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  • Army first female 4-star visits 21st TSC

    Feb 26, 2009

  • Dining Facility Worker Beaming over US Citizenship

    Feb 25, 2009

    There's a lot of laughter and merriment in the kitchen of the Dining Facility between meals as the staff works together to prepare the day's menu offerings. And in the midst of the camaraderie, there's one staff member whose million dollar smile is hard to contain. The smile on the face of Ruedeeporn "Nuey" Suwanapogdee Hart got even bigger recently when she returned from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta as a new U.S. citizen. "Everything good for me. I'm proud to be an American," Hart said in her somewhat broken English.

  • Software Engineering Directorate leads from front

    Feb 25, 2009

    The Software Engineering Directorate, under the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, has been appointed one of only 12 "Agents of the Certification Authority" within the Department of Army. The appointment, made by the Army's Chief Information Officer G-6 Certification Authority, LeRoy Lundgren, approves the SED to perform third party independent evaluation for automated information systems. "I am very proud of this recent appointment and of the information assurance support we've been providing our program managers for some time now," SED director Dr. Bill Craig said. "Our enterprises and Soldiers depend more and more on information systems and the ability to send and receive information securely. SED will continue leading from the front in the area of information assurance."

  • Plan Gives Aid to Soldiers, Vets Coping with Coming Home

    Feb 25, 2009

    Soldiers live by plans. When they enter the Army, Reserve or National Guard, Soldiers choose a military occupational specialty, and are given a plan that sets out a course of training and experience. When they are qualified in their MOS, they are assigned to their unit, given job responsibilities and provided a plan that defines their military career. When they deploy to a wartime environment, Soldiers are given a plan that outlines their duties, assigns them to a team and battle buddy, and gives them a timetable for their return. It is on their return from a deployment when planning - with the details of what they may experience emotionally and psychologically, what they can do to help themselves recover, how they can regain the life they left at home -- often falls short of what a Soldier needs to reintegrate back into a normal military routine, family life and society as a whole.

  • Relying on the rules of acquisition

    Feb 25, 2009

    Expertise in the areas of acquisition, technology and logistics is the key to making a difference for the war fighter on the battlefield, said a top executive of the Defense Acquisition University. Claude Bolton, a retired Air Force major general who was named in January as the DAU's executive-in-residence, told attendees at DAU's South Region annual conference on Jan. 18 that the work of DoD's acquisition, technology and logistics employees ensure Soldiers have the "right product at the right time in the right place and at the right cost."

  • Umatilla Depot seeks World War II depot workers and descendents for commemoration

    Feb 25, 2009

    In anticipation of a 65th anniversary commemoration of the March 1944 World War II accidental explosion of conventional munitions at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Hermiston, the depot would like to hear from depot workers of that era or their family members. Invitations to a brief March 19 commemoration ceremony on the depot will be extended to those workers or family members, plus current depot employees

  • RDECOM commanding general visits Soldier Systems Center

    Feb 25, 2009

    On Feb. 10, Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, commanding general, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, visited the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass. During the day, Izzo saw demonstrations and heard briefings on shelter technologies, joint precision aerial delivery systems, combat feeding, individual protection and biomechanics. Jean Hampel, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, demonstrates shelter airbeam technology. Izzo said it was a "great visit," and he was glad he took the time to come. During the visit, Izzo met with NSSC Soldiers.

  • Nevil Shed scores with audience at Anniston Black History Month luncheon

    Feb 25, 2009

  • DLA divvies up rifles to area law enforcement

    Feb 25, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.-Representatives from about 10 law enforcement agencies in Alabama and Georgia inspected a large supply of M16 and M16-A1 rifles here Feb. 11 inside a warehouse at the Anniston Defense Distribution Depot operated by the Defense Logistics Agency. The law enforcement officers were at Anniston Army Depot to inspect the surplus weapons and determine whether or not they could be used to combat crime within their respective cities and counties.

  • Mayor's praise for the Watervliet Arsenal, City

    Feb 25, 2009

    Mayor Michael Manning said in his State of the City address earlier this month that "We are in good shape," as he highlighted several program and department successes. During his 35-minute remarks, Manning proudly talked of where the city has been, where it is today, and where it is going. And as typical of Manning, when he speaks of the City of Watervliet, he also spoke of the Arsenal. Manning said he is very pleased the Arsenal took center stage in the Capital Region business community and in the media for much of 2008. "After years of attrition and not-too-good news, we have a reason to hope for the future," Manning said in regards to the direction the Arsenal is now heading.

  • Research at BenAfAt Labs where small is BIG

    Feb 25, 2009

    Remember the old grade school question, "If a tree fell in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound' That philosophical question may be the way to look at BenAfAt Laboratory's challenge in hyping nanotechnology to the general public. In essence, if you can't see it, how do we know it's there' Better yet, if we can't even pronounce it Aca,!aEURc strain-induced crystallization of the semicrystalline polymers Aca,!aEURc should we even care' According to Dr. Brian Van De Wal, Chief of Fatigue and Fracture Analysis Branch at BenAfAt Labs, we should care because nanotechnology will eventually affect just about every aspect of our lives, from medicine to infrastructure. BenAfAt Labs conducted its first Nano-Scale Materials Forum on Feb. 19 in downtown Albany, hosting representatives from 10 universities that represented such institutions as West Point and Cornell University, and from three civilian corporations, GE Research Labs, Lockheed Martin, and First Nano.

  • Medal of Honor: African-American hero recognized decades after brave act

    Feb 24, 2009

    Black NCO earns Medal of Honor, presented 50 years later

  • Heavy metal moves to Livorno for repairs

    Feb 24, 2009

    Story chronicles movement of M-1 Abrams tanks from ship at Port of Livorno, Italy, to repair facilities at 3rd Battalion/405th Army Field Support Brigade.

  • Crane Army LSS Setting the Standard of Excellence

    Feb 24, 2009

    Self improvement can be difficult for an organization, but spotting where and when change is needed and applying it evenly over a long period can be downright tricky. That is why the success of the Crane Army Ammunition Activity Lean and Six Sigma program is a source of pride to everyone involved in the effort.

  • Crane Army LSS setting the standard of excellence

    Feb 24, 2009

    Self improvement can be difficult for an organization, but spotting where and when change is needed and applying it evenly over a long period can be downright tricky. That is why the success of the Crane Army Ammunition Activity Lean and Six Sigma program is a source of pride to everyone involved in the effort.

  • 90-day program gives former military doctors chance to serve again

    Feb 24, 2009

    Col. Lionel M. Nelson is a man of many hats. A former Air Force Reservist, and a retired Army Reservist, Nelson came out of a five-year retirement and shut down his private practice in San Jose, Calif., to participate in the "90 Days Boots on the Ground" program, a program that gives former military doctors the opportunity to deploy to Iraq for 90 days.

  • RRAD civilian awarded medal equivalent to Purple Heart

    Feb 23, 2009

    Tony M. Hall, a Fort Worth native employed by Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas and assigned to 1st Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, was awarded a Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom in a ceremony held at JBB Feb. 18 for injuries sustained when the quarters in which he was sleeping came under an indirect fire (mortar) attack from insurgents on Camp Anaconda, Balad, Iraq on April 20, 2008.

  • Tuskegee Airman speaks to Rock Island audience

    Feb 23, 2009

    Tuskegee Airman shares experiences during Black History Month event

  • Editorial: Army taking measures to improve property accountability

    Feb 23, 2009

    Since 9/11, our Army has been in a continuous cycle of deployment, redeployment and reset operations. The continued success of our Army, that will always have some amount of its force deployed on some type of mission, hinges on accurate and precise property accountability.

  • Army takes steps to tackle electrical concerns in Iraq, Kuwait

    Feb 23, 2009

    The Army Sustainment Command is vigorously addressing electrical safety hazards to ensure the Army facilities it supports in operational theaters are in compliance with established electrical codes.

  • Minority College Recruitment Program helps dreams come true

    Feb 23, 2009

    Minority College Recruitment Program opens doors for students

  • Army helicopters take to high seas

    Feb 23, 2009

    Army helicopters loaded aboard ship in Rota, Spain, en route home from Afghanistan.

  • RDECOM Honored at Black Engineer of the Year Conference

    Feb 23, 2009

    An Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity employee here was one of four Research, Development and Engineering Command employees honored for their work during the Black Engineer of the Year Award Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Global Competitiveness Conference held in Baltimore Feb. 18-22.

  • The shape of things to come

    Feb 23, 2009

    Back shell nut wrenches are used to tighten back shell nuts on large cable assemblies here. The wrenches are cut from sheets of steel by a water jet cutting machine, used by employees in the Machining Branch to cut various types of material, such as steel, aluminum, plastic, copper, brass, glass and rubber. The machine is capable of making hundreds of wrenches per day, depending on its size.

  • Wish upon a STARS: Grant helps fund CDC programs

    Feb 23, 2009

    The Tobyhanna Child Development Center (CDC) is improving programs with the help of grant money received from a Pennsylvania program called Keystone STARS.

  • Tobyhanna Army Depot to improve Milstar systems after lightning strikes

    Feb 23, 2009

    The Air Force isn't waiting for lighting to strike twice. After strikes shut down key Milstar satellite communications systems, they called Tobyhanna for help.

  • Black Hawk system repair surge supports warfighter

    Feb 23, 2009

    Flight Control Systems Branch personnel doubled the number of Black Hawk systems they repair and overhaul here to support warfighters in Southwest Asia. The request, which came from the Army Aviation and Missile Command, was for the branch to increase their production from 20 to 40 systems for January, noted Jim Walters branch electronics mechanic leader.

  • Ammunition ship allows for worldwide contingency readiness

    Feb 23, 2009

    Longer than three football fields, the M.V. Staff Sgt. Edward A. Carter Jr., is a seagoing insurance policy. Loaded aboard the massive vessel are more than 2,000 containers of munitions, part of the Army Prepositioned Stocks -- afloat mission to sustain expeditionary Army forces, wherever and whenever they may engage.

  • Army civilian honored with 'Black Engineer of the Year Award'

    Feb 23, 2009

    WARREN, Mich. Ac"a,! For Christopher Scott success has never been an option. It has always been a choice and that drive for excellence has been recognized.

  • 10,000th MRAP fielded in Iraq

    Feb 22, 2009

    A team of Soldiers, civilians and contractors gathered Feb. 20 at the Victory Base Complex to celebrate fielding the 10,000th Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle.

  • Demo showcases fire-resistant products

    Feb 20, 2009

    Fire suppression technology was demonstrated on Kelley Hill Feb. 11. The demonstration showcased products designed to extinguish fire, be environmentally safe and return the burning material back to the ambient temperature in moments. The fire suppression agent and thermal protective system were designed to increase Soldier's effectiveness and lifesaving options in a combat situation, said Andrew M. Allen, with Global Safety Labs, Inc.

  • TASM-E begins loading aircraft aboard ship in Rota, Spain

    Feb 20, 2009

    Although the ship's ramp entrance is cavernous, CH-47 Chinook aircraft barely fit through the opening and must be carefully loaded to avoid damage. Tugging aircraft up the ramp is only the first step in mission success. Once in the ship's hold, the aircraft must be maneuvered around the ship's support beams and staircases, as well as internal ramps.

  • Livorno Port Operations

    Feb 20, 2009

    Livorno port operations.

  • ICE gives Benning customers a voice

    Feb 20, 2009

    Fort Benning customer service representatives want your 2 cents. Interactive Customer Evaluation, an Armywide program that has been in place at Fort Benning since 2003, offers customer satisfaction surveys for 275 services on Fort Benning. More services will be added to ICE in the future, said Bernard Goss, Fort Benning customer service officer.

  • BOLC II platoon mentor named Reserve Officer of the Year

    Feb 20, 2009

    For CPT Curt Owens, serving in the Army Reserve is about just that: service. "It's been rewarding because it's a way to serve the country, specifically during these times when we're relying so heavily on our Army. I love doing it," said Owens, who was named the Army Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year Feb. 1.

  • AMC to showcase Future Soldier 2030, other high-tech equipment at the AUSA winter meeting

    Feb 20, 2009

    During this year's Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium and Exposition being conducted at the Broward County Convention Center Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 25-27, the U.S. Army and its industry partners will showcase a host of new technologies that has and/or will have an impact on today's warfighter and our future force. One such technology is the Future Soldier 2030.

  • Belvoir site for military movie premier

    Feb 19, 2009

    A made-for-television movie based on the real-life observations of a casualty escort was screened for more than 150 Soldiers, civilian and DoD support staff from Human Resource Command, Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, at Fort Belvoir's Wood Theater Feb. 19. The HBO film 'Taking Chance' chronicles the reflections and feelings of retired Marine Lt. Col. Mike Strobl as he escorts a fellow Marine to his hometown in Dubois, Wyo., from Dover Air Force Base, Del. Strobl documents the warmth, kindness and respect that he and the Marine's remains are shown on the journey to his final resting place. Strobl is portrayed by actor Kevin Bacon.

  • Mullen: Transportation support is the lifeblood of global operations

    Feb 19, 2009

    Through times of war and change, transportation and logistics support are critical to accomplishing the numerous missions facing the U.S. military, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a town hall meeting At Scott Air Force Base today.

  • Generals discuss SATCOM capabilities of the past, present and future

    Feb 19, 2009

    Interviews by Josh Davidson, of the Program Executive Office, Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), on emerging and future satellite communications technology with Gen. Kevin Chilton, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson, Maj. Gen. Susan Lawrence and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Foley.

  • RDECOM Delivers Technology Abroad, MRAP Gunner Restraint System

    Feb 19, 2009

    Seventy-two hours to save Soldiers' lives. Seventy-two hours to assess, design, fabricate, integrate, test, adapt and produce a universal restraint system to ensure gunners won't be thrown from Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in the event of an accident or vehicle rollover.

  • Pine Bluff employees with EONC

    Feb 19, 2009

    Pine Bluff Chemical Activity employees, who transported the first ton containers from the storage igloos to the disposal facility, pose for a picture in front of an enhanced onsite container

  • TARDEC technologies to receive senior Army award

    Feb 19, 2009

    Two U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center projects, the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer and the Humvee "Monster Garage" Program, will receive the 2008 Army Research and Development Achievement Awards.

  • Tooele Army Depot leader bids farewell after 38 years of service

    Feb 19, 2009

    Tooele Army Depot said goodbye and thanked the highest ranking civil service employee on his retirement, Jan. 29, 2009. Rodney J. Huff left behind a legacy in a career culminating over 38 years of service to the Department of Defense. .

  • Homegrown Training Arrives for Logistics Interns

    Feb 19, 2009

    The AMCOM Integrated Materiel Management Center is leading the pack in adapting unused office space on Redstone Arsenal to meet present and future employment needs thanks to a group of its employees working with the center's intern program. Their accomplishment - transforming rooms in buildings 3340 and 3341 into classroom space for the IMMC intern training program -- is ushering in a trend Arsenal-wide involving various organizations interested in new and innovative ways to expand their facilities without new construction. As the Arsenal's OMEMS moves to its new headquarters at Fort Lee, Va., and other Army organizations shift their footprint due to BRAC realignments, empty buildings could represent much-needed expansion opportunities for expanding or new Arsenal organizations.

  • Retired General Officer Leads Veterans Cause

    Feb 19, 2009

    Retired Lt. Gen. Robert "Sam" Wetzel carries with him a remembrance of a Purple Heart that was never applied for or awarded. On the 78-year-old's forehead there is a small scar, a mark left by an enemy bullet that nicked Wetzel as he led his battalion into battle during the Vietnam War. "Guys were being killed. They had terrible wounds. This was just a little thing," Wetzel said of the scar when asked about it. "I didn't think I deserved a Purple Heart for just a scratch."

  • RDECOM Hosts Industry Day in Support of OEF

    Feb 19, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - More than 40 private companies gathered Jan. 28 to interact with government entities to learn more about the Afghanistan National Security Sector Development and Fielding Program and the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, its objectives, procurement needs and processes.

  • Communication system loses weight, gains readiness

    Feb 19, 2009

  • RDECOM Showcases Technologies at WEST 2009

    Feb 19, 2009

    SAN DIEGO - As the Army's focal point for research, development and technology, the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command doesn't stop at Army technology, as demonstrated at the WEST Conference themed "Defense: Reset-Redesign-Reinvent," in San Diego Feb. 11-13.

  • Sharing the Power of Positive Attitude

    Feb 19, 2009

    In these difficult and dangerous times, one must ask the question, "What is my role in all of this'" Speaking to a room packed with Redstone senior military leadership, community leaders and Soldiers from the 59th Ordnance Brigade, NFL hall of famer John Stallworth, guest speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast held at the Officers and Civilians Club on Feb. 11, spoke about the power of a positive attitude and how the words that we say can turn disappointments into strengths.

  • Suicide Prevention Stand Down

    Feb 19, 2009

    Chaplain (Col.) Jerry Stone goes over course material with Sgt. Justin Buttars, DeWitt Health Care Network, during a break from the suicide prevention stand down seminar Wednesday at Wood Theater. The prevention theme is 'Shoulder to Shoulder, No Soldier Stands Alone,' and was implemented by the vice chief of staff of the Army in response to the rising suicide rates the Army experienced from 2007 to 2008.

  • Engineer officer training graduates observe 90th anniversary of school

    Feb 19, 2009

    Graduates of Fort Belvoir's Engineer Officer Training School returned to the installation Sunday to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Engineer OTS of World War I. The event, which included a formal dinner, was highlighted by speeches from several guests, including the keynote speaker, Maj. Gen. Don Riley, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Pre-K program has students ready for the next step

    Feb 19, 2009

    A place full of new surroundings and all new faces may be intimidating to a young boy or girl just starting school for the first time. To help make a smooth transition, the Army has developed an initiative for kids to conquer those early anxieties. Called "Strong Beginnings," it's a pre-kindergarten program designed to prepare children for the next level of education.

  • All-Army Small Arms Championships set for March

    Feb 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will host the 2009 Army Rifle and Pistol Championships in conjunction with the U.S. Army Infantry Center from February 21 to 28 2009. Training and competitions are open to all Soldiers of all Army components, of any rank, with of any military occupational specialty, including West Point and college ROTC cadets.

  • U.S. Soldiers open road, transfer security in eastern Afghanistan

    Feb 18, 2009

    The opening of a seven-mile road in eastern Afghanistan's Konar province is affording critical transportation for residents and allowing coalition forces to transfer some security operations to the Afghanistan government.

  • Army aviation leaders look to future during annual meeting

    Feb 18, 2009

    The face of a young Soldier, a rifle in his hands and the desert at his back, helped Maj. Gen. James Barclay III make his point at Thursday's luncheon meeting with about 500 aviation industry and military representatives during the 35th annual aviation symposium at the Von Braun Center.

  • Port of Yokohama 150th Anniversary

    Feb 18, 2009

    The city of Yokohama, Japan's Manager of the Urban Planning Bureau for U.S .Military Installations, presents Lt. Col. Craig Jorgenson, commander of the 836th Transportation Battalion and Sgt. Maj. Charles D. Berry, the Tanemaru mascot representing the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Yokohama.

  • Looking back at Picatinny: Cannon Gate

    Feb 18, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - An installation landmark since 1885 is missing from Picatinny.

  • Army, New Jersey schools partner to promote science, math programs

    Feb 18, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Two New Jersey Army installations and 26 local school districts have teamed up to help foster scientific and mathematic interests in America's youth.

  • RRAD continues MRAP support in theater

    Feb 17, 2009

    Red River's continuous support of the MRAP program in theater.

  • Illowa Bi-State CFC Has Record Year, Holds Awards Ceremony

    Feb 17, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Robert M. Radin, Army Sustainment Command commander and Illowa Bi-State CFC honorary chair, praised the people and organizations behind this year's record-breaking Combined Federal Campaign at a ceremony held Feb. 10, 2009 at the Navy Operational Support Center Rock Island.

  • Department of Defense program benefits 26 New Jersey school districts during 2008

    Feb 17, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Two New Jersey Army installations and 26 local school districts have teamed up to help foster scientific and mathematic interests in America's youth.

  • Picatinny's ARDEC earns Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award

    Feb 17, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center here is the recipient of the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award in the category of government, the award committee announced Jan. 29.

  • Cannon Gate goes south

    Feb 17, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Cosmetic work is not unusual these days, especially when you're nearly 124 years old. The Picatinny community will unveil its restored historical landmark, the Cannon Gate, in time for this year's Armed Forces Day celebration.

  • Crane Army receives appreciation from Homeland Security

    Feb 17, 2009

    Employees of Crane Army Ammunition Activity's demilitarization department recently received a certificate of appreciation from the Department of Homeland Security for help they provided last autumn in testing glass.

  • Army-Level Conference Addresses Quality of Life

    Feb 12, 2009

    The Army Family Action Plan has allowed spouses, Soldiers, dependents and retirees to take their concerns and possible solutions to the top for more than 25 years. Delegates have just returned from the Department of Army level conference Jan. 26-30 in Alexandria, Va. AFAP began in the late 1970s with spouses looking to solve concerns they had. In 1983, the Army formally adopted it. While the issues have changed over the years, the basic premise and structure of AFAP have not. "It began with a group of wives trying to help their Soldiers and families," Cathy Hays, quality of life program manager, said. "It has been adapted some, but the core is still the same. That speaks to its effectiveness."

  • AUSA president gives glimpse at 2009 activities

    Feb 12, 2009

    As individual memberships in the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army grow close to the 3,000 mark, the organization is trying different things to expand its services, events and capabilities to both its members, and the Soldiers and military families it serves. One added event for 2009 - the 50th anniversary of AUSA worldwide -- was the chapter's first-ever general membership meeting, held Feb. 3 at the Veterans Memorial Museum. "Our newer members have asked me many times 'When are we meeting'' We are so busy doing the things that we do in support of our Soldiers and the Arsenal and the great people in this community, that we don't really have a meeting where we talk about what we are doing as a chapter," said Mike Howell, the local chapter president.

  • Air Force Retiree on Mission to Save Lives

    Feb 12, 2009

    Kristin Clark has been a possible bone marrow donor since 1992. Even with more than 15 years on the National Marrow Donor Registry, Clark has yet to receive a call that would match her up with a bone marrow recipient and give her a chance to save someone's life. But she's not waiting on the sidelines for that call. Despite her own lack of personal testimony as a donor, Clark is carrying the message of bone marrow donation to the military. This retired Air Force master sergeant, who moved to Huntsville in August, is now seeking to set up a bone marrow donor registration program within the gates of Redstone Arsenal. "Marrow donor drives are a great opportunity for Redstone Arsenal and tenant organizations in several ways - they give people a chance to save lives, they provide a positive image of the military and they create some great volunteer opportunities," she said.

  • Tuskegee Airman reflects on history of African-Americans in the Army

    Feb 12, 2009

    With his easy tone and quiet humor, a Tuskegee Airman and recipient of the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, spoke of the hardship and sacrifice he and fellow African-Americans endured while in service to their nation during World War II.

  • Another winning year for Combined Federal Campaign

    Feb 12, 2009

    The nation's troubled economy didn't deter this area's federal workers from contributing to help those in need. The 2008 Tennessee Valley Combined Federal Campaign collected $2,278,923 to exceed its $2 million goal. Donors designated $1,146,156 of that total to local charities in the community.

  • 'Magnificent 7' Finishing Their Route

    Feb 12, 2009

    The mood was upbeat as the seven bus drivers gathered for their award ceremony Feb. 3. They represent the last of the line. When the school year ends, Redstone will relinquish its school bus operation in favor of the city of Huntsville's contractor Durham School Services. This means Redstone will no longer employ school bus drivers. But here they were smiling and joking. All expressed their appreciation for having served as drivers for Redstone's youngsters, some for more than 20 years. And Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli wanted them to know how much he and Team Redstone appreciated their service. "I want to personally thank you for all that you've done for our children," Pastorelli said. "You're the stalwarts here. You made it happen each and every day. "On behalf of the entire Garrison, and really all of Team Redstone, I want to thank you again for taking care of our children day in and day out."

  • On the Ground: Troops Keep Transportation, Humanitarian Efforts on Track

    Feb 12, 2009

    Mileage was made on several fronts in Iraq recently, with U.S. and Iraqi forces teaming up to get a train rolling again and working to improve the quality of life for Baghdad children. In Taji, Iraq, northwest of Baghdad, Iraqi and U.S. forces completed a transportation project, signifying a step forward for Iraq's distribution capability.

  • DAC leads implementation of Explosives Safety Siting System

    Feb 12, 2009

    USATCES personnel serve as the Army's Approval Authority for explosives safety site plan submissions, hazard classifications, Munitions and Explosives of Concern and Chemical Agent safety site plan submissions. To assist with this mission, the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board and the Military Services are developing software called the Explosives Safety Siting system to automate the explosives safety site planning process. This software will augment the installation's geographic information system map and real property inventory with explosives safety data. This data will allow ESS to perform quantity distance analysis and place the appropriate QD arcs on a map. It will also develop QD tables and a memo that can be used to submit the site plan through command channels.

  • Battle of the boats

    Feb 12, 2009

    It was the boat with the least positive name of ODR Wreck that prevailed and sank the competition of Shark Attack and USS Never Sail during the first Cardboard Vessel Regatta, Saturday at Benyaurd Indoor Pool. Designed to inspire a little community competition and fun between Fort Belvoir organizations, the regatta was organized by Anthony Poore, FMWR fitness coordinator.

  • Service personally rewarding for Cayanong

    Feb 12, 2009

    It's not uncommon for someone to have second thoughts about joining a branch of the military. However, that wasn't the case for Monica Cayanong. Cayanong, a first sergeant with the Army's Veterinary Command at Fort Belvoir, has recorded more than 20 years in a career filled with praise and accommodations. She was recently inducted into the elite Sgt. Audie Murphy Club and has aspirations of one day becoming a sergeant major.

  • Belvoir marks Black History Month with special guest

    Feb 12, 2009

    For Black History Month, Stokes took center stage at Fort Belvoir's Community Center Tuesday, when he described his experiences growing up in the South and how a student-strike committee he planned would set in motion one of the most powerful movements in American history.

  • Students get hands-on experience during Job Shadow Day

    Feb 12, 2009

    Students from Mount Vernon High School arrived at battalion head quarters on Fort Belvoir last Thursday for Job Shadow Day. Fort Belvoir's Public Affairs Office's Community Relations section put the event together to show students how education can lead into rewarding futures.

  • Obama, Kaine make historic visit to Fort Belvoir

    Feb 12, 2009

    President Barack Obama joined Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine at a construction site near Fort Belvoir's north area, also known as the Engineer Proving Ground, Wednesday. The commander-in-chief visited the site in the hopes of spurring quick action on a proposed economic stimulus package.

  • DAC leads implementation of Explosives Safety Siting System

    Feb 11, 2009

    USATCES personnel serve as the Army's Approval Authority for explosives safety site plan submissions, hazard classifications, Munitions and Explosives of Concern and Chemical Agent safety site plan submissions. To assist with this mission, the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board and the military services are developing software called the Explosives Safety Siting system to automate the explosives safety site planning process. This software will augment the installation's geographic information system map and real property inventory with explosives safety data. This data will allow ESS to perform quantity distance analysis and place the appropriate QD arcs on a map. It will also develop QD tables and a memo that can be used to submit the site plan through command channels.

  • Command Post of the Future Wins Outstanding US Government Program Award

    Feb 11, 2009

    Command Post of the Future (CPOF) received the 2009 Network Centric Warfare (NCW) Award for Outstanding US Government Program. The award, given by the Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA), was presented during the 2009 NCW Conference in Washington, DC on January 28th, 2009. Criteria for the award include how the program incorporates the principles of network-centric warfare; objectives of the program and a technical profile; an explanation of interoperability and joint force integration within the development process; and how the program contributed to the overall effectiveness of the warfighter.

  • WINTER TRAINING IN YUMA PROVED TO BE A "CROWNING" AFFAIR

    Feb 11, 2009

    Miss U.S.A. Crystle Stewart jumps with the U.S. Army Parachute Team during winter training in Yuma Arizona.

  • 2008 Army Antiterrorism Award winners

    Feb 11, 2009

    Department of the Army presents Antiterrorism Program Awards.

  • Prepare to be blasted

    Feb 11, 2009

    Sandblaster John Dodge prepares rims for broadcast blasting in the Industrial Operations Facility.

  • On the job at Tobyhanna - Multiple Threat Systems Branch

    Feb 11, 2009

    The Multiple Threat Systems Branch's 22 employees overhaul AN/MST-T1(a) Multiple Threat Emitter Simulator computer systems, track drawers, planed position indicators and test equipment racks. The system is also integrated, tested and aligned for optimum performance. The branch is part of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Directorate. MUTES provide realistic threat signals for training pilots and aircrews. The system can replicate threats such as surface-to-air missiles, early warning radar systems, anti-aircraft artillery and airborne intercept systems. The MUTES are an Air Force system

  • Radio test set replaces obsolete equipment

    Feb 11, 2009

    A modernized, automatic test set replaces seven pieces of manual equipment which are used for testing radio systems here.

  • Class is in session

    Feb 11, 2009

    Students from the Scranton State School for the Deaf observed depot employees (left) James Boos and Laura Dumback on Feb. 10 as part of the third annual Shadow Day Program.

  • Depot accepts Shingo medallions, announces 2009 candidates

    Feb 11, 2009

    Two Shingo medallions were presented to the depot during a ceremony on Jan. 28.

  • Hawaii Soldiers support Pro Bowl

    Feb 10, 2009

    Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command were given a distinct honor this year to serve on the Joint Service Color Guard for the National Football League 2009 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Three Soldiers comprised a part of the Joint Service Color Guard, which were responsible for rendering honors for the start of the Pro Bowl.

  • AMC, DLA host BRAC workshop

    Feb 10, 2009

    The Army Materiel Command's G3/5 and the Defense Logistics Agency's J39 recently hosted a workshop Jan. 13 and 14 at Fort Belvoir, Va., focused on the execution of BRAC action 177, transfer of the supply, storage and distribution mission from AMC to DLA. AMC and DLA leadership set a clear vision and direction to the over 100 participants. The goal of this BRAC decision is to improve the effectiveness of DoD industrial maintenance sites by transferring the non-core functions of SS&D to DLA. The BRAC process is part of a larger DoD strategy to transform the military force to one that is more agile, flexible, and can focus more power quickly, exactly where it is needed.

  • Crane Army security specialists named to Army Antiterrorism Honor Roll

    Feb 10, 2009

    Security Specialists Leah Clinton and Judy Brown were selected as members of the 2009 Army Antiterrorism Honor Roll for their efforts directed toward protecting people and Army missions from terrorist attacks.

  • Female flag officers honor first woman four-star

    Feb 9, 2009

    More than 50 retired and current female general and flag officers attended a lunch in honor of Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, Saturday, at the Women in Military Service for America memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • New Knox contracting teams also boast latest Army MOS

    Feb 9, 2009

    Somewhere in Iraq a slab of concrete stretches four hundred feet. It's a sidewalk, or at least some of it resembles one. But it's also a monument. A U.S. Army Contingency Contracting Team hired the local Iraqi construction company that built the sidewalk. That's what CCTs do. They find vendors and service providers to help support U.S. military operations around the world. Once they find a party to provide goods and services, the CCT writes and administers the contract, makes sure that the vendor is paid, closes out the contract, and ensures that the product or service is received and that it's up to required standards. But it's the "around the world" part that can sometimes cause problems. Construction and commodity standards in other countries often aren't what they are in the U.S., according to Maj. Joel Greer, the team leader for Fort Knox's 631st Contingency Contracting Team. Greer was -- while attached to a different unit -- part of the team working with the Iraqi company that built the 400-foot sidewalk.

  • Congressional staffers visit APG

    Feb 9, 2009

    Community and installation leadership met with congressional staffers last week to collaborate on the issues facing Aberdeen Proving Ground's transformation.

  • AMC NewsCast 2009 - Edition 1: Anniston Army Depot Career Academy

    Feb 6, 2009

  • RDECOM partners with Cal State LA engineering students

    Feb 6, 2009

    Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. -- Building a house in just a few days is something that might be the making of a reality television show rather than a civil engineering project on behalf of the U.S. Army.

  • Aircraft movement by sea

    Feb 6, 2009

    ROTA, Spain - The ship looms in the pre-dawn grayness like a hulking monster, its ramp leading up to a yawning mouth. As the first aircraft rolls up, the steel ramp creaks and groans as if waking from a deep slumber. One mission is complete as members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade (Air Assault) depart Afghanistan and return to Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Year of the NCO: Retired NCOs remember

    Feb 6, 2009

    The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer is well underway and NCOs are being honored Army-wide, but Fort Myer Military Community Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Varner III wants to ensure that the year-long celebration of enlisted leaders isn't limited to those currently serving.

  • Blazing the trail: A Buffalo Soldier's Story

    Feb 5, 2009

    The Equal Opportunity Program at Fort Belvoir sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday Observance at DeWitt Hospital Friday. Maxwell was a guest speaker at the event.

  • Finding Adoption Homes for Abandoned Pets

    Feb 5, 2009

    An organization is trying to ensure that all pets have the love and care they deserve, especially when left behind by their owners. A New Leash on Life is a nonprofit animal rescue organization in the Huntsville area. The all-volunteer group includes veterinarians, foster homes and others who give their time and services to help animals who have been abandoned by their owners for whatever reason. Jodi Rutenberg, A New Leash on Life volunteer and foster mother, said a large number of the animals they help come from Redstone. Some wander into office areas. Some are found trying to raise litters wherever they could. Others are simply left in housing areas when their owners relocate without them.

  • Bravo Company Takes Turn at Simulated Combat

    Feb 5, 2009

    Imagine this. You and your unit are outside the wire in Iraq, traveling down a dusty road in your Humvee, conducting a routine patrol of the area. The sun is shining, the air is hot like an oven, and no one is walking the streets. You look around, notice the empty landscape of the city, and think to yourself, "This is weird. Where are all the villagers'" Just then an enormous explosion erupts from an improvised explosive device, hurling you and your team inside the Humvee upside-down and into a small ditch filled with water. The vehicle is on fire and quickly filling with water. What do you do' "Don't panic," said Staff Sgt. Michael Bell, a platoon sergeant with Bravo Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion.

  • Missiles Official Urges Continued Support for Programs

    Feb 5, 2009

    Even in the wake of expected future cuts in military spending, the U.S. needs to ensure enough funding to sustain its missile technology and development, said a top official with the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space. Rod Summers, deputy PEO for integration, said the organization's top executives led by Brig. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco are working to tell the story of missile defense at the Pentagon to try to ensure against future budget cuts that could cripple the nation's missile defense industry. He made his comments during a speech Friday to members of the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army at a Bosses' Breakfast at the Officers and Civilians Club.

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