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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Because of the growth of the Army over the past five years ... and the drawdown in Iraq, we are able to execute this increase without: going to 15-month deployments; going to less than 12 months at home between deployments; halting our plan to come off stop loss."

-Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, Jr. in a joint message to senior Army leaders on Dec. 2, stated that the Afghanistan troop increase will not affect plans underway to restore balance

Deployment length, dwell time, and end of stop loss not affected by Afghanistan troop increase

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"I don't shoot a lot so it was a good feeling to do well today. I liked how the cadre helped me going over the techniques and fundamentals of shooting. In this instance, I saw how the wind move my weapon, but I just focused on the fundamentals, breathed in, exhaled then fired once I was steady."

- Staff Sgt. Xiomara Boley of 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery

New training method produces better marksmen

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

December 2009

Dec. 16 to Jan. 25 : 65th Anniversary of Battle of the Bulge

Dec. 7: Pearl Harbor Day
Dec. 12: Army Navy Game
Dec. 24: STAND-TO! edition will not be published
Dec. 25: Christmas Holiday
Dec. 31: STAND-TO! edition will not be published

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

My.Army.Mil

What is it?

My.Army.Mil is the U.S. Army's user-customized Web site. This is the first of its kind across all military branches in the Department of Defense. The U.S. Army launched this Web site on December 4, 2009, in an effort to create a more personalized browsing experience and to connect the Army community.

What has the Army done?

The Army has developed a personalized and customizable extension of Army.Mil, the official page of the U.S.Army, called My.Army.Mil. This Web site, utilizing cutting-edge technology, will offer visitors the ability to login and customize their Army homepage through AKO and Google FriendConnect, and create a personalized destination for official Army information, ranging from traditional news stories to up-to-the-minute social media updates. The user has been provided the flexibility to place their favorite widgets on the homepage for ease of access to news of interest.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Throughout the next year, the Army will develop and launch new customizable widgets to enhance user experience.

Why is this important to the Army?

My.Army.Mil is connecting the Army on the Web in ways it never has before. In today's global society, it is important for Soldiers, spouses, family members and civilians to have the ability to quickly access information that is important to them. My.Army.Mil allows users to pull in information from commands, corps, divisions, installations and traditional news sections. Additionally, users can pull in external web content with RSS widgets.

Resources:

My.Army.Mil Web site

For more information, including media kits, video previews, downloads and resources, please visit My.Army.Mil Preview or contact via email.

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