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Army Showcases Modernization and High-Tech Equipment at Army-Navy Game

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"To pursue our core goal of defeating al-Qaida and preventing their return to Afghanistan, we must disrupt and degrade the Taliban's capacity, deny their access to the Afghan population and strengthen the Afghan security forces."

- Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

McChrystal calls Afghan training crucial to mission success

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"Any Ranger would have done the same thing. The Ranger Creed says, 'I will never leave a fallen comrade."

- Staff Sgt. Michael E. Norton, a squad leader with Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was awarded the Silver Star for risking his life to save the lives of two Ranger brothers

Ranger receives Silver Star for combat actions

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. 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 edition will not be published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 edition will not be published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

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TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Showcases Modernization and High-Tech Equipment at Army-Navy Game

What is it?

The storied rivalry between Army and Navy continues Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, with the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. See the game on CBS television network or hear it on radio over the Westwood One network.

What is the Army doing?

In addition to soundly defeating the Navy on the football field, the Army will also highlight to prospective officer candidates and other key audiences its world class, state-of-the-art, high-tech leadership opportunities at this high-profile national event. To convey to prospective officer candidates and other key audiences that the Army has our diverse talents, leadership preparation and cutting-edge technologies combine to create officer-leaders prepared to defeat complex threats and protect Soldiers across the spectrum of operations.

To support that message, a wide variety of Army equipment and technologies will be on display outside the stadium before the game. Game-goers can see up close such things as robotic unmanned ground vehicles, a small unmanned aerial vehicleand an armed robotic vehicle. Attendees will have a hands-on opportunity to see the equipment that protects Soldiers in battle, such as body armor and helmets (which attendees can try on). Equipment such as the Land Warrior system, night vision goggles, thermal sights and several weapon systems will also be displayed to show the technological edge that Soldiers today have over adversaries.

Attendees also will be able to test their physical prowess at a Strength of Body Fitness trailer and, in the Strength of Team Defender element, participate in a team-based, action-packed simulator experience that includes a realistic high-value target extraction mission.

Why is this important to the Army?

Connecting with the public and continuously maintaining and strengthening goodwill is vital to the Army's success, and the Army-Navy Game is a great platform for doing so. Also, the game's recruiting promotion aspect will help the Army address its need for more lieutenants, captains, and majors. The need has been created by the restructuring of the force into one organized by more flexible and agile brigade combat teams instead of larger divisions. The game and its pre-game exhibition also will reinforce that the Army is high-tech and made up of Soldiers with wide ranging talents and abilities. Diverse talents and technologies enable the world's greatest land power to meet and overcome complex threats to our nation's security.

What's the way forward?

Army 55, Navy 0. Hooah!

Resources:

Army Football Game Notes: The Navy Game

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