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NEW MEDAL ANNOUNCED!

Distinguished Warfare Medal To Recognize Meritorious Service
By Harold Hutchison

The Department of Defense has unveiled a new medal to recognize those who support combat operations in war zones – even when they are on a separate continent.

Medal of Honor Ceremony

Video by DVIDS Hub

TWO MORE BITE THE DUST

Shadi Mama and Mojib Killed by ISAF
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed that it has killed two more Taliban leaders, upping their total to five in the last three days. Shadi Mama was killed in a precision strike in Helmand, while ISAF forces in Nangarhar province eliminated Mojib.

TOR JAN KILLED

ISAF Bags Third Taliban Leader in Two Days
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF confirmed the death of a third Taliban leader in two days. Tor Jan, also known as Graan, was killed during an operation in Kandahar province.

Tor Jan was also a Taliban facilitator, who organized attacks against Afghan and coalition forces using IEDs, personnel and weapons. His death came in what an ISAF release termed a “precision strike.”

TEDD TEAM AIDS THE FIGHT!

Four-Legged Friends Help Defeat IEDs!
By Harold Hutchison

Troops with C Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment have a secret weapon in the fight against IEDs: Livee. She is able to use her sense of smell to help sniff out improvised explosive devices.

TWO TALIBAN LEADERS KILLED

Afshin and Ismail Terrorize Logar No More
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF reported that two Taliban leaders were confirmed as killed during an operation on Sunday in Logar province.

According to an ISAF release, Afshin and Ismail were operating in Baraki Barak district. Afshin was involved in attacks that killed an American servicemember on Christmas Eve and an Afghan soldier on 28 December. Ismail was involved in planning direct and indirect fire attacks, and was also involved in financing operations.

AFGHAN COPS SEIZE DRUGS, DEFEAT IED!

AUP, ALP in Action!
By Harold Hutchison

During operations over the weekend, Afghan cops seized over 300 kilos of drugs and thwarted an IED attack.

The drug seizure was carried out by Afghan Uniformed Police in conjunction with Afghan Local Police militia units. The opium, which can go for as much as $30 a gram on American streets, was seized after the Afghan cops received a tip.

PANETTA EXPLAINS BENGHAZI

Claims Time, Distance, Factors in Response
By Harold Hutchison

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta claimed that time and distance considerations had an effect on the response – or lack thereof – to the 11 September, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

TALIBAN LEADERS, HAQQANI FACILITATORS CAPTURED

Bad Guys Nabbed Across Afghanistan
By Harold Hutchison

The International Security Assistance Force reported that two Taliban leaders and two Haqqani facilitators were captured during operations in Afghanistan.

TALIBAN FACILITATOR BUSTED WITH DRUGS!

Joint Force Captures The Bad Guy!
By Harold Hutchison

A Taliban facilitator in Kandahar province was captured by a joint Afghan-coalition force – who found over 700 pounds of drugs in the operation to take him down.

The joint force had sought the facilitator due to his involvement in acquiring and transferring IEDs and IED materials. The facilitator had also provided equipment, weapons, and vehicles to Taliban fighters.

SILVER STAR PRESENTED TO MARINE

Sgt. Miguelange G. Madrigal Honored for Heroism
By Harold Hutchison

The 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) is one of five such units in the Marine Corps. Three are active-duty, two, including the 3rd, are in the Marine Corps Reserves.

One member of the 3rd ANGLICO, Sgt. Miguelange G. Madrigal recently was honored for heroism during a 15 February, 2008 engagement with hostile forces during the War on Terror.

1st Batallion 38th Infantry Regiment Dismounted Patrol

Video by 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division

SIX-DECADE WAIT ENDS

Korean War Heroism Recognized
By Harold Hutchison

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. Even today, there is still technically a state of war between North Korea and the UN forces that halted the aggression in 1950.

For much of the past six decades, the Korean War has been described as the “Forgotten War.” That is changing to an extent, and one such case is that of William V. Wuorinen.

TALIBAN IED ATTACK COORDINATOR CAPTURED!

Haqqani Leader Also Captured
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF and Afghan forced captured a Taliban IED attack coordinator in Kunduz province. The facilitator had conducted attacks against coalition and Afghan forces, and had targeted Afghan government officials.

ISAF and Afghan forces also seized IED materials while capturing the IED attack coordinator.

In Khost province, ISAF and Afghan forces captured a Haqqani network leader who had been involved in acquiring and transfering homemade explosives. A number of assault rifles were seized in the operation.

MAKING PROGRESS ON A SHOESTRING

DOD Claims Progress in Yemen
By Harold Hutchison

The DOD is making progress in Yemen despite not having a lot of troops on the ground. This is according to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Michael A. Sheehan.