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  • 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.

  • Unsafe electrical practices can lead to devastating results

    Aug 8, 2008

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq Aca,!" Electricity: hard to imagine a world without it. With it, however, comes a responsibility to handle it properly in order to prevent accidents that can occur from shock, electrocution and fires. Recent reports highlighting the electrical deaths of 16 servicemembers in Iraq have brought heightened awareness to the risk electricity poses in theater, and senior leaders are stressing the importance of safety in its regard.

  • Long Knives help open new dining facility

    Aug 5, 2008

    Attendees at the grand opening of Camp AdderAca,!a,,cs newest dining facility, Heroes D-FAC, unveil its new sign during a ceremony July 29. Linda Logan, a KBR employee, won a contest to name the facility..

  • SDDC's first Lean Six Sigma project completed

    Aug 4, 2008

    A Lean Six Sigma project team from the 1182nd Transportation Terminal Battalion completed the first LSS project for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command July 1.

  • AMC pilot program identifies, tracks contractors

    Aug 1, 2008

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- U.S. Army Materiel CommandAca,!a,,cs Synchronized Pre-deployment Operational Tracker Aca,!" or SPOT Aca,!" may soon make access for contractors to American installations easier.

  • Recalled physic teacher flying MEDEVAC's

    Jul 30, 2008

    AMARAH, Iraq Aca,!" One day, Donald Crider was teaching high school physics in Seattle; The next, heAca,!Eoes assigned to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Long Knife Brigade, tasked with the mission to fly helicopters in southeastern Iraq.

  • Leisure activities around the MND-C

    Jul 29, 2008

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq Aca,!" Soldiers understand the necessity of long hours and endless days of work while deployed. They understand discipline; they understand sacrifice. Soldiers can comprehend their purpose here and a focus on the greater good.

  • MND-C sergeants major meet

    Jul 29, 2008

    Major General Michael Oates, MND-C and 10th Mountain Division commanding general, opened the conference speaking to the sergeants major about their importance to the Army and impact on younger Soldiers.

  • Land Forces Symposium

    Jul 29, 2008

    Army leaders from around the world meet in Atlanta, GA for the 2008 Land Forces Symposium. Gail McCabe reports.

  • Blue Platoon Forms Band of Brothers

    Jul 28, 2008

    With the sun rising in the background, Soldiers gather around each other, get down on a knee and begin their prayer. A tradition for the Soldiers, the prayer is said by someone new before the group heads out on a convoy mission into Baqubah, Iraq. They ask for safety and security so they can properly conduct their mission, and bring the Army one step closer to its goal -- provide a safe and secure nation for the people of Iraq.

  • ISF guards borders with Long Knives assistance

    Jul 28, 2008

    AMARAH, Iraq Aca,!" Iraqi Security Forces are working with Coalition forces to interdict criminals and smugglers at the border near Amarah. Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division continue to build their relationship with ISF and follow their lead in securing the border.

  • Sheikh meeting unites leaders

    Jul 28, 2008

    SAMAWA, Iraq Aca,!" More than 500 Islamic tribal leaders gathered in Samawa to discuss upcoming Iraqi elections and issues affecting their tribes July 16.

  • The dirt behind Iraq's dust storms

    Jul 27, 2008

    It gets in the hair, eyes and even the lungs. It piles up quickly on everything in sight, and it can even have an effect on day-to-day operations. The Aca,!Eoeit,Aca,!a,,c is dust, and Iraq is its breeding ground. When conditions are right, or wrong, that dust can become the monster that is known as the dust storm.

  • Infantryman rejoins Army to lead combat troops

    Jul 23, 2008

    When Sgt. Victor Faggiano was growing up in Manchester, N.H., he always knew the military was the choice for him in life.

  • Fort Irwin NTC

    Jul 22, 2008

    Tech. Sgt. Dwight Hawkins was at Fort Irwin as Soldiers prepared for an upcoming deployment.

  • Electronic library kiosk bound for Iraq

    Jul 22, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Camp Victory in Iraq is nearly 2,000 miles from the nearest Army Library in Europe. But soldiers deployed at the sprawling base near Baghdad International Airport will soon have access to a broad spectrum of such resources via an e-Branch kiosk.

  • Najaf Airport provides travel, economic boost to southern provinces

    Jul 22, 2008

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki stepped off the first plane landing in Najaf International Airport and waved to cheering crowds July 20.

  • Wrangler Brigade Leads in Combat Fashion

    Jul 21, 2008

    Soldiers of the 4th Sustainment Brigade stationed here are heading out for combat in style these days, with the new Army Combat Shirt added to their combat gear as the latest and greatest uniform addition.

  • Soldier continues Jujitsu training while in Iraq

    Jul 19, 2008

    Sergeant Scott Sperling has been fighting in Brazilian Jujitsu since 2005, and now, he trains with fellow service members in the basement of the Multi-National Division Aca,!" Center Headquarters here. Sperling, a lightweight from Rochester, N.Y., says he keeps training for a simple reason.

  • Georgian Ministry of Defence visits MND-C

    Jul 19, 2008

    Major General Michael Oates, commander of Multi-National Division Aca,!" Center and the 10th Mountain Division, greets Honorable Batu Kutelia, Georgian first deputy ministry of defence, during KuteliaAca,!a,,cs visit to Camp Victory July 17.

  • Baghdad Patrol

    Jul 17, 2008

    In Iraq, Navy journalist Aaron Hubner met up with coalition forces as they swept the streets.

  • Bradley Mechanics Keep Missions on Track

    Jul 17, 2008

    COMBAT OUTPOST SUMMERS, Iraq (AFPS, July 16, 2008) Aca,!" On a sweltering hot July morning, the Soldiers of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, are hard at work on two of the company's Bradley fighting vehicles.

  • Army cuts ribbon on largest child care center

    Jul 16, 2008

    Fort Myer cut the ribbon on its new Child Development Center July 15. This is the largest CDC in the Department of Defense and was built after 9/11 to house children away from the Pentagon. It's 50,000 square feet with three wings, 28 rooms, three playgrounds and a multi-purpose room. It has space for 438 children.

  • Long Knives take over for 82nd Airborne

    Jul 16, 2008


  • Coalition forces provide medical care in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

    Jul 16, 2008

    Coalition personnel provided medical care to local citizens in Musa Qaleh District, Helmand Province.

  • AMC father-son team reflect on deployment, supporting Soldiers

    Jul 16, 2008

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command, the Army's largest civilian employer, is home to two men who've made keeping American troops in the fight a family affair.

  • Career Impact

    Jul 16, 2008

    Ensuring stability is the driving force behind the massive construction effort in Afghanistan. Gail McCabe introduces us to an Army civilian who has built his career with quality construction.

  • Lyons' Lessons

    Jul 15, 2008

    Military engineers are helping to rebuild Afghanistan from the ground up. Gail McCabe introduces us to one Soldier who sees Afghanistan as one of the best classrooms she's ever been.

  • Herat Butter

    Jul 15, 2008

    Good techniques are key in reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, especially 'buttering.'

  • Former NSRDEC Soldier remembers tragedy, thankful to be alive

    Jul 15, 2008

    LANDSTUHL, Germany Aca,!" Thousands of miles from their small patrol base in Iraq, 1st Sgt. Rick Haddad and Spc. Justin Donnelly reunited Thursday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

  • Missing 10th Mountain Soldiers recovered, returned home after determined search

    Jul 15, 2008

    Coalition forces recovered the remains and equipment of Staff Sgt. Alex Jimenez, of Lawrence, Mass., and Spc. Byron Fouty, of Waterford, Mich., west of Jurf As Sukhr on July 8, 2008, led to the site by one of the men who buried them.

  • Gen. Oates visits Long Knife Brigade

    Jul 14, 2008

  • Soldiers refresh medical skills at simulation training center

    Jul 14, 2008

    COB ADDER, Iraq Aca,!" Members of Company C., 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, recently completed training at the Medical Simulation Training Center in Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

  • Long Knives jump onto paratroopers' successes

    Jul 14, 2008

    MUTHANNA, Iraq Aca,!" Military leaders and members of the Muthanna Provincial Reconstruction Team met with local mayors and tribal sheikhs at the Joint Security Site near Combat Outpost Six.

  • TACOM LCMC resets mobile parts hospital slated for use in Iraq

    Jul 14, 2008

    The TACOM Life Cycle Management Command held a ceremony June 25 at Ultra Tech Machinery Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to recognize completion of the first reset Mobile Parts Hospital module slated to be used in Iraq.

  • Iraqis take lead in Operation Awakening Eyes II

    Jul 14, 2008

    About 600 Iraqi Soldiers conducted a series of raids to disrupt insurgent activity within the Golden Hills region south of Baghdad Thursday.

  • Changes shuffle units in Aviation Task Force in Iraq

    Jul 14, 2008

    Since the Soldiers in Task Force XII and Task Force 49 arrived in Iraq, their deployments have been a bit different from those of most aviation brigades. The intertwining relationship between these two headquarters is a byproduct of the drawdown of troops brought in during last yearAca,!a,,cs surge.

  • Leaders in Iraq discuss stability, growth

    Jul 13, 2008

    One month Aca,!A"boots on the groundAca,!A? is not enough time to reshape an army or transform a country. It is, however, long enough to show Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, Multi-National Division -- Center commander, a country heading in the right direction, with safer communities and committed military leaders.

  • 401st Army Field Support Brigade Aca,!" week in photos, July 7 Aca,!" 13, 2008

    Jul 13, 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.

  • Helmand Province

    Jul 11, 2008

    In the southern part of Afghanistan, the Army Corps of Engineers is working hard to build facilities for Afghan Security Forces. Gail McCabe has the story.

  • Personal Courage Kept Me Going

    Jul 10, 2008

    Named the 2007 Soldier of the Year by Army Times, Capt. Scott Smiley is a living example of the SoldierAca,!a,,cs creed. Every day, he puts the mission first and refuses to accept defeat. He is disciplined, physically and mentally tough, and proficient in his warrior tasks and drills. He is ready to engage and destroy the enemies of the U.S. He is a guardian of freedom and the American way of life. And, he is blind.

  • Gen. Bismillah Khan Speaks

    Jul 10, 2008

    Gail McCabe speaks with the Afghan National Army's Chief of General Staff.

  • An Afghan Drive

    Jul 9, 2008

    A first hand look at Helmand Province in Afghanistan with a National Guard Soldier.

  • Field reps support Soldiers using devices that determines an individual's identity

    Jul 8, 2008

    Tobyhanna Army Depot Field Support Representatives (FSR) are providing Soldiers with training, troubleshooting and upgrades for Handheld Interagency Identification Detection Equipment (HIIDE) in Southwest Asia.

  • Army's Greatest Inventions

    Jul 8, 2008

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command highlights the Army's Greatest Inventions awards program which is dedicated to recognizing the best technology solutions for the Soldier. Winners are selected based upon their impact on Army capabilities (breath of use and magnitude of improvement over existing systems), inventiveness and potential benefit outside the Army.

  • Tobyhanna supports the troops Aca,!Eoeover thereAca,!a,,c

    Jul 8, 2008

    Tobyhanna field service representatives deploy to Southwest Asia to support the warfighter.

  • Team makes recommendations for Iraqi agricultural improvements

    Jul 7, 2008

    A team from the Borlaug Institute of Texas A&M University Agricultural Team spent approximately one month with the Vanguard Brigade developing a list of recommendations to improve Iraqi agricultural capabilities.

  • Visiting X-Games athletes experience extreme living -- Soldier style

    Jul 7, 2008

    X-Game athletes, who 'dropped in' June 28 to intensify morale for servicemembers, got their own taste of extreme living when they experienced the life of a Soldier -- Bagram style.

  • 401st Army Field Support Brigade Aca,!" Week in Photos, June 30 Aca,!" Jul 6, 2008

    Jul 6, 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.

  • Redstone Arsenal citizen Soldier reenlists in Kuwait

    Jul 5, 2008

    The time was right, and so was the place. Sgt. Robert Ritchie was due to reenlist, and when he heard there was going to be a mass reenlistment ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait on Independence Day, he decided it was time to raise his right hand one more time.

  • 10th Mountain Division patch ceremony highlights

    Jul 5, 2008

    10th Mountain Division patch ceremony photos July 4.

  • 10th Mountain Soldiers reenlist while serving in Iraq

    Jul 4, 2008

    Serving his country for only three years thus far, Spc. Jeremy Giddings, of Watertown, N.Y., also had an important decision ahead of him.

  • Husband and wife reenlist during mass reenlistment

    Jul 4, 2008

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq Aca,!" Stability and benefits are two of the many reasons Soldiers serving in Iraq elected to stay in the Army July 4, during the largest reenlistment ceremony of deployed Soldiers the Iraq theater has seen at Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory.

  • 1,215 servicemembers re-up in Iraq

    Jul 4, 2008

    Servicemembers from all over Iraq gathered in the Al Faw Palace rotunda at Camp Victory, Baghdad, to re-enlist and celebrate Independence Day.

  • Free bird

    Jul 4, 2008

    As the sun rises, July 4, 2008, a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter provides aerial coverage of the Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, "Peachtree" 10K Run/Walk. More than 1,100 runners from the Camp Arifjan community took part in the 5 a.m. race, which is one of several satellite races of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution event conducted by the Atlanta Track Club. Nearly 2,000 servicemembers were expected to participate in the races at various camps in the Middle East.

  • 402nd AFSB commander's conference builds competence, camaraderie

    Jul 3, 2008

    Communication is the key when it comes to running a highly efficient unit, especially when that unit is spread out over thousands of square miles. Despite the logistical challenges faced on the battlefield, more than 40 key leaders from locations throughout the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade area of operations gathered June 5 Aca,!" 6 for a face-to-face commanderAca,!a,,cs conference hosted by Brigade Commander Col. Robert P. Sullivan.

  • Abizaid Challenges

    Jul 2, 2008

    He no longer wears the uniform, but remains one of the pre-eminent military experts on the middle east. Gail McCabe talks to former U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander, Retired Gen. John Abizaid.

  • Qatar-based 'Readiness Battalion' changes hands

    Jul 2, 2008

    Camp As Sayliyah, QATAR Ac"a,! Aca,!A"Readiness Six, signing off the net Aca,!" Army Strong,Aca,!A? said Lt. Col. Maxine C. Girard.With those words she bade farewell to the Soldiers, Army civilians, contractors and other guests who gathered here to watch as she relinquished command of the unit she had led since July 13, 2006.

  • Four brigades tapped for Iraq rotation

    Jul 1, 2008

    The Department of Defense announced Monday that four brigade combat teams will rotate to Iraq early next year.

  • U.S. Army Europe aviators moving to new duty locations in Iraq

    Jul 1, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (July 1, 2008) -- After seven months of service as Multi-National Division Aca,!" BaghdadAca,!a,,cs aviation brigade, Task Force XII is on the move to other locations and missions in the Operation Iraqi Freedom theater following a relief-in-place with the incoming 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Hood, Texas. TF XII originally formed at Camp Taji in December 2007. The task force is comprised of approximately 700 Soldiers from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, including the brigadeAca,!a,,cs headquarters, most of its 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, and a forward logistics element from its 412th Aviation Support Battalion. The CAB originally deployed to Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq in July 2007.

  • 401st Army Field Support Brigade, Week in Photos, June 23 - 29, 2008

    Jul 1, 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.

  • Sergeant mentors new troops in Iraq

    Jun 30, 2008

    TALLIL, Iraq Aca,!" One of the most challenging things a leader can face during their deployment is maintaining their SoldiersAca,!a,,c readiness for combat.

  • Long Knife Soldier dusts off medical skills

    Jun 30, 2008

    CONVOY SUPPORT CENTER SCANIA, Iraq Aca,!" A military intelligence officer finally got to work where her heart is Aca,!" in the medical community.


    Jun 30, 2008

    Geraldo Rivera, ESPN's Crawford and Jacobson, and Fox New's Ainsley Earhardt--National News Hosts who Tout Army's Message Through A Unique Experience with the Golden Knights.

  • Medical team evaluates healthcare equipment

    Jun 30, 2008

    A Joint Medical Technology Assessment and Review Team is currently in Iraq evaluating the equipment being used at Level III healthcare facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. A Level III healthcare facility is one which is responsible for evacuating patients from supported divisional and nondivisional units and providing resuscitative and hospital care.

  • Comfort food from home feeds motivation

    Jun 30, 2008

    Military dining facilities try their hardest to satisfy the broad tastes of servicemembers, and to keep them motivated. Even though food service providers work really hard itAca,!a,,cs impossible for them to get everything just right. A jar of salsa from my favorite restaurant in New Mexico is sometimes the only thing that motivates me to get through the day.

  • Baghdad Bad Boys beat deployment blues

    Jun 30, 2008

    On Victory Base Complex the local Aca,!EoeBlue Grass BoysAca,!a,,c go by another name, Aca,!A"Baghdad Bad Boys.Aca,!A? Although when they play during the Sunday morning service held at 8:30 a.m. at Hope Chapel they do not refer to themselves as such.

  • Biometrics technology reveals true identities

    Jun 30, 2008

    According to the National Science and Technology Council and Committee on Homeland and National Security, fingerprinting is one of the most reliable and convenient methods used to identify people because of the uniqueness of fingerprints and the ease of obtaining them.

  • Iraq Assistance Group under new command

    Jun 30, 2008

    The Iraq Assistance Group held a change-of-command ceremony at the Joint Visitor Bureau on Camp Victory Friday.

  • Coaliton releases 300 detainees in Iraq

    Jun 27, 2008

    Gen. David H. Petraeus, commanding general of Multi-National Forces-Iraq, joined Task Force 134 (Detainee Operations) and the 300th Military Police Brigade at a ceremony observing the release of about 300 security detainees.

  • Iraq medevac

    Jun 26, 2008

    When a patrol of Strykers from the 25th Infantry DivisionAca,!a,,cs 2nd Brigade Combat Team was attacked recently in Iraq, aeromedical evacuation crews from the 3rd Inf. Div.Aca,!a,,cs Combat Aviation Brigade came to the rescue.

  • Turning grief into action

    Jun 26, 2008

    Sergeant 1st Class Vince Jacques dangled upside down with his legs trapped under the dashboard of the Humvee in which heAca,!a,,cd been riding. The vehicle was a mangled mess after running over an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

  • 49ers Coach Visit

    Jun 26, 2008

    49ers head coach Mike Nolan visits troops in Afghanistan.

  • Iraqi army shows great growth in year

    Jun 26, 2008

    The Iraqi army has grown by 60 percent in the last year, and stands now at nearly 180,000 soldiers. The army is also now training its own soldiers, and its effectiveness in combat has allowed it to concentrate more on improving logistics and supply chains.

  • GRENADES: What's all this taping about'

    Jun 25, 2008

    Last year a Soldier lost his arm, and two other Soldiers in his squad suffered serious injuries, when he attempted to un-tape a grenade for turn-in. Yet, every day a Soldier somewhere will tape the safety pin and lever of a freshly issued hand grenade.

  • 'Rough edges'

    Jun 25, 2008

    James Brewer, a mechanic from Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas, grinds seal residue from 6.5 liter Humvee engine oil pans during the rebuild process at the 401st Army Field Support Brigade Forward Repair Activity, June 23, 2008.

  • Balad Opens Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone Service Center

    Jun 24, 2008

    A ribbon-cutting June 17 opened the Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone, or I-BIZ, Service Center at Joint Base Balad, the first of several initiatives to provide local Iraqi business leaders with opportunities to tap into military contracts.

  • Long Knife Brigade's last main body flight deploys to OIF 08-10

    Jun 23, 2008

    FORT HOOD, Texas- The last 4th Aca,!A"Long KnifeAca,!A? Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division main body flight took off from Fort Hood, Texas without a hitch this past week carrying its passengers to a 15-month deployment in Iraq.

  • Bagram Hosts Surgeons' Conference

    Jun 23, 2008

    A Regional Command-East surgeons' conference was held at the Jirga Center here, June 18-19, to bring all senior health care leadership in RC-E together, and to discuss current and projected operations that support the military in theatre.

  • 401st Army Field Support Brigade Aca,!" week in photos, June 16 Aca,!" 22, 2008

    Jun 22, 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

  • Seeing the way home

    Jun 22, 2008

    As the Sun sets at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Staff Sgt. Steven Trahan (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Brian May, 769th Engineer Battalion, Louisiana National Guard, supervise the offload of a FLU 419 Small Emplacement Excavator, June 20, 2008. The SEE is being prepared for shipment home as the 769th ends its service with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq.