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  • Army to test smartphones for offices, battlefields

    May 27, 2010

    The Army is considering the use of smartphones in an effort to increase effectiveness and efficiency in both the administrative and operational environments.

  • Beginning of end: Joint security stations change hands in Iraq

    May 27, 2010

    Joint Security Stations Ashura and Tal Abtha, located in northern Iraq, were signed over to the Iraqi military and local government May 15. Within an hour of the short handover ceremony, U.S. forces had successfully withdrawn from the bases.

  • Postage stamp immortalizes 'God Bless America' singer

    May 27, 2010

    With help from the Army, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled its newest 44-cent stamp May 27, honoring the late singer Kate Smith, who was popular during World War II.

  • Louisiana aviators battle with oil spill

    May 27, 2010

    "Launch, recover, launch" best describes the operations tempo of the helicopter missions being performed by the Louisiana Army National Guard's State Aviation Command in their ongoing response to the threat of oil spillage along Louisiana's gulf coast caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil well April 20.

  • Army teens take challenges, benefits of Army life to Congress

    May 27, 2010

    The Army's Child, Youth and School Services program, which heads the Army Teen Panel, recently honored the sacrifices of Army children, while also educating members of Congress about the benefits, experiences and challenges of being a military teen.

  • Army hits 1 million flight hours with unmanned aircraft

    May 27, 2010

    The Army recognized a milestone of 1 million hours of flight for unmanned aerial systems, May 25 at the Pentagon.

  • Fort Monroe handoff to preserve history, military housing

    May 27, 2010

    When the Army vacates historic Fort Monroe next year, the plan is to convert it to a National Park, yet lease an office complex inside and continue to house military families there.

  • Refining Iraq's green thumb: Ninewa province gets agricultural overhaul

    May 26, 2010

    Iraq currently imports 72 percent of its agricultural goods from foreign nations, including Syria and Iran, driving market prices ever higher in a fledgling economy.

  • Commentary: Muslim major reflects on Memorial Day

    May 26, 2010

    As Memorial Day approaches, I take pause to reflect on the sacrifices of the loyal servicemembers who have given their life for a higher cause.

  • Guard, Israeli Home Front Command trade experiences

    May 26, 2010

    A four-year relationship between the National Guard and the Israeli Defense Force's Home Front Command is yielding valuable lessons for both sides.

  • States prepare to assist Louisiana in oil spill response

    May 26, 2010

    National Guard leadership in several states are closely watching Louisiana this week and are prepared to assist in its oil spill operations if needed, a senior Guard leader said today.

  • Pace award honors standouts at Army headquarters

    May 26, 2010

    Two Department of the Army headquarters innovators were honored for their contribution and service during 2009 at the Pentagon Tuesday.

  • Three-time Army chess champ wins after running Iraq tourneys

    May 25, 2010

    Capt. Arthur Macaspac needed a little help from a few new friends to win his third crown at the 2010 All-Army Chess Championships.

  • Chiarelli: Armor School moving home to Benning

    May 25, 2010

    "The Armor Center will cease to exist in one week," said Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli in his opening remarks to the audience gathered at Waybur Theater for the Armor Warfighting Conference last week.

  • 'Army Strong' blog opens to world

    May 25, 2010

    Armystrongstories.com, an Army blog previously limited to Soldiers and civilian employees, is now open to anyone who wants to tell an Army story.

  • First Army move on track

    May 24, 2010

    First U.S. Army's planned move to Rock Island Arsenal next year is on track, officials said as they laid stones in front of the renovation site for their new headquarters.

  • NCO recognized for efforts to stop sexual assault in Iraq

    May 24, 2010

    "Sexual assault devastates the mission," said the NCO who set up the "I. A.M. Strong" campaign at Joint Base Balad in Iraq, and received the Federal Service Award last month for efforts aimed toward stopping the crime.

  • Fort Lee receives first M1 Abrams tank

    May 24, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (May 20) -- An Abrams tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicle are the latest additions to the Ordnance School's combat vehicle inventory.

  • West Point Class of 2010 celebrates landmark accomplishments

    May 22, 2010

    Just over a thousand hats took flight May 22 marking the graduation of the West Point Class of 2010 and the transformation of cadets into commissioned second lieutenants. After the hats were tossed and with diplomas in hand, the officers exchanged hugs, handshakes and back slaps among colleagues, Family and friends at Michie Stadium.

  • Chief of staff swears in new officers

    May 21, 2010

    The Army's chief of staff swore in 23 new officers Friday from Georgetown University's "Hoya Battalion" of the Reserve Officer Training Corps on the 40-year anniversary of his commissioning in 1970.

  • Expo offers glimpse of future gear

    May 21, 2010

    One part "Star Wars" and one part "Call of Duty," tables and booths were filled with top-of-the-line tactical gear such as socks and gloves that remain dry even when immersed in water, a robot helicopter capable of using ground-penetrating radar, and a chemical test that can tell if a captured enemy carried a specific weapon and how long ago it was fired.

  • West Point marks 30 years of coed graduates

    May 20, 2010

    Saturday's graduation at the U.S. Military Academy will mark 30 years since the first women joined "the long gray line" of West Point graduates.

  • HRC move impacts Army board dates

    May 20, 2010

    Some promotion boards, along with command and school selection boards, are convening earlier or later than usual this year, due to the Human Resources Command relocating to Fort Knox, Ky.

  • MPs train Iraqi police to save lives

    May 20, 2010

    Ohio-based military police are training Iraqi policemen here how to save the lives of their peers in medical emergencies.

  • Wounded warriors spur recovery with Iraq visit

    May 20, 2010

    Mothers or any family member or friend can play a pivotal role in the recovery of servicemembers severely wounded in combat, according to wounded veterans visiting the day after Mother's Day.

  • Portal to standardize Army branding

    May 20, 2010

    The Army is making its branding tools available through a new portal, scheduled to go live June 7. The U.S. Army Brand Portal will provide in one place Army brand elements such as Army logos, camouflage backgrounds, color palettes, typography, and released Army photography. The site will also provide guidelines on how to use those elements together to ensure consistent Army branding.

  • New West Point superintendent nominated

    May 20, 2010

    Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. was nominated May 18 to be the 58th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Huntoon is a 1973 West Point graduate and was commissioned into the infantry.

  • Army medics assess needs of Anbar community

    May 20, 2010

    A team of Army medical personnel set up a temporary clinic with a local Iraqi doctor to assess the healthcare needs of a poor farming community along the Euphrates River.

  • Iraqis lead western Anbar security conference

    May 20, 2010

    Once equal partners with Iraqi Security Forces in western Al Anbar province, U.S. military leaders played only an advisory role in a regional security conference here May 11.

  • Iraqi army and Peshmerga work together to quell insurgency in Diyala province

    May 20, 2010

    The traditionally strained relationship between Arab and Kurdish Iraqis may have made some leeway in April when troops from both groups worked alongside U.S. Soldiers in a operation to help eradicate al-Qaeda extremists from the Diyala province.

  • Mayor invites U.S. forces to tour model town

    May 19, 2010

    The mayor of an Iraqi town once completely controlled by the insurgency invited a platoon of paratroopers to tour his peaceful city with him May 13.

  • National Guard training for hurricane season

    May 19, 2010

    While hurricane season runs from June until late November, the Army National Guard routinely practices its emergency response procedures on a nearly year-round basis.

  • Task force aims to 'broaden' officers, manage talents

    May 19, 2010

    Nine years of war have made it difficult for officers to gain the broad level of experience needed to run the Army, according to Col. Chris Robertson and his task force.

  • Army issues instructions for painting M16s, M4s

    May 19, 2010

    Soldiers already have uniforms that blend them into their surroundings. Now there's instructions on how to have a weapon that blends in too.

  • Soldiers bring cheer to sick children

    May 19, 2010

    Soldiers from 5th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, and the 591st Military Police Company on Fort Bliss gave children at the Sierra Providence Health Network Children's Hospital in El Paso, Texas, a taste of Army life May 1.

  • Six wounded warriors get master's through partnership program

    May 18, 2010

    Six wounded warriors graduated May 16 with master's degrees as part of a new partnership between the Army and University of Kansas.

  • Chicago school leaders learn lessons from Army

    May 18, 2010

    In a virtual Afghan village, the American Soldier approaches the local leader aggressively, gripping his weapon diagonally in front of him. The leader turns his head sharply to the side, pushing his hand forward to signal for the Soldier to stop.

  • Iraq vet hiking across nation to raise $5 million

    May 18, 2010

    Iraq combat veteran Troy Yocum is walking 7,000 miles across the nation, banging his drum, gathering followers and trying to meet his goal of raising $5 million for U.S. veterans and their families in need.

  • Third Army delivers aid to flood-stricken Tajikistan

    May 18, 2010

    Third Army Soldiers responded over the weekend to a request for assistance from the government of Tajikistan, due to flooding there which has killed at least 22 people, left 50 missing, injured 200 and displaced more than 2,000 from their homes.

  • Medic earns nation's 2nd-highest honor for heroism

    May 17, 2010

    An Army medic's heroism during a firefight in Afghanistan led to his recognition with the U.S. military's second highest decoration for valor.

  • Afghan president touts improvements, thanks Soldiers at Fort Campbell

    May 17, 2010

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai brought a message of thanks to Soldiers and their families at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 14, as the 101st Airborne Division continues to deploy to his country.

  • Joint Task Force Haiti Prepares for New Horizon

    May 17, 2010

    Joint Task Force-Haiti is preparing to stand down their disaster relief mission in Haiti at the beginning of June, close to six months after an earthquake devastated the country.

  • Diet: major piece of Soldier's health, fitness puzzle

    May 17, 2010

    As Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. stresses the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy finds itself at the tip of the spear in offering health and fitness insight to its enlisted members.

  • National Guard links up with multinationals

    May 17, 2010

    In preparation for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan with Hungarian Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Timothy Harmon has given himself a crash course in the language.

  • Recalled helmets 'no direct risk' to Soldiers

    May 17, 2010

    The Army recall of 44,000 Advanced Combat Helmets that were issued to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is the result of a Department of Justice investigation as well as independent tests that show the helmets do not meet Army standards.

  • Army finishes Warrior Games strong

    May 17, 2010

    Army wounded warriors took home 11 gold medals in swimming and another seven in track and field May 14, finishing second overall behind the Marine Corps at the inaugural Warrior Games.

  • PTSD Soldier takes bronze, silver at Warrior Games

    May 17, 2010

    Spc. Filipe Hill may have taken the section in the Soldier's Creed -- the part about being physically tough -- just a little too far.

  • Virtual Army Experience lets civilians experience combat

    May 17, 2010

    The "Virtual Army Experience" offered Armed Forces Day visitors the chance to experience a few minutes of combat at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

  • Army Reserve opens second Army Strong Community Center

    May 17, 2010

    Tucked away at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina, the small Brevard community of about 6,000 residents welcomed the nation's second Army Strong Community Center during a grand opening ceremony May 15.

  • Joint service open house visitors get up-close with Army

    May 14, 2010

    At the far end of the busy flight line: the sci-fi looking hanger where Air Force One is housed. At the other end, thousands of military family members and school groups were entertained during an exclusive preview of the 2010 Joint Service Open House.

  • Soldiers roll away with silver in wheelchair basketball

    May 14, 2010

    The Marine Corps used teamwork and skill to win gold in the inaugural Warrior Games wheelchair basketball tourney Thursday, beating Army 44-15.

  • Cyclists refuse to leave teammate behind

    May 14, 2010

    The Warrior Games' cycling competition, held at the U.S. Air Force Academy Thursday in a May snow shower, would have daunted the toughest of professional cyclists, but not wounded, ill and injured servicemembers.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier's crosshairs set on Warrior Games

    May 14, 2010

    Staff Sgt. Dean Isaacs didn't let his back pain keep him from competing in the inaugural Warrior Games this week in Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Soldiers earn silver in volleyball, cycling, basketball; 4 golds in shooting

    May 14, 2010

    The excitement was dizzying, the noise deafening and in the end Army's sitting volleyball team was literally left sitting at half court wondering how they let the gold medal get away.

  • Defense secretary visits Leavenworth, speaks at CGSC

    May 14, 2010

    Intermediate level military officers who have combat experience must use their experience to influence their branches as they enter leadership positions, the secretary of Defense told Command and General Staff College students May 7. Robert Gates visited Kansas this month to talk with Intermediate Level Education students at CGSC, commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, and meet with military spouses at Fort Riley.

  • West Point cadets invent Statue of Liberty evacuation device

    May 14, 2010

    On May 5, a team of civil and mechanical engineering majors visited the Statue of Liberty for a live demonstration of their capstone project, a device which makes evacuating casualties inside the national monument safer and faster.

  • Care at Warrior Transition Units: work in progress

    May 13, 2010

    Top Army leaders say finding the correct equation to caring for wounded Soldiers is an evolving concept -- one that will continue to change as treatment methods are examined.

  • Soldiers invited to tell their unvarnished stories

    May 13, 2010

    The Army accession command is releasing this week "version 3" of their blog, "Army Strong Stories." What they need now are more Soldiers to sign up to populate the site with real-world insight and perspective about the Army.

  • Military children honored for artwork

    May 13, 2010

    Members and Supporters of the Armed Services YMCA, and service members gathered Thursday to honor winners of their annual Art and Essay contest on Capitol Hill. The contest was open to military children from kindergarten to 12th grade with winners from different age groups and each of the services receiving a savings bond and having their work displayed in the Russell House Office Building and in Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport.

  • Army warriors earn medals in archery; qualify best times in swimming

    May 13, 2010

    What a difference a day makes. After Tuesday's dismal start during opening competition at the inaugural Warrior Games, Army teams now have something to cheer about after taking home four medals in archery, and qualifying with the best time in 12 of 24 preliminary swim categories.

  • Games give injured Soldier something to focus on

    May 13, 2010

    It was just an average day of work for Staff Sgt. Eugene Ethengain IV, whose job in logistics meant he worked with the Air Force to unload planes coming from theater into McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. Average, that is, until he was pulled out of the aircraft and onto the conveyor belt and then the ground.

  • Soldiers say extreme sports best way to beat post-deployment blues

    May 12, 2010

    When Soldiers return from a battle zone, they can have trouble adjusting from the fast-paced, combat environment to the caterpillar-crawl of their everyday lives.

  • First lady announces presidential directive on military families

    May 12, 2010

    First Lady Michelle Obama today announced a new 90-day review to develop a coordinated Federal government-wide approach to supporting and engaging military families.

  • Army looks to regroup after first day of Warrior Games competition

    May 12, 2010

    You win some, you lose some. That statement sums up the Army's scorecard after the first day of competition at the inaugural Warrior Games held at the Olympic Training Center.

  • WTC commander envisions future of Warrior Games

    May 12, 2010

    It's been only one day since the start of the inaugural Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers at the Olympic Training Center, and the commander of the Warrior Transition Command is already dreaming about future competitions.

  • Operation Rising Star winner's song catching on with military crowd

    May 11, 2010

    "Trust Your Hopes Not Your Fears" is a song that embodies the strength and positive outlook Army spouses need to support their Soldiers.

  • Speaker of House visits wounded warriors at Landstuhl

    May 11, 2010

    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and fellow members of congress visited patients and staff May 10 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. During her bedside visits with injured servicemembers from Iraq and Afghanistan in the Intensive Care Unit and Medical-Surgical Wards, Pelosi thanked Wounded Warriors for their service and commitment to our country.

  • Amputee on active duty carries torch to Warrior Games

    May 11, 2010

    The first formal sporting games for wounded, injured and ill servicemembers kicked off Monday with dozens of Soldiers on hand to participate in events like archery, track and field and wheelchair basketball.

  • Bucca water treatment project starts flowing

    May 10, 2010

    A network of pipe linking the water and wastewater treatment facilities on Camp Bucca, Iraq, provide the groundwork for operation of a new multimillion-dollar water treatment plant that will increase or introduce water to several nearby municipalities.

  • Army pit crew receives 'Army Strong' lessons at Fort Benning

    May 10, 2010

    Ryan Newman and crew members from the No. 39 U.S. Army NASCAR team paid a visit May 5 to Fort Benning.

  • Gold Star wife named Army Spouse of Year

    May 10, 2010

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  • First days of 'Best Ranger' take toll

    May 8, 2010

    Twenty-six teams out of the 40 that started the 27th annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition were still in the quest for the title of best ranger at the end of day two's Day Stakes. Although the points weren't posted, Master Sgts. Eric Turk and Eric Ross, Team 6, with the U.S. Special Operations Command had the lead.

  • Army's top junior officers recognized with MacArthur award

    May 7, 2010

    Twenty-eight of the Army's most promising captains and warrant officers were lauded at the 23rd Annual General Douglas MacArthur Leadership awards ceremony at the Pentagon Thursday.

  • XM25 lets Soldiers eliminate targets they can't see

    May 7, 2010

    The Army's Program Executive Office Soldier showcased some of its products May 5 at the Aberdeen Test Center.

  • Louisiana National Guard Soldiers critical to block oil slick

    May 7, 2010

    Soldiers of the Multi-Role Bridge Company, 205th Engineer Battalion, launched bridge erection boats and float ribbon bridge sets Thursday at Campo's Marina in St. Bernard, La., so commercial vessel can quickly load protective booms to place along the coastline.

  • Wounded warrior on quest for gold

    May 7, 2010

    Sgt. Juan Alcivar will be competing for gold in the inaugural Warrior Games May 10-14 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Rolling Thunder stops at Pentagon en route to Warrior Games

    May 6, 2010

    Motorcycle-riding members of the national organization Rolling Thunder stop at the Pentagon Wednesday and meet with two wounded Sailors and a Soldier who will be participating in the first ever Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs May 10-14.

  • Logisticians face challenges in Afghanistan surge

    May 6, 2010

    The top Army logistician discussed leading concerns with Soldiers and Army civilians at the Pentagon Tuesday as part of the Army Senior Leaders Forum.

  • Fort Bragg takes gold at Army Communities of Excellence Awards

    May 6, 2010

    Army leadership recognized U.S. Army Garrison Fort Bragg, N.C., with golden status during the 2010 Chief of Staff of the Army Communities of Excellence Awards ceremony Tuesday at the Pentagon.

  • Bonuses, incentives offered for under-manned Army jobs

    May 6, 2010

    New Army recruits with skills critical to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are eligible for bonuses, educational help and other incentives if they enlist to serve in the Army's most under-manned jobs.

  • Vice chief of staff visits Fort Carson Warrior Transition Unit

    May 5, 2010

    The Army's vice chief of staff, the commander of the Warrior Transition Command and three congressmen visited Fort Carson's Warrior Transition Unit, May 3.

  • Duckworth: Asians, Pacific-islanders help keep Army strong

    May 5, 2010

    The Army is celebrating strength through diversity with Asian Pacific American Heritage throughout the month of May.

  • All-Army team wins Armed Forces Boxing Championship

    May 5, 2010

    Seven Soldiers won their weight classes to lead the All-Army team to victory in the 2010 Armed Forces Boxing Championships April 20-23 at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, Calif.

  • FORSCOM launches Web-based tool to support Army Force Generation

    May 5, 2010

    As operations in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, along with numerous requirements worldwide, the Army's largest command recently launched a Web-based tool to enhance the synchronization of Soldiers, equipment and resources with the requirements of combatant commanders.

  • Lakota copters make debut in Europe

    May 4, 2010

    After a long wait, five new UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters have arrived at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

  • Army's crew captures Tissot Pit Road Award in Richmond

    May 4, 2010

    Although Ryan Newman was disappointed with his eighth-place finish Saturday at Richmond International Raceway, his U.S. Army crew claimed the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award.

  • National Guard supports oil spill response

    May 4, 2010

    National Guard Soldiers and airmen are on the ground in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida supporting civilian authorities tackling the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response.

  • DOD using virtual reality for PTSD treatment

    May 3, 2010

    A humvee slowly drives down a dusty road in Afghanistan and seconds later, an IED explodes off to the right, causing the windshield to crack and the driver to swerve.

  • Soldier aiming for gold at Warrior Games

    May 3, 2010

    He'll have a tough time swimming -- and shooting -- and he's got stiff competition from his training buddy. But Sgt. Robert W. Laux wants to take home a medal and some recognition from the Warrior Games in Colorado.

  • Belvoir breaks ground on new child development center

    May 3, 2010

    Dirt flew and children's laughter rang out Friday as Fort Belvoir broke ground on its new Child Development Center.

  • President Obama commissions cadets at University of Michigan

    May 3, 2010

    Thousands rose to their feet Saturday at the University of Michigan when the nation's commander-in-chief stepped to the podium to administer the oath of office to his newest military officers.

  • Under Secretary of Army visits Picatinny

    May 3, 2010

    The Army's second-highest civilian visited Picatinny April 29 for the first time since he was sworn in as the 30th Under Secretary of the Army in September 2009.

  • G-8 outlines 2010 Army Modernization Strategy

    Apr 30, 2010

    The G-8 announced yesterday the release of the 2010 Army Modernization Strategy which sets forth how the service intends to move back into balance through cost-effective development and rapid equipment fielding.

  • Guard readies as Gulf Coast braces for oil spill

    Apr 30, 2010

    At least three states along the Gulf of Mexico are preparing for a potential call for thousands of National Guard members as the nation ramps up its response to the ongoing oil spill.

  • 'Hodge Hall' closes its doors

    Apr 30, 2010

    For several years, Soldiers at Camp Liberty have been learning how to respond to IEDs at "Hodge Hall," named in honor of a sergeant killed on a route-clearance mission.

  • Soldier Show opens to enthusiastic cheers from VIPs

    Apr 30, 2010

    This year's Soldier Show opened with a preview performance in the Washington, D.C., metro area April 24, with many attendees wearing their dress blues as they participated in this revue's 27-year traditional event.

  • 101st Soldier gets Silver Star for saving life in Afghanistan

    Apr 29, 2010

    A 101st Airborne Division Soldier received the Army's third-highest award for valor April 11 for running through enemy fire in Afghanistan, eliminating two anti-coalition militants, refusing treatment for his own wounds and saving the life of a teammate.

  • Military Child of Year learns life lessons from late father

    Apr 29, 2010

    Chosen out of about 700 children aged 8 to 18, 10-year-old Willie Banks III is Operation Homefront's 2010 Military Child of the Year. Part of his drive comes from his mother, a chief warrant officer in the Army. Also, he has specific life guidance left to him by his father, who died of colon cancer when Willie was only 4 years old.

  • Battling PTSD: Major shares his story

    Apr 29, 2010

    Ryan Kranc was traveling with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment near Ramadi, Iraq, on July 23, 2003, when his convoy was hit with an improvised explosive device. Kranc, now an Army major, survived. His commander, his friend, Capt. Josh T. Byers, did not.

  • CSA discusses progress, future of Iraq

    Apr 29, 2010

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, April 28, as part of a visit to Iraq to discuss the progress and future of the country with units key to its future in the upcoming months.

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