Soldiers Magazine

Monthly magazine provides news and information about Army operations and policies

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 8, August

Back to Work
NATIONAL Guard and Reserve members may experience additional anxiety and stress about returning to their premobilization jobs. Worries about changes that have taken place, how co-workers will respond to their return and whether they'll still be interested...
Better Sight for Soldiers
LASER eye surgery has become increasingly popular in the United States and abroad, as more people share their positive stories about being able to see without cumbersome glasses or contact lenses. In Germany, soldiers can have the procedure done...
Boosting Security in Hawaii
AS America prepared for war against Iraq, hundreds of military and civilian officials within the sprawling Department of Homeland Security sprang into high gear to protect the nation from anticipated retaliation. Every security measure that had...
Controlling Baghdad Skies
THE soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, were helping pilots navigate the increasingly crowded skies over Iraq's capital after taking over operation of the control tower at Baghdad International Airport in April. "We were...
Finding the Better Idea
WHEN Dave Cheney was a senior enlisted adviser visiting Alaska with a project engineer who was developing new load-bearing equipment in 1978, he was struck by the sight of a soldier shivering in the cold while on guard duty. "I said to myself, 'This...
Freedom Walk
FROM Sept. 19 through 21, U.S. military personnel, family members and civilian participants from around the world will gather in Washington, D.C., to walk in one of the nation's newest noncompetitive international sports events. The walk will take...
Helping Children Adjust
CHILDREN experience a variety of feelings upon a parent's return. While they are often resilient, change and uncertainty can be frightening for them. The parent who stays behind should talk about the deployed parent daily and leave pictures of the...
Message from the Director of Human Resources and Policy
DEPLOYMENT and separation are facts of military life. Saying goodbye is difficult, no matter how long the separation lasts or how many times loved ones are apart, and the strain doesn't end when soldiers return home. While reunion brings joy and excitement,...
Preparing for a Happy Reunion
LEARNING about reunion before redeployment can help prepare military families for successful homecoming. This seems to be true for couples both with and without children, single parents, and single soldiers coming back to family and friends. There...
Sailing to Victory
The glistening aqua-blue water in Honolulu Bay has turned gray and choppy. As black rain clouds gathered overhead, angry swells stapped against the 40-foot racing sloop docked in Rainbow Bay Marina, near Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial, on Oahu....
The Story Behind the Cards
SOMETIMES it takes a soldier to understand what a soldier needs, especially when he's in a foreign country, looking for people whose names he can't even pronounce. In Iraq, five soldiers with a novel idea put faces with those names in a way all soldiers...
Tips
Tips for soldiers * Take time to listen and talk to your loved ones. Communication is the basis of a healthy, growing relationship. * Make separate time for each child and for your spouse. Have a true "family reunion" before taking time alone...
Tomorrow's Battlefield
LIVING in bombed-out ruins, the "Cortinians" are a product of terrorism and savage warfare. Dirt roads winding through their sparsely populated towns are lined with derelict automobiles. The twisted metal carcasses are casualties of car bombings or...
Tornado Responders
WHEN a tornado hit the southern Missouri town of Stockton shortly after 6:30 p.m. on May 5, employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers put thoughts of their own losses aside to help those who lost everything. Hours after the Category F-3 tornado...
Tornado Troopers
NATIONAL Guard soldiers answered the call to help civil authorities deal with the devastation of numerous deadly tornadoes that hammered the Midwest in May. At the same time, they dealt with the aftermath of floods in Alabama. Some 200 Army Guard...
Treats for Troops
WANT mail? Check out Treats for Troops, a new Web-based company that lets Americans send care packages to service members stationed around the world. Soldiers can register to participate by providing their names, e-mail addresses and valid military...
War Bikes: Motorcycles Have Played an Enduring Role in American Military Operations since the Army Enlisted Its First Two-Wheeled Cycle before World War I
ONE hundred years ago four men watched as their dream, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, rolled out of a little wooden shack in Milwaukee, Wis. Thanks to good timing and the lugged capability of such two-wheeled machines, Harley --along with motorcycles...
Winning Hearts and Minds
Civil-affairs soldiers throughout Afghanistan are working hard through various community projects to win the trust of the Afghan people. Winning hearts and minds is their mission, and over the course of seven months soldiers of Team A, 403rd Civil...
Yo Soy El Army: Every Morning, Monday through Friday, SSG Jose Diaz from the Miami East Recruiting Station Conducts a "Milk Run," during Which He Visits at Least Two New Businesses and Leaves Army Promotional Material and His Business Cards
THE aroma of freshly brewed espresso wafts through the air to the rhythm of congas and saxophones blaring from giant loudspeakers at the entrances to several street cafes. Welcome to Little Havana, USA, one of the many Latin American melting-pot...