Below you will find the internet's most complete listing of websites and resources for U.S. military personnel who are stationed in Afghanistan. The list below provides information on official installation resources, MWR facilities, lodging facilities, medical facilities, support organizations and more for U.S. military installations in Afghanistan. Please suggest any other sites you think others will find useful during their Afghanistan deployments.
    
 

Community: Support Links

  Adopt a Platoon
A nonprofit organization dedicated to linking U.S. citizens with military units serving overseas.
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  America 4R Marines
America 4R Marines is a non-profit organization that sends wish-list item to deployed Marine Corps units. .
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  Any Soldier
A non-profit organization that links overseas military personnel with U.S. citizens (and organizations) who want to send them care packages.
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  BikeFree.org - Bikes for military kids
A non-profit whose mission is to bring joy, freedom, and the fun of a bicycle ride to others – specifically the children of our military families.
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  Blue Star Mothers
Blue Star Mothers of America (BSMA), Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is composed of mothers who have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military, Guard, Reserve or who are honorably or medically discharged Veterans. Anyone else who wants to support the troops can join as an Associate Member.
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  Books for Soldiers
A non-profit organization that sends donated books to deployed military personnel.
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  Fisher House
The Fisher House Foundation provides a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
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  Freedom Calls Foundation
Deploys state of the art technology to keep overseas troops in touch with their families.
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  Hero Miles - Donage frequent flyer miles
Fisher House Foundation uses frequent flyer miles that have been donated by passengers of our airline partners to provide free airline tickets to support wounded, injured, and ill service members and their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center or who are attending authorized events.
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  Homes for our Troops
Homes For Our Troops assists severely injured Veterans and their families by raising money, building materials and professional labor, and by coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans we serve.
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  MotoMail - Letter service for deployed Marines
Family and friends of deployed Marines can send a letter to be downloaded, printed and ready for delivery, usually within 24 hours.
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  Operation Cookie Jar
Operation CookieJar collects items and money to help our Troops. Every single item donated (must be an approved item - there are some restrictions) is sent to our Troops.
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  Operation Interdependence
A nationwide 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a means for community members to support troops serving on the frontlines, military families and veterans. Our long term goal is to ensure that every Solider, Sailor, Airman and Marine is served by OI® from the time they don the uniform to the day they are honorably laid to rest.
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  Operation Shoebox
Operation Shoebox exists to show our troops deployed outside the USA that we care by sending packages, letters, and bulk items to them during their deployment. 100% of your donations go to our troops.
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  Project Never Forget
Offers 3-D photo charms at cost to families who have lost loved ones in the military.
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  Segways for Veterans
The Segs4Vets program provides disabled veterans with a universally designed mobility device (Segway) which does not draw attention to their disability.
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  Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) provides relief for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs.
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  Soldiers' Angels
Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to provide aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families and to enable our volunteers to improve the lives of a growing veteran population.
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  TheirAngels.org
A non-profit that supports military men and women serving at home and in foreign lands by sending c-rations (aka care packages). Each c-ration has a letter or card to up lift morale and provide positive contact from home. Their Angels also provides an outlet for families, friends, veterans and members of the community to come together and support the families of our active duty military personnel.
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  U.S. Central Command on Flickr
The official Flickr page of the U.S. Central Command.
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  USO
The USO offers an extensive range of programs at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries, and at hundreds of entertainment events each year. Thousands of USO volunteers do everything possible to provide a home away from home for our troops and to keep them connected to the families they left behind.
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Community: Useful Links

  Afghanistan Brief - US Department of State
An overview of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan from the perspective of the U.S. Department of State.
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  Afghanistan War Wikipedia Article
A Wikipedia article covering the 2001 invasion in Afghanistan and events since then.
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  Afghanistan World Atlas Entry
An overview and map of Afghanistan from the World Atlas site.
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  Bagram Airfield
Official U.S. Air Force site for Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
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  Camp Eggers Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article for Camp Eggers, a U.S. military base in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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  Camp Phoenix Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article for Camp Phoenix, a NATO military installation in Afghanistan that is maintained by the U.S. Army.
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  Global Security Kabul Page
An overview of Kabul Afghanistan on GlobalSecurity.org.
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  International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan
The official homepage for the NATO force in Afghanistan.
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  Magharebia
The Magharebia web site is sponsored by the United States Africa Command, the military command responsible for supporting and enhancing US efforts to promote stability, co-operation and prosperity in the region.
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  Operation Enduring Freedom History
The history of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
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  U.S. Central Command on Facebook
The official Facebook page of the U.S. Central Command.
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  U.S. Central Command on YouTube
The official YouTube Channel of the U.S. Central Command.
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  U.S. Central Command Twitter Feed
The official Twitter feed of the U.S. Central Command.
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  U.S. Department of Defense
The official web site for the Department of Defense and the starting point for finding U.S. military information online.
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  U.S. Department of State
The official homepage of the U.S. State Department.
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  US Central Command
The U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility covers the "central" area of the globe and consists of 20 countries -- Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, SaudiArabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
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Was ist los in Franken? Nov. 21 through 28, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Active duty Service members must change Roth TSP contributions
Active duty members of the Army, Air Force or Navy making dollar-amount Roth contributions to a Thrift Savings Plan account should know that these deductions will stop on Jan. 31, 2014, unless action is taken.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Keep the holidays accident free
Follow these simple tips to ensure the holidays are safe and not disastrous
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Born to run
Local Soldier runs 2,500 miles in nine months and keeps on going.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Units, organizations commended for joining effort to save energy, resources
WIESBADEN, Germany - Visitors might have thought the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden was getting a jump start on St. Patrick's Day this month as more and more of the distinctive Green Boot signs began appearing around the community. "It's an honor for us to come and give these," said Col. Mary Martin, USAG Wiesbaden commander, as she presented employees of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade's Logistics Readiness Center, Wiesbaden, with the Green Boot Certificate Nov. 12. "This shows that members of your organization are doing their part to save energy and resources.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Wiesbaden salutes its veterans
WIESBADEN, Germany - Young and old, white and black, Sailor and Soldier -- no matter their background, all veterans share a common bond that cannot be broken. Such was David Cain's experience when greeting World War II veterans at Frankfurt Airport, a story he retold during U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Park.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
A day on the range
Community members take aim to win a free holiday bird during this year's Turkey Shoot.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Garrison recognizes outstanding individuals, teams during All-Hands Assembly
WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden leaders celebrated outstanding customer service and looked to the future during the quarterly Recognition Event Oct. 31 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. "I want to thank everyone for all of your hard work -- we appreciate everything you do every day to take care of our Soldiers and their families," said USAG Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
'Stand Strong': Soldier Show offers messages of strength, resilience
WIESBADEN, Germany - The day Spc. Kiari Mhoon decided to join the Army, he opened the fridge and saw no food for him and his sisters. Someone has to step up and it has to be me, he thought. So he enlisted as an infantryman in 2012 -- "to take care of my family" -- and a few years later the childhood church singer and dancer found his way to the Soldier Show auditions. Today, he takes care of another family: the Army Family.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Freedom 6 Sends: It's great to be on the USAREUR Team!
November 2014 column by Freedom 6, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander, U.S. Army Europe.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
 
Armchair philosophy, helping Airmen think critically

More is expected of Airmen today than ever before, said Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, during his recent visit to Royal Air Force Lakenheath.

Airmen need to be sharper and more well-rounded because the Air Force has fewer people to accomplish the same mission, he said at an all-call Nov. 13.

The Lakenheath Philosophical Society, founded by Tech Sgt. Jason Harlan, 48th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance production supervisor, seeks to develop the critical-thinking skills Airmen need to better themselves, both in their jobs and in their day-to-day lives.
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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:18:30 EST
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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:23:26 EST
Ready, set, load! 493rd wins quarterly competition


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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:19:42 EST
Ebola Facts

Though the Ebola outbreak of 2014 is almost completely isolated to Africa, it has been documented by the World Health Organization as the largest, most complex spread since 1976, with case fatality rates varying from 25 to 90 percent.

Below is information and prevenitive measures on Ebola

Key facts

· Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

· The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:22:26 EST
Estonian JTACs take lead in historic training

With grey clouds flooding the skies overhead and poor visibility, Estonian air force joint tactical air controllers, or JTACs, communicated coordinates for airstrikes to U.S. pilots during the first-ever Estonian-led close air support exercise, Nov. 13-14, here.
 
This latest round of interoperability training under the umbrella of Operation Atlantic Resolve enabled two 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots to execute air-to-ground training with Estonian JTACs. While the JTACs honed their proficiency at calling in simulated precision airstrikes, the pilots leveraged this new milestone in interoperability training to enhance the readiness of NATO combat air forces.
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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:57:36 EST
3rd AF commander visits RAF Lakenheath

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, completed his immersion tour of RAF Lakenheath Nov. 13.

Throughout his tour and during an all-call at the base theater, Roberson stressed the importance of Airmen innovating and improving systems already in place, to keep our Air Force the best Air Force in the world.

While visiting the 48th Component Maintenance Squadron, Roberson was particularly impressed with the way personnel had recently streamlined their work, maximizing efficiency and cutting costs.
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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:19:18 EST
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Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:27:15 EST
 
European Distinguished Visitors Embark USS George H.W. Bush
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa hosted 23 distinguished visitors from multiple European countries aboard aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as a part of the Navy's Distinguished Visitor (DV) Embark program, Oct. 30.
Mount Whitney Returns to Gaeta
GAETA, Italy (NNS) -- U.S. 6th Fleet's command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), returned to its homeport of Gaeta, Italy, following routine operations to the Black Sea, Oct. 31.
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Visits Souda Bay
SOUDA BAY, Greece (NNS) -- Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, visited U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay, Oct. 23.
USS Columbia Returns from Deployment
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Family and friends lined the submarine piers of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 21, for a warm aloha welcome as the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) returned from a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific.
Cyber Command Senior Enlisted Leader Visits Center for Information Dominance
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Senior Enlisted Leader for United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), as well as for the National Security Agency and Central Security Service (NSA-CSS) toured the Center for Information Dominance, Nov. 19.
NRSW Selects 2014 SOY
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Navy Region Southwest (NRSW) named its 2014 Sailor of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum, Nov. 21.
Alaska Resident? Sea Services Scholarships Available for Dependents
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy League with the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced Nov. 21 eligibility requirements for the Alaska Sea Services Scholarship for academic year 2015-16.
Faith in Action - Navy Chaplains Graduate Basic Leadership Course
COLUMBIA, S.C. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Brent Scott, chaplain of the Marine Corps, welcomed the newest officers into the Chaplain Corps at a graduation ceremony at the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center, Nov. 20.
Navy Training Headquarters Names Top Third Quarter Civilian
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced Nov. 21 the Senior Civilian of the Quarter (SCOQ) for the third quarter.
Corpsmen Take Top Sailors at Navy Medicine Education, Training Command
SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- Three hospital corpsmen selected as Navy Medicine Education and Training Command 2014 Sailors of the Year during an award ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Nov. 21.
 
U.S. Marines partner with East African forces
U.S. Marines arrived in East Africa, October 14, to train Ugandan and Burundian forces, preparing them for future deployments.  The forces will practice basic infantry tactics, engineering, logistical support, countering improvised explosive devices, lifesaving techniques, and convoy operations throughout October and December. The U.S. force is

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
U.S., Bulgaria resilient as regional threat looms
U.S. and Bulgarian military exercises demonstrate a combined commitment to preserving European security amidst recent Russian aggression.  As current regional tensions in Eastern Europe intensify, NATO partnerships are vital to deescalating and deterring threats.  During a recent training exercise, the U.S. and Bulgarian forces refined offensive


Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Riverine tactics deter illicit activity on Cameroon waterways
Countries in Africa with access to coastal and inland waterways like Cameroon have placed great emphasis on riverine operations and patrolling to help ensure the safety and security of their border.  Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Security Cooperation Team 5 Bravo, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa,


Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
US Marines provide support to Ebola Response in West Africa
U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, and are ready to provide support to Operation United Assistance, Oct. 9, 2014.  On Oct. 8, 2014, an alert response force from SPMAGTF-CR-AF consisting of four MV-22 Ospreys, two KC-130J Super

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Finding the ties that bind: Breaking the cycle in West Africa
As any Marine will attest to, the back-bone of the Marine Corps is our strong NCO leadership. The Marine Corps has a proud history of encouraging decentralized leadership and empowering our NCOs to accomplish a given task. This requires a high level of trust plus communication between officers and NCOs and willingness for officers to allow success

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Final GDP-ISAF Rotation Redeploys Following Successful Partnership with Georgian Armed Forces
Marines and Sailors from Georgia Training Team, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, are nearing the end of their six month deployment supporting the Georgia Deployment Program- International Security Assistance Force. They are the final GTT to train a Battalion from the Georgian Armed Forces to support the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.   Combat

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Ebola: AFL, US enablers key in Liberia's fight against virus
A U.S. military contingent led by Marines are assisting the Armed Forces of Liberia to handle humanitarian and security crises.  Since 2009, U.S. Marines, leading a joint force from U.S. Africa Command, have partnered with the AFL and other West African forces as part of Operation Onward Liberty.   "The AFL has steadily grown in both capability and

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:06:32 GMT
How Marines and West Africans improved relationships through community outreach projects in Senegal
Note: U.S. Marine Capt. Dustin Partridge is the officer-in-charge for the current iteration of the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course-Africa, a multilateral military training engagement in Senegal. He shares his experiences building positive relationships with the host-nation community in this first-person perspective.    Marines always


Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:58:00 GMT
Maj. Gen. Beydler visits SP-MAGTF Africa
Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, visited here, Sept. 13, to meet the service members of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14. The service members currently assigned to SP-MAGTF Africa 14 are tasked with supporting Marine Forces Europe and


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:11:19 GMT
Tennessee Marine returns from training in Burundi
Major Luke A. Sauber, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, and native of Memphis, Tennessee, recently returned from a theater security cooperation mission in Burundi.    Sauber was part of a small team of Marines and Sailors who trained and advised the Burundi National Defense Force in logistics and engineering,


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:10:43 GMT
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