STAND TO!

Edition: Tue, May 03, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Our Soldiers could not answer their noble calling of defending the values that have made our country great - this call to duty - without the support of those from whom they draw so much strength; spouses, parents, relatives, teachers, friends and employers. (Story)

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

FREEDOM TEAM SALUTE PROGRAM

The Freedom Team Salute (FTS) Program was launched yesterday in a Pentagon ceremony. Part of Operation Tribute to Freedom, FTS is a unique Army program that provides a way for Soldiers to recognize their team of supporters back home, including spouses, parents, and employers. In addition, as a special thanks to Army Veterans for their service and sacrifice, the Army will send a Freedom Team Salute Commendation package to United States Army Veterans who register with the program.
A Soldier's success is due in large part to the support of family and employers. FTS is a means to thank them for that support.

Soldiers should visit www.freedomteamsalute.army.mil to nominate a parent, spouse or employer for a Commendation package. Veterans can register at the same site for a Commendation package.

Each Commendation package contains:
- an official U.S. Army lapel pin (emblazoned with 'parent,' 'spouse,' or 'employer')
- an official U.S. Army decal
- a certificate of thanks signed by the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Army
- a letter of thanks signed by the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Army

The FTS team is also available to help communities and organizations plan Freedom Team Salute recognition ceremonies to recognize groups of families, veterans and employers. More information can be found on the website: www.freedomteamsalute.army.mil.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

Asian/Pacific Americans in the U.S. Army -- the new web special launched this month on www.army.mil. Read about Asian/Pacific Americans' role in the Civil War, World War I & II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the current war on terrorism at www.army.mil/asianpacificsoldiers.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

22nd Annual David E. Grange Best Ranger Competition results:
1st place, the Army's "Best Rangers" -- Capt. Corbett McCallum & Sgt. 1st Class Gerald Nelson
2nd place -- Capt. Frederick Ahern & Capt. Marc Messershmitt.
3rd place -- Master Sgt. James Moran & Sgt. 1st Class Walter Zajkowski.

The three-day Best Ranger Competition was established in 1982 and has been compared to Ironman and Eco-Challenge competitions. The competition challenges two-man Ranger teams in events that test their physical conditioning, Ranger skills and team strategies. The events are purposely scheduled back-to-back and around the clock for 60 hours, allowing little time for rest and meals.

Read more about the Ranger Competition.

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