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

 

22 Jan 2004 During training at the Schofield Barracks Military Operations in Urban Terrain site, Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, along with Soldiers from 65th Engineer Bn. and the 25th Military Police Company, moved with focus and precision as they cleared buildings and searched the village civilians to single out hostile individuals Jan. 13.
19 Feb 2004

The infantryman stacked up four deep outside a door, ready to quickly move inside and neutralize any threats. They rocked back and forth a few times before the lead man went in, the rest of the team close behind.

28 Feb 2004 KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- It didn't take long for the scout team to scale the steep jagged rock face and establish its over watch position. Heat rose from the rocks on the small plateau that served as the perch, yet the team remained focused on the task -- keeping "eyes on" the objective.
11 June 2004 A Schofield Barracks Soldier died and two others were wounded in Afghanistan Monday when an improvised explosive device hit their patrol. Cpl. David M. Fraise, 24, of New Orleans, La., died in Kandahar.
23 Jul 2004 ARGANDAB VALLEY, Afghanistan -- Watching his team place mortar aiming stakes, Spc. Donald King entered grid coordinates on a M23 Mortar Ballistic Computer ready to deploy his team's 60 mm mortar. He prepared to cover troops as they moved into action recently during Operation Dragon Tree.
20 Aug 2004 KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- I know many of you have been watching the news and hearing quite a bit of information about American forces being in contact with the enemy and suffering losses.
12 Nov 2004 ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- As the sun rises over the desolate mountains in Arghndob district in southern Afghanistan, a small group of Soldiers scan the horizon for enemy movement.
10 Dec 2004 KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Moving troops and equipment to the battlefield quickly and effectively is an important part of any successful combat operation.
11 Mar 2005

QALAT, Afghanistan -- In the heart of Southern Afghanistan, in the last remaining bastions of Taliban insurgents, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry (Cacti) is making an ever-increasing impact in winning the trust and confidence of the Afghan people.

11 Mar 2005 FIREBASE LAGMAN, Afghanistan - in February, the “Cacti” Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, distributed tons of food to the citizens of Southern Afghanistan, helping them survive one of the country’s worst winters in recent history.
1 Apr 2005 Retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert Ord III presents the Army Commendation Medal for Valor to Cpl. Jeremy Horsley of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry
14 Jun 2005 Lt. Col. Michael A. Browder assumed command from Lt. Col. Michael S. McBride in a ceremony at Sills Field on 14 June 2005.
Combined Joint Task Force 76 OEF-V

Commemorative Book

(Large File) Combined/Joint Task Force 76 OEF-V. Operation Enduring Freedom Deployment Historical Book. This commemorative book covers all of the units of CJTF-76. Very good synopsis and Photos. Cover the period from 15 Apr 2004 to 15 Mar 2005.

5 Oct 2006

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.

6 Oct 2006

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.

The US Army in Kirkuk ... 2003-2009

The US Army in Kirkuk: Governance Operations on the Fault Lines of Iraqi Society, 2003-2009. Chapter 4 covers the Operations of the 3d Bde Task Force and her units upon arrival in Sept. 2006.

13 Jan 2007

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.

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1 Aug 2006 - 7 Oct 2007

Printable copy of the Meritorious Unit Award for the units of the 2d battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment

Meritorious Unit Commendation 22 Oct 2008 - 8 Oct 2009

Printable copy of the Meritorious Unit Award for the units of the 2d battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment

10 Jun 2011

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.

23 Jun 2011

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.

23 Jun 2011

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.

26-30 Jun 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.

4 Aug 2011

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.

11 Aug 2011

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.

18 Aug 2011

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.

21 Feb 2012

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.

16 Mar 2012

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