Soldiers from the Arizona Army National Guard's 153rd Brigade Support Battalion were welcomed home from a nine month deployment to Afghanistan. Fifteen Solders from the 153rd BSB supported Special Operations Forces by conducting logistics operations while assigned to Bagram Air Field. They were responsible for the movement of equipment, supplies, and material throughout the theater of operations. Read more in "Arizona Army Guard welcomes home last unit deployed to Afghanistan", DVIDS, December 9, 2014. (Just in time for Christmas!!!!)
A woman in Afghanistan has started a school that prepares girls for college. The school is unique in that it is a boarding school. Her nonprofit School of Leadership in Kabul offers college prep courses and helps graduates get into universities around the world. Read more in a news report by National Geographic (Dec 12, 2014).
About 200 Soldiers from the "Marne Division" - 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters are now working at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The hqs responsibilities will include logistical, medical, sustainment, signal, and fuel support across Afghanistan, as well as physical security at Bagram Fir Field. Read more in a recent DVIDS news release dated December 9, 2014.
Airmen from two different Air National Guard units (Oregon) recently returned from their deployment to Afghanistan. Personnel from the 142nd Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) and the 142nd FW Security Forces Squadron are now demobilizing. Read more in a DVIDS news release dated December 9, 2014.
The Army wants to improve the capabilities of the troubled Distributed Common Ground System - Army (DCGS-A) with a "request for information" seeking industry feedback on specific capabilities. Read more in "Army issues second DCGS-A RFI", C4ISR Net, December 9, 2014.
John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), spoke on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at a conference hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. You can read his prepared remarks about corruption in the Afghan government and security organizations (SIGAR, Dec 10, 2014).