"When you stop to think about what makes the U.S. Army the best Army in the world, we all know it’s our noncommissioned officer corps. They give us the discipline, the fitness and the mental physical toughness that makes us what we are. For 236 years this Army has never let this nation down and we never will."
- Lt. Gen. William J. Troy, director of the Army Staff, speaking to more than 1,000 Soldiers who participated in the 236th Army birthday run, at Summerall Field’s parking lot on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., June 17
Army runs to celebrate birthday
"It’s difficult for women still. To attain the rank of general, most officers have to have commanded combat units such as the infantry, which is something not open to women, and because of this, it is very hard for women to achieve the rank of general across the military … There are still few female officers at this level.”
- Lt. Col. Kimberly Marlowe, emphasizes that it is still difficult for women to reach the top posts, even though she steadfastly believes that the military overall is committed to equal opportunity
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PS, The Preventive Maintenance Monthly
What is it?
Often called PS Magazine, it is Army Technical Bulletin 43-PS-series. The monthly bulletin publishes supply and maintenance information that enables operators, maintenance and supply personnel to maintain Army equipment at high readiness rates. PS also answers about 2,500 queries annually from Soldiers and DA civilians about maintenance and supply issues. The purpose of PS is to encourage preventive maintenance as the best way to maintain readiness rates at the least expense.
Why is it important to the Army?
PS is celebrating its 60th anniversary during 2011. The magazine warns Soldiers about the effects of heat, cold, water, sand, vibration, friction, metal fatigue, and corrosion on equipment. PS directs its articles toward the conditions that deployed Soldiers serve in during times of conflict. PS covers a wide range of equipment in every issue, including: combat vehicles and heavy weapons; tactical wheeled vehicles and MRAP/route clearance vehicles; aircraft and missiles; construction and engineer equipment; small arms and crew-served weapons; communications and electronics, CBRN, and TMDE equipment; Soldier support equipment from tents and kitchens to uniforms and body armor; and, supply and logistics management topics. The magazine provides HQDA G-4, U.S. Army Materiel Command and its subordinate commands a medium for quickly getting maintenance information to company and battalion-level personnel in clear, highly focused and highly readable language.
What has the Army done?
PS is a post script to the Army’s technical manuals and other maintenance and supply publications. Article content is approved by the headquarters equipment proponent twice before publication. The magazine’s innovative use of cartoon characters, animated equipment, and the techniques of sequential art, when combined with technical drawings and direct, simple writing uses entertainment as a vehicle to inform readers about specific equipment issues.
What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Army Materiel Command, through the Logistics Support Activity at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., will continue to publish PS and distribute it through Army pinpoint publication accounts. The magazine is also available online and will become available for iPad users during 2011. MSG Half-Mast McCanick, our principal avatar is using Facebook to inform readers about what articles are being published and to alert readers to hot topics that are posted to PS Online.
PS Magazine on USAMC Logistic Support Activity website
PS Magazine on Facebook
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