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  • Afghanistan draws attention of Army counter-IED conference

    Jun 26, 2009

    Defeating improvised explosives devices and their support networks is the focus of Army's third counter-IED conference, July 28-30, in Charlottesville, Va.

  • Rodriguez assumes new Afghanistan post

    Jun 26, 2009

    Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez arrived in Afghanistan to assume his post as deputy commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan. He'll serve in that capacity on an interim basis as NATO officials set up a new intermediate command that Rodriguez will head in the alliance's International Security Assistance Force to oversee day-to-day military operations.

  • Medics turn aid station into Afghan emergency room

    Jun 25, 2009

    Outside Forward Operating Base Blessing, combat medics serving with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, spend every morning combing through a crowd of sick or injured Afghans desperate for medical attention.

  • Training the 'Daughters of Iraq'

    Jun 24, 2009

    Loud chatter filled the room as ten women from the Daughters of Iraq gathered at an old high school in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, June 12, to train new hires, update information in the U.S forces database and discuss present conditions with officers of 150th Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

  • Amputee combat vets return to Iraq for 'proper exit'

    Jun 23, 2009

    Six amputee combat veterans put their uniforms back on and returned to Iraq Sunday for the first time since sustaining their injuries in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Next 18 months critical in Afghanistan, McChrystal says

    Jun 22, 2009

    The next 18 months will be crucial in Afghanistan, the new commander of NATO and U.S. forces there said Friday.

  • Camp Taji depot to supply Iraqi Army

    Jun 20, 2009

    A refurbished supply depot at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad, will serve as the Iraqi Army's new central distribution point for everything from vehicles to clothing.

  • Orphaned equipment gets second chance

    Jun 20, 2009

    The identification and redistribution of mission essential equipment and materials already in theater is at the forefront of a multi-service effort to lower tax payer cost, while keeping units combat effective with the spare parts and equipment they need to remain in the fight here in Iraq.

  • Team works to counter bombing activity on critical Afghan route

    Jun 18, 2009

    With at least 10 improvised explosive devices found and detonated in recent weeks on a key route leaders prepared to travel along on June 13, Soldiers in Afghanistan's Wardak province set up a traffic checkpoint.

  • 'Advise & Assist' brigade meets with transition teams

    Jun 17, 2009

    Transition teams throughout southern Iraq attended a conference June 12, at Contingency Operating Base Adder.

  • McChrystal assumes command in Afghanistan

    Jun 16, 2009

    Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal assumed command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan June 15, vowing that the coalition will prevail despite a struggle he conceded will be "long and hard."

  • Procurement changes lead to more effective munitions in Afghanistan, Iraq

    Jun 15, 2009

    The Army has made significant changes to the processes used in procuring non-standard ammunition that have resulted in improved reliability and quality.

  • National Guard hosts civilian training for Afghanistan operations

    Jun 15, 2009

    Civilian employees representing various federal departments are being trained alongside their military counterparts in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan.

  • New command to focus on Afghanistan battle tactics

    Jun 12, 2009

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said a new "intermediate" command set for Afghanistan will allow the commander to concentrate on day-to-day tactical events across the country.

  • Colbert entertains, brings smiles to troops in Iraq

    Jun 11, 2009

    It is official - Stephen Colbert came, saw and conquered Iraq, claiming victory on day three of his six-day adventure to the Middle East.

  • Operation 'Good Heart' gives Iraqi girl a second chance at life

    Jun 10, 2009

    As an Iraqi girl and her mother carefully stepped out of a mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, they turned to find nearly an entire village anxious and waiting for their return from a two-month long journey.

  • Romanian forces end mission in Iraq

    Jun 10, 2009

    Military operations in Iraq formally ended for Romanian forces June 4, as one of America's coalition allies prepared to ship out some of its remaining troops with an end-of-mission ceremony held by Romania's 26th Infantry "Red Scorpions" Battalion.

  • Father of seven returns to active duty

    Jun 10, 2009

    Spc. Jonathan Goodwin is a lot of different things: husband, father of seven children, jokester, and the kind of person who can light up a room with his sense of humor. But before he was any of these things, he became a soldier, signing up for his first enlistment in May of 1992.

  • Water bottling plant opens, begins production in southern Iraq

    Jun 9, 2009

    Leaders from the 3d Sustainment Command Expeditionary and Oasis International Waters, Inc., opened a water bottling and purification plant during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, June 8.

  • Soldiers disrupt timber smuggling in Afghan province

    Jun 9, 2009

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, have been making a difference in disrupting timber smuggling in this lush area near the Pakistan border.

  • Iraq's hot, but a tourist hotspot'

    Jun 8, 2009

    Iraq may not be everyone's ideal day-trip, but recently conditions have reached the point where tourism is now a viable industry.

  • Soldiers open key travel route to Iraqi public

    Jun 8, 2009

    Coalition forces opened two lanes of traffic along Main Supply Route Tampa for use by Iraqi travelers during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

  • Army deploys scientists to study Iraqi culture

    Jun 5, 2009

    From inception, Soldiers are trained not to ask the question why' Maybe where' or when' - but never why. However, in today's battlefield, why' is more important than ever. "If Soldiers want to know, 'Why are the children throwing rocks at us'' and 'Why are they rocketing us'' That's what we do," said Leslie Kayanan, team leader of the Human Terrain System team assigned to the 34th Inf. Div.

  • NATO, Afghan, Pakistani troops share workspace to coordinate security

    Jun 2, 2009

    An Afghan National Army military liaison officer at the Khyber Border Coordination Center receives a phone call; violent extremists are fleeing from Nangarhar province across the border into Pakistan's Peshawar region. The Afghans have to inform the Pakistanis fast if they want to catch them in the act.

  • U.S. combat troops on pace to leave Iraqi cities by June 30

    Jun 2, 2009

    American combat troops are on pace to leave Iraqi cities by the June 30 deadline stipulated by the U.S.-Iraq security agreement.

  • Documentary highlights success of Land Warrior system

    May 27, 2009

    Aca,!A"Keep Up the Fire,Aca,!A? a new documentary produced by the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Program Executive Office Soldier, tells the story of the first infantry unit deployed to Iraq with the Land Warrior system.

  • Former Mr. America, NYPD officer continues service

    May 27, 2009

    From the jungles of Vietnam to the streets of New York City to the deserts of Iraq, one noncommissioned officer has proven his dedication through decades of service.

  • Army chief shares insights during Bagram visit

    May 26, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited Afghanistan last month for the third time in a year and spoke on several issues affecting Soldiers.

  • Coalition forces return history to Iraq

    May 26, 2009

    TALLIL, Iraq - Coalition forces returned control of the ancient archaeological site Ur, the biblical birthplace of Abraham, back to Iraqi authorities here in a grand ceremony staged at the footstep of Ur's most famous artifact - the partially restored 4,100-year-old Ziggurat.

  • Soldier fills civilian gap, supports troop build-up

    May 22, 2009

    As thousands of troops arrive in Afghanistan, the Obama administration expressed concern over having enough civilian experts to fill an increasing shortage in support roles.

  • Soldiers celebrate college graduation in Iraq

    May 22, 2009

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Cheers, applause and pride filled the room as 79 servicemembers moved their tassels from left to right after graduating from college at Camp Victory, Baghdad, May 17.

  • New strategy treats Afghanistan, Pakistan as integrated theater

    May 21, 2009

    WASHINGTON - The new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan treats the area as an integrated theater of operations, the Defense Department's policy chief said today.

  • Soldiers streamline unit movement into theater

    May 20, 2009

    In the last nine months they've trained and processed more than 12,000 Soldiers into the Iraq Theater of operations. By the time they leave in August, that number is expected to climb to nearly 18,000.

  • Guard Bureau chief sees peacekeeping as likely Army National Guard mission

    May 19, 2009

    WASHINGTON - The National Guard can expect peacekeeping roles in Afghanistan and Iraq in the future, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said last week.

  • Iraqi forces now securing historical Ziggurat at Ur

    May 18, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Approximately 500 attendees were on hand to see security of the well-preserved Ziggurat of Ur ceremoniously transferred back to the Iraqi security forces here May 13.

  • Gates: Afghan army could take lead in 2 to 4 Years

    May 18, 2009

    WASHINGTON - The Afghan national army could lead operations in Afghanistan in two to four years, with the U.S. playing a support role, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a May 8 interview, portions of which aired on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday.

  • Afghan leaders, U.S. Soldiers initiate new security program to empower local residents

    May 14, 2009

    U.S. Soldiers have joined in a new program designed to increase security, empower local residents and encourage them to play a larger role in protecting their villages and keeping insurgents out of Afghanistan's Wardak province.

  • Commander highlights progress north of Baghdad

    May 13, 2009

    Col. Marc Ferraro, commander of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, told Iraqi journalists, May 12, that his Pennsylvania Army National Guard Soldiers, working alongside Iraqi Security Forces, have improved security in the Taji and Tarmiyah regions, north of Baghdad.

  • DoD identifies 4 Soldiers killed in Camp Victory slayings

    May 13, 2009

    Military officials identified four soldiers who were killed in a shooting at a combat stress center at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

  • Doctor confronts maternal mortality in Afghanistan

    May 12, 2009

    The young Dari interpreter standing by the desk translates the words of the American doctor to the young woman, as she sits quietly. An examining table stands against one yellow wall in the small room. Various tools and medical equipment are positioned around the room.

  • Gates recommends McChrystal for top spot in Afghanistan

    May 12, 2009

    WASHINGTON - Citing the need for new thinking and new ideas in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended President Barack Obama nominate Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the new commander of NATO and U.S. forces there.

  • Army fields new MRAP rollover trainers

    May 11, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - The U.S. military is fielding a new vehicle rollover simulator to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Aviators master dust landings before heading to Iraq

    May 9, 2009

    CAMP BEUHRING, Kuwait - With limited time for build-up and training in Kuwait air crews fly right into dust qualifications before heading to Iraq.

  • Army saves fuel and lives by bringing new life to an old technology

    May 7, 2009

    The Army is taking steps now to save fuel by revitalizing a 40-year old insulation method. But this method does more than decrease fuel consumption; it also helps save lives.

  • McKiernan views incoming troops as opportunity in Afghanistan

    May 7, 2009

    The new U.S. Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy, with more troops and nonmilitary resources to flow into Afghanistan to support it, opens a window of opportunity to break a security "stalemate" here, said the senior coalition military official in Afghanistan.

  • Kiowa Warrior gains firepower

    May 6, 2009

    The Army's Avenger air defense system is not part of the fire fight these days in overseas contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But its machine gun - the M3P .50 caliber - is gaining rave reviews from Army pilots thanks to a new application developed by AMCOM and Program Executive Office for Aviation workers.

  • Soldiers to help provide school supplies in southern Iraq

    May 6, 2009

    It is not often Soldiers receive a special delivery of packages from celebrities in Iraq. Actor Stephen A. Baldwin and television host Leeann Tweeden surprised Sgt. Brian C. Lawson, assistant convoy and scout truck commander with Alpha Company, 56th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 167th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, after returning from a mission to a local Iraqi school on April 13.

  • Red Bulls continue to arrive in Basra

    May 5, 2009

    Soldiers wearing the Red Bull patch of the 34th Infantry Division will replace the 10th Mountain Division and assume command of Multi-National Division-South later this month.

  • Iraqi Security Forces step up as Coalition forces step back

    May 4, 2009

    A transfer of authority ceremony took place at Baghdad's Joint Security Station Muthana recently, which gave the Iraqi Police primary control of the facility and the security of the community as the Coalition forces take a step back.

  • Soldiers gain confidence in protective gear after they walk away from attack

    May 2, 2009

    Two deafening booms followed bright, orange flashes. The Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle shook violently. Smoke engulfed the vehicle inside and out. The engineers traveling inside the MRAP in western Baghdad knew they had just been attacked.

  • Deploying brigade to test 'advise and assist' concept

    May 1, 2009

    A city manager's course, civil affairs training and a border patrol class have not been typical training for brigade combat teams headed to Iraq - until now.

  • Market opening highlights progress west of Baghdad

    Apr 30, 2009

    BAGHDAD - The Abu Ghraib district is undergoing a joint effort to not only provide security for the population, but also improve essential services and strengthen the local economy.

  • Army Chief of Staff shares insights during Afghanistan visit

    Apr 30, 2009

    A revitalized spirit is among the things the Army's top officer noted on April 24, during his third visit to Afghanistan in the past year and his first in four months.

  • 'Eye in the sky' keeps Soldiers out of harm's way

    Apr 28, 2009

    A group of insurgents wait in the dark to ambush a convoy. They sit patiently, having planned the attack and thinking they know what to expect. A few minutes pass and then-suddenly-they are inexplicably blinded by spotlights as Soldiers seemingly from nowhere take advantage of their disorientation and safely disarm them.

  • Soldier receives Soldier's Medal for saving young boy in Afghanistan

    Apr 24, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Kevin P. Sanders believes that he was born to be an infantryman. Having completed five deployments, he understands the sacrifice and bravery that accompanies combat, so when he witnessed an Afghan boy near death, his instincts immediately came into play.

  • Iraqi, Afghan find home in U.S. Army

    Apr 24, 2009

    Earlier this month, when Balsam, an Army private, graduated from Basic Combat Training with his fellow Soldiers of Fort Jackson's 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, it was the third time he had completed military training.

  • Joint patrols help keep Sadr City safe

    Apr 24, 2009

    Sunlight is fading in Sadr City as Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, along with Iraqi Soldiers move down streets lined with houses in an effort to keep the city safer.

  • Mullen tours forward outposts in Afghanistan

    Apr 23, 2009

    COMBAT OUTPOST DEYSIE, Afghanistan - Military support 'enablers' are Regional Command East's most important need in Afghanistan, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • Soldiers build relationships in effort to bring security to Afghanistan

    Apr 22, 2009

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army and U.S. servicemembers conducted two local shuras in the Zormat District, Paktya province, April 13 - 15, to discuss the recent establishment of Combat Outpost Kalagu and to address concerns of the village elders.

  • Operation Magnon al-Wombet: 1-5 Cav secures the outskirts of northern Baghdad

    Apr 20, 2009

    BAGHDAD - In a neighborhood in northern Adhamiyah here, a 3-foot wide pipe juts out of murky water connecting two steep banks. The north side of the canal has lush, green fields of varying crops. On the south side, there are disheveled residences with children peeking out from behind doorways. From the fields to their homes, children work with their parents transporting crops on their backs across the pipe that intersects the canal. But crops aren't the only things that can be transported across these slippery pipes.

  • 277th Engineers tutor Iraqi Army in heavy equipment project

    Apr 20, 2009

    BAGHDAD - While clearing rubble at the northern end of the Baghdad International Airport runway, Soldiers of the 277th Engineer Company level the ground to expand the safety distance zone. In addition to the project itself, Soldiers also impart skills and knowledge as heavy equipment operators to their 6th Iraqi Army engineer counterparts.

  • Army welders use skills to counter IEDs in Iraq

    Apr 20, 2009

    BAGHDAD - On a dark night, two terrorists discovered tunnels underneath a heavily traveled road in western Baghdad and used an improvised explosive device to blow a huge hole in the street to disrupt traffic.

  • 'Iron' Brigade and IA Commando Battalion secures Owesat in Operation Al-Sakar

    Apr 20, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers and Iraqi Soldiers of the Commando Battalion, 17th Iraqi Army Brigade, conducted Operation Al-Sakar, a combined counter insurgency operation in support of the Security Agreement, in the Owesat area southwest of Baghdad April 12.

  • Iraqi Army trains to detect deadly improvised explosive devices

    Apr 20, 2009

    Soldiers with the 225 Engineer Brigade, Multi-National Division - Baghdad help train Iraqi Army Engineer Regiment Soldiers.

  • I Corps deputy commander tasked with overseeing drawdown in Iraq

    Apr 17, 2009

    Having been on the job in Iraq for a little more than a week, the I Corps deputy commanding general for sustainment faces a daunting task as she looks to the August 2010 date set by the president for the drawdown of forces in Iraq.

  • 154th Transportation Company repositioned to Afghanistan

    Apr 16, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - A transportation company here was moved from Iraq to Afghanistan on April 14, marking the second time in three weeks a 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) unit has moved directly from one combat theater to another.

  • Iraqi Army, U.S. Soldiers work to end smuggling

    Apr 15, 2009

    Iraqi and American forces are working together to make Iraq a safer place.

  • Day of the Sniper: 'Million dollar' shot clears road in Iraq

    Apr 15, 2009

    The four man sniper team hardly dared to breathe. For two days and nights they had waited for the right situation, and it was finally here. To Sgt. 1st Class Brandon McGuire it seemed that all his prior experience had prepared him for this moment.

  • Ceremony recognizes military working dog's contributions, achievements

    Apr 15, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Military working dog teams from throughout Victory Base Complex came out April 13 for a ceremony at the division chapel to honor one of their own.

  • U.S., French, Afghan forces team up to bring aid to Afghan villages

    Apr 15, 2009

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. forces participated with French and Afghan forces recently in three days of humanitarian missions to bring medical treatment and necessary supplies to residents of isolated villages here.

  • Medal of Honor recipients visit Soldiers in Iraq

    Apr 15, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Presented by the President of the United States, the Medal of Honor is the highest and most distinguished award given to U.S. servicemembers for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty."

  • Man's best friend wags tail to security in Mosul

    Apr 14, 2009

    Soldiers from the 351st Military Police Company hosted a military working dog demonstration for their Iraqi counterparts recently to prepare the Iraqi troops to potentially handle military working dogs in the future.

  • Kandahar Airfield personnel unite for sunrise service

    Apr 13, 2009

    Soldiers of the 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command participated in an Easter sunrise service at Kanahar Airfield, Afghanistan, April 12.

  • Soldiers bring laughter, education to local Iraqi schools

    Apr 12, 2009

    Soldiers from the 287th Sustainment Brigade Civil Military Operations team visited Al Soonobar School in Dhi Qar Province recently, as part of an ongoing effort to read to school children, foster good will and hand out school supplies.

  • Obama praises troops during surprise visit to Iraq

    Apr 8, 2009

    In a surprise visit to Iraq today, President Barack Obama declared to troops in Baghdad that now is the time for Iraqis "to take responsibility for their country."

  • Unsung heroes keep Soldiers moving in Iraq

    Apr 8, 2009

    There's an Army standard, then there's the Highlander standard. For the mechanics of the 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, an Army National Guard unit from Spokane, Wash., keeping vehicles on roads for their perspective companies is their only purpose and they fulfill it with near perfection

  • Fort Lewis-based Soldiers take reigns of Multinational Corps Iraq

    Apr 7, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. took the reins from Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III as the Multinational Corps Iraq commanding general in a transfer of authority ceremony April 4 at Camp Victory's Al Faw Palace.

  • Combat outpost serves as front line in Afghanistan fight

    Apr 1, 2009

    Next to a small village in Afghanistan's fertile Jalrez Valley, a platoon of U.S. soldiers busy themselves fortifying a fighting position, stringing concertina wire, aiming mortars, and filling lots and lots of sand bags.

  • Military police start first district-level SWAT team in Afghanistan

    Apr 1, 2009

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Being one of the only three military police officers tasked with mentoring Afghan national police in an area larger than the state of Delaware means being creative. For the three Grafenwoehr, Germany, based Soldiers from the 527th MP Company, the idea of establishing the first SWAT-like team made up of Afghan police in Regional Command-East, was too appealing to pass up.

  • Paratroopers, Iraqi army soldiers protect main city highway

    Mar 31, 2009

    BAGHDAD- Traffic is common in a city of seven million people. With the lingering threat of roadside bombs at any turn, Paratroopers work daily with their Iraqi counterparts to ensure the people of Baghdad are safe on the highway.

  • Trainers 'critical' to Obama's new Afghan-Pakistan plan, Mullen says

    Mar 30, 2009

    WASHINGTON - The pending deployment of thousands of U.S. military trainers to Afghanistan to instruct Afghan soldiers and police is a key component of President Barack Obama's new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy, the U.S. military's top uniformed officer said here today.

  • Army repositions Soldiers from Iraq to Afghanistan

    Mar 29, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 100th Brigade Support Battalion here was repositioned to southern Afghanistan on March 28, where they will provide sustainment and distribution support to Coalition forces.

  • U.S. training efforts build self-sufficiency in Iraq

    Mar 17, 2009

    U.S. forces in Iraq are equipping Iraqis with the skills they need to assume a greater role in their nation's security. An integral part of that process is training, and U.S. forces are arming themselves with knowledge so they, in turn, can help outfit Iraqis with the tools required to move toward self-sufficiency.

  • Iron Shield mission forges Army, Navy bond

    Mar 16, 2009

    VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq - It's late at night, and while some coalition forces and civilian personnel continue to work, most of the Victory Base Complex (VBC) population is relaxing in their housing units getting ready for the next day's activities.

  • Replacement uniform program sustains deployed Soldiers

    Mar 14, 2009

    BAGHDAD- In a combat zone, Soldier's uniforms are subject to more than the normal wear and tear. Due to the nature of Soldier's missions, uniforms may become torn, the soles of boots worn down and protective eyewear can break. To help Soldiers replace unserviceable uniforms, the Army has implemented a web-based program within the last four years specifically for Soldiers deployed to combat zones.

  • Soldiers' efforts see success in former insurgent stronghold

    Mar 14, 2009

    MOSUL, Iraq - Mosul has often been referred to as the last haven of insurgent activity in Iraq, but lately the city has had fewer doors bashed in and more tender loving care.

  • Medicine rewired at detainee combat hospital

    Mar 12, 2009

    Checkpoints, concertina wire and guard towers canvas the horizon at the largest internment facility in Iraq, but some spirits have been lifted by three miles of newly entrenched fiber-optic cable.

  • Special Ops medical troops help sick Afghan baby

    Mar 11, 2009

    Afghan baby boy Ramazan was hanging on by a thread when he was brought by his father to a Special Operations Forces clinic in the Shindand district, Herat province.

  • Reconciliation with Taliban worth trying, Biden says

    Mar 11, 2009

    WASHINGTON - Though reconciliation with the Taliban is worth exploring, decisions in that regard should be left to Afghanistan's people and government, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium.

  • Teaching the art of war

    Mar 10, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Not long after the announcement that American forces would end their combat mission in Iraq in August of 2010, Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers returned to training the troops who will remain on the streets of Baghdad long after the departure of Coalition Soldiers.

  • Largest school in Mahmudiyah re-opens

    Mar 10, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers from 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, joined their Iraqi Army partners from the 2nd Battalion, 25th Brigade, 17th Iraqi Army Division, for the re-opening ceremony of the Althaira school in the village of Althaira, Mahmudiyah Qada, March 8.

  • Army Reserve Iraq role to continue despite Afghanistan mission, General says

    Mar 10, 2009

    WASHINGTON - As the Army Reserve prepares to deploy more troops to Afghanistan, its top officer said he anticipates no decrease, at least in the near term, in the need for Army reservists in Iraq.

  • Clearing the Tangi: Task Force in Afghanistan takes troubled valley

    Mar 10, 2009

    Flexing for the first time the massive military muscle now deployed to this area, coalition forces cleared one of its most troubled insurgent hotspots, sending a forceful message to insurgent fighters here that the coalition will go wherever, whenever it wants.

  • Army's top medic visits 'Lifeline' crew in Iraq

    Mar 9, 2009

    With top leaders in the U.S. Army naming 2009 as the "Year of the Noncommissioned Officer," the Army's senior medic flew from Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to Camp Liberty to meet with Multi-National Division-Baghdad's Army Medical Corps enlisted leaders and Soldiers.

  • Prepare for troop reduction: Iraqis discuss training, equipment

    Mar 8, 2009

    BAGHDAD - As security stabilizes, the Iraqi Army engineers are asking questions that only a year ago seemed far from anyone's thoughts.

  • Iraqis invest in future at Balad economic seminar

    Mar 7, 2009

    Coalition forces and members of the Balad Provincial Reconstruction Team hosted the first Iraqi banking and finance conference here for Iraqi business investors, future entrepreneurs and local government leaders Tuesday.

  • Valley view

    Feb 27, 2009

    1st Lt. Jared Tomberlin (left) from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, gets a first hand view of his new area of responsibility from his predecessor, 1st Lt. Larry Baca from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, on top of a ridge near Forward Operation Base Lane in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan on Feb. 21, 2009.

  • Sons of Iraq Transfer Held in Kirkuk

    Feb 27, 2009

    A ceremony held to officially sign over the authority over the Sons of Iraq in Kirkuk province, a responsibility previously held by the U.S. forces, from the U.S. military to the government of Iraq at the Iraqi Army 12th Infantry Division Headquarters, Jan. 25. Key speakers at the ceremony included Maj. Gen. Abdul Ameer, commander, IA 12th Inf. Div., and Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., commanding general, Multi-National Division - North. The Sons of Iraq have proven themselves to be an incredible asset in the fight against insurgency, according to Caslen. The Sons of Iraq have assisted Iraqi Security and Coalition Forces while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and providing a lasting peace to their country.

  • Bonding in Baghdad: Two Soldiers share promotion, experiences

    Feb 26, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Roxanne Johnson and Tamara Smith put off military careers earlier in their lives to start families. Both married former Soldiers, raised children and longed for a chance to serve. Now, it's their turn.

  • Baghdad for Mardi Gras' No problem of life

    Feb 25, 2009

    BAGHDAD - For deployed Soldiers of the Louisiana's 225th Engineer Brigade, you can take the Soldier out of the state, but you can't take Mardi Gras out of the Soldier.