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Afghan Uniformed Police closer to becoming Provincial Response Company

Afghan Uniformed Police in the Kandahar Provincial Response Company are taking a high risk operations course taught by the Security Force Assistance Team 2, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

AUP officers must complete an initial four-week course to become qualified to continue PRC training.

“This course prepares the PRC to conduct operations designed to protect the Afghan people from the enemies of Afghanistan,” said Sgt. Preston Haynes, a soldier in SFAT 2.

President Presents Medal of Honor to Marine

President Barack Obama today draped the pale blue ribbon suspending the Medal of Honor around the neck of Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer, the first living Marine to receive the award for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“It’s been said that where there is a brave man, in the thickest of the fight, there is the post of honor,” the commander in chief said. “Today we pay tribute to an American who placed himself in the thick of the fight again, and again, and again.”

NATO undeterred by insurgent attacks

The message to insurgents was made clear by a senior official from the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command as he spoke to Pentagon reporters.

"We're not going to abandon Afghanistan," said British army Maj. Gen. Tim Evans, chief of staff for the International Joint Command headquarters. "And even past 2014 there's talk of the strategic partnership [where] we will be giving support to the people of Afghanistan."

"We are going to be here to [2014] and beyond," he added. "We are determined to work toward our goal of ridding Afghanistan of these terrorist sanctuaries."

St. Clair's Campaign of 1791: A Defeat in the Wilderness That Helped Forge Today's U.S. Army

The cold morning of November 4, 1791, found the U.S. Army camped alongside the Wabash River (located in present day Ohio) deep in enemy controlled tribal territory. The Governor of the Northwest Territory, Major General Arthur St. Clair, a veteran general of the American Revolution, commanded an Army of militia, six-month volunteers and regulars. To increase his firepower, St. Clair had an assortment of eight medium- and- light field artillery pieces.

Air-drop sustainment pioneer describes challenges of supporting "fast and furious" light infantry

Light infantry troops are like little birds. They get up into the highest mountains, and they say, "Feed me, feed me," according to one sustainment officer in the 82nd Airborne Division involved in supply-by-air training here Sept. 6-11.

"As a logistician, how do you get the stuff that they need to them when they are in the most inaccessible spot, where there are frequently no roads?" asked Lt. Col. Paul Narowski, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team's 307th Brigade Support Battalion.

"You've got to learn to use the third dimension," he said.

Mighty Shrikes end exercise Habu Fire II

KADENA AIR BASE OKINAWA, Japan — Navy personnel of Strike Fighter Squadron 94 completed their portion of exercise Habu Fire II here Sept. 9.

Habu Fire II was a joint-training exercise where squadrons worked together to perform and improve efficiency in air-to-air operations. Participating squadrons included VFA-94, Marine All- Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 214 and 18th Fighter Wing.

The month-long training exercise allowed the squadron to learn a different way of completing their mission.

Ospreys demonstrate unique aerial capabilities in Belize

The MV-22 Osprey is one of the newest machines in the American arsenal and is still in the process of establishing its value. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 self-deployed to the small Central American country of Belize to take part in training exercises the week of Sept. 10 demonstrating the Osprey’s enhanced utility over conventional helicopters.

Natural Fire 2011 exercise in Tanzania stresses humanitarian assistance coordination

The power of one with the strength of many is an old adage expressing that a unified force can accomplish more than several individuals on their own. Cooperation is one of the main focuses of Natural Fire 11. The exercise is being held in Zanzibar, Tanzania from Sept. 11-22, 2011 where the United States is conducting a bi-lateral exercise. Tanzania invited Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda together for academics and a command post exercise.

Air Force aerial firefighters continue battling Texas wildfires

Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft provided aerial firefighting support to northeast Texas for a second consecutive day Sept. 12, forming fire retardant lines in support of ground fire crews.

Aircrews and their four C-130s dropped approximately 12,000 gallons of fire retardant against Fires 262 and 574, both located within Harrison County. The fires, which had grown to more than 1,400 acres, were threatening to destroy 40 structures in the area.