The wars and Western Massachusetts

  • The attacks of September 11, 2001

    The attacks of September 11, 2001
    Coordinated attacks involving hijacked airliners kill 2,976 people from 90 countries. An FBI investigation links the hijackers to the terrorist organization al Qaeda.
  • President Bush addresses a joint session of Congress

    In an address to a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush issues a list of demands -- including a call to turn in al Qaeda's leaders -- to Afghanistan's Taliban regime. "The leadership of al Qaeda has great influence in Afghanistan and supports the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country. In Afghanistan we see al Qaeda's vision for the world," Bush says.
  • U.S. launches air strikes against Afghanistan

    U.S. launches air strikes against Afghanistan
    Military action in Afghanistan, known as "Operation Enduring Freedom," begins as 15 land-based bombers strike military targets and al Qaeda training camps inside Afghanistan.
  • Daniel H. Petithory

    Daniel H. Petithory
    Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel H. Petithory, 32, of Cheshire, died Dec. 5, 2001 in a friendly fire bombing in Afghanistan.
  • "Operation Iraqi Freedom" begins

    "Operation Iraqi Freedom" begins
    "American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger," President Bush says in a televised address.
  • Phillip A. Jordan

    Phillip A. Jordan
    Marine Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan, 42, of Enfield, Conn., died March 23, 2003 near Nasiriyah, Iraq.
  • President Bush: "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended."

    President Bush: "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
    In a speech delivered aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Bush declares that major combat operations in Iraq have ended, and that "..now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country."
  • Gregory Belanger

    Gregory Belanger
    Sgt. Gregory Belanger, 24, of Deerfield, died Aug. 27, 2003 when a bomb struck his vehicle in Hallia, Iraq.
  • Jeremy F. Regnier

    Jeremy F. Regnier
    Army Spc. Jeremy F. Regnier, 22, of Littleton, N.H., a native of Agawam, died Oct. 10, 2003 in a bomb explosion in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Jeffrey F. Braun

    Jeffrey F. Braun
    Army Pfc. Jeffrey F. Braun, 19, of Stafford, Conn., died Dec. 12, 2003 from a non-hostile gunshot wound in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Glenn R. Allison

    Glenn R. Allison
    Army Sgt. Glenn R. Allison, 24, of Pittsfield, died Dec. 18, 2003 during physical training in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Stephen M. Wells

    Stephen M. Wells
    Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stephen M. Wells, 29, of North Egremont, died Feb. 25, 2004 in a helicopter crash in Habbinayah, Iraq.
  • Markus J. Johnson

    Markus J. Johnson
    Army Pfc. Markus J. Johnson, 20, of Springfield, died June 1, 2004 when a vehicle rolled over in Anbar Province, Iraq.
  • Travis J. Fuller

    Travis J. Fuller
    Marine 1st Lt. Travis J. Fuller, 26, of Granville, died Jan. 25, 2005 in a helicopter crash.
  • John W. Maloney

    John W. Maloney
    Marine Capt. John W. Maloney, 36, of Chicopee, died June 15, 2005 when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Ramadi, Iraq.
  • Leon G. James II

    Leon G. James II
    Army Lt. Col. Leon G. James II, 46, a Springfield native, died Oct. 10, 2005 in a bomb blast outside Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Stephen R. Bixler

    Stephen R. Bixler
    Marine Cpl. Stephen R. Bixler, 20, of Suffield, Conn., died May 4, 2006 while on foot patrol in Iraq.
  • David J. Babineau

    David J. Babineau
    Army Spc. David J. Babineau, 25, of Springfield, died June 16, 2006 in an attack south of Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Clint J. Storey

    Clint J. Storey
    Staff Sgt. Clint J. Storey, 30, of Enid, Okla., whose widow is from Palmer, died Aug. 4, 2006 in a bomb explosion in Ramadi, Iraq.
  • Philip A. Johnson

    Philip A. Johnson
    Marine Lance Cpl. Philip A. Johnson, 19, of Enfield, Conn., died Sept. 3, 2006 in a roadside attack west of Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Joshua L. Booth

    Joshua L. Booth
    Marine 2nd Lt. Joshua L. Booth, 23, of Sturbridge, died Oct. 17, 2006, in battle in Haditha, Iraq.
  • Christopher M. Wilson

    Christopher M. Wilson
    Army Spc. Christopher M. Wilson, 24, formerly of Chicopee, died March 29, 2007 of injuries suffered in a grenade explosion at Korengal Outpost, Afghanistan.
  • Daniel A. Newsom

    Daniel A. Newsom
    Army Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Newsome, 27, was killed by a roadside bomb on June 27, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Jeremy P. Bouffard

    Jeremy P. Bouffard
    Army Cpl. Jeremy P. Bouffard, 21, of Middlefield, died Aug. 22, 2007 in a helicopter crash in Iraq.
  • Ari D. Brown-Weeks

    Ari D. Brown-Weeks
    Army Spc. Ari D. Brown-Weeks, 23, of Leyden died Sept. 10, 2007 in a truck accident in Iraq.
  • Kenneth J. Iwasinski

    Kenneth J. Iwasinski
    Army Spc. Kenneth J. Iwasinski, 22, of Belchertown, died Oct. 14, 2007 following a roadside bomb explosion in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 4,000th U.S. military death in Iraq

    A roadside bomb kills four soldiers in southern Baghdad, bringing the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq to 4,000. [Reuters: Four U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, death toll 4,000]
  • Kevin A. Dupont

    Kevin A. Dupont
    Army Sgt. 1st Class Kevin A. Dupont, 52, of Chicopee, died June 17, 2009, of injuries suffered when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan March 8.
  • President Obama: 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan

    President Obama announces the commitment of an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, to be deployed in early 2010. [Full text of the address.]
  • Joshua D. Desforges

    Joshua D. Desforges
    Marine Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges, 23, of Ludlow, died May 12, 2010, in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
  • 1,000th U.S. military death in Afghanistan

    NATO reports the death of a U.S. service member in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan. [NPR: 1,000th U.S. Military Death In Afghanistan]