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  • Out of sight, out of mind, indispensible: 1st Inf. Div. Hub Platoon keeps units in Iraq connected

    Dec 20, 2010

    Every day in southern Iraq, thousands of U.S. Soldiers across 33 bases are communicating with each other. Most don't realize it, but their connectivity is due to the efforts of a small group of Big Red One Soldiers in Kuwait.

  • World War II veteran, 98, receives long awaited Bronze Star

    Dec 17, 2010

    Recognition for an act of heroism more than six decades ago during World War II finally caught up with a 98-year-old Atlanta resident Dec. 16, when the Army awarded him the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony here in U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters.

  • Blackhorse Soldiers become newest citizens

    Dec 17, 2010

    Soldiers from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment became the newest U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony on Fort Irwin, Calif., Dec. 9. A total of 21 Soldiers stationed at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin took the Oath of Allegiance and became the nation's newest citizens. For some, the ceremony marked the end of the long journey to citizenship.

  • Fort McPherson honors Georgia's fallen in Soldier Tree ceremony

    Dec 17, 2010

    The names of Georgia's fallen Soldiers will never be forgotten. That was the message of the Fort McPherson Soldier Tree ceremony on Hedekin Field Dec. 8, which honored more than 200 Georgia servicemembers who lost their lives.

  • Marne Division's fallen heroes honored during Wreaths for Warriors Walk

    Dec 16, 2010

    Many traveled far and wide to Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field for the 4th Annual Wreaths for Warriors Walk wreath ceremony, Dec. 11, to pay homage to those Third Infantry Division Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Hunter gets new running trail

    Dec 16, 2010

    Instead of sharing roads with cars and bicyclists, service members at Hunter will soon have a new asphalt-paved running trail on North Lightning Road to use for physical training each morning.

  • Wounded Warriors return to Iraq, find closure in Anbar

    Dec 16, 2010

    CAMP RAMADI , Iraq - Eight service members returned to Iraq-a place where they nearly lost their lives-and were welcomed back Dec. 10 by Soldiers with 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, upon their visit to Al Anbar, Iraq.

  • Amputee Infantryman yields not to superior odds

    Dec 16, 2010

    A blinding, bright-red chrome Harley Davidson stands out amongst the dozen smaller foreign bikes sitting in the distance, as a seemingly average-looking group of new motorcycle enthusiasts prepare to ride on a clear, but bitter cold and windy day, Dec. 10.

  • 1st Brigade uncases colors

    Dec 16, 2010

    On a cold December morning, Families of 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team waited with bated breath for their Soldiers to march across Cottrell Field. Although it was past 1:30 a.m., Dec. 12, the Families were more than willing to wait. The 3rd Infantry Division band strikes up a lively marching beat, breaking the lull in the crowd's screams, and Soldiers emerge from the tree line. As Soldiers of 1st HBCT have been returning since early November, this coming home ceremony marked the return of the brigade command and command sergeant major.

  • Re-building relationships important after deployments

    Dec 16, 2010

    If you have recently returned from deployment, welcome home! I've deployed many times and I know personally that even the best relationships are put under extra pressure during and after deployment. This is a perfect time to put relationships on the front page of the newspaper - to talk about what makes relationships sound and secure.

  • Spiritual Fitness Can 'Lighten Load' for Troops, Families

    Dec 15, 2010

    Spiritual fitness can help "lighten the load" for servicemembers and their families, whether they're facing combat, dealing with health issues or just managing the day-to-day stressors of military life, the Army's chief of chaplains said.

  • Army looking at VTOL, balloons to meet ISR requirements

    Dec 15, 2010

    Unmanned air vehicles that can provide persistent stare capabilities and that can launch vertically are something the Army is investigating now.

  • Girl Talk: Bridging the cultural gap with Iraq's teens

    Dec 15, 2010

    As the sun rose over the city of Saniyah, the Diwaniyah Provincial Reconstruction Team, supported by 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, set out on the first of several planned youth outreach programs in the area. The setting of this mission was not to be the site of a newly reconstructed facility or a meeting of provincial leaders but rather a classroom full of Iraqi teenage girls.

  • Basra Soldiers talk about sexual assault

    Dec 15, 2010

    The Big Red One Society Against Sexual Assault, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division-South held a day-long "BRO-SASA" conference at the post Chapel in Basra Dec. 8, to candidly discuss sexual assault in the military.

  • 25th annual holiday concert kindles spirit of the season

    Dec 14, 2010

    More than 2,500 Atlanta residents of all ages braved freezing weather and snow flurries in order to attend The Army Ground Forces Band's 25th Annual Holiday Concert at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Dec. 12. The silver anniversary production proved well worth their effort, with many people who had attended previous concerts over the years agreeing that this was the best one ever. In addition to the traditional and contemporary holiday music, five pre-recorded video greetings from metropolitan Atlanta Soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan were shown on huge screens. Members of their Families in the audience were recognized with enthusiastic rounds of applause. Hundreds of attendees signed the poster-sized holiday cards especially created for the occasion. The cards will be sent with the concert guests' best wishes to America's service members who are deployed during this holiday season.

  • Personnel chief of Army's largest command retires after 32 years of service

    Dec 14, 2010

    After more than four years as Deputy Chief of Staff G-1 for the Army's largest Command, Brig. Gen. E. Eric Porter retired today during a ceremony at U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) headquarters here. Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general of FORSCOM, hosted the ceremony that was held in the G-1 Atrium of the headquarters. "It is a true honor for me to host this event today," said Thurman. "Today we recognize an exceptional leader who has given more than 32 years of selfless service to this great nation ... and (we) thank him for his unwavering commitment and steadfast dedication to our Army."

  • 3/1 says goodbye through deployment ceremony

    Dec 13, 2010

    The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, held a deployment ceremony Thursday, Dec. 9, to officially case their colors and say goodbye to Fort Knox, Ky, until they reuturn in 2012.

  • Hunting for recreation: Fort Bragg wounded warriors enjoy day

    Dec 10, 2010

    Patriot Hunts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting wounded warriors with wilderness excursions. On Dec. 4, Rachaelle Langmack (whose husband died in the line of duty) and her 12-year old son, Carson participated in a European tower pheasant shoot, hosted on the 2,000 acre Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve near Bladenboro, N.C.

  • Extreme makeover: Improving Fort Bragg buildings to meet the demands of today

    Dec 10, 2010

    The buildings where we live and work contribute more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the cars we drive. Currently there are 11 projects which aim to fine-tune or retro-commission many of the buildings on Fort Bragg. This retro-commissioning projects aims to make a large impact on the 25 million square feet of floor space on the installation

  • Tree lighting ceremonies kick off Stewart, Hunter holiday season

    Dec 10, 2010

  • Fort Bragg doctor continues Family history of military service

    Dec 9, 2010

    Capt. Kamal Kalsi marks the fourth generation of serving in the military, with his great-grandfather having served in the Royal British army and his grandfather and father having served in the air force in India. Kalsi is a Soldier in the United States Army, assigned to Womack Army Medical Center's Emergency Department. Kalsi is a Sikh, which has been classified as the fifth largest religion in the world.

  • Peace Light journeys from Bethlehem to Fort Bragg

    Dec 9, 2010

    A flame from Bethlehem, spread its message of hope and light to Fort Bragg Dec. 1. The chief of staff of religious support operations at Fort Bragg, drove to Maryland to bring back the Peace Light to the Cumberland County area. Each year a child from Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Christians believe that Jesus was born. The Peace Light is flown to New York where people across the country take the light back with them to spread to other communities.

  • Soldiers become U.S. citizens at Fort Irwin in first ceremony on installation

    Dec 9, 2010

    Spc. Sven Kramer, a Bradley fighting vehicle mechanic with the 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Irwin, Calif., pledged himself to fight for the United States when he was not a citizen 26 months ago. On Dec. 9, 2010, Spc. Kramer, who is a native of South Africa, took the oath of allegiance along with 20 other Soldiers at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, as his wife, Jennifer Kramer, along with more than 100 other Soldiers and family members joined in the ceremony.

  • Fort Bragg 2010 Family of the Year light post Christmas tree

    Dec 9, 2010

    First Sgt. George Donnelly, his wife, Kristina and their three children - sons, Kyle, 11 and Shawn, 8, and daughter, Alyson, 5 - were named the Fort Bragg Family of the Year for 2010.

  • Medal of Honor Recipients to Participate in the Coin Toss at Army-Navy Game

    Dec 9, 2010

    The storied rivalry between Army and Navy continues Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, with the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. EST. The game will be aired on CBS television network, Westwood One radio network, live on the Pentagon Channel, and world-wide on Armed Forces Network.

  • Ludacris visits Stewart, signs autographs

    Dec 8, 2010

    Multi-platinum rap star and actor Ludacris visited Fort Stewart to meet with selected Soldiers, sign autographs and promote his new cognac and album, Dec. 5.

  • Hunter gives away 125 Christmas trees

    Dec 8, 2010

    "We got a good tree, Daddy!" three-year-old Ryder Delany, yelled to his dad, Sgt. Nigel Delany, Company C., 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, who carried a six-foot Christmas tree over his shoulder.

  • Annual military lounge opens for holidays at Atlanta's airport

    Dec 8, 2010

    The 41st annual Military Holiday Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Concourse B at gate 33 opened Dec. 7 to serve military service members and their Families for the holidays. Howard C. Butler, deputy commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem, and 17 of his Soldiers were invited to participate in the opening ceremony as guests from the nearest military installation to the airport. Hosted by current and retired Delta Airlines employees and their family members, the lounge is a safe haven for the thousands of Soldiers, sailors, airman, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their Families who travel through the world's busiest airport each holiday season. It provides free personal hygiene items, beverages, baked goods and snacks to military service members. It is also a place where they can relax, watch a movie, listen to holiday music, and give their children a place to play games and make crafts.

  • Wounded Cav trooper selected for extreme home makeover

    Dec 8, 2010

    A Soldier with 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division was surprised with an early Christmas present, Dec. 6, on Fort Hood.

  • Annual military lounge opens for holidays at Atlanta's airport

    Dec 8, 2010

    The 41st annual Military Holiday Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Concourse B at gate 33 is now open to serve military service members and their Families for the holidays. Howard C. Butler, deputy commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem, and 17 of his Soldiers were invited to participate in the opening ceremony as guests from the nearest military installation to the airport. Hosted by current and retired Delta Airlines employees and their family members, the lounge is a safe haven for the thousands of Soldiers, sailors, airman, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their Families who travel through the world's busiest airport each holiday season. It provides free personal hygiene items, beverages, baked goods and snacks to military service members. It is also a place where they can relax, watch a movie, listen to holiday music, and give their children a place to play games and make crafts.

  • Air Cav lends JRTC help to 10th MTN

    Dec 7, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers from Task Force Lobos deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La. this November.

  • National Training Center and Fort Irwin pay tribute to Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

    Dec 7, 2010

    On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan conducted a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii bringing the United States into World War II on day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed "a date that will live in infamy." The American flag at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin stands at half-staff today, Dec. 7, 2010, serving as a reminder of the day that brought America's "greatest generation" to the forefront. High Desert Warrior staff writer Charles Melton captured the moment in this series of photos early on a crisp, clear High Desert morning.

  • Army's LSV-1 sets sail for Army-Navy game

    Dec 7, 2010

    The General Frank S. Besson, Jr. LSV-1, 24th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, will make a port call in the vicinity of Philadelphia during the annual Army - Navy college football game showing support for the Army while docked in the area of the stadium.

  • Army Forces Commander visits 3d ESC

    Dec 7, 2010

    FORT KNOX, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2010) - Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, visited the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the command's headquarters on Fort Knox.

  • Fort Bragg garrison commander connects with children through books

    Dec 3, 2010

    Colonel Stephen Sicinski, Fort Bragg Garrison commander, spoke to students and teachers at Butner Elementary School, Nov. 19, stressing the importance of doing well in school - particularly as it relates to reading.

  • Fort Bragg honors its native heritage

    Dec 3, 2010

    Fort Bragg Polo Field was the scene of a Native American pow-wow that featured inner-tribal dancing, traditional food, informational booths and kid-friendly teepee displays. The celebration observed Native American Indian Heritage Month.

  • Fort Bragg wounded warriors receive scholarships

    Dec 3, 2010

    Each year, 25 wounded warriors and their spouses receive full scholarships to attend Colorado Technical University, awarded by the Wounded Warrior Scholarship Program.

  • Parachute wedding dress finds new home at Airborne and Special Operations Museum

    Dec 3, 2010

    Sgt. Eugene Deibler Jr., of the 501 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101 Airborne Division survived the June 6, 1944, jump onto the beaches of Normandy, France, he saved a piece of his silk reserve parachute. When he asked his girlfriend to marry him, she said yes and converted the parachute into an elegant wedding dress. On Nov. 21, Deibler donated Mary's silk dress to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in a private Family gathering.

  • AFAP aims to improve quality of life for all

    Dec 3, 2010

    Soldiers, family members, retirees and Civilian employees dropped their titles and ranks to become agents of change during the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference on Fort McPherson Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

  • Back to kitchen basics: Connelly competition heats up at Fort Bragg

    Dec 3, 2010

    The 126th Transportation Company, 82nd Sustainment Brigade was busy competing and being ealuated for the 43rd Annual Philip A. Connelly Active Army Field Kitchen Competition. The competition evaluates Army cooks throughout the force in 10 categories. Currently the top four teams of the competition are going through evaluations to determine a winner, which will be announced Dec. 15.

  • Fort Bragg volunteers give back to women veterans

    Dec 3, 2010

    About 50 Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Family members of Joint Special Operations Command enjoyed Veterans Day in an unconventional manner - by refurbishing a home. A special home called the Jubilee House that is to house homeless veteran women and their children.

  • Holiday mail surge hits Afghanistan

    Nov 29, 2010

    For Soldiers and civilians working Army postal operations in southern Afghanistan, the holiday season brings a two-month-long deluge of packages, cards, and letters averaging 70,000 pounds a day and peaking at 125,000 pounds a day.

  • Mullen: US drawdown in Afghanistan to begin in July

    Nov 29, 2010

    The United States is "very committed" to begin drawing down its forces in Afghanistan in July, but large numbers will remain, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said on a televised broadcast today.

  • Arifjan Articulators build their skills

    Nov 28, 2010

  • Army unit flies new unmanned aircraft in Iraq

    Nov 28, 2010

    An Army unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, is shaping the future of the Army's unmanned aircraft systems program with a handful of its newest aircraft, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle.

  • Big Red One headquarters packing bags

    Nov 27, 2010

    The first Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Soldiers to redeploy are scheduled to arrive at Fort Riley, Kan., before Christmas, but there is still a lot to be done between now and then to ensure they have smooth travels home.

  • Deployed warriors sweat to support Wounded Warriors

    Nov 26, 2010

    BAGHDAD - For Soldiers and civilians on Victory Base Complex, supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, a program designed to provide support to servicemembers injured during combat, was a good reason to put themselves through the pain.

  • Almost home: Speed and Power Soldiers reflect on redeployment

    Nov 26, 2010

    BAGHDAD - After redeploying this winter, Pfc. Brian Hamrick plans on spending the holiday season on leave with his wife and two children. The motor transport operator, assigned to Company F, Task Force 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, United States Division - Center, said that once home he and his Family will take holiday photos and shop for gifts, and they will continue a Family tradition they had to put off last year.

  • Marne Division celebrates 93rd anniversary

    Nov 26, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - Third Infantry Division Soldiers, veterans, Family Members and Army Civilians gathered at Club Stewart for the first Right-Arm Night since the division's return from Iraq, Nov. 22. They also came together to honor the division's 93 years of service to the nation.

  • Fallen Soldiers honored at Warriors Walk

    Nov 26, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - ...Warriors Walk Tree Dedication at Fort Stewart, Nov. 18. That morning, two more 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers were honored and thanked for their service and sacrifice with the planting of two Eastern Redbuds in their honor, next to the 434 dedicated to their brothers-in-arms.

  • New, low-emitting locomotive pulls into Fort Stewart

    Nov 26, 2010

    Fort Stewart became the proud recipient of a new $1.5 million, 134-ton, N-ViroMotive Ultra Low Emitting Switcher locomotive Nov. 17.

  • Day of rest: After 69 years of service, Fort Gillem Chapel completes its final mission

    Nov 23, 2010

    Since its creation in 1941, the Fort Gillem Chapel, Bldg. 734, has been a survivor. Built from a World War II design, it has outlasted that war, the assault of time on its paint and features and even a lightning strike. But despite its fortitude, the one thing it could not stand up to is BRAC.

  • Robots to rescue wounded on battlefield

    Nov 22, 2010

    A robot now being tested may soon be used to rescue wounded Soldiers under fire without risking additional lives.

  • "Wranglers" transfer adopted school to Ft. Hood's WTB

    Nov 19, 2010

  • Veterans counseling center moves into new $300K facility

    Nov 19, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Department of Veterans Affairs Soldier Services Counseling Center celebrated its move to Building 2751 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.

  • Fort Bragg golfer strikes silver, wins third at golf championship

    Nov 18, 2010

    Shawn Whitmore, a Virginia native who is assigned to the 122nd Aviation Support Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division, competed for the All-Army Golf team tryouts at Fort Lee, Va., and finished tied for third. Whitmore advanced to competition in the All-Armed Forces National Tournament at Langley Air Force Base, Va., where the All-Army teams won silver.

  • National Public Lands Day event dedicated to fallen Fort Bragg Soldier

    Nov 18, 2010

    Members of the Fort Bragg Arbor Board and Soldiers from the Wolf Pack, the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, collaborated to assist in the preservation of Fort Bragg's natural resources. The volunteers gathered pine straw, weeded, cleaned McFadyen Pond, tended plants, removed garbage and planted trees and shrubs - all as a memorial to battalion member Spc. Timothy Fulkerson, who was killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Fort Bragg schools use new cafeteria software system

    Nov 18, 2010

    Eleven schools at Fort Bragg are using Meals Plus to manage school cafeteria systems. Meals Plus provides advantages in tracking free and reduced (Title 1) meals eligible for federal reimbursement, breakfast and lunch account tracking by student, online bill payment for parents and even dietary restriction alerts on a per-student basis.

  • Fort Bragg military Family life consultants provide the needed support before, during, after deploym

    Nov 18, 2010

    Military Family life consultants work closely with Army Community Service, and are assigned to certain centers and are embedded with the children while engaging and building relationships with children. They provide an ear to listen to the issues and struggles military children sometimes go through. The consultants also help caregivers and Family members in the absence of a loved one. They provide informal, easy to access information about prarenting, single Soldier reunions and many other issues dealing with being a part of the military.

  • Fort Bragg opens doors to new wellness center

    Nov 18, 2010

    Fort Bragg joined the 'be your best self' campaign with the grand opening of a new Army wellness center on Nov. 4. Motivated by the motto 'prevention is the best cure,' the center's staff teaches the community to value mental, physical and emotional fitness for optimum resiliency.

  • Fort Bragg constantly works to take care of its children

    Nov 18, 2010

    The biannual education meeting was held Nov. 10 at Fort Bragg Club. The meeting brought representatives from neighboring school districts and other education professionals to discuss the care of military-connected children in schools. These are very important meetings because about 80 percent of Fort Bragg Families live off post, their children attend off post high schools, elementary and middle schools.

  • Fort Bragg community warned about the dangers of Spice

    Nov 18, 2010

    A recent XVIII Airborne Corps policy bans the use and possession of Spice. As of early November, legislation has been introduced in North Carolina state government to make the dangerous substance illegal. Spice and other synthetic cannabinoids are prohibited and violators of the policy will face punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

  • 3rd ID supports Veterans Day events in surrounding areas

    Nov 17, 2010

    Veterans Day 2010 is a memory. But for those who participated, sat back in the audience, stood on the streets, or had some other form of involvement, it will be one to remember.

  • New barracks coming for WTB

    Nov 17, 2010

    One of the main aspects of the Army Medical Action Plan, which went into effect in 2007, was the focus on improved housing for wounded Soldiers.

  • Baby loved disco

    Nov 17, 2010

    Baby Loves Disco kept Club Stewart's Ballroom rocking for three hours, Nov. 8.

  • 3rd HBCT honors fallen heroes

    Nov 17, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Eight names were added to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division's Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial during a ceremony at Kelley Hill, Nov. 10.

  • Marne Air's colors return to Hunter Army Airfield

    Nov 17, 2010

    There was electricity in the air as hundreds of Family Members and friends gathered in Hangar 860 on Hunter Army Airfield the night of Nov. 15 awaiting the return of 200 Soldiers from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade from their year-long deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Marne Division says 'farewell' to three of its leaders

    Nov 17, 2010

    The Marne Division bid adieu to three of its finest Dog Face Soldiers with a Farewell and Retreat Ceremony for Brig. Gen. Patrick J. Donahue, III, deputy commanding general-maneuver; Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal, deputy commanding general-support; and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey L. Andrews, division command sergeant major, Nov. 15.

  • Sentinel laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery

    Nov 17, 2010

    Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, presents a folded American flag to Staff Sgt. Adam Dickmyer's wife, Melinda Dickmyer, on Nov 17th in Arlington National Cemetery. Dickmyer was a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknowns from April 2004 to Sept. 2007. He was killed by an improvised explosive device outside of Kandahar, Afghanistan on Oct 28th.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness now more accessible to families

    Nov 17, 2010

    Army family members can now use the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness global assessment tool and all its online self-improvement modules without having a sponsored Army Knowledge Online account.

  • Fort Irwin/NTC celebrate Native American heritage, EEO director honored

    Nov 17, 2010

    As the dancers from Red Boy Productions kept in step with the steady beats from the tribal drum and songs sung in the tongues of Native American Indian tribes, Lupe Lopez from the Apache Nation told the Soldiers and civilians gathered for Fort Irwin and the National Training Center's Native American Heritage Month celebration how the dance has helped her son. The event was sponsored by the 916th Support Brigade on Tuesday.

  • A new chapter begins for Army Diversity and Leadership

    Nov 17, 2010

    The Army has realigned what was formerly known as the Army Diversity Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Civil Rights Office and the Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance and Complaints into the new organization known as the Army's Diversity and Leadership Office.

  • Aid stations at Campbell, Carson move from paper to digtal medical records

    Nov 17, 2010

    Replacing paper with electronic medical record systems, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division (ID) at Fort Carson, Colo., and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., are the latest to join the growing list of units using MC4, a once battlefield-only system, to document Soldier care in garrison. This enables units to familiarize themselves with a system they will ultimately use down range.

  • Obama presents Medal of Honor to Soldier at White House

    Nov 17, 2010

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 16, 2010) -- President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor Tuesday to the first active-duty servicemember in nearly 40 years. Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta was described as a humble, low-key Soldier -- one that shies away from the limelight. But his actions on Oct. 25, 2007 were anything but low-key when he refused to let enemy fighters carry off a fellow wounded Soldier in Afghanistan. Giunta, then a specialist, individually pursued two insurgents who had captured a badly wounded Sgt. Joshua Brennan during a deadly firefight. Giunta killed one insurgent and injured the other, and immediately began to administer first aid to Brennan, all while under heavy enemy fire. It was this act of rare bravery that saved lives and warranted receipt of the Medal, Obama explained.

  • Deployed brigade trains on their big guns in Kuwait

    Nov 16, 2010

    The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division deployed to southern Iraq, is revisiting its old stomping grounds: the gunnery range near Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

  • Blackhorse cooks rewarded for frying competition

    Nov 16, 2010

    11th ACR food services Soldiers were awarded by the FORSCOM commander for winning the FORSCOM level of the Connelly Competition in Active Army Field Kitchen Category, Nov. 12.

  • JROTC Day Hits All The Right Buttons At Airfield

    Nov 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- "Where's the button'" Sitting at the driver's console inside a HIMARS vehicle, all cadet Arienna McElroy could see around her were buttons. And she wanted to know which button would start the engine. But Staff Sgt. Ashly Bolton wasn't saying.

  • Wabashin' Baghdad -- Wildcats serve in Iraq with Fort Riley aviation brigade

    Nov 16, 2010

    Seven Army officers commissioned from Kansas State University have made a full-circle journey from class to combat in Iraq, where they are assigned to an aviation brigade from neighboring Fort Riley, Kan. The officers graduated from the university's Army ROTC program at different times, and are serving together in the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. While they now wear combat uniforms, the consensus among the graduates is that they still "bleed purple."

  • Army to upgrade force-tracking system

    Nov 15, 2010

    The Army is in the midst of several high-tech upgrades to its force tracking system - Force XXI Battle Command Brigade-and-Below, known as FBCB2 - to include new, next-generation software and a new, faster satellite network, service officials said.

  • Thurman's Perch gives Gen. Thurman permanent roost at NTC

    Nov 12, 2010

    FORT IRWIN, Calif.- FORSCOM Commander Gen. James D. Thurman returned to a familiar place at the National Training Center Friday morning, a spot he spent countless hours during his time as time the NTC Operations Group Commander and the NTC's commanding general. To his surprise the spot was named Thurman's Perch as the NTC Operations Group hosted a ceremony unveiling a plaque that will serve as a lasting reminder and testament to all the things Gen. Thurman has done to help Soldiers, not only at the National Training Center, but across the Army. "I spent countless hours up here," Gen. Thurman said. "There's no greater honor that I've been given in my 35 years than this."

  • Domestic violence awareness training held at Fort Bragg

    Nov 12, 2010

    More than 100 community members gathered at Womack Army Medical Center's Weaver Auditorium Oct. 26, in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as a way to remember victims of domestic violence. A member of the hospital's Pediatrics Clinic staff conducted a session that explained what others can do if they or someone close to them is a victim of domestic violence. The class also included information about how domestic violence affects everyone and on what has become an increasing trend - teen domestic violence.

  • FORSCOMAca,!a,,cs Army Ground Forces Band building is going up

    Nov 10, 2010

    The new building for the Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Ground Forces Band (AGFB) is coming along well. The pads upon which the building will rise have been laid and half of the "red iron" beams are already in place, with the other half due by the end of the week. All of the metal roof decking is expected to be installed by Thanksgiving if all goes as planned, according to Joe Wright, the project superintendent who works for Lifecycle Construction Services, the prime contract design-builder. Elsewhere on the construction site, underground utilities work proceeds for laying water and sewage lines. The band will move to Fort Bragg with Headquarters, Army Forces Command, the summer of 2011, in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.

  • FORSCOM civilian receives Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

    Nov 10, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (Nov. 10, 2010)--Maj. Gen. (P) Howard B. Bromberg, special assistant to the FORSCOM commanding general, presented the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certificate to Steven D. Sawicki, deputy director of FORSCOM's Continuous Process Improvement office. Sawicki is one of 43 Army personnel to earn the master black belt status. The courses offered during the Army's Lean Six Sigma training program consist of a series of workshops designed to certify participants at different levels of learning. Green Belt, Black Belt, and Master Black Belt workshops last about two to four weeks, and provide participants with the knowledge needed to complete Lean Six Sigma projects.

  • Advise and Assist Brigade trains on big guns while deployed

    Nov 10, 2010

    The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division deployed to southern Iraq, is revisiting its old stomping grounds: the gunnery range near Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

  • Medal of Honor recipient assists in fight against 'epidemic'

    Nov 9, 2010

    Walking up on stage, retired Marine Col. Jay Vargas gently takes hold of Old Glory and gives her a kiss. He has earned that right.

  • FORSCOM and USARC Forward personnel get their H1N1 and seasonal flu shots

    Nov 9, 2010

    Soldiers and civilians assigned to the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) Forward at Fort Bragg took preventive steps to protect themselves from seasonal and H1N1 influenza viruses. Medics from the Womack Family Medicine Residency Clinic vaccinated FORSCOM and USARC personnel in order to reduce the chances of their falling ill as they set the conditions for the seamless transition of FORSCOM and USARC operations from Fort McPherson, Ga., to Fort Bragg, N.C. The move is in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation, which directed their current home, Fort McPherson to close not later than Sept. 15, 2011.

  • Fort Hood, Army review lessons learned from shooting

    Nov 9, 2010

    Just days after ceremonies marking the one-year anniversary of the Nov. 5 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, the Army released an internal review citing 79 recommendations to improve security Army-wide.

  • 2nd Transportation Company's colors fly again on American soil

    Nov 9, 2010

    FORT IRWIN, Calif.- Although the Soldiers from the 2nd Transportation Company returned from their yearlong deployment to Iraq on Sept. 20, the company was missing a key piece of its identity until Tuesday morning. The missing piece, its company guidon, was cased prior to the unit's return to Fort Irwin and the National Training Center and wasn't uncased until Tuesday morning when Capt. Jason Johnson and 1st Sgt. Bradley Schemmel pulled the cover off the colors as guidon bearer Spc. Huan Tran stoically watched in front of family and friends gathered for the ceremony.

  • 4th BCT Soldiers earn EIBs

    Nov 9, 2010

    Seventy-three Soldiers with the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 12th Infantry Regiment, and 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were awarded Expert Infantryman Badges at a ceremony held in Ironhorse Park Oct. 22. Originally, 749 Soldiers were identified as eligible candidates for the prestigious badge. This number was reduced to 503 upon completion of qualifying expert with the M4 carbine or M16 rifle.

  • Worley honors military families with concert

    Nov 9, 2010

    Darryl Worley's "God & Country Tour" came to Fort Carson, Colo., Oct. 30, to pay tribute to military families with a free concert. The "God & Country Tour" is a country music tribute to the military and their families, and Fort Carson was the fourth stop of seven U.S. military installations.

  • Anti-drug campaign targets post community

    Nov 9, 2010

    The annual Red Ribbon Week campaign kicked off Oct. 25 across the nation, and Fort Carson joined in the effort to educate the community about the hazards of drug and alcohol use. The campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. Red Ribbon Week was established in 1988 to commemorate Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who died while investigating a drug-trafficking case.

  • NTC prepares 1st Cav scouts for upcoming deployment

    Nov 9, 2010

    FORT IRWIN, Calif. - Greywolf troopers incorporated aspects of a rescue mission, Nov. 1, at the National Training Center, on Fort Irwin, Calif.

  • Medical trauma training at NTC

    Nov 9, 2010

    FORT IRWIN, Calif. - Soldiers from 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, held a mass casualty evacuation exercise on Nov. 2, at the National Training Center, here.

  • Fire mission from NTC

    Nov 9, 2010

    FORT IRWIN, Calif. - For the first time since 2008, Steel Dragons are making an impact on the National Training Center.

  • Navajo Soldier inspired to serve by 'code talker' grandfather

    Nov 9, 2010

    For Pfc. Chelsea Draper, now serving with a forward support company in southern Iraq, joining the military followed in the footsteps of her grandfather, a Navajo code talker.

  • Secretary of the Army, CSA honor Fort Hood medical staff

    Nov 8, 2010

    On the one-year anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting, medical personnel were recognized by the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army for saving many lives.

  • 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.

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