July 22, 2004 |
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 |
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.
March 6, 2007 |
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.
February 9, 2006 |
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 |
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.
August 11, 2006 |
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."