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  • 'Vanguard' Soldiers unmask with confidence during CBRN training

    Jan 19, 2012

    The smoke caused by burning O-chlorobenzylidene-malononitirle gas capsules wafted slowly to the top of the chamber. When the door at the head of the building opened and the Soldiers stepped in, the smoke snaked toward the opening, almost inviting the Soldiers to come in and play.

  • 'Bushmasters' plunge into deep end to train

    Jan 19, 2012

    The Soldiers, wearing Kevlars, load-bearing vests and blindfolds over their faces, inched their way to the outer edges of their respective diving board.

  • Army general's promotion reflects strength of family, character

    Jan 19, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Mark Yenter, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, was promoted to the rank of major general during a ceremony held here, Jan. 18. Maj. Gen. Merdith Temple, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, acting chief of engineers and acting commander, presided over the ceremony.

  • SMA Chandler: 'We have an incredible Army'

    Jan 18, 2012

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala., happened to be a test ground for more than missiles and helicopters on Jan. 10-11, 2012.

  • Training center's Engagement University critical to deployment train-up

    Jan 18, 2012

    Leaders at every level of command within a soon-to-deploy brigade combat team learn valuable relationship-building skills at the Joint Readiness Training Center's Engagement University.

  • Fort Bliss Junior Enlisted Family Center a "blessing" for Soldiers

    Jan 18, 2012

    When Spc. Javad Golphin moved to Fort Bliss with his family a few months ago his household goods shipment was delayed. He worried about having his three small children sleeping on the floor, and with a self-described level of skepticism, turned to the Fort Bliss Junior Enlisted Family Center for help. What happened next, he said, was a true blessing.

  • Former players connect with transitioning Soldiers

    Jan 18, 2012

    The Hub hosted a "Game Day" Sunday where Soldiers and Families met with four former NFL players to discuss common reintegration challenges facing servicemembers today.

  • Patient Centered Medical Home: Military medicine undergoes transformation

    Jan 18, 2012

    For most people, home is the place to see a familiar face, feel comfortable and talk about the things in life.

  • Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site: DPW improves wildlife access to water

    Jan 18, 2012

    Elk, deer, antelope and other wildlife on Fort Carson's 236,000-acre Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in Las Animas County will spend more time foraging for food and less time looking for water.

  • Gen. Rodriguez shares vision of future with senior FORSCOM leaders

    Jan 18, 2012

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), addressed more than 65 senior leaders and staff members of the command during the opening session of the FORSCOM Senior Leadership Development Course, Jan. 18, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Task Force Thunder begins redeployment

    Jan 17, 2012

    The first of nearly 3,000 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Soldiers, returned to Fort Campbell Jan. 6 , 2012, from a 12-month deployment to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Team Bliss cloth diaper brigade shows how to save green

    Jan 17, 2012

    Walk down the baby aisle of your local grocery store and you will see shelves stacked from top to bottom with disposable diapers. Huggies, Pampers and store brand names, ranging from newborn up to size six or more.

  • Army integrating intel systems to increase response time in the field

    Jan 17, 2012

    The Army is looking to decrease the time between data collection and Soldier action by the spring with the Vigilant Pursuit system. The Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center, or CERDEC, is working with the Army G-2 to accomplish G-2 Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Richard P. Zahner's military intelligence rebalance by delivering a relevant and robust multi-intelligence capability that helps facilitate commanders' decisions, said Ephraim Joe Befecadu, a systems engineer at CERDEC's Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate.

  • Paratroopers learn latest battlefield skills at Fort Polk

    Jan 17, 2012

    Fort Bragg paratroopers bound for Afghanistan picked up the latest skills and equipment from those most recently returned at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.

  • Fort Leonard Wood's Commanding General to receive second star

    Jan 17, 2012

    Brig. Gen. Mark W. Yenter, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, is scheduled to be promoted to the rank of major general Jan. 18.

  • "Longknife" troops train to win

    Jan 17, 2012

  • Ironhorse Soldier selected, competes for MI award

    Jan 17, 2012

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- Apple Valley, Ca. native, Spc. Matthew McPherson, a military intelligence (all source) analyst, assigned to the A Co., 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, works at a computer terminal, here, Jan 9. McPherson was selected among five peers who competed in the Ironhorse Brigade for the Command Sgt. Maj.(Ret.) Doug Russel Award, an award given to those with outstanding achievements within the Military Intelligence community. He will now compete against fellow Soldiers at the Department of the Army level.

  • SDDC operations branch the 'hourglass' of DOD surface transportation

    Jan 17, 2012

    Many military operations centers tout themselves as the "nerve center" or the "heartbeat" of their organization. The deputy chief of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Command Operations Branch described SDDC's operations center as an hourglass.

  • Army expert receives national recognition for combating sexual assault

    Jan 17, 2012

    A military professional from the U.S. Army Law Enforcement community will be recognized in a big way this April for his significant contributions in combating sexual assault and violence against women.

  • Home fire brings out Hunter heroes

    Jan 13, 2012

    HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - Sergeant Arron Hill, 416th Transportation Company, was sitting in his bedroom at 63 Gannam Ave. on Hunter Army Airfield when he heard sirens, Jan. 3. When he ran to the window to see what was happening, he watched a Hunter Military Police Officer break down the front door of his neighbor, and saw thick, black smoke billow out.

  • 'Vanguards' host women's forum

    Jan 13, 2012

    FORT STEWART, Ga. - The "Vanguard" brigade hosted a women's forum for female Soldiers in the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, Dec. 15, at the Main Post Chapel. The day-long event, which featured keynote speakers Lt. Col. Heidi Hoyle, commander of 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Inf. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia Howard, command sergeant major of 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd SB, included a panel discussion and a presentation on sexual assault awareness.

  • Medic training provides real world skills

    Jan 13, 2012

    FORT STEWART, Ga. - Combat medics from the 2nd "Spartan" Heavy Brigade Combat Team participated in a 5-day Brigade Combat Team Combat Medical Readiness Training, held at Fort Stewart, Dec. 5-9.

  • Spartan 6's last gift wrapped in obstacle relay race

    Jan 13, 2012

    FORT STEWART, Ga. - The Spartans ended 2011 with a brigade run. The run started with pushups led by the commander on Cottrell Field to get the blood flowing; however, in a blink of an eye, that all changed as Soldiers took off in a mad dash towards the Spartan Field, where they were met by Col. Cardinale, who was waiting with one last gift--the Spartan Obstacle Challenge Relay Race.

  • Air Force captain becomes Army specialist in career change

    Jan 13, 2012

    Going from green to gold is a familiar transformation in the Army. But switching from being an officer to an enlisted man while changing service branches is far less common. Yet that's exactly what Joe Newsom did, choosing to continue serving the best way he knew how.

  • Warehouse makeover yields enviable, larger Soldier processing site

    Jan 13, 2012

    Renovation of old warehouse building resulted in a modern, efficient Soldier Readiness Processing site, which is a huge improvement over previous SRP. It's friendlier for Soldiers and eliminates the wasted time of previous system.

  • Ceremony marks discontinuation of command

    Jan 13, 2012

    A discontinuation ceremony for U.S. Army Accessions Command is scheduled for Jan. 18 at retreat.

  • Afghan, ISAF enlisted leaders visit Afghan National Army NCO Academy in Zabul

    Jan 12, 2012

    Afghan National Army Command Sgt. Maj. Kafayatullah, 205th Corps command sergeant major; Afghan National Police Command Sgt. Maj. Abdul Zafar, ANP command sergeant major; U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, ISAF Joint Command command sergeant major; Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant C. Lambert, 82nd Airborne Division and Regional Command (South) command sergeant major; and other Afghan, U.S. and Australian enlisted leaders visited an ANA Noncommissioned Officer Academy on Forward Operating Base Eagle in Zabul province Jan. 10. The visitors were able to see the progress being made by ANA Soldiers during their four-week course, as well as observing demonstrations by the NCOs that included room-clearing procedures, searching shops, questioning locals, and reacting to and successfully handing the discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device.

  • Soldiers, professional athletes share threat from brain injuries

    Jan 12, 2012

    When Don Lee relaxes on his couch at home to take in the NFL playoffs on TV, chances are he watches the games a little bit differently than most people.

  • Army shooters hit their mark at All-American Bowl

    Jan 12, 2012

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's Shotgun team started off the New Year in Texas displaying their skills as part of the week's long worth of activities leading up to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 3-7. The team hosted dozens of civilian Army advocates, commonly known as Centers of Influence, at the San Antonio Gun Club. COIs guide young people down the right path towards their future and provide them with all of the information that the Army and ROTC offer our nation's youth.

  • Soldiers practice medevac mission to increase division capability

    Jan 12, 2012

    Medics from 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team called in a simulated medical evacuation request Monday as part of Fort Drum's initial training event to expand the installation's capabilities as a fully functional unit by using 10th Combat Aviation Brigade's ability to provide medevac support.

  • Social media, community lauded for help in locating missing girl

    Jan 12, 2012

    A massive outpouring of support from Fort Hood, Texas, surrounding communities and social media helped a potential nightmare for one Fort Hood family end happily last week.

  • Blackhorse troopers march to veterans' home

    Jan 12, 2012

    More than 225 Soldiers from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment paraded through Barstow for the 15th Annual Veterans Home Memorial March to bring holiday cheer to the Veterans Home of California -- Barstow on Dec. 14.

  • Teamwork, cohesion keys to two-time award winning unit

    Jan 12, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Selection for the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence means a unit has maintained its logistics and service readiness to an exceptionally high standard over a period of time. When a unit is selected for the award twice, covering two back-to-back deployments to Iraq, a habit of excellence begins to reveal itself.

  • UH-1 helicopters retire from service at National Training Center

    Jan 12, 2012

    Saying goodbye is sometimes hard, but at this farewell ceremony the mood was upbeat among the attendees reuniting one more time to bid adieu. The National Training Center held a retirement ceremony Dec. 13 for several UH-1 Huey helicopters it had been using since 1980, and on hand to witness the occasion were command staff and military veterans.

  • 2-20th earns 2nd AAME

    Jan 12, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers from Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade made a prediction last year, and it came true. Not only did the Black Knight Soldiers accomplish what many Soldiers only dream about, but they did it twice.

  • Last logistics battalion returns from Iraq

    Jan 12, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (January 12, 2012)--When Soldiers from the 275th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion deployed to Iraq last March, they embarked on a historic 10-month mission that helped close the chapter on more than

  • Garrison keeps focus on people during workforce cuts

    Jan 12, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Utilizing voluntary retirement and incentives programs, Fort Hood is on the path to meeting the Army-mandated reduction of the civilian workforce. As efforts continue Armywide to meet the adjusted authorizations, Fort Hood garrison is keeping the focus on taking care of people.

  • Post trainer offers advice to make new year's resolutions last all year

    Jan 12, 2012

    Two of the top resolutions each year include losing weight / getting fit and eating healthier. According to Time Magazine, these also are two of the top resolutions that also are broken only months after making them. With the odds stacked against them, how are those people whose pants that are feeling just a bit snug after gorging on scrumptious spreads, captivating cocktails and delectable desserts over the holiday season supposed to keep up with their resolutions?

  • ASC improves training gear storage

    Jan 12, 2012

    New shelters designed to protect and organize basic issue items for pre-deployment training equipment managed by Army Sustainment Command will be delivered to 17 training sites. The project is a competitive, all-Army effort, teaming ASC with its Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., neighbors at the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center to ensure Soldiers can train with top-notch tools.

  • Team convenes to standardize Army's disability evaluation process

    Jan 12, 2012

    A team charged with establishing an Army-wide standardized disability evaluation system has convened to improve the Army's portion of the Department of Defense's Integrated Disability Evaluation System, through which it is determined whether or not service members are fit for continued service.

  • Federal grant to help ease JBLM traffic congestion

    Jan 12, 2012

  • NCOs rewarded for their efforts by being inducted into Sgt. Audie Murphy Club

    Jan 12, 2012

  • Aerobathon attracts JBLM crowd

    Jan 12, 2012

  • Strings of the heart

    Jan 12, 2012

  • Construction project puts engineers back in the saddle

    Jan 12, 2012

    Soldiers with the 585th Engineer Company at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently undertaking a nearly two-month-long project to build a massive tent shelter for the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, JBLM's newest unit.

  • LONGER REACH: M3 Carl Gustaf extends lethality

    Jan 11, 2012

    The Carl Gustaf get its name from the Swedish weapons production factory known as Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori ("Rifle Factory of Carl Gustaf's town"). The name Carl Gustaf's town was a name used intermittently for the town Eskilstuna after King Karl X Gustav gave the town city privileges. The weapon was first introduced into Swedish service in 1948.

  • Military skills transfer to civilian career

    Jan 11, 2012

    Soldiers exiting the military can use that experience gained to find a job. Pvt. Fred Reed said the skills from his MOS, 15J, electrical and electronic avionic work on aircraft, directly translate to a civilian career.

  • Former Ranger runs to raise awareness of veteran joblessness

    Jan 11, 2012

    FORT BENNING -- Ranger Cory "Smitty" Smith is certainly not the fictitious Forrest Gump, but when he became a civilian this week, he decided to run the 565-mile trip to his hometown near Indianapolis. Although Forrest Gump didn't know why he was running, Smith began his trek Jan. 3 to raise awareness of the challenges facing transitional and homeless veterans. The 28-year-old veteran had two tours in Afghanistan and served almost four years with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

  • MACH spotlights refractive eye surgery program

    Jan 11, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Martin Army Community Hospital has streamlined the application process for Soldiers seeking refractive eye surgery. Officials said active-duty service members looking to eliminate their dependency on eyeglasses or contact lenses no longer have to apply through Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart, Ga. While the surgery is still performed there, MACH now manages the entire course of action, including preoperative evaluations and post-op care.

  • Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler visits U.S. Army South headquarters

    Jan 11, 2012

  • First Army uses simulator training to prevent deaths on battlefield

    Jan 10, 2012

    With blood loss being the leading cause of preventable death on the battlefield, First Army Division East is incorporating more realistic, up-to-date training to prepare the nation's deploying Soldiers for treating injuries on the battlefield.

  • Squad Automatic Weapon Training

    Jan 10, 2012

    Soldiers of Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division qualified on squad automatic weapons at a Fort Riley, Kan., firing range Jan. 9. The range qualification is part of the Soldiers' preparation for an upcoming deployment.

  • Incoming RDECOM senior NCO visits command staff

    Jan 10, 2012

    Command Sgt. Maj. Lebert Beharie met with leaders Jan. 10 of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command -- his new duty station, effective March 2 -- to discuss its support to Warfighters.

  • Wounded Big Red One Soldier continues to serve Army family

    Jan 9, 2012

    For one 1st Infantry Division Soldier, his love for his family and his country led him into an Army recruiter's office, onto basic training, up the road to Fort Riley, Kan., and around the world to Afghanistan.

  • Two Sacramento COIs receive top tier award

    Jan 9, 2012

    The U.S. Army Recruiting Command added a medallion to its tool bag of awards to rightly recognize Soldiers, Department of Defense civilians and community leaders who have made a significant impact to the recruiting effort. This U.S. Army Recruiting Excellence Medallion was awarded to two Sacramento COIs

  • Army Hockey raising prostate cancer awareness

    Jan 9, 2012

    The Army Hockey team helped raise prostate cancer awareness with a "House of Blues" promotion during a home contest on Jan. 6. The Black Knights faced Atlantic Hockey Association rival Canisius and a bevy of events were planned to raise awareness. The first 2,000 fans through the turnstiles were presented with commemorative bracelets with the first thousand also receiving blue T-shirts.

  • Editorial: Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

    Jan 9, 2012

    The Army's senior leadership, including Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, and Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, released this message regarding the Martin Luther King Day recognition, Jan. 16.

  • 1st ID Combat Aviation Brigade to welcome new unit, new capability

    Jan 9, 2012

    The Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is planning on adding a new combat strength to their capabilities in March with the addition of an unmanned aerial system company.

  • Army Releases First Quarter Accident Statistics

    Jan 9, 2012

    FORT RUCKER, ALA. -- The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center recently compiled accident fatality data for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2011, 37 Soldiers were lost as the result of accidents: 26 off duty and 11 on duty. Overall, accidental fatalities increased 6 percent from the previous year's first quarter.

  • Spc. Justin Pfeiffer finds passion in helping others

    Jan 9, 2012

    Spc. Justin Pfeiffer, a medic with the 365th Engineer Battalion, was recently recognized by his leadership for spearheading a successful fundraising event to support the unit's Family Readiness Group. Pfeiffer is pictured with his mother, Jodie Miller, and Brig. Gen. Douglas R. Satterfield, deputy commanding general of the 412th Theater Engineer Command following the awards ceremony in Schuylkill, Pa., Dec. 11, 2011. (Photo: 2nd Lt. Renee Zimmerman)

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Luis Badillo: Advisor and mentor to the Afghan National Police

    Jan 8, 2012

    When the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan command went searching last year for a volunteer to help advise the Afghan National Police, they didn't just find the right man for the job, they found Staff Sgt. Luis Badillo.

  • 599th supports 25th CAB loadout at Barber's Point

    Jan 6, 2012

    At Barbers Point Kalaeloa Harbor, Hawaii, in December, the 599th Transportation Brigade loaded the 25th Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade's cargo and equipment onto the M/V Green Lake for deployment to Afghanistan.

  • New York Army National Guard Soldiers Guests of Governor During Annual Address

    Jan 5, 2012

    Forty New York Army National Guard Soldiers were among the 50 members of the New York Army and Air National Guard who were honored at New York Gov. Andrew Mr. Cuomo's 2012 State-of-the-State Address on Wednesday, Jan. 4. A New York Army National Guard Color Guard took part in the opening ceremonies marking the governor's annual address to the Legislature and the people of New York. The Color Guard presented arms while New York Army National Guard Major Denise Sherman led the crowd of more than 2,000 people in the Pledge of Allegiance .

  • Army's biggest stateside lodging facility nears completion at Fort Lee

    Jan 5, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 5, 2011) -- The corridors in the 1,000-room lodging facility at Fort Lee aren't just long, they're Army long.

  • Carson breaks ground for shared shooting complex

    Jan 5, 2012

    El Paso County, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson leadership broke ground Dec. 15 to begin building a massive outdoor shooting complex.

  • ASAP offers more than counseling, education

    Jan 5, 2012

    Counselors at the Army Substance Abuse Program have a message for Soldiers: they're here to help.

  • Meeting Demands of Changing Army

    Jan 4, 2012

    Gen. Ann Dunwoody, U.S. Army Materiel Command commanding general, is beginning the year with a strong sense of pride.

  • Pentagon Official Praises Arsenal Capabilities

    Jan 4, 2012

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Redstone Arsenal's "red carpet" was rolled out in December for a top Army official whose awareness of Arsenal programs and capabilities could well lead to a higher profile when it comes to funding of installation services, and energy security and management.

  • Military Offers Opportunities Of A Lifetime

    Jan 4, 2012

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For the Formica family, commitment is a two-way street.

  • Ugandans train on Raven unmanned aircraft system

    Jan 4, 2012

    Eight members of the Ugandan air force received training on the Raven Dec. 12-23, 2011.

  • Am I a Good Driver?

    Jan 3, 2012

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 32,788 deaths on American roads in 2010. That means one person died on our roadways every 16 minutes that year. The good news is that according to NHTSA, fatalities have been declining during the past five years. Experts believe this is due to the strict enforcement of seat belt and car seat use, improvements in overall vehicle design safety and increased attention to safety when building or refurbishing roadways.

  • Don't Count on Luck

    Jan 3, 2012

    I was 18, airborne and invincible. I'd just received my enlistment bonus and decided it was time to get some transportation. I got one of my fellow troopers at Fort Bragg, N.C., to take me to the nearest Suzuki dealer. I wanted to buy a 650 GSL motorcycle, but my credit wasn't good enough to qualify for a loan, so my only option was to pay cash for a 450 GSL. Being the highly intelligent and experienced (translate that to young and dumb) person I was, I quickly purchased the motorcycle. After a short lesson on how to ride by the salesperson, I was on my way.

  • How Did Our Army Do?

    Jan 3, 2012

    Our Army continues to make progress on safety: Accidental fatalities were once again at near-peacetime levels during fiscal 2011, with dramatic reductions in on-duty losses leading the way.

  • Set Up for Success

    Jan 3, 2012

    Pages 2-40 through 2-42 of the latest edition of the OH-58D Maintenance Test Flight checklist outline the procedure for conducting an autorotation RPM check. This check has changed very little, if at all, since I went to the Maintenance Test Pilot Course in 1998. It consists of conducting a maneuver which places the aircraft in an autorotative state so the autorotation RPM can be measured. The maintenance test pilot performs a simple mathematical calculation, taking into account both the weight of the aircraft and the density altitude. The MTP then adjusts the main rotor pitch change links to achieve the desired RPM if a correction is required. It's not rocket science

  • Commentary: Some lessons last a lifetime

    Jan 3, 2012

    A while back, I heard about a story of a child accidentally shooting his father and wondered, "How could that happen?" It brought back a memory from my younger days when I was growing up in the Philippines. I was about 12 years old, and my parents left my brother and me with an uncle for a vacation.

  • Hell on Wheels

    Jan 3, 2012

    Winter was in full swing at Forward Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, but the sky was clear. I could still see the sun and feel a sense of warmth; however, once reality kicked in, the air was chilly even at mid-day. My unit was on the last leg of a yearlong deployment, and the overall morale of my fellow Soldiers was high.

  • On Thin Ice

    Jan 3, 2012

    It's easy to get that kid-like feeling at the sight of the glittering beauty of snow and ice. In fact, even in my mid-50s, I still find myself getting excited about the prospect of snow. However, I've also learned that snow and ice are not always so grand if we fail to take the proper precautions.

  • Dangerous Slopes

    Jan 3, 2012

    One of the many great things about being stationed in Europe is the skiing. Every year, my Family goes on several ski trips. Our battle rhythm is for the kids to take two days of lessons before they get to ski with their dad. Our 12- and 13-year-old children are excellent skiers like their dad; they've been taking lessons since they were 4 and 5. I, on the other hand, am an intermediate skier at best.

  • The Ice Cream 'Chaser'

    Jan 3, 2012

    Let's face it; a lot us enjoy a few "cold ones" from time to time. But what about following those beers with an ice cream chaser? For most, it probably doesn't sound too appetizing, does it? Well, my strange cravings one night, combined with my ignorance and peer pressure, nearly got the best of me. Here's my story.

  • RDECOM announces incoming command sergeant major

    Jan 3, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Command Sgt. Maj. Lebert O. Beharie will take over March 2 as senior noncommissioned officer of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, officials announced Jan. 3. Beharie will assume duties from Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Marin, who will retire after more than 30 years of Army service. Beharie is scheduled to visit RDECOM and APG Jan. 9 and 10.

  • TF Duke hands over Khowst, Paktya missions in Afghanistan

    Jan 3, 2012

    Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, or Task Force Duke, officially relinquished command of coalition forces in Khowst and Paktya provinces in Afghanistan.

  • You've got mail

    Jan 3, 2012

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- It is 2:30 in the afternoon and Soldiers are lining up in front of a connex, excitedly waiting for the doors to open.

  • Spc. Megan Henry takes 'World-Class' shot at Olympics

    Jan 3, 2012

    It's not your everyday sleigh ride. Sliding headfirst down an icy trail at speeds in excess of 80 mph is 'like jumping out of an airplane without leaving the ground,' according to Spc. Megan Henry.

  • Ironhorse contractor gives to troops

    Jan 3, 2012

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- Sitting on the side of a short concrete t-wall, he sports blue jeans, a brown Carhartt jacket, and comfortable athletic shoes. Topping off the ensemble is a tan ballcap embroidered with his unit's insignia; it is a fitting outfit for his personality.

  • New mission, new equipment

    Jan 3, 2012

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- When Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003, it was the first war where frontline troops were equipped largely by the Army Prepositioned Stock, or APS.

  • Kandahar Air Wing rings in New Year with annual open house

    Jan 1, 2012

    About 350 school children and elders from Kandahar Province visited the Afghan Air Force Kandahar Air Wing Jan. 1 during its third annual open house, where they had the opportunity to become familiar with the aircraft they often see or hear overhead.

  • 15th STB inducts new NCO's

    Dec 30, 2011

    "No one is more professional than I," is how the creed of the noncommissioned officer begins. Those who hold the distinction of being an NCO are tasked with the health, welfare, training and morale of Soldiers under their care.

  • Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders spread holiday cheer to Fort Bliss

    Dec 30, 2011

    Team Bliss welcomed members of the NFLs Arizona Cardinals cheerleading team to Freedom Crossing, Dec. 15.

  • Sesame Street talks, listens and connects with military families

    Dec 30, 2011

    Since the start of current combat operations in 2001, deployments have become all too common for many military families. While it may be easy at times to explain to adults that duty calls them away for an extended period, it can be very complicated to convey that message to children.

  • Literacy taught over airwaves in Afghanistan

    Dec 30, 2011

    In a country where the literacy rate is below 30 percent, a coalition Special Operations Forces team assists Afghan citizens by facilitating a regular radio literacy program in Jaji district, Afghanistan.

  • Deterring insurgency with solar lights

    Dec 30, 2011

    Coalition Special Operations Forces partnered local leaders and Afghan National Army forces to coordinate installing solar panel lights in the Kotgay village bazaar to extend the hours the market could stay open safely.

  • Memphis 2nd graders send letters, care packages to Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Dec 30, 2011

    2nd graders at Lausanne Collegiate School proudly show letters and snacks they have prepared for the Soldiers of the 689th Engineer Company currently deployed to Afghanistan.

  • Afghan Commandos practice medical evacuations

    Dec 29, 2011

    BALKH PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Medics from the Afghan National Army's 5th Commando Kandak trained on the proper loading and unloading of casualties onto medical evacuation aircraft in Mazar-E Sharif, Dec. 27.

  • Coalition forces coordinate birth defect repair surgery for Afghan boy

    Dec 29, 2011

    Coalition Special Operations Forces in southern Afghanistan worked with international charities to help 13-year-old Rafeeullah have his cleft palate repaired.

  • NY Guard prepares for New Year's Eve duty

    Dec 29, 2011

    The 280 members of the New York National Guard's Joint Task Force Empire Shield will be on duty New Year's Eve assisting police in security missions in New York, N.Y.

  • Lancer brothers stay together

    Dec 29, 2011

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- It is common for Soldiers to meet up after years of being assigned to the same unit, but it is unique for two brothers to have the same timeline documented on their enlisted record brief.

  • TBI leads Fort Campbell Soldier to new mission

    Dec 28, 2011

    It is a philosophy that has found its way into Vineyard's recovery after having surgery on his knee and being treated for a traumatic brain injury after the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle he was the gunner for was hit with an improvised explosive device. It is something that also helps his fellow Soldiers assigned to Fort Campbell's Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion.

  • Best in Army Food Service Honored

    Dec 28, 2011

    The winning units for the 2012 Philip A. Connelly Award for Excellence in Army food service have been selected for the active Army, National Guard and Reserve components. The U.S. Army Quartermaster School, which is part of the Combined Arms Support Command, headquartered at Fort Lee, Va., manages the program through the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. The International Food Service Executives Association and Department of the Army G-4 are co-sponsors of this awards program.

  • Army spouse finishes half triathlon, sets sights on full triathlon

    Dec 27, 2011

    For Lisa McCombs, a former U.S. Army engineer officer with the 62nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas, it was truly a thrill to add a half triathlon to her list of accomplishments in 2011.

  • Big cost savings comes in tiny package

    Dec 27, 2011

    A small fingerprinting device allows recruiters to quickly gather background information on applicants while saving the Army money.

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