Archive: February, 2017

Feb. 9, 2017

Resolute Support Commander: More Troops Needed to Break Afghan ‘Stalemate’

A few thousand more troops for the train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan would help to break what is now a stalemate with the Taliban, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other adversaries there, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. said.

Feb. 9, 2017

From flightline to frontline: 386 ELRS manages process for moving munitions

“Daily operations here can get pretty hectic and busy,” said Staff Sgt. David Babcock, a 386th ELRS aerial porter. “There are some days where it is so busy that it is hard to stay organized.”

Feb. 8, 2017

ISIL in West Mosul Faces Choice: Surrender or Die, OIR Spokesman Says

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists are completely surrounded in West Mosul, and those who do not surrender to the Iraqi security forces will be killed, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman told reporters.

Feb. 8, 2017

Texas guard engineer mission making history

Approximately 135 Soldiers of the 176th Engineer Brigade, Texas Army National Guard continue to provide command and control of more than 1,600 Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve engineer forces across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility while deployed.

Feb. 8, 2017

Afghan forces prepare for spring campaign

Afghan forces are looking ahead, building their capabilities ahead of their spring campaign against the Taliban.

Feb. 8, 2017

ISIL Fighters Trapped in Western Mosul, Pentagon Spokesman Says

As Iraqi security forces continue the push to liberate Mosul, terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant find themselves trapped in the city's west, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

Feb. 6, 2017

Trump: America Will Stand With Those Who Stand for Freedom

President Donald J. Trump expressed his and the nation's gratitude to service members at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and told them that the United States will stand with those who stand in the defense of freedom.

Feb. 6, 2017

Until Dawn: The Battle of Boz Qandahari

Surrounded, outnumbered, but never defeated… Green Berets fight through overwhelming odds to accomplish the mission and save the lives of their brothers. FORT CARSON, Colo. – After landing in a flooded field outside Boz Qandahari Village, Kunduz Province, Afghanistan on the night of Nov. 2, 2016 and as they trudged a mile toward their target through mud up to their waists, Army Sgt. 1st Class Morrison, the senior medical sergeant with Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA) 0224, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), remembered thinking, “Alright, yeah, that’s how it’s going to be tonight.”

Feb. 2, 2017

U-2 continues through generations, makes Air Force history breaking 30,000-hour barrier in fight against ISIS

For the first time in U.S. Air Force history an expeditionary U-2 serving in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command has reached 30,000 hours of flight time while supporting theatre operation here.

Feb. 1, 2017

Iraqi Forces Liberate 60 Percent of Mosul From ISIL Fighters

The U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has liberated about 60 percent of ISIL-held territory in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, an Inherent Resolve spokesman told reporters.