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  • 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.

  • McChrystal delivers Afghan assessment to U.S., NATO leaders

    Sep 1, 2009

    The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan has completed his assessment of the situation there and has forwarded it to NATO and U.S. leaders, Defense Department officials said today.

  • Soldiers provide goods, goodwill to Iraqi villages

    Aug 27, 2009

    Soldiers handed out humanitarian aid packages of food and supplies to the citizens of Faddaqhryah and Bahar in southern Iraq, Aug. 18.

  • Petraeus predicts tough fighting in Afghanistan

    Aug 27, 2009

    The commander of U.S. Central Command said tough fighting lies ahead in Afghanistan, where the Taliban and other extremists have expanded their strength and influence, but he cautioned that success there demands more than battlefield victories.

  • Army's top enlisted in Iraq visits last of surge Soldiers

    Aug 26, 2009

    HABUR GATE, Iraq - Multi-National Force - Iraq Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Wilson visited Soldiers of the 16th Sustainment Brigade, one of the last units in Iraq serving a 15-month deployment, Aug. 12 and 13.

  • Iraq drawdown moves into second phase as planners discuss challenges

    Aug 26, 2009

    As Multi-National Corps - Iraq moves into the second phase of the drawdown of troops and equipment from Iraq, it faces challenges ranging from the withdrawal of people and material ranging from roughly 80,000 servicemembers to a connex filled with pink roller skates.

  • Army aims to stop flow of paper money to Iraq, Afghanistan

    Aug 25, 2009

    The United States hasn't gone cashless quite yet, but in Afghanistan and Iraq, that's the goal -- at least when it comes to the way the Army plans to conduct business there.

  • Chairman cites security as key part of Afghan strategy

    Aug 25, 2009

    Providing security is a key component of President Barack Obama's strategy for Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday.

  • Handbook applies lessons learned in Afghanistan

    Aug 20, 2009

    A recently published Army handbook addresses the unique set of topographical, cultural and operational challenges facing troops in Afghanistan.

  • Soldiers keep it "cool" in Iraq

    Aug 19, 2009

    Whether the air conditioner in your armored vehicle is broken, or your forklift just won't lift anymore, if you're on Forward Operating Base Warrior, Kirkuk, Iraq, the mechanics at the ground support element section shop are the ones to see.

  • Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers welcomed to NCO corps together

    Aug 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army tradition of recognizing newly promoted noncommissioned officers to the NCO corps is through an NCO induction ceremony, a time-honored tradition for the U.S. Army, which has been shared with the new Iraqi Army.

  • Servicemembers risk permanent damage if they ignore hearing protection

    Aug 18, 2009

    According to Air Force Staff Sgt. Lee Adams, an Ear, Nose and Throat technician at Bagram Airfield, more than 50 percent of the patients seen in the ENT walk-in clinics are there for hearing related issues.

  • Odierno proposes three-part security force for Northern Iraq

    Aug 18, 2009

    The top U.S. commander in Iraq has proposed a tripartite arrangement between American, Iraqi and Kurdish forces to shore up security in disputed areas of northern Iraq.

  • Obama calls Afghan war 'fundamental' to U.S. defense

    Aug 18, 2009

    Terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, are plotting to do so again, so defeating them is "fundamental to the defense of our people," President Barack Obama told veterans at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Phoenix.

  • Clearance team ensures safe roads from Maysan to Basra

    Aug 17, 2009

    Combat engineers assigned to Task Force Saber performed their final route clearance mission in southern Maysan province before packing up and heading to the new territory of Basra Province, July 20.

  • Soldiers battle Afghan insurgents in Korengal valley

    Aug 15, 2009

    After a 20-minute gun battle with insurgent forces, U.S. Soldiers watch as Air Force F-15 fighter jets destroy insurgent positions with bombs in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar province, Aug. 13, 2009.

  • Army's top sergeant visits COB Basra

    Aug 12, 2009

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston told troops at Contingency Operating Base Basra Aug. 4, that his top three topics were stress, recruiting and retention, and the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer.

  • Soldiers in remote corner of Afghanistan get 10-ton delivery from the sky

    Aug 11, 2009

    A team of Airmen airdropped an M198 artillery piece to an Army unit in the remote eastern part of the country Aug. 8.

  • Americans and Iraqis work to urgently preserve Iraqi cultural landmark

    Aug 10, 2009

    The ancient Assyrian City of Ashur faces imminent threats. Recent construction of a dam on the Tigris River is causing large sections of the City to be swept away, while other precious artifacts are being looted.

  • Mother, son serve together in Afghanistan

    Aug 8, 2009

    Deployed Soldiers have all kissed their families good-bye, and headed off to war with the expectation of learning to handle the constant heartache of missing their loved ones. However, in a rare exception, two Soldiers in eastern Afghanistan have found unexpected relief from this typical situation by being assigned to the same location at Forward Operating Base Salerno in the Khost province.

  • Radio station gives voice to remote Afghan province

    Aug 8, 2009

    The Nuristan province opened a radio station that operates for 12 hours a day and offers a variety of music, history, education, religious and social commentary.

  • Soldiers who helped film 'GI Joe' now in combat theater

    Aug 7, 2009

    One of the Soldiers in the opening scenes of "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra," won't be able to see the film's debut this weekend.

  • Warrior Leader Course offered in Kuwait for first time

    Aug 6, 2009

    In order to reduce the amount of time that Soldiers spend away from their families, and because of the quick operation tempo, there were almost 500 Soldiers in Kuwait, who needed to attend Warrior Leader Course, so a plan for conducting the course in theater was made.

  • Iraqi soldiers train for route clearance operations

    Aug 5, 2009

    As the Iraqi Army develops its capabilities to support the mission of providing for security for the population of Iraq, it is necessary for Iraqi Army soldiers to gain knowledge of new skills.

  • Military working dogs give Soldiers run for their money

    Aug 5, 2009

    Four legs are better than two when trying to evade a military working dog.

  • Soldier thinks green, launches recycling effort in Iraq

    Aug 4, 2009

    The Army teaches Soldiers to leave a place better than they found it. One Soldier has applied this adage to the Multi-National Division - Baghdad area of operations by thinking green.

  • Next generation technology helps keep Soldiers safe in Afghanistan

    Aug 4, 2009

    The next generation of the 'Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station' offers an updated version with more options to potentially protect servicemembers and defeat insurgents across Afghanistan.

  • Iraqi border posts testing wind, solar power

    Aug 3, 2009

    Two border outposts near Badrah, Iraq, are now using solar panels and a large wind turbine to generate electrical power.

  • Combat medics treat Afghan locals, provide healthcare to remote villages

    Aug 1, 2009

    In a garrison environment, medics operate sick-call clinics for ill or injured Soldiers. On the frontlines, medics stabilize severely-wounded troops long enough for a medical evacuation to a field hospital. At Forward Operating Base Baylough, two medics of the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment use their medical skills for not only their fellow Soldiers but also local Afghans.

  • Gates says Iraq drawdown may accelerate moderately

    Jul 30, 2009

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said conditions in Iraq have improved to the extent that the U.S. combat brigade drawdown from the country may accelerate.

  • Senior logisticians get first-hand view of ongoing Iraq drawdown efforts

    Jul 29, 2009

    Thirteen senior logisticians met in Iraq to discuss the plans for continuing the responsible drawdown of forces and equipment in Iraq and the repositioning of assets to Afghanistan.

  • Army National Guard Units Prepare for 2010 Rotation in Operation Iraqi Freedom

    Jul 28, 2009

    The Department of the Army has confirmed the Department of Defense's announcement for the next rotation of major units scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The announcement involves a National Guard division headquarters and a fires brigade, with a combined total of approximately 3,600 personnel.

  • A shot in the dark

    Jul 28, 2009

    KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., fire 155mm rounds using an M777 Howitzer weapons system, July 6, on Forward Operating Base Bostick, Afghanistan. The Soldiers were registering targets so they will have a more accurate and faster response time when providing fire support.

  • Artillery unit becomes Civil Affairs in new Iraq

    Jul 28, 2009

    Most field artillery troops don't expect to work in civil affairs support, but that's the way it is with the quickly changing role of U.S. forces in Iraq.

  • Forward redistribution point saves taxpayer dollars

    Jul 27, 2009

    Shipping containers arrive here every day at the forward redistribution point, filled to the brim with every imaginable item: toilet paper, pens, pencils, turbine engines, humvee repair parts, even a rock climbing wall.

  • National Guard trains Iraqi police to become self-sufficient

    Jul 27, 2009

    National police in Iraq's Wasit province now are capable of sustaining their own training needs after coalition forces leave here, military officials said, thanks to the efforts of a Massachusetts National Guard police company.

  • First Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for valor in Afghanistan

    Jul 24, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti, who was killed in Afghanistan June 21, 2006, will receive the Medal of Honor for his valor in combat, the White House has announced.

  • Year of the NCO: three-time Iraq vet continues to lead

    Jul 23, 2009

    "It's important to get Soldiers to understand that the Army really cares. We're in the people business. And, for a first sergeant, the most important thing is taking care of their Soldiers and the families that support them."

  • U.S. forces foster growth in Afghanistan

    Jul 23, 2009

    U.S. forces aided Afghan farmers and villagers recently in operations aimed at cultivating a brighter future in Afghanistan.

  • Vietnam veteran re-enlists in Iraq

    Jul 21, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Hershel L. Mayfield, a native of Tallassee, Ala., has been serving in the Army for 39 years; thirty-seven of which were with the 158th Maintenance Company, part of the Alabama Army National Guard.

  • One-time Soldier, barber rejoins service after losing pool game to friend

    Jul 20, 2009

    When most Soldiers tell others why they joined the Army, many stories are similar. Many join right out of high school, some do it for the benefits and others do it to improve or change their lives.

  • Firefight in Afghanistan

    Jul 13, 2009

    U.S. Army Soldiers and Afghan National Security Forces battle insurgents in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan, July 12, during Operation Mountain Fire. (click to see more images.)

  • I-BIZ owners, attorneys discuss Iraqi labor law

    Jul 13, 2009

    Business owners from the local Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone met to discuss Iraqi labor law, June 29.

  • Iraqi liaison officers, new addition to U.S. brigade in Kirkuk

    Jul 12, 2009

    A group of Iraqi liaison officers have begun working side-by-side with Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, to improve security and coordination.

  • Craddock: NATO must find better ways for nations to participate

    Jul 10, 2009

    Options exist to help members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization better meet their obligations within the alliance, said the former NATO commander, who left the post less than two weeks ago.

  • Deployed Soldiers can now order new uniform items online

    Jul 9, 2009

    The flame-resistant Army combat uniform and the improved physical fitness uniform can now be ordered by deployed troops through a Web-based program.

  • NCO tackles difficult, sensitive job in hopes of providing better protection for Soldiers

    Jul 9, 2009

    As an Army NCO, she had been wearing the uniform for 16 years and felt more than ready to accept the challenge of serving in a hostile environment. But after learning the requirements of one particular project that could only be described as formidable, she wasn't sure it was a mission she could accomplish.

  • Trash collection marks new era in Iraqi city

    Jul 9, 2009

    U.S. forces are helping Iraqi officials ring in a new era - with services like trash collection.

  • U.S. forces boost security, commerce in Afghanistan

    Jul 9, 2009

    U.S. forces are helping to equip Afghan forces with the tools they need to improve security and commerce in Afghanistan. In recent days, U.S. forces trained Afghan border police on the use of up-armored Humvees, advised farmers to boost crop production and, to improve quality of life for their own, put the finishing touches on a combat outpost.

  • 'Real World' crew visits former cast member in Iraq

    Jul 8, 2009

    A two-man team from MTV's "Real World" program spent a week at Joint Security Station Saydiyah here filming the final portions of a follow-up story on one of the show's former participants.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers first to field new grenade launcher

    Jul 7, 2009

    The barrels were hot in the Army's charter fielding of the new M-320 grenade launcher as Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division fired the weapons for the first time.

  • New engineer excavator stands up to anti-tank mine

    Jul 7, 2009

    The Army's new High Mobility Engineer Excavator saved the life of a Soldier in Iraq May 29, when an anti-tank mine exploded as he was digging a culvert trench near South Balad Ruz.

  • EOD Soldiers view 'The Hurt Locker'

    Jul 7, 2009

    Fast-paced, heart-stopping, explosive action fills the new movie The Hurt Locker, even though Soldiers say many of the scenes are inaccurate.

  • Biden, Odierno preside over naturalization ceremony in Iraq

    Jul 7, 2009

    Vice President Joe Biden and Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Forces Iraq, presided over a July 4 naturalization ceremony in which 237 servicemembers deployed to Iraq became American citizens.

  • Russia allows transit for Afghanistan-bound U.S. troops

    Jul 7, 2009

    An agreement signed in Moscow today permits the United States to transit troops and weapons across Russian territory en route to Afghanistan.

  • Agri-business development team plants seeds of hope for Afghan people

    Jul 6, 2009

    Teams of National Guardsmen from Missouri and 11 other farm-belt states are deploying to Afghanistan on year-long tours to to help Afghanistan attain a functional level of prosperity and self-sustainability through improved agricultural methods.

  • Soldiers in Iraq enjoy taste of home over holiday weekend

    Jul 6, 2009

    Thousands of pizzas were served to Soldiers during the 4th of July celebration Saturday.

  • Space technology assists Iraqi irrigation inventory project

    Jun 30, 2009

    Soldiers from the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team's geospatial intelligence section are playing a role in helping Iraqi leaders prepare to expand irrigation and farming throughout Iraq.

  • Combat Aviation Brigade wraps up error-free Iraqi deployment

    Jun 30, 2009

    The 4th Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade found another reason to celebrate its recent return from a successful year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom - everyone returned home to their families.

  • NCO awarded Silver Star for courage under fire in Afghanistan

    Jun 30, 2009

    Rows of Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, stood at attention as the U.S. Army recognized Staff Sgt. Conrad Begaye for bravery under fire in Afghanistan.

  • Army team gives special welcome home to all wounded

    Jun 29, 2009

    Wounded Soldiers sent home from overseas are greeted by their own before they are even off the plane at Andrews Air Force Base. The Army's wounded are welcomed back to the country by three members of the Army's Medical Evacuation to CONUS Hospitals team.

  • Military has met SOFA deadline, top U.S. general in Iraq says

    Jun 29, 2009

    The U.S. military will have no issues complying with the U.S. - Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, which requires all U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq, said Sunday.