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FIVE BRONZE STARS FOR EOD AIRMAN

EOD Specialist Has Disarmed 200 IEDs
By Harold Hutchison

An Air Force EOD specialist has joined an exclusive club – Air Force personnel who have received five awards of the Bronze Star. Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Brickey received the medal on 22 March.

The Bronze Star is a relatively rare award for the Air Force, since it cannot be awarded for actions involving aerial flight. Brickey is only the fifth Airman to receive the Bronze Star five times.

DOWN TO ONE

USS John C. Stennis Leaves Fifth Fleet
By Harold Hutchison

The United States is down to one carrier to not only support Operation Enduring Freedom and keep an eye on Iran. This is due to the departure of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) from the region.

The carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), which was slated to deploy, instead remains in Norfolk due to the sequester. The only carrier in the region is USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

SADAT BITES THE DUST!

Taliban Leader Killed by ISAF
By Harold Hutchison

A Taliban leader in Helmand province was killed by ISAF during operations in Afghanistan yesterday. This ups the total of insurgent leaders killed or captured to five in the past three days.

Sadat was involved in carrying out attacks on ISAF and Afghan forces. He also provided weapons to insurgents and coordinated the use of improvised explosive devices.

ISAF CAPTURES INSURGENT BIGWIGS

Leaders, Facilitator, Nabbed During Operations
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that two insurgent leaders and an insurgent facilitator were captured during operations on 25 March. This comes as the spring fighting season is approaching in the region.

A Taliban leader was captured in Shah Wali Kot district, Kandahar province. The unidentified individual had ordered assassinations of Afghan government officials. The leader was also involved in leading attacks against Afghan and Coalition forces.

CBS APOLOGIZES TO VETERANS

“Amazing Race” Episode Featured Propaganda
By Harold Hutchison

Sunday evening, viewers of “The Amazing Race” were treated to a message before the episode apologizing to America’s veterans. The apology comes after a week of controversy surrounding an episode that took place in Hanoi.

During the 17 March episode in Hanoi, race participants had to stop at a route marker set at a memorial centered on a B-52 downed during the Vietnam War. The leg of the race also featured a Vietnamese propaganda show.

Here is the full text of the statement CBS placed before the 24 March episode:

TANIM TAKEN OUT!

ISAF Also Bags Gul Ahmad
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that two Taliban leaders in Helmand province were killed during operations in Afghanistan last week. The Taliban leaders were identified as Tanim and Gul Ahmed.

Tanim, who was killed on 18 March, had directed attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces. He also was involved in recruiting new insurgents and had taken part in sham legal proceedings. Gul Ahmed, killed on 17 March, was also responsible for attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces.

HUGE BAG IN WARDAK

ISAF Nabs Taliban Leader, Facilitators
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF captured a Taliban leader and two Taliban facilitators during the same operation in Wardak province.

The Taliban leader was involved in planning and directing a number of high-profile attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, and his track record included kidnapping and assassination attempts against government officials, past attempts to destabilize Afghan elections, and recruitment of insider threat agents. The two Taliban facilitators captured during the operation also specialized in high-profile attacks.

HAZRATULLAH BITES THE DUST

Haqqani Leader Whacked
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that Hazratullah, a Haqqani network leader known for procuring weapons, IED components, ammunition and other supplies to insurgents for attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces, was killed during an operation in Khost province.

ISAF also confirmed the capture of a Taliban leader and a Taliban facilitator during operations in Afghanistan. The Taliban facilitator, who was captured in Kandahar, was involved in transactions that provided weapons and ammunition to insurgents for use in attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces.

RUHULLAH WHACKED!

ISAF Nabs Two Taliban Facilitators
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed the death of a Taliban leader in Nangarhar province during operations in Afghanistan. The leader, Ruhullah, was identified as a Taliban IED expert involved in multiple attacks on ISAF and Afghan forces.

Two Taliban facilitators were also captured. One, in Balkh province, was in the middle of planning an attack to take place on government officials during the Afghan New Year. The other facilitator, captured in Kandahar, provided IEDs to insurgents after assembling them.

ISAF DEFUSES IEDS!

17 Cleared in Two Days
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF forces operating in eastern Afghanistan have cleared 17 IEDs in the last two days. This comes as the spring fighting season nears.

According to releases from ISAF Regional Command East, ten IEDs were cleared on 17 March, and seven more the next day. ISAF Regional Command East also confirmed the discovery of two weapons caches and detaining one insurgent.

ABDUL SATAR, JANAN, WHACKED!

ISAF Confirms Taliban Leader, Facilitator Killed
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that a Taliban leader and a Taliban facilitator were killed over the weekend during operations in Afghanistan. The deaths come as the spring fighting season is approaching in Afghanistan.

Abdul Satar was a facilitator for the Taliban in Kandahar province. He had been responsible for providing IED materials, as well as weapons and supplies to insurgents, while also taking part in direct-fire and IED attacks. He and one insurgent were killed during a security operation.

COMMENTARY: COMBATANTS AND CITIZENSHIP

Who is a Combatant, and Does American Citizenship Matter?
By Harold Hutchison

The takedown of Anwar al-Awlaki was seen by many as a huge win in the War on Terror. That said, it also generated a great deal of controversy. Why? Because al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico – making him an American citizen under the provisions of the 14th Amendment.

TALIBAN FACILITATOR CAPTURED

Numerous Other Insurgents Also Killed and Nabbed
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF reported the capture of a Taliban facilitator in Kandahar province during operations in Afghanistan. The facilitator, who was not identified, acquired and distributed lethal aid to fighters in Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces. In the past, he has also provided grenades, ammunition, home-made explosive material and improvised explosive devices for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

DRONES, THE WAR ON TERROR, AND LIMITS

The Debate Rages On
By Harold Hutchison

13 HOURS IGNITE A DEBATE
UAVs had played a major role in the War on Terror, including scoring at least two high-value kills: Anwar al-Awlaki on 30 September, 2011, and Abu Ali al-Harithi, one of the masterminds of the USS Cole bombing, on 3 November, 2002.

A CONTROVERSIAL BRONZE STAR

Chaplain Speaks Out – Did the Media Blow The Story?
By Harold Hutchison

A chaplain who was awarded the Bronze Star has spoken out about the tour – and what appears to have been misleading media coverage. In an interview with TheBlaze.com, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer, USAF, discussed the award and the PowerPoint presentation that has generated controversy.