Archive for the ‘battlefield’ Category

Silver Star to Soldier, Medic, Woman

March 10, 2008
By Fisnik Abrashik, AP
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CAMP SALERNO, Afghanistan (March 9) – A 19-year-old medic from Texas will become the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest medal for valor.
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Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers after a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of Humvees in the eastern Paktia province in April 2007, the military said.
Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown

Rafiq Maqbool, AP

Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown will become the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second woman since World War II to receive the nation’s third-highest medal for valor.

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God Is On The Battlefield; Troops Have to Be Ready

March 10, 2008

By William Blazek 
Washington Post – Newsweek

Their sudden departure from this world reminds me to keep myself in right relationship with God….

You may want to say this prayer yourself, in case your chopper goes down tonight. Given the way the end surprised my men, I certainly will. Eternal rest give unto them, O
Lord….

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http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guest
voices/2008/03/preparing_for_the_end_death_
in.html

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter

Troop depression on rise in Afghanistan

March 6, 2008
By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer 

WASHINGTON – U.S. troop morale improved in Iraq last year, but soldiers fighting in Afghanistan suffered more depression as violence there worsened, an Army mental health report says.

And in a recurring theme for a force strained by its seventh year at war, the annual battlefield study found once again that soldiers on their third and fourth tours of duty had sharply greater rates of mental health problems than those on their first or second deployments, according to several officials familiar with the report.

All spoke on condition of anonymity to….

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080306/ap_on_go_
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