Archive: 2011

July 18, 2011

Allen praises troops’ courage, sets ISAF priorities

WASHINGTON (July 18, 2011) — Much work remains to secure Afghanistan’s future and eliminate violent extremists, the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said today in a letter to the men and women of the International Security Assistance Force.

July 15, 2011

Commander, US Central Command visits George H.W. Bush

ARABIAN SEA (July 15, 2011) — Commander, U.S. Central Command, accompanied the Sailors of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as it transited the Strait of Hormuz, July 15.

July 13, 2011

Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Army Ranger

WASHINGTON (July 12, 2011) — President Barack Obama today awarded the country’s highest military honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, an Army Ranger who was shot in both legs and had his hand blown off while saving his fellow soldiers during a firefight in Afghanistan.

July 12, 2011

Panetta Vows to Continue Fighting Taliban, al-Qaida

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan (July 10, 2011) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen based here today that the “most important thing to do now is to continue this fight” against the Taliban and al-Qaida.

July 12, 2011

Al-Qaida Can Be Dismantled, Petraeus Says

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan, July 9, 2011 – The commander of the International Security Assistance Force said here today he agrees with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta that al-Qaida can be strategically defeated.

July 7, 2011

Operation Lion showcases ISF ability to protect citizens, defend Iraq

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq (July 1, 2011) — Following months of collective training with 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, members of the Iraqi Security Forces conducted Operation Iron Lion at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center and Ghuzlani Eagle Training Site, Iraq, June 2

July 5, 2011

Afghan National Security Forces step up presence throughout Gizab

URUZGAN, Afghanistan (June 30, 2011) — Afghan National Police, partnered with Afghan Local Police and the Afghan National Army, stepped up security patrols throughout Gizab district, June 27, after receiving tips from local villagers about the Taliban staging weapons and creating impromptu checkpoints on local commerce routes.

July 4, 2011

Lieutenant General Keith M. Huber

Lieutenant General Keith M. Huber assumed command of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 (CJIATF 435) in July 2011. CJIATF 435 exercises oversight and control of U. S. detention operations in Afghanistan. With policy guidance from the United States Embassy and in cooperation with Afghan, interagency, coalition and international partners, CJIATF 435 assists the government of Afghanistan to enable conditions- based transition of U.S. detention operations to Afghan control, and to advance the development of rule of law in Afghanistan.

July 1, 2011

CENTCOM Command Sgt. Maj. takes part in “Eager Lion 2011” exercise

AMMAN, Jordan (June 29, 2011) – U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Grippe, U.S. Army, recently visited with troops while observing and taking part in exercise “Eager Lion 2011” in Jordan 11-30 June.

June 29, 2011

100 Cache Finds in Two Weeks with Increased Security, Villages’ Help

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 29, 2011) — Many insurgent activities are being thwarted by increased security presence in Afghan villages and increased weapon caches found by Afghan National Security Forces.