News Archives For July 2006

172nd Stryker Brigade Deployment Extended
The Defense Department announced the unitís extension yesterday, based on a recommendation of Army Gen. George Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Forces Iraq. As members of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team begin to accept news that their deployment in Iraq will be extended for up to four months, the Army is working to ensure their families at home in Alaska are taken care of.

Sectarian Violence Gravest Threat in Iraq
The leader of U.S. Central Command said he believes sectarian violence in and around Baghdad is the "gravest threat" facing Iraq today. This is a decisive period in the country, Army Gen. John Abizaid told National Public Radio's John Hendren in a recent interview.

U.S., Iraqi Troops To Shift To Baghdad
A recent surge of bombings, murders and kidnappings in Baghdad has led U.S. commanders in Iraq to shift forces to deal with insurgent threats there. Multinational Force Iraq Commander Gen. George W. Casey Jr. will shift forces already in Iraq to Baghdad, according to Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command.

Guard Provides Fire, Storm Recovery, Border Security Support
National Guard troops are fanning out across the United States, confronting wildfires in the West and Midwest, conducting storm-recovery efforts in Missouri, providing security support in New Orleans, and boosting U.S. Border Patrol capabilities along the southwest border. more

2006 Army Concert Tour Comes to Huntsville
Thousands of fans gathered on the activity field at Redstone Arsenal to welcome the 2006 Army Concert Tour. The tour was established in 1994, and is produced by Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) and the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center's Entertainment Division. Fans of all ages gathered despite the heat and humidity to hear Carrie Underwood, The Lost Trailers, and Josh Turner.

Military to Evacuate 4,000 Americans From Lebanon
Military aircraft and sea vessels will evacuate more than 4,000 Americans from Lebanon today.Officials expect the USS Trenton, the USS Whidbey Island and the contract carrier Rahmah to carry around 4,200 American citizens to safety. more

341 Americans Evacuated From Lebanon
A total of 341 Americans successfully convoyed out of southern Lebanon and are shipping out of Beirut harbor for Cyprus, State Department officials said today. Maura Harty, assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, said the bus convoy got the Americans to the harbor, where they are boarding the Orient Queen cruise ship. They are among the 2,250 Americans that left Lebanon today.

Army Moving Toward Joint, Capable Aircraft
The idea of the services operating jointly with fewer aircraft platforms that share common features is the key to the modernization effort taking place throughout the military aviation community, the Army Aviation director said here yesterday.

Evacuation Capacity to Keep Doubling
U.S. evacuation capacity in Lebanon will double each day for the next few days, a senior defense official said here today. Yesterday, between 250 and 300 Americans left Lebanon in the face of fighting between Israel and the terrorist group Hezbollah. U.S. military helicopters airlifted 120 U.S. citizens to Cyprus, while another 150 to 200 citizens left the country aboard a Norwegian vessel.

Evacuation Extremely Complicated Maneuver
Evacuating thousands of Americans from Lebanon is an extremely complicated undertaking, but one that servicemembers train to accomplish, Defense Department officials said here today.

Cruise Ship Used For Lebanon Evacuations
The United States has contracted a commercial ship to assist in a possible mass evacuation of Americans from Lebanon, a Defense Department spokesman said here today. The cruise ship Orient Queen is expected to arrive in the area of operations sometime tomorrow... more

Explosion Near Mosque Kills 40
Initial reports indicate 40 Iraqi citizens were killed and 90 wounded today when terrorists stormed a market area near the Mohammed Al Amin Mosque in Mahmudiya, Iraq, military officials reported. Iraqi security forces and soldiers from Multinational Division Baghdad immediately responded to the attack. more

Gold Star Mother Remembers Son
Time hasn't completely healed Betty Jean Pulliam's wounds, and talking about her son can still bring a tear to her eye. Marine Lance Cpl. Dale Alan Pulliam was 21 years, two months and one day old when he was killed in Vietnam on Mother's Day 1967.

Can I Join the Army with a Felony?
All branches of the military are different when it comes to recruiting standards, but they all have regulations regarding felonies. The military maintains a high "moral" standard for recruits and is the basis for not allowing most felonies. If the felony occurred when you were a juvenile you have a better chance of getting in the military but if the felony occurred as an adult you may have a hard time getting in, if at all. In either case it all comes down to the type of offense and how long ago it was. more

Rogue Gunmen Won't Be Tolerated
U.S. and Iraqi security forces will go after any rogue band or group that preys on innocent Iraqi citizens, a senior U.S. officer said in Baghdad today. "That is something that we're not going to tolerate," Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters in Iraq's capital city.


US Military Faced With Funding Issues
For the last quarter of 2006 United States Army bases stateside face a funding deficit of $530 million while troops active in Iraq and Afghanistan will not see the promised replacement levels of military equipment previously committed. Additionally, payroll for active-duty troops is short $1.4 billion while the Army Reserve and National Guard face a $500 million deficiency.

Terrorists Kill Civilians, Wound Children
Several Iraqi civilians were killed and injured during two July 7 terrorist attacks, and multiple weapons caches were found last week, military officials in Iraq said. Terrorists fired four mortar rounds killing four Iraqis and wounding 38 children. Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, responded to the scene and assisted in the evacuation of the wounded and dead to a local hospital. more

EagleCash Makes Spending Easier for Troops
from Multi-National Division – Baghdad will now be able to handle nearly all their cash transactions from within their base camp, and at selected forward operating bases, with just a card and a simple touch on a screen. The EagleCash cash management program was developed by the U.S. Army Finance Command and the U.S. Treasury Department to support the financial needs of personnel serving in “contingency areas of operation.” more

DAR Event Salutes U.S. Militay & Families
Military members serving in the global war against terrorism, as well as their families, are true American patriots, the Pentagon's top officer told the Daughters of the American Revolution here June 30. Each servicemember swears an oath to the U.S. Constitution upon entering the armed forces, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told 4,000 DAR members gathered in Constitution Hall for their 115th annual meeting. more

Enemy Continues to Target Civilians
An investigation continues today into a June 30 rocket attack on Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan that injured 10 people, military officials reported, while extremists continue to target Afghan civilians. Three people were treated for their injuries and were released, officials said. Six people were reported to be in stable condition, and one person was in serious condition at the base hospital, officials said.

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