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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173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers air assault through mock village during Saber Junction 14
After walking about three kilometers through forests, paratroopers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, made their way from the air assault infiltration location to conduct a deliberate attack on the military operations on an urban terrain site known as Haaslat Village, at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Aug. 28, 2014.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe commander visits exercise Immediate Response 14
The Commander of the U.S. Army forces in Europe visited the exercise Immediate Response 14 field training site during distinguished visitor's day at Pocek, Slovenia, Aug. 27, 2014.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Estonian Soldiers face U.S. opposition forces during Saber Junction 14
Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry, acting as the opposition force, put the Estonian army Scout Battalion straight into their cross hairs, during exercise Saber Junction 14, at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Aug. 27, 2014.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe welcomes Bundeswehr officer as its first German chief of staff
U.S. Army Europe welcomed the Bundeswehr's Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal as the storied unit's new chief of staff during a ceremony on Wiesbaden's Clay Kaserne Aug. 28.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe Soldiers, officers to compete for title of USAREUR's best for 2014
WIESBADEN, Germany -- Thirty top Soldiers, NCOs and junior officers from U.S. Army Europe's major subordinate units will compete in USAREUR's 2014 Best Warrior Competition and Best Junior Officer Competition at the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Sept. 14-19.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
MPs, Polizei train together to take down 'active shooters'
WIESBADEN, Germany- Pop pop. The sound of gunshot echoes up the stairs. The smell of gunpowder wafts through the air. "You're all going to die," screams an unidentified man. The team of four police move swiftly forward as a unit, crouched and clutching each others' vests. "Police," one yells. "We're coming." Turning the corner, they face the shooter and with four against one, he drops his weapon. He's handcuffed, and the danger is gone.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Darby Military Community hosts IMCOM Europe's 25th Anniversary BOSS Games
Nine Better Opportunity for Single Soldier teams representing seven U.S. Army garrisons in Europe arrived at Darby Military Community Aug. 8, hoping to bring home the gold medal.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Immediate Response 14 tests U.S., multi-national EOD, medical skills
U.S. service members and multi-national soldiers took the lessons learned from the classroom to respond to disasters in the field as day one of exercise Immediate Response 14 FTX began, Aug. 25, 2014, at Postojna, Slovenia.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe conducts exercise Saber Junction
Exercise Saber Junction, one of U.S. Army Europe's premier training events, is scheduled to run from Aug. 25, through Sept. 11, 2014, at several locations throughout Europe.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Community Showcase, back-to-school run
U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach held its annual Community Showcase Aug. 23, 2014 at Urlas Housing.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
COMUSAFE talks headquarters reductions

In line with the Secretary of Defense's direction to cut 20 percent of Air Force headquarters budget, and with the creation of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa has lost approximately 346 positions from its unit manning document.

Gen. Frank Gorenc discussed these reductions during a USAFE-AFAFRICA commander's call, Aug 29.

Approximately 226 positions will be reduced to support establishment of the AFIMSC, and 10 positions will be reduced to support additional workload consolidation to Air Force Personnel Command. Roughly 110 positions have been eliminated for the required headquarters reduction, and some of these positions are not currently filled.
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Tue, 2 Sep 2014 02:50:00 EST
65th Air Base Wing provides world class support

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys arrive Aug. 26, 2014, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. The MV-22Bs are assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron One, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. The MV-22Bs and Marines assigned to HMX-1 provide Presidential and VIP support in addition to their primary role as the Operational Test and Evaluation unit for Marine assault support helicopters and related equipment. The 65th Operations Support Squadron enables expeditionary forces by providing world-class air traffic control, airfield management, transient aircraft maintenance services, aerospace ground equipment, non-destructive testing, sheet metal fabrication, and weather support to U.S. and allied forces transiting the Atlantic or conducting contingency operations from Lajes Field.
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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:03:01 EST
Eagles complete deployment to Bulgaria

It takes a network of Airmen from across the Air Force to get missions flying every day. Thracian Eagle 2014 was no exception.

With more than 180 personnel from across U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, the flying training deployment to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, was successful at familiarizing Airmen on how to get operations going, away from their home station.

"Times like these are what we train for," said Senior Airman Najee Jarrett, 493rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. "To know what different types of carts and components to take with us, such as Colemans and fuel trucks. It's all about knowing what exactly we are going to need to complete daily operations."
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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:04:52 EST
One stop medical shop

An independent duty medical technician is exactly that, they are the nurses and technicians that go out on temporary duty or deployments to take care of Airmen and ensure they are healthy and mission capable.

"We are one of the Air Force medical service's greatest tools," said Staff Sgt. Tamara Cummings, 493rd Fighter Squadron IDMT. "We can be sent anywhere and can do the job of about five to six people. We have the ability to prescribe medication if needed, take vital signs and do inspections of any services our Airmen may use."
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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:25:11 EST
Daily operations at Thracian Eagle 2014


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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:41:54 EST
Greek, US training ends with strengthened bonds

The two-week bilateral training between the Hellenic and U.S. air forces ended Aug. 23.

As the U.S. service members departed for their home station at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, the pilots reflected on the outcome of this peacetime training event.

"The Hellenic air force and the U.S. Air Force have their own way of doing business, and we are good at it," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Berkland, 480th Fighter Squadron commander. "But when you combine their air force with the way our air force operates, there are some limitations. Every day we get better at that interoperability piece, and both sides have seen significant improvements in our performance."
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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:15:38 EST
494th FS returns from Red Flag


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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:55:49 EST
 
EODMU 8, VP-4 Participating in Exercise Northern Coasts
BALTIC SEA (NNS) -- Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8, based at Naval Station Rota, Spain, and Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, based at Naval Air Station Sigonella, are participating in Exercise Northern Coasts 2014 (NOCO 14), beginning Aug. 29.
Five Things You Need to Know about Vella Gulf's Time in the Black Sea
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea Aug. 26, after a series of engagements in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Here are five things you need to know about Vella Gulf's time in the Black Sea:
USS Vella Gulf Departs Black Sea
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea after a series of engagements promoting peace and stability in the region, Aug. 26.
USS Vella Gulf Completes Port Visit to Batumi, Georgia
BATUMI, Georgia (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) completed a two day port visit to Batumi, Georgia, Aug. 20.
USS Vella Gulf Arrives in Batumi, Georgia
BATUMI, Georgia (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Batumi, Georgia, for a scheduled port visit, Aug. 18.
USS Mount Whitney Departs Theoule-Sur-Mer After Operation Dragoon Commemoration Events
THEOULE-SUR-MER, France (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed Theoule-Sur-Mer, France, after concluding a four-day port visit, Aug. 17.
US Navy Joins with French Ally to Commemorate Liberation of Southern France
DRAGUIGNAN, France (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson, participated in a remembrance ceremony at the Rhone American Cemetery, Aug. 16.
Mount Whitney Arrives in Southern France to Commemorate World War II Liberation
THEOULE-SUR-MER, France (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Theoule-sur-Mer, France, to participate in commemorative events paying tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion that led to the liberation of Southern France during World War II, Aug. 13.
Vella Gulf Arrives in Romania
CONSTANTA, Romania (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Aug 11.
Vella Gulf Conducts Exercise with Turkish Navy
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) conducted a division tactics exercise with the Turkish navy fast attack craft TCG Tuzla (P 1200) in the Black Sea, Aug. 8.
 
US Marines to Modernize Equipment Stored in Norwegian Prepositioning Caves
U.S. Marines, in coordination with the Norwegian military, are scheduled to conduct a pre-planned Single Ship Movement and offload of military equipment from a Maritime Prepositioning Force ship in the Trøndelag region of Norway mid-August.  The equipment will significantly enhance the readiness of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway by


Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:35:00 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 participates in National Night Out
Marines and sailors with the second iteration of Special Purpose Marine Air Groud Task Force Africa 14 participated in the 34th annual National Night Out event at Marinai Base Housing, Aug. 5, 2014.  “National Night Out was designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen


Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Transfer of Authority of SP-MAGTF Crisis Response from 8th Marines to 26th MEU
Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF Crisis Response) held a Transfer of Authority ceremony Aug. 4, 2014, aboard Morón Air Base, Spain, where 8th Marine Regiment formally passed command of SP-MAGTF Crisis Response to 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The ceremony was attended by senior U.S.


Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
U.S. Marines enhance Non-Lethal Systems to Support Future Overseas Peacekeeping Events
The Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina worked in conjunction with Marines from the Black Sea Rotational Force at a non-lethal systems familiarization exercise in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to support future overseas peacekeeping events, July 22.  The exercise consisted of baton and riot control techniques, live fire of less-lethal crowd


Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:21:00 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa helps out local community
Approximately 20 Marines and Sailors with the second iteration of SP-MAGTF Africa 14 partnered with Sailors aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Catania locals, and local dignitaries. The service members cleaned and rearranged items inside the Ursino Castle, which is located in the heart of downtown Catania, Italy, July 24. The Ursino Castle was


Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Marines secure departure of Tripoli Embassy personnel
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the Marines and Sailors of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR) provided support to a military assisted departure of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. A combination of ground and aviation forces were used by the Marines to assist in the departure of the U.S. civilian personnel


Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
First Platinum Wolf exercise comes to a close
After approximately two weeks of multinational, integrated military training, exercise Platinum Wolf 14 officially concluded July 11, 2014. The exercise instilled a meaningful experience in the participating service members allowing them to train together with multiple partners and allies in the region. This is the first iteration of the Platinum


Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
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
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