Archive: Dec 2006

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  • Michigan Guard Members Prepare for President Ford's Burial

    Dec 31, 2006

    Hundreds of Michigan National Guardsmen are preparing to welcome home President Gerald R. Ford, who died Dec. 26 at age 93 at his residence in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

  • Cheney Lauds Ford's Service During Ceremony at U.S. Capitol

    Dec 31, 2006

    With military members standing a solemn guard over the flag-draped casket in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Vice President Richard B. Cheney eulogized former President Gerald R. Ford.

  • Images of President Ford's funeral

    Dec 31, 2006

    The U.S. military is helping to honor President Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president of the United States, who passed away on Dec. 26.

  • Ford's Body Arrives in Washington for Official Honors

    Dec 31, 2006

    The body of President Gerald R. Ford received a welcoming 21-gun salute at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

  • Military Members Support Ford Funeral in California

    Dec 31, 2006

    More than 500 military members are supporting the California portion of the state funeral for former President Gerald R. Ford.

  • Saddam Hussein Executed for Crimes Against Humanity

    Dec 30, 2006

    Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed today, according to a statement issued by President Bush.

  • President Bush Statement on Saddam Hussein's Execution

    Dec 30, 2006

    An excerpt from President Bush's response to Saddam Hussein's execution.

  • Perfection in the name of honor

    Dec 29, 2006

    Salute battery provides honors for President Ford's funeral

  • President Ford's Funeral: Sequence of Events

    Dec 29, 2006

    A state funeral is scheduled for Gerald R. Ford, Jr., the 38th President of the United States, who died Tuesday evening at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.

  • Medics Compete for Coveted Badge

    Dec 29, 2006

    SPC Dan Dooley gives us an inside look from Schweinfurt, Germany at some of the best medical training a Soldier can receive.

  • 16th CSB Troops Come Home

    Dec 29, 2006

    Not even cold wet weather could stop the 16th Corps Support Battalion from having a good time after their return home. SPC Richard Fink has more from Hanau, Germany.

  • Losing your Identity

    Dec 29, 2006

    A military ID card is an invaluable asset to someone trying to steal your identity, or gain access to military installations. Tony McKinney learned about a startling number of lost ID cards in Vilseck, Germany and asked, "Where's your ID card'"

  • Helping in Panama

    Dec 29, 2006

    At the request of the Panamanian government, Soldiers and other servicemembers assisted with rescue and recovery work, following flooding and mudslides in the northern part of the country in late November and early December.

  • Walking the Streets of Samarra

    Dec 29, 2006

    Soldiers in Samarra, Iraq are patrolling the streets and trying to make a good impression. They're parking their Humvees and walking around on foot with an Iraqi battle-buddy. SSG Eric Pahon followed the patrol and has this story.

  • President Ford's Funeral: Current Information

    Dec 29, 2006

    President Gerald R. Ford died on Dec. 26. Sequence of funeral activity events, related articles and background information provided.

  • Operation Beastmaster successful

    Dec 29, 2006

    During Operation Beastmaster, troops from the 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division cleared three large neighborhoods in the western Baghdad suburb of Ghazaliya.

  • Military tradition to be evident in Ford funeral events

    Dec 29, 2006

    Military tradition will be evident throughout the events associated with the death of former President Gerald R. Ford, as the services join the nation in bidding farewell to their former commander in chief.

  • Nearly 4,000 troops to participate in Ford funeral activities

    Dec 29, 2006

    Nearly 4,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members are gearing up to support the national farewell to former President Gerald R. Ford.

  • Soldiers deny terrorists access to Siniyah

    Dec 29, 2006

    U.S. and Iraqi forces have cordoned off Siniyah, to prevent terrorists from gaining entry to the city.

  • Military Blood Donors Make Generous Contributions

    Dec 29, 2006

    It's a little-known fact that about 20 percent of servicemembers donate blood, compared to less than 5 percent of the civilian populace, the director of the U.S. military's blood program said here today.

  • A nose for explosives

    Dec 29, 2006

    Sgt. Samantha Goscinski, a dog handler with the 17th Military Police Detachment at Fort Jackson, and her German shepherd, Butch, placed first for explosive detection during the Working Military Dog Competition at Fort Eustis, Va.

  • Pentagon Channel documentary focuses on storied 'Old Guard'

    Dec 29, 2006

    Despite their high-profile mission, many people, even those who serve in the military, have little idea what goes into becoming a member of this elite unit. That's why the Pentagon Channel is devoting its latest half-hour "Recon" documentary to the 3rd United States Infantry RegimentaEUR"the Army's "Old Guard." The show will debut today at noon Eastern Time and will be repeated throughout January. It will also be available via podcast, vodcast and video on demand.

  • Quelling sectarian violence

    Dec 29, 2006

    Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and an Iraqi solder provide security in support of Operation Cougar in Adhamiya.

  • Coalition forces capture 60 insurgents, kill cell leader

    Dec 29, 2006

    Combined forces captured 60 suspected insurgents and killed one cell leader over the past four days in Iraq.

  • President George W. Bush

    Dec 29, 2006

    President George W. Bush, Dec. 28, from his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

  • Holiday Greetings

    Dec 29, 2006

    Holiday greetings from some troops overseas.

  • Let It Snow

    Dec 29, 2006

    US Army Field Band performs Let it Snow during their annual Holiday Concert in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Family Issues

    Dec 28, 2006

    Imagine issuing equipment everyday to Soldiers heading down range. Now imagine being the father of one of those Soldiers receiving equipment. SPC Daniel Dooley brings you this story about a father and son, both Soldiers, in Wuerzburg, Germany.

  • Transformation in K-Town

    Dec 28, 2006

    "Transformation" is the Army's catch phrase for unit relocation and restructuring across Europe. And while many changes are slated in the coming year, many are already underway. Brannon Lamar has more from Kaiserslautern, Germany.

  • Transforming Afghanistan

    Dec 28, 2006

    Soldiers Radio and Television correspondent Gail McCabe takes a closer look at the role US military forces are playing in the transformation of Afghanistan from a war-torn land to a secure and independent nation.

  • Holiday Greetings

    Dec 28, 2006

    Holiday greetings from troops.

  • Sleigh Ride

    Dec 28, 2006

    US Army Field Band performs Sleigh Ride during their annual Holiday Concert in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Radio station opens doors, gives chance for free speech

    Dec 28, 2006

    In a city where there is no means for releasing information to its people, coalition forces have developed a project to give the people a chance at free speech.

  • Soldiers Take Pride in Transferring Supplies

    Dec 28, 2006

    While most soldiers are asleep, a small contingent of the 15th Brigade Support Battalion carries out the mission of supplying the rest of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

  • Five Iranians detained in Baghdad raids

    Dec 28, 2006

    Several Iranian nationals were detained in recent coalition raids conducted in Baghdad.

  • Duty in Djibouti

    Dec 28, 2006

    Soldiers from Combined Joint Task Force aEUR" Horn of Africa, based in Djibouti, are doing a lot of training in that country and also are finding time to interact with the locals and have some fun.

  • Iraqi forces prove eager to help, become more capable

    Dec 28, 2006

    Iraqi military and police forces are eager to help find solutions for the challenges facing their country.

  • A new friend

    Dec 28, 2006

    Sgt. Krista Ihde talks to an Iraqi girl during a visit to the provincial Iraqi police headquarters in Diwaniyah, Dec. 20. Ihde is a team leader with the 984th Military Police Company, Police Transition Team.

  • Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV quote

    Dec 28, 2006

    Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman, in a Dec. 27 interview citing a raid and hostage rescue by Iraqi police and British forces two days earlier on a rogue Iraqi police unit that had been infiltrated by extremists in Basra.

  • Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Pays Tribute to Servicemembers

    Dec 28, 2006

    The game may have been all about football, but the overall event was a tribute to 1.2 million very special people aEUR" the men and women of the United States armed forces.

  • Iraq Roundtable

    Dec 27, 2006

    Coverage of Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman MG William Caldwell speaking with reporters in Baghdad to provide an update on ongoing operations in Iraq.

  • More V Corps Soldiers Return Home

    Dec 27, 2006

    The wait is finally over for some V Corps Soldiers. After serving in Iraq, these men and women are back from battle and ready to reunite with friends and family. Dominic Jackson has more from Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Side by Side in the Fight

    Dec 27, 2006

    When troops go into combat, they rarely go in alone. Our allies fight side by side with American troops to help complete the mission. SSgt Ryan McKee takes us to Belgium where international forces are building up their confidence to make sure the mission gets done.

  • Gates Approves 82nd Airborne Division Deployment to Kuwait

    Dec 27, 2006

    The 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team received orders today to deploy to Kuwait in early January to become the theater command's "call forward" force, Defense Department officials announced today.

  • President Ford Remembered

    Dec 27, 2006

    President George W. Bush's comments in remembrance of former president Gerald R. Ford.

  • Iraqi troops train with help from MiTTs

    Dec 27, 2006

    New basic training graduates with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division (Mechanized) trained with the assistance of Military Transition Teams from the 1st Infantry Division.

  • Solar Wall

    Dec 27, 2006

    Fort Lewis sets up a solar wall to generate heat at a vehicle maintenance facility.

  • Holiday Greetings

    Dec 27, 2006

  • Jingle Bells

    Dec 27, 2006

    US Army Field Band performs Jingle Bells during their annual Holiday Concert in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • All Things Equal

    Dec 26, 2006

    An equal opportunity advisor checks to make sure a commander's policy of fair treatment is known throughout the military. Ken James takes us into the office of an outstanding Soldier in Wiesbaden, Germany who's being recognized for making all things equal.

  • Preparing to go Downrange

    Dec 26, 2006

    US forces are facing difficult and dangerous tasks downrange. To prepare for the environment, troops are training hard. SGT Kyle Pflieger has more from Camp Darby, Italy.

  • Chefs do Battle in Afghanistan

    Dec 26, 2006

    In Afghanistan, a battle of another kind has US troops pitted against their own. Soldiers put down their weapons and picked up their best recipe for the title of Iron Chef. Marine CPL Aron Harrity has more from Bagram.

  • A Different Story in Baghdad

    Dec 26, 2006

    Bomb blasts killing US troops is the most common war story you see in the news these days. But a lot more goes on for the Soldiers who live in the war-torn country. The man you're about to meet is casting a new light on what troops do when they're not battling the insurgency. SPC Charlie Maib has more from Baghdad.

  • Strykers shift to high gear in Grafenwoehr

    Dec 26, 2006

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany aEUR" Mud, rain and cold challenge every Soldier who trains here. But as troops from the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment from Vilseck challenged themselves, moving from individual to platoon-level live fire training, they proved that U.S. Army, Europe's newest has what it takes to overcome anything "the Box" at the Joint Multinational Training Command can bring.

  • Soldiers enjoy holiday festivities in 'Green Zone'

    Dec 26, 2006

    On Christmas Day civilian and military personnel who live in the International Zone gathered in the U.S. Embassy dining facility to eat a traditional Christmas dinner.

  • Mahmudiyah takes pride in market renovation

    Dec 26, 2006

    One of the top priorities for the mayor of Mahmudiyah is rebuilding his city's downtown market. The Army Corps of Engineers is helping.

  • Clearing Rusafa

    Dec 26, 2006

    Soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army Division took the lead in clearing insurgents from the Rusafa area of Baghdad Dec. 17. Soldiers from the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team provided backup.

  • Following his Shadow

    Dec 26, 2006

    Spc. Larry Kirkman, from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, walks a Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle off the runway at Camp Taji, Iraq, following a mission.

  • Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr. quote

    Dec 26, 2006

    Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr., commander, 1st Cavalry Division, in a video briefing from Baghdad to families and friends of the division at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • 'Santa's Helper' delivers gifts to foreign nationals at Taji

    Dec 26, 2006

    One of the toughest times during a Soldier's deployment is the holidays, but Soldiers are not the only ones who are homesick and miss their loved ones.

  • Cheer from the Chief

    Dec 26, 2006

    Sgt. 1st Class Lloyd Welty Jr. shakes hands with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker at Camp Liberty, Iraq, Dec. 23.

  • NCO receives Soldier's Medal for heroism in mall shooting rampage

    Dec 26, 2006

    A Fort Lewis non-commissioned officer received the Soldier's Medal from the Army's senior civilian for saving the lives of a man and several children in a 2005 shooting incident at a local mall. Secretary of the Army, Frances J. Harvey pinned the Army's highest non-combat award for valor on the chest of Staff Sgt. Moises Martinez of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment. Due to Martinez's actions, no one died in the Nov. 20, 2005, shootings at the Tacoma Mall which evolved into a standoff between a 20-year-old man with an assault rifle and SWAT teams from the Tacoma police. Seven people were wounded in the shooting.

  • Holiday spirit

    Dec 26, 2006

    Soldiers fighting the war on terror worldwide, paused to celebrate the holiday season.

  • We can move it

    Dec 26, 2006

    A CH-47 Chinook lifts a sling-loaded UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after an Army downed aircraft recovery team removed the rotor blades. The helicopter made a precautionary landing in southern Iraq because of a mechanical concern.

  • Position discovered

    Dec 26, 2006

    Capt. Jason Good (right), commander, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, calls in a situation report to squadron headquarters from an insurgent fighting position discovered during a weapons cache search in Al Jabor, Iraq, Dec. 19.

  • Embedded trainers tell Gates they're pleased with Iraqi army progress

    Dec 26, 2006

    Defense Secretary Gates learned that Iraqi units are gaining confidence in their abilities and are doing more to empower noncommissioned officers.

  • Coalition forces kill senior Taliban leader

    Dec 26, 2006

    A coalition air strike Dec. 19 in Afghanistan's Helmand Province killed a senior member of the Taliban's inner circle.

  • Gen. David McKiernan quote

    Dec 26, 2006

    Gen. David McKiernan, commander, U.S. Army, Europe, Dec. 18 in an interview, referring to U.S. Army, Europe's crucial role in the war on terror.

  • Silver Star recipient leaves legacy

    Oct 14, 2011

    Some family names stretch across National Guard unit rosters back to the militia's beginnings. Prominent among those family names in Indiana is one that's synonymous with honor; the name Proctor. Family members, friends and fellow Soldiers gathered in the atrium of the Indiana State House here Dec. 20 to pay tribute to one of Indiana's fallen, Sgt. Joseph Proctor of Whiteland, Ind. The Indiana National Guardsman was lost May 3, 2006, at Camp Ramadi, Iraq.

  • Holiday Greetings

    Dec 22, 2006

    Holiday Greetings

  • Troop greeting from Iraq

    Dec 22, 2006

    Troop greetings from Iraq.

  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

    Dec 22, 2006

    US Army Field Band performs I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus during their annual Holiday Concert in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • I'll Be Home For Christmas

    Dec 22, 2006

    US Army Field Band performs I'll be home for Christmas during their annual Holiday Concert in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Military Christmas

    Dec 22, 2006

    SSG Ron Henry, a member of Transportation Express, a Fort Eustis, Virginia singing group, honors our Soldiers with his performance of the song, "Military Christmas."

  • Soldiers Work 24/7 to Keep Supplies Flowing in Iraq

    Dec 22, 2006

    "We're like the combat Wal-Mart," said Warrant Officer Dempster Upshaw, a Soldier involved with logistics in Iraq. "What you can get at Wal-Mart, you can get here."

  • Michigan couple sends holiday cheer to Iraq

    Dec 22, 2006

    TAJI, Iraq (Army News Service, Dec. 22, 2006) aEUR" Though a white Christmas is out of the question, the holiday season will be a little homier for Soldiers deployed here thanks to a couple from Ludington, Mich., and a sergeant major from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade. Jim Nickelson and his wife, Beth, sent two Fraser fir trees to the 1st ACB to bring holiday cheer to the frontlines, Nickelson said."Hopefully it brightens their mood for a period of time while they're away from their families" for the holidays, he wrote in an email from his home. The Nickelsons' Needlefast Evergreens farm is adjacent to the childhood home of Sgt. Maj. Della St. Louis, the brigade operations sergeant major. St. Louis, for the third consecutive year, arranged for the shipment of the holiday trees the Nickelsons donated. The first was during the 1st ACB deployment from 2004 to 2005, and she had trees sent to 3rd Infantry Division which served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, she said.

  • Holiday spirit

    Dec 22, 2006

    As Soldiers worldwide continue to fight the war on terror, they also are celebrating the holidays and are being treated to holiday meals and gifts, as well as USO celebrity tours.

  • Iraqi National Police, Cavalry calming tensions in al Doura

    Dec 22, 2006

    Cavalry Soldiers work with Iraqi National Police to calm tensions in Baghdad's south-central al Doura neighborhood.

  • Gates meets with troops over breakfast in Baghdad; asks their advice

    Dec 22, 2006

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates listened to enlisted Soldiers in Iraq, as he formulates a way-forward strategy for the region.

  • Pierside perimeter protection

    Dec 22, 2006

    Spc. Phillip Escribano stands perimeter watch pierside in Obock, Djibouti, on Dec. 9. Ray is from the Guam National Guard and attached to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.

  • We can move it

    Dec 22, 2006

    A CH-47 Chinook lifts a sling-loaded UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after an Army downed aircraft recovery team removed the rotor blades. The helicopter made a precautionary landing in southern Iraq because of a mechanical concern.

  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates quote

    Dec 22, 2006

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Dec. 21, asking enlisted Soldiers in Iraq their opinions regarding the way forward.

  • Soldier's actions helped save lives

    Dec 22, 2006

    A Fort Lewis non-commissioned officer received a Soldier's Medal from the Army's senior civilian for saving the lives of a man and several children in a shooting incident last year at a local mall.

  • Sesame Street's Elmo to educate Americans on deployments

    Dec 22, 2006

    Elmo and the characters of Sesame Street are going to give Americans a chance to see what military families go through when their loved ones deploy to war zones. Sesame Street will air "When Parents Are Deployed" on most Public Broadcasting System stations Dec. 27. Armed Forces Network stations will air the special in January. "The special focuses on giving people an understanding of the sacrifices servicemembers' families make in a deployment," said Barbara Goodno, a senior program analyst with the Pentagon's Office of Family Policy.

  • Colorado National Guard responds to blizzard emergency

    Nov 18, 2011

    About 50 Colorado Army National Guard troops worked through the night, rescuing stranded motorists, clearing roadways for emergency vehicles and delivering American Red Cross supplies in the midst of a blizzard that's already blanketed the state with more than two feet of snow.

  • Hauling the Mail in Iraq

    Dec 21, 2006

    Holiday cheer is delivered to troops in Iraq in different shapes and sizes, but reaction to mail is almost always the same when you're at war. PFC Ashleigh Torres reports from Baghdad.

  • Baumholder Welcomes Home Troops

    Dec 21, 2006

    PFC Shawnon Lott has more on a Homecoming celebration underway for soldiers in Baumholder, Germany.

  • Home in Time for the Holidays

    Dec 21, 2006

    V Corps Artillery Soldiers are back from Iraq just in time for the holidays. Daniel Day has details on all the preparations that go into planning for a homecoming.

  • Choose paper over plastic bags at U.S. commissaries

    Dec 21, 2006

    Commissaries are hoping shoppers in the U.S. will say yes to paper bags for bagging their groceries as part of the Defense Commissary Agency's measures to offset major cost increases of plastic and paper bags. Changing bagging preferences is something most customers have been glad to do when they've been made aware of the cost issues during previous bagging campaigns. Commissaries tally nearly 100 million customer transactions annually and spent about $20 million on bags in 2005.

  • 7th SFG (A) Soldier named "USASOC Medic of the Year"

    Dec 21, 2006

    A Fort Bragg Special Forces Soldier was recognized as the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Medic of the Year at the Special Operations Medical Conference in Tampa Bay, Fla., Dec. 1.

  • Training Iraqis to do their jobs

    Dec 21, 2006

    Prior to their August deployment the Soldiers of 4th Platoon, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, days were filled with continual training.

  • Army-led breast cancer study shows promising results

    Dec 21, 2006

    An Army-led breast cancer vaccination study offers hope to breast cancer survivors. Early study results suggest a 50 percent reduction in disease recurrence for vaccinated women. Dr. (Col.) George Peoples, a Brooke Army Medical Center surgeon and principal investigator for the study, released the results of the six-year study Dec. 14 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium here.

  • Happy Holidays

    Dec 21, 2006

    Holiday Greetings from troops to folks back home.

  • Village Blocks Insurgents; Gains Jobs, Revenue

    Dec 21, 2006

    Reconstruction brings life to Iraqi economy

  • A Christmas Story

    Dec 21, 2006

    The touching story of a one-legged man whose own light shines bright this holiday season.

  • Patrolling Adhamiya

    Dec 21, 2006

    Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment provide security for Iraqi soldiers during a patrol in Adhamiya. The purpose of the patrol is to decrease sectarian violence and insurgency activity.

  • Dose of goodwill

    Dec 21, 2006

    Staff Sgt. Scott Ragsdel from Company B, 413th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint task Force - Horn of Africa, vaccinates a cow during a veterinarian civic action program in Siu Village, Kenya, Dec. 5.

  • Air-ground teamwork

    Dec 21, 2006

    An OH-58A Kiowa helicopter provides close air support Dec. 7, as U.S. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division convoy into the village of Saddam in Kirkuk Province, Iraq.

  • Brig. Gen. Dana Pittard quote

    Dec 21, 2006

    Brig. Gen. Dana Pittard, commander, Iraq Advisory Group, in an interview from Baghdad Dec. 17, announcing that Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division have been tasked with training military advisors for duty with Iraqi soldiers and police.

  • A Final Wish Granted

    Dec 21, 2006

    An Army spouse fulfills her husband's last wish for US Citizenship.

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