The CH-47 Chinook helicopter is the backbone of the battlefield supply operation of the United States Army and its coalition partners in Afghanistan. And playing a pivotal role in that effort are the crews of Task Force Shadow, specifically Bravo Company 6th Battalion of the 101st Airborne, based out of Kandahar Air Force base.
While only 20% of the coalitions international supply effort comes in by air, the bulk coming in by land via Pakistan, once it is inside Afghanistan, airborne supply jumps to about 40% of the total supply capacity and without it some places would just could not function.
Task Force Shadow's daily operations in Uruzgan illustrate this point. From carrying in new troops rotating into the area, to providing battlefield extractions for troops pinned down by enemy fire and IEDs, to supplying ammunition and even post from Australia and the US, are all part of the daily routine. Operations by air save both time and military resources that would be sucked up by the logistically challenging conditions of areas like the Belucchi Valley north of Forward Operating Base Tarin Kowt.
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