Wednesday March 23, 2005

The Army has launched a new Web site to help strengthen partnerships between the Army and the communities around installations and ranges.

The Army Public Involvement Toolbox website:

- Seeks to help meet the goals of the new Army Strategy for the Environment announced in October 2004.

- Emphasizes the "4 Cs" - communication, coordination, consultation, collaboration - which are all required to engage stakeholders.

- Features tools, methods, examples and information to help Soldiers, Army civilians and contractors engage in public involvement.

- Is publicly available to reinforce the Army's commitment to public involvement and to share information with other government agencies.

- Pools valuable information on public involvement in one easy-to-use place.

- Emphasizes providing practical, hands-on information and organizing the information into functional "buttons" for easy, quick linking.

The web address is


Unmarried Soldiers of the Regular Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard, between the ages of 17 and 22, interested in admissions to West Point should contact the Soldier Admissions Officer, Major Steven Isenhour, at commercial 845-938-5780, DSN 688-5780 or e-mail


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The Department of Defense will recognize Women's History Month on March 30th with a program titled Women Change America. The program will be held at the Women's Memorial (Metro blue line) in Arlington, VA from 0900-1200. The event is open to all military and civilian personnel. Seating is limited. Contact Ms. Cicely Evans at for reservations.


We have much work to do to ensure that involving the public becomes part of how the Army does business.

Ray Fatz
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health


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