Archive: August, 2015

Aug. 31, 2015

Iraq progresses in ISIL fight; key extremist confirmed dead

Progress continues across the battlespace in Iraq’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremists, the U.S. Central Command spokesman said today, noting that ISIL is prioritizing resources as they continue to lose fighters and leaders at a high rate.

Aug. 31, 2015

Navy destroyer saves crew of burning boat in Arabian Gulf

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) rendered assistance to the crew of a burning fishing vessel on Aug. 28.

Aug. 28, 2015

Security Forces Airman promotes self-defense in Afghanistan

In Bagram, it’s crucial for military members to be able to defend themselves in the event a situation arises. A combatives class is offered to all military personnel on BAF to ensure members have the opportunity to be able to learn basic skills to defend themselves.

Aug. 28, 2015

Aerospace ground equipment team breathes life into OIR aircraft

In the distance you can hear aircraft launching from the runway, leaving an echoing roar from the engines as it soars past. It’s a constant reminder that Airmen across the flight line are doing their part to generate sorties to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Daesh.

Aug. 27, 2015

ELRS Fuels Flight keeps Bagram aircraft fueled for flight

The 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels flight coordinates all aircraft refuels and dispatches all refueling unit operators in conjunction with 10 mission operations centers at Bagram Airfield.

Aug. 26, 2015

Security force Marines refine combat skills during live-fire range

Enthusiasm: It's one of the intangible characteristics that separate Marines from every other branch of service. Austere conditions, limited resources, and daunting odds are reduced to nothing more than minor setbacks when put before a group of Marines.

Aug. 24, 2015

Linguists play role in Operation Inherent Resolve success

In 2003, when U.S. military forces pushed into Baghdad, a young Iraqi 13-year-old named Rahdi Mortda looked at how the U.S. Army soldiers conducted themselves with professionalism, and he said to himself, “One day I will be a U.S. soldier!”

Aug. 24, 2015

General reports progress in Inherent Resolve operations

WASHINGTON, August 24, 2015 — The Iraq Security Forces are making daily progress in Ramadi during a difficult counterattack against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chief of staff of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said Friday.Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Killea briefed the press here on operations in Iraq and

Aug. 18, 2015

Advising team bolsters Afghanistan defense management

In late July, the Resolute Support Advise and Assist Directorate deployed a small team to a remote region of Afghanistan on a straight-forward advising mission. Within 48-hours, the focus of their engagement with the Afghanistan National Army’s 215th Corps shifted.

Aug. 18, 2015

Human rights: A key to security in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mitchell Chitwood knows that a major, but often overlooked, key to success in the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan is adherence to human rights.