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  • Evolving wounded warrior program returns to Iraq

    Jan 4, 2010

    Five severely-wounded veterans returned to Iraq just after the 2009 Christmas holiday as part of the third installment of an evolving program to help wounded warriors heal from traumatic combat injuries.

  • Building partnerships key to Afghan success

    Jan 4, 2010

    Building partnerships and understanding the nature of Afghanistan and its people are keys to achieving success in that country, the commander of NATO's Joint Command in Kabul said.

  • New command marks milestone in Iraq

    Jan 2, 2010

    The new year brought a new command to Iraq as Multinational Forces Iraq cased its colors, replaced by U.S. Forces Iraq during a ceremony at the al-Faw Palace in Baghdad.

  • Joint effort increases efficiency of equipment drawdown

    Jan 2, 2010

    As the responsible drawdown of troops and equipment in Iraq draws near, the Corps Distribution Center at Contingency Operating Location Speicher, Iraq, has become a hub in the effort to move excess equipment out of Iraq.

  • Task Force Lobos refurbishes, dedicates Iraqi war plane

    Dec 31, 2009

    On Dec. 16, Soldiers from the 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, dedicated an L-29 Delfin aircraft they had refurbished to Iraqi Security Forces and U.S. Division-North.

  • NCO pays it forward, earns Soldier's Medal

    Dec 30, 2009

    After an improvised explosive device ripped through his vehicle, Staff Sgt. James Rivera needed medical attention and quick.

  • Redistribution center saves Army money

    Dec 30, 2009

    Third Army's involvement in the drawdown of U.S. troops and equipment in Iraq has served an important role in completing the mission and bringing U.S. servicemembers home. As Third Army's focus in theater changes to Afghanistan, so must the mission of redistributing supplies.

  • Corps of Engineers delivers elementary school to Iraq Education Ministry

    Dec 29, 2009

    With more than 1,135 school projects already completed and operational, the Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region District in Iraq finished and turned over its most recent project, the Al-Mazraa elementary school, to the Iraqi Ministry of Education last week.

  • Iraqi soldiers study traffic control for elections

    Dec 28, 2009

    Some 25 Iraq soldiers learned to set up and operate traffic control points in preparation for the upcoming Iraqi national elections.

  • Soldiers present tractors, combines to Iraqi farmers

    Dec 28, 2009

    Rain, seeds and tractors are important factors in a farmer's life. Without all of those, growing and cultivating crops would be out of the question.

  • Logistics planners converge on Kuwait to coordinate next phase of Iraq drawdown

    Dec 28, 2009

    Military logistics planners from around the world converged in Kuwait earlier this month to go over the next phase of the responsible drawdown plan to move people and equipment out of Iraq.

  • Pentagon officials identify troops for Afghanistan

    Dec 23, 2009

    Defense Department officials identified 6,000 servicemembers to deploy in 2010 as part of President Barack Obama's order to increase the U.S. footprint in Afghanistan.

  • Mullen updates, changes joint guidance

    Dec 22, 2009

    The Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy takes primacy in the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's guidance for 2010.

  • Hill, Odierno discuss Iraq election, relations with Iran

    Dec 22, 2009

    Iraq "is not going to be pushed around" by Iran, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill said Saturday in Baghdad.

  • SMA brings USO tour to Iraq

    Dec 21, 2009

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston touched down in Balad, Iraq Dec. 19, for the second leg of the "Sergeant Major of the Army's Hope and Freedom Tour 2009."

  • Army secretary visits FOB Warhorse in Diyala

    Dec 19, 2009

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Diyala Province as part of his eleventh visit to Iraq and first as the Army's top leader, Dec. 18.

  • First Iraqi bank on American base opens at JBB

    Dec 19, 2009

    Contractors and Iraqi entrepreneurs throughout Joint Base Balad, Iraq now have access to the Al Warka Bank, after the opening of a branch Dec. 17 at the Iraqi Free Zone.

  • Four NCOs get medals for combat valor

    Dec 18, 2009

    More than a year removed from the enemy confrontations where they risked their lives for fellow servicemembers, four former 503rd Infantry Regiment Soldiers were honored for their bravery in combat.

  • 'Juggernauts' train Iraqis to secure Iranian border

    Dec 16, 2009

    Iraq's first line of defense, its border police, have been training at the Al Sheeb Port of Entry and are making advances in improving border security in the southern Maysan province.

  • General wants troops ready for 'complex human terrain'

    Dec 15, 2009

    U.S. troops need to be prepared to operate in a "complex human terrain" when they arrive in Afghanistan, the commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command said Monday.

  • U.S.-Iraqi partnership halts smuggling across Syrian border

    Dec 14, 2009

    Since U.S. advise and assist forces began partnering with Iraqi border patrols along the Syrian border in mid-November, instances of smugglers circumventing port-of-entry stations have all but ceased.

  • Obama promises conditions-based Afghanistan transition

    Dec 11, 2009

    Any changes in U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan, when security responsibility starts to transfer to the Afghans in July 2011, will be considered in light of the situation on the ground at that time, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

  • Time right to transfer security to Iraqis, Odierno says

    Dec 11, 2009

    It is necessary and right that Iraqi soldiers and police assume security responsibilities for their people, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq said in New York City Wednesday.

  • Corps of Engineers helps Iraq prepare for 2010 elections

    Dec 11, 2009

    A strong, capable police force is a key factor in the U.S. strategy to bring stability to Iraq. To prepare for the 2010 national elections, the Corps Gulf Region District is managing the construction of 15 Expedient Police Stations in northern Iraq.

  • McChrystal: Guard brings unique skills to Afghanistan

    Dec 9, 2009

    Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal told Congress Tuesday that the National brings maturity and unique skills to Afghanistan that the active component sometimes doesn't have available.

  • Eikenberry stresses civilian component in Afghanistan

    Dec 9, 2009

    While the increase of 30,000 American troops in Afghanistan has garnered most of the headlines, a concurrent increase on the civilian side also is occurring, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan told Congress.

  • Odierno cites Iraq's 'deliberate, steady progress'

    Dec 9, 2009

    On the eve of holding parliamentary elections early next year, Iraq continues to make steady progress as a sovereign country that is a valued U.S. ally in the Middle East, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq said in Killeen, Texas, Monday.

  • Ranger receives Silver Star for combat actions

    Dec 9, 2009

    squad leader with the 75th Ranger Regiment was awarded the Silver Star for risking who his life to save two fellow Rangers in Afghanistan.

  • McChrystal calls Afghan training crucial to mission success

    Dec 9, 2009

    The training of tens of thousands of additional, capable Afghan soldiers and police is among the crucial tasks necessary to achieving success in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan told Capitol Hill legislators Tuesday.

  • Soldiers invest in Iraq's next generation

    Dec 8, 2009

    Educating children might not be the first thing Americans discuss when the subject of Iraq comes up, but for the Soldiers of Task Force Pathfinder, helping the next generation of Iraqis obtain a basic education is a critical part of their mission.

  • Officials announce first Afghanistan surge units

    Dec 8, 2009

    About 3,400 Soldiers from the Army's 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum have been notified they will be among the first to deploy to Afghanistan as part of President Barack Obama's new strategy.

  • Soldiers construct traditional meeting hall in southern Iraq

    Dec 7, 2009

    In a project designed to honor the customs and traditions of the marsh Arabs of Southern Iraq, Soldiers learned how to construct a "mudhif" meeting place on Contingency Operating Base Adder.

  • Deployment length, dwell time, and end of stop loss not affected by Afghanistan troop increase

    Dec 6, 2009

    In a joint message to senior Army leaders on Dec. 2, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. stated that the Afghanistan troop increase will not affect plans underway to restore balance.

  • Soldiers convoy building materials, support FOB expansion

    Dec 6, 2009

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - During 2009, troops from the 286th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion supported the first Afghan build-up by transporting equipment, supplies and building materials to numerous forward operating bases. Although planning to redeploy by January, they show no signs of stopping. An element of Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan, the 286th CSSB runs regular convoys to FOB Leatherneck, Helmand province, in support of the U.S. Marines and westward expansion. With President Obama's recent decision to send 30,000 more troops here, the 286th CSSB's current FOB Leatherneck missions, having started weeks ago, are timely.

  • Kid Rock, Carlos Mencia entertain troops in Iraq

    Dec 6, 2009

    What better way to spend a Friday in Baghdad than to cut out of work a little early and catch a rock concert' More than a 1,000 Servicemembers couldn't think of one as they packed an open field on a chilly Baghdad day Dec. 4, to watch the 2009 Tour for the Troops at Sather Air Base. Pop newcomer Jessie James, comedian Carlos Mencia and rebel rocker Kid Rock took part in the event sponsored by the Air Force Reserve.

  • Airborne NCO awarded Silver Star Medal for heroism

    Dec 2, 2009

    Hundreds of maroon-bereted Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team gathered Nov. 30 to honor Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock, a noncommissioned officer from Company C, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment for actions he took under fire to save Soldiers in Afghanistan.

  • Partnerships key to Iraqi construction projects

    Dec 2, 2009

    There are many ongoing construction projects across the country as U.S. Forces support the re-establishment of infrastructure for the people of Iraq. Many times, partnership is the key to these projects reaching to completion.

  • McChrystal voices support for president's Afghanistan strategy

    Dec 2, 2009

    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan today expressed support for a new strategy that entails sending 30,000 more American troops to Afghanistan by next summer and begins a drawdown of forces in July 2011.

  • Obama calls for another 30,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan

    Dec 2, 2009

    It is in America's vital national interests to send another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said Tuesday night during a speech at West Point, N.Y.

  • Logistics agency prepares to move 'mountain' from Iraq

    Dec 1, 2009

    Col. Mike Bird is about to move a mountain, but he won't be doing it alone. Bird, commander of Defense Logistics Agency-Central Command, will have help from his DLA support team and participants from several of the agency's field activities. That, however, doesn't make the task of helping the military services draw down a mountain of equipment and supplies accumulated during six years of operations in Iraq any less daunting.

  • Paratroopers install vehicle scanners in western Iraq

    Nov 30, 2009

    U.S. advise and assist forces installed vehicle-scanning equipment at several traffic check stations in Al Anbar province beginning Nov. 20, to help Iraqi security forces thwart the trafficking of weapons, explosives and other contraband.

  • Under secretary visits Army leaders in Kabul

    Nov 30, 2009

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal spent the day after Thanksgiving visiting military leaders in Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • Obama provides glimpse of Afghanistan strategy

    Nov 30, 2009

    President Barack Obama said he will announce his decision on the strategy and troop request for Afghanistan "shortly after Thanksgiving."

  • Months of planning ensures deployed troops get 'taste of home' for holiday meal

    Nov 25, 2009

    How do you plan Thanksgiving dinner for 180,000 people more than 6,000 miles away' If you're a food buyer at the Defense Logistics Agency, you start by making a shopping list in April for meals to be served to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Joint teamwork keeps foreign fighters from crossing borders

    Nov 24, 2009

    The afternoon mission was just one of almost three dozen day and night, partnered hasty checkpoint missions, labeled as vehicle interdiction snap traffic control point operations conducted since mid-September.

  • New NATO command activated in Kabul; continues Afghan training

    Nov 23, 2009

    A newly established NATO command was activated at Camp Eggers in Kabul, as the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan merged with the new NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan to create a unified command for the training of the security forces in Afghanistan.

  • Decisions will pave path to end war, Obama says

    Nov 19, 2009

    A range of decisions still remain for President Barack Obama and his administration to finalize the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, the president said in Beijing today, but the ultimate goal with this decision is to put us on a path towards ending the war.

  • Soldiers play critical role at world's busiest military airfield

    Nov 18, 2009

    Located in Southern Afghanistan, Kandahar Airfield is the busiest military airfield in the world. Supplies and equipment arrive daily to sustain the more than 20,000 servicemembers and civilians from 15 different nations.

  • Bike cops soon to be new addition to Iraqi Police force

    Nov 16, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq-Being a police officer is usually not easy, but soon it may be as easy as riding a bike.

  • Study finds morale, mental health better in Iraq than Afghanistan

    Nov 13, 2009

    While the mental health and morale of Soldiers in Iraq is improving, according to the latest study, more behavioral-health providers are needed in Afghanistan.

  • Central receiving, shipping point at Marez preps Iraq for drawdown

    Nov 11, 2009

    As the responsible drawdown of U.S. troops and equipment from Iraq continues, the Central Receiving and Shipping Point at Contingency Operating Location Marez in Mosul, Iraq, will be instrumental in managing the movement of both equipment and personnel.

  • Fort Hood Soldiers continue to make a difference in Iraq, despite events at home

    Nov 9, 2009

    U.S. forces, Iraqi Security Forces and key political leaders of Wanah, a village in northern Iraq, gathered to celebrate the opening of a soccer field and watch the first match played there, Oct. 29.

  • Ramadi students thank reconstruction team, brigade, for new classrooms

    Nov 9, 2009

    There is a crisp breeze on this overcast day, a reminder that, even in Iraq, fall is approaching. For U.S. forces here, that means a lot of things, but for the children of Ramadi, it means school is back in session.

  • 3rd ID assumes responsibility of MND-North

    Nov 4, 2009

    During a ceremony Nov. 3, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Task Force Marne commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews uncased the 3rd Infantry Division colors to signify the official transfer of authority for Multi-National Division - North.

  • Brigade prepares for 'advise, assist' mission

    Nov 4, 2009

    As the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade prepares for its fourth deployment to Iraq, its Soldiers are getting lessons in the art of leading from behind as they help to set the stage for the eventual drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq.

  • Art as an escape: Soldiers find creative outlets during deployment

    Nov 3, 2009

    The stresses of a long deployment can wear on Soldiers. While there are a variety of activities, here on Camp Liberty, some Soldiers prefer to focus their down time in a more personal way.

  • Afghan police force graduates 250 in Herat

    Nov 2, 2009

    More than 250 Afghan National Police graduated basic training Oct. 29, at the ANP headquarters in Herat, Afghanistan.

  • Iraqi, U.S. EOD technicians work together to destroy tons of old munitions

    Nov 2, 2009

    Handling live grenades, directing your team's movement, prepping blast caps, and wiring up a detonator, all while standing a few feet from one ton of unexploded ordinance and 300 pounds of plastic explosive.

  • Soldiers saving taxpayers millions in Iraq

    Oct 30, 2009

    The 15th Sustainment Brigade "Wagonmasters" began Operation Clean Sweep here in mid-October by finding $2.9 million in excess equipment to place back into the military supply system for reuse.

  • Kandahar troops, civilians honor man's best friend

    Oct 30, 2009

    U.S. and coalition servicemembers, civilians, military working dog handlers and their dogs came together in a ceremony Oct. 16, to unveil the war dog memorial built at the KAF boardwalk in honor of military working dogs killed here in the line of duty.

  • Government reform key to Afghanistan says Kilcullen

    Oct 27, 2009

    Two million troops could be sent to Afghanistan and not make a difference unless the government there reforms, a globally recognized authority on counter-insurgency told a standing-room-only Pentagon audience last week.

  • Range now available for Iraqi army training

    Oct 27, 2009

    Stretching across the desert is a newly created training area for the 8th Iraqi Army Division, where two platoons of the 32nd and 33rd IA Brigades participated in the Razazah Sands defensive live-fire range to become better prepared to conduct future combat operations.

  • Coalition transfers more land back to Iraqi government

    Oct 27, 2009

    Among the many ways to judge the continued progress in Iraq is by counting the increasingly fewer number of U.S.-controlled properties inside Baghdad's International Zone.

  • Transition team validates future Iraqi army trainers

    Oct 26, 2009

    Ten young men wearing tan and brown uniforms and red berets waited for their evaluation to begin. They were jundis, soldiers of the Iraqi army. Over the past three weeks in Camp Mirra, they learned how to apply a tourniquet, maintain a Humvee and assemble an M-16.

  • Gulf Region Division cases colors in Iraq drawdown

    Oct 26, 2009

    When Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre and Command Sgt. Maj. Mitch Prater cased the colors of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division in a ceremony at Al Faw Palace Oct. 23, GRD became the first major division to leave the Iraqi theater as part of the drawdown.

  • New all-terrain vehicles arrive in Afghanistan

    Oct 26, 2009

    The first mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles designated for southern Afghanistan arrived there Oct. 22 by air transport.

  • Gulf Region Division cases colors as first division to leave Iraq in drawdown

    Oct 24, 2009

    When Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre and Command Sgt. Maj. Mitch Prater cased the colors of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division in a ceremony at the majestic Al Faw Palace on Oct. 23, 2009, it was not just the end of a unit. The ceremony marked the end of reconstruction efforts under combat operations and the beginning of reconstruction under stability operations.

  • Soldier deploys to Iraq to help field laser defense system for Chinook helicopters

    Oct 23, 2009

    Laser technology is taking Chief Warrant Officer Cary Nadeau to Iraq for his fourth deployment in support of overseas contingency operations. It's a deployment that will give Nadeau the opportunity to show the Army's Chinook pilots the benefits of new technology tested by the Redstone Test Center.

  • Agribusiness teams help Afghan farmers find simple solutions

    Oct 9, 2009

    The National Guard's Agribusiness Development Teams are promoting sustainable farming practices in Afghanistan and are an innovative way for Guard members to use civilian-acquired skills in the region.

  • Climbing to new heights

    Oct 9, 2009

    Pfc. Roberto Alvarado scales a signal tower to realign an antenna for the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 3, 2009. Alvarado is assigned to the 1st Calvary Division's, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Special Troops Battalion.

  • CSA says Army will balance mission, troops for Afghanistan

    Oct 6, 2009

    Army leaders will work to provide the forces necessary to be successful in Afghanistan, while at the same time attempting to balance that demand with the needs of Soldiers and families, said the service's senior-most officer.

  • Armament crews keep Apaches ready for fight

    Oct 6, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - When it comes to today's current fight, the AH-64D Apache helicopter's technology allows it to have sharp eyes on the ground and capable of unleashing deadly accurate fire from its weapons systems.

  • McHugh: 'Failure is not an option'

    Oct 5, 2009

    The way ahead in Iraq and Afghanistan will be tough, but America's Soldiers can handle it, said Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

  • Improved battery technology sitting unordered in Army inventory

    Oct 5, 2009

    Soldiers are carrying unnecessary weight into battle because many units do not realize that newer, lighter batteries with more capacity are sitting unordered in the Army supply channel.

  • Fort Bragg hosts multi-national training exercise

    Oct 5, 2009

    More than 100 paratroopers from Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Kuwait arrived at Fort Bragg on Sept. 26 to take part in Operation Bright Star, a multi-national training exercise bringing together Soldiers from different nations to train, teach, and learn from each other.

  • Deployed sergeant's MRAP invention may be mass produced

    Oct 2, 2009

    The new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles used in theater have proven extremely effective in protecting Soldiers of the 84th Engineer Battalion from deadly attacks by remaining extremists during their yearlong deployment.

  • Afghan troop decision expected in matter of weeks

    Oct 2, 2009

    President Barack Obama is getting the ground-level perspective on Afghanistan, and soon will address the strategy and resources needed in the country.

  • Some troops in Iraq may face deployment extension

    Oct 2, 2009

    The deployments of about 1,600 U.S. troops in Iraq could be extended in the weeks following the national election slated to occur in January, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

  • Odierno: continued progress in Iraq could speed withdrawal

    Oct 1, 2009

    The United States may be able to draw down troop levels in Iraq quicker than anticipated if progress continues there, the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq said.

  • "Straight from Iraq" takes gold

    Sep 25, 2009

    The U.S. Army and its agency MRM Worldwide McCann Worldgroup won gold earlier this week at the prestigious Jay Chiat Awards for the strategic excellence of its online program, "Straight from Iraq." The Jay Chiat Awards, established in 2003, are sponsored by the American Association of Advertising Agencies.

  • New Afghan roads promote peace, prosperity

    Sep 24, 2009

    CAMP WRIGHT, Afghanistan - New roads and bridges in Afghanistan's Kunar province are going a long way to help both residents and troops in the northeast border area, U.S. military and civilian engineers say.

  • Al Quibla market helps bring 'sense of normalcy' to Basrah neighborhood

    Sep 23, 2009

    "If you build it, they will come" is a line made famous by the 1989 film "Field of Dreams." With the completion of the al Quibla market in Basrah City, it's a line the Basrah Provincial Reconstruction Team, civil affairs Soldiers from 17th Fires Brigade and Iraqi contractors hope rings true.

  • Family of fallen Soldier builds vintage motorcycle in his honor

    Sep 22, 2009

    Thomas Barbieri loves it when people ask him about the World War II replica motorcycle he built, because it gives him a chance to talk about his son, T.J.

  • Afghanistan strategy must focus on al-Qaida, Obama says

    Sep 22, 2009

    The fight in Afghanistan must be narrowed to its original intent of stamping out al-Qaida and hunting down Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

  • Warrior Academy helps Iraqis improve battle skills

    Sep 21, 2009

    Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are the instructors of the Warrior Academy at Joint Security Station Ur - a three-day academy designed to train Iraqis in everything from rifle marksmanship to first aid.

  • New cammo pattern may blend in better in Afghanistan

    Sep 18, 2009

    Soldiers fighting in Afghanistan will soon see two new test camouflage patterns on the backs of fellow Soldiers.

  • Biden suprises troops in Baghdad

    Sep 17, 2009

    Vice President Joe Biden took time during an unscheduled visit to Camp Liberty's, Pegasus Dining Facility, Sept. 17, to visit with Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Guard brings agriculture expertise to Afghanistan

    Sep 17, 2009

    In the 1970s, Afghanistan was a major exporter of produce, but since the 1979 Soviet invasion and the subsequent Taliban rule after the Soviets left the country, the nation's agricultural output has decreased dramatically.

  • Iraqi generals say their soldiers ready, well-trained

    Sep 16, 2009

    Iraqi soldiers have been well trained and are prepared to defend Iraq, say two of the nation's generals.

  • Gates weighs need for more troops in Afghanistan

    Sep 16, 2009

    While the Defense Department has yet to receive a formal appeal for more forces from Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, a request for resources from the general due in coming weeks could include such an appeal.

  • Third Army partners with Kazakhstan Army during Steppe Eagle

    Sep 16, 2009

    In keeping with its mission to shape the future, Soldiers from Third Army/U.S. Army Central are working alongside representatives from the United States, Kazakhstan, and British Armies during the multinational exercise, Steppe Eagle, which began Sept. 14.

  • 'Soldiers' NCO' earns Medal of Honor for heroic deeds in Afghanistan

    Sep 14, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti would have done anything for his Soldiers, so after the initial shock, no one was surprised that he sacrificed his life to save another Soldier during an intense firefight with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, June 21, 2006.

  • Special project oversees orderly drawdown from Iraq

    Sep 10, 2009

    In line with the current agreement to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq by 2011, the Communications and Electronics Command's Life Cycle Management Command, has stood up a drawdown Special Project Office to coordinate a successful drawdown of a vast amount of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment fielded in Iraq over the past six years.

  • Tour raises awareness of mental illness

    Sep 9, 2009

    Ambassadors from the land of Hollywood visited Multinational Division - Baghdad Soldiers, here, Sept. 4.

  • Mizan Mortar

    Sep 8, 2009

    Spc. Patrick Wilson, left, and Spc. Evaristo Garcia fire a 120 mm high-explosive mortar round during an illumination exercise on Forward Operating Base Mizan, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2009. Wilson and Evaristo are assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment.

  • USO opens new theater for servicemembers in Iraq

    Sep 8, 2009

    The Joint Base Balad, Iraq, branch of the United Service Organizations opened its doors as the first USO in Iraq, February 2008, and continued this legacy Sept. 1, by being the first USO in Iraq to feature a movie theater.

  • Iraq, U.S. partner to refurbish water treatment plants

    Sep 8, 2009

    Imagine living without the convenience of running water for daily showers, brushing your teeth and let's not forget the comfort of being able to wash your hands after a trip to the restroom.

  • Gen. Dempsey says Army altering training for wars

    Sep 2, 2009

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, said Tuesday the Army is training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a vastly different way than it did during the initial days of the conflicts.

  • Holiday Greetings teams set to tape at 60 locations

    Sep 1, 2009

    Taping for one of the most recognizable holiday programs in America will begin soon, months before wreaths are hung and lights are strung in homes across the country.

  • Helmet sensors providing data that may decrease brain injury

    Sep 1, 2009

    For the past year, almost 7,000 sensors mounted on helmets in Iraq and Afghanistan have been collecting data on blast trauma from improvised explosive devices.

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