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  • Vice chief challenges doctors to help with 'mental wellness'

    Jul 24, 2009

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli told more than 2,000 Army health-care professionals Tuesday that they must produce "mental wellness" through a multidisciplinary approach.

  • First Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for valor in Afghanistan

    Jul 24, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti, who was killed in Afghanistan June 21, 2006, will receive the Medal of Honor for his valor in combat, the White House has announced.

  • Murder suspect faces hearing at Fort Bragg

    Jul 23, 2009

    A master sergeant appeared in court at Fort Bragg, N.C., Wednesday morning for a hearing stemming from the 1985 murders of an Air Force captainAca,!a,,cs wife, Katheryn Eastburn, and her two children Erin and Kara.

  • Vice chief pleased with insights toward new combat vehicle

    Jul 23, 2009

    A month after Army experts first gathered to discuss requirements for a new ground combat vehicle, their insights from that forum were presented to the Army's vice chief of staff -- and were met with approval.

  • Fort Stewart/Hunter earns 4th Installation Excellence Award

    Jul 23, 2009

    For the fourth time in the 25-year history of the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield have taken one of the five top spots.

  • SMA calls for review of TRICARE standards

    Jul 23, 2009

    The Army's top enlisted Soldier said military families are experiencing problems finding TRICARE providers off installations, especially in more rural areas.

  • New GI Bill transfer options take effect Aug. 1

    Jul 23, 2009

    Although the Post 9/11 GI Bill is not effective until Aug. 1, servicemembers may submit a request to transfer benefits to their spouses and children now.

  • New campaign streamers available now for unit flags

    Jul 22, 2009

    Five new campaign streamers have been approved for use on Army and unit flags. Three streamers represent named campaigns in Iraq, and two represent named campaigns in Afghanistan.

  • Symposium sets top five issues for wounded warriors

    Jul 22, 2009

    The top issues for wounded warriors across the nation were discussed at the 5th annual Army Wounded Warrior Program Symposium in San Antonio, Texas, July 14-16.

  • Wheelchair basketball helps warriors get back in game

    Jul 22, 2009

    It was another battle within the beltway, this time on wheels, as Walter Reed Army Medical Center faced the National Naval Medical Center for bragging rights in wheelchair basketball Tuesday.

  • Below-knee amputee runs for berth in 2012 Paralympics

    Jul 22, 2009

    Sgt. Jerrod Fields capped his track and field season by winning a gold medal at the 2009 Endeavor Games and is setting his sights on the 2012 Paralympics.

  • Secretary Geren reviews troops in farewell

    Jul 21, 2009

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren was given a farewell review July 17, by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. at Fort Myer's Conmy Hall.

  • Army colonel completes first spacewalk

    Jul 21, 2009

    Army Col. Tim Kopra participated in the first space walk of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, STS-127, on Saturday.

  • Defense secretary praises Bragg Soldiers for life-saving actions

    Jul 21, 2009

    Five Fort Bragg Soldiers serving in the Philippines recently received awards from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who was visiting Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines.

  • Marksmanship Soldiers win three national championships

    Jul 21, 2009

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit claimed three national championships last week: one in double trap, another in skeet and a third in pistol shooting.

  • Digital University helps keep Soldiers aware on battlefield

    Jul 21, 2009

    Digital University, Europe's premier training site for digital systems used in theaters of operation, offers training such as the Blue Force Tracker course.

  • New PTSD program answers need

    Jul 21, 2009

    An intensive eight-week therapeutic PTSD teatment program called "evolution" began in March at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

  • Army conducts worldwide contracting stand down

    Jul 20, 2009

    The Army conducted a live video-streaming contracting stand down July 20, at the Pentagon, that was broadcast to contracting officers at more than 500 locations worldwide.

  • Paratroopers bring combat perspective to Army scientists

    Jul 20, 2009

    It can be a long road from the laboratory to the battlefield, but the Army is forging a more direct path. Thanks to a U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering program, experienced combat Soldiers get direct access into Army labs to give scientists and engineers face-to-face feedback about the equipment they have and the capabilities they need.

  • First electronic warfare warrant officers graduate

    Jul 20, 2009

    Eight warrant officers graduated July 17, from a 16-week Electronic Warfare Technician Course at Fort Sill, Okla., and several will serve as the ArmyAca,!a,,cs first EW warrants in Iraq.

  • Webster University offers credits for Civilian Education System course

    Jul 20, 2009

    Army Civilian Corps senior leaders now have another incentive for attending the Army Management Staff College.

  • Army panel studying modernization strategy

    Jul 17, 2009

    With the manned ground vehicle part of Future Combat Systems canceled, the Army G-8 told Association of U.S. Army members July 16 that the Army had created a blue-ribbon panel to study alternatives to the vehicle.

  • Study finds no direct link in violent crimes

    Jul 17, 2009

    There was not a single factor or grouping of contributing factors that explain the clustering of violent crimes dating back to 2005 involving Fort Carson Soldiers, the Army surgeon general said July 15.

  • Officials unveil results of Fort Carson violent crime study

    Jul 17, 2009

    Army officials have released the results of a study aimed at determining possible causes for a cluster of violent crimes that took place between 2005 and 2008 at Fort Carson, Colo.

  • New UH-72As aid 'Flatiron' at Fort Rucker

    Jul 17, 2009

    With the arrival of three new UH-72A Lakota helicopters last week, Fort Rucker's Air Ambulance Detachment, known as Flatiron, can better assist Fort Rucker and local communities by reaching medical emergency scenes faster.

  • 'Dream team' of researchers to study Army

    Jul 17, 2009

    A ground-breaking study of behavioral health in the Army may soon provide answers on what causes suicide and what programs can best prevent them.

  • Chief tells outgoing secretary, 'you are one of us'

    Jul 17, 2009

    During a ceremony July 16, at the Pentagon, Chief of Staff of the Army George W. Casey Jr. assured outgoing Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, that he was part of the Army family.

  • Outgoing secretary lauds Soldiers, families, NCOs

    Jul 17, 2009

    In his last days as the Army's 20th secretary, Pete Geren opened up about issues he faced while serving, including the challenge of an ongoing war, advancing medical care for Soldiers, and the importance of families.

  • 'Beans, bullets and BTUs' reminds Soldiers of energy security

    Jul 16, 2009

    The Army will soon be the largest fleet owner of both low-speed electric vehicles and hybrid-electric vehicles.

  • Soldiers place one-two at Nationals

    Jul 16, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Dulohery of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit earns a silver medal in the skeet event during the U.S. National Shotgun championships July 14 in Colorado Springs, Colo. His teammate, Spc. Vincent Hancock, won the gold medal in skeet.

  • Warrior Adventure Quest aims to channel thrill-seeking behavior of combat veterans

    Jul 16, 2009

    Warrior Adventure Quest is a new program to assist Soldiers in transitioning back to their home station after a combat tour. The program combines outdoor recreation activities, leadership and psychological training.

  • National Guard explains eligibility for new G.I. Bill

    Jul 15, 2009

    Citizen-Soldiers who do not qualify for benefits under the new Post-9/11 G.I. Bill can explore educational opportunities available from their individual states, Guard officials said.

  • McKiernan retires after 37 years

    Jul 15, 2009

    The recent commander of forces in Afghanistan ended a military career Wednesday that began in 1972. Gen. David D. McKiernan completed his last call of duty as a Soldier during a ceremony on Fort Myer's Summerall Field hosted by Gen. George W. Casey Jr., chief of staff of the Army.

  • Army announces new contracts for Afghanistan

    Jul 15, 2009

    Two new task orders supporting LOGCAP IV contract operations in Afghanistan are now in effect, Army officials announced, July 7.

  • Army announces next Iraq rotation

    Jul 14, 2009

    Three division headquarters and eight brigade combat teams have been scheduled to support Operation Iraqi Freedom in the next rotation beginning this fall.

  • C-RAM Soldiers scan Basra skies for hostile rockets

    Jul 14, 2009

    Pfc. Dustin Clark was manning the night shift when suddenly the warning system went off... beep, beep, beep.

  • Soldiers support filming of Transformers sequel

    Jul 14, 2009

    About 20 Soldiers from Fort Bliss, Texas, helped director Michael Bay with the battle scenes for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

  • Newman charges to 6th-place finish in Chicago

    Jul 13, 2009

    Ryan Newman made a late-race surge to post a sixth-place finish in Saturday night's LifeLock.com 400 Sprint Cup event at Chicagoland Speedway.

  • Veterans compete in wheelchair games

    Jul 13, 2009

    A wide range of disabilities cannot stop more than 500 of America's wheelchair athletes, all U.S. military veterans, who are competing in the 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games being held July 13-18 in Spokane, Wash.

  • 1,100 schools sign new GI Bill 'Yellow Ribbon' pact

    Jul 13, 2009

    More than 1,100 colleges, universities and schools across the country have entered into "Yellow Ribbon" program agreements with the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve financial aid for veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

  • Soldiers strike gold, two silvers at Taekwondo Championships

    Jul 10, 2009

    Second Lt. Steven Ostrander struck gold, and Sgts. William Rider and Louis Davis won silver medals at the 2009 U.S. National Taekwondo Championships.

  • Army Guard on course to reach end-strength reduction

    Jul 10, 2009

    The Army National Guard is changing recruiting policies to lower its end strength by the end of the fiscal year.

  • Sergeant Major of the Army visits Alaska troops, families

    Jul 10, 2009

    The ArmyAca,!a,,cs top enlisted leader addressed topics such as deployment tour lengths, dwell time and changes to noncommissioned officer training, during a town hall forum July 7, at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

  • Craddock: NATO must find better ways for nations to participate

    Jul 10, 2009

    Options exist to help members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization better meet their obligations within the alliance, said the former NATO commander, who left the post less than two weeks ago.

  • Carson firefighters assist with fire, save life

    Jul 10, 2009

    Fort Carson firefighters from PiAfA+-on Canyon Maneuver Site responded to an off-post fire in Las Animas County, Colo., July 8.

  • WWII vet gets Bronze Star

    Jul 9, 2009

    Lt. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle, the Army's G-1, presents the Bronze Star Medal July 6, to former Staff Sgt. Morris N. Bishop, for his combat service with the 92nd Infantry Division in World War II.

  • Deployed Soldiers can now order new uniform items online

    Jul 9, 2009

    The flame-resistant Army combat uniform and the improved physical fitness uniform can now be ordered by deployed troops through a Web-based program.

  • 'Full Metal Jacket' instructor films new show at APG

    Jul 9, 2009

    Famed Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey and his production crew filmed sequences of his new History Channel show "Lock 'N Load" at Aberdeen Proving Ground in June.

  • Army Logistics University ushers in new era for sustainers

    Jul 9, 2009

    Hundreds of team members of Fort Lee, Va., gathered July 2 to watch history unfold as the U.S. Army Logistics University officially opened with much fanfare and celebration.

  • 4th Inf. Div. achieves highest retention rate in Army

    Jul 9, 2009

    While contributing to the Army's mission to retain a highly trained, all-volunteer force, the 4th Infantry Division achieved the highest retention rate of any division during the 2009 Fiscal Year.

  • Financial problems or PTSD need not affect security clearance

    Jul 8, 2009

    With the nation in the throes of an economic downturn and entering the seventh year of overseas combat, some Soldiers and civilians are worried about their security clearance.

  • Mustion becomes 64th Army adjutant general

    Jul 8, 2009

    An investiture and change of command ceremony today welcomed Brig. Gen. Richard P. Mustion to Washington, D.C., as the 64th Adjutant General of the Army, a position first established by the Continental Congress on June 17, 1775.

  • Infantry Soldier brings bluegrass to desert

    Jul 8, 2009

    With influences like Earl Scruggs and Jody King, it would be hard for someone not to fall in love with the simplicity and the complexity of bluegrass music.

  • Iraqi NCOs attend master training course

    Jul 8, 2009

    The noncommissioned officer corps is essential to an Army's success, and the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, has recently instituted a Master Trainer Course to help develop junior NCOs in the Iraqi army.

  • Respite care offers families valuable rest

    Jul 8, 2009

    For Army families who are responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities, the Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care Program provides a temporary rest period for caregivers.

  • Army announces eCybermission national winners

    Jul 7, 2009

    More than 100 sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders along with their families from across the country spent last week here preparing their entries for final judging in the Army's seventh annual eCybermission National Showcase where the national winners received $5,000 each in savings bonds.

  • Commentary: Ready Army takes daily preparation

    Jul 7, 2009

    As we approach the peak season for hurricanes and the anniversaries of both Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it is a good time to ask ourselves, "Am I as prepared as I can be for all potential hazards'"

  • Recent training helps Belvoir civilians save a life

    Jul 7, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 7, 2009) -- Members of the acquisition community are often recognized for the systems they provide -- which saves lives. Rarely do those same people save lives with their own hands, as was the case, June 18.

  • Reserve Soldier joins president for 4th of July

    Jul 7, 2009

    As the fireworks exploded above the Washington Monument, Army Reserve Spc. David Hutchinson enjoyed the blooms of color from one of the best views in the district, the White House's South Lawn.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers first to field new grenade launcher

    Jul 7, 2009

    The barrels were hot in the Army's charter fielding of the new M-320 grenade launcher as Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division fired the weapons for the first time.

  • New engineer excavator stands up to anti-tank mine

    Jul 7, 2009

    The Army's new High Mobility Engineer Excavator saved the life of a Soldier in Iraq May 29, when an anti-tank mine exploded as he was digging a culvert trench near South Balad Ruz.

  • EOD Soldiers view 'The Hurt Locker'

    Jul 7, 2009

    Fast-paced, heart-stopping, explosive action fills the new movie The Hurt Locker, even though Soldiers say many of the scenes are inaccurate.

  • Second lady visits Bamberg, Schweinfurt

    Jul 7, 2009

    Dr. Jill Biden visited with U.S. troops and family members in Germany over the Independence Day weekend. Biden said the administration is trying to raise awareness about improving educational and health care benefits for veterans, servicemembers and military family members.

  • Chaplain Vakoc leaves legacy of care

    Jul 2, 2009

    Maj. Henry Timothy Vakoc, the Army's sole chaplain to have been severely wounded in Iraq, died June 20, from a fall at his care facility, five years after an improvised explosive device injured him on the drive back to camp from celebrating Sunday Mass for Soldiers in the field.

  • Army 'deadly serious' about replacement ground vehicle

    Jul 2, 2009

    After cancellation of its Future Combat Systems program, the Army continues to focus on modernization of the force and a replacement for the canceled Manned Ground Vehicle.

  • Army Reserve, Guard partners with 'Helmets to Hardhats'

    Jul 2, 2009

    The U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard signed an agreement with 'Helmets to Hardhats' at the Pentagon, which will give Soldiers greater access to construction career opportunities.

  • Contractor wins Ten-Miler T-shirt design contest

    Jul 2, 2009

    After competitive online voting worldwide, the Army Ten-Miler has announced that Julie Socher is the grand-prize winner of the annual Army Ten-Miler T-shirt design contest.

  • Leaders of veterans discuss issues facing Soldiers

    Jul 2, 2009

    The Army's fourth annual leadership conference for veterans' and military-service organizations was held June 26 at the Pentagon. and although a number of issues were discussed, one echoed throughout the day: suicide prevention.

  • Last outpost in Wasit back in Iraqi hands

    Jul 1, 2009

    The fifth and final security station in Wasit Provice, southeast of Baghdad, was returned to Iraqi control Monday before the June 30 deadline for U.S. Soldiers to withdraw from major Iraqi cities.

  • Army limits re-enlistment options for rest of fiscal year

    Jul 1, 2009

    In an effort to slow the momentum of what has been an exceptionally productive year in recruiting and retention, the Army has limited re-enlistment options during the last three months of fiscal year 2009.

  • Drill sergeant competition sees camaraderie amid challenge

    Jun 30, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Michael Johnston and Staff Sgt. Joshua Marshall's victory drew the week-long Drill Sergeant of the Year competition to a close on Friday at Fort Monroe's Continental Park.

  • First-ever NCO commandant takes reigns of Sergeants Major Academy

    Jun 30, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler became the 19th Commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, a first for an enlisted Soldier during a ceremony, June 29, at East Fort Bliss. Previously Chandler was the academy's command sergeant major.

  • Space technology assists Iraqi irrigation inventory project

    Jun 30, 2009

    Soldiers from the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team's geospatial intelligence section are playing a role in helping Iraqi leaders prepare to expand irrigation and farming throughout Iraq.

  • Army announces test of wikis to revise TTPs

    Jun 30, 2009

    The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center has launched a test allowing Soldiers and leaders to make real-time updates to the Army's tactics, techniques and procedures via a wiki environment.

  • ADA colors uncased at Fort Sill

    Jun 30, 2009

    Ceremonies at Fort Sill, Okla., Tuesday officially uncased the Air Defense Artillery Center colors here and established the ADA School and its commandant as part of the Fires Center of Excellence.

  • Army launches new water-safety tool

    Jun 30, 2009

    To prevent water-related deaths and injuries, the Army has launched a new interactive, Web-based, multimedia water safety tool.

  • AMSC cuts ribbon for Thayer Hall

    Jun 30, 2009

    The Army Management Staff College hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of Thayer Hall June 24 -- marking a milestone in the college's history.

  • NCO awarded Silver Star for courage under fire in Afghanistan

    Jun 30, 2009

    Rows of Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, stood at attention as the U.S. Army recognized Staff Sgt. Conrad Begaye for bravery under fire in Afghanistan.

  • Expanded Homeowners Assistance Program could help with BRAC hardships

    Jun 29, 2009

    While the Base Realignment and Closure decisions of 2005 are causing upheaval for some families, help is available through the Department of Defense National Relocation Program, the Homeowners Assistance Program, and soon, the Expanded HAP, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Army team gives special welcome home to all wounded

    Jun 29, 2009

    Wounded Soldiers sent home from overseas are greeted by their own before they are even off the plane at Andrews Air Force Base. The Army's wounded are welcomed back to the country by three members of the Army's Medical Evacuation to CONUS Hospitals team.

  • FORSCOM: 'Back to basics' for Year of NCO

    Jun 29, 2009

    In keeping with this year's theme for the Army, "Year of the NCO," the command sergeant major of U.S. Army Forces Command has a message for his enlisted troops: "Go back to basics."

  • Army Field Band shares stage with Jazz greats

    Jun 29, 2009

    There was a lot of "looking up" going on when the Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band performed at Music Education Week in Washington, D.C., for MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

  • Junior shooters get tips from Olympians at summer camp

    Jun 29, 2009

    For some kids, a chance to hang out with and pick the brain of a U.S. Olympian or Soldier would be the highlight of the summer.

  • Lamont takes helm of Army Manpower, Reserve Affairs

    Jun 26, 2009

    The new Army civilian chief who will oversee all civilian and military personnel interests for the active and Reserve force was welcomed to the Army at a Pentagon swearing-in by host Secretary of the Army Pete Geren today.

  • Fort Bliss switches from TRADOC to FORSCOM

    Jun 26, 2009

    The Fort Bliss commander and command sergeant major changed their shoulder sleeve insignia from Air Defense Artillery Center to U.S. Army Forces Command in a transfer of authority ceremony held at the Fort Bliss museum, June 25.

  • Schumacher nominated for ESPY Best Driver award

    Jun 26, 2009

    For the third straight year, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, has been nominated for the ESPY Best Driver Award.

  • Golden Knights seek candidates

    Jun 26, 2009

    The U.S. Army Parachute Team known as the Golden Knights is now seeking candidates for its 2009 assessment and selection, which will begin Sept. 8.

  • Afghanistan draws attention of Army counter-IED conference

    Jun 26, 2009

    Defeating improvised explosives devices and their support networks is the focus of Army's third counter-IED conference, July 28-30, in Charlottesville, Va.

  • Army chaplain, doctor comfort survivors of Metro crash

    Jun 26, 2009

    Several Walter Reed Army Medical Center staffers survived the deadliest accident in Washington Metrorail's 33-year history Monday.

  • VA begins stimulus payments to veterans

    Jun 25, 2009

    The first $250 payments to veterans as part of President Obama's recovery plan were sent Monday, and officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs said all payments will be distributed by June 30.

  • Army marksmen take home gold from Nationals

    Jun 25, 2009

    Soldiers with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit won six gold medals during the week-long U.S. Shooting National Rifle and Pistol Championships June 13-20.

  • Army trains SEALs in Northern Edge 2009

    Jun 25, 2009

    Soldiers at the Army's Northern Warfare Training Center participated in Exercise Northern Edge, June 17, by instructing a visiting Navy SEAL team on cold-weather river-crossing techniques.

  • Seven compete for Drill Sergeant of Year

    Jun 25, 2009

    Seven of the Army's best training NCOs from across the nation traveled to Fort Monroe this week to compete for the title of 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year.

  • Network-based field tests underway for BCT modernization

    Jun 24, 2009

    The U.S. Army is now conducting a series of high-tech network and equipment verification tests at its massive White Sands, N.M., test range as part of brigade combat team modernization.

  • Soldiers to help Tiger honor troops during PGA tournament

    Jun 24, 2009

    Tournament host Tiger Woods will honor wounded warriors on the first tee box during a patriotic salute to U.S. military personnel and their families to officially open the 2009 AT&T National PGA Tour event, July 1, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

  • Economy boosts recruitment numbers

    Jun 24, 2009

    The economy and related factors have buoyed the Army's recruitment efforts for 2009, say officials with U.S. Army Recruiting Command and the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception).

  • Two veterans send hundreds of packages to troops

    Jun 23, 2009

    Three hundred and fifty is a large number, and for retired Marine Don Downer it's a large part of what he does everyday.

  • Rules spelled out for G.I. Bill transferability

    Jun 23, 2009

    Beginning June 29, Soldiers can go online and elect to transfer their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to their spouse or children. Rules for transferring educational benefits under the "Post-9/11 Veteran's Education Assistance Act Of 2008," sometimes called the "Post-9/11 G.I. Bill," were spelled out June 23.

  • 22nd Chemical Battalion remembers Cameron's dad

    Jun 23, 2009

    Two days before Father's Day, 5-year-old Cameron Jessen came to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to dedicate the 22nd Chemical Battalion's renovated conference room in the name of his father who was killed in Iraq.

  • SEALs train with Army pilots in Northern Edge

    Jun 23, 2009

    A Navy SEAL team worked with Army pilots in a training evolution of Exercise Northern Edge 2009, designed to promote and develop interoperability between the two branches.

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