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  • Army Reserve Soldier's civilian skills save Afghan life

    Aug 29, 2009

    As U.S. forces are now taking extra precautions to protect the lives of Afghan citizens in southern Afghanistan, an Army Reserve Soldier used his civilian skills to preserve the life of a local truck driver.

  • SPOT Program Receives 2009 Computerworld Award

    Aug 28, 2009

    The Department of Defense's Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker, or SPOT, was selected as the 2009 Government Winner of the 21st Century Achievement Award by Computerworld Honors Program.

  • 'A Good Defense Requires A Good Offense'

    Aug 28, 2009

    The need to stay ahead of the threat on the world stage from rogue nations, political and economic organizations, and non-state actors that include terrorists is driving the U.S. missile defense program as the nation focuses on defending its borders, its allies and its troops, said the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command. Speaking to participants at the 12th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference at the Von Braun Center on Aug. 18, Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton said the U.S. is operating in a "multi-polar environment with new threats and adversaries that challenge us. It makes us look at offense and defense in a different light." Chilton, a veteran astronaut of three space flights and the first former astronaut to receive four-star rank, is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives. The Strategic Command provides a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the president and secretary of defense. STRATCOM mission areas include full-spectrum global strike; space operations; computer network operations; Department of Defense information operations; strategic warning; integrated missile defense, global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; combating weapons of mass destruction; and specialized expertise to the joint war fighter.

  • Army 'ready' anytime, anywhere

    Aug 28, 2009

  • Training prepares employees for transition

    Aug 28, 2009

    During the past two years, more than 1,100 Army, Navy and Air Force employees working at 13 service-run maintenance depots, industrial sites and shipyards joined the Defense Logistics Agency work force.

  • Last of Large-Scale BRAC Footprint Becomes Reality

    Aug 27, 2009

    It's official - ground has been broken for the last of the large-scale, BRAC-related construction projects coming to Redstone Arsenal. Arsenal and community officials gathered Friday under a tent adjacent to the Redstone Flying Activity at the airfield to break ground for a $46.5 million building project that includes the Rotary Wing Center Hangar Facility and the Redstone Test Center's new headquarters buildings. The hangar facility will be located at the airfield while the RTC headquarters will be in front of building 4500 on Martin Road. The groundbreaking, combined with Thursday's merger of the Redstone Technical Test Center and the Aviation Technical Test Center, "is truly a milestone event in the life of Redstone Arsenal, the Army and the state of Alabama," said Col. Steven Kihara, the new commander of RTC. "The official merger completely changes the face of aviation and missile testing and evaluation. The critical expertise to test and qualify now resides co-located with customers."

  • Guard's Patriot Academy gives dropouts second chance

    Aug 27, 2009

    Only months ago, four dozen high-school dropouts from around the country faced a bleak future and limited opportunities in the work force. Now they are Soldiers at the Patriot Academy, on their way to earning their high-school diplomas and credits toward a college degree.

  • Testing Community Enters New Era

    Aug 27, 2009

    Two Army organizations - each known for their long history of technical expertise, customer service and war fighter support - officially merged to become the Redstone Test Center in a ceremony Thursday that brought together the best the Army has to offer in testing and evaluation capabilities. The ceremony, which included the casing of the flag of the Redstone Technical Test Center, the activation of the Redstone Test Center and the assumption of command of RTC by Col. Steven Kihara, was an historic event mandated by the 2005 BRAC recommendations and reflective of Team Redstone's growing profile as the Army's center for missile, sensor and aviation testing and evaluation. "We're here today to celebrate change," said James Johnson, director of the Army Developmental Test Command.

  • Army Reserve Sustainment Command to hold change of command ceremony

    Aug 27, 2009

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Army Reserve Sustainment Command will hold a change of command ceremony Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Wynfrey Hotel, 1000 Riverchase Galleria.

  • ACC wins Best of AKO award

    Aug 27, 2009

    The Army Contracting Command and the Expeditionary Contracting Command recently earned the Best of AKO 2009 Silver Awards for their AKO portal pages.

  • The Many Faces of Kate Campbell Stevenson

    Aug 27, 2009

    One moment she's Kate Campbell Stevenson, the singer. The next she's Abigail Adams in 1776. Keep watching and listening as she transforms again into a women's suffrage leader in 1913. Next she morphs into a female political candidate in 1920 Wyoming. She then asks her audience to travel that year to Washington, D.C., where she becomes suffragist Alice Paul, awaiting ratification of the 19th Amendment. Finally, the word comes that the legislation passed, giving women the right to vote. "We've come a long way, but we still have a ways to go before equality," Stevenson said, herself once again.

  • Special Delivery: Logisticians complete huge fuselage move

    Aug 27, 2009

    A 5,000-mile sea and land odyssey that began at an Orange County, Calif., testing facility came to an end Aug. 22 at Fort Lee, Va. A hulking Air Force C-17 aircraft fuselage is now in its final resting place following the 32-day move.

  • Depot's recent dedication preserves Civil War battle site for future generations

    Aug 26, 2009

    Information about recent dedication of plaques recognizing the Battle of Richmond, which took place on Blue Grass Army Depot property.

  • Depot firefighters receive overdue awards for extraordinary acts of heroism

    Aug 26, 2009

    Blue Grass Army firefighters recognized for heroism after five years.

  • 8th TSC Soldiers experience Japanese culture

    Aug 26, 2009

    In the middle of a two-week command post exercise at Camp Zama, a group of 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers, based out of Fort Shafter, Hawaii, took a break to enjoy the ancient culture of Japan.

  • Army aims to stop flow of paper money to Iraq, Afghanistan

    Aug 25, 2009

    The United States hasn't gone cashless quite yet, but in Afghanistan and Iraq, that's the goal -- at least when it comes to the way the Army plans to conduct business there.

  • Global Network Enterprise Construct to Restore Balance on the Network

    Aug 25, 2009

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Through the Global Network Enterprise Construct (GNEC), the objective is to restore balance on the Army's network in parallel with the Chief of Staff of the Army's goal to restore balance throughout the Army, according to Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson.

  • U.S. Army Commander in Europe: We have to build alliances

    Aug 25, 2009

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- During the opening speech of the LandWarNet 2009 conference, Gen. Carter F. Ham harked back to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and drew parallels between it and walls that exist in the governance of the Army's network.

  • Army, employees win big with beneficial suggestions

    Aug 25, 2009

    Crane Army employees received separate cash awards and certificates of achievements for their suggestions to the program that saved the Army a considerable amount of money.

  • Navy Reservists Gain Valuable Experience with Crane Army

    Aug 25, 2009

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity hosted 51 Reservists from CHB 7, 8, 10 and 14 Aug. 3-14 at its reserve compound, providing them with the opportunity to train and become certified on equipment and vehicles related to their trade.

  • 8th Theater Sustainment Command employs capabilities of USARJ Command Center

    Aug 25, 2009

    About 70 Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) deployed their forward command post (FCP) here Aug. 12 to the U.S. Army, Japan / I Corps (Forward) / U.S. Army Garrison, Japan command center to exercise their theater sustainment capabilities. The 8th TSC is the command responsible for logistics sustainment in the Pacific Theater, providing support from the factory to the foxhole for warfighters from Alaska to Korea, an area spanning 9,000 miles. This command post exercise also tests the reach back capability provided by the 8th TSC main command post (MCP), located at Ft. Shafter, Hawaii.

  • Army Capstone Concept balances winning today's wars with preparing for future conflict

    Aug 24, 2009

    "We have to be able to defeat the enemy, conduct security operations, and also conduct a broad range of activities while conducting stability operations - and be able to transition continuously across the spectrum of offensive, defensive, stability and civil-support operations." said Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center's Concepts Development and Experimentation Directorate.

  • Hunting for the enemy and souvenirs

    Aug 24, 2009

    Hunting for souvenirs was an important pastime for many GIs during World War II and provided them with strong psychological benefits. "When Soldiers pick that object up, even though it may be years later, a memory is triggered and they're reliving that adventure once more," said one military historian.

  • Post parishioners anticipate new chapel

    Aug 24, 2009

    Construction plans for a 22,600 square-foot chapel on Guthrie Airfield stand in the works, according to Installation Management Command Chaplain (Maj.) Mark Mitera.

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    Aug 24, 2009

  • MPs conduct property checks for vacationing residents

    Aug 24, 2009

    When Soldiers and Families spend several days away from home, their residences can become targets of criminals. However, Community Police can ensure their homes remain safe during their absence.

  • 'Squared Away' regiment rejoins TRADOC

    Aug 24, 2009

    After serving six years under Air Traffic Services Command (ATSCOM), the 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment rejoined Training and Doctrine Command's (TRADOC) 110th Aviation Brigade. A transition ceremony held Aug. 13 at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum marked the change.

  • Citizenship possible with ACS help

    Aug 24, 2009

    When defense of the United States requires Soldiers to serve in foreign countries, occasionally romance blossoms and Family status changes. Should Family status change while a Soldier is serving on foreign soil, Army Community Services (ACS) can help new Family members establish permanent legal residency.

  • Commander promotes his hero at APG

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Selfless service: Soldier pulls pregnant woman from burning car

    Aug 24, 2009

    A few years ago, Brittany Bragwell's grandmother gave her an angel figurine that had the inscription, "Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly."

  • Law school available to junior officers

    Aug 24, 2009

    The Office of the Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army's Funded Legal Education program. Under this program, up to 25 Army officers may be selected to attend law school at government expense while on active duty.

  • BenAfAt Laboratories' line of sight goes beyond cannon

    Aug 24, 2009

    The Army's BenAfAt Laboratories conducted in Albany Thursday its first Black Silicon symposium that was attended by more than 20 representatives from such institutions as Harvard, MIT, RPI, and the Army Research Laboratories. BenAfAt is well known for its work at the Watervliet Arsenal in research, development, and prototype production of large caliber weapon systems. What most people don't know, however, is that much of BenAfAt's research for cannon and tank development also enhances capability for a variety of Soldier systems, from infrared devices to stereo lithographic modeling.

  • Immunizations not just for kids

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Whatever age, whatever sport, protect the eyes

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Birdies flock to Ruggles for charity invitational

    Aug 24, 2009

  • AUSA picnic hosts 90 Soldiers

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Commentary: As it should be

    Aug 24, 2009

  • 1-58th AOB welcomes new 'Guardian'

    Aug 24, 2009

    During a change of command ceremony Friday at Howze Field, 1-58th Airfield Operations Battalion (AOB) Soldiers welcomed incoming Commander Lt. Col. Thomas G. Moore.

  • Green Belt class aims to improve communication

    Aug 21, 2009

    Seeking to improve the process by which hearing-impaired employees request interpreters, ASC has launched a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt project. Two training sessions set the stage for the project. They were held on June 15-19 and July 13-17 in the Army Sustainment Command Headquarters' Command Assessment and Continuous Improvement Conference Center.

  • Installation supply, maintenance activities set to reorganize

    Aug 21, 2009

    A large but quiet change will take place in Army installation supply and maintenance activities during the next two years.

  • NCO Spotlight: Guided by principles, Soldier strives to be consumate NCO

    Aug 21, 2009

  • Eoff earns LAR of the Year Award

    Aug 21, 2009

  • Sky's the Limit for Youth Education on Post

    Aug 21, 2009

    While everyone knows the opportunities the Army offers its Soldiers, civilians and contractors in their careers, they may not realize the opportunities it offers for the children to learn and explore their interests. The SKIESUnlimited program offers fun and educational classes for Team Redstone's youngest members. Currently, the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited offers three continual programs. Kids from as young as 3 can take weekly classes in piano, Taekwondo or choose from dance, cheerleading and gymnastics offerings. All classes are taught by instructors who express their enthusiasm for the youngsters. "I do this because I love it," Taekwondo master Jeffrey Davis said. "Some of these kids came to me at 7 or 8 and now they're getting ready to go off to college. It's fantastic to watch them grow into who they are going to be."

  • Hawaii Hi-Lo

    Aug 21, 2009

  • Ushering in a New Era of Testing at Redstone

    Aug 21, 2009

    Missile and aviation testing will make history simultaneously at Redstone Arsenal this week. Two Army organizations well-known for providing the best testing of weapon systems used in theater will merge on Thursday to become the Army's premier testing facility. The Redstone Technical Test Center and the Aviation Technical Test Center, formerly of Fort Rucker, will merge to become the Redstone Test Center at 10 a.m. Thursday in Bob Jones Auditorium. In addition, a groundbreaking for new RTC facilities will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Redstone Airfield. Both RTTC and ATTC were formed in the 1950s, with RTTC charged with the testing of missile, aviation and sensor systems, subsystems and components while ATTC - in various organizational forms throughout the years - was charged with testing the airworthiness and safety qualifications of aircraft and related aviation equipment.

  • Finding work is key to rebuilding lives of returning Wounded Warriors

    Aug 21, 2009

    Finding meaningful employment is a crucial component of helping severely wounded Soldiers to rebuild their lives and starting to experience a normal life.

  • General Officers on Target in Missile Firing

    Aug 21, 2009

    A large crowd gathered Aug. 10 to witness the star-studded firing of two Javelin missiles. AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles and program executive officer for missiles and space Brig. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco each fired a Javelin missile as part of the normally scheduled Javelin Stockpile Reliability Program testing. The general officers demonstrated confidence in not only the Javelin weapon system and training program, but also the SRP. The Javelin SRP was designed to provide the data needed to assure the Javelin missile maintains the expected performance, reliability and safety for the duration of its use in the field.

  • Black Hawk Helicopter Headed for the Border

    Aug 21, 2009

    The two members of the official party exchanged handshakes and passed the log book and keys between them. This moment signified the official transfer of a UH-60M from the Utility Helicopter Project Office to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. The delivery marked the first UH-60M aircraft to enter service for the CBP which currently utilizes UH-60A aircraft to protect this nation's borders. The CBP will take delivery of four UH-60M aircraft by July 2010. This state-of-the-art helicopter will allow the CBP to modernize its rotary wing fleet and better achieve its agency mission requirements. The aircraft will be used to provide mobility and communication for CBP agents along the United States borders and between official ports of entry.

  • Honor Flight Extra Special for Brotherly Veterans

    Aug 21, 2009

    Like all the other veterans making the Tennessee Valley Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on Aug. 29, Joe Costello of Huntsville is looking forward to visiting with other veterans and seeing the World War II memorial. "I hope to see some of my friends that I knew in the service," he said. "It will be an honor to see the World War II memorial and the changing of the guard (at Arlington Cemetery). I will be proud to see the names inscribed on the World War II memorial because I know they are the ones who are heroes, the ones who died." Yet, his trip has become even more special with the addition of a much-loved companion.

  • Native Son of Redstone and Member of Work Force

    Aug 21, 2009

    Ward Stirling didn't realize until recently that he may be one of a kind. The Redstone worker was born on post. Stirling was born Sept. 9, 1970 in building 112, which served as the hospital here until Fox Army Hospital opened in 1978. He's a system administrator III for the AMCOM Command Group. "In the 30 years that Mike (Baker) has been around as historian we have met maybe less than five people born on the installation who moved away," Claus Martel, a historian in the Aviation and Missile Command's Historical Office, said. "I can think of no other person that's working here that's 40 years old (or younger) that was born on Redstone Arsenal."

  • Summer Employment Benefits Garrison, Students

    Aug 21, 2009

    The Garrison is at a critical point. Of its government employees, 28 percent are eligible for retirement, and many more will be eligible within the next few years. Due to the aging work force, preparations must be made for the future. The mission of the Garrison is to "continuously (provide) superior installation operations support and quality of life to enable Team Redstone's mission success." Besides the aging work force, Base Realignment and Closure will require more employees in order to accomplish this mission.

  • Newest Addition to Security Assistance Command

    Aug 21, 2009

    As more of their staff is relocated or hired in, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command is seeing their team come together at Redstone. Their newest member, Col. Gwendolyn Roland, is the director of regional operations for four of the organization's six global areas. She took over the position Aug 4. Roland's military career has spanned 23 years. During that time, she served all over the world. Her years of experience in ordnance, maintenance and forward support landed her an assignment as the security assistance officer to the Office of Military Cooperation in Egypt in 2003. Her time there, coupled with her field experience, gives her a unique perspective on what it is that USASAC does.

  • Retiring Worker Recalls Career of Opportunities

    Aug 21, 2009

    Pat Cross has gone from telephone operator to motor vehicle operator to administrative assistant in her 35 years of employment with the Department of Defense. And, along the way, she has ridden in a Huey helicopter and a tank, taken a maiden dependent voyage on the U.S.S. Aubrey Fitch, and helped make a difference as a member of the Civilian Welfare Fund Council and an executive with the Combined Federal Campaign. She has also managed to break through a few glass ceilings that, at the time, she didn't even know were there. "My dad was retired civil service, so working as a civil servant just seemed the natural thing for me to do," she said.

  • Huntsville Native Joins Senior Executive Service

    Aug 21, 2009

    Family, friends, colleagues and fellow members of Team Redstone gathered in Bob Jones Auditorium to share in the experience and bear witness as Steve Cornelius, associate director for missile development at Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, was sworn in as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of the Aviation and Missile Command, who officiated the ceremony, spoke of Cornelius' selection to the SES, and his dedication to Team Redstone and, most important, to the Soldier. "We got it right with this guy. I've been doing this thing in the Army for about 34 years and every once in a while I know what right looks like. It's about building a team and being able to make things better. It's about what we can do for others. This guy is made of gold. His heart is huge. These are the type of people we want to sustain the great work force that we have now and actually take it to the next level," Myles said.

  • Running Support

    Aug 21, 2009

  • Customer Service Survey Opens Next Week

    Aug 21, 2009

    Customers who live, work or do business at Redstone Arsenal will have an opportunity Aug. 24 through Sept. 18 to provide detailed feedback on all of the post's services. The 2009 annual Customer Service Assessment, which falls under Customer Management Services, is the Installation Management Command's annual Armywide program for collecting customer feedback and using the data to evaluate and improve the delivery of installation programs and services. The assessment is intended to answer the all important question affecting resource allocation in IMCOM: "What does it matter to Soldiers and to their families'"

  • 21st TSC welcomes new commanding general

    Aug 21, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Even the hottest day of this summer could not keep the large number of guests, Soldiers, civilian employees and Families away.

  • 21st TSC holds retreat, tattoo ceremony to honor former commanding general

    Aug 21, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The 21st Theater Sustainment Command held a retreat and tattoo ceremony dedicated to its former commanding general at the parade field on Panzer Kaserne Aug. 19.

  • Exercise Pacific Reach 2009

    Aug 21, 2009

    Active duty and Army Reserve Soldiers from around the world converged on Yokohama North Dock, Tokyo, Japan for Exercise Pacific Reach 2009, Aug. 1-21. The Soldiers trained on how to draw prepositioned stocks, perform maintenance, and to test the capabilities of the prepositioned stock.

  • AMSC opens registration for FY10 Civilian Education System classes

    Aug 20, 2009

    The staff and faculty at Army Management Staff College are eager to welcome Army and other Department of Defense civilian leaders into the Civilian Education System program this upcoming fiscal year.

  • Graduates rave about Army Civilian Education System program

    Aug 20, 2009

    Army Management Staff College graduated a combined total of 107 students from its Intermediate course (IC) and Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (CESL) program recently. Of the total, 29 students graduated from the senior leader program and 78 graduated from the Intermediate Course at ceremonies held in their honor. Although the classes are different, all students had at least one thing in common--they took time away from their home stations to invest in their development as leaders. The graduates raved about the courses.

  • 'Yank' magazine energized Soldiers, reminding them of the reasons for fighting

    Aug 20, 2009

  • Marine Reservists Hone Their Skills with Crane Army

    Aug 20, 2009

    Sixteen Marine Corps Reservist, broken into two groups of eight, from Greenville, S.C., enjoyed a unique opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills with ammunition handling while learning more about the shipping and storing processes involved while at Crane Army Ammunition Activity.

  • Depot signs $7.5M contract for turret trainer upgrades

    Aug 20, 2009

  • Armour charges audience to breakthrough, succeed

    Aug 20, 2009

    Vernice Armour shared her story in observance of Women's Equality Day at Anniston Army Depot, Ala., on Aug. 12.

  • VIPs salute 402nd Army Field Support Brigade's performance in Iraq

    Aug 20, 2009

    Army Materiel Command's Commanding General, Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, and the Principal Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logisitics and Technology, Dean G. Popps, visited the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, and praised Soldiers, civilian employees and contract workers for their superb support of forces in the field.

  • 404th Army Field Support Brigade NCO trains hard for competition

    Aug 20, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Tensye Murrell trains for Army Sustainment Command NCO of the Year competition.

  • Army Field Support Battalions in Iraq earn Quartermaster honors

    Aug 20, 2009

    Both Army Field Support Battalions operating in Iraq named Distinguished Units of the Regiment by the Quartermaster of the Army, Brig. Gen. Jesse Cross.

  • Near End of the Line at Redstone

    Aug 19, 2009

    Lt. Col. Sean Cusker has walked in the boots of both an enlisted Soldier and an officer. With duty on both sides of the spectrum, he brings a unique point of view to his new assignment as commander of the 832nd Ordnance Battalion. Yet, no matter how he looks at it, building physically fit, confident, moral and highly skilled Soldiers ready to answer their nation's call is the top priority of Cusker's command team. "We want to be successful in making sure the Soldiers who come through here become a positive contributing member of their organization from the first day they arrive at their first job assignment," Cusker said. "They need to understand the technical and tactical side of the house when they leave here. They also need to understand the operational Army. "We have a vested interest to make sure these Soldiers adhere to the Army culture and know what it takes to be a successful Soldier."

  • CECOM executive earns 2008 Presidential Rank Award

    Aug 19, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- Edward C. Thomas, deputy to the CECOM LCMC commanding general, received the Senior Executive Service (SES) Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award late last month from Secretary of the Army Preston M. "Pete" Geren in ceremonies at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery.

  • On Path Toward Aviation Center of Excellence

    Aug 19, 2009

    One of the mandates of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission calls for the formation of a center of excellence for aviation at Redstone Arsenal. The future of that mandate is shaping up now. Today is the second in a two-day meeting of members of the Integrated Process Team of the newly formed Aviation Technology Center of Excellence at Redstone Arsenal. The concept, mission and structure of the ATCoE, which is overseen by an Executive Steering Group, will be presented publicly at the Advance Planning Briefings for Industry hosted by the Aviation and Missile Command Aug. 26-27 at the Von Braun Center.

  • Army delivers state-of-art helicopter to patrol border

    Aug 19, 2009

    With a handshake and the passing of a log book and keys, representatives from the Utility Helicopter Project Office to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency marked the delivery of the first of four UH-60M aircraft that will enter CBP service by July 2010.

  • AKO, DKO increase security measures

    Aug 19, 2009

    The Army Knowledge Online and Defense Knowledge Online Web portals are changing procedures for users who log on without a common access card.

  • City of Watervliet, Arsenal to weather economic storm together

    Aug 19, 2009

    As the City of Chicago closed for business one day this week to shave millions off of a seriously challenged budget, the City of Watervliet has all hands on deck as it prepares to work its way through the current economic downturn. Public services, such as fire, police, and public works, are critical for this small city that is trying to maintain a quality of life that city leaders hope will not only stem the outflow of its citizens, but also are important to providing a good environment for local businesses such as the Army's Watervliet Arsenal, Mayor Michael Manning said today.

  • Soldiers learn to impart mental toughness on others

    Aug 19, 2009

    Some 50 Soldiers will finish up "master resiliency training" this week in Philadelphia, Pa., as part of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

  • Commentary: Reflections of Kuwait

    Aug 18, 2009

    The heat is usually one of the first things that come to mind when mentioning a deployment to Kuwait. Yes, it does get hot, and yes, frequent dust storms tend to take the fun out of outdoor activity. Being a former Soldier, deployment to this area is nothing new. Since the last time I visited this little known vacation spot in '04, not much has changed. What I didn't realize sitting back at my comfortable desk at JMC was the tasks I had thought of as mundane and sometimes pointless, had direct impact in a theater of operations thousands of miles away.

  • Depot officially opens $85M engine plant

    Aug 18, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--The depot formally opened its new Powertrain Flexible Maintenance Facility on Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting, signifying the end of a three-year construction project. Federal, state and local leaders were here to tour the facility, which houses overhaul and repair work on reciprocating diesel engines for combat vehicles.

  • WW II veterans reflect on how music helped them cope with wartime service

    Aug 17, 2009

    Battle of the Bulge veterans recently reflected on how popular music during their wartime service helped them to cope with their experiences.

  • Employees produce 100,000 Blue Force kits

    Aug 17, 2009

    Tobyhanna's workload on a key tracking system has reached new heights in support of warfighters around the world.

  • "Can-do" attitude helps employee earn quarterly award

    Aug 17, 2009

    A Systems Integration and Support Directorate employee earned a depot-level award for his dedication, training skills, and "can-do" attitude, which helps raise morale dedication and increases production in the Component Refinishing Branch.

  • Farmer takes command of PBCA

    Aug 17, 2009

    Storms and rain forced change of command activities for the Pine Bluff Chemical Activity inside the Arsenal Recreation Services Center July 14 as Lt. Col. Cliff R. Johnston, outgoing PBCA commander, passed the command colors to incoming commander Lt. Col. Nathaniel W. Farmer.

  • CARA-West mission is varied, dangerous at times

    Aug 17, 2009

    If you didn't know it, the 20th Support Command Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives Analytical Remediation Activity, also known as CARA-West resides here at Pine Bluff Arsenal. Formerly, known as the Army Technical Escort Unit, the team, made up of civilian chemical engineering technicians, has a varied and sometimes dangerous mission.

  • Hundreds attend Military Retiree Day

    Aug 17, 2009

    A crowd of over 550 attended Tobyhanna's annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day, Aug. 8, at the Mack Field House. The depot's Retirement Services Office (RSO) hosted the event.

  • Study: Arsenal is 'best in class' in safety

    Aug 17, 2009

    Someone is keeping an eye on Pine Bluff Arsenal when it comes to the area of safety.

  • Chemical Soldiers visit Anniston Activity, incinerator

    Aug 14, 2009

    The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., has the mission of safely storing the U.S. stockpile of chemical munitions in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, and Utah. CMA is also managing the safe demilitarization of the stockpile in Alabama, Arkansas, Oregon, and Utah. Since operations began in 1990, 65 percent of the stockpile (20,425 tons), in more than 2,198,500 individual munitions and containers, has been eliminated. Chemical Corps (Dragon) Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., wanted to see some of the stockpile and learn how it was being demilitarized. They traveled to Anniston (Ala.) Army Depot and did just that.

  • AMC Retirement and Recognition Ceremony

    Aug 14, 2009

    Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command held a quarterly retirement and recognition ceremony at Fort Belvoir and Redstone Arsenal Aug. 14. Awards at Fort Belvoir were presented by Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC commanding general, and Sgt. Maj. Jeffery J. Mellinger, AMC command sergeant major. Awards at Redstone Arsenal were presented by Lane Collie, HQAMC-Forward senior leader representative, pricipal deputy, G-3/5.

  • CECOM LCMC CG to Keynote at Pre-LandWarNet Commercial Satellite Users' Conference

    Aug 14, 2009

    The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) is pleased to announce that Major General Randolph P. Strong, Commanding General of CECOM LCMC, Fort Monmouth, NJ, will keynote the 2nd Army Commercial SATCOM Users' Workshop, held on Monday, August 17th, 2009, the pre-day of the LandWarNet 2009 conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • Soldiers learn proper way to stab their battle buddy

    Aug 14, 2009

    Army Reserve Soldiers participating in Golden Cargo at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant recently enhanced their combat preparedness by taking the Combat life Saver Course conducted by the MCAAP fire department.A,A

  • Flight school leaders revise, improve training

    Aug 14, 2009

    In an effort to improve officer and Aviator training efficiency, the Army is revising its existing career development model.

  • Firefighters earn Army applause

    Aug 14, 2009

    Fort Rucker community members can take comfort in knowing their firefighting force is top notch. Four Fort Rucker and 6th Military Police Detachment - Fire Protection Division (FPD) firefighters recently earned Army and Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Southeast awards for heroism and excellence.

  • 'Bravo' effort -- Engineers wrap up Iraq deployment

    Aug 14, 2009

    The "Bravo Beasts" of B Company, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade are wrapping up their 15-month deployment in Iraq. They are preparing to return home to Fort Rucker in early September.

  • Major General Kevin R. McBride, Assistant Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard

    Aug 14, 2009

    Major General Kevin R. McBride assumed his duties as the U.S. Army Materiel Command's Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, on Feb. 1, 2009.

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  • Book Captures Spirit of Magazine Cartoonist

    Aug 13, 2009

    As the Army's PS Magazine celebrates its 58th year in publication, a book about its history is hot off the presses. The author, Paul Fitzgerald, tells the history of celebrated graphic novelist and artist Will Eisner, who spent 21 years bringing the material in PS Magazine to life. "PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly has been in existence for over 58 years. In any organization that's been around that long, you run the risk of losing the institutional memories, the earliest anecdotes and stories, and the actual truth involved with your organization's origin," Stuart Henderson, production manager at PS Magazine, said. "None of our current staff members were with PS during those early years. I know of only four living people who were, and one of them is Paul Fitzgerald."

  • Army transporters: In it for the long haul

    Aug 13, 2009

    Working long hours with little recuperation time is often the life of a transporter. Army transporters during Golden Cargo annual training welcomed the training and experience- because they are in it for the long haul.

  • Interns Take Team Building on the Road

    Aug 13, 2009

    People joining the Redstone work force hear a lot about team building. A group of interns from the AMCOM Security Assistance Management Directorate found a creative way to put the idea into action. They took team building to the beach. Nine interns, including two from the Integrated Materiel Management Center, headed south June 19-24 to Destin, Fla. The idea was to have fun while building their relationships and getting to know one another.

  • Army Showcased at AUSA Annual Meeting

    Aug 13, 2009

    If you want to be close to the heartbeat of the Army, then attending the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army is the place to be. Set for Oct. 4-7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation's capitol, the 2009 AUSA Annual Meeting will provide its members with presentations by high-level Army officials, more than 500 Army and industry exhibits, and professional development forums for Soldiers, Army family members and industry executives. More than 30,000 attendees, including senior leaders from the Army, Department of Defense and Congress, will participate. "The purpose of the annual meeting and associated exhibitions is to recognize the achievements of Soldiers and AUSA chapters during the previous year, provide a forum for discussion of pertinent issues impacting our Soldiers and the Army, and provide training for chapter leadership in organizing their individual chapter activities," said retired Col. Steve Taylor, president of the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of AUSA.

  • Local Firefighters Learn Ropes at Redstone Arsenal

    Aug 13, 2009

    "Where's the elevator at'" quipped a firefighter as he climbed the steps of an old NASA test stand. The mothballed test stand and a nearby blockhouse were the site the afternoon of Aug. 5 for an Alabama Fire College Rope Rescue Class. Redstone Fire and Emergency Services conducted the training last week for Redstone, Huntsville and Madison firefighters. "It's a 40-hour class," Jeff Burns, one of the three instructors, said. "It's called technical rope rescue, it's a rope rescue class."

  • Head Lice Represent Touchy Subject at School

    Aug 13, 2009

    They're as small as a pencil lead yet just mentioning them makes people start to itch. What are they' Head lice! With school starting, these little pests will be moving through school age heads with a vengeance. Students, parents and teachers should know how head lice are transmitted and how to recognize and treat infestations.

  • Message of Loss and Hope for Suicide Prevention

    Aug 13, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Mark Graham's resume reads like a who's who of an aspiring career Soldier - service in Desert Storm, first active duty Army colonel to command a National Guard brigade in peacetime, director of the largest military evacuation following the Hurricane Katrina devastation in New Orleans, deputy commander of the U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and currently the commander of Division West and Fort Carson, Colo. Graham's resume includes numerous other assignments in his 32 years of military service along with numerous awards and decorations. But, in coming years, Graham may become best known for the losses he and his wife and their daughter have suffered during the past six years - the suicide death of son Kevin, a top ROTC cadet, in 2003, and the death of son Jeff, a second lieutenant, in 2004 as a result of a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq.

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