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Wounded veterans real winners at D.C. bowl game

12-30-2009

Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen unfurled an American flag during the opening of the Dec. 29 EagleBank Bowl game between the UCLA Bruins and the Temple Owls. UCLA beat Temple, 30-21. The real winners of the event were wounded Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who benefit by involvement with the bowl game's charity partner "The Wounded Warrior Project."

UCLA sophomore Rahim Moore jumps for a pass during the Dec. 29 EagleBank Bowl game between the UCLA Bruins and the Temple Owls. UCLA beat Temple, 30-21. The real winners of the event were wounded Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who benefit by involvement with the bowl game's charity partner "The Wounded Warrior Project."

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston attended the coin toss before the Dec. 29 EagleBank Bowl game between the UCLA Bruins and the Temple Owls. UCLA beat Temple, 30-21. The real winners of the event were wounded Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who benefit by involvement with the bowl game's charity partner "The Wounded Warrior Project."



Veterans get international thanks for service at Bulge

12-18-2009

Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, on Dec. 16 -- the 65th anniversary of the start of the battle.



Volunteers lay 15,000 wreaths at Arlington Cemetery

12-15-2009

David Ingle and father Mark Ingle volunteered to place wreaths on the headstones Dec. 12, at Arlington National Cemetery. David is a member of Cub Scout Pack 1967, in Fairfax, Va. Mark works for the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.



Wreaths at Pentagon Memorial may begin new tradition

12-14-2009

Some 184 evergreen wreaths were placed at the Pentagon Memorial, one for each victim killed there in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.



Last U.S. WWI vet fights for national memorial

12-04-2009

Sen. John Thune speaks with Frank W. Buckles during testimony Dec. 3, before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, subcommittee on national parks. Buckles is 108 years old, and is the last living World War I veteran from the United States. Buckles and Thune were testifying in support of the "Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act," which would rededicate an existing war memorial in Washington, D.C. as a national memorial -- creating for the first time a national memorial that commemorates World War I veterans.

John Jackson and Mary Jackson of Park Forest, Ill., visit the District of Columbia War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial was built by citizens of the District of Columbia to commemorate their own who served in World War I. The memorial sits on the National Mall near the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam War Memorial. The "Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act" would rededicate the local District memorial as a national memorial -- creating for the first time a national memorial that commemorates World War I veterans. Frank Buckles, now 108 years old, is the last living World War I veteran from the United States.

The District of Columbia War Memorial was built by citizens of the District of Columbia to commemorate their own who served in World War I. The memorial sits on the National Mall near the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam War Memorial. The "Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act" would rededicate the local District memorial as a national memorial -- creating for the first time a national memorial that commemorates World War I veterans. Frank Buckles, now 108 years old, is the last living World War I veteran from the United States.



Female servicemembers to get unique care package

11-19-2009

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, participate Nov. 18, in a USO-sponsored event on Capitol Hill to build some 2,000 care packages that contain items specifically targeted at female servicemembers.



Soldiers learning to 'bounce back' in Philly

11-16-2009

Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Brundage and Sgt. 1st Class Paula L. Lebov work together during the first official "master resilience training" program Nov. 8-19, in Philadelphia, Pa. The training is part of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program and was developed from the University of Pennsylvania's resilience program.



Soldiers affect brigade modernization

10-23-2009

This video camera, part of the Tactical-Unattended Ground Sensors included in Army brigade combat team modernization, got an overhaul that was spurred on by Soldiers who are part of the Army Evaluation Task Force at Fort Bliss, Texas. The T-UGS sensors were made lighter and easier to handle as a result of AETF Soldier input.



CSA says Army will balance mission, troops for Afghanistan

10-06-2009

Army leaders will work to provide the forces necessary to be successful in Afghanistan, while at the same time attempting to balance that demand with the needs of Soldiers and families, said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. during the "Eisenhower Luncheon" at the Association of the United States Army 2009 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.



Soldiers bring care to people in need

10-01-2009

Locals wait outside the hospital for care.

A young woman waits for care in a hospital near Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.

A young boy waits for a family member in a hospital near Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.

A woman and her child await medical care in a hospital near Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.

U.S. military doctors perform surgery in a hospital near Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.



Hiking for the people

10-01-2009

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Bill Flores, a native Spanish speaker, makes a new friend.

A child smiles during an event in Honduras where Soldiers from Soto Cano Air Base delivered food items.

A Solider from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras delivers food products to Hondurans who live near the installation.



Pentagon civilians reflect on 9/11 at year-old memorial

09-10-2009

Mary Lou Bradley and Aline V. Tyler, both Department of the Army civilians with Army G-1, spent the latter portion of their lunch hour at the Pentagon Memorial, sitting on and walking amongst the 184 granite and stainless steel benches that represent the victims of the attack on the Pentagon. The memorial was dedicated Sept. 11, 2008.



Pilot program allows Soldier self-referral for alcohol treatment

08-20-2009

A pilot program underway now at some Army installations allows Soldiers who think they might have a problem with alcohol to seek out help without risk to their careers.



For first time, medical recruiter named best

08-05-2009

Sgt. 1st Class Strate V. Flessas, Army Career Counselor of the Year; Sgt. 1st Class Anika Anderson-Hack, Army Recruiter of the Year; Sgt. 1st Class Shateria Rahming, Army Reserve Recruiter of the Year; Sgt. 1st Class Gonzalo L. Fernandez, Army National Guard Recruiter/Retention Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Sgt. 1st Class Boris O. Cornejo, Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year received awards for excellence in recruiting and career counseling during a ceremony Aug. 5, at the Pentagon. Secretary of the Army Pete Geren presented the awards.



Chief tells outgoing secretary, 'you are one of us'

07-17-2009

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren receives a plaque featuring the Army's Noncommissioned Officer Creed from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, during a ceremony July 16 at the Pentagon. The ceremony honored Geren as he prepares to leave his job as secretary. Geren served the Army beginning March 9, 2007, as the Army's 20th secretary.



Outgoing secretary lauds Soldiers, families, NCOs

07-17-2009

Children at the Fort Myer, Va. Child Development Center presented birthday cards to Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, June 9, 2008. Geren made an appearance at the CDC to read to the children a new book, by Army Youth Services, called "Happy Birthday Army." The book was part of an effort by the secretary to better include Army youth in the service's 233rd birthday celebrations.



Craddock: NATO must find better ways for nations to participate

07-10-2009

Gen. John Craddock, the recent NATO supreme allied commander Europe, and former commander of U.S. European Command, speaks July 9 at the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, D.C., as part of a presentation titled "NATO and Afghanistan: Equitable Burden Sharing."



PEO Soldier showcases gear at Pentagon

06-16-2009

Lt. Col. Mike Ascura, product manager for Army crew-served weapons, discusses the XM-806 lightweight .50-caliber machine gun with visitors in the Pentagon courtyard, June 12.



Chief discusses plan to increase dwell time

05-18-2009

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. speaks with Rep. John M. McHugh of New York prior to a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee, May 14.



ROTC cadets become Army officers at Georgetown ceremony

05-15-2009

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. administers the oath of office, May 15, to 26 Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. The cadets will now serve as second lieutenants in the Army.



DoD undersecretary: Army may be asked to prevent war

05-05-2009

Before an audience of Soldiers and civilians attending an Army Leader Forum, May 4, at the Pentagon, Michèle Flournoy, under secretary of Defense for Policy, explained challenges to the United States in the new security environment, insights on strategies to deal with those new challenges, and the effects on the Army.



Walter Reed marks one century of Soldier care

05-01-2009

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren spoke May 1, at the Centennial Celebration at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.



Land gift to university means opportunity for Fort Hood families

04-30-2009

Dr. Mike D. McKinney,(left), Chancellor of Texas A & M University, and Army Secretary Pete Geren, sign a transfer of land agreement, April 30, at the Brumidi Room on Capitol Hill. The agreement will allow for 662 acres of federal land to be used by Texas A & M to build a Central Texas campus in the city of Killeen for Soldiers and family members stationed at Fort Hood.



Event challenges Soldiers to get finances in order

04-29-2009

Sgt. Maj. Rose Matthews of U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (right) discusses the Better Business Bureau Military Line with Sgt. 1st Class Pierre Dye during the "Financial Readiness Challenge," April 28, at Fort Myer, Va. The Financial Readiness Challenge campaign is scheduled to visit Fort Hood, Texas in July; Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Sill, Okla., and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in September; and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. in October.



Surgeon general: No cause for alarm with swine flu

04-28-2009

While emphasizing caution, the Surgeon General of the Army said there's no reason to be alarmed by swine flu, because there are treatments available. "There is no cause for panic or alarm," wrote Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, U.S. Army surgeon general in his blog. "Antiviral drugs are available in the event you become ill; and there are preventive measures you can take to stay healthy." The Army Medical Command recommends Soldiers and their families avoid contracting the swine flu by avoiding those who already have the flu, and by washing their hands often.



‘Mobile USO’ will allow group to better serve Soldiers

04-23-2009

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Peter W. Chiarelli attended a ribbon cutting ceremony, April 23, at the Pentagon to officially recognize the donation of the "Mobile USO" vehicle to the United Service Organizations of Metropolitan Washington. The vehicle is essentially a mobile kitchen and entertainment facility with the capacity to serve up to 500 people at once.



Congressional staffers, Soldiers mingle on firing range

04-08-2009

Members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), from Fort Myer, Va., and staff members from the offices of members of Congress, participated in an "Army Weapons Day," April 8, on the firing range in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Members of the Old Guard instructed congressional staffers on how to safely fire the M-4 carbine. After a safety briefing, staffers were given the opportunity to fire 10 rounds into a target and to then have their target scored. While firing, they were chaperoned on the range by a Soldier from the Old Guard.

Members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), from Fort Myer, Va., and staff members from the offices of members of Congress, participated in an "Army Weapons Day," April 8, on the firing range in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Members of the Old Guard instructed congressional staffers on how to safely fire the M-4 carbine. After a safety briefing, staffers were given the opportunity to fire 10 rounds into a target and to then have their target scored. While firing, they were chaperoned on the range by a Soldier from the Old Guard.



'Military Saves' encourages Soldiers to build nest egg

04-02-2009

Through sponsorship of the Military Saves program, the Army encourages Soldiers to become financially stable through savings and investment.



A penny saved is a lesson learned

03-31-2009

Picking up change on the street can really add up. One military family in New York City has been saving found change for more than three years now and has collected more than $1000. They say the money will eventually be donated to charity, and that going on walks together to find change is a good way to stay in shape as a family.



Military, civilian partnerships needed for stability

03-30-2009

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commander, Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., speaks March 27, at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., about the significance of Army Field Manual 3-07, "Stability Operations."



Multi-service winners honored at Woman's History Month event

03-24-2009

Gail H. McGinn, deputy undersecretary of defense for plans; Marine Corps Maj. Denise Garcia; and Sharie Bourbeau, assistant deputy chief of naval operations, manpower, personnel, training and education were present March 19, at the 2009 Women's History Month Observation and Awards Program at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Garcia was the recipient of recognition in part for her leadership during the military surge in Iraq that led to improved security in the Al Anbar Province.



USFK commander tells senators tours in Korea to be ‘normalized’

03-19-2009

U.S. Pacific Command commander Admiral Timothy J. Keating and Gen. Walter L. Sharp, United States Forces Korea commander, spoke March 19 before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sharp told Senators his priorities as commander include maintaining trained, ready and disciplined combined and joint command forces; continued improvement of the relationship between South Korea and the United States; and improving the quality of life for Soldiers and their families.



Army cooks aim for speed, flavor, skill in culinary competition

03-16-2009

Pfc. Anthony Patterson of Fort Bragg, N.C., prepares a desert during the Student Skills Competition as part of the 34th Army Culinary Arts Competition, March 2-13, at Fort Lee, Va. Army cooks participated in two-week culinary event which featured more than 40 different categories of competition that touched on such things as ice carving, pastry, nutrition, cooking knowledge and field cooking.

Pfc. Matthew Hendriks and Pfc. Gerardo Ortiz, representing U.S. Army Europe, put the final touches on the entrée during the Student Skills Competition as part of the 34th Army Culinary Arts Competition, March 2-13, at Fort Lee, Va.

Pfc. Dustin Adair of Fort Drum, N.Y., prepares fish during the Student Skills Competition as part of the 34th Army Culinary Arts Competition, March 2-13, at Fort Lee, Va.

Sgt. Orlando Serna of Fort Bragg, N.C. won a first place prize for this dessert entry during the 34th Army Culinary Arts Competition, March 2-13, at Fort Lee, Va.



First female 4-star credits diversity for strength of Army

03-06-2009

Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command, talks to female ROTC cadets and West Point students Thursday during a Women's History Month luncheon in the U.S. Capitol Building.



Vice chief: Army pushing power to lowest level

03-03-2009

During the Association of the United States Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition, Feb. 25-27, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli said the Army should focus on connectivity, commonality and survivability.



Diversity panel meets on Capitol Hill

02-11-2009

Lt. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle, deputy chief of staff, Army G-1, was one of eight former and current Soldiers who spoke on Capitol Hill, Feb. 10, as part of an Army Diversity Panel. The group discussed diversity issues in the Army today and took questions from members of congress and staffers.



Female flag officers honor first woman four-star

02-09-2009

Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody meets with Rear Adm. Liz Young and Air Force Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski during a lunch in her honor, Feb. 7, at the Women in Military Service for America memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.



Soldier testifies to Congress on body armor

02-05-2009

Staff Sgt. Fred Rowe, currently assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., stood near Maj. Gen. Robert P. Lennox, assistant deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, as he answered questions from members of Congress, Feb. 4, on Capitol Hill. Rowe was given the opportunity to speak during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee joint air and land forces and seapower and expeditionary forces subcommittees.

1st Sgt. Patrick Schrader discusses his body armor with a civilian reporter in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Both Schrader and Staff Sgt. Fred Rowe attended a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee joint air and land forces and seapower and expeditionary forces subcommittees, Feb. 4.



Army to look at providing more space for Soldiers' gear

01-30-2009

Chief of Staff of the Army George W. Casey Jr. attended the final "report out session" of the 2009 Army Family Action Plan conference in Alexandria, Va., Jan. 26-30. Recommendations to Army senior leadership at the conference included providing time off for Soldiers to grieve the loss of a loved one, official photos for all Soldiers in the event they are killed in battle, and a place for Soldiers in barracks to keep their gear.



Servicemembers have ball at inaugural event

01-21-2009

Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and military spouses attended the Commander in Chief Ball, Jan. 20, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. During the ball, President Barack Obama told military members he was proud of their service. "It is wonderful to be surrounded by some of the very best and bravest Americans," Obama said. "Know that as president I will have no greater honor or responsibility than serving as your commander in chief."

Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and military spouses attended the Commander in Chief Ball, Jan. 20, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. During the ball, President Barack Obama told military members he was proud of their service. "It is wonderful to be surrounded by some of the very best and bravest Americans," Obama said. "Know that as president I will have no greater honor or responsibility than serving as your commander in chief."



Army prepared for inaugural contingencies

01-16-2009

Sgt. Malkia Litaker, with the 947th Military Police Detachment at Fort Myer, Va., and her military working dog, Gerko, work together to find simulated explosives during a demonstration Jan. 14 at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. The team will assist in providing explosive detection capability during inaugural events in the nation's capital. Litaker said Gerko can detect up to nine different chemical scents that might indicate the presence of explosives.



Former CJCS portrait unveiled at Pentagon

01-13-2009

Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace greets portrait artist Peter E. Egeli following the unveiling of Pace's portrait. The portrait was unveiled Jan. 13 during a ceremony at the Pentagon. The painting will be displayed in a corridor of the Pentagon along with portraits of other former chairmen.



Army receives first six NEVs

01-13-2009

The first six "neighborhood electric vehicles" were delivered to the Army Jan. 12 during a ceremony at Fort Myer, Va. The ceremonial delivery of the NEVs, which are entirely electric powered, represents the beginning of a leasing action by the Army to obtain more than 4,000 of the vehicles. The use of NEVs by the Army is part of its comprehensive and far-reaching energy security initiative to ease its dependence on fossil fuels. As part of that initiative, the service will be leveraging electric vehicles and other technologies that exist today, as well as exploring emerging technologies.




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