Today, the Stronghold Freedom Foundation remembers  Robert “Bob” Kitchen who died December 15, 2003. Bob was one of the first boots on the ground at Karshi-Khanabad. As a civilian member of National Intelligence Support Team #1, a Joint Chiefs of Staff sponsored, multi-discipline, multi-Intelligence Agency Military and Civilian Volunteer group that was formed, then deployed…

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Today the Stronghold Freedom Foundation honors Lee Kirkpatrick, who died of cancer on 6 December 2018. He deployed initially to Karshi-Khanabad in 2001 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). He served as a Human Intelligence Specialist with Task Force 202. His team eventually moved to support operations in Qandahar. He estimated that he produced…

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Today The Stronghold Freedom Foundation remembers Mark L. Wallace, devoted father, son, husband, and C-130 Flight Engineer. Mark died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga. It was his 45th birthday. Mark was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and lived in Savannah, Ga., most of his life. He was a member of the Wilmington…

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CBC News   Service members say rare cancers and other illnesses linked to contaminated base A CBS News investigation reveals new evidence in the cases of service members who believe their rare cancers and other illnesses stem from time served on a remote base after 9/11. They say they were exposed to toxic materials at a…

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Kashi- Khanabad goes by many names. It was commonly called “K2” by those stationed there. The US Army renamed the base Camp Stronghold Freedom in 2001.  US Service Members deployed to Karshi-Khanabad (K2) after the attacks of 9/11/2001; their goal was to provide supply, logistics, headquarters, and a launching point for troops deployed to bring the…

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In 2012 PJ Widener and Mike West formed a private Facebook Group called “K2 Karshi Khanabad, Uzbekistan Radiation, and Toxic Exposures”. They wanted to connect to other military veterans who had served at Karshi Khanabad Airbase, Uzbekistan (K2), during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).  Mike had been diagnosed with cancer and had health issues. They hoped that they could lend some moral support to others fighting…

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