The "One weekend a month, two weeks a year" slogan has lost most of its relevance since the Iraq War, when nearly 28 percent of total U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan at the end of 2007 consisted of mobilized personnel of the National Guard and other Reserve components.
'Grow the Army' is a transformation and re-stationing initiative of the United States Army announced in 2007 and scheduled to be completed by fiscal year 2013. The initiative is designed to grow the Army by almost 75,000 Soldiers, while realigning a large portion of the force in Europe to the continental United States in compliance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure suggestions.
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training is implemented by the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine, targeting both Soldiers and Army leaders. These materials train students to recognize and respond effectively to warning signs related to traumatic stress and Soldier suicide.
In Southwest Asia, combat logisticians begin employing precision parachute systems to accurately deliver logistics cargo to deployed forces while keeping the cargo aircraft above the altitude of regional small arms threats.
The Soldier and Family Support Branch’s Compassion Fatigue program, launched in 2005, is redeveloped into the Provider Resiliency Training (PRT) Program. This comprehensive program currently includes four different modules beginning with Introduction to PRT in the format of a 20 minute video.
A new major component in Special Operations Command is the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), which is activated at Fort Bragg, N.C. At the same time, the 96th CAB (A) is reorganized as a battalion, while the new 97th and 98th Civil Affairs are stood up.
The Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC), created in early 2007, evolves from the previous Medical and Family Assistance Center, which was started in 2003. The standup of the current SFAC involves the building of a more robust operation concentrating on key Soldier and family needs, and easing their navigation of a complex military health care system.
The U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment at Fort Irwin, Calif., becomes the U.S. Army’s first operationally fielded UH-72A unit. The Army will field the new UH-72A MEDEVAC aircraft to both active component and U.S. Army National Guard units.
The Army unveils its first hybrid-electric propulsion system for a new fleet of Manned Ground Vehicles (MGVs), which is to be tested and evaluated at the Power and Energy Systems Integration Laboratory (P&E SIL) in Santa Clara.
Wildfires rage in the hills of southern California.