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CJCS presents Bronze Stars to Nellis pararescuemen

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented Bronze Stars with valor to three Nellis pararescuemen during a ceremony here April 13.

Staff Sgt. Asher Woodhouse, Tech. Sgt. Ryan Manjuck and Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Hedglin of the 58th Rescue Squadron were individually awarded the medal for putting their lives at risk under enemy fire to rescue three American Soldiers in Afghanistan June 3, 2010.

Typhoon and Tornado Strikes

Video by NATO Channel

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Haqqani Network facilitator during a security operation in Bak district, Khost province, yesterday.

The facilitator was responsible for the acquisition and supply of weapons, ammunition and homemade bomb materials for attacks against coalition forces. Specifically, he was involved in supplying detonators and rocket propelled grenades for use in the production of homemade bombs.

Tankers Take on Route Clearance

Tank crewmen with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, had to learn another set of skills recently to succeed during their seven-month tour in Afghanistan.

“To go from being tankers to route clearance was a pretty big leap for us,” said 1st Lt. William Fortin, a 24-year-old platoon commander from Selden, N.Y. “If there is any unit that really has an appreciation for this job it’s us, because as tankers you don’t realize the effects of improvised explosive devices the same way as you would if you were route clearance.”

U.S.-trained Afghan pilots advance in Mi-17 course, designated as co-pilots

The first two Afghan air force helicopter pilots to complete basic aviator training in the U.S. recently became qualified as co-pilots in the Mi-17 helicopter, the focal point of the Afghan air force's rotary-wing force.

The qualification marks the halfway point in their Mi-17 training.

U.S. Huey advisors step back, Iraqi instructors take lead

After more than five years training side-by-side with their Iraqi counterparts in the skies, U.S. Air Force UH-1 Huey instructor pilots have taken a step back as Iraqi instructor pilots take over responsibility for training their own junior pilots.

Last month, the 721st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron's two Huey instructor pilots, Lt. Col. Brandon Deacon and Capt. Jun Oh, stepped out of the cockpit for the last time to start ground-level advising their Iraqi partners with Iraqi army Aviation Command's 2nd Squadron.

Marine and ANA Instructors Teaching ANA Soldiers How to Fire the Machine Gun

Video by 2nd Marine Division

Aeromedical mission brings healing touch to deployed AOR

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Many doctors and nurses are referred to as "angels of mercy." For the aeromedical evacuation Airmen here who serve aboard a C-130 Hercules "flying hospital," they really do have wings.

On any given day, Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron provide support and medical care for patient movement. They also serve as a vital link in the total force aeromedical evacuation system in the current area of responsibility here.

Company D fights through ambush in Tengay Mountain Valley

The soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, laughed when they heard the report of the attack.