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  • 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 March 24, 2009 at the inaugural symposium of the U.S. Army Women's 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.

  • Poor economy, re-up rates prompt changes in retention

    Mar 8, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - At a time where our economy back home is ailing, the Army is having unprecedented success at retaining its Soldiers; especially in view of the new, flexible GI Bill and the job security that military service holds.

  • Gates to take comprehensive approach to end 'Stop-Loss'

    Feb 24, 2009

    WASHINGTON - Ending the military's so-called "stop-loss" program is a priority for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, a senior official said here Monday.

  • 90-day program gives former military doctors chance to serve again

    Feb 24, 2009

    Col. Lionel M. Nelson is a man of many hats. A former Air Force Reservist, and a retired Army Reservist, Nelson came out of a five-year retirement and shut down his private practice in San Jose, Calif., to participate in the "90 Days Boots on the Ground" program, a program that gives former military doctors the opportunity to deploy to Iraq for 90 days.

  • Army Ten Miler ups field to 30K

    Feb 23, 2009

    To mark the 25th running of the Army Ten Miler this fall, the field for the race will be increased to 30,000 runners.

  • Soldiers in Iraq learn best ways to fight fires

    Feb 23, 2009

    ALI BASE, Iraq - Members of the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department conducted fire safety training for Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Platoon, 570th Sapper Company, 14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade, Feb. 15.

  • Ammunition ship allows for worldwide contingency readiness

    Feb 23, 2009

    Longer than three football fields, the M.V. Staff Sgt. Edward A. Carter Jr., is a seagoing insurance policy. Loaded aboard the massive vessel are more than 2,000 containers of munitions, part of the Army Prepositioned Stocks -- afloat mission to sustain expeditionary Army forces, wherever and whenever they may engage.

  • Army civilian honored with 'Black Engineer of the Year Award'

    Feb 23, 2009

    WARREN, Mich. Ac"a,! For Christopher Scott success has never been an option. It has always been a choice and that drive for excellence has been recognized.

  • Mullen applauds Fort Campbell traumatic brain injury treatment center

    Feb 23, 2009

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - A tour of the Traumatic Brain Injury Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center here Friday made a favorable impression on the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In fact, the program is something he said should be spread across the force.

  • Army preparing to test Future Combat Systems

    Feb 20, 2009

    Soldiers and civilians with the Future Combat Systems program at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., are working overtime preparing to put future Army technology to the test.

  • Strykers gear up for new mission in Afghanistan

    Feb 20, 2009

    WASHINGTON - The Army's Stryker armored vehicle will get its first crack at the resurgent Taliban and terrorist strongholds in Afghanistan this summer when the 2nd Infantry Division's, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team hits the ground there.

  • Paratroopers come to Germany from Fort Bragg to train as forward observers

    Feb 20, 2009

    EINSIEDLERHOF, Germany - Sgt. 1st Class Larry Melton says he has come full circle. It has been eight years since he trained with paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, but over the past six weeks Melton has found himself working with airborne-qualified forward observers who flew in from Fort Bragg, N.C., to take advantage of a U.S. Army Europe Joint Multinational Training Command-based course.

  • Wisconsin to deploy largest force since WWII

    Feb 19, 2009

    Wisconsin sent off the "Red Arrow" with tears and smiles Feb. 17 in the Wisconsin National Guard's largest operational deployment since World War II.

  • Shoulder to shoulder: no Soldier stands alone

    Feb 19, 2009

    Sadly, in 2008, behavior among Soldiers was at an all-time high - 142 Soldiers (including 13 still pending final determination) took their own lives. Suicides are occurring across every segment of the force - active, guard and reserve; officers and enlisted; deployed, non-deployed and those who have not yet been deployed.

  • Louisiana guard pins first black general officer

    Feb 19, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Four weeks to the day after the inauguration of American's first black president, the Louisiana National Guard promoted its first black officer to the rank of brigadier general.

  • Army aviation leaders look to future during annual meeting

    Feb 18, 2009

    The face of a young Soldier, a rifle in his hands and the desert at his back, helped Maj. Gen. James Barclay III make his point at Thursday's luncheon meeting with about 500 aviation industry and military representatives during the 35th annual aviation symposium at the Von Braun Center.

  • Distinguished Service Cross awarded for saving lives in Iraq

    Feb 18, 2009

    In front of a standing-room-only crowd of 600 at the National Training Center Friday, Spc. Erik Oropeza became the 21st Soldier to receive the Distinguished Service Cross since the war in Afghanistan and Iraq began.

  • Arizona guardsmen take on NBA stars

    Feb 18, 2009

    Arizona Army and Air National Guardsmen were honored for their combat service Feb. 15 with an opportunity to score against National Basketball Association greats Shaquille O'Neal and David Robinson during the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend.

  • Warrior Adventure Quest replaces 'battlefield rush' with high-intensity outdoor activities

    Feb 10, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - If the initial feedback is any indication, Installation Management Command-Europe's high-adventure recreation program is becoming a huge success - even a lifesaver for some of its participants.

  • Old Guard trains to fight

    Feb 9, 2009

  • Fort Lewis GSA vehicles powered by natural gas

    Feb 9, 2009

    It burns cleaner and costs much less than regular gasoline or diesel. It's domestically produced and abundant. And it powers dozens of General Services Administration vehicles on Fort Lewis. Stumped' It's compressed natural gas, and it's been available for the past few years from a stand-alone pumping station at GSA's Fort Lewis Fleet Center at Building 9791 in the Madigan Annex area.

  • Army attorney donates $5,000 award to 5th Special Forces Group

    Feb 6, 2009

    Dennis Dean Kirk, an attorney with the head counsel of the Army at the Pentagon was richer by $5,000 yesterday morning for earning a special act award that saved the Army $7.3 million, but by noon he'd given that $5,000 right back to the Secretary of the Army Gift Fund.

  • Officer donates WWI hero's artifacts

    Feb 6, 2009

    Artifacts related to the Medal-of-Honor-earning charge of Cpl. Alvin York against a battery of German machine guns were presented Thursday to the Army's Center for Military History at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., and to York's living descendents.

  • Soldiers overcome grueling test of skill to earn coveted Expert Field Medical Badge

    Feb 6, 2009

    Statistically, the expert field medical badge is one of the toughest badges a Soldier can earn. With an attrition rate of 84.7 percent in 2008, only the best of the best ever get pinned. After two grueling weeks in the various training areas of Fort Lewis, 32 Soldiers earned the right to wear the EFMB and were awarded it at a ceremony Jan. 30 at Soldiers Field House.

  • Program helps Army Families help others

    Feb 6, 2009

    Fort Riley Army Family Team building program recognized the volunteer support efforts of its members during a volunteer recognition ceremony held at the Army Community Service Annex on Fort Riley, Jan. 30.

  • Changes in adversaries, technology advances, drive Army's Electronic Warfare Proponent

    Feb 6, 2009

    Electronic Warfare proponent is shaping how the Army deals with adversaries in cyberspace.

  • Year of the NCO: Retired NCOs remember

    Feb 6, 2009

    The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer is well underway and NCOs are being honored Army-wide, but Fort Myer Military Community Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Varner III wants to ensure that the year-long celebration of enlisted leaders isn't limited to those currently serving.

  • First Army planning headquarters move to Rock Island

    Feb 5, 2009

    "Make no mistake, First Army will do everything we can to take care of our staff right here in this room as we move, but we will move," said Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Miller, confirming that First Army headquarters will relocate to Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

  • Competition heats up - 15 cooks earn chance to shine in Army culinary event

    Feb 3, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- The enticing smell of filet mignon and apple crepes filled the air inside the Spinelli Barracks dining facility Jan. 27. But this was no normal day for Mannheim as Europe's best chefs efficiently moved around the kitchen.

  • Gen. Petraeus performs Super Bowl coin toss

    Feb 2, 2009

    On Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla., during Super Bowl XLIII, Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commander of U.S. Central Command, performed the ceremonial coin toss for the Arizona Cardinals' and Pittsburgh Steelers' team captains.

  • Guard in three states battle ice storm aftermath

    Feb 2, 2009

    One week after a major ice storm that stretched from the Ozarks through Appalachia, three states are still recovering with the help of the National Guard.

  • Iraqis vote while Soldiers show support

    Feb 2, 2009

    U.S. Soldiers assisted the Iraqi forces with security, while Iraqis in Baghdad exercised their democratic right to vote Jan 31.

  • Army pulls body armor, despite assertion of safety

    Feb 2, 2009

    The Army is collecting more than 16,000 sets of body armor ballistic inserts, even though it considers those inserts to be fully capable of doing the job they were designed to do.

  • Old Guard Soldier Named 2008 Career Counselor of the Year

    Feb 2, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Strate Flessas has been named the Secretary of the Army's Career Counselor of the Year for Fiscal Year 2008.

  • AAFES honors its civilians for support of servicemembers in Global War on Terror

    Feb 2, 2009

    WIESBADEN, GERMANY Aca,!" Aca,!A"It was an experience you donAca,!a,,ct forget,Aca,!A? said Ernest Ingram about volunteering to deploy to Iraq to open a Post Exchange there for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

  • Army to look at providing more space for Soldiers' gear

    Jan 30, 2009

    Time off for Soldiers to grieve the loss of a loved one, official photos for all Soldiers in the event they are killed in battle, and a place for Soldiers in barracks to keep their gear. Those are some of the topics Army senior leaders will now focus on as a result of the 2009 Army Family Action Plan conference.

  • Fort Campbell serves as staging area for FEMA trucks, supplies

    Jan 30, 2009

    Fort Campbell has teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to become a National Logistics Staging Area for distributing aid to Kentuckians impacted by ice storms earlier this week.

  • White Sands testing new laser weapon system

    Jan 30, 2009

    White Sands Missile Range, N.M., is testing a new weapon system known as the Laser Centurion Demonstrator.

  • New career field gives NCOs chance to spend government money; contractors gain transferrable skills

    Jan 30, 2009

    Traditionally, becoming an NCO means taking on more responsibility. Sometimes those responsibilities are not only new to them, but are new to the Army, also. As the Army salutes its Aca,!A"backbone,Aca,!A? it is also integrating, training and educating Soldiers with the newest military occupational specialty (MOS), 51C (acquisition, logistics and technology (AL&T) contracting NCO). These NCOs are more than hand receipt holders for tables, chairs and sticky note supplies. The initial group of Soldiers to reclassify into the new MOS were logistical Soldiers in career fields 92A (automated logistics specialist) and 92Y (unit supply specialist) who performed duties involving request, receipt, storage, issue, accountability and preservation of individual, organizational, installation and expendable supplies and equipment.

  • Army addresses rising suicide rate, highest in four years

    Jan 29, 2009

    The number of suicides in the Army has risen again, for the fourth year in a row, said Army leaders during a media roundtable Jan. 29.

  • NCOs Appreciate Army's Yearlong Salute

    Jan 29, 2009

    RedstoneAca,!a,,cs top enlisted Soldiers are pleased at the ArmyAca,!a,,cs tribute this year to noncommissioned officers. The Army has named 2009 as the year of the NCO. Aca,!A"I think itAca,!a,,cs an outstanding move,Aca,!A? the Aviation and Missile CommandAca,!a,,cs Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Yates said. Aca,!A"I think for the Army leadership Aca,!" the chief of staff of the Army, the sergeant major of the Army and the secretary of the Army Aca,!" to present this year as the year of the NCO is very pleasing for the noncommissioned officers and recognizes what theyAca,!a,,cre doing for the Army.Aca,!A?

  • Forces Command reveals ARFORGEN plan

    Jan 29, 2009

    Operationalizing the Army National Guard and Army Reserve, along with upcoming goals for Army Force Generation, were among topics Gen. Charles C. Campbell discussed at the 2009 Senior Commanders Conference in Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 25.

  • Belvoir commissary becomes first $100 million store

    Jan 29, 2009

    Already the top-selling commissary at any military installation, Fort Belvoir became the first store in the history of the Defense Commissary Agency to surpass $100 million in annual sales for 2008.

  • Army Family Covenant program teaches basic skills

    Jan 27, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES, Belgium Aca,!" The Army is teaching Timothy to walk. HeAca,!a,,cs not recovering from war wounds. HeAca,!a,,cs not even a Soldier. Timothy Zitterich is a 9-month-old boy, who because of the Army Family Covenant is developing his motor skills.

  • Army testing cannon for FCS Mounted Combat System

    Jan 26, 2009

    The lightweight Future Combat Systems XM-360 120mm cannon -- designed to sit atop the new Mounted Combat System -- was test-fired Jan. 22 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • Soldiers provide key inaugural support

    Jan 26, 2009

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George Casey Jr., flanked by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, salutes as our nationAca,!a,,cs colors pass the reviewing stand during the 2009 presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform provided military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington's 1789 inauguration.

  • School of Advanced Military Studies expands program

    Jan 26, 2009

    Leaders at the Command and General Staff College formally announced the next step in the expansion of the Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP) at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) here this week with the start of two seminars on 21 Jan. Twenty-nine Army, sister service, international and interagency students began orientation for the 11-month intensive leaderAca,!a,,cs course. SAMS has doubled the capacity for its winter-start class after one seminar completed a successful pilot program last year.

  • Geren, other service secretaries to stay on during transition

    Jan 26, 2009

    WASHINGTON Aca,!" Each U.S. military service secretary has agreed to Defense Secretary Robert M. GatesAca,!a,,c request to stay in office for at least several weeks to help ensure the Defense DepartmentAca,!a,,cs smooth transition under the Obama administration, Pentagon officials said recently.

  • Commentary - Good NCOs: you know them when you see them

    Jan 23, 2009

    ItAca,!a,,cs harder to list the qualities of a good noncommissioned officer than you might think. But everyone who has been in the Army can name NCOs they think are great.

  • Retired Gen. Wickham recalls Army Family Action Plan

    Jan 23, 2009

    Ahead of next weekAca,!a,,cs Army Family Action Plan Conference, a former Army chief who signed the plan a quarter century ago said the Army is doing a good job of taking care of families, but that leaders canAca,!a,,ct take their eyes off the ball.

  • Army antiterrorism conference to focus on awareness, 'tempering the weapon'

    Jan 23, 2009

    Lt. Col. Brian K. Numerick and his Army Antiterrorism Branch has been busy preparing for the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 9th Annual Worldwide Antiterrorism Conference Jan. 26-30 in Orlando, Fla.

  • Agriculture teams call for equal parts citizen, Soldier

    Jan 23, 2009

    Troops on the ground in Afghanistan are reaching back 372 years to the roots of the National Guard to help the Afghan people to improve agriculture.

  • Obama directs military to plan 'responsible' Iraq drawdown

    Jan 23, 2009

    WASHINGTON Aca,!" President Barack Obama directed key defense and military officials he met with Jan. 21 to come up with plans for Aca,!A"a responsible military drawdown in Iraq.Aca,!A?

  • Troops should discard peanut butter items

    Jan 23, 2009

    In light of the growing salmonella outbreak linked to products containing peanut butter, servicemembers are being urged to use caution should they receive these types of snacks.

  • Full-spectrum of Aviation Brigade assets combine for UAV recovery mission

    Jan 22, 2009

    Elements of all six battalions of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, including AH-64 Apaches, OH-58D Kiowa Warriors, CH-47 Chinooks, UH-60 Blackhawks, unmanned aerial systems and a company of Pathfinders, came together Jan. 20 to recover an unmanned aerial vehicle that made an emergency landing near Baji, north of Tikrit.

  • Army receives first six NEVs

    Jan 12, 2009

    The first six "neighborhood electric vehicles" were delivered to the Army Jan. 12 during a ceremony at Fort Myer, Va. The ceremonial delivery of the NEVs, which are entirely electric powered, represents the beginning of a leasing action by the Army to obtain more than 4,000 of the vehicles. The use of NEVs by the Army is part of its comprehensive and far-reaching energy security initiative to ease its dependence on fossil fuels. As part of that initiative, the service will be leveraging electric vehicles and other technologies that exist today, as well as exploring emerging technologies.

  • gets facelift in new year

    Jan 12, 2009

    The official Web site of the United States Army began sporting a new look Jan 16. The new site features a graphic redesign, a new "subdued" color palette, and a downplaying of page graphic elements so user focus will be on content and not flashy graphics. Billed as a "refresh" of the "official homepage of the United States Army," the newly designed is more than just a change to the look and feel of the site, however.

  • Vice President elect visits U.S., Afghan leaders in Afghanistan

    Jan 12, 2009

    Vice President-elect Joe Biden arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday to meet with Afghan and U.S. military leaders and thank deployed U.S. troops serving there for their service.

  • Servicemembers rehearse for upcoming presidential inauguration

    Jan 12, 2009

    WASHINGTON Aca,!" From providing musical performances to acting as key personnel during the swearing-in process, hundreds of servicemembers were on hand Sunday morning around the nationAca,!a,,cs Capitol to support the 56th presidential inaugural rehearsal.

  • Accessions Command introduces new Army spouse DVD

    Jan 9, 2009

    If the transition to Army life is challenging for a new recruit, imagine what it's like for the young military spouse who dives into that world without the benefit of initial entry training or easy access to a cadre of subject matter experts.

  • Best chow in the Army

    Jan 9, 2009

    For the first time in the 41-year history of the Phillip A. Connelly Awards for Excellence in Army Food Service, a Fort Jackson dining facility will take home the Connelly Cup. The 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment DFAC will be honored as the best large garrison DFAC Army-wide at a ceremony April 4 in Atlanta. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs like the Super Bowl, so you know IAca,!a,,cm feeling very good,Aca,!A? said Barbara Johnson, the facilityAca,!a,,cs manager. Aca,!A"It was just amazing that we had the opportunity to run and compete Aca,!"Aca,!" and the fact that we represented Fort Jackson.Aca,!A?

  • Post facelift starts with barracks

    Jan 9, 2009

    Despite the economic turndown, Fort Jackson officials are expecting a building boom that will change the face of the installation in the coming years. Construction is already under way for the Armed Forces Chaplaincy School, the new consolidated Drill Sergeant School and a new hotel, but that is only the beginning. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre looking at ... unprecedented growth here at Fort Jackson, probably along the lines of the initial construction that built Fort Jackson,Aca,!A? said Josef Hallatschek, the installationAca,!a,,cs master planning division chief. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cll take several years for us to get to where we want to be, but I would say over the next eight years, thereAca,!a,,cs just a tremendous amount of construction coming here.Aca,!A?

  • Training, UAVs, key to Army aviation in the field

    Jan 9, 2009

    Army aviation commanders discussed the importance of continual training and the value of unmanned aerial vehicles in the field at the Association of the United States Army's Aviation Symposium and Exposition Jan. 8.

  • Commander connects online with Soldiers, families spread around the world

    Jan 9, 2009

    BAGHDAD -- Any joke about the antiquated bureaucracy of the military gets a chuckle out of servicemembers and civilians alike who work here.

  • Excerpt from Mr. Nelson Ford's Farewell Address

    Jan 7, 2009

    Closing remarks from Under Secretary of the Army Nelson FordAca,!a,,cs January 5, 2009, farewell address that sum up the resource challenges we face, and posit an approach for tackling these challenges.

  • Up in the ranks: veteran of 26 years becomes top Special Forces enlisted

    Jan 7, 2009

    Feature article of Command Sgt. Maj. Mario Vigil, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) command sergeant major.

  • Soldiers field-test MRAPs, X-Bots, Boomerangs in Iraq

    Jan 7, 2009

    Operation Iraqi Freedom is helping create a whole new way of fielding force protection products beginning with the mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle which has saved lives and greatly reduced combat injuries to Soldiers on patrol.

  • VA Ramps Up Job Search for Injured Vets

    Jan 6, 2009

    VA reaches out to employ Wounded Warriors


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