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Twilight Tattoo

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"We were out of balance. The most important thing we can do to get ourselves back in balance is to increase the amount of time Soldiers spend at home between deployments."

- Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commenting on the Army reaching it's goal of increasing the active duty force ahead of schedule

Army Chief of Staff shares insights during Afghanistan visit

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

1) "From an Army perspective, servicemembers wouldn't continue to re-enlist and serve along with their families if it wasn't for the command climate of our organizations, if they didn't continue to believe in the missions that they were doing, if they didn't continue to want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and if they didn't want to continue to be part of [our] Band of Brothers and Sisters."

- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, following a formation run that he led to begin this week's centennial celebration for the Walter Reed hospital

SMA salutes Walter Reed for 100 years of service

CALENDAR

2009: Year of the NCO

2009: Year of the Military Family

2009: 100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

April 2009:

- Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

- Month of the Military Child

May 2009:

- National Mental Health Month

- Asia Pacific American Heritage Month

- National Military Appreciation Month

May 8, 2009: Military Spouse Day

May 8-10, 2009: Best Ranger Competition

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Twilight Tattoo

What is it?

Twilight Tattoo is a colorful, military pageant presented by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW). Featuring Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," Twilight Tattoo tells the history of the Army's role in America's development. The ceremony and beauty of the annual Twilight Tattoo reminds all present of the many traditions of our country and of the sacrifices made by thousands of men and women in our armed forces. Twilight Tattoo is free and open to the public.

What is the Army doing?

The Army is presenting an opportunity for thousands of people from across the country and the world to witness its elite ceremonial units in action. Performing in Twilight Tattooare Soldiers from MDW's troop and ceremonial units, which include: The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, The U.S. Army Drill Team, the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, the Continental Color Guard, the Caisson Platoon and the Presidential Salute Battery and musicians from The U.S. Army Band's Army Blues, Army Chorus and Downrange. These units remind us of our Army's rich heritage and traditions.

Why is it important to the Army?

Twilight Tattoo has become one of the Army's most popular outreach programs by reinforcing Army themes and messages and showcasing our Soldiers' commitment to the Nation. The program allows the Army to reach its objectives of gaining and maintaining public trust, confidence and support. With 2009 being the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer, Twilight Tattoohonors those who are responsible for training, leading and mentoring Soldiers.

Resources:

For performance details and more information please visit: Twilight Tattoo Web page

Please note:
1) Guest performances are scheduled for the May 6 (The Band and Drill Company of His Majesty The Kings Guard of Norway) and June 10 (The Ceremonial Guard of Canada)
2) The June 17 performance, to be held on Whipple Field at Fort Myer, Va., is currently at capacity and closed to the general public.

MDW events line: 202-685-2888

MDW Web site

Year of the NCO Web site

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