Afghanistan http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Boise Veteran Not Caught In Everest Avalanche http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-veteran-not-caught-everest-avalanche <p></p><p>A Boise resident climbing Mount Everest with a film crew as part of a motivational project for injured veterans didn't get caught in an avalanche Friday that killed at least 12 Napalese guides.</p><p>The Heroes Project spokesman Zach Rosenfield says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville remains at basecamp at 17,598 feet where he arrived on Wednesday.</p><p>Linville lost his right foot, several fingers and suffered an injured back while diffusing a bomb in Afghanistan in 2011.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:58:18 +0000 Associated Press 43712 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Veteran Not Caught In Everest Avalanche Will Sgt. Bergdahl Be Left Behind In Afghanistan? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/will-sgt-bergdahl-be-left-behind-afghanistan <p></p><p>The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl &nbsp;— who's been held by the Taliban since 2009 — has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him.</p><p>But if he's released, will America's only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?</p><p>Some people are convinced that on June 30, 2009, just a few months after he arrived in Afghanistan, Bergdahl willingly walked away from his unit in Paktika province.</p><p>Bergdahl — who's from Idaho — was last seen in a video the Taliban released in December.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:17:29 +0000 Associated Press 41069 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Will Sgt. Bergdahl Be Left Behind In Afghanistan? U.S. Sweetens Prisoner Swap Deal To Free Idaho POW Bowe Bergdahl http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/us-sweetens-prisoner-swap-deal-free-idaho-pow-bowe-bergdahl <p><em>The Washington Post </em>reports the Obama administration is working on a possible prisoner swap with the Taliban in order to free Idaho prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-seeks-prisoner-swap-with-taliban-to-free-army-sgt-bowe-bergdahl/2014/02/17/f142ed50-9590-11e3-afce-3e7c922ef31e_story.html">According to</a> the Post, U.S. officials are prepared to release five members of the Afghan Taliban imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:55:53 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 40368 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org U.S. Sweetens Prisoner Swap Deal To Free Idaho POW Bowe Bergdahl Idaho POW's Family Reacts To New 'Proof Of Life' Video http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-pows-family-reacts-new-proof-life-video <p><em>Here's the latest update from The Associated Press, 5:20 p.m.&nbsp; </em></p><p>The Idaho family of captured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is renewing their call for his release after the seeing a new video of him.</p><p>U.S. officials say they believe the video was taken within the last month, showing that the soldier is alive after nearly five years of captivity.</p><p>A senior defense official said the video came to light several days ago. Another official said that Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than previous videos.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:50:09 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Associated Press 38581 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho POW's Family Reacts To New 'Proof Of Life' Video Idaho Town Remembers Fallen Airman http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-town-remembers-fallen-airman According to the Associated Press, 118 Americans were killed in Afghanistan in 2013.<p>Ten of them were killed in December, including two Marines from Massachusetts, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian and Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez.<p>People in the town of Sandpoint, Idaho, are also mourning this week.<p>Air Force Captain David Lyon died when the vehicle in which he was riding struck an improvised explosive device last Friday in Kabul. He was 28.<p>In a conversation with <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/" target="_blank">Here & Now’</a>s</em> Robin Young, Cpt. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:50:51 +0000 editor 37921 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Town Remembers Fallen Airman Airman From Idaho Killed In Afghanistan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/airman-idaho-killed-afghanistan <p></p><p>The Defense Department says an Air Force captain assigned to Peterson Air Force Base has died from an explosion in Afghanistan.</p><p>The Pentagon says 28-year-old David I. Lyon of Sandpoint, Idaho&nbsp;died Thursday.</p><p>His vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Kabul.</p><p>Lyon was assigned to the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron at Peterson. He was serving a yearlong deployment and was an advisor to Afghan National Army commandos.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 01:50:23 +0000 Associated Press 37718 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Card Campaign Asks You To Put Idaho POW On Your Holiday Mailing List http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/card-campaign-asks-you-put-idaho-pow-your-holiday-mailing-list <p>Supporters of a captured soldier from Idaho are urging people to add one more name to their holiday mailing list. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban since 2009.</p><p>Now, organizers in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho are <a href="http://onemillioncardsforbowe.com/">trying to get Christmas cards to him</a>.</p><p>It's been four-and-a-half years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured near his base in southeast Afghanistan. The now 27-year-old is still believed alive, but so far there's end in sight for his captivity.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:14:13 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37252 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Card Campaign Asks You To Put Idaho POW On Your Holiday Mailing List 12 Years After 9/11, Gov. Otter Honors Civilians And Soldiers http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/12-years-after-911-gov-otter-honors-civilians-and-soldiers <p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter spoke to a large group gathered at the Idaho Fallen Heroes Memorial Wednesday morning in Boise to celebrate and commemorate the lives of those lost fighting the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some of the people in the crowd were families of Idaho soldiers who died in those wars.</p><p>Speaking to the crowd, Otter asked everyone to pause and remember that day 12 years ago, and the people who made the “ultimate sacrifice” in response to it.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:44:16 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 32198 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 12 Years After 9/11, Gov. Otter Honors Civilians And Soldiers Idaho POW's Afghan Militant Captor Reportedly Killed In Drone Strike http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-pows-afghan-militant-captor-reportedly-killed-drone-strike <p>A U.S. drone attack has reportedly killed the militant commander believed to be holding <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/war-prisoner-nearly-4-years-bergdahls-parents-confirm-new-correspondence">Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl captive</a>. That's according to news reports out of Pakistan. The strike dealt a blow to the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani&nbsp; Network.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:23:04 +0000 Jessica Robinson 31960 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho POW's Afghan Militant Captor Reportedly Killed In Drone Strike Caldwell, Idaho Soldier Killed In Afghanistan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/caldwell-idaho-soldier-killed-afghanistan <p>The Defense Department says a 26-year-old Caldwell, Idaho, man was one of three soldiers from Fort Campbell, Ky., killed in action in Afghanistan.</p><p>Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera and the other two soldiers died Sunday of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire.</p><p>Also killed were Sgt. Jamar Hicks of Little Rock, Ark., and Spc. Keith Grace Jr. of Baytown, Texas.</p><p>The military says Herrera and Grace died in Paktia Province, while Hicks was evacuated to Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, and later died.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:37:52 +0000 Associated Press 30639 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Caldwell, Idaho Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Supporters Of Idaho POW Bowe Bergdahl Turn Billboards Into Call To Action http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/supporters-idaho-pow-bowe-bergdahl-turn-billboards-call-action <p>Supporters of an Idaho soldier being held by the Taliban are trying to keep his name front and center with the public. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey has been a prisoner of war for the last four years. Supporters are using billboards to publicize his captivity.</p><p></p><p>Keith Lasseigne motions to the roof of a building in downtown Spokane. “We have a Bring Bowe Home billboard above us.”</p> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 29567 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Supporters Of Idaho POW Bowe Bergdahl Turn Billboards Into Call To Action Parents Of Idaho POW Call For Diplomatic Solution With Taliban http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/parents-idaho-pow-call-diplomatic-solution-taliban <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/062213JR_IdahoPOW_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The parents of America's only prisoner of war in the current conflict in Afghanistan are urging the U.S. to reach a peace agreement with the Taliban and bring their son home. The end of June marks the fourth year Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl has been in captivity.<p>On Saturday his parents spoke out at a rally Bowe's hometown held in his honor.<p>Jani and Bob Bergdahl talk of a son who sought adventure in travels around the world. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:42:54 +0000 Jessica Robinson 27836 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Parents Of Idaho POW Call For Diplomatic Solution With Taliban Idaho Town Marks Soldier's 4th Year In Taliban Captivity http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-town-marks-soldiers-4th-year-taliban-captivity <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/062113JR_BringBoweBack_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Yellow ribbons and black prisoner-of-war flags are lining the streets in Hailey, Idaho today. The town is preparing to honor captured soldier Bowe Bergdahl.<p>The 27-year-old Army sergeant has been a prisoner of the Taliban for almost four years. Family and friends are getting ready for what they hope will be the biggest and last local rally to bring Bergdahl home.<p>Members of a POW support group mount flags along Hailey's Main Street. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:12:19 +0000 Jessica Robinson 27789 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Town Marks Soldier's 4th Year In Taliban Captivity War Prisoner For Nearly 4 Years, Bergdahl's Parents Confirm New Correspondence http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/war-prisoner-nearly-4-years-bergdahls-parents-confirm-new-correspondence <p>Parents of captured Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl recently had some good news. The family says they received a handwritten letter from Bergdahl who's been held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban for almost four years. The letter's confirmation came about two months <a href="http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sgt-bowe-bergdahl-turns-27-enemy-hands" target="_blank">after their son turned 27</a>.</p><p>The International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] helped to get the letter to the family in Hailey, Idaho.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:25:30 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 26876 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org War Prisoner For Nearly 4 Years, Bergdahl's Parents Confirm New Correspondence Idaho Soldier Killed In Afghanistan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-soldier-killed-afghanistan-0 <p>Military officials say five Fort Bliss soldiers have died in a roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan.</p><p></p><p>An Army statement Monday identified the dead as Spc. Kevin Cardoza of Mercedes, Texas; 1st Lt. Brandon James Landrum of Lawton, Okla.; Spc. Thomas Paige Murach of Meridian, Idaho; Staff Sgt. Francis Gene Phillips IV of Meridian, N.Y.; and 24-year-old Spc. Brandon Joseph Prescott of Bend, Ore.</p><p>They served in the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 23:24:39 +0000 Associated Press & BSPR Staff 25152 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Idaho National Guard Soldiers Back In The U.S. After 9 Months In Afghanistan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-national-guard-soldiers-back-us-after-9-months-afghanistan <p></p><p>Nearly 60 Idaho Army National Guard Soldiers returned to the U.S. late Saturday night after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. They’re charter flight took them to Ft. Hood, Texas where they were greeted by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Idaho Adjutant General Gary L. Sayler, and Command Sgt. Major Kenneth Downing.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 17:12:53 +0000 Sadie Babits 20770 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho National Guard Soldiers Back In The U.S. After 9 Months In Afghanistan Combat Vet With PTSD Booted From Army, Barred From Healthcare http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/combat-vet-ptsd-booted-army-barred-healthcare <p>In Salem, Oregon a former Army staff sergeant named Jarrid Starks has run out of the medications that keep him stable. He has severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and physical wounds of war. But he&rsquo;s currently not eligible for veterans&rsquo; health benefits that would include prescription refills. That&rsquo;s because Starks was kicked out of the Army for bad behavior. He&rsquo;s far from alone.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:14:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11713 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Combat Vet With PTSD Booted From Army, Barred From Healthcare Idaho Soldier Dies In Afghanistan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-soldier-dies-afghanistan-0 <p><span lang="">United States Army Specialist Ethan J. Martin was killed by small-arms fire Tuesday in Afghanistan. </span></p><p><span lang="">The 22-year-old was assigned to a squadron based out of Alaska. He hailed from Lewiston, Idaho and Bonners Ferry, Idaho.</span></p><p><span lang="">Martin&#39;s family says he loved Idaho and loved to hunt and fish. He had planned to go to nursing school after leaving the Army. </span></p><p><span lang="">Ethan Martin is survived by his mother and father, one sister, and seven stepbrothers and sisters.</span></p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 22:49:25 +0000 Samantha Wright 11489 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Soldier Dies In Afghanistan Idaho Soldier Killed In Attack In Afghanistan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-soldier-killed-attack-afghanistan <p>&nbsp;</p><div><p>Idaho solider Pfc. Cody Moosman died Tuesday in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said&nbsp;the 24-year-old soldier from Preston, Idaho had died in&nbsp;Gayan Alwara Mandi, Afghanistan&nbsp;when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.&nbsp;</p><p>Moosman was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He joined the military two years ago. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 9pt">Earlier today, Pfc. Moosman&#39;s family issued&nbsp;this statement:</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:13:52 +0000 Sadie Babits 9287 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Soldier Killed In Attack In Afghanistan Parents Of Captured Idaho Soldier Want Prisoner Swap http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/parents-captured-idaho-soldier-want-prisoner-swap <p>The Idaho parents of the only U.S. soldier in Taliban captivity say they want the Obama administration to negotiate a prisoner swap to bring their son home. Bob and Jani Bergdahl broke their long silence in new interviews. They hope to build public pressure for a deal.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 22:14:24 +0000 Jessica Robinson 5809 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Parents Of Captured Idaho Soldier Want Prisoner Swap