Reporting for Duty : U.S. Citizen-Soldier Journalism from the Afghan Surge, 2010-2011
Overview - IT WAS THE BIGGEST YEAR, IN OUR LONGEST WAR ... Here, collected for the first time, are must-read stories of history-making missions, written and photographed by those who were "in the fight" themselves Perfect for historians, military supporters and veterans, and family genealogists At the height of the "Afghan Surge," more than 100,000 U.S. Read more...
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IT WAS THE BIGGEST YEAR, IN OUR LONGEST WAR ... Here, collected for the first time, are must-read stories of history-making missions, written and photographed by those who were "in the fight" themselves Perfect for historians, military supporters and veterans, and family genealogists At the height of the "Afghan Surge," more than 100,000 U.S. and coalition troops were committed to a mission of "clear, hold, and build" on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: CLEAR the countryside of insurgent fighters. HOLD the terrain, alongside Afghan security forces. BUILD infrastructure, commerce, and rule-of-law. As part of this wave, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Division deployed more than 3,000 citizen-soldiers to Eastern Afghanistan. It was the largest call-up of Iowa troops since World War II-and one of the only times a U.S. National Guard brigade was designated as a "battlespace owner" during Operation Enduring Freedom. Throughout the year-long mission, soldiers trained and tasked as journalists documented the hard days and off-duty activities of their brothers and sisters in arms. For the first time, Reporting for Duty collects these stories and photographs in one place. This is an unabridged, indexed, primary-source document for historians, educators, veterans, military family members, and other readers More than 285 easy-to-read articles More than 360 black & white news photos Indexed by unit, place, soldier names, and more Content includes 2010-2011 news coverage of units operating in Kapisa, Laghman, Nuristan, Paktya, Panjshir, and Parwan provinces. These include, but are not limited to: - 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division; "Task Force Red Bulls" - 1-113th Cavalry Regiment; "Task Force Redhorse" - 1-133rd Infantry Regiment; "Task Force Ironman" - 1-168th Infantry Regiment; "Task Force Lethal" - 1-194th Field Artillery Regiment - 2-34th Brigade Special Troops Battalion - 334th Brigade Support Battalion; "Task Force Archer" - 832nd Engineer Company - Agribusiness Development Teams from Kansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma - Provincial Reconstruction Teams from the United States and the Republic of Korea - 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; "Task Force Wolverine" (preceded Task Force Red Bulls) - 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; "Task Force Thunderbird" (replaced Task Force Red Bulls)
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