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  • 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

  • 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.

  • Army Changes Preferred Site for Museum

    Nov 30, 2006

    The Army announced today that its new preferred site for the proposed National Museum of the U.S. Army (NMUSA) is adjacent to the intersection of Fort Belvoir's Kingman Road with the Fairfax County Parkway on Ft. Belvoir's north post. The Army had been considering a site on the Engineer Proving Grounds for the location of the museum.

  • Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Opens House

    Nov 17, 2006

    The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) will host its annual open house Nov. 18.

  • Army announces temporary ACU boot policy — Black ICWB boots authorized with ACU in some zones

    Nov 14, 2006

    The Army announced today that in certain geographic areas for the next six months the black Intermediate Cold Wet Boot (ICWB) will be authorized for wear with the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) in lieu of the tan ICWB, which is currently in short supply.

  • Army Secretary Swears In Three New Civilian Aides

    Oct 28, 2006

    Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey invested three civilian aides in a ceremony held today in the Pentagon. The newest Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASAs), Keith Bjerke, from Fargo, N.D., Bill LaPrise, from Miamisburg, Ohio, and Harry Sieben, from Minneapolis, Minn., were selected by Harvey to support the Army throughout their state and local communities.

  • U.S. Army Announces New 'Army Strong' Advertising Campaign; National Advertising Begins No

    Oct 16, 2006

    The U.S. Army announced Oct. 9 the start of its communication and education efforts to assist the Army family to communicate to the Nation about Soldier's skills, leadership, teamwork, and selfless service prior to the launch of a new Army advertising campaign. Army Secretary Dr. Francis J. Harvey unveiled the Army Strong campaign, a key component of the Army' recruiting and advertising efforts, at the 2006 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

  • Army exhibit to highlight war-time "Call to Duty Aca,!" Boots on the Ground"

    Oct 5, 2006

    Soldiers' personal experiences, first-person documentaries, and interactive demonstrations highlight four "zones" comprising Aca,!A"The Army ExhibitAca,!' during the 2006 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Oct. 9-11, at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center.

  • Army Takes Delivery of Cannon-firing Platform for FCS Manned Ground Vehicles

    Oct 5, 2006

    The Army today took delivery of the firing platform for a new cannon artillery system that will reduce battlefield risk to Soldiers, while meeting an essential Army modernization requirement.

  • Army Readiness Detailed

    Oct 4, 2006

    Army Readiness Detailed

  • U.S. Army privatizing transient lodging at 13 posts

    Oct 3, 2006

    The U.S. Army announced Sept. 28 its selection of Actus Lend Lease to create the Lodging Development and Management Plan as part of the Army's Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) Program. Under PAL, the Army plans to privatize transient lodging at 13 Army installations throughout the United States.

  • Army General Nominated to be International Security Assistance Force Commander in Afghanistan

    Oct 3, 2006

    The Secretary of Defense announced Sept. 21 that the President has nominated Gen. Dan K. McNeill for reappointment to the grade of general with assignment as Commander, International Security Assistance Force, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Afghanistan. McNeill is currently serving as Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia.

  • Army widow christens Navy ship, 'Freedom'

    Sep 26, 2006

    The Navy christened and launched the nation's first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS-1), at the Marinette Marine shipyard Sept. 24.

  • Army Launches Web Site to Assist Soldiers and Veterans Whose Personal Data May Have Been Affected By

    Sep 19, 2006

    The Department of the Army has activated a secure web site at that will enable current and former servicemembers to determine if their personal information was potentially compromised as a result of the May 3 theft of a laptop from the Department of Veterans Affairs containing personal data on millions of veterans.

  • Army Readiness Detailed

    Sep 19, 2006

    The United States Army is the best in the world, primarily because of the uncompromising values of our Soldiers and the exemplary leadership of our Commissioned and Non-commissioned Officers. They are the face of America that the world sees every day, and in that role they have clearly come through as the emissaries of a kind and just people. The Nation and free peoples around the world sleep better because of the willingness of our Soldiers and Officers to sacrifice everything so that others might live in peace and freedom. This is our Army today. It is imperative to provide our Soldiers and their families a quality of life and resources needed to fight and win todayAca,!a,,cs wars.

  • Army Establishes New Corps for Civilians

    Sep 19, 2006

    As the nation prepares to observe 230 years of independence on July 4, America's Army civilians celebrate the establishment of the new Army Civilian Corps.

  • 173rd Airborne Brigade becomes a brigade combat team

    Sep 18, 2006

    As part of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs continuing transformation efforts, the 173rd Airborne Brigade of Vicenza, Italy, became the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Sept. 15 in a ceremony at Warner Barracks.

  • NEWS: Soldiers, Marines visit JGSDF chemical unit

    Sep 17, 2006

    Five Soldiers from Camp Zama and six Marines from Camp Hanson toured Japan Ground Self Defense ForceAca,!a,,cs largest chemical unit Aug. 24 at Camp Omiya, located northeast of Tokyo, during a 4-day Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise.

  • Combat Camera builds partnership with Yemen Coast Guard

    Sep 17, 2006

    Recently three Combat Camera service members from the Combined Joint Task Force Aca,!" Horn of Africa paid a visit to the capital of Yemen to teach 13 Yemeni Coast Guardsmen the basics of their work.


    Sep 17, 2006

    Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Richard A. Cody will announce the selection of a Defensive Tackle from Ballou High School 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at the school. Austin will be the first U.S. Army All-American from the East in the class of 2007. The bowl features the nationAca,!a,,cs top 80 prep football players in a classic East versus West match-up inside San AntonioAca,!a,,cs Alamodome. The game will kick off 1 p.m. (EST), Saturday, January 6, 2007 and will be televised live on NBC.

  • Iraqi division ready to transfer

    Sep 17, 2006

    The Iraqi Ministry of Defense is ready to gain operational control of the 4th Iraqi Army Division as early as next week, the multi-national Coalition said in a draft statement on Saturday. The move would be the second transfer of an Iraqi division from Coalition control this month.

  • Future Combat System Approved for First Spin Out

    Sep 16, 2006

    The Department of Defense approved June 6 the Army's acquisition approach for the first of the Future Combat System (FCS) Brigade Combat Team (BCT) technologies that will be "spun out" to troops to begin testing and evaluation as early as 2008. The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics (AT&L), Mr. Kenneth Krieg, also approved the criteria that will be met before the capabilities go into production. The decision, which was the result of the FCS (BCT) program review initiated in May 2006, requires the Army to prepare for an interim program review in late 2008.

  • Bragg soldiers deploy to Iraq

    Sep 15, 2006

    Families played, mothers wept and lovers hugged, squeezing in as much togetherness as they could before 5 p.m. came and the soldiers had to leave.

  • U.S. Army Announces Installation Management Command Activation

    Sep 11, 2006

    The Army is reorganizing how it manages installations worldwide into an integrated command with the activation of the Installation Management Command in early Fiscal Year 2007.

  • Army Chief of Engineers to Retire

    Sep 11, 2006

    The Secretary of the Army, in consultation with the Chief of Staff of the Army, has agreed to submit the request for retirement of LTG Carl A. Strock, Chief of Engineers and Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers to the Secretary of Defense for approval. LTG Strock made his request based on family and personal reasons, which the Secretary of the Army honors and supports.

  • Army's Future Combat Systems Modernization Program Completes In-Process Preliminary Design Revi

    Sep 10, 2006

    The Army moved one step closer to transforming itself into a more relevant, capable and ready 21st-century force when, last week, it successfully completed In-Process Preliminary Design Review of its principal modernization effort, the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. The In-Process Preliminary Design Review is the latest in a series of successful program milestones affirming that FCS modernization is meeting the ArmyAca,!a,,cs cost projections, time schedule and performance expectations. Requirements and functionality for all 18 FCS systems now have been clearly defined; and the program is proceeding to design, build, integrate and test actual hardware and software.

  • Active Army Achieves Re-enlistment Goal One Month Early

    Sep 10, 2006

    The Active Army made its fiscal year 2006 retention goal with one month left in the year when the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army re-enlisted a Fort Campbell, Ky., Soldier today.


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