Browsing: Afghanistan

A B-1B Lancer and a C-17 Globemaster III at a base in southwest Asia (Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton/Air Force)ISAF aircrews across Afghanistan haven’t been as busy as years before, according to new stats released by Air Forces Central Command. There were 382 close air support weapons releases in June, down from 521 during the same month last year. So far this year there have been 1,782 weapons releases, compared with 4,084 for all of last year. And it isn’t just airstrikes that have dropped. In 2013, there have been 294 casualty evacuation sorties, including 96 saves. Last year, there were…

In May, the Air Force removed the documentary “Armadillo” from the chief of staff’s reading list due to scenes with nudity. But the movie is such a compelling account of how Danish troops adjust to combat in Afghanistan that Flightlines is putting it at the top of its first-ever recommended viewing list. Like “Restrepo,” the movie shows an unvarnished view of war that allows you to understand why troops get excited at the chance of killing the enemy. Also on this year’s list is “Memphis Belle” – the 1943 documentary, not the movie of the same name. Camera crews were…

The passing of James Gandolfini sparked major tribute to the actor and his  long-lived career this week.  While he’s most popularly known for his role as Tony Soprano from the HBO series “The Sopranos,” Gandolfini had other projects he honored even more. “So many people are remembering him as Tony Soprano. I’m always going to remember him as the man of such goodness who wanted to bring attention to the soldiers and airmen and Marines that you see in ‘Alive Day: Home From Iraq’ and ‘Wartorn,'” said  Matthew O’Neil, the director of the veteran documentaries for HBO in an interview…

The chief of the Australian army has vowed to be “ruthless” in ridding its ranks of soldiers who degrade and mistreat women. In a brutally candid three-minute message on YouTube June 13, Lt. Gen. David Morrison addressed the alleged online circulation of “highly inappropriate material demeaning women” by a group of army officers. “Those who think that it is OK to behave in a way that demeans or exploits their colleagues have no place in this army,” Morrison said matter-of-factly. “If that does not suit you, then get out.” Check out the message below:

While air strikes in Afghanistan continue to rise as the year progresses, the statistics for last month show a drop from this time last year. In May, ISAF aircraft have released 377 weapons compared to 284 the month before, according to Air Forces Central Command statistics released today. There were 406 in May 2012. So far this year, there have been 9,160 close air support sorties with 637 including at least one weapons release. As we reported earlier this year, the AFCENT statistics continue to leave out weapons release from remotely piloted aircraft. The Air Force previously released the data,…

A fundraising campaign for a documentary on the lives of children affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan kicked off  this Memorial Day and will end July 4. “A Child’s Guide to War” seeks to document the impact of the wars on children who may not remember a time when the U.S. was not in conflict, according to a news release from the film’s directors. Families who want to share their stories are invited to participate. “For the children who are helping their veteran parents walk again, to dealing with PTSD, and also those who simply have something important…

Twice in 2012, Jonathan Davis, lead singer for the band Korn, visited with U.S. troops and wounded warriors in Germany due to the efforts of Master Sgt. Jocelin Borisow. During Davis’ second trip in August, Borisow served as producer of a short film showing Davis meeting with troops recovering from their wounds at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. “I really wanted to do something special for these heroes  who come back injured out of combat,” Borisow told Air Force Times. “I go out and get the word out about these programs, like the Wounded Warriors Project and the USO. I had…

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Twice in 2012, Jonathan Davis, lead singer for the band Korn, visited with U.S. troops and wounded warriors in Germany due to the efforts of Master Sgt. Jocelin Borisow. During Davis’ second trip in August, Borisow served as producer of a short film showing Davis meeting with troops recovering from their wounds at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. “I really wanted to do something special for these heroes  who come back injured out of combat,” Borisow told Air Force Times. “I go out and get the word out about these programs, like the Wounded Warriors Project and the USO. I had…

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Weapons releases in support of Operation Enduring Freedom jumped in February, about 100 more than the previous month and almost 200 more than February of last year, according to statistics released today by Air Force Central Command. There were 292 weapons releases last month, compared to 193 in January and just 99 in Feb. 2012. So far this year, there have been 3,308 close air support sorties, 209 of which included weapons releases. The full breakdown of February’s activity is available here.

The Department of Defense announced today that some troops had quite the surprise on this first day of March. As a part of the Overseas with the United Services Organizations Tour, two Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, Jackie Bob and Cassie Trammell, performed a dance routine alongside American Idol finalists Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, who also performed for sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier John C. Stennis on Feb. 28, 2013. The host of the USO show was Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. But wait, there’s more. Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning headed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, also for…

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