National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"The indigenous peoples of North America -- the First Americans -- have woven rich and diverse threads into the tapestry of our Nation's heritage. Throughout their long history on this great land, they have faced moments of profound triumph and tragedy alike. During National Native American Heritage Month, we recognize their many accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices, and we pay tribute to their participation in all aspects of American society." View the complete President's Proclamation on the National Native American Heritage Month, 2009
- President Obama
View the complete President's Proclamation on the National Native American Heritage Month, 2009
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"If I could offer any advice to the junior leadership, junior Soldiers and junior NCOs, is to stay professional...You no longer have junior Soldiers looking at you. You also have your peers, as well as senior NCOs, expecting more of you because you are part of a tradition that goes back many, many years."
- Sgt. 1st Class Israel Walker, sharing words of wisdom with young Soldiers and future NCOs, has aspirations of becoming the Sergeant Major of the Army
JMTC Soldier's experience at sea helped him become a better NCO
A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT
- Community Covenant
- Army Live
- Bloggers Roundtable
- Soldiers aid unique school in Iraq (DefenseLink)
- Afghan police force graduates 250 in Heart (The U.S. Army)
- Advanced radar improves Iraqi air surveillance (DefenseLink)
- Iraqi, U.S. EOD technicians work together to destroy tons of old munitions (The U.S. Army)
National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
What is it?
November 1st begins National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month that celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of this country's original inhabitants, explorers and settlers. American Indians and Alaska Natives have made significant contributions to our Army from the Indian scouts of the old West that worked with the U.S. Cavalry, the Code Talkers of World War II, to the Alaska Scouts and the brave American Indian and Alaska Native Soldiers now serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. This year's Army theme is "Celebrating and honoring the legacy, contributions and sacrifices of our American Indian and Alaska Native Soldiers and NCOs" that fits in with 2009's year long Year of the NCO initiative.
What has the Army done?
The strength of our nation comes from the diversity of its people. The month long November celebration specifically commemorates and expresses the Army's deep gratitude to all the American Indians and Alaska Natives that served in the past and today. The Army's observance of National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month reaffirms its commitment to acknowledging Native American and Alaska Native contributions and honoring their unique heritage. Events and activities are planned throughout the Army featuring ethnic foods, customs, dances and speakers. All Soldiers and their families are encouraged to participate in these events.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army's Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Offices are working diligently to ensure that persons of all races and backgrounds are truly represented within the Army's makeup. They will continue to recruit the best qualified Soldiers of all backgrounds and will ensure that every Soldier is given the opportunity and encouragement to rise to his or her highest level of ability.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army recognizes the importance of celebrating the contributions that American Indians and Alaska Natives have made while serving their country with honor and distinction in every major conflict throughout history. They have participated with pride and distinction in the U.S. military for more than 200 years. In World War I, 12,000 American Indian men and women served, and that number more than doubled in World War II to more than 44,000. Their strong sense of patriotism and courage emerged once again during the Vietnam era, where more than 42,000 fought in Vietnam. Today, there are over 190,000 American Indians and Alaska Native military veterans.
American Indians in the U.S. Army
ABOUT THE ARMY
- Gates, Casey welcome new Army Secretary (The U.S. Army)
- Westphal a leader among public servants (The U.S. Army)
- Army reduces 'Stop Loss' numbers as Pentagon begins payments (The U.S. Army)
- Suicide toll fuels worry that Army is strained (Wall Street Journal)
- New airframe program redirected from Army to Air National Guard (The U.S. Army)
- Army develops ‘Ghost’ imaging to aid on battlefield (DefenseLink)
- New system allows vehicle GPS to track location while in flight (The U.S. Army)
- Karzai is wild card for U.S. strategy (The Washington Post)
- Karzai 'victory' puts spotlight on U.S. troop decision (NPR)
- Afghanistan War decision: How Robert Gates thinks (The Christian Science Monitor)
- Afghanistan insurgency has grown 10-fold (Army Times)
- Opinion: What will McChrystal do if he doesn't get more troops? (The Washington Post)
- Bombers hit Pakistani cities as the army gains ground (The New York Times)
- U.S. concerned about Iraq election law delay (Los Angeles Times)
- Iran's military power subject to new U.S. study used for China (Bloomberg)
- In North Korea, the military now issues economic orders (The Washington Post)
- President proclaims Military Family Month (DefenseLink)
- Pentagon touts new, lighter vehicle for Afghanistan (DefenseNews)
- Robot repair shop helps keep troops safe (The U.S. Army)
- Still no count of U.S. contractors in Afghanistan (Reuters)
- Gov't defends vaccinating Gitmo for H1N1 (CBS)
- Opinion: Harvard's Medals of Honor (Wall Street Journal)
- Soldier arrested over explosives in Tenn. field (Kansas City)
- Jon Krakauer: McChrystal's explanation for Pat Tillman cover-up is "preposterous" (The Huffington Post)
- Karzai vows to fight corruption after re-election as Afghan leader (The Guardian)
- Afghan leader extends hand to Taliban 'brothers' (Al Arabiya)
- U.S. will not alter Iran nuclear deal (Al Jazeera)
- Pakistan takes Taliban stronghold (BBC)
- N. Korea 'has extracted plutonium' (BBC)
- Gen. Stanley McChrystal faces Pat Tillman book allegations (London Daily Telegraph)
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