Browsing: Afghanistan

It may not be “Call of the Wild” by Jack London, but it will surely show you a dog’s perspective. At 8 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 21, Animal Planet will debut GLORY HOUNDS, a two-hour, first-of-its-kind special with Animal Planet’s filmmakers and camera crews documenting handlers and military working dogs in some of the most volatile regions of Afghanistan. The show repeats 9 a.m. Feb. 24 ET/PT. According to a release from Animal Planet, camera teams acquired specialized training before spending six weeks in Afghanistan embedded with the troops. It took the network a year to get permission to film…

NATO will continue to be in charge of media embeds for U.S. and other NATO forces after the Afghan defense ministry assumes the responsibility for embedding reporters with Afghan security forces, a NATO spokesman said. On Jan. 26, Politico reported the Afghans would take over the responsibility for embedding journalists in the coming months. But Army Lt. Col. Richard Spiegel clarified on Tuesday that reporters wishing to embed with U.S. forces and NATO allies will continue to go through the existing embed process, which is run through ISAF Joint Command. “I did emphasize that as we move to the Security…

Senior video journalist Colin Kelly and I accompanied a C-130J crew on an airdrop over southwestern Afghanistan while embedded with the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield. The crew, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, delivered food and supplies to a forward operating base Jan. 17. [brightcove video=”2102405282001″ /]

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – The Ka-Bar that sits on the commander’s desk at the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron has survived three major wars over almost 70 years. Lt. Col. Thomas P. Sherman’s grandfather, a sailor, was issued the combat knife in World War II. It was the only weapon Jack C. Sherman was allowed to carry on beach reconnaissance missions during the “island hopping” campaign in the South Pacific in 1944. When the saltwater ate through the knife’s leather handle, Jack Sherman replaced it with Plexiglas from the shattered windows of an aircraft. He later gave it to his son,…

At Kandahar Airfield, NATO headquarters is known as the “TLS” – the place the Taliban made its last stand. In 2001, coalition troops launched a 500-pound bomb at the center of the half-century-old building, driving the terrorist group from its stronghold. NATO raised a flag in the spot, and today the blue and white banner still whips in the wind here. NATO made its home in the surviving perimeter, sectioning off offices with ¾-inch plywood. Brig. Gen. John Dolan, commander of KAF and the 451st Expeditionary Wing, gave Air Force Times photographer Colin Kelly and me a tour of the…

The loadmaster’s garbled voice called through the bellowing engines of the C-17 early Sunday, his message clear enough: We were heading into Afghanistan. It was dark out, and had been for some time, making it impossible to see Bagram Airfield sprawling out below us through the small, round windows high in the belly of the cavernous aircraft. We’d left Dover Air Force Base, Del., a day earlier, hours after the historic meeting between President Obama and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai in Washington, DC, in which they discussed the drawdown of U.S. forces. In a few hours, Air Force Times photographer…

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! The sea of human waste at Kandahar Air Field known as the “Poo Pond” is finally being drained! “By early winter, most of the pond area near the intersection of All-American Boulevard and Louisiana Road promises to appear just like any other non-descript vacant plot of land on KAF,” a triumphant news release announced on Thursday. The process of exorcising the Aegean Sea of excrement began on Sept. 3, when sewage suction trucks began using the new Deep South Water Waste Water Treatment Plant, the news release says. The next day, black water from three…

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! The sea of human waste at Kandahar Air Field known as the “Poo Pond” is finally being drained! “By early winter, most of the pond area near the intersection of All-American Boulevard and Louisiana Road promises to appear just like any other non-descript vacant plot of land on KAF,” a triumphant news release announced on Thursday. The process of exorcising the Aegean Sea of excrement began on Sept. 3, when sewage suction trucks began using the new Deep South Water Waste Water Treatment Plant, the news release says. The next day, black water from three…

If you love the smell of human waste in the morning, time is running out. NATO will begin the process of decommissioning the infamous cesspool at Kandahar Airfield affectionately known as the “poo pond” starting Oct. 1, a military spokesman in Afghanistan says. The process of draining and filling in the lake of semitreated sewage is expected to take 90 days, Col. Ernest Erlandson said in an email. A new wastewater treatment plant at Kandahar Airfield is currently operational, but not all of the sewer lines have been connected yet. In October, a NATO official said the wastewater treatment plant…

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