News Archives For December 2007

Troops Clean Up With Local Kids
Multi-National Corps-Iraq Army Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola’s Personal Security Detail Soldiers went to entry control point 13IRAQ (MNC-I PAO, Dec. 31, 2007) - When Multi-National Corps-Iraq Army Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola’s Personal Security Detail Soldiers went to entry control point 13 to clean up Dec. 15, they did not know they would be having fun and making new friends. As soon as the troops reached the point, a few Iraqi children gathered around the, taking the initiative to help clean and spend time with the Soldiers.
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New Airline Soars Iraqi Skies
WASHINGTON (AFIS, Dec. 31, 2007) - A departing aviation brigade may have left the skies over Baghdad a little less congested, but travelers need not worry. A new solution to the decrease of aircraft has taken to the skies. The Phantom Express has become the main means of transportation for individuals or small groups traveling in theatre.
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A Binding Brotherhood in Training
A new mural is being painted on a wall at the Kirkuk Police Academy which depicts the current job environment of an Iraqi policeman through their eyes.CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (Army News Service, Dec. 28, 2007) - "Upon entering our academy...you are no longer Turkman, Arab, Christian, Kurd...you are an Iraqi," Col. Samir Murshed Khushid, commandant of the Kirkuk Police Academy and former Peshmerga soldier, said. He tells his recruits they are here to serve their fellow citizen, to "protect them, ethnicity does not matter." more

Triple Threat Pressures al Qaeda in Iraq
Members of a concerned local citizens group man a checkpoint in Hawrajab, Iraq, Dec. 19. Members of these groups have been successfully battling al Qaeda in Iraq. Photo by Spc. Angelica GolindanoWASHINGTON (AFIS, Dec. 27, 2007) - Having been ejected from Baghdad and its environs during the surge of forces, al Qaeda in Iraq is attempting to re-establish itself in regions north of the capital city, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said. more

Army Announces Stationing Decisions
Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody announces the Armys stationing decisions to support the presidents plan to grow the Army by 74,200 Soldiers during a Pentagon press conference today. The plan includes six new brigade combat teams. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. BurgessWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 19, 2007) - Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody today announced plans to activate three new units in 2008, and other unit-stationing decisions to support the Army's growth by up to 74,200 Soldiers, including 65,000 active-duty Soldiers, by 2010. more

House and Senate Agree on Defense Bill
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 19, 2007) -- With only a few days remaining in the 100th Congress, House and Senate leaders finally agreed to drop the last contentious issue from the fiscal 2008 Defense Authorization Act. Both chambers will vote on the conference report this week. more

Army Adds SGLI Advisors at Hospitals
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 18, 2007) -- Soldiers eligible for, or who want to determine if they are eligible for payments under Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, have a new ally in Soldier Family Support Specialists. more

Soldiers Get Immediate Combat Injury Pay
U.S. Army official seal. Photo by U.S. ArmyWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 17, 2007) -- When Soldiers are evacuated from a combat zone due to a combat-related injury, they no longer need to wait 30 days to begin receiving their Combat-Related Injury Rehabilitation Pay. more

Army Creates New Branch for Logistics
A Stryker vehicle from the 25th Infantry Division is loaded aboard the M/V Jean Anne at the Fleet Industrial Supply Center WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 14, 2007) -- The Army plans to develop a new corps of multifunctional logisticians with creation of the new logistics branch. more

Iraqi Leaders Commit to Unity
Col. Paul E. Funk II (left), commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division discusses the advancements of security in the area with a local tribal leader and Lt. Col. Kurt Pinkerton, commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment during the second installment of the Northwest Baghdad Regional Security Summit held at an Iraqi Police station in Nassir Wa Salam, Iraq, Dec. 6. Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. William GreerCAMP TAJI, Iraq (Army News Service, Dec. 11, 2007) - Sheiks of all tribes, Iraqi Army and police leaders, Iraqi government representatives and leaders from Multi-National Division-Baghdad gathered at an Iraqi Police station in Nassir Wa Salam to discuss bringing the region back to Iraqi government control ...
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Trends Must be Reversed to Stop Terrorists
Capt. Seth Henson, acting resident engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District at Fort IrwinWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Dec. 10, 2007) -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey said more than 1,100 terrorists groups are operating around the world and listed a number of global trends that need to be reversed if America is to prevail in conflicts of the 21st Century. more

NTC Opening New Urban Training Site
Capt. Seth Henson, acting resident engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District at Fort IrwinFORT IRWIN, Calif. (Army News Service, Dec. 6, 2007) - Soldiers will soon begin training on what Fort Irwin officials say will one day be the largest Military Operations in Urban Terrain site in the Army inventory. more

Safety Center Issues Kit for Redeployment
Photo by U.S. Army Combat Readiness CenterFORT RUCKER, Ala. (Army News Service, Dec. 5 2007) –The Army’s new Redeployment Family Engagement Kit raises awareness of the leading indicators in accidents while passing along the “what” and “how” of best practices, Army Safety Center officials said. more

Sealift of MRAP vehicles begins
A commercial cargo ship carrying more than 100 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles for troops in Iraq set sail the last week in November from Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C.A commercial cargo ship carrying more than 100 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles for troops in Iraq set sail the last week in November from Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C.
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Workshop Teaches Teachers About Army Life
Col. Ray Graham, U.S. Army Garrison Hessen/Wiesbaden commander, answers teachers' questions during a tour of the Wiesbaden Central Issue Facility. The tour and workshop taught them about the challenges Soldiers and Families face. Photo by Karl WeiselWIESBADEN, Germany (Army News Service, Dec. 4, 2007) – Recognizing that deployments affect not only Soldiers and their Families but their supporters, Wiesbaden Army Airfield hosted a workshop and tour to show Department of Defense Dependent Schools staff members the challenges Soldiers face. more



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