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  • Former NFL player considers Soldiers his third family

    Nov 24, 2009

    No movie has been made of Otis Sistrunk's life, although he has acted in a few, including "Car Wash," a 1976 comedy produced by Universal Pictures.

  • Green Team offers recycling solutions

    Nov 24, 2009

    From the traditional recyclable materials of cardboard, paper, plastic and glass to scrap materials like wood and metal and even some non-traditional items like old overalls, furniture and even oil, much of the depotAca,!a,,cs waste can be repurposed, reused or recycled into something new.

  • HooahMail means speedy delivery of letters to Afghanistan

    Nov 23, 2009

    The Army's HooahMail program makes it possible for friends and family members to rapidly put a paper letter and photograph into the hands of their loved ones in Afghanistan, in some cases, the same day the letter is written.

  • AMC's Lean Six Sigma success generates 6 awards

    Nov 23, 2009

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command garnered six of the 11 Army Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards.

  • Mullen: Guard should not return to how things were before 2001

    Nov 23, 2009

    As operations in Iraq and Afghanistan change over the next few years, the Guard should not be allowed to revert to being simply a strategic reserve, said Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • Can commercial industry quench the Army's thirst for connectivity'

    Nov 23, 2009

    NEW YORK -- As troops continue to deploy to diverse theatres such as Afghanistan where existing communications infrastructure is limited, the Army's demand for connectivity continues to grow. Commercial companies can be a part of the solution.

  • 3/405th AFSB Supports USAID Resupply Mission

    Nov 23, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) recently completed a resupply operation in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Due to recent disasters in the Pacific Rim, USAID's relief supply inventory in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, needed to be restocked.

  • 8th TSC Commanding General Pins on Second Star

    Nov 22, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Nov. 16, 2009) -- Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, pinned on his second star during a promotion ceremony held on Fort Shafter. Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general, U.S. Army, Pacific, presided over the promotion ceremony. Maj. Gen. Terry's wife, Cathy, and childhood friend, Maj. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, commanding general, U.S. Army, Japan, had the honor of pinning the stars on Terry's dress green uniform. Terry's two sons took part by putting the two-star shoulder boards on his Class A shirt.

  • Soldiers to get retroactive pay for Stop Loss

    Nov 20, 2009

    An estimated 120,000 Soldiers and veterans are now eligible for retroactive Stop-Loss Special Pay.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command welcomes new commander

    Nov 20, 2009

    In a time honored ceremony, Col (P) Joseph L. Bass accepted command of the Expeditionary Contracting Command from Brig. Gen. Camille M. Nichols in Fort Belvoir's Specker Field House. . The ECC is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., and is a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Contracting Command. Bass takes command after serving as the Army Contracting Command's Chief of Staff and then as the acting deputy director.

  • Army career counselors hear about Institutional Adaptation

    Nov 20, 2009

    More than 750 Army retention professionals were gathered in Orlando, Fla., this week for the annual Worldwide Retention Training Seminar.

  • Sense Of Hope, Sense Of Honor

    Nov 20, 2009

    First impressions can be lasting ones. And, for a group of 36 wounded warriors, their impressions of Huntsville and North Alabama - its hospitality, the beautiful fall weather, the fun events, the people - will be among their happiest memories for a long time to come. Thanks to the Semper Fi Community Task Force, the local community once again rolled out the red carpet for a group of Soldiers and Marines, and their spouses, who have made tremendous sacrifices for the nation. Heroes Week is in its third year of welcoming wounded warriors to North Alabama for events leading up to and including Huntsville's Veterans Day Parade. "You can tell there's been a lot of effort put into planning this for us," said Army Sgt. 1st Class Landon Ranker during an interview in the lobby of the Westin Hotel, where the group stayed during their visit. "There's a lot behind it. There are a lot of contributions and a lot of people who have made this an overwhelming force of appreciation and thank you. The fact that they are doing this for us is incredible." Besides all the work that many volunteers put into Heroes Week, Marine Staff Sgt. Francisco "Frankie" Quintero said the setting - North Alabama's mountains and lakes, its fall foliage and the scenic attractions - combined with the hospitable people to make it a visit to remember. "I love it here," he said. "It's beautiful. This is my first time in Alabama. The scenery and the people are just wonderful."

  • Leading through change: Senior civilian adapts to SDDC leadership role

    Nov 20, 2009

    Michael K. Williams, a member of the Senior Executive Service, served as acting deputy to the commander beginning in June, until his appointment was announced Nov. 8. During that time he still served in his previous positions as director of both SDDC's Transportation Engineering Agency and the United States Transportation Command Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center. As deputy to the commander, he is responsible for facilitating continuous improvement and innovation in the development of distribution policies, plans, and programs supporting the global mission. These responsibilities impact Joint Service force deployment and logistics operations.

  • LabTV: Don't Sweat It

    Nov 20, 2009

    LabTV: Protection against insect bites is a concern for U.S. servicemembers worldwide, but the impact of topical insect repellents on sweating is unknown. This NSSC study at USAG Natick determines the affect of DEET on heat and sweating.

  • Fort Monmouth police train for swift response to shooting rampage scenario

    Nov 20, 2009

    The Fort Monmouth Police Department received specialized training in "active shooter response" that is designed to deal with a situation such as the Fort Hood tragedy Nov. 5 in which 13 persons died and dozens were injured.

  • ARDEC engineer awarded LATINA Style service award

    Nov 20, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - A Picatinny engineer received a prestigious LATINA Style Distinguished Service Award during the 6th Annual National LATINA Symposium in Washington, D.C. Sept. 9.

  • Armament University develops new small arms design, weapons maintenance curriculum

    Nov 20, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center's Armament University is now offering a suite of new small arms training courses to instruct engineers on weapons manufacturing and assembly.

  • Precision airdrop technology showcased at world's largest demonstration

    Nov 19, 2009

    Yuma Proving Ground hosted the fifth biennial Precision Airdrop Technology Conference and Demonstration (PATCAD) the week of October 18th, and the turnout was the biggest yet. About 450 people from 17 different nations attended the event, necessitating a massive effort by YPG personnel to accommodate the visitors.

  • Historic post supports future leaders' historic win

    Nov 19, 2009

    In the cool, autumn mornings at the Watervliet Arsenal when most folks and machines were asleep, 10 of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs future leaders were hard at work. In and about hallowed land and buildings whose rich history date back to 1813, cadets from the local Siena College ROTC program silently trained. The Arsenal is well known for its manufacturing of cannons, mortars, and artillery pieces for the U.S. military, but not for providing the training ground for future leaders Aca,!aEURc until now.

  • Sharing the songs in her heart

    Nov 19, 2009

    Tammy Hughes spent the most of her childhood singing in her hometown, then traveled with a famous oldies band, and now sings the national anthem for numerous ceremonies throughout Fort Belvoir without quitting her day job. A career management specialist for the Army Contracting Command at Fort Belvoir, Va., Hughes grew up in Columbia. S.C., surrounded by a family that loved music. At the age of ten, she joined the local church choir and was a member for years.

  • Hero who led last major U.S. bayonet charge dies

    Nov 19, 2009

    Retired Col. Lewis L. Millett, who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War for leading what was reportedly the last major American bayonet charge, died Nov 14.

  • Training Program Provides Needed Care to Americans; Training for Reserve Soldiers.

    Nov 18, 2009

    Medical professionals from the Army Reserve's 4005th U.S. Army Hospital examined over 800 residents from this southern Alabama community, helping many in this depressed region get the medical attention, and education, they need.

  • Registration changes for Civilian Education System

    Nov 18, 2009

    The Civilian Education System 3rd and 4th-quarter classes are now open for registration, and those enrolling will see a major change in the application process.

  • Sergeant major of Army helps induct NCOs at Picatinny

    Nov 18, 2009

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston visited Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., to speak at a special ceremony welcoming 54 area Soldiers into the Noncommissioned Officer Corps Nov. 14.

  • Soldiers play critical role at world's busiest military airfield

    Nov 18, 2009

    Located in Southern Afghanistan, Kandahar Airfield is the busiest military airfield in the world. Supplies and equipment arrive daily to sustain the more than 20,000 servicemembers and civilians from 15 different nations.

  • Suicide numbers may top 2008, but progress being made

    Nov 17, 2009

    The suicide rate among Soldiers serving on active duty in 2009 is expected to exceed that of 2008 -- a statistic the Army doesn't take lightly, said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli.

  • Picatinny breaks ground for incoming Naval facility

    Nov 17, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" During a ceremony here Nov. 9, Picatinny officials broke ground for a new Naval packaging, handling, storage and transportation facility that will house Navy operations being transferred to Picatinny as a result of 2005 Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations.

  • Depot Achieves Environmental Management System Certification

    Nov 17, 2009

    Blue Grass Army Depot recently achieved a significant milestone with its International Organization for Standardization ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System (EMS) certification.

  • Corps of Engineers helps get Kabul International Airport up and running

    Nov 17, 2009

    As air traffic increases - and helps boost the economy - USACE Afghanistan Engineer District-North project managers share expertise on airport redevelopment.

  • 'Sarge' wins NHRA championship, pledges trophy to Hood families

    Nov 16, 2009

    Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, who pilots the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, captured his sixth straight NHRA Full Throttle world championship Sunday in the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway.

  • RDECOM earns Superior Unit Award

    Nov 16, 2009

    Army officials named the Research, Development and Engineering Command as winners of the Superior Unit Award. The award is presented by the U.S. Army for service to the nation "beyond what is expected."

  • Williams becomes SDDC's newest Deputy to the Commander

    Nov 16, 2009

    Michael K. Williams, a member of the Senior Executive Service, changed jobs at the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and became the third Deputy to the Commander. Prior to assuming his current position, Williams served as director of SDDC's Transportation Engineering Agency and the United States Transportation Command Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center.

  • Army NCO assumes joint leadership role at USTRANSCOM

    Nov 16, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. TomAfA!s R. Hawkins is the new USTRANSCOM senior enlisted advisor and is the first Soldier to hold the position. Formerly SDDC's senior NCO, Hawkins now serves as the principal advisor to the USTRANSCOM commander for all matters concerning joint force integration, career development, utilization and sustainment of more than 150,000 enlisted personnel serving the headquarters and USTRANSCOM's air, land and sea components throughout the world.

  • Rapid Port Opening Element: Logistics first responders

    Nov 16, 2009

    The addition of three Rapid Port Opening Elements to the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command brings an expeditionary answer to the challenge of logistics support in contingency response operations for the Department of Defense. As the surface piece of U.S. Transportation CommandAca,!a,,cs Joint Task Force Aca,!" Port Opening, the RPOEs deploy as part of a joint expeditionary logistics force to establish a port of debarkation and forward distribution node.

  • Study finds morale, mental health better in Iraq than Afghanistan

    Nov 13, 2009

    While the mental health and morale of Soldiers in Iraq is improving, according to the latest study, more behavioral-health providers are needed in Afghanistan.

  • Commentary: Quit during Great American Smokeout

    Nov 13, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Soldiers face stresses unique to their occupation. Time away from home, deployments and heavy workloads cause Soldiers to feel substantial work-related stress.

  • Smoking increases risk of impotence

    Nov 13, 2009

  • Commentary: Quit during Great American Smokeout

    Nov 13, 2009

    The Great American Smokeout Nov. 19 may be for you, if improving health and saving money interests you.

  • Keeping good Soldiers in boots

    Nov 13, 2009

  • Amanda's story: Escaping the clutches of domestic abuse

    Nov 13, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Nov. 13, 2009) -- Courted and captivated, a young Cecil County girl, caught up in a whirlwind relationship, married a Soldier who seemed to be everything she wanted. Not all Soldiers, however, embrace the Army values, and before long, a fairy-tale existence gave way to a brutal reality.

  • AER offers college aid for military children, spouses

    Nov 13, 2009

  • Boston Bruins give back to the defenders of freedom

    Nov 13, 2009

    It was Military Appreciation night at the TD Garden last night and several hundred Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen were on hand for the Bruins 1-0 shootout loss against the Florida Panthers.

  • Applewhite urges crowd to overcome personal challenges

    Nov 13, 2009

    The theme for Anniston Army Depot's 2009 National Disability Employment Awareness and Awards Luncheon was "Expectation plus opportunity equals full participation," encouraging the more than 200 people in attendance at the Berman-Varner House to give everyone the opportunity to excel.

  • 637th CCT Soldiers support ANAD contracting

    Nov 13, 2009

    At an installation that employees more than 7,000 civilians and less than 15 Soldiers, itAca,!a,,cs not often that workers at Anniston Army Depot see the troops theyAca,!a,,cre here to support. However, the civilians in the depotAca,!a,,cs Directorate of Contracting see green suits in the hallways on a daily basis.

  • First Advanced Course of the fiscal year graduates

    Nov 12, 2009

  • Physicist's Legacy Continues Beyond Retirement

    Nov 12, 2009

    During his 52 years as an Army civilian, Dr. Bill McCorkle has been recognized countless times for his contributions in the fields of aviation and missile technology. Throughout his career, McCorkle has "had fun" working as a designer, explorer, researcher, developer and manager. He is a scientist, engineer, mathematician, organizer, pilot, teacher, leader and visionary. He is a charter member of the Army's Senior Executive Service, and an internationally recognized leader in aviation and missile technology. He is the director of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center where, with more than 3,100 employees involved in research and development of missiles, aviation and unmanned aerial vehicle technology, he leads the Army's largest research and development center. As the chief of AMRDEC and its forerunner, the Army Missile Laboratory, McCorkle oversees an organization that has been named the Army's best laboratory eight times since it was formed in 1981. But more than anything else, McCorkle is a physicist. "I've always believed that people should do what they are interested in," he said, as he sat in an office where the table and desk are overflowing with administrative and research reports, shelf space is filled with numerous awards and accolades, and the white board is covered in scientific equations.

  • Army Community Service Earns Top Accreditation

    Nov 12, 2009

    In 2000, Redstone Arsenal's Army Community Service was among the first to go through the Army's three-year accreditation process. Last week ACS became the first to receive its fourth three-year accreditation. "We are the first in the Department of the Army to pass for a fourth time with commendation - which means above and beyond," ACS director Sue Paddock said. "I'm really thrilled. It's very hard work. The ACS team met all of the standards a hundred percent. It's a total team effort with our community partnerships as well. A lot of community agencies played a part which contributed to our success."

  • Arsenal's Era of Mass Construction

    Nov 12, 2009

    Brick by brick, steel beam by steel beam, Redstone Arsenal is experiencing a fundamental change in its business landscape that is destined to affect its tenants and the entire Tennessee Valley community for years to come. A drive along the Arsenal's main thoroughfares offers plenty of evidence to the expanding footprint of Arsenal facilities. New buildings are going up, renovations are taking place and expansions are under way. Growth is in the air. No one knows that better than Joe Davis, director of the Garrison's Directorate of Public Works, and his busy staff, who are charged with managing, overseeing and maintaining the Arsenal's facilities. "We've got more going on here than I can ever remember," Davis said. "Besides everything we've got going on, other agencies - such as NASA and the FBI - also have construction projects on the Arsenal. Fiscal year 2009 has been a record setting year for construction."

  • RIA-JMTC launches field fuel testing system support website

    Nov 12, 2009

    The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center Mobile Maintenance unit is making the job of a military fuel tester a little bit easier. Staying in stride with technological advances, the team has taken advantage of the availability of the World Wide Web. One month ago, the unit launched the first and only website that supports the needs of PQASE operators. PQASE, Petroleum Quality Analysis System Enhanced, tests the quality of fuel being used on military machinery. It tells the operator if there's a problem with the fuel, if the fuel is usable, and what he or she needs to do with it to make it usable. PQASE also helps determine whether the fuel is for ground use or air use.

  • President honors veterans: 'We are forever grateful'

    Nov 11, 2009

    "America will not let you down," President Barack Obama told veterans Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery, emphasizing the message he wanted all to know is "we will take care of our own."

  • CSM Blake outlines Reset at AUSA

    Nov 10, 2009

    Taking care of Soldiers and their families is a big focus of Reset, said Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen D. Blake, the Army Sustainment Command's top enlisted Soldier speaking at the Association of the United States Army's annual gathering here Oct. 5-7.

  • ASC unveils video portal at AUSA

    Nov 10, 2009

    The Army Sustainment Command's new exhibit at the Association of the United States Army's annual gathering in the nation's capital was an instant hit with attendees Oct. 5-7.

  • USATCES presents Tactical Explosives Safety Workshop

    Nov 10, 2009

    MCALESTER, Okla.--The United States Army Technical Center for Explosives Safety (USATCES) is dedicated to eliminating ammunition and explosives accidents and chemical agent accidents in every phase of the ammunition life cycle.

  • QASAS INTERN GROUP #101 "EARN THEIR PAY"

    Nov 10, 2009

    MCALESTER, Okla.-- Quality Assurance Specialist, Ammunition Surveillance, (QASAS), is the oldest career program in the Department of Army. QASAS serve as the primary technical experts providing logistics, quality assurance and explosives safety expertise in direct support of Army units throughout the theater.

  • Annual Demil Users Group Focuses on Organic Demil

    Nov 10, 2009

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill.--The Defense Ammunition Center (DAC) hosted the 18th Demilitarization Users Group Meeting (DUGM) on 21-22 Oct. 2009, at the downtown Holiday Inn, Rock Island, Ill.

  • AMC streamlines procurement process, saves millions

    Nov 10, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.-- A business case designed to overhaul Army Materiel Command's process of procuring industry and military commercial standards, specifications and parts has resulted in a new contract, streamlined process and significant savings to the entire command.

  • Army testing XM-25 'smart' high-explosive weapon for Soldiers

    Nov 10, 2009

    A Soldier successfully shoulder-fired a 'smart' High Explosive Airburst, or HEAB, round for the first time Aug. 11, from the XM-25 weapon system at Aberdeen Test Center, Md.

  • Chief of Staff Views Lake City Ammo Plant Modernization

    Nov 10, 2009

    LAKE CITY ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT, Mo. (Nov. 4, 2009) - The men and women who work in the Army's manufacturing plants and depots are dedicated Americans who contribute to warfighters' success, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said today during a press conference here.

  • What is a Security Officer's Special Sauce

    Nov 9, 2009

    Whether itAca,!a,,cs 115 degrees or below 20 degrees outside, the security officers at Tooele Army Depot are standing at the traffic control point controlling access to the installation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their mission: to protect and to serve the depot workforce and their mission of supporting the Warfighter.

  • TEAD to take back DCD igloos, magazines

    Nov 9, 2009

    Deseret Chemical Depot will transfer 242 igloos and magazines back to Tooele Army Depot upon completion of the chemical demilitarization mission and closure of the chemical processing and storage facilities presently scheduled for fiscal 2014. The decision was finalized Aug. 18, 2009, and was based on a recommendation presented during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure.

  • TEAD team wins Federal Energy Conservation Award

    Nov 9, 2009

    The Lean Six Sigma team that saved Tooele Army Depot more than $60,000 and nearly 100 million gallons of water per year is the proud recipient of not one but two prestigious awards in the small group water conservation category: the 31st Annual Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award and the 2009 Federal Energy and Water Management Award. Richard Anderson, Russell Smalling, Victor Hammond, Jon Hayden and Joshua Jones will travel to Washington D.C. for an award ceremony to be held Oct. 28, 2009, in honor of individuals that throughout the Department of Defense have made exemplary efforts in water and energy conservation.

  • Congressional staffers visits Army Materiel Command headquarters

    Nov 6, 2009

    Congressional staffers from the Utah delegation visited U.S. Army Materiel Command headquarters Nov. 6 as a way to learn more about the command and its mission. The staffers received a tour of AMC's Tech Gallery, which showcases advancements in research and development for today's warfighter, an AMC overview brief, and a briefing and ration sampling from the DoD Combat Feeding Directorate, located in Natick, Mass. The samples included new foods that are expected to be fielded to warfighters in the future. Later, the delegation visited the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Night Vision Labs and the Mine Lanes, located at Fort Belvoir, Va. The staffers were Bill Castle, Military Legislative Assistant and Lt. Col. Lyle Drew, Air Force Military Legislative Fellow, both for Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Clint Satterthwaite, Military Legislative Assistant to Sen. Robert Bennett.

  • Natick Soldier Systems Center observes moment of silence in honor of Soldiers at Fort Hood

    Nov 6, 2009

    The Natick Soldier Systems Center, Natick, Mass., observed a moment of silence on Nov. 6. It was a quiet tribute to the Soldiers who were killed or injured during the shootings at Fort Hood yesterday.

  • 'We Do Get Better. Give Us An Opportunity"

    Nov 6, 2009

    Tracy Swint is the complete package -- a well-dressed professional, an educated and accomplished physicist, a deeply religious woman, and a confident and happy person who believes in facing the world with her own direct brand of honesty. And yet, she is also the face of addiction. Swint suffered through years of drug and alcohol abuse that started with prescribed medications as a college student. Her addiction was fueled by her memories of growing up in a troubled family, and an unquenchable need to hide her pain and sorrow from herself and those around her. "People confuse addiction with someone who lives under a bridge," Swint told a small group of Redstone Arsenal employees who attended the Red Ribbon drug and alcohol abuse prevention event Oct. 26 at Heiser Hall.

  • Inspiring Day Ends With Patriotic Homecoming

    Nov 6, 2009

    Hundreds of flag-waving patriots put on quite a celebration Oct. 24 when 122 World War II veterans arrived at Huntsville International Airport after a daylong trip to Washington, D.C., to see their memorial. There were JROTC re-enactors dressed in WW II uniforms and dancing in the halls as families and supporters congregated in the airport's new waiting area. The Huntsville Concert Band and vocalist Margie Cumbie performed patriotic and WW II era music for the crowd and Girl Scout Troop 287 led the Pledge of Allegiance. Volunteers from the Association of the U.S. Army gave out flags and the Patriot Guard Riders stood at attention as the event's color guard. Uncle Sam -- in the form of local military cheerleader retired Sgt. 1st Class David Carney -- made periodic announcements of when the chartered plane would land. Entire families waited eagerly to embrace their returning veterans. When the first WW II veteran finally came through the entry way, a cheer from the crowd went up. As they went down the walkway, the veterans were welcomed, thanked and hugged by hundreds of well-wishers.

  • General Says War Must Be Addressed In Global Terms

    Nov 6, 2009

    During a question-and-answer session, Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman Gen. James Cartwright was asked a question that cut to the heart of America's concerns related to overseas contingency operations - What have you, general, advised President Barack Obama concerning the future war effort in Afghanistan' The question, asked by Marine reservist Staff Sgt. Jeff Moran, a student at the University of Alabama-Huntsville where Cartwright made a presentation as part of a new distinguished speaker series, gave the Marine Corps general an opportunity to provide a glimpse into the relationship the nation's Joint Chiefs of Staff have with the president. Although he declined to give specifics of his private conversations with President Obama, Cartwright did tell his audience of local community, business and military leaders as well as UAH students at the Oct. 27 gathering at the Shelby Center that any recommendations must be considered in a global context. "We all know things change and war is an engagement in a constantly evolving fight," he answered. "Our number one priority is to stop nations out there with weapons of mass destruction that can fundamentally change our way of life. The second priority is to eliminate extremist groups out there who want to fundamentally change our way of life. Those have to be gotten rid of. They cannot be given sanctuary."

  • CERDEC senior leader delivers keynote address to Hispanic engineers

    Nov 6, 2009

    Dr. Gerardo Melendez, director of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Command and Control Directorate, urged an audience of Hispanic engineers to join in solving the nation's challenges through the diversity of their experiences in a keynote speech delivered at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29.

  • Forum Draws Total Army Family Representatives

    Nov 6, 2009

    Members of the total Army family at Redstone had their voices heard last week. They expressed their quality of life concerns during the 21st annual Army Family Action Plan conference Oct. 27-28 at the Officers and Civilians Club. Thirty-four delegates were evenly distributed in three work groups: Consumer Services, Medical/Dental, and Benefits/Entitlements. "This is to have all of the Army family voices heard - whether that be DA (Department of Army) civilians, Soldiers, spouses, retirees," Nicki Swindle, quality of life program manager at Army Community Service, said. "And everyone has an equal voice."

  • Bursting With Pride On Veterans Day

    Nov 6, 2009

    The red, white and blue will be flying high on Veterans Day when the Huntsville community comes out in full force for its annual Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11. From the Scouting troops with their floats to the Cahaba Shriners with their tiny hot rod cars to the big brass sounds of local school bands, this year's Veterans Day Parade is sure to be fun for both participants and spectators. And in the center of all that fun will be the Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines honored by the festivities. "People love the Soldier marching," said retired Sgt. 1st Class David Carney, operations officer for the parade. "We have the most patriotic community in the nation. I hear from people all across the nation that they've never seen a military and civilian community that works so well together. This is a great patriotic community. And, every year, the Veterans Day Parade is the most exciting parade we've ever had." For sure, every year the parade gets bigger and better. This year, more than 100 entries are expected. There will be seven bands, led off by the impressive Alabama A&M Band; 11 JROTC and ROTC units; and entries by the ever popular Cahaba Shriners, Madison County Heritage Commission, Scouting troops, Vets for Vettes Corvette Club, Patriot Guard Riders, Semper Fi Riders, and dance and twirling groups. There will be several float entries from corporate and community organizations, military hardware and a horse-drawn stagecoach. The 1,000 Soldiers with Redstone Arsenal's 59th Ordnance Brigade/832nd Ordnance Battalion along with the Arsenal's color guard will be a main part of the festivities. "This is a day when everyone is bursting with pride because we get to recognize our veterans," Carney said. "This is a day for them to be proud of their nation, and proud of the servicemembers who have worked to make this the greatest nation on earth. This is a time when parents can show their children and their families what it means to serve their country." The parade begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Huntsville on Clinton Avenue, extends through downtown on Monroe Street, Williams Street and Lincoln Street, then again on Monroe Street and ends on Holmes Avenue. The theme is "Courage, Sacrifice and Duty - Heroes Among Us."

  • Army sets 'moment of silence' for Fort Hood shooting victims

    Nov 6, 2009

    An Army-wide moment of silence has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. central standard time today in honor of the Fort Hood victims, family members and loved ones affected by the shooting 24 hours ago.

  • DOD awards team for helping save lives with satellites

    Nov 6, 2009

    Not too long ago, it took hours for deployed medical personnel to transmit digital X-ray or CT scan files in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, it takes minutes -- allowing wounded Soldiers to receive more timely medical care.

  • Walmart among 8 new firms partnering to hire Army spouses

    Nov 5, 2009

    Eight more organizations, including Walmart, joined forces last month with the Army Spouse Employment Partnership.

  • OREGON JUDGE RULES FOR ARMY IN INCINERATION LAWSUIT

    Nov 5, 2009

    An Oregon judge denied a motion for summary judgment against the State of Oregon regarding Army chemical weapons destruction at the Umatilla Chemical Depot, Hermiston, Ore. Judge Michael H. Marcus, Judge for the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, denied the petitioner's motion for summary judgment and entered a judgment in favor of the State of Oregon and its co-defendants in the case, including the U.S. Army. The casewas filed one year ago on Oct. 31, 2008.

  • Noncommissioned officer defies odds to achieve, mentor subordinates

    Nov 5, 2009

  • Meet Fort Monmouth and the U.S. Army CECOM LCMC: Part 3 of 3

    Nov 5, 2009

  • ARL celebrates National Chemistry Week with APG youths

    Nov 5, 2009

  • Army launches technology blog

    Nov 5, 2009

  • Suicide awareness guide now available for leaders

    Nov 4, 2009

    The Army's newest guide book is small enough to fit in a pocket, but big enough to save lives, according to officials.

  • Fort Hood unit wins Secretary of Defense maintenance award

    Nov 4, 2009

    An Army cavalry squadron that redeployed from Iraq earlier this year received the Defense Department's highest award for maintenance excellence last week.

  • What housing privatization means to Soldiers, their Families

    Nov 4, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The terms Residential Communities Initiative, or RCI, and privatized Family housing are now being used at Aberdeen Proving Ground. They both have to do with a new program that will change the face of Family housing on post over the next 50 years.

  • Ordnance Museum looks to future

    Nov 4, 2009

  • Meet Fort Monmouth and the U.S. Army CECOM LCMC: Part 2 of 3

    Nov 4, 2009

  • Program allows wounded veterans to continue service

    Nov 4, 2009

    The Mission Continues, a veterans organization, helps wounded veterans to continue serving their country by granting fellowships that allow them to volunteer at nonprofit organizations.

  • IMCOM changes command

    Nov 3, 2009

    Installation Management Command said farewell to its first commanding general Monday and welcomed Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch as its new commander.

  • NCO Spotlight - Sgt 1st Class Rodney Smith

    Nov 3, 2009

    Sgt 1st Class Rodney Smith had been working in the supply field for 16 years as a Supply Specialist and felt like it was time for a change. He heard about this new MOS "Acquisition, Logistics and Technology" 51C from a friend and fellow Non Commissioned Officer, Sgt. 1st Class Bonds. Bonds said that contracting presented a unique and challenging environment that would be beneficial to the Army and the NCO Corps now and well into the future

  • Funny Man's Message Is Sobering

    Nov 3, 2009

    Standup comedian Bernie McGrenahan used laughter to deliver a candid presentation of the perils of drug and alcohol abuse, along with other behaviors that tear up families.

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

    Nov 2, 2009

    ROTA, Spain - Even before the sun rose over the U.S. naval station in Rota, Spain, personnel from the Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager-Europe were working on the mammoth task of off-loading a three-story cargo ship filled with critical equipment destined for Afghanistan.

  • The Materiel Enterprise: Materiel solutions for our Soldiers

    Nov 2, 2009

    The Materiel Enterprise (ME) is one of the Army's four core enterprises and is responsible for materiel management from concept to combat. The ME brings together all of the organizations and stakeholders involved in providing materiel solutions for our Soldiers. It incorporates all the materiel life cycle functions to include research, development, acquisition, testing, distribution, supply, maintenance, industrial base operations and disposal. The goal is to provide Army leadership with information and analysis to enable them to make sound decisions.

  • Robot repair shop helps keep troops safe

    Nov 2, 2009

    The Joint Robotics Repair Detachment located at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad keeps and maintains robots used for use in explosive ordnance disposal, route clearance and other missions.

  • After 230 years, the 'Blue Book' still guides NCOs

    Nov 2, 2009

  • ASC commanding general signs Army Family Covenant

    Nov 2, 2009

  • Army Sustainment Command team runs in annual Army Ten-Miler

    Nov 2, 2009

  • Staff ride serves as a bonding and learning experience

    Nov 2, 2009

    Recently in October at Sharpsburg, Md., the Army Contracting Command received the opportunity to stand on hallowed ground where over 150 years ago, more than 24,000 brave Soldiers lost their lives in what is known as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam. According to Army Contracting Command's Col. Joseph L. Bass, this was an opportunity for co-workers to get together and relax in an informal environment, to enjoy themselves and learn about our United States history in the process.

  • Technology on display

    Nov 2, 2009

    Tobyhanna hosted the a technology showcase on Oct. 14, which was designed to bring vendors and the work force together to advance Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA) projects.

  • AFCEA, AUSA host luncheon

    Nov 2, 2009

    Eduardo Velez, portfolio integration officer, Enterprise Technology, Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) speaks at the Oct. 15, Pocono Mountain Chapter Armed Forces Communication Electronics Association /Tobyhanna Army Depot Chapter of the Association of the United States Army Membership Luncheon.

  • ASC Soldiers help make house a home

    Nov 2, 2009

    Thirty-five Soldiers of Rock Island Arsenal's Army Sustainment Command volunteered to work all day Oct. 17 at the Habitat for Humanity's 61st house in the Quad Cities area.

  • Green Belt: Improving the way we do business

    Nov 2, 2009

    New processes developed by depot employees will produce savings of more than $1 million and shave hundreds of hours off repair cycle time.

  • ASC Reserve Soldiers test during STX

    Nov 2, 2009

  • Engineering battalion keeps lines humming

    Nov 2, 2009

    Fifteen Soldiers are making sure that Tobyhanna maintains its power while saving the depot on its light bill.

  • First time since World War I

    Nov 2, 2009

    Rock Island Arsenal military personnel assigned to the Army Sustainment Command prepare to raise the American flag over Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Oct. 1.