Tom Bowman Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.

Brig. Gen. Viet Luong of the 1st Cavalry Division came to the United States in the 1970s after his family fled Vietnam in the waning days of the war there. He's now leading the effort to train Afghan soldiers to fight the Taliban. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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The Frightened Vietnamese Kid Who Became A U.S. Army General

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An artillery gun fires a round at Taliban fighters in the hills of Nangahar Province. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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On Its Own, The Afghan Army Takes The Fight To The Taliban

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Afghan commandos move through a smokescreen during a training exercise at Camp Commando on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

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Suicide Blast Kills More Than 30 In Afghanistan

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Kabul Appears To Be More Tense Since U.S. Troop Drawdown

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Pentagon Chief Searches For Beginning And Mid-Career Talent

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Testing The Standards: Do Gender Differences Matter For Combat?

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Sgt. Courtney White carries her machine gun before a live fire exercise at the Marine base at Twentynine Palms, Calif. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Can Female Marines Carry The Load And Kill The Enemy?

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U.S. Reconsiders Troop Withdrawal Plan In Afghanistan

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Lance Cpl. Brittany Dunklee talks with her fellow Marines. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'

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Female and male Marines prepare for a live-fire exercise at Twentynine Palms, a training camp in the Mojave Desert. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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In Intense Desert Training, Marine Women Fight For Place On Front Lines

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Islamic State Fighters Hold Tikrit As Military Assault Enters Second Week

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Petraeus Agrees To Plead Guilty To Improperly Handling Classified Information

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Advised By Iran's Military, Iraqi Forces Launch Effort To Retake Tikrit

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