Friday July 1, 2005

July 2, 2005
- The Stadium of Fire performance, part of America's Freedom Festival, will take place in Provo, Utah. The festival, honoring Soldiers and their sacrifices, will be broadcast on the American Forces Network.

- The U.S. Army Chorus will join the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for the 2nd Annual 4th of July Spectacular at the Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md. (More)

July 3, 2005
- The U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus will perform in Boston at the Hatch Shell from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. (More)

- The U.S. Military Academy Band will perform from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. at West Point as part of the Academy's Independence Day concert. (More)

July 4, 2005
- The Veteran Corps of Artillery (VCA) will perform a special Salute to the Nation in lower Manhattan, N.Y. at noon. The VCA will fire its traditional 50-round Salute to the Nation from the esplanade of Battery Park.

- The United States Army Band and the United States Army Herald Trumpets will perform with the North Carolina Symphony at the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, N.C.

- The U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will perform at Philadelphia's 4th of July parade. The parade begins at 6 p.m. OIF and OEF veterans will be recognized during the parade.

- Fort Myer in Virginia will fire a 50-gun salute at noon.

- Fort Hood in Texas will host their annual Freedom Fest featuring 5K and 10K runs, carnival rides, music, performances and fireworks.

- Army installations across the U.S. will participate in a national bell-ringing at 2:00 p.m. to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence 229 years ago.


Joe Nemechek, Army's sponsored NASCAR driver, continues his quest for a second Top-20 season at the NASCAR "Pepsi 400". The race will be held on July 2, at the Daytona International Speedway. Secretary Rumsfeld will be the Grand Marshall.


  • U.S. recovers fallen Chinook's aircrew, passengers (AFIS)
  • Rescuers recover 16 bodies at Chinook crash site (NYT | EB)
  • Army set for Independence Day celebrations (ARNEWS)
  • Schoomaker shows concerns over recruiting for this year and next (WT | EB)
  • Army plans to use fewer National Guard troops in Iraq (WP | EB)
  • Germany shows gratitude to U.S. Army (ARNEWS)
  • Steadfast Special Forces Soldiers awarded Silver Star (USASOC News)
  • Guard Soldier gains fame from Baghdad song (ARNEWS)


  • Diplomatic envoy to go to Iraq, focus on accelerating self-reliance (WP | EB)
  • Joint patrols key to training Iraqi soldiers (AJC | EB)
  • Rumsfeld holds strong against Iraq critics (LAT | EB)
  • Terror suspects captured in Iraq; Operation Sword continues (AFIS)
  • Joint U.S.-Iraqi operation seizes insurgents and weapons (WP | EB)
  • Insurgents changed tactics after Fallujah fight, general says (AFIS)
  • U.S. troop death rate has increased in Iraq (USAT | EB)
  • Baathists part of Iraq constitution drafting team (NYT | EB)
  • "Five ways to win back Iraq" -- Opinion (NYT | EB)
  • U.S. considers sending more troops to Afghanistan prior to elections (USAT/EB)
  • Black Hawk crew rescues three Afghan children near Salerno (AFIS)


  • DoD seeks Congressional support in influencing influencers (AFIS)
  • House passes bill for veterans health care (WT | EB)
  • DoD BRAC budget will fall short of upfront costs (NJCD/EB)
  • GAO study says Soldiers frequently targeted by high-pressure sales, despite laws (NYT | EB)
  • Pentagon courts influential Americans (LAT | EB)
  • USS Cole arrives in Philadelphia for 4th of July celebration (PI | EB)
  • DoD concerned over China's military build-up (WT/EB)
  • N. Korea resumes construction on two nuclear reactors (LAT | EB)
  • U.S. military training with African troops comes to a close (PI | EB)
  • U.S. will not send troops to Haiti (MH | EB)


  • Iraq seeks neighbors' help in gaining stability (Tehran Times)
  • Tensions rise on Israeli-Lebanese border (Daily Star)
  • U.N. concerned over flare-up between Israel and Lebanon (Aljazeera)
  • U.S. questions Iranian president's past (Arab News)
  • Bush plans to increase aid to Africa if leaders vow honesty and rule of law (BBC)

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July 1, 2005
Iraq Briefing with Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander of Multi-National Force-Northwest and Commander of Task Force Freedom, Live on the Pentagon Channel, 9:00 a.m. EDT.


Every 4th of July we celebrate the values that bind us together as Americans and make our Nation great--freedom, tolerance, and justice. Whether you are serving in CONUS, Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere, the Joint Chiefs and I thank you for your selfless service to America. You are doing a terrific job. You can take great pride in all you do to protect the principles of freedom on which our Nation was built, and give others the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy. Happy Independence Day!

Gen. Richard B. Myers
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

As you gather with friends and family around barbecues or head off to the beach this year, I ask you to pause and consider the courage and sacrifices of our fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilian employees throughout the world, fighting to keep that freedom secure and bring security and freedom to others. The centerpiece of the Army Reserve has been, and remains, our Soldiers, employees and our family members.

Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly
Chief, Army Reserve
Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command

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