Archive: October, 2009

Oct. 29, 2009

Civil Affairs Soldiers teach Afghan police to engage public

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 29, 2009 – In America, we look to our local police to provide a sense of security, protect our streets, help in time of need and be role models for our citizens. Every day, our police force gives us reason to trust and depend on them.

Oct. 27, 2009

'Af-Pak Hands' strives for continuity in U.S. mission

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2009 – The U.S. military is building a cadre of officers who each will serve a multi-year assignment dedicated to a narrow piece of the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Oct. 27, 2009

Water taps open in Sadr City

But a $65 million water plant completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about a year ago is designed to treat and purify water from the nearby Tigris River and provide Sadr City residents with potable water. The goal is to provide hook-ups to residences in 68 of Sadr City’s 79 sectors.

Oct. 26, 2009

Baghdad bombings illustrate security challenges

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2009 – Terrorist bombings that struck Baghdad yesterday demonstrate the security challenges that exist there, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

Oct. 25, 2009

U.S. forces train Iraqis to train others

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Oct. 23, 2009 – Aided by U.S. forces, Iraqi soldiers with the 14th Provisional Transport Regiment gained valuable skills ranging from first aid to Humvee maintenance during a three-week course at Camp Mirra, Iraq.

Oct. 22, 2009

Gates receives ‘mounting endorsements’ of strategy proposals

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, (Oct. 23, 2009) – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he’s encouraged by unofficial endorsements NATO defense ministers are expressing for Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s strategy proposals for Afghanistan, along with indications they’re considering additional resources to support the mission there. Gates, here for a

Oct. 19, 2009

Gates to press Asia, NATO for more Afghanistan support

HONOLULU (Oct. 19, 2009) – As Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates travels this week to Japan and South Korea before heading to a NATO defense ministers conference in Bratislava, Slovakia, he’s expected to ensure the issue of support for Afghanistan remains solidly on front burner.

Oct. 14, 2009

DoD cites candor on Afghanistan troop levels

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2009) – Defense Department officials have been straightforward about the number of U.S. troops flowing into Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said Wednesday.

Oct. 14, 2009

Marines spread good will with vet care

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 14, 2009 – Marines here have brought new meaning to the expression “goat rope” by helping local farmers with free veterinary care for their goats, sheep and cows.

Oct. 8, 2009

Baghdad attacks on steady decline

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2009 – Attacks committed by al-Qaida and other insurgents operating in Baghdad and its environs continue to drop three months after U.S. combat troops moved out of Iraqi cities, a U.S. brigade commander posted there said Thursday.