News Archives For November 2005

36th Infantry Division deploys to Balkans
A day after Thanksgiving, more than 1,500 Soldiers bound for a 14-month deployment to Kosovo and Bosnia were honored in a ceremony Nov. 25 at Baylor University’s Ferrell Center.

Sisters make most of Afghanistan together
Specialists Elizabeth and Juanita Rodriguez are sharing more than the same laugh, the same job, and the same last name these days. They are also sharing an experience that has brought them closer as sisters; they are both stationed at Camp Chapman, Afghanistan, during their deployment for Operation Enduring Freedom VI.

Army aviator receives Silver Star
Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher Palumbo, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, is awarded the Silver Star by CJTF-76 commanding general Army Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya. Staff Sgt. Ken Denny

Schoomaker: Army must fight in 4 quadrants
Stressing leadership as the cornerstone of a relevant and ready force, the Army’s senior Soldier spoke to the Hughston Orthopedic Hospital Nov. 18 in Columbus, Ga.

Security at Home linked to U.S. Role in Iraq
The contributions U.S. servicemembers are making in Iraq are helping ensure the peace and security families across the United States will enjoy this Thanksgiving, the commander of coalition operations in Iraq told Pentagon reporters via satellite today. more

All-American Bowl Discounts
Discount tickets are available to Soldiers, veterans and family members for the 6th annual Army All-American Bowl to be played Jan. 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Kiowa pilots get DFC for ambush rescue
The Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded to four paratroopers from the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division Nov. 8 for valorous conduct in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Patrol Engages Enemy in Afghanistan
A combined security patrol of Afghan National Army and coalition soldiers located and attacked enemy forces Nov. 20 northwest of Deh Rawood, military officials reported. more

Afghan Women Increasing Role in Army
Only four years after the Taliban was ousted from power, Afghan women are playing an increasing role in their country's security through an accessions program allowing them to become members of the Afghan National Army. more

Soldiers Find Weapons Cache
After receiving a tip from a local resident, Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division uncovered what turned out to be a large weapons cache west of Baghdad.

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi Security Forces and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers responded to reports of two explosions in central Baghdad around 8:20 a.m. Nov. 18. more

Olympic Agreement Benefits Disabled Veteran Athletes
VA, Athletes participating in the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Wheelchair Games and National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic are now eligible to qualify for U.S. Paralympic teams thanks to an agreement signed today by representatives of the VA and the U.S. Olympic Committee. more

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Catch Suspects With Munitions
Iraqi and coalition forces working a joint operation detained three suspected insurgents with a number of munitions Nov. 16, military officials reported. The men had a 60 mm mortar tube, two 81 mm mortar rounds, a 115 mm round and a fire extinguisher packed with explosives. The men are being detained pending further questioning. more

Setting the Record Straight:
The New York Times Editorial on Pre-War Intelligence
The New York Times Editorial Says Foreign Intelligence Services Did Not Support American Intelligence. "Foreign intelligence services did not have full access to American intelligence. But some had dissenting opinions that were ignored or not shown to top American officials." (Editorial, "Decoding Mr. Bush's Denials," The New York Times, 11/15/05)
But Even Foreign Governments That Opposed The Removal Of Saddam Hussein Judged That Iraq Had Weapons Of Mass Destruction (WMD).

Jordan Bombings Reaffirm Need for Unity
Killing innocent civilians cannot be justified, and the United States will stand firmly with Jordan and the world to see that terrorism is defeated, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Nov. 14 in Amman, Jordan's capital city. more

Loose Lips Sink Ships
Loose blogs may blow up BCTs – This is not your father’s war, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker tells troops in a videotaped message emphasizing proper Operations Security procedures and responsible use of the Internet.
more Salutes Veterans Salutes Veterans
On this Veterans Day, wishes to join the rest of our grateful nation in honoring all Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen for selflessly serving our Nation. Read More

U.S. Army Message to Veterans
May each of you have a safe Veterans Day. May God bless the men and women in our Army. And may God continue to bless our great Nation. Read More


BRAC Recommendations Become Law
The Base Realignment and Closure Commission's recommendations for reshaping the Defense Department's infrastructure and force structure officially took effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday November 9 after Congress allowed them to pass into law at the mandated Nov. 8 deadline. more

Combat Vets Have Someone to Talk To
Combat veterans dealing with readjustment issues as they return home have a place to turn, thanks to a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative.
The Vet Center program provides returning veterans with someone to talk to who can relate to their experiences. more

‘Steel Curtain’ Drops
Thirty-six terrorists have been confirmed killed so far in the operation, near the town of Hasaybah. The objectives of Operation al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain) are to restore Iraqi sovereign control along the border and destroy the al Qaeda operating throughout the region. more

DoD Health Program
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2005 – Servicemembers returning from deployments will now participate in a post-deployment health reassessment program that all the services are instituting, defense officials said at a Pentagon news conference today. more

KFOR Exercise To Test Systems
Multinational Brigade (East) will host a three-day exercise in Kosovo this week to test the interoperability of different national recovery and transportation systems. more

Leaders Discuss Global Terror War
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2005 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz met and discussed a range issues, mostly concerning the global war on terrorism, at the Pentagon on Nov. 4. more

Instructor Trains Soldiers for Duty
By Alfredo Jimenez Jr.

FORT BLISS, Texas — Leading a corporation means making money or collapsing into bankruptcy. Leading a football team means producing wins or losses. Leading American Soldiers into battle means life or death.


4ID Begins Second Deployment to Iraq
Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Riling, prepare to case the division's colors during the division's Colors Casing Ceremony at Cameron Field today.
Pvt. Jason Dangel

FORT HOOD, TEXAS (Army News Service, Oct. 31, 2005) -- 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

Laser Weapon Halts Aggressors

A laser technology being developed by Air Force Research Laboratory employees at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., will be the first man-portable, non-lethal deterrrent weapon intended for protecting troops and controlling hostile crowds.

The weapon, developed by the laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate, employs a two-wavelength laser system and is the first of its kind as a hand-held, single-operator system for troop and perimeter defense. more

High-Tech Micro Air Vehicle
By U.S. Army Pfc. Kyndal Brewer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2005 – While on a dismounted patrol along a rocky dirt path, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, stayed alert of their surroundings as they made their way to the Military Operations in Urban Terrain site here. more

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