<a href="http://www.alwaysasoldier.com/" target="_blank">ALWAYS A SOLDIER</a>

Monday April 25, 2005

The Always a Soldier program is a U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) -based initiative focused on assisting our nations wounded veterans by linking them with jobs within AMC.

The program provides service-connected disabled veterans opportunities to seek employment, career advancement, job mobility, family economic well being, and greater financial security.

Goal: To provide continuing support to war fighters beyond their active duty service.

Always a Soldier has partnerships with existing Army programs like Disable Soldier Services and Army Community Service, and the Veterans Administration/Disabled American Veterans.

Employment tracks offered by Always a Soldier include:

- Wage grade positions involving trades and labor
- The Student Career Education Program (SCEP) providing job experience and related education
- Internship programs providing monitored and supervised work/training experience with learning goals
- Various series GS full performance positions

Visit the program's newly launched website for more information. www.alwaysasoldier.com

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Joe Nemechek continued his climb in the NASCAR standings this weekend with a solid 10th place finish in Phoenix. Though none of our cowboys placed in the Finals in the Red Bluff Rodeo, competition continued at various rodeos across the country and Cody DeMoss still maintains his #1 Ranking in the Jack Daniel's World Standings. NHRA was off this weekend, but will be back on the track in Bristol this upcoming weekend!
Links - Army Racing; Army Rodeo

Men's Golf (4/24) Army defeated Bucknell
Men's Tennis (4/24) Army 4, American 3
(4/23) Army 4, Navy 0
(4/24) Army 8, Holy Cross 1
(4/24) Army 12, Holy Cross 6
Men's Lacrosse (4/23) #2 Duke 19, #7 Army 9

Women's Softball(4/24) Army vs. Lehigh - inclement weather

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Interview with Army Chief of Staff (Time | EB)
  • Georgia Guard receives high marks for readiness (AJC | EB)
  • Revamped training better prepares Guard troops (BS | EB)
  • Army hospital in Germany gets help from volunteer surgeons, doctors (WP | EB)
  • Fort Benning aces retention mission (TRADOC News)
  • Guilty Akbar could face death penalty (ARNEWS)
  • Army helicopter pilots practice Navy-style landings (SS | EB)
  • Army to begin 'mock billing' for privatized housing (ARNEWS)
  • NLOS cannon fires 1,000th test round (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Iraqi tip leads to terrorists suspected of helicopter attack (AFIS)
  • U.S. troops detain ten insurgents in helicopter attack (USAT | EB)
  • Rice, Cheney pushing Iraqi politicians to end stalemate (NYT | EB)
  • 22 killed by insurgent bomb in Baghdad (PI | EB)
  • Task force trains Georgian troops for deployment to Iraq (AT/EB)
  • President asks Congress to support funding for troops (AFIS)
  • Iraqi security forces top 155,000; positive trends continue (AFIS)
  • Deadly battles continue along Afghanistan's borders (BS | EB)
  • Afghan officers complete counterintelligence course (CENTCOM News)

OF INTEREST

  • U.S. abroad showing more State, less Defense (FT/EB)
  • "The perils of the new defense basing" -- Editorial (LIN | EB)
  • Bush nominates Pace, Giambastiani as chairman, vice (AFIS)
  • Joint staff identifies gaps for FY07 funding (ITA/EB)
  • Military struggling with rising health care costs (AFIS)
  • News or propaganda from The Pentagon Channel? (CSM | EB)
  • "The enemy on our airwaves" -- Opinion (WSJ/EB)
  • Chavez ending military ties with U.S. (NYT | EB)
  • Iran says it will continue uranium production despite negotiations (PI | EB)
  • N. Korea to 'bolster' its nuclear arsenal (IHT | EB)
  • U.S. seeks plan with U.N. over N. Korean shipments (NYT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Announcement of Iraqi government still on hold (Aljazeera)
  • Iraqi PM to present parliament with list of ministers (Jordan Times)
  • Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon in final stages (The Daily Star, Lebanon)
  • Israel increases security of Gaza strip during Passover celebration (Middle East Times)
  • Syria, Saudi Arabia discuss tourism investments (Syria Times)
  • Train accident in Japan leaves many dead and injured (Japan Times)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

I went back and looked at World War II. We had a population of about 140 million people in this country and we put almost 9% of that population into uniform. Today we have twice the population and we're trying to put about four-tenths of one percent of it into uniform. And we're facing a national security situation that is at least as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than we faced in World War II. This nation is who I'm concerned about. It's not an Army problem to recruit. It's a national challenge. (Story)

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the Army

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