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Fort Hood Army Internal Review Team

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"We've been at war for nine years, and the reason the force is so resilient is the support Soldiers and families get from their communities, and Augusta is no exception."

- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. speaking at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Chief of Staff visits Fort Gordon

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"There wasn't nothing to see in 1950's Korea; it was all shelled out. It was demolished. And up on the border, there was nothing but cold and freezing and you were cold all the time. It's too cold when you can't pull the bolt on the .50-cal to fire - and you stand out there with a one-gallon tin can half full of gas and 10 guys are standing around it trying to keep warm."

- Raymond Smith, a Korean War veteran, recounts war memories at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.

Veterans recall smells, cold of Korean War

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

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June 2010

National Safety Month

June 14: Army 235th Birthday

June 25: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

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TODAY'S FOCUS

Fort Hood Army Internal Review Team

What is it?

The Fort Hood Army Internal Review Team (AIRT) is a task force convened by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli as a result of the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.

The team's charter is to (1) Conduct a review and assessment of the Army's ability to identify internal threats, force protection and emergency response; (2) Review and develop an implementation plan for those findings and recommendations published by the Department of Defense (DOD) Independent Review Panel; and (3) Recommend additional actions as appropriate.

What has the Army done so far?

On Nov. 19, 2009, the Secretary of Defense announced a DoD-wide installation security review to assess the safety and security of DoD employees and their families. Secretary Togo West and Adm. (Ret.) Vernon Clark completed the DoD Independent Review in January 2010.

On March 1, 2010, Gen. Chiarelli appointed Maj. Gen. Robert Radin to stand up and lead the AIRT. On April 19, 2010, Gen. Chiarelli signed the AIRT's charter and issued a Fort Hood Army Follow-On Internal Review Tasking Memo that directed Army Staff principals to conduct analysis and develop implementation plans for DoD Independent Review Panel's recommendations and to identify additional recommendations as needed.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The primary members of the AIRT are senior representatives (O-6 or civilian equivalent) from key HQDA staff elements and proponent stakeholders. Primary team members are assigned full-time to the Fort Hood IAR. The team will terminate once it submits the Fort Hood Internal Review Team Report to Gen. Chiarelli. Army efforts will not end here. Approved recommendations will be tracked within the Army Campaign Plan.

Why is this important to the Army?

Army Leaders place utmost priority in the well-being of the Army's Soldiers, families and civilians. They faithfully shoulder all that our nation asks of them and deserve a safe and secure environment in which to live, train and work.

Resources:

Protecting the Force: Lessons learned from Fort Hood
Interim Fort Hood Recommendations Report

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