Soldier Today

Thursday, 23 January 2020
From the SMA’s Leader Book

The ?war college? for NCOs: the Sergeants Major Academy.

?SMA Leon L. Van Autreve, USA Ret.

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Study Topics

What is the difference between a ?penetrating wound? and a ?perforating wound??

A penetrating wound has an entry wound with no exit wound, whereas a perforating wound has both entry and exit wounds. (TC 4-02.1, para 16-6)

CSA: ?People first, winning matters.?

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville

??People first, winning matters,? is more than just a slogan,? said Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville. ?People first is a philosophy ? winning matters is an attitude. [Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy] and I aren?t trying to fight the last fight better. We?re focused on winning the next fight. To do that, we recognize the need for transformational change,? he added. Read more.

New Assignments

Command Sergeant Major Mario O. Terenas

On behalf of the Sergeant Major of the Army, Command Sergeant Major Mario O. Terenas, United States Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, KY, has been selected as the Command Sergeant Major, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, NY.

Army Aviation

New vertical lift capabilities take flight during demo

Two Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrators have shown in flight some of the technologies the Army wants for its Future Long-Range Reconnaissance Aircraft. Top is the Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant above the Bell V-280 Valor. Neither are the final design for the FLRAA, officials stressed, and a request for proposal went out at the end of August to about 600 members of the Aviation and Missile Technology Consortium. Read more. (Photo Credit: Courtesy SikorskyBoeing and Bell Textron)

Did You Know…

The bison is the national mammal of the United States

Bison weighing nearly a ton are strong and intimidating, and they are the heaviest mammal in North America and can run speeds of 40 mph. According to the latest census, the bison population on American ranches and farms stands at 183,780, which is a 13.3 percent increase since the 2012 census. South Dakota continues to have the largest number of bison, with 30,055 head reported in 2017. Read more.


Health and Fitness

Health benefits of bamboo shoots

If you are considering adding a new vegetable into your diet, consider bamboo shoots. This super food is low in calories, high in fiber, an excellent source of potassium and a good source of phytochemicals. Research conducted at Washington State University showed that the consumption of bamboo shoots had favorable effects on LDL (bad) cholesterol, lipids and bowel function. Read more.

The Space Force

Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations, debuts the Space Force uniform

The Space Force is the sixth branch of the United States military. The branch is made up entirely of Air Force personnel, but the plan, according to officials, is to start bringing in members of other services at first, before fully enlisting and commissioning new members directly into the Space Force Read more.

Fun Facts

Among US Presidents with military service, most served in the Army

Out of 45 Presidents of the U.S., 31 served in the military and 24 of them served in the U.S. Army, or in state militias (our modern-day National Guard). Theodore Roosevelt received the Medal of Honor for his famous charge up San Juan Hill, Cuba, and George H.W. Bush received the Distinguished Flying Cross during World War II and barely escaped after his plane was shot down.

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