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  • Culinary competition ice carvers display skills

    Mar 5, 2012

    Of all the events within the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition currently in progress at Fort Lee, ice carving is one of the few that doesn't involve cooking.

  • Fort Bragg Units Adopt Future Soldiers

    Mar 5, 2012

    It is a fortunate Army recruiting company that is located near one of the Army's power projection installations. Beyond the amenities these posts offer Soldiers and families on recruiting duty, the presence of units, facilities and equipment allow for Future Soldier training that goes beyond PT in the recruiting station parking lot.

  • World War II veteran receives French Legion of Honor

    Mar 5, 2012

    On a small island off the coast of Washington about 200 friends, family members and guests gathered to watch as the now retired Col. Roy Moore Jr. was awarded a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor Feb. 25, for his actions in France during World War II.

  • Culinary Competition Sizzles as Chefs Battle for Top Honors

    Mar 5, 2012

    More than 300 military chefs are competing in more than 600 events at the 37th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va. The competition which kicked off Feb. 26 concludes March 9 with an award ceremony. This American Culinary Federation sanctioned event features individual and team challenges in a variety of categories. Participation in the culinary competition is open to active-duty members of al services, Department of Defense Civilians, and U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard. Some of the Army teams going spatula to spatula this year are Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Drum, Fort Stewart, Fort Bragg and teams from Korea, Hawaii. There are also teams from the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

  • Utah employers visit citizen-Soldiers training for Afghanistan

    Mar 5, 2012

    NORTH FORT HOOD, Texas -- A group of civilian employers from Utah traveled here to visit their citizen-Soldier employees of the 1/211th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion during the unit's pre-mobilization training Feb. 29.

  • Military culinary competitors step up to plate in annual event

    Mar 5, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 6, 2012) -- The 37th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition completed its final week as Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and foreign competitors showcased their cooking and associated skills in the largest such contest in North America. An awards presentation is scheduled Friday.

  • Time to get your hands dirty

    Mar 5, 2012

    Some might say that the best place to get an education is down on the farm. Well, 10 Soldiers from the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade saw the benefits of their education March 2, at the Texas A&M Campus.

  • CA Soldiers use classroom, horses to build life skills

    Mar 5, 2012

    Eleven single Soldiers assigned to the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade participated in a Strong Bonds single Soldier retreat held March 1 -- 3 at Tyson's Corner Retreat and Wellness Center in Lampasas, TX.

  • Maj. Gen. Buckler visits Seoul, discusses engineer operations in the Far East

    Mar 3, 2012

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commanding general of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, discussed engineer operations in the Far East with Col. Donald Degidio, commander of Far East District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, during a recent visit to Seoul, Feb. 27. 2012.

  • DLIFLC service members volunteer at pro golf tournament

    Mar 2, 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Throughout the year, service members from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center are asked to volunteer their free time for many local events. However, the biggest turnout of volunteers comes every February for the popular and famous AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament.

  • Families broken: Two women survive drunk drivers, make choice to help others

    Mar 2, 2012

    FORT POLK, La. -- This year in the U.S., 10,839 people will die in drunk driving related automobile crashes -- one every 50 minutes. One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetimes. These sobering statistics became more than numbers for two Louisiana women impacted by people who took the wheel after drinking.

  • Military Chefs

    Mar 2, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. -- The chainsaws are buzzing, the flames are rising and the pans are sizzling at the 37th Military Culinary Arts Competition underway this week through March 7 at the Post Field House. More than 300 Armed Forces chefs from military installations around the world are battling for top honors hoping they have the winning recipe for success. This American Culinary Federation sanctioned competition features more than 600 judged events in a variety of categories. "The competition is designed to train and improve the overall level of food service professionalism," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Russell Campbell, chief, Advanced Food Service Training Division, Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. JCCoE is part of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School, Combined Arms Support Command. The QM School trains and educates Soldiers, Civilians and members of other services and nations in quartermaster skills and functions. Participation in the culinary competition is open to active-duty members of all services, Department of Defense Civilians, and U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard personnel. Some of the Army teams currently competing are representing Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Drum, Fort Bragg, Korea, Hawaii, the Pentagon, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Joint Base Lewis-McCord and the Reserve component. Teams are also participating from the Marines, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard. Throughout the competition, military culinarians demonstrate their talents in preparing hot foods, cold buffets, pastries and chocolate works of art to earn individual and team bronze, silver and gold medals. Categories include field cooking, nutritional hot food challenge, ice carving, culinary knowledge bowl, practical cooking and pastry, team buffet and showpieces. For the latest medal counts and updates on the competition, visit the Advanced Food Service Training Division's Facebook Fanpage at www.facebook.com/Army.Culinary. The portions of the competition will be broadcast live on the fanpage every day.

  • A Mother's love: One woman's battle with cancer, pregnancy

    Mar 2, 2012

    Specialist Seabrook Fields and his wife, Jennifer, had been trying for years to have a baby. "Ever since we got married we wanted a kid," said Seabrook. "We thought something was wrong with one of us." After six years, both were finally tested and prior to Spc. Field's deployment to Iraq with 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, they discovered Jennifer needed minor surgery to help with the issue. For the Fields', the surgery went smoothly and they began planning for a child.

  • Third Infantry Division celebrates Black History Month

    Mar 2, 2012

    Soldiers, Families and friends of the Third Infantry Division joined together to celebrate Black History Month at Club Stewart, Feb. 29. The ceremony, hosted by 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID, and put together by the brigade Equal Opportunity Advocate, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Brown, incorporated the 3rd ID Jazz Band and 1HBCT Soldiers portraying prominent African American Women throughout U.S. history.

  • SAMC donates 100+ uniforms to local JROTC

    Mar 2, 2012

    Two local high schools received an unexpected gift, Feb. 21, when the Fort Stewart chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club donated more than 100 uniforms to the schools' Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs.

  • Cottrell Field reviewing stand gets facelift, latrines

    Mar 2, 2012

    Flanked on both sides by the Eastern Red Bud trees that line Warriors Walk, lays Fort Stewart's historic Cottrell Field, named after Col. Joseph F. Cottrell who served with the Coastal Artillery. The infamous field has donned the boots of many a Soldier returning from war as Family and community members, friends and other Soldiers welcomed them home. Changes of command/responsibility ceremonies, Twilight Tattoos, Gold Star Mother's day events are among a few of the uses of Cottrell Field. Many influential dignitaries, such as U.S. President George W. Bush, and Vice President Dick Cheney, have stepped foot onto the field to pay homage to troops throughout the Third Infantry Division.

  • Fort Stewart Youth Academy volunteers at GARD

    Mar 2, 2012

    As spring slowly approaches, Fort Stewart Families aren't the only ones rolling up their sleeves to do some spring cleaning.

  • SHARING IS CARING - 'Vanguard' Soldiers share experiences with HS students

    Mar 2, 2012

    As the high school-aged girls sat facing one another in the MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, Pfc. Justin M. Mallard shared stories about how he and his infantry section had to survive for up to two weeks at a time in Iraq out of what gear and food could be stored in the belly of the vehicle.

  • Picatinny engineers get howitzers unstuck and back on TrAK

    Mar 2, 2012

    When Soldiers in Afghanistan move their M777A2 howitzers to adjust their aim, they can literally become "stuck in a rut" when the wheels get trapped in the sand and rocks. To help alleviate this issue, engineers at Picatinny Arsenal have designed the Traverse Assist Kit (TrAK) to make the howitzer faster and easier to move.

  • Marne Soldier leads BC Wildcats to state

    Mar 2, 2012

    Assistant coach, Staff Sgt. Johnnie Martin, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Third Infantry Division, helped lead his team to the State Championship Playoffs after a four night District II Classic Tournament in Nahunta, Ga.

  • Spartan fitness goes social

    Mar 2, 2012

    As we move into a world more accessible through social media, whether Facebook, Twitter, or any other medium, the ability to access information and communicate instantly has become fundamentally ingrained in our society. For the 2nd "Spartan" Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, the changing landscape of social media has allowed the opportunity to provide communication and discussion for the Spartan Fitness program.

  • AWG program reinforces adaptive mindsets, builds adaptive Army leaders

    Mar 2, 2012

    FORT A.P. Hill, Va. -- From the words, actions and publications generated by many of the U.S. Army's senior leaders, agencies and institutions, there is a consensus that adaptive thinking and leadership traits are the U.S. Army's answer to engaging an adaptive enemy while operating within an ambiguous environment.

  • Davidson pins on rank of brigadier general

    Mar 2, 2012

    Col. Susan A. Davidson, deputy commander for Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, pinned on the rank of brigadier general today during a ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va., making her deputy commanding general of SDDC.

  • XVIII Airborne Corps commander speaks to cadets, students at university

    Mar 2, 2012

    Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick, commanding general of XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, spoke to a group of Fayetteville civic leaders, Army ROTC cadets and students from Methodist University during a special presentation at the university's Reeves Auditorium Feb. 27. Helmick discussed final operations in Iraq, as well as techniques in applied leadership.

  • 16th MP Brigade sponsor month of DUI awareness, prevention

    Mar 2, 2012

    The 16th Military Police Brigade, in conjunction with the Fort Bragg Provost Marshal Office, is sponsoring a month-long campaign of drunken driving awareness and prevention for the installation in March. The campaign aims to focus on the irresponsibility of drunk driving and the fact that it is a career ender, while endangering everyone on the road.

  • CSM Riddick reflects on his time as SDDC's senior enlisted leader

    Mar 2, 2012

    In January, the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command sergeant major celebrated the two-year anniversary of his assignment here. And in less than two weeks, during a change of responsibility ceremony March 9, Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Riddick will hand that responsibility over to a new senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Cedric J. Thomas.

  • New York Army National Guard Troops Train for Stabilization Mission and Then Deploy

    Mar 2, 2012

    Thousands of miles from home, the mission of some New York Army National Guard troops in Afghanistan will be distinctly local. The 48 Soldiers of the Stabilization and Transition Team (STT), which left here Feb. 29, will be mentoring Afghan National Army soldiers and police officers to create local police in areas where the Taliban has influence, said Sgt. Maj. Joseph Marra, the team's non-commissioned officer in charge.

  • Stewart captures Knowledge Bowl trophy

    Mar 1, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 1, 2012) -- A Jeopardy-style quiz event closed the third day of the 37th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee Monday evening.

  • Cooking frenzy: military chefs compete for top culinary title

    Mar 1, 2012

    Twenty-four military chefs got the annual all-service Culinary Arts Competition sizzling Sunday as they competed for Armed Forces Chef of the Year.

  • 'Sweet' girl offers free cookies to Soldiers at Fort Drum

    Mar 1, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The eldest daughter of a Fort Drum officer wants Soldiers stationed here to know she appreciates their service.

  • 'Grossology' class uses creative experiments to build appreciation for science among Fort Drum's mil

    Mar 1, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum children have an opportunity to have fun, get their hands dirty and participate in scientific experiences during one of SKIES Unlimited's many kid-friendly classes.

  • 'Battle Ready' signs Marne Pride Pledge

    Mar 1, 2012

    The home of the Third Infantry Division hones on six principles reflected in the command philosophy. Of the six principles, the element of caring is encompassed in the Marne Pride Proclamation, an anti-drinking and driving pledge.

  • Spartans join major operation to bring heat to Taliban

    Mar 1, 2012

    KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- A five-day, multi-unit operation in the Maiwand District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, involved Soldiers from Combined Task Force Spartan for the largest-ever combined operation of Regional Command South, Feb. 22-27, with nearly 1,700 Spartan Soldiers participating.

  • Soldier athletes leave it all in ring

    Mar 1, 2012

    DeRae Crane was ready to fight Tuesday. He had already stopped Joshua Balbuena of Symona, Ga., in Sunday's preliminary bout. Tuesday's match would prove more difficult.

  • Fort Drum cooks practice culinary skills ahead of Army competition

    Mar 1, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When Soldiers go to the dining facility for lunch, they don't often expect to see filet mignon, lobster, parmesan mushroom risotto and chocolate mousse on the menu.

  • WTB Soldiers aim for 2012 Warrior Games

    Mar 1, 2012

    Two Fort Carson Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers are in the hunt to compete in the 2012 Warrior Games.

  • Medal of Honor recipient speaks to Air Force Academy cadets

    Mar 1, 2012

    In the theater of Arnold Hall, 3,000 Air Force Academy cadets sat in silence, fixated on the Army noncommissioned officer standing on stage.

  • Never leave a Fallen comrade: Support fellow Soldiers through AER

    Mar 1, 2012

    The AER paid-out $4,262,204.00 to Soldiers, Family Members and retirees at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield in 2011 who needed AER assistance.

  • Aviators earn awards for valor in Afghanistan

    Mar 1, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- In modern U.S. military engagements, heroism and valor can be found not only on the ground but also in the air. In the challenging terrain of Afghanistan, Army aviators provide overwatch, fire support, medical evacuations, movement of personnel, and resupply on a daily basis.

  • Fort Drum community celebrates African-American History Month

    Mar 1, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum community members gathered Thursday at the Commons to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the culture and fabric of America and the world.

  • Soldiers give back to community through Habitat for Humanity

    Mar 1, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Throughout history, the U.S. Army has answered the call of humanitarian assistance. Soldiers of A Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team bring the same tradition and sacrifice to neighbors in their home community.

  • Surgeon General directs review of records for unreported rabies exposure

    Mar 1, 2012

    Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho has directed the five regional Army medical commands to conduct a stand down of all Soldier Readiness Processing and conduct a 100-percent review of all Post Deployment Health Assessments and Post Deployment Health Reassessments forms processed since September 1, 2011. Army Medicine had conducted an earlier 100-percent review of PDHAs and PDHRAs, from 2003 to August 31, 2011, following the death of a Soldier who contracted rabies.

  • 10th Mountain Soldier Pursues American Dream

    Mar 1, 2012

    A combat medic in 1st Brigade Combat Team's 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, pursues his American dream every day. Spc. Eric Gavour was born Nov. 11, 1981, in the small town of Nkawkaw, Ghana, West Africa. During childbirth, his mother experienced complications that have shaped the way he lives his life.

  • Former Iraqi translator now serves same institution he supported in war

    Mar 1, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 1, 2012) -- In Iraq, the enemies of coalition forces had a crafty way of communicating threats to anyone they wanted to erase.

  • Brig. Gen. Puster addresses regional leaders at council meeting

    Mar 1, 2012

    Brig. Gen. David Puster, commanding general of the 302d Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, addressed regional and civic leaders, and veterans, during the Western Massachusetts Advisory Council meeting held at the Springfield Recruiting Company, Feb. 22, 2012. (U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Kelly Galloway - Released)

  • Maneuver Center of Excellence continues to 'sharpen' squad

    Feb 29, 2012

    Sharpening the tip of the spear - the nine-man dismounted squad - was discussed during a forum hosted by the Maneuver Center of Excellence and combat-experienced squad leaders from the floor of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command exhibit at the Association of the U.S. Army Symposium held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 24.

  • Soldier Soars To NASA Heights

    Feb 29, 2012

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Timothy "T.J." Creamer has retired from the Army. But he has not left the mission behind.

  • Got Leaders?

    Feb 29, 2012

    If you don't have a Motorcycle Mentorship Program supported by senior Leaders, then maybe you don't have one at all.

  • Black history still influences today's Army

    Feb 29, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash.--Black History Month honors the accomplishments that African Americans have made throughout our country's history.

  • Crew Coordination Saved the Day

    Feb 29, 2012

    I was in an AH-64 battalion, and we were at gunnery. The mission was to move an aircraft from the rearm pads to a holding area -- a simple 30-second flight. My stick buddy was in the front seat and flying the aircraft as we departed from the rearm pads and headed for the holding area -- a long, narrow open spot in the trees. The aircraft in the holding area were parked nose to tail, and he set up for an approach between two of the parked aircraft.

  • Finishing in a "Pinch"

    Feb 29, 2012

    It's amazing how fast a battle buddy can get hurt. Most of us take as many precautions as possible and strive to accomplish all assigned tasks. Occasionally, though, no matter how we go about it, we get caught up in the moment.

  • Mercury Rising

    Feb 29, 2012

    With summer approaching and temperatures rising, there is a natural tendency to worry about heat injuries. But another equal concern is the increase in musculoskeletal injuries due to more vigorous outdoor summer activities. Winter conditioning does not necessarily translate to being conditioned for your summer activities. This creates the need to physically train the body for warm-weather activities.

  • Done Too Soon

    Feb 29, 2012

    The few lights near the road flashed by on either side of Staff Sgt. Harold Myers as he accelerated on his Suzuki Hayabusa. He could hardly imagine what the nearly 200 horsepower of his first motorcycle could do. Nor could he imagine what was about to happen to him.

  • Commit to the Gauges

    Feb 29, 2012

    Air Force weather has a history of being wrong, and tonight was no exception. We were briefed to expect a 4,000-foot ceiling with visibility of four to seven miles -- in other words, a beautiful night. We were flying a UH-60A medevac aircraft, and our plan was to depart Lexington, Ky., and airport hop to the outer edge of Nashville's Class C airspace before heading back west to Fort Campbell. Little did we know what was in store for us.

  • How to Use Your Safety Officer

    Feb 29, 2012

    I was the incoming battalion commander and it had been a wonderful couple of days familiarizing myself with what appeared to be a great unit. After reviewing the brigade commander's Officer Evaluation Report support form in preparation for my initial counseling, I noted the usual comments about meeting or exceeding standards for the commander's unit status report, individual weapons qualification, Army physical fitness test and the unit's successful external evaluation. However, what I hadn't seen before was an objective to "implement and maintain an effective unit safety program supporting unit readiness and combat capability."

  • No Lip Service

    Feb 29, 2012

    Some crewmembers aren't taking the time to brief their passengers in accordance with their aircraft checklist. And some are only giving the passenger brief "lip service," or just going through the motions. Are these fair statements? Before you shoot the messenger, first look at how your unit is doing business. Are you taking the time to complete the required brief? Do you cut the brief short because of time? You've flown this VIP before, so one brief is enough, right? Wrong! What if the aide to the VIP says he is too busy to be bothered? What other excuses have you accepted or made in the past?

  • A Science Experiment Gone Bad!

    Feb 29, 2012

    My wife and I had always dreamed of the day we'd own a home with a white picket fence, two-car garage and backyard. When our dream became a reality, we were ecstatic and invited friends, neighbors and Family to our humble abode. As we settled into our new home, time flew by. I guess my wife and I both hit a plateau at the same time with work and getting into the routine of life. So it was a shock to us when we received a call from relatives wanting to come for a visit.

  • Warm Weather Hazards Approaching

    Feb 29, 2012

    As colder temperatures fade away for another year, warm weather flying hazards should now be on your checklist of things to worry about. Warmer weather hosts a variety of severe and even violent conditions that can develop rapidly: thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes and their companions -- turbulence, wind shear, hail and, most significantly, lightning, the leading hazard associated with thunderstorms.

  • Fort Carson observes African- American/Black History Month

    Feb 29, 2012

    Soldiers, Family members and friends of Fort Carson attended the Black History Month Observance held at the Elkhorn Conference Center, Feb. 28. Guest speaker, 16-year-old Arraun Anderson, reminded the audience of milestones, tragedies and hardships endured by black women in American history.

  • 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted a Stinger live-fire exercise at the National Training Center

    Feb 28, 2012

    I Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted a Stinger live-fire exercise at the National Training Center, Jan. 31. The MQM-170 Outlaw drone plane was suddenly halted by the explosion of a FIM-92 Stinger missile.

  • ASC supports Civil Air Patrol dining out

    Feb 28, 2012

    Davenport (Iowa) Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 13041 welcomed Maj. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, commander of Army Sustainment Command, as guest speaker at its Feb. 18 dining out.

  • Shoot, move, communicate

    Feb 28, 2012

    Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, conducted a Short Range Marksmanship range Feb. 16, where infantry Soldiers practiced buddy team movement drills, shoot/don't shoot scenarios and close contact drills.

  • Fort Benning contracting office tackles demanding mission

    Feb 28, 2012

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Found at one of the largest training installations in the Army responsible for training infantry and armor Soldiers, experts at the Installation Contracting Office-Fort Benning, Ga., remain focused despite having one of the busiest missions in the Mission and Installation Contracting Command.

  • 110th Chem. Bn. learns to direct force of M107 sniper

    Feb 28, 2012

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialists of the 110th Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort) from Joint Base Lewis-McChord witnessed the force of the Barrett M107 .50 caliber sniper rifle, Feb. 24, while firing the weapon during a familiarization range at a Pierce County Sheriff's Department range in Roy, Wash.

  • Purple Heart recipient only wishes he could continue serving

    Feb 28, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McChord, Wash. -- The moment a rocket landed near Spc. James Allum's vehicle during his 2010 deployment to Iraq, his life changed forever. Today, nearly two years later, Allum, who could run six miles in less than 45 minutes when he joined the Army in 2007, walks with a cane. His body shakes uncontrollably most of the time -- the result a movement disorder doctors believe was onset by the incident. His memory, his wife says, is like Swiss cheese -- some moments there, some gone indefinitely.

  • Army battles IEDs with home station CI2C cells

    Feb 27, 2012

    One of the most valuable training regimens a unit goes through before deploying to Afghanistan is a rotation at Fort Polk's Joint Readiness Training Center. During a three-week visit to west central Louisiana, visiting units are given a glimpse of life in the Middle East and introduced to the latest weapons and tools available to Soldiers. One particularly helpful block of training involves how to combat one of the deadliest weapons Soldiers face -- improvised explosive devices.

  • Net Zero helps Fort Polk achieve sustainable future

    Feb 27, 2012

    This is part one of a three part series on the Army going green (specifically on Fort Polk) The Army is going green in a big way. Fort Polk was chosen as a pilot installation for the Army's Net Zero Waste program in April 2011. Eighteen U.S. Army installations worldwide were chosen to participate in a Net Zero pilot in one of three areas: Energy, water or waste. Since then, plans have been in motion to determine the best way to reach "net zero." Net Zero is about reducing energy use, water use and waste production, all of which can help secure the Army's mission into the future. A Net Zero energy installation will produce as much energy as it consumes, resulting in a net usage of zero. A Net Zero water installation will limit consumption of water and return water back to the same watershed, without depleting the groundwater. A Net Zero waste installation will reduce, reuse, and recover waste streams with a goal of zero landfill use. Installations selected for the pilot program are striving to reach "net zero" by 2020.

  • Green Polk programs aim to save green for Army

    Feb 27, 2012

    This is the second of a series of articles featuring recycling on Fort Polk. With the urgency to go green and reuse, repurpose or recycle items to provide energy efficiency for the future of the United States, the Army is continuing its green mission across a number of Fort Polk agencies.

  • New Army Mission Partners First Army Senior Mentors, Afghan Security Forces

    Feb 27, 2012

    Soldiers from First Army units located across the United States began preparations in January to deploy to Afghanistan as a part of a new mission recently identified by Department of the Army that provides specialized teams, beginning this spring, to train and assist Afghan Security Forces as they assume a greater role providing security to the Afghan people.

  • Gas gas gas!

    Feb 27, 2012

    Soldiers from the 61st Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Company, 23rd CBRN Battalion conducted a field training exercise (FTX) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord 21-24 Feb. in order to remain ready to react to any chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear event.

  • Remembrance Ceremony Celebrates Life of former CASCOM Officer

    Feb 27, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. -- Hundreds gathered today at Memorial Chapel as the Combined Arms Support Command held a remembrance ceremony to celebrate the life of Brig. Gen. Terence J. Hildner, the former commanding general of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas. From July 2007 to 2010, he served at Fort Lee, where he commanded the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade, Quartermaster School, and then served as the CASCOM G3/director, Training and Doctrine.

  • 120th IN Bde. enhances Soldier life skills

    Feb 27, 2012

    GRAPEVINE, Texas -- The 120th Infantry Brigade sponsored Strong Bonds training for 12 single Division West Soldiers at the Great Wolf Lodge here Feb. 10-12.

  • JBLM celebrates Black History Month

    Feb 27, 2012

    Hundreds of service members gathered at McChord Field Club Feb. 21 for this year's African-American Black History Month Observance. Hosted by the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, the theme of this year's event was "Black Women in American Culture and History."

  • Two Tuskegee Airmen: Two married lives, Histories rich with dedication and family values

    Feb 27, 2012

    Retired Lt. Col Edward P. Drummond Jr. and former Capt. George W. Hickman Jr. are Tuskegee Airmen. They are men of their generation who provided glowing examples of the ability to overcome adversity while maintaining longevity in their marriages.

  • Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Chief of Staff of the Australian Army visits JBLM

    Feb 27, 2012

  • Cavalry Soldiers remember former 'Warhorse' Trooper

    Feb 27, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas --Current Troopers assigned to 'Warhorse' 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division attended the funeral of Kevin M. Hardin, 25, of Copperas Cove, Jan. 27, 2012 at the Heritage Funeral Home in Harker Heights, Texas. Hardin, a former medic assigned to 2nd Platoon, Dragoon Company, 3rd Bn, 8th Cav. Regt., deployed with the battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007.

  • GREYWOLF adrenaline junkies conquer rock climbing through Warrior Adventure Quest

    Feb 27, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division participated in Fort Hood's Warrior Adventure Quest January 31.

  • Saber Squadron commemorates black history at Ellison High School

    Feb 27, 2012

    Fort Hood, Texas -- The 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division's commitment to the Fort Hood community and Black History Month is present in many ways, one of them is through the Adopt-a-School Program.

  • 3-82 Soldiers enjoy 'welcome home' meal

    Feb 27, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Nothing says welcome home quite like a hot meal.

  • JBLM Military Police Company gets rare opportunity to train

    Feb 25, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Normally, training comes as often for the 67th Military Police Company as it does for any other Army unit. But this year, its Soldiers will be lucky to make it to the field once.

  • A time for second chances: 42nd MP Bde. combatives team counting on a better outcome this year

    Feb 25, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Specialist Sean Shanahan looks at combatives, the Army's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-based style of hand-to-hand fighting, much like he does life: You get knocked down, you get back up. "It transfers over to everything you do in life," Shanahan says in between ground grappling matches at the combatives facility on JBLM's east side through heavy breaths. "If life puts you in a headlock, are you going to give up or will you keep going?"

  • Security Force Assistance Team Training at JRTC

    Feb 25, 2012

    The Security Force Assistance Team will become a key component in enhancing the strength and capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces, but that depends on building successful SFAT units.

  • Physical Therapy gets Soldiers back into fight

    Feb 24, 2012

    For the Soldiers of 2nd "Spartan" Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, recovering from various injuries, have a new place to go for physical therapy as the Spartan Brigade welcomes their first "in-house" Brigade Therapist.

  • New coin honors Infantry

    Feb 24, 2012

    Each of the 174 Infantrymen who graduated Feb. 17, 2012, at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Fort Benning, Ga., received a 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar.

  • Marksmen head to Fort Benning this week

    Feb 24, 2012

    More than 330 active-duty Soldiers, Reserve marksmen, Guardsmen and cadets are registered to attend and compete in the 2012 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship March 1-10 at Fort Benning -- the highest number of competitors in 19 years.

  • Net Zero, post improvements on agenda for visiting Assistant Secretary

    Feb 24, 2012

    Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment Katherine Hammack visited Fort Polk, La., getting a first-hand look at the west central Louisiana post's recycling efforts, as well as improvements made in Soldiers' barracks and an elementary school.

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  • Fort Bliss celebrates Black History Month

    Feb 24, 2012

    More than 80 years ago, Carter G. Woodson, an African American educator and historian, founded "Negro History Week" as an opportunity to bring to light the important roles and contributions of black people in the creation of this nation. In 1976, the one-week celebration was expanded to Black History Month, celebrated each February, during the birth-month of two important figures who fought for the abolition of slavery: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

  • Training mission for Fort Polk's 162nd Inf Bde alters to accommodate Army's new objectives

    Feb 24, 2012

    The mission of American forces in Afghanistan is changing as troop drawdown efforts continue. What was once a battle against terrorism now becomes a battle against its resurgence, and one way to keep the bad guys at bay is to continue educating Afghanistan's army and police forces. Combat advisors are trained to teach and mentor host nation security forces (army, police) to be effective, independent entities capable of self-regulation and growth while protecting the civilian population of their country. The 162nd Infantry Brigade, whose home station is Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center, is the lead training resource for deploying combat advisors. Emphasis has been placed on counter insurgency operations, as "unfriendlies" (the Taliban) are the primary culprits that undermine Afghanistan's reach for an improved economy and infrastructure as well as democracy and autonomy. But the focus has now shifted.

  • Seeing, hearing, reporting key to Cavalry Scouts

    Feb 23, 2012

    Like ghosts in the wind moving silently over the terrain the Cavalry Scout is one of the most unique combat arms Soldiers in the U.S. military. Their mission is to not directly engage with the enemy, but to observe and relay information to their brothers-in-arms.

  • Silky fur and fangs; big eyes and floppy ears: Recognizing those other Family Members during Nationa

    Feb 23, 2012

    There are some totally innocent beings out there who look to us for shelter from the storms, food and water to exist, aid when they are sick, or even for a good tummy rub when they roll over and kick their legs up in the air.

  • African American women honored by 4th MEB

    Feb 23, 2012

    The 92nd Military Police Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, sponsored the 4th MEB African American Observance and presented the attendees with a ceremony featuring black women in American history and culture, Feb. 21, at Nutter Field House.

  • Black history: Fort Lee ordnance company honors women

    Feb 23, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 23, 2012) -- Ordnance Soldiers from Bravo Company went above and beyond expectations recently when they participated in a company-wide competition celebrating Black History Month.

  • New assistant I.G. sworn in

    Feb 23, 2012

    VICKSBURG, Miss.- The 412th Theater Engineer Command's new assistant inspector general was sworn in during a ceremony at the TEC headquarters, Feb. 12, 2012.

  • XVIII Airborne Corps concludes Operation New Dawn in Iraq

    Feb 23, 2012

    Soldiers of XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg contributed to the end of nine long years at war in Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn, said Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick, commanding general of XVIII Abn. Corps and Fort Bragg. Helmick made his comments during a leadership development program at Sports USA Feb. 16, which gathered senior leaders from across Fort Bragg to review the final operations in Iraq.

  • Cone discusses how TRADOC is shaping Army of the Future

    Feb 23, 2012

    Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, provided updates on TRADOC initiatives that will help shape the future Army during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 23, 2012.

  • Soldiers join ranks of U.S. citizens

    Feb 23, 2012

    Tristan Gomez squirmed in his mother's arms Feb. 16 at the Colorado Springs Military Naturalization Ceremony. Born in the United States, Tristan had already been a U.S. citizen for two years. After taking the Oath of Allegiance, Tristan's father, Pfc. Heyner Gomez, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, joined his son as an American.

  • Sustainable makeover: 1950s barracks renovation targets LEED certification

    Feb 23, 2012

    The lights click on, detecting when people occupy rooms, motion sensors on water fixtures dispense just the right amount of water and inviting colors were selected for the building's interior color scheme.

  • Film features past 'Ivy' Div. Soldier

    Feb 23, 2012

    As Steve Baskis made the final steps to the 20,162-foot summit of Mount Lobuche, audience members erupted in cheers and applause, some wiping away tears. On the screen, Baskis caught his breath as the camera panned around the Himalayas revealing the breathtaking sights he will never see.

  • Cav Soldiers earn their spurs

    Feb 22, 2012

    A heavy Washington rain poured down on 126 motivated Soldiers at Lancer field, as the 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment began its Spur Ride. These Soldiers took a strenuous journey through 18 hours of mental and physical tests at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Feb. 13.