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Troops at MAPEX prepare to support inauguration

12-13-2012

Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commander, Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, stands on a 40-by-60-foot map that includes the entire downtown area of the nation's capital and also parts of Virginia. The map was used during an inauguration planning training exercise, Dec. 12, 2012, in Washington, D.C.



'Fiscal Cliff' would challenge Army to maintain readiness

12-07-2012

Lt. Gen. William T. Grisoli, director, Army Office of Business Transformation, speaks to the Government Executive Media Group, Dec. 6, 2012, as part of a panel discussing fiscal challenges with possible sequestration known as the "fiscal cliff."



Cadets raise spirits in Pentagon for Army-Navy game

12-07-2012

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno met with cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The cadets were part of the school's Sprit Band and cheerleading team, and visited the Pentagon to rally support for the Dec. 8 Army-Navy game in Philadelphia.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta met with one of the mascots of the Black Knights football team, Dec. 7, at the Pentagon.

In advance of the Army's 113th face-off against the Navy on the football field, members of the U.S. Military Academy's cadet corps, part of the school's Spirit Band, marched through the halls of the Pentagon, Dec. 7, to rally support for the game.



Army evaluates plan to synchronize readiness, resilience programs

12-06-2012

As part of the Ready and Resilient Campaign, the Army aims to take programs related to Soldier resilience and synchronize them in a way that makes them more accessible to Soldiers and their commanders.



African nations can, must do for themselves -- with U.S. support

12-04-2012

Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander, U.S. Africa Command, discussed the threat from extremist groups in Africa, and what kinds of support the United States provides to nations there, during a Dec. 3 discussion at the Institute of Land Warfare's Gen. Bernard W. Rogers Strategic Issues Forum in Arlington, Va.



Military families meet with first lady at White House

11-28-2012

First lady Michelle Obama met with military families and their children, Nov. 28 at the White House. After giving remarks in the White House's East Room, where she thanked military families for their service and sacrifice, Mrs. Obama and military children moved to the State Dining Room where they worked to make holiday decorations and decorate treats.



Army wins Warrior Care Month sitting volleyball tournament

11-21-2012

The Army team took the top slot, beating out the Veterans Affairs team in the final round of the Department of Defense Warrior Care Month sitting volleyball competition, Nov. 20, 2012, at the Pentagon Athletic Center.

The Army team took the top slot, beating out the Veterans Affairs team in the final round of the Department of Defense Warrior Care Month sitting volleyball competition, Nov. 20, 2012, at the Pentagon Athletic Center.

The Army team took the top slot, beating out the Veterans Affairs team in the final round of the Department of Defense Warrior Care Month sitting volleyball competition, Nov. 20, 2012, at the Pentagon Athletic Center.



Soldiers at NIE run network equipment through life-like combat scenarios

11-20-2012

Soldiers in a Caiman mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle evaluate networking equipment during the Network Integration Evaluation 13.1 on Fort Bliss training ranges located in New Mexico.

A Soldier participates in the Network Integration Evaluation 13.1, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Soldiers participate in the Network Integration Evaluation 13.1, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Soldiers participate in the Network Integration Evaluation 13.1, Nov. 17, 2012, at Fort Bliss, Texas.



At JRTC, Army training for DATE with hybrid threats

11-14-2012

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted training in a "decisive action training environment," at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 9-21, 2012. The DATE training prepares Soldiers for day-one of a military operation, exercises a brigade's mission-essential task list, and supports the Army's core competencies, including both wide-area security and combined arms maneuver.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted training in a "decisive action training environment," at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 9-21, 2012. The DATE training prepares Soldiers for day-one of a military operation, exercises a brigade's mission-essential task list, and supports the Army's core competencies, including both wide-area security and combined arms maneuver.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted training in a "decisive action training environment," at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 9-21, 2012. The DATE training prepares Soldiers for day-one of a military operation, exercises a brigade's mission-essential task list, and supports the Army's core competencies, including both wide-area security and combined arms maneuver.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted training in a "decisive action training environment," at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 9-21, 2012. The DATE training prepares Soldiers for day-one of a military operation, exercises a brigade's mission-essential task list, and supports the Army's core competencies, including both wide-area security and combined arms maneuver.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted training in a "decisive action training environment," at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 9-21, 2012. The DATE training prepares Soldiers for day-one of a military operation, exercises a brigade's mission-essential task list, and supports the Army's core competencies, including both wide-area security and combined arms maneuver.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted training in a "decisive action training environment," at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 9-21, 2012. The DATE training prepares Soldiers for day-one of a military operation, exercises a brigade's mission-essential task list, and supports the Army's core competencies, including both wide-area security and combined arms maneuver.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted training in a "decisive action training environment," at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 9-21, 2012. The DATE training prepares Soldiers for day-one of a military operation, exercises a brigade's mission-essential task list, and supports the Army's core competencies, including both wide-area security and combined arms maneuver.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted training in a "decisive action training environment," at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 9-21, 2012. The DATE training prepares Soldiers for day-one of a military operation, exercises a brigade's mission-essential task list, and supports the Army's core competencies, including both wide-area security and combined arms maneuver.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted training in a "decisive action training environment," at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 9-21, 2012. The DATE training prepares Soldiers for day-one of a military operation, exercises a brigade's mission-essential task list, and supports the Army's core competencies, including both wide-area security and combined arms maneuver.



JRTC rotation demonstrates force of future

10-20-2012

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal visits with Soldiers training at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 19, 2012.

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal visits with the civilian employees who facilitate the training at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 19, 2012.



'Capital Shield' tests Army's first responders in nation's capital

10-12-2012

Sgt. Joshua Murphy, part of the 911th Engineer Company (Technical Rescue) cuts through the rubble of a collapsed building in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2012, as part of the "Capital Shield 13" regional training exercise.



On 9/11, Soldiers in Afghanistan reminded Army takes care of its own

09-11-2012

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks to a crowd at the Pentagon courtyard remembrance ceremony, Sept. 11, 2012.



Inputs into Army exercises increase command awareness of cyber threat

08-17-2012

Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez, commander of ARCYBER, spoke Aug. 16, 2012, at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association TechNet Land Forces East conference in Baltimore.



First female four-star general retires from Army

08-15-2012

Gen. Ann Dunwoody (second from left) and Col. James C. Markert, 3rd Infantry regimental commander, inspect Old Guard Soldiers during her retirement ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 15, 2012.



'Pockets of excellence' across Army, but work still needs to be done on health of force

07-27-2012

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin spoke, July 27, 2012, at Fort Riley, Kan., at the conclusion of a week-long trip to six Army installations as part of an effort to develop a better understanding of the "health of the force." During the trip, the vice talked to installation senior leaders and brigade and battalion commanders about issues involving the Integrated Disability Evaluation System, sexual assault and sexual assault prevention, suicide prevention and wounded warrior care.



Muslim service members, DOD personnel, celebrate Iftar dinner at Pentagon

07-27-2012

An attendee at the 2012 Pentagon Iftar meal, July 25, 2012, at the Pentagon, reaches for a date in order to break her fast. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast during daylight hours. The Iftar dinner, following sundown, is when Muslims break their fast for the day. In 1999, the Pentagon Chaplain's office first hosted such a dinner to show solidarity with and support for the Islamic community. They have been doing so each year since.



New tactical network set to begin fielding in the fall

06-29-2012

Maj. Kevin W. Hutcheson, program manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, demonstrates components of the Nett Warrior system to visitors at a demonstration of Capability Set 13 equipment, June 28, 2012, at the Pentagon.



Army birthday ball a celebration of Soldiers, history

06-18-2012

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III cut the Army birthday cake at the 2012 Army Birthday Ball, June 16, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

Col. Gregory D. Gadson, director of the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program, gives a toast to fallen comrades, June 16, 2012, during the 2012 Army Birthday Ball, in Washington, D.C.

Hundreds of Soldiers and their families attended the 2012 Army Birthday Ball, June 16, 2012, in Washington, D.C.



McHugh: Army birthday about recognizing Soldier service, saying thanks

06-14-2012

The Twilight Tattoo event is held during summer months on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. During the ceremonial event, the precision drill and discipline of Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) is displayed along with music from the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own."



Army employees recognized for work with civilian work force

05-31-2012

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal (left), and Anthony J. Stamilio, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (right side), presented awards, May 31, 2012, at the Pentagon, to Ursula L. Burkhalter, human resources specialist, United States Army South, office of the deputy chief of staff, Army G-1; Nancy A. Lane, director for the North Central Region of the Civilian Human Resources Agency, office of the deputy chief of staff, Army G-1; and William Marriott, deputy chief of staff, personnel, U.S. Army Materiel Command. Marriott accepted the award on behalf of award recipient Col. Christopher B. Carlile, commander, Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas.



Rolling Thunder gathers for 25th ride at Pentagon

05-29-2012

At the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., thousands of motorcyclists gathered to participate in the 25th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 27, 2012. The event is in its 25th year now. Participants from around the United States gathered at the Pentagon before embarking on a ride around the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This year's Rolling Thunder coincides with the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. Many of the participants in the rally are veterans of that war. The rally brings attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.

At the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., thousands of motorcyclists gathered to participate in the 25th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 27, 2012. The event is in its 25th year now. Participants from around the United States gathered at the Pentagon before embarking on a ride around the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This year's Rolling Thunder coincides with the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. Many of the participants in the rally are veterans of that war. The rally brings attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.

At the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., thousands of motorcyclists gathered to participate in the 25th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 27, 2012. The event is in its 25th year now. Participants from around the United States gathered at the Pentagon before embarking on a ride around the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This year's Rolling Thunder coincides with the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. Many of the participants in the rally are veterans of that war. The rally brings attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.



Fisher House opens new site for families of wounded

05-22-2012

Fisher House Foundation Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Ken Fisher; Col. Susan Annicelli, commander, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, are among those cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open a new Fisher House at Fort Belvoir, Va., May 22, 2012.

A new Fisher House opens May 22, 2012, at Fort Belvoir, Va. The home features suites for 12 military families.



Soldiers school public about Army during 2012 JSOH

05-18-2012

Two boys peer into a crew hatch on an Abrahams tank during the 2012 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 18, 2012.

Maj. Silas R. Bowman explains the M-320 grenade launcher attachment for an M-4 carbine, to a visitor at the 2012 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 18, 2012.

Staff Sgt. Joshua L. Ross talks with a visitor in front of an M3A3 Bradley during the 2012 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 18, 2012.

Sgt. Randall Simpson ensures the safety of a visitor exiting an M3A3 Bradley during the 2012 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, May 18, 2012.

Pfc. Andrew S. Pfeifer ensures the safety of visitors "riding" in the drum of a Laundry Advanced System, or LADS, during the 2012 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, May 18, 2012.

Conner, of Maryland, just 4-and-a-half years old, explores the inside of an MRAP all-terrain vehicle during the 2012 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, May 18, 2012.

Gabriel, of Virginia, 10 years old, explores the cab of the M-142 High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System during the 2012 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, May 18, 2012.



Odierno: Sequestration could lead to hollow Army

05-17-2012

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno tells a Senate Caucus breakfast May 17, 2012, that sequestration under the Budget Control Act could mean the loss of 100,000 Soldiers.



Sabo inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

05-17-2012

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta presents Rose Mary Sabo-Brown, widow of Medal of Honor recipient Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr., with the Medal of Honor flag, during a ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, May 17, 2012.



President presents Medal of Honor to Vietnam hero's widow

05-16-2012

During a ceremony at the White House, May 16, 2012, Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr. Sabo was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The award was presented by President Barack Obama. Sabo's widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown, received the medal on Sabo's behalf. Sabo was killed in Cambodia in May 1970.

Rose Mary Sabo-Brown leaves the East Room of the White House following a May 16, 2012, Medal of Honor ceremony there. Sabo's husband, Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr., was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions, May 10, 1970. Sabo was killed in action that day.



Odierno: Soldiers must take action to prevent sexual assault

05-09-2012

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno said that in the Army's fight against sexual harassment and assault, Soldiers cannot be passive. They must recognize and confront other Soldiers engaged in offensive behavior or who may sexually assault someone. The general spoke May 8 before the 2012 "I. A.M. Strong Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Summit," just outside Washington, D.C.



Secretary of Army recognizes innovation

04-24-2012

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and Thomas L. Lamont, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, presented Sgt. Mickey L. Hill with a plaque recognizing his contributions to the Army as part of the 2012 Secretary of the Army Awards program, April 24, 2012, at the Pentagon.



White House honors 'Champion of Change' for Afghanistan energy-saving

04-20-2012

Lt. Col. Alan Samuels, who researched the effectiveness of energy-saving "micro-grid" technology in Afghanistan, was among nine Americans honored as "Champions of Change" by the White House, April 19, 2012.



Afghanistan ambassador invites U.S. Soldier to embassy

04-17-2012

Sgt. Stephen Hirt, an imagery analyst and part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), meets with Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, the Ambassador to the United States from Afghanistan, April 13, 2012, at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C.



Lakota fleet more than 200 strong approaching 100K flight hours

04-05-2012

The Army's newest aircraft, the UH-72A Lakota, is approaching 100,000 flight hours, and maintains one of the highest mission capable rate among Army aircraft.



Air Soldier System to improve upon Air Warrior, weigh less

04-03-2012

The Army plans to eventually replace the Air Warrior system, on display here at the 2012 Army Aviation Association of America conference in Nashville, Tenn., with the lighter-weight Air Soldier System.



Army focus on post-traumatic stress disorder shifts toward prevention

03-22-2012

Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho meets with Congressman Joe Wilson following a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, subcommittee on military personnel, March 21, 2012.



Brain injuries don't end with Afghan drawdown

03-21-2012

Maj. Sarah B. Goldman, director of the Army's Traumatic Brain Injury Program and Col. Nikki L. Butler, director of the Army Rehabilitation and Reintegration division, speak with visitors to the Army's booth at the "Capitol Hill Brain Injury Awareness Day," March 21, 2012, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C.



Chefs bring elegance, teamwork to Army's largest culinary competition

03-07-2012

Sgt. Thomas John, Fort Sill, Okla., prepares the entrée, a roasted beef tenderloin, during the field competition at the 37th Annual Culinary Arts Competition, Feb. 9 - March 7, 2012, at Fort Lee, Va.

Pfc. Sundar Ranabhat, Pfc. Caleigh Batchelder and Spc. ShaRee Taylor, all from Fort Hood, Texas, worked together on the student team competition during the 37th Annual Culinary Arts Competition, Feb. 9 - March 7, 2012, at Fort Lee, Va.

Sgt. Isaac Wilson and Spc. Cesar Espino, from Fort Sill, Okla., prepare deserts for the field competition at the 37th Annual Culinary Arts Competition, Feb. 9 - March 7, 2012, at Fort Lee, Va.

Sgt. Sarah Deckert prepare food during the 37th Annual Culinary Arts Competition, Feb. 9 - March 7, 2012, at Fort Lee, Va.

Food prepared during the 37th Annual Culinary Arts Competition, Feb. 9 - March 7, 2012, at Fort Lee, Va.



Fort Lauderdale high schoolers demo robot at AUSA expo

02-28-2012

Marilyn Freeman, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology, talks with Andrew Danielsen, a student at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Danielsen is captain of his school's robotics team, called "Shark Attack." During the Association of the U.S. Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition, Feb. 22-24, 2012, Danielsen and his teammates demonstrated the robot they had built to compete in last year's "FIRST Robotics Competition."

Kent Stolley, the science and physics instructor at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hold his arm in the air so a robot, built by his students, can place on it an inflated ring. Stolley talks with Marilyn Freeman, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology, during the U.S. Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition, Feb. 22-24, 2012.

This robot was built by students at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to compete in last year's "FIRST Robotics Competition." Members of the student team that built the robot demonstrated its capabilities during the Association of the U.S. Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition, Feb. 22-24, 2012.



Regional unit alignments could match brigades with combatant commanders

02-24-2012

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno said that, despite budget cuts and shrinking end-strength, the Army would not forget wounded warriors or families, during the Association of the U.S. Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 24, 2012.



Budget will play prominent role in AUSA discussions

02-22-2012

During the opening presentation at the 2012 Association of the United States Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander, Army Material Command, discussed the "inconvenient truth," that is the budget reductions that come following a conflict.



'Top line' Army messages featured on new display at AUSA

02-22-2012

The Army is the nation's "force of decisive action," the Army is "meeting the needs of the nation" and "people are our Army." All three messages figure prominently in a new Army display shown for the first time at this year's Association of the U.S. Army symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.



New Soldiering roles for women ensure best use of talent

02-12-2012

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno said new policies regarding women in combat roles are about using the Army's best talent in the best positions.



Reserve Soldiers 'more relevant' than ever

01-31-2012

Amidst concerns of budget and troop reductions, Reserve Soldiers remain a critical component of America's defense, said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief, Army Reserve. The general spoke during a Jan. 31, 2012, meeting of the Reserve Officer Association in Washington, D.C.



Odierno: Force reductions will be responsible, controlled

01-27-2012

The Army expects an active force end strength reduction from 570,000 to 490,000, said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, during a press briefing, Jan. 27, at the Pentagon.



Net Zero conference begins in Chicago

01-18-2012

Mark Dressler of Fort Detrick, Md., talks with Eric Stebel, of the Hunstsman Corporation, about the energy efficiency of spray foam insulation, during the Jan. 18-20, 2012, Net Zero Energy Installations Conference in Chicago. At the conference, representatives from installations named in April as pilots for the Army's Net Zero Installation Strategy, will discuss the progress of their installations.

Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, environment and energy, opened the Army's Net Zero Energy Installations Conference, Jan. 18, 2012, in Chicago. At the conference, representatives from installations named in April as pilots for the Army's Net Zero Installation Strategy, will discuss the progress of their installations.



Aging Kiowa, vertical unmanned aerial systems among aviation challenges

01-13-2012

Lt. Col. Hilton Nunez, with Army G-2, talks with Steve Bond of Northrop Grumman about the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, near a model of the LEMV, during the Association of the United States Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition just outside Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2012.




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