<h3>Independence Day Message</h3>

Thursday July 3, 2008

### Independence Day Message
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
View the complete 2008 Senior Leader Independence Day Message
Season of Remembrance

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

Yongsan's summer reading program opens 'world of exploration' to children

SMDC/ARSTRAT Summer Solstice Climb 2008

Community stands up with Army

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • DOD sets joint standards for enlistee waivers (ARNews)
  • Army activates network warfare unit (ARNews)
  • In this war, troops get a rousing welcome home (USA)
  • SF deaths come amid MRAP rollover concerns (AT)
  • FCS gets absorbed by RFI (SP)
  • Iowa Guard Civil Support Team pulls poisons from flood waters (ARNews)
  • BRAC needs worry officials (BS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • A shortage of troops in Afghanistan (WP)
  • Afghanistan death toll pressures U.S., allies (CSM)
  • A 'surge' unit sees change, but questions its permanence (CSM)
  • Iraq hints at delay in U.S. security deal (NYT)
  • Three supporters of cleric arrested during crackdown of Shiite militias (SDT)
  • Risk to U.S. troops seen if Israel strikes Iran (LAT)
  • Audio: U.S. plans for Iran examined (NPR)
  • Audio: Sheiks meetings: Tradition turns deadly In Iraq (NPR)

OF INTEREST

  • Bush moves to downplay rumors of war (WT)
  • Military wives find a new mission with service as surrogate mothers (SDT)
  • War photo brought Dwyer an unwelcome fame (FO)
  • Fort Detrick unit to track diseases that affect U.S (BS)
  • Army again defends actions in death of pregnant Fort Bragg Soldier (FOX)
  • NASCAR's Waltrip rescues swindled Soldier (UPI)
  • U.S. Army Reserve and Con-way Freight launch partnership (CNN)
  • Air Force, Army leaders discuss new UAS concept of operations (ARNews)
  • Audio: General who backed surge picked for top Iraq job (NPR)

WORLD VIEW

  • Fish but no fix at Bush-Putin summit (BBC | Story)
  • Mullen warns of 'third front' for U.S. (FT | Story)
  • Israel ready to strike Gaza after attacks: minister (AA | Story)
  • Iran warms to freeze-for-freeze plan (AT | Story)
  • 15 hostages held by Colombian rebels are rescued (IHT | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Army commemorates 35 years of All-Volunteer Force (ANT)
  • America "must afford" costs of volunteer force (DOD)
  • Related to article under Interest: Military wives as surrogate mothers (SM)
  • The Kabul fun run (BN)

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Events

May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

July 1-3, 2008: Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

July 13, 2008: Army National Guard concert band performance

July 26, 2008: 60th Anniversary of the Integration of the Armed Forces

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Al Qaeda has been beaten back in Iraq, but it is not defeated. The Taliban still claws for power in Afghanistan. Extremists of all kinds all over the world still plot against us, our fellow citizens, and our allies and friends. And yet still you serve. Still you sacrifice."

-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, in his Independence Day message to servicemembers

Bush, Mullen send Independence Day greetings

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