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Born in China, new Ranger makes the Army, US his home

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:00am
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Army Cpl. Lie Wu, a hardworking 31-year-old wheeled vehicle mechanic originally from Xian, China, recently earned the coveted Ranger tab -- a culminating moment in building a new life in the United States and finding a family and purpose in the Army.

DOD, DHS to work with governors to deploy Guardsmen to southern border

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- President Donald J. Trump has directed the Defense and Homeland Security departments to work with state governors to deploy National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border, a top official said yesterday.

CENTCOM commander, Army general discusses stabilization posture in Iraq, Syria

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- Administration officials, military leaders, senior Iraqi representatives and regional experts discussed views on Iraq and Syria at the U.S. Institute of Peace here today.

Army senior enlisted advisor to JCS discusses Afghanistan progress, strategy

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- Afghan security forces need maintenance and logistics training to ensure they are ready for the long haul against the Taliban and other terror groups, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a recent Pentagon interview.

Army general says Afghanistan situation has fundamentally changed

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:00am
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The South Asia Strategy has fundamentally changed the situation in Afghanistan, and the Resolute Support mission commander believes it may provide the key for reconciliation and peace in the country.

'It didn't faze them': Army Reserve Soldiers push through challenges during training

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 12:00am
FORT STORY, Va. -- "Soldiers come out here and want to be tested," said the 348th Transportation Battalion intelligence officer, 1st Lt. Christopher Zavesky.

EUCOM commander discusses counteracting Russian disinformation, strengthening NATO alliance

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- Russia is using all aspects of government power to overthrow the existing international rules-based infrastructure and especially trying to subvert NATO, Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti said during a roundtable with reporters at the Pentagon Thursday.

Army general discusses security cooperation reform, National Security Strategy

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- Army Lt. Gen. Charles W. Hooper, the director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, discussed his agency's role in the new National Security Strategy, and its role in ongoing reform efforts within the security cooperation enterprise during a Center for Strategic and International Studies panel event here today.

US, Slovenian Army conduct live fire base defense training

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:00am
POSTONJA, Slovenia - To fight a modern war takes more than infantry, artillery, reconnaissance and engineers. Even a highly deployable fighting force like the 173rd Airborne Brigade has to get to the battle and be sustained in the fight. This means having riggers to pack the parachutes and rig the equipment to be dropped, mechanics to keep the vehicles in top condition, and fuelers to keep those vehicles running, or even the "water dogs" to purify thousands of gallons of water a day to keep the paratroopers fighting.

Irish Soldiers bloodied, battle tested in trenches of WWI for St. Patrick's Day 1918

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:00am
March 7, 1918 was the day the New York National Guardsmen of the 69th Infantry Regiment, New York City's "Fighting 69th," experienced their first major combat loss. A German artillery barrage landed directly on a dugout position of the regiment's 2nd Battalion, killing 21 Soldiers and launching a frantic rescue effort to recover survivors buried 40 feet below ground.

Arlington National Cemetery seeks changes to burial eligibility criteria to ensure future space

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- Arlington National Cemetery will reach full capacity by the early 2040's if changes aren't implemented soon, according to the Army National Military Cemeteries executive director.

Army scientists develop pizza MREs, slated for assembly March 2018

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:00am
NATICK, Mass. -- It's ready, set, dough for the Meals, Ready-to-Eat pizza. Scientists in the Combat Feeding Directorate at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center have overcome the obstacles inherent in creating and producing a shelf-stable pizza to be included in the MRE.

Defeat of ISIS 'within our grasp,' CENTCOM commander says

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- The United States and its partners have made significant progress in Iraq and Syria, but investments are needed to ensure the gains endure, the commander of U.S. Central Command said Tuesday.

Army Secretary Esper: Budget flexibility, Congress' support can help Army modernize

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:00am
The Army is grateful for increases offered in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, said the service's secretary, but added greater flexibility on how to use that money is needed to make the best use of it.

EUCOM commander: Russia, terrorism top threats in region

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- The United States and NATO are working together to counter the biggest threats to European security -- violent extremism and Russian destabilization efforts, Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the commander of U.S. European Command, said here March 8.

How a 'rock-star' Soldier uses her skills to help other Soldiers maintain their readiness

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:00am
HOHENFELS, Germany -- Army Sgt. Isabel Giron is the consummate, professional, modern-day Soldier, doing what she does best -- helping other Soldiers.

The Simulation Training Center: Contributing to Army readiness

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:00am
A collection of organizations located in the Simulation Training Center at Fort Lee provides training and simulation tools that improve sustainment unit readiness.

JMRC prepares units for Kosovo mission

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:00am
HOHENFELS, Germany (March 8, 2018) -- Observer-Coach/Trainers (O-C/T's) from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) trained Soldiers from the California Army National Guard's 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, participating in a mission rehearsal exercise (MRE) for an impending mission in Kosovo at Hohenfels Training Area, Feb. 18 -- March 12.

Purple Heart awarded to World War II veteran 74 years later

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:00am
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- On April 11, 1944, the "Kansas City Kitty", a B-24 Liberator bomber assigned to the 566th Bombardment Squadron of the 8th Army Air Force out of Hethel, England, was shot down by enemy aircraft over Germany during World War II.

Defying the odds: Soldier goes from humble beginnings to Miss Maine USA, national advocate

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:00am
PORTLAND, Maine -- Sgt. Marina Gray, a petroleum supply specialist with the Maine Army National Guard, earned the title of Miss Maine USA on November 26, 2017. Gray will go on to compete at the national level Miss USA pageant this summer for a chance to represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant.