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As we close in on 10 years at war, the sacrifices of the American soldier and his or her family continue to be admired by the American public. The people’s respect and generosity, even in difficult economic times, remains one of the strengths of our...
Just four days after the New Year’s Eve tornado struck Fort Leonard Wood, the Army chief of staff, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., visited the installation to view the extensive damage, speak with the many families who lost their homes and give hope to...
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The senior American military officer in Seoul, Korea, said the Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance will respond "rapidly, proportionately and decisively" to any future North Korean provocations. Army Gen. Walter L. "Skip" Sharp, commander of United...
Seen as a rite of passage among the U.S. armed forces, the Initial Entry Training graduation brings a certain enthusiasm and anxiety to the day. That same elation was captured in Al Anbar, Iraq, recently as the passing of the flag from the senior...
The Army chief of staff, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and the Army Historical Foundation executive director, Brig. Gen. Creighton W. Abrams Jr., USA, Ret., unveiled designs for three 2011 Army Commemorative Coins during the 111th Army-Navy football...
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The Defense Department will "move out carefully, deliberately and purposefully" to implement the repeal of the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law," a Pentagon spokesman said Dec 20. The Senate, on Dec. 18, repealed the 1993 law barring gays and lesbians...
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President Barrack Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law Dec. 22 before an audience assembled at the Department of the Interior auditorium in Washington. "We are not a nation that says, ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell,’" the...
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended that President Barack Obama nominate Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to be the next Army chief of staff. Gates made the announcement at a Jan. 6 Pentagon news conference. The Army chief of staff is the...
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Military leaders and troops alike need more time at home between deployments to help diagnose and receive treatment for the "invisible" wounds of war such as post-traumatic stress (PTS), a senior Army officer said Dec. 26. "It affects everything. It...
Members of the Board of Directors and sponsors of The Old Guard Monument Foundation (OGMF) joined 60 friends and families Dec. 11 to present a wreath to the nation’s fallen heroes at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. The Old...
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USA’s Institute of Land Warfare has recently released two new Torchbearer publications. The first, "U.S. Army Aviation and Full Spectrum Operations" (Torchbearer National Security Report, December 2010), explores the evolving role and composition of...
National Guard troops deployed to the U.S. border with Mexico are boosting Border Patrol agents’ efforts, a senior Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent said in early December. "They’ve been hugely beneficial to us," Mark Moody, a patrol agent...
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From my time in the Army to serving our nation in Congress, I have become increasingly concerned about the structural and cultural limitations on our ability as a nation to conduct national security interagency operations. A successfully integrated...
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., was hit by a tornado Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. From preliminary reports, hit the hardest was the family housing area where 52 homes were destroyed – 35 of which were occupied by military families. Twenty-five of those families...
It is a familiar sight to any soldier: people waiting in line for deployment processing. Seemingly endless queues as personnel move though the stations – medical, check; dental, check; finance, check. And on the process goes. It is a familiar sight...