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Obama taps Shinseki to head VA

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2008 - President-elect Barack Obama has selected retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as his nominee to be secretary of veterans affairs.

"As we seek a new national security strategy that uses all elements of American power, we must also remember those who run the greatest risks and make the greatest sacrifices to implement that strategy – the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States of America," the president-elect said in announcing his choice yesterday.

December 23, 2008 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military

General leaving Iraq notes 'monumental' progress

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2008 - Citing "monumental" improvements since his soldiers arrived in Iraq last year, the outgoing commander of Multinational Division North today credited his troops, Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people with creating a historic turnaround.

Army Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling and his 1st Armored Division soldiers arrived in Iraq just as the troop surge was taking effect in Baghdad and "the awakening movement" was beginning to push al-Qaida out of Anbar province.

December 23, 2008 | By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service | Military

Wounded soldiers promised continued support

WASHINGTON -- The Army's Wounded Warrior Program will support those it was created to serve for as long as it is needed and for the rest of their lives, the sergeant major of the program told listeners of a blog talk radio show Dec. 4.

December 23, 2008 | By Lt. Jenniffer Cagg Special to American Forces Press Service | Military

U.S. military buildup in Afghanistan taking form

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is poised to announce the deployment of at least one more combat brigade to Afghanistan in the coming weeks, as the expected force buildup of U.S. soldiers and Marines begins to take form.

December 22, 2008 | The Associated Press | Military

Area vet continues Pearl Harbor Day tradition

In 1940, Jim Williams' mother, Carrie Leigh Collins, resided in Bulloch County. Her aunt resided in Hinesville and called Carrie to come stay with her and work at the White Way Café downtown on Main Street. She said there were many contractors building Camp Stewart and most of them ate at the only restaurant in town. The tips were good and expectations were high regarding incoming troops to the military base nearby.

December 22, 2008 | By Gail Aldridge For the Coastal Courier | Military

U.S. beefing up presence in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2008 - The pending deployment of thousands of additional U.S. troops and extra equipment to Afghanistan in tandem with a streamlined command structure will boost the campaign to win the war there, a senior U.S. officer posted in Afghanistan said today.

"We are certainly optimistic," said Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, who wears two hats as a senior operations staff officer for both NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

December 20, 2008 | By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service | Military

Gates: Terror threat moves from Iraq to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- The terrorist threat has shifted from Iraq to the safe havens of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

Gates told reporters at a Pentagon roundtable that coalition and Iraqi forces have their "foot on the neck of al-Qaida in Iraq."

December 18, 2008 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military

General: Iraq violence at lowest point since war

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Violence in Iraq is at an all-time low since the beginning of the war, but challenges remain as a result of the improved security situation, the commander of coalition ground forces said today during a Baghdad news conference.

"While [coalition forces] are all encouraged by our remarkable success over the past 10 months in our movement towards achieving sustainable security, we must recognize that we are by no means finished," Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told reporters. "In fact, security success has allowed for more challenging issues to surface."

December 18, 2008 | By Army Sgt. Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service | Military

Guardsmen sue over chemical exposure in Iraq

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Sixteen Indiana National Guard soldiers sued the big defense contractor KBR Inc. on Wednesday, saying its employees knowingly allowed them to be exposed to a toxic chemical in Iraq five years ago.

December 18, 2008 | By Charles Wilson Associated Press writer | Military

Divorce rate inches up among troops

WASHINGTON -- The divorce rate among soldiers and Marines increased last year as military marriages suffered continuing stress from America's two ongoing wars.

There were an estimated 10,200 failed marriages in the active duty Army and 3,077 among Marines, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press for the budget year ended Sept. 30.

December 17, 2008 | By Pauline Jelinek Associated Press writer | Military

Gates: Military studying Iraq pullout

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates signaled a willingness Tuesday to forge ahead with two key priorities for the incoming Obama administration: accelerating the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

As the only Republican Cabinet member asked to stay on by President-elect Barack Obama, Gates told reporters that military commanders are looking at ways to more quickly pull troops out of Iraq in light of the 16-month timetable that was a centerpiece of the Democrat's campaign.

December 17, 2008 | By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press writer | Military

Some vindication for sick Gulf War vets

WASHINGTON - Ground combat in the 1991 Persian Gulf War lasted just 100 hours, but it's meant 17 years of pain and anguish for hundreds of thousands of veterans.

Those who came home and complained of symptoms such as memory loss and joint pain are even sicker. As their lives unraveled and their health further deteriorated, many were told their problems were just in their head.

December 17, 2008 | By Kimberly Hefling Associated Press writer | Military

Judge stays Army execution

TOPEKA, Kan. -- A federal judge in Kansas has blocked what would be the military's first execution since 1961, giving the condemned prisoner more time to appeal his conviction and sentence.

U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers issued a stay Nov. 26 in the case of Ronald A. Gray, whose execution was scheduled for Dec. 10.

December 17, 2008 | By John Milburn Associated Press writer | Military

Deputy commander promoted to brigadier general

Thomas S. Vandal, the 3rd Infantry Division's deputy commanding general of support, received his first star.

December 16, 2008 | By Frenchi Jones Staff writer | Military

Obama taps Gates to head Pentagon

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will remain in the Pentagon's top post when President-elect Barack Obama's administration takes office.

Obama, who also announced his other nominees for top national security posts today, cited the necessity of continuity as the United States fights wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as his rationale for asking Gates to stay.

December 16, 2008 | By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service | Military

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Expect busy skies through Nov. 4

There will be more than normal fixed wing and rotary aircraft flights in the area beginning for the next two weeks.

October 24, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Military


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