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  • Soldiers reintegrate through Warrior Adventure Quest

    Apr 26, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff recently created a program called Warrior Adventure Quest, which takes Soldiers on all-day physical activities as part of their reintegration program after coming home from deployment.

  • Carson, community express concerns

    Apr 26, 2010

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The impacts of the Mountain Post's growth and increased deployment schedule took center stage earlier this month as about 300 people attended the Fort Carson Community Partnership Town Hall at the Doubletree Hotel Colorado Springs-World Arena.

  • Female Soldiers Meet Female Students in Mazar E Sharif

    Apr 26, 2010

    MAZAR E SHARIF, Afghanistan - The Soldiers of the Female Engagement Team, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, had their first opportunity to interact with the local female population by going to a school and meeting the female students at Rabai Balkhaey Fatima in Mazar e Sharif, Afghanistan, April 21.

  • Female Soldiers Train for Key Roles in Local Community Interaction

    Apr 26, 2010

    CAMP SPANN, Afghanistan - Select female Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, attended a unique training this past week in order to form a Female Engagement Team with Capt. Lisa Kirby, commander, C Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, in the lead at Camp Mike Spann, Afghanistan, April 12-16.

  • Relations building part of joint patrols

    Apr 26, 2010

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade and the Tactical PSYOP Detachment, 318th Psychological Operations Company, recently conducted one of their routine joint patrols with the Iraqi Army to search out leads on suspicious behavior leading to mortar and rocket attacks in Basra Province.

  • Issues addressed as military, tribal leaders meet

    Apr 24, 2010

    While the stability of the Iraqi government continues to progress as U.S. forces prepare to draw down, everyday issues between both sides remain on the table.

  • Signal Corps community's recent progress good, gaps in support to operational force still exist

    Apr 23, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (April 23, 2010) - Progress was made during the last year, but more is needed from the Signal Corps community to fill gaps in its support of the operational force, said the commander of the U.S. Army's largest Command Thursday in Atlanta. Gen. Charles C. Campbell, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, delivered the message to the audience of more than 250 people gathered for the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association's sixth annual Tactical C4 Conference. Campbell reminded the audience that he had addressed them at their conference last year and among the topics covered were his recommendations on how to close those gaps.

  • Wounded Warriors return to Iraq to share experiences

    Apr 23, 2010

    The April 9 visit offered the Soldiers -- some still active, some medically retired -- the opportunity to go full-circle regarding the wounds that precipitated their sudden, and unexpected, return home. Their day here included a visit to the 1st Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, where they had the opportunity to check out the Army's state-of-the-art armored vehicles

  • Be observant, take action, continue to save lives

    Apr 23, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga., (April 22, 2010) - Compared to a year ago, suicides within U.S. Army Forces Command are down by four percent; that's the good news. Unfortunately, even a single suicide is still one too many. That's why it's important for the Army community to continue to be accountable to and for the Soldier(s) in our lives. "Suicide is not someone else's problem," said Gen. Charles C. Campbell, FORSCOM commander. "It's our problem ... (to prevent someone) from seeking a permanent and tragic solution to a temporary problem." Whether as a leader or battle buddy, husband or wife, son or daughter, or simply the neighbor next door to a Soldier, it's important to be observant and to be ready to take action to save a life.

  • 3rd Brigade Combat Team opens new dining facility

    Apr 23, 2010

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - The North Riva Ridge Dining Facility was officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 15 on Fort Drum. Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers, 3rd Brigade Combat Team command sergeant major, cut the ribbon and officially opened the $12 million, state-of-the-art dining facility.

  • White House looking for Army's best drivers

    Apr 21, 2010

    Recruiters from the White House Transportation Agency went to Fort Hood, Texas, to find the Army's best drivers. The recruiters targeted specific transportation type units within III Corps such as the 4th Sustainment Brigade and 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)...

  • Initial leadership conference held

    Apr 20, 2010

    On April 7, in front of the Fort McPherson Chapel Center, Soldiers and Civilian employees gathered to hear words of wisdom from one of the installation's senior leaders. In the first of a planned series of monthly, informal meetings, Maj. Gen. Jeffery W. Hammond, chief of staff, U.S. Army Forces Command, spoke to approximately 40 people about leadership.

  • Fort Polk culinary team cooks up 3rd place finish at Fort Lee competition

    Apr 20, 2010

    FORT POLK, La. - Chefs from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade combined to compete in a culinary-arts competition at Fort Lee, Va. in February and March. The Fort Polk Culinary Team participated in Fort Lee's U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition, celebrating its 35th annual event this year. This year, the event featured 12 teams competing for the honor of Installation of the Year, which is open to all branches of the military that sent teams to Fort Lee for the competition.

  • General's son achieves success on golf course

    Apr 20, 2010

    Every April, golf enthusiasts converge on Augusta to witness the Masters Golf Tournament (Masters), one of the four major championships in golf. They come from all over the country to see top golfers from around the world compete for the championAca,!a,,cs green jacket, cheer on their favorite athlete or, perhaps in this yearAca,!a,,cs case, see Tiger WoodsAca,!a,,c return to the golf course. For one military Family member, however, going to the Masters is a chance to see the competition he believes he will eventually play in himself. Nick Mason, a professional golfer and son of Maj. Gen. Ray Mason, U.S. Army Forces Command logistics director, took another step toward his goal of playing in the Masters while visiting Fort McPherson April 6.

  • Over 100 stranded at Camp Darby due to volcanic ash

    Apr 20, 2010

    Service members and their families along with Department of Defense employees vacationing in Italy found themselves stranded when airports across Europe canceled flights over April 16. Over one hundred stranded travelers ended up at Camp Darby, Italy.

  • Soldiers train on new DRASH equipment

    Apr 19, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas-41st Fires Brigade Soldiers conducted preliminary training on the new deployable rapid assembly shelter (DRASH) used to run a brigade operation center during field time, here, April 12. Soldiers are scheduled to conduct validation training with the equipment throughout the months of May and June.

  • 20th Support Command to hold relinquishment of command ceremony

    Apr 19, 2010

    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow will relinquish command of the U.S. Army 20th Support Command CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives) during a traditional military relinquishment of command ceremony May 7 at 10 a.m. at the McBride Parade Field on the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • "Black Dragons" put steel on target

    Apr 19, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas-Soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division honed their field artillery skills; providing precise and lethal fire support during an M109A6 "Paladin" counter fire exercise, here, April 14-18.

  • Privatization of Army lodging begins on Fort Polk

    Apr 19, 2010

    FORT POLK, La. - Fort Polk's Magnolia House hosted a celebration April 7 to highlight the changes taking place in temporary housing on post. The get-together garnered interest in what the privatization of Army lodging (PAL) has accomplished so far by allowing the community to see completed renovations.

  • 3-89 CAV Soldiers take rough road, conduct route recon

    Apr 19, 2010

    When travelling, people often select the best, most convenient roads possible; however, cavalry scouts training at Camp Guernsey, Wyo. April 9, opted for the worst, most rugged routes imaginable. The Soldiers are assigned to 3rd Platoon, Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, and they were conducting route reconnaissance and rough-terrain driving training to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. The platoon leader, 2nd Lt. Vitaliy Plokhovskyy, said 3rd Plt's mission included conducting a route reconnaissance of the unit's southern boundary and ammunition supply point and confirming or denying possible smuggling routes in Dead Horse Canyon.

  • Louisiana leaders learn from Fort Polk

    Apr 19, 2010

    FORT POLK, La. -- Leadership Central Louisiana, an eight-month noncredit course run by Louisiana State University in Alexandria, visited Fort Polk March 25. Programs such as these are usually a function of a town's chamber of commerce, but LSUA took over eight years ago from the city as a natural extension of its continuing education.

  • Cav forward observers, mortar men train in authentic environment

    Apr 19, 2010

    Forward observers and mortar men from 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division used their skills in an Afghanistan-like environment while training at Camp Guernsey, Wyo. April 8.

  • 162nd Bde trains 2nd SCR for Afghanistan deployment

    Apr 19, 2010

    The Tiger Brigade continues to touch almost every deploying brigade combat team heading to Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently, six Soldiers from the 5th Field Artillery Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment and three instructors from the 162nd Infantry Brigade's Directorate of Culture and Counterinsurgency, flew to Germany where they instructed and advised the senior leaders of the 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment.

  • Vanguards participate in 814th's river crossing operations

    Apr 19, 2010

    March 24 was a first for many Vanguard leaders as 2nd Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade's leadership observed river crossing operations on the Mississippi River. The training event, facilitated by the 814th Engineer Company, 46th Engineer Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, was considered by many to be a once-in-a-career opportunity.

  • U.S. Soldiers, Iraqi Federal Police Build Obstacle Course

    Apr 19, 2010

    BAGHDAD - Combat engineers from 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division built a 10-station obstacle course together April 2 with policemen from 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Federal Police Division at Joint Security Station Beladiyat.

  • Soldiers Assist Locals in Meymaneh

    Apr 19, 2010

    MEYMANEH, Afghanistan - The Army has a long standing philosophy of leaving an area better than they find it, taking responsibility for mistakes and making them right. It was no exception, April 4, for the members of Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

  • Fort Polk OPFOR names Top Gun

    Apr 19, 2010

    A new champion was crowned at the second annual 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment Top Gun competition April 9. Spc. Marckinson Charles, Delta Troop, 1/509th Inf Reg, outshot 60 competitors - including a head-to-head shootout with last year's champ - to claim the title of "Top Gun."

  • Medic: Hemorrhage greatest risk to service members

    Apr 17, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Every week, the 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) hosts a combat lifesaver course at its headquarters building.

  • Madigan gears up for Stryker Soldiers' return

    Apr 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Madigan Army Medical Center is gearing up for the return of 12,000 Soldiers from three Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigades and will call in extra providers from other military treatment facilities to help screen each Soldier for behavioral health issues.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord customer feedback programs expand

    Apr 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - An already expanding installation customer feedback program is getting a big boost from the transition to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Customer service programs overseen by the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office, designed to capture kudos and criticisms of JBLM services at all levels, are now incorporating McChord Field facilities and personnel.

  • Briefing continues joint base public outreach program

    Apr 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - It was a blending of military cultures, civilian style. The public-outreach campaign by the senior leaders of Joint Base Lewis-McChord continued last week with a briefing for the professional organizations supporting the Army and Air Force.

  • Fort Bragg offers post traumatic stress disorder resources

    Apr 16, 2010

    Post traumatic stress disorder is a condition that develops after exposure to a traumatic event in which the individual either experiences something that potentially could have caused their death or they witnessed a death or severe issues associated with that exposure. Soldiers at Fort Bragg can seek help through chaplains, Army Community Service, and the departments of Social Work and Behavioral Health at WAMC. Help for 82nd Airborne Division Soldiers can be found at Robinson Health Clinic. Psychologists in selected primary care clinics are available by referral to Family members.

  • Students celebrate being Army brats

    Apr 16, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- It's not every day students get to watch their principal fall from a perfectly good airplane at 13,000 feet, but that's just how Irwin Intermediate School celebrated the Month of the Military Child April 12.

  • Playing to the Fort Bragg home crowd

    Apr 16, 2010

    Rock band Daughtry performed a free concert to a crowd of about 5,000 Soldiers and Family members Sunday night on the Main Post Parade Field. The USO organized the event with assistance from Fort Bragg's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

  • HMMWVs in a Can

    Apr 16, 2010

    The 2nd Battalion, 401st Army Field Support Brigade (2/401st AFSB), commanded by LTC Michael T. Wright, has well over 2,000 M1114 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) in its footprint on Camp Arifjan.

  • Soldiers' Morale on Camp Spann

    Apr 16, 2010

    CAMP SPANN, Afghanistan - If you look beyond the dusty rocks and buildings there's a picturesque view of mountains almost every morning and clouds that hang like drapes. This is the scene at Camp Mike Spann where 1st Brigade Combat Team is setting up its headquarters in Afghanistan.

  • Fort Drum will convert gate guard positions to Army civilian

    Apr 16, 2010

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - While changes in security occur throughout the Army, Fort Drum will ensure those changes do not affect the way it secures the post. Installation Management Command is in the process of converting 3,000 gate guard positions from contractor to Department of the Army civilian status. Fort Drum falls in the first phase of conversions and will complete the transformation by Sept. 30.

  • FBI briefs community on terrorist indicators

    Apr 16, 2010

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Terrorists don't always attack from faraway lands; sometimes they strike from within. Members of the FBI presented a military radicalization briefing April 9 at the Multipurpose Auditorium to help inform the Fort Drum community about domestic terrorism and possible causes for those serving in the military to become radicalized.

  • Expansion in the North

    Apr 16, 2010

    The growth and expansion of areas occupied by 1st Brigade Combat Team in Northern Afghanistan has amplified and improved since the arrival of the thousands of Warrior Brigade Soldiers.

  • Fort Drum civilian receives outstanding leadership award

    Apr 16, 2010

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of Army John M. McHugh personally awarded the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service to Judith L. Gentner, Fort Drum deputy to the garrison commander, during a Pentagon ceremony Wednesday.

  • SMA testifies to Congress on force stress, resilience

    Apr 16, 2010

    The Army's senior enlisted advisor told members of Congress Wednesday that what keeps him awake at night is stress on the force.

  • Airborne Awards

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - More than 200 paratroopers gathered for the 33rd annual Airborne Awards ceremony Friday at Eubanks Field. The event included an Airborne 5000 demonstration, a wreath-laying ceremony and the dedication of 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, headquarters building.

  • Fort Stewart's Corkan Family Recreation Center offers fun for all

    Apr 15, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- Since its opening in 2005, the Corkan Family Recreation Center at Fort Stewart has grown into a $17 million complex, jammed-packed with entertainment and educational opportunities for both the young and young at heart.

  • Month of the Military Child: Fort Stewart youth fishing event brings Families together

    Apr 15, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- A wise man once said you would be doing yourself a favor if you took a kid fishing. That's because a special joy fills the heart when you see a child hook a fish and watch him or her eagerly reel it in. Several Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield parents and grandparents discovered this special joy during the Youth Fishing Event at Fort Stewart's Pond 30, April 8.

  • Hunter Army Airfield Soldier qualifies for Boston Marathon

    Apr 15, 2010

    <b>HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. </b>- She describes running as her core, her niche in life, the thing that gives her life order and keeps her grounded. In March, running reaped additional rewards for Sgt. 1st Class Couretta Sirmans, a 41-year-old Soldier and athlete with the 224 Military Intelligence Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield. After only three months of training for the 2011 Boston Marathon's qualifying run March in Atlanta, Sgt. 1st Class Sirmans placed 14th overall among women competitors, running the marathon in three hours, 28 minutes and 55 seconds. She placed 150th overall among the 2,114 men and women who competed. In addition to the 2011 Marathon, her time also qualifies her to run in the 2012 Boston Marathon.

  • Spartans provide Iraqi Army with 'combat multiplier'

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq - While "one shot, one kill," may be the sniper axiom, it doesn't begin to describe the sniper experience. Not only must snipers be excellent shooters, they must also be disciplined and patient. They must have expert field skills, including concealment and camouflage, in order to infiltrate, detect and stalk a target through all types of terrain and distances - before firing their shot. It was exactly those concepts that snipers from 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, taught to 22 Iraqi Army Special Forces soldiers during a recent sniper course held at the Al Kindi Iraqi Army base. The Iraqis learned basic sniper techniques, stalking and detecting targets, then spent days firing at the range.

  • Final 48th IBCT Soldiers return from Afghanistan

    Apr 15, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue joined Maj. Gen. Terry Nesbitt, Georgia's Adjutant General, and other senior Guard and state leaders gathered outside Truscott Air Terminal to welcoming home Col. Lee Durham, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander from Afghanistan, April, 7.

  • 4th IBCT arrives at NTC, prepares for combat rehearsal

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT IRWIN, Calif. - Fort Stewart-based Soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division began arriving to Fort Irwin, Calif., March 30, and by April 12 more than 3,200 pairs of boots were on the ground, ready to march into a pre-deployment mission rehearsal exercise at the installation's National Training Center.

  • Two Fort Stewart Soldiers killed in Iraq

    Apr 15, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- Two Fort Stewart Soldiers were killed after their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Mosul, Iraq, April 7. First Lieutenant Robert W. Collins and Spc. William Anthony Blount were both assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

  • Surgeon general says new centers to help with blast injuries

    Apr 15, 2010

    The Army surgeon general told members of Congress, April 13, that the Defense Centers of Excellence, especially for psychological health and traumatic brain injury, provide great promise for wounded warriors.

  • M-ATVs to replace Humvees in Afghanistan, vice says

    Apr 14, 2010

    The mine resistant ambush protected all terrain vehicle, or M-ATV, is on its way to Afghanistan to replace the up-armored Humvee. "It will not be too long before we will be able to get everybody who can be out of the up-armored Humvee into the MRAP ATV," said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. General Peter W. Chiarelli.

  • Vietnam vet, decorated pilot prepares to wrap up Iraq deployment

    Apr 14, 2010

    It's a heady rAfAsumAfA: war hero, veteran pilot, commercial pilot, safety officer, father, grandfather, husband and - most recently - projects officer: with such an extensive list of credentials to his name, one would expect this Soldier to be incredibly busy.

  • A look back at a year building civil capacity

    Apr 13, 2010

    At the end of any combat deployment, it is common to take a moment and assess what the Soldiers of a unit have accomplished over 12 months away from friends and family.

  • US Army conducts board with Iraqi counterparts

    Apr 13, 2010

    Boards, in which a Soldier stands before a group of senior leaders and is examined for technical and general proficiency, are a common experience in the Army, but it is not so often that Soldiers have the opportunity to be examined by leadership from a host nation.

  • Wrangler Brigade Soldiers Return from and Depart to Iraq

    Apr 12, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - In the span of 24 hours, the 4th Sustainment Brigade welcomed home three units and said goodbye to another. Applause and screams reverberated off of the walls inside the Kieschnick physical fitness center Apr. 9 as families and friends were reunited with the Soldiers of the 49th Movement Control Battalion just after midnight...

  • Army's #2 civilian leader visits Fort McPherson

    Apr 12, 2010

    Army Under Secretary Dr. Joseph W. Westphal got a firsthand look at the four main headquarters here that facilitate force generation, sourcing, training, command and control of the majority of Active and Reserve component Soldiers Army-wide today. Visiting U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), U.S. Army Central Command (ARCENT) and First Army, the Army's second highest ranking civilian leader received in-depth briefings about current operations, said Lt. Col. Richard K. Bond, one of FORSCOM's action officers for Under Secretary's Westphal's visit.

  • U.S. troops advise at Iranian border

    Apr 11, 2010

    Soldiers of the 17th Fires Brigade, currently deployed to southern Iraq's Basrah Province out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, conduct joint operations with Iraqis Security Forces along Iraq's border with Iran.

  • AFAP elevates top quality-of-life issues for Army, Fort Carson

    Apr 9, 2010

  • Ride 2 Recovery makes its way through Fort Hood

    Apr 9, 2010

    Delvin McMillian, a former airman first class and armament systems repairer in the Air Force, was just one of 130 other injured military veterans, civilians and active U.S. troops from all over the country who set out April 5 on a 350-mile, six-day cycling ride through the state of Texas to support the rehabilitation of wounded veterans. The cycling tour, put on by Ride 2 Recovery, a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the rehabilitation of injured veterans through indoor spinning and outdoor cycling, was just one of five that will take place this year in separate states. The ride began in San Antonio at Brook Army Medical Center and will end in Dallas/Fort Worth April 11. Gen. George Casey, the Army's chief of staff; Brig. Gen. Gary Cheek, Warrior Transition and care commander; Medal of Honor recipient Mike Thorton; and actors Adam Baldwin and Ethan Suplee also joined the group for the ride.

  • FORSCOM Civilian employees answer the transfer call

    Apr 9, 2010

    In mid-2005, word came with the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission that U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters would relocate to Fort Bragg, N.C. Nearly five years later, more than 650 U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters Army civilian employees received formal Transfer of Function notices March 1 that their jobs were relocating between 2010 and 2011.

  • Air Assault: National Guard effort prompts first Air Assault Course in eight years

    Apr 9, 2010

    The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, in conjunction with the Army National Guard, demonstrated commitment to the total Army doctrine March 15-26 as the Air Assault course reopened for a yearly class taught by a Mobile Training Team from The Army National Guard Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Ga. Air Assault training had not been conducted on the course since it closed in 2002.

  • Tigers, Warriors train Soldiers at Fort Stewart

    Apr 9, 2010

    Soldiers from the 162nd Infantry Brigade (Tigers) and the 1st Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment (Warriors) conducted Security Force Assistance training for the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division March 21-25 at Fort Stewart, Ga.

  • 10th Mountain Division Soldiers deploy

    Apr 9, 2010

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - With the wait finally over, Soldiers of 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team climb a set of mobile passenger stairs March 28 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield, as they board a chartered aircraft that will fly them to Southwest Asia where they will begin their long anticipated deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Big Red One gets new division chaplain

    Apr 9, 2010

    In a time-honored tradition, the 1st Infantry Division held a changing of the stole ceremony April 5, 2010, to welcome in their new chaplain at Contingency Operating Base Basra.

  • Jazz Guardians perform at annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Ga.

    Apr 8, 2010

    The Jazz Guardians, The Army Ground Forces Band's premier jazz ensemble, performed in late March at Wesleyan College as part of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Ga. The music ranged from that of Duke Ellington to Johnny Mercer to Count Basie to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The audience, which even participated in one number, left with a greater appreciation for the talents of the Army's Soldier-musicians.

  • Enduring Clean Sweep Continues to Save Fort Hood Millions

    Apr 8, 2010

    by Pfc. Sean McGuire FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood and III Corps launched Operation Clean Sweep more than a year ago to help units get rid of unused or broken equipment. Between February and September 2009, units on Fort Hood turned in nearly $14 million in supplies...

  • Stewart-Hunter marches into the Month of the Military Child

    Apr 8, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. </b>-Hundreds of children, decked out in eye-catching, colorful T-shirts proclaiming "I Am a Military Child and Proud of It!" showed their pride as they strutted in a parade that marked the start of a month of activities in their honor.

  • Reserve training center preparing for move to Knox

    Apr 8, 2010

    Staff and faculty of the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center (Provisional) at Fort McCoy, Wis., are beginning the process to transition the organization to Fort Knox, Ky.

  • Fort McCoy's economic impact exceeds $1.4 billion for FY 2009

    Apr 8, 2010

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- The total economic impact of Fort McCoy for fiscal year (FY) 2009 was an estimated $1.416 billion, up from an estimated $1.127 billion for FY 2008.

  • Responsible drawdown: Soldiers tackle logistical challenge of equipment turn-in

    Apr 8, 2010

    U.S. forces have already begun redeploying to their home bases in accordance with the Security of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government, which states that by September 1, 2010, U.S. forces will drawdown to 50,000 troops in the country.

  • Helping deployed Soldiers maintain bonds

    Apr 8, 2010

    The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division is helping married Soldiers improve their relationships with their spouses during their current mission in Iraq.

  • Women honored at COS Kalsu

    Apr 8, 2010

    Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, commemorated Women's History Month March 25, 2010, at the Contingency Operating Site Kalsu dining facility. The theme of the event was "Writing Women Back into History."

  • 70 'Patriots' among Fort Polk Soldiers flying high on silver wings

    Apr 7, 2010

    FORT POLK, La. - Seventy Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division made up more than half of Air Assault Class 006-10 that graduated 138 Soldiers on Honor Field here March 26.

  • Age is just a number for Infantry Soldier

    Apr 7, 2010

    FORT POLK, La - They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and in many respects that is true. However, that clichAfA does not fit for one 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division infantryman proudly serving at age 44.

  • U.S. transfers facilities to Iraqi control as drawdown continues

    Apr 7, 2010

    With the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and the movement of Iraqi forces into the role of providing all security for the country, bases that have housed U.S. troops over the past several years - in many cases alongside Iraqi troops - are being returned to full Iraqi control.

  • Chief of Staff cites goals to be met in 2011

    Apr 6, 2010

    The Army has succeeded in changing and adapting over the last few years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told leaders at the Pentagon.

  • Writing Women Back into History

    Apr 6, 2010

    At a gathering that had more men in attendance than women, Soldiers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), spent their lunch hour in the Club Hood ballroom celebrating the 30th anniversary of Women's History Month Mar. 30...

  • XVIII Airborne Corps bids farewell to deputy commanding general

    Apr 6, 2010

  • 85th Medical Detachment Deploys to Iraq to Combat Stress

    Apr 6, 2010

    After months of training, Soldiers from the 85th Medical Detachment, 1st Medical Brigade, said their farewells in a ceremony Mar. 25 before leaving for Iraq two days later. The 85th Med. Det. is a combat stress control unit. In Iraq, the Soldiers of the 85th will help troops deal with the stresses of combat through various methods, including using man's best friend...

  • Thunder Horse troops move into action

    Apr 6, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas -Troops assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division gathered around Owl Creek Assault Course, March 29, to conduct fire team training to prepare them for their upcoming deployment to Iraq.

  • 10th Mountain Soldier receives PH

    Apr 6, 2010

    Sgt. 1st Class Andrew McRae, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, receives the Purple Heart Medal from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on March 26 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., as McRae's wife, Melissa, looks on. McRae was injured when an improvised explosive device detonated under his vehicle while on a patrol near Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

  • Never left behind: Rangers help build house for wounded comrade

    Apr 6, 2010

    RyAnne Noss said she has learned what Rangers mean when they say they'll never leave a comrade behind after going through the past three years of her husband's recovery from a traumatic brain injury.

  • Hurt one, affects all

    Apr 5, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (April 5, 2010)-U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Equal Opportunity (EO) Official Sgt. 1st Class Collette Ogletree speaks to fellow Soldiers about Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness month. This year's theme is "Hurt one, affects all," according to Ogletree.

  • Ability rather than disability: Wounded warriors prepare for Warrior Games with help from USAMU expe

    Apr 5, 2010

    Wounded Soldiers from around the Army came to Fort Benning and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Mar. 29-Apr. 1 to learn from the military's best shooters in preparation for the inaugural Warrior Games. Air Rifle and Pistol are among the athletic events wounded, ill and injured servicemembers from all branches will compete in at the inaugural games May 10-14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Mobile Redistribution Team cleans up Mosul

    Apr 5, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq - Members of the Mobile Redistribution Team at Contingency Operating Base Marez, Iraq, work around the clock to clean up unit's supply inventory, save taxpayer's money and prepare the base for the responsible drawdown of troops and equipment from Iraq.

  • Soldiers learn to teach anti-explosive techniques

    Apr 5, 2010

    CONTIGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Improvised explosive devices are the main threat throughout the Iraq Joint Operations Area, and Soldiers were trained to locate them at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, March 31.

  • Fort Hood transportation unit heads home

    Apr 3, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 49th Transportation Battalion, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) handed its mission over to the 14th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), during a transfer of authority ceremony April 3 at Morale,Welfare and Recreation center east at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Construction on Iraqi Army Camp Ur complete

    Apr 3, 2010

    CAMP UR, Iraq - A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held March 28 at Iraqi Army Camp Ur, Iraq, commemorating the completion of a $27 million project funded by U.S. forces for the Iraqi Army.

  • US Senators visit JBB to discuss mission, constituent concerns

    Apr 3, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Three U.S. senators came to the Oasis dining facility to visit service members and receive a brief on the upcoming responsible drawdown of forces, March 29 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Program helps Families cope with stress

    Apr 2, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Soldiers and Family members have a free and anonymous resource to help manage military lifestyle issues to include building resiliency, deployment stress, transition and reintegration.

  • Fort Carson welcomes home 71st EOD

    Apr 2, 2010

  • Program sets Carson teens up for success

    Apr 2, 2010

  • Reducing stigma, increasing knowledge

    Apr 2, 2010

  • Saving lives from Day 1

    Apr 2, 2010

    Fort Hood is known as the world's largest power-projection platform, having sent more than half a million Soldiers off to war in Iraq or Afghanistan. To feed that mission, about 400 Soldiers a week report to the Fort Hood Replacement Detachment, a busy unit comprised of dedicated professionals used to solving complicated problems of arriving Soldiers and Family Members and delivering them to their assigned units ready to train and fight.

  • Mountain Post Hero's Card program starts at Fort Carson

    Apr 2, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Fort Carson Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation have come up with the Mountain Post Hero's Discount Card which provides discounts on post and off for Soldiers and their Families.

  • Fort Stewart observes Women's History Month

    Apr 2, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- Soldiers, Army Civilians and local leaders gathered in Club Stewart's main ballroom to celebrate Women's History Month, March 29. This year's observance was themed "Writing Women Back into History," and featured Maj. Gen. Gina S. Farrisee, director of Military Personnel Management, Army G-1, as the featured speaker.

  • Three brothers deployed with 3rd ID, reunite in Iraq

    Apr 2, 2010

    Aca,!fBAGHDAD - Darkness falls as a Chinook helicopter lands on the rocky landing pad inside an Army camp south of Baghdad. As Soldiers walk down the ramp toward a small building close by, two sergeants stand bathed in the yellow light of the building's overhang, peering excitedly into the darkness and impatiently searching the faces coming off the aircraft. Then they both lock onto one shape coming toward them. Aca,!f"Whoop!" one of the Soldiers cries out as they both attack the person. All three Soldiers grin from ear to ear as they exchange greetings and bear hugs. Aca,!fThe three Soldiers are brothers, and they are all currently deployed in Iraq. Yet this is the first time they have all been together since leaving the United States in December 2009.

  • Marne Face: Work is more than smoke and flames for Fort Stewart firefighter

    Apr 2, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- As a child, many of us may have aspirations to become a teacher, doctor, lawyer, policeman or firefighter. For the latter, Curtis Genaux, Jr. followed through on his dream job.

  • Newest group of TF Marne combat veterans receive combat patches

    Apr 2, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Combat patches are a status symbol in Army life, a visual indicator that a Soldier has done his or her time in a war environment and lived to tell about it. That status was bestowed upon a small group of Task Force Marne Soldiers during a patching ceremony, March 27.

  • Base boasts Aca,!Eoehidden gemAca,!a,,c in crew lounge

    Apr 2, 2010

    In locales around the world, people often have their special places and hidden gems they consider as "must-sees" whenever they pass through, and Iraq is no different. With military bases throughout theater, such locations become well-known for different reasons.

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