Guard Responds to Flooding in Three States
More than 400 National Guard members from three states have been called up for flood duty after heavy rains and snow run-off caused cresting rivers this week, officials said. The governors of Wyoming, Nebraska and West Virginia have declared states of emergency and called in the Guard to help in protecting people and their property.
Mineral Resources Could Give Afghans New Hope
An estimated $1 trillion of untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan could lead to economic sovereignty, easing the country's financial dependency on the United States and international community, a top defense official said yesterday.
Gates Cites Leaders' Responsibilities at Army Birthday Event
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates helped to celebrate the Army's 235th birthday today at a Pentagon courtyard ceremony and imparted a message for its leadership to always make time to listen to what their troops have to say.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
For the first time in its history, the Department of Justice today observed June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to raise awareness about the vulnerability of the elder population to abuse and violence.
Teacher, Entrepreneur Chooses Marines
Marine Corps Pfc. Patrick Collman, assigned to Platoon 2109, Company E here, could have gone to Officer Candidate School, because he has a bachelor's degree. But the entrepreneur and former teacher said he chose to enlist instead, for the challenge. Collman said he wanted to start from the bottom and work his way up, as he has demonstrated in virtually every aspect of his life leading to boot camp. "That way, if you do get into a higher position, you know what the lower positions are going through," he explained.