• Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno presents the Purple Heart Medal to Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, on Forward Operation Bases Masum Ghar, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2013.

    CSA presents Purple Hearts

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno presents the Purple Heart Medal to Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, on Forward Operation Bases Masum Ghar, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2013.

  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno speaks to Soldiers on Forward Operation Base Masum Ghar, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2013.

    CSA at FOB Masum Ghar, Afghanistan

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno speaks to Soldiers on Forward Operation Base Masum Ghar, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2013.

  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno (left) promotes Warrant Officer Shaun Mance to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2 at Forward Operating Base Frontenac in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2013.

    CSA promotes warrant in Afghanistan

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno (left) promotes Warrant Officer Shaun Mance to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2 at Forward Operating Base Frontenac in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2013.

  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno greets key leaders from Regional Command -- South, Feb. 21, 2013. Odierno visited Soldiers and leaders in RC-S to get updates on how well the Army is preparing and training Soldiers.

    CSA visits Regional Command-South

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno greets key leaders from Regional Command -- South, Feb. 21, 2013. Odierno visited Soldiers and leaders in RC-S to get updates on how well the Army is preparing and training Soldiers.

  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno greets junior Soldiers from Regional Command -- South, Feb. 22, 2013. Odierno visited Soldiers and leaders in RC-S to get updates on how well the Army is preparing and training Soldiers.

    CSA vistits Regional Command-South

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno greets junior Soldiers from Regional Command -- South, Feb. 22, 2013. Odierno visited Soldiers and leaders in RC-S to get updates on how well the Army is preparing and training Soldiers.

  • Spc. Austin Noreiga receives a Purple Heart from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, Feb. 22, 2013.

    CSA visits Regional Command-South

    Spc. Austin Noreiga receives a Purple Heart from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, Feb. 22, 2013.

  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno re-enlists Soldiers from Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Feb. 22, 2013. Odierno had a small group discussion and lunch with the Soldiers following the ceremony.

    CSA visits Regional Command-South

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno re-enlists Soldiers from Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Feb. 22, 2013. Odierno had a small group discussion and lunch with the Soldiers following the ceremony.

  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno has a small group discussion with Soldiers from Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2013.

    CSA visits Regional Command-South

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno has a small group discussion with Soldiers from Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2013.

  • Brig. Gen. Christopher Hughes, Third Infantry Division and Regional Command -- South deputy commanding general for maneuver welcomes Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2013. Odierno visited Soldiers and leaders in RC-S to get updates on the preparation of Soldiers.

    CSA visits Regional Command-South

    Brig. Gen. Christopher Hughes, Third Infantry Division and Regional Command -- South deputy commanding general for maneuver welcomes Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2013. Odierno visited Soldiers...

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Feb. 25, 2013) -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno visited with leaders and Soldiers deployed to Regional Command (South), Afghanistan, at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar and at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Feb. 21.

Odierno's purpose during the visit was to meet with Soldiers and leaders to get updates about how the Army is preparing Soldiers for Afghanistan, in terms of training, equipping and manning. He also received updates on how Army units are partnering with Afghan National Security Forces as they transition to independent operations.

His first stop, at Forward Operating Base, or FOB, Masum Ghar, featured an overview of the land surrounding the base before administering the oath of enlistment to five Soldiers, and awarding various other medals including four Purple Hearts, one Bronze Star with valor device, two Combat Infantry Badges, and two Combat Action Badges.

Following the awards presentation, he spoke directly to Soldiers.

"Purple Hearts tend to go to those who tend to be out front; who tend to be the ones who are constantly out front conducting hard difficult missions and they tend to be the ones who end up getting hurt in some way," said Odierno.

"It's about taking care of each other, it's about taking care of those on your right, on your left, to your front and to your rear," said Odierno. "It's about being there for each other in the toughest of times. It's about learning from each other. It's about being a team to accomplish a mission."

Next, Odierno traveled to FOB Frontenac where he received an operations update from 2-3 Field Artillery before promoting Warrant Officer Shaun Mance to chief warrant officer 2.

He also administered the oath of enlistment to several service members, presented various awards to include two Purple Hearts, two Combat Infantry Badges, two Combat Action Badges, one Combat Medical Badge, and recognized six Soldiers with coins. Following the awards presentation, he had a small group discussion with Soldiers of various ranks and military occupation specialties.

After the discussion, Odierno spent the remainder of his time here having lunch with junior Soldiers.

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