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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New name, new mission for Army transition program
Helping retiring and separating Soldiers manage their transition back into civilian life is the Army Career Alumni Program's core mission, but this time it's the program itself, that's undergoing a major change.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Was ist los in Franken? July 25 through Aug. 1, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Retirement editorial by Maj. Gen. Richard C. Longo, U.S. Army Europe deputy commander
Editorial by Maj. Gen. Richard C. Longo, U.S. Army Europe deputy commander . The general is retiring July 22 after serving the Army for 34 years.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Cavoli takes reins of 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command
Brig. Gen. Christopher Cavoli accepted the transfer of command of the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command from Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt during a ceremony July 21.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Engineers march 100 miles in 4 days
15th Engineer Battalion Soldiers make friends while honoring World War II battlefields
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldiers fly high over Kosovo with SPIES training
Soldiers with 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, who comprise the Multinational Battle Group-East 's Forward Command Post, learned the intricacies of the Special Patrol Insertion and Extraction System, during a hands-on training event at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, July 18, 2014.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
173rd Airborne paratrooper awarded Army's Fire Support Soldier of the Month
If American paratroopers in Estonia need to call for mortar, artillery or close-air support, they may rest easy knowing one of the Army's finest fire support specialists resides in their ranks.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Where eagles dare: Estonian youth visit American paratroopers
The sounds of idle High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle engines, sloshing water buckets and barking orders subdued the normally serene parade grounds at Paldiski's military post.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Diligent junior-enlisted MP embodies Warrior Ethos, embraces all challenges
For Spc. Jeromy Sisk, a military police Soldier assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Provost Marshal's Office, every challenge that comes along is a new opportunity to train.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Volksfest returns to Grafenwoehr, Aug. 1-3
Smart festgoers use free shuttle bus to avoid traffic headaches
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
3rd AF commander visits RAF Mildenhall

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force commander, along with Chief Master Sgt. Mark Marson, 3rd Air Force command chief, visited RAF Mildenhall July 21 and 22, 2014, to meet with Team Mildenhall Airmen.

The general toured a variety of units, including the 100th Security Forces Squadron, 100th Maintenance Group and 351st Air Refueling Squadron.

Roberson's visit also included piloting a KC-135 Stratotanker during a refueling mission with F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, out of RAF Lakenheath, England. The 351st ARS showed him how they enable the global reach capabilities of the Air Force.
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:57:04 EST
SECAF discusses current, future challenges with 501st CSW

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, to learn more about the mission of the 501st Combat Support Wing and to discuss with Airmen the current state of the Air Force.

During her visit, James was able to meet with 501st CSW Airmen and see firsthand how their innovation and dedication powers the nation's only combat support wing.

"I have full confidence that the Airmen of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa are well positioned to be forward, ready, now," James said.
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:12:11 EST
Portrait of an active shooter

A thin sliver of light shone through the break between two heavy, dark curtains. No one saw, no one noticed the slight, almost imperceptible, movement of fabric.

Everyone's attention was focused at the base of the stage where Col. Douglas Mellars, 422nd Air Base Group commander, was briefing Airmen on changing the leadership culture on RAF Croughton, United Kingdom.

Behind the curtain, an eye peered out - scanning the crowd and silently waiting.

"You don't care. None of you care about me!"
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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:36:45 EST
U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Organizations, businesses and military forces from across the globe gathered in Farnborough, England, to celebrate 100 years of aviation at the Farnborough International Air Show July 14 -20, 2014. FIA is a biennial international trade show for the aerospace industry to demonstrate the latest in both civilian and military aircraft capabilities.

"Farnborough gives us the opportunity to showcase our military personnel, aircraft, and technology with our allies," said U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Pavich, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, FIA air boss. "The aircraft we have on display demonstrate our capability to accomplish the missions we may be called upon to execute."
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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:05:00 EST
Col. Robert Novotny takes command of Liberty Wing

Nearly 1,000 Airmen, dignitaries and distinguished visitors from the local area watched as Col. Robert Novotny took command of the 48th Fighter Wing from Col. Kyle Robinson July 21, 2014.

Before taking command of the Liberty Wing, Novotny served as the Chief of Staff for the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force and the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Deputy Commander for Air, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

During the ceremony in Hangar 7, Novotny said he was looking forward to working with 48th FW Airmen. About two years ago, when asked if he could choose anywhere to serve as a wing commander, his response - without hesitation - was Lakenheath.
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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:19:00 EST
Lajes Field supports B-2 refueling mission

A U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker departed from here, June 11, 2014. The Stratotanker refueled a pair of B-2 Spirits over the North Atlantic Ocean. The B-2's conducted training flights and regional familiarization in the U.S. European Command area of operations. The B-2 is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions.
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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:20:02 EST
494th FS supports Farnborough International Airshow

Celebrating 100 years of aviation history, U.S. military personnel from bases around Europe are participating in this year's biennial 2014 Farnborough International Airshow, which runs here, July 14-20.

Farnborough International Airshow is host to a trade exhibition for aviation and defense industries, as well as public airshow activities for general attendance, showcasing the latest military and civilian aviation capabilities.

U.S. participation in the show highlights the strong alliance with the U.K., while also supporting and protecting national security interests. One unit supporting this key mission is the 494th Fighter Squadron, assigned two hours away at Royal Air Force Lakenheath. The 494th FS' F-15E Strike Eagle, flown by Capt. Tom Meyers, pilot, and Maj. Claire Lundberg, weapons systems officer, travelled to FIA to make an appearance as a static display.
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Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:55:23 EST
 
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.
Vella Gulf Kicks Off Exercise Breeze
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf helped kick-off the at-sea phase of the Bulgarian-led maritime training exercise in the Black Sea, July 9.
 
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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