News Archives For March 2007

Army 3rd Armored Cavalry Unit Award
Long before cities like Fallujah, Ramadi, Qaim, and Husaybah became widely known, the men and women of the 3rd Cavalry formed the nucleus of Task Force Rifles - a regimental combat team 8,300 troopers strong - deployed to Iraq. The successes of the 3rd Cavalry - the numerous missions, the extraordinary accomplishments - did not come without a heavy price. more

National Guard Female Soldiers Make History
Two Florida National Guard women are making history as the first females to become Avenger crewmembers, a Military Occupational Specialty restricted to males until last October. Both Spc. Sorimar Perez, 32, and Spc. Amanda Landers, 25, are assigned to C Battery, 1st Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery, in Daytona Beach. more

Hicks Pleads Guilty to Terror Charge
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, March 26, 2007 – David Hicks, the Australian terror suspect captured in Afghanistan in 2001, has pleaded guilty to a charge of supporting terrorism at his military commission hearing here tonight. Hicks, 31 pleaded guilty to intentionally providing material support to al Qaeda and was associated with an armed conflict. more

Soldier Takes It One Day At A Time
In recent years the Army's operations have increased dramatically. Some Soldiers find themselves on their second and third deployments very quickly. Other Soldiers join their units and train up for the next rotation. Many are come straight out of Advanced Individual Training and deploy shortly after joining their units to fight in the Global War on Terrorism. Others move from one rapidly deploying unit to another. more

Iraqi Interpreters Aid The Fight
Many Iraqis answer the call to service for their country by working as Iraqi army soldiers, policemen and border patrolmen. And some choose to serve with Coalition Forces as interpreters aiding in the fight for democracy. more

A Bird's Eye View
HURMUZ, Iraq, Mar 23, 2007 - Villagers looked up to the sky, shielding their eyes from the sun as Blackhawks circled overhead. They headed in from both countryside and streets as the helicopters landed in a nearby field and troops spilled out their open doors. more

Military Dogs Keeping Troops Safe
CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, March 22, 2007 – When a military working dog is in the field at work, he is a formidable force.They’re a force multiplier. They can do the searching of five or six soldiers and do with their nose what a soldier has to do by prodding and digging. They make the job easier. Also, they’re a visual deterrent; the local nationals are scared of them, so they’re more cooperative.”

Najaf Factory Makes Garments for Retailers
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2007 – A garment factory in Najaf, Iraq, will start supplying clothes to U.S. and international retailers in a few months, a senior U.S. official said in Baghdad yesterday. more

Baghdad Dining Facility Feeds 9,000 Per Meal
After months of construction and waiting, the largest dining facility on Iraq's Victory Base Complex opened to cheers and a flood of Soldiers and civilians. more

Chinese Leaders Welcome Pace to Beijing
BEIJING, March 22, 2007 – Chinese leaders today warmly welcomed Marine Gen. Peter Pace here as he began a visit intended to expand military-to-military contacts between the United States and the world’s most populous nation. more

Retirement Care First Foremost Concern
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2007 – Resident care is the paramount concern at the Armed Forces Retirement Home here, and allegations of poor conditions “are without merit,” the facility’s chief operating officer said in a statement released yesterday. more

Peace in Middle East Necessary
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2007 – Peace in the Middle East is hard work, but it’s necessary for U.S. security and for the development of the region, President Bush said here today. more

Army Launches Soldier & Family Hotline
At the direction of the Acting Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff, Army, the Army will open March 19 its newly created Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline. The purpose of the hotline's call center is twofold: to offer wounded and injured Soldiers and family members a way to seek help ....

Military Stretched but Able to Handle Threat
TOKYO, March 21, 2007 – The U.S. military is stretched, but it is able to do all missions the country asks of it, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. more

Senate Confirms Keating and Renuart
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2007 – The U.S. Senate confirmed the nominees to the top posts at U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Pacific Command during last night’s session. The full Senate confirmed Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating as PACOM commander and Air Force Lt. Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., to receive his fourth star and to become commander of NORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command. more

Pentagon Channel Highlights Guard, Reserve
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2007 – They were once known as “weekend warriors,” ordinary citizens who gave up just a little bit of their time for minimal military training and a paycheck. That changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the United States launched the global war on terror. more

DoD Urges Education Officials
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2007 – Local education officials should seek partnerships with chambers of commerce and other business organizations to explain the financial needs of schools that serve students from military families, a senior Defense Department official said here today. more

Admiral Recounts Baghdad Security Plan
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2007 – During the new Baghdad security plan’s first month, civilian casualties were reduced by about 50 percent from the previous 30 days, a senior military official told reporters in the Iraqi capital today. more

Detainee Admits Role in Embassy Attack
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2007 – A detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has admitted to helping orchestrate the bombings of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1998 and the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. more

Bush: Officials ‘Seeing Hopeful Signs’ in Iraq
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2007 – The United States’ most pressing concern in Iraq is helping the Iraqis secure their capital, President Bush said here today on the fourth anniversary of the beginning of U.S. operations there. more

Coordination Center Represents Coalition
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., March 16, 2007 – In a nondescript building at U.S. Central Command headquarters here, officers from 64 countries work together daily to ensure the coalition fighting terrorism in the Middle East remains strong and well organized. more

The Nature of War Makes Airlift Essential
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, March 16, 2007 – Airlift is essential to success in the war in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Transportation Command said here March 14. more

Acquisitions Chief Streamlines Processes
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2007 – As the Defense Department works to simplify its acquisitions processes, it can borrow best practices from business, but also must factor in variables businesses simply don’t have to deal with, the Pentagon’s acquisitions chief told reporters here yesterday. more

Report Discusses Iraqi Struggles
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2007 – Some areas in Iraq are involved in a civil war, according to a report titled “Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq” that the Defense Department released yesterday. more

Medical Review Group Hosts Meeting
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2007 – An independent review group charged by the defense secretary with identifying shortcomings and making recommendations for improvements in care for injured troops held its first public meeting at Walter Reed Army Medical Center yesterday. more

U.S. Diplomat Feels Renewed Hope
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2007 – The Iraqi people have a “renewed sense of hope,” a senior U.S. diplomat said in Baghdad today. more

General Notes Downturn in Iraqi Violence
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2007 – Violence is down in Iraq and Iraqis “are starting to see this growth and gaining new confidence,” a coalition spokesman in Baghdad said today. more

Wounded Servicemembers Become Citizens
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2007 – Better job and educational opportunities or family reasons may have led them from the lands of their birth to the United States, but serving in the armed forces made it possible for four servicemembers to become citizens yesterday. more

Gates Reflects on Leadership, Support
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2007 – Beyond making budget and administrative decisions, leadership is about setting a tone of integrity and caring, and working for lasting change, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. more

Leaders Support 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2007 – The top civilian and military leaders in the Defense Department today expressed support for the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring openly gay people from military service. more

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Capture 48 Suspects
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2007 – Coalition and Iraqi forces captured 48 suspected insurgents and killed eight, and insurgents killed more than 20 civilians in several attacks over the past few days in Iraq, military officials reported. more

Americans Patient in Expecting Progress
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2007 – Although recent operations to secure Baghdad are off to a good start, Americans must be patient in expecting progress, a senior coalition spokesman said in Baghdad today. more

Army Reacting Quickly to Fix Medical System
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2007 – Motivated by its commitment to those who fight for freedom, the Army is acting quickly to fix problems with the medical system that have come to light since reports surfaced in February of poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here, the Army’s top civilian leader said today. more

Tribunals Held for High-Value Detainees
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2007 – Administrative tribunals were held March 9 and 10 for three of the 14 high-value detainees being held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Defense Department announced today more

Iraqis Help Troops Find Weapons
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2007 – Iraqis in the country’s north, fed up with ongoing violence, are leading U.S. and Iraqi forces to some of the largest weapons and bombs caches found in the region to date, the commander of Multinational Division North told Pentagon reporters today. more

Army Notes Walter Reed Changes
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2007 – The Army vice chief of staff yesterday announced leadership changes to the medical hold units at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which he called an important first step in correcting administrative and bureaucratic challenges wounded soldiers face during recovery. more

NORTHCOM Position ‘Sacred Honor’
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2007 – The nominee to lead U.S. Northern Command and North America Aerospace Defense Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee here yesterday that he realizes the missions of both organizations are demanding and challenging, but that he would consider leading them to be a “sacred honor.” more

Nominee Cites U.S. Pacific Priorities
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2007 – The admiral nominated to lead U.S. Pacific Command told members of Congress yesterday that he plans to take an “aggressive, but measured and reasonable approach” when dealing with China if he is confirmed. more

Iraq Security Plan Can Work, Will Take Time
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2007 – A new strategy that puts U.S. and Iraqi forces inside Baghdad neighborhoods to safeguard residents against insurgent and sectarian violence can work, but it will take time to be fully implemented, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said in Baghdad during his first news conference today. more

Walter Reed Problems Damage Morale
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2007 – Top DoD and Army officials are concerned that recent widely publicized problems in outpatient care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here might overshadow the quality of inpatient care and lower staff morale. more

State Department Criticize Red Cross Study
The top lawyers in the State Department and DoD have sent a letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross criticizing the methodology authors used in compiling a study that purports to be a definitive explanation of the laws of war. more

China Not Strategic Adversary of U.S
China is not a strategic adversary of the United States, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a news roundtable yesterday. more

Soldiers Helping Devastated Community
In the wake of Last Thursday’s disaster, the community of Enterprise, Alabama has begun the process of healing. On Sunday March 4th, volunteers inundated the neighborhoods damaged by the tornadoes. The curfew in Enterprise is from 5 pm till 8 am each day, and at 8 am there were people waiting to get started with the cleanup efforts. more

Alabama National Guard Responds Disaster
March 1, 2007 will long be remembered as more than just the first day of the third month of the year in this Southeast Alabama town with a population of more than 23,000 residents. For residents here, it will be a day remembered for the devastation and broken lives caused by an EF Category three tornado.

IRS Offers Free Tax Assistance for Troops
With income tax deadlines quickly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding troops and their families that free assistance is available to them at military tax centers worldwide. more

Army Secretary Resigns!
Army Secretary Resigns in Wake of Walter Reed Outpatient-Care Shortfalls. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced this afternoon that he has accepted the resignation of Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey in light of allegations of shortfalls in care of outpatients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here. more

Commission Reports on Defenses
Changes are needed to pull together the nation’s security team and break down “institutional stove pipes” between agencies, the chairman of the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves reported to Congress today. more

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