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  • Survey asks for PT uniform recommendations

    Feb 6, 2012

    The Army wants Soldier input about a potential upgrade to the Army's physical fitness uniform.

  • DOD begins prorating imminent danger pay

    Feb 3, 2012

    Service members now will receive imminent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous areas, Pentagon officials said here today.

  • DOD testing program to screen for more prescription drugs

    Feb 3, 2012

    The Defense Department's drug-testing program is expanding to add screening for two additional prescription medications to the range of legal and illegal drugs it currently detects.

  • Panetta: NATO ministers agree Afghan transition on track

    Feb 3, 2012

    NATO defense ministers meeting here all agreed on a clear message: as the transition to Afghan security lead proceeds, the process "reflects what Lisbon was all about," Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

  • Army showing strong in Armed Forces Boxing preliminaries

    Feb 3, 2012

    The preliminaries of the 2012 Armed Forces Boxing Championship at Camp Pendleton, Calif., are complete and the Army team has seven fighters going to the finals Feb. 3.

  • Panetta: Afghanistan tops NATO conference topics

    Feb 2, 2012

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today he will stress during this week's NATO defense ministers conference that ongoing coalition commitment is essential to success in Afghanistan.

  • Digital partnership improves health care access for veterans

    Feb 2, 2012

    Part of the demobilization process for Reserve and National Guard troops has gone digital with a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Eligibility Center and First Army Division East.

  • Agency completes mission to destroy chemical weapons

    Feb 2, 2012

    The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency completed the destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile at Deseret Chemical Depot in Utah Jan. 21, 2012.

  • Army reduced 'energy intensity' by 4 percent last year

    Feb 2, 2012

    The Army's overall "energy intensity" went down last year, said the Army's lead on energy-use reduction.

  • "America's Contingency Corps"

    Feb 2, 2012

    Over 14,000 Soldiers from across the XVIII Airborne Corps participated in the XVIII Airborne Corps run at Fort Bragg, Feb. 2. Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, commanding general, XVIII Abn. Corps and Fort Bragg, and Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, XVIII Abn. Corps and Fort Bragg command sergeant major, led the Soldiers along the four-mile route. The XVIII Abn. Corps recently redeployed from a year-long deployment to Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn. Runners included Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, N.Y., the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command from Fort Knox, Ky., the 35th Signal Battalion from Fort Lewis, Wash., and 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Ga.

  • Cloud computing to integrate with current Army system

    Feb 1, 2012

    The Army hosted an Industry Day on Jan. 10-12, 2012, to inform potential technology development partners of new capabilities that support Army cloud computing development efforts and hear how potential partners could contribute to those efforts.

  • First woman promoted to general within Army Corps of Engineers

    Feb 1, 2012

    In a historic ceremony, Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham became the first woman to be promoted to general officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jan. 27, 2012, in the Corps' Washington, D.C., headquarters.

  • Resiliency app available on Androids

    Feb 1, 2012

    The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Resiliency Goals Book, previously released as an app for iPhones and iPads, is now available for Android users.

  • Force cuts may mean new job for some Soldiers

    Jan 31, 2012

    With the Army leaving Iraq by the end of the month and large drawdowns coming in Afghanistan, some Soldiers may be asked to change their military occupational specialty or leave the Army before they planned, said the Army's top NCO.

  • Panetta, Dempsey mark end of Iraq mission

    Jan 31, 2012

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Baghdad, Iraq, to join Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in ceremonies marking the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq.

  • Army vice chief retires after 40 years of service

    Jan 31, 2012

    The thunderous sound of the gun volley that echoed across Washington, Jan. 31, marked the end to an acclaimed and storied military career for Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli.

  • Austin sworn in as vice chief of staff

    Jan 31, 2012

    Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III was sworn in as the Army's 33rd vice chief of staff during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Jan. 31, 2012.

  • Panetta, Dempsey: Chiarelli inspired all

    Jan 31, 2012

    The Defense Department and the Army said goodbye today to a general known for his leadership and his innovation, but who may be best remembered for his focus on advancing brain injury treatment and mental health care.

  • Odierno: Army will remain capable through drawdown

    Jan 30, 2012

    The Army will remain capable through its planned drawdown of 80,000 Soldiers and at least eight brigade combat teams, its chief of staff said Friday.

  • Dempsey: Defense budget reflects clear strategic choices

    Jan 27, 2012

    The decisions behind the fiscal year 2013 defense budget request Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced yesterday represent the department's priorities of maintaining capability, keeping military pay and benefits fair, and managing risk, the nation's top military officer said today.

  • SMA visit focuses on Army transition

    Jan 26, 2012

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler visited Fort Jackson last week to talk about training issues and to brief Soldiers and noncommissioned officers about upcoming changes and challenges.

  • Defense officials announce fiscal 2013 budget priorities

    Jan 26, 2012

    Spending priorities in the forthcoming fiscal year 2013 defense budget request call for reductions in the end strength of the Army and Marine Corps, an increase in special operations forces and maintaining the number of big-deck carriers, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

  • Some Soldiers must make re-enlistment decision now

    Jan 25, 2012

    Some Soldiers will need to reenlist by Jan. 31, 2012, or they won't get to stay in the Army.

  • Odierno: Army seeks increased partnerships in Asia

    Jan 25, 2012

    The Army is looking for increased opportunities to partner with allies in Asia, including both Korea and Japan.

  • Army Corps of Engineers: Building international partnerships

    Jan 25, 2012

    The Under Secretary of the Army spoke with senior leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during their 2012 leader conference.

  • Facebook: Please use responsibly

    Jan 24, 2012

    While social media like Facebook allow Soldiers to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, strangers and enemies of the U.S. might also be keeping tabs on Soldiers as well.

  • Study concludes Master Resilience Training effective

    Jan 24, 2012

    The Master Resilience Training aspect of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness is working well. That's the conclusion an Army report, released last month, covering a 15-month period of statistical evaluation.

  • U.S.-Japan exercises underscore new strategy guidance focus

    Jan 24, 2012

    Two bilateral command post exercises with Japan kicked off yesterday and today, reflecting the growing strategic importance of the Asia-Pacific region as outlined in the new defense strategy guidance President Barack Obama announced earlier this month.

  • Earned Income Tax Credit may put money in people's pockets

    Jan 23, 2012

    Some people could be eligible to get more money back from the Internal Revenue Service -- as much as $5,751.

  • As Army downsizes, Soldiers must remain competitive

    Jan 23, 2012

    The past 10 years of war assured many Soldiers an assignment or promotion with a high degree of certainty, said an official with the Promotions branch. That's no longer necessarily the case.

  • Installations making progress toward 'Net Zero' by 2020

    Jan 20, 2012

    Representatives from 18 installations attended the Army's Net Zero Energy Installations Conference in Chicago this week to brief their progress and share pilot projects such as solar photovoltaic panels and using sensors to find water leaks.

  • Army statement on MEDEVAC issue

    Jan 20, 2012

    The Army today responded to recent reports that putting red crosses on medical evacuation helicopters and not arming them is somehow putting injured Soldiers' lives at risk.

  • The Army wants you -- to vote!

    Jan 20, 2012

    Officials at the Human Resources Command want to ensure that the entire Army family understands the importance of voting, and want to make it as easy as possible.

  • New order strengthens Army's transition assistance

    Jan 20, 2012

    All Soldiers planning to separate from the Army are now required to begin their transition process at least a year before leaving, according to a Department of the Army execution order signed Dec. 29, 2011.

  • Army releases Generating Health and Discipline in the Force ahead of Strategic Reset Report

    Jan 19, 2012

    The Army today released the Army 2020 Generating Health and Discipline in the Force, Report 2012, referred to as the Army Gold Book. The report serves as an update to the Army Red Book published in 2010.

  • Accessions Command discontinued

    Jan 19, 2012

    A Fort Knox, Ky., ceremony Wednesday marked the end of the Accessions Command, which is being discontinued in a cost-cutting measure ordered by the Department of the Army.

  • Reduction of stigma to seeking help has begun, says Chiarelli

    Jan 19, 2012

    The Army released a study today on behavioral health and reported that the number of suicides decreased this past year and more Soldiers are seeking treatment for their problems.

  • Army Chief of Staff stresses Asia-Pacific theater Hawaii significance

    Jan 18, 2012

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno emphasized Hawaii's role in Asia Pacific strategy during his visit to U.S. Army Pacific's 25th Infantry Division Jan. 17, 2012.

  • SMA discusses future of force with Army South Soldiers

    Jan 18, 2012

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III visited U.S. Army South Headquarters, conducted a town hall meeting with more than 300 enlisted Soldiers at Blesse Auditorium on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and spoke about possible upcoming policy changes Jan. 6, 2012.

  • SMA Chandler: 'We have an incredible Army'

    Jan 18, 2012

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala., happened to be a test ground for more than missiles and helicopters on Jan. 10-11, 2012.

  • Net Zero conference begins in Chicago

    Jan 18, 2012

    Representatives from installations named in April as pilots for the Army's Net Zero Installation Strategy are meeting in Chicago this week to brief their progress.

  • Army acquisition executive emphasizes affordability

    Jan 17, 2012

    From firing a new enhanced performance round to actively seeking input from mid-career managers, Heidi Shyu's whirlwind visit Dec. 20, 2011, to Picatinny Arsenal included a town hall in which she underscored the need to streamline acquisition.

  • Army expert receives national recognition for combating sexual assault

    Jan 17, 2012

    A military professional from the U.S. Army Law Enforcement community will be recognized in a big way this April for his significant contributions in combating sexual assault and violence against women.

  • SecArmy reaffirms support for Soldiers, families

    Jan 17, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh reaffirmed the Army's support to Soldiers and families during a visit to the headquarters of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Jan. 11, 2012.

  • Dempsey: New strategy offers more opportunities than liabilities

    Jan 16, 2012

    The Defense Department's new military strategy offers it more opportunities than liabilities, and the military is not being victimized by the need for a leaner budget, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said.

  • Army one step closer to replacement of ACU pattern

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Army is now one step closer to selecting a new set of camouflage patterns that could replace what Soldiers are wearing now in most places.

  • Migration to joint enterprise email pauses

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Army has suspended its migration to Joint Enterprise Email to comply with provisions in the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law Dec. 31.

  • Army to replace 2 brigades in Europe with rotating units

    Jan 13, 2012

    Ground forces will remain important to the U.S. defense strategy, but the employment of the forces will change, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

  • TRADOC: Army must reverse to focus on training

    Jan 13, 2012

    It's time for the Army to reverse gears after 10 years of war, said the service's leading proponent of training and doctrine.

  • Medical colleges pledge to care for troops, families

    Jan 12, 2012

    First Lady Michelle Obama today announced a commitment from the nation's medical colleges to better train civilian health-care providers in caring for war veterans and their families and to push for more research in the wounds of war.

  • Team convenes to standardize Army's disability evaluation process

    Jan 12, 2012

    A team charged with establishing an Army-wide standardized disability evaluation system has convened to improve the Army's portion of the Department of Defense's Integrated Disability Evaluation System, through which it is determined whether or not service members are fit for continued service.

  • Army Strong Zone helps keep troops in touch with Americans

    Jan 12, 2012

    The U.S. Army generated more than a million recruiting leads during the past 15 years from the "Army Strong Zone," a sea of interactive displays and exhibits adjacent to the Alamodome during football bowl games.

  • Army outlines challenges for aviation branch

    Jan 12, 2012

    In remarks before members of the Association of the U.S. Army, the commander of the Army's Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala., stressed that while there's no doubt Army aviation continues to meet the needs of the nation today, significant challenges lie ahead for Army aviation as it grows.

  • Soldiers, NCOs maintain professionalism throughout repeal of 'dont ask, don't tell'

    Jan 11, 2012

    Nearly five months after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" Soldiers and Noncommissioned Officers have maintained their professionalism throughout the process.

  • AirLand Battle doctrine architect interred at Arlington National Cemetery

    Jan 11, 2012

    The four-star general credited with formulating the Army's AirLand Battle doctrine, which was instrumental in defeating the Iraqi Army twice, was interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., following a rite of interment at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Chapel, Jan. 11, 2012.

  • Strategic guidance recognizes U.S.-NATO commitments

    Jan 10, 2012

    As the United States implements new strategic guidance that increases its focus on Asia and the Pacific, it also needs to pursue "smart defense initiatives" as it continues to honor its NATO commitments, a senior defense official said today.

  • Casting absentee ballot easier than ever

    Jan 9, 2012

    The Army Voting Assistance Program is designed to make registration, voting information, materials and assistance readily available to all eligible Army voters. The program seeks to educate eligible voters about the importance of voting and provide every opportunity to register.

  • Unified Quest seminar determines 'How the Army Fights'

    Jan 9, 2012

    More than 90 subject matter experts, military experts and concept developers will meet Jan. 9-12, 2012, in Potomac, Md., to determine how the Army of 2020 will fight as part of a joint force.

  • Panetta: 'Sequestration' would upend military strategy

    Jan 8, 2012

    The Defense Department's new 10-year strategy will go "out the window" if the federal Budget Control Act's additional spending cuts go into effect next year, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

  • Reserve website offers 600,000 jobs to veterans

    Jan 6, 2012

    The large number of veterans coming out of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are a good resource for American businesses looking for great employees, said an Army Reserve general.

  • Obama: Defense strategy will maintain U.S. military pre-eminence

    Jan 5, 2012

    President Barack Obama today announced a defense strategy he said will allow the military to defend the United States and its national interests while cutting military spending in a responsible, balanced manner.

  • Rules restrict political activity by DOD personnel

    Jan 5, 2012

    With election activity steadily picking up, defense officials are in the process of issuing regular election-year guidance to remind military and Defense Department civilians that they're subject to rules regulating their involvement in political activities.

  • New law will expedite Soldiers thru airport security

    Jan 4, 2012

    A bill signed into law by the president Jan. 3 means Soldiers in uniform and their families may soon have an easier time moving through security screening lines at the airport.

  • Defense bill affects pay, separation bonuses, more

    Jan 3, 2012

    The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act increases active-duty and Reserve pay by 1.6 percent and governs Defense Department activities, from procurement to military personnel policy was signed into law Dec. 31, 2011.

  • Guard Bureau chief joins Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Jan 3, 2012

    The chief of the National Guard Bureau now is a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • Changes in AER include family dental assistance, spouse scholarships

    Jan 3, 2012

    New categories of assistance and new scholarship opportunities are now available through Army Emergency Relief.

  • Aviation, vehicle fatalities decrease in 2011

    Jan 3, 2012

    Now more than ever, leaders from the squad up through the chain of command "get" safety and its importance to the mission.

  • Gulf War vets with 'undiagnosed' illness get more time to qualify for benefits

    Dec 29, 2011

    Veterans of the Persian Gulf War with undiagnosed illnesses have an additional five years to qualify for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • DOD releases sexual assault report, announces new policies

    Dec 28, 2011

    Defense Department officials today released the "Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies," covering the academic year from June 1, 2010, to May 31, 2011.

  • Soldiers complete documentation of Arlington National Cemetery

    Dec 28, 2011

    Soldiers with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), photographed and documented the location of every tombstone, grave marker and cremation site in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 23, 2011.

  • Commissaries to end magazine sales overseas

    Dec 28, 2011

    Defense Commissary Agency officials have announced the end of magazine sales in their overseas stores beginning January 2012. This affects all commissaries in Europe, the Pacific (Japan, Okinawa, South Korea and Guam) and Puerto Rico.

  • Army Reservist wins Operation Rising Star

    Dec 27, 2011

    Army Reserve Sgt. Melissa Neal, a former active-duty Soldier and current military wife and mother, added Operation Rising Star winner to her repertoire Dec. 17, 2011, at Fort Sam Houston Theatre.

  • Panetta 'will not tolerate' bullying, hazing

    Dec 27, 2011

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta added a pointed anti-bullying directive to a message sent Dec. 23, 2011, to service members around the world.

  • Phishing scams target military, families, veterans

    Dec 23, 2011

    A recent aggressive phishing attack is making the rounds in an email to USAA members, which appears be from USAA, a financial services company that serves service members and veterans.

  • Dempsey: Hazing, bullying 'intolerable' in military

    Dec 23, 2011

    Emphasizing that bullying and hazing undermine everything the military stands for, the top U.S. military officer said every member of the armed forces has a personal responsibility to uphold its "zero tolerance" standard and intervene to stop any occurrences.

  • Chiarelli: ILE graduates face challenges

    Dec 22, 2011

    Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli told 330 graduates of the Intermediate Level Education program that it would be their responsibility to meet national security requirements in an era of persistent engagement during budget constraints.

  • Corps of Engineers office complex certified LEED Gold

    Dec 22, 2011

    The U.S. Green Building Council has certified the $1.03 billion Washington Headquarters Office Complex at the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va., as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold.

  • Army submits gravesite study of Arlington National Cemetery

    Dec 22, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh released to Congress the results of a year-long effort to ensure accountability of gravesites and records at Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 22, 2011.

  • Hearing wraps up for alleged document leaker

    Dec 22, 2011

    The prosecution and defense rested Dec. 22, 2011, after delivering their closing statements in the Article 32 hearing of a Soldier charged with leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

  • Army tightens retention

    Dec 21, 2011

    Soldiers whose term of service is scheduled to end in fiscal year 2012 and want to stay in the Army must make that commitment sooner rather than later.

  • Odierno visits deployed Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Dec 21, 2011

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno visited with Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan Dec. 21, 2011, to share a holiday message and his gratitude to those deployed through the holiday season.

  • NY Guard conducts record number of military funerals in 2011

    Dec 20, 2011

    The New York Army National Guard's Honor Guard performed more than 10,500 military funerals in 2011, which is more than any other year since it was started in 1999.

  • Fort Polk Soldier receives Silver Star

    Dec 20, 2011

    Sgt. Timothy Gilboe was awarded the Silver Star Dec. 16, 2011, for actions in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

  • Army finalizes STEM vehicle for recruiting trail

    Dec 19, 2011

    The Army will unveil the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Asset Vehicle during All-American Bowl Week in San Antonio, Jan. 6, 2012.

  • Panetta concludes Iraq mission, noting service, sacrifice

    Dec 19, 2011

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta joined Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and other U.S. and Iraq leaders in honoring eight years of service and sacrifice as they commemorated the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq.

  • U.S.-South Korean consults follow Kim's death

    Dec 19, 2011

    U.S. officials are carefully watching the situation on the Korean Peninsula in the wake of news that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il has died.

  • CSA Editorial: Prevent, shape, win

    Dec 16, 2011

    There is much discussion in the halls of the Pentagon these days about the role of the Army, and I'd like to share with you my thoughts on the issue.

  • 'Terps' commissioned by Under Secretary of Army

    Dec 16, 2011

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal hosted the University of Maryland's Fall Commissioning Ceremony Dec. 15, 2011, in the Pentagon.

  • No excuses now for officers not to apply for fellowships, scholarships

    Dec 13, 2011

    Two changes made to a set of programs will make participation easier for officers wanting to expand their military careers with fellowships and scholarships.

  • Army sees technology as future training component

    Dec 13, 2011

    As the Army moves into the future, it will continue to concentrate on both humanitarian assistance and building international partnerships, Unified Quest participants said. But the service will also, in an era of downsizing and constrained resources, still need to be trained and ready for conflict or war.

  • SMA encourages professionalism, recognizes Fort Lee's Best Warrior team

    Dec 8, 2011

    The sergeant major of the Army visited Fort Lee Tuesday to present awards to the support staff of the 2011 Best Warrior Competition.

  • Gallantry, heroism of Soldiers recognized during Valor Ceremony

    Dec 8, 2011

    Five Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), were honored for their gallantry and heroism in a Valor Ceremony held at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Horoho takes oath as first nurse, female surgeon general

    Dec 8, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho became both the first nurse and the first woman appointed as Army surgeon general in a ceremony Dec. 7, 2011, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

  • Army player Andrew Rodriguez claims Campbell Trophy

    Dec 7, 2011

    U.S. Military Academy linebacker Andrew Rodriguez has been named the 22nd recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy at the 54th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in New York City.

  • Nation observes 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

    Dec 7, 2011

    Seventy years ago on Dec. 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m., more than 350 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes from six aircraft carriers roared across the Hawaiian sky and began unleashing their deadly payloads.

  • Overseas DOD school lunch prices to increase

    Dec 6, 2011

    Beginning Jan. 3, school lunch prices at all Department of Defense Education Activity schools outside the continental United States will increase for the first time since 2004.

  • Native American Soldiers beat drum of warrior spirit

    Dec 6, 2011

    Four Native American Soldiers drummed and sang for guests at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., Dec. 2, 2011, while telling their story of war in Iraq, Korea and World War II.

  • Reserve looks to preserve Army investment in personnel

    Dec 6, 2011

    With force cuts looming for the active component, the Army Reserve is looking for ways to preserve some of that investment which might otherwise be walking out the door, for good.

  • Odierno discusses Iraq drawdown, transition at Fort Hood

    Dec 6, 2011

    As American forces are scheduled to be out of Iraq by the end of this month, they are leaving the nation in a position to sustain the long-fought peace that has been established over the past nine years, explained Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno at Fort Hood, Texas, Dec. 6, 2011.

  • USAREC implementing Small Unit Recruiting operations across command

    Dec 5, 2011

    In support of the command's ongoing Pinnacle transformation initiatives, U.S. Army Recruiting Command is implementing Small Unit Recruiting operations across the command.

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