News Archives For December 2008

Amputee Earns Commission
Blackanthem Military NewsThe blast of a roadside bomb in Iraq's Sunni Triangle resulted in the amputation of a portion of Richard Ingram's left arm, but it did not rob him of his dream of becoming an Army officer. Ingram's dream became a reality Dec. 13 when he graduated from North Georgia College and State University. more

U.S. Military Team Reported Safe
Blackanthem Military NewsAbout 100 U.S. European Command soldiers, airmen and Marines deployed to Israel to help set up an early warning radar system reported no close encounters with air strikes or retaliatory attacks along the Gaza Strip, a Eucom spokesman said. more

Army Destroys Last Landmine
Blackanthem Military NewsThe U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency destroyed the last landmine in its stockpiles containing VX nerve-agent munitions Dec. 24 at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Anniston, Ala. more

2,000 Iraqis Reclaim Homes
Blackanthem Military NewsThe 2,084 returning families left their homes in the districts of Rusafa, Karadah and 9 Nissan due to security concerns. Categorized as Internally Displaced Persons, they have returned to a more secure and safe environment. more

Troops Donate on Christmas Eve
Blackanthem Military NewsWhile people around the world made their final Christmas preparations, members of the Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team and the Chaparhar Police Mentor Team visited a school in the Terelay Village on Dec 24, 2008, to distribute clothes and school supplies. more

Priceless Smuggled Treasure
Blackanthem Military NewsIraqi Security Forces recently uncovered hundreds of historical artifacts during two raids in northern Basra. The 228 ancient artifacts included Sumerian and Babylonian sculpture, gold jewelry and other items from ancient Mesopotamia. more

Mullen Assesses Afghanistan
Blackanthem Military NewsMullen led a USO Holiday trip to Germany, Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. While the performers were entertaining the troops, Mullen was receiving briefings from commanders and discussing the strategies, needs and complications on the ground. more

Five Plotting to Kill Soldiers
Blackanthem Military NewsAfter nearly six days of deliberation, the jury rendered the guilty verdict for three brothers -- Shain, Eljvir and Dritan Duka -- and two other defendants, Mohamad Shnewer and Serdar Tatar. They face a maximum of life in prison, according to a Justice Department news release published yesterday. more

Christmas Spirit Reaches Iraq
Blackanthem Military NewsThe holiday decorations are ever-present at the 926th Engineer Brigade headquarters at Camp Liberty, Iraq. Competitions are under way to determine who can fashion the most festive door, and holiday parties - remind everyone that the days are counting down to Christmas. more

Soldier Uses Civilian Skills in Iraq
Blackanthem Military NewsHernandez, an armor officer, spent his first deployment -- to Taqqadum, Iraq, in 2005 with the 2nd Battalion, 112th Armored Regiment -- serving primarily as an infantry officer. “We did patrolling, route clearance, quick-reaction force and entry control point missions,” he said. more

Chief of Staff Visits Soldiers
Blackanthem Military NewsBAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (American Forces Press Service) – The Army’s top officer stopped here Dec. 20 during a trip to visit soldiers around the world during the holiday season to spend some time with the troops and to discuss with them the way forward for the Army. more

Absence of Post-9/11 Attacks
Blackanthem Military NewsThe absence of new terrorist attacks on the United States since 9/11 reflects the success of the nation’s anti-terror programs and policies, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said yesterday on the “Fox News Sunday” television show. more

Daily Attacks in Iraq Drop 95 Percent
Blackanthem Military NewsIraq suffered an average of 180 attacks per day this time last year. But over the past week, the average number was 10, Army Brig. Gen. David G. Perkins, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said. more

Wounded Warrior Ready to Fight
Blackanthem Military NewsDanger lurks on every stretch of road in Iraq with the prospect of roadside bombs, which have taken a terrible toll on those serving downrange. Army Spc. Jake Altman knows very well the destruction they can cause. more

Afghanistan to Move Forward
Blackanthem Military NewsWhile security is important in Afghanistan, “no amount of troops in any amount of time is going to make this successful in the long run,” said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen during a news conference here today. more

Pakistan’s Offensive Assists Afghan
Blackanthem Military NewsRenewed Pakistani military action targeting al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists lodged in the western part of their country benefits Pakistan and assists in the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. more

U.S.-Ukrainian Work to Bring Peace
Blackanthem Military NewsAmerican and Ukrainian defense leaders are working together to assist Ukraine in its quest to develop modern, democratically managed armed forces, a senior U.S. military officer said here yesterday. more

Direct Dialogue With President-elect
Blackanthem Military NewsDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates hopes commanders with a “vested interest” in the future role of U.S. forces in Iraq can share their views directly with the incoming president, a Pentagon official said today. more

NORAD 50th Year Tracking Santa
Blackanthem Military NewsAmong North American Aerospace Command’s diverse and challenging missions, none is more gratifying -- or as downright fun -- as tracking Santa Claus each year for children around the world, the NORAD commander said this week. more

Overseas U.S. Military Operations
Blackanthem Military NewsMilitary operations launched in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11 brought the fight to terrorists and, with other initiatives, are helping to safeguard America against another attack, President George W. Bush told students at the Army War College. more

Security Commander Reflects
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – "The best people to defend Afghanistan are the Afghans," the coalition’s top officer in the effort to train Afghan security forces said as his tour came to an end. more

Refugee Becomes U.S. Soldier
Blackanthem Military NewsA former war refugee traveled across countries and continents in search of a better life -- a remarkable journey that ended in the United States when he became a U.S. citizen and a soldier. more

Humility in Facing Challenges
Blackanthem Military NewsIn his 42 years of service in the national security arena, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, the most important insights he’s gained have been an appreciation of limits and a sense of humility. more

Siblings Serve Together in Iraq
Blackanthem Military NewsArmy Sgt. Shandy Erisman, of Little Rock, Ark., and Army Sgt. Abbi Erisman, of Mountain Home, Ark., are siblings and Arkansas National Guardsmen serving together in Iraq with 2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment. more

Military Experience to Civilian Career
Blackanthem Military NewsYour active duty service commitment is coming to an end. And you are wondering what to do next? You’d like to take what you’ve learned in the military and apply it to the civilian world. You can directly apply your military skills if there are translatable jobs. more

Bush Visits Troops, Bids Farewell
Blackanthem Military NewsPresident Bush paid a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday, where he praised lawmakers in Baghdad for passing the status of forces agreement with the United States and offered a farewell message of thanks to U.S. troops serving there. more

U.S. Out of Iraqi Cities by Summer
Blackanthem Military NewsU.S. combat forces are on track to be out of Iraqi cities by June 30 in accordance with the recently signed status of forces agreement between the United States and Iraq, the top U.S. general in Iraq said today. more

Cooperation Urged for Middle East
Blackanthem Military NewsDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates opened the first session of the Manama Dialogue here today, pledging continued U.S. participation in the security of the Gulf and encouraging the Arab world to embrace Iraq and Afghanistan diplomatically and economically. more

Best Afghanistan Strategy
Blackanthem Military NewsThe United States has been at war with extremists in Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, and officials worldwide are working to devise the best strategy to meet changing and challenging conditions in the country. more

Holiday Wreaths in Arlington
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Volunteers will gather at noon tomorrow at Arlington National Cemetery to place holiday wreaths on veterans’ gravesites as part of the nationwide “Wreaths Across America” project. more

Alaska Guard Continues Tradition
Blackanthem Military NewsCAMP DENALI, Alaska (American Forces Press Service) – Children from rural Alaskan communities were treated to an early Christmas this year, thanks to the Alaska National Guard’s “Operation Santa Claus.” more

Iraqi Thanks U.S. for Sacrifices
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Without American sacrifices in Iraq, the country would still be under the rule of a brutal dictator, said Dr. Ali Al-Dabbagh, spokesman for the Iraqi government. more

Troops Capture Suspected Terrorists
Blackanthem Military NewsCoalition soldiers and Iraqi security forces captured suspected criminals and terrorists, disarmed a roadside bomb and found enemy weapons stockpiles in recent operations, military officials reported. more

Soldier Shares Lessons Learned
Blackanthem Military NewsCAMP VICTORY, Iraq (American Forces Press Service) – Some servicemembers’ careers are defined by a single deployment. For Army Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Matthews, frequent deployments have become a way of life. more

Presidential Citizens Medals
Blackanthem Military NewsFour individuals who have supported America's military, including two retired officers and a television star, were among 23 people who received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President George W. Bush at a White House ceremony today. more

Sister, Brother Re-enlist Together
Blackanthem Military NewsArmy Staff Sgt. Normando Gallardo and his sister, Army Pfc. Marlene Banuelos, both Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, made a six-year commitment to the Army together during a Dec. 7 re-enlistment ceremony at Camp Striker, Iraq. more

Gates Meets With Biden
Blackanthem Military NewsDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates met yesterday with Vice President-elect Joe Biden as Gates continues to work to ensure the department’s transition between the two administrations is as seamless as possible, the Pentagon press secretary said today. more

Families of 9/11 Victims
Blackanthem Military NewsRelatives of 9/11 victims got their first chance yesterday to observe legal proceedings for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, charged in the attacks, as three of the alleged co-conspirators announced they are prepared to enter a guilty plea. more

F-18 Crashes in California
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – The crash of a Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter jet in San Diego yesterday killed three people on the ground, and one person is missing, city fire officials said. more

Wounded Airman Lives for Son
Blackanthem Military NewsAir Force Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro has made remarkable strides in his recovery in the three years and 102 surgeries since he and his team were ambushed by the Taliban in the mountains near Qalat, Afghanistan. more

Troops Capture Terrorists in Iraq
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Coalition forces apprehended three alleged Kataib Hezbollah terrorists in two operations early today in Baghdad's Rusafa district, military officials reported. more

End in Sight for War in Iraq
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – The war in Iraq isn’t over, but a successful end is in sight, thanks to hard work between the United States and Iraq, President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address today. more

Hospital Robot Helps to Save Lives
Blackanthem Military NewsOnce confined solely to the pages of science fiction, remotely controlled robots are now commonplace on today’s battlefield, extending the reach of bomb experts and being used extensively to search for and destroy booby traps intent on killing U.S. troops. more

Pearl Harbor Anniversary Monument
Blackanthem Military NewsPresident George W. Bush signed proclamations today establishing a World War II monument to those who fought in the Pacific theater and commemorating the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. more

Annual Pageant of Peace
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – As they have for 85 years, Americans gathered in front of the White House on the area known as the Ellipse last night for a ceremony to light the national Christmas tree. more

WWII and Pearl Harbor Day
Blackanthem Military NewsPresident Bush Signs the President Proclamation Designating the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the Presidential Proclamation in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2008 more

Medic Earns Service Cross
Blackanthem Military NewsThe deep boom of an explosion shook the ground and awoke Staff Sgt. Christopher Waiters from sleep on April 5, 2007. The 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Soldier had bedded down seconds before at the end of a nine-hour guard-duty shift in Old Baqubah, Iraq. more

Terrorist Dead, Others Captured
Blackanthem Military News WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Operations across Iraq over the past two days left one terrorist dead, brought in five wanted men and resulted in the detention of 18 additional suspects, military officials reported. more

Sniper Finds Lesson in Injury
Blackanthem Military NewsNEW YORK (American Forces Press Service) – Army Sgt. Joel Dulashanti is, in his own words, “pretty much fully recovered” now, but the road to recovery was neither short nor easy. It did, however, provide him with a life lesson. more

"Super Army Machine"
Blackanthem Military NewsThe slogan, work smarter not harder, has been the catchphrase for our society over the past decade. Clearly there is no reason why the United States Military should be an exception to the rule. more

Blast Injury Database
Blackanthem Military NewsCAMP VICTORY, Iraq (American Forces Press Service) – A new National Guard database could improve long-term medical treatment for servicemembers in all branches, and boost research into traumatic brain injury and other health issues. more

Partnership With Afghanistan
Blackanthem Military NewsThe terrorist threat has shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. Gates told reporters at a Pentagon roundtable that coalition and Iraqi forces have their “foot on the neck of al-Qaida in Iraq.” more

Brigade Prepares for Iraq
Blackanthem Military NewsAbout 4,000 soldiers representing the National Guard’s only Stryker brigade will deploy to Iraq in early 2009. The Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team has been transforming to a Stryker brigade since October 2004. more

Stryker Brigade Prepares for Iraq Deployment
Blackanthem Military NewsCAMP SHELBY, Miss. (American Forces Press Service) – About 4,000 soldiers representing the National Guard’s only Stryker brigade will deploy to Iraq in early 2009.

U.S. Soldiers Make a Difference
Blackanthem Military NewsCAMP TAJI, Iraq (American Forces Press Service) – For one senior enlisted soldier serving in Multinational Division Baghdad, the American soldier often represents the only goodness a lot of people around the world will ever know. more

U.S. Troops Kill Taliban Commander
Blackanthem Military NewsGunbattles and airstrikes by NATO and Afghan troops killed 53 militants in Afghanistan, including a wanted Taliban commander who tried to hide from soldiers under a woman's burqa, officials said Saturday. more

NCO gets Soldiers Medal for Rescue
Blackanthem Military NewsAn American noncommissioned officer deployed to the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines was awarded the Soldier's Medal Nov. 27 for risking his life to save three Philippine college students from drowning last year. more

Medic Earns Three Purple Hearts
Blackanthem Military NewsIf Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Sims was a cat, he’d have only six lives left after his yearlong deployment to Iraq with the 1st Armored Division’s Company B, 270th Armor Battalion, out of Fort Riley, Kan. more

Gates Stays as Defense Secretary
Blackanthem Military NewsObama, who also announced his other nominees for top national security posts today, cited the necessity of continuity as the United States fights wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as his rationale for asking Gates to stay. more

New U.S.-Iraq Security Pact
Blackanthem Military NewsThe two-part security pact consists of a strategic framework agreement that establishes the foundation of a long-term bilateral relationship between the United States and Iraq, as well as a status-of-forces agreement. more

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