Friday, January 2, 2015

To Apostrophe or Not - Freedom ( ' ) s Sentinel

There was some initial confusion on the way to refer to the new military campaign in Afghanistan. With the end of the ISAF mission - and President Obama saying that our war in Afghanistan had come to a 'responsible' end - we needed a name to replace "Operation Enduring Freedom". Just like we needed a new name in Iraq once we had won the war there - "Operation Iraqi Freedom" became "Operation New Dawn"; which, by the way - because the war wasn't really over in Iraq either, is now called "Operation Inherent Resolve".

So, back to the apostrophe . . . seems the Department of Defense has an apostrophe . . . and ISAF didn't. I was perplexed and didn't know how to type the phrase. So I went both ways; which in today's Army is now perfectly acceptable . . . I have been told - no first hand experience. But now, the word is out. Use the apostrophe. That makes it a real pain in the neck but I will struggle with it. It is now "Operation Freedom's Sentinel". And, just to clear away any confusion - "Operation Resolute Support" is the NATO term and "Operation Freedom's Sentinel" is the U.S. term.

Read more in "Amid Confusion, DoD Names New Mission 'Operation Freedom's Sentinel",,  December 29, 2014.

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