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  • Army general was the last soldier to leave Afghanistan

    08/31/2021 1:34:42 AM PDT · by blueplum · 55 replies
    NBC via msn ^ | 30 Aug 2021 | Dareh Gregorian
    Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, was the last soldier to leave Afghanistan, officials said Monday. U.S. Central Command released a picture of Donahue preparing to board the final military C-17 cargo plane to leave Hamid Karzai International Airport...
  • US General Tells British Special Forces: Stop Rescuing People In Kabul, You're Making Us Look Bad

    08/20/2021 3:59:32 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 122 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 08/20/21 | Tom Rogan
    I understand that the commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division has told the commander of the British special forces at the Kabul airport to cease operations beyond the airport perimeter. Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue has told his British Army counterpart, a high-ranking field-grade officer of the British army's 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, that British operations were embarrassing the United States military in the absence of similar U.S. military operations. I understand that the British officer firmly rejected the request. This show of rare tension between the U.S. and British command groups in Kabul reflects three factors. First, it...
  • Heartbreaking homecoming: Fallen 82nd Airborne paratrooper returns to Fort Bragg

    01/19/2020 9:06:06 PM PST · by mabarker1 · 22 replies
    Adam Owens, WRAL anchor/reporter ^ | 01/18/2020 | Adam Owens, WRAL anchor/reporter
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A salute rained down on the plane carrying Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin as it arrived at Fort Bragg. McLaughlin returned home to his family but in the most heartbreaking way. A squad leader assigned to 82nd Airborne Division, McLaughlin was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations on Jan. 11. Pfc. Miguel Angel Villalon, who was a combat engineer on his first deployment, was also killed.
  • David Petraeus: Eliminating Qasem Suleimani More Significant than Killing Bin Laden or Al-Baghdadi

    01/05/2020 9:21:44 AM PST · by bitt · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/5/2020 | charlie Spierling
    Former General David Petraeus described President Donald Trump’s decision to eliminate Iranian General Qasem Suleimani in Baghdad as the most significant action against terrorism in the Middle East. “It is impossible to overstate the importance of this particular action. It is more significant than the killing of Osama bin Laden or even the death of [Islamic State leader Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi,” he said in an interview with Foreign Policy magazine. Petraeus said President Trump had effectively reestablished the idea any Iranian attack against American targets would be met with considerable force. “This is the most formidable adversary that we have...
  • Gen. Petraeus on Qasem Soleimani’s killing: 'It's impossible to overstate the significance'

    01/04/2020 9:04:10 AM PST · by billorites · 41 replies ^ | January 2, 2020 | Staff
    The United States is sending nearly 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East from the 82nd Airborne Division as a precaution amid rising threats to American forces in the region, the Pentagon said on Friday.Iran promised vengeance after a US airstrike in Baghdad on Friday killed Qasem Soleimani, Tehran's most prominent military commander and the architect of its growing influence in the Middle East.The overnight attack, authorized by US President Donald Trump, was a dramatic escalation in the "shadow war" in the Middle East between Iran and the United States and its allies, principally Israel and Saudi Arabia.As former commander of US forces in Iraq and...
  • Israelis: Soleimani Intercept Sparked Drone Strike; US Reinforces Region

    01/04/2020 12:28:32 PM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 95 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | 3 January, 2020 | Arie Egozi and Colin Clark
    TEL AVIV: Five days ago, an undisclosed intelligence agency intercepted a telephone call made by the head of Iran’s Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in which he was heard ordering his proxies in Iraq to attack the U.S embassy in Baghdad, as well as other Israeli and American targets, with the aim of taking hostages, Israeli sources say. It’s unclear whether this was a lapse in tradecraft on the part of the usually savvy Soleimani or whether the notorious Iranian military leader’s phone calls were being routinely intercepted. Nor is it clear whether it was the US or another...
  • 82nd Airborne Division preparing for deployment amid unrest in Baghdad

    12/31/2019 11:15:56 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 68 replies ^ | January 1, 2020 | WTVD-AP
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- After protestors stormed a U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the 82nd Airborne Division based out of Fort Bragg is preparing to be deployed to Kuwait, according to officials. Defense Secretary Mark Esper later announced that "in response to recent events" in Iraq, and at Trump's direction, he authorized the immediate deployment of an infantry battalion of about 750 soldiers from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to the Middle East. He did not specify their destination, but a U.S. official familiar with the decision said they will go to Kuwait.
  • Military Photo: Commemorating Operation Market Garden

    09/19/2019 9:50:52 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 71 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 19 Sep 2019 | Anonymous
    GROESBEEK, NETHERLANDS 09.18.2019 - Dutch re-enactors, dressed as Soldiers of 82nd Airborne Division during World War II, parachute out of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden and begin the ceremony to present the Military Order of William to WWII veterans in Groesbeek, the Netherlands, Sept. 18th, 2019. This event is just one of the many events commemorating the largest airborne operation in history, Operation Market Garden, which was aimed at liberating the Netherlands and gaining a foothold into Nazi Germany by crossing the Maas, Waal, and ultimately the Rhine River. To this day,...
  • D-Day Vet Goes on Final Jump

    01/31/2016 10:42:12 AM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain ^ | January 28, 2016 | Peter Roper
    By Peter Roper The Pueblo Chieftain Published: January 28, 2016; Last modified: January 28, 2016 11:01PM Elmer Melchi survived parachuting into Normandy on D-Day and he survived jumping into Holland in Operation Market Garden -- although a German soldier shot him when the young 82nd Airborne paratrooper tried to escape from a POW camp. But death finally caught up with the tough 92-year-old veteran Thursday afternoon, taking him in his sleep at the Sangre de Cristo Hospice here. It was expected. Melchi had cancer and knew he was dying. "My dad went for his last jump," said a tearful...
  • Just Call This Submachine Gun ‘The Annihilator’ (Thompson)

    01/30/2015 7:22:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 29, 2015 | Paul Huard
    On Jan. 29, 1945, First Sgt. Leonard Funk, Jr. faced a determined German army officer ready to kill him with a pistol. Armed with a Thompson M1A1 submachine gun, the U.S. Army paratrooper had just led an assault against 15 houses occupied by German troops in Holzheim, Belgium. It was part of an operation by the 82nd Airborne Division to clear German soldiers from the area following the Battle of the Bulge. Leading a makeshift headquarters platoon of clerks, Funk and his unit captured 30 prisoners. He left them with several dozen more prisoners—under guard—and returned to the fight. While...
  • West Columbia (SC) paratrooper dies in Afghanistan

    04/02/2014 3:49:47 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The State ^ | April 2, 2014 | JEFF WILKINSON
    COLUMBIA, SC — A U.S. Army paratrooper from West Columbia has died in Afghanistan. The cause of the death of Capt. James Edward “Ed” Chaffin, an artillery officer with the 82nd Airborne Division, is being reported by the Department of Defense as a non-combat related incident. It is under investigation. Chaffin died Monday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to the military. He is the 48th service member with ties to South Carolina that has died in the Southwest Asian country sincd the war began after Sept. 11, 2001. Another 64 service members with ties to South Carolina have been killed in...
  • Former 82nd Airborne Soldier receives helmet that saved his life

    01/08/2014 7:33:15 AM PST · by Londo Molari · 9 replies
    PEO SOLDIER LIVE ^ | 6-January-2014 | ddawson
    SAN ANTONIO – When Chance Darby received the helmet that saved his life in Afghanistan, he said it successfully stopped an enemy rifle bullet but left him with two big headaches. One headache lasted a few days after the impact from a high-velocity round. The other lasted several weeks as he tried to keep the news of the incident from his mother, Lynlee Darby, and his then-fiancée and now wife, Cheryl. Chance proposed to Cheryl shortly before deploying to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. On May 31, 2012, Taliban ambushed his platoon while it was dismantling an improvised explosive...
  • Army General Charged with Forcible Sodomy During Tour in Afghanistan

    09/27/2012 11:22:30 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 38 replies
    ABC OTUS News/Yahoo ^ | 9-26-12 | Luis Martinez
    An Army brigadier general has been charged with forcible sodomy, inappropriate relationships, and possessing alcohol and pornography while serving as a senior commander in Afghanistan earlier this year. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, a deputy commanding general of the 82 nd Airborne Division, faces a possible court martial over the charges handed down Wednesday. In May, Sinclair was sent home to the United States in the middle of his combat tour in Afghanistan, where he was serving in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar as the deputy commander of logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne. *snip* A news release by...
  • Fort Bragg Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair Facing Sodomy, Other Charges (Recalled from Afghanistan)

    09/26/2012 11:19:54 AM PDT · by kristinn · 102 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Henry Cuningham
    A Fort Bragg brigadier general has been charged with forcible sodomy and other offenses involving sex, pornography and alcohol, Army officials said this morning. The Fayetteville Observer has been monitoring the case and learned of the charges this morning. Fort Bragg officials will hold a press conference this afternoon. "Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair has been charged with multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice," said Col. Kevin V. Arata, the 18th Airborne Corps public affairs officer. Charges include attempted violation of an order, violations of regulations by wrongfully engaging in inappropriate relationships and misusing a government travel...
  • Not Photoshopped: Beam of Light Shines on Fallen Soldier’s Miracle Dog (incredible)

    11/27/2011 12:06:21 AM PST · by STARWISE · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11-24-11 | Kimberly Launier
    *snip* Sometimes when Rhonda hugged Hero she would softly pet her face and coo, “Justin, are you in there?” It was Rhonda’s gentle way of remembering their son and his last living connection to Hero. At one point, Hero wandered off and took a stroll in the backyard. All of a sudden, the clouds broke and a light began to solidify in a beam directly down on Hero — a kind of vertical halo.
  • Liberal Humor: Fiction Only, Please!

    05/06/2010 6:01:11 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 10 replies · 462+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 05-06-10 | Stoutcat
    President Obama told a joke. He’s a father, he has daughters, he’s allowed to joke about the situation. Fathers do it all the time. Sadly, 70% of the readers of the Washington Post’s article on this subject found the joke offensive, which suggests to me that liberals only have a sense of humor when it comes to fantasy, but not when it comes to real life...
  • U.S. soldiers land in Port-au-Prince

    01/19/2010 6:45:43 PM PST · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 677+ views
    UPI ^ | January 19, 2010
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. soldiers arrived by helicopter at Haiti's presidential palace Tuesday with some immediately deploying to the general hospital in Port-au-Prince. Officials said the 82nd Airborne Division is providing a combination of humanitarian aid and security, CNN reported. The hospital, like much of the capital, has no running water or electricity a week after the earthquake, and doctors were using vodka to sterilize equipment. "Our primary purpose is in getting to the population, whether it be the distribution of water, food, or, in this case, where they've got medical treatment going on and they're overwhelmed,"...
  • America sends paratroopers to Haiti to help secure aid lines

    01/19/2010 6:14:03 PM PST · by myknowledge · 291+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 20, 2010 | Giles Whittell in Port-au-Prince, Jacqui Goddard in Miami
    In a deafening display of military muscle, a detachment of US paratroopers flew into the heart of the Haitian capital yesterday to secure the flattened presidential palace and reassure onlookers that they were on a mission to help, not take control. Four helicopters brought the first of 2,200 American Marines and seamen into Port-au-Prince as thousands of homeless Haitians camping out in the city’s central squares cheered or simply stared. “We are here to provide security to the [central] hospital,” Sergeant Bill Smith said. “We work with the Government of Haiti. We have rules of engagement but we are on...
  • Why Are 82nd Airborne Soldiers Unarmed in Haiti?

    01/19/2010 11:24:04 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 25 replies · 1,225+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 1-19-10 | Bob McCarty
    Only days after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates explained the systemic flaws that allowed the Nov. 5 shootings at Fort Hood to take place, I was shocked at what I saw during one television report this morning -- especially in light of what other television reports have described. A short while ago, Fox News Channel reporter Steve Harrigan was shown standing upon a hill in Haiti where U.S. Army soldiers, which he described as members of the 82nd Airborne, were overseeing distribution of relief supplies to Haitians desperate for food, water and, in many cases, medical attention. As the camera...
  • U.S. Military Expected to Have Nearly 10,000 Personnel in Haiti by Monday - Video 1/14/10

    01/15/2010 5:11:22 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 14 replies · 633+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 15, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a video report on the plan for close to 10,000 U.S. Military Personnel to be on the ground in Haiti, or on ships just offshore by Monday. The speed with which everything can be put in place is being hampered there by the fact that the Port-Au-Prince Airport has only one usable runway, and there are so many planes needing to use it. An entire brigade of 3,500 from the 82nd Airborne is expected to be on the ground by this weekend to provide security in the devastated area. The Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson should arrive on...