Firebase Phoenix is a small American firebase in the Korengal valley in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. The valley is 20 km from the Pakistani border, northwest of the Khyber Pass and northeast of Tora Bora.
“I hope they know by now why they are here. To look out outside the base and see people doing things, selling things, kids going to schools, even girls, that’s why we’re here, so that the Afghan people can do things many take for granted. It’s not easy to bear all the sacrifices these soldiers are making, but their role is historic in granting people the same freedoms we have at home.”
“Our job is to secure an area of the Pech River road. The strategic location and purpose of this road make it very valuable. We need to ensure the road’s progress moves forward. This road will improve the lives of the people who live here, enhance the Afghan security forces’ ability to control the area and stimulate economic and social development.”
In popular culture
Firebase Phoenix was featured in the first mission of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 campaign in the mission S.S.D.D. where PFC Allen trained on a simulated course, although the in-game version bore little resemblance to the actual Firebase Phoenix (it was surrounded by desert, rather than greenery, for instance).
Firebase Phoenix was also featured in the National Geographic movie Restrepo focusing on the Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in the Korangal Valley.
- Spc. Jon H. Arguello (9 July 2007). "Task Force Rock Prepares to Tame Afghanistan’s ‘Valley of Fire’". American Forces Press Service. Retrieved 17 February 2008.
- Sgt. Brandon Aird (18 June 2007). "Battle Company Makes Presence Known". 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
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