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Central Command Visit
USO Tour
  JULY 2009

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hands out notebooks at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School in Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan, July 15, 2009. The school, located in a valley 60 miles north of the capitol Kabul, was built by "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson to promote and support community based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a star-studded USO tour thanked servicemembers for their service and sacrifice during a visit to the Central Command area of responsibility.

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Mullen, Celebrities Boost
Troops' Morale in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 16, 2009 – U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, NFL Hall of Famer Don Shula and other celebrities in the USO's summer tour visited troops assigned to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Story»

Mullen Celebrates Afghanistan Future

PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan, July 15, 2009 – Afghanistan’s future depends on its ability to educate youth, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the opening of Afghanistan’s newest elementary school. Story»

Chairman Thanks Troops for
Dedication in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 14, 2009 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff offered some guidance and his gratitude to about 300 military members during an all-hands call at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Story»

Kirkuk Progress 'Impressive,'
Mullen Says During Iraq Visit

KIRKUK, Iraq, July 13, 2009 – Despite historical differences that challenge progress in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a visit there that he’s struck by the governance and security milestones achieved. Story»

Chairman, Celebrities Thank
Sailors for Their Service

USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea, July 13, 2009 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and several celebrities visited sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, under way in the Gulf of Oman in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Story»

Former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula (center) poses for a photo with a group of service members at the Pat Tillman United Service Organizations, a building on Bagram Air Field, July 15, during a celebrity visit to Afghanistan. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets troops on Bagram Airfield, July 14, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, awards the Purple Heart to U.S. Army Sgt. Marcus Love on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, July 14, 2009, for a gunshot wound received earlier in the day. Love is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Sports announcer and model Leeann Tweeden signs autographs onboard the USS Ronald Reagan under way in the Gulf of Oman, July 13, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley