<a href="http://www4.army.mil/otf/indexFlash.php" target="_blank">OPERATION TRIBUTE TO FREEDOM</a>

Thursday April 28, 2005

Operation Tribute to Freedom (OTF) is the Army's program designed to honor Soldiers and give them opportunities to thank the American people for their support.

The program provides Soldier's a chance to share their stories with the American people through speaking and recognition events.

The new Operation Tribute to Freedom website was launched this past month to service event coordinators, veteran service organizations, media and others who want to offer Soldiers local and national opportunities to provide perspective and insight into their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

OTF, in conjunction with public affairs, has coordinated Soldier participation in events ranging from local parades, festivals and MOAA meetings to national events like the State of the Union Address, the Fiesta Bowl and the Daytona 500.

OTF has four levels of services:
- Homecoming Support Service
- Speakers Service
- Recognition Service
- Soldier News Service

Soldiers interested in speaking or being recognized at local or national events can register as volunteers at www.army.mil/otf.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

A new video has been added to the Army Professional Video Collection titled Unit Uncovered: Various Stryker Battalions in 1/25 SBCT. The Stryker weapons system has played a significant role in not only strengthening the tactical abilities of our Army, but in saving lives in combat. This collection of actual combat testimonials from Soldiers in Iraq attests to the battle worthiness of the Stryker. Click here to watch the video.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army Reserve answers nation's call for 97 Years (ARNEWS)
  • Army to issue new interrogation manual (NYT | EB)
  • Army distributed learning uses technology to fight Global War on Terrorism (TRADOC News)
  • Recruits reporting by May 30 can get up to $20,000 (ARNEWS)
  • Arabic translators trained at Ft Jackson (CS | EB)
  • Akbar to address jury prior to deliberations (FO | EB)
  • AWOL Guard Soldier disciplined (LAT | EB)
  • Boeing faces loss of $555M Army radio contract (SPI | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Cabinet list submitted by Iraqi prime minister (NYT | EB)
  • Political stalemate ends with cabinet appointments (WP | EB)
  • Iraq government reaching out to insurgency (LAT | EB)
  • Member of Iraqi National Assembly assassinated (WP | EB)
  • "In Iraq, an echo of Algiers" -- Opinion (WP | EB)
  • Chinese company that provided weapons to Iraq military faces charges (MH | EB)
  • Afghan Army receives M113s from U.S. (CENTCOM News)
  • Female amputees indicate that all troops are on the front lines (USAT | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Tricare begins enrollment for new reserve healthcare benefit (AFIS)
  • DoD seeking 'demonstration authority' for changes to officer management (AFIS)
  • Rumsfeld presses for 'bunker buster' funding (WT/EB)
  • QDR to take serious look at soaring weapons costs (WSJ/EB)
  • Pentagon considers merging services' aviation units (SAEN | EB)
  • NATO agrees to talks of supporting role in Darfur (NYT | EB)
  • U.S. releases statistics on global terrorism (WP | EB)
  • Italy begins investigation into agent's death (WP | EB)
  • U.S. believes six-nation talks are best for N. Korea (NYT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • First democratically elected government formed in Iraq (Aljazeera)
  • Iraqi general assassinated as cabinet closes on vote (Aljazeera)
  • Saudi Arabia invites U.S. businesses to invest (Arab News)
  • Russian president on official visit to Israel (Jerusalem Post)
  • Iran reconsidering decision to suspend enrichment program (Tehran Times)
  • U.S. concerned about Venezuelan freedoms (El Universal)

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Events

Thursday, 28 April - Join Secretary Rumsfeld in welcoming Marvel Comics and special guests Spiderman and Captain America as they distribute the new Special Limited Edition of Marvel's Salute to Our Troops Comic Book. Pentagon Concourse, 1300-1400. (Flyer)

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

OTF [Operation Tribute to Freedom] helps the American people better understand the sacrifices of our troops - one Soldier's story at a time.

BG Vincent Brooks
Chief, Army Public Affairs

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