Soldiers Magazine

Monthly magazine provides news and information about Army operations and policies

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 11, November

Army Meets Iraq Drawdown Milestones
THE Army succeeded in closing hundreds of forward operating bases, removing thousands of troops and drawing down vast amounts of equipment from Iraq in advance of the formal end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the beginning of Operation New Dawn, Sept....
Artwork Made with Honor, Pride: The Institute of Heraldry Celebrates 50th Anniversary
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN the Middle Ages, knights--whose view of the battlefield was limited to what they could see through tiny slits in metal helms--recognized the need to be able to better identify friend from foe....
From 'Nam to Now: Former FORSCOM Commander Reflects on Army's Transformation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AFTER 40 years, the Army's longest continuously serving active-duty general to have seen action in Vietnam, recently began the next chapter of his life. Gen. Charles C. Campbell, the 17th commander...
Hard-Earned Respect: The First Women of West Point
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON the morning of July 7, 1976, 119 women joined the Corps of Cadets, establishing the first class of females at The United States Military Academy at West Point. Of those, 62 women walked across Michie Stadium to graduate...
Hi-Speed Soldier
IT seemed unlikely, but there he was. The rearview mirror reflected the slightly vibrating image of Adam Poppenhouse's eagerness; the glint in his eyes, the small smile on his face. The Mitsubishi Evo MR shuddered as he licked a switch to engage...
Is It Working? Forward Operational Assessment Teams Evaluate System Effectiveness Downrange
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To support the military operations that toppled the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, the U.S. and its allies have had to rely on a wide range of weapons systems that had never been fielded. The rigors of counterinsurgency have...
Literacy Key to Afghan Security Forces
THE general in charge of the NATO training mission in Afghanistan said the three major elements he's focused on to grow a professional Afghan National Security Force--leader development, literacy and addressing losses through attrition--are paying...
Music for the Troops, by the 'Troops'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "SING?" Daniel Jens, member of the 4TROOPS musical group, asked the sound technician before bursting into a rap. His band mates, Meredith Melcher, Ron Henry and David Clemo shook their heads and laughed. Their energy and regard...
New Resiliency Center Opens in Iraq
THE Camp Taji Warrior Resiliency Campus opened in September with a visit by the director of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. "This is my first trip to Iraq since 1991, and I can think of no better reason to be here than for this...
Our Heroes' Tree[SM]: Honoring Servicemembers throughout the Year
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "REFLECT, remember, rejoice," is the slogan of the Our Heroes' Tree program, an initiative honoring the service of all military members. Through a display of ornaments on a tree, the program aims to recognize and remember...
The Water Sorts It Out
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON the southern tip of the Florida Keys, at what was a fallout shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis era, is the Special Forces Underwater Operations School. It's where the military's elite special-operations...
Veterans Curation Project: Those Who Make History Help Preserve
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THERE is a link between mountains of prehistoric and historical artifacts, documents and records and Soldiers transitioning to civilian life. The Veterans Curation Project, which helps Soldiers become successful civilians,...