SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"We were out of balance. The most important thing we can do to get ourselves back in balance is to increase the amount of time Soldiers spend at home between deployments."
- Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commenting on the Army reaching it's goal of increasing the active duty force ahead of schedule
Army Chief of Staff shares insights during Afghanistan visit
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
1) "From an Army perspective, servicemembers wouldn't continue to re-enlist and serve along with their families if it wasn't for the command climate of our organizations, if they didn't continue to believe in the missions that they were doing, if they didn't continue to want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and if they didn't want to continue to be part of [our] Band of Brothers and Sisters."
- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, following a formation run that he led to begin this week's centennial celebration for the Walter Reed hospital
SMA salutes Walter Reed for 100 years of service
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Early Bird News Site
- Information Papers with "2008 Army Posture Statement"
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- 2009 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2009 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
2009: Year of the NCO
2009: Year of the Military Family
2009: 100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant
- Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
- Month of the Military Child
- National Mental Health Month
- Asia Pacific American Heritage Month
- National Military Appreciation Month
May 8, 2009: Military Spouse Day
May 8-10, 2009: Best Ranger Competition
What is it?
Twilight Tattoo is a colorful, military pageant presented by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW). Featuring Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," Twilight Tattoo tells the history of the Army's role in America's development. The ceremony and beauty of the annual Twilight Tattoo reminds all present of the many traditions of our country and of the sacrifices made by thousands of men and women in our armed forces. Twilight Tattoo is free and open to the public.
What is the Army doing?
The Army is presenting an opportunity for thousands of people from across the country and the world to witness its elite ceremonial units in action. Performing in Twilight Tattooare Soldiers from MDW's troop and ceremonial units, which include: The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, The U.S. Army Drill Team, the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, the Continental Color Guard, the Caisson Platoon and the Presidential Salute Battery and musicians from The U.S. Army Band's Army Blues, Army Chorus and Downrange. These units remind us of our Army's rich heritage and traditions.
Why is it important to the Army?
Twilight Tattoo has become one of the Army's most popular outreach programs by reinforcing Army themes and messages and showcasing our Soldiers' commitment to the Nation. The program allows the Army to reach its objectives of gaining and maintaining public trust, confidence and support. With 2009 being the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer, Twilight Tattoohonors those who are responsible for training, leading and mentoring Soldiers.
For performance details and more information please visit: Twilight Tattoo Web page
1) Guest performances are scheduled for the May 6 (The Band and Drill Company of His Majesty The Kings Guard of Norway) and June 10 (The Ceremonial Guard of Canada)
2) The June 17 performance, to be held on Whipple Field at Fort Myer, Va., is currently at capacity and closed to the general public.
MDW events line: 202-685-2888
MDW Web site
Year of the NCO Web site
ABOUT THE ARMY
- Walter Reed marks 100 years of warrior care (ARMY)
- Army Nanosatellite Program receives first units (ARMY)
- Month of the Military Child has deeper meaning for wounded warrior families (ARMY)
- Redstone Arsenal unveils building for military children (WT)
- Event challenges Soldiers to get finances in order (ARMY)
- Army recruits Kelly Services to help veterans (DT)
- Grandparents become mom and dad when parents deploy (TL)
- Baghdad is shaken by a series of bombs (NYT)
- Pentagon 'concerns' with Pakistan aid (Politico)
- Obama says Pakistan internal threat grave (BG)
- Civilians flee as Pakistani forces hit resistance (NYT)
- U.K. all but rejects more long-term troops, in blow to U.S. hopes (WSJ)
- Taliban vow to step up attacks in Afghanistan (SFC)
- Weak countries pose threat, Pentagon says (TH)
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