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Camp Wright

Camp Wright is located in the Kunar Province of Northeastern Afghanistan somewhere close to Asadabad.

Afghan National Army soldiers and paratroopers from Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment air assaulted into the Narang Valley on the evening of May 16, 2008 for a scheduled 24-hour mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan, A part of Operation Rock Penetrator, the ANA soldiers took the lead role in that mission, which was to search and clear Bidal Village, designated "Objective Grappa", while Able Company Soldiers secured overwatch positions.

Approximately 150 American and Afghan soldiers flew into Kunar's Narang Valley aboard CH-47 Chinooks and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. The Soldiers, under the protection of Apache attack helicopters, were delivered from Camp Wright in Asadabad to five separate landing zones.

First platoon Soldiers were tasked with being the support element for the ANA soldiers. The paratroopers exited the Blackhawk helicopters west of Bidal.

Burdened with heavy equipment, Able Company Soldiers began moving upward. After several hours of climbing high stone terraces, crossing dangerous terrain with 10-15 feet drop offs, 1st platoon arrived at their position.

Early the next morning ANA soldiers began to search some of the villages, they found some explosives and an anti-personnel mine arresting the individual in possession and arranged to have him airlifted back to a coalition outpost. Intelligence indicated that there was some enemy activity in their area so Able Company's mission was extended for another 24 hours. They made contact with enemy forces, targeting them with close air support, mortars, and artillery and it was determined the threat was eliminated, at which time Able company and the ANA were airlifted safely back to Camp Wright.

As of August, 2008 it was the headquarters of the Konar PRT and housed other U.S. Military forces. Camp Wright was ground zero for large scale infrastructure improvement projects in Kunar. The area had burgeoned economically as a result of the PRT's work on road reconstruction primarily. Before those efforts the drive from Jalalabad to Asadabad took six hours, as of August, 2008 it only took two hours with added benefit being that the number of Afghan shops and bazaars had more than tripled from 200 to around 650.



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