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  • Polish commander awards ASC officer in Afghanistan

    Nov 13, 2008

    An Army Sustainment Command officer working at Ghazni, Afghanistan received recognition from a Polish general for his efforts as an Army Materiel Command LOGCAP support officer to the Polish Military Contingent and Polish Battle Group in a recent ceremony.

  • Inbound choppers

    Nov 10, 2008

    Standing by on a hilltop, Soldiers with the 101st Division Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division watch as two Chinook helicopters fly in to take them back to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2008. The Soldiers searched a small village in the valley below for IED making materials and facilities.

  • Dagger security detail hits Iraq streets

    Nov 7, 2008

    Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division become situationally aware of their new surroundings in Iraq after they replaced the 2nd Brigade, 101st.

  • Airmen, Soldiers work together to save lives at Joint Base Balad hospital

    Nov 7, 2008

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -- Air Force and Army medics here work as an integrated team to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, two of the most common injuries to affect wounded warriors.

  • Letterkenny Army Depot takes on a new mission in Kuwait

    Nov 7, 2008

    Letterkenny Army Depot has contracted with VSE Corp., Alexandria, Va., to modernize the Route Clearance Vehicles in Kuwait. VSE was selected as the prime contractor to improve the U.S. military's defense against roadside mines and improvised explosive devices. IEDs are the number one source of casualties for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the RCVs are one of several tools that the warfighter is using to offset this threat. The effort will be managed by a Letterkenny Army Depot team and the facility will be operated by VSE Corp.

  • Sustainment Soldiers return home from 15 months in Iraq

    Nov 4, 2008

    FORT HOOD, Texas Aca,!" The faces of about 200 Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) changed rapidly from weary and tired from days of travel to upbeat and excited as they walked through the doors of the Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center here Nov. 3.

  • Training Puts Versatile Mechanics in the Driver's Seat

    Nov 3, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Mechanics from the 377th Heavy Equipment Transportation Company, 165th CSSB, 1st Sustainment Brigade, work around the clock to keep the company's fleet of Heavy Equipment Transport systems well maintained.

  • Watchdogs prepare to deploy: Headquarters makes history with first OIF deployment

    Nov 3, 2008

    The 8th Military Police Brigade, "Watchdogs", cased their colors during a ceremony on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Oct. 31. This is the first deployment for the brigade in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

  • Iraqi children's art

    Nov 3, 2008

    Iraqi children between the ages of two and 12 were recently invited to Forward Operating Base War Eagle to showcase their artistic skills and creativity by painting the concrete walls that surround the installation.

  • USARCENT celebrates 90 years, command takes on more responsibility

    Oct 31, 2008

    Soldiers, families and civilians from U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) will celebrate its birthday this week with sporting events and a birthday ball, marking 90 years of service to the nation.

  • Medic 'a true hero' on battlefield

    Oct 30, 2008

    A former 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division commander returned to Fort Lewis Oct. 23 to pin the nationAca,!a,,cs second-highest award for valor on the chest of one of the brigadeAca,!a,,cs medics. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli presented the Distinguished Service Cross to Staff Sgt. Christopher B. Waiters, only the 17th awarded since the Vietnam War.

  • Long Knives receive a little taste of home

    Oct 30, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARRY OWEN, Iraq Aca,!" Aca,!A"We go where you goAca,!A? is the Army and Air Force ExchangeAca,!a,,cs motto, and AAFES lived up to every word when it opened a new Post Exchange shoppette here Oct. 26.

  • Long Knives can now dip spoon in a cup of joe

    Oct 30, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Aca,!A"Long KnivesAca,!A? can now enjoy their own coffee house with the opening of Green Beans Coffee Oct. 29.

  • Veteran's book tells of days as POW

    Oct 30, 2008

    William Abbott fought with 31st Infantry Regiment when he was taken as a prisoner of war in 1950 by the Chinese during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.

  • Camp Ur graduates new officers, enlisted troops

    Oct 29, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The Iraqi ArmyAca,!a,,cs Regional Training Center at Camp Ur, near Contingency Operating Base Adder in southern Iraq, produced enough troops to fill a battalion during the basic enlisted training and officer course graduations Oct. 15.

  • Iraq Army benefits by joint planning

    Oct 29, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division hosted a joint-planning meeting with their Iraqi Army counterparts here Oct. 25.

  • 10th IA produces new route clearance team

    Oct 29, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The 10th Iraqi Army Division and the 14th Engineering Battalion from Fort Lewis, Wash., celebrated the graduation of 15 new Iraqi route clearance specialists during a ceremony at Camp Dhi Qar Oct. 26.

  • Long Knife Soldiers assist Iraqis in food drop

    Oct 28, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARRY OWEN, Iraq Aca,!" Waiting in line, Ahmed al-Zahra, a local Iraqi citizen of Majarr al-Kabir, in southern Iraq, looked to his left and right as he observes the numerous people in front of him also waiting to receive their fair share of food.

  • Garry Owen Battalion scores 'goal' in Amarah

    Oct 28, 2008

    Contingency Operating Base Garry Owen, Iraq Aca,!" Scrambling for the ball, the two men collided, both focused on the mission at hand Oct. 23. The man in red, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 38th Brigade, 10th Iraqi Army Division, came to his feet first and dashed toward the soccer ball, while his blue clad opponent, a member of the Abu Rummanah District All-Stars, could do nothing but watch.

  • Airmen receive Cavalry spurs for building new base

    Oct 28, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HUNTER, Iraq Aca,!" After 12 years of service as a member of the U.S. Air Force, Tech. Sgt. Charles Tolbert, assigned to the 732nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Detachment 3, said building Forward Operating Base Hunter has been an overwhelming experience.

  • Iraq's defense minister visits 10th IA

    Oct 28, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The 10th Iraqi Army Division hosted the Iraqi defense minister and the Multi-National Corps Aca,!" Iraq commander here Oct. 22.

  • Long Knives host Vatican's representative

    Oct 28, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The Long Knife Brigade hosted the popeAca,!a,,cs representative to Iraq and Jordan along with several local business leaders and sheiks at the Ziggurat of Ur Oct. 23.

  • Army's first woman Stryker driver lives for challenge

    Oct 27, 2008

    A string of chances before deploying from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, enabled a Soldier now in Baghdad to become the ArmyAca,!a,,cs first woman Stryker Armored Vehicle driver, an experience she says changed the course of her Army career.

  • Exercise helps I Corps prepare for operational environment in Iraq

    Oct 24, 2008

    I Corps is right in the thick as Phase 5 of the mission rehearsal exercise Unified Endeavor is the final collective training event at the Battle Command Training Center to simulate the conditions of operating a Multinational Corps-Iraq in spring 2009. Monday, less than one month after their deployment orders became official, the corps is engaged in a simulation from XVII Airborne CorpsAca,!a,,c point of view on a graduated time scale that supports an area that currently contains roughly 135,000 service members.

  • Soldier earns rare honor for heroic actions in Iraq

    Oct 24, 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. 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 the events that culminated in WaitersAca,!a,,c receiving a Distinguished Service Cross, only the 17th awarded since the war on terrorism began and the first to a Fort Lewis-based Soldier.

  • Long Knives, Iraqis go North during Greenville

    Oct 24, 2008

    TALLIL, Iraq Aca,!" The 1st Calvary Division, 4th Brigade Combat TeamAca,!a,,cs 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment and 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery units set out on Operation Greenville, a 4-day mission to partner with units from the Iraqi department of border enforcement, and the 2nd Iraqi Commando element that operates in the northern Maysan province Sept. 24.

  • I-BIZ program spark to economic stability

    Oct 24, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Partnering with Iraqi Security Forces to improve conditions and help protect local citizens means more than just securing the neighboring provinces to the Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Part of the combat teamAca,!a,,cs mission includes aiding the local citizens in improving their economic conditions as well.

  • Iraqi, U.S. artillerymen conduct air assault

    Oct 24, 2008

    TALLIL, Iraq Aca,!" Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 38th Brigade, 10th Iraqi Army Division conducted an air assault with the help of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in the Maysan Province Oct. 18.

  • Bragg visit emphasizes need to reduce stress on force, Gates says

    Oct 24, 2008

    FORT BRAGG, N.C., Aca,!" Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates took time today as he toured facilities here and met with troops and their families to tell reporters the opportunity to meet the Aca,!A"incredible SoldiersAca,!A? of the 82nd Airborne Division and Army Special Operations Command was Aca,!A"the best part of the day.Aca,!A?

  • Neurologist brings brain injury expertise to Iraq

    Oct 23, 2008

    Lt. Col. Margaret Swanberg, the only Army neurologist deployed to Iraq, brings especially important skills to the combat theater. Swanberg serves as the officer in charge of the Sgt. Robertson Aid Station at Forward Operating Base Hammer. Her dedication to the job benefits Soldiers all over Iraq, as she trains medics throughout the country on military acute concussion evaluation, or MACE.

  • Flight Medics Get Combat Medic Badges

    Oct 23, 2008

    Seven Army flight medics assigned to Company C, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, received the first Combat Medic Badges awarded to air evacuation crews during a ceremony at Tikrit, Iraq.

  • Iraqi, U.S. forces work together toward success

    Oct 21, 2008

    CAMP ECHO, Iraq, Oct. 21, 2008 Aca,!" Iraqi soldiers and police and U.S. Soldiers who live and work together at the Joint Security Station in Diwaniya, Iraq, are dedicated to one goal: a self-sustaining and independently secure Iraq.

  • 'Operation Chipper Jones' a home run

    Oct 8, 2008

    BALAD, Iraq Aca,!" A typical U.S. Army unit utilizes a concept that many successful organizations employ: teamwork. The teamwork concept came into play during a five-day mission conducted by the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat, 1st Cavalry Division here Sept. 12.

  • ChiAfA..vres prepare U.S., NATO forces for future missions

    Oct 7, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" The warfighting strategy in Afghanistan continued to shift last month, as the Department of Defense announced the deployment of two additional units.

  • 1st Cav. Soldiers receive awards for valor

    Oct 6, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" One of the first thoughts that came to Sgt. Steven Robinson during a rocket attack at Forward Operating Base Garry Owen was to ensure that his Soldiers were alright.

  • Iraqis improve irrigation in Amarah

    Oct 6, 2008

  • Long Knives celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Oct 6, 2008

  • Army unveils new Stability Operations manual

    Oct 6, 2008

    The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command today unveiled a new stability operations field manual, FM 3-07 at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington.

  • Kandahar Army 10-miler

    Oct 6, 2008

    A runner nears the half-way point of the Army 10-miler at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, as a C-130 takes off Oct. 5. The 189th Combat Service Support Battalion sponsored the run so that coalition servicmembers, civilian employees, and contractors at Kandahar could join the thousands of other runners around the world taking part in the 2008 Army 10-miler.

  • U.S., Iraqis partner during aerial mission

    Oct 3, 2008

    AMARAH, Iraq Aca,!" Soldiers of the 38th Iraqi Army Brigade and the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division completed their second combined tactical air insertion Sept. 28.

  • 3rd ESC Sustainers train new Iraqi General Truck Regiment

    Oct 3, 2008

    U.S. Soldiers assist in training Iraq's first General Truck Regiment.

  • Amenities give Soldiers home away from home in Iraq

    Oct 1, 2008

    CAMP ECHO, Iraq Aca,!" Although most would rather be at home, Soldiers from the 4th Infantry DivisionAca,!a,,cs, 2nd Brigade Combat Team here, are enjoying the comforts and amenities of life at their temporary home away from home.

  • Secretary of the Army visits LRMC

    Sep 25, 2008

    At the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, visitors come to see the wounded warriors on a daily basis. But one special visitor made a surprise visit.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Indiana's 1-293rd Infantry

    Sep 25, 2008

    Article about the Secretary's visit with a Indiana National Guard unit assigned to the 3rd ESC from Fort Knox.

  • Secretary Geren visits 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Iraq

    Sep 23, 2008

    Secretary Geren visits 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Iraq

  • Secretary Gates meets with governor in Afghanistan

    Sep 22, 2008

    Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates met with Konar Provincial Governor Sayed Fazullah Wahidi Sept. 17 to discuss plans for this Afghan province that borders Pakistan.

  • Cpt. Goltry Presented Silver Star

    Sep 22, 2008

    Cpt. Brennan Goltry is presented the silver star award for actions in Iraq.

  • Fostering goodwill

    Sep 22, 2008

    A Soldier from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division receives farewell hugs from a group of boys living in a Palestinian community in Baladiyat, eastern Baghdad, Sept. 14. His unit, along with Iraqi national police, were there handing out humanitarian aid bags to help foster good relations with the Palestinian community and the Iraqi security forces during Ramadan.

  • Classes on new M14 take precision marksmanship to new levels

    Sep 22, 2008

    Task Force Currahee hosted a set of training classes on the newly-issued M14EBRMTT rifle at forward operating base Salerno, Khost province during August and September, 2008.

  • Secretary of the Army visits COB Speicher Soldiers

    Sep 19, 2008

    The Secretary of the Army talks with Soldiers in Iraq during a visit Sept. 18.

  • Soldiers, IPs learn, live together

    Sep 19, 2008

    The battlefield is set. Two armies standing across from each other, their commanders poised, about to engage in conflict to decide who the victor will be. A Soldier looks at his options, determines the risk and then makes his move, strategically calculating the consequences of his actions. He moves his knight into position, and his opponent nods his head approving of the move.

  • 3rd ESC Sustainment photos from Iraq

    Sep 19, 2008

  • Iraqi troops graduate from advanced training

    Sep 18, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" An Iraqi Army training center in southern Iraq graduated almost 200 new Soldiers Sept. 4. The new troops are set to fill positions in the 10th and 14th IA Divisions.

  • Long Knives celebrate First Team's 87th birthday

    Sep 18, 2008

    COB ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Surely, itAca,!a,,cs nothing more than a coincidence, but the Long Knife Brigade is performing the same mission along the Iraq-Iran border that the 1st Cavalry Division was performing along the U.S.-Mexican border when it was first activated many years ago: Stop border smuggling.

  • Helicopters Joining Iraqi Air Force

    Sep 18, 2008

    When the Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command's Security Assistance Management Directorate needed to get helicopters quickly to the Iraqis, it knew where to turn - the Prototype Integration Facility.

  • MPs train Afghan counterparts

    Sep 18, 2008

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan Aca,!" Working for the past six months to train and certify the first-ever Afghan National Army military police company, Soldiers from Task Force Ripcord, the 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne) have been in coordination with Afghan Regional Security Integration Command Aca,!" East to see this endeavour through at Forward Operating Base Thunder, Paktya province.

  • SecArmy visits Camp Eggers' servicemembers

    Sep 17, 2008

    KABUL, Afghanistan Aca,!" Servicemembers of Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan met with Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Pete Geren, during his tour of Afghanistan and the Middle East, Sept. 15, 2008.

  • Odierno assumes command of coalition forces in Iraq

    Sep 16, 2008

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno assumed command of Multi-National Force-Iraq from Army Gen. David H. Petraeus during a ceremony at al Faw Palace in Baghdad today.

  • Gates notes shift in mission as Iraq command changes hands

    Sep 16, 2008

    CAMP SPEICHER, Iraq Aca,!" The upcoming Multi-National Force - Iraq change of command signifies a shift in the coalition mission in the country, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said while en route to Iraq to participate in the ceremony. Gen. David H. Petraeus, who has commanded forces here since February 2007, will turn the reins over to Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. Petraeus will become commander of U.S. Central Command on Oct. 31.

  • Gen. Petraeus ceremony

    Sep 15, 2008

    Gen. David Petraeus will hand over command of Multi-National Forces Iraq to Gen. Ray Odierno, Tuesday, in Baghdad.

  • 401st Army Field Support Brigade Aca,!" week in photos, Sept. 8 - 14, 2008

    Sep 14, 2008

    A slideshow of images showing operations, living and working in the 401st Army Field Support Brigade area of operations in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar.

  • Military Firefighters, Police in Iraq Reflect on 9/11

    Sep 11, 2008

    At 8:45 a.m., Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy struck the hearts and minds of millions around the world when a hijacked plane flew into One World Trade Center in New York City.

  • New York Guardsmen in Afghanistan to commemorate terror attack anniversary

    Sep 11, 2008

    CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan, Sept. 10, 2008 Aca,!" Men and women of the New York Army National Guard who served at Ground Zero are commemorating the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in Afghanistan this year. A ceremony is planned tomorrow at this base in the Afghan capital of Kabul, and it will be timed to coincide with the first plane strike at the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. EDT.

  • Hip-hop rapper visits Long Knife Soldiers

    Sep 10, 2008

    COB Adder, IraqAca,!"Rapper Baby Bash visited Contingency Operating Base Adder Sept. 9. He performed some of his hit songs, then signed autographs and took pictures with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers.

  • Married couples find deployment easier as Long Knives

    Sep 10, 2008

    CONTIGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" The first time Staff Sgt. Tonga Rose and her husband, Sgt. First Class Marcus Rose, deployed to Iraq in 2003, they were separated by approximately 80 miles. Tonga was stationed at Camp Taji; Marcus was near Tikrit.

  • Soldiers deliver school supplies to Afghan villages

    Sep 8, 2008

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Aca,!" Task Force Gladiator, together with the Afghan National Police and a contracted construction and supply company, delivered 75 desks, 10 chalk boards and 150 sets of school supplies to the villages of Jurghati, Hasanzi and Shawo Katay in the Kohi Sofi district of AfghanistanAca,!a,,cs Parwan province Aug. 26.

  • Out of storage in Qatar, into the fight in Afghanistan

    Sep 7, 2008

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait Ac"a,! Operational and environmental conditions in Afghanistan place heavy loads on not just Soldiers, but also the combat and tactical vehicles used to transport people and equipment around the Operation Enduring Freedom area of operations.

  • 'Currahee' BLST makes a difference at FOB Sharana

    Sep 5, 2008

    An article describing a Brigade Logistic Support Team's operation at a remote Forward Operating Base, as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Currahee BLST supports Task Force Currahee of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from FOB Sharana and FOB Salerno.

  • Deployed civilians aid Soldiers in global war on terror

    Sep 2, 2008

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii Aca,!" Lost in the mass of Army Combat Uniform-clothed Soldiers downrange, one can also find Department of Defense (DoD) civilians deployed right alongside those Soldiers.

  • Black Hawk pilot speaks out on Iraq commitment

    Aug 28, 2008

    The nationAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"Black Hawk DownAca,!A? pilot, who is the only survivor of a helicopter crash in Somalia nearly 15 years ago during the Battle of Mogadishu, told a group of contract managers that the U.S. has accomplished too much in Iraq to pull out before achieving mission success.

  • Conference focuses on Iraqi Security Forces' future

    Aug 28, 2008

    Leaders from Task Force Mountain, Multinational Corps - Iraq and units working with Iraqi Security Forces met with Iraqi Army commanders for a one-day conference Aug. 20.

  • Special Delivery

    Aug 28, 2008

    Troops in the harsh Afghanistan terrain look to the sky for supplies.

  • Engineers bridge gaps on major Afghan highway

    Aug 28, 2008

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 27, 2008 Aca,!" Members of the Australian Reconstruction Task Force and Task Force CastleAca,!a,,cs 420th Engineer Brigade completed the emplacement of two Mabey Johnson bridges near Andar and Moqur in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Pool re-opening symbolizes return to normalcy

    Aug 28, 2008

    BEIDA, Iraq, Aug. 27, 2008 Aca,!" In what was once a recruiting hotbed for terrorist and illegal militia elements in northern Baghdad, community leaders gathered to celebrate the grand reopening of a pool complex that now serves as a spot of relief for residents.

  • Freedom Rest

    Aug 27, 2008

    Soldiers get some much deserved R&R at this resort in Baghdad.

  • Aviation Battalion lives up to its name; proves 'ready' for any mission

    Aug 27, 2008

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (Aug, 25, 2008) Aca,!" If ever there was an organization that has had to live up to a nickname, itAca,!a,,cs the 5th General Support Aviation Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment led Aca,!A"Task Force ReadyAca,!A?. The missions they perform fall under the general support umbrella, but include air assaults, VIP support, medical evacuations, cargo, air traffic services and an assortment of air and ground maintenance. TF Ready Commander, Lt. Col. Jack Bone says itAca,!a,,cs more than just a nickname; they really are Aca,!A"readyAca,!A? for anything.

  • Afghan CSM Talks Shop with Top CHPPM NCO

    Aug 25, 2008

    It sounds like a medical NCOAca,!a,,cs professional dream-come-true Aca,!" in the army five years, only 32 years old, and requested by name to be the command sergeant major at army medical headquarters. The senior enlisted medic of the Afghan army is living that dream. And while itAca,!a,,cs not all a proverbial bed of roses, Command Sgt. Maj. Mohammed Shakir Noori finds himself possessed of the rare opportunity to build an organization from the ground up, set training and professional standards for his countryAca,!a,,cs enlisted medical corps, and help make a real difference in the lives of AfghanistanAca,!a,,cs civilian population.

  • Airmen earn cavalry combat spurs

    Aug 25, 2008

    AMARAH, Iraq Aca,!" Building an Army base from scratch is a difficult task. Just ask the Airmen who completed major construction at Forward Operating Base Garry Owen, the closest American base to the Iraq-Iran border.

  • Iraq Band

    Aug 21, 2008

    In Iraq, five soldiers with a common bond combine to spread their talent throughout the dessert.

  • Grease Monkey project trains IA mechanics

    Aug 21, 2008

    Iraqi and U.S. Army mechanics worked in tandem on Iraqi Army vehicles as part of a three-day project here nicknamed Grease Monkey recently.

  • Soldiers strive to improve conditions for Iraqis

    Aug 21, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq, Aug. 20, 2008 Aca,!" When Army Staff Sgt. David Cox looks at a map of Baghdad and sees the neighborhoods that form a little block in the southern part of the city known as Abu Tshir, he realizes how tenuous a position his platoon and fellow soldiers are in.

  • Artilleryman reenlists for t-shirt

    Aug 19, 2008

    Forget money. Forget choice of duty station. Forget everything but the t-shirt.

  • Iraqi Army participates in Vanguard route clearance class

    Aug 18, 2008

    Iraqi Army Soldiers are participating in the first Vanguard Brigade route clearance course in an effort to improve security in the Babil Province.

  • Civil-military conference unites provinces in capacity building efforts

    Aug 18, 2008

    Coalition, provincial and Iraqi leaders from Multi-National Division Aca,!" Center met with U.S. Embassy and Department of Defense representatives for the first ever Civil-Military Coordination Conference here Aug. 11-13, to promote economic growth in Iraq.

  • Kirkuk Police Academy trains women in Northeastern Iraq

    Aug 18, 2008

    KIRKUK, Iraq, Aug. 18, 2008 Aca,!" Thirty-seven Iraqi women attended their first day of training Aug. 16, at the Kirkuk Police Academy in northeastern Iraq. Officials said itAca,!a,,cs been a year since the academy has seen any women recruits, and a class of this size is unprecedented.

  • Amarah police gain officers, confidence

    Aug 15, 2008

    AMARAH, Iraq Aca,!" Iraqi men waited in line outside AmarahAca,!a,,cs Iraqi Police station anxious to join the ranks of the IP. A look of pride and determination on their faces, the candidates clutched their applications like lottery tickets in hopes of becoming one of the newest recruits.

  • Iraqi journalists participate in media training

    Aug 15, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Twenty-one Iraqi journalists gathered at Combat Outpost Six near Samawah to participate in a media training developed and executed by the Muthana Provincial Reconstruction Team Aug. 7.

  • Iraqi army confident in ability to defend

    Aug 15, 2008

    Iraqis taking care of Iraqis -- this is the shape of things to come here. Garnering the trust and cooperation of the Iraqi people, Iraqi Army battalions near the oil-rich town of Bayji, have made the turn. No longer is the burgeoning Iraqi Army being coddled by their American counterparts. Rather, according to Military Transition Team Soldiers of the 1st Battlaion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Iraq's defenders are confident, determined and capable of securing its citizens.

  • UAVs role key ingredient to success in Iraq

    Aug 15, 2008

    Today, more than ever before, the UAV has become an imperative asset for troops on the ground. This is especially true for Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers, who conduct daily missions in and around the Iraqi capital.

  • Soldiers in Iraq unite with families through reading

    Aug 14, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Aug. 14, 2008 Aca,!" As deployments have remained consistent for Soldiers and family members of the 4th Infantry Division, separation has been commonplace. To aid in strengthening the separated familiesAca,!a,,c relationships, the nonprofit United through Reading program promotes the Aca,!A"read aloudAca,!A? experience for separated families.

  • Middle Eastern Artillery officers travel to Fort Sill for symposium

    Aug 14, 2008

    The meeting was supposed to get no publicity. The presence of the senior foreign officers was to be released only on a Aca,!A"need to knowAca,!A? basis. Unfortunately for security officers, it was impossible to hide a group of Middle Eastern officers, dressed in their countryAca,!a,,cs uniforms, from the people of Fort Sill and Lawton, Okla.

  • 'Kips Bay' air assault brings security to Al Betra

    Aug 13, 2008

    Iraqi Army and Rakkasan Soldiers executed Operation Kips Bay, an air assault to establish a solid IA presence in Al Betra in the early morning hours Aug. 8.

  • National Guard, British Soldiers aid Afghans

    Aug 13, 2008

    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 12, 2008 Aca,!" More than 1,000 residents of Ud Kheil village here were treated by Afghan medical staff and received medicine, vitamins and personal items through a joint assistance operation conducted by New York Army National Guard, Afghan and British soldiers Aug. 7.

  • A Lineage Kept

    Aug 12, 2008

    A new generation of Easy Company Soldiers are carrying on the Company's rich history and tradition.

  • From those who served before us: Commander led first CONUS-based ADA Soldiers into desert

    Aug 11, 2008

    In early August of 1990, Capt. Joseph P. DeAntona, commander of B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, was busily preparing his unit to test the precision and lethality of the Patriot missile, which had only been used in anti-aircraft situations up until then. Instead, he was informed the testing of the system would be conducted in real-life scenarios in support of Operation Desert Shield and Storm.

  • Tuning in to Kala Gush Radio

    Aug 11, 2008

    With steady hands, Mohibullah, a broadcaster for Kala Gush Radio, held his cell phone up to a microphone to pick up the voice of a local Afghan, who was calling in to make a request. Out his window the purple mountains stood tall against two small connexes that house the station.

  • MNC-I commander reenlists Long Knives

    Aug 8, 2008

  • Cooks work long hours to feed troops

    Aug 8, 2008

    FOB GARRY OWEN, Iraq Aca,!" A small band of cooks start working before the crack of dawn and work until long after the sun sets. Their mission is to make sure all 1,000 Soldiers attached to the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavarly Division, Long Knife Brigade receive three meals a day.

  • Task Force Anzio changes hands in Kandahar

    Aug 8, 2008

    KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Col. Ralph W. Haddock took over command of the U.S. National Command Element (Task Force Anzio) from U.S. Army Col. Arthur P. Crowder during a change-of-command ceremony here Aug. 6. Task Force Anzio provides operational oversight as well as logistical and administrative support to two Provincial Reconstruction Teams, one infantry company from 1-4 Infantry Battalion, as well as the 189th Combat Service and Support Battalion. Task Force Anzio is also charged with carrying out the base operations mission to support all U.S. forces at Kandahar Air Field.

  • Civil Affairs Soldier earns State Department Award

    Aug 8, 2008

    An Army Reserve Civil Affairs Soldier assigned to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) has been awarded the Department of StateAca,!a,,cs prestigious Superior Honor Award, Aug. 5, 2008, at Meadows Parade Field here. Capt. Laura Peters, a brigade liaison officer for a provincial reconstruction team in Iraq, was honored for conducting exemplary Civil Affairs actions and interagency operations in Samara and Tikrit while working concurrently with the Department of State. Only a few of military personnel have been awarded the SHA.