News Archives For August 2010

Combat Mission in Iraq Ends
On Tuesday, after more than seven years, the United States of America will end its combat mission in Iraq and take an important step forward in responsibly ending the Iraq war. In the months ahead, our troops will continue to support and train Iraqi forces, partner with Iraqis in counterterrorism missions, and protect our civilian and military efforts. more

TROY in top 15% of Military Friendly Schools
GI Jobs has named Troy University among the top 15 percent of all U.S. universities as being “military friendly.” GI Jobs, a veteran-owned business that publishes various magazines and provides services to members of the military, rates both public and private colleges and universities on the basis of how well each school embraces America’s veterans as students. more

New Uniform For OEF Protects Soldiers
Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan will now go with a new uniform in their mobility bag -- one that fights fire and fleas, and makes them less visible to insurgents. The next generation of uniform for Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom bears the new "OEF camouflage pattern" -- called OCP for short. The pattern is better suited than the "Universal Camouflage Pattern" to blend-in in the Afghanistan environment. It is also known as "MultiCam." more

Vision of National Guard's Future
"No one wants to go back to the Guard being just a strategic reserve," Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said during a visit to the 2010 National Guard Family Program Volunteer Workshop. "We have come way too far. Half of the Guard are combat veterans. That's a fundamentally different force and, as a result, it's a fundamentally different Army." more

Participation in Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Survey
Noting the importance of getting the opinions of those who would be most affected by a possible repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged servicemembers last month to provide their input. more

Facts and Figures on Drawdown in Iraq
On August 31, Operation Iraqi Freedom will end. The transitional mission will be called Operation New Dawn. Consistent with our agreements with the Iraqi government, all U.S. troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of 2011. more

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