News Archives For August 2006

Anti-Terror War Represents Epic Struggle
The war against terrorism is an epic struggle of ideas as much as an armed conflict, President Bush told members of the American Legion in Salt Lake City today. The anti-terror war represents “the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century,” Bush told the veterans group at its 88th annual meeting. more

Iraqis to Take Control
The Iraqi government is slated to assume control of its soldiers, sailors and airmen sometime next month, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in Baghdad today. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense, through its joint headquarters in Baghdad, will assume operational control of the Iraqi army, as well as the country’s air force and navy, in early September, Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell, spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, said at a news briefing.
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Leaders Take Action Toward Peace
Seeking a unified province free from terrorism and sectarian violence, leaders of groups in Babil came together Aug. 20 in Hillah, Iraq, to reconcile and denounce sectarian violence. more

Soldiers Help Iraqis Provide Humanitarian Aid to Zafaraniya
In response to recent bombing and gas explosions in the area, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers joined Iraqi police and local officials in providing humanitarian aid Aug. 22 to displaced citizens in Zafaraniya. more

Army Receives Last AH-64D Apache Longbow
Under unusually overcast skies at the Boeing plant in Mesa, Ariz., Aug. 9, a large crowd gathered to watch the Aviation Branch Commander fly over and then land the 501st AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter. more

Stopping Army Divorce
At least a quarter of all therapy sessions conducted by marriage and family therapist Belinda Jellison, a licensed, professional counselor at Lyster Army Health Clinic, are for relationships, she said.
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Hollywood Recruiting Brisk Activity
Hollywood Boulevard may be better known for its glitzy Walk of Fame and seedy nightlife than as a place to recruit servicemembers, but the Armed Forced Career Center here is signing up recruits aplenty. more

Guardsman Freedom Walk
A veteran Utah Army National Guardsman from Salt Lake City is coordinating efforts to hold the municipality’s first Freedom Walk. more

Suspected terrorists captured near Paru Kheyl village
Afghan and Coalition forces conducted a pre-dawn raid on a compound housing suspected terrorists Aug. 22 near Paru Kheyl village in Khowst Province. Three suspects were taken into custody. more

Baghdad Progress Renews Hope
Efforts this week to quell violence in the capital city are showing signs of progress, but Coalition leaders say the battle is far from over. more

Senior Leaders Eye Robust Intelligence Capabilities
Several active duty and retired senior leaders from the Air Force intelligence community gathered with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley at the Pentagon recently as part of an intelligence summit and strategy session. more

Field Band Marks 60th Anniversary
The U.S. Army Field Band will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a sold-out performance at the Kennedy Center Sunday at 3 p.m. The concert will commemorate the service and sacrifice of Soldiers from World War II to the present war on terror. more

Iraqi Citizens Key to Baghdad Security
Combined U.S. and Iraqi operations in Baghdad have done much to reduce violence and bring stability to the area, but the ultimate solution depends on the Iraqi people’s willingness to reject violence and cooperate with Iraqi security forces, a U.S. military commander in the area said today.
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Adviser Serves as Eyes and Ears
Just short of 10 months into his job as the first senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey said he’s making important inroads between servicemembers and their leaders but is still “working it hard” to build on them. more

Farmers in Iraq Hold Elections to Select Board
The Diyara Agricultural Union held its first elections in the history of the program in Diyara, Iraq
By U.S. Army Cpl. Michael Molinaro more

Center Makes America Safer
The federal government’s duty is to protect the American people, and the work being done at the National Counterterrorism Center is doing just that, President Bush said today. Bush said the U.S. is safer now than in the past, but he was quick to point out that the country is still not completely safe because U.S. enemies have the luxury of having to be effective only once to achieve their goal.
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Worldwide Terrorist Incidents Tracking System
The Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS) enables users to search for Terrorist Incidents.
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The U.S. Team Meets America's True Heroes
Instead of the regular morning team meeting with the coaches and players, former West Point grad and coach Mike Krzyzewski brought in one of his former players, Col. Robert B. Brown, and three of Col. Brown's soldiers who were wounded in Iraq to talk to the team. more

Terror Plot to Bomb Planes Thwarted
21 suspected terrorists have been arrested by British authorities. The suspects are thought to have been ready to unleash a plot to bomb multiple international flights bound for the United States. more

NATO Force Committed in Southern Afghanistan
NATO's operations in the southern region are focused on establishing a safe and secure environment in order to permit the government and international aid organizations to bring elements of reconstruction and hope for a better future to this region,” U.S. Marine Gen. James L. Jones, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, said in a released statement.
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Income-Replacement Program Launched
The Defense Department this month kicked off a program to help prevent activated reservists and National Guardsmen from facing financial hardships.
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Soldiers Find Weapons, Capture Terrorists
Iraqi and U.S. soldiers have found munitions caches and captured suspected terrorists in operations throughout Iraq this week, and U.S. soldiers killed a man planting a roadside bomb. U.S. officials also announced the capture of a high-value suspect.
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