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  • Communication is key

    Apr 10, 2013

    Armed with radios, Blue Force Tracker systems and antennas, 12 Army Signal Corps soldiers welcomed the challenge of instructing Raider Brigade soldiers from a variety of specialties at the Black Death Communications Academy, Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

  • First Army Lifesavers Prepare Sailors for Combat

    Apr 10, 2013

    Sailors grunted, shouted commands and worked together as a team to carry 200-pound dummies under the barbed wire and dirt. Through the cloud of yellow smoke, horizontal figures emerged, helmets close to the ground, sweaty faces determined to get their "casualties" to safety. "It's very realistic," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Burkholder, one of the sailors preparing to deploy with U.S. Navy Customs. "You've got the background noise, the bombs going off, and you have to take cover; you have to pull security and take care of your teammates out there."

  • CSM Rambert assumes responsibility of 11th Signal Brigade

    Apr 10, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Command Sgt. Maj. Maurice A. Rambert assumed responsibility as the 11th Signal Brigade command sergeant major Friday during a ceremony on historic Brown Parade Field at 10 a.m.

  • Do TEL - Jumpstarting your Transition to a Civilian Career

    Apr 10, 2013

    Having an expert on-hand who recognizes the unique skills, talents and abilities associated with serving the nation can make a tremendous difference for a candidate seeking the right fit.

  • 166th AV Family adopts two local boys

    Apr 10, 2013

    Even with four back-to-back deployments, fertility issues, timing constraints, and an eight-year-old daughter, Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Oravetz of Division West's 166th Aviation Brigade and his wife, Stephanie, "felt a calling to adopt" another child to add to their Family.

  • NDS hosts evidence based operations seminar in Paktika

    Apr 10, 2013

    SHARAN, Afghanistan (April 9, 2013) -- The National Directorate of Security for Paktika held a legal seminar on evidence based operations, rule of law and the proper treatment of detainees, at its headquarters in the Provincial Capital Complex in Sharan, April 2-3.

  • Fort Drum employee recognized by IMCOM commander

    Apr 10, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A woman dedicated to the development and well-being of the children of 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers received special recognition this week for her years of hard work and innovative ideas at the post's Child, Youth and School Services.

  • III Corps cases colors for Afghan deployment

    Apr 10, 2013

    III Corps cased their colors at a ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas, April 4, 2013, marking the final step before the nearly 600 headquarters Soldiers begin a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.

  • 166th AV trains Texas Guard unit for Kuwait deployment

    Apr 10, 2013

    With the recent sequestration and deep budget cuts underway across the entire Army, it was uncertain whether Division West's 166th Aviation Brigade would conduct training for the Texas Army National Guard's 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, set to deploy to Kuwait, in the sophisticated flight simulation center at Fort Rucker, Ala., last month, said Col. Kevin Vizzarri, 166th Aviation Brigade commander.

  • 203rd Corps take lead on mission

    Apr 10, 2013

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE BORIS, Afghanistan -- Afghan National Army soldiers assigned to the 2nd Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Corps, left their base to conduct a three-day mission designed to interact with residents of nearby villages March 12-14.

  • What Would You Do to Save a Life?

    Apr 10, 2013

    Knowing your father caused a serious auto accident while driving under the influence is something you never forget.

  • Highlanders win four in a row during Gauntlet Challenge

    Apr 10, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The Boston Celtics, Montreal Canadians, New York Yankees, and the Headquarters and Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. What do they all have in common? They've all won their respective "championships" at least four times in a row.

  • St. Lawrence University football team learns how Soldiers train

    Apr 10, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The St. Lawrence University football team visited Fort Drum on Saturday to see what the Light Fighters School had to offer the Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division (LI).

  • EFMP staff at Fort Drum promotes Autism Awareness Month

    Apr 10, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When Makayla Rast was 4, her parents began noticing that she was "different." She preferred to be alone, and she didn't get along with her siblings. By the time she reached the first grade, she was having problems reading; the next year, Makayla was placed in special education classes at her school.

  • Explosive experts honor fallen Soldier, conduct physical fitness challenge

    Apr 10, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The 63rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion "Disruptors" hosted a physical fitness challenge April 5 on an open field located behind the 10th Special Troop Battalion's barracks to honor the memory of a fallen Soldier.

  • 4th BCT Soldiers learn air-ground integration

    Apr 10, 2013

    FORT POLK, La. -- Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), attended an Air to Ground Operations class March 15 here.

  • Catamount kids live a day in the life of their Soldier at Fort Drum

    Apr 10, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Children of Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, had an opportunity to live a Soldier's life for a day, as the "Catamounts" held their first Take Your Kids to Work Day at the battalion's headquarters April 4.

  • Tough 'Ombres meet their past at Fort Hunter Liggett

    Apr 10, 2013

    Vernon Schmidt, a World War II 90th Infantry Division Tough 'Ombre soldier, met some current-day Tough 'Ombre soldiers from the 90th Sustainment Brigade during a training exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 21.

  • 5th AR trains Fla. Reserve Soldiers in unarmed self-defense techniques

    Apr 10, 2013

    McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- Division West's 5th Armored Brigade conducted unarmed self-defense training here March 25 for Soldiers of the Army Reserve's 724th Military Police Battalion from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The MPs are training for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. (Photos by Sgt. 1st Class David Parish, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, Public Affairs)

  • Soldiers, Marines work together in joint exercise

    Apr 9, 2013

    As the home of the 82nd Airborne, it is not unusual to see paratroopers floating from the sky but a 10,000 pound heavy artillery weapon attached to four parachutes might turn a few heads. This M777A2 Howitzer "heavy drop", March 15, was just a small part of a joint exercise ensuring combat readiness of soldiers and Marines.

  • Afghan and US soldiers celebrate successful mission together during Nowruz dinner

    Apr 9, 2013

    Afghan and U.S. soldiers gathered on March 20, to celebrate the beginning of Nowruz, the Afghan New Year, over a traditional meal hosted by the 2nd Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps Afghan National Army.

  • Straight Arrow Cannon Crews certify skills

    Apr 9, 2013

    Pulling hard on the lanyard gripped tightly in his hands, a cannon crewmember sent a 155mm M107 high explosive artillery round thundering from an M109A6 Paladin Self Propelled Howitzer, arcing over the Kuwaiti desert.

  • 5th AR Soldiers build team unity

    Apr 9, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 362nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Task Force Renegade, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, increased their unit cohesion and esprit de corps with a Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Family and Team Building session on the Leaders Reaction Course here March 14. The course gave Soldiers an opportunity to step away from the training lanes where they prepare joint warfighters to deploy. (Photos by Capt. Kevin Lockett, 1st Battalion, 362nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West)

  • MPs shed tears for training

    Apr 9, 2013

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. --Assist, Protect, and Defend. To some, just words on the side of a car; to the military police, they are the lifeblood of the occupation. Weeks of training are conducted to ensure personnel on Fort Bragg are kept safe day in and day out.

  • Soldier's unexpected mission yields high reward

    Apr 9, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 6, 2013) -- Soldiers assigned to Camp Clark, Afghanistan load onto a rickety looking dust-covered bus heading for Camp Parsa. One noncommissioned officer climbs aboard, clean-cut with the look of motivation and pride on his face as bright as day, sits down and discusses the training plan for the day with another NCO. Army Sgt. Daniel Clampitt, an artilleryman and member of the partnership team assigned to 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), has been training artillerymen from the Afghan National Army since September 2012.

  • ANSF, Troop conduct successful air assault operation

    Apr 9, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 2, 2013) -- The engines of the CH-47 Chinook roar deafeningly through the main cabin like the winds of a monsoon. Through nightvision, the stone-chizzled faces of Soldiers stare engrossed with the view out of the back ramp of the helicopter while in flight. "Five minutes," yells the back door gunner. Five minutes. The gravity of the mission flows through the cabin like a white water river. This is not just an everyday mission, this is an air assault. The bread and butter of the 101st Airborne Division.

  • 5th AR conducts non-lethal weapons training for deploying Guard engineeers

    Apr 9, 2013

    McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- Several noncommissioned officers from Division West's 5th Armored Brigade and Soldiers from three deploying Army National Guard units recently trained here on a non-lethal weapons system used for riot control operations.

  • Expert Field Medical Badge candidates attempt qualification

    Apr 9, 2013

    Approximately 250 medical soldiers from across the U.S. will attempt to earn the Expert Field Medic Badge April 7-12. Of those who participate, an estimated 20 percent or less usually qualify at the end.

  • Range therapy: Wounded warrior joins old unit for training

    Apr 9, 2013

    A paratrooper and Wounded Warrior joins his old unit during a live-fire training exercise at Fort Bragg to spend quality time with his brothers-at-arms.

  • Hero2Hired automates job search tools for successful transition

    Apr 8, 2013

    To address the need for widely available transition resources, the Department of Defense created the Hero2Hired program as a central, user-friendly resource for Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard service members to connect with military-friendly companies who want to hire them.

  • USAREC launches guide for Families making transition to recruiting duty

    Apr 8, 2013

    Recruiting Command has launched an update to its Family Strong Resource Guide, a comprehensive source of information, phone numbers and Web links for Soldiers and Families making the transition to recruiting duty.

  • Afghan engineer soldiers complete independent construction project

    Apr 7, 2013

    The Soldiers of the engineer Tolai of 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 203rd Afghan National Army, completed Paktika Province's "Super FOB," without any hands-on assistance from coalition forces.

  • Army JROTC crowns new drill champions

    Apr 6, 2013

    Marmion (Ill.) Academy and North Miami Beach (Fla.) Senior High School win the armed and unarmed divisions, respectively, in Saturday's second annual Army national meet.

  • Hoop Demons

    Apr 5, 2013

    Here's a pop quiz: What sport leads all others in injuries for troops in combat theaters? The answer may surprise you - it's basketball. Nearly 300 basketball-related accidents were reported to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center between fiscal 2008 and 2012, and the cost associated with those accidents was more than $1.5 million! And it's no secret that many more basketball injuries go unreported. I realized anyone is susceptible to these injuries when I became a victim of the hoop demon during my second tour in Iraq.

  • 189th IN takes safety seriously during training

    Apr 5, 2013

    FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. -- Capt. Jack Defabio of Charlie Team, 2-358th Armor Battalion, 189th Infantry Brigade, Division West, is a trainer/mentor who takes his role very seriously. During the two-month Operation Warrior Protector training exercise here, Defabio's role is not only to train and mentor, it's to make sure the training is safe.

  • Suicide prevention: Know the indicators

    Apr 5, 2013

    Suicide is always a tragedy, but it is one with certain earmarks individuals can often spot in advance if they're attentive. In the health-care industry, these are called suicide indicators.

  • Torches lit to remember Soldiers' sacrifices

    Apr 5, 2013

    1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, ceremony commemorates overseas campaigns, Mary Ann tragedy For more than a quarter of a century, veterans and Soldiers of the 46th Infantry Regiment have staged a memorial torchlight ceremony to remember those who came before them -- particularly those who gave their lives in service to their country.

  • Fort Bragg's substance abuse program reaches out to Soldiers, Families, civilians

    Apr 5, 2013

    The Army Substance Abuse Program at Fort Bragg, currently offers five different programs to help tackle the problems associated with substance abuse as part of the Army's Ready and Resilient campaign.

  • Dedications preserve Armor heroes' legacy

    Apr 5, 2013

    Six members of the Cavalry lineage were memorialized forever Wednesday as the Soldiers of 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, gathered to dedicate the unit's headquarters and barracks facilities.

  • Military motorcycle riding courses zero in on safety

    Apr 5, 2013

    From 600 to 900 Soldiers take a motorcycle riding course every year through the Maneuver Center of Excellence Safety Office. The goal is to encourage safe driving and, ultimately, fewer motorcycle-related injuries and deaths. "Approximately 75 percent of the Army's fatalities are associated with riding a motorcycle or driving a car," said Brian Blanton, safety and occupational health specialist for the Safety Office. "The Army Traffic Safety Training Program is required for all Soldiers who operate a motorcycle on or off post, on or off duty, anywhere in the world. It's another tool for Soldiers to better and hone their riding skill."

  • 5th AR Reserve battalion assumes MRAP training mission

    Apr 5, 2013

    McGREGOR RANGE BASE CAMP, N.M. -- For longer than two years, Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 362nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Task Force Renegade, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, trained deploying service members to operate Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles here. But, last month, they handed over their duties to another 5th Armored Brigade battalion, this one composed entirely of mobilized Army Reserve Soldiers.

  • Army Marksmanship Unit Soldiers finally get their own patch

    Apr 4, 2013

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit held one of the shortest yet most significant ceremonies in the unit's 57-year history, donning new Shoulder Sleeve Insignias, April 2, 2013, at the unit's Ceremony Hill on Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Handler adopts military working dog

    Apr 4, 2013

    A Fort Carson military working dog handler adopted Canto, his first working dog, when the dog was deemed unable to continue his duties.

  • Water fixture replacement project yields savings

    Apr 4, 2013

    To reduce costs and achieve its objective of Net Zero water, Fort Carson has partnered with Johnson Controls under a federal Energy Savings Performance Contract to replace water fixtures in 124 facilities, which includes installing pint flush urinals, low-flow toilets, aerators for faucets and low-flow shower heads. The project began in mid January and completion is anticipated by August.

  • APG kicks off month of sexual assault awareness events

    Apr 4, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The APG community kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a ceremony at the Post Theater April 2. This year's SAAM theme is, "We own it ... we'll solve it ... together."

  • 5th AR trains Guard units on route clearance techniques

    Apr 4, 2013

    McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- Division West's 5th Armored Brigade recently conducted route clearance training for four Army National Guard companies from Arizona, Georgia, Iowa and Ohio. The units are training for their upcoming deployments to Afghanistan.

  • 5th AR Soldiers mentor elementary students

    Apr 4, 2013

    EL PASO, Texas -- Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 360th Infantry Regiment, "Task Force Warhawg," 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, recently mentored and coached Collins Elementary School students who were selected to spend time with positive adult role models.

  • An engineer's journey to Afghanistan

    Apr 4, 2013

    Much like Soldiers who find ways to make things happen under battlefield conditions, a team of engineers and technicians deployed with Soldiers apply their skills and knowledge to find a rapid solution to problems that Soldiers bring to them.

  • Quartermaster welcomes new Regimental Command Sgt. Maj.

    Apr 4, 2013

    The U.S. Army Quartermaster School welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer L. Gray as the 11th regimental command sergeant major during an assumption of responsibility ceremony April 4.

  • I Corps requires viewing of sexual assault documentary, continues to work toward sexual harassment a

    Apr 4, 2013

    One after another their faces fill the screen. They are familiar. They are men and women we served with, from our neighborhoods, from our lives. Their stories are each unique and yet somehow the same. One by one, from each of the services, enlisted and officer, they talk about being sexually assaulted while serving in the military. These interviews are the focus of a 2012 documentary, "The Invisible War," which highlights the ongoing issue of sexual assault within the military. In February, the I Corps issued an operational order that all corps personnel in the rank of sergeant and above view the film.

  • Oh Watervliet, 1813 was such a good year ... or was it?

    Apr 3, 2013

    WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- Oh, 1813 was such a good year … at least looking back with 20-20 hindsight. "Uncle Sam" was first used to refer to the U.S., pineapples were introduced to Hawaii, and the first bricks and mortar were set in place in what would become the Watervliet Arsenal to help defend against the second British invasion.

  • Don't be armed & hammered

    Apr 3, 2013

    In today's society, we are bombarded with messages informing us we shouldn't drink and drive because alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction time, which can make our vehicles deadly weapons. So why do we continue to see Soldiers consuming alcohol and handling firearms, which are designed to be deadly weapons without the addition of alcohol?

  • French Army Chief of Staff Visits U.S. Army Units at Fort Bragg

    Apr 3, 2013

    Gen. Bertrand Ract-Madoux, chief of staff of the French Army, or Armée de Terre, visited Fort Bragg, N.C. April 2 to tour and learn about various U.S. Army units on post, including the U.S. Army Forces Command, 82nd Airborne Division, and U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month: We own it...We'll solve it...Together

    Apr 3, 2013

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month across the Army and is part of a national initiative that designates the month of April to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

  • Army Medic Named 2013 DA Exceptional SARC of the Year

    Apr 3, 2013

    Sgt. 1st Class Josalette Simmons has been selected the Department of the Army Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) of the Year for 2013. Simmons, a Medic assigned to U. S. Army Forces Command, was one of several candidates to make it as a nominee for the DA title.

  • Army logistics center use USB-to-Ethernet Adapter, saves training costs

    Apr 3, 2013

    Donald Meyer, from the Communications Security Logistics Activity (CSLA) New Equipment Training Team, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., devised a solution for utilizing a USB switch in CSLA's In-line Network Encryptor (INE) KG-175D training.

  • Fort Hood Net Zero 2020 program

    Apr 3, 2013

    Maj. Kara Escajeda, the Environmental Science and Engineering Officer of 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, tells us about the Fort Hood Net Zero 2020 program. She also tells us how the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade is contributing to the program.

  • NCOs, Meet Charlie, the MOS with the Most

    Apr 3, 2013

    MOS 51C offers NCOs what may just be the best opportunity in the Army. There's more than meets the eye in the world of contracting and "Charlie" has a lot to offer. The Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) 51C classification trains noncommissioned officers (NCOs) to be contracting professionals, provides significant career and educational opportunities, and is one of the few areas of the Army that is expected to grow in the near term.

  • New Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army invested

    Apr 3, 2013

    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (April 3, 2013) -- Two new Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army were invested during a ceremony April 2 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Keith W. Pritchard and E. Tracy Beckette were selected by Secretary of the Army John McHugh to represent the state of Missouri.

  • 166th AV Family adopts two local boys

    Apr 3, 2013

    GATESVILLE, Texas --Even with four back-to-back deployments, fertility issues, timing constraints, and an eight-year-old daughter, Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Oravetz of Division West's 166th Aviation Brigade and his wife, Stephanie, "felt a calling to adopt" another child to add to their Family.

  • 10th CAB Soldier provides aid to accident victims

    Apr 3, 2013

    Bryan McPherson was expecting his 18-year-old daughter, Reinna, to arrive around 10:30 on Easter morning. She and two of her friends, all high school seniors, had spent their spring break in Jacksonville, Fla. They were on their way back home to Grove City, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, when McPherson's phone rang just before 7 a.m. The news was not good.

  • Veteran receives recognition for supporting wounded warriors

    Apr 3, 2013

    For the past 12 years, one 10th Mountain Division veteran has been supporting his brothers-in-arms recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

  • Fort Drum Soldiers head to Best Ranger Competition

    Apr 3, 2013

    Two two-man Ranger teams will represent Fort Drum in this year's David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition, April 12-15, at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Women's History Month speakers pay homage to mothers, pioneers

    Apr 3, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Remember when you were little, and your mom would take you to the park? Inevitably, you would get a scrape, or splinter, bump or bruise, and mom would reach into that magic talisman that was her purse to produce just the item to make it all better. Well, Kathie Strader, from the Little Theatre of Watertown, hates her purse.

  • 5th AR solidifies partnership with Casa Ford

    Apr 3, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- After more than a year of courtship, the Casa Ford vehicle dealership and Division West's 5th Armored Brigade made their relationship official last month when Casa Ford joined the Bradley Strong Guardian Program, becoming the brigade's guardian. The Bradley Strong Guardian program is an initiative of the Association of the United States Army to connect the El Paso community and businesses with Fort Bliss Army units. It allows corporations such as Casa Ford to sponsor unit events with monetary donations.

  • Rakkasans return, reunite with family

    Apr 3, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Approximately 240 Soldiers from various companies and battalions of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) returned home from a deployment to Afghanistan and were recognized with a welcome home ceremony March 27 at the Campbell Army Airfield.

  • 46th Aviation Support Battalion practices resilience through 'Bellator Stakes'

    Apr 2, 2013

    The 46th Aviation Support Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, conducted "Bellator Stakes," a week-long exercise that combines warrior tasks with a competitive spirit, March 25-29, 2013.

  • From the Director of Army Safety - What makes a safety success?

    Apr 2, 2013

    By now, readers of this column should know I'm a big advocate of safety culture. The actual definitions of that term, however, can be as varied as the missions we perform every day. That's why it's important we have some measures in place as a litmus test for leaders looking to evaluate their culture and climate. The following six criteria can help you determine both your strongest and weakest areas regarding safety, and also give you ideas for enhancing your existing risk management programs.

  • Reserve Soldiers work as Opposition Forces during training exercise

    Apr 2, 2013

    FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. -- If you're going to train the "good guys" in a military exercise, then someone has to play the "bad guys." In most military training, the "bad guys" are the opposition force, or OPFOR. These Soldiers simulate the people and scenarios a unit may face when deployed to certain environments. For Operation Warrior-Protector, a two-month training exercise held here for reserve units from across America, hundreds of individuals were needed to play OPFOR and create a series of simultaneous events to challenge the units being trained. Division West's 189th Infantry Brigade, "Task Force Cold Steel," supplied those individuals.

  • Military working cat program underway at 'The Old Guard'

    Apr 1, 2013

    Always setting the standard and paving the way for the Army, The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), will be the first unit to employ military working cats.

  • First Army Soldiers provide realistic training while minimizing risk, reducing cost

    Apr 1, 2013

    Using the Training Aids, Devices, Simulators, and Simulations facility, a virtual simulation training facility, Soldiers of the 1-335th Infantry Regiment, 205th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, develop realistic training scenarios for the units they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Horn of Africa.

  • Smooth transition for continued operations

    Apr 1, 2013

    CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER -- Pre-deployment site surveys prepare units for deployments and helps First Army trainer/mentors develop training that is relevant, realistic, and that reflects the most current conditions Soldiers will face in theater. "This training will prepare them for the current hostile operational environment in country," said Col. John S. Prairie, commander of the 4th Cavalry Brigade, Fort Knox, Ky.

  • 479th FA Soldiers work with Gatesville Primary students

    Apr 1, 2013

    GATESVILLE, Texas -- The Gatesville Primary School and 1st Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 479th Field Artillery Brigade, Division West, have been enjoying a newfound relationship since the start of the calendar year. Soldiers from the Coyote Battalion are finding time in their busy days to volunteer at the school and participate in classroom activities.

  • Company Command Post Training Sets provide integrated training

    Apr 1, 2013

    As part of its capability set fielding, the Army has fielded Company Command Post training sets that mirror the integrated Capability Set 13 systems that will be provided in theater, enabling companies preparing for deployment to train on the same systems and capabilities they will fall in on when they arrive.

  • BOSS invades Atkins Functional Fitness Facility for 'hard-core' physical challenge

    Apr 1, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers, civilians and Family Members battled for bragging rights during an intense physical challenge Thursday at the Atkins Functional Fitness Facility. Fort Drum's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program teamed up with AFFF staff to sponsor its first functional fitness challenge.

  • Bringing home baby: Agency helps parents bond with their little 'troops'

    Apr 1, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Five fingers. Five toes. Tiny feet. Button nose.

  • Medical soldiers train in preparation for Expert Field Medical Badge

    Apr 1, 2013

    Approximately 250 medical branch soldiers gathered to put in long hours and hard work toward earning the right to wear the Expert Field Medical Badge during the train-up and standardization week, April 1-6.

  • Ministry team's dream becomes reality before Easter

    Mar 31, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (March 28, 2013) --Within the early days of their deployment, a team of chaplain's assistants came together with a plan: a mutual agreement making something beautiful for all to enjoy, helping make days here in Afghanistan brighter. Within their offices at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, the team of assistants from various battalions within the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), decided to restore the chapel after it had been heavily damaged in an attack in the summer of 2012. Located in a throughway, the building's only distinguishing features are its tiny steeple and the zebra patterned wood on its exterior. Like battle wounds, the building stood resilient with scars of unpainted wood. When the team arrived from Fort Campbell, Ky, to the large FOB in eastern Afghanistan, much of the chapel was already repaired. However, one feature remained absent. "When we arrived here, the chapel was all boarded up and didn't look like a chapel," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eric Esposito, brigade chaplain's assistant. "All the windows were covered with wood. It was hard to distinguish where the chapel was." While working long hours with multiple responsibilities, they made it a common goal to repair the stained glass windows within the chapel. The task required many hours of planning, designing and building, much of which would take place during their personal time.

  • Keeping age out of the ring -- Soldier perseveres as female boxer

    Mar 29, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, Az. - Spc. April Moreland is not your average athlete. Not only does she compete in the male predominant sport of boxing, but she began training almost two years ago, at 29.

  • 200th MPCOM participates in Exercise Key Resolve

    Mar 29, 2013

    More than 40 warfighters from the "Champion" command headquartered at Fort Meade, Md., participated in Exercise Key Resolve 13, which is an annual computer-assisted exercise held March 11-21 on the Korean Peninsula.

  • CASCOM honors nation's 10th president

    Mar 29, 2013

    Combined Arms Support Command personnel paid tribute to President John Tyler, the nation's 10th president, in a traditional wreath-laying ceremony held at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va., on March 29.

  • MPs, DES make PIE Day 'a blast' at Faith

    Mar 29, 2013

    March 14 marked Faith Middle School's annual Partner in Education Day. The Directorate of Emergency Services and 209th Military Police Company, which worked with DES during PIE Day, spent the entire school day with the students. "PIE Day offers a fun way for our faculty and staff to interact with the people that provide so much support throughout the year," said Kristy Griffin, PIE coordinator at Faith.

  • Credentialing, training opportunities help military chefs excel

    Mar 29, 2013

    Throughout their careers, military food service professionals strive to learn new skills and develop their abilities. The Quartermaster School, part of the Combined Arms Support Command, is in the process of assessing its Soldiers skills to enhance developmental opportunities and help ease the transition from a military to civilian career through professional credentialing programs.

  • Ready & Resilient: 'Getting left of the boom' with new campaign

    Mar 29, 2013

    Last year, there were 324 suicides in the Army -- active, Reserve component and National Guard. That's 41 more than the year before. This year, there were 68 suicides as of March 18, 19 more than last year, Maj. Gen. Michael Tucker, assistant deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, told Fort Benning's brigade commanders and command sergeants major during a briefing in McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

  • 173rd remembers fallen on 50th anniversary

    Mar 29, 2013

    On the night before he read the name of his deceased son at the 50th anniversary celebration of the 173rd Airborne Brigade at the National Infantry Museum, Martin Madden went to the brigade's memorial alone with his guitar, and played for several hours. It was the night before the birthday of his son, Russell, who would have been 32, had he not been killed in Afghanistan on June 23, 2010.

  • 82nd Abn. Div. paratroopers compete for 'Best NCO, Trooper' title

    Mar 28, 2013

    Paratroopers who were declared by their brigades to be the best of the 82nd Airborne Division sat outside the All-American Conference Room, March 22, 2013, quietly concentrating their calloused, exhausted minds on hundreds of Army regulations, Soldier tasks and their respective units' histories.

  • Fort Drum Soldiers claim medals in culinary arts competitive event

    Mar 28, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum Culinary Team members tested their skills against some of the best chefs in the military March 3-15 at Fort Lee, Va., bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals for their efforts.

  • 10th Mountain Division Soldiers conquer 'Spartan Peak'

    Mar 28, 2013

    Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Spartans," 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), wrapped up eight days of high-intensity, round-the-clock combat training, March 26, 2013, at Fort Drum, N.Y., as exercise "Spartan Peak" came to a close.

  • Fort Drum emergency personnel respond to simulated helicopter crash

    Mar 28, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum personnel conducted emergency response training on post Tuesday morning at a scene that simulated an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter crash landing with two pilots on board.

  • Business executives gain insights into Army life during visit to Fort Drum

    Mar 28, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Members of the Business Executives for National Security visited Fort Drum on March 19-20 to experience a day in a Soldier's life.

  • Fort Drum financial counselors help community prepare for potential furlough

    Mar 28, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Although civilian employees have not received their official furlough notices, it is important to be prepared to weather a potential financial storm.

  • Fort Carson Engineers clear routes, gather intel

    Mar 28, 2013

    From March 12-17, three line platoons from the 576th Eng. completed mounted and dismounted route-clearance missions and collected intelligence as part of an evolutionary training concept dubbed "assured mobility."

  • Storm water a critical resource

    Mar 28, 2013

    Clean water is essential to human survival and a precious resource, especially in times of drought. Many residents and visitors to Fort Carson may not know a part of that resource is the water going into the storm drains in the streets and parking lots.

  • 10-year-old girl helps save her mom

    Mar 28, 2013

    A 10-year-old girl helped save her mother who was unable to breathe after having an allergic reaction to a dose of aspirin. The hospital command rewarded her at her school with a hat and backpack.

  • Fort Huachuca remembers, honors fallen Soldier

    Mar 28, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - The U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, or USAICoE, and Fort Huachuca hosted a ceremony on March 22 at the Seifert School Age Services Center in remembrance of Capt. Christopher Seifert, and to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • RWBAHC consistent with IDES success

    Mar 28, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - In August 2011, Fort Huachuca began implementing the Integrated Disability Evaluation System, or IDES, to create a simpler and time-efficient disability evaluation process.

  • Thunderbird cooks compete for Connelly Field Competition honors.

    Mar 28, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Thunderbird cooks compete for Connelly Field Competition honors.

  • Twins reunite in Afghanistan after 2 year separation

    Mar 28, 2013

    PAKTIYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (March 21, 2013) - Family is and has always been considered one of the most important subjects within the Army. The Pagan twins are one example. U.S. Army Spc. Janice Pagan, an automated logistical specialist assigned to Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was granted a 3-day pass to reunite with her twin sister at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. "I am very excited to see my sister," said Janice. "After telling my family what is going to happen they are very happy as well." The twins have not been able to come together in more than two years due to being in different units within the Army.

  • Team CBRNE leverages technology to advance, protect warfighters

    Mar 28, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, Ph.D., met with Team CBRNE's experienced Soldiers, scientists, engineers, and technicians to see firsthand how they develop and refine technologies to support service members, interagency partners, through coordination with private industry and academia.

  • Army to help improve installation access for Gold Star Family members

    Mar 28, 2013

    The U.S. Army Installation Management Command recently implemented a program to ensure Family members of Fallen Soldiers have easier access to Army installations. On March 14, Army installations began issuing a standardized Gold Star Installation Access Card to parents and siblings of deceased active duty Soldiers to allow unescorted access to the installation, so they are able to receive services and support.

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