News Archives For October 2005

4ID Begins Second Deployment to Iraq
Marking the official beginning of the 4th Infantry Division's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Soldiers of the "Ivy" Division cased their colors at a ceremony on Fort Hood's Cameron Field Oct. 28. more

Troops to Teacher Program Thriving
When he enlisted in the Army in 1968, Command Sgt. Major James J. Malarski never imagined he would spend his retirement teaching high-needs students political science and history. Today, the Bronze Star for Valor winner, humbly labels himself “an untraditional teacher working for a very important cause.” more

Database to Help WIA Soldiers
A new pay tracking system for Soldiers wounded in action is now in place to head off potential financial woes for Soldiers under transition from the combat zone to the rehab zone.

Hurricane Wilma Makes Landfall in Florida
a significant threat for wind damage across South Florida. Storm surge flooding of 12 to 18 feet above normal tide levels is possible along the extreme southwest coast of Florida. A five- to nine-foot storm surge is anticipated in the Keys and Lake Okeechobee. more

Task Force Moves Into "red zone" for Hurricane Operations
The eye of Hurricane Wilma was still spinning furiously over south Florida as Florida National Guard's Task Force 164 moved forward into the “red zone.” Members of the Florida National Guard’s lead task force for Hurricane Wilma left their Sarasota armory shortly after 8 a.m., Monday, and convoyed as an advance team to Collier County where the storm made landfall a few hours earlier.

America Supports You: Group Links GIs to Families for Holidays
This holiday season, military members serving overseas will have a chance to send their love to their families in a very special way, thanks to a Denver-based nonprofit organization. Operation Hope, a program started two and a half years ago by the Beacon of Hope Outreach Center, is launching a service called Home for the Holidays. This service allows military men and women serving overseas to register their families for gifts, said Leo Pacheco, president and executive director of Beacon of Hope Outreach Center.

Veterans Affairs Strives to Find Jobs for Iraq, Afghanistan War Vets
For young men and women fighting the war on terrorism, coming home in good health is a major goal, but coming home to a good job also is a primary concern, Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson said during a news conference today announcing a VA jobs program for transitioning servicemembers. "Fulfilling the Commitment - Coming Home to Work" focuses on ensuring that servicemembers re-entering civilian life, particularly service-connected disabled veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, have access to a full range of resources to obtain and retain suitable employment, VA officials said.

DARPA Autonomous Vehicle
The Defense Department also is stepping up efforts to develop unmanned ground systems that would work together with manned systems to enhance the capabilities of U.S. forces and save lives. more

Soldiers in Iraq Reunite Thirty Years After Graduation
There are three Vikings serving for the deployed forces of the U.S. Army. These Vikings aren’t the ones of Nordic fame, but they do share a common bond.

The three Soldiers are actually Northwest High School Vikings from Clarksville, Tenn. Thirty years after graduation, the long-lost troops have found each other in the most unlikely of places – Iraq.

Rumsfeld, Central American
Central American defense and security ministers meeting here this week with U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld are planning to take several agreed-upon recommendations back to their home countries for further discussion. National representatives in small working groups discussed such issues as multinational operational exercises, challenges and opportunities in security cooperation, means to share and protect sensitive information, regional combined operations, and mechanisms to support peacekeeping, disaster-relief and rapid-response operations, a senior U.S. defense official explained.

Officials Stockpile Vaccine,
Health officials estimate the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 killed 50 million people worldwide -- more than died in World War I. Now President Bush is concerned that a strain of avian flu that has killed millions of birds in Asia could mutate and cross over to humans. "I am concerned about what an avian flu outbreak could mean for the United States and the world," Bush said during an Oct. 4 news conference. "I have thought through the scenarios of what an avian flu outbreak could mean."

U.S. earthquake assistance arrives in Pakistan
U.S. forces are assisting with rescue, recovery and relief operations in Pakistan following an earthquake that killed between 20,000 and 30,000. Five CH-47 Chinook and three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with U.S. Soldiers and supplies from Afghanistan arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct. 10 to assist with recovery operations in the wake of Saturday’s devastating earthquake. more

Coalition, Afghans Mark Four Years of Operation Enduring Freedom
Four years ago, America launched its counterattack against terrorism, hammering terrorist targets in Afghanistan and ushering in Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on terror. That volley, launched Oct. 7, 2001, targeted far more than al Qaeda training camps and facilities and the repressive Taliban regime in Afghanistan, President Bush noted in announcing the attacks during a White House address. more

$5,000 Bonus for Qualified Recruits Who Begin Training Before Dec. 26
Active Army recruits, including those with prior military service, who enlist for at least three years in the active Army and report for training before Dec. 26 may be eligible for an enlistment bonus of $5,000, which may be combined with other existing bonuses for a total of up to $20,000. more

AUSA opens with `Call to duty’
Normally American founding fathers do not share the stage with modern-day Soldiers bathed in laser lights, but 230 years of Army history merged Oct. 3 for a few moments at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting at the Washington Convention Center. more

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