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  • 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.

  • Rapid Equipping Force develops 'Energy to the Edge' program

    Aug 5, 2011

    The U.S. Army's Rapid Equipping Force has partnered with the Defense Technical Information Center's Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center to procure, deploy and assess hybrid alternative and renewable energy systems in an effort called "Energy to the Edge."

  • Soldiers to begin 2012 with nine-month deployments

    Aug 5, 2011

    Beginning Jan. 1, deploying Soldiers will go for nine months, meaning more time at home with their families.

  • Army announces civilian reductions

    Aug 4, 2011

    The Army announced today it will reduce the size of its civilian employee workforce by more than 8,700 people by Sept. 30, 2012.

  • 'Get Caught' in the recycle campaign

    Aug 4, 2011

    Marne Soldiers from the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield communities were "Caught Doing Something Good" at their homes, July 21. The Directorate of Public Works' recycling personnel visited Soldiers whose blue poly cart or recycle bin has been occupied with recyclables.

  • Panetta praises new leaders following Senate confirmations

    Aug 3, 2011

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised six officers yesterday after the Senate confirmed their nominations for key leadership positions, including the military's two top uniformed posts.

  • Program helps disabled vets become entrepreneurs

    Aug 2, 2011

    The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities is part of a program designed to help participants get their businesses off the ground or enhance ventures they have started.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord sets future conditions for ACAP

    Aug 2, 2011

    Changes are coming to the Army Career and Alumni Program that will smooth Soldiers' transitions back into civilian life -- and the concept that inspired them was born at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • Net zero is an Army sustainability goal

    Aug 1, 2011

    Soldiers are creative geniuses when it comes to figuring out ways to help the Army conserve its natural resources and create renewable energy.

  • Ordnance Reef technology demonstration reaches halfway point

    Aug 1, 2011

    The Ordnance Reef technology demonstration is midway through the technical display of abilities to recover and destroy underwater military munitions, near the Waianae, Hawaii, coast.

  • Medal of Honor recipient recounts heroic actions in Afghanistan

    Aug 1, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry remembers his son, Austin, telling him he's thinking about going to West Point or the Air Force Academy after high school. But the 17-year-old grew a little apprehensive after seeing his father become only the second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the war on terror during a July 12, 2011 ceremony at the White House.

  • DoE, Army alliance underlines achieving energy security

    Aug 1, 2011

    As the price of oil continues to fluctuate and the nation searches for fuel-efficiency and an energy future independent of foreign oil, the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of the Army are collaborating to address this pressing national security issue.

  • Army rifle shooters on target at 50th Interservice Championship

    Aug 1, 2011

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's Service Rifle platoon dominated their fellow servicemembers at the 50th Interservice Rifle Championships, July 17-26, 2011, proving once again that the premier marksmen in the military serve in the Army.

  • Resiliency camp held for families of wounded, fallen Soldiers

    Aug 1, 2011

    Through a partnership between Survivor Outreach Services and Operation Military Kids, two very special groups of children and their families came together July 15-17, 2011, for a summer retreat at Camp Erdman in Waialua, Hawaii.

  • August brings Army's second anti-terrorism awareness month

    Jul 29, 2011

    August is the 2nd annual Anti-terrorism Awareness Month -- an Army sponsored program designed to enhance awareness to prevent and protect people and information from terrorism.

  • Fort Bragg decontamination company prepares for domestic disasters

    Jul 29, 2011

    The 101st Chemical Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Company must not only be ready for events that may occur in foreign lands, but they must be equally ready to handle domestic disasters. The simulated mobile mass casualty decontamination validation course was held July 20, 2011, and designed to test Soldiers' readiness to deal with such disasters on American soil.

  • Paratroopers win FORSCOM Best Warrior competition

    Jul 29, 2011

    Two XVIII Airborne Corps troops, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Castillo and Pfc. Thomas Hauser, snagged top honors at the 2011 Forces Command Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition held at Fort Hood, Texas, July 25-28, 2011.

  • Medevac system takes Soldiers from battlefield to hospitals

    Jul 28, 2011

    Soldiers that are wounded or become ill down range are brought back to Fort Hood, Texas, on a medical evacuation aircraft resembling a flying emergency room staffed with experienced medical personnel who keep constant watch over their health needs, delivering them to the caring greeters at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

  • Army Profession of Arms campaign looks to future

    Jul 28, 2011

    The Profession of Arms Campaign helps take a look at how the past decade of war has impacted the military and civilian workforce.

  • ASAP, Army to hire 130 substance-abuse counselors

    Jul 28, 2011

    The Army needs to fill 130 substance-abuse counselor positions as soon as possible -- or at least by Oct. 1, 2011.

  • Chaplain Corps turns 236 with new strength

    Jul 28, 2011

    The Army Chaplain Corps is marking its 236th anniversary July 29 with a new chief, peak numbers and unprecedented diversity.

  • Dempsey to SASC: Joint force must be versatile, affordable

    Jul 27, 2011

    Work ahead for the U.S. military includes completing current conflicts and preparing for an uncertain future, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

  • DoD and DOE to strengthen interagency partnership for Energy Security

    Jul 27, 2011

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu announces the DoD-DOE partnership during the Army -- Air Force Energy Forum in Arlington, Va.

  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center cases colors

    Jul 27, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh addressed an audience of more than 1,000 who turned out July 27, 2011, to witness the closing and casing of the colors of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Slideshow: Colors cased at Walter Reed

    Jul 27, 2011

    An audience of more than 1,000 came to witness the casing of the colors of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • France bestows high honors on National Guard, active-duty Green Berets

    Jul 26, 2011

    One active-duty and five National Guard Special Forces Soldiers were honored with the Croix de la Valeur Militaire in a private ceremony at the French ambassador's residence attended by senior leaders.

  • Detective warns of new designer drug

    Jul 26, 2011

    Bath Salts are the new "designer drug" becoming increasingly popular on the streets and Army law enforcement warns that they're dangerous.

  • Golden Knights lead Team USA at CISM Military World Games

    Jul 26, 2011

    The U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team won four medals, including gold in the coveted women's overall country competition, to lead Team USA athletes at the 5th CISM Military World Games.

  • III Corps defends combatives team title, wins in landslide

    Jul 24, 2011

    The III Corps combatives team defended its 2010 title here, landing as the top team of the 2011 U.S. Army Combatives Championship by nearly 100 points while playing host to the tournament finale July 23, 2011.

  • Army Values serve as the driving-force for Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry

    Jul 22, 2011

    Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry vows to continue to help fellow Soldiers and to remember the fallen.

  • Army to implement 63 Decker-Wagner acquisition recommendations

    Jul 22, 2011

    The Army will implement 63 of the recommendations put forth in the final report of an Army acquisition review that was charted by the service's secretary.

  • Rutherford assumes role as chief of Army chaplains

    Jul 22, 2011

    Just minutes after being promoted to major general, the Army's 23rd deputy chief of chaplains was sworn in as the 23rd chief of chaplains in a ceremony at Memorial Chapel aboard Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

  • "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal certified by President Obama

    Jul 22, 2011

    Based on recommendations from military leaders, President Barack Obama has certified to Congress that the U.S. armed forces are prepared for repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.

  • Growing population of homeless women veterans gain new resource

    Jul 21, 2011

    The Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor reports Women veterans are four times more likely to be homeless than civilian women. They are also four times more likely to be homeless than male veterans. There were more than 10,220 female veterans in shelters between October 2008 and September 2009.

  • BRAC will help Army save energy

    Jul 21, 2011

    The Base Realignment and Closure process will help the Army conserve energy, said Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability.

  • Soldiers gather from around globe to battle for All-Army combatives title

    Jul 21, 2011

    Soldiers from around the globe swarmed to Central Texas to compete in the 2011 U.S. Army Combatives Championship at Abrams Physical Fitness Center, at Fort Hood, Texas, July 21, 2011.

  • Shinseki: VA task force improves care of women vets

    Jul 20, 2011

    The newly formed VA Task Force on Women Veterans will go a long way in addressing key benefits gaps to female veterans, according to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

  • Chiarelli: 'Without energy, Army stands still and silent'

    Jul 20, 2011

    The second day of the first joint Army-Air Force Energy Forum became standing room only as they waited for leaders from the military and government to enter.

  • All-Army Combatives hit Fort Hood

    Jul 20, 2011

    Sixty-five teams from around the world have sent more than 400 fighters to compete in the 2011 U.S. Army Combatives Championship starting July 21, 2011, in Fort Hood's Abrams Physical Fitness Center.

  • Symposium discusses ways to improve warrior care

    Jul 19, 2011

    The Army Wounded Warrior Program's 7th Annual Symposium is holding a week of focused discussions that will identify the most important transition and care issues facing Soldiers and their families.

  • Pele lights torch for opening of CISM World Games

    Jul 19, 2011

    The Counseil International du Sport Militaire borrowed a page from the International Olympic Committee to stage the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Military World Games July 16, 2011, at Olympic Stadium.

  • New Jersey base realizes joint benefits

    Jul 18, 2011

    With two months left for the Defense Department to comply with the 2005 base realignment and closure plan, a related initiative -- joint basing -- already is paying off through closer interservice collaboration and the promise of future cost savings, officials here reported.

  • Army launches students into future to recruit young scientists

    Jul 18, 2011

    The Army is building the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Innovation Asset, a recruiting effort designed to attract and engage aspiring young scientists, officials announced July 18, 2011.

  • Newman drives Army Chevy to first win

    Jul 18, 2011

    As Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race was winding down at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman performed a delicate balancing act in his No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet for a win.

  • Soldiers may soon have lighter machine gun

    Jul 15, 2011

    Soldiers may soon see a reduction in the weight of the Squad Automatic Weapon and small-arms ammunition with a potential replacement for the SAW that weighs a whopping 8.3 pounds less than the current M249.

  • Medal of Honor recipient joins fellow heroes in ‘Hall’

    Jul 14, 2011

    The second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon today.

  • Services deliver ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal input

    Jul 14, 2011

    All of the services and combatant commands have provided their input to the Defense Department in advance of the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans gays from serving openly in the military, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.

  • TF Spartan surgeon develops prosthetic leg for Afghan IED victims

    Jul 14, 2011

    Advances in prosthetics have greatly reduced the debilitating effects of losing a limb, but in Afghanistan, a country with one of the highest amputation rates, sustainable technology like this is rare.

  • Army Reserve Soldiers exchange students, culture

    Jul 14, 2011

    Several active and retired Soldiers from the 99th RSC and other Army Reserve units are giving young adults from around the world the opportunity to live in and learn about the United States through a student-exchange program.

  • 3-time Fort Hood Champion to fight for III Corps

    Jul 12, 2011

    For a Soldier who had grown up wrestling in Pennsylvania and had been introduced to boxing after joining the Army, combining the two in the form of mixed martial arts and combatives seemed like a natural fit.

  • Petry awarded Medal of Honor

    Jul 12, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a historic ceremony in the east room of the White House today.

  • White House policy changes on condolence letters for suicide victims

    Jul 8, 2011

    Army leaders see the White House decision to send letters of condolence to families of Soldiers who die of suicide as a step toward eliminating stigma.

  • Videos provide a behind-the-scenes look at Fort Benning's Infantry One Station Unit Training program

    Jul 7, 2011

    In an effort to provide potential prospects, new Army recruits and their supporters with a comprehensive look at Fort Benning’s Infantry One Station Unit Training program, U.S. Army Accessions Command recently published five brief video segments showcasing a range of activities, including the Confidence Course, the Gas Chamber, the Turning Blue ceremony and OSUT graduation.

  • Spouse employment program expands to all services

    Jul 7, 2011

    The Army Spouse Employment Partnership was expanded last week by the Department of Defense and opened its resources to all military services and the U.S. Coast Guard, and to both active and reserve components.

  • Army's iWATCH video wins 2 Telly Awards

    Jul 5, 2011

    A public service announcement for the Army's iWATCH program won two Telly Awards June 13.

  • Career opportunities expand for military spouses

    Jun 30, 2011

    In an effort to address military spouses’ employment challenges, the Defense Department today launched a program to expand career opportunities for military spouses worldwide, and to recognize the skills and talents they bring to the employment table.

  • New sexual assault, harassment program emerging

    Jun 29, 2011

    The Army is taking a stand against sexual harassment and assault with the implementation of a new program.

  • FBI joins Army CID to investigate Arlington National Cemetery

    Jun 29, 2011

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI are now looking into possible wrongdoing involving past burials and contracts at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • CAB Soldiers assault through air assault course

    Jun 28, 2011

    Soldiers from all over the Pacific region were able to attend the air assault course at the East Range Training Complex on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, taught by a Mobile Training Team from Fort Benning, Ga.

  • USO breaks ground on wounded warrior, family center

    Jun 27, 2011

    Today, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction of the first stateside USO center that will provide non-critical care and support for the wounded, injured and ill, as well as their families and caregivers as they transition from inpatient to outpatient care.

  • Army medicine officials seek to evolve warrior care

    Jun 24, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, Army surgeon general and U.S. Army Medical Command commander, hosted an Integrative Medicine Meeting where senior medical and non-medical Department of Defense leaders from across the services convened to review alternative medical practices to enhance the quality of care servicemembers and other military medicine beneficiaries receive in future.

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