Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Author Discusses Shortcomings Of Social Science Program Introduced During The War In Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/author-discusses-shortcomings-social-science-program-introduced-during-war-afghanistan <p>American involvement in the war in Afghanistan is winding down with no real victory in sight. In the midst of the war a new program called the Human Terrain System was introduced, intended to aid soldiers on the ground by helping them understand the cultural nuances of the Afghan and Iraqi people. The program&nbsp; had good intentions but fatal flaws, said journalist and author Vanessa Gezari.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:32:12 +0000 Camille Phillips 29085 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Author Discusses Shortcomings Of Social Science Program Introduced During The War In Afghanistan Scott AFB Pilot Among 4 Killed In Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scott-afb-pilot-among-4-killed-afghanistan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Department of Defense says one of four Air Force members killed in a weekend plane crash in Afghanistan was a pilot who had been stationed at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The department says 28-year-old </span>Capt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Brandon </span>Cyr<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Woodbridge, </span>Va<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., died in Saturday's crash of an Air Force MC-12 aircraft.</span></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:44:29 +0000 The Associated Press, Rachel Lippmann & Kelsey Proud 25910 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scott AFB Pilot Among 4 Killed In Afghanistan Covering Conflict: Journalists Share Stories Of Mo. National Guard Soldiers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/covering-conflict-journalists-share-stories-mo-national-guard-soldiers <p>Military men and women who serve overseas encounter dangerous situations and often struggle with separation from family and friends.</p><p>The same is true of journalists who embed themselves with soldiers.</p><p><em>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</em> chief photographer J.B. Forbes, who has worked at the newspaper since 1975, and reporter Jesse Bogan recently returned from Afghanistan.&nbsp; They were embedded with about 100 members of the Missouri National Guard’s 1138th Engineer Company, covering and sharing the stories of soldiers who have temporarily left their civilian jobs. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:21:41 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 9472 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Covering Conflict: Journalists Share Stories Of Mo. National Guard Soldiers Gov. Nixon Visits Mo. Troops In Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-visits-mo-troops-afghanistan <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D)&nbsp;is in Afghanistan visiting members of the <a href="http://www.moguard.com/">Missouri National Guard </a>who won’t be home for the holidays.</p><p>The governor arrived in Kuwait Tuesday afternoon and visited guardsmen and women from Springfield and Sedalia before moving on to Afghanistan.&nbsp; Once there, he visited an engineer company from Farmington and the surrounding area.</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:11:21 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7092 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gov. Nixon Visits Mo. Troops In Afghanistan Wounded Mo. Vet Gets 'Smart Home' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wounded-mo-vet-gets-smart-home <p>A paralyzed Afghan War veteran from central Missouri received a special gift for Veterans Day -- a “smart home” which was custom-built for him and designed to help him live as independently as possible.</p><p>Tyler Huffman, 24,&nbsp;is a native of Fulton who joined the Marines in 2007.&nbsp; He was paralyzed in Afghanistan in 2010 after being shot twice by an enemy sniper.&nbsp; Huffman initially sought to buy an existing home in the Fulton area that could be adapted to his needs, but a group of volunteers in Jefferson City banded together to build him&nbsp;the state-of-the-art home. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:59:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6356 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wounded Mo. Vet Gets 'Smart Home' Plaque honors St. Louis native who made ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/plaque-honors-st-louis-native-who-made-ultimate-sacrifice-afghanistan <p>Three years ago this week, a roadside bomb killed Lt. Roslyn Schulte.</p><p>The St. Louis native was the first female graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy to be killed in combat. Now, a new memorial honors her life and death - a plaque under the flagpole at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur.</p><p>Schulte was traveling from a refugee camp to Bagram Air Force Base when the bomb hit on May 20, 2009. She was one of <a href="http://apps.washingtonpost.com/national/fallen/dates/2009/">461 American soldiers</a> killed in action that year.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 17:06:53 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3794 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Plaque honors St. Louis native who made ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-may-16-2012 <p><strong>County parks audit finds spending on vehicles during budget crisis</strong></p><p>An internal audit of the St. Louis County Parks Department has found the department spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on new vehicles, even as county executive Charlie Dooley was threatening to<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dooley-proposes-st-louis-county-budget-cutting-jobs-parks"> close parks</a> and lay off employees.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 12:43:54 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3706 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 President Obama speaks to the nation from Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/president-obama-speaks-nation-afghanistan <p>Thank you for joining us this evening for this previously scheduled event.</p><p> See NPR&#39;s The Two-Way <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/01/151803730/live-blog-president-obama-addresses-the-nation-from-afghanistan?ft=1&amp;f=1001&amp;sc=tw&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter">for a live blog of the address</a>. </p><p> Tue, 01 May 2012 22:41:15 +0000 Kelsey Proud 3612 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org President Obama speaks to the nation from Afghanistan Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-april-17-2012 <p><strong>Mo. National Guardsmen safe after insurgent attack</strong></p><p>All 55 members of a Missouri National Guard agriculture team are safe following <a href="http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86776/isaf-forces-repel-failed-suicide-attack-fob-finley-shields-rc-east-pao#.T41SYtlDR3p">an insurgent attack</a> on the forward operating base where they are stationed in Afghanistan.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:36:12 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 3501 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Body of Catawissa soldier killed in Afghanistan to return http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/body-catawissa-soldier-killed-afghanistan-return <p>The body of an eastern Missouri soldier&nbsp;killed in Afghanistan is coming home.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/HFlqNc">Washington Missourian&nbsp;reports</a> that&nbsp;the body of 21-year-old specialist Jeffrey White&nbsp;Jr. of Catawissa is scheduled to arrive at Lambert Airport in St. Louis at 11 a.m.&nbsp;Saturday. White died on April 3.</p><p>A procession will take the body from the airport to Bell Funeral&nbsp;Home in Pacific. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist&nbsp;Church in Villa Ridge, and the church will host the funeral at 11&nbsp;a.m. Wednesday.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:30:42 +0000 The Associated Press 3485 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Body of Catawissa soldier killed in Afghanistan to return