LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (click for more)
PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Andreas Buttner, a flight medic in Company C, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion of Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, displayed his selfless side; not during a combat medical mission, but for a fellow Soldier in Co. C Nov. 13.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Raymond Jugal was recently informed that his 6-year-old daughter, Johanna, had been diagnosed with Lymphoma, a disease that affects the body’s lymphoid tissue.
“Johanna is a very young girl and a disease of this type can overtake her small body very quickly if found too late,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Erika Richardson, a flight medic for Co. C.
Johanna’s family was originally told that she had a bad case of mumps that would not go away. Her symptoms progressively got worse. Johanna suddenly fell into a coma due to the rapid spread of her undetected condition. The young girl was hospitalized in an isolation room with the hope that she would recover and come out of her coma.
Buttner, a native of Fulda, Germany, knew he wanted to help the family when he found out what had happened to Jugal’s daughter, even though he did not know him personally. He decided to hold a fundraiser on Bagram Airfield by selling homemade pizzas to Soldiers in an attempt to help the family with the expenses that were already quickly accruing. He had prior experience with cooking and knew that it would be appreciated by other Soldiers.
“I used to be a chef in a restaurant many years ago, and pizza was one of my biggest sales,” said Buttner. “I used to sell between 300 and 600 pizzas a week made from scratch.”
With ingredients his wife and family sent him, plus some helpful contributions from other people, Buttner and U.S. Army Capt. Melanie Sims, a flight nurse with Co. C and a native of Eureka, Calif., tackled the pizza-making with high hopes of raising enough money to help the Jugal family’s pocketbook.
“The pizza fundraiser wasn't just an excuse to have great homemade pizza,” said U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas Anderson from San Bernardino, Calif. “It was for a good cause. We hope the (Co. C) family was able to make a difference for Johanna and the Jugal Family. Sgt. Buttner had his heart in the right place. Not just for hosting an event that boosted morale, but for wanting to help out a fellow noncommissioned officer and his family.”
After 9 1/2 hours of cooking pizza, Buttner and Sims made 40 pizzas, served about 33 people and raised $1,180 in donations for Jugal’s family.
“The suggestion that was made for a fundraiser by Sgt. Buttner rang out as an act of complete selflessness and kindness toward people he hardly knew,” said Richardson, a native of Chicago, Ill., “I wanted to support him in any way I could. People came from all over (Bagram Airfield) to participate in something they knew would not only help change the life of a fellow Soldier not wounded by combat, but a father who was wounded by an enemy he couldn't see.”
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NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Bastogne, continued operations in the Sherzad District Jan. 8 clearing the village of Toto of insurgent fighters to reinforce a foundation of security in the area.
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