Soldiers

In his powerful debut novel, “Spoils,” Brian Van Reet transports his readers to the messy, murky front lines of the Iraq War, and a morally complex landscape, where the U.S. mission of winning hearts and minds is anything but clear. The fog of war is felt by American soldiers, Islamic jihadists, and the innocent Iraqi civilians caught in the cross hairs, and Mr. Van Reet tells their intertwining stories with an emotional intensity and precision that is utterly believable. His book is a testament to the power of fiction to mine deeper truths.

Field Of Honor: Remembering Idaho's Bravest

May 27, 2013
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Memorial Day marks a time to remember the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  This day happens every year on the last Monday of May.  This year, 600 flags fill a field in Eagle to honor those who have served. The “Field of Honor” opened May 18 and will stay open through Tuesday afternoon.

The annual Memorial Day ceremony took place at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery Monday morning. The Idaho National Guard 25th Army Band performed along with bagpipes from the Boise Police Pipes and Drums.

Oregon And Idaho National Guard Troops Heading Overseas

Feb 21, 2013

Two Oregon National Guard units are mobilizing for overseas deployments.  Idaho soldiers will be joining one of the missions.

Oregon has sent thousands of soldiers overseas to fight in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those conflicts now require fewer boots on the ground and need more specialized support.

Lieutenant Colonel Pete Derouin says five soldiers from Oregon and five from Idaho will head to Kandahar. “They are a fixed-wing or airplane unit and their job is to go to Afghanistan and conduct a mission called the CEASAR mission."

Master Sgt. Adonis Jones / Idaho Army National Guard

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. 


JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - The Pentagon's decision to allow women in combat roles has some female soldiers rethinking their career trajectories.


Army Spc. Heidi Olson received a Purple Heart last year for shrapnel injuries she got during a foot patrol in Afghanistan. She feels she's earned the right to call herself a combat medic.


"Originally as a female, I wasn't allowed to be titled as a combat medic," Olson says. "It was a 'health care specialist.'"

Idaho Soldier Killed In Attack In Afghanistan

Jul 5, 2012
US Army

 

Idaho solider Pfc. Cody Moosman died Tuesday in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said the 24-year-old soldier from Preston, Idaho had died in Gayan Alwara Mandi, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. 

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.  

Earlier today, Pfc. Moosman's family issued this statement: