WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2009 - Iraq's government and its security forces deserve praise for overseeing the successful and mostly violence-free provincial elections that were held countrywide Jan. 31, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said today.
"First and foremost, I'd like to congratulate the government of Iraq for a successful, legitimate and credible election," Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told reporters during a Baghdad news conference.
Some 800-900 National Guard soldiers from the Coastal Empire will head to Fort Polk, La., this weekend as the 48th Infantry Brigade prepares for a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan sometime in mid-2009.
"Grab the charging handle," an Army test qualifier said to a soldier holding an M-249 machine gun. "Complete the five-point safety check.
Paladins from 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team fire off artillery rounds into the impact training area on Fort Stewart. The live fire exercise is the first since 1st HBCT Soldier came back from Iraq last April.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2009 - The Army is committed to finding out why more soldiers committed suicide in 2008 than ever recorded, Army officials told reporters during a media roundtable today at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Stressed by war and long overseas tours, U.S. soldiers killed themselves last year at the highest rate on record, the toll rising for a fourth straight year and even surpassing the suicide rate among comparable civilians.
Army leaders said they were doing everything they could think of to curb the deaths and appealed for more mental health professionals to join and help out.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2009 - The status-of-forces agreement between the United States and Iraq is a "watershed" in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the House Armed Services Committee today.
WASHINGTON - Two senators said Tuesday the Army hasn't acted fast enough to fix electrical problems in Iraq that led to the electrocutions of U.S. troops.
Democratic Sens. Bob Casey from Pennsylvania and Byron Dorgan from North Dakota also said that Houston-based contractor KBR Inc. should be punished in some manner for allowing improper grounding of electrical wires in facilities it was maintaining.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2009 - As U.S. forces become more engaged with the enemy in Afghanistan, there may well be a rise in American casualties, Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday.
In an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation," Biden described the security conditions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq -- a trio of countries he recently visited -- and President Barack Obama's decision to close the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2009 - Among the military options being considered by President Barack Obama involves a plan to remove most U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months, the Defense Department's top civilian and military officials said here today.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2009 - President Barack Obama today called for the closing of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within one year.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2009 - As President Barack Obama and the first family began moving into the presidential residence here yesterday, the administration unpacked a new presidential agenda on the White House's official Web site.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will begin to put his imprint on the nation's war strategy in his first full day in office, gathering his top military and national security advisers at the White House for what is expected to be the start of the new commander in chief's shift in emphasis from Iraq to Afghanistan.
According to officials, Obama will conduct a videoteleconference late Wednesday afternoon with members of the National Security Council as well as the U.S. military commanders in the two war zones.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2009 - President George W. Bush singled out military members for their selfless service and cited his administration's accomplishments over the past eight years during his farewell address to the nation.
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"Fort Stewart is the place where we take care of soldiers," Under Secretary of the United States Army Patrick Murphy said during his visit to ...
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