Year in Review: Information for This Chronology Was Taken from Soldiers Magazine, the Army News Service, the American Forces Press Service and Other Official News Sources

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Year in Review: Information for This Chronology Was Taken from Soldiers Magazine, the Army News Service, the American Forces Press Service and Other Official News Sources


January 2006

Jan. 7

America's top high-school athletes share center stage with America's top Soldiers at the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl all-star football game, held in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Jan. 13

The Army finishes testing "Stay Alert" caffeine gum as a countermeasure for fatigue. The new product contains 100 mg of caffeine, about the same amount found in a six-ounce cup of coffee.

Jan. 18

Soldiers from the Texas National Guard's 36th Infantry Division take command of Kosovo Force Multi-National Brigade (East) during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. It is the division's first European deployment since World War II.

Jan. 19

Soldiers of V Corps headquarters, in Heidelberg, Germany, become the command staff for Multi-National Corps--Iraq in a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Camp Victory, Iraq.

Jan. 20

In a Pentagon ceremony, Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey presents Presidential Rank Awards to 22 senior civilian employees, many of whom provided key services following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

February 2006

Feb. 5

Omni-Directional Inspection System robots explore the underside of vehicles at Super Bowl XL in Detroit to ensure the safety of Super Bowl attendees.

Feb. 10

National Guard leaders bid good luck to five Guard Soldiers who will represent the United States during the 20th Winter Olympics, which run from Feb. 10 to Feb. 26. in Torino, Italy.

Feb. 10-26

Two active-duty Soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program compete at the 20th Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

Feb. 18

CPT Ryan Kirkpatrick wins the men's 12-kilometer race during the 2006 Armed Forces Cross Country Championships.

March 2006

March 1

Commissions resume for four detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

March 7

Iraqi officials announce the capture of one of Iraq's most-wanted fugitives, as Iraqi army battalions take over more of their own battlespace.

March 17

Army officials send a safety message to all commanders warning that commercial body armor may cause "death or serious injury to Soldiers."

March 24

Twenty four Walter Reed Army Medical Center patients who were injured in the war on terror join Soldiers from 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) in honoring the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

March 26

The 2006 Annual Bataan Memorial Death March takes place at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. More than 3,800 people, both military and civilian, participate in the event.

March 27

Multi-National Forces-Iraq announces the death of high-ranking al-Qaida terrorist Rafid Ibrahim Fattah, also known as Abu Umaral Kurdi, in an early morning raid near Baghdad.

March 28

Approximately 150 Soldiers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, from Fort Riley, Kan., deploy to Africa to join Combined Joint Task Force--Horn of Africa.

April 2006

April 1

Current and previous officers of the 1st Infantry Division gather in Washington, D.C., for their association's 87th reunion.

April 6

From 220 nautical miles in space, while passing over the tip of South America in the International Space Station, Army astronauts COL Jeffrey Williams and COL William Arthur (Ret.) speak with Army Chief of Staff GEN Peter J. Schoomaker in a live broadcast.

April 10

Afghan army aviators complete their first combat-support mission with the coalition's Task Force Falcon, flying supplies aboard their Mi-17 Hip helicopters to Afghan and U.S. forces in Jalalabad.

May 2006

May 10-12

Secretary of the Army Harvey makes his third trip to Iraq, visiting Soldiers from the 101st Airborne and 4th Infantry divisions

May 15

The newest version of the Stryker vehicle, designed to provide fire power to infantry units, is unveiled at Fort Knox, Ky. …

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