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Ex-soldier deals with post military problems

Mike Belt

The Army was going to be a second career for Gary Connellis.Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he followed his father's footsteps and joined the New York City Police Department. He spent 17 years there.Connellis, 39, who now lives in Leavenworth, lost some friends in the 2001 attack on the ...

Joint Chiefs chairman confronts Army challenges at Fort Riley

Joel Mathis

More coverage of Admiral Mike Mullen's visit to Army bases in Kansas:[The Washington Post:][1] "FORT RILEY, Kan., Oct. 24 -- The United States' exit from Iraq and Afghanistan depends on stepping up U.S. advising of those nations' security forces, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said ...

Joint Chiefs chairman visits Kansas

Joel Mathis

Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is visiting Kansas this week - Fort Leavenworth on Tuesday (after a stop at Fort Sill, Okla.) and Fort Riley today.The Fort Leavenworth visit wasn't necessarily easy.[The Washington Post reports:][1] "Also Tuesday, Mullen visited students at the Army Command and ...

Fort Riley practices for disaster

Joel Mathis

Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Riley ¢ 1st Infantry Division[(49abcnews.com][1] It's a scary scenario, a terrorist attack at Fort Riley. But it's a reality check for these soldiers and hospital crews to see if they can handle it. Soldiers hurt, screaming. It's the chaotic aftermath of ...

Kansas Air National Guard expands at Wichita

Joel Mathis

Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Kansas National Guard[(KAKE TV) Intel Center at McConnell Doubling in Size:][1] The Kansas Air National Guard at McConnell Air Force base is landing more jobs. The McConnell Air National Guard Intelligence Squadron is expected to roughly double in size, increasing the division ...

ESPN profiles connection between Fort Riley, K-State football

Joel Mathis

Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Riley ¢ 1st Infantry Division**ESPN video: K-State football trains with Fort Riley troops** [(AP) Immigrants Play Countrymen in Exercises:][1] Army veteran Lee Anderson is putting his military skills to use -- as an actor. But you won't see him in the ...

New York Times profiles Iraq debates at Fort Leavenworth

Joel Mathis

The New York Times [spent some of its precious Sunday front-page real estate][1] on a story about Fort Leavenworth, and how students at the Command and General Staff College are debating the decisions that resulted in the ongoing Iraq War.Some excerpts:"As the war grinds through its fifth year, Fort Leavenworth ...

Blackwater, private military contractors under Fort Leavenworth scrutiny

Joel Mathis

With all the recent discussion about Blackwater and other private military contractors in Iraq, a two-year-old paper on the topic from Fort Leavenworth's [Combat Studies Institute][1] is receiving renewed attention in the blogosphere.The paper, ["Public War, Private Fight? The United States and Private Military Companies" (PDF),][2] was written by Deborah ...

Kansas-based officers play key roles in Army debate

Joel Mathis

The Army is in the midst of an "intense debate" over a force-wide reorganization that would put a new premium on training foreign military units to fight their own battles against terrorist threats. And officers at both Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley are playing key roles in that debate.[The Los ...

Looking at reducing Iraqi casualties

Joel Mathis

Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Leavenworth[(Boston Globe) Pentagon is pressed on killings of Iraqis:][1] Of 500 claims for compensation filed by Iraqi families and released after an ACLU court action, 133 were allegedly killed for driving too close to a convoy, while 59 were allegedly killed ...

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