May 2011

5/31/2011 - Troops in Afghanistan recognize Memorial Day

As millions of Americans across the country on Monday honored the brave men and women who gave their lives, troops in Afghanistan were doing the same. read more »

5/31/2011 - Two soldiers honored by NGS Foundation

A pair of soldiers were recently bestowed Freedom Awards by the No Greater Sacrifice (NGS) Foundation, including an Army Ranger who returned to combat despite losing his leg due to injury in Iraq, Air Force News reports. read more »

5/31/2011 - New York welcomes Fleet Week

New York’s Fleet Week kicked off last week, as dozens of military vessels made their way up the Hudson River. read more »

5/31/2011 - IT company develops video game training program

Think video games are just for children? Think again. Tech company Intelligent Decisions recently unveiled a virtual simulation program for soldiers, and the Army enlisted the company to design and field the portable system, Stars and Stripes reports. read more »

5/31/2011 - Michelle Obama speaks to West Point grads

The night before they graduated, more than 1,000 West Point cadets received some words of wisdom from First Lady Michelle Obama. read more »

5/31/2011 - Abilene Zoo honors military families

The Abilene Zoo recently hosted its annual tribute to local military families, offering free admission to servicemen and women along with festivities to match the occasion. read more »

5/31/2011 - Air Force helps save critically ill child

A critically ill child in Pago Pago, American Samoa, was recently saved thanks to some quick-acting Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. read more »

5/27/2011 - Vet honors troops with scholarship fundraiser

Throughout the United States, May is recognized as National Military Appreciation Month, and one combat veteran is doing more than his fair share. read more »

5/27/2011 - Program offers free museum admission for military families

Service members and their families looking to check out some of the country's museums this summer will be able to do so for free. read more »

5/27/2011 - Gov. Jay Nixon mobilizes Missouri National Guard

In the aftermath of the catastrophic tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, earlier this week, the state's National Guard wasted no time assisting in the recovery effort. read more »

5/26/2011 - Britney Spears offers troops warm welcome home

After seeing the music video for one of her songs filmed by a group of soldiers in Afghanistan, Britney Spears decided to show her appreciation the best way she knows how. read more »

5/26/2011 - American Red Cross makes emergency contact easier

Starting in June, military members and their families will be able to worry about one less thing in the event of an emergency. read more »

5/26/2011 - Air Force cadets attempt to break world dodgeball record

In an effort to release some steam after completing finals, cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy recently attempted to break an interesting world record - the largest dodgeball game in history. read more »

5/25/2011 - Robert Gates returns to Fort Riley promising public school improvement

A year ago, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates promised he would return to Fort Riley, Kansas, to begin constructing a new elementary school for military families there. read more »

5/25/2011 - New program hopes to make absentee voting easier for troops

Absentee voting is one of the most crucial aspects of allowing U.S. citizens to practice their most basic right. read more »

5/25/2011 - Troops donate hair for a good cause

Soldiers stationed at Camp Victory recently gave back in a pretty unique way. read more »

5/24/2011 - Legendary 'Old Ironsides' division leaving Germany

One of the Army's most storied divisions is getting a new home. After spending 40 years stationed in Germany, the 1st Armored Division headquarters is being moved stateside to Fort Bliss, Texas, Stars and Stripes reports. read more »

5/24/2011 - Retired soldiers hoping for change in GI Bill benefits policy

Retired servicemen and women who missed the chance to transfer their GI Bill education benefits to family members may have a second chance to do so. read more »

5/23/2011 - Gary Sinise helps support troops with Lt. Dan Band

Perhaps most famous for his portrayal of Lieutenant Dan in the Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump, actor Gary Sinise has always been an avid supporter of the Armed Forces. read more »

5/23/2011 - Injury does not prevent soldier from serving country

Just over two years after being seriously wounded in Iraq, Sgt. 1st Class Ray Castillo is once again contributing to the Armed Forces. read more »

5/23/2011 - Brazilian guardsman earns U.S. citizenship in Afghanistan

Army Spc. Rafael Santos is currently serving as part of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan, but that didn't stop him from recently earning his American citizenship. read more »

5/20/2011 - Minnesota camp aims to help military families

For soldiers returning home, one of the most difficult things to adjust to can be reconnecting with relatives. read more »

5/19/2011 - Louisiana readying for several events honoring the troops in the next month

Returning soldiers in Louisiana are about to receive a warm reception over the next several weeks. read more »

5/18/2011 - New Hampshire DCSP puts returning soldiers first

When the members of the New Hampshire National Guard return from Kuwait later this year, the transition to civilian life may be a little bit easier, thanks to a unique program offered by the state. read more »

5/18/2011 - Las Vegas fire fighters rescue two from late night blaze

Firefighters in Las Vegas, Nevada, recently saved the lives of two people who were trapped in a burning building during a late night fire. read more »

5/17/2011 - Military Appreciation Day at Miller Park is especially meaningful for Brewers' announcer

The recent Military Appreciation Day hosted by the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park held special meaning for one member of the organization in particular. read more »

5/17/2011 - War veteran brothers set to receive diploma 50 years after leaving school

When the United States entered Vietnam in the early 1960s, brothers John and Evertt Pate didn't not hesitate to answer the call of duty. read more »

5/17/2011 - Army unveils first eco-friendly rounds

When one thinks eco-friendly initiatives, the military isn't usually the first thing to come to mind. read more »

5/16/2011 - Army administers revised fitness test

The Army Physical Fitness School is in the beginning stages of trying out a new test that will replace the outdated one that has been the standard since the 1980s. read more »

5/16/2011 - Former West Point lacrosse teammates keep shared bond

A pair of former college teammates recently reunited to share the game that has kept them together throughout their respective deployments. read more »

5/12/2011 - Robert Gates pledges to fight to avoid troop cuts

Although Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is set to leave office in June, has assured Marines that he will work to avoid cuts when the conflict in Afghanistan winds down. read more »

5/11/2011 - National Guard playing integral role in Missouri flood recovery

National Guardsmen have been answering the call in the Southeast as flooding continues throughout the region, but they also recently had to rescue some of their own members who had gotten into trouble. read more »

5/1/2011 - Virtual IED training set to begin

Improvised explosive devices (IED) have been causing casualties and severe damage for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for nearly a decade. read more »