Counter Attack by Jim Dietz
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Publisher Proof Edition: $175

Image Size: 25" x 15"
Overall Size: 31" x 21.5"

First Rock Paratroopers maneuver against Taliban and Foreign Fighters after they are engaged in a far ambush while moving through a dry river bed in Eastern Paktika province. All the while gunners and our brave soldiers deliver withering return fire; they are fixing the enemy position, setting up a support by fire with 60mm mortars to suppress with high explosive rounds, denying the weary enemy escape routes with the support of attack aviation and finishing the enemy force with close air support JDAM strikes. The mountainous and canalizing terrain Eastern Paktika Province favors the ambusher, a fact that the Taliban used to the best of their ability. Nevertheless, precise and efficient coordination with air and indirect fire support, superior physical stamina and discipline among our individual paratroopers, and constant training meant that during contact, Task Force Eagle and 1-503rd Airborne, always maintained decisive advantage. During Operation Enduring Freedom VIII, spanning from May 2007 to late July 2008, Task Force Eagle was responsible for maintaining security, improving governance and assisting with the development of Afghanistan's Eastern Paktika Province. The Battalion Task Force's area of operations included the sprawling tundra, rolling hills and craggy cliffs of the ten districts comprising Area of Operation Eagle: Gomal, Gayan, Bermel, Orgun, Naka, Zerok, Sar Hawzah, Southern Spera, Charboran and Sarobi. Over that fifteen month period, First Rock Paratroopers were involved in 346 troops in contact fights, fired just over 20,000 rounds of artillery and mortars, hit the enemy with 269 JDAMs, suffered 59 wounded in action and lost 12 of our beloved comrades to the conflict in the Eastern Paktika Province. Through all of the sustained fighting the paratroopers of Task Force Eagle remained focused on improving governance in close partnership with each district governor, driving development efforts through the expenditure of a dramatic $22.4 million toward essential road, education, irrigation and agricultural projects, and provided an added measure of security for the devout people of Eastern Paktika through constant capacity building efforts with the Afghan National Army, National Police and Border Police. The strides of the brave soldiers of this great Task Force, made through these long months and at such a significant cost in blood and treasure, left an indelible mark in the history of warfare and gave this corner of Afghanistan a chance to enjoy true democracy for the first time in their history.

COUNTER ATTACK by JIM DIETZ (Task Force Eagle: 1-503rd Airborne: Operation Enduring Freedom)


THE ROCK!<br> By Jim Dietz

Image Size: 25" x 14.75"
Overall Size: 31" x 21"

250 Publisher Proof Edition
100 Artist Proof Edition

From Corregidor to Wardak...the legacy continues.

After 11 years of sustained conflict in Afghanistan, the "Sky Soldiers" of 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment continue to contribute and sacrifice towards the Global War on Terror. In the Spring of 2012, the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team received orders to deploy for the fourth time in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). This deployment would be known as OEF XIII. During this deployment, Task Force ROCK was tasked with securing over 80 kilometers of Highway 1, which is the life line to the capital city Kabul, and increasing the capacity of the Afghan National Security Forces in the province of Wardak, Afghanistan. From July 2012 to March 2013 the Taliban based enemy resisted Task Force ROCK's accomplishments at every turn. The battalion used a balanced approach of aiding their Afghan brothers to improve their warfighting skills and lethally removing enemy from the area of operations. With this method Task Force ROCK successfully contributed another chapter to the unit's storied heritage. The history and lineage of Task Force ROCK is steeped with acts of determination and brilliant feats of valor. The battalion traces its name from the airborne assault that took place on 16 February 1945 when the battalion jumped on Fortress Corregidor to liberate that island from occupying Japanese forces. The airborne assault on Corregidor, also known as "The Rock" for its volcanic origins, was intense and the heaviest for the battalion in World War II. Braving intense fire, the Paratroopers rushed forward and overcame the heavy blockhouse defenses, dropping explosives into fortifications to reduce hidden Japanese gunners. For its successful capture of Corregidor, the unit was awarded its first Presidential Unit Citation and also received its well earned nickname, "The ROCK!" Consequently, the actions of Task Force ROCK Paratroopers in OEF XIII were reminiscent of those in this scene. The fearless individual Paratroopers moving in disciplined formations to engage the imminent threat were common place during OEF XIII. These types of courageous actions were frequent as the Task Force increased the capacity of three Afghan Army Battalions and Police while simultaneously fighting to secure the highway. Dismounted Paratroopers maneuvering through the hinterland with aerial weapon teams and tactical vehicles in support were the norm as The ROCK controlled Highway 1. The enemy was savvy and used lethal tools like improvised explosive devices, rocket propelled grenades, and small arms fire to thwart the Task Force's efforts; yet their actions were futile. The ROCK Paratroopers endeavors were selfless and at times truly valorous; moreover they were notably following in the path of the battalion's forefathers and continuing the legacy...the proud legacy of The ROCK!

The ROCK1 by JAMES DIETZ (ROCK Paratroopers: 173rd Airborne Battalion: 2nd Battalion (Airborne))
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