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Results of DOD Financial Statement Audit Supports Focus on People

11-16-2021

The Defense Department completed its fourth, departmentwide audit, Nov. 15, 2021.



DOD Modernization Can't Happen Alone, Defense Official Says

04-13-2021

This microchip served as part of an erasable programmable read-only memory in an early 1980s computer.



COVID-19 Draws Attention to Defense Industrial Base Vulnerabilities

12-04-2020

A circuit board. Microelectronics are critical to U.S. defense.



DOD Adopts 'Zero Trust' Approach to Buying Microelectronics

05-20-2020

This microchip served as part of an erasable programmable read-only memory in an early 1980s computer.



DOD Should Focus on Short-Term Goals in Quantum Science

03-12-2020

Quantum technology is important to the U.S. military, but DOD officials say the most spectacular realization of that technology is years away and the Department must focus on what's possible now.



Used Ships Could Solve Sealift Readiness Issues

01-29-2020

Reporter Oriana Pawlyk talks with Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, during a presentation at the Atlantic Council in Washington, Jan. 28, 2020.



Nationals Take World Series Trophy to Pentagon

01-27-2020

Fans lining a hallway in the Pentagon exchange high fives with Screech, mascot of the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals, Jan. 27, 2020. The Nationals brought their World Series trophy so people working at the Pentagon could have their pictures taken with it.

Screech, the Washington Nationals mascot; Kimberley Joiner, the deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for strategic engagement; and Gregory M. McCarthy, the Washington Nationals senior vice president for community engagement, stand near the Major League Baseball Commissioner's Trophy, won in 2019 by the Washington Nationals baseball team, Jan. 27, 2020. The Nationals brought the trophy to the Pentagon so people there could have their picture taken with it.



DOD Agency Offers 'milDrive' Desktop-Integrated Cloud Computing

01-23-2020

The Defense Information Systems Agency now offers milDrive, a cloud computing service for desktop users.



Veterans, Officials Mark 75th Anniversary of Key WWII Battle

01-09-2020

World War II veterans, military attachés from Australia and the Philippines, and civilians laid wreaths at the National World War II Memorial in Washington as part of an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Luzon, Jan. 9, 2020.

World War II veterans, military attachés from Australia and the Philippines, and civilians laid wreaths at the World War II Memorial in Washington as part of an event that commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines, Jan. 9, 2020.



Assume Networks Are Compromised, DOD Official Urges

09-24-2019

DOD networks are highly susceptible to attack. Military cyber professionals are trained to defend the network.



After Nearly 75 Years, 'Eagle 7' Tankers Pinned With Bronze Stars

09-18-2019

Army Maj. Peter Semanoff pins a Bronze Star medal onto the lapel of World War II veteran Clarence Smoyer, Sept. 18, 2019, at the National World War II Memorial in Washington.

Veterans Clarence Smoyer and Joe Caserta stand near a Pershing tank, similar to the ones they were both crewmembers of during World War II, Sept. 18, 2019, near the National World War II Memorial in Washington. Both men were present in their respective tanks in Cologne, Germany, March 6, 1945, when Smoyer's tank crew "Eagle 7," took out a German tank.



DOD Educates Employees About Insider Threats

09-03-2019

The unauthorized removal of classified information from the workplace is one action of an insider threat. A "secret" cover sheet typically designates a folder that contains classified material that can be viewed only by those with proper clearance. This folder contains no classified material, however, and the cover sheet itself is unclassified.

Drinking too much or drinking on the job are not necessarily insider threats. But they are indicators that an employee could evolve into an insider threat.



Social Media Security: Tips From an Army Special Agent

08-26-2019

Image memes such as this one ask users to construct and share on their social media feeds new, "fun" information that is constructed from their personal information.



DOD Agency Keeps File Swaps Safe

08-16-2019

A common access card, or CAC, is commonly used by security-cleared personnel to access classified systems.



Cyber Flag Exercise Focuses on Partnerships

07-05-2019

DOD networks are highly susceptible to attack. Military cyber professionals are trained to defend the network.

DOD networks are highly susceptible to attack. Military cyber professionals are trained to defend the network.



DOD to Take Over Background Checks by Fiscal 2020

06-25-2019

A "secret" cover sheet typically designates a folder that contains classified material that can be viewed only by those with proper clearance. This folder contains no classified material, however, and the cover sheet itself is unclassified.

A common access card, or CAC, is commonly used by security-cleared personnel to access classified systems.

To gain a security clearance, potential employees spend a significant amount of time gathering personal information and entering it into an online web-based system.



DOD Commemorates Founding of POW/MIA Advocacy Group

06-22-2019

Joy Brinduse and her brother, Peter Lautzenheiser, attend a ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard marking the founding of the National League of POW/MIA Families, June 21, 2019.

Kelly McKeague, director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, speaks at a ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard marking the founding of the National League of POW/MIA Families, June 21, 2019.

David L. Norquist, who is performing the duties of the deputy secretary of defense, greets Ann Mills-Griffiths, chairman of the board of the National League of POW/MIA Families, during a ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard marking the founding of the National League of POW/MIA Families, June 21, 2019.

David L. Norquist, who is performing the duties of the deputy secretary of defense, greets Joy Brinduse, during a ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard of the founding of the National League of POW/MIA Families, June 21, 2019.



Reading of Names Commemorates D-Day

06-06-2019

Jonathan Rath Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, speaks at the National World War II Memorial in Washington during an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day invasion, June 5, 2019. Volunteers read the names of nearly 9,000 American service members who were killed in France during Operation Overlord, which began June 6, 1944.

During a June 5, 2019, commemoration event at the National World War II Memorial, volunteers read the names of nearly 9,000 American service members who were killed in France during Operation Overlord, which began June 6, 1944.

During a June 5, 2019, commemoration event at the National World War II Memorial, volunteers read the names of nearly 9,000 American service members who were killed in France during Operation Overlord, which began June 6, 1944.

During a June 5, 2019, commemoration event at the National World War II Memorial, volunteers read the names of nearly 9,000 American service members who were killed in France during Operation Overlord, which began June 6, 1944.

During a June 5, 2019, commemoration event at the National World War II Memorial, volunteers read the names of nearly 9,000 American service members who were killed in France during Operation Overlord, which began June 6, 1944.

During a June 5, 2019, commemoration event at the National World War II Memorial, volunteers read the names of nearly 9,000 American service members who were killed in France during Operation Overlord, which began June 6, 1944.

A joint service color guard presents the colors during an event at the National World War II Memorial, June 5, 2019. Volunteers read the names of nearly 9,000 American service members who were killed in France during Operation Overlord, which began June 6, 1944.

Gunnery Sgt. Robert Singer of the "President's Own" U.S. Marine Corps Band plays taps at the National World War II Memorial in Washington during an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, June 5, 2019. Volunteers read the names of nearly 9,000 American service members who were killed in France during Operation Overlord, which began June 6, 1944.

Flags on display at the National World War II Memorial in Washington during an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, June 5, 2019. Volunteers read the names of nearly 9,000 American service members who were killed in France during Operation Overlord, which began June 6, 1944.



U.S. to Remain Partner of Choice for Military Hardware, General Says

06-05-2019

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Michael O'Hanlon speaks with Army Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, during a discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington, June 4, 2019.



Changing Technology Landscape Biggest Challenge for DOD's CIO

06-03-2019

Dana Deasy, chief information officer for the Defense Department, makes an official entrance with his wife and Marine Corps. Lt. Gen. Loretta E. Reynolds, deputy Marine Corps commandant for information, at the evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington, May 31, 2019.



Marine Corps Wife Earns Honors as Military Spouse of the Year

05-10-2019

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Holly Vega, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Javier Vega, and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke III, chairman of the Armed Forces Insurance board of directors, participate in the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., May 9, 2019. Selva and Clarke presented Holly Vega with the award for 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year. She was the Marine Corps nominee for the DOD-wide award.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, left, Maria Reed, Army Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Reed and Hollyanne Milley participate in the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., May 9, 2019. Hollyanne Milley introduced Maria Reed as the Army nominee for the DOD-wide award.

Michelle D. Norman and Vice Adm. P. Carter Howe, associate director for military affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency, participate in the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., May 9, 2019. Howe introduced Norman as the Navy nominee for the DOD-wide award.

Albert Frosch, Katelyn Tinsley, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mark Tinsley, and Lt. Gen. Jacqueline VanOvost, director of the Air Force Staff, participate in the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., May 9, 2019. VanOvost introduced Katelyn Tinsley as the Air Force nominee for the DOD-wide award. Frosch is Van Ovost's spouse.

Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Charlie Ray, left, Jessica Manfre, Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Manfre, and Donna Ray participate in the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., May 9, 2019. Donna Ray introduced Jessica Manfre as the Coast Guard nominee for the DOD-wide award.

Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau; Samantha Gomolka; Army Warrant Officer 2 Michael Gomolka; and Sally Lengyel participate in the 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., May 9, 2019. Sally Lengyel introduced Samantha Gomolka as the National Guard nominee for the DOD-wide award.



DOD Lab Day Showcases Latest Mine-Killer Technology

04-25-2019

The newly-developed "Airborne Surface Quad Thruster Underwater Interface Device," or ASQUID, grips on to the MK-18 and is lowered via tether from a hovering MH-60S Seahawk helicopter.



Military Officers Guide Students Through Weeklong Senate Youth Program

03-08-2019

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Megan Drewniak, Navy Lt. Bradley Lentz and Air Force Capt. Patrick Lin served as mentors during the 2019 U.S. Senate Youth Program, which ran March 3-8, 2019, in Washington.

Shannon Ryu, a senior at Seoul American Middle High School, a Department of Defense Education Activity school in Seoul, South Korea, and Daniel Posthumus, a junior at Nile C. Kinnick High School, a DODEA school in Yokosuka, Japan, participated in the 2019 U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington. The program ran March 3-8, 2019, and included 104 students.



Senate Youth Program 'Delegates' Meet DOD Leaders at Pentagon

03-08-2019

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Megan Drewniak, Navy Lt. Bradley Lentz and Air Force Capt. Patrick Lin served as mentors during the 2019 U.S. Senate Youth Program, which ran March 3-8, 2019, in Washington.

Shannon Ryu, a senior at Seoul American Middle High School, a Department of Defense Education Activity school in Seoul, South Korea, and Daniel Posthumus, a junior at Nile C. Kinnick High School, a DODEA school in Yokosuka, Japan, participated in the 2019 U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington. The program ran March 3-8, 2019, and included 104 students.



Artificial Intelligence Can Free Imagery Analysts to Focus More on the Unknown

12-14-2018

Analysts with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency spend most of their time analyzing intelligence involving both locations and activities that they are familiar with. AI might allow those analysts to spend more time looking at intelligence involving both unknown locations and unknown activities.



On Capitol Hill, Army leaders, lawmakers toast Army birthday, 243 years of defending freedom

06-13-2018

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey use a ceremonial saber to cut an Army birthday cake, June 13, 2018, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.



Army researchers headed for development of high performance lightweight helmet

06-04-2018

Representatives of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, out of Natick, Massachusetts, had an array of combat helmets on display at the Pentagon, May 24 and 25, as part of a "Close Combat Lethality Tech Day." This helmet, a NSRDEC prototype, provides equal protection to earlier helmets but at less weight.



Vietnam helicopter pilots, crewmembers memorialized in Arlington National

04-19-2018

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument is located in Section 35 of Arlington National Cemetery. It was dedicated April 18, 2018. The monument is carved in Barre granite, which was quarried in Vermont, and it is located near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Larry Earles, left, and Lawrence Lanier, right, both served as helicopter pilots during the Vietnam War. Dave Hause, center, served as a helicopter crew chief during the war. All three attended the dedication of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2018.

Retired Maj. Gen. Carl H. McNair, who served as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, discussed the impact of rotary-wing aviation on the Vietnam War effort during the dedication of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., April 18, 2018.



Easy fixes for certain issues to get Soldiers moved from non-deployment status, SMA says

02-14-2018

Being deployable for combat must be a number one priority for Soldiers, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, during a Feb. 8, 2018 presentation at the Association of the U.S. Army headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.



Medal of Honor awarded to Capt. Gary M. Rose for actions in Laos

10-24-2017

President Donald J. Trump places the Medal of Honor around the neck of Capt. Mike Rose, during an Oct. 23, 2017 ceremony at the White House, in Washington, D.C.



Army looking into unmanned medevac, medical resupply

10-13-2017

Researchers at the Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center at Fort Detrick, Maryland, are using the DP-14 "Heavy Fuel Tandem Helicopter" as a test bed to develop the concepts that may one day be used to provide medical supply delivery and medical evacuation capabilities using an unmanned aerial system.



Army Chief of Staff urges Soldiers to take responsibility for unit, individual readiness

10-11-2017

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke Oct. 10 during the Eisenhower Luncheon, part of the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition. During the luncheon, Milley discussed Army advances in readiness.



Army's planned modernization command supports DOD's primary lines of effort

10-10-2017

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley and Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy address media during a press conference following the opening ceremony of the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition Oct. 9, 2017.



Making better dummies to save lives

10-10-2017

Medical training dummies such as this one, at Army Research Laboratory-Orlando, help train Soldier medics across the Army on how to save lives while on the battlefield. Such medical training equipment must mimic the behavior of the human body as closely as possible in order to provide Soldiers the best training. Researchers at ARL-Orlando are working to identify the artificial materials that most-closely mirror the behavior of actual human tissue so that such medical training devices can provide for Soldiers the best training experience possible.

Emily Stern, a college student who interned at Army Research Laboratory-Orlando over the summer, loads a sample into a testing apparatus.

At Army Research Laboratory-Orlando, a testing apparatus slows stretches a sample of man-made material to evaluate its breaking point. Later, information from the test will be used to determine the material's suitability to act as an analog for human tissue in medical training devices.



Augmented reality soon possible for MK-19 training

08-17-2017

Sgt. 1st Class Taikeila Dale uses the Mk-19 simulator, with augmented reality head-mounted display, while visiting Army Research Laboratory-Orlando, in Orlando, Florida.



Army budget request asks for raise in Soldier pay, housing, subsistence

05-30-2017

If Congress approves what was asked for in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request, Soldiers can expect to see a bump in their paycheck come January.



Caregivers mark National Nurses Week with wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

05-10-2017

Navy Capt. Deborah Roy, deputy chief of nurses for the Navy; Air Force Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, the deputy surgeon general for the Air Force and chief of the Air Force Nursing Corps; Col. Sandra McNaughton, the senior nurse executive at the Army's Office of the Surgeon General; and Air Force Col. Deedra Zabokrtsky, director of Air Force Nursing, participated in laying a wreath at the Nurse's Memorial in Section 21 of Arlington National Cemetery, May 8, 2017, as part of National Nurses Week.

Several military nurses participated in laying a wreath at the Nurse's Memorial in Section 21 of Arlington National Cemetery, May 8, 2017, as part of National Nurses Week.



Future warfare requires 'disciplined disobedience,' Army chief says

05-05-2017

Dr. Nora Bensahel, of the Atlantic Council, met with Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, May 4, 2017 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C., as part of the council's "Commanders Series."



With no bullets, Mobile High-Energy Laser shoots drones from sky

04-13-2017

This Mobile High-Energy Laser-equipped Stryker was evaluated, April 12, during the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The MEHEL can shoot a drone out of the sky using a 5kW laser.

Spc. Brandon Sallaway, a fire support specialist and forward observer from Fort Carson, Colo., points to a sticker on the side of the Mobile High-Energy Laser-equipped Stryker he helped evaluate, April 12, at the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment at Fort Sill, Okla. The stickers represent the number of drones the MEHEL has shot out of the sky using a 5kW laser. Sallaway was the first Soldier to actually use the MEHEL to take down a target.

This unmanned aerial vehicle is one of many that were destroyed by the 5kW laser aboard the Mobile High-Energy Laser-equipped Stryker that was evaluated during the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment at Fort Sill, Okla. The MFIX ran, April 3 through 13.



Army marks centennial of U.S. entering World War I

04-06-2017

World War I re-enactors, or living historians, Todd Rambow, on the left, and Luke Clawson, center, talk with DOD civilians at an information booth set up, April 6, 2017, at the Pentagon. The booth was staffed by the Center for Military History on the 100th anniversary of the United States entering into World War I. It featured relics and weapons that will be displayed at the National Museum of the Army, which is now under construction.



Stryker teams proving value of simulation

03-21-2017

Soldiers with Bronco Troop, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, train in a Stryker Virtual Collective Trainer, March 6-7 at the Mission Training Complex on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

A Soldier with Bronco Troop, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, trains in a Stryker Virtual Collective Trainer, March 6-7 at the Mission Training Complex on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.



New Soldier armor weighs less, offers more options

03-16-2017

The Torso and Extremity Protection System" or TEP, under development now at Program Executive Office Soldier, sheds about five pounds of weight from the IOTV, and also adds a wide degree of scalability that commanders can make use of depending on threat level and mission.



New Army jungle wear gives trench foot the boot

03-06-2017

The Army Jungle Combat Boot, under development now, features a low-height heel to prevent snags on things like vines in a jungle environment; additional drainage holes to let water out if it becomes completely soaked, speed laces so that Soldiers can don and doff the boots more quickly, a redesigned upper to make the boots less tight when they are new, an insert that helps improve water drainage, a lining that helps the boot breath better and dry faster; a ballistic fabric-like layer under a Soldier's foot to help prevent punctures, and a foam layer between the rubber sole and the upper to provide greater shock absorbing capability. The JCB will be issued this spring and summer to two full brigade combat teams in Hawaii, part of the 25th Infantry Division, for evaluation.



Dailey calls for recruiting from 'entire nation,' improved training opportunities

02-17-2017

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, left, discussed Army topics with now-retired Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, Feb. 14, 2017, at a morning breakfast discussion hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Va. The two discussed, among other things, recruiting, the Army budget and the Army presence in Europe.



National Guard Soldiers keep the peace during inauguration

01-23-2017

Sgt. William S. Taylor, with the Tennessee National Guard, participated in presence patrols, Jan. 20, 2017, in the Metro Center subway station in Washington, D.C., as part of inaugural support activities in the nation's capital.

Pfc. Kevie C. Davis and Pfc. Destinee M. Chambers, both with the Tennessee National Guard, participated in presence patrols, Jan. 20, 2017, in the Metro Center subway station in Washington, D.C., as part of inaugural support activities in the nation's capital.



13,000 service members to support 58th presidential inauguration

12-19-2016

A model of the White House sits atop a 60' by 40' foot map, used during a ceremonial rehearsal of concept drill at the D.C. National Guard Armory in Washington, Dec. 14, 2016. This final planning symposium showcased the culmination of months of preparation between military and civilian entities for the 58th Presidential Inauguration.



Diversity strengthens America and its Army, Fanning tells new citizens

11-23-2016

More than 160 candidates for American citizenship, from more than 40 nations, swear allegiance to the United States of America and become citizens, Nov. 21, 2016, as part of a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va.

More than 160 candidates for American citizenship, from more than 40 nations, swear allegiance to the United States of America and become citizens, Nov. 21, 2016, as part of a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va.



Army researchers engage in quantum entanglement research

10-27-2016

Michael Brodsky, a physical scientist at Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md., explains efforts to develop quantum networks. He is one of several researchers within the Army working to find new ways to exploit the most fundamental or "quantum" component of light -- the photon -- to enhance communications, sensing and cryptography, and anything else they can think of.



Vice chief lays out objectives for future unmanned systems

10-26-2016

In the future, defense contractors who want to build unmanned systems for the Army must focus on increased situational awareness, lightening the load on Soldiers and force-protection capabilities, said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Daniel B. Allyn, Oct. 26.



AWA brings 3-D printing, customized missile warning, autonomous vehicles to warfight

10-20-2016

Capt. Jonathan Janiszewski, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Air Defense Airspace Management cell, explains a portion of the "RAM Warn" system outside the BCT command tent, Oct. 14, 2016, in advance of Army Warfighter Assessment 17.1 at Fort Bliss, Texas.

A 3-D printer manufactures a part inside the "Rapid Fabrication via Additive Manufacturing on the Battlefield" facility, Oct. 14, 2016, at Fort Bliss, Texas. The R-FAB is one of the capabilities and concepts under assessment as part of the first Army Warfighter Assessment.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ron A. Billingslea, an allied tradesman with 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, showcases parts he made on a 3-D printer inside the "Rapid Fabrication via Additive Manufacturing on the Battlefield" facility, Oct. 14, 2016. The R-FAB is one of the capabilities and concepts under assessment as part of the first Army Warfighter Assessment.



Army tests new warfighting tech at Army Warfighting Assessment

10-18-2016

At Fort Bliss, Texas, Oct. 14, 2016, one tactical vehicle, with a driver, is followed automatically by another, without input from the passenger behind the wheel. The "leader-follower" vehicle concept is being evaluated during the Army Warfighter Assessment 17.1 at Fort Bliss. In practice, multiple vehicles in a convoy could be controlled by only one vehicle, the lead vehicle, while the follow-on vehicles remain driverless. Without the need for those additional drivers, there would be fewer Soldiers involved in the convoy and less risk of loss of life in the event the convoy is attacked.



Vets honored by Korean government, recall wartime experiences

09-28-2016

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, places a medal around the neck of Korean War veteran William Hartley, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. About 88 veterans of the Korean War visited the Korean War Memorial in the nation's capital, Sept. 24, 2016.

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, places a medal around the neck of Korean War veteran J.D. Bolt, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. About 88 veterans of the Korean War visited the Korean War Memorial in the nation's capital, Sept. 24, 2016.

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, places a medal around the neck of Korean War veteran Ray Fore, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. About 88 veterans of the Korean War visited the Korean War Memorial in the nation's capital, Sept. 24, 2016.

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, places a medal around the neck of Korean War veteran Bill Creed, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. About 88 veterans of the Korean War visited the Korean War Memorial in the nation's capital, Sept. 24, 2016.

Jack Walsh, left, a "guardian" with Blue Ridge Honor Flight, of Ashville, N.C., escorted Korean War veteran Brownie McCall, right, to the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2016. About 88 veterans of the Korean War visited the Korean War Memorial in the nation's capital, Sept. 24, 2016.

Korean war veterans James Jean and Hilliard Staton placed a wreath at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2016. About 88 veterans of the Korean War visited the Korean War Memorial in the nation's capital, Sept. 24, 2016. The veterans, who were brought to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Blue Ridge Honor Flight out of Ashville, North Carolina, laid a wreath at the memorial and also received from the Korean government a medal commemorating their service. Attending the event with the veterans was U.S. Forces Korea commander, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, and Maj. Gen. Shin Kyoung-soo, a Korean defense attaché to the United States.

About 88 veterans of the Korean War visited the Korean War Memorial in the nation's capital, Sept. 24, 2016. The veterans, who were brought to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Blue Ridge Honor Flight out of Ashville, North Carolina, laid a wreath at the memorial and also received from the Korean government a medal commemorating their service. Attending the event with the veterans was U.S. Forces Korea commander, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, and Maj. Gen. Shin Kyoung-soo, a Korean defense attaché to the United States.



Rising Thunder builds interoperability with Japanese, leaders say

09-26-2016

Stryker Combat Vehicles, part of 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, participated in an assault exercise, Sept. 20, 2016, at Yakima Training Center. About 900 Soldiers, 300 from Japan's 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, out of Kirishima, Japan; and about 600 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, along with other Soldiers from 2nd SBCT, all part of the 7th Infantry Division out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, took part in the Rising Thunder exercise, Sept. 6-23 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington State.

Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Platoon, 2-1 Infantry, practiced entering and exiting a Stryker combat vehicle, Sept. 19, 2016, at the Yakima Training Center. About 900 Soldiers, 300 from Japan's 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, out of Kirishima, Japan; and about 600 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, along with other Soldiers from 2nd SBCT, all part of the 7th Infantry Division out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, took part in the Rising Thunder exercise, Sept. 6-23 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington State.

Japanese snipers prepare for an assault on an urban target, Sept. 19, 2016, at the Yakima Training Center. About 900 Soldiers, 300 from Japan's 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, out of Kirishima, Japan; and about 600 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, along with other Soldiers from 2nd SBCT, all part of the 7th Infantry Division out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, took part in the Rising Thunder exercise, Sept. 6-23 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington State.

After practicing exiting a Stryker combat vehicle, Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Platoon, 2-1 Infantry, took firing positions outside their vehicle, Sept. 19, 2016, at Yakima Training Center. About 900 Soldiers, 300 from Japan's 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, out of Kirishima, Japan; and about 600 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, along with other Soldiers from 2nd SBCT, all part of the 7th Infantry Division out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, took part in the Rising Thunder exercise, Sept. 6-23 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington State.

Leading Pvt. Hitoshi Okuhira and Sfc. Kentako Mori, both infantry Soldiers with the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force's 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, out of Kirishima, Japan, participated in the Rising Thunder Exercise, Sept. 19, at Yakima Training Center. About 900 Soldiers, 300 from Japan's 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, out of Kirishima, Japan; and about 600 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, along with other Soldiers from 2nd SBCT, all part of the 7th Infantry Division out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, took part in the Rising Thunder exercise, Sept. 6-23 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington State.

Pfc. Juvenal Guzman, 2nd Infantry Division, 2-2 SBCT, 2-1 Infantry, a healthcare specialist and line medic, participated in the Rising Thunder exercise, Sept. 20, 2016, at Yakima Training Center. About 900 Soldiers, 300 from Japan's 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, out of Kirishima, Japan; and about 600 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, along with other Soldiers from 2nd SBCT, all part of the 7th Infantry Division out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, took part in the Rising Thunder exercise, Sept. 6-23 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington State.

A Stryker Combat Vehicle, part of 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team participated in an assault exercise, Sept. 20, 2016, at Yakima Training Center. About 900 Soldiers, 300 from Japan's 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, out of Kirishima, Japan; and about 600 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, along with other Soldiers from 2nd SBCT, all part of the 7th Infantry Division out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, took part in the Rising Thunder exercise, Sept. 6-23 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington State.



Empire Shield: Soldiers stand watch to prevent another 9/11

09-09-2016

Spc. Andres Medina Jr., with Joint Task Force Empire Shield, stands guard in Penn Station, in New York City, Aug. 17, 2016. His mission is to detect and deter terrorism.

Two Soldiers with Joint Task Force Empire Shield stand guard in Grand Central Station, in New York City, Aug. 17, 2016. Their mission is to detect and deter terrorism.

Sgt. Tiffany E. Roman, and Spc. Omar M. Alkasimi, both part of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, stand in formation, Aug. 17, 2016, at Fort Hamilton, New York. Afterward, they will spend the day standing guard in one of several transit hubs around New York City, with the goal of detecting and deterring terrorism.

Soldiers and Airmen with Joint Task Force Empire Shield stand in formation, Aug. 17, 2016, at Fort Hamilton, New York. Afterward, they will spend the day standing guard in one of several transit hubs around New York City with the goal of detecting and deterring terrorism.

Sgt. Erislav J. Astanov and Spc. Saul Revatta, both part of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, stand guard in a shopping mall and commuter hub, known as "the Oculus," located at the World Trade Center complex in New York City, Aug. 16, 2016. Their mission is to detect and deter terrorism.

At the World Trade Center complex in New York City, this fountain and another one just like it mark the footprints of the two towers that fell on Sept. 11, 2001 as a result of the terrorist attack that took place that day.

Deputy Inspector Michael Telfer, Transit Counterterrorism Coordinator with the City of New York Police Department, on the left, meets with Lt. Col. Peter P. Riley, commander of Joint Task Force Empire Shield, Aug. 16, 2016, in a tactical communications vehicle parked near the World Trade Center complex in New York City.

Spc. Andres Medina Jr., with Joint Task Force Empire Shield, stands guard in Penn Station, in New York City, Aug. 17, 2016. His mission is to detect and deter terrorism.

Capt. Rafael O. Ramirez, Charlie Company commander with Joint Task Force Empire Shield, talks with some of his troops in a shopping mall and commuter hub, known as "the Oculus," located at the World Trade Center complex in New York City, Aug. 16, 2016.

One World Trade Center is the main building now standing at the World Trade Center complex in New York City. This new tower was built in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Also at the site, two fountains now mark the footprints of the two towers that fell.



Army Finance Command growing, preparing for service-wide audit

09-06-2016

The U.S. Army Financial Management Command has been tasked with getting the Army "auditable," which means ensuring that every financial transaction is properly recorded, in a standardized way, so that outside auditors can demonstrate that the Army is making good use of taxpayer dollars.



Army recognizes bank and credit union branches as best of 2015

09-06-2016

The Army recently named two financial institutions that operate on its installations as being the best among their peers in 2015. Of the 22 nominees, the Fort Hood, Texas, branch of Pentagon Federal Credit Union, and the Fort Riley, Kansas, branch of Armed Forces Bank, best met and exceeded the criteria set by the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for financial operations, or DASA(FO), to become the Army credit union and bank of the year for 2015.



New directive: officers must be vetted before promotions are confirmed

08-23-2016

A new change to Army regulations ensures that officers selected by boards for promotion meet the standards for exemplary conduct laid out in U.S. law, before their names are forwarded to the Secretary of the Army.



Vietnam War aviator inducted into Pentagon's 'Hall of Heroes'

07-19-2016

Retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Daniel B. Allyn unveil the plaque bearing Kettles' name on Tuesday, July 19. The plaque will hang in the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon.



Vietnam War Commemoration committee honors Kettles, fellow vets

07-17-2016

Now-retired Maj. Gen. Jim Jackson, director of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, places a pin on the lapel of now retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, July 17, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. The pin commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Kettles is scheduled to receive the Medal of Honor on Monday, July 18, at the White House.

Brothers in arms of now-retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, all Vietnam War veterans, were honored Sunday, July 17, in Arlington, Virginia, with a lapel pin that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Kettles will receive the Medal of Honor on Monday, July 18, during a ceremony at the White House. The United States kicked off a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War on Memorial Day in 2012. Since then, the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration has handed out more than 850,000 lapel pins to veterans of that conflict

Brothers in arms of now-retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles, all Vietnam War veterans, were honored on Sunday, July 17, in Arlington, Virginia, with a lapel pin that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Kettles will receive the Medal of Honor on Monday, July 18, during a ceremony at the White House.



Massive Detrick solar array only fraction of Army's renewable energy capacity

06-22-2016

A 15-megawatt solar array at Fort Detrick, Maryland, now provides about 12 percent of power to the installation. While the array started producing power in February, Army officials recognized it's official opening during a June 17, 2016 ceremony at the installation.



Soldiers are the face of our nation, Fanning says at welcome ceremony

06-21-2016

Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning inspects the Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) during a full honor arrival ceremony in his honor, June 20, 2016 on Summerall Field at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.



Army celebrates birthday in Philadelphia with JROTC cadets

06-15-2016

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey met with about 100 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from the Philadelphia Military Academy, June 13, 2016, at the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry armory in Philadelphia, as part of the Army's 241st birthday celebration.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey and Chef Robert Irvine rappel down the side of the Fox 29 building in Philadelphia, June 14, 2016, during the Army's 241st birthday.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey and the undersecretary of the Army did morning physical training with more than 80 Soldiers, June 14, 2016, at in downtown Philadelphia at Independence National Historic Park, the same green space that holds the Liberty Bell, and across the street from Independence Hall. The event was part of the Army's 241st birthday celebration.



USA, SMA celebrate Army's 241st with hometown vets in Philadelphia

06-13-2016

Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy meets with Women's Army Auxiliary Corps veteran Elena Helen Bucci, of Philadelphia, at the Delaware Valley Veterans' Home, June 13, 2016, in advance of the Army's 241st birthday. Bucci joined the WAAC in 1941, and worked as a clerk. She said she was a "bashful type" and joined at the insistence of her mother. "I made my mother proud," she said.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey meets with Army Air Corps veteran Venuco Carmen, of Philadelphia, at the Delaware Valley Veterans' Home, June 13, 2016, in advance of the Army's 241st birthday. Carmen was drafted in 1942 and worked as a parachute rigger in both theaters in World War II.

Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey watch as Army veteran Myer Kurgan cuts an Army birthday cake at the Delaware Valley Veterans' Home, June 13, 2016, in advance of the Army's 241st birthday. Kurgan was drafted into the Army in 1941 and served until 1945.



Army leaders run 'Rocky Steps' in 'America's hometown'

06-13-2016

Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey lead a team of more than a dozen Soldiers up the "Rocky Steps" in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, June 13, 2016, in advance of the Army's 241st birthday.

Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey pose with Soldiers after running up the "Rocky Steps" in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, June 13, 2016, in advance of the Army's 241st birthday.



Leaders challenge Soldiers: 'Earn your cake'

06-07-2016

During Army birthday week, senior Army leadership encourages Soldiers to share on social media the physical training activities they do to burn off the calories they'll consume from eating Army birthday cake. Soldiers can share their workout clips via social media at Twitter #EarnYourCake and #USArmy, and also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USArmy. They can learn more about the campaign at www.army.mil/Birthday.



ROTC has minted over 1,000,000 new lieutenants during its 100-year history

06-05-2016

Gen. Dennis L. Via, commander of Army Materiel Command, Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Hughes, commanding general of Cadet Command, and ROTC Cadet 1st Lt. Morgan Mercer, of Bowie State University, cut a birthday cake, spoke June 3, 2016, during the 100th Anniversary of ROTC commemoration at Pentagon.



SMA's new book club kicks off

06-02-2016

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey has announced the creation of his own book club. Beginning in July, he plans to discuss the first of three recommended titles with Soldiers during his regularly-scheduled visits to Army installations. The first of the three books he's recommended is Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game." The other two titles include Simon Sinek's "Leaders Eat Last," and Simon Sinek's "Start With Why."



Army orthopedic surgeon cited as hero for 'shining light' on combat care

05-16-2016

Col. Martha K. Lenhart, MD, PhD, second from the left, was named the U.S. Army Hero of Military Medicine during the 2016 Heroes of Military Medicine Awards, May 5, 2016, in Washington, D.C. On stage with Lenhart are Brig. Gen. Robert D. Tenhet, the deputy surgeon general of the Army and the deputy commanding general (support) of U.S. Army Medical Command, left; John W. Lowe, president and CEO, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc., second from right; and Cynthia L. Gilman, vice president, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. Center for Public-Private Partnerships, on the right.



DARPA's mind-controlled robotic arm does everything

05-11-2016

Johnny Matheny, with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, shakes hands with a visitor during DARPA Demo Day, May 11, 2016, at the Pentagon. Matheny wears a prosthetic arm that attaches to his body, through his skin, and into his bone. It's part of the Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program, where DARPA wants to restore near-natural upper extremity control to service members who have lost limbs.

Johnny Matheny, with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, shakes hands with a visitor during DARPA Demo Day, May 11, 2016, at the Pentagon. Matheny wears a prosthetic arm that attaches to his body, through his skin, and into his bone. Researchers at Johns Hopkins, working for DARPA, have developed the experimental arm controlled by nerves with the goal of restoring a sense of normalcy to service members who have lost limbs.



Army allows Soldiers to wear headphones in gym

05-10-2016

A new Army Directive, released May 6, 2016, allows Soldiers to wear headphones or earbuds while in fitness centers or gyms.



Climate change affecting Army training

04-27-2016

Richard G. Kidd IV, who serves as the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, discusses the Army's perspective on climate change during an April 26, 2016 presentation at the Pentagon.



65th Infantry Regiment receives Congressional Gold Medal

04-13-2016

65th Infantry Division veterans Raul Maldonado Peña and Benjaman Pagan Ayala in the nation's capital prior to receiving the Congressional Gold Medal.

65th Infantry Division veteran Emilio Zapato and his son in the nation's capital April 12, 2016 prior to the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony.



Indian Army chief discuss military-to-military engagements with CSA

04-07-2016

Gen. Dalbir Singh, chief of staff of India's army and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley salute during an official welcoming ceremony for Singh, April 7, 2016, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.



Army chief information officer announces long-term network strategy, 2025-2040

04-01-2016

Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, the Army CIO/G-6, announced the release of the Army's new, long-term, network strategy called "Shaping the Army Network (2025-2040)," during a conference, March 31, in Tyson's Corner, Virginia.



Army plans for transition to Windows 10 by next year

03-04-2016

By sometime in 2017, the Army, along with its sister services, will have updated many of the computer systems currently running the Microsoft Windows operating system to the latest version, Windows 10.



SMA outlines top Army priorities to lawmakers on Capitol Hill

02-26-2016

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, left, talks with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike D. Stevens, center, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, right, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody (back to camera) in advance of a Feb. 26, 2016, testimony on Capitol Hill before the House Appropriations Committee, subcommittee on military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies. The four senior enlisted advisors discussed quality of life issues.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, right, speaks with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike D. Stevens, left, in advance of a Feb. 26, 2016, testimony on Capitol Hill before the House Appropriations Committee, subcommittee on military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies. The two, along with Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody discussed quality of life issues.



Army officer recognized as top performer during 2016 BEYA conference

02-21-2016

Army Brig. Gen. Carl A. Alex, assistant deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army Forces Command, left, was recognized during the 11th Annual Stars and Stripes honors, Feb. 19, 2016, during the 30th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards science, technology, engineering, and mathematics conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, presented the award.



Via: Youth must be mentored toward STEM careers now

02-21-2016

Gen. Dennis L. Via, commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command, was among the 140 senior-level leaders from across the U.S. armed forces who took part in a Feb. 19, 2016, series of STEM-themed mentoring sessions in Philadelphia for high school-aged youth. The mentoring sessions involved more than 300 youth from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and were part of the larger Black Engineer of the Year STEM conference.



FY17 budget provides raise for Soldiers but focuses on readiness

02-09-2016

Maj. Gen. Thomas A. Horlander, director of the Army budget, outlines the Army's fiscal 2017 budget during a briefing at the Pentagon, Feb. 9, 2016.



Smaller Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency tackles new challenges

11-27-2015

A remotely-controlled robot displays its manual dexterity during a display of equipment by the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency on Fort Belvoir, Va., Nov. 17, 2015.



Retired, current general officers mentor cadets

11-13-2015

Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, Army CIO/G-6, speaks during a mentorship forum for ROTC cadets at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Nov. 10, 2015.

ROTC cadets at Howard University in Washington, D.C., stand in formation, Nov. 10, 2015.



Army's MIND Lab able to decode brain waves

11-05-2015

Dr. Anthony Ries instructs Pfc. Kenneth Blandon on how to play a computer game, using only his eyes to control the direction of fire of a bubble-shooting cannon at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Nov. 3, 2015. Ries is a cognitive neuroscientist, who studies visual perception and target recognition. Blandon is a mechanic with the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Command.



TRADOC opens app store

10-30-2015

The Army's Training and Doctrine Command has stood up its own online app store to bring the command's body of knowledge to Soldiers where they are most likely to ingest it: online and on the move.



Carter, Milley bid farewell to McHugh

10-23-2015

Army Secretary John M. McHugh and commander of troops, Col. Johnny K. Davis, inspect troops on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Oct. 23, 2015, during a farewell tribute to McHugh.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter pins a Distinguished Public Service Medal onto the lapel of Army Secretary John M. McHugh on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Oct. 23, 2015, during a farewell tribute to McHugh.

The Presidential Salute Battery fires a 19-gun salute for Army Secretary John M. McHugh on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Oct. 23, 2015, during a farewell tribute to McHugh.



Army changing basic training this October

09-24-2015

In October 2015, the Army will make some changes to how it runs basic combat training, which serves for enlisted Soldiers as their first introduction to soldiering.



Army names best post financial institutions

09-18-2015

The Army recently named two financial institutions that operate on its installations as being the best among their peers in 2014. Out of the 31 nominees, Fort Hood National Bank on Fort Hood, Texas, and the FirstLight Federal Credit Union on Fort Bliss, Texas, best met and exceeded the criteria set by the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for financial operations to become the Army bank and credit union of the year for 2014.



Capitol Hill workout commemorates 9/11

09-11-2015

More than 50 service members and senate office staffers participated in a 9/11 commemorative workout on Capitol Hill, Sept. 11, 2015. During the workout, which lasted more than an hour, the repetitions for each of the exercises correlated with a number associated with the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

More than 50 service members and senate office staffers participated in a 9/11 commemorative workout on Capitol Hill, Sept. 11, 2015. During the workout, which lasted more than an hour, the repetitions for each of the exercises correlated with a number associated with the 9/11 terrorist attacks.



Soldiers remember Hurricane Katrina on 10th anniversary

08-20-2015

The Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N Bowl Nightclub, at 4133 S Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, was submerged in water, Sept. 4, 2005, as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Flooding in New Orleans lasted several months following Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall, Aug. 29, 2005

Helicopters lift off at New Orleans International Airport, Sept. 2, 2005, to rescue residents of New Orleans, who were stranded by the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina.

Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore;, commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, then-Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell, and then-adjutant general of Louisiana, Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, meet with reporters at New Orleans International Airport to discuss relief operations for Hurricane Katrina, Sept. 4, 2005. Donald Rumsfeld, defense secretary at the time, is shown at the right of the image with his back to the camera.

A sign welcomes travelers to the airport in New Orleans.

Victims of Hurricane Katrina sit on baggage carts ourside the airport.



Soldiers must complete school before promotion

08-17-2015

Soldiers will no longer be promoted without first having successfully completed related professional military education courses, according to recently-signed Army Directive. Soldiers will need to complete their schooling before they are allowed their new stripes.



Wars fought by ground troops, new Army chief says

08-14-2015

Army Secretary John M. McHugh, far left, swears in Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley as the 39th chief of staff of the Army during a ceremony on Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 14, 2015. Milley's wife, Hollyanne Milley, holds a Bible.

Now-retired Gen. Ray Odierno inspects the troops on Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 14, 2015.



Conventional, special forces team up during 'Joint Forcible Entry' exercise

08-09-2015

An M1A1 tank, with Soldiers from the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, was part of the Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Aug. 5-6, 2015, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif.

AH-64 Apache aircraft were part of the Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Aug. 5-6, 2015, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif.

Capt. William Larsen, tank commander; Sgt. Jonathan Oliver, shell loader; Spc. Levi Benson, tank driver, and Sgt. Zachary Egan, gunner are all part of the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment. The four, along with eight other tank crews, participated in the Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Aug. 5-6, 2015, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif.

Soldiers train during the Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Aug. 5-6, 2015, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif.

An M1A1 tank, with Soldiers from the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, was part of the Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Aug. 5-6, 2015, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif.

An M1A1 tank, with Soldiers from the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, was part of the Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Aug. 5-6, 2015, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif.

AH-64 Apache aircraft were part of the Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Aug. 5-6, 2015, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey met with Spc. Dalton M. Cummings, 82nd Airborne Division, during the Joint Forcible Entry exercise, Aug. 5-6, 2015, at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif.



For those still unsure, Army defines 'online misconduct'

08-03-2015

If Soldiers were still unsure of what bad behavior looks like online, the Army clarified it for them in an "All Army Activities" message -- commonly called an ALARACT -- that went out force-wide last week. Online misconduct, it says, is "the use of electronic communication to inflict harm. Examples include, but are not limited to: harassment, bullying, hazing, stalking, discrimination, retaliation, or any other types of misconduct that undermine dignity and respect."



New Army cyber officers hack improvements into DARPA's 'Plan X'

07-28-2015

Capt. James McColl and Capt. Justin Lanahan, both cyber officers at U.S Army Cyber Command, took part in a week-long "hackathon" in Arlington, Va., July 20-24, 2015, in support of the continued development of "Plan X," a four-year, $120 million program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.



To become 'force of future,' Army must fix personnel churn

06-26-2015

Undersecretary of the Army Brad R. Carson, who also serves as the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, discusses challenges and concerns he has in developing a "force of the future," or "21st century defense department," as it specifically relates to personnel management at the Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare event near the Pentagon June 24, 2015.



Army team gets all gold during DOD Warrior Games archery

06-22-2015

Team Army took four gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal in the archery competition at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Quantico, Va., June 22, 2015.

Army veteran Sgt. Sean Hook took home two gold medals in recurve bow archery at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Quantico, Va., June 22, 2015.

An Army veteran competes at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Quantico, Va., June 22, 2015.

An Army veteran competes at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Quantico, Va., June 22, 2015.

Audience members show team spirit at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Quantico, Va., June 22, 2015.

An Army veteran celebrates at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Quantico, Va., June 22, 2015.



Army lines of effort to define proper online conduct

06-19-2015

"How do we ensure Army values-based conduct to prevent and respond to harm inflicted through the use of electronic communication?" Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno asked for an answer to that question earlier this year - in the wake of revelations at the February 2015 SHARP Summit in Washington D.C.



Evaluation, education, compensation dominate discussion at Dailey town hall

06-05-2015

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey discusses Soldier evaluation, education and compensation during an Army birthday town hall meeting with Soldiers at Defense Media Activity on Fort Meade, Md., June 4, 2015.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey discusses Soldier evaluation, education and compensation during an Army birthday town hall meeting with Soldiers at Defense Media Activity on Fort Meade, Md., June 4, 2015.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey discusses Soldier evaluation, education and compensation during an Army birthday town hall meeting with Soldiers at Defense Media Activity on Fort Meade, Md., June 4, 2015.



Thousands ride in 28th annual Rolling Thunder rally

05-25-2015

Staff Sgt. Nate Washington, Master Sgt. Edell Price, Edwina Price, and Cpl. Buford Bracey, all from Fort Lee, Virginia, were among the several thousand motorcyclists queued up at the Pentagon, May 24, 2015, to participate in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride around the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Now in its 28th year, the event, held on Memorial Day weekend, is meant to draw attention to Service members, who were taken prisoner of war, or who have gone missing in action.

Several thousand motorcyclists queued up at the Pentagon, May 24, 2015, to participate in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride around the National Mall in Washington, D.C.



WINS tracks Soldier movement without GPS

05-22-2015

The Warfighter Integrated Navigation System, center, uses inertial systems to determine a Soldier's location in the absence of a GPS signal. On the left, a smaller version of WINS. On the right, the Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, which Soldiers use now for position, navigation, and timing. All three devices were on display at the DOD Lab Day, May 14, at the Pentagon.



Fuel cells increase range in unmanned aerial systems

05-21-2015

Using a fuel cell similar to this one -- on display at DOD Lab Day, May 14 at the Pentagon -- allows the Stalker XE unmanned aerial system to fly for up to 8 hours.



Army aims to simplify electronics in combat vehicles

05-21-2015

A 3D printed mockup of the of the Hardware Convergence program chassis with blue modules was on display during DOD Lab Day at the Pentagon, May 14. The chassis is designed to standardize wiring for electrical devices in tactical vehicles.



Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

05-21-2015

Nickolas B. Baldwin and Evan Young, researchers with the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, discuss the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar during the DOD Lab Day, May 14 at the Pentagon.



Researchers believe capturing, processing brainwaves will better enable Soldiers

05-18-2015

Jean Vettel, Ph.D., right, a neuroscientist with the Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., wears headgear lined with brain wave-sensing EEG, or "electroencephalography" sensors, in the Pentagon courtyard as part of the display she manned at DOD Lab Day, May 14, 2015. She and fellow researcher, Jonroy Canady, left, speak with area high school students, who attended the lab day event.



Sixty new technologies aim to cut convoys to forward operating bases

05-15-2015

Ben Campbell, of U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, & Engineering Center, is the lead systems engineer of the Army's Sustainability Logistics Basing - Science and Technology Objective Demonstration. During the DOD Lab Day, May 14, 2015, at the Pentagon, he discussed some of the technologies his team is evaluating to reduce fuel use and water use on Army installations. In the courtyard of the Pentagon, he had a small model of an Army base camp, one that would house about 50 Soldiers, labeled to indicate where several of the technologies his team is evaluating for the Army might be put to use.



Non-commissioned officers advise care for key assignments

05-04-2015

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey speaks with the 79 Soldiers, who participated in the first-ever 2015 Enlisted Solarium on Fort Leavenworth, Kan., May 1, 2015.



RDECOM program puts Army scientists shoulder-to-shoulder with Soldiers

04-21-2015

Chirag Y. Trivedi, a science and technology advisor with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, fires a rifle, in the dark, at the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate range on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, April 17, 2015.

Clifford A. Surrett Sr., an engineering technician with the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, discusses night-vision devices with students in the most recent orientation and reach-back training iteration, April 17, 2015.



Center shows glimpse of next-generation synthetic training

04-07-2015

Command Sgt. Maj. James Sims, with Army Materiel Command, tries out a scenario in Virtual Battle Space using a set of 3D goggles, during the 2015 Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, March 31, 2015.



Lundy: Gold-plated gear not always best value for Army

03-31-2015

Maj. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, commander of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, said it is not always necessary for every piece of gear the Army buys to be the absolute best available. Lundy delivered his remarks during the 2015 Army Aviation Association of America summit in Nashville, Tenn., March 30, 2015.



Vice chief kicks off 'Quad A' by recognizing innovators

03-30-2015

Retired Brig. Gen. Howard W. Yellen, Army Aviation Association of America president; Maj. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, commander, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker; and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn present Spc. Benjamin J. Rosa, center right, with the Henry Q. Dunn Crew Chief of the Year award during the 2015 Army Aviation Association of America conference in Nashville, March 30, 2015. Rosa is assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.



New devices may soon help Soldiers nose out chemicals, bio threats

02-18-2015

This colorimetric detection assay, about the size of a postage stamp, is printed with a grid of several dozen indicator chemicals arranged in a grid of small dots.

Melissa Dixon and Aleksandr Miklos, Ph.D., a senior scientist at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., are refining for Army use a commercial technology that will allow Soldiers to accurately and rapidly detect an array of chemical and biological hazards - from mustard agent to anthrax - and then transmit those results to their higher command.



Exposure to success positively influences youth, Army leader says

02-08-2015

Army Maj. Gen. Gwen Bingham, who serves as commander of the Army's Tank Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Michigan, mentors high school students during the 2015 Black Engineer of the Year Awards science, technology, engineering, and mathematics conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 6, 2015.



Army's fiscal 2016 budget to help close gap for leader development training

02-02-2015

Maj. Gen. Thomas A. Horlander, left, director of the Army budget, and Davis S. Welch, deputy director of the Army budget, brief reporters about the fiscal 2016 Army budget request at the Pentagon, Feb. 2, 2015.



Dailey assumes role as 15th sergeant major of Army

01-30-2015

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno administers the oath of office to the Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey, Jan. 30, 2015, at the Pentagon. Dailey's wife, Holly Dailey, holds a bible.



Dailey shares ideas about leadership development, fitness, women in combat arms

01-30-2015

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno administers the oath of office to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey at the Pentagon, Jan. 30, 2015. Dailey's wife, Holly Dailey, holds a Bible during the ceremony.



Army developing higher voltage batteries that don't corrode

01-09-2015

Army chemist, Jan Allen, demonstrates how to build a "button cell," the type of battery used in a watch, at the Army Research Laboratory, Dec. 9, 2014.



Army to launch cruise missile-detecting aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Ground

12-17-2014

The Army plans to launch an aerostat, part of the "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor," in late December 2014. The JLENS aerostat will be tethered to the ground at Graces Quarters, part of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. It will float at an altitude of about 10,000 feet. The aerostat carries radar equipment meant to help better detect cruise missiles.

The Army plans to launch an aerostat, part of the "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor," in late December 2014. The JLENS aerostat will be tethered to the ground at Graces Quarters, part of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. It will float at an altitude of about 10,000 feet. The aerostat carries radar equipment meant to help better detect cruise missiles.

Maj. Gen. Glenn Bramhall, commander, 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, spoke with members of the press during a Dec. 17, 2014, media day at Graces Quarters, part of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. During the media day, Army officials discussed the upcoming launch of an aerostat -- part of the larger "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor" system. The JLENS aerostat will be tethered to the ground at Graces Quarters, and will float at an altitude of about 10,000 feet. The aerostat carries radar equipment meant to help better detect cruise missiles.

Lt. Col. William Pitts, with 263rd Army Air Defense Command, spoke with members of the press during a Dec. 17, 2014, media day at Graces Quarters, part of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. During the media day, Army officials discussed the upcoming launch of an aerostat -- part of the larger "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor" system. The JLENS aerostat will be tethered to the ground at Graces Quarters, and will float at an altitude of about 10,000 feet. The aerostat carries radar equipment meant to help better detect cruise missiles.



Soldier uniforms may one day detect, neutralize biological threats

12-12-2014

Postdoctoral scholar Matt Coppock examines under the microscope chemical elements used to create synthetic peptides to detect biological hazards at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md.

Postdoctoral scholar Matt Coppock; Dimitra Stratis-Cullum, Ph.D., the Biomaterials team leader with the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate; and James J. Sumner, Ph.D, the chief of the Biotechnology Branch and a supervisory chemist in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md., have developed and are producing in small batches synthetic peptides they believe will serve as great replacements for animal-grown antibodies currently used to detect biological hazards.



Industry mentorships could help Soldiers transition after Army

11-14-2014

While speaking to an audience of industry representatives, Nov. 12, 2014, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, during a meeting of the Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Advisory Council, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III suggested that a kind of industry mentorship might better help Soldiers find work after they leave the Army.



U.S., Korean reps lay wreath at war memorial

10-15-2014

Lt. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux, 8th Army commander; along with Maj. Gen. Shin Kyoung Soo, Republic of Korea defense attaché to the United States, placed a wreath at the Korean War Memorial, Oct. 15, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

At the Korean War Memorial, Oct. 15, 2014, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Army generals and representatives of the Republic of Korea and its Army laid wreaths to commemorate those who fought in the three-year-long conflict in that country.



Unique PT commemorates 9/11 events

09-11-2014

Army Staff Sgt. River Mitchell participated in an intense physical training workout at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2014, held to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11. Mitchell, vice president of the Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, also planned the event.

Participants sign in before beginning an intense physical training workout at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2014. The workout was held to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11.

Kettle bells were used by participants during an intense physical training workout at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2014. The workout was held to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11.



94th Infantry Division vets reunite to remember World War II

07-01-2014

Some 20 World War II veterans of the 94th Infantry Division gathered in Arlington, Va., June 28, 2014, for their 65th annual reunion.



Army celebrates 239 years of history at 2014 Army Birthday Ball

06-22-2014

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh (obscured in the center), and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, cut the birthday cake during the 2014 Army Birthday Ball, June 21, 2014, at National Harbor, Md.

Soldiers with the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), bring in the birthday cake during the 2014 Army Birthday Ball, June 21, 2014, at National Harbor, Md.



Tens of thousands draw attention to POWs, MIAs as part of Rolling Thunder XXVII

05-26-2014

Carol Sours, husband Buddy Sours, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and dog Isaiah, participated in the 27th annual Rolling Thunder Motorcycle rally in support of POWs and MIAs. At the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., tens of thousands of motorcyclists gathered to participate in the 27th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 25, 2014. The event is in its 27th 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. The rally brings attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Alex Teran, and father Omar Teran, both U.S. Marine Corps veterans, participated in the 27th annual Rolling Thunder Motorcycle rally in support of POWs and MIAs. At the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., tens of thousands of motorcyclists gathered to participate in the 27th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 25, 2014. The event is in its 27th 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. The rally brings attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Keith Sellers, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, participated in the 27th annual Rolling Thunder Motorcycle rally in support of POWs and MIAs. At the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., tens of thousands of motorcyclists gathered to participate in the 27th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 25, 2014. The event is in its 27th 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. The rally brings attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.



During 'Military Saves Week,' Army reminds Soldiers of year-round financial education

02-21-2014

As the Department of Defense embarks on "Military Saves Week," Feb. 24 through March 1, the Army wants Soldiers and their families to know that year-round it provides financial education -- including information on how to save -- at installations across the force.



Vice chief honors black engineers at 2014 BEYA conference

02-09-2014

At this year's 9th Annual Stars and Stripes recognition dinner, part of the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year STEM conference, Feb. 7, 2014, in Washington, D.C., Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell served as the keynote speaker and presenter for two awards to both uniformed and Senior Executive Service African-American engineers.



Army adjusts retention control points for junior enlisted

02-05-2014

The Army has announced changes to retention control points for Soldiers in the ranks of corporal through sergeant. The changes took effect Feb. 1, 2014.



Women leaders serve as role models, whether they realize it or not

01-23-2014

Surgeon General of the Army Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho and Judge Advocate General of the Army Lt. Gen. Flora D. Darpino, spoke Jan. 22, 2014, before the Women Mayors' Caucus in Washington, D.C. The caucus is part of the larger United States Conference of Mayors, for mayors of cities with 30,000 or more citizens. The group held its 82nd Winter Meeting, Jan 22-24, in the nation's capital.



Safety top priority on chem-demil ship, officials say

01-14-2014

Butch Leilich (left), Anna Kirby, and Jeffrey Gonce, supervisor of the field maintenance branch at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center's Chemical Biological Applications Risk Reduction Unit, build the fourth of seven Field Deployable Hydrolysis Systems at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Jan. 10, 2014.

Butch Leilich (left), Anna Kirby, and Jeffrey Gonce, supervisor of the field maintenance branch at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center's Chemical Biological Applications Risk Reduction Unit, build the fourth of seven Field Deployable Hydrolysis Systems at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Jan. 10, 2014.



Army team to destroy Syrian chemical weapons afloat

01-03-2014

This tent, inside the Cape Ray, a nearly 650-foot-long ship, contains two "field deployable hydrolysis systems." The FDHS is designed to neutralize chemical weapons. Each $5 million system can, depending on the material, process between 5 to 25 metric tons of material a day. With two systems, that means as much as 50 metric tons a day of chemical warfare agents can be destroyed. The mission requires disposal of 700 metric tons of material.

Frank Kendall, under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, spoke outside the Cape Ray, Jan. 2, to discuss the ship's upcoming mission to destroy chemical weapons.

Two of these "field deployable hydrolysis systems" are now installed on the Cape Ray, a nearly 650-foot-long ship now in Portsmouth, Va. The FDHS is designed to neutralize chemical weapons. Each $5-million system can, depending on the material, process between 5 to 25 metric tons of material a day. With two systems, that means as much as 50 metric tons a day of chemical warfare agents can be destroyed. The mission requires disposal of 700 metric tons of material.

Two of these "field deployable hydrolysis systems" are now installed on the Cape Ray, a nearly 650-foot-long ship now in Portsmouth, Va. The FDHS is designed to neutralize chemical weapons. Each $5-million system can, depending on the material, process between 5 to 25 metric tons of material a day. With two systems, that means as much as 50 metric tons a day of chemical warfare agents can be destroyed. The mission requires disposal of 700 metric tons of material.

The Cape Ray, a nearly 650-foot-long ship, was equipped with "field deployable hydrolysis systems." The FDHS is designed to neutralize chemical weapons. Each $5-million system can, depending on the material, process between 5 to 25 metric tons of material a day. With two systems, that means as much as 50 metric tons a day of chemical warfare agents can be destroyed.



Thousands lay wreaths at Arlington gravesites

12-15-2013

Marine Corps Maj. Daniel Smith and daughter Kara Anne Smith, lay a wreath at a gravesite, Dec. 14, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia.

More than 143,000 wreaths were placed on gravesites, Dec. 14, 2013, as part of the 22nd annual "Wreaths Across America" event at Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia. For more than two decades now, volunteers have gathered to place wreaths on gravesites in the cemetery. The wreaths are manufactured by Worcester Wreath Company, of Harrington, Maine, and come to the cemetery by truck over the week in advance of the event.

More than 143,000 wreaths were placed on gravesites, Dec. 14, 2013, as part of the 22nd annual "Wreaths Across America" event at Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia. For more than two decades now, volunteers have gathered to place wreaths on gravesites in the cemetery. The wreaths are manufactured by Worcester Wreath Company, of Harrington, Maine, and come to the cemetery by truck over the week in advance of the event.



Thousands of officers to face boards for early separation

12-12-2013

Nearly 19,000 active-duty captains and majors in the Army Competitive Category will go before either an Officer Separation Board or Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board early next year.



New first aid kit includes eye protection, strap cutter

12-06-2013

The Army is now issuing to Soldiers the more robust, more streamlined "Individual First Aid Kit II" as replacement for the older kit, which was built inside an ammunition pouch for a Squad Automatic Weapon.



Points change for Soldiers seeking NCO status

12-03-2013

Soldiers competing for sergeant in January will no longer have 16 promotion points available to them for completing the online "Structured Self-Development I" course. Additionally, Soldiers who have not completed SSD-I will not be eligible for promotion to sergeant for the Jan. 1, 2013, promotion cycle.



Officer credits hospital team, Army family with saving daughter's life

10-31-2013

Lt. Col. Adam Saslav speaks during the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network "Victory Awards," Oct. 30, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Saslav's daughter, Delaney Saslav, was one of three award recipients.

Delaney Saslav, 5, dances on stage during the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network "Victory Awards," Oct. 30, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Saslav was one of three award recipients.



Odierno: Those who doubt relevance of ground forces naïve

10-23-2013

Ground forces, including Soldiers, Marines and special operations troops will continue to play a critical role in supporting America's defense and joint fight, despite the opinions of "intellectuals" who might believe otherwise, said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Oct. 23, 2013, at the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, in Washington D.C.



Army 'can't afford' not to have Rapid Equipping Force, leader says

10-18-2013

At Fort Belvoir, Va., the Army's Rapid Equipping Force has on display one of it's three "Expeditionary Laboratories," or Ex Labs. The other two are in Afghanistan, one within Regional Command-East, and one within Regional Command-South.

At Fort Belvoir, Va., the Army's Rapid Equipping Force has on display one of it's three "Expeditionary Laboratories," or Ex Labs. The other two are in Afghanistan, one within Regional Command-East, and one within Regional Command-South.



Life-saving ESAPI plate returned to Soldier

09-19-2013

Sgt. Joseph Morrissey and wife Nikki Morrissey will take this ESAPI plate home with them to Fort Bragg, N.C. Sgt. Morrissey was wearing the plate in Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2012, when he was shot in the chest with a 7.62mm round. After the plate was evaluated by PEO Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Va., it was returned to Morrissey during a ceremony there, Sept. 18, 2013.

Sgt. Joseph Morrissey was wearing this ESAPI plate in Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2012, when he was shot in the chest with a 7.62mm round. After the plate was evaluated by PEO Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Va., it was returned to Morrissey during a ceremony there, Sept. 18, 2013.



Campbell outlines plans to strengthen behavioral health programs

09-13-2013

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell briefly laid out some of the Army's efforts to bolster resilience in Soldiers and strengthen its behavioral health programs during the 2013 Warrior-Family Symposium, Sept. 12, 2013, in Washington, D.C.



SHARP: Soldiers need character in addition to competence

09-10-2013

Dr. Christine T. Altendorf, the new director of the Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program office, or SHARP, spoke Sept. 9, 2013, during a television interview at the Pentagon about efforts to curb sexual assault in the Army.



Vice chief Campbell: Suicide prevention 365-day-a-year mission

09-03-2013

September is suicide awareness month and while the Army will highlight suicide prevention this month, the service's vice chief said the effort is year-round. Pictured here, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell briefs staffers at the new Headquarters Department of the Army, July 24, 2013, at the Pentagon.



In Asia-Pacific, Army policy not one of containment

07-31-2013

Speaking before an audience July 29, 2013, at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno explained the service's new interest in the Pacific region -- a focus driven by a new national defense strategy released in 2012.



Vice chief addresses current Army challenges

07-25-2013

While budget cuts and sequestration are a challenge, Americans won't accept them as an excuse for the Army failing to maintain a fighting force able to win the nation's wars, said the Army's vice chief of staff at a briefing to staffers at the new Headquarters Department of the Army, July 24, 2013, at the Pentagon.



5 named 'Service Members of Year' for 2013

07-18-2013

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell and Richard Sandza, managing editor of the Army Times, presented the 2013 "Soldier of the Year" award to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Karen D. Beattie, during the 2013 Service Members of the Year awards in Washington, D.C.



Brigade combat teams cut at 10 posts will help other BCTs grow

06-25-2013

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno announced, June 25, 2013, that 10 brigade combat teams based in the United States are slated to be reorganized by the end of fiscal year 2017. The move will reduce the number of BCTs in the Army from 45 to 33.



Army describes plans for integrating women into combat

06-18-2013

Maj. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, Army G-1, explained how the Army would implement its plan to integrate women into all areas of military service, during a press conference at the Pentagon, June 18, 2013.

Maj. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, Army G-1, explained how the Army would implement its plan to integrate women into all areas of military service, during a press conference at the Pentagon, June 18, 2013.



At Rolling Thunder, veterans, supporters, draw attention to prisoners of war, missing in action

05-27-2013

At the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., thousands of motorcyclists gathered to participate in the 26th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 26, 2013. The event is in its 26th 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. 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 26th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 26, 2013. The event is in its 26th 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. 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 26th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 26, 2013. The event is in its 26th 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. The rally brings attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Bill Scheuneman and wife Gail have been married for 42 years. The two rode together in Rolling Thunder 2013. At the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., thousands of motorcyclists gathered to participate in the 26th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 26, 2013.

At the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., thousands of motorcyclists gathered to participate in the 26th "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle rally, May 26, 2013. The event is in its 26th 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. The rally brings attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.



WWII vet gets 'Order of the Rising Sun' from Japan's ambassador

05-22-2013

Kenichiro Sasae, the Japanese ambassador to the United States, presented the "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette," May 21, 2013, to Terry Shima.

Terry Shima, a second-generation Japanese-American, and World War II veteran, listens to speakers during a ceremony, May 21, 2013, at the home of the Japanese ambassador to the United States. During the ceremony, Shima received the "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette" award from the Japanese government.

The "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette" was presented, May 21, 2013, to Terry Shima, by the government of Japan. Shima is a "Nisei," or second-generation Japanese-American. During World War II, he joined the 442nd Infantry Regiment in 1945 in Italy, where he was assigned to public relations. When the unit returned in July 1946, he continued to handle public relations for the veterans association in New York, in Washington, D.C., and in Honolulu. Following two years in the Army, he worked for the Foreign Service for 30 years.

The "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette" was presented, May 21, 2013, to Terry Shima, by the government of Japan. Shima is a "Nisei," or second-generation Japanese-American. During World War II, he joined the 442nd Infantry Regiment in 1945 in Italy, where he was assigned to public relations. When the unit returned in July 1946, he continued to handle public relations for the veterans association in New York, in Washington, D.C., and in Honolulu. Following two years in the Army, he worked for the Foreign Service for 30 years.



Next command boards require 'opt in, all in' for eligible officers

05-13-2013

This September, field grade officers who want to be considered for command positions and key billets will have to actively make it known they wish to compete. Unlike in years past, they will no longer be passively entered into competition for these important Army leadership positions.



In 2014, Soldiers get 1 percent raise, 3.9 percent increase in BAH

04-10-2013

During a briefing at the Pentagon, April 10, 2013, Maj. Gen. Karen E. Dyson, director of the Army Budget, and Davis S. Welch, deputy director of the Army Budget, discussed components of the Army's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, including how much is marked for supporting personnel, how much is marked for facilities maintenance, and how much will go toward buying or modernizing war-fighting equipment.

During a briefing at the Pentagon, April 10, 2013, Maj. Gen. Karen E. Dyson, director of the Army Budget, and Davis S. Welch, deputy director of the Army Budget, discussed components of the Army's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, including how much is marked for supporting personnel, how much is marked for facilities maintenance, and how much will go toward buying or modernizing war-fighting equipment.

During a briefing at the Pentagon, April 10, 2013, Maj. Gen. Karen E. Dyson, director of the Army Budget, and Davis S. Welch, deputy director of the Army Budget, discussed components of the Army's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, including how much is marked for supporting personnel, how much is marked for facilities maintenance, and how much will go toward buying or modernizing war-fighting equipment.



Selective Early Retirement Board could affect 1,200 field grade officers

04-05-2013

In August, the Army will convene a Selective Early Retirement Board for lieutenant colonels and colonels. The move is just one part of a larger Army effort to meet its congressionally mandated end strength reduction



Military culinary arts competition heats up at Fort Lee

03-11-2013

Spc. Thomas Poux, from Fort Hood, Texas, sautes zucchini at the 2013 Military Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

Spc. Caleigh Arrington, from Fort Hood, Texas, prepares a desert at the 2013 Armed Services Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

Spc. Mike Hatton meets with Sgt. Maj. Mark W. Warren, of the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, during the 2013 Armed Services Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va

Food prepared by service members at the 2013 Military Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va.



'Military Saves Week' challenges families to set goals

02-26-2013

This week, U.S. service members around the world -- along with their spouses and kids too -- have been challenged to take a pledge to save money in their at-home budgets; to "Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically."



AUSA kicks off last winter symposium in Florida

02-20-2013

Cadet Pfc. Daleth Soares, Cadet Pfc. Nathercia Goncalves and Cadet Staff Sgt. Luiz Fonseca learn about the M-4 Carbine with M-203 Grenade Launcher from Kevin J. Brown, vice president, military programs, at Colt Defense, during the Feb. 20, 2013, opening of the 2013 Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The three cadets are with the Junior Reserve Officer Training Program at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Fla.



Army must shift focus from execution to preparation

02-20-2013

Gen. Robert W. Cone, commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command, discusses the Army's transition from a focus on execution, to a focus on preparation, during the Feb. 20, 2013, opening of the 2013 Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.



Sequestration could mean delayed redeployment for Soldiers in Afghanistan

02-15-2013

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno answered questions from the audience and from Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Feb. 15, 2013, during a visit at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.



President awards Medal of Honor to hero of COP Keating

02-11-2013

President Barack Obama placed the Medal of Honor around the neck of former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha during a ceremony Feb. 11, 2013, in the East Room of the White House.

In advance of the Feb. 11, 2013 Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Colin Romesha, son of Medal of Honor Recipient former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha, investigates the lectern that would later be used by President Barack Obama.



Concert for military kids kicks off inaugural weekend

01-22-2013

First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters, and Jill Biden, Ph.D., wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and her grandchildren, were greeted upon their arrival at the "Kids' Inaugural: Our Children. Our Future" concert, Jan. 19, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The children's event was in advance of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.



Army freezes hiring, cuts base ops, reduces training

01-17-2013

In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March, Army leadership has called for an immediate hiring freeze and spelled out other pre-emptive measures meant to help the service prepare for a fiscal cliff.



Military plays security support role for inauguration

01-15-2013

This year, the 947th Military Police Detachment at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., will provide 16 military working dog teams to support security at the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama. Here, Sgt. Malkia Litaker, who served with the 947th in 2009, and military working dog, Gerko, work together to find simulated explosives during a demonstration, Jan. 14, 2009, at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.



Increase in Social Security withholding will little affect Soldier pay

01-09-2013

This year, Soldiers and most civilians will see an increase in the amount of their pay withheld for Social Security. The withholding has increased from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent. But for Soldiers, the change in Social Security withholding may not have a noticeable effect on their take-home pay.



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.



No excuses now for officers not to apply for fellowships, scholarships

12-14-2011

The Congressional Fellowship Program is one of eight opportunities that officers can now more easily apply for because of policy changes.



Thousands lay wreaths at nation's cemetery

12-10-2011

This year, about 85,000 wreaths made their way from Maine to the Arlington National Cemetery to be laid by volunteers at grave stones there, Dec. 10, as part of the 20th annual Wreaths Across America event.

Multiple tractor trailers carried some 85,000 wreaths from Maine to Arlington, Va., for volunteers to lay at the grave stones of those buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 10, as part of the 20th annual Wreaths Across America event.

Anna, 18 months old, of Vienna, Va., lays a wreath at a grave stone at Arlington National Cemetery. This year, about 85,000 wreaths made their way from Maine to the Arlington National Cemetery to be laid by volunteers at grave stones there, Dec. 10, as part of the 20th annual Wreaths Across America event.



Soldier earns German medal for saving ally's life

12-09-2011

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Peter Ammon, presented Staff Sgt. Peter Woken with the German Medal of Honor for Gallantry in Action -- an award similar to the American Silver Star, during a ceremony, Dec. 8, at the ambassador's home in Washington, D.C.

German Cpl. Tim Focken and Staff Sgt. Peter Woken meet following a ceremony, Dec. 8, at the home of the German ambassador in Washington, D.C. During the event, Woken was awarded the German Medal of Honor for Gallantry in Action -- an award similar to the American Silver Star -- for saving Focken's like in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Peter Woken and German Cpl. Tim Focken embrace following a ceremony, Dec. 8, at the home of the German ambassador in Washington, D.C. During the event, Woken was awarded the German Medal of Honor for Gallantry in Action -- an award similar to the American Silver Star -- for saving Focken's like in Afghanistan.

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli meets with Staff Sgt. Peter Woken following a ceremony, Dec. 8, at the home of the German ambassador in Washington, D.C. During the event, Woken was awarded the German Medal of Honor for Gallantry in Action -- an award similar to the American Silver Star -- for saving the life of German Corporal Specialist Tim Focken following a conflict in Afghanistan.

Army Staff Sgt. Peter Woken, center, was honored at the German embassy for having saved the life of German Corporal Specialist Tim Focken, right, following a conflict in Afghanistan.



Man's best friend helps him deal with PTSD

12-01-2011

Former Soldier, proponent for sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, and author, Luis Carlos Montalván, spoke Nov. 30 at the Pentagon Library about his service dog, "Tuesday." He also spoke about the book he wrote that documents how his struggle with PTSD was aided by "Tuesday."



'Master black belt' cited for leaning medical retention boards

11-29-2011

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and Lt. Gen. William T. Grisoli, director of the office of business transformation, presented a 2011 Army Lean/Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program award to Shane Wentz, during a ceremony Nov. 29, 2011, at the Pentagon.



LEAP award winners lauded at Pentagon ceremony

11-29-2011

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and Lt. Gen. William T. Grisoli, director of the office of business transformation, presented the 2011 Army Lean/Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program awards during a Nov. 29, 2011, ceremony at the Pentagon.



EOD techs show Congress bomb disposal tools

11-17-2011

Representatives Rick Crawford and Susan Davis, co-chairs of the House EOD Caucus, met with Staff Sgt. Josh Bowden, 55th Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and Pvt. 1st Class Thomas McCockill, 55th EOD (in bomb disposal suit) on Capitol Hill, Nov. 17. The lawmakers asked Soldiers with the 55th Explosive Ordnance Disposal to appear on the Hill to answer questions from lawmakers about their work, and to show off their equipment.

Capt. Emily Spencer, commander, 55th Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, Fort Belvoir, Va., meets with Congresswoman Susan Davis on Capitol Hill, Nov. 17. Davis, and Congressman Rick Crawford, are co-chairs of the House EOD Caucus. The two asked Soldiers from the 55th EOD to appear on the Hill to answer questions from lawmakers about their work, and to show off their equipment.

Representatives Rick Crawford and Susan Davis are co-chairs of the House EOD Caucus. The two asked Soldiers with the 55th Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, Fort Belvoir, Va., to appear on Capitol Hill, Nov. 17, to answer questions from lawmakers about their work, and to show off their equipment.



'Open season' begins for federal employee health care

11-16-2011

LeeAnne Wilson checks the blood pressure of a federal employee during a health fair. The fair is meant to showcase insurance providers during the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan "open season," which refers to the time each year when employees are allowed to change options for health care coverage, including dental and vision insurance.



Award-winning female aviator says challenges same for men as women

11-02-2011

Katherine Sullivan, the first American woman to have walked in space, presented Col. Laura J. Richardson, a Black Hawk pilot and commander of the Army's Operational Test Command at Fort Hood, Texas, with the 2011 Women in Aerospace leadership award during a ceremony, Nov. 1, 2011, in Washington, D.C.



Japanese-American vets earn nation's highest civilian honor

11-02-2011

Rep. John Boehner presents the Congressional Gold Medal to a representative of the 100th Infantry Battalion, Mitsuo Hamasu, during a ceremony Nov. 2, 2011, at the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded by the American Congress, and is the highest civilian award in the United States. The medal was awarded to Nisei Soldiers -- American sons of Japanese-born parents -- who fought in World War II. Those Soldiers fought as part of segregated, all Japanese-American units that included the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service. The three units together were the most decorated units of that war.

Japanese-American veterans from WWII arrive, Nov. 2, 2011, at the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C., to attend a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to those Soldiers who served as part of the segregated, all Japanese-American units that included the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service. The three units together were the most decorated units of that war.

Hundreds of Japanese-American veterans of WWII and visitors attended a Nov. 2, 2011, ceremony at the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C., to award the Congressional Gold Medal to those Soldiers who served as part of the segregated, all Japanese-American units that included the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service. The three units together were the most decorated units of that war.



40 Bronze Stars awarded to Japanese-American vets

11-02-2011

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno pins a Bronze Star on George George Joe Sakato, Medal of Honor recipient, Nov. 1, 2011, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, 40 World War II Soldiers from the all- Japanese-American units -- the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service -- were awarded the Bronze Star.

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno speaks Nov. 1, 2011, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, 40 World War II Soldiers from the all-Japanese-American units -- the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service -- were awarded the Bronze Star.

Kelsey Kam, Donna Masuda Kam, Don K. Masuda, Alice Masuda, and Kasey Kam attended a Nov. 1, 2011-ceremony in Washington, D.C., where 40 World War II Soldiers from the all-Japanese-American units -- the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service -- were awarded the Bronze Star. Don Masuda received the Bronze Star for his service in the 442nd during World War II.



REF striving to save energy, lives on battlefield

10-19-2011

Equipment on display in the Pentagon's courtyard, Oct. 18, 2011, is designed to let Soldiers recharge the batteries in the equipment they carry using solar power. The result is that Soldiers will need to carry fewer batteries.



Army bracing for more budget cuts, AUSA audience told

10-10-2011

During the opening ceremony of the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh pointed out that the Army provides 50 to 70 percent of deployable forces. Additionally, he said, the Army represents about half of America's entire fighting force, yet consumes only a quarter to 30 percent of the entire defense budget.



Prescription abuse down, but challenges face wounded warriors

09-26-2011

Vice Chief of the Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli said post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury are "the signature wounds" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The general spoke Sept. 26, 2011, as a keynote speaker during the 2011 Defense Forum Washington seminar "The Journey Back: Helping Wounded Warriors and their Families Transition."



40 ribbons placed in memory at Pentagon Memorial

09-09-2011

Family members, coworkers, and friends of those killed on 9/11 from the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army gathered near the Pentagon Memorial Friday to place "resilience ribbons" on benches dedicated to those lost.



ASAP, Army to fill 130 substance abuse counselor positions

07-27-2011

The Army needs 130 additional counselors to help Soldiers who think they might have a problem with alcohol or other drugs.



Prosthesis helps Medal of Honor hero stay with Rangers

07-08-2011

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, had the Medal of Honor placed around his neck July 12, 2011, by the president of the United States. During an interview March 30, 2011, he recounted the moment after his hand was taken from him by a grenade during a May 26, 2008, combat operation in Afghanistan.



After 61 years, Korean democracy remains strong

06-24-2011

Lt. Gen. Richard P. Zahner, deputy chief of staff, G-2 and Brig. Gen. Lee, of the Korean military, lay a wreath together, June 24 at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

A military officer of the United Kingdom salutes, after having laid a wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., June 24.

During a ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., June 24, U.S. and Korean military officers, as well as the Korean ambassador to the United States, Han Duck-soo, and military attaches from nations involved in the war, laid wreaths to remember the conflict and those who were died fighting in it.



Army thanks Congress for 236 years of support

06-15-2011

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Sen. James Inhofe, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, Rep. Silvestre Reyes (hidden) and Rep. John Carter participate in the cutting of the Army birthday cake, June 14, 2011, at the Capitol Visitor's Center.



ACU changes make Velcro optional, patrol cap default headgear

06-11-2011

Recently announced changes to the Army Combat Uniform involve allowing Soldiers to sew on certain items to their uniform in lieu of using the provided Velcro. (Photo illustration)



'Freedom Award' goes to resilient Ranger

05-25-2011

Col. David Sutherland and Sen. Joseph Lieberman present Sgt. Joseph R. Kapacziewski (center) with the "No Greater Sacrifice" Freedom Award May 24.



Soldiers showcase combat equipment at Andrews JSOH

05-22-2011

Master Sgt. Herbert Mowrey, 2-8 Cav., 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div., talks with a youth about the Abrams M1A2 SEPv2 tank that was on display, May 20, during the 2011 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

Private 1st Class Paul Gorham, 2-8 Cav., 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div., helps a visitor don a crew helmet aboard the Abrams M1A2 SEPv2 tank that was on display, May 20, during the 2011 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

Sgt. Scott Jense, 2-5 Cav., 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div., talked with visitors about and kept things safe aboard the Bradley A3 combat vehicle that was on display, May 20, during the 2011 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

Private 1st Class Paul Gorham, 2-8 Cav., 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div., helps a visitor don a crew helmet aboard the Abrams M1A2 SEPv2 tank that was on display, May 20, during the 2011 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

A boy explores the Abrams M1A2 SEPv2 tank that was on display, May 20, during the 2011 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

A young man does pull ups, May 20, during the 2011 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, Md.



'Green bullet' as effective as M855 round -- consistently

05-06-2011

Staff Sgt. Jason Hopkins fires an M14 Enhanced Battle Rifle, using a 7.62mm M80 round against a 3/8 inch mild steel plate at 300 meters. The test firing was part of a demonstration to show the effectiveness of the 5.56mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round, or EPR, compared to rounds like the M80 and the M855, May 4, 2011, at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. The EPR was the only round to penetrate the steel.

Jim Newill explains the effectiveness of the Army's 5.56mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round fired from an M4 Carbine against a 3/8 inch mild steel plate, and compares its performance against that of a 7.62mm M80 round fired from an M14, during a test fire event at Aberdeen Proving Ground, May 4, 2011. The M80 round, unlike the M855A1 round, was unable to penetrate the plate at 300 meters.

Maj. Kralyn Thomas, Staff Sgt. Jason Hopkins and Pvt. 1st Class Scott Lafferty do battle damage assessment on a truck that was used for target practice on a range at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. Both Hopkins and Lafferty fired weapons, May 4, 2011, at the range as part of a demonstration to show the effectiveness of the Army's 5.56mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round.



Army names top recruiters, career counselors for 2011

04-27-2011

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal greets Sgt. 1st Class Tavia Syme, Army National Guard Recruiter/Retention Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, following the 2011 Secretary of the Army Career Counselor and Recruiter of the Year Awards at the Pentagon.



Stateside Lakota deliveries let Black Hawks go to theater

04-22-2011

Gregory Gore and Col. John Thurgood spoke April 20, 2011, at a press conference regarding the Lakota program during the 2011 Army Aviation Association of America's Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Nashville, Tenn.



Students demo new learning technology at Quad-A

04-20-2011

Staff Sgt. David Dunlap, an instructor at the United States Army Aviation Logistics School, Fort Eustis, Va., demonstrates the use of a trainer designed to help armament avionics electrical repairmen find faults in the AH-64 Longbow Apache. The technology was on display on the show floor at the 2011 Army Aviation Association of America's Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Tennessee.



Aviators set 'aim point' for future vertical-lift aircraft

04-19-2011

Spc. Jose Palomino, Spc. James Cobb, and Spc. Kenneth Waller, look at a modified M240 machine gun that is mounted in a mock-up door frame from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during the 2011 Army Aviation Association of America's Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Tennessee. The M240's turret mount has been modified to ensure the weapon doesn't hit the window frame.



SMA says retention-control points to shape force

04-01-2011

During his first appearance on Capitol Hill, March 30, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III discussed the Army's temporary end-strength initiative and ensuing force reductions before the House Appropriations Committee, defense subcommittee.



Army tells Congress Iraq on track to transition by year's end

03-17-2011

Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh spoke March 16, on Capitol Hill, before the House Appropriations Committee, Defense subcommittee, regarding Army budget and posture. The secretary was accompanied by Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr.



America pays final respects to last WWI veteran

03-15-2011

A guard from the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) stands watch over the flag-draped casket of Cpl. Frank W. Buckles in the Memorial Amphitheater Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery. Buckles, who died Feb. 27 at 110 years old, was America's last World War I veteran.



Military chefs soup up skills at culinary competition

03-08-2011

Spc. Oscar Alvardo, stationed out of Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, won a gold medal for the Hawaii team in the junior chef of the year competition that was part of the 36th Annual Culinary Arts Competition, March 3-9, at Fort Lee, Va.

Spc. Bennett Rodriguez, stationed at Fort Story, Va., earned a bronze medal for his team as part of the team buffet portion of the 36th Annual Culinary Arts Competition, March 3-9, at Fort Lee, Va.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeff Lein and his team from the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), out of Fort Bragg, N.C. carved a dragon from a block of ice as part of the ice carving competition during the 36th Annual Culinary Arts Competition, March 3-9, at Fort Lee, Va.



Dempsey pledges as CSA to serve Soldiers every day

03-03-2011

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, was on Capitol Hill before the Senate Armed Services Committee, March 3, to answer questions from Senators regarding his fitness to serve as the 37th chief of staff of the Army. He was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama. The general's wife, Deanie Dempsey, and their son, Maj. Chris Dempsey, were seated behind him during his testimony.



Isolation develops keen sense of community on Kwajalein

03-01-2011

The island is surrounded by blue ocean and lined with white coral beaches.

A central part of life on Kwajalein is the downtown area, where the post office, the exchange and other retail establishments are located.

Kwajalein is a long way from everywhere.

The turtle pond on Kwajalein Island.

The base chaple on Kwjalein Island.

Kwajalein base housing.



Digging for history in the Kwajalein Atoll

03-01-2011

Leslie Mead looks through her Kwajalein's collection of memorabilia and World War II and U.S. military related ephemera.

On Roi-Namur, weapons systems still stand that were once owned and operated by the Japanese for use during their occupation of Kwajalein.

Brian Bussey serves as an unexploded ordnance technician on Kwajalein.



Kwajalein's has good neighbor policy

03-01-2011

Col. Joseph N. Gaines, commander, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll, gives his rank insignia to a boy on Carlos island.

Col. Joseph N. Gaines, commander, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll, and an ASAKA community relations specialist, listen to a Marshallese woman's concerns about water issues on Carlos Island.

About half the population of Ebeye Island is under 18 years of age.

A cemetery on Ebeye Island.

About half the population of Ebeye Island is under 18 years of age.

About half the population of Ebeye Island is under 18 years of age.



Up, up and away! Weather forecast critical to missile launch

03-01-2011

Mark Bradford, the lead meteorologist at Kwajalein, ties a a weather balloon to launch into the atmosphere.

Mark Bradford, lead meteorologist, is responsible for ensuring the weather over the island will cooperate with the mission.

Mark Bradford, the lead meteorologist at Kwajalein, prepares a weather balloon and sensor to launch into the atmosphere. He and his team conduct two such launches every day.



Kwajalein boasts a nurturing academic environment for students

03-01-2011

Principal Al Robinson speaks with students at the Kwajalein Junior-Senior High School.

Most everyone on Kwajalein rides a bike--to work, to school and to the grocery store.

Kwajalein Junior-Senior High School.

Kwajalein Junior-Senior High School.



Logistics of remote-island service

03-01-2011

The Islander cargo ship is the chief supply line for Kwajalein Atoll.

A triple chamber incinerator burns garbage on the island, leaving only a fine ash and heat as the byproducts.

Both fresh and brackish water on Kwajalein is purified using a reverse osmosis system to make potable water for drinking and showering.

Glass is recycled and ground up on Kawjalein Island.



Island paradise for missile defense

03-01-2011

The ALTAIR (VHF/UHF) is a tracking radar on Roi-Namur. It is part of the Kiernan ReEntry Measurement Site.

The TRADEX (L-/S- Band) system in the center is a tracking radar, while the ALCOR (C- Band) system in the dome is an imaging radar. Both are part of the Kiernan ReEntry Measurement Site on Roi-Namur.

Kwajalein Island in the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.

A flower in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Two birds in a tree on Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Kwajalein Island in the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.



Army requests $29.5 billion less than last year

02-15-2011

Maj. Gen. Phillip E. McGhee, director, Army Budget, and Barbara L. Bonessa, deputy director, Army Budget, discussed the Army's Fiscal Year 2012 budget request, Feb. 14, at the Pentagon.



Army foundation unveils commemorative coins

02-01-2011

During a ceremony Jan. 31, at the Pentagon, retired Brig. Gen. Creighton W. Abrams Jr. said the sale of three new coins from the U.S. Mint, which feature Army-themed scenes, will help with construction of the National Museum of the United States Army.



MOH recipient Giunta honored by fellow Iowans on Hill

01-27-2011

Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, center, was honored Jan. 26, on Capitol Hill, by a delegation of lawmakers from Iowa - Giunta's home state. The lawmakers included Rep. Tom Latham, Sen. Tom Harkin, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Rep. Leonard L. Boswell, Rep. Dave Loebsack, Rep. Steve King and Rep. Bruce L. Braley. The lawmakers presented Giunta with a framed copy of a joint resolution of Congress.



West Point cadets drum up support in Pentagon

12-10-2010

Cadet Jake Severn, a drummer with the United States Military Academy Pep Band, is in his first year at West Point. He participated Dec. 10 in a pep rally at the Pentagon to support the school's Black Knights football team in advance of the Dec. 11 game against the Navy academy's Midshipmen.

Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command, met with female cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Dec. 10 at the Pentagon. The students were in at the building to drum up support for the school's Black Knight's football team, in advance of their Dec. 11 game against the Navy. Dunwoody is the first woman in the Department of Defence to achieve the rank of four-star general.

Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point stormed the Pentagon Dec. 10 to rally support for the Black Knights in advance of Saturday's football game against Navy's Midshipmen.



Ambassador addresses veterans, challenges of Marshall Islands

11-15-2010

Martha L. Campbell, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, visits with children on Carlos Island, in the Kwajalein Atoll, Nov. 11.

Martha L. Campbell, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, visits with children on Carlos Island, in the Kwajalein Atoll, Nov. 11.

Martha L. Campbell, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, visits with children on Carlos Island, in the Kwajalein Atoll, Nov. 11.

Martha L. Campbell, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, visits with children on Carlos Island, in the Kwajalein Atoll, Nov. 11.

Martha L. Campbell, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, visits with children on Carlos Island, in the Kwajalein Atoll, Nov. 11.

Martha L. Campbell, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, visits with children on Carlos Island, in the Kwajalein Atoll, Nov. 11.

Martha L. Campbell, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, visits with children on Carlos Island, in the Kwajalein Atoll, Nov. 11.



Army striving for 'net-zero' energy use

11-02-2010

The Army had several examples of energy-saving technologies on display, including a solar-powered water purifier and a tent with solar cells, during the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.



Army sizing up its industrial base

11-01-2010

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal talks with workers who assemble 120mm illuminating cartridges at Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark.



Army will see more of same for years, CSA says

10-27-2010

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. spoke Oct. 26 during the "Eisenhower Luncheon" at the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition. He used the opportunity to provide an update on the status of the Army, including efforts to put the force back in balance and what Soldiers will be doing back at home when they are not deployed.



Army leaders at AUSA promise not to cut family programs

10-25-2010

During an opening presentation at the 2010 Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh discussed the Army's challenge of operating in a constrained budget environment as well as efforts to modernize the Army.



Army again beats yearly recruiting numbers, quality

10-13-2010

Maj. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., commander of the U. S. Army Recruiting Command, administers the oath of enlistment to Army recruits in the courtyard of the Pentagon, Oct. 12.



Former POW now leading advocate for resilience training

09-22-2010

Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum speaks before a Master Resilience Training course at Fort Meade, Md.



Pentagon memorial draws visitors day, night, year-round

09-08-2010

Cynthia Koebeler and Brenda Abplanalp, coworkers and longtime friends from Indianapolis, Ind., visited the Pentagon Memorial park Sept. 7, just days before the ninth anniversary of the attack. The two both say the attacks have had an effect on the way they think and have brought them closer to their families.



Army eyes industry for energy efficiency alliances

08-31-2010

While visiting Ford Motor Company's research division, Aug. 27, Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan met with Ford executives to discuss the Army's drive towards energy efficiency. During the Aug. 26-27 visit to Detroit, Westphal and Levin visited General Motors, the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Ford Motor Company. In the foreground, a Ford-manufactured aluminum door frame that weighs substantially less than its steel cousin. The weight savings translates into fuel savings.

While visiting the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Aug. 26, Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, left, and Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, center, met with Steve Knott, of TARDEC's ground systems survivability division. Knott explained to the senator and the secretary new advances in lighter armor for Army combat vehicles. During the Aug. 26-27 visit to Detroit, Westphal and Levin visited General Motors, the TARDEC and Ford Motor Company.



'Sergeant Firewall' promotes information assurance at LandWarNet

08-09-2010

Sgt. 1st Class George Sandlin passes information about information assurance to a visitor at the Army IA booth at the recent 2010 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's "LandWarNet" conference in Tampa, Fla.



Building out network top priority for Army

08-03-2010

During the first day of the 2010 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's "LandWarNet" conference, Aug. 3, in Tampa, Fla., Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson, the Army chief information officer and G-6, said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. has recognized the importance of the Army information network as critical to the Army mission.



LandWarNet opens with 4 keys to Internet security

08-03-2010

During the first day of the 2010 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's "LandWarNet" conference, Aug. 3, in Tampa, Fla., Gen. Keith B. Alexander, commander, U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, discusses threats to the defense computer network and suggestions on how to secure it.



Soldiers mentor Scouts at 2010 National Scouts Jamboree

07-29-2010

Zach, with the Troop 714 of Fairbanks, Alaska, helps build a "monkey bridge" as part of earning his Pioneering Badge, during the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

Sgt. 1st Class Tony Abatecola, with the Rhode Island National Guard's 88th Army Band, helps Peter, with the Troop 425 from Trumbull, Conn., earn his Music Merit Badge, during the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

A Boy Scout at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., works to earn his Metalworking Merit Badge.



Mobile training team aims to bring resilience to Soldiers

07-13-2010

Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum spoke July 12 at Fort Meade, Md., before the start of the first Master Resilience Training course taught by a mobile training team.



McHugh: Focus must shift to 'generating force'

06-14-2010

Soldiers in Germany are debriefed after conducting a training operation where they entered a structure meant to simulate a home. When Soldiers are not assigned to a combatant commander, as in Iraq or Afghanistan, and their chain of command runs through the Army's chief of staff, they are considered part of the "generating force." Training, equipping, and sustaining of Soldiers, so they are prepared to fight as part of the "operational force," is part of the role of the generating force.



IG reports prompt management changes at Arlington National Cemetery

06-10-2010

The Army announced management changes at Arlington National Cemetery today after revealing findings of unmarked gravesites, improper handling of cremated remains and discrepancies in burial records there.



Cyber command to unite network defense efforts

06-02-2010

A new Army command will soon be responsible for defending Army information networks from threats around the globe.



Army hits 1 million flight hours with unmanned aircraft

05-27-2010

Chief Warrant Officer Anne M. Thrush said unmanned aircraft systems employment in the Army has gone from a time when commanders didn't understand or know what to do with information provided by the systems, to a time when commanders do not want to go to war without them. The Army recently passed 1 million hours of flight time on its unmanned aircraft.

Lt. Col. Kevin Messer, product manager for medium altitude endurance systems in the Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office, spoke May 25 about the capabilities of the MQ-1C Extended Range Multi-Purpose UAS on display in the courtyard of the Pentagon. The Army recently passed 1 million hours of flight time on its unmanned aircraft.



Army issues instructions for painting M16s, M4s

05-19-2010

Col. Douglas A. Tamilio, project manager for Soldier Weapons, Program Executive Office Soldier, holds an M16 rifle that has been taped up in preparation for applying spray paint camouflage.



Joint service open house visitors get up-close with Army

05-15-2010

Spc. Gerald Young falls off the mechanical bull during the 2010 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, May 14.

A young boy peers into the belly of an M-1A2 Abrams tank during the 2010 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, May 14.

Zach Rice, a high school student from Chantilly, Va., does pull-ups with Staff Sgt. Jermarcus Nettles during the 2010 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, May 14. Rice, currently a member of his school's Junior Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, says he hopes to one day be a Marine.

Military tecnology is on display at the 2010 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, May 14, 2010.

A boy looks inside a military combat vehicle during the 2010 Joint Service Open House at Joint Base Andrews, May 14, 2010.



XM25 lets Soldiers eliminate targets they can't see

05-07-2010

A technician fires an M-16 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. The scope attached to the weapon has laser assisted targeting, as seen here through the optics.



Network kits, vehicles prepare for limited-user test

04-23-2010

NIKs will be installed into Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles, Humvees and other Army tactical vehicles. The NIK allows equipped vehicles to pass data, including such things as imagery with Soldier-inputted annotation, voice, and both Soldier and enemy position from any of the information systems, into the network. That information can be shared across the network by other NIK-equipped vehicles.



Servicemembers become U.S. citizens at White House

04-23-2010

President Barack Obama salutes a Sailor following naturalization ceremony, April 23, at the White House. During the ceremony, 24 U.S. servicemembers took the oath of allegiance to the United States, becoming American citizens in the process.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines raise their hands and swear allegiance to the United States during a naturalization ceremony, April 23, at the White House.

President Barack Obama speaks during a naturalization ceremony, April 23, at the White House. During the ceremony, 24 servicemembers took the oath of allegiance to the United States, becoming American citizens in the process.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ledum D. Ndaanee poses with President Barack Obama holding the "Outstanding American by Choice" award he received from the president during a ceremony at the White House, April 23, 2010. The award highlights the importance of citizenship rights and responsibilities through recognition of the outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. Ndaanee, originally from Nigeria, joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004, and became an American citizen in 2007.



Army to stem overuse of prescription drugs, Congress told

03-25-2010

Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. confer before a March 23 hearing before the House Appropriations Committee subcommittee on defense.



Sniper rifle improvements to see testing this spring

03-03-2010

Col. Douglas A. Tamilio, project manager, Soldier Weapons, with Program Executive Office Soldier, discussed improvements to the M-24 sniper rifle during a media roundtable, March 2, at the Pentagon. Improvements to the weapon will include an adjustable stock and cheek welds to make the weapon configurable to the Soldier, and the addition of five-to-ten round external magazines. The Army expects to start fielding the improved M-24 to Army snipers in the fall.



New law means spouse can claim same home state as servicemember

01-14-2010

New legislation, signed by the president in November, allows military spouses to establish a permanent residence and carry it with them though each change of station. The legislation can affect how married couples file their taxes.



Army iPhone download among top 25 free news apps

01-12-2010

Soldiers and others can now read the latest Army news on their iPhones, thanks to a new application by the team that developed the Army's Web site, www.Army.mil.



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.



Soldiers, civilians get pay increase in new year

12-30-2008

Soldiers can look forward to a 3.9 percent pay raise in 2009. Under the new pay tables, a sergeant with five years of service would see an increase in monthly base salary of about $88 dollars. A captain with nine years of service would see nearly $200 a month extra. (Photo illustration)



Thousands lay wreaths across America

12-15-2008

Josh Danis, an 11th grader from Portland, Maine, and his grandfather, Ralph Danis, of Arundel, Maine, lay a wreath at the base of a veteran's headstone in Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 13, 2008. The elder Danis was a Korean War veteran with the 3rd Infantry Regiment, the Old Guard. Some 10,000 wreaths were laid in Section 12 of the cemetery as part of "Wreaths Across America," an annual event now in its 17th year.



Armed Forces Inaugural Committee: Servicemembers to help usher in new president

11-26-2008

Soldiers from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps perform in the inaugural parade, Jan. 20, 2005.



Warrior Care: Survivability begins with Soldier

11-07-2008

Brig. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, director, Army warrior care and transition, spoke Nov. 7 about the Army's 36 Warrior Transition Units. He said care provided to Soldiers in the units is something the Army should be proud.



Star Wars training for downrange action!

11-01-2008

The remote base stations, part of the Exportable Instrumentation System, can be placed around a training range to act as signal repeaters to feed information back into the EIS.



Grafenwoehr shoot house: Like an action movie set

11-01-2008

Soldiers enter the shoot house quickly, as they would during a real-world raid in Iraq or Afghanistan. Every second counts.

Soldiers enter the shoot house quickly, as they would during a real-world raid in Iraq or Afghanistan. Every second counts.



Digital University: Training without sweating

11-01-2008

Soldiers learn to use Force XXI Battle Command for Brigade and Below, also known as FBCB2, while attending Digital University. Learning the system in a classroom means they don't have to spend valuable time learning it in theater.



NIMH to study factors that cause suicide

10-24-2008

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, and Thomas R. Insel, director, National Institute of Mental Health, sign a memorandum of agreement Oct. 23. Under the MOA, the NIMH will conduct a research study for the Army that will focus on the mental and behavioral health of Soldiers, with particular focus on the multiple determinants of suicidal behavior.



Soldiers using FCS systems responsible for increased funding

10-15-2008

Paul Cianciolo, an analyst with L-3 Global Security and Engineering and a major in the Washington D.C. Civil Air Patrol, learns about Tactical Unmanned Ground Sensors from SFC Kenneth Kolbeck, a Training and Doctrine Command capabilities manager for Future Combat Systems. The TUGS were on display during the 2008 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 6-8 in Washington, D.C.

Pvt. Michael Hartz, a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry at Fort Myer, Va., learns about the Micro Air Vehicle from Dan Fouts, of Honeywell, during the 2008 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 6-8 in Washington, D.C. The MAV is one of the "surrogate" technologies currently in Iraq. The MAV is strikingly similar in appearance to the Future Combat System's Class 1, Block 20 unmanned aerial vehicle. Though the MAV lacks some of the communications capability the FCS UAV will have, it was developed from FCS technology.



Army Material Command garners six awards for process improvement

10-14-2008

During a ceremony at the Pentagon Oct. 10, the Army presented 2008 Shingo Prizes to six Army materiel Command organizations and presented additional Lean/Six Sigma awards to an additional seven Army organizations.



Army a mighty engine says former secretary of state

10-09-2008

Nicholas D. Chabraja, chairman of the AUSA council of trustees; the Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, former United States Secretary of State; and Gen. (ret.) Gordon R. Sullivan, USAA president and chief operating officer, were on stage at the closing dinner, Oct. 9, at the 2008 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition. Sullivan presented Albright with the George C. Marshall Medal during the dinner.



Chief says NCO corps glue holding Army together

10-08-2008

During an address at the 2008 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, which runs Oct. 6-8 in Washington, D.C., Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey said the noncommissioned officer corps is what keeps the Army together.



Two Reserve component Soldiers named Army's best warriors

10-06-2008

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli; Spc. David R. Obray, U.S. Army Reserve Command; and Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston were on stage Oct. 6 during a lunch at the 2008 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition to announce the winners of the 2008 Army Best Warrior Competition. Obray was named the Army's Soldier Officer of the Year for 2008.

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli; Staff Sgt. Michael T. Noyce Merino, Army National Guard; and Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston were on stage Oct. 6 during a lunch at the 2008 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition to announce the winners of the 2008 Army Best Warrior Competition. Obray was named the Army's Soldier Officer of the Year for 2008.



Soldiers compete to be named best at warrior competition

10-03-2008

Spc. David R. Obray, Army Reserve and Staff Sgt. Michael T. Noyce Merino, Army National Guard, practice adjusting the head spacing and timing on an M2 .50 caliber machine gun during the Army's Best Warrior Competition Sept. 29-Oct. 30 at Fort Lee, Va.



Soldiers learn lessons in transition at H-3 conference

10-01-2008

Spc. Jonathan Stark speaks with Tim Virgilio of the Veteran's Administration Atlantic Health Care Network at the transition resource center during the Heal, Help, Hire conference Sept. 22-27, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. During the transition resource center, Soldiers could talk with representatives of 45 various federal agencies, civilian companies, assistive technology companies, healthcare providers, universities and schools provided Soldiers with information about options in the civilian world.



Final housing privatization partners chosen

09-23-2008

Maj. Gen. Don T. Riley, Matt Keiser, Sue Bobby, Geoffrey G. Prosch, Rhonda Q. Hayes, Jim Rich and Bill Mysliwiec met Sept. 19 at the Pentagon. Four employees, Keiser, Hayes, Rich and Mysliwiec were recognized during a ceremony then for having helped develop the partnerships that are allowing the Army to rebuild its housing portfolio through the Residential Communities Initiative. During the ceremony, Geoffrey G. Prosch, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for installations and environment, presented each of the civilians with the Army Commanders Award for Civilian Service Medal.



Two Army libraries named best in federal government

09-16-2008

Lt. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle, deputy chief of staff G-1, met Sept. 12 with Conny Camerer, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Library librarian, and Edwin Burgess, Combined Arms Research Library director. Camerer and Burgess were recognized by the Army G-1 as representatives of their individuals libraries, both recently named as best libraries within the federal library system.



G-1, Pentagon employees remember 9/11 fallen

09-12-2008

Lt. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle, the deputy chief of staff G-1, spoke with some of the dozens of Soldiers, Army civilians and family members who had gathered to attend a memorial ceremony for G-1 and Manpower and Reserve Affairs employees who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon.



Army celebrates century of military aviation

09-08-2008

A replica of the Wright Model A aircraft was on display Sept. 6 at Conmy Hall, Fort Myer, Va., as part of the centennial of military aviation celebration there. Elements of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) and the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own" participated in the event.

A replica of the Wright Model A aircraft was on display Sept. 6 at Conmy Hall, Fort Myer, Va., as part of the centennial of military aviation celebration there. Elements of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) and the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own" participated in the event.

Lou Wood and son Elliott Wood, of Manassas, Va., listen as Cyndi Messick of "The Wright Experience" explains how she helped build parts for a replica of the 1908 Wright Model A aircraft during the centennial of military aviation celebration Sept. 6 at Fort Myer, Va., as part of the centennial of military aviation celebration there.



Army discusses 25 years of progress with families

09-05-2008

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren recently took time to reflect on the progress the Army has made in 25 years since beginning of the Army Family Action Plan. The secretary, Delores Johnson, director of Family Programs for the Family, Moral Welfare and Recreation Command and the spouses of several Soldiers met Sept. 4 to answer questions for military bloggers about how the Army cares for Soldiers, their families, and veterans.



JTF-East training rotating from Romania to Bulgaria

07-24-2008

Soldiers train on the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 at Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase, Romania. Some 900 Soldiers are now in Romania, as part of Joint Task Force - East, to conduct training there with members of the Romanian military.



Training tool deploying for first time in August

07-17-2008

The remote base stations, part of the Exportable Instrumentation System, can be placed around a training range to act as signal repeaters to feed information back into EIS. The EIS is a training enhancement tool that will be used for the first time August 4 in Hammelburg, Germany.



Enlistment marks 35th year of volunteer Army

07-01-2008

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. administers the oath of enlistment to 16 Soldiers during a ceremony July 1 in the courtyard of the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. The ceremony was held to commemorate the 35th year of the "all volunteer force." Since 1973, the U.S. military has been manned by those who volunteered to serve, not by those drafted into service. During the ceremony, the chief of staff also administered the oath of enlistment to 15 young civilians who have opted to joint the Army for the first time.

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. administers the oath of enlistment to enlistees, July 1 in the courtyard of the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. The ceremony was held to commemorate the 35th year of the "all volunteer force." Since 1973, the U.S. military has been manned by those who volunteered to serve, not by those drafted into service. The 15 young civilians have opted to joint the Army for the first time.



FCS capability accelerated for infantry

06-26-2008

Tactical and Urban Unattended Ground Sensors are part of Future Combat Systems equipment expected to be fielded to infantry Soldiers by 2011, as part of an FCS acceleration announced June 26 at the Pentagon.



Tech Demo Part of Army Birthday at Pentagon

06-13-2008

A Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle rests on the stairs of the south parking lot catwalk to corridor three in the Pentagon, June 13. The SUGV is part of Future Combat Systems and was one of several pieces of FCS hardware on display at the Pentagon.



NLOS-C Unveiled on Capitol Hill

06-12-2008

Prototype 1 of the Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon was unveiled Wednesday on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. A total of eight such prototypes will eventually be delivered to Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., by 2010. There, Army scientists will put the prototypes through rigorous testing to ensure they meet performance requirements. U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., viewed the system. Casey said the unveiling is a milestone in Future Combat Systems development. "We have been talking and briefing and telling people about the FCS, and right here today it is real. After a decade of hard work and planning and effort, it is real," he said. The NLOS-C is one of the eight manned ground vehicles in Future Combat Systems.



Secretary Begins Army Birthday With Myer Youth

06-09-2008

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and an Army youth at the Fort Myer, Va. Child Development Center, exchange glances following an exchange of birthday cards, June 9. Children at the center created the cards in honor of the Army's 233rd birthday and presented them to the Secretary. After, the Secretary read to the children a new book, by Army Youth Services, called "Happy Birthday Army." The book was part of an effort to better include Army youth in the service's 233rd birthday celebrations.

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and an Army youth at the Fort Myer, Va. Child Development Center, exchange glances following an exchange of birthday cards, June 9. Children at the center created the cards in honor of the Army's 233rd birthday and presented them to the Secretary. After, the Secretary read to the children a new book, by Army Youth Services, called "Happy Birthday Army." The book was part of an effort to better include Army youth in the service's 233rd birthday celebrations.



Army Recognizes 85 Organizations for Logistics Excellence

06-04-2008

Lt. Gen. Stephen M. Speakes, deputy chief of staff, G-8, spoke to the Soldiers and Army civilians gathered June 3 at the Army's Combined Logistics Excellence Awards.



Ladies of Arlington Never Miss Final Salute

05-05-2008

After the folded flag is presented to the fallen Soldier's family, the Arlington Lady steps forward to offer words of condolence.

An Arlington Lady is escorted by a member of the Old Guard.



CSA: Guard, Reserve Serve as Connection Between Army, Society

04-23-2008

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., spoke April 23 at Georgetown University about the developing trends that will shape the global environment in coming years, and how America's military must be ready to adapt.



Soldier Body Armor was Tested, General Says

04-11-2008

Lt. Gen. Stephen M. Speakes and Lt. Gen. N. Ross Thompson III testified April 10 before the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on air and land forces. The discussed such issues as equipping the Reserve component, Army transformation and Future Combat Systems.



Six Honored for Journalistic Excellence at Public Affairs Worldwide

04-01-2008

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren presented the "Rising Star" for Outstanding New Broadcaster award to Spc. Nathan Jones as part of the Keith L. Ware Awards ceremony held during the 2008 Worldwide Public Affairs Symposium in McLean, Va. Jones is assigned to American Forces Network-Bavaria as a broadcast journalist. His morning radio show there reaches an audience of about 80,000. Five other Army public affairs professionals were also honored during the ceremony.



Secretary Recognizes Best Recruiters, Career Counselors

03-26-2008

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren shakes hands with Sgt. 1st Class Brad A. Bond following the 2007 Secretary of the Army Career Counselor and Recruiter of the Year Awards March 26 at the Pentagon. Bond was named the 2007 Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention NCO of the Year.



Bush on 5 Years: Removing Saddam Right Decision

03-19-2008

President George W. Bush speaks to a group of military members March 19 at the Pentagon, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.



New Combat Chow Options Previewed at Pentagon

03-06-2008

Julie Smith, a food technologist with the Department of Defense combat feeding program, provides MSG (ret.) Dwight W. Burton with a piece of chocolate cappuccino cake during the combat feeding demonstration, March 5, at the Pentagon. The demonstration featured a history of various combat feeding options dating from the Civil War through Desert Storm. It also highlighted the technology, quality, taste and variety of combat food options currently being developed or newly fielded by the Army. The chocolate cake will be available in 2009 as part of the "Unitized Group Ration - A" combat feeding system.

A "First Strike Ration."



Future Combat Vehicles to be Hybrid Electric

02-28-2008

Sgt. 1st Class Mark Smalley, TCM-FCS, Fort Bliss Texas, demonstrates use of the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle during the Association of the United States Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The SUGV is part of Future Combat Systems.



Pushing Men out of Airplanes Kept Him in Army

02-15-2008

Lt. Gen. Jim Campbell retires March 1 after nearly 37 years of Army service. During his career he amassed a collection of baseball memorabilia that includes everything from baseball cards, to bats, to jerseys. The general says after he retires he will travel south to watch spring training with the Atlanta Braves.



Geren Says Soldiers Moved Heaven and Earth to Repair Army Medicine

02-08-2008

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren met Feb. 6 with Col. Carmen Rinehart, director of Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. and Sgt. Maj. Maurice Riley. During his visit Geren also visited with Soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Leavenworth.



Army Partners with KU for Wounded Warrior Education

02-06-2008

1st Lt. (Ret) Jason Gladney, Capt. (Ret) Wesley E. Fine, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Capt. Tim Hornik, Channcelor Robert Hemenway of the University of Kansas, Capt. Kristin Facer, and Capt. Gates Brown attended a ceremony Feb. 6 on the campus of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth to announce the start of the Wounded Warrior Education Initiative.



2009 Budget Request Includes Funding for 43,000 End Strength Increase

02-05-2008

As part of its fiscal 2009 budget request, released Feb. 4, the Army hopes to purchase additional Stryker nuclear, biological and chemical reconnaissance vehicles, like the one displayed Dec. 17, at the Pentagon. The Stryker NBCRV is an NBC testing lab on wheels. It is intended as a replacement for the Fox NBC Reconnaissance System.



Active First Program Helping Army Meet Recruiting Goals

01-11-2008

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren; Pvt. Michael Raleigh Fehl, of Porter, Minn.; Pvt. Damien L. Jones, of Jennings, Mo.; Pfc. Matt Millen, of Overland Park, Kan.; Pvt. Jonathan Wight, of Lavonia, Ga.; and Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn, director, Army National Guard, met Jan. 10 during a press conference at the Pentagon to highlight the success of the Army National Guard's "Active First" program. Under the program, young men and women are recruited by the National Guard to complete a term of service in both the Active and National Guard components of the Army.



Army to Get More Stryker NBC Recon Vehicles

12-20-2007

Spc. Christopher A. Case, 23rd Chemical Battalion, Fort Lewis, Wash., was on hand at the Pentagon, Dec. 17, to discuss the capabilities of the Stryker nuclear, biological and chemical reconnaissance vehicle. The Army recently received authorization to purchase an additional 95 Stryker NBCRVs.



Army vet, wife, visit Air Force Memorial

06-14-2007

Vic Kassing and Mary Kassing, from Mt. Sterling, Ill., visited the Air Force Memorial June 7. It was the couple's first trip to Washington, D.C. Vic served in the Army as a radar technician during the Korean War. Upon his return, he married Mary, his high school sweetheart, and returned to work at a lumber company. Years later, he bought the company and still works there today.



RAF veteran, WWII survivor visit Memorial

06-07-2007

Marie Renouf is joined by brother-in-law and sister, David Higgins and Paulette Higgins, May 31, at the Air Force Memorial. David served 14 years in the Royal Air Force, beginning in 1951. Paulette and Marie lived in Normandy during World War II, hiding in a hand-carved bunker with their family, while Allied soldiers invaded the beachfront near their home.



Bolling Barracudas are gearing up for another summer season

06-07-2007

Members of the Bolling Barracudas Swim Team practice as many as six times a week during the summer.

Andrew Berthe, son of Maj. Dave Berthe, warms up using a kick board before swim practice with the Bolling Barracudas Swim Team, June 5, at the Naval Research Lab swimming pool. The Barracudas team is open to children of all ages and swimming skill.



A sauce for nearly every day of the year

06-07-2007

Brennan Proctor runs the Uncle Brutha's Hot Sauce Emporium just off the Eastern Market Metro line in Washington, D.C. There, he peddles his own award winning "Uncle Brutha's Hot Sauce," in addition to more than 300 other specialty hot sauces, marinades, rubs and seasonings.



Swift’s hot ride turns heads

05-31-2007

Curtis Swift, a program advisor at the Defense Intelligence Agency, bought this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air in September 2005. He plans to eventually tear the vehicle down, refurbish it, and put it back together. Then, he says, it will be ready for antique car shows.

Curtis Swift, a program advisor at the Defense Intelligence Agency, bought this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air in September 2005. He plans to eventually tear the vehicle down, refurbish it, and put it back together. Then, he says, it will be ready for antique car shows.

Curtis Swift, a program advisor at the Defense Intelligence Agency, bought this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air in September 2005. He plans to eventually tear the vehicle down, refurbish it, and put it back together. Then, he says, it will be ready for antique car shows.



Bolling Airmen experience Asian culture at expo

05-31-2007

Hannah Grimmett and Marcus Garretson demonstrate their skills in American Kenpo Karate during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month expo, May 30, at the Edward H. White Community Center. American Kenpo Karate is generally considered a martial art used for self-defense, and is based on Southern Chinese kung fu and other forms of martial arts that are found in Hawaii.

1st Lt. Mi Sou Hood, 11th Communications Squadron, demonstrated the Korean Fan Dance, or buchaechum, during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month expo, May 30, at the Edward H. White Community Center.



Presidential words etched in stone at Memorial

05-31-2007

Stone carver Marcel Mächler uses an air chisel to carve a quote from President George W. Bush into a granite wall at the Air Force Memorial, May 24. Mächler said carving a letter 'I' into the wall might take just a few minutes, while a letter 'M' might take four times as long. He said he hoped to complete the more than 300 character presidential quote by Memorial Day.

Stone carver Marcel Mächler uses an air chisel to carve a quote from President George W. Bush into a granite wall at the Air Force Memorial, May 24. Mächler said carving a letter 'I' into the wall might take just a few minutes, while a letter 'M' might take four times as long. He said he hoped to complete the more than 300 character presidential quote by Memorial Day.



Bud Day biographer signs autographs at library

05-24-2007

Col. Terry L. Ross, 11th Wing vice commander, was one of many members of the Bolling Air Force Base community to get an autograph from author Robert Coram. Coram was at the Bolling Library, May 23, to sign his new book, "American Patriot - The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day."



Rolling Thunder XX rides for POW/MIA awareness

05-24-2007

The Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally will come through Washington, D.C., Sunday to promote awareness of prisoners of war, military members that have gone missing in action and veterans' issues.



Korean War Federation member visits Memorial

05-24-2007

Dae-O Som, a visitor to the United States from South Korea, visited the Air Force Memorial May 18. Som says he is grateful for the sacrifices made by American soldiers who gave their lives during the Korean War, to keep freedom alive in that country.



U.S. Postal Service unveils new stamps at air show

05-24-2007

Col. Margaret H. Woodward, 89th Airlift Wing commander, is flanked by two members of the Air Force Honor Guard: Airman 1st Class Christopher Cowell and Airman 1st Class Reginald Massey. Colonel Woodward participated in the unveiling of a new U.S. Postal Service stamp featuring Air Force One.

A new U.S. Postal Service stamp featuring Air Force One was unveiled at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.



Bricks, ballet, back hoes at National Building Museum

05-17-2007

Perhaps one of the greatest draws at the National Building Museum is the museum building itself. The building, constructed of 15 million bricks, features some of the largest indoor columns in the world in its "Great Hall." The hall measure 316 feet by 116 feet by 159 feet tall at its peak, and has been the site for presidential inaugurations for Grover Cleveland and George H.W. Bush. The museum hosts some 23,000 school kids each year.



Retired colonel, in service for nearly 40 years, makes first visit

05-17-2007

Retired Air Force Col. Jim Russell visited the Air Force Memorial for the first time May 14, even though he has been in Washington, D.C., for about eight years now. Russell served the Air Force for four years as a missile officer, then 26 years as a judge advocate. Today, Russell serves the Air Force as part of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, a tenant unit at Bolling.



Metal giant at Hains Point to move down river

05-10-2007

Bob Curry and grandson Rowan Langston visited Hains Point in Washington, D.C., to see the giant metal statue known as "The Awakening."

This metal giant, known as “The Awakening,“ by American sculptor J. Seward Johnson, is located at Hains Point, in Washington, D.C. The statue will likely be moved this summer as part of the National Harbor Project in Prince George's County, Md.

This metal giant, known as “The Awakening,“ by American sculptor J. Seward Johnson, is located at Hains Point, in Washington, D.C. The statue will likely be moved this summer as part of the National Harbor Project in Prince George's County, Md.

Rowan Langston visited Hains Point in Washington, D.C., with his grandfather, Bob Curry, to see the giant metal statue known as "The Awakening."



Air Force, Korea War vet, visits memorial

05-10-2007

Benny Nagro, an Air Force and Korean War veteran, visited the Air Force Memorial May 8. Nagro entered the Air Force in 1950, when the Air Force was but 3 years old, and served in Korea from August 1951 to August 1952, as a percussionist in the Air Force Band.



California retirees, vets, visit Memorial

05-03-2007

Mary Lu Moore and Bill Moore, Loretta Orndac and Andy Orndac, and Darleen Nelson and Robert Nelson, all from San Jose, Calif., visited the Air Force Memorial April 24, as part of the "Sons in Retirement" group tour of the nation's capital. All three men are military veterans. Moore served in World War II, Orndac served in Germany at the end of the Korean war, while Nelson served stateside immediately prior to the United State's entry in to Vietnam.



Revealing exhibit in Rosslyn, fascinating, educational

05-03-2007

A real human body, split vertically, to display the organs, muscles, brain and spine. The body is part of an exhibit on display now in Rosslyn, Va. called "Bodies ... the Exhibition." The exhibit, both fascinating and educational, features real human bodies, in various poses, to illustrate the various systems in the human body.

Real human bodys, preserved to show muscles and bones, were on display as part of an exhibit in Rosslyn, Va. called "Bodies ... the Exhibition." The exhibit, both fascinating and educational, features real human bodies, in various poses, to illustrate the various systems in the human body.

Real human bodys, preserved to show muscles and bones, were on display as part of an exhibit in Rosslyn, Va. called "Bodies ... the Exhibition." The exhibit, both fascinating and educational, features real human bodies, in various poses, to illustrate the various systems in the human body.



Airmen, civilians honored during AFDW awards

04-26-2007

Maj. Gen. Robert L. Smolen, Commander, Air Force District of Washington, presented the First Sergeant of the Year award to Senior Master Sgt. Ishraph Mohammed, a first sergeant with the 11th Wing, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., during the 2006 AFDW Awards Ceremony. Sergeant Mohammed was joined on stage by his wife, Debbi.



Civil Engineer Squadron hone deployment skills at Eagle Flag

04-26-2007

Airman 1st Class Evan Bingman, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron and "dirt boy" by trade, pulls security detail during an Eagle Flag exercise at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, N.J. Airman Bingman and nearly 30 other members of the 11th CES, participated in the exercise, which is designed to give support personnel experience in setting up a bare base environment.

Airman 1st Class Evan Bingman, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron and "dirt boy" by trade, pulls security detail during an Eagle Flag exercise at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, N.J. Airman Bingman and nearly 30 other members of the 11th CES, participated in the exercise, which is designed to give support personnel experience in setting up a bare base environment.

Staff Sgt. Wayne Dingle, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron, installs lighting into an Alaska Shelter tent during an Eagle Flag exercise at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, N.J. Sergeant Dingle and nearly 30 other members of the 11th CES, participated in the exercise, which is designed to give support personnel experience in setting up a bare base environment.



Retired Air Force colonels ‘storm’ the Hill, visit Memorial

04-26-2007

Retired Air Force Col. Michael H. Wieland and wife, Jane Wieland, along with Iris SoulË, and husband, retired Air Force Col. Covert A. SoulË Jr., visited the Air Force Memorial April 20 for the first time. The two retired officers, both members of the Illinois Council of Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America, were in Washington, D.C., to visit with congressional representatives and senators from Illinois to discuss military pay issues.



Chili Bowl, Serving D.C. for almost 50 years

04-26-2007

Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street NW in Washington, D.C., has been in operation since 1958. The restaurant is famous locally for its chili dogs, chili half-smokes, chili burgers and cheese fries. In recent years, it has become a popular destination for tourists visiting the nation's capitol.

Customers at Ben's Chile Bowl in Washington D.C. include D.C. government workers, business professionals, families, and even some celebrities. The restaurant has been in operation since 1958 and is famous for its chili half-smoke.

Gwen Jones and daughter Mickayla enjoy the chili half-smoke and the cheese fries at Ben's Chili Bowl, a Washington D.C. "landmark" since 1958.

Helen Tesfamichael, an employee of Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington D.C. for one year now, serves up an order of cheese fries and a chili half-smoke.

An order of cheese fries and a chili half-smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington D.C.



At the foot of greatness

04-19-2007

Eighth-graders Mackenzie Moreno and Scott Hahn, from Los Flores Middle School, Orange County, Ca., visited the Air Force Memorial with 100 of their classmates April 13. During a tour of historical sites along the Mid-Atlantic, the group visited Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Gettysburg, Pa., and Harpers Ferry, W.Va.



Bolling cancer survivor wants to study sharks to cure others

04-19-2007

Keeghan Barry, 11, shows off the necklace that documents his struggle with cancer. The necklace contains about 352 different beads, each representing a separate medical procedure he's undergone during his fight against brain cancer. Keeghan, a cancer survivor, first learned of the tumor in his brain April 20, 2006.

Sister and brother Mackenzie Barry and Keeghan Barry often describe themselves as "best friends." Keeghan, 11, a cancer survivor, describes his older sister, 13, as one of his greatest supporters. Keeghan, a cancer survivor, first learned of the tumor in his brain April 20, 2006.

Maj. Mike Barry, Shannon Barry, Mackenzie Barry, 13, and Keeghan Barry, 11, refer to themselves as the "Fantastic Four." They have supported each other over the last year, as they struggled with Keeghan's battle with brain cancer. Today, medical scans no longer show a tumor in his brain, and he is currently undergoing chemotherapy.



CES lieutenant, wife convert old home to ’green house’

04-12-2007

Julie Polt and husband, 2nd Lt. Collin Polt, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron, are remodeling their Laurel, Md. home, using "green" construction techniques as their guide. The couple hopes the build energy-saving features they put into the 100-year-old home will cut their energy bill in half.



Telling their story is their story

04-12-2007

Megan Harris of the Veterans History Project prepares a veteran's documents for archiving.



Tuskegee Airmen honored at Capitol

04-05-2007

Dr. Roscoe Brown Jr. accepts the Congressional Gold Medal, March 29, on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen, from President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and President pro tempore of the United States Senate Robert C. Byrd.



Bolling community cleans up the neighborhood

04-05-2007

Chaplain (Capt.) Ken Fisher of the Arlington National Cemetery Chaplaincy, fishes a sock from the Potomac River March 31 as part of a river cleanup effort. Chaplain Fisher was one of 100 volunteers at Bolling, and one of several thousand volunteers in the region surrounding the river, that helped clean trash from the shore.



Fitness advisor in a box helps Airmen pass fitness tests

03-29-2007

Jerry Nelms, a fitness specialist at the Bolling Fitness Center, helps Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joseph Sacci improve his curl technique. Nelms helps Airmen utilize the Fitness Advisor system.



Blood drive saves lives locally, abroad

03-22-2007

Maj. Gen. Robert L. Smolen, commander of the Air Force District of Washington, donates a unit of blood during Tuesday's blood drive at the Edward H. White Community Center here. The blood will be used to help the Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Sailors injured fighting in the global war on terror.



PACAF leaders see flash of future in Georgia

08-04-2006

The tail section of an F-22 Raptor being assigned to Pacific Air Forces is prepared for an unveiling ceremony Aug 3 at the Lockheed Plant in Marietta, Ga. The aircraft, which is still under construction, will be the first of 36 F-22s assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, beginning next year.



Five military members show off their arms at Nationals' game

07-06-2006

Coast Guard Second Class Petty Officer Seth Cockram, headquarters U.S. Coast Guard; Air Force Senior Airman Joseph G. Buzanowski, Detachment 16, Air Force News, Washington, D.C.; Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class Roberto Medrano, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.; Marine Corps First Sgt. Bobby Barnett, Henderson Hall Company first sergeant, Washington, D.C.; and Army Staff Sgt. Jody Belzer, 289th military police company, Fort Meyer, Va. were all given the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial "first pitch" before the July 2 Washington Nationals' game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The event was part of the July 4th weekend's "Military Appreciation Day" activities at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium here.



PHOTOS: Parade Practice at Pentagon

05-29-2006

More than 600 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Reserve and National Guard members gathered early May 29 in the south parking lot of the Pentagon to practice for their participation in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.

More than 600 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Reserve and National Guard members gathered early May 29 in the south parking lot of the Pentagon to practice for their participation in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.

More than 600 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Reserve and National Guard members gathered early May 29 in the south parking lot of the Pentagon to practice for their participation in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.

More than 600 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Reserve and National Guard members gathered early May 29 in the south parking lot of the Pentagon to practice for their participation in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.

More than 600 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Reserve and National Guard members gathered early May 29 in the south parking lot of the Pentagon to practice for their participation in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.

More than 600 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Reserve and National Guard members gathered early May 29 in the south parking lot of the Pentagon to practice for their participation in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.



National Capital Region first responders train for Pentagon disaster

05-18-2006

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Marilyn D. Perry speaks with members of the Arlington County Fire Department during an exercise at the Pentagon on Wednesday, May 17, 2006. Dr. Perry acted as the on-scene medical director for the exercise. During exercise Gallant Fox 06, officials from Washington D.C. area fire, emergency medical service, and police departments; military members; and members of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency participated in the exercise, which included decontamination and medical processing of victims of a simulated anthrax attack at the Pentagon.

During exercise Gallant Fox, May 17, 2006 at the Pentaogn, officials from Washington D.C. area fire, emergency medical service, and police departments; military members; and members of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency practiced decontamination and medical processing of victims of a simulated anthrax attack at the Pentagon.

During exercise Gallant Fox, May 17, 2006 at the Pentaogn, officials from Washington D.C. area fire, emergency medical service, and police departments; military members; and members of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency practiced decontamination and medical processing of victims of a simulated anthrax attack at the Pentagon.

During exercise Gallant Fox, May 17, 2006 at the Pentaogn, officials from Washington D.C. area fire, emergency medical service, and police departments; military members; and members of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency practiced decontamination and medical processing of victims of a simulated anthrax attack at the Pentagon.

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Marilyn D. Perry interacts with role-player patients, May 17, 2006, during exercise Gallant Fox. Officials from Washington D.C. area fire, emergency medical service, and police departments; military members; and members of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency participated in the exercise, which included decontamination and medical processing of victims of a simulated anthrax attack at the Pentagon.

During exercise Gallant Fox, May 17, 2006 at the Pentaogn, officials from Washington D.C. area fire, emergency medical service, and police departments; military members; and members of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency practiced decontamination and medical processing of victims of a simulated anthrax attack at the Pentagon.



Tuskegee Airmen get Air Force update

11-15-2005

Retired Lt. Col. Howard Baugh is one the Tuskegee Airmen that visited the Pentagon at the invitation of the secretary of defense. The pioneering Airmen made their visit Nov. 10. Colonel Baugh flew P-40 Warhawk and P-51 Mustang aircraft, among others, between 1942 and 1947. In all, he flew 135 combat missions during World War II.



Volunteers give comfort by sewing

10-03-2005

Maj. Sandra Edens attaches a fabric fastener to a pair of shorts. "Sew Much Comfort" program volunteers modify articles of clothing for injured servicemembers. Major Edens is a reservist assigned to the Pentagon.



Combat communications squadron hooks up tent city

09-07-2005

Senior Airman James Torrey installs a satellite dish at the newly constructed tent city near the New Orleans airport. The dish will provide telephone and Internet capability to Airmen living in the city.



Total force shares capabilities

08-18-2005

Michael L. Dominguez testifies before the Base Realignment and Closure commission Aug. 11. Mr. Dominguez told BRAC commissioners the Air Force fleet will become smaller if the service's BRAC recommendations are approved. He also said new aircraft like the F/A-22 Raptor will compensate for the smaller fleet because the Raptor is far more capable than the aircraft it is designed to replace. Mr. Dominguez is the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.



Better than aviation education is a really cool patch

08-05-2005

Retired Lt. Col. Tom Sawner helps Boy Scouts earn an aviation merit badge at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree by helping them understand the job of certified flight instructors. Retired and active-duty Air Force pilots, civilian pilots, certified flight instructors and even a Navy pilot helped nearly 1,000 Boy Scouts earn their aviation merit badge during the 10-day Jamboree.

Retired Lt. Col. Jeff Ball helps a Boy Scout earn an aviation merit badge at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree by teaching him the fundamentals of powered flight. Retired and active-duty Air Force pilots, civilian pilots, certified flight instructors and even a Navy pilot helped nearly 1,000 Boy Scouts earn their aviation merit badge during the 10-day Jamboree.



Roche, Jumper ‘wear test’ Osprey

10-12-2004

A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey lifts off a runway here. The MV-22 is a tilt-rotor aircraft. When turned toward the sky, the two wing-mounted rotors on the craft allow for a vertical takeoff like a helicopter. When turned forward, the craft flies as an airplane. Air Force officials plan to purchase as many as 50 CV-22 aircraft.

Parachuters jump from the rear of a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey. The Air Force will buy 50 CV-22 aircraft, a variant of the MV-22, for use in special operations missions.



Humidity is key in keeping cool

08-29-2004

Master Sgt. Jim Kinsey, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, checks the readings on an environmental monitor. The device measures an "in the shade" temperature, a wet bulb temperature and a radiated heat temperature. The three numbers are used together to calculate a wet bulb globe temperature. That number, weighted mostly towards the humidity reading, is used to set work-rest cycles for Airmen throughout the region. A higher number means a greater chance for heat related illnesses. Sergeant Kinsey is deployed from the Florida Air National Guard's 125th Medical Group, Jacksonville Fla.



Survival equipment keeps pilots afloat

08-15-2004

Senior Airman Jesse Struk, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, prepares a locator beacon to be inserted into an emergency parachute harness at a forward deployed location. Airman Struck is a survival equipment specialist and is deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

Senior Airman Jesse Struk, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, uses a curved sewing needle to prepare an emergency parachute for operational use. Airman Struck is a survival equipment specialist at a forward deployed location. He is deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

Senior Airman Jesse Struk, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, inspects an emergency parachute. As part of the inspection, he checks the lines, the canopy, the pilot chute and the harness for tears, abrasion or other damage. Airman Struck is a survival equipment specialist and is deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.



Deployed painter makes gray barriers her canvas

08-06-2004

Airman 1st Class Shrett Lettinhand, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, works nights during her deployment to paint "Jersey barriers" around the installation. Her largest project to date is a 21-barrier mural at the Point Heritage Club that features an "oasis" theme. When completed, the mural will feature palm trees, camels and 21 squadron logos. Airmen Lettinhand is deployed from Misawa Air Base, Japan.

Airman 1st Class Jason Smith, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, paints a palm tree on a "Jersey barrier" at the Point Heritage Club. The barrier is just one part of a 21-barrier mural that will feature palm trees, camels and squadron logos. He is deployed from Misawa Air Base, Japan.

Airman 1st Class Shrett Lettinhand, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, works nights during her deployment to paint "Jersey barriers" around the installation.



Desert Hawk gives security forces an eye in sky

07-23-2004

Senior Airman Alexander Jimenez, 379th Security Force Squadron Force Protection Airborne Surveillance System program, makes adjustments to the antenna that controls the Desert Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle. The Desert Hawk is a small foam aircraft with a built in video camera that is used by security forces personnel to monitor the perimeter of an installation. Airman Jimenez is deployed from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

Staff Sgt. Nancy Gonzalez, noncommissioned officer in charge of the 379th Security Force Squadron's Force Protection Airborne Surveillance System program at one forward deployed location, prepares to launch the Desert Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle. The Desert Hawk is a small foam aircraft with a built in video camera that is used by security forces personnel to monitor the perimeter of an installation. The Desert Hawk operators slingshot the craft into the air with a 50 foot bungee cord. Sergeant Gonzalez is deployed from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.



Bush: Wright qualities define nation

12-18-2003

President George W. Bush.



Smithsonian opens new facility

12-11-2003

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers addressed nearly 4,000 military aviation veterans, family members and attendees at the Salute to Military Aviation Veterans event. The salute took place at the National Air and Space Museum's new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center here.



Pin honors parents, bolsters support

05-05-2003

Airmen can now sign up to have a pin like this sent to their parents. A personalized letter from Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper will accompany the pin and thank parents for their support.



Survey will help servicemembers, families

03-17-2003

Joseph Colley goes through the tunnel on the playground at Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. Facilities such as playgrounds, bowling alleys, dining facilities and other recreational facilities on Air Force bases will be covered by the Air Force Assessment Survey to be released in early April.



Air Force leaders explain effect of encroachment

03-14-2003

Gen. Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong, Air Force vice chief of staff, testified before a senate subcommittee March 13 regarding the effects of environmental encroachment on Air Force readiness.



Software improves accuracy, quickens air war planning

02-07-2003

Col. Jon Krenkel, commander of the Air Force's Command and Control Battlelab, points out features of the master air attack plan toolkit. The toolkit is a new suite of software tools designed to make production of the MAAP and the subsequent air tasking order quicker and less prone to error. The MAAP toolkit was used successfully at the 2002 Joint Expeditionary Forces Experiment at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.



Airmen give visitors an inside look at Pentagon

01-17-2003

Airman 1st Class Robert Green, Air Force Honor Guard, conducts a walking tour of the Pentagon. Green is one of 35 military professionals selected by their respective service as being the best of the best amongst the National Capital Region’s military ceremonial units. These elite individuals conduct the Pentagon tour program - showcasing for visitors the very heart of the United States Department of Defense.

Airman 1st Class Robert Green, Air Force Honor Guard, is one of 35 military professionals selected by their respective service as being the best of the best amongst the National Capital Region’s military ceremonial units. These elite individuals conduct the Pentagon tour program - showcasing for visitors the very heart of the United States Department of Defense.



Safeguard locates aircraft engine

04-27-2001

After nearly two hours underwater, U.S. Navy Deep Sea Divers were able to rig a portion of debris from the F-16 aircraft that crashed into the Pacific Ocean April 3. The piece is a portion of the aircraft's fuselage.

After nearly two hours underwater, U.S. Navy Deep Sea Divers were able to rig a portion of debris from the F-16 aircraft that crashed into the Pacific Ocean April 3. The piece is a portion of the aircraft's fuselage.



CES garners multiple service-level awards

01-19-2001

Kenji Taneichi, civilian foreman of the wastewater treatment plants, adjusts an air diffuser control valve Tuesday. The Air Force recently named Taneichi as its outstanding civil engineer civilian technician of the year.



Café Mokuteki offers 24-hour-dining, expanded menu, delivery service

10-06-2000

Jen Collins, Café Mokuteki employee, steams milk for a latte' at the Mokuteki coffee bar.

Shigeto Yamuchi, a Café Mokuteki employee, presses dough for a pizza crust in the Mokuteki kitchen.



Gas Price Graphic

09-22-2000

This graphic shows gas prices around the world, including the prices for gas at AAFES stations on military bases in Japan. Data for this graphic comes from the U.S. Department of Energy website.



Base Air Festival entertains Japanese

09-22-2000

The Japan Ground Self Defense Force displayed much of its military hardware, including a surface to air missile launcher, a bazooka, and a several pieces of fire fighting equipment during the 2000 Misawa Air Festival. Visitors were allowed to handle or walk through various pieces of JGSDF military hardware. This young Japanese boy, aided by his father, handles a JGSDF bazooka. A JGSDF ground troop assists.



Keeping Dover's mammoth C-5 Galaxys in the air... The 436th Aircraft Generation Squadron

03-24-2000

Airman 1st Class Daniel Maylone verifies all tools are in his issued toolbox , before leaving CTK.

Airman 1st Class Rodney Mosser repairs a bus tie contactor, which distributes power to the aircraft.

Senior Airman James Diliberto inspects an SAR under the wing of a C-5 Galaxy.

Airman 1st Class Nicholas S. Bedell tightens the clamp on the flight station temperature control on board a C-5.



Black letter initial flight AGS crew puts up first 'perfect' aircraft in nearly two years

03-24-2000

Airman 1st Class Mark Dexter, Charles E. Twitchell, and Joseph R. Moore, three of the five Dover Team Members responcible for putting up the most recent Black Letter Initial flight.

A black letter initial flight means a C-5 goes into the air without any discrepancies. It gets it's name from the black ink used to sign off on the discrepencies sheet, indicating there are no aircraft discrepencies to fix.



Dover Team members get STEP promotion; Wing commander delivers stripes over holidays

01-07-2000

Master Sgt. Richard A. Brewer, 436th Security Forces Squadron is part of the Air Force's elite Security Forces organization, The Ravens. Brewer is a a full time anti-terrorism instructor with the DAFB Security Forces Squadron.

Tech. Sgt. Joe A. Gahan, 436th Component Repair Squadron, works on the fuel system of a C-5 Galaxy jet engine.

Staff Sgt. Brian Bossio, 436th SFS and his drug dog, inspect a vehicle for contraband.



Dover Team assists FBI on mission to Kosovo region

06-25-1999

A C-5 Galaxy aircraft is loaded with FBI Humvees for transport to Kosovo.




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