African American History Month

Tuesday February 3, 2009

U.S. Army honors service of African Americans in military and civil service

What is it?

February is African American History Month, a time during which we honor the many contributions and accomplishments made to our country by African Americans. Throughout the history of the United States, the cultures of African American people have shaped and enriched the American character.

We honor all African American military and civil service for their strength, service, willingness to sacrifice everything for the freedom and liberty cherished by all Americans.

How important is this to the Army?

With the advent of the All Volunteer Force, Army leadership recognizes the invaluable contributions of African Americans in military and civil service.

African Americans play a vital role in the Army of today; they are leaders - officers, non-commissioned officers, and civil service leaders; they are doctors, pilots, mechanics, military police officers, engineers, and senior managers.

In celebrating African American History Month, we emphasize the value the Army places on diversity. We know there is strength in diversity. We are "Army Strong" because we not only place great value in having different perspectives, approaches, and skills but also because we value having ethnic and cultural diversity.

What is the Army doing?

During the period from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, the Army will highlight and honor African American military and civil service at all levels by telling their story in command information products at all levels. Public Affairs guidance is available at Army Public Affairs Portal. During the next four weeks, installations and Forces Command public affairs officers are asked to highlight these stories and share them with the U.S. Army Home page in print and video via the web.

Resources:

POC: For more information or to submit stories : Philip Jones

African Americans in the U.S. Army

U.S. Army Center of Military History/African Americans in the Army

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

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

- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"

- Early Bird News Site

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Blogger's Roundtable

The White House Blog

New bridge brings hope, safety to Afghanistan's Panjshir valley

West Point cadet trains Afghan soldiers, in their own language

Iraqis vote while Soldiers show support

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army pulls body armor, despite assertion of safety (ARNews)
  • Guard in three states battle ice storm aftermath (ARNews)
  • Indiana Guard sends Humvees to winter storm recovery effort (AFIS)
  • Dwell time may increase to 30 months by 2011 (AT)
  • Army helos to get diagnostic sensors (AT)
  • Gold Star families have new light on the horizon (QC)
  • Home away from home: The USO (ANews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Mullen: Afghanistan is no Vietnam (AJC)
  • Pakistan militant attack halts U.S., NATO supplies (Fox)
  • American U.N. official is abducted in Pakistan (WSJ)
  • Related articles under Interest: O fears Gitmo's Jihadists (NYP)
  • Officials congratulate Iraqis for successful provincial elections (ARNews)
  • Opinion: Iraq's victory, Iran's loss (NYT)

OF INTEREST

  • Mullen: Crisis will squeeze spending (AT)
  • Opinion: Obama's pledge to gay Soldiers (BG)
  • Military commissions must obey President's directive, official says (ARNews)
  • Will the U.S. adjust lifeCSM)
  • Detainee-informer presents quandary for government (WP)
  • Related article under World: Saudi 'most wanted list' includes freed Guantánamo detainees (MH)
  • Man on skydive leads dying instructor down (BG)

WORLD VIEW

  • Tough review of U.S. weapons budget (FT | Article)
  • Iran sends first home-made satellite into orbit (AA | Article)
  • N. Korea 'preparing missile test' (BBC | Article)
  • Pakistan-Taliban Swat battle rages (AJ | Article)
  • Saudi issues wanted list of 83 militants overseas (IHT | Article)
  • Iraqi fighters swap bullets for ballots (TO | Article)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Army puts more money into family programs (HHW)
  • Weight of combat gear is taking toll (TO)
  • Related article under Interest: First-time skydiver takes charge when instructor dies (USA)
  • Related article under Army: Body armor recall - The DOD inspector general vs. The Department of the Army (BF)
  • As if nothing had changed in our nation since last February, an Army general, a colour guard and military jets introduce the Superbowl (GRD)

ARMY SPORTS

Sports at a glance

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