Dan Cohen AUTHOR The National Commission on the Future of the Army’s public hearing in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, was not intended to scrutinize Fort Bragg’s missions or its military value, but local officials who testified focused on the high degree of support the surrounding communities provide the post.“We here in Fayetteville get the Army,” Fayetteville City Manager Ted Vorhees told the commissioners.The commission’s task is to assess “the right mix between the active army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve to meet the nation’s requirements,” said retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, chairman of the eight-member panel.Cumberland County Commissioner Jimmy Keefe noted the close connections between Fort Bragg and its civilian neighbors, reported the Fayetteville Observer. About 70 percent of the installation’s troops live off post, for example. Keefe also pointed out that the county has one of the state’s few veterans courts.“Those are the kind of unique initiatives we take as a county,” Keefe said. “Our county leadership hopes to build on the leadership with Fort Bragg in their decision-making,” he added.Only one speaker addressed the Army’s plan to shift AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard to the regular Army, one of the primary issues the commission will be taking up.Removing the Apaches from the National Guard would be a “huge risk,” Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rick Comer told the panel. When there was a heavy demand to train Apache pilots over the last 13 years, Fort Rucker, Ala., turned to the National Guard to supply instructor pilots. “The Guard at any given time had eight to 12 instructor pilots at Fort Rucker supporting flight school. We take the Apaches out of the Guard, what do we do next time? We won’t have that capability,” said Comer, who served with the North Carolina National Guard for 30 years.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apple’s unveiling of its newest iPhone on Tuesday disappointed some who were looking for a major technology upgrade for the device. The chief hardware innovations of the iPhone 4S (not the iPhone 5 some were expecting) are its voice-command capability and better camera — not exactly market-changing improvements.While those are helpful advances for those who use Apple’s smartphone in the field, most business users will likely see more of an impact from changes to the iPhone’s wireless service availability, and from new prices across the entire iPhone line.The iPhone 4S has a smarter processor that allows it to be used on a wider variety of networks, including that of Sprint Nextel, which will sell and host an iPhone on its network for the first time. Apple says the iPhone 4S will be available for use by networks in 70 countries by the end of the year – what it called its fastest global rollout for any iPhone version. min read That’s a plus for business users who travel overseas and want to use their favorite apps while there. And obviously, entrepreneurs who have a Sprint account can now use the iPhone to boost productivity without having to change providers.Still, most of the iPhone’s most-advanced features are not much use in countries such as India, which have been slow to roll out the kind of high-speed networks those features need. This is partly why Apple has only a tiny fraction of the market in India, which according to data researcher IDC has the world’s second-most wireless subscribers, with more than 600 million.For small business owners in the U.S., Apple’s new pricing scheme is worth noting, as it makes older models available at either nominal prices or, in the case of the iPhone 3GS, free.The new iPhone 4S is priced beginning at $199 for a 16-Gigabyte version, which is plenty except for those who like to put a lot of songs and video on their phones. A 32-Gigabyte version will cost $299 at introduction, and a 64-Gb version, $399.Meanwhile, the older iPhone 4, with 8 Gigabytes of storage, will be priced at just $99 if you sign up for a two-year contract with Sprint, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, or any other provider who sells the device. Even better for those who don’t want to pay for the leading edge of Apple technology, an even older model, the iPhone 3GS, will come free with a two-year contract.The pricing moves are a strong argument to not buy the most recent iPhone version but instead choose an older model, as I did in August when I purchased an iPhone 3GS for $49 plus tax. The device has already boosted my productivity, even though I’m an independent contractor who uses it primarily to email, call and surf the web.Even more gains are being realized by businesses who regularly use a broader range of apps, such as Evernote (to get organized), Square (to accept payments) and Print n Share (for on-the-go printing).Apple’s new voice-activated personal assistant software, called Siri, may yet turn out to be a hit among mobile users. For now though, if you’ve been waiting to try the iPhone platform, Apple just provided some inexpensive ways to do so – just not with its newest phone.The iPhone 4S will be available Oct. 14 in the U.S.Will you buy an iPhone 4S? Share your comments below. How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. October 4, 2011 Listen Now