COMBAT ACTION BADGE

Thursday May 5, 2005

The new Combat Action Badge (CAB) has been approved by Army leadership, who created the badge to recognize all Soldiers who are in combat with the enemy. The new badge is in keeping with the Warrior Ethos displayed by all Soldiers, regardless of rank or military occupational specialty. The badge recognizes the reality of today's 360 degree battlefield.

The Combat Action Badge design is still pre-decisional. The requirements to be awarded the badge are as follows.

- Be a U.S. Army Soldier.
- Rank, Branch and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) are immaterial.
- Performing assigned duties in an area where hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay is authorized.
- Not eligible for award of the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) or Combat Medical Badge (CMB) at the time of the action cited.
- Personally present and actively engaging or being engaged by the enemy, and performing satisfactorily in accordance with the prescribed rules of engagement.
- Battle or campaign participation credit alone is not sufficient; the Soldier must engage or be engaged by the enemy.

Commanders at the rank of Major General will have award authority.

Although a Close Combat Badge (CCB) was considered as an option, Army leadership decided the CAB best meets the intent of field commanders to fully recognize Soldier actions in combat.

For more information about all the Army's badges, symbols and insignia, visit www.army.mil/symbols.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

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  • Increase in recruit bonuses to be tested (USAT | EB)
  • Army displays among highlights on National Mall (ARNEWS)
  • Combined Arms Support Command realigns for the future (TRADOC News)
  • TRADOC to host Army Family Action Plan Conference (TRADOC News)
  • Judge rejects Pfc. England's plea of guilty (WP | EB)
  • "Why was sergeant still in the Army?" -- Opinion (DFP | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Top Al Queda leader arrested in Pakistan (WP | EB)
  • Bush lauds Pakistan for capture of top al Qaeda general (AFIS)
  • " Arrest Of 'the Libyan' revives hope of capturing Bin Laden" -- Editorial (USAT | EB)
  • Afghan forces, U.S. servicemembers clash with insurgents (AFIS)
  • Eikenberry takes command of coalition forces in Afghanistan (AFIS)
  • Rumsfeld uses emergency purchase power for equipment to combat roadside bombs (CQT | EB)
  • IED conference looks for solutions to save lives (AFIS)
  • Suicide bomber hits Iraq police station, kills 60 (NYT | EB)
  • Military facing obstacles in gathering intelligence in Iraq (ITP/EB)
  • Coalition helps rebuild mosque hit by insurgent rocket (ARNEWS)
  • Joint force eliminates lines at Iraq gas pumps (ARNEWS)
  • Audit of Iraq spending uncovers fraud (WP | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Pentagon analyst accused of selling military secrets (NYT | EB)
  • Two Soldiers arrested on drug smuggling charges (NYT | EB)
  • Panel faults plan to move troops from overseas (NYT | EB)
  • BRAC commission concerned over QDR decisions, impacts (NJCD/EB)
  • States with bases defend potential closures (LAT | EB)
  • Rumsfeld pleased with progress in Central, South America (AFIS)
  • Taiwan donates $1M to Pentagon memorial fund (WP/EB)
  • Iran says it will not restart nuclear program (WP | EB)
  • "Needed: An Iran exit strategy" -- Editorial (WT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Yemen rejects accusations of government complicity in U.S.S. Cole attack (Aljazeera)
  • Al-Qaeda leader Al-Libbi arrested in Pakistan (Arab News)
  • March of Living begins today, thousands expected to participate (Jerusalem Post)
  • Israel halts plans of West Bank handover (Jordan Times)
  • Bloody battle the day of command change in Afghanistan (Middle East Times)

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Events

May 6
A Welcome Back Remembrance March and Ceremony, marking the 20th anniversary of the New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the historic "Welcome Home" parade, will stage at Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, N.Y., Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. The event is being presented by the Vietnam Veterans of Greater New York and produced by the United War Veterans Council of NYC. For more information, contact UWVC at: (212) 693-0157.

May 7
A Vietnam Veterans 30th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza, Saturday, from noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza, 55 Water Street, Lower Manhattan, NY. The event will include a POW/MIA remembrance and a wreath laying ceremony. For more information, contact (718) 822-4242, or (212) 693-1476 at the United War Council of New York City.

May 7-8
A Wheels and Wings Air & Car Show will be held at the Millville Army Air Field Museum, in Millville, New Jersey, Saturday and Sunday. The U.S. Special Operations Command's Parachute Demonstration Team, the Black Daggers, will perform aerial aerobatics before an estimated 150,000 spectators. For more information, call (910) 432-8994.

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Warfare is still a human endeavor. Our intent is to recognize Soldiers who demonstrate and live the Warrior Ethos.

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Army Chief of Staff

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