Soldiers Magazine

Monthly magazine provides news and information about Army operations and policies

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 5, May

A Better Place for Detainees
THE Camp Bucca internment facility, located in southern Iraq near the Kuwaiti border, underwent numerous improvements over the last few months in preparation for its role as the Army's primary internment facility for members of anti-Iraqi forces. ...
A Family like No Other
INSIDE the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. is the Price of Freedom exhibit, which honors past and present members of the armed forces. One part of that exhibit includes a Medal of Honor recipients' flag signed by more than 600...
Army Well-Being
AS a part of the Army Well-Being Division's formal stand-up in 2000, the division researched and subsequently developed a functional framework for identifying, improving and articulating issues that directly impact and or are related to the well-being...
Before You Fly
SOLDIERS who take prohibited items to security checkpoints at airports may be prosecuted. Soldiers who do so while performing official duties may also be subject to disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. "There has been...
Bio-Warfare Detectives: Field Identification of Biological Warfare Agents-FIBWA
THE narrow gravel path leads to a cluster of ISO shelters at Fort Detrick, Md. A brown sign identifies the compound as the "Field Identification of Biological Warfare Agents--Laboratory Training Site." Inside, the air conditioning is blasting while...
Central Command Rest and Recuperation Leave Program
THE U.S. Central Command Rest and Recuperation Leave program was implemented on Sept. 25, 2003, and began with the departure of the first R&R flight from the CENTCOM theater of operations. The primary purpose of the program is to provide service...
Firing the Big Guns
TO GET backup from the big guns, 'all you have to do is dial "198-PAIN." Well, not literally. That's the motto of Battery F, 7th Field Artillery Regiment. The unit owns the 155mm howitzers that stand ready at the edge of Forward Operating Base Salerno,...
Honing Search Skills in Iraq: As Residents Slept, Soldiers Surreptitiously Moved into the Town to Begin Operation Keystone Sweep. It Was Just after 5 A.M
IN THE predawn hours of a chilly January morning, three units from the 1st Infantry Division and a Pennsylvania National Guard battalion prepared to do a sweep of As Siniyah, Iraq. The small town, located just outside of the city of Bayji, is home...
Honoring the "Big Red One"
A CROOKED sign that reads "Cantigny" hangs from the side of an artillery-shelled French farmhouse about 10 yards down a dirt path. Fires rage through the darkened, besieged village. The rat-a-tat-tat of gunfire, followed by the cock-a-doodle-do of...
Honoring the Fallen: Fallen Soldier Remembered in Iraq
SINCE the beginning of American history many men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. Many stories have been written about them, memorials have been erected to them and streets have been renamed in their honor. This...
Invisible Wounds
THEY drown in memories and dodge nightmares through insomnia. Some panic about nothing; others withdraw. The war Soldiers fight in Iraq and Afghanistan still rages in many of their minds after homecoming. For them, the trauma of war has opened invisible...
Making a Difference in Iraq
CPT Adil B. Elnour, an artillery officer with the New Hampshire National Guard's 197th Field Artillery Brigade, used to measure the success of a mission by hitting a target located miles away with a high-explosive shell, fired from his big guns. ...
Safe Driver, Safe Soldier
THE WORD accident, by definition, is an unplanned or unexpected event that can cause injury or loss of life. But, can the rate of recurrence of any such event be controlled or regulated? The answer is a resounding "yes," according to COL Michael...
Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith: Medal of Honor: Global War on Terrorism
SFC Paul Ray Smith Unit: Company B, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Spouse: Birgit Smith Children: David A. Smith, Jessica M. Smith Parents: Donald and Janice Puirre Hometown: Tampa, Fla. Enlisted: October 1989 MOS:...
Soldier Risk Assessment Checklist
AS a part of DCS, leaders and commanders should use the following Soldier Risk Assessment Checklist tool to identify, individual Soldiers at risk of developing readjustment problems during post-deployment and reconstitution. Any checked item indicates...
Supporting Those Who Serve
IN 1917 a blue-star banner was designed and patented by CPT Robert L. Queissner as an unofficial symbol for parents with children in the service to show their support. In 1942 CPT George H. Maines ran a coupon ad in a Michigan newspaper asking mothers...
Tips for Staying Fit
THE American Dietetic Association sponsors National Nutrition Month in March, which is designed to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical-activity habits. While March is long past, the...
U.S. Army Reserve Component Well-Being Initiatives
"THE Army Reserve we have today--an Army Reserve more ready, more prepared and stronger than at any time since World War II--is due to the hard work, uncompromising dedication and selfless sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of men and women who serve...
Well-Being for Retirees
THE Army Retirement Services Offices' program is evidence of the Army's continued commitment to the well-being of retiring and retired Soldiers and families. Soldiers who have given 20 or more years of service, and Soldiers who have been retired because...
Why Army Well-Being Is Important
ARMY Well-Being is directly linked to the relevance and readiness of our Army. Well-Being programs focus on meeting the needs of Soldiers (active duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve), DA civilians, veterans, retirees and families--before, during...