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

    Oct 25, 2010

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

  • Sustainability: Why should Army community care'

    Oct 25, 2010

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

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

    Oct 24, 2010

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

  • FORSCOM senior leader finishes Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 24, 2010

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

  • FRG leaders learn about funding, fundraising

    Oct 24, 2010

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

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

    Oct 24, 2010

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

  • Family readiness group leaders tackle comprehensive Soldier fitness

    Oct 23, 2010

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

  • Family Readiness Leaders Get Tips on Health

    Oct 23, 2010

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

  • Fort Bragg FMWR holds third annual Volksmarch at Smith Lake

    Oct 22, 2010

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

  • Fort Bragg ASYMCA holds annual Fall Festival

    Oct 22, 2010

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

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

    Oct 22, 2010

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

  • A day of giving: Fort Bragg spouses donate blood

    Oct 22, 2010

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

  • Fort Bragg children 'get ready' with coloring contest

    Oct 22, 2010

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

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

    Oct 22, 2010

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

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

    Oct 22, 2010

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

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

    Oct 22, 2010

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

  • Domestic violence is everyone's business

    Oct 22, 2010

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

  • 249th Quartermaster Soldiers return to renovated barracks

    Oct 22, 2010

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

  • MPs at Fort Bragg reinforce security, safety

    Oct 22, 2010

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

  • 3rd ID supports local Seafood Fest

    Oct 22, 2010

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

  • Coastal Georgia community thanks military at football game

    Oct 22, 2010

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

  • 3rd ID troops return to Fort Stewart

    Oct 22, 2010

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

  • First Army welcomes command sergeant major

    Oct 21, 2010

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

  • Reintegration - Finances: Avoid splurging, discuss spending

    Oct 21, 2010

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

  • Don't let our warriors fade away

    Oct 21, 2010

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

  • Night Stalkers awarded at Hunter

    Oct 21, 2010

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

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

    Oct 20, 2010

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

  • An old rose shall bloom again

    Oct 18, 2010

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

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

    Oct 18, 2010

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

  • Domestic violence scars for life

    Oct 18, 2010

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

  • Dragons breathe fire missions

    Oct 18, 2010

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

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

    Oct 18, 2010

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

  • Mullen: Nation must recognize sacrifices of troops, families

    Oct 18, 2010

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

  • BCTC takes on influx of Iraqi Army recruits

    Oct 17, 2010

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

  • Paratroopers earn Chilean jump wings in honor of rescued Chilean miners

    Oct 15, 2010

    64 Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division honored the 33 rescued Chilean Miners during a jump on Fort Bragg, Oct. 14. Jumpers from the 82nd Division Special Troops Battalion joined Chilean Army Col. Cristian Guedelhoefer, who was the primary jumpmaster, in dedicating the jump to honor of the rescued Chilean Miners.

  • 82nd Airborne Division Completes Transformation

    Oct 15, 2010

    The new colors for the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion were unveiled and the Division Special Troops Battalion's colors were retired during a ceremony at Stang Field, Oct. 15.

  • Young martial artists at Fort Bragg practice their skills at Tolson

    Oct 15, 2010

    Fort Bragg youth can keep themselves in shape, learn discipline, resiliency and self-defense by taking karate classes with Sensei Don George through the SKIES Unlimited program at Tolson Youth Activities Center.

  • Fort Bragg intent on building a better, 'greener' Army

    Oct 15, 2010

    October is National Energy Awareness Month and the Army theme this year is "Empowering Defense through Energy Security." There are activities on Fort Bragg as well as across the nation to highlight the energy we use and spread awareness about the importance of conservation, new technology and security.

  • Enrollment needs of Fort Bragg children being met

    Oct 15, 2010

    With more than 5,000 students enrolled in 10 Fort Bragg schools, including those at Linden Oaks and on Pope Air Force Base, the challenge to meet students' educational needs does not go unmet. Enrollment increased by about 300 to 400 students over last year's figures and will likely continue, said Michael Thornburg, education operations chief. "DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity) schools was able to supply us with all needed equipment and curriculum material to deal with this increased enrollment," Thornburg said.

  • Fort Bragg community works to ease BRAC growing pains

    Oct 15, 2010

    The Directorate of Public Works and Fire and Emergency Services Division are preparing for an influx of more than 40,000 Soldiers, Families and civilians by 2011. This influx is due to the U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command's transition from McPherson, Ga. to Fort Bragg due to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission closing 20 military bases worldwide. The DPW is continually evaluating how much money is needed to meet Fort Bragg's needs, said Daryl Butler, a civil engineer with DPW.

  • Bobcats, Thunder visit Fort Bragg

    Oct 15, 2010

    Fort Bragg was home to the NBA for a couple of days as basketball greats visited the installation to thank Soldiers and their Families for their service. Michael Jordan was the star attraction visited Fort Bragg schools, wounded warriors, riggers with the 11th Quartermaster Company and spoke at Pope Air Force Base's Commander's Call Oct. 6. Jordan stressed the importance of education when he talked with the students.

  • Army fields 250,000 DAGR

    Oct 15, 2010

    A system that provides a pivotal situational awareness tool to Soldiers in virtually every mission they are involved in was recognized for achieving a significant milestone in Fielding and Training during a ceremony hosted by the Product Director Global Positioning System (GPS) at the Top of the Bay Club last month.

  • Servicemembers celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Afghanistan

    Oct 15, 2010

    Servicemembers participated in a ceremony to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Oct. 13, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • 3rd Sustainment Bde receives retention awards, combat action badges

    Oct 14, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - U.S. Division-North commander, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo paid a visit to the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), during which he presented awards to the brigade for achieving 146 percent of its retention mission for fiscal year 2010.

  • Fort Stewart evaluates knowledge with suicide prevention exercise

    Oct 14, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> - In order to evaluate the installation's knowledge of preventing Soldiers from taking their own lives, the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Suicide Prevention Task Force conducted a drill to test the Soldier's knowledge of ACE - Ask Care and Escort. These are the basic steps of what to do if a Soldier is contemplating suicide. A card with those words and instructions of what to do if someone approaches them saying they are thinking of committing suicide, is issued to every Soldier to make sure they know what to do should their battle buddy be depressed or thinking of suicide.

  • Collection boxes pop up to receive AFAP issues

    Oct 14, 2010

    The first of three boxes to gather information on issues affecting Army life was placed in the Fort McPherson Library Wednesday in preparation for the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference. According to the Military One Source website, AFAP is the Army's grassroots process to identify and elevate the most significant quality of life issues impacting Soldiers, retirees, Civilian employees and Families to senior leaders for action.

  • CSM Andrews leaves legacy on 3rd ID

    Oct 14, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> - The four deployments to Iraq. The numerous awards, medals, certificates of achievements and various accolades. The never-ending stream of parades, events, ceremonies and formations. Throughout the last four years, Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews built a remarkable portfolio of memories and accomplishments during his tenure as the 3rd Infantry Division command sergeant major.

  • Base transfer largest, last for 1st AAB

    Oct 14, 2010

    BAGHDAD - Forward Operating Base Falcon was transferred from U.S. control to the government of Iraq during a ceremony on site, Oct. 10. The last scheduled transfer for 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, the ceremony marked another milestone in the increased independence of the Iraqi Security Forces.

  • Sgt. Zachary Reese to receive the Silver Star

    Oct 14, 2010

    A 1st Infantry Division Soldier will receive the Silver Star for his actions while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the division's 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.

  • Photo Update, U.S. Army Forces Command/U.S. Army Reserve Command (Forward), Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 1

    Oct 13, 2010

    A selection of photographic highlights from the forward location of U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Iraqi Police Canine program produces successful explosive detection dogs

    Oct 13, 2010

    <b>BAGHDAD —</b> This summer an Iraqi Police explosive-detection dog sniffed out one of the largest explosives caches uncovered in Iraq. Acting on information from Internal Affairs, the canine unit searched a farm in the southwestern province of Babylon uncovering five Katyusha rockets, three rocket-propelled grenades, two improvised-explosive devices, a kilogram of C4 explosives, and other supplies used to manufacture explosives.

  • Human resource leaders take on BRAC challenges

    Oct 12, 2010

    Human resources leaders from across the post and other locations met at Fort Bragg, Oct. 5 to develop strategies to deal with the impact - good and bad - expected to result from the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)-directed relocation of thousands of Army civilian employees.

  • 4th BCT deploys to eastern Afghanistan, community shows support

    Oct 12, 2010

    The Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk and the local community gave a warrior's send-off to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Sept. 30 at Honor Field as it prepares to deploy to Afghanistan.

  • Afghan national swears allegiance to the U.S. in his native country

    Oct 10, 2010

    A gentle smile slowly rolled across his face as his fingers crept quietly across his name written in bold letters. Spc. Hamed Sikandary is finally a U.S. citizen. Hamed Sikandary is an Army Reserve Soldier and is currently deployed to his native country of Afghanistan. He came to the U.S. in 2008 seeking a better life, better opportunities and safety, all the things he wasn't afforded in his native country.

  • Fort Bragg commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Oct 8, 2010

    Army commanders, Soldiers, Army Families, and all members of the Army community are in strategic positions to lead the Army's efforts to prevent domestic abuse. Fort Bragg leadership is fully committed to support its Families and assist them in overcoming any negative forces that diminish their health and well being. Domestic abuse, in any degree, undermines that commitment. As Army Families live with multiple stressors, deployments and their aftermath, conflict and distress, the involvement of the entire Army community is critical.

  • Fort Bragg program specialist leads SKIESUnlimited

    Oct 8, 2010

    Paul Driessen was a combat engineer. After a decorated military career, he moved from Germany to Fort Bragg in 2004, to run the School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited program as its instructional program specialist. Started by the Department of Army in 2004, SKIESUnlimited is an instructional program that enables children and youth to expand their knowledge, inspire, explore and acquire new "schools," based on a four-school system. The schools are the school of sports, arts, life skills and academic skills, Driessen said.

  • Fort Bragg observes Energy Awareness Month

    Oct 8, 2010

    Did you know that the Month of October is Energy Awareness Month' Each year the Department Of Energy and Federal Energy Management Program encourage federal facilities to celebrate by hosting awareness campaigns for Energy Awareness Month and this year's theme is "Powering America We're on Target!" The theme depicts how federal agencies continue to zero in on energy targets to stimulate the economy, lower operating expenses, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve long-term energy and economic security. Fort Bragg will host events at Family housing and retail centers and contests in the schools and for any personnel working or living here.

  • Fort Bragg teen travels to California, New York for movie production

    Oct 8, 2010

    It is common for teen-aged girls to have aspirations of working in Hollywood, but for most, their dreams of traveling to California are just that - a dream. For one Fort Bragg Family member and survivor, the call from Hollywood became a reality when she was chosen as part of a team to produce one, of two, short-story movies for skin care company, Skintimate.

  • Fort Bragg Army Community Service hosts information fair

    Oct 8, 2010

    The Army Community Service hosted a Fort Bragg community information fair, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fort Bragg Club. The fair included more than 70 organizations from the Fort Bragg and local community area. The event provided an opportunity for Soldiers, Family members and Department of Defense employees to find out about an array of resources and programs available to them on Fort Bragg and in the Fayetteville area.

  • Fort Bragg spouse pens grant request for Fayetteville Cares

    Oct 8, 2010

    An organization that plays a big part in showing how much the community appreciates its military members at Fort Bragg is Fayetteville Cares, which, according to its mission statement, is a community based organization that provides support to our military personnel and their Families before, during and after deployments. To ensure that military members, including single Soldiers are not forgotten once they deploy and redeploy, Brenna Berger, a military spouse at Fort Bragg, drafted a grant request to the Armed Service Mutual Benefit Association that would eventually be awarded to Fayetteville Cares.

  • Chaplain leads first-ever animal blessing on Fort Bragg

    Oct 8, 2010

    On the morning of Oct. 2, pet owners and their beloved animals gathered in front of the Main Post Chapel for the first Blessing of the Pets in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Led by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Brisson, Command Chaplain for the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, the service included Bible readings, prayers and blessings of each animal present. Pet owners were given a special medallion to be worn by each animal.

  • Military Information Support Soldiers receive supply excellence award

    Oct 8, 2010

    Three Soldiers from Company D, 3rd Battalion, 4th Military Information Support Group have received recognition as the top unit modified table of organization and equipment supply section in all of U. S. Army Special Operations Command for 2010.

  • The view from my foxhole: Army suicides

    Oct 8, 2010

    As the Army wrestles with the rise of suicides, there are several observations from the spiritual domain of resiliency that merit discussion. Itgoes without saying that no two suicides are identical. There are, however, common threads that link many acts of self-destruction such as the loss of significant relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, stress, financial and health problems. Soldiers (and spouses) need an honest-to-God, no-kidding battle buddy to help them through difficult times. That buddy or roommate sticks to them every day. This idea is on target because we are our brothers' keeper and when one suffers we all suffer.

  • Fort Bragg enacts new child care fee policy

    Oct 8, 2010

    Parents at Fort Bragg child care facilities may have noticed a slight increase in fees this week, as the Department of Defense-proposed new fee policy took effect Oct. 1 throughout the services. The new fee policy, which is the result of a 2008 study conducted by DoD, may cause Fort Bragg Families to see an increase of between $14 and $32 for residents who use full-day child care. Patrons of the post's School Age Program may see an increase between $8 and $46 per month, according to officials at Fort Bragg's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate.

  • Fort Bragg renews commitment to Soldiers, Families

    Oct 8, 2010

    On Sept. 29, Fort Bragg officials renewed its commitment to the Army Family by signing the Army Family Covenant in a 3 p.m. ceremony at Tolson Youth Activities Center on Normandy Drive. Army Family Covenant is a commitment to provide a quality of life commensurate with the Soldier's dedicated service to the nation.

  • Three Fort Bragg facilities compete at annual Philip A. Connelly competition

    Oct 8, 2010

    Fort Bragg chefs are set to defend the installation's title during the Army's most prestigious culinary competition - the Phillip A. Connelly awards. Separate teams will evaluate Fort Bragg at the small DFAC level (the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade dining facility) and in the active Army field competition (126th Transportation Company, 82nd Sustainment Bde., ) during October and November. Fort Bragg is at a historical level because the installation has made it to the DA level with all three events. This has never been accomplished by any other installation.

  • Warrior Adventure Quest: let the healing begin

    Oct 8, 2010

    HOOD RIVER, Ore. - Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers learn to deal with post-deployment adrenaline issues.

  • Drive home becomes rescue mission

    Oct 8, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - For Spc. Roger E. Dennen Jr., 22, a simple drive home to have lunch with his fiancAfA evolved into a life-saving event. He was on his way home on Aug. 26 when he spotted a car that had collided with a tree near the corner of 176th and Pacific Avenue, in Tacoma.In the tradition of a Good Samaritan and a good Soldier trained in first aid, he stopped to help.

  • Raiders reunite with community partners

    Oct 8, 2010

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. - There were smiles on the faces of the Soldiers and leaders from the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division "Raiders" as they greeted their Adopt-A-Company partners at a social Sept. 23 at the Lakewood City Hall.

  • Changes continue at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Oct 8, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - A week has passed since Joint Base Lewis-McChord final operational capability began, and it's also been the first week of Network Enterprise Center support for telephone and computer networks on McChord Field.

  • Stewart-Hunter delegates conclude 2010 AFAP Conference

    Oct 7, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - Thirty-five delegates - Soldiers, spouses and Army Civilians - concluded three days of discussions for the 2010 Army Family Action Plan Conference at Club Stewart, Oct. 1.

  • Fort Stewart Family and MWR opens new dining, entertainment facility

    Oct 7, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - A grand opening ceremony for Thunder Run, the contemporary, combination dining area and bar, which already is generating "oohs" and "ahhs" from guests who have sampled the food and enjoyed the environment, will be held at 10 a.m., Oct. 13.

  • Final Sledgehammer flight returns: CSM redeploys with 3rd HBCT for final time

    Oct 7, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - As he stepped of the plane that had returned to Fort Benning from Iraq, Command Sgt. Maj. James Pearson, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, had many things he was proud of. He just completed his second and final tour in Iraq as the command sergeant major of the 3rd HBCT, and he saw his Soldiers and that country transform since going there as part of "The Surge" in 200

  • Clinic changes name, but not mission to help Soldiers, Families

    Oct 7, 2010

    A significant event in the closure of Fort McPherson took place when the Lawrence Joel Army Health Clinic was re-designated as the Lawrence Joel Army Troop Medical Clinic (LJATMC) Oct. 1. "Today's transition is important," said Col. Cheryl Taylor-Whitehead, LJATMC commander. "It is the first major milestone in closing the clinic."

  • 3rd CAB Families test strength, endurance in Family Iron Viper

    Oct 7, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - The Iron Viper is an annual physical competition conducted by the 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade "Viper Battalion" Soldiers. The Iron Viper consists of an Army Physical Fitness Test followed by a 12-mile road march with a rucksack full of 40 pounds of Army gear. In the Family-version of the competition, participants ran one mile, did sit ups and push ups, and marched six miles with a 20 pound ruck.

  • Vietnam draftee finishes 40 years of service

    Oct 7, 2010

    A link in the chain of Army history broke Sept. 30 when one of the Army's last draftee Soldiers, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Clyde Green, senior all-source intelligence technician for G-2, Third Army/U.S. Army Central (Third Army), retired after 40 years of service. Green, born in 1950, was drafted in 1970 during Vietnam. Although he was working odd jobs at the time to try to go back to school and do something important with his life, he said the draft notice was devastating.

  • Red Dragons add Meritorious Unit streamer

    Oct 6, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas- For the more than 750,000 residents of Kirkuk, Iraq, a future without violence and threat of terror was once an uncertainty, however, the hard work of U.S Soldiers and their Iraqi Security Forces partners, it's become much more of a reality.

  • It's 'Black Seven' up for the Iraqi Army; now that's refreshing

    Oct 6, 2010

    "Black Seven" is a problem solver. He wakes before zero-dark-thirty every morning. He drives across the street from his Containerized Housing Unit to the Iraqi Army training site. He talks with the Iraqis and is neighborly in his approach. He jokes; he listens to problems and offers advice. Sometimes he stays into the black night for chai.

  • Breaking barriers, making history

    Oct 5, 2010

    Coral J. Jones reached the pinnacle grade in her profession and made Army history as she became the first African-American female to earn the rank of chief warrant officer five within the active Army Adjutant General Corps.

  • Drowning Pool rocks JBLM with free welcome home concert

    Oct 5, 2010

    Story and photos from a recent concert on JBLM featuring Drowning Pool honoring Soldiers returning from deployments.

  • 4th Brigade Supports Army Team NASCAR

    Oct 5, 2010

  • U.S. platoon shows new tactics to IA officers

    Oct 5, 2010

  • Red-carpet treatment: WTB Soldiers visit Seattle Seahawks

    Oct 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - For Soldiers and family members of the Warrior Transition Battalion, a trip to watch the Seattle Seahawks practice yielded memories of a lifetime. Fifty-five Soldiers assigned to the WTB were given special access to visit the team during a practice September 22. Family members and service animals were also welcomed as the Seahawks unrolled the red carpet.

  • Drowning Pool unleashes fury on raucus JBLM crowd

    Oct 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, wash. - Music, lights and the screams of fans filled the night sky over Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the Dallas rock band Drowning Pool unleashed a furious torrent of tunes Sept. 26.

  • 1st Air Cav Soldiers run and gun

    Oct 4, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted a simulated downed aircraft and shoot-and-run range, here, Sept. 29 - 30.

  • Spur ride upholds cavalry traditions

    Oct 4, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - With the cry of, "Yes, Spur Holder!", 44 Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division looked for initiation into the "Order of the Spur", here, Sept. 28 - 29.

  • Mothers of fallen Soldiers travel to Iraq

    Oct 4, 2010

  • Mission ends with 4 detainees, ammo cache

    Oct 2, 2010

    During an Iraqi Army led cordon and search in the Rashaad Valley near Kirkuk, Iraq, nearly 50 IA soldiers with 2nd Battalion and 4th Battalion of the 15th Brigade, discovered a cache with more than 800 rounds of heavy machine gun ammo buried throughout a field and detained four suspects, Sept. 25.

  • A new dawn for women's education in Salah ad Din province

    Oct 2, 2010

  • Casey promises sustained Soldier, Family programs

    Oct 1, 2010

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. spent Sept. 30 with U.S. Army, Pacific troops in Hawaii where he presented two prestigious awards and reassured Soldiers and Families that the promises made in the 2007 Army Family Covenant will not suffer when Department of Defense budget cuts are made.

  • FORSCOM general visits 116th Cavalry during mobilization

    Oct 1, 2010

    Maj. Gen. Ron S. Chastain, deputy commanding general (Reserve Component), U.S. Army Forces Command, arrived Monday for his last official visit to Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center to perform a status check with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team commander and the 188th Infantry Brigade commander on the 116th's mobilization progress.

  • Hunter Army Airfield 7th grader gets a surprise from President Obama

    Oct 1, 2010

    Tamerria Robinson, a 7th-grade student at West Chatham Middle School and daughter of a Hunter Army Airfield Soldier, had no idea that writing a letter to the President would result in her being recognized by him. In his second annual Back to School speech, President Barack Obama talked about her letter in a live online speech September 14 encouraging children to stay in school.

  • Fort Stewart Soldiers, Families celebrate Hispanic Heritage

    Oct 1, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- Soldiers and Family Members came to Club Stewart to celebrate Hispanic Heritage festivities, Sept. 22. From live Latin music performances to displays of Hispanic decorations from countries such as Mexico and Panama, the Club Stewart Ballroom was filled with Soldiers, Families and guests celebrating the event.

  • Fort Bragg hosts fun walk/run event for Families

    Oct 1, 2010

    More than 200 joggers, bikers, runners and strollers lined up at Hedrick Stadium to participate in the first Fort Bragg Family Fun 5K Walk/Run at 8 a.m., Saturday.

  • Belgian officer assigned to 3rd ID through Military Personnel Exchange Program

    Oct 1, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- The Military Personnel Exchange Program gives nations allied with the United States the opportunity to send a military officer to a U.S. Army unit to learn more about it.

  • Former Fort Bragg Soldier Disability Month guest speaker to share life story

    Oct 1, 2010

    Retired Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman, enlisted as an engineer in the Army before heeding the call to Special Forces service. That battle cry took him to the violence-torn country of Panama to engage Manuel Noriega's troops and eventually persuaded him to join the most advanced parachute team in the world - the Golden Knights. On Feb. 6, 1994, while practicing the elite diamond track maneuver with his jump partner, Sgt. Jose Aguillon, the unthinkable occurred. In the skies over Yuma, Ariz., the two Golden Knights had collided at a combined speed of 300 miles per hour, instantly killing Aguillon. In the impact, Aguillon's outstretched arm sheered off Bowman's legs. As an unconscious Bowman fell toward the earth, his parachute miraculously opened ... sparing his life.

  • Fort Bragg LAO notifies Soldiers of changes to Family care plan

    Oct 1, 2010

    Many Soldiers are unaware that AR 600-20, Chapter 5-5 Family Care Plans was updated almost a year ago (as of November 2009) requiring an additional document (DA Form 7666) in certain cases in order for the plan to be complete. Chapter 5-5 a(3)(f) now requires that DA Form 7666 (Parental Consent) be completed by all parties with a legal interest in the custody of the minor child whenever the child is not left in the care of the other biological parent or another person with a legal interest in the custody of the child.

  • Fort Bragg opens new child development center

    Oct 1, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Major Larry J. Baugess Jr. was a battle hero and a devoted Family man. He died in Pakistan, at the age 36, in May 2007.

  • Fort Bragg chaplains, community churches come together to 'Rock the Fort'

    Oct 1, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Thousands of people, both military and civilian, congregated under the trees that provided little relief from the scorching sun to celebrate their spiritual beliefs during the Rock the Fort concert, Sept. 25, on the Main Post Parade Field.

  • Fort Bragg has DOD's busiest fire department, emergency services readies for influx

    Oct 1, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - About 40,000 Soldiers, Families and civilians with the U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command will relocate from Fort McPherson, Ga. to Fort Bragg in 2011.