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  • U.S. Soldiers, Kuwaiti paramedics share info, tactics during combat lifesaver course

    Nov 27, 2012

    Kuwait National Guard 1st Lt. Hashem Al-Refae and 1st Lt. Hamad Al-Shetail attended a recent combat lifesaver course at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Nov. 13-16, 2012, so they could see how the U.S. Army trains its non-medical Soldiers on tactical treatment of wounds.

  • Troops prepare to keep steady peace in Sinai

    Nov 27, 2012

    Alongside current tensions and upheavals in the Middle East and northern Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring movements, the peacekeeping mission on the Sinai Peninsula continues after more than 30 years. Soldiers of the 5-113th Field Artillery are deploying to the Sinai for a year as Multinational Force Observers.

  • Dempsey: U.S. must remain engaged with Muslim world

    Sep 17, 2012

    The recent anti-American demonstrations that have occurred in many Muslim countries "demands for us to be more engaged, not less engaged," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today during an aircraft flight from Sibiu, Romania, to Ankara, Turkey.

  • Third Army commander visits Bagram Retrosort Yard

    Sep 16, 2012

    Third Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Vincent Brooks visited the Soldiers of the Bagram Airfield Retrograde Sort Yard in Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2012.

  • N.C. Guard Soldier runs 100 miles in honor of fallen comrades

    Sep 6, 2012

    A lone runner pushed herself through desert heat and dust to finish her 24-hour quest: 100 miles in remembrance of fellow Soldiers who have died in the war on terror.

  • Soldiers search for shipping containers in Afghanistan

    Sep 5, 2012

    Two National Guard Soldiers from the 113th Sustainment Brigade recently deployed to Kuwait, where they received a unique Afghanistan mission -- locate lost shipping containers.

  • South Carolina Guard Soldiers keep sharp during Kuwait deployment

    Aug 19, 2012

    Soldiers with 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment Soldiers conducted live-fire exercises at the Udairi Range at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in late July and early August, to keep their skills sharp.

  • Pittsburgh Army Reserve unit arrives in Kuwait

    Jul 1, 2012

    More than 240 Pittsburgh-based Army Reserve Soldiers of the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) arrived at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, July 1, 2012, to begin their unit's second overseas deployment.

  • Army Corps of Engineers continues construction in Iraq

    Jun 21, 2012

    Though its construction program is a fraction of what it once was in Iraq, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to manage $350 million in projects there.

  • S.C. Army National Guard Soldiers partner with Kuwaiti National Guard

    May 29, 2012

    Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, became the opposing force for Kuwaiti National Guard mechanized and counter-terrorism troops, May 16, 2012.

  • Training milestone solidifies Kuwait-U.S. partnership

    May 17, 2012

    In a Combined-Arms Live-Fire Exercise at the Udari Range May 8, 2012, units of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (Iron Horse) and the Kuwaiti Army's 151st Tank Battalion, 15th Mubarak Armored Brigade, successfully performed a series of maneuvers to stop a simulated invasion force, validating months of training which began soon after the brigade withdrew from Iraq to Kuwait.

  • U.S., Kuwaiti military holds MEDEVAC exercise

    May 11, 2012

    Third Army and the Kuwait military conducted a joint medical evacuation exercise at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, April 26, 2012.

  • Toby Keith sings for Soldiers in Kuwait during USO tour

    Apr 30, 2012

    Country music superstar and veteran USO entertainer Toby Keith lit up the desert night at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, April 26, 2012, turning the base into a party on his 10th year of entertaining troops overseas.

  • Hawker Battery mission turns out lights in Kuwait

    Apr 25, 2012

    A two-man team working in a tent here has saved the Army more than $7 million over the past 18 months by charging batteries for re-use.

  • Foreign military sales make partnerships strong, keep production lines hot

    Apr 25, 2012

    The Saudi government has purchased $17 billion in military hardware from the United States through U.S. government intermediaries, like the Army's Security Assistance Management Directorate.

  • Anniston Army Depot partners to rebuild Saudi tanks

    Apr 12, 2012

    Anniston Army Depot recently contracted to overhaul 143 M1 Abrams tanks for Saudi Arabia's Royal Saudi Land Forces at Lima Army Tank Plant in Ohio.

  • Air Defense Artillery Soldiers conduct medical training in Kuwait

    Apr 9, 2012

    Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 5th Air & Missile Defense Regiment Aid Station, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, are conducting Combat Life Saver courses in order for the entire battalion to be qualified in life-saving techniques.

  • SMA visits Third Army Soldiers

    Apr 4, 2012

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III visited Third Army Soldiers at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, April 1, 2012.

  • Last Iraq MRAP loaded for transport to 1st CAV museum

    Mar 27, 2012

    The last mine resistant, ambush protected vehicle to depart Iraq during Operation New Dawn was loaded aboard the Ocean Crescent, March 24, 2012, at Port of Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait, for transport to the 1st Cavalry Division Museum at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Army Career and Alumni Program counselors visit Kuwait

    Mar 13, 2012

    In efforts to better prepare Soldiers for life after military service, the Third Army/ARCENT personnel office arranged for three Army Career and Alumni Program counselors to visit Kuwait and help Soldiers transition from active-duty service to civilian life.

  • New Army focus on Pacific doesn't mean abandoning Middle East

    Mar 8, 2012

    While the Army has a new emphasis on the Asia and Pacific region, it doesn't mean the service will be unable to meet obligations in the Middle East -- if need be, said the Army's chief of staff.

  • Last vehicle to depart Iraq headed for 1st Cavalry Division Museum

    Mar 7, 2012

    The last U.S. Army vehicle to drive out of Iraq in December will be preserved in the historical record at the 1st Cavalry Division Museum at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Camp Arifjan honors Bataan Death March heroes

    Mar 5, 2012

    Morale, Welfare, and Recreation center workers organized a 12.5 mile Bataan Memorial Death March at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, March 1, 2012.

  • Two humanitarian assistance projects complete in Jordan

    Mar 5, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District recently oversaw the completion of two health clinics in remote areas of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

  • Kuwaiti partners visit Bandog ranges

    Mar 2, 2012

    Soldiers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, executed an M4 rifle and an M9 pistol range with their Kuwaiti partner unit, the 43rd Infantry Battalion, Feb. 24, 2012.

  • Training prepares Soldiers for Afghan equipment retrograde mission

    Feb 10, 2012

    Soldiers with the 113th Sustainment Brigade, took part in Redistribution Property Assistance Team skills training in late January at Camp Virginia, Kuwait, to prepare the Soldiers to begin retrograde and property management operations in Afghanistan.

  • Panetta, Dempsey mark end of Iraq mission

    Jan 31, 2012

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Baghdad, Iraq, to join Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in ceremonies marking the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq.

  • Sustainment troops in Kuwait equip Ironhorse Brigade

    Jan 30, 2012

    The Army Field Support Battalion-Kuwait, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, began the issue here of brigade combat team equipment to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division's Ironhorse Brigade, Jan. 3, 2012.

  • Army's 'best kept secret' floats

    Jan 26, 2012

    The 824th Transportation Company, a Reserve unit from Moorehead City, N.C., just arrived in Kuwait to start their yearlong deployment. The home away from home has a unique feature, it floats.

  • Dental company commander brings lifetime of knowledge

    Jan 26, 2012

    After 21 years away from the Army and retiring from dentistry in the civilian sector, Daniel P. Alston returned to serve in the Army Reserve, and now commands the 143rd Dental Company (Area Support) Forward as a lieutenant colonel.

  • Casting absentee ballot easier than ever

    Jan 9, 2012

    The Army Voting Assistance Program is designed to make registration, voting information, materials and assistance readily available to all eligible Army voters. The program seeks to educate eligible voters about the importance of voting and provide every opportunity to register.

  • 113th Sustainment Brigade assumes mission in Kuwait

    Jan 2, 2012

    The Tennessee Army National Guard's 230th Sustainment Brigade transferred the logistics mission in Kuwait to the North Carolina Army National Guard's 113th Sustainment Brigade, Dec. 27, 2011, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

  • Panetta concludes Iraq mission, noting service, sacrifice

    Dec 19, 2011

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta joined Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and other U.S. and Iraq leaders in honoring eight years of service and sacrifice as they commemorated the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq.

  • Last brigade leaves Iraq

    Dec 19, 2011

    After the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division drove into Kuwait on the morning of Dec. 18, 2011, Soldiers from the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Third Army, and Kuwaiti border military police closed the gate at Khabari Crossing.

  • 'Welcome home' signals end of war in Iraq

    Dec 15, 2011

    More than 3,000 service members gathered at Pope Army Airfield on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 14, to hear President Barack Obama deliver a speech marking the end of the war in Iraq.

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh visits Kandahar Airfield

    Dec 15, 2011

    The objective of Secretary of the Army John McHugh's visit to Regional Command (South) and Kandahar Airfield Dec. 14 was to assess the current status of U.S.-Afghan relations in RC(S) and to see military training and facilities.

  • Third Army hosts Guard birthday 5K run

    Dec 14, 2011

    Third Army hosted an Army National Guard Birthday 5K run/walk at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 13, 2011. During the event, hundreds of service members and civilians came together to run/walk in celebration of the U.S. Army National Guard's 375th birthday.

  • Mine rollers designed to blow up, save lives

    Dec 12, 2011

    Albert Bacon helps coalition forces in Afghanistan install mine rollers on the front of tactical vehicles. He has traveled across the country providing support to Soldiers and assisting with mine rollers installations.

  • USACE cuts costs, saves resources in Afghanistan

    Dec 10, 2011

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South is implementing measures to streamline business processes and save tax-payer dollars. The district is moving out on information technology upgrades, non-tactical vehicle procurement and maintenance improvements, and connection to the Kandahar Airfield electric power network.

  • 401st AFSB continues to support Afghan National Army

    Dec 9, 2011

    The 401st Army Field Support Brigade continued its support of the Afghan National Army from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2011, when 90 M1114 vehicles were inspected by Afghan Army Lt. Col. Ibrahim Wardak, liaison officer to NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, in preparation for final turn over to the ANA.

  • Third Army prepares to meet security agreement

    Dec 9, 2011

    Sustainment Soldiers in Kuwait are working hard to meet the presidential directive to transition troops and equipment from Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.

  • Agribusiness vet makes village call in Parwan

    Dec 7, 2011

    In the small village of Jabbulsaraj, Afghanistan, the Kentucky Army National Guard Agribusiness Development Team is working to improve the lives of farmers and connect them with their government through simple agricultural projects and outreach.

  • Croatian projects building trust in Afghanistan

    Dec 7, 2011

    Three separate villages in the Balkh province of northern Afghanistan will benefit from projects led by members of the Croatian armed forces.

  • MPs secure routes in Baghdad for last convoys

    Dec 5, 2011

    Paratroopers were on the streets at 5 a.m. to check the route for roadside bombs before Victory Complex transitioned to Iraqi control Friday.

  • Guard's last convoy puts Iraq in rearview mirror

    Dec 5, 2011

    With Operation New Dawn coming to a close, the Virginia Army National Guard left Iraq in its final convoy, Dec. 2, 2011.

  • 402nd AFSB to support State Department in Iraq

    Dec 2, 2011

    As U.S. forces leave Iraq, they are moving most of their equipment and assets out of the country, but they will hand off some of it to the Department of State to support the diplomatic and security cooperation missions.

  • Security: Iraqis stand ready to defend their own

    Dec 1, 2011

    BEGINNING in 2012, Iraqis will be responsible for defending their own borders and air space, and for policing their own people, both inside and outside their cities.

  • Afghan border police compounds near completion

    Nov 29, 2011

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is finalizing construction of the $7.3 million Ala Jirga border police headquarters compound, and the $6.2 million compound in Sallamat, and inspected the sites Nov. 24, 2011, as part of a multipurpose mission.

  • Largest air load ever dropped during OEF lands in Eastern Afghanistan

    Nov 28, 2011

    Soldiers from B Company, 9th Engineer Battalion usually recover water, food, fuel and other classes of supplies from the drop zone, but Nov. 23, 2011, was unlike all others and was the first of its kind in the history of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Air Cav troopers conduct medical seminars with Afghan females

    Nov 27, 2011

    In northern Afghanistan, three female Soldiers assigned to the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted medical seminars with Afghan females near the town of Tapagurghan Nov. 16-20, 2011.

  • Thanksgiving shared by mother and son in Afghanistan

    Nov 26, 2011

    Deployed Soldiers and civilians rarely expect to see family members on their deployment, so when mother and son had the opportunity in Afghanistan, they quickly grabbed it.

  • Adobe-style builds ensure greater efficiencies in Afghanistan

    Nov 25, 2011

    Adobe-style building structures are becoming more commonplace as coalition strategists see them as being better suited for the Afghan National Security Forces.

  • Westphal brings 'touch of home' to Afghanistan

    Nov 25, 2011

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal surprised service members in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving with a taste of home by bringing with him New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and his actress wife, Joanna Garcia Swisher.

  • Third Army, Jordanian army conduct joint training

    Nov 24, 2011

    Members of the Jordanian Armed Forces and U.S. troops recently completed Operation Flexible Saif, a joint exercise between the host nation service members and the U.S. Army Central Command.

  • American Paratroopers bid farewell to Ramadi

    Nov 24, 2011

    Soldiers with 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, turned over Camp Ramadi to the Iraqi Army, Nov. 15, 2011, and convoyed out of Iraq as part of the drawdown or U.S. forces wrapping up Operation New Dawn.

  • Deadlines to mail Christmas packages approaching

    Nov 23, 2011

    If you want to send cookies or crocheted underwear to your Soldier overseas and have it in his hands before Christmas, the time to drop it in the mail is now -- or at the latest, Dec. 17.

  • Tempo accelerates for convoy traffic out of Iraq

    Nov 21, 2011

    As Soldiers step up the pace moving out of Iraq, the teams that take control of their equipment are getting busier and the teamwork factor becomes increasingly more important.

  • HELLFIRE team sustaining fight, cutting costs

    Nov 21, 2011

    HELLFIRE missiles are the primary precision air-to-ground weapon used by joint and coalition services. Having a Forward Test and Repair Facility for them is saving the Army money.

  • Weather station provides Afghans predictability

    Nov 17, 2011

    The 19th Expeditionary Weather Squadron, in support of 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), erected a Tactical Meteorological Observing Sensor on the north side of the Salang Pass in Afghanistan.

  • Havoc Soldiers bring excitement to pupils during school aid drop

    Nov 17, 2011

    Soldiers with the 40th Engineer Battalion, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, distributed roughly 100 pounds of scholastic and hygienic supplies to Afghan children, Nov. 15, 2011.

  • Army tests new water, fuel bladders for airdrop

    Nov 17, 2011

    Army paratroopers completed two test drops Nov. 10, 2011, to certify a new water and fuel container system for airdrops in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

  • Afghan religious cultural advisors partner with U.S. religious support teams

    Nov 16, 2011

    Religious cultural advisors from the Afghan Air Force and the Afghan National Army met with U.S. Army religious support teams from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 15, 2011, to further expand an evolving partnership.

  • Panetta, Dempsey: U.S.-Iraq partnership will continue

    Nov 16, 2011

    Iraq and its forces are prepared to cope with the security challenges they will face after U.S. troops withdraw, and the U.S. seeks to continue a relationship with Iraq based on mutual respect and interests, Defense Department leaders told Congress today.

  • First production MSFVs shipped to Afghan National Army

    Nov 14, 2011

    The U.S. Army took another significant step forward in the strategic withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan last week with the shipment of the first 18 production Mobile Strike Force Vehicles to theater.

  • USACE considers new austere standards for construction in Afghanistan

    Nov 11, 2011

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers builds strong and builds smart. In Afghanistan, building strong and smart means constructing cost-effective facilities that meet the needs of Afghans, and are easy to operate and maintain over the life of the facilities.

  • JIEDDO working to reverse trend for larger IEDs in Afghanistan

    Nov 10, 2011

    The amount of explosives used in improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan is increasing, while at the same time, the number of attacks are at "historic highs."

  • Soldier's sacrifice leads chaplain back to Army service

    Nov 9, 2011

    After a break in service following eight years as a Reserve medic, the death of a Soldier inspired Todd Cheney to rejoin the Army as a chaplain in 2006. Today, Cheney is a captain in the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, ministering to Soldiers at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.

  • Sesame Street launches site to help separated kids

    Nov 9, 2011

    In an effort to relieve confusion and anxiety that children feel during their parent's deployments, the non-profit organization behind television's "Sesame Street" has created a new digital initiative.

  • Last stop for fuel in Iraq: Bulk fuel farm consolidates fuel as drawdown continues

    Nov 8, 2011

    As Operation New Dawn continues the drawdown of U.S. Forces in Iraq, Contingency Operating Base Adder has become the main fuel hub in the process of exporting military assets out of the country.

  • Sorting equipment saving money in Iraq drawdown

    Nov 8, 2011

    Materiel redistribution team Soldiers with the1729th Field Support Maintenance Company, Maryland Army National Guard, must figure out what to do with equipment in Iraq as the U.S. continues the drawdown there.

  • Mechanics in Task Force Catamount work with Afghan mechanics

    Nov 3, 2011

    Vehicle mechanics with Combined Task Force Spartan's 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, are contributing to the further development and stability of the Afghan security forces in Kandahar province, by teaching the Afghan army mechanics how to perform their own maintenance and fix their own vehicles.

  • Power of partnership: Iraqis take control of Anbar installations in historic transition

    Nov 3, 2011

    Once known as a breeding ground for insurgents, terrorized by frequent bombings and assassinations, Anbar province is now considered a shining example of the power of partnership.

  • Soldiers of the 156th Military Police detachment lay down the law

    Nov 2, 2011

    The primary objective of the 156th Military Police Detachment, attached to the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, is to keep law and order in northern Afghanistan.

  • McHugh says balance needed as war draws down

    Nov 2, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh believes that with the drawdown of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, talented Soldiers will need to be retained while Army infrastructure draws down, and the American people and war fighters need to maintain a connection.

  • 16 coalition personnel killed in Afghanistan attacks

    Nov 1, 2011

    A car bomb smashed into an International Security Assistance Force convoy in Kabul today killing 13 coalition personnel, NATO officials said.

  • Taliban 'against the ropes'

    Oct 31, 2011

    Deployed 1st Infantry Division commanders say Taliban forces in Afghanistan faltering.

  • Military post offices in Iraq to close Nov. 17

    Oct 27, 2011

    Because U.S. forces are coming home from Iraq by the end of the year, the U.S. Postal Service will stop accepting mail addressed to military post offices in Iraq starting Nov. 17, Defense Department officials said today.

  • AER increases grants to injured Soldiers

    Oct 27, 2011

    Army Emergency Relief has increased the amount of its grants to wounded warriors evacuated from theater.

  • CREW: helping defeat IEDs

    Oct 26, 2011

    Counter Radio Electronic Warfare systems are helping Soldiers in Afghanistan to defeat deadly improvised explosive devices by blocking radio signals that can be used by insurgents to detonate the devices remotely.

  • Women's shura held in Baghlan

    Oct 26, 2011

    Women from several villages gathered to meet with a coalition Cultural Support Team to discuss future training opportunities for women, in the Pul-E-Khumri district of Baghlan province, Afghanistan, Oct. 16, 2011.

  • Rabies: Rare but fatal disease

    Oct 25, 2011

    Officials at the U.S. Army Public Health Command have been working aggressively to prevent additional cases of rabies in Army personnel following the death of a Soldier Aug. 31, 2011. The Soldier contracted the disease while deployed to Afghanistan. This death was the first documented case of rabies in the DOD since 1967.

  • Chinook crews fly 'All Night Long'

    Oct 25, 2011

    Chinook helicopters with B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, flew more than 1,100 hours moving personnel and cargo last month around Iraq and are busy with the drawdown.

  • SMA conducts town hall meeting with Third Army Soldiers

    Oct 24, 2011

    The top noncommissioned officers from the Army, Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard, conducted a town hall meeting with Third Army Soldiers at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Oct. 21, 2011.

  • SMA visits Camp Stone in western Afghanistan

    Oct 23, 2011

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III visited Camp Stone Oct. 18, 2011, during a battlefield circulation of the western region of Afghanistan.

  • National Guard MEDEVAC team ready for action in Iraq

    Oct 23, 2011

    Every morning flight crews from the South Dakota and Montana Army National Guard, meticulously prepare their Black Hawk helicopters for a mission they hope they will never have to perform.

  • American service members go the distance with Iraqi Olympians

    Oct 23, 2011

    Members of the Iraqi men's mid-to-long distance Olympic running team met with United States Forces-Iraq service members for a running clinic and five kilometer run Oct. 23, 2011.

  • Obama: All U.S. troops out of Iraq by year's end

    Oct 21, 2011

    President Barack Obama announced that all U.S. service members will leave Iraq by the end of the year.

  • Combined force kills, detains numerous insurgents

    Oct 20, 2011

    A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed numerous insurgents and detained several suspects during a search for a Taliban facilitator in the Kajaki district of Afghanistan's Helmand province yesterday.

  • Army Guard CSM to deployed troops: Standards to change

    Oct 20, 2011

    Command Sgt. Maj. of the Army National Guard Richard Burch traveled to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, to speak with deployed National Guard Soldiers about upcoming changes in structure and funding, as well as the personal responsibilities inherent in both.

  • Iraq battalion cases colors, marches into history

    Oct 19, 2011

    The 402nd Army Field Support Battalion-Iraq cased its colors in an inactivation and transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Virgnia, Kuwait.

  • Units in Iraq pick up pace to turn in property

    Oct 19, 2011

    Convoy after convoy, container upon container are sorted, inventoried, documented and pushed out at an increasingly rapid rate as the clock ticks on the drawdown for Iraq. The 402nd Army Field Support Brigade Redistribution Property Assistance Team is working hard for the long haul out of Iraq.

  • Third Army, Jordan look to improve JAF NCO Corps

    Oct 18, 2011

    A Third Army/ ARCENT contingency traveled to the Noncommissioned Officer Academy to meet with officers, leaders of the schoolhouse and NCOs of all ranks here Sept. 21, 2011.

  • Customs inspections keeping homeland secure

    Oct 18, 2011

    The number of military units packing up equipment and personal belongings is increasing as the U.S. continues to prepare its exit from Iraq, as part of Operation New Dawn. But before anything crosses over U.S. borders, everything that is shipped back to the states must go through a thorough customs inspection.

  • Third Army hosts firefighters training

    Oct 17, 2011

    Third Army hosted firefighters from the Kuwaiti army, U.S. Air Force and Area Support Group -- Kuwait as they completed their fifth week of cooperative training, Oct. 11, 2011.

  • Adder welcomes redeployment convoy

    Oct 17, 2011

    The first self-redeploying unit to leave Iraq stopped at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, Oct. 7, 2011, to rest and re-fuel on their way out of the country.

  • Physical therapy taking away Soldiers' pain

    Oct 14, 2011

    Many Soldiers suffer from muscle, bone, and joint pain due to a variety of injuries. In some cases, pain medication can be helpful, but only for a short period. There are many long-term benefits Soldiers can gain from physical therapy.

  • U.S. forces have met all obligations in Iraq, general says

    Oct 13, 2011

    U.S. forces are "completely on track" to make a total military withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year, even while U.S. and Iraqi officials discuss the possibility of some staying longer, U.S. Forces Iraq's spokesman and director of strategic effects said today.

  • 116th Soldiers support each other in Army Ten-Miler Shadow Run

    Oct 13, 2011

    Soldiers from the Virginia Army National Guard 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team participated in the Army Ten-Miler Shadow Run at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2011, and Forward Operating Base Lagman Oct. 9, 2011.

  • Strykers learn vehicle recovery in Afghanistan

    Oct 13, 2011

    Soldiers deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, recently honed their ability to recover damaged vehicles during a wheeled vehicle recovery course Sept. 26-28, 2011.

  • Alaska aviators on the move in Iraq

    Oct 13, 2011

    Soldiers of the 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, an Attack-Reconnaissance Squadron consisting of OH-58 Kiowa Warriors, based out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, are the first aviation unit in Iraq to close a forward operating base.