FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHANK, Afghanistan The tell is small and subtle, but every Soldier knows that the shoulder sleeve insignia, or combat patch, worn on the right sleeve denotes service in a combat zone.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan Many leaders in todays army have graduated from the United States Military Academy. It is not uncommon then, during a time of war, for classmates to run into each other while down range. There was an uncommon occurrence, however, this past month when the 130th Engineer Brigade arrived in Afghanistan to assume responsibility of the Theater Engineer Brigade (TEB) from the 555th Engr. Bde.
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan Army Special Forces Soldiers have helped shape the future of Afghanistan during a critical turning point in the fight against insurgents in the Nimroz and Helmand provinces since their arrival in May 2013.
KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan The vehicles and construction equipment were caked in sludge and dust. The Soldiers of 617th Engineer Company Trailblazers were covered in dirt with sweat dripping from their faces as they returned each evening from their five day mission repairing a vital access road in the Khost Province.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan The Soldiers of 555th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, Joint Task Force Triple Nickel, may be only a month away from concluding their deployment, but there are no signs of slowing down in the unit that since February has overseen U.S. military engineer operations throughout Afghanistan.
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan Field fielding is a term that often triggers visualizations reminiscent of Charles Dickenss soup kitchen with a large, sweaty man serving miniscule amounts of soup while laughing when asked to serve more. For others, memories surface of the old lunch lady barely acknowledging your thank-you while she slops on what appears to be mashed potatoes beside your unknown source of meat. For the 864th Engineer Battalion, stationed out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, small portions and grumpy servers are nowhere to be found during their field feeding operations on Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sharana, Regional Command East Afghanistan.
KABUL, Afghanistan The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came away from a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday convinced that the United States and Afghanistan can sign a bilateral security agreement between now and October.
COMBAT OUTPOST TALUKAN, Afghanistan Soldiers of B Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Manchu Regiment, recently tore apart the combat outpost that was their home for nearly seven months.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Halfway there.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan In the first four months of their deployment, the Soldiers of the Joint Task Force Triple Nickel headquarters, 555th Engineer Brigade, have overseen engineering projects for countless other units throughout Afghanistan. Massive base expansions, road construction, building repairs and more.
COMBAT OUTPOST KHENJAKAK, Afghanistan Following a four-day operation May 1 to 4, soldiers of C Chaos Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2, and Weapons Company, 6th Kandak, 205th Afghan National Army completed their final company-sized operation of the units nine-month deployment.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan Soldiers with Combined Task Force 2-23 (2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment) contended in the Top Tomahawk competition that began March 29 at FOB Spin Boldak.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Ten contestants from throughout Regional Command South tested their physical limits through a fitness challenge in the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Divisions Dragoon Games in Kandahar, Afghanistan, March 24.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan When Staff Sgt. Luis Santos found out he made the sergeant first class list in March 2012, he jokingly bet his wife he would get promoted during his units deployment to Afghanistan and she would miss his fourth promotion in a row.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan The 555th Engineer Brigade completed its transfer of authority ceremony with the 411th Eng. Bde. here at Bagram Air Field, Feb. 3, officially assuming command of the Theater Joint Engineer Brigade in Afghanistan.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan The Combined Team Ready First assumed battle space responsibility from 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Lancers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Jan. 7. The ceremony was held at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, and hosted multiple Afghan dignitaries as well as Maj. Gen. Robert Abe Abrams, Regional Command-South commander.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters landed on a small FOB in Southern Afghanistan, kicking up dust and causing a buzz from those on the ground.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan Specialist Brendon Brown stepped off his Stryker at Combat Outpost Talukan Dec. 26, looking for a familiar face.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Special guest, Maj. Gen. Robert B. Abrams, shared a personal dinner with Haji Tor Jan New Years Eve. The farewell dinner was in honor of the outgoing commander of 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Lt. Col. Patrick Michaelis.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan A provincial security meeting was held inside the governors palace Jan. 2, to bid farewell to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.