Members of a Maryland Army National Guard unit returning from Afghanistan got their official welcome home Saturday at the Baltimore War Memorial as part of the Army National Guard's Freedom Salute campaign, with remarks of thanks, including a few words from former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
WASHINGTON — The Army National Guard is postponing drills in Maryland and across the country this month because of an unexpected budget shortfall at the Pentagon that will require congressional action to fully address, military officials said Tuesday.
In Mr. Obama's own continuing anguish — the consequence of his predecessor's rush to an unnecessary war in Iraq waged on false intelligence and premises — he cannot let his hands be tied in responding with all military force required to eradicate potential threats.
Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene had served more than three decades in uniform without a combat tour when he got the assignment last year: He was wanted in Kabul to help train the Afghan National Security Forces.
Patrick DeGroodt, who oversaw the development of a communications system for the Army that allows soldiers on the battlefield to communicate with the same ease that the rest of us have with cellphones, has been named a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal.
What Mr. Obama said at West Point, with the bark off, is that the U.S. must get off that "perpetual war footing" sometime if it is to get back to problems at home — and he intends to do what he can to see that happen, within the bounds of its global responsibilities.