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  • US, NATO not planning ground ops in Pakistan, officials say

    Dec 23, 2010

    Neither the United States nor NATO forces are planning to conduct ground operations in Pakistan, Pentagon and International Security Assistance Force officials said today.

  • SMA hosts final 'Hope and Freedom' Tour

    Dec 22, 2010

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston kicked off his seventh and final United Service Organizations' Hope and Freedom Tour at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 17.

  • Deployed troops get break with USO, holiday programs

    Dec 22, 2010

    Thousands of troops deployed overseas away from their families this Christmas can at least look forward to USO entertainment and special holiday meals.

  • Mortarman shares close calls, passion for his job

    Dec 22, 2010

    He's a calm individual. His voice is barely above a whisper. Maybe because waiting for the enemy to attack in a hastily built fighting position in the Hindu Kush Mountains makes everybody whisper. Maybe because he doesn't get that excited anymore.

  • Partnered forces target Taliban in Helmand

    Dec 20, 2010

    A partnered Afghan and International Security Assistance Force patrol killed several insurgents during an operation targeting two Taliban leaders in Afghanistan's Helmand province yesterday, military officials reported.

  • Iron Stronghold Resiliency Center opens on Camp Adder

    Dec 20, 2010

    In order to bring the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program to more Soldiers, the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, recently opened the Iron Stronghold Resiliency Center on Camp Adder, Iraq.

  • Major Iraqi oil refinery demonstrates self-sufficiency

    Dec 20, 2010

    The South Refinery Company, an Iraqi Government-owned oil company in Basra, has gained the attention of United States Division-South for its ingenuity and resourcefulness in repairing parts of its facility that had been inoperable for decades.

  • Central Issue Facility in Kuwait to lessen need for duffle-bag-drag

    Dec 20, 2010

    Opening of only CIF in Kuwait

  • Warfighters to get improved 'eyes in the sky'

    Dec 17, 2010

    Warfighters in Afghanistan will get an unprecedented capability to track and monitor activity on the ground in the coming months with the initial deployment of a new ultra-high-resolution camera able to scan a wide field of view and download images in real time.

  • How fast can counter-IED tools be fielded'

    Dec 16, 2010

    Rapid acquisition reduces the buying decision for the Joint IED Defeat Organization to as few as two criteria: will it work, and how fast can the warfighter have it'

  • Vehicle bomb kills 6, injures 11 in Afghanistan

    Dec 16, 2010

    A vehicle filled with explosives breached a combat outpost in southern Afghanistan Sunday, killing six 101st Airborne Division Soldiers and wounding 11 others.

  • Afghanistan-Pakistan review charts progress in strategy

    Dec 16, 2010

    The Afghanistan and Pakistan Annual Review, released today, offers a national security staff-led assessment of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • Black Hawk crews bring Iraq to a close

    Dec 16, 2010

    While the aviators of the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, still welcome the cover of darkness, they now see a light at the end of a 7-year tunnel here.

  • USO tour visits with troops at FOB Fenty

    Dec 16, 2010

    Several entertainers, sponsored by the USO, visited service members here Dec. 15.

  • Black Hawk crews bring Iraq to a close

    Dec 16, 2010

    It was dark over Camp Taji, Iraq, by the time a pair of Army Black Hawk helicopters took off. It's better to fly that way, said one of the pilots. Even in Operation New Dawn, the Army's helicopters and their crews still face some danger from below. But while these aviators still welcome the cover of darkness, they now see a light at the end of a seven-year tunnel here. Every mission they fly brings their involvement in Iraq closer to an end.

  • Route clearance in Iraq goes high-tech

    Dec 15, 2010

    The Soldiers of 1st Platoon, Company E, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, have made improvements in route clearance in Basra, Iraq.

  • Afghan National Civil Order Police provides an example of 'what right looks like'

    Dec 15, 2010

    Gen. David Petraeus, commander International Security Assistance Force and commander United States Forces Afghanistan, visited Afghan National Civil Order Police Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, to meet the leaders and members of this elite unit, which stands 9,000 strong.

  • Big bang: US, Iraqi explosives disposal teams destroy cache

    Dec 15, 2010

    Sand and smoke filled the air as explosives specialists from the 8th Iraqi Army conducted a joint demolition with U.S. Soldiers from the 75th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company to dispose of a stockpile of munitions.

  • Iraqi border station opens modern housing facility

    Dec 15, 2010

    The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Iraqi Security Forces, and the Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 2, opening the new Zurbatiyah Point of Entry (ZPOE) force housing facility.

  • Army leaders visit Joint Base Balad, meet troops

    Dec 13, 2010

    Joseph W. Westphal, under secretary of the U.S. Army, and Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, paid a visit to servicemembers Dec. 5, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • US troops lend firepower to Iraqi Army

    Dec 13, 2010

    Army scout helicopters participated in an exercise near Mosul, Iraq, Dec. 6, designed to train Iraqi ground troops on the basics of coordinating attacks from an aircraft.

  • ANSF partners with TF Bastogne to rid area of insurgents

    Dec 13, 2010

    Afghan National Security Forces partnered with Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, to conduct operations in the greater Sarkani District of Kunar Province beginning Dec. 10, to rid the area of insurgents.

  • 101st Combat Aviation Brigade armament Soldier sets standard for hard work, job discipline

    Dec 13, 2010

    During the last nine months at Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, Spc. Jessica Newton has been a fixture on the flight line as an armament specialist with D Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • Coordination center disperses life-saving information region wide

    Dec 12, 2010

    8:25 a.m. While communicating with the provincial information center, a roaming Afghan National Police unit rolls over a hidden pressure plate with their vehicle tire. The weight triggers the detonator, causing an instant explosion.

  • Combat Wounded Warriors Gain Closure with 'Operation Proper Exit'

    Dec 12, 2010

    Combat Wounded Warriors return to Iraq to gain closure as part of Operation Proper Exit, hosted by the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Division -Center, Dec. 10.

  • The defense of COP Margah: a story of valor

    Dec 11, 2010

    Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, successfully defended COP Margah from a complex attack against more than 120 insurgents during the early morning hours of Oct. 30.

  • Women-led US teams work with Afghan women

    Dec 10, 2010

    Following the counterinsurgency tenet of supporting civilians, the Army and Marines have deployed women-focused teams to gain insight into Afghanistan's mostly silent female population.

  • Iowa ADT brings tractor, hope to Chowkay

    Dec 10, 2010

    The Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development brought a two-wheeled tractor to the Chowkay Demonstration Farm Dec. 5. The tractor represented a level of technology not often seen since revolution and war consumed Afghanistan's agriculture sector in the late 1970s.

  • A day in the life of an Army truck driver in Afghanistan

    Dec 10, 2010

    Garrett Bartlett has logged thousands of miles across barren landscapes. He carries the mail and supplies vital to the well-being of Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Connolly in Nangarhar Province.

  • USF-I advise, assist efforts intensified

    Dec 9, 2010

    U.S. troops are re-doubling their efforts to advise, assist and equip Iraqi Security Forces in advance of the December 2011 deadline for all American troops to leave the country, Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan said here yesterday.

  • Training Iraqi mortar teams a success

    Dec 8, 2010

    Iraqi soldiers assigned to the 6th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, graduated from mortar training provided by Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Dec. 7.

  • Army medics help Afghan boy back on his feet

    Dec 6, 2010

    Abas, a 9-year-old Afghan, is under the care of Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province. He is from the nearby village of Kakrat. Abas suffered third-degree burns on both legs when he fell into a pit of hot coals that had been used to melt syrup to cook an Afghan treat.

  • Obama: Servicemembers prove America's best days lie ahead

    Dec 6, 2010

    Obama thanked American servicemembers and civilians for their sacrifices during a visit to the headquarters of Regional Command East. The command, built around the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, is responsible for some of the toughest territory in Afghanistan.

  • ANP recruits learn first aid from Stryker medic

    Dec 5, 2010

    For the new ANP recruits, familiarity with basic first aid skills can mean the difference between life and death. Each recruit at the Afghan National Police Training Center is required to attend combat-injury focused medical training prior to graduation.

  • Commandos enable spread of Afghan radio, culture

    Dec 3, 2010

    Afghan commandos, trained in Afghan Information Dissemination Operations, connect citizens of Kandahar to a local Afghan-run radio station of national music and culture.

  • New border police training transforming Herat operations

    Dec 2, 2010

    Resounding shouts of "Sir!" rang out across the courtyard as Chief Inspector Antonio Vincenieli, Italian Guardia di Finanza, read through his class roster and each recruit snapped to attention and rushed forward to receive issued uniform items.

  • Extra efforts to speed troops home for holidays

    Dec 1, 2010

    Extra measures are being taken by the 1st Theater Sustainment Command and others this month to ensure troops get home for the holidays without delays and they will have the highest priority for flight seating.

  • 'Iron Blade II' denies insurgents safe haven in Ghazni

    Dec 1, 2010

    Three infantry companies from Task Force Iron Rakkasan joined Afghan National Security Forces in combat operations that took out an enemy safe haven in Ghazni during the predawn hours of Nov. 28.

  • Officials confirm death of Taliban leader

    Nov 30, 2010

    Officials from NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan today confirmed the death of a Taliban leader killed in a gun battle with Afghan and coalition forces Nov. 28 in Paktiya province, military officials reported.

  • English language teachers begin classes in Rustamiyah, across Iraq

    Nov 30, 2010

    A team of United States Forces-Iraq-sponsored English Language teachers began conducting classes with cadets attending the Iraqi Military Academy at Rustamiyah Nov. 1

  • Iraqi, US Armies donate school supplies to underprivileged children

    Nov 29, 2010

    A special visit from the Iraqi and United States armies brought excitement to Iraqi children at one of Basra's primary schools as part of the Army's civic action development.

  • Holiday mail surge hits Afghanistan

    Nov 29, 2010

    For Soldiers and civilians working Army postal operations in southern Afghanistan, the holiday season brings a two-month-long deluge of packages, cards, and letters averaging 70,000 pounds a day and peaking at 125,000 pounds a day.

  • Afghan leaders talk rule of law in Kunar

    Nov 29, 2010

    What began as a routine key leader engagement and road project quality check in the Nurgal district, Kunar province Nov. 22, quickly took on more significance as Afghan and American leaders paused to acknowledge a pioneering achievement in rule of law.

  • Mullen: US drawdown in Afghanistan to begin in July

    Nov 29, 2010

    The United States is "very committed" to begin drawing down its forces in Afghanistan in July, but large numbers will remain, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said on a televised broadcast today.

  • Army unit flies new unmanned aircraft in Iraq

    Nov 28, 2010

    An Army unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, is shaping the future of the Army's unmanned aircraft systems program with a handful of its newest aircraft, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle.

  • TF Iron launches blimp over FOB Andar

    Nov 27, 2010

    Task Force Iron Rakkasan launched the first flight of the blimp over Forward Operating Base Andar Nov. 17. The blimp, properly known as a Precision Threat Detection System, allows a 360-degree, all-weather, birds'-eye view of the surrounding area, with very little restrictions.

  • Father presents son Purple Heart Thanksgiving Day

    Nov 27, 2010

    They say the holidays are a time for families to be together. Sgt. William Billett was together with his son Sgt. Timothy Billett this Thanksgiving, albeit under rather unique circumstances. William presented his son the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat Aug. 28.

  • Officials confirm Taliban leaders' death

    Nov 26, 2010

    NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan today confirmed the deaths of two Taliban leaders killed in recent Afghan and coalition force airstrikes, military officials reported.

  • Soldiers in Iraq design mud guards to protect MRAPs

    Nov 24, 2010

    On patrols lasting up to 10 hours, Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles can fall victim to damaged condensers, clogged air conditioners, and a loss of visibility through the windshields given the coarse dirt roads of southern Iraq.

  • Afghan engineer soldiers build patrol base, relationships

    Nov 24, 2010

    The sun makes a subtle appearance over the hillside as the soldiers report to the build site of a new Afghan National Army patrol base. More than half the crew are ANA engineer soldiers from the 4th Combat Support Kandak, 4th Brigade, a fact that is indicative of how far the Afghan Security Forces have progressed in the Uruzgan Province.

  • Guardsman works to develop Afghan National Army

    Nov 17, 2010

    Having never mobilized with an activated unit, Col. Michael Herman of Aberdeen, S.D., said, he knew he wanted to serve in Afghanistan in some capacity. He now is helping to develop the Afghan National Army.

  • Afghan women benefit from English classes

    Nov 17, 2010

    More than 70 women from Ghazni City completed English and computer classes provided by the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team and Afghan non-government organization, Roshnaee Social Service Organization Nov. 11.

  • Once ragtag, Husayniyah firefighters becoming hot stuff

    Nov 15, 2010

    Working through the Karbala Provincial Reconstruction Team, the Soldiers of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment were able to provide Iraqi firefighters with the training and equipment they needed to effectively and safely fight fires in the town.

  • Soldier pins Purple Heart on father

    Nov 15, 2010

    Army Staff Sgt. Brian Willette, Company F, 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, had the chance of a lifetime to have his son, Army Pvt. Kevin Nieves, Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team security forces member, pin on his Purple Heart during a ceremony on Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam here Oct. 28.

  • Company Commander Course develops Iraqi Army leadership

    Nov 14, 2010

    Twenty-four Iraqi Army captains successfully completed the Company Commander Course at the Iraqi Signal School at Camp Taji Nov. 8.

  • Lifelong policeman passing down commitment to Afghan Security Forces

    Nov 12, 2010

    Agha is a calm but generous 47-year-old from Parwan Province. He is married, has six children and still lives in the home passed down by his father's father. Country is important to Agha. And the protection of Afghan citizens has been dear to him since he was a young student in high school.

  • Army advisor helps Maysan crops grow one drip at a time

    Nov 9, 2010

    The Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team, with the help of Laythe Salem, economic and agricultural advisor, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, held an agricultural seminar for 20 local farmers in Maysan Province, Iraq.

  • Demon Fury: Deployed troops compete in combat skills competition

    Nov 8, 2010

    Sixty U.S. troops deployed to Iraq were up before sunrise Nov. 7 to compete in Demon Fury, a unit competition testing the full spectrum of their combat skills.

  • Iraq Army Aviation Directorate cadre complete Mi-17 weapons qualification

    Nov 6, 2010

    Three Iraq Army Aviation Directorate instructor pilots completed the flying portion of Mi-17 weapons re-qualification training Oct. 27.

  • Twin sisters serve together in Iraq

    Nov 6, 2010

    Twin sisters serving in the Army have stayed together through months of rigorous training and are now deployed to Iraq with an aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan.

  • Top U.S. NCO in Iraq offers advice on mission, troop welfare

    Nov 4, 2010

    Soldiers have high expectations of their noncommissioned officers, said the top NCO in Iraq, a quality that has remained constant throughout his 35 years as a Soldier.

  • U.S. Army aviators depart Iraq, share bird's-eye perspective on success

    Nov 3, 2010

    Lt. Col. Michael Bentley no longer cringes flying over Baghdad. In the "old days," the city was dangerous. But now the Army pilot looks down from his Black Hawk helicopter to see the lights of amusement parks and kids at swimming pools. After seven years of war in Iraq, Bentley sees success.

  • Couple shares experience of being married Soldiers deployed together

    Nov 1, 2010

    Ashleigh, noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the secretary of general staff for 1st Armored Division, United States Division - Center, and a Malibu, Calif., native, and Matthew, a vehicle maintenance noncommissioned officer with the headquarters motor pool with 1st Armd. Div., and a Mobile, Ala., native, have been married to each other for more than five years and have many experiences most civilian couples do not share.

  • Explosive Detection Dogs invaluable asset to Coalition Forces in Afghanistan

    Nov 1, 2010

    The sun hasn't risen yet as an Explosive Detector Dog team of American K-9 Detection Services (AMK9) prepares to lead a dismounted patrol through Panjwai'i District in Kandahar province Oct. 8. The partnered dismounted patrol leaving Combat Outpost Nejat consists of Afghan National Army soldiers, Afghan National Police and Canadian forces of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.

  • Elders could fuel stability in Kandahar, general says

    Oct 28, 2010

    Elders who fled Taliban intimidation in Afghanistan's Kandahar province have started to return home and could be catalysts for lasting stability, the commander of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan said Oct. 28.

  • Trainers in Afghanistan work to develop NCOs

    Oct 28, 2010

    NATO Training Mission Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan in Afghanistan are working with the country's security forces and advisors to develop Afghan National Army noncommissioned officers.

  • Counterinsurgency ops in Afghanistan appear to be paying off

    Oct 26, 2010

    In an update on counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan, the director of the Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Cell said that if U.S. Forces Afghanistan commander Gen. David H. Petraeus were here, he would characterize efforts in the war-torn country to be "slow and steady, but we are making progress."

  • Deployed troops take center stage in competition

    Oct 24, 2010

    Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq, with an aviation brigade faced off Oct. 23, during a unit competition testing their technical expertise in areas ranging from vehicle operations to equipment maintenance.

  • Iraqi Police complete mid-course curriculum with aid of Army MPs

    Oct 22, 2010

    More than 100 Iraqi Police officers from throughout Baghdad recently completed important coursework in human rights, officer development, train-the-trainer and counter-insurgency.

  • Afghan, U.S. Special Forces clear Kandahar

    Oct 21, 2010

    Afghan Commandos from 3rd Commando Kandak, advised by Soldiers from Special Operations Task Force - South, found a "general distaste" for the Taliban in a small village in the Panjwa'I district of Kandahar Province during a clearing operation Oct. 14 - 16. Found and neutralized during the operation were five IEDs.

  • Army reservist fights information war in Afghanistan

    Oct 20, 2010

    Staff Sgt. Evan L. Batie, a reservist with the 319th Psychological Operations Co., 13th Psychological Operations Battalion, is on the forefront of the information war in Afghanistan.

  • M1A1 Abrams transfer marks significant milestone

    Oct 20, 2010

    Iraqi and U.S. senior leaders gathered at Camp Iraqi Hero to commemorate the Iraqi Army's expanding inventory of M1A1 Abrams tanks, increasing its conventional defensive capabilities.

  • Falcon base transfers to Iraqi government

    Oct 19, 2010

    Contingency Operating Site Falcon, in southern Baghdad, was transferred from U.S. control to the government of Iraq Oct. 10 during a formal transfer ceremony.

  • Soldiers visit their Bedouin neighbors in southern Iraq

    Oct 19, 2010

    Soldiers from 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division took some time to meet and get to know their neighbors: members of Bedouin tribes that live close to Camp Adder, a sprawling hub of military activity located in southern Iraq near the city of An Nasiriyah.

  • Leadership is key to success

    Oct 18, 2010

    Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph R. Allen, the United States Forces-Iraq command sergeant major, has seen just about everything during his 35 years as a Soldier, and during his time as a noncommissioned officer, he said the one thing that has remained a constant is the expectations Soldiers have of their NCOs.

  • BCTC takes on influx of Iraqi Army recruits

    Oct 17, 2010

    A great number of young men in Iraq are risking their lives just to apply for admission into the Iraqi Army.

  • Cavalry Soldiers train, fight with Afghan partners

    Oct 16, 2010

    As a group of camouflage clad Afghan soldiers slowly snake their way around a building, weapons at the ready and eyes scanning the distant mountainsides, a U.S. Soldier walks among them, keeping a close watch on their every movement and giving constant instructions to their squad leader.

  • TF Taskmaster Soldiers maintain weapons proficiency

    Oct 16, 2010

    On Oct. 11, 2010 in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province, Task Force Taskmaster Soldiers understand weapons familiarization and proficiency could make the difference in the fiercest of battles.

  • Casey awards Strike Soldiers

    Oct 15, 2010

    The Army Chief of Staff awarded medals to Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during a visit to Forward Operating Base Wilson, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Oct. 12.

  • Two academies transfer to Afghan forces

    Oct 14, 2010

    A formation of U.S. Soldiers stood next to a formation of Afghan soldiers during a ceremony transferring authority of two academies from U.S. forces to Afghan forces at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, Oct. 9.

  • U.S. Army aviation brigade strengthens Iraqi army

    Oct 14, 2010

    An Army aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., deployed to Iraq this March to provide mobility and security for ground forces here, but one of the unit's unofficial missions is possibly its most important: maintaining a healthy, visible relationship with Iraqi army aviators.

  • Petraeus cites 'hard-won' progress in Afghanistan

    Oct 13, 2010

    Though hard-won progress has taken place in Afghanistan, it has been uneven, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces there said.

  • Thunder Horse Soldiers uncase colors, take on Operation New Dawn

    Oct 13, 2010

    Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, took part in a transfer of authority ceremony in Kirkuk, Oct. 11.

  • Casey visits deployed Soldiers, meets with ISAF leaders in Afghanistan

    Oct 13, 2010

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., traveled to Afghanistan to visit deployed Soldiers and meet with International Security Assistance Force leadership.

  • Historian captures evolving story in Iraq

    Oct 12, 2010

    With a front-row seat to the history unfolding in Iraq, Army Lt. Col. LesAca,!a,,c Melnyk is capturing it all for posterity, so the American public knows the full story behind what happened there, and the military can learn from its experiences.

  • Afghan air assault nets weapons, ammo, intel

    Oct 12, 2010

    In the early morning hours of Oct. 8, U.S. and Afghan National Army Soldiers conducted a successful air-assault operation in the mountains of Khowst Province, resulting in the location and destruction of two insurgent weapons caches.

  • Colonel outlines construction hurdles in Afghanistan

    Oct 12, 2010

    Getting a construction project up and running -- estimating costs, approving budgets, working with area governments to ensure every aspect of the project meets myriad specifications - is thorny enough stateside.

  • Mother, son celebrate promotion in Iraq

    Oct 9, 2010

    TALLIL, Iraq - "I am happy and glad it's done." That is how Kenieth Mayweather, described his promotion to the rank of captain, Oct.7, on Camp Adder, Iraq. His mother, Sgt. Maj. Rue Mayweather, was there to share the special moment. She performed the ceremonial "pinning" and the first salute to her son as a captain. "I've been to every one of his promotions," said Rue. "I wouldn't have missed this for the world."

  • Basra SWAT trains in close quarters with U.S.

    Oct 6, 2010

    Ten SWAT team members went to the Normandy Range Complex to practice training their fellow Iraqis on close quarters combat tactics Oct. 3.The 1st Bn., 68th Arm. Regt., currently under the operational control of United States Division-South and the 1st Infantry Division, has taken up the task of teaching the SWAT team not just tactics, but how to pass on their knowledge in tactics to others.

  • It's 'Black Seven' up for the Iraqi Army; now that's refreshing

    Oct 6, 2010

    "Black Seven" is a problem solver. He wakes before zero-dark-thirty every morning. He drives across the street from his Containerized Housing Unit to the Iraqi Army training site. He talks with the Iraqis and is neighborly in his approach. He jokes; he listens to problems and offers advice. Sometimes he stays into the black night for chai.

  • Afghan Army opens new artillery training school

    Oct 5, 2010

    With a formal ceremony and live fire demonstration of the D-30 Howitzer, the Afghan National Army officially opened the Artillery Branch School at the Kabul Military Training Center, Oct. 4. The school will serve as the foundation for the professionalization of the ANA artillery branch.

  • Army's top NCO visits Third Army

    Oct 5, 2010

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston climbed atop the trailer of a heavy equipment transporter to address hundreds of Third Army Soldiers who gathered as the sun set at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Sept. 29.

  • AMC commander visits Iraq, Afghanistan, inspects progress

    Oct 4, 2010

    The commanding general of Army Materiel Command and the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, visited Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Sept. 26 to get an inside perspective of the logistical situation in the field, first hand.

  • Army fuelers pump over 5 million gallons of jet fuel in Iraq

    Oct 3, 2010

    Army fuelers serving in Iraq pumped their millionth gallon of jet fuel on Camp Taji, Oct. 2, bringing their unit's grand total to over 5 million gallons

  • Navy Day highlights Iraqi Navy's accomplishments

    Oct 3, 2010

    The Iraqi Navy commemorated a number of recent significant milestones of continued growth during the Iraqi Navy Day celebration at Umm Qasr Naval Base Sept. 26.

  • Mission ends with 4 detainees, ammo cache

    Oct 2, 2010

    During an Iraqi Army led cordon and search in the Rashaad Valley near Kirkuk, Iraq, nearly 50 IA soldiers with 2nd Battalion and 4th Battalion of the 15th Brigade, discovered a cache with more than 800 rounds of heavy machine gun ammo buried throughout a field and detained four suspects, Sept. 25.

  • Soldiers, Afghan forces conduct air assault

    Sep 30, 2010

    Paratroopers from Task Force Talon and Task Force Brawler, along with their Afghan National Army partners, conducted a clearing operation in the Chak District of Wardak Province in east-central Afghanistan Sept. 24

  • USD-C Soldier builds trust, one soccer ball at a time

    Sep 29, 2010

    When Joe D'Alessandro created the Winning Hearts and Minds Project in 2008, president of the Cohansey Soccer Club, based in Upper Deerfield Township, N.J., he had no idea his son would eventually help him spread the spirit of American goodwill overseas.

  • Army hospital shelves paper processes for digital supply system in Afghanistan

    Sep 29, 2010

    In August, the MC4 program and 6th Medical Logistics Management Center teamed up with the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Afghanistan to arm them with a digital medical supply system, making them the Army facility to utilize it in theater.

  • Army fulfills obligations, pays claims for land use

    Sep 27, 2010

    Iraqi citizens who own the land on Forward Operating Base Paliwoda were compensated for the use of their land during a claims payment mission held at Joint Base Balad, Sept. 19-21, 2010.

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