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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…

Raffle tickets for an electric guitar emblazoned with the names of the eight airmen and a civilian contractor killed in a mass shooting in Afghanistan in April 2011 are now on sale at www.airforceguitar.com. The proceeds will go to the families of the fallen, known as the “NATC-A Nine,” said Maj. Henry Cecil, who helped spearhead the fundraising effort. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. The drawing is planned for Veterans Day, Cecil said. An Afghan colonel turned his gun on NATO Air Training Command advisers inside Kabul International Airport on April 27, 2011, killing Lt. Col. Frank…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxwgXK2SOxs[/youtube] The Washington National Guard uploaded this video of Tech. Sgt. Tavis Delaney calling in close air support from an F-16 during a long battle near Do Ab, Nuristan province, in May of last year. From our story on the battle: … hundreds of Taliban fighters attacked with heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars. Radio intercepts indicated they had been waiting days to lure, trap and kill the force of American and Afghan troops — and they had the advantage of numbers, position and firepower. But when the attack ended 13 hours later, not a single American or Afghan…

Three airmen from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., were honored Saturday for their work with military working dogs, although canines were the real center of attention. Florida Today reports that Tech. Sgt. Justin Sonnier, Tech. Sgt. Jessica Sonnier and Staff Sgt. Michael Moret received medals from the U.S. War Dogs Association at the Veterans Memorial Center of Brevard County. The center showed off its new tribute to military working dogs: a life-sized bronze statue of Brutus the war dog standing next to an empty helmet, atop a granite marker. Maj. John Newton, commander of the 45th Security Forces Squadron at…

NATO is mum about when it plans to drain and fill in the lake of human sewage at Kandahar Air Field affectionately known as the “Poo Pond.” In early October, an official with the NATO Supply and Maintenance Agency office at Kandahar Air Field said a new wastewater treatment facility would come online in six months, after which the existing Poo Pond would be drained and the sludge burned. But Air Force Times has been unable to get an update this year on how efforts to close the Poo Pond are progressing. The current NATO official with purview over the…

NATO is mum about when it plans to drain and fill in the lake of human sewage at Kandahar Air Field affectionately known as the “Poo Pond.” In early October, an official with the NATO Supply and Maintenance Agency office at Kandahar Air Field said a new wastewater treatment facility would come online in six months, after which the existing Poo Pond would be drained and the sludge burned. But Air Force Times has been unable to get an update this year on how efforts to close the Poo Pond are progressing. The current NATO official with purview over the…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7T814ysuUk[/youtube] The good people at Next Media Animation are always quick on the draw when it comes to the latest news out of DoD. Here is their take of the recent downing of an Air Force Sentinel drone over Iran. The military says it’s unclear how the drone crashed in Iran. The Iranians claimed to have shot the stealthy drone out of the sky.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSA7Evcy7iE[/youtube] I’ve seen this movie before. It’s the one with all the harsh Massachusetts accents and Kevin Costner. The Russians start sending arms to Cuba and all the sudden the world is on the brink of total annihilation.  Gen. Curtis LeMay even graces the scene as one of the main agitators trying to push that Kennedy guy to bomb Cuba and their commie allies back to the stone age. Russia Today reports that Russia and Cuba are starting to rekindle the old flame. Russia, according to the State-funded news outlet, is sending arms to Cuba and it seems like they…

If you’ve served abroad, Uncle Sam wants your photographs. The Defense Department wants donated photos  from current and former service members who have served overseas for use in a recognition exhibition planned in conjunction with the State Department, according to a DoD press release. The department is looking for photos that depict life as a military member overseas in six specific categories: daily life, friendship, places, faces, loss or triumph. If your picture is chosen, it will be used for display in a special photography exhibition planned for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pentagon and other prominent venues, stateside and…

NATO uploaded footage of today’s firefight outside the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was the second major attack this week. On Sunday, insurgents set off a truck bomb that injured nearly 80 U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan. See video of today’s attack below: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZtYM7ZRIE0&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

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