Archive: 2012

Dec. 10, 2012

Afghan Soldiers Take the Lead to Defeat IEDs

CAMP PARSA, Afghanistan (December 8, 2012) — At Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, an Afghan National Army-led, six-week counter improvised explosive device course is currently on track to churn out more than 40 new, highly trained Afghan soldiers who are motivated to combat IEDs. The training gives Afghan troops another capability necessary to sustain unilateral operations and provide security for Afghanistan.

Dec. 7, 2012

From NY streets to Afghan skies, NYFD crew saves lives

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan (December 6, 2012) — Four New York City Firefighters, four Airmen, four friends, one team, one HH-60 Pave Hawk, one crew deployed together with the 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, and they brought a flavor unique of New York Fire Departments with them.

Dec. 6, 2012

U.S., Iraq Sign Defense Cooperation Memo of Understanding

WASHINGTON (December 6, 2012) – American and Iraqi officials signed a memorandum of understanding today in Baghdad that will make it easier for the two countries to work together.

Nov. 29, 2012

83rd ERQS: scrambling to save lives

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (November 29, 2012) — It's late in the afternoon at the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, and there seems to be little going on.

Nov. 27, 2012

No sleep till Bagram

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (November 25, 2012) — A small group of people leave their office and pile into a vehicle. Twelve hours later, they've travelled more than 800 miles - roughly the distance from Seattle to San Francisco - stopped several times in the middle of nowhere, picked up a few passengers who speak very little English, overcome engine trouble and evaded fire from semi-automatic weapons.

Nov. 27, 2012

Afghan Border Police take lead in Operation Southern Strike IV

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Nov. 26, 2012) — In remote villages of Kandahar province, to access the nearest city means crossing approximately 55 kilometers of hazardous terrain along unimproved routes through insurgent contested areas.

Nov. 20, 2012

Airmen repair, save aircraft amid enemy mortars

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) (November 15, 2012) — A seven-man mission recovery team assigned to 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron deployed to forward operating base Shank in the remote Logar province of Eastern Afghanistan to complete repairs and recover a downed C-17 Globemaster III.

Nov. 20, 2012

Deployed Airmen Skype with Ohio students

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (November 16, 2012) — It's not uncommon for deployed military members to receive boxes of goodies and letters from organizations and classes back in the United States. What is a little out of the ordinary is when thanking those groups turns into something bigger.

Nov. 15, 2012

Uruzgan official discusses Taliban reintegration efforts

TARIN KOT, Afghanistan — Uruzgan’s new provincial joint secretariat team leader Amir Mohammad met with International Security Assistance Force leaders on Nov. 12 to discuss the province’s recent efforts to reintegrate former Taliban members.

Nov. 14, 2012

Fulton County Judge Serving In Afghanistan Promoted To Brigadier General

CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan — U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Ural Glanville received his first star in a ceremony October 23 at the Headquarters of the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force (CJIATF) 435, as Brig. Gen. Glanville’s family watched via the Internet from the United States. U.S. Marine Corps General John Allen, commander, International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan, pinned the star on Brig. Gen. Glanville. “This is an honor to be able to promote this great soldier, this great leader. I’m deeply honored to be able to officiate at this moment,” said Gen. Allen.