Archive: 2012

Feb. 2, 2012

Afghan Border Police, U.S. Marine partnership furthers governance in southern Helmand

BANADAR, Helmand province, Afghanistan (February 2, 2012) — Situated in the southern portion of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Garmsir district has historically been a highway for insurgent movement from Pakistan.

Feb. 2, 2012

ANA, White Platoon key to security in Southern Bala Murghab

BALA MURGHAB, Afghanistan (February 2, 2012) — After receiving waves of enemy attacks from three different directions, Jan. 6, a small team of U.S. soldiers known as White Platoon, based at Combat Outpost Delorean in Bala Murghab valley are ordered to recon their battlefield area.

Feb. 1, 2012

Operation Double Check: Through the eyes of infantrymen

PATROL BASE 7171, Helmand province, Afghanistan (January 31, 2012) — Infantry Marines deployed to Afghanistan endure trials that Americans unfamiliar with military life cannot begin to fathom. Inclement weather, insatiable hunger, perpetual fatigue and direct combat with enemy forces are challenges frequently confronting the infantryman because he regularly operates in austere, hostile conditions. The infantry Marine in Afghanistan, commonly 18 years old and fresh out of high school, is often significantly more mature than others his age because of his unique experiences.

Jan. 31, 2012

Air Force, Navy officers help develop Afghan hospital project

KABUL, Afghanistan (January 31, 2012) — A major step forward for Afghans living near Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan, occurred Jan. 28 during the groundbreaking for a new hospital. The $5 million commander's emergency response program has an estimated completion timeframe of nine months.

Jan. 31, 2012

Lincoln Strike Group assists distressed Iranian Mariners

PERSIAN GULF (January 31, 2012) — Forces from the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group responded to a distressed Iranian fishing dhow in the Persian Gulf, Jan. 31. The master of Iranian dhow Sohailia had issued a mayday call reporting that the dhow’s engine had overheated and the vessel was adrift.

Jan. 27, 2012

Female Seabees bring ‘girl power’ to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (January 27, 2012) — An eight-woman construction team wrapping up a deployment in Afghanistan has taken the country by storm.

Jan. 27, 2012

'Bulldog' soldier educates Afghan women on first aid procedures

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (January 27, 2012) — In a building built for instruction and praise sits a classroom full of influential female Afghan teachers as a soldier assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, sits down and begins teaching.

Jan. 26, 2012

Air Force team provides critical care to Afghan avalanche victims

AFGHANISTAN (January 26, 2012) — A team of U.S. and Afghan air force aircrew and support personnel snapped into action Jan. 24, 2012, to provide life-saving support to 31 Afghan victims of an avalanche.

Jan. 25, 2012

Course brings Afghanistan step closer to having armor corps

WARREN, Mich. (Jan. 23, 2012) — 'Crawl, Walk, Run.' That simple phrase is the common refrain you hear in the training facilities of the United States Army throughout the world. This approach forces new Soldiers to focus on the basics before moving onto more advanced techniques. In Afghanistan that same training principal is being applied at the newly opened Afghanistan National Army, or ANA, Armor Branch School.

Jan. 25, 2012

Network control center supports mission and morale on Bagram

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (January 25, 2012) — Every time someone emails a policy letter, instant messages their family or takes time out to watch a movie on their desktop, the airmen of the 455th Expeditionary Communication Squadron network control center at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, are comforted by the indicators of yet another successful work day.