Soldiers Magazine

Monthly magazine provides news and information about Army operations and policies

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 11, November

A Heartfelt Memorial
EDITOR'S NOTE: The staff of soldiers magazine would like to thank all the servicemembers who so nobly serve our country and the families who tirelessly support them. As we remember Sgt. 1st Class Dan H. Gabrielson of the 88th Regional Readiness...
Bridge Helper
DISASTERS can result in pain, crippling injuries and death. But they can also bring the best in the human character to the forefront. Such was the case when the Interstate 35 bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minn., collapsed Aug....
Cold Weather: Driving Tips
AT some point this year, many people will have a run-in with "Old-Man Winter." To prepare for the inevitable rain, wind, snow and ice, people typically ensure that their cold-weather clothing is ready to wear. Preparing vehicles for the changing...
Diving to Strength
SIX months after an explosion cost him his lower right arm, Wisconsin Army National Guard Sgt. Darrell Salzman was treading water--literally. "The hardest thing that I've had to do since the injury was actually here," Sgt. Salzman said as he floated...
Keeps Them Flying
A UNIQUE National Guard maintenance task force in Kuwait keeps Army helicopters flying in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Guard has four Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depots in the United States. Based in California, Connecticut, Mississippi...
Pushing out Afghan Poppies
AFGHAN and international forces are trying to reduce Afghanistan's huge poppy crop--which is grown to produce opium--and convince farmers to plant food crops to feed the population instead. Poppy eradication is a an ever-increasing challenge, however....
Remembering Sad Sack
Everybody knows one: the new guy who just can't seem to do anything right, can't seem to do it fast enough or the way the boss wants it done. In World War II parlance, these unfortunate characters were the infamous "Sad Sacks" who earned a permanent...
Training Recruiters: The War against Terrorism Has Reshaped the Army in Many Ways, Including the Ways in Which the Service Recruits New Soldiers. the U.S. Army Recruiting and Retention School at Fort Jackson, S.C., Is Where Today's Recruiters Learn the Tools and Techniques of Their Vital Mission
WHEN Col. James Comish became commandant of the Recruiting and Retention School nearly two years ago, he said he wanted to take the curriculum in "a new direction, rather than toward death by PowerPoint presentations and lectures." He also said he...
Training to Defeat IEDs
MASTER Sgt. Christopher Ferreira and his team of instructors are determined to help defeat the deadly threat of improvised explosive devices. "This training should be mandatory no matter where our Soldiers go," Master Sgt. Ferreira said. "They should...
"Vacation" in Kansas
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] AFGHAN National Army soldiers and members of the Afghan National Police recently visited Fort Riley, Kan., to begin what officials of the Combined Security Transition Command--Afghanistan call a "working vacation." It's...