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The Tele-Behavioral Health Service is launched by Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command. This virtual behavioral health care system was established to meet the needs of service members, beneficiaries and retirees where there is limited direct care or TRICARE capacity.


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The Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Program is launched to ensure that service members are deployed with proper eye protection to avoid unnecessary injuries and improve mission readiness.

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Jan. 15

13th Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston

Sgt. Maj. Kenneth O. Preston becomes the 13th Sgt. Maj. of the Army, replacing Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Tilley.

Soldier reporting from the field


DVIDS is stood up by Third Army and U.S. Army Central (ARCENT) on behalf of the Department of the Army in support of all branches of the U.S. military. It provides online access and distribution of images and video across a global network.

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The World War II Memorial

April 29

The National World War II Memorial opens to the public in Washington D.C. On May 29, 2004, it is dedicated by President George W. Bush

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UN Security Council Resolution 1546 recognizes the interim Iraqi government and calls on the UN to support it. The U.S. hands over sovereignty to the interim government, headed by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

June 24

31st Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General Richard A. Cody

Gen. Richard A. Cody becomes the 31st Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, replacing Gen. George W. Casey, Jr.

'Iraqi Governance' Campaign streamer

June 29

"Iraqi Governance" campaign streamer begins, covering June 29, 2004 through Dec. 15, 2005.

Hamid Karzai, winner of the 2004 Afghan presidential election


Hamid Karzai wins the Afghanistan presidential election with 55 percent of the vote.


Iraqi voters approve a new constitution aimed at creating an Islamic Federal Democracy.

Oct. 1

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Interim FM 3-07-22, Counterinsurgency is published with notice that it "expires" in Oct 2006. The manual emphasizes the integration of Army "Special Operations Forces (ARSOF)" with conventional forces.

43rd President George W. Bush

Nov. 2

43rd President George W. Bush is re-elected into office by a 2.4 percent margin, defeating Democratic opponent Senator John Kerry.

Nov. 19

19th Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey

Francis J. Harvey becomes the 19th Secretary of the Army.

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Medical Innovations
Soldier donating plasma

Apheresis platelet collection capability is put into action in theater. This technology enables more frequent blood donations from the same donors, and was widely hailed as a significant success by theater surgeons.

2004 Year in Photos