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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent and detained two suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban facilitator in Now Zad district, Helmand province, yesterday.

The leader provides reports to Pakistan-based Taliban members and serves as a communications liaison for insurgents throughout the region.

During the operation, the security force discovered a weapons cache to include a Russian PKM machine gun with 400 rounds of ammunition, multiple mortar rounds, pressure plates and an array of bomb-making materials to include homemade explosives.

New Trauma Assistance Medic Course pays big dividends for Afghan police

Army Sgt. Maj. Norman McAfee, Health Services adviser for the Joint Regional Afghan National Police Center, saw a problem last November that needed to be fixed. “Wounded Afghan National Patrolmen were dying of wounds before they could receive any medical attention,” said McAfee.

Patrolmen weren’t able to help their wounded buddies because they didn’t know how, McAfee said. “The police have not had any formal medical training except for a few sporadic individual unit medics teaching versions of combat lifesaver courses.”

Lifeline: Marine KC-130Js resupply the fight in Afghanistan

When supplies run thin at forward operating bases peppering the Helmand River valley, reassurance often comes with the strong hum of a Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules.

“Providing aerial resupplies is one of our primary missions,” said Capt. Sergio Luna, a KC-130J Hercules pilot with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152. “We have been flying out a lot of supplies and putting a lot of energy into getting ground forces in Afghanistan what they need.”

MPs train AUP on weapons

Soldiers with the 58th Military Police Company attached to 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, held an AK-47 rifle range at Camp Nathan Smith for the Afghan Uniformed Police from Police Substation 16 Sept. 18.

“This is the first step,” said Sgt. 1st Class Marcus Dampier, a platoon sergeant with 58th MP Company. “We want to get them familiarized with their weapons so they can be more proficient at doing their job.”

Operation Ammunition Clean Sweep clears away hazardous munitions

Teams of experts from Joint Munitions Command elements across the United States and personnel already in-theater began Operation Ammunition Clean Sweep in early August to inspect explosives safety and ammunition ranging from bullets to bombs.

CORPSMAN AWARDED VALOR MEDAL AFTER 66 YEARS

After 66 years, Navy Corpsman Bill “Doc” Lynne, of George Company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1ST MARDIV was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” attachment for heroic action during the Battle for Okinawa by Major General Lawrence D. Nicholson, in Detroit, Michigan, on Sept. 10, 2011.

During WWII in the Pacific Theater, George Company Marines had fought valiantly and bravely at Tulagi, Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Talasea and Peleliu. Never before had the Japanese been defeated until they faced the United States Marine Corps.

F-22 fleet to resume flight operations

The Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz have recently approved an implementation plan developed by Air Combat Command officials that will allow the F-22 Raptor to resume flight operations after a four-month stand down.

Marines begin joint effort in Bangladesh

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh — Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 arrived here Sept. 7 to conduct an engineering civil action project exercise with elements of the Bangladesh Armed Forces, in coordination with the Government of Bangladesh.

Navy's First Joint High-Speed Vessel Christened

USNS Spearhead, the first of Navy's joint high-speed vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment, was christened Sept. 17 during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

Military Sealift Command will own and operate Spearhead and the other other joint high-speed vessels, or JHSVs, that are under contract to be built for the Navy. Spearhead will be crewed by 22 civil service mariners working for MSC who will operate, navigate and maintain the ship.