Afghanistan Diary

Several troops -- and CBS 11 News reporter Keith Garvin and photographer Edgar Solis -- board a C-17 plane for a flight to Afghanistan. (credit: Keith Garvin/KTVT/KTXA)

Reflections On ‘Afghanistan: Embedded With Texas Troops’

CBS 11 News Anchor Keith Garvin looks back on his trip to Afghanistan, the military personnel he traveled with and met, and answers questions he’s been asked since returning. Given everything he’d do it all again.


A U.S. soldier rides in a Black Hawk helicopter.  (Photo credit Keith Garvin, CBS 11 News)

Soldiers In Afghanistan Remain Focused On Mission

As political protests rage in Afghanistan, so do the combat and security missions of U.S. forces. Soldiers must remain focused despite difficult conditions.


National Guard members stand in formation. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Father & Son Serving Together In Afghanistan

Many soliders serving overseas long for some contact with a loved one. But for two men fighting in Afghanistan, the war effort is already a family affair.


Ali Al Salem Airbase, Kuwait.  (Photo credit YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Kuwait Military Base Full Of Troops Heading Home

Troops fighting in Afghanistan get to return home for two weeks of rest, but first they must pass through a special military base in the Middle East.


A Black Hawk helicopter lands at FOB Pasab in the Kandahar province in Afghanistan on August 22, 2011. (credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Hawk Helicopter Plays Key Role In Afghanistan

The Black Hawk helicopter is one of the best-known tools in the U.S. military’s arsenal, and it plays a critical role in the nation’s war efforts in Afghanistan.


Master Sergeant Brian Eckley (credit: KTVT/KTXA)

Texas Soldier Training For Triathlon In Afghanistan

Brian Eckley from Fort Worth is training for a triathlon. But he is not along the Trinity Trail or White Rock Lake. The 17-year Army veteran is in Afghanistan.


Major General Dan Allyn (credit: Edgar Solis/KTVT/KTXA)

Leading America’s War Effort In Afghanistan

The U.S. is accelerating its mission in Afghanistan to end combat operations in 2013. Helping lead that action is the commanding general of Fort Hood’s First Cavalry Division.


MRAP armored vehicle being refueled (Keith Garvin/CBSDFW)

Soldiers In Afghanistan Fully Engaged In Combat

While many Americans are focused on the economy and this year’s presidential election, soldiers in Afghanistan are still in dangerous combat situations.


CBS11 photojournalist Edgar Solis (Keith Garvin/CBSDFW)

Afghanistan Diary: Another Day Of Indirect Fire

Another day of shooting video. Another day of dealing with indirect fire.


Keith Garvin in Afghanistan

Reporter Keith Garvin Checks In From Afghanistan

CBS 11 News reporter Keith Garvin is on assignment in Afghanistan. He called to check in on Friday morning, offering some details about his experience.


An aerial view of Afghanistan's Hindu Kush as seen from a Black Hawk helicopter.  (Photo credit Keith Garvin, CBS 11 News)

Afghanistan Diary: Sky High In The Hindu Kush

If you ever visit Afghanistan & need to travel around this rugged country I highly recommend doing so courtesy of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter!


A U.S. soldier in the turret of a MRAP armored vehicle. (credit: Keith Garvin/KTVT/KTXA)

Afghanistan Diary: Footchase Through The Market

Soldiers spotted a local man wearing an American Army uniform, a no-no for Afghans. The man took off running and a chase through a market ensued.