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Around the Force

  • USMC fields concussion program

    By CHERYL PELLERIN
    American Forces Press Service
    A new concussion care program being fielded by the Marine Corps in Afghanistan is giving psychiatrists, physicians, and even chaplains and sergeants a better way to treat those with the No. 1 battle injury, military combat medicine experts said Jan. 27.

  • Veterans well prepared for service in political arena

    By DONNA MILES
    American Forces Press Service
    Ask most Americans what they they’d like to see in their elected officials, and they’re likely to rattle off a laundry list of characteristics: integrity, leadership experience, an ability to work cooperatively to tackle tough challenges, and perhaps most of all, a willingness to put what’s best for the country above their own self-interest.

  • Mint issues coins to commemorate Army service

    United States Mint
    Army Historical Foundation and United States Mint officials conducted a joint press conference at the Pentagon Monday to announce that three distinct 2011 Army Commemorative Coins are now available to the public.
    The Army $5 gold coin, silver dollar, and clad half-dollar were authorized by Congress in 2008 to celebrate the service’s storied history and honor the 30 million American men and women who have worn the Army uniform since 1775.

  • Burned Marine turns to acting to tell story

    By ELIZABETH COLLINS
    Army News Service
    In the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, appearance is almost everything and plastic surgery—to achieve the perfect body, the perfect face, and perfect skin—is commonplace if tabloids and TV shows can be believed.

  • German Soldiers extend duty tours

    By MARCUS
    KLOCKNER
    Stars and Stripes
    The German parliament voted Friday to extend the country’s “Afghanistan mandate,” leaving some 4,600 German soldiers in the war zone for at least one more year.
    The two coalition parties under Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as a majority of the largest opposition party, the Social Democrats (SPD), voted for the measure; the Green party and the Left party voted against the mandate.

  • VA automates its educational payments under post 9/11 GI bill

    Department of Veterans Affairs
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has successfully deployed a new automated system that is delivering faster, more accurate payments to veterans attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
    “VA is relying upon the latest technology to provide a high-tech solution for administering the most generous educational benefits since the original GI Bill in 1944,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

  • Around the Force

    Military Officers Association offers student loans, grants
    Military Officers Association of America
    The online application for the Military Officers Association of America Educational Assistance Programs 2011-2012 school year is now available.
    Students can apply for the loans and grants, which are awarded annually for up to five years of undergraduate study (or until a student graduates). The deadline is March 1 (noon EST).

  • It may appear complicated, but Enterprise E-mail actually ‘clear’

    By SIOBHAN CARLILE
    7th Signal Command
    Fort Gordon, Ga.
    Feeling slightly intimidated by all the high tech terminology surrounding the imminent Enterprise Email migration?
    Although the road toward Enterprise e-mail may seem complicated, there is a clear map, leaders know where the effort is headed, and the economy sized e-mail box Soldiers have now is about to become a luxury sedan, about 40 times bigger.

  • Coalition forces deliver midwife course in Afghanistan

    ISAF Joint Command – Afghanistan
    The Afghan Ministry of Health held an inauguration ceremony to mark the start of a tri-provincial midwife program in Charikar, Kabul, Afghanistan,
    Jan. 6.
    Sixty female students from Parwan, Panjshayr, and Kapisa provinces will attend 26 months of instruction before receiving midwife certificates, allowing them to begin work in their local clinics.

  • Kuwait, coalition partners celebrate anniversary

    Third Army Public Affairs
    A re-enactment of the liberation of Qaruh Island in Kuwait, Jan. 24, kicked off a month of festivities marking 50 years of Kuwait’s independence and 20 years of Kuwait’s liberation from Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces.
    Qaruh Island was the first piece of land liberated by Kuwait and U.S. Forces, and was the first action of Operation Desert Storm.
    “We have a long-term commitment to this region,