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  • Lawrence takes helm as Army chief information officer

    Mar 9, 2011

    Maj. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence became the Army's new chief information officer/G-6, March 3, and has also been confirmed for a third star which she will pin on later this month.

  • New culinary training extension opens at Fort Lee

    Mar 9, 2011

    Featuring modern classrooms and state-of-the-art cooking and baking labs, a new building extension for the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence was officially opened at Fort Lee, Va., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

  • West Point Class of 2014 Cadets conduct research on own sleep habits

    Mar 9, 2011

    West Point psychology students study information in the text nightly, and the next day they apply what they learned to hypothetical leadership problems generated by their combat-experienced instructors.

  • 11 examples of sustainable solutions for installations

    Mar 9, 2011

    U.S. Army installations frequently focus on improving energy efficiency, water usage and waste management practices in an effort become more sustainable to meet future military mission requirements.

  • Army astronaut discusses space, physics with West Point cadets

    Mar 9, 2011

    Col. Timothy J. Creamer, Army astronaut, flight engineer and former assistant professor in the West Point Physics Department (1992-95) spoke with cadets March 3, in Robinson Auditorium, at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., about what it was like living for more than five months aboard the International Space Station.

  • Smartphones combine with tactical radios to boost ground troops

    Mar 9, 2011

    Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division communicated via voice, data and images as they swarmed a mock village to capture a high value target. Information traveled rapidly up and down the chain of command through a cutting-edge combination of smartphones plugged into tactical radios.

  • Instructors strive for realism at civilian pre-deployment course

    Mar 9, 2011

    Rory Aylward and the instructors at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center have just 11 days to ready civilians for the realities of work and life in austere conditions and under the stressors of war.

  • Army growing contingency contracting ranks

    Mar 8, 2011

    The U.S. Army is continuing to expand its ranks of contingency contracting officers and noncommissioned officers tasked with providing forward contracting support to ongoing war zone and humanitarian missions worldwide.

  • Battlefield to boardroom: Corporate execs mentor troops

    Mar 8, 2011

    Twenty-nine companies are now participating in the American Corporate Partners program to mentor veterans and help them transition to become the next wave of corporate leaders.

  • Military chefs soup up skills at culinary competition

    Mar 8, 2011

    It's not likely what's being cooked up at Fort Lee, Va., will ever show up on the menu in a Dining Facility downrange, but the Soldiers manning the skillets there will go, and when they do, they'll take with them the skills they've demonstrated here.

  • CSA recognizes Army's premiere ceremonial unit

    Mar 8, 2011

    Army Chief of Staff, Gen. George W. Casey Jr. personally recognized more than 350 Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), March 7, 2011 at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

  • Panel says rescind policy on women in combat

    Mar 8, 2011

    A commission established to study diversity among military leaders is recommending that the Defense Department rescind its policy that prevents women from being assigned to ground combat units below the brigade level.

  • Commission recommends women be allowed in combat arms

    Mar 8, 2011

    A report released to the president and Congress Monday, recommends 20 changes in the way the military facilitates diversity, and suggests gender barriers be lifted on all career fields.

  • Man's best friend helps Soldiers cope with experiences

    Mar 7, 2011

  • Casey: Guard very different from 30 years ago

    Mar 7, 2011

    Every Guard brigade has deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and more than 300,000 Guardsmen have deployed in this war, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said Feb. 28.

  • Staying Army strong: Littlest Soldier receives biggest wish

    Mar 4, 2011

    Forty Soldiers surprise a struggling 9-year-old boy with a special birthday at the "Castle of Good Dreams."

  • Olympic hopeful breaks personal-best mark in hammer throwing on national stage

    Mar 4, 2011

    Maj. Mike Mai, commander of the 9th Financial Management Company and a nationally ranked weight and hammer thrower, recently set a new personal record in the weight throw at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and has his eye on the Olympics for the hammer throw in 2012.

  • Army pursues better buying power

    Mar 4, 2011

    The Army's better buying power - the ability to acquire better weapons systems and capabilities at lower prices - starts with the acquisition professionals who sign defense contracts.

  • Shadow defies gravity with success

    Mar 4, 2011

    An unmanned aircraft system in the Army's fleet today is defying gravity, soaring ever higher in performance and zooming down on cost.

  • Resolution celebrates women serving in defense

    Mar 4, 2011

    Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Department of Defense, was presented with a joint Congressional resolution March 3, honoring the service of women in the armed forces.

  • Deadline to claim Stop-Loss pay extended

    Mar 4, 2011

    The deadline to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has been extended to March 18.

  • Fort Sam Houston begins fueling Soldier Athletes

    Mar 4, 2011

    Since its inception the Army has prided itself on transforming everyday civilians into Army Strong Soldiers. Now it seeks to transform its Soldiers into something more: Soldier Athletes.

  • President signs continuing resolution, extends 'Stop Loss' deadline

    Mar 4, 2011

    Extending the continuing resolution also means that servicemembers and veterans have until March 18 to file for 'stop-loss' funds if their service was involuntarily extended between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009.

  • Dempsey pledges as CSA to serve Soldiers every day

    Mar 3, 2011

    Soldiers expect their leaders to provide them with the tools they need to do their jobs, something the general nominated as the next Army chief of staff says he'll focus on every day.

  • Pathfinder students take on night mass tactical jump

    Mar 3, 2011

    One hundred paratroopers, including 26 U.S. Army Pathfinder School students, participated in a night mass tactical airborne jump Wednesday at Fort Benning.

  • Manning faces more charges for classified leaks

    Mar 3, 2011

    After seven months of additional investigation, the U.S. Army has charged Pfc. Bradley E. Manning with 22 additional charges.

  • Fort Hood shooting victim battles bulge to go on active duty

    Mar 3, 2011

    Spc. Logan Burnett, a Soldier who was shot three times Nov. 5, 2009, has overcome many of his medical issues, but is fighting hard to lose weight and show the Army he is "lean, mean and ready to fight."

  • Army to Congress: FY 12 budget to sustain balance

    Mar 2, 2011

    For years the Army's chief of staff has said the service was "out of balance," but he believes next year's budget request will keep it on the right footing after 10 years of war.

  • Final day to claim Retro Stop-Loss pay: March 4

    Mar 2, 2011

    Soldiers, veterans and legally designated beneficiaries held under Stop-Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 may qualify for $500 for each month held in a Stop-Loss status.

  • Army Community Service to employ pilot transformation

    Mar 2, 2011

    Warner Barracks in Germany is one of 22 pilot sites selected to assess a new service-delivery design within Army Community Service that may overhaul the way ACS collectively operates.

  • PT test gets overhaul

    Mar 2, 2011

    For the first time since 1980, the Army Physical Fitness Test is being overhauled, and may be replaced by both the Physical Readiness Test and the Army Combat Readiness Test.

  • Benning female Soldiers test new Women's Army Combat Uniform

    Mar 2, 2011

    One hundred and fifty female Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, received two sets of the Women's Army Combat Uniform at the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion's headquarters on Kelley Hill, Feb. 23.

  • Army, industry partners discuss efficiencies

    Mar 1, 2011

    U.S. Army leaders and their industry counterparts agreed that they can work together to increase productivity and help identify areas of economic efficiency and cost savings in an era of constrained resources.

  • Westphal addresses budget cuts, balance

    Mar 1, 2011

    Becoming more efficient and innovative will be key to the Army's future as the service gradually downsizes end-strength between 2013 and 2015, said it's chief management officer Feb. 24.

  • Chandler sworn in as 14th SMA

    Mar 1, 2011

    The Army's 14th sergeant major of Army was sworn in during a March 1 standing-room-only ceremony in the Pentagon.

  • Army to field network 'capability sets'

    Mar 1, 2011

    Over the past year, the Army has developed a holistic network strategy that fundamentally changes how network technologies are integrated and deployed, said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's vice chief of staff.

  • Preston retires after record SMA stint

    Mar 1, 2011

    The 13th sergeant major of the Army retired today after having served more than seven years -- the longest term for the position since its inception in 1966.

  • Culinary contest opens with Chef of Year showdown

    Mar 1, 2011

    The first event of the 2011 Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va., featured 27 competitors vying for the Armed Forces Chef of the Year title.

  • Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to launch troop-support campaign

    Mar 1, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, plan to launch a campaign next month that's designed to rally citizens, businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide support for U.S. servicemembers and their families.

  • Soldiers to receive new precision mortar round

    Feb 28, 2011

    Early next month U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan will receive a first-of-its kind, GPS-guided 120mm mortar munition that can pinpoint targets at ranges up to 6,300 meters, service officials said.

  • Smartphones for all 'makes sense in long run'

    Feb 28, 2011

    It's not written in stone that every Soldier will get an Android phone or an iPhone -- but it signs are pointing to it.

  • Medics train to save, deliver babies in austure conditions

    Feb 28, 2011

    Some Soldiers and family members have the luxury of having a child delivered in the comforts of a home or hospital. However, other unlucky individuals can only hope to give birth in a structure with a roof and four walls.

  • TRADOC revises Army Physical Fitness Test

    Feb 28, 2011

    Army Training and Doctrine Command has driven the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School (USAPFS) to revise not only how the Army conducts physical training, but also how it will evaluate a Soldier's physical capability.

  • 3rd Special Forces Group Soldiers receive valor awards

    Feb 28, 2011

    Thirty-seven Soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) received awards for their valor on the battlefield while serving in Afghanistan.

  • Last WWI veteran dies

    Feb 28, 2011

    America's last known World War I veteran, Cpl. Frank Buckles, died Sunday at the age of 110.

  • Battling cold, conquering mountains in Alaska

    Feb 25, 2011

    Soldiers like Staff Sgt. Paul Willey, an instructor at the Army's Northern Warfare Training Center in Alaska, prepare Soldiers for the harsh conditions they may face in the rugged and unforgiving mountains of Afghanistan.

  • Gates challenges cadets to change Army culture

    Feb 25, 2011

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told cadets here that they must continue changing the culture of the Army to ensure the service can handle the challenges facing America.

  • Fort Riley fighters go 5-0 at UFF event

    Feb 25, 2011

    Fort Riley wasn't a very cordial host to its visitors during the post's first mixed martial arts event. All five Fort Riley fighters who competed in the 11-fight event sent their opponents home with a loss.

  • Tuskegee Airman shares his story of serving with distinction

    Feb 25, 2011

    James Sheppard was one of the men selected to be a part of the experimental group that came to be known as the Tuskegee Airmen. He was invited by the local chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Institute, with support from the African American Heritage Month committee, to share his story Feb. 17, here.

  • Managing transitions, profession highlighted in CSA-select speech

    Feb 25, 2011

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, discussed steps needed to manage transitions and how industry can contribute during his keynote speech at the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium here, today.

  • Fort Riley Soldiers 'cowboy up' at K-state rodeo

    Feb 25, 2011

    Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division traded in their combat boots and berets for cowboy hats and boots for the 55th Annual Kansas State University Collegiate Rodeo, Feb. 20.

  • Army Hammer-thrower to compete in 2011 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships

    Feb 24, 2011

    The thought of standing in the middle of a packed stadium and listening to the roar of cheering fans is not an uncommon fantasy. Maj. Mike Mai has actually been there.

  • Army wants to develop Soldier as decisive weapon

    Feb 24, 2011

    The Army needs to continue investing in and developing new technologies which help make Soldiers themselves a decisive weapon in combat, service leaders told hundreds of industry and military attendees here, Feb. 23, at the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium.

  • Retired officer reaches goal of climbing world's 7 highest peaks

    Feb 24, 2011

    Having summitted the highest peak on each of the world's seven continents - each on the first attempt - retired Air Force Col. Steve Giesecke has been everywhere from the equatorial jungles of Indonesia to the ice sheets of Antarctica.

  • AUSA winter symposium focuses on technology

    Feb 24, 2011

    The Association of the U.S. Army's Institute of Land Warfare launched its 2011 Winter Symposium and Exposition here, yesterday, with panels and speakers focusing on emerging technologies.

  • Paratroopers get back to basics with JOAX

    Feb 24, 2011

    Paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division and two of its brigade combat teams conducted a Joint Operations Access Exercise, or JOAX, Feb. 8-16, to test their ability to jump into a hostile environment and conduct combat operations.

  • Federal agencies learn benefits of hiring wounded veterans

    Feb 24, 2011

    Hiring representatives from two dozen federal agencies gathered Feb. 23, at Fort Belvoir, Va., for a two-day event designed in part to help them meet new requirements to increase hiring of veterans and disabled Americans.

  • Cobb makes NASCAR history in 'Driven 2 Honor' debut

    Feb 23, 2011

    Jennifer Jo Cobb posted the highest finish by a female in NASCAR truck-racing history while debuting her "Driven 2 Honor" Ford at Daytona International Speedway, Fla., and treating two female servicemembers to a VIP weekend.

  • Atlanta ceremony recognizes R&R contributors

    Feb 23, 2011

    During a ceremony at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Feb. 17, military officials recognized several organizations that support the Rest and Recuperation leave program.

  • Army announces 2011 Warrior Games team

    Feb 23, 2011

    The U.S. Army's Warrior Transition Command has announced the selection of wounded-warrior athletes who will represent the Army at the 2011 Warrior Games, May 16-21, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • SMA Preston reflects on Army's growth

    Feb 22, 2011

    As Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston prepares to step down March 1 as the Army chief of staff's personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, he attended a final bloggers roundtable Feb. 17 to reflect on the Army's changes during his tenure.

  • Employees writing on the walls' Not a problem

    Feb 22, 2011

    One Tobyhanna organization sees the writing on the wall when it comes to cutting overhead costs and improving efficiency.

  • House, Freakley reaffirm Army's sponsorship of motorsports teams

    Feb 22, 2011

    On the day the House voted 281-148 to allow the U.S Army to continue its NASCAR sponsorship, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley explained the importance of the relationship to the media at Daytona International Speedway, Fla.

  • Wiesbaden daughters welcome home their fathers by 'Dancing with Daddy'

    Feb 22, 2011

    Girls from across the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden put a spin on their fathers' welcome home celebrations. They also added a few dips, twists, turns and squeals. A,A

  • Leaders outline improved health care services

    Feb 22, 2011

    The Defense Department has taken a number of recent steps to improve health care and family support services for military members and their families, the department's two top leaders told a Senate panel yesterday.

  • Guard, Reserve family readiness groups honored at Pentagon

    Feb 22, 2011

    Unit family readiness group members, representing all of the military Reserve components, were recognized during a ceremony at the Pentagon today, in recognition of their outstanding family support programs.

  • New helicopter on Army horizon

    Feb 18, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- While most of the focus in today's Army is on the war fighter and how best to support current military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a leader in military aviation is calling for some of that focus to shift to the equipment needs of the future.

  • Army reaches eCYBERMISSION milestone

    Feb 18, 2011

    U.S. Army eCYBERMISSION reached its 2011 goal when the 1,000th volunteer virtual judge signed up during the final stop of its road show Feb. 9.

  • Brain experts meet to further Soldier head protection

    Feb 17, 2011

    Soldiers can have some of the same brain damage as boxers, according to one researcher who presented at the Soldier Protective Conference.

  • Registration open for 2011 Bataan Memorial Death March

    Feb 17, 2011

    It is time to start preparing for the 2011 Bataan Memorial Death March to be conducted March 27, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • Science chief charts future technologies

    Feb 17, 2011

    The United States needs a stronger, more vibrant and reshaped defense industrial base, said Zack Lemnios, assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering. The nation must understand what lies ahead for science and technology and where to make investments.

  • Army special ops continues to grow, increase optempo

    Feb 17, 2011

    Army Special Operations Command has more than doubled its manpower since Sept. 11, 2001, and according to its deputy commander, mission requirements and operations tempo will continue on an upward glide path.

  • Military children spend a day on deployment with ACS

    Feb 17, 2011

    During a day-long mock deployment Fort Hood children learned about Iraq and Afghanistan, went through a mock Soldier readiness processing where they received shots and eye examinations, tried on tactical gear, ate a Soldier-appropriate Jlunch and went on a road march.

  • Gates tells Congress funding cuts would cause crisis

    Feb 17, 2011

    The Defense Department would face a crisis if it's forced to continue operating under a continuing resolution or doesn't receive the funding it needs, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress today.

  • Army Reserve breaks ground on new facility

    Feb 16, 2011

    Construction of the new $19.6 million facility for the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve officially began at Fort Belvoir, Va., Monday, with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

  • Academy Band NCO earns Grammy

    Feb 16, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Brandie Lane, U.S. Military Academy Band audio engineer, received a Grammy for Best Engineered Album - Classical category.

  • African-American experience presented from Civil War, beyond

    Feb 16, 2011

    Many times before West Point Cadet Robert Weir appreciated the African-American History Month program sitting among an audience. On Feb. 11, he proudly took the stage with his fellow cadets to present "A Ways to Go: African-Americans in the Civil War and Beyond."

  • CSA visits Marne Soldiers

    Feb 15, 2011

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., Feb. 14, accompanied by his wife Shiela and Jill Biden.

  • WCAP runners lead All-Army to silver in Armed Forces Cross Country

    Feb 15, 2011

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program runners Spc. Robert Cheseret won the men's 12K and Maj. Emily Potter finished second in the women's 8K at the 2011 Armed Forces Cross Country Championships on Feb. 5 in San Diego.

  • Congress told every MWR dollar will count

    Feb 15, 2011

    The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel began its 2011 hearing cycle last week looking at the Defense Department's Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

  • Army requests $29.5 billion less than last year

    Feb 15, 2011

    The Army's Fiscal Year 2012 budget request includes funding for a 1.5 percent pay raise for Soldiers, a 3.1 percent increase in housing allowance, and a 3.4 percent increase in subsistence.

  • Sheet metal from Army Veterans Day tribute car raises $6,147 for military charities

    Feb 15, 2011

    Stewart-Haas Racing today announced the online auction, featuring pieces of sheet metal from Ryan Newman's No. 39 U.S. Army Veterans Day Tribute car, raised more than $6,100 for the Fisher House Foundation and Army Emergency Relief.

  • 'Don't Ask' repeal training set to begin

    Feb 14, 2011

    Training will begin shortly for experts in certain specialties and leaders as part of the plan for finalizing repeal of the law that bars gay men, lesbians and bisexuals from serving openly in the military, the chief of staff for the Defense Department's repeal implementation team said here today.

  • Officials invite spouses to share employment ups, downs

    Feb 14, 2011

    Defense Department officials are inviting military spouses to air their state licensing issues and concerns as part of an overall effort to boost spouses' education and career opportunities.

  • Army releases budget request for Fiscal Year 2012

    Feb 14, 2011

    The Army is requesting a FY 2012 base budget of $144.9 billion with an additional $71.1 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.

  • Vice president visits Fort Campbell

    Feb 14, 2011

    Vice President Joe Biden visited high school football players at Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 11, then welcomed home some of their parents from Afghanistan.

  • Chicago Auto Show spotlights Army technology

    Feb 14, 2011

    This week the Army is exhibiting prototype vehicles and other technologies at the Chicago Auto Show.

  • Service secretaries receive 'Don't Ask' repeal plan

    Feb 14, 2011

    Pentagon officials today sent the Defense Department's implementation plan for repeal of the law commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the service secretaries with a March 1 deadline for their first progress update.

  • Pentagon honors African-Americans in Korean War

    Feb 14, 2011

    A Black History Month observance at the Pentagon Feb. 11 paid homage to African-Americans who fought in Korea and also commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

  • GAT results to soon include fitness score

    Feb 11, 2011

    A Soldier's physical fitness numbers will soon be included as part of results given after taking the online "Global Assessment Tool."

  • Retreat provides relationship refresh for III Corps couples

    Feb 11, 2011

    The Army is committed to helping its families work on their relationships. Through modules such as the Chaplain Corps-sponsored Strong Bonds program, Army couples are offered tools and tips to help with the tough times or further strengthen already strong marriages and relationships.

  • Cone uncases Corps colors, reflects on mission in Iraq

    Feb 11, 2011

    Marking the return from its third deployment to Iraq, III Corps uncased its colors Feb. 10, at the III Corps' headquarters at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • AMC top NCO: I wanted to be the best Soldier I could be

    Feb 11, 2011

    Thought by all accounts to be the last draftee on active continuous duty, Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger still wears the Soldier's uniform with pride.

  • Mobile apps supplying Soldiers with training

    Feb 11, 2011

    To capitalize on talents of tech-savvy Soldiers, the Army is conducting a pilot program at Fort Lee that could potentially change the training environment.

  • Army amputee runs on inspiration

    Feb 11, 2011

    Warrant Officer Johnathan Holsey, stationed at Fort Gilliem, Ga., keeps fit for military duty -- often logging two to three miles per day, but with one caveat; Holsey has a prosthetic leg.

  • Army drafting new regulation for WTUs

    Feb 10, 2011

    The Warrior Transition Command is developing a consolidated regulation that will provide complete oversight and guidance for its 29 units across the Army.

  • Mullen talks changing world, challenges ahead to Army War College audience

    Feb 10, 2011

    Adm. Mike Mullen, the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to the Army War College student body as part of the Commandant's Lecture Series, which this year is focused on officership and the profession.

  • Army Nurse Corps marks 110 years of touching lives

    Feb 10, 2011

    Last week the Army Nurse Corps celebrated its 110th anniversary of standing shoulder to shoulder with Soldiers and providing care for all military service members and their families throughout every major conflict.

  • Army aviation leaders gather to chart branch's future

    Feb 10, 2011

    More than 200 leaders in the Army Aviation Branch descended upon Fort Rucker, Ala., Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, to guide the future of aviation for 2011 and beyond.

  • Boy involved in claw machine rescue

    Feb 10, 2011

    Kids say the darndest things. That's what Bethany Johnson Storlazzi, head of Fort Jackson's home-school group, thought when her 8-year-old son, Drew, said he saw a baby in a toy vending machine as they walked by the Carolina Wings restaurant in Northeast Columbia last week.

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