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  • Paratroopers escort international team to observe Iraqi polling

    Mar 8, 2010

    In the truck was the self-described "last John Denver fan," a mountaineering Frenchman working for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq as a polling center monitor, his colleague from Yemen who normally works with displaced persons, a 36-year veteran rifleman of the Fijian army, his United Nations security colleague, Rob, from Nashville, and five paratroopers from across the United States.

  • Obama praises 'milestone' Iraqi elections

    Mar 8, 2010

    President Barack Obama called Sunday's parliamentarian elections in Iraq as a "milestone" event and vowed to keep his pledge to remove all U.S. troops from that country by the end of next year.

  • After Marja, 'Kandahar will be next,' Mullen says

    Mar 5, 2010

    The nation's top military officer said the focus of American troops and their allies in southern Afghanistan would shift to Kandahar following an ongoing offensive in the former Taliban stronghold of Marja.

  • Early voting takes place in Iraq as country preps for parliamentary elections

    Mar 4, 2010

    As Iraqi citizens across the country prepare to vote in the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 7, those who will be providing security that day got a chance to cast their ballots early in a special-needs election.

  • Momentum shifts in Helmand, Pentagon spokesman says

    Mar 4, 2010

    Operation Moshtarak, now in its 18th day in Afghanistan's Helmand province, is "progressing extraordinarily well" and is moving from the clearing phase to the holding phase.

  • Iraqi elections, U.S. drawdown to proceed

    Mar 4, 2010

    Iraq's upcoming elections and the U.S. drawdown of troops there later this year will go on undeterred by suicide bombings Wednesday and previous attacks like it.

  • Soldiers check polling sites prior to Iraq's election

    Mar 3, 2010

    At the request of Iraqi security forces, U.S. Soldiers joined them Monday to patrol along sites that will be used in the upcoming March 7 election.

  • McChrystal urges troops to serve as role models

    Mar 3, 2010

    As more U.S. and coalition troops arrive in Afghanistan, their top commander there has some requests for them: Recognize the impact of every action you take, and serve as role models for Afghan security forces as they build leaders and weed out corruption from their ranks.

  • Half-marathon honors fallen warriors

    Mar 3, 2010

    Servicemembers from all military branches came together for the Fallen Soldier Half-Marathon Feb. 27 to pay tribute to those who died in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Elections part of big picture in Iraq

    Feb 27, 2010

    Iraqi police are preparing themselves for the elections in Iraq. With the help of U.S. forces, they have been working to build a safe and secure environment, not only during the elections, but long after the last ballot is cast.

  • Marja operations move toward 'holding' phase

    Feb 26, 2010

    Operations in Marja, Afghanistan, are transitioning from the clearing to the holding phase, as today's turnover of the government center there marks a symbol of progress.

  • Army to balance Iraq drawdown, reset for least impact on Soldiers

    Feb 26, 2010

    The process of drawing down and resetting equipment in Iraq to meet the 2011 pull-out deadline set by the president must not affect Soldier dwell time.

  • Apaches take less aggressive role in Iraq

    Feb 25, 2010

    As the role of U.S. forces turns from a kinetic, action-oriented posture to a supporting role for the Iraqi Army and Police, unit missions must also adapt to the changes.

  • U.S., Iraqi forces secure election sites

    Feb 24, 2010

    Soldiers of the 69th Armor Regiment and Iraqi Security Forces in Babil Province have joined forces to ensure the safety of Iraqi citizens during the upcoming national elections, only the second such elections since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

  • Operation Moshtarak shows progress

    Feb 24, 2010

    Signs of steady progress in development and governance are evident in the central part of Afghanistan's Helmand province, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command officials said Tuesday.

  • Army steps up warzone contracting oversight

    Feb 24, 2010

    The U.S. Army has more than doubled the amount of Contracting Officers Representatives in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last year in an effort to improve oversight and help rebuild local communities, service officials said.

  • Iraqi border police conduct weapons classes

    Feb 24, 2010

    In Maysan Province, more than 80 kilometers from the nearest major city, a group of Iraqi border guards stand on Iraq's eastern frontier, their every move observed by Iranian sentries a few hundred meters away.

  • Army testing new airdrop system for Afghanistan

    Feb 23, 2010

    The supply requirement in Afghanistan will dramatically increase this year according to the Army's top logistician, and he said the Army is testing a new airdrop system to help meet the demand.

  • Afghan campaign will be tough, Petraeus says

    Feb 23, 2010

    With U.S. forces entering the second week of a 12- to 18-month campaign in Afghanistan, the general in charge of U.S. forces in the region acknowledged Sunday that the way ahead will be tough.

  • Odierno: Iraq can help stabilize the Middle East

    Feb 23, 2010

    With national elections scheduled for March, Iraq presents a solid and unique opportunity to help stabilize the Middle East, said Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Forces-Iraq.

  • General sees positives in Afghan army training

    Feb 22, 2010

    Though training an Afghan army essentially from the ground up has been a difficult undertaking, an Army general involved in the effort said that he's seeing positive results.

  • Army aviation plays key 'Moshtarak' role

    Feb 17, 2010

    When Operation Moshtarak kicked off Feb. 13, Army helicopter crews from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade inserted nearly 300 Marines and Afghan security forces into Marja, Afghanistan, under cover of darkness.

  • Paratroopers prep for U.S-Iraqi combined training

    Feb 17, 2010

    U.S. Army paratroopers took a first step toward a combined U.S. - Iraqi airborne training exercise when 183 paratroopers jumped onto Iraqi soil here, Feb. 12, as part of their sustained airborne training.

  • Operation Moshtarak continues in Afghanistan

    Feb 17, 2010

    The clearing phase of Operation Moshtarak in southern Afghanistan continues as Afghan and coalition troops experienced sporadic fire fights with the enemy.

  • U.S. forces continue to shift responsibility to Iraqis

    Feb 17, 2010

    U.S. military leaders returned four camps to the government of Iraq in the country's southern region recently as part of the planned U.S. drawdown of forces.

  • Iraq takes major step toward securing coastline

    Feb 17, 2010

    As part of the effort by the government of Iraq to increase the stability and international standing of the country, the Iraqi Navy officially welcomed two new ships to its fleet during a ceremony along the country's southern coast Feb. 14.

  • Afghan strategy bears fruit, Iraq on track

    Feb 12, 2010

    Noting signs that the new strategy in Afghanistan "is beginning to bear fruit," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates also said during an interview aired Monday that the effort to build up Iraq's security forces and move forward with the U.S. drawdown plan there remains on track.

  • Special Forces Soldiers' heroic actions result in Bronze Stars

    Feb 9, 2010

    Three 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Soldiers were presented with Bronze Star Medals during a ceremony held Feb. 4, at Panzer Hall in BAfAPblingen.

  • McChrystal notes progress in Afghanistan

    Feb 5, 2010

    Although he stopped short of saying the worst is over for troops as they prepare to surge into some of the toughest Taliban-held areas, the top NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that conditions no longer are deteriorating.

  • More Campbell troops to deploy to Afghanistan

    Feb 4, 2010

    The 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division will deploy to Afghanistan as part of the surge of American troops into that country, Defense Department officials said Tuesday.

  • Protecting the future of Iraq: Soldiers prepare for elections

    Feb 3, 2010

    The future of Iraq will be decided when Iraqi voters head to the polls March 7, and the Iraqi Security Forces are training to ensure those polling stations are safe.

  • Use of U.S. dollar in Iraq being reduced to stimulate local currency, economy

    Feb 3, 2010

    U.S. currency may soon become difficult to find in Iraq as part of an effort to protect Soldiers and increase the value of the Iraqi dinar.

  • Iraqi mortarmen complete first live-fire exercise

    Feb 1, 2010

    Iraqi troops demonstrated their mortar skills to U.S. counterparts during a live-fire exercise in eastern Al Anbar province Jan. 27.

  • Soldiers, civilians compete in Baghdad 'Iron Chef' competition

    Jan 31, 2010

    With only an hour to prepare, cook and display a top-notch meal, four teams of Soldiers and Kellogg Brown & Root employees from Victory Base Complex raced around the kitchen on Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq.

  • President vows to confront terrorists, succeed in Afghanistan

    Jan 28, 2010

    President Barack Obama stressed during his State of the Union address Wednesday the importance of confronting terrorists who threaten the United States and of succeeding in Afghanistan while continuing a responsible military drawdown in Iraq.

  • 'Houn Dawgs' finding IEDs in Afghanistan

    Jan 27, 2010

    Missouri's "Houn Dawgs" of the 203rd Engineer Battalion are sniffing out improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and rendering them harmless.

  • Iraqis controlling air traffic alongside U.S. counterparts

    Jan 26, 2010

    As aircraft pour in and out of the Taji flight line, a flurry of Iraqi and American accents can be heard directing the flow of traffic over the airwaves.

  • Quartermasters complete 'Operation Clean Sweep' at Iraq site

    Jan 26, 2010

    An Army Reserve unit out of Ardmore, Okla., completed Operation Clean Sweep Jan. 14, at Contingency Operating Location Normandy, Iraq.

  • Soldiers teach ISF advanced marksmanship skills

    Jan 25, 2010

    Members of the Iraqi Army and Federal Police got hands-on rifle training from the best in the business at Contingency Operating Station Cashe South during a six-day advanced marksmanship training course.

  • Iraqi Bedouins seek role in secure future

    Jan 25, 2010

    While sitting under a handmade tent, leaders of the U.S. and Iraqi Armies met near Basrah, Iraq, Jan. 14, with local Bedouin Shaykhs who call this desert home.

  • Air cavalry conducts hoist training in Iraq

    Jan 25, 2010

    From the ground, it appears a daunting prospect -- being hoisted 75 feet in the air to a hovering UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. In the face of an emergency medical situation, especially when there is no clear area for aircraft to land, the task becomes a necessity.

  • Vice President Biden visits Soldiers in Iraq

    Jan 24, 2010

    Taking time out of his busy schedule of meeting with Iraqi government officials and U.S. military leaders, Biden made a stop at the Raider Inn Dining Facility during dinner, to chat with troops and pose for photos.

  • Historic transfer of authority says goodbye to Marines as Army takes lead in Al Anbar

    Jan 23, 2010

    The first major indicator of the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq occurred in Ramadi Jan. 23 when II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) transferred authority of Iraq's largest province to 1st Armored Division.

  • American Forces Network access to be expanded in theater

    Jan 23, 2010

    United States Forces - Iraq is beginning a new initiative to standardize the American Forces Network's broadcasting capabilities on all enduring bases in theater.

  • Aviators answer Afghan teacher's call for help

    Jan 21, 2010

    Sgt. Matthew West said he didn't know what to think when a rock came flying at him while guarding his Black Hawk helicopter at a landing zone on Camp Kiwi in central Afghanistan's Bamyan province.

  • Haiti native heads home to help

    Jan 19, 2010

    Sgt. Maj. Jean Chouloute was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and lived in Saint-Marc until he was about 11. Although he moved away, he still has family living in Port-au-Prince, and like the rest of the world, the events that have unfolded in Haiti have held his rapt attention.

  • Iraqi border guards receive mission-essential medical training

    Jan 19, 2010

    When the U.S. Army's Border Transition Team "Phoenix" arrived to advise the 500 Iraqi border personnel, they quickly discovered one glaring deficiency: a lack of any formal medical training strongly inhibited the unit's ability to conduct missions.

  • Soldiers in Iraq deal with unknowns after earthquake devastates Haiti

    Jan 17, 2010

    As Haitians and rescue workers from around the world work tirelessly to dig survivors from the rubble of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti Jan. 12, two Soldiers and one civilian must helplessly watch the news from Iraq, trying to cope with the uncertainty of not knowing the whereabouts of their family.

  • 10th Mountain Soldiers begin deploying to support troop surge in Afghanistan

    Jan 12, 2010

    The 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team began deploying Soldiers to Afghanistan Jan. 9 with the departure of nearly 130 Soldiers of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, from Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield on Fort Drum, N.Y.

  • Former British soldier joins U.S. Army to serve in Afghanistan

    Jan 12, 2010

    At first glance Robert Sumner looks like any other American soldier - until he speaks. Then Sumner's thick British accent comes out.

  • Corps of Engineers brings good things to light in Fallujah

    Jan 12, 2010

    More than 1,200 solar-powered street lights brighten 35 kilometers of roadway in and around the Iraqi city ....

  • BATS helps ID insurgents, hostages

    Jan 7, 2010

    Like technology from the latest spy movie, a system using finger prints and retina scans helps Soldiers tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys in Iraq.

  • Mullen lists priorities, challenges for U.S. military

    Jan 7, 2010

    The broader Middle East, taking care of troops and their families and managing risk remain the military's top priorities, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.

  • Road strengthens U.S.-Kuwaiti alliance, safety

    Jan 5, 2010

    U.S. and Kuwaiti officials met for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 30 at a large stretch of road built by Kuwaitis to create a safer convoy route for U.S. servicemembers stationed in Kuwait.

  • Iraqi, U.S. military police spark new relationship in Amarah

    Jan 5, 2010

    For the past four months, Staff Sgt. Ryan Farrow and his squad of 14 Soldiers have been building a partnership with their Iraqi counterparts.

  • Petraeus puts Al-Qaida threat in Yemen in perspective

    Jan 5, 2010

    The U.S. Central Command chief put the Al-Qaida threat in Yemen in perspective during a news conference in Baghdad recently.

  • 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.

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