News Archives For November 2008

Thanksgiving Day, 2008
Blackanthem Military NewsA Proclamation by the President of the United States of America. Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather together and express gratitude for all that we have been given, the freedoms we enjoy, and the loved ones who enrich our lives. more

Cooperation Between Afghan, U.S.
Blackanthem Military NewsWhether it is a routine patrol or a weapons search, U.S. and Afghan forces increasingly are working together to halt the violence that has haunted Afghanistan for more than 30 years. more

Bush Awards Wounded Warrior
Blackanthem Military NewsPresident George W. Bush presented a prestigious award today to a severely wounded warrior at Fort Campbell, Ky., who mentors other wounded troops and their families and volunteers at the post’s Fisher House. more

DoD Plans Charge Card Switchover
Blackanthem Military NewsThe government-issued Bank of America official travel charge card that’s been used for years by Defense Department military and civilian employees will be deactivated effective Nov. 30, Defense Travel Management Office officials said. more

Gates' Thanksgiving Message
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed his gratitude to the nation’s servicemembers and their families in his annual Thanksgiving Day message. more

Major Returns After Escaping Death
Blackanthem Military News The Conlans' life, for the most part, appears to be normal. But like some 440 other airmen seriously wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Conlan and his family have struggled for normalcy. more

Thanksgiving Day Message 2008
Blackanthem Military NewsIn his 2008 Thanksgiving Day message released today, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted the wartime similarities between today and the proclamation of the national holiday 140 years ago. more

Post-Combat Coping Methods Vary
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Methods of coping with combat and its after effects vary as greatly as the effects themselves, six warriors participating in a conference panel here said. more

Army Beefs Up Non-lethal Force
Blackanthem Military NewsU.S. soldiers are trained to use non-lethal force as much as possible. But until recently, not every soldier had “the right mix” of tools and capabilities to meet those goals, an officer said during exercises here last week. more

‘Guard Farmers’ Join Fight
Blackanthem Military NewsThe National Guard is taking a biblical verse to heart: “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” An agri-business development team from Texas already is working in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. more

Warrior Shares His Experiences
Blackanthem Military NewsEducation was the goal of Wounded Warrior Awareness Day held here at the Army National Guard Readiness Center yesterday. “It can be something as simple as sitting down and talking with them and asking if they need help and how you can assist,” he said. more

Soldiers Truly Are ‘Brothers in Arms’
Blackanthem Military NewsServing in the Army can be a long, difficult road. For many, the best way to survive is to embrace friends and coworkers along the way, and soldiers often consider their comrades as brothers and sisters. But two soldiers are brothers in the literal sense. more

Holiday Meals to Troops
Blackanthem Military NewsArmy Spc. Christina Beerman favors her dad’s pies and mom’s stuffing, but the Christmas spread she ate at a dining facility in Iraq three years ago was enough to earn her praise for being “phenomenal.” more

Military Family Appreciation Week
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Military Family Appreciation Week begins today, and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued a message today noting the observance. more

Work Together to Deter Pirates
Blackanthem Military NewsPentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell defended the military effort to deter piracy in the Gulf of Aden and called on commercial ships to do more. More than 20 nations are coordinating their efforts in the region. more

Best for Defense Acquisition
Blackanthem Military NewsWhen a shopper goes online to make a purchase, a click of the mouse will identify which retailers offer the product and at what price, and how much they’ll charge to deliver it to the buyer’s doorstep. more

Conference Focuses on Solutions
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Representatives of the United States and its allies are meeting in Oslo, Norway, this week in an effort to develop joint solutions to common defense challenges. more

Soldier, Family Find Helpful ‘Source’
Blackanthem Military NewsCAMP LIBERTY, Iraq (American Forces Press Service) – Being separated from family can trigger stress and anxiety for deployed servicemembers, especially when children are involved. But one military family has found a valuable source of help online. more

‘My Life’ Day of Recovery
Blackanthem Military NewsSome people join the military for the educational opportunities, or for the travel benefits. Others join for the challenge. Seeking that challenge was the main motivator for one young Marine who joined the Corps in January 2002. more

Battling Injuries to Return to Duty
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Despite losing a leg in combat, Army Sgt. Chris Alvin Burrell is focusing on his rehabilitation to one day return to what he calls his “normal day of work.” more

Army Wife Enlists, Escapes Death
Blackanthem Military NewsMany wounded warriors who have served in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom have paid the price for their participation in combat. Depending on that price, many view not only themselves as a hero, but those who were lost. more

Dedication to Veterans
Blackanthem Military NewsNo one has to tell Dawn Halfaker the value of hiring veterans, especially those disabled in combat. She is one. Halfaker was serving in Iraq in 2004 when a rocket-propelled grenade struck her convoy. more

Terror Groups Feel Pressure
Blackanthem Military NewsWith U.S., Afghan and Pakistani forces applying pressure on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the enemy “is running out of options for places to go,” a senior U.S. officer in the region said today. more

Marine Returns to Help Others
Blackanthem Military NewsWhen Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel Kachmar extends his right hand to greet combat wounded Marines, there is an instant rapport. A combat veteran himself, he can trade stories of blood and war; of buddies lost and battles fought. more

First Four-Star General Takes Office
Blackanthem Military NewsAir Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley pinned on his fourth star and became chief of the National Guard Bureau in a ceremony at the Pentagon yesterday. More than 300 people from all ranks watched Gates swear in McKinley. more

Pro Football Dream Traded for Army
Blackanthem Military NewsArmy Sgt. 1st Class Twillie Curry had long since traded his aspirations of becoming a professional football player to follow another dream – becoming a soldier. But when a special visitor stopped by, Curry couldn’t help but recall his high school glory days. more

Soldiers Dedicate to Fallen Comrade
Blackanthem Military NewsA Military Transition Team from 1st Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Multi-National Division - Baghdad, continues its ongoing sponsorship of an Iraqi youth. more

Wounded Troops Enjoy Dinner
Blackanthem Military NewsAs ghostlike Capitol Hill workers scurried through a cold, misty fog early Friday evening, a nearby group of wounded and injured warriors cosseted in a warm room broke bread and shared stories about far-away lands and future hopes. more

'Fly Girls' Honors Military Women
Blackanthem Military NewsOn the same day the first woman was promoted to the rank of four-star general, the “Fly Girls of World War II” exhibit opened in honor of the first U.S. military-trained women aviators. “Women have contributed to all of America’s Wars since the Revolutionary War,” more

Extreme Makeover: Fort Riley Family
Blackanthem Military News"Good morning Tutwiler Family!" Those words along with cheers echoed throughout the Burnside Heights neighborhood Nov. 11 on Fort Riley. But the announcement wasn't just a wake up call for Patrick Tutwiler... more

Welcome Back Task Force Ramadi
Blackanthem Military NewsFriends and family members gathered at the Navy Air Mobility Command terminal here today anxiously awaiting the return of their loved ones after a nine-month deployment to Iraq as part of Task Force (TF) Ramadi. more

First Woman to Four-Star General
Blackanthem Military News"History will no doubt take note of [Dunwoody's] achievement in breaking through this final 'brass ceiling' to pin on this fourth star," "But she would rather be known and remembered first and foremost as a U.S. Army Soldier." more

‘Green Energy’ Helps Afghanistan
Blackanthem Military NewsSoldiers, government officials and journalists descended on Afghanistan’s Panjshir province yesterday for the grand opening of several developmental projects, including a “green energy” wind farm. more

Acid Attack Shows Nature of Taliban
Blackanthem Military News It’s a measure of the enemy in Afghanistan that Taliban terrorists attacked girls walking to school in Afghanistan on Nov. 12 by throwing acid in their faces, a senior Defense Department official said today. more

Troops on ‘The Price is Right’
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Comedian and former Marine Drew Carey will welcome servicemembers to the stage of ”The Price is Right” during a prime-time airing of a special episode dedicated to the troops. more

Walter Reed inspires to Rejoin Army
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (Army News Service) - A former Soldier and hospital administrator from Texas watched the unfolding news reports about Soldiers and Walter Reed Army Medical Center last year with excitement and optimism. more

Soldier, 19, Tracks Afghan Airspace
Blackanthem Military NewsWhile many young men his age are just thinking about their next step in life, 19-year-old Army Pvt. Ryan Masterson is keeping an eye on the airspace in a combat zone. Masterson, from McHenry, Ill., is an aviation operations specialist for the Air Defense and Airspace Management Cell here. more

Support Group Launches Web Site
Blackanthem Military News“Our Web site is completely redesigned to power our mission of providing the best education, training and resources for supporting strength and resilience in all areas of military life,” said Elizabeth Hawkins, executive director of “One Freedom.” more

Camp Honors Cancer Victims
Blackanthem Military NewsRows of illuminated paper bags glowed as servicemembers honored cancer victims and survivors with a moment of silence. “Cancer touches almost everybody in a certain way,” said Army Staff Sgt. Kelly Greene. more

Amputee Wants to Help Others
Blackanthem Military NewsThe bomb, hidden under a pipe, cost Bradford his left leg above the knee and his right one below the knee. He lost his left eye when a piece of shrapnel went through it and lodged in his brain, and retina damage cost him sight in his right eye. more

Soldier Advocate Finds His Calling
Blackanthem Military News Doug Miller never really knew what he wanted to do when he grew up – that was, until after he retired this year. The 65-year-old combat veteran and former technology businessman finally found his calling, he said, taking care of Army wounded warriors. more

Wounded Corpsman Fights PTSD
Blackanthem Military NewsNavy Corpsman Daniel “Doc” Jacobs didn’t know he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. But he knew he had a problem. “I actually almost ended up killing myself because of it,” Jacobs said. more

Cheney Thanks Veterans
Blackanthem Military NewsVice President Richard B. Cheney thanked U.S. veterans of all wars during an annual Veterans Day ceremony, and said the men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan carry on their legacy of service. more

Women Who Served are Honored
Blackanthem Military NewsEach of the 58,000 names of fallen troops etched into the granite Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall here tells a story. Many of these tales end in the arms of a female nurse. These Vietnam Veteran military women received special recognition. more

2008 Veterans Day
Blackanthem Military NewsThis Veterans Day, we pay tribute to those men and women who have defended our Constitution on the fields of battle, both near and far. Since our Nation's founding, every generation has stepped forth - brave patriots willing to place the freedom of others before their own lives. more

2008 Veterans Day Message
Blackanthem Military News In his 2008 Veterans Day message, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates underscores the Defense Department’s commitment to the nation’s wounded warriors and their families. Here is the secretary’s message... more

Troops Become Citizens Today
Blackanthem Military NewsBAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (American Forces Press Service) – This Veterans Day was like no other for 77 service members who took the oath of allegiance and officially became U.S. citizens while deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. more

Volunteer Greeters Offer Hugs
Blackanthem Military NewsKaren Walker has shaken half a million hands in the last few years. She and the other 40 or so members of the Maine Troop Greeters have made it their mission to welcome every incoming and outbound flight of soldiers. more

Lincoln's Promise to Veterans
Blackanthem Military NewsAs he prepares to observe his first Veterans Day as Veterans Affairs secretary, Dr. James B. Peake said he believes the United States is living up to Abraham Lincoln’s pledge to care for “him who has borne the battle, and his widow and his orphan.” more

Veterans Secretary Notes Progress
Blackanthem Military NewsIn his 2008 Veterans Day message, Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. James B. Peake noted that the nation has boosted its commitment in recent years to the men and women who have served their country in uniform. more

‘Phantom Thunder’ Honors Veterans
Blackanthem Military NewsThe roar of nearly 1,200 motorcycle engines split the morning air at Hood Stadium here Nov. 7 as soldiers and civilians in the “Phantom Thunder” motorcycle safety event started their ride to Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. more

Veterans Cemetery
Blackanthem Military NewsA Military Transition Team from 1st Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Multi-National Division - Baghdad, continues its ongoing sponsorship of an Iraqi youth. more

Troops Like Their ‘Green Beans’
Blackanthem Military NewsMilitary leaders work to ensure the deployed environment isn’t void of these comforts. One relaxing place on the majority of military bases in Iraq is the Green Beans Coffeehouse. The drinks are nonalcoholic, but the caffeine is enough to recharge the spirit of servicemembers. more

Disability Evaluation Pilot Program
Blackanthem Military NewsThe pilot program applies to military members who’ve been identified for separation under honorable conditions for service-related injuries, Samuel B. Retherford, director of DoD’s officer and enlisted personnel management office, said during a recent Pentagon Channel interview. more

Soldier Defies Death Three Times
Blackanthem Military NewsBartlett was providing route security with 1st Battalion, 64th Armor in the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team near Baghdad when an armor-piercing bomb behind a road barrier was remotely detonated. more

Terrorists During Transition Period
Blackanthem Military NewsPresident Bush warned today that terrorists could use the government transition under way as an opportunity to attack, and urged his staff to give the incoming administration the support it needs to “hit the ground running.” more

‘Screaming Eagles’ to Go Home Early
Blackanthem Military NewsImproved security and decreased violence across the unit’s area of operations in northwestern Baghdad is enabling the early redeployment of the soldiers back to Fort Campbell, Ky., Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters today. more

History in Veterans Day Message
Blackanthem Military NewsNavy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has issued a Veterans Day message to those who now serve or have served in the armed forces. Here is the text of the chairman’s message: ... more

Warriors’ Psychological Care
Blackanthem Military NewsThe Defense Department is investigating new treatments as part of a focused, sustained campaign to assist wounded warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, a senior U.S. military official told Pentagon journalists recently. more

Sergeant Loses Leg in Iraq
Blackanthem Military NewsA bomb disguised as a cigarette stand on the side of an Iraqi highway ended up claiming Army Sgt. Robert M. Price III’s right leg below the knee Jan. 14, 2007, but it didn’t take away his will to succeed. more

Recovery Coordinators, Joint Care
Blackanthem Military NewsThe Defense Department is hiring about 30 specialists who will map out a path to recovery for seriously injured servicemembers and their families. The plan will be consistent across the services, officials said. more

Nov. 11 Veterans Day
Blackanthem Military NewsPresident Bush issued a proclamation to honor all who are serving or have served. “On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who in defense of our freedom have bravely worn the uniform of the United States. more

Forces Welcomes New President
Blackanthem Military NewsMembers of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee are preparing to welcome President-elect Barack Obama when the nation’s 44th chief executive takes the oath of office Jan. 20. more

Giving Wounded What They Need
Blackanthem Military NewsNavy Adm. Mike Mullen didn’t like the way wounded Vietnam veterans were treated when he first entered the service in 1968, and he is working to ensure that America’s wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan get the care and help they need and deserve. more

Soldier’s Recovery
Blackanthem Military NewsSpend the day with Army Capt. D.J. Skelton and you may just get a little jealous. Skelton lives near the beach in northern California and spends his off-duty time camping, rock climbing and learning to surf. more

Maintains SEALs’ Fighting Edge
Blackanthem Military NewsAs Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter last week praised Navy SEALS as “the ultimate warriors,” officials at the Naval Special Warfare Center here said they’re holding fiercely to stringent training standards as they strive to produce more of the elite special operators. more

Money for Injured Servicemembers
Blackanthem Military NewsA military compensation policy change provides more money for servicemembers injured during service in the global war on terrorism, a senior Defense Department official said here today. more

Care Package Drive on Target
Blackanthem Military NewsWith mailing deadlines rapidly approaching, a “targeted” effort at the Van Nuys National Guard Armory on Nov. 1 and 2 ensured that 70,000 servicemembers would receive goodies from California this holiday season. more

Troops in Iraq on Election Day
Blackanthem Military NewsOn a day when Americans exercised their right to vote, 186 servicemembers deployed across Iraq became U.S. citizens today at Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory here. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, presided over the ceremony. more

Survey Deadline for Warriors
Blackanthem Military NewsAs the Defense Department observes November as Warrior Care Month, officials have extended to Nov. 28 the deadline for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers and their families to respond to a survey designed to assess the programs and services they receive. more

Helping Families of Fallen Warriors
Blackanthem Military NewsHelping Unite Gold Star Survivors, or HUGSS, will host its fourth “Camp Life” at Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 15- 16. The camp combines grief counseling with physical activities such as water sports, skiing, sailing, archery... more

Army Parachute Team Graduates
Blackanthem Military NewsThe U.S. Army Parachute Team, the "Golden Kinght's" 2008 Assessment and Selection program graduated 12 Soldiers earning the prestigious honor of wearing the black and gold uniform -- representing the Army's official ambassadors. more

‘Quiet Professionals’ in Terror War
Blackanthem Military NewsFORT BRAGG, N.C. (American Forces Press Service) - They’re called “the quiet professionals” – the elite force that navigated the Afghan mountains on horseback in the opening days of the terror war. more

Iraqi Military Builds Up Power
Blackanthem Military NewsThe number of attacks in Iraq is at its lowest level since January 2004, and this is proof of the growing capabilities of the Iraqi security forces, the vice chief of staff of the Iraqi Joint Forces said yesterday. more

Postal Service Sets Holiday Rules
Blackanthem Military News As the holidays approach and military families start thinking about what they’re going to send loved ones serving overseas, there are a few dates to keep in mind. Holiday mail going to military bases in other parts of the world should be shipped by Dec. 11. more

Soldiers Help Iraqi Neighborhood
Blackanthem Military NewsThe soldiers of Company C, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, a mix of armor and infantry, assumed responsibility for the majority of southern Baghdad’s Risalah community, an area made up of 12 neighborhoods and home to about 250,000 people. more

Captain Leads Missions
Blackanthem Military NewsFORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – The logistics world in the Army can seem overwhelming to many soldiers, with different sections and platoons operating independently and in conjunction with multiple units on the ground. more

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