News Archives For May 2008

Therapists Keep Soldiers Walking
American Forces Press ServiceMany of the physical tolls professional athletes face are mirrored in professional soldiers. Pulled muscles, back pain, and sprains are just a few injuries soldiers face while conducting day-to-day operations in Iraq. more

Support Group is a Top-Rated Charity
American Forces Press Service After stringent review by one of the country’s premier charity watchdogs, a Massachusetts-based troop-support group has been added to a list of top-rated charities. more

Afghan Police Transform
Blackanthem Military NewsWhen Army Col. Thomas J. McGrath arrived in Kandahar, Afghanistan, last year as the commander of the Afghan Regional Security Integration Command, he stopped in on a police checkpoint. more

MRAP and EWO for Dummies
Blackanthem Military NewsThe Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle is the Army’s newest improvised explosive device counter measure for Soldiers conducting logistical patrols throughout Multi-National Division - Baghdad. more

In The Nick Of Time
Blackanthem Military NewsAlthough deployed over 7,000 miles from their homes in Louisiana, Staff Sgt. Tatsi McKissick of Anacoco, La., and Sgt. 1st Class David Miller of Pineville, La., were nevertheless present at the births of their daughters. more

Tiger’s Tournament Salutes Military
American Forces Press Service Professional golfer Tiger Woods understands the sacrifices military families make and the importance of acknowledging those sacrifices. Military values have greatly shaped both Woods' view of family and his direction in life. more

Women’s Memorial Hosts Exhibit
American Forces Press ServiceDuty, courage, camaraderie and sacrifice are on display at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here. The public can view a collection of photographs that depict U.S. soldiers and Marines. more

Soldiers Help Those With Brain Injuries
Two different groups of people in very different environments have been dedicated for years in struggles they believe in. Soldiers were joined by volunteer citizens and the two fought as one for their causes. more

Troops Take Citizenship Oath
American Forces Press Service“Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free,” but on this Memorial Day, quite the opposite was true, as 44 members of the U.S. military marched forward to become America’s newest citizens. more

Leaders Honor Memorial Day
Blackanthem Military NewsBefore a multitude gathered at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Arlington National Cemetery, President Bush honored the sacrifices of American men and women in uniform who gave their lives in the service of their country. more

Thunder Rumbles Into Capital
American Forces Press ServiceA chain of about 750,000 motorcycles ridden by Vietnam veterans and military supporters blazed through the nation’s capital today as part of the 21st annual Rolling Thunder rally to raise awareness of our troops. more

Spouses Start Businesses
Blackanthem Military NewsAn entrepreneur who has moved around with her Marine Corps husband and now calls Camp Lejeune, N.C., home is using her small-business success to help other military spouses get started with businesses of their own. more

World War II Veterans Reflect
American Forces Press ServiceThey last donned their uniforms nearly 70 years ago, but the veterans appeared as proud as if they were still wearing them as they set out for their visit to the nation’s capital to see the memorial in their honor. more

Largest Yellow Ribbon Record
Army News Service1,358 Soldiers, Family members, Civilians and local nationals of the Ansbach community came together at Storck barracks to set the unofficial armed-forces record for the largest yellow-ribbon formation. more

Arlington ‘Flags In’ Tribute
American Forces Press ServiceMore than 3,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines officially kicked off the Memorial Day commemoration last evening as they placed 265,000 miniature flags at every grave at Arlington National Cemetery. more

‘Care for Caregivers’
American Forces Press ServiceThe U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research here has launched a program aimed at caring for a segment of the military population much more accustomed to administering care than receiving it. more

Reflect on Memorial Day
American Forces Press ServiceWhile Americans enjoy the traditional summer kick-off weekend with vacations, the White House Commission on Remembrance is asking them to take a moment on Memorial Day to remember the true meaning of the holiday. more

Chad Hennings Touts Opportunities
American Forces Press ServiceChad Hennings has been known by many titles in his life: U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, A-10 pilot, Gulf War veteran, Dallas Cowboy. The three-time Super Bowl champion now can go by one more title: small-business advocate. more

Memorial Day Ceremony
A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a remembrance ceremony in the Memorial Amphiteater. The event will commence with a prelude concert by the U.S. Army Band. more

Soldier Sings Through Deployment
American Forces Press ServiceTo cope with the stress of deployments, soldiers try to find different ways to entertain themselves and their comrades. Some play video games, watch movies or use their computers and the Internet. more

Soldiers Bring Hope to School for Girls
Blackanthem Military NewsBaghdad Soldiers are working with a local headmaster to improve the last standing primary school for girls in a northern Baghdad neighborhood. The Soldiers visited the Al Murooa School for Girls in Ur May 12. more

Vikings Cheerleaders Visit Bagram
American Forces Press Service Vikings and Afghanistan don’t have much in common, but all that changed yesterday when five cheerleaders from the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings pumped up a standing-room-only crowd of servicemembers. more

Deployed Parents Watch Graduations
American Forces Press ServiceHundreds of troops deployed from Europe will be able to see their children’s high school graduation ceremonies via live webcasts, Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe officials announced. more

Soldiers Give Gift of Life
Army News ServiceSome 10 U.S. Soldiers from Beyond the Horizon, a joint humanitarian exercise, rolled up their sleeves and donated blood to help save the life of an 8-year-old girl at Mount Hope Hospital here, April 22. more

Marne Soldiers Prepare Iraqi Army
Blackanthem Military NewsSoldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducted training with their IA counterparts by working in teams at Patrol Base Red May 15 to prepare the IA Soldiers for joint patrols. more

Indy Speedway Salutes New Recruits
American Forces Press ServiceWhile race car drivers sped around the track trying to bump slower competitors out of next week’s 92nd Indianapolis 500 lineup, 55 military recruits took a step to shift their lives into high gear. more

Sons of Iraq Graduate to Iraqi Police
Over 300 former Sons of Iraq members are now Iraqi Policemen after successfully completing eight weeks of training at the Kirkuk Police Academy during a graduation ceremony May 15, in this northeastern province. Over 300 former Sons of Iraq members are now Iraqi Policemen after successfully completing eight weeks of training at the Kirkuk Police Academy during a graduation ceremony May 15, in this northeastern province. more

Army Taking Care of Business
Army News ServiceGen. Benjamin S. Griffin speaks about Continuous Process Improvement to servicemembers at the Department of Defense CPI Symposium Tuesday. Photo by Kelly P. Pate

Mother, Son Deploy Together
Blackanthem Military NewsSpc. Roschell Eaton and Spc. Jason Hutchins, mother and son, train at Camp Atterbury, IN. for their upcoming deployment as part of Kosovo Force 10, Multi-National Task Force (East). (Army photo by Spc. Lindsey Frazier) more

Soldiers Secure Piece of Iraqi History
Blackanthem Military NewsSoldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, safeguard a piece of Iraqi religious history while operating from a combat outpost adjacent to a Christian-based seminary in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad. more

Helping Animals, Helping People
The people living in remote Honduran mountain villages own many animals, but they don't keep any pets. Not here. They can't afford to.Being miles removed from the nearest city, the townspeople care for their animals as best they can, but ticks, fleas, roundworms and other parasites were common among animals that these Soldiers treated. more

Mother, Son Prepare to Deploy Together
American Forces Press Service Many mothers sit at home and hope everything is all right, waiting for the next phone call. Some might see a mother deploying with her son as a great thing, but what onlookers might not think about is what is left back home. more

Paratroopers Join Afghan Forces
Army News Service Operation Mountain Highway II began when Soldiers from International Security Assistance Force and the Afghan National Army made a simultaneously night air assault onto three mountains above Gowerdesh Bridge. more

A Celebration of Unit Heritage
Mountain In May of 1861, a small unit known as 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry, Company A, was organized in Pittsburg, Pa., during the Civil War – and although much has changed, the unit has always remained ready to fight. more

First Burma Mission Experience
American Forces Press ServiceThe Air Force pilot who flew the first U.S. relief flight to Burma said today that, while he and his crew were received warmly, it was clear to him that more relief is needed. more

Character Development
TRADOC News ServiceThe TRADOC Chaplain Service Instructor Development Training serves as a reminder that it takes more than physical training and technical skills to be Army Strong. The character to make ethical decisions is critical to the Army at war. more

Soldiers Bond with Local Villagers
MountainSince arriving to the Kirkuk Province of Iraq in September, Soldiers have been conducting routine patrols to villages in their area of operations in an effort to establish lasting relationships with the local populace. more

"Give Guy the Medal"
Hailed the “Pied Piper of Saipan,” Guy Gabaldon accomplished the impossible by single-handedly capturing 1500 Japanese prisoners. Hailed the “Pied Piper of Saipan,” Guy Gabaldon accomplished the impossible by single-handedly capturing 1500 Japanese prisoners. more

Training for Iraqi Highway Patrol
American Forces Press ServiceCombat Outpost 9’s “Punisher 3” route security team, composed mostly of U.S. military police, conducted classroom training and practical exercises May 2-6 for more than 50 of the Iraqi highway patrol’s noncommissioned officers.

MWR "Fan-tastic Summer"
Family and MWR CommandMWR Patrons can register to win a trip for four to sit behind home plate at Yankee Stadium dugin the final home game...including airfare, hotel accommodations and $2,500 in spending money! (Family and MWR Command) more

Dragon Hill Lodge
Jarrod Norris, 9, and Ethan Choi, 5, wolf down hotdogs during the hotdog eating contest.YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea — Jarrod Norris, 9, and Ethan Choi, 5, wolf down hotdogs during the hotdog eating contest at the Dragon Hill Lodge 18th anniversary celebration May 3. Photo by Pvt. Choi Keun-woo more

Guard Answers Calls
American Forces Press ServiceNational Guard members in four states were called out by their governors today after tornadoes crossed the southwestern United States on May 10 and flooding on the Delaware coast left communities in need of emergency assistance. more

20 Terrorism Suspects Captured
Blackanthem Military News Forces caught 19 suspects in Baghdad. 7 were caught while troops were talking with citizens in Kadhamiyah. 2 others were caught during a search there, and 4 others suspected of planning bombing attacks were caught. more

Rakkasans Patrol Waterways
Blackanthem Military NewsA team of Soldiers from Co. A, 3-187th Inf. Regt., launches a boat that serves for operations on the Euphrates River during a demonstration at PB Kemple May 5. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Jodi Krippel) more

Burma Allows Emergency Relief
American Forces Press Service Gordon Johndroe, White House press secretary, said the U.S. welcomes Burma's permission for the C-130 to deliver emergency supplies. “We hope this is the beginning of major U.S. assistance to the Burmese people,” he said. more

Gone Fishing
Army News ServiceTwo wounded warriors leave the dock at Port O'Connor, Texas, on May 3. About 135 local fishermen volunteered their time and boats to take more than 125 Soldiers and Families fishing during Warrior's Weekend. Photo by Elizabeth M. Lorge more

Employees Create Test Aid
Roger Bishop (left) and Vincent Nguyen fabricated a test aid that will help return equipment to the field faster.Roger Bishop (left) and Vincent Nguyen fabricated a test aid that will help return equipment to the field faster. Both are part of the Command, Control and Computer Systems (C3)/Avionics Directorate. Photo by Tracey Condi more

2008 Military Spouse Day
Military Spouse Day (May 9, 2008) is a day set aside each year to recognize the commitment and sacrifices military spouses make every day.

Army Offering Telepsychiatry
Army News ServiceCol. Elspeth C. Ritchie gestures as she speaks to the crowd at the Washington Convention Center May 6 for the 161st American Psychiatric Association annual meeting. Photo by Jacqueline M. Hames more

Safe Motorcycle Techniques
Army News ServiceSecretary Mary Peters, Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald, Catherine Bell, Maj. Gen. James W. Nuttall and Rear Admiral Arthur J. Johnson cut the ribbon to open the day's events at the Motorcycle Safety Event. more

Welcome Home Ceremony
Blackanthem Military News30 New York Air National Guard members of the Northeast Air Defense Sector's security forces were formally united with their family, friends and coworkers after a six-month deployment to Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. more

Military Spouse Day - May 9, 2008
U.S. Army News ReleaseThe following information was released by the White House May 5 for the upcoming May 9 Military Spouse Day: Military spouses embody the courage, nobility of duty, and love of country that inspire every American. more

Recruiting Standards Not Lowered
Army Lt. Col. Robert Larsen, commander of the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station, administers the oath of enlistment to 28 new recruits during a swearing-in ceremony.Despite a rise in conduct waivers offered to recruits last year, the service is not lowering its standards -- explaining that circumstances surrounding each case and the recent behavior of those recruits earned them a second look.

Strikers Put Talent on Display
Blackanthem Military NewsSpc. Christopher Jackson (left), an Eloy, Ariz., native, and Sgt. Joshua Williams, an Alamogordo, N.M., native, dance the Macarena during a talent show on Camp Taji May 4. more

Institute of Regenerative Medicine
The Army has established a virtual institute called the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). It brings together the top researchers in regenerative medicine to get the most out of collaboration.The Army has established a virtual institute called the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). It brings together the top researchers in regenerative medicine to get the most out of collaboration. more

New Pharmacy for Military
Brig. Gen. James Gilman and Col. Thirsa Martinez cut a ribbon April 14 signifying the opening of the Warrior Pharmacy.Brig. Gen. James Gilman and Col. Thirsa Martinez, director of the Department of Pharmacy at BAMC, cut a ribbon April 14 signifying the opening of the Warrior Pharmacy, which was designed to create more time with the Warrior... more

Academy Cadets Become Leaders
American Forces Press ServiceMike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses graduating cadets of the United States Military Academy Class of 2008, West Point, N.Y., May 2, 2008. Defense Dept. more

A Few Good Men And Women
Blackanthem Military News At a troop support rally Saturday in Harrisburg, Pa., many local citizens were in attendance to show their respect for service members of the past, present and future. more

Guard Stands By to Help Missouri
American Forces Press ServiceNational Guard troops are standing by to assist storm-lashed Kansas City, Mo., residents, a Missouri National Guard official said today. more

Sine Pari Online Magazine
USASOC News ServiceThe U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office recently published the online version of its previously discontinued print magazine, the Sine Pari. more

Sesame Street for Military Children
In the new The new "Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes" are designed to help military Families deal with multiple deployments and parents who returned changed due to injuries. more

Powell Receives Leadership Award
CGSC FoundationLt. Gen. Robert Arter presents Colin L. Powell with the CGSC Foundation Distinguished Leadership Award at a dinner banquet in Kansas City, April 29. (Photo by Bill Kennedy) more

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