Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan“Raven”FRG NewsletterIssue 1 May 2013Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan offers beautiful snowcapped mountains for your daily viewing pleasure!From left to right: PFC Windham, SPC Wilson,SPC Gately, SGT Kalinowski and SPC Lira, yourRaven Air daytime manifest team.Dear “Raven” Family & Friends,I take pride in writing you the first of manynewsletters to come as the Charlie CompanyCommander as we begin our “Climb toGlory” here at Bagram Airfield, Afghani-stan. It has been a busy two weeks takingover the Rotary Wing (Helicopter) Passen-ger Terminal from our Signal brothers fromthe 101stCombat Aviation Brigade but wehave embraced the challenge and so far haveperformed superbly. On a daily basis wemanifest and push over one hundred person-nel traveling to Forward Operating Basesthroughout the region on different RotaryWing assets as well as loading and unload-ing thousands of pounds of cargo a day. Sofar, every Raven on the ground has experi-enced the thrill of walking out to a helicop-ter while the blades are spinning, escorting agroup of passengers, being responsible fortheir safety and proper loading of the air-craft. Our mission is truly exciting and weare looking forward to performing it thesenext 9 months.In addition to taking over the Rotary WingPassenger Terminal we have been in theprocess of “validating” all of our signalequipment that we brought with us. Most ofthe equipment has to be configured and pro-grammed so that it is compatible with thenetwork over here. With the help of the Bri-gade S6 shop, Sergeant Espada and Private
From left to right: SGTs Espada and Kalinowski,CPT Wall unpack signal equipment for validation.Newly promoted SPC Troung worksdiligently to order the supplies neces-sary to support our mission.Windham have taken on this task over thepast week and have performed flawlessly,ensuring all our systems are ready to go ifand when we are called upon to employ oursignal communications in support of the mis-sion here.We are all just about settled into our roomsthat we will be staying in for the duration ofthe deployment. Most of the guys and galsare sharing a decent sized room with othermembers of the team. It will be nice to fi-nally unpack our belongings into wall lock-ers and/or closets, have a permanent bed tosleep on and just get comfortable.Private First Class Truong, our supply Sol-dier, was promoted to Specialist on April15th, the day we arrived at Bagram. He istaking on the job of Supply Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge as a newlyappointed Specialist and doing an awesomejob. For his first deployment, he is learningall the ins and outs to the deployed supplysystem. Much of our mission relies on asteady stream of supplies to support the ter-minal and Specialist Truong is ready to makesure that the stream of supplies continues with-out interruption.I want to share our heartfelt appreciation to allour families at home. I ask that you continueto shower us with your kindness and supportas we take on this mission here in Afghanistan.It is you who provide us with the motivation toaccomplish the mission. More than ever, thestrength of our company, our Soldiers, and ourability to operate as a team will carry us overany challenge that we face during this deploy-ment.Sincerely,CPT Nicholas Wall“RAVEN 6”From front to back: SGT Espada, SFC Aponte(BDE S6), CW2 Geary (BDE S6), PFC Windhamprogramming equipment.
RAVEN SHOUTOUTSPC James Barrall“I’d like to say ‘Hi’to my wife Jessie!”SPC Kevin Elkhill“I don’t know what tosay, I talk to her everyday … I love youJamie and Peanut!IN OMNIA PARATUS