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  • 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.

  • 4th BCT team members give back to veterans, clean up retirement home

    Apr 2, 2010

    Infantry Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division gave back to Fort Polk area communities when they helped perform handy-man work at local retirement homes March 18. The "Patriot Brigade" Soldiers were from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. Although they already volunteered to serve their country in time of war, they put military training aside for a day to help some of the citizens they serve.

  • 115th Combat Support Hospital 'bubbles up'

    Apr 2, 2010

    The 115th Combat Support Hospital will not be caught unprepared for a chemical or biological attack whether an enemy in the field attacks with mustard gas, blister agents or anthrax.

  • Soldiers celebrate Women's History Month in Iraq

    Apr 2, 2010

    Soldiers gathered at the Contingency Operating Base Basra town hall March 26, 2010, to celebrate Women's History Month with an event that focused on the important contributions women have made that are sometimes forgotten.

  • Providers manage traffic flow through Iraq

    Apr 2, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Convoys and logistical patrols are always on the roads of Iraq, delivering sustainment supplies and cargo to units throughout the country and in Kuwait.

  • Vanguard Brigade prepares to roll out to NTC

    Apr 1, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, have been working long hours to prepare thousands of troops and equipment for the move cross-country, where the brigade is scheduled to conduct its pre-deployment mission rehearsal exercise at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., in the coming weeks.

  • 3ID Language Training Facility prepares Soldiers for deployment

    Apr 1, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-The 3rd Infantry Division Language Training Facility is housed in two trailers across from the Spartan Dining Facility. But despite their temporary dwellings, what goes on in these trailers is some very important training that Soldiers can get before deploying overseas. In the LTF, Soldiers learn the language and customs of the countries they are deploying to.

  • Three Fort Hood Units Return from Haiti

    Apr 1, 2010

    The long bus ride from Fort Sill, Okla. to Fort Hood, Texas ended just past midnight, but their mission in Haiti ended days before that. After spending nearly two months helping the people of Haiti recover from a devastating earthquake, 29 Soldiers from three different units within the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) returned home to a warm welcome inside the Kieschnick physical fitness center Mar. 28.

  • "What Right Looks Like" an aerial view

    Apr 1, 2010

    Aerial photo of new FORSCOM/USARC Headquarters at Ft. Bragg, NC.

  • XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg gets new command sergeant major

    Apr 1, 2010

  • Medics of 3-1 Cav apply healing hands

    Apr 1, 2010

    The call for aid came early in the evening, March 28, 2010: an Iraqi officer needed help from U.S. Soldiers in treating a burn victim. What made this particular request unusual was that the patient was a 2-year-old girl.

  • XVIII Airborne Corps command sergeant major bids farewell to Fort Bragg

    Mar 31, 2010

  • 36th Engineer Brigade uncases colors, 194th reaches mission end

    Mar 31, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 194th Engineer Brigade out of Jackson, Tenn., transferred authority to the 36th Engineer Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas, during a ceremony March 25 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Issue Management System: The AFAP process 'digitized'

    Mar 30, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, GA., (March 29, 2010)-U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Well-Being officials were recently Beta testers for a new software application that is expected to standardize the way quality-of-life issues are submitted Army-wide for review through the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) process. During FORSCOM's 2010 AFAP conference March 24-26; Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) Project Liaison Michelle Reilly and Defense Web Technologies Project Manager Michele Ruditis facilitated Beta testing of the AFAP Issue Management System (IMS) for FORSCOM Well-Being staff and conference attendees. The AFAP IMS will allow for review, submission, escalation and tracking of issues throughout the issue-resolution process, according to Ruditis.

  • Warm embrace

    Mar 30, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga.--SFC Emil Praslick of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit receives a warm welcome home from three-year-old Summer Davenport Mar. 28 at the USAMU headquarters. Praslick was among a group of USAMU Soldiers who returned home Sunday from Afghanistan after deploying there last year and being replaced by another team from the USAMU in early March. (Photo by Michael Molinaro, USAMU PAO)

  • Six Million Miles in Iraq And Home Again

    Mar 30, 2010

    The Soldiers of the 180th Transportation Battalion returned home to their families in a redeployment ceremony at the Kieschnick physical fitness center Mar. 29. The Kings of the Road, as the unit is known, supported Operation Iraqi Freedom in both Kuwait and Iraq...

  • 21,000 Easter Eggs Hidden at Fort Hood

    Mar 30, 2010

    On a beautiful spring morning, the football field at Hood Stadium was littered with thousands of brightly colored eggs. Children ran around the track to participate in a variety of Easter games and craft activities. They almost seemed to forget the main event that everyone was waiting for...

  • Freeman Cafe, Best Chow on Fort Hood'

    Mar 30, 2010

    The Freeman Cafe wants to be recognized for having the best chow on Fort Hood and in the U.S. Army. It's a lofty goal, and an achievable one according to the food service professionals that work there.

  • FORSCOM Family 'sound off' during Census 2010

    Mar 29, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga., (March 29, 2010)-It's that time again in the United States, the time when we count the nation's population. Known as the Census, this once-per-decade effort begins April 1, but many people have already started receiving the forms in the mail. U.S. Department of Commerce officials said accurate census reporting among Soldiers and their Families is important. In fact, they emphasize that it's just as important to the military population as it is for their civilian counterparts. The Census results determine the distribution of about $400 billion per year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. This money is what funds community services nationwide, services that also benefit Soldiers and their Families.

  • The votes are in, AFAP delegates have spoken

    Mar 26, 2010

    ATLANTA, Ga., (March 26, 2010) - Votes were cast and the top five quality-of-life issues were announced today as the annual, week-long U.S. Army Forces Command Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference concluded at the Crown Plaza Hotel-Atlanta Airport. Planned and facilitated by Well-Being Division personnel from FORSCOM G-1, 56 delegates from Army installations nationwide assembled here this week to review 72 quality-of-life issues identified during last year's installation-level AFAP conferences. First the delegates were assigned to five workgroups, and then the 72 issues were organized into five categories - Benefits and Entitlements; Child, Youth and School Services; Family Support/Civilian Issues; Force Support; and Medical and Dental.

  • Fort Carson program protects tribal sites

    Mar 26, 2010

    With the recent increase in construction on Fort Carson, a Directorate of Public Works program has kept busy ensuring that tribal cultural or sacred sites are not impacted.

  • Fort Bragg skaters prepare for Olympic style competition

    Mar 26, 2010

    The figure skaters participating in Fort Bragg's Learn to Skate Program at Cleland Ice Rink are preparing for their upcoming competition with an Olympic flair. The pinnacle of their sport, the 2010 Winter Olympics, provided inspiration to the coaches and skaters as they prepared for their own competition, taking place Saturday in Yorktown, Va.

  • Fort Bragg students find adventure in reading with community leaders

    Mar 26, 2010

    It's not often McNair Elementary School students have the opportunity to put aside fractions in favor of stories about sea creatures. On March 18, the children were treated to an entire day devoted to reading. This marked the fourth year that the school has held Read Across McNair Day, which is a celebration of Reading Month.

  • Warhorse Soldiers volunteer at local Goodwill

    Mar 26, 2010

    4th Infantry Division Soldiers volunteer time to assist Goodwill in Colorado Springs.

  • Community gives blood to help save lives

    Mar 26, 2010

    Unlike blood spilled in battle, the blood collected by the Red Cross Monday on Fort McPherson at the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) flag atrium was given willingly by Soldiers and Civilian employees. William Harrison, a civilian contractor with the FORSCOM G-3 Strategic Initiative Division enterprise process improvement team, said he chose to give blood because he once received blood.

  • Saving Soldier lives with unmanned systems

    Mar 26, 2010

    When it comes to unmanned systems, the Army's scientists and engineers along with program managers and contractors have given Soldiers on the battlefield tools designed to save lives and complete the mission against ever-changing threats.

  • AAFES grows with Fort Bragg

    Mar 26, 2010

    The acronyms BRAC and FORSCOM continue to be used around Fort Bragg with fervor as it prepares for the arrival of the U.S. Forces Command. To better care for the installation's growing population, the Army Air Force Exchange service is broadening its services, too. In early June, the North Post Commissary will have new neighbors when the new AAFES shoppette, complete with a Snack Avenue, gas station and a car wash; a Starbucks; a Popeye's Chicken with drive-thru convenience; and a furniture store open.

  • U.S. preps facility for transfer to Iraqi Army as part of drawdown

    Mar 26, 2010

    Preparing for any redeployment often involves extensive inventories and equipment reallocations, but the process for one U.S. base in southern Maysan Province has the added challenge of transferring the entire base, equipment and crucial infrastructure.

  • Four-star general visits JBB, talks drawdown, reflects on women's history

    Mar 26, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commanding general of the Army Materiel Command and a Fort Belvoir, Va., resident, made a March 20 visit to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to discuss the upcoming responsible drawdown of personnel and equipment in Iraq.

  • Watching history unfold: national elections in Iraq

    Mar 26, 2010

    The night before the Iraqi national elections, Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were still going through their system checks. While they would not be in charge of security for the polling sites in the Najaf, Babil, Wasit, Diwaniyah and Karbala provinces, they were determined to be ready if a call for help came.

  • DoD revises 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' for fairer handling of law

    Mar 25, 2010

    Pending a Congressional decision on the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, the Secretary of Defense implemented changes to current regulations Thursday to ensure a "fairer and more appropriate" enforcement of the law.

  • Battalion cases colors, prepares to deploy

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- Soldiers of the 86th Signal Battalion held a casing ceremony at Brown Parade Field, March 25. The historic ceremony marks the battalion's first deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For the past 90 days, the Soldiers have been going through intense training and preparation, said Lt. Col. Paul Craft, commander of the 86th Sig Bn.

  • FORSCOM AFAP delegates seek to enhance Army community's quality of life

    Mar 25, 2010

    ATLANTA, Ga. (March 25, 2010)-Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) official Lynn McCullum kicked-off the 2010 U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference, here, Wednesday morning as the keynote speaker during the opening session. McCullum, FMWRC director of family programs, sought to inspire conference delegates to continue doing good work, such as with their promotion of Army Family programs and also in their participation during the week-long conference. "Ordinary people like us...can accomplish awesome and extraordinary things," she said. "That is really what you're here about today-and during the next couple of days-is that you will accomplish extraordinary things."

  • Local villagers witness first Afghan air assault (part 2 of 4)

    Mar 25, 2010

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The members of the Afghan National Security Forces Air Assault Academy executed their first air assault mission, March 10, in Qual ' Ehye Beland, Afghanistan, outside of Bagram Airfield.

  • Puppet show informs, entertains Stewart-Hunter children

    Mar 25, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> - New stars on the horizon entertained children at Club Stewart, March 23 and at the Hunter Club, March 24. After about four months of preparation, Sergeant Rocky's Neighborhood Puppet Show and its new stars faced their premier audiences. In puppeteer fashion, Sgt. Rocky, Rachel and Tommy joined Linda Liberty in a show presented by the Mobilization and Deployment office to discuss and share issues dealing with deployments.

  • 1/75th Rangers get new commander

    Mar 25, 2010

    <b>SAVANNAH, Ga. </b> - The change of command for the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment took place beneath the moss-draped trees of Forsyth Park in Savannah, March 18.

  • Fort Stewart gate construction steers motorists to alternate routes

    Mar 25, 2010

    <b>Fort Stewart, Ga. </b> - For several months, motorists have experienced delays while driving onto and off Fort Stewart, but according to Arthur Weston, chief of physical security with the Directorate of Emergency Services, those delays can be avoided if more drivers would choose alternate routes.

  • 5/7 Cav spouses earn spurs, come together during deployment

    Mar 25, 2010

    <b>Fort Stewart, Ga.</b> - On March 22, the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, held an event intended to bring spouses together while their Soldiers are deployed: their first 5/7 Cav. spouse's Spur Ride

  • 377th Transportation Company conducts nighttime drivers training

    Mar 25, 2010

    As the sun settles in the Southern New Mexico desert most people head inside for shelter to give way to the creatures of the night but not the Soldiers of 2nd Platoon, 377th Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, based out of Fort Bliss, Texas.

  • FORSCOM AFAP conference delegates arrive for duty

    Mar 24, 2010

    ATLANTA, Ga. (March 24, 2010) - Human Resources officials of the Army's largest command welcomed 56 delegates from Army installations nationwide to Atlanta Tuesday for the first day of the 2010 U.S. Army Forces Command Army Family Action Plan Conference. The delegates represent the voices of installation-level Army communities as they prioritize FORSCOM's top 10 quality-of-life issues that will be forwarded for resolution through the ongoing Department of the Army national AFAP process.

  • Time to eat

    Mar 23, 2010

  • Cavalry Soldier becomes US citizen

    Mar 23, 2010

    During a ceremony inside the Al-Fal Palace at Camp Victory in Baghdad, a young Soldier of Pakistani descent became the first person in his family to earn his U.S. citizenship, Feb. 15, 2010.

  • Stress dogs can be a Soldier's best friend

    Mar 22, 2010

    It can be difficult for some Soldiers to open up after a traumatizing event, or even if they are having problems at home while they are overseas. But the 85th Medical Detachment, 1st Medical Brigade, a combat stress control unit, is learning to work with some very unique ice breakers...

  • Hand-to-Hand Combat in Leopard World

    Mar 22, 2010

    During the III Corps combatives tournament last summer, Chief Warrant Officer Dennis Jones began brainstorming ways to start a similar competition at his unit. "The goal was to develop a battalion-level competition that would produce the widest margin of fighters to increase the odds of success for the 4th Sustainment Brigade in future post-wide tournaments," said Jones, the battalion maintenance officer for the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

  • Patient air shuttles get wounded Polk Soldiers to needed care

    Mar 22, 2010

    Patient air shuttle flights are operated by the National Guard and began in September 2007 as a way to get wounded Fort Polk Soldiers to BAMC faster while maximizing their comfort. They have ferried more than 1,456 Soldiers since the program's inception.

  • 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Regt. making large strides in Kunar

    Mar 22, 2010

    It was quiet for about a week after the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, took over responsibility for the Pech River valley in Afghanistan's Kunar province in June 2009.

  • The Paratrooper spirit passes through three generations of Soldiers

    Mar 22, 2010

    The Army celebrates its history and traditions and many families help carry on that tradition. The Hookers are one such family. R.D. Hooker Sr., graduated from parachute jump school in 1956, served three tours in Vietnam and retired in 1986 as a full colonel. U.S. Army Col. R.D. Hooker Jr., a Paratrooper since 1976, leads the communications action group at Combined Joint Task Force - 82, at Bagram Airfield. U.S. Army Pvt. Chris Hooker graduated jump school in 2009 and is currently serving at a combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Iraqi-owned bank opens on U.S. base

    Mar 20, 2010

    The Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone at Contingency Operating Base Adder has long been a place where aspiring business-minded Iraqis work with U.S. forces and support the local economy by providing jobs.

  • 'Sons of Anarchy' actors visit Taji, JBB

    Mar 20, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Cast members from the television series "Sons of Anarchy" visited service members March 14 to March 16 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, and Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq.

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