Michael Mann

Michael Jansen Mann, passed away from cancer on, February 12, 2020. He was 41 years old.
Michael was a U.S. Marine. He served as an Electronics Technician during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was deployed to Karshi-Khanabad during OEF.

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Walking the Route of the Horse Soldiers II

Walking the Route of the Horse Soldiers You can join the race here: https://sff.racery.com/r/walk-the-route-of-the-horse-soldiers/ Leaving K2 Karshi-Khanabad, Uzbekistan – “K2” As Mitch Nelson’s ODA team departed K2 on October 19, 2001, Colonel John Mulholland (now a retired Lieutenant General and member of SFF’s Board of Advisors) spoke to them next to the helicopter. He was…

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Legislative Update – Gold Star Wives Speech

This is a speech given by Mark Jackson to the Gold Star Wives on February 6th, 2021. My name is Mark T. Jackson. I am an Army combat veteran, with service in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Uzbekistan. I am a Federal Agent. I am the Legislative Director and Chairman of the Board at the Stronghold Freedom…

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Walking the Route of the Horse Soldiers

Walking the Route of the Horse Soldiers You can join the race here: https://sff.racery.com/r/walk-the-route-of-the-horse-soldiers/ The Beginning Karshi-Khanabad, Uzbekistan – “K2” Although the starting point for our walk is Dehi, Afghanistan (or the “Alamo”), most missions in the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) started at K2. Most people stationed there would later realize that…

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Uzbek Article

What does Trump’s order mean for US veterans serving at the Karshi-Khanabad military base? By Zabihullo Saipov Candidate of Political Science, Independent Researcher Original Article Link Between 2001 and 2005, Uzbekistan contracted 75 percent of the 15,777 U.S. servicemen recruited from the air, water, and land to participate in the Afghan counterterrorism campaign, or 11,832,…

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Stuart Binger

Master Sergeant Stuart Binger died on January 8, 2007. He left behind his wife Carol, two sisters (Sherry and Stacey), his mother and father. He will be missed by his family, friends, and comrades. Stuart had a distinguished 35-year military career serving in campaigns from Vietnam through Afghanistan as a Master Sergeant in the U.S.…

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Robert Kitchen

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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Lee Kirkpatrick

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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Press Release – NDAA

For Immediate Release For Immediate Release:  Washington, D.C. December 4th, 2020 The final version of the 2021 NDAA, which passed out of conference yesterday afternoon, contains a provision on K2. Section 751, “Study on Exposure to Toxic Substances at Karshi-Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan”, requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct an epidemiological study on the effects…

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Legislative Update – NDAA

K2 is now officially recognized in US Federal law! Sec. 751 of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct an epidemiological study of the effects of toxic exposure to all K2 veterans. This is a tremendous step forward and all of you made it happen. There’s much more…

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