Dignitaries of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, ANSF and ISAF service members
gathered outside of the Headquarters ISAF doorsteps to honor fallen warriors during the memorial ceremony.
International Security Assistance Force service members stand in formation as a bagpiper walks past them playing the traditional Piper’s Lament during the ISAF and Afghan national security forces memorial unveiling ceremony held outside of ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2013.
The outdoor ceremony began with the playing of the Afghan national anthem and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization hymn. After that, an Afghan National Army imam and the senior NATO chaplain conducted the service of sacrifice to remember the fallen. Read more.
Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance) commander started using the radio call sign “Dustoff” for his medical evacuation chopper.
The name arose, in part, because of the clouds of dust that would billow up when the helicopters
took off or landed.
Coalition Forces, and transport patients by air to medical treatment facilities. Using a hoist allows medevac crews to raise and lower supplies and personnel into remote or treacherous areas where landing the aircraft is mpossible. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor/Released)
All medevac choppers assumed the “Dustoff” call sign; it lasted throughout the war and is still in use today. Read more.
Shock and anger rippled through the country after a faction of the Pakistani Taliban bombed a Christian church, killing more than 80 worshipers and wounding more than 100 others Sunday in the country’s northwest city of Peshawar. Protesters took to the streets, demanding the government do more to protect its minorities.
The double suicide bombing occurred less than a week after the Taliban killed one of the army’s top commanders, General Sanaullah Khan and two other soldiers with a roadside bomb, a rare attack on the top ranks of military power.
Speaking in London, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the latest attack threatened to put an end to proposed talks with the Taliban to negotiate an end to the violence in Pakistan.
"The government had started a process of talks in good faith, all political parties sat down and decided to talk, and there was no harm in starting such a process in good faith, but, sadly, the government now can no longer move ahead," said Sharif.
It's been more than a decade when Manny, Mark and older brother Edgar were name stays of the Guam Weightlifting Federation. They're one of a rare threesome of brothers to represent Guam in an international sport, having done so in the 1999 Guam-hosted South Pacific Games. A pair of brothers? All too common for Guam, but a trio of siblings involved in one sport doesn't happen often.
"It's pretty much Edgar who got us into this," said Mark from his temporary Afghanistan home. "We
saw he was doing pretty well in weightlifting. He got us into it."
Now, before talking about Mark and Manny and their current Operation Enduring Freedom
mission, Edgar and his influence has to be explained...... Read more.
Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2013. Chandler visited three FOBs in southern Afghanistan – FOB Walton, FOB Apache and Kandahar Airfield – and conducted town halls at each base in which he spoke about various topics of concern in the U.S. Army today. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Antony Lee/Released)
Story by Sgt. Eric Glassey KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, the U.S. Army’s senior noncommissioned officer, talked with soldiers during visits to three locations in Regional Command (South) in southern Afghanistan, Sept. 22-23.
During stops to Forward Operating Base Walton, FOB Apache, and Kandahar Airfield, he held three town hall meetings to discuss issues he is currently working to correct, such as sexual assault,
hazing and suicide, while also taking the time to answer soldiers’ questions about various current events. He also joined junior soldiers and NCOs for meals at all three locations.
At the Kandahar Airfield town hall, Chandler broached sexual harassment by having a soldier recall an event where they had something stolen. Read more.