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NMCSD Sailor Receives Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

A Sailor assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Branch Health Clinic Marine Corps Recruit Depot received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinction for his actions while deployed in Afghanistan, April 29.

Hospitalman Ernest M. Jimenez was presented the medal with combat distinguishing device by Commander, NMCSD, Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison III during an awards ceremony.

Taliban explosive device leader captured in Kandahar

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader and two of his associates, including a recent Sarpoza prison escapee, during a security operation in Zharay District, Kandahar province, April 30.

The leader is responsible for directing explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the Pashmul area, Zharay. His group is responsible for an explosive device attack in the Ushmad area April 22.

Bin Laden Buried at Sea

Osama bin Laden received a Muslim ceremony as he was buried at sea, a senior defense official said in Washington, D.C., May 2.

The religious rites were performed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the North Arabian Sea and occurred within 24 hours of the terrorist leader's death, said the official.

"Preparations for at-sea [burial] began at 1:10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and were completed at 2 a.m.," said the official.

The burial followed traditional Muslim burial customs, and bin Laden's body was washed and placed in a white sheet, said the official.

NYC celebrates Bin Laden's Death

Video by Marine Corps Public Affairs Office New York

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed numerous insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader during a security operation in Doshi district, Baghlan province, yesterday.

The leader is an insurgent district chief and leads approximately 30 insurgent fighters which he plans to use in large-scale attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and developed and extensive explosive device and suicide vest network for attacks in the district.

ANA soldiers demonstrate readiness during live-fire exercise

Afghan National Army soldiers fired D-30 122 mm Howitzers to demonstrate their proficiency and training during a live-fire exercise April 26 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Task Force Glory Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, TF Currahee, worked alongside and trained the class of ANA artillery soldiers for two months.

Afghan, Red Bulls medics work together, save soldier’s life

Afghan National Army medic Sgt. Mohammed Jash summed it up quite simply.

“It’s my job,” Jash said when asked what he thought, knowing the first aid steps he administered saved the life of a fellow ANA soldier, both from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Corps.

ANSF, ISAF discover weapons cache, detain 2 in Kandahar City

Afghan National Security Forces, in partnership with International Security Assistance Forces, discovered a weapons cache and detained two suspected insurgents April 29 while conducting joint clearing operations in sub-district seven of Kandahar City.

Two suspected insurgents were detained after the joint-patrol searched their compound and discovered a weapons cache. The clearing operation was led by ANSF, who worked side-by-side with ISAF in a continued effort to deprive the Taliban of weapons used to hinder security in the region.

Portland Marine engages enemy, leads team to safety

For much of their deployment, Marines of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion have found an insurgent force which was reluctant to fight them toe to toe. Rather, the enemy has relied more on improvised explosive devices and indirect fire.

However, on April 20, Lance Cpl. Jesse K. Knerr, section leader for 3rd Platoon, E Company, 3rd LAR, and native of Portland, Ore., found that when insurgents have their backs against the wall they are left with no choice but to fight.