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June 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki ended a career that spanned five decades, from Vietnam, where combat cost him part of a foot, to the Pentagon, where he fought bureaucratic wars. The White House has not nominated a successor, but officials have said it would be Peter Jan Schoomaker, who retired from the Army in 2000. In his farewell at Ft. Myer, Shinseki made no mention of his boss, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, with whom he had a sometimes-tense relationship.
January 29, 2004 | From Reuters
Strained by operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army will boost its forces by 30,000 for the next four years through emergency authority, Gen. Peter Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, told Congress on Wednesday. But Schoomaker, testifying to the House Armed Services Committee, rejected calls from lawmakers for a permanent increase in forces, saying it would undermine efforts to streamline and modernize the Army. He said he'd been authorized by Defense Secretary Donald H.
July 22, 2004 | From Reuters
The U.S. Army is delaying for two years the launch of its first combat unit to be fully equipped in a $92-billion modernization program co-led by Boeing Co., top generals told Congress on Wednesday. Underlying technology will take longer than had been planned for development of the so-called Future Combat System, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker told the House Armed Services Committee.
August 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Army is planning for the possibility of keeping the current number of soldiers in Iraq for four more years, the Army's top general said Saturday. Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker said the Army was prepared for the "worst case" in terms of the required level of troops in Iraq. Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, said commanders in Iraq and others in the chain of command would decide how many troops would be needed next year and beyond.
December 23, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Top U.S. military commanders in Iraq have decided to recommend a "surge" of fresh American combat forces, eliminating one of the last remaining hurdles to proposals being considered by President Bush for a troop increase, a defense official familiar with the plan said Friday. The approval of a troop increase plan by top Iraq commanders, including Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, comes days before Bush unveils a new course for the troubled U.S. involvement in Iraq.
March 6, 2007 | Johanna Neuman and Adam Schreck, Times Staff Writers
Top Army officials faced angry lawmakers during an emotional hearing Monday on shoddy medical treatment and living conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, acknowledging that they had failed in the care of wounded veterans. Calling the scandal at Walter Reed "the tip of the iceberg of what is going on all around the country," Rep. Henry A.
July 15, 2006 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
It seemed like a routine question, one that military leaders involved in prosecuting the war in Iraq must ask themselves with some regularity: Is the U.S. winning? But for Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff known for his straight-shooting bluntness, it proved a hard one to answer.
August 11, 2006 | From Reuters
The head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who in June admitted that design flaws in the levees his agency built to protect New Orleans caused most of the flooding during Hurricane Katrina, has asked to retire, the Army said Thursday. In an after-hours announcement, the Army issued a statement saying Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, commander and chief engineer of the corps, had requested his retirement from the military "based on family and personal reasons."
February 9, 2006 | From Associated Press
A former soldier injured in Iraq is getting a refund after being forced to pay for his missing body armor vest, which medics destroyed because it was soaked with his blood, officials said Wednesday. First Lt. William "Eddie" Rebrook IV, 25, had to leave the Army with a shrapnel injury to his arm. But before he could be discharged last week, he said, he had to scrounge cash from his buddies to pay $632 for the body armor and other gear he had lost.
April 28, 2004 | From Reuters
A senior general has told the U.S. Army leadership that a fortified version of the Humvee on which troops heavily rely in Iraq is not sufficiently protecting them. But the Army said Tuesday that it was satisfied with the "up-armored" vehicle. Gen. Larry R. Ellis wrote in a memo to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker that U.S. commanders in the field believed the modified Humvee was "not providing the solution the Army hopes to achieve" to protect troops from attacks.
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