Monthly Archive

2011
Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 175 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.

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Men at War: Come Home with Your Shield, or On It

During the mission 08 August 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan The men here can be seen saluting senior officers, while saying, “Sir, with your shield or on it.”  This is the m... read more..

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Operation Flintlock: Some Notes

Planning Operation Flintlock at FOB Pasab, formerly FOB Wilson. 09 August 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan The ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches.  For us, th... read more..

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Ambush this Morning

09 August 2011Zhary District, Kandahar, Afghanistan (A quick, unedited dispatch.) At 0630 this morning, the Commander of 4-4Cav and I met for a morning run.  Lieutenant Colonel Mike Katona is o read more..

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Infiltration: Operation Flintlock Part II

4-4Cav Soldiers stuffed into CH-47 helicopter during mission. August 11, 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan The plan was bold and dangerous.  The troops were to fly by CH-47 hel... read more..

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War Dogs & Veloci-Chickens in Afghanistan

Task Force Spartan Pushing Deeper into Taliban Country. A canine team at rest. 15 August 2011Zhary District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan War Puppies Friday morning I was out for a run on base an... read more..

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Body Bags & Speedballs

Body bag drag 16 August 2011Zhary District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan The enemy is easily resupplied.  His arteries for food and water are shorter than snake legs.   He can buy o... read more..

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JTAC: Joint Terminal Attack Controller

17 August 2011 4-4Cav in CombatOperation Flintlock We made it off the helicopter landing zone with no fighting. The enemy was not afraid of us, but they must have been taken by surprise. Two Air read more..

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Battlefield Forensics

The Later meeting 18 August 2011Task Force Spartan, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan During a planning session at a sand table, numerous firefights broke out.  We were at safe distance but close ... read more..

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Tracer Burnout

A Female Engagement Team (FET) at work in an Afghan compound. The notions that women should not, cannot, or do not go into combat, all are invalid. They should, they can, and they do. And here we need... read more..

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Edvard Munch in the Marijuana Patch

My heavily armed tent mates hours before the mission. 24 August 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, AfghanistanTask Force Spartan, 4-4Cav We live in tents.  Nice tents with air conditioning.... read more..

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The Art, Science, and Carpentry of Explosives

Blocks of M112 C-4 prepared for mission beside roll of M456 detonation cord and accessories. 29 August 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, AfghanistanTask Force Spartan, 4-4Cav There is much to k... read more..

29104

We Need Better Pants

30 August 2011Kandahar Province, AfghanistanTask Force Spartan Rip, rend and slash are all in a day’s work here.  Yet I have never seen so many troops with so many pairs of pants that are read read more..

19035

Mosquitoes

Afghan Soldier caught by infrared flash with specially modified camera. 31 August 2011Afghanistan A Soldier sleeps in a body bag to keep off the bugs. American and Afghan Soldiers share an Af... read more..

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Coalition Forces Seize 82mm Recoilless Rifle from Insurgents near Nalgham

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPR #: 20110901-005 NEWS RELEASECoalition Forces Seize 82mm Recoilless Rifle from Insurgents near Nalgham NALGHAM, ZHARAY DISTRICT, Afghanistan – While manning a checkpoint nea read more..

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Afghan and Coalition Forces Open Park near Hutal Bazaar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPR #: 20110901-002 PRESS RELEASEAfghan and Coalition Forces Open Park near Hutal Bazaar HUTAL, MAIWAND DISTRICT, Afghanistan – A new park has opened near the Hutal Bazaar and read more..

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Afghan, Coalition Forces Secure Kandalay Mosque for 3,000 Worshippers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPR #: 20110901-004 NEWS RELEASEAfghan, Coalition Forces Secure Kandalay Mosque for 3,000 Worshippers KANDALAY, ZHARAY DISTRICT, Afghanistan – More than 3,000 Muslim attendees read more..

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Hutal Residents Celebrate Eid-al-Fitr with Concert in the Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPR #: 20110901-001 PRESS RELEASEHutal Residents Celebrate Eid-al-Fitr with Concert in the Park HUTAL, MAIWAND DISTRICT, Afghanistan – To celebrate the second-to-last day of Ei read more..

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Joint ANSF/Coalition Forces Air Assault Operation Leads to Drug Cache Find, Killing of High-Value Insurgent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPR #: 20110901-003 NEWS RELEASEJoint ANSF/Coalition Forces Air Assault Operation Leads to Drug Cache Find, Killing of High-Value Insurgent ZHARAY DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Afgha read more..

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Memorial At Sperwan Ghar

August 28, 2011By Maj. Joel Anderson, 1/25th SBCT Public Affairs Officer FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZANGABAD, Afghanistan – With a pair of OH-58D, Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters flying above the outer p... read more..

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Censoring Afghanistan

Censorship 04 September 2011Kandahar Province, Afghanistan A message came today that a certain General has told me to unpublish "Battlefield Forensics."  “Battlefield Forensics” was first publi... read more..

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Soldiers' Angels September Newsletter 2011

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The Elusive Kandahar Cougar & Murphy’s Laws of Combat

Sergeant TJ Vowell insists he's seen the mysterious big cats of Kandahar many times. Recently, Sergeant Vowell got shot.  06 September 2011Kandahar Province, AfghanistanTask Force Spartan 4-4 C... read more..

27175

New Britches

07 September 2011Kandahar Province, Afghanistan American troops have been losing their britches in combat.  Until now, I’ve never seen so many troops exposing their hardware in battle.  M read more..

29591

One Night in Zhari

4-4 Cav Soldiers firing a 40mm mortar on the evening of 20 August 2011. 12 September 2011 Note: This rough dispatch was written over many days during slivers of time between prepping gear and going ... read more..

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ANSF, CF Air Assault Operation Leads to Large Cache Find, Enemy Tunnel System Destroyed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPR #: 20110912-001 NEWS RELEASEANSF, CF Air Assault Operation Leads to Large Cache Find, Enemy Tunnel System Destroyed ZHARAY DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security read more..

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Afghan Faces

13 September 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan Today there were some attacks far away in Kabul.  The attacks meant practically nothing from a military perspective but they gar read more..

24332

Peanut Butter is Good

14 September 2011FOB Pasab, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan Nobody will have fought a full tour in Southern Afghanistan without bearing witness to a thousand helicopter flights. Before this fli read more..

24262

Narco-Poetry

Opium paste 15 September 2011FOB Pasab, Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan4-4 Cav, Task Force Spartan Three 82mm rockets hit base this morning, causing two wounded, but that’s about it s... read more..

22126

Captain Chainsaw

16 September 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan4-4 Cav, Task Force Spartan The enemy has figured out the strategy here in Zhari but they have been unable to stop it.  Day by da read more..

29192

Every Step is Your Last

21 September 2011Zhari District, Kandahar Province, AfghanistanTask Force Spartan, 4-4 Cav The moon in September was special and the war kept going. Bombs are planted everywhere.  The dog read more..

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