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  • FORSCOM's Annual AFAP Conference

    Feb 23, 2011

    U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) G-1 Well-Being officials are steadily preparing for the command's 2011 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference which will be held March 7-11, in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Task Force Thunder rolls into Afghanistan

    Feb 23, 2011

    Task Force Thunder, composed of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade and its subordinate battalions, started its relief in place in Regional Command South here with its sister brigade, the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Task Force Destiny), in early February.

  • Transportation unit puts in heavy miles to provide escort, deliver supplies to Soldiers

    Feb 19, 2011

    Since first arriving in Afghanistan in July 2010, the drivers with the 109th Transportation Company so far have logged approximately more than 600,000 miles.

  • TF Iron selects Soldier, NCO of the Year

    Jan 21, 2011

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers and noncommissioned officers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team took part in an annual NCO and Soldier of the Year competition Jan. 4-5 at Forward Operating Base Andar.

  • Building Bak one shura at a time

    Jan 21, 2011

    KHOWST Province, Afghanistan - Among the new construction surrounding the Bak District Center, local elders, mullahs and government officials met three times in the last week to discuss the future of the district.

  • TF Iron Rakkasan radio connects GIRoA to people in Miri

    Jan 21, 2011

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Afghan government and 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, are expanding their reach with a second Radio in a Box station at the Miri District Center in Andar Province.

  • Bagram Airfield receives new aircraft fueling system

    Jan 13, 2011

    A new aircraft fueling system at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, will cut refueling time in half.

  • The foundations of education

    Jan 13, 2011

    Lifeliners, ANA team up to provide school with desks, chairs

  • "Family Ties on Enemy Lines"

    Jan 13, 2011

    Cousins who have not seen each other in years reunite in Afghanistan

  • Experts keep machine guns in the fight

    Jan 11, 2011

    Bringing their experience and expertise to bear on the battlefield, logistics assistance representatives connect the Materiel Enterprise to warfighters.

  • Brothers serve in Afghanistan, meet on Christmas Eve

    Jan 5, 2011

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Joel Borchardt and U.S. Army Pfc. James Borchardt, brothers, met on Forward Operating base Ghazni Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, after 11 months of serving separately in Afghanistan.

  • Awards ceremony marks start of TF Iron's road home

    Jan 5, 2011

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan- The first Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, will be heading home soon after spending the last 11 months in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Commo troops spread cheer to Afghans

    Jan 5, 2011

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Communication Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division bag toys and clothes alongside Bagram Airfield's Korean Hospital workers Jan. 2 to pass out to local Afghans. The gifts were donated by communications specialists of Co. C, HHB, 101st Abn. Div. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Grant Matthes, Combined Joint Task Force-101 Public Affairs)

  • Southern Soldier reflects on God, family, country

    Jan 5, 2011

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - God. Family. Country. In that order. The only colors are a red and blue American flag draped over a black-inked cross with those three words: God. Family. Country. U.S. Army Pfc. Gregory K. Martin, a fire control direction specialist from Pleasant Grove, Ala., wears this tattoo on his forearm proudly. For him, it's a symbol for the three most important things in his life.

  • TF White Eagle, TF Iron Rakkasan demonstrate coalition warfare success

    Jan 5, 2011

    Soldiers with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a combined operation with Polish Battle Group A in Bashir Village, Andar district, in eastern Ghazni province, Afghanistan, to cordon and search an insurgent safe haven, Dec. 30.

  • Soldiers invent 'Bastogne' bumper to help with supply mission

    Jan 3, 2011

    Looking to improve their vehicles' performance, two Soldiers came up with an idea for a new bumper on the Mine-Resistant, Ambushed-Protected All-Terrain Vehicle.

  • Keeping the lights on in Afghanistan

    Dec 30, 2010

    Operating under the aegis of Army Sustainment Command's 401st Army Field Support Brigade, the 4BCT/101ABN BLST is the leading element of the Materiel Enterprise, bringing logistics experience and expertise to bear on the battlefield.

  • Lifeliners conduct 'Big Drop II'

    Dec 24, 2010

    101st Sustainment Brigade and Unit Ministry Team team up for special Christmas aerial delivery mission.

  • CSA visits medical center at Kandahar

    Dec 23, 2010

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited Kandahar, Afghanistan, Dec. 23.

  • Families weather holidays without deployed loved ones

    Dec 22, 2010

    As a 20-plus-year military spouse, Pat Moseley has grown accustomed to celebrating her family's dual, month-long holiday season without her husband.

  • Mortarman shares close calls, passion for his job

    Dec 22, 2010

    He's a calm individual. His voice is barely above a whisper. Maybe because waiting for the enemy to attack in a hastily built fighting position in the Hindu Kush Mountains makes everybody whisper. Maybe because he doesn't get that excited anymore.

  • USO tour celebrities visit FOB Shank Soldiers

    Dec 22, 2010

    LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Celebrities traveling throughout Afghanistan on a USO tour stopped at Forward Operating Base Shank to meet and entertain and troops for the holiday season Dec. 21.

  • Riggers, chaplain ready for 'The Big Drop' in Afghanistan

    Dec 21, 2010

    The unit ministry team and riggers of the 101st Sustainment Brigade teamed up to prepare for 101 air drops slated to take place next week. The "Big Drop" will bring 101 bundles of care packages and other supplies to service members in two dozen remote Forward Operating Bases across Regional Command-East.

  • Commentary: deployed Soldiers think of others during holidays

    Dec 17, 2010

    Are the children here much different than anywhere else' No, they were just born into less-fortunate circumstances. Their lives don't include white picket fences and manicured lawns. As the holidays approach, think about those less fortunate around the world. For the most part, Americans are lucky to be born Americans and haven't earned it.

  • Con man's son serves honorably to right father's wrongs

    Dec 16, 2010

    Pfc. Bruce S. Simms, a 34-year-old rifleman from Calabasas, Calif. thought about joining the Army and righting wrongs done by his father, a con-artist, every day for 10 years, until he finally did.

  • Lifeliner Spotlight: Pfc. Stephanie Daniels

    Dec 14, 2010

    Spotlight profile on PFC Stephanie Daniels, a former Purdue University student who is now assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade as a member of the Personnel Security Detachment. She is one of two females assigned to the team.

  • ANSF partners with TF Bastogne to rid area of insurgents

    Dec 13, 2010

    Afghan National Security Forces partnered with Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, to conduct operations in the greater Sarkani District of Kunar Province beginning Dec. 10, to rid the area of insurgents.

  • Campbell talks security, governance with Team Paktya

    Dec 13, 2010

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, visited Forward Operating Base Gardez to meet with Team Paktya's board of directors Dec. 8 to discuss counterinsurgency operations in Paktya and the future of the provincial governance.

  • 101st Combat Aviation Brigade armament Soldier sets standard for hard work, job discipline

    Dec 13, 2010

    During the last nine months at Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, Spc. Jessica Newton has been a fixture on the flight line as an armament specialist with D Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • "A Purpose behind the Painting"

    Dec 12, 2010

    Spc. Bernal uses artistic talent to create lasting Lifeliner image

  • Obama visits US forces in Afghanistan

    Dec 12, 2010

    Soldiers with the 101st Sustainment Brigade were on hand as President Obama visited servicememembers stationed at Bagram Airfield

  • Whole lotta bundles

    Dec 12, 2010

    Contractors with the Bagram Regional Mail Distribution Center unload pallets of mail from an airplane at Bagram Air Field. The Bagram RMDC unloads at least 200,000 pounds of mail daily during the holidays. (U.S. Army photo by Private First Class Donte Gordon)

  • Soldiers relieve stress through poetry

    Dec 12, 2010

    Stress can be one of the biggest issues a war fighter faces while deployed and to stay healthy each Soldier must find a way to battle that pressure.

  • The defense of COP Margah: a story of valor

    Dec 11, 2010

    Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, successfully defended COP Margah from a complex attack against more than 120 insurgents during the early morning hours of Oct. 30.

  • Army medics help boy back on his feet

    Dec 10, 2010

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The fair-skinned blonde medic cradled the Afghan boy in her arms as she entered the coffee shop here. A Soldier and another young woman followed them inside. The boy's legs were wrapped in blankets and people inside the shop turned their heads to gaze at the boy as the group came in.

  • 101st Div. makes Ky. gov. honorary Screaming Eagle

    Dec 10, 2010

    BAGRAM Airfield, Afghanistan - The commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-101 and Regional Command East, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, made Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear an honorary Screaming Eagle over a video teleconference Nov. 4 for his support and dedication to the 101st Airborne Division.

  • A day in the life of an Army truck driver in Afghanistan

    Dec 10, 2010

    Garrett Bartlett has logged thousands of miles across barren landscapes. He carries the mail and supplies vital to the well-being of Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Connolly in Nangarhar Province.

  • Afghan, coalition leaders discuss strategy

    Dec 10, 2010

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces leaders in Regional Command-East briefed coalition and local Afghan government leaders on their strategy for the upcoming months Dec. 5.

  • Iron Rakkasans operate in insurgent haven to find, remove threats

    Dec 10, 2010

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Task Force Iron Rakkasan conducted Operation Blade III in eastern Ghazni Province Dec. 5. Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have conducted several operations in the Brimzi area over the past couple of weeks and Blade III was an extension of those missions.

  • Defense secretary visits Task Force Panther

    Dec 10, 2010

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Task Force Panther Soldiers crowd in close to listen to remarks by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at Forward Operating Base Connolly in eastern Afghanistan Dec. 7. Gates visited soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Panther, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

  • Depot delivers thousands of 'Toys for Tots'

    Dec 9, 2010

    Employees of the Corpus Christi Army Depot delivered hundreds of bicycles and thousands of toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for their "Toys for Tots" program, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.

  • Annual military lounge opens for holidays at Atlanta's airport

    Dec 8, 2010

    The 41st annual Military Holiday Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Concourse B at gate 33 opened Dec. 7 to serve military service members and their Families for the holidays. Howard C. Butler, deputy commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem, and 17 of his Soldiers were invited to participate in the opening ceremony as guests from the nearest military installation to the airport. Hosted by current and retired Delta Airlines employees and their family members, the lounge is a safe haven for the thousands of Soldiers, sailors, airman, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their Families who travel through the world's busiest airport each holiday season. It provides free personal hygiene items, beverages, baked goods and snacks to military service members. It is also a place where they can relax, watch a movie, listen to holiday music, and give their children a place to play games and make crafts.

  • Armament expert aids Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Dec 6, 2010

    Logistics Assistance Representatives partner with troops on the battlefield.

  • Army reviewing thousands of stop loss claims

    Dec 6, 2010

    The Army has pledged to keep claimants informed as they wait for their claims to be reviewed. Claimants will begin receiving e-mail updates outlining where case managers are working based on claim submission dates. These updates will allow claimants to know, in general terms, what claims are being reviewed and when to expect their resolution.

  • 2SCR Soldiers patrol Afghanistan

    Dec 3, 2010

    Soldiers with 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, from Vilsek, Germany, patrol Maywand District, Afghanistan.

  • U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan (Night Vision)

    Dec 3, 2010

    Soldiers in Afghanistan shot in Night Vision.

  • Finding the quickest path to victory in Afghanistan - U.S. forces reach out to local leaders

    Dec 3, 2010

    Winning the trust and confidence of the Afghan people is considered essential to victory in Afghanistan. Gaining the faith of key local leaders is one of the best ways to do that.

  • Soldiers and ANA fight to drive out last Taliban stronghold

    Dec 3, 2010

    Afghan National Army soldiers, supported by U.S. forces, have established a firm position in several areas of what is being called the Taliban's last stronghold, the horn of Panjwa'i, an area southwest of the Arghandab River.

  • U.S. and Afghan Army partner to supply troops on the frontline

    Dec 3, 2010

    The Leader Rakkasans have partnered with the Afghan National Army in order to supply troops fighting Taliban in the Horn of Panjwa'i.

  • Paktika PRT visits Orgun schools, conducts KLE

    Dec 3, 2010

    Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team civil affairs visited schools and conducted a key leader engagement in the Orgun District here, Nov. 24. When it comes to the PRT's mission to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with providing stability for the people, these missions are critical.

  • Army fielding app upgrades to improve mild TBI reporting on battlefield

    Dec 2, 2010

    The Army is in the midst of fielding a massive software upgrade to medical units on the front lines, delivering improved methods for capturing and reporting mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) data, as well as better tools for managing medical supplies, and better visibility of in-transit patients and equipment.

  • Destiny Coalition Slingload Operations

    Nov 29, 2010

    Staff Sgt. Matthew Teleha, Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew chief, gets the thumbs up from a coalition Australian partner during a Chinook sling-load operation to move a generator from one location to another in southern Afghanistan Nov. 14, 2010. Task Force Destiny's CH-47s provide ground support to coalition forces, Afghan forces and the civilian population through personnel movements and resupplies throughout southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released)

  • TF Bulldog remembers 6 fallen comrades

    Nov 27, 2010

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Six fallen Soldiers from Task Force Bulldog were honored during a memorial service at Combat Outpost Honikker Miracle in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 21.

  • TF Iron launches blimp over FOB Andar

    Nov 27, 2010

    Task Force Iron Rakkasan launched the first flight of the blimp over Forward Operating Base Andar Nov. 17. The blimp, properly known as a Precision Threat Detection System, allows a 360-degree, all-weather, birds'-eye view of the surrounding area, with very little restrictions.

  • FOB Connolly Soldiers keep servicemembers rolling

    Nov 27, 2010

    NANGAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Soldiers of D Troop, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment's distribution platoon wear many hats. These troops of Forward Operating Base Connolly have a wide range of duties. Some days they are on a combat logistical patrol, another day they may be part of the quick reaction force responding to a threat to the COB.

  • Soldier credits Army for opportunities

    Nov 27, 2010

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - In 2002, he moved to the United States with $500 his pocket. He didn't know what he was going to do. He had spent his whole life living outside of Kingston, Jamaica, in a small town called John John.

  • Rakkasans eclipse retention goal in record time

    Nov 27, 2010

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Just a month and a half into the new fiscal year, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, has reached its retention goals, shattering records in the process.

  • TF Iron runs Turkey Trot in Afghanistan, Fort Campbell

    Nov 27, 2010

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers of Task Force Iron Rakkasans conducted the first leg of the 5 km "Turkey Trot" on Forward Operating Base Andar in Ghazni Province Nov. 20.

  • Iron Rakkasans enjoy Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

    Nov 27, 2010

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Task Force Iron Rakkasan celebrated Thanksgiving 2010 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Even thousands of miles from home, the Soldiers had many reasons to be thankful.

  • Troops at FOB Salerno take time to give thanks

    Nov 27, 2010

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers and civilians living and working at Forward Operating Base Salerno lined up at the base's dining facility Nov. 25 to indulge in a feast fit for kings and served by command staff.

  • Father presents son Purple Heart Thanksgiving Day

    Nov 27, 2010

    They say the holidays are a time for families to be together. Sgt. William Billett was together with his son Sgt. Timothy Billett this Thanksgiving, albeit under rather unique circumstances. William presented his son the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat Aug. 28.

  • Army families cope with holiday separations

    Nov 24, 2010

    Amy Scarpulla hopes her deployed husband can call home tomorrow before final Thanksgiving meal dish is rinsed and the last of the turkey leftovers are packed away in the fridge. But after dealing with five deployments in 12 years, she's all-too aware of the mission-first mentality of the combat zone.

  • Taxpayers benefit from Army's excess non-standard equipment

    Nov 24, 2010

    The Army has provided more than $4 million in excess non-standard equipment to 11 U.S. state governments since March 2010 as part of the drawdown of U.S. equipment from Iraq.

  • Summit connects information technology leaders to solutions ahead

    Nov 19, 2010

    The general in charge of operating and defending Army networks in the Western Hemisphere challenged a gathering of more than 100 Army IT professionals from across the nation to help shape the its enterprise network efforts during a leadership summit here November 15-18.

  • CJTF-101 Command Sgt. Maj. Schroeder Views 401st M-ATVs

    Nov 19, 2010

    Combined Joint Task Force-101 Command Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Schroeder (left) visits with Command Sgt. Maj. Rex Ray of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade while touring the Joint Program Office mine-resistant ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle maintenance bay at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The contractor-run maintenance facility supports the Army Prepositioned Stocks and Force Packages 1, 2 and 3 being issued directly to Army units and coalition forces.

  • A new chapter begins for Army Diversity and Leadership

    Nov 17, 2010

    The Army has realigned what was formerly known as the Army Diversity Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Civil Rights Office and the Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance and Complaints into the new organization known as the Army's Diversity and Leadership Office.

  • Aid stations at Campbell, Carson move from paper to digtal medical records

    Nov 17, 2010

    Replacing paper with electronic medical record systems, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division (ID) at Fort Carson, Colo., and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., are the latest to join the growing list of units using MC4, a once battlefield-only system, to document Soldier care in garrison. This enables units to familiarize themselves with a system they will ultimately use down range.

  • 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Chinook Operations

    Nov 13, 2010

    A Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade CH-47 Chinook helicopter piloted by Capt. David Jenkins and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Andrew Lau pick up accumulated slings left from previous sling-load resupply missions delivered to Task Force Knight, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers on a mountainside along the Operational Coordination Center District in the Arghandab River Valley of southern Afghanistan Nov. 8, 2010. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released)

  • Maj. Gen. Fontaine Visits Afghanistan

    Nov 12, 2010

    Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine visits Afghanistan.

  • 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Kiowa Warrior Helicopter

    Nov 11, 2010

    A Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter conducts aerial reconnaissance in southern Afghanistan Nov. 8, 2010. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released)

  • Task Force Destiny Chinook Operations

    Nov 11, 2010

    A Task Force Destiny CH-47 Chinook helicopter lands after completeing a full day of missions in southern Afghanistan Oct. 23, 2010. Chinooks provide personnel movement, resupply and ground support to coalition forces, Afghan forces and the civilian population. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released)

  • 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Kiowa Warriors

    Nov 11, 2010

    Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter conduct aerial reconnaissance in southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released)

  • Army Vice Chief addresses reintegration at Fort Stewart

    Nov 10, 2010

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli visited Fort Stewart to discuss reintegration efforts with 3rd Infantry Division and garrison leaders and recently-deployed Soldiers, Nov. 8. While here, he stressed the Army's role in meeting Soldiers' behavioral health needs and the importance of Family- Member involvement during their Soldiers' reintegration process.

  • C Co. guards COP Penich

    Nov 10, 2010

    tower guard shift at Combat Outpost Penich in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province Nov. 3.

  • TF Currahee conducts largest combined U.S., Afghan air assault so far

    Nov 10, 2010

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE ORGUN-E, Afghanistan - The autumn air was cold during the early morning hours as more than 250 U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers, each with more than 120 pounds of equipment on their backs, awaited the helicopters for their air assault into an area known for harbouring anti-coalition militants.

  • TF Iron conducts air assault to stop insurgent attacks

    Nov 10, 2010

    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Task Force Iron Rakkasans continue thwart insurgent activities as three platoons took part in an air assault operation into Shamshay Village, Andar District, here Oct. 29.

  • Shop keeps communications open

    Nov 10, 2010

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - From the thick of the battlefield to the comforts of garrison life, communication between Soldiers is key to army life. It is up to Task Force Bastogne's Headquarters and Headquarters Company communication shop - also known as S6 - to repair and maintain communications equipment and provide expert advice to her battalions in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province.

  • Task Force Destiny Soldiers receive the Distinguished Flying Cross

    Nov 7, 2010

    Four Alpha Company, 5-158 Aviation Regiment, "Fighting Falcons," Soldiers were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Nov. 1st at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan for their heroism on an aerial flight April 2, 2010. Chief Warrant Officer two Sean Johnson, Chief Warrant Officer Two Eric Wells, Sgt. William Ebel and Spc. Todd Marchese were part of the successful medevac of eight German commandos in the vicinity of Konduz, Afghanistan. The Germans were ambushed by insurgents and this crew performed multiple suppressive gun runs which kept the insurgents from surrounding the commandos and allowed the bird to land and extract the wounded. This crew has already received the German Gold Cross of Honor for Bravery. They are four of 14 foreigners to have ever received this award. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Noncommissioned Officer Tracy Weeden/Released)

  • Wounded warrior rides bike across Israel

    Nov 6, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 4, 2010) Aca,!" A Fort Lee employee had the opportunity of a lifetime recently when he traveled across Israel on his bike.

  • FORSCOM Hispanic warrant officer attains a first in his professional field

    Nov 3, 2010

    Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4) Princido Texidor, the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Food Service advisor, was promoted today to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5). The promotion made Texidor of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the first Hispanic to achieve the rank of CW5 in the Army's Food Service branch. CW5 is the highest rank in the Warrant Officer Corps. Maj. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, FORSCOM's G4/Director of Logistics, presided over the promotion ceremony, which took place in the Hall of Heroes at the Soldier Support Center at Fort Bragg, NC.

  • Quiet hero awarded Soldier's Medal

    Nov 1, 2010

    Specialist Jose A. Ortiz-Fernandez of the 63rd Chemical Company, 101st Airborne Division was awarded the prestigious Soldier's Medal in the shadows of the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters Friday, October 29.

  • Everything changed

    Nov 1, 2010

    Since the Fort Hood shooting, the Army has revised AR 381-12, Threat Awareness and Reporting Program, to include identifying insider threat behaviors that indicate a person may be engaged in espoinage or international terrorism and how to report such activity to the Army.

  • FORSCOM to release its 5-year Campaign Plan Oct. 26 at AUSA National Meeting

    Oct 26, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Oct. 25, 2010) -- U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Commanding General, General James D. Thurman, will issue the FORSCOM Campaign Plan (2011-2015) on Oct. 26, 2010. "The FORSCOM Campaign Plan describes my vision to man, equip and train our Soldiers to operate in a dynamic, complex environment," said Gen. Thurman. "The plan is synchronous with the Army Campaign Plan, and focuses on our output-trained and ready forces capable of skillfully executing full spectrum operations anywhere in the world our capabilities are needed."

  • FORSCOM chaplain explains role of Army chaplains to 470 FRG leaders at symposium

    Oct 26, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 24, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) staff chaplain for Soldier and Family Well Being spoke to Family Readiness Group leaders about the role of chaplains in the Army at the third annual FRG Training Symposium Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Hotel here. Chaplain (Col.) Bradford Fipps explained that there are many reasons for FRG leaders to know the role of the chaplains and what they have to offer to Soldiers and Family members. The annual FORSCOM-sponsored training event attracted 470 FRG leaders from Army units nationwide this year.

  • Eagles prepare for flight

    Oct 25, 2010

    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101, Regional Command East commander, receives an initial briefing for an upcoming flight on an F-15E Strike Eagle from U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Allan A. Nilles, 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, Oct. 20. Campbell is flying with members of the Strike Eagle squadron to become more familiar with the mission and capabilities of the F-15 which provides close-air support to his Soldiers on the ground in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Army sergeant finds his passion in baking

    Oct 23, 2010

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Whoever said "never trust a skinny chef" could not have been thinking about military cooks at the time. Meet the 185-pound U.S. Army Sgt. Bill McDonald.

  • Eagles prepare for flight

    Oct 21, 2010

  • Deployed servicemembers, civilians compete in Army 10-Miler shadow run

    Oct 21, 2010

    More than 500 deployed servicemembers and civilians participated in a shadow run of the Army 10-Miler here Oct. 17.

  • Taliban leader killed during Pech River Valley operation

    Oct 21, 2010

    Coalition forces learned that Gul Nabi, a mid-level Taliban commander was killed in an engagement with the combined security forces Oct. 17.

  • Security Forces continue operations in Pech River Valley

    Oct 21, 2010

    Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, continued targeting insurgent fighters operating in the Darah-Ye Pech District of Kunar province Oct. 17.

  • Army reservist fights information war in Afghanistan

    Oct 20, 2010

    Staff Sgt. Evan L. Batie, a reservist with the 319th Psychological Operations Co., 13th Psychological Operations Battalion, is on the forefront of the information war in Afghanistan.

  • Aviation Summit Focus is on Depot's Future

    Oct 18, 2010

  • Security forces begin operations in the Pech River Valley

    Oct 18, 2010

    Afghan National Security Forces, with support from International Security Assistance Force members, began operations Oct. 15 in the Pech River Valley aimed at denying safe havens for insurgents and bolstering the Government Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's influence in local villages.

  • Platoon provides support throughout Behsood District

    Oct 18, 2010

    The Support Platoon of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, conducts daily missions in the Behsood District of eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province.

  • Paktika PRT sponsors province-wide governance conference

    Oct 18, 2010

    Approximately 50 provincial and district leaders from throughout Paktika Province met over a three-day period to discuss strategic planning, budgeting and various ways in which to identify the true needs of their constituents. The training also introduced the concept of the People's Development Fund, a new initiative designed to help Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials better manage their resources and expectations. The event was the second in a scheduled multi-phased training plan to help promote development and good governance in the province located in southeast Afghanistan. The Paktika PRT is a joint team whose mission is to help legitimize the government of Afghanistan through development, governance and agricultural initiatives.

  • 236 Rakkasans reenlist in combat zone

    Oct 16, 2010

    A total of 236 Task Force Rakkasan Soldiers gathered at various combat outposts and forward operating bases across Afghanistan to take the oath of re-enlistment Oct. 10.

  • Faces of combat: Task Force Bulldog

    Oct 16, 2010

  • Afghan students, Soldiers connect online

    Oct 16, 2010

    Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team spoke with 15 high school students Oct. 7, including eight from Jalalabad, during an online conference where students had the opportunity to ask them any question.

  • TF Currahee Soldiers on patrol in KKC

    Oct 16, 2010

    Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion of the 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted a presence patrol in the city of Khayr-Khot Castle Oct. 6.

  • TF Currahee artillerymen train, prepare to answer the call

    Oct 16, 2010

    Task Force Currahee artillerymen deployed to Forward Operating Base Khayr-Khot Castle understand their mission and stay prepared to do their job at a moment's notice.