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  • 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

  • VA ramps up job search for injured vets

    Jan 5, 2009

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will be increasing the number of disabled veterans positions in its workforce in 2009. Thirty percent of VA employees are veterans and nearly eight percent of those employees are service-connected disabled veterans.

  • Soldier rejoins after 38-year service break

    Jan 5, 2009

    Young men and women frequently follow the footsteps of their parents and grandparents by joining the military. Army Maj. (Dr.) Robert Sexton reversed that role when he followed his two sons into the military after a 38-year-break from his previous service.

  • East defeats West during All-American Bowl

    Jan 5, 2009

    In what has become the U.S. Army's premier showcase of both the nation's best talent of high school football athletes and it's most courageous and decorated Soldier-Heroes, the All-American all-star high school football game made its ninth appearance on Saturday.

  • Army extends Soldier Show application deadline

    Dec 31, 2008

    Jan. 22 is the extended deadline to apply for an audition to join the cast and crew of the 2009 U.S. Army Soldier Show. The previous deadline was Dec. 31.

  • President signs Army Commemorative Coin Act

    Dec 30, 2008

    President George W. Bush signed into law the Aca,!A"United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008Aca,!A? on Dec. 1, authorizing the creation of a series of commemorative coins to recognize and celebrate the establishment of the United States Army in 1775, and to honor the service and sacrifice of American Soldiers of both past and present, in wartime and in peace.

  • Soldiers, civilians get pay increase in new year

    Dec 30, 2008

    There'll be something extra in everybody's paycheck come January.

  • Inauguration prep with the Old Guard

    Dec 30, 2008

    The Old Guard and its Fife and Drum Corps prepare for a historic inauguration.

  • Amputee earns commission through Army ROTC

    Dec 30, 2008

    The blast of a roadside bomb in Iraq's Sunni Triangle resulted in the amputation of a portion of Richard Ingram's left arm, but it did not rob him of his dream of becoming an Army officer.

  • New logo identifies equipment, clothing as 'Army certified'

    Dec 29, 2008

    Program Executive Office Soldier has developed a Aca,!A"certification processAca,!A? to help Soldiers identify off-the-shelf clothing and equipment that meet the ArmyAca,!a,,cs highest standards for safety, performance and durability.

  • SUDS program helps wounded warriors with dive certification

    Dec 16, 2008

    For two years the Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba program has taught more than 100 injured veterans how to dive. The program is designed to assist returning veterans injured in Afghanistan and Iraq with their rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

  • EOD academy helps Army meet increased mission

    Dec 15, 2008

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- A new group-level pilot program was put to the test at Fort Carson Dec. 2-5, to help the Army meet the increasing demand of explosive ordnance disposal resources in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

  • Army releases new training manual

    Dec 15, 2008

    The Army released the new field manual FM 7-0, Training for Full Spectrum Operations, at the Training General Officer Steering Committee conference at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Dec. 15.

  • Local chiropractic college offers service to troops

    Dec 15, 2008

    Active-duty military personnel and their dependents may be eligible to receive free chiropractic care from Palmer Chiropractic Clinics. The services include chiropractic exams, adjustments, radiological imaging, laboratory work and rehabilitation at any of PalmerAca,!a,,cs clinics across the nation.

  • Fierce battle above Shok Valley earns Silver Stars

    Dec 15, 2008

    There are no roads leading into the Shok Valley. The village, which stands sentinel over the valley, is home to one of the fiercest of the insurgent forces in Afghanistan Aca,!" the Hezeb Islami al Gulbadin, or HIG, and one day in April, coalition forces went where no body had gone bebfore

  • Technology improves unit communication

    Dec 12, 2008

    The annual Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment concluded this week with an open house on McKenna MOUT Wednesday that showcased more than 30 kinds of technology. The open house presented an opportunity for industry and military leaders to learn about the uses and advantages of technology studied during the experiment, said Harry Lubin, chief of Fort BenningAca,!a,,cs Live Experimentation Division with the Maneuver Battle Lab. Now in its fifth year, the experiment focused on the impact of network technology on small units.

  • Army Reserve Soldier learns life lessons from father, Army

    Dec 12, 2008

    As national media outlets and world leaders focus on the inaugural ceremony for the new Commander in Chief in Washington D.C., a small, seemingly unnoticed promotion ceremony took place at the U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Command headquarters here on Friday. There were no bands, color guards or secret service scanning the perimeter, but instead, one command sergeant major doing the right thing Aca,!" ensuring todayAca,!a,,cs Soldier get the recognition and spotlight to shine.

  • Garrison public affairs chief wins prestigious award

    Dec 12, 2008

    The Installation Management Command recognized David McNally for winning the Korea Region Stalwart Award in a ceremony Dec. 10. The IMCOM commanding general presented the award at a formal banquet during the annual Garrison Commander's Conference.

  • DUI vehicle saves lives

    Dec 11, 2008

    A traveling presentation graphically shows Fort Sill Soldiers what effects alcohol can have on driving.

  • Army farewells Wallace team as TRADOC transitions command

    Dec 8, 2008

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey assumed command Monday from Gen. William S. Wallace at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters on Fort Monroe, Va.

  • Realistic training prepares paratroopers for combat

    Dec 8, 2008

    In order to prepare for combat, the 82nd Airborne DivisionAca,!a,,cs 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, spared no expense to make their recent situational training exercise as realistic as possible.

  • A cavalry tradition continues

    Dec 8, 2008

    Though many years have passed since horse-mounted U.S. Soldiers have seen the battlefield, the traditions of cavalry units past forge on throughout the Army still today.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Fort Lewis

    Dec 8, 2008

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren arrived at Fort Lewis on Nov. 25 for a busy day of talking to Soldiers and assessing the care and progress the Warrior Transition Unit has been making.

  • Army Sustainment Command's enlisted aide best in Army

    Dec 8, 2008

    Sgt. Alicia Hight, the enlisted aide to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, was recently named the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Enlisted Aide of the Year for 2008 and the ArmyAca,!a,,cs nominee for the Inter-Service Enlisted Aide of the Year competition. She competed against the top enlisted aides from the other services -- Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.

  • Fort Bliss participates in 72nd annual Sun Bowl Parade

    Dec 8, 2008

    More than 300,000 spectators lined the streets of downtown El Paso for the 72nd annual FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, held on Thanksgiving morning with the participation of Fort Bliss Soldiers, members of the 62nd Army Band and numerous wheeled military vehicles.

  • SAMS graduates first off-cycle class

    Dec 8, 2008

    The Army's School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., graduated 16 officers Dec. 5 in its first "off-cycle" class, as part of what the SAMS director called an "intellectual surge."

  • New York City trip gives students first-hand look at global issues

    Dec 8, 2008

    Army War College students learn about strategic issues in New York City.

  • Awareness key to winter safety

    Dec 5, 2008

    As the leaves begin to change and fall off the trees there are two things that are for certain: Holiday shopping is going to start even earlier this year and winter weather is right around the corner. Good winter safety practices are key in preventing accident and injuries. Accident and injury prevention must be a part of winter activities, both on and off duty.

  • Nurse Corps leaders draw up plan for the future

    Dec 4, 2008

    Leaders of the Army Nurse Corps met in San Antonio, Texas, convened by new ANC Chief Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho to draw up a campaign plan to guide the corps in the future. Aca,!A"The purpose of the Army Nurse Corps campaign plan is to align Nurse Corps priorities with the Army Medical Department and the ArmyAca,!a,,cs strategic plans,Aca,!A? Horoho said.

  • Soldier honors WWI veteran grandfather

    Dec 3, 2008

    As dusk approached the ArsenalAca,!a,,cs skyline, a bugle blasted Aca,!A"RetreatAca,!A? over the hills and the American flag came down the flagpole. As the flag descended, a group of Soldiers met it, caring for the flag as they always do. But this retreat was different. Outside the 59th Ordnance Brigade headquarters, a small group of onlookers gathered to pay respect to another Soldier, one who had proudly served his nation 90 years prior. The flag which flew that day was his flag. It was with him the day he was buried and had remained cased since that day. But for this one day, Nov. 18, his flag flew with pride.

  • Army promotes its first space general

    Dec 3, 2008

    The Army promoted its first space general, Brig. Gen. Kurt Story, on Dec. 2 in a ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base. Story isn't the first general to oversee the Army's space operations, but he is the first promoted from within its ranks of orbital experts. He is the deputy commander for operations at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command at Peterson.

  • Reintegration concerns are normal, expected part of deployment cycle

    Dec 2, 2008

    LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Germany Aca,!" If youAca,!a,,cre feeling anxious about reuniting with a loved one after being deployed for 15 months, or if youAca,!a,,cve already redeployed and seem to have trouble fitting into the family routine again, thereAca,!a,,cs one important factor you need to realize Aca,!" what youAca,!a,,cre experiencing is normal and usually resolves itself with time.

  • Army Football notes: the Navy game

    Dec 2, 2008

    One of the most storied rivalries in all of sports resumes Saturday at noon with the kickoff of the 109th playing of the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia.

  • Tons of turkey head overseas for troops holiday meals

    Nov 28, 2008

    Soldiers and other servicemembers serving in the Middle East dined on a traditional Thanksgiving meal Thursday, thanks to the efforts of Defense Supply Center Philadelphia employees. The supply center has sent thousands of pounds of food - including more than 120,000 pounds of whole turkeys and more than 170,000 pies -- to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Dubai and Djibouti.

  • Warrior Care: Army chief partners with civilian medical community

    Nov 28, 2008

    As part of NovemberAca,!a,,cs Defense Department focus on warrior care, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and key members of his medical team met this week with independent experts in psychology, mental health and resiliency training.

  • Family key to Fort Lewis Soldier's recovery

    Nov 26, 2008

    Much the same as other American families, the Turnbulls look forward to the holiday season. Andrew and Sunee Turnbull have been married 10 years and have three sons. This Army family should all be together for Christmas. Last year at this time, however, things were a bit less settled for the Turnbulls. Andrew, 31, had recently returned home from his second deployment to Iraq with extensive injuries suffered when a hand grenade blew up inside his Stryker vehicle. Along with physical wounds, he had post-traumatic stress disorder. His family is a key element in his ongoing recovery.

  • Armed Forces Inaugural Committee: Servicemembers to help usher in new president

    Nov 26, 2008

    Every four years the United States elects a president, and each time, members of the armed forces have participated in the inaugural events.

  • 'Job Well Done': Bush makes final Presidential visit to thank 101st Airborne Division

    Nov 25, 2008

    President Bush visited Fort Campbell Nov. 25, to thank Soldiers who had recently returned from fighting in the War on Terror.

  • Army beefs up non-lethal capabilities

    Nov 25, 2008

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. Aca,!" Soldiers are trained to use non-lethal force as much as possible. But until recently, not every Soldier had Aca,!A"the right mixAca,!A? of tools and capabilities to meet those goals.

  • Army transforming NCO education system

    Nov 24, 2008

    A redesign of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs noncommissioned officer education system will bring itAca,!a,,cs curriculum closer to what has been taught to officers in the past, said Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Chandler.

  • Extreme Makeover gives house keys to Army Family

    Nov 21, 2008

    Extreme Makeover, Home Edition picked Chapman, Kansas as the location of its next session to help a military family stationed at nearby Fort Riley, Kan. The Soldier and his family suffered through many personal tragedies. The Soldier returned from Iraq with a severe physical disability, his wife suffered through a bout with cancer and their home was destroyed by a tornado after he returned.

  • Leavenworth releases Leadership Transitions Handbook

    Nov 21, 2008

    Combined Arms Center and Center for Army Leadership at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., has released a new handbook aimed at formalizing procedures for one of the most difficult periods any leader might encounter Aca,!" transitioning into a new position of leadership.

  • Policy change allows experienced Soldiers to serve longer

    Nov 21, 2008

    A recent extension of retention control points means Soldiers in the rank of staff sergeant and above will be allowed to serve the Army longer, should they desire.