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  • Editorial: Covenant Delivering on Promises

    Mar 4, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Spurred by increased funding received under the Army Family Covenant, your installation Army Community Service will now be fully staffed for the first time in recent memory, and better prepared than ever to serve the needs of commanders, Soldiers and Families. But ACS needs you to cast a vote Aca,!A| with your feet.

  • Infantry Company Hosts 'GI Jane Day'

    Mar 3, 2008

    Alpha Company, 1-6th Infantry had a rash of officer and NCO impersonators, replete with gross uniform violations, in their training area Feb. 28. It was all for a good cause, though, and the military police did not have to be summoned to make arrests.

  • Being Productive Helps Warriors in Transition

    Mar 3, 2008

    BAMBERG, Germany Aca,!" The Bamberg Warrior Transition Unit is looking beyond the physical injury in addressing the mind, spirit and heart of each injured Soldier by incorporating part-time work into their daily routines.

  • Soldiers Get 'Xtreme' Start to Army Career

    Mar 3, 2008

    Twenty future Soldiers entered the fighting cage at the Xtreme Fighting Championship Mixed Martial Arts Salute to Our Armed Forces Sunday, and raised their hands to support a different kind of fight.

  • Mission to Heal in Focus for Photographer

    Feb 29, 2008

    On the path to healing, Spc. Andrew Heward has found comfort in a lifelong passion for photography. Heward is one of nearly 50 Warriors in Transition assigned to Fort LeeAca,!a,,cs WT unit while recovering from injuries. With their mission focused on healing, the Soldiers also make use of their time engaged in tasks supporting organizations throughout post.

  • Endurance Runner Named Army Male Athlete of Year

    Feb 29, 2008

    Sgt. Maj. Ruben "Ben" Cavazos with the 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center, now serving in Kuwait, was named the 2007 Army Male Athlete of the Year Thursday evening.

  • Alaska Guard's Partnership with Mongolia Flourishes

    Feb 28, 2008

    Sprawling territory, extreme cold and rich natural resources are among shared conditions that have created a perfect marriage for Alaska and Mongolia in the National GuardAca,!a,,cs State Partnership Program.

  • Future Combat Vehicles to be Hybrid Electric

    Feb 28, 2008

    The firing platform for the Mounted Combat System 120mm cannon vehicle will start coming off the production line this winter.

  • Martin Finishes 16th in Milestone 700th Career Cup Start

    Feb 27, 2008

    Mark Martin and the No. 8 Principal Financial Group/U.S. Army team fought to a 16th-place finish in MondayAca,!a,,cs rain-delayed Auto Club 500.

  • Retamozzo Returns to Ring at Armed Forces Boxing

    Feb 26, 2008

    National Guard Sgt. Cherri Retamozzo returned from a four-year hiatus from the ring to win two bouts in the 2008 Armed Forces Boxing Championships Feb. 5-7 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

  • Soldiers Vie for Olympic Shooting Slots

    Feb 26, 2008

    Two Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit are trying out this weekend for the 2008 Olympic Team.

  • Former Soldier Revisits Times With Elvis

    Feb 26, 2008

    FRIEDBERG, Germany Aca,!" A walk through of Friedberg and Ray Barracks by a recent visitor brought back memories of time spent with fellow Soldier Sgt. Elvis Presley.

  • Tripler's Scenic View Includes Glimpse of Military Medicine's Future

    Feb 25, 2008

    High above the shimmering Honolulu skyline flanked by Diamond Head crater in clear sight to the east, perhaps a more impressive view from the hospital atop Moanalua Ridge is inside an unassuming office on the sixth floor and offers a glimpse into the future of military medicine. Doctors in the intensive care unit here are using telemedicine technology called Aca,!A"electronic ICU,Aca,!A? or eICU, to care for critically ill patients at U.S. military bases thousands of miles across the Pacific, helping save lives and reduce medical evacuation costs in the process.

  • Guardsman to Compete in Alaska's Iditarod

    Feb 25, 2008

    A Tennessee Army National Guard Soldier will become the first Tennessean in history to compete in Alaska's 2008 Iditarod, billed as "The World's Last Great Race."

  • Soldiers Fix Schools, Smiles in Balikatan 08

    Feb 25, 2008

    Philippine and American Soldiers pounded nails, spread tar and painted walls to fix schools and checked mouths and pulled teeth to fix some smiles during a combination dental and engineering civic action program near Fort Magsaysay in the Philippines Friday.

  • Soldier's Motorcycle Design Wins TV Contest

    Feb 22, 2008

    A Aca,!A"chopperAca,!A? designed by an Illinois National Guard Soldier was featured on Orange County Choppers, a popular television show specializing in custom motorcycle design.

  • Civil War Cast Recalls Roots of Diversity

    Feb 21, 2008

    Guests to the Pentagon Feb. 26 are in for a surprise Aca,!" a performance by key players in the Civil War, including Gen. Ulysses Grant, in commemoration of African-American History Month.

  • Drill Team, Color Guard Dazzle Crowd at Daytona 500

    Feb 20, 2008

    The United States Army Drill Team wowed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing fans with a 15-minute performance before the start of the 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

  • Army Wrestlers Match World's Best

    Feb 20, 2008

    Army wrestlers earned two silver medals and a bronze at the 2008 Dave Schultz Memorial International wrestling competition at the U.S. Olympic Training Center over the weekend.

  • Inside Look at Wiesbaden's WTU

    Feb 20, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Capt. Madalyn Melin was frustrated. Attempting to make yet another medical appointment, she was at the point of giving up.

  • National Guard Car Finishes 9th, U.S. Army Car 31st in Daytona 500

    Feb 19, 2008

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet to 9th place as Mark Martin finished 31st in the U.S. Army Chevrolet at the 50th running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

  • Pushing Men out of Planes Kept Him in Army

    Feb 15, 2008

    Back in 1971, then 2nd Lt. Jim Campbell began paying off the four years of Army service debt he incurred when he accepted an ROTC scholarship.

  • USO Drives to Connect Deployed Troops with Valentines

    Feb 14, 2008

    The USO of Hampton Roads, Va., did their part to keep loved ones who are separated by overseas deployments close this ValentineAca,!a,,cs Day, by collecting recycled cell phones for Soldiers.

  • War College Previews Future Robotics

    Feb 13, 2008

    The U.S. Army War College Robotics Day Feb. 12 was an opportunity for future leaders to see emerging technology.

  • Army Demonstrates Training Tools to Congress

    Feb 13, 2008

    Several of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs latest techno training tools were displayed on Capitol Hill last week, including a life-size medical mannequin that can blink, tear, salivate and even show allergic reactions, and a real-time language translator SoldierAca,!a,,cs wear on their wrist that will speak

  • All-Army Team Extends Dominance in Armed Forces Boxing

    Feb 13, 2008

    The All-Army Boxing Team secured seven individual gold medals en route to winning its 17th consecutive team title in the Armed Forces Boxing Championships Feb. 4-7. Heavyweight Staff Sgt. Joe Guzman and superheavyweight Staff Sgt. Andrew Shepherd, both members of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, quieted a raucous, Marine Corps-partisan crowd at Goettge Memorial Field House during the final two bouts, both of which were stopped early by the referee.

  • 'Bone Crushers' Help Build Homes

    Feb 13, 2008

    FORT HOOD, Texas Aca,!" Combat troops who served their country for more than a year in Iraq could not be asked to give any more than they already have, but one company of selfless Soldiers continues to give.

  • Valentine's Day finds Soldiers investing in more than flowers

    Feb 12, 2008

    Being away doesnAca,!a,,ct mean Soldiers canAca,!a,,ct stay close to loved ones at home. With ValentineAca,!a,,cs Day around the corner, Rakkasans at Patrol Base Yusifiyah are coming up with ways to show those at home how much they care.

  • Busting Myths of Promotion Boards

    Feb 12, 2008

    In the late spring of 2007, I was contacted by the Aca,!A"ArmyAca,!A? via e-mail to determine my availability to sit on a selection board for senior members of our Army non-commissioned officers corps.

  • Blind Warrior Training for Boston Marathon

    Feb 12, 2008

    Although he no longer has his sight, 1st Lt. Ivan Castro doesnAca,!a,,ct believe in it placing limitations on himself.

  • All-Army Soccer Team Wins Silver Medal

    Feb 12, 2008

    Second Lt. Andrew Filauro and Staff Sgt. Titus Kamau led the All-Army men's team to a silver medal in the 2008 Armed Forces Soccer Championship Tournament Jan. 31 through Feb. 5 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

  • New Twist On Old Story: Dog Eats Military Records

    Feb 11, 2008

    ST. LOUIS (Army News Service, Feb. 11, 2008) -- Teachers have heard it innumerable times from children who decided to play outside instead of knuckling down, but now it was a grown man lamenting the actions of his Aca,!A"best friend.Aca,!A?

  • Guard Car Wins Daytona's Shootout, Martin Takes 8th

    Feb 11, 2008

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. saluted National Guardsmen and women worldwide after winning the Budweiser Shootout Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway.

  • Making His No. 8 Debut, Martin Finishes 8th In Daytona's Shootout

    Feb 11, 2008

    Mark Martin finished eighth in the Budweiser Shootout, Feb. 9, after picking up four positions in the final three laps. It was MartinAca,!a,,cs 20th- consecutive start and 21st overall in the all-star event, which also marked his debut with the No. 8 on his U.S. Army Chevrolet.

  • Arkansas Guard promotes first African-American general

    Feb 7, 2008

    On Sept. 4, 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus defied the Supreme Court, calling in the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine African American students from entering Little RockAca,!a,,cs Central High School. At the time, there were no African Americans in the Arkansas National Guard.

  • Troops Help Tribe Stabilize California Landslide

    Feb 7, 2008

    National Guard troops joined members of the Hoopa Indian Reservation to work on an engineering project designed to stabilize a hill and remove dirt from a major landslide in northern California.

  • Korean Lunar New Year Brings Families Together

    Feb 5, 2008

    Korea has two different New Year's days and Feb. 7 is celebrated as Lunar New Year, the first day of the lunar calendar, called "Sul Nal."

  • Wounded Warrior Inspires Giants at Super Bowl

    Feb 4, 2008

    When the New York Giants upset the New England PatriotsAca,!a,,c perfect season in the last two minutes of SundayAca,!a,,cs Super Bowl, they did it with one of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs own as an honorary teammate.

  • Former Giant Cheers Team from Afghanistan

    Feb 4, 2008

    Among Soldiers watching the Super Bowl during the early morning hours Monday at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, was a former New York Giants player, Lt. Col. Nate Rivers.

  • Dolomite Peaks Challenge Soldiers Training for Afghanistan

    Feb 4, 2008

    Amongst the jagged, snow-covered peaks of the Italian Dolomites, U.S. Army Europe Soldiers are training alongside Italian troops, learning to survive a cold-weather environment.

  • Medical Team Restores Sight for Honduras's Needy

    Feb 1, 2008

    A U.S. military medical team has performed more than 170 eye surgeries and restored sight to many people who hadnAca,!a,,ct seen in years at Hospital del Sur, Choluteca, Honduras as part of a Medical Readiness Education and Training Exercise.

  • All-Army Boxing Championships Conclude at Huachuca

    Jan 30, 2008

    Boxing fans from throughout southern Arizona filled Barnes Field House Friday night to watch the championship bouts of the 2008 All Army Boxing Championships.

  • Army Spouse Writes About Deployment Struggles

    Jan 30, 2008

    When Soldiers march off to war, so do their spouses, writes one Army spouse in her new book. They fight to stay connected with their Soldiers across miles and distance, and to survive on their own.

  • Sgt. Stevens Named 'America's Choice'

    Jan 30, 2008

    Utah Army National Guard Sgt. Jill StevensAca,!a,,c quest to capture the crown as the 80th Miss America ended with a flurry of pushups on the stage of the nationally-televised pageant Saturday, Jan. 26.

  • Soldier Show Needs Soldier-Performers, Technicians

    Jan 29, 2008

    For those who missed the December deadline for an audition in the 2008 U.S. Army Soldier Show, now is the time to contact director Tim Higdon. Audition spaces are still available for the 2008 season.

  • Wounded Warriors Take Healing Process Outdoors

    Jan 29, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy Aca,!" They say that fishing is good for the soul. Even renowned guitarist Eric Clapton is known to relax by wading the fly-fishing streams of Wales.

  • Army Arts and Crafts Contest Spotlights Winners

    Jan 28, 2008

    More than 200 Soldiers, including those serving in Iraq and Kuwait, Civilians, Family members and MWR patrons from 39 garrisons generated 530 entries in the 2007 Army Arts and Crafts Contest. Crafts were entered in 2D and 3D categories in ceramics, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, oil-base painting, water-base painting, wood, and mixed media and further divided into novice and accomplished artist divisions.

  • All-Army Soccer Team Visits Pentagon

    Jan 25, 2008

    Only in the Army would a soccer player go directly from the battlefield to the playing field.

  • As Surge Deployment Winds Down, Paratroopers Reflect

    Jan 25, 2008

    Most of ShaAca,!a,,cab was still sleeping as a Humvee weaved its way through the neighborhoodAca,!a,,cs maze-like streets early one frigid, January morning. Commanding the patrol was 1st Lt. Austin DziengelewskiAca,!a,,cs platoon of paratroopers from 2nd Battalion Aca,!A"The White Falcons,Aca,!A? 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment. The patrol was on their way to a squatter village in the area, where displaced families were living in makeshift tents. With the temperatures dropping below freezing at night, the paratroopers were worried people in the camps might freeze to death. The platoonAca,!a,,cs mission was to find them and see what help they needed.

  • Army Family Member Competing for Miss America

    Jan 24, 2008

    There will be one Miss America viewer this weekend whoAca,!a,,cs hoping that victory started at Fort Jackson.

  • 'The Sarge' Readies for NHRA Top Fuel Season

    Jan 24, 2008

    With the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series campaign less than a month away, Army Top Fuel driver Tony Aca,!A"The SargeAca,!A? Schumacher is already figuring on another edge-of-your-seat type of season.

  • Last Jump: XVIII Airborne Corps Heads Out Door

    Jan 23, 2008

    The XVIII Airborne Corps Special Troops Battalion performed its last pre-deployment jump Jan. 15 at Sicily drop zone on Fort Bragg - heading out the door of a C-130 high-performance aircraft before heading to Baghdad.

  • BOSS Program Helping More Than Single Soldiers

    Jan 23, 2008

    Aca,!A"I remember my first experience representing the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program at the Army Family Action Plan conference,Aca,!A? said Marlon Martin, now manager of the Army-wide BOSS program.

  • Martin Luther King Colleague Recalls Struggle

    Jan 22, 2008

  • Recruiter Can Take a 'Buck' and That's no 'Bull'

    Jan 22, 2008

    Eight seconds may not seem like a long span of time Aca,!" unless you are riding a 2,000-pound tornado with horns Aca,!" then it feels like an eternity.

  • Army Game's Medic Training Helps Save Two Lives

    Jan 22, 2008

    A longtime player of the game Aca,!A"AmericaAca,!a,,cs ArmyAca,!A? became a first responder following a car accident in November when he employed the life-saving techniques he learned by playing the video game.

  • MEDEVAC Crews Brave Enemy Fire to Save Soldiers

    Jan 22, 2008

    Aero-medical evacuation crews from Task Force Marne faced enemy gunfire to deliver five injured Soldiers to safety on Jan. 18.

  • Book Lists Ways to Strengthen Military Families

    Jan 22, 2008

    On military bases and in towns and cities across America, servicemembers and their spouses are quietly waging their own war, the war to keep their Families together in spite of the stresses of extended and repeated deployments.

  • Guard's Miss America Contestant Focused on Mission as Pageant Nears

    Jan 17, 2008

    Utah Army National Guard Sgt. Jill StevenAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"personal combat zoneAca,!A? has shifted from Afghanistan to Nevada, from a minefield to a beauty contest, from combat boots to high heels.

  • Removing Dark Stains: Soldiers Help Clean up Korea's Worst Oil Spill

    Jan 17, 2008

    The once-fresh sea air was now nauseating, as if the breeze carried a pungent grease smell across the Taean coast. Stones worn smooth by the ocean tides littered the beach, each one heavy with black oil that seeped through a charcoal dust that had been laid down days earlier as the first step to stem the pollution.

  • Fallen Soldier Gives Back

    Jan 16, 2008

    CASERMA EDERLE, Vicenza, Italy Aca,!" All Soldiers, especially those who are deploying, want to take care of their families in the event something happens to them, but one Soldier took this one step further by including his fellow paratroopers in his family.

  • Water Dogs Keep Water Flowing

    Jan 15, 2008

    A four-man team of water purification specialists assigned to Company A, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion oversees the production of more than 40,000 gallons of water a day for the those living at forward operating base Fenty.

  • Calendar Offers Ways to Support Troops

    Jan 15, 2008

    Your new gym membership has yet to be used and that clutter you resolved to organize still needs tackling, but your resolution to help others this year still has hope. Thanks to America Supports YouAca,!a,,cs 12-month calendar of ways to show appreciation for the nationAca,!a,,cs troops and their Families, there is a fresh idea for keeping your resolution on track every month.

  • Israeli MOUT Facility Model for National Guard

    Jan 14, 2008

    National Guard Soldiers could one day train at a state-of-the-art urban warfare training center in Israel, or one modeled after it, according to Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum.

  • Military Clothing Designers on Cutting Edge

    Jan 14, 2008

    When you think about clothing designers, you probably think of a favorite designer or perhaps a favorite store and not the U.S. military, but the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center has clothing designers who design, develop and improve military clothing and equipment.

  • World-class Boxer Trains at Fort Jackson, Learns Ropes

    Jan 14, 2008

    World-class welterweight boxer Luis Collazo got a taste of Army life during a recent trip to Columbia, S.C., much of which was spent here at Fort Jackson preparing for an upcoming bout in the ring.

  • CNBC's Suze Orman Presents Finance Course to Troops

    Jan 11, 2008

    Suze Orman delivered a high-energy crash course in personal finance Jan. 11 at Fort Dix's Timmermann Center.

  • Commentary: American Soldier Remains Nation's Ultimate Weapon

    Jan 11, 2008

    Now in its seventh year, the Global War on Terrorism is producing a new generation of American Soldier.

  • Army Closes Ray Barracks in Germany

    Jan 10, 2008

    The voice of Elvis Presley echoed through Ray Barracks one last time Monday, returning for a brief moment to his old military stomping grounds.

  • Soldiers Learn to Rappel in Djibouti

    Jan 9, 2008

    Soldiers deployed from Fort Myer, Va., gained confidence in a rappelling training session conducted by Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 Det. 20, Jan. 4.

  • WTU Vans Ready to Roll in Europe

    Jan 9, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" Fourteen Mercedes-Benz vans, outfitted to accommodate wheelchairs, are being distributed this month to Warrior Transition Units throughout Europe.

  • Lt. Gen. HonorAfA Leaving Legacy at First Army

    Jan 8, 2008

    Lt. Gen. Russell L. HonorAfA, commander of First Army, is retiring from the Army and will relinquish his command Jan. 11 in a ceremony at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Ga.

  • No. 8 Army Team Prepares for 2008 Season

    Jan 8, 2008

    NASCAR driver Mark Martin and the No. 8 U.S. Army Team spent Jan. 7 getting acquainted, while testing the high-banked 2.5-mile tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway.

  • Brigade Support Battalion Trains for Rainy Day

    Jan 7, 2008

    The vehicle recovery team of the 610th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division recently trained for BaghdadAca,!a,,cs upcoming rainy season at Forward Operating Base Falcon.

  • Army MWR Contest to Provide Daily Dose of Comedy

    Jan 7, 2008

    Patrons of Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs can test their comedic skills by entering a joint MWR -Picturehouse Films promotion to win one of 30 flip video cameras to be awarded, and a chance to bring world-class comedy to the installation of their choice.

  • All-American Bowl Pairs Soldiers with Best High School Football Players

    Jan 5, 2008

    Standing at the 50-yard line of the Alamodome, and in front of a national TV audience, Warrant Officer Stephanie Leonard shouted into the public address microphone the reason why she and 90 other Soldier heroes are here to share their leadership and experiences -- "I am Army strong!"

  • Decorated Veterans, Top Players Honored at Bowl Banquet

    Jan 5, 2008

    The top players in the nation were honored along with some of the most courageous Soldier-heroes during a special awards banquet in San Antonio, Texas. The dinner preceded the Army-sponsored All-American Bowl, pitting the top high school players in the nation in an East vs. West contest.

  • Soldiers, Players Mix During Texas-style Welcome

    Jan 4, 2008

    Soldier-Heroes and all-star football players meet during a barbecue in San Antonio, Texas, during activities prior to this Saturday's Army-sponsored "All-American" Bowl football contest.

  • Army Names All-American Bowl Player of Year Finalists

    Jan 4, 2008

    The U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection committee announced during a press conference Thursday that it selected six of the nationAca,!a,,cs top high-school football players as finalists for the 2008 Army Player of the Year Award.

  • Three Silver Star Teammates Honored as 'Soldier-Heroes'

    Jan 4, 2008

    More than 90 Soldier-heroes from throughout the Army converge on San Antonio, Texas, to be honored during activities leading up to this Saturday's Army-sponsored "All-American" Bowl high school all-star football game at the Alamodome. Three of those Soldier-Heroes are fellow squad members and teammates who received the Silver Star for their actions in Afghanistan.

  • Troops Deliver Supplies to Kandahar Orphans

    Jan 3, 2008

    Afghan National Security Forces and Coalition troops delivered more than a ton of food, clothes and toys to the nearly 380 children of Shahid Ali Ahad Khan Karzi Orphanage and school in Kandahar District, Kandahar Province, Dec. 30.

  • Military Delivers Wheelchairs to Miskito Coast

    Jan 3, 2008

    A Civil Military Operations team from Joint Task Force-Bravo delivered 100 donated wheelchairs to disabled villagers here Dec. 28.

  • Sewer Project Helps East Baghdad Clean Up Streets

    Jan 3, 2008

    Thousands of families in east Baghdad will soon have their neighborhoods free of raw sewage in the streets.

  • Let the Game Begin: 'All-American' Bowl Events Kickoff

    Jan 3, 2008

    Some of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs most decorated Soldiers introduced themselves to some of the top high school football athletes in the country during an ice-breaking social when they were matched up to a friendly competition of push-ups, sit-ups, with a little karaoke thrown in.

  • Engineers Transfer 3 Completed Power Plants to Iraqis

    Jan 2, 2008

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently turned three 132kV electrical substations over to Iraqi authorities in the Basrah Province.

  • New Engineers Drilling Wells in Djibouti

    Jan 2, 2008

    For the past year, the mission of the 1132nd Engineering Detachment Well Drilling Team has been to provide potable water to the people of Djibouti, but now their mission is to train their replacements to do the same

  • Hidden Baghdad: Paratroopers Find City on Mend During Patrols

    Dec 31, 2007

    Sgt. Nicholas HardebeckAca,!a,,cs platoon was about midway through their afternoon patrol when the sound of explosions began echoing from a nearby street. Sgt. Hardebeck cocked his head to listen for a moment. Aca,!A"Fire crackers. Just people celebrating,Aca,!A? he said casually. At the beginning of their deployment, the sergeant and the other paratroopers from his unit, Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, might not have reacted as calmly. But after almost a year on the ground, the paratroopers are accustomed to the sights and sounds of Baghdad. What was once alien and strange Aca,!" and liable to cause overreactions Aca,!" now seems commonplace.

  • Iraqi Army Brings Smiles to Children

    Dec 28, 2007

    Iraqi soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division (Mechanized) brought smiles to children at a local elementary school in northwest Baghdad by delivering donated school supplies and care packages, Dec. 17.

  • Another Bird Keeps Soldiers on Ground Safe

    Dec 28, 2007

    When people think of aircraft in Iraq, many imagine fighter jets and helicopters, but many donAca,!a,,ct know about a smaller and equally important aircraft in use today. Shadow 200 RQ-7B unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs are flown over the skies of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division area of operations to provide safety for Soldiers on the ground.

  • Toy Drive in Honduras

    Dec 27, 2007

    The Joint Task Force-Bravo Chapel organized a toy drive for children in Honduras. The toys were distributed Dec. 23. Donations for the drive came from families of servicemembers stationed at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.

  • JTF-Bravo Deploys Medics to Costa Rica

    Dec 27, 2007

    For the first time in more than three years, United States servicemembers from Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed to Costa Rica for a Medical Readiness Training Exercise Dec. 17. More than 600 patients were seen during the two-day exercise, with five critical enough to require air evacuation to the city of Limon, a 15-minute flight that would have taken days to hike through the mountainous terrain. The 1st Battallion-228th Aviation Regiment transported a girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy and pneumonia, which was the most critical case seen by the team.

  • Iraqi Double Amputee Walks Out of Hospital

    Dec 23, 2007

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq (Army News Service, Dec. 27, 2007) -- Standing upright and walking on her own is something 20-year-old Soham Hassan Ka-Naan, a young woman from Khargulia, never thought she would be able to do again.

  • Pop Artist Sends 'Gift of Music' to Troops

    Dec 21, 2007

    In keeping with the holiday season, musician John Ondrasik sends the gift of music to Soldiers overseas and stateside.

  • Army Aid Improves 'Sight, Sound, Smile' in Bangladesh

    Dec 21, 2007

  • Soldiers to Mentor Students at All-American Bowl

    Dec 20, 2007

    More than 90 Soldier heroes will be paired with AmericaAca,!a,,cs leading high-school athletes in the week of festivities leading up the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Jan. 5.

  • Afghan Forces Deliver Tons of Aid, Toys to Villagers

    Dec 20, 2007

    Afghan National Security Forces, assisted by coalition forces, delivered tons of much-needed humanitarian assistance to hundreds of villagers in Angurdarrah and Gadaykhel and other villages throughout Nangarhar province Dec. 16-18.

  • 8th Army Soldiers help with South Korean oil clean-up efforts

    Dec 19, 2007

    Soldiers help clean up Korean Oil Spill

  • Army to Launch Wounded Warrior Sports Program

    Dec 19, 2007

    The Army will launch a Wounded Warrior Sports Program for active-duty Soldiers with life-altering injuries in January, giving them the opportunity to compete at the national level. The Army will pay for the athletesAca,!a,,c registration fees, transportation, lodging and per diem while they compete at selected events. Athletic attire also will be issued to the Soldiers, who will represent the Army during competitions.

  • Maine Wreaths Grace Arlington National Cemetery

    Dec 18, 2007

    Blustery weather did not deter 2,000 volunteers from showing up early on a Saturday to lay some 10,000 wreaths on graves in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Guard Family Gets Extreme Dream Home

    Dec 18, 2007

    Spc. Michael Lucas received an extra-special homecoming during his mid-tour leave from Iraq when he and his family discovered they had been selected for a total-home renovation, courtesy of the popular reality-TV show Aca,!A"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.Aca,!A?

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