Wednesday July 6, 2005

The Army is changing policies, training, and behavior to create a culture that embraces the operational and organizational challenges of a turbulent security environment. The Army's cultural change will build on the existing culture and beliefs as expressed in the Army Values and Soldier's Creed.

This cultural transformation effort has four dimensions.

1. Inculcate a culture of innovation
o Innovation seeks engagement by all Soldiers. Engagement fosters and improves communication among Soldiers and leaders throughout the force.

2. Realize the implications of joint, expeditionary warfare
o Joint, expeditionary warfare places a premium on adapting to the unique circumstances of each campaign.

3. Commit to the ideals of the Warrior Ethos
o The Warrior Ethos inspires the refusal to accept failure and conviction that military service is much more than a job. It generates an unfailing commitment to win. It defines who Soldiers are and what Soldiers do.

4. Promote resiliency
o Resiliency enables Soldiers to thrive in ambiguous, adverse situations. Resilient Soldiers overcome the stress, confusion, friction, and complexity of the environment to accomplish the mission.

As the Army moves into the future, two things will not change--the primacy of Soldiers and Army Values. American Soldiers remain the centerpiece of Army organizations.

Source: FM 1: The Army, chapter 4


Recently, the Department of Defense released guidance to to the military services and commands reiterating policies regarding the care and handling of enemy prisoners of war, detainees, retained persons and civilian internees.

The memo details principles and procedures that address the scope of healthcare personnel responsibilities and activities in which they may not participate.

Click here to read the memo.


  • Re-enlistments exceeding quotas, despite low recruiting numbers (SDUT | EB)
  • Bush nominates Army general to head National Security Agency (NYT | EB)
  • Army honors first African-American chaplain (ARNEWS)
  • Army refurbishing thousands of houses in Hawaii (WSJ/EB)
  • Military service costing reservists their jobs (DDN | EB)
  • Textron wins Army contract to build armored security vehicles (AJC | EB)


  • "We must be patient about progress in Iraq" -- Opinion by Donald Rumsfeld (ST/EB)
  • Progress marching on in Iraq (CENTCOM News)
  • Insurgents target Iraqi progress (AFIS)
  • Pakistani, Bahraini envoys ambushed in Baghdad (NYT | EB)
  • Sunnis looking to participate more in government (USAT | EB)
  • Internet audiotape claims Zarqawi has formed new branch (LAT | EB)
  • Legal issues over civilians in war zone debated (WT | EB)
  • Accidental civilian deaths leave Iraqis on edge (PI | EB)
  • Syria continues assistance to Iraq-bound insurgents (WT | EB)
  • Rebel commanders surrender themselves in Afghanistan (CENTCOM News)
  • U.S. forces in Afghanistan seeing increase in violence (FO | EB)
  • Afghan government condemns U.S. airstrike that left many civilians dead (NYT | EB)
  • "In defense of women in combat" -- Opinion (LAT | EB)
  • World's largest 10K run visits Middle East (ARNEWS)


  • Military expands homeland defense efforts (WP | EB)
  • Report details worldwide terrorist attacks (WP | EB)
  • U.S. feeling pressure to close Guantanamo camp (IHT | EB)
  • Division-leading Nationals join America Supports You (AFIS)
  • Ariz. mayor working to broaden Pentagon Channel's audience (AFIS)
  • U.S. urged to set date for withdrawal of U.S. troops from central Asia (WP | EB)
  • Rice's Asia agenda includes N. Korea nuclear program (USAT | EB)


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July 8, 2005
Fort McPherson in Georgia will host a Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Ceremony Friday at 8:00 a.m. (More)


Of course, while the forms of war may vary, there are certain constants. And soldiers have been and will remain the centerpiece of America's Army. The soldiers who are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan reflect the very best of what America has to offer. They are motivated by an unwavering belief that they are serving for what is good, right and just, and that they will be victorious.

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the Army


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