News Archives For February 2006

Terrorists Focus on Fomenting Sectarian Tensions
Iraq now has 123,000 trained and equipped police officers, but numbers don't tell the whole story, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said during a briefing from Baghdad today.
"What we're seeing across Iraq is that the police forces are indeed gaining capability and gaining public confidence," Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters, adding that police forces are the coalition's focus this year. "They continue to grow in not just quantity, but in quality and capability." more

Ceremony Commemorates Sacrifices of Gulf War
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 26, 2006 – In a biting cold wind, families and dignitaries gathered at Arlington National Cemetery here today to remember American servicemembers who gave their lives in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort.
Officials conducted the ceremony at section 60 of the cemetery, where most of those killed in the Persian Gulf War are buried. The Persian Gulf War ended with the liberation of Kuwait on Feb. 28, 1991.

Iraqi Army Assumes Responsibility in Baghdad
The 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, assumed responsibility for areas in central and southern Baghdad during a battle space transfer of authority ceremony from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Forward Operating Base Honor Feb. 20.

U.S. Takes to Water to Combat Terrorists
Insurgents will do whatever it takes to go undetected in this area, and using the river is one of the ways they transport and hide bomb-making materials, said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Jones, combat engineer with the battalion’s Company E.

U.S. Must Network to Defeat al Qaeda
"It takes a network to defeat a network," Kimmitt, U.S. Central Command's deputy director for plans and strategy, said at a State Department Foreign Press Center briefing. "To defeat this organization we must have a network that is more adept, more capable and more lithe."

Army Vice Chief Seeks Views Of Troops
It was a day for some troops serving in Iraq to remember. Some were re-enlisting, some received Purple Heart Medals and other troops were being awarded combat infantryman, medical and action badges. The day meant even more to the soldiers because the presenter was Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army's vice chief of staff. more

Guard Saved Thousands of Americans in 2005
Today's National Guard is dramatically different from the National Guard of even five years ago, the Guard's top officer said here today. The Air National Guard moved 70,000 Americans out of the affected area to other places around the country so they had hope to restart their lives.


Troops To Get Additional Health Screening
Soldiers returning from deployments will now participate in a new health screening program three to six months after arriving home. The Post Deployment Health Reassessment program, or PDHRA, is designed to identify deployment-related health concerns that persist or problems Soldiers notice after coming home.

CAT helps secure micro loans for Iraqis
Over the past four months, the Soldiers of Company D, 490th Civil Affairs Team met with more than 20 key Iraqi leaders in an effort to promote economic and social growth within their area of operations. One of the ways the CAT promotes financial growth is through a process of micro loans. Micro loans are similar to loans in the United States with one exception, micro loans focus on developing countries but in Iraq they’re focused on families. more

Army Biathlete Takes on World
TORINO, Italy (Army News Service, Feb. 13, 2006) – Army World Class Athlete Spc. Jeremy Teela faltered at the firing line and finished the Men’s 20-kilometer individual biathlon competition in 51st place Saturday during the XX Winter Olympics. more

Army’s Olympic Athletes
National Guard leaders are bidding good luck to five Army National Guard Soldiers who will help represent the U.S. during the XX Winter Olympics that began in Torino, Italy, on Feb. 10 and end Feb. 26. more

Soldiers provide relief for Iraqi flood

JEMURIA ULA, Iraq (Army News Servce, Feb. 9, 2006) – An Iraqi Army-led operation provided more than 300 displaced residents aid they desperately needed after flood waters swept through the small village of Jemuria Ula last weekend in northern Iraq.


Secretary-Army Commends Recruiters
Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey thanked the Army’s top recruiters for their commitment to manning the force during his speech to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s leadership Feb. 2. The Army has succeeded in meeting its monthly goals for the past eight months in a row and has signed 5,500 more contracts in the first four months of this fiscal year than at the same time last year.

Budget Request Focuses on Irregular Warfare
President Bush sent his $439.3 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2007 to Congress today, reflecting what Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld called a solid ongoing commitment to defeating global terrorism, transforming the military while increasing its capabilities, and taking care of men and women in uniform.

Korean Alliance Relevant, Ready
The alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States is relevant and military forces are ready, but people must speak out in support of the pact, outgoing commander Army Gen. Leon J. LaPorte said here yesterday.

Army to Ensure Reserve Components Ready
As current recruiting successes continue, the Army will ensure the reserve-component force gets the full funding it requires, Army leaders told Pentagon reporters today. "To be clear, we have no intention of cutting the number of Guard or Reserve brigades, reducing the number of Guard or Reserve soldiers or cutting the level of Guard or Reserve funding," Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Army chief of staff, said. more

Soldiers Praise Body, Vehicle Armor
Three soldiers just back from Iraq -- including two who credit personal and vehicle armor with saving their lives -- traveled to Capitol Hill today to tell Congress that when it comes to protecting troops, more isn't always better.
"We're here to say we're pretty happy with what we have," Brig. Gen. Karl Horst, the 3rd Infantry Division's assistant division commander for maneuver, told the American Forces Press Service before appearing at today's House Armed Services Committee's Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee hearing.

President Praises Military Efforts in Terror War
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2006 – President Bush praised the sacrifices U.S. servicemembers are making to protect the country and urged the American people to stay the course in the war on terror during his annual State of the Union address tonight at the U.S. Capitol. more

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