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The true story of '12 Strong:' Horse soldiers were first to enter Afghanistan

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there were three key stories that described the resolve of the American people, according to retired Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland. The first had to do with the victims of the attack themselves. The men and women aboard hijacked airliners who fought to save others and the many people working in New York and Washington who, amid the devastation of the attacks, put their own lives at risk to save others. The seco ... More

Army deploys 500 soldiers from Fort Drum to Iraq

Mark Weiner Syracuse Media Group, N.Y. WASHINGTON — About 500 soldiers from the Army's 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum will deploy to Iraq this spring as part of a regular rotation of forces, U.S. Army officials said Wednesday. The soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division's Headquarters unit will replace the 1st Armored Division Headquarters soldiers who have been deployed to Iraq as U.S. forces led an international coalition fighting the Islamic State. The Army did not disclo ... More

Soldier killed in Iraq supporting OIR

By Military1 Staff One day after responding to a group text with family members, Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan died on Jan. 8 while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. A Department of Defense press release said Sullivan’s death was from a non-combat related incident, and an investigation is pending. Sullivan leaves behind his wife, Rayven, who has been by his side since they were 13 years old, and his 3-year-old daughter, Mahogany. Sullivan’s grandmother, Katherine, told Fox Caro ... More

Army IDs first soldier KIA in 2018

Defense.gov The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.      Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, died Jan. 1 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol. Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. The incident is under investigation. More

More deployments on horizon for Fort Bragg soldiers

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Fort Bragg troops were deployed to more than a dozen countries in 2017. They served in long-standing fights in Iraq and Afghanistan, took part in humanitarian missions in the Caribbean and were involved in ongoing special operations missions on several continents, including Africa. Local troops helped deter aggression in Europe and on the Korean peninsula. And paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division and other units repeatedly demonstrated they could deploy ... More

Soldiers honored for saving lives after Afghan suicide bombing

Chad Garland Stars and Stripes BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Seconds after releasing his handheld microphone, Sgt. Joshua Sears heard the loud bang. “I see the trees on the side just like blow forward,” the Cincinnati native said, recalling the incident during an interview here last week. “It was crazy.” Eight vehicles back from Sears, who was in the lead vehicle of the route-clearance platoon’s formation, Spc. Garrett “Doc” Young, the platoon medic, hear ... More

Nearly 8K Fort Carson soldiers headed to Afghanistan next year

Tom Roeder The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) More than 7,500 Fort Carson soldiers are now on official orders to Afghanistan next spring and hundreds more are expected to join them as the 4th Infantry Division headquarters and two of its combat brigades head back to war. The deployment, rumored for months and made official by the Army Thursday, involves the 3,500-soldier 2nd Brigade Combat Team and the 4,000-soldier 1st Brigade Combat Team. The division's headquarters, including its boss Maj. Gen. Ra ... More

6 questions you asked yourself after your first firefight

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty You’re on a foot patrol in a dangerous war-zone and you haven’t taken any enemy contact yet. It’s hot outside and all you want to do is head back to the patrol base and snack on an MRE. Then, it happens. Snap! Crack! Boom! Your first firefight breaks out and you put all of your training to use engaging the enemy. After the chaos ends, these questions will enter your mind and help better prepare you for your next mission or patrol. 6. How well did ... More

10 life hacks to get you through deployment boredom

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty The one thing no one ever talks about with deployments is the mind numbing boredom that comes between missions. Times have changed from the “Wild West” days of early 2000’s where even having a power outlet was a luxury. Things have gotten slightly less monotonous but they haven’t changed that much. Troops are still sitting at the same USO, playing on the same broken Foosball table, watching the same videos that have been shared by everyone. Here ... More

Deployed soldiers help widow of fallen comrade with baby gender reveal

By Military1 Staff One week before his death, Chris Harris received some life-changing news from his wife over video messenger.  He was going to be a father.  On Aug. 2, 2017, Chris was killed while on deployment in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device (IED).  “When I told him, it was the happiest I’d ever seen him,” his wife, Britt Harris told ABC News. "He was so excited." Despite her husband's death and the prospect of raising her child alon ... More