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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, May 13, 2011

Today's Focus:

The 2011 Army Commemorative Coins


"When a Soldier comes back from war, he might look exactly the same and act the same, but after two weeks or so, the signs start to show up. He goes to the doctor and says 'fix it,' and the doctor can't fix it. It's got to be the most frustrating thing in the world. That's what we're faced with."

-Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, emphasizes the Army’s frustration that the therapies used for the treatment of brain injuries lag behind the advanced medical science employed for treating mechanical injuries as well as the Army's ongoing effort to improve the disability evaluation process.

Chiarelli: Stress disorder, brain injury science lacking


"I feel it's a good idea (learning combatives), because females need to learn self defense. Combatives gives you the tools needed to prevent yourself from being attacked.”

- Pfc. Jennifer Jones, a Soldier with 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and the first-ever female fighter in the history of combatives competitions on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., now has the unique opportunity to fight for the All-Army Combatives Team.

Female Soldier proves dominant in hand-to-hand combat



2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

National Military Appreciation Month

Mental Health Month:
- Army Behavioral Health

Asian Pacific Heritage Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day


The 2011 Army Commemorative Coins

What is it?

The 2011 Army Commemorative Coins consist of a five dollar gold coin, a silver dollar, and a copper-clad half dollar that the U.S. Mint is offering during CY 2011 only. The three different commemoratives are the first and only coins in American history to afford unique public recognition of the United States Army and the service and sacrifice of American Soldiers, past and present. The respective themes of the coins are "Army Service in War," "Modern Army Service," and "Service in Peace," and symbolically, the design of each distinct coin celebrates the storied history and traditions of the U.S. Army from the colonial period to the present.

What has the Army done?

In 2008 the Army Historical Foundation (AHF) initiated action with Congressional leaders that resulted in presidential approval of the United States Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-450) on December 2008. The Foundation, on behalf of the Secretary of the Army, recommended specific themes for the coins to U.S. Mint officials and provided conceptual design guidance to Mint artists who created a portfolio of over 30 images for the obverse and reverse of the coins. The Foundation evaluated each proposed design for historical accuracy and appropriateness and recommended six final designs which were approved by the Secretary of the Army in May 2010. The Chief of Staff unveiled the approved designs on Dec. 11, 2010, at the Army-Navy game.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army Historical Foundation will engage in an aggressive publicity campaign in Army-related and commercial media to ensure Soldiers and their families, Army retirees, the 11 million surviving Army veterans, and members of the general public are aware of the availability of the coins through the United States Mint.

Why is this important to the Army?

The commemorative coins are a prestigious form of public recognition of all Soldiers, past and present, and they will help cultivate an appreciation for Army history and Army values on a national scale. In addition, part of the proceeds from the Mint's sale of the coins goes to the Army Historical Foundation to help build the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Va. By law, the Foundation will receive $35, $10, and $5, respectively, for each gold, silver, and copper-clad coin sold.


Army History Foundation


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