Field Report #294 January 15, 2008

President Bush's new strategy for Iraq, announced one year ago during a televised speech to the nation, is accomplishing many of its goals and laying important groundwork for initiatives yet to be fulfilled, military and defense officials agree.

The Army's Partnership for Youth Success program, which began in 2000, has now promised more than 53,000 Soldiers from the Army and Army Reserve a leg up on civilian employment.

Battlemind Prepares Soldiers
Today, every Soldier headed to Iraq and Afghanistan receives Battlemind training, but few know the science behind it.

Do you know how much cash you spent last month?

No. 8 Army Team Prepares for 2008 Season
NASCAR driver Mark Martin and the No. 8 U.S. Army Team spent Jan. 7 getting acquainted, while testing the high-banked 2.5-mile tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway.

When Multi-National Corps-Iraq Army Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola’s Personal Security Detail Soldiers went to entry control point 13 to clean up Dec. 15, they did not know they would be having fun and making new friends.

'Active First' Shows Promise
Army Secretary Pete Geren is crediting a new National Guard program that brings new recruits into the active Army with a commitment to finish up their tours in the Guard or Reserve as an example of innovative initiatives that are helping maintain the force.

Troops on extended deployments can rest easier knowing that if their family experiences an unexpected financial emergency, help is available.

Associated Press - (APTN)
Jan. 11, 2008. 12:56 AM EST
U.S. bombers and jet fighters unloaded 40,000 pounds of explosives on the southern outskirts of Baghdad on Thursday. The attack wiped out what the military calls al-Qaida safe havens. (Jan. 10)

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