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  • SecArmy: Fighting in Afghanistan dangerous, difficult, focus is on completing mission

    Jun 25, 2013

    With just eighteen months remaining before the end of coalition combat operations in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh met with U.S. and Afghan military leaders at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, June 20, 2013.

  • EOD supports Afghan Army's counter-IED training

    Jun 24, 2013

    Soldiers with 2nd platoon, 49th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Company, attached to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), supported the Afghan National Army's EOD team from the 4th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 203 Corps, with running a counter-improvised explosive device lane for the 4th Kandak Route Clearance Company, June 20, 2013, at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan.

  • U.S., Indonesia paratroopers share knowledge, jump wings during Garuda Shield

    Jun 21, 2013

    Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, and the Indonesian Army's 17th Airborne Brigade, made four jumps together, June 15-18, 2013, capping the last one with a joint assault on a building.

  • Army harnesses sun to reduce casualties from sniper attacks

    Jun 13, 2013

    The U.S. Army is harnessing the elements to help reduce casualties from sniper attacks on forward operating bases.

  • Army scientist discusses developing Soldier solutions 'at the speed of war'

    Jun 12, 2013

    Mike Anthony recently completed a six-month deployment in which he served as U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Field Assistance in Science and Technology-Center director, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Beyond the Horizon to leave lasting impact in Panama

    Jun 12, 2013

    As Soldiers and Airmen wrap up the final weeks of humanitarian assistance projects in isolated regions of Panama during Beyond the Horizon 2013, they're leaving behind a long-term impact, the commander of Joint Task Force Panama said.

  • Exercise Eager Lion begins in Jordan

    Jun 11, 2013

    Exercise Eager Lion kicked off in Jordan this week as U.S. service members began training with military forces from 19 nations.

  • U.S., Indonesia complete earthquake, tsunami preparedness exercise

    Jun 10, 2013

    The governments of Indonesia and the U.S. conduct a regular Disaster Response Exercise & Exchange, called Pacific Resilience, which was held June 3-6, 2013, at the Indonesia Peace & Security Center in Sentul, Indonesia.

  • 'Manchus' demilitarize Combat Outpost Talukan in Southern Afghanistan

    Jun 8, 2013

    Soldiers of Company B, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment "Manchu," tore apart the combat outpost in Southern Afghanistan that was their home for nearly seven months, May 30, 2013.

  • Afghan forces lead combined patrol with U.S. Soldiers

    Jun 4, 2013

    Afghan police and Soldiers, along with Soldiers from Troop C, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducted a foot patrol, May 22, 2013, from Combat Outpost Baraki Barak, Afghanistan, to make their presence known in the area and to resupply Afghan soldiers located in Baraki Rajan.

  • Under Secretary, Vice Chief: Support for deployed troops Army's top fiscal priority

    Jun 4, 2013

    As two of the Army's most senior leaders address fiscal challenges and the complexities of combat operations in Afghanistan, they remain firmly committed to the Army's number one fiscal priority, supporting the warfighter.

  • 3 Afghan National Police headquarters facilities now complete in Western Afghanistan

    May 28, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of three Afghan Uniform Police headquarters facilities in Western Afghanistan, well ahead of schedule.

  • Air assault, the Afghan way

    May 28, 2013

    Afghan forces took the lead in an operation that joined Afghan National Security Forces with U.S. Army advisers, to drive back insurgents harassing the inhabitants of Hesarak in western Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, May 15-18, 2013.

  • CSI: Spin Boldak, Afghanistan

    May 28, 2013

    Afghan Border and Uniformed Police received tactical site exploitation training, April 22-25, 2013, in the Spin Boldak district, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

  • Fallen heroes remembered by Soldiers in Afghanistan

    May 27, 2013

    A multinational group of service members and civilians came together at Marne Garden-Forward inside of the Third Infantry Division headquarters compound at Kandahar Airfield, Afganistan, to recognize and pay tribute to our fallen heroes.

  • 'Currahees' uncase colors in Afghanistan

    May 23, 2013

    The 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahees," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in a transfer of authority ceremony held at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, May 22, 2013.

  • New gear brings enhanced precision to field artillery in Afghanistan

    May 1, 2013

    Newly-fielded in Afghanistan, the XM1156 "Precision Guidance Kit" provides add-on precision guidance capability to the projectiles used in the M109A6 Paladin and M777A2 Lightweight 155mm Howitzer weapons systems.

  • Afghan soldiers succeed with training

    Apr 30, 2013

    Afghan National Army soldiers from 4th Combat Support Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps, trained with U.S. Army Soldiers from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Phalanx, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), March 12, 2013, at Combat Outpost Fortress, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

  • Chaplain, combat medics, sharpen skills during mass casualty exercise

    Apr 23, 2013

    The "Mass Casualty" alarm could be heard over loud speakers throughout Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, April 8, 2013.

  • N.C. Guard Soldiers prepare for Sinai deployment

    Apr 22, 2013

    Soldiers with the 630th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion navigated postal operations as well as other technical and tactical requirements during a recent combined training exercise, at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., to prepare for their upcoming deployment to the Sinai

  • U.S., Afghan engineers build road through 'Taliban center of mass'

    Apr 22, 2013

    Soldiers of Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), 229th Engineer Company of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and the Afghan National Security Forces, finalized road construction on a new route in the Panjwa'i District of Afghanistan, April 4 2013.

  • Reservist serves missions worlds apart - from Natick to Bagram

    Apr 15, 2013

    Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. David Sanborn, normally the chief of Master Planning at U.S. Army Garrison Natick, Mass., has been serving since Oct. 6, 2012, as the command sergeant major of U.S. Army Garrison-Bagram, Afghanistan.

  • Kandahar Airfield property turn-in yard streamlines operation, expedites Stryker turn in

    Apr 9, 2013

    Less than one week after the new Kandahar Redistribution Property Assistance Team yard became operational, the Army Field Support Battalion-Kandahar, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, executed its first unit curtailment operation, facilitating Regional Command South's troop reduction in Afghanistan.

  • Corps of Engineers treats wounded warriors to barbecue at Kandahar Airfield

    Apr 9, 2013

    Since early 2011, volunteers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South have looked for ways to support the wounded warriors who are recovering at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs visits 'Commando Brigade' in Afghanistan

    Apr 8, 2013

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Security Forces Assistance Brigade at Forward Operating Base Sharana, April 7, 2013.

  • Afghan engineer soldiers complete independent construction project

    Apr 7, 2013

    The Soldiers of the engineer Tolai of 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Afghan National Army, completed Paktika Province's "Super FOB," without any hands-on assistance from coalition forces.

  • 15th Artillery Regt. Soldiers advise, mentor Afghan National Army

    Apr 7, 2013

    In Paktika Province, Afghanistan, a small group of advisors from 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, are continuing this tradition as they advise and fight alongside the "Redlegs" of the Artillery Tolai, 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Corps, Afghan National Army.

  • Army researches small device to reduce female UTIs

    Apr 4, 2013

    Research is underway to determine how one small device is specifically benefiting the health of military women serving in Afghanistan, and for future deployed environments.

  • SMA Chandler discusses balancing retrograde, readiness, budget with warfighters

    Mar 29, 2013

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III met with warfighters at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, March 26, 2013, to discuss the current state of the Army and how budget cuts may impact the mission.

  • NFL players visit Soldiers in Masum Ghar, Afghanistan

    Mar 26, 2013

    Players from the National Football League visited the Soldiers of Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar for a motivational United Service Organization tour, March 18, 2013, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

  • Lewis-McChord Veterinary Detachment assumes duties in Southern Afghanistan

    Mar 25, 2013

    A ceremony held at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, March 16, 2013, marked the transfer of authority from the 438th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) based out of Fort Carson, Colo., to the 218th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support), from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • Operation Dynamo -- power forward

    Mar 21, 2013

    Operation Dynamo, a Project Manager Mobile Electric Power initiative, is designed to bring efficient and reliable power to Soldiers executing missions in some of the most remote areas in Afghanistan.

  • Afghans help locals with medical treatment

    Mar 20, 2013

    The 2nd Brigade, 1st Kandak, 205th Medical Corps of the Afghan National Army, held a Medical Civic Action Program by offering medical treatment to the local community around Mushan, March 14, 2013, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

  • NFL players visit troops in Southern Afghanistan

    Mar 19, 2013

    Six National Football League players visited Regional Command-South to visit service members, March 1, 2013, as part of a USO troop tour.

  • Soldier carries pride as third-generation 'Rakkasan'

    Mar 19, 2013

    Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is the third Soldier to be part of the Rakkasans in his family; following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps.

  • Electricity powers economic development in southern Afghanistan

    Mar 18, 2013

    Modern economic development requires energy to fuel everything from factory floors filled with machinery to a single sewing machine at a tailor's modest shop. To that end, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers implemented a transitional solution that provides consistent, predictable electricity to businesses in Kandahar province: the Kandahar Bridging Solution.

  • Zabul Agribusiness Development Team vaccinates more than 1,500 animals in Shin Kay district

    Mar 17, 2013

    Soldiers of the Zabul Agribusiness Development Team completed a four-day mission March 7, 2013, to vaccinate and assess the livestock in Shin Kay district of Zabul Province, Afghanistan.

  • 101st Airborne Division assumes command in Afghanistan

    Mar 14, 2013

    The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) took charge of military operations from the 1st Infantry Division in eastern Afghanistan, March 14, 2013, in a ceremony on Bagram Airfield.

  • North Dakota Guardsmen complete exercise in Cameroon

    Mar 14, 2013

    Nearly 40 North Dakota National Guard members who took part in a U.S. Army Africa exercise in Cameroon are back home as their Central African military counterparts develop follow-on plans for using their newly learned skills.

  • Secretary of Defense visits Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan

    Mar 10, 2013

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), March 9, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan.

  • Afghan women honored for service to country

    Mar 8, 2013

    Afghan Air Force observed International Women's Day by honoring Afghan military women who seize the opportunity to serve in non-traditional roles in support of their country.

  • Improving Fuel Distribution Effectiveness in Afghanistan

    Mar 6, 2013

    Balancing fuel consumption, capacity, and distribution velocity was essential to meeting the fuel needs of units in Regional Command Capital in Afghanistan.

  • 'Operation Slingshot' allows Soldiers to turn in equipment quicker prior to Afghan departure

    Mar 6, 2013

    Fort Campbell's "Rakkasans" are on a slingshot course that will lead them straight home to Fort Campbell, Ky., a bit quicker thanks to turn-in operations with the 401st Army Field Support Brigade in Bagram, Afghanistan.

  • Afghan investigators take lead

    Mar 5, 2013

    Afghan Uniform Police investigators will soon be leading the way in training other Afghan Criminal Investigation Teams to gather evidence used to prosecute criminals and insurgents in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

  • Peyton Manning's touchdown on Bagram

    Mar 4, 2013

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Major League Baseball hall of famer Curt Schilling, along with the National Football League's Austin Collie and Vincent Jackson, visited Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 1, 2013, as part of a USO tour.

  • Guardsmen celebrate Texas independence while deployed to Afghanistan

    Mar 4, 2013

    Texas National Guard and coalition forces celebrated 177th anniversary of Texas' independence from Mexico at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt, March 2, 2013.

  • New flight system deploys with 2-3 Aviation

    Mar 2, 2013

    A team from Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Task Force Viper, keeps the air traffic running at Forward Operating Base Wolverine in the Zabul province of southern Afghanistan, 24 hours a day with a little help from the latest equipment on the battlefield.

  • 18th MEDCOM leads first U.S. Army Pacific Humanitarian De-mining Action Program with Sri Lanka

    Feb 27, 2013

    Medical specialists from the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) led a joint mobile training team of specialist to the Sri Lankan Army Humanitarian De-mining Unit's Camp Boo-Oya, to unfold the first phase of an Humanitarian Mining Action Program that will help the Sri Lankan Army enhance its medical efforts and ability with de-mining in that region of the country.

  • Afghan policewoman hosts women's radio show

    Feb 26, 2013

    The only female Afghan Uniformed Police member in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, guest hosted a women's call-in show to answer questions from local women and help recruit more women to the force, Feb. 21, 2013.

  • CSA visits Regional Command-South

    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, 2013.

  • Utah Guard linguists contribute unique skills during African exercises

    Feb 25, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Ray Novak, with the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Georgia Army National Guard, teaches in English, Parker listens, translates the message into French, and mimics the instructor's motions while varying his tone to maintain the audience's interest.

  • African, U.S. military forces join together to mark opening of Central Accord 13

    Feb 24, 2013

    Hundreds of Cameroon military personnel, alongside U.S. and other Central Africa service members, lined the 102 Air Force Base airfield in Douala, Cameroon, Feb. 20, 2013, as part of an opening ceremony for Central Accord 13.

  • Afghan farmers turn almonds into profit

    Feb 21, 2013

    In a country where farming is a means of survival, farmers in the province of Uruzgan, Afghanistan, have taken significant steps to commercialize agriculture.

  • Afghan Police medic steps up training in Deh Rawud

    Feb 21, 2013

    Afghan Police learn the basics of combat first aid from one of their own at Forward Operating Base Hadrian, Deh Rawud district, Uruzgan province, under watchful eyes of Texas Army National Guard Soldiers, Feb. 13, 2013. During the past two months, 21 policemen in Deh Rawud district have been trained in Combat Life Saver first aid by Soldiers with the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Police Security Force Advisor Team and now one of the Afghan patrolmen has stepped up to train his fellow officers.

  • U.S., African partners ready for Central Accord 13

    Feb 19, 2013

    Months of long-distance planning and meetings evolved in recent weeks into an in-person partnership that will launch Central Accord 13. Activity peaked in Douala, Cameroon, during the past week as American and Cameroonian military partners completed final steps for welcoming about 750 U.S. and Cameroon service members, as well as neighboring country observers, for the Feb. 20 opening ceremony.

  • U.S. Army Africa sponsors deployment training for Malawi Defence Force

    Feb 15, 2013

    As part of African Deployment Partnership Training, four U.S. Army officers traveled to Salima, Malawi, to conduct convoy training with 32 Malawian Defence Force personnel, from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1, 2013.

  • Local leaders in Afghan district meet each other, their future

    Feb 14, 2013

    The district of Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, is moving forward after government, military and civilian leaders met at the district center Feb. 11, 2013, to discuss the future of the district and to help ensure stability.

  • Afghan EOD technician works toward qualification

    Feb 12, 2013

    Afghan Border Police explosive ordnance disposal technicians are one step closer to being qualified after a joint training validation event with U.S. Air Force EOD technicians, Feb. 5, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan.

  • TEDD handler, dog go on first mission together

    Feb 12, 2013

    After hours of climbing over the rugged grape rows of Afghanistan in search of a weapons cache, Pfc. Franklin Sena and his platoon heard the familiar sound of small-arms fire coming at them.

  • DOD leaders see 401st retrograde operations while sustaining critical systems in theater

    Feb 10, 2013

    Department of Defense officials for acquisition, technology and logistics and program support visited the 401st Army Field Support Brigade to observe how the brigade leverages resources to retrograde equipment while sustaining critical systems.

  • Mississippi Guard Soldiers teach Afghan farmers water, soil management

    Feb 8, 2013

    Twenty-nine Afghans representing the Farmers Cooperative program traveled to Qalat, Feb. 4-5, 2013, for a two-day workshop on water and soil conservation management held by the Zabul Agribusiness Development Team.

  • Soldiers teach Afghans how to tell their story to public

    Feb 2, 2013

    Afghan National Army public affairs soldiers are partnering with U.S. Soldiers at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, to learn valuable skills to tell the story of their burgeoning independence.

  • 'Providers' team with non-profit to bring Super Bowl pizzas to Afghanistan

    Feb 1, 2013

    Thousands of pizzas were delivered to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 21, 2013, thanks to Pizza 4 Patriots.

  • Afghan troops train on D-30 Howitzer

    Jan 29, 2013

    Soldiers from Security Forces Assistance and Advisory Team - 5, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assisted in the training of the Afghan National Army on the D-30 Howitzers at Combat Outpost Monti, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2013.

  • An Excalibur's first flight over Kandahar

    Jan 29, 2013

    Gunners of Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, shot an Excalibur round out of a M-777 howitzer cannon for the first time at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Afghanistan, Jan. 20, 2013.

  • Hawaii Guard assistance team mentors, trains Afghan Uniformed Police

    Jan 28, 2013

    "Hippos" is the name the 11-man Security Forces Assistance Team goes by when rolling off Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan, for a mission.

  • 411th Engineer Brigade leaves legacy in Afghanistan

    Jan 28, 2013

    As Joint Task Force Empire, the members of the 411th Engineer Brigade, headquartered at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, with technical representative staffs throughout Afghanistan, executed sustained, multifunctional engineer operations as the lead engineer force assigned to U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

  • U.S. troops, Afghan police visit border observation post

    Jan 28, 2013

    Afghan Border Police officers and U.S. Soldiers from ABP Zone 1 recently visited Observation Point 12, a small post in Kunar Province along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Jan. 21, 2013.

  • ISAF, NATO employ tactics against 'insider threats'

    Jan 28, 2013

    NATO military leaders addressed the "insider threat" challenge in Afghanistan during a conference, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • Secretary of Defense rescinds 'Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule'

    Jan 24, 2013

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey signed a memo Jan. 24, 2013, paving the way for more women to serve in direct combat roles and in more military occupational specialties that are now open only to males.

  • 'Building Strong' for the people in Uruzgan province

    Jan 22, 2013

    Since 2009, the South District has been building infrastructure to promote security and stability in Badghis, Daykundi, Farah, Ghor, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Nimroz, Uruzgan and Zabul Provinces in Afghanistan.

  • Medical training prepares Afghan police for sustainability

    Jan 22, 2013

    Afghan Uniformed Police members received training on field medical techniques from Soldiers with Security Force Assistance Team Tombstone at the Spin Boldak District Police Headquarters, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 19, 2013.

  • New Afghan Uniformed Police District HQ completed in Kushk

    Jan 22, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered a newly completed Afghan Uniformed Police District Headquarters to Afghan authorities, Jan. 20, 2013, in Kushk District, Herat Province.

  • Kandahar Air Wing gains new medevac trainers

    Jan 17, 2013

    The Kandahar Air Wing added two trainers to its team of flight medics after a culminating exercise and graduation ceremony, Jan. 16, 2013, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, marking the completion of a four-week course administered by their partners in Task Force Knighthawk, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment.

  • Building Afghanistan: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at work

    Jan 16, 2013

    How does the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversee construction in Afghanistan? Who decides the scope, design, location or budget of the projects? The answers to those questions are not simple, neither are the steps involved in bringing projects to completion.

  • N.Y. Guard Soldiers find home, happiness in Afghanistan

    Jan 16, 2013

    Forward Operating Base Mescal has no Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility. It has no Post Exchange, no laundry drop off and no post office. Soldiers stationed here receive mail about once a month and the chow hall offers two choices at every meal: Take it or leave it.

  • A dog's life: Mine dogs train to save lives

    Jan 15, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Allen, a mine-detection dog, searches a muddy gravel road with his nose low to the ground.

  • New female recruits join Afghan police force

    Jan 12, 2013

    The Afghan Uniformed Police force relies quite a bit on fresh new recruits to ensure the safety of Afghan civilians, but what it needs more than anything are female recruits.

  • 31 service members deployed to Afghanistan earn U.S. citizenship

    Jan 9, 2013

    Patriotism means many things to different people. In fact, it has even taken on a political connotation during the past few years. For service members deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, it means a long journey has finally come to fruition.

  • 'Golden Gate' bridges strategic Afghan crossing

    Jan 9, 2013

    As NATO forces work toward bridging the gap from military operations to a self-sufficient Afghanistan, Army, Navy and Marine engineers of Joint Task Force Empire took the mission literally as they conducted Operation Golden Gate near Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, through the months of November and December.

  • Afghan Army completes successful resupply mission

    Jan 5, 2013

    The Afghan National Army recently conducted a mission to resupply the Afghan Uniform Police at Chapah Darah, Afghanistan, by conducting a convoy operation from Nangalam Base, Dec. 26, 2012.

  • Fort Carson detachment opens first veterinary facility in Afghanistan

    Jan 3, 2013

    The 438th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service) from Fort Carson, Colo., officially opened their doors to Afghanistan's first Veterinary Treatment Facility at Kandahar Airfield, Dec. 15, 2012.

  • 14 seconds to impact: Training helps save pilots' lives

    Jan 3, 2013

    It was early on a summer morning in Afghanistan as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark Foschetti and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mike McGann headed back toward Bagram Airfield, when their morning changed in a way they'd never forget.

  • Mass. detachment assumes Preventive Medicine duties in southern Afghanistan

    Jan 2, 2013

    A ceremony was held Dec. 3, 2012, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, commemorating the transfer of authority from the 792nd Preventive Medicine Detachment based out of Lubbock, Texas, to the 794th Preventive Medicine Detachment, based out of Fort Devens, Mass.

  • 'Sky Soldiers' hold pre-Ranger course while deployed to Afghanistan

    Jan 2, 2013

    Taking advantage of the decrease in enemy activity brought on by winter, the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, took the opportunity to develop and conduct a pre-Ranger course.

  • Couple takes journey through life side-by-side

    Jan 2, 2013

    Once David and Lizeth Wakasa exchanged their vows they would set into motion an inseparable journey that would lead them to Afghanistan and eventually the Pentagon.

  • Afghan soldiers successfully graduate combat engineer course

    Jan 2, 2013

    Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, 258th Mobile Combat Engineer Training Team, Task Force Prowler, partnered with Afghan soldiers from the 4th Kandak, Engineer Coy, Afghan National Army, conducted a live-fire exercise to conclude a two-week combat engineer course near Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Dec. 20, 2012.

  • Deployed couple relies on battlefield travel, luck to see each other

    Jan 1, 2013

    On Dec. 26, 2012, Spc. Brendon Brown stepped off his Stryker Combat Vehicle at Combat Outpost Talukan, Afghanistan, looking for a familiar face.

  • 401st AFSB completes M1114 transfer to ANA

    Dec 31, 2012

    A historic mission for the 401st Army Field Support Brigade came to an end Nov. 12 when AFSBattalion-Bagram issued 49 M1114 vehicles to the Afghan National Army under a Foreign Military Sales case.

  • Soldiers in Afghanistan continue mission as 2013 arrives

    Dec 31, 2012

    As Americans ring in the new year, Soldiers, Afghan security forces and their coalition partners are engaged in combat, training and humanitarian operations.

  • U.S. to improve electric grid in Kandahar Province

    Dec 29, 2012

    Electricity is a scarce resource in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, but should become less so for Kandahar government district centers and businesses when four separate projects, designed to improve electricity distribution in key areas of the city, are completed by winter 2013.

  • Kandahar Air Wing holds media event, displays expertise

    Dec 28, 2012

    The Kandahar Air Wing held a media event Dec. 24, 2012, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, to demonstrate its military proficiency and connect with outlets in Kandahar, province.

  • Father, son spend time together on Christmas Day in Afghanistan

    Dec 28, 2012

    First Sgt. Stephen Givens and his son Pfc. Zachary Givens spent time together on Christmas Day in Afghanistan. Both father and son are currently deployed with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • 'Rakkasan' chaplains bring Christmas hope in Afghanistan

    Dec 28, 2012

    This year the chaplains of 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sought to bring the Christmas spirit to the Soldiers of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

  • 'Rakkasans' receive support for Christmas

    Dec 27, 2012

    During this holiday season, Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), will be spending the holidays deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Chaplains spread holiday spirit across Afghanistan

    Dec 26, 2012

    For Soldiers serving on forward operating bases and combat outposts across Afghanistan, receiving packages from home during the holiday season can turn a good day into the best day of the deployment.

  • Torkham Gate security forces protect Afghan people

    Dec 26, 2012

    Torkham Gate is one of Afghanistan's busiest gates along the country's border with Pakistan.

  • Deployment doesn't slow former National Guard marathon champ

    Dec 23, 2012

    A year-long deployment in Afghanistan hasn't slowed former National Guard Bureau marathon champion Capt. Varinka Barbini Ensminger at all. In fact, the 32-year old from the Kentucky Army Guard is living life at a faster tempo than ever.

  • USO tour visits remote post in Southern Afghanistan

    Dec 21, 2012

    Celebrities with the USO tour visited Soldiers with the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Dec. 16, 2012, at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, Afghanistan.

  • Santa visits wounded warriors, staff members at hospital in Afghanistan

    Dec 19, 2012

    Santa came to town and brought joy with him as he gave Christmas stockings to staff members and patients at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airield, Afghanistan, Dec. 18, 2012.

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