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The Obama administration is softening its demand that Afghanistan sign a security agreement by the end of the year or risk a withdrawal of all Americans troops, a threat that alarmed military officials and U.S. allies but did little to sway Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday offered troops a rare glimmer of hope on the department’s financial woes, saying a possible budget agreement back home could ease the automatic spending cuts that have hit the military hard.
WASHINGTON — In January, when U.S. officials first raised the prospect of keeping no troops in Afghanistan after 2014, this “zero option” was broadly seen as a rhetorical bargaining chip the White House was using to nudge along talks over a long-term security agreement.
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Schroeder of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, center, talks with Afghan National Army officials Wednesday, May 29, 2013, about supplies for a medic training course at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman province, Afghanistan.
American troop levels in Afghanistan should drop by another 10,000 service members over the next three months, said III Corps and Fort Hood Command Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Schroeder.
Christmas is coming early for some Fort Hood soldiers and families.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The Taliban failed to capture any ground from Afghan security forces fighting for the first time without foreign firepower this fighting season, U.S. officials said, but the insurgents killed scores of soldiers, police and civilians in their campaign to weaken the government.
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Soldiers with the 3rd “Red Dragon” Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, let their presence be known in a new town outside of Bagram Air Field on Oct. 13.
BRUSSELS — NATO troops in Afghanistan are bracing for a bloody winter ahead of the country’s presidential election, a senior U.S. military official said Tuesday, warning of an anticipated spike in high-profile attacks and political assassinations during a season that typically brings a lull in fighting.
Back row left to right: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle , German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere, Afghan Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai, and Afghan Deputy Defense Minister Enayatullah Nazari watch as German and Afghan Army senior officials shake hands during the handover ceremony of a German base to the Afghan armed forces in Kunduz, Afghanistan, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Soldiers of the German contingency of the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, withdrew from their base in Kunduz and the camp will be used by the Afghan National Army, ANA, and the Afghan National Civil Order Police, ANCOP.
FORT HOOD — After a 10-month separation, all it took was a stuffed Minnie Mouse toy to break the ice.
Army plans new limits on tattoos
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — U.S. Army advisers with the 36th Engineer Brigade attached to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were recognized at a ceremony Sept. 25 at Camp Maiwand, Afghanistan, as their advisory mission to the Afghan National Army 4th Infantry Brigade, 203rd Corps, came to an end.
III Corps commander sees signs of progress across Afghanistan
FORT HOOD — With 15 months left in the Afghanistan war, Fort Hood’s commander described current conditions as a “glide path” to closure.
Just under three months into their mission in Afghanistan, Black Jack soldiers can be proud of their work, said Col. Robert Whittle, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama next month will bestow the nation’s highest military award for gallantry to former Army Capt. William Swenson for valor he displayed during a six-hour battle in eastern Afghanistan in 2009.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Heading southeast out of the capital, Kabul’s tightly packed concrete walls give way to vacant lots, dusty shops and half-finished construction projects conceived in better times. Makeshift memorials of plastic flowers peek from rock piles marking long-forgotten traffic accidents in a land where death is rarely a stranger.
It is still premature to determine what support Afghanistan may need after 2014, said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commander of III Corps and Fort Hood, during a media engagement last week.
WEST FORT HOOD — Exactly 14 months after uncasing its colors from a deployment to Afghanistan, the 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion furled them Friday to deploy again.
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, center, discusses a recent assault with the commander of the Afghanistan National Army 215th Corps, Maj. Gen. Sayeed Malook, left. Malook explains to Milley and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Lee Miller, the commander of Regional Command-Southwest, right, how the Afghan National Army troops effectively tied indirect fire from mortars into their assault during a recent operation in Sangin, Wardak Province.
While the war in Afghanistan is winding down, it is by no means over, said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commander of III Corps and Fort Hood.
WEST FORT HOOD — Any nerves Spc. Shannon Klaczynski has as she faces her first deployment after 2½ years in the Army are diminished by the confidence of her commanders.
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan — More than a decade has passed and U.S. forces continue to leave their mark in Afghanistan, but for one unit, its mark is making history.
PAKTIYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — It’s 2230, dark, the sound of military vehicles rumble in the motor pool. The soldiers of 1st Platoon, 402nd Sapper Company, huddle together and join hands. With heads bowed and eyes closed, 1st Lt. Kenny Klinner begins to pray.
Belton Senior Activity Center’s annual Christmas party is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at 842 S. Mitchell St., Belton.