It is going to be difficult to obtain After Action Reports for this time period as they are generally classified for at least ten years. This is an effort to gather as much information as possible from the web and other sources to preserve the history of the 2/35th's history of their deployment to Iraq, Afghanistan and training operations between deployments. Wherever possible, credit for the original information is cited. If you were a member of the 2/35th during these times, any stories you would like to submit will be greatly appreciated. It is your history and we need to make sure it is not forgotten.

Jim Anderson  Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry 1967-68


Stars and Stripes Oct. 5, 2006

"Troops in Kirkuk Try try to combat corruption among Iraqi force"

KIRKUK, Iraq — By most accounts, the Iraqi police force in Kirkuk is still a work in progress. Though local officers have gained expertise and often function as an organized force, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division said a vein of duplicity still runs through city police.

Stars and Stripes Oct. 6, 2006

"Troops receive explosive welcome south of Kirkuk"

KIRKUK, Iraq — Like anyone who inherits a piece of real estate, Capt. Jonathan Graebener had a number of questions about the parcel of land that had been placed in his care recently. Is it large? Well situated? Is it riddled with the evidence of numerous improvised bombs? Graebener and members of his Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, set out to find answers to those questions Tuesday after a large tract of desert southwest of Kirkuk was recently added to their area of responsibility.

Stars and Stripes Jan 13, 2007

"U.S., Iraqi forces seize weapons during assault"

Soldiers from the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division undertook the mission with the Iraqi army’s 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 4th Army Division.

Hawaii Army Weekly Jun. 10, 2011

"3rd BCT takes steps to help Afghans succeed"

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — "Task Force Cacti" Soldiers have the daunting task of training Afghan National army, or ANA, soldiers in everything, including medical, logistical and security aspects.

 Hawaii Army Weekly Jun. 23, 2011

"Specialist counted on training, teammates to survive IED"

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers in 2nd Platoon, "Renegades," Company C, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, "Task Force Cacti," 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, were riding in a mounted patrol when it hit an improvised explosive device.

Hawaii Army Weekly Jun. 23, 2011

" 'TF Cacti' medic gives back"

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Most days, "Task Force Cacti" medics treat troops in combat; yet, some days, they train troops what to do in combat.

Operation HAMMER DOWN - The Battle for the Watapur Valley, 2011

By Ryan D. Wadle, Ph.D.

Jun. 26-30, 2011

An excellent account of the five day battle involving the 2d Battalion 35th Infantry Regiment of the 3d Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division in Watapur Valley from Jun 26 to 30, 2011. The author conducted extensive interviews of the soldiers who were there. This is their story.

Valorous Unit Award 3d Brigade Combat Team 24-30 June, 2011

Printable copy of the Valorous Unit Award for Extraordinary Heroism in Combat. Includes the 2nd Battalion 35th Infantry Regiment.

Stars and Stripes Aug. 4, 2011

"Six Months after pullback, U.S. goes back in to contest Pech Valley"

NANGALAM, Afghanistan — The Chinook had descended within 200 feet of the ground when a rocket-propelled grenade rose from the night-cloaked mountains and stabbed its belly fast and deep.

Hawaii Army Weekly Aug. 11, 2011

" "Cacti" take Afghan boy under company's wing"

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Soldiers assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, "Task Force Cacti," 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, are trying to make a positive change in the lives of Afghans around Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle, here.

Hawaii Army Weekly Aug. 18, 2011

'TF Cacti' helps Afghan police establish a footprint in Pech Valley

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — During the dead of night, in the Pech River Valley, here, they moved into position. High up on the rocky ridgelines that loom over "Route Rhode Island," Taliban fighters silently crept into fighting positions. There, they hid, waiting for the return of International Security Assistance Forces to the valley.

Stars and Stripes Feb 21, 2012

"For soldiers on Afghan patrol, too much time is on their side"

BARBAR, Afghanistan — It’s said that war is 99 percent boredom and 1 percent sheer terror, so it follows that war coverage tends to dwell on the 1 percent. But unlike reporters and readers, soldiers can’t ignore the 99 percent. They have to live the tedium.

Hawaii Army Weekly Mar. 16, 2012

"On Patrol"

Photo laden article of the 2d Bn 35th Infantry in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in early 2012