Archive: 2013

Feb. 20, 2013

Afghan Air Force Cessna evacuates first casualties

KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 19, 2013) — An Afghan Air Force Cessna 208 successfully transported injured soldiers for the first time from Kandahar to Kabul, Feb. 11.

Feb. 19, 2013

Linguist’s darkest moment becomes guiding light in life

CAMP DWYER, Afhanistan — Dinar Ehsan was only 18-years-old when Taliban soldiers killed his father, changing his life forever.

Feb. 14, 2013

Iraqi General Babakir Badr-Khan Shawkat al-Zebari visits USCENTCOM

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Marine General James N. Mattis (R), commander of U.S. Central Command, escorts Gen. Babakir Badr-Khan Shawkat al-Zebari, Iraqi Joint Headquarters chief of staff, upon his arrival to USCENTCOM headquarters here, Feb. 13, 2013.

Feb. 13, 2013

Afghan EOD Tech nears qualification, trains own force

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Feb. 12, 2013) — Afghan Border Police explosive ordnance disposal technicians are one step closer to being qualified after a joint training validation event with U.S. Air Force EOD technicians here, Feb. 5.

Feb. 12, 2013

President awards Medal of Honor to hero of COP Keating

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 11, 2013) -- President Barack Obama placed the Medal of Honor around the neck of former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha during a ceremony Feb. 11 in the East Room of the White House.

Feb. 11, 2013

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. assumes command of ISAF

KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 10, 2013) – U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force from U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen at a change of command ceremony here, Feb. 10.

Feb. 11, 2013

A Step toward Transition

CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan — In the midst of headlines that claim the Afghan forces are ready to take the lead, the Security Force Assistance Integration Cell at Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 Headquarters has proof. The Afghan National Army Military Police Guard Command at the Afghan National Detention Facility at Pol-e-Charki, who are partnered with Task Force Titan for mentorship and assistance, are taking solid, steady steps toward independence.

Feb. 6, 2013

NTM-A senior leader takes on unique mentorship role

KABUL, Afghanistan — Sgt. Maj. Donna King, the Deputy Command-Support Operations, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan’s operations sergeant major, has taken on the role as mentor to the first Afghan National Police female graduate from the Kabul Military Training Center’s sergeants major academy, Sgt. Maj. Maryam Tabish.

Feb. 4, 2013

CENTCOM sailor turns hobby into book

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — “This book does not exist anywhere else in the world.” “This book has three faces: It helps Afghans learn English, it helps English speakers learn Dari, and it helps everyone learn about Afghanistan’s culture.” These are some of the remarks from Afghans who read the book written by a Dari-speaking naval officer serving here with U.S. Central Command.

Feb. 1, 2013

Brig. Gen. Espaillat visits USCENTCOM, MacDill AFB

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Brigadier Gen. Francisco A. Espaillat (L), the executive director for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Operations and Sustainment, Fort Belvoir, Va., talks with DLA Central Command Deputy Director, William Bennet (C), and DLA employees William Wheatley and Kenneth Brown (R) here as part of his battlefield circulation tour, Jan. 29, 2013. Espaillat discussed future missions facing the DLA, to include the eventual return of equipment from Afghanistan. The general branded DLA Central staff as a talented group, saying he has no doubt they are up to the challenge that lies ahead. (USCENTCOM photo by Sgt. Fredrick J. Coleman)