LONEWOLF EXPRESS COMMANDERS CORNER LONEWOLF FAMILY AND FRIENDS Greetings and salutation from craft, issuing over 700,000 gallons Simmons and all of their fami-the Lonewolves! Upon the com- of fuel, and issuing thousands of lies to the Lonewolves. Addi-pletion of a third of the deploy- short tons of ammunition. Mainte- tionally, I would like to welcome ment, we along with the rest of nance Platoon has been conduct- the newest Lonewolf babies: Kolsyn Almendariz, the son of Task Force Wolfpack are doing ing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on over 65 vehicles Kellie and SPC Gahman, and and providing FOB security, en- Destiny Marie Knox, the daugh-morale remains high as we suring a safe and secure work en- ter of Christiane and SGT vironment. As a team we have un- Knox. Welcome to the world! ing out, taking college courses As I relinquish command after to further our educations, and 18 months, I would like to thank sharing stories with one an- all of the Lonewolves and their families for their steadfast loy-other;; building the esprit-de- alty and dedication. The suc-corps within the company. cesses we have been fortunate to The winter is officially here. experience are a direct result of We are starting to see the tem- the extraordinary effects of our perature plummet in the first outstanding Troopers and lead-days of December. The highs relentingly stayed focus on the ers. To my FRG team, you are around 72 degrees and the mission in support of full spec- truly understand that the low is a wintry 33 degrees strength of the Nation is our trum aviation operations in order Army;; the strength of our Army Fahrenheit. The snow has be- to expand stability and security, is our Soldiers;; the strength of gun to pileup on the mountain neutralize insurgent forces, and our Soldiers is our Families. I peaks and the frost is coming assist International Security Assis- salute you all and wish you the tance Force in supporting the best as you continue on with Government of the Islamic Repub-The Troopers are continuously lic of Afghanistan. your rendezvous with destiny. staying busy. Headquarters Merry Christmas and Happy Platoon has been completing I would like to hail PV2 Jeremy New Year! administrative actions and re- Phynon (92L Petroleum Labora-ceiving/distributing the wealth tory Specialist), SGT Heather Gib- Airborne, All the Way! of mail during the holiday sea- son, SSG Eric Decker, PV2 CPT Scovell son. From the start, our Distri- Andrace Jones (89B Ammunition bution Platoon has been setting Specialist), and the incoming com- Lonewolf 06 records by refueling 3,000 air- pany commander, CPT Michael
As the holiday quickly approaches; the Soldiers ofHeadquarters platoon have been hard at work withcompleting missions; and shopping online for lovedones holiday gifts. Also, secretly shopping for ourexchange our gifts on 24 DEC. Headquarters Pla-toon would like to welcome 1LT Roberts as ournew XO. We would also like to welcome SGT Ev-ans back to the Lonewolves in replacement of SSGReid. SGT Evans and SGT Roberts of the DFAChave successfully completed Safe Serve training; atwo week class normally done in Advance Leader-ship Course they completed in just four days andpassed. SSG Tann and SPC (P) Morgan have beenhard at work closing out inventories for the up-coming change of command. We would like tocongratulate PFC Boone on his successful comple-tion of the Battle Drill #4, Evacuated Casualty In-voice Training. SPC Whetstone has been hard atwork on completing R&R packets to ensure all ofEcho Company Soldiers arrive home for leave ontime. Headquarters Platoon would like wish SSGTann 17 DEC, SGT Roberts 25 DEC and 1SG Ed-wards 28 DEC. a very Happy Birthday. Headquar-ters Platoon would like to say Happy Holidays andHappy New Year to our loved ones at home.
This December in 3/5 Platoon has been a month of change and Christmas Cheer! The platoon has been very spir-ited putting up Christmas decorations everywhere: Lights, stockings, streamers and all other kinds of decorations have been hung all over the FARP and AHA. Soldiers have been thinking of gifts to send home as well as preparing for the Secret Santa gift exchange in our company. As the days and nights start to get a little colder each day, it has brought each Soldier into the Christmas spirit. With the New Year around the corner, change has come already to the platoon. 3/5 Platoon has lost its Platoon Leader, 1LT Roberts, as he has been moved to become the new Company XO. 1LT Charles Crowder, the Platoon Leader for the Mainte-nance Platoon has moved to become the new Platoon Leader of 3/5. Everyone in the Platoon gave 1LT Roberts a good send off present prior to him leaving and in the spirit of Christmas they gift wrapped him for the Company Commander, CPT Scovell. Even with the change, everyone has kept working hard. This year so far, the FARP has issued over 694,902 gallons of fuel and to over 3,065 helicopters, some pretty high numbers. It has been predicted at this rate, over three million gallons of fuel could be issued by the end of the deployment, truly a testament At the AHA, Soldiers have been busy as ever, working to improve their area and rearrange their buildings to make them more accommodating. Additionally, three Soldiers received Cer-tificates of Achievement for their hard work: PFC Neal, SPC Burt and PFC Fisher were all presented their Certificates from the Task Force Command Sergeants Major. We can never thank them enough for their hard work.
December was just as fast of a month as any and a very good month for some. SGT Adzoble will be getting a great Christmas gift on his LES. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant this month. Great job and con-gratulations!! Other promotions include: PFC Allen promoted to Specialist, PV2 Gutierrez promoted to Pri-vate First Class, and PV2 Stewart promoted to Private First Class. SPC Mann received an Army Achieve-ment Medal for all of his hard work and dedication to the Maintenance Platoon. The numbers are always in-creasing in Combat Life Savers in the Maintenance Platoon. This class included many more combat related operations and was recognized as one of the most highly motivated classes the instructor has had. Motor Pool operations are running as smooth as ever and the guys are staying busy. The nights are getting colder here and the Soldiers are hanging in strong and dressing warm. Everyone is hoping and wishing for snow, just to make it feel that much more like Christmas so we can bring the holiday season is strong. We have not been able to track Santa on the Satellites to see when he will arrive here in Afghanistan, but as soon as we find out we will let everyone know. over 50 Christmas stockings filled with all sorts of candy, movies, games and most of all encouraging letters to help boost the moral letting them know that they are being thought of.
The Spotlight section is a special spot in the newsletter to highlight Soldiers who are going above and beyond in their respective work areas. These Soldiers are recommend by their leadership because of their out- standing performance. We encourage all Soldiers to aim for this section each month and show TF Wolfpack that the Lonewolves are the BEST. The Echo Company, Distro Platoon would like to shine a spotlight on our been in the Army sixteen months. His short term goal is achieve the rank of Specialist, and his long term goals is to earn a degree in Information Technology.PFC Kollie is extremely happy to be going back to Africa for R&R after being gone for 12 years. He did extremely well at the Platoon Soldier of the Month Board and we wish him luck on the Battalion Soldier of the Month Board. Congratulations on doing an outstanding job this month, PFC Kollie! PFC Steven Boone is in the Headquarters Platoon. He is from Bai-ley, NC he loves to fish, ride four wheelers and all water sports. He went to Basic and AIT at FT. Jackson and is a 91B but is working at the company as the Training Room Clerk and Assistant Armor. He also helps with mail call, conducts maintenance on the company gators and volunteers to assist the Motor Pool Platoon whenever they need it. He is always motivated and on the move. PFC Donald Patrick is in the Motor Pool Platoon. He is from Soddy Daisy, TN and was born 16 DEC 86 He graduated from Sequoyah Technology Center where he took machine shop. He loves the outdoors to include: fishing, hunting, camping, four- wheeling and all around outdoor activities. He joined the Army almost 2 years ago as a 91B but is already hoping to make a career as a pilot. He is an outstanding worker and always willing to learn more about the Army and his job.
Carrying the plate of food, desert and energy drinks, Crews walked up the steep stairs of the tower. U.S. Army Pvt. Jose Gutierrez, a wheel mechanic with Task Force Wolfpack, was surprised to see his supervisor and even more sur- prised when he found out he had a Thanksgiving meal.KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan Sgt. 1st Class JamesCrews, of Raeford, N.C., reaches for a box of Thanksgivingdinner for his Soldiers on tower guard. Crews is a maintenance as he headed down the stairs.platoon sergeant with Task Force Wolfpack, 82nd CombatAviation Brigade. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donna Davis, With one more Styrofoam plate of food bouncing down the road inTask Force Poseidon Public Affairs) the seat beside him, Crews took another dark dirt road to where U.S. Army Sgt. Jared Waymire, of Hillsboro, Ore., was also on towerTower guard Thanks- guard duty.giving By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donna Davis, Task ForcePoseidon Public AffairsKHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan With twoplates of Thanksgiving food, pecan pie for desertand energy drinks, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class JamesCrews gets into his John Deere Gator and startshis trip to two different guard towers to drop ofThanksgiving meals to his Soldiers on duty.Crews is a Maintenance Platoon Sergeant withTask Force Wolfpack and feels it is his responsi-bility to make sure he took care of his Soldiers.ward Operating Base. I appreciate them beingBefore Crews could even make it to the firsttower guard, the sun went down.road up ahead, making it hard to even find thefirst tower guard. In the dim light he could barelysee the turn to the guard tower. White flash-after dark making it difficult to see even a fewfeet ahead.It took Crews almost 15 minutes to find the firsttower. KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan Sgt. 1st Class James Crews, of Raeford, N.C., places pie in a bowl on Thanksgiving for his two Soldiers who are on tower guard. Crews is a maintenance platoon sergeant with Task Force Wolfpack, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donna Davis, Task Force Posei- don Public Affairs)
The following people received a promotion this month:SPC Burt, SPC Taber, PFC Acosta, SPC Allen, PFC Stewart,and PFC Gutierrez.There were also awards given out for some of the great accom-plishments in Echo Company:SPC Adams received and AAM for outstanding accomplish-ments in the FARP.PFC Fischer, PFC Neal, and SPC Burt received Certificates ofAchievement for their great work at the AHA.We also want to mention those that celebrated a birthday inDecember: Some new additions to the Lonewolf Family!! We have two Soldiers who have received the greatestSSG Tune got one year gift of all!! We welcome these new additions andbetter on 1 DEC, PFC want to congratulate you and your spouse.Broome added a candleon 20 DEC, PFC Patrick SGT Knox received a little girl, Destiny Marie Knoxblessed his parents 16 arrived on 2 DEC.DEC and SPC Efurd on SPC Gahman received a little boy, Andrew Kolsyn26 DEC. Almandariz who arrived on 7 DEC.HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Once again, congratulations!!!
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Recipe of the monthIngredients: 2 lbs. venison, cubed. Use the lion or back strap for best quality. 2 med. onions, chopped 6 carrots, sliced, not peeled 6 Irish potatoes, or new potatoes cubed 4 beef bouillon cubes, crushed 1 lg. bell pepper, chopped 1 sm. can peas (optional) Water to cover after putting in crock pot Marinate cubed meat in milk for 6 hours. Drain milk and marinate in Italian dressing for 6 hours. Brown meat in cast iron skillet. Venison browns best in melted butter. As meat browns, add pepper and onions. Scrape contents in crock pot, making sure all juices are added. Add carrots, potatoes, crushed bouillon. Cover with water. Set crock pot on medium heat, check water level every 3 hours. Cook about 8 hours. When stew is done, juice should be level with top of stew. Serve with your favorite rolls. Perfect on a chilly NC evening.