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  • President to award posthumous Medals of Honor for Korea

    Apr 13, 2011

    The White House announced Wednesday evening that the president will present the nation's highest award for valor to the families of two Korean War heroes.

  • Military family support a 'national priority,' Obama says

    Apr 12, 2011

    President Barack Obama today made caring for military families a national priority, calling to action his entire administration and communities across the United States on their behalf.

  • First Lady, Jill Biden urge support of military families

    Apr 12, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched a national initiative today that calls on all sectors of society to join forces to support and honor servicemembers and their families.

  • "Coolest Toys, Hottest Gadgets" online promotion honors military kids

    Apr 12, 2011

    The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command is hosting an online promotion through the month of April. The "Coolest Toys, Hottest Gadgets" online promotion highlights the Army MWR Library Program and Child, Youth and School Services activities, and coincides with the Army's celebration of Month of the Military Child.

  • HRC outlines transfer of Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits

    Apr 12, 2011

    Servicemembers wanting to transfer their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to dependent children must do so before they retire and their children will need to be full-time college students enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System by age 21.

  • Month of the Military Child: Autism on the rise

    Apr 12, 2011

    Soon-to-be parents buy clothes and diapers, assemble furniture, pick out names and dream about a happy, healthy, bright future for their impending arrival. However, many parents find themselves facing a very different reality when they discover their child is autistic.

  • 'Promethium Puma' uncovers weapons caches in Galuch Valley

    Apr 12, 2011

    Soldiers from Company A, Task Force Ironman taking part in Operation Promethium Puma located 20 weapons caches throughout the Galuch Valley, Afghanistan.

  • Leaders say DADT repeal training effective

    Apr 12, 2011

    Commands Army-wide are beginning to train Soldiers in preparation for repeal of the law commonly referred to as "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

  • Dempsey lays out themes for tenure as Army chief

    Apr 12, 2011

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey succeeded Gen. George W. Casey Jr. as the Army chief of staff during a ceremony at Fort Myer, Va., today.

  • 'Soldier's Soldier' becomes 37th Army chief of staff

    Apr 11, 2011

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey was sworn in as the Army's 37th chief of staff on April 11, surrounded by an enormous family, mentors, his classmates from the 1974 graduating class at West Point, the secretary of the Army and the secretary of Defense.

  • Guard helps rescue WWII vet in North Dakota flood

    Apr 11, 2011

    A North Dakota National Guard quick response force helped rescue an 87-year-old World War II veteran from his flooded home Saturday.

  • Nine commands win quality of life awards

    Apr 11, 2011

    Nine teams and garrisons from Korea to Maryland have earned recognition in the 2010 Secretary of the Army Quality of Life awards.

  • New PT test to get at least 6-month trial

    Apr 11, 2011

    So far, pilot testing for the new Army Physical Readiness Test has only been conducted at Fort Jackson, S.C., where the Army Physical Fitness School is located.

  • Army War College focuses conference on civil-military relationship

    Apr 11, 2011

    A year-long review of the military as a profession served as the backdrop for the 2011 Army War College Strategy Conference, "American Society and its Profession of Arms."

  • Fisher House helps servicemembers' children with scholarships

    Apr 11, 2011

    Military children of servicemembers who died or who were seriously disabled in the line of duty might be eligible for a college education through the Fisher House Foundation.

  • Avoided shutdown reinforces need for financial planning

    Apr 11, 2011

    The avoided government shutdown serves as a stark reminder for the need to save money for a rainy day.

  • Bulk of FY12 budget request to sustain personnel

    Apr 8, 2011

    As Congress continued to debate this year's budget, striving to avoid a federal shutdown, the Army's budget deputy paused to explain that the service's proposal for fiscal year 2012 will continue to focus on sustaining the volunteer force.

  • National Guard news has an app for that

    Apr 8, 2011

    The National Guard Bureau has unveiled a new application which enables iPhone and iPad users to stay in touch with National Guard news anytime via their mobile devices.

  • DADT repeal training proves caliber of military, leaders say

    Apr 8, 2011

    Two months into training to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, the leaders of all four services say implementation is going well - something they attribute to the caliber of today's servicemembers.

  • Exchange to continue operations if government shuts down

    Apr 7, 2011

    The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is planning to continue operations even if the U.S. government shuts down.

  • U.S., Philippine teams offer free medical care during Balikatan

    Apr 5, 2011

    Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States servicemembers teamed together to provide free medical services to a community in the Philippines during Balikatan 2011.

  • New York Guard Soldiers train on WIN-T before Afghanistan mission

    Apr 5, 2011

    Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's Yonkers-based 101st Signal Battalion are now ready to provide Army leaders with the latest in high-tech communications technology.

  • Victim, general give personal insights into pain of sexual assault

    Apr 5, 2011

    When the keynote speaker for the Fort Hood Sexual Assault Awareness Month proclamation signing event was announced, polite applause followed her to the podium April 4, in the III Corps Headquarters. The mood in the room changed, however, as Spc. Patricia Fuentes began her remarks: "I'm the victim of a life-altering event. I was assaulted in 2007."

  • N.Y. Guardsmen, civilian first responders team up for disaster drill

    Apr 5, 2011

    Hundreds of New York National Guardsmen, an urban search and rescue team, and local emergency service members joined forces for a three-day civil/military disaster drill, April 2.

  • VA budget request signals commitment to vets

    Apr 5, 2011

    President Barack Obama's $132 billion 2012 budget request for the Veterans Affairs Department demonstrates that despite a tight fiscal environment, the United States stands by its commitment to men and women who have served in uniform, Deputy VA Secretary W. Scott Gould told American Forces Press Service.

  • Army schedules RADical events for retirees

    Apr 5, 2011

    The Army has scheduled more than 50 Retiree Appreciation Days, or RADs, this year at communities around the world beginning in April and continuing into November.

  • 3 Medal of Honor recipients join 350-mile bike ride to unite nation, wounded warriors

    Apr 4, 2011

    With the assistance of three Medal of Honor recipients, this year's Texas Challenge, one in the Ride 2 Recovery series, helped wounded warriors heal from the wounds of wars suffered in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • DoD to drop social security numbers from ID cards

    Apr 4, 2011

    Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to disappear, said Air Force Maj. Monica M. Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

  • Army Child of Year develops 'deployment kit'

    Apr 4, 2011

    April is "Month of the Military Child" and Kyle Hoeye, the 16-year-old child of Arizona National Guard Sgt. 1st Class James and Michaelena Hoey, was selected as this year's Army Child of the Year.

  • Warrior Training Center produces tough Guard Soldiers

    Apr 1, 2011

    Soldiers not in shape may need to schedule some extra gym time before attending one of the National Guard's Warrior Training Center courses at Fort Benning, Ga., or they might not make the cut.

  • Military children: strength of our future

    Apr 1, 2011

    Throughout April, which has been designated as month of the military child, Army garrisons world-wide will honor the children of servicemembers through a variety of ceremonies and special events.

  • Top enlisted leaders share views with Congress

    Apr 1, 2011

    Improving housing and child care, giving better access to health care and education, and intervening earlier in high-risk behavior are areas the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps are focused on to maintain a high quality of life for servicemembers and their families, the services' most-senior enlisted leaders told Congress members yesterday.

  • VA makes progress to end veteran homelessness

    Apr 1, 2011

    They served their country in uniform -- many on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. And now that they've returned home and rejoined civilian life, an alarming number of veterans have found themselves on the streets and living under bridges.

  • Chief, SMA address cultural change at SHARP summit

    Mar 31, 2011

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said the Army needs a cultural change in order to eliminate sexual assault and harassment from its ranks.

  • Post honors Expert Infantryman Badge recipients: Female captain passes EIB tests

    Mar 31, 2011

    Two Soldiers received special honors Friday during a ceremony at the Hilton Field Softball Complex recognizing those Soldiers who recently completed a week of tasks to earn the Expert Infantryman Badge.

  • Female POWs prove women can endure war's hardships

    Mar 31, 2011

    Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum's experience as a POW confirmed her belief in resilience and that military women can persevere in tough situations.

  • Kiowa pilot thwarts rocket attack in Iraq

    Mar 30, 2011

    An OH-58D Kiowa helicopter pilot will be awarded during the first week of April for thwarting a rocket attack on Contingency Operating Base Warhorse in central Iraq.

  • CSA Change of Responsibility Ceremony to be webcast April 11

    Mar 29, 2011

    A Change of Responsibility Ceremony for the United States Army chief of staff is scheduled to take place April 11, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Summerall Field.

  • Troops to get priority Ten-Miler registration

    Mar 29, 2011

    Army Ten-Miler race officials have announced changes to the registration date and procedures for signing up to run in the 2011 race.

  • Record number of shooters attend Army Small Arms Championship

    Mar 29, 2011

    More than 300 Soldiers from across the Army descended on Fort Benning, Ga., March 19-28, to take part in the 2011 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship, the preeminent marksmanship training and competition event the military has to offer.

  • SHARP opens third phase of I. A.M. Strong campaign

    Mar 28, 2011

    The fourth annual Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention summit opened phase three of I. A.M. Strong's four-phase assault to eliminate sexual violence in the Army on March 28.

  • Vice Chief discusses relieving stress on force

    Mar 28, 2011

    Calling the need for Army aviation assets in Iraq and Afghanistan "almost unquenchable," Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli met with media members here and discussed the Army's efforts to reduce stress on the force and its families.

  • Combat surgeon leaves big business for Army, front lines of Afghanistan

    Mar 28, 2011

    A former business executive for Burton Snowboards, Capt. Douglas 'Doc' Powell, brigade surgeon, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is currently overseeing a mission quite different than the design team he lead with Burton, as he serves on the front lines of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

  • Study addresses suicide prevention efforts

    Mar 28, 2011

    A new study commissioned by the Defense Department affirms many of the suicide-prevention efforts being made within DoD and the military services and recommends ways to strengthen them.

  • Kunar veterinarians praise Iowa ADT programs

    Mar 28, 2011

    Afghan veterinarians who participate in veterinary programs sponsored by the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team's expressed satisfaction with the ADT's efforts during in-depth interviews to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs, March 10.

  • Sept. 11 flags transferred to Reserve unit headed to Iraq

    Mar 26, 2011

    The 462nd Movement Control Battalion transferred U.S. and New York City Fire Department flags to the 77th Sustainment Brigade on March 20, 2011. The ceremony marked the final time this particular set of flags transfers from one New York state/New Jersey Army Reserve unit to another serving in the Middle East.

  • Casey gets sense of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal training progress at Fort Ril

    Mar 25, 2011

    The chief of staff of the Army visited Fort Riley March 24, to conduct sensing sessions for the repeal of the law commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

  • Study to help with design of future equipment

    Mar 25, 2011

    Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is currently conducting an Army-wide study of human physiology, called the U.S. Army Anthropometric Survey, or ANSUR II.

  • New York Army National Guard Soldiers to compete in international shooting match

    Mar 25, 2011

    The New York Army National Guard Soldiers are determined to excel in a world-class marksmanship competition in South Africa in May. Eight Soldiers will take part in the South African National Defense Force 2011 Regional Combat Rifle Competition. The competition pits Soldiers from around the world and Africa in friendly competition.

  • Casey: Wars have been catalyst for Army change

    Mar 25, 2011

    In a recent speech at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the Army has changed the most of all the services.

  • 'Spice' now illegal

    Mar 24, 2011

    There's no more wiggle room for Soldiers who want to use marijuana substitutes like "Spice" or K2. New rules by both the Army and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency make at least one thing clear to Soldiers: Spice will burn you.

  • First CSMs selected under new system to take units this year

    Mar 24, 2011

    Under a new system taking effect later this year, commanders and command sergeants major will begin and end their assignments at the same time.

  • Military children need nation's support

    Mar 24, 2011

    Military children need the support not just of the Defense Department, but the "whole of nation" to ensure they're ready for the future, a DoD official said here today.

  • Congressional Fellowship Program accepting applications

    Mar 22, 2011

    Applications are now being accepted for Soldiers and Army civilians to apply for fellowship positions with members of the 113th Congress.

  • Minnesota dominates National Guard Combatives Tournament

    Mar 21, 2011

    Soldiers from the state of Minnesota were a dominating presence at the fourth annual Army National Guard Combatives Tournament March 19 and 20, where they took four first-place titles in addition to walking away with the overall team award.

  • New York Army National Guard women are at home in the sky

    Mar 21, 2011

    The women who keep the New York Army National Guard flying found inspiration in the skies and on the ground.

  • Clinical trials seek to improve warriors' burn care

    Mar 21, 2011

    New hope is on the horizon for wounded warriors suffering debilitating burns as the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine and its partners at leading medical research centers launch three promising clinical trials.

  • Female aviators defy reported odds

    Mar 21, 2011

    According to a study released earlier this month by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, women account for only 16 percent of leadership positions in the military - a seemingly staggering statistic to release during National Women's History Month. The numbers aren't so shocking when compared to the overall statistic of women serving in the military, which is 16.4 percent, according to a Sept. 30 report released by the Department of Defense.

  • Senate confirms Dempsey as Army chief of staff

    Mar 17, 2011

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey was confirmed by the Senate March 16 for assignment as the next chief of staff of the Army.

  • Integrated Disability Evaluation System helps separating Soldiers

    Mar 17, 2011

    The new Integrated Disability Evaluation System streamlines injured Soldiers' benefits. The program, set to begin within the next month, partners the Department of Defense with the Department of Veterans Affairs where responsibilities overlap.

  • TBI rehab gets dose of persistence on Capitol Hill

    Mar 17, 2011

    Researchers, educators, family advocators and survivors of traumatic brain injury testified March 16 before the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, during what was dubbed "Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill."

  • Gates authorizes humanitarian funds for Japan, voluntary evacuation of Honshu families

    Mar 17, 2011

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has authorized up to $35 million in initial Defense Department funds for humanitarian aid to Japan, and to pay for the voluntary departure of eligible family members from the island Honshu to the designated "safe haven" of the United States.

  • Army hits bull's eye with NCAA

    Mar 16, 2011

    The NCAA Rifle Championships usually have the U.S. Military Academy team competing, but this year there was a lot more Army flavor.

  • Initial review of survey data indicates high satisfaction with Army life

    Mar 16, 2011

    Data from the 2010 Survey of Army Families indicates an increased satisfaction with military life, despite of the current operational tempo, according to Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials. The survey was based on a random selection of civilian spouses of active-duty Army Soldiers, chosen to represent the Army as a whole.

  • Picatinny advances EOD training with video game technology

    Mar 15, 2011

    Picatinny recently received a patent for a realistic video game that simulates combat environments and uses the same controls as actual robots to safely train Soldiers how to detonate improvised explosive devices.

  • Army aims to streamline equipment testing

    Mar 15, 2011

    The Army's Test and Evaluation Command is seeking to harvest efficiencies in time and money by taking a hard look at the 1,100 tests it has ongoing every day around the world.

  • America pays final respects to last WWI veteran

    Mar 15, 2011

    Hundreds of visitors to Arlington National Cemetery filed through the Memorial Amphitheater Chapel here to pay respects to America's last "Doughboy."

  • 'Vibrant Response' tests emergency aid

    Mar 14, 2011

    A simulated nuclear bomb is detonated in Louisville, Ky., and a local community is portrayed as being torn apart in the aftermath of the explosion as part of a coordinated exercise with multiple governmental agencies.

  • US forces provide relief aid to Japan

    Mar 14, 2011

    U.S. military forces are working alongside their Japanese counterparts to provide aid as the country digs out in the aftermath of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11.

  • Army's new PRT comes to National Training Center

    Mar 12, 2011

    Soldiers from the Army Physical Fitness School came to Fort Irwin, Calif., to train NTC Soldiers on the proper procedures to conduct the Army's new Physical Readiness Program.

  • Army unveils Project PASS, Junior Leadership Corps

    Mar 11, 2011

    Against a backdrop of banners, students and a crowd of several hundred people, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and other national leaders officially unveiled Project PASS.

  • Army Emergency Relief: Helping Army take care of its own

    Mar 10, 2011

    Spc. Joseph Morris was fresh out of basic training in September 2008 and was on orders to Fort Hood for his first duty assignment. But there was a problem. He wasn't getting paid.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Combat Diver Qualification Course challenges Special Forces

    Mar 8, 2011

    The grueling seven-week Combat Diver Qualification Course at the Special Forces Underwater Operations School in Key West, Fla., is neither for the weak of heart, or the idle mind.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Excalibur: Turning 'artillery cannon into a sniper rifle'

    Mar 2, 2011

    The team of engineers at Picatinny Arsenal knew that Soldiers needed a 'smarter' cannon round fast, but there wasn't a compatible fire control system available for several years. Here's how the team worked outside the box to get data into the round and deliver Excalibur to Soldiers sooner.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Suicide prevention, everyone's responsibility

    Feb 26, 2011

    "Suicide can dip in to any age group, any rank, from a private to our most senior officers," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl L. Rice, senior enlisted advisor for the deputy commanding general for operations, United States Forces - Iraq, and XVIII Airborne Corps command sergeant major.