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  • 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.

  • Dempsey to move on as chairman of Joint Chiefs

    Sep 7, 2011

    As a new chief of staff of the Army prepares to run the largest of the services, the outgoing Gen. Martin E. Dempsey now prepares for his new role as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • Odierno testifies at SASC hearing for CSA nomination

    Sep 6, 2011

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, July 21, 2011, as part of the confirmation process for his nomination as the next chief of staff of the Army.

  • Job initiatives focus on vets, family members

    Sep 1, 2011

    President Barack Obama yesterday called on Congress to move quickly on an initiative to offer tax credits to employers who hire unemployed veterans, including those with disabilities.

  • TRICARE portability reduces moving stress

    Sep 1, 2011

    With a single phone call, service member and family beneficiaries under TRICARE Prime can arrive at a new duty station, confident their medical records and prescriptions were transferred and new doctors were lined up for them in advance, a top TRICARE official said.

  • Two female acquisition officers to get second star

    Sep 1, 2011

    Two female Army acquisition officers have been tapped for promotion to the rank of major general.

  • Obama vows solid support for veterans

    Aug 31, 2011

    As the United States deals with its fiscal challenges, President Barack Obama emphasized today that it won't do so at the cost of its military and won't "balance the budget on the backs of our veterans."

  • Petraeus garners praise at retirement ceremony

    Aug 31, 2011

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised Army Gen. David H. Petraeus for his 37 years in uniform, noting the four-star general ranks among the great military leaders in U.S. history.

  • Fort Carson honors children of fallen

    Aug 30, 2011

    Dozens of children who lost a parent in military service gathered in a garden near the Rocky Mountain Front Range Aug. 22, 2011, where Army officers shook their hands and presented them with medals of remembrance.

  • Army receives 76 acquisition review panel recommendations

    Aug 30, 2011

    The much-anticipated Army Acquisition Review hones in on the current processes for determining requirements, resourcing, and acquisition -- "Big A" acquisition -- and provides what the Army has said will be a blueprint for improvements over the next two years.

  • Voluntarily Transfer Incentive Program now accepting applications for branch transfer

    Aug 26, 2011

    The department of the Army seeks applications, until Sept. 9, from all eligible officers for all branches and functional areas through the Voluntary Transfer Incentive Program.

  • Gold Star dad finds support in outreach program

    Aug 25, 2011

    The mission of Survivor Outreach Services is to provide support services to families of the fallen for however long the family wishes -- regardless of how the Soldier died.

  • Army leaders discuss network strategic vision for 2020

    Aug 25, 2011

    The top generals tasked with bringing the most innovative and current technology into the Army's communications network held a press and bloggers session at the annual LandWarNet conference here Aug. 24, 2011, to discuss the network strategic vision moving toward 2020.

  • LandWarNet 2011 kicks off in Tampa

    Aug 24, 2011

    "Transforming Cyber While at War" set the theme as LandWarNet 2011 launched Aug. 23, 2011, with the Army's chief information officer telling the audience that the Army must change how it acquires information technology.

  • Army acquisition executive describes efficiency measures during visit to APG

    Aug 23, 2011

    The Army's top acquisition official recently outlined key steps the Army is taking in its drive for efficiencies.

  • Drill sergeants help pave path to citizenship

    Aug 23, 2011

    U.S. Army Drill Sergeants take the time to help new recruits earn U.S. citizenship while in basic combat training.

  • Program supports military families with special needs

    Aug 22, 2011

    Family members, whether a spouse, child or dependent adult, with a chronic medical condition or special educational requirement are eligible to enroll in the Exceptional Family Member Program. Conditions run the gamut of everything from asthma and allergies to autism and Alzheimer's disease.

  • Panetta: Any retirement changes won't affect serving military

    Aug 22, 2011

    In his clearest statement on the subject to date, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today that if the military retirement system changes, it will not affect serving servicemembers.

  • CID seeking special-agent candidates

    Aug 22, 2011

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as Army CID, is actively seeking qualified Soldiers who are interested in pursuing a career as CID special agents.

  • Army provides easier base access to families of fallen

    Aug 19, 2011

    During a Survivor Outreach Services working group meeting last year, several participants expressed difficulty in gaining access to military installations to take part in SOS programs and support services.

  • Army cites improvements to body-armor testing

    Aug 19, 2011

    Citing the utmost confidence in the combat performance of Soldier-worn body armor, U.S. Army leaders reiterated to reporters Thursday that protecting troops is the highest priority and therefore the service has already implemented a host of recommendations to improve body-armor testing procedures.

  • Soldiers, vets initially denied Purple Heart for concussive injury may resubmit

    Aug 19, 2011

    Active-duty and reserve-component Soldiers, as well as veterans, who were denied Purple Heart awards for concussive or mild traumatic brain injuries, are encouraged to resubmit documentation for reconsideration of the medal.

  • Soldiers, HR specialists must understand importance of casualty docs

    Aug 18, 2011

    It is the responsibility of all Soldiers to update their casualty documents and to ensure their intent is annotated properly.

  • DOD reviewing veteran disability ratings for post-9/11 veterans

    Aug 18, 2011

    Michael LoGrande, Physical Disability Board of Review director, visited Fort Carson Aug. 9, 2011, on the first stop in his nationwide attempt to offer the board to more than 70,000 injured veterans.

  • Family GAT streamlined, back online

    Aug 17, 2011

    For those Army family members who put off completing the Global Assessment Tool survey due to the sheer number of questions, the folks who run the program listened and brought the number of questions from 260 down to 80.

  • Secretary of Army announces transformation commission

    Aug 17, 2011

    The Army announced Aug. 15 the creation of a new commission to help transform the service and prepare it for inevitable cuts to the defense budget.

  • Congressional staffers 'taste' life of Soldiers

    Aug 17, 2011

    Thirty-five Senate and House staffers last week experienced the training Soldiers receive at Fort Polk's Joint Readiness Training Center.

  • Under Secretary Westphal reflects on today's Army

    Aug 16, 2011

    Joseph W. Westphal, the 30th under secretary of the Army and the service's chief management officer, is responsible for providing trained and ready forces for combat commanders.

  • Army Cyber Command focuses on protecting vital networks

    Aug 15, 2011

    Warfighters operating on the front lines in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world, can be confident that a corps of "cyber-warriors" has their backs, and is working to protect the computer systems they depend on, a senior military official reported.

  • Secretary of the Army announces effort to transform Army management, structure

    Aug 15, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh today announced creation of the Institutional Army Transformation Commission, a panel charged with finding new ways to make the Army a more "agile, cost-effective organization."

  • Females lead way for route clearance patrols

    Aug 12, 2011

    Accomplishing the traditionally male role of route clearance missions, brings a unique blend of challenges and advantages to female platoon leaders of the 535th Engineer Support Company charged with the mission in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Free books for active duty under G.I. Bill changes

    Aug 12, 2011

    Active duty Soldiers and their spouses will soon be able to get funding for books and supplies as part of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

  • New task force to focus on renewable energy

    Aug 11, 2011

    A new Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will help the Army face challenges associated with rising fuel costs.

  • Electronic warfare gives Soldiers new career field

    Aug 10, 2011

    The Electronic Warfare career field is expected to be fully open for officers, warrant officers, and enlisted Soldiers by 2012.

  • Operation Rising Star offers trip to Hollywood for military vocalist

    Aug 10, 2011

    Local competitions for the 2011 Operation Rising Star singing contest begin this week at 37 Army installations and depots around the world.

  • U.S. mourns loss of 38 killed in helicopter crash

    Aug 9, 2011

    President Barack Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base, Del., today for the return of 30 U.S. servicemembers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Saturday.

  • 'eArmyU' outgrows mission, moving to 'GoArmyEd'

    Aug 9, 2011

    In the past 10 years, online computer technology has grown exponentially to a point where eArmyU officials said they will culminate their program March 31, 2012.

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