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  • Soldier writes children's book about helping restore Baghdad Zoo

    Mar 17, 2011

    Maj. William "Wes" Sumner and a small group of people helped save a large population of animals forgotten at the Baghdad Zoo. He recently published a children's book about it.

  • Petraeus: Afghan transition will have long-term impact

    Mar 17, 2011

    As the transition approaches for Afghan forces to begin taking responsibility for security in their country, actions in the coming months will have consequences for years to come, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said here, today.

  • Combat stress control Soldier, working dog inducted into Order of Spur

    Mar 16, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to 85th Medical Combat Stress Control Detachment were recognized for their hard work providing behavioral health services for the deployed troopers of 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, during an awards ceremony March 8.

  • Petraeus: Coalition has momentum in Afghanistan

    Mar 15, 2011

    The Taliban's momentum has been reversed in most areas of Afghanistan, but the progress achieved there is fragile and reversible, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces said here today.

  • Army deploying 'Individual Gunshot Detector'

    Mar 15, 2011

    U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan will begin receiving the first of more than 13,000 gunshot detection systems for the individual dismounted Soldier later this month, service officials said.

  • Forces in Afghanistan capture Haqqani terrorist

    Mar 15, 2011

    Acting on intelligence reports, Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator and detained two other suspected insurgents in the Khost district of Afghanistan's Khost province yesterday, military officials reported.

  • Captain cares for pets left behind in Egypt

    Mar 14, 2011

    On Jan. 25, citizens of Egypt began protesting against the government of then-President Hosni Mubarak. By Feb. 1, the U.S. Department of State had ordered the departure of dependants and all non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their families from Egypt.

  • Forces kill, capture insurgents in Afghanistan

    Mar 14, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces killed several insurgents today in a shootout in the Darah-ye Pech district of Afghanistan's Kunar province.

  • Logistics conference charts path out of Iraq

    Mar 14, 2011

    More than 50 logisticians from throughout Iraq and Kuwait gathered for what will likely be the last time, to share ideas and to plot a course for the final push out of Iraq at the 2011 Responsible Officer/Team Chief Conference here, March 11-12.

  • Airstrike in Afghanistan kills terrorist leaders

    Mar 14, 2011

    International Security Assistance Forces conducted a precision airstrike yesterday targeting two Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist organization leaders in the Dara Soof Payan district of Afghanistan's Samangan provincek, yesterday, military officials reported.

  • Servicemembers swap weapons for a day

    Mar 13, 2011

    AK-47 rifles, Squad Automatic Weapons, Steyr AUG models, M-4 carbines and even the Singaporean SAR 21 were up for test fire during a weapons familiarization range Mar. 11, at Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

  • District Governor gives guidance on security to Kandahar villagers

    Mar 11, 2011

    Panjwai district Governor Haji Faizluddin Agha visited a village in his district to speak to local elders Mar. 6, 2011, in Kandahar province's Panjwai district. Agha, a new governor in Panjwai, emphasized the importance of involving village leaders in helping secure the district for a better future.

  • Forces kill insurgents, capture terrorists in Afghanistan

    Mar 11, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces killed eight enemy fighters and detained several others yesterday in operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • Task force targets human network behind IEDs

    Mar 11, 2011

    Task Force ODIN was established in 2006 to help in countering the improvised explosive devices that were taking a huge toll on U.S. forces in Iraq.

  • Coalition, Afghan forces continue to seize insurgent weapons

    Mar 10, 2011

    International Security Assistance Force and Afghan forces are finding and removing more insurgent weapons from the battlefield now than ever before, operational reports from front-line units in Afghanistan indicate.

  • Vanguard Soldiers teach CSI to Iraqi Police

    Mar 9, 2011

    Iraqi Police officers received a crash course on crime scene investigation as part of the 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division's ongoing mission to enable the Government of Iraq and provide the Iraqi citizens with a safer, more secure, and sovereign country.

  • Army growing contingency contracting ranks

    Mar 8, 2011

    The U.S. Army is continuing to expand its ranks of contingency contracting officers and noncommissioned officers tasked with providing forward contracting support to ongoing war zone and humanitarian missions worldwide.

  • Saber medics broaden skills in Iraq

    Mar 8, 2011

    The medics of 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment took advantage of the fact they are located next to Witmer Troop Medical Clinic, at Camp Liberty, Iraq, a level-two care facility, by setting up a level-two training program with the Soldiers of the 546th Area Support Medical Company who operate the facility.

  • Forces detain terrorist leaders in Afghanistan

    Mar 8, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces captured several suspected insurgents, including two Haqqani terrorist network leaders and a Taliban weapons trafficker, yesterday in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • Gates, Karzai discuss civilian casualties, drawdown

    Mar 8, 2011

    Civilian casualties and the impending drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan highlighted a discussion here, today, between Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • Voices from Panjwai: Villagers hope for stability in rural Kandahar

    Mar 7, 2011

    Abdul and other "white bearded" men are the leaders whose voices speak for their often quite large families, villages and communities. And a growing number of those voices are growing disgusted over the effects of insurgent violence in the lands where they live and try to survive on next to nothing, day in and day out.

  • Reintegration takes teamwork, communication

    Mar 7, 2011

  • Bastogne Soldiers navigate 'most dangerous road in Afghanistan'

    Mar 7, 2011

    Late Feb. 28, Soldiers from Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Balls, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, escorted a convoy through the shadow of the Hindu Kush Mountains.

  • Forces kill Haqqani terrorist in Afghanistan

    Mar 7, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces killed four armed insurgents, including a Haqqani terrorist network leader, in Afghanistan's Khost province yesterday, military officials reported.

  • Commander: Helmand province makes security gains

    Mar 4, 2011

    The fight against insurgents in Afghanistan's Helmand province may have turned the corner and the trend lines are going up, the commander of Regional Command-Southwest said today.

  • Belgian trucker treks across Afghanistan in US Army

    Mar 2, 2011

    Like the unpredictable and sometimes perilous roads of eastern Afghanistan, Pvt. Peter Beullens, a truck driver assigned to Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Balls, leads a life that sometimes doesn't always take the smoothest route.

  • Security barriers coming down in a revitalized Samarra

    Mar 2, 2011

    Two days before the fifth anniversary of the bombing of Al Askari "Golden" Mosque, the security barriers protecting one of the holiest Shia shrines in Iraq came down.

  • Enemy's nightmare coming true in Afghanistan

    Mar 2, 2011

    As U.S. military forces move toward withdrawal from Iraq and transition in Afghanistan, al-Qaida is under the most pressure they have experienced in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001.

  • TF Bastogne Soldiers rebuild damaged Afghan roads

    Mar 2, 2011

    Engineers attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Bastogne, in cooperation with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan National Security Forces, began the process of rebuilding damaged roads in the Khogyani and Sherzad districts of Nangarhar rrovince in early February.

  • Schweinfurt MPs help contain Jalalabad bank heist

    Mar 1, 2011

    Soldiers from Schweinfurt's 3rd Platoon of the 630th Military Police Company helped stop a bank robbery in Jalalabad, a city in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan.

  • Mother of fallen Soldier: 'I Want To Let People Know About Him'

    Feb 28, 2011

    There are times when Julie Nethery can't face the truth. There are times when this mom of three has convinced herself that her youngest son is still coming home from his deployment.

  • U.S. Army participates in Kuwait's 50-20 parade

    Feb 28, 2011

    U.S. troops participated in a huge parade in Kuwait Feb. 26, celebrating 20 years since its liberation during Operation Desert Storm.

  • Forces detain militants, find weapons in Afghanistan

    Feb 28, 2011

    Afghan and coalition troops detained three insurgents, including a Taliban weapons trafficker, yesterday in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • 3rd Special Forces Group Soldiers receive valor awards

    Feb 28, 2011

    Thirty-seven Soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) received awards for their valor on the battlefield while serving in Afghanistan.

  • Afghan forces expand, increase capabilities

    Feb 27, 2011

    The Afghan army is growing fast and simultaneously struggling with the need to educate and train its noncommissioned officer corps, the senior enlisted leader of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan said today.

  • Suicide prevention, everyone's responsibility

    Feb 26, 2011

    "Suicide can dip in to any age group, any rank, from a private to our most senior officers," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl L. Rice, senior enlisted advisor for the deputy commanding general for operations, United States Forces - Iraq, and XVIII Airborne Corps command sergeant major.

  • Iraqi judge advocates, legal counsels observe court-martial

    Feb 26, 2011

    Iraqi judge advocates and general counsels witnessed a court-martial of a U.S. Soldier at the United States Division - Center Court House on Camp Liberty, Iraq, Feb. 22.

  • Taji fuelers quickly extinguish fire

    Feb 24, 2011

    With their office next to 60,000 gallons of fuel, Soldiers at the Taji Forward Arming and Refueling Point heard the alarm "FIRE ON THE FARP" ring out, they sprang into action to attack the fire.

  • 'Dragon' battalion conducts traffic control training with Iraqi Army

    Feb 24, 2011

    Soldiers from the 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division - Center, recently helped the 6th Iraqi Army Division soldiers increase their familiarity with traffic control point operations by providing subject-matter expert advisers and some basic training materials.

  • Helmand citizens open 180-student girls' school

    Feb 24, 2011

    More than 300 local citizens attended a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of the Laki Girls School in Garmsir district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 15.

  • Experiencing a revolution: West Point cadets witness history in Egypt

    Feb 23, 2011

    West Point cadets went to Egypt to study language but unwittingly became witnesses to history in the making.

  • Coalition forces detain Afghan militants

    Feb 23, 2011

    Afghan and coalition troops captured several insurgents, including a Haqanni terrorist network leader, yesterday in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • Logistical drawdown continues in Iraq

    Feb 23, 2011

    Spring is still a month away, but that's not stopping what is likely to be the largest and longest-running spring-cleaning project ever undertaken to prepare for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by Dec. 31.

  • Battle ongoing to defeat combat stress

    Feb 22, 2011

    Members of the Combat Stress Clinic are working throughout Afghanistan to defeat this enemy.

  • Coalition Soldiers participate in 50/20 Celebration rehearsals

    Feb 22, 2011

    A formation of armored vehicles, manned by U.S. Army and Marine Corps personnel, led a convoy of coalition forces Feb. 21, in a rehearsal through the parade grounds established for the 50/20 Celebration in Kuwait.

  • Base in southern Iraq hosts Austin Marathon

    Feb 21, 2011

    Runners on southern Iraq's Contingency Operating Site Kalsu participated in a central Texas based half marathon, Sunday.

  • 3rd ACR, Iraqi Army practice basic combat skills

    Feb 20, 2011

    Iraqi Army soldiers in Wasit province are continuing to make progress toward being a capable security force for their nation.

  • Afghans to take lead in counterinsurgency operations

    Feb 20, 2011

    A class of 20 Afghans and their Australian mentors received training Feb. 16 on COIN tactics as part of an ongoing effort to give the Afghan military the lead in upcoming operations.

  • Transportation unit puts in heavy miles to provide escort, deliver supplies to Soldiers

    Feb 19, 2011

    Since first arriving in Afghanistan in July 2010, the drivers with the 109th Transportation Company so far have logged approximately more than 600,000 miles.

  • ANA, TF Storm break trail, make difference in Kharwar

    Feb 17, 2011

    Through more than three feet of snow, Soldiers assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division's Task Force Storm and Afghan National Army soldiers conducted foot patrols to show an Afghan government presence in Kharwar district, Afghanistan, Feb. 10 and 12.

  • Aviation brigade flies final hours, sees change in Iraq

    Feb 17, 2011

    The Army's last active duty aviation brigade in Iraq is heading home after a year-long deployment in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

  • Training center tailors training to fit Iraqi combat roles

    Feb 16, 2011

    As Iraqi Army battalions continue to train at the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center near Mosul, Iraq, U.S. instructors adapt classes to best aid the current unit's future operational needs.

  • Troops bring security to remote Afghan checkpoint

    Feb 16, 2011

    2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment sends a platoon to the checkpoint spending up to four days at a time, providing security for a paved bridge crossing over the Arghandab River as well as north-south route connecting Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces.

  • Army armors more heavy tactical trucks

    Feb 16, 2011

    The Army has introduced modular, add-on armor capability to key portions of its fleet of heavy tactical trucks to include the new M915-A5 Line-Haul Tractor, Palletized Load System PLS-A1, and Heavy Equipment Transporter HET-A1, service officials said.

  • Forces in Afghanistan detain Taliban attack leader

    Feb 15, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban attack leader along with several other suspected insurgents in Afghanistan's Kandahar province yesterday, military officials reported.

  • ISF, 'Ghost' troops patrol streets of Qara Qosh

    Feb 14, 2011

    Iraqi Security Forces led a joint patrol with U.S. troops through the city of Qara Qosh, Iraq, to assess security in the northern Iraqi town, Feb. 9.

  • Female Engagement Team brings aid to school, orphanage

    Feb 14, 2011

    Members of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade's Female Engagement Team, stationed at Camp Marmal, Afghanistan, visited the Red Crescent Society's nearby orphanage and school Feb. 12, bringing with them school supplies and clothing items.

  • European training command offering counter-IED training to multinational forces

    Feb 14, 2011

    The Joint Multinational Training Command has always worked with partner nations to conduct training during brigade rotations, and specifically on C-IED to ensure the success of the mission and to save Soldiers lives; no matter what flag they are wearing.

  • Afghanistan women's shura convenes for first time in 2 years

    Feb 14, 2011

    An all-female delegation of eight Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials, a 330th Military Police Company personnel security detail, members of Khost Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team gathered in Jaji Maidan, Khost province, Afghanistan, Feb. 10.

  • Commander says rule of law needed to stop Taliban

    Feb 11, 2011

    To stop the Taliban and terrorists, Afghans must have confidence in their government's ability to deliver justice and resolve civil disputes, the commander of a "rule of law" force in Afghanistan said today.

  • Duty to country unite father, son in Afghanistan

    Feb 10, 2011

    An unknown author once wrote, "Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice."

  • Army deploys science, technology center to Afghanistan

    Feb 10, 2011

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is deploying engineers and scientists to Afghanistan to more expeditiously and efficiently solve Warfighters' technical problems.

  • Afghan firefighters learn new fighting techniques

    Feb 10, 2011

    Afghan firefighter recruits proved their skills Tuesday by pushing through the steam and smoke to fight fires from the inside out during a live-fire exercise that brought pioneering techniques to Afghanistan.

  • Iowa ADT inks deal for orchard training farm

    Feb 8, 2011

    The Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team signed an agreement Feb. 1 with a successful local fruit producer to develop a new orchard training farm north of Asadabad.

  • Mechanization to boost Afghan food production

    Feb 8, 2011

    Afghan farmers were tearing up the dirt Sunday as they received the keys to 50 two-wheel tractors.

  • Army wants 36 more 'Punisher' weapons in 2012

    Feb 8, 2011

    Only five XM25 weapons exist today, but Soldiers lucky enough to have used them in Afghanistan are saying more are needed.

  • Iraqi soldiers test mortar skills with live-fire exercise

    Feb 8, 2011

    Iraqi mortar platoons assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, conducted a live-fire exercise using 60mm and 81mm mortar systems to test their weapons proficiency at Destiny Range in Ninewa province, Iraq, Jan. 26.

  • Team 15 builds partnership with Iraqi counterparts

    Feb 8, 2011

    Five days-a-week Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, work with 15th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Division.

  • Afghan, coalition forces detain suspects in Khost

    Feb 7, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces looking for a Haqqani terrorist network leader detained several suspected insurgents in the Sabari district of Afghanistan's Khost province yesterday, military officials reported.

  • Insurgents target more Afghan government officials

    Feb 7, 2011

    While Taliban killings of the Afghan general population have decreased over the past year, more government officials have been targeted, a senior U.S. commander said yesterday.

  • Iraqi physical therapists train at Walter Reed

    Feb 4, 2011

    Three Iraqi military physical therapists are wrapping up a six-week rotation Feb. 14, with Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Vanguard Soldiers train Iraqis on M1A1 tank

    Feb 4, 2011

    The "Desert Lions" of Iraq's 34th Mechanized Brigade are now training with U.S. Soldiers to learn M1A1 Abrams tank skills at Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Afghan families receive food, clothing for winter months

    Feb 4, 2011

    Afghan National Police Kabul Zone 1 Security Kandak led the humanitarian aid mission in Musahi, Afghanistan, as part of a joint endeavor with Task Force-Kabul's Police Mentor Team Sunday, to provide each family with much-needed supplies to survive the cold-winter months.

  • Hoosier Soldiers share poultry knowledge in Afghanistan

    Feb 3, 2011

    Members of the Indiana National Guard's 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team have spent the last several months assisting Afghan farmers and Feb. 2 they taught a class on poultry management.

  • Coalition docs give Afghan burn victim chance at survival

    Feb 3, 2011

    Noorzada, an 11-year-old Afghan girl, lay in a hospital bed in Kabul with burns to roughly 30 percent of her body. Afghan physicians in Kandahar, incapable of providing the care she needed, encouraged her father to try an American medical facility.

  • Airdrop weathers storm

    Feb 3, 2011

    The 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliners" and the Air Force collaborate to deliver 101 bundles of fuel to "Screaming Eagle" brigade in Afghanistan, despite snow.

  • Petraeus lauds transition efforts in Afghanistan

    Feb 3, 2011

    The top coalition commander in Afghanistan presented a candid assessment on the topic of transition in Afghanistan to about 60-plus coalition leaders attending the Regional Support Commanders Conference at Camp Eggers, home to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan.

  • Vanguard surgeons, doctors teach trauma course to Ramadi staff

    Feb 2, 2011

    CAMP ALI, Iraq-Doctor Ahmed Abdul Aziz and his staff treat about 400 patients per day at the Al Ramadi General Hospital.

  • Woven mats cut convoy time in Paktika

    Feb 2, 2011

    To combat the soft, deep sand, Staff Sgt. Lucas Pedigo, distribution platoon sergeant, suggested the Combat Logistics Patrol lay down large woven mats over the sand to provide traction during their most recent patrol.

  • Afghan, coalition forces kill, detain insurgents

    Feb 2, 2011

    Afghan and coalition killed numerous insurgents and detained several others in recent operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • General: Afghanistan planning yields steady progress

    Feb 2, 2011

    U.S. and coalition troops have spent 18 months carrying out the first comprehensive campaign plan linking their efforts with those of their Afghan counterparts, a senior U.S. commander said today.

  • Waste recycling program helps Afghans, environment

    Jan 31, 2011

    Members of the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade are volunteering their time to develop a "fuel donut" made from recycled materials, which burns like a briquette and provides an alternative heat source for Afghan families who live in homes without modern heating conveniences.

  • Security gains should hinder insurgent ability to regroup in spring

    Jan 31, 2011

    Insurgents will face a more difficult spring than in previous years as Afghan and coalition forces consolidate and expand on last year's gains.

  • Iraqi Army drives into future with M1A1 Abrams tanks

    Jan 31, 2011

    Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, worked with Iraqi Army 9th Armored Division soldiers during M1A1 Abrams tank drivers training Jan. 15-16, at Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • District Governor confronts challenges of remote life with generosity, creativity

    Jan 29, 2011

    In a compound on Afghanistan's southeastern mountains sits a man who has cultivated a reputation of generosity in a place where villagers get by on very little. Abdul Samat Durrani is the governor of Kandahar province's Maruf district - a district that has no paved roads, no clinics or hospitals and very little water for area farmers.

  • Third Army simulates 'hard landing'

    Jan 27, 2011

    Third Army Soldiers and rescue workers conducted a pre-accident plan exercise on the flight line at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 25.

  • Face of Defense: Former NCO patrols as cavalry officer

    Jan 27, 2011

    The graveyard shift requires waking while others are leaving work, working while others sleep and sleeping while the world moves through the normal hustle and bustle of its day. Army 1st Lt. Gerry Holloway of the Iowa National Guard and his soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse, are all too familiar with the graveyard shift.

  • Troops kill enemy fighters, find weapons

    Jan 27, 2011

    International Security Assistance Force troops in southern Afghanistan killed or wounded several insurgents over the past 24 hours, military officials reported.

  • 'Desert Storm' anniversary begins in Kuwait

    Jan 26, 2011

    A re-enactment of the liberation of Qaruh Island in Kuwait, Jan. 24, kicked off a month of festivities marking 50 years of Kuwait's independence and 20 years of Kuwait's liberation from Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces.

  • In Baghdad, Secretary of Army ensures Soldiers, families come first

    Jan 26, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh told Soldiers at Camp Victory, Iraq, Jan. 26, that the Army's top priority is taking care of them and their families.

  • Afghan, coalition forces hit insurgents, degrade capabilities

    Jan 25, 2011

    Operations by Afghan and coalition forces captured multiple Taliban and Haqqani Network leaders and destroyed numerous weapons caches in the past week, greatly hampering insurgent activities.

  • Third Army rolls out new PT program in Kuwait

    Jan 24, 2011

    Third Army Soldiers at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, noticed a new emphasis on the full-body workout as they began their session before reveille Jan. 13.

  • New recruits join Afghan National Army

    Jan 24, 2011

    The newest members of the Afghan National Army traveled to Forward Operating Base Thunder, home of the ANA 203rd Thunder Corps, to attend basic training Jan. 15.

  • Afghan woman bears child at Coalition hospital: first child for mother, hospital

    Jan 24, 2011

    Army, Air Force and Navy medical practitioners delivered an Afghan woman's first child at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 20.

  • Building Bak one shura at a time

    Jan 21, 2011

    KHOWST Province, Afghanistan - Among the new construction surrounding the Bak District Center, local elders, mullahs and government officials met three times in the last week to discuss the future of the district.

  • Course trains cultural teams to work with women in theater

    Jan 21, 2011

    Army special operations has a new capability for use on missions: teams of female Soldiers specially trained in the cultural nuances of interacting with women in theater.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord surgical team ready to deploy

    Jan 20, 2011

    Members of the 102nd Forward Surgical Team, 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, cased their guidon Jan. 12. The team will uncase its colors in Afghanistan, where its 21 members will provide surgical support to coalition forces.

  • TF Falcon: Year in Afghanistan with no losses

    Jan 20, 2011

    The leaders of Task Force Falcon returned from Afghanistan in November and told a packed house Jan. 15, how they succeeded there without losing a single Soldier.

  • Afghan, coalition forces clear Taliban from Faryab province

    Jan 20, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces completed another multi-day deliberate clearing operation aimed at disrupting the Taliban's freedom of movement in northern Afghanistan killing more than 10 insurgents in Faryab province, Jan. 18 and yesterday.

  • Casey Exchange employee among first Koreans to serve Soldiers abroad

    Jan 19, 2011

    The U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service motto is "We go where you go," and one trailblazing 49-year-old Korean employee from Camp Casey is proud to say he did just that.