More than 200 bases and billions in equipment must be cleared along often rutty roadways.
For U.S. forces the task is high-tech. For Afghans it's rudimentary.
Missouri soldiers on assignment in Afghanistan still face very real dangers.
To many Americans it sounds like an exit, and perhaps even a resolution. And yet, for members of the 1138th it feels like an abstraction.
Learn about men and women with connections to St. Louis who lost their lives serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
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Plane flight and airport offer first glimpse of life in Afghanistan for Post-Dispatch reporter, photographer.
For Post-Dispatch reporter and photographer in Afghanistan, stop in Kandahar offers more than one point of view.
Guardsman from Brentwood uses any spare moment between military missions to catch a game or check up on scores.
Missouri guardsmen prepare for road-clearing mission in southern Afghanistan.
KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan • A customer once told Vikas Singh when he was working the cash register at a Walgreens in Cape Girardeau that he should hop on his camel and ride back to where he came from.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan • They like their ashtrays big around here.
IED blast inspires poem.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan • Never before had Pfc. Clinton Sargent enjoyed being punched in the chest so much by fellow soldiers.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan • During a particularly tense mission briefing several hours from here, a stout U.S. Special Forces soldier warned a room full of leaders of many dangers ahead.
There is a lot of power in a tennis ball for Luci, a black lab with a sharp tail wag. And often, that power is greater than explosives and whizzing bullets.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan ● The Army Command Sergeant Major and his driver pulled up to an airstrip here on a recent day to see a surveillance drone launch.
SPC Patrick Feldmann, 23, of Washington, Mo., views Afghanistan from his route clearance vehicle called a "Buffalo." A member of the 1138th Engineer Company of the Missouri National Guard in southern Afghanistan, Feldmann spends hours driving through the countryside, but has no direct contac…
New column launches with look at why we are reporting from Afghanistan.
Post-Dispatch reporter and photographer went to Afghanistan to tell the story of the 1138th Engineering Company of the Missouri National Guard.
Twenty percent of more than 2 million people who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to mild traumatic brain injury, the signature wound of the conflicts.
Look through our special report about the Missouri National Guard's 1138th Engineering Company and their deployment in Afghanistan, finding and dismantling deadly roadside bombs.
In the face of danger in Afghanistan, thes Missouri National Guard members share the good-luck charms from home that help them survive.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan • It’s hard to overstate the importance Tundra Securities plays here.
SHAH WALI KOT, Afghanistan • The proud new graduate held his yellow certificate high and yelled to a room packed full of cadets, officials and lofty expectations.
Spouses of Missouri Guardsmen deployed to a dangerous corner of Afghanistan juggle the responsibilities of home, try to celebrate Christmas
Cpl. Justin McLoud's thoughts turn to those still serving in Afghanistan, where he lost three limbs.
“We are sending you to tear down facilities that we started building 11 years ago,” Army Lt. Col. Gary Calese told them of their effort in the ongoing war. “Keep your head down. Keep aware of your surroundings. Keep in touch.”
Years after combat in Iraq, James Sperry wants to commemorate Veterans Day in a new way.