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  • Chiarelli: Mental wounds 'no phantom issue'

    Oct 7, 2009

    The "signature wounds of this war" are post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday.

  • RDECOM conducts staff ride to Saratoga

    Oct 7, 2009

    Research, Development and Engineering Command senior leaders conducted a staff ride to Saratoga National Battlefield in Stillwater, N.Y., on Sep. 29 in order to relate one of the most decisive battles during the American Revolution to the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • New SecArmy recognizes quality-of-life initiatives

    Oct 7, 2009

    New Army Secretary John McHugh recognized outstanding quality-of-life improvements, programs and best practices from around the Army during the second Family Forum of the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition Tuesday.

  • Mellinger says AMC technology saving lives

    Oct 6, 2009

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command's top enlisted Soldier spoke about advancements in war technology Monday and their effects on Soldiers.

  • CSA says Army will balance mission, troops for Afghanistan

    Oct 6, 2009

    Army leaders will work to provide the forces necessary to be successful in Afghanistan, while at the same time attempting to balance that demand with the needs of Soldiers and families, said the service's senior-most officer.

  • Army reaffirms Family Covenant

    Oct 6, 2009

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston reaffirmed the Army's commitment to Soldiers and their families by signing a family covenant Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting.

  • Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant Deactivates

    Oct 6, 2009

    The Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant, officially deactivated Sept. 30 completing its mission of providing ammunition to soldiers and warfighters for almost 70 years.

  • CMA Destroys its Two Millionth Munition

    Oct 6, 2009

    Today, the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) announced the safe destruction of its two millionth munition since Entry-Into-Force of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The United States ratified the CWC in 1997, joining more than 180 countries pledging to rid the world of chemical weapons.

  • Resiliency training to be given Army-wide

    Oct 6, 2009

    Officials describe Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and its implementation throughout the Army during a forum at the Association of the United States Army conference on Oct. 5, 2009.

  • Family life chaplains bridge the gap

    Oct 6, 2009

    1st AD bridges gap with family life chaplain

  • Pilot program helps FORSCOM commanders support Soldiers, Families

    Oct 6, 2009

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (Oct. 5, 2009) - U.S. Army Forces Command Deputy Commanding General Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Peterson recently approved a one-year pilot program to assist corps- and division-level commanders identify and address emerging Family readiness needs within their commands. The Family Readiness Program Coordinator Pilot Program affords FORSCOM commanders the opportunity to hire a Family Readiness Program Coordinator. FRPCs serve as the commander's advisor on Family readiness issues within their commands, said Ronna Rowe Garrett, FORSCOM Human Resource Division director.

  • McHugh: 'Failure is not an option'

    Oct 5, 2009

    The way ahead in Iraq and Afghanistan will be tough, but America's Soldiers can handle it, said Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

  • Workers Urged To Step Up To The Plate To Help Others

    Oct 5, 2009

    He inherited fame from his father, but he makes his own legacy by helping others. Roberto Clemente Jr., son of a major league baseball legend, gave a pep talk to an estimated 350 people during Team Redstone's Hispanic American Heritage Month event Sept. 23 in Bob Jones Auditorium. "My father left a fingerprint in baseball and the whole world," he said. "When I leave this world, I want to say I left a fingerprint in a positive way." Clemente Jr.'s fingerprint has included founding the Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities or RBI program, aimed at helping at-risk youth through the sport in San Juan. He also established the Roberto Clemente Foundation benefiting children in the Pittsburgh community. In 2002, Clemente Jr. was named honorary chairman for the baseball assistance team annual fund-raising dinner. He is also known for his work with the American Diabetes Association.

  • Spotlight On Aviation Technology For Ground Support

    Oct 5, 2009

    The Army's aviation maintenance equipment is only as good as the Soldiers who use it to repair and maintain helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. So, it's not surprising that a four-day conference - the Aviation Ground Support Equipment User Conference - included plenty of opportunities for Soldiers to provide feedback on the aviation ground equipment they use in the field, and to learn about new and improved equipment designed to make their job more efficient and responsive in support of aviation missions in both peaceful and wartime environments. The conference, hosted by the product management office of Aviation Ground Support Equipment, brought about 300 Soldiers and Army civilians together with 50 vendors to the Von Braun Center Sept. 20-24 to discuss everything from maintenance software systems to battle damage assessment repair kits. The conference included presentations by PM AGSE and various other product management and project management offices related to AGSE. "PM AGSE is listening to what the Soldiers need," said Lt. Col. Russ Wygal, the AGSE product manager. "We're trying to be responsive to what the Soldiers need in the field. We want them to know that the input and feedback we've gotten from them in the past is actually benefitting them now in the products we are providing. "We listen. We take that information and we implement it to support the Soldier. We are all about making sure we support the Soldiers who are supporting aviation maintenance, and we are doing that with the right tools at the right time at the right place."

  • Improved battery technology sitting unordered in Army inventory

    Oct 5, 2009

    Soldiers are carrying unnecessary weight into battle because many units do not realize that newer, lighter batteries with more capacity are sitting unordered in the Army supply channel.

  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Team Opens Site In Utah

    Oct 5, 2009

    The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office on Sept. 23 officially opened its Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, consolidating the testing of UAS payloads and technologies to allow for faster deployment to war fighters. Brig. Gen. Tim Crosby, program executive officer for aviation, paralleled the new RIAC operation with the Pony Express operations that took place across the neighboring Utah desert in 1860 and 1861. "In the same pioneering spirit those passionate and dedicated riders served their country, we serve our country and our war fighters today. The RIAC will allow us to serve our Soldiers faster," he said. Col. Greg Gonzalez, project manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also acknowledged service to the war fighter, noting that it is the Soldiers in combat who give his office its orders.

  • Year of the NCO Spotlight - Staff Sgt. LaNiece E. Bowman

    Oct 5, 2009

    Staff Sgt. LaNiece E. Bowman, a contracting non-commissioned officer with the 412th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas joined the 51C series after spending her first nine years of service as a logistics specialist. Always reaching for new heights and new challenges, Bowman quickly embraced the opportunity to expand her knowledge to become one of the Army's newest contracting NCOs. Bowman graduated from the Army Acquisition Basic Course, U.S. Army Logistics Management College in May and was immediately re-assigned to the 412th in June. The unit was in need of a personnel NCO as they prepared for their July unit activation so Bowman was tasked to temporarily fill the void and served as a driving force behind the ceremony.

  • 25th Army Ten-Miler sets event records

    Oct 5, 2009

    The silver anniversary running of the Army Ten-Miler produced event record times in the men's and women's divisions and the largest field of registered runners in the history of America's largest 10-mile race.

  • Machinist's hard work earns quarterly award

    Oct 5, 2009

    A machinist earned a depot-level award for his technical expertise, dedication and take-charge attitude, which contributes to the completion of program schedules in the Machining Branch.

  • Finishing touch

    Oct 5, 2009

    Multiple Threat Systems Branch employees overhaul, repair and align the the AN/MST-T1A Multiple Threat Emitter System (MUTES).

  • The art of storytelling helps keep hopes, dreams alive

    Oct 5, 2009

    I have unexpectedly spent the last several weeks with my mother in the hospital. She suffered from a brain aneurism, but she is on the long slow road to recovery.

  • APICS award recognizes depot contributions

    Oct 5, 2009

    Tobyhanna claimed third place in the 2009 Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success (APICS) Corporate Award's Education Award of Excellence.

  • SPARK bracket tasking ignites depot teamwork

    Oct 5, 2009

    To meet an urgent requirement, Tobyhanna personnel pulled together to fabricate 20 Self Protective Adaptive Roller Kit brackets in less than two months.

  • Firefinder test equipment expands capabilities

    Oct 5, 2009

    Firefinder technicians here are testing radar systems using high-tech equipment that can simulate the heat of the desert - in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

  • FORSCOM FRG leaders arrive in nation's capital for training

    Oct 4, 2009

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va.- Family Readiness Group leaders from various U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) units across the nation assembled today, Oct. 4, at the Crystal City Hyatt here for the 2009 FORSCOM Family Readiness Group Training Symposium. After completion of conference registration, FORSCOM Well-being officials hosted an orientation session to ensure participants were aware of all developmental opportunities available to them during the next four days, to provide guidance on how to enhance their effectiveness of engaging with Army leaders and to answer any questions concerning the symposium agenda.

  • Global communications equipment moves closer to battle deployment

    Oct 2, 2009

  • Cavalry soldiers tour depot, learn how workers affect war effort

    Oct 2, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--Five of the depot's customers visited the shop floor here Sept. 15 and 16 to talk with employees and see what the depot is doing to help the warfighters. The visiting Soldiers - 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, 9th Cavalry Regiment, C Troop from Fort Hood, Texas - were awed by the detailed way the depot employees built or repaired combat vehicles, small arms and other weapons.

  • Spc. Mcpherson leaps

    Oct 2, 2009

    Spc. Darwynn McPherson, Army Materiel Command, leaps over an obstacle during the 'Stress Fire' event of the Army Best Warrior Compeition held Sept. 27-Oct. 2 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Students Learn about Potential Careers through Adventures in Engineering Day

    Oct 2, 2009

    On Wednesday, Sept. 30, more than 200 high school students visited the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT) as part of the 9th Annual Adventures in Engineering Day.

  • Senior Army Leadership Participation in Q & A Sessions during Association of U.S. Army Annual Me

    Oct 2, 2009

    The Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army top the list of senior U.S. Army leadership participating in sixteen 30-minute Q&A sessions during the 2009 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 5-7, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District of Columbia.

  • AMC to showcase improvements in logistics and acquisition at AUSA annual meeting

    Oct 2, 2009

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command will showcase a wide variety of advancements and emerging technologies in logistics and acquisition at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting and exposition at the Washington Convention Center Oct. 5-7.

  • Fort Hood organizations assist 407th AFSB keep vital equipment in top shape

    Oct 2, 2009

    The men and women of the 407th Army Field Support Brigade are keeping Soldiers' equipment in tip-top shape while working in ways that use ingenuity and resourcefulness to save taxpayer money.

  • LOGCAP highlights: Support in Southwest Asia

    Oct 2, 2009

    LOGCAP - Logistics Civil Augmentation Program - is a multi-billion dollar Army initiative to hire civilian contractors to perform services supporting the U.S. military in wartime and other contingencies. Use of contractors allows military units to focus on combat operations. It leverages worldwide corporate resources to bridge the gap between military logistics force structure and actual theater needs.

  • MFSC re-flags, Baxter assumes command, Follett retires

    Oct 2, 2009

    Soldiers and civilians of the Army Sustainment Command and Multi-Functional Support Command gathered Sept. 19 at Constitution Square on Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., for a deactivation and reactivation ceremony, a change of command, and to honor one Soldier's 29 years of service.

  • Maj. Gen. Fontaine takes reins of Army Sustainment Command

    Oct 2, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine became commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command in a ceremony held Sept. 2 on Memorial Field at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

  • CG runs command, leaders PT with Fontaine

    Oct 2, 2009

    Less than 24 hours after taking command of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine led his senior Army leaders and Department of the Army civilians during physical fitness training early in the morning, Sept. 9. Fontaine and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen D. Blake led the Soldiers and DA civilians through the hour-long workout session to build esprit de corps and teamwork.

  • Battling The Threat Of Domestic Abuse

    Oct 2, 2009

    The troops are massing to battle a societal disease that affects millions of families all across the nation - and Madison County and Redstone Arsenal are among the entities on the front lines. October is Domestic Abuse Prevention Month in the Army (nationally recognized as Domestic Abuse Awareness Month). In support of the recognition, Redstone Arsenal's Army Community Service is involved in a month of programs both on post and throughout the community to bring awareness to the growing problem of domestic violence. The programs are being coordinated by the Madison County Community Response Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force. "We are involved with the Madison County task force against domestic violence and sexual abuse because our people - Soldiers, civilians, retirees and their families - live both on and off post," said Virginia Dempsey, family advocacy program manager for ACS. "It is an issue when anyone is being harmed, whether it's the Soldier or a family member. We are here to provide services for the victim and services for the whole family." The Army's theme for Domestic Abuse Prevention Month is "Make the Right Choice! Act to Prevent Domestic Abuse."

  • CACIO workshop features best practices

    Oct 2, 2009

    Seeking better performance, the U.S. Army Sustainment Command hosted a Continuous Improvement and Quality Workshop Aug. 18 - 20 at Jumer's Event Center in Rock Island, Ill.

  • Combatives, mystery event cap Best Warrior finale

    Oct 2, 2009

    The 2009 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition concluded Oct. 3 with a mystery event and Combatives tournament.

  • Domestic Violence Extends Beyond Physical Abuse

    Oct 2, 2009

    Fort Monmouth Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Christian signs a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

  • ARRA: Defense Department announces Housing Assistance Program details

    Oct 2, 2009

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the Housing Assistance Program, with $555 million boost from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Army answering flood of GI Bill questions

    Oct 2, 2009

    Three Soldiers in the Army's Enlisted Policy Division have been busy answering up to 100 questions daily from the field regarding the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

  • TP4 - another way to 'keep it moving'

    Oct 1, 2009

    Facing what Lt. Gen. James H. Pillsbury, Army Materiel Command deputy commanding general, called a tsunami of equipment to be returned to the United States, the 2nd Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade is doubling its capacity to return some high-priority equipment in a quick and cost effective manner to the warfighter faster.

  • Faster + More Cost-Effectively = Responsible Retrograde

    Oct 1, 2009

    Moving materiel faster and cheaper, small team from 2nd Battalion - 402nd Army Field Support Brigade is making sure Responsible Retrograde is also rapid.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: Strong Minds, Strong Bodies

    Oct 1, 2009

    Today, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh announced the formal beginning of an Army-wide implementation of a $125 million program focused on enhancing the performance and improving the overall strength and resilience of Soldiers, Family members, and Army civilians. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) is a holistic fitness program offering mental and physical resilience assessments and training that increase physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family strengths.

  • Microsoft Vista, Vista, Computers, Computer operating systems, technology, ASC, Army Sustainment Com

    Oct 1, 2009

    Army Sustainment Command headquarters computers are in the process of migrating to the Microsoft Vista operating system.

  • World War I First Sergeant a hero on the battlefield and beyond

    Oct 1, 2009

    Heeding the call to duty, Benjamin Kaufman leaves college to join the Army during World War I. In short order he becomes a first sergeant and battlefield hero. For the rest of his life he devoted his energy to veterans' issues.

  • Spc. McPherson prepares

    Oct 1, 2009

    Spc. Darwynn McPherson, a competitor in the U.S. Army's Best Warrior competition prepares for the Soldier of the Year Board at Club Lee on Fort Lee, VA., 28 September, 2009. The Best Warrior Competition tests a soldiers mental endurance and composure as well as their skills in soldiering.

  • Peer to Peer encourages Soldiers to 'make a movie, save a life'

    Oct 1, 2009

    2nd annual competition features $2000 prize FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Oct. 1, 2009) Aca,!" The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center is calling all Soldiers to put their best safety stories on camera for the chance to win $2,000 as part of the 2nd Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition.

  • USACR/Safety Center launches Fall/Winter Safety Campaign

    Oct 1, 2009

    The 2009 U.S. Army Fall and Winter Safety Campaign reaffirms the Army's commitment to protecting our Band of Brothers and Sisters by urging all Soldiers, Civilians and Family members to prepare for cold weather activities through awareness, education and information.

  • Materiel Enterprise at FOB Kalsu - sized to meet the mission

    Oct 1, 2009

    A small team of expert sustainers delivers the full effect of the Materiel Enterprise all the way to forward operating bases. Brigade Logistics Support Teams (BLST - as in 'blast') are harnessing the vast resources of Army Materiel Command and putting them to use on the battlefield.

  • AMC honored in Value Engineering

    Oct 1, 2009

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The U.S. Army Material Command and U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command were honored for being exceptional examples of value engineering by SAVE International during a Congressional Education reception Sept. 17.

  • Picatinny awarded two grants as part of American Recovery, Reinvestment Act

    Oct 1, 2009

  • Chemical engineer awarded first ARDEC Science Fellowship

    Oct 1, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, commanding general of the Research, Development and Engineering Command, presented the first Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center Science Fellowship to ARDEC chemical engineer Thelma Manning during an ARDEC town-hall meeting here Aug. 31.

  • Picatinny's ARDEC named Army's best large lab second year in a row

    Oct 1, 2009

    The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center is the recipient of the Army's 2009 Large Development Laboratory Award officials here announced Sept. 2.

  • Picatinny's PEO AMMO receives new leadership

    Oct 1, 2009

    The Program Executive Office for Ammunition welcomed a new leader during a ceremony here Sept. 18.

  • Military police build knowledge about MRAP vehicles

    Oct 1, 2009

    Military police build knowledge about MRAP vehicles

  • Army to pay tuition assistance direct to schools

    Sep 30, 2009

    Life should get a bit easier for Soldiers attending accredited colleges who have previously paid tuition out-of-pocket and then were reimbursed through the tuition assistance program.

  • More challenges await at Best Warrior

    Sep 30, 2009

    The third day at the 2009 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., included an Army Physical Fitness Test, written exam and essay, and an urban warfare orienteering course, conducted both in the day and nighttime.

  • Innovations in lightweight, energy-independent sanitizing solutions wins Army R&D Award

    Sep 30, 2009

    Everyone has heard stories about the recent outbreaks of Salmonella in a variety of foods, such as peanut butter, tomatoes, fresh jalapenos and pistachios, and Escherichia coli in leafy green vegetables, such as lettuce or spinach. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables contribute to a healthy diet, but outbreaks as those mentioned above raise significant alarm among consumers and public health officials concerned with consumer safety, the safety of the food chain from agri-terrorist threats, and the safety of produce procured from host nations, where pesticides are less prevalent and hygiene standards are not as stringent as in the United States.

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

    Sep 30, 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.

  • Depot honors 'unsung heroes'

    Sep 30, 2009

    Red River Army Depot honors employees with the distinguised Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism.

  • AMC Employee Learns about Activity through Grassroots CP-33 Career Program

    Sep 30, 2009

    Thanks to the Ammunition Management Career Program's Grassroots Developmental Assignment, Army Materiel Command Logistics Management Specialist Michel Hamann now has more knowledge about CAAA. Hamann spent a couple of weeks at Crane Army Ammunition Activity seeing at the ground level what the workers do, giving him a better knowledge of what the activity's needs are in order to accomplish their mission.

  • Flowing through life on the sands of time

    Sep 29, 2009

    When sand comes to mind, some people may think of beaches and tropical islands, but for procurement analyst, Catherine Olvera, she wonders if it's some she could add to her collection. Born in Fort Hood, Texas, Olvera had a love of the ocean and dreamed of being a marine biologist. As a child, she paid little attention to sand and assumed it was the same all over the world. It wasn't until years that she developed a fascination with the gritty stuff.

  • CID deploys sexual-assault investigators following course

    Sep 29, 2009

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command graduated 22 new sexual-assault investigators Sept. 4, from the Special Victims Unit Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

  • Maj. Gen. Fontaine starts the 12th annual Quad Cities Marathon

    Sep 29, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., starts the 12th annual Quad Cities Marathon in downtown Moline, Ill., Sept. 27.

  • Fort Monmouth personnel urged to look forward

    Sep 29, 2009

    Fort Monmouth personnel were urged at a recent town hall meeting to look forward and plan for the future as the organizations that make up Team C4ISR began to move to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • Crane Army Offers Practical Training to Deploying Reservists

    Sep 29, 2009

    Soldiers of the Army Reserve 453rd Transportation Company from Houston received MOS specific training with Crane Army Ammunition Activity before deployment.

  • Best Warrior Competition continues

    Sep 29, 2009

    The 2009 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition continues at Fort Lee, Va., as the 24 competitors faced a board consisting of six command sergeants major and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, on Sept. 28. The next day, the warriors were issued their combat gear, received reflexive-fire instruction and engaged in media interviews.

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    Sep 29, 2009

  • AAFES' "Match It Game" at Watervliet

    Sep 28, 2009

    During a recent visit to the Arsenal Post Exchange, Leon Williams led me on a journey that felt like an hour-long game show. For those of you who don't know Leon he has been the manager at the Watervliet Arsenal PX for about three years.

  • Arsenal's future is tied to its secrets

    Sep 28, 2009

    Given that the Arsenal is nearly 200 years old, there are bound to be a few ghosts and skeletons in the closet among the buildings that some date to 1828. In addition to ghosts and skeletons are secrets that some say are the key to the Arsenal's long-term survival, but are disappearing more and more every day.

  • Welcome Social Kicks Off Best Warrior Competition

    Sep 27, 2009

    The 2009 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition kicked off Sept. 27 with a welcome social at Fort Lee, Va. Starting today and running through Oct. 2, 24 of the Army's elite Soldiers and noncommissioned officers representing 12 different commands will converge on Fort Lee to see who will be named this year's Soldier and NCO of the Year.

  • Worker Finds Creative Niche With Hobby

    Sep 25, 2009

    David Wilson had been looking for a creative outlet for many years. He had tried different hobbies, but nothing stuck. Four years ago, however, he found his art form inside a chunk of wood. He's been carving ever since. "I had a friend that was a carver. He gave me a tool catalogue and told me to order a few things. He said he would teach me a few things in a week or so. But then he took a job as a tour bus driver," Wilson, a property administrator in the Garrison's Directorate of Logistics maintenance division, said. "It was three years before I saw him again. So, I got a few books and kept practicing. Other carvers have helped me and showed me things along the way." After four years, Wilson said he is still a beginner. His carving is still a learning process of trial and error. "I make toys, animals and people," he said, laughing. "I also make some firewood, too." It is a process he has come to love. He has set up a small shop at his home, where he spends hours in the relaxing pursuit of taking tool to wood. He has found that he most enjoys crafting caricatures and faces. "I can't even draw a stick figure, but I can take a piece of wood and make something," he said. "It's relaxing and satisfying at the same time."

  • Community Entertains Families From Fort Campbell

    Sep 25, 2009

    "OMG!" said Denise Lewis upon seeing the crowd gathered in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel. More than 250 family members, Team Redstone leaders, community leaders and representatives from various support organizations were assembled. They met in a reception room for a "Welcome to Huntsville" event Sept. 12. With their spouses deployed in Afghanistan for a year, the family members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Campbell, Ky., were ready for a relaxing time - a retreat from the stress of running a family, working jobs, being involved in the community, and the day-to-day household operation without the presence of their spouses. The group is part of Strong Bonds, formerly known as the Building Strong and Ready Family program in 1997, an Army family readiness/support group led by the 159th Chaplain unit. The program recognizes the importance of family support. "We are so happy to be here," said Lewis, family readiness group brigade adviser

  • Security Assistance Command Tackles Suicide Prevention

    Sep 25, 2009

    The Army has made suicide prevention among Soldiers a top priority. However, predominantly civilian organizations are using the training and information available to educate their work forces as well. The Army Security Assistance Command is moving into phase three of its training plan. "We want it to be understood that we take it just as seriously as the green-suiters," Gale Fenwick, training manager, said. "We are an Army organization and suicide does happen to civilians, too." The first phase of training included briefings and presentations featuring the stories of people who have lived through suicide attempts or the pain of a friend, loved one or colleague's death. Some of the faces are instantly recognizable. "The actor and comedian Drew Carey has a segment where he talks about his own suicide attempt," Fenwick said. The training program is mandatory for USASAC's active duty and government civilian work force. It is also recommended for the contractors within their walls. Conducting widespread training at four locations, while in the middle of a BRAC move, sounds daunting, Fenwick said. However, teamwork and support from Redstone has made it go much smoother than could be anticipated.

  • 'God Is Touching The Hearts Of So Many'

    Sep 25, 2009

    While the Army defends freedoms around the world, God is working in the hearts of people from all walks of life who hunger for justice, compassion and a promise for a better future. That's what Betsy Brown is witnessing as she travels throughout western and eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. "Pray for our enemies," she urged members of the Protestant Women of the Chapel during a presentation Sept. 10. "God is touching the hearts of so many who hate us. In Africa, Morocco, Libya, Algeria and all over the world, Jesus is making himself known ... Pray that they have dreams and visions, because they are." Brown, an international Christian worship leader, speaker and teacher, formed Heartsong Ministries in 1979. Since then, she has traveled throughout the U.S. and the world to share the message of Christ and to minister to U.S. servicemembers. In her mission work, she ministered behind the Iron Curtain in Germany when communism was falling, among Russian military in Siberia, and on the battlefields of Iraq to both U.S. military and Iraqi citizens. She has co-led prayer walks on the islands of Indonesia, assisted with tsunami relief work in Indonesia in 2005, spent Christmas 2004 and Thanksgiving 2007 in Iraq ministering to U.S. military, traveled to Syria several times to assist with aid to more than 2 million Iraqi refugees, and taught and worshipped with military wives involved in PWOC around the world. She has seen for herself how the power of Jesus and the Christian message of love and forgiveness have changed the lives of radical extremists. As she spoke to PWOC members in Bicentennial Chapel, Brown said she has repeatedly heard testimonials similar to what a refugee living in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon once told her about his transformation.

  • West Point Senior Ready To Graduate Into Service

    Sep 25, 2009

    Matthew Wilson didn't know his dad during his Army years. By the time the younger Wilson was born, John Wilson was getting ready to retire from a 22-year stint as an Army officer. But growing up in a post-Army family hasn't kept Wilson from finding his own way into the military's officer ranks. "I still feel like I've grown up in an Army family. I knew my father had served and so had my grandfather. It was something I knew I was always going to do." Wilson has begun his senior year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His graduation with a bachelor's in electrical engineering in May 2010 will be the culmination of a goal he set after attending West Point's Summer Leaders Seminar following his junior year at Grissom High. "I attended the leadership courses at West Point and the Naval Academy," Wilson said. "The programs are meant to expose students to the rigors, to the reality of the military academy. "I really liked the atmosphere at West Point. I made good friends during that week who I am still in touch with. I had a great squad leader. I liked everything about it." It didn't take long for Wilson to realize that West Point was the place for him. And, as he decided his path, Wilson's parents dedicated themselves to providing support to their son and other Alabama West Point cadets. They have both served as the president of the West Point Parents Club of Alabama, and continue to assist with club activities.

  • Fox's Retiring Spokesman Enjoys 'Blessed Time'

    Sep 25, 2009

    Fifty-mile drives and new computer technology were the challenges that Melba Moody faced when she first reported for work Sept. 20, 1989 at what is now Fox Army Health Center. That was 20 years ago and Fox was a full-blown hospital, with an emergency room, surgical facilities and hospital rooms. Moody's plan was to work for the hospital for a year or two and then return to her family farm in Lawrence County. Those plans changed. "I've spent so much time here that this is like family," she said. But another part of her family - her husband, a daughter and son and their spouses, 10 grandchildren and a host of other relatives - are pulling more strongly than her Fox family these days, and Moody has decided it's time to retire. A retirement reception in her honor is scheduled for Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at Fox. "I'm excited. I'm anxious. I'm going to miss the people here terribly," she said. "When I first started, I had been driving for about a month and I thought to myself 'I don't know if I can do this for a year.' Now I don't think anything about the drive. I have loved working at Fox. I love the people, the patients, and I have loved my work. I didn't know it was going to be so rewarding."

  • Touching Lives Of Veterans With Caring Services

    Sep 25, 2009

    Helping veterans is a community-wide effort in Huntsville. And, among the organizations that assist veterans, Still Serving Veterans has made a niche for itself by providing "the caring and understanding counseling" sought by veterans of all ages who need help in reintegrating into their communities. "Support from the community is what really makes us successful," SSV executive director Werner Baker said. "Huntsville is such a great military community and Redstone is really a great post. Funding is critical to our programs. But we've been fortunate that Huntsville is a giving community. We have wonderful support." That support is much appreciated by SSV as it works to make each veteran, and especially each wounded warrior, successful at what often becomes the most difficult task in their return to civilian society - finding a way to support their families. "We take care of all veterans. But our main emphasis is on young wounded warriors. We do not turn any veteran away who walks in our door. We provide all of them with job development and job training, and we work closely with their families. It doesn't do just to help the veteran and let the family walk out the door without that same support. We are all about helping to keep these families together." Baker said the Huntsville community - including commercial establishments, government contractors and individuals - has come forward to provide financial support for SSV services and programs during its three years of operations. Fund-raising events, such as the upcoming golf tournament sponsored in support of SSV by Analytical Services on Oct. 2 at Cherokee Ridge Golf Course, make a difference in the type of support SSV can provide.

  • Setting Example of Supporting Troops

    Sep 25, 2009

    When Rick Turner retires in November from his position as executive director of the Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Activity, he will be taking with him a reputation of excellence and commitment built during 33 years of civilian service. It is a reputation that will be recognized nationwide at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting and exposition in October when Turner is presented with the annual Department of the Army Civilian of the Year Award for outstanding service to the Army, its Soldiers, civilians and families. "I view this award as recognition of the Army value of selfless service. This award is recognition for the USATA team and the other folks at Redstone who support us," Turner said. "We have 61 different locations in 11 countries, in 26 states and on three different continents. We have great Americans working for us. They are truly supporting our customers, and I have the honor of representing them. This is a team of professionals - 90 percent of which are former Soldiers - who don't care who gets the credit as long as Soldiers get the support they need. That's what makes it easy to come to work every day." Similar to others who have received prestigious Army awards, Turner said he is "humbled" and "honored" to be chosen for the AUSA award from among thousands of dedicated DA civilians, and considers it a "great honor" to be recognized for the work that's being done by USATA employees in support of Soldiers "who raise their right hand to defend our nation and, possibly, give their life for it." He also sees the award as an opportunity to promote the work of USATA's 600 employees.

  • Battle for 'Best Warrior' brings 24 elite Soldiers, NCOs to Fort Lee

    Sep 25, 2009

    From Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, 24 of the Army's elite Soldiers and NCOs officers representing 12 different commands will converge on Fort Lee, Va., to see who will be named this year's Soldier and NCO of the Year.

  • USAG-Detroit Arsenal Competes for the Supply Excellence Award

    Sep 25, 2009

  • Teresa W. Gerton, Acting Executive Deputy to the Commanding General

    Sep 25, 2009

  • Picatinny employee to compete in World Ironman Competition finals in Hawaii

    Sep 25, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Ronald Wally, deputy director of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit here has qualifed for the World Ironman Competition finals in Kona, Hawaii.

  • Ukrainians look to model NCO education after U.S.

    Sep 24, 2009

    Lessons learned at the Fires Center of Excellence will help the Ukrainian army develop its noncommissioned officers.

  • U.S. Army sponsors first HIV vaccine trial to show some effectiveness in preventing HIV

    Sep 24, 2009

    A Phase III clinical trial involving more than 16,000 adult volunteers in Thailand has demonstrated that an investigational HIV vaccine regimen was safe and modestly effective in preventing HIV infection. According to final results released by the trial sponsor, the U.S. Army Surgeon General, the prime boost combination of ALVACR HIV and AIDSVAXR B/E lowered the rate of HIV infection by 31.2% compared with placebo.

  • ARFORGEN, Reserves getting the job done, says FORSCOM CG

    Sep 24, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Gen. Charles Campbell, Army Forces Commanding General, discussed the two "great epiphanies" of the Army after the Iraq War during day two of the Infantry Warfighting Conference.

  • Defense Acquisition University Offers Opportunities for APG Workforce

    Sep 24, 2009

    Defense Acquisition University students and Research, Development and Engineering Command senior leaders formally opened the newly renovated building that houses the DAU's Senior Service College in a ribbon cutting ceremony held Sep. 18.

  • R&D NCO's gather to strengthen their corps

    Sep 23, 2009

    Non-commissioned officers from the Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command gathered to strengthen their unity and focus during professional development training at the Communication-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Sep. 9-11.

  • Army's electronic warfare needs receive heightened emphasis

    Sep 23, 2009

    Protecting Soldiers from improvised explosive devices and providing them with an accurate and complete understating of their environment across the spectrum has brought about significant change in focus for the Army in the area of Electronic Warfare.

  • Interactive Training for Property Accountability

    Sep 23, 2009

    Discover information on distance learning (DL) courses and links to websites where Soldiers can take or order property accountability courses online.

  • UAHuntsville All-American serving her country and its Warfighters

    Sep 23, 2009

    Former All-American outfielder with the University of Alabama in Huntsville's softball team and the UAHuntsville 2006 Top Engineering Student is now a member of the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center team serving her country and supporting Soldiers on the battlefield.

  • Petraeus draws 'big picture' for Soldiers at Infantry conference

    Sep 23, 2009

    At the Infantry Warfighting Conference Tuesday, Gen. David Petraeus walked nearly 2,000 Soldiers through "the big picture," in respect to counterinsurgency operations in the region that constitutes the United States Central Command, the smallest but most volatile of the six U.S. geographic combatant commands.

  • Rapid Magazine Repairs Enable CAAA to Support the Warfighter

    Sep 23, 2009

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity had to adjust its plans on repairs to one of its magazines when a request for ammunition came down from the Joint Munitions Command. Quick work by Army and Navy employees ensured ammuntion would flow to the Warfighter for a special request.

  • 410th CSB responds to military contracting requirements during PANAMAX 09

    Sep 22, 2009

    The 410th Contract Support Brigade's participation in PANAMAX 09 grows each year and this year was no exception as the unit's headquarters, the Expeditionary Contracting Command, deployed from Fort Belvoir, Va. to Fort Sam Houston, Texas to also participate.

  • AMC Equal Opportunity/ Equal Employment Opportunity Roundtable

    Sep 22, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command held the annual AMC Equal Opportunity/ Equal Employment Opportunity roundtable here Sept. 15-17.

  • 1,000-plus attend veterans' benefits event in Anniston

    Sep 22, 2009

    An Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs Supermarket of Benefits held in conjunction with Anniston Army Depot's Suicide Prevention Fair on Sept. 11 at the Anniston Meeting Center was a success not only for the 49 vendors who participated, but also for the 1,043 veterans and their families who came through the doors.

  • Army Reservists Hone Their Skills at Crane before Deployment

    Sep 22, 2009

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity hosted an ordnance detachment of Army Reservists this September who were at Camp Atterbury, Ind., preparing for a mobilization to Iraq.

  • Ten best technologies recognized by Army

    Sep 21, 2009

    Combat gauze, the Common Remotely Operated Weapons System, and a new machine-gun cradle were among technologies recognized by U.S. Army Materiel Command during the "Top Ten Great Inventions of 2008" event held near the Pentagon.