Acting Secretary of the Army Les Brownlee visited senior U.S. civilian and military leaders in Afghanistan, 20-21 March 2004, as part of his Southeast Asia military tour. More than 75 percent of the 11,500 US service members deployed throughout Afghanistan are US Soldiers. Brownlee took a quick helicopter flight to Bagram Air Base to meet with Maj. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of Coalition Joint Task Force 180, for a mission briefing; and another flight downrange to visit 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment Soldiers at Camp Albert in Ghazni.
This report appears to have been in error, since all other sources confirm that Camp Albert is located on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. It is home for soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division, deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as of October 2004.
On November 20, 2006 20 Afghan aviators underwent the same intensive medical examination applied to American aviators. The Afgans gave blood underwent x-rays and electrocardiograms and were given eye exams. Of the 20 men tested only three were disqualified for medical reasons and the others were sent to Fort Bliss, Texas for increased training and preparation.
On September 15, 2008 soldiers from the Headquarters company of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade were prepping and inspecting their equipment anticipating the return home. It's an involved process that requires soldiers to first empty and clean the various storage containers, lay out their equipment on tarps so as not to get dirt mixed in with the now clean containers and then begin to pack everything up. The military takes equipment loss very seriously so everything must be checked and rechecked before departure.
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