News Archives For September 2007

Rapid Fielding Milestone at Fort Polk
Pfc. Carlton Speegle, Company D, 94th Brigade Support BattalionFORT POLK, La. (Army News Service, Sept. 26, 2007) - The Army's Program Executive-Office Soldier outfitted it's one-millionth customer with a Rapid Fielding Initiative kit here Sept. 25. The Soldier was Pfc. Carlton Speegle of Company D, 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. He received a coin from PEO Soldier and a letter from Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, PEO Soldier executive officer.

Changing Environment Drives Development
From left: Sgt. Richard Olivas and Staff Sgts. Kevin Goddard, Ernesto Cuellar and Boone CarterFORT MONROE, Va. (Army News Service, Sept. 24, 2007) - The global operational environment Army leaders face today is forcing the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to enhance and accelerate the way it develops leaders. more

50th Anniversary of Operation Arkansas
An Iraqi boy watches U.S. Soldiers while waiting for medical assistanceFifty years ago today, the Army, helped to usher in a new era for civil rights. In a time of inner turmoil for the United States, the Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division had the tremendous task of keeping peace in their own country. They stood guard and protected nine young African-Americans so that they could enjoy the rights promised to all U.S. citizens. The unit was able to complete their mission without injury to the students, citizens or themselves. more

Joint Efforts Putting BIAP Back on Radar
An Iraqi boy watches U.S. Soldiers while waiting for medical assistanceBAGHDAD, Iraq. For more than 15 years, Baghdad International Airport has been virtually inactive. After years of trafficking very limited aircraft to and from the airport, Coalition Forces set out to change the way the world sees Baghdad by placing it back in the business race one project at a time. Army Lt. Col. Jack Pflaumer, BIAP reconstruction deputy director, 358th Civil Affairs Brigade, has seen a lot of progress since efforts began in 2005. With the grand opening of a business center and plans to build a new office tower, hotel and two convention centers, the Langhorn, Pa., native said BIAP is well on its way to rejoining the international business community.

Center for Wounded to Replace Current Facility
An Iraqi boy watches U.S. Soldiers while waiting for medical assistanceFORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Army News Service, Sept. 21, 2007) - A new Warrior and Family Support Center being built here will be 10 times the size of the current facility. A Sept. 15 groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction on the new 12,000-square-foot facility located across from the post's Fisher Houses, where many wounded warriors and their Families stay during long rehabilitations. more

Iraqi Security Forces Make Progress
An Iraqi boy watches U.S. Soldiers while waiting for medical assistanceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Sept. 19, 2007) - Iraqi security forces have made much progress toward readiness in the past year within Multinational Division North's area of responsibility, a top official in the region said yesterday. more

Soldiers Not Losing Hope for Missing Comrades
Soldiers search for three missing comrades near Yusufiyah, Iraq. The Soldiers are assigned to Charlie Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). Photo by Sgt. Tierney NowlandYUSUFIYAH, Iraq (Army News Service, Sept. 18, 2007) - World War II left nearly 100,000 Soldiers missing in action when units were cut off and wiped out by the enemy. Bodies were buried or destroyed, leaving families back home no evidence as to their fate. more

Army Vessel Honors Black American Hero
The USAV (U.S. Army Vessel) Maj. Gen. Robert Smalls was commissioned yesterday at a ceremony in Baltimore, Md. The first Army vessel to be named after an African American, the ship is operated by the Army Reserve's 203rd Transportation Detachment, and is intended to transport vehicles, equipment and personnel over long distances. Photo by Don WagnerBALTIMORE, Md. (Army News Service, Sept. 16, 2007) - The logistics support vessel Major General Robert Smalls (LSV-8) - the first Army vessel named for an African American - was inducted into the Army's watercraft fleet yesterday during a commissioning ceremony at Baltimore's historic Inner Harbor. more

Plus-Up Turns Momentum Against Terrorists
Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division patrol Ja'ara, Iraq. Photo by Sgt. Timothy KingstonWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Sept. 17, 2007) - Coalition and Iraqi forces must maintain the momentum generated by the troop plus-up in Iraq to defeat terrorists and insurgents, a senior military official in Baghdad said yesterday. Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Anderson, chief of staff for Multinational Corps Iraq, talked about results of the increase of offensive operations made possible by the troop plus-up. Brig. Gen. Anderson spoke during a joint conference with Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman. more

Soldier Paints to Relieve Stress, Motivate Unit
Pfc. Kelly O'Connor, chemical operations specialist with the 329th Chemical Platoon, paints on a barrier in front of their motor pool office Aug. 15 at Camp Victory. The 329th Chemical platoon is a reserve unit out of Winter Park, Fla. Photo by Spc. Stephanie Homan, Multi-National Corps Iraq Public AffairsBAGHDAD (Multi-National Force Iraq, Sept. 14, 2007) -- Combat stress can take its toll on troops in Iraq. Finding productive ways to relieve stress during their free time can be beneficial not only to the individual, but to others as well. For Pfc. Kelly O'Connor, 329th Chemical Platoon Chemical operations specialist, Task Force Phantom, painting helps her relieve stress and brings her unit together. more

Support From the Homefront
Members of the 2nd Infantry Division's 3rd Stryker Brigade rear detachment at Fort Lewis, Wash., prepare for the unit's redeployment from Iraq. From left are: Darlene Pacheco, the brigade's Family-assistant representative; Melissa Townsend, wife of Brigade Commander Col. Steve Townsend; and Maj. Kyle Marsh, rear detachment commander. Photo by Donna MilesFORT LEWIS, Wash. (American Forces Press Service, Sept. 12, 2007) - When the first planeload of Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division's 3rd Stryker Brigade returned here Sept. 10 after their second deployment to Iraq, they didn't arrive to a darkened, padlocked brigade headquarters.

Patriot Day 2007
September 11, 2001, was a defining moment in American history. On that terrible day, our Nation saw the face of evil as 19 men barbarously attacked us and wantonly murdered people of many races, nationalities, and creeds. On Patriot Day, we remember the innocent victims, and we pay tribute to the valiant firefighters, police officers, emergency personnel, and ordinary citizens who risked their lives so others might live. more

Vow to Defeat 9/11 Perpetrators
Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the audience during a Sept. 11, 2001 remembrance and wreath laying ceremony with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2007WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 11, 2007) - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told grieving family members at the Pentagon's west wall today that the military would continue to pursue and defeat America's enemies, especially terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda, which instigated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

More Than 10,000 Commemorate Sep. 11
Staff Sgt. Curtis Taylor, right, and Sgt. Michael Halmon, to his left, both Iraqi war veterans from the 55th Sustainment Brigade on Fort Belvoir, VaWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Sept. 10, 2007) - In stark contrast to 9/11, when thousands fled the burning Pentagon building, yesterday more than 10,000 people walked toward it during the third annual America Supports You Freedom Walk honoring those killed in the 9/11 attacks and the nation's veterans, past and present. more

Growing Iraq's NCO Corps
An Iraqi army sergeant motivates his soldiers during a quick-reaction drill near Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, Aug. 22. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin K. ThomasWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Sept. 6, 2007) - It will take 10 years to breed Iraq's noncommissioned officer corps, the general who oversees training for Iraq's security forces said. Often described as "the backbone of the Army," a noncommissioned officer, or NCO, is an enlisted member of an armed force who has been given authority by a commissioned officer. The NCO corps includes all grades of sergeant, in addition to corporals. more

Soldier Pulls Family from Burning Car
Staff Sgt. Danny Stanley of the Mississippi National Guard received the Soldier's Medal for risking his life to pull a father, mother and daughter from a car engulfed in flames Oct. 5, 2006. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jim GreenhillSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Army News Service, Sept. 6, 2007) - Staff Sgt. Danny Stanley served a year in Iraq, but the awards for heroism came for what the National Guard Citizen-Soldier did back home. Staff Sgt. Stanley is credited with saving the lives of three people after the Mississippi Army National Guard member drove upon a fiery car crash. more

President Bush to Troops: Military Surge Working
President Bush shakes hands with troops during a surprise Labor Day visit to Iraq Sept. 3. The president thanked about 700 U.S. troops at Al Asad Air Base for their hard work. Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles CullenAL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (Army News Service, Sept. 4, 2007) - The military surge into Iraq is working, President Bush told troops yesterday during a surprise visit here. The president said he came to Anbar province so he could see the success in the war on terror and thank the men and women who are making sacrifices for that success.

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