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GATES PRAISES 101ST AIRBORNE AS “TIP OF THE SPEAR”

December 8th, 2010 by admin No Comments

US defense secretary Robert Gates has visited the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, calling the soldiers “the tip of the spear” in Afghanistan.

Gates paid a visit to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)’s forward operating base at Howz-e Madad near Kandahar.

“You guys here are at the tip of the spear of the campaign of the last several months,” said Gates.

“It is a campaign in which you have taken new territory, cleared it, secured it and held it, and you are tying together the battle spaces in southeastern and southwestern Afghanistan.” he said.

The “Screaming Eagles’” 2nd Brigade has been in the area for over six months as the lead surge element in the ISAF’s southern command region.

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