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  • Native American Heritage Month

    Nov 13, 2006

    Members of the Native Star Dance Team of New Mexico greet Soldiers after a tribal dance at Contingency Operation Base Spiecher, Iraq.

  • U.S. and Iraqi army doctors and medics provide medical care in Baghdad neighborhood.

    Nov 9, 2006

    Someone once said, "little things can go a long way," and this is exactly what Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad soldiers aimed to achieve as they teamed up with Iraqi soldiers from the 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, to provide a free, one-day medical screening for the citizens of BaghdadAca,!a,,cs Al Mansour neighborhood Nov. 4.

  • 'Fix Forward' recovers downed aircraft

    Nov 9, 2006

    The Army calls it DART, for Downed Aircraft Recovery Team. Soldiers of Company B, 449th Aviation Service Battalion, called it a chance to do what they have been training for.

  • Gen. John Abizaid Quote - September 18, 2006

    Nov 7, 2006

    Gen. John Abizaid, commander, U.S. Central Command, in a Sept. 18, 2006 interview.

  • Quote by Gen. John Abizaid about the Iraqi forces.

    Nov 7, 2006

    Quote by Gen. John Abizaid about the Iraqi forces.

  • Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Training

    Nov 7, 2006

    Camp BuehringAca,!a,,cs Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain facility, commonly known as MOUT, is certainly no game. Trick and Troop C of the 2-107th Cavalry Regiment of the Ohio National Guard leave for Iraq this month; this is among the final training exercises they will complete before leaving.

  • 4th IA opens multi-use compound

    Nov 3, 2006

    The 4th Iraqi ArmyAca,!a,,cs 3rd Brigade celebrated the grand opening of its new multi-use military compound during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Patrol Base Andrea located west of Sulaimanya in northern Iraq, Oct. 16.

  • Army scorpion expert in Kuwait stung by insect, irony

    Nov 2, 2006

    A soldier dedicated to studying dangerous wildlife recently got attacked by one of the aggressive fat-tailed scorpions he spent months warning other Soldiers to avoid.

  • Information Assurance Protects From Inside

    Nov 2, 2006

    TIKRIT, Iraq Aca,!" Three simple keys, when struck in unison, open an entire world of information with a password.

  • Air Traffic Service Soldiers Deploy to Iraq Theatre of Operations

    Nov 2, 2006

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - Over 60 more Soldiers with the Arkansas Army National Guard departed Camp Shelby, Miss, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, for their yearlong deployment in Iraq. Family members and Guard leaders gathered at Camp Shelby Monday to bid farewell to the Soldiers, who are deploying with Company D, 1st Battalion, 114th Aviation (Air Traffic Services) of the 77th Aviation Brigade.

  • Intensive Search Continues for Kidnapped Soldier

    Nov 2, 2006

    An intensive search continues for Spc. Kousay Altaie, a 41-year-old U.S. Army Reserve soldier kidnapped Oct. 23 outside BaghdadAca,!a,,cs International Zone, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq told reporters during a Baghdad briefing today.

  • Afghan Leader Visits Kabul Military Training Center

    Nov 1, 2006

    The speaker of the Afghan National Assembly's Lower House visited the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC) Oct. 31 to get a first-hand look at Afghan soldier training.

  • Afghan Interpreters Save Lives, Impart Knowledge

    Nov 1, 2006

    Training for missions, which the Afghan Army and police are doing at JRTC, Fort Polk, the U.S. Army's premier training center, would not be as effective without Afghan interpreters.

  • Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Work to Save Saab al Bour

    Nov 1, 2006

  • 'Grey Wolf' Soldiers turn CHUs into home

    Oct 31, 2006

    When Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, arrived at Forward Operating Base Warhorse early this month, many wanted nothing more than a warm bed and a place to call home. They may not be Aca,!A"home,Aca,!' but they do have a place to make their own.

  • Iraqi Army reopens water treatment facility

    Oct 30, 2006

    Iraqi Soldiers took a step closer to independence with the reopening of a water treatment facility at Camp Blue Diamond.

  • Iraqi Army getting first-rate advice

    Oct 30, 2006

    Today, approximately 89 Iraqi Army combat battalions, 30 brigade headquarters and six division headquarters control their own battlespace. Members of the Military Transition Teams at Camp Taji play a key role in this process, as they slowly, but surely, train the Iraqi Army to ultimately assume independence.

  • U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Uncover Weapons Caches

    Oct 27, 2006

    Iraqi Army soldiers discovered multiple weapons caches during joint patrols with paratroopers from Company D, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Oct. 21-22, in a village north of Samarra, Iraq.

  • Raising the HEAT: Rollover Simulator Set to Deploy

    Oct 26, 2006

    Hoping to reduce casualties suffered in Humvee rollover accidents, Army officials are fielding a new simulator they hope will prevent deaths and injuries in such accidents.

  • Iraqi 'tiger team' fights for detainee rights

    Oct 26, 2006

    Iraqi Security Forces are operating with increasing success, capturing a growing number of suspected terrorists and insurgents daily. ThatAca,!a,,cs where the Tiger Team comes in.

  • Austin Police, Fire officials help Iraqis aim for better public services

    Oct 26, 2006

    Three representatives from police and fire departments in Austin, Texas, met with Iraqi emergency services officials Oct. 18 to discuss ways to improve existing Iraqi emergency medical systems here.

  • Dining facility boosts Soldier morale in Iraq

    Oct 24, 2006

    Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with having first uttered the famous words: Aca,!A"An Army travels on its stomach.Aca,!'

  • Warfighters get group dining on the go

    Oct 24, 2006

    The Natick Soldier Center's Unitized Group Ration-Express provides a group dining capability anytime, anywhere.

  • 172nd Soldiers Deliver 75 Generators

    Oct 23, 2006

    Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad soldiers conducted a humanitarian aid mission Oct. 13 in BaghdadAca,!a,,cs Karkh district.

  • Limits of power: keeping the lights on in Iraq

    Oct 23, 2006

    Everybody knows the bad news: In September, the lights were on in Baghdad for around four hours a day. One study has October's levels so far at 2.4, the lowest since the invasion. A lot of Iraqi public opinion runs on rumors, and those with their ears pricked will tell you that after three-plus years and billions of reconstruction dollars, there's a sneaking suspicion out in town that the U.S., who's been putting men in orbit for four decades, could have had Baghdad twinkling like Times Square years ago if they wanted to. The conspiracy theory goes that the Americans have, insidiously, chosen not to. That they're keeping Iraqis down, man. Either that, or we just don't care.

  • MND-B Soldiers distribute school supplies to Iraqi children

    Oct 17, 2006

    Multi -National Division Aca,!" Baghdad Soldiers delivered school supplies and soccer balls, all donated from organizations in the United States, to the children of a rural district in western Baghdad Oct. 12

  • New medical clinic opens in Paktika

    Oct 17, 2006

    A new medical clinic will provide health care to the Sharana District of Paktika Province. Afghan officials welcomed the Khayr Khot Medical Clinic during a grand opening ceremony.

  • PSD: Not your everyday job

    Oct 16, 2006

    In the early morning hours, a Soldier awakens to the sound of his internal communications radio as a stern voice blaring over the radio instructs the leader to rally his men and be ready to move into southern Baghdad in less than 30 minutes.

  • Iraqi Security Forces making progress

    Oct 13, 2006

    The Iraqi Government and Security Forces are making considerable progress, according to a press briefing here Thursday outlining current operations.

  • U.S. Army Soldiers assigned 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment patrol a road at sunset

    Oct 6, 2006

    U.S. Army Soldiers assigned 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment patrol a road at sunset during a cordon and search operation in Sheik Hamid, Iraq, Sept. 28, 2006, to gain information on terrorists cells operating in the area. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin) (Released)

  • New Iraqi Plan Aims to Combat Sectarian Violence

    Oct 4, 2006

    New Iraqi Plan Aims to Combat Sectarian Violence

  • New Iraqi Plan Aims to Combat Sectarian Violence

    Oct 4, 2006

    Senior U.S. officials in Iraq are calling a four-point plan released yesterday by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to halt sectarian violence Aca,!A"a significant step in the right direction.Aca,!' MalikiAca,!a,,cs plan, released yesterday, aims at uniting Shiite and Sunni parties to reduce and ultimately stop growing sectarian violence that threatens Iraq. Aca,!A"This Aca,!A| shows that the Iraqi leaders want their country to succeed and are responding to the wishes of their people for security,Aca,!' said U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Army Gen. George W. Casey, commander of Multinational Force Iraq.

  • MND-B transfers control of FOB Duke to ISF

    Oct 4, 2006

    Iraqi officials and Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad leaders transferred responsibility of Forward Operating Base Duke to Iraqi security forces during a press conference Oct. 1.

  • Afghan NCOs become drill sergeants

    Oct 3, 2006

    The ninth class of Afghan National Army noncommissioned officers graduated the Drill Sergeant Training Course at the Kabul Military Training Center recently.

  • Army secretary visits Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Oct 3, 2006

    After spending time with Soldiers in Afghanistan last week, Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey says he continues to be pleased with progress being made in the war-torn country.

  • CGSC team helps Iraqi staff college

    Oct 2, 2006

  • Army widow christens Navy ship, 'Freedom'

    Sep 26, 2006

    The Navy christened and launched the nation's first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS-1), at the Marinette Marine shipyard Sept. 24.

  • Soldiers Quit Smoking While Deployed

    Sep 17, 2006

    Quitting smoking was the last thing MSG David Dulen expected to do when he deployed to Iraq in September. The pack-a-day smoker for more than 20 years had considered quitting many times, but his "smoke 'em if you got 'em" habit endured. But then his wife quit last year

  • Iraqi division ready to transfer

    Sep 17, 2006

    The Iraqi Ministry of Defense is ready to gain operational control of the 4th Iraqi Army Division as early as next week, the multi-national Coalition said in a draft statement on Saturday. The move would be the second transfer of an Iraqi division from Coalition control this month.

  • Waiting for justice on Anfal

    Sep 17, 2006

    In April, ousted dictator Saddam Hussein was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity for his role 1988's Anfal campaign against Iraq's Kurdish population. Now, as Iraqis wait for the trial to run its course, three local Kurdish citizens reflect on what they endured before and after the campaign that some say left 100,000 Kurds dead and another 182,000 missing.

  • Victory will be complex, General says

    Sep 17, 2006

    The U.S. military's goal is to win the fight against insurgents in Anbar province and across Iraq, but leaders recognize that winning will take more than just military operations, a top U.S. general here said Sept. 15.

  • Bunker Busters Bulk Up

    Sep 17, 2006

    None of them are anywhere near as cool as Deep Digger, the bunker-busting bomb that drills its way underground. But various arms of the Defense Department are working on a number of next-generation munitions, designed to take out deeply buried targets, Aviation Week writes.

  • U.S. Army MPs Mentor Afghan National Police

    Sep 17, 2006

    U.S. soldiers realized the Afghan National Police could benefit from the knowledge and experience they had gained while providing security at checkpoints.

  • Bermel troops keep extremists at bay along eastern border region

    Sep 17, 2006

    Spec. Jose Pantoja shows off the danger of his mission along the border region of eastern Afghanistan: a scar on his cheek from an enemy bullet. During one of the longest firefights his company has encountered Aca,!" nearly four hours long Aca,!" three others sustained gunshot wounds, and nearly everyone took minor wounds from rocket propelled grenade shrapnel.

  • Civil Affairs Soldier Learns Arabic Customs From Parents

    Sep 16, 2006

    As the oldest daughter of immigrant parents, Staff Sgt. Magda R. Khalifa, an Army Reserve Soldier with the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, has provided much cultural awareness to her civil affairs unit.

  • Soldiers keep extremists at bay along Afghanistan's eastern border

    Sep 14, 2006

    Spec. Jose Pantoja shows off the danger of his mission along the border region of eastern Afghanistan: a scar on his cheek from an enemy bullet.

  • Project engineer doesn't take 'yes' for an answer

    Sep 10, 2006

    Ghassem Khosrownia, a project engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of EngineersAca,!a,,c Gulf Region Central District in Baghdad, Iraq, knows something about cultural challenges Aca,!" heAca,!a,,cs a first-generation immigrant from Iran who earned his U.S. citizenship 20 years ago.

  • Army, CNN crew treat wounded Iraqi Soldiers more more more

    Sep 9, 2006

    U.S. military officials reported that a satellite-guided bomb slammed into several Iraqi buildings including a Republican Guard headquarters and the Iraqi Information Ministry center, south of Baghdad on Tuesday.


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