The Great East Japan Earthquake occurs. It is a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the largest in recorded Japanese history. The Japanese National Police Agency confirmed 15,756 deaths, 5,927 injured, and 4,460 missing, with over 125,000 buildings damaged or destroyed.Read More about the Japanese earthquake
U.S. military forces work alongside their Japanese counterparts to provide aid as the country digs out in the aftermath of the massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11.
Osama bin Laden, leader of Al Qaeda, is killed in a nighttime raid by U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six, in a compound in Pakistan. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment provided transportation and cover during the mission. After the raid, bin Laden’s body is buried at sea.
Pfc. Henry Svehla is awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during the Korean War, on Jun. 12, 1952.Read More about the Medal of Honor recipient
Pfc. Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano is awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during the Korean War, on Sept. 1, 1951.Read More about the Medal of Honor recipient
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry is awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom, on May. 26, 2008.Read More about Sgt. 1st Class Petry
August – The first month since the invasion of Iraq that a U.S. service member has not been killed in Iraq.Read More from the New York Times
Maj. Gen. Marcia M. Anderson becomes the Army’s first female African-American to obtain the rank of major general.Read More about Maj. Gen. Marcia M. Anderson
U.S. Army South received the Army Superior Unit Award on Oct. 4, 2011, for its performance during Operation Unified Response, exactly 100 years to the day original elements of the command arrived in Panama in 1911 to provide additional security during the construction of the canal.Read More about Army South receiving unit award
10 year anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom.Read More about Panetta on Operation Enduring Freedom
President Obama announces that all U.S. service members will leave Iraq by the end of the year.Read More about President Obama's announcement
Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho becomes the Army’s 43rd surgeon general. She is the first nurse and first woman appointed to this position.Read More about Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho
In Baghdad, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lead a ceremony that marked the end of Operation New Dawn, the U.S. military mission in Iraq.Read More about Panetta and Gen. Dempsey marking the end of the Iraq mission
Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, were the final U.S. troops to depart Iraq after Operation New Dawn ended, when they drove through the Khabari Crossing on the Iraq-Kuwait border.Read More about the last brigade leaving Iraq