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Monday May 2, 2005

The World War II Commemoration Committee was established by DoD in January of 2004. The purpose of the committee is to honor the men and women from the greatest generation who fought abroad and at home.

Through national events and programs, the committee commemorates WWII events, ideas, alliances, and programs, and honors those who served. The committee also serves to remind Americans of the significance of WWII as the seminal event in the 20th century.

The goals of the committee include:
- Honor those who served.
- Acquaint or reacquaint all Americans with the significance of World War II to our nation and the world.
- Provide the public with a clearer understanding of the lessons of the war.
- Commemorate the ideas, alliances and programs of World War II, in addition to its battles.
- Involve the American public in commemorative activities.
- Engage former adversaries in positive recognition.

On Sunday, 8 May, at 1300, the committee will pay tribute to WWII veterans at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This event will be hosted by Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey with key note speaker Retired Army General Frederick J. Kroesen (former commanding general of Forces Command and WWII veteran). The commemoration will include a wreath laying at the Field of Stars at the WWII Memorial.

For more information about the World War II Commemoration Committee and their national events and tributes, go to www.60wwii.mil.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Stryker project in Hawaii a go (HSB | EB)
  • Division reorganized for return trip to Iraq (DMN | EB)
  • Army to purchase new lightweight howitzers (ARNEWS)
  • Army names Recruiters of the Year (TRADOC News)
  • Army goes live with Web registry for child care (ARNEWS)
  • Army Management Staff College catalog now on-line (TRADOC News)
  • Akbar gets death penalty (ARNEWS)
  • Abu Ghraib prison abuse trial begins (HC | EB)
  • "The Army Corps' economic role" -- Opinion (WP | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Insurgents continue spate of attacks, 35 Iraqis killed (NYT | EB)
  • Bomb attacks by rebels persist in Iraq (LAT | EB)
  • U.S. plans for December to transition responsibility and begin withdrawal from Iraq (LDT/EB)
  • Bush pleased with progress in Iraq, explains N. Korea steps (AFIS)
  • Secular Iraqis see hope in government (PI | EB)
  • U.S. relationship with Iraqi Sheiks helping in reconstruction (USAT | EB)
  • Pentagon's defenses against roadside bombers (USNWR | EB)
  • Kirkuk remains paralyzed despite governmental breakthrough (CT | EB)
  • Iraq's oil output lagging, oil minister position undecided (NYT | EB)
  • Radio hosts visit Iraq, Kuwait for firsthand look (AFIS)
  • Congress close to agreement on Iraq war bill (WSJ/EB)
  • Iraqi businessman says his country appreciates Americans' sacrifices (AFIS)
  • Afghan president advises U.S. to be cautious in pursuing militants (USAT/EB)
  • "Female casualties illustrate harsh reality of war" -- Opinion (letter) (USAT/EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Serious lobbying to save bases begins (AJC | EB)
  • Defense Language Institute is key component of training (CSM | EB)
  • Military issuing tourniquets as part of standard equipment (BS | EB)
  • The cost of launching NSPS (WP/EB)
  • DoD pays tribute to departing Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz (AFIS)
  • High tech work has high risks at the Pentagon (WSJ/EB)
  • 30 years after war's end, U.S., Vietnam focusing on mutual interests (AFIS)
  • Iran planning defense of its nuclear energy program (WP | EB)
  • "Erosion of the nonproliferation treaty" -- Opinion (IHT | EB)
  • "Toward a nuclear strategy" -- Opinion (WP | EB)
  • Taiwan seeks support from China to improve communications (NYT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Insurgents strike Kurdish funeral (Aljazeera)
  • Foreign troops to begin pullout by mid-2006, says Iraq's national security advisor (Aljazeera)
  • English Al Jazeera channel will follow ethical guidelines, no U.S. bashing (Middle East Times)
  • U.N. will help Lebanon prepare for elections (Daily Star, Lebanon)
  • Seoul, Tokyo say N. Korean missile test unrelated to nuclear program (Korean Herald)

ARMY SPORTS

NASCAR - Joe Nemechek found himself in the middle of a large accident this weekend in Talladega. On lap 132 of the race, 25 drivers found themselves a part of the large wreck. An unfortunate break for the Army team as they were running in the top 20 and had the lead draft at the time of the wreck.

TOP FUEL DRAGSTER - Tony Schumacher went out in the first round during this weekend's NHRA race and lost the point standings lead to Doug Kalitta who ultimately won the race.

RODEO - Our cowboys continued on their rodeo circuit across the country. The Army's newest cowboy, Joe Beaver moved into 11th place in World Standings in the All-Around category. Cody "hot sauce" DeMoss continues to maintain his number one position in Saddle-Bronc.

USMA -
Men: Baseball (5/1) Army 11, 6 Navy 5, 1 (doubleheader - Patriot League Championship - Army's 2d straight); Lacrosse (5/1) Navy 15 Army 8 (Patriot League Championship Game)

Women: Softball (5/1) Army 11 Bucknell 1 (Advance to Championship Game)

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Events

2 May The Freedom Team Salute Press Conference and Recognition Ceremony will be held today at 3 p.m. EDT, at the Warrior Ethos Display on the third flood between corridor 3 and 4 in the Pentagon. POC: Maj. Elizabeth Robbins, elizabeth.robbins@hqda.army.mil.

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

It's clear that remembering not just the people, but the ideas and lessons learned in freeing Western Europe and the Pacific helps assure that freedom continues to flourish around the world - much as the Soldiers of today are doing in the middle east.

Lt. Gen. Edward Soyster, U.S. Army (Retired)
World War II Commemoration Committee Executive Director

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