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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New York Guard members all safe after New Zealand earthquake

    Feb 23, 2011

    All 26 members of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing, currently deployed in support of Operation Deep Freeze, are safe and unharmed after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the New Zealand capitol of Christchurch today.

  • 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.

  • Army releases January suicide data

    Feb 22, 2011

    In January, the Army experienced a total of 14 potential suicides and one confirmed suicide among Soldiers on active-duty status.

  • 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.

  • Battle ongoing to defeat combat stress

    Feb 22, 2011

    Members of the Combat Stress Clinic are working throughout Afghanistan to defeat this enemy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • National Guard psychological health directors help Soldiers, Airmen manage stress

    Feb 10, 2011

    The National Guard has appointed directors of psychological health for each state and territory to ensure a continuance of excellent care for servicemembers and their families.

  • Mechanization to boost Afghan food production

    Feb 8, 2011

    Afghan farmers were tearing up the dirt Sunday as they received the keys to 50 two-wheel tractors.

  • Mullen: Building resilience must start at basic training

    Feb 8, 2011

    Leadership that builds resilience in servicemembers and their families starting with the first day of basic training is essential to the U.S. military's future, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

  • Longest-serving SMA says goodbye

    Feb 7, 2011

    The longest-serving sergeant major of the Army emphasized the importance of maintaining an adaptable force during a farewell interview today at the Pentagon.

  • Academy commandant to be next SMA

    Feb 6, 2011

    Army senior leadership announced today that Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond F. Chandler III will serve as the 14th sergeant major of the Army.

  • Enhanced Combat Helmet to be fielded in fall

    Feb 4, 2011

    The Army is looking at an improved combat helmet that surpasses the capabilities of what Soldiers are currently wearing in the field, and it may be available in the fall.

  • Nett Warrior looking at plate-shaped batteries

    Feb 4, 2011

    New technology, including SAPI-plate-shaped batteries, came out of the recent limited user test for the Nett Warrior system.

  • 'Old Glory' keeps Soldier safe, makes way home

    Feb 4, 2011

    For one Fort Polk Soldier, the post retirement ceremony Jan. 26, was not only the culmination of his career, but also time to retire the flag that he credited with keeping him and its original owner safe through deployments since World War II.

  • Hoosier Soldiers share poultry knowledge in Afghanistan

    Feb 3, 2011

    Members of the Indiana National Guard's 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team have spent the last several months assisting Afghan farmers and Feb. 2 they taught a class on poultry management.

  • Mapping your life: Embedded data in photos could tip off criminals

    Feb 3, 2011

    The potential dangers of geotagging and location-based social networking exists. Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification to photographs, video, web sites and instant messages.

  • Guard continues help in nine states hit by storms

    Feb 3, 2011

    About 2,500 National Guard members are continuing relief and rescue operations in nine of the 30 states affected by the blizzard conditions and severe winter storms covering an almost 2,000-mile stretch of the country.

  • Army Family Action Plan delegates tackle 88 issues

    Feb 2, 2011

    The perception of a week-long meeting of Army spouses is one of the greatest misnomers about the annual Army Family Action Plan Conference, organizers said, as the event opened its 2011 rendition here, Monday, at the Sheraton National Hotel.

  • Army wounded marksmen aim for Warrior Games

    Feb 2, 2011

    Wounded warriors took aim at becoming members of the Army's 2010 Warrior Games team at a shooting clinic set up just for them last week by the elite Army Marksmanship Unit.

  • National Guard responding to year's biggest storm

    Feb 2, 2011

    In response to blizzard conditions and strong winter storms across a third of the country, six governors have declared states of emergency and about 1,100 National Guard members from 11 states have been activated or are on standby, National Guard Bureau officials said.

  • Chiarelli expects increase in behavioral health needs

    Feb 1, 2011

    The Army's vice chief of staff opened the Reserve Officers Association National Security Symposium by predicting an increase in the number of Soldiers suffering from depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

  • Army surgeon general presents top 10 initiatives

    Feb 1, 2011

    Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker announced his Top 10 initiatives for Army medicine Jan. 27.

  • VA tweaks automation, benefits for Post-9/11 GI Bill

    Feb 1, 2011

    A new automation system will speed up the turn-around time for veterans and Soldiers to receive new benefits under the latest version of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Veterans Affairs officials said Monday.

  • Alaska MPs train on Guard Black Hawks

    Jan 31, 2011

    For the past two weeks, Soldiers of the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade conducted squad training to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Army foundation unveils commemorative coins

    Jan 31, 2011

    Three coins commemorating the Army are now available for purchase from the U.S. Mint.

  • Waste recycling program helps Afghans, environment

    Jan 31, 2011

    Members of the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade are volunteering their time to develop a "fuel donut" made from recycled materials, which burns like a briquette and provides an alternative heat source for Afghan families who live in homes without modern heating conveniences.

  • DoD officials: 'Don't Ask' repeal plan progressing quickly

    Jan 31, 2011

    The plan to end the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military is progressing quickly, senior Defense Department officials said here today.

  • Army Enterprise e-mail migration to begin in February

    Jan 28, 2011

    Although the road toward Enterprise e-mail may seem complicated, there is a clear map, leaders know where the effort is headed, and the economy sized e-mail box Soldiers have now is about to become a luxury sedan, about 40 times bigger.

  • Army recognizes families of fallen with vehicle decal, easier installation access

    Jan 27, 2011

    During a Survivor Outreach Services working group meeting last year, several participants expressed difficulty in gaining access to military installations to take part in SOS programs and support services.

  • Losing 100 pounds gains hundreds of PT points

    Jan 21, 2011

    Louisiana National Guardsman Spc. Alejandro Zuniga scored an incredible 401 points on his most recent Army Physical Fitness Test -- something even he found hard to believe considering the state he was in less than two years ago.

  • Army sees slight reduction in active-duty suicides

    Jan 19, 2011

    The Army vice chief of staff reported a slight reduction this past year in suicides committed by Soldiers on active duty, from 162 in 2009 to 156 in 2010.

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