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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Michigan's 46th MP Company takes part in State Partnership Exercise with Latvian Zemmessardze
The Michigan Army National Guard's 46th Military Police Company recently took part in Winds of Change, a joint State Partnership Exercise with Latvian Zemessardze (National Guard) units in Riga.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Suicide prevention embraces overall wellness
FMWR employees connect during dynamic Suicide Stand Down Day
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Schweinfurt's Army garrison closes chapter of nearly 70 years of German-American history
Nearly seven decades of U.S. Army presence in the Lower Franconia town of Schweinfurt concluded during a garrison closure ceremony Sept. 19, 2014.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Hundreds help raise awareness for suicide prevention at 3k walk/run
More than 600 Soldiers, Family members and civilians turned out Sept. 24 at Urlas Housing to show their support during the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 3-kilometer Walk/Run.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Was ist los in Franken? Sept. 24 through 30, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
The softer side of Garmisch
Travelers can take it easy in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Info Expo exposes community highlights
On and off-post organizations share their wares with USAG Bavaria
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Local nonprofits toil for the troops
On-post foundations use their private status to support units and families
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Flying our flags proudly
Students at VES learn U.S. and German flag etiquette from JROTC
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
'Spiritual fitness can help lighten your load'
WIESBADEN, Germany - Instead of hitting the road, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Soldiers hit their knees (so to speak) to work out another aspect of fitness Sept. 12. During a time usually designated as physical training, Soldiers gathered to hear inspirational words and song at a quarterly Prayer Breakfast assembly in the Community Activity Center to bolster spiritual fitness.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
Liberty Airmen present flags at Wembley Stadium

Underneath the lights at Wembley Stadium in London, approximately 100 48th Fighter Wing Airmen proudly held the flags of both the United States and the United Kingdom on Sept. 28 to kickoff the first of three international series football games this season.

The first 2014 NFL game at Wembley Stadium featured the Miami Dolphins against the Oakland Raiders. The Airmen, who work in various 48th FW units, took to the field, presenting large U.S. and U.K. flags. This not only showed the NFL's presence in London, but also the continued cooperation between U.S. visiting forces and their U.K. hosts.
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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:26:53 EST
100th LRS Airman 'pools' resources, ideas to save environment

The 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels flight has a very dangerous job involving a flammable substance -- fuel. They ensure it's safely transported to aircraft and certain government-owned vehicles.

Second Lt. Evan Tilton from Shawnee, Oklahoma, is the 100th LRS Fuels Flight commander and his flight are responsible for a vital task -- getting fuel to the aircraft, without which, they couldn't fly their missions.

"We're responsible for approximately 4 million gallons of Jet Propellant 8 that we supply to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, 352nd Special Operations Group, the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron and any transient aircraft," Tilton explained.
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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:08:26 EST
Storm blows through Incirlik

Two severe weather storm cells collided over Adana, Turkey Sept. 27 and forced a wall of wind across the base here, leaving tons of debris in its wake.

The storm brought heavy rain and gale-force winds which up-rooted trees from the ground, aluminum siding from structures and left debris covering portions of the base. The peak wind was estimated to be 72 mph at approximately 4:30 p.m.

"The 39th Civil Engineer Squadron responded to the clean-up project immediately after the storm had hit," said Capt. Thomas Sena, 39th CES quality assurance flight commander.
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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:48:49 EST
Innovation by air traffic control tower team saves money

Coming together is something the Air Force takes pride in. Especially, when coming together promotes innovation and saves money. The Lajes Field air traffic control tower did just that when a new radar was installed in December of 2013. With that new radar, the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System or STARS would be coming too. And for that update, things would need to be changed.

"We looked at how much it will be to purchase, install and get this room set up appropriately," said Tech. Sgt. Ryan Headrick, 65th Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of airfield automation.
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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:47:00 EST
100th LRS commander's secretary gives insight into role

"It's always stressful to start a new job," said Monika Skor, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander's secretary from Kysucke Nove Mesto, Slovakia.

For Skor, this is her first job working on a military installation, and English is not her native tongue.

"This is my second language, and the military vocabulary seems to be unlike any other," she laughed. "They use many acronyms. Plus, American-English is a bit different to British-English, especially the accent. The language is for me the most challenging aspect of the job."
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Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:35:04 EST
A 'Day in the Life' at the largest U.S. Air Base in Europe

With 680,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen on duty around the globe today delivering speed, range, flexibility, precision and payloads, effectively showing others what that looks like can be a challenge.

To deliver on this challenge, the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, spent months of pre-planning, coordination and post-production efforts to create a multimedia project titled, "Day in the Life of the 86th Airlift Wing" showing how the wing supports multiple Air Force, joint and international missions daily.
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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:26:00 EST
Space, the final frontier: RAF Alconbury hosts video conference with NASA astronaut

From education and training to future missions to Mars and even possible contact with extraterrestrials, students from the elementary, middle and high schools at RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom, asked questions and chatted with a NASA astronaut during a virtual conference, Sept. 23.

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Hopkins joined up with students, parents and teachers for an in-depth look at what life in space is really like, as well as what it takes to be an astronaut.

"It's really a pleasure to talk with you all today," Hopkins said via webcam from Johnson Space Center, Houston. "There are just so many great stories about spaceflight. I'm honored I get to share some with you."
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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:35:14 EST
 
USS James E. Williams Arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius, for a port visit Sept. 29.
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.
 
Ebola: AFL, US enablers key in Liberia's fight against virus
A U.S. military contingent led by Marines are assisting the Armed Forces of Liberia to handle humanitarian and security crises.  Since 2009, U.S. Marines, leading a joint force from U.S. Africa Command, have partnered with the AFL and other West African forces as part of Operation Onward Liberty.   "The AFL has steadily grown in both capability and

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


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


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


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:10:43 GMT
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
BSRF-14 Marines fight to complete non-lethal weapons training
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania - Marines and Sailors of Black Sea Rotational Force 14 completed a non-lethal weapons training course Sept. 3-9 on Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania.  The course began with level one exposure to Oleoresin Capsicum spray and a short martial arts course directly after. The service members lined up to receive


Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:00:00 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
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