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  • Taking a second look at Army-owned manufacturing

    Dec 15, 2009

    WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- While the Federal Reserve Bank of New YorkAca,!a,,cs Empire Manufacturing Survey showed today that its general business conditions index and employment fell in December from November, the Watervliet continues to generate and sustain jobs in New York's Capital District.

  • Celebrate the holidays with safety in mind

    Dec 15, 2009

    Celebrate the holidays with safety in mind

  • LEAN IMPROVES AIRORNE RADIO TEST, REPAIR PROCESS

    Dec 15, 2009

    Lean Six Sigma methods were used to streamline how members of the Flight Control Systems Branch test and repair airborne radios. The use of a new piece of test equipment will save the depot thousands in operating costs by standardizing the way employees perform daily tasks.

  • On the job at Tobyhanna- Technical Development Division

    Dec 15, 2009

    The Technical Development Division's team supports the warfighter by providing mission-essential training to employees. On-site instructors conduct accredited courses in a broad range of subjects, such as electronics, soldering and HAZMAT courses. Through coordinated efforts, administrators and technicians work with universities and vendors around the country to ensure the depot's work force receives the best training available. Tobyhanna Army Depot is the Defense Department's largest center for the repair, overhaul and fabrication of a wide variety of electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network. Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces. About 5,600 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., the command's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.

  • TRAINING COURSE EDUCATES SOLDIERS ON SINCGARS

    Dec 15, 2009

    The 80-hour Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) training course was designed to educate Soldiers on the radio system equipment, which allows personnel to speak securely over airwaves and with encrypted coding.

  • TOBYHANNA RECRUITS RESERVISTS TO FILL CRITICAL MANPOWER NEEDS

    Dec 15, 2009

    The Personal Force Innovation (PFI) program allows Department of Defense Working Capital Fund activities, such as Tobyhanna, to fill critical manpower needs with highly skilled reservists. The PFI office recruits the highest quality volunteers and works closely with each activity to get the right person to fill critical needs.

  • Tools help warfighters test water for chemical, biological hazards

    Dec 15, 2009

    In August, Tobyhanna employees began fabricating components to be included in detection enhancement kits, which will provide military personnel with the tools to test a water sample for radiation, and chemical and biological hazards.

  • Reserve seeks to 'balance the force' with seasoned Soldiers

    Dec 14, 2009

    The Army Reserve has increased its ranks by 20,000 and continues to meet its recruiting goals, but there are some gaps that remain unfilled in mid-level ranks and different specialties.

  • U.S. Army, Pacific Contingency Command Post conducts first exercise in Japan

    Dec 14, 2009

    The U.S. Army, Pacific Contingency Command Post took the operational lead for Exercise Yama Sakura 57, providing the groundwork for a successful bilateral exercise with the Northern Army of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

  • No pins, no problem for new RIA-JMTC focus factory

    Dec 14, 2009

    For 140 years, Rock Island Arsenal has strived to demonstrate a readiness similar to that of a United States Soldier. The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center's Small Arms Parts Focus Factory has recently proven this dedication to preparedness and to the Soldier, once again.

  • Japan-U.S. Military Exercise Improves Readiness

    Dec 14, 2009

    On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan mutual defense treaty, U.S. and Japanese forces have successfully concluded a major exercise here on Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan.

  • Yama Sakura 57 runs smoothly, thanks to 35th CSSB and friends

    Dec 14, 2009

    More than 1,500 U.S. troops descended on northern Japan Dec. 7-13 to participate in Yama Sakura 57, a bilateral, computer-based exercise designed to strengthen military operations and ties between the U.S. and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Most of these troops are working with their Japanese counterparts by manning computers, attending battle update briefs and coordinating air support. But some troops are working hard behind the scenes, collecting laundry, running transportation and distributing mail; all with the mission of providing logistical support to keep the exercise running smoothly. These troops belong to the 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, based in Sagami General Depot, Japan.

  • Looking back on the Year of the NCO

    Dec 14, 2009

    As the year-long tribute for our noncommissioned officers comes to a close, we must not allow this recognition to be isolated to 2009. We must continue to work to develop NCOs through education, fitness and leadership training.

  • Army receives next round of power distribution systems

    Dec 14, 2009

    Department of Defense Project Manager, Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP) received the first four Fidelity Technologies Corporation Power Distribution Illumination Systems Electrical (PDISE) units to come off of the product line during a ceremony at its plant in Reading, Pa., on Nov. 23, 2009.

  • Comfort Food Cookoff: Chilli Challenge Champion Chosen

    Dec 14, 2009

    A heated debate turned into heated treats for members of the Army Contracting Command as it held its first ever Chili Championship Challenge. According to Michael Holcomb, ACC Secretary to the General Staff and event coordinator, after some conversations at the water cooler it was decided that a chili cook off would be a fun competition and a great way to bring people together.

  • DSCC, Tobyhanna Army Depot hold SS&D transfer town hall

    Dec 14, 2009

    TOBYHANNA, Pa. - A town hall meeting was conducted Dec. 2 at Tobyhanna Army Depot in northeastern Pennsylvania for employees who perform the storage and distribution function for the Army industrial mission located here.

  • District supports power projection in Livorno

    Dec 14, 2009

    Nowhere else in EUCOM does the term "Power Projection" mean more. But in early 2009, USACE got together with the local DPW, the Navy, and the Army Materiel Command and started renovations on the Leghorn Army Depot.

  • Cadets bring rivalry to halls of Pentagon

    Dec 11, 2009

    West Point cadets came to the Pentagon Friday knowing that a win over Navy could bring them back to the nation's capital for a bowl game later this month.

  • SMA urges Master Resilience Trainers to share knowledge

    Dec 11, 2009

    Soldiers and civilians attending the Master Resilience Training course in Philadelphia, Pa., were challenged by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston Thursday to take the lessons learned here back their units and share them with Soldiers and families.

  • Redstone Community Sends 150 Care Packages

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- This holiday season a single Christmas tree will light the Afghanistan darkness - and the hearts of the Soldiers of ISAF Joint Command. "The lighting of a tree has always reminded us that there is still hope, there is still light in the midst of darkness," said Lt. Col. Mickey Jett, chaplain for the command in Kabul, Afghanistan. "We will light the tree right before dusk and remember God's blessings upon our nation, remember what we are fighting for, the right to worship God according to the dictates of our heart, the right to sing and know we are blest." The tree lighting won't just bring some Christmas spirit to the Soldiers, but also a special present from Redstone Arsenal and the Huntsville community. It was less than two weeks ago that Laura Ayers, headquarters AMC program lead for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages and the Government Industry Data Exchange Program, received an e-mail from Jett, who she had worked with at HQ AMC-forward, letting her know that they were hoping to have a special tree lighting ceremony and wanted to distribute care packages filled with basic necessities to their Soldiers. Ayers responded immediately that 150 special surprises, as well as a Christmas tree would be delivered in time for Christmas.

  • Deploying With the Heart Of A Community

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Leah Shallbetter is bracing herself for another year of separation from her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Rob Shallbetter of the Alabama National Guard's 441st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion. The Toney resident can tell the story of her husband's three deployments based on the ages of the couple's children - 7-year-old Bette was three weeks old when her father deployed to Afghanistan, 5-year-old Josie was three months old when her father deployed to Iraq and, for his upcoming deployment, the family's youngest member, John Robert, is 2 1/2 years old. "I'm nervous about this deployment being a year," Shallbetter said. "But I have a strong faith in the Lord and that keeps me at peace. It's really harder for him because he will be away from the kids for so long." The Shallbetters were among several families and a crowd of 500 who attended the deployment ceremony for the 45 Soldiers of the 441st on Dec. 2 at the Jaycees Building in John Hunt Park. The Soldiers left Dec. 3 for additional training and preparation at Camp Shelby, Miss., before deploying to Baghdad, where they will use their training and "the best equipment money can buy" to protect and defend U.S. troops against explosive ordnance and other enemy attacks, said their commander, Lt. Col. Roger Yearwood.

  • Honor Flight Schedules Last Voyage

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Since its inception in 2007, Honor Flight Tennessee Valley has flown 1,002 World War II veterans free of charge to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial. The one-day trips, which started with the maiden voyage of 14 veterans flown on a commercial flight, grew into major community events both in Huntsville and D.C., involving hundreds of volunteers and flag-waving well wishers along with a show of patriotism that followed the veterans as they visited their memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Korean War Memorial, the Marine Corps Memorial and other D.C. sites. Those trips are destined to become part of history in the spring of 2010 as Honor Flight completes its final flight. "This program has been about the recognition of the accomplishments of these veterans. They are the oldest living generation who paid for the freedom we are enjoying. We owe them everything, and we are grateful we've been able to give them Honor Flight," said Joe Fitzgerald, who has spearheaded the local Honor Flight effort and who serves as president of the Honor Flight board of directors. Currently, Honor Flight has a database of almost 200 WW II veterans who will fly on the April 24 and May 29 Honor Flights. The organization will continue to take applications for those flights through Jan. 31.

  • Veteran Of The Year Works To Serve

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Max Bennett will be the first to point out that he isn't a one-man show. Although he was recognized as the 2009 Veteran of the Year by the North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organizations Coalition during its annual Veterans Day Dinner, Bennett said the real credit goes to the members of the Redstone Arsenal Chapter of the Warrant Officers Association and other organizations who have worked alongside him in serving veterans and providing support for community initiatives. "This is a very personal award, and I am honored and humbled to receive it," he said. "But this award really reflects the hard work that members of the Warrant Officers Association do in this community." Bennett, a retired chief warrant officer 4, is the president of the Warrant Officers Association.

  • Photo entries sought for Heritage Project contest

    Dec 11, 2009

    Entries are being sought for the Fort Monroe Online Heritage Project Photo Contest. Everyone, to include the general public and military families stationed around the world, is encouraged to participate. The contest will continue through the end of January and winning photos will be published in the Fort Monroe newspaper, the "Casemate."

  • Education System Learns Hard Lesson

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- This has been a tough year for the Army education system. The Army Continuing Education System lost its contractor employees worldwide in November after a contract dispute. Contractors represented about 60 percent of the system's work force. The only places unaffected were in Europe because their contract wasn't up for bids. At Redstone's Education Center, five of seven workers were lost. The Garrison reduced the impact by providing two interns, bringing the center's staff to four. "Had it not been for the Garrison Model Intern Program that we established, we would not have had these two high-performing employees on our staff," Garrison human resources director Joe Winston said. Fortunately, the contract dispute was resolved Friday and the contractors returned to work Dec. 7.

  • Apache Block III Aircraft Tests New Technology

    Dec 11, 2009

    Developmental prototypes of the U.S. Army's next-generation Block III Apache Attack helicopter tested emerging technologies which allow pilots to control UAVs and their sensor payloads from the cockpit of the aircraft during a so-called Limited User Test (LUT) in November at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., service officials said.

  • TASM-E provides essential movement support to 3rd CAB warfighters

    Dec 11, 2009

    Personnel from the Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager-Europe off-loaded a three-story cargo ship filled with critical equipment destined for Afghanistan. The TASM-E personnel provided key movement support Oct. 25-27 to the Soldiers of the 3rd Combat Avn. Bde., 3rd Inf. Div. based out of Hunter Army Airfield at Fort Stewart, Ga. The movement included an array of helicopters, containers and various pieces of cargo essential to provide continued support for Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Logistics Modernization Program coming to ASC

    Dec 11, 2009

    The Logistics Modernization Program, a new, web-based method of managing Army materiel assets, is coming to ASC in October 2010. It will replace two of the Army's largest legacy systems, the more than 30-year-old Commodity Command Standard System (CCSS) and the Standard Depot System (SDS).

  • Army updates health promotion regulations

    Dec 10, 2009

    The Army has revised its regulations on health promotion and suicide prevention to provide an improved, comprehensive "how to" guide for commanders and Soldiers.

  • Patients at Walter Reed testing next-generation prosthesis

    Dec 10, 2009

    Several wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are testing a new microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee.

  • ACLC welcomes new commander

    Dec 10, 2009

    More than two decades ago, Col. Richard E. Crogan II followed in Col. Alan M. Stull's footsteps as an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ROTC student. On Monday, Crogan began another journey mirroring Stull's career path when he became the Aviation Center Logistics Command's newest leader during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum.

  • Fort Monmouth's role in early television revealed

    Dec 10, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. - A group of Hollywood and Broadway draftees assigned to Fort Monmouth, N.J., were such talented performers that they appeared on the first day of commercial television in the United States on July 1, 1941.

  • Workers meet TACOM CofS

    Dec 10, 2009

    Col. Jeanne Hooper said her Nov. 23 visit to the depot provided her with a perspective of depot maintenance essential to her job as TACOM Life Cycle Management Command Chief of Staff, a post she was assigned to in September. Hooper comes to TACOM LCMC after serving three tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Depot starts Stryker reset work

    Dec 10, 2009

    The depot began work Nov. 16 on the first of 312 Strykers to be reset here in a workshare agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems, the maker of the Stryker.

  • Student program trains future depot workers

    Dec 10, 2009

    The Student Educational Employment Program, better known as the co-op program, has added hundreds of employees to the workforce of Anniston Army Depot. The program, now approaching its 10th year, teaches the trades of machining, mechanics, welding, hydraulics/pneumatics and electronics.

  • APICS providing foundation for ERP, LMP implementation

    Dec 10, 2009

    Dr. Gary Landis began in November 2008 helping employees here acquire the foundation for a successful implementation of the Army's Logistics Modernization Program.

  • STX lane training at Rock Island Arsenal

    Dec 9, 2009

    Thirty Soldiers as part of the Army Sustainment Command-Reserve Element participated in a Situation Training Exercise (STX) Lanes Training Nov. 15 at Rock Island Arsenal. The STX lane training focused on Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills to hone the Soldiers' skills and confidence to effectively function, survive and win in a combat environment. They departed RIA Nov. 18 for Fort Benning, Ga., for more training. From there, the Soldiers are slated for deployment to Southwest Asia.

  • Ability, not disability, takes center stage

    Dec 9, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N. J. -- A recent luncheon here underscored that the abilities of people, not their disabilities, should underscore hiring and advancement in today's workforce.

  • 405th Army Field Support Brigade moves to Kaiserslautern, Germany

    Dec 9, 2009

    The 405th Army Field Support Birgade, an element of Army Sustainment Command, has moved to Kaiserslautern, Germany

  • Blue Grass Army Depot Hosts Wounded Warriors Deer Hunt

    Dec 9, 2009

    BLUE GRASS ARMY DEPOT, Ky. - Drowned out by the roar of a dozen motorcycles from the Patriot Guard Riders, a police escort and the commander's Humvee, the Soldiers shouted and waved as they met their escorts just off of Interstate I-75 on a dark cold night on Nov. 19. Thirteen wounded warriors were then escorted to Blue Grass Army Depot for a free weekend of food, fun, deer hunting and camaraderie.

  • Analyzing operations at Yama Sakura

    Dec 8, 2009

  • Adopt a School Partnership at Redstone

    Dec 8, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--"We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible," said President Barack Obama.

  • 'Shadow Walker' leaves imprint on people

    Dec 8, 2009

    Felipe Rose, one of the founders of the Village People musical group, spoke to a gathering at Fort Monmouth as part of Hispanic and American Indian Heritage cultural awareness training.

  • Embracing social media

    Dec 8, 2009

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command and many of its major subordinate commands have embraced the technologies of Web 2.0 to include Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, iReport, LinkedIn, Twitter and several blogs.

  • Italy unit moves aid supplies to Dubai

    Dec 8, 2009

  • Patriotic Linkage

    Dec 8, 2009

  • NCO Essay: Amid chaos and calamity, Soldier earns honor

    Dec 8, 2009

    Civil War NCO earns Medal of Honor in horrific Battle of the Crater

  • 405th Army Field Support Brigade gets history lesson

    Dec 8, 2009

    Leaders of the 405th Army Field Support Group examine World War I battlefield to learn lessons of the past.

  • 405th AFSB Hosts RDECOM Deputy Commander

    Dec 8, 2009

    The 405th Army Field Support Brigade recently hosted Brig. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Greene visited the brigade to discuss the integration of military technology, specifically the Field Assistance in Science and Technology team's activities, into the brigade's operations.

  • Yama Sakura 57 participants experience Japanese culture

    Dec 7, 2009

    Tea ceremonies, paper folding and sword demonstrations aren't usually the first things to come to mind when you think of a command post exercise with one of the U.S. strongest military allies.

  • Army Management Staff College opens registration for annual Leadership Symposium

    Dec 7, 2009

    Seats are filling quickly for Army Management Staff College's 5th Annual Leadership Symposium, March 2-4, 2010 at Fort Belvoir, Va., so those wishing to attend should register soon.

  • Army Management Staff College extends Excellence in Education Award deadline

    Dec 7, 2009

    Army Management Staff College extended the application deadline for the 2nd annual Excellence in Education Award.

  • Yama Sakura opens in spirit of friendship

    Dec 7, 2009

    On a bitterly cold December afternoon, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Army Forces opened Yama Sakura 57 in a ceremony that demonstrated the warmth of a 50-year friendship.

  • Army Management Staff College Basic Course kicks off

    Dec 7, 2009

  • NDIA recognizes Picatinny installation members for defense contributions

    Dec 7, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Seven Picatinny employees and installation members were recently honored by the Picatinny Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association at the organization's 29th Annual Firepower Awards Program luncheon at the Skylands in Randolph, N.J., Nov. 12.

  • 405th AFSB unfurls its colors in Kaiserslautern

    Dec 7, 2009

    Cold weather and overcast skies didn't keep the crowd away as the 405th Army Field Support Brigade unfurled its colors on Daenner Kaserne and officially began operations in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

  • Big Thanks for a Job Well Done

    Dec 7, 2009

    Tina Johnston, procurement analyst, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii has been recognized by the Army Staff for her valued assistance with contractor and government reporting requirements associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The 413th received more than 40 tasking/clarifications on how the Army reports dollars spent for projects awarded utilizing funds under the ARRA program. The Army in Hawaii and Alaska currently has 92 FY-09 projects with a value of $63 million. These projects directly support Army installation and family needs.

  • Army updates suicide-prevention guidance

    Dec 4, 2009

    The Army has updated its suicide-prevention guidance, including the Army Health Promotion regulation (AR 600-63), Army Suicide Prevention pamphlet (PAM 600-24) and FM 6-22.5, the Combat and Operational Stress Control Manual for Leaders and Soldiers.

  • Senior Soldiers Serve Thanksgiving Feast To Troops

    Dec 4, 2009

    Where are you from'" Maj. Gen. Jim Myles asked each of the young Soldiers as he filled their plates with ham. Myles, commander of the Aviation and Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal, was among the servers Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at the Dining Facility during the annual Thanksgiving feast for the troops. The others included Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. It's a tradition throughout the Army that the senior Soldiers serve the Thanksgiving meal to the troops.

  • Last U.S. WWI vet fights for national memorial

    Dec 4, 2009

    A push is underway to designate a national memorial to those who fought in World War I -- among those asking for such a memorial is the last remaining American veteran from that war.

  • SPOTLIGHT: Sgt. 1st Class Twillie L. Curry III, 678th CCT, 410th CSB, Expeditionary Contracting Co

    Dec 4, 2009

  • World War II Told In Words of Veterans

    Dec 4, 2009

    The best way to understand World War II is through the words of a veteran who actually lived the fight, experienced the battlefield and saw the ugly carnage left behind by a blood-thirsty and threatening enemy. That's the premise of a new book - "Through Eyes of Courage" - recently published by well-known military activist, author and radio personality David Carney and his wife, historian and author Judy Carney. Through the stories of 26 World War II veterans, their book shares a variety of experiences from that war. Every story honors all veterans and the sacrifices they made. And to further honor the veterans, the Carneys are donating all profits from the book to the Tennessee Valley Honor Flight, a program that flies WW II veterans to Washington, D.C., free of charge to see their memorial.

  • The End Of The 'McCorkle Era'

    Dec 4, 2009

    Thanks to Dr. Bill McCorkle, Redstone Arsenal's Thanksgiving week began with a visit from a prestigious group of local, state and national dignitaries, including the mayors of Huntsville and Madison, several retired and active Army generals, Rep. Parker Griffith and Sen. Richard Shelby. They gathered with employees of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center in Bob Jones Auditorium at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., at 9 a.m. Nov. 23 to congratulate McCorkle on 52 years of civilian service in leading the development of missile, aviation and simulation technology at Redstone. And they sent him into retirement with a rousing rendition of the Army Song. Thanking those in attendance for "all this attention," McCorkle, 81, spent his moments at the podium not glorifying himself, but attempting to throw the attention back on the employees who are committed to AMRDEC's role in supporting the war fighter. "There are a lot of people here who continue to contribute tremendously to what we've done together," he said. "I want to thank you for the opportunity I've had to participate in the many changes that have occurred, particularly since 1980." In November of that year, McCorkle was selected for the dual role as the technical director of the then Missile Command (now Aviation and Missile Command) and the director of the then Army Missile Laboratory (now the 3,100-employee AMRDEC). Since coming to work for the Army at Redstone Arsenal in 1957, McCorkle has had significant involvement in nearly every Army rocket and missile development program, and has established himself and AMRDEC as an international leader in aviation and missile technology.

  • RDECOM welcomes new leader

    Dec 4, 2009

    General Ann E. Dunwoody, Army Materiel Command commanding general passes the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command colors to Maj. Gen. Nickolas G. Justice in a Dec. 4 change of command ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • RDECOM welcomes new leader

    Dec 4, 2009

    The U.S. Army's premier science and technology unit welcomed a new leader Dec. 4. The new commanding general hopes to set the tone for the future of the Research, Development and Engineering Command.

  • SPEAKING FOR WOMEN

    Dec 3, 2009

    Throughout her career, Kathy Hawk has had mentors. Yet, many of the professionals she sought out for guidance and assistance didn't even know they were viewed in that way. Looking back on a civilian and military career that has taken her to the Pentagon, the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt and Iraq, Hawk said most of her mentors were established with professionals she respected and admired through her own informal workplace process. "I had no formal mentor that helped carry me through my career because I worked here and I worked there," said Hawk, who is the chairwoman of the Political Science Department at the University of Alabama-Huntsville and a Navy Reserve commander and executive officer. "Sometimes formal programs create artificial structures. Mentors are people who sincerely want to help others and that's how, in many ways, the bonding starts." Hawk, who spoke at the Women in Defense Mentorship Luncheon on Nov. 6, urged the 85 women attending the event to be mentors in their everyday lives to younger professional women and men who need guidance in their careers.

  • '90 Minutes' Is Message Of Hope And Healing

    Dec 3, 2009

    There's an old saying that "dead men don't talk." But this is a story about a dead man who did plenty of talking -- and living and breathing - after a car crash that became the impetus for his bestselling book "90 Minutes In Heaven - A True Story of Death and Life." Don Piper is, indeed, a walking miracle, even if some may find it hard to believe he actually went to heaven after a car crash with an 18-wheeler and then returned to life to share his story. That accident crushed nearly every bone in Piper's body, severed two of his limbs and caused emergency personnel to pronounce him dead at the scene. He shared his story with an audience of more than 100 at Redstone Arsenal's Bicentennial Chapel on Nov. 17. "I believe God answers prayers. I believe God is in the miracle business," Piper said. "I'm standing here at Redstone Arsenal because a lot of people prayed and God said 'Yes.' "Sometimes God says 'No.' Sometimes he says 'Maybe.' Sometimes he gives us more than we ask for. But no matter what, He wants to hear from us and that's what prayer is. Prayer is not just asking for stuff. It's about talking to God. God wants to hear from his children." Piper's story is riveting, curious, inspiring and, downright, heavenly. Piper, who grew up in a military family, captivated the Bicentennial Chapel audience as he recounted his experience of that fateful day in January 1989.

  • Eagle Scout Helps Deployed Soldiers

    Dec 3, 2009

    When the Soldiers of the 558th Military Police Company held their deployment ceremony last August, they had no idea that one spectator in the crowd would play a big part in raising their morale months later. Toby Bledsoe, a Boy Scout with Troop 135 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, decided to make care packages for deployed Soldiers for his Eagle Scout project after witnessing his first deployment ceremony.

  • Afghanistan surge won't change plans to up dwell time

    Dec 3, 2009

    A 30,000 boots-on-the-ground increase in Afghanistan will not change the Army's plans to cut Stop Loss, stabilize deployment lengths or increase dwell time for Soldiers.

  • Army approves suicide-intervention training for leaders

    Dec 3, 2009

    The Army has approved two-day and five-day workshops for unit leaders on Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, known as ASIST.

  • President visits West Point to announce Afghanistan strategy

    Dec 2, 2009

    President Obama made a prime-time speech to officially announce his strategy for Afghanistan to the nation Tuesday night at the U.S. Military Academy with all members of the Corps of Cadets either present or watching from remote locations.

  • New spray may help stop battlefield bleeding

    Dec 2, 2009

    Researchers are developing a new, sprayable liquid wound dressing that forms a tough hydrogel in seconds.

  • Translog Magazine

    Dec 2, 2009

    Recent issues of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) magazine, Translog. Published for more than forty years, Translog includes articles, features and photos on SDDC, military transportation and logistics, and related endeavors. Each link can be downloaded as a PDF or viewed online. Contact Translog by e-mail: sddc.safb.translog@us.army.mil

  • VA, Army officials to discuss collaborative efforts on TV

    Dec 1, 2009

    Army and Veterans Affairs officials will discuss a number of programs in which the two departments collaborate to help wounded, ill and injured Soldiers on a Pentagon Channel interview Friday.

  • New Army.mil to deliver headlines readers want

    Dec 1, 2009

    Beginning Friday, visitors to Army.mil will experience a new level of Web customization and personalization never seen before on a military Web site.

  • Driver course prepares troops for new M-ATV

    Dec 1, 2009

    As U.S. focus shifts to Afghanistan, instructors preparing troops for the eventual fielding of the vehicles by conducting driver's training on new vehicles, which are better suited to the Afghan environment, the Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected All-Terrain Vehicle

  • FISC Pearl Harbor, NCHB3 offload 25th ID cargo at Pearl Harbor

    Dec 1, 2009

    Members of the 599th Transportation Group; Fleet Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor; 302nd Transportation Terminal Battalion; Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 3; and 25th Infantry Division work together to off-load 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division cargo and equipment from the Motor Vessel American Tern at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 30. The 25th Infantry Division's Third Brigade and the division's headquarters' element redeployed from Iraq earlier in November.

  • SDDC Social Media Links

    Dec 1, 2009

    SDDC has sites on YouTube and Flickr, including photos and video of our people in action around the world.

  • Billy Mills Followed His Dream To Olympic Glory

    Nov 30, 2009

    It's the men's 10,000 meter final in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. And America's Billy Mills is running the race of his life. He's in third place entering the final stretch. He surges to the front, past the prerace favorite, Australia's Ron Clarke. Mills wins the gold medal. To this day, he remains the only American to have ever won an Olympic medal in the 10,000 meter race. "That moment was magical," he told the applauding audience Thursday in Bob Jones Auditorium. "I truly felt I had wings on my feet." Mills, a Sioux Indian who ran for Kansas University, was the keynote speaker at Team Redstone's National American Indian Heritage Month celebration.

  • Campus Event Gets Young Girls Involved In Science

    Nov 30, 2009

    After they tried their hand at catapulting missiles and flying airplanes, Emma Gould and Heather Blackwell decided to gather autographs. So, with crayons in hand, they went around the classroom, asking each of their adult leaders to autograph their spiral notebooks. "Ya'll are nice. We just want to remember this moment," Emma told the volunteer teachers, many of whom work at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. "This is the best time ever," added Heather. While gathering autographs is decidedly not scientific, the two girls spent most of their day discovering all types of science and engineering challenges in fun classes that grabbed their interest, let them experiment hands-on and gave them the freedom to be, simply, young girls enjoying each other. The first-ever Girls' Science and Engineering Day took place Nov. 14 at the Shelby Center for Science and Technology on the campus of the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Some 454 girls in grades three through five from across Madison County attended the all-day event, which included about 20 classes on such topics as "Fun in a Hospital Laboratory," "Building a Tasty Model with Gumdrops," "The Wacky World of Weather," "Making Your Own Robot Jitterbugs," "Strawberry DNA Extraction," and "Video Games and Science: The Secret Connection."

  • Wreaths of Remembrance to Vets

    Nov 30, 2009

    The giving spirit of Christmas 2009 has already left its mark on the gravesites of Madison County's veterans and on the hearts of the volunteers who lovingly placed red-bowed wreaths on those gravesites. On a cold, gray fall morning, more than 100 volunteers armed with greenery and hammers walked the grounds of Maple Hill Cemetery to place 2,200 holiday wreaths on veteran gravesites. The next day, they visited Valhalla Memory Gardens where another 560 wreaths were placed on veteran gravesites. Now in its third year, the project - known locally as Wreaths for Veterans and nationally as Wreaths Across America - continues to grow larger in terms of volunteers and organizations involved. "People are so supportive of this," Wreaths for Veterans chairperson Joy Parker said. "It's unbelievable. It warms your heart. "Because the veteran has given us the freedom we enjoy today we want to give back a token in remembrance and honor. We're putting these wreaths on gravesites to honor and remember our fallen veterans here in Madison County. We are doing this to give a little back." Parker and co-chair Jennifer Hames, who are both military wives and members of the Redstone Garden Club, started Wreaths for Veterans after seeing a picture of holiday wreaths decorating the snowy gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery. They started the project with the help of the Redstone Garden Club, although now it involves volunteers from several other local groups. "I saw that beautiful picture at Arlington Cemetery and I thought 'Why can't we do this in Madison County''" Hames said on Nov. 18 as wreath decorating operations were winding down at Maple Hill Cemetery. "I sent the first e-mail that started this whole thing rolling. People are so willing to help us because they are aware of veterans and what they have done for our country."

  • Helicopter revitalization program launches final refurbished Black Hawk

    Nov 30, 2009

    Moments after Maj. Gen. James Myles took off in the Corpus Christi Army Depot UH-1H Huey to attend a meeting at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, UH-60A crew members from Fort Rucker, Ala., launched the last A-to-A recapitalized Black Hawk from the depot, Nov. 4.

  • Army to display flexible technology

    Nov 30, 2009

    The U.S. Army research and development command is gearing up for a public technology demonstration Jan. 4-9, at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Multi-service women work, work out together

    Nov 28, 2009

    Three women from different services have come together to make a difference in the expansion and sustainment of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Naval supply officer Lt. j. g. Monica Rojas with the 30th Naval Construction Regiment, Air Force civil engineer 1st Lt. Rebecca Bucher with the 777th Expeditionary "Prime BEEF" Squadron, and Army logistics Capt. Sarah Comeau with the 45th Sustainment Brigade met each other while deployed here. The three servicemembers have formed a bond, and now work closely in all matters regarding procurement, logistics and construction projects.

  • Army Lean Six Sigma Awards recognize best business practices

    Nov 25, 2009

    Eleven Army organizations were recognized for their exceptional efforts in using Lean Six Sigma principles and practices in a ceremony Nov. 24 at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

  • G-6 says iPhone approach could help Army

    Nov 25, 2009

    Using Apple's iPhone application approval process as an example, the Army's chief information officer said emulating industry could help speed up the development and approval of Army network applications.

  • Adding a little kick: 22d Chemical Battalion takes physical fitness to a whole new level

    Nov 25, 2009

    Physical and mental fitness have long been pillars of the U.S. Army, so it is no surprise that Company A, 22d Chemical Battalion, (Technical Escort) gathered in the pre-dawn hours Nov. 6 for their workout. Like many other Army units, Company A is committed to being physically fit.

  • Waking up from a somber sleep of community engagement

    Nov 25, 2009

    Our nation, as well as our community, has suffered through the ebb and flow of providing proper recognition to our brave warriors. From the ticker-tape parades that followed V-E Day to the empty streets that welcomed many of our Vietnam Veterans home, each conflict helps to define who we are and how we want to be remembered. The Watervliet Arsenal, which has been providing support to our war fighters since 1813, is trying to rise from a somber sleep of community engagement brought on by nine reductions of the workforce that began in the 1990s.

  • November 2009 Construction Photos - Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant

    Nov 25, 2009

    The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) will safely destroy 2,611 tons of mustard agent in mortar rounds and artillery projectiles stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot. Neutralization followed by biotreatment is the technology selected by the Department of Defense to destroy the Pueblo chemical weapons stockpile. The Program Manager, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland is responsible for managing all aspects of the safe and environmentally sound destruction of the chemical weapons stockpiles in both Colorado and Kentucky. The Bechtel Pueblo Team, a partnership of Bechtel National, Inc.; Washington Demilitarization Company/URS; Parsons; and Battelle Memorial Institute, is the systems contractor selected to design, build, systemize, pilot test, operate and close PCAPP.

  • November 2009 Construction Photos - Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant

    Nov 25, 2009

    The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) will safely destroy 523 tons of chemical agent in rockets and artillery projectiles stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Kentucky. The technology selected by the Department of Defense to destroy the Blue Grass chemical stockpile is neutralization followed by Super Critical Water Oxidation (SCWO). The Program Manager, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland is responsible for managing all aspects of the safe and environmentally sound destruction of the chemical weapons stockpiles in both Kentucky and Colorado. The Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Team, a joint venture of Bechtel National, Inc. and Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, along with teaming partners Washington Demilitarization Company, Battelle Memorial Institute, General Atomics and General Physics, is the systems contractor selected to design, build, systemize, pilot test, operate and close BGCAPP.

  • Pilot program allows officers to switch career track

    Nov 24, 2009

    A new test program will allow some officers to transfer into a new branch or functional area.

  • Army's first female program executive officer begins tenure

    Nov 24, 2009

    The Army marked a historic milestone on Nov. 20 when Brig. Gen. N. Lee S. Price became its first female program executive officer. Price became leader of the Army's Program Executive Office (PEO) Command, Control and Communications-Tactical during a Change of Charter Ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., presided over by the Army Acquisition Executive, Dean G. Popps, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology who leads 13 PEOs, including PEO C3T. This continues a historic trend, marked notably in July 2008 when the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Gen. Ann Dunwoody as the Army's first female four-star general.

  • Giving thanks at the Natick Soldier Systems Center

    Nov 24, 2009

    The Soldiers and civilians who work at the Natick Soldier Systems Center had a chance to meet a Soldier whose life was saved because of the work done here.

  • It's easy to be thankful

    Nov 24, 2009

    FORT MEYER, Va. - Chap. (Lt. Col.) Barry M. White manages the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Pentagram Chaplain's Corner. Multiple chaplains assigned in the national capital region contribute to the Chaplain's Corner each week. This week, he gave those chaplains a Thanksgiving break and filled in the Chaplain's Corner himself.

  • Tanker's wife wins 'Rising Star' singing contest

    Nov 24, 2009

    With her recently redeployed husband among those in the audience for the first time in the week-long competition, Lisa Pratt was named winner of the 2009 Operation Rising Star singing contest Nov. 20, on Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • Christmas trees delivered to Japan

    Nov 24, 2009

  • HIRED! program allows teen to learn more about childcare

    Nov 24, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A sophomore home school student is gaining experience supervising children by working mornings at the Aberdeen Area Youth Center's technology lab.A sophomore home school student is gaining experience supervising children by working mornings at the Aberdeen Area Youth Center's technology lab.

  • APG NCO has lead in local production of 'Rent'

    Nov 24, 2009

    An Aberdeen Proving Ground noncommissioned officer from the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band is currently a lead in the Havre de Grace community theater production of the rock musical "Rent."

  • CBRNE Command remembers one of their own

    Nov 24, 2009

    Family members, fellow Soldiers and civilians from the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) solemnly gathered at the Edgewood Chapel Nov. 5 to honor the life and service of Sgt. 1st Class Fernando Preciado.

  • Company E 16th discontinues in accordance with BRAC requirements

    Nov 24, 2009

    After more than 19 years of training ordnance officers, warrant officers and international students on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Company E, 16th Ordnance Battalion conducted a discontinuance ceremony in accordance with mission requirements under base realignment and closure. The ceremony was held in the Aberdeen Area Athletic Center Oct. 16.