Phillip Walter Wellman

Seguin assumes command of US, NATO air forces in Afghanistan

Seguin took over command of the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force and NATO Air Command from Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker.


Air Force pararescuemen join Army aircraft and air crew for one-of-a-kind squadron

The CH-47 is an Army helicopter, but because it suits the mountainous region of northern Afghanistan, it’s being used by the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron — making it the first-ever joint-personnel rescue squadron comprised of Army aircraft and air crew, and Air Force pararescue specialists.

Suicide bomber kills dozens in Kabul, ISIS claims responsibility

A suicide bomber killed at least 57 people at a voter registration center in Western Kabul on Sunday, officials said, the latest in a string of attacks seeking to curtail the county’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

US drops more bombs in Afghanistan than Iraq and Syria for first time in 4 years

The United States dropped more bombs and other munitions in Afghanistan last month than it did on Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria for the first time since the anti-ISIS campaign began in 2014.

US and Afghan SOF kill more than 20 ISIS militants in northern Afghanistan

A nighttime raid on Wednesday in Jowzjan province’s Darzab district killed 22 fighters. The action came less than a week after a U.S. airstrike killed the group’s emir for northern Afghanistan, Qari Hekmatullah, in the same district.

UN counts near-record number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan

Civilian casualties have been on the rise since international forces ended combat operations in 2014. This year’s first-quarter numbers are comparable to those of 2016 and 2017.

Wounded war fighters show resilience, get closure in return visit to Afghanistan

The Proper Exit initiative brings post-9/11 combat veterans and families of fallen servicemembers to the theater to get closure from their experiences and to exchange stories with troops currently deployed.

Meteorologists help keep military aircraft flying in 'one of the hardest places on the planet to forecast'

The work of weather forecasters is vital for ensuring the safety of aircrew and military assets in Afghanistan. To keep up with the demand for air support, a meteorological team of four airmen work 24 hours a day to ensure aircrews have the most up-to-date weather information.

Bagram World Cup boosts morale at largest US military base in Afghanistan

The soccer tournament — modeled on the International Federation of Association Football’s every four-year contest — pits teams of different nationalities against each other, providing needed escapism for deployed players and spectators.

US sanctions on Russia mean Afghan air force must get its new Black Hawks ready

The Afghan air force is trying to get up to speed on its newly delivered Black Hawks because sanctions against Russia mean the Afghans can't get spare parts to keep their Russian-built helicopters flying.

US advisers: Training Afghan aircraft mechanics vital to country's military independence

If there’s an insufficient number of trained Afghan maintainers, damaged aircraft have to be destroyed on the battlefield, officials said. U.S. advisers acknowledge that Afghan self-sufficiency is still years away.

Afghan officials: Insurgents take over district in west

The Taliban captured a district in western Farah province on Monday, local officials said.

2 Australian contractors among dozens wounded in Kabul blast

Two Australian security contractors were wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Friday, killing a child and injuring nearly two dozen Afghan civilians, officials said Saturday.

Suspected German national caught with Taliban in Helmand province

A man believed to be a German national is being questioned at Kandahar Air Field after being caught with a group of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s restive southern Helmand province, officials said Thursday.

Ghani reiterates call for Taliban to join peace talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged the Taliban on Wednesday to join peace talks aimed at ending the 16-year war, offering the guerrillas in return a cease-fire and the release of incarcerated insurgents.

First troops among new front-line adviser brigade arrive in Afghanistan

The 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade, which will be closer to the front lines of the war than most U.S. troops have been in years, is a key component of the Trump administration’s strategy for ending a stalemate with the Taliban.

Rights group calls for probe of alleged executions by Afghan forces

Human Rights Watch said at least 20 civilians were killed by Afghan security forces during a joint operation with U.S. forces. A spokesman for the U.S. military in Kabul said those killed in the operation were identified as Taliban fighters.

UN report: Fighting left more than 10,000 Afghan civilians dead or injured in 2017

The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan was down last year, but the number of deaths from airstrikes was up, according to a United Nations report.


Air Force veteran shoos away birds to help US’s Afghan mission

When Paul Edlund, a wildlife biologist with the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, spots birds near the flight line he has several pyrotechnic noisemakers at his disposal to scare them away. As a biologist, he's also able to modify base habitats to make them less attractive to birds, providing a more enduring solution to bird strikes.


US expands air campaign to northern Afghanistan

The U.S. has launched a series of airstrikes in northern Afghanistan to destroy Taliban training facilities, support networks and revenue sources. “The Taliban have nowhere to hide,” Gen. John Nicholson, the U.S.’s top commander in Afghanistan, said in Tuesday’s statement.

Thrilling Super Bowl worth the early rise for servicemembers in Afghanistan

The dining hall at NATO’s Resolute Support headquarters served as the backdrop for the gridiron action.

Baltimore Ravens squad brings cheer to troops in Afghanistan

Members of the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleading Squad visited NATO’s Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul on Saturday to perform and meet with troops.

Official: US still wants Afghan peace talks despite Trump remarks

The U.S. remains committed to forging peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, said John J. Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state, despite contrary comments made by President Donald Trump following an escalation of attacks in Kabul.

Watchdog: Pentagon blocks information on insurgent strength in Afghanistan

The Defense Department has restricted data on population figures and on what areas are held by either the government or insurgents, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, said in a report released late Monday.

ISIS kills at least 11 Afghan soldiers in latest Kabul attack

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn assault, the third attack in the capital city in a little more than a week.


Gold Star families, wounded veterans visit Kabul base

Residents at NATO’s Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul welcomed three Gold Star families and four wounded veterans to the base on Saturday.