WASHINGTON, March 19, 2010 - A former White House staff photographer who started photographing Iraq in 2003 said yesterday that comparing old images to recent ones presents a picture of staggering economic growth there.
Tina Hager snapped her first photo of Baghdad from Air Force One while accompanying then-President George W. Bush on a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to meet with U.S. troops. A few years later, she moved to Dubai as a freelance photographer documenting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. On several assignments, she embedded with U.S. troops.
The Army Emergency Relief announced the kickoff of the 68th annual AER Campaign on March 1.
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Brian Howe, former singer for Bad Company, performed with his solo group, The Brian Howe Band, at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, March 14.
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2010 - Soldiers should find themselves spending twice as much time at home station as they do deployed by 2011, the Army's vice chief of staff said on Capitol Hill yesterday.
"2011 is definitely a transition year for the U.S. Army -- that is a year we see ourselves getting back into balance," Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli said. "We define balance as 12 months deployed, 24 months or greater at home. That's the interim goal for us in 2011."
Defense Department officials expect to launch a new policy in the coming months that will make head-injury evaluations mandatory for all troops who suffer possible concussions, said a senior official with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) - New soldiers are grunting through the kind of stretches and twists found in "ab blaster" classes at suburban gyms as the Army revamps its basic training regimen for the first time in three decades.
Heeding the advice of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, commanders are dropping five-mile runs and bayonet drills in favor of zigzag sprints and exercises that hone core muscles. Battlefield sergeants say that's the kind of fitness needed to dodge across alleys, walk patrol with heavy packs and body armor or haul a buddy out of a burning vehicle.
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2010 - The Defense Department's family care plan policy will be expanded in the coming months to encompass a wider population of military parents, a defense legal expert said.
The new policy will require military parents with custody of children from a previous relationship to file a family care plan, said Army Col. Shawn Shumake, director of the Pentagon's office of legal policy. The requirement already is in place for dual military couples and single parents with custody.
In a conference call from Iraq Thursday, 3rd ID Commander Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo told reporters the 22,000 troops under his command in northern Iraq will draw down to 9,000 by Sept. 1.
WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010 - The model used to determine the appropriate size of the United States military is being replaced following the Quadrennial Defense Review process, a senior defense official said here today.
A U.S. MILITARY BASE IN SOUTHWEST ASIA, March 11, 2010 - Servicemembers quizzed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates about Afghanistan, the elections in Iraq and the Iran situation during a question-and-answer period here today.
Gates spoke to members of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing. The wing has been deployed here since January 2002 in response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The unit has a refueling mission, a reconnaissance mission and also provides air command and control for the U.S. Central Command area of operations.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2010 - The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, commonly known as MyCAA, will resume March 13 for the more than 136,000 spouses who already have established an account, the defense official who heads up the program announced today.
Officials announced a temporary halt in the program Feb. 18, pending a top-to-bottom review, after a six-fold spike in enrollments in January, a surge that overwhelmed the system and caused the program to nearly reach its budget threshold.
In a 3rd Infantry Division Facebook posting at 5:02 a.m. Monday, after polls in Iraq had closed, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo gave Iraqi security forces and 3rd ID soldiers high marks for keeping the peace during Iraq's elections Sunday.
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two 3rd Infantry Division soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq - Two soldiers from 1st "Desert Rogue" Battalion, 64th Armor, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, recently used their ingenuity to improve the configuration for a battery box for the forward observer's long-range scope more efficient.
The Military Health System has launched a new www.health.mil Web site that provides a single point of entry to military health news, information and resources.
Soldiers from Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade made the single largest donation this year at Fort Stewart - 4,318 pounds of food - for Feds Feed Families, which ran June 1-Aug. 27.
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