Army Outreach Web Site

Friday November 4, 2005

Announcing the implementation of the Army Outreach Web Site. The full launch of the site for the public will be on November 7, 2005. The new site will serve as a valuable resource for public affairs officers around the world to help better connect the Army with our citizenry.

Features of the outreach Web site are:

- A comprehensive, searchable, interactive calendar of outreach events.

- For the public, this resource will increases awareness of and ability to participate in the hundreds of outreach activities taking place across the country.

- For PAOs, the calendar will be a powerful tool to publicize your public events to the 6 to 12 million visitors army.mil has each month.

- The calendar will provide the Soldiers, leaders, civilians and families throughout the Army with a view of the enormous amount of community relations and outreach initiatives taking place Army-wide - including activities they may wish to include in their own schedules.

- Easy access to installation Web sites that have links posted on the calendar.

- Snapshots of the Army's many ongoing Outreach programs.

- A photo gallery with images that can be used to promote local events.

- Answers to questions ranging from Army benefits to requesting Army assets, to obtaining lost medals or military records.

- A directory of Army Outreach professionals ready to respond to customer needs.

See www.army.mil/outreach and review the Web site now during the pre-launch period.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Number of black enlisted troops decline significantly (USAT)
  • Chaplain banned from position after assault charges (AT)
  • 212th MASH unit treats stoic Pakistanis (SS)
  • The share of African-American Army enlistments drops to 1 in 7 (USAT | EB)
  • Army Retirement Services celebrate 50 years of service (SO)
  • Troops' repair skills critical to mission, lives (DA)
  • Freedom Team Salute recognizes Army family (ARNEWS)
  • Leaders tie re-enlistment success to camaraderie, support (AFIS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • U.S. troop drawdowns from Iraq not assured after elections (WT | EB)
  • Georgia National Guard trainers face challenges with troops (AJC | EB)
  • Residents of Iraqi capital celebrate end of Ramadan (WP | EB)
  • Heavily fortified green zone could be compromised (WT | EB)
  • Parents of captured Soldier to meet with Pentagon officials (WP | EB)
  • Pentagon will meet with parents of missing Soldier (MSNBC)
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq threatens more attacks on diplomats (FN)

OF INTEREST

  • Back-to-back tragedy for family in Mississippi (ST)
  • Military is leaning heavily for recruits in economically depressed areas (TT)
  • Cubans protest at two-day Summit of the Americas (CNN)
  • Musharraf postponing purchase of F-16 warplanes (CNN)
  • Life in Egyptian households in holy month revolves around TV (CSM)
  • House Republicans looking closely at ending birthright citizenship (WT)
  • Holiday mood soured by Iraqis' fears for safety (NPR)

WORLD VIEW

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Events

60 MINUTES

60 Minutes The Road To Baghdad Segment on Fighting 69th - a feature story of the Fighting 69th (NYANG) guarding the Baghdad Airport Road this Sunday 6 November. A CBS 60 Minutes crew was embedded for more than a week with the 69th in August 2005 just prior to the unit's end of tour.

A FAMILY AT WAR

During the month of November: Independent Lens film on PBS chronicles one family's struggle to deal with their son's death in Iraq and the continuing political fallout from the war.

Independent Lens is broadcast on most PBS stations on Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. EST (check local listings in your area)www.pbs.org

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

The Army is transforming to meet the challenges of the 21st century. New weapons systems and state-of-the-art technology are important parts of the Army's overall transformation, but the key is the Soldier. Army Outreach is dedicated to: Building and sustaining relationships of trust between Soldiers and Americans, connecting Soldiers with the American public, and continuing to tell the Soldier story.

COL Garrie Dornan
Chief, Army Outreach Division

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