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  • Mullen: Afghans must address corruption, criminal networks

    Aug 2, 2011

    The Afghan government must address corruption and criminal organizations subverting the will of the people, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during a visit to Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • Longknifes transition Falcon to Iraqi control

    Aug 2, 2011

    Forward Operating Base Falcon, under the control of U.S. forces since 2003, has been transitioned to the Iraqis in preparation for the December 2011 drawdown of forces in Iraq.

  • Team in Afghanistan named best project development team in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Aug 1, 2011

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-North Project Development Team won the 2011 Project Development Team of the Year award for their design and construction of the detention facility in Parwan, Afghanistan.

  • Afghan security forces celebrate 100,000th graduate of literacy training program

    Aug 1, 2011

    The Afghan National Army graduated 1,287 soldiers from Basic Warrior Training at Kabul Military Training Center, July 28, including a special commemoration marking the graduation of the 100,000 Afghan National Security Force literacy program trainee.

  • Afghan, coalition forces partner in eastern Afghanistan

    Aug 1, 2011

    Afghan National Army Soldiers partnered with Czech Republic and U.S. Soldiers for a two-day mission in the Charkh district of Logar province, July 13-14, 2011.

  • Soldiers break through Arabic, English barrier with music

    Aug 1, 2011

    Soldiers deployed to Iraq often find difficulty in communicating with local nationals without the use of an interpreter. Even so, there are other communication tools that are easily understood worldwide, such as body language, hand gestures and music.

  • Mobile comm ready to go 'tactical' for Iraq drawdown

    Aug 1, 2011

    With the expected pullout of troops at the conclusion of Operation New Dawn, one unit in Iraq is making sure Soldiers there are also ready for a drawdown in network bandwidth capacity.

  • Mock attacks help prepare for worst in Basra

    Jul 29, 2011

    In the wake of attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, personnel on Contingency Operating Base Basra joined together during a mock attack to help prepare themselves for a possible worst-case scenario.

  • Falcon medevac keeps Afghans, coalition forces alive

    Jul 26, 2011

    Company C, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Falcon, is a medical evacuation unit, performing patient transfers from one base to another and picking up patients from the point of injury, which in this case usually means the battlefield.

  • Afghan, coalition forces partnership improves patrols

    Jul 25, 2011

    Afghan Uniformed Police from two districts teamed up with Soldiers assigned to Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Raider, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Task Force Bronco, to clear a village in Kot district in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province, July 19, 2011.

  • Iraqi Soldiers graduate public affairs course

    Jul 25, 2011

    Six photographers and videographers from Iraqi Ground Forces Command Public Affairs graduated from the United States Forces - Iraq Advanced Public Affairs Course July 23, 2011, at Camp Iraqi Hero, Iraq.

  • Corps of Engineers, coalition forces improve power for Afghans

    Jul 21, 2011

    Residents in Helmand and Kandahar provinces will get some improvement in the amount of electricity they receive, thanks to an interim measure designed to reduce the number of daily circuit interruptions occurring at the Kajaki Dam power house on the Helmand River.

  • Afghan National Security Forces step up presence throughout Gizab

    Jul 20, 2011

    Afghan National Police, partnered with Afghan Local Police and the Afghan National Army, stepped up security patrols throughout Gizab district, June 27, 2011, after receiving tips from local villagers about the Taliban staging weapons and creating impromptu checkpoints on local commerce routes.

  • 'Dragon' battalion conducts realistic casualty care, evacuation training exercise

    Jul 20, 2011

    Soldiers with 1st "Dragon" Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, went through a demanding circuit of training July 15-16, 2011, at Camp Liberty, Iraq, designed to test their ability to respond in the event of an attack on their convoy or patrol.

  • Afghan-led force finds enemy mortars in Kandahar

    Jul 19, 2011

    An Afghan-led combined security force in the Kandahar district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province today found and destroyed a cache of 103 mortar rounds, military officials reported.

  • Soldier helps save Afghan's life

    Jul 19, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Chris Ackley, civil affairs team sergeant for the Khost Provincial Reconstruction Team at Combat Outpost Sabari, helped to provide medical care to an Afghan woman who suffered a gunshot wound during a firefight between insurgents and U.S. forces in the province’s Sabari district July 6, 2011.

  • Sustainment Soldiers head to Kuwait to prep for drawdown in Iraq

    Jul 19, 2011

    A select group of Soldiers from the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, traveled to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 10, 2011, to establish mission capability for the 310th ESC there to facilitate the continuing re-posturing of forces from Iraq.

  • Junkyard Dogs keep Apaches in the air

    Jul 19, 2011

    The maintenance crew for Company B “Killer Spades,” 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Shooter are nicknamed the “Junkyard Dogs,” for their ability to fix aircraft and enable mission accomplishment regardless of the resources at hand.

  • Senior leaders work to improve R and R program

    Jul 19, 2011

    Since the beginning of the Rest and Recuperation program back in 2003, many improvements have been made to make the program more efficient.

  • Forward Operating Base Salerno hospital treats local nationals’ injuries

    Jul 18, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to the 352nd Combat Support Hospital, 807th Medical Command, at Forward Operating Base Salerno not only care for wounded soldiers, but also provide care for the local population that is wounded due to combat action.

  • Medal of Honor recipient joins fellow heroes in ‘Hall’

    Jul 14, 2011

    The second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon today.

  • Reservists deploy to help build Afghanistan

    Jul 14, 2011

    As much of the nation focuses on drawdown plans in Afghanistan, Army Reservists from the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion are preparing to deploy there this week to ensure security progress made has the opportunity to stick.

  • TF Spartan surgeon develops prosthetic leg for Afghan IED victims

    Jul 14, 2011

    Advances in prosthetics have greatly reduced the debilitating effects of losing a limb, but in Afghanistan, a country with one of the highest amputation rates, sustainable technology like this is rare.

  • Soldiers keep Iraq’s highways, byways safe

    Jul 13, 2011

    As combat logistic patrols begin their hauls into the dark of night, a small group of vehicles separates from them; vehicles brightly lit but moving slowly and deliberately. These are the improvised explosive device hunters of the United States Forces-Iraq looking for their next find.

  • Former soldier in Saddam's army now U.S. Soldier helping improve Iraq

    Jul 13, 2011

    Sgt. Mahad Ahmed was a member of Saddam's army when the U.S. liberated Iraq. He is now deployed to Iraq as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, helping improve his homeland.

  • Extremists use Iranian weapons, Iraq command spokesman says

    Jul 12, 2011

    There is no doubt that deadly weapons being used against American forces in Iraq originated in Iran, a U.S. Forces Iraq spokesman said here today.

  • Petry awarded Medal of Honor

    Jul 12, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a historic ceremony in the east room of the White House today.

  • Steel Dragons partner with local sheik to support Iraqi families

    Jul 11, 2011

    Soldiers from Task Force Steel Dragon, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, were determined to help a local sheik support his tribe when they needed it the most.

  • SecDef visits Soldiers in Iraq

    Jul 11, 2011

    Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta arrived at Camp Victory in Baghdad for a town hall meeting with the troops, July 11, 2011.

  • Saber Squadron counters indirect fire operations

    Jul 11, 2011

    The Soldiers of Bandit Troop, 6th ‘Saber’ Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, along with their Iraqi Security Force partners, sought out insurgents attempting to use indirect fire assets against the local security forces in Wasit province, Iraq, by conducting area reconnaissance, July 6, 2011.

  • Twins promoted to captain on Forward Operating Base Salerno

    Jul 11, 2011

    A pair of U.S. Army 1st Lieutenants, and identical twins, were promoted to captain on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, July 2, 2011.

  • 1st Air Cavalry conducts rare sling load operation in Afghanistan

    Jul 11, 2011

    Soldiers from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted a rare sling load operation July 6, 2011, using a CH-47F Chinook helicopter to transport another Chinook helicopter from Camp Kunduz to Camp Marmal, Afghanistan.

  • Soldier overcomes injury to help others

    Jul 10, 2011

    When Sgt. 1st Class Marc Dervaes lost an arm in Afghanistan, he wondered what his quality of life would be. Now he not only engages in the activities he loves, he has the strength of character to want to help others.

  • Task Force Spartan hosts first reintegration shura at FOB Pasab

    Jul 9, 2011

    Combined Task Force Spartan held Maiwand and Zhari district’s first reintegration shura June 30, 2011, at Forward Operating Base Pasab, Afghanistan, to discuss the peaceful transition of enemy insurgents back into the community.

  • Rodriguez outlines ISAF’s drawdown, transition plan

    Jul 7, 2011

    The drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan will begin this month with some 1,600 troops set to redeploy without replacement by fall, according to a senior U.S. commander there.

  • Red Bulls turn over remote Bad Pech

    Jul 7, 2011

    Violence has decreased over the last few months in Bad Pech, one of the most remote outposts in all of northeastern Afghanistan.

  • Soldier in Iraq gets 4th of July call from Secretary of Defense

    Jul 7, 2011

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who was sworn into office Friday, marked the 4th of July holiday by making phone calls to six deployed servicemembers, including an Ohio Army National Guard Soldier in Iraq.

  • Military equipment collected as drawdown approaches

    Jul 7, 2011

    As the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq approaches, the 640th Aviation Support Battalion is collecting and itemizing unused or misplaced military equipment that has accumulated over the eight years the Army has been at Camp Taji. The effort is called Operation Clean Sweep.

  • Combined security forces kill, detain several insurgents

    Jul 6, 2011

    A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents and detained several others during an overnight security operation yesterday targeting an insurgent leader responsible for directing attacks against Afghan forces in the Sherzad district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, military officials reported.

  • Iraqi Prime Power Production Course students learn CPR

    Jul 6, 2011

    Soldiers from the 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, recently taught a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course to a group of Iraqi Army Soldiers with the Prime Power Production Course for the Government of Iraq Ali Power Academy.

  • Dust, heat no deterrent for Fourth of July fun

    Jul 5, 2011

    Contingency Operating Site Kalsu is often a dusty and uncomfortably hot place in July. Despite the dismal conditions, Soldiers and civilian employees came out in droves to celebrate America’s Independence Day with sports, food and relaxation.

  • Soldiers become U.S. citizens during Independence Day ceremony in Afghanistan

    Jul 5, 2011

    Five Soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Falcon, took the Oath of Naturalization, becoming some of the nation’s newest citizens during a ceremony July 4, 2011.

  • Third Army hosts Peachtree Road Race 10K

    Jul 5, 2011

    More than 900 servicemembers and Department of Defense employees started their Fourth of July festivities by participating in the annual Peachtree Road Race 10K here.

  • Brothers serve combined half century with Iowa National Guard

    Jul 5, 2011

    Fifty years. That’s how long Sgt. 1st Class Tim Fiedler Jr. and his younger brother Staff Sgt. Rich Fiedler, combined have served not just in the Iowa National Guard, but in the same unit, Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment.

  • Medics react to mass casualty exercise in Iraq

    Jul 5, 2011

    Medics and health care providers with 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, practiced their skills at reacting to a simulated mass casualty event on Contingency Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, June 6, 2011.

  • Soldiers celebrate Fourth of July at Kandahar Airfield

    Jul 4, 2011

    Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, celebrated the 235th anniversary of America’s independence by administering the oath of enlistment to 235 servicemembers during an Independence Day celebration held July 4, 2011, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Coalition transitions first buildings to Afghan control

    Jul 2, 2011

    Afghan National Security Forces at Camp Hero, Kandahar province, were the first in Afghanistan to transition coalition-maintained buildings to complete Afghan control. On July 1, 17 buildings were scheduled to be transitioned to Afghanistan's Department of Public Works.

  • Alaska Strykers bring hope to Afghan villagers

    Jun 30, 2011

    During a recent mission Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and 25th Infantry Division came to the aid of the people of Daman district.

  • Third Army hosts Operation Proper Exit

    Jun 29, 2011

    Third Army hosted a dinner for Soldiers from Operation Proper Exit, part of the Troops First Foundation, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, June 25, 2011.

  • Ghost troopers mentor, develop Iraqi Army leaders

    Jun 28, 2011

    Soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, successfully qualified with their M16A4 rifles after firing several magazines of ammunition at a live-fire training range at Joint Security Station India, Iraq, June 16, 2011.

  • SMA visits Basra to discuss upcoming changes

    Jun 28, 2011

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III visited Soldiers at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, June 25, 2011, to discuss upcoming changes to uniforms, active-duty retention, and other topics.

  • Finding a safe place: Soldier volunteers to help victims of sexual assault

    Jun 28, 2011

    Maj. Paula Rodriguez, the property management officer-in-charge for the 36th Infantry Division, has a passion for volunteering and helping the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • ‘Dagger’ brigade Soldiers hone medic skills in brigade competition

    Jun 28, 2011

    Soldiers from around the 2nd “Dagger” Advise and Assist Brigade 1st Infantry Division, United States Division - Center, participated in a brigade-wide, Best Medic Competition June 19-20, 2011, at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

  • Deployed docs discuss mental health, brain injury treatment

    Jun 26, 2011

    Nearly 100 military health care professionals from across Afghanistan met on Kandahar Airfield to discuss their cutting-edge findings and innovative techniques for behavioral health and concussion care.

  • SMA talks sexual assault, downsizing in Iraq

    Jun 24, 2011

    The Army's senior most enlisted Soldier visited troops here, June 24, to discuss the future of the Army as well as ongoing changes that many Soldiers may face.

  • SAGE aims to save fuel in Afghanistan

    Jun 24, 2011

    As one of the largest users of fuel in the federal government, the Army is developing programs and technologies to slice fuel demand and has rolled out an Operational Energy Strategy.

  • Afghan-American woman first to receive valor award

    Jun 23, 2011

    Shakilla Zikeria, an Afghan-American interpreter working for Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team, was the first female in the history of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan to receive the Military Essential Personnel Award for Valor at Forward Operating Base Gardez, June 17, 2011.

  • Obama thanks Soldiers, discusses Afghan drawdown at Drum

    Jun 23, 2011

    President Barack Obama assured 10th Mountain Division Soldiers today that the drawdown in Afghanistan is not precipitous, and that gains made there will be sustained.

  • Deployed officer in Afghanistan recalls days of being a WAC

    Jun 22, 2011

    The 1970s probably seem like a long time ago for today’s new Soldiers, but for one officer serving in Afghanistan, the era is still a vivid memory of when women Soldiers were treated differently than men.

  • Afghan, coalition force kills terrorists

    Jun 22, 2011

    A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents, including a senior Haqqani leader, during a nighttime security operation in the Zurmat district of Paktiya province yesterday, military officials reported.

  • Medical professionals in Afghanistan strive to treated wounded within 'golden hour'

    Jun 22, 2011

    Pfc. Shawn Williams was driving a Stryker vehicle when a roadside bomb detonated and ignited the vehicle on fire. Williams’ foot was fractured, his face covered with hot grease, his right and left hands suffered second-degree burns and were blistering. He made it to the Role 3 hospital at Kandahar Airfield within the "golden hour" of care.

  • Army on course to leave Iraq by December

    Jun 22, 2011

    With the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq just six months away, the general helping to ensure that Dec. 31 deadline is met said that many of the tasks the military now does will fall into the hands of the State Department and Iraqi Security Forces.

  • Afghan, coalition forces bring security to eastern Afghanistan

    Jun 20, 2011

    In a dusty, hot valley in the center of eastern Afghanistan, Afghan National Security Forces and U.S. Soldiers worked to bring security to the province’s newest district.

  • Iraqi firefighters learn essential skills at first ever arson investigation training

    Jun 20, 2011

    The Iraqi Ministry of Interior, Civil Defense Directorate, is working in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Iraq Training and Advisory Mission Police to teach an eight-day arson investigation course to future Iraqi firefighter trainers.

  • Iraqi soldiers practice ambush techniques

    Jun 20, 2011

    Soldiers of Troop C, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted ambush training with troops from 1st Battalion, 10th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, June 9, 2011.

  • Iraqi mortar crews build confidence, prepare for Operation Iron Lion

    Jun 20, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, conducted a mortar live-fire exercise at Destiny Range in Ninewa province, Iraq, June 16, 2011, in preparation for Operation Iron Lion.

  • TCCC course delivers standard to special ops medics

    Jun 16, 2011

    The U.S. Special Operations Command Europe developed and conducted a Tactical Combat Casualty Care "train-the-trainer" course to enhance the Special Operations Forces capability and interoperability of International Security Assistance Force partner nations.

  • Combined security forces kill, capture insurgents

    Jun 15, 2011

    A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed numerous insurgents and detained five others after they were attacked in Paktika province’s Omnah district yesterday.

  • ISAF constructs new biometrics facility, improves security at Afghan border

    Jun 14, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and Afghan government officials attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new biometrics facility at the border crossing point in Weesh, Afghanistan, June 9, 2011.

  • Sherpa serves as agile cargo transport over Iraq

    Jun 14, 2011

    Since October 2010, aviators with the Oregon Army National Guard have logged more than 5,000 hours of flight time on their fleet of Sherpa aircraft and have moved more than 2.2 million pounds of equipment and cargo, and transported 10,000 passengers.

  • New Musahi Police HQ work continues despite vehicle suicide bomber

    Jun 13, 2011

    The morning of April 14, 2011, was like those before at the rural police compound except that a truck parked near the “government building” exploded at 7:14 a.m, detonated by the driver who only killed himself.

  • Insurgents weaken while Afghan forces grow in strength, numbers

    Jun 13, 2011

    Insurgent attacks have made headlines this week, but International Security Assistance Forces and NATO spokesmen stated insurgents are losing capability and solidifying Afghan and coalition forces’ upper hand as the beginning of the transition approaches.

  • Rising literacy in Afghanistan ensures transition

    Jun 13, 2011

    In Afghanistan, the low literacy rate -- about 14 percent -- presents challenges to Army efforts there to help that nation become independent.

  • Kunar border police station opens, improves security

    Jun 10, 2011

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the Afghanistan Engineer District Jalalabad Office and Kunar Provincial Gov. Fazlullah Wahidi held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Khas Kunar II Afghan Border Patrol Station in Khas Kunar District, Afghanistan, June 4, 2011.

  • Afghan officer shares first-hand knowledge at Fort Hood

    Jun 10, 2011

    Leaders of the 57th Signal Battalion, 3rd Signal Brigade, soon to be deploying in phases to Afghanistan, had the opportunity to talk with an officer in the Afghan army June 3, 2011, at the III Corps Headquarters.

  • Mobile dentistry team keeps Soldiers combat ready

    Jun 10, 2011

    Over the course of five days, a mobile dentistry team from Charlie Company, 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, examined and treated Soldiers at Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan.

  • Brazilian-born medic shares life-saving skills with Afghans

    Jun 9, 2011

    “I don’t think I adopted America. America adopted me,” Brazilian-born Cpl. Joel M. Kuhn said as he sat outside of Nangalam Base in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province.

  • Afghan, Coalition forces capture insurgent leader

    Jun 9, 2011

    A combined Afghan and coalition security force yesterday captured a key facilitator for the Kunduz attack network and two of his associates during a nighttime security operation in the Archi district of Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, military officials reported.

  • U.S., Iraqi pilots conduct joint training

    Jun 9, 2011

    Two U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters flew in formation with two Iraqi Air Force helicopters during May 18, 2011, on a joint medical evacuation training mission, serving to build rapport and partnerships between the two militaries.

  • Airlines revise policies for troops’ checked baggage

    Jun 9, 2011

    Military members traveling on orders on several major U.S. air carriers can check four, and in some cases five, bags without charge based on new policies the airlines instituted in recent days.

  • Vehicular bridge raises hopes of 2 Afghan villages

    Jun 7, 2011

    Two villages northwest of Kabul will be joined by a bridge allowing vehicles and much-needed commerce, thanks to the efforts of one local man and the Regional Support Command-Capital.

  • Deployed medical professionals learn to conduct sexual assault forensic exams

    Jun 7, 2011

    Medical professionals across Southern Afghanistan came to Kandahar Airfield to participate in a two-day training course to ensure medical providers are able to conduct sexual assault forensic exams.

  • U.S. artillerymen showcase weapons, knowledge to Iraqi police

    Jun 7, 2011

    Senior noncommissioned officers with the ‘First Lightning’ Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division " Center have long sought to strengthen the battalion’s partnership with the 1st Iraqi Federal Police Division, and in so doing, they recently shifted the discussion from the conference rooms and onto the firing range.

  • General details Afghanistan campaign plan

    Jun 7, 2011

    The population centers of Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces and Spin Bolduk on the Pakistan border constitute key areas in the fight against the Taliban this year, the commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command said here today.

  • Picatinny engineers deliver safer, more lethal gun mounts to helicopter crews

    Jun 7, 2011

    Helicopter crews in Afghanistan needed better gun mounts for door and window guns in CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Three Picatinny Arsenal engineers developed a solution that was safer and delivered greater firepower.

  • FDA approves test for diagnosing leishmaniasis caused by sand flies

    Jun 7, 2011

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for the SMART Leish PCR assay, a test to aid in the diagnosis of individuals with cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by certain species of sand flies.

  • Operation Stone Steps training enables Afghans to stand on their own

    Jun 6, 2011

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Cacti, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Task Force Bronco Soldiers traveled by helicopters into the Pech River Valley to train Afghan National Army soldiers at Nangalam Base, Kunar province, May 28, 2011.

  • Gates thanks troops for Afghan service

    Jun 6, 2011

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, paying his final visit to Afghanistan before his June 30, 2011, retirement, told troops on the front lines today that it’s tough for him to say goodbye.

  • Female troops provide vital link to Afghan women

    Jun 6, 2011

    A group of female National Guard Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan attached to combat units as a "Female Engagement Team," to talk to Afghan women in an effort to better understand their concerns.

  • Sugar Shack a popular pit stop for pilots

    Jun 3, 2011

    Pilots who fly long missions don’t usually have time to stop and eat at the dining facility. Camp Taji offers them a pit stop when they come to refuel their helicopters at the post’s Forward Army and Refueling Point.

  • Panjshir PRT helps bring Afghan village drinking water

    Jun 2, 2011

    The Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team civil affairs visited a village in Bazarak Municipality, Afghanistan, May 24, 2011, to assess the final stages of a system designed to supply clean drinking water.

  • 3 brothers, uncle serving in Kabul area

    Jun 1, 2011

    A Nebraska family is serving their nation above and beyond the call of duty. As unbelievable as this sounds, three brothers are serving together in the Kabul area and living in nearby Camp Phoenix.

  • Big Red 1 Soldier throws out first pitch via satellite for NY Mets Memorial Day game

    Jun 1, 2011

    Members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, gathered together to help throw the first pitch live via satellite from Afghanistan during pre-game ceremonies, before the Mets took on the Pittsburgh Pirates in a Memorial Day evening game.

  • 'Long Knife' Soldiers sharpen skills at Destiny Range

    Jun 1, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, sharpened their skills during a combined arms life fire exercise at Destiny Range, Iraq, May 28, 2011.

  • NCO goes the distance for self, good causes

    May 31, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Jeremy Logan, a Task Force Resolute plans noncommissioned officer, is using this year to achieve new personal records in distance running while deployed to Kandahar Airfield.

  • Wounded Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for action in Afghanistan

    May 31, 2011

    An Army Ranger who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds after throwing an armed grenade away from his fellow Soldiers will be the second living Medal of Honor Recipient from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Education brings world to hands of Afghan youth

    May 30, 2011

    Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team members, government officials, school children and villagers attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Perengal School in Dara district, Afghanistan, May 17, 2011.

  • Coalition, Afghan Soldiers complete Operation Maiwan III

    May 30, 2011

    Coalition and Afghan national security forces concluded Operation Maiwan III in eastern Afghanistan, May 19, 2011, which eliminated insurgents and denied them safe havens from which to launch attacks, while showing the Afghan population that International Security Assistance Forces and Afghan forces can and will conduct operations anytime, even in remote areas near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan.

  • 'Saber' Squadron, Iraqi partners provide water pumps to local farmers

    May 27, 2011

    Leaders of the 6th 'Saber' Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division - Center, and the 4th Federal Police Division, provided water pumps to ten farmers from Radwaniyah, Iraq, to enhance their farming capabilities.

  • Afghan officials, U.S. forces celebrate opening of new economy building

    May 25, 2011

    Farah government officials and members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah celebrated the opening of a new building that will serve as headquarters for the Farah Department of Economy.