Written by Maj. Gen. James C. McConville
Afghanistan – In Afghanistan, there is a steel beam from the towers of the World Trade Center in New York directly adjacent to the headquarters building of Regional Command – East (RC-East) and Combined Joint Task Force – 101 (CJTF-101). This beam, and the flags of our partner nations standing next to it like the flags in front of the United Nations buildings, is a reminder to every one of us why we are here.
We are here to ensure that our Nation and our global partners’ remain safe from the threat of terrorism and acts of violence by those in the world who would do us harm.
5th Special Forces Group, 2nd Battalion “The Legion” Dedicates Building in honor of Mr. Gary Beikirch
Written by 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends from 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as The Legion, gathered together on the morning of September 22nd, 2012, to pay tribute to a veteran and former member of the unit.
The tribute was in the form of the newly dedicated battalion operations complex, now named Beikirch Hall, for 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), in honor of Mr. Gary Beikirch, a Medal of Honor recipient.
Clarksville TN – November 11th was Veteran’s Day. November 22nd is Thanksgiving Day. It is rare that only eleven days separate these two days of thankfulness. With that in mind, Operations Eagle’s Nest would like to remind past and future supporters to think of those eleven days as a special time to financially support our troops and their families who give so unselfishly for us.
The war on terror continues and, in Afghanistan, that effort has been made more complicated and assumed new dimensions by the ever-changing tactics of the Taliban and al Qaeda. «Read the rest of this article»
Washington, D.C. – THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.
And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Coalition forces learned that Gul Nabi, a mid-level Taliban commander was killed in an engagement with the combined security forces October 17th.
The engagement took place in the Shuryak Valley near Mantanga Village on the morning of the third day of ongoing major operations in the Pech River Valley of Kunar Province. «Read the rest of this article»
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), with support from their coalition partners, conducted an air assault July 19th to help secure the town of Chenar, located in the Marawara district.
The combined force of more than 400 members of the Afghan National Army, Afghan Border Police, and U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force Bastogne, conducted the operation in order to further disrupt insurgent operations throughout the area.
“The Afghan National Security Forces executed a well-planned, well-executed strike, taking the fight to the enemy once again,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Randall Harris, deputy commanding officer, Task Force Bastogne. “Marawara is safer today due to their skill and devotion to the security of the people.” «Read the rest of this article»
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
In the 1950′s President Eisenhower issued his prophetic warning about the dangers of our nation’s Military industrial complex. We are seeing the fruits of that in our current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the administration’s drive to trigger one with Iran.
During the Second World War, he served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe, later he became the first supreme commander of NATO. He was elected the 34th U.S. President on a Republican ticket, serving for two terms. He is perhaps best known for Social Security, and the Interstate Highway System.
Lets us take a moment and listen to his farewell address to the nation…
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