Archive: July, 2012

July 11, 2012

Georgia Marine awarded Silver Star for heroic actions in Afghanistan

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (July 11, 2012) — He watched as five Marines beside him dropped, struck by the sheer force of insurgent machine gun fire. Within seconds, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole joined his brothers as a three-round burst lifted his 200-pound frame and 80 pounds of gear completely off the ground, moved him five feet in the air, and slammed him into the dirt– all in less than half a second.

July 10, 2012

Afghan Artillerymen graduate with a bang

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LAGMAN, Afghanistan (July 10, 2012) — Instead of launching fireworks this 4th of July, members of the Afghan National Army fired high explosive and white phosphorous smoke rounds using a D-30, or Soviet 122 mm Howitzer, during a culminating training event at Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan.

July 9, 2012

Afghan commandos disrupt insurgent networks and reduce threat to ALP in Shonkrai Valley

KUNAR PROVINCE,Afghanistan (July 9, 2012) — Members of the 2nd Company, 1st Commando Kandak, cleared an insurgent safe haven in the Shonkrai valley, Khas Kunar district, during an operation advised by coalition special operations forces June 30 - July 1.

July 6, 2012

Belleau Wood Marines conduct historic transfer of authority in Helmand province

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan (July 6, 2012) — Since their activation in 1917, 5th and 6th Marine Regiments have courageously fought for America, most notably in World War I when they fought side-by-side in the bloody Battle of Belleau Wood.

July 6, 2012

Afghan leaders learn justice system, spread legal knowledge in Paktika By U.S. Army 1st Lt. Stephani

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (July 6, 2012) — More than 30 local village elders and a visiting prosecutor gathered at the Zarghun Shahr district center June 28 for a three-day course in which they studied Afghan law, conducted a mock trial, and, at the request of a local judge, received instructions on Afghan family law and women’s rights.

July 5, 2012

CENTCOM Soldier saves gunshot victim’s life

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (July 5, 2012) — A United States Central Command soldier is credited with saving the life of a Tampa man shot in the neck near Westshore Avenue in Tampa June 24.

July 3, 2012

New deputy commanding general for support named in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 3, 2012) — Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, named Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl the new deputy commanding general for support in a July 3 ceremony at the New Kabul Compound.

July 2, 2012

Afghan flight medics train for air treatment

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Army News Service, June 29, 2012) — As the U.S. continues to prepare Afghan forces to conduct operations independent of U.S. support, the Army is training Afghan medics to properly implement medical care while in flight.

July 2, 2012

Paratroopers, Afghans build post in heart of Taliban country

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Afghanistan (June 29, 2012) — For a company of paratroopers planted in the heart of Taliban country, newly built Joint Security Station Hasan in southern Ghazni Province is a chance to make a real difference.