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Program trains nurses to treat vets

AUGUSTA - An innovative partnership between the Medical College of Georgia and Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Augusta will better prepare nursing students who want to treat veterans.

March 24, 2010 | Special to the News | Military


Photographer depicts Iraq's growth

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.

March 23, 2010 | By Lt. Jennifer Cragg Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity | Military


Stewart, Hunter kick off 2010 AER campaign

The Army Emergency Relief announced the kickoff of the 68th annual AER Campaign on March 1.

March 22, 2010 | Special to the News | Military


Troops keeping 'Bad Company' in Iraq

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.

March 19, 2010 | By Spc. Jessica Zullig Special to the News | Military


DoD hopes to double dwell time

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."

March 18, 2010 | By C. Todd Lopez Special to American Forces Press Service | Military


Policy now mandates head injury evaluations

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.

March 17, 2010 | By SFC Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service | Military


Army revamps basic training PT

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.

March 17, 2010 | by Susanne M. Schafer Associated Press writer | Military


More families will have to file care plans

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.

March 15, 2010 | By Elaine Wilson American Forces Press Service | Military


Troop drawdown from Iraq progressing

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.

March 12, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Special to the News | Military


QDR changing two-war strategy

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.

March 11, 2010 | By Jordan Reimer American Forces Press Service | Military


Gates discusses Iraq, Afghanistan with deployed troops

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.

March 11, 2010 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military


DoD restarts spouse employment program

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.

March 11, 2010 | By Elaine Wilson American Forces Press Service | Military


Cucolo offers Iraq elections update

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.

March 11, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Military


3rd ID casualties out of Fort Benning

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two 3rd Infantry Division soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

March 10, 2010 | Special to the News | Military


3rd ID welders ingenuity helping troops

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.

March 10, 2010 | By Spc. Dustin Guatney American Forces Press Service | Military


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Ebola deployment precautions set

WASHINGTON ― Fighting the West Africa ebola epidemic is immediately and strategically important to the United States, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said, and the Defense Department is taking precautions to minimize risk to deployed troops.

October 23, 2014 | By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity | Military


Details of ebola deployment announced

Thirty-two Fort Stewart soldiers from the 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion will deploy to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance, according to a news release from the post.

October 22, 2014 | Special to the News | Military


Local troops to deploy to fight ebola

Few details have been announced yet, but Fort Stewart officials are confirming that soldiers from the post will deploy in the effort to control the spread of ebola.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Military


Military spouses' edge looking for a job

Military families face a plethora of unique challenges as they routinely relocate, making it difficult for a spouse to find work.

October 03, 2014 | By Kelsey Clark Deseret News | Military


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