News Archives For March 2008

Soldier Writes New Chapter
Army Pvt. Derk Hayes, a Peru, Ind., native, who serves in Multinational Division Baghdad with Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, receives a commander’s coin for excellence March 9, 2008, from Army Lt. Col. Richard “Flip” Wilson, commander of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, at Camp Taji, Iraq.Army Pvt. Derk Hayes receives a commander’s coin for excellence from Army Lt. Col. Richard “Flip” Wilson, commander of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, at Camp Taji, Iraq. more

Changes in Military Health System
Both public and patient confidence in the military health system are growing, and that system is leading the nation in developing new patient technologies, a senior Tricare official said.Both public and patient confidence in the military health system are growing, and that system is leading the nation in developing new patient technologies, a senior Tricare official said. more

Army National Guard Active First Program
Active First is a pilot program designed to synchronize a Soldier's first enlistment between service in the active component and service in the Army National Guard (ARNG). The program applies to recruits with no prior military service who are placed in select military occupational specialties. more

Operation Military Kids
Blackanthem Military NewsMaj. Cathy Van Bree, State Family Program Director for the Indiana National Guard, addresses some of the unique needs and emotional stresses that military children experience. Photo by Sgt. Michael Krieg, Indiana National Guard. more

Strategic Leader Staff Ride (SLSR) Program
Opportunity for senior Army leaders to tell the Army story and to achieve the goals of 3+2+1. The Strategic Leader Staff Ride (SLSR) is a focused interaction between selected strategic communicators from the Army and key leaders from the business, academia and government communities. more

Willie Nelson Concert for Troops
Last Wednesday night Willie Nelson performed a concert for a sold out packed house at the Norva concert hall in Norfolk Virginia. Last Wednesday night Willie Nelson performed a concert for a sold out packed house at the Norva concert hall in Norfolk Virginia. more

Soldiers Trying New Protective Vests
Pfc. Joe Piotrowski, with the 6th Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team, 4th Infantry Division, dons his Improved Outer Tactical Vest on March 14 before a mission in Baghdad. He said the new vest is more comfortable than the Interceptor Body Armor and has a better carrying system for his equipment. Photo by Spc. Aaron RosencransPfc. Joe Piotrowski, with the 6th Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team, 4th Infantry Division, dons his Improved Outer Tactical Vest before a mission in Baghdad. more

Army's Residential Communities Initiative
The Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) is the Army’s military housing privatization program. It is the primary component of the Army’s integrated plan to eliminate inadequate military Family housing. more

MND-B Celebrates Easter Sunrise
The early morning sun drifts above the horizon during Easter sunrise services March 23 at Camp Liberty, Iraq.Baghdad celebrated Easter sunrise with religious services in front of the division's headquarters building in Camp Liberty March 23. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jason Thompson, MND-B PAO more

Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
The Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program reinforces the Army's commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive program that centers on awareness and prevention along with training and education. Policy also emphasizes victim advocacy, response, reporting, accountability and program assessment. more

Corps of Engineers' Construction Program
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Military Programs mission area is facing its largest workload since World War II. The USACE team, comprising approximately 33,000 Civilians and nearly 600 Soldiers, relies heavily on its teammates from private industry to meet the intense military construction demand brought about by Army transformation, global restationing, and base realignment and closure.
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Guard Helps Residents in Flooding
Members of the Missouri National Guard's 70th Troop Command ford a crossing near Piedmont, Mo., on March 19, 2008, while providing support to civilian authorities in the wake of Midwest storms that caused flooding in multiple states.Members of the Missouri National Guard ford a crossing near Piedmont, Mo. while providing support to civilian authorities in the wake of Midwest storms that caused flooding in multiple states. Photo by John Quin more

Army Seeks DNA Samples
More than 6,300 families need to be located to collect DNA samples for the purpose of identifying missing soldiers from World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, a U.S. Army official said yesterday.More than 6,300 families need to be located to collect DNA samples for the purpose of identifying missing soldiers from World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, a U.S. Army official said yesterday. more

Soldiers Capture High-Value Target
Capt. Jared Albright, commander of Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, searches a building during a night raid in Narhwan, Iraq, March 16. During the raid, Troop B cleared three houses and detained four individuals, including a man designated as a Troop B cleared three houses and detained four individuals, including a man designated as a "high-value target." Photo by Spc. Ben Hutto more

Emergency Relief Campaign Kicks Off
The annual Army Emergency Relief Campaign began March 1 and continues through May 15.The annual Army Emergency Relief Campaign began March 1 and continues through May 15. The theme of this year's campaign is "Army Emergency Relief: Strength for Soldiers and their Families." more

U.S. Army R&R Program
Congress and DOD senior leadership recognize that R&R opportunities are vital to maintaining combat readiness and capability for units deployed and engaged in intense, continuous operations. It promotes increased operational effectiveness by mitigating the effects of prolonged combat stress and Family separation. more

Schweinfurt Families Saves Thousands
Children at U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt play soccer as part of the installation's Child and Youth Services sports program. The Army Family Covenant provides for free sports participation for the children of deployed Soldiers.Children at Schweinfurt play soccer as part of the Child and Youth Services sports program. The Army Family Covenant provides free sports participation for the children of Soldiers. Photo by Army. more

Military Medical Care on Right Track
The majority of severely wounded warriors say the military health system is on the right track, and is doing all it can and should to provide their care, a new Zogby International survey shows.The majority of severely wounded warriors say the military health system is on the right track, and is doing all it can and should to provide their care, a new Zogby International survey shows. more

Officers Recognized for Mission
Army Col. Michael Chesney addresses attendees of 2008 Joint National Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer Workshop in Miami.Army Col. Michael Chesney addresses attendees of 2008 Joint National Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer Workshop in Miami. U.S. Chesney received the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Minnesota Commendation Ribbon with Pendant. more

Troop Returns to be Based on Success
U.S. troop returns will be based on successes on the ground in Iraq, not politics, President Bush said today.Since the surge of additional troops into Iraq in early 2007, the country has seen gains in security, Bush said in Nashville, Tenn., at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. more

Ammunition and Explosives Incidents
The recent increase in A&E incidents has caused needless fatalities and injuries, as well as significant damage to Army property, adversely affecting Army readiness. The Army leadership is taking a proactive approach to raise awareness ... more

Bush, Poland Discuss Defense
President George W. Bush welcomes Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk to the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, March 10, 2008.President George W. Bush welcomes Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk to the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, March 10, 2008. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian. more

Army Transforms Warrior Care
The Army has transformed the way it provides care, services and support to all wounded, ill and injured Soldiers (warriors in transition), whether active, Reserve or National Guard. Transitioning warriors required better attention and the Army Medical Action Plan (AMAP) began that transformation. more

Distinguished Professor at CGSC
Retired Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, the first DACOR-CGSC Foundation Distinguished Professor of Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, delivers the first in a series of three lectures for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College class of 2008 in the Lewis & Clark Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., March 5.Retired Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, the first DACOR-CGSC Foundation Distinguished Professor of Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, delivers the first in a series of three lectures for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College class of 2008. (Photo by Mark H. Wiggins) more

Military Officials Praise Redeployment
 A military spokesman in Iraq today praised soldiers of an Army brigade that will soon redeploy to the U.S. and mark the first reduction in the number of surge forces sent to stabilize Iraq last year. A military spokesman in Iraq today praised soldiers of an Army brigade that will soon redeploy to the U.S. and mark the first reduction in the number of surge forces sent to stabilize Iraq last year. Multinational Force Iraq officials announced March 6 that some 2,000 paratroopers from ... more

WV Introduces Disabled Veterans’ Bill
State Representatives; Stan Shaver, Scott Varner, Randy Swartzmiller, and Robert D. Beach are all members of the West Virginia Legislature. And all four of these West Virginia politicians are sponsors of House Bill 2546, legislation designed to protect veteran’s disability compensation from any consideration as a third party award in state divorce courts. H.B. 2546 was introduced January 9, 2008 and referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security and Finance.
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Army Campaign Plan 2008
The Army Campaign Plan (ACP) is the operational expression of the Army’s strategy. It directs planning and execution of Army operations and transformation within the context of ongoing strategic commitments, and it integrates a broad range of transformation initiatives and institutional processes which accomplish the Army mission and achieve the Army Vision. It holds the Army accountable. more

China’s Military Spending
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, responds to a question during a press conference with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen at the Pentagon, March 5, 2008.China’s announcement that it is increasing its military spending by almost 18 percent is a cause of concern because the nation's government hasn’t been clear about how it will spend the money, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. more

Support for 12-Month Deployments
The former commander of Multinational Corps Iraq emphasized the need yesterday for longer “dwell time” between Army deployments to reduce the strain on the force and give soldiers more time for training.The former commander of Multinational Corps Iraq emphasized need for longer “dwell time” between Army deployments to reduce strain and give soldiers more time for training. more

IA, CF go ‘Fox Hunting’ in Diyala
Soldiers from Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, Wash., establish an entry control point into the town of Abu Khamis, Iraq, Feb. 28. The 2-12 Soldiers air-assaulted into objectives around the town to establish blocking positions on day one of Operation Fox Hunting.Soldiers establish an entry control point into the town of Abu Khamis, Iraq, Feb. 28. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett, 4-2 SBCT PAO. Operation Fox Hunting began Feb. 27 with elements of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division providing support ... more

Soldiers Help Iraqis Return Home
A sheik addresses Iraqi families returning to their homes, appealing for adherence to the local reconciliation agreement, during a ceremony welcoming families back to Baghdad’s Aamel neighborhood, Feb. 9, 2008.A sheik addresses Iraqi families returning to their homes, appealing for adherence to the local reconciliation agreement. U.S. Army photo. more

Army to Revolutionize Healthcare
Sgt. Johnson sits on his hospital bed with his 3-month-old son while showing former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace (out of frame) the injuries he sustained in Iraq at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The new Comprehensive Care Plan will heal Soldiers' whole bodies, minds, hearts and spirits, not just their injuries. Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles CullenSgt. Johnson sits on his hospital bed with his 3-month-old son while showing the injuries he sustained in Iraq. Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen. more



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