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  • Columbia High Students Train for Emergency

    May 21, 2009

    If a disaster hit their high school, most teens wouldn't know what to do until emergency responders arrived on the scene. Thanks to the Teen Community Emergency Response Team training they have completed, the JROTC students at Columbia High are prepared to assist their classmates and teachers until help arrives.

  • Top Students Merit Awards from Women's Club

    May 20, 2009

    At a time when many students and their parents anguish over how to pay for college expenses, one organization on Redstone Arsenal is helping to find a way to ease the burden for military families. Culminating a year of fund-raising, the Officer and Civilian Women's Club distributed $8,750 in merit awards during a dinner ceremony May 12 at the Officers and Civilians Club. Six students received the awards which ranged from $1,000 to $2,000.

  • Army migrating computers to Vista

    May 20, 2009

    The Army is migrating all of its Windows-based computers to Microsoft's Vista operating system to bolster Internet security and standardize its information systems.

  • Logistics Assistance Reps Lauded

    May 20, 2009

    Six deployments. That's how many times Byron Lewis has been "in the sand box" with America's Soldiers. As a Logistics Assistance Representative with AMCOM's Integrated Materiel Management Center, Lewis has deployed to Iraq six times from Fort Bragg, N.C., since March 2003. During those deployments, he has provided support to the 117th Cavalry of Fort Campbell, Ky.; the 26th Cavalry of Hawaii; and the 16th Cavalry of Fort Carson, Colo., since March 2003.

  • May 2009 Construction Photos - Blue Grass Chemical-Agent Destruction Pilot Plant, Blue Grass Army De

    May 20, 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 weapons 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 the BGCAPP.

  • Army recognizes former NCOs in Congress

    May 20, 2009

    As part of the Army's continued celebration of the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer, senior Army leaders, Tuesday, recognized 10 members of the 111th Congress who have served as NCOs.

  • Financial Readiness: A Joint Mission Multiplier, Miami Garrison supplies the weapons to ensure perso

    May 20, 2009

    There is an enemy threatening our armed forces. This enemy is the leading cause or contributing factor in divorce nation-wide, eclipsing infidelity. This enemy is a stressor that can affect every facet of a service member's life and health. That enemy is financial instability; getting it under control has become a serious issue for Army leadership. "When Soldiers are distracted by personal problems, financial or otherwise, it diminishes their quality of life and their ability to focus on the mission at hand; and impacts overall unit readiness," said Army Vice Chief of Staff, General Peter W. Chiarelli in a recent 'VCSA Sends'. "As leaders we must always remember our primary responsibility to take care of Soldiers and their Families." U.S. Army Garrison - Miami is tasked with supporting the U.S. Southern Command, a joint regional unified command responsible for overseeing U.S. military operations in an area of focus that includes the Caribbean, Central and South America.

  • ANAD Career Academy wins 15 medals at state SkillsUSA

    May 20, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--High school and college students from the depot's Career Academy returned home with 15 medals from the Alabama SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held April 30 in Montgomery.

  • Depot employee earns quarterly award

    May 20, 2009

    A Systems Integration and Support Directorate employee earned a depot-level award for his knowledge, skill and attention to detail, ultimately helping to improve the quality of the Component Painting Branch's work performance.

  • MG Myles quote

    May 19, 2009

    Maj. Gen. James R. Myles, commander, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command

  • Technologies Exhibited to Aberdeen Community on Armed Forces Day

    May 19, 2009

    Aberdeen Proving Ground opened its gates to the surrounding community to experience the military environment on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16. Among the activities for the community to enjoy, the CECOM Life Cycle Management Command and Army Team Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance exhibited technologies supporting today's warfighters.

  • New manpower chief vows to strengthen Army Family

    May 19, 2009

    President Barack Obama's nominee for assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs said, May 12, at his confirmation hearing that he is aware of the concerns about dwell time, which directly affects families.

  • Army Team C4ISR Recruits Former Recruits

    May 19, 2009

    The U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command, in conjunction with Army Team Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, has identified its recruitment needs to sustain its transition mission from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Recently, the CECOM LCMC and Army Team C4ISR participated in an Employer Networking Event at Walter Reed Army Medical Center hosted by its U.S. Army Garrison, Human Resources Directorate, Transition Employment Assistance Management Service or TEAMS.

  • Full Steam Ahead: C4ISR 'Phase I' Construction Reported Ahead of Schedule

    May 18, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Just a little more than a year ago, Aberdeen Proving Ground marked the beginning of change on the installation at a groundbreaking ceremony for a nearly $800 million construction project as a major part of implementation of 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law.

  • Testing of unmanned systems presents challenges

    May 18, 2009

  • First APG BRAC project complete

    May 18, 2009

  • Fleet Management: Ducks In a Row Done Right

    May 18, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Scott G. West, Commander, TACOM-LCMC and members of his staff visited Fort Leonard Wood, May 5, to recognize the efforts which have produced the Army's finest example of the Fleet Management program

  • Army Depot Initiates Partnership with Local Business

    May 18, 2009

    Corpus Christi Army DepotAca,!a,,cs Business Development Office (BDO) held its first depot-to-business workshop at Del Mar CollegeAca,!a,,cs Business Center, March 23, to discuss opportunities for local businesses to contract with the areaAca,!a,,cs largest employer.

  • Army Depot Initiates Partnership with Local Business

    May 18, 2009

    Business development with the local community is crucial especially during this moment of economic downturn. The Corpus Christ Army Depot is developing inroads to the community to put more people to work.

  • Stars align at the Watervliet Arsenal

    May 18, 2009

    Most press releases and news stories regarding U.S. Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody highlight the fact that she is the first female officer of any U.S. service to reach the rank of general. To those at the U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal who prepared for a visit Friday from this four-star general, her historical achievement had no bearing on what the command would brief or what the leadership would show during her quick, five-hour visit.

  • The 2009 Army Logistics Excellence Awards

    May 17, 2009

    <b>What is it ' </b> The Logistics Excellence Awards, also known as "CLEA," are given out each year in a ceremony that combines the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME), the Deployment Excellence Award (DEA), and the Supply Excellence Award (SEA). Sponsored by the Chief of Staff of the Army, CLEA honors installations' and units' excellence in maintenance, deployment and supply operations.

  • Army destroys 60 percent of U.S. chemical weapons

    May 16, 2009

  • ARL volunteers encouraging students' participation in science, engineering

    May 16, 2009

    U.S. Army Research Laboratory volunteers are helping to give a number of high school students the opportunity to work with robotics technology and may help them get college scholarships in preparation for careers in science and engineering.

  • APG Post chapel hails senior NCOs

    May 16, 2009

  • 'Best of the Best:' 20th Support Command (CBRNE) selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    May 16, 2009

  • Holt assumes command of ATC

    May 16, 2009

  • Soldiers serve Army leaders with a smile

    May 15, 2009

    This is a story of the Executive Dining Facility whose Soldiers serve up masterpiece meals to the likes of Secretary Geren.

  • Commentary: Memorial Day from chaplain's foxhole

    May 15, 2009

    One evening, a casualty officer and I drove down the road on our way to inform a Soldier's spouse that her husband had died in Iraq. As an Army chaplain, many thoughts entered my mind. I thought about how difficult it would be for this young mother and how empty the two children's lives would be without their dad. On our way to the house, the casualty officer had assured me that he would be able to deliver the sad news. But when we got to our destination his confidence disappeared.

  • Get school physicals out of the way early

    May 15, 2009

    this is a news article about Rader Health Clinic. They'll extend time for physicals for school and sports June 1.

  • Motorcyclists Make Ride to Vietnam Memorial

    May 15, 2009

    While we stumbled out of bed this morning and fumbled with the coffee pot, motorcyclists on the other side of the country said a prayer for the fallen and set their sights east. The Run for the Wall began today and will continue for 11 days. Part of their journey will bring them through Alabama on May 19. For the 21st year, veterans, servicemembers and supporters are departing Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., where they have gathered for the last several days. They will ride cross country to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event is not only to recognize and remember the sacrifices of fallen veterans, but also a journey of healing for those who make the trip.

  • Redstone to Neutralize Leftover Chemical Agents

    May 15, 2009

    Redstone Arsenal will neutralize its stockpile of World War II-era chemical agent identification sets May 17-18. The Army Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project, part of the Army Chemical Materials Agency, uses transportable treatment systems to safely treat and neutralize chemical warfare materiel. Established in 1992, the project maintains transportable assessment and treatment technologies with proven track records of efficiency and success.

  • AMC Workers Share Career Journey with Students

    May 15, 2009

    Fifth-grade students at the Academy for Science and Foreign Languages have been talking a lot these days about the careers they someday want to have thanks to the help of employees at Headquarters Army Materiel Command Forward at Redstone Arsenal.

  • Freeman Supports her Extended Army Family

    May 15, 2009

    When her husband returned home from his first tour in Vietnam, Clarissa "TC" Freeman was disappointed and saddened by the reception. They were shunned by some, ridiculed by others. The people's lack of support and anger for the Vietnam War at the time was directed back to the servicemembers when they came home. It was an image and experience that was etched in her mind forever. She vowed, never again will she let this happen and has given her full commitment to helping Soldiers and their families since then. Freeman serves as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Kentucky, and was appointed in February 2008. Representing Kentucky, she is the Army's special ambassador and interfaces with Army commanders and the Secretary of the Army on issues affecting her region. "I've been serving the Army and doing CASA work for over 40 years that I guess they decided to just give me the title," Freeman said.

  • Workshop Readies Families for Deployments

    May 15, 2009

    When a family member deploys, the people left behind can have a tough time emotionally, mentally, financially and physically. In order to better meet their needs, Army Community Service is partnering with community organizations and national agencies to hold Family Readiness Group workshops, the first of which is May 20 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Bicentennial Chapel. "Our community is coming together to provide what our people need," Kathleen Riester, Financial Readiness/Mobilization and Deployment program manager, said. "It's a comprehensive overview."

  • Child Center has Roundup for Military Children

    May 15, 2009

    The Week of the Military Child was celebrated with a big "Yee Haw!" by children and staff at the Child Development Center on April 26. The staff grilled hamburgers for their young charges and parents who visited during Western Day. Great weather kept the kids outside, where they pretended to be in the Wild West. Most wore cowboy hats and some even wore cowboy boots. Western Day was one of several activities planned for CDC children during the Week of the Military Child. The special week of activities occurs during the Month of the Military Child in April.

  • Teamwork Brings Home AMC Honor for Executive

    May 15, 2009

    Teamwork. Dedication. Preparation. Persistence. Inspiration. Those are the attributes that make any team successful. For James D. "Dan" Parker, deputy director of the Security Assistance Management Directorate, those attributes apply to the team of SAMD employees and organizations working to ensure a thriving foreign military sales program for the Aviation and Missile Command and its lead organization, the Army Materiel Command.

  • Army service can be much more than wearing of uniform

    May 14, 2009

    In local protocol arenas, Huntsville's John Rogers holds the rank of a three-star general. He is also considered a personal representative of the Secretary of the Army. Yet, Rogers doesn't spend his days wearing an officer's uniform. Although he is a retired colonel, Rogers often dons civilian dress for local Army ceremonies and events.

  • Area Native Grows Up as NCO in Army

    May 14, 2009

    Sgt. David Christian takes a practical approach when it comes to his military career. The Soldier, home recently on leave from a 12-month tour in Iraq, saw an opportunity in the Army that a high school graduate couldn't find anywhere else. "I was going to Calhoun Community College. But I wasn't college bound at that time. I just wasn't into it. So, I decided to go into the military. The Army was the branch that offered me more than any other," Christian said, recalling his 2002 decision. Sgt. David Christian takes a practical approach when it comes to his military career. The Soldier, home recently on leave from a 12-month tour in Iraq, saw an opportunity in the Army that a high school graduate couldn't find anywhere else. "I was going to Calhoun Community College. But I wasn't college bound at that time. I just wasn't into it. So, I decided to go into the military. The Army was the branch that offered me more than any other," Christian said, recalling his 2002 decision.

  • Depot detects trace of mustard chemical agent vapor

    May 14, 2009

    A depot chemical operations monitoring crew detected trace amounts of HD mustard chemical agent vapor today inside a depot storage structure containing ton containers.

  • Military Spouse Appreciation

    May 14, 2009

    USAG-Detroit Arsenal Army Community Service showed their appreciation for Military Spouses.

  • The King Rocks the House

    May 14, 2009

    Volunteers of the USAG-Detroit Arsenal enjoy a fun ceremony in their honor.

  • Fort Monmouth celebrates Military Appreciation Month and Military Spouse Appreciation Day

    May 13, 2009

    Fort Monmouth celebrates Military Appreciation Month and Military Spouse Appreciation Day

  • RIA-JMTC rolls out first FRAG Kit 6

    May 13, 2009

    The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center rolled the newest armor kit to protect our warfighters Friday. The Fragmentation Kit Six or FRAG Kit 6, is the latest armor protection set for the ArmyAca,!a,,cs M1151 HMMWV.

  • Logistics awards recognize the best in the Army

    May 13, 2009

    Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of the Army's 2009 Logistics Excellence Awards.

  • Developing leaders is job 1 at TRADOC

    May 12, 2009

    The operational environment of the future will present the Army and its leaders with hybrid threats, increased complexity and increased challenges that arise, when confronting an adaptive enemy, according to Gen. Martin Dempsey, commanding general of the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command in a May 12 speech to the Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Structural Integrity Program Keeps Pave Hawks in the Air

    May 12, 2009

    Air Force Pave Hawks, combat search and rescue platforms, are being upgraded via modifications at the Corpus Christi Army depot to extend the operational life.

  • Spouse "Army-trained and ready for anything"

    May 12, 2009

    Yvette Lloyd is proud to be a military spouse and has participated as an active principal in Family Support Groups during her husband, Capt. Danny Lloyd's deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Spouses endure as Soldiers serve in harm's way

    May 12, 2009

    Photo of Army spouse Mick Cole with his wife, Sgt, First Class Debra Tanacea

  • Spouses endure as Soldiers serve in harm's way

    May 12, 2009

    Mick Cole, U.S. Army (Ret.) is a former frequently deployed Special Forces Soldier who is now a fervent supporter of his wife, Sgt. First Class Debra Tanacea, as she's deployed four times in the last three years. He's been an advocate and member of family support groups and encouraged other male spouses to join the groups.

  • Pine Bluff Arsenal reaches major production milestone

    May 12, 2009

    The Pine Bluff Arsenal's Directorate of Ammunition Operations reached a major production milestone the last week in March when workers made their 1.5 millionth M18/M83 smoke grenade consecutively without a failure.

  • Warrior Transition Command stands up at Pentagon

    May 12, 2009

    A new command to provide sole guidance and policy for the Army's 36 Warrior Transition Units and the nine Community Based Warrior Transition Units was debuted May 11, in the Pentagon courtyard.

  • Intern's fresh perspective aids Crane Army environmentally

    May 12, 2009

    With a fresh perspective and a desire to improve conditions for those who support the Warfighter, Crane Army Ammunition Activity Intern Fred Robinson provided key recommendations that will help the activity reduce waste, improve the environment and save money.

  • Iron medics test their skills during EFMB

    May 12, 2009

  • MacArthur awards go to company leaders reflecting duty, honor, country

    May 11, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. presented 28 Soldiers with the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award at a Pentagon ceremony Friday.

  • Rebuilding Community Relations One Band at a Time

    May 11, 2009

    It may be hard to measure the impact the 42-Soldier Army Materiel Command Band had in the New York Capital District area as they performed two concerts on 7 and 8 May, but many might say the effect was powerful. Nine months ago, when the U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal's leadership began to reenergize its community relations program, it turned to its higher headquarters, the Army Materiel Command at Fort Belvoir, Va., for help. And, boy did AMC deliver, said John Snyder, public affairs officer for the Arsenal.

  • On the job at Tobyhanna- Transmitters Branch

    May 11, 2009

    The Transmitters Branch's 29 employees overhaul the single and dual radar transmitters from the AN/MST-T1A Multiple Threat Emitter System (MUTES) and AN/MST-T1(v) mini-MUTES. Due to the age of these systems, the transmitters require extensive mechanical and electrical repairs in addition to comprehensive testing. Branch personnel use various test equipment to test, align and troubleshoot the electronic assemblies within each transmitter assembly. The branch is part of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Directorate. The transmitters on an AN/MST-T1A (MUTES) are capable of simulating missile and gun radars used by every nation in the world. The mini-MUTES contain several of the same transmitters as their larger counterpart. In a training environment, transmitters provide electronic signatures of threats against aircraft. Threats include surface to air missiles (SAM), anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) and electronic warfare. 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.

  • 2009 Mid-America Army Ball to celebrate 234 years of service

    May 8, 2009

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, along with the Army Element of U.S. Transportation Command and the Human Resources Command in St. Louis, is hosting the 2009 Mid-America Army Ball Saturday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront Hotel, St. Louis, Mo.

  • AMC Band to pay tribute to local military

    May 8, 2009

    WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. Aca,!aEURc The 40-Soldier U.S. Army Materiel Command Band from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., will perform this week at a citywide concert in Watervliet and will also kickoff the Albany Tulip Festival as part of a "Tribute to the Military" traveling program.

  • NSRDEC director named 2008 John W. Macy, Jr., Award winner

    May 8, 2009

    On May 1 Dr. Susan Duncan, deputy assistant G-1 for civilian personnel, announced Edward J. Doucette, director, Warfighter Protection and Aerial Delivery Directorate, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, winner of the 2008 John W. Macy, Jr., Award.

  • Army saves fuel and lives by bringing new life to an old technology

    May 7, 2009

    The Army is taking steps now to save fuel by revitalizing a 40-year old insulation method. But this method does more than decrease fuel consumption; it also helps save lives.

  • Partnership with NASCAR team brings technology benefits to Soldiers

    May 7, 2009

    The Army has a partnership with NASCAR team Roush-Fenway Racing to discover and test technologies that can transfer from the race track to the battlefield.

  • U.S. Army Element, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives on YouTube - Making History and Supportin

    May 7, 2009

  • April 2009 Construction Photos - Pueblo Chemical-Agent Destruction Pilot Plant, Pueblo Chemical Depo

    May 7, 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.

  • April 2009 Construction Photos - Blue Grass Chemical-Agent Destruction Pilot Plant, Blue Grass Army

    May 7, 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 weapons stockpile is neutralization followed by Super Critical Water Oxidation (SCWO).

  • RIA-JMTC named Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Mobile Maintenance

    May 7, 2009

    The Secretary of the Army, Pete Geren designated the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing as a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Mobile Maintenance, Wednesday. The Arsenal was designated the CITE specifically for their work with the Forward Repair System (FRS) and Shop Equipment Contract and Maintenance (SECM). In a memo from the Secretary of the Army, "The RIA-JMTC has proven expertise in the overhaul of the Forward Repair System and Shop Equipment and Maintenance systems."

  • 403rd AFSBn-NEA supports Korea exercise

    May 7, 2009

    403rd Army Field Support Battalion - Far East Asia (APS-4) supports Key Resolve/Foal Eagle Exercise in Korea.

  • Command boards get a makeover

    May 7, 2009

    The board is also broken up into eight panels, showing different time periods on APG from 1917 to current. These time periods are: World War I, Inter-War Period, World War II, The Vietnam War, The Cold War, Operation Desert Shield/Storm and the Global War on Terrorism.

  • CHPPM epidemiologists monitor H1N1 flu incidence

    May 7, 2009

  • Tears of Loss and Thanks Follow Vets on Honor Flight

    May 7, 2009

    The tears still flow easily when Judy Loncaric talks about her parents and their symbolic trip with the Honor Flight program on April 25. The trip was symbolic because both of Loncaric's parents have died, her father in 1984 and her mother this past August in St. Louis. They were represented on the trip to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., by their burial flags. Their flags were among 18 that were flown to the nation's capitol on F-16s and then presented during an Honor Flight ceremony at the memorial. The tears Loncaric sheds are both in sorrow and gratitude. She mourns the loss of her parents while, at the same time, she is thankful for the World War II veterans who still proudly stand firm for their country and for the many volunteers from north Alabama and the D.C. area who make the Honor Flight trips possible. "It was nice to finally recognize the veterans who sacrificed so much to preserve our freedom and the freedom of others around the world," said Loncaric, who participated in a ceremony April 24 in which the burial flags were presented to the F-16 fighter pilots and then again in an April 26 ceremony when the flags were returned to her.

  • 20th SUPCOM (CBRNE) helps mold young patriots at Churchville Elementary School

    May 7, 2009

  • Project Manager Learns Value of Hard Work from his Mom

    May 7, 2009

    One Huntsville Center project manager attributes his success to his mother's work ethic. Jeff Fagan is a project manager in the Installation Support and Programs Management Directorate's Facilities Repair and Renewal Division. Prior to coming to the Center, Fagan was a civilian architect at Mobile District. He also retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force after serving more than 24 years. Fagan has a captivating and moving story. Not so much because his family has been the focus of numerous articles featured in Parenting, Ebony and Jet magazines, and receiving a spotlight in the Air Force's Airmen magazine or the Birmingham News. It is not because in 1997, the family was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most children to graduate college - 15 to be exact! The size of Fagan's family wasn't due to a blended family situation. Fagan said it was a true blessing to be the 10th of Dan and Helen Fagan's 16 children. The children, now ranging in age from 40 to 64, all grew up in a small four-bedroom house in Bessemer. Fagan said his mother has always been the driving force behind his determination to succeed. "My mom was always one of my biggest supporters. Through her strong support, the thought that a young black man growing up in a poor environment could not succeed never entered my mind," Fagan said. "The stereotypical opinion of many during that time would not be the life I was destined to live."

  • APG NCO, Soldier of the Year announced

    May 7, 2009

    Sgt. Elizabeth Thompson of the 1st Army Medical Laboratory is the APG NCO of the Year and Spc. Benjamin Salazar of Company B, 22nd Chemical Battalion, is the APG Soldier of the Year.

  • Tobyhanna rolls out red carpet for visiting general

    May 7, 2009

    Joe Fantanarosa (left) and Mike Verrastro (far right) brief Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Spoehr, director of Integration, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Branch's Reset workload, during his visit to the depot on April 16.

  • Mechanics repair military tactical vehicles

    May 7, 2009

    Tobyhanna mechanics are repairing 12 off-road, multi-purpose military tactical vehicles (MTV) for use by Soldiers in the field.

  • Soldier Mental Health a Priority at Fox

    May 6, 2009

    The health of the Army relies on the abilities of its war fighters. Soldiers who are sick, injured or incapacitated in any way cannot be at their best in executing the Army's mission to support and protect the cause of freedom and the interests of the United States around the world. A healthy Army means its war fighters are healthy in all ways - both physically and mentally. It's the mental health of the war fighter that is the central focus of Fox Army Health Center's Behavioral Medicine Division. And that focus is becoming broader and deeper as more Soldiers visit BMD to seek help for problems associated with deployments, working in a high-risk environment and dealing with the stresses that can come with wearing the uniform. "Our mission is to treat active duty. This is our foremost mission," said Karen Scott, a licensed professional counselor with BMD. "Because of deployments, we've really ramped up in the number of active duty patients that we see. For that reason, we don't have services for family members and retirees right now. We are focusing all our efforts on helping the active duty Soldier."

  • Flying House Opens Doors to Public

    May 6, 2009

    One of Redstone Arsenal's newest and fastest growing organizations will open its doors to the Arsenal community next week with an event designed to impress and educate visitors interested in the Army's aviation programs. Army helicopters - including the Apache, Black Hawk, Kiowa Warrior, Chinook and Huey - will be among about a dozen military aircraft on display at the second annual Aviation Technical Test Center open house from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 14 at Redstone Airfield. "We had about 300 people at our event last year," ATTC deputy commander Keith Darrow said. "Last year was the first year ATTC had a large enough presence on Redstone Arsenal so that we could do an open house. We have grown here over the past year and hope even more people come to our second annual open house. We can accommodate up to 1,000 visitors."

  • Mom of five copes with deployment through Army's help

    May 6, 2009

    With five kids to watch over, Yashica Smith doesn't have much time to miss her husband. But sometimes, the chaos of a busy household actually makes her miss him more.

  • Military Spouses Live Life of Rewards in Service to U.S.

    May 6, 2009

    When military spouses are recognized at special Army or community events, Alice Myles is proud to be counted among them. Her 31 years as a military spouse have brought challenges, opportunities, plenty of changes and always a sense of pride that she and her husband, Redstone Arsenal commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, have committed their lives to service to their nation, and to the Soldiers and families that make the Army strong. As the Army prepares to pay tribute to military spouses on Military Spouse Appreciation Day this Friday, Myles is an example to all wives and husbands of Soldiers of the supportive, steadfastness, patriotic and independent nature of a military spouse. "You have to be a team. You have to both be committed to this," Myles said of her husband's Army career. "If you are not both committed to it, then it can be extremely difficult. You have to be committed together.

  • Kiowa Warrior gains firepower

    May 6, 2009

    The Army's Avenger air defense system is not part of the fire fight these days in overseas contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But its machine gun - the M3P .50 caliber - is gaining rave reviews from Army pilots thanks to a new application developed by AMCOM and Program Executive Office for Aviation workers.

  • Army war games for future conflicts

    May 6, 2009

    The year is 2018 and North Korea has just crossed the DMZ, its Army camouflaged among refugees forced across the border into South Korea. It has nuclear weapons and has launched cyber attacks against the U.S. and South Korea.

  • Tobyhanna hosts inaugural CPI workshop

    May 5, 2009

    Lean practitioners from across the Department of Defense came together to share, learn and educate each other during a Continuous Process Improvement workshop, held at Tobyhanna Army Depot, April 22-23.

  • Mayors, community leaders pledge support to service members

    May 5, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Morris County community leaders joined military representatives from Picatinny, the New Jersey National Guard and other military services to pledge their support to uniformed personnel and their families by signing the Army Community Covenant at the Morris County League of Municipalities meeting in Morris Plains April 15.

  • Connelly Awards recognize best in Army food service

    May 4, 2009

    Soldiers and civilians from around the globe gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, April 4, to recognize the Army's finest food service professionals at the 2009 Philip A. Connelly Awards.

  • Army issues recall for some combat helmets

    May 1, 2009

    The Army has issued a recall of 34,218 Advanced Combat Helmets which failed ballistic tests. The recall affects 15,380 Army helmets, 12,000 Air Force helmets and another 6,838 helmets which were never issued by the Defense Logistics Agency.

  • Sharing the Life of a Happy Little Boy

    May 1, 2009

    Two-year-old Matthew Lipski knows his big brother only through photographs and the memories of his parents. Matthew was only 3 weeks old when his brother JJ died from a tumor on his brain stem, a condition known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma or brainstem gliomas. JJ's sister, Nikki, was only 2 when her brother died. The siblings and their parents, Diana and Jim Lipski, are the family JJ left behind on Jan. 31, 2007, 16 months after being diagnosed with the inoperable brain tumor. Since then, the family has shared their story, hoping to increase awareness of this deadly pediatric cancer and to provide support for other families living though the pain, suffering and loss of a child to cancer. "This cancer is so rare that you are pretty much all alone," Jim Lipski said. "And when we would go on the web for information we found it was limited and what we did find we didn't like reading. We want to encourage correspondence among parents whose children have pediatric cancer, especially brainstem cancer, so that they don't feel all alone."

  • A new era

    May 1, 2009

    With a turn of the spade, a new era officially began for the 4th Battalion, 407th Army Field Support Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. The 4th Battalion broke ground on a new Brigade Logistics Support Team/Logistics Assistance Office facility for the battalion's III Corps and 1st Cavalry Division's Logistics Support Elements.

  • 'The Big Machine'

    May 1, 2009

    I was approached by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie Spencer of the Association of the United States Army to write an article about the impact industry has had on our fight during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. It is with great pleasure that I tell the story not only as a Command Sergeant Major and a leader, but through the eyes of a Soldier.

  • LOGCAP challenges on Southwest Asia outlined

    May 1, 2009

    The Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) personnel assigned to Southwest Asia confront daunting and even contradictory challenges in the performance of their duties. They are challenged to simultaneously compete, transition and expand Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) to meet unit support requirements, as well as to plan for the "responsible drawdown" of forces in Iraq. These simultaneous challenges are unprecedented - a process not undertaken since World War II.

  • College students get taste of Army 'civilian' life

    May 1, 2009

    Overview of Minority College Recruitment Program conducted at Rock Island Arsenal, IIl., January through April 2009.

  • Boots on the Ground: LOGCAP Officer visits Afghan governor

    May 1, 2009

    I had the privilege of accompanying Brig. Gen. Nicholson to a meeting with Zabul Province Gov. Arman, Dep. Gov. Gulab Shah and Afghanistan National Army Maj. Gen. Jamal Uddin.

  • Hundreds line Rock Island Arsenal avenue to honor fallen warrior

    May 1, 2009

    Army Sustainment Command Soldiers and employees were among hundreds lining Rock Island Arsenal's main avenue to pay tribute to Cpl. Jason Pautsch, who was buried at the island's National Cemetery April 21.

  • Cartwright joins Senior Executive Service

    May 1, 2009

    Carl Cartwright appointed to Senior Executive Service, heads Army Sustainment Command's Field Support Directorate

  • AMC decals keep things rolling in Southwest Asia

    May 1, 2009

    As flow of equipment out of Iraq accelerates, Army Chief Warrant Officer Cheryl Bartly and a crew of Air Force logisiticians came up with a simple method to ensure speedy processing.

  • Flying High on Army's Wings

    Apr 30, 2009

    It was an evening for Army aviation at the annual awards dinner April 20 hosted by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. The local NDIA chapter presented its more prestigious award - the Medaris Award - to a retired major general who brought the Army's Program Executive Office for Aviation to Redstone Arsenal in 1997 and who continues his work as a civilian leader in the Army's aviation field. Described as a man of integrity, a Soldier warrior, an excellent boss and mentor, a scholar and an intellectual, and a friend, retired Maj. Gen. James Snider was presented with the 2009 Medaris Award by longtime friend and Redstone Arsenal executive Gary Nenninger. The Medaris Award is named in honor of the late Maj. Gen. John Medaris, commander of the Army Ordnance Missile Command during the early years of space exploration. It is presented to individuals who have demonstrated technical excellence in promoting the nation's defense preparedness.

  • NCO of Quarter Competitors Pushed to Limit

    Apr 30, 2009

    They are our leaders and teachers. They are the first to arrive to work and the last to leave. They are the best at what they do. And for this quarter, they met at Redstone to see who would become the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter. Four of 59th Ordnance Brigade's best NCOs across the Army battled April 16-17 to see who would take home this quarter's top honor. In the two days, these NCOs were pushed and weathered. They were tested on their leadership skill, basic Soldier skills, marksmanship, simulation training and fitness. Staff Sgt. Scottie Williams, advanced individual training platoon sergeant with B Company, 73rd Ordnance Battalion, and Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Orozco, EOD instructor with 59th, were the top finalists. After the formal board competition, Williams was announced the winner. "I feel great right now," joked Williams after winning the competition. "The entire event was challenging and full of great competitors. The NCOs in this competition, they really push you do be your best. One minute you think you're out, and they push you back in. Everyone challenged each other and we really had a great competition because of that."

  • Redstone Thanks Volunteers for their Selfless Service

    Apr 30, 2009

    It can be kind of fun being the youngest person to be recognized at a volunteer awards luncheon. First, there's all the attention that comes from having a million-dollar smile and being the shortest in the bunch. And then there's also getting out of school, spending time with your mom, a certificate of appreciation, a photo with a general and all the great food prepared by the staff at the Officers and Civilians Club. But the thing 8-year-old Ahmahd Basham liked the best about the 25th annual Installation Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 21 was the commander's coin that Maj. Gen. Jim Myles slipped into his pocket. It was also kind of neat for the second-grader to be honored at a luncheon that included his friend - 9-year-old, third-grader Imani Walker. "We're like brother and sister," Imani said.

  • Young Students Study Nature on Post

    Apr 30, 2009

    Fourth- and fifth-graders from Priceville Elementary and from Monte Sano Elementary converged on the Outdoor Classroom at Redstone's Path to Nature to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. The day began with 145 kids from Priceville and 40 from Monte Sano gathering under a tent to have a little chat with Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli. "We do this every year. It's our 15th year doing this on Redstone Arsenal," Pastorelli told the crowd. "I have an environmental division at the Garrison that works hand-in-hand with the community. They do our outreach and make sure we're doing what's right for the environment." Before gathering around the site chosen to plant a tree this year, Pastorelli gestured to the mature trees around the clearing. "We've got some other trees here that we've planted and you can see that over time, they grow," he said. "Just like yourselves."

  • Sun Shines on Day Kids Visit Workplace

    Apr 30, 2009

    "It's a lot of fun!" said Jensen Call when asked about all the military hardware he got to sit in, climb on, look through and play with during Thursday's annual Bring Your Child to Work Day. Those simple words were repeated again and again by girls and boys who came to work with their moms and dads. Their day began at the post parade field where Team Redstone put on a show of military hardware displays and demonstrations. For many, the day concluded with a visit to mom's or dad's workplace and special organizational activities. A total of 1,075 children participated in Bring Your Child to Work Day, an annual event organized by the Aviation and Missile Command. With sunny skies overhead, there was plenty of educational fun for youngsters of all ages at the parade field. The Redstone police provided their always-popular police dog demonstration. There were also demonstrations by the Hazardous Devices School, Environmental Services, the Redstone Fire Department and many other organizations. But the military hardware displays seemed to be the biggest hit with kids.

  • Arsenal becomes new GSA vehicle marshalling site

    Apr 30, 2009

    Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the Pine Bluff Arsenal is the new marshalling site for all U.S. General Services Administration vehicles utilized in the state of Arkansas.

  • 403rd AFSBn-NEA supports Korea exercise

    Apr 30, 2009

    Article describes 403rd Army Field Support Battalion North East Asia's participation in Ket Resolve/Foal Eagle 09 exercise in Korea

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