News Archives For August 2007

Surgeon General Named Woman of the Year
Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock addresses the American Legion Auxiliary upon receiving the Woman of the Year award Aug. 28 in Reno, Nev. Photo by CourtesyWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 30, 2007) - The acting surgeon general of the Army was named the American Legion Auxiliary's Woman of the Year at the organization's national conference in Reno, Nev., Aug. 28. more

Army Extends Support to Soldiers' Families
Servicemembers and friends gather for a memorial to honor Army Col. Jon Lockey at Camp Victory, Iraq, July 11. Photo by Marine Corps Cpl. Darhonda RodelaWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Aug. 29, 2007) - Families of deceased active-duty Soldiers can receive an extended level of support from a long-term care program the Army launched 18 months ago, the program's chief said. more

Mount Rainier Rescues a Reserve Specialty
At 8,000 feet up the western face of Washington state's 14,4000-foot Mount Rainier, National Park Service climbing ranger Mr. Andy Anderson awaits the arrival of a CH-47 ChinookMOUNT RAINER, Wash. (Army News Service, Aug. 29, 2007) - Most of the 6,000 to 8,000 climbers who each year attempt to scale this long-dormant volcano walk off the mountain under their own power. For the unfortunate few who can't - either because of injury or incapacitation - the trip down is often courtesy of an Army Reserve CH-47 Chinook.
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Aric Almirola Fights Through Adversity at Bristol
Aric Almirola finished in 36th place in Saturday night's Nextel Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.BRISTOL, Tenn. (Army News Service, Aug. 27, 2007) - Starting at the rear of the field plus a lack of early cautions handicapped Aric Almirola in Saturday night's Nextel Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The end result was a 36th-place finish for the 23-year-old driver, who was making his second career Cup start and his first with the U.S. Army race team. more

MNC-I Exceeds Retention Goal
Multi-National Corps-Iraq retention goals for fiscal year 2007 were met Aug. 15, more than six weeks ahead of schedule. “We’ve actually exceeded the goals,” said Army Master Sgt. Connie Davis, MNC-I command career counselor. “It was met today and we exceeded it already in our traditional categories.” more

$1.6 Million in Grants Awarded to Soldiers
DALLAS (Army News Service, Aug. 27, 2007) – The Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment Fund of the Dallas Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to assist Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their Families through seven non-profit organizations. more

Iraqi Forces Becoming More Capable
Iraqi special operations forces conduct a combat operation to detain suspected terrorist leaders in Baghdad.WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Aug. 24, 2007) - Due to the sustained presence of coalition forces in former insurgent safe havens and increased capability of Iraqi security forces, levels of violence in Iraq are the lowest they've been since June 2006, an operational leader on the Joint Staff said today.
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Senior Enlisted Advisor Passes on Lessons Learned
Command Sgt. Maj. William Gainey, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passes on lessons learned to the newest graduates of the Army Medical Command Non Commissioned Officer Academy Aug. 21.FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Army News Service, Aug. 24, 2007) - The Army Medical Command Noncommissioned Officer Academy's newest graduates were given a few words of wisdom by someone with more than his share of experience leading troops.
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Become a Special Agent, Get $20K
A $20,000 lump-sum Critical Skills Accession Bonus is being offered to active-duty enlisted Soldiers who complete the Criminal Investigation Command Special Agent Warrant Officer Basic Course by Sept. 30, 2008.FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Aug. 23, 2007) - A $20,000 lump-sum Critical Skills Accession Bonus is being offered to active-duty enlisted Soldiers who complete the Criminal Investigation Command Special Agent Warrant Officer Basic Course by Sept. 30, 2008. The CSAB targets the 31 series Military Occupational Specialty for military police NCOs selected for appointment to warrant officer positions in the 311A MOS. more

West Point Center of Excellence for Ethics
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody (second from right) tells Cadets First Class Jarod Taylor, Aaron Folsom, Maryalice Pass and Jason Crabtree, a story about his cadet days Friday during his visit to West Point.WEST POINT, N.Y. (Army News Service, Aug. 22, 2007) - Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody expanded West Point's role as the America's premier leader-development institution Friday by designating the U.S. Military Academy the Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic. more

Texas National Guard Ahead of Hurricane Dean
A convoy of military vehicles from the Texas Army National Guard heads toward the Rio Grande Valley.McALLEN, Texas (Army News Service, Aug. 21, 2007) - Strings of military vehicles and commercial buses snaked their way from all points of Texas toward the Rio Grande Valley today in preparation for the possible evacuation of residents along the south Texas and Mexico coastlines that may be affected by Hurricane Dean.
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Gen. Cody Praises All-Volunteer Force
Staff Sgt. Antonio Alvarado chats with local Iraqis during a patrol through the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad.WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Aug. 20, 2007) - Calling today's Army the best that's ever been, a top leader said Aug. 18 that he doesn't want to return to a draft-filled force. "None of us who joined the Army during Vietnam want to go back to a draft Army," said Army Vice Chief Gen. Richard A. Cody in an appearance on Fox News Channel's "Fox Online" program with Jamie Colby. more

Security Efforts Spur Economic Growth
Iraqi workers upgrade the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Gulf Region South Maysan 400kV substation project site in southern Iraq. Photo by Al Bahrani.WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Aug. 16, 2007) - Recent surge operations and a continued commitment to ownership by the Iraqi government are contributing to increased economic progress in Iraq, a senior officer responsible for economic development there said Aug. 14. more

Operations in Iraq Build on Security Progress
Firing teams WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Aug. 16, 2007) - Operations Phantom Strike, Lightning Hammer and Marne Husky, combined operations launched this week by coalition and Iraqi forces, are using the information and intelligence gained through operations over the summer to more effectively target insurgents throughout Iraq, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said yesterday. more

JPAC Recovers Possible Remains
Members of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command work together to remove wreckage from a crash site in Xekong Province, Laos.HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii (Army News Service, Aug. 15, 2007) - Four recovery teams from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command recently completed JPAC's 100th recovery mission in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, recovering possible human remains and personal effects. more

'Black Jack' Soldier Signs Record Deal
Pfc. Marco Sanchez's new CD, 'Hazardous Duty Pay,' was released in June by Bay Grinderz Records earlier this summer.FORWARD OPERATING BASE PROSPERITY, Iraq (Army News Service, Aug. 15, 2007) - Growing up in the Mission District of San Francisco, Calif., Pfc. Marco Sanchez always dreamed of a music career. more

America's Army to Launch New Game
Soldiers in 'America's Army: True Soldiers' attack an enemy encampment in the fictional country of Ganzia. Washington (Army News Service, Aug. 14, 2007) – America's Army will declare war on the fictional country of Ganzia Sept. 27 when it launches "True Soldiers" for X-Box 360, the latest evolution of the popular Army-sponsored computer game. more

Army Couple Helps Injured at Bridge
Second Lt. Nathan Lund, an Army Reservist attending the University of Minnesota Dental School, and his wife, Christine, a registered nurse.MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Army News Service, Aug. 13, 2007) - Disasters often result in pain, crippling injuries and death. But they can also bring out the best in people. Second Lt. Nathan Lund, an Army Reservist attending the University of Minnesota Dental School, and his wife, Christine, a registered nurse, rushed to help the injured Aug. 1 when the I-35 bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minn., collapsed. more

Secretary of the Army Shares Perspective
Secretary of the Army Pete Geren Photo by CourtesyWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 10, 2007) - Secretary of the Army Pete Geren spoke one-on-one about his present and future priorities for the Army this week with Soldiers Media Center reporter Jini Ryan. more

Army Puts 'Temporary' Back in TCS Orders
Soldiers from the 175th Infantry Regiment train for an upcoming deployment at Fort Dix, N.J., July 12.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 9, 2007) - The Army is putting the "temporary" back into temporary change of station orders that authorize and fund assignments for Soldiers in contingency support positions that are not in a combat zone. more

Tennessee's Helping Hearts 2nd Annual Event
Tennessee's Helping Hearts 2nd Annual Military Event will be held August 11th, 2007 At the Park Vista in Gatlinburg,TN.GATLINBURG, TN - Tennessee's Helping Hearts 2nd Annual Military Event will be held August 11th, 2007 At the Park Vista in Gatlinburg,TN. The event honors all branches of the military as a way of thanking our troops for all they do. There will be a sit down dinner, door prizes, raffles, speakers from the Department Of Military out of Nashville and live entertainment. This is free to all military and their spouses. more

Artificial Spike Leads to Highest Troop Level
Sgt. Christopher Burke provides security during a patrol in the Rusafa area of Baghdad.WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2007 - An "artificial spike" in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq has led to the largest number of American servicemembers in the country ever, Pentagon officials said yesterday. more

Thinking of Home, Unit Maintains Focus
Pvt. Francis Kianco of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, prepares to redress a young boy's wounds caused by a car bomb.BAGHDAD (Army News Service, Aug. 7, 2007) - Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment have found themselves in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital.
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Army Chief of Staff Talks Family Readiness
The personal security detachment for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq command sergeant major conducted rescue training for casualties trapped in battle-damaged humvees July 26 at Victory Base Complex.FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Army News Service, Aug. 6, 2007) - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and his wife, Sheila, witnessed the immediate impact of new Family support initiatives here Friday. more

Soldiers Learn Methods to Save Troops
The personal security detachment for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq command sergeant major conducted rescue training for casualties trapped in battle-damaged humvees July 26 at Victory Base Complex.The personal security detachment for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq command sergeant major conducted rescue training for casualties trapped in battle-damaged humvees July 26 at Victory Base Complex. more

Operation Gratitude Mails 250,000th Package
16th MP Soldier receives keys to new 2007 Jeep PatriotOperation Gratitude celebrated its 250,000th care package in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with a surprise 2007 Jeep Patriot Limited giveaway for one recipient of the 16th Military Police Brigade during a ceremony at Al Faw Palace July 24. more

Army Boosts Enlistment Bonuses
To bolster the growth of the Army by more than 34,000 Soldiers, Army officials are implementing a new bonus for recruits who sign up by the end of this fiscal year.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 2, 2007) - To bolster the growth of the Army by more than 34,000 Soldiers, Army officials are implementing a new bonus for recruits who sign up by the end of this fiscal year.
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Army's Medical Hotline Continues to Help
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates presents the Purple Heart to Staff Sgt. Brent A. Homan.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 3, 2007) - The Army's four-month-old "Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline" continues to find answers to Soldiers' and Families' medical questions, a senior U.S. military officer said.
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Daughter Accepts Silver Star Mother Earned
Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, acting Army surgeon general and chief of the Army Nurse Corps, presents the Silver Star to Mary Jane Bolles Reed.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 2, 2007) - While Army nurse Linnie Leckrone was patching up wounded Soldiers in France on the front lines of World War I, she most likely wasn't thinking that her actions one day would merit the military's third-highest award for valor in the face of the enemy. more

Iraq Withdrawal Should be 'Methodical,' General Says
An Army Humvee is positioned on the weather deck of the USNS SHUGHART .KUWAIT CITY (American Forces Press Service, Aug. 2, 2007) - The way the United States ultimately leaves Iraq will send a strong message to America's friends and enemies alike, the general who would oversee the logistical exodus told reporters traveling here with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. more

Working to Keep Iraq Assessment Apolitical
Gen. David H. Petraeus visits a base in Iraq to get an on-the-ground assessment of progress. Photo by Department of the Army.WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, August 1, 2007) - The top U.S. commander in Iraq yesterday acknowledged high expectations for a September assessment of the situation in Iraq and said he would work to keep politics out of the process. more



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