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194th Engineer Brigade completes another successful year at Resolute Castle

NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria -- For many years to come, Eastern European countries will have vastly improved training ranges at military bases throughout the region...

The Adjutant General's Combat Marksmanship Competition

CAMP ETHAN ALLEN TRAINING SITE, VT -- Over 300 Vermont Guardsmen participate in the Adjutant General's Combat Marksmanship Competition held on Sept. 10 and 11 at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site...


"Major General Benedict Arnold, wounded December 31, 1775 at the attack on Quebec." An engraving, probably done in France in 1776 or early 1777 since it does not mention his second wound (in the same leg) at the Battle of Saratoga in October 1777. He did not betray the American cause until 1780. (Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection)

"Truman's Battery" depicts the action of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery on the opening day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Truman, wearing his trademark round glasses, is directing his men as they fire their 75mm field guns in support of the Allied attack. (Painting by Domineck D'Andrea for the National Guard Bureau, Heritage Series)

Florida Guard personnel patrol a local neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Charley. (Courtesy National Guard magazine)

African American soldiers (and one of their white officers) of the 369th Infantry practice what they will soon experience, fighting in the trenches of the Western Front. They are wearing French helmets and using French issued rifles and equipment, the logic being that since they were fighting under French command, it was easier to resupply them from the French system than trying to get American-issued items. (National Archives and Records Administration)

1985 - Chairman of the Joint Chief's of Staff General John W. Vessey retires, closing a 47 year Army career. He started his distinguished service as an enlisted Guardsman in Minnesota's 125th Field Artillery in 1939. Promoted to sergeant he served with the unit, which was an element of the Guard's 34th Infantry Division, in its campaigns in North Africa and Italy. While fighting in the Anzio beachhead of Italy he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant. He stayed on active duty after the war and over the years steadily rose in rank and responsibility until he was appointed to the position of Chairman of the Joint Chief's of Staff by President Ronald Reagan in June 1982. (National Guard Education Foundation)

An unknown lieutenant in the 32nd "Red Arrow" Infantry Division gets a tearful goodbye hug from his daughter he prepares to leave with his unit for post mobilization training at Fort Lewis, WA. His counterparts in the 49th" Lone Star" Armored Division from Texas were stationed at Fort Polk, LA during their tour of duty during the Berlin Crisis. Other Guard units were based all across the nation just in case Europe erupts into war. (National Guard Educational Foundation)

1st Lt. Sarah Brewer, nuclear medical science officer with the 84th Civil Support Team, Wyoming National Guard, places her hands in a negative pressure glove box Sept. 19, 2016, to test various hazardous materials. The negative pressure glove box allows members to work with hazardous materials without exposing themselves or others to hazards, therefore eliminating the need to don a hazmat suit. (Wyoming National Guard Courtesy Photo)

Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Richard Ballentine, with 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepares a tourniquet for a simulated casualty during the "Objective Bull" portion of the Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) event, July 21, at Camp Roberts, Calif. After completing a 12-mile ruck march, candidates immediately begin the 100-meter course where they must cover, treat, and stabilize a casualty, load them onto a stretcher and move then 25-meters to a casualty collection point (CCP). Objective Bull was added to the EIB schedule beginning in December 2015, and is named after Tech. Sgt. Walter Bull, who earned the first EIB in 1944. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Minnesota Army National Guard, conduct react to contact drills, Sept. 12, 2016, as part of exercise Immediate Response 16 held at the Croatian Armed Forces training area of Slunj, Croatia. Immediate Response 16 is a multinational, brigade-level command post exercise utilizing computer-assisted simulations and field training exercises spanning two countries, Croatia and Slovenia. The exercise occurs Sept. 9-23, 2016, and includes more than 1,900 Soldiers and security forces from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn)


September 3rd, 1950:

Camp Mabry, Texas

Hollywood actor Audie Murphy joins the Texas Army National Guard to show his support of the war effort in Korea. Nearly every schoolboy knows Lieutenant Murphy is America's most highly decorated soldier in World War II. Aside from receiving the Medal of Honor, he was awarded two Distinguished Service Crosses and four Silver Stars for valor in combat. At the end of the war his picture was everywhere, from movie newsreels to the cover of Life. He left the Army in 1946 to seek an acting career, which literally kept his name in lights and public awareness during the late 1940s. Newly promoted Captain Murphy was assigned to the 141st Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. But he will have little time to train with the troops. The National Guard Bureau decided to use his fame as a recruiting tool to help keep enlistments up despite the war in Korea. Soon his image was on Guard recruiting posters and in magazine ads placed in national publications popular with young male readers. Drawing on his Hollywood background he was featured in the first television (then still a novel invention) commercials ever run by the Guard Bureau. He did recruiting tours speaking to young audiences from coast to coast. While all of this was going on, he continued his movie career, staring in 1951 in one of his best acclaimed film roles, as the young soldier in The Red Badge of Courage, a story set in the Civil War but really dealing with the meanings of courage and duty pertaining to all wars. After two years of working on recruiting and public affairs projects for the Guard Bureau he returned to his unit and actually served as a line officer, being promoted to major before he resigned and left the Guard in 1955. He died in an airplane crash in 1971, having been a strong supporter once again of American involvement in a foreign war, this time in Vietnam.

Detail of Ft. Pitt, located in modern-day downtown Pittsburgh, Penn., circa 1795 (map plate from History of Allegheny County, PA 
Recruiting poster "Captain Audie L. Murphy of the
Texas National Guard" used between 1950-1954.
(Texas Armed Forces Museum)



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Army Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) Program

What is it?

The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) program was created in response to a directive from Secretary of the Army in 2009 to produce senior civilian leaders with an enterprise perspective who could serve in increasing levels of responsibility. SETM is just one of the many programs developed under the Civilian Workforce Transformation initiative and is administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).

What has the Army done?

Army Directive 2015-24 was signed into policy April 10, 2015, by Secretary of the Army John McHugh, and covers two talent management programs: SETM and Enterprise Talent Management (ETM). This directive allows GS-12s through GS-15s and their equivalent to gain professional senior-level educational, developmental learning and experiential opportunities. ... Read More

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