The vast U.S. Military has a huge presence on the Internet, starting with the home pages of the separate service branches given below. A good place to get an overview of news and information is the Pentagon Channel where they provide a daily video news briefing on line. Another good starting point is the DefenseLink web site where you can search for news bulletins, announcements, and photos.
The Joint Service Color Guard advances the colors during the retirement ceremony of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry H. Shelton, at Fort Myer, VA, 2 October 2001.
AmericaSupportsYou.mil spotlights what Americans are doing to support the U.S. military. You can check what's going on in your local area and get ideas on what you can do to help. There website also provides a form for you to send a message to the troops.
MyArmyLifeToo.com (to be renamed Army OneSource by 2009) provides one single portal of Army services and programs for all Army Soldiers and Families.
The U.S. Army has a complete web look up services called United
States Army A-Z with hundreds of bases and organizations listed alphabeticaly.
Ft. Benning, Home of the
Infantry. The United States Infantry Center at Ft. Benning, Georgia. "I am
the Infantry! Follow Me!" And Ft. Benning is the home of the
Brigade. As of late 2009, Armor School is being relocated to Fort Benning from Ft. Knox because of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommendations.
The Ft. Bliss, TX is the home of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery
School. Their web site covers the history, mission, current units and much
more on this comprehensive web site.
Fort Eustis and
(Virginia) are the home of the U.S. Army Transportation Center, Army
Transportation School, NCO Academy, Army Aviation Logistics School, 8th
Transportation Brigade and 7th Transportation Group (Composite). Here, officers
and enlisted soldiers receive education and on-the-job training in all modes of
transportation, aviation maintenance, logistics and deployment doctrine and
Fort Gordon, Georgia, is home
of the U.S. Army Signal Center.
Ft. Hood, Texas, Home of the
III Armored Corps. III Corps major units comprise the 1st Cavalry Division and
4th Infantry Division; as well as the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, the III
Corps Artillery; and the 13th Corps Support Command.
Arizona is home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and other commands and guest organizations.
The US Army National Training Center is located at
Ft. Irwin, CA. The Opposing Forces
(OPFOR) is considered the best trained Army any American will ever face in
Ft. Knox, Kentucky. United
States Army Armor Center and the Home of Mounted Warfare. As of late 2009, Armor School is being relocated to Fort Benning from Ft. Knox because of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommendations.
KS was established in 1827 and today is the home of the Army Command and
General Staff College.
Fort Lewis, WA is part of Forces Command, the home of I Corps. It is one of 15 US power projection platforms, with primary focus the Pacific Rim.
Ft. Sill in Lawton, OK is the
U.S. Army Field Artillery Center. Fort Sill is the only remaining active Army
installation of all the forts on the South Plains built during the Indian wars.
(Virginia) is a unique training facility that is primarily used as the
Army’s only installation conducting Logistics-Over-The-Shore or LOTS
The US Army Europe homepage
is the source of news and information about USAREUR its staff and
The US Army Center for Army Lessons
Learned (CALL) exists to collect and analyze data from a variety of current
and historical sources, including Army operations and training events, and to
produce information serving as lessons for military commanders, staff, and
Redstone Arsenal. AMCOM, the
U.S. Army Aviation and Missle Command, is the Army’s 21st Century leader
in equipping and sustaining technologically dominant aviation and missile
The U.S. Army
Military Police School is a unique multi-service training facility that
provides instruction to more than 14,000 Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine,
civilian, and allied students each year. It contains outstanding facilities and
is recognized as the premier law enforcement training facility in our Nation.
US Army War College and Carlisle
Barracks . War College, Center for Strategic Leadership, Army Physical
Fitness Research Institute, Strategic Studies Institute and other organizations
sited at Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
United States Military Acadamy (West
Point). Provides extensive information about the way officers are educated to enter the
service, and background, history and supporting information and services. Many
photos and links.
of Heraldry is a part of The Adjutant General Directorate, U.S. Total Army
Personnel Command. They furnish heraldic services (research, design,
development, standardization, quality control) to the armed forces and other
United States government organizations. Their web site includes many
illustrations of the insignia of various branches and units of the armed
Army Sergeant's Major Academy (Ft. Bliss, TX), the home of Army NCO
professional education, offers many services including a list of links, Army and
un-official, of interest to NCOs and their families.
The U.S. Army Research Office
(ARO) mission is to seed scientific and far reaching technological discoveries
that enhance Army capabilities. Basic research proposals from educational
institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private industry are competitively
selected and funded. ARO's research mission represents the most long-range Army
view for changes in its technology.
U.S. Army Materiel Command. The
Army's principal materiel developer. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMC
accomplishes its mission through 9 major subordinate commands that direct the
activities of numerous depots, arsenals, ammunition plants, laboratories, test
activities and procurement operations.
U.S. Army Picatinny
Arsenal, home of Army Firepower, is located in northern New Jersey 28 miles
northwest of New York City. The air at Picatinny Arsenal is often punctuated
with the staccato bursts of submachine gun fire, the booms of large caliber
guns, and the hum of an M1A1 tank turbine engine.
U.S. Army Publishing Directorate is
the Army's leader in publishing and distributing information products,
employing advanced technologies to ensure responsive support worldwide.
U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal is
the nation's oldest and, in many ways, newest, manufacturing arsenal. It is
America's sole manufacturing facility for large caliber cannon in volume. From
recoilless rifles and mortars to howitzers and M1A1 Abrams tank guns, the
arsenal is recognized as the premier cannon maker.
Joint Readiness Training
Center (JRTC), at Ft. Polk, LA is the U.S. Army's premier training center
for light infantry and special operations units. They are "Forging the Warrior
Spirit"! This site covers JRTC itself, the Ft. Polk community, and the units
assigned including JRTC Operations Group, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Warrior
Brigade, and the 519th Military Police Battalion.
Army Forces Command is
located at Fort McPherson, Georgia in the heart of the city of Atlanta. Among
other services, they provide this
FAQ page regarding
personnel matters of interest to military personnel and their relatives. Learn
how to locate individuals, documents, burial sites, unit histories, determine
award and promotion status, and more.
U.S Army Human Resources Command is your source for information on selection boards,
promotions, training, pay, and other personnel management topics. The site also
includes a large links page to other Army sites.
US Navy Sites
Fact File. Up to date info on Navy aircraft, missles, ships, submarines,
personnel and more.
The Blue Angels are the
legendary Navy flying team which performs its magic all over the world. A Blue
Angel flight demonstration exhibits the choreographed refinements of
Navy-trained flying skills. It presents the graceful, aerobatic maneuvers of
the four-plane "diamond" and fast-paced high performance maneuvers of the solo
pilots in the number five and six jets. All six jets then perform together in
the renown delta formation. This web site covers the history and mission of the
Blue Angels, bios of the flyers, and show locations and schedules.
The U.S. Naval Observatory
performs an essential scientific role for the Navy, for the Department of
Defense and for the United States. Its mission is to determine the positions
and motions of celestial objects, to provide astronomical data, to measure the
Earth's rotation and to maintain the Master Clock for the United States.
Air Force Library
Fact Sheets. Produced by the Air Force News Service with information provided
by Air Force major commands. Fact Sheets contain information on various Air
Force aircraft, weapons, organizations and selected high-interest subjects.
The Air Force History Support
Office (AFHSO) at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. is responsible
for writing books, monographs, studies, and reports to preserve the history
of the U.S. Air Force. The AFHSO also provides historical information, analysis,
and perspective to Air Force leaders and their staffs to support planning, policy
development, and decision making.
The US Air Force Civil Engineer
Support Agency has a varied site with history of various Air Force
Engineering activities (back to days when it was part of the Army Signal Corps)
up to todays mission building and maintaining complex facilities supporting the
USAF primary mission.
Air University is the center for
advanced education in the Air Force, and provides this through its professional
and specialized education programs, research and doctrinal studies, and
baccalaureate programs at civilian educational institutions.
Chronicals Contrails is where you'll find a mixed bag of interesting items.
Need the latest news and weather? Want info on an upcoming military symposium?
This is the place to start your journey!
Air Force Research Laboratory. The
mission of AFRL is to discover, develop, integrate and deliver affordable
technologies for improved warfighting capabilities to keepthe USAF the best in
Edwards Air Force Base is the home of the USAF Flight Test Center and the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Tours are offered and there is an annual air show.
Music. Marine Corps musicians have been entertaining people for over 100
years with music that signifies honor, courage, and dignity and above all,
dedication to God, Corps, and Country.
Camp Pendleton is
the site of the Corps' largest amphibious assault training facility,
encompassing 17 miles of Southern California coastline and 125,000 acres with a
population of nearly 40,000 Marines and Sailors. Web site will answer many of
the questions you may have about the Marine Corps and Camp Pendleton.
US Merchant Marine Sites
This site is dedicated to the Mariners of the
U.S. Merchant Marine and the U.S. Maritime
Service who died in service of their country during all Wars, including
Revolutionary War, World War II, Vietnam; and their U.S. Naval Armed Guard
shipmates. As one vet reminded me, "Do you think those soldiers walked or swam
to the war?"
Here the American Merchant
Marine Veterans remind us that during WW II 820 merchant ships were sunk or
damaged, with a loss of over 6.700 brave mariners, and another 700 were taken
as POW's. Those brave acts and losses are documented here along with many links
to other related resources.
Other US Department of Defense Sites
DoD Web Sites is DefenseLINK's portal to the Department of Defense on the World Wide Web. This page offers direct links to some of the most important and most popular DoD Web Sites.
JCSLink is your electronic link
to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Staff, and America's combatant
commands. Its goal is to provide up-to-date, factual information on the people,
organizations, and activities that unify and employ the military forces of the
One of the nine Unified Combatant Commands in the Department of Defense,
the United States European Command is
responsible for all U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Special Forces
activities in more than 13 million square miles of Europe, Africa and the
The National Security Agency is
the Nation's cryptologic organization. It coordinates, directs, and performs
highly specialized activities to protect U.S. information systems and produce
foreign intelligence information. A high technology organization, NSA is on the
frontiers of communications and data processing. It is also one of the most
important centers of foreign language analysis and research within the
The Defense Intelligence Agency is a
Combat Support Agency of the Department of Defense with the mission to provide
timely, objective and cogent military intelligence to the
warfighters--soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines--and to the decisionmakers and
policymakers of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Government.
Defense Logistics Agency is a logistics combat
support agency whose primary role is to provide supplies and services to America's
military forces worldwide. Part of the Defense Logistics Agency, the Defense
Logistics Support Command includes supply centers, service centers, and
a distribution center. The Defense Logistics Support Command procures, manages,
stores, and distributes 4.1 million items for U.S. military customers, other
U.S. federal agencies, and allied forces throughout the world. The Directorate
of Clothing & Textiles (C&T) is located at the Defense Supply Center
Philadelphia where they buy over 5,000 different clothing and equipment items
to outfit U.S. troops and civilian customers. Items range from uniforms, footwear,
and undergarments, to individual equipment, flags, and tents. The C&T website
has searchable lists of all the items with NSN, description, costs and many
photos. (Thanks to Robert Haas for suggesting the C&T
Defense Security Service, formerly the
Defense Investigative Service (DIS). The new name reflects its broader security
mission within the Department of Defense. The new DSS includes the DoD
Polygraph Institute, the Personnel Security Research Center and the DoD
Security Institute in support of the overall DIS mission of providing security
services for the Department of Defense. (Thanks to Russell C. Lowrey for this suggestion.)
The Defense Technical Information
Center. A key element of the DoD Scientific and Technical Information
Program, DTIC is the central Department of Defense facility for providing
access to and facilitating the exchange of scientific and technical
information. DTIC offers a wide variety of products and services which are
designed to assist our users in obtaining the information they need easily and
quickly. DTIC is part of the Defense Information
Systems Agency (DISA).
The Defense Language Institute --
Foreign Language Center serves as the Defense Department’s primary
foreign language teaching and resource center. In order to meet language
requirements worldwide, the Institute educates linguists throughout their
careers, assesses their skills and capabilities, and provides related services,
including contingency requirements. Located at the Presidio of Monterey,
Todays Military. This website is the leading career information resource for the
military world of work. It gives you details on 152 enlisted and officer
occupations, one by one. You can search the site to get a list of military
occupations that match your interests, or you may browse occupations by
category. Each occupation is color-coded to indicate enlisted or officer
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences prepares outstanding scientists and health care practitioners for careers in the U.S. military services. The programs of study are related directly to force health protection, tropical diseases, disaster medicine, military and public health medical readiness and adaptation to extreme environments. 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. 800-515-5257
The White House
Communications Agency is an obscure group of soldiers whose main job is
keeping the commander in chief linked to his troops. Founded during World War
II, WHCA has more than 850 electronics experts who hook up wires, code messages
and carry out other tasks to maintain a secret communications system.
The Selective Service System has the
mission to provide manpower to the armed forces in an emergency. Their web site
describes the agency and its work and has a form for on-line registration.
In the United States, the National Guard is organized within the
individual states. Each state organization has a dual role within the national
defense structure. For their federal mission, they are trained and equipped to
join the active military forces in time of war or national emergency. For their
state mission, they respond to the orders of the Governor, protecting lives and
property during natural and man-made disasters.
Each of the fifty states has an office in the Executive Branch,
reporting to the Governor of the state, named the Department of Military
Affairs (or something similar). For example, here are a few links:
There may be a separate office for Veterans, Naval forces or the Air
Guard or they may be within the same organization. Use any Internet search
engine to find the state organizations -- there are many histories, photos,
museums and other interesting information provided there. Individual units
within the state Guard increasingly have their own web sites (see below for a
few examples of the thousands out there.)
Each state then has its Army National Guard and Air National Guard, and
most of these have a main web site which may be the same as the above or
separate. Here are examples of each:
Kansas Air National Guard is
comprised of two Flying Wings (the 184th Bomb Wing flying 12 B-1Bs in Wichita
and the 190th Air Refueling Wing flying 9 KC-135Es in Topeka) and Specialized
Units (the 127th Weather Flight in Topeka, the 134th Air Control Squadron in
Wichita, and Smoky Hill ANG Range in Salina) all detailed on this web site.
Guard consists of both Army and Air Force units. This web site has pages
for all of the units plus links to other interesting military sites.
The New York
Air National Guard web site lists all the individual units by location and
by name, provides a guide to the aircraft flown, and links to all units and
California National Guard
has Army and Air Force units ready to serve at the direction of the President
of the United States and the Governor of California.
"The National Guard is the most
ready reserve force in the world.We are led, trained and equipped to meet any
assigned task. From national security and military objectives to domestic
support here at home, the Guard is always ready to serve." This DoD web site
provides information about the National Guard Bureau, the
Army National Guard, the Air National Guard and National Guard sponsored
organizations and events.
The Army National
Guard is one component of The Army (which consists of the Active Army, the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves.) The Army National Guard is composed primarily of traditional Guardsmen -- civilians who serve their country, state and community on a part-time basis (usually one weekend each month and two weeks during the summer.) Each state, territory and the District of Columbia has its own National Guard, as provided for by the Constitution of the United States.
The Air National Guard Home Page
provides Air Guard history, a personnel locator, recruiting information,
publications and forms, as well as other help and guidance. This
Sheet gives more information about the Air Guard, its role, and
relationship to the USAF.
The State Guard Association of the
United States, Inc. is the national association for the organized state
militia, often known as State Defense Force, State Guard, or State Military
Reserve. These state military forces are the official "well regulated" Militia
of their respective states. The SGAUS does not support private groups who may
call themselves "militia," but who are not officially recognized, unless the
group is bona fide and seeking such official state recognition. These state
military forces are in addition to and separate from the National Guard of the
respective states, although both organizations are under the command of the
Governor and are assigned to the state's Adjutant General or Military
Department. The State Guards are a valuable state asset and force multiplier --
New York, for example, makes great use of its state military forces in response
to natural disasters.
The US Central Intelligence Agency has a wealth of published information
available on the CIA
Publications website. There is much on-line material
including yearbooks, almanacs, maps, and guides. While this is mostly political
and economic in nature, there is also a lot of background material relevant to
events in war zones such as Iraq, Bosnia, Albania and the Persian Gulf.