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  • Army Announces Stationing Decisions

    Dec 19, 2007

    The U.S. Army announced Dec. 19 unit stationing decisions to support the PresidentAca,!a,,cs plan to grow the Army by 74,200 Soldiers across all three Army components. This growth includes the stationing of six new infantry brigade combat teams, eight support brigades in the active component, and associated growth in smaller combat support and combat service support units required to complement the U.S. Army's overall force-structure growth.

  • Army tests carbines for the third time in extreme dust

    Dec 17, 2007

    Recently Army testing laboratories at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, subjected the M4 carbine and three other weapons to a severe environmental test called the "Carbine Extreme Dust Test." The lab environment allowed engineers to push the weapons beyond their technical limits to better inform and understand what is required for the most capable weapons on the current battlefield. This was the third such test for the Army's carbine of choice, the M4.

  • Army Announces Logistics Branch

    Dec 13, 2007

    The Department of the Army announced today, Dec. 13, the establishment of a new branch which will become effective Jan. 1, 2008. The Logistics Branch is the newest branch of the Army for commissioned officers, established by General Order of the Secretary of the Army. Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation officers from the ranks of captain through colonel will be united into the Logistics Branch. This change will occur across all components of the Army.

  • Accountability, improved policies follow Army change of station travel review

    Dec 7, 2007

    The Army is conducting an internal review to identify possible irregularities in its Temporary Change of Station process for long-term travelers. The Army Leadership directed this review as part of the its ongoing efforts to identify weaknesses in the Temporary Change of Station process, make improvements without delay, detect incidents of misconduct and hold accountable those who have engaged in misconduct.

  • Army Commits to Working with PiAfA+-on Canyon Communities

    Dec 7, 2007

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren today, Dec. 7, reaffirmed the ArmyAca,!a,,cs commitment to working with southeastern Colorado communities to identify and address concerns about the ArmyAca,!a,,cs proposed purchase of land from private landowners adjacent to Fort CarsonAca,!a,,cs PiAfA+-on Canyon Maneuver Site.

  • President Names Ford as Acting Under Secretary of the Army

    Dec 4, 2007

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren today, Dec. 4, expressed his appreciation for President BushAca,!a,,cs designation of the Honorable Nelson M. Ford, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller (ASA(FM&C)), to be the Acting Under Secretary of the Army.

  • Army Addresses Patient Privacy and Legal Concerns in Recent Story

    Dec 3, 2007

    Regarding the Dec. 2 story in a Washington, D.C., newspaper about Army Lt. Elizabeth WhitesideAca,!a,,cs medical and legal case, the U.S. Army position is very clear: no decision has been made yet as to whether charges against the officer will proceed to court martial. That is the purpose of the Article 32 investigation: the investigating officer will look at existing evidence and circumstances and advise the court-martial convening authority so he may determine whether a court martial is warranted or dispose of the charges in some other appropriate manner.

  • Army Issues Instructions to Prepare for Funding Shortfall

    Nov 28, 2007

    The Army announced Nov. 28 that it has taken initial steps to plan for reduced operations at all Army bases while the congressional review continues on funding for operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and requirements associated with the Global War on Terror.

  • Mental Health Needs of Soldiers Returning from Iraq Identified Through Two Army Medical Surveys

    Nov 13, 2007

    A new Army medical study published in the Nov. 14 issue of Aca,!A"JAMA,Aca,!A? The Journal of the American Medical Association, reports on results from 88,235 post-Operation Iraq Freedom returning Soldiers...

  • Army accepts Gansler Commission report on contracting; commits to action

    Nov 1, 2007

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren accepted Nov. 1 the report of an independent commission citing structural weaknesses and organizational shortcomings in the U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs acquisition and contracting system used to support expeditionary operations.

  • Army Astronaut on NASA's Oct. 23 Shuttle Mission

    Oct 22, 2007

    NASA will launch an Italian-built U.S. module for the International Space Station with a space shuttle crew that includes Army Col. Douglas H. Wheelock, a mission specialist who will be making his first spaceflight. Aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, the STS-120 mission is projected to take the Node 2 connecting module to the station Oct. 23, when it will liftoff from Launch Pad 39A at NASAAca,!a,,cs Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • Eight National Guard brigades alerted for Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom

    Oct 19, 2007

    The Department of the Army today joined the Department of Defense in announcing Oct. 19 the alert of seven Army National Guard Brigade Combat Teams and one Army National Guard Fires Brigade for planned rotations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

  • Army Unit from Fort Hood Announced for Iraq Rotation in Summer 2008

    Oct 9, 2007

    The Army confirmed the Department of Defense announcement Oct. 9 sending Soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas, to Iraq as part of a normal rotation of forces. The "Cobras" will deploy in the summer of 2008 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Army Focuses on Soldiers' Families at AUSA Annual Meeting

    Oct 9, 2007

    Secretary of the Army Mr. Pete Geren and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey put Army Families center stage Oct. 8 in speeches at the Association of the United States Army convention. To renew their commitment to Army Families, Mr. Geren and Gen. Casey introduced The Army Family Covenant.

  • Army corrects the facts in "Balancing Act" magazine story

    Oct 5, 2007

    The Oct. 1 issue of Government Executive includes a story based on Army Chief of StaffAca,!a,,cs General George W. CaseyAca,!a,,cs Sept. 6 remarks at a forum sponsored by that magazine. Unfortunately, the story contains some inaccuracies that the Army is working with the magazine to correct.

  • Army Announces Fort Sill, Okla., Partner for Residential Communities Initiative

    Sep 28, 2007

    The U.S. Army announced Sept. 28 Picerne Military Housing, LLC, will develop the Community Development and Management Plan for Fort Sill, Okla., as part of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Residential Communities Initiative providing family-housing neighborhood improvements on post.

  • EPA and United Nations recognize Army environmental accomplishments

    Sep 20, 2007

    The U.S. Army joins its sister military services and the Department of Defense Sept. 16 at recognition ceremonies in Montreal to receive the Environmental Protection AgencyAca,!a,,cs Best of the Best Award, and the United Nations Partner Award.

  • Army Reaches Out to Support All Families

    Sep 18, 2007

    Secretary of the Army the Hon. Pete Geren and Army Chief of Staff George Casey announced a new program today, Sept. 17, to provide improved support to Army Soldiers and Families: The Army Integrated Family Support Network (AIFSN).

  • Army reminding troops, families of suicide prevention during National Suicide Prevention Week

    Sep 13, 2007

    The U.S. Army is participating in National Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 9 -15 by re-emphasizing its focus on suicide-prevention awareness and training to its more than 1.1 million Soldiers as well as their families -- particularly in light of a concerning increase in the ArmyAca,!a,,cs suicide rate for calendar year 2006. The theme this year, Aca,!A"Suicide Prevention: Moving Forward with Education and Training,Aca,!A? matches the ArmyAca,!a,,cs prevention priorities. The loss of any member of the Army family is a tragedy, and the Army has made prevention of suicide a top priority. While the Army has been tracking suicides since 1980, beginning in 2003, the Army started to see an overall increase in the number of confirmed suicides committed by Soldiers while on active duty from 79 in 2003 to 88 in 2005 to 99 in 2006.

  • Army Takes Further Action to Fight Fraud

    Aug 29, 2007

    Throughout 2007 the Army has undertaken a rigorous effort to remediate weaknesses in contracting. Today, the Secretary of the Army has established two efforts to broaden the ArmyAca,!a,,cs ongoing efforts to ensure policies and procedures are in place for all joint, expeditionary contracting operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait and better prepare the Army for acquisition and logistical support of combat operations in the future.

  • Army Unveils First Hybrid-Electric Propulsion System for New Combat Vehicles

    Aug 15, 2007

    The Army today unveiled its first hybrid-electric propulsion system for a new fleet of Manned Ground Vehicles (MGVs), which will be tested and evaluated at the Power and Energy Systems Integration Laboratory (P&E SIL) in Santa Clara.

  • Army Presents Energy and Water Management Awards

    Aug 10, 2007

    The Secretary of the Army, the Hon. Pete Geren, recognized the Army's top achievers in energy and water conservation Aug. 8 for saving a combined total of more than 737,132 million British thermal units of energy, 214 million gallons of water and $9.2 million during Fiscal Year 2006. The Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award winners improved efficiency, instituted renewable technologies and promoted energy awareness at installations worldwide.

  • $20,000 bonus for recruits who report to basic training before Sept. 30

    Aug 6, 2007

    The U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs Recruiting Command announced recently a $20,000 Aca,!A"quick-shipAca,!A? bonus for aspiring recruits. The bonus applies to new recruits with no prior military service who enlist for at least two years active duty in AmericaAca,!a,,cs Army. They must agree to report to basic training within 30 days of enlistment. The program ends Sept. 30.

  • Armed Services Blood Program explains Department of Defense Rules for blood donations

    Aug 4, 2007

    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 3, 2007Aca,!"The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) has come under fire recently in Greensboro, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio, due ironically, to a groundswell of support from passionate individuals who are not active-duty military, but who wish to offer their blood Aca,!" a most precious commodity Aca,!" to help save the lives of our troops. These individuals who want to support the Armed Services Blood Program in its missionAca,!"to supply blood and blood products to service members and their families in both peace and warAca,!"want to know why they are not called on to volunteer as blood donors.

  • Walter Reed Consolidates Volunteers, Recognizes Efforts

    Aug 3, 2007

    "For someone to give of their time and talents-volunteering is selfless service, our citizens at their best," said Cynthia Rome, Director of the Walter Reed Army Community Service, who oversees the Army Volunteer Corps (AVC), the lead agency for volunteerism at Walter Reed. "We want to embrace them and give them the opportunity to do that." This week, the AVC launches a new Website page and appeals to all departments and current volunteers to register with them.

  • Army Announces Results of Further Review of Reports Related to Death of Cpl. Patrick Tillman

    Aug 1, 2007

    The U.S. Army announced July 31, 2007, steps taken by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, and the results of a review by the commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command of the March 26, 2007, DoD Inspector GeneralAca,!a,,cs report into matters related to the 2004 friendly fire death of Army Ranger Cpl. Patrick Tillman.

  • U.S. Army to Acquire Future Combat Systems Spin Out and Manned Ground Vehicle Technology

    Jul 18, 2007

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) approved sole source justification to procure on an other than full and open competition basis Future Combat System technology Spin Out Low-Rate Initial Production effort and the Congressional directed Manned Ground Vehicle Initial Production Platform (Non-Line of Sight Cannon (NLOS-C).

  • PTSD - MTBI

    Jul 18, 2007

    The Army initiates a PTSD-MTBI chain teach to inform Soldiers and Family members of the signs and sources for help.

  • Army Targets Behavioral Health Issues Using Chain Teaching

    Jul 18, 2007

    The U.S. Army launches a Aca,!A"chain teachingAca,!A? program today to help Soldiers and their families identify symptoms of, and seek treatment for those suffering from, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

  • Army takes further action to address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, mild Traumatic Brain Injuries i

    Jul 17, 2007

    The Army took extraordinary steps today by launching a Aca,!A"chain teachingAca,!A? program as part of an aggressive campaign to educate more than 1 million Active, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers worldwide within the next 90 days about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

  • Army Leadership to Families: "We Hear You Loud and Clear"

    Jul 13, 2007

    Today the U.S. Army announced immediate steps to improve support to Army Families by authorizing and funding Family Readiness Support Assistants down to battalion level for all deploying units across the Army.

  • Mr. Geren Becomes 20th Secretary of the Army

    Jul 13, 2007

    Mr. Pete Geren became the 20th Secretary of the Army here today, following his nomination by President George W. Bush and confirmation by the United States Senate.

  • Army Fills 100% of Requests for Equipment from Seven Key States and Three Territories this Hurricane

    Jul 12, 2007

    The Department of the Army announced today, July 12, the completion of the provision of nearly 2,600 pieces of equipment requested by seven states and three territories in hurricane-prone areas of the United States in anticipation of possible needs this storm season. The last items to be delivered Aca,!" eight flat bed trailers Aca,!" arrived in Puerto Rico last week. States requested and received a variety of equipment, from transportation to communications gear. Much of this equipment will remain permanently with these states.

  • Army Takes Immediate Action To Deliver Backlogged Mail

    Jun 15, 2007

    The U.S. Army took immediate steps to deliver about 4,500 pieces of delayed mail, some bearing postal dates from May of 2006, that were discovered at the Walter Reed Army Medical CenterAca,!a,,cs hospital brigade mail room last week, Major General Eric Schoomaker, Commanding General of WRAMC and the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, announced today.

  • Army's Newest Units to Address Soldier Medical Care and Transition Nationwide

    Jun 14, 2007

    The U.S. Army announced today a series of improvements for wounded SoldiersAca,!a,,c medical care and outpatient assistance to prepare them for continued, successful military service or transition to active citizenship Aca,!" including the national establishment June 15 of Warrior Transition Units at the ArmyAca,!a,,cs major installations nationwide.

  • Environmental excellence: Army Receives 2007 White House Closing the Circle Awards

    Jun 12, 2007

    The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive today, June 12, presented 2007 Closing the Circle Awards to Army Headquarters and to Fort Hood. The Closing the Circle Awards recognize outstanding achievements of Federal employees and their facilities for efforts that resulted in significant contributions to, or have made a significant positive impact regarding, environmental stewardship. The awards focus on waste prevention, recycling, and green purchasing activities, environmental management, green/sustainable building, electronics stewardship, and reduced fuel usage. This year also includes three special Aca,!A"Sowing the SeedsAca,!A? awards that recognize leadership in setting future vision.

  • USCENTCOM R&R LEAVE PROGRAM HITS MILESTONE WITH 500,000TH PARTICIPANT

    Jun 9, 2007

    The U.S. Army will achieve a significant milestone June 12 in the successful operation of the U.S. Central CommandAca,!a,,cs Rest and Recuperation Leave Program by serving the 500,000th participant since the programAca,!a,,cs inception Sept. 25, 2003.

  • U.S. Army Prepares for Hurricane Season with Equipment and Planning

    Jun 1, 2007

    As the United States enters the 2007 Hurricane Season June 1 the Department of the Army and its leadership are working to ensure that all components of the United States Army are fully equipped and trained to support the individual states in the event of a hurricane or crisis. The Stafford Act and the National Response Plan give the Federal Emergency Management Agency the lead in responding to any disaster. The Army is prepared to assist civil authorities, if requested.

  • Army to Continue with Bell Helicopter/Textron Inc. For Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter

    May 18, 2007

    During the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Special Army Systems Acquisition Review Council May 18, the Army evaluated and considered options in the procurement of the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter to replace the rapidly aging and depleted fleet of OH-58D Kiowa Warriors. The Army will continue with Bell Helicopter/Textron Inc. as the prime contractor for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter.

  • President to host first joint commissioning ceremony for ROTC cadets and midshipmen at the White Hou

    May 14, 2007

    President George W. Bush will host a commissioning ceremony on Thursday, May 17, for 55 ROTC Cadets and Midshipmen from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force representing all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and territories during a ceremony at the White House. Army ROTC Cadets comprise 23 of the 55 men and women selected to participate in this historic event. They will represent the more than 28,000 young Americans who have decided to make Army ROTC a part of their total college experience.

  • Army Units Announced for Afghanistan Rotation

    May 9, 2007

    The Department of the Army confirmed today, May 9, the Department of Defense announcement sending Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) to Afghanistan as part of a normal rotation of forces. The "Screaming Eagles" will deploy in early 2008 to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Remaining 2007 Active-duty Army Iraq Rotation Announced May 8

    May 8, 2007

    The Department of the Army confirmed today the Department of Defense announcement that 10 Army brigade combat teams will begin deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in August 2007 as part of the next routine rotation of forces.

  • Future Combat Systems (FCS) Mobile Demonstration Trailer and Technologies Display

    May 7, 2007

    The Mobile Demonstration Trailer is a simulation-like device that involves modernized Army FCS vehicles. The trailer helps demonstrate the ArmyAca,!Eoes innovative new fighting strategy (or network-centric concept of operations) from the perspective of a Soldier inside an FCS mounted combat system. Developed by the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Lead Systems Integrator (LSI), the trailer houses three mock, motion-based operator stations. These stations allows visitors to experience a simulated operation from inside a modernized FCS vehicle. Indeed, vehicle operators can drive through a simulated battlefield mission, engage targets, control an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and experience, firsthand, other operational benefits of improved situational awareness.

  • Army Reserve to Kick-Off Centennial Celebration

    Apr 23, 2007

    Chief, Army Reserve to Reenlist Soldiers at U-S Capitol Ceremony

  • Funding Needs Prompt Army Spending Constraints

    Apr 16, 2007

    The Army remains determined to do whatever necessary to execute its mission: defending the nation and prosecuting the war on terror while ensuring uninterrupted support to the Families of our deployed Soldiers. With the Fiscal Year 2007 emergency supplemental for funding operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and requirements associated with the Global War on Terror, still under congressional review, the Army will slow spending and the Department of Defense will move funds from other accounts to the Army, Army officials announced April 16.

  • Mr. Geren Testifies before Senate April 12 on Veterans' Care

    Apr 12, 2007

    Acting Secretary of the Army Mr. Pete Geren testified April 12 before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on the disability rating system and transition of veteransAca,!a,,c medical care from the Department of Defense to the Department of Veteran Affairs. His testimony also addressed outpatient care for Soldiers at Army hospitals.

  • Top Army Civilian Provides Update on Army Medical Actions

    Apr 10, 2007

    Today, April 10, the ArmyAca,!a,,cs top civilian leader, Acting Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, provided a written update to members of Congress and the Department of Defense on the status of corrective actions taken at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and throughout the Army medical system.

  • General George Casey Discusses New Army Chief of Staff Role

    Apr 10, 2007

    The following are remarks by General George Casey upon assumption of his duties as the new Army Chief of Staff during the April 10, 2007, Change of Responsibility at Fort Myer, Va.:

  • Farewell Message from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker

    Apr 9, 2007

    Tomorrow we will stand on the parade field at Fort Myer and the mantle of Army Chief of Staff will pass to General George W. Casey. It has been a tremendous privilege and honor to serve alongside you, the Soldiers, Civilians, and family members, who make the Army the world's preeminent land force, the ultimate instrument of national resolve.

  • Four Army National Guard Brigade Combat Teams Notified for Iraq Rotations

    Apr 9, 2007

    The Department of the Army confirmed today the Department of Defense announcement alerting four Army National Guard Brigade Combat Teams for rotations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The first Brigade Combat Team would deploy in December 2007 and the remaining in 2008. These alerts are not associated with the current plus-up of forces and are a part of routine unit replacements.

  • "Walter Reed NOW" Newsletter

    Apr 9, 2007

    We are gaining momentum - progress can be seen in nearly every facet of healthcare here at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. With the valued assistance of the Army Staff providing support, coupled with congressional leaders and others examining overarching processes, itAca,!a,,cs clear to me, our nationAca,!a,,cs warriors in transition are going to benefit greatly from these sweeping improvements. We are dependent upon these dynamic groups to join with us and continue to unravel the complex issues that still face our servicemen and women. They have served us with greatness and honor Aca,!" let us honor them with great healthcare service.

  • Army Prepares for Next Rotations in Iraq

    Apr 2, 2007

    The Department of the Army confirmed today the Department of DefenseAca,!a,,cs announcement for the next rotation of one corps headquarters, two division headquarters and two brigade combat teams in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, the Department of Defense extended one unit in Iraq and added approximately 2,000 combat support Soldiers to maintain the momentum of operations.

  • Military Hospital Care Expands Under 2005 Base Realignment and Closure

    Mar 30, 2007

    The top U.S. Army civilian wants to promote public awareness of the increased hospital and outpatient care that will be made available to all service members and veterans under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure, law which includes a state-of-the-art, joint National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., a newly constructed community hospital at Fort Belvoir and closure of the hospital at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Army position: M4 Carbine is Soldier's battlefield weapon of choice

    Mar 29, 2007

    The M4 Carbine is the Army's primary individual combat rifle for Infantry, Ranger, and Special Operations forces. Since its introduction in 1991, the M4 carbine has proven its worth on the battlefield because it is accurate, easy to shoot and maintain. The M4's collapsible stock and shortened barrel make it ideal for Soldiers operating in vehicles or within the confines associated with urban terrain. The M4 has been improved numerous times and employs the most current technology available on any rifle/carbine in general use today.

  • Army Announces Human Intelligence Special Recruiting Program

    Mar 28, 2007

    The U.S. Army announced the implementation of the Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Non-Commissioned Officer Special Recruiting Program today to bring at least 100 experienced NCOs into the 97-Echo career field.

  • Army Acts on Inspector General Recommendations Involving Cpl. Tillman Death Investigation

    Mar 26, 2007

    Army officials announced specific actions March 26 that will be taken in response to the Department of Defense Inspector General's (DoD IG) review of the events following the death of Army Cpl. Patrick Tillman's, on April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan. The DoD IG report includes the detailed report of a battlefield death investigation conducted by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

  • Army Awaiting Inspector General Report Involving Cpl. Tillman Death Investigation

    Mar 23, 2007

    The U.S. Army anticipates receiving the Department of Defense Inspector General investigation into the death of Cpl. Patrick Tillman soon. The Army requested an independent review by the Department of the Defense Inspector General June 2, 2005, into the circumstances surrounding his death in Afghanistan. It also is examining the Army's procedures following Cpl. Tillman's April 22, 2004, death. The Army plans to take appropriate actions after receiving the Inspector General's report. The Army has not yet officially received the report from the Department of Defense Inspector General.

  • Dr. Florabel Mullick Named Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Director

    Mar 23, 2007

    Florabel G. Mullick, MD, SES, has been named as the next director of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), becoming the 37th leader of the 145- year-old medical institution that was first founded as the Army Medical Museum

  • Army Recognizes Nisei Linguists with Capitol Hill Tribute

    Mar 20, 2007

    The Army is co-hosting a Capitol Hill tribute to the Nisei linguists of World War II as part of the public release of a new history on Japanese-Americans in the Military Intelligence Service. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) is officiating the recognition ceremony March 20 at 4:00 p.m. in a special ceremony at the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 418. The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, the U.S. Army and the Japanese-American Veterans Association are co-sponsors.

  • Army Launches Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline: 1-800-984-8523

    Mar 18, 2007

    At the direction of the Acting Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff, Army, the Army will open March 19 its newly created Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline. The purpose of the hotline's call center is twofold: to offer wounded and injured Soldiers and family members a way to seek help to resolve medical issues and to provide an information channel of Soldier medically related issues directly to senior Army leadership so they can improve how Army serves the medical needs of our Soldiers and their families.

  • $2,000 Army recruiting-referral bonus expanded to Army Civilians

    Mar 16, 2007

    Effective March 15, the Referral Bonus Program is expanded to include Department of the Army Civilians. This recruiting incentive currently pays Soldiers and Army retirees $2,000 for referring applicants who enlist in the Regular Component of the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard; complete basic training; and graduate advanced individual training.

  • Senior Army Leaders to Outline Army Posture before Congress

    Mar 14, 2007

    Army senior leaders will testify before Congress starting March 13 regarding the posture of the U.S. Army.

  • Army Inspector General Details Findings on Soldier Disability System

    Mar 12, 2007

    On 12 March, The U.S. Army Inspector General provided House and Senate Congressional committees a completed inspection report on the Army Physical Disability Evaluation System detailing findings of military medical and personnel policies, procedures and services for wounded and injured Soldiers.

  • Army Surgeon General Submits Retirement Request

    Mar 12, 2007

    On March 11 Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley, Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of Army Medical Command, submitted his request to retire from the U.S. Army to Acting Secretary of the Army Pete Geren. Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, current Deputy Surgeon General, immediately assumed the Surgeon General's duties.

  • Geren Assumes Duties as Acting Secretary of the Army

    Mar 9, 2007

    Mr. Pete Geren assumed his duties as Acting Secretary of the Army here today. The Secretary of Defense named Mr. Pete Geren as Acting Secretary of the Army March 2, 2007, following Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey's resignation.

  • Army Air Operations Continue in Support of Global War on Terrorism

    Mar 9, 2007

    The U.S. Army announced today that air operations continue without interruption supporting the commanders in both Iraq and Afghanistan to give Coalition Forces the tactical-air advantage in the Global War on Terrorism.

  • Army Names New Walter Reed Deputy Commanding General

    Mar 8, 2007

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody and Walter Reed Army Medical Center Commanding General Maj. Gen. Eric Schoomaker announced March 8 that Brig. Gen. Michael S. Tucker will become the new deputy commanding general of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Army Names New Walter Reed Deputy Commanding General

    Mar 8, 2007

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody and Walter Reed Army Medical Center Commanding General Maj. Gen. Eric Schoomaker announced March 8 that Brig. Gen. Michael S. Tucker will become the new deputy commanding general of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Dr. Francis J. Harvey's Message to the Army

    Mar 6, 2007

    It has been my honor to serve the Soldiers, civilians and families of the United States Army and my Country as the 19th Secretary of the Army.

  • Army Names New Walter Reed Commanding General

    Mar 2, 2007

    The U.S. Army announced today, March 2, that Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker will become the commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Schoomaker currently is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Md.

  • Army Relieves Walter Reed Commanding General

    Mar 1, 2007

    At 10 a.m. March 1 Army Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was relieved of command by Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey. This action has been under consideration for the last several days, with the final decision being made yesterday.

  • Army joins Military Saves Week

    Feb 28, 2007

    The United States Army in coordination with the Defense Department is celebrating Military Saves Week from Feb. 25 through March 4. This is part of the DoD Financial Readiness campaign, and the purpose is to encourage Soldiers and their families to establish positive fiscal management habits through savings and financial planning.

  • Army Fields New Protective Neck Gear

    Feb 28, 2007

    The U.S. Army is fielding 430,000 new helmet pads, officially referred to as Nape Pads, designed to better protect Soldiers' neck areas from ballistic fragmentation. The Army will begin shipping the new protective pad immediately to Soldiers deploying in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

  • Army Provides Details on Plus-up Force Training

    Feb 27, 2007

    The United States Army provided details today, Feb. 27, of the training preparations and readiness for the five Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) and a division headquarters identified as part of the plus up of forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Army is meeting a challenging deployment schedule with many of its active component units approaching one year or less of dwell time at home station before rotating back into either Iraq or Afghanistan. This compressed deployment cycle has decreased unit preparation time available to reach the required readiness standards prior to deployment.

  • Army Implements Soldier Outpatient Service and Support Improvement Plan

    Feb 23, 2007

    The Army is moving quickly to address issues recently covered in the press with regard to outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey directed Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody to develop and implement the action plan to address shortcomings at Walter Reed as well as Army-wide. The four focus areas of the action plan are: 1) Soldier accountability, health and welfare; 2) infrastructure; 3) medical administrative process; and 4) information dissemination. Gen. Cody has put a 30-day deadline on many of these actions.

  • Walter Reed Continues Quality Care, Concern for Recovering Wounded

    Feb 22, 2007

    The leadership and staff of Walter Reed Army Medical Center are working with outpatient Soldiers to continue year-long efforts to address concerns about medical services and their housing, especially in light of recent press reports about understandable frustrations with care among some Soldiers and their families.

  • Headquarters 3rd Infantry Division - "Rock of the Marne" - Goes to Iraq in March

    Feb 16, 2007

    The Defense Department announced Feb. 16 that the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters, from Fort Stewart, Georgia, will deploy to Iraq beginning in March 2007. This headquarters previously was scheduled to deploy for Operation Iraqi Freedom in June 2007, as announced on November 17, 2006, but will now be accelerated by a little over three months. The unit leadership notified the Soldiers and their families prior to this announcement.

  • Army Secretary Swears In New Civilian Aides

    Feb 15, 2007

    Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis Harvey invested five civilian aides in a ceremony held today in the Pentagon. The newest Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASAs) Linda Green, from Callawassie Island, S.C.; Donald McLeese, from Columbia, S.C.; Robert Echols, from Nashville, TN; James Cozine, from Boise, Idaho; and Joseph DeFrancisco, from Springfield, Va., were selected by Harvey to support the Army throughout their state and local communities.

  • Army Unit Slated for Afghanistan Duties this Spring

    Feb 14, 2007

    The Defense Department announced Feb. 14 the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, located in Italy, will deploy to Afghanistan this Spring. This Army brigade combat team previously was scheduled to deploy for Operation Iraqi Freedom, but will deploy instead to Afghanistan. The unit and U.S. Army Europe officials notified the Soldiers and their families earlier this week.

  • U.S. Army Land Expansion Waiver Approved for Fort Carson Maneuver Site

    Feb 14, 2007

    The U.S. Army announced today, that the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) has granted the requested waiver to the moratorium on major land acquisition. The Army intends to initiate efforts to potentially acquire up to 418,577 acres for the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. This action allows the Army to evaluate the potential acquisition of additional acres to satisfy an identified military-training land shortfall at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site As this process begins, the Army will actively seek public and agency comments and participation to ensure all interests are heard before any decision is made.

  • Army On Track for Plus-up Equipment, New Requirements

    Feb 13, 2007

    Recent media reports and a three-page summary from a classified Defense Department Inspector General report suggest the Army may have difficulty meeting its equipment requirements with regard to the recently announced troop increase in Iraq. These media reports are inaccurate and paint an incomplete picture. The U.S. Army's priority is sending only the best trained and equipped Soldiers into combat operations and that means providing the best force protection equipment for Soldiers. Even as we plus up troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom and beyond, force protection will not be shortchanged. Further, the Army will ensure all these Soldiers continue to have the best and most capable equipment in the world.

  • "Virtual Army Experience" Traveling Exhibit Offers Hands-on Test Drive of Soldiering in U.

    Feb 13, 2007

    The U.S. Army launched Feb. 12 the Virtual Army Experience, a high-tech, team-based experience designed to immerse visitors in the operational roles of Soldiers in the U.S. Army. This 10,000 square-foot interactive traveling exhibit brings the Army's exceptionally popular computer game, America's Army: Special Forces (Overmatch), to a life-size networked world to provide visitors with a virtual test drive of Soldiering. In the Virtual Army Experience, participants employ teamwork, leadership and high-tech equipment as they take part in a hands-on virtual mission to capture a terrorist leader. The Virtual Army Experience debuts this week at Speedweeks in Daytona. During 2007 the Army will deploy the Virtual Army Experience to 35 events around the nation. The Virtual Army Experience schedule is available at www.americasarmy.com and www.goarmy.com.

  • Army Soldier Earns Medal of Honor for Vietnam Valor

    Feb 9, 2007

    The White House announced today, Feb. 9, that President George W. Bush will present the Medal of Honor to Army veteran Bruce P. Crandall in recognition of his valor at Landing Zone X-Ray during the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam.

  • Army Announces Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009 Budgets

    Feb 6, 2007

    The U.S. Army announced Feb. 5 the details of its budget for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009, which covers from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2009. The FY08 budget request is $130 billion. The FY09 budget request is 140.7 billion. The FY08/09 budget is structured, first and foremost, to provide trained and equipped forces to the combatant commanders, balancing immediate war-fighting needs with the development of future enhancements. The Army will continue to focus on winning the Global War On Terrorism, accelerating transformation to a modular structure and sustaining the all-volunteer force.

  • Army Demos Future Combat Systems (FCS) in Live-Fire Soldier Exercise

    Feb 2, 2007

    The Army this week successfully completed the first Live-Fire Soldier exercise, Experiment 1.1, involving Future Combat Systems (FCS) technologies and equipment. The culmination of an eight-month demonstration that took place at both Fort Bliss, Texas, and Huntington Beach, Calif., the exercise is the first step in accelerating the delivery of key FCS capabilities to current-force Soldiers and part and parcel of the most comprehensive Army modernization effort in more than half a century.

  • U.S. Army recruits 200th partner for PaYS program

    Jan 27, 2007

    The Army enlisted Raytheon Jan. 30 as the Army's newest partner in its Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program. Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey signed the formal partnership agreement with Keith Peden, Raytheon's senior vice president of Human Resources, in a special ceremony at the Pentagon.

  • National Guard Bureau Chief Confirmed for Additional Two Years

    Jan 26, 2007

    The National Guard Bureau Chief, Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, was notified Jan. 26 the United States Senate confirmed his nomination for a two-year extension in his current position. In December 2006, he was nominated for this extension by President Bush. Lt. Gen. Blum will have served as the chief for four years in April 2007.

  • Army Extends Unit in Afghanistan

    Jan 25, 2007

    The Army announced today the extension of the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, currently deployed to Afghanistan. The extension of up to 120-days affects approximately 3,200 deployed Soldiers and their families. These Soldiers will maintain the tactical momentum on the ground to deny the Taliban a base of operations.

  • One Army Team Responds to Extension of Army National Guard Brigade

    Jan 14, 2007

    The Army National Guard -- with the full support of the Department of the Army at the Pentagon -- is rapidly organizing support for Soldiers' families and employers of the 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, following the unit's recently deployment extension in Iraq. Army National Guard Soldiers in the unit from 28 states are affected by the extension.

  • Army announces Surface Deployment and Distribution Command change

    Jan 12, 2007

    The U.S. Army recently designated Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command as an Army service component command to the U.S. Transportation Command and as a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

  • Army Releases FY06 Safety Report: 20-percent Reduction in Accident Fatalities

    Jan 12, 2007

    With the emphasis on safety by Army senior leaders, and the implementation of safety program improvements and initiatives targeted at leading accident factors, the Army achieved significant accident reductions in Fiscal Year 2006. Details are highlighted in the Army's Fiscal Year 06 Annual Safety Report located online at https://crc.army.mil/Report/Fy06yearend.doc.

  • Army Immediately Begins Implementing DoD Force Adjustments for Iraq

    Jan 11, 2007

    As a result of the President's Iraq strategy review, the Secretary of Defense directed today an increase in forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom. This announcement will result in a potential increase in Army troop presence in Iraq of more than 20,000 personnel by May. This plus-up will give commanders in Iraq the capability to employ up to 20 brigades to assist in achieving stability and security.

  • Army Makes Adjustments to Future Force Unmanned Aerial Systems

    Jan 9, 2007

    The Army announced today that it is realigning its unmanned aerial assets to correspond better with future joint-force requirements and budgetary constraints. The Army is balancing competing priorities: the costs of war and reset, and the need to modernize the force. Consequently, the service will continue to improve Raven and Shadow Unmanned Aerial Systems, develop two of four classes of Future Combat Systems Unmanned Aerial Systems, and field the Extended Range/Multi-Purpose Unmanned Aerial Systems.

  • Vice Chief Expresses Senior Army Leadership Disappointment in Letter Error

    Jan 6, 2007

    Gen. Richard Cody, the Army's Vice Chief of Staff, strongly voiced his frustration and disappointment on behalf of senior Army leaders. His frustration stems from a mass-mailing of a letter sent Dec. 26-28 to more than 5,100 Army officers who recently served, encouraging the former officers to consider returning to military service. "Every Army leader is just sick that this happened," he said Jan. 6.

  • Army Accelerates Pace of Modular Conversion

    Dec 19, 2006

    The U.S. Army announced today it will accelerate the modular conversion of two active-component Brigade Combat Teams, increasing the combat capability of the Nation's available Army forces. While already planned, the modular conversion of these two units ahead of schedule marks another positive milestone in the ongoing transformation of the Army premier fighting unit: the Brigade Combat Team.

  • Army Announces Results of Third Mental Health Advisory Team Survey

    Dec 19, 2006

    The Department of the Army announced Dec. 19 the results of the Army's third Mental Health Advisory Team, which is a snapshot of the morale and mental health of deployed Soldiers last Fall in Iraq.

  • Department of the Army Announces Change in Status of Soldier

    Dec 15, 2006

    The Department of the Army announced today the change in status of a Soldier serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie, 41, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was declared "Missing aEUR" Captured" as a result of a casualty review board convened Dec. 11, 2006. The board based its findings on evidence and intelligence available at this time. If additional evidence warrants another review, the board will reconvene.

  • Army Moving Quickly to Equip and Reset Force

    Dec 13, 2006

    The Army's current plan to equip and reset the force is ahead of schedule. With the entire $17.1 billion supplemental allocated by Congress at the beginning of fiscal year 2007, the Army has obligated $9.8 billion for reset-$4 billion has gone for depot and field-level repair, while $5.8 billion has been allocated for new procurements. After the Sept. 29 signing of the bridge supplement, the Army moved at unprecedented speed to distribute funding; both operations & maintenance and procurement funds were released within six days of receipt. The rapid release of those funds allowed the Army to front load new procurements within the initial 90 days of the fiscal year. The majority of procurement funding will be obligated by Feb 07. The Army will spend the entire $17.1B before the end of FY 07.

  • Army Unveils First Light Utility Helicopter UH-72A LAKOTA

    Dec 11, 2006

    Army Unveils First Light Utility Helicopter UH-72A LAKOTA. Gen. Richard A. Cody, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and Joe Redcloud, Chief of Staff of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Lakota Nation, accepted the Army's first Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, UH-72A, in a ceremony today in Columbus, Mississippi. "The Light Utility Helicopter aEUR" from concept development to material fielding to rapid deployment - is not only serving as a catalyst for change across the Army, it is also accelerating the speed of Army Aviation modernization and integration with other services and government agencies," said Cody. The fielding of the LUH is part of an ongoing Army-level effort to transform its aviation capability through the deliberate reinvestment of funds from the canceled 2004 Comanche program

  • Army Provides Context After Radio Story on Soldiers' Mental Health

    Dec 8, 2006

    A recent national radio program interviewed about a half dozen Soldiers at one Army post who say they are concerned about their military mental-health support and chain of command assistance after returning from Iraq.

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