Archive: 2010

Nov. 13, 2010

Two detainees released during separate shuras

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Nov. 9, 2010) —– Two Afghan men were reunited with their villages during two separate detainee release shuras Nov. 9.

Nov. 10, 2010

Detainees prepare for return to Afghan society

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Nov. 10, 2010) — In a small outdoor hut at the Detention Facility in Parwan, detainees diligently knead dough on a table to put into a tandoor oven, which will turn the dough into Afghan bread in a matter of minutes. Inside a large warehouse-like room outside of the housing unit, a detainee uses his hands to guide cloth through a sewing machine as his feet push on a pedal to power the needle, repairing a white uniform seam that has come unstitched. In a classroom inside the housing unit, detainees sit at desks, writing English and Pashto sentences under the watchful eye of an Afghan instructor, helping them achieve literacy in a first or second language.

Nov. 10, 2010

Soldier builds Afghan relations, one girl at a time

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Nov. 9, 2010) — “The goal is to form relationships“said U.S. Army Specialist Jessica A. Walker, of Anoka, Minn., “not to just hand out stuff.”

Nov. 8, 2010

Deployed troops compete in combat skills competition

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - 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.

Nov. 8, 2010

Baghdad takes a stand on illiteracy

BAGHDAD (Nov. 4, 2010) — What seemed like a dream months ago to bring basic education to Iraqis is now a reality thanks to the cooperation between U.S. and Iraqi agencies.

Nov. 8, 2010

Afghan father, son graduate police academy class

KABUL (Nov. 5, 2010) — The old saying like father, like son, is as true in Afghanistan as it is in the United States. Sherwali Hakmal, 45, and his son, Javeed, 19, are from the village of Colman in the Alingar District of Laghman province.

Nov. 4, 2010

ISAF Doctors Save Afghan Child in Ghazni

KABUL, Afghanistan (Nov. 4, 2010) –– Polish and American doctors from Task Force White Eagle saved the life of an 8-year-old Afghan girl wounded when insurgents attacked Afghan security guards in the south of Ghazni province Tuesday.

Nov. 4, 2010

American troops, Iraqi police patrol Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Nov. 4, 2010) — U.S. Soldiers joined members of the Iraqi National Police on a joint patrol to assess the security needs of the Iraqi capital and build relationships with its residents, Oct. 23.

Nov. 3, 2010

Troops assist with Iraqi-led aid mission

BAGHDAD (Nov. 2, 2010) —School is out for the day at the North Halabsah School northwest of the Iraqi capital. On a typical day, when let out of school, the students wander off to their homes—scattered throughout endless acres of farmland miles from city centers and marketplaces—but Oct. 10, the students instead joined their parents at the school, along with other adults from the community, to receive basic medical examinations, medicine and school supplies from Iraqi Army Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 37th Brigade, 9th IA Division.

Nov. 2, 2010

Crew chiefs draw on training for humanitarian mission

PANO AQIL CANTONMENT, Pakistan (October 27, 2010) — For more than a year, CH-46 Sea Knight crew chiefs are taught and tested on every aspect of their career field – from the mechanics of the Sea Knight to flight operations – before they actually enter into the world of being a crew chief.