June 28, 2013

A Game of Honor – Showtime to Film Army-Navy Game Documentary

CBS Sports in conjunction with Showtime Sports have teamed up to bring you a new Army-Navy docu-drama called ‘A Game of Honor’.


The game brings you never before seen aspects of the Army-Navy football game.

If you have ever wondered what goes on in preparation for this football tradition, this epic football rivalry, then this is the show for you.

A Game of Honor is a two-hour special premieres on December 21, and follows the Army-Navy football game that takes place every year.

It’s an in depth look at how the the Army and the Navy players get ready for the game, and their quest for honor on the football field, and off – while defending America.

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Showtime Sports: A Game of Honor Army v Navy

Changes at ACAP Patterned after Joint Base Lewis-McChord

The Army Career and Alumni Program is adopting a new program that will aid a soldier’s transition back into the life of a civilian. These changes were inspired by a program in place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.


Currently, under a congressional mandate, a pre-separation briefing is required no later than 90 days before leaving active duty, with 30-40 hours of ACAP training. The new program will require the process to begin at least 12 to 18 months before a soldier leaves active duty.

An extension in the timeframe of the program will enable soldiers to take advantage of it, without interfering with their duties. Before leaving active duty, all soldiers must have a resume, regardless of their plans, and commanders will be made aware of Soldier participation.

This plan was initially developed at JBLM, due to the high unemployment rate among soldiers who leave active duty. In 2010, the Army spent $500 million supporting former Soldiers who were without a job. The cost is expected to rise to $700-800 million this year.

The counselors at JBLM realized that the soldiers needed more time for transition when deciding what to do next, whether it be re-enlisting, starting a business, or something else. With this information, the counselors could guide Soldiers to the correct resources and help them to reach their goals.

ACAP director Walter M. Herd said: “(The program) really does highlight that the Army is all about people. Whether you’re 25 or 65, everyone has a next chapter.”

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ACAP – Official Website

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Confirmed in Senate

A Change Of Responsibility ceremony will take place on September 7, 2011 in which two top members of the Army will assume new positions due to the deactivation of the position of U.S. Joint Forces Command. This position is currently held by General Raymond T. Odierno. Gen. Odierno will assume the new position of Chief of Staff of the Army, a position currently held by General Martin E. Dempsey. Gen. Demsey has been nominated for and will assume the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest ranking military officer in the United States Armed Services and the main adviser to the President of the United States.


President Obama said of Gen. Dempsey that over the span of his 36 year military career, he is one of the nations most respected generals. Of Gen. Odierno, Senator John McCain of Arizona said that he has been one of the finest military officers that he has had the opportunity to know. Gen. Odierno along with Gen. David Petraeus were key in implementing the surge of Iraq.

At this critical time in the United States in regard to raising the debt ceiling, Defense programs could face tough cuts if a bipartisan committee assembled to find additional cuts in the amount of $1.2 trillion fails to accomplish this. If this committee can not come up with an adequate plan to achieve this, automatic cuts would go into effect. These cuts could have a serious impact on every area of Defense programs. Both newly appointed Generals express deep concerns regarding budget cuts that would affect this particular area.

Another acknowledged event that took place during these Senate nominations was the approval of a fourth star for Army Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, who was the commanding General during a combat tour in Iraq. Lt. Gen. Jacoby was confirmed at this same time as the head of the U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. This bi-national organization between the United States and Canada is responsible for aerospace control and aerospace missions for North America.

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Medal of Honor Awarded to Leroy Arthur Petry

“On Tuesday July 12th, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House.

Since Vietnam, the nation’s highest military honor has only been awarded to two soldiers who have survived combat; Sgt Petry, and Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who received the Medal of Honor last fall. Both are veterans of Afghanistan.

Sgt. Petry serves in the 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, WA. During his career, he has been deployed eight times, twice to Iraq and six times to Afghanistan.

On May 26th, 2008, Sgt. Petry was involved in a high-risk daytime mission in the Patkia province of eastern Afghanistan. The Rangers were looking for insurgents and a top al-Qaeda leader.

While clearing a building, Petry was shot in both legs. Bleeding badly, he and another solider took cover. An insurgent grenade exploded nearby wounding fellow soldiers, with a second grenade landing a few feet away. As Petry picked up the grenade to throw it, it exploded, taking his hand. Due to his courage, two fellow comrades were saved. Petry applied his own tourniquet and continued to issue orders, helping his unit to fight and win the battle.

“”This 28-year-old man with his whole like ahead of him, this husband and father of four, did something extraordinary,”" said President Obama. “”He lunged forward, toward the live grenade. He picked it up. He cocked his arm to throw it back.”"

Talking to the Stars and Stripes, Petry said, “”You’d hear stories about guys jumping on grenades. I thought about it and I said if there was any time you could visually see a grenade, you should have time to react to it, kick it, throw it, do what you can. I didn’t feel any pain. It was odd. When I sat back up and saw my hand I grabbed where my wrist was, and it was completely gone. I was waiting for the Hollywood squirt, blood to go flying in the air, but that didn’t happen. Then I went back to military training and applied the tourniquet that I had.”"

In attendance at the White House were fellow Rangers, Petry’s wife and children, his parents and other family and friends. Family of Sp. Christopher Gathercole, who died in the raid, were also at the Medal of Honor ceremony.

President Obama met privately with Sgt. Petry in the Oval Office prior to the ceremony, and commented on his prosthetic limb, which has a small plaque attached with the names of his fallen comrades from the 75th Regiment.

“”They are, quite literally, part of him, just as they will always be part of America,”" said President Obama.

Since its creation in 1861, the Medal of Honor has been awarded to more than 3,400 of America’s bravest Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.”

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Leroy Petry

Sergeant First Class Leroy A. Petry – Madal of Honor Recipient for the United States Army

How To Join The US Army

There are many people who consider the military as a viable career. Whether this is because they see it as an opportunity to get quality training in a particular career field or a practical way to get a college education, it is always worth looking into. There are many jobs awaiting people of all ages and skill levels in the military, and many of them are not even on the front line.Indeed, if you want to join the army, you do need to be prepared for the physical, psychological, and emotional demand that awaits you.

Surviving the field of battle, war, and foreign and domestic terror not only require that you can keep your focus and make quick decisions but can handle the physiological stressors that will be placed upon you. The first thing you can do if you want to join the army is apply online.

This is optional, but you might like it because you can view the jobs available and then apply accordingly. You will also be able to see what educational or physical requirements might be required. A recruiter will then contact you to set up an interview.

Of course, you can always skip this step and simply visit a recruiter near you, if there is one. Obviously recruiters make their way into big cities where there is a large pool of potential candidates.

This includes college towns. Unfortunately, if you live in a smaller part of town you may have to drive a ways to find a recruiter, which is often why the online application option is a good idea.

What many people overlook when considering military jobs is that they have to take the ASVAB. This is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and it helps you determine which jobs are best suited to your strengths. It is much like the SAT that you should have taken in high school in that it is multiple-choice and it is not intended to challenge you.

Rather, it was made to expose certain truths so that you can start your army career on the right foot. Finally, before you can enter the military, your recruiter will need to assure that you are in the shape necessary for handling basic training. In order to “qualify” physically, you will have to take the Military Entrance Processing Station, or MEPS. They will perform a full physical and also determine your Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS. Once you pass this test you are finally ready to be sworn into the U. S. Army.

Just because the army says you are ready to join, doesn’t mean that you might be fully prepared. You should also make sure that you do the necessary research so that you can be sure that you are accepting the best job for you. It also wouldn’t hurt for you to start physical training so that your body is ready for Basic. You can also prepare physically by getting the right nutrition and the right amount sleep so that your muscles and brain can work efficiently.

Learn more, click here: http://www.army.mil/