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  • Army Fraud Unit recovers $1.6 billion

    Jan 19, 2011

    Since 2006, MPFU has conducted investigations resulting in more than 236 indictments and 299 convictions, 266 suspensions of contractors and 126 debarments of contractors.

  • US, UK, Iraq partnership opens school

    Jan 19, 2011

    Through the joint efforts of the United States, British and the leaders of a small marshland community within Basrah Province, local children now enjoy the gift of education.

  • Black Hawk crews keep VIPs safe, mobile around Iraq

    Jan 17, 2011

    An Army Black Hawk helicopter company flying out of Camp Taji, Iraq, is charged with moving military and civilian VIPs between U.S. bases here.

  • Afghan Police bring national pride, self-reliance to eastern Kandahar

    Jan 17, 2011

    Afghan National Policemen Daru Khan and Ashraf work to provide security to Kandahar Province's eastern Maruf District alongside the U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers of Special Operations Task Force - South.

  • Annex adds 50 beds to Herat hospital for Afghan army's 207th Corps

    Jan 15, 2011

    Herat Regional Military Hospital doubled in size and capability when Maj. Gen. Mohiuddin Ghori, Afghan National Army 207th Corps chief of staff, officially opened a newly built 26,400-square foot annex, Jan. 8, adding ward space for 50 additional patient beds, extra administrative space, and expanded outpatient treatment capability.

  • Biden promises responsible drawdown in Iraq

    Jan 14, 2011

    After meeting in Iraq today with its new governmental leaders and with U.S. officials, Vice President Joe Biden promised deployed U.S. servicemembers the United States will draw down its forces in a way that preserves their achievements and honors the sacrifices made there.

  • US Soldiers teach Iraqi Army proper ambush reaction techniques

    Jan 11, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, trained Iraqi soldiers to react to an enemy ambush at Al Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center (GWTC), Iraq, Jan. 5.

  • Forces target Taliban, Haqqani Network leaders

    Jan 11, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces targeted Taliban and Haqqani Network leaders for their involvement in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, detaining several suspected insurgents in Kunduz, Logar and Kandahar provinces yesterday.

  • Midwife training program begins in Afghanistan

    Jan 11, 2011

    The Afghan Ministry of Health held an inauguration ceremony to mark the start of a tri-provincial midwife program in Charikar, Afghanistan, Jan. 6. Sixty female students from Parwan, Panjshayr and Kapisa provinces will attend 26 months of instruction before receiving midwife certificates, allowing them to begin work in their local clinics.

  • Afghan National Army capability grows with 'Hope Five'

    Jan 11, 2011

    Operation Omid Panj, meaning "Hope Five," continues to provide positive effects for the Afghan people in Helmand Province.

  • Biden meets Karzai, visits troops in Afghanistan

    Jan 11, 2011

    Vice President Joe Biden today spoke with Afghan national and local leaders as he continued what White House officials described as a visit to assess progress and reinforce the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan.

  • 'Dragon' battalion Soldiers train IA on combat life saving

    Jan 10, 2011

    Iraqi Army soldiers completed training in combat life-saving techniques during a two-day course taught by Soldiers from the 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

  • Iraqi health-care providers training at Walter Reed

    Jan 10, 2011

    Six Iraqi military health-care providers began a six-week rotation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., Jan. 4, with two Iraqi linguists accompanying the group.

  • Theater Gateway celebrates one-million R&R milestone in Kuwait

    Jan 10, 2011

    The U.S. Army's Theater Gateway staff celebrated a major milestone in their travel-support mission, Jan. 10, with a One Millionth Passenger Ceremony at the Army Life Support Area in Kuwait.

  • Soldier prepares for recording contract

    Jan 10, 2011

    In June, Spc. Brian Stowe got a phone call in which record executives offered him a recording contract. He will begin recording after his unit returns from Afghanistan.

  • Afghan, coalition forces detain insurgents, find weapons

    Jan 10, 2011

    Afghan and coalition detained several insurgents and found weapon stockpiles in recent operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • I Corps begins preparations for Afghanistan deployment

    Jan 7, 2011

    This summer, America's Corps will arrive to man, equip and guide the operational arm of Gen. David H. Petraeus and the Kabul-based NATO International Security Assistance Force.

  • Female MPs bring professionalism, added capabilities to fight

    Jan 7, 2011

    The Soldiers of the 64th Military Police Company assigned to Combat Outpost Fortress in Afghanistan's Kunar Province have seen plenty of action since they arrived at the outpost nearly nine months ago. Fortunately, the MPs at COP Fortress have a couple of "combat multipliers" in Spc. Cristine Gallagher and Spc. Lauren Hyman.

  • 159 CAB Soldier receives Air Medal, Purple Heart

    Jan 6, 2011

    A Soldier with the 563rd Aviation Support Battalion, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, was awarded the Purple Heart and Air Medal during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 4.

  • Road through valley of the Taliban

    Jan 6, 2011

    Afghan National Army and Australian forces gained control of Tangi Valley in the Deh Rahwod district, Afghanistan, in an operation to establish a foothold in a former Taliban concentrated area, Dec. 28.

  • New Iraqi Army training site opens

    Jan 5, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, began training Iraqi soldiers at al-Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, Iraq, Jan. 3.

  • Joint mission secures foothold in Gor Tepa

    Jan 4, 2011

    Afghan National Security Forces, along with members of the International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan, began a major security operation recently in the Gor Tepa region of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan.

  • Kabul gets new solar-powered lights

    Jan 4, 2011

    Solar-powered lights went on in the streets of Kabul Dec. 29, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony inaugurating the completion of 28 new street lights.

  • ANA, ISAF conduct key leader engagement in Ghaziabad

    Jan 4, 2011

    Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Afghan National Army Regiment, tried to get to know their neighbors when they conducted a key leader engagement in the town of Ghaziabad, Afghanistan, Dec. 26.

  • Afghan, Coalition forces keeping pressure on insurgents in new year

    Jan 4, 2011

    The holiday season did not slow down coalition and Afghan forces in the battle against the Taliban and this momentum will continue into 2011, confirmed German Army Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz, ISAF spokesman, and Dominic Medley, NATO senior civilian representative spokesman, during an operational update today.

  • 'Dragon' battalion teaches Iraqi soldiers map reading, land navigation skills

    Jan 3, 2011

    After assuming responsibility, one of the first tasks Company B, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division - Center, undertook was to conduct combined land navigation training with soldiers of the 6th Iraqi Army Division.

  • 'Lightning' battalion senior enlisted leaders forge partnership with Iraqi Federal Police

    Jan 3, 2011

    The senior Noncommissioned Officers of 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, began the process of fostering a strong relationship with the NCOs in their partnered unit, the Iraqi 1st Federal Police Division.

  • Soldiers invent 'Bastogne' bumper to help with supply mission

    Jan 3, 2011

    Looking to improve their vehicles' performance, two Soldiers came up with an idea for a new bumper on the Mine-Resistant, Ambushed-Protected All-Terrain Vehicle.

  • Logisticians push essentials to troops by any, all means

    Jan 3, 2011

    The 382nd Transportation Theater Opening Element, Fort Eustis, Va., augmenting the 3rd Battalion of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade, recently completed a four-month supply and equipment push to ensure troops in the field have what they need to get the job done.

  • 3-401st helps keep Buffalos rolling

    Jan 3, 2011

    Searching out improvised explosive devices is the daily mission for members of the 264th Route Clearance Company/Battalion Route Clearance Package 38, based at Forward Operating Base Shank in eastern Afghanistan. Their mission puts them in frequent danger, but their services are essential for the movement of vehicles and supplies.

  • US Army band instructs Iraqi students

    Jan 3, 2011

    Eight students from the Peace Through Art Academy boarded a train in Baghdad and headed to Basra, Iraq, to attend three days of master music classes and performances by the 1st Infantry Division Band in mid-December.

  • Iraqi commandos trained, ready

    Jan 3, 2011

    The Iraqi soldiers began the commando course learning the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, reflexive fire and how to operate within a team and squad. Once they had a firm grasp of the training, the noncommissioned officers and officers of Company B gave them instruction on how to clear rooms and stairwells and concluded the training with a live-fire exercise in a shoot house at Camp Taji, Iraq, which tied all the training together.

  • Attacking IED networks

    Jan 3, 2011

    Because they are so widespread and hamper everything from military operations to shopping trips for locals, defeating IEDs is a top priority for the International Security Assistance Force.

  • Quiet Ashoura holiday highlights Iraq security success

    Dec 29, 2010

    As Shiite pilgrims slowly filtered out of religious shrines in Karbala, Iraq, Dec. 17, the quiet passing of the Muslim religious holiday of Ashoura made a loud statement about the capabilities of Iraqi Security Forces in the area.

  • Airstrike stops enemy attack in Helmand Province

    Dec 29, 2010

    An International Security Assistance Force patrol that came under small-arms fire today in the Nad'Ali District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, called in an airstrike that killed one insurgent and derailed the enemy attack, military officials reported.

  • Live-fire exercise demonstrates Afghan artillery school's capabilities

    Dec 29, 2010

    For the second time since the founding of the Artillery School at Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC), Afghan National Army (ANA) students conducted a live-fire gunnery exercise, Dec. 26.

  • 'Ghost' troops assist ISF in Qara Qosh

    Dec 29, 2010

    Residents of Qara Qosh, Iraq, enjoyed an afternoon free of worries here recently as Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, assisted Iraqi Security Forces in providing security for the people of the town.

  • Colonel cites measurable, fragile Afghan progress

    Dec 29, 2010

    Measurable progress has been achieved in Afghanistan's Khost and Paktia Provinces, but it is fragile, Army Col. Viet Luong, commander of the American task force in the area, said today.

  • Civilian Expeditionary Workforce prepares civilians for deployments

    Dec 28, 2010

    The Civilian Expeditionary Workforce is a Defense Department program to deploy some of its civilian employees to support military operations. The deployments are voluntary and they receive their training and processing here at Camp Atterbury and at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.

  • Afghan, coalition forces detain Haqqani network leader in Khost

    Dec 28, 2010

    Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani Network leader who conducts attacks against Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces during a security operation in Khost province yesterday.

  • Training helicopters to boost Iraqi Army skills

    Dec 28, 2010

    The recent arrival of three Bell T-407 training helicopters at Camp Taji, Iraq, will help to train qualified Iraqi Army pilots to operate and maintain the helicopters, as well as rapidly accelerate the fielding and utilization of Iraqi 407 Armed Scout Helicopters which are scheduled to be fielded here by the end of 2011.

  • CSA visits Third Army on Christmas Eve

    Dec 27, 2010

    The Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., visited Third Army servicemembers at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 24.

  • Progress continues with ANP facility in Wardak Province

    Dec 26, 2010

    Steady but slower than expected progress continues at the new Afghanistan National Police Training Center in the Wardak Province, with expectations of the first class starting early March still in the plans.

  • CSA's wife pays Christmas Eve visit to servicemembers in Kuwait

    Dec 24, 2010

    The Army Chief of Staff Troop Visit to Kuwait Christmas 2010. Vist included a site tour of th eonly resiliency center in Kuwait on Dec. 23.

  • Commando squad leaders: separated by age, united by country

    Dec 24, 2010

    Born just 30 miles from each other but separated by more than 17 years, Afghan National Army Commando squad leaders, Sgt. Diatullah and Sgt. Ibrahim, have become close friends. Today they lead a squad of commandos helping secure Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

  • Lifeliners conduct 'Big Drop II'

    Dec 24, 2010

    101st Sustainment Brigade and Unit Ministry Team team up for special Christmas aerial delivery mission.

  • New MEDEVAC helicopters take flight in Iraq

    Dec 23, 2010

    The Army's newest medevac helicopter is seeing action for the first time in Iraq while serving as a test bed with a Vermont National Guard aviation company.

  • 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.