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Afghanistan, Kuwait
  MARCH 2010
“I must applaud here the terrific work of the Afghan National Army. I heard from more than one American soldier and Marine how far the [Afghan army] has come in a short period of time. They fight bravely, they fight well, and they lead.”
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Kabul, Afghanistan, March 31, 2010

Top Stories

Mullen, USO Performers Thank Troops

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, April 1, 2010 – U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was joined by actors, James Gandolfini, Tony Sirico and Rose McGowan, and Brian Stinchcomb of the New Orleans Saints on a USO sponsored tour of Afghanistan and Kuwait. Story

Challenges Clear to U.S.-Afghan Partnership

KABUL, March 31, 2010 - After visits to U.S., coalition and Afghan forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that "never has our partnership … been stronger, or the challenges we face, clearer." Story

Mullen Emphasizes Eliminating Casualties

KABUL, March 31, 2010 - The coalition record on civilian casualties has improved significantly with a new strategy in Afghanistan, but American leaders continue to hammer home how important it is to avoid killing civilians. Story

Chairman Meets With Kandahar Leaders

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, March 30, 2010 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with community leaders in the governor’s palace in Kandahar, Afghanistan – a building that used to be the headquarters for Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban. Story

Mullen Visits Afghans, Marines in Marja

MARJA, Afghanistan, March 30, 2010 - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited with local and provincial Afghan leaders and with U.S. Marines in Marja, Afghanistan, to get a feel for how operations in this southern Afghanistan city are going. Story

Kandahar Ops Reflect Complexity, Subtlety

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan, March 29, 2010 – More than 96 percent of the people of Afghanistan oppose the Taliban, but that doesn’t mean the Afghan government and the coalition are home free. Story

Chairman Calls Operations ‘Critical’

SHANNON, Ireland, March 28, 2010 – Kandahar is the center of gravity for operations in Afghanistan for at least the rest of this year, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Story

Mullen to Assess Afghan Training Needs

SHANNON, Ireland, March 28, 2010 – Training Afghan security forces is a priority for coalition forces, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he intends to meet with coalition and Afghan leaders to assess that process. Story

PHOTOS

U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff boards a V-22 Osprey in Marja, Afghanistan, March 29, 2010. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley Photo Essay

U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets actress Rose McGowen and her tour manager Josh Golein before departing Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington, Md., March 29, 2010. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Army Gen. Stanley McCrystal, commander, International Security Assistance Force, greets Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, upon his arrival to Kabul on March 29, 2010. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Linnington, chief J5 Plans and Policy, International Security Assistance Force, Joint Command, greets U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, upon his arrival in Kabul, March 29, 2010. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley