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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Senior U.S., European land forces leaders meet to discuss security, interoperability
Senior land forces commanders from 38 European partner nations, the U.S. and Canada convened in Wiesbaden, Germany, Sept. 15, 2014, to discuss the future of cooperative European security, during the 22nd Annual Conference of European Armies.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
USAG Bamberg closes after 69 years of US Army presence
After nearly 70 years of American Soldiers in Bamberg, Germany, the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg colors were cased and the American flag was lowered for the final time Sept. 12, 2014.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe Soldiers drive to prove warrior skills
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- As Soldiers push through the 2014 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior and Best Junior Officer Competitions here this week, certain events are proving to be more challenging than others. Over the course of the five-day competition, USAREUR's top Soldiers are confronting more than 30 tests of physical, mental and emotional strength and endurance.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior, Junior Officer Competitions combine challenge, teamwork
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Participants from units throughout U.S. Army Europe are running, shooting, marching, inspecting, climbing, mapping, maintaining, writing, navigating, planning, carrying and bandaging their way through more than 30 Soldier tasks in hopes of being named one of USAREUR's Best Warriors or the Best Junior Officer for 2014.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
US delivers upgraded school in Kosovo
More than 900 students and 50 faculty members in a formerly strife-torn region of Kosovo returned to a fully revamped school this fall, thanks to a collaborative humanitarian-assistance project by U.S. partner agencies. Representatives from U.S. Embassy Pristina, the Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. European Command and Kosovo's Ministry of Education joined city leaders Sept. 9 in Mitrovica for the reopening of Musa Hoti Primary School.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Was ist los in Franken? Sept. 17 through 24, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Rapid Trident 2014 begins in Ukraine
Soldiers from 15 nations began two weeks of collective training, with a ceremony Sept. 15, 2014, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine, to mark the official start of Rapid Trident 2014.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
4th IBCT color guard represents 'Big Red One' in Belgium for World War II commemoration
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division's, color guard are in Belgium to participate in numerous military ceremonies that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country's liberation by Allied Forces during World War II.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldiers medal in swimming at Invictus Games
On the last day of the inaugural Invictus Games, several current, retired and former Soldiers captured medals during the swimming events in London, Sept. 14, 2014.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
PCSing to Vicenza, Italy? Inconvenience claims can compensate for vehicle shipment delays
Joining the Vicenza Military Community, as a Soldier or Department of the Army civilian, can be one of the most rewarding assignments you will have in your career. However, PCSing overseas is not without unique challenges, and shipping your vehicle can be one of them.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
The mark of a leader: Aviano discusses 'servant leadership'

Commanders, officers, chiefs and first sergeants came together for a leadership development seminar, Sept. 15, as part of a 3-hour lecture on servant leadership.

Taught by internationally recognized author, James Hunter, the seminar focused on practices and principles that encompass what it means to lead by the "neck up."

"The whole challenge of leadership is if you can get people from the neck up; can you get the hearts, minds, spirits, creativity and excellence of those around you," said Hunter. "That's what leadership is all about, if you can develop the skill to inspire and influence people to excellence."
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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:24:23 EST
SACEUR dedicates new NIFC building

During a ceremony at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, Sept. 3, U.S. Air Force Gen. Phillip M. Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, unveiled the dedication plaque for the new NATO Intelligence Fusion Centre.  

Established October 2006, the NIFC functions as a multi-national intelligence organization, made up of 26 NATO nations and one non-NATO nation, which supports operations across three continents.  

Breedlove recognized the invaluable and tailored intelligence services NIFC provides.  
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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:52:50 EST
100th LRS family runs cohesive support system

Every commander needs a good support system. The 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, Maj. Michael Boswell has a valuable team at his side.

Overseeing the team is Master Sgt. Vivian Lewis, 100th LRS commander's support staff section chief from Vancouver, Washington.

"Basically, I oversee the commander's support staff programs that the 100th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section has delegated down to the units. These include programs such as enlisted performance reports and decorations," Lewis explained.

Lewis is not alone tracking more than 300 personnel in the squadron. She is as
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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:45:57 EST

New program offers Lajes Airmen skills to grow relationships

Separation. Miles away and across an ocean. This is the reality for Airmen coming to Lajes Field. The separation is from those they care about, those individuals that they have a relationship with, whether it is a spouse, friends or family.

There is something that bridges this vast gap caused by the ocean, and that is technology. Airmen can be face-to-face with their loved ones in real time, thanks to technology. The same technology helps people find someone they may never have met before and start a relationship that would never had happened if not for technology.
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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:28:48 EST
Fast like a Barracuda

In 1973, the Lakenheath Barracudas swim team was born and began using their fins to swim around Europe pool by pool.

The European Forces Swim League is comprised of British and American communities throughout the European region, who compete against other teams who are a part of the EFSL. One of these teams is the Lakenheath Barracudas.

"Our youngest swimmer is 7, and [they age] all the way to 19," said Sharon Yancey, Lakenheath Barracudas Swim Club president.

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:54:14 EST
Airmen remember 9/11, remain resilient

On Sept. 11, the 86th Airlift Wing participated in a Resilience Day to build camaraderie between units.

The event was executed in a sports day fashion which included tricycle races, a hula-hoop contest and volleyball, basketball, bowling and dodgeball tournaments.

Jan Devitt, 86th AW community support coordinator, said having the opportunity to get out of the office, get some exercise and meet new people has been well received by Airmen with each Resilience Day.

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:45:44 EST
New 3rd Air Force commander talks priorities, shares experiences

Lt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, outlined his priorities, challenges, leadership philosophy and personal experiences during an interview here Sept. 2.

Roberson indicated that he has three top priorities: motivational mission accomplishment, compassionate care of our Airmen and families, and the constant drive to improve and innovate.

"I use 'motivational and compassionate' because it's more than just mission accomplishment and it's more than just taking care of our Airmen," Roberson said. "I'm a believer that if you take care of the Airmen and the families, they will willingly take care of the mission. In regards to 'improve and innovate,' it's our Airmen out there who are figuring out better ways to do things on a day-to-day basis. That's so critical with the challenges we face today including sequestration, reduced funding and reduced manpower; our mission remains and we can't accomplish our mission w
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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:16:55 EST
 
FAST Company and CTF 68 Conduct Contingency Response Training Exercise
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Sailors from Commander, Naval Expeditionary Task Force Europe and Africa (CTF 68) joined with Marines from Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company Europe and Africa Sept. 18 for a contingency response training exercise.
APS Annual Planning Conference Concludes
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe and the U.S. concluded the Africa Partnership Station (APS) Annual Planning Conference, Sept. 17.
USS Ross, USS Cole Arrive in Israel
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived today in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit. USS Cole (DDG 67) arrived in port, Sept. 14.
Maritime Professionals Gather in Naples for APS Annual Planning Conference
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe, and the U.S. began a three-day conference aimed to enhance collaborative efforts to achieve maritime security in Africa, Sept. 15.
USS Ross to Exit Black Sea
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transited the Bosphorus Strait departing the Black Sea, Sept. 12, after conducting a series of engagements designed to promote peace and stability in the region.
Eurasia Partnership Non-Commissioned Officer Development Course Concludes in Naples, Italy
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Senior Non-Commissioned Officers from the U.S. Navy with allied and partner nations in Eastern Europe concluded the Eurasian Partnership Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Development Training workshop at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Sept. 11.
USS Ross Hosts Exercise Sea Breeze 2014 Opening Ceremony
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) hosted the opening ceremony of Exercise Sea Breaze 2014, a multinational maritime exercise in the Black Sea, Sept. 8.
USS Ross Arrives in Romania
CONSTANTA, Romania (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 5.
USS Ross to Enter Black Sea
TURKISH STRAITS (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) will enter the Black Sea to promote peace and stability in the region, Sept. 3.
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.
 
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
New York Sailor returns from training in Burundi
Petty Officer 1st Class Mazamesso Solitoki, a corpsman with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, and native of New York, N.Y., recently returned from a theater security cooperation mission in Burundi. Solitoki was part of a small team of Marines and Sailors who trained and advised the Burundi National Defense Force in logistics


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:10:14 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 attends local play, breaks bread with locals
After conducting two successful community relations projects in Vizzini, Sicily, the Marines and Sailors of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa, along with other local volunteers, were able to sit back and enjoy a play which was originally set at Cunziria, a district of Vizzini, Sept. 7. “Cunziria” or tannery dates back to Roman


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:08:58 GMT
Commandant, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visits SP-MAGTF Africa
The 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett visit here, Sept. 3, to meet the Marines, Sailors and Coastguardsmen of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14. During the visit, Amos and Barrett walked through individual work sections at SP-MAGTF Africa to meet


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:08:21 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 Marines, Coastguardsmen, Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos train-the-trainer
Security Cooperation Team- 1, with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, departed Naval Air Station Sigonella for an upcoming train-the-trainer theater security cooperation engagement in Toubacouta, Senegal, during September. The team will train and advise their counterpart cadre, the Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 Marines, Coastguardsmen work together
Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 have teamed with the U.S. Coast Guard for upcoming Theater Security Cooperation engagements in Africa. SP-MAGTF Africa formed in October 2011, and is sourced by rotating forces. The current iteration is sourced from units across II Marine Expeditionary Force primarily Combat


Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 service members train for upcoming TSC engagements
When conducting boat exercises, the potential for capsizing is prevalent. If a situation arises on a deployment in a maritime domain, service members must know what actions to take to ensure the safety of all personnel. U.S. Marines and British Royal Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 conducted small-craft capsize


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Black Sea Rotational Force 14 kicks off with ceremony
Elements of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines and 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, as well as members of the Romanian Armed Forces, attended the closing ceremony for  the second iteration of Black Sea Rotational Force 14 and the opening  of the new iteration, Aug. 21 at Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania. The second iteration of BSRF-14 began in February 2014 with


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
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
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