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Healing the Bleeding Ulcer: A more hopeful prognosis in Southern Helmand province

When Gen. Stanley McChrystal applied the label “bleeding ulcer” to a Helmand district in May of 2010, he raised the international community’s awareness of the difficulties involved in counterinsurgency operations in the province.

The quote appeared last spring in a McClatchy Newspapers article, which described the effects of insurgent resistance in Marjah and correctly predicted that coalition forces would need months to raise a permanent police force capable of pacifying the district.

JTAC shot, keeps calling in critical close air support

American heroes have shone time and time again during the war in Afghanistan, earning accolades from their branches of service and even the president of the United States, but most recently a joint terminal attack controller from the 817th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron proved it yet again.

Senior Airman Jorge Henry is one of the most recent examples, having helped save the lives of a 34-man U.S. Army company in the Northern Kunar Province on Aug. 12, 2011, by calling in multiple air strikes after being shot by a Taliban sniper.

CLB-6 resupplies Sangin-area Marines, assists with realignment and retrograde

Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) convoyed to various bases in the vicinity of Helmand’s volatile Sangin district, Aug. 26.

Their mission was two-fold. In addition to resupplying frontline troops with general sustainment items such as fresh food and water, they also cast their first stone in the realm of the imminent realignment and retrograde of troops in Afghanistan.

New capabilities enhance Guard response to Hurricane Irene

About 7,675 National Guard troops from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico responded over the weekend to civil authorities tackling Hurricane Irene and its aftermath.

Three capabilities enhanced the National Guard's contribution: the new National Guard Coordination Center, dual-status commanders and the deployment of strategically placed force packages ahead of the storm.

Pacific Unity concludes in Vietnam

In an effort to foster friendship and improved relationships between the U.S. and Vietnam, more than 60 military civil engineers, construction workers and volunteers from both countries came together Aug. 9-29 to renovate three medical clinics in Ha Tinh Province.

USS Blue Ridge Concludes Summer Patrol

More than 1,200 Sailors and Marines from USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked 7th Fleet staff, and Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) returned to the ship's forward-deployed port of Yokosuka, Japan on Aug. 29, completing a two and a half-month deployment throughout the Pacific Ocean.

Blue Ridge kicked off the patrol with a three-day visit to Noumea, New Caledonia to strengthen ties between the United States and New Caledonia through shipboard tours and community service projects (COMSERV).

Japan-based units end Southern Frontier 2011

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE BASE TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia — Japan-based Marine units brought their portion of Exercise Southern Frontier 2011 to an end here Aug. 15.

Southern Frontier is an annual bilateral exercise designed to test and enhance the Marine aerial units’ ability to provide close-air support to integrated Marine and Australian ground units. Participating Marine units are also given the opportunity to conduct intensive unit-level training during the yearly exercise.

Felipe Calderon pinch hitting for Obama gun agenda?

Has Calderon stepped in to push Fast & Furious agenda?

Has Mexican President Felipe Calderon stepped in as a surrogate to push what many gun rights activists believe is the underlying goal of the Obama administration’s Operation Fast & Furious; that is, renewal of the ban on so-called “assault weapons” that he now blames for the casino massacre last week in Monterrey?


Article by Dave Workman