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ANG, Reserve Airmen contribute to Operation Odyssey Dawn

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- In response to the recent conflict in Libya, approximately 50 Air National Guardsmen and Air Forces reservists joined forces with their active duty counterparts and coalition partners to run the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center here.

Members of the 603rd AOC, in partnership with the 617th AOC, control all the combat air operations in support of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn in an effort to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya as part of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin leader in Terayzai District, Khost province, yesterday.

The targeted leader operates in Sabari district and is responsible for commanding and controlling approximately 50 Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin fighters and facilitators who conduct attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition security forces in the area.

Kiowa pilot thwarts rocket attack in Iraq

An OH-58D Kiowa helicopter pilot will be recognized during the first week of April for thwarting a rocket attack on Contingency Operating Base Warhorse in central Iraq.

Two Kiowa Warrior helicopters were conducting patrols in Diyala province, Feb. 23, when they received a "threat to forces" call. Improvised rockets had been fired at Contingency Operating Base Warhorse. The fast-flying Kiowas made haste to the reported location of the threat.

Robots to the rescue

Soldiers with 24th Brigade Support Battalion, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team trained to use robots here March 29, to separate themselves from possible hazards on the battlefield. Whether a clump of wires on the road or gunfire from around the next corner, the faithful, metallic patriots charge into danger, all at the flick of a human thumb on a joystick.

F15 Strike Eagle Gets Refueled by KC135 Stratotanker over Afghanistan

Video by U.S. Air Forces Central Public Affairs

Helicopter support team sends heavy equipment via air

Marines with Helicopter Support Team, Landing Support Detachment, Headquarters and Support Company, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) conducted an HST mission where they attached a bobcat to a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion, March 29, aboard Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

“This tractor is one of many pieces of equipment and material we have sent lately to [Forward Operating Base] Azadi,” explained Sgt. Jonathan D. Fassnacht, the Arrival Departure Airfield Control Group staff non-commissioned officer in charge. “The equipment and material will support improvements on the landing zone.”

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

An Afghan and coalition force captured a Haqqani leader in Sabari district, Khost province, yesterday.

The leader conducted indirect fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces. He had direct connections to senior Haqqani leaders in Sabari district.

The joint security force conducted a raid in the district based on multiple intelligence sources. After securing the area, the force identified and detained the Haqqani leader. The security force ensured the safety of all women and children during the operation. No civilians were harmed.

Tadreeb al Shamil provides education opportunities for Iraqi Army, US Soldiers

As U.S. and Iraqi forces train battalions of Iraqi army soldiers during Tadreeb al Shamil, the students taking the classes are not the only ones learning new skills and gaining valuable knowledge.

For junior U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq, the opportunity to impart wisdom on their Iraqi counterparts during Operation New Dawn builds leadership traits as well as practical experience in the field, said Spc. Paul Swerda, Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment.

Mortar Men Keep COP Safe

Video by 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment