Military Family Appreciation Month 2005

Wednesday November 23, 2005

This November we honor the extraordinary contributions of our Nation's military families as part of National Military Family Appreciation Month.

Throughout our history, the steadfast support of military families has always been a source of inspiration. You have faced the special challenges of long deployments, family separations and frequent relocations with great courage and resolve. In doing so, your selfless dedication has directly contributed to the mission readiness of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Merchant Marines.

My heartfelt thanks to the families who sacrifice so much--you are patriots in a quiet, strong way and you make all the difference. You support us, even though we work long hours that often interrupt your plans. When we are away, you hold our families together. When we get tired, you remind us how important our jobs are. When we receive recognition, you stand in the background. You define us and sustain us. You promise us the tomorrows for which we strive.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff join me in thanking all military families for their faithful service to their communities, their loved ones and this Nation.

General Peter Pace
United States Marine Corps
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

ARNEWS article


  • November: Military Family Appreciation Month (ARNEWS)
  • Return of former Palace offers glimmer of hope to Iraqis (NYT | EB)
  • Pentagon has tentative plans to reduce number of U.S. forces there early next (WP | EB)
  • Army chief awards Rangers for valor (ARNEWS)
  • Campbell, Guard HQ get construction money (AT)
  • DOD database would track Army sexual assault reports (SS)
  • Hillclimbers go in search of 'H' in Pakistan (SO)


  • Top U.S. general advises not the time for withdrawal (WT | EB)
  • U.S. troops setting up local camps to hold back insurgents (CSM | EB)
  • U.S. general says training Iraqi troops cannot be rushed (CNN)
  • Iran urges Iraq to push out U.S. and multi-national forces (WT | EB)
  • Jurors convict U.S. citizen on all nine counts (WP | EB)
  • Senior Sunni leader killed by militants (MSNBC)
  • Moderate and radical Islamist groups present challenges in Morocco (CSM)
  • Alleged 'dirty bomber' indicted on charges (WP)
  • U.S.Student who joined Al Qaeda convicted (FN)


  • GI on leave from Iraq duty celebrates family, faith (AJC)
  • Soldiers make difference in lives of Afghan children (EPT)
  • U.S. military closes air base in Uzbekistan over the Andijan uprising (MH)
  • Kevin Sites reports from Iraq (YN)
  • Bosnian Muslims, Serbs and Croats agree to rewrite constitution (NPR)
  • NBC correspondent describes close call in Baghdad (MSNBC)
  • Iraqi President willing to hold talks with insurgents (Newsday)
  • Laptops and airport security is explained (Slate)
  • Plans to build fence for border stirs controversy (USN)


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The Soldiers who make up this quality force are highly-skilled, intelligent, but most of all, dedicated. Our nation must remain as dedicated to them as they are to the nation.
(Schoomaker: Army must fight in 4 quadrants )

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff, United States Army


Holiday Message: Remember deployed troops

As we celebrate this holiday season, we should also celebrate the spirit of the American Soldier.

For more than 230 years, this spirit led America's men and women to courageously answer the call to duty and help preserve liberty throughout the world. Today, this same noble spirit inspires our Soldiers as they simultaneously fight the war on terror and transform the Army to meet future challenges.

This holiday season should also be a time of remembrance. We should remember our Soldiers deployed in 120 countries around the world. Likewise, we should keep in our hearts our family members while their loved ones are far from home. And of course, we will always remember our Soldiers who never returned from the fight and their families.

May you all have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season. May God bless the men and women in our Army. And may God bless our wonderful country.

Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston

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