagree with the fact that TF Talon has been ever present inthis fight. The Talon Family here in Afghanistan, as well as, our FRG and family members backhome, have more than proven our resilience over the course of this year. The final main body for our Dustoff will depart Bagram early August and arrive back at Ft.Bragg on soon after. They will be replaced by the MEDEVAC Company from 6-101st Combat Avia-tion Brigade. The Shadow Dustoff hit the ground running and quickly completed all of their Reliefin Place requirements. I would like to personally welcome all of Shadow Dustoff Soldiers and familymembers to the Talon Family. Although the remaining companies of TF Talon, particularly here at Bagram, are approach-ing what must be our 200th day of the so called “120 days of wind” season, we will proudly con-tinue to support our brothers and sisters on the ground until our 17 September 2012 Transfer ofAuthority Ceremony. We will continue to do our best to make a difference here, but look forward tocompleting our mission and rejoining you. As always, on behalf of all the TF Talon Troopers, I thankyou for your continued love and support. I hope to see many of you soon. Sincerely, LTC LANDY D. DUNHAM TALON 6 , DAY OR A ON F FE!” “TAL O R LI ON F TAL
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T HE C LAW P AGE 4 -My Man! -I just watched the Hook guys workout, you’re killin’ me.. -I love them Hooks! -The ONE, the ONLY..ALL AMERICAN DUSTOFF!!! -Billie Jean is not my Lover! -Hey, Blackhawks can fly in formation! -My gosh, that sham wow is amazing. -Wow, that Chinook is awesome! -What do you mean SPC Bradley is better looking than me? -Yes, I fly Blackhawks! Do you have a problem with that? -Your kidding me! Flying with Mr. Parsons AGAIN! -If you guys only knew how bad I wanted a Saint Pauly’s right now... -This is my GQ pose.. Wink! ;) -Damn, I’m good looking..CHEESE! -You gonna learn today..Alright Alright Alright! -I can’t wait till tomorrow! Cause everyday I get better looking1 -As I always say “TALON FOR A DAY, TALON FOR LIFE..”
T HE C LAW P AGE 5 -That monthly BBQ thing, what ever happened to that? -Man that Jet Lag is kicking my butt. -Yes, CPT Dunham is my brother. -Its July, What do you mean I missed the snowball fight?! -JELLO! -Look at Michael Jackson GO!! -Yes, I can whistle see….. -Did you feel that, a smooth landing. I’m one bad mother lovin’ pilot! Say I’m not..I dare you! -You do know I’m TALON 6, Right?! -Are you going to eat that? -What do you mean we’re cancelled!!?! -Fly with what, a WO1?! Not today, TALON 6 OUT!! -Excuse me?! No, I don’t think you understand...I’m TALON 6!
P AGE 6 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 9 Holy talonThe end is near! No. Not the end of the world, unless you are following the Mayan calendar. The endof which I speak is the end of our 12 month deployment. The satisfaction of a job well done is on ourfaces. Return home and reunion with our Families will be our reward. In times like these it is appro- priate to give thanks to God. What am I thankful for? I am thankful that we have been able to accomplish the mission given to us by our nation. This has required blood, sweat and tears from all of us, and we have done what was necessary for the sake of the mission. We are proud of our Soldiers.I am thankful for my safety and the safety of my fellow Soldiers. We will forever remember those who have lost their lives here while maintaining thanks for the safety and security of all who remain and all who will return home.I am thankful for the relationships we have built with our comrades. These relationships have helped us get through many challenges while away from our beloved homes and Families. We have been aided daily by the Soldiers serving on our left and right and the leaders who command us from the front. The Talon Family has been a way of life for us.Finally, we could never do what we do apart from the loving support of our Families. They are excep- tional. I am truly thankful that they have strengthened us throughout this time through words anddeeds. We were constantly reminded that the sacrifice of military service is a burden shared with our loved ones. They bore that burden with us well.I’m very thankful to God for these blessings and so much more. I hope you are too. In everything, give thanks! CH (CPT) Marlon W. Brown & SGT Nathaniel Began
T HE C LAW P AGE 7 GLADIATORS The Gladiators have had a few new faces show up to the S-1 (Personnel) shop recently, including SPC Faison and CPT Ruiz. SPC Faison is from Hinesville, Georgia, and comes to TF Talon by way of the 95 th CivilAffairs Brigade and the 91st Civil Affairs Battalion, both from Fort Bragg as well. She currently tracks all of FoxTroop’s personnel records and is preparing their files for redeployment. CPT Ruiz comes to TF Talon from the 18th Fires Brigade at Fort Bragg. She previously served at an enlisted rate in the US Navy aboard an oiler andwith Seabees, was commissioned, and subsequently served aboard the amphibious transport USS Austin and then transitioned into the Army. Welcome to the Gladiators. We will soon be headed home, with our lead elements departing in slightly more than two weeks, andour last elements in just over two months. Each and every section held a high measure of performance through- out this long year, and I and First Sergeant Awai are proud of each and every member of the Gladiator team. Our S1 section has done an outstanding job of staying on top of personnel records and awards. S2 and S3 led the way with maintaining a constant operational picture and feeding information to our aircrews as needed to complete all 15 missions, every day. Our S4 section has performed with an excellent track record, and S6 hasbeen ‘winning’ the fight at keeping the portals and share drives alive in the heat. HHC’s supply section has kept our troops in boots and ink cartridges, and our Orderly Room has been pumping the entire company through PT tests as well as helping to lead PT. Thanks to our Doc, Chaplain, Safety, and Standardization for their out- standing work to support the task force during the deployment, our special staff is an outstanding team of offi- cers and NCOs. We are looking forward to handing off our mission to the incoming unit, and they have shown a lot ofenthusiasm about maintaining the standard that Talon has set. With our eyes on the prize, we are packing con- tainers, conducting inspections, and finishing up that last bit of paperwork to get our gear home. Even though the end is in sight, we will remain vigilant up until the absolute last day to ensure that each Gladiator comeshome safely. Each member of HHC is looking forward to smelling the pine trees in Manas and then putting our feet down on Green Ramp at Pope AAF. The only thing that can keep us longer is bad weather or Air Force maintenance! Gladiator 6 SPC Sandoval Reenlistment SFC Spigner-James Reenlistment SPC Wentling Reenlistment
P AGE 8 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 9 idaho Alpha Company 1-168 “Idaho” has had an eventful first 2 months. Our pilots have flown a com-bined total of 1,787 hours averaging about 110 hours per pilot. We have also been fortunate enoughto do multi-ship missions with our CH-47 “Hooks” and UH-60 “Regret” cohorts. All members andsections of this company have quickly become a part of the Talon Family as evidenced by our main- tenance section’s integration with D Co 3-82 and some of our fuelers doing a rotation at MetharLamb to conduct refuel and rearm operations. The Optempo has been high, and morale has stayed with it. Every one of my Soldiers is eager to work hard, accomplish the mission, and not just meet, but exceed the standard. I am fortunate to command such a dedicated company. It is with bittersweet sentiment that we say “Farewell” to our Talon brothers and sisters. As the new company coming into this fight, we could not have asked for better leaders and mentors orSoldiers. Shortly after the Task Force departs theater, the “Hooks” will head home as well and bythe beginning of November, A 168 “Idaho” will be here, carrying on the Talon standard as the sin- gle thread of continuity. I have no doubt that Task Force Talon will always do great things wher- ever they go….from North Carolina to Boise, Idaho. Talon for a Day....Talon for Life! CPT Nicole Smith “Idaho 06” An ALL female crew plus LTC Dunham, 25 July 2012.
T HE C LAW P AGE 9 REGRET Thirteen months ago, to answer the calling of our mission that would follow in Afghanistan we formed Alpha Company, later recognized by the call sign “Regret.” Since then, we’ve grown into what has been coined, “The Super Company.” Crew members from all walks of Army Aviation to include 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Cor- sair, Task Force Atlas, Task Force Saber, Task Force Attack, Headquarters and Headquarters Company and Charlie, Delta, Echo Companies; Alpha Company, aka. “The Super Company,” has evolved into a 139 member family of 15 air-craft flooding the battle space with rotary wing support. All of which has been in effort to enable our brothers and sisters on the ground to succeed in their enduring fight for stability in Regional Command-East, Afghanistan. Their tireless ef- forts, integrity of work ethic, and relentless pursuit of making the impossible look easy, truly marks them as professionals. Further, these accomplishments and sacrifices cannot be quantified by flight hours, phases of maintenance or number of air missions supported. Rather, it may be recognized when a young Captain or a Command Sergeant Major find their way to Alpha Company’s headquarters simply to shake the hand of a crew chief or pilot in appreciation for an unprece- dented level of support. When Generals visit our Task Force in search of how it is we achieve what many said wasn’t possible. When Alpha Company walks into Green Ramp at Pope AFB to be greeted by fellow patriots and loved ones. These are the criteria by which we draw the will to finish our mission and posture our 101 st brothers for success. When we speak of professionals, when we recognize the impossible achieved, it is in light of the leadership andhard work of Troopers like Sergeants’ Riddle and Schlorff. July welcomed the promotions of Jamie Riddle from Specialist and Michael Schlorff from Corporal to non-commissioned officers at the rank of Sergeant. Further, Sergeant Riddle re- enlisted to continue his path as a non-commissioned officer. It speaks volumes and inspires many when a Trooper is willing to volunteer to stay in the Army while deployed and fulfilling his or her combat role. Both Sergeant Riddle and Sergeant Schlorff are recognizable leaders in Task Force Talon and future leaders in Army Aviation. We congratulate both them and their families on this joyous occasion. “Home wasnt a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together.Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” ― Sarah Dessen. July and August resonates a stronger yearning for home than ever before. Alpha Company remains vigilant with the mission still at hand. From this your unwavering love and support from our “homes” has carried with us over the past year and will carry us home again. All the best, Captain Don Sulpizio Commander Regret 06 SGT Schlorff Promotion SGT Riddle Promotion
P AGE 1 0 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 9 FLIPPERS Dear Flipper Family and friends, We are in the final stretch here of the deployment and we have already shipped out our first load of equip-ment in preparation for our return. We are conducting operations and accomplishing our redeployment tasks at the same time so everyone is very busy. Because we are busy - it is making the time go very fast. I was pretty pleased the other day when I asked a few Soldiers how many days they thought we had left - every one of them said they did not know the exact number but figured it would be around September. It is veryapparent that they are not counting the days but making the days count. I am so very proud of these great men and women as they each do their part to accomplish our collective mission. When we arrive home we will go through a re-integration process to ensure we meet all the physical and emotional needs of our great Warriors. This will take some time as we move back into western culture and adapt to life in the United States again. Please be patient, as well as vigilant as you reconnect with your Sol-dier. Unfortunately, combat is a very ugly thing. Though the vast majority will have smooth transition home,a number of our Soldiers have experienced some very horrific and traumatic events; therefore, they will need some additional help adjusting to our environment back at Ft. Bragg. Friends and families will have a large part in ensuring that those who need assistance get it - you know your Soldier better than anyone so please help us make sure they get the help they deserve. Thank you all for your never ending support to the Soldiers that make up this great Company. I am certain that all your thoughts, prayers and care packages have made this a much more tolerable deployment away from our families, friends and loved ones. We will see you all soon. Airborne ATW!!! Flipper 6
T HE C LAW P AGE 1 1 Motor city muscles “The only time you have too much fuel is when youre on fire. “ – Unknown author Motor City Muscle has reached its six month benchmark for the deployment! Days are passing quickly due to the operational tempo and busy mission sets. Flight crews continue to fly numerous hours under dangerous conditions in support of ground operations in RC-East. A Big thank you to 1LT Garnett who helped bridge the gap between Bravo 7-158 and Motor City Muscle as he stayed on the deployment for an additional four months. He planned all deliberate missions and spent countless hours of his free time ensuring mission readiness. We wish 1LT Garnett farewell as he redeploys to Honduras. Hewas a great addition to the Motor City Muscle and will be missed!Congratulations to SGT Prether who re-enlisted for another six years! SGT Prether is a 15U Crew Chief for Motor CityMuscle.Hooks night crews were recognized by CSM Evans for demonstrating outstanding performance. Great job SPC Cham-bers, SGT Osgood, SSG Webb, SGT Biehn, SGT Crampton and SGT Prether.SPC Oswalt was selected to receive a coin from COL Jamison. Great Job!The Motor City Muscles “Mustache Mayhem” was a great success!! There were four categories: Best Overall, Creepiest, Most Feminine, and Hitler-ist. Well done Motor City Muscle Males!!! SPC French SGT Zischke SSG Girvin 1LT Garnet Most Feminine Hitler-ist Best Overall Creepiest
P AGE 1 2 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 9 DUSTOFFFriends and Family of DUSTOFF, our companies little field trip are finally coming to a close and thiswill be our final newsletter submission from Afghanistan. Days are starting to roll into one as thesummer fighting season becomes more intense, reminding us of our arrival here last year and signal-ing that time to go home is fast approaching!! I think I speak for everyone here when I say our bagsare packed and we are ready to hand the keys over to the 101st.As we are all busy packing and cleaning up in preparation for the “big day”, we have still found timefor one of our favorite things to do during the year here at Bagram, BBQ steaks and burgers. Thanks to4th PSG SFC Giraud and his amazing ability to acquire the most delicious food from reliable contacts. During the last few weeks we have had the privilege of seeing SPC Derk and SPC Vestal join the Noncommis- sioned Officer Corps, SGT Allen was promoted to Staff Sergeant, CW3 Narhi receive an Air Medal with Valor, and our nurses receive Air Medals enroute to their re- deployment. SGT Allen was promoted to Staff Sergeant and SPC Derk and SPC Vestal were both promoted to Sergeant on July 1st. This is one of the most significant events in any Soldier’s career, and as MAJ Bundy would say “the reward for hard work is more work, now get to work”. Congratulations on the promotions. It has absolutely been an eventful year. Looking back to the beginning of this deployment, many companymembers have moved all over the battlefield to fill vacancies for various reasons. Many companymembers have either made a pit stop in Shank or they have pulled duty long enough to understandthe sites oddities: Banana Cat, the Christmas visit from Uncle Eddy , the ump-teen thousand times afew select people (who shall remain nameless) fell in the snow…or tripped during the long run to theaircraft during a 9 line, the Unattended ID Card Wall of Shame, Super Mike and the Polish team, DogVisits, and The Nandi Cup.Jalalabad platoon has been the most secretive of all platoons and the only thing we really know aboutthem is that they workout all day long and fly once in a while. In their recent communication, this iswhat JAF platoon wrote:“Our pilots have been working around the clock getting ready for the upcoming turmoil. They’ve fig-ured out the flight schedule down to the last duty cycle. The end is near, and they’re the ones thathave planned everything out. The backseaters are irreplaceable aircrew members and then again, that’show it usually is. CW2 Schaures has worked all the logistics of getting our containers home and we’vebegun sending containers back to Fort Bragg to await our arrival. SSG Bostick also “legally attained”another container to ensure we have enough space to get everything that we need back home.This month we lost CW2 Nordberg to some other equally important team site, and we received CW2Adams. I wish I could think of something witty to say, but they’re both such amazing human beings that Iam at a loss for words.
The Crew Chiefs have set the incoming unit up for success. All aircraft are in great condi-tion and have plenty of replacement parts on hand. The incoming unit has it much easierthan we did one year ago. On top of that, the new unit will be faced with unique challenges inthe future.SGT Allen was promoted to Staff Sergeant at the same ceremony SSG Bostick reenlistedindefinitely. I both congratulate and feel immense pride for them.In closing, I would like to say this year was easy, but it wasn’t. Every single Gypsys abili-ties and stress tolerance has been put to the test in combat. We’re exhausted and ready tocome home to our families. We could not have done this deployment without the love andsupport of friends and Family back home. Thank you all for the support and love. And lastly, a little note from our friends at the most remote location in all of Afghanistan, FOB Warrior: “Greeting Families of 1St Platoon. I would like to entitle this article “Hard Work.” 1st Platoon has had to do a lot of hard work and overcome many obstacles due to the areas where we have had to live and work in. I do not think I can even count the amount of man hours that each member of the platoon has put in to making better work areas, storage areas, or even a place to live. To start things off when we first arrived at Sharana we had a big dilemma, not enough space for our duty crews to have a crew rest area and not fall over each other. So our Crew Chiefs sprang into action lead by SGT Chandler and created the Crew ChiefOperations Center which housed not only the Crew Chiefs who were on duty, but their entertainment. Theiraccomplishment not only became a place for the Crew Chiefs to live, but the happening spot for all dutycrews to hang out. Our next dilemma was not enough storage space for all of our equipment to be housedduring the winter months, so once again 1st platoon with a few brilliant minds constructed the vehicle altera-tion garage. This place not only housed all of 1st platoon’s vehicles, tools, equipment, and SSG Burrows’ gymit was a great warm welcoming area after hours of aircraft maintenance.After things were going well the decision was made to move to FOB Warrior, which was a FOB ran by thePolish and had not been maintained for about 5 years. The day that SSG Burrows and SGT Chandler arrivedat FOB Warrior was a day that will live in infamy, or at least it will in our minds. Not only did the 82nd nothave a place for 1st platoon to live, but there were no work or storage areas either. So the 2 men set out to thetask of making the 1st platoon MEDEVAC compound, which at the time was the site of the FOB landfill. Iwill never forget the look on MAJ Bundy’s face when he arrived to see our area we would be in-habiting, andalso the look when we were basically finished. They spent many hours clearing and leveling the land, not tomention the hours spent on building the bases for the tents. Now the FOB Warrior site has everything a Sol-dier could ask for besides a PX. From the operations building constructed by Mr. Jesse and SGT Mitchell tothe newly constructed Cobra’s Lair Gym for which the equipment was acquired by SSG Burrows and SGTStopnik. The entire platoon helped with the construction. Every member of this platoon is appreciated andthanked for all of the hard work they have done to make this platoon successful this year.”Lastly, C Co would like to thank everyone for supporting the All-American DUSTOFF’s while deployed for365 LONG days. It has been a challenging yet rewarding 12 months. See you all soon!!
T HE C LAW P AGE 1 4 DARKHORSE Greetings from Afghanistan Darkhorse Family andFriends! This past month has been busy, but exciting for the com-pany. While we are still continually working hard on aircraft, wehave begun to make preparations for our redeployment back tothe States. SFC Garcia and SSG Records have been occupied mak-ing arrangements to get everything home, while the platoons areinventorying equipment and starting to pack up containers. The company completed the SSG Records getting ready to go Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) this past month and D Company learned who our PT studs are. Awe- some job SFC Monsulick and SGT Rodriguez on scoring 300 on the APFT! While we may not have been SFC Monsulick’s victory face! able to celebrate 4th of July with fireworks, going to the beach, orhome cookouts, the Task Force had a little Independence Daycelebration of our own which consisted of a Task Force DodgeballTournament and a barbeque. D Company had an excellent showof force at the Dodgeball Tournament with the Honeybadgers,the Young Guns, and the Wolfpack teams. The Honeybadgersand the Young Guns definitely sported the best uniforms at thetournament with their specialty made t-shirts. Everyone had funand no one got hurt, except for three of the dodgeballs. After thetournament, we all chowed down on some hot dogs, hamburgersand bbq ribs. Happy Independence Day from the Darkhorses! This month we also said good-bye to SPC Eric Picarella and SPC Steven The Honeybadgers—poised for dodgeball battle Anderson as they headed back to Bragg to begin the ETS process. Thanks for all the work you guys did for us and we wish you the best as you move on from the Army.SSG Owens and SGT Garris at her promotion
P AGE 1 5 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 9 WAR DAWGS With the heat of summer and Baseball season in full swing, the Wardawgs are ready to closeup the ninth inning of our deployment. With the smell of redeployment in the air, every Wardawg isready to start packing their bags and handing over the mission to the next unit, while safely executingtoday’s mission. Echo Company also started preparing for redeployment by inventorying our equip-ment, packing containers, and moving cargo ready for departure. The Wardawg Ground Maintenance Team did an excellent job in repairing equipment, prepar-ing equipment for reset, and prepping for redeployment to home base Fort Bragg. The maintenanceteam have repaired three 350 pumps at two Forwarding Operating Bases in order to keep our Talonaircraft in the fight. Echo Company showed true motivation and determination by engaging the resettarget and stayed on top of it, finishing ahead of schedule for the battalion. Our Wardawg Distro Platoon had another great month filled with accolades that brought bothgreat credit and distinction to the Wardawg family. PFC Cody Bradshaw received a long awaited pro-motion to SPC (See picture below). SGT Michael Wagner proudly represented Task Force Talon andEcho Co at the Brigade Trooper of the Quarter Board; although he did not get the victory, the Distrofamily is still proud of the effort that he put forth living up to the motto, “Pumpin’ Ain’t Easy ". TheFOBs are busy as always with daily refueling and rearming operations and preparing for redeploy-ment. Congratulations to SPC Dennis Jones for standing out among his peers and receiving the honorof Trooper of the Month. An honorable mention also goes to SPC Jamario Roberson for a second placefinish. This accomplishment extends an outstanding streak of the Distro platoon producing a winnerat every Task Force board attended for Fiscal Year 2012. As another month passes, each and every Wardawg is so thankfully for the love and supportthat we have received from our loved ones back home. We all look forward to the day when we willbe back home at Ft. Bragg and the time off work in which will be spent with those that are closest tous. Talon for a day, Talon for life! WARDAWGS!!
T HE C LAW P AGE 1 6 BLACKHORSE Fox Troop Team, I would like to start by saying what an honor and privilege it is to be given the opportunity to stand before this great Troop. Although I am new to the Troop I am no stranger to the CAB or 1-17. After being in this unit for over 5 years it was great to come back and see some familiar faces and get to know those who have since been added. I look forward to meeting all of you once we return home; let the countdown begin!Congratulations to CW2 Fagan who just became an AH Pilot-in-Command! The Troop’s mechanicalsurgeons (CREW CHIEFS) have truly gone above and beyond this month, completing engine services and maintenance that is beyond our typical scope of work. Their diligence and hard work is what keeps us flying and what allows us to consistently support theses ground commanders.There is no doubt that the end is around the corner. As we close out this tour, both First Sergeant and I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Troop through this challenging deployment. Without each and every one of you this Troop would not have been able to stand as tall or strive as far. We owe you all a great deal of gratitude and many thanks. Everyone here is extremely excited to be going back to the good Ol’ Pine Tree Paradise we call Fort Bragg and are ready to be home with all of you!!! SCOUT/ATTACK! CPT Mallicoat Blackhorse 6
P AGE 1 7 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 9 TALONS OF THE MONTH SPC Ramos, Gloritsi Company/MOS: HHC/92Y Hometown: Dorado, Puerto Rico Q: What do you do on your free time? A: Skype with the husband and exercise Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: Become and NCO..almost there! Q: Goals for this deployment? A: I successfully lost all my baby weight Q: What do you miss most about home? A: My two children and husbandSGT Farris, MatthewCompany/MOS: A 1-168/ 15THometown: Boise, IdahoQ: What do you do on your free time?A: #1 Eat #2 Sleep..those are the mostimportant things to meQ: What do you want to achieve in yourMOS this deployment?A: Be more high speed in maintenance. Iwant to be the go to guyQ: Goals for this deployment?A: Get in good enough shape to competein a triathlon and reach level 50 in Call ofDuty.Q: What do you miss most about home?A: I miss real spaghetti
T HE C LAW P AGE 1 8SGT McGrath, TimothyCompany/MOS: A 3-82/ 15THometown: Seoul, KoreaQ: What do you do on your freetime?A: I play the video game Ape Escape(You catch escaped apes with differ-ent capturing tools)Q: What do you want to achieve inyour MOS this deployment?A: Reach 1000 flight hoursQ: Goals for this deployment?A: Obtain promotable statusQ: What do you miss most abouthome?A: Being able to eat when I wantwhen I want PFC Allison, Cecilia Company/MOS: B 3-238/ 92Y Hometown: Livonia, Michigan Q: What do you do on your free time? A: Read novels Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: Become more technically proficient in my MOS Q: Goals for this deployment? A: Save money to go to college Q: What do you miss most about home? A: Driving my own car and listening to music
P AGE 1 9 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 9SPC Alvaro ArzuzaCompany/MOS: B 3-82/Hometown: Yauco, Puerto RicoQ: What do you do on your free time?A: Read, watch movies, spend timewith the familyQ: What do you want to achieve inyour MOS this deployment?A: Become a Flight EngineerQ: Goals for this deployment?A: Fullfill my mission at the best ofmy skillsQ: What do you miss most abouthome?A: My wife, my son and my house SSG McGrath, Michael Company/MOS: C 3-82/ 15P Hometown: Waynesville, Missouri Q: What do you do on your free time? A: Smoke cigars Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: I have 5 days left here so..make it home! Q: Goals for this deployment? A: My goal was to get promoted and I did! Q: What do you miss most about home? A: We adopted a little boy (Collin) who is now two months old, two months ago. I haven’t met him, but I miss him.
T HE C LAW P AGE 2 0SPC Anderson, MichaelCompany/MOS: D 3-82/ 15FHometown: Miami, FloridaQ: What do you do on your free time?A: Help my buddy study for the Soldier ofthe Month board and workoutQ: What do you want to achieve in yourMOS this deployment?A: Gain general knowledge on avionics andcomponents of the aircraftQ: Goals for this deployment?A: Continue training with my secondaryMOS and help my battle buddies studyQ: What do you miss most about home?A: My wife and 2 year old son SGT Warren, James Company/MOS: E 3-82/91C Hometown: Bronx, New York Q: What do you do on your free time? A: Work out and play video games Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: I transitioned into the 91B world, so I want to continue learning the ins and outs of this MOS. Q: Goals for this deployment? A: One goal was to get promoted, which I did, and the other is to increase my physical fitness. Q: What do you miss most about home? A: My 46” TV and the freedom of driv- ing my car
P AGE 2 1 V O LUME 1 , I SSUE 9 SPC Michael, Cameron Company/MOS: F 1-17/15R Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia Q: What do you do on your free time? A: SLEEP! Q: What do you want to achieve in your MOS this deployment? A: Learn as much as I can about the aircraft Q: Goals for this deployment? A: Get a 300 on my PT test Q: What do you miss most about home? A: Papa Johns Pizza!
SGT Eric Williams was born in California on the 5TH of Septem-ber 1984. He entered military service on the 19TH of April 2007 to servethe United States Army as a Combat Medic. Upon completion of Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, heattended AIT at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He became an Army Medic inDecember 2007 and was assigned to Headquarters and HeadquartersCompany 1ST Battalion, 6TH Infantry Division, in Germany. Less than sixmonths after SGT Williams arrived in Germany, he was deployed to Iraq,where he did a 14-month tour in support of Operation IRAQI FREE-DOM, as a Combat Medic. Upon redeployment, he was reassigned toFort Sill, Oklahoma. While at Fort Sill, SGT Williams served as a HealthCare Specialist at USA MEDDAC. After serving16 months at Fort Sill,SGT Williams was reassigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where hejoined the All-American DUSTOFF in March of 2011. His military schools include the Combat Casualty Course, theEmergency Med-tech Ambulance Course and the Flight Medic Course. SGT Williams’ decorations include the Air Medal, Army Com-mendation Medal W/Valor and 2OLCs, Army Achievement Medal, ArmyGood Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, AfghanistanCampaign Medal W/Bronze Service Star, Iraqi Campaign MedalW/Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, ArmyService Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon W/Numeral 2, NATO Medaland Combat Medical Badge. SGT Williams is survived by wife, Wendi and parents Bruce andJanet Williams.
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TALON FOR A DAY You can kiss your Family and friends good- bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you. ~Frederick Buechner Our address is still the same: LAST NAME, FIRST TF TALON, C/O BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN APO, AE 09354 Thank You for all the support throughout the de- ployment from our beloved family and friends. We are happy to be on our way home back to our loved ones. SPC Porter, Amber TF Talon PAO firstname.lastname@example.org TALON FOR LIFE!