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Aviation captain receives DFC

An Aviation Captains Career Course student received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic efforts while in Afghanistan.

Capt. Jeffrey B. Meinders, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment at Fort Stewart, Ga., received the award during a short ceremony at Fort Rucker's Adams Hall April 4.

Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general, presented the award and said Meinders showed an unexpected humility in accepting his award.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Zharay district, Kandahar province, yesterday.

The facilitator was a Taliban financier who funds operations and acquires weapons for attacks against coalition forces, including the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack against a coalition forward operating base April 7.

ASLAV frightens Taliban, protects soldiers

The Australian Service Light Armoured Vehicle is a highly mobile, reconnaissance vehicle capable of operating in harsh terrain.

On March 29, the ASLAV demonstrated its potential by intimidating Taliban, protecting innocent civilians and providing support for soldiers of Combat Team C, Mentoring Task Force 2, Combined Team Uruzgan during a firefight in Tangi Valley, Afghanistan.

Australian soldiers were interacting with villagers from the local community when they received hostile fire from the mountainside.

U.S. forces help Iraqi Army complete training program

United States Division - South witnessed the culmination of a training iteration at Tadreeb al-Shamil during a ceremony near Nasiriyah, Iraq, March 30.

Iraqi Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 39th Brigade, 10th Iraqi Army Division, completed the 30-day training course, where they learned traditional infantry tactics, techniques and procedures. The training was capped off with a two-day, company-level field training exercise.

Marine receives second Bronze Star with combat valor

The Operations Officer for 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, received his second Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 8, 2011.

The award was presented to Capt. Matthew J. Martin for actions while in command of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, during the battalion’s deployment to Afghanistan from May to November 2009.

RAF Tornado Strike

Video from NATO Channel

Task Force Phoenix supports largest air assault in RC-East

Fierce lightning shattered the night sky March 25 as a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter's 350-pound blades sliced through the air, producing a continuous rain of thunder over the otherwise quiet Galuch Valley.

Crews and helicopters from Task Force Phoenix, TF Falcon, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, provided air transport for a major air-assault mission in Regional Command - East in support of Afghan National Security Forces and TF Red Bull operations.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition force detained numerous suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a Haqqani Network facilitator in Sayyid Karam District, Paktiya province, today.

The facilitator plans high-profile attacks in the district and has close associations with other facilitators and prominent Haqqani leaders.

The combined force was led to the target compound based on intelligence tips. After isolating the compound, the security force called all occupants to exit the building peacefully.

Iraqi, American firefighters team up for joint exercise

KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq – A dozen Iraqi air force and U.S.-contracted firefighters conducted a joint coordination exercise for a simulated C-130 crash here April 3.

The exercise, led by the U.S. Air Force's base transition team, marked the initial steps in preparing Iraqi partners for increasing responsibilities as U.S. military forces gradually transition out of the country to meet the Dec. 31 bilateral security agreement deadline.