News Archives For January 2006

Army hospital treating ABC News
ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman Doug Vogt are being treated at Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Germany after the armored personnel carrier in which they were riding Jan. 29 encountered an improvised explosive device near Taji, Iraq.

President George W. Bush will deliver his State of the Union address tonight at 9 pm ET. more

Helmet saves Soldier’s life
For many Soldiers, even the new Advanced Combat Helmet is a necessary evil; it can be cumbersome when in the dining facility trying to handle a tray of food and it causes headaches and tension in the neck when worn on lengthy missions.

Sgt. Shawn Snyder of 3rd Infantry Division’s 2/7 Scout Platoon is one Soldier who will never complain about wearing his helmet again. With good reason … it saved his life.

Army Enormously Capable
The Army is making revolutionary changes in its transformation process and is becoming a more capable and effective force, not a strained institution in danger of breaking, as recent criticism has suggested, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today. more

Aircraft recovery platoon first of its kind
Officers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade saw the need for a unit whose mission was dedicated to recovering aircraft that had been downed anywhere within the brigade’s area of operation. The problem was, no such specialized unit existed within the Army, so the 96th Aviation Support Battalion had to create one. more

Soldiers May Earn $1,000 Referral Bonus
Soldiers can now earn $1,000 for referring their acquaintances to Army recruiters should those referrals result in enlistment. The referral bonus was authorized by the recently signed National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA also provides authorization to increase enlistment bonuses for new regular-Army recruits from $20,000 to $40,000 and increases reserve-component enlistment bonuses from $10,000 to $20,000.

Google Fights Federal Subpoena
Google is holding out in its fight against the federal government’s subpoena for data. It was reported that the government initially asked for two sets of data in an effort to revive an anti-pornography law, the 1998 Child Online Protection Act, which the Supreme Court struck down two years ago. The law attempted to ensure that only adults visited porn sites by requiring that visitors register, or use access codes, before gaining entry to such sites. more

Better Body Armor Meets Threat
Soldier protection is one of the Army's highest priorities, and body armor has been continuously improved to meet the changing threat in the war on terror, Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey said here today. The first improvement to body armor came with the development of the small-arms protection inserts, and then, without a definite threat, the material was upgraded to ESAPI plates for better protection, Harvey said. more

New aircraft, UAVs to shape future fight
More than 300 aircraft of all types will roll off assembly lines and improve the Army’s war-fighting capability during the next seven years, according to Army aviation leaders at a forum here. Speaking to more than 400 attendees during the Institute of Land Warfare and Aviation Symposium Jan. 12, Claude M. Bolton Jr., assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, said new Apaches, light utility helicopters, cargo fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles will be built. more

Predicts Bigger, Busier Army in ‘06
The chief of staff of the Army said he expects to see developments with base realignment and closures, an increase in modular brigades and operational force strength, and 20,000 jobs converted from the military to civilian workforce in 2006.
“This year is going to be the busiest year we’ve ever had,” said Schoomaker about the Army as a whole, but he said NATO is expected to take on more responsibility in Afghanistan in the coming year. more

Mine Roller Offers Protection for Troops
The mine roller offers soldiers protection against improvised explosive devices. It was built by mechanics from 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment at Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan. With some old-fashioned ingenuity, unwanted equipment and creative minds, the U.S. soldiers created a unique machine to combat improvised explosive devices.

Hostages Freed, 3 Weapon Caches Seized
Two kidnapped Iraqi men were freed, three weapons caches discovered and 21 anti-Iraqi suspects were detained in northern Iraq Jan. 11. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division were patrolling Wednesday afternoon in Khadasia when they surprised a group of men gathered around two vehicles. The vehicles raced away as the patrol approached.

War Game Trains for Irregular Warfare
Unified Quest 2006 is a four-phase war game taking place now through March in which Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker expects to refine proficiencies in irregular warfare. more

Budget Increases Military Pay, Benefits
President Bush ushered in an across-the-board 3.1 percent military pay raise, effective Jan. 1, and a variety of other new or enhanced benefits for servicemembers and their families when he signed the 2006 National Defense Authorization Bill into law Jan. 6. The new law provides a variety of benefits designed to better compensate servicemembers, improve their quality of life, bring reserve-component benefits more on par with those for the active force... more

Soldier gives Marine a kidney
Adam Douglas, 26, donated a kidney to his brother-in-law Marine Lance Cpl. Mitchell Pehrson, 22, in December. The two enjoyed a laugh recently while recovering near Buhl, Idaho. Pehrson, now 22, was stationed on a Marine base in Japan last spring when he injured himself trying to earn his gray belt in martial arts. The injury sent him to the doctor who became concerned over the young Pehrson's high blood pressure.

Bush Meets With Former Secretaries
President Bush discussed his plan for victory in Iraq with a group of former U.S. State and Defense Department chiefs during a White House meeting here today. "We have a dual-track strategy for victory. On one hand, we will work to have a political process that says to all Iraqis, 'The future belongs to you,'" Bush said in a statement released to reporters after the meeting. "And on the other hand, we'll continue to work on the security situation there."

New Device Can Sense Through Concrete
Troops conducting urban operations soon will have the capabilities of superheroes, being able to sense through 12 inches of concrete to determine if someone is inside a building. The new "Radar Scope" will give warfighters searching a building the ability to tell within seconds if someone is in the next room, Edward Baranoski from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Special Projects Office, told the American Forces Press Service. more

82nd Airborne Unit Winds Down
An 82nd Airborne Division unit has again proven the division's unofficial motto of "America's 911 Force" during its deployment to Iraq's Anbar province. It was a short, violent and ultimately fulfilling deployment for the paratroopers of Task Force 3-504, said its commander, Army Lt. Col. Larry Swift.

Tal Afar Sees Progress With Water Network
Workers have completed the water network in Tal Afar, Iraq, an $85,000 project that improved the water supply of 115 homes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials reported. The Corps of Engineers awarded the contract and oversaw work quality. "This project is unique, because the work was awarded to a state-owned contractor," said Bill Hood, senior construction manager, USACE Gulf Region North. more

Engineers and Infantry Work Together
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - In Sharona, Afghanistan, an unlikely team of Soldiers was put together, consisting of combat engineers and infantry, creating the smooth running machine responsible for the safe air transport of numerous Soldiers, supplies, and multi-million dollar aircraft. pon arriving at Forward Operating Base Sharona, several Soldiers from the 864th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Task Force Pacemaker, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry volunteered to assist in the air operations on the FOB. more

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