Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gates to take comprehensive approach to end 'Stop-Loss'

"WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2009 - Ending the military's so-called 'stop-loss' program is a priority for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, a senior official said here today.

The stop-loss program is the involuntary extension of active duty beyond a servicemember's expiration of term of service, or ETS.

The program is in place to make sure units deploy with all positions filled. Servicemembers with an ETS or retirement date that would occur while a unit is deployed can be 'stop-lossed' - or extended - until the end of the deployment."
Gates to take comprehensive approach to end 'Stop-Loss':

Sadr City School Supplies

Students of the Al Aqbas Elementary school smile and wave during a group picture outside in the school's courtyard school Feb. 9 in the Sadr City district of eastern Baghdad. Children and Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Division, attached to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, took the picture to thank the various organizations back in the U.S. who donated the supplies to them. See more at Army.mil

Saturday, February 14, 2009

U.S. commanders favor slower Iraq pullout

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. military planners have drawn up three options to allow President Barack Obama to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Iraq, with senior commanders favoring the slowest of the three, officials said on Saturday.
The timelines under discussion are 16 months, proposed by Obama as a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, 19 months and 23 months, the officials said."

U.S. commanders favor slower Iraq pullout:
U.S. soldiers stand at attention during a handover ceremony of Al-Awad Joint security station from the U.S. military forces to Iraqi security forces north of Baghdad February 4, 2009.(Saad Shalash/Reuters)

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Ordinary Heroes

"Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars in the Window is the compelling, true story of one family, six brothers, and a world at war. Read the printed book or use the onscreen version of the book where photos come to life as videos. Watch events unfold and listen to eye witness accounts from people who were there. This is history as you’ve never experienced it before!"


82nd Airborne All-American Chorus to perform at Apple Fesival

"The 26-man chorus is comprised of active duty, combat veteran soldiers of the 82 Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg NC��- Internationally known, they have made appearances at international events since their inception in 1968. The 82nd Airborne All-American Army Chorus appeared at this year’s Super Bowl in Tampa, the Daytona 500, and at the Royal Palace in Baghdad."

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