Building Bak one shura at a time

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Mark Fetterman, Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team engineer from Plymouth, Mass., stands on a hilly outcropping in Bak district during a foot (click for more)

ANA enforces weapon registration law

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers from 1st Coy, 3rd Kandak play with village children during a patrol through Sar Mast Kheyl, Zormat District Jan. 16. (click for more)

Afghan forces, ISAF help improve security in Bak

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An MRAP remains idle as construction efforts surround Combat Outpost Bak and the nearby district center. ISAF, ANP and ANA members work together daily (click for more)

Task Force Leader Soldiers patrol Zambar

KHOWST PROVINCE – U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Oszczakiewicz, an infantryman with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, from Trenton, N.J., scans for insurgents as 2nd Plt. receives (click for more)

US, Polish forces build relationships in Ghazni

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Polish Battle Group A and Texas Army National Guard Ghazni ADT-IV conduct a village assessment of Pir Shabaz, a small village near Ghazni City, (click for more)

New recruits join Afghan army

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Operations Sgt. Maj. Akhtar Muhammad takes questions from new recruits during Basic Warrior Training at Forward Operating Base Thunder Jan. 22. (click for more)

ANA, Red Bulls find IED

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Spc. Michael Scarsbrook, an infantryman with Task Force Ironman, from Iowa Falls, Iowa, looks down on a spot in Tupac Jan. 21, (click for more)

ANSF, TF Thunder aim to increase GIRoA influence in Pul-e Alam

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Tyrik L. Holmes, assigned to 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Thunder, (click for more)

Sayed Karam market walk, step in right direction

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class David Davis, from Moore, Okla., the platoon sergeant of the 2-45th ADT’s security force, leads the rear security element (click for more)

Iowa Soldiers discuss ‘average’ days in Afghanistan

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Pfc. Corey Vanotegham, an infantry radio telephone operator from Victor, Iowa, with TF Ironman, smiles as he stands beside a Holstein cow (click for more)

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  • CJTF82 Week in Review 26 January - 02 February

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    The Combined Joint Task Force 82 (CJTF82) Week in Review is compiled to highlight events that occurred in the previous week and is authored by SGT Ryan Wagner, CJTF82 Public Affairs Office, Broadcast Journalist.

    CJTF82 Mission: In conjunction with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRoA), joint, interagency, and multinational forces, CJTF82 conducts full spectrum operations to disrupt insurgent forces in the combined joint operations area, develops Afghanistan national security capability and supports the growth of governance and development in order to build a stable Afghanistan.



    Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2008 07:56
  • Brothers deployed to same base

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    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan- U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nicholas Walker (right), a computer systems manager with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan, sits and talks with his brother, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dempsey Walker (left), supply support activity platoon sergeant, Company A, Task Force Workhorse, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon, both from Atmore, Ala., July 4 on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The brothers meet about once a week to talk and relax together while they are deployed. (Photo by U.S Army Sgt. Robert Healy, Task Force Workhorse, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon)BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Many armed services personnel are separated from their families for a long period of time on a regular basis due to deployments. Although some military members have a spouse or other family member that is also in the military and deploys frequently, rarely are they deployed at the same time or to the same location.

    In Afghanistan, two brothers have found themselves deployed, not only at the same time, but to the same location as well. U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dempsey Walker, supply support activity platoon sergeant, Company A, Task Force Workhorse, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, from Atmore, Ala., has spent 24 years in the Army and is currently on his fourth deployment.  His brother, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nicholas Walker, a computer systems manager with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan, also from Atmore, has spent 17 years in the Air Force and is currently on his third deployment. Both are deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

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  • Private First Class Andrew F. Bluhm

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    PFC Bluhm was the gunner on the platoon leader’s truck as his platoon served as the QRF for B Troop.  The QRF was called to evacuate three casualties when the patrol received fire from the north.  PFC Bluhm returned highly effective suppressive fire, until his MK19 malfunctioned.  He immediately transitioned to the M249 SAW and continued to suppress and destroy the enemy.  Shortly thereafter, Bluhm’s platoon was attacked again and because of his highly successful suppressive fire, he began receiving direct sniper and small arms fire in addition to RPG rounds from different enemy positions.  On his own initiative and without regard to his own personal safety, PFC Bluhm took control of the vehicle and ordered the driver to maneuver the truck to provide cover for friendly forces.  Thanks to his efforts, no additional injuries were sustained at the site.

         PFC Bluhm’s heroism under fire exemplifies the Warrior Ethos.  His professionalism, selfless commitment to mission success, and care for his fellow Soldiers were instrumental to the mission being a success.


    DATE: 27 July 2007
    LOCATION: Nuristan Province
    UNIT: B Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment
    POSITION: MK19 Gunner


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  • New bunker boosts ASG morale, improves security

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    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Jastorff of Underwood, Iowa, with the help of U.S. Army Cpl. Timothy Green of El Paso, Texas, U.S. Army Sgt. Lance Morrow of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pvt. Michael Kraught of Des Moines, Iowa, all from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Task Force Lethal, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, lift the roof for a new, move a roof for a reinforced Afghan Security Guard fighting position Jan. 31 near the front gate of Forward Operating Base Gardez. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nicholas Rasmussen, Task Force Lethal Public Affairs)PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers of the Afghan Security Guard no longer have to depend on a wooden shack and Plexiglas windows to protect them as they stand watch at Forward Operating Base Gardez.



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Drug lab discovered in Nangarhar, material destroyed

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Soldiers assigned to Troop C, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a search with Afghan National Security Forces in Loya Torma Village in Sherzad District Feb. 5.

ANSF, TF Bastogne begin operations in Shawan Ghar Valley

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces partnered with the Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Bastogne, 101st Airborne Division, to begin operations in the Shawan Ghar Valley of the Lal Por District Feb. 3.


Weapons cache found, destroyed in Laghman

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A weapons cache consisting of more than 100 anti-personnel mines was found by coalition forces on patrol near the village of Jugi, Mehtar Lam District, Laghman Province Jan. 27. An explosive ordnance disposal team was deployed to the scene and destroyed the cache in place.

The security and safety of Afghan civilians is an important part of every coalition operation. All weapons caches found during these operations are destroyed to ensure they do not harm civilians or military personnel.

“Mines are indiscriminate killers. They don’t distinguish between Soldiers or civilians, between men, women or children. We must all work together to eliminate the threat posed by these deadly weapons,” said U.S. Army Col. Ben Corell, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls.

If you see any suspicious activity or know of a weapons cache in your area, please report it. Call the Operations Coordination Center Provincial Tip Line at 079-662-0193 or at 079-397-0975.

ANSF, TF Bastogne counters insurgency in Kunar

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Coalition troops and their Afghan National Security Forces partners joined together to conduct operations in the Khas Kunar District of Kunar Province Jan. 21-22.