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  • Light of freedom to spotlight unknown Soldier

    Feb 9, 2011

    On the streets where George Washington often could be seen dining, discussing business, and attending church, a group of Revolutionary War enactors will soon pay tribute to a long lost brother in arms.

  • 'Paws for Purple Hearts' helping with PTSD

    Feb 8, 2011

    Paws for Purple Hearts, a non-profit that teaches wounded Soldiers to train service dogs for seriously-disabled veterans, may soon begin testing the physiological reactions that come from working with the animals.

  • Alaska paratroopers show, tell students about Army life

    Feb 4, 2011

    Paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, visited with students Jan. 21, at Orion Elementary School on Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, to show the parachutes and equipment they use in airborne operations.

  • 'Old Glory' keeps Soldier safe, makes way home

    Feb 4, 2011

    For one Fort Polk Soldier, the post retirement ceremony Jan. 26, was not only the culmination of his career, but also time to retire the flag that he credited with keeping him and its original owner safe through deployments since World War II.

  • West Point Band NCO nominated for Grammy

    Feb 4, 2011

    The West Point Band's newest audio engineer, Staff Sgt. Brandie Lane, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Engineered Album-Classical category.

  • Olympic hopeful fights for something bigger than self

    Feb 3, 2011

    Those who observe this year's All-Army camp, held here, will notice gender is not a factor. The boxers are simply athletes, with both men and women training and boxing each other indiscriminately as one cohesive team.

  • Face of Defense: Brothers earn combat decorations

    Feb 2, 2011

    Two brothers in the 101st Airborne Division were decorated for separate combat actions during their deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Army wounded marksmen aim for Warrior Games

    Feb 2, 2011

    Wounded warriors took aim at becoming members of the Army's 2010 Warrior Games team at a shooting clinic set up just for them last week by the elite Army Marksmanship Unit.

  • Army foundation unveils commemorative coins

    Jan 31, 2011

    Three coins commemorating the Army are now available for purchase from the U.S. Mint.

  • Army officer, Elvis impersonator introduces American cultural icon to Japan

    Jan 28, 2011

    While other Soldiers prepared for a two-week training exercise in Kumamoto, Japan, cramming piles of combat uniforms and Army-issued olive drab socks into their duffel bags, Maj. Manuel Sam Wong was making room for something else: an Elvis Presley costume and wig - sideburns and all.

  • Kimono tradition wraps Soldiers in Japanese culture

    Jan 26, 2011

    U.S. military members preparing for Yama Sakura 59 had the opportunity to dress in traditional Japanese kimonos as part of a cultural exchange Jan. 25 in Kumamoto, Japan.

  • Soldier reflects on how humans pull together - regardless of faith

    Jan 21, 2011

    Avi Behar, a 23-year-old lieutenant from Cherry Hill, N.J., was deployed to command a convoy mission in western Afghanistan last August, just a month before the Jewish new year. Since he was profiled in the Jewish Exponent, the young officer has shared occasional letters about his experiences.

  • History keeps rolling with new technology

    Jan 21, 2011

    Caissons keep rolling along with help from the U.S. Army Ordnance School. Some of the oldest equipment in the Army is being updated with new hardware, thanks to state-of-the-art technology currently being fielded here. For almost 100 years, Caisson Wagons have served our military. They've carried the flag draped caskets of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson along with Army General Douglas MacArthur and countless other military heroes over the years.

  • Medalists' wives continue Soldier support on national tour

    Jan 20, 2011

    While Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta visits Army units and everyday Americans around the nation telling his story from Afghanistan, his closest companion, wife Jen, works nearby to draw attention to issues important to all Soldiers and families.

  • AMC puts people, mission first in BRAC moves

    Jan 20, 2011

    When Base Realignment and Closure recommendations were announced in May 2005, there were 24 different relocations and closure components that affected the Army Materiel Command. To execute this mission, the command moved forward, focusing on balancing its critical, world-wide, logistical support mission while ensuring its Soldiers, civilians and their families were prepared for a major reorganization - one that affected approximately 11,000 of its 70,000 people.

  • Army Fraud Unit recovers $1.6 billion

    Jan 19, 2011

    Since 2006, MPFU has conducted investigations resulting in more than 236 indictments and 299 convictions, 266 suspensions of contractors and 126 debarments of contractors.

  • Commission to recommend lifting ban on women in combat

    Jan 18, 2011

    A commission of current and retired officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians charged with evaluating Defense Department policies to ensure they promote equal opportunity plans to recommend lifting the ban on women in combat.

  • Retired colonel helped apprehend Tucson shooter

    Jan 12, 2011

    During the harrowing events that took place Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., several witnesses to Jared Lee Loughner's alleged shooting rampage intervened, possibly saving more lives. One of those who reacted quickly was retired Col. William Badger, a 74-year-old resident of Tucson who spent 38 years in the Army.

  • World War II jeep provides rolling piece of American history

    Jan 12, 2011

    As the Fort Irwin and National Training Center G-3 Chief of Operations Lt. Col. Stephen Thrasher is always on the move, but in his spare time he keeps a piece of American history rolling down the road in his World War II jeep, a 1942 Ford GPW.

  • Texas artist bringing the fallen to life

    Jan 11, 2011

    Duty, honor and country - three words that instill pride into any Soldier and their family. Yet, when a Soldier is killed or missing in action, these words can bring forth inspiration. This desire was felt by Phil and Lisa Taylor, founders of the American Fallen Soldier Project, to help bring closure to the families and friends of fallen Soldiers.

  • Holly Petraeus aims to bolster families' fiscal knowledge

    Jan 10, 2011

    Holly Petraeus hopes to hear from servicemembers and their families about their financial issues and pitfalls in the coming months as she leads up efforts to create the Office of Servicemember Affairs. The information she gathers will be integrated into the formation of the new office, which aims to strengthen and support military families financially as part of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • Soldier prepares for recording contract

    Jan 10, 2011

    In June, Spc. Brian Stowe got a phone call in which record executives offered him a recording contract. He will begin recording after his unit returns from Afghanistan.

  • Army Marksmanship Unit shows educators different side of Army

    Jan 10, 2011

    The Army Marksmanship Unit performed trick shooting and instructed many honored guests of Army Accessions Command in San Antonio during the week leading up to the Army's All-American Bowl.

  • Newly formed Order of St. Joseph to honor 'best of the best'

    Jan 7, 2011

    A group of spouses from 3rd Battalion, 25th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, created an organization and award to recognize Soldiers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty while serving in a rear detachment capacity, regardless of branch of service. The award is called the Order of St. Joseph.

  • Program helps Soldier cope with traumatic loss

    Jan 6, 2011

    Watching a friend die in combat changed Sgt. Allen Chase's life. The father of six knew he needed help, but his goal is to become a commissioned officer and a physician's assistant, and he feared asking for help would end that dream.

  • Olympic Gold Medal winner enlists in NY National Guard

    Jan 6, 2011

    Olympic Gold Medal Winner Justin Olsen competed for his country in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Now New York Army National Guard Pfc. Justin Olsen will serve it too.

  • Army outreach delivers options, opportunities to area students

    Jan 5, 2011

    U.S. Army educational outreach coordinators took science and technology presentations to nine San Antonio high schools this week in hopes of inspiring students to look to the Army for career options and opportunities.

  • Ranger School graduates first Army vet tech

    Jan 5, 2011

    For the first time in the history of the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., a U.S. Army veterinarian technician earned the elite Ranger Tab. Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Klagenberg, the regimental veterinarian technician for the 75th Ranger Regiment, graduated Nov. 12, from the U.S. Army Ranger Course.

  • Soldier applies lifelong soccer skill to All-Army Soccer Team

    Jan 4, 2011

    Recently, the All-Army Soccer Team won the 2010 Armed Forces Men's Soccer Championship after a series of games played in the panhandle of Florida, Oct. 24th. Army Soldiers from all over the world came together to comprise the team, including Spc. Chris Harvey, a member of 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

  • Soldier graduates at top of Marine sniper course

    Jan 4, 2011

  • Chief of Staff tours damaged areas, offers support, praise to families

    Jan 4, 2011

    Just four days after the New Year's Eve tornado struck Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited the installation to view the extensive damage, speak with the many families who lost their homes and give hope to the community as it begins its intense phase of reconstruction.

  • Civilian Expeditionary Workforce prepares civilians for deployments

    Dec 28, 2010

    The Civilian Expeditionary Workforce is a Defense Department program to deploy some of its civilian employees to support military operations. The deployments are voluntary and they receive their training and processing here at Camp Atterbury and at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.

  • Commando squad leaders: separated by age, united by country

    Dec 24, 2010

    Born just 30 miles from each other but separated by more than 17 years, Afghan National Army Commando squad leaders, Sgt. Diatullah and Sgt. Ibrahim, have become close friends. Today they lead a squad of commandos helping secure Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

  • World War II veteran, 98, receives long awaited Bronze Star

    Dec 17, 2010

    Recognition for an act of heroism more than six decades ago during World War II finally caught up with a 98-year-old Atlanta resident Dec. 16, when the Army awarded him the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony here in U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters.

  • More than 600 gifts distributed to students by members of First Army

    Dec 17, 2010

    Members of the First Army headquarters visited W. A. Fountain Elementary School Friday morning in a very unique military operation designed to put smiles on the faces of more than 600 children at the Forest Park, Ga., school.

  • Con man's son serves honorably to right father's wrongs

    Dec 16, 2010

    Pfc. Bruce S. Simms, a 34-year-old rifleman from Calabasas, Calif. thought about joining the Army and righting wrongs done by his father, a con-artist, every day for 10 years, until he finally did.

  • 56th Army Band performs holiday concert for JBLM special needs community

    Dec 15, 2010

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 56th Army Band performed a holiday concert Tuesday at Carey Theater that was arranged exclusively for special needs children and families within the community. These are children with disorders and conditions like autism and cerebral palsy.

  • Gold Star Wives finally get their day

    Dec 15, 2010

    The Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., has been going to Capitol Hill since December 1945 when 23-year-old Marie Jordan invited widows over for coffee.

  • Volunteers adorn Arlington National Cemetery with 24,000 wreaths

    Dec 14, 2010

    More than 2,000 spirited volunteers braved a subfreezing dawn and gray-cast skies Dec. 11, to place 24,000 red-bowed wreaths on an equal number of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Mounted color guard marks 45 years

    Dec 14, 2010

    Forty-five years ago, Fort Carson's honor guard was in its early stages. An Army civilian worker, Hugh Trabandt, the post stable manager, thought it would be a good idea to have a mounted color guard.

  • Army-Navy Game more than just football

    Dec 13, 2010

    When it comes to the Army-Navy rivalry, the two academies and their fans converge on the city of Philadelphia to watch the future military officers play a game at its purest level.

  • Operation Toy Drop brings thousands of toys to children in need

    Dec 12, 2010

    Over 5,000 toys were donated Dec. 10 and 11 by Soldiers stationed throughout Fort Bragg, N.C. The toys will be distributed throughout the region over the coming weeks to families and children in need of a little assistance this holiday season

  • South Carolina Gold Star Families gather for holiday celebration

    Dec 11, 2010

    Instead of exchanging gifts, several dozen family members at the second annual Survivor Outreach Services holiday gathering shared memories of their beloved Soldiers who have died.

  • Depot delivers thousands of 'Toys for Tots'

    Dec 9, 2010

    Employees of the Corpus Christi Army Depot delivered hundreds of bicycles and thousands of toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for their "Toys for Tots" program, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.

  • Army 'Family of Year' receives award, continues giving

    Dec 8, 2010

    Sgt. Joseph Campbell left Afghanistan and joined his family from Landstuhl, Germany, to receive the Army Family of the Year award Tuesday in Arlington, Va.

  • Holiday blues or something more'

    Dec 8, 2010

    This holiday season, servicemembers and their families can take advantage of Military Pathway's free, anonymous, online or telephone mental health self-assessments tool.

  • R&R program reaches million participants

    Dec 7, 2010

    The Army will celebrate sending one million servicemembers on rest & recuperation leave from deployments in combat zones Jan. 11 with ceremonies in three international airports.

  • Senate resolution brings recognition to Gold Star Wives

    Dec 7, 2010

    For the first time, America officially recognizes the contributions and dedication of military widows with ''Gold Star Wives Day.''

  • US Army upgrades pre-positioned stocks in South Korea

    Dec 6, 2010

    GWANGYANG, South Korea - Demonstrating the ability to rapidly equip forces for any crisis or conflict, the U.S. Army is off-loading and upgrading pre-positioned stocks from USNS Watson (T-AKR 310) at this commercial seaport on South Korea's scenic southern coast.

  • CSA supports 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal, but not during war

    Dec 5, 2010

    Though he believes the law that bans gays from serving openly in the military eventually should be repealed, the Army's senior officer told the Senate Armed Services Committee today, repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law now would be a distraction during wartime.

  • Process-improvement teams nominated for DA award

    Dec 3, 2010

    The process-improvement teams at Developmental Test Command's Yuma Proving Ground and White Sands Missile Range have been nominated for a Department of the Army award under the auspices of the Lean Six Sigma Excellence Award Program, or LEAP.

  • Gift-giving family recognized as Army Family of Year

    Dec 3, 2010

    An Army family that runs three charities for deployed troops was selected as the Army Family of the Year by the National Military Family Association.

  • Military can manage 'Don't Ask' repeal

    Dec 3, 2010

    The military can deal effectively with allowing openly gay servicemembers in its ranks, leaders of a working group that studied the issue for the Defense Department told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

  • Horses help heroes in healing: WTU Soldiers participate

    Dec 2, 2010

    For decades, horses have charged into battle carrying cavalrymen, pulling artillerymen's caissons and serving as vehicles for mounted military police. Today, horses are helping wounded warriors by guiding them along the road to resiliency.

  • Applications sought for Quality of Life Awards

    Dec 1, 2010

    The Army is seeking applications for its third annual Secretary of the Army Quality of Life Awards program.

  • Army explores PTSD treatments

    Nov 30, 2010

    Science and technology is leading the approach for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and those treatments were discussed by medical experts at a topical panel at the 27th Army Science Conference Nov 30. The treatments discussed ranged from cognitive therapy and pharmaceutical treatment to virtual reality.

  • Gates, Mullen endorse 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' working group's report

    Nov 30, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urged the Senate to repeal the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law this year. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at a Pentagon news conference unveiling the recommendations of the working group tasked with looking at the issues associated with implementing a repeal of the law that bans gays from serving openly in the military.

  • Army Astronaut Commander Returns to Earth

    Nov 30, 2010

    WASHINGTON -- Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe Thursday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

  • 80 boxes of groceries = 800 Thanksgiving meals

    Nov 24, 2010

    Members of the a local veteran's group got together with friends and family members to package and deliver the makings of complete Thanksgiving meals for needy recipients Nov. 23.

  • Medical clinic at Fort Hood renamed after National Guard medic

    Nov 24, 2010

    A National Guard combat medic killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom was memorialized Nov. 23 when Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's West Fort Hood Health Clinic was renamed in his honor.

  • Honoring Native American, Alaska Native heritage

    Nov 22, 2010

    On Aug. 3, 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Since then, presidents have reiterated that proclamation each year with one of their own, eventually extending the proclamation to include Alaska Natives.

  • Team Michigan wins worldwide robotics competition

    Nov 22, 2010

    BRISBANE, Australia -- With a squad of 14 robots that worked together autonomously in a complicated mapping exercise, the University of Michigan's "Team Michigan" has won the inaugural Multi Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC 2010) in Australia.

  • Families 'walk to Iraq'

    Nov 18, 2010

    Families of Soldiers assigned to the Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, came together at the Garden of the Gods Nov. 6 to "Walk to Iraq." The Walk to Iraq program allows family members to walk the distance from Fort Carson, Colo., to Iraq and back.

  • West Point cadets delve deep into political power plays

    Nov 18, 2010

    More than 100 West Point cadets studying American Politics in the Department of Social Sciences participated in a third installment of the Congressional Simulation Exercise on Nov. 9. They took on the roles of congressmen, journalists, lobbyists and presidential advisors in a competition of give-and-take to see who could acquire the most political capital by day's end.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness now more accessible to families

    Nov 17, 2010

    Army family members can now use the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness global assessment tool and all its online self-improvement modules without having a sponsored Army Knowledge Online account.

  • Children of deployed more likely to seek mental health care

    Nov 17, 2010

    Young children from military families are more likely to seek mental and behavioral health care when a parent is deployed than when a parent is at home, a military study has concluded.

  • Canadian woman returns with family to grove she helped establish

    Nov 16, 2010

    Canadian Janice Johnston Nikkel was only 15 years old on Dec. 12, 1985 when 248 101st Airborne Division Soldiers and eight aircrew members perished in a plane crash at Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. The biggest aircraft disaster in U.S. military history had such a profound effect on her that she started a campaign to establish a living memorial for the Soldiers and crew.

  • Soldiers share combat perspective with Army scientists

    Nov 16, 2010

    Fifteen I Corps Soldiers fresh from combat tours in Afghanistan collaborated with Army scientists during a two-week tour of U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command facilities Nov. 8-19.

  • Soldier pins Purple Heart on father

    Nov 15, 2010

    Army Staff Sgt. Brian Willette, Company F, 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, had the chance of a lifetime to have his son, Army Pvt. Kevin Nieves, Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team security forces member, pin on his Purple Heart during a ceremony on Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam here Oct. 28.

  • Wounded vet gets adaptive home on Veterans Day

    Nov 15, 2010

    After 54 surgeries and losing both legs to an improvised explosive device, retired Capt. Ferris Butler said the adaptive home donated on Veterans Day will provide him freedom of movement.

  • U.S. Army Alaska, Indian Army Soldiers exchange jump wings during Yudh Abhyas 2010

    Nov 14, 2010

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska and the Indian Army exchanged airborne jump wings and gifts during a ceremony Nov. 13 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The Soldiers earned their foreign jump wings on Nov. 10 when they conducted a combined jump as part of the combined training exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010.

  • Thousands gather on WWII ship to honor veterans in New York City

    Nov 14, 2010

    As veterans around the country were being honored for their commitment to the safety of the nation, the commanding general of the 99th Regional Support Command addressed visitors at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York during its annual Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11.

  • Veterans mark 60th anniversary of legendary reservoir battle

    Nov 10, 2010

    SEOUL - More than 250 veterans gathered here Nov. 10 to mark the 60th anniversary of the pivotal Jangjin "Chosin" Reservoir battle where U.S. Soldiers and Marines defeated a much larger enemy force during a strategic retreat through bitterly cold and fiercely contested mountainous terrain.

  • Sustainer building guitar for veterans

    Nov 9, 2010

    For the past 19 years, Capt. Chad Ryg of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) has considered playing the guitar to be one of his favorite pastimes. Ryg, a Billings, Mont., native and 3d ESC maintenance officer, began playing the guitar in high school and found it to be fun and as he said jokingly, "a cool way to pick up girls at the time." But what Ryg didn't know was that what he considered fun, could also be therapeutic to others.

  • Navajo Soldier inspired to serve by 'code talker' grandfather

    Nov 9, 2010

    For Pfc. Chelsea Draper, now serving with a forward support company in southern Iraq, joining the military followed in the footsteps of her grandfather, a Navajo code talker.

  • Secretary of the Army, CSA honor Fort Hood medical staff

    Nov 8, 2010

    On the one-year anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting, medical personnel were recognized by the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army for saving many lives.

  • Newman's Army car to feature faces of more than 500 veterans

    Nov 8, 2010

    Ryan Newman's Veterans Day Chevrolet that will compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The car will feature more than 500 photos of men and women who served in the military.

  • Soldiers stay sharp for Culinary World Cup

    Nov 5, 2010

    Among steaming pots and scorching ovens in a crowded canvas tent, the United States Army Culinary Arts Team from Fort Lee, Va., are preparing for the Culinary World Cup in Luxemburg from Nov. 20-24.

  • Casualty Notification Officers provide vital care, support to families of the fallen

    Nov 4, 2010

    "I was sitting at home at 11:30 at night when I noticed a car's lights coming down my long driveway," David McNabb said recently at the TAPS Fort Hood Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp, where over 300 survivors shared stories at this annual event.

  • Reintegration: ACS puppet program prepares children for homecoming

    Nov 3, 2010

    In preparation of Soldiers returning home after a year-long deployment, children and their parents gathered for their own reintegration seminar, a program designed specifically for children.

  • General provides Yellow Ribbon program perspective

    Nov 3, 2010

    Opening his address here to spouses of troops recently returned from Iraq, Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, the Army Reserve's top-ranking officer, made an unexpected plea to what he recognizes as the best-qualified group to spot post-deployment problems early: "I need your help."

  • All-Army teams win silver at Armed Forces Golf Championships

    Nov 3, 2010

    Bronze medalist Capt. Daniela Kessler and fourth-place finisher Capt. Austin Luher led the All-Army Golf Teams to runner-up finishes behind All-Air Force at the 2010 Armed Forces Golf Championships Oct. 23-26 at Eaglewood Golf Course.

  • IMCOM begins second phase of guard conversion

    Nov 3, 2010

    Nearly 1,400 jobs at 16 installations will transition from contract security firms to federal civil service beginning in January 2011 as the conversion of access control point security guards enters its second phase.

  • President proclaims November as Military Family Month

    Nov 1, 2010

    Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2010 as Military Family Month. I call on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in support of our service members and our Nation.

  • Quiet hero awarded Soldier's Medal

    Nov 1, 2010

    Specialist Jose A. Ortiz-Fernandez of the 63rd Chemical Company, 101st Airborne Division was awarded the prestigious Soldier's Medal in the shadows of the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters Friday, October 29.

  • November: Military Family Appreciation Month

    Nov 1, 2010

    November marks the return of Military Family Appreciation Month. Throughout November, the Army, the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation's servicemembers.

  • Survivor Outreach summit drafts issues for leadership

    Nov 1, 2010

    A proposal to grant installation access to the family members of Soldiers killed in action was among recommendations that will go forward to Army senior leaders from the Survivor Outreach Services summit Oct. 25.

  • Army working to improve care for families of fallen

    Oct 28, 2010

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and his wife Shelia took questions from survivors and listened to their concerns during a Family Forum on military survivors at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

  • The Institute of Heraldry celebrates 50th anniversary

    Oct 27, 2010

    On Sept. 15, 2010, TOIH celebrated its 50th anniversary. The institute held a symposium on heraldry in America, explaining the institute's origins and current processes, as well as the relevance of heraldry in the military today.

  • 'Warrior's Corner' highlights Soldier knowledge, strength

    Oct 26, 2010

    The Warrior's Corner portion of the Army exhibit at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition scheduled several speakers to help convey the strength and knowledge of the force today.

  • Soldier's remains repatriated after 66 years

    Oct 26, 2010

    Just 10 days after the sand and blood of Normandy's beaches, on the heels of D-Day, 2nd Infantry Division Ranger Staff Sgt. John R. Simonetti lay prone in the hedgerows on the outskirts of the sleepy, deserted town of St. Germain d'Elle, zeroing in with his grenade launcher on a German machine-gun nest.

  • Leaders at Family Forum pledge to continue improving programs

    Oct 26, 2010

    Proving that they're the toughest members of the Army, spouses and Family Readiness Group Leaders hammered the secretary of the Army, the chief of staff and other top leaders with questions, concerns and compliments Monday. .

  • Mobile USO visits Fort Gordon, helps Soldiers reconnect with families

    Oct 26, 2010

    After her 3 year-old nephew didn't recognize her over the summer, Spc. Catawaba Hughes wanted to shorten the distance between them so she visited the Mobile United Service Organization Oct. 14 to make a recording of her reading a book.

  • The water sorts it out

    Oct 25, 2010

    On the southern tip of the Florida Keys, at what was a fallout shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis era, is the Special Forces Underwater Operations School. It's where the military's elite special-operations forces train at some of the most physically demanding courses in the Army.

  • Disability Awareness: New technology helping deaf employees

    Oct 21, 2010

    Across the Army, about 280 civilian employees are deaf while another 2,100 are hard of hearing, and the Army is providing new technology to ensure they can do their jobs.

  • Soldiers take gold in CISM World Boxing

    Oct 21, 2010

    Two Soldiers led the United States to one of its best performances in Conseil International du Sport Militaire history at the 2010 World Military Boxing Championships.

  • Day four of the 2010 Best Warrior Competition

    Oct 21, 2010

    The 24 Soldiers and noncommissioned officers gathered here for the 2010 Department of the Army Soldier and NCO of the Year "Best Warrior" Competition knew day four would be a stress test. Their day started at 5 a.m. as they underwent the rigors of several Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills that forced them to think on their feet under trying, realistic conditions.

  • Army's Best Warrior competition underway

    Oct 20, 2010

    The Army's top Soldiers are half way through the week-long Best Warrior Competition, which will determine the titles for both Army Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

  • Soldier displays courage under fire

    Oct 20, 2010

    "It kind of felt like Chuck Norris kicked me in the side," is how Pfc. Phillip Mexcur describes what it feels like to get shot. But that is the extent of the theatrics Mexcur will offer in his narration of the day he was hit by two rounds of sniper fire; a story he tells in such a subtle tone his voice barely reaches above a whisper, as if he were telling a bedtime story rather than a near-death experience.

  • U.S. Military Color Guard at Yankee Stadium

    Oct 19, 2010

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point provided a Cadet Color Guard as the official colors for the American League Championship series game at Yankee Stadium, New York, N.Y., Oct. 18. Seventy-five cadets also unfurled a giant ceremonial American flag during the pre-game festivities.