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  • "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.

  • 1st AD commander says coalition, Iraqis are creating 'historic turnaround'

    Dec 10, 2008

    Citing Aca,!A"monumentalAca,!A? improvements since his Soldiers arrived in Iraq last year, 1st Armored Division Commander Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling credited his troops, Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people with creating a historic turnaround.

  • Schofield Barracks Soldiers Return From Iraq

    Dec 9, 2008

    The 552nd Military Police Company returned to Hawaii from Iraq Dec. 3. During their 15-month deployment, the 160 member company worked closely with the Iraqi Police conducting patrols and training missions in order to ensure a better way of life from the countryAca,!a,,cs citizens.

  • Language program gives Soldiers head start on deployment

    Dec 9, 2008

    The Defense Language Institute has developed a "Headstart" program to help deploying troops gain skills in Arabic, Pashto and Dari -- languages spoken in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Wrestle Mania rocks Camp Victory

    Dec 8, 2008

    Hundreds of servicemembers gathered in front of Al Faw Palace Dec. 5, to watch World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers lay the smack down.

  • Baghdad Patrol

    Dec 8, 2008

    Sgt. Luke Hathaway from Wichita, Kan., of Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, sits next to a local Iraqi boy in eastern Baghdad, Dec. 3, 2008. Soldiers are meeting with local residents to discuss their needs and concerns.

  • Servicemembers prove themselves in ambush

    Dec 8, 2008

    The mountains of Konar Valley in eastern Afghanistan are some of the most treacherous and contested in the world. They are also home to a group of servicemembers known as Task Force Raider who were put to the test during a mission this fall.

  • Army Corps of Engineers plant sends clean water into Baghdad homes

    Dec 8, 2008

    For about 2 million Sadr City residents, clean drinking water running through their home faucets was a luxury few had. But now the water is flowing freely thanks to a new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water treatment plant that was three years in the making.

  • U.S. Army Central celebrates its 90th birthday

    Dec 5, 2008

    USARCENT Soldiers are celebrating their 90th Birthday in Arifjan, Kuwait.

  • Veterinarian serves as agriculture expert in Iraq

    Dec 4, 2008

    Most people think of veterinarians as animal doctors, and indeed they are. But the work of a deployed Army veterinarian at Camp Victory, Iraq, shows the specialty involves much more than that. Maj. Freddie Zink, reservists in the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, works regularly with Iraqi veterinarians and farmers, whether itAca,!a,,cs helping with vaccinations of farm animals or advising on projects from poultry farms to beehives.

  • Medic who rescued troops from flames earns Distinguished Service Cross

    Dec 4, 2008

    The deep boom of an explosion shook the ground and awoke Staff Sgt. Christopher Waiters from sleep on April 5, 2007. The 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Soldier had bedded down seconds before at the end of a nine-hour guard-duty shift in Old Baqubah, Iraq. A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device had detonated on a street nearby, engulfing a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and its crew in flames. That insurgent attack led to Waiters, now assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, receiving a Distinguished Service Cross, only the 17th awarded since the war on terrorism began.

  • MP Brigade cases colors as its third deployment in Iraq comes to an end

    Dec 3, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad Soldiers gathered on Camp Liberty here Dec. 1 to witness the transfer of the Baghdad Police Transition Team mission from U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 18th Military Police Brigade to the 8th Military Police Brigade.

  • 'Gambler Guns' recertify on mobile refueling systems

    Dec 2, 2008

    In November, members of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad, participated in an exercise to recertify on mobile refueling operations.

  • LCMR simulator saving time, money, lives

    Dec 2, 2008

    Warfighters stake their lives on the accuracy of TobyhannaAca,!a,,cs groundbreaking technology every time they set up Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR) systems in the field.

  • River patrol

    Dec 2, 2008

    Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Marcy, 511th Military Police Company, keeps a sharp eye on the banks of the Tigris River from the bow of his boat as others in the crew watch the stern and sides during a combined Iraqi Police and U.S. Military Police patrol in al Kut, Iraq, Nov. 24, 2008.

  • Medic earns three Purple Hearts during one deployment to Iraq

    Dec 2, 2008

    If Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Sims was a cat, heAca,!a,,cd have only six lives left after his yearlong deployment to Iraq with the 1st Armored DivisionAca,!a,,cs, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, out of Fort Riley, Kan. Aca,!A"I was wounded three times in Iraq the last time I was there,Aca,!A? Sims said of the deployment that began in January 2005.

  • Army, Navy mesh to complete mission

    Dec 2, 2008

    Even with one of the most storied rivalries in college football taking place this weekend, Soldiers and Sailors in the field find it easier to join forces to complete the mission.

  • IPs, MPs do combined patrol on Tigris

    Dec 1, 2008

    Members of the Iraqi Police and the U.S. Army military police patrolled the Tigris River in al Kut together as part of a combined effort there, Nov. 24.

  • Father and son receive Silver Star awards during special long distance ceremony

    Dec 1, 2008

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Aca,!" Nearly 30 years separate the conclusion of the Vietnam war and the start of the War on Terrorism. While time, tactics and technology make todayAca,!a,,cs military very different from the one which fought in the jungles of Vietnam, a common denominator in the two conflicts has been the bravery and sacrifice of the American service member.

  • Army puts Soldier's life in 'check'

    Dec 1, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq Aca,!" Maintenance technicians are often unsung heroes as they work behind the scenes to keep the U.S. Army mission capable. Sgt. Neal Neputo, a tech at TajiAca,!a,,cs Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Launch and Recovery Site, is one of those heroes; his quiet, unassuming yet professional demeanor help him blend in, although his work often stands out.

  • Distinguished Service Cross recipient chooses third Iraq deployment

    Nov 28, 2008

    He served in Iraq twice before. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for his actions as a squad leader here. He didn't have to come back.

  • Tons of turkey head overseas for troops holiday meals

    Nov 28, 2008

    Soldiers and other servicemembers serving in the Middle East dined on a traditional Thanksgiving meal Thursday, thanks to the efforts of Defense Supply Center Philadelphia employees. The supply center has sent thousands of pounds of food - including more than 120,000 pounds of whole turkeys and more than 170,000 pies -- to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Dubai and Djibouti.

  • FOB Delta preps for emergencies

    Nov 26, 2008

    Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Delta worked together to save lives and restore calm during a mass casualty exercise here Nov. 21. The exercise gave agencies on the FOB an opportunity to determine weaknesses and make improvements before anyone is injured in an actual emergency.

  • Human relations mission outside Joint Base Balad

    Nov 25, 2008

    Photo of Soldiers posing with locals during a human relations mission in Iraq.

  • Reconstruction teams work 'one block at a time' in Iraq

    Nov 25, 2008

    Reconstruction in Iraq means more than fixing broken walls and stocking store shelves. It means securing a future where Iraqis can sustain themselves.

  • Ordnance clearance mission in Iraq ends, new mission emerges

    Nov 24, 2008

    A ceremony in Iraq Nov. 21, recognized the accomplishment of the Coalition Munitions Clearance Program and the start of the Coalition Munitions Disposal Program.

  • Medic Finds Voice through Poetry

    Nov 21, 2008

  • Infantry force will get precision munition

    Nov 20, 2008

    The Infantry Brigade Combat Team is about to get more lethal. With the ArmyAca,!a,,cs decision in June to transition Future Combat Systems technologies to the light infantry force, the Non-Line of Sight-Launch System is slated to join the IBCTAca,!a,,cs portfolio of weapon systems in 2011.

  • Going Home

    Nov 20, 2008

    The sun sets behind an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III as Soldiers wait in line to board the aircraft taking them back to the United States from Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Nov. 17, 2008.

  • Deployed employee earns award for job well done

    Nov 19, 2008

    A newly-trained technician supporting warfighters in Iraq has been recognized by Central Command for outstanding duty performance.

  • Black Dragons move to new home, teach new Iraqi brigade

    Nov 18, 2008

    JOINT SECURITY STATION KUMAYT, Iraq Aca,!" The 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, returned to the First TeamAca,!a,,cs fold here after spending the first few months in Balad Nov. 10.

  • ISF, Long Knives hold border security conference

    Nov 18, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARRY OWEN, Iraq Aca,!" For the first time in the Maysan Province, leaders from the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and Iraqi Border Patrol met with Coalition leaders near the provincial capital of Amarah Nov. 15.

  • Iraqi Army takes one more step toward self-sufficiency

    Nov 17, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATI NG BASE ADDER, Iraq. An Explosives Ordinance Disposal Team, assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division traveled to Combat Outpost Six to train the newly-formed 10th Iraqi Army EOD team Nov 7.

  • Oregon State, Dhi Qar University begin relationship

    Nov 17, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The president of an organization affiliated with Oregon State University met with the Dhi Qar University chancellor Nov. 11 near Nasiriyah.

  • Ironhorse medic provides much more than 'relief to the wounded'

    Nov 14, 2008

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Since the latter half of the 19th century, the International Red Cross has existed under various names and titles, names as broad as "International Committee for Relief to the Wounded."

  • Aircraft survivability equipment saving lives in war

    Nov 14, 2008

    Army aviation is predicated on close air support, short-range transportation, surveillance and search and rescue. The term Aca,!A"defenseAca,!A? plays little part in aviation doctrine with the exception of defending ground forces. However, itAca,!a,,cs the defensive systems located within fixed and rotary winged aircraft that allow its crews to accomplish their primary mission while operating in a combat zone. In boxing even the most explosive puncher has to be leery of a cunning fighter who can attack with just the right amount of finesse to render them unconscious. This is the same theory behind the threats that Army aviators are faced with in the ongoing Global War on Terror. With Man Portable Air Defense Systems serving as a prime threat to U.S. aircraft, it is vital that the aviation community is provided with technology that will keep them one-step ahead of a cunning enemy.