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Around the Force

  • Obama, Merkel discuss sanctions on Russia

    By JIM GARAMONE

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    The United States will continue to stand with nations around the world in sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Feb. 9.

    The two leaders met at the White House, where Merkel briefed the president on her recent discussions on the situation in Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Fort Hood injured now eligible for awards

    From a U.S. Army News Release

    Army Secretary John McHugh announced recently that he has approved awarding the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to victims of a 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, following a change in the medals’ eligibility criteria mandated by Congress.

    Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 were wounded in the attack by Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was convicted in August 2013, of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder.

  • Closing Joint Task Force Guantanamo a priority

    By SGT. 1ST CLASS TYRONE MARSHALL JR.

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    The question on closing the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is not whether to do it, but rather is how to do it, a senior Defense Department official said on Capitol Hill 5.

    Brian McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is among the defense and national security officials who agree the Guantanamo detention center weakens U.S. national security and should be closed.

  • Army Reserve launches partnership, focus on cyber

    By LISA FERDINANDO

    Army News Service

    In the face of ever-evolving cyber challenges, the Army Reserve has launched a private-public partnership to build its network of cyber warriors.

    Chief of Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley signed a cyber private public partnership, with six universities and nearly a dozen employers, at an event on Capitol Hill, Feb. 10.

  • NDNG providing aerial surveillance on borders

    North Dakota National Guard Public Affairs

    A group of about 35 North Dakota National Guard aviators mustered on the southwest border in Texas last month to support the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing operations there.

  • Five women complete RTAC

    Fort Benning Public Affairs

    Fifty-eight Soldiers completed the Ranger Training Assessment Course Jan. 30 at the Army National Guard’s Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia, including five women who will potentially be among the first to attend the U.S. Army Ranger Course in the spring.

    The Army’s decision to go forward with an assessment of the Ranger course was announced Jan. 15, and units across the Army are now sending qualified female Soldiers to RTAC here in preparation for the first Ranger course with male and female Soldiers.

  • Investigation reveals no systemic problem

    By J.D. LEIPOLD

    Army News Service

    Following the investigation of a Fort Carson, Colorado, Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers who had been mistreated by behavioral health professionals, the Army’s surgeon general said the probe of the case did not show there was more than one Soldier who was mistreated.

  • Army Audit Agency ranked fifth as best place to work

    By LISA FERDINANDO

    Army News Service

    The U.S. Army Audit Agency has been rated, for the fifth year in a row, as one of the best places to work in the federal government.

    There are many reasons why employees are so happy, said Auditor General Randall Exley, highlighting what he described as the agency’s important mission of serving Soldiers, families and the American people.

  • Army Reserve short on trainers

    By DAVID VERGUN

    Army News Service

    The Army Reserve is short on trainers, including drill sergeants. “We’re trying to grow them every day, especially female drill sergeants,” said Maj. Gen. Leslie A. Purser, the commanding general of 108th Training Command (IET).

  • New process will allow more non-profits installation access

    By DAVID VERGUN

    Army News Service

    Non-profit groups with a track record of helping Soldiers and their families will soon experience a more streamlined process to get them access to military installations, said Carla Coulson, director of Army Installation Services.