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  • Eagle Express: A team of junior leaders making it happen

    Dec 19, 2012

    For the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, supporting the aviation needs of ground forces is the core of the mission. In order to achieve success, the aircraft need to be at peak performance.

  • Australian, American Soldiers share Christmas spirit in Afghanistan

    Dec 19, 2012

    More than 11 years into the war in Afghanistan, care packages continue to be a pleasant reminder that Soldiers serving at Multinational Base Tarin Kot are remembered during the holiday season.

  • USO brings holiday cheer, laughter to troops in Southern Afghanistan

    Dec 17, 2012

    Members of the 2012 annual USO holiday tour, Craig Stammen, Kellie Pickler, Ross Detwiler, Matt Hendricks and Iliza Shlesinger, stopped at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, to entertain and raise morale of deployed service members, Dec. 16, 2012.

  • Afghan electrical engineers, linemen receive training, new equipment

    Dec 16, 2012

    Afghan engineers and linemen in Helmand province just got a major helping hand thanks to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program that taught Da Afghaninstan Breshna Sherkat (Afghanistan's electric utility company) employees how to safely operate the new electric utility trucks donated to them by the United States in early December.

  • Panetta talks future of force with troops in Afghanistan

    Dec 15, 2012

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited Kandahar Airfield , Afghanistan, Dec. 13, 2012, to discuss progress in the war in Afghanistan, the challenges the Defense Department faces and what changes service members can expect for the future of their careers in the military.

  • Soldiers gather to strengthen resiliency, combat stress

    Dec 14, 2012

    Chaplains from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gathered in a briefing room at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, for an extensive two-day training event aimed at increasing individual resiliency, Dec. 5, 2012.

  • U.S., Romanian Soldier team up to rescue Afghan honey bees

    Dec 12, 2012

    When the Mescal Detachment of Agricultural Development Team 4 from Mississippi arrived in Afghanistan, they didn't know they were inheriting beehives from the outgoing Agricultural Development Team, but they found out pretty quickly and they were just in time.

  • Chief Army Nurse visits Afghanistan

    Dec 11, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Jimmie O. Keenan, the commanding general of U.S. Army Public Health Command, and chief of the Army Nurse Corps, met with medical providers at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2012.

  • Guard wounded warrior, Afghanistan veteran advocates suicide prevention

    Dec 11, 2012

    Twin brothers Earl and Joseph Granville were brothers by blood as well as brothers in arms. They were bunkmates in basic training and deployed twice together overseas. But everything changed after retired Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville's third deployment with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

  • 'Building Strong' in Afghanistan also means building safe

    Dec 10, 2012

    Throughout the Afghanistan Engineer District-South area of operations, where dozens of Afghan National Security Forces installations are under construction, safety and occupational health specialists visit job sites daily to make sure laborers are protected from unnecessary risks.

  • The next surge in Afghanistan - holiday mail

    Dec 10, 2012

    The troop surge in Afghanistan officially ended in September, but Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are preparing for another surge that will arrive in country over the next three weeks: holiday mail.

  • USACE's military construction program in southern Afghanistan winds down

    Dec 5, 2012

    Since its beginning in 2009, the Afghanistan Engineer District-South has awarded 46 contracts for military construction and has completed 35 of them. Those 35 projects in south and west Afghanistan are valued at about $540 million. The South District has 11 more military construction projects which will be done by the spring of 2013, one slated for completion in the fall of 2013 and one slated for award in late December 2012.

  • Peace and reintegration future in Afghan's hands

    Dec 3, 2012

    Uruzgan provincial and district level leaders, along with members from Combined Team Uruzgan, Uruzgan Provincial Reconstruction Team and Special Operations Task Force Southeast, conducted a vital visit to support the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program, Nov. 24, 2012.

  • Afghan Security Forces close out Kalak Hode

    Nov 28, 2012

    A major Afghan National Security Forces operation to clear insurgents from the southern Afghanistan province of Uruzgan during Nov. 4 to 20, once again demonstrated ANSF's ability to operate independently.

  • ISAF improves Afghanistan's judicial system

    Nov 28, 2012

    Coalition forces are working with Afghan forensic evidence collection teams to ensure criminal evidence stands up in court.

  • Building eco dome brings villagers, service members together

    Nov 27, 2012

    Roughly three years ago, a group of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa military members arrived at the small village of Karabti San several hours north of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in the Tadjourah region to build an eco dome.

  • CTF 4-2 takes over for sister brigade in Afghanistan

    Nov 27, 2012

    In front of local Afghan provincial government officials and the Regional Command-South command team, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division unfurled its unit colors and obtained command from its sister brigade, 3rd SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div., during a Transfer of Authority ceremony here, Nov. 24.

  • Mountain Blade: Partnership slices through historic Afghan pass

    Nov 27, 2012

    With a surface denoting the embodiment of Afghanistan's tumultuous history, the Salang Pass is more than a roadway; it's an economic and cultural symbol to Afghans. The battered roadway through the Parwan province is the primary transit route between northern and southern Afghanistan crossing the treacherous Hindu Kush mountain range and typically the only pass in the area to remain in use the entire year.

  • Troops prepare to keep steady peace in Sinai

    Nov 27, 2012

    Alongside current tensions and upheavals in the Middle East and northern Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring movements, the peacekeeping mission on the Sinai Peninsula continues after more than 30 years. Soldiers of the 5-113th Field Artillery are deploying to the Sinai for a year as Multinational Force Observers.

  • Fitness competition brings FOB together

    Nov 26, 2012

    Twenty competitors and twice as many spectators congregated for the Forward Operating Base Lightning Warrior Competition, Nov. 2, 2012, in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan, to take part in or observe a six-stage fitness contest.

  • 'Steppe Eagle' soars over Kazakhstan

    Nov 26, 2012

    More than 1,000 service members from six nations converged on the Republic of Kazakhstan, Sept. 6-18, 2012, for the 10th-annual, multinational, peacekeeping Exercise Steppe Eagle.

  • Afghan Border Police take lead in Operation Southern Strike IV

    Nov 26, 2012

    Members of the 3rd Zone Afghan Border Police and their respective Security Forces Assistance Team advisers made a deliberate effort to reach the remote areas in Spin Boldak and Tak-teh Pol districts, remove insurgent influence and address villagers economic and security concerns during Operation Southern Strike IV in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 15-18, 2012.

  • Task Force Centurion helps Afghan training, real-world mission

    Nov 26, 2012

    Dozens of Afghan National Army soldiers stealthily entered the security gates of the coalition ammunition point after a simulated report of an insurgent attack on Camp Phoenix during a training exercise here, Nov. 3, 2012.

  • Westphal, Austin survey battlefield, present awards, thank troops for service

    Nov 25, 2012

    The Army's second highest ranking civilian and military leaders met with American and NATO leadership at regional commands, hospitals, forward operating bases, and support units throughout eastern and southern Afghanistan, and thanked service members, civilians, and contractors for their hard work and sacrifice during a three-day visit, Nov. 20-23, 2012.

  • Westphal, Austin visit, thank troops in southern Afghanistan Thanksgiving Day

    Nov 22, 2012

    Instead of spending the holidays with loved ones and enjoying time off, holidays for those serving in Afghanistan mean business as usual. The mission to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan doesn't take a holiday, and neither does the enemy.

  • USACE builds road in Helmand province, cuts travel time in half

    Nov 19, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is constructing a road in Helmand province, from Nawa to Lashkar Gah, in Southern Afghanistan, that already has cut travel time in half.

  • Attitude gives Helicopter Landing Zone team what it needs

    Nov 17, 2012

    The Soldiers of Headquarters Company, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), show off their combat efficiency with sling load operations in Khowst Province, Afghanistan.

  • Soldiers using sunlight to improve combat capability

    Nov 14, 2012

    Soldiers are enlisting the sun's power in Afghanistan. Ten solar generators are now providing Special Forces Soldiers in distant outposts the energy they need to accomplish their mission. And, these generators are allowing them precious more time to train Afghan forces and win the friendship of local Afghans.

  • U.S., Bulgarian forces train together during Allied Force 12

    Nov 14, 2012

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe and their partners from the Bulgarian Land Forces are working together at Novo Selo, Bulgaria, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 10, 2012, to certify a Bulgarian battalion as part of exercise Allied Force 12.

  • 2 border guard posts open in Tajikistan

    Nov 14, 2012

    Representatives from the U.S. and Tajikistan governments celebrated the opening of two border guard posts in Sayod and Ribhoz, Tajikistan, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Nov. 6, 2012.

  • Remembrance Day ceremony held at Bagram Airfield

    Nov 12, 2012

    Approximately 300 service members gathered at the 9/11 memorial at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to honor those who have paid the ultimate price during a Remembrance Day ceremony, Nov. 11, 2012.

  • USACE set to begin electricity improvement project in Helmand province

    Nov 12, 2012

    Afghanistan's electric company will be able to deliver more reliable electricity with fewer interruptions at the end of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction project set to begin this week in Helmand province.

  • Service members in Afghanistan pay tribute on Veterans Day

    Nov 11, 2012

    While many in the United States spend time with loved ones, barbeque with friends or take time off to commemorate Veterans Day, coalition forces remain hard at work in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • 25th CAB medevac crew receives Australian award

    Nov 1, 2012

    Australian Forces at Multinational Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, recognized the actions of a medical evacuation crew from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Gunfighters, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, during an awards ceremony Oct. 18, 2012

  • Reserve MPs take on Bagram beat one day at a time

    Oct 23, 2012

    Cpl. Margie Jones and Spc. Judy Sanchez, both military police officers assigned to the Army Reserve's 539th Military Police Detachment, out of Buckeye, Ariz., currently patrol sector 4 on Bagram Airfield.

  • Vietnam veteran continues service in Afghanistan

    Oct 21, 2012

    Ask Chief Warrant Officer 4 Walter Jones why he continues to serve 43 years after he first joined the Army and he will tell you, "It's all about flying and Soldiers."

  • Medevac central: A glimpse at one of the busiest medevac locations in Afghanistan

    Oct 21, 2012

    Pasab averages 30 percent of all Category Alpha medevac missions in Regional Command-South, Afghanistan. The medevac crews at Pasab also see the worst injuries as they only respond to urgent medical calls, known as CAT-A missions. These are calls with injuries, such as a multiple amputee patients, that require a response from mission start to medical facility delivery of less than one hour - known as the golden hour.

  • Guardsman teaches teachers in Afghanistan

    Oct 17, 2012

    From a New York classroom to a meeting room in the middle of Afghanistan, Sgt. Andrew Brechko never stops teaching.

  • Afghan soldiers help build strong pillars for future

    Oct 16, 2012

    Afghan soldiers with the 5th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps handed out school supplies to children at the Pir Mohamed School in Sanjeray, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2012.

  • Corps of Engineers delivers garrison installation for Afghan forces in Herat

    Oct 12, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Afghanistan Engineer District-South recently completed building the Afghanistan National Army's 9th Commando Kandak (battalion) in Herat province.

  • Last West Point mentor at Afghan academy flies U.S. flag

    Oct 11, 2012

    Staff and faculty from the U.S Military Academy at West Point have been involved with the National Military Academy of Afghanistan since 2003, when a team went to Afghanistan to advise the Afghan National Army and to help develop a model for the founding of a military academy to train new ANA officers.

  • Patrols increasing confidence of Afghan Army

    Oct 10, 2012

    As task forces across Afghanistan continue to adjust to their role as trainers, mentors and enablers, the members of the Afghan National Security Forces are also learning to adjust.

  • Mentors invite Afghan soldiers to participate in Army Ten-Miler shadow run

    Oct 9, 2012

    Seven Afghan National Army soldiers working for the ANA Army Support Command and subordinate units had the opportunity to participate in the Army Ten-Miler shadow run at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2012.

  • Afghan, ISAF police disrupt narcotics smuggling with help from hounds

    Oct 9, 2012

    The recent threat of insider attacks temporarily slowed partnered activities in Afghanistan recently, but the Soldiers of 563rd Military Police Company reunited with their Afghan Uniform Police partners for the highly-successful Operation Clean Sweep conducted in districts throughout Kandahar City, Oct. 3, 2012.

  • Camp Hero graduates 1,000 Afghan soldiers

    Oct 2, 2012

    The Afghan National Army graduated a new class of soldiers from the Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar at Camp Hero, Afghanistan, Sept. 13, 2012.

  • Afghan, U.S. forces 'clean the way' for residents in Shinkai district

    Oct 2, 2012

    The 1st Kandak, 205th Corps of the Afghan National Army, set into motion a mission to clear the roads to and from the local bazaar, in conjunction with Battle Company, 5th Battalion 20th Infantry Regiment, Task Force 1st Squadron 14th Cavalry Regiment, after a three-day storm dumped snow in excess of 24 inches in parts of the district

  • Radio Literacy program instills desire for education in Afghanistan

    Oct 2, 2012

    It's said that education is power and nowhere is that truer than in Zabul province, Afghanistan, where for a time the Taliban controlled the populace by means of intimidation which included preventing people there from working at, or having their children attend school.

  • Adviser team coordinates communications, operations in 'Land of the Light'

    Oct 1, 2012

    Team Bluetick, a Security Force Assistant Advisor Team from First Army Division East, and Occupational Coordination Center -- Provincial Nuristan staff recently conducted a site survey of the Nuristan Provincial Capital, Parun.

  • Army refines airburst technology, XM25 'Punisher'

    Sep 28, 2012

    The U.S. Army is preparing to conduct a second Forward Operational Assessment of its XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement airburst weapon system.

  • Sustainers use 'interrogator' to track cargo at Afghanistan-Uzbekistan border

    Sep 28, 2012

    At the Uzbekistan-Afghanistan border, the 276th Transportation Detachment (Automated Cargo Documentation) uses a radio-frequency identification interrogator system to track cargo within the northern Afghanistan area.

  • Arghandab River crossing in Afghanistan brings new hope to Mizan

    Sep 28, 2012

    Afghan National Army and International Security Assistance Forces teamed to clear the Mizan Bowl area of insurgents in early September during the military operation Kalak Hode 5.

  • Congress told IEDs will remain 'weapon of choice' for decades

    Sep 26, 2012

    Improvised explosive devices, and the networks that use these asymmetric weapons, will remain an enduring threat to U.S. forces and the nation for decades to come, the Defense Department's top counter-IED official told lawmakers, Sept. 20, 2012.

  • Southern Strike III takes swing at enemy forces, supplies

    Sep 25, 2012

    Long after midnight with most residents fast asleep, 3rd Zone Afghan Border Police and International Security Assistance Force members quietly launched their surprise air assault mission in conjunction with Operation Southern Strike III, an Afghan-led mission that took place in Spin Boldak and Takhteh Pol districts of Afghanistan, Sept. 1-9, 2012.

  • Odierno visits Soldiers in southern Afghanistan

    Sep 24, 2012

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno visited the Regional Command (South) area of operations in Afghanistan, including Forward Operating Base Zangabad, near the horn of Panjwai, Sept. 18, 2012.

  • Community development program aids Afghans, keeps military-aged males off battlefield

    Sep 24, 2012

    During Ramadan, in summer temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, the sounds of construction workers swinging pickaxes and the clangs of their shovels striking rocks drowned out the noise of passing traffic along the Kandahar-Quetta Highway near the district center here.

  • Army delivers fuel-efficient generators, 'right-size' power to Afghanistan

    Sep 19, 2012

    As the U.S. Army changes its energy culture through policy and new technologies, it is already fielding its next generation of streamlined operational energy systems to Afghanistan.

  • Afghan army's 7th Kandak stands as 'the way ahead'

    Sep 17, 2012

    As American forces continue to transition security responsibilities to Afghan National Security Forces, units deployed to Afghanistan are shifting their focus from providing security and combined combat operations to enabling and increasing the operational capabilities of the Afghans.

  • Third Army commander visits Bagram Retrosort Yard

    Sep 16, 2012

    Third Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Vincent Brooks visited the Soldiers of the Bagram Airfield Retrograde Sort Yard in Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2012.

  • Reserve Soldiers, German counterparts sustain fight in northern Afghanistan

    Sep 13, 2012

    The 540th Movement Control Detachment, an Army Reserve unit from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, works with German soldiers to move more than 1,000 passengers through Camp Marmal, Afghanistan, passenger terminal every day.

  • Muslim medic spends her career mending fellow Soldiers, preconceptions

    Sep 13, 2012

    Staff Sgt. Muna Nur leaves a lasting impression on those who meet her. Born in Somalia, her feisty attitude is a testament to her six-year military career that includes two tough deployments to Iraq and a third, current one to Afghanistan, where she is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Troop Medical Clinic, 10th Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Muleskinner.

  • Progress through produce in Afghanistan

    Sep 12, 2012

    Farmers near Spin Boldak,Afghanistan, are helping to open the country to international trade by growing melons, grapes and pomegranates for export rather than illicit crops such as poppy and marijuana.

  • 10th Sustainment Brigade makes history, conducts aerial delivery operations at Salang Pass

    Sep 10, 2012

    The 10th Sustainment Brigade conducted the first aerial delivery mission near the Salang tunnel, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2012, proving aerial resupply is possible almost anywhere in Afghanistan.

  • Afghanistan district to get police substations

    Sep 10, 2012

    Afghan and U.S. forces are working together to expand the Afghan Uniformed Police presence with the establishment of several police substations at strategic locations throughout the Takhteh Pol district in Afghanistan, starting this year.

  • USACE in Afghanistan meets construction goals for July, August

    Sep 7, 2012

    The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineering District-South came within three percent of its construction goals set for July and August, bringing the district within reach of its fiscal year 2012 goals.

  • Afghan pilot program achieves milestone with first graduates

    Sep 7, 2012

    For the first time in more than 30 years, Afghan pilots completed pilot training held in their home country. The Rotary Wing Flight Training Program was developed and conducted by Soldiers from the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization for the Afghan Air Corps in order to create an independent Afghan Air Force program.

  • ISAF 'absolutely driven' to reduce insider threat in Afghanistan

    Sep 7, 2012

    The threat of attacks on coalition service members by Afghan security forces is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive, integrated and combined response from coalition and Afghan officials, the commander of NATO'S International Security Assistance Force said in a written statement issued Sept. 6, 2012.

  • Bagram school graduates first class of Afghan children

    Sep 6, 2012

    Forty-three Afghan children became the first class to graduate from the Cat in the Hat Language Arts Center at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2012.

  • Soldiers search for shipping containers in Afghanistan

    Sep 5, 2012

    Two National Guard Soldiers from the 113th Sustainment Brigade recently deployed to Kuwait, where they received a unique Afghanistan mission -- locate lost shipping containers.

  • Army advances networking, force-tracking technologies

    Sep 5, 2012

    The Army is preparing to send its next-generation "Blue Force Tracking 2" force-locating technology to Afghanistan. The system is faster and more efficient than its predecessor in providing important data to Soldiers who are on the move in combat, service officials said.

  • Warriors wed while deployed to Afghanistan

    Aug 28, 2012

    Weddings are generally associated with spring and summer, champagne and cake. They are new beginnings and grand celebrations with family and friends, not camouflage uniforms, mortar rounds and danger of hostile fire.

  • U.S., Afghan Army Engineers: Leading the way, hand in hand

    Aug 16, 2012

    Spc. Michael Wilkersonfoy of 420th Eng. Co., 458th Eng. Bn., 411th Eng. Bde., 412th Theater Engineer Command, show unity in strength with a fellow engineer soldier from the Afghan National Army's 4/1/209th Corps during a training break, March 4, 2012, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan.

  • Combat medics receive battlefield stress training

    Aug 15, 2012

    Five combat medics with the 10th Sustainment Brigade attended a battlefield stress brief, Aug. 7, 2012, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to help Soldiers combat stress on and off the battlefield.

  • Afghan forces lead mission to secure Afghanistan's Highway 1

    Aug 14, 2012

    The 300-mile stretch of Afghanistan's Highway 1, between Kabul and Kandahar, is the main focus of the area's Afghan National Security Forces and Battle Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force 173rd.

  • Collective training creates partnership between U.S., Botswana forces

    Aug 13, 2012

    Marines from the Anti-terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division from Anchorage, Alaska, and Billings, Mont., as well as Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment from the New Jersey National Guard, conducted infantry training exercises for soldiers of the Botswana Defense Force over a period of six days at Thebephatshwa Air Base, Botswana.

  • Rwandan Defense Force, Texas National Guardsmen exchange best practices

    Aug 13, 2012

    Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard and Rwandan soldiers and policemen shared their experiences and knowledge on basic soldier skills and staff officer duties and responsibilities during a military-to-military exchange hosted by the Rwandan Defense Force in Gako, Rwanda.

  • Chicago Soldiers teach rapid trauma response in Botswana

    Aug 10, 2012

    Soldiers from the 909th Forward Surgical Team out of Fort Sheridan, Ill., provided medical training to soldiers of the Botswana Defense Force, Aug. 2, 2012, in The Republic of Botswana.

  • Hawaii Army National Guard test pilot ensures safe flights during Southern Accord 12

    Aug 8, 2012

    "Mahalo," or "thank you," the pilot said, after being handed a bottle of water from the rear of the aircraft. The kind nature of Hawaiian culture reinforced the unique mix of service members present at Southern Accord 12 in The Republic of Botswana, Africa.

  • Fitness program motivates service members in Afghanistan

    Aug 8, 2012

    A fitness program has swept through Camp Sabalu-Harrison, Afghanistan, like a wildfire, igniting the fuse of fitness in a large group of committed service members who are looking for a new way to test their limits and improve their physical fitness.

  • 'Wolverine' medics train Afghan counterparts to perform proper life-saving skills

    Aug 8, 2012

    Soldiers of the medical platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Special Troop Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted life-saving training with their Afghan National Army counterparts to help them stay in the fight.

  • Training at Southern Accord 2012 demonstrates strong partnership between U.S., BDF

    Aug 7, 2012

    Training for Southern Accord 2012 commenced Aug. 2, 2012, at Thebephatshwa Air Base, Botswana, as personnel from the U.S. military and Botswana Defense Force came together to share experiences and tactics which will enhance the readiness capabilities of both countries.

  • Alabama Guard Soldiers tackle Afghanistan convoy missions

    Aug 2, 2012

    The roads of Afghanistan present many challenges, whether it's driving through a rocky mountainous terrain, a crowded intersection or looking for hidden improvised explosive devices by the roadside.

  • Deployed service members from 24 countries become U.S. citizens

    Jul 31, 2012

    After rigorous interviews, background checks and testing, 44 Soldiers representing 24 different countries of origin completed the process of naturalization and stood together in Afghanistan to take the oath of U.S. citizenship.

  • Making money without marijuana: Afghan farmers enabled to grow legal crops

    Jul 31, 2012

    With assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Army civil affairs, farmers in Afghanistan now network with traders to sell legal crops such as melons for higher prices than illegal crops in markets such as India and Dubai.

  • Soldiers build logistics hub in northern Afghanistan, call it home

    Jul 29, 2012

    The 10th Sustainment Brigade's Team Lightning completed the construction of Logistics Support Area Lightning, July 10, 2012, as one of the first steps in opening up the new strategic logistics hub for Regional Command-North in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.

  • Texas National Guard troops mentor Burundi soldiers

    Jul 24, 2012

    Texas Army National Guard troops were invited to participate in a joint training seminar with Burundi National Defense Force soldiers in Mudubugu, Burundi.

  • Afghan forces take the lead in the fight

    Jul 19, 2012

    Afghan National Security Forces took the lead along with International Security Assistance Forces during Operation Kalak Hode IV, a joint mission from July 3-17, 2012, to clear insurgent safe havens and increase security and stability for the people in the Zharay and Maiwand districts.

  • 'Diligent' Battalion redistributes nearly $1 million of equipment

    Jul 17, 2012

    The end of combat in Afghanistan is in sight for many Soldiers in Paktika Province. They will return home with stories and memories of time spent with comrades in a deployed environment. After nearly 12 years of conflict in Afghanistan, the supplies and materials that remain in theater have their own story to tell.

  • Best Soldiers for the worst days: Medevac crews in Afghanistan save lives day, night

    Jul 17, 2012

    Nearly every time a medevac crew serving on Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan climbs into a Black Hawk and fasten their seat belts, they launch knowing someone is in pain, and may be dying.

  • Afghan Border Police station open for 24-hour operations in Spin Boldak

    Jul 17, 2012

    There are hundreds of Afghan Border Police checkpoints throughout southern Afghanistan. They all look relatively the same. With sand-filled barriers, green metal guard shacks, stacks of sandbags and at least one Afghan flag flying high. Checkpoint 9 along Highway 4 here, looks just like the rest, but there is something unique about this location.

  • Afghan police, army find bomb-making lab during clearance operations

    Jul 16, 2012

    The Afghan Uniformed Police and Afghan National Army partnered with C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, to conduct clearance operations in the Shah Wali Kot district, Afghanistan, July 7-10, 2012.

  • Stryker units in Afghanistan now equipped with precision mortars

    Jul 16, 2012

    The first-ever Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative round fired from a Stryker vehicle in Afghanistan accomplished what few conventional 120mm high-explosive mortars can achieve: a direct hit on a target with the first round fired.

  • Afghan National Army soldiers soar with Operation Eagle's Flight

    Jul 16, 2012

    Afghan field artillery soldiers displayed deployment-ready skill, under the direction of deployment-ready leadership, during Exercise Eagle's Flight at Patrol Base Sorkh Bid in northern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 11, 2012.

  • Mine dogs clear Afghan roads

    Jul 12, 2012

    Staff Sgt. Andrew Black moved back toward the Huskey mine clearance vehicle to watch from a safe distance as a team traced the wire of a suspected improvised explosive device back toward the road. His military working dog, Lobo, was held on the end of a leash and the pair was taking a short break after searching the last 500 meters.

  • $13.7 million compound to be turned over to Afghan Army

    Jul 10, 2012

    A large building project managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South will be crossing the finish line before the end of the summer, according to the two USACE employees overseeing the work.

  • Afghan National Army takes charge in providing security

    Jul 10, 2012

    Local soldiers of the Afghan National Army are enhancing security in Uruzgan province by learning invaluable lessons from their coalition counterparts.

  • U.S., Comorian Soldiers participate in NCO seminar

    Jul 10, 2012

    U.S. and Comorian army Soldiers partnered together to participate in a five-day noncommissioned officer development seminar at the National School of Army and Gendarmerie in Moroni, Comoros, June 12-16, 2012.

  • Corps of Engineers to improve electrical distribution in Helmand province

    Jul 9, 2012

    Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts combined their resources to award a critically important project for providing reliable electric power from the Kajaki Dam power house on the Helmand River through the Helmand province in southwestern Afghanistan.

  • Afghan Air Force accepts more operations, maintenance responsibility

    Jul 9, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned over operations and maintenance responsibilities for 10 more buildings to Afghanistan's 205th Air Wing on Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan, July 7, 2012.

  • Afghan, coalition forces deliver humanitarian aid to Shorabak

    Jul 9, 2012

    The 3rd Zone Afghan Border Police, together with units from Combined Task Force Buffalo, successfully cleared and secured 120 kilometers of rugged terrain and unimproved roadways in Shorabak, Afghanistan, enabling the safe passage for more than 60 trucks filled with humanitarian aid during Operation Buffalo Thunder II, which occurred from June 26 to July 3, 2012.

  • U.S., Botswana Special Forces train together

    Jul 9, 2012

    A total of 60 Special Forces Soldiers from the United States and Botswana came together for the first combined field training exercise in 10 years, in Gaborne, Botswana, June 1-25, 2012.

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