By GEN Frederick J. Kroesen, USA Ret.
One-quarter through fiscal year 2014 with no apparent relief from the automatic spending cuts imposed by sequestration, "We must get on with how to live through it."
Remembering Congressman Ike Skelton: A Reflection on the Loss of the Best Friend Our Soldiers Ever Had
By COL John D. Rosenberger, USA Ret.
Soldiers had no stronger advocate than Congressman Ike Skelton. "Few could match his love and respect for us, his admiration of us, his appreciation of our sacrifice, and his abiding concern for our welfare in peace and war."
The Military’s Sexual Assault Problem and Solutions
By LTC Joe Doty, USA Ret., and MSG Jeff Fenlason
"Unless there is a focused, driven and consistent effort to change the Army's culture with regard to sexual assault, the current trends [upward] will continue.
Aviation Update: Milestones Being Reached, but Future Remains Uncertain
By Scott R. Gourley
Throughout a year of significant risk and fiscal uncertainty, Army Aviation has achieved a number of significant milestones in the CH-47F Chinook program, the Black Hawk helicopter fleet and the Kiowa program. Financial shortfalls, however, continue to cloud future funding.
The Outpost: Going Deep
By LTG Daniel P. Bolger, USA Ret.
The need for soldiers to get deep behind enemy lines led to the evolution of Army Aviation, from the clumsy wooden gliders of World War II to the UH-1 Iroquois, which became the symbol of the war in Vietnam, and beyond—to a new generation of highly capable aircraft.
The Changeover in Afghanistan—2014: The Last Year of U.S. ‘Combat Operations’
By Dennis Steele
U.S. plans call for the conclusion of combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but its president’s indecision about signing a bilateral security agreement jeopardizes not only a follow-on support mission but also an orderly retrograde and withdrawal from the country.
Network Integration Evaluation 14.1
Text and Photographs by Scott R. Gourley
The sixth sequential proving exercise of its kind was held at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M., last fall. Network Integration Evaluation 14.1 capitalized on lessons learned from the five preceding evaluations as well as industry feedback in order to test, evaluate and improve the capabilities of numerous Army systems.
Veterans Help Soldiers Build Strength and Resilience
By 2LT Robert Duncanson and LTC Eric Lopez
Veterans of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, shared their insights gained from combat in Vietnam with today’s members of the unit. Those lessons are guiding its soldiers today as they partner with Afghan troops.
Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and Talent Management:
Building Resilience for the Future
By LTC(P) Daniel S. Morgan and 1SG Vincent Simonetti
Seasoned leaders of the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, have developed an effective and efficient resilience program that keeps soldiers mentally balanced, physically fit and combat-ready.
A Letter to My Son on Joining the Infantry
By COL Richard D. Hooker Jr., USA Ret.
The experiences of a former rifleman in an Infantry platoon inspire many memories and inform a father's advice to his newly enlisted son.
CompanyCommand: How Trust is Earned or Lost
A good leader must earn the trust of subordinates, peers and other leaders. Army captains and lieutenants describe their own experiences of gaining—or losing—trust in their own commanders.