Author Richard Sandza

Army Times Managing Editor

Am I missing something? The Army has announced that it has changed the street lights at its Vicenza, Italy Garrison. The story, posted on Army.mil, says the project led to replacing the street lights with lower-energy Light Emitting Diode street lamps at Caserma Carlo Ederle. In all, 247 lamps were replaced at a cost of $843,000, the Army says. According to the story, “The switch-over will save the Army money in two ways, said Engineering Division Chief Greg Vallery of the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza Directorate of Public Works. ‘This will result in an 85 percent reduction in energy consumption,…

On March 8, Twitter spawned an alter-ego to Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno. He calls himself @GeneralOrdinaro and, if his Tweets are to be believed (a bit of a stretch) he’s a decorated career soldier just trying to lighten up the mood. His Twitter Bio, next to a picture of the smiling CSA, includes a disclaimer: “I’m an ordinary guy. A garden-variety general officer. Do not  get me confused with the 38th Chief of Staff of the Army. (Common sense, people.)” A few samples: [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/GeneralOrdinaro/status/177933905213661185″] [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/GeneralOrdinaro/status/179362930528239616″]

Former Vice Chief of Staff Peter Chiarelli has a new job, and no one should be surprised at where he landed. Chiarelli, who retired on January 31, spent an enormous amount of time dealing with brain injuries to soldiers. He pioneered research into traumatic brain injury and created a partnership with the NFL to advance the study of brain injuries. On March 12, he took over as Chief Executive Officer of  One Mind For Research, an independent, non-profit organization of health care providers, researchers, academics and the health care industry  around the world working to cure all brain disorders.  It…

Forget the black beret and the patrol cap. Army North CG Lt. Gen. Guy Swan is sporting an entirely unique headgear. Swan trotted out his cheesy cover when ESPN’s First Take visited Fort Sam on Nov. 7. He also posted the picture on his Facebook page. The new beret rules allow commanders to choose the headgear for their units. Could this be the choice for Army North?

The trendy organic Whole Foods Market chain issued a press release Friday announcing that, as a “small token of our appreciation” to U.S. forces fighting abroad, they were offering free shipping of the five holiday boxes they have created as “care” packages for the troops. The sentiment is nice, but the choice of items to send to soldiers makes me think the Whole Foods folks are a bit out of touch with the realities of the war zone. But you decide for yourself. Here are the items: The Gift of Grub ($60). Summer sausage, pretzel crisps, aged cheddar cheese straws,…

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