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  • 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.

  • U.S. turns over joint security station in Baghdad to Iraqi Army

    Feb 25, 2009

    BAGHDAD -Soldiers serving with the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, attached to the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, gave the reins of Joint Security Station Sheikh Marouf to Iraqi Army soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 22nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division in a transfer ceremony Feb. 23.

  • Combat mechanic recovery classes open at Liberty

    Feb 25, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Combat mechanics and support troops from the 890th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade, took the opportunity Feb. 5 to take part in a new vehicle recovery course given at the 890th Eng. Bn. motor pool here.

  • Night at the Apollo, Soldier-style

    Feb 24, 2009

    BAGHDAD - As Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers celebrate Black History Month, "Dagger" brigade troops planned and participated in a "Night at the Apollo," on Camp Liberty Feb. 20.

  • Wheelchairs for Adwaniyah children

    Feb 24, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers from Multi-National Division-Baghdad and their Iraqi Army partners provided a life changing experience to Iraqi children with the delivery of over a dozen new wheelchairs in Adwaniyah Feb. 18.

  • Gates to take comprehensive approach to end 'Stop-Loss'

    Feb 24, 2009

    WASHINGTON - Ending the military's so-called "stop-loss" program is a priority for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, a senior official said here Monday.

  • 90-day program gives former military doctors chance to serve again

    Feb 24, 2009

    Col. Lionel M. Nelson is a man of many hats. A former Air Force Reservist, and a retired Army Reservist, Nelson came out of a five-year retirement and shut down his private practice in San Jose, Calif., to participate in the "90 Days Boots on the Ground" program, a program that gives former military doctors the opportunity to deploy to Iraq for 90 days.

  • 10,000th MRAP fielded in Iraq

    Feb 22, 2009

    A team of Soldiers, civilians and contractors gathered Feb. 20 at the Victory Base Complex to celebrate fielding the 10,000th Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle.

  • Strykers gear up for new mission in Afghanistan

    Feb 20, 2009

    WASHINGTON - The Army's Stryker armored vehicle will get its first crack at the resurgent Taliban and terrorist strongholds in Afghanistan this summer when the 2nd Infantry Division's, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team hits the ground there.

  • Sustainers establish partnership with Kirkush military

    Feb 12, 2009

    Col. Mohammed Saleh Mahdy, Kirkush Regional Maintenance Company commander met at Kirkush Military Training Base with Lt. Col. Norman B. Green, the 304th Sustainment Brigade commander out of Riverside, Calif., and Lt. Col. Brent D. Bush, 100th Brigade Support Battalion commander out of Houston, Texas, to discuss the proposed authorized stockage list for the M1114 humvee Jan. 27.

  • Iraqi Railroad rolls back into Taji

    Feb 12, 2009

    Iraqi national distribution capability took a big step forward Tuesday as the Iraqi Railroad successfully picked up cargo from Iraqi Transportation Network trucks at Camp Taji and moved it to the Port of Umm Qasr.

  • MP units change places

    Feb 11, 2009

  • Dagger commander meets tribal, religious leaders

    Feb 11, 2009

  • Mississippi engineers clean up Baghdad's streets

    Feb 11, 2009

    BAGHDAD - For the 890th Engineer Battalion, 225th Eng. Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, supporting the counterinsurgency efforts with route clearance is not the only skill that they brought with them to Iraq.

  • Off and running: Louisiana engineers meet 6th Iraqi Army Engineer

    Feb 11, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Col. Owen Monconduit, commander of the 225th Engineer Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad met with the commander of the 6th Iraqi Army engineers, Col. Ahmed-Alswedy for the first time in the Karkh district of central Baghdad only Jan. 9.

  • Power outage turns on awards

    Feb 11, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Spc. Shane Simmons (left) and Spc. Jason Clark (right), both from Headquarter Company, 890th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, proudly display the Army Achievement Medals they received for demonstrating great leadership qualities beyond the scope of duty.

  • 45th Sustainment Brigade assumes Joint Logistics Command mission in Afghanistan

    Feb 10, 2009

    The 45th Sustainment Brigade assumed responsibility of the Joint Logistics Command from 101st Sustainment Brigade, during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 7.

  • Iraqi Security Forces key to a peaceful historical election day

    Feb 10, 2009

    MOSUL, Iraq- I remember the first time I heard the call to prayer in the morning. I was living in Jerusalem, and just as if a symphony director had raised his baton and signaled the downbeat to his musicians, voices rang out of the various Mosques inside the "Old City" calling its citizens to pray. Though we are in the North of Iraq, the experience never changes. Ominous voices echo across an ancient landscape signaling the beginning of a new day.

  • Swing away with new "Dagger" driving range'

    Feb 10, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers serving with the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, can now work on their golf swing and tee-off the strains and stresses of deployment.

  • Iraqi police release 24 detainees

    Feb 10, 2009

  • IP, Wolfhounds air assault into Hussaniyah

    Feb 10, 2009

  • "Dagger" mechanic makes mid-tour switch

    Feb 10, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Since the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, assumed control of their operational area in November 2008, Soldiers of the "Dagger" brigade have performed a multitude of missions to secure the citizens of Baghdad and improve the quality of life for its citizens.

  • Potential closure of Manas Air Base won't disrupt Afghanistan ops

    Feb 5, 2009

    WASHINGTON - The United States hopes to continue operations at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, but would use other means to support troops in Afghanistan if the Kyrgyz government goes through with plans to close it, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today.

  • Officials congratulate Iraqis for successful provincial elections

    Feb 3, 2009

    WASHINGTON Aca,!" Senior military officials congratulated the Iraqi people for holding provincial elections Jan. 31, praising the Iraqi and U.S. forces that helped make the elections safe.

  • New bridge brings hope, safety to Afghanistan's Panjshir valley

    Feb 3, 2009

    WASHINGTON Aca,!" More than 100 Afghans and Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team members attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new $180,000 Bakshi Khiel Bridge in the Rokha district of AfghanistanAca,!a,,cs Panjshir province Jan. 26.

  • Iraqis vote while Soldiers show support

    Feb 2, 2009

    U.S. Soldiers assisted the Iraqi forces with security, while Iraqis in Baghdad exercised their democratic right to vote Jan 31.

  • AAFES honors its civilians for support of servicemembers in Global War on Terror

    Feb 2, 2009

    WIESBADEN, GERMANY Aca,!" Aca,!A"It was an experience you donAca,!a,,ct forget,Aca,!A? said Ernest Ingram about volunteering to deploy to Iraq to open a Post Exchange there for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

  • Iraqi legal system continues to strengthen

    Jan 31, 2009

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq Aca,!" In an embattled country, long scorched and scared by war, hope rises. A better, brighter tomorrow slowly unfolds with hope for her children, and their children, shining on. One part of a new strength and foundation for IraqAca,!a,,cs future is the authority, recognition and enforcement of hew laws. As the Iraqi Security Forces continue to improve their ability to protect IraqAca,!a,,cs people, the importance of a strong judicial branch that can help bring criminals to justice radiates.

  • Purple Hearts awarded to Soldiers injured in Afghanistan

    Jan 30, 2009

    Two Soldiers injured in Afghanistan in the Global War on Terrorism, received Purple Hearts during a ceremony Jan. 30 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC).

  • Village culvert connects Sunni Arabs, Turkomen

    Jan 29, 2009

  • Iraqi Transportation Network welcomes new partnership

    Jan 29, 2009

    The 699th Maintenance Company, 100th Brigade Support Battalion, assumed responsibility to provide command and control and escort element of the Iraqi Transportation Network on Joint Base Balad, Iraq on Jan. 6, 2009.

  • Space shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 crew lands in Middle East to show troop support

    Jan 28, 2009

    Returning to Earth from their November 2008 mission, the crew from the Space Shuttle EndeavourAca,!a,,cs STS-126 mission will pay a special visit to the troops in Germany and the Middle East Jan. 26-Feb. 5. Crew members visiting the troops include Commander Chris Ferguson (Capt., USN), Pilot Eric Boe (Col., USAF) and Mission Specialists Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen (Capt., USN), Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (Capt., USN) and Shane Kimbrough (Lt. Col., USA).

  • Iraqi Army partners with Sustainers for ammunition operations

    Jan 28, 2009

    Iraqi Army leaders met with Sustainers from the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at the Bayji National Ammunition Depot, Iraq on Jan. 26.

  • 10th Mountain Division leads new Afghanistan deployments

    Jan 28, 2009

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - As part of the shift in the U.S. focus in the war on terror, Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division's, 3rd Brigade Combat Team are taking up positions in eastern Afghanistan that until now have had little coalition presence.

  • Iraqis, Sustainers, PRT, Cavalry Troopers join forces to build economic momentum near Balad

    Jan 28, 2009

    Iraqi business owners hosted Coalition forces and members of the Balad Provincial Reconstruction Team Saturday to discuss expansion of local businesses using Iraqi trucking initiatives in a combined effort to boost the local economy here.

  • Stryker Brigade, Military Police Soldiers return from Iraq

    Jan 28, 2009

    More than 180 Soldiers from two Hawaii-based units, the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 25th Infantry Division, and the 728th Military Police Battalion, returned from 15-month deployments to Iraq early Tuesday morning to a joyous reception at the Wheeler Army Airfield Multiple Deployment Facility, Hawaii.

  • Senior enlisted mechanic teaches new troops tools for success

    Jan 27, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Maintaining tactical vehicles and ensuring they are (combat ready) can be considered a challenging task, but for Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division who work in the Aca,!EoeThunder HorseAca,!a,,c motor pool on base here itAca,!a,,cs a routine operation.

  • Operation Goodwill aids Iraqis in Maysan

    Jan 27, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARRY OWEN, Iraq Aca,!" Iraqi Police from the Al Hussein Station assisted by Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, joined forces during Operation Goodwill to send a positive message to the citizens in Amarah Jan. 23.

  • A different perspective: Deployment through an artist's eyes

    Jan 27, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- When a Soldier deploys for the first time, it can be an overwhelming experience which will draw on all the life lessons, personal accountability and integrity they have gained over the course of their life.

  • Brothers in life, brothers in arms

    Jan 27, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait Aca,!" ItAca,!a,,cs not uncommon to meet two brothers who both serve in the Army, but itAca,!a,,cs a little more unusual to meet a pair who serves in the same division.

  • Mannequins help Soldiers learn to save lives

    Jan 27, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- The firefight echoed through the tent.

  • U.S., British troops hone joint skills for Afghanistan

    Jan 26, 2009

    The U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division's mission rehearsal exercise at Fort Polk, La., includes preparation for British air support.

  • Agriculture teams call for equal parts citizen, Soldier

    Jan 23, 2009

    Troops on the ground in Afghanistan are reaching back 372 years to the roots of the National Guard to help the Afghan people to improve agriculture.

  • Obama directs military to plan 'responsible' Iraq drawdown

    Jan 23, 2009

    WASHINGTON Aca,!" President Barack Obama directed key defense and military officials he met with Jan. 21 to come up with plans for Aca,!A"a responsible military drawdown in Iraq.Aca,!A?

  • Troops should discard peanut butter items

    Jan 23, 2009

    In light of the growing salmonella outbreak linked to products containing peanut butter, servicemembers are being urged to use caution should they receive these types of snacks.

  • Biden, Graham meet local Kirkuk Province political officials

    Jan 14, 2009

    Democratic Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, U.S vice president-elect, met and spoke with local Kirkuk Provincial officials in his role as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a visit to Kirkuk, Iraq, Jan. 13. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined him along with military commanders from Multi-National Corps-Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Karla P. Elliott, 11th Public Affairs Detachment.)

  • First Team troops head back to Iraq as deployment flights continue

    Jan 13, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas Aca,!" As more main body flights departed Fort Hood this past week, the 1st Cavalry Division continued moving closer to its goal of having all of its brigadesAca,!a,,c boots on the ground in Iraq.

  • Scope of logistics mission extends from NEPA mountains to warzone

    Jan 13, 2009

    TobyhannaAca,!a,,cs ability to make on-site repairs to communications-electronics equipment extends the scope of its maintenance and logistics mission from the mountains of Pennsylvania to the deserts of Southwest Asia.

  • Firefinder processor tests successful - Verification exercise preps radar for rollout of new equipme

    Jan 13, 2009

    Verification exercise preps radar for rollout of new equipment. Testing conducted here last month may soon give warfighters even more reliable Firefinder radar systems.

  • Shulla shop

    Jan 13, 2009

    1st Lt. Matthew Valkovic, front, along with an interpreter, meet with a local shop owner in the Shulla neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, Jan. 8, 2009. Valkovic is assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

  • New combat outpost sees quick progress in southern Afghanistan

    Jan 13, 2009

    Soldiers are seeing positive results from their increased presence at the newly built Combat Outpost Terminator in the Maywand district of AfghanistanAca,!a,,cs Kandahar province.

  • Vice President elect visits U.S., Afghan leaders in Afghanistan

    Jan 12, 2009

    Vice President-elect Joe Biden arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday to meet with Afghan and U.S. military leaders and thank deployed U.S. troops serving there for their service.

  • "Sustainers" honor fallen New York heroes in transfer

    Jan 9, 2009

    Guests of the outgoing 962nd Ordnance Company and incoming 24th Ordnance DetachmentAca,!a,,cs Transfer of Authority (TOA) Ceremony witnessed special transfer of authority on Jan. 6. The 962nd Ord. Co. transferred two flags, the U.S. Flag and the New York Fire Department flag flown at the World Trade CenterAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"Ground Zero,Aca,!A? to the 157th Combat Service Support Battalion, the 24th Ord. Det.Aca,!a,,cs parent unit.

  • Aviation units transfer authority in northeastern Afghanistan

    Jan 9, 2009

    Task Force Outfront relinquished command to Task Force Palehorse during a transfer-of-authority ceremony, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Jan. 06.

  • Afghan Security Guards receive specialized training

    Jan 9, 2009

    Members of the Afghan Security Guard recently underwent specialized training from U.S. Army Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Fenty in northeastern Afghanistan.

  • Afghan security training

    Jan 8, 2009

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Aca,!" Sgt. Aaron Duncan, Alpha Company, 201st Brigade Support Battalion, explains a traffic control point to the Afghan Security Guards.

  • 'Caveman' teaches robotics to troops in Iraq

    Jan 7, 2009

    Soldiers in Iraq are now better trained to use the ArmyAca,!a,,cs latest robotic systems thanks to the work of Redstone ArsenalAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"Caveman.Aca,!A? Although his moniker dates to prehistoric times, Norm Root is very much up to date with the high-tech use of robots like the Marcbot IV-N and Packbot 510 with Fastac Kit in explosive hazard identification, surveillance and reconnaissance, and route clearance. He recently returned from a two-month training mission in Iraq where he taught Soldiers and Marines the techniques and tricks of using the robots for bomb identification and other life threatening situations in theater. Aca,!A"They asked me at first to train Soldiers and Marines on the new equipment, the Marcbot IV-N. But those are just now getting in the field and it turned out training was really needed with the Fastac. So they asked me if I would train them on how to use the Fastac, which is in very big demand,Aca,!A? said Root, who is a Redstone contractor with Qualis Corp. working in support of PEO-Ground Combat Systems, Robotic Systems Joint Project Office.

  • Medics test hearing for Iraqi children

    Jan 7, 2009

    CONTINGENCYOPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Approximately 15 Samawa schoolchildren received their first hearing exams at Contingency Operating Base Adder Dec 28.

  • Soldiers field-test MRAPs, X-Bots, Boomerangs in Iraq

    Jan 7, 2009

    Operation Iraqi Freedom is helping create a whole new way of fielding force protection products beginning with the mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle which has saved lives and greatly reduced combat injuries to Soldiers on patrol.

  • Sustainment Soldiers deploy to Iraq, Afghanistan

    Jan 7, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas Aca,!" About 450 Soldiers from the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), started the New Year off in a new place Aca,!" the combat zone.

  • Taking the lead

    Jan 6, 2009

    An Iraqi Army soldier patrols in a neighborhood of the Al Karradhah district of eastern Baghdad Dec. 31, with support from U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Under the security agreement, which took effect Jan. 1, Iraqi Security Forces will now oversee all military operations in Iraq.

  • Soldiers, Afghan Police boost security in Nangarhar Province

    Jan 5, 2009

    A unit of 1st Infantry Division Soldiers is teaming up with Afghan National Police to bring security to a key area of eastern Afghanistan by reaching out to residents and coordinating with military and government leaders about their needs.

  • Iraqi village welcomes new partnership and Sustainer friends

    Jan 5, 2009

    Four years is a long time for friends to not see each other. Attitudes can change which was a concern for the Civil Military Operations team from the 287th Sustainment Brigade as they visited the village of Al Habib in Muthanna province, Dec. 23. The trip's primary purpose was to assess the community's water pump for possible replacement, but the result was the renewing of old ties.

  • Soccer tournament brings sense of normalcy back to Taji

    Jan 2, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq Aca,!" Soccer players put on a display of footwork and skill during a Taji Qada soccer tournament at the Taji Stadium, northwest of Baghdad, Dec. 26. The tournament was hosted by local leaders in the area in conjunction with Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment Aca,!A"Strykehorse,Aca,!A? 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Aca,!A"Warrior,Aca,!A? 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad.

  • Transition Command Helps to Build Afghan Air Corps

    Dec 18, 2008

    KABUL, Afghanistan Aca,!" The Afghan National Army Air Corps has received the first three of six Mil Mi-35 attack helicopters, adding to its growing capabilities. The helicopters, donated by the Czech Republic, were refurbished by members of Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan.

  • USO tour rocks the troops

    Dec 18, 2008

    Grammy award winning musician Kid Rock, American Idol contestant and country musician Kellie Pickler and musician Zack Brown entertain troops stationed at Kandahar, Afghanistan during the 2008 USO Holiday Tour. Tour host U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with his wife Deborah, welcomed comedians John Bowman, Kathleen Madigan and Lewis Black; actress Tichina Arnold on the tour bringing music and entertainment to service members and their families stationed overseas.

  • Bush shares leadership vision with Army War College

    Dec 17, 2008

    President George W. Bush gave the Army War College students a unique opportunity to hear his thoughts on strategic leadership and national security as he thanked them for "the honor of a lifetime: to serve as your Commander in Chief."

  • Army/Iraqi Brothers in Arms

    Dec 17, 2008

    Adel Shnaif Lakal, an Iraqi Policeman, poses for a photo with Savanna, Georgia native, Spc. Daniel Flowers, of B. Company 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at a radio station in Tikrit, Iraq Dec. 17. The two warriors for Iraqi freedom quickly struck up a fast friendship while on a mission, despite a language barrier.

  • Combatives training gets physical

    Dec 17, 2008

    Sgt. 1st Class Oran J. Spradley, the 4th Sustainment BrigadeAca,!a,,cs level one combatives instructor, Aca,!EoerocksAca,!a,,c Sgt. Linwood Johnson as he tries to go inside to get one of three clinches during the test-out phase of a combatives course held on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 15, 2008.

  • Wounded warrior ready to return to the fight

    Dec 17, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Danger lurks on every stretch of road in Iraq with the prospect of improvised explosive devices. These roadside bombs have taken a terrible toll on those serving downrange, and Spc. Jake Altman knows very well the destruction they can cause.

  • Racing Heroes Meet Military Heroes

    Dec 17, 2008

    Several professional racing drivers paid a visit to deployed military personnel and fans on Contingency Operating Base (COB) Speicher, near Tikrit Iraq Dec. 15.

  • U.S. Iraqi Diplomat Talks With 25th ID Leaders

    Dec 16, 2008

    Thomas C. Krajeski, senior advisor for northern affairs to the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, sits down with Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., Commander, Multi-National Division Aca,!" North, and Brig. Gen. Robert B. Brown, Deputy Commanding General Aca,!" Support, MND-N, at Contingency Operating Base Speicher near Tikrit, Iraq Dec. 16, Iraq to welcome Task Force Lightning and discuss past and future plans for northern Iraq.

  • Army Commander Partners with Reconstruction Team

    Dec 16, 2008

    Wayne Wei-Siang Hseih, Tuz satellite provincial reconstruction team leader, meets with Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., commander, Multi-National Division Aca,!" North, at Forward Operating Base Berstein, near Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq (approximately 106 miles north of Baghdad), Dec. 16 to discuss Task Force Lightnings plans for continuing support to the people of northern Iraq. Provincial reconstruction teams utilize united efforts between the U.S. Military and the people of Iraq to re-establish a self-sufficient governing state.

  • Forces command top enlisted sees improvement in the Iraqi NCO firsthand

    Dec 16, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq Aca,!" There has been a 180-degree turnaround in the Iraqi noncommissioned officer corps since 2005, according to the top enlisted Soldier at U.S. Army Forces Command in Atlanta.

  • Soldier stands out among fellow infantrymen

    Dec 15, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq Aca,!" One standout infantryman earned six individual recognitions as 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad, infantry leaders honored Soldiers for their heroism and bravery, Dec. 10, 2008.

  • Mail team keeps holiday season morale high in Iraq

    Dec 15, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq Aca,!" A team of certified mail handlers is helping to boost morale for deployed Soldiers by ensuring they receive their holiday care packages from family and friends back home.

  • Fire chief moonlights in National Guard

    Dec 15, 2008

    An 18-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department is achieving another veteran status, this time as a Soldier.

  • Fierce battle above Shok Valley earns Silver Stars

    Dec 15, 2008

    There are no roads leading into the Shok Valley. The village, which stands sentinel over the valley, is home to one of the fiercest of the insurgent forces in Afghanistan Aca,!" the Hezeb Islami al Gulbadin, or HIG, and one day in April, coalition forces went where no body had gone bebfore

  • Fight night

    Dec 12, 2008

    Pfc. Roosevelt Smith, from the 339th Military Police Brigade, from Davenport, Iowa, blocks a jab from his opponent during a fight night held on Camp Bucca in Basra, Iraq, Dec. 4, 2008.

  • Deployed Soldier shares holiday heirloom in Afghanistan

    Dec 11, 2008

    The small, artificial Christmas tree on Col. Roger NellAca,!a,,cs desk is the same one his father displayed on his desk in 1967. Since then, the tree has served alongside father or son on three wartime missions and six Christmas deployments.

  • Dhi Qar Iraqi Police learning how to guard VIP's

    Dec 10, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Long Knife Soldiers trained an Iraqi Security ForcesAca,!a,,c transportation security unit and a personal security detachment at Contingency Operating Base Adder to improve how the units escort their leaders.

  • Iraqi prime minister visits Long Knives

    Dec 10, 2008

    ALI BASE, Iraq Aca,!" IraqAca,!a,,cs prime minister visited the Long Knife Brigade at the baseAca,!a,,cs airfield adjacent to Contingency Operating Base Adder Dec. 1.

  • Special delivery to Iraqi Air Force, courtesy of Redstone

    Dec 10, 2008

    Team Redstone workers gathered Dec. 1 to celebrate the delivery of five Bell Jet Ranger training helicopters to the Iraqi Air Force. Aca,!A"When youAca,!a,,cre not worried about who gets the credit, you can do phenomenal things,Aca,!A? Dr. Tom Pieplow, director of AMCOM Security Assistance Management Directorate, said. Aca,!A"This is a stellar example of the partnering among U.S. government entities, contractors and foreign governments.Aca,!A? Aca,!A"When anybody has a need, they come here,Aca,!A? AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles said. Aca,!A"And when they come here, we pile on quickly and get things done; itAca,!a,,cs called teamwork. That spirit of teamwork has been perfected here and taken to a higher level. Aca,!A"This is about giving the Iraqis a way to defend their own country so our Soldiers and civilians can get back.

  • Newest IA brigade finishes training rotation

    Dec 10, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The Iraqi ArmyAca,!a,,cs newest brigade completed its latest training rotation at the 10th IA DivisionAca,!a,,cs headquarters at Camp Dhi Qar Nov. 26.

  • Iraqis, Romanians, Americans build artillery skills

    Dec 10, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The Iraqi Army conducted indirect fire training in the Dhi Qar Province Nov. 25 with U.S. and Romanian counterparts.

  • Father, son share Long Knife combat experience

    Dec 10, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HUNTER, Iraq Aca,!" Ted Landry was working for the Department of Homeland Security when he was recalled to active duty. Landry retired from his military career in 1995, but found himself traveling to Iraq as a liaison between the Army and Air Force Exchange System and the Department of Defense.