News Archives For March 2006

Terrorists Will Test American Resolve
The nature of the United States' enemies has changed, and Americans must maintain patience and will as the country fights the Long War against extremists, a top DoD policy official said here today. Unlike past wars, the enemy today is not a nation state challenging America with military force, but rather a dispersed global network of extremist groups who use terror, propaganda and indiscriminate violence as they seek to advance their political gains. more

Unmanned Predator Kills Three Terrorists
An MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle engaged three insurgents in the process of planting a homemade bomb along a road near Balad Air Base, Iraq, yesterday evening.

The Predator monitored the three terrorists for about a half hour. When it was clear the individuals were placing a bomb, the Predator launched the 100-pound Hellfire missile, killing all three insurgents. more

Army Changes Tattoo Policy
The Army has revised its policy on tattoos in an effort to bolster recruitment of highly-qualified individuals who might otherwise have been excluded from joining. Tattoos are now permitted on the hands and back of the neck if they are not “extremist, indecent, sexist or racist.” Army Regulation 670-1 also now specifies: “Any tattoo or brand anywhere on the head or face is prohibited except for permanent make-up.” more

Army Stands Up Asymmetric Group

The Asymmetric Warfare Group unfurled its colors for the first time at a ceremony at McGill Training Center on Fort Meade, March 8. Made up now of less than 60 Soldiers in 12 different military occupational specialties, the unit will eventually grow to nearly 400. The decision to form the AWG was made in 2003. more

Joint Team Responds to Fire
Iraqi and U.S. firefighters battled a five-alarm fire at a weapons training facility on the Victory Base Complex March 11.

Iraqi firefighters based at the training site responded to the fire after seeing thick, black smoke billowing into the clear, blue sky. Realizing the fire was too much for their two fire trucks, they called for assistance from American and Iraqi firefighters located throughout the complex.

Soldier Speaks at Women’s Day Event
Fifty miles northeast of Baghdad, nearly 200 Iraqi women of government, business, and administration from across the province of Diyala answered the governor’s call for a special International Women’s Day conference March 8. Among them was U.S. Army Sgt. Mageen Heffron, 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, specially invited by the governor to represent the women of the Coalition forces that have helped the people of Diyala establish their own representative, democratic government.

Iraqis Fed Up With Insurgency, General Says
The people of Iraq are rising up against an insurgency bent on derailing democracy in the country, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today. "The people of Iraq are uniting against the insurgency," Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch said during a news conference from Baghdad. "Out in al Anbar, the terrorists and foreign fighters have become the enemy to the people."

Operation SMART Referral Bonus Program
The $1000 bonus for referring recruit applicants expanded recently to include more Soldiers as eligible to receive this payment. The Referral Bonus Pilot Program now includes Soldiers performing duties in the Hometown Recruiter Assistance Program (HRAP), Special Recruiter Assistance Program (SRAP), and the Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW). more

CENTCOM Team Engages 'Bloggers'

The widespread use of Web logs, or "blogs," by online writers has proliferated information on topics as varied as the authors. Blogs, in essence, are online journals or forums for their authors, known as "bloggers." Public affairs officials here said thousands of blogs are created each day, and they estimate that more than 21 million blogs are posted on the World Wide Web today.

Reserve Soldiers "Best of Best"

U.S. military reserve forces are better trained and at a higher state of readiness than they've ever been as they continue to take on their new operational role in the war on terror, senior reserve-component leaders said here today.

Army Helps Construct Schools

A new multicultural center with wireless Internet in 150 classrooms opened last week at Lincoln Middle School in Washington, D.C., thanks to assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers.Since 1998, the Corps of Engineers has been assisting the District of Columbia with efforts to renovate and modernize schools. Early in 1998, faced with a critical facilities situation and the likelihood that schools would not open on time, DC Public Schools came to the Corps for assistance. more

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