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Around the Force

  • Battle of New Orleans remembered 200 years later

    By DAVID VERGUN

    Army News Service

    The British never sailed up the Mississippi River during the Battle of New Orleans, fought 200 years ago, Jan. 8, 1815, according to a senior historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History.

    Instead, they came up through Lake Borgne, an estuary of the Gulf of Mexico, then across the bayous, said historian Glenn Williams.

  • New UCMJ revisions focus on sexual assault

    By DAVID VERGUN

    Army News Service

    The fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law last month, significantly changes the Uniform Code of Military Justice in cases pertaining to rape and sexual assault.

    All of the UCMJ amendments contained in the NDAA pertain to investigating and prosecuting sexual assault crimes and victim care, said Lt. Col. John Kiel Jr., chief of policy branch, criminal law division, Office of the Judge Advocate General.

  • Army sponsors technology for 3-D POTUS bust

    By JOYCE CONANT

    ARL Public Affairs, Orli Belman, ICT

    The White House released a video documenting how a Smithsonian-led team created the first 3-D models of a president. The video highlights the use of an Army-funded Light Stage scanning system, which was key to creating the highest resolution digital model that has ever been made of the head of state.

  • Performance Triad help ‘artic wolves’ tackle health

    By DAVID VERGUN

    Army News Service

    Polar bears thrive in Alaska, as do Arctic wolves—particularly the Arctic Wolves of 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

    Thanks to the Performance Triad—the Army surgeon general’s prescription for building readiness and resilience through adequate sleep, activity and nutrition—the two-legged variety of Arctic Wolves are thriving even more in their harsh environment, according to 1-5’s commander, Lt. Col. Thomas Hough.

  • Army chief of staff announces new GO assignments

    Department of Defense

    General Officer Assignments released

    The chief of staff, Army announced Friday the following assignments:

    Maj. Gen. Heidi Brown, deputy director, Test and Assessment, Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, to director, Global Operations, J-3, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

    Maj. Gen. Clarence Chinn, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to commanding general, U.S. Army South, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

  • CID recommends reviewing social media

    CID Public Affairs

    As a result of recent world events and a continual effort to protect the force, special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit strongly recommend that anyone affiliated with the U.S. military, review their social media accounts to make sure they are using the best security settings to protect their online profiles.

  • Adopted Soldier reunites with Korean birth mother

    By STAFF SGT. HEATHER DENBY

    35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

    Sometimes the questions we ask lead us to answers we least expect.

    For Army 2nd Lt. Jonathan Taylor, the choice to give back to his country by serving in the military brought the chance to meet the mother he never met and another mother he had always wanted.

  • Cybervandalism compromises CENTCOM’s sites

    From a U.S. Central Command News Release

    U.S. Central Command officials released a statement Monday detailing what they called “cybervandalism” affecting two of the command’s social media sites.

    The full statement reads:

    Earlier Monday, U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube sites were compromised for approximately 30 minutes. These sites reside on commercial, non-Defense Department servers and both sites have been temporarily taken offline while we look into the incident further.

  • US Navy joins search for missing airliner

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth has joined the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson in the Java Sea to assist in the Indonesian-led international search-and-recovery effort for downed AirAsia Flight 8501, according to a U.S. 7th Fleet news release issued Jan. 3.

    Sunday morning the Sampson’s commander, Navy Cmdr. Steven Foley, discussed current search efforts with ABC’s “This Week” weekend news program host Martha Raddatz.

  • Dempsey calls for new cyber legislation, security concerns

    By AMAANI LYLE

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    The recent hacking of Sony Pictures that the U.S. government has blamed on North Korea demonstrates a need for new cyber legislation that Gen. Martin Dempsey has helped to champion for two years, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

    Speaking on “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace,” Dempsey said the hacking incident didn’t teach him anything new.