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  • Rumsfeld Says America is Servicemembers’ Gift to Future

    06/25/2010 12:54:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2010 – America exists and prospers because members of the U.S. armed forces step forward and protect it, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today. "In a very real sense,” he said, “America is their gift to the future." Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, addresses the audience while former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld looks on during Rumsfeld's portrait unveiling ceremony at the Pentagon, June 25, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “This country – which has treated me so well – exists and prospers because the members...
  • Program Helps Servicemembers Transition to Civilian Life

    12/31/2009 3:39:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 245+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Christen N. McCluney
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2009 – The Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program is working to prepare servicemembers and their families for a successful transition to civilian life. "We are trying to ensure that [servicemembers] transition from active duty back to the civilian community is a smooth and seamless one," Ron Horne, deputy director for the Transition Assistance Program at the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy told listeners during a “Dot Mil Docs” interview today. The idea of the program is to make them aware of the support systems that are available to them, he said. The DoD...
  • Scouts Honor Servicemembers at Ceremony

    11/18/2009 3:56:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 427+ views
    ARLINGTON, Nov. 18, 2009 – Character was the focus as Scouting saluted the military yesterday. U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri told about 500 people from Boy Scouts’ National Capital Area Council that the values of Boy Scouts and the military are constant and that both organizations seek to serve something greater than themselves. This was the first Scout dinner saluting the military. Retired Navy Capt. Scott Gray, who now works with event sponsor General Dynamics, said he hopes to make the event an annual affair. The Crystal Gateway Marriott – a stone’s throw from the Pentagon – hosted the...
  • Face of Defense: Captain Brings Entertainment to Servicemembers

    08/01/2009 6:14:46 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 361+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Lance Cpl. Jason Hernandez, USMC
    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq, July 31, 2009 – When most servicemembers think of their concert experiences here, they recall punching their fists into the desert sky, rocking out to old favorites and meeting new friends. Air Force Capt. Joshua Daniels, on the other hand, remembers long hours, black coffee and some of the most rewarding days of his military career. Daniels, the base’s morale, welfare and recreation liaison, is in charge of arranging entertainment for servicemembers deployed to western Iraq. Though much of his time is spent organizing concerts, he also finds time to acquire computers for the MWR...
  • 'A home away from home' (Rotarians, others help to maintain hospitality house)

    06/21/2009 7:35:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 198+ views
    HEREFORD — Nearly three decades ago, a two-story barracks on Fort Huachuca was carefully dismantled. There was no tearing the structure down without regard for ensuring the pieces couldn’t be used again. For 78-year-old Darl Goode, the object was to reassemble, with slight modifications, the structure on a piece of property off of Green Oak Lane in Stump Canyon. The old barracks, once part of what was called Splinter Village on the post, wooden structures constructed in the 1940s to house two black divisions that trained in Arizona during World War II, was put together on an acre of land...
  • Group Encourages Americans to Reach Out to Female Servicemembers

    03/23/2009 4:41:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 267+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 23, 2009 – During Women’s History Month, many Americans take time to salute the contributions of women. Manhattanville My Soldier, a New York-based troop-support group, is paying special attention this month to women serving in the U.S. armed forces. “The military women I met while serving in Iraq were courageous and kind,” My Soldier co-founder Juan Salas, an active-duty Army sergeant and Manhattanville College student, said. “We are asking civilians to pay respect to these brave women during Women’s History Month.” In observance of Women’s History Month, the group has created “My Soldier: Her Story,” a program that...
  • Program Addresses Wounded, Ill, Injured Servicemembers’ Needs

    11/20/2008 3:27:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 136+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2008 – More than 1,900 wounded servicemen and women have benefited from their enrollment in a specialized health program to meet their unique needs during their rehabilitative process. “As we began seeing more wounded servicemembers returning to our region, we identified some unique needs that they faced as they went on about the business of healing,” Thomas Carrato, program officer for Health Net Federal Services, said in a Nov. 18 “Dot Mil Docs” interview on This specialized care program was created in early 2007 when officials at Tricare, the Defense Department’s health care program, recognized...
  • Warrior Care: Pay Change Puts More Money in Injured Servicemembers’ Pockets

    11/04/2008 4:30:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 234+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2008 – A military compensation policy change provides more money for servicemembers injured during service in the global war on terrorism, a senior Defense Department official said here today. The Pay and Allowance Continuation program, known by the acronym PAC, is authorized by the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, Tim Fowlkes, assistant director of military compensation, told Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service reporters. The new initiative enables wounded servicemembers undergoing medical treatment to continue to receive overseas-related per diem and hazardous and hardship duty pays, as well as other special-incentive monies such as special...
  • America Supports You: Game Show Honors Servicemembers

    10/23/2008 4:30:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 157+ views
    DALLAS, Oct. 23, 2008 – Despite having an air show the next day to prepare for, Air Force Master Sgt. Robin Brooks decided to play the odds of becoming the “next contestant on ‘The Price is Right,’” and it paid off. "Having my named called was music to my ears," said Brooks, first sergeant for the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s air demonstration squadron, based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Brooks was part of an audience made up of soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines, military retirees, disabled veterans and family members for a special taping of the CBS daytime game...
  • Bush Salutes U.S. Mission, Servicemembers in Afghanistan

    10/01/2008 5:25:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 223+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2008 – President Bush today cited the “incredible” progress that has been achieved in Afghanistan after he’d been briefed on the situation by U.S. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, NATO’s top commander there. Bush told reporters after meeting with the four-star general at the White House that McKiernan, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, is “going to make sure that we continue helping this young democracy succeed.” Bush cited several examples of progress in Afghanistan, such as new and renovated schools, expanded education and health care, and the building of much-needed roads. “There’s been...
  • Pentagon Honors Exceptional Employers of Citizen-Servicemembers

    09/19/2008 4:47:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 135+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2008 – Fifteen employers accepted a Defense Department award last night for their exceptional financial and emotional support of National Guard and Reserve members on their payrolls. Thomas F. Hall, assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs; Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig R. McKinley, director of the Air National Guard; and David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, prepare to present the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve ceremony Sept. 18, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Defens Dept. photo by John J. Kruzel  (Click photo for...
  • America Supports You: Mobile Memorial Honors Fallen Servicemembers

    08/05/2008 4:25:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 96+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2008 – A California troop-support group is paying tribute to servicemembers who died while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom with a mobile memorial. The Fueled by the Fallen Memorial Race Car Team -- a trio of cars bearing the names of Marines who died in Iraq -- makes appearances around the country to raise awareness of the sacrifices made in defense of the United States. Fueled by the Fallen also strives to provide support for the families of fallen heroes and to support and raise awareness for those who are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, Ken...
  • Petraeus Re-enlists 1,215 U.S. Troops July 4 in Iraq

    07/05/2008 7:23:07 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 449+ views
    Baghdad, July 5, 2008 – Servicemembers from all over Iraq gathered here today in the Al Faw Palace rotunda on Camp Victory, to re-enlist and celebrate America’s Independence Day. U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commanding general, Multinational Force Iraq, reenlisted 1,215 U.S. servicemembers from all over Iraq July 4, 2008, during a ceremony in the Al Faw Palace rotunda at Camp Victrory in Baghdad. Photo by MNF-I Public Affairs  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. All 1,215 servicemembers celebrated by raising their right hand and pledging to continue defending the ‘land of the free’ in what is the largest...
  • Army Invention Saves Severely Injured Servicemembers’ Lives

    06/13/2008 4:18:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 190+ views
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, June 13, 2008 – A new lifesaving standard of care has garnered the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research here a prestigious recognition: invention of the year. The innovation, called Damage Control Resuscitation of Severely Injured Soldiers, was named one of the Army’s “Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2007.” “The American Association for Trauma Surgeons calls this one of the biggest improvements to trauma care in the last 10 years,” said Michael Dubick, senior research pharmacologist for the Institute of Surgical Research. The invention is aimed at saving severely injured soldiers with internal injuries that...
  • 15th generation rabbi: Helping servicemembers keep faith

    05/07/2008 5:09:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 140+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Airman Tong Duong, USAF
    5/7/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- The candle flame danced a slow mesmerizing dance as it flickered from one side of the wick to the next. The light softly illuminated his face as his silhouette became a portion of the projection behind him -- images of Holocaust victims. Soft-spoken yet with a stern demeanor, Rabbi (Capt.) Raphael Berdugo's eyes glistened as he solemnly lead a prayer in Yiddish. More than 30 servicemembers bowed their heads to pay their respects during the Holocaust Remembrance Vigil held here May 2, to remember the more than 6 million lives lost during World War...
  • NCAA Final Four recognizes American servicemembers

    04/07/2008 5:34:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 123+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Ben Gonzales, USAF
    4/6/2008 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- College basketball officials recognized the contributions of American servicemembers throughout the world during the men's NCAA Final Four weekend April 4 through 7 in San Antonio. Military members were present during college basketball's biggest weekend while singing the national anthem, presenting the colors, sitting in the stands and watching live from bases directly fighting the war on terrorism. The military was saluted throughout the weekend as officials of the NCAA saluted American warriors at festivities throughout the weekend. NCAA coaches and the public talked to and thanked troops serving on the front lines in...
  • Servicemembers Receive Invitations to State of Union Address

    01/28/2008 4:24:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 91+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2008 – A Marine who lost both legs in Iraq, a 61-year-old doctor who joined the Navy after his oldest son was killed in Iraq, a soldier and an airman wounded in Iraq, and a Marine whose unit was part of the troop surge in Iraq’s Anbar province will join first lady Laura Bush tonight during the president’s State of the Union address. The servicemembers were selected as special guests for the annual address to both houses of Congress, President Bush’s eighth, and the last before he leaves office. White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said today...
  • ‘Why We Serve’ Program Connects Servicemembers, Civilians

    01/07/2008 4:24:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 41+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | John J. Kruzel
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2008 – Media outlets portray a version of the U.S. military as seen from the outside, but Americans across the country can access the primary source: hearing the military experience described by a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who lives it. At universities, high schools and rotary clubs in scores of U.S. cities, “Why We Serve,” a Defense Department outreach program, is connecting men and women in uniform to the American public they serve. Started in July 2006, the program provides a platform for servicemembers recently returned from operations in Afghanistan, Iraq or the Horn of...
  • Hockey Telecast to Feature U.S. Servicemembers in Kosovo

    11/29/2007 4:17:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 186+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Jason Smith, USAF
    PRISTINA, Kosovo, Nov. 29, 2007 – Versus, the U.S. cable television home of the National Hockey League, has partnered with some troops deployed to Kosovo to give an early Christmas present to the peacekeepers there and their families at home. At 7 p.m. EST on Dec. 11 , everyone watching the Pittsburgh Penguins battle the Philadelphia Flyers on Versus will get to see some pictures of the American soldiers, airmen and sailors who are serving at Camps Film City and Bondsteel, Kosovo. At the same time their pictures are being shown on television in the United States, the troops will...
  • Hope Award Recognizes Selfless Service to Servicemembers

    11/19/2007 3:51:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 72+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2007 – The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard each honored one of their own at a Pentagon ceremony today with an award named for actor-comedian Bob Hope. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. hosted the Spirit of Hope Awards ceremony. The award honors Hope’s values of duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment, integrity and selfless dedication, said Michael Kagin, the award’s originator. It recognizes individuals or organizations who have “selflessly contributed an extraordinary amount of time, talent or resources to significantly enhance the quality of life of servicemembers around the world,” he...
  • Gates Salutes U.S. Servicemembers at Awards Dinner

    10/16/2007 5:22:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 53+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2007 – Six U.S. military members recognized by a local patriotic organization for their overseas service in the war on terror also received Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ personal thanks here yesterday evening. “You are the best, and we all owe you. And, in all sincerity, we’re all humbled by you,” Gates told the Grateful Nation Award recipients at the start of his remarks at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs’ annual award dinner. “It’s surreal,” Grateful Nation Award honoree Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Jason T. Fetty said of his meeting with Gates. He said the...
  • Servicemembers Near and Far Participate in Army Ten-Miler

    10/09/2007 4:17:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 173+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2007 – Thousands of U.S. troops took to the streets of the nation’s capital and to makeshift routes laid out on military outposts around the world during the Army Ten-Miler on Oct. 7. Army 1st Lt. Anthony R. Calingo finishes first in the Logistics Support Area Adder Ten-Miler in Iraq. Photo by Spc. Jamie Avila, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “This is the first 10-miler I’ve ever run,” Army Spc. Matthew Davis said after completing a “shadow” event at Logistics Support Area Adder, about 225 miles south of Baghdad. “It’s probably one of the...
  • Servicemembers Receive 'Outstanding Americans by Choice' Award

    09/25/2007 5:54:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 98+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2007 – Four airmen, a soldier and a member of the Coast Guard received the “Outstanding American by Choice” award from the chief of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during a ceremony here yesterday. The recipients of the of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Outstanding American by Choice award stand with the office’s director, Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez, center. From left to right Air Force Capt. Rasul Alsalih, Army Warrant Officer Abida Sultana Shoyeb, Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mitzie A. Robinson, Gonzalez, Air Force Maj. Manuel Dominguez, Air Force Capt. Van T. Thai...
  • Hispanic Women's Magazine Honors Latina Servicemembers

    09/07/2007 3:51:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 346+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2007 – Six military women of Hispanic descent were honored for their service to the nation at Latina Style Magazine’s 4th annual awards luncheon held here Sept. 6. Army Sgt. Maj. Venus Carpenter is one of six Hispanic military women who were honored at Latina Style Magazine’s annual awards luncheon held here Sept. 6. Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Defense Department co-hosted the event, titled “Latinas in the Global Fight on Terror.” The luncheon traditionally heralds other Hispanic-American Heritage Month activities, held Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Award recipients...
  • American Legion Recognizes Servicemembers’ Volunteer Efforts

    08/31/2007 5:40:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 104+ views
    RENO, Nev., Aug. 31, 2007 – Enlisted representatives from the five armed services were honored this week by the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ organization. The American Legion presented the Spirit of Service award to Army Sgt. Korey W. Chandler, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Gaurav R. Patel, Marine Corps Sgt. Matthew W. Stone, Air Force Airman 1st Class Robb K. Hulet, and Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class David B. Edelson on Aug. 28 during the organization’s 89th National Convention here. The award was presented for each of the recipient’s volunteer service in their local communities, American Legion officials said....
  • America Supports You: Group Takes Action For Servicemembers

    08/10/2007 4:23:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 107+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2007 – Volunteers in San Jose, Calif., are providing some of the niceties of home to troops serving in hostile and remote areas of the world. These boxes represent the first official shipment of packages from Operation: Action Packed! to servicemembers stationed at Camp Hit, Iraq. The group sends care packages to more than 180 servicemembers each month. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Members of the group, “Operation: Action Packed!” believe they can “all do something to make a difference in the world,” the group’s president, Daniella Magnano, said. “We strive to move...
  • America Supports You: Firefighters Fund Helps Servicemembers

    08/09/2007 4:47:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 170+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2007 – Each year, the country pauses to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and all who perished in them. One group, however, works year round to honor the 343 firefighters killed that day and to help servicemembers and their families. The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was founded in memory of its namesake, a decorated member of Rescue 4 of the New York Fire Department and chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department, who was firefighters killed in the attacks. The fund offers education and financial assistance to servicemembers and firefighters, said Brian Farrell,...
  • Servicemembers Volunteer to Convoy Supplies to Needy Afghans (Heroes with a Heart)

    08/04/2007 1:23:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Julie Weckerlein, USAF
    CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan , Aug. 4, 2007 – Every other week, servicemembers from all branches of the military conduct convoys from this base to deliver clothing and supplies to needy Afghans in the surrounding areas. But they're not doing it because they have to. They're doing it because they want to help. Members of the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan unload a truck full of donations from the U.S. at a refugee camp outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “These are military and coalition members who volunteer,” said Air Force...
  • America Supports You: Servicemembers are Group’s Driving Force

    07/20/2007 5:12:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 92+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2007 – What began as a shared love of German cars has morphed through friendship into a passion to honor, educate and entertain servicemembers, Operation Wheels of Freedom’s program director said. Military children receive large-scale Hot Wheels toy cars during an Operation Wheels of Freedom event to honor, entertain and educate servicemembers. Mattel, one of the group’s sponsors, has provided thousands of the toys. Operation Wheels of Freedom courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “We are a group of committed car guys who want to do our part to say thanks to the...
  • Programs Assist Injured Servicemembers

    07/05/2007 6:15:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 5, 2007 – Servicemembers who’ve suffered serious injuries resulting from their wartime service can get financial help thanks to two congressionally legislated programs, a senior U.S. military officer said July 3. Congress established the Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance program in 2005 in response to the experiences of some former and current military members who found themselves financially strapped after they suffered severe injuries during the war against terrorism. Coverage applies to active-duty and reserve-component members. “This program provides up to $100,000 per event, depending on (the type of) injury,” Army Col. John Sackett, a disability compensation...
  • Servicemembers Get Sneak Preview of ‘Transformers’

    06/29/2007 4:35:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 39 replies · 1,139+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 – Under the cover of darkness in the nation’s capital last night, servicemembers from all branches deployed into theater -- the movie theater. About 600 military personnel and family members attended a sneak preview of “Transformers,” the summer science fiction action-adventure film set for national release July 3. Audience members cheered as virtuous Autobot transformers fought in concert with their U.S. military allies against the depraved Decepticons, while the clash between good and evil played out in stunning images and bone-rattling sound. “That was without a doubt the best movie I have ever seen,” Army Staff...
  • Military Roots Run Deep For Top Enlisted Servicemember's Wife

    06/29/2007 4:31:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 263+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 – Military life is all Cindy Gainey has ever really known. And that’s just fine with her. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey gets on bended knee to ask his wife for another 30 years on their 30th anniversary, June 18, 207. This was the second trip -- both times during their anniversary -- that the two have toured South Korea camps and bases and talking with troops and families. Photo by Spc. Wesley Leyton Pollet, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Born in England into an Air Force family, she moved often...
  • American Music Legend Praises U.S. Servicemembers

    06/26/2007 5:03:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 433+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 26, 2007 – Standing in the Pentagon briefing room here, preparing to record a video message to troops deployed abroad, 70-year-old Charlie Daniels’ jaws, covered in tufts of white whiskers, work away at a wad of gum. As the camera starts rolling, he halts production. Charlie Daniels addresses an audience of military and civilian personnel in the Pentagon after receiving the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his support of U.S. troops around the world, as Michael L. Dominguez, principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, looks on,...
  • America Supports You: Tiger Woods to Honor Servicemembers

    05/30/2007 4:38:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 583+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    BETHESDA, Md., May 30, 2007 – Thirty thousand active-duty servicemembers and guests will be able to attend the inaugural AT&T National invitational golf tournament July 3-8, professional golfer Tiger Woods announced here yesterday. Golfer Tiger Woods fields questions during a May 29 news conference at Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda, Md. He held the conference to get the word out about the July 3-8 AT&T National golf tournament, which he's hosting. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Woods, who’s hosting the event at Congressional Country Club here, made the announcement from the storied venue’s...
  • Indy Motor Speedway Salutes Servicemembers on ‘Bump Day’

    05/21/2007 4:53:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 544+ views
    INDIANAPOLIS, May 21, 2007 – Amid the howl of revved-up racecars, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday showcased its 27th Armed Forces Day program with a group enlistment of recruits from all services and other military-themed events. David Morgan, team manager for Playa del Racing, shows off the America Supports You decal affixed to the nacelle of one of his team’s race cars in “Gasoline Alley” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 20. Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The track held its Armed Forces Day activities in conjunction with final timed qualifications, called “Bump...
  • Lt. Dan Band salutes servicemembers overseas

    05/18/2007 6:44:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 1,112+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Ashley Mangin
    5/18/2007 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFPN) -- Everywhere he goes, actor Gary Sinise is recognized as Lieutenant Dan from the movie "Forrest Gump." It was this recognition that gave him the inspiration for his band name: The Lt. Dan Band; a tool that Mr. Sinise uses to support the men and women in the Armed Forces by playing overseas tours and stateside through the United Service Organization, or USO. The Lt. Dan Band performed at Spangdahlem Air Base May 15 wrapping up the band's 2007 European tour. They played five shows throughout Belgium and Germany. "The show was great...
  • Month of May Dedicated to Appreciating Servicemembers

    05/01/2007 6:46:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 347+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 1, 2007 – In an effort to draw attention to the personal sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces and their families, Congress has designated May as National Military Appreciation Month. “Our military has played a major role in the development of our country chronicled through their unbending honor, their dedication to duty and their love of country,” the National Military Appreciation Month Web site states. “Federal, state and local governments and private sector entities are invited to participate in this special month and to encourage everyone to sponsor and participate in programs.” The...
  • Civilian Leaders Impressed With Servicemembers’ Role Overseas

    04/30/2007 4:56:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 215+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 30, 2007 – After traveling nearly 18,000 miles to see the young men and women of the U.S. armed forces in Southwest Asia, members of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 73 have come away from the experience with a heightened respect for those who are serving the nation. The 45 participants were civic and business leaders from around the country who covered their own expenses to join in the Defense Department’s oldest public affairs program by visiting servicemembers from each branch to learn more about the military’s role in operations in the U.S. Central Command area of...
  • Girl Scouts give thanks, cookies to deployed servicemembers

    04/27/2007 6:41:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 359+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Larry Carpenter
    4/27/2007 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNEWS) -- Girl Scouts near Spokane, Wash., finished their third year of collecting cookies for deployed troops through Operation Troop to Troop April 23 and will be sending approximately 9,600 boxes of cookies to servicemembers fighting the war on terrorism. More than 2,200 Scouts canvassed more than 52,000 square miles and collected $38,400 for their cookies destined for American forces overseas. The Girl Scouts took on the challenge to give back to their community and support the troops. "The goal is to give back to the community and provide a way for the...
  • America Supports You: Bikers Salute, Support Servicemembers (bring a tissue or two)

    04/15/2007 8:26:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 329+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    PEORIA, Ariz., April 15, 2007 – Servicemembers stationed in Baghdad got an earful – and an eyeful – yesterday from about 4,000 supporters who gathered here to show their appreciation during the third “Hearts to Heroes” motorcycle ride. Riders are seen in the side mirror of a Hearts To Heroes ride participant as the group made its way around the Phoenix International Raceway. The ride, the third has hosted, is held to honor the troops and benefit troop-support organizations. Defense Dept. photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. A two-way video connection, provided...
  • America Supports You: Group Puts Flags in Servicemembers’ Pockets

    04/04/2007 5:25:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 173+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 4, 2007 – Since 2002, Project Prayer Flag’s goal has been to put an American flag into the pocket of every American servicemember fighting in the global war on terrorism. “For us it’s very simple,” Shawn Black, founder of the Irvine, Calif.-based organization, said. “We’ve shipped over 220,000 (flags) now to servicemembers.” Those miniature American flags come as part of the “Patriot Packs” the group sends to servicemembers, Black said. The packs also include a letter or a thank you card. Project Prayer Flag is a member of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, which highlights...
  • America Supports You: Circus Honors Wounded Servicemembers

    03/23/2007 7:05:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 250+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 23, 2007 – More than 60 wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center here and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., spent last night clowning around at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’s Military Appreciation Night. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler and Kenneth Feld, chairman and chief executive officer of Feld Entertainment, hold the America Supports You dog tag hanging from a show elephant at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus show at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., March 22. Photo by William D. Moss  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Coalition Servicemembers Reach Out to America via YouTube

    03/14/2007 4:40:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 316+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 14, 2007 – Coalition military officials in Iraq are hoping to reach out to younger, broader audiences by posting clips of servicemembers in action on a popular video-sharing Web site. Clips of combat and support operations have been posted to the YouTube Web site in an effort to inform Americans of the successes of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers in Iraq, Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said during a phone interview today. “How do we reach out to those in mid-town America who don’t know someone serving here? How do they find out what’s...
  • Wounded Servicemembers Should Not Have to Battle Bureaucracy, Gates Says

    02/23/2007 4:25:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 337+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2007 – Injured American troops should not return home to battle the bureaucracies of a broken outpatient health care system, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here today. Gates’ comments came after surveying repairs at the center’s outpatient facility Building 18, where reported maintenance and administrative problems catapulted the center into the national spotlight this week. Gates toured the facility with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani. “Like many Americans, I was dismayed to learn this past week that some of our...
  • DoD Salutes African-American Servicemembers for Wartime Service

    02/22/2007 5:00:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 230+ views
    HAMPTON, Va., Feb. 22, 2007 – The Defense Department recognized 11 African-American servicemen and women for their service in the global war against terrorism at a ceremony held at Hampton University here yesterday. Left to right: Air National Guard Lt. Col. Mary-Thom Williams, Francis L. Horne, and Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Cleveland Wiltz pose for a photo at the Defense Department’s African-American History Month observance at Hampton University, Va., Feb. 21. Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The servicemembers received certificates signed and presented by Clarence A. Johnson, DoD’s principal director and director...
  • Servicemembers Gain U.S. Citizenship in Iraq Ceremony

    02/16/2007 3:35:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 383+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Amanda J. Solitario, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2007 – He has proudly called himself an American soldier for more than a year, and now he can finally call himself a citizen of the country he serves. Army Spc. Sherif Z. Shalaby, a translator aide with the 15th Sustainment Brigade, was one of the more than 85 servicemembers to gain their U.S. citizenship during a Feb. 11 naturalization neremony here. Shalaby said words can’t describe the wealth of pride and excitement he felt as he raised his hand to take the oath of allegiance. "It was really a great moment," the Egyptian native said....
  • DNA Registry Unlocks Key to Fallen Servicemembers’ Identities

    01/24/2007 9:33:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 317+ views
    GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 24, 2007 – Deep within a nondescript warehouse in this Washington suburb lie millions of blood-smeared cardboard cards that hold the key to every servicemember’s unique personal identity, captured in DNA. Diane Giampetroni, a technician at the DoD DNA Registry in Gaithersburg, Md., processes the 5 millionth DNA sample from a U.S. servicemember to be entered into the inventory, Jan. 23. Giampetroni has processed more than 520,000 specimens since joining the DNA Registry staff in 1995. Photo by Donna Miles  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. DNA is a substance within every person’s cells that provides...
  • America Supports You: Servicemembers’ ‘Angels’ Recognized

    01/10/2007 5:03:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 218+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2007 – Georgia-Pacific, the maker of Angel Soft toilet paper, has recognized two teens as “Angels in Action” for their support of the nation’s servicemembers. Soldiers in Kuwait hold up pre-paid calling cards on Valentine's Day. The cards were sent by Cell Phones for Soldiers, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group that uses money from recycling cell phones to purchase phone cards for deployed servicemembers. Cell Phones of Soldiers co-founder Robbie Bergquist has been named a finalist in the Angel Soft "Angels in Action" Award Program for his efforts to keep servicemembers and their families connected. Courtesy photo  '(Click...
  • Gates Urges Americans to Remember Servicemembers, Families in Prayers

    12/20/2006 3:25:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 246+ views
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 20, 2006 -- New Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, here on a surprise pre-Christmas visit, today urged Americans to remember military members and their families throughout the holiday season. Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with troops from the 1st Cavalry Division during a visit to Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2006, just two days after being sworn in as the 22nd secretary of defense. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby   '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “I hope that everybody at home here at the holiday will remember that all these men and women are away...
  • Bodies of Missing Servicemembers Recovered After Helicopter Crash

    12/04/2006 4:09:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 609+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2006 -- Coalition forces have recovered the bodies of all three missing servicemembers lost during an emergency water landing by a helicopter yesterday. A U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 helicopter from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing made an emergency water landing near the shore of Lake Qadisiyah in western Anbar province. Sixteen personnel were on board, including the crew. Thirteen of the individuals on board were accounted for yesterday, including the body of one Marine who was recovered from the water after the emergency landing. The rescue effort included all available surveillance and rescue capabilities to include air,...