News Archives For April 2009

Official explains Post-9/11 GI Bill
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 - With the Department of Veterans Affairs ready to begin accepting sign-ups for the Post-9/11 GI Bill May 1, the Defense Department is working to get word out on its proposed policy regarding the bill's transferability provisions. more

Renovated Center Increases Training
American Forces Press ServiceBABIL PROVINCE, Iraq, April 30, 2009 – Community leaders, media and coalition representatives gathered for a grand opening to showcase the newly renovated $5.4 million Iskandariyah Vocational Technology Center here April 22. more

Army Nanosatellite Program
American Forces Press ServiceREDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. April 29, 2009 – The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command took delivery of eight four-kilogram satellites at the end of a one-year contract effort on April 28. more

President Praises Nation's Troops
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – President Obama addressed changes in security policy, challenges in Pakistan, torture policy and progress in Iraq, during a wide-ranging White House news conference tonight. more

Suspected H1N1 Flu Case Reported
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – The Marine Corps commandant today confirmed a suspected case of what the U.S. Homeland Security Council now is calling H1N1 flu, but has been known as “swine flu,” at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. more

Soldiers Bring Light to Marketplace
Blackanthem Military NewsBAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan, April 28, 2009 – A busy marketplace is a common sight in the city of Nangalam during the day, but as night falls, the lack of electricity turns the bustling Konar province commercial center into a ghost town. more

New Threat Detection
Blackanthem Military NewsA lot of questions are likely to rush through your head when you’re out on the battlefield and the enemy projectiles come flying. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is making big strides on a program to respond with life-saving speed and accuracy. more

War Hero Receives Service Cross
Blackanthem Military NewsFORT MYER, Va. (Army News Service) -- Fifty-eight years after Sgt. 1st Class William T. Miles parachuted into North Korea, he was awarded the military's second highest honor, the Distinguished Service Cross. more

Car Salesman Drives Army Trucks
Blackanthem Military NewsNot long ago, Army Pfc. Paul Henry was a car salesman in Marion, Ill., a divorced father of two children who was looking for something different in his life. So he decided to enlist in the Army. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do..." more

Soldier Gives NCO Gift of Life
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 27, 2009) -- Eleven days before Sgt. 1st Class Tanya Colomathi was to receive a kidney transplant, the doctors at a civilian hospital in Georgia told her the donor was not the best match and canceled the operation. more

Wounded Complete Marathon
Blackanthem Military NewsTwo Special Forces soldiers who are close friends have much in common. Both were wounded in combat -- one in Iraq, the other Afghanistan. Both are recipients of the Silver Star Medal for their actions in combat. more

Unit Delivers Mail Across Afghanistan
Blackanthem Military News April 27, 2009, The 53rd MCB specializes in scheduling, coordinating and executing flights and can move their numerous airplanes on short notice to most forward and contingency operating bases in Afghanistan. more

Program-New Threat Detection
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON, April 27, 2009 – A lot of questions are likely to rush through your head when you’re out on the battlefield and the enemy projectiles come flying. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is making big strides on a program to respond with life-saving speed and accuracy. more

Soldier receives Medal for saving boy
Blackanthem Military NewsStaff Sgt. Kevin P. Sanders believes that he was born to be an infantryman. Having completed five deployments, he understands the sacrifice and bravery that accompanies combat, so when he witnessed... more

Soldiers Re-Enlist for 360 Years
American Forces Press ServiceOn the Army Reserve's 101st birthday on Capitol Hill today, 60 reserve Soldiers, many of them noncommissioned officers, from units representing all 50 states, raised their right hands and re-enlisted for a combined total of 360 years. more

Amputee Makes History
American Forces Press ServiceHolsey, 35, from College Park, Ga., was injured in Iraq Nov. 10, 2004, when a convoy he was traveling in was hit by an improvised explosive device. The incident landed him in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, cost Holsey his leg, and... more

Military’s Role in Ending Holocaust
American Forces Press ServiceObama spoke at a Capitol Hill ceremony designed to mourn the 6 million who died and to honor the survivors and celebrate those who liberated victims of the Nazi regime. He noted the lasting impact of a decision by Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower... more

Soldier - Seven Deployments
American Forces Press ServiceA Multinational Division Baghdad supply sergeant here knows a thing or two about deploying. He’s serving the seventh deployment of his Army career, his fifth since 2001. Sgt. 1st Class Trevino L. Copeland, a native of Lincoln, Neb., enlisted in July 1990 as an infantryman. more

Success in Afghanistan
American Forces Press ServiceThe United States cannot afford to ignore the challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and success or failure in one country likely means the same for the other, a senior Defense Department official told a foreign policy think tank here yesterday. more

Combat Veterans Quality of Life
American Forces Press ServiceMilitary combat is associated with lingering detrimental effects on veterans’ quality of life that may cancel the benefit of their once-healthier status compared to non-veterans, researchers reported at... more

Soldiers Unleash ‘Lion’s Roar’
American Forces Press ServiceThe 10th Iraqi Army Division sent out its ground troops and air support assets April 19 to conduct the first large-scale combined-arms live-fire exercise, nicknamed Operation “Lion’s Roar,” in southern Iraq April 19. more

First Military Child Award Winner
American Forces Press ServiceAn Army family member has earned $5,000, a laptop computer and a trip to the nation’s capital as the first Military Child Award winner for a national troop-support organization. Brittany Wallace, 17, will receive her award... more

Army’s Mr. Inside Dies at 84
American Forces Press ServiceFelix “Doc” Blanchard was a college football superhero, the powerful Mr. Inside to Glenn Davis’ Mr. Outside in Army’s famous Heisman Trophy winning backfield of the 1940s. Blanchard died Sunday of pneumonia... more

Strength of Army Families Praised
American Forces Press ServiceThe Army Family of the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team were honored with a standing ovation led by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren during a departure ceremony at the Crown Coliseum, April 14. more

Army Welders Counter IEDs in Iraq
American Forces Press ServiceOn a dark night, two terrorists discovered tunnels underneath a heavily traveled road in western Baghdad and used an improvised explosive device to blow a huge hole in the street to disrupt traffic. more

SMA Delivers Message at Fort Gordon
American Forces Press ServiceIn his April 10 visit to Fort Gordon, Ga., Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston highlighted key points in the Year of the NCO at a town hall meeting. "We celebrate the year of the NCO with three objectives: to recognize, inform and enhance," said Preston. more

Civilian Layoff Led to Military Career
American Forces Press ServiceTwenty-five years ago, Chris A. Lamson was just an average Texan in his early 20s with an average job at an oil refinery supporting his family. But remaining average was not in his future. more

Soldier's Legacy, Tournament
American Forces Press ServiceThe love of soccer in Iraq is no secret. During a site assessment mission of local area soccer fields, U.S. Army paratroopers brought the spirit of the game and the legacy of a fallen Soldier to the neighborhoods of eastern Baghdad, April 18. more

Thousands Honor Doolittle Raiders
American Forces Press ServiceThousands of people, young and old, gathered to honor five of the nine surviving Doolittle Raiders at the 67th Reunion in Columbia, S.C., April 16-18. On April 18, 1942, the Doolittle Raiders became the first to bombard Japan... more

Gates Cites Need to Learn From Past
American Forces Press Service NEWPORT, R.I., April 17, 2009 – As the U.S. military winds down from Iraq and Afghanistan in the future, leaders must learn the lessons of past drawdowns, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. more

Clinton Continuing Promise in Haiti
American Forces Press Service PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, April 17, 2009 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton got a first-hand look yesterday at the humanitarian assistance a military, interagency and nongovernmental team is providing here as she toured a medical clinic set up during Continuing Promise 2009. more

America Must Protect Capabilities
American Forces Press ServiceNEWPORT, R.I., April 17, 2009 – Though the proposed fiscal 2010 defense budget reflects some shifts in emphasis, it is important for the United States to maintain its capabilities for conventional warfare dominance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told members of the Naval War College here today. more

Group Joins in Saluting Purple Heart
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, April 16, 2009 – The Military Order of the Purple Heart, a Virginia-based troop-support group, will join the city of Branson, Mo., April 24 and 25 in a special “Hand in Hand” weekend honoring Purple Heart veterans across the country. more

Soldiers Get Dirty to Stay Connected
American Forces Press ServiceKHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan, April 16, 2009 – Paratroopers at Forward Operating Base Salerno here are busy running fiber-optic lines to keep critical lines of communication open. more

Honor Recipients Visit Soldiers
American Forces Press Service BAGHDAD, April 15, 2009 – Two Vietnam War veterans who survived combat and who received the Medal of Honor visited the soldiers serving in Multinational Division Baghdad here with the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team at Warrior Chapel on Camp Liberty yesterday. more

Volunteers Help to Fuel Partnership
American Forces Press ServicePORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, April 16, 2009 – Several dozen pallets stretched across a docking area here yesterday – a fraction of those waiting to be loaded onto trucks for distribution throughout Haiti -- providing a tangible symbol of evolving partnerships officials call key to Continuing Promise 2009’s success. more

Medics Treat Afghan Troops, Civilians
Blackanthem Military NewsA Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan dental team provided treatment for Afghan civilians and soldiers in rural villages, while another unit worked to prevent diseases in the area. more

Shift Thinking on Budget, War
Blackanthem Military NewsDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates today made his second stop this week at a service war college, spelling out his thinking behind shifting $13 billion in warfighter programs away from traditional supplemental funding and into his base fiscal 2010 budget proposal. more

Couple Finds Ways to Be Together
American Forces Press ServiceLike most military couples, Hailey Clancy, who serves as the brigade’s logistics officer, and Michael Clancy, the 40th Engineer Battalion plans and operations officer in charge and the brigade engineer, have not always been able to stay together, but try to as much as possible. more

Integrated Demo to be largest
American Forces Press ServiceThe integrated technology demonstration is executed annually by the product manager for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance On-the-Move . The C4ISR OTM Event 09 will be at Fort Dix from June 1 through Sept. 15. more

Families in Easter Egg Roll
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, April 14, 2009 – National Guard members from five states and their families participated in yesterday’s 2009 Easter Egg Roll held on the South Lawn of the White House. This year’s theme, “Let’s go play,” encouraged America’s youth to lead healthy and active lives. more

Convoy Training Develops Iraqi Skills
American Forces Press ServiceCAMP TAJI, Iraq- Threats to Soldiers come in all shapes and sizes on the streets and roadways of Iraq. Constant training for the unexpected is the norm. For Pennsylvania Army National Guard Soldiers... more

Athletes in Special Olympics
American Forces Press ServiceTwenty-four teams, consisting of more than 170 participants in two age categories then began track and field events, including the long jump, softball throw and various running competitions. Each competition showcased the talents of the athletes to the large crowd of supporters. more

Troops Celebrate Easter
American Forces Press ServiceCamp Victory personnel rose early Sunday morning to attend the Easter Sunrise Service hosted by Multi-National Corps - Iraq's Chaplains Office on the east patio of Al Faw Palace. For those away from home in an unfamiliar place, the Easter Sunrise Service brings a sense of comfort. more

Fort Lewis Soldier Saves Young Girl
American Forces Press ServiceMilitary heroes these days are mostly associated with performing extraordinary feats in combat. But one Fort Lewis Soldier earned the title, along with an Army Commendation Medal, by reacting to a crisis while driving home at the end of a typical duty day. more

On Track to Withdrawal Deadlines
American Forces Press ServiceSpeaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said he believes the U.S. is prepared to fulfill a deal requiring U.S. forces to leave major Iraqi cities by June 30 and all combat troops to depart the country by the end of 2011. more

‘Personal Calling’ of Serving Veterans
American Forces Press ServiceVeterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki is a no-nonsense leader who wants veterans to measure his performance and that of the department he leads through concrete results, not rhetoric. more

Obama Vows More Support to Troops
American Forces Press ServiceFresh back from visiting troops deployed to Iraq, President Barack Obama said he was “inspired all over again by the men and women in our armed forces,” and vowed to ensure the programs that support them receive proper funding. more

Lifetime Electronic Record
American Forces Press ServicePresident Barack Obama announced plans today to create a joint virtual lifetime electronic record that will improve care and services to transitioning veterans by smoothing the flow of medical records between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. more

Families of Missing Find Comfort
American Forces Press ServiceMore than 120 people whose family members never returned from military service gathered here recently for an update from officials of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office. The office conducts briefings for family members of Americans missing... more

'Reach Out and Read'
American Forces Press ServiceThrough Reach Out and Read's Military Initiative, doctors and nurses at 20 military hospitals will soon receive training on how to promote early literacy for children, and free books to be handed out to parents with young children - ages 6 months through 5 years. more

‘Home’ for Warfighters
American Forces Press ServiceDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates says the changes to the budget that he proposed yesterday will provide a “home” for warfighters that doesn’t currently exist in the Pentagon’s institutions. The DoD has a set of institutions arranged largely to prepare for conflicts against other modern navies, armies and air forces. more

Air Guard Intercepts Suspicious Aircraft
American Forces Press ServiceNorth American Aerospace Defense Command directed F-16C aircraft to initially intercept the Cessna 172 single-engine aircraft near Michigan's Upper Peninsula, before handing off the mission to F-16s assigned to the 115th FW of Madison, Wis. more

Obama's Surprise Visit to Iraq
American Forces Press ServiceIn a surprise visit to Iraq today, President Barack Obama declared to troops in Baghdad that now is the time for Iraqis “to take responsibility for their country.” Obama’s stop to visit some 1,500 troops, government civilians... more

Soldier’s No-frills Workout
American Forces Press ServiceBathed in the light of a bright, winter moon, just outside of a small village in Afghanistan’s Wardak province, Army Spc. David Helton sits on the edge of a black metal bench. It is spattered with red mud, and duct tape holds most of the padded seat in place. more

Airmen Cover the Fallen with Honor
American Forces Press ServiceFor some, it means red, white and blue. It means 13 stripes for the original colonies and 50 stars for the states. For the families of the fallen, the American flag means so much more. Because of this, two airmen assigned take their mission very seriously. more

Ties Between U.S., Muslim
American Forces Press ServicePresident Barack Obama addressed Turkey’s Parliament today in Ankara, calling America’s partnership with Turkey and the Muslim world critical in “rolling back the violent ideologies” and strengthening “opportunities for all its people.” more

New Fitness Program Helps Soldiers
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, April 6, 2009 – The Army’s newest resiliency training, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, is a program designed to improve the emotional and psychological fitness of soldiers and their families, the program’s director said. more

VA Secretary Expects Big Impact
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 - All systems are on track for this summer's rollout of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, which Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said he expects to have as monumental an impact as the original World War II-era GI Bill of Rights. more

Soldier Awarded Silver Star
American Forces Press ServiceDuring combat, Davis was hit with shrapnel to his right leg from a rocket-propelled grenade. Even though he was injured, he remained on the battlefield to assist three injured Soldiers to a medical evacuation helicopter. more

Choose Ability Over Disability
American Forces Press ServiceMarine Lance Cpl. Louis Stamatelos realized he had two choices after waking up two years ago with severe wounds in the intensive care unit at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. more

NATO Historic Anniversary
American Forces Press ServicePresident Barack Obama will lead the U.S. delegation during meetings in which the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan is expected to take center stage. The United States worked closely among NATO allies on an Afghan-Pakistan strategy review the Obama administration unveiled last week. more

DoD Celebrates Military Children
American Forces Press ServiceThe Defense Department and communities throughout the world will continue the 23-year tradition of recognizing the importance of military children in the month of April. The Month of the Military Child is especially important today... more

Focus of Sexual Assault Prevention
American Forces Press ServiceSex Signals was the title and double entendres were a key focus as more than 400 Soldiers at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg were entertained and trained March 25. The Army presented its newest training in Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Prevention... more

Chief swears in special-skills recruits
American Forces Press ServiceNEW YORK, N.Y. (Army News Service, April 2, 2009) -- In the center of Times Square, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. swore 32 recruits into the service Wednesday, and half of them enlisted through a new program for non-citizens with special skills. more

Oldest WWII Vet Embodies Spirit
Army News Service ArticleArmy Secretary Pete Geren commemorated the Army’s Year of the NCO and Women’s History Month by visiting a 110-year-old World War II veteran and enlisting seven future Soldiers by her side in Milford, Conn., on March 31. more

Joint Forces Kill 20 Militants
American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 2, 2009 – Afghan soldiers, aided by coalition forces, killed 20 armed insurgents in a firefight in southern Afghanistan today, near where they destroyed a bomb-making facility yesterday. more

Bataan Memorial Death March
American Forces Press ServiceThis year, the 26.2-mile event at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., included more than 5,300 participants from 50 states and eight countries, including the Philippines, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom. more

Financial Crisis Effects Security
American Forces Press ServiceThe global financial crisis is adding a layer of uncertainty that could exacerbate problems in many parts of the world, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on NBC-TV’s “Today Show” this morning. more

Ceremony Honors Fallen Medics
American Forces Press ServiceFORT POLK, La. (Army News Service ) - Sgt. Patrick Stockwell, an Army Reserve Soldier from Leander, Texas, and non-commissioned officer in charge of robotics at the Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Center at Folk Polk, La., takes his job seriously for a very personal reason. more

Robots Reduce Risks for Paratroopers
American Forces Press ServiceSgt. Patrick Stockwell, an Army Reserve Soldier from Leander, Texas, and non-commissioned officer in charge of robotics at the Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Center at Folk Polk, La., takes his job seriously for a very personal reason. more

Obama to Reduce Nuclear Arms
American Forces Press ServiceThe leaders of the world’s two largest nuclear superpowers today agreed to start new talks aimed at reducing nuclear arms stockpiles, and to use the platform to “reset” relationships between the United States and Russia. more

Wounded Warrior Finds Miracle
American Forces Press ServiceAfter 36 years in the Army – 17 on active duty and the rest in the Army Reserve -- the crusty Special Forces medic has just about seen it all in Panama, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and a few places he said he can’t talk about. more

DoD Creates New Biodiesel Fuel
American Forces Press ServiceEver imagine filling up the fuel tanks on a military aircraft with french fry grease? It’s no April Fools' Day joke -- that’s exactly what the Air Force could do someday if a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency research program proves successful. more

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