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  • 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.

  • U.S. preps facility for transfer to Iraqi Army as part of drawdown

    Mar 26, 2010

    Preparing for any redeployment often involves extensive inventories and equipment reallocations, but the process for one U.S. base in southern Maysan Province has the added challenge of transferring the entire base, equipment and crucial infrastructure.

  • Afghanistan troop level to eclipse Iraq by midyear

    Mar 25, 2010

    This summer will mark the first time since 2003 that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will overshadow the American presence in Iraq, the top U.S. military officer told Congress Wednesday.

  • Soldiers build checkpoint in Afghanistan

    Mar 24, 2010

    Soldiers install HESCO barriers at an Afghan police checkpoint in Robat, Afghanistan, March 19, 2010. The Soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

  • Convoy escorts benefit from donated off-road lights

    Mar 23, 2010

    Soldiers recently installed newly-donated off-road lights on their convoy escort vehicles. Paratroopers from Company A, 307th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Advise and Assist), installed the lights, donated by Off-Road Adventures Magazine, on 15 of their mine resistant ambush protected vehicles.

  • General offers insight into progress, challenges in Iraq

    Mar 23, 2010

    Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. returned from Iraq March 14 with I Corps headquarters and said the successful election there was the culmination of his command's year-long mission.

  • Databases help move equipment out of Iraq

    Mar 22, 2010

    Units preparing to redeploy to their home stations at the end of a Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment and the managers charged with the responsible drawdown of forces and equipment have one thing in common: a lot of paperwork before people and equipment can move.

  • Turkey joins Multi-National Battle Group-East

    Mar 19, 2010

    The nation of Turkey officially has joined Multi-National Battle Group-East in the overall mission to provide safety and security and freedom of movement anytime and anywhere in Kosovo.

  • Maj. Gen. Cucolo discusses drawdown, election

    Mar 18, 2010

    In a conference call from his headquarters in Northern Iraq March 11, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commanding general of Task Force Marne and U.S. Division-North, as well as the 3rd Infantry Division, told reporters that the number of troops in his area of responsibility will decrease from 22,000 to 8,600 by Sept. 1.

  • New language-training detachments preparing Soldiers for Afghanistan

    Mar 18, 2010

    Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Carson, Colo., are now taking language courses that will better prepare them to meet the demands of operations in Afghanistan.

  • McChrystal reports on progress in Afghanistan

    Mar 18, 2010

    The commander of NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan said he is pleased with the progress in the country so far while acknowledging that much more needs to be done.

  • Third Army conducting 'Responsible Drawdown' from Iraq

    Mar 17, 2010

    Third Army and other commands are in the process of conducting a 'Responsible Drawdown' from Iraq that is unprecedented in recent military history.

  • Success in Afghanistan achievable, Petraeus says

    Mar 17, 2010

    Though considerable challenges remain in Afghanistan, success there is achievable and important, said the commander of U.S. Central Command.

  • Holbrooke hails Marja operation, relationship with Pakistan

    Mar 16, 2010

    The ongoing U.S.-Afghan operation in Marja, Afghanistan, probably is the greatest in the history of counterinsurgency, the United States special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan said in a weekend television interview.

  • Top Afghan army NCO, police officer visit Camp Atterbury

    Mar 15, 2010

    The top noncommissioned officers of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police visited Camp Atterbury March 9 and 10, to learn about the training facilities that produce thousands of troops and civilians deploying to Afghanistan, and to brief Army officials on the situation in theatre.

  • Soldiers move excess munitions out of Iraq as part of drawdown

    Mar 13, 2010

    As the responsible drawdown of forces and equipment escalates following the Iraqi Parliamentary elections in March, Soldiers are working to reduce the amount of ammunition in Iraq as corresponding troop levels fall.

  • Civilians in surge to Afghanistan get training at Atterbury

    Mar 12, 2010

    In addition to the troop surge in Afghanistan, there's a civilian surge to supplement the military with teams of subject-matter experts in a variety of fields such as security, agribusiness and logistics.

  • 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade pilots earn Silver Star

    Mar 12, 2010

    Two pilots serving with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, earned the Silver Star, the nation's third highest war-time medal for valor.

  • Iraqi security forces ensure safe national elections

    Mar 11, 2010

    In 2005, faced with staunch resistance from extremists, coalition forces provided security for Iraqis as they voted. Five years later, the role of U.S. forces has changed dramatically.

  • U.S. troops in Iraq adopt new role

    Mar 11, 2010

    Some of the 98,000 U.S. military forces in Iraq already have made the transition from security to stability operations ahead of the September deadline.

  • Afghan visit reinforces Gates' faith in new strategy

    Mar 10, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' visits with Marines and with Soldiers in Afghanistan's Kandahar province have reinforced his belief that the current strategy is working in Afghanistan.

  • Stability operations in Iraq making headway

    Mar 10, 2010

    Though the U.S. has been building up the civilian infrastructure of Iraq since 2003, the sense of ownership and level interest of the people has never been as great as it is now, and that makes all the difference.

  • Troopers have towering presence on border

    Mar 9, 2010

    The Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement, the Government of Iraq's primary force for border security and the interdiction of smuggling, continues to keep an eye on the border with Iran.

  • Gates seeks 'ground truth' in Afghanistan

    Mar 9, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is visiting Afghanistan to get what he called the "ground truth" from servicemembers.

  • Cargo transfer company plays important role in Iraq drawdown

    Mar 8, 2010

    The 1st Inland Cargo Transfer Company out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, has taken over the Central Receiving and Shipping Point at Contingency Operating Base Marez, Iraq, to assist with the upcoming drawdown of troops and equipment from theater.

  • 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.