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  • 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.

  • ISAF senior enlisted visits Afghan Sergeant Major Academy

    Sep 26, 2010

    The International Security Assistance Force senior enlisted leader made his first visit Sept. 23 to the Afghan National Army's Sergeant Major's Academy with the Sergeant Major of the ANA in an expansion of their partnership.

  • Human Terrain Teams: Mapping a course for a peaceful, prosperous Iraq

    Sep 24, 2010

    THE role of U.S. Forces in Iraq continued to evolve with the launch of Operation New Dawn in September, and the majority of efforts now focus on the responsible transfer of authority to Iraqi security forces.

  • USF-I helping Iraq fine-tune planning

    Sep 22, 2010

    A dozen generals from the Iraqi Ground Forces Command and Iraq's Ministry of Defense sat at a conference table, examining print outs of a slide displaying the organizations that make up USF-I's Future Operations Planning Section.

  • Soldiers teach Iraqi Police EOD fundamentals

    Sep 22, 2010

    Members of the Iraqi Police are training on counter-improvised explosive device techniques thanks to a week-long course taught by explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers.

  • Coalition forces beat attack on Afghan checkpoint

    Sep 21, 2010

    Soldiers of Task Force Bulldog held off insurgents for more than three hours Sept. 18 at the Shege East Afghan National Police Checkpoint.

  • 'Raider' medics treat Afghan infant with rare heart condition

    Sep 20, 2010

    Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division are helping a local Afghan family by providing treatment for their 6-month-old son, Rafi, who suffers from a rare heart condition, at the Camp Nathan Smith Medical Aid Clinic.

  • Iraqi Police orphans receive donations

    Sep 20, 2010

    Women and children sat on a long row of black couches as Iraqi Police officers and U.S. Soldiers carried overflowing bags into the room. Some of the children stared at the bags intently, hoping for a glimpse inside.

  • U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers train during mass casualty scenario

    Sep 19, 2010

    Leaders evaluated the 10th Iraqi Army on a mass casualty scenario to see what they had learned after three months of Iraqi Army led medical training, advised by the 64th BSB.

  • Combatives 'bleeds' into job

    Sep 17, 2010

    The discipline, fitness, and fearlessness required to be an effective Soldier are being trained at Basra through Modern Army Combatives.

  • Long Knife BCT prepares to support Operation New Dawn

    Sep 16, 2010

    Troopers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, maintained their combat readiness with training classes, here in the desert of Kuwait, prior to their deployment north into Iraq in the coming weeks.

  • General discusses road ahead in Afghanistan

    Sep 15, 2010

    As U.S. casualties mount in Afghanistan, the coalition will grow to more than 140,000 troops by the end of the year to help tackle an array of complex issues facing the war-torn country, a top Army official with ISAF's joint command said Tuesday at the Infantry Warfighting Conference.

  • Trainer sees positive trends in Afghan Army

    Sep 15, 2010

    The quantity and quality of officers, noncommissioned officers and recruits in the Afghan army is rising, the deputy commander of the NATO training mission in Afghanistan said this week.

  • U.S., Iraqi forces bring free medical services to Karmah

    Sep 13, 2010

    Hundreds of Karmah, Iraq, residents received free medical care Sept. 7, during a combined medical engagement between Iraqi and U.S. forces. Soldiers with 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, joined counterparts assigned to the 1st Iraqi Army Division and Karmah Police Department who hosted the event that afforded some citizens their first trip to the doctor's office.

  • Celebrating unity during Ramadan

    Sep 11, 2010

    Ramadan, for more than 1.5 billion people who follow Islam, is considered a sacred month. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is said to be when the Prophet Muhammad received the revelations through the angel Gabriel. To show reverence, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and are obliged to refrain from activities like smoking and other earthly pleasures.

  • NATO training mission sees attrition falling in Afghan army

    Sep 9, 2010

    The deputy commander of the NATO training mission in Afghanistan reiterated via a Pentagon bloggers roundtable Sept. 8 that the quantity and quality of officers, noncommissioned officers and recruits in the Afghan army is rising.

  • First U.S. Advise and Assist Brigade arrives under New Dawn

    Sep 8, 2010

    The first brigade of Soldiers to deploy exclusively in support of Operation New Dawn has arrived in southern Iraq.

  • Gates, Karzai discuss way ahead in Afghanistan

    Sep 3, 2010

    There are now enough resources in Afghanistan to deliver "tangible and lasting results," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • Odierno earns praise for getting results in Iraq

    Sep 2, 2010

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno put it very simply today, as he finished his address at the change of command ceremony for U.S. Forces Iraq. "Lion 6 - Out," meaning that the commander had finished using his call sign and was heading for his new assignment at U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

  • Iraqi Army exhibits show of strength

    Sep 1, 2010

    Iraqi Army Soldiers conducted training Aug. 30 at Joint Security Station Deason in Baghdad, exhibiting their capability to secure a more stable and sovereign Iraq.

  • 'Tough slog' remains ahead in Afghanistan

    Sep 1, 2010

    "A very tough fight" remains in Afghanistan that will demand more hard work and sacrifice, President Barack Obama acknowledged while visiting Fort Bliss, Texas, to thank troops there for advancing the mission in Iraq.

  • Biden visits Iraq to mark Operation New Dawn

    Aug 31, 2010

    While President Barack Obama traveled to Fort Bliss, Texas, and later gave an Oval Office address marking the end of combat operations in Iraq, Vice President Joe Biden was in Iraq meeting with U.S. and Iraqi leaders about the new U.S. mission there.

  • Iraq reaches New Dawn, ends combat operations

    Aug 31, 2010

    Beginning Sept. 1, the ongoing U.S. presence in Iraq will be coined "Operation New Dawn," marking the transition from combat operations to an advisory role.

  • Soldiers, helicopters to deploy for Pakistan relief

    Aug 31, 2010

    Defense Department officials announced the deployment of 18 helicopters to Pakistan from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, as part of the expanding U.S. contribution to flood-relief efforts there.

  • Obama urges nation to salute service in Iraq

    Aug 30, 2010

    Barack Obama called on the American people to provide new care, opportunity and commitment to the million military men and women who've served in Iraq.

  • 'New Dawn' to open new potential for Iraq

    Aug 26, 2010

    When Operation Iraqi Freedom ends and Operation New Dawn launches Sept. 1, don't look for a lot of fanfare as the mission officially moves from combat to stability operations.

  • Advise and Assist Brigade: A familiar unit with a new mission in Iraq

    Aug 25, 2010

    The U.S. Army has seen significant technological, doctrinal and structural changes within the past decade. The latest adaptation, turning brigade combat teams into advise and assist brigades, reflects tremendous developments in the Iraqi Security Forces and a major change in emphasis for U.S. Soldiers in Iraq.

  • Team of Soldiers drop supplies from the skies

    Aug 25, 2010

    With the constant threat of improvised explosive devices and insurgent attacks, as well as few usable roads and treacherous mountain passes, getting necessary supplies to troops at some of Afghanistan's most remote posts and bases can prove both challenging and deadly.

  • ANP staff colleges created, issues still linger

    Aug 24, 2010

    The best resource for forming and training a well-qualified Afghan National Police force is "time," said the Italian general responsible for recruiting and training the security forces who will protect Afghan citizens once the international coalition is gone.

  • 1st AAB conducts humanitarian aid drop in Iraq

    Aug 24, 2010

    The advent of Operation New Dawn will mean business as usual for some Soldiers -- especially those already well versed in conducting humanitarian missions.

  • Soldiers help deliver mobility to Iraqi children

    Aug 24, 2010

    Some previously immobile children in Iraq are getting a taste of independence now thanks to generous donors and a time commitment by some within United States Division-Center.

  • 'Training' equals 'Transition' in Afghanistan, general says

    Aug 24, 2010

    The training of Afghan security forces is a vital aspect in the American-led war strategy there, the U.S. commander charged with overseeing Afghan training said during a video news conference from his headquarters in Afghanistan.

  • Afghanistan finally gets needed resources, Biden says

    Aug 24, 2010

    Any talk of coalition forces being unable to succeed in Afghanistan is premature, given that they are just beginning to get all the troops and equipment that President Barack Obama's strategy there calls for, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.

  • Operation 'Move Iron' gets Soldiers, weapons, home quick

    Aug 23, 2010

    Soldiers with the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, 653rd Readiness Support Group, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, have answered the call to get troops home as quickly as possible by conducting Operation Move Iron.

  • Soldiers see Iraq grow during multiple deployments

    Aug 19, 2010

    As Soldiers depart Baghdad, part of the last combat brigade in Iraq, they are leaving a country that has gone through many stages to be where it is today.

  • Last combat troops leave Iraq

    Aug 19, 2010

    Soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, left what has been their home for the last year Aug. 16, as they departed on their final mission -- A convoy out of Iraq and into the history books.

  • Pentagon, Karzai work to disband security companies

    Aug 18, 2010

    Pentagon officials are working with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to disband private security contractors in Afghanistan.

  • ISAF senior-enlisted Soldier hits milestone as he preps to redeploy

    Aug 18, 2010

    The International Security Assistance Force's senior enlisted leader completed his 100th and final battlefield circulation Aug. 13.

  • Advise and assist operations help IPs reach milestone

    Aug 16, 2010

    U.S. advise and assist operations in Anbar province helped Iraqi Security Forces achieve a milestone Aug. 10 when the Iraqi Police hosted their first community outreach event at the Anbar Police Department's Media Center, donating school supplies, stuffed animals and clothes to about 20 orphaned children of police officers killed in the line of duty.

  • Army rescues 3,000 flood victims, delivers tons of supplies in Pakistan

    Aug 13, 2010

    Army aviators are continuing to provide relief to flood victims in Pakistan, even as they await the arrival of their Marine Corps and Navy replacements.

  • From Sand to Sea: Logistics operations critical to meeting Iraq drawdown deadline

    Aug 13, 2010

    For much of the war, the complex logistical process of supplying the warfighters in theater has been behind the scenes.

  • 3rd ID resumes Pakistani relief missions after 3 days of rain

    Aug 12, 2010

    After three days of rain, the clouds parted allowing U.S. and Pakistani forces to resume flood relief efforts, Aug. 9 in the Swat Valley of Pakistan.

  • Improved security means more time training inside wire

    Aug 12, 2010

    "It's hard to fight complacency when you're just waiting around," admitted Sgt. 1st Class Elias Munoz as he and two of his Soldiers attempted to hook up cable for television in a room set aside for U.S. Soldiers.

  • New uniform for OEF protects Soldiers, hides them better

    Aug 11, 2010

    Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan will now go with a new uniform in their mobility bag -- one that fights fire and fleas, and makes them less visible to insurgents.

  • 101st Soldiers use 'Clarksville flood experience' to save Afghan lives

    Aug 11, 2010

    Drawing on experience gained during the flood relief operations in Clarksville, Tenn., in early May, Soldiers from Fort Campbell's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, assisted local Afghan civilians when flash flooding hit Adah Village in eastern Afghanistan's Beshood District, Nangarhar province.

  • U.S., Iraqi leaders bid farewell to last American combat brigade

    Aug 10, 2010

    Two Iraqi and three American Soldiers marched crisply across a parade field here to a display where their unit colors and their nations' flags flew in the wind.

  • Engineers redesign counterinsurgency tactics in Kandahar

    Aug 9, 2010

    Civilians and Soldiers of the 579th Engineer Detachment at Kandahar Airfield are using engineering projects and outlining a process for the Afghan people to take control against the Taliban.

  • Senior NCOs from CENTCOM nations meet

    Aug 9, 2010

    Senior NCOs played a big role during the four-day Land Forces Symposium held in Columbus, Ga., Aug. 1-4.

  • U.S. continues aid to Pakistan flood victims

    Aug 9, 2010

    The United States is continuing to aid flood victims in Pakistan while working with the Pakistani government to see if additional U.S. military support is required.

  • NATO team supplying Afghan Security Forces

    Aug 5, 2010

    A team with NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan is working with and funding the Afghan National Security Forces, while helping them on the road to self-sufficiency.

  • Congress members visit troops in Afghanistan

    Aug 5, 2010

    Five members of the House Armed Services Committee, on a whirlwind tour of Afghanistan, spent about three and a half hours with U.S. troops at remote Forward Operating Base Lightning, Paktya province Aug. 2.

  • MPs train Iraqis on convoy operations, IED detection

    Aug 5, 2010

    Soldiers from 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., trained members of 6th Iraqi Army Div., on reacting to improvised explosive devices at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26.

  • U.S. military in Afghanistan responds to Pakistan flood

    Aug 4, 2010

    The U.S. military in Afghanistan are responding rapidly to the disastrous flooding that has reportedly killed more than 1,200 people in Pakistan, 60 in Afghanistan and affected millions.

  • Petraeus puts protecting people at strategy's center

    Aug 3, 2010

    Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said the guidance will take "learn and adapt" to heart as the mantra for counterinsurgency, and added that he will learn and adapt his guidance in the weeks and months ahead.

  • U.S., Iraqi Security Forces open refurbished school

    Aug 1, 2010

    Recently, a decrease in violence, brought on by a partnership between U.S. forces and a strengthened Iraqi Security Force, has allowed the school a refurbished school in Malahma and was recently re-opened to the public.

  • U.S. ground, air join Iraqi Army

    Jul 31, 2010

    A thunderous boom is heard from miles away. Seconds later the explosive impact slams into the side of a nearby hill, as the Paladin hits its mark from miles away. The impact triggers over a dozen Iraqi Army 50-cal. mounted trucks into action, and they converged on the Paladin's target, all while the target is flanked by U.S. Army Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

  • Afghan troops rescue villagers from flash flood

    Jul 29, 2010

    The Afghan National Army rescued more than 200 people from flash flooding July 28 in Nangarhar Province as ISAF troops troops provided assessments and helped provide aid.

  • U.S. forces in Iraq transfer three bases to Iraqi government

    Jul 28, 2010

    During several ceremonies in Iraq's Babil and Wasit Provinces, July 25, U.S. forces handed over three bases to the Iraqi government - Contingency Operating Post Zulu, Patrol Base Mahawil, and Camp Shaheen.

  • Iraqi Army medics, local doctors, lead mission at Abu Ghraib

    Jul 26, 2010

    As the early morning summer sun rose over Abu Ghraib, July 22, American Soldiers unloaded medical and comfort supplies into a government building, called Quiamacam, in preparation for a joint medical engagement.

  • Soldiers build outpost from ground up high above Afghan valley

    Jul 24, 2010

    The back of the Chinook opened and the small team of scouts, mortarmen and infantrymen exited over knee-high piles of Meals, Ready-to-Eat and bottled water into the darkness of Helicopter Landing Zone Hawk July 7.

  • Soldiers give prosthetics to Iraqi hospital

    Jul 22, 2010

    Soldiers delivered boxes of prosthetic limbs July 19 to the Adamiyah Hospital, a rehabilitative hospital in the Baghdad area.

  • More U.S. bases close, transfer to Iraqi military

    Jul 21, 2010

    USD-S handed over several locations to the Government of Iraq recently as the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters continues its efforts on base closure and drawdown of U.S. forces in southern Iraq.

  • U.S. Army trains Iraqi aviators

    Jul 20, 2010

    U.S. Soldiers flew a training mission with Soldiers from the Iraqi Army, teaching them how to transport VIP's in the battlefield.

  • Iraqi Army continues training on M1A1 tanks

    Jul 20, 2010

    By 8:30 a.m., it is 98 degrees Fahrenheit under the tarpaulin. A group of eager Iraqi Army soldiers huddle around Sgt. Jasen Sumner as he explains how to conduct preventive maintenance checks and services on the track pads of the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.

  • Move 'em out: Keeping the lines open in Iraq, Afghanistan

    Jul 20, 2010

    As U.S. troops continue to make their way out of Iraq, the equipment that has sustained and protected them for the past seven years is being moved out as well.

  • Munitions turn-in program shows promise in Kandahar

    Jul 16, 2010

    In Afghanistan's Kandahar province, residents living in the districts to the north are taking advantage of the U.S. Department of Defense's Small Rewards Program, and as a result, countless lives are being saved.

  • New scanners reduce customs wait leaving Kuwait

    Jul 12, 2010

    Soldiers traveling from Kuwait do not have to wait as long to clear customs at Camp Virginia and Ali Al Salem. New scanners reduce 'baggage dump' by about 80 percent.

  • NATO overcoming obstacles to build Afghan security forces

    Jul 9, 2010

    The campaign to build the Afghan National Security Force to 305,000 members is ahead of schedule and many advances have been made, but a senior officer said there are still obstacles to overcome by October 2011.

  • DLA expeditionary supply depot sets up in Afghanistan

    Jul 9, 2010

    A team from the Defense Logistics Agency will open a distribution facility in Afghanistan to receive, store and issue material needed by U.S. military forces there.

  • NATO developing education to 'cross-fertilize' Afghan forces

    Jul 8, 2010

    Ultimately to be successful, Afghanistan will need to develop strong, experienced leaders from within and NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan is creating a system that will help do just that.

  • Some 'Stop Loss' Soldiers to return from Iraq early

    Jul 8, 2010

    Hundreds of Soldiers will leave their units in Iraq and return home early over the next two months to help meet the president's mandated troop strength of 50,000 in the country by Sept. 1.

  • Innovation aims to reduce collateral damage in Afghanistan

    Jul 7, 2010

    While some commands severely restrict artillery fires, one task force in Afghanistan has taken active steps to reduce collateral damage by developing an alternative method.

  • Jill Biden celebrates 4th of July with Soldiers in Iraq

    Jul 6, 2010

    Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, met with members of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and other deployed servicemembers and civilians at Camp Liberty Sunday as part of a visit to Iraq during the 4th of July weekend.

  • Desk-bound helo pilot provides critical skills during drawdown

    Jul 6, 2010

    Two-wheel landings on snowy Afghan ridgetops are more exciting, but managing the exodus of a 4,000-strong brigade during the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq provides its own challenges for one desk-bound helicopter pilot with 82nd Airborne Division.

  • Servicemembers become citizens during Fourth of July ceremony in Iraq

    Jul 4, 2010

    One hundred fifty-six service members from 56 different countries recited the Oath of Citizenship in the rotunda of Al Faw Palace and marked the Fourth of July as the day they became American citizens.

  • U.S. Army, Iraqi Air Force pilots conduct historic joint mission

    Jul 3, 2010

    The air was clear over Contingency Operating Base Basra June 27, 2010, as the Iraqi commanders of the Basra Air Base and the 70th Squadron prepped their CH 2000 reconnaissance airplane for a first-ever joint mission with U.S. AH-64 Apaches.

  • Soldiers deliver new low-cost means of supply for Iraqis

    Jul 1, 2010

    U.S. Soldiers at Al Asad Air Base not only have an inexpensive way to deliver small items like ammunition, food and water, they have trained Iraqi special operations forces how to do it themselves.

  • 3rd Infantry Division headquarters Iraq deployment extended by 30 days

    Jun 30, 2010

    The Department of Defense decided June 25, that the Division Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, a 700-plus Soldier unit that comprises the headquarters of U.S. Division-North, is being extended in northern Iraq for 30 days.

  • Petraeus calls Afghanistan a test of wills

    Jun 30, 2010

    Afghanistan is a test of wills, and the enemy has to know the United States and its allies have the will to prevail, Gen. David H. Petraeus said before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday.

  • Afghanistan still crucial to U.S. interests, Obama says

    Jun 29, 2010

    Afghanistan remains crucial to American national interests, and the United States will need to provide assistance to that nation for years.

  • Officials testify to Congress on convoys in Afghanistan

    Jun 23, 2010

    Army and DoD officials told a Congressional committee Tuesday about what they are doing in Afghanistan to keep contracting funds out of the hands of the Taliban and other criminals.

  • Army, Air Force, Iraqis team to conduct fires exercise

    Jun 23, 2010

    Soldiers from the 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division and Air Force F-16 fighters teamed for four days with the 17th Iraqi Army Division conducting a full-scale defensive fires exercise at the Besmaya Range Complex outside Baghdad.

  • Corps of Engineers builds Afghanistan National Police Training Center

    Jun 21, 2010

    It's been a long time coming, but Afghanistan's National Police Training Center is progressing according to plan.

  • Gates sees progress in Afghanistan, despite challenges

    Jun 21, 2010

    Though U.S. operations in Afghanistan are proving to be a "tough pull," as was predicted, progress is being made nonetheless, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

  • Brigade transfer of authority marks reduction in forces

    Jun 19, 2010

    A transfer-of-authority ceremony marked a significant reduction of forces in southern Iraq as the 17th Fires Brigade relinquished control over operations in Basra Province to the Soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

  • Iraqi troops train on M-16 rifle, continue transition from AK-47

    Jun 18, 2010

    Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq trained Iraqi troops on the fundamentals of marksmanship with the M16 rifle, June 15. The training was part of a continued effort by the U.S. to phase out the Iraqi Army's use of the Soviet-era AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle.

  • Five Soldiers charged in murders of Afghans

    Jun 17, 2010

    Five Soldiers have been charged with the premeditated murders of three Afghan civilians.

  • First sergeant course helps prepare senior NCOs for future duties

    Jun 17, 2010

    First sergeants were given the opportunity to talk with other Soldiers in different operational sections in the brigade and take a more in-depth look at the responsibilities they will have once becoming first sergeants.

  • Third Army conducts drawdown conference

    Jun 16, 2010

    Third Army hosted key leaders from throughout United States Central Command's Area of Responsibility June 8-9 at their forward headquarters in Kuwait for a conference on the drawdown in Iraq and buildup of forces in Afghanistan and reset the U.S. Army.

  • Defense officials cite progress, challenges in Afghanistan

    Jun 16, 2010

    U.S. and international forces are making progress in southern Afghanistan despite a tough and resourceful insurgency, defense officials told Congress Tuesday.

  • Wounded warriors return to Iraq, find closure

    Jun 15, 2010

    A recent trip to Iraq with a program called Operation Proper Exit brought retired Staff Sgt. Christopher Bain back to the place where six years earlier the blast of a mortar tossed him like a rag doll yards away from his buddies.

  • U.K. effort critical in Afghanistan, Petraeus tells Britons

    Jun 11, 2010

    WASHINGTON, June 10, 2010 - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, emphasized yesterday in London the critical role the United Kingdom has played in Iraq - and the importance of its continued support for the coalition to succeed in Afghanistan.