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  • Army testifies to Congress on acquisition, technology

    Oct 27, 2011

    By this time next year, the Army will have a good idea about alternatives for the ground combat vehicle program, Army leaders told Congressmen Wednesday. They said the GCV will be the first combat vehicle developed to operate in an improvised-explosive device and hybrid-threat environment.

  • Postal Service sets holiday mail deadlines

    Oct 26, 2011

    The United States Postal Service and Military Postal Service Agency have released deadlines to ensure packages arrive to Military and State Department post offices overseas by December 25, 2011.

  • Nation honors military families' sacrifices

    Oct 25, 2011

    November is Military Family Appreciation Month, with the Army continuing its focus on building strong, resilient families.

  • Jewish Chaplains Memorial unveiled at Arlington

    Oct 25, 2011

    A sleek, granite memorial inscribed with the names of 14 Jewish Chaplains who died while in military service now stands beside memorials to their Roman Catholic and Protestant brethren on Chaplains Hill at Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia.

  • Recruiting Command accomplishes 2011 missions

    Oct 25, 2011

    U.S. Army Recruiting Command achieved its fiscal year 2011 active and Reserve recruiting missions.

  • Survivors present issues to leadership at Army Family Action Plan Summit

    Oct 25, 2011

    Survivors outlined their top recommendations to Army leadership this month at the conclusion of the Survivor Outreach Services Army Family Action Plan Summit.

  • Conference of American Armies kicks off in Peru

    Oct 25, 2011

    The Conference of American Armies, consisting of armies from Caribbean, Central, North and South American countries, kicked off Monday in Lima, Peru.

  • Soldiers excel at Pan Am Games shooting

    Oct 24, 2011

    Soldiers earned six gold medals during marksmanship events at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 16-22, 2011.

  • Army business system GFEBS now operational worldwide

    Oct 24, 2011

    The most advanced financial management system in Army history, the General Fund Enterprise Business System, is now operational worldwide.

  • Army to use new uniform for Soldier burial clothing

    Oct 24, 2011

    The Army Liaison Team at the Dover Port Mortuary will begin using the new Army Service Uniform for deceased Soldiers effective January 1, 2012.

  • Army Child Care fees increase for 2011-2012 school year

    Oct 24, 2011

    Fees for Army child care and related child and youth programs increase between now and Dec. 1 as part of a phased program designed to reduce the impact of a changed Department of Defense policy.

  • Fort Hood sponsorship program reinvigorated

    Oct 21, 2011

    At the Copeland Soldier Service Center, a small but dedicated group of civilians and Soldiers is making sure the Fort Hood, Texas, sponsorship program starts off on the right foot.

  • Online language training now earns promotion points

    Oct 21, 2011

    Soldiers can now earn up to 16 promotion points for completing language instruction with the Headstart2 language training program.

  • Army Under Secretary promotes critical partnerships in South America

    Oct 21, 2011

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal completed a week-long visit to Chile and Brazil aimed at gaining a better understanding of the missions and operations and to ensure the U.S. Army is supporting efforts to promote security and stability in Chile and Brazil.

  • Panetta, Shinseki discuss more transition support for vets

    Oct 19, 2011

    Ways to help separating service members and veterans prepare for and launch civilian careers topped the agenda during Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta's visit yesterday with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

  • Army chefs learn from Culinary Institute of America

    Oct 19, 2011

    Army chefs from around the world are learning master-level secrets and techniques from instructors at the Culinary Institute of America.

  • Garmisch signs anti-bullying policy, leads pilot program for U.S. Army

    Oct 18, 2011

    Principal Debbie Parks and Deputy Garrison Manager Jeff Darrow signed an anti-bullying policy Oct. 18, 2011, before the student body of Garmisch Elementary-Middle School, Germany.

  • Army CID warns against romance scams

    Oct 18, 2011

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command continues to receive hundreds of reports of various scams involving persons pretending to be U.S. Soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  • Demo Humvee burns 70 percent less fuel

    Oct 18, 2011

    The Army temporarily halted its testing of a unique fuel-efficient tactical vehicle so the "FED Alpha" could be shown to senior leaders and displayed in the nation's capital.

  • Army leaders discuss challenges, solutions with War College students

    Oct 18, 2011

    Senior members of the Army staff joined Army War College students in seminar to address the complex, strategic issues and challenges that will face the 368 students when they complete their studies in June 2012.

  • Biden, Odierno support military children

    Oct 17, 2011

    Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno spoke on behalf of military children, at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's national conference, citing the challenges and stresses they endure to an audience of child support professionals from across the nation.

  • MEDCOM aims to apply 'Medical Home' model worldwide

    Oct 17, 2011

    The Army Medical Command is working to improve care by focusing on creating clinics based on small-group family practices.

  • Legislation could expand Reserve role in homeland security

    Oct 16, 2011

    Legislation being considered by both houses of Congress could provide the Army Reserve broader authority to call up troops for homeland security and also allow the force to deploy units for operations lasting 120 days or less.

  • Army transforms for future of Soldiers, families, nation

    Oct 14, 2011

    To ready itself for the future, the Army is transforming installations and housing as well as its use of fuel, water and energy.

  • Squad needs 'overmatch' capability

    Oct 13, 2011

    The Army is working to provide the infantry squad an overmatch in combat capability through the network and immersive training.

  • Army overhauling personnel management

    Oct 13, 2011

    The all-volunteer force can expect several changes in terms of promotion, evaluation and professional development as the Army looks at new strategies for overhauling its personnel management system.

  • Army leadership renews commitment to families with Army Family Covenant

    Oct 13, 2011

    Top Army leadership renewed the Army Family Covenant, the Army's formal commitment to support Soldiers and their families, with a signing this week at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.

  • Army modernizing, networking its future force

    Oct 12, 2011

    The Army must provide Soldiers with the best equipment possible, while ensuring affordability and the ability to network everything together, top Army acquisition and equipping officials said.

  • Enemy strategy to 'bleed us by a thousand cuts' at squad level

    Oct 12, 2011

    To overmatch the enemy, leaders must focus on bringing the nine-man squad into the 21st century, said Maj. Gen. Robert Brown in a briefing to senior military leaders, coalition forces and industry representatives Tuesday.

  • Long Range Surveillance Soldiers tell their story

    Oct 12, 2011

    Long Range Surveillance Soldiers from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade relayed the story of their recent deployment to the area south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, to an engaged audience during a "Warriors Corner" presentation at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.

  • Army remains Soldier-focused in constrained environment

    Oct 12, 2011

    The Army is focusing on bringing the Soldier more capabilities faster, through a culture of teamwork and collaboration, streamlining logistics, and increasing industry interactions, while also concentrating on affordability and efficiencies.

  • Army must prepare to 'do less with less'

    Oct 12, 2011

    Looming budget cuts across the Department of Defense mean the Army must be prepared to conduct business with less funding, and the service's senior officer said this may also mean doing less.

  • Chief consoles gold star families

    Oct 12, 2011

    The Army has come a long way when it comes to caring for gold star families, but it can do more, the chief of staff of the Army told survivors and other family members here Tuesday.

  • Army leaders warn against shrinking the force

    Oct 12, 2011

    This weekend, Army leaders used the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting to warn against steep cuts to the Army that could excessively shrink the force, making it difficult to meet the demands of a complex and volatile strategic landscape.

  • TRICARE investigates beneficiary data breach

    Oct 11, 2011

    The TRICARE Management Activity is reviewing its data protection policies and procedures in the wake of a data breach involving personal health information of an estimated 4.9 million military clinic and hospital patients.

  • Army leaders cite acquisition improvements

    Oct 11, 2011

    The U.S. Army is making substantial progress with numerous ongoing efforts designed to improve the acquisition process, service leaders told reporters Oct. 10, 2011, at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

  • Army wants more Soldiers back on deployable status

    Oct 11, 2011

    Decreasing the number of Soldiers who are medically unfit for deployment has become a major focus of the U.S. Army Medical Command and a topic of discussion at AUSA.

  • Army leaders pledge to continue family support

    Oct 11, 2011

    Family programs remain important and their budgets will not be used to fund other initiatives, the secretary and chief of staff of the Army pledged Monday.

  • Guard gunner tops NCOs, MP wins Soldier of Year

    Oct 11, 2011

    A National Guard Paladin gunner from Utah took the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year title and a military policeman from the 10th Mountain Division won Soldier of the Year after a grueling week of competition.

  • More companies to help military spouses find jobs

    Oct 11, 2011

    Two dozen new companies have put their hat in the ring to make it easier for spouses of service members to find and keep meaningful, career-oriented, portable employment.

  • Exercises may replace deployments in ARFORGEN cycle

    Oct 11, 2011

    With the drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, units that fall into the 12-month available phase of the Army Force Generation Model may eventually be sent on large-scale training exercises instead of deployments, Army officials said Monday.

  • Intensive outpatient treatment program helps Soldiers with behavioral health, addiction

    Oct 10, 2011

    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center officially opened its Intensive Outpatient Program Day Treatment Center for active-duty Soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 30, 2011.

  • Army bracing for more budget cuts, AUSA audience told

    Oct 10, 2011

    The potential of DOD facing additional budget cuts of $500-600 billion over the next 10 years keeps him up at night, said Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

  • Army runners defend International Cup at Ten-Miler

    Oct 9, 2011

    Runners from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and All-Army Sports successfully defended the International Cup in the 27th running of the Army Ten-Miler Oct. 9, 2011, at the Pentagon.

  • Runners 'pay it forward' to help wounded warriors

    Oct 9, 2011

    The 27th annual Army Ten-Miler brought 30,000 registered runners, but more than that came out to support the nation's military, especially those in the Warrior Transition Command.

  • Army warriors compete to be best of 2011

    Oct 8, 2011

    Twenty-six of the Army's elite warriors -- representing 13 commands -- have culminated four days of the Army's Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., after completing urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests, essays, warrior tasks and battle drills relevant in today's operating environment.

  • Marne leadership takes stand against domestic violence

    Oct 7, 2011

    In support of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Third Infantry Division's Commander, Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams and Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson signed a formal proclamation, Sept. 29, 2011, in an effort to bring more knowledge and understanding to this unmentionable topic.

  • Outfitting Soldiers head to toe

    Oct 6, 2011

    From their heads to their toes, if Soldiers wear it these days, the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Mass., likely had a hand in developing it.

  • Prevention: Domestic violence awareness day set

    Oct 6, 2011

    Prevention of Domestic Abuse Community Awareness Day will begin at Fort Jackson, S.C., with a Walk Against Domestic Abuse, followed by guest speakers from the Family Advocacy Program, the state Attorney General's Office and the Department of Social Services.

  • Japanese American Soldiers will receive Congressional gold medal

    Oct 6, 2011

    More than 1,500 Japanese American representatives, including Soldiers, widows and family members associated with the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442d Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service -- collectively known as "Go for Broke" -- will descend upon the nation's capital this November to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

  • Army ready to face budget challenges

    Oct 6, 2011

    Budget challenges loom in the Army's future. In fact, just about any portion of the federal budget could be cut to help the United States reduce its yearly deficit.

  • Special Forces team takes top honors at international sniper competition

    Oct 5, 2011

    Sniper teams from Fort Bragg took three of the top five spots, including first place, in the 2011 International Sniper Competition.

  • U.S. Army in Europe shifts from COIN to full-spectrum training

    Oct 5, 2011

    Sky Soldiers, paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, descended on the drop zone at Hohenfels Training Area, Oct. 5, in Europe's first full-spectrum training environment rotation.

  • Best Warrior brings Army Secretary to Fort Lee

    Oct 5, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh came to Fort Lee Wednesday to get a first-hand look at the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition.

  • Dempsey outlines key themes in letter to troops

    Oct 3, 2011

    The new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff outlined key themes for the military in a letter to the force released today.

  • We can now fight as one nation

    Oct 3, 2011

    Forty-six service members took the Oath of Allegiance, becoming U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony held on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sept. 28, 2011.

  • Best Warriors battle for top Army titles

    Oct 3, 2011

    Twenty-six motivated Soldiers began their pursuit of prestigious Army titles at Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 3, 2011, as they completed the first challenges of the 2011 Best Warrior Competition.

  • Humphreys hosts Army 10-miler shadow run

    Oct 2, 2011

    More than 300 runners from across the Korean peninsula took part in the second annual Army 10-miler Shadow Run hosted here Oct. 2.

  • Cadet Command releases highly anticipated order of merit list

    Sep 30, 2011

    United States Army's Reserve Officers' Training Corps Cadets across the country are learning this week how they are ranked nationally.

  • Delivery standards change for Express Mail Military Service

    Sep 30, 2011

    Effective Oct. 3, 2011, the United States Postal Service has revised mailing standards for Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) items mailed from the United States to APO/FPO and DPO destinations for delivery.

  • HRC deputy becomes Army's first female African-American major general

    Sep 29, 2011

    The deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command became the first-ever female U.S. Army African-American officer to obtain the rank of major general during her promotion and departure ceremony at the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex Thursday.

  • Fort Lee set to host 2011 Best Warrior

    Sep 28, 2011

    The annual competition that showcases the skills, personal strength and commitment of the U.S. Army Soldier will make its 10th start here next week.

  • Darnall behavioral health makes a difference in Soldiers' lives

    Sep 28, 2011

    --"We do make a difference in their lives," said Lt. Col Sharette Gray, chief of behavioral health at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, referring to the more than 600 patients a day coming to the various Behavioral Health treatment clinics.

  • Chaplains discuss reintegration programs before Soldiers head home

    Sep 28, 2011

    A seminar in Iraq focused on how chaplains can better prepare and help Soldiers adjust and return to their families in the states.

  • Army's top NCO visits Alaska Soldiers

    Sep 27, 2011

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III visited the Soldiers and families of U.S. Army Alaska Sept. 22, 2011, to talk about proposed policy changes and to answer questions on a variety of topics ranging from retirement, a drawdown of Army personnel and what the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

  • Casey portrait unveiled at Pentagon

    Sep 27, 2011

    Former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., now retired, is back at the Pentagon on a more permanent basis -- at least his portrait is.

  • Army ensures 'right mix' for junior NCO promotion points

    Sep 26, 2011

    The Army is making changes to the semi-centralized promotion system that will be effective Jan. 1.

  • Panetta cites progress, challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan

    Sep 25, 2011

    The United States and Iraq are in talks to chart military assistance Iraq needs after the pull-out of U.S. troops at the end of the year, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

  • Deadline nears to apply for special 'Stop Loss' pay

    Sep 25, 2011

    Only a month remains for eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay.

  • Bliss team wins MP Warfighter competition

    Sep 23, 2011

    Close to 100 of the best Soldiers from throughout the Army's military police community battled intense rain, high winds, heat, bugs, fatigue and each other to determine the best three-person team during the MP Warfighter competition Sept. 18-21, 2011.

  • Narco-terrorism, corruption remain serious security concerns in Caribbean, Americas

    Sep 22, 2011

    There have been several "good news" trends observed across the Caribbean and Central and South American regions over the past decade, yet narco-terrorism and corruption remain serious security concerns, U.S. Southern Command's chief said here yesterday.

  • Panetta: Budget cuts will boost risk to nation at war

    Sep 21, 2011

    Budget cuts create more risk for the military in a time of war, but the risk can be reduced by making decisions strategically and protecting core national security interests, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

  • WWII aviators recovered from New Guinea, laid to rest

    Sep 21, 2011

    The remains of nine Army airmen were interred Sept. 21, 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery, more than 68 years after their flight over Papua New Guinea was shot down by the Japanese.

  • Report examines lower-body blast injuries

    Sep 21, 2011

    The Army Surgeon General's Office released its report Sept. 20, 2011, on dismounted complex blast injuries, which more than twice as many service members have suffered annually since the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan.

  • Army targets Soldier transitions, unemployment rate

    Sep 20, 2011

    A year ago, with the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army senior leaders began to revamp the Army's transition process so personnel -- active and reserve components, spouses and retirees -- could become productive citizens for the nation and lifelong recruiters to help sustain an all-volunteer force.

  • Defense leaders laud DADT repeal, return of 'equality'

    Sep 20, 2011

    The official end today of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law reflects the American values that military members uphold, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

  • DOD reaffirms commitment to POWs, MIAs

    Sep 19, 2011

    No one has matched the United States' time, resources and commitment to accounting for its missing military members and honoring its prisoners of war, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

  • Box check returns to company-grade OERs

    Sep 18, 2011

    For company-grade officers, the senior-rater "box check" will soon reappear on officer evaluation reports.

  • TRICARE promises continued access to prescription meds

    Sep 16, 2011

    A dispute between Walgreens and a TRICARE contractor will not stop beneficiaries from getting their prescriptions filled, despite a Walgreen's ad campaign to the contrary, a TRICARE official said today.

  • Army demonstrates new agile acquisition process to industry partners

    Sep 15, 2011

    The Army hosted an Industry Day for defense contractors Sept. , 2011, to introduce its new agile acquisition process and how the Network Integrated Evaluation supports it.

  • EOC ready, prepared to respond to major threats like hurricanes

    Sep 15, 2011

    Hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, here, is prepared to act in the event a major storm hits the state.

  • Online program helps military children SOAR in school, life

    Sep 15, 2011

    The School Age Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, recently hosted a presentation about the Student Online Achievement Resource, or SOAR, Program.

  • Chiefs provide Armor, Infantry updates

    Sep 14, 2011

    The chiefs of Armor and Infantry delivered updates on their respective branches Tuesday at the Maneuver Conference.

  • BRAC 2005: On time, on budget in Northeast

    Sep 14, 2011

    Sept. 15 marks the end of the DOD's six-year Base Realignment and Closure 2005 program. Without question, it was the largest infrastructure investment program the U.S. Army has seen since World War II, with roughly $18 billion in military construction projects executed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Blended training model relevant to Squad: Foundation of the Decisive Force

    Sep 13, 2011

    Squad: Foundation of the Decisive Force is something Soldiers will continue to hear about in the future said Maj. Gen Robert Brown, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, during the Maneuver Center update at the first Maneuver Conference in Columbus, Ga.

  • Obama: America has emerged stronger from 9/11

    Sep 12, 2011

    President Barack Obama remembered those who were lost to terrorist attacks a decade ago and said the American commitment to freedom, justice, courage and liberty has not dimmed in the face of many trials.

  • Rodriguez takes command of U.S. Army Forces Command

    Sep 12, 2011

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez took command of U.S. Army Forces Command here today in a ceremony that formalized the transformation of the "Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces" into a "four-star" installation.

  • SecDef, volunteers build Fort Meade playground to remember 9/11

    Sep 10, 2011

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta pitched in alongside more than 300 military and civilian volunteers to build a new playground for children of military families at Fort Meade, Md.

  • Officials note sacrifices, resilience prompted by 9/11

    Sep 9, 2011

    In public appearances tonight and this weekend commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will pay tribute to all who have made sacrifices since 9/11, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

  • Suicide prevention interactive role-play wakes up Soldiers

    Sep 9, 2011

    Fort Hood is waking up Soldiers and giving them the opportunity to join live actors on stage for a suicide prevention interactive play every Tuesday.

  • Wounded warrior blazes trail at Waco Exchange Distro Center

    Sep 9, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Shad Fowler enlisted in the Army on his 18th birthday and planned to spend the next 20 years defending the nation. All seemed to be going to plan until 2004 when Fowler was on a dismounted patrol in Iraq and an improvised explosive device detonated near him.

  • Pentagon workers remember those who perished on 9/11

    Sep 9, 2011

    Military and civilian workers filled the Pentagon auditorium Friday for a memorial service to reflect on the friends and co-workers lost nearly 10 years ago after a plane hijacked by terrorists slammed into the west side of the building killing 189.

  • Cadet Command meets Fiscal 2011 officer-production mission

    Sep 8, 2011

    With nearly a month left in the fiscal year, U.S. Army Cadet Command has met its 2011 mission for commissioning new second lieutenants.

  • 9/11 hero strives to keep lessons alive

    Sep 8, 2011

    After 10 years, the nightmares are not as frequent anymore, nor are the speaking engagements about his 9/11 search and recovery efforts at the Pentagon.

  • Animal care specialists learn critical skills in support of Veterinary Services

    Sep 8, 2011

    veterinarians and animal care specialists provide veterinary care on Department of Defense installations worldwide and are the only military branch that supports the Veterinary Services mission.

  • Schumacher, Newman lay wreath at Pentagon Memorial

    Sep 8, 2011

    Army top fuel dragster Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher and Army NASCAR driver Ryan Newman paid their respects by presenting a wreath at the Pentagon Memorial.

  • Odierno assumes responsibility for Army

    Sep 7, 2011

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno was sworn in Wednesday morning as the Army's 38th chief of staff during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., near the Pentagon.

  • Air Assault! Separating weak from strong

    Sep 7, 2011

    In an effort to distinguish themselves from their peers, nearly 300 Soldiers and Airmen laced up their boots, packed their gear and headed to Camp Robertson training grounds here in hopes of becoming air assault qualified.

  • Looking back: Fort Drum firefighter reflects on emergency response at ground zero

    Sep 7, 2011

    Americans sat glued to their television sets watching in horror as the 9/11 attacks unfolded before their eyes. That terrorist act affected people across the country, especially firefighters and police officers who watched their brothers in arms enter the burning World Trade Center twin towers that later crumbled to the ground.

  • New Army chief of staff warns of challenges

    Sep 7, 2011

    After assuming responsibility as the Army's 38th chief of staff, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno discussed challenges ranging from transnational terrorism to "uncertainty of the Arab Spring," to looming resource cuts, and he called for caution to avoid a hollowing of the force.

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