"One of the worst days in America's history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans' history. We'll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice."
- President George W. Bush speaking at the dedication of the Pentagon Memorial Sept. 11, 2008
President Bush attends dedication of 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
Cooperative Spirit 08
What is it?
Cooperative Spirit 2008 (CS08) is an American, British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand (ABCA) Armies' Program Combat Training Center (CTC) rotation to validate and test interoperability solutions developed by the ABCA Program. During CS08, from Sept. 11 to Oct. 10, units from the five nations will work as a coalition under an American Brigade Headquarters within a counter-insurgency (coin) focused, Afghanistan-based scenario. In this particular operation, the following units are participating:
* 3rd Brigade/2nd Infantry Division (Stryker), with the Brigade HQ + one Battalion HQ and one company will participate. (United States)
* 1st Welsh Guards Battalion (Motorized Infantry) (United Kingdom)
* 2nd Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) Infantry with a battalion HQ and two companies
* 1st Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) (Infantry) with a battalion HQ and one company
* 2/1st Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR) (-) with one company (attached to the 1 RAR)
* 5th Mobile Public Affair Detachment (MPAD) (United States)
* 478th Civil Affairs Battalion (-) (United States)
* Utah NG are providing a supporting role to provide logistics, life and administrative support
What has the Army done?
The Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC), which is located in Hohenfels, Germany. The JMRC was selected because of its ability to provide realistic and demanding training in a premier multinational facility. The JMRC falls under the Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) located in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Why is the Army doing this?
To provide the Army experience and knowledge on how we work with our ABCA partners. This training event will be the first "Boots on the Ground" exercise conducted in over 25 years.
How does this benefit the Army?
It allows us to test and judge the interoperability of our units with our coalition partners focusing in on ABCA developed doctrine, technology and material solutions to fill in any gaps that might occur.
What's planned in the future?
ABCA provides the opportunity to standardize, integrate, and improve our interoperability with our coalition partners. The key to this test is knowledge sharing, understanding in how we work, and improving our efficiency and effectiveness.
- 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
- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"
September 2008: National Preparedness Month
Sept. 7-13, 2008: National Suicide Prevention Week
Sept. 11, 2008: Patriot Day
Sept. 18, 2008: National Preparedness Awareness Day
Sept. 19, 2008: POW/MIA Recognition Day