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Edition: Fri, July 25, 2008
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

On July 26th, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981, which established equal treatment and opportunity in the United States military, and Executive Order 9980, to integrate the civilian workforce. The President believed it essential that inclusion- the highest standard of democracy- be afforded to those who defended our country.

View the complete 2008 Senior Leader 60th Anniversary of Integration in the United States Military message


Web site: Integration of the Armed Forces

TODAY'S FOCUS

Periodic Health Assessment: Deadline is Nov. 1, 2008

What is it?

The Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) is an annual screening that assesses the readiness and deployability of Soldiers. The PHA replaces the periodic five-year physical and previous cardiovascular screening programs. The PHA is a force-multiplier providing commanders with up-to-date medical status of Soldiers and a ready and deployable team. The PHA officially went into practice in November of 2006. Already, 60 percent of Soldiers have completed their PHA. The remaining Soldiers need to complete their PHA by Nov. 1, 2008.

How does the PHA work?

The PHA is a three part process: the Soldier completes an online questionnaire, then medical staff updates data and performs screening and counseling. The provider performs a symptom-focused exam, assigns PULHES, and completes the PHA process. During the initial online questionnaire, Soldiers report any current medical or dental problems as well as their family history. All redeploying Soldiers will complete the PHA as part of the post deployment health reassessment during medical reset during 90-180 days following return from deployment. The PHA is geared towards preventative measures. For example, Soldiers over the age of 40 will be screened thoroughly for heart problems. If the PHA finds risk factors, medical professionals can work to mitigate those factors.

What is deadline for completing the PHA?

Nov. 1, 2008. After that time, Soldiers who are noncompliant will be listed as non-available in the unit status report. A non-available listing lowers the deployability of the unit. Commanders cannot have a high level of readiness if Soldiers are listed as non-available.


Why is this important to the Army?

The decision to move to an annual assessment was based upon national research and policy recommendations that stated that annual assessments with a focus on prevention were much more effective at preventing medical complications than periodic physical exams. The Army will track the effectiveness of the PHA in the coming years to determine how beneficial it is to decreasing serious cardiovascular problems and other medical conditions. Medical Protection System (MEDPROS) provides the ability for commanders to track and manage the compliance for the PHA.

Resources:

The website for commanders to register for access
to MEDPROS is: MEDPROS Force Health Protection

Video: Yearly Medical Exam


INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

CALENDAR

July 26, 2008: 60th Anniversary of the Integration of the Armed Forces

Aug 6, 2008: Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Aug 16, 2008: 25th Anniversary of Army Family Action Plan

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • 60th Anniversary of the Integration of the United States Armed Forces (ARNews)
  • Dunwoody confirmed as first female 4-star general (FO)
  • Dunwoody confirmed as first female four-star (ARNews)
  • Presidential proclamation commemorates Armed Forces Integration (AFIS)
  • Guard helping Texans hit by Hurricane Dolly (ARNews)
  • Army may base 2,000 more troops here (HSB)
  • IRobot to send Army another $17.5 million worth of PackBots under its hard-won XBot contract (XC)
  • Audio: Soldier-Poet Brian Turner, framing war in verse (NPR)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • 8 die in Iraq in suicide bombing, apparently by woman (NYT)
  • U.S. can't keep up on visas for Iraqis (WP)
  • Audio: In Iraq, tactical theory put into practice (NPR)
  • Afghan soldiers battle Taliban as NATO leader warns of perils to nation's stability (NYT)
  • Opinion: Is Afghanistan a narco-state? (NYT)

OF INTEREST

  • Huge armored vehicles have deadly drawbacks, troops warned (BG)
  • Fatal MRAP rollovers prompt warnings (AT)
  • Veterans get ALS disability (BS)
  • Court rules Army not liable for shooting by young recruit (PG)
  • Army base cannot coerce Soldier trainees to attend church services, says Americans United (AU)
  • Bin Laden's chief guard let go (MH)
  • Hamdan case is built on his own words (LAT)

WORLD VIEW

  • Bush and Singh push nuclear deal (BBC | Story)
  • Karzai 'protecting drug lords' (AJ | Story)
  • NATO chief says will not hunt Taliban in Pakistan (RA | Story)
  • Russia 'may use Cuba to refuel nuclear bombers' (GRD | Story)
  • You need Uncle Sam, Iraq told (AT | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Army looks to turn toy into next-gen rifle (Wired)
  • Army alters controversial policy (GFS)
  • Army changes its mind; Caleb Campbell must give up football until 2010 (NFL)
  • Related to article under Interest: U.S. Army video game recruits children (Drudge)
  • Reno Army captain told to shut down blog from Iraq (RGJ)

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