Task Force Legion arrives in Maywand District

22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Pvt. Luke Rollins

Date: 11.18.2009
Posted: 11.18.2009 08:22
News ID: 41722
Soldiers Patrol Maywand District

FORWARD OPERATING BASE RAMROD, Afghanistan — Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, have spent the first months of their deployment introducing themselves to the people of the Kandahar region and its terrain.<br /> <br /> 2/1 Soldiers, part of the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, are patrolling along Afghanistan's Highway 1 to prevent the insurgent flow of men, weapons and equipment.<br /> <br /> The mission has seen success in its early stages, said Capt. Matt Quiggle, commander of Alpha Troop, on loan from the 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment of 5th SBCT.<br /> <br /> "Along the highway there have been a reduced number of attacks. We've had success partnering with the Afghan national army and [Afghan] national police, and meeting the local leaders," said Quiggle.<br /> <br /> Quiggle's troops and other units have been pushing north into areas that haven't seen ISAF forces in a long time. The introduction of Strykers to the region has allowed ISAF forces to disrupt what traditionally has been an insurgent stronghold.<br /> <br /> "The terrain here is very challenging," he said. "Getting to the villages is stage one. I think that's our biggest challenge right now." <br /> <br /> Once there, Quiggle has been meeting with village leaders in an effort to make the Coalition presence known and to find out who's doing what in those towns.<br /> <br /> "[We'll] continue pushing north into the mountains as long as it disrupts the [insurgents] and gets the locals involved in that process. We're here to stay, and we're here to provide them security."<br />