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  • 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.

  • 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.


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