Billings, Randy L., CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
153E-MH-60 Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
2009-2013, 153E, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1997 - 2013
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom


Chief Warrant Officer 2

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
2317 Spain Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502

Casualty Date
Dec 17, 2013
Hostile, Died
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)/Operation Noble Lance
Location of Interment
Florida National Cemetery - Bushnell, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

1st Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenPost 1311, Wewoka PostIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)Wounded Warrior Project
Chapter 563Fort Riley Chapter Life Member
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]1
  2013, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 1311, Wewoka Post (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) (Henryetta, Oklahoma) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2013, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Wounded Warrior Project [Verified]
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 563 (Sergeant At Arms) (Claremore, Oklahoma) - Chap. Page
  2013, Society of 1st Infantry Division , Fort Riley Chapter (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) [Verified]
  2013, Combat Helicopter Pilots Association, Life Member (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) [Verified]

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Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
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Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan (OEF-A)
The Taliban
Seizing upon a power vacuum after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan after their invasion, the Taliban assumed the role of government from 1996–2001. Their extreme interpretation of Islamic law prompted them to ban music, television, sports, and dancing, and enforce harsh judicial penalties (See Human rights in Afghanistan). Amputation was an accepted form of punishment for stealing, and public executions could often be seen at the Kabul football stadium. Women's rights groups around the world were frequently critical as the Taliban banned women from appearing in public or holding many jobs outside the home. They drew further criticism when they destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, historical statues nearly 1500 years old, because the Buddhas were considered idols.

In 1996, Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden moved to Afghanistan upon the invitation of the Northern Alliance leader Abdur Rabb ur Rasool Sayyaf. When the Taliban came to power, bin Laden was able to forge an alliance between the Taliban and his al-Qaeda organization. It is understood that al-Qaeda-trained fighters known as the 055 Brigade were integrated with the Taliban army between 1997 and 2001. It has been suggested that the Taliban and bin Laden had very close connections.

U.S.-led coalition action
Main article: War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
On 20 September 2001, the U.S. stated that Osama bin Laden was behind the 11 September attacks in 2001. The U.S. made a five point ultimatum to the Taliban:.

Deliver to the U.S. all of the leaders of al-Qaeda
Release all imprisoned foreign nationals
Close immediately every terrorist training camp
Hand over every terrorist and their supporters to appropriate authorities
Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps for inspection
On 21 September 2001, the Taliban rejected this ultimatum, stating there was no evidence in their possession linking bin Laden to the 11 September attacks.

On 22 September 2001 the United Arab Emirates and later Saudi Arabia withdrew their recognition of the Taliban as the legal government of Afghanistan, leaving neighboring Pakistan as the only remaining country with diplomatic ties.

On 4 October 2001, it is believed that the Taliban covertly offered to turn bin Laden over to Pakistan for trial in an international tribunal that operated according to Islamic shar'ia law. On 7 October 2001, the Taliban proposed to try bin Laden in Afghanistan in an Islamic court. This proposition was immediately rejected by the U.S. Shortly afterward, the same day, United States and British forces initiated military action against the Taliban, bombing Taliban forces and al-Qaeda terrorist training camps.

On 14 October 2001, the Taliban proposed to hand bin Laden over to a third country for trial, but only if they were given evidence of bin Laden's involvement in the events of 11 September 2001. The U.S. rejected this proposal and ensued with military operations.

The UN Security Council, on 16 January 2002, unanimously established an arms embargo and the freezing of identifiable assets belonging to bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the remaining Taliban.
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Dec 28, 2013
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