News Archives For January 2008

U.S. Commander Examines Tour Lengths
Contractors fill in what used to be rice paddies for building around Camp Humphreys, South Korea.WASHINGTON (AFPS, Jan. 31, 2008) - The U.S. commander in South Korea wants to re-examine the tour length for personnel assigned to the peninsula. Army Gen. B.B. Bell said in an interview that he will speak with defense leaders this week about making more assignments to Korea accompanied tours.


Army Team Responds to Flooding in Bolivia
Flooding in Bolivia this past week came from rains similar to the El Nino storms last springFORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Army News Service, Jan. 30 2008) - U.S. Army South sent a Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team to Bolivia this week to survey the damage caused by recent flooding there. more

Infantry Scout Represents Army at Address
Staff Sgt. Craig Charloux, 1st Cavalry Division (center), applauds former Senator Bob Dole and former Cabinet Secretary Donna ShalalaWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 29, 2008) -- Two weeks ago, Staff Sgt. Craig Charloux was on post-deployment leave with his wife, Bobbi Jo and 9-year old son Stephen in Maine. The last thing the 1st Cavalry Division infantry scout expected was a phone call from his rear detachment commander, notifying him that he had been invited to attend the president's final State of the Union Address. more

3ID Completes Operation Browning
Shortly after air assaulting into a farm fieldFOB KALSU, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 28, 2008) - For three days, Coalition Forces weathered harsh cold and deadly pressure-plate improvised explosive devices to secure a foothold in southern Arab Jabour, beginning with an air assault Jan. 20. more

Army and Air Force Discuss Interoperability
U.S. Army News ReleaseWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 25, 2008) -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley, along with other senior leaders from both Services, met Jan. 23 at Bolling Air Force Base to discuss issues of mutual interest regarding interdependency and interoperability. more

'The Sarge' Readies for NHRA Top Fuel Season
U.S. Army Top Fuel driverWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 24, 2008) - With the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series campaign less than a month away, Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher is already figuring on another edge-of-your-seat type of season. more

Army to Retire BDUs
The Battle Dress Uniform in woodland camouflageWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 23, 2008) - The Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for G-1 (Personnel) announced this month that the final wear-out date for the Army Battle Dress Uniform and Desert Battle Dress Uniform will be April 30 for both active-duty and reserve-component Soldiers. more

Warrior Transition Leaders Meet
Brig. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, assistant surgeon general for warrior care and transitionSAN ANTONIO, Texas (Army News Service, Jan. 22, 2008) - Getting Soldiers healed from physical, psychological or emotional wounds is an Army mission of highest priority, second only to combat, a senior official said during the Warrior Transition Leadership and Training Conference Jan.13-18.

Sailor Pursues Music Ministry Career
Like many high school graduates, Smith initially set out to do something he later discovered he did not like. Alexandria, Va. (Army News Service, Jan. 21, 2008) Joining the military opens a variety of options for servicemembers. For one Sailor, it meant having the opportunity to fulfill his dream of being a worship minister. Navy Yeoman 3rd Class Joe Smith, C3 Operations administration clerk, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, said he enlisted because it was a good way to pay for his education.

Course Welcomes First Class of Iraqi NCOs
Attendees at a welcoming ceremony for the first-ever class of trainees to attend the new Task ForceFOB KALSU, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 18, 2008) - As the midday sun warmed the ground at FOB Kalsu Jan. 15, 56 Iraqi soldiers stood beside 18 U.S. noncommissioned officers, in front of two countries' flags, with one common purpose and made history. more

Army's Largest Solar Array
Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and other Guard leaders pause with members of the Israeli Defense Forces during a visit last month to the Israeli MOUT training facility in the Negev Desert. ) Photo by Staff Sgt. Jim GreenhillFORT CARSON, Col. (Army News Service, Jan. 17, 2008) - Officials cut the ribbon Monday on the Army's largest solar array, a 2-megawatt system at Fort Carson that should produce enough power for 540 homes. more

Fallen Soldier Gives Back
Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and other Guard leaders pause with members of the Israeli Defense ForcesCASERMA EDERLE, Italy (Army News Service, Jan. 16, 2008) - All Soldiers, especially those who are deploying, want to take care of their families in the event something happens to them, but one NCO took this a step further.

Law Restricts Political Involvement of Military
Although there are restrictions on servicemembers and federal employees when it comes to political activitiesFORT JACKSON, S.C. (Army News Service, Jan. 15, 2008) - As the election year kicks off, there are many questions concerning Army policies that restrict both political activities by Soldiers and Department of Defense Civilians, and candidates' use of DOD facilities for political events. more

Israeli MOUT Facility Model for Nat'l Guard
Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and other Guard leaders pause with members of the Israeli Defense ForcesBALADIA CITY, Israel (Army News Service, Jan. 14, 2008) - National Guard Soldiers could one day train at a state-of-the-art urban warfare training center in Israel, or one modeled after it, according to Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum. more

Program Helping Army Meet Recruiting Goals
Secretary of the Army Pete GerenWASHINGTON (Army News Service, Jan. 11, 2008) – During a press conference Thursday at the Pentagon, the Army’s senior leader said the National Guard's "Active First" program has contributed to the Army staying on-target to reach recruitment goals. more

U.S. Offensive Targets al Qaeda in Iraq
A Soldier with the 2nd Infantry Division and his military working dog clear a building in Diyala Province. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sean MulliganWASHINGTON (AFPS Jan. 10, 2008) - American military forces in northern Iraq launched an offensive this week targeting al Qaeda elements operating in the region. more

Sheiks Provide Information on al Qaeda
Col. James W. Adams, deputy commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., listens to a sheik's concerns during a meetingFORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 8, 2008) - In a vital and encouraging boost to the efforts against al Qaeda in Iraq, local sheiks met with Coalition Forces to discuss cooperation and future Concerned Local Citizen programs Jan. 4.

TF Marne NCOs Team Up
Master Sgt. Michael Howle, commandant of the new Task Force Marne NCO Academy (right), discusses plans for the Academy with Multi-National DivisionFORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 7, 2008) -- “No one is more professional than I,” states the U.S. Army’s NCO Creed, and noncommissioned officers at Forward Operating Base Kalsu are gearing up to instill the same pride and professionalism in their Iraqi Army counterparts. more

Bush Urges Congress for Full Pay Raise
WASHINGTON, January 4, 2008 – Military members will receive a 3 percent pay raise effective tomorrow, as President Bush urges Congress to revise some provisions regarding Iraq contained in the fiscal 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. more

Operation Patriot Strike Nets AQI Suspects
Capt. George Morris, commander of Co. B, 2-502 Infantry, and his Soldiers hit the ground running in the opening salvo of Operation Patriot Strike in Ubaydi, Dec. 29, 2007.UBAYDI, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 2, 2008) -- Going after al-Qaeda cell leaders in the Ubaydi farmland 20 miles south of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi troops launched a three-pronged assault on the area which netted dozens of detainees, Dec. 29. more

New Engineers Drilling Wells in Djibouti
Army Sgt. 1st Class William R. Brown explains to Sgt. 1st Class Harold W. Presley the overall operation of the rig used to drill wellsCAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti (Army News Service, Jan. 2, 2008) - For the past year, the mission of the 1132nd Engineering Detachment Well Drilling Team has been to provide potable water to the people of Djibouti, but now their mission is to train their replacements to do the same. more

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