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  • Army partnership helps Wounded Warriors pursue higher education

    Jun 5, 2009

    Wounded warriors have a second chance to serve their country thanks to an Army educational partnership formed last year. The Wounded Warrior Education Initiative allows wounded Soldiers, on active duty or medically retired, to pursue their master's degrees at no cost from the University of Kansas.

  • I.A.M. STRONG sponsors the Army Concert Tour

    Jun 3, 2009

    The 2009 Army Concert Tour is sponsored by I.A.M. Strong, the Army's campaign to combat sexual harassment and sexual assaults by engaging all Soldiers to prevent inappropriate behavior before it occurs.

  • Army Reserve focuses on shaping force after meeting new end strength

    Jun 2, 2009

    After reaching its new 206,000-member end strength objective a full year ahead of schedule, the Army Reserve has shifted its focus to shaping the force to ensure it has the proper mix of skills sets and experience levels.

  • Army publishes first National Guard retirement guide

    Jun 1, 2009

    The Army has published a 56-page retirement guide for National Guard Soldiers and their families which covers subjects ranging from retirement point credits to how to apply for retirement pay.

  • Soldiers prep to support D-Day ceremonies for 65th anniversary of invasion

    Jun 1, 2009

    When the time comes Saturday, to honor the servicemen who fought and died supporting the D-Day invasion of Normandy 65 years ago, thousands are expected to flock to the shores of Utah Beach and Omaha Beach to pay homage to the bravery and sacrifice of these heroes, and behind the scenes of it all will be the Soldiers of the 18th Military Police Brigade as well as several other Army units.

  • U.S. Army parachute team makes historic jump

    May 29, 2009

    The Golden Knights, the U.S. Army's official parachute demonstration team, made a historical jump as part of their 50th Anniversary, onto the grounds of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. The demonstration was part of the Memorial weekend kick-off as members of the Gold demonstration team glided effortlessly toward Liberty Island, before a crowd of more than 3,000 spectators.

  • Army, Marines boast two new vehicle programs

    May 28, 2009

    During a joint roll-out ceremony May 14, Department of Defense program managers commemorated the production of two vehicles intended to help the U.S. military travel in battle at a faster, safer rate.

  • Military Motherhood Award winner was just doing her job

    May 28, 2009

    She did the bravest thing a mother could do when she drove away from our house, leaving her son and not knowing if she would see him again. Many people ask her how she could go off to war and leave her son behind...she always replies the same. She joined the Army to serve and protect her country and if her country needs her...she needs to do what is expected.

  • Army helps warriors in transition heal closer to home

    May 28, 2009

    The Army Warrior Transition Command that oversees the Warrior Transition Units, is issuing refined criteria and instructions for assignment to WTUs which will allow more Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers to recover in their hometowns through Community Based Warrior Transition Units.

  • Army Ten-Miler to open 500 additional spots to servicemembers

    May 28, 2009

    Army Ten-Miler officials announced that an additional 500 race entries that will be offered to U.S. Armed Forces servicemembers through an online lottery held June 15 - 18.

  • Florida Guard preps for hurricane season

    May 28, 2009

    Torrential rains gave a realistic backdrop to National Guard training last week, as Soldiers and airmen prepared their emergency response efforts for the hurricane season, which begins June 1.

  • Aviation Branch welcomes new senior NCO

    May 27, 2009

    With the passing of the symbolic NCO sword, Command Sgt. Maj. Tod L. Glidewell became the 12th Aviation Branch senior enlisted NCO.

  • New Orleans Army Reserve Center rededicated after Hurricane Katrina

    May 27, 2009

    A Hurricane Katrina damaged Army Reserve center in New Orleans was rededicated May 17 as the newly refurbished facility opened its doors to Army Reserve Soldiers for the first time since 2005.

  • Army launches program to advance senior civilian careers

    May 27, 2009

    The Army is scheduled to launch a new central management talent pool for senior civilians -- GS-15 or NSPS upper pay-band 3 equivalents -- with a registration drive starting at Fort Belvoir, Va., June 8.

  • Documentary highlights success of Land Warrior system

    May 27, 2009

    Aca,!A"Keep Up the Fire,Aca,!A? a new documentary produced by the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Program Executive Office Soldier, tells the story of the first infantry unit deployed to Iraq with the Land Warrior system.

  • Former Mr. America, NYPD officer continues service

    May 27, 2009

    From the jungles of Vietnam to the streets of New York City to the deserts of Iraq, one noncommissioned officer has proven his dedication through decades of service.

  • Ordnance schools case colors at Aberdeen

    May 26, 2009

    The flags and guidons of the Headquarters, U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools, Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School and Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School floated in the breeze as the Army's largest corps symbolically ended its 92-year stay at Aberdeen Proving Ground during its school colors casing ceremony at Ordnance Circle, May 8.

  • Army to celebrate 234th birthday

    May 26, 2009

    Ever since June 14, 1775, the U.S. Army has been defending America's liberty and to help celebrate its 234th birthday, Army commands will host a variety of events throughout June.

  • Gates urges West Point graduates to become great leaders

    May 25, 2009

    Before 970 cadets took the oath of office or "covers" were tossed high overhead, graduating West Point cadets heard some praise and sage advice from their future boss.

  • PEO Soldier unveils lighter, more lethal weapons systems

    May 21, 2009

    Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Va., serves as the organization responsible for virtually everything a Soldier wears or carries opened its doors recently to give the media a look at some new gear in development that will lighten a Soldier's load while improvimg survivability, lethality and comfort.

  • NCOs inducted into Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame

    May 20, 2009

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- The Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame inducted two noncommissioned officers during a ceremony at the Lewis and Clark Center, May 19. Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Smith and Sgt. Maj. William McBryar joined the only other NCO in the 95-member Hall of Fame, 1st Sgt. Percival Lowe, who served at Fort Leavenworth from 1849 to 1859.

  • Army wants to be good neighbors in Colorado

    May 20, 2009

    The Army won't resort to eminent domain to acquire land for the expansion of the PiAfA+-on Canyon Maneuver Site in Colorado.

  • Army recognizes former NCOs in Congress

    May 20, 2009

    As part of the Army's continued celebration of the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer, senior Army leaders, Tuesday, recognized 10 members of the 111th Congress who have served as NCOs.

  • Soldiers sharpen skills during exercise

    May 20, 2009

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Field exercises are the bread and butter of American Soldiers preparing to serve in operations anywhere in the world at a moment's notice.

  • Soldiers streamline unit movement into theater

    May 20, 2009

    In the last nine months they've trained and processed more than 12,000 Soldiers into the Iraq Theater of operations. By the time they leave in August, that number is expected to climb to nearly 18,000.

  • Army names top maintenance award winner

    May 20, 2009

    The third week of April was a benchmark for USAG-Red Cloud's Directorate of Logistics. That is when the Department of the Army announced they had awarded Red Cloud Department of Logisitcs the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence.

  • New manpower chief vows to strengthen Army Family

    May 19, 2009

    President Barack Obama's nominee for assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs said, May 12, at his confirmation hearing that he is aware of the concerns about dwell time, which directly affects families.

  • European training center offers Special Forces training to conventional forces

    May 19, 2009

    The 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's International Special Training Centre (ISTC) has opened its courses to qualified conventional forces from the U.S. military stationed in Europe.

  • Chief discusses plan to increase dwell time

    May 18, 2009

    Soldiers could find themselves with as much as 24 months time between deployments if plans for military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan come to fruition.

  • Army divers in Hawaii prepare for deep sea mission

    May 18, 2009

    In the Army, engineers routinely fix, tear down and build structures on land. One such team of engineers does their tasks with an added challenge of an air tank strapped to their backs in depths far lower than commercial divers.

  • Biden announces Pentagon Housing Assistance Program expansion

    May 15, 2009

    Vice President Joe Biden announced the Defense Department's plan to expand its housing assistance program with $555 million devoted to servicemembers forced to sell their homes at a loss due to the country's struggling housing market.

  • Soldier meets President during citizenship ceremony

    May 15, 2009

    WASHINGTON -- A Fort Campbell Soldier became a naturalized U.S. citizen May 1, in a ceremony held at the White House during which she was personally recognized by President Barack Obama.

  • Army service can be much more than wearing of uniform

    May 14, 2009

    In local protocol arenas, Huntsville's John Rogers holds the rank of a three-star general. He is also considered a personal representative of the Secretary of the Army. Yet, Rogers doesn't spend his days wearing an officer's uniform. Although he is a retired colonel, Rogers often dons civilian dress for local Army ceremonies and events.

  • Army makes progress in achieving balance, Casey says

    May 14, 2009

    WASHINGTON - The Army is making progress toward getting current operational needs and long-term requirements back in balance, but there is still a long way to go, the service's top officer said Wednesday.

  • Army names male 'Athlete of Year'

    May 13, 2009

    Capt. Shawn Dodge, commander of Headquarters and Operations Company, 732nd Military Intelligence Battalion, has been selected as the Army's 2008 male Athlete of the Year for his running ability.

  • DoD identifies 4 Soldiers killed in Camp Victory slayings

    May 13, 2009

    Military officials identified four soldiers who were killed in a shooting at a combat stress center at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

  • Army requires different leaders to fight irregular wars, general says

    May 13, 2009

    The Army will require a different type of leader in the fight against terrorism and other kinds of irregular warfare, the Army's top troop trainer said Tuesday.

  • Army embraces social media at conference

    May 13, 2009

    More than 500 military and civilian public affairs operators from across the Army met May 4-6 for the 2009 Worldwide Public Affairs Symposium. The goal of the forum was "operationalizing informational engagement."

  • Gates recommends McChrystal for top spot in Afghanistan

    May 12, 2009

    WASHINGTON - Citing the need for new thinking and new ideas in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended President Barack Obama nominate Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the new commander of NATO and U.S. forces there.

  • 4th Ranger Training Battalion Soldiers win 2009 Best Ranger Competition

    May 11, 2009

    A team from Fort Benning's 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Ranger Training Brigade, has won the 26th annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition.

  • MacArthur awards go to company leaders reflecting duty, honor, country

    May 11, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. presented 28 Soldiers with the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award at a Pentagon ceremony Friday.

  • Army fields new MRAP rollover trainers

    May 11, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - The U.S. military is fielding a new vehicle rollover simulator to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • NCO 'D.A.R.E.s' local kids away from drugs

    May 11, 2009

    What surprised Sgt. Ricky Torrez, the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern's Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer, the most during his first year teaching the D.A.R.E. program was just how much more fifth graders of today know about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

  • Political humorist Colbert tackles Basic Combat Training

    May 8, 2009

    While the vast majority of new Soldiers arrive to Basic Combat Training in a bus from the airport, the Army's newest private arrived in a style befitting his cult-like status.

  • Army Secretary focuses on Fort Carson issues

    May 7, 2009

    Secreatry of the Army Pete Geren visited Fort Carson May 5, 2009, to discuss issues important to the post.

  • Land gift to university means opportunity for Fort Hood families

    Apr 30, 2009

    The Army officially gave more than one square mile of land from Fort Hood to Texas A&M University during a ceremony April 30.

  • Fort Carson military police unit named best in Army

    Apr 30, 2009

    While deployed to Iraq, Fort Carson's 59th Military Police Company worked with the Iraqi police, assisting with training and recruiting. For their work, the company was recognized with the JP Holland award, naming them the best MP Company in the Army.

  • Official explains proposed Post-9/11 GI Bill transferability rules

    Apr 30, 2009

    With the Department of Veterans Affairs ready to begin accepting sign-ups for the Post-9/11 GI Bill May 1, the Defense Department is working to get word out on its proposed policy regarding the bill's transferability provisions to help servicemembers decide if the new benefit is right for them.

  • Event challenges Soldiers to get finances in order

    Apr 29, 2009

    Soldiers were challenged to get their personal finances in order and to learn to be better savers of their money during a Department of Defense-sponsored 'Financial Readiness Challenge,' April 28, at Fort Myer, Va.

  • Career Counselor of the Year receives award

    Apr 29, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Strate Flessas, a career counselor in the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), accepted an award as the 2008 Army's Career Counselor of the Year at a Department of Army Retirement Ceremony rehearsal on Fort Myer, Va.

  • CASAs sustain Army Strong

    Apr 28, 2009

    They're called Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army, or CASAs. They are special Army ambassadors who interface with Army commanders and the Secretary of the Army on issues affecting their region and they can be found across the U.S.

  • Army takes lead in social media networking to reach families, American public

    Apr 27, 2009

    The new Online and Social Media Division of Army Public Affairs, formed in January, hosted an afternoon 'meet and greet' event for 21 Milbloggers at the Pentagon prior to their weekend conference in Virginia.

  • Army employees set new standard, save DOD millions

    Apr 27, 2009

    Logistics Support Activity and Defense Logistics Agency employees teamed up to win the 2008 Defense Standardization Program Achievement Award for helping the Department of Defense save millions of dollars.

  • Soldier receives Soldier's Medal for saving young boy in Afghanistan

    Apr 24, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Kevin P. Sanders believes that he was born to be an infantryman. Having completed five deployments, he understands the sacrifice and bravery that accompanies combat, so when he witnessed an Afghan boy near death, his instincts immediately came into play.

  • Wounded Warrior first to use next-generation powered legs

    Apr 24, 2009

    Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, a bilateral above-the-knee amputee, stood in bright sunlight on the patio of Walter Reed's Bldg. 88, April 17. A pack of reporters pointed mini-audio recorders, and a clutch of television cameramen rolled tape. The Wounded Warrior's prosthetic legs looked, with their composite construction and gray-on-silver design, like futuristic science fiction movie props.

  • Campaign will take holistic approach to solve suicide problem

    Apr 24, 2009

    The Army's battle to reduce suicide in its ranks took on a new urgency last week as Army leaders launched the "Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Campaign Plan."

  • Fallen Soldier memorialized in Chicago room where military journey started

    Apr 24, 2009

    On April 20, 2009, the Chicago Military Entrance Processing Station re-named its "swearing-in" room after Sgt. Joe Vanek, a Paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Friends, family, and current and former members of Vanek's old unit came to Chicago to attend the dedication.

  • Army Reserve Soldiers re-enlist for 360 years

    Apr 23, 2009

    On the Army Reserve's 101st birthday on Capitol Hill, 60 reserve Soldiers, mostly noncommissioned officers from units representing all 50 states, raised their right hands and re-enlisted for a combined total of 360 years.

  • Army launches Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention Campaign

    Apr 23, 2009

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli recently signed the Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention. This comprehensive plan mandates unprecedented changes in Army doctrine, policy, and resource allocation, and provides immediate guidance to commanders to address the problem of suicides.

  • Army wins three Department of Defense awards for environmental stewardship

    Apr 23, 2009

    Army installations earned three Department of Defense Environmental Awards for fiscal 2008, recognizing progress in environmental quality, natural resources conservation and cultural resources management.

  • Fort Drum engineer duo take the 2009 'Best Sapper' contest

    Apr 23, 2009

    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - Two Fort Drum, N.Y., combat engineers walked away with bragging rights as the best in their business as 68 of the Army's top engineers wrapped up the 2009 Best Sapper Competition, an intense 52-hour, six-phase contest.

  • Preston recognizes NCO success

    Apr 23, 2009

    Eighteen new noncommissioned officers were among those who received kudos from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston here April 16.

  • Amputee makes history

    Apr 23, 2009

    Former Staff Sgt. Johnathan Holsey made history here last week as the first amputee to attend the Warrant Officer Career College (WOCC).

  • Brothers brought together during combat in Iraq

    Apr 23, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Being in combat can be exhausting, complicated, difficult, lonely and challenging. War separates you from your loved ones most of the time.

  • Operation Homefront names first military child award winner

    Apr 23, 2009

    WASHINGTON - An Army family member has earned $5,000, a laptop computer and a trip to the nation's capital as the first Military Child Award winner for a national troop-support organization.

  • Gates says people take top priority in budget decisions

    Apr 7, 2009

    WASHINGTON - Personnel needs are at the heart of his proposal to reshape the priorities of America's defense establishment, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

  • Army launches 2nd Sexual Assault Prevention Summit

    Apr 6, 2009

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren launched the second I. A.M. (Intervene, Act, Motivate) Strong Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault Prevention Summit in Arlington, Va., telling the audience of Soldiers and civilians that the Army would become nations "gold standard when it comes to sexual assault investigation and prosecution."

  • Junior leaders get certified at Korea's 'Warrior Base'

    Apr 6, 2009

    Receiving proper training is crucial to officers in the U.S. Army as they will be expected to prepare their Soldiers for combat. That's why a group of Lieutenants recently went through the Leader Certification Program at Warrior Base in Korea.

  • VA secretary expects big impact from post-9/11 GI Bill

    Apr 4, 2009

    All systems are on track for this summer's rollout of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, which Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said he expects to have as monumental an impact as the original World War II-era GI Bill of Rights.

  • Soldier provides mentorship to youth, meets president during D.C. duty

    Apr 3, 2009

    A Fort Monroe captain was among the 17 military officers who participated in the 47th Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C., recently.

  • Commentary: Army's 'backbone' provides its life blood

    Apr 3, 2009

    A commentary by a student in the Intermediate Level Education course at the Command and General Staff College.

  • North Dakota adjutant general gets 'blogged' down in flood response

    Apr 3, 2009

    The adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard had a teleconference with civilian and military Internet bloggers today to detail the flood response efforts underway in his state.

  • 'Military Saves' encourages Soldiers to build nest egg

    Apr 2, 2009

    Financial security at home can mean one less distraction from the mission downrange.

  • Chief swears in special-skills recruits

    Apr 2, 2009

    In the center of Times Square, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. swore 32 recruits into the service Wednesday, and half of them enlisted through a new program for non-citizens with special skills.

  • Vice chief visits six posts to address suicide prevention

    Apr 2, 2009

    During the past two weeks, Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army, has traveled to six installations to hear from Soldiers, family members and support agencies on what is being done and what the Army should do to help end suicide.

  • 'There's nothing like putting on this uniform and being proud of it'

    Apr 1, 2009

    Army opportunities, chock-full of enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses have paved the way for professional success for tens of thousands of Army recruits and Soldiers over the last several years. For one noncommissioned officer who began her active duty Army journey more than 30 years ago the Army offered another type of opportunity--the chance to show her patriotism and sense of duty to her country during a troubled time.

  • Combat outpost serves as front line in Afghanistan fight

    Apr 1, 2009

    Next to a small village in Afghanistan's fertile Jalrez Valley, a platoon of U.S. soldiers busy themselves fortifying a fighting position, stringing concertina wire, aiming mortars, and filling lots and lots of sand bags.

  • Oldest WWII vet embodies spirit of 'Year of the NCO'

    Mar 31, 2009

    Army Secretary Pete Geren commemorated the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Year of the NCO and WomenAca,!a,,cs History Month by visiting a 110-year-old World War II veteran and enlisting seven future Soldiers by her side in Milford, Conn., on March 31.

  • Army vice chief addresses suicide rate across Army

    Mar 31, 2009

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli stopped at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 25, as part of his eight-day trip to seven installations across the country to take a look at programs in place for suicide prevention.

  • Army fielding Enhanced Night Vision Goggles

    Mar 30, 2009

    Soldiers now have a leap-ahead new tool that will enhance their ability to see in total darkness: the AN/PSQ-20 Enhanced Night Vision Goggle.

  • Army staff director joins 5,300 in Bataan Memorial Death March

    Mar 30, 2009

    Director of the Army Staff Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. joined more than 5,300 marchers Sunday in the 20th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • Freedom Team Salute honors, appreciates military supporters

    Mar 30, 2009

    Parents, spouses, children, neighbors, business owners, teachers, etc., may all play a significant role in supporting our Soldiers. It's a role top military officials, as well as those serving in combat, appreciate.

  • Army repositions Soldiers from Iraq to Afghanistan

    Mar 29, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 100th Brigade Support Battalion here was repositioned to southern Afghanistan on March 28, where they will provide sustainment and distribution support to Coalition forces.

  • Commentary: Thank an NCO today

    Mar 27, 2009

    I have been asking a lot of Soldiers, family members and civilians ... if they knew that 2009 was "The Year of the NCO." Most have replied 'no.'

  • Top athlete award goes to former post runner

    Mar 26, 2009

    A talented distance runner who established his credentials at Fort Lewis before moving on has been named 2008 Army Male Athlete of the Year.

  • Positively powerful: Staff sergeant finds family in Army

    Mar 26, 2009

    For one year Staff Sgt. Nealy Roper took care of inventory in Iraq, responsible for millions of dollars of Army equipment. But, he says, the true value of the Army and what it does wasn't measured in the dollar amounts rolling across the desk of his office in Iraq, but in the compassion, camaraderie and sense of belonging his fellow Soldiers gave him.

  • Foundation launches programs for Army women

    Mar 25, 2009

    Women who serve in the Army are better educated and often end up having better jobs than their civilian counterparts, according to a study discussed Tuesday at the inaugural symposium of the U.S. Army WomenAca,!a,,cs Foundation.

  • Army cooks aim for speed, flavor, skill in culinary competition

    Mar 16, 2009

    Like a scene from "Iron Chef" or perhaps "Hell's Kitchen," Soldiers in whites scrambled against the clock to prepare meals for patrons they knew would eat only a bite before waving it away.

  • New task force to focus on protective gear

    Mar 13, 2009

    A new Army task force is focused on ensuring continuity and synchronization across the procurement process for Soldier protective gear.

  • Warfighters' Forums: a new era in Army collaboration

    Mar 13, 2009

    Taking advantage of today's technological advances was one of the initiatives that led to the inception of the Army's Warfighters' Forums. Now, Web-based, information-sharing collaborative forums are becoming an integral tool for Army commanders at all echelons.

  • Obama considers deploying National Guard to U.S.-Mexico border

    Mar 13, 2009

    WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama considers deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to control escalating violence, Arizona's governor has requested about 250 more National Guard troops on its border with Mexico, and the Texas governor is considering a similar action.

  • NCOs keep government leaders moving around D.C.

    Mar 12, 2009

    It looks just like any other parking garage in northwest Washington, D.C., a sliding metal door, no markings on the building. What's inside, however, is very different from a typical parking garage.

  • New Electronic Warfare courses to be taught at Fort Sill

    Mar 12, 2009

    Immediate openings are available for the Army's premier training courses in Electronic Warfare, to be conducted at Fort Sill, Okla., for officers, warrant officers and enlisted personnel.

  • Corporal: Stepping into the world of NCOs

    Mar 12, 2009

    The noncommissioned officers' corps is known as the "backbone of the Army." To be an NCO is a time-honored position that indicates that a Soldier is ready to take on the responsibility of training and caring for Soldiers. This leadership role can begin with the rank of corporal.

  • 'Longknife' spouses earn their spurs

    Mar 11, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - When Christine Tharp saw her husband talk about getting his cavalry spurs, she knew she wanted the opportunity to earn them as well.

  • Army now offering 'rock star' duty

    Mar 11, 2009

    Army Entertainment Division wants to send a band on the road to entertain deployed troops - as soon as Soldier-musicians are ready to step onto the stage.

  • Web site updates, helps Veterans after deployment

    Mar 11, 2009

    Since launching Aug. 5, 2008, a Web site featuring resources to help Soldiers returning from deployment has grown to provide more information for servicemembers returning from deployment - as well as for their families.

  • A first, last flight for Apache pilot

    Mar 10, 2009

    Three flight schools. More than 150 combat missions. An estimated 4,000 career flight hours; 700 of those in combat. Number of hours logged flying a CH-47 Chinook: 0.

  • Army Reserve Iraq role to continue despite Afghanistan mission, General says

    Mar 10, 2009

    WASHINGTON - As the Army Reserve prepares to deploy more troops to Afghanistan, its top officer said he anticipates no decrease, at least in the near term, in the need for Army reservists in Iraq.

  • Volunteer videos selected to help thousands worldwide

    Mar 10, 2009

    The Army Community Services director for the Department of the Army has selected three locally produced how-to videos to be added Army-wide to the My Army Life Too Web site.

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