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  • Veterans get international thanks for service at Bulge

    Dec 17, 2009

    On the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, veterans of that conflict were recognized by the countries whose freedom they helped secure.

  • At 80, recruiter still bringing in Soldiers

    Dec 16, 2009

    He turned 80 years old in November, but his only difficulty in getting around comes from bumping into people he knows, everywhere.

  • High school to flight school

    Dec 16, 2009

    The United States Army is one of the few places where a 20-year-old pilot is allowed to fly one of the most advanced helicopters in the world, and when he joined the Army as a teenager, now Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Fouquette, was determined to take advantage of this little know fact.

  • Families can see off, greet troops at airport gates

    Dec 16, 2009

    It's a scene that's played out in airports across the country numerous times in the past eight years: Families and servicemembers clinging to each other, either sad to leave or happy and vowing to never let go again.

  • Volunteers lay 15,000 wreaths at Arlington Cemetery

    Dec 15, 2009

    Volunteers placed some 15,000 wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 12, as part of a tradition that has continued now for 18 years.

  • Wreaths at Pentagon Memorial may begin new tradition

    Dec 14, 2009

    On the western side of the Pentagon, at the memorial to those who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack, volunteers had mounted 184 evergreen wreaths on the fence -- one for each person who died there.

  • Jump for toys - Fort Bragg paratroopers earn wings, help community during Operation Toy Drop

    Dec 14, 2009

    It is an emotional time of year for many of the people who worked with and remember Sgt. 1st Class Randy Oler. Hundreds of paratroopers gathered at Pope Air Force Base's Green Ramp Friday with the toys they were donating as part of the 12th Annual Operation Toy Drop.

  • HooahMail means speedy delivery of letters to Afghanistan

    Nov 23, 2009

    The Army's HooahMail program makes it possible for friends and family members to rapidly put a paper letter and photograph into the hands of their loved ones in Afghanistan, in some cases, the same day the letter is written.

  • Hero who led last major U.S. bayonet charge dies

    Nov 19, 2009

    Retired Col. Lewis L. Millett, who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War for leading what was reportedly the last major American bayonet charge, died Nov 14.

  • Army's longest serving female command sergeant major retires

    Nov 17, 2009

    Although she won't formally retire until March 2010, a retirement ceremony was held for the longest serving female command sergeant major in the service.

  • President honors veterans: 'We are forever grateful'

    Nov 11, 2009

    "America will not let you down," President Barack Obama told veterans Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery, emphasizing the message he wanted all to know is "we will take care of our own."

  • Vice President grieves with Fort Lewis for fallen Stryker Soldiers

    Nov 10, 2009

    Vice President Joe Biden joined the Fort Lewis, Wash., community Tuesday to grieve the loss and honor the sacrifice of seven Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment.

  • V Corps vet recalls patrols on 20th anniversary of Berlin Wall falling

    Nov 10, 2009

    Cold War-era Berlin Wall patrols were a visible message to the East and West German people said the V Corps historian during a Nov. 5 ceremony for the opening of the Allied Museum's "Wall Patrol" exhibit.

  • NCO relates experience as Tomb Guard

    Nov 10, 2009

    "My goal was to be perfect -- not so you can see it, but because they deserve it."

  • MTV documentary follows Soldier's return to Iraq

    Nov 10, 2009

    MTV will honor America's veterans and servicemembers Wednesday by following a young noncommissioned officer as he returns to the battlefields of Iraq.

  • Postal service announces holiday mailing guidelines

    Nov 4, 2009

    Postal Service officials have announced recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. servicemembers serving in Afghanistan and other overseas locations.

  • Hixson successfully defends Military Long Drive title

    Nov 3, 2009

    Coast Guard Ensign Ryan Hixson defeated Army Reserve Pfc. Nate Chadwick Oct. 28, to win his third Military Long Drive Championship.

  • Guard Soldier trades guitar for gun

    Oct 30, 2009

    After seven years in an Army band, a sergeant decided to volunteer for a combat tour and since January has served as a door gunner on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

  • Former draftee to hang up uniform

    Oct 26, 2009

    The Army Reserve's top enlisted Soldier retires this month from an Army that's vastly different from the one he was drafted into almost 40 years ago.

  • Fort Riley family named '2009 Army Family of the Year'

    Oct 21, 2009

    The National Military Family Association named the Nolan Family of Fort Riley as the Army's representative for the 2009 Military Families of the Year program.

  • Family has unusual experiences living in a haunted house

    Oct 15, 2009

    When the MuAfA+-oz family moved into their new home last February, they knew it was an unusual house.

  • Army Community Covenant: bikers rally across two states for wounded warriors

    Oct 15, 2009

    Motorcycles roared through Fort Sam Houston's Binz-Engleman gate when 68 riders representing 18 chapters from New Mexico delivered toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and clothing items including sweats, tennis shoes, and children's games and puzzles during their fourth annual visit Oct. 8 to the Warrior and Family Support Center.

  • Drill Sergeant determined to return Army Strong

    Oct 5, 2009

    A sudden accident may have cost Staff Sgt. Luis Elias his hand, but it hasn't stripped him of his positive attitude or impacted his plans for the future.

  • Double amputee inspires troops in Europe

    Oct 5, 2009

    Double amputee Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, who is still on active duty, spoke to troops in Europe in September.

  • Army must beat suicide stigma, general says

    Oct 2, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Mark Graham and his wife Carol shared with a Forces Command gathering their personal story of losing their son Kevin to suicide in June 2003.

  • Korean War veteran laid to rest after 59 years

    Oct 1, 2009

    A slow, rumbling drumbeat echoed across the hillsides of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation last weekend as a horse-drawn wagon carried the remains of a Korean War veteran home.

  • Servicemembers can weather financial storm

    Sep 25, 2009

    CHICAGO, Sept. 24, 2009 Aca,!" Servicemembers and their families can weather the Aca,!A"perfect stormAca,!A? of credit, savings and banking crises; bailouts; market instability; and foreclosures, if they stay financially prepared, the PentagonAca,!a,,cs personal finance director said here recently.

  • Tattoos and the Army: a long and colorful tradition

    Sep 19, 2009

    Tattoos and the military have a long and colorful history. Modern pop culture credits the Navy with introducing the art of tattooing to the United States in the early 1900s, when Sailors returning from distant lands displayed their skin-art souvenirs.

  • Newest Medal of Honor recipient honored at Pentagon

    Sep 18, 2009

    Department of Defense and Army officials inducted fallen hero Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes in a ceremony Friday.

  • Remains of Civil War Soldier return home on anniversary

    Sep 18, 2009

    The remains of a Union Civil War Soldier found at the Antietam National Battlefield here will be buried today in his home state of New York on the 147th anniversary of the battle, the Civil War's bloodiest day.

  • Memorial calls for photos of Vietnam vets

    Sep 16, 2009

    The National Call for Photos, a campaign to gather images of the more than 58,000 men and women whose names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be launched Sept. 17.

  • Army civilian runs 25 hours straight for charity

    Sep 16, 2009

    As the hours rolled by you could feel the sense of awe building among the runners and spectators around the roughly one-kilometer Wiesbaden-Kurpark track.

  • 'Soldiers' NCO' earns Medal of Honor for heroic deeds in Afghanistan

    Sep 14, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti would have done anything for his Soldiers, so after the initial shock, no one was surprised that he sacrificed his life to save another Soldier during an intense firefight with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, June 21, 2006.

  • Fort Bragg couple tackles Army life, deployments with dose of humor, commitment to one another, miss

    Sep 14, 2009

    Deny and Catilina Caballero got married in April. By summer's end, both would be deploying to Iraq, separated by hundreds of square miles of baking sand, blast walls of their forward operating bases, and the commitment of the mission.

  • WWII veteran warms wounded Soldiers

    Sep 11, 2009

    Support to Soldiers comes in many forms, and few things are more tangible to wounded warriors than the quilts that warm their recovery.

  • Decorated veteran leads West Point Corps of Cadets

    Sep 3, 2009

    Since 1872, the U.S. Military Academy has selected one firstie to lead the Corps of Cadets as its brigade commander or First Captain. The names of the First Captains are etched on plaques outside a room in Eisenhower Barracks documenting the history of the position.

  • New GI Bill will heighten professional work force

    Aug 28, 2009

    More college-educated professionals will enter the next generation's professional work force as a result of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said at the American Legion's 91st National Convention in Louisville, Ky.

  • Chief of Staff visits Singapore

    Aug 26, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited Singapore, Aug. 26, and got an up-close look at several aspects of the military of this island-city country.

  • National Airborne Day marks first jump in 1940

    Aug 21, 2009

    The 69th National Airborne Day was celebrated by more than 2,000 guests at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, N.C.

  • 'Army Wives' author reaches out to fellow spouses

    Aug 20, 2009

    Tanya Biank, whose book "Army Wives" inspired the No. 1-rated Lifetime TV network show of the same name, will experience the same hurt and pain of separation as other 3rd Infantry Division families when the division deploys in less than two months.

  • Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers welcomed to NCO corps together

    Aug 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army tradition of recognizing newly promoted noncommissioned officers to the NCO corps is through an NCO induction ceremony, a time-honored tradition for the U.S. Army, which has been shared with the new Iraqi Army.

  • Two days of hell, nine men of valor

    Aug 17, 2009

    On two separate days in April, members of Company B, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), were engaged in hostile enemy action, resulting in nine of its members receiving awards for valor.

  • Wounded warrior promotes his hero to sergeant

    Aug 11, 2009

    A Soldier who lost both of his legs in Iraq but still remains in service went to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Aug. 6, to promote the Soldier who he credits with saving his life.

  • Mother, son serve together in Afghanistan

    Aug 8, 2009

    Deployed Soldiers have all kissed their families good-bye, and headed off to war with the expectation of learning to handle the constant heartache of missing their loved ones. However, in a rare exception, two Soldiers in eastern Afghanistan have found unexpected relief from this typical situation by being assigned to the same location at Forward Operating Base Salerno in the Khost province.

  • Soldiers who helped film 'GI Joe' now in combat theater

    Aug 7, 2009

    One of the Soldiers in the opening scenes of "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra," won't be able to see the film's debut this weekend.

  • Forbes ranks West Point as nation's top college

    Aug 7, 2009

    A report released Wednesday by Forbes magazine ranked the U.S. Military Academy as the top college in the country in their America's Best College review.

  • Mass jump, command change highlight Ranger Rendezvous

    Aug 6, 2009

    More than 1,000 Rangers participated in a mass tactical airborne operation Monday beginning Ranger Rendezvous 2009, which culminated Thursday with the 75th Ranger Regiment change of command.

  • Yongsan NCO wins worldwide motorcycle giveaway

    Aug 4, 2009

    A Yongsan noncommissioned officer with the 142nd Military Policy Company was in "hog heaven" July 25, when he was presented with a brand-new Harley Davidson courtesy of Army and Air Force Exchange New Car Sales.

  • Two-star general grapples with loss of two sons in service, becomes advocate to help Soldiers, famil

    Aug 3, 2009

    The grief of losing two sons - both in military service - drove him to the brink of retirement. He did not think he could continue serving the Army. Then, on the day he planned to turn in his official paperwork, he was read a passage that changed the course of his life.

  • GI Bill transferability begins

    Aug 3, 2009

    With the Post-9/11 GI Bill's option to transfer unused educational benefits to eligible family members taking effect Aug. 1, it's no surprise that more than 25,000 servicemembers have pre-applied.

  • Clowning around: Soldier spends off-duty time entertaining community

    Jul 29, 2009

    Calling Staff Sgt. Myron Jamerson a clown is a good way to give him a compliment.

  • Utah Guard enlists help from 'A Few Good Goats'

    Jul 29, 2009

    When it comes to fighting wildfires, most people immediately think of water or fire retardant dropped from helicopters and other aircraft, or soot-covered firefighters using hoses and foam to battle back towering blazes.

  • Below-knee amputee runs for berth in 2012 Paralympics

    Jul 22, 2009

    Sgt. Jerrod Fields capped his track and field season by winning a gold medal at the 2009 Endeavor Games and is setting his sights on the 2012 Paralympics.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach breaks unofficial DoD record for supporting troops

    Jul 22, 2009

    By putting a little unity into community, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach reclaimed the unofficial Department of Defense record for "a human formation for troop support" during the Largest Desert Ribbon Event held July 10.

  • Vietnam veteran re-enlists in Iraq

    Jul 21, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Hershel L. Mayfield, a native of Tallassee, Ala., has been serving in the Army for 39 years; thirty-seven of which were with the 158th Maintenance Company, part of the Alabama Army National Guard.

  • One-time Soldier, barber rejoins service after losing pool game to friend

    Jul 20, 2009

    When most Soldiers tell others why they joined the Army, many stories are similar. Many join right out of high school, some do it for the benefits and others do it to improve or change their lives.

  • 'Grill Sergeant' feeds FOX and Friends

    Jul 20, 2009

    Most New Yorkers probably did not expect to wake up to a bowl of gumbo on a Friday morning. But when Sgt. 1st Class Brad C. Turner Jr. served up this spicy Cajun favorite, it yielded nothing but smiles - and requests for seconds.

  • Identical Twins have Soldiers seeing double

    Jul 10, 2009

    Don't blame the Soldiers of Fort Polk's 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, if you see them do a double take when two of the unit's newest captains pass by.

  • Soldier admission program gives enlisted servicemembers shot at becoming West Point cadets

    Jul 10, 2009

    He had hoped to be here earlier than R-Day 2009. He had hoped to be here four years earlier to be exact, but the way a person wants life to go and how it turns out are sometimes complete opposites.

  • NCO tackles difficult, sensitive job in hopes of providing better protection for Soldiers

    Jul 9, 2009

    As an Army NCO, she had been wearing the uniform for 16 years and felt more than ready to accept the challenge of serving in a hostile environment. But after learning the requirements of one particular project that could only be described as formidable, she wasn't sure it was a mission she could accomplish.

  • 'Real World' crew visits former cast member in Iraq

    Jul 8, 2009

    A two-man team from MTV's "Real World" program spent a week at Joint Security Station Saydiyah here filming the final portions of a follow-up story on one of the show's former participants.

  • Obama thanks military families with Independence Day bash

    Jul 6, 2009

    As Americans celebrated Independence Day in homes throughout the nation, President Barack Obama invited about 1,200 military families to his home for a July Fourth bash to personally thank them for their service and sacrifice.

  • Chaplain Vakoc leaves legacy of care

    Jul 2, 2009

    Maj. Henry Timothy Vakoc, the Army's sole chaplain to have been severely wounded in Iraq, died June 20, from a fall at his care facility, five years after an improvised explosive device injured him on the drive back to camp from celebrating Sunday Mass for Soldiers in the field.

  • Logistics plays key role in successfully integrating incoming West Point class

    Jul 2, 2009

    Getting more than 1,300 new cadets ready to take their Oath of Allegiance in just a few hours time, doesn't happen without a great deal of planning.

  • Army's 'Grill Sergeant' matches skills against culinary hero

    Jul 2, 2009

    For Sgt. 1st Class Brad Turner, his work is his passion. The culinary artist, currently working in the Executive Dining Facility inside the Pentagon, is also well-known by the moniker of "The Grill Sergeant."

  • Drill sergeant competition sees camaraderie amid challenge

    Jun 30, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Michael Johnston and Staff Sgt. Joshua Marshall's victory drew the week-long Drill Sergeant of the Year competition to a close on Friday at Fort Monroe's Continental Park.

  • Army Secretary observes first day for West Point Class of '13

    Jun 30, 2009

    The Secretary of the Army visited "R Day" at the U.S. Military Academy June 29. It was the first day for the Class of 2013, and like every class at the academy since its founding in 1802, the cadets got their first taste of life as a "plebe" - a first-year cadet.

  • Combat Aviation Brigade wraps up error-free Iraqi deployment

    Jun 30, 2009

    The 4th Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade found another reason to celebrate its recent return from a successful year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom - everyone returned home to their families.

  • Army employees use recent training to save life

    Jun 26, 2009

    On many occasions, members of the acquisition community are recognized for the systems they provide that save lives, but rarely do those same people save lives with their own hands, as was the case on June 18.

  • Army chaplain, doctor comfort survivors of Metro crash

    Jun 26, 2009

    Several Walter Reed Army Medical Center staffers survived the deadliest accident in Washington Metrorail's 33-year history Monday.

  • President rolls up sleeves to support military kids

    Jun 26, 2009

    Volunteers were already hard at work stuffing backpacks full of goodies for military kids in Fort Lesley J. McNair's gymnasium when President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived to give them a hand.

  • Soldiers to help Tiger honor troops during PGA tournament

    Jun 24, 2009

    Tournament host Tiger Woods will honor wounded warriors on the first tee box during a patriotic salute to U.S. military personnel and their families to officially open the 2009 AT&T National PGA Tour event, July 1, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

  • 22nd Chemical Battalion remembers Cameron's dad

    Jun 23, 2009

    Two days before Father's Day, 5-year-old Cameron Jessen came to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to dedicate the 22nd Chemical Battalion's renovated conference room in the name of his father who was killed in Iraq.

  • Amputee combat vets return to Iraq for 'proper exit'

    Jun 23, 2009

    Six amputee combat veterans put their uniforms back on and returned to Iraq Sunday for the first time since sustaining their injuries in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Ailing teen becomes a Soldier for a day

    Jun 16, 2009

    Lately Kayla Colyer-Platzer's reality has been consumed with her battle against Hodgkin's disease. However, the 15-year-old high school student was able to get a break from her worries Monday when she became a Soldier for a day at Fort Greely.

  • 'America's Army 3' brings new features to game

    Jun 16, 2009

    Thousands of gamers will be able to play "America's Army 3," the newest version of the Army's popular video game, beginning today.

  • Gen. Ward honored at 100 Black Men of America's national conference

    Jun 16, 2009

    The 100 Black Men of America organization honored Gen. William "Kip" Ward with a lifetime leadership award and an honorary membership at its 23rd Annual Conference this week in New York City, June 13, 2009.

  • Medal of Honor Recipient Funeral

    Jun 12, 2009

    Maj. George Edward Wahlen was buried June 11th in Ogden, Utah after an extensive military career spanning three branches of the military. At age 17, Wahlen was trained as an aircraft mechanic, and he worked at Hill Field in Utah as a crew chief for the United States Army Air Corps. He volunteered for the draft, hoping to work on aircraft, but became a Navy Corpsman. Wahlen also volunteered for combat duty with the United States Marine Corps, and was attached to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, and participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima in February 1945. He was awarded the Medal Of Honor by President Harry S. Truman on October 5, 1945 for his service. He later re-enlisted in the United States Army, where he served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired with the rank of Major after being awarded a Purple Heart and serving in all four branches of the United States Military. Wahlen is receiving a burial with full military honors.

  • Twenty finalists will vie for 2009 Military Long Drive Championship

    Jun 10, 2009

    For the first time in the competition, 20 big hitters will advance to the finals of the 2009 Military Long Drive Championship to compete for $10,000 on Oct. 20, in Mesquite, Nev.

  • Father of seven returns to active duty

    Jun 10, 2009

    Spc. Jonathan Goodwin is a lot of different things: husband, father of seven children, jokester, and the kind of person who can light up a room with his sense of humor. But before he was any of these things, he became a soldier, signing up for his first enlistment in May of 1992.

  • Postmark honors 8th U.S. Army's 65 years of service

    Jun 10, 2009

    A commemorative postmark honoring the 8th United States Army's 65 years of service was unveiled June 10, at the Yongsan main post office.

  • Seattle Seahawks get a taste of Army training, values

    Jun 8, 2009

    It was billed as a team-building event, but the Seattle Seahawks left Fort Lewis, Wash., June 4, with an education and genuine appreciation for the Army.

  • 'Pets of Patriots' program ensures care of Soldiers' pets

    Jun 6, 2009

    When Soldiers deploy they often leave behind loving family members, including small furry ones. To alleviate some of the concerns Soldiers have regarding their pet's care, the Hawaiian Humane Society offers a unique service called the "Pets of Patriots" program.

  • Fallen servicemembers brought cross-country to a final rest in Arlington National Cemetery

    Jun 1, 2009

    Arlington National Cemetery serves as a final resting place for generation upon generation of American heroes. Other cemeteries like it house the remains of veterans who have served this country throughout its 233-year history. But what happens when Soldiers from the past aren't given proper honors' Are they destined to rest forever in anonymity' Not if certain groups, like the Missing in America Project, have anything to say about.

  • Soldiers jump for first time in 16 months after Iraq deployment

    May 29, 2009

    Some stood at Sicily Drop Zone with apprehension on their faces. Others couldn't contain their excitement, while most were just wishing the plane would get to the landing zone so they could load up and jump.

  • Former 'Mail Call' host drops into Fort Campbell

    May 29, 2009

    R. Lee Ermey, best known for his role as the drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in "Full Metal Jacket" and as the host of "Mail Call," came to Fort Campbell, Ky., Wednesday to film segments for his new show "Lock and Load."

  • Joint services place 'Flags In' at Arlington National Cemetery

    May 21, 2009

    Every Memorial Day since 1948, Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) have made their way through Fort Myer's Selfridge Gate, rucksacks filled with American flags.

  • Marking the Berlin Airlift's end

    May 21, 2009

    The 60th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Blockade was commemorated May 12 in Frankfurt. It was a smaller and more somber ceremony than the events of 11 months ago celebrating the 60th anniversary of the onset of the Berlin Airlift. The focus of the day was the heroism of those involved in the massive humanitarian undertaking and the forging of a friendship between former enemies.

  • NCOs inducted into Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame

    May 20, 2009

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- The Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame inducted two noncommissioned officers during a ceremony at the Lewis and Clark Center, May 19. Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Smith and Sgt. Maj. William McBryar joined the only other NCO in the 95-member Hall of Fame, 1st Sgt. Percival Lowe, who served at Fort Leavenworth from 1849 to 1859.

  • NCOs put out to pasture after retirement

    May 20, 2009

    With 34 years of service between them, two prominent members of the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard have retired. The two, who not only pulled their own weight but carried the Mounted Color Guard for so many years, were given a brief but warm send off at Fort Carson's Turkey Creek Ranch, May 11.

  • A Warrior's Return: wounded Paratrooper reunited with his unit

    May 20, 2009

    Sgt. John Hoxie, a Paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division who lost his arm and leg in combat in Iraq, returned to Fort Bragg for the first time after two years of rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical center, now walking on an artificial leg. Hoxie's story has been an inspiration to his fellow Soldiers.

  • Remembering Seoul's hidden American heroes

    May 19, 2009

    As Memorial Day approaches, veterans cemeteries from Omaha Beach in Normandy, France to Arlington, Virginia will fill with visitors remembering Soldiers who served and sometimes gave their lives fighting for freedom.

  • D-Day survivor: Memorial Day for remembering heroes

    May 18, 2009

    Charles William Eubanks, a resident of West Point, Miss., wants to be remembered - not as a hero, but as a survivor of D-Day.

  • Fort Riley seven-year-old makes life-saving 911 call

    May 11, 2009

    Something didn't feel right when Samantha Chavez was trying to go to sleep. It didn't take her long to realize that was something wrong with her grandmother, who was lying next to her.

  • Sights unseen: Blind veteran reflects on Mount Rainier climb

    May 8, 2009

    Giving combat-injured veterans outdoor adventures has been the mission of "Camp Patriot," a nonprofit organization founded in Montana, since 2006. While most of the outings revolve around hunting, fishing, hiking and camping, the annual Mount Rainier Climb has become the organization's signature event. The third annual climb will take place July 5-10.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Day of the Sniper: 'Million dollar' shot clears road in Iraq

    Apr 15, 2009

    The four man sniper team hardly dared to breathe. For two days and nights they had waited for the right situation, and it was finally here. To Sgt. 1st Class Brandon McGuire it seemed that all his prior experience had prepared him for this moment.

  • 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.