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  • IG reports prompt management changes at Arlington National Cemetery

    Jun 10, 2010

    The Army announced management changes at Arlington National Cemetery today after revealing findings of unmarked gravesites, improper handling of cremated remains and discrepancies in burial records there.

  • Fort Riley becomes home to the 1st Warrior Transition Battalion complex

    Jun 8, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. -"This is truly a historic day, a mark of tangible commitment providing the absolute best care for our wounded warriors," said Brig. Gen. David Petersen, 1st Infantry Division and deputy commanding general - rear, May 27 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fort Riley's Warrior Transition Battalion Complex.

  • HUD allocates $58 million to help homeless veterans

    Jun 8, 2010

    A program announced last week by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide $58.6 million to get homeless veterans off the streets this year.

  • New environment to make Army training more cost efficient

    Jun 8, 2010

    More than 170 Army training leaders and staff members met May 24-25 to bring to reality a training concept that would cut costs, match "whole of government" expectations and reach a new generation of servicemembers.

  • Korean War veterans commemorate 'three hard nights' of battle

    Jun 7, 2010

    Waving flags, school children and Republic of Korea and U.S. Army Soldiers in full dress uniform greeted veterans of a little known but pivotal battle of the Korean War - the battle of Chipyong-ni, a small town about 90-minutes east of Uijeongbu.

  • Army seeks balance with rapid acquisition

    Jun 4, 2010

    The difference between rapid acquisition and traditional acquisition can be as much as six years.

  • Army tests training rounds for shoulder-launched weapon

    Jun 4, 2010

    The Maneuver Battle Lab spent four days evaluating a pair of sub-caliber training rounds for a shoulder-launched weapon used to engage armored vehicles from confined or enclosed positions to identify which one best prepares Soldiers to fire the real thing.

  • Building dedicated, named for 9/11 victim

    Jun 4, 2010

    In a May 27 ceremony, Fort Knox Commander Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley joined the Maude family in memorializing Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude -- killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon -- for whom the Human Resource Center of Excellence building will be named.

  • Book helps children celebrate Army's birthday, understand Army history

    Jun 4, 2010

    As the Army prepares to celebrate its 235th birthday, three women have taken the broad theme of the Army's long tradition and history and transformed it into a series of books designed for children.

  • Opinions critical to Aca,!EoeDonAca,!a,,ct Ask, DonAca,!a,,ct TellAca,!a,,c review

    Jun 4, 2010

    Opinions are "absolutely critical" in implementing policy for a repeal of the law that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military, the nation's top military officer told Soldiers on Fort Bragg, N.C., June 2.

  • Thurman becomes 18th commander of U.S. Army's largest command

    Jun 3, 2010

    Gen. James D. Thurman became the 18th commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command during a ceremony on on Fort McPherson, Ga., June 3. Thurman succeeded Gen. Charles C. Campbell, who retired after 40 years of service.

  • Army secretary observes training, expansion at Fort Benning

    Jun 2, 2010

    The Army's top civilian leader praised the "huge muscle movement" taking place to produce the Maneuver Center of Excellence while making his first official visit June 2 to Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Army announces winners of Fire, Emergency Services awards

    Jun 2, 2010

    The Army has announced its winners for the 2009 Fire and Emergency Services awards for special achievements of individuals, teams and fire departments.

  • Vietnam combat lessons apply today, Mullen says

    Jun 2, 2010

    The military's top officer called on Vietnam veterans to stay connected with today's servicemembers, saying their lessons learned, especially with post-traumatic stress disorder, can help veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Last continuously serving Army officer with Vietnam experience to retire after 40 years of service

    Jun 1, 2010

    After 40 years of Army service dating back to the Vietnam War, Gen. Charles C. Campbell, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, will retire, during a combined retirement/change of command ceremony, June 3.

  • Obama backs Gates in budget debate

    Jun 1, 2010

    President Barack Obama promised to veto any legislation that includes funding for an alternate engine for the F-35 joint strike fighter or more C-17 cargo jets, expressing his "strong support" for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' budget-reform effort.

  • Gates addresses troops on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal

    Jun 1, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told troops worldwide that any repeal of the so-called "don't ask don't tell" law will be delayed until the ongoing Defense Department high-level review is completed, and only after he, the president and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff all can certify that the department is ready to make the change without hurting unit cohesion, military readiness, military effectiveness, and recruiting and retention.

  • Army implements strategic plan to improve safety

    May 28, 2010

    The "101 Critical Days of Summer" campaign, which began on Memorial Day, and the larger National Safety Month observation during June, provide opportunity to focus on the goals outlined in the latest version of the Army Safety and Occupational Health Strategic Plan that was released in February.

  • Accessions takes helm from Armor at Knox

    May 28, 2010

    Fort Knox witnessed the last chapter of the Armor Center during a transfer of authority ceremony May 27. During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. James Milano, the Fort Knox commander and 44th Chief of Armor, relinquished command of the installation to Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, commander, U.S. Army Accessions Command.

  • Army teens take challenges, benefits of Army life to Congress

    May 27, 2010

    The Army's Child, Youth and School Services program, which heads the Army Teen Panel, recently honored the sacrifices of Army children, while also educating members of Congress about the benefits, experiences and challenges of being a military teen.

  • Fort Monroe handoff to preserve history, military housing

    May 27, 2010

    When the Army vacates historic Fort Monroe next year, the plan is to convert it to a National Park, yet lease an office complex inside and continue to house military families there.

  • Pace award honors standouts at Army headquarters

    May 26, 2010

    Two Department of the Army headquarters innovators were honored for their contribution and service during 2009 at the Pentagon Tuesday.

  • Gates can accept 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' amendment

    May 26, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates can accept a proposed congressional amendment overturning the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, but would prefer that lawmakers wait until a Defense Department review to assess its full impact is completed.

  • Chiarelli: Armor School moving home to Benning

    May 25, 2010

    "The Armor Center will cease to exist in one week," said Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli in his opening remarks to the audience gathered at Waybur Theater for the Armor Warfighting Conference last week.

  • U.S., South Korea increase military exercises following attack

    May 25, 2010

    The U.S. and South Korean militaries will undergo two new training exercises in light of last week's finding that North Korea sank a South Korean navy ship, killing 46 sailors.

  • Odierno selected to lead U.S. Joint Forces Command

    May 25, 2010

    President Barack Obama has nominated Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the present commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, to head U.S. Joint Forces Command.

  • First Army move on track

    May 24, 2010

    First Army's planned move to Rock Island Arsenal next year is on track. Military and civilian officials marked the completion of the first construction phase of the unit's future headquarters during a ceremony May 20. First Army, currently at Fort Gillem, Ga., is slated to be operating on Rock Island Arsenal by June 2011. The move is part of the Base Realignment and Closure legislation. Bldg. 68 dates to 1881 and is undergoing extensive renovations to accommodate an estimated 550 workers.

  • West Point Class of 2010 celebrates landmark accomplishments

    May 22, 2010

    Just over a thousand hats took flight May 22 marking the graduation of the West Point Class of 2010 and the transformation of cadets into commissioned second lieutenants. After the hats were tossed and with diplomas in hand, the officers exchanged hugs, handshakes and back slaps among colleagues, Family and friends at Michie Stadium.

  • Senior Leaders study past to shape future

    May 21, 2010

    U.S. Army, Pacific leaders are taking advantage of a year-long program designed to study war in the Pacific, with the added benefit of visiting former battlefields and talking to veterans who were there.

  • West Point marks 30 years of coed graduates

    May 20, 2010

    Saturday's graduation at the U.S. Military Academy will mark 30 years since the first women joined "the long gray line" of West Point graduates.

  • HRC move impacts Army board dates

    May 20, 2010

    Some promotion boards, along with command and school selection boards, are convening earlier or later than usual this year, due to the Human Resources Command relocating to Fort Knox, Ky.

  • Soldiers applying humanitarian assistance learned overseas at home

    May 20, 2010

    "They work so hard to do everything you do, here at work, with reset, with training and then, for them to volunteer their time to go out and do these things on weekends, it's a selfless move."

  • New West Point superintendent nominated

    May 20, 2010

    Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. was nominated May 18 to be the 58th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Huntoon is a 1973 West Point graduate and was commissioned into the infantry.

  • Is your helmet part of the recall'

    May 19, 2010

    The Army is recalling 44,000 combat helmets made by ArmorSource and Rabintex. If you were issued one of these helmets, you must turn it in to the Central Issue Facility to be issued a new helmet. Read on to learn how you can tell if your helmet is part of the recall.

  • Task force aims to 'broaden' officers, manage talents

    May 19, 2010

    Nine years of war have made it difficult for officers to gain the broad level of experience needed to run the Army, according to Col. Chris Robertson and his task force.

  • Army issues instructions for painting M16s, M4s

    May 19, 2010

    Soldiers already have uniforms that blend them into their surroundings. Now there's instructions on how to have a weapon that blends in too.

  • Medic earns nation's 2nd-highest honor for heroism

    May 17, 2010

    An Army medic's heroism during a firefight in Afghanistan led to his recognition with the U.S. military's second highest decoration for valor.

  • Recalled helmets 'no direct risk' to Soldiers

    May 17, 2010

    The Army recall of 44,000 Advanced Combat Helmets that were issued to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is the result of a Department of Justice investigation as well as independent tests that show the helmets do not meet Army standards.

  • Military leaders stress need to share information

    May 17, 2010

    As U.S. forces increasingly work as part of multinational coalitions, they are part of a cultural shift toward more information sharing and working more closely with allied troops.

  • Joint service open house visitors get up-close with Army

    May 14, 2010

    At the far end of the busy flight line: the sci-fi looking hanger where Air Force One is housed. At the other end, thousands of military family members and school groups were entertained during an exclusive preview of the 2010 Joint Service Open House.

  • Soldiers roll away with silver in wheelchair basketball

    May 14, 2010

    The Marine Corps used teamwork and skill to win gold in the inaugural Warrior Games wheelchair basketball tourney Thursday, beating Army 44-15.

  • Soldiers invited to tell their unvarnished stories

    May 13, 2010

    The Army accession command is releasing this week "version 3" of their blog, "Army Strong Stories." What they need now are more Soldiers to sign up to populate the site with real-world insight and perspective about the Army.

  • Golden Knights seek candidates for assessment, selection

    May 13, 2010

    The U.S. Army Parachute Team the Golden Knights is currently seeking candidates for their 2010 Assessment and Selection, which will begin Sept. 7, 2010.

  • Official urges Reserve component funding, predictability

    May 13, 2010

    Emphasizing the critical role the reserve components play in U.S. national defense, the senior Pentagon reserve affairs official emphasized to Congress today the importance of adequately funding the force and providing predictability about deployments.

  • Fort Huachuca employee named TRADOC's 2009 top civilian instructor

    May 12, 2010

    An instructor with the 304th Military Intelligence Battalion has been selected as the Training and Doctrine Command 2009 Instructor of the Year in the Department of the Army Civilian Category.

  • Army looks to regroup after first day of Warrior Games competition

    May 12, 2010

    You win some, you lose some. That statement sums up the Army's scorecard after the first day of competition at the inaugural Warrior Games held at the Olympic Training Center.

  • Soldiers make history: Baumholder servicemembers march in Russia's Victory parade

    May 12, 2010

    Soldiers of the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team marched into history during Russia's 65th Victory Day parade in Moscow, May 9.

  • Special Forces team 'best of best' during Best Ranger Competition

    May 11, 2010

    The three-day Best Ranger competition pitted the 'best of the best' against each other during a non-stop contest at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Speaker of House visits wounded warriors at Landstuhl

    May 11, 2010

    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and fellow members of congress visited patients and staff May 10 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. During her bedside visits with injured servicemembers from Iraq and Afghanistan in the Intensive Care Unit and Medical-Surgical Wards, Pelosi thanked Wounded Warriors for their service and commitment to our country.

  • JRTC: Roleplayers add authenticity, culture to rotations

    May 10, 2010

    When a unit prepares to deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan, it usually stops off at a combat training center, either the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., or the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk.

  • Gates calls for significant cuts in defense overhead

    May 10, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe to declare war on duplicative overhead, bloat and needless spending in the Defense Department.

  • Top enlisted Soldier applauds tested troops

    May 7, 2010

    The enlisted Soldier can be found pretty much anywhere in the world, representing a nation that is committed to protecting freedom and democracy.

  • Army's top junior officers recognized with MacArthur award

    May 7, 2010

    Twenty-eight of the Army's most promising captains and warrant officers were lauded at the 23rd Annual General Douglas MacArthur Leadership awards ceremony at the Pentagon Thursday.

  • Army builds support for tomorrow's conflict

    May 7, 2010

    A holistic view of people and equipment. That's what the Army's Materiel Enterprise philosophy is all about.

  • Army continues transformation, Casey says

    May 6, 2010

    The Army is continuing the most fundamental and profound series of changes it has seen since World War II, the service's chief of staff said Thursday.

  • Bonuses, incentives offered for under-manned Army jobs

    May 6, 2010

    New Army recruits with skills critical to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are eligible for bonuses, educational help and other incentives if they enlist to serve in the Army's most under-manned jobs.

  • 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' online inbox goes live

    May 6, 2010

    A new online inbox that enables servicemembers and their families to comment anonymously about the impact of a possible repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law has gone live.

  • Explosion at Redstone Arsenal

    May 5, 2010

    At about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Redstone Arsenal Directorate for Emergency Services responded to a fire at Building 7352, an Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center facility.

  • Soldiers conduct forcible entry exercise

    May 4, 2010

    Solders conducted a forcible entry exercise at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base, N.C., April 26, 2010.

  • President Obama to speak at West Point Class of 2010 graduation

    May 4, 2010

    The White House announced April 21 that President Barack Obama will address the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2010 at the annual commencement ceremony. West Point's graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 22 at Michie Stadium.

  • Old Guard Rangers ready to compete in grueling Best Ranger Competition

    May 3, 2010

    Last year, for the first time, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, more commonly known as The Old Guard, participated in the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • President Obama commissions cadets at University of Michigan

    May 3, 2010

    Thousands rose to their feet Saturday at the University of Michigan when the nation's commander-in-chief stepped to the podium to administer the oath of office to his newest military officers.

  • Distance learning available to all Army civilians as self-development

    May 3, 2010

    CHIEVRES, Belgium - The Army is helping civilian employees advance their careers through a range of workforce development programs.

  • Under Secretary of Army visits Picatinny

    May 3, 2010

    The Army's second-highest civilian visited Picatinny April 29 for the first time since he was sworn in as the 30th Under Secretary of the Army in September 2009.

  • Special Ops exercise becomes a reality for 'hostages'

    Apr 30, 2010

    U.S. Army Special Operations Command opened its training doors to a selected group of supporters of the command and military to increase their knowledge of USASOC's operations and training.

  • AFAP addresses Army families' needs, concerns

    Apr 29, 2010

    Army families that have issues have an avenue at hand for resolving them through the Army Family Action Plan program. The AFAP program was created in 1983 with the advent of the first AFAP Planning Conference.

  • Army Secretary: Fort Leavenworth critical part of Army's arsenal

    Apr 29, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh met with Combined Arms Center leaders and students from the Command and General Staff College when he visited Fort Leavenworth, Kan., April 27.

  • Military pay competitive with private sector

    Apr 29, 2010

    Military compensation is competing well against the private sector, as evidenced by the high rate of recruitment and retention, a Defense Department official told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

  • Puerto Rico hosts first IRR muster outside CONUS

    Apr 28, 2010

    The muster for Individual Ready Reserve Soldiers at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, was the first one to be held outside the continental United States.

  • Entire 101st to deploy to Afghanistan within year

    Apr 28, 2010

    Throughout 2010 and 2011, more than 20,000 Soldiers from Fort Campbell's 101st Airborne Division will deploy to Afghanistan, the first time an entire Army division has deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom within one year.

  • Captain repeats win in Best Sapper competition

    Apr 28, 2010

    The 2006 winner and another captain beat out 28 teams for the title of Best Sapper 2010 after more than 50 hours of almost non-stop physical and mental exertion in dozens of Soldier and engineer-specific skills challenges.

  • DoD agrees to submit Fort Hood documents to Senate

    Apr 28, 2010

    The Defense Department agreed to provide access to some of the documents subpoenaed by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee related to the Nov. 5 Fort Hood shooting investigation.

  • IRR Musters critical to maintaining readiness

    Apr 26, 2010

    About 90 Individual Ready Reserve Soldiers were called to duty to attend an IRR muster over the weekend as part of their service obligation to the Army.

  • Army Reserve celebrates 102nd anniversary with re-enlistment

    Apr 26, 2010

    Army Reserve Soldiers representing all 50 states and U.S. territories took the oath of re-enlistment Friday during the fifth annual National Capitol Re-enlistment Ceremony, in celebration of the Army Reserve's 102nd Anniversary.

  • Revised Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills set framework for new and seasoned Soldiers alike

    Apr 23, 2010

    The foundational skills every Soldier must know, regardless of rank or military job - received a facelift when U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command recently released the Army's new Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, and the Critical Individual Supporting Task List elaborating on those tasks and battle drills.

  • Military improves do-it-yourself moves

    Apr 23, 2010

    After extensive testing and evaluation, the military has launched an improved system to better compensate servicemembers who personally move their household goods on military orders.

  • Army working to stop all sexual assault

    Apr 23, 2010

    Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. One in six women and one in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

  • Fort Benning gets OK to study land purchase

    Apr 22, 2010

    The Department of the Army has approved a plan allowing Fort Benning to go forward with a study on the possibility of expanding its training lands by 82,800 acres over the next five to six years.

  • Selective Service expands alternatives for conscientious objectors

    Apr 22, 2010

    As long as there's been Americans fighting in wars, there have been those who do not object to the idea of serving their country, but do object to the idea of directly killing another human being or being involved in that act.

  • Troops take advantage of GI Bill transferability

    Apr 22, 2010

    More than 100,000 requests from troops desiring to transfer their unused education benefits to family members have been approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

  • Chief of staff visits Fort Bragg

    Apr 22, 2010

    The Army Chief of Staff met with U.S. Army Special Operations Command and XVIII Airborne Corps leaders, Soldiers and family members during a short visit to the post April 20 and 21.

  • IRR Soldiers muster in Illinois

    Apr 20, 2010

    At least one of the 138 Individual Ready Reserve Soldiers who received an unexpected invitation in the mail for an IRR Muster on April 10-11 thought "Holy Cow! I'm going to be deployed."

  • Operational contracting support adds capabilities for special ops Soldiers

    Apr 20, 2010

    More than 50 U.S. Army Special Operations Command Soldiers finished up a new two-week contracting support course designed to enlighten them on procedures for establishing and managing contracts in a deployed environment.

  • Military adjusts to Icelandic volcano's ashfall

    Apr 20, 2010

    Ash from an Icelandic volcano continues to wreak havoc with air flights across Europe, including American military flights.

  • Army engineers break ground on U.S. military's largest distribution center in Europe

    Apr 20, 2010

    The 250,000-square-foot facility consolidates under one roof actions currently taking place in 12 areas, will result in millions in savings over time..

  • Army G-4 unveils tribute to logisticians

    Apr 19, 2010

    The G-4 unveiled "Army Logistics Around the World" at the Pentagon April 16 to recognize the 300,000 logisticians who support more than 1.1 million Soldiers in 80 countries.

  • Officers have new deadline to claim joint-service experience

    Apr 19, 2010

    Beginning Oct. 1, active-duty officers wanting to get self-nominated credit for serving in a joint-service environment will need to do it quickly -- the Joint Qualification System is changing its requirements.

  • Chief of Staff of the Army enlists Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines

    Apr 18, 2010

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff, administered the oath of enlistment to 16 new inductees of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines just prior to the Dallas Military Ball Saturday evening.

  • Army Secretary recognizes IMCOM civilians in annual ceremony

    Apr 16, 2010

    The secretary of the Army recognized five Installation Management Command employees Wednesday at a Pentagon awards ceremony for outstanding civilians.

  • IMCOM to break ground on new headquarters building

    Apr 16, 2010

    Groundbreaking for Installation Management Command's Fort Sam Houston headquarters is slated for Monday.

  • Gates adopts 26 Fort Hood panel recommendations

    Apr 16, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has directed the Defense Department immediately to implement 26 interim recommendations of an independent panel he appointed to look into the Nov. 5 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Army combatives debuts in Pan Am competition

    Apr 15, 2010

    Fort Benning sent Soldiers who are combatives experts to Irvine, Calif., to compete in the Pan Am Jiu Jitsu Championships, hosted April 8-12 by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.

  • Army announces 2010 Communities of Excellence winners

    Apr 15, 2010

    The Army chief of staff has selected U.S. Army Garrison Fort Bragg, N.C., as the Gold winner in the 2010 Army Communities of Excellence awards competition.

  • Army releases March suicide data

    Apr 14, 2010

    The Army released suicide data Wednesday for the month of March.

  • Secretary of Army gives 'thumbs up' to resilience course

    Apr 14, 2010

    Giving Soldiers tools to deal with realistic scenarios are central to the Army's Master Resilience Trainer course, or MRT, in Philadelphia where Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Tuesday.

  • Harsh weather preparations on track in Korea

    Apr 14, 2010

    Every year Korea experiences seasonal rains from June 1 through Sept. 30. Monsoons, or rainy seasons, are a shift in wind direction, which causes excessive rainfall. These rains can cause floods, which are one of weather's most deadly hazards.

  • Gen. Casey lauds CSF progress

    Apr 12, 2010

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. got a first-hand look at the Army's latest addition to the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program and said he liked what he saw.

  • Service drill teams showcase precision at festival

    Apr 12, 2010

    Members of the military drill teams performed at the third annual Joint Service Drill Exhibition in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Saturday. The exhibition, during the Cherry Blossom Festival, is one of only a few yearly opportunities to see all the service drill teams at the same time.

  • First lady visits, thanks Pentagon employees for service

    Apr 9, 2010

    Hundreds of servicemembers and civilian employees gathered in the Pentagon courtyard to hear First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates speak Friday.

  • Hennis found guilty of decades-old murders

    Apr 9, 2010

    A master sergeant who was acquitted by a North Carolina court more than 20 years ago was found guilty of murder again Thursday in a court-martial at Fort Bragg, N.C.