Freedom Team Salute

Wednesday May 28, 2008

What is it?

Freedom Team Salute (FTS) was created by the secretary of the Army and Army chief of staff in May 2005 to honor all U.S. Army veterans and provide Soldiers--active component, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve--the opportunity to recognize those who support them (specifically, spouses, parents and employers) with a commendation, thanking them for the value they bring to the Army Family.

What has the Army done?

Representatives from FTS have participated in more than 150 on-site conferences and events. The Army has built a team of over 400 ambassadors to represent the program in all 50 states and four foreign countries. They have developed mutually beneficial relationships with various veterans service and military support organizations, yielding a substantial return on investment and providing those organizations a link to today's Army.

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Information Papers with 2008 Army Posture Statement

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Task Force at Bliss testing FCS Spin Out 1 (ARNews)
  • Some call for open carbine competition (AT)
  • Troupe kicks off European tour in Benelux (ARNews)
  • Santa Margarita point guard answers Army's call (LAT)
  • Soldier's mother bridges distance with poetry (NPR)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Disfigured Soldiers are war's dark face (CT)
  • Sadr urges followers to protest U.S.-Iraq pact (WP)
  • Letter: Unfair portrayal of the troops (WP)

OF INTEREST

  • French families adopt U.S. graves in Normandy (NPR)
  • Private psychiatrists offer free help to returning troops (BG)
  • Stress cases in military up (BS)
  • Pentagon auditors cite scant staff (WSJ)
  • Foreclosures in military towns surge at four times U.S. rate (BB)
  • U.S., North Korean envoys discuss nuclear declaration timetable (WSJ)
  • More relief flights reach Burma; U.S. assets stand by (AFIS)

WORLD VIEW

  • Ex-aide criticises Bush over Iraq (BBC | Story)
  • Nasrallah: Prisoner swap 'imminent' (AJ | Story)
  • U.N. nuclear agency reports 'serious concern' over Iranian program (IHT | Story)
  • Teheran holding back data: Nuclear watchdog (AO | Story)
  • AmnestyGuard | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Related to article in World View: Iraq war: Former Bush aide admits manipulating opinion (Guard)
  • Wounded warrior to lead medical battalion (SM)
  • Memorial Day 2008 (SP)
  • Memorial Day, 26 May 2008 (BW)
  • U.S. uses wrong bullets- "These cans are defective" (BF)
  • Making lemonade (N2G)

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Events

May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

May 2008:
- Asian - Pacific Heritage Month

- Mental Health Month:

- Army Behavioral Health

- DOD Military Health System

- Battlemind

Medal of Honor Ceremonies:

- Monday, June 2, 2008: White House Ceremony

- Tuesday, June 3, 2008: Pentagon Hall of Hero Ceremony

U.S. Army Birthday Celebrations:

-Saturday, June 7, 2008: The New Orleans Army Birthday Ball

-Saturday, June 14, 2008: The U.S. Army Birthday Ball

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"There is no honor greater than presiding over an oath ceremony, and there is no better place to do it than here. You have all earned your citizenship through your service. Starting today, America is as much your country as it is mine."

- Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, during a naturalization ceremony on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan

44 troops in Afghanistan pledge U.S. citizenship

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