Posture Statement Sets Out Army’s Needs, Goals
The Army’s 2005 Posture Statement, which describes the Army’s mission, plans and programs, was presented
to Congress by Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker. The statement focuses
on relevant, ready land-power to support combatant commanders; well-trained and equipped Soldiers serving as warriors, led
by adaptive leaders; quality of life for Soldiers; and adequate infrastructure to enable the force to fulfill its strategic
roles and mission. The statement also details the restructuring from a division-based to a brigade-based, modular force and
the goal of rotating units—with two years at home following each deployed year for active-component units, four years
at home for each year of deployment for Reserve units, and five years at home following each deployed year for National Guard
forces. More Air Force Predators Protecting Soldiers
Air Force Predators silently swarm the skies over Iraq, protecting Soldiers. The MQ-1 Predator, a lightweight, low-horsepower,
unmanned aerial vehicle capable of taking daylight and infrared video imagery, traverses the skies virtually undetectable.
The 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron aids Army personnel by keeping eyes on the combat situation via the Predators.
Although the Predator's main mission is to collect intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information, it can also
be used to introduce some lethal firepower to an intense combat situation. The Predator was used during a recent raid where
U.S. Soldiers in Iraq, detained several high-value targets. "Our biggest mission is to support [the Army],” said an
Airman. “We want to be your God's-eye view.” More Buffalo Soldier an Important Part of U.S. History
Imagine being out on the Western plains during the Indian War campaigns in the 1800s and talking to the black “Buffalo
Soldiers.” They would tell you many stories about fighting the brave and savvy Comanche and Apache warriors, and about
the time they went after some horses Indians had stolen. "I want you to know that when I joined the Army, I didn't join for
no medal,” a Soldier tells you. “I joined so I could soldier for my country, earn my keep, and gain the respect
of being called a man. Even though I'm only 5-foot-1, I'm proud to serve.” That Soldier was one of many blacks to be
awarded the Medal of Honor. Another Soldier tells you about the showdown with Billy the Kid. These Soldiers also faced discrimination
because of their race, but they persevered and never quit, following the Warrior Ethos.