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  • 2013 re-enlistment window opens with restrictions

    Feb 24, 2012

    Beginning March 1, if a Soldier's estimated termination of service is between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013, he or she can re-enlist now, unless barred under new policy.

  • Industry needs to supply Army with affordable, seamless training systems

    Feb 24, 2012

    Industry can help the Army of 2020 by providing affordable and seamless training systems, said panelists at the Association of the U.S. Army winter symposium.

  • Odierno fleshes out Pacific strategy, Afghan advisory mission

    Feb 23, 2012

    The Army will remain strong in the Pacific to reflect the increased emphasis on the region, the Army chief of staff said Tuesday.

  • Shyu outlines state of Army acquisition: saving lives, saving money

    Feb 23, 2012

    The U.S. Army is immersed in a series of ongoing efforts to find fiscal efficiencies while continuing to harness needed innovation, in many cases, to deliver life-saving technologies to Soldiers in Afghanistan, said the Army's top acquisition official.

  • Cone discusses how TRADOC is shaping Army of the Future

    Feb 23, 2012

    Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, provided updates on TRADOC initiatives that will help shape the future Army during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 23, 2012.

  • Army charges Manning with leaking intelligence

    Feb 23, 2012

    Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was arraigned today on 22 charges that include wrongfully releasing intelligence, theft of records and aiding the enemy.

  • AMC looks to 'bold, adaptive, innovative' future

    Feb 22, 2012

    Army Materiel Command is trying to do the right things for the right reasons, AMC Commander Gen. Ann Dunwoody told an audience at the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • Army wants to change to keep Soldiers 'excited' about service

    Feb 22, 2012

    Army leaders are aware of the differences between field forces and garrison forces and look to minimize the differences, the Army chief of staff said today.

  • Budget will play prominent role in AUSA discussions

    Feb 22, 2012

    Budget cuts for the Department of Defense and the Army will likely play a prominent role in discussions, panels and presentations at this year's Association of the United States Army's winter event.

  • Retrograde, Reset: Responsible materiel management

    Feb 22, 2012

    The Army's method of attack for addressing the retrograde and reset mission from Iraq was to link the industrial base to the operational force by focusing on four strategic imperatives: visibility, accountability, velocity, and triage forward.

  • 'Top line' Army messages featured on new display at AUSA

    Feb 22, 2012

    Three messages figure prominently in a new Army display shown for the first time at this year's Association of the U.S. Army winter symposium: The Army is the nation's "force of decisive action," the Army is "meeting the needs of the nation" and "people are our Army."

  • Seminar strengthens working relationship of sexual assault response team members

    Feb 17, 2012

    What began as a plan to gather about 30 people to discuss how to better help sexual assault victims, turned into a two-day Sexual Assault Response Team seminar, with nearly 130 Fort Drum, N.Y., and local community members in attendance.

  • Initiative aims to retain quality Soldiers as 2013 re-enlistment window opens

    Feb 17, 2012

    In an effort to address a downsizing Army, Army Directive 2012-03, Army Retention Initiatives, goes into effect March 1, 2012, the same day the re-enlistment window opens for Soldiers whose service contract ends in fiscal year 2013.

  • DOD leaders: Budget request supports adaptable future force

    Feb 16, 2012

    The Pentagon's fiscal year 2013 budget request follows the defense strategy in shaping an adaptable, rapidly deployable military force with key 21st-century capabilities, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told Congress today.

  • Military spouse employment report released

    Feb 16, 2012

    Alongside the nation's top defense officials, First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, unveiled a new report that spotlights military spouses' employment challenges and aims to remove barriers for the thousands of spouses with occupational licenses, Feb. 15, 2012.

  • Expanded Army accident investigation training facility opens

    Feb 16, 2012

    The Army's newest accident investigation training facility officially opened with a ribbon cutting at Fort Rucker, Ala., Feb. 14, 2012.

  • Building international partnerships critical to future Army operations

    Feb 15, 2012

    Nearly 100 experts from across the Army, Department of State, allied nations, think tanks and academia concluded the latest in a series of events to support Unified Quest, the Army's "greenhouse for ideas" on meeting the needs of the 21st century operating environment.

  • Budget proposal requests smaller, more modern, agile force

    Feb 14, 2012

    The military will reduce its end strength by 5.5 percent over five years, while preserving military pay and benefits for current members and investing in technology and systems to counter future threats, according to Pentagon budget documents released Feb. 13, 2012.

  • Army rolls out 2013 budget request

    Feb 14, 2012

    Despite cutbacks, the Army's fiscal year 2013 budget request includes a pay increase of 1.7 percent for Soldiers, as well as allowance increases of 3.9 percent for housing and a 3.4 for subsistence.

  • Soldier of the Future on Display at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 14, 2012

    The U.S. Mobile Exhibit Company, Fort Knox, Kentucky, showcased the U.S. Army Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) vehicle at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The vehicle and Soldiers highlight what troops might look like in the year 2032.

  • Guard partnership program seen among solutions in constrained environment

    Feb 14, 2012

    During the fifth Unified Quest seminar last week, many participants said one Army National Guard program could go far in expanding capabilities for the force of the future.

  • Joint Dawn 2012 wraps up

    Feb 13, 2012

    "Joint Dawn 2012 is the beginning, not the end of your preparation to deploy," said Heidi Shyu, acting assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, via a video message to the exercise participants, Jan. 27, 2012.

  • Pentagon prepares for budget request rollout

    Feb 13, 2012

    Leaders will provide dollar details today for the Defense Department's fiscal year 2013 budget request, which is based on the defense strategic guidance framework announced last month, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 10, 2012.

  • Military athletes compete to enter 2012 Warrior Games

    Feb 13, 2012

    Wounded warriors came from as far away as the Pacific Northwest to show their stuff on the track and field and in swimming trials to earn a spot to compete in the third year of the Warrior Games.

  • Celebrating black women

    Feb 10, 2012

    Their stories may be as varied as their careers and places they lived; however, African-American women have shared a common bond throughout history. The myriad of careers held and experiences dealing with their race and gender are woven into their life stories.

  • New Soldiering roles for women ensure best use of talent

    Feb 10, 2012

    The Army announced Feb. 9, 2012, a broadening of opportunities for female Soldiers, something the service's chief of staff said is meant to take better advantage of all the talent in uniform.

  • Big Red One 'Iron Rangers' receive honors for courageous acts

    Feb 9, 2012

    The 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, honored ninety-four of its Soldiers during an awards ceremony.

  • Social media misuse punishable under UCMJ

    Feb 9, 2012

    Soldiers who use social media must abide by the terms outlined in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

  • Obama announces program to hire vets as first responders

    Feb 7, 2012

    President Barack Obama today continued his commitment to improving employment among veterans by introducing an initiative to hire them as the country's first responders.

  • Civilian Record Brief provides snapshot of employee's data

    Feb 7, 2012

    The Army has developed a Civilian Record Brief for civilian employees and their supervisors.

  • Unified Quest: How the Army is building partners, capacity

    Feb 6, 2012

    Subject matter experts from across the Army, combatant commands, Department of State, allied nations, academia and think tanks will meet in Potomac, Md., to examine "How the Army Builds Partners and Capacity to Prevent, Shape and Win," the latest Unified Quest 2012 seminar, Feb. 7-10, 2012.

  • 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.