News Archives For October 2007

Spacewalk Connects Truss to Space Station
Army astronaut Col. Doug Wheelock exits the U.S. Quest joint airlock this morning to begin his second spacewalk. Photo by NASA TVWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 30, 2007) -- Army astronaut Col. Doug Wheelock and mission specialist Scott Parazynski began a spacewalk at 4:45 a.m. EDT today to help fasten the Port 6 truss to its new home on the International Space Station.

Ramadi Unity Parade Marks Reconciliation
A Soldier shoots video as Iraqi children participate in the Unity Day parade in Ramadi, Iraq, Oct. 23. Photo by Lance Cpl. James F. Cline IIIWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Oct. 29, 2007) - A remarkable parade in Iraq's Anbar province, openly attended by citizens from all walks of life, demonstrates that Iraqi reconciliation efforts are working, a coalition commander said. more

Fight Prevailing Against California Fires
A California Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carries a Bambi bucket over San Diego County, Calif., on Oct. 25, to dump water on a wildfire. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jim GreenhillCHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Calif. (Army News Service, Oct. 26, 2007) - The Santa Ana winds lost strength in Southern California Thursday, allowing military and civilian firefighters to make progress against wildfires that had blazed across seven counties. more

Army Helping Attack Wildfires
California Army National Guard Soldiers with the 184th Headquarters and Headquarters Company on mission to fight the southern California wildfires prepare to board a C-130 at the Modesto Airport in Modesto, Calif. Photo by Pfc. Denae J. DavisSAN DIEGO (Army News Service, Oct. 25, 2007)- Army National Guard helicopters were attacking southern California's ferocious wildfires Tuesday as Soldiers on the ground were manning traffic control points and were prepared to provide people who had lost their homes with some of the necessities of life. more

Guard Supporting California Firefighting
The San Diego city skyline, Oct. 23. Photo by Cdr. Jane CampbellWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 24, 2007) -- The National Weather Service said this morning the Santa Ana winds that are fanning the fires in southern California should die down by Thursday, but already nearly two-dozen fires have burned more than 400,000 acres from Mexico to north of Los Angeles. CNN reports that as many as 950,000 people have been evacuated, including more than 4,000 servicemembers from bases in the area.

Army Boxers Lead at Military World Games
Staff Sgt. Andrew Shepherd delivers a left jab while loading an overhand right against Germany's Erken Teper in the heavyweight finale of the 4th CISM Military World Games Oct. 20 at Hyderabad, India. Shepherd won the gold medal. Photo by Tim HippsHYDERABAD, India (Army News Service, Oct. 24, 2007) - Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Shepherd won a gold medal in the heavyweight division to highlight the U.S. Armed Forces boxing team's four-medal performance at the 4th CISM Military World Games. more

Guard to Support Firefighting Mission
A satellite image of Southern California shows smoke from wildfires billowing out into the Pacific Ocean. Photo by NASAWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 23, 2007) -- The California National Guard has been directed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to make 1,500 Guardmembers available to support efforts to fight at least 14 wildfires that are ravaging the drought-stricken southern part of the state.

50 Years Since First Vietnam Casualty
A procession opens a ceremony Sunday at West Point Cemetery commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first casualty in the Vietnam Conflict, Capt. Harry G. Cramer Jr. From left: Brig. Gen. Patrick Finnegan, dean of the Academic Board at the U.S. Military Academy; Kai Bolger, daughter of Capt. Cramer; and son Harry G. Cramer III. The flag carried is the original one used in 1957. Photo by Sgt. First Class Roger JonesWEST POINT, N.Y. (Army News Service, Oct. 22, 2007) -- A wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the first U.S. service member to die in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Conflict was conducted Sunday at West Point Cemetery. more

Army Astronaut to Deliver to Space Station
Attired in a training version of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit, Col. Douglas H. Wheelock, STS-120 mission specialist, awaits the start of a training session in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near Johnson Space Center. Photo by NASAWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 22, 2007) - Army Astronaut Col. Douglas H. Wheelock is scheduled to blast into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery Tuesday, weather permitting at Cape Canaveral, Fla., with a mission of delivering equipment to the International Space Station. more

Army Evaluates Action Plan Progress
Brig. Gen. Mike Tucker heads the Army Medical Action Plan team, charged with improving care for wounded Soldiers and their Families. Photo by Elizabeth M. LorgeWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 19, 2007) - The Army is on phase four of the Army Medical Action plan and has staffed 65 percent of Warrior Transition Units across the globe to improve care for wounded Soldiers, Brig. Gen. Mike Tucker, the plan's director, told reporters at the Pentagon today.

'Nobel' Achievement: Army Earns 12 Awards
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 19, 2007) -- Army Materiel Command received 12 Shingo Public Sector Awards Oct. 11 for using Lean manufacturing practices. The Shingo, considered the "Nobel Prize for Manufacturing," recognized various Army depots who manufacture, repair, overhaul, and maintain Warfighter equipment. more

Army Leaders Sign Covenant with Families
Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Family members at Fort Knox, Ky., hold up the Army Family Covenant that was just signed. On the right is Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who also signed the covenant. Photo by Maureen RoseFORT KNOX, Ky. (Army News Service, Oct. 18, 2007) - Senior leaders signed the Army Family Covenant today and pledged to support Soldiers' Families while they defend the nation. more

Golden Knights at Skydiving Nationals
Sgt. 1st Class Elisa, who grabbed gold medals for the Golden Knights at the 2007 Nationals in both Style and Accuracy, is shown here training for the Style competition. She is now ranked number one in the nation. Photo by Golden KnightsCHICAGO, Ill. (Army News Service, Oct. 16, 2007) - The U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, wrapped up national skydiving competition in Chicago at the 2007 USPA Nationals Sept. 23 with several "firsts" and a number of medals. more

Iraqi Civilians Rejecting Extremism
A member of a local Concerned Citizens group provides security at a checkpoint outside Um 'Al Bid, Iraq, Sept. 30. Photo by Sgt. Timothy KingstonWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Oct. 15, 2007) - Violence in Iraq's Diyala River Valley has been slashed in half thanks to citizen volunteers, a coalition commander said Oct. 12. more

Soldiers Training Iraqi Mechanics
Staff Sgt. Gary Minnich, 26th BSB, 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div., battalion motor sergeant, shows Emhad Abdeohasam, an Iraqi Army mechanic, components of a Humvee FOB Kalsu Oct. 8. Photo by Sgt. Kevin StabinskyFOB KALSU, Iraq (Army News Service, Oct. 12, 2007) - Iraqi soldiers began learning basic vehicle maintenance for their Humvees in a new step toward self-sufficiency this week. "We'll be doing preventive maintenance, basic operations - changing filters and fluids, tires ... more

Modernization Maintains Momentum
A Soldier pulls security as coalition forces search Ala Say Valley, Afghanistan, for suspected Taliban fighters.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 11, 2007) - A panel of senior leaders discussed the objectives and way forward for "Army Modernization - Maintaining Momentum" at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting today. more

Army Chief of Staff Sees Future of 'Persistent Conflict'
A Soldier speaks with the local youth during a routine patrol in Al Wardiya, Iraq.WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 10, 2007) - In his keynote address at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting's Eisenhower Luncheon, Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., chief of staff of the Army, said he foresees decades of persistent conflict, but expects the Army to rise to the challenge. more

Army Changing Policy for Top NCOs
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Elizabeth A. Callahan is a three-time Olympic international pistol shooter. Photo by U.S. ArmyWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 9, 2007) -- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston unveiled the newest modernization effort for the U.S. Army enlisted force during a meeting with senior non-commissioned officers today at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition. more

Army Marksmanship Team Heads for World
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Elizabeth A. Callahan is a three-time Olympic international pistol shooter. Photo by U.S. ArmyFORT BENNING, Ga. (Army News Service, Oct. 5, 2007) - Fourteen servicemembers from the U.S. Military Shooting Team will leave Monday for India where they will compete in the Conseil International du Sport Militaire. Team USA is expected to compete against hundreds of shooters from approximately 30 countries.

Army Secretary Visits Belvoir
Annika Valliel and her sister, Naomi, talk with Secretary of the Army Pete Geren in their home Wednesday morning. Geren visited Fort Belvoir's George Washington Village. Photo by Marny MalinWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 4, 2007) - Secretary of the Army Pete Geren visited Fort Belvoir yesterday to tour homes and talked with Army Families about the privatized housing initiative. Sec. Geren asked George Washington Village residents how they felt ...

New Maneuver-Enhancement Unit
Capt. Lawrence Devoto, an intelligence officer with the 1st Combat Support Brigade (Maneuver Enhancement), places the new unit patch on his uniform during an Oct. 2 ceremony. Photo by Samantha EvansFORT POLK, La. (Army News Service, Oct. 3, 2007) - Fort Polk made history yesterday with the activation of the 1st Combat Support Brigade (Maneuver Enhancement) - a new and unique Army unit. The 1st CSB is the first unit of its kind in the active-duty Army. The Army Reserve recently activated similar units in Missouri, New Mexico and North Carolina. more

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