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Marine Raiders conduct 10-Day training exercise: RAVEN

Marine Raiders conduct a 10-day readiness exercise referred to as RAVEN, to enhance their readiness for worldwide deployment in support of global contingencies. During the exercise, the Critical Skills Operators and Special Operations Officers trained with conventional Marine Corps forces, and participated in a range of realistic military training including Direct Action, Special Reconnaissance, Preparation of the Environment, Security Force Assistance, Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, and Foreign Internal Defense.

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22 September 2010
Panjwa’i District, Afghanistan

Soldiers from Oscar Company, 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, take a moment to rest in their established leaguer in the Panjwa’i district of Kandahar province.

In close cooperation with Afghan National Security Force, 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group provides security by conducting counter-insurgency operations throughout Panjwa’i district located south-west of Kandahar City. The Battle Group conducts partnered operations with the 2nd Kandak of the 1st Brigade, 205 Corps of the Afghan National army, Afghan National Police and the Panjwa’i district Governor in order to advance governance, reconstruction and security in the area.

Operation ATHENA is Canada’s participation in the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan. Focused on Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan since the fall of 2005, Op ATHENA has one over-arching objective: to leave Afghanistan to Afghans, in a country that is better governed, more peaceful and more secure.

Photo: Corporal Shilo Adamson, Canadian Forces Combat Camera
© 2010 DND-MDN Canada

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Able, ready and willing.

U.S. soldiers of Able Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team secure the uppermost floor of a building during a mission rehearsal exercise (MRE) at a Bundeswehr training area in Oberviechtach, Germany. The MRE was conducted at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Commands Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas in order to prepare the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade to deploy to Afghanistan to provide medical evacuation and combat support to the NATO International Security Assistance Force mission.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Bryan Rankin, 20 MAR 2014.)

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command personnel with 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion conduct Direct Action training Oct. 25, 2014, here, during RAVEN 15-01, a 10-day exercise to enhance readiness for worldwide deployment in support of global contingencies. During the exercise, the Marines participated in a range of training including Direct Action, Special Reconnaissance, Security Force Assistance, Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, and Foreign Internal Defense. (Official Marine Corps photo by Capt. Barry Morris/released)

The U.S. has officially ended the war in Afghanistan 

After 13 years of conflict, the United States and NATO have officially ended their war in Afghanistan Sunday by way of a symbolic ceremony at their joint military headquarters in Kabul. The Associated Press reports that Gen. John Campbell, commander of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), rolled up the white and green ISAF flag and put in its place the new flag for the upcoming mission called Resolute Support.

The new mission will focus on a supporting role led by 13,500 troops — roughly 11,000 of which will be American — to begin Jan. 1, 2015 and “serve as the bedrock of an enduring partnership” between NATO and Afghanistan, Campbell told a room of reporters and diplomats. Resolute Support will be tasked with training and supporting Afghanistan’s military as the country pushes to make the final transition out of the war that’s occupied the country for the past 13 years.

Road trip…

A German soldier holds his weapon as he rides an amoured vehicle on June 3, 2010 in Shir Khan, Afghanistan. Germany has more than 4,500 military forces in Afghanistan as part of the US-led International Security Assistance Force. Amid growing public resentment towards the prolonged mission in Afghanistan, the German parliament, the Bundestag, voted in February for extension of Germany’s military mission in Afghanistan and the deployment of additional 859 troops. (Miguel Villagran/Getty Images AsiaPac)

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SOTG - 

Australia’s military contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan is deployed under Operation SLIPPER. There are approximately 400 Australian Defence Force personnel deployed within Afghanistan.

SOTG cooperates with and / or is supported by various services, units and commands from Australian Defence Force and Government (including ASIS). In Afghanistan, SOTG personnel have been supported by elements of the Australian Army and Air Force, including RAAF Combat Control Teams, which are Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) qualified.

After more than 12 years, Canada’s military in Afghanistan has come to an end. In a flag lowering ceremony on March 12 at International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul, the largest deployment of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel since the Second World War has drawn to an end.

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Joint Training

Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room falling on to Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team Training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center. The U.S. and multinational troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan starting in Establishing and Maintaining a safe and secure environment. (Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker)

Kabul, Afghanistan: a Royal Canadian Regiment captain giving a threat briefing to Canadian soldiers on their arrival for service with the International Security Assistance Force, August 2003.

Smoke gets in your eyes.

U.S. soldiers of Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support), 12th Combat Aviation Brigade conduct training drills on how to exit a downed aircraft during a mission rehearsal exercise (MRE) at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. The MRE was conducted at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Commands Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas in order to prepare subordinate battalions of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade to deploy to Afghanistan to provide medical evacuation and combat support to the NATO International Security Assistance Force mission.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin De Hoyos, 13 MAR 2014.)