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Edition: Mon, January 14, 2008
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"You do find everything from old stuff to new stuff. There are data plates, markings, writing, that links it to Iran very clearly. The further north you go, the less Iranian-linked it is. The further south you go, the more Iranian-linked it is."

Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Anderson, chief of staff for Multinational Corps Iraq, referring to weapons and gear Soldiers are discovering during operations in Iraq.

Countrywide Offensive in Iraq Aims at Stamping Out al Qaeda

TODAY'S FOCUS

Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) Program

What is it? This program provides paid family readiness support assistants to assist the Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders and rear detachment commanders. The program decreases volunteer stress and ensures an effective interface between Family assistance and Family support programs. The FRSAs do not replace the volunteer FRG leaders, but rather provide administrative/logistical assistance to the volunteer leaders, allowing them to concentrate their efforts in assisting Families.

What has the Army done? The Army has funded 1,011 family readiness support assistants (FRSA) to provide support to all components.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future? FRSA positions to support FRSAs in the active and reserve component will be funded through supplemental funds for FY08 and FY09 and will compete for authorizations and funds in the FY 10-15 POM cycle.

Why is this important to the Army? The FRSAs have proven to be an overwhelming success in lifting much of the administrative and logistical workload off of our overburdened volunteer FRG leaders. The FRSA lend a consistency to the unit FRG and RD team.

- Army Integrated Family Support Network

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

OF INTEREST

  • Abu Ghraib probe didn't go far enough, O-5 says (AT)
  • Troops lose benefits with bill in limbo (AT)
  • Why we serve: Army Major wants to share her success story (DL)
  • 121 war veterans linked to killings, report finds (MSNBC)

WORLD VIEW

  • American realism versus Israeli political expediency: The meaning and aftermath of the Bush visit (JP | Story)
  • U.S. official wants Guantanamo shut (AJ | Story)
  • Israel-Palestinians to start talking "core issues" (AL | Story)
  • U.S.-Iranian naval dispute deepens (BBC | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Soldier overcomes cancer to join unit in Iraq (SM)
  • What weekend? (AG)
  • The wild, wild west (SAG)
  • Countrywide offensive aims to eliminate al Qaeda in Iraq (TT)