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In addition to explaining the missions and experiences of U.S. citizen-soldiers, the media has illuminated three significant ongoing stories this spring:
- The "largest air-assault operation in the history of the Iowa Army National Guard," begun Mar. 25 in Laghman Province.
- The Feb. 21 injury of three soldiers of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment (1-133rd Inf.), headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa. (Another soldier of the same battalion, was also injured Jan. 11 after stepping on a land mine.)
- In more-upbeat news, the continued rotation of soldiers home on 15 days of mid-tour military leave.
Helicopter-borne combat operations in Laghman Provice
- Mar. 26: Hundreds of Guard troops lead airborne assault on Taliban area (Des Moines Register)
- Mar. 27: Air assault targets insurgents (Omaha World-Herald)
- Mar. 31: Afghan leaders seek villagers’ support after Guard chases Taliban from valleys (Des Moines Register)
Tracking the progress of injured soldiers
- Feb. 23: Injured Iowa Guardsman in ‘rough shape,’ brother says (Des Moines Register)
- Feb. 28: Update: Injured Iowa soldier transferred to hospital in England, in critical but stable condition (Des Moines Register)
- Mar. 7: Update: Injured Iowa National Guardsman moved to military hospital in D.C. (Des Moines Register)
- Mar. 15: Injured area soldiers back in the United States (Quad-City Times)
Visits home while on leave from Afghanistan
Homecoming stories are typically warm and emotional, and this recent KCRG-TV9/Cedar Rapids Gazette story certainly is no different, save for one little detail: It may just be the best such story ever.
- Feb. 21: 15 Days: A Soldier's Journey Home (KCRG-TV9/Cedar Rapids Gazette)