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  • The future of prosthetics is in your mind

    Feb 24, 2010

    Robotics has long fascinated the mind of the public. Androids, bionic men and exoskeletons populate both the large and small screens. But until recently, the technology seen in pop culture has not been manifested in daily life. Now, the Department of Defense is revolutionizing the field of prosthetics and turning science fiction into science fact.

  • Adopt A Veteran

    Feb 24, 2010

    Like many veterans, Sgt. 1st Class Rocky was looking forward to a long, lazy retirement, full of long walks, naps and some rousing games of ball. He'd earned the downtime after multiple deployments, hours on guard duty and some medical issues, including a partial amputation.

  • U.S.-Iraqi partnership halts smuggling across Syrian border

    Feb 24, 2010

    Since U.S. advise-and-assist forces began partnering with Iraqi border patrols along the Syrian border in mid-November 2009, the instances of smugglers circumventing port-of-entry stations have all but ceased, according to several sources within the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement.

  • History of the Medal of Honor

    Feb 24, 2010

    The history of the Army's Medal of Honor and the Medal of Honor flag is given.

  • Army Medal of Honor recipients in OEF/OIF

    Feb 24, 2010

    Army Medal of Honor recipients of OEF/OIF are honored.

  • Passion for medicine

    Jan 27, 2010

    TWO years ago, Daniel Bateson was hanging drywall with his family's home improvement business.

  • Role model for Ugandan teens

    Jan 27, 2010

    WHEN Staff Sgt. John Okumu joined the U.S. Army five years ago, he never dreamed he would one day deploy to Africa, the continent he once called home.

  • USARAF serving in Africa

    Jan 27, 2010

    WHEN U.S. Army Africa wrapped up Natural Fire 10 in Uganda in October, it marked a change in the way Soldiers conduct missions on the continent. Not only was it the command's first major exercise, it was also its debut as the newest Army service component command.

  • Army Reserve nurse delivers baby in rural Uganda

    Jan 27, 2010

    WHEN 1st Lt. Victoria Lynn Watson deployed to Uganda for Natural Fire 10, she never imagined using her labor and delivery nursing skills-but she did, twice.

  • Buzz over malaria

    Jan 27, 2010

    Col. Scott Gordon (pictured above), is commander of U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya. He sat down recently with Rick Scavetta of U.S. Army Africa to discuss malaria vaccine research in western Kenya.

  • Getting Jigui

    Jan 27, 2010

    WHEN a Senegalese military unit convoyed nearly 1,900 miles from coastal West Africa to a multi-national exercise in Burkina Faso, a senior U.S. Army Africa maintenance expert took note.

  • Civil affairs officer honored in Uganda

    Jan 27, 2010

    AN Army civil affairs officer known for his humanitarian efforts in northern Uganda was posthumously honored when U.S. and Ugandan officials dedicated a school renovation to his memory.

  • Making an impact through research

    Jan 27, 2010

    WHEN Maj. Mike Walter makes the five-hour drive from U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya's Nairobi headquarters to the command's field stations in western Kenya, he brakes for zebras, warthogs and baboons.

  • Mentorship in Ethiopia offers low-cost, high-impact benefits

    Jan 27, 2010

    AFTER spending a year mentoring Ethiopian officers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Lt. Col. Randy Torno jumped at the chance to extend his tour-remaining in the role he calls the most rewarding job he's ever done.

  • Ethiopia - Kagnew veterans share memories of Korean War

    Jan 27, 2010

    AS Yilma Belachew gazed upon memorial stones honoring fallen Ethiopian comrades, his memories drifted back to bodies rolling down a hillside in Korea, where he fought alongside U.S. Soldiers. Belachew, then a 20-year-old captain with the Kagnew Battalion, was among United Nations troops who fought communist forces on the Korean peninsula. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the start of that conflict. "We went with Americans to the front line and fought together," Belachew said. "From that, we helped a great nation, Korea, to survive." Minutes earlier, Belachew welcomed U.S. Army Africa officers to the Ethiopians' Korea War Veterans Association museum and memorial, tucked within a park in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. It was the first time he'd seen U.S. troops in six decades.

  • February 2010

    Jan 27, 2010

    U.S. Soldiers perform a variety of tasks, helping people in Africa.

  • Year in Review 2009

    Jan 7, 2010

    Since the content for the January issue (Year in Review) of Soldiers magazine is not the standard article/photograph format, it is only available as a .pdf. To download it, click on the icon with this cover image at the bottom of the page.

  • January 2010

    Jan 7, 2010

    Vol. 65, No. 1

  • New capability gives National Guard Soldiers more realistic training opportunities

    Nov 27, 2009

    In the midst of a nondescript Middle Eastern-style village, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Soldiers interact with the local inhabitants the same as they have done day in and day out on routine patrols.

  • Army celebrates 100 years of chaplain assistants

    Nov 27, 2009

    On Dec. 28, 1909, General Order No. 253 was published, establishing the official military occupational specialty of the chaplain assistant, stating that one enlisted man will serve to assist the chaplain in the performance of his official duties.

  • Florida National Guard Soldiers prepare for Iraq deployment

    Nov 27, 2009

    Although the upcoming deployment of the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be a historic event, the preparation for the unit's mobilization has already gone down as the largest training event ever for the Florida Army National Guard.

  • December 2009

    Nov 24, 2009

    Vol. 64, No. 12

  • The 'reel' Army

    Nov 24, 2009

    The summer movie season can be filled with action-packed, blockbuster movies. The 2009 season was no exception, presenting audiences with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." The hordes of '80s children who gleefully cheered on the giant robots and elite military teams may not realize how involved the Army was in helping make these movies.

  • First Soldiers in space

    Nov 24, 2009

    Colonel Robert L. Stewart floated through the space shuttle Challenger's cargo bay and over to his jetpack-known in NASA terms as a Manned Maneuvering Unit. He eased himself into it and swung the pack's armrests into position. After a quick systems check, he released his tether and, using buttons and joysticks, slowly rocketed away from the bay. With his legs dangling free, Stewart left the safety of the shuttle.

  • Mission accomplished!

    Nov 24, 2009

    "First gear-let's move out!" Terry (Shelswell) yelled for the last time this morning. Today is the final day of the 2009 MVPA Convoy.

  • Transcontinental convoy

    Nov 24, 2009

    When it comes to withstanding the whirling, violent winds of a good ole' Midwestern thunderstorm, Don Chew of Brighton, Colo., has probably seen or encountered just about everything.

  • California or bust

    Nov 24, 2009

    Five antique military vehicles, representing every conflict from World War I to Vietnam, convoy through Washington's morning rush hour at 30 mph. The mirrors, lights and signals are microscopic, and one car doesn't have signals at all.

  • Chaplain assistants: 100 years of Soldier and spiritual support

    Nov 24, 2009

    He didn't plan to stay in the Army. Joe Stanfield planned to get out with a college degree after his two-year commitment. Nine years later, he's still in the Army. He has the degree, and is working on another. Stanfield's not sure what the future holds, he knows one thing-he loves his job. He's a chaplain assistant.

  • SF NCOs share leadership insight

    Oct 27, 2009

    THROUGHOUT history, NCOs have provided critical leadership under the most austere conditions. It is a lead-by-example attitude which has been the foundation of the Army's NCO Corps since its beginning.

  • Chief Warrant Officer 5 David Cooper

    Oct 27, 2009

    ALL Chief Warrant Officer 5 David Cooper's family knew of Nov. 27, 2006, was that it had been "a really tough day" at work for him. Repeatedly flying into heavy enemy fire to divert attacks away from his comrades on the ground was probably not what they had in mind. But as the AH-6 Little Bird flight lead against a foreign fighter facilitator in central Iraq, that's just what Cooper ended up doing.

  • Staff Sgt. Joseph Kapacziewski

    Oct 27, 2009

    FOR Staff Sgt. Joseph Kapacziewski, Oct. 3, 2005, began like any other day. He was in Iraq on his fifth deployment with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, after serving three previous deployments to Afghanistan. But when an enemy grenade exploded next to him while on a mission, a recovery process that would last years was set into motion.

  • Spc. Joseph Gibson

    Oct 27, 2009

    AS the helicopter full of Rangers touched down that April night in 2008, in Iraq, Gibson and his fellow Soldiers found themselves dodging enemy small-arms fire less than 50 meters away. Gibson's platoon sergeant would later say the enemy small-arms and machine-gun fire began less than a minute after the group disembarked the helicopter. Among the two Ranger casualties was a Soldier with a life-threatening gunshot wound.

  • Sgt. 1st Class Drew Kimmey

    Oct 27, 2009

    CIVIL Affairs Team 745 was stationed at Fire Base Cobra in Oruzgan, Afghanistan, with special operations detachments from the 3rd Special Forces Group, and members of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police.

  • Spc. Kimberly Hernandez

    Oct 27, 2009

    MANY Soldiers attend the Combat Lifesaver's Course throughout their careers, learning emergency first aid such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, rescue breathing and how to control bleeding.

  • Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding

    Oct 27, 2009

    BEING born on the fourth of July with a name like John Wayne, arguably few people could be called more American. But for this young Special Forces communications sergeant, the price of freedom was realized April 6, 2008, when he lost the lower half of his right leg to sniper fire during an operation in the Shok Valley of Afghanistan.

  • Sgt. 1st Class John 'Mike' Fairfax

    Oct 27, 2009

    WHEN individuals join the Army, they set their sights on a host of advanced schools, like Air Assault, Ranger and Pathfinder. An airborne-qualified noncommissioned officer also sets his sights on the Jumpmaster Course.

  • 4th POG - Words conquer

    Oct 26, 2009

    PSYCHOLOGICAL warfare missions are planned to stimulate or strengthen positive attitudes and behaviors in enemy forces or civilians. This is achieved by passing on tailored messaging to the target audience. PSYOP Soldiers come armed with imagery, graphics and expressions to develop and deliver the right message at the right time and place to get the results needed.

  • 528th Sustainment Brigade - Providing for the force

    Oct 26, 2009

    This is logistics on the edge. Whether the edge of a mountain or the edge of a map, the 528th Sustainment Brigade is likely there, ensuring special operations units have what they need. The Army's only airborne sustainment brigade looks beyond "areas of responsibility," and is one of the most unique sustainment organizations in the Army. On any given day, nearly one-third of the 528th is deployed somewhere in the world providing critical support to special operations units.

  • Advise, Support, Stabilize - 95th Civil Affairs Brigade gun-toting diplomats

    Oct 26, 2009

    SINCE its formation in 2006, the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade has hit the ground running. From the Philippines to Africa to Afghanistan, the Army's only active-duty civil affairs brigade has made itself indispensible to special operations forces attempting to build rapport with locals. The brigade's Soldiers take great pride serving as "ambassadors" to some of the world's most remote and desperate regions, as well as providing valuable support to special operations teams. The job of the civil affairs Soldier has taken on new meaning in recent years.

  • 160th SOAR - Plus or minus 30 seconds

    Oct 26, 2009

    SPECIAL operations forces have come to rely on the "plus or minus 30 seconds" guarantee of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment: the ability to be on target anywhere in the world within 30 seconds of the desired time.

  • The Black Daggers - Global warriors

    Oct 26, 2009

    FOR almost three-quarters of a century, highly trained groups of Soldiers have been inserted behind enemy lines to disrupt the movement of enemy troops and supplies to the front lines. These brave Soldiers have frequently used parachutes as a means to infiltrate without being detected.

  • 75th Rangers - Living the legacy

    Oct 26, 2009

    WANT to get physical' The 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite, light-infantry special operations force, may be for you.

  • Special Forces - Shooters and thinkers

    Oct 26, 2009

    Bestowing the Green Beret upon Special Forces in 1961, President John F. Kennedy called the distinctive headgear "a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom." That standard of excellence continues to distinguish those who have earned the Special Forces tab.

  • The making of USASOC Soldiers

    Oct 26, 2009

    The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, USASOC's special operations university, is responsible for special operations training, leader development, doctrine and personnel proponency for civil affairs, psychological operations and Special Forces.

  • USASOC - Full disclosure

    Oct 26, 2009

    TALES of risk and adrenaline swirl around the Army's special operations forces. And while special operations have long operated at the tip of the spear, the character of the men and women of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, known as USASOC, is much more about mental agility, cohesion, small-team operations and individuals pushing past self-imposed barriers.

  • November 2009, Vol 64, Issue 11

    Oct 26, 2009

    A Special Forces Soldier with A Co., 1st Bn., 7th Special Forces Group gives an Afghan boy a coloring book in Kandahar Province, during a meeting with local leaders, Sept. 12, 2008. The SF team and Afghan commandos met with religious leaders to gain their support and obtain information about insurgents in the region. Special Forces Soldiers, working with Afghan commandos in this region, often wear the battle dress uniform to blend in with their Afghan counterparts.

  • October 2009 Soldiers Magazine

    Sep 23, 2009

  • Valued readers

    Sep 23, 2009

  • 'On Target'

    Sep 23, 2009

  • BRAC

    Sep 23, 2009

  • Soldiers show support for six-year-old boy with cancer

    Sep 23, 2009

    Rachel and Alex Pertile have secretly paid for the meals of servicemembers when they see them out with their families in local restaurants. It was their way to show thanks to the men and women who serve in the armed forces. They never imagined the favor would be returned in such an inspiring way.

  • Can U tell me how to get to Sesame Street'

    Sep 23, 2009

    In the past several years, Elmo and Rosita's families have undergone some scary and confusing changes.

  • Soldiers bring care to people in need

    Sep 23, 2009

    Providing medical care to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines assigned to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, is one part of the mission of the Joint Task Force-Bravo Medical Element.

  • Hiking for the people

    Sep 23, 2009

    Not everybody in Honduras goes hungry, but many do. The tiny country is one of the poorest in Central America, with more than one in four Hondurans unemployed.

  • Fighting floods, drugs in Central, South America

    Sep 23, 2009

    Nearly a quarter of the 1,100 individuals employed in the American section of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, are Soldiers. And like the foreign nationals, American contractors, Sailors, Marines and Airmen stationed there, they support the mission of Joint Task Force-Bravo.

  • Electronic Warfare - a new way of fighting

    Aug 21, 2009

    IMAGINE a world where every aspect of your electronic life is vulnerable to direct attack. Your cell phone, computer, radio-all of them susceptible to electromagnetic assault. Imagine, too, that you are capable of the same thing. You have the ability to silence radios, or turn cell phones into stealthy spies. Sounds like something out of a science fiction book, doesn't it' It's not.

  • Battle of the bulge

    Aug 21, 2009

    FROZEN legs, captivity during war, and a hunger-driven scramble to gather scattered pieces of bread on the ground are just some of the mental snapshots that William Schuchert still holds from his days as a young Soldier during World War II.

  • America's Army - Army values & plenty of action

    Aug 21, 2009

    LAUNCHED in July 2002, the game "America's Army" has been a runaway success on the Internet. Primarily a downloadable, online, first-person shooter PC game-and more importantly, entirely free-"America's Army" has provided unique insight into the life of a Soldier through a virtual environment.

  • Remembering more than just a game

    Aug 21, 2009

    WITH golden helmets glistening in the setting mid-June sun, emotions were rising as young masters of the gridiron paid homage to Pennsylvania's fallen warriors from the Iron Division.

  • Patton 'Bested' at the Battle of Bermuda Bridge

    Aug 21, 2009

    BANG! The sharp rapport of a .50 caliber machine gun broke the stillness of the hot, humid Louisiana afternoon, freezing Maj. Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s Blue army convoy in its tracks. Reconnaissance had shown that this portion of the Cane River was friendly territory, but they were under attack.

  • The Drill Sergeant of the Year competition

    Aug 21, 2009

    STAFF Sgts. Michael Johnston and Joshua MarshallAca,!a,,cs victories drew the weeklong Drill Sergeant of the Year competition to a close, June 26, at Fort Monroe, Va.Aca,!a,,cs Continental Park. The competition tested the top seven drill sergeants over a five-day period on their ability to perform the tasks they teach Soldiers every day.

  • September 2009, Vol 64, Issue 9

    Aug 21, 2009

    Soldiers in Honduras provide assistance to people in Central and South America.

  • August 2009, Vol 64, No 8

    Jul 24, 2009

  • Volunteers rock

    Jul 23, 2009

    THE smoke clears. The curtain slowly rises as rowdy fans cheer. A group emerges sporting larger-than-life hair and lurid clothing. Bright lights and earsplitting noise ensue. That's what typically comes to mind when you picture a rock band, right'

  • Forming bonds through medicine in the Horn of Africa

    Jul 23, 2009

    SERVICEMEMBERS from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa traveled throughout remote regions of Djibouti in March, providing medical and public health aid during a medical civil action program. The MEDCAP team, made up of Soldiers assigned to the 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, 360th Civil Affairs Brigade force-protection personnel, Sailors from Camp Lemonier's Expeditionary Medical Facility, and medics from the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion, visited several villages in the Gaggade Desert.

  • Honoring soldiers with music

    Jul 23, 2009

    MUSIC, for most people, is a natural and pervasive part of life. It's everywhere-on your MP3 player, the radio, or stuck on repeat in your head. It helps express otherwise inexpressible feelings, and serves to calm nerves. Music is also a great way to remember things and can be used as a teaching tool. The JamsBio project from Mouth Watering Media harnesses that emotional and academic power to pay tribute to American servicemembers.

  • Soldiers catch flat track fever!

    Jul 23, 2009

    ROLLER derby is an American-invented team sport based on formation skating around an oval track, which can be flat or banked. Played mostly by women, roller derby is an organized, if rough, sport where showmanship is a must (cue flame print knee socks). The derby is a bit of an underdog sport, only recently regaining popularity. Grassroots leagues have popped up around the nation and are gaining a small yet fiercely loyal following.

  • A time of war

    Jul 23, 2009

    CHARLES William Eubanks, a resident of West Point, Miss., wants to be remembered-not as a hero, but as a survivor of D-Day.

  • Remembering D-Day

    Jul 23, 2009

    FOR the past 23 years, veterans age 55 and older have come together to compete in the National Veterans Golden Age Games. It's the largest sports and recreational competition for this age group of military veterans in the world, and this year's competition, held in Birmingham, Ala., in early June, marked a special commemoration. On June 5, 2009, the eve of the 65th anniversary of D-day, four veterans of World War II who fought in Normandy, on and after that frightful day, shared their stories.

  • Post-Deployment Health Reassessment

    Jul 23, 2009

    STAFF Sgt. Les Newport returned from a nine-month deployment to Iraq in November 2008. "While I had been in the Army for 27 years, nothing prepares you for what you may witness during a deployment. You push your health concerns aside as you are excited to reunite with family and loved ones," said Newport, who belongs to the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team with the Indiana National Guard.

  • In 'the shadow of a mighty presence'

    Jul 23, 2009

    FIRST Lt. Dennis Chamberlain always knew that he wanted to join the Army and carry on his family's legacy of military service-he just didn't know quite how long or how famous that family legacy was.

  • Survival school - Out of your comfort zone

    Jul 23, 2009

    WHEN evading capture in the South African bush, grassy juice from an impala's stomach quenches thirst. Noisy hippos mean water is nearby, as does sighting an African fish eagle. These are a few tips Staff Sgt. John Otfinoski, a squad leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, learned recently in survival school, taught by the South African Special Forces.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

    Jul 23, 2009

    THE Army has always emphasized physical fitness as a large part of its training, but has not always focused as extensively on mental, emotional and social well being as it does today. The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program will provide the missing link, teaching Soldiers to become more resilient in five aspects of total fitness: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family strength.

  • July 2009

    Jun 25, 2009

    The "Golden Knights" celebrate their 50th anniversary.

  • June 2009, Vol. 64, No. 6

    Jun 4, 2009

    2009 has been designated by the Army as the "Year of the NCO"

  • A 'Yes' that changed my life

    Jun 4, 2009

    We were headed straight into the storm. I pressed my face hard against the plastic window, watching the wing tip lights as they disappeared in the blackness. I put up my tray table and glanced down at my watch. It had been less than two hours since we took off from Bien Hoa, South Vietnam.

  • A family of sergeants major

    Jun 4, 2009

    Only one percent of Reserve Soldiers and 0.8 percent of active-duty Soldiers who raise their hands on enlistment day will ever reach the rank of sergeant major or command sergeant major.

  • From NCO to CEO: Master Sgt. Mark "Ranger" Jones

    Jun 4, 2009

    Not many people afraid of heights would jump out of an airplane willingly. Most people don't live out of their car for two years. But that's exactly what Mark "Ranger" Jones was doing when he began his Army career.

  • The man in the mirror: Sgt. Robert Bartlett

    Jun 4, 2009

    When you look in the mirror, who do you see'" On May 20, 2005, a 31-year-old Army scout sniper named Pfc. Robert Bartlett glanced at the mirror placed before him with his right eye, his left eye blinded. Burns covered his face and hands; his bottom lip, an eyelid, five teeth, the front of his nose and part of his jaw-all missing.

  • Day of the sniper: The story behind 'the million-dollar shot'

    Jun 4, 2009

    The four-man sniper team hardly dared to breathe. For two days and nights they had waited for the right situation, and it was finally here.

  • NCO pride and heritage run deep

    Jun 4, 2009

    Noncommissioned officers are "the backbone of the Army," states the U.S. Army's NCO Creed. "Backbone" refers to the critical role NCOs play: training and looking after the welfare of junior Soldiers, leading by example, and advising officers and executing their orders with minimal supervision.

  • Rising to the challenge: NCO of the Year

    Jun 4, 2009

    When Staff Sgt. Michael Noyce Merino agreed to go before his unit's Noncommissioned Officer of the Year board last year, he had no idea what he was getting into, no idea that he would soon be an ambassador for the Army and an example for NCOs and other Soldiers worldwide.

  • Correction for May 2009 issue

    Jun 4, 2009

  • NCOs as mentors

    Jun 4, 2009

  • Dave Ramsey's How to be financially fit...

    Jun 1, 2009

    Personal money management expert, Dave Ramsey, opened up to Soldiers magazine about how Soldiers can be financially fit.

  • Stretching your dollar on an Army budget

    Jun 1, 2009

    Growing up, my family had little money. We had to watch things closely to make sure we made it through the month.

  • BRAC: Balancing people and missions

    Jun 1, 2009

    A symbolic milestone was reached at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., this spring with the completion of the exterior of all of the buildings being constructed as part of Phase I of a sprawling campus here, which will eventually contain 2.4 million square feet of office space for well over 7,000 military and civilian personnel and support contractors.

  • To move or not to move

    Jun 1, 2009

    The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act, better known as BRAC, is many things to many people.

  • Miracles on a mountainside

    Jun 1, 2009

    Army veteran Javier Torres recently traveled from the warmth of Puerto Rico to a snowy mountain in Colorado for some major life-changing experiences. "My eyes have been opened to discovering that there is a whole new world to experience out there," he said.

  • Biometrics on the ground and in the DOD

    Jun 1, 2009

    The Biometrics Task Force, located in Arlington, Va., is a Department of Defense organization dedicated to developing new ways to protect the country using biometric applications.

  • U.S. Army Parachute Team celebrates 50th anniversary

    Jun 1, 2009

    Just more than 50 years ago, a unique job opportunity forever changed the lives of a small group of Soldiers.

  • May 2009 Vol. 64, Issue 5

    May 1, 2009

  • Remembered with love

    May 1, 2009

    I always wondered about the connection between veterans and their fallen comrades they come back to cemeteries honor and remember. Take a Memorial Day ceremony a few years ago at Margraten American Cemetery in Holland. At its conclusion, I decided in the time I had left to walk through as many of the rows of heroes as possible-say their names, see where they were from. And just offer up a thank you, and let them know they are not, and will never be, forgotten.

  • Reserve, corporate America team up through Employer Partnership Initiative

    May 1, 2009

    Last year the Army Reserve celebrated its 100th anniversary. Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz and INOVA Health Systems Chief Executive Officer Knox Singleton signed a first-ever agreement that allowed the Army Reserve to recruit and train medical specialists not only for the Reserves, but for guaranteed employment with the largest health care-provider in the Washington area.

  • Walter Reed turns 100 years old

    Apr 30, 2009

    He saw the improvised explosive device just before the explosion. Staff Sgt. Brian Shar, a team leader on a convoy moving between bases near Baghdad, saw what looked "like a giant cartoon rock, about 18 inches wide, 11 inches tall."

  • Remembering our own

    Apr 30, 2009

    The Netherlands American Cemetery, nestled in the small village of Margraten, is an extraordinary place. One glance at its regimented and precise appearance conjures up an ethereal formation of Soldiers standing at attention before their headstones.

  • A lasting memorial and testament

    Apr 30, 2009

    Dying-it is the last thing on earth we want to do, and it is usually the last thing we are prepared for. This is evidenced in part by the fact that more than half of Americans do not have a written will. In the military, the Judge Advocate General's Corps will readily assist servicemembers to draw one up, and servicemembers are asked if they have a written will prior to deployment.

  • Coming home: Tributes to the fallen

    Apr 30, 2009

    There are many types of memories, and many ways to record them. Our lives are filled with the sounds, images and belongings of those we have met, befriended or lost. With the invention of the digital camera, we can now preserve in crisp, high-definition clarity every moment we desire. But there is something no camera can capture, no voice recorder can grasp: the essence of a person.

  • The fighting cameraman

    Apr 30, 2009

    Combat cameraman Spc. Michael D. Carter is an ordinary Soldier who did something extraordinary. In a horrific battle in Afghanistan last year, he traded his camera for a rifle and heroically saved the lives of several Green Berets, some of the Army's toughest and most highly trained Soldiers. Today, he wears the Silver Star as a result.

  • Nightmare in the Shok Valley

    Apr 30, 2009

    There are no roads leading into the Shok Valley. The village, which stands sentinel over the valley, is home to one of the fiercest insurgent forces in Afghanistan-the Hezeb Islami al Gulbadin, or HIG.

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