Archive: XVIII Corps

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  • Fort Bragg MP noncommissioned officers tackle barracks responsibilities

    Feb 15, 2013

    Soldiers living in the barracks have seen a recent change in the way the barracks are being run at Fort Bragg and around the Army. Noncommissioned officers have reclaimed the responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the bachelor enlisted quarters. Army leadership has ordered a revision of barracks management responsibility and created what is now known as the First Sergeant Barracks Program.

  • Integrated Disability Evaluation System: Smooth takeoff to new opportunities

    Feb 15, 2013

    As we continue to get deeper into the Army's Ready, Resilient and Army Strong campaign, I am reminded how this campaign extends beyond a Soldier's active-duty service. This campaign also supports our Soldiers and their Families as they transition from Army life to life as productive and trusted veteran members of our society.

  • Revised disability evaluation system improves process for transitioning Soldiers

    Feb 15, 2013

    A commission created to ensure of the proper care and processing of the nation's wounded warriors led to the analysis and revamping of veteran's healthcare system and included a closer look and integration between the Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs to create the Integrated Disability Evaluation System.

  • Fort Bragg team wins for Camp Patriot

    Feb 15, 2013

    For the Fort Bragg Patriots, there's no place like home. Storming out to 3-1 lead in the first period, the Patriots never looked back as they captured their first victory of the team's inaugural season over the Fort Benning, Ga. hockey team Feb. 8, at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

  • Cross country meet builds morale, unit cohesion

    Feb 13, 2013

    Sgt. Colin Ekelman, 82nd Airborne Division won the Fort Bragg Post Combat Cross Country Meet Saturday, carrying more weight than most. The Colorado native carried 40.5 pounds across 12.78 miles of rugged terrain to finish with a time of 1 hour, 30 minutes and 36 seconds.

  • Blood donors thanked at recognition ceremony

    Feb 13, 2013

    When Capt. Ivan Castro was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2006, he was transported to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he received blood support for injuries that included a fractured face, broken arm, collapsed lungs and a destroyed right eye. Eventually, Castro lost sight in his left eye, leaving him blind for life.

  • 'Saving lives, one donation at a time:' Fort Bragg thanks blood donors at recognition ceremony

    Feb 8, 2013

    Fort Bragg Donor Center recognition program was held Jan. 31, at Fort Bragg Club, to thank donors for taking the time to give to those in need. Supplying blood support to Soldiers and Families downrange is one of the missions of the Armed Services Blood Program, the official United States military blood program. The Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center, as part of ASBP and of Womack Army Medical Center, upholds that mission and also takes care of troops and patients here as well.

  • Department of Defense opens ground combat roles to female servicemembers

    Feb 1, 2013

    Combat roles were officially open to women on Jan. 24, by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Women have already been serving in combat zones with men for years. However women, who have been serving in the military since the late 1700s, have never been allowed to officially participate in ground combat.

  • Tarheel ChalleNGe inspires youth to excel

    Feb 1, 2013

    About 150 teens converged on Fort Bragg the week of Jan. 21. They were part of the Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy and came to town to try their hand at the grueling, pre-Ranger course that is part of their curriculum. Visiting Fort Bragg is one of the first phases of this five and a half-month program designed for high school dropouts, to improve their life-coping skills and employment opportunities.

  • 82nd Airborne Division hosts Fort Bragg Combatives Tournament

    Feb 1, 2013

    Soldiers had the opportunity to showcase their hand-to-hand, close combat skills during the Fort Bragg Combatives Tournament at Ritz-Epps Physical Fitness Center, Jan. 18 and 19.

  • Fort Bragg addresses Panetta's announcement about women in combat

    Feb 1, 2013

    Combat roles were officially open to women on Jan. 24, by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Women have already been serving in combat zones with men for years. However women, who have been serving in the military since the late 1700s, have never been allowed to officially participate in ground combat - until now.

  • Medical secure system facilitates patient/provider communication at Fort Bragg

    Feb 1, 2013

    More than 9,000 Womack Army Medical Center patients are now able to talk to their primary care provider without making an appointment or waiting hours at the clinic. This is possible through the Army Medicine Secure Messaging Service in partnership with RelayHealth, a connectivity and health information technology company, lets patients log onto a secure website where they can set up appointments, renew prescriptions, get lab results and even have an 'e-visit' with their provider.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers earn college credits for Army experience

    Feb 1, 2013

    Soldiers who plan to continue their education in search of a college degree now have an additional asset. Fayetteville Technical Community College announced recently that experience received in certain military occupational specialties are now awarded up to 65 credit hours.

  • BMW Factory Rider explains motorcycle safety, techniques to servicemembers

    Jan 25, 2013

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Whether you're a motorcycle rider or not, there is no limit to learning more about a two-wheeled vehicle, improvement on riding skills and keeping yourself safer on the road.

  • 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade supported by Fort Bragg paratroopers

    Jan 25, 2013

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It has been more than 40 years since the 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division has marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in support of the Presidential Inaugural Parade.

  • Nascar shows the importance of teamwork

    Jan 25, 2013

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Fort Bragg Soldiers participated in the Earnhardt-Ganssi Pit Crew Challenge at the 525 Battlefield Surveillance Brigade motor Jan. 18. The event was organized by the Fort Bragg Garrison Community Relations Division in conjuction with the Earnhardt-Ganassi Pit Crew Team to provide Soldiers with an insight into NASCAR pit crew teamwork in a friendly environment.

  • 503rd MP Battalion returns home from Afghanistan

    Jan 25, 2013

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Family and friends greeted the Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th MP Brigade as they returned home Jan. 14, from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Communicating the Culture of Leadership

    Nov 29, 2012

    82nd Sustainment Brigade commander Col. Chris Sharpsten shares his vision of leadership with officers graduating a logistics course.

  • XVIII Abn. Corps CSM visits William T. Brown Elementary School

    Nov 14, 2012

    Command Sgt. Maj. Isaia T. Vimoto, XVIII Airborne Corps command sergeant major, visits William T. Brown Elementary School of Leadership Nov. 13. Vimoto visited the school to receive a tour of the facility as well as talking to students about various topics such as leadership, a day in the life as a Soldier and the importance of education. (U.S. Army photos by Spc. Paul A. Holston/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

  • DFACs prepare for big Thanksgiving

    Nov 14, 2012

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- During winter holidays, Families all across America will be preparing for the season of Thanksgiving, where moments of quality time, laughter, good food and reasons to be thankful will be shared together.

  • Duke Blue Devils basketball team visits Fort Bragg

    Nov 14, 2012

    Players from the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team attempt to complete an obstacle course at the Leader's Reaction Course on Fort Bragg, Oct. 15. The team, along with their coach, Coach Mike Krzyzewski also known as "Coach K," are visiting Fort Bragg to get a taste of several sides of military life, going through a various training sessions before conducting an afternoon practice on the installation in front of about 300 Soldiers. (U.S. Army photos by Spc. Paul A. Holston/XVIII Abn. Corps PAO)

  • Fort Bragg Officials discuss importance of Suicide Prevention

    Nov 14, 2012

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- With reduction of suicides being a top priority amongst Fort Bragg and the Army as a whole, six representatives from across the installation held a media roundtable discussing suicide prevention Sept. 20th at Stryker Golf Course.

  • Job Fair provides hiring opportunity for military

    Nov 14, 2012

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair will be hosted on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Crown Center for all military veterans, Active Duty, Guard and Reserve servicemembers, as well as eligible military spouses.

  • 82nd Airborne Division changes command, responsibility

    Nov 13, 2012

    More than 200 unit colors and guidons representing the 82nd Airborne Division's six brigades moved to the center of Pike Field on Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 4, 2012, as the division hosted yet another historic event.

  • 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion conducts change of command

    Nov 10, 2012

    The 63rd Signal Battalion (Expeditionary), 35th Signal Brigade, held a Change of Command Ceremony Nov. 2, 2012 at Barton Field at Fort Gordon, Ga.

  • 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion Families build resilience through strong bonds training

    Nov 10, 2012

    51st Signal Battalion (Expeditionary), 35th Signal Brigade, hosted Strong Bonds training from October 27, 2012 to October 29, 2012 at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Ore., to strengthen resilience of Soldiers and Families.

  • Paratrooper shares artistic vision with battalion

    Jun 13, 2012

    When the average person sees someone dressed from head to toe in the Army combat uniform, his or her first impression is typically "Soldier." However, this is not always what defines the person in uniform. There is often something much deeper brewing beyond the maroon beret and the rank. Perhaps the individual wearing the ACU defines the uniform more than the uniform defines the individual.

  • Fort Bragg celebrates 237th Army birthday with cake contest

    Jun 13, 2012

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Every year that passes brings yet another birthday for people to celebrate. At the center of that celebration, normally lays the most important part -- the cake. Eight competitors of the first ever Fort Bragg Army Birthday Cake Competition along with Soldiers, Veterans and members of Fort Bragg and surrounding communities gathered Tuesday at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium to help celebrate the Army's 237th birthday.

  • Fort Bragg pilot awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

    Feb 7, 2012

    Capt. Brendan P. Murphy, of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Brigade, distinguished himself as the Air Mission Command and pilot in command of a CH-47D helicopter, Sept. 5, 2010, during Operation Enduring Freedom X, in Afghanistan.

  • XVIII Airborne Corps hosts welcome home return ceremony

    Feb 6, 2012

    The XVIII Airborne Corps commanding general and command sergeant major, subordinate division commanders and more than 100 distinguished guests attended the XVIII Airborne Corps' Welcome Home Return Ceremony on Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 2, 2012.

  • U.S., Iraqi pastors connect through Christian faith at Fort Bragg

    Feb 3, 2012

    the United States continues to nurture its partnership with the Iraqi people and U.S. Army Christian chaplains from Fort Bragg and two Iraqi Christian pastors, Reverends Aziz Makadsi and Joseph Francis, came together to share ideas and stories during a pastor meeting at John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel Jan. 27.

  • "America's Contingency Corps"

    Feb 2, 2012

    Over 14,000 Soldiers from across the XVIII Airborne Corps participated in the XVIII Airborne Corps run at Fort Bragg, Feb. 2. Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, commanding general, XVIII Abn. Corps and Fort Bragg, and Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Rice, XVIII Abn. Corps and Fort Bragg command sergeant major, led the Soldiers along the four-mile route. The XVIII Abn. Corps recently redeployed from a year-long deployment to Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn. Runners included Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, N.Y., the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command from Fort Knox, Ky., the 35th Signal Battalion from Fort Lewis, Wash., and 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Ga.

  • Commander's Farewell Jump

    Jan 31, 2012

  • 4th Brigade U.S. Army Cadet Command welcomes new

    Jan 10, 2012

    "A commander is a leader that provides a purpose, direction and guidance to his subordinate units ensuring that as a team they accomplish the mission and take care of their people," said Col. Pete Edmonds, the incoming commander for the 4th Brigade U.S. Army Cadet Command. Soldiers, Cadets, Families, friends, and members of the Fort Bragg and surrounding communities gathered to watch the change of command ceremony for the 4th Brigade U.S. Army Cadet Command where Edmonds took command from Col. Ronald P. Elrod, the outgoing commander, at Funk Physical Fitness Center Jan. 10.

  • Home for holidays: Last Soldiers redeploy to Fort Bragg from Iraq

    Dec 23, 2011

    For many spouses, family members and friends, their holiday wishes came true when their beloved Soldiers made it home from Iraq to Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 22, 2011, just in time for the holidays.

  • 'Welcome home' signals end of war in Iraq

    Dec 15, 2011

    More than 3,000 service members gathered at Pope Army Airfield on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 14, to hear President Barack Obama deliver a speech marking the end of the war in Iraq.

  • WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

    Dec 14, 2011

    More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families leading up to their free "Tribute to the Troops" show Dec. 11, 2011, at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

  • Families kick off the holidays at Fort Bragg Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Dec 5, 2011

    Honoring a holiday tradition that dates back several years, the Fort Bragg and surrounding communities gathered for the annual lighting of the Fort Bragg Christmas Tree during a ceremony at the Main Post Parade Field December 1.

  • Meet Fort Bragg's 2011 Family of the Year

    Dec 5, 2011

    As a child, Keri Stevenson acquired the knick name of 'Wonder Woman.' Now days, Stevenson spends her time helping as many people as she can along with raising two children alone while her husband is deployed. Needless to say, many would argue Stevenson is in fact a wonder woman. It doesn't matter if they are related by blood, Stevenson will go out of her way to help anyone who needs it, said Kaye Dunham, a fellow military spouse. For the Stevenson Family, that's just a part of it, and with that said, no one was the least bit surprised when they were named the 2011 Fort Bragg Family of the Year during a ceremony at the Main Post Chapel December 1.

  • Fort Bragg remembers Vietnam Vets at Veteran's Day ceremony

    Nov 23, 2011

    "Thank you for your attendance as we acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the Veterans and their Families and as we honor and welcome home our Vietnam veterans," said Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson, deputy commanding general, XVIII Airborne Corps during Fort Bragg's Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rededication Ceremony at the Main Post Parade Field Nov. 10. The ceremony held under the main post flag began with the presentation of the colors honoring the nation.

  • To the rescue: Blue Star Mothers help others in need

    Nov 23, 2011

    When deployed service members or families back home face tragedy the Blue Star Mothers support them during the tough times.

  • XVIII Airborne Corps Soldier surprises his family at Panthers game

    Nov 15, 2011

    A Soldier from the XVIII Airborne Corps, surprised his wife and their five children at the Carolina Panthers versus Tennessee Titans game at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 13.

  • Lt. Gen. Helmick meets with Maj. Gen. Huggins, reminiscent of iconic WWII Airborne photo

    Nov 4, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, XVIII Airborne Corps commanding general and United States Forces-Iraq deputy commanding general of operations, speaks with Maj. Gen. Jim Huggins, 82nd Airborne Division and Regional Command (South) commanding general, during a visit to RC(S) headquarters on Kandahar Airfield Nov. 4. Their meeting during Operation Enduring Freedom echoes back to the iconic photo from the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium, taken of Lt. Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, then commanding general of the XVIII Airborne Corps, and Maj. Gen. James M. Gavin, then commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division. (Photo Illustration/U.S. Army Sgt. Amanda M. Hils)

  • 21st MP Company Soldiers head to Afghanistan to train police units

    Nov 4, 2011

    A departure ceremony was held Oct. 24, for Soldiers of the 21st Military Police Company who deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while the rest of their company remains at Fort Bragg.

  • Fort Bragg honors volunteers with Iron Mike Award

    Nov 4, 2011

    Dozens of volunteers were honored at Fort Bragg's Memorial Hall for excellence in volunteer service, Oct. 27. The quarterly award tradition was implemented in 2001 to honor outstanding volunteer service on Fort Bragg. Of the awards presented, 28 earned an Iron Mike pin, five earned a bronze star, three earned a silver star and one earned a gold star.

  • Families reunite as XVIII Airborne Corps redeploys from Iraq

    Nov 4, 2011

    Soldiers from XVIII Airborne Corps are reunited with friends and family after completing a yearlong deployment to Iraq, at Fort Bragg, N.C., Nov. 4, 2011.

  • Jumping 'into the thick of it:' Engineers conduct rough terrain airborne operations

    Nov 3, 2011

    For the first time in two years, Combat Engineers with the 57th Sappers Company purposely jumped into trees and rough terrain at Luzon Drop Zone, Camp Mackall, N.C., Oct. 26-27, 2011.

  • Engineers remember unit's past with Waal River Crossing Competition

    Oct 20, 2011

    Howard Burks was there back in 1944 when the real crossing of the Waal River happened, and he was also at the annual competition hosted by the 307th Engineer Battalion at the Kiest Lake on Fort Bragg, N.C., training grounds Oct. 19, 2011.

  • Fort Bragg receives awards during AUSA opening ceremony

    Oct 10, 2011

    Several Soldiers along with members of the Fort Bragg community were recognized for excellence during the opening ceremonies at the annual Association of the United States Army Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C. Oct. 10.

  • Fort Bragg runs away with gold at Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 10, 2011

    All three teams from Fort Bragg took 1st place in the men's, women's and men's master team active duty divisions at the 2011 Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., Oct. 9.

  • Fort Bragg captures this year's Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 9, 2011

    Soldiers from Fort Bragg took 1st place in the men's, women's and men's master team active duty divisions at this year's Army Ten-Miler in Washington D.C. Oct. 9. More than 30,000 people and 701 teams competed in the 27th annual 10 mile race. The race is one of the largest 10 mile races in the world.

  • Paratroopers get mountain training at Ranger School site

    Oct 6, 2011

    Paratroopers with Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division concluded two weeks of mountain training Sept. 30, 2011, at Camp Frank D. Merrill, the site of the U.S. Army Ranger School's notorious mountain phase.

  • Iraqi Soldiers and U.S. Paratroopers share one last meal together

    Oct 6, 2011

    On a clear, cool night the 9th Brigade, Iraqi Special Operation Forces hosted a dinner for the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division at Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq, Sept. 28. A video showing the ISOF in action during a simulated improvised explosive attack, clearing a room and evacuating a wounded soldier was played for senior leaders of 407th BSB before the meal.

  • Paratroopers inducted into historic corps

    Oct 6, 2011

    Newly promoted non-commissioned officers walked out in front of their peers and waited for a recommendation by his or her first line supervisor. As they were recommended they were able to pass through an archway and over a line symbolizing stepping into the new responsibilities of the NCO.

  • 82nd Sust. Bde. Soldiers assume official mail mission

    Oct 6, 2011

    It's official. Soldiers from the 82nd Sustainment Brigade's 18th Human Resources Company took responsibility of the Official Mail Distribution Center on Fort Bragg Sept. 28. A nine-soldier team from the company processes all of the official mail for a majority of the tenant units here.

  • Special Forces team takes top honors at international sniper competition

    Oct 5, 2011

    Sniper teams from Fort Bragg took three of the top five spots, including first place, in the 2011 International Sniper Competition.

  • 'Sky Dragon' ACE Soldiers return from year-long deployment

    Oct 5, 2011

    After a long year away from friends, family and spouses, the first group of Soldiers from XVIII Airborne Corps Headquarters returned to the clear, blue skies of the "Home of the Airborne and Special Opertation Forces" Oct. 5.

  • 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade welcomes new commander

    Sep 30, 2011

    In a ceremony rich in tradition, Sept. 23, Col. Xavier T. Brunson took command of the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade from Col. James D. Edwards, the unit's outgoing commander at Lightning Field on Fort Bragg.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated on Fort Bragg

    Sep 30, 2011

    The sound of Congo drums filled the halls of Womack Army Medical Center's ground level, Sept. 22. Willie Johnson, a latin jazz musician pounded out a rhythmic Hispanic tune for the packed Weaver Auditorium during Team Bragg Equal Opportunity's 'Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit' presentation in honor Hispanic Heritage Month.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier turns tragedy into opportunity to give back

    Sep 30, 2011

    After losing her husband, Master Sgt. Jennifer Loredo of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "said she took three months off to be with her children to decide how to use her experience to help others. Loredo began the healing process by taking on roles in which she was able to use her experiences to help train and mentor Soldiers. Loredo's firsthand experience with CAO's gave her an understanding of the value of receiving quality help from those tasked with that duty.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier wins Army Combatives Championship

    Sep 30, 2011

    A Fort Bragg Soldier, Sgt. Jesse Hertzog, won the welter weight division of the Army Combatives Championship this summer.

  • Sustainment Soldiers practice supporting 'fast, furious' light infantry

    Sep 22, 2011

    Light infantry troops are like little birds. They get up into the highest mountains, and they say, "Feed me, feed me," according to one sustainment officer in the 82nd Airborne Division involved in supply-by-air training here Sept. 6-11, 2011.

  • Rough Terrain Airborne Training: Paratroopers prepare for any landing

    Sep 21, 2011

    Paratroopers of the 57th Sapper Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne) participated in Rough Terrain Airborne Operations training at the 82nd Airborne Division Advanced Airborne School Sept. 12-16 to develop their readiness to conduct Airborne Operations into austere locations.

  • TF Bragg's assault command post validates readiness capability during JOAX

    Sep 21, 2011

    Task Force Bragg's Assault Command Post took part in a Joint Operational Access Exercise near Sicily Drop Zone Sept. 11-12, 2011.

  • Patriot Foundation donates to Fort Bragg charities

    Sep 19, 2011

    The Patriot Foundation held its 6th Annual Soldier Appreciation Dinner at the National Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C., Sept. 16, 2011. The foundation provides support to the Families of Soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, U.S. Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion and the Survivors Outreach Program.

  • Fort Bragg paratroopers take part in week-long JOAX

    Sep 16, 2011

    U.S. Army paratroopers with the VXIII Airborne Corps' 82nd Airborne Division took part in a mass tactical airborne operation Sept. 10 as part of a week-long Joint Operational Access Exercise. The JOAX helps to prepare Army and Air Force units at Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield to better respond to a worldwide crises or contingency if called upon.

  • U.S. paratroopers, Iraqi soldiers begin using new rifle range

    Sep 14, 2011

    American and Iraqi Soldiers began using a new firing range near Ramadi, Iraq, which U.S. forces recently expanded to improve Iraqi Army training.

  • Fort Bragg observes ten-year anniversary of 9/11

    Sep 11, 2011

    In observance of an event that changed the lives of Americans forever, more than 300 community leaders and spectators met at Fort Bragg's main post flagpole to remember events of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • 24 hours, 24 miles: Shadow run contributes to Wounded Warriors

    May 29, 2011

    Twenty-three U.S. servicemembers and civilians participated in a “24 hours in Baghdad” run on Camp Victory, Iraq, May 21.

  • Service members, Iraqi scouts conduct final camporee

    May 23, 2011

    With a full day of activities, a huge bonfire and smiles on everyone's faces, service members from United States Forces - Iraq gathered together with Iraqi Boy Scouts and Girl Guides of Victory Base Council, who are children of Iraqi special forces soldiers, during the 2011 Kashafa Spring Camporee on Victory Base Complex May 6.

  • CID assists in training Iraqi Army forensics

    May 23, 2011

    Since its establishment in 2006, the Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facility 3 on Camp Victory continues to execute its primary mission by providing rapid results to meet the needs of law enforcement, intelligence, security and stability within the criminal justice system in Iraq.

  • 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' repeal training in progress

    May 23, 2011

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness," was written by Thomas Jefferson in the United States Declaration of Independence, ratified on July 4, 1776.

  • Route Clearance Patrols: Making roads safe, checking them twice

    May 23, 2011

    It's 12:30 a.m. about 15 minutes into the patrol. The streets are quiet and the lights are off in the local area. Suddenly, a bright flash appears, and a shockwave that can be felt through body armor hits the Soldiers. A rush of adrenaline flowed through their bodies. The driver of the second vehicle speeds up to assess the damage, and medics rush in. Fortunately, the Soldiers are not injured.

  • American Red Cross director visits Iraq

    May 23, 2011

    American Red Cross representatives, volunteers, and service members of United States Forces - Iraq gathered together for a luncheon on Camp Victory, Iraq, May 8.

  • Law enforcement professionals discuss mission focus

    May 17, 2011

    Law enforcement professionals from across Iraq came together at the deputy commanding general of detainee operations and provost marshal general's Senior Leaders Conference, Camp Victory, Iraq, May 4.

  • Senior leaders review proposed Army PT test

    May 17, 2011

    More than 50 senior leaders participated in and gave feedback on the proposed Army Physical Readiness Test at Camp Victory, May 7.

  • Joint Task Force Troy honors fallen EOD techs

    May 17, 2011

    "What is it that would possess an individual to walk down range against an inanimate object that presents certain death at the slightest misstep, yet relishes the opportunity to exercise mastery of a situation where you can only get the opportunity to make a mistake once'" asked Capt. Edward W. Eidson, commander of Joint Task Force Troy, United States Forces - Iraq, during his speech at a memorial service held in Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, May 7. "The names you are about to hear are those brave individuals."

  • Operation Shear Love: Troops donate long locks to children

    May 17, 2011

    Troops on Victory Base Complex participated in Operation Shear Love, in which they donated their hair to Locks of Love, May 8.

  • Marine returns to Iraq for closure

    May 17, 2011

    During the height of the war in Iraq, patrols, setting up checkpoints and vehicle searches were standard and occurred every day. Most of those ended without any type of conflict or casualties.

  • Barracks tattoo: a life-altering decision

    May 17, 2011

    Tattoos are markings made by inserting indelible ink into the skin for artistic preferences as well as many other reasons. They are common among service members.

  • Iraqi personnel graduate basic interrogator, instructor courses

    May 7, 2011

    The Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Detachment - Iraq graduated 22 Iraqi intelligence agency students from the basic interrogation and interrogator instructor, also known as Train-the-Trainer, courses May 1, 2011, at Camp Victory, Iraq.

  • Wounded Warriors return to battlefield

    May 7, 2011

  • Detainee ops chief gives Karkh prison good reviews

    May 7, 2011

    Waiting on the other side of a highly secured prison wall, Mohammed Majhoul, deputy director general for internal affairs with Iraqi Correctional Services, welcomed Maj. Gen. Adolph McQueen, deputy commanding general for detainee operations and provost marshal general of United States Forces - Iraq, as he entered the gates of the Karhk Prison, April 26.

  • U.S., Iraqi judge advocates partner for legal education

    May 7, 2011

    Legal professionals from the office of the staff judge advocate, United States Forces - Iraq, met with 30 Iraqi military lawyers at the Iraqi Ministry of Defense April 18, 2011, to provide their Iraqi counterparts with legal education in the form of a court martial demonstration.

  • Airman's daughter brings comfort, happiness, cookies to Camp Victory service members

    Apr 30, 2011

    The cookies brought smiles, but it was the letter that produced the tears

  • Experts share skills, knowledge through professional development

    Apr 29, 2011

    "Willingly render loyal services to superiors, subordinates and peers in every organization of which they are members. Teach other people in a way that effectively expand and perpetuate the scope of their technical competence."

  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visits troops in Iraq

    Apr 29, 2011

    During a two-day visit to Iraq, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen awarded five service members and a civilian with joint service medals and re-enlisted eight Soldiers in the Al Faw Place, on Camp Victory, April 22.

  • NCO improves detainee food program

    Apr 23, 2011

    At the age of 16 he started his first job in the food service industry as a dishwasher at a local restaurant. Going home soaked wet everyday didn't stop this teenager from succeeding in the food service industry. He used his love and interest for serving up the best possible meal for his customers, earning him the position of kitchen manager eight years later. In 2004, he combined his passion to prepare the best meal and love for his country by enlisting in the Army as a food service specialist.

  • Ruck to remember: Fort Bragg all-female team competes in Bataan Memorial Death March

    Apr 22, 2011

    Soldiers, veterans and former prisoners of war ... the warriors gathered as one, creating a trail of dust across a 26-mile stretch of Southwestern desert on the morning of March 27. Fort Bragg had two, female-heavy teams that completed the march.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers honored at Stoneybrook 60th anniversary

    Apr 22, 2011

    Carolina Horse Park, in partnership with Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Services and Leisure Travel Services, distributed 1,600 free tickets around Fort Bragg and Pope Field for the Stoneybrook Steeplechase event April 9. In addition to the free tickets, anyone with a military I.D. received a 20 percent discount on pre-orders for Stoneybrook Steeplechase. In addition to the steeplechase, festivities included a 5k Run for the Ribbons (cancer care fund run), a Hawkins and Harkness hat contest, a stick horse race for the kids, a wine cellar tailgate contest and the much more.

  • Fort Bragg ACS talks straight about Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Apr 22, 2011

    Child Abuse Awareness Month is a time to reflect on a topic that makes us feel a bit uncomfortable. Child Abuse Awareness Month is also about prevention. Acknowledging the existence and extent of child abuse, having open and honest discussions and a willingness to intervene, are all strong preventative steps. Being alert for signs of child abuse where we live, and having knowledge of community resources are also important steps in prevention.

  • Tornadoes bring awareness to Fort Bragg community preparedness

    Apr 22, 2011

    In the wake of a string of deadly tornadoes that destroyed areas around Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, and caused extensive damage to hangars and equipment at Simmons Army Airfield, post leadership wants to ensure that residents are prepared for future disasters. Officials are urging community members to become familiar with the Ready Bragg disaster preparedness website to ensure that they are able to survive and sustain in case another round of storms hit the area.

  • Fort Bragg cleans up in tornado aftermath

    Apr 22, 2011

    The sounds of metal scraping pavement and chainsaws buzzing through wood filled the air Monday morning at Simmons Army Airfield, the Material Maintenance Department building and two warehouses at the Knox Street warehouse complex. Fort Bragg's Directorate of Public Works had already started cleaning up in the aftermath of tornadoes that hit the area, Saturday.

  • U.S., Iraqi firefighters gather for joint egress exercise

    Apr 22, 2011

    A distress call comes in through the radios of a helicopter on fire. Firefighters respond by placing a fire truck at a 90 degree angle away from the front of the aircraft. Using hand lines, a team creates an entry way towards the aircraft, while the other team secures the inside of the aircraft extracting an injured pilot. The casualty is taken to a triage area where medics treat him. Meanwhile, the firefighters perform a second check of the aircraft to ensure no other passengers or crew members are left behind or thrown out and to declare the aircraft safe.

  • First stop: 37th Chief of Staff of the Army visits troops in Iraq

    Apr 22, 2011

    The Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, made his first visit to Iraq since being sworn in on April 11. The general met with more than 70 service members in the Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, April 20.

  • Photo gallery: 2011 Best Ranger Competition Day 1

    Apr 15, 2011

    Fifty teams kicked off the 28th annual Best Ranger Competition with a three-mile buddy run before dawn today. The teams head into a foot movement and canoe race to round out the morning. Events are scheduled around the clock, with teams moving to the firing ranges in the afternoon to conduct machine gun and moving target events before heading out for day orienteering, fast-rope insertion and their first obstacle course. The day ends with teams navigating an approximately ten mile night orienteering course well into the early hours of Day 2. "It's the greatest thing in the Army ... I look forward to it each year," said retired Col. Ralph Puckett, a former Ranger and two-time Distinguished Service Cross recipient who will be on the sidelines throughout most of the competition. "When you come out to Benning, you walk with giants. They're not rock stars, they're not sports heroes, they're not actors playing Soldiers. They're the real deal."

  • Fort Bragg Soldier aspires to conquer Death Race

    Apr 15, 2011

    A Fort Bragg Soldier has accepted the challenge of the Death Race, called an extreme match of "Survivor" meets "Jackass," and the tasks include diving into deep waters for a bicycle chain to assembling a lego house according to specs and the absurdity of the tasks is considered part of the excitement. It is a punishing competition where only 10 percent of contestants finish.

  • Fort Bragg volksmarch celebrates Month of Military Child

    Apr 15, 2011

    In recognition of the Month of the Military Child, more than 600 youth from various child development centers on Fort Bragg and Pope Field participated in this year's volksmarch, April 4. The volksmarch began and ended at Rodriguez CDC on Sicily Drive.

  • Everyone's a kid at Fort Bragg's Armed Services YMCA fair

    Apr 15, 2011

    The 11th annual Armed Services YMCA's Healthy Kids Day was held on April 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. About 1800 children chose from physical recreation like jumping around in a bouncer, throwing frisbees, basketballs and baseballs and crawling through a smoke-filled trailer. Other activities included tye-dying T-shirts, building cars and birdhouses, having one's face painted or making colorful chalk drawings.

  • Fort Bragg couple delivers their baby at home

    Apr 15, 2011

    Sergeant John Valles, 31, and his wife Carly, 29, spent several hours at Womack Army Medical Center before going home on Feb. 11. Carly, who was near her due date, thought she was going into labor. As it turned out, she was in labor and her husband, with the help of some friends, delivered their baby girl.