Archive: January, 2012

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.

Jan. 25, 2012

New health clinic open its doors in Zabul province

ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan (January 25, 2012) — A new high-capacity health clinic, providing expanded medical services, opened its doors during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Arghandab district, Jan. 20.

Jan. 24, 2012

Women’s center provides new opportunities for Afghan women

OW ZAD DISTRICT, Afghanistan (January 23, 2012) — The Now Zad District Women’s Center in Helmand province, Afghanistan officially opened for business during a ceremony at the facility, Jan. 11. More than 100 local women and children attended. The center offers a safe place for the local women to congregate and work.

Jan. 24, 2012

Texas Guard unit provides security for Afghanistan-bound reconstruction teams

EDINBURGH, Indiana (January 24, 2012) — The notion of security for Americans may entail locking our homes and cars, questioning whether our children are safe or if our bank accounts have been hacked. For an Afghan, that notion could be expanded to include stumbling upon a roadside bomb or militants with hostile intent. For the people of Afghanistan and the troops deployed there, security takes on added dimensions and is a serious concern.