News Archives For August 2009

Program Lets Working Dogs Be Pets
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2009 – Military working dogs have come a long way since the days of ancient Persia and Assyria, where they donned armor, spiked collars and warned of impending attack or charged on the enemy's cavalry. more

Soldier’s Civilian Skills Save Afghan
Blackanthem Military NewsKANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 31, 2009 – As U.S. forces take extra precautions to protect civilian lives in southern Afghanistan, an Army reservist used his civilian skills to preserve the life of a local truck driver. more

Kennedy Burial Evokes Symbolism
Blackanthem Military NewsARLINGTON, VIRGINIA., Aug. 29, 2009 – Twenty-six years ago, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy received a dire letter from a member of his Massachusetts constituency. more

Iraqis Benefit From U.S Training
Blackanthem Military NewsIraq, Aug. 28, 2009 – Soldiers of 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment’s Task Force “Saber” and Iraqi security forces worked together to provide advanced medical training to Iraqi forces. more

Latest in Military Family Care
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2009 – The Defense Department’s first joint family readiness conference in nearly a decade will take place next week in Chicago, the director of the Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth said. more

No-Cost Home Security Systems
American Forces Press ServiceNational Advocates for Military Families has made getting a home security system a reality for thousands of soldiers nationwide. According to Pentagon data, since September 11, 2001, well over 1 million soldiers nationwide have been deployed... more

Security as Part of Afghan Strategy
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) -- Providing security is a key component of President Barack Obama's strategy for Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. more

Need for New Thinking, Strategies
American Forces Press ServiceThe generation of Americans now serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are learning lessons that will serve the world well, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said at the American Legion convention in Louisville, Ky. more

Blog Offers Support to Families
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON - The blog – which can be found at – features tips from experts, and military-related topics that run the gamut from deployments and separations to education benefits and child care. more

Hard Work in Iraq Pays Off
American Forces Press ServiceCoalition and Iraqi forces have sacrificed greatly to build security and develop a democratic process in Iraq, and after nearly seven years, the hard work is paying off, a senior commander in southeastern Baghdad told American Forces Press Service. more

Requirements, Acquisition Reform
American Forces Press ServiceAs DoD officials overhaul the Pentagon’s acquisition system, they’re asking warfighters to define exactly what they need, then holding industry to more fixed-price contracts to develop those capabilities. more

Soldiers Bring Goodwill to Iraqis
American Forces Press ServiceAlong with their Iraqi counterparts, U.S. soldiers from the 17th Fires Brigade and the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team handed out food and supplies to residents of Faddaqhryah and Bahar, Iraq, Aug. 18. more

Forces Detain Suspected Terrorists
American Forces Press Service In Baghdad, members of an Iraqi emergency response brigade, along with U.S. advisors, arrested a suspected terrorist believed to be affiliated with insurgent groups Aug. 21. The suspect is wanted for bomb attacks... more

Sister, Brother Reunite in Iraq
American Forces Press ServiceCONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq, Aug. 24, 2009 – Deployments usually separate soldiers from their families. However, for one soldier, it provided the chance to reunite with her brother. more

Police Earn Award for Troop Support
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, ( American Forces Press Service) – The Santa Ana, Calif., police department will receive the Defense Department's top employer-support award for providing exceptional financial and emotional support. more

CongratsTo Afghans On Election
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2009 – President Barack Obama today praised the courage of the Afghan people for participating in yesterday’s national election despite threats by the Taliban to disrupt the process. more

Effort Helps Protects Afghan Voters
American Forces Press ServiceZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Aug. 21, 2009) -Today, Afghans took to the streets to exercise their right to vote. Local authorities worked together to provide security for polling stations across the province. more

Company Steps Up With Deployment
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2009 – When a TriWest Healthcare Alliance nurse who serves in the Kansas Air National Guard got notice of an upcoming deployment in 2006. more

Team Trains for Chemical Attack
American Forces Press ServiceBUTLERVILLE, Ind., Aug. 20, 2009 – Ohio National Guard members spent a week at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center here to test their ability to respond to a chemical attack. more

Obama Pledges Pressure in Afghan
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2009 – President Barack Obama pledged today to keep ramping up pressure on insurgents in Afghanistan, citing developments aimed at “squeezing them from both sides” to ultimately “flush them out.” more

Homes for Deployed Troops’ Pets
American Forces Press ServiceCAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind., Aug. 20, 2009 – Many programs help military members’ families during a deployment, but what about their four-legged friends? more

New Media to Hear from Troops
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2009 – Got questions you’d like to pose directly to the defense secretary or chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Now is your chance! more

Soldier's Home Away From Home
American Forces Press Service The 304th Sustainment Brigade and Joint Base Balad have their own Martha Stewart tucked in the H-6 housing area here. Army Maj. Gina Garbedian, a Los Angeles native, moved into her containerized housing unit in November and has made it her home away from home. more

Work Force Steps Toward Reform
American Forces Press ServiceBig changes are ahead in the acquisitions community as the Defense Department increases and reshapes its acquisition work force so it’s better postured to support the reforms Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and President Barack Obama are championing. more

New Media to Hear from Troops
American Forces Press ServiceThe initiatives are part of a broad administration effort to connect more closely with the military, the American public and people overseas. The goal is to provide a forum for people to ask questions or offer suggestions... more

Company Values Military Experience
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – At FMC Technologies in Stephenville, Texas, military experience not only is welcomed, but also is highly sought after, a spokesman for the company said. more

Businessman Helps Girls School
American Forces Press ServiceWith help from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, a local businessman and contractor in the Alingar district of Afghanistan’s Lagham province delivered enough school supplies to the Parwai Girls School here Aug. 17 to keep more than 50 children supplied for a year. more

Afghans Will Vote Despite Violence
American Forces Press ServiceDespite the wave of violence this week in Afghanistan’s capital, military officials there believe Afghans will turn out to vote in their national election Aug. 20, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force said today. more

Support for Troops, Veterans
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service)– America’s men and women in uniform have done their duty and fulfilled every responsibility that’s been asked of them, President Barack Obama said today. more

Two Days of Hell, Nine Men of Valor
American Forces Press ServiceOn two separate days in April, members of Company B, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), were engaged in hostile enemy action, resulting in nine of its members receiving awards for valor. more

Afghan War ‘Fundamental’
American Forces Press ServiceTerrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, are plotting to do so again, so defeating them is “fundamental to the defense of our people,” President Barack Obama told veterans at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Phoenix today. more

Yellow Ribbon Program
American Forces Press ServiceThe program’s goal is to prepare servicemembers and their families for mobilization, sustain families during mobilization, and reintegrate soldiers with their families, communities and employers upon redeployment. more

Lifetime Electronic Records
American Forces Press ServiceFor servicemembers who still remember hand-carrying their medical records back and forth to appointments, the new virtual lifetime electronic record will help prevent misplaced paperwork and help providers maintain and offer... more

Quick Hire of Military Spouses
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Under a personnel rule that takes effect next month, some military spouses could be quickly hired for federal jobs without going through the usual competitive process. more

TROY Ranks Seventh for Attendance
American Forces Press ServiceTroy University has earned the seventh-ranked spot in a survey of nearly a half-million military service members taking college-level courses. “This ranking reflects TROY’s long-sustained commitment to serving the U.S. military..." more

Fielding of Unmanned Systems
American Forces Press ServiceThe Defense Department and unmanned systems developers must do a better job fielding unmanned capabilities to servicemembers on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior military officer said here yesterday. more

Showcases Unmanned Capabilities
American Forces Press ServiceMore than 5,000 people from 30 countries took part in the world’s largest exhibition of robots and unmanned systems capabilities at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s Unmanned Systems North America 2009 Convention. more

Cultural Awareness Training
American Forces Press ServiceDefense Department officials are developing a new training program that will teach military members and civilians how to be culturally competent and aware when interacting with people from different lands, a senior official told reporters here today. more

Employee Marks 55 Years of Service
American Forces Press ServiceWhen he enlisted, he was selected and assigned to military police training and leadership. "We were not given the option to request a particular field; although I enlisted, this was in the days of the draft, and they placed us where they deemed fit," he noted. more

Soldier Credits Civilian Employer
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Army Command Sgt. Maj. Rob Lawrence’s position as the Colorado National Guard’s top enlisted soldier is underscored by nearly 25 years of steadfast support from his civilian employer. more

Catholic Mass for U.S. Troops
American Forces Press ServiceCONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq – U.S. soldiers took part in a rare celebration of religious and cultural proportions here recently during a Catholic Mass performed by the acting bishop of Basra, Iraq. more

Stunt-Like Driving Course
American Forces Press ServiceSgt. Michael Lynch, a squad leader with the Headquarters Company from the U.S. Army Garrison in Belgium, is learning how to perform a 'J-turn' maneuver, a driving stunt designed to take a car in reverse and quickly spin it 180 degrees. more

New Pre-K Program
American Forces Press ServiceA new Army-wide pre-kindergarten program promises to teach children more than classroom rules and good behavior. It's called Strong Beginnings, and has a curriculum that includes science and technology, literature and math. more

Safety Courses Move to ALMS
American Forces Press ServiceThe U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center staff migrated 15 of the center's main distance learning courses from the Army Training Support Center Blackboard system to the Army Learning Management System, know as ALMS. more

Soldiers Find Sympathetic Ear Online
American Forces Press ServiceAs a pilot program that kicked off Aug. 1, TRIAP allows Soldiers to use a telephone, a computer, or even a computer with video conferencing capabilities, to communicate directly with licensed counselors about multiple issues. more

'GI Joe' Now in Combat Theater
American Forces Press ServiceChief Warrant Officer John "Buzz" Covington was with the 21st Cavalry Brigade when he helped film an Apache attack helicopter scene at Fort Hood, Texas. But he's now in Iraq with the 4227th Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and is scheduled to be there until May. more

Mother, Son Bond in Afghanistan
American Forces Press ServiceDeployed soldiers always have kissed their families goodbye and headed off to war with the expectation of learning to handle the constant heartache of missing their loved ones. However a mother and her son have found themselves assigned here together. more

Obama Spends Birthday, Focused
American Forces Press ServicePresident Barack Obama strode into the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Aug. 4, uttering apologies for being late as he approached the four military journalists to shake their hands and thank them for coming to talk about veterans’ issues. more

Hope for Paralyzed Vets
American Forces Press ServiceWith immobility causing degeneration in the bones, joints, heart, lungs and skin of tens of thousands of disabled veterans, scientists are developing equipment that could get them back on their feet. more

Infantry Patrols Disrupt Insurgents
American Forces Press ServiceAlthough they conduct offensive operations based on specific intelligence reports, the Soldiers accomplish most of their counterinsurgency through daily, key leader engagement patrols. The Soldiers rotate, so each squad patrols every three days. more

New GI Bill Will Make Huge Impact
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) - The new GI Bill that President Barack Obama signed in June went into effect Aug. 1. It is aimed at giving today’s servicemembers the same benefit that warriors from past wars received. more

Personal Motto Drives Army Officer
American Forces Press ServiceBAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Army Lt. Col. Mary Cheyne, knowledge management officer with Combined Joint Task Force 82 here, started as a West Point cadet and rose through the ranks to her current position with the Army in Afghanistan. more

Command Will Stress Nuclear Mission
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – A key step in reinvigorating the Air Force’s nuclear deterrence mission will be made today with the activation of the service’s Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. more

Resolve 'Burn Pit' Smoke Issues
American Forces Press ServiceAs the military prepares to step up its already robust environmental health monitoring program to identify possible health consequences of “burn pit” smoke exposures, President Obama has pledged to ensure troops are protected... more

Daunting, Complex Challenges
American Forces Press ServiceWhen Obama took office, Mullen said, he helped to formulate the strategy for all U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by the end of 2011. In Afghanistan, the president put together a regional approach and a strong civilian-led team to address “soft power” aspects of the new strategy. more

Army Master Resiliency Training
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- The Army has been working with the University of Pennsylvania to develop master resiliency training that will soon be taught to Soldiers, family members and Army civilians. more

New Weapon System
American Forces Press ServiceKANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (American Forces Press Service) – As U.S. forces fight insurgents in the southern and eastern regions of Afghanistan, officials are working to protect them with new technology, equipment and vehicles. more

Soldier Starts Recycling Effort in Iraq
American Forces Press ServiceBAGHDAD (American Forces Press Service) – The Army teaches soldiers to leave a place better than they found it. One soldier has applied this adage to the Multinational Division Baghdad area of operations by thinking “green.” more

Grandfather’s Service Inspires NCO
American Forces Press ServiceThe Atomium monument is an iconic landmark of Brussels. Made in the shape of an iron crystal’s unit cell, it was built as a centerpiece for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, and has remained standing long after the fair's closing. more

Marines Train Afghans
American Forces Press ServiceNURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A 46-pound artillery round explodes into the hills surrounding Forward Operating Base Kalagush here as Afghan National Army forward observers watch patiently, consulting their maps. more

Inclusive Approach to GI Bill Benefits
American Forces Press ServiceAs the administration works with Congress to shore up gaps in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, President Barack Obama said today he wants to be inclusive, not exclusive, in extending those entitlements. more

Two-Star General Helps Soldiers
American Forces Press ServiceIn opening senior leadership training July 24, Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, the commander of Division West, 1st Army at Fort Carson, Colo., quoted Oswald Chambers, a 19th century Scottish theologian. more

First Female Head of School
American Forces Press ServiceFORT JACKSON, S.C. (American Forces Press Service) – Army Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King of the 369th Adjutant General Battalion has been selected the next commandant of the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School. more

Virtual World Supports Troops
American Forces Press ServiceJacquelyn Morie of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies discussed the “Transitional Online Post-deployment Soldier Support in Virtual Worlds” project during a July 29 webcast. more

The Post 9/11 GI Bill
American Forces Press ServiceThe Post 9/11 GI Bill, through its Yellow Ribbon Programs and partnerships with colleges and universities throughout the nation, will provide our service members with the most generous educational benefits package since the original GI Bill of 1944. more

Remarks on Post 9/11 GI Bill
American Forces Press Service"I want to join all of today's speakers in thanking those of you who worked so hard to make this occasion possible. But above all, I want to pay tribute to the veterans who are now advancing their dreams by pursuing an education." more

Enemy in Afghanistan Disabled
Blackanthem Military NewsBAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (American Forces Press Service) – Afghan and U.S. forces completed an operation July 31 aimed at improving security for Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential election. more

NCO Works to Improve Soldiers' Gear
Blackanthem Military NewsArmy Sgt. 1st Class Debra Tanacea was eager to begin her first deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. But it was the method that she would have to use, and the soldiers and units she would have to retrieve the equipment from, that overwhelmed her, she said. more

New Officer Recruitment Campaign
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 31, 2009) -- A new multimedia recruiting campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the opportunities and professional paths available to those who want to become Army officers. The campaign kicks off Monday. more

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