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2006-01-19 18:49:59

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. state governors called on the Pentagon on Thursday not to make cuts in the National Guard, calling such a move "inconceivable" considering the role played by Guard troops in Iraq, disaster relief and homeland defense. "We need more Guard troops at this time, not less," the National Governors Association wrote to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in a letter signed by Govs. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Janet Napolitano of Arizona, Dirk...

2006-01-18 15:45:00

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON -- The civilian head of the U.S. Army said on Wednesday the service is not "broken" amid ongoing large deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as some critics have charged, and downplayed recent recruiting woes. Army Secretary Francis Harvey also said the Army decided to field new side body armor plates for troops in Iraq even though it knows of just one fatal gunshot wound to the side of a U.S. soldier that might have been prevented by the new equipment. "In the...

2005-10-12 17:55:00

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army has launched a review into how it notifies families that a soldier has been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan after hearing complaints from some of them, including the parents of former professional football player Pat Tillman, officials said on Wednesday. Army Secretary Francis Harvey has directed that the review into the notification process be completed by January, said his spokesman, Lt. Col. Thomas Collins. "We're going to fix this," Collins said. "The whole goal...

2005-10-03 18:06:50

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Army leaders on Monday said there was no crisis in recruitment despite figures showing a big shortfall in new soldiers in the latest fiscal year, partly caused by concerns over the war in Iraq. Army Secretary Francis Harvey told reporters he was concerned about recruitment levels in the last 12 months, which saw the biggest numerical shortfall of the goal since 1979. But he added: "Is this a crisis? No, it's not a crisis." Expressing optimism for the...

2005-08-29 18:18:59

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former top U.S. Army procurement official who raised concerns about Halliburton Co.'s contracts in Iraq plans to sue the Army after being demoted, her lawyer said on Monday. Lawyer Michael Kohn said Bunny Greenhouse, the Army Corps of Engineers' top contracting official-turned whistle-blower, was removed, effective Saturday, from the senior executive service and moved into a lower-ranking job. Earlier, in a June 3 memo, Army Corps of...

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