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  • 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.

  • SMA visits Fort Sill and Backbone Ball

    Apr 8, 2010

    Fort Sill's annual Backbone Ball received top-level interest when Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston served as guest speaker during his visit of the post Friday.

  • Army sponsoring ethics competition

    Apr 8, 2010

    The U.S. Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic is sponsoring an Army-wide ethics competition running through Aug. 15.

  • AER helps Soldiers, families in multiple ways

    Apr 8, 2010

    In tough economic times, Soldiers can be blindsided by unexpected medical and dental expenses, emergency transportation, money for school, or the most unexpected - funeral expenses - for which they are not financially prepared.

  • Reserve training center preparing for move to Knox

    Apr 8, 2010

    Staff and faculty of the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center (Provisional) at Fort McCoy, Wis., are beginning the process to transition the organization to Fort Knox, Ky.

  • Official offers tax guidance as deadline looms

    Apr 8, 2010

    With the April 15 tax deadline around the corner, a defense official today offered guidance on how troops can file their returns, and reminded servicemembers to submit their forms on time.

  • AER campaign runs through May 15

    Apr 7, 2010

    The 2010 Army Emergency Relief annual campaign, "Help and Maintain Army Strong," kicked off March 1 and runs through May 15.

  • Army to hire 3,000 security guards

    Apr 7, 2010

    The Army is converting about 2,500 installation access control point security guard positions from contractor to federal employee status at nearly 50 stateside locations.

  • Chief of Staff cites goals to be met in 2011

    Apr 6, 2010

    The Army has succeeded in changing and adapting over the last few years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told leaders at the Pentagon.

  • Soldiers, families get glimpse of new home as unit preps to shift location in Europe

    Apr 6, 2010

    Within the next few months, members of Task Force 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, will leave their current location in Schweinfurt to join their parent 172nd Infantry Brigade at main post Grafenwoehr.

  • Army command sustains logistics for warfighters

    Apr 5, 2010

    The Army command charged with management of the logistical aspect of the Iraq drawdown and Afghanistan buildup looks to be ahead of schedule, Lt. Gen. William G. Webster Jr., said Friday.

  • Eighth Army to launch new finance system next year

    Apr 2, 2010

    Eighth Army is scheduled to launch a new financial management system next year.

  • New Army strategy provides fresh approach to training leaders

    Apr 1, 2010

    The Army wants to develop critical thinkers who are better prepared for "hybrid" enemies and complex situations - such as those being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Army leaders propose next steps in sexual assault prevention

    Apr 1, 2010

    Summit participants pitched their proposals on how to better implement the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program in Arlington, Va., Thursday, as the third annual SHARP summit came to a close.

  • Casey rolls out plan for 21st century Army

    Apr 1, 2010

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. asked the crowd of about 2,000 how they were doing and after a hearty "Hooha" response, he proceeded to tell them how they were doing.

  • Rebalancing through creative sustainability Westphal's vision for Army

    Apr 1, 2010

    Outlining his vision for the future of the Army, Joseph W. Westphal, under secretary of the Army, framed his message with a focus on creative sustainability for attendees at the March 29 Association of the United States Army's Installations Symposium and Exposition.

  • All-Army Boxing possible path to Olympics

    Apr 1, 2010

    The ultimate goal of the 32 boxers attending the All-Army Boxing training sessions at Fort Huachuca's Barnes Field House is to qualify for the Olympic Games.

  • Reserve working to balance end strength, skill sets

    Mar 31, 2010

    The Army Reserve is looking to reduce the number of Soldiers it has and ensure it has the right number of Soldiers in the right jobs.

  • Casey, Dunwoody focus on preventing sexual assault

    Mar 30, 2010

    Beginning the second day of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention conference, Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, noted the Army is fully engaged in preventing sexual harassment and assault.

  • Summit challenges Army leaders to eradicate sexual assault, harassment

    Mar 30, 2010

    The Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program began its third annual summit in Arlington, Va., Monday, with Army leaders urging commanders to help stop the crime.

  • Army's top enlisted visits Soldiers in Kosovo

    Mar 30, 2010

    The senior enlisted Soldier in the Army, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, visited Soldiers on the U.S. -led NATO mission in Kosovo March 27-28.

  • CSA helps launch Installation Management Campaign Plan

    Mar 29, 2010

    The Chief of Staff of the Army visited the Association of the United States Army's 2010 Army Installations Symposium & Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, March 29, 2010. The exposition is being held in conjunction with the Army's Installation Management Command campaign plan rollout conference.

  • ACAP prepares families for military to civilian transition

    Mar 29, 2010

    A Soldier's transition from military service to civilian life can be a stressful time for the Soldier and even more so for the family, as the transition is truly a family affair.

  • TRADOC releases new Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills

    Mar 29, 2010

    U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command released the Army's new Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, and the Critical Individual Supporting Task List elaborating on those tasks and battle drills, March 25.

  • Army launches sexual assault prevention month with summit

    Mar 26, 2010

    The Army will sponsor its third Sexual Harassment / Sexual Assault Prevention Summit in Arlington, Va., from March 29 - April 1.

  • DoD revises 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' for fairer handling of law

    Mar 25, 2010

    Pending a Congressional decision on the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, the Secretary of Defense implemented changes to current regulations Thursday to ensure a "fairer and more appropriate" enforcement of the law.

  • Airborne School graduates first class of T-11 jumpers

    Mar 25, 2010

    U.S. Army Airborne School students jumped with the T-11 parachute for the first time March 16. Three hundred sixty-one students in C Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment exited the aircraft at Fort Benning.

  • Sikh Soldiers allowed to serve, retain their articles of faith

    Mar 25, 2010

    For the first time in 23 years, the U.S. Army is allowing a pair of Sikh Soldiers to keep their hair and beard intact and wear a turban.

  • Bases get new names in realignment

    Mar 25, 2010

    Some military installations are consolidating and getting new names as joint basing becomes a reality.

  • New Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army invested

    Mar 24, 2010

    The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army was invested in a ceremony held today at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

  • First Presidio chairwoman opened doors for other female language instructors

    Mar 24, 2010

    Among notable women who are remembered at the Presidio for making a significant contribution to the nation and women in the workforce is the late Ann Arpajolu, who in September 1947 was the first woman to be hired as an instructor at the Army Language School, forerunner of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.

  • IRS tax tips can save Soldiers money, time

    Mar 24, 2010

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides additional tax refunds for some servicemembers and their families.

  • Helping preserve the past

    Mar 23, 2010

    Lakes, dams, mills, mines, mounds, ancient havens and maybe a haunted house or two are all some of the locations veterans get to visit vicariously on a daily basis working on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Veterans Curation Project.

  • Army opens expanded women's museum

    Mar 23, 2010

    A seven-year, $800,000 U.S. Army Women's Museum expansion project here concluded with a March 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony and Women's History Month program. The museum expansion includes a new exhibit titled "writing women back into history," which corresponds with the Department of Defense theme for the 2010 Women's History Month observance.

  • DoD authorizes non-chargeable recuperation leave for Iraq and Afghanistan

    Mar 23, 2010

    Some deployed Soldiers will not be charged for rest and recuperation leave under a new Defense Department policy.

  • Shinseki announces new VA center in New Orleans

    Mar 22, 2010

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced the award of a $3.3 million contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs for pre-construction services for VA's new medical center in New Orleans.

  • Bataan Memorial Death March breaks record

    Mar 21, 2010

    A record-breaking 5,700 marchers participated in the 21st annual Bataan Memorial Death March, March 21, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., to commemorate the sacrifices of those who battled on Bataan during World War II.

  • Iraqi-owned bank opens on U.S. base

    Mar 20, 2010

    The Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone at Contingency Operating Base Adder has long been a place where aspiring business-minded Iraqis work with U.S. forces and support the local economy by providing jobs.

  • Military's only accredited high school graduates first class

    Mar 19, 2010

    The military's first ever accredited high school, the Patriot Academy, graduated its first class Thursday at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Ind.

  • Forces Command staff face deadline on whether to move

    Mar 18, 2010

    For the past two weeks, more than 700 U.S. Army Forces Command employees have been considering their options ahead of an April 1 deadline to decide if they want to move with their headquarters.

  • Hennis court-martial begins at Fort Bragg

    Mar 18, 2010

    Opening statements began Wednesday in the long-postponed court-martial case of United States v. Master Sgt. Timothy B. Hennis, his third trial in a decades-old murder case.

  • Army to reach 1:2 dwell in 2011, vice says

    Mar 17, 2010

    The Army's vice chief of staff said by 2011, Soldiers should find themselves spending twice as much time at home station as they do deployed.

  • Fort Benning paratroopers make first jump using T-11

    Mar 17, 2010

    Airborne School students on Fort Benning, Ga., completed the first jump March 16 using the Army's new T-11 parachute, which is replacing the decades old T-10.

  • Army Reserve swears in new top NCO

    Mar 17, 2010

    The 11th command sergeant major of the Army Reserve was sworn in Tuesday at the Pentagon after filling the position for nearly two months.

  • FORSCOM accelerates preparation for annual program to help Army families

    Mar 16, 2010

    Well-Being officials at U.S. Army Forces Command G-1 are now accelerating their preparation for the command's 2010 Army Family Action Plan conference scheduled for March 23-26, in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Army celebrates delivery of 100th Lakota

    Mar 16, 2010

    The 100th delivery of the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter was celebrated at a rollout ceremony March 11.

  • Puerto Rico plans to cancel previously issued birth certificates in July

    Mar 15, 2010

    Recent legislative action by Puerto Rico will soon begin affecting U.S. servicemembers from that territory.

  • Employment program to resume for enrolled spouses

    Mar 12, 2010

    The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, commonly known as MyCAA, will resume March 13 for the more than 136,000 spouses who already have established an account.

  • Army releases February suicide data

    Mar 11, 2010

    The Army released suicide data, March 11, for the month of February. Among active-duty Soldiers were one confirmed suicide, and 13 suspected suicides which remain under investigation.

  • New parachute integrated at Airborne School

    Mar 11, 2010

    The students in C Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, exited the 34-foot training tower twice as many times as normal, March 3, on Fort Benning, Ga. The change is one of several resulting from the integration of the new T-11 parachute.

  • Soldiers soar through women's history

    Mar 11, 2010

    Today women make up approximately 14 percent of the active Army and serve in more than 90 percent of all Army occupations, according to Army statistics, but that has not always been the case.

  • Army swears in new acquisition leader

    Mar 11, 2010

    The U.S. Army announced that the Honorable Malcolm Ross O'Neill was sworn into office March 10, 2010 as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA (ALT)) by Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal in a private ceremony at the Pentagon.

  • Review drops two-war force size paradigm

    Mar 11, 2010

    The model used to determine the appropriate size of the United States military is being replaced following the Quadrennial Defense Review.

  • Army dominoes tourney can take winners to world championship in Vegas

    Mar 9, 2010

    The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command is hosting the first U.S. Army Domino Championship, which runs through April 24.

  • TRADOC important to Army present, future, says McHugh

    Mar 8, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters for the first time Monday, and he got to see Army past, present and future through TRADOC's eyes.

  • S1NET: online resource now caters to 44,000 members

    Mar 8, 2010

    Servicemembers and Department of Defense civilians know they can turn to human resources professionals when it comes to setting their records straight - but who can HR personnel turn to in a bind'

  • JTF-Haiti prepares to readjust its forces

    Mar 5, 2010

    Seven weeks after the earthquake that rocked the nation of Haiti, the U.S. military is preparing to readjust its forces as the government there and non-governmental organizations exercise more and more control.

  • CSA visits Mountain Post

    Mar 5, 2010

    The Army chief of staff visited the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, March 4, to learn how the brigades are preparing for their upcoming deployments.

  • Economic training for junior ranks resonates with military chief

    Mar 5, 2010

    As a student at the Command and General Staff War College, part of Maj. Jackie Thompson's studies have included examining how broad economic theories relate to warfare.

  • OPMS aims to flex 'promotion treadmill' for broader assignments

    Mar 4, 2010

    Busting myths about the officer promotion system is the current business of a small task force at Human Resources Command.

  • Gates asks entire department to reinforce trust

    Mar 4, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has called on every member of the Defense Department to play a personal role in creating a secure environment that will help to prevent more tragedies like the Nov. 5 shooting rampage that left 13 people dead at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' review seeks broadest input

    Mar 4, 2010

    The Defense Department's review on the potential impact of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military will solicit input from troops of every service and rank -- as well as their families -- through surveys, focus groups and social media tools.

  • Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan to get new MultiCam uniforms, boots, gear

    Mar 2, 2010

    Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan will be issued the new "MultiCam" fire-resistant Army Combat Uniform complete with new Mountain Combat Boots and MultiCam-patterned Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, or MOLLE, gear beginning in July.

  • Chaplains deliver every thirty days

    Mar 1, 2010

    The chaplains of Task Force Mountain Warrior are providing spiritual fitness to Soldiers by visiting every combat outpost and forward operating base in their area of operation in eastern Afghanistan at least once a month.

  • Army product manager releases key findings from integrated capabilities event

    Mar 1, 2010

    The U.S. Army product manager released its final report on Feb. 25, containing key results and lessons learned from the integration of Army networks and systems during the execution of its annual C4ISR system-of-systems integrated capabilities event last summer.

  • WWII vet receives Bronze Star for service

    Mar 1, 2010

    As a young man of 25, John Wilpers was a member of the 308th Counter Intelligence Corps when he helped capture Japanese Gen. Hideki Tojo, who served as prime minster from 1941 to 1945 and was wanted for war crimes.

  • Plan to reduce warrior tasks, battle drills forwarded to CSA

    Feb 26, 2010

    The deputy commanding general for Initial Military Training said he hopes the current warrior tasks and battle drills that all Soldiers are expected to know will be reduced significantly to stop what he called "task paralysis."

  • Army Emergency Relief campaign begins March 1

    Feb 25, 2010

    The annual Army Emergency Relief campaign kicks off March 1 and will run through May 15.

  • Army's budget request prioritizes BCT Modernization

    Feb 24, 2010

    The new Brigade Combat Team Modernization plan and the Army's goal to "achieve balance" by 2011 are among top priorities in the Army's budget request for next year.

  • Soldiers, families top Army priorities, leaders say

    Feb 24, 2010

    Funding programs to support Soldiers and their families is the Army's top priority in the new fiscal year, the service's secretary and chief of staff told a Senate panel Tuesday.

  • VA Secretary visits Bliss, outlines goals for veterans

    Feb 23, 2010

    More than 50 veterans gathered Feb. 19 to hear Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki speak about his goals to improve the quality of life for veterans at the El Paso, Texas, VA Health Care System facility.

  • Highly decorated Vietnam hero gets final honors

    Feb 22, 2010

    One of America's most decorated Soldiers, Col. Robert L. Howard, was laid to rest Feb. 22 in Arlington National Cemetery, after having served his country for nearly half a century.

  • AFRICOM commander, New Orleans engineer get BEYA awards

    Feb 22, 2010

    The commanding general of U.S. Africa Command and a young structural engineer working for the Army in New Orleans were recognized Saturday at the 24th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards.

  • Soldiers to get new cammo pattern for wear in Afghanistan

    Feb 19, 2010

    Starting this summer, Soldiers sent to fight in Afghanistan will wear an Army Combat Uniform with the "MultiCam" pattern instead of the standard-issue universal camouflage pattern.

  • Defense Department temporarily halts spouse employment program

    Feb 19, 2010

    The Defense Department has temporarily halted a popular employment assistance program for military spouses while it conducts a "top-to-bottom" review of its services.

  • Spring to mark start of personnel system transition

    Feb 19, 2010

    The Defense Department is on track to transition the majority of its more than 220,000 civilian employees out of the National Security Personnel System by Sept. 30, more than a year ahead of deadline.

  • Program captures struggle of African Americans, shows strength of country's diversity

    Feb 19, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. -- (Feb. 19) African-American achievement and black history as American history were the focus of an African-American History Month program held Feb. 11, on Fort Lee, Va.

  • Army raises more than $3.5 million for CFC

    Feb 18, 2010

    For the sixth year in a row, the Army in the nation's capital has contributed more than $3 million to the Combined Federal Campaign, the world's largest annual workplace charity program.

  • 'Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps' marks 50th year

    Feb 18, 2010

    The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, founded Feb. 23, 1960, was created as an official ceremonial escort to the U.S. President.

  • Military Saves Week to culminate year-long campaign

    Feb 18, 2010

    Monday marks the start of the annual Military Saves Week, the culmination of a year-long Department of Defense financial readiness campaign.

  • Army emphasizes prototyping, incremental development

    Feb 18, 2010

    Army leaders said testing, prototyping and incremental development are needed to ensure the successful and rapid delivery of goods and services to warfighters in months and years ahead.

  • Army swears in new financial management secretary

    Feb 17, 2010

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal administers the oath of office to Mary Sally Matiella, the newly appointed assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller, Feb. 16, 2010, at the Pentagon. Joyce Morrow, the administrative assistant to the secretary of the Army, assisted in the swearing-in ceremony.

  • Army changes structure of Basic Officer Leadership Course

    Feb 11, 2010

    The Army is changing the way it trains its newest second lieutenants by merging two basic courses and having officers from the same branches train together from the onset of their careers.

  • Military OneSource offers free tax filing

    Feb 9, 2010

    Defense officials encourage military families to once again take advantage of the free electronic tax filing services offered through Military OneSource.

  • Under Secretary of the Army lands at Corpus Christi Army Depot

    Feb 8, 2010

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal learned first-hand about Army depot helicopter repair and recapitalization during his brief, but substantial tour of CCAD's facilities on Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Feb. 3.

  • Chief of Staff visits Fort Campbell, stresses restoring balance, families

    Feb 6, 2010

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. visited Fort Campbell Soldiers and facilities Friday and spent the day meeting with division and installation leadership to discuss deployment preparedness and Fort Campbell family-based programs.

  • Army to Increase Fiscal 2010 Base Operating Support by $500 Million

    Feb 5, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. announced today that the Army is taking steps to increase funding by $500 million for Base Operating Support in fiscal 2010. "We will continue to look for efficiencies and best practices, but the bottom line is we will not shortchange our Soldiers and their Families," said McHugh. The Army's Installation Management Command will continue to work closely with each installation to ensure its essential base operating support needs are met. Additionally, the Army will conduct a comprehensive mid-year review of all installation BOS accounts to ensure installations can meet Army priorities. "The secretary and I remain committed to ensuring our soldiers and families get the support they need and we will continue to provide the resources to do that," Casey reiterated.

  • Army to increase fiscal 2010 base operating support by $500 million

    Feb 5, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. announced that the Army is taking steps to increase funding by $500 million for Base Operating Support in fiscal year 2010.

  • BCT overhaul: Changes coming to Basic Combat Training

    Feb 4, 2010

    Basic Combat Training is getting ready for some major changes to reflect the modern battlefield, said Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, deputy commanding general for Initial Military Training.

  • 3 killed in U.S. Army Europe UH-60 helicopter crash

    Feb 4, 2010

    Three U.S. Army Europe Soldiers died Feb. 3 when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed northeast of Mannheim, Germany.

  • CSA checks training of new 'combat advisors' at JRTC

    Feb 3, 2010

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited the newly organized 162nd Infantry Brigade, responsible for training combat advisors for Iraq and Afghanistan, during his trip to the Joint Readiness Training Center, Jan. 29.

  • Panel to explore ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    Feb 3, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Tuesday established a Defense Department panel to prepare the military for the potential elimination of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces.

  • FY11 budget includes $400 million for re-enlistment bonuses

    Feb 2, 2010

    The Army revealed its Fiscal Year 2011 budgets Feb. 1, including $143 billion to fund training and sustainment of the total force, and an additional $102 billion to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Budget, defense reviews focus on current wars

    Feb 2, 2010

    When Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates came to his post two years ago, he recognized a glaring deficiency in the defense budgeting process: "Those fighting the current war had no seat at the budget table at all."

  • CSA visits Aca,!EoeHome of SustainmentAca,!a,,c to view BRAC growth, speak with Soldiers

    Jan 29, 2010

    A centralized sustainment community is paramount to the operational Army of today and the future, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr.

  • Recording artist Leigh Jones to headline Army's I. A.M. Strong Tour

    Jan 29, 2010

    Recording artist Leigh Jones is humbled to headline the I. A.M. STRONG Tour headed to 24 Army installations during the next two months.

  • Obama: spending freeze won't affect national security

    Jan 29, 2010

    Though President Barack Obama announced a three-year discretionary federal spending freeze during his State of the Union Message Wednesday night, it won't apply to defense spending.

  • Obama reaffirms desire to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    Jan 28, 2010

    President Barack Obama announced during his State of the Union address Wednesday that he intends to work with Congress and the military during the year ahead to repeal the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.