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  • 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.

  • 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.