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  • Scout training aids Iraqis in becoming air mobile qualified

    Mar 5, 2010

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq - With the advent of the helicopter, airborne military operations became centered on the concept of strategic mobility, or getting the maximum number of Soldiers into the area of operations in the shortest amount of time.

  • Stewart-Hunter Leaders kickoff AER campaign

    Mar 5, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- The Army Emergency Relief announced the kickoff of the 68th annual AER Campaign, March 1. The campaign, which runs from March 1 through May 15, began at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield with a small, early morning ceremony over donuts and coffee at the Fort Stewart Army Community Service building.

  • GA National Guard units return to Fort Stewart from Afghanistan

    Mar 5, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-Georgia's 1st Squadron, 108th Cavalry is the third group - and so far, the largest - of Georgia's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to arrive at Truscott Air Terminal from their year-long deployment in Afghanistan. The more than 400 citizen-Soldiers touched down in two waves, with some coming in around 11:15 p.m., Feb. 28, and the remaining troopers at about 3 a.m., March 1.

  • Colors cased by 87th CSSB in preparation for deployment

    Mar 4, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-The 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade cased their colors at Marne Garden, March 1 in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • 4th IBCT hosts Stewart Black History Month observance

    Mar 4, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-A large presence of Marne Division Soldiers and several civilians gathered at Fort Stewart's Main Post Chapel, wrapping up the month of February with a sequence of events celebrating African American history. The celebration included poetry, dance, song and food, in honor of Black History Month.

  • FORSCOM, USARC 'BRAC Express' on track

    Mar 4, 2010

    Just as a locomotive builds momentum as it leaves a station, the ongoing efforts to relocate U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command to Fort Bragg, N.C., is steadily picking up steam.

  • Dogs go the distance: Program provides service to veterans with PTSD

    Mar 4, 2010

    For over 40 years Ken Costich, a former Army colonel, has dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

  • U.S. Forces advise, befriend Iraqi Police in Dhi Qar

    Mar 3, 2010

  • Scouting the border: Cavalry assisting border guards in Iraq

    Mar 3, 2010

    The border between Iraq and Iran is heavily guarded, with numerous forts on both sides. However, illegal weapons and other dangerous items are still carried into Iraq by smugglers who supply extremists fighting against the Iraqi government.

  • Keeping watch on critical pieces

    Mar 3, 2010

  • Do you know who your Facebook friends are'

    Mar 2, 2010

    A recent find in our social media communities has been the use of military support Facebook groups as the construction site for houses of adversary propaganda through violent, anti-American posts, videos and photos. What makes it scarier is friends and families have welcomed the invitation without looking at the pictures hanging on the walls or the violent movies playing on the television.

  • Long time intelligence expert retires after 46 years service

    Mar 2, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, GA (March 1, 2010) - One of U.S. Army Forces Command's (FORSCOM) veteran intelligence experts retired here Feb. 28 after more than 46 years conducting, managing and supporting Army military intelligence activities in the United States, Europe, Vietnam, Korea and Southwest Asia. Melvin W. Kerns, who was the assistant deputy chief of Staff, G-2 at FORSCOM at retirement, started with the Army's largest command in January 1984.

  • Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan to get new MultiCam uniforms, boots, gear

    Mar 2, 2010

    Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan will be issued the new "MultiCam" fire-resistant Army Combat Uniform complete with new Mountain Combat Boots and MultiCam-patterned Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, or MOLLE, gear beginning in July.

  • Observers set to ensure safe, fair Iraqi national elections

    Mar 2, 2010

    Soldiers across Iraq have been assisting various stakeholders with their efforts to ensure that the national elections held March 7, are run fairly and safely.

  • U.S. engineers train Haitians to assess building damage

    Mar 1, 2010

    The Naval Facilities Engineering Command partnered with Army engineers, Navy Seebees, and engineers from the Air Force to train Haitian engineers on building assessment, to ensure Haitian citizens are living in structurally-sound buildings.

  • Elections part of big picture in Iraq

    Feb 27, 2010

    Iraqi police are preparing themselves for the elections in Iraq. With the help of U.S. forces, they have been working to build a safe and secure environment, not only during the elections, but long after the last ballot is cast.

  • Army Recruiting Tops In the Southeast

    Feb 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For many teenagers and young adults, the Army can be a "once-in-a-lifetime chance." That's what it was for Col. Glenn Richie, commander of the 2nd Recruiting Brigade, when he chose the Army as his career path while a college freshman. "From that one-chance encounter (with a recruiter), I received the opportunity of a lifetime," he said. "I've been blessed to travel the country, and lead some of the best men and women in the U.S. Army."

  • Plan to reduce warrior tasks, battle drills forwarded to CSA

    Feb 26, 2010

    The deputy commanding general for Initial Military Training said he hopes the current warrior tasks and battle drills that all Soldiers are expected to know will be reduced significantly to stop what he called "task paralysis."

  • Steel Spike seniors get gut check: Soldiers shooters first

    Feb 26, 2010

    The 46th Engineer Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade recently gave their senior leaders a "gut check" during a two-day exercise to test tactical and technical knowledge and offer a reminder that all Soldiers are "shooters first."

  • Polk NCO story proof that heroes still exist, inspire

    Feb 26, 2010

    Newspaper writers are taught to be objective in their reporting. We are urged to avoid getting "too close" with the subject of our work, to shun the use of first-person pronouns and keep away from editorializing, or giving personal opinions, about the people or topics we cover. Sometimes that is easier said than done.

  • 5-25 Field Artillery acclimates, learns in Utah

    Feb 26, 2010

    Preparing for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, conducted infantry tactics training at Camp Williams, Utah, Feb. 15-16. The 5-25 FA Soldiers are in Utah to perform artillery tasks as part of off-post training exercises supporting the Patriot Brigade's 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. However, the 5-25 FA "Red Legs" took time to take infantry tactics classes that they might actually be called upon to perform during deployment.

  • 48th Chem Bde converges on Fort Polk

    Feb 26, 2010

    Commanders, command sergeants major and first sergeants from five chemical battalions and 27 companies across the 48th Chemical Brigade gathered at Fort Polk Feb. 17-19 for the first brigade off-site training event of the brigade's history.

  • Brigade deploys first task force in 65 years

    Feb 26, 2010

    Forty-two Soldiers from the 162nd Infantry Brigade recently deployed to Afghanistan to act as combat advisors to Afghan security forces. In short, they will get to practice what they preach. The 42 Soldiers of Task Force Tiger are the first Soldiers of the 162nd Inf Bde to deploy as a task force in support of combat operations since World War II. These Soldiers will fill a variety of roles as advisors for Afghan Security Forces.

  • Medic completes specialized training

    Feb 26, 2010

    Most of the Soldiers going through combat advisor training at Fort Polk's 162nd Infantry Brigade are from the National Guard and Reserve components of the Army. However, The 4th Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 162nd Inf Bde, recently put an active-duty Soldier through the rigors of combat advisor training.

  • Polk NCO overcomes obstacle to lead way

    Feb 26, 2010

    Fort Polk's Staff Sgt. Nathan Brown lost half a leg during combat operations. Despite challenges, Brown serves as a trainer with JRTC Operations Group.

  • U.S. military assesses outlying support network in Haiti

    Feb 26, 2010

    The deputy commanding general of Joint Task Force-Haiti met with local non-governmental organizations and a U.S. Army civil affairs team during a visit to discuss the needs of communities outside the nation's capital.

  • Patches fly on COB Basra

    Feb 26, 2010

    Effects cell Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division donned combat patches Feb. 15, 2010, during a ceremony in the Overlord conference room in the General John W. Vessey Headquarters Building at Contingency Operating Base, Iraq. As he entered the room for a scheduled briefing, Lt. Col. Ralph L. Kauzlarich, deputy chief of staff for effects, asked Sgt. Major Wade P. Wells, the cell's sergeant major, if everyone who was supposed to be at the meeting had arrived.

  • Fort Irwin breaks ground on new barracks, company HQ

    Feb 26, 2010

    FORT IRWIN, Calif.- A nondescript lot with a few tumbleweeds and sage bushes out in the High Desert will soon become a hub of activity for Soldiers at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center as leaders at Fort Irwin broke ground on an $18 million unaccompanied enlisted barracks and company operations facility on Thursday afternoon.

  • Paintball has a healing affect

    Feb 26, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla. - One hundred and twenty recently redeployed Soldiers for new friendships and practiced teamwork as part of a resiliency program at Fort Sill.

  • Sledgehammer on the lookout

    Feb 26, 2010

    Sgt. Anthony Vasquez, Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, provides security Feb. 16, 2010, as leaders of the 1st Bn., 15 Inf. Regt., the Diwaniyah Provincial Reconstruction Team and members of the Director General take soil samples in Diwaniyah, Iraq. The samples were taken to determine if land was suitable for "tunnel houses," low-tech versions of greenhouses.

  • Building sustainable agriculture in the Iraqi heartland

    Feb 26, 2010

    Leaders of the Diwaniyah Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, recently completed the first step toward what is hoped to be a lasting source of income for many farmers in Diwaniyah. While Company A, 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt. Soldiers provided security Feb. 16, 2010, unit leaders, along with PRT Agricultural Advisors, Dr. Mohamed, Dr. Abdul and Bill Baker, escorted representatives of the Director General of Agriculture to five farms to determine if they are suitable sites for plastic tunnel houses.

  • 90th Sustainment Brigade cases colors, heads home

    Feb 26, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 90th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) held a casing ceremony Feb. 19 outside the brigade headquarters building, to retire the brigade's colors for its re-deployment from Iraq.

  • 'Sound the Trumpets' to feature 2 Soldiers' solos, plus Army Herald Trumpets

    Feb 25, 2010

    "Sound the Trumpets" will feature The Army Herald Trumpets and showcase two of the Army Ground Forces Band's top-notch Soldier-musicians, Staff Sgt. Byron Bartosh and Spc. Kailin Eskander, who will perform trumpet and English horn solos respectively in Aaron Copland's "Quiet City," Atlanta, March 6, 2010.

  • Some West Point seats for Soldiers go vacant

    Feb 25, 2010

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., long renowned for cultivating some of America's most celebrated leaders, offers 170 slots each year for prior-service Soldiers, yet many go unfilled.

  • Third Army holds planning conference for 2010 Land Forces Symposium

    Feb 25, 2010

    As the date for the 2010 Land Forces Symposium quickly approaches, senior leaders from 14 countries in the U.S. Central Command and Third Army area of responsibility met in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 22-26 to develop a theme, speakers and panels for the annual event.

  • Fort Stewart Youth Center celebrates Arbor Day, plants trees

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-The Fort Stewart Youth Center, with a little help from the Keep Liberty Beautiful organization, the Directorate of Public Works and the garrison command team, celebrated Arbor Day by planting two young trees outside the Fort Stewart Youth Center, Feb. 19. The trees, a crepe myrtle and Shumard oak, were donated to the youth center by Keep Liberty Beautiful.

  • Holbrook renovations complete at Fort Stewart

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-Extensive renovation work at Holbrook Pond Recreation Area and the Outdoor Recreation Center at Fort Stewart is complete, and the facility stands willing and able to serve Soldiers, their Families and others who like the idea of "getting away from it all and enjoying the great outdoors."

  • FORSCOM BRAC relocation to Fort Bragg

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2010) - Key influencers in U.S. Army Forces Command's relocation to Fort Bragg, N.C., as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation attended a luncheon today hosted by the All American Defense Business Association at the Fort Bragg Officer's Club. (Left to Right) Col. Stephen J. Sicinski, Fort Bragg Garrison Commander; Mr. Tommy Bolton, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for North Carolina; Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg; Mr. Troy E. (Gil) Gilleland, Senior Executive Service (SES) member/Deputy G1 for U.S. Army Forces Command; and Brig. Gen. Eric Porter, Deputy Chief of Staff-G1, U.S. Army Forces Command. The purpose of the association is to build the Defense and Homeland Security related industry clusters at Fort Bragg and in the region. U.S. Army photo by Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs.

  • Fort Stewart BOSS Soldiers enjoy the snow of the Smoky Mountains

    Feb 25, 2010

    There are a lot of recreational activities, sports and events that people in certain areas cannot enjoy due to the climates in which they live. However, Fort Stewart Soldiers experienced something new that many around the area have never been able to experience firsthand. The installation Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program provided Soldiers an opportunity to head up to Gatlinburg, Tenn. for a weekend of snowboarding and skiing on the Smokey Mountains at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park, Feb. 19-21.

  • Fort Stewart welcomes home 139th MP Co

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- The 139th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, formed two-and-a-half years ago, returned to Fort Stewart after a year-long deployment to Iraq, Feb. 16.

  • Soldiers aid avalanche victims in Afghanistan

    Feb 25, 2010

    Soldiers from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, flew to the aid of avalanche victims in northern Afghanistan, Feb. 9.

  • Fort Stewart DPW recognized by Secretary of the Army

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-For a second year in a row, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield has achieved recognition through the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability. Stewart-Hunter's Prevention and Compliance Branch of the Directorate of Public Works' Environmental Division has once again been recognized as Runner-up - Installation/Activity, according to Tressa Rutland, chief of the Prevention and Compliance Branch.

  • ARMY FAMILY COVENANT: Fort Stewart Commissary honors Covenant with continued improvements, deals

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga.</b>-The Fort Stewart commissary has just undergone upgrades to make it just one of many military commissary projects which benefitted in the million dollar investment to make coming to an installation grocery store up-to-date and shopper friendly.

  • Spartan Brigade bridges gap with restored tank to Iraqi forces

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq - Sergeant Mark Wheeler, Company B, 26th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, takes a moment to look over his work and to run his hand over the rough and dirty surface of the Russian T-55 tank sitting in his maintenance bay. He doesn't see the rust or dirt that makes his job seem impossible. In three months, he hopes to have this tank running, so it can be presented to the Iraqi Army. Fixing this broken tank, which was sentenced to a junkyard and making it run before presenting it to the Iraqi Security Forces his unit is partnered with, is a project being chaired by the Spartan Brigade.

  • Apaches take less aggressive role in Iraq

    Feb 25, 2010

    As the role of U.S. forces turns from a kinetic, action-oriented posture to a supporting role for the Iraqi Army and Police, unit missions must also adapt to the changes.

  • Army Emergency Relief campaign begins March 1

    Feb 25, 2010

    The annual Army Emergency Relief campaign kicks off March 1 and will run through May 15.

  • Updated Web site helps wounded warriors, families

    Feb 25, 2010

    Defense Department officials have updated and improved access to the National Resource Directory, a Web site for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers, veterans, their families and those who support them.

  • $1.9 billion in research to focus on protecting Soldiers

    Feb 24, 2010

    The Army's fiscal 2011 science and technology budget that recently went forward for approval tops out at $1.9 billion and includes funding for advanced medical and force protection research efforts.

  • Army's budget request prioritizes BCT Modernization

    Feb 24, 2010

    The new Brigade Combat Team Modernization plan and the Army's goal to "achieve balance" by 2011 are among top priorities in the Army's budget request for next year.

  • Signal Soldiers work with Iraqi counterparts

    Feb 24, 2010

    Addressing the Iraqi Army communications troops gathered before him, the instructor hammered home how key their role is to operations. "Your reports are a big factor to conducting operations," said U.S. Marine Sgt. Michael E. Mullins, 14th Division Military Transition Team "The information that you provide is essential to getting help to a wounded Soldier or getting support to troops under attack, so it's vital that those reports be precise." Over the past few weeks, Marines with the 14th Div. MiTT and Soldiers from 256th Signal Company, 17th Fires Brigade have begun training troops from Signal Co., 14th Iraqi Army Division, at Camp Wessam on radio communications functions and procedures.

  • U.S., Iraqi forces secure election sites

    Feb 24, 2010

    Soldiers of the 69th Armor Regiment and Iraqi Security Forces in Babil Province have joined forces to ensure the safety of Iraqi citizens during the upcoming national elections, only the second such elections since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

  • 203rd BSB fit to fight

    Feb 24, 2010

    Command Sgt. Maj. Spencer Gray saw a problem in his battalion, the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. "I watched the same Soldiers going on the over-weight program over and over again," he said. "I decided something needed to be done and we made it a battalion-wide effort." From that moment, the 203rd BSB's "Fit Nation" program was born a few months ago.

  • Iraqi border police conduct weapons classes

    Feb 24, 2010

    In Maysan Province, more than 80 kilometers from the nearest major city, a group of Iraqi border guards stand on Iraq's eastern frontier, their every move observed by Iranian sentries a few hundred meters away.

  • Establishment of standardized Iraqi NCOES met with challenges, successes

    Feb 24, 2010

    Although it seems unrealistic for an Army to be comprised of Soldiers who were unable to read, it was one problem facing the Iraq Ground Forces Command and the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission-Army as they attempted to develop and implement a structured noncommissioned officer education system for Iraq's soldiers

  • Shutting off the fires: conference proposes turning pollution into profit for Iraq

    Feb 24, 2010

    The common sight of fires burning high above the horizon throughout Iraq may soon become a thing of the past, according to attendees of the United States Division-South Oil Conference.

  • FORSCOM's 'First Lady' stresses importance, unique role of Family Readiness Support A

    Feb 23, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command's "First Lady" stressed the importance and the unique role of Family Readiness Support Assistants (FRSA) here today during her remarks to the 300 attendees of the Family Readiness training session hosted by the XVIII Airborne Corps. Mrs. Diane Campbell, wife of FORSCOM's commander Gen. Charles C. Campbell, expressed her and Gen. Campbell's appreciation to the attendees for what they do to help support Soldiers' Families. "We share your vision, encourage you, and (we) thank you for what you do," she said.

  • Marriage Retreat for Soldiers

    Feb 23, 2010

    Brigade Chaplain (Maj.) Shawn McCammon invited couples of the brigade to participate in this event, providing them with food, childcare, a room at the Sheraton Music City Hotel and a chance to relax and rebuild life's most important bonds.

  • Sustainers improve morale and services for troops in Haiti

    Feb 23, 2010

    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - Servicemembers throughout Haiti have seen improved morale as a result of several quality of life improvements thanks to 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Soldiers and the rest of the team within Joint Logistics Command - Haiti. hile support to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief continues, U.S. forces are now eating food other than MREs, receiving mail, and sending their dirty clothes out for laundry service.

  • 101st CAB honors members of the regiment

    Feb 23, 2010

    The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division paid tribute to its history by appointing new honorary members of the regiment during a ceremony at Fort Campbell Feb. 19, 2010.

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers Build Strong Bonds at Hilton Head, S.C., Resort

    Feb 23, 2010

    HILTON HEAD, S.C. (Feb. 23, 2010) -- The Army Strong Bonds retreat is a no brainer, you are being paid to attend, you are staying at a beautiful resort, and you are receiving world class instruction on communication, intimacy, and conflict management skills, that's according to Chaplain Col. Steven Dyess the 81st Regional Support Command Chaplain.

  • Strength in Diversity: training ammunition manager keeps U.S. Army Europe Soldiers locked and loaded

    Feb 23, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Every commander knows the best training plans in the world are useless without the proper resources. When training, Soldiers needs more than motivation when they head into a fire-fight. They need ammunition. That is where Roy Hale, U.S. Army Europe's (USAREUR) Deputy Training Ammunition Officer, comes in.

  • Comedians keep COB Echo laughing

    Feb 23, 2010

    "Who here has dogs'" A few Soldiers in the audience raised their hands. "What kind of dog do you have," comedian Ray Barnett asked a Soldier. "A bullmastiff' Those are the kind of dogs that, if he gets goin' on your leg, you just let him finish."

  • Ft. Bliss community helps fight breast cancer

    Feb 22, 2010

    El PASO, Texas - More than 1,000 Fort Bliss Soldiers along with 15,000 area residents and breast cancer survivors showed their support for victims of breast cancer during a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event held at Cohen Stadium Sunday.

  • Fort Bliss TAPS seminar helps families tackle grief

    Feb 22, 2010

    FORT BLISS, Texas Aca,!" Strangers from across Texas gathered in the sunlit auditorium of the Fort Bliss Youth Plex united by a common experience: the loss of a loved one. Colleen Thigpen, her best friend Karen Neugent and her two sons Maverick and Matthew made the drive up from Houston to attend the Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors seminar and the Good Grief Camp for children Feb. 20.

  • "Sending them away with God": 2nd Brigade Combat Team chaplain joins Haitians in worship

    Feb 22, 2010

    Maj. Brad Baumann, 2nd Brigade Combat Team chaplain, was invited to preach at the Prophecy Church of God of Charadeux, Haiti on Feb. 21. His chaplain's assistant, Spc. Midine Beauvais, translated the sermon for him. The locals were thrilled to have the chaplain at their church, as well as a group of 2BCT Paratroopers in attendance. However, Maj. Baumann hasn't lost sight of his primary mission in Haiti, preaching for his troops.

  • Army watercraft assists Colombian Red Cross with delivery of humanitarian aid

    Feb 22, 2010

    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - Humanitarian assistance in the form of food, water, mattresses and tents have poured into Haiti from countries around the world in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the southern region of this small Caribbean nation.

  • Progress at Toussaint L'Ouverture Airport

    Feb 20, 2010

    PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI - Commercial airline traffic is increasing at Toussaint L'Ouverture Airport in Port Au Prince. Feb. 19 marked the return of commercial airline passenger service for the first time since the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake which struck Haiti. Between military, commercial, and passenger airline service the airport handles about 75 flights per day.

  • 107 Soldiers become US citizens at Al-Faw Palace

    Feb 20, 2010

    VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq - The United States Forces - Iraq command staff held its 16th naturalization ceremony Feb. 15, welcoming 107 new U.S. citizens in Al-Faw Palace at Victory Base Complex, Iraq.

  • 'Iron Chef' competitors sizzle at Fort Polk

    Feb 19, 2010

    Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade competed in a head-to-head culinary arts contest at the Patriot Inn Dining Facility Jan. 29.

  • U.S. military credentials Iraqi media, aids reporting

    Feb 19, 2010

    The Iraqi press' ability to report on United States Division-South was aided recently, thanks to a helping hand from U.S. Army public affairs representatives. Area journalists were invited to Basrah International Airport Feb. 13, 2010, to reestablish relations with the U.S. military - relations that had been strained for at least the last year.

  • Utility monitoring system helps Fort Bragg conserve energy

    Feb 19, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - For 25 million square feet and a couple thousand buildings in its real estate portfolio, Fort Bragg spends nearly $60 million each year on energy.

  • The Way Ahead at Fort Polk: Perfect storm for Home of Heroes

    Feb 19, 2010

    FORT POLK, La. -- Did you know that about 60 percent of the Soldiers deployed to U.S. combat operations are trained and certified to deploy at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk'

  • Work is a blast for 1-15 Inf. Regt. Soldiers

    Feb 19, 2010

    "This is the only thing I was looking forward to," said Cpl. Sean Taylor, in between the series of explosions. Taylor, Company B, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was on day nine of the 15-day 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt.'s Team Leader Course, which began Feb. 1 at Forward Operating Base Echo.

  • Military Transition Team joint patrol with 52nd Iraqi Army Brigade

    Feb 19, 2010

    Photo release concerning a patrol the 5214 Military Transition Team conducted with the 52nd Iraqi Army Brigade

  • Provider command staff briefs incoming replacements

    Feb 19, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Command staff and leaders with the13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and the 15th Sustainment Brigade, met with their replacement counterparts, the 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and the 3rd Sustainment Brigade Feb. 13 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, during their initial pre-deployment site survey.

  • Italians take the lead in rubble removal mission on the streets of Port-au-Prince

    Feb 18, 2010

    Paratroopers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team have partnered with Italian soldiers and the Center of National Equipment to clear rubble from the streets of Port-au-Prince. The troopers are pulling security on the site and assisting with the removal, but the Italians have much better assets for the job. Troopers are trying to show the Italians how to work with the Haitian government and local police to secure the areas of rubble removal so the Italians can take control of the mission.

  • 101st CAB prove valor at Firebase Ripcord

    Feb 18, 2010

    In July 1970, the 101st Aviation Group, currently the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, was awarded the Valorous Unit Award in Thua Thein Province, Vietnam, for their success in extracting personnel and materiel from Fire Support Base Ripcord.

  • Army raises more than $3.5 million for CFC

    Feb 18, 2010

    For the sixth year in a row, the Army in the nation's capital has contributed more than $3 million to the Combined Federal Campaign, the world's largest annual workplace charity program.

  • New York Army National Guard Soldiers Mobilize For Afghanistan

    Feb 18, 2010

    BUFFALO--More than 300 family members, public officials, veterans and friends from the community turned out to the Connecticut Street Armory here for a send off ceremony for members of the New York Army National Guard's 152nd Engineer Support Company. Eighty members of the Buffalo-based unit are joining other troops from the communities of Horseheads and Walton to deploy to Afghanistan as part the 827th Engineer Company. This will be the second overseas deployment for about 25 percent of the unit. The unit is comprised of various tradesmen, college students, public and private employees from the region. The unit's primary mission for Operation Enduring Freedom will be to build roads in the rugged and undeveloped regions of Eastern Afghanistan. During his remarks, the unit commander, Capt. Jeffrey Miles praised his soldiers hard work in preparing the mission as well as their performance during past state emergencies in the region including the floods which struck Western New York last August.

  • 10 new lake cabins to open in March

    Feb 18, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla. - Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area has 10 new cabins available to reserve beginning at the end of March. The cabins will be used by units one weekend a month for off-site retreats to enhance family wellness.

  • Fort Drum Soldiers graduate Warrior Leader Course

    Feb 18, 2010

  • Soldiers bring fresh, clean water to Haiti

    Feb 18, 2010

    Since they arrived last month, some American Soldiers here have been saving lives by purifying and distributing clean water.

  • Press conference reveals progress in Babil

    Feb 18, 2010

    Key leaders with the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, held a press conference Feb. 15, 2010, at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, to present U.S. personnel to the Iraqi media and discuss current and future efforts in rebuilding Iraq's essential services. "It's important to keep an open relationship with the people of Iraq," said Maj. Jim Hathaway, operations officer with the 2nd Bn., 69th AR, during his opening remarks. After Hathaway Rick Roberts, Babil PRT team leader, spoke. "We are meeting not just as friends but as partners," he said, "And like all friends and partners, we need to talk."

  • Assuring democracy through greater security

    Feb 18, 2010

    The Wasit province, south of Baghdad, is home to more than 250 polling stations that will be used in the upcoming Iraqi Parliamentary Election. Schools, Libraries and other local buildings are set to house the voting booths where Iraqis will determine their next government representatives. Although the primary security for the elections will be the Iraqi Police, U.S. forces continue to play a role in helping provide security to the province. For the 252nd Military Police Company of the Tennessee National Guard, the task of inspecting polling sites for security remains a priority.

  • Soldiers train to protect VIPs

    Feb 17, 2010

  • Troops in Haiti remember fallen

    Feb 17, 2010

    Exactly 30 days after the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti, U.S. servicemembers paused Friday to remember those who perished in the disaster.

  • U.S. forces continue to shift responsibility to Iraqis

    Feb 17, 2010

    U.S. military leaders returned four camps to the government of Iraq in the country's southern region recently as part of the planned U.S. drawdown of forces.

  • Iraq takes major step toward securing coastline

    Feb 17, 2010

    As part of the effort by the government of Iraq to increase the stability and international standing of the country, the Iraqi Navy officially welcomed two new ships to its fleet during a ceremony along the country's southern coast Feb. 14.

  • 308th teaches Iraqi mechanics 'Pride in Performance'

    Feb 17, 2010

    The Iraqi Army's adoption of the humvee as a normal part of their tactical vehicle fleet has created the need for expert mechanics trained on the famous truck. That is why two Soldiers with the 308th Brigade Support Battalion conducted a 15-day light wheel mechanic course at the end of January with soldiers from the Iraqi Army's 14th Division at Camp Wessam.

  • Vectors prep sister units for combat ops

    Feb 16, 2010

    If the old adage "Experience is the best teacher" is correct, then the 48th Chemical Brigade has selected a top-notch unit to train its company commanders and first sergeants in the finer points of movement on today's battlefield.

  • Joint medical team provides caring hands for Haiti effort

    Feb 16, 2010

    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - Twenty-three members of Joint Task Force - Bravo's Medical Element finished a 28-day deployment to Haiti Feb. 14 after being called-upon to provide emergency medical services after the Jan. 12 earthquake here. The team deployed from Honduras via air on Jan. 17 in support of Joint Task Force Haiti and to provide immediate assistance to Haitians in need of urgent medical care in and around the town of Killick on the coast west of Port Au Prince.

  • Resolute medic provides helping hand

    Feb 14, 2010

    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - Specialist Chad Parrish, a medic assigned to Fort Eustis's 7th Sustainment Brigade recently had the opportunity to not only provide assistance to Haitian patients, but also meet a world-renown doctor.

  • Iraqi commands train to train others

    Feb 13, 2010

    Trained in advanced operations, close quarters marksmanship, information gathering and taking action against possible threats, Iraqi commandos have a wide array of skills to teach and guide the other units of the Iraqi Army on how to function in combat.

  • New oil service center opens at JBB

    Feb 13, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Officials with the Mayor's Cell and Shaykh Shehab Ahmed Al-Tmime celebrated the opening of the new oil service center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 8 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Let's get ready to rumble

    Feb 13, 2010

    .S. and Iraqi soldiers had a unique training opportunity Feb. 7, crawling toward each other in a seven-on-seven "Breaveheart" rumble at Forward Operating Base Echo. The goal of the competition was to take down the opposing teams "king" using techniques learned in their 10-day, level-two combatives class. To get to the king, the combatants had to fight their way through chokes and take-downs while trying to get their opponents to tap out.

  • Training Iraqis to rain steel from above

    Feb 13, 2010

    As the U.S. military prepares to leave all of Iraq's security in the hands of Iraqi forces, the training the two forces have conducted has created a military capable of defending Iraq's sovereignty from any threat. Mortar soldiers don't factor into normal security and stability operations, but they are a key element for a military capable of guaranteeing its nation's borders. Beginning in July 2009, the Mortar Platoon, 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, and Capt. Michael Bradbury, the battalion's fire support officer, began talking with the leadership of the Mortar Battery of the Iraqi Army's 38th Brigade. Once a solid foundation was established, U.S. and Iraqi leaders began planning training for the Iraqi mortar soldiers in Maysan Province.

  • In service of others

    Feb 13, 2010

    He was born in Nigeria and lived there for 22 years. His father, a village elder and Muslim religious leader, made an early impression on his life, an impression that still guides him now as he works to become an Army chaplain. Spc. Mikail Lawal traveled to America in 1995 to become an All-American tennis player at Morehouse University in Atlanta. While at Morehouse, he also earned a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology.

  • Mississippi Armor sergeant earns top honor

    Feb 13, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE TAJI, Iraq - The Order of Saint George bronze medallion was awarded to the assistant operations sergeant with the 155th Special Troops Battalion, 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Feb. 9 in a ceremony at the headquarters company building at Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq.

  • Army to test racing skills in new computer game

    Feb 12, 2010

    Directing Ryan Newman's #39 U.S. Army Chevrolet Impala to the front of a military convoy will be the challenge for players of "Army - Race for Strength," the new interactive, augmented-reality game debuting this week nationwide.

  • Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey spread joy to Fort Bragg

    Feb 12, 2010

    Tuesday was a day for clowning around and good laughs as Dave and Cherie, the ambassadors of laughter from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus visited Fort Bragg. The two performed for Soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion as well as for students at Bowley and Murray elementary schools to spread cheer and the word that the circus is coming to town.

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