Archive: 2011

Oct. 6, 2011

Operation Steel Rain disrupts Haqqani network in Khowst

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (October 4, 2011) — Afghan and U.S. troops worked together in Operation Steel Rain to disrupt Haqqani Network cells operating in the Tirzaye District of Khowst Province Sept. 29.

Oct. 6, 2011

Coalition builds camaraderie by remembering loss, celebrating triumph together in Afghanistan

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan (October 4. 2011) — With tables set and food prepared, officers from three nations gathered together under a single tent on 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)’s compound at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

Oct. 3, 2011

Improved Iraq enjoys liberty, U.S. Commander says

WASHINGTON (September 29, 2011) — American forces’ efforts in Iraq “have given the people of Iraq a huge gift” through the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a democratic society, a senior U.S. commander said today.

Sept. 29, 2011

Paktika road improves government reach, unites provinces

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (September 28, 2011) — Imagine a state with few paved roads, little air transportation to reach smaller cities and no waterways for travel. What ideas would connect people or energize an economy to create jobs? In southeastern Afghanistan, one answer involves roads.

Sept. 28, 2011

Caldwell: Afghan troops, police make ‘significant’ progress

WASHINGTON (September 26, 2011) — Afghan security forces are moving forward and will be able to assume the lead for security in December 2014, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commander of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.

Sept. 26, 2011

Big Red One Soldiers, Afghan forces take on enemy during Operation Tofan II

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (September 22, 2011) — It's probably the most dangerous mission all year, said Capt. Michael Hefti, speaking to his Soldiers before they headed off to the remote Suri Kheyl area of Waze Zadran district, Paktya province, Sept. 15.

Sept. 23, 2011

Panetta cites progress, challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2011) — The United States and Iraq are in talks to chart military assistance Iraq needs after the pull-out of U.S. troops at the end of the year, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

Sept. 20, 2011

Reintegration builds confidence in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Septembe 16, 2011 - The program coalition forces helped to create in Afghanistan last year to turn young men away from the insurgency and reintegrate them back to their communities is going a long way in building trust and confidence there, a military official said today.

Sept. 16, 2011

Accounting for POWs, MIAs a Year-round DOD Mission

WASHINGTON (September 15, 2011) — As Americans pause tomorrow to observe POW/MIA Recognition Day, teams of military and civilian experts will be excavating sites in Europe and the South Pacific looking for remains to help identify service members still missing from past wars.

Sept. 16, 2011

President presents Medal of Honor to Marine

WASHINGTON (September 15, 2011) — President Barack Obama today draped the pale blue ribbon suspending the Medal of Honor around the neck of Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer, the first living Marine to receive the award for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.