News Archives For December 2006

Military Tradition Evident At Ford Funeral
Military tradition will be evident throughout the events associated with the Dec. 26 death of former President Gerald R. Ford, as the services join the nation in bidding farewell to their former commander in chief. more

Radio Station Opens For Free Speech
In a city where there is no means for releasing information to its people, coalition forces have developed a project to give the people a chance at free speech.

Announcing the Death of Gerald R. Ford
The portrait of former President Gerald R. Ford is draped with a black cloth in the Cross Hall of the White House Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006. President Ford passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 26. During his time in office, the American people came to know President Ford as a man of complete integrity, who led our country with common sense and kind instincts. more

Iraqi Troops Train With Help From MiTTs
New basic training graduates with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division (Mechanized) trained with the assistance of Military... more

Trainers Pleased With Iraqi Army
Embedded trainers tell Gates they're pleased with Iraqi army progress. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today learned from a U.S. Army officer working closely with Iraqi forces that Iraqi units are gaining confidence in their abilities and are doing more to empower noncommissioned officers.


Colorado Guard Responds To Blizzard
About 50 Colorado Army National Guard troops worked through the night, rescuing stranded motorists, clearing roadways for emergency vehicles and delivering American Red Cross supplies in the midst of a blizzard that's already blanketed the state with more than two feet of snow.


Instructors See Double At Schoolhouse
Four Soldiers from A Company, 264th Medical Battalion, are causing more than a few instructors to do a double take here at the Army Medical Department Center and School.

Army Accelerates Conversion Of Teams
The Army announced today it is accelerating the modular conversion of two active-component brigade combat teams to increase the number of combat and combat-support units available for combat and homeland-defense missions.

Army Unveils Counterinsurgency Manual
The Army and Marine Corps released a new field manual today to provide guidance to ground forces in order to achieve success in current and future counterinsurgency operations. more

Soldiers Shine In Bobsled Competitions
Sgt. Shauna Rohbock and Spc. Steve Holcomb won back-to-back gold and silver medals, respectively, during the first two weeks of the 2006-07 World Cup bobsled season.

Veterans' Cemeteries Receive Wreaths
In 1992, Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine donated 5,000 red-bowed wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery. It became a tradition. Yesterday, an 18-wheeler bearing this year's wreaths wound its way through the cemetery's fog-laden slopes to be met by throngs of volunteers who turned out to place the evergreens on the graves.

Reserve, Guard Extend Mobilization
Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers returning here from Iraq and Afghanistan have a new way to continue their service in uniform. Helping to ease the transition of part-time Soldiers to full-time warriors, Fort Drum's 174th Infantry Brigade, part of First Army, is one of 16 Army training brigades to take in returning reservists and use their experiences to prepare other citizen-Soldiers for combat rigors. more

Brigade to Test Emerging Warfighter
A new brigade here will test some of the most revolutionary concepts and systems being developed for future warfighters, report how they operate under field conditions, and ultimately speed their fielding to troops on the battlefield. more

National Guard Celebrates 370th B'day
What is a few years younger than the Mayflower Compact (1620); a lot older than the Declaration of Independence (1776) and U.S. Constitution (1787); predates the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps by 139 years; and is 311 years older than the Air Force?
Answer: The National Guard.

Silver Star for Soldier Who Sacrificed
Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis packed only 136 pounds into his 6-foot frame, but few have matched his inner strength. more

Learning, Teaching and Growing in Iraq
Projects under the U.S.-led reconstruction program in Iraq were initiated in the understanding that in an asymmetric war, progress is most clearly witnessed at the local level. For both the Iraqi people and the Coalition engineers and Soldiers involved, reconstruction efforts to restore essential services and develop the capacity for future economic growth have also come as a learning experience. more

CGSC Foundation Receives $100,000 Gift
Hyrum Smith, the founder of the industry leading time management solutions company Franklin-Quest and current president of The Galileo Initiative, has pledged a $100,000 gift to the Command and General Staff College Foundation as a means to demonstrate that he is committed to the Foundation’s success. more

Rumsfeld Visits Troops on Farewell Visit
The nation’s 21st Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, thanked servicemembers for their service here Dec. 9 in a farewell tour of Iraq. Rumsfeld stopped at the base for only a few hours visiting the Air Force Theatre Hospital, getting a tour of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the maintainers assigned to the 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

New Medical Simulation Center
It's almost too realistic: the darkness, smoke, flashing lights, yelling, bodies strewn across the ground, blood - all used in a new Fort Drum facility designed to ready military medical professionals for combat emergencies. more

Pearl Harbor Lessons for Terror War
Sixty-five years ago, the United States endured an attack on Harbor, Hawaii, that for the next 60 years -- until Sept. 11, 2001 -- stood as the most devastating enemy attack on U.S. soil. Like the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor has been called a defining moment in U.S. history. more

All-American Bowl Attracts HS Recruits
Some 80 high school football players across the country have been selected to participate in one of the Army's highest-profile public-relations events, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Family Readiness Group Celebrates Christmas
Like any support group the Family Readiness Groups draw their strength from each other and from the support they find in their community. The FRG in Athens, AL provides support for the families of the soldiers of the HHD 1st 203rd MP Battalion by providing educational training, volunteer work, and support to the families of the soldiers to help them meet the challenges of military life. more Video News
Associated Press - (APTN)
Dec. 04, 2006. 05:22 AM EST
A U.S. Marine was convicted Monday of raping a Filipino woman and sentenced to 40 years in prison. (Dec. 4)
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Associated Press - (APTN)
Dec. 02, 2006. 12:16 PM EST
It was another bloody day in Iraq on Saturday. At least 50 people are dead in separate incidents in the capital city. (Dec. 2)

Iraqis to Command Four Northern Divisions by February
Iraqi officers will soon command all four Iraqi army divisions operating in northern Iraq, a senior U.S. officer said today. “By February, all four Iraqi divisions in Multinational Division North will be under Iraqi ground-force command,” U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon told Pentagon reporters during a satellite briefing.

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