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  • Training Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

    Feb 21, 2007

    Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, train at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., in preparation for deployment overseas to fight the war on terror.

  • Medical Operation Helps Soldiers Build Trust

    Feb 21, 2007

    When Spc. Michael Benusa needs to do his job, it's usually a bad thing. As a medic for Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, the last thing Benusa hopes for is to be needed to treat one of his fellow Soldiers. But, that wasn't the case on a recent trip outside Combat Outpost Callahan, where Benusa's company has set up residence.

  • Market Grand Opening Signifies Iraqi Resilience

    Feb 21, 2007

    Iraqi and coalition forces rebuild a market that was destroyed by terrorists.

  • Taking Back the Streets: "Black Falcons" Put Boots on the Ground in Adhamiyah

    Feb 21, 2007

    Iraqi security forces and U.S. Soldiers are taking back the streets of east Baghdad's Adhamiyah District from the terrorists who are bent on doing harm to the Iraqi people.

  • Chinook Crash in Afghanistan

    Feb 20, 2007

    According to Central Command Public Affairs, an Army Chinook helicopter carrying 22 people went down in Afghanistan over the weekend. Fourteen of the 22 service members on board survived the crash with serious injuries. MSgt Ron Przysucha has the very latest.

  • Iraqi Police Train to Lead, Protect

    Feb 20, 2007

    Iraqi policemen from the Babil and Karbala provinces took a big step on the journey towards Provincial Iraqi Control on Feb. 10. The Iraqi police stations across the Babil and Karbala provinces sent 20 dedicated, experienced officers to the forward operating base to attend the Iraqi police sustainment training program.

  • 61 Terrorists Captured, Weapons Seized

    Feb 20, 2007

    Iraqi and coalition forces captured 61 suspected terrorists, destroyed five improvised explosive devices and seized several weapons caches during operations across Iraq in the past several days.

  • Iraq Briefing: MG Joseph Fil

    Feb 16, 2007

    MG Joseph Fil speaks with Pentagon reporters via satellite, providing an update on ongoing security operations in Iraq.

  • Getting a Thick Skin

    Feb 16, 2007

    Traveling by HMMWV in Iraq has it's inherent dangers. SPC Kirk Bell tells us about a new unit in LSA Anaconda, Iraq that's working together to keep troops safe on the road.

  • Bridging the Tigris

    Feb 16, 2007

    Soldiers from 502nd Multi-role Bridge Company, 1st Armored Division assemble an assault float bridge on the Tigris River near Taji, Iraq, Feb. 11.

  • Army's Vice Chief Spends Time with Ironhorse Troops

    Feb 16, 2007

    Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard A. Cody, took the opportunity to spend some time with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers, Feb. 13.

  • Caldwell: Iranian Interference a Force-Protection Issue

    Feb 16, 2007

    An influx of Iranian weapons and munitions into Iraq amounts to a "major force-protection issue," said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell.

  • Baghdad Roundtable

    Feb 15, 2007

    Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman MG William Caldwell speaks to reporters in Baghdad and provides an operational update.

  • In the Lead

    Feb 14, 2007

    Iraqi security forces take the lead Feb. 6 during a patrol of Riyahd, with Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division providing support.

  • Iraqi Police, U.S. Soldiers Work Together to Reduce Violence in Baghdad

    Feb 14, 2007

    The increasing levels of proficiency Iraqi police demonstrate gives confidence to Soldiers at Patrol Base Olson, who work closely with them to maintain security in Samarra.

  • Soldiers Help to Build Schools in Yemen

    Feb 14, 2007

    Soldiers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa are helping to build schools in Yemen.

  • Soldiers Clean Up With ROWPU

    Feb 14, 2007

    Located on the patrol base is a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU), a machine that stands between Soldiers and a silent enemy in the continual fight against bacteria and disease in order to ensure troops remain capable of performing their jobs. Without it, they would hardly ever have the chance to get clean.

  • Engineers build high school in northern Baghdad

    Feb 14, 2007

    A new high school for girls opened in northern Baghdad Feb. 5, courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The school is one of many projects focusing on education and reconstruction of Iraq's infrastructure.

  • GEN Petraeus / NY NG Snow Assistance

    Feb 13, 2007

    GEN Petraeus takes over MNF-I; NY NG ready to assist in snow covered NY.

  • BG Wiercinski on Iraqi Army North

    Feb 13, 2007

    BG Frank Wiercinski provides and update on the state of Iraqi Army Forces North. Jo Bordeau reports.

  • Army Engineers Help Build Potable Water Treatment Plant

    Feb 13, 2007

    The Umm Qasr water treatment plant, one of the six largest infrastructure projects in southern Iraq, provides potable water for Umm Qasr port facilities and the town of Umm Qasr, thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • All in a Day's Work

    Feb 13, 2007

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division go on a humanitarian mission Feb. 7 in Kirkush, a town about 70 miles west of Baghdad. But then something happens.

  • Golden Dragons Care for Local Residents

    Feb 13, 2007

    In the village of Sadr Al-Yusufiyah, Iraq, a mostly Sunni area near the Euphrates River, the Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment "Golden Dragons", 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) who live next to the village at Patrol Base Warrior have strived to help the local residents.

  • A Day in Kahn Bani Sahd

    Feb 12, 2007

    Soldiers from the 12th Infantry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and Iraqi security forces from the 5th Iraqi Army Division search for anti-Iraqi forces and their weapons in Kahn Bani Sahd Feb. 6.

  • Generals Outline the Way Forward in Afghanistan

    Feb 12, 2007

    It will take more troops to conduct a combination of security and stability operations to end fighting in Afghanistan, Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe said in Munich, Germany, Feb. 10.

  • 82nd Airborne Sets Up Shop in Adhamiyah

    Feb 9, 2007

    The 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team established a combat outpost in the heart of Baghdad this week in an effort to reduce sectarian violence in the Iraqi capital and assist the Iraqi security forces to take control of the city.

  • MEDEVAC Unit Stays on Alert to Save Injured Comrades

    Feb 9, 2007

    This air ambulance company's primary job is to respond quickly whenever there is a call to evacuate or transport an injured person.

  • Zabul Provincial Hospital Welcomes Jordanians

    Feb 9, 2007

    A Jordanian medical team of doctors, nurses and medical technicians were welcomed at the Zabul Provincial Hospital Jan. 31 by local citizens, government officials and the commanders of the 82nd Airborne and 10th Mountain divisions.

  • Top Police Training Official in Iraq Sees Encouraging Signs

    Feb 9, 2007

    Despite ongoing violence and intimidation around the country, Iraq's police forces are steadily growing in numbers and professionalism.

  • Mountain Men of 1st Cav Division

    Feb 8, 2007

    Team of 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers provide signal support systems from a remote mountain location in Maqdadiyah, Iraq. SPC Samantha Szesciorka has the story.

  • 2 Armies, 1 Mission

    Feb 8, 2007

    Soldiers from Multi-National Force-Iraq are embedded with Iraqi security forces from the 5th Iraqi Division. Together, they search for insurgents and weapons caches in Chubinait on Feb. 3.

  • Kirkuk Soldiers and Airmen provide care following attack

    Feb 8, 2007

    Two Iraqi civilians were injured near Kirkuk, Iraq when they were caught in the crossfire between Iraqi, authorities and insurgents Feb. 1

  • America Supports You: Military Channel's 'Operation V-Day' nears

    Feb 8, 2007

    Friends and family back home will have a chance to see their servicemembers in action and hear their personal messages via video thanks to the efforts of a cable network dedicated to the military.

  • Modern Iraqi Police Force Critical to Security

    Feb 8, 2007

    "Perhaps no tool is more important to a burgeoning democracy than a well-trained police force capable of establishing the rule of law in Iraq and of protecting the Iraqi people," said Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hunzeker, the U.S. commander of the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team.

  • Zabul Provincial Hospital Welcomes Jordanians

    Feb 7, 2007

    A Jordanian medical team of doctors, nurses and medical technicians were welcomed at the Zabul Provincial Hospital Jan. 31 by local citizens, government officials and the commanders of the 82nd Airborne and 10th Mountain divisions.

  • Suspected Al-Qaeda Bombers Captured

    Feb 7, 2007

    Coalition forces nabbed two suspected al Qaeda-affiliated bombers during a morning raid in west Taji, Iraq, Feb. 7.

  • Hero Dog

    Feb 6, 2007

    Meet Eddie, a Soldiers' best friend, who helped to sniff out a large weapons cache near Tikrit, Iraq.

  • Dangerous Neighborhoods

    Feb 6, 2007

    Soldiers from the 12th Infantry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division investigate terrorists' hideouts in the villages of Abu Nural and nearby Kahlis, Iraq, Jan. 25.

  • Iraq Handbook / FCS Live Fire

    Feb 6, 2007

    New handbook out to help Soldiers survive Iraq; FCS gets thumbs up at first live fire.

  • Aspen Road to Connect Southern Iraq with Kuwait

    Feb 6, 2007

    For the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, opening lines of communication is just as important as constructing a hospital or a police station or building a new water treatment plant.

  • Doctor Adapts to Life as Soldier in Iraq

    Feb 6, 2007

    Today a strong, dust-filled wind blew out of the south. It kicked up a loose pop can and rattled it down the gravel street that serves as home to the Headquarters of the 2nd of the 137th General Support Aviation Battalion.

  • Aircrews Take Iraqi and Coalition Forces Into Action

    Feb 6, 2007

    Army helicopters take Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers into battle, when speed and surprise are vital to the mission.

  • Mission in Muqdaiyah

    Feb 5, 2007

    Fresh off the plane, cavalry Soldiers serving in Iraq conduct their first major combat operation since hitting the ground. SPC Samantha Szesciorka is with them in Muqdadiyah, Iraq.

  • View from the Tailgate

    Feb 5, 2007

    CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Combined Joint Task Force 76 carry troops and supplies over the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, Jan. 26.

  • U.S. Soldiers Work With Iraqis To Stop Corruption

    Feb 5, 2007

    When the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, deployed last August in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, leaders saw fit to place the task of providing security for the Bayji Oil Refinery to the paratroopers of Company B, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, in hopes of preventing corruption and ensuring security.

  • Anti-Insurgent Operations Conducted Throughout Iraq

    Feb 5, 2007

    Coalition and Iraqi security forces killed terrorists and discovered multiple weapons caches throughout Iraq over the last three days.

  • Faces of Battle

    Feb 2, 2007

    Tens of thousands of troops are serving in harm's way. But they are more than just numbers; they are faces.

  • Soldiers Travel Iraq's Dangerous Routes to Deliver Goods

    Feb 1, 2007

    Soldiers of the 15th "Wagonmasters" Sustainment Brigade. These soldiers travel Iraq's most dangerous routes when called upon to transport everything from sheetrock to tracked vehicles.

  • Iraqis Learning to Take the Lead

    Feb 1, 2007

    US Soldiers remain proactive and conduct searches with the Iraqi army, getting weapons off the street. SPC Scott Pittillo reports from Gasaliya, Iraq, that while Iraqi soldiers have come a long way, there are still a few things to learn.

  • Afghanistan Riggers / TX NG Returns

    Feb 1, 2007

    Rugged terrain no challenge for riggers in Afghanistan; Texas National Guard Soldiers return from Sinai Peacekeeping Mission.

  • Rugged Terrain No Challenge for Riggers

    Feb 1, 2007

    Parachute riggers are making outstanding contributions to America's war on terrorism in Afghanistan. That's the word from Sgt. Maj. Mary Brown, the top enlisted soldier at Aerial Delivery and Field Services Department, Quartermaster Center and School.

  • Army Destroys Insurgent Stronghold in Diyala

    Feb 1, 2007

    The U.S. Army concluded a massive, nine-day assault Jan. 13, centered on a series of small villages in the Diyala province that for the past 18 months had been used as a safe haven for insurgents.

  • DoD Official: 'Surge' Won't Leave Troops Ill-Equipped, Unprotected

    Feb 1, 2007

    "We will not send Soldiers who are improperly protected. Every Soldier will get the Army standard for force protection," said Lt. Gen. Stephen Speakes.

  • Cody Awards Medal / Iraqi General Visits

    Jan 31, 2007

    Cody awards medals to Soldier at Center of the Intrepid; Top Iraqi General visits Fort Riley.

  • Winning through Giving

    Jan 31, 2007

    Soldiers in Iraq are offering local residents vaccines for their farm animals. PFC Ashleigh Torres reports from Baghdad on how the new Civil Action Program has troops on their toes.

  • Iraqi Village Builds Women's Center

    Jan 31, 2007

    A woman from the village of Assriya, takes advantage of a new $230,000, 400-square-meter Women's Center. Local residents have sewn dozens of dresses, sold many in the local market, and are now looking to expand their business enterprise.

  • Combing Mahmudiyah

    Jan 31, 2007

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and Iraqi soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division search for terrorists and their weapons in Mahmudiyah.

  • 14th Street Bridge in Iraq

    Jan 30, 2007

    Famous Iraqi bridge inspected for coalition and civilian use by 411th Engineer Brigade.

  • Security Meeting Raises Hopes for Peace

    Jan 30, 2007

    Coalition forces and the Iraqi army met with local leaders of the Karkh District during a security council meeting to discuss security issues that have been highlighted during recent events on Karkh District's Haifa Street.

  • 10th Mountain Extended

    Jan 29, 2007

    3,200 10th Mountain Extension Soldiers tour extended; 2,000 dollar bonus for Soldier referral.

  • Progress Quietly Proceeds in Afghanistan, General Says

    Jan 29, 2007

    "The Taliban have not achieved any of their objectives in the last year," Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 76 and commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division.

  • Medics Administer Aid to Nearby Villages

    Jan 29, 2007

    Iraqi citizens stood in line holding their numbered tickets, and children trudged barefoot through the cold, ankle-deep mud anticipating a chance to be seen by U.S. and Iraqi doctors.

  • Soldiers Free Torture Victims Near Fallujah

    Jan 29, 2007

    Coalition forces discovered an insurgent torture house with blood-stained walls. The Soldiers freed three victims found inside.

  • Military Police Teach Rule of Law, Tolerance to Iraqi Police

    Jan 29, 2007

    A U.S. military police brigade deployed in Baghdad is teaching Iraqi police about democratic principles such as tolerance, in addition to law enforcement skills.

  • 101st Airborne Division Officer Earns Silver, Bronze Stars

    Jan 29, 2007

    A 101st Airborne Division intelligence officer was awarded both a Silver Star and a Bronze Star with Valor for exceptional actions in east Baghdad last year.

  • Baqubah Raid

    Jan 26, 2007

    On Jan. 22, Soldiers from the 12th Infantry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, along with Iraqi security forces, capture a building used by insurgents in Baqubah.

  • Iraqi Soldiers Lead Cordon and Search

    Jan 26, 2007

    The Emergency Services Unit in Kirkuk, with support from 25th Infantry Division Soldiers, conducted an early morning cordon and search operation Jan 20 outside the city.

  • Afoot with the Artillery

    Jan 26, 2007

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and Iraqi soldiers and police patrol Mahmudiyah, a suburb of Baghdad.

  • Mechanics Put Armor Between Troops, Enemies

    Jan 22, 2007

    For Soldiers traversing the streets of Baghdad, there is no such thing as too much protection. Whether it's safety in numbers, cover from enemy fire or even armor on their vehicles, Soldiers who routinely serve outside the wire have an insatiable appetite for life-saving commodities.

  • Fort Jackson Training Prepares Soldiers for Today's War

    Jan 19, 2007

    Learning to clear a building of insurgents and enemy combatants is an essential skill all Soldiers must master to survive in today's War on Terror.

  • Oil Protection Forces Guard Vital Pipelines

    Jan 17, 2007

    U.S. and Iraqi soldiers make every effort to protect oil facilities and pipelines, as these are critical to Iraq's infrastructure.

  • NATO, U.S., Afghan Forces Battling Taliban in Afghanistan

    Jan 17, 2007

    NATO, U.S. and Afghan forces are preparing to counter an expected Taliban spring offensive.

  • Afghan Army Making Tremendous Progress

    Jan 17, 2007

    The Afghan National Army is making tremendous progress and is a factor on the battlefield.

  • They Rule the Night

    Jan 17, 2007

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division conduct a cordon and search mission near Taji, Iraq, Jan. 8.

  • Patrolling the Euphrates for Insurgents

    Jan 16, 2007

    In Iraq, U.S. troops are navigating the Euphrates River, and conducting searches. PV2 Jon Cano reports that it's a move to stop the growing insurgency.

  • Company shows why Baghdad needs a "Woman's Touch"

    Jan 16, 2007

    Most infantry Soldiers would be a little surprised to see a female Soldier riding with them in their Bradley fighting vehicle through the streets of Baghdad. But Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, regularly conduct search missions with female Soldiers.

  • Reform Association Works With Coalition to Promote Afghan Reconstruction

    Jan 16, 2007

    Coalition representatives met Jan. 12 with members of the newly formed Khost Reform Association at a forward base in Khost province, Afghanistan, to discuss the group's focus on national unity and reconstruction.

  • Operations in Iraq Net Insurgents, Weapons Caches

    Jan 16, 2007

    In one of several operations in Iraq over the past few days, Iraqi police captured an imam suspected of condoning the killing of civilians through the issuance of fatwas.

  • Casey: Iraqis to Lead New Plan

    Jan 16, 2007

    The first additional U.S. troops who will take part in new security operations in Iraq have arrived in Baghdad.

  • Cave Cache

    Jan 16, 2007

    Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division's Special Troops Battalion located an enemy weapons on the side of a mountain in Mandikowl, Afghanistan, Dec. 23.

  • Afghanistan Briefing

    Jan 9, 2007

    MG Robert Durbin, Commander of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, and Abdul Hadir Khalid, First Deputy Minister for Security with the Afghan Ministry of Interior, provide an update on operations in Afghanistan.

  • Soldiers Spruce up Observation Point

    Jan 9, 2007

    Soldiers in Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment have taken up residence at Observation Point Trotter and have starting giving the rundown facility a much-needed facelift.

  • Saddam Hussein Executed for Crimes Against Humanity

    Dec 30, 2006

    Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed today, according to a statement issued by President Bush.

  • President Bush Statement on Saddam Hussein's Execution

    Dec 30, 2006

    An excerpt from President Bush's response to Saddam Hussein's execution.

  • Walking the Streets of Samarra

    Dec 29, 2006

    Soldiers in Samarra, Iraq are patrolling the streets and trying to make a good impression. They're parking their Humvees and walking around on foot with an Iraqi battle-buddy. SSG Eric Pahon followed the patrol and has this story.

  • Operation Beastmaster successful

    Dec 29, 2006

    During Operation Beastmaster, troops from the 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division cleared three large neighborhoods in the western Baghdad suburb of Ghazaliya.

  • Soldiers deny terrorists access to Siniyah

    Dec 29, 2006

    U.S. and Iraqi forces have cordoned off Siniyah, to prevent terrorists from gaining entry to the city.

  • Coalition forces capture 60 insurgents, kill cell leader

    Dec 29, 2006

    Combined forces captured 60 suspected insurgents and killed one cell leader over the past four days in Iraq.

  • Transforming Afghanistan

    Dec 28, 2006

    Soldiers Radio and Television correspondent Gail McCabe takes a closer look at the role US military forces are playing in the transformation of Afghanistan from a war-torn land to a secure and independent nation.

  • Soldiers Take Pride in Transferring Supplies

    Dec 28, 2006

    While most soldiers are asleep, a small contingent of the 15th Brigade Support Battalion carries out the mission of supplying the rest of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

  • Five Iranians detained in Baghdad raids

    Dec 28, 2006

    Several Iranian nationals were detained in recent coalition raids conducted in Baghdad.

  • Iraqi forces prove eager to help, become more capable

    Dec 28, 2006

    Iraqi military and police forces are eager to help find solutions for the challenges facing their country.

  • Iraq Roundtable

    Dec 27, 2006

    Coverage of Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman MG William Caldwell speaking with reporters in Baghdad to provide an update on ongoing operations in Iraq.

  • Chefs do Battle in Afghanistan

    Dec 26, 2006

    In Afghanistan, a battle of another kind has US troops pitted against their own. Soldiers put down their weapons and picked up their best recipe for the title of Iron Chef. Marine CPL Aron Harrity has more from Bagram.

  • A Different Story in Baghdad

    Dec 26, 2006

    Bomb blasts killing US troops is the most common war story you see in the news these days. But a lot more goes on for the Soldiers who live in the war-torn country. The man you're about to meet is casting a new light on what troops do when they're not battling the insurgency. SPC Charlie Maib has more from Baghdad.

  • Soldiers enjoy holiday festivities in 'Green Zone'

    Dec 26, 2006

    On Christmas Day civilian and military personnel who live in the International Zone gathered in the U.S. Embassy dining facility to eat a traditional Christmas dinner.

  • Mahmudiyah takes pride in market renovation

    Dec 26, 2006

    One of the top priorities for the mayor of Mahmudiyah is rebuilding his city's downtown market. The Army Corps of Engineers is helping.

  • Clearing Rusafa

    Dec 26, 2006

    Soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army Division took the lead in clearing insurgents from the Rusafa area of Baghdad Dec. 17. Soldiers from the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team provided backup.

  • 'Santa's Helper' delivers gifts to foreign nationals at Taji

    Dec 26, 2006

    One of the toughest times during a Soldier's deployment is the holidays, but Soldiers are not the only ones who are homesick and miss their loved ones.

  • Embedded trainers tell Gates they're pleased with Iraqi army progress

    Dec 26, 2006

    Defense Secretary Gates learned that Iraqi units are gaining confidence in their abilities and are doing more to empower noncommissioned officers.