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  • U.S., Iraqi Security Forces open refurbished school

    Aug 1, 2010

    Recently, a decrease in violence, brought on by a partnership between U.S. forces and a strengthened Iraqi Security Force, has allowed the school a refurbished school in Malahma and was recently re-opened to the public.

  • U.S. ground, air join Iraqi Army

    Jul 31, 2010

    A thunderous boom is heard from miles away. Seconds later the explosive impact slams into the side of a nearby hill, as the Paladin hits its mark from miles away. The impact triggers over a dozen Iraqi Army 50-cal. mounted trucks into action, and they converged on the Paladin's target, all while the target is flanked by U.S. Army Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

  • Afghan troops rescue villagers from flash flood

    Jul 29, 2010

    The Afghan National Army rescued more than 200 people from flash flooding July 28 in Nangarhar Province as ISAF troops troops provided assessments and helped provide aid.

  • U.S. forces in Iraq transfer three bases to Iraqi government

    Jul 28, 2010

    During several ceremonies in Iraq's Babil and Wasit Provinces, July 25, U.S. forces handed over three bases to the Iraqi government - Contingency Operating Post Zulu, Patrol Base Mahawil, and Camp Shaheen.

  • Iraqi Army medics, local doctors, lead mission at Abu Ghraib

    Jul 26, 2010

    As the early morning summer sun rose over Abu Ghraib, July 22, American Soldiers unloaded medical and comfort supplies into a government building, called Quiamacam, in preparation for a joint medical engagement.

  • Soldiers build outpost from ground up high above Afghan valley

    Jul 24, 2010

    The back of the Chinook opened and the small team of scouts, mortarmen and infantrymen exited over knee-high piles of Meals, Ready-to-Eat and bottled water into the darkness of Helicopter Landing Zone Hawk July 7.

  • Soldiers give prosthetics to Iraqi hospital

    Jul 22, 2010

    Soldiers delivered boxes of prosthetic limbs July 19 to the Adamiyah Hospital, a rehabilitative hospital in the Baghdad area.

  • More U.S. bases close, transfer to Iraqi military

    Jul 21, 2010

    USD-S handed over several locations to the Government of Iraq recently as the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters continues its efforts on base closure and drawdown of U.S. forces in southern Iraq.

  • U.S. Army trains Iraqi aviators

    Jul 20, 2010

    U.S. Soldiers flew a training mission with Soldiers from the Iraqi Army, teaching them how to transport VIP's in the battlefield.

  • Iraqi Army continues training on M1A1 tanks

    Jul 20, 2010

    By 8:30 a.m., it is 98 degrees Fahrenheit under the tarpaulin. A group of eager Iraqi Army soldiers huddle around Sgt. Jasen Sumner as he explains how to conduct preventive maintenance checks and services on the track pads of the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.

  • Move 'em out: Keeping the lines open in Iraq, Afghanistan

    Jul 20, 2010

    As U.S. troops continue to make their way out of Iraq, the equipment that has sustained and protected them for the past seven years is being moved out as well.

  • Munitions turn-in program shows promise in Kandahar

    Jul 16, 2010

    In Afghanistan's Kandahar province, residents living in the districts to the north are taking advantage of the U.S. Department of Defense's Small Rewards Program, and as a result, countless lives are being saved.

  • New scanners reduce customs wait leaving Kuwait

    Jul 12, 2010

    Soldiers traveling from Kuwait do not have to wait as long to clear customs at Camp Virginia and Ali Al Salem. New scanners reduce 'baggage dump' by about 80 percent.

  • NATO overcoming obstacles to build Afghan security forces

    Jul 9, 2010

    The campaign to build the Afghan National Security Force to 305,000 members is ahead of schedule and many advances have been made, but a senior officer said there are still obstacles to overcome by October 2011.

  • DLA expeditionary supply depot sets up in Afghanistan

    Jul 9, 2010

    A team from the Defense Logistics Agency will open a distribution facility in Afghanistan to receive, store and issue material needed by U.S. military forces there.

  • NATO developing education to 'cross-fertilize' Afghan forces

    Jul 8, 2010

    Ultimately to be successful, Afghanistan will need to develop strong, experienced leaders from within and NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan is creating a system that will help do just that.

  • Some 'Stop Loss' Soldiers to return from Iraq early

    Jul 8, 2010

    Hundreds of Soldiers will leave their units in Iraq and return home early over the next two months to help meet the president's mandated troop strength of 50,000 in the country by Sept. 1.

  • Innovation aims to reduce collateral damage in Afghanistan

    Jul 7, 2010

    While some commands severely restrict artillery fires, one task force in Afghanistan has taken active steps to reduce collateral damage by developing an alternative method.

  • Jill Biden celebrates 4th of July with Soldiers in Iraq

    Jul 6, 2010

    Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, met with members of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and other deployed servicemembers and civilians at Camp Liberty Sunday as part of a visit to Iraq during the 4th of July weekend.

  • Desk-bound helo pilot provides critical skills during drawdown

    Jul 6, 2010

    Two-wheel landings on snowy Afghan ridgetops are more exciting, but managing the exodus of a 4,000-strong brigade during the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq provides its own challenges for one desk-bound helicopter pilot with 82nd Airborne Division.

  • Servicemembers become citizens during Fourth of July ceremony in Iraq

    Jul 4, 2010

    One hundred fifty-six service members from 56 different countries recited the Oath of Citizenship in the rotunda of Al Faw Palace and marked the Fourth of July as the day they became American citizens.

  • U.S. Army, Iraqi Air Force pilots conduct historic joint mission

    Jul 3, 2010

    The air was clear over Contingency Operating Base Basra June 27, 2010, as the Iraqi commanders of the Basra Air Base and the 70th Squadron prepped their CH 2000 reconnaissance airplane for a first-ever joint mission with U.S. AH-64 Apaches.

  • Soldiers deliver new low-cost means of supply for Iraqis

    Jul 1, 2010

    U.S. Soldiers at Al Asad Air Base not only have an inexpensive way to deliver small items like ammunition, food and water, they have trained Iraqi special operations forces how to do it themselves.

  • 3rd Infantry Division headquarters Iraq deployment extended by 30 days

    Jun 30, 2010

    The Department of Defense decided June 25, that the Division Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, a 700-plus Soldier unit that comprises the headquarters of U.S. Division-North, is being extended in northern Iraq for 30 days.

  • Petraeus calls Afghanistan a test of wills

    Jun 30, 2010

    Afghanistan is a test of wills, and the enemy has to know the United States and its allies have the will to prevail, Gen. David H. Petraeus said before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday.

  • Afghanistan still crucial to U.S. interests, Obama says

    Jun 29, 2010

    Afghanistan remains crucial to American national interests, and the United States will need to provide assistance to that nation for years.

  • Officials testify to Congress on convoys in Afghanistan

    Jun 23, 2010

    Army and DoD officials told a Congressional committee Tuesday about what they are doing in Afghanistan to keep contracting funds out of the hands of the Taliban and other criminals.

  • Army, Air Force, Iraqis team to conduct fires exercise

    Jun 23, 2010

    Soldiers from the 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division and Air Force F-16 fighters teamed for four days with the 17th Iraqi Army Division conducting a full-scale defensive fires exercise at the Besmaya Range Complex outside Baghdad.

  • Corps of Engineers builds Afghanistan National Police Training Center

    Jun 21, 2010

    It's been a long time coming, but Afghanistan's National Police Training Center is progressing according to plan.

  • Gates sees progress in Afghanistan, despite challenges

    Jun 21, 2010

    Though U.S. operations in Afghanistan are proving to be a "tough pull," as was predicted, progress is being made nonetheless, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

  • Brigade transfer of authority marks reduction in forces

    Jun 19, 2010

    A transfer-of-authority ceremony marked a significant reduction of forces in southern Iraq as the 17th Fires Brigade relinquished control over operations in Basra Province to the Soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

  • Iraqi troops train on M-16 rifle, continue transition from AK-47

    Jun 18, 2010

    Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq trained Iraqi troops on the fundamentals of marksmanship with the M16 rifle, June 15. The training was part of a continued effort by the U.S. to phase out the Iraqi Army's use of the Soviet-era AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle.

  • Five Soldiers charged in murders of Afghans

    Jun 17, 2010

    Five Soldiers have been charged with the premeditated murders of three Afghan civilians.

  • First sergeant course helps prepare senior NCOs for future duties

    Jun 17, 2010

    First sergeants were given the opportunity to talk with other Soldiers in different operational sections in the brigade and take a more in-depth look at the responsibilities they will have once becoming first sergeants.

  • Third Army conducts drawdown conference

    Jun 16, 2010

    Third Army hosted key leaders from throughout United States Central Command's Area of Responsibility June 8-9 at their forward headquarters in Kuwait for a conference on the drawdown in Iraq and buildup of forces in Afghanistan and reset the U.S. Army.

  • Defense officials cite progress, challenges in Afghanistan

    Jun 16, 2010

    U.S. and international forces are making progress in southern Afghanistan despite a tough and resourceful insurgency, defense officials told Congress Tuesday.

  • Wounded warriors return to Iraq, find closure

    Jun 15, 2010

    A recent trip to Iraq with a program called Operation Proper Exit brought retired Staff Sgt. Christopher Bain back to the place where six years earlier the blast of a mortar tossed him like a rag doll yards away from his buddies.

  • U.K. effort critical in Afghanistan, Petraeus tells Britons

    Jun 11, 2010

    WASHINGTON, June 10, 2010 - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, emphasized yesterday in London the critical role the United Kingdom has played in Iraq - and the importance of its continued support for the coalition to succeed in Afghanistan.

  • McChrystal assesses past year, looks ahead

    Jun 10, 2010

    A year to the day after he met here with NATO officials on his way to take command of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal today reviewed the progress achieved there over the last 12 months and provided his perspective for the year to come.

  • Car bomb exercise completes Iraqi medic trauma training

    Jun 9, 2010

    Iraqi army medics participated in a mass-casualty training exercise near Al Asad June 3 as a final test following months of training by U.S. Army medics.

  • 100 Iraqi commandos complete live-fire verification

    Jun 9, 2010

    Throughout the 30-day course the commandos learned leadership, basic rifle marksmanship, combat lifesaving, house clearing procedures, and moving as a squad and as a team, according to Maj. Brian Schoellhorn, 15th Brigade IA, security transition team, operations officer-in-charge, and a native of Columbia, Ill. Although Maj. Schoellhorn is assigned to the 'Blackhawks', he assisted Apache Troop with training the IA leadership.

  • Soldiers, Iraqis provide healthcare to out-of-the-way Anbar town

    Jun 9, 2010

    Army medics from the 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 82 Airborne Division along with Iraqi doctors held a one-day medical clinic June 3 assessing and treating nearly 400 of the 20,000 citizens of Kubaysah, Iraq.

  • Tennessee Guardsmen patrol Q-West perimeter

    Jun 8, 2010

    Conducting daily perimeter patrol missions, the Soldiers of Crusader Troop, 1st Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment headquartered in Milan, Tenn., can be seen leaving a trail of dust across the desert surrounding Q-West, Iraq, on a regular basis.

  • NATO plan ties Afghan economy to growth of forces

    Jun 8, 2010

    The economic power of military-fueled industry has been illustrated throughout history, and it looks like the growth of the Afghan National Security Forces will be a boon to developing industries in Afghanistan.

  • Paratroopers teach Iraqis to call fire from sky

    Jun 3, 2010

    American paratroopers taught Iraqi soldiers how to call in fire from armed helicopters to neutralize targets in a live-fire exercise here, May 21.

  • Army testing green laser kits in Afghanistan

    Jun 2, 2010

    The Army's Program Executive Office Soldier is fielding several Green Laser Escalation of Force kits to units in Afghanistan for operational assessment.

  • World Trade Center I-beam unveiled at Bagram

    Jun 1, 2010

    More than 200 multinational troops converged in front of the Regional Command East command building to see an I-beam segment from the World Trade Center unveiled during a Memorial Day ceremony.

  • Trade show touts Iraq's business potential

    May 31, 2010

    Just like the promise tied to the sea of oil that resides below Iraq's surface, the potential for building new industries in the country is great, yet remains untapped. That potential is not lost on the vendors from 73 companies that attended the Basra Iraq Trade Expo, a four-day international trade exhibition held at the Basra International Airport May 24-27, 2010. And while oil didn't overshadow conversations, there is no question that petroleum-related industries will drive Iraq's economy going forward.

  • Human Terrain Team mapping course for a transitioning Iraq

    May 30, 2010

    The role of U.S. Forces in Iraq continues to evolve with the launch of Operation New Dawn later this year, and the majority of efforts will be re-focused on the responsible transfer of authority to Iraqi Security Forces.

  • Beginning of end: Joint security stations change hands in Iraq

    May 27, 2010

    Joint Security Stations Ashura and Tal Abtha, located in northern Iraq, were signed over to the Iraqi military and local government May 15. Within an hour of the short handover ceremony, U.S. forces had successfully withdrawn from the bases.

  • U.S., NATO forces set sights on Kandahar

    May 27, 2010

    With U.S. and NATO forces on the verge of major operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan, a top commander there underscored the complexity of their charge, citing "political problems and impunities" as the main challenge to overcome.

  • Refining Iraq's green thumb: Ninewa province gets agricultural overhaul

    May 26, 2010

    Iraq currently imports 72 percent of its agricultural goods from foreign nations, including Syria and Iran, driving market prices ever higher in a fledgling economy.

  • NCO recognized for efforts to stop sexual assault in Iraq

    May 24, 2010

    "Sexual assault devastates the mission," said the NCO who set up the "I. A.M. Strong" campaign at Joint Base Balad in Iraq, and received the Federal Service Award last month for efforts aimed toward stopping the crime.

  • MPs train Iraqi police to save lives

    May 20, 2010

    Ohio-based military police are training Iraqi policemen here how to save the lives of their peers in medical emergencies.

  • Army medics assess needs of Anbar community

    May 20, 2010

    A team of Army medical personnel set up a temporary clinic with a local Iraqi doctor to assess the healthcare needs of a poor farming community along the Euphrates River.

  • Mayor invites U.S. forces to tour model town

    May 19, 2010

    The mayor of an Iraqi town once completely controlled by the insurgency invited a platoon of paratroopers to tour his peaceful city with him May 13.

  • NATO allies increase contributions in Afghanistan

    May 18, 2010

    The NATO allies are in Afghanistan for the long haul and have made both significant progress and significant commitments to the effort there.

  • Third Army delivers aid to flood-stricken Tajikistan

    May 18, 2010

    Third Army Soldiers responded over the weekend to a request for assistance from the government of Tajikistan, due to flooding there which has killed at least 22 people, left 50 missing, injured 200 and displaced more than 2,000 from their homes.

  • Afghan president touts improvements, thanks Soldiers at Fort Campbell

    May 17, 2010

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai brought a message of thanks to Soldiers and their families at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 14, as the 101st Airborne Division continues to deploy to his country.

  • Obama, Karzai reaffirm goals, U.S.-Afghan partnership

    May 13, 2010

    President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai reaffirmed the shared U.S. and Afghan goals to defeat al-Qaida and to establish good governance and a growing economy in Afghanistan.

  • McChrystal, Eikenberry express confidence in Afghanistan strategy

    May 11, 2010

    Here for Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit this week with President Barack Obama and other high-level administration officials, the top military commander and senior U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan both expressed confidence today that the U.S. strategy being employed there will succeed.

  • Bucca water treatment project starts flowing

    May 10, 2010

    A network of pipe linking the water and wastewater treatment facilities on Camp Bucca, Iraq, provide the groundwork for operation of a new multimillion-dollar water treatment plant that will increase or introduce water to several nearby municipalities.

  • Logisticians face challenges in Afghanistan surge

    May 6, 2010

    The top Army logistician discussed leading concerns with Soldiers and Army civilians at the Pentagon Tuesday as part of the Army Senior Leaders Forum.

  • Policy chief 'cautiously optimistic' about Afghanistan

    May 6, 2010

    The Pentagon's top policy official told Congress today she's "cautiously optimistic" about progress in Afghanistan as the new strategy there begins to show signs of success.

  • Army Sustainment Command - Forward steps up production for Afghanistan surge

    May 4, 2010

    The Army Sustainment Command - Forward has stepped up its operations to install armor and accessory kits for more than 1,300 vehicles headed to Afghanistan.

  • CSA visits deployed Soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan

    May 1, 2010

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited southern Afghanistan to get a first-hand look at the situation on the ground and to visit with Soldiers and Marines serving in the region.

  • Agriculture conference looks to Iraq's future

    May 1, 2010

    A meeting of agricultural minds took place on Contingency Operating Base Basra, April 27, 2010, focusing on reforming Iraq's agricultural businesses.

  • 'Hodge Hall' closes its doors

    Apr 30, 2010

    For several years, Soldiers at Camp Liberty have been learning how to respond to IEDs at "Hodge Hall," named in honor of a sergeant killed on a route-clearance mission.

  • 101st Soldier gets Silver Star for saving life in Afghanistan

    Apr 29, 2010

    A 101st Airborne Division Soldier received the Army's third-highest award for valor April 11 for running through enemy fire in Afghanistan, eliminating two anti-coalition militants, refusing treatment for his own wounds and saving the life of a teammate.

  • CSA discusses progress, future of Iraq

    Apr 29, 2010

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, April 28, as part of a visit to Iraq to discuss the progress and future of the country with units key to its future in the upcoming months.

  • Casey gets first-hand look at Iraq transition efforts

    Apr 28, 2010

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, met with leaders of United States Division-South April 28, to discuss operations within the division and the work being done as U.S. forces transition out of Iraq.

  • Boston Marathon comes to Iraq

    Apr 27, 2010

    Besting roughly 400 other civilian and military runners from all over Iraq, Sgt. Derek Miller won the sixth annual Boston Marathon at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, April 18.

  • Odierno notes progress of Iraqi forces

    Apr 27, 2010

    As the troop drawdown continues in Iraq, the top U.S. commander there said he's convinced the Iraqi security forces are ready to take over more responsibility, and that the sacrifices the United States has made to get to this point will prove worthwhile.

  • Chief of Staff visits Jordanian defense officials

    Apr 26, 2010

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. met with Jordanian defense officials April 25, 2010 in Jordan. While meeting, Casey spoke about topics that ranged from security in the Middle East to transforming the U.S. Army.

  • Anbar Police stand up K-9 unit

    Apr 23, 2010

    One of Iraq's newest K-9 units stood up last month in Anbar with help from a U.S. Army Military Police K-9 outfit attached to 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

  • Fuller tours expanding Stryker repair facility in Qatar

    Apr 22, 2010

    Col. Lawrence Fuller was in Qatar, April 14, touring the only Stryker battle damage repair facility in the Middle East. Fuller completed a two-day tour of Army Materiel Command warehouses at Camp As Sayliyah, a week ahead of taking command of 402nd Army Field Support Brigade at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Volcanic ash reroutes transport of Afghan war wounded

    Apr 21, 2010

    Ash from an Icelandic volcano limiting European air traffic has forced the U.S. military to reroute some American troops wounded in Afghanistan through Iraq instead of Germany.

  • Stryker Brigade helps with footbridge for Iraqi children

    Apr 20, 2010

    In the neighborhood of Abu Ghraib in Baghdad, the journey to school for children means crossing a treacherous road, but the U.S. Army may help change that.

  • Army working to institutionalize contracting reforms

    Apr 20, 2010

    Army leaders told members of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan during an April 19 hearing that the service is beginning to institutionalize contracting reforms made during the last seven years of war.

  • Iraqi security forces keep U.S. drawdown on track

    Apr 20, 2010

    Iraqi forces are doing a good job in maintaining security in the country, and the American withdrawal can proceed as planned, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Sunday.

  • Biden calls leaders' deaths 'devastating' to al-Qaida

    Apr 20, 2010

    Vice President Joe Biden Monday praised Iraqi and U.S. security forces for killing two top leaders of the al-Qaida in Iraq terror organization.

  • Army Sustainment Command unit has key role in retrograde

    Apr 16, 2010

    Members of the 2nd Battalion, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, and its service provider, ITT, are diligently preparing for the unprecedented Responsible Drawdown from Iraq.

  • M-ATVs to replace Humvees in Afghanistan, vice says

    Apr 14, 2010

    The mine resistant ambush protected all terrain vehicle, or M-ATV, is on its way to Afghanistan to replace the up-armored Humvee. "It will not be too long before we will be able to get everybody who can be out of the up-armored Humvee into the MRAP ATV," said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. General Peter W. Chiarelli.

  • Combat hospital staff welcomes Iraqi doctors during medical information exchange program

    Apr 14, 2010

    Iraqi medical professionals at Yarmouk Hospital had to cut short a tour for U.S. doctors and Soldiers when an Iraqi Army soldier suffering from a gunshot wound was suddenly brought into their ward. As doctors from the hospital rushed to save the soldier's life, the Americans witnessed firsthand how the Iraqi medical system operates.

  • Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan keeps up with troop surge demands

    Apr 14, 2010

    The Corps of Engineers Bagram Area Office has stepped up military construction projects in support of the U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan. Projects include barracks and hangars for large aircraft.

  • Vietnam vet, decorated pilot prepares to wrap up Iraq deployment

    Apr 14, 2010

    It's a heady rAfAsumAfA: war hero, veteran pilot, commercial pilot, safety officer, father, grandfather, husband and - most recently - projects officer: with such an extensive list of credentials to his name, one would expect this Soldier to be incredibly busy.

  • 7th Cavalry troops bring books to Baghdad schools

    Apr 13, 2010

    While Soldiers from the 7th Cavalry Regiment were assisting Iraqi Security Forces with security they each took time out to present three schools with new books April 11.

  • Responsible drawdown: Soldiers tackle logistical challenge of equipment turn-in

    Apr 8, 2010

    U.S. forces have already begun redeploying to their home bases in accordance with the Security of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government, which states that by September 1, 2010, U.S. forces will drawdown to 50,000 troops in the country.

  • Troops in Afghanistan to say goodbye to leisure concessions

    Apr 7, 2010

    Beginning in May, troops stationed in Afghanistan will have a harder time finding a Pizza Hut or a pair of Oakley's as 50 Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracted concessions are slated for closure in anticipation of an additional 30,000 inbound troops.

  • World Trade Center I-beam finds home in Afghanistan

    Apr 7, 2010

    An I-beam that was once a part of the World Trade Center now has a home in Afghanistan where the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were first planned.

  • U.S. transfers facilities to Iraqi control as drawdown continues

    Apr 7, 2010

    With the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and the movement of Iraqi forces into the role of providing all security for the country, bases that have housed U.S. troops over the past several years - in many cases alongside Iraqi troops - are being returned to full Iraqi control.

  • Task Force Diamond Head thwarts indirect attacks in Iraq

    Apr 5, 2010

    "Indirect fire" refers to the firing of a weapon without a direct line-of-sight between the weapon and its target; it's indiscriminate and it's deadly.

  • More than third of equipment now out of Iraq

    Apr 5, 2010

    The Army is now 35 percent complete in its effort to move equipment and materiel out of Iraq as part of the withdrawal from that country.

  • Corps of Engineers Gulf Region South furls flag

    Apr 3, 2010

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division completed the transition from three engineer districts in Iraq to one as the Gulf Region South's colors were cased March 29.

  • Joint Readiness Training Center to Iraq: 82nd advises, assists

    Apr 2, 2010

    The training for 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, at the Joint Readiness Training Center has become the first "production model" for the advise-and-assist brigade concept, and the practical application of that training in a deployed environment partnered with Iraqi security forces.

  • Soldiers work multi-billion-dollar mission in support of Iraq drawdown

    Apr 1, 2010

    Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, someone is washing vehicles and equipment at the wash rack on Camp Arifjan.

  • Commentary: Soldiers see subtle shift in Iraqi culture

    Mar 31, 2010

    Recasting the peace among Anbaris during the recent national election, we might recall how, only two years ago, a U.S. military official declared Al Anbar province lost.

  • Army married couple reenlists together

    Mar 29, 2010

    Married-couple Spc. Samuel Baker, a communications system support specialist and Sgt. Raquel Baker, an automated logistics specialist, both with Headquarters Company, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), reenlisted together March 17.

  • Iraqi, U.S. veterinarians partner to help Baghdad zoo animals

    Mar 29, 2010

    After receiving the call for help March 24, Degeyter, a doctor of veterinary medicine assigned to 1st Armored Division, U.S. Division-Center, quickly made his own calls to other U.S. Army veterinarians to visit the Baghdad zoo.

  • Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

    Mar 29, 2010

    President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan, delivering a message of praise to American servicemembers on behalf of the United States.