In today’s From the Front: (Click on link to read stories highlighted below) This post is courtesy of The Thunder Run Dispatches: Bouhammer: It is about time the Army starts to “Get it” Army Live: Celebrating five years of serving Soldiers Katherine Tiedemann: Daily brief: McChrystal to retire AfPak Channel: AfPak Behind the Lines: Karzai’s connections Brian Fishman: In command in Afghanistan Gareth Porter: Why Petraeus won’t salvage this war Family Matters Blog: Programs Help Warriors’ Families Home From Iraq: Last Workout Before the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) IraqPundit: Is a Lousy Deal Better than No Deal? Kerplunk: What Hastings got wrong in Rolling Stan Bill Roggio: Afghan, US forces launch offensive in Kunar One Marines View: We don’t promise you a rose garden on Tuesday either… Red Bull Rising: Red Bulls Get Exclusive Sneak Peak at ‘Restrepo’ Naheed Mustafa: Dispatches from AfPak: Notes from a Rally LTC Rich Phillips: Everyone Hates BAF She of the Sea: The Green and Blue Dress The Unknown Soldiers: ‘It feels amazing to be home’ Boston Maggie: Listen Up! I Want Something! Jules Crittenden: Boomerang Guard Wife: Sneaky Peeper Greyhawk: Meat Neptunus Lex: Manifold Absurdities Cassandra: “Milkooks” Phyllis Zimbler Miller: Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal Needs to Learn That Women Are Also Deployed News from the Home Front: Gen Stanley McChrystal to retire from US Army Cashiered general tells Army he’ll retire With Shift in Afghanistan, Talk Turns to Exit DOD Launches Voter Online Registration Assistant During Armed Forces and Overseas Citizens’ Voters’ Week Defense Secretary Robert Gates Statement on the National Space Policy News from the Front: Iraq: NATO Deputy Commander Visits Iraqi NCO School ‘Distro’ Platoon: the Lifeline of Soldiers at Remote Bases in Iraq Flat Stanley Visits Dragoon Troop Iraqi democracy transcends politics Afghanistan: UN vehicle shot in Afghan capital, driver hurt U.S. dog raid rumour sparks violent Afghan clash Roadside bombs kill five civilians in Afghanistan Revamped US strategy may see special operations troops step up action in Afghanistan Panel to Press Petraeus On Afghan Strategy U.S. medevac crews treat Afghan civilians, win hearts and minds Prince Harry desperate to return to Afghanistan U.S. strategy in Afghanistan may involve greater use of special operations forces Prince Harry wants to return to Afghanistan Saad Mohseni Is Afghanistan’s First Media Mogul Taliban extend sphere of influence, says expert Efforts to neutralise Afghan Taliban showing positive results, says NATO commanders UN needs more information from Karzai on Taliban U.S., Afghan forces launch assault along Pakistani border Up to 150 Taliban killed in Afghanistan Afghan military, police won’t be ready for U.S. withdrawal, report says McChrystal-Karzai Relationship Steers the News in Afghanistan Afghanistan Christians Detained Amid Execution Threats June 30 Marks One Year in Captivity for U.S. Soldier IJC Operational Update, June 29 Small Projects Reap Large Gains in Helmand Afghan Police Gain Leadership Skills, Public Trust Karzai denies talks with Haqqani network NATO “protection” plan means little to Afghan village Afghanistan Still Crucial to U.S. Interests, Obama Says Pakistan: Missiles kill 10 militants in Pakistan near Afghan border US airstrikes kill six militants, say Pakistani officials Pak ‘hedging bets’ on Haqqanis following US’ ‘dithering’ over Afghanistan Peshawar bracing for Taliban fight U.S. wary of Pakistan as power broker in Kabul Pakistan Receives F-16s That May Give `Unprecedented’ Boost Over Taliban The Thunder Run’s From the Front is a daily series that highlights news and personal dispatches from the front and the home front.