The post-infil flight returned to the forward arming and refueling point (FARP) to refuel and then returned to the FOB to await the exfil
I decided that the best exfil
plan was for us to go out on our own, in a high-speed two-vehicle convoy.
By 18 September, TF Chosin had finally met all external requirements for exfil
from Barg-e Matah and on the morning of 19 September, the remainder of the coalition forces moved back to FOB Bostick and then on to FOB Joyce.
Using the same combination of maneuver to push insurgents out of villages, ISR to locate their exfil
, and a Reaper to finish them, TF Iron killed two insurgents on a motorcycle carrying AK-47S, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs).
Once we arrived at 2nd Company's HQ, we dismounted a section and cleared just enough of the building to exfil
the IA soldiers.
The enemy also used the ditches from the karez system or the walled gardens inside a village as cover during contact and concealment during their exfil
Examples include pulling all available intelligence from all sources and providing it to leaders as soon as possible in the orders process; using technological assets to positively identify (PID) the enemy on the objective, not at the detention facility; generating tactical intelligence reports (TIRs) on the objective through TQ, not after exfil
. All of the assets and methods listed in this discussion can be used on the objective to more effectively find the enemy.
It is important to note that at the time, terrain restricted movement to and from the firebase on a single infil and exfil
route, making it a favorite target of enemy ambushes and IEDs.
When rehearsed each Soldier knew exactly where he was supposed to go when the "prep for exfil
" command was given.
For example: SSG Johnson returns from using Route Red as his infil and Route Green as his exfil
after his mission to District Headquarters, with an infil time of 19 0500 January and an exfil
time of 19 1900 January.
Throughout my time in Afghanistan, the enemy never engaged my company unless they fired from dominant terrain and had a planned exfil