Archive: January, 2017

Jan. 31, 2017

Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system exercise a training first

     A milestone in the training with the Gray Eagle, an unmanned aircraft system, has been reached at Fort Riley and will enhance the ability of UAS technicians to prepare for, and win, in a combat zone.      Known to the Soldiers of the Company F, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, as Table VI Aerial Gunnery Training, it is more

Jan. 31, 2017

Coalition leaders review Iraqi Ranger training at Camp Taji

The Combined Joint Task Force -- Operation Inherent Resolve's command sergeant major reviewed the Iraqi Ranger training program during a visit to Task Group Taji Jan. 23. Soldiers from New Zealand and Australia direct the training at Camp Taji -- one of four building partner capacity locations run by Coalition forces to enhance the readiness of Iraqi security forces.

Jan. 31, 2017

Pararescueman awarded Air Force Cross for valor at Roberts Ridge

Fifteen years after a 17-hour battle on an Afghan mountaintop, a pararescueman’s extraordinary heroism was recognized with an Air Force Cross, upgraded from a Silver Star, following a service-wide review of medals awarded since 9/11.

Jan. 31, 2017

816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron answers the call in the Middle East

United States and Coalition forces in Afghanistan are working to advise, train and assist Afghan security forces across the country. In places like Jalalabad Airfield in the country’s far-eastern Nangarhar Province, they recently called for a shipment of vehicles to support their ongoing work with their Afghan partners.

Jan. 30, 2017

U.S. Raid in Yemen Garners Intelligence

A Pentagon spokesman said valuable intelligence was obtained during the U.S. military raid on the militant Islamist group al-Qaida in Yemen that killed a U.S. service member and injured three others.

Jan. 30, 2017

Handover Ceremony of Huey Helicopter

At a ceremony January 27 in Almaty, the U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan handed over a Huey II Helicopter worth $7 million to the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan. This is the fourth Huey helicopter provided to Kazakhstan through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program. U.S. Ambassador George Krol, U.S. Consul General Mark Moody, U.S. Defense Attaché Colonel Ron Hogan, and leadership of the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan participated in the ceremony.

Jan. 30, 2017

Iraqi Security Force practices squad-level assault tactics

The Government of Iraq sends Iraqi Army and Border Guard Police units to Al Asad Air Base to learn and practice proven patrol and clearing techniques in urban warfare environments.

Jan. 30, 2017

369th SB trains on Army’s newest communications equipment

While it may resemble a giant beach ball, the inflatable Ground Antenna Transmit Receive (GATR) Ball is actually the U.S. Army’s latest piece of satellite communications equipment. The technology is so new that the 369th Sustainment Brigade’s GATR Ball has a serial number in the single digits.

Jan. 30, 2017

Gunfighters Save the Day

On Sept. 21, 2016. Afghanistan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) were operating in Khost Province, when they were pinned down by enemy heavy machine gun fire and facing a maneuvering enemy assault. One of their Soldiers suffered a gunshot wound to the head and required immediate medical evacuation. The ANDSF requested air support to medically evacuate their wounded.

Jan. 27, 2017

Pentagon Official Details Counter-ISIL Progress in Iraq, Syria

The coalition and its partners in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant continue to make gains in Iraq and Syria, a Pentagon spokesman said today.