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Tuesday May 3, 2005

The Freedom Team Salute (FTS) Program was launched yesterday in a Pentagon ceremony. Part of Operation Tribute to Freedom, FTS is a unique Army program that provides a way for Soldiers to recognize their team of supporters back home, including spouses, parents, and employers. In addition, as a special thanks to Army Veterans for their service and sacrifice, the Army will send a Freedom Team Salute Commendation package to United States Army Veterans who register with the program.
A Soldier's success is due in large part to the support of family and employers. FTS is a means to thank them for that support.

Soldiers should visit www.freedomteamsalute.army.mil to nominate a parent, spouse or employer for a Commendation package. Veterans can register at the same site for a Commendation package.

Each Commendation package contains:
- an official U.S. Army lapel pin (emblazoned with 'parent,' 'spouse,' or 'employer')
- an official U.S. Army decal
- a certificate of thanks signed by the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Army
- a letter of thanks signed by the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Army

The FTS team is also available to help communities and organizations plan Freedom Team Salute recognition ceremonies to recognize groups of families, veterans and employers. More information can be found on the website: www.freedomteamsalute.army.mil.


Asian/Pacific Americans in the U.S. Army -- the new web special launched this month on www.army.mil. Read about Asian/Pacific Americans' role in the Civil War, World War I & II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the current war on terrorism at www.army.mil/asianpacificsoldiers.


22nd Annual David E. Grange Best Ranger Competition results:
1st place, the Army's "Best Rangers" -- Capt. Corbett McCallum & Sgt. 1st Class Gerald Nelson
2nd place -- Capt. Frederick Ahern & Capt. Marc Messershmitt.
3rd place -- Master Sgt. James Moran & Sgt. 1st Class Walter Zajkowski.

The three-day Best Ranger Competition was established in 1982 and has been compared to Ironman and Eco-Challenge competitions. The competition challenges two-man Ranger teams in events that test their physical conditioning, Ranger skills and team strategies. The events are purposely scheduled back-to-back and around the clock for 60 hours, allowing little time for rest and meals.

Read more about the Ranger Competition.


  • Freedom Team Salute to recognize Army's extended family (ARNEWS)
  • Army officer paves way for fellow Pacific Islanders (AFIS)
  • Army misses April recruiting goal (USAT | EB)
  • Recruiters say low numbers create pressure to bend the rules (NYT | EB)
  • Many Soldiers reenlisting despite hardships of war (CSM | EB)
  • Army chief visits Fort Benning, discusses retention (TRADOC News)
  • DS3 becomes part of Human Resources Command (ARNEWS)
  • Civilian named Army editor of the year (USAREUR News)
  • Pfc. England pleads guilty to prison abuse at Abu Ghraib (WP | EB)


  • Pentagon says capabilities to engage in other conflicts limited (NYT | EB)
  • Military strained by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (WP/EB)
  • Troops facing insurgents trained in U.S. techniques (WP | EB)
  • Iraq PM to take fired Baathists back into the government (PI | EB)
  • Iraq government nearly complete, Shiites hold much power (LAT | EB)
  • Iraq's defense post filled after last minute arguments (WP/EB)
  • Turkey approves expanded use of air base for U.S. (LAT | EB)
  • Afghan national police capture six (AFIS)
  • Taliban fighter arrested in Afghanistan (WP/EB)
  • Weapons cache explodes, killing many (NYT | EB)
  • Multi-national forces compete in Ali Olympics (ARNEWS)


  • Rice gives N. Korea blunt warning of American might (WT | EB)
  • Experts say U.S. unprepared for nuclear terrorism (WP | EB)
  • White House, State discuss nonproliferation efforts (AFIS)
  • U.S., S. Korean alliance beginning to show cracks (LIN | EB)
  • Spain says sale to Venezuela will not include offensive weapons (DD/EB)
  • U.S. urges international community to punish Iran for nuclear work (WP/EB)
  • U.S. Strategic Command transforming, decentralizing (AFIS)
  • Supreme Court to review recruiting on college campuses (WP | EB)
  • Boeing, Lockheed agree to joint rocket venture (WSJ/EB)
  • "Speaking truth to Rumsfeld" -- Opinion (WP/EB)
  • "Guilty are held accountable" -- Opinion (USAT | EB)


  • New Iraqi government to be sworn in today (Aljazeera)
  • U.S. leads raid against suspected al Qaida on Iraq-Syrian border (Aljazeera)
  • Violence continues unabated after Iraqi cabinet approval (Arab News)
  • Kuwait national assembly fail to pass voting law for women (Arab Times)
  • One year after Abu Ghraib scandal -- an analysis (Middle East Times)

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Our Soldiers could not answer their noble calling of defending the values that have made our country great - this call to duty - without the support of those from whom they draw so much strength; spouses, parents, relatives, teachers, friends and employers. (Story)

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the Army


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