News Archives For May 2009

Gates Downplays North Korea Issue
American Forces Press ServiceDefense Secretary Robert M. Gates today downplayed the swirling rhetoric and said he sees no need to adjust U.S. military forces levels in the region. “I don’t believe that anybody in the administration thinks there is a crisis...” more

Soldiers' High-intensity Training
American Forces Press ServiceSeven soldiers of Company A, 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, grunt and moan as they lift Humvee shock springs and tires to build strength and endurance for upcoming missions. more

Program to Advance Civilian Careers
American Forces Press ServiceThe Civilian Talent Management Office was created to implement and supervise the Civilian Talent Management Program, which will oversee, develop and promote corporate career progression for the first time. more

Army's New SELF Program
American Forces Press Service "You're not stepping out in front of 200-300 people, saying, 'Hey, I need help,'" said Spc. Jesse Farrell of the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, in answering a local television news reporter, who asked how he felt... more

New PCS Program
American Forces Press ServiceWith nearly 200,000 Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves expected in the approaching season, it is important for Department of Defense personnel to note several broad changes to the personal property shipment process. more

New Force Protection Equipment
American Forces Press ServiceSTAFFORD, Va. (Army News Service) - The 2009 Force Protection Equipment Demonstration was held May 19-21 at the Stafford County Regional Airport to educate and demonstrate new capabilities and products. more

Spirit of Memorial Day Must Continue
American Forces Press ServiceAmerica’s troops and their families embody what’s best in the country, and the American people have a responsibility to serve them as well as the troops serve the country, President Barack Obama said this weekend during his radio address to the nation. more

Obama Honors Servicemembers
American Forces Press ServicePresident Barack Obama today hailed U.S. military members’ unselfish service and willingness to lay down their lives on behalf of their fellow citizens during the annual Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery. more

North Korean Nuclear Testing
American Forces Press ServiceThe president and the nation’s top military officer today denounced North Korea's claim that it carried out a powerful underground nuclear test, much larger than previous such tests, to “bolster its nuclear deterrent for self-defense." more

Prayer For Peace, Memorial Day 09
American Forces Press Service(May 22,02009) For over two centuries, Americans have defended our Nation's security and protected our founding principles of democracy and equal justice under law. more

Lethal Weapons Systems Unveiled
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 21, 2009) – Two weapons in development are expected to be more precision-oriented, lighter and lethal: the laser-sighted XM-25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System. more

Program to Reduce Aviation Accidents
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 21, 2009 – A new Web-based program is helping military pilots and aircrews “FlyAwake,” thanks to the combined efforts of the District of Columbia Air National Guard’s 201st Airlift Squadron and the National Guard Bureau. more

Paratroopers Build Spirit With Sports
American Forces Press ServiceFORT BRAGG, N.C., May 21, 2009 – Sometimes a football game is more than just a game. Although tens of millions of Americans watch the Super Bowl every year, at the end of the day, it’s just a game. more

"Give A Soldier A Night Off"
American Forces Press ServiceLong Beach, CA (May 21, 2009) - After long deployments, usually stretching for more than a year, local Soldiers are returning to a bleak economy and a challenging job market... so why not give them at least one special night off more

Four Charged With Terror Plot
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 21, 2009 – Less than a month after the sentencing of five defendants found guilty in a terror plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J., authorities say they have foiled another terrorist plot against an Air National Guard base. more

Soldier Earns Military Mother Award
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 21, 2009 – When Army Staff Sgt. Melissa K. Dion logged on to her computer to nominate her own mother for Operation Homefront’s Military Motherhood Award, she found that her mother, Carol Dion, had nominated her first. more

Memorial Day Moment of Silence
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 21, 2009 – In his annual Memorial Day message to servicemembers worldwide, Gates urges the nation's men and women in uniform to observe a moment of silence on the holiday to honor their fallen comrades. more

Three More Schools Open in Iraq
American Forces Press ServiceIRBIL, Iraq, May 20, 2009 –Three new schools that provide new classroom space for nearly 2,500 children in northern Iraq were completed here recently, thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division. more

Operation Gratitude Care Packages
American Forces Press ServiceOn Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Weekend, hundreds of dedicated Operation Gratitude Volunteers will assemble and ship 20,000 Care Packages to U.S. Military personnel deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and... more

DoD Military Blogging Platform
American Forces Press ServiceThe Defense Department has unveiled “DoDLive,” a centrally linked and unified platform from which services can create and maintain blogs. This tool will enable DoD organizations to communicate... more

‘Her War’ Aims to Help Military Wives
American Forces Press ServiceWhen Melissa Seligman’s husband left for his second deployment to Iraq, she knew all too well what was expected of her. “I was expected to be the nice, caring, understanding military wife and mom..." more

Colonel's Story Brings Book to Life
American Forces Press ServiceIn a quest to expand their understanding of the world they live in, a group of California high school seniors turned away from their textbooks to indulge in “Three Cups of Tea” and a video conference with an Army colonel. more

Memorial Day Remembrance
American Forces Press ServiceMemorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day has a history stretching all the way back to the Civil War... more

Chairman Lists Top Priorities
American Forces Press ServiceThe chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff identified increasing Middle East security, revitalizing U.S. forces and focusing on global challenges as his top priorities in remarks at the Brookings Institution here yesterday. more

Dwell Time at 24 Months By 2011
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 18, 2009) -- Soldiers could find themselves with as much as 24 months time between deployments if plans for military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan come to fruition. more

Army Observes A.P.A.H. Month
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 18, 2009) - The Army observed Asian Pacific American Heritage Month today at the Pentagon with National Guard Soldier, Black Hawk pilot and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth. more

D-Day Survivor: Memorial Day
American Forces Press ServiceWEST POINT, Miss. (Army News Service, May 18, 2009) -- Charles William Eubanks, wants to be remembered - not as a hero, but as a survivor of D-Day."Forget about what you saw on Saving Private Ryan; says the World War II Army Veteran. more

Chaplains Reinforce More Than Faith
American Forces Press ServiceFORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, May 19, 2009 – Reinforcements are something every unit loves to have -- more soldiers help to win the fight and save lives at the same time. The duty of being a soldier can be difficult at times. more

ROTC Cadets Become Army Officers
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 15, 2009) -- Twenty-six Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Georgetown University's "Hoya Battalion," were sworn in to service to the Army, May 15, by the Army's highest ranking officer. more

Wives Experience Soldiers' Training
American Forces Press ServiceFORT BRAGG, N.C. - Michelle Mulholland, 22, stood at the jump tower just after 10 a.m., Friday, one of 48 participants in "Soldier for a Day," the second leg of the Military Spouses Day Conference. more

Afghan Army Could Take Lead
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON - The Afghan national army could lead operations in Afghanistan in two to four years, with the U.S. playing a support role, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a May 8 interview, portions of which aired on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday. more

Armed Forces Day Proclamation
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – President Barack Obama signed and issued a proclamation yesterday designating tomorrow as Armed Forces Day. The presidential proclamation is as follows... more

Military Appreciation Month Packed
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 15, 2009 – For the last five years, the California-based troop-support group, Their Angels, have met every first Saturday, monthly, to pack civilian care packages and write letters of support to send to deployed troops. more

Iraqi Special Ops Rescues Boy
American Forces Press ServiceBAGHDAD, May 14, 2009 – Under the cover of night, an element of Iraqi special operations forces recovered a young kidnap victim being held for ransom in the Iraqi capital during an early-morning, Iraqi-led operation yesterday. more

Biden Announces Housing Assistance
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 14, 2009 -Vice President Joe Biden today announced the Defense Department's plan to expand its housing assistance program with $555 million devoted to servicemembers forced to sell their homes at a loss. more

Army Service Can Be Much More
American Forces Press Service HUNTSVILLE, AL (May 13, 2009) In local protocol arenas, Huntsville's John Rogers holds the rank of a three-star general. He is also considered a personal representative of the Secretary of the Army. more

Screenings Help Redeploying Soldiers
American Forces Press ServiceARLINGTON, Va. (May 13, 2009) - Many health issues may arise after a Soldier redeploys from a combat zone. Some wounds are physical and spotted easily. Others, such as traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder, are not as obvious. more

Army Requires Diffirent Leaders
American Forces Press Service VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., May 12, 2009 - The Army will require a different type of leader in the fight against terrorism and other kinds of irregular warfare, the Army's top troop trainer said here today. more

Cpt. Pursues Commitment to Fitness
American Forces Press ServiceRAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany, May 14, 2009 – Air Force Capt. Charlotta Blalock admits she gets some strange reactions from people when she does push-ups in the aisle of an aircraft 41,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. more

Maternity Hospital Renovation
American Forces Press Service BAGHDAD, May 14, 2009 – For engineer Wathiq Abdul Jabbar, the May 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony that capped a $2.4 million renovation of the Alwaiya Maternity hospital here was especially meaningful. more

Vows to Strengthen Defense
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 13, 2009 – President Barack Obama’s nominee for assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and Americas' security affairs said yesterday at his confirmation hearing that he welcomes the opportunity to strengthen government partnerships at all levels. more

Victims of Camp Liberty Shooting
American Forces Press ServiceDoD officials released the names of four soldiers killed in a shooting at a combat stress clinic at Camp Liberty, Iraq.. Army Sgt. John M. Russell, 44, of Sherman, Texas, is in military police custody at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad... more

Soldiers Initiate Security Program
American Forces Press ServiceWARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan, May 13, 2009 - U.S. Soldiers here have joined in a new program designed to increase security, empower local residents and encourage them to play a larger role in protecting their villages. more

Soldier Charged in Camp Slayings
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Military officials in Baghdad today identified a soldier who has been charged with shooting and killing five of his comrades yesterday at a combat stress center at Camp Liberty, Iraq. more

Army Budget Considers Soldiers
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 12, 2009) -- For fiscal year 2010, the Army has requested in its base budget $142 billion dollars for a range of expenditures that include a focus on taking care of Soldiers and their families. more

Military Needs Strategy for Threats
American Forces Press Service VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., May 12, 2009 – The U.S. military requires a new, grand strategy to address today’s complex security threats as well as tomorrow’s challenges, a senior U.S. military officer said here today. more

Soldiers Killed at Stress Clinic Site
American Forces Press ServiceAn American soldier suspected in involvement in the shooting deaths of five U.S. servicemembers today in Baghdad is in U.S. custody, defense officials said. The incident occurred around 2 p.m.... more

Tattoos Tell Soldier's Story
American Forces Press ServiceThe 22-year-old soldier, dressed down in a black T-shirt and jeans on a flight to his new unit at Fort Carson, Colo., is the face of the 21,000 additional troops flowing into Afghanistan as part of the new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy. more

Montana Reservist ‘Mothers’ Unit
American Forces Press ServiceArmy Sgt. Anne M. Mitchell misses her children in Montana while she’s deployed here, but those who serve with her say she brings her mothering instincts to their unit, 143rd Military Police Detachment. more

Vigilant Presence in Afghanistan
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 – Elite soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 1st Commando Kandak, 201st Corps, recently spent 48 hours conducting operations alongside their Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force. more

DoD Budget Request Pushes Reform
American Forces Press ServiceThe $663.8 billion request proposes a 2.9 percent pay raise for servicemembers and a 2 percent raise for Defense Department civilians. There will be more servicemembers, too. The budget fully funds the increase in Army and Marine end strength... more

Military Spouse Day, 2009
American Forces Press ServiceMilitary spouses share the sacrifices of service with our Nation's men and women in uniform. As members of the Armed Forces serve in the United States and across the world, military spouses also serve our Nation. more

Thumbs Up on Afghan Program
American Forces Press ServiceORWARD OPERATING BASE AIRBORNE, Afghanistan, May 8, 2009 – Provincial, local and tribal leaders, along with special operators and 10th Mountain Division soldiers deployed here,gave Gates their stamp of approval. more

Military Spouses Receive Recognition
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 – Five military spouses received recognition for their valued service to the nation at an award ceremony. The Military Spouse of the Year awards honor individuals that embody the best characteristics of today’s military spouse. more

For The Love Of The Army
American Forces Press ServiceHUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - Sgt. Timothy Russell of 10th Transportation Company, 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, and battalion master driver training instructor, provides a shining example. more

Doctor Confronts Maternal Mortality
American Forces Press ServiceKANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, May 8, 2009 – The young Dari interpreter standing by the desk translates the words of the American doctor to the young woman.Various tools and medical equipment are positioned around the room more

Afghans Seize 600 Pounds of Opium
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 – Afghan forces, advised by coalition forces, confiscated 600 pounds of opium and killed seven armed militants last night during operations in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province. more

Mother Sacrifices Tradition
American Forces Press ServiceCONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, May 7, 2009 – While deployed mothers will miss out on their traditional Mother’s Day celebrations May 10, some are making the best of the situation. "This is a temporary stomping ground in your overall life.” more

German military seeks Army Advice
American Forces Press Service WIESBADEN, Germany - The family support programs offered by the U.S. Army were on display for representatives from a Bundeswehr subsidiary on April 24. G.E.B.B. visited U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden for ideas more

Mental Care Keeps Warriors Strong
American Forces Press ServicePhysical combat injuries and external wounds are easily identified by Soldiers and medics, but it is much more difficult to spot, and treat, mental wounds. In May, the Army observed Mental Health Month. more

Field Manual Focuses on Training
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 6, 2009) - The Army released a new field manual this week providing guidance on training security forces of other nations, FM 3-07.1 "Security Force Assistance." more

Military Continues to Monitor H1N1
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 6, 2009 – The U.S. military has prepared for years to confront a public health challenge like the H1N1 influenza virus, a senior Defense Department official said here today. more

Practice Contamination Responses
American Forces Press ServiceGROTON, Conn., May 6, 2009 – Sirens wail as a fire truck speeds to a school in response to a reported incident. Dozens of students are sent to area hospitals. The radiation alarm on one of the firemen begins to scream. more

Piano Man Brings Calm Over Camp
American Forces Press ServiceStrains of classical music stream from the doorway of a weather-beaten building at this forward operating base in the middle of the Afghan countryside. Housed within those whitewashed walls is a lone Army and Air Force Exchange Service store. more

Airline Offers $1 Military Fares
American Forces Press ServiceIn honor of National Military Appreciation Month, JetBlue is offering active duty military personnel $1 fares for domestic, nonstop flights, for a limited time, departing from the two JetBlue cities nearest to the nation’s capital. more

Afghan, Coalition Medics Help
American Forces Press ServiceKABUL, May 4, 2009 – Local medical professionals are working hand in hand with Afghan National Army commandos and medical personnel with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan to provide medical assistance. more

Homeland Secretary Reports Flu
American Forces Press ServiceInformation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the severity and reach of the H1N1 flu virus is encouraging, the secretary of homeland security noted during a briefing here yesterday. more

After 60 Years, NATO Still Committed
American Forces Press ServiceSixty years after its inception, NATO remains committed to helping to shape the security environment. On the heels of NATO’s historic 60th anniversary and summit in early April, Lather discussed some important recent developments to the alliance. more

Deploying Brigade to Test Concept
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 1, 2009) - A city manager's course, civil affairs training and a border patrol class have not been typical training for brigade combat teams headed to Iraq - until now. more

Army Recalls for Combat Helmets
American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 1, 2009) - The Army has issued a recall of 34,218 Advanced Combat Helmets which failed ballistic tests.The recall affects 15,380 Army helmets, 12,000 Air Force helmets and another 6,838 helmets. more

Reed Marks One Century Of Care
American Forces Press ServiceSecretary of the Army Pete Geren and leaders of the Army medical community gathered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 100th anniversary of military medical care there. more

Take Flu Drugs After Diagnosis
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 1, 2009 – Senior military health officials are warning against taking antiviral medicines to fight the H1N1 flu virus until a doctor has confirmed the diagnosis. Everything that looks like flu is not flu. more

Soldier's Gain Confidence in Gear
American Forces Press ServiceBAGHDAD - Two deafening booms followed bright, orange flashes. The Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle shook violently. Smoke engulfed the vehicle inside and out. The engineers traveling inside the MRAP in western Baghdad April 25th. more

Military Child Has Deeper Meaning
American Forces Press ServiceFORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, April 30, 2009 – The road to recovery for a wounded soldier can be long and difficult, but with the help of Army medicine and the love of military spouses and children, that road is shorter and smoother. more

Health care, top retiree concerns
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 30, 2009) - Health care continues to be the single greatest issue for both current and future retired Soldiers, according to the Chief of Staff of the Army Retiree Council. more

VA Wants Education Before GI Bill
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, April 30, 2009 – As the Department of Veterans Affairs begins accepting sign-ups tomorrow for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, officials are encouraging anyone considering enrolling in the program to get educated about it first to ensure it’s right for them. more

Obama Kicks Off Warrior Ride
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, April 30, 2009 – “On your mark. Get set. Go!” With those words and the wail of an air horn he held overhead, President Barack Obama today kicked off the third annual “White House to Light House” Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride. more

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