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  • Walmart among 8 new firms partnering to hire Army spouses

    Nov 5, 2009

    Eight more organizations, including Walmart, joined forces last month with the Army Spouse Employment Partnership.

  • Adjutant general says every absentee vote counts

    Nov 4, 2009

    A Soldier's vote by absentee ballot counts, and is counted every single time, said the Army's adjutant general and senior voting officer.

  • 3rd ID assumes responsibility of MND-North

    Nov 4, 2009

    During a ceremony Nov. 3, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Task Force Marne commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews uncased the 3rd Infantry Division colors to signify the official transfer of authority for Multi-National Division - North.

  • Suicide awareness guide now available for leaders

    Nov 4, 2009

    The Army's newest guide book is small enough to fit in a pocket, but big enough to save lives, according to officials.

  • Fort Hood unit wins Secretary of Defense maintenance award

    Nov 4, 2009

    An Army cavalry squadron that redeployed from Iraq earlier this year received the Defense Department's highest award for maintenance excellence last week.

  • Program allows wounded veterans to continue service

    Nov 4, 2009

    The Mission Continues, a veterans organization, helps wounded veterans to continue serving their country by granting fellowships that allow them to volunteer at nonprofit organizations.

  • Newman escapes serious injury at Talladega

    Nov 3, 2009

    Ryan Newman was evaluated and released from the infield medical center following a harrowing crash in Sunday's NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway.

  • Hixson successfully defends Military Long Drive title

    Nov 3, 2009

    Coast Guard Ensign Ryan Hixson defeated Army Reserve Pfc. Nate Chadwick Oct. 28, to win his third Military Long Drive Championship.

  • Army officially welcomes new secretary

    Nov 3, 2009

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh was formally welcomed into the Army family during an arrival ceremony here Nov. 2 .

  • IMCOM changes command

    Nov 3, 2009

    Installation Management Command said farewell to its first commanding general Monday and welcomed Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch as its new commander.

  • Robot repair shop helps keep troops safe

    Nov 2, 2009

    The Joint Robotics Repair Detachment located at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad keeps and maintains robots used for use in explosive ordnance disposal, route clearance and other missions.

  • Westphal: leader among public servants

    Nov 2, 2009

    The new under secretary of the Army is above the fray of Washington politics, and is a true civil servant, said the Secretary of the Army.

  • New airframe program redirected from Army to Air National Guard

    Nov 2, 2009

    For the first time ever, the Air National Guard will be the sole operator of a new aircraft straight off the assembly line. The C-27J Spartan, the latest propeller-driven airlifter, is an "extremely rugged" aircraft, designed for austere environments.

  • New system allows vehicle GPS to track location while in flight

    Nov 2, 2009

    Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery, drove their High Mobility Artillery Rocket System out the rear of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 22, with a new advancement that will get them into the fight faster.javascript:;

  • Afghan police force graduates 250 in Herat

    Nov 2, 2009

    More than 250 Afghan National Police graduated basic training Oct. 29, at the ANP headquarters in Herat, Afghanistan.

  • Army testing ACU camouflage patterns in Afghanistan

    Oct 30, 2009

    Two new Army Combat Uniform camouflage patterns - MultiCam® and the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP-Delta) - are being tested by two Afghanistan-based battalions.

  • Guard Soldier trades guitar for gun

    Oct 30, 2009

    After seven years in an Army band, a sergeant decided to volunteer for a combat tour and since January has served as a door gunner on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

  • Executive order bans texting while driving

    Oct 30, 2009

    Texting took a back seat to safety this month with an executive order prohibiting text messaging while driving on military installations or driving anywhere in government vehicles.

  • Soldiers saving taxpayers millions in Iraq

    Oct 30, 2009

    The 15th Sustainment Brigade "Wagonmasters" began Operation Clean Sweep here in mid-October by finding $2.9 million in excess equipment to place back into the military supply system for reuse.

  • Soldier gets Silver Star 45 years after wartime action

    Oct 30, 2009

    An award more than 45 years in the making was finally received Oct. 28, as retired Brig. Gen. John W. Nicholson was awarded the Silver Star for actions in Vietnam.

  • Spray foam to improve energy efficiency

    Oct 29, 2009

    Many Soldiers know what it's like to be in Iraq during the summer when it gets to be 130 degrees, and more, living in a tent or sleeping under the stars. That has been a thing of the past on most posts in Iraq.

  • Civic, business leaders participate in airborne training

    Oct 29, 2009

    More than a dozen community, civic and business leaders, to include Miss North Carolina Katherine Southard, gathered to participate in airborne training Oct 27.

  • Scientists from India collaborate on Army energy challenges

    Oct 29, 2009

    Scientists, engineers and professors from the United States and India recently met to find ways to solve the critical power and energy challenges faced by both nations.

  • Army using 'stimulus' funding to repair dams, recreation areas

    Oct 29, 2009

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using part of its $4.6 billion in stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve dams, waterways and recreation areas across America.

  • G-8: Army must show taxpayers value, especially in recession

    Oct 29, 2009

    During the current economic downturn, the Army must show both Congress and the American taxpayer that it is getting value for every dollar it receives, said the Army's outgoing G-8.

  • 12 semifinalists selected for Operation Rising Star singing contest

    Oct 28, 2009

    Twelve members of the U.S. military Family have been selected to compete in the final week of competition in the Operation Rising Star singing contest, scheduled for Nov. 14, 16, 18 and 20 at 8 p.m. in the Wallace Theater here.

  • Army delivers first HAP check to spouse of fallen warrior

    Oct 28, 2009

    Just over three weeks after funds became available under the new, expanded Homeowners Assistance Program, Julie Walters became the first surviving spouse of a fallen warrior to receive assistance.

  • 'Still Serving Veterans' wins Army Spirit of Hope Award

    Oct 28, 2009

    Still Serving Veterans, a non-profit service organization that has helped more than 1,200 wounded veterans and their families reintegrate into new careers and communities, received the Army's 2008 Spirit of Hope Award at the Pentagon, Oct. 27.

  • Army to launch technology blog

    Oct 28, 2009

    The Army is launching a new blog to help Soldiers and the public discover a little-known side of the Army, the research, development, engineering, testing and evaluation that goes into the technologies that make Soldiers safer and more effective.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill: eligibility, entitlements, applying

    Oct 28, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - Learn how to apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Understand your eligibility, entitlements.

  • Government reform key to Afghanistan says Kilcullen

    Oct 27, 2009

    Two million troops could be sent to Afghanistan and not make a difference unless the government there reforms, a globally recognized authority on counter-insurgency told a standing-room-only Pentagon audience last week.

  • PEO Soldier displays new equipment

    Oct 27, 2009

    Program managers from Program Executive Office Soldier met with members of the media Tuesday at the Pentagon to discuss the latest equipment fielded to soldiers.

  • Range now available for Iraqi army training

    Oct 27, 2009

    Stretching across the desert is a newly created training area for the 8th Iraqi Army Division, where two platoons of the 32nd and 33rd IA Brigades participated in the Razazah Sands defensive live-fire range to become better prepared to conduct future combat operations.

  • Coalition transfers more land back to Iraqi government

    Oct 27, 2009

    Among the many ways to judge the continued progress in Iraq is by counting the increasingly fewer number of U.S.-controlled properties inside Baghdad's International Zone.

  • Exercise launches first Javelin missile in India

    Oct 26, 2009

    Indian Army troops clamored to learn about the system as the first Javelin missile was launched in India, Oct. 23, by 25th Infantry Division Soldiers as part of Yudh Abhyas 09.

  • Bilateral exercise strengthens bonds between Indian, U.S. Soldiers

    Oct 26, 2009

    Despite a diversity of equipment and missions, Indian and U.S. Army Soldiers found common ground while training together during Exercise Yudh Abhyas 09, an annual bilateral multi-echelon battalion level exercise with a focus on peacekeeping operations.

  • Transition team validates future Iraqi army trainers

    Oct 26, 2009

    Ten young men wearing tan and brown uniforms and red berets waited for their evaluation to begin. They were jundis, soldiers of the Iraqi army. Over the past three weeks in Camp Mirra, they learned how to apply a tourniquet, maintain a Humvee and assemble an M-16.

  • Patriot Academy students take extreme field trip

    Oct 26, 2009

    High school students from the new National Guard Patriot Academy took a break from the books and embarked on their first field training exercise at the ranges Oct. 16-17.

  • Gulf Region Division cases colors in Iraq drawdown

    Oct 26, 2009

    When Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre and Command Sgt. Maj. Mitch Prater cased the colors of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division in a ceremony at Al Faw Palace Oct. 23, GRD became the first major division to leave the Iraqi theater as part of the drawdown.

  • Soldier finds moments of escape gliding above Iraq

    Oct 26, 2009

    While on deployment, some Soldiers spend their free time watching movies, reading books or working out at the gym.

  • Guard equipment to return from Iraq, Congress told

    Oct 26, 2009

    National Guard equipment will be returned from Iraq and Guard units can fill shortages with equipment currently in theater, Defense officials testified Oct. 21, at a House hearing.

  • Newman finishes 7th in Martinsville

    Oct 26, 2009

    Ryan Newman produced another strong short track result, finishing seventh in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

  • CSA: New Maneuver Center to boost full-spectrum ops

    Oct 23, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. got an aerial peek Tuesday at the massive expansion effort under way at Fort Benning, Ga., for the Maneuver Center of Excellence which officially stood up with a ceremony Thursday.

  • Soldiers affect brigade modernization

    Oct 23, 2009

    Ground sensors that are part of the Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization program were recently overhauled in line with input from Soldiers.

  • World's premier snipers converge on Fort Benning

    Oct 22, 2009

    One shot, one kill: It's the creed of every sniper. More than 30 two-man teams from around the globe put that battle cry to the test - minus any lethality in this instance - on Fort Benning's ranges during the ninth annual U.S. Army International Sniper Competition, which began Oct. 15 and ended Thursday.

  • Army librarian honored as best in federal government

    Oct 22, 2009

    An Army librarian was named Federal Librarian of the Year for 2008 during a ceremony Oct. 22, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

  • Cadets help kickoff American League Championship Series

    Oct 22, 2009

    Earlier this fall, West Point and the New York Yankees were in the headlines for striking a deal to bring football back to the Bronx for the next five years.

  • Army researching new energy-efficient technologies

    Oct 22, 2009

    As the nation observes National Energy Awareness Month in October, the Army continues research on energy security, fuel efficiency and alternate power capabilities for its fleet of ground vehicles.

  • Cartoonists sketch troops at FOB Marez

    Oct 22, 2009

    Garry Trudeau and other famous cartoonists visited Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 20 to meet, greet and sketch the men and women serving there.

  • DOD announces units for Afghanistan rotations

    Oct 21, 2009

    A brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment from Germany and a brigade of the Iowa National Guard will deploy over the next year to Afghanistan.

  • H1N1 vaccine to arrive in November

    Oct 21, 2009

    H1N1 vaccinations are expected to be available in November for active-duty servicemembers and their families, according to the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command.

  • First class of IA Strike Soldiers graduates

    Oct 21, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Sixty-nine Iraqi Army Soldiers stood at attention on the parade field at al-Muthana Air Base, here, Oct. 19, during a graduation ceremony for the first class of the Karkh Area Command Strike Team.

  • Soldier stresses early detection for breast cancer

    Oct 21, 2009

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one Soldier knows firsthand the importance of early detection.

  • Pentagon ceremony awards unit for heroism in Vietnam

    Oct 21, 2009

    Vietnam veterans of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Tuesday received the Presidential Unit Citation in a Pentagon ceremony hosted by Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal.

  • Combat medic uses skills to save NCO's life

    Oct 20, 2009

    Spc. Timothy Lee used his combat medic skills to help save the life of a fellow Soldier at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 7.

  • President cites heroism of 11th ACR troopers in Vietnam

    Oct 20, 2009

    During a White House ceremony Tuesday President Barack Obama praised Vietnam veterans of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment for their heroism in rescuing Soldiers from another unit trapped near the Cambodian border.

  • 'Old Crows' award Stryker unit's lifesaving EW

    Oct 20, 2009

    A 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team battalion accepted the "Association of Old Crows Outstanding U.S. Army Electronic Warfare Unit for 2009" honor during the opening ceremony Monday of the organization's 46th Annual International EW Symposium and Convention.

  • Soldiers bring water to Iraq's Muthanna desert

    Oct 20, 2009

    Task Force Pathfinder has sponsored more than 30 projects in Iraq's southern Muthanna province over the past several months, many providing water and power to impoverished villages.

  • Orient Shield provides exchange of tactics, culture

    Oct 19, 2009

    Hundreds of U.S. and Japanese troops took to the wood lines this past weekend in a simulated combat field training exercise as a culmination of Exercise Orient Shield.

  • Army leadership listens to survivors at SOS Summit

    Oct 19, 2009

    About 55 survivors of fallen warriors traveled from Germany and points across the United States earlier this month to discuss and evaluate the progress Survivor Outreach Services has made.

  • 'Proper Exit' helps wounded warriors complete their mission

    Oct 19, 2009

    A group of eight wounded warriors have returned to the combat zone in Iraq where they were injured, to find a sense of closure.

  • Army says body armor safe, despite GAO report

    Oct 16, 2009

    Testing anomalies cited in an Oct. 16 Government Accountability Office report on body armor do not mean the plates are unsafe, said Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, program executive officer for the organization that fields new equipment to Soldiers.

  • Guantanamo security continues amid closing debate

    Oct 16, 2009

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday a decision is expected by mid-November as to when the detention facility will close at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. Holder was interviewed on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and said it would be "difficult" but not impossible to close the detention facility for War on Terror suspects by the target date of Jan. 22.

  • Agreement signed at Fort Irwin to create solar power

    Oct 16, 2009

    The Army signed a memorandum of agreement Oct. 15, for an enhanced-use lease to begin development of a 500-megawatt solar power plant at Fort Irwin, Calif.

  • Colorado Guard joins 'balloon boy' rescue efforts

    Oct 16, 2009

    The Colorado Army National Guard joined rescue efforts for a 6-year-old boy believed adrift in a homemade hot air balloon last week.

  • Under secretary says Hispanic community shares Army values

    Oct 16, 2009

    When Dr. Joseph WestphalAca,!a,,cs father moved his family from Chile to the United States, he told them to never lose the pride of their heritage Aca,!" to maintain their language and their cultural connections.

  • Disability Employment Month: Army helping wounded warriors find jobs

    Oct 15, 2009

    This month the nation observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the Army Wounded Warrior Program is focusing on efforts to help more disabled veterans find employment.

  • Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Oct 15, 2009

    The Army is poised to introduce a plate-carrier vest to provide Soldiers more lightweight gear in the challenging operational environments of Afghanistan.

  • PM EW set to meet Army's electronic warfare needs

    Oct 15, 2009

    The Army stood up the Project Manager Electronic Warfare office Sept. 1 under Col. Rod Mentzer.

  • Soldiers test Army's newest parachute in preparation for Army-wide fielding

    Oct 15, 2009

    The Army's newest parachute made its Fort Lee, Va., debut as six members of the school, which will be responsible for the training the rest of the Army, logged a successful jump.

  • Historic WWII-era camp shutters doors

    Oct 14, 2009

    As the bugler played "call to assembly," the local community and the Soldiers of the 78th "Lightning" Division said goodbye Oct. 5, to the Sgt. Joyce Kilmer Army Reserve Center on Camp Kilmer.

  • Army meets recruiting goals for quantity, quality

    Oct 14, 2009

    The Army -- along with all branches and all components of the Armed Forces -- met its recruiting goals in fiscal year 2009, by meeting or exceeding both numeric goals and quality benchmarks for new recruits.

  • Operation Bright Star begins

    Oct 14, 2009

    Military units from around the world formed a common front to begin a multi-national military exercise near the Egyptian coastal town of Alexandria, Monday.

  • Army leaders detail commitment to Family Covenant

    Oct 13, 2009

    Since the Army Family Covenant was first signed two years ago, the service's investment in family programs and facilities has doubled to $1.5 billion, Army leaders said.

  • Commentary: Reintegration not just for adults

    Oct 13, 2009

    While my friends were outside playing in the colorful leaves on Saturday, I was in Elgin, going through the Illinois National Guard's Children's Reintegration program.

  • AKO 'Go Mobile' to give users virtual desktop in backpack

    Oct 13, 2009

    By January, Soldiers on the go will be able to do just about anything they do now on their desktop computer if they're issued portable equipment attached to a cell phone.

  • Newly trained counter-IED teams deploy to Afghanistan

    Oct 13, 2009

    Servicemembers who participated in the first state-side training program for joint counter-IED teams have just arrived in Afghanistan for a year-long assignment.

  • MREs no longer contain 'mystery meat' of past

    Oct 8, 2009

    DoD's Combat Feeding Directorate set up an elaborate display with interactive activities on the floor of the AUSA Annual Meeting and Symposium, including a place for Soldiers to taste-test new ration items

  • LandWarNet takes joint-service approach

    Oct 8, 2009

    Leadership from across the services Wednesday discussed the importance of making the Army's LandWarNet part of a joint enterprise.

  • Army psychiatrist: Military children have increased mental-health risk

    Oct 8, 2009

    The increasing mental-health needs of military children are taxing both the military and civilian health care systems.

  • Ceremony officially establishes ACC operational status

    Oct 8, 2009

    The Army celebrated the official full operational capability of the Army Contracting Command with a ceremony Thursday on the parade field at Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • 'Thank you not enough' for veterans, says Fisher House CEO

    Oct 8, 2009

    Kenneth Fisher reached out to veteran organizations and community members in a call to action Wednesday, asking them to do more than just thank wounded warriors.

  • Education key to overcome PTSD stigma

    Oct 7, 2009

    The author of "Collateral Damage: How Can the Army Best Serve a Soldier with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," spoke at an Association of the U.S. Army forum about the recommendations he made in his paper that he hopes will aid in better understanding how to care and treat mental health problems for Soldiers and their families.

  • More unmanned aircraft striving to eliminate IEDs

    Oct 7, 2009

    The Army trained more than 1,400 Soldiers, Marines and civilians to fly unmanned aircraft systems in 2009, and expects to train more than 2,300 in 2010.

  • Unmanned aircraft systems leading fight

    Oct 7, 2009

    The emergence of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles technology in the mid-1990s has made Unmanned Aircraft Systems the weapon of choice for the Army commanders engaged in contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Artillery needed at Afghan outposts says author

    Oct 7, 2009

    More artillery is needed to protect Soldiers at Afghan forward operating bases said one of the authors presenting his book Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.

  • Army urges all to 'Act to Prevent Domestic Abuse'

    Oct 7, 2009

    October's Army-wide Domestic Abuse Prevention Month will focus on what the "innocent bystander" can do to prevent domestic abuse.

  • Army plans resiliency training to deal with stress

    Oct 7, 2009

    Over the next few months, the Army will place renewed emphasis on its suicide-prevention training and Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, two generals who head the programs said during the Family Forum at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting Tuesday.

  • Chiarelli: Mental wounds 'no phantom issue'

    Oct 7, 2009

    The "signature wounds of this war" are post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday.

  • New SecArmy recognizes quality-of-life initiatives

    Oct 7, 2009

    New Army Secretary John McHugh recognized outstanding quality-of-life improvements, programs and best practices from around the Army during the second Family Forum of the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition Tuesday.

  • 'Sergeant's Corner' explains special partnerships

    Oct 7, 2009

    Master Sgt. Alfred Zalenski described Special Forces partnerships during his "Sergeant's Corner" presentation at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Symposium, Oct. 6.

  • SMA speaks to junior enlisted Soldiers

    Oct 7, 2009

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston addressed junior enlisted Soldiers during a seminar at the Association of the United States Army conference, Oct. 6, 2009.

  • Army leaders go 'green,' stress energy conservation

    Oct 7, 2009

    The Army is taking a number of steps to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency at commands worldwide.

  • Ten miles for support, remembrance, camaraderie

    Oct 6, 2009

    The Army Ten-Miler celebrated 25 years of running Sunday with Soldiers, families and friends joining together in the nation's capital to show their support for the service.

  • Mellinger says AMC technology saving lives

    Oct 6, 2009

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command's top enlisted Soldier spoke about advancements in war technology Monday and their effects on Soldiers.

  • CSA says Army will balance mission, troops for Afghanistan

    Oct 6, 2009

    Army leaders will work to provide the forces necessary to be successful in Afghanistan, while at the same time attempting to balance that demand with the needs of Soldiers and families, said the service's senior-most officer.

  • Deployment stress concerns Army enlisted leaders

    Oct 6, 2009

    As the White House debates sending as many as 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, the Army's top enlisted advisor said today that he is proud of the work Soldiers are doing everyday in both Afghanistan and Iraq, but the stress that Soldiers and their families incur from this effort is something that keeps him awake at night.

  • Army reaffirms Family Covenant

    Oct 6, 2009

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston reaffirmed the Army's commitment to Soldiers and their families by signing a family covenant Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting.

  • Team brings honor to South Dakota veterans

    Oct 6, 2009

    Last year, volunteers who make up the South Dakota Military Funeral Honors team sacrificed their time and comfort to honor the passing of more than 500 of South Dakota's veterans, by performing official honors ceremonies at their funerals.

  • American and Korean veterans pay tribute at memorial

    Oct 6, 2009

    Veterans of the Korean War, both American and Korean, gathered Monday with current U.S. Army and Republic of Korea leadership to pay tribute at the National Korean War Memorial.