News Archives For October 2009

’Laptops for Flat Tops’ Contest
Blackanthem Military NewsLeading e-tailer is hosting final contest giving military families a chance to win laptops and Webcams to communicate with loved ones serving overseas more

'Full Support' Of Army's Airlift Needs
Blackanthem Military News10/27/2009 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The Air Force has been setting records -- airdrop records -- month after month in 2009 in Afghanistan more

Elite Golf Course Breeze For Soldiers
Blackanthem Military NewsFORT JACKSON, S.C. - A two-man golf team from Fort Jackson recently worked their way to a second place win at the 2nd Annual Carolinas PGA Golf League Championship at Tobacco Road Golf Club. more

Mrs. Obama, Dr. Biden Praise Troops
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2009 – The wives of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden praised servicemembers, veterans and their families today during a visit to a Veterans Affairs hospital in New York City. more

President Signs Defense Act
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2009 – President Barack Obama today signed the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at the White House. more

Post 9/11 GI Bill: Eligibility
Blackanthem Military News10/28/2009 - The Post-9/11 GI Bill program began funding veterans' aspirations for higher education this semester.Funds for this program took effect Aug. 1 more

School Opening Brings New Hope
Blackanthem Military NewsHAIDARI, Iraq, Oct. 27, 2009 – A project that began last year came to fruition here Oct. 12, when this small Iraqi village celebrated the official opening of a newly renovated school. more

Plans Progress for C-27J Spartan
Blackanthem Military News10/27/2009 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Air Force plans to include the C-27J Spartan, the latest propeller-driven airlifter planned for the Air Force inventory, are steadily progressing. more

Soldiers Earn Coveted Title
Blackanthem Military News10/26/2009 - Ten minutes before arriving to the drop zone, every parachutist on the 'bird' knows what's coming next when the jumpmaster stands and hooks up to the anchor line cable,signaling the beginning of actions on the aircraft. more

Former Draftee To Hang Up Uniform
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (Oct. 23, 2009) -- The Army Reserve's top enlisted Soldier retires this month from an Army that's vastly different from the one he was drafted into almost 40 years ago. more

Key Piece to Policymaking Puzzle
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2009 – A key element in the debate about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is a reported request by Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top American commander there, for additional troops. more

Gates Receives Strategy Proposals
Blackanthem Military NewsBRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Oct. 23, 2009 – Robert M. Gates said today he’s encouraged by unofficial endorsements NATO defense ministers are expressing for Army Gen. McChrystal’s strategy proposals for Afghanistan. more

Veterans Health Care Legislation
American Forces Press ServiceThe Veterans Healthcare Reform and Transparency Act fundamentally changes how the Department of Veterans Affairs receive health care funding. The reform calls for appropriations a year in advance after more than two decades of regular budget delays. more

Training Copes with Deployments
American Forces Press ServiceIn a room of 20 military spouses, about 15 raised their hands as Chaplain (Capt.) Josh Metz asked, "Who's gone through a deployment before?" The number wasn't surprising. The spouses and families of 1st Armored Division Soldiers... more

Soldier Beats Breast Cancer
American Forces Press ServiceARLINGTON, Va. (American Forces Press Service) – A California Army National Guard supply noncommissioned officer diagnosed with breast cancer is cancer-free today, and she credits early detection with her new lease on life. more

Retired Soldier Deploys as Civilian
American Forces Press ServiceDarren Costine retired from the Army in 2001, but with 22 years of service under his belt, the former first sergeant said, the Army is still in his blood. That’s why he volunteered to return to the Middle East for six months as a civilian support representative for Defense Logistics Agency. more

Compensate ‘Stop Loss’ Troops
American Forces Press ServiceThe Defense Department will implement a new program this week to compensate former and current servicemembers for each month they involuntarily served from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009, a defense official said. more

Military Families of Year
American Forces Press ServiceSeven families, one from each of the uniformed services, have been selected as National Military Family Association’s 2009 Military Families of the Year for the roles they play in their communities and the way they embrace the military lifestyle. more

'Proper Exit' Helps Wounded Warriors
American Forces Press ServiceThis second group of "Operation Proper Exit" will spend a week in Iraq, thanks to the Troops First Foundation and the USO. In June, six amputee combat veterans went back to Iraq as part of "Proper Exit" and visited seven military installations. more

First Lady Notes VA’s Road of Change
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – First Lady Michelle Obama expressed gratitude for Veterans Affairs employees and their dedication during a visit to the department today. more

2010 Afghanistan Deployments
American Forces Press ServicePentagon officials today announced additional replacement units scheduled to deploy next year to Afghanistan as part of the requirement to maintain the current level of security efforts there, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today. more

Troops to Protect Afghans
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Even as leaders in Washington struggle with the next steps in Afghanistan, troops there are moving to better protect the Afghan people, NATO and Pentagon officials said today. more

Afghanistan Strategy Review
Questions about the legitimacy of Afghanistan's national elections are a complicating factor, but President Barack Obama's strategic review doesn't hinge on the outcome, and ongoing military operations aren't being affected, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today. more

Presidential Unit Citation
American Forces Press ServiceOn Tuesday, October 20th at 11:45 am EST, the President will hold a recognition ceremony to honor Troop A, First Squadron, 11th Armored Combat Regiment of the U.S. Army, recipients of the Presidential Unit Citation for actions in the Republic of Vietnam. more

First Lady to Help Military Families
American Forces Press ServiceFirst Lady Michelle Obama today vowed to make the voices of U.S. military families heard in the nation’s capital, and called on Americans to recognize the sacrifices made by those in uniform and their loved ones. more

Support for Military Families
American Forces Press ServiceDeborah Mullen, wife of the nation’s most senior military officer, had a message for military families while on the Sesame Street TV set here yesterday: servicemembers and their families have a wealth of support behind them. more

Pentagon Cybersecurity
American Forces Press ServiceWith growing dependence on information technology and increasing threats against it, President Barack Obama declared October to be National Cybersecurity Month. The DoD is one of the largest computer users in the world... more

Dealing With Loss on Sesame Street
American Forces Press ServiceNEW YORK (American Forces Press Service) – To the envy of all the neighborhood kids, I was invited to New York yesterday to attend the taping of a special Sesame Workshop production aimed at helping military children. more

'Advise and Assist' Brigade
American Forces Press ServiceSAQLAWIYA, Iraq (American Forces Press Service) -- On a floating bridge beside the stump of a modern concrete highway span under construction here, two middle-aged men talk through an interpreter about the job before them. more

Soldier Inspires Teens in Uganda
American Forces Press ServiceKITGUM, Uganda (American Forces Press Service) – When Staff Sgt. John Okumu joined the Army five years ago, he never dreamed he would one day deploy to Africa, the continent he once called home. more

Spread Good Will With Vet Care
American Forces Press ServiceHELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (American Forces Press Service) – Marines here have brought new meaning to the expression “goat rope” by helping local farmers with free veterinary care for their goats, sheep and cows. more

‘Farmer Fred’ Brings Iraqis Hope
American Forces Press ServiceFarmers trying to recover from years of drought, war and neglect in Iraq’s Ninevah province are looking to turn things around with a government program called Greenhouse Demonstration, some structures called hoop houses, and an American called “Farmer Fred.” more

Microgrants Help Iraqi Businesses
American Forces Press ServiceCONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq (American Forces Press Service) – Starting a business can be rewarding and fulfilling. But succeeding in business in a volatile economy is something some would say requires a miracle. more

Forces Disrupt Terrorist
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Afghan and international security forces have disrupted several terrorist networks in Afghanistan, including a major drug operation, in recent days, military officials reported. more

Army Reaffirm Family Covenant
American Forces Press ServiceARLINGTON, Va. (American Forces Press Service) – The Army’s top military officer and civilian leader underscored the service’s commitment to Army families at last week’s annual meeting and exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army. more

DoD Energy Independence
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – Scientists are working to create energy self-sufficiency for the Defense Department, the nation’s largest single consumer of energy, a defense expert said. more

'Powerful Legacy'
American Forces Press ServiceThe chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the man for whom USS Wayne E. Meyer guided-missile destroyer was named during the ship’s commissioning into the U.S. Pacific Fleet here today. more

Soldiers Receive Piece of History
American Forces Press ServiceSince 1918, when the men who fought with the 81st Division during World War I donned an image of a wildcat on the sleeve of their uniform, U.S. Army Soldiers have bonded together through the history of their unit patch. more

MREs No Longer 'Mystery Meat'
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON - DoD's Combat Feeding Directorate set up an elaborate display with interactive activities on the floor of the AUSA Annual Meeting and Symposium, including a place for Soldiers to taste-test new ration items. more

Obama Accepts Nobel Prize
American Forces Press ServicePresident Barack Obama said today he'll accept the Nobel Peace Prize as a "call to action" for the international community to work together to confront common challenges, while also recognizing his responsibility for U.S. security. more

Army Focus on Suicide Prevention
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – The Army is making progress in its efforts to prevent suicides despite the increasing number of reports, an Army spokeswoman said in an interview with American Forces Press Service today. more

USO Gala Honors Troops, Sacrifices
American Forces Press ServiceThe stars were out at the black-tie event held in a posh hotel in the popular Adams Morgan area. More than 800 actors, musicians, models, football stars and top politicians mingled over drinks and dinner. more

Iraq Troop Rotations, Extensions
American Forces Press ServiceAn Army armored cavalry unit and three brigade combat teams will deploy to Iraq next summer as part of annual troop rotations there, according to a Defense Department news release issued today. more

‘Steady Progress’ in Baghdad
American Forces Press ServiceAttacks committed by al-Qaida and other insurgents operating in Baghdad and its environs continue to drop three months after U.S. combat troops moved out of Iraqi cities, a U.S. brigade commander posted there said today. more

Soldiers Deliver Aid to ‘Lost City’
American Forces Press ServiceU.S. soldiers provided humanitarian aid to Iraqis in an area locals refer to as the “Lost City.” In the “Lost City,” jobs are few and far between. Drinkable water is not readily available, and the school lacks running water. more

Drill Sergeant Returns Army Strong
American Forces Press ServiceOn June 30, Elias was training his new Soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. when a grenade simulator exploded in his right hand leaving just his thumb. Surgeons at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center amputated the hand. more

Survivor Urges Mammograms
American Forces Press ServiceAfter a two-year battle with breast and ovarian cancers, once again I find myself sitting in a doctor’s office, waiting to get a mammogram. My mammogram checkups are in October -- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. more

Soldier Draws From 7 Deployments
American Forces Press ServiceCONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq – For Army Sgt. William Altman, an operations noncommissioned officer with the 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, doing his job with excellence is the motivation that carries him through his daily shift. more

Group Honors Wounded Warriors
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – In 2005, David Dominguez of San Diego noticed casualty reports in Iraq and Afghanistan were barely making news. After several years of war, the American public had settled back into its routine. more

Forces Disrupt Kidnappers, Save Boy
American Forces Press ServiceThe boy had been kidnapped Sept. 15. The team referred to one of the kidnappers as “The Ghost,” because he constantly moved from one location to another, said Iraqi army Col. Saad Muhammed Hamoud, Anbar special weapons and tactics team commander. more

DoD Launches Photography Widget
American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – American Forces Press Service, the Defense Department’s vehicle for news and feature content on the Web site, has unveiled a “widget” for photographs. more

Military Spouse Playwright
American Forces Press ServiceCarolyn Louise Herring Moore, a playwright, military spouse and Colorado Springs, Colo., native, is bringing her play, “Women Shoptalk While Real Men Wait,” to Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium on Oct. 31... more

Guard Joins American Samoa Effort
American Forces Press ServiceThe Hawaii National Guard’s medical mission in American Samoa wrapped up over the weekend, but 14 Guardsmen with the state’s civil support team will remain there to conduct joint hazardous-material and damage assessment operations. more

Program Offers Housing Assistance
American Forces Press ServiceConcerns about housing have been prevalent since the mortgage crisis struck more than a year ago, but servicemembers and certain eligible civilians in the Defense Department can get some help when they’re required to move. more

Glimpse Into Relief Effort
American Forces Press ServiceARLINGTON, Va. – A physician assistant from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing provided his unit at Hickam Air Force Base with a first-hand account from tsunami-torn American Samoa. more

Physical, Mental Fitness Training
American Forces Press ServiceBeing “Army Strong” means more than simply being physically fit.Through the Army’s recently launched Comprehensive Fitness Program, Army leadership aims to improve all aspects of soldier fitness. more

Troops Face Deployment Extension
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – The deployments of about 1,600 U.S. troops in Iraq could be extended in the weeks following the national election slated to occur in January, Pentagon officials said today. more

U.S. Needs to Redefine Afghan Fight
Blackanthem Military NewsWASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service) – The war in Afghanistan can be won if forces there change the way they fight, the top military commander on the ground said today. more

DoD Schools Prepare Students
Blackanthem Military NewsDefense Department schools are stressing studies in science, technology, engineering and math in keeping with 21st century needs, the head of the Department of Defense Education Activity’s science program said yesterday. more

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