Staff Sgt. Mario Tenario, Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division trains Afghan National Army soldiers how to inspect equipment.

Considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, Afghanistan has been wracked by continuous war for over three decades. The U.S., U.K., Australia, France, and Afghan United Front began Operation Enduring Freedom on October 7th, 2001 in response to the September 11th attacks in the U.S. The mission focused on the the overthrow of the Taliban government, as well as the ouster of Al Qaida and it leaders, including Osama Bin Laden. With over a decade of combat, it has become the second longest war in the U.S. history. The conflict has resulted in over two thousand U.S. troops killed.

With the death of Bin Laden, the U.S. is formulating plans for withdrawal from the region. President Obama has announced an end to combat operations, but an unknown number of troops will likely remain in the country after the 2014 deadline. Afghanistan is currently seeking financial assistance from other countries to assist in the reconstruction process.

Afghanistan has been populated for millennia, seeing the rise and fall of empires, kingdoms, and religions. Islam -- which influences much of its current culture and politics -- is the most popular religion in the region. The current estimated population is over 30 million, with Pashtun and Tajik as the two largest ethnicities.

USS Scranton Commanders to Visit Namesake City

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756). Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Cameron Bramha

The USS Scranton is known in Navy circles as the Iron Horse. Cmdr. Seth Burton said if that is an apt nickname for a submarine that has been a work horse for the American military for the past 25 years, it is also a commentary on the boat's namesake city. "What I tell everybody is the crew absolutely reflects the character of the city of Scran... more

Congressman Says Defense Bill Helps Robins Air Force Base

Robins Air Force Base. (U. S. Air Force file photo by Sue Sapp)

The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a defense policy bill that is good for Robins Air Force Base, said U.S. Rep. Austin Scott. By a vote of 60-2 the committee passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act following 16 hours of debate on amendments. It authorizes $610.5 billion in defense spending. Scott, a... more

Senator Pushing Army to Make Plans for Pope Runway Extension

The C-130 Hercules aircraft prominently displays the Bragg-Pope tail flashing of the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. On March 1, 2011 the former air force base was called Pope Field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter R. Miller)

A North Carolina senator wants the Army to explain how and when it will extend the runway at Fort Bragg's Pope Field. Legislation filed today by Sen. Thom Tillis would require the secretary of the Army to submit a report to the Senate on the plans. Local military leaders have been trying to get approval and funding to lengthen the 7,500-foot r... more

Marine, Girlfriend Get Life in Prison for Killing Man's Wife


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A Marine Corps veteran and his girlfriend have both been sentenced to life in prison for killing the veteran's wife three years ago. News outlets report that 26-year-old Marquis Cheatham and 24-year-old Dominique Atkinson were sentenced Thursday after having pleaded guilty last month to the April 2013 slaying of Cheatham's 20... more

US Citizenship Clears Way for Potential West Point Appointment

West Point

Zachary Yearwood had everything he needed to be appointed to a 4-year term at the United States Military Academy at West Point -- almost. What the 17-year-old St. Johns County student didn't have was U.S. citizenship for his Barbados-born mother, and that process can take years. When Lisa Yearwood learned in January that the U.S. Army's academ... more

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