Archive: 2011

April 8, 2011

Afghan border patrolman exemplifies leadership

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (April 8, 2011) — Sgt. Wali Jan loves his rifle and he plans on using it.

April 5, 2011

Afghan Ministry of Defense and CJIATF-435 sign reintegration memorandum

KABUL, Afghanistan (April 5, 2011) — The Afghan Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Task Force charged with the Rule of Law Mission in Afghanistan signed a memorandum of agreement at the Ministry of Defense Tuesday, April 5, 2011, establishing a vocational training program for selected insurgents who agree to renounce the insurgency.

April 4, 2011

Coalition partnership bolsters economy at Afghan bazaar

KHALAJ, GARMSIR DISTRICT, Afghanistan (April 4, 2011) — As long as there is daylight at Patrol Base Jaker, the feistiest merchants of Khalaj bazaar stand outside the gate, ceaselessly advertising kabobs and energy drinks in their shrill, adolescent voices.

April 4, 2011

Female engagement team Marines bridge gap between Western, Afghan culture

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan (April 4, 2011) — Sgt. Meredith Burns has fielded numerous questions about females in combat since she deployed to Afghanistan as 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment’s Female Engagement team leader nearly six months ago.

April 4, 2011

3rd LAR Marines cram comforts into life on the road

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PAYNE, Afghanistan (April 4, 2011) — At first glance, the back of the light armored vehicle designated as the casualty evacuation vehicle for C Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, is nothing more than a mobile trauma bay on eight wheels.

April 4, 2011

Battle ongoing to defeat combat stress

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 4, 2011) — Combat stress is one of the most lethal enemies that members of the armed forces must face. Members of the Combat Stress Clinic are working throughout Afghanistan to defeat this enemy.

April 4, 2011

Marjah district governor meets with female elected officials, Marines

HELMAND, Afghanistan (April 4, 2011) — The district governor of Marjah, Abdul Mutalib, met with three female members of Helmand’s Provincial Council and a member of the Department of Women’s Affairs, April 2, to discuss ways local government can help the women of Marjah.

April 1, 2011

Afghan governors discuss rule of law priorities

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (March 31, 2011) — Afghan provincial governors and senior representatives from various Afghan ministries met with Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 members March 29 to discuss peace and stability in their provinces.

March 29, 2011

CTF 52 conducts mine countermeasure exercise with NATO

MANAMA, Bahrain (March 29, 2011) — Commander, Task Force 52 ships participated in a mine countermeasures exercise with Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group(SNMCMG) 2 and French Forces in the Arabian Gulf last week.

March 28, 2011

Afghan leader calls for unity as four former detainees are reunited with families

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (March 28, 2011) — Four detainees were released from the Detention Facility in Parwan and reunited with their families and villagers during a detainee release shura March 24.