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  • Female engagement team finds strength behind burkas

    Nov 8, 2010

    When Warrant Officer Caitlin Purinton lifted up the thin blue cloth of the burka, she would not have been surprised to see despair in the eyes of the woman underneath who spends most of her life hidden behind the garment that conceals her from head to toe.

  • One year later, Army family finds strength in Fort Hood's darkest day

    Nov 8, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - The darkest day at this Central Texas installation, Nov. 5, 2009, was marked by the deaths of 12 Soldiers and one civilian, but also the heroic efforts of Soldiers, civilians and first responders who rushed in to help the dying and more than 30 wounded. One year later, 52 of those who fought to save the wounded and stop the gunman were honored during an awards ceremony that included the unveiling of a granite monument in memory of the 13 lost in the shooting.

  • Comics bring laughs from home

    Nov 8, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Soldiers stationed here were treated to a night of smiles and laughs as comedians with the Comics Ready To Entertain Tour entertained the deployed servicemembers, Nov. 5.

  • 82nd Soldier, brother honors fallen Fort Polk heroes

    Nov 8, 2010

    In January 2005, Fort Polk Soldiers Sgt. Brett Swank and Sgt. Andrew Brown, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, lost their lives in combat operations during a deployment to Iraq. After the unit returned to Fort Polk, the drop zone at Beauregard Regional Airport in DeRidder - often used by 1st Bn, 509th Inf Reg and other Fort Polk units - during rotational deployments at Fort Polk, was named Brown-Swank Drop Zone in honor of the two Soldiers. At the time Swank was killed, his younger brother, Jonathan, was a junior in high school. After completing school, the younger Swank said he enlisted in the Army. Npow, several years later, Jonathan jumps onto DZ named for his fallen brother.

  • Reserve color guard NCOs honor World War II veterans during NFL game

    Nov 8, 2010

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A thunderous roar of more than 73,000 fans welcomed the color guards from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces during a National Football League's Carolina Panther football game against the New Orleans Saints Nov. 7. As part of Panthers' military appreciation day activities, Army Reserve Soldiers from the 81st Regional Support Command, based at nearby Fort Jackson, S.C., carried "Old Glory" and

  • Task Force Destiny Soldiers receive the Distinguished Flying Cross

    Nov 7, 2010

    Four Alpha Company, 5-158 Aviation Regiment, "Fighting Falcons," Soldiers were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Nov. 1st at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan for their heroism on an aerial flight April 2, 2010. Chief Warrant Officer two Sean Johnson, Chief Warrant Officer Two Eric Wells, Sgt. William Ebel and Spc. Todd Marchese were part of the successful medevac of eight German commandos in the vicinity of Konduz, Afghanistan. The Germans were ambushed by insurgents and this crew performed multiple suppressive gun runs which kept the insurgents from surrounding the commandos and allowed the bird to land and extract the wounded. This crew has already received the German Gold Cross of Honor for Bravery. They are four of 14 foreigners to have ever received this award. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Noncommissioned Officer Tracy Weeden/Released)

  • Wounded warrior rides bike across Israel

    Nov 6, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 4, 2010) Aca,!" A Fort Lee employee had the opportunity of a lifetime recently when he traveled across Israel on his bike.

  • Fort Hood shooting victims remembered during Afghanistan cross-fit competition

    Nov 6, 2010

    Cross-fit competition held in honor of the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.

  • III Corps and Fort Hood Remembrance Ceremony and Run to Remember

    Nov 5, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Hundreds gathered at Fort Hood Nov. 5, 2010, to remember those who were killed or wounded in the Fort Hood shooting incident Nov. 5, 2009, and to thank the first responders who provided immediate aid and support. In the morning, III Corps and Fort Hood hosted an awards ceremony where the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. and the Honorable John McHugh, secretary of the Army, presented 52 medals, including 10 Soldier's Medals. In the afternoon, the community attended a remembrance ceremony, honoring the fallen. Nov. 6, the community gathered for a Run to Remember.

  • Community unites against domestic violence

    Nov 5, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. -- Forty-five people: that's how many lost their lives in Georgia as a result of domestic violence in 2009.

  • Veterans parade captures past and future

    Nov 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- This year's Veterans Day Parade and all the other activities surrounding it will represent "something old, something new."

  • BRAC Mobile Unit and BRAC Training Grant are installations' best kept secret

    Nov 5, 2010

    It's no secret that Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem will close their gates next year. It's also no surprise that as a result of this, there are a number of base personnel who are, or will be, looking for employment between now and closure. This can undoubtedly be a daunting and somewhat frightening proposition for those of us who haven't had to look for a job for quite some time. And even for those of us new to federal service, the prospect of looking for employment in the current job market can seem like a monumental task.

  • Iraqi immigrant fulfills dream as U.S. Army Soldier

    Nov 5, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 4, 2010) -- One can acquire everything in solitude but character. - Stendhal If the statement by the French writer suggests that character is built through deed and habit then Spc. Mazin Mozan has done more than enough to fulfill his role as a Soldier.

  • Former Carolina Panther brings inspiration to Fort Bragg students

    Nov 5, 2010

    Students at Fort Bragg's Albritton Junior High School got a special and inspirational treat as former Carolina Panther defensive end Mike Rucker visited the school Oct. 26, courtesy of the Fort Bragg Chapter of the United Services Organization.

  • Fort Bragg celebrates Military Family Month

    Nov 5, 2010

    President Barack Obama declared this November Military Family Month and Fort Bragg has scheduled many activities to celebrate the military Family.

  • Health fair provides care for Fort Bragg civilian employees

    Nov 5, 2010

    The purpose of the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center health fair is to help smooth the transition and to enable employees to make informed decisions about health care. CPAC's health fair was held Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Fort Bragg Club.

  • Fort Bragg dedicated teacher walks for cancer, community

    Nov 5, 2010

    On the sunny morning of Oct. 22, teachers and students alike gathered outside of Irwin Elementary School to encourage and surprise one of their own - Brenda Warren, a science teacher who has been walking every day for the last month to prepare for the nearly 40 mile walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer events are hosted in several cities across the United States each year, and each participant must raise at least $1,800 to participate - Brenda Warren, with the help of some of the staff at Irwin Elementary School, raised $5,500.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers give students a taste of the Army

    Nov 5, 2010

    As part of their Family and Consumer Science class, the class of 24 eighth graders came to Fort Bragg to get a glimpse of the life a 92G, food service specialist, and sample some of the food an Army dining facility serves. The field trip was part of an ongoing partnership between Ebony McAllister, who teaches the Family and Consumer Science class, and her aunt, Master Sgt. Charlotte R. Boone, a Fayetteville native and the 82nd CAB food supervisor.

  • Fort Bragg paratroopers participate in Warrior Adventure Quest

    Nov 5, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Following the completion of the pre-mission requirements, paratroopers began to talk strategy. Only this time, it was strategy against their fellow platoon members. The paratroopers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division gathered at Freedom Paintball Field outside Fort Bragg Oct. 28, to participate in the Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Warrior Adventure Quest program.

  • Operation Toy Drop returns for Fort Bragg 2010 holiday season

    Nov 5, 2010

    The Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, hosted by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, has run for 12 years giving the opportunity for Fort Bragg's military community to help Families in need over the holiday season. By donating a toy, paratroopers are given the chance to earn foreign jump wings from allied soldiers around the world.

  • Fort Bragg volunteers recognized at Iron Mike awards ceremony

    Nov 5, 2010

    Twenty-three volunteers who help make Fort Bragg the community of excellence that it is were recognized Tuesday during an Iron Mike awards ceremony at Memorial Hall. In 2009, volunteers saved Fort Bragg about $20 million. The volunteers were recognized for their selflessly at Army Community Service, American Red Cross, 16th Military Police Brigade and various units in the 82nd Airborne Division.

  • Fort Bragg installs emergency call boxes around post

    Nov 5, 2010

    The Directorate of Emergency Services has installed a feature throughout Fort Bragg which will assist residents in the event of a life threatening emergency. Twenty-eight, solar-powered, emergency call boxes have been placed throughout Fort Bragg, facilitating faster, accurate calls when time is a factor.

  • ONE MILLION COMBAT FLIGHT HOURS FLOWN BY ARMY UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

    Nov 5, 2010

    Brief article highlighting the Army's Unmanned Aircraft surpassing the 1 million combat flight hour milestone in support of Operation's Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

  • Researchers begin Army-wide anthropometric survey

    Nov 4, 2010

    An Army-wide Anthropometric Survey, called ANSUR II, which will update the Army's anthropometric database used for a wide range of human engineering-related applications is now being conducted by staff from the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

  • 3rd ID Soldiers Build Lasting Ties

    Nov 3, 2010

    <b>BAGHDAD</b> School is out for the day at the North Halabsah School northwest of Baghdad.

  • Reintegration: ACS puppet program prepares children for homecoming

    Nov 3, 2010

    In preparation of Soldiers returning home after a year-long deployment, children and their parents gathered for their own reintegration seminar, a program designed specifically for children.

  • FORSCOM Hispanic warrant officer attains a first in his professional field

    Nov 3, 2010

    Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4) Princido Texidor, the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Food Service advisor, was promoted today to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5). The promotion made Texidor of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the first Hispanic to achieve the rank of CW5 in the Army's Food Service branch. CW5 is the highest rank in the Warrant Officer Corps. Maj. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, FORSCOM's G4/Director of Logistics, presided over the promotion ceremony, which took place in the Hall of Heroes at the Soldier Support Center at Fort Bragg, NC.

  • USARC's top enlisted Soldier visits new headquarters

    Nov 3, 2010

    Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Schultz, the command sergeant major for the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve (OCAR), and the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), visited the USARC Forward operations here today to spend time with enlisted members of the USARC Advanced Echelon (ADVON) and see how construction on the new U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and USARC combined headquarters complex is progressing.

  • Fort Irwin students touch the stars with helping hand from NASA

    Nov 2, 2010

    FORT IRWIN, Calif.- During their preschool days, Tiefort View Intermediate School fifth-graders Kayla Hensley, Hannah Kaczor and J.M. Malana sang, "Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are." Last year as fourth-graders at TVIS, the trio not only discovered the composition of stars but the moon as well as they participated in the LCROSS mission, which revealed more about the lunar make-up to NASA scientists through the Lewis Center for Education Research (LCER) program. The program enables students at TVIS to operate and control a deep space radio telescope as part of the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program.

  • Army increases support for suicide prevention

    Nov 2, 2010

    In an attempt to combat the rise in Army-wide suicides, efforts are being made to increase awareness of the risk factors and warning signs to prevent suicides. In addition, Army leadership across the board is stepping up to provide better assistance in mitigating causes linked to suicidal thoughts and actions.

  • Move Forward: Physical Therapists bring motion to life

    Nov 2, 2010

    October is the month designated, by the American Physical Therapy Association in 1982, as National Physical Therapy Month to celebrate physical therapy nationwide. This year's theme for National Physical Therapy Month is Move Forward: Physical Therapists bring motion to life.

  • Drill Team displays precision, skill at Fort Hood

    Nov 2, 2010

    Coverage of "The Old Guard's" recruiting visit to Fort Hood, Texas.

  • 10th Mountain Division (LI) takes command of RC(S) during TOA

    Nov 2, 2010

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, outgoing commander of Regional Command South, handed over command to Maj. Gen. James L. Terry, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and new RC(S) commander, during a transition of authority ceremony Tuesday on Kandahar Airfield.

  • Garrison Signs for New Headquarters Complex

    Nov 1, 2010

    USAG-MIAMI, Fla. -- In a modest ceremony representing the transfer of more than a quarter-billion dollars of property, John Burgess, U.S. Army Garrison-Miami's Director of Public Works signed a memorandum taking ownership of the new SOUTHCOM Headquarters Complex in Doral.

  • Servicemembers and families walk through a nightmare

    Nov 1, 2010

    Zombies, witches, killer-clowns and famous slasher-movie characters populated the woods and buildings of Shoreline Park to create an environment of horror and fright for the patrons of "Theatrical Nightmare: A Walk in the Dark," Oct. 28 - 30.

  • Explosive Detection Dogs invaluable asset to Coalition Forces in Afghanistan

    Nov 1, 2010

    The sun hasn't risen yet as an Explosive Detector Dog team of American K-9 Detection Services (AMK9) prepares to lead a dismounted patrol through Panjwai'i District in Kandahar province Oct. 8. The partnered dismounted patrol leaving Combat Outpost Nejat consists of Afghan National Army soldiers, Afghan National Police and Canadian forces of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.

  • Third Army, Host Nation forces-Ready Tonight

    Oct 30, 2010

    Third Army Soldiers took to the sands of Kuwait Naval Base and the waters of the Port of Shuaiba Oct. 27 to conduct bilateral training in conjunction with the Kuwait Ministry of the Interior and the Kuwait Ministry of Defense during Khaleje Response.

  • Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army visit Fort Bragg

    Oct 29, 2010

    The Army's top military officer said Friday that there was no unit more capable of ensuring a successful U.S. withdrawal from Iraq than the Fort Bragg-based XVIII Airborne Corps. General George W. Casey, Jr., chief of staff of the Army, who traveled with Army Secretary John M. McHugh visited the Fort Bragg on Friday.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier coaches youth in art, sport of judo

    Oct 29, 2010

    Major Ted Chittenden is a first-degree black belt who began judo training as a 20-year-old, college student at the University of Tennessee. Now, as the father of two sons; William, 8 and Jon, 6, the 18th Fires Brigade major is passing judo down not only to his sons, but to other children as an instructor at the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg Judo Club.

  • Fort Bragg USO features new leadership, steady programs

    Oct 29, 2010

    For the past six months, the Fort Bragg chapter of the United Services Organization has been under the leadership of its director, Renee Lane and her assistant, Beverly Jackson. Under the new team, the agency has continued to flourish and provide the support to Fort Bragg Soldiers that it has become well known for.

  • Fort Bragg small dining facility makes big culinary impact

    Oct 29, 2010

    The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Dining Facility staff emphasizes the Army's 'go for green' meal guidelines, which rank foods according to their health benefits. High performance foods, according to Army guidelines, provide premium fuel for the Soldier athlete and are fresh, flavorful and packed with nutrients. The 82nd CAB DFAC encourages more consumption of foods with the green label and provides them for a price the Soldiers can afford.

  • Fort Bragg runners take top honors in 10 miler

    Oct 29, 2010

    Three Fort Bragg teams placed in their categories at the Sunday's 26th Annual Army Ten-Miler with the women's team taking first place. The men's team and the men's master team both took third place in their categories. Three Fort Bragg teams placed with the high scores, which were the sums of a team's top four runners. The women's team score was 4:21:27, the men's team was 3:46:01 and the men's masters was 4:19:83, according to the official scorer.

  • Fort Bragg Army Family Action Plan provides forum for community

    Oct 29, 2010

    Colonel Stephen Sicinski, Fort Bragg Garrison commander, began the Army Family Action Plan conference outbrief Oct. 21, by telling Soldiers, Families and employees anything that could be fixed at his level would be fixed. AFAP allows Soldiers and their Families, and Department of Army civilians to voice concerns to leadership and make recommendations for change, all in an effort to enhance quality of life.

  • U.S. Army Forces Command, Reserve Soldiers, civilians begin to arrive to in-process, set up shop

    Oct 29, 2010

    About 30 U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command Soldiers and civilian personnel arrived in 'Carolina Country' Monday. They are part of the first large group of personnel to in-process at Fort Bragg from Fort McPherson, Ga. Added to the 'Torch Party' that arrived in August, and the liaison team that has been here since last summer, there are now 190 Soldiers and Army civilians on the ground. About 350 personnel are expected by the end of November.

  • Army seeks new Reserve call-up authority

    Oct 29, 2010

    Army officials are seeking a new limited Title 10 authority to mobilize the Guard and Reserve in peacetime for rotations to Europe, Korea and elsewhere.

  • FORSCOM Commander Visits Forward Team At Fort Bragg

    Oct 29, 2010

    General James D. Thurman, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, visited his forward command post at Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 28, 2010, for an up-close view of the continuing preparations for the FORSCOM headquarters relocation to Fort Bragg, as directed by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation. By the end of Nov. 2010, more than 200 members of the FORSCOM staff will be on the ground ensuring a successful arrival of the main body of the command in 2011, while also ensuring seamless mission continuity as FORSCOM provides trained and ready forces to combatant commanders, at home and abroad, through the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process.

  • 3rd ID troops continue to return to Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield

    Oct 28, 2010

  • JBLM Soldiers help make a difference for local communities

    Oct 28, 2010

    Soldiers from all across the installation spread out into surrounding communities to participate in this year's national Make a Difference Day Oct. 23.

  • Hunter Firefighters win firefighting challenge

    Oct 28, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b>

  • From the CSMs Desk: Domestic, sexual violence hurts us all

    Oct 28, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.<b> Garrsion command sergeant major commentary on domestic and sexual violence.

  • ASC sets its highest performance in Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 28, 2010

    A team of eight runners from the Rock Island Arsenal's Army Sustainment Command participated in the 26th running of the Army Ten-Miler on Oct. 24 in Arlington, Va. Master Sgt. Louis Aguilar led this year's all active-duty team as the coach and as a third-time runner in this annual event.

  • BOSS Soldiers get Welcome Home gift bags

    Oct 28, 2010

    <b> HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga.<b> Gift bags given to Single Soldiers upon their return to their barracks.

  • 3rd ID troops continue to return to Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield

    Oct 28, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. <b> Soldiers with 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team and Division Special Troops Battalion, both with 3rd Infantry Division, returned home to their Families in a welcome home ceremony at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart, Oct. 24.

  • FRG leaders hear message of Spiritual Resiliency, 'Strong Bonds'

    Oct 28, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 27, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Family Readiness Group leaders attended the third and final Family Forum session Oct. 27 at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army National Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Representing FORSCOM units nationwide, the 470 FRG leaders heard U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Douglas L. Carver speak about spiritual resiliency and Strong Bonds. Resiliency was the topic Carver first brought to their attention, explaining that the outcomes of spiritual resilience could range from greater emotional health, happiness, martial stability, social support, less alcohol use and less delinquency.

  • Army expanding its Special Operations force

    Oct 27, 2010

    The U.S. Army Special Operations Command will double in size by 2017, compared to what it was before the war on terror, said its commander.

  • Soldier, spouse find drive together in JBLM bench press, dead lift championship

    Oct 27, 2010

    Sgt. Chuck Garmon, a mechanic with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), and his wife, Jessica Garmon, who competed together at Sheridan Sports and Fitness Center in this year's annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord bench press and dead lift championship Saturday, aren't exactly your average couple.

  • Former FORSCOM commander reflects on Army's transformation

    Oct 27, 2010

    After 40 years, the Army's longest continuously serving active-duty general to have seen action in Vietnam, recently began the next chapter of his life.

  • FORSCOM to release its 5-year Campaign Plan Oct. 26 at AUSA National Meeting

    Oct 26, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Oct. 25, 2010) -- U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Commanding General, General James D. Thurman, will issue the FORSCOM Campaign Plan (2011-2015) on Oct. 26, 2010. "The FORSCOM Campaign Plan describes my vision to man, equip and train our Soldiers to operate in a dynamic, complex environment," said Gen. Thurman. "The plan is synchronous with the Army Campaign Plan, and focuses on our output-trained and ready forces capable of skillfully executing full spectrum operations anywhere in the world our capabilities are needed."

  • FORSCOM chaplain explains role of Army chaplains to 470 FRG leaders at symposium

    Oct 26, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 24, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) staff chaplain for Soldier and Family Well Being spoke to Family Readiness Group leaders about the role of chaplains in the Army at the third annual FRG Training Symposium Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Hotel here. Chaplain (Col.) Bradford Fipps explained that there are many reasons for FRG leaders to know the role of the chaplains and what they have to offer to Soldiers and Family members. The annual FORSCOM-sponsored training event attracted 470 FRG leaders from Army units nationwide this year.

  • FORSCOM officials honor past, present Soldiers and their Families

    Oct 26, 2010

    Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command officials placed a wreath donated by K12, Army Family Network and U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders at the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" Sunday, at Arlington Cemetery. This event was one of three team building exercises for FRG leaders attending the FORSCOM FRG Leader Training Symposium.

  • FRG leaders receive praise from Gen. Thurman, learn how ARFORGEN benefits Army Families

    Oct 26, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 24, 2010) - Family Readiness Group leaders attending the third annual U.S. Army Forces Command FRG Training Symposium here learned the Army is considering reduction of deployments to about nine months to increase dwell time for Soldiers and ease the stress on Families. Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general of FORSCOM, delivered this welcome surprise to the assembled 470 FRG leaders Oct. 24 as he praised them for their service and dedication to helping Soldiers. FRG leaders from FORSCOM units all over the United States arrived in the national capital region Oct. 21 for the four-day symposium, and their training and networking will continue at the AUSA National Meeting Oct. 25-27. Following the FORSCOM FRG specific training, the volunteer leaders will attend the AUSA Family Forums to learn even more about the Army's support programs for Soldiers and Families.

  • FORSCOM FRG leaders attend AUSA opening session

    Oct 26, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C., (Oct. 23, 2010) - Monday, about 470 U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders were present at the 2010 Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition opening session. After the opening session, FRG leaders had the opportunity to listen and take notes during the first AUSA Family Forum where the Secretary of the Army and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army rendered remarks.

  • Third Army Food Service looks to remain a cut above with healthy alternatives

    Oct 26, 2010

  • Father-son Soldiers reunite at Camp Arifjan

    Oct 26, 2010

  • Third Army showcases its readiness at Lucky Warrior

    Oct 26, 2010

  • FORSCOM's Campaign Plan Publication

    Oct 25, 2010

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Col. Dan Baggio, 404-464-5750, daniel.baggio@us.army.mil FORSCOM's Campaign Plan Publication FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Oct. 25, 2010) -- U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Commanding General, General James D. Thurman, will issue the FORSCOM Campaign Plan (2011-2015) on Oct. 26, 2010. "The FORSCOM Campaign Plan describes my vision to man, equip and train our Soldiers to operate in a dynamic, complex environment," said Gen. Thurman. "The plan is synchronous with the Army Campaign Plan, and focuses on our output-trained and ready forces capable of skillfully executing full spectrum operations anywhere in the world our capabilities are needed."

  • Red Cross donates TRX equipment to Fort Polk's WTU

    Oct 25, 2010

    The TRX equipment and exercise program is a suspension training system that uses body weight to achieve fitness goals. The system is starting to gain attention in the Army. Thanks to the American Red Cross, the newest workout equipment on Fort Polk will not be found at any gym. Rather, it can be found at the Warrior Transition Unit.

  • Sustainability: Why should Army community care'

    Oct 25, 2010

    If the Army has its way, Fort Polk - as well as every other Army installation - will be self-sustainable within the next 25 years.

  • FRG leaders learn how to counter impact of multiple, frequent, extended deployments - reintegration

    Oct 24, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 23, 2010) - Teaching gathered Family Readiness Group leaders how to counter the stress they and their Soldiers have faced during more than nine years of war was the focus of the "Reintegration and Mitigating Impacts of Recurring, Frequent and Extended Deployments" breakout session held here Oct. 23. Part of the third annual U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group Training Symposium, the session was one of five available to FRG leaders here during day three of the training event. FORSCOM Well-Being Specialists Felix Major and Terrance Spoon led the breakout session, teaching the 470 FRG leaders who represented FORSCOM units from installations nationwide.

  • FORSCOM senior leader finishes Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 24, 2010

    FORSCOM senior leader participates in the Army Ten-miler Race.

  • FRG leaders learn about funding, fundraising

    Oct 24, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 23, 2010) - Knowing when you can and when you can't spend money to support your unit's Family Readiness Group can sometimes be confusing, especially for volunteer FRG leaders. That's why Col. Norman F. Allen, staff judge advocate for U.S. Army Forces Command, led a breakout session today at the third annual FORSCOM FRG Training Symposium held at the Hyatt Crystal City Hotel that included information about funding and fundraising.

  • FORSCOM FRG leaders learn about survivor outreach services at annual training symposium

    Oct 24, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 23, 2010) - Survivor Outreach Services experts from Installation Management Command today encouraged the 470 Family Readiness Group leaders, attending the third annual U.S. Army Forces Command FRG Training Symposium here to educate themselves about the benefits of "SOS." Donna Engeman, Survivor Outreach Services survivor advocate and special projects coordinator for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, was the primary SOS instructor at the training symposium. She is also a survivor who lost her husband when he was killed by an explosively formed penetrating device May 14, 2006 in Iraq.

  • Family readiness group leaders tackle comprehensive Soldier fitness

    Oct 23, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 22, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) hosted the second day of its third annual Family Readiness Group (FRG) Training Symposium Oct. 22 at the Hyatt Hotel by focusing on Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. The annual training event attracted 470 FRG leaders from Army units nationwide this year.

  • Family Readiness Leaders Get Tips on Health

    Oct 23, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 22, 2010) - Colonel Holly Olson, director of medical education in charge of all graduate professional health education at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, spoke to 470 Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders here today, pertaining to maintaining their individual health. The FRG leaders, representing Army units nationwide, are gathered in the nation's capital to attend the third annual U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) FRG Training Symposium from Oct. 21 to 27.

  • Fort Bragg FMWR holds third annual Volksmarch at Smith Lake

    Oct 22, 2010

    A little over 200 dogs joined their owners for the Third Annual Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Volksmarch held Oct. 16, at Smith Lake recreation area. The event consisted of a 5K or 10K walk through the Smith Lake grounds, music, food, Family fun and games, hayrides and a dog costume contest.

  • Fort Bragg ASYMCA holds annual Fall Festival

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- More than 60 children took advantage of the opportunity to dress up in costume weeks before Halloween as the Armed Services YMCA held its annual Fall Festival Saturday at the ASYMCA building here.

  • Red badge of courage: Fort Bragg physician assistants serve with distinction

    Oct 22, 2010

    "If you don't want to take care of America's sons and daughters in harms way, don't apply." That was the response given to Capt. Jennifer Dempsey on the day she applied for the Interservice Physician Assistant Program. Dempsey joined a growing number of Soldiers who are committed to serving both their country and compatriots. On Fort Bragg, PAs provide primary health care for Soldiers and their Family members, often taking the place of licensed physicians in clinics and in the field. On a typical day, a PA can record medical histories, perform physical exams, treat patient illnesses, assist surgeons and promote the health of the installation.

  • A day of giving: Fort Bragg spouses donate blood

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Megan Alcorn said she learned of the Military Spouse Day of Giving blood drive that took place Oct. 13, from XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, commander, Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick's Facebook page.

  • Fort Bragg children 'get ready' with coloring contest

    Oct 22, 2010

    In the era of after-school activities, dual working parents and other activities that leave our society with less time than they ever had before, no one is thinking about a disaster or emergency situation. Fort Bragg, in honor of the seventh annual National Preparedness Month in September, sponsored a "Get Ready Fort Bragg" essay and art contest last month for Fort Bragg elementary and junior high school students. "Get Ready Fort Bragg," is based off the "Ready Campaign," a program that encourages Americans to be prepared in the case of an emergency situation at home, work or within the community.

  • Fort Bragg emergency personnel wear pink for good, justifiable cause

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. This month, the good guys wore pink on Fort Bragg.

  • Fort Riley defeats McConnell AFB in second annual flag football game

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley's Army flag football team protected its house with a 13-6 victory over McConnell Air Force Base in the second annual Army vs. Air Force Flag Football Game Oct. 16 at Sacco Softball Complex. There was a little trash talking before the game about McConnell taking the trophy back to Wichita, Kan.

  • ItAca,!a,,cs training time for FORSCOM FRG leaders

    Oct 22, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 21, 10)-About 470 Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders from various U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) units across the nation assembled Thursday, at the Crystal City Hyatt here for the 2010 FORSCOM Family Readiness Group Training Symposium. The symposium is designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities for FORSCOM FRG leaders while serving as a pipeline for information concerning the introduction of new-and updates for existing-programs and services established to support Soldiers and their Family members.

  • Domestic violence is everyone's business

    Oct 22, 2010

    Victims of domestic violence need information about how to stay safe, how to keep their children free from violence and available options and resources. Each of us has a role to play in our community to provide support and assistance to victims. She (or he) may need our help to restore a life free from fear in the one place where everyone should feel safe and secure - at home. "If we are to solve this national tragedy, we must start by choosing to see the abuse and get involved," said Stacey Hale, command training and outreach coordinator for the Fort Bragg Family Advocacy Program.

  • 249th Quartermaster Soldiers return to renovated barracks

    Oct 22, 2010

    Soldiers from the 249th Quartermaster Company were surprised when they came home to freshly renovated barracks on Sept. 22. The company returned from a year-long deployment to see their old, shabby barracks had new floors, fresh paint and new furniture.

  • MPs at Fort Bragg reinforce security, safety

    Oct 22, 2010

    Military police from the 16th Military Police Brigade, the 82nd Airborne Division Provost Marshal's Office and civilian police of the Fort Bragg Department of Emergency Services, conducted Operation Enforce Standards Oct. 7, on the roads and in the housing communities of Fort Bragg. The operation increased the presence of law enforcement to keep Fort Bragg a safe place to live, work and commute.

  • 3rd ID supports local Seafood Fest

    Oct 22, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- Staff Sergeant Arthur Stuart, the Division Special Troops Battalion Rear Detachment noncommissioned officer in charge of supply, didn't know what to expect when he became a judge at the 12th Annual Ogeechee Seafood Festival in Richmond Hill, Ga., Oct. 15-17.

  • Coastal Georgia community thanks military at football game

    Oct 22, 2010

    Soldiers of 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, took to the field at Richmond Hill High School, Oct. 15. They were dressed for the pigskin game between the Wildcats and Glynn Academy Red Terrors, but were part of Richmond Hill High School's Military Appreciation Night.

  • 3rd ID troops return to Fort Stewart

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT STEWART, Ga. - Family Members defied the cold and the early morning hours to welcome home Soldiers with 3rd Infantry Division's Special Troops Battalion and 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Oct. 16.

  • First Army welcomes command sergeant major

    Oct 21, 2010

    A 30-year veteran with four combat tours of Iraq has joined First Army as its senior enlisted Soldier. Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse L. Andrews Jr. comes to First Army from the 3rd Infantry Division, where he served as division command sergeant major. First Army Soldiers and Civilian employees welcomed Andrews in a ceremony in front of First Army headquarters on Fort Gillem Oct. 14.

  • Reintegration - Finances: Avoid splurging, discuss spending

    Oct 21, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-When a Soldier returns from deployment, he or does not always have extra money that was saved during the deployment. Not all Soldiers and their Families discussed what they would do with the added income during the deployment. Many things happen during a deployment, unexpected costs as well as excessive spending can deplete deployment savings account.

  • Don't let our warriors fade away

    Oct 21, 2010

    On Sunday, the television news program "60 Minutes" aired a piece on Operation Stand Down, an organization dedicated to helping the more than 250,000 homeless veterans who walk the streets. While this organization - in addition to other veterans groups - does what it can to help homeless veterans get back on their feet, the sad truth is that they are overwhelmed. They simply do not have enough resources and manpower to put toward eradicating this national tragedy.

  • Night Stalkers awarded at Hunter

    Oct 21, 2010

    HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. -Lieutenant Colonel Kirk Keepers became emotional when he talked about Soldiers in the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the performance that earned seven of them prestigious awards, Oct. 15. He addressed the seven Night Stalkers, along with other military and civilians attendees, at an award ceremony in the 3/160th SOAR hanger, recognizing their fearless actions and superb performance during recent overseas contingency operations.

  • "What Right Looks Like" - NEW FORSCOM/USARC Battalion Conducts 1st PT Test

    Oct 20, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 20, 2010) - An important cooperative training milestone was reached Tuesday, as leaders of the U.S. Army Forces Command/U.S. Army Reserve Command Special Troops Battalion (STB) administered the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) to Soldiers of the battalion for the first time, here.

  • An old rose shall bloom again

    Oct 18, 2010

    TUMWATER, Wash. - A Washington State Department of Natural Resources helicopter mechanic discovered a piece of U.S. military history while scavenging for spare parts - the first AH-1 Cobra helicopter to be used in combat in Vietnam.

  • 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the 'Raider Brigade,' uncases colors

    Oct 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The last combat brigade to leave Iraq prior to President Obama's Aug. 31 deadline and the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the return of the Raider Brigade to Joint Base Lewis-McChord marks the return home of the last of the installation's three Stryker brigades.

  • Domestic violence scars for life

    Oct 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The monthlong awareness effort on JBLM features various events to help educate the community on available resources.

  • Dragons breathe fire missions

    Oct 18, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Artillerymen from the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, fired their 100-pound projectiles, round after round, this week to train and certify their M109A6 howitzer crews.

  • Snipers vy for 'Best of Best' during annual competition

    Oct 18, 2010

    The world's best snipers congregated at Fort Benning, Ga., during the 10th annual International Sniper Competition. A total of 34 two-man teams competed for the title of 'world's best.'

  • Mullen: Nation must recognize sacrifices of troops, families

    Oct 18, 2010

    Americans must recognize the sacrifices and struggles of today's troops and their families and work harder to reintegrate them into their communities, the nation's top military officer said yesterday.

  • BCTC takes on influx of Iraqi Army recruits

    Oct 17, 2010

    A great number of young men in Iraq are risking their lives just to apply for admission into the Iraqi Army.

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