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  • 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 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.