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Local links, March 9

Post by Scott Fontaine on March 9, 2010 at 6:58 am |
March 9, 2010 6:58 am

Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord troops in southern Afghanistan yesterday ahead of a planned operation to take back parts of Kandahar province.

He spoke with soldiers from 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment at Forward Operating Base Frontenac. From the AP story:

“You all have had a very tough time,” especially at the start of the tour, Gates told members of the 800-soldier unit. “You came into an area totally controlled by the Taliban. You fought for a critical battle space, you bled for it and now you own it.”

He told the troops that as the fight shifts toward securing Kandahar itself later this year, they will again be “at the tip of the spear.”

Other local links, including several others from the Gates visit:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Gates: Afghan war’s “decisive phase” looms in Kandahar [Reuters]
Zabul province seeks U.S. troops, but is caught in Afghan numbers game [Washington Post]
Gates says US Troops in Southern Afghanistan to Lead New Fight Against Taliban [Voice of America]
Afghanistan soldier’s death leaves Hamilton family devastated [DVIDS]

I Corps
Army homicide suspect could face death penalty [The News Tribune]
Woman accused of killing two soldiers could face death [KOMO-TV]

2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Bank-robbing Army Ranger sentenced for plotting to kill federal prosecutor [Seattle Times]

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Signal Soldiers Provide a Different Type of Communication [DVIDS]
Small Gift Creates Hope for a Better Future [DVIDS]
Signal Soldiers Have Unique Opportunity [DVIDS]
Frontline Soldiers Operate Warhorse Woodshop [DVIDS]
296th Brigade Support Battalion Holds Mass Graduation [DVIDS]
Sparks Fly As Iraqis Ignite Their Future [DVIDS]

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Iraqi elections mostly quietly for Stryker troops [The News Tribune]
Security Paved Way to Successful Iraqi Elections; Leaders Pleased [DVIDS]
1-38 Provide Defensive Support for Iraqi Elections [DVIDS]
Raider Brigade Witnesses Hard Work Pay Off As Iraqis Head to Polls [DVIDS]
1-38 Provide Defensive Support for Iraqi Elections [DVIDS]

593rd Sustainment Brigade
Quartermaster Company Adapts to Changing Mission [DVIDS]

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Lakewood police searching for carjacker at Lewis-McChord [The News Tribune]
Joint Base Lewis McChord MPs Capture Civilian That Was Loose On Base [KIRO-TV]

Local service members
Behind the Scenes With the Army Reserve at the Army Culinary Arts Competition [DVIDS]

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