Archive: April, 2012

April 30, 2012

Route clearance patrols, the men out front

KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 30, 2012) — The first to encounter the threat of potential improvised explosive devices is one of the most dangerous jobs of a route clearance patrol soldier. Two soldiers in the 182nd Engineer Company exhibit extreme courage on a daily basis by operating the Husky Mounted Detection System.

April 27, 2012

Texas ADT 5 brings knowledge of buzzing business opportunity to Afghans

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 27, 2012) — U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jon Martinez, Texas Agribusiness Development Team 5 Animal Husbandry non-commissioned officer and project manager assistant supply NCO, farms honey bees native to Ghazni province to assist the Department of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock specialists in teaching local Afghans how to start their own apiary business April 4, 2012.

April 26, 2012

ANSF take the lead for Op Shafuq

NAD ‘ALI, Afghanistan (April 26, 2012) — As the fighting season begins to unfold, the Afghan National Army has decided to take the fight to the enemy.

April 25, 2012

Afghanistan visit leaves Dempsey encouraged

BRUSSELS (April 25, 2012) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrapped up a two-day visit to Afghanistan April 24 and said he’s encouraged by what he saw and heard there.

April 24, 2012

Soldiers, civilians participate in 7th Annual Pat Tillman Run in Afghanistan

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 23, 2012) — In honor of Pat Tillman's legacy, more than 250 service members and civilians participated in the 7th Annual Pat Tillman Run, held for the first time at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, since Tillman's death in 2004.

April 24, 2012

Happy to be in the infantry

COMBAT OUTPOST KOLK, Afghanistan (April 24, 2012) — Pfc. Austin Schwab woke up cold. He’d spent the majority of the previous day marching through the thick marshes of southern Afghanistan. Later that night, when the platoon in which he serves took over a compound, Schwab spent the majority of the night sleeping on the ground, his rifle next to his side. The early-rising Afghanistan sun woke him. The soldier quickly threw on his protective gear and equipment, and in a matter of seconds, climbed on a ladder toward the compound’s roof to provide security over-watch. He is just 20.

April 23, 2012

New simulator pushes Afghan pilots' capabilities

KABUL, Afghanistan (April 20, 2012) — Afghan pilots now have a state-of-the-art MI-17 simulator here to hone their aviation skills in a safe environment.

April 23, 2012

Dempsey Visits Jordan to Reaffirm Partnership

AMMAN, Jordan (April 21, 2012) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived here today to visit his Jordanian counterpart and to meet with officials at the U.S. Embassy.

April 20, 2012

‘Dealer 54’ honored on USMC flight line

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan (April 20, 2012) — Marines and sailors with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, the “Gunfighters,” gathered at their squadron aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, April 17, 2012, to rededicate their flight line in memory of one of their own.

April 19, 2012

Clinton, Panetta: NATO partners committed to Afghanistan

BRUSSELS, (April 18, 2012) — Meetings today provided a clear sense of NATO’s ongoing commitment to the security mission in Afghanistan up to and beyond 2014, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at NATO headquarters here today.