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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Veterans in other news October 18, 2018

Actors and athletes have agents to help them find work. Now vets with PTSD can too.

Staff Sgt. Robert Simonovich takes cover during a combined mission with the Iraqi army in Lutafiyah, Iraq, on April 16, 2007. Simonovich was wounded days after this photo was taken, and later spent years in therapy dealing with post-traumatic stress from the injury. (Staff Sgt. Martin Newton/Army)
WASHINGTON — After Bob Simonovich’s post-traumatic stress disorder left him anxious around large groups, loud noises and unpredictable environments, he was unsure what type of career he’d be able to handle in his post-military life.So his therapists lined up a job for him with a baseball team.“I loved baseball my whole life,” said Simonovich, a former Army staff sergeant injured in a bomb blast in Iraq 11 years ago. “But when I got back, I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to go to a game again. The crowds, the fireworks, it’s just something I didn’t think I’d be able to do. read more here

Navy veteran, father of 3 killed in Norfolk shooting

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — The Norfolk Police Department said Ernesto Crespo, a father of three children and a Navy veteran, was killed in a shooting Friday on West Ocean Avenue.Crespo's coworker and friend Ernie Santini said Crespo was with his children when he was shot. Norfolk Police tracked a suspect's car to a house 5 minutes away from the shooting. After a prolonged standoff, police officers found another man, Robert Dabney, dead inside that home. read more here

Many Families Will Never Return to Tyndall After Hurricane, Officials Say

The same cannot be said for base housing. Thomas said all 867 homes sustained damage, most of them with roofs torn off...Beginning Wednesday, and continuing through Oct. 21, Tyndall families who evacuated before Hurricane Michael came ashore as a Category 4 storm will be allowed back onto the base to survey the damage to their homes and take away valuables, the officials said. read more here

Pair of Navy Helicopters Collide on Runway in Japan

The mishap was labeled Class A, which means it resulted in at least $2 million or more in damages.
"There is an investigation ongoing, which will reveal the extent of the damage and what the crews were doing on the ramp," said Cmdr. Ron Flanders, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces. read more here

Three Troops Wounded in Suicide Bombing at Bagram Airfield

The bomber attacked a patrol, a U.S. military spokesman with Resolute Support in Kabul said. The nationality of the three wounded service members was not provided. The Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack. read more here

Vets group calls on DOD, VA to help stop fake news targeting veterans, troops

WASHINGTON – One year ago, Vietnam Veterans of America discovered a Facebook page was using its name to spread disinformation to nearly 200,000 followers. Facebook disabled the site at VVA’s request, citing violations to intellectual property.The incident sparked an effort at VVA, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization, to find more social media pages that target veterans and servicemembers with sensationalized news and hyper-partisan political content. read more here

Monday, November 14, 2016

4 Americans Killed in Afghanistan During Veteran’s Day Run

US Bagram airbase bomber was 'an employee' and ex-Taliban BBC

4 Americans Killed in Afghanistan During Veteran’s Day Run
ABC News
Nov 13, 2016
Afghan security personnel keep watch near the largest US military base in Bagram, north of Kabul, after an explosion, Nov. 12, 2016.
Four Americans were killed and 17 troops and contractors were wounded while participating in a Veterans Day 5K run when an apparent lone attacker managed to detonate a deadly bomb inside the sprawling Bagram military base in Afghanistan yesterday, counterterrorism officials told ABC News today.

The U.S. military's Operation Resolute Support provided few details beyond confirming that a blast inside the base had left two U.S. service members and two American contractors dead along with 16 American troops and a Polish trooper wounded.

Bagram Airfield is home to nearly 14,000 military forces and contractors.

But officials in Washington and various U.S. military commands have been told that the victims were participating in a 5K run celebrating Veterans Day, two counterterrorism officials told ABC News.

A coalition official later told ABC News that the attacker used a belt or vest bomb in the attack.

The attacker was a former Taliban militant who had joined the peace process in 2008 and had since taken a job at the base, Bagram District Governor Haji Abdul Shokor Qudosi told ABC News on Sunday.
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DoD Identifies Army Casualties
Press Operations

Release No: NR-406-16
Nov. 14, 2016

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. The soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Killed were:
Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, California

Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Illinois

Monday, February 2, 2015

Troops At Bagram Air Field Had Superbowl Party

Troops in Afghanistan join in Super Bowl revelry 
Stars and Stripes
Carlo Munoz
February 2, 2015
Seahawks fans cheer at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as Seattle scores its first touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX. It was already the early hours of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Afghanistan. Despite the Seahawks' 10-point lead in the second half, the Patriots rallied to win 28-24. CARLO MUNOZ/STARS AND STRIPES
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Though it may not be an official holiday, Super Bowl Sunday remains a cause for celebration for football fans throughout the United States.

It’s no different for the roughly 10,600 American servicemembers still stationed in Afghanistan. 

U.S. civilians and military personnel based at Bagram spent two months preparing for the game.

They created football-themed decorations throughout the sprawling base and planned a massive Super Bowl party at the “Clamshell,” one of the base’s biggest Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities.

In his first Super Bowl downrange, Air Force 1st Lt. Andrew Carper and his team helped pull together enough food, games and entertainment to get the crowd of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines ready for the kickoff at 4 a.m. Monday in Afghanistan.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Two American soldiers were killed overnight

Two American Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Attack: Official
NBC News

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two American soldiers were killed overnight when their convoy came under enemy attack near Bagram Airbase near Kabul in Afghanistan, a U.S. official told NBC News on Saturday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Earlier, NATO coalition spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Justin Hadley said a roadside bomb had killed two foreign soldiers traveling in convoy near the largest U.S. military base in that country late on Friday. "It is coalition policy to defer the identity and nationality of the service members to the national authorities," Hadley said.

The bomb detonated while vehicles passed a road leading up to Bagram Airfield, local police chief Gen. Zaman Mamozai. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a Twitter message.
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UPDATE Department of Defense
Release No: NR-617-14
December 14, 2014
DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Killed were:
Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York, New York; and
Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Untold story of US Forces on Russia Aircraft in Afghanistan

Untold story of US Forces on Russia Aircraft in Afghanistan
Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
March 26, 2014

Reading news reports from around the world brings puzzling information. I read about US Forces on Russian and Ukraine aircraft for their missions in Afghanistan. The article said that the Pentagon is searching for alternative transportation because of the rift between the US and Russia. It didn't seem possible, so I did some searches and found that the Antonov AN-124 is in fact being used by the US Military.

Military Photos has more pictures of the Antonov AN-124 being used for US Forces in Afghanistan.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Soldiers from 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, pose in the mouth of an Antonov AN-124 cargo plane after loading OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 8, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Soldiers from 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny maneuver an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter into the space between two other Kiowas already loaded onto an Antonov AN-124 cargo plane at Bagram Airield, Afghanistan, Feb. 7, 2013. Loading cargo onto an aircraft is a team effort ensuring the safety of the Soldiers loading the cargo. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

As you can see, the story is true. The pictures show the 101st Airborne working in these massive planes. What will happen to them if things come to a head with sanctions? The troops are still in harms way in Afghanistan. What will all of this mean to them and their safety?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

4 U.S. Soldiers Killed Ahead Of Taliban Talks

Bagram Air Force Base Attack: 4 U.S. Soldiers Killed Ahead Of Taliban Talks
Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Defense officials say four U.S. troops were killed Tuesday at or near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Officials say the four were killed by indirect fire, likely a mortar or rocket, but they had no other details.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide details on the deaths.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Marine redeploys after being shot and grenade blast

Marine bounces back from Bagram attack, deploys again
OCTOBER 17TH, 2012
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Milledge Wilson’s list of past injuries reads like a one-way trip to medical retirement.

Gunshot wound to the left arm. Shrapnel wounds to the face. Grenade blast wounds to the stomach, face and left leg.

He sustained all of those during a bold attack on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, while deployed with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2, out of Cherry Point, N.C.

As this story shows, the May 19, 2010, ambush made international headlines after more than a dozen insurgents breached the base’s wire and engaged in a five-hour firefight with U.S. forces. Nine U.S. service members were wounded, including Wilson and a fellow Marine, then-Pfc. Michael Craddock.

After the attack, Wilson, then a gunnery sergeant, discussed his injuries with Marine Corps Times. Then he faded into relatively anonymity, going through multiple surgeries and rehabilitation with the goal of staying in the Corps.

A few months later, Wilson put in an application to become a warrant officer while still undergoing physical therapy. He was accepted, and went to officer training at The Basic School at Quantico, Va., in January 2011.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

At Afghanistan hospital, Texas troops treat the wounds of war

Bagram hospital helps keep survival rates at record highs even as it sees horrible injuries from roadside bombs. 
By Jeremy Schwartz
Sunday, April 29, 2012

BAGRAM AIR BASE, AFGHANISTAN — Just after 9 a.m., the helicopter descends past jagged, snowcapped mountains, and the crew rushes a soldier with a gunshot wound to his leg into the trauma center. Nurses, doctors and medical technicians, clad in camouflage scrubs, flood into the room, unwrapping his bloody bandage, checking vital signs and inserting lines for intravenous fluids.

The injury is minor compared with what these military medical workers see on a regular basis. In addition to a growing number of gunshot victims, the trauma center sees many NATO troops whose legs and arms have been blown off by land mines hidden in the Afghan countryside, victims of what the military has termed dismounted complex blast injury. On busy days, staffers treat dozens of patients, as they did on a recent Saturday when insurgent forces staged a series of attacks around Kabul.

By nighttime, the soldier will have been carefully bundled onto a stretcher, or "packaged," and along with a dozen other wounded service members, put on a C-17 cargo plane and flown to the Army's military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Fort Bragg troops find ways to battle stress of combat

Fort Bragg troops find ways to battle stress of combat

BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN — In a combat environment like Afghanistan, where soldiers are on alert, working long hours and away from their families, stress is inevitable. Military studies show soldiers who see combat are likely to suffer from depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder when they come home.

Troops with Fort Bragg’s 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade are stationed in Afghanistan for a year. When they feel stressed, they can turn to Brigade Chaplain Maj. Stanton Trotter.

“I find that people’s commitment to God, their connection to the scared, their spirituality, is far deeper in a combat zone than in garrison,” he said.

Trotter's theory holds true for veteran soldiers like Capt. Donald Minchew. He says his family, faith and fellow soldiers help him minimize stress.

“Especially knowing that people have deployed before. They are battle hardened, I guess you could say, drawing strength from each other,” Minchew said.
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Monday, July 5, 2010

NFL coaches meet wounded soldiers in Afghanistan

4 NFL coaches visit troops in Afghanistan

As Andy Reid visited with injured soldiers in a hospital at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles couldn't get over how eager they were to return to action.

"You see guys in there, some of them missing limbs and some pretty beat up," Reid said. "These guys couldn't wait to go back out there, if they could, and fight to protect our country. It's quite an amazing thing."

Reid, John Fox of the Carolina Panthers, Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals and Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings met with hundreds of soldiers at the air field north of Kabul over the Fourth of July weekend.

The NFL-USO coaches tour is in its second year. Last year, five coaches visited troops in Iraq.

Watching a war unfold on TV half a world away and then suddenly being with the soldiers doing the fighting was an eye-opening experience for the coaches.
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4 NFL coaches visit troops in Afghanistan

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Unexploded round removed from Afghan soldier's head

Live round taken from ANA soldier’s head

By Pauline Jelinek - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Apr 10, 2010 10:46:08 EDT

WASHINGTON — A U.S. military doctor removed a live round of ammunition from the head of an Afghan soldier in an unusual and harrowing surgery.

Doctors say a 14.5 millimeter unexploded round — more than 2 inches long — was removed from the scalp of an Afghan National Army soldier at the Bagram Air Field hospital last month.

When the Afghan soldier, in his 20s, arrived at the base, doctors thought it was shrapnel or the spent end of some sort of round, said Lt. Col. Anthony Terreri, a radiologist deployed from Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

Maj. Jeffrey Rengel, put on body armor for the surgery.

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Live round taken from ANA soldiers head

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sept. 11 galvanizes US troops in Afghanistan

When you talk to veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, there is always this sense of remorse. Great sadness over the lives lost, for the wounded, for their innocence lost and for the fact that their lives were committed to combat while being taken from granted by the rest of the country.

There used to be morality even in war. Decisions to send men into combat were never supposed to be taken lightly. When you read about the history of war, there was a time when the people deciding to go to war, went with their troops, also risking their own lives. When our Revolution was losing support and the troops were losing hope, there was General Washington, right there on the front lines and enduring everything he was asking others to endure.

You can't help but wonder how much faster it would have ended had they received everything they needed when they needed it.

Just as then, we complain about how much money it costs, how long it takes, lose interest in it. Just as then, there are still men and now more women, risking their lives while we complain.

Why do we keep making the same mistakes? Why do we take such timid interest in the decision to send them? Why don't we ever demand true reasons about the necessity? Our interests should never stop there. We should always have assurances that the plans are equal to the lives we are sending and the sacrifices they are willing to make for what we ask of them. We should always make sure they have the best equipment they need along with everything else they need up to proper troop levels. We should always make sure all the plans are in place to take care of the wounded, the widows and the orphans, especially when you have fathers and mothers deploying into combat. The truth though is much different.

We don't make sure any of this is done. They pay while the rest of us complain and want to move on. We can't stand a long battle. We want it quick and painless. We don't want to see coffins covered with flags. We don't want to see the wounded at Walter Reed or any of the other hospitals. We don't want to hear them suffering, waiting for care or wanting anything from us. We want it over.

The problem goes much deeper than our ambivalence. Taking care of them, never seems to translated into our own brains that it should have been part of the deal all along.

So while we debated having troops in Iraq. While protestors on both sides fought over it, no one was fighting over them. No one was forming groups to get permits to protest the lack of care they were receiving. No one was marching thru the streets or making speeches about the fact they needed so much more than what they were getting and no one was screaming that they were killing themselves when they came home. The shame was on all of us and still is.

We now hear calls for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Yet while they are there, this is how they spent their day. They remember why they are there and what was behind their reason to join the military. The rest of us, well, we not only forgot about it, we forgot about them.

At 5:16 p.m., the time in Afghanistan when the first of two planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City, a ceremony began at Bagram with an officer reading a minute-by-minute timeline of events on that day. The base's flag fluttered at half-staff as 200 soldiers and other military personnel sang "America the Beautiful" and the national anthem as the sun set.

Sept. 11 galvanizes US troops in Afghanistan
By HEIDI VOGT (AP) – 11 hours ago

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The Sept. 11 attacks were both a tragedy and a call to arms for many of the soldiers at this sprawling military air base — although few would have guessed that eight years on, the war in Afghanistan would still be raging.

Many of the troops now fighting here were high school students at the time. Some saw the attacks on TV during class, and vowed to sign up when they were old enough.

Army Sgt. Joshua Applegate of Springfield, Mississippi, was in high school when the planes hit the towers, and enlisted two years later, though he said he had wanted to do it right away.

"I like my country too much not to," said Applegate, who arrived in Afghanistan in April and now facilitates transport and other logistics at Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. base in the country, located just north of the capital, Kabul.

It's nearly eight years since U.S. forces invaded to oust the Taliban and hunt for al-Qaida leaders, including Osama bin Laden, who remains at large. Now soldiers like Applegate are fighting a war that is shifting its focus amid waning public support.

Many troops called Friday's anniversary a galvanizing event, and said marking the day reminds them that the U.S. mission here is important.

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Sept. 11 galvanizes US troops in Afghanistan

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Girl burned by white phosphorus leaves Bagram

Girl burned by white phosphorus leaves Bagram

By Rahim Faiez - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Jun 24, 2009 17:44:29 EDT

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — A nurse fixed a black wig on Razia’s scarred and disfigured scalp before the 8-year-old took off around the emergency room to bid farewell to the staff who cared for her after white phosphorous scorched her head, face, neck and hands.

When Razia came to the U.S. military hospital four months ago, Capt. Christine Collins didn’t think she would make it out alive. On Wednesday, the little Afghan girl left this military hospital for an arduous journey to her village, a 50-mile drive from Bagram Air Base.

“I am fine, I want to go home,” Razia quietly told Collins and a group of other hospital staff who had come to see her off.

Wearing a pair of blue jeans and a pink-striped shirt, Razia was eager to see her mother — who awaited her at a cousin’s house deep in the countryside still rife with insurgents. The two have not seen each other since shells ripped through their home on March 14 just after breakfast, killing two of Razia’s sisters.

It’s unclear where the white phosphorus came from that disfigured Razia for life — burning her face, now marked with permanent scars. Razia’s father, Abdul Aziz, blames international forces since U.S., French and Afghan troops gathered outside his home just before the shells were fired. U.S and NATO troops use white phosphorus to illuminate targets, create smoke screens and destroy old bunkers, but say they don’t use it as a weapon.

A U.S. military spokeswoman with NATO’s security force said military officials can’t be certain whether it was their own round or an enemy round that hit Razia’s house.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Death of Spc. Ciara Durkin ruled suicide

Death of Quincy soldier in Afghanistan ruled a suicide

By Sue Scheible
GateHouse News Service
Posted Jun 24, 2008 @ 11:20 AM
Last update Jun 24, 2008 @ 11:00 PM

QUINCY — The Army has ruled that Ciara Durkin, a 30-year-old National Guard corporal who died in mysterious circumstances last fall in Afghanistan, killed herself.

Her body was found on Sept. 28 near a church at Bagram Air Base with a single bullet wound to the head, her M-16 rifle nearby.

Durkin’s family, aided by U.S. Sen. John Kerry, has been pushing for almost nine months for answers regarding the soldier’s death.

The family posted the following on their web site early Tuesday morning:
“The Durkin family has received the Army's final report into Ciara's death with their conclusion that she took her own life. We are very upset and saddened by their conclusion.

“We have borne an extraordinary amount of pain over the past nine months, compounded by a protracted and at times ambiguous investigation. We now need time and privacy to grieve, and let our Ciara finally rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.”

The Gaelic expression means, “May her noble soul be at the right hand of God.”

The Boston Globe reported in November that a friend said Durkin had several years prior been taking medication for depression, but she stopped because she found it made her manic.
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