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Spartans open line of communication in south

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August 29, 2013 | News
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Lt. Col. Archie Herndon, commander of 2nd BSTB, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Philip Chepenik, the Spartan Battalion command sergeant major, uncase the unit’s colors at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Aug. 3. The Spartan Battalion is stationed in Southern Afghanistan as a tactical assistance command providing the Black Jack Brigade with critical information and intelligence about the brigade’s operations throughout the region. Sgt. Quentin Johnson, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - With elements of the 2nd “Black Jack” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division spread across multiple regions within Afghanistan, the brigade commander, Col. Robert Whittle Jr., relies on multiple command assets to provide him with an overall view of the battlefield.

The 2nd “Spartans” Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Black Jack, located in Kandahar Province, is one of those valuable assets maintaining brigade intelligence and support throughout the southern region of Afghanistan as a tactical assistance command, Lt. Col. Archie Herndon, 2nd BSTB commander, said.

Parts of three Black Jack battalions currently operate in the south conducting security, intelligence, and logistical support, Herndon added.

“We serve as a command and control for the brigade in the southern part of Afghanistan, tracking and facilitating Black Jack operations here so we can provide Col. Whittle with critical information,” Herndon said.

Information that streams from a positive collaboration between Black Jack units in the southern region, especially 1st “Mustangs” Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, he said.

“We have great communication with all the Black Jack elements in our area,” Herndon said. “The Mustangs are great enablers and helped cover all our required training upon arrival in country.”

Logistical support is key, too, as the TAC receives necessary supplies from other surrounding units, while coordinating with other Black Jack assets to provide them with any supplies they may need, added Staff Sgt. Toya West, a logistical noncommissioned officer-in-charge for 2nd BSTB.

“As we receive property and turn-ins, we ensure any equipment that can be utilized by the brigade we get it to them or our outlining units,” West said.

With no real constraints on logistical matters, as the drawdown continues and support for the brigade goes up, they are prepared to handle any situation, West said.

Herndon agreed saying he has full confidence in his young team.

“They have a lot of potential, can absorb knowledge,” he said, “and handle any added responsibilities the brigade deems necessary.”
 
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