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Ft. Campbell Aviation Brigade Claims Progress in Afghanistan

The commander of an aviation brigade from Fort Campbell that is currently deployed said the Afghan security forces are becoming more capable both on the ground and in the air.

Col. Paul Bontrager, commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, briefed the media by teleconference on Monday on the brigade's first 100 days of its Afghanistan deployment.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports that the helicopter unit is currently operating in an area in Afghanistan that is the size of Texas and has completed more than 7,000 missions so far.

Bontrager said the Afghans now can medically evacuate their own personnel using their helicopters and that the success of their air corps will be key when the U.S. removes combat forces in 2014.

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