September Soldiers magazine now available
September 14, 2006
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Sept. 13, 2006) - While training is the primary focus of Soldiers magazine's September issue, the lead story deals with a real-world operation: the assistance Maryland National Guard Soldiers provided to Americans evacuated from war-torn Lebanon.<br/><br/>News reports at the time indicated that, as of 21 July, hundreds of thousands of people had fled the country, including some 50,000 refugees who fled into neighboring Syria. Many of the American evacuees escaped by boat or helicopter before finding transportation home.<br/><br/>The first of the magazine's training features, "Extreme Makeover," details changes taking place in the 7th U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Training Command. The transformation most affects the Grafenwoehr Training Area, which is located between Nurnberg and Regensburg, Germany, and is gaining both troops and infrastructure to meet its heightened training missions.<br/><br/>For a look at one of the training exercises in which U.S. Army, South, is a major player, check "Fostering Cooperation in Latin America." And to find out how Soldiers train for technical rescues in the National Capital Region, have a look at "MDW's Rescue Engineers."<br/><br/>If you need a training area that can swallow up a division's worth of Soldiers and have room to spare, you head for the Pacific Northwest. There, local reporter Spc. Leah R. Burton explains what it's like when you're "Training at Yakima." A final training story features a close-up on the computer-based exercise "United Quest 2006."<br/><br/>For the inside story on the Army's connection to one of the world's most demanding sports, see "A Lot of Army Bull . . . Riding." Reported by Army Recruiting Command's Mary Kate Chambers, the feature also provides information on when the Army Invitational competition in Reading, Pa., will be broadcast.<br/><br/>For 65 years the United Service Organization has served America's military at home and abroad. The USO mission reaches far beyond its well-known entertainment tours, as Pentagon reporter Staff Sgt. Julie Nicolov explains in her feature, "Same Mission, New Methods."<br/><br/>Finally, with the five-year anniversary of September 11, Soldiers magazine presents new information on the building of the Pentagon Memorial, reported by Army intern Andricka Hammonds, and a story on efforts by bicycling enthusiasts who are raising money for the 9/11 memorials in New York City, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa. That story is reported by Pfc. Jessica Malott from Fort Bliss, Texas.<br/><br/>The magazine is available <a href = "http://www4.army.mil/soldiers">at www4.army.mil/soldiers</a>.