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October 31, 2010

Airman follows his heart to victory in Marine Corps Marathon

By Jeff Schogol
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 31, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. — Active-duty servicemembers dominated this year’s Marine Corps Marathon, coming in first and third in a race rife with elite runners.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/sports/airman-follows-his-heart-to-victory-in-marine-corps-marathon-1.123793

Marine Corps Marathon partners with charities

10/31/2010 By Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne , Headquarters Marine Corps

ARLINGTON, Va. — This year 80 charities have partnered with the 35th Marine Corps Marathon to raise approximately six million dollars from more than 6,000 runners. This year’s race will be held in the National Capital Region.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/Pages/MarineCorpsMarathonpartnerswithcharities.aspx

October 30, 2010

US Marines launch operation against Taliban stronghold near the Pakistani border

By Bill Roggio
October 30, 2010

US Marines and Afghan security forces launched an operation today against the Taliban stronghold of Baramcha in southern Helmand province.


To read the entire article:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2010/10/us_marines_launch_op.php

Marjah leaders rally locals for peace as US Marines see signs of stability in the region

Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 10.30.2010

MARJAH, Afghanistan - When 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment arrived in Marjah, parts of the region were unstable from months of fighting with Taliban forces. Many locals fled.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/59137/marjah-leaders-rally-locals-peace-us-marines-see-signs-stability-region

Corpsmen training on high-tech dummies

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Oct 30, 2010 10:47:51 EDT

Navy hospital corpsmen will now train on advanced medical mannequins that can cost up to $240,000 before heading downrange.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/marine-marines-train-on-high-tech-dummies-102910/

Teleconferencing from the war zone improves treatment for wounded soldiers

By David Brown
Saturday, October 30, 2010; 2:45 AM

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AFGHANISTAN -- It's a heart-stopping and heartbreaking catalogue of the mayhem, heroics and human toll of modern war.

To continue reading:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/29/AR2010102906782.html

October 29, 2010

‘Stop Loss’ Special Pay Application Deadline Approaches

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2010 – Defense Department officials are working to remind veterans and current servicemembers who were involuntarily retained in the military under the so-called “Stop Loss” program to apply for special pay before the Dec. 3 deadline.

To continue reading:

http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=61482

Marines Boost Marathon Security After DC Shootings

By Brett Zongker - Associated Press
Published : Friday, 29 Oct 2010

VIDEO STORY BY BOB BARNARD/myfoxdc

WASHINGTON - Military officials in charge of the Marine Corps Marathon say this year's race will be safe, despite four recent shootings at military-related buildings in northern Virginia.

To continue reading:

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/marines-boost-marathon-security-after-dc-shootings-102910

Coalition Forces Honor Fallen EOD Marine, Friend

Courtesy Photo
(Photo by Sgt. Brian Lautenslager)

Date Taken: 10.27.2010
Date Posted: 10.29.2010 12:16
Photo ID:334810
Location:CAMP LEATHERNECK, AF

Staff Sgt. Joshua ‘JJ’ Cullins (pictured), an explosive ordnance disposal technician with 1st EOD Company, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), was killed, Oct. 19, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Friends and fellow service members gathered for a memorial at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, to honor the life and ultimate sacrifice of Cullins, 28, of Simi Valley, Calif.

To view photos from memorial service for Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. Joshua ‘JJ’ Cullins, of the 1st EOD with the 1st MLG :

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/334810/coalition-forces-honor-fallen-eod-marine-friend

3rd Battalion, 7th Marines come home

Published: Friday, October 29, 2010 2:28 PM CDT
Story and photos by
Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson
Combat Correspondent

The business of everyday life had slowed down, and the familiar noisiness of the military compound was nearly nonexistent. As the Combat Center seemed to be asleep, a loud roar of cheers and whistles pierced through the calm, announcing to the installation that 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment was finally home.

Welcome home 3/7:

http://www.hidesertstar.com/articles/2010/10/29/observation_post/news/news07.txt

Injured Marine returns to the fight

1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs
Story by Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
Date: 10.24.2010
Date Posted: 10.29.2010 11:53

DEMAZONG, Afghanistan – Slightly more than a month ago, a Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) suffered a grade-three concussion in a blast from an improvised explosive device. Today, he is back on top of his game as a combat engineer who just completed a mission helping build Patrol Base Demazong.

For more about Cpl. Ludke, a combat engineer with CLB-2:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/59062/injured-marine-returns-fight

Marines, Afghan soldiers conduct security operations in Demazong

1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs
Story by Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
Date: 10.18.2010
Date Posted: 10.29.2010 11:43

DEMAZONG, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers conducted vechicle checkpoint operations, Oct. 18, in an effort to halt the flow of illegal items from entering the country along Route 606, one of the few paved roads in Afghanistan.

For more about CLB-2, Bravo Co in Afghanistan:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/59061/marines-afghan-soldiers-conduct-security-operations-demazong

Mullen Renews Commitment to 'Military Health Issue of Our Era'

Courtesy Story | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 10.29.2010

WASHINGTON - Calling post-traumatic stress "the military health issue of our era," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last night re-emphasized his commitment to ensuring that war veterans and their families get all the help they need to deal with war's invisible scars.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/59059/mullen-renews-commitment-military-health-issue-our-era

Authorities: DC-area gunman may have grievance against Marine Corps, trying not to hurt anyone

BRETT ZONGKER
Associated Press
October 29, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gunman who fired shots at a Washington-area Marine Corps museum and is believed to be responsible for three similar incidents may have a grievance against the U.S. Marine Corps, the FBI said Friday.

To continue reading:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-marine-museum-shooting,0,2409190.story

Another shooting at Marine museum, but marathon will go on

By Jeff Schogol
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 29, 2010

WASHINGTON — More shots were fired overnight at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., marking the second time the museum has been targeted and the fourth time a military building has been shot in the last two weeks, police said.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/another-shooting-at-marine-museum-but-marathon-will-go-on-1.123555

2010 Commandant's Planning Guidance

10/29/2010 By Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea , Headquarters Marine Corps

WASHINGTON — The 35th commandant, Gen. James F. Amos, tells Marines to prepare for what the future holds – a transformed, flexible and lighter force ready to respond to any contingency.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/hqmc/Pages/2010Commandant%27sPlanningGuidance.aspx

Marine dies after IED blast in Afghanistan

Honeycutt was in ROTC at North Point High School

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010
By GRETCHEN PHILLIPS

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Terry Honeycutt, 19, of Waldorf died Wednesday from injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Terry E. Honeycutt Jr., of the 2/9:

http://www.somdnews.com/stories/10292010/indytop195210_32354.shtml

MP dogs, handlers prepare for deployment

10/29/2010 By Cpl. Rebekka S. Heite , Marine Corps Bases Japan

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan — Marines from Military Police Support Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF, worked together to familiarize five military working dogs with the CH-46 Sea Knight while static and in flight Oct. 15.

To read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcbjapan/Pages/2010/101029-dogs.aspx

Postal Service offers tips for safe, timely holiday gift mailing

10/29/2010 By Lance Cpl. Heather N. Choate , Marine Corps Bases Japan

OKINAWA, Japan — Halloween is just around the corner and the December holiday season is not far behind as evidenced by the wrapping paper and ornaments already on sale in stores.

To read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcbjapan/Pages/2010/101029-postal.aspx

Combat fit, combat ready

October 29, 2010
By: Sgt. Kuande Hall

It’s that time of year.

To continue reading:

http://marines.dodlive.mil/2010/10/29/combat-fit-combat-ready/

Former Marine to Be Iraq War Vet's Legs in Marathon

AOL News

(Oct. 29) -- Suppose a stranger showed up at your doorstep and offered to help you run a marathon. How would you react?

To continue reading:

http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/article/former-marine-bryan-purcell-to-be-wounded-iraq-vet-eddie-ryans-legs-in-marathon/19692751

Audio recording of the memorial service, October 21, 2010, Musa Qala, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Posted on October 29, 2010 by Tivadar Domaniczky

1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Musa Qala, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Memorial service in memory of HN Edwin P. Gonzalez, USN (February 6, 1989-October 8, 2010) and LCpl. Raymon L. Johnson, USMC (August 29, 1988-October 13, 2010) at Musa Qala district center, Helmand province, Afghanistan, October 21, 2010.

To listen to audio:

http://basetrack.org/2010/10/29/the-audio-record-of-the-memorial-service-on-21st-of-october-2010-musa-qaleh-dc-hs/

October 28, 2010

Lynn Sees Counterinsurgency Success in Afghan Village

Story by Jim Garamone | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 10.28.2010

NAWA, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jeff Holt was showing Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III the lay of the land of this village in Helmand province from atop the district government center.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/59022/lynn-sees-counterinsurgency-success-afghan-village

Overseas voters get extra time to submit ballots

By Leo Shane III
Published: October 28, 2010

Department of Justice officials this week announced that eight states and the District of Columbia will accept military overseas ballots arriving after the Nov. 2 election because of problems surrounding when that absentee paperwork was mailed.

To read the entire article:

http://www.stripes.com/blogs/stripes-central/stripes-central-1.8040/overseas-voters-get-extra-time-to-submit-ballots-1.123423

Marine commandant vows to make Corps lighter, more mobile

By Kevin Baron
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 28, 2010

WASHINGTON — Tasked to redefine the future of the Marine Corps, Commandant Gen. James Amos has pledged to aggressively experiment with unit sizes and the Corps’ overall structure in a rebalancing effort he says will make the Marines a lighter force, ready to fight anywhere they’re called.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/marine-commandant-vows-to-make-corps-lighter-more-mobile-1.123396

For Us All

10/28/2010 By Pfc. David Flynn , Marine Corps Recruiting Command

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The Marine Corps Recruiting Command debuts a new public service advertising campaign, "For Us All", today. The campaign will show America the purpose of service as a Marine; to defend our Nation's freedom and the American way of life.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcrc/Pages/ForUsAll.aspx

Are Marines correcting their peers?

10/28/2010 By Cpl. Antwain J. Graham , Marine Corps Air Station New River

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. — Define moral courage. In an article written for the Air Station more than 25 years ago, Sgt.Maj. Albert Van Oostrom, a former sergeant major for Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 26, said that the Marine uniform is what sets us apart from other services and in maintaining our uniforms in accordance with Marine Corps uniform regulations, we must set an example of neatness and strict confidence.

To read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcasnewriver/Pages/AreMarinescorrectingtheirpeers.aspx

Oct. 23, 1983: Remembering Beirut

10/28/2010 By ROTOVUE Staff , Marine Corps Air Station New River

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER — In the early morning of October 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon, the First Battalion, 8th Marines Headquarters building was destroyed by a non-Lebanese, terrorist-driven truck, laden with compressed gas-enhanced explosives.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcasnewriver/Pages/Oct23,1983RememberingBeirut.aspx

Teamwork, simple pleasures transforms recruits to Marines

10/28/2010 By Sgt. Wayne Edmiston , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Just one more day," was a common phrase muttered among recruits of Company D on day two of the Crucible. The Crucible is a 54-hour training event conducted during Marine Corps Recruit Training at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. The Crucible requires Marine recruits to overcome mentally and physically-demanding obstacles as a team.

To read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/tecom/mcrdsandiego/Pages/Teamwork,simplepleasurestransformsrecruitstoMarines.aspx

Motorcycle Group Supports Military Funerals

Story by Donna Miles | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 10.28.2010

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. Supreme Court contemplates whether protestors at military funerals are protected under First Amendment free-speech rights, a motorcycle group that travels the country attending those funerals as a show of support and respect rides on, undeterred by the political fray.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/59012/motorcycle-group-supports-military-funerals

Toys For Tots Campaign begins

10/28/2010 By Nathan L. Hanks Jr, Editor , Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. — Since 1947, Toys For Tots has helped underprivileged children throughout the United States by collecting new, unwrapped toys and distributing them as Christmas gifts.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mclbalbany/Pages/ToysForTotsCampaignbegins.aspx

Engineers practice sweep techniques

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. John McCall
Date10.27.2010
Date Posted:10.28.2010 13:06
Location:CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGlobe

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MUSA QALEH, Afghanistan – The importance of countering improvised explosive devices is constantly on the minds of the Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion as they refreshed their skills during IED detection training at Forward Operating Base Musa Qaleh, Afghanistan, Oct. 27.

For more about the 1st CEB in Afghanistan:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/59001/engineers-practice-sweep-techniq

Afghan district holds lessons as US makes gains

By TODD PITMAN, Associated Press Todd Pitman, Associated Press – Wed Oct 27, 5:14 pm ET

MARJAH, Afghanistan – With bandoliers of bullets wrapped over both shoulders, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Seth Little knelt in a trench, his machine gun pointing toward a clutch of farmers in a field who stared silently back.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101027/ap_on_re_as/as_afghan_lessons_of_marjah_2

October 27, 2010

Commandant spells out priorities for Corps

By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 27, 2010 20:07:25 EDT

Gen. Jim Amos issued his first major communiqué as commandant Wednesday, a sweeping set of tasks that target areas of the institution for improvement, consolidation and efficiency, and direct an increase in personal and professional development opportunities for individual Marines.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/marine-amos-issues-planning-guidance-102710w/

DOD Unveils Smart Phone Mental Health Application

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2010 – A free smart phone mobile application that will help servicemembers, veterans and family members track their emotional health is now available, Defense Department officials announced this week.

To read the entire article:

http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=61452

Insurgents Lose Momentum in Helmand, NATO General Says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2010 – Insurgents in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have lost the momentum to NATO and Afghan forces, and those forces will continue to take on the Taliban all through the winter, the commander of NATO’s Regional Command Southwest said today.

To read the entire article:

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=61444

Chairman Notes Persistent Conflict's Long-term Impact

Story by Lisa Daniel | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 10.27.2010

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 27 offered a warning of what to expect for veterans, the military services and the nation after a decade of war

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58944/chairman-notes-persistent-conflicts-long-term-impact

Engineers working behind the scenes in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Megan Sindelar | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 10.27.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – I Marine Headquarters Group (Forward) engineers make the way of life better for service members at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58918/engineers-working-behind-scenes-afghanistan

ANP distribute alfalfa seed to local villagers in Kajaki.

Story by 1st Lt. Barry Morris | Regimental Combat Team-2, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs | Date: 10.27.2010

KAJAKI, Afghanistan - Seasonal change brings with it a shift in weather as well as climate. For the Afghans living around the Kajaki Dam, every opportunity to prepare for the winter months ahead is essential for their continued success and survival.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58930/anp-distribute-alfalfa-seed-local-villagers-kajaki

Parents of LAPD officer killed by bomb had feared for his safety

As a Marine reservist disarming roadside bombs in Afghanistan, Joshua Cullins knew he had one of the most dangerous jobs on Earth. He died just two days before he was to be reassigned.

By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2010

He was only two days away from being reassigned to a base camp administrative job after spending six months in Afghanistan disarming roadside bombs.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Cullins, assigned to the 1st MLG:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-jim-cullins-20101027,0,5115191.story


Neighborhood watch gaining foothold in Marjah

By Megan McCloskey
Published: October 27, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. — Neighborhood watch programs, typically the domain of riled-up, would-be crime stoppers in community associations across America, are apparently catching on in the Marjah district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/blogs/stripes-central/stripes-central-1.8040/neighborhood-watch-gaining-foothold-in-marjah-1.123250

Afghan ban on security firms delayed

By Katharine Houreld - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Oct 27, 2010 9:55:15 EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan president said Wednesday that he will extend a Dec. 17 deadline for private security firms to disband by at least two extra months.

To read the entire article:

http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2010/10/ap-afghanistan-security-firms-disbanding-delayed-102710/

October 26, 2010

Camp Pendleton Marines see heavy combat in Sangin

General says clear, hold, build strategy progressing

By Gretel C. Kovach
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 6:21 p.m.

It is a familiar pattern for Marines serving in Helmand province, a stronghold of the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. Their initial pushes into areas controlled by insurgents have been met with heavy resistance, including small arms fire, ambushes, and lethal improvised bomb attacks.

To continue reading:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/oct/26/camp-pendleton-marines-see-heavy-combat-sangin/

Afghanistan: Life on the front line

October 26, 2010
Todd Pitman

INTERACTIVE: To get a sense of what life is like on the front lines in Afghanistan, take a look at Todd's audio slideshow.

To continue:

http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_international/afghan_life_on_the_front/

No clear replacements for Afghan security guards

By KATHARINE HOURELD, Associated Press Writer,

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 11:13 a.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai's order to replace private security companies with Afghan policemen and soldiers leaves two big unanswered questions - What policemen? What soldiers?

To continue reading:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/oct/26/no-clear-replacements-for-afghan-security-guards/

FBI: Pentagon, museum shooting linked, third being investigated

By Jeff Schogol
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 26, 2010

WASHINGTON – The FBI believes recent shootings at the Pentagon and National Museum of the Marine Corps are linked, and investigators are looking into a third shooting at a Marine recruiting station in a Virginia suburb of Washington to see whether it was related.

To read the entire article:

http://www.stripes.com/fbi-pentagon-museum-shooting-linked-third-being-investigated-1.123164

3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion receives new leader

10/26/2010 By Cpl. Monty Burton, I MEF

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion received a new commander during a change of command ceremony at Camp Del Mar, Oct. 21. Lt. Col. Aaron Weiss took the reins of Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based 3rd LAAD from Lt. Col. Michel C. Cancellier.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/imef/Pages/3rdLAAD.aspx

The Recipe for High Morale

Story by Lance Cpl. Lucas Vega | Marine Forces Reserve | Date: 10.26.2010

FORT WORTH, Texas - Nine multi-tasking Marines scurry back and forth between food preparation tables and burners in the field mess kitchen. The stoves are filled to the brim with enough Creole chicken, rice and cornbread to feed nearly 150 Marines with Headquarters Battery, 14th Marine Regiment. Each food service Marine, assigned a different task, works against the clock to prepare enough food to satisfy the Marines’ hungry stomachs.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58867/recipe-high-morale

Military Spouses are Heroes, First Lady Says

Courtesy Story | Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs | Date: 10.26.2010
By Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON - The needs and concerns of military spouses, whose sacrifices benefit the nation, should be of concern to all Americans, First Lady Michelle Obama said, Oct. 26

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58860/military-spouses-heroes-first-lady-says

'Blast boxers' aim to curb 'life-changing' wounds

October 26th, 2010

Military officials in a number of European countries are testing “blast boxers,” armored underwear that protect the groin from shrapnel, according to the garments' manufacturer.

To continue reading:

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/26/blast-boxers-aim-to-curb-life-changing-wounds/

Frontline photos

10/26/2010

LANCE CPL. JAMES. B NOVLE / MARINE CORPS

A Marine from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, fires a mortar round during combat operations Oct. 19 at Forward Operating Base Nolay, Afghanistan.

To view photo:

http://www.militarytimes.com/frontline/?count=5&date;=2010/10/26#photo

October 25, 2010

Oregon Marines hit by IEDs in Taliban hotspot

By Cali Bagby for KVAL.com
Story Published: Oct 25, 2010 at 5:13 PM PDT

EN ROUTE TO COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan - “Everyone make sure their helmets and seatbelts are on," says Cpt Ryan Bumgardner, 29, of Hood River, Ore., "and the doors are locked.”

For more about the 6th ESB providing support for the 9th ESB:

http://www.kval.com/news/national/105730508.html

Troops deliver relief supplies to typhoon victims

By Erik Slavin
Stars and Stripes
Published: October 25, 2010

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — U.S. servicemembers helped deliver more than 170,000 pounds in supplies to victims of Typhoon Megi in the Philippines over the past few days, officials said Monday.

To continue reading:

http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/philippines/troops-deliver-relief-supplies-to-typhoon-victims-1.122980

Making straight shooters on the range

Story by Lance Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | Marine Corps Air Station Miramar | Date: 10.25.2010

SAN DIEGO - Cpl. Jamie O’Bannon, a combat marksmanship trainer, smiled as he remembered a corporal who hit the target only twice on her first day on the pistol range.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58790/making-straight-shooters-range

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Touts Reading Program

By Heather Forsgren Weaver
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2010 – Heather Forsgren Weaver of American Forces Press Service is a regular contributor to Family Matters. In this blog, Heather urges military families with a deployed parent to take advantage of the United Through Reading program.

Want Your Child to Love Reading?

When I was a little girl there was a set of very special books on the bookshelf in my parent's living room – a set of Disney story books. These books were for special story times when my parents would read to us. I still love Snow White and Cinderella and I am totally addicted to Mickey Mouse. But most of all I love to read.

To continue reading:

http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=61409

RCT-8 Marines gain combat lifesaving skills

10/25/2010 By Staff Sgt. Ryan Smith , 8th Marine Regiment

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. —

“You can’t put blood back into the body,” shouted Petty Officer 3rd Class Juan Otero to his class. “STOP the massive bleeding before you move on to the rest!”

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmardiv/8thmarreg/Pages/RCT-8Marinesgaincombatlifesavingskills.aspx

Commandant of the Marine Corps deliver 235th Birthday Message

U.S. Marine Corps
Courtesy Video
Date Posted:10.25.2010 8:56AM

The Commandant and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps present a message for the 235th birthday of the Marine Corps.

To view the video:

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/98519/commandant-marine-corps-deliver-235th-birthday-message

Afghan president will disband private guards

By KATHARINE HOURELD, Associated Press Writer,
Monday, October 25, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan's president on Monday brushed aside appeals from international officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to reverse plans to close private security companies.

To continue reading:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/oct/25/afghan-president-will-disband-private-guards/

Former Marine chief doubts Afghan timetable

Oct. 25, 2010
By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY
The just-retired Marine Corps commandant says he doubts the U.S. military can withdraw from Afghanistan's volatile south by a July 2011 deadline set by President Obama for the start of force reductions.

To continue reading:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-10-25-1Aconway25_ST_N.htm

Program Fills Gap for Returning Guard, Reserve

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2010 – Though the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program has eased the post-deployment process for thousands of Guard and Reserve members and their families over the past two years, officials are hoping thousands more take advantage of the Defense Department program in the coming months, the program’s executive director said.

To continue reading:

http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=61396

October 24, 2010

8 enemy deaths, 46 shootings: War by the numbers

By TODD PITMAN
The Associated Press
Sunday, October 24, 2010; 12:44 PM

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- In the first two months of a seven-month tour, U.S. Marine Cpl. Chuck Martin has been in 16 firefights.

For more about the 2/9 in Afghanistan:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/24/AR2010102401347.html

Catching Up With Brad Childress

Oct 24, 2010

Minnesota coach Brad Childress tells Bob Kostas why...

To view the news video:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/39824269#39824269

MWSS-271 CO visits Continuing Promise Marines, sailors at sea

Story by Cpl. Alicia R. Giron | Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force | Date: 10.24.2010

ABOARD USS IWO JIMA– Lt. Col. Paul D. Baker, commanding officer of Marine Wing Support Squadron 271, visited Marines and sailors of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Continuing Promise 2010 aboard USS Iwo Jima, Oct. 22-23, 2010.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58770/mwss-271-co-visits-continuing-promise-marines-sailors-sea

Some Marines eligible for holiday early-outs

Plan avoids post-holiday travel back to base

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 24, 2010 12:24:43 EDT

Each year, thousands of troops with end-of-active-service dates that fall during the holiday season waste time and money returning to base after spending time with family only to complete the formal separation process.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/marine-early-outs-in-time-for-holidays-102410/

Marines, Afghans come together for way forward in Marjah

Story by Sgt. Dean Davis | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 10.24.2010

COMBAT OUTPOST TURBETT, Afghanistan – Few would argue that in recent months Marjah has become a safer place, and if you ask 1st Lt. Taylor Williams, platoon commander for Weapons Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, he’ll tell you there has been tremendous success. However, these Marines aren’t done yet.

For more about the 2/6 in Afghanistan:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58692/marines-afghans-come-together-way-forward-marjah

RCT-8 trains for war

10/24/2010 By Lance Cpl. Clayton L. VonDerAhe, 8th Marine Regiment

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. —
The desert stretches as far as the eye can see. Dust storms come screaming through a small combat outpost without warning, tearing down tents while people are still inside. When someone makes a mistake, it is quickly corrected, because mistakes can be the difference between success and failure, life and death. Though this may not be a combat zone, the Marines with Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division are treating it as such so when a situation occurs, they can rise to it.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmardiv/8thmarreg/Pages/RCT-8trainsforwar.aspx

HAZMAT Marines keep 3rd MAW (Fwd) airborne

Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla | 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs | Date: 10.23.2010
Date Posted:10.24.2010 04:22

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – Aircraft require several moving parts to be well-greased and oiled to work properly, but the materials that keep these large machines running smoothly can be potentially hazardous to the environment and must be handled properly.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58691/hazmat-marines-keep-3rd-maw-fwd-airborne

CLR-15 (FWD) Marines augment CLB-3 during Afghanistan deployment

Story by Cpl. Daniel Woodall | 1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs | Date: 10.24.2010

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – Only a few days after accepting sole logistical responsibility in a large area of operations, and less than one month into their deployment in support of the International Security Assistance Force, the Marines and sailors of Hawaii-based Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) have already conducted several operations throughout Helmand province.

For more about the CLB-3 and CLR-15 in Afghanistan:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58688/clr-15-fwd-marines-augment-clb-3-during-afghanistan-deployment

October 23, 2010

A long wait for an intense experience

Most people wouldn't look forward to boot camp. But an increasing number of Marine recruits are spending six to nine months on a wait list, anticipating the day they'll become 'something bigger than themselves.'

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
October 23, 2010|6:13 p.m.

Reporting from San Diego —
They arrived from places throughout the western United States, and now several hundred of them are waiting nervously in the USO lounge attached to the Lindbergh Field international airport.

To continue reading:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-boot-camp-20101024,0,3415946,full.story

'One of the finest young men I ever coached'

By Kelly Koopmans
Story Published: Oct 23, 2010 at 8:57 PM PDT

EUGENE, Ore. -- The thundering roar of 100 engines echoed throughout Eugene as a caravan rolled into the parking lot of Garden Way Christian Church.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Joseph E. Rodewald, of the 3/5:

http://www.kval.com/news/local/105610858.html

2/8 Marines to honor the fallen at Beirut Memorial

October 23, 2010 1:41 AM
HOPE HODGE

Most of the Marines participating in the Beirut memorial ceremony Thursday weren’t even born in 1983, when a terrorist attack on a Marine barracks in Lebanon killed nearly 300 peacekeeping troops from Camp Lejeune.

For more on the 2/8 honoring the Fallen Heroes from the 1/8 in 1983:

http://www.jdnews.com/news/marines-83999-memorial-beirut.html

31st MEU aids isolated Philippine towns after Super Typhoon Juan devastates area

10/23/2010 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza, 31st MEU

USS ESSEX, off the coast of the Republic of the Philippines — Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11 responded to the call of the government of the Philippines to help thousands of citizens affected by Super Typhoon Juan (international name Megi) Oct 21 - 23.

For more about the 31st MEU:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/31stmeu/Pages/31stMEUaidsisolatedPhilippinetownsafterSuperTyphoonJuandevastatesarea.aspx

Seabees help Devil Dogs in Marjah

Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 10.23.2010

MARJAH, Afghanistan - Their historic track record of building and bulldozing dates back to World War II. Around the world, they erect entire bases out of nothing, in the harshest of conditions. Their unit logo is a bee charging full speed ahead, hauling a variety construction tools. They’re not just busy-bees; they’re “Seabees.”

For more about the "Seabees" and the 2/9 in Afghanistan:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58674/seabees-help-devil-dogs-marjah

Female Engagement Team builds bridges into Afghan society

Story by Sgt. Dean Davis | Regimental Combat Team 1 | Date: 10.23.2010

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - As the Female Engagement Team of Regimental Combat Team 1 patrols the fields, canals and villages of Helmand, they are bridging the cultural gap that is sometimes at the forefront of the counterinsurgency here.

For more about the FET of the RCT-1:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58673/female-engagement-team-builds-bridges-into-afghan-society

NATO squeezing Taliban, but no claims of victory

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press
Saturday October 23, 2010 09:19 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban commanders dead or captured. Insurgents routed from strongholds. Stopping short of claiming it has broken the back of the insurgency, NATO is touting progress ahead of Washington's year-end review of the war — and hoping that this time, the alliance has the force and experience to keep militants from regaining momentum.

To continue reading:

http://www.timesonline.com/bct_news/news_details/article/1373/2010/october/23/nato-squeezing-taliban-but-no-claims-of-victory.html

October 22, 2010

Taking the reins: Marine Corps welcomes new commandant

10/22/2010 By Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea , Headquarters Marine Corps

WASHINGTON — Gen. James T. Conway relinquished his position as commandant of the Marine Corps to Gen. James F. Amos during a change-of-command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington Oct. 22.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/barracks/Pages/TakingthereinsMarineCorpswelcomesnewcommandant.aspx

U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan was expected to return home to N.J. in a month

Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 9:45 PM
Updated: Friday, October 22, 2010, 5:27 AM
Rohan Mascarenhas/The Star-Ledger

ELIZABETH — Marine Lance Cpl. Francisco R. Jackson called his family in Elizabeth on Monday to deliver a hopeful message from Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Francisco R. Jackson, of the 1/11:

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/body_of_us_marine_killed_in_af.html

RCT-7 remembers 74 fallen brothers

Published: Friday, October 22, 2010 2:01 PM CDT
Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson
Combat correspondent

Rows of military crosses solemnly lined Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field Oct. 15 during a memorial ceremony dedicated to the 74 men lost during to Regimental Combat Team 7’s recent deployment to Afghanistan.

To continue reading about the memorial service for the Fallen Heroes of RCT-7:

http://hidesertstar.com/articles/2010/10/23/observation_post/news/news01.txt

Fiscal year 2010 recruiting numbers achieved

10/22/2010 By MCRC Public Affairs , Marine Corps Recruiting Command

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. —
Marine Corps Recruiting Command surpassed its recruiting goals for fiscal year 2010 by enlisting 33,887 Marines and accessing 1,703 officers. This is the 15th year in a row that the Marine Corps has reached its total force accessions goals.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcrc/Pages/Fiscal.aspx

Amos Succeeds Conway as Marine Commandant

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Photo by Jim Garamone
Date Taken: 10.22.2010
Photo ID:331843
VIRIN:101022-D-7203C-018
Location:WASHINGTON, DC, US

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presents an award to Gen. James T. Conway during a Passage of Command of the United States Marine Corps ceremony at the Marine Barracks, Washington, Oct. 22.

To view photo:

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/331843/amos-succeeds-conway-marine-commandant

Walk for Wellness Rallies Depot Families

10/22/2010 By Pfc. Mike Ito , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO — Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego hosted their sixth annual Wellness Walk and Expo, Oct. 16, as part of their Make a Difference campaign to treat and prevent breast cancer and domestic violence.

To read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/tecom/mcrdsandiego/Pages/WalkforWellnessRalliesDepotFamilies.aspx

Recruit washes away old life

10/22/2010 By Lance Cpl. Eric Quintinilla , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — In 1993, Recruit Bryan A. Kilman, Platoon 3203, Company I, 3 rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, went with his grandparents to a Marine drill instructors’ reunion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. His grandfather was a drill instructor for many years. Every Marine had stories to tell about the Corps. It was here, that Kilman was allowed to shoot a rifle on the range for the first time at age 17. Becoming a U.S. Marine has been in the back of his mind ever since.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/tecom/mcrdsandiego/Pages/Recruitwashesawayoldlife.aspx

Military Training Lays Foundation for Later Lifesaving

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2010 – A retired military member seen in newly released video bounding across the path of an oncoming subway car here to rescue a man who had fallen onto the tracks follows a long line of current and former servicemembers who say they instinctively drew on their military training as they became heroes off the battlefield.

To continue reading:

http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=61389

Afghan insurgents dismiss peace talks, NATO upbeat

22 Oct 2010 14:47:36 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Mid-level Taliban insurgency commanders do not believe their leaders have begun tentative peace talks with the Afghan government, with many vowing on Friday not to give up the fight after nearly 10 years of war.

To read the entire article:

http://alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE69L1OR.htm

Graphic novel as an Afghanistan war primer

The military is distributing about 5,000 copies of the book, which is meant to prepare Navy medical corpsmen for deployment.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2010

Reporting from San Diego — —

To help prepare Navy medical corpsmen for the stress and danger of Afghanistan deployments, the Navy has turned to a modern form of popular culture: the graphic novel.

To continue reading:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-navy-graphic-20101022,0,2140909.story

NASCAR pro visits Wounded Warriors

Posted on: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:21:43 EDT

Oct 22, 2010 (The Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --

A two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winner met with some of his biggest fans Thursday: wounded Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune's Wounded Warrior Battalion East.

To continue reading:

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/news/stock-alert/odp_nascar-pro-visits-wounded-warriors-1249575.html

Marine from St. Charles County laid to rest

BY SHANE ANTHONY • [email protected] > 636-255-7209 www.STLtoday.com
Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 12:20 am

St. Peters • A Marine who died in Afghanistan was remembered Thursday as an upbeat young man who took honor and duty seriously.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Phillip D. Vinnedge, of the 3/5:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/stcharles/article_0c5335a8-5480-51ac-933c-37d53eb8f4df.html

October 21, 2010

The Lost Generation

by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Harris | Thursday, October 21, 2010 9:00

When the North Korean People’s Army crossed the country’s southern border into the Republic of South Korea, United Nations’ officials, who had helped establish the border five years earlier, condemned the attack. More than 20 of its member countries pledged their support, including the United States.

To continue reading:

http://marinesmagazine.dodlive.mil/2010/10/21/the-lost-generation/

Oregon Marines in Afghanistan cheer Ducks, Beavers

By KVAL.com staff
Story Published: Oct 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM PDT

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Blame the delay in the video reaching KVAL.com's offices in Eugene for the lowered expectations of Cpl. Paul Spies.

For more on the 6th ESB in Afghanistan:

http://www.kval.com/sports/insidethepac/105471583.html

31ST MEU and PHIBRON-11 provide assistance after Super Typhoon Juan

10/21/2010 By 1st Lt. Caleb Eames , 31st MEU

USS ESSEX, off the coast of the Republic of the Philippines — Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11 flew from the USS Essex (LHD 2) to storm-ravaged areas of the northern Philippines to assist its government with an initial damage survey and an assessment of local population needs, Oct 21.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/31stmeu/Pages/31STMEUandPHIBRON-11provideassistanceafterSuperTyphoonJuan.aspx

Life and Basketball: LeBarre the Marine, mother, hooper

10/21/2010 By Lance Cpl. R.J. Driver , Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. — When backed into a corner and all odds are against you, what do you do?

To read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcasbeaufort/Pages/LeBarre%20Feature.aspx

Honor Corps history Savannah style

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Story by Cpl. Christopher Zahn
Date 10.21.2010

BEAUFORT, S.C. - Every year Marines gather to celebrate the birth of their Corps in many ways. Whether it’s a piece of pound cake from a Meal, Ready to Eat with a match for a candle or the extravagant celebration of a formal Marine Corps Ball, Nov. 10, is always recognized.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58573/honor-corps-history-savannah-style

Conquer the CFT

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken
Date 10.21.2010

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - In the combat fitness test, every second counts.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58556/conquer-cft

Marines get 'connected' through Facebook application

10/21/2010
By Pfc. David Flynn
Marine Corps Recruiting Command

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — On Oct. 5, the Marine Corps Recruiting Command introduced Marine Connect, a new Facebook application which allows Marines, poolees and Marine Corps supporters to network and stay connected.

To read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcrc/Pages/Marines.aspx

Want to know how the war in Afghanistan is going? Watch Kandahar.

Progress on firming up security in Afghanistan depends on how US and Afghan troops secure Kandahar province – the nucleus of Taliban resistance.

By David Francis, Correspondent / October 21, 2010

Kandahar City, Afghanistan
For the past decade, the Taliban has held firm control over the small farming village of Malajat, located on the green flatland along the eastern outskirts of Kandahar City. NATO forces and Afghan police refused to enter the area, knowing any attempt to clear the town of military threats would be met with fierce resistance.

To continue reading:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2010/1021/Want-to-know-how-the-war-in-Afghanistan-is-going-Watch-Kandahar

Marines keep crafty enemy off balance in Afghanistan

Sgt. Mark Fayloga
RCT-1 PAO

NAWA, Afghanistan (Oct. 21, 2010) — The men of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, have spent enough time in Afghanistan to understand some of the workings of the Taliban presence there.

For more about the 3/3 in Afghanistan:

http://www.centcom.mil/news/marines-keep-crafty-enemy-off-balance-in-afghanistan

5th Marine Division reunites in Biloxi

By MICHAEL NEWSOM - [email protected]
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

BILOXI — World War II veterans who fought at Iwo Jima 65 years ago are in South Mississippi this week for the 5th Marine Division Association’s annual reunion.

To continue reading:

http://www.sunherald.com/2010/10/20/2571513/5th-marine-division-reunites-in.html

October 20, 2010

U.S.-Pakistan dialogue faces prickly issues

20 Oct 2010 22:37:05 GMT
Source: Reuters
By David Alexander

WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his national security team discussed the need to ramp up pressure on extremist safe-havens in Pakistan on Wednesday before meeting with Pakistani officials participating in talks on broadening bilateral relations.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N20245836.htm

Female Afghan general visits hospital in Paktya

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Story by Sgt. Spencer Case
Date 10.20.2010

Courtesy Photo PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Rahimi Razia, chief nurse of the ANA, visited Paktya Regional Medical Hospital Oct. 17 - 20 to examine the facility and speak with patients and medical practitioners there.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58520/female-afghan-general-visits-hospital-paktya

Not all Wounds are Visible

by Cpl. Priscilla Sneden | Wednesday, October 20, 2010

For more than seven years, the U.S. has been engaged in a two-front War. While the physical casualties of that war continue to be tallied, the total number of victims claimed by the Global War on Terror may never be certain.

To read the entire article:

http://marinesmagazine.dodlive.mil/2010/08/12/new-covers-for-lady-leathernecks/#more-1569

New Jersey Marine Dies in Afghanistan

Published : Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010, 4:42 PM EDT
MYFOX NEW YORK STAFF REPORT

A Marine from New Jersey was killed in Afghanistan this week, the Department of Defense reported. Lance Cpl. Francisco R. Jackson, 24, of Elizabeth, died Oct. 19 during combat operations in Helmand province, the military said Wednesday.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Francisco R. Jackson, of the 1/11:

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/military/new-jersey-marine-dies-in-afghanistan-20101020-akd

Nine Afghan civilians killed, 10 wounded by insurgent IED

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.20.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - A school bus carrying female students hit an insurgent-planted improvised explosive device, killing nine and wounding 10, in the Khash Rod district of Nimroz province Wednesday, according to initial reports.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58491/nine-afghan-civilians-killed-10-wounded-insurgent-ied

Senior Taliban leader killed in Helmand

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date 10.20.2010

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Afghan forces, with assistance from coalition forces, killed a senior Taliban leader during an engagement in Helmand province, Oct. 14.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58500/senior-taliban-leader-killed-helmand

NATO Maritime Group Prepares For Surge Operation In Mediterranean

NATO Maritime Command Naples
Story by David Taylor
Date 10.20.2010

NAPLES, Italy – Ships of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 are preparing to enter the Mediterranean to carry out surge operations in support of NATO’s anti-terrorist Operation Active Endeavour. The Group has been carrying out extensive training and exercising in the Atlantic prior to beginning this operation to deter, defend, disrupt and protect against terrorism.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58461/nato-maritime-group-prepares-surge-operation-mediterranean

Polish, US soldiers assist school after rocket attack

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.20.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Polish and U.S. soldiers from the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team delivered school supplies and furniture to the Touheed Abud School, Oct. 13.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58481/polish-us-soldiers-assist-school-after-rocket-attack

Afghan-led force kills more than 20 insurgents

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.20.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan-led forces under the guidance of Afghan border police commander Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq Achekzai killed more than 20 insurgents during a clearing operation Thursday - Saturday in the Zangabad villages of the Panjwa'i district of Kandahar province.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58507/afghan-led-force-kills-more-than-20-insurgentshttp://www.dvidshub.net/news/58507/afghan-led-force-kills-more-than-20-insurgents

Names of Four Fallen Marines Released

Contributor: San Diego 6 News Team
Email: [email protected]
Last Update: 10/14 6:37 pm

SAN DIEGO - The Pentagon released the names today of four Camp Pendleton-based Marines who died in combat this week in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about our Fallen Heroes of the 3/5:

http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/story/Names-of-Four-Fallen-Marines-Released/94kwoWdzgEi9ymeJGxfCmg.cspx

Officials Tout Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2010 – With more than 260,000 students attending about 6,000 colleges and universities this fall under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, officials are continuing an active outreach effort to ensure current military members and veterans don’t miss out on the new program’s education benefits.

To continue reading:

http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=61337

Simi Valley Marine killed in Afghanistan

By Tony Castro, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/20/2010 07:10:07 PM PDT

Friends who knew Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Cullins when he worked at his father's Northridge delicatessen said Wednesday they will always remember the slain Marine as a caring young man who wanted nothing more than to make his family proud.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Cullins, of the 1st EOD in the 1st MLG:

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_16390780

Wounded Heroes Team Up for Bike Ride

October 20, 2010

U.S. and Israeli vets tour Israel to show anything is possible

To view the News Video:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4379887/wounded-heroes-team-up-for-bike-ride

Report: Taliban Leaders Meet Karzai to Talk Peace

Posted by CBSNews.com staff
October 19, 2010 9:29 PM

Taliban leaders are leaving their safe havens in Pakistan with the assistance of NATO troops to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other government officials to discuss ending the nine-year conflict, according to a New York Times report.

To read the entire article:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20020130-503543.html

Pakistan, Afghanistan on Obama's agenda

Published: Oct. 20, 2010 at 7:33 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama conducts the monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan with his national security team Wednesday, the White House said.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/10/20/Pakistan-Afghanistan-on-Obamas-agenda/UPI-35211287574388/

Afghan leader sees hope for peace, reconciliation

20 Oct 2010 10:42:01 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Hamid Shalizi

KABUL, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The hope for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan after almost 10 years of war has increased, President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday, reinforcing his wish for a political settlement to the intractable conflict.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69J09Y.htm

Fallen Combat Camera Marine honored by 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment

1st Marine Division
Story by Gunnery Sgt. William Price
Date 10.18.2010
Date Posted: 10.20.2010 00:12

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, paused to honor Lance Cpl. Ralph J. Fabbri during a memorial ceremony held at Camp Leatherneck, Oct. 18. Fabbri, 20, was killed in action, Sept. 28, while on patrol in the Sangin District.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Ralph J. Fabbri, of the 3/7:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58459/fallen-combat-camera-marine-honored-3rd-battalion-7th-marine-regiment

Afghan, coalition force kill armed insurgents during Paktika operation

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.20.2010
Date Posted: 10.19.2010 23:35

KABUL, Afghanistan –– An Afghan and coalition security force targeting a Haqqani Network facilitator responsible for handling logistical requirements in Ziruk district of Paktika province, killed more than 10 armed insurgents during an overnight operation in the province.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58458/afghan-coalition-force-kill-armed-insurgents-during-paktika-operation

Afghan, coalition force targets senior-level Taliban leader in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.20.2010
Date Posted: 10.19.2010 23:31

KABUL, Afghanistan –– An Afghan and coalition security force targeted a Taliban senior leader and key financier operating in Marjah district, detaining several suspected insurgents during an overnight operation in Helmand province.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58457/afghan-coalition-force-targets-senior-level-taliban-leader-helmand

Coalition forces target Taliban military leader with precision air strike

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.20.2010
Date Posted: 10.19.2010 23:26

KABUL, Afghanistan –– Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike in Baghlan province Tuesday targeting a Taliban military senior leader who conducts attacks against Afghan and coalition forces as well as intimidation campaigns on Afghan civilians and government officials.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58456/coalition-forces-target-taliban-military-leader-with-precision-air-strike

October 19, 2010

Pakistan Floods to Factor Highly in Strategic Dialogue with U.S.

By Stephen Kaufman
Staff Writer
19 October 2010

Washington — Senior U.S. and Pakistani officials are preparing for the third round of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue in Washington October 20–22, and the talks, which cover a wide variety of topics ranging from health and energy to defense cooperation, are expected to include a special focus on Pakistan’s flooding disaster, according to a State Department official.

To read the entire article:

http://www.america.gov/st/develop-english/2010/October/20101019165234nehpets1.072329e-02.html?CP.rss=true

Online Ballots Can Help Overseas Votes Count

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
By Karen Parrish
Date 10.19.2010

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's Federal Voting Assistance Program has a solution for overseas service members and other U.S. citizens living outside the country who haven't received an election ballot: get it online.

For more:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58440/online-ballots-can-help-overseas-votes-count

Pentagon sends second aircraft carrier to help with troop surge in Afghanistan

By PAULINE JELINEK , Associated Press
Last update: October 19, 2010 - 7:35 AM

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has sent a second aircraft carrier to support the troop buildup in Afghanistan.

To read the entire article:

http://www.startribune.com/nation/105248193.html

Navy goes postal at FOB Gardez

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Courtesy Story
Date 10.20.2010
Date Posted: 10.19.2010 17:10

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Navy postal clerks for the 1st Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment’s area of operations provide service to 18 Task Force Avalanche units.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58450/navy-goes-postal-fob-gardez

‘I’m still here:’ Local Marine who lost arm is grateful for family

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:40 PM EDT
By LISETTE VELASQUEZ
Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN — In the warmth of his mother Ana Mendoza’s apartment, 21-year-old Manuel Jimenez is back from war, back to the comfort and normalcy of home, with his nephews and older brother Hector watching football highlights and Saturday morning cartoons.

For more about Marine Veteran, Manuel Jimenez:

http://www.newbritainherald.com/articles/2010/10/19/news/doc4cbe560b145a0757967991.txt

Official: Afghanistan to void some 1 million votes

By HEIDI VOGT
Associated Press Writer
Posted on Tuesday, 10.19.10

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan election officials plan to throw out about 1 million ballots from last month's parliamentary election - eliminating about 23 percent of the votes due to fraud, a Western official said Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/19/1880765/official-afghanistan-to-void-some.html

Working instead of school, the boy mechanics of Kabul

By Barbara Starr, CNN
October 19, 2010 12:25 p.m. EDT

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The grease-covered orange overalls can't hide 14-year-old Nazer Ahmad's frail frame. As he leans under the hood of a wrecked car, torn plastic sandals on his feet, I know I cannot possibly understand the life this young boy is forced to lead in war-torn Afghanistan -- where jobs are few, pay is appalling, and young children must work rather than go to school and play with their friends.

To read the entire article:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/19/afghanistan.boy.mechanics/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Weaning Afghan Farmers off Opium Will Take Time

October 19, 2010 3:31 PM
Posted by Terry McCarthy

As part of our continuing coverage of "Afghanistan: the Road Ahead," - CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy follows the Third Battalion, First Marines at home, and abroad in Afghanistan.

When we first came to Garmsir in southern Helmand with the 3/1 Marines in April, there were poppy fields everywhere. Each patrol we went out on, we tramped through fields of the recently harvested plant, the bulbs scored diagonally to allow the resin to ooze out. After a couple of weeks the farmers returned to gather seeds from the dried-out pods and set them aside for the next planting season. That starts next month if they go ahead and plant poppy again.

To continue reading:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20020079-503543.html

Afghanistan orders audits of all private banks

By Hamid Shalizi Hamid Shalizi – Tue Oct 19, 10:14 am ET

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan government on Tuesday said it had ordered an audit of all private banks following a corruption scandal that threatened to bring down the country's top lender.

To read the entire article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101019/wl_nm/us_afghanistan_banks_1

Afghan Detainee Killed in Kandahar

By ALISSA J. RUBIN
Published: October 19, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — An American soldier shot and killed an Afghan detainee in a district jail in Kandahar Province on Sunday, according to a statement from President Hamid Karzai that appeared to portray the shooting as unprovoked.

To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/world/asia/20kabul.html

Iran offers to 'help stabilise Afghanistan'

19 October 2010 - 16H22

AFP - Iran can help stabilise Afghanistan with US support, a top Iranian diplomat said Tuesday, after taking part in talks on Afghanistan among world powers for the first time, ANSA news agency reported.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.france24.com/en/20101019-iran-offers-help-stabilise-afghanistan

Slain Marine, A Clarksville Graduate, Remembered

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 8:56 am
By Hicham Raache
TIMES RECORD • [email protected]

A Clarksville Marine killed in battle on Thursday is remembered by family and fellow Marines as a decent and loving man who exemplified the strong character of a Marine.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Irvin M. Ceniceros, of the 3/5:

http://www.swtimes.com/news/article_e01e4576-db88-11df-8817-001cc4c03286.html

Leaving from Lambeau Soldier honored at Packers game before deployment

10/19/2010 5:16:00 PM
by Jamie Falkovitz

Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Koenig-Shutts enjoyed his 50-yard-line seats at Lambeau Field, presented through Operation Fan Mail, for his last Green Bay Packers game before heading overseas.

To continue reading:

http://galenagazette.com/main.asp?SectionID=142&SubSectionID;=344&ArticleID;=15664

Taliban shadow mayor targeted in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.18.2010
Date Posted: 10.19.2010 08:57

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Force patrol killed several insurgents in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, Oct. 18.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58411/taliban-shadow-mayor-targeted-helmand

Fairchild airmen refuel fighters high above Afghanistan

David Wasson The Spokesman-Review
October 19, 2010

SOMEWHERE OVER AFGHANISTAN – Staff Sgt. Aaron McLaughlin eased the KC-135’s fuel boom toward the fully armed fighter jet pushing up beneath the tanker’s tail.

To continue reading:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/oct/19/front-line-support/

Peace deal with Taliban required: experts

AFP
October 19, 2010 - 1:54PM

A Taliban return to government is inevitable if Afghanistan is to have any hope of peace, but the cost is likely to be erosion of rights and a rollback from democracy, a growing number of experts believe.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-world/peace-deal-with-taliban-required-experts-20101019-16s1i.html

UPDATE Precision air strikes kills senior Taliban leader in Baghlan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.19.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan –– The International Security Assistance Force confirmed that precision air strikes in Baghlan province Sunday killed Abdul Jamil, the senior Taliban military leader for Dahanah-ye Ghori and Pul-e Khumri districts.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58401/update-precision-air-strikes-kills-senior-taliban-leader-baghlan

Marines wash cars, raise money for families

By KRISTY CHU
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Oct. 19, 2010

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – A little rain didn't deter residents from bringing their cars, trucks and motorcycles to Santa Margarita Ford Sunday to be hand washed by a member of the city's adopted Marines battalion.

To continue reading:

http://www.ocregister.com/news/marines-271941-residents-cars.html

Numerous insurgents killed during combined patrol

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.19.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Force patrol killed numerous insurgents in Shah Wali Kot, northern Kandahar province, Monday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58404/numerous-insurgents-killed-during-combined-patrol

Marjah governor tells citizens 'stand up to Taliban' during shura

Regimental Combat Team 1
Story by Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnston
Date 10.06.2010
Date Posted: 10.19.2010 02:01

CAMP HANSON, Afghanistan - As the local government begins to take the lead role in counterinsurgency efforts, the Marines occasionally find themselves following the Afghan people’s example. So Oct. 6, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment personnel found themselves sitting in a circle, shoeless, alongside Marjah District Gov. Abdul Mutalib Majbor and local village elders. Gathered at Camp Hanson, Afghanistan, this motley crew held a shura to discuss issues related to Marjah’s progress in security, development and governance.

For more about the 2/9 in Afghanistan:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58382/marjah-governor-tells-citizens-stand-up-taliban-during-shura

Marines bearing down in face of recent deaths

Departing Camp Pendleton general talks about 11 base troops killed this month in Afghanistan

By MARK WALKER
North County Times
Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:05 pm

The incoming assistant commandant of the Marine Corps said Tuesday that the 11 Camp Pendleton troops killed in action in Afghanistan this month ---- including 10 in the last week ---- is a bitter reminder of the cost of war.

To continue reading:

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/article_2cbe575b-2f81-59be-99e8-85f4b74c2abb.html

AFGHANISTAN: Pomegranate farmers rue Kandahar fighting

19 Oct 2010 06:22:25 GMT
Source: IRIN

Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author's alone.

KABUL, 19 October 2010 (IRIN) - It is the season for harvesting pomegranates - a major fruit crop in Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan - but some farmers say fighting there has badly affected their farms and livelihoods.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/97f05c52ff54bf4816700ae752f0ae5d.htm

Suspected insurgents detained in Afghanistan overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.19.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghan and coalition forces detained numerous suspected insurgents during four operations aimed at capturing Taliban and Haqqani Network leadership.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58399/suspected-insurgents-detained-afghanistan-overnight

UPDATE ISAF confirms capture of senior Taliban leader in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.19.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan –– The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a senior Taliban leader during an operation in Kandahar province Sunday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58384/update-isaf-confirms-capture-senior-taliban-leader-kandahar

Afghan, coalition forces capture IED cell leader in Helmand overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.19.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan –– An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban improvised explosive device cell leader operating in Nawa-ye Barakzai during an operation in Helmand province overnight.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58383/afghan-coalition-forces-capture-ied-cell-leader-helmand-overnight

Transportation Support Company B contributes to big picture missions

1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs
Story by Cpl. Shannon McMillan
Date 10.19.2010

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – Standing in the crisp air of the Afghanistan morning, service members with Transportation Support Company B awaited their brief, in which the details of their convoy would be addressed.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58380/transportation-support-company-b-contributes-big-picture-missions

Pentagon cautions news media on WikiLeaks documents

19 Oct 2010 02:00:43 GMT
Source: Reuters
By David Alexander

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The Pentagon urged news organizations on Monday not to publish classified U.S. documents due to be released by WikiLeaks as U.S. officials brace for a mass disclosure of leaked Iraq war files by the whistle-blower website.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N18114231.htm

Australia says no early Afghan exit, holds war debate

19 Oct 2010 06:27:09 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Rob Taylor

CANBERRA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Australia said on Tuesday it expected some troops and advisers would stay in Afghanistan for at least a decade more as lawmakers began a debate on involvement in the war that could test support for the minority government.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69I06X.htm

Troops chafe at restrictive rules of engagement, talks with Taliban

By: Sara A. Carter
National Security Correspondent
October 19, 2010

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- To the U.S. Army soldiers and Marines serving here, some things seem so obviously true that they are beyond debate. Among those perceived truths: Tthe restrictive rules of engagement that they have to fight under have made serving in combat far more dangerous for them, while allowing the Taliban to return to a position of strength.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.sfexaminer.com/world/Troops-chafe-at-restrictive-rules-of-engagement_-talks-with-Taliban-1226055-105202284.html

October 18, 2010

Corps considers gadget-loaded rifles

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 18, 2010 18:14:29 EDT

The Marine Corps is considering development of a device that could be mounted to a Marine’s service rifle and used to control radios and other electronic gear.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/marine-rifle-communications-101810w/

Marine Family Collecting For Care Packages

By Marshall Mcpeek
Published: October 18, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio --
The phone rang August 17th, exactly one month after they said good bye and watched him leave for Afghanistan. It was the phone call every military mom fears.

To continue reading:

http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2010/oct/18/10/marine-family-collecting-care-packages-ar-264381/

Two more Camp Pendleton Marines killed in Afghanistan

Eleven base troops have died in fighting since Oct. 8

By MARK WALKER
North County Times - Californian
Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010 2:14 pm

Two more Camp Pendleton Marines have been killed by roadside bombs in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Monday, making the last five days the deadliest period for locally based troops since the war began in 2001.

To continue reading about Fallen Heroes, Cpl. Jorge Villarreal Jr. and Sgt. Ian M. Tawney, of the 1/11 and 3/5 respectively:

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/article_f2b0366e-3815-5144-ace7-ad13fed3d9f6.html

Air refuelers having busy year supporting deployed operations

Headquarters Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
Story by Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol
Date 10.18.2010

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Through the end of September, Airmen flying tanker aircraft in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility off-loaded more than 784 million pounds of fuel to more than 61,600 U.S. and coalition aircraft supporting deployed operations in 2010.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58326/air-refuelers-having-busy-year-supporting-deployed-operations

'More grunts are going home alive because of what you are doing'

By Cali Bagby for KVAL.com
Story Published: Oct 18, 2010

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - “It’s like 'Field of Dreams' - build it and they will come,” says LtCol Ted Adams to Oregon Marines as they sit on benches - and in the dirt - of Afghanistan.

For more on the 6th ESB attached to the 9th ESB:

http://www.kval.com/news/national/105205729.html

First Marine female engagement team returns home from Helmand Province in Afghanistan

By Laura Barron-Lopez
Daily Titan News Director
Published: October 18, 2010

As soon as the bus carrying Marines who had been at war in Afghanistan came into view, tears began to stream down the cheeks of mothers and fathers who had not seen their daughters for seven months.

To continue reading:

http://www.dailytitan.com/2010/10/18/first-marine-female-engagement-team-returns-home-for-helmand-province-in-afghanistan/

Taliban attack girl in eastern Kandahar, Afghans call for medical evacuation

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date 10.18.2010

KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- A seven-year-old girl was struck down by a Taliban member on a motorcycle as she was walking down the street in her village in the Maruf District of Kandahar province, Oct. 12.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58346/taliban-attack-girl-eastern-kandahar-afghans-call-medical-evacuation

NATO Claims It Is Choking Off Insurgents' Supplies

NATO Blocking Insurgents' Supply Routes, Leading Militants To Extort Money From Afghans

(AP)
Oct. 18, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The NATO coalition said Monday that Afghan and international forces have choked insurgent supply routes in some parts of Afghanistan, prompting militants to extort money from citizens to keep their operations sufficiently supplied.

To read more:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/10/18/ap/asia/main6968782.shtml

Combined Afghan force secures the Arghandab River Valley

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date 10.18.2010

A combined Afghan National Security Force consisting of Afghan Border Police, Afghan Uniformed Police and members of the National Directorate of Security cleared the Arghandab River Valley of insurgent activity and safe havens, Oct. 8.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58345/combined-afghan-force-secures-arghandab-river-valley

A Birthday Party in Helmand Province

Posted by Terry McCarthy
October 18, 2010 2:35 PM

It was the most unlikely place for a birthday party: Observation Post Harris, a Marine observation post beside a dirt road, backing onto a canal, in the middle of the countryside, in the middle of a war.

For more on the 3/1 in Afghanistan:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20019912-503543.html

In Afghan town, insurgents vanish after battles

By TODD PITMAN, Associated Press Writer,
Monday, October 18, 2010 at 10:58 a.m.

MARJAH, Afghanistan — The Marines have found bloody clothes and spent bullet casings and bombs meant to kill them. They've heard bullets flying overhead and seen muzzle flashes in tree lines.

For more on Marines in Marjah:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/oct/18/in-afghan-town-insurgents-vanish-after-battles/

Gunmen Kill 8 Private Security Guards in Afghanistan

VOA News
18 October 2010

Officials in Afghanistan say eight Afghan security guards were killed when Taliban insurgents attacked a security post in the southern province of Helmand.

To continue reading:

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Gunmen-Kill-8-Private-Security-Guards-in-Afghanistan-105187469.html

Australia wants more action on Afghan corruption, rights

18 Oct 2010 06:18:58 GMT
Source: Reuters

CANBERRA, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Afghanistan needs to make more effort to stamp out corruption and improve human rights, Australia's government said on Monday ahead of a parliamentary debate on the country's troop contribution to Afghanistan.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69H05J.htm

Afghan, coalition forces discover insurgent weapon factory

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.18.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition force conducting a dismounted patrol discovered an insurgent weapon factory in Sangin District, Helmand province, Monday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58303/afghan-coalition-forces-discover-insurgent-weapon-factory

Journalist Embeds Canceled In Afghanistan

by Ben Gilbert
October 18, 2010

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A major military operation involving hundreds of American troops, U.S. Special Forces and heavy bombers dropping 2,000-pound bombs on Taliban command and control centers wrapped up last week, concluding a critical phase in the campaign to oust the Taliban from Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province.

To read the entire article:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130648896&ft;=1&f;=1004

Dallas Marine, killed in Afghanistan, had strong sense of self

Published: Monday, October 18, 2010, 8:25 PM
Alyssa Karas, The Oregonian

U.S. Marine Sgt. Ian M. Tawney always maintained close ties to his Dallas roots, but even from an early age, he loved to explore.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Ian M. Tawney, of the 3/5:

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2010/10/dallas_marine_killed_in_afghanistan_had_strong_sense_of_self.html

‘Ugly Angels’ support ANA, coalition forces during Operation Stargey

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla
Date 10.17.2010
Date Posted: 10.18.2010 23:54
Location:JAHAZI, AF

JAHAZI, Afghanistan – Two CH-53D Sea Stallions from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), landed here early in the morning Oct.17 with approximately 30 Afghan National Army troops and Marines from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, on board for Operation Stargey.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58378/ugly-angels-support-ana-coalition-forces-during-operation-stargey

IED threat relevant to all of 1st CEB

1st Marine Division
Story by Lance Cpl. John McCall
Date 10.15.2010
Date Posted: 10.18.2010 07:43

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), were shown basic route clearance techniques and procedures by 3rd CEB engineers during counter improvised explosive device training here, Oct. 15.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58302/ied-threat-relevant-all-1st-ceb

2-star to head probe of failed hostage rescue

By Sean D. Naylor - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 18, 2010 18:49:34 EDT

The assignment of Maj. Gen. Joe Votel to investigate the failed hostage rescue mission that cost the life of British aid worker Linda Norgrove illustrates the challenges senior leaders face in balancing independence and expertise when picking someone to investigate Joint Special Operations Command.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/army-rescue-101810w/

76 Marines killed in Afghanistan since May 1

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 18, 2010 18:25:26 EDT

Last November, President Obama announced that 30,000 additional U.S. troops, including 8,500 Marines, would deploy to Afghanistan. The troops would push the Corps’ footprint in hostile Helmand province to more than 20,000.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/marine-corps-afghanistan-marjah-ieds-marines-100310/

'Dad, I've been hit'

By Mike LaBella
The Eagle Tribune
Mon Oct 18, 2010, 02:30 AM EDT

HAVERHILL — Ron Powell, a three-time Purple Heart decorated Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, has had many sleepless nights since his three sons followed in his footsteps.

To continue reading:

http://www.eagletribune.com/haverhill/x693281602/Dad-Ive-been-hit

Graphic novel aims to ease stress for corpsmen

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 18, 2010 5:43:24 EDT

SAN DIEGO — The Navy has a new tool to help hospital corpsmen grapple with the realities and stresses of war and combat deployments.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/navy-graphic-novel-aims-to-ease-combat-stress-101710w/

FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, Oct 18

18 Oct 2010 08:37:16 GMT
Source: Reuters

Oct 18 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 0830 GMT on Monday:

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69H0DT.htm

Marines, sailors help 1,000 students register for school

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.18.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors of 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, alongside Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army, took part in a joint school supply distribution and school registration at the local school house in Musa Qal’eh, Oct. 11.

For more about the 1/8:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58297/marines-sailors-help-1000-students-register-school

UPDATE Kidnapped child freed, head of kidnapping ring detained

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.18.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the leaders of a Kabul-based kidnapped ring were detained by Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF, Saturday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58296/update-kidnapped-child-freed-head-kidnapping-ring-detained

Afghan, coalition force captures Haqqani Network IED facilitator

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.18.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani Network facilitator who coordinated improvised explosive device supplies and conducted IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, during an operation in Khost province overnight.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58295/afghan-coalition-force-captures-haqqani-network-ied-facilitator

Forces conduct precision air strikes against Taliban IED operative

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.18.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Coalition forces conducted precision air strikes in Baghlan province Sunday targeting the senior Taliban military leader for Dahanah-ye Ghori and Pul-e Khumri districts.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58292/forces-conduct-precision-air-strikes-against-taliban-ied-operative

Afghan, coalition force targets Taliban deputy leader for Nawa district

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.18.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force targeted the Taliban deputy leader for Nawah-ye Barakzai district who coordinates the activities of Taliban fighters in the district, detaining two suspected insurgents during an operation in Helmand province overnight.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58290/afghan-coalition-force-targets-taliban-deputy-leader-nawa-district

Chesapeake mom's gifts keep memory of Marine son alive

By Hattie Brown Garrow
The Virginian-Pilot
© October 18, 2010

CHESAPEAKE

Signs of Cody are everywhere. American and Marine Corps flags wave in the front yard. Smaller flags line the sidewalk. // Inside, Wendy Childers opens a triangular wooden box at the foot of the fireplace. Tucked inside is the flag that draped her son's coffin.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Cody S. Childers, of the 2/6:

http://hamptonroads.com/2010/10/chesapeake-moms-gifts-keep-memory-marine-son-alive#rfq

Iranian envoy at Afghan meeting

By Rod Nordland
New York Times
Updated: 10/18/2010 11:40:45 PM CDT

ROME — For the first time, Iran has sent a representative to a meeting of an international group that convenes regularly to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan, a move welcomed Monday by both U.S. and international officials.

To read the entire article:

http://www.twincities.com/ci_16373375?nclick_check=1

Mother of a Marine killed in Afghanistan takes action to help other Marines serving overseas

WTKR-TV3
8:52 PM EDT, October 18, 2010

CHESAPEAKE - The mother of a local Marine killed in Afghanistan is taking action, helping other Marines serving overseas know they are loved and getting a taste of home.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Cody S. Childers, of the 2/6:

http://www.wtkr.com/news/wtkr-tsr-marine-mom,0,1370396.story

October 17, 2010

Pentagon braces for huge WikiLeaks dump on Iraq war

17 Oct 2010 17:45:48 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Phil Stewart

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Sunday it had a 120-member team prepared to review a massive leak of as many as 500,000 Iraq war documents, which are expected to be released by the WikiLeaks website sometime this month.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N17207984.htm

Combined force discovers weapons stockpile

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition force conducting a dismounted patrol discovered a large stockpile of insurgent weapons, drugs and explosives in southern Afghanistan Oct. 17.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58272/combined-force-discovers-weapons-stockpile

Afghanistan clarifies rules for private security companies

By the CNN Wire Staff
October 17, 2010 1:44 p.m. EDT

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The Afghan government on Sunday clarified the exceptions to a ban on private security contractors, stating that those firms offering protection to embassies and foreign diplomats will be allowed to continue to operate.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/17/afghanistan.security.firms/index.html?section=cnn_latest

'Red Devils' clear path for 'Werewolves'

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla
Date 10.17.2010

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), is down to the last 30 days of their deployment while still maintaining and upholding the standards with which they arrived.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58266/red-devils-clear-path-werewolves

3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment memorializes fallen Marine

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Daniel Blatter
Date 10.16.2010
Date Posted:10.17.2010 11:32

SANGIN, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, in Sangin, paused to honor Lance Cpl. John T. Sparks. Sparks, 23, a machine gunner with Weapons Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines was killed in action, Oct. 8.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. John T. Sparks, of the 3/5:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58267/3rd-battalion-5th-marine-regiment-memorializes-fallen-marine

Afghan security contractors may pose threat

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Oct 17, 2010 10:13:36 EDT

A new Senate committee report reveals why U.S. military commanders are so concerned that private security contractors working in Afghanistan may pose a threat to U.S. troops and to the success of Operation Enduring Freedom.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/army-contractors-101610w/

Lincoln Arrives in 5th Fleet, Ready to Support Afghanistan Surge

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date 10.17.2010

From USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain - Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and guided missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) arrived in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Oct. 17 after completing a transit through the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58263/lincoln-arrives-5th-fleet-ready-support-afghanistan-surge-and

Kidnapped child freed, captors detained

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Force patrol freed a kidnapped child and detained several suspected kidnappers in Kabul, Saturday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58261/kidnapped-child-freed-captors-detained

Carrier Air Wing 2 Pilots Train for Operation Enduring Freedom

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date 10.17.2010
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Alan Gragg

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea - Pilots assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 have trained rigorously over the past year, preparing for their turn to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58275/carrier-air-wing-2-pilots-train-operation-enduring-freedom

Afghan, coalition forces discover IED cache in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date10.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces discovered a large improvised explosive device cache during a patrol Saturday in the Zharay District of Kandahar province.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58260/afghan-coalition-forces-discover-ied-cache-kandahar


Several suspected insurgents detained in Afghanistan overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces detained numerous suspected insurgents in three overnight operations in northern and eastern Afghanistan aimed at capturing Taliban and Haqqani Network leadership.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58259/several-suspected-insurgents-detained-afghanistan-overnight

Coalition forces conduct precision air strikes against Haqqani leader

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces conducted precision air strikes in Paktiya province Saturday targeting a Haqqani Network senior leader who facilitates weapons and conducts attacks against Afghan and coalition forces operating in neighboring Musa Khel district of Khost province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58255/coalition-forces-conduct-precision-air-strikes-against-haqqani-leader

Taliban leader captured by Afghan-led force in Paktika overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader who led improvised explosive device and direct fire attacks, in Paktika province, Saturday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58254/taliban-leader-captured-afghan-led-force-paktika-overnight

Taliban facilitator captured in Zabul overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator who led an improvised explosive device attack cell in Qalat and Shah Joy Districts, during an operation in Zabul province overnight.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58252/taliban-facilitator-captured-zabul-overnight

Taliban narcotics, IED facilitator targeted in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.17.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force targeted a Taliban improvised explosive device and narcotics facilitator for Maiwand and Lashkar Gah Districts, detaining two suspected insurgents in Helmand province overnight.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58253/taliban-narcotics-ied-facilitator-targeted-helmand

Marine sergeant improves information security

Regional Command Southwest
Story by Cpl. Megan Sindelar
Date 10.17.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Sgt. Jeremy Furtney heads home with a Navy Achievement Medal after spending five months in Afghanistan successfully implementing the Host Base Security System to all sites in the Regional Command Southwest area of responsibility.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58277/marine-sergeant-improves-information-security

Taliban senior leader captured by Afghan-led force in Marjah

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.12.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban senior leader who leads up to 20 fighters in the Sistani area of Marjah district, along with two of his associates, during an overnight operation in Helmand province.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57931/taliban-senior-leader-captured-afghan-led-force-marjah

Detainee found dead in southern Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.18.2010
Date Posted: 10.17.2010 23:34

KABUL, Afghanistan – A detainee in International Security Assistance Force custody was found dead in his holding cell in southern Afghanistan Sunday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58276/detainee-found-dead-southern-afghanistan

October 16, 2010

'Time. It will take some time’

Camp Pendleton-based Marines said it could take years, even decades, to achieve long-term stability in the impoverished and insurgent-filled country

By Gretel C. Kovach
Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10:21 p.m.

HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN — Halfway around the world on U.S. bases planted in the lush river valleys and barren deserts of southern Afghanistan, there is no escaping the headlines.

To continue reading:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/oct/16/afghanistan-war-time-it-will-take-some-time/

WikiLeaks Set to Release 400,000 Secret Iraq War Docs

Published October 16, 2010
FoxNews.com

WikiLeaks is believed to be preparing to release around 400,000 classified Pentagon documents on the Iraq war this week, the Associated Foreign Press reported Friday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/16/wikileaks-set-release-secret-iraq-war-docs/

Manitowoc Marine Cpl. Justin J. Cain recalled as 'great guy'

Cain killed serving in Afghanistan

By Charlie Mathews • Gannett Wisconsin Media • October 16, 2010

MANITOWOC — The devastating news spread Friday among friends and former Lincoln High School classmates that U.S. Marine Cpl. Justin J. Cain had been killed in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Justin J. Cain, of the 3/5:

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20101016/GPG0101/10160694/Manitowoc-Marine-recalled-as-great-guy-

N.C. Marines get uncommon training opportunity at MCAS Yuma

October 16, 2010 3:51 PM
DESERT WARRIOR STAFF

In a rare training opportunity, a visiting Marine squadron specializing in electronic warfare launched 14 radar-seeking missiles Oct. 7-8 at targets in the Pacific Ocean after launching its planes from the station flight line.

For more about the VMAQ-4:

http://www.yumasun.com/news/training-64716-electronic-missiles.html

Taliban facilitator captured in Kandahar overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.16.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces captured a Taliban facilitator for weapons, ammunition and suicide bombers in Kandahar City during an overnight operation in the city.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58249/taliban-facilitator-captured-kandahar-overnight

9 Marines From Same Regiment Killed in Afghanistan

The latest casualty, Lance Cpl. James D. Boelk, from Oceanside, died Friday

By MICHELLE WAYLAND and ALICIA DEAN
Updated 1:56 PM PDT, Sat, Oct 16, 2010

Nine Camp Pendleton-based Marines have been killed in Afghanistan in one week. All were members of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

To continue reading about our Fallen Heroes of the 3/5:

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local-beat/9-Marines-From-Same-Regiment-Killed-in-Afghanistan--105105574.html

Large IED storage and facilitation facility destroyed in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.16.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance force patrol located and destroyed an improvised explosive facilitation and storage compound during an operation in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Saturday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58239/large-ied-storage-and-facilitation-facility-destroyed-helmand

Marines Home From Afghanistan

Published : Saturday, 16 Oct 2010, 11:10 PM CDT
By Joanie Lum, Fox Chicago News

Naperville, Ill. - Four marines were welcomed home from Afghanistan today.

For more about their welcome home:

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/marines-home-20101016

Students Organize Care Packages for Marines

By Sophie T. Bearman
Oct 16
9:54 PM

Before Joe Kristol '09 was recently deployed to Afghanistan as a Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps, he sent an e-mail to family and friends requesting donations of items such as sunflower seeds, toothbrushes, and protein bars—all of which his Marines could use while serving in the war.

To read the entire article:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/10/16/palmer-kristol-harvard-items/

Marine to carry flag in marathon

Hands badly wounded by bomb

By Tanner Kent Free Press Staff Writer The Mankato Free Press Sat Oct 16, 2010, 11:42 PM CDT

MANKATO — In war-torn Iraq, Neil Schalk’s hands protected the lives of the Marine Corps’s top commanding generals.

For more about Neil Schalk:

http://mankatofreepress.com/local/x693281106/Marine-to-carry-flag-in-marathon

Taliban weapons facilitator captured in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.16.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban weapons facilitator who played a key role in the facilitation of weapons and improvised explosive devices in Now Zad District of Helmand province, during an overnight operation in the province.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58224/taliban-weapons-facilitator-captured-helmand

Haqqani Network leader capture in Paktika

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.16.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani Network leader who maintained weapons caches and planned attacks, during an overnight operation in Paktika province.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58225/haqqani-network-leader-capture-paktika

FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, Oct 16

16 Oct 2010 10:43:31 GMT
Source: Reuters

Oct 16 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1030 GMT on Saturday:

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69F023.htm

Marines given heroes' welcome in Naperville

Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 16, 2010 (NAPERVILLE) (WLS) -- Four marines who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan were welcomed home as heroes in Naperville Saturday night.

To continue reading:

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news%2Flocal&id;=7728928

Naperville Marine Escorted Home in Style

Members of the Naperville community welcomed a trio of U.S. Marines home Saturday evening.

By Jeff Cagle | October 16, 2010

A local Marine and his buddies were welcomed home with a police, fire and Warriors' Watch Riders escort through Naperville to a reception at the Judd Kendall VFW Saturday evening.

For more on the welcome home and to view the news video:

http://naperville.patch.com/articles/naperville-marine-escorted-home-in-style#video-2397747

Local builders risk losing out in Afghanistan's Helmand province

Afghanistan | 16.10.2010

US Marines and local businessmen are laying down the foundations for reconstruction in one of the Taliban's biggest strongholds in Afghanistan. But Helmand is likely to remain a place where many die and a few get rich.

To continue reading:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6114871,00.html

Tiny fly spreading disfiguring disease in Afghanistan

By Robert Kennedy
The Associated Press
Posted: 10/16/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT

KABUL — An outbreak of a tropical disease caused by sand-fly bites that leaves disfiguring skin sores has hit Afghanistan, with tens of thousands of people infected, health officials said Friday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_16351509?source=rss#ixzz12WUQXj4o

'Taliban' kill woman accused of murdering mother-in-law

By Bilal Sarwary
16 October 2010 Last updated at 07:17 ET
BBC News, Kabul

A woman accused of murdering her mother-in-law has been killed by Taliban in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni, local officials say.

To read the entire article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11558254

Officials: US Missile Attacks Kill 9 In Pakistan

Pakistani Officials Say Suspected US Missile Attacks Kills 9 In Region Bordering Afghanistan

Oct. 16, 2010

(AP) MIR ALI, Pakistan (AP) - Suspected U.S. unmanned aircraft launched two missile strikes in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border, killing nine people, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

To continue reading:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/10/15/ap/asia/main6963335.shtml

Pakistan ‘frees’ Mullah Baradar

Saturday, 16 Oct, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has freed the supreme commander of Taliban in Afghanistan, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, to enable him to play a pivotal role in back-channel talks with the US, through the Pakistani army, Asia Times Online reported on Friday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/pakistan-frees-mullah-baradar-600

Critical Assault By Allies Begins Near Kandahar

By CARLOTTA GALL, The New York Times
Published: October 16, 2010

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Hundreds of Afghan and American troops on Saturday made an air assault into the horn of Panjwai, a wide area that has served as the main base for the Taliban threatening Kandahar city, Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, the commander of coalition forces in southern Afghanistan, said.

To read the entire article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/world/asia/17kandahar.html

In Afghanistan, the Exit Plan Starts With ‘If’

By DEXTER FILKINS
Published: October 16, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — After nine years of war, the endgame here has finally begun.

To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/weekinreview/17filkins.html?_r=1

October 15, 2010

US hopes to sow Afghan peace with farm recovery

15 Oct 2010 20:34:19 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Christine Stebbins

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct 15 (Reuters) - As the United States struggles to end the longest war in its history in Afghanistan, agriculture is becoming a crucial part of its long-term strategy.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N15213786.htm

Afghan civilians killed, wounded in IED strike

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.15.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Several Afghan civilians were killed in an improvised explosive device blast in the Qalat District of Zabul province Friday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58177/afghan-civilians-killed-wounded-ied-strike

Female Engagement Team Members Back From Afghanistan

Dozens Of Members Were In Afghanistan For 7 Months

POSTED: 8:36 am PDT October 15, 2010

SAN DIEGO -- Dozens of female marines based at Camp Pendleton returned from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan Friday morning. The women, who are part of the Female Engagement Team, arrived by bus from March Air force Base in Riverside County just before 4 a.m. Hundreds of relatives from across the country were waiting to welcome them home.

To read the entire article:

http://www.10news.com/news/25402204/detail.html

Congress briefed on rules of engagement

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Oct 15, 2010 11:39:38 EDT

The House Armed Services Committee has quietly received a confidential briefing about the rules of engagement used by the U.S. military in Afghanistan after numerous members expressed concern that they handcuff U.S. troops in combat.

To read the entire article:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/military-roe-afghanistan-walter-jones-david-petraeus-101510/

Two memorials planned for Albany Marine

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Democrat-Herald democratherald.com
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 7:30 am

The body of Albany Lance Cpl. Marine Joe Rodewald, who was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan, is expected to arrive Friday at Dover Air Force Base in Maryland.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Marine Joe Rodewald, of the 3/5:

http://democratherald.com/news/local/article_45b5b95e-d7de-11df-9b17-001cc4c002e0.html

Doctor Injured In Afghanistan Hopes To Inspire Others

Air Force Doctor Lt. Col. Eric Holt Injured By IED In Battle

POSTED: 6:28 pm PDT October 15, 2010

SAN DIEGO -- An Air Force doctor is hoping his recovery from injuries sustained in battle can encourage other wounded servicemen and women.

To continue reading:

http://www.10news.com/news/25408625/detail.html

Byron Marine, 19, killed in Afghanistan

By Chris Green
RRSTAR.COM
Posted Oct 15, 2010 @ 10:52 PM

BYRON — The war in Afghanistan has struck close to home.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood, of the 3/5:

http://www.rrstar.com/carousel/x1389364940/Byron-Marine-19-to-be-wed-in-July-killed-in-Afghanistan

River crossing skills essential in Afghanistan strategy

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms
Courtesy Story
Date 10.15.2010
Location:BRIDGEPORT, CA, US

MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, BRIDGEPORT, Calif. – Afghanistan’s rolling hills, and seasonal snowfall supply many rivers and streams throughout the country, many of which have no bridges to aid in crossing.

For more on 2/5 training:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58211/river-crossing-skills-essential-afghanistan-strategy

Suspected insurgent detained during routine patrol

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.15.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance force patrol killed an insurgent and detained another during a routine interdiction operation in Shinkai District, Zabul province, Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58175/suspected-insurgent-detained-during-routine-patrol

31st MEU visits Philippine school

10/15/2010 By Lance Cpl. Tyler C. Vernaza , 31st MEU

SUBIC BAY, Republic of the Philippines — “Welcome to our home, welcome to our school” was the song the students of Gordon Heights, an elementary school near Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, sang as Marines and Sailors deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit walked through its gates. The troops were warmly welcomed with smiles and shouts from nearly 600 Filipino students, anxious to shake hands and talk to the service members.

For more on the 31st MEU:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/31stmeu/Pages/31stMEUvisitsPhilippineschool.aspx

Homemade explosive cache discovered, destroyed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.15.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance force patrol secured and destroyed approximately 1,000 kilograms of homemade explosives during an operation in Ghazni province, Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58176/homemade-explosive-cache-discovered-destroyed

‘Magnificent Bastards’ utilize Steel Knight for future operations

10/15/2010 By Lance Cpl. William J. Jackson

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – — As Marines traveled through Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain towns, they were constantly kept on their toes. Improvised explosive devices were a serious threat, every Afghan citizen was suspicious, every weapon at the ready. This was a small taste of the reality Marines face on the true battlefield.

For more on the 2/4:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/29palms/Pages/%E2%80%98MagnificentBastards%E2%80%99utilizeSteelKnightforfutureoperations.aspx

ISAF allowed Taliban official to Kabul-Petraeus

15 Oct 2010 11:37:29 GMT
Source: Reuters

LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. General David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said on Friday NATO-led forces had facilitated the passage of a senior Taliban commander to Kabul to hold talks with the Afghan government.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LAL004534.htm

8th ESB Marines test new threat detection system

10/15/2010 By Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Troops deployed to combat zones put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis, but due to recent innovations their mission may be a bit safer.

For more on the 8th ESB:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmlg/Pages/FiberOptics.aspx

Pakistan says willing to assist Afghan talks

15 Oct 2010 09:03:31 GMT
Source: Reuters

By David Brunnstrom

BRUSSELS, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Pakistan said on Friday it was willing to assist talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban because stability and peace in Afghanistan were in its own interests.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE69E0GQ.htm

Marines return from six-month deployment

October 15, 2010 4:21 PM
BY JAMES GILBERT - SUN STAFF WRITER

Among the many family members who turned out to welcome home their loved ones from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan was Alison Swarts, who had a big surprise in store for her Marine husband.

To continue reading:

http://www.yumasun.com/news/cpl-64688-air-swarts.html

Security forces begin operations in the Pech River Valley

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Courtesy Story
Date 10.15.2010
From Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs Office

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces, with support from International Security Assistance Force members, began operations today in the Pech River Valley aimed at denying safe havens for insurgents and bolstering the Government Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s influence in local villages.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58223/security-forces-begin-operations-pech-river-valley

Afghan leaders discuss issues, promote unity

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Ned Johnson
Date 10.14.2010
Date Posted: 10.15.2010 12:16
Location:Garmsir District, AF

Cpl. Ned Johnson FORWARD OPERATING BASE DEHLI, Helmand province, Afghanistan – While most shuras, meetings with local elders, last approximately an hour, the leaders of southern Helmand province held an all-day event to discuss critical issues throughout the region.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58187/afghan-leaders-discuss-issues-promote-unity

Petraeus disturbed by confusion over hostage death

15 Oct 2010 16:13:10 GMT
Source: Reuters

LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U.S. General David Petraeus said on Friday it was "disturbing" that the first account of the death of a British hostage in Afghanistan during a rescue attempt by American forces had turned out to be wrong.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE69E1O1.htm

US soldier to face court-martial in Afghan slayings

15 Oct 2010 20:46:33 GMT
Source: Reuters

SEATTLE, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The first of 12 soldiers accused of terrorizing unarmed civilians as part of a rogue infantry platoon in Afghanistan will face a court-martial on murder charges and other offenses, military said on Friday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N15230069.htm

Gates: Limited damage from WikiLeaks

By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Oct 15, 2010 16:46:54 EDT

WASHINGTON — No U.S. intelligence sources or practices were compromised by the posting of secret Afghan war logs by the WikiLeaks website, the Pentagon has concluded, but the military thinks the leaks could still cause significant damage to U.S. security interests.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/ap-limited-damage-from-leak-of-afghan-war-logs/

Marines Deploy ‘Green’ Forward Operating Base to AfghanistanMarines Deploy ‘Green’ Forward Operating Base to Afghanistan

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2010 – The Marine Corps has deployed an experimental forward operating base to Afghanistan to assess how it stands up to rugged operational conditions while relying solely on renewable technology and energy-saving techniques.

For more about 3/5 India deploying 'green':

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=61286

Narcotics, weapons found, 1 person detained

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.15.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance force patrol located two narcotics laboratories, drugs and detained one man during an operation in southern Helmand province, Thursday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58174/narcotics-weapons-found-1-person-detained

Taliban suicide attack facilitator captured in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.15.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban suicide attack facilitator who was involved in the construction of suicide vests and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, during an operation in Kandahar province Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58160/taliban-suicide-attack-facilitator-captured-kandahar

Homemade explosives destroyed by coalition forces

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.15.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces discovered more than 3,000 pounds of homemade explosives in approximately 70 barrels hidden in an abandoned building in eastern Afghanistan Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58163/homemade-explosives-destroyed-coalition-forces

US hopes to keep Kyrgyzstan base, sees stability

15 Oct 2010 00:56:27 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The United States hopes any Kyrgyz government formed after Sunday's inconclusive elections will allow a U.S. air base to remain and it is ready to work with all the parties, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N14158079.htm

U.S. now endorsing Afghan efforts to talk peace with Taliban

Friday, October 15, 2010
By Deb Riechmann and Anne Gearan, The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Obama administration on Thursday endorsed fragile Afghan efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban, backing off its prior stance that talks with the Taliban were premature until the war is all but won.

To continue reading:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10288/1095279-82.stm

Seven Camp Pendleton-based Marines killed this week in Afghanistan

North County Times staff North County Times
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 11:01 pm

Seven Camp Pendleton-based Marines died in Afghanistan this week, including four who were killed in a single roadside bomb blast, making it perhaps the deadliest week for locally based troops since recent increases in military operations in the 9-year-old war.

To continue reading about our Fallen Heroes of the 3/5:

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/article_af05db6d-cd46-5af1-a4dd-7a74c6485bbd.html

October 14, 2010

Afghan, coalition forces discover 7,000kgs of ammonium nitrate

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.14.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces discovered 7,000 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and 20 improvised explosive devices during three recent operations in southern Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58064/afghan-coalition-forces-discover-7000kgs-ammonium-nitrate

Insurgents killed, several detained in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.14.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance forces patrol killed several insurgents and detained numerous others during an operation in Nahr-E Saraj District, Helmand province, Wednesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58069/insurgents-killed-several-detained-helmand

Local Knitters Make Head Covers for Marines in Afghanistan

By Gary White
THE LEDGER
Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 12:01 a.m.

It's still balmy in Central Florida these days, but some local women have winter on their minds.

To continue reading:

http://www.theledger.com/article/20101014/NEWS/10145022/1326?Title=Local-Knitters-Make-Head-Covers-for-Marines-in-Afghanistan

Afghan peace council chief: Taliban ready to talk

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer Deb Riechmann, Associated Press Writer
Thu Oct 14, 6:31 am ET

KABUL, Afghanistan – A former Afghan president who heads a new peace council said Thursday that he's convinced the Taliban are ready to negotiate peace.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101014/ap_on_re_as/as_afghan_peace_talks_3

St. Charles Marine Killed in Afghanistan

By Teresa Woodard
FOX2now.com
9:35 p.m. CDT, October 14, 2010

ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) — There is somber news from Afghanistan. A local marine has died in combat. 19 year old Lance Corporal Phillip Vinnedge of St. Charles is one of four marines killed Wednesday. The Department of Defense says the four men, all stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, died in the Helmand province in Afghanistan. The Marine Times reports they were killed in an IED blast.

Please go to the following link to continue reading about Fallen Hero, LCpl Phillip Vinnedge:

http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-st-charles-marine-killed-afghanistan-101410,0,6250269.story

Security Council Votes to Continue Military Effort in Afghanistan

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: October 14, 2010

The Security Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to extend for a year the United Nations’ authorization for the NATO-led military force in Afghanistan, expressing concern about the increase in terrorist activities by the Taliban, Al Qaeda and other extremist groups. The resolution adopted by the Security Council emphasized the need for sustained efforts by the 143,000-member force, known as the International Security Assistance Force, to assist the Afghan government in improving security and confronting threats by militants.

To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/14/world/asia/14briefs-Nations.html?_r=1

ANALYSIS-Afghan peace talk reports help NATO fight

14 Oct 2010 13:13:50 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Media reports of high-level talks between the Taliban and Afghan government may serve Western military aims by sowing confusion and undermining trust among insurgents, analysts and diplomats say.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69D0AE.htm

Drill instructor, former recruit serve together as ‘Red Devils’

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla
Date 10.14.2010

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – Many new Marines are thankful for their drill instructor’s guidance upon graduation from recruit training, but hope to never see them again. However, for some this just isn’t in their cards.

For more on the VMFA-232:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58170/drill-instructor-former-recruit-serve-together-red-devils

Bulldogs get new boss

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
Story by Lance Cpl. Brian Adam Jones
Date 10.13.2010
Date Posted:10.14.2010 13:33

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine Attack Squadron 223 underwent a change of command as Lt. Col. John K. Adams relinquished command of the squadron to Lt. Col. Thomas D. Gore during a ceremony at the squadron’s hangar Wednesday, Oct. 13.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58118/bulldogs-get-new-boss

Report alleges abuse of Afghan detainees at secret US detention center

By HEIDI VOGT , Associated Press
Last update: October 14, 2010 - 8:57 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan - A new report from a U.S. foundation details allegations of detainee abuse as recently as this year from Afghans who say they were held at a secret jail inside the main American military base in Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.startribune.com/world/104936154.html?elr=KArks:DCiUBcy7hUiacyKUzyaP37D_ncyD_2yckUr

Berthings makes barracks seem like life of luxury

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Story by Lance Cpl. Kelvin Clark
Date 10.14.2010

For many of the service members aboard the Air Station, their home on base is the four walls they share with another person-someone they never knew or someone they work with. For single Marines, the barracks are somewhere they can go after a long day of work and just relax before they return the next day.

For more on the VMFA-312:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58106/berthings-makes-barracks-seem-like-life-luxury

Granite Bay Marine dies in Afghanistan

Private First Class Victor A. Dew was one of four U.S. Marines killed Wednesday

Roseville Press Tribune
October 14, 2010

A Granite Bay man was killed Wednesday during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Private First Class Victor A. Dew, of the 3/5:

http://rosevillept.com/detail/161717.html

Marines Train Bomb Disposal Teams with Hidden (Fake) IEDs

Posted by Terry McCarthy
October 14, 2010 2:34 PM

As part of our continuing coverage of "Afghanistan: the Road Ahead," - CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy follows the Third Battalion, First Marines at home, and abroad in Afghanistan.

It is scary to see how easy it is to bury an IED - the improvised explosive devices that are responsible for two-thirds of U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan - and then to cover up all traces of where it is hidden. We got a demonstration on Wednesday.

For more about the 3/1 in Afghanistan:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20019637-503543.html

Teaching eases one Marine’s loss

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Story by Pfc. Justin Boling
Date 10.14.2010

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. -- It is a bright morning as students step into their history class room. The teacher sits behind his desk wearing glasses and a polo shirt with a symbol of the flag raising at Iwo Jima on its front. The students shuffle to get out their binders before the teacher starts his lesson.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58113/teaching-eases-one-marines-loss

Kansas marines return from Afghanistan

October 14, 2010|By Rebecca Gannon | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(WICHITA, Kan.) — Eight Marines deployed for seven months arrived in Kansas just after five Thursday evening.

To read the entire article:

http://articles.kwch.com/2010-10-14/marines_24135834

SMP improves single Marines morale, quality of life

10/14/2010 By Lance Cpl. John Robbart III , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Marines who live in the barracks are notorious for either playing video games, or staying at the gym, but with the help of an on base program single service members can experience what Southern California has to offer.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/basecamppendleton/Pages/News/2010/BaseSMPimprovesqualityoflifeofsingleMarines.aspx

Afghan, coalition force kills Taliban senior leaders in Ghazni

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.14.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed Mohammad Ali, a Taliban senior leader and improvised explosive device expert in Ghazni province Wednesday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58050/afghan-coalition-force-kills-taliban-senior-leaders-ghazni

Taliban senior facilitator, deputy shadow governor captured

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.14.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban senior facilitator, who planned and facilitated attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, along with several of his associates, during an operation in Nimroz province Wednesday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58051/taliban-senior-facilitator-deputy-shadow-governor-captured

Area Marine dies supporting Operation Enduring Freedom

Posted: Oct 14, 2010 10:50 AM PDT

MIDLAND, GA (WTVM) – News Leader 9 has learned a local Marine has died supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Raymon L. A. Johnson, of the 1/8:

http://www.wtvm.com/Global/story.asp?S=13324287

Marine Raymon Johnson, former Shaw High student, dies in Afghanistan

BY LARRY GIERER - ledger-enquirer.com
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Lance Cpl. Raymon Johnson, a 22-year-old Marine from Columbus, has been killed while serving in Afghanistan. He was killed Wednesday. The family got the news the same day.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Raymon L. A. Johnson, of the 1/8:

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2010/10/14/1306438/marine-raymon-johnson-former-shaw.html

7 Marines return home after Afghanistan deployment

Published: Thu, October 14, 2010 @ 9:28 p.m.

VIENNA — Seven area Marine reservists returned home from seven months of combat support duty in Afghanistan, their smiles lighting up the night.

To continue reading:

http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/oct/14/7-marines-return-home-after-afghanistan-deployment/

Mountain Soldier Capture Insurgent Responsible for IEDs

586th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (MTN)
Story by Staff Sgt. Whitney Hughes
Date 10.14.2010

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, captured an insurgent Oct. 7 near Yazeen Village in the Zormat District of Paktya Province. According to Staff Sgt. Robert Brown of Henniker, N.H., C Co., 3rd Bn., 172 Inf. Regt., the suspect, who is known to have emplaced several Improvised Explosive Devices in the vicinity of Combat Outpost Zormat, was captured during a village search.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58053/mountain-soldier-capture-insurgent-responsible-ieds

October 13, 2010

Concrete Results for Marines in Safar Bazaar

As part of our continuing coverage of "Afghanistan: the Road Ahead," - CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy follows the Third Battalion, First Marines at home, and abroad in Afghanistan.

October 13, 2010 1:59 AM

SAFAR BAZAAR, Afghanistan.

The Marines captured Safar Bazaar (at left) in southern Helmand from the Taliban in two days at the beginning of August. Then began the long process of clearing the area of IEDs (improvised explosive devices.) It was a painstaking process that involved many weeks of probing in the dirt on roads and pathways, under trees and in the walls and doorways of buildings. The majority of the locals were delighted the Taliban had been driven out, as they ruled the population by fear, restricting their movements severely. But they were unable to help the Marines to find many of the IEDs in the market area - even if many would have liked to help.

For more about the 3/1 in Afghanistan:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20019429-503543.html

Landing support detachment, Kandahar

1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs
Story by Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
Date 10.13.2010

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – When a Marine flight lands in Kandahar, landing support Marines from Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), are responsible for making sure all personnel and equipment get to their final destination.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58014/landing-support-detachment-kandahar

2nd Battalion, 6th Marines honors Marines, hardens resolve

Regimental Combat Team 1
Story by Sgt. Jesse Stence
Date 10.13.2010

MARJAH, Afghanistan - If only Lance Cpl. Scott A. Lynch and Sgt. Matthew D. Matteoni could have heard what their brothers said. Or maybe Lynch, the clever rifleman, and Matteoni, the gregarious machine gunner, were gazing down on their memorial ceremony -- possibly saying a prayer for their brothers in 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.

For more on the 2/6 Memorial for Fallen Heroes, Lance Cpl. Scott A. Lynch and Sgt. Matthew D. Matteoni:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58156/2nd-battalion-6th-marines-honors-marines-hardens-resolve

Study: Marksmanship program majorly flawed

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 13, 2010 5:25:49 EDT

The Marine Corps Marksmanship Program is a disorganized “hodgepodge” plagued by inadequate oversight, decrepit ranges and insufficient live-fire training, according to a controversial study that includes months of interviews with Marines across the fleet.

To continue reading:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/marine-corps-marksmanship-program-problems-101310w/

UPDATE ISAF confirms Taliban senior leader captured in Wardak

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban senior leader, who used suicide bombers and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices to conduct attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, during an overnight operation in Wardak province Monday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57988/update-isaf-confirms-taliban-senior-leader-captured-wardak

Several suspected insurgents detained in southern Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in two overnight operations in southern Afghanistan aimed at capturing Taliban leadership.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57989/several-suspected-insurgents-detained-southern-afghanistan

UPDATE ISAF confirms Taliban leader killed in precision air strike

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – The International Security Assistance Force confirmed Shirin Agha, a Taliban senior military leader, was killed in a coalition force precision air strike in Kunduz province Monday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57991/update-isaf-confirms-taliban-leader-killed-precision-air-strike

Afghan, coalition force destroys house-borne IEDs in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces conducted a deliberate clearing operation aimed at disrupting the Taliban’s freedom of movement outside Kandahar City, Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57990/afghan-coalition-force-destroys-house-borne-ieds-kandahar

Senior Taliban IED leader captured in Kandahar City

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban improvised explosive device senior leader operating in Kandahar City Tuesday, along with one of his associates, during an operation in the city.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57992/senior-taliban-ied-leader-captured-kandahar-city

Force targets Taliban senior leader in Herat, kills several insurgents

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces targeted a Taliban senior leader for Qal’ah-ye Now, Murghab and Muqor districts of Badghis province yesterday, killing several insurgents in a joint operation in western Herat province.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57994/force-targets-taliban-senior-leader-herat-kills-several-insurgents

Force kills Haqqani Network leader in Khost overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces killed Ansari Khan, a Haqqani Network leader who coordinated and conducted attacks against coalition forces operating in Sabari district, during an overnight operation in Khost province.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57995/force-kills-haqqani-network-leader-khost-overnight

Weapons turned in, found in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – A large number of explosive devices were discovered by International Security Assistance Forces in Kandahar province Wednesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58003/weapons-turned-found-kandahar

Drug labs, narcotics discovered in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance force patrol seized 600 kilograms of wet opium and discovered two drug labs in Maiwand district, Helmand province, Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58011/drug-labs-narcotics-discovered-helmand

Afghan Forces Build Bridges along Dangerous Roads

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan
Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Denise Alford
Date 10.13.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan- Members of the Afghan Border Police and the Ministry of Interior have begun a partnership allowing critical movement of materials all over Afghanistan. MOI has a Transportation Security Brigade but until recently, they have been unable to move the people and equipment that they needed.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58008/afghan-forces-build-bridges-along-dangerous-roads

Northern Distribution Network European route proves successful

Defense Logistics Agency
Story by Sara Moore
Date 10.13.2010

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - As another example of the Northern Distribution Network’s value as an efficient, effective route for supplies into Central Asia, U.S. European Command has successfully tested a truck route from Germany to Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58004/northern-distribution-network-european-route-proves-successful

Afghan firms said to pay off Taliban with foreign cash

6:57am By Hamid Shalizi
KABUL | Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:39am EDT

KABUL (Reuters) - Cash from the U.S. military and international donors destined for construction and welfare projects in restive parts of Afghanistan is ending up in the hands of insurgents, a contractor and village elders said.

To continue reading:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69C1GZ20101013

Cautiously optimistic Petraeus briefs NATO on Afghan warerations

Says readiness for transition varies

By Slobodan Lekic - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Oct 13, 2010

BRUSSELS — NATO's top commander in Afghanistan offered a cautiously optimistic assessment of the transition of security duties to Afghan forces during a briefing with alliance representatives on Wednesday, a U.S. official said.

To continue reading:

http://www3.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/oct/13/petraeus-briefs-nato-on-afghan-war/

Forward Operating Base Farah Celebrates Navy Birthday

Farah Provincial Reconstruction Team
Story by 2nd Lt. Christine Darius
Date 10.13.2010
Location:Forward Operating Base Farah, AF

Sailors assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah celebrated the United States Navy’s 235th birthday by cooking and serving a feast to their fellow service members on Forward Operating Base Farah in Afghanistan, Oct. 13.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58035/forward-operating-base-farah-celebrates-navy-birthday

NATO facilitating Taliban contacts with Afghan govt

13 Oct 2010 23:14:59 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Phil Stewart

BRUSSELS, Oct 13 (Reuters) - NATO-led forces in Afghanistan are facilitating contacts between senior Taliban officials and the Afghan government, including allowing them safe passage for talks in Kabul, a senior NATO official said on Wednesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69C50H20101013

'Happy Birthday, Navy,' from Leatherneck

1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs
Story by Cpl. Shannon McMillan
Date 10.13.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – In honor of the United States Navy’s 235th birthday, more than two hundred service members from Regional Command – Southwest gathered to celebrate the rich Navy history during a ceremony held on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 13.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/58015/happy-birthday-navy-leatherneck

INTERVIEW-Tough terms stymie Afghan talks: Ex-Taliban envoy

13 Oct 2010 10:55:46 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Patrick Markey KABUL, Oct 13

(Reuters) - Attempts to bring Afghanistan's Taliban to the negotiating table will struggle if parties stick to tough prior terms, including Western sanctions and blacklists imposed on insurgent commanders, a former Taliban envoy said.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69B0IJ.htm

October 12, 2010

Pakistan says it is key to Taliban peace talks

By ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press Writer
Tue Oct 12, 7:48 am ET

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan's prime minister said Tuesday that peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban cannot succeed without Islamabad's help, a reminder of the leverage the country has because of its historical ties with the group.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101012/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_afghanistan_2;_ylt=AmvRMaHbTTzf.68zSkSks6MBS5Z4

Reno Marine Dies In Afghanistan While On Patrol

Twenty-three-year old Marine Sergeant Frank Zaehringer III, born and raised in Reno, was killed in action early Monday while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Posted: 3:00 PM Oct 12, 2010
Reporter: Scott Howard

RENO - Twenty-three-year old Marine Sergeant Frank Zaehringer III, born and raised in Reno, was killed in action early Monday while on patrol in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Sgt. Frank R. Zaehringer III, of the 2/9:

http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/104814309.html

Laura W. Bush: Decision time for Afghanistan on women

LAURA W. BUSH | former first lady
madison.com
Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 4:30 am

The haunting portrait of a young, disfigured Afghan woman on Time magazine’s cover this summer issued a stark reminder that the stakes in Afghanistan are high -- and that the consequences of failure are brutal, especially for women.

To continue reading:

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/article_08a28034-cd8b-55e1-99a1-b5a49e49b372.html

1/2 Marines reflect on fallen comrades

By Lance Cpl. Clayton L. VonDerAhe, 2nd Marine Division
10/12/2010

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Death is an inevitable part of life. Some reach ripe old ages and blink out of existence while others may be gone well before their time. It is never a joyous occasion when life is plucked prematurely, but either old or young, the actions performed and memories left behind will, in a sense, make them immortal.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmardiv/2ndmarreg/1stbat/Pages/12Marinesreflectonfallencomrades.aspx

Marine demonstrates how uncommon valor is a common Corps virtue

10/12/2010 By Lance Cpl. Jeff Drew , 2nd Marine Division

FORT A.P.HILL, Va. — “My name is 1st Sgt. LaFountain and I am absolutely humbled to be in your presence. I know of all the great things that you have done in the past, the legacy of the (Marine rifleman). I know that they are the backbone of the Marine Corps; they inspire me. I am so proud to serve with them,” said 1st Sgt. Philip Joseph LaFountain, company first sergeant, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.

For more about Bronze Star recipient, 1st Sgt. Philip J. LaFountain, valor, and the 2/8:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmardiv/8thmarreg/2ndbat/Pages/UncommonValorwasaCommonVirtue.aspx

Welcome Home: Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 returns from Afghanistan

10/12/2010
By Lance Cpl. Justin M. Boling,
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

MCAS BEAUFORT, SC — Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 returned to their families early in the morning Oct. 2 after a seven month deployment.

Welcome Home, Marines:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcasbeaufort/Pages/Welcome%20Home;%20Marine%20Wing%20Support%20Squadron%20273%20returns%20from%20Afghanistan.aspx

Afghan, coalition forces conducting search and rescue mission for civilian plane crash

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.12.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and International Security Assistance Force service members are conducting a search and rescue mission on an airplane that crashed in the mountains near Kabul Oct. 12.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57953/afghan-coalition-forces-conducting-search-and-rescue-mission-civilian-plane-crash

The Marines Go Green” and Civilians Gain

10.12.10, In News, By Daniel Goldfarb.

A good deal has been written about the military’s recent efforts to “go green,” but Fred Kaplan’s piece for Slate last week is unique in its exploration of the potential civilian benefits of such an initiative. Kaplan does well to delineate the military’s history as a robust market for innovative technologies, driving up demand and down costs

To continue reading:

http://leadenergy.org/2010/10/the-marines-go-green-and-civilians-gain/

Americans seek ways to contribute to war efforts

By Rick Hampson - USA Today
Posted : Tuesday Oct 12, 2010

EPSOM, N.H. — An hour before dawn, in a drizzle, with five hours sleep, Dave Cummings steps out onto his driveway. He turns on his video camera, picks up a basketball, steps to the foul line in front of the family hoop and shoots. Swish.

To continue reading:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-10-12-1Ahomefront12_CV_N.htm

Tangled Tale of American Found in Afghanistan

By ALISSA J. RUBIN, The New York Times
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan -- As an American military patrol walked through a rural, Taliban-dominated district of Kandahar Province recently, a man wearing local clothes came toward them shouting, "Don't shoot, I am an American!"

To continue reading:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10285/1094536-82.stm?cmpid=nationworld.xml#ixzz129Evm5LE

Al-Qaida in Yemen threatens to topple president

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press Writer
Tue Oct 12, 8:11 am ET

SAN'A, Yemen – Al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen warned Tuesday it is setting up a "new army" to overthrow the country's president in response to his U.S.-backed counterterrorism campaign and said it would fill its ranks with snipers and bomb makers.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101012/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_yemen_al_qaida_2

Gov. Granholm orders flags lowered for Marine

Associated Press • October 12, 2010

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff statewide for a Marine from southwestern Michigan who died while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20101012/NEWS05/101012002/1002/NEWS01/Gov.+Granholm+orders+flags+lowered+for+Marine+

UPDATE: ISAF helicopter incident in eastern Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.12.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Eight people were wounded and one killed after a rocket-propelled-grenade was fired at an International Security Assistance Force helicopter in Kunar province, Oct. 12.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57944/update-isaf-helicopter-incident-eastern-afghanistan

Afghans report, turn in explosives, weapons

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.12.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - A weapons cache and explosive material were taken out of enemy hands after locals reported and turned in the items in eastern and southern Afghanistan in the last two days.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57947/afghans-report-turn-explosives-weapons

Female lieutenants join Afghan Air Force for English immersion, pilot training

NATO Training Mission Afghanistan

Courtesy Story
Date10.12.2010
Date Posted:10.12.2010 10:56
Location:KABUL, AF

KABUL, Afghanistan – Five recent graduates from the first Afghan National Army female officer candidate school reported to the Afghan Air Force for further training, Oct. 12.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57948/female-lieutenants-join-afghan-air-force-english-immersion-pilot-training

FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, Oct 12

12 Oct 2010 09:48:03 GMT
Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan reported on Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69B0D4.htm

Chicago Marine killed in Afghanistan

Awarded Purple Heart and other honors

By Duaa Eldeib, Tribune reporter
7:37 p.m. CDT, October 12, 2010

A Chicago Marine on his first combat deployment was killed in Afghanistan on Friday.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. John T. Sparks, of the 3/5:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-marine-killed-20101012,0,2987114.story

The smile that defies the Taliban: Afghan teenager whose mutilated face shocked the world unveils her new image

By Claire Bates
Last updated at 4:14 PM on 12th October 2010

An Afghan teenager who was horribly mutilated by her husband under Taliban rule was all smiles as she unveiled her new prosthetic nose for the first time.

To continue reading:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1319804/Afghan-girl-Bibi-Aisha-nose-ears-hacked-Taliban-rule-gets-new-face.html

UPDATE ISAF confirms capture of Taliban facilitator in Nimroz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.12.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban facilitator who planned and facilitated attacks against Afghan and coalition forces during an overnight operation in Nimroz province Sunday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57930/update-isaf-confirms-capture-taliban-facilitator-nimroz

Several suspects detained in 3 provinces overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.12.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces detained several insurgents in five overnight operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan targeting Taliban and Haqqani Network leadership.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57933/several-suspects-detained-3-provinces-overnight

Forces conduct precision air strike targeting Taliban leader

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date10.12.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Coalition forces conducted a precision airstrike in Kunduz province Monday targeting a Taliban senior leader in the Gor Tappa area of Kunduz.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57929/forces-conduct-precision-air-strike-targeting-taliban-leader

Italy says could start Afghan troop pullout in 2011

12 Oct 2010 10:53:29 GMT
Source: Reuters

* Govt under pressure after four deaths

* Italy eyes equipping aircraft with bombs

* Public funeral for dead soldiers

(Adds details from funeral)

By Deepa Babington

ROME, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Italy could begin pulling out troops from Afghanistan next summer, the foreign minister said on Tuesday, as the nation mourned four soldiers killed in an insurgent ambush at the weekend.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE69B14J.htm

INTERVIEW-Mediator sees Karzai softening on Afghan talks

12 Oct 2010 06:11:13 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai is backing away from his preconditions for peace talks with the Taliban by giving full autonomy to a newly formed council tasked with opening negotiations, one of its members said.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69A0Y2.htm

UPDATE ISAF confirms capture of Taliban senior leader

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date10.12.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of an Uruzgan-based Taliban senior leader during an Afghan and coalition force operation in Kandahar province Friday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57928/update-isaf-confirms-capture-taliban-senior-leader

Dogs saving lives on battlefield

by Dawn Kurry Richmond County Daily Journal
October 12, 2010

Some canine friends are being trained to save lives in the field, instead of win ribbons.

K2 Solutions was formed in Moore County six and a half years ago. It has since served the military in the areas of K9 training, logistical support, intelligence and research and development.

To continue reading:

http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/view/full_story/9873409/article-Dogs-saving-lives-on-battlefield?instance=home_news_lead

Sgt. to face military’s highest court

Overturning of Hutchins’ conviction could be in jeopardy

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 12, 2010 5:44:23 EDT

The military’s highest court will hear arguments Wednesday in the government’s appeal of a decision that overturned the 2007 conviction of a Marine on charges of conspiracy and in the death of an Iraqi man.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/marine-hutchins-case-goes-to-appeals-court-101210/

ICRC: Kandahar casualties reflect worsening security

By the CNN Wire Staff
October 12, 2010 7:01 a.m. EDT

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- War casualties in a Kandahar hospital are "hitting record highs," figures that illustrate the "deteriorating security situation" in southern Afghanistan, the International Committee for the Red Cross said on Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/12/afghanistan.war.wounded/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Afghan, coalition force captures Taliban leader in Paktiya overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date10.12.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader involved in ambush operations against coalition force convoys and checkpoints, along with two of his associates, during an overnight operation in Paktiya province.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57927/afghan-coalition-force-captures-taliban-leader-paktiya-overnight

October 11, 2010

San Bernardino firm contributes to high-tech training for Marines

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/11/2010 09:56:01 PM PDT

CAMP PENDLETON - A Marine opens a door at an abandoned police station in a mock Afghan village. That's when the explosion comes.

To continue reading:

http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/sanbernardinocounty/ci_16314933

Afghan Warlords, a Larger Stability Threat Than Taliban

US operations in Afghanistan undermined by corrupt warlords and their militias

By Joshua Philipp
Epoch Times Staff
Oct 11, 2010

A similar study found that networks of corruption involving warlords, strongmen, commanders, and Afghan officials, “appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan,” says a June report from the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

To continue reading:

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/44085/99999999/1/1/

Search for Marine lieutenant's killer meets Afghan obstacles

By: Sara A. Carter
National Security Correspondent
October 11, 2010

HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN -- Jason Armas, a U.S. Marine Corps captain, scrolled through the photographs of four bearded Afghan men believed to be responsible for the assassination of Marine 1st Lt. Scott J. Fleming.

To continue reading:

http://www.sfexaminer.com/world/Search-for-Marine-lieutenant_s-killer-meets-Afghan-obstacles-1183204-104732194.html

Afghans frustrate Marines: 'We need your help - to help you'

By Cali Bagby for KVAL.com
Story Published: Oct 11, 2010 at 4:25 PM PDT

With 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Echo Company

MARJAH, Afghanistan - As the Marines run across a main road, there are no men on mopeds or children hanging out in crowds.

To continue reading:

http://www.kval.com/news/national/104738829.html

Afghan, coalition forces find 1,500kgs of hashish, large weapons caches

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date10.11.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces made three large weapons cache and drug finds in Laghman and Kandahar provinces Oct. 11.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57906/afghan-coalition-forces-find-1500kgs-hashish-large-weapons-caches

U.S. rescuers may have killed Afghanistan aid worker

By Heidi Vogt and Robert Kennedy - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Oct 11, 2010 11:08 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan — At first, NATO blamed a Taliban bomb for the death of a captive British aid worker during an American rescue attempt in eastern Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/11/2301485/us-rescuers-may-have-killed-afghanistan.html

Insurgent IED kills civilians in Zabul

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date10.11.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An insurgent-placed improvised explosive device killed three Afghan civilians and seriously wounded a child in Zabul province Monday, Oct. 11.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57891/insurgent-ied-kills-civilians-zabul

Boeing to Offer A160T Hummingbird in Response to NAVAIR Request for Proposal

WEBWIRE – Monday, October 11, 2010

ST. LOUIS, -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] is preparing to offer a solution based on the world record-setting A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft in response to the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for Cargo Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Services. The RFP calls for government-owned, contractor-operated UAS services for the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=124734

Cash Reward

101st Combat Aviation Brigade
Story by Spc. Tracy Weeden
Date10.11.2010

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WOLVERINE, Afghanistan –Two Task Force Eagle Assault UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilots made a vital submission to the Army Suggestion Program while deployed to Iraq in 2006, which was worth a $10,000 reward.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57872/cash-reward

Gen. Petraeus requests investigation into death of Linda Norgrove

U.S. Forces Afghanistan
Courtesy Story
Date10.11.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, has requested an investigation into the circumstances which led to the death of U.K. aid worker Linda Norgrove. The investigation was requested immediately following additional information developed by the military commander in charge of the rescue operation conducted by U.S. forces in consultation with the British government.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57873/gen-petraeus-requests-investigation-into-death-linda-norgrove

ISAF looks into civilian casualties following failed insurgent attack

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date10.11.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed one insurgent and wounded another in southern Afghanistan, Sunday, after their patrol came under insurgent fire.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57871/isaf-looks-into-civilian-casualties-following-failed-insurgent-attack

ISAF condemns insurgent attack on civilian

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date10.11.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An insurgent-placed improvised explosive device killed one Afghan civilian when the vehicle he was traveling in struck the device in Khost province, Monday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57870/isaf-condemns-insurgent-attack-civilian

Rescuers may have killed UK Afghan aid worker-Cameron

11 Oct 2010
11:06:43 GMT
Source: Reuters

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - A British hostage who died in Afghanistan on Friday during a rescue mission may have been accidentally killed by coalition forces trying to save her, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LAL004531.htm

‘Cyber Marines’ may stay in U.S.

By Philip Ewing - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Oct 11, 2010 6:20:04 EDT

Marines pride themselves on being expeditionary, but a new career path could keep some of them at home, in front of a computer, for their entire time in the Corps.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/marine-cyber-101010w/

Force detains suspected insurgents, kills 2 in Ghazni, Nimroz

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date10.11.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents and killed two in overnight operations in Ghazni and Nimroz provinces Sunday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57860/force-detains-suspected-insurgents-kills-2-ghazni-nimroz

Taliban border haven in U.S. sights

Some officials urge military action on Pakistani soil to curb the flow of fighters and bomb-making materials into southern Afghanistan.

By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
October 11, 2010|7:21 p.m.

Reporting from Washington — U.S. military officials racing to make progress in Afghanistan are pressing new tactics to choke off the flow of Taliban fighters and bomb-making materials from Pakistan into key battlefields of the south, with some even advocating cross-border attacks, according to several U.S. civilian and military officials.

To continue reading:

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fg-afghan-assess-20101012,0,6718974.story?track=rss

Payoff seen in Afghan surge

Taliban demoralized and changing sides, military says

By Rowan Scarborough
The Washington Times
8:32 p.m., Monday, October 11, 2010

The U.S. military is starting to see signs that the troop surge in Afghanistan is working on a timetable similar to the Iraq reinforcement campaign in 2007, according to an outside adviser and military sources.

To continue reading:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/oct/11/payoff-seen-in-afghan-surge/

Cornfields tie county to Afghanistan

By Cathy Salter
Monday, October 11, 2010

It is barely October, and already there’s talk of possible frost on the pumpkins. Fields of soybeans have been reduced from mounds of leafy green to brown beanstalks drying in the sun. Field corn and soybeans will soon be deemed ready for the fall harvest. A world away in Marjah, Afghanistan, a profoundly different scene takes place in a farmer’s field.

To continue reading:

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2010/oct/11/cornfields-tie-county-to-afghanistan/#

Marines Help Afghan Kids go to School

Posted by Terry McCarthy
October 11, 2010 3:32 PM

As part of our continuing coverage of "Afghanistan: the Road Ahead," - CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy follows the Third Battalion, First Marines at home, and abroad in Afghanistan.

The last time we were in Safar Bazaar in southern Helmand province in August, the main street with its stores was strewn with improvised explosive devices - IEDs - and deserted. The 3/1 Marines had just attacked the town from the desert and driven the Taliban out, but the locals were scared to come back until all the bombs had been cleared.

For more about the 3/1 Marines in Afghanistan:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20019239-503543.html

October 10, 2010

1st Marine Division (Forward) honors brothers

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Skyler Tooker
Date10.10.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan— Marines of 1st Marine Division (Forward) paid tribute to the lives and service of their fallen brothers during a Colors and Memorial ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Oct. 10.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57912/1st-marine-division-forward-honors-brothers

Associated Images:
http://www.dvidshub.net/image/328053/1st-marine-division-forward-honors-brothers

Karzai: 'Unofficial personal contacts' taking place with Taliban

By the CNN Wire Staff
October 10, 2010
4:06 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- Attempting to advance his nation's peace progress with insurgents, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said unofficial negotiations with the Taliban have been taking place and hopes the formation of a peace council will further those efforts.

To continue reading:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/10/afghanistan.karzai.lkl/index.html?section=cnn_latest

North Miami Beach sailor dies in Afghanistan

Camp Lejeune (military base)
By Fred Tasker, The Miami Herald
6:22 p.m. EDT, October 10, 2010

U.S. Navy sailor Edwin Gonzalez's friends called him Superman. He liked the idea so much he had a 5-inch "S'' tattooed on his chest.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Hospital Corpsman Edwin Gonzalez, of the 2nd Mar. Div (Fwd):

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-north-miami-sailor-dies-20101010,0,4859993.story

Combined force repels failed insurgent attack

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.10.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan national security and International Security Assistance Forces came under fire by insurgents while conducting a dismounted patrol in Sangin district of Helmand province Oct. 10.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57855/combined-force-repels-failed-insurgent-attack

Blunt US warnings to Pakistan prompted by terrorism fear

10 Oct 2010 16:41:04 GMT
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Washington's push on Pakistan to get tough on militants on its territory is prompted by worries about an attack on U.S. soil, a concern the United States will press in talks with Islamabad later this month.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N09292036.htm

Maintenance Marines keep vehicles in the fight.

1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs
Story by Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
Date10.10.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – When the wear and tear from driving through southwestern Afghanistan or a blast from an improvised explosive device damages a tactical vehicle, it could mean the end of the line. However, the Maintenance Company Marines of Combat Logistics Regiment 15 (Forward), 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), are able to restore it to it’s operational capability.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57869/maintenance-marines-keep-vehicles-fight

Associated Images:
http://www.dvidshub.net/image/327908/maintenance-marines-keep-vehicles-fight

Eddie’s new ride: Wounded Marine from Ellenville will use hand-operated, wheelchair-like cycle in marathon

Published: Sunday, October 10, 2010
By PAULA ANN MITCHELL
Freeman staff

ABOUT 70 friends and relatives gathered Friday afternoon at the Orange County Choppers headquarters in Newburgh as a modified and customized hand cycle designed for former Marine Sgt. Eddie Ryan was unveiled.

To continue reading:

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2010/10/10/news/doc4cb14a688a4cf719730182.txt

Ex-Afghan president to lead peace council - officials

10 Oct 2010 08:56:00 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's former President, Burhanuddin Rabbani, was chosen on Sunday to lead a council tasked with starting peace talks with Taliban-led insurgents, officials said.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE699020.htm

ISAF condemns insurgent killing and wounding children in Khost

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.10.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded near an International Security Assistance Force mounted patrol in eastern Afghanistan, resulting in one Afghan child killed and two wounded, Sunday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57852/isaf-condemns-insurgent-killing-and-wounding-children-khost

Pakistan reopens Afghan border for NATO supplies

10 Oct 2010 11:58:26 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Ibrahim Shinwari

LANDIKOTAL, Pakistan, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Pakistani authorities on Sunday reopened a border crossing with Afghanistan, allowing NATO supplies to be trucked to coalition troops, a Pakistani government official said.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69902Y.htm

Joint force raids suspected Taliban headquarters

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.10.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance forces raided a suspected Taliban headquarters compound in Maiwand District, Helmand province, Saturday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57851/joint-force-raids-suspected-taliban-headquarters

Afghan, coalition forces destroy more than 50 IEDs

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.10.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - More than 200 Afghan soldiers from various Afghan Security Force elements in Kandahar joined forces with soldiers of Special Operations Task Force - South to clear portions of the Arghandab River Valley Friday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57843/afghan-coalition-forces-destroy-more-than-50-ieds

Afghan, coalition force kills Taliban senior leader in Badghis

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.10.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed Mullah Jamaluddin Saturday, reportedly one of the possible candidates to become the new shadow governor for Badghis province after the former, Mullah Ismail, was killed Wednesday in a joint operation.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57835/afghan-coalition-force-kills-taliban-senior-leader-badghis

Taliban senior leader killed, another captured in Helmand

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.10.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force killed Ajmal Agha Jan, a Taliban senior leader highly skilled in the construction of improvised explosive devices and who was responsible for the emplacement of IEDs throughout Helmand province, during an overnight operation in the province.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57834/taliban-senior-leader-killed-another-captured-helmand

Suspected insurgents detained in Kunduz, Khost

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.10.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in overnight operations in Kunduz and Khost provinces, targeting Haqqani and Taliban leaders Saturday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57830/suspected-insurgents-detained-kunduz-khost

Taliban IED operative captured in Paktiya

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.10.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban mid-level leader, who conducted improvised explosive device attacks and facilitated IED materials, during an operation in Paktiya province Saturday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57831/taliban-ied-operative-captured-paktiya

October 9, 2010

‘Raiders’ keep aerial fighters airborne longer

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla
Date 10.06.2010
Date Posted: 10.09.2010 07:48

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets provide constant support to Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces on the ground over the Regional Command (Southwest) battle space.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57809/raiders-keep-aerial-fighters-airborne-longer

Marines, UK forces partner ATC in Afghanistan

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs
Story by Cpl. Derek Carlson
Date10.05.2010
Date Posted:10.09.2010 07:21

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – Two U.S. Marines were recognized by a senior U.K. official Oct. 5 for accomplishments they achieved while working at the Air Traffic Control tower here.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57805/marines-uk-forces-partner-atc-afghanistan

Marine Cpl. from Ga. Killed in Afghanistan

WSB News
By Jay Black
October 9, 2010 3:19 AM

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.
(AP) Military officials say a Marine based at Camp Lejeune has been killed in Afghanistan.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Cpl. Stephen C. Sockalosky, of the 2/9:

http://wsbradio.com/localnews/2010/10/marine-cpl-from-ga-killed-in-a.html

Coalition forces make weapons cache finds in eastern Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.09.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces made three large weapons cache finds in the Paktika and Khost provinces of eastern Afghanistan Friday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57811/coalition-forces-make-weapons-cache-finds-eastern-afghanistan

More than 3,000kgs of narcotics seized, destroyed in Helmand

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.09.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - More than 3,000 kilograms of narcotics were seized when Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Forces conducted a series of vehicle stops in southern Afghanistan Friday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57808/more-than-3000kgs-narcotics-seized-destroyed-helmand

Four Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

09 Oct 2010 10:53:10 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Jonathon Burch and Catherine Hornby

KABUL/ROME, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Four Italian soldiers were killed and one seriously wounded in an insurgent attack in western Afghanistan on Saturday, Italy's Foreign Ministry said, the latest foreign casualties in a war now in its 10th year.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69801K.htm

Abducted British aid worker killed in Afghanistan

09 Oct 2010 11:09:00 GMT
Source: Reuters

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - A British aid worker abducted by gunmen in Afghanistan last month was killed by her captors during a rescue attempt, Britain's foreign minister said on Saturday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE69805F.htm

Suspected insurgents detained in Zabul, Kandahar

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.09.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in overnight operations in Zabul and Kandahar provinces targeting Taliban leaders.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57784/suspected-insurgents-detained-zabul-kandahar

1st Marine Division (Fwd) Marines set up training operation for corporals

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Skyler Tooker
Date 10.08.2010
Date Posted: 10.09.2010 14:02

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan— Marines with 1st Marine Division (Forward) Afghan National Security Force cell organized a convoy training course, Oct. 8, at Camp Leatherneck.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57822/1st-marine-division-fwd-marines-set-up-training-operation-corporals

1/8 PMT, police advisers conduct partnered training with Musa Qal’eh ANP

By Lance Cpl. Joshua Hines, Regimental Combat Team 2
10/9/2010

Musa Qal'eh, Afghanistan, Afghan National Police received tactical training supported by Marines and sailors with the Police Mentor Team, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, alongside contracted police advisors during a training session aboard an ANP compound in Musa Qal’eh, Oct. 7.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmardiv/2ndmarreg/Pages/18PMT,policeadvisersconductpartneredtrainingwithMusaQal%e2%80%99ehANP.aspx

October 8, 2010

VMGR-352, 1st Recon reunite for aerial insert

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Deanne Hurla
Date 10.05.2010
Date Posted: 10.08.2010 09:07

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DWYER, Afghanistan – Marines of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), teamed up with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), to hone their aerial insertion skills here Oct. 5.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57740/vmgr-352-1st-recon-reunite-aerial-insert

Kenyan finds opportunity in Marine Corps

10/8/2010 By Cpl. Rebecca Lamont , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — In a small jungle in Africa, a 10-year-old boy was on an adventure with a few of his friends. As they were crossing the river, he stepped on what he thought was a rock, but the rock was a crocodile. It swung its tail, causing him to lose balance and find himself in a life-threatening situation. The crocodile had the boy’s legs in its mouth and was twisting and dragging him in the water.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/tecom/mcrdsandiego/Pages/KenyanfindsopportunityinMarineCorps.aspx

12 stall helps recruits become well oiled pieces of war machine

10/8/2010 By Cpl. Matthew Brown , Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — There are many reasons well-rounded Marines make the Corps what it is today. However, all the traits that make effective warriors are useless unless they can be tied together to transform a bunch of well trained “guys with guns” into a nearly unstoppable force.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/tecom/mcrdsandiego/Pages/12stallhelpsrecruitsbecomewelloiledpiecesofwarmachine.aspx

Force clears insurgent safe house, destroys weapons cache

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Multiple intelligence sources and tips from concerned citizens led Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Forces to target an insurgent safe house in Helmand province Friday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57745/force-clears-insurgent-safe-house-destroys-weapons-cache

Almost 1,000kg of narcotics destroyed in southern Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Force recovered and destroyed almost 1,000 kilograms of narcotics during two operations Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57748/almost-1000kg-narcotics-destroyed-southern-afghanistan

Valor has no boundaries; Three Marines help save wounded police officer, apprehend suspect

10/8/2010 By Pfc. Evan Santy , 1st Marine Division

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — While sitting on the porch waiting for a home cooked meal in Long Beach, Calif. Oct. 6, Pfc. Anthony Rolden and his two friends and brothers in arms, Pfcs. Ryan Shuey and Christopher Smith, hear a gun fire in the distance. Without hesitation the three Marines spring into action, with nothing but raw instincts and Marine Corps training leading them. They race down an alley behind the house where they find a police officer fighting for his weapon and his life.

For more on the heroic action of these three Marines with the 1st CEB:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/1stmardiv/Pages/Valorhasnoboundaries;.aspx

Harrier squadron adopts Yuma elementary school

By Sarah Reed, Yuma Sun
Posted : Friday Oct 8, 2010

YUMA, Ariz. — Teacher-to-student ratios have been extremely high due to recent class size growth, which in turn decreases the amount of one-on-one time that instructors can spend with each child in their classroom.

To continue reading:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/states/arizona/2010-10-08-3510563765_x.htm

Reno-Sparks steps up to fill care packages for deployed Marines

By Guy Clifton • [email protected]
October 8, 2010

For the past five years, Reno's Tom Jones has been involved in the "Adopt-A-Marine" program, sending care packages and correspondence to a Marine deployed to the Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.rgj.com/article/20101008/NEIGHBORHOODS/10080303/1247/neighborhoods/Reno-Sparks-steps-up-to-fill-care-packages-for-deployed-Marines

FACTBOX-Security threats and Pakistan: illustrated in graphics

08 Oct 2010 11:05:41 GMT
Source: Reuters

SINGAPORE, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Ties between the United States and Pakistan are under renewed strain following a series of cross-border strikes by NATO helicopters, prompting Islamabad to close down a vital supply line for the troops in Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE6950B0.htm

Bomb kills Afghan governor, 15 others-official

08 Oct 2010 11:32:59 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Fraidoon Elham

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Oct 8 (Reuters) - A bomb attack inside a mosque killed the governor of Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province and 15 others as they attended Friday prayers, the local police chief said.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE6970DF.htm

Several suspected insurgents detained in Zabul, Khost

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in overnight operations in Zabul and Khost provinces targeting Taliban and Haqqani leaders.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57724/several-suspected-insurgents-detained-zabul-khost

ISAF air weapons team kills armed men in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An International Security Assistance Force air weapons team engaged and killed five men armed with weapons Friday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57723/isaf-air-weapons-team-kills-armed-men-khost

Force kills 4 insurgents during search for Wardak deputy district leader

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces targeted the deputy Taliban district leader for Chak-e Wardak of Wardak province overnight, detaining one suspected insurgent and killing four.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57720/force-kills-4-insurgents-during-search-wardak-deputy-district-leader

UPDATE: ISAF confirms Taliban senior leader captured in Kandahar

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban senior leader based in Dand District during an operation Tuesday in Kandahar province.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57716/update-isaf-confirms-taliban-senior-leader-captured-kandahar

UPDATE: ISAF confirms capture of Taliban IED facilitator in Marjah

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban improvised explosive device facilitator operating in Marjah District, during an overnight operation in Helmand province Tuesday.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57714/update-isaf-confirms-capture-taliban-ied-facilitator-marjah

Helmand-based Taliban leader captured overnight

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces captured the Taliban military and civil commissioner for Nahr-e Saraj District, who was responsible for providing finances and weapons to Taliban fighters, in Helmand province Thursday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57711/helmand-based-taliban-leader-captured-overnight

Taliban assassination cell leader, weapons facilitator captured

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Taliban weapons facilitator for Kandahar City and Dand District, and a Taliban senior leader who may be linked to the assassination of the deputy mayor of Kandahar City this week, during an overnight operation in the city.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57713/taliban-assassination-cell-leader-weapons-facilitator-captured

Coalition Condemns Afghanistan Mosque Killings

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date 10.08.2010

WASHINGTON - The International Security Assistance Force condemned the Oct. 8 brutal attack by insurgents at a mosque in Afghanistan that killed 12, including the governor of Kunduz, and wounded 18 others, military officials reported.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57776/coalition-condemns-afghanistan-mosque-killings

Chaplain assistant serves God, Country, for more than 25 years

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Skyler Tooker
Date 10.08.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan—Boyd Lewis has spent nearly 26 years in the military. The Petty Officer 1st Class has joined the 1st Marine Division (Forward) for one last deployment before retirement.

For more about Petty Officer 1st Class Lewis:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57753/chaplain-assistant-serves-god-country-more-than-25-years

Rocket Artillery Marines fire precision missiles

1st Marine Division
Story by Cpl. Ned Johnson
Date 10.06.2010
Date Posted: 10.08.2010 06:20

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – A pillar of counterinsurgency operations is protecting local civilians and one specialized artillery battery is proving their weapon system does just that.

For more about S Battery, 5/11:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57725/rocket-artillery-marines-fire-precision-missiles

October 7, 2010

Professor, Vietnam journalist records war life in Afghanistan

Published: October 7, 2010, 1:46 am ET
By Jimmy Young Collegian Staff

Captivated by the first of many radiant sunrises he would see during his nearly ten-week stay near Kenjak-e Olya, Afghanistan last summer, journalism professor Robert Hodierne said that the evening sunsets were probably just as spectacular.

For more about the documentary chronicling the 1/2, Alpha Co., 1st Plt in Afghanistan:

http://thecollegianur.com/2010/10/07/vietnam-journalist-professor-records-war-life-in-afghanistan/14313/

Fallen heroes honored with memorial quilt

10/7/2010 By Lance Cpl. Michelle S. Mattei , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — With more than four thousand hours dedicated to sewing, almost six thousand fallen heroes’ names are now recognized in eight beautifully-woven quilts displayed in their honor.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/basecamppendleton/Pages/News/2010/Fallenheroeshonoredwithmemorialquilt.aspx

Air show honors uncommon valor

10/7/2010 By Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot , Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. — More than 850,000 eager spectators came to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, themed “uncommon valor,” to honor the 65th anniversary of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcasmiramar/Pages/Airshowhonorsuncommonvalor.aspx

Air show makes wishes come true

10/7/2010 By Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot , Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. — Thunder lit up the sky and rain poured down all morning, but nothing could dampen the mood of Make-A-Wish Day participants at the flight line here Sept. 30.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcasmiramar/Pages/Airshowmakeswishescometrue.aspx

Marine awarded for actions during OEF

10/7/2010 By Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin , Marine Corps Bases Japan

CAMP FUJI, Japan — Staff Sgt. Rodrigo B. AriasHernandez recently received the Bronze Star Award with Combat V for his actions during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan Aug. 19-20, 2009.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcbjapan/Pages/2010/101008-award.aspx

General tells Camp Pendleton group that Marines ‘are winning the war’ in Afghanistan

October 7, 2010
7:16 pm

The top Marine in Afghanistan, speaking at Camp Pendleton on Thursday, gave an upbeat assessment of the Marines' progress in Helmand province, long a Taliban stronghold.

To continue reading:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/10/general-tells-camp-pendleton-group-that-marines-are-winning-the-war-in-afghanistan.html

Don’t Pimp My Ride: Marines May Stick With Humvees

By Noah Shachtman
October 7, 2010 | 1:59 pm

U.S. troops first started driving Humvees in the 1980s. At the rate things are going, they may keep on driving ‘em forever. In recent days, the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Army officials have complained that the Hummer successors are too heavy and too expensive. Which may put a decade-long effort to restock the military’s light tactical vehicle fleet in the ditch. Again.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/10/dont-pimp-my-ride-marines-may-stick-with-humvees/#ixzz11jVz4fhh

Journalist aims to educate others about war as anniversary hits

HOPE HODGE
October 07, 2010 12:01 AM

One journalist is out to defeat American ignorance about the war in Afghanistan. His weapon of choice is Facebook and his project is timely. Today marks the ninth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, following the events of Sept. 11, 2001

For more about the journalist, Teru Kuwayama, embedded with the 1/8:

http://www.jdnews.com/news/project-83412-anniversary-war.html

Lejeune-based Marine dies in Afghanistan

October 07, 2010 6:02 PM
DAILY NEWS STAFF

A Camp Lejeune-based Marine died this week in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.

To continue reading about Fallen Hero, Lance Cpl. Scott A. Lynch, of the 2/6:

http://www.jdnews.com/news/marine-83467-based-2nd.html

Intel Marines fire away in preparation for Operation Enduring Freedom

By Cpl. Kentavist P. Brackin,
Marine Corps Bases Japan
10/7/2010

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — Marines from 3rd Intelligence Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, send rounds down range on Camp Hansen Sept. 27-30 in preparation for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcbjapan/Pages/2010/101008-intel.aspx

'I’ve never worked with a group of harder working Marines'

By Cali Bagby for KVAL.com
Story Published: Oct 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM PDT

With the 2nd Squad, 1st Platoon of Alpha Company of the 6th Engineer Support Battalion based out of Springfield, Ore.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGGE, Kajaki, Afghanistan - After a lunch of Meals Ready to Eat, the Marines argue over whether football or soccer is the more difficult sport.

To continue reading:

http://www.kcby.com/news/local/104505584.html

Senate report blasts Pentagon for handling of security contractors

By Charley Keyes, CNN Senior Producer
October 7, 2010 5:10 p.m. EDT

Washington (CNN) -- A Senate report released Thursday rips into the Pentagon for failing to keep track of tens of thousands of private security contractors in Afghanistan, a failure that places both the mission and U.S. troops at grave risk.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/10/07/security.contractors.afghanistan/

Duck fan in Afghanistan: 'Keep it up, Chip Kelly'

By Cali Bagby for KVAL.com with KVAL.com staff
Story Published: Oct 7, 2010

Multimedia reporter Cali Bagby caught up with the 2nd Squad, 1st Platoon of Alpha Company of the 6th Engineer Support Battalion based out of Springfield, Ore., in Afghanistan.

For more:

http://www.kval.com/sports/college/104516789.html

Pakistan spy agency's militant links worrying - US

07 Oct 2010 19:13:39 GMT
Source: Reuters
By David Alexander

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Top U.S. defense officials are concerned some elements of Pakistan's spy agency may be interacting improperly with the Taliban and other insurgent groups, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N07292072.htm

Marines In Marjah Face Full-blown Insurgency

8 Months After Clearing Operation, Marines In Marjah Face Full-blown Insurgency

Oct. 07, 2010

(AP) MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) - The young Marine had a simple question for the farmer with the white beard: Have you seen any Taliban today?

For more about the 2/9 in Afghanistan:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/10/07/ap/asia/main6936508.shtml

NATO says must stay capable of Afghan-size missions

07 Oct 2010 15:21:23 GMT
Source: Reuters
By David Brunnstrom

BRUSSELS, Oct 7 (Reuters) - NATO must ensure it can conduct future operations like that in Afghanistan, the alliance's chief will say on Friday, while warning that Washington will look for other allies if Europe fails to pull its weight on security.

To read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE6961Y4.htm

Drone strikes in Pakistan could backfire in long-term

07 Oct 2010 12:14:55 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Michael Georgy

ISLAMABAD, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Escalated drone attacks in northwest Pakistan, where a suspected al Qaeda plot to attack European targets may have originated, could hurt the U.S. war on militancy by alienating residents and hardline army officers.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE6960DA.htm

Reserve US marines drill for frontlines of Afghanistan

By Michel Moutot
(AFP) – Oct. 7, 2010

RED BANK, New Jersey — On an open field in this suburb of New York City, scores of men in military fatigues are put through their combat paces, hurling fake grenades and dodging imaginary bullets.

For more about the training of the 4th MLG:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jAgIdHyWA3HIvAf3Jcn7zfsYx9uw?docId=CNG.640a4b54110c821400e5cddea60d6b2b.81

Wounded local nationals treated at Bagram

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date 10.07.2010

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- Two Afghan males were treated, Oct. 6, after approaching a Bagram Air Field gate with injuries sustained from a detonated landmine.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57686/wounded-local-nationals-treated-bagram

MWSS-274 returns home

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Bolken
Date 10.07.2010

MARINE CORP AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Family and friends crowded the gymnasium at the Cherry Point Tree House Saturday to welcome back more than 240 Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Welcome Home, Marines:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57688/mwss-274-returns-home

Army officer recommends trial in Afghan killings

Posted: Oct 07, 2010 6:11 AM PDT

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - An investigating officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has recommended a court martial for one of the soldiers accused of killing three civilians in Afghanistan.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S=13283892

U.S. civilians donate radios to Afghans

Thursday, October 7, 2010
12:00 AM CDT on
By JIM LANDERS / The Dallas Morning News

The U.S. military's mission in Afghanistan is more often about helping farmers and teachers than firefights with the Taliban. That gives people at home, like Royse City plastics maker John Stettler, a way to support the war by helping the military help the Afghans.

To continue reading:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/DN-radios_07int.ART0.State.Edition1.33676ca.html

Commandos recover weapons cache in Oruzgan

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Courtesy Story
Date 10.07.2010

ORUZGAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The 8th Commando Kandak partnered with coalition forces recovered a large weapons cache Oct. 3 in Oruzgan province.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57671/commandos-recover-weapons-cache-oruzgan

Unmanned aerial vehicle crashes in Paktika province

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.07.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in Paktika province Thursday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57656/unmanned-aerial-vehicle-crashes-paktika-province

Local Marines welcomed home

October 7, 2010
By CATHRYN GRAN [email protected]

Two Elmwood Park Marines are home for good.

Welcome home, Marines:

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/elmwoodpark/news/2772126,elmwood-park-szepi-100710-s1.article

Afghanistan starts peace council

From Ivan Watson, CNN
October 7, 2010 6:34 a.m. EDT

(CNN) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday launched a council to help negotiate with the Taliban and find a way for peace.

Karzai told the group, made up of about 68 Afghan clerics and elders, that it can help establish peace in Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/07/afghanistan.peace.council/index.html?section=cnn_latest

FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, Oct. 7

07 Oct 2010 05:49:13 GMT
Source: Reuters

Oct 7 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 0545 GMT on Thursday:

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69409T.htm

NATO says Afghan war not hurt by supply route woes

07 Oct 2010 07:28:43 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Emma Graham-Harrison

KABUL, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Pakistan's closure of a key supply line for NATO troops in Afghanistan, and militant attacks on tankers plying second route have "not impeded" the military effort in Afghanistan, a NATO spokesman said on Thursday.

To continue reading:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE6960AP.htm

Combined clearing operations in Kandahar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.07.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Force patrol killed three suspected insurgents and detained several more in southern Afghanistan Wednesday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57652/combined-clearing-operations-kandahar

Second shadow governor killed in 2 days in northern Afghanistan

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.07.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed Mullah Ismail, the Taliban shadow governor of Badghis province, and Abdul Hakim, a Taliban senior leader in Badghis, during an operation in the province Wednesday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57645/second-shadow-governor-killed-2-days-northern-afghanistan

Takhar district Taliban leader killed in precision air strike

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.07.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Coalition forces conducted a precision airstrike and follow-on operation in Takhar Wednesday, killing Maulawi Jawadullah, the Taliban district leader for Yangi Qalah of Takhar, along with seven of his associates.

To continue reading:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57644/takhar-district-taliban-leader-killed-precision-air-strike

Monroe rallies for Marine wounded in Afghanistan

Donations sought to aid Marine Lance Cpl. Colin Pascik in recovery after IED explosion

BY PATRICIA A. MILLER
Staff Writer
October 7, 2010

Members of the VFW Monroe Central Post 262 had a simple mission on Monday night: To publicize the plight of a hometown son who lost both his legs in Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://ebs.gmnews.com/news/2010-10-07/Front_Page/Monroe_rallies_for_Marine_wounded_in_Afghanistan.html

Taliban safe havens, explosives caches cleared in Arghandab

IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North
Courtesy Story
Date 10.07.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces conducted precision strikes on known homemade explosives factories and followed with a joint-force deliberate clearing operation aimed at disrupting the Taliban's freedom of movement in Kandahar province Wednesday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57643/taliban-safe-havens-explosives-caches-cleared-arghandab

October 6, 2010

Shell-Shocked Dog of War Finds a Home With the Family of a Fallen Hero

Jason's Death in Iraq Left Room for a Marine at the Dunhams' House; Gunner Fit the Bill

By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
OCTOBER 6, 2010

SCIO, N.Y.—Gunner, a bomb-sniffing dog mustered out of the Marines for canine post-traumatic stress disorder, has found a new home with Deb and Dan Dunham, whose Marine son died in Iraq protecting the men beside him.

To continue reading:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703859204575525991305561822.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_RIGHTTopCarousel_1

Shipping Out the Holidays to Military Heroes

Recommended Mailing Dates for APO/FPO Destinations

United States Postal Service
Postal News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 6, 2010
Media Contact: Dave Lewin
Release No. 10-092

WASHINGTON — Ensuring care packages arrive in time for the holiday season is a priority for friends and family members of military personnel serving around the world. To help get packages on their way, the U.S. Postal Service offers a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box.

To continue for recommended mailing dates:

http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2010/pr10_092.htm

Looted U.S. Army gear for sale in Pakistan

Border town business booms, especially as dispute stalls NATO supply trucks

By CHRIS BRUMMITT
The Associated Press
updated 10/6/2010 7:15:31 PM ET

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In a rundown market here along the road to Afghanistan, you can buy U.S. Army gear stamped with soldiers' names, booklets marked "for official use only," even a manual that illustrates how "jammers" can stop remote-controlled bombs.

To continue reading:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39542359/

Petraeus lets fast food back into Afghanistan

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 6, 2010 18:50:39 EDT

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has given the green light to bring fast food and other concessions back to Afghanistan.

To continue reading:

http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/military-fast-food-afghanistan-petraeus-100610w/

Gas Chamber training preps Marines for worst case scenarios

10/6/2010 By Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski , 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Teary eyes, burning skin and hacking coughs can all result after a brush with chlorobenzal malononitrile – an experience Marines know all too well.

To read the entire article:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmlg/Pages/GasChamber.aspx

Supreme Court struggles with free speech question

Oct. 6, 2010
By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices expressed empathy Wednesday for a father whose Marine Corps son was killed in Iraq and whose funeral was protested by fundamentalist pastor Fred Phelps and his anti-gay followers.

To read the entire article:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2010-10-06-supreme-court-snyder-phelps_N.htm

MHCS supports troops as they prepare for Afghanistan

Story by DIANE KENNEDY
Published: Oct. 6, 2010 11:55 a.m.
FOR THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Mission Hills Christian School in Rancho Santa Margarita has pledged its support to the 2nd Battalion 1st Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan for seven months. Nine Marines and sailors from the battalion, including the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Matt Reid, recently spoke to students and faculty during three chapels held at the school.

To continue reading:

http://www.ocregister.com/news/students-269837-battalion-sailors.html

Marines to Afghan youth: 'Go to school, not to firefights'

By Cali Bagby for KVAL.com
Story Published: Oct 6, 2010 at 12:12 PM PDT

COMBAT OUTPOST NAREA, Marjah, Afghanistan - Shots fire off in the near distance as 1st Squad of Weapons Company and the Afghan National Army gather to discuss the day’s patrol.

To read the entire article:

http://www.kval.com/news/national/104433884.html

High court: Does father's pain trump free speech?

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer Mark Sherman, Associated Press Writer – October 6, 2010

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices, in a rare public display of sympathy, strongly suggested Wednesday they would like to rule for a dead Marine's father against fundamentalist church members who picketed his son's funeral — but aren't sure they can.

To continue reading:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_supreme_court_funeral_protests

Security increases as another class of recruits graduates

Regional Command Southwest
Story by Lance Cpl. Jeremy Fasci
Date 10.06.2010

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Police recruits graduated the basic training course today increasing the already growing security posture in rural Helmand province.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57614/security-increases-another-class-recruits-graduates

Combined patrol targets insurgent, seizes narcotics

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Multiple intelligence sources and tips from local citizens led Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Forces to the location of an insurgent courier vehicle in Kandahar province Tuesday.

Please go to the following link to read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57591/combined-patrol-targets-insurgent-seizes-narcotics

Insurgent arrested in joint operation

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Multiple intelligence sources and tips from citizens led Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Forces to the location of an insurgent in Muhammad Aghah District, Logar province, Tuesday.

To read the entire article:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57590/insurgent-arrested-joint-operation

CLR-2 1st Sgt receives Bronze Star medal

By Cpl. M. Foster, 2nd Marine Logistics Group
10/6/2010

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — For Combat Logistics Regiment 2 Marines, receiving the Bronze Star medal is a rare accomplishment. One Marine in particular- 1st Sgt. Christopher Combs, the Headquarters Company first sergeant, CLR-2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, distinguished himself during the regiment’s recent deployment to Afghanistan and was awarded the medal on Oct, 4, 2010 aboard Camp Lejeune.

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http://www.marines.mil/unit/2ndmlg/Pages/BronzeStarCLR2.aspx

Mullah Omar backs Taliban talks with Karzai: report

Wed Oct 6, 3:15 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Taliban leader Mullah Omar has, for the first time, backed secret high-level talks with the Afghan government to negotiate an end to the nine-year war, the Washington Post said Wednesday.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101006/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanunresttalibantalksus_20101006191600

Spoils of war for sale in Pakistan border town

By Chris Brummitt - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Oct 6, 2010 17:15:35 EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In this town along the road to the Afghan border, you can buy U.S. Army gear, computers and manuals instructing soldiers how to avoid roadside bombs. Traders are coy about where their stock comes from, but much is stolen from trucks carrying military supplies into Afghanistan.

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http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/ap-spoils-of-war-for-sale-in-pakistan-border-town-100610/

A Life of Service

10/6/2010 Pfc. David Flynn, MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.

“Serving your country is a great endeavor,” said Lt. Col. Rex Sappenfield, the assistant chief of staff G-1, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. “It’s an endeavor that if undertaken ought to be done in the best service, which is the Marine Corps.“

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http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcrc/Pages/ALifeofService.aspx

Joint Pakistan Military-ISAF Team Completes Review

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – A joint Pakistan military-International Security Assistance Force team has completed their initial assessment into a border incident in which two Pakistan border forces were killed and four were wounded Oct. 6.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57622/joint-pakistan-military-isaf-team-completes-review

High court to hear military funeral protest case

Posted: 10.06.2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The father of a Marine killed in Iraq is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a $5 million verdict against members of a fundamentalist church who picketed his son's funeral.

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http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=521769

Afghan nomads confined to palace ruins after clashes

06 Oct 2010 10:08:59 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Emma Graham-Harrison

KABUL, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Behind a razor wire fence, in the shadow of ruined balustrades, a few goats graze while children from around 500 families mob a police truck arriving with the day's second and last handout of rice and beans.

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http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE68Q0KC.htm

Gunmen attack NATO supply trucks in Pakistan

06 Oct 2010 11:36:17 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Gul Yusufzai

QUETTA, Pakistan, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Gunmen in Pakistan set fire to 20 trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday, police said, the latest in a series of assaults on the logistical backbone of the war in Afghanistan.

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http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SGE69507J.htm

Afghan Border policemen practice CPR at JSAS

Regional Command Southwest
Story by Cpl. Brian Gabriel Jr.
Date 10.05.2010
Date Posted: 10.06.2010 06:52

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Afghan Border Patrol officers added a new tool to their repertoire of life-saving skills with the help of Navy corpsmen.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57588/afghan-border-policemen-practice-cpr-jsas

UPDATE ISAF confirms Haqqani facilitator killed in Khost

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – The International Security Assistance Force confirmed Sainullah, a Haqqani Network facilitator who supplied weapons used for attacks throughout Musa Khel district, was killed during a joint security force operation in Khost province Monday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57580/update-isaf-confirms-haqqani-facilitator-killed-khost

Taliban leader for Jaghato district targeted overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition security forces targeted a Taliban senior leader operating who facilitates weapons, conducts attacks and leads an improvised explosive device cell in Jaghato district of Wardak province, during an overnight operation in neighboring Ghazni province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57579/taliban-leader-jaghato-district-targeted-overnight

Taliban shadow governor for Faryab province killed

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike in Faryab province Tuesday, killing Qari Ziauddin, the Taliban shadow governor in Faryab province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57578/taliban-shadow-governor-faryab-province-killed

Afghan, coalition force conducts clearing operation in Kunar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents and killed two during a deliberate clearing operation in Kunar overnight.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57577/afghan-coalition-force-conducts-clearing-operation-kunar

Rescue of police hostage confirmed, pursuit of captors continues

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Security Assistance Force confirmed claims that a man discovered shackled and locked in a room during an Afghan and coalition force operation Monday was being held by the Taliban.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57587/rescue-police-hostage-confirmed-pursuit-captors-continues

Haqqani Network weapons facilitator captured in Khost overnight

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Haqqani Network facilitator who endangered the Afghan population by supplying weapons, ammunition and reportedly suicide bombers for attacks throughout Sabari district, during an overnight operation in Khost province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57585/haqqani-network-weapons-facilitator-captured-khost-overnight

Suspected insurgents detained in Kandahar province

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan-led security forces targeted a Taliban senior leader based in Dand district, who coordinates improvised explosive device attacks and commands a kidnapping cell targeting Afghan government officials and local nationals supportive of coalition forces, in Kandahar province last night.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57582/suspected-insurgents-detained-kandahar-province

Taliban IED operative captured by Afghan-led force in Ghazni

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.06.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban improvised explosive device operative, who also facilitated and conducted heavy machine gun and small arms fire attacks against coalition force convoys, Tuesday.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57581/taliban-ied-operative-captured-afghan-led-force-ghazni

October 5, 2010

Afghan offensive fails to reassure residents

As NATO steps up its operation around Kandahar city, vowing that the Taliban will have nowhere to hide, residents remain fearful, saying militants simply bide their time and return.

Laura King
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 5, 2010

Reporting from Kandahar, Afghanistan — On a recent bell-clear autumn afternoon a few miles outside Afghanistan's second-largest city, villagers listened courteously as a U.S. military officer, speaking through an interpreter whose grasp of the local language seemed shaky, exhorted them to let Afghan police or American soldiers know if the Taliban came to town.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan-kandahar-20101005,0,3453950.story

Taliban step up attacks in Kandahar with blasts

By Mirwais Khan
Associated Press
2:33 p.m., Tuesday, October 5, 2010

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Two explosions rocked Kandahar on Tuesday, the second day of deadly blasts in the southern Afghan city where Taliban insurgents are fighting back against U.S. and Afghan forces pushing into areas long held by the insurgents.

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/oct/5/taliban-step-attacks-kandahar-blasts/

Taliban in high-level talks with Karzai government, sources say

By Karen DeYoung, Peter Finn and Craig Whitlock
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, October 5, 2010; 9:34 PM

Taliban representatives and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have begun secret, high-level talks over a negotiated end to the war, according to Afghan and Arab sources.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/05/AR2010100506249.html?wprss=rss_world/asia

Karzai's relatives use ties to gain power in Afghanistan

By James Risen
The New York Times
Published: October 5, 2010

WASHINGTON — Until recently, Taj Ayubi’s specialty was retail. Mr. Ayubi, an Afghan immigrant, ran a furniture store in Leesburg, Va., and before that, a thrift shop in Washington.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/world/asia/06karzai.html?_r=1&hp;

Forces Capture Taliban Kidnapping Suspect

Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Courtesy Story
Date 10.05.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition and Afghan forces apprehended several insurgent leaders in Afghanistan overnight, including a Taliban district leader suspected in the kidnapping of a British news reporter last year, military officials said.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57542/forces-capture-taliban-kidnapping-suspect

Exercise in creativity: Marines, sailors stay fit aboard ship

10/5/2010 By Lance Cpl. Tammy Hineline , 26th MEU

USS KEARSARGE, At Sea —
At 8 p.m. aboard USS Kearsarge sounds of screaming and stomping carry throughout the spaces. There's no reason to worry, however. It isn't an enemy assault. It is simply an aerobic exercise regime in which exercises projected on a video screen are performed in rapid succession, increasing speed every repetition with nothing but 30 seconds rest between sets. Participants sweat, shout, and “hate life” -- but more and more show up for class each night. It's just one of many opportunities Marines of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit seize to push themselves in their physical training aboard ship.

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http://www.marines.mil/unit/26thmeu/Pages/Exerciseincreativity.aspx

Rollover alert sought for use on MRAPs

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Oct 5, 2010 9:33:22 EDT

To combat the danger of rollovers, the joint program office that provides Mine resistant vehicles for the Marine Corps and Army is working to field a new detection device that will alert drivers when an MRAP rollover is likely. The aim is to avoid potentially fatal accidents or, in worst-case scenarios, alert passengers that a rollover is imminent so they have time to brace for it.

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http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/10/marine-mraps-rollover-100510w/

Afghan slayings whistle-blower in solitary

Published: Oct. 5, 2010 at 8:22 AM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. soldier who told the Army about soldiers linked to killings of Afghan citizens has been moved to solitary confinement for his safety, officials said.

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http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/10/05/Afghan-slayings-whistle-blower-in-solitary/UPI-86771286281351/

Sidiqi's father: My son is not a killer

From Nic Robertson and Paul Cruickshank,
CNN October 5, 2010 7:54 a.m. EDT

Hamburg, Germany (CNN) -- Ahmed Sidiqi, the man allegedly at the heart of an al Qaeda plot to target European cities, was detained by a group of unidentified men in Afghanistan three months ago, his family has told CNN.

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http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/10/05/europe.terror.sidiqi/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Obama, war cabinet hold video conference with Karzai

(AFP) – Oct. 05, 2010

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama and his war cabinet held a video conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, focusing on the drive to put Afghan forces in charge of security by 2014.

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http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i9vKB0q6uaPz9bHC6AK-uu_aA2QQ?docId=CNG.837edc23907cd18bc8d0ce74623a75a7.01

Military Working Dogs, supporting Special Forces

Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan Media Operations Center
Story by Sgt. Brian Kester
Date 10.05.2010
Location:AF

Fur and teeth are the first things a bad guy might see when encountering a Military Working Dog; the other side of that coin is a loyal, eager to please and hard working animal that can identify and locate drugs and explosives.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57501/military-working-dogs-supporting-special-forces

Kandahar deputy mayor dies after shooting attack

From Matiullah Mati
CNN
October 5, 2010 4:31 a.m. EDT

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A deputy mayor of Kandahar died Tuesday after he was shot a day earlier, a provincial spokesman said.

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http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/05/afghanistan.deputy.mayor.killed/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Obama says no big shift now in Afghan war strategy

05 Oct 2010 04:19:44 GMT
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has told congressional leaders he has no plans for any major changes in his Afghanistan war strategy for now, a letter released by the White House showed on Monday.

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http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N05152573.htm

The Kandahar City Beat

ISAF Regional Command South
Courtesy Story
Date 09.30.2010
Date Posted: 10.05.2010 01:29
Story by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte

FOB WALTON, Afghanistan - In the still of the helicopter landing zone at Forward Operating Base Walton a convoy of military policemen prepare to depart to a police substation in Kandahar City, Sept. 30. Leading them is Sgt. Skye Ortiz from Dos Palos, Calif., on his first deployment to Afghanistan.

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Taliban district leader for Chahar Darah captured in Takhar

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.05.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition security forces captured the Taliban district leader for Chahar Darah district of Kunduz province during an overnight operation in neighboring Takhar province.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57519/taliban-district-leader-chahar-darah-captured-takhar

Taliban IED leader captured overnight in Paktika

ISAF Joint Command
Courtesy Story
Date 10.05.2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Taliban leader who facilitated improvised explosive devices and provided guidance to his subordinates conducting attacks in Yosuf Khel district.

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http://www.dvidshub.net/news/57512/taliban-ied-leader-captured-overnight-paktika