Freedom Team Salute

Friday September 29, 2006

What is it? Freedom Team Salute (FTS) is an outreach program that recognizes and honors those who have answered the "Call to Duty." The program includes all Army veterans and those who support today's Soldiers: spouses, parents, and the civilian employers of Guard and Reserve Soldiers.

Those nominated for a Freedom Team Salute receive:

- A letter of thanks from the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army
- A certificate of appreciation, suitable for framing, signed by the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army
- An official Army lapel pin
- An official Army decal
- Periodic updates on the Army (beginning in 2006)

Beginning in 2006, recipients will also receive periodic updates about their Army.

What has the Army done? The program has provided nomination opportunities to tens of thousands of Americans at public events, veteran service organization events, 30 Army installations, and on the web.

- FTS has recognized more than 325,000 Army veterans and supporters since the program's launch in May 2005. The FTS staff is currently processing an additional 600,000 commendations.
- In observance of Veterans Day 2005, the Senate passed Senate Resolution 306 recognizing the contributions of Army veterans and supporting the FTS mission to "recognize the unsung heroes who have served this country."

For more additional information on Freedom Team Salute

For more information on this and other topics see** Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.**

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

Battle Command Knowledge System (BCKS)

The Army's Battle Command Knowledge System (BCKS) is impacting the knowledge management (KM) process Army-wide. BCKS is now planning to expand its KM role as it assists knowledge Management Officers and units as proper KM processes are implemented. By using the right software for the right job and implementing proven processes, BCKS will help planners and operators at all levels of the Army to improve mission focus and performance by filling that void as well as help speed up the doctrine development process.

For more information click here.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Leave to Thailand Banned for Pacific Army Personnel (SAS)
  • 1st Cav Prepares for Iraq Transition (KDN)
  • Guard Leader Disputes Report on Iraq Convoy (EB | TD)
  • Some History Will Come with Move (FNC)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • About 12,000 U.S. Troops to Come Under NATO Control in Afghanistan (AFIS)
  • Insurgents Continue to Defy Security Drive (EB | USAT)
  • Troops North of Baghdad Caught in Sunni-Shiite Divide (SAS)
  • After Burst Of Violence, as Many as 60 Bodies are Found in Baghdad (NYT)

OF INTEREST

  • U.S. Army Privatizing Transient Lodging at 13 Posts (OCPA)
  • A Tearful Send-Off (TC)
  • Vets Angered by Tactics of Campaign Opponents (SAS)
  • Officer Says Nickels Paved the Way (FNC)

WORLD VIEW

  • U.S. Army `Coming to End of its Rope' (STR | Story)
  • Bush and Islam: Words Vs Deeds (ALJ | Story)
  • Most Iraqis favour U.S. Pullout in a Year: Poll (DWN | Story)
  • Bush Defends War in Iraq (VOA | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • MSNBC's Faces of Courage: SFC Paul Ray Smith (BS)
  • Combat Camera: U.S., Afghans Patrol Ghazni Province (BS)
  • Strike Outs for Troops (BS)
  • In the Mind of a Soldier (BS)

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