Browsing: Afghanistan

It’s well-known that President Obama is a hoops junkie, so it’s not a big surprise that he took full advantage of the TVs at Bagram to watch some March Madness while meeting with U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan. The Washington Post has video of Obama sneaking peaks at the games while at Bagram. Judging by his bracket picks, the CINC probably didn’t like what he saw.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MIZAN, Afghanistan -– Staff Sgt. Marshall Fitzgerald grew up in Hattiesburg, Miss., as a die hard New Orleans Saints fan. When the Saints finally marched into the Super Bowl, he was all set to watch quarterback Drew Brees pick apart Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts. One problem. He is stationed in Afghanistan. FOB Bullard in the Zabul Province had a TV with Armed Forces Network, but the night of the Super Bowl a blizzard cut out the signal. Panic set in. He raced to the computer in his room and had his wife set up the web cam…

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MIZAN, Afghanistan -– March Madness has come to Afghanistan’s Zabul province. Afghan Capt. Hamza Jawid got a quick lesson on American culture Monday from 1st Lt. Sean Snook. The LT explained the phenomenon of March Madness to the Afghan captain over lunch after the town’s shura. Staring at the 24-year-old U.S. officer with a confused look, Jawid had trouble understanding why Americans would subject themselves to madness for fun. Grabbing his head, Snook tried to tell the captain it was a good madness. Spending this season cheering for the streaky shooting Maryland guard Grevis Vasquez, I could…

Inspired by the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada, deployed service members in Iraq and Afghanistan held their own athletic competitions. At COB Speicher in Iraq, U.S. Division North held a “biathlon” for 40 soldiers, one sailor and one  airman. The event had them run 3.7 miles out to a firing range where they had to shoot for score and then the same distance back to the finish line at COB Speicher. They were scored by a combination of run-time and their shooting score. The event was won by: • Spc. Douglas Long (US), Male Winner, 2/25th AVN Bn., 25th ID…

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