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.
  America 4R Marines
America 4R Marines is a non-profit organization that sends wish-list item to deployed Marine Corps units. .
  Any Soldier
A non-profit organization that links overseas military personnel with U.S. citizens (and organizations) who want to send them care packages.
1688154 - 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.
  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.
  Books for Soldiers
A non-profit organization that sends donated books to deployed military personnel.
  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.
  Freedom Calls Foundation
Deploys state of the art technology to keep overseas troops in touch with their families.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  Project Never Forget
Offers 3-D photo charms at cost to families who have lost loved ones in the military.
  Segways for Veterans
The Segs4Vets program provides disabled veterans with a universally designed mobility device (Segway) which does not draw attention to their disability.
  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.
  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.
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.
  U.S. Central Command on Flickr
The official Flickr page of the U.S. Central Command.
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.

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.
  Afghanistan War Wikipedia Article
A Wikipedia article covering the 2001 invasion in Afghanistan and events since then.
  Afghanistan World Atlas Entry
An overview and map of Afghanistan from the World Atlas site.
  Bagram Airfield
Official U.S. Air Force site for Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
  Camp Eggers Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article for Camp Eggers, a U.S. military base in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  Camp Phoenix Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article for Camp Phoenix, a NATO military installation in Afghanistan that is maintained by the U.S. Army.
  Global Security Kabul Page
An overview of Kabul Afghanistan on
  International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan
The official homepage for the NATO force in Afghanistan.
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.
  Operation Enduring Freedom History
The history of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
  U.S. Central Command on Facebook
The official Facebook page of the U.S. Central Command.
  U.S. Central Command on YouTube
The official YouTube Channel of the U.S. Central Command.
  U.S. Central Command Twitter Feed
The official Twitter feed of the U.S. Central Command.
  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.
  U.S. Department of State
The official homepage of the U.S. State Department.
  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.
American hunters recognized through German time-honored tradition
Fifteen Americans received their hunting certificates, or Jägerbriefe, and were inducted into the Jaegerschaft Wiesbaden at a ceremony held at the historic Jagdschloss Platte, in Wiesbaden, Germany, July 25, 2014.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
German general to be assigned as U.S. Army Europe's new chief of staff
WIESBADEN, Germany -- As announced by the German Federal Ministry of Defence, U.S. Army Europe's next chief of staff will be a general officer from the Bundeswehr, Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal. In this capacity, Laubenthal will synchronize the activities of the USAREUR staff in much the same manner as his American predecessors have done. Laubenthal has already been receiving initial briefings from the USAREUR staff and is expected to report to duty full time on or about August 4.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
New Parent Support Group stresses health benefits of breast-feeding
WIESBADEN, Germany - An age-old feeding practice is raising eyebrows and drawing curious stares in some military communities. And while such sights initially seem out of the ordinary to unsuspecting bystanders, participants say, don't be alarmed, it's natural and great for babies.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Youth Sports helps quarterbacks, receivers prepare for season at Football Camp
WIESBADEN, Germany - Young Joe Montanas and Jerry Rices threw bullets, zig-zagged out of the pocket and snagged pass after pass during Child, Youth and School Services' Football Camp July 22-24. "This camp is aimed at helping the kids get prepared for Youth Services and high school football to give them confidence, and it's an opportunity for volunteer coaches to get assimilated with the players," said John English, assistant director for Youth Services Sports.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Lazy Dragons paddle for fun, fitness, camaraderie
WIESBADEN, Germany - Poised with paddles submerged below the surface, arms stretched straight forward and heads down, row upon row of paddlers wait for the start. As soon as the official yells "Go," they pull their paddles backward, first slowly, then frantically plunging them into the churning water as one body. Five boats surge forward, but only one counts in English: the Lazy Dragons. But they don't live up to their name.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Library treats youths to stories, field trips, more in summer reading program
WIESBADEN, Germany - "Did you forget how to read this summer?" Participants in Wiesbaden Library's "Paws to Read" summer reading program were happy to answer a resounding "No" to Library Director Ann Burski's question July 17. The young readers, in grades first through sixth, were at the library to enjoy a host of activities ranging from arts and crafts to stories and field trips.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Italy-based Charlie Detachment, 106th FMSU, connects online for first ever Europe-wide exercise
Soldiers from Charlie Detachment, 106th Financial Management Support Unit, assembled at the Mission Training Center on Caserma Ederle July 17 for a first ever, Europe-wide simulation training of its kind. The 20 or so financial management Soldiers manned work stations to conduct convoy operations training in coordination with their sister finance detachments and headquarters, located throughout Germany. "I want to say it was not only never done by finance, I believe no unit has never utilized the JMTC centers as a combined effort before," said Capt. Andres Leon, detachment commander.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Annual Community Showcase moves to Urlas
U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach hosts a community showcase every year towards the end of August, right on time when PCS season is about over and school starts again. The event gives newly arrived and current community members an opportunity to find out about the plethora of services available to them, register with different organizations and find out about updates for existing services, clubs and organizations from the Ansbach community.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
State-of-the-art Cyber Center opens in Wiesbaden
WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden marked another milestone July 22 with the opening of the Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray Cyber Center Europe. Members of the Gray family joined U.S. military and German civilian leaders from U.S. Army Europe; 5th Signal Command; USAG Wiesbaden; the Corps of Engineers, Europe District; the Hessen Construction Agency and other organizations in celebrating the opening of the state-of-the-art, 52,000-square-foot facility on Wiesbaden's Clay Kaserne.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
BOSS volunteers pitch in to help move a German kindergarten
WIESBADEN, Germany - In rain and shine and box by box, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers volunteers provided free labor and a load of help to a local German kindergarten July 21-25. Känguru Kindergarten, an Erbenheim school for special needs students, needed to move next door to its new building, but lacked the funds to hire a professional moving company. Nineteen BOSS volunteers, Army and Air Force, stepped in with muscle power and can-do attitudes.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Crossroads: Legend of the white eagle

There once was a tale of three brothers, Lech, Cech and Rus, who all lived in a small village. As time passed, their families grew to such a size that the town could no longer support them; so they set out in different directions to find a new home.

Rus went to the east, while Cech travelled west. Lech; however, ventured north to see what fertile lands waited for him.

One day, while hunting, Lech came upon a magnificent, but fierce, white eagle protecting its nest from intruders. Surprisingly, the eagle flew off - its white feathers reflecting the deep red of the setting sun. He took this sighting as a good omen and founded the settlement of Gniezno, "the eagle's nest."
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:09:41 EST
Sabers participate in joint training

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:24:28 EST
STANTA provides defenders with force-on-force training

 More than 180 defenders assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron participated in annual force-on-force training at Stanford Training Area July 29.

"The purpose of the training is to provide an opportunity for Airmen to take their culmination of training over the last year and implement it to the most unpredictable real-world environment we can provide," said Tech. Sgt. Erik Ellingson, 48th SFS training section chief.

STANTA is a military training area for Airmen to train in a field environment. While at STANTA, defenders practiced a variety of scenarios that they may face on the job.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:04:01 EST
727th officer gives inside look into world of ATOC

Being in charge of the command and control center in the 727th Air Mobility Squadron keeps U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Evan Hanson passionate about his Air Force career.

Hanson, 727th AMS Air Terminal Operations Center duty officer, commissioned in May 2013, and he entered active duty service November 2013.

His team coordinates all outside requests for agency support and information, distributes them to the sections and then conveys all the information to Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to get the mission completed. His role involves a great deal of overseeing, management and scheduling.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:57:58 EST
Mildenhall trains to defend

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:28:00 EST
2014 Viking Challenge a huge hit

This year's Viking Challenge started with a bang as more than 1,500 participants began their 24-hour run/walk-a-thon at the Pulaski Park track July 25.

The fundraiser was comprised of KMC staff and technical sergeants that provide mentorship to NCOs.

"I am truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead the Viking Challenge this year," said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hurt, 83rd Network Operations Squadron and Viking Challenge event coordinator. "I wanted to give back to the community and even though it's hot I am going to stay positive and remember what we are here for."
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:37:57 EST
721st APS design saves money, time through innovation

Unused forklift tines, a sheet of diamond-plated metal and one yard of steel hose.

The list of spare parts technician Thomas Geibel read did not seem like much to modify a standard dolly, but it would save Ramstein Air Base's 721st Aerial Port Squadron in at least three ways: time, money and health.

This modified deck, dubbed the "Donnelly Loader," was an idea hatched by Senior Master Sgt. Wayne Donnelly, 721st APS superintendent, as a means of replacing the method of loading and unloading baggage from airframes manually. The system involves moving bins full of baggage down a series of loaders and dollies. As soon as Donnelly obtained the idea he went straight to Guibel to build the machine.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:37:38 EST
NAVEUR-NAVAF Commander Shares His Vision and Guidance during All Hands Call
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF), held an all-hands call with Sailors at Naval Support Activity, Naples, Capodichino's base theater, July 29.
Donald Cook Returns to Rota after First FDNF Patrol
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, July 25, after completing her first patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
Allied Joint Force Command, Naples/U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Bids Farewell to Outgoing Commander, Welcomes New Leader
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson assumed command as Commander Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, relieving Adm. Bruce W. Clingan in a ceremony, July 22.
USS Ross begins First FDNF Patrol
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, July 18, to conduct naval operations in support of security and stability in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
USS Donald Cook Participates in SAREX
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) participated in a bilateral search and rescue exercise (SAREX) off the coast of Cyprus with search and rescue units and personnel from the Republic of Cyprus, July 16.
CNP Talks Stability and Service in Naples
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran, visited Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Italy, July 16, addressing base personnel on critical Navy topics including advancement, pay and uniform changes.
Mount Whitney Returns to Gaeta, Italy after Completing BALTOPS
GAETA, Italy (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Gaeta, Italy July 15, after completing Baltic Operations 2014 (BALTOPS) with its European counterparts.
USS Vella Gulf Departs Black Sea After Successful Engagements with Partners and Allies in the Region
AEGEAN SEA (NNS) -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea, July 14, after completing a round of engagements designed to strengthen ties with partners and allies in the Black Sea region.
USS Oscar Austin Participates in Royal Navy Exercise
USS OSCAR AUSTIN, At Sea (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) participated in a U.K.-led maritime exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, July 10.
Vella Gulf Completes Participation in Breeze 2014
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and other naval forces from Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Romania completed the at-sea portion of Exercise Breeze, July 11.
Marines, sailors partner with task force in Gabon
Marines and sailors from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 completed a partnership exercise in Gabon, June 28. The team of 15 Marines and sailors trained with their Gabonese counterparts from the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux and the Gabonese military and Gendarmerie to demonstrate tactics that could then be applied to

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Eleven countries participate in logistics conference
The United States and European nations alike face declining defense budgets and evolving strategic challenges. They will now more than ever need to rely on each other for assistance. Recently, eleven nations participated in a logistics conference hosted in Ljubljana, Slovenia to discuss and learn about the roles and methods of each country's

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
A Hero of Two Worlds Honored
Two hundred and thirty-eight years after America declared it'sindependence, the legacy for one of the country's earliest and greatestallies continues to be honored and celebrated.  French and American service members, dignitaries and societiesparticipated in an annual commemorative ceremony at the tomb of MajorGeneral Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de

Sun, 06 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Latvian introduction to FET concepts by U.S. Marines represents collective security in Europe
It started with a respect for cultural norms; since male servicemembers were prohibited from merely looking or talking to women in Iraq and Afghanistan, searching a Muslim woman at an entry-control point was not allowed and caused security concerns. The solution was the Lioness program, where all-female Marine teams deployed to implement

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Midshipmen go to Spain to train with the Marines
This past summer, four midshipmen left the pristine halls and classrooms of the U.S. Naval Academy and stepped into a new environment of rigorous training with the Marines.  Midshipmen Zachary Gawboy, Zachary Elsner, Lukas Alland, and Ryan Lewandowski from the U.S. Naval Academy all received the opportunity to train with U.S. Marines of

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:02:00 GMT
Marines climb to new heights in Spain
High above the forest floor, a platoon of infantry moves about the steep faces of the Spanish Pyrenees. Their military discipline contrasts the untamable wilderness like the frigid mountain air defies the expected scorching of June. The scene is picturesque. The task is daunting. Both were of little matter to the Americans and the Spanish as they

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:08:24 GMT
Teacher gives up classroom for dress blues
Many would say that being a teacher could be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding, yet hard and stressful jobs around. Corporal Joshua Braun, a ground radio technician with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, would agree.  Braun found himself in a non-traditional teaching role right after he graduated from Ashland University

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:11:00 GMT
American, Spanish Marines combine for amphibious training
Exhaustion had set in and the summer heat wore down their bodies, but the Marines knew that there was no choice but to accomplish the mission. Anything less was unacceptable – a failure not only to themselves but to their brethren, Spanish and American alike. That intensity was demonstrated when U.S. Marines from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:44:27 GMT
Marines, Georgians build interoperability during Agile Spirit 14 through live-fire training
Exercise Agile Spirit 14 started with a “bang” as Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force 14, from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, fired on various weapon ranges with soldiers of the Georgian Armed Forces in the Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, June 10-11, 2014. Agile Spirit 14 is an annually-scheduled bilateral engagement hosted by

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:56:00 GMT
Baseball game highlights Wounded Warriors, national team
Georgians and Americans alike gathered at Meskhi Stadium, located in the Vake district of Tbilisi, on May 31, to watch Marines from the U.S. Embassy in Georgia and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa’s Georgia Deployment Program play a friendly game against the Georgian National Baseball Team. The event was hosted by the U.S. Embassy and the

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT
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