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Air Weapons Team Trains Ground-force Leaders

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Dec. 3, 2009 – The adage “Send in the cavalry” once referred to soldiers on horseback, riding to the aid of embattled comrades. Today, that same call for backup can be made a lot quicker and with much more devastating effect through the Army’s joint operations.

Nimitz Resumes Combat Operations Over Afghanistan

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 returned to the North Arabian Sea today, to resume combat missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) following a port visit in the Arabian Gulf. Aircrews provide close air support and reconnaissance to coalition forces in Afghanistan, launching from the deck of Nimitz hundreds of miles away. "After nearly 3 months on station, this air wing continues to hone our skills to deliver effective support to our coalition partners on the ground," said Capt.

Indiana Soldiers Maintain Forward Operating Base

Indiana National Guard soldiers from the 38th Infantry Division's Task Force Cyclone ensure Forward Operating Base Salerno is maintained properly. Located in eastern Afghanistan, Salerno is near the Pakistan border and is home to four different elements of the Indiana National Guard. The 1-19th Indiana Agribusiness Development Team; B Company, 2nd Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment; the 177th Finance Company; and the 38th Infantry Division's Task Force Cyclone, who run base operations, reside at Salerno during their deployment. The commander for Salerno base operations, Army Lt. Col.

Airmen lead training course for Iraqi police

BAGHDAD (AFNS) -- Airmen assigned to the Iraq Police Transition Team here started a new class Nov.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 3: Militants Detained in Wardak, Khwost

An Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants in Wardak province while pursuing a Taliban sub-commander today. The joint security force targeted a compound near the village of Jamad Kheyl in the Sayed Abad district after intelligence sources indicated militant activity.

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IJC Operational Update, Dec. 2: Taliban Compound Struck; Militants Detained in Kandahar; ISAF Casualty

International forces conducted an air strike against a Taliban commander in a remote area of eastern Afghanistan yesterday. The Taliban commander was the target of the precision strike in Kunar province's Dara Noor District, which occurred in an open area away from civilian compounds or infrastructure.

MC-12 reaches 1,000th combat mission

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- Members of the 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron here, recently reached 1,000 combat sorties in the MC-12W aircraft only five months after arriving in-theater. Currently operating only at Joint Base Balad, the MC-12 is one of the Air Force's newest platforms for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 1: Reconstruction in Zabul Province; Casualty Update

The ISAF Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team, mid-way through its nine-month tour, has completed nearly 40 projects this year. Operational for several years, the Zabul PRT assists the Afghan government with improving stability through governance, reconstruction and development. The Zabul PRT is a diverse organization with joint, interagency and international components. "The PRT It is one of the principal counter-insurgency units in the region and part of the larger ISAF effort to bring stability to Zabul province," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Andy Veres, PRT commander.

Airmen, Iraqi army technicians destroy stockpile of munitions

Airmen and Iraqi army technicians destroyed a stockpile of captured munitions and improvised explosive device components weighing close to 1,200 pounds Nov.

Afghan-ISAF Forces Build Community Ties in Helmand Province

Marines with Brigade Headquarters Group, Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, strengthen security aboard Camp Leatherneck and in the surrounding settlements every day, and in many different ways. With help from the Afghan national army and International Security Assistance Force partners, BHG Marines recently escorted an injured girl back to her home after her treatment by ISAF medical personnel. The unit was also a key participant in a meeting, or shura, between Afghans and coalition forces, Nov. 21. "We work on a daily basis with the U.K., Danish and Afghan armies," said 1st Lt.

IJC Operational Update: Nov. 30: Thousands of Hats Delivered to Afghan Children

ISAF service members serving in the Lithuanian-led provincial reconstruction team in western Afghanistan distributed thousands of handmade hats to schoolchildren in Ghowr province Nov. 25. Almost 2,000 hats were given to Afghan children in Chaghcharan by members of the PRT during the final phase of the project, "Warm Hats for Afghan Children." The project began in August, when Lithuanian service members asked their countrymen and women to knit hats for Afghan children to wear during the winter months.

Missing Paratrooper Found

KABUL, Afghanistan (Nov. 30) - The second U.S. paratrooper who was missing after being swept away by a fast moving current while on an airdrop re-supply mission Nov. 4 in western Afghanistan was found yesterday. Sergeant Brandon Islip, 24, was recovered from the Bala Murgahab River in Badghis province after a local Afghan citizen provided information on his whereabouts.

Iraqi Police arrest AQI IED-cell members near Baghdad, Kirkuk

Iraqi Police arrested four suspected members of IED-cells belonging to al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) today during two joint security operations near Baghdad and Kirkuk. During a joint security operation conducted in Karmah, west of Baghdad, Iraqi Police arrested an alleged associate of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device cell believed to be responsible for attacks targeting government buildings and civilians in Baghdad.   Intelligence sources led the security team to a location where the suspect was known to be hiding.