03 May. 2008

PR# 2008-175

‘Easy’ Company keeps TF Eagle together

Spc. Leighton Jones holds a piece of steel in place while Sgt. Robert Smith cuts it to the needed size to add to the turret of a vehicle, recently, at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E. Both soldiers are assigned to Easy Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.

KABUL, Afghanistan – Soldiers of Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) provide maintenance of all types to keep the paratroopers of Task Force (TF) Eagle in the fight.

“The maintenance platoon is very valuable to the success of the mission of the battalion,” said Sergeant First Class Gary Donald, the company’s maintenance control sergeant.

The soldiers of the maintenance company support the fight in many ways including, adding extra armour to the battalion’s vehicles and maintaining all of the battalion’s weapon systems by making sure they are all fully functional and ready at all times.  

“We are constantly doing things to improve our vehicles, like adding steel to the inside of the turrets for extra armour, and double weapon mounts inside of the turret,” said Sergeant Robert Smith, a welder in the platoon.

Whether it’s a .50-caliber machine gun, an M-4 assault rifle or a pair of night-vision goggles, Task Force Eagle soldiers can count on the maintenance platoon’s armament shop to keep all the weapons in the battalion arsenal operational and ready for the fight.

They can maintain anything from changing the smallest pin, to completely restoring a weapon system, said Sergeant Ambjor Anderson, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the armament shop.

It’s a big task for a small shop with only a handful of soldiers.

“We support four bases and three combat outposts, including over 1,000 weapons systems,” said Sgt. Anderson.

Despite their company’s nickname, keeping their TF Eagle in one piece is no “Easy” task.

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