Archive: 2011

Sept. 16, 2011

National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2011

In every conflict in which our Nation has been involved, selfless American service members have sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country and its principles. Too many have never come home, or have endured unthinkable hardship as prisoners of war. On this day, we echo the creed inscribed on the black and white banners that fly in honor of America's Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, and we renew our promise to our heroes, that You Are Not Forgotten.

Sept. 15, 2011

Rough Riders train Afghan Uniformed Police

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Soldiers from 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, offer a sustainment excellence courses to Afghan Uniformed Police to teach basic-level skills at Forward Operating Base Walton.

Sept. 15, 2011

Possible F-16 buy highlights Iraq’s progress

WASHINGTON (September 14, 2011) — Iraq’s potential purchase of 18 U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft is an encouraging development that benefits both nations, the senior U.S. Air Force component commander in Iraq told Pentagon reporters today.

Sept. 13, 2011

Nation stronger, safer since 9/11, Panetta says

WASHINGTON (September 11, 2011) — As he stood where a hijacked airliner slammed into the Pentagon 10 years ago today, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the United States has become stronger and safer since Sept. 11, 2001.

Sept. 12, 2011

Infantry Soldiers share marksmanship knowledge with Iraqi Soldiers

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq (September 1, 2011) — Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, trained 25 Iraqi army soldiers in basic, advanced and close-quarters marksmanship skills at an Iraqi military post near Contingency Operating Base, Speicher, Aug. 14-18, in support of Operation New Dawn.

Sept. 12, 2011

Afghanistan, Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team help Afghans during medical outreach mission

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (September 6, 2011) — They came for basic medical screening services; but villagers of Khoni Kawr, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, who turned out in large numbers Sep. 5, were able to share numerous other concerns affecting their lives with Afghan government official

Sept. 12, 2011

Marjah security tightens, Marines push progress

MARJAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan (September 8, 2011) – Operation Moshtarak, a Dari word meaning “together,” began in February 2010 as a way for Afghan and coalition forces to assert authority in central Helmand and for the Afghan government to demonstrate its commitment to the people living there, according to the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Sept. 11, 2011

U.S. Central Command, Coalition commemorate 9-11 anniversary

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (September 9, 2011) — Local community leaders joined personnel assigned to U.S. Central Command to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on America with a remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday.

Sept. 7, 2011

Panetta: al-Qaida weakened, but still poses threat

NEW YORK (September 6, 2011) — The terrorist attacks of a decade ago have in some ways strengthened the United States, and operations against al-Qaida have left it much less capable, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

Sept. 2, 2011

Commander says Iraq transition on track

WASHINGTON (September 1, 2011) — As the Dec. 31 departure date approaches for approximately 46,000 U.S. troops remaining in Iraq, Iraqi security forces in the north are prepared to manage internal security and external defense, a U.S. brigade commander posted in Iraq said today.