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Pentagon won't rename Alabama's Ft. Rucker PDF Print E-mail

In a rare moment of pushback against political correctness, the Pentagon announced it will not rename any military installations named after Confederate generals, including Alabama's Fort Rucker.

 "Every Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history," Brig. Gen. Malcolm B. Frost said in a statement. "Accordingly, these historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies. It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation, not division."

Edmund Rucker was a colonel in the Confederate Army of Tennessee, commanding a cavalry brigade in the battles of Franklin and Nashville, during which he was wounded and captured. He was given the honorary rank of general after the Civil War and settled his family in Birmingham. He became a business leader in the late 1800s and one of the major players in the city's rise to become an industrial powerhouse.

"Camp Rucker" was first opened in Alabama's wiregrass region in 1942. The first troops to train at the camp were in the 81st Infantry Division, which saw action in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After shuttering for a few years during peacetime, the camp was reopened again during the Korean War. It was deactivated again briefly before reopening for good in 1955 as Fort Rucker. All of the Army's aviation training has taken place at Fort Rucker since 1973.

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Army Expects Few Women to Choose Combat Arms if Positions are Opened PDF Print E-mail
Relatively few women are expected to apply for combat jobs if the U.S. Army lifts gender restrictions on such assignments, the Army's top training and doctrine officer said Tuesday.
"Overall, we find that generally the propensity is low" among women to choose an infantry, armor or artillery military occupation specialties (MOS), said Gen. David Perkins, head of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command.
"There just aren't a lot that want to do it," Perkins said at a breakfast with defense reporters. "The surprise is that the propensity for a lot these things for males is low."
Based on Army gender integration and propensity studies, and the experiences of other Army leaders have found "the propensity is much lower to want to do these things but there are some that want to do it," Perkins said.
He explained that TRADOC had looked closely at the experience of the Canadian military, a volunteer force which opened up combat roles to women in the 1980s. Female Canadian soldiers currently make up about 0.5 percent of the infantry troops, two percent of the armor corps, and 4 percent of the artillery billets.
 
War Against ISIS Cost PDF Print E-mail
The United States has spent more than $2.74 billion in its offensive against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since airstrikes targeting ISIS positions began last August, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The average daily expenditure for the U.S. in the fight against ISIS now stands at over $9 million.

In the first ever breakdown of the operation's costs, the U.S. Department of Defense revealed that two-thirds of overall spending, or more than $1.8 billion, had gone to the Air Force. Until U.S. airstrikes expanded to target ISIS strongholds in Syria in mid-September, the average daily cost totaled $5.6 million. Costs rose to $9.7 million a day from mid-September through late May, The Hill reported.


Flights for daily raids, surveillance and other activities cost more than $5 million a day, the Associated Press (AP) reported, adding that over $200 million has been spent on secret special operations since August. Other costs include $438 million for the Navy, $274 million for the Army, $16 million for military pay, $646 million for munitions and $21 million for intelligence and surveillance operations, AP reported. 
 
Gary Sinise to be honored by West Point with Thayer Award PDF Print E-mail
WEST POINT – Actor Gary Sinise will be this year’s recipient of the Thayer Award at West Point.
The award is presented by West Point’s Association of Graduates to persons who exemplify the U.S. Military Academy motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.” Sinise will receive the award Oct. 22 in a ceremony at West Point.
 
Sinise portrayed Lt. Dan Taylor in the 1994 Academy Award-winning film “Forrest Gump.” That portrayal began Sinise’s connection with U.S. military service men and women. He participated in several USO tours and then formed the Lt. Dan Band in 2004. The band has performed for troops serving at home and abroad.
The award is named for Col. Sylvanus Thayer, the fifth superintendent of West Point, who is known as the “Father of the Military Academy” because he established many practices and traditions still in place today.
 
Past recipients have included Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, Madeline Albright, Tom Brokaw, Neil Armstrong, Walter Cronkite and Sandra Day O’Connor. Last year’s recipient was former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.
 
Col. Dellinger named 101st chief of staff PDF Print E-mail
Col. David “Buck” Dellinger, garrison commander at Fort Campbell, will pass his responsibilities to Col. James R. Salome, as Dellinger has been selected and appointed to serve as the 101st Airborne Division’s next chief of staff.

The announcement was made earlier Thursday during what was planned as a farewell ceremony for Dellinger’s wife, Cricket Dellinger, at T.C. Freeman’s Hopkinsville home. The farewell ceremony hosted by the chamber’s Military Affairs Committee quickly became a celebration for Col. Dellinger’s promotion, as the couple will remain at Fort Campbell and Col. Dellinger, who was going to retire, will now continue his career in the Army in a new position.
 
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