• September 19, 2014

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ANA one step closer to self-reliance

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Mortarmen with 3rd Cavalry Regiment advised and assisted the Afghan Nation Security Forces by teaching mortar skills to 203rd Corps’ mortarmen Aug. 27, during training classes so the Afghans can ultimately teach classes themselves to future generations of their own mortarmen.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
1st Cavalry soldiers show ‘initiative and dedication’ at soldier board
Posted: September 10, 2014

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The line of junior soldiers stood side by side at the position of parade rest trying to conceal their nervousness in front of the panel of senior noncommissioned officers. The questions came at the junior soldiers in rapid succession. Not much mercy was shown to the soldier if the answer wasn’t given quickly or completely before the same question was asked to the next soldier down the line. This continued until the correct answer was given and the questioner was satisfied.

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‘In the face of the enemy’: U.S. flags over Kandahar
Posted: September 10, 2014

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — When Capt. Allison Anderson returns home to Fort Hood from her deployment in Afghanistan sometime this fall, she’ll be carrying a neatly folded U.S. flag that flew over the Regional Command South headquarters compound at Kandahar Air Field.

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Brotherly love in Afghanistan
Posted: September 10, 2014

PAKTIA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Two brothers serving in the Army, currently deployed to Afghanistan, were promoted together to the rank of sergeant at Forward Operating Base Lighting, Paktia province, on Sept. 1.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Gunslingers take over sustainment operations final phase in RC-South
Posted: September 03, 2014

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Fort Hood’s 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, completed their transfer of authority with the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion on Aug. 7.

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Last military post office to close in Afghanistan
Posted: September 03, 2014

Every day Sgt. Michael Claggett has the chance to make some of his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan smile.

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FET training teaches soldiers how to work with Afghan women
Posted: September 03, 2014

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Even though International Security Assistance Force troop numbers continue to fall throughout Afghanistan, there is still a need for qualified soldiers to work with one of the country’s largest population groups — women.

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Security officers keep Cav leaders safe in RC-South
Posted: September 03, 2014

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — As the Regional Command South commander shakes hands with partners or as the command sergeant major examines base defenses, there is a soldier always nearby with a radio in his ear, rifle in hand and head on a swivel. While everyone else focuses on the events of the day, he silently watches for signs of danger.

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In Iraq, residents of Amirli celebrate end of militant siege
Posted: September 03, 2014

AMIRLI, Iraq — For 82 days and nights, Muammar Kamal stood watch from the roof of his home with a foam mattress, a pair of binoculars and his Kalashnikov rifle. Several hundred yards away across a sun-baked field, the young lawyer could see a black flag fluttering from a dirt barrier where Islamic State forces were dug in.

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