News Archives For November 2007

Hotline Helps Soldiers and Families
Soldiers and Airmen attached to a U.S. Army Medical Team from Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, sit crammed among food, bottled water and medical supplies in a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter as they await to fly to Patuakhali, Bangladesh. USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and the 22nd MEU (SOC) are providing humanitarian aid to the victims of Tropical Cyclone Sidr, which tore through Bangladesh Nov. 15. Photo by Marine Corps Cpl. Peter R. MillerWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 30, 2007) - The Army's Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline has received and answered more than 8,000 calls from Soldiers, veterans, Families and concerned citizens, and about 85% of callers have received favorable responses, according to the hotline's deputy director.

Soldiers Aid Bangladesh Cyclone Victims
Soldiers and Airmen attached to a U.S. Army Medical Team from Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii, sit crammed among food, bottled water and medical supplies in a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter as they await to fly to Patuakhali, Bangladesh. USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and the 22nd MEU (SOC) are providing humanitarian aid to the victims of Tropical Cyclone Sidr, which tore through Bangladesh Nov. 15. Photo by Marine Corps Cpl. Peter R. MillerDHAKA, Bangladesh (Army News Service, Nov. 29, 2007) - A medical team from the U.S. Army Pacific Command provided humanitarian aid and medical assistance to millions of people affected by Cyclone Sidr last week. more

Soldier Selected as Shooter of the Year
Sgt. Brian McCain of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment watches as a Karkh resident who hopes to join the Iraqi police force performs pull-ups during a physical fitness test as part of a police recruitment drive that was held in the area Nov. 16. Photo by Sgt. Robert YdeBAGHDAD (Army News Service, Nov. 27, 2007) -- As violence against the coalition and Iraqi Security Forces dropped significantly, recruitment drives throughout Baghdad in November had residents lining up to join Iraqi Police forces. more

Wounded to Keep Bonus Payments
U.S. Army official seal. Photo by U.S. ArmyWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 26, 2007) Soldiers who become ill or are wounded while on active duty are entitled to keep all recruitment bonuses due them. The Army reiterated that policy today, after a Wounded Soldier inadvertently received a letter ... more

Deployed Troops to Enjoy Thanksgiving
Pvt. Pammela Aguilar, from the Headquarters Support Company, 1st Cavalry Division, retouches a decoration for the Pegasus Dining Facility Thanksgiving dinner at Camp Liberty in Baghdad Nov. 21. Photo by Spc. Aaron RosencransFORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Nov. 21, 2007) - Even though military members serving in the Middle East will be far from home this season, they will still be able to eat traditional holiday meals. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia has sent the fare and fixings for special Thanksgiving meals ...

Army Forges Partnership with 10 Colleges
Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Sparks discusses TRADOC's new program with college representatives at the Nov. 14 kick-off of the College of the American Soldier. Photo by John HarlowFORT MONROE, Va. (TRADOC News Service, Nov. 20, 2007) - Higher-education leaders from across the country came to Fort Monroe Nov. 14 to discuss the Army's new "College of the American Soldier," a partnership with 10 participating colleges. more

Army Breaks Ground for New Hospital
Architectural rendering shows the new hospital under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va. With the Bethesda Naval Medical Center, the new hospital is expected to become the center of gravity for defense medical care in the National Capital Region. Photo by Army Corps of EngineersFORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Nov. 19, 2007) - A new chapter in Army healthcare in the National Capital Region began Nov. 8 at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new hospital on Fort Belvoir. more

Army Secretary Sees Opportunity
The Honorable Pete Geren, Secretary of the Army, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Army's strategic imperatives. Photo by Pentagon ChannelWASHINGTON,(AFPS, Nov. 15, 2007) - Out of calamity comes opportunity, Army Secretary Pete Geren told Congress today. Secretary Geren and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the state of the service. more

Vietnam Memorial Collection Spans 25 Years
Secretary of the Interior Kirk Kempthorne said more than 100,000 mementos and remembrances left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial have been collectedWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 13, 2007) - When the sleek, black granite "healing wall" bearing the names of 56,256 Americans who died during the Vietnam War were dedicated on this day 25 years ago, no one thought the Vietnam Veterans Memorial would become the backdrop to more than 100,000 remembrances of those who fell. more

Army Studies Post-Deployment Health Issues
An Army study about the overall health of redeploying Soldiers was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Nov. 14. All Soldiers undergo two health assessments when they redeploy; once during an initial Post Deployment Health Assessment (PDHA) and again three to six months later during a Post Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA).

Veterans Day Message to the Troops
Veterans Day was originally created to commemorate the coming of peace.Veterans Day was originally created to commemorate the coming of peace. It marked the armistice of the First World War, when the guns fell silent on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. We now set aside November 11th to pay tribute to Americans who have fought and sacrificed not only in that conflict, but in every other, past and present.

Army Space Initiatives Aim to Help Warfighters
Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, commander of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command, speaks at the AUSA Land Warfare Forum Breakfast about SMDC initiatives to help warfighters. Photo by Gary SheftickWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 8, 2007) - New satellites, radar sites, laser technology and missile-defense locations overseas are among initiatives planned by the Army's Space and Missile Defense Command that will help warfighters in the next five years, according to Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell. more

Army Astronaut Returns to Earth
Space shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Photo by NASA TVWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 7, 2007) - Army astronaut Col. Doug Wheelock and the Discovery space shuttle crew safely landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a challenging 15-day mission shortly after 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today.

USSOUTHCOM Deploys Aid to 'Noel' Victims
Sgt. Jose Simmons, a UH-60 crew chief from the Puerto Rico National Guard, an Airman and a paramedic from Santo Domingo assist an elderly woman evacuated due to her medical condition. The woman was rescued from the isolated community of San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic. U.S. Southern Command Forces deployed to conduct operations in support of Tropical Storm Noel disaster relief in the Dominican Republic. Photo by Juan Torres-DiazSOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras (Army News Service, Nov. 6, 2007) - A team of 19 Soldiers, Airmen and two helicopters from U.S. Southern Command's Joint Task Force Bravo departed here Monday en route to the Dominican Republic, where they will assist with recovery efforts in the wake of Tropical Storm Noel. more

Army Fields MRAP in Iraq
Pfc. Peter Medina, an infantryman with the 2nd Bde., 2nd Bn., 2nd Inf. Div., sits high in the turret of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during a training course at Camp Liberty in western Baghdad. These MRAPs are the first of 7,000 expected in theater by early summer. Photo by Sgt. Mark B. MatthewsCAMP LIBERTY, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 6, 2007) - Towering overhead and aligned one after the other in a seemingly endless row, the Army's next generation of combat vehicles have rolled into Iraq. more

Army Installations Sign Family Covenant
Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and Superintendent of West Point Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck pose with Family members after signing the Army Family Covenant and pledging to support Families. Photo by E. BarteltWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 2, 2007) - Leaders at Army installations across the country joined the Army's top brass this week in pledging to support and honor Families as Soldiers continue the fight in the war on terrorism.

Army Astronaut to Repair Solar Array
Army astronaut Col. Doug Wheelock, STS-120 mission specialist, on his first spacewalk to perform work on the International Space Station. During his third spacewalk on Saturday, he and mission specialist Scott Parazynski will attempt to repair a torn solar array in the Port 6 truss. Photo by NASAWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 1, 2007) - NASA postponed Army astronaut Col. Doug Wheelock's third spacewalk, scheduled for today, until Saturday, when instead of evaluating a torn solar array, he and Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski are expected to repair it. more

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