News Archives For May 2007

Army Introduces New Enlistment Bonus
FORT KNOX, Ky. (Army News Service, May 31, 2007) - The U.S. Army Recruiting Command introduced two new enlistment incentives yesterday. more

Servicemembers Receive U.S. Citizenship
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Army News Service, May 30, 2007) - It was a proud day for 19 active-duty servicemembers who took the oath of allegiance making them among the newest U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony here Memorial Day. more

Memorial Day Parade Honors Wounded
WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, May 28, 2007) - Seven months ago, on Veterans Day, Spc. Jace Badia was carried off the battlefield in Ramadi after an insurgent bomb left him nearly dead -- his left leg gone, his right leg shattered and his right arm and back broken. more

Mechanics Install Frag-5 Armor Field Kits
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Army News Service, May 29, 2007) - The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade (Task Force Pegasus) recently responded to a request for mechanical support during the ongoing installation of nearly 1,800 Frag-5 Armor Field kits.

Army Chief of Staff Boosts Spirits at BAMC
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Army News Service, May 25, 2007) - The Army's top officer encouraged wounded warriors to continue the "marathon" to recovery May 22 during visits to Brooke Army Medical Center and the Center for the Intrepid, the Army's state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center here. more

Army Tests Latest Helicopters
FORT HOOD, Texas (Army News Service, May 25, 2007) - Two teams from the Army Operational Test Command here traveled to Fort Campbell, Ky., and Barstow, Calif., to test two new helicopters.

Army Defends Body Armor Quality
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 22, 2007) - U.S. troops operating in Iraq and Afghanistan have the best body armor in the world, and the Army is constantly looking for ways to improve force protection, the general in charge of the program told reporters here today. more

Paratroopers Take Stock of Success in Sha'ab
BAGHDAD (Army News Service, May 22, 2007) - In the first days after his battalion began operating in east Baghdad's Sha'ab neighborhood, Capt. Will Canda said he often saw the beds of Iraqi police trucks stained red with dried blood. more

Defense Officials to Recruit Linguists
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2007 – As language and cultural sensitivities factor more and more into military operations, defense officials are promoting several initiatives to increase the number of servicemembers and employees with critical language skills. more

Ranger 'Time's' Most Influential People
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 18, 2007) - "Time" magazine has put Capt. Gittins on its annual list of the world's most influential people this month. Capt. Gittins is described as "an apt symbol of the heroism that the U.S.'s pair of lengthening wars have demanded. more

Units Continue Search for Soldiers
BAGHDAD, May 21, 2007 – Soldiers continue 24 hour full spectrum air and ground operations dedicated to the search and rescue of three missing Soldiers, today. Pilots and Soldiers have been conducting air assaults and air movements of Soldiers and cargo around the clock supporting the search for the missing Soldiers. more

$20K Bonus for Active-duty Captains
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 17, 2007) - A new Critical Skills Retention Bonus of $20 thousand is available to more than 7,000 regular-Army captains who agree to remain on active duty beyond their initial active-duty service obligation. The bonus is part of a "menu of incentives" targeting officers nearing completion of their initial active-duty service obligation. more

New Guard, Reserve Changes Set
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has charged his staff to take action on 20 of 23 recommendations made by an independent commission for changes in the reserve components. more

Bush Names Lute to New Post
Gen. Douglas E. LuteWASHINGTON, May 16, 2007 – President Bush announced yesterday that he has named Army Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, director of operations for the Joint Staff, as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan. more

Sustained U.S. Presence Critical
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2007 – Despite a desire for U.S. forces to ultimately leave Iraq, Iraqi leaders recognize the need for international support until their military is capable of operating independently, the Iraqi government’s official spokesman said today. more

Systems Test Communications
New Systems Test Military, Civilian Communications During ExerciseFAIRBANKS, Alaska, May 15, 2007 – Ardent Sentry/Northern Edge 2007, a two-week national-level exercise involving local, state and federal government agencies, is proving the capabilities of the Incident Command System. more

Cuts Endanger Army's Future
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2007 – Proposed cuts to the Army’s Future Combat Systems endanger a program that would improve military capabilities today and in the future, said Army Lt. Gen. Stephen M. Speakes, the service’s director of force development and deputy chief of staff. more

Search for Missing Soldiers Continues
BAGHDAD, May 15, 2007 – Coalition and Iraqi forces have been working around the clock since a pre-dawn attack May 12 that left one Iraqi and four U.S. soldiers dead and three other U.S. soldiers missing, Multinational Corps Iraq officials reported today. more

Evidence Links ‘High-Value’ Detainee to Al Qaeda
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2007 – A detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who previously lived in the United States, denied he had any involvement with an al Qaeda group or had planned to reenter the country to commit a terrorist act. more

Iraqi Suspected Isurgents Detained
Iraqi Suspected Insurgents Detained Weapons Caches foundBAGHDAD, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 —Iraqi and Coalition forces detained numerous suspected insurgents and discovered multiple weapons caches in Iraq over the weekend, military officials reported. Soldiers of the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, detained a suspected insurgent wanted in connection with a recent rocket attack on a Coalition forces' base near Baghdad Monday. more

'Massive Effort' to Find U.S. Soldiers
Bush Honors Military Spouses at White HouseWASHINGTON, May 14, 2007 – The U.S. military, coalition partners and Iraqi security forces are making a “massive effort” to find three American soldiers missing in Iraq since May 12, a senior U.S. military officer said today. more

Bush Honors Military Spouses at White House
Bush Honors Military Spouses at White HouseWASHINGTON, May 11, 2007 – President Bush today paid tribute to military spouses across the nation and presented the Presidential Volunteer Service Award to six military spouses who he said “represent the very best of what volunteering means.” more

Bush Asks for Time, Resources for Iraq
Radio AddressWASHINGTON, May 10, 2007 – The new security plan for Baghdad needs a chance to succeed, and troops serving in Iraq deserve the resources they need to make sure it does, President Bush said at the Pentagon today. more

Active Components Meet Recruiting Goals
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2007 – All active-duty components of the military met or exceeded recruiting goals for April, Defense Department officials announced today. more

Military Appreciation Message from the Chairman
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2007 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issues a message commemorating National Military Appreciation Month and Military Spouse Appreciation Day. more

Gates Hopes to Get Better Armored Vehicles
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is exploring ways to speed up the timetable for getting more Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles to troops in Iraq. more

America Will Stay on Offensive Against Terror
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2007 – Al Qaeda terrorists have chosen Iraq as the central front in their worldwide campaign against freedom, so America must stay in the fight to prevent them from establishing a safe haven from which to launch more attacks, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said in Iraq today. more

Soldier to Unveil New Army Combat Shirt
Radio AddressFORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, May 4, 2007) -- The Army Program Executive Office Soldier will soon provide an improved Army combat shirt to Soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. The high performance shirt, designed to be a base layer, can be worn directly under the Interceptor Body Armor. more

Cheney Notes ‘Greater Sense of Urgency’
Radio AddressWASHINGTON, May 9, 2007 – After meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders in Baghdad today, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said he noticed “a greater sense of urgency now than I’d seen previously” on the part of those leaders to meet their obligations toward continuing the country’s progress. more

DoD Prepares for Flu Outbreak
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2007 – The Defense Department is teaming with other federal agencies to prepare the nation to deal with a potential pandemic outbreak of influenza, a senior official said here yesterday. more

Secretary Urges Approval of Defense Budget
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2007 – Delays in getting an emergency supplemental war-funding bill approved are causing disruption within the Defense Department, particularly among programs at home, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. more

Withdrawal Has ‘Dire’ Consequences
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2007 – The United States has a responsibility to leave Iraq with a sense of stability or else face a stronger enemy that threatens the region and Americans at home, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in congressional testimony here today. more

Vanguard Engineers Pave Way for Victory
Just weeks before Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division hand over control of their area of operations to the 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), engineers from 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion are working hard to ensure the 173rd’s “Sky Soldiers” have decent accommodations... more

Bush Calls for War-Spending Bill
Radio AddressWASHINGTON, May 6, 2007 – Congress needs to provide the military with the funds and flexibility it needs to prevail to succeed in Iraq, President Bush said in his weekly radio address yesterday. more

Gurad Agency Gains New Chief
MIAMI, May 7, 2007 – Maintaining good communications with civilian employers of National Guardsmen and reservists is a major component of mission success at the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the agency’s new chief said in an interview. more

Iraqi Security Forces Progress
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2007 – Coalition experts have identified trouble areas in the training regimen for the Iraqi security forces but see cumulative progress overall, the top U.S. training official in Iraq said. more

Iraqis Move Forward as Surge Takes Hold
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2007 – Eighty percent of the U.S. military units involved with the surge of troops into Baghdad and western Iraq are now in place, a senior U.S. military officer said in Baghdad yesterday. more

Soldier Uses His Head in Fight
Staff Sgt. Keenan was shot in the helmet at point-blank range by a 9mm pistol on a mission July 1.CAMP STRIKER, Iraq (Army News Service, July 5, 2007) - Staff Sgt. Kyle Keenan's face bears no trace of the bullet that could have cost him his life. more

Division Targets 'Accelerants of Violence'
GatesWASHINGTON, May 4, 2007 – A newly formed military division in Iraq is focusing on stopping the flow into Baghdad of what the unit’s commander called “accelerants of violence” from the south. more

Secretary Urges Vigilance in War On Terror
GatesDALLAS, May 3, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urged Americans to learn from past mistakes and steel their resolve to see the war on terror through to victory. more

Bush Vetoes Emergency War-Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2007 – President Bush today vetoed an emergency war-funding bill that includes timelines for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, calling on members of Congress to put politics aside and give the troops the funding they need to accomplish their mission. more

Bush: Coalition Stands Strong in Face of Terror
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2007 – More than 90 nations around the world that have joined the United States in fighting terrorism and stemming its spread are helping build a more peaceful future for generations to come, President Bush said today in Tampa, Fla. more

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