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  • 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.

  • White House, Dept. of VA host fatherhood forum near Fort Bragg

    Mar 19, 2010

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - When Sgt. Daniel Freeman, an ammunitions sergeant with Division Support Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, deployed for the first time, he was not a father.

  • 'Hurt Locker' hits home for EOD Soldiers

    Mar 19, 2010

    Is it Hollywood entertainment or a realistic depiction of war'

  • 'Gave His Life In Everything He Did'

    Mar 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Staff Sgt. Joshua Rath and his family never got the chance to celebrate his 23rd birthday. Instead, Rath's family and friends in Decatur spent his birthday, Jan. 17, 2009, saying goodbye to a young man known for his friendly, fun loving and easygoing ways, and for his dedication to his Army unit and their mission in Afghanistan. Rath gave his life for that unit and mission in Operation Enduring Freedom on Jan. 8, 2009.

  • Afghan enlisted leaders visit JRTC and Fort Polk

    Mar 19, 2010

    What began as a trip to swap training goals and ideas turned into an opportunity for the Afghanistan army's top enlisted Soldier to thank a couple of Fort Polk Soldiers for their service and sacrifice in his country.

  • A rich heritage: Battalion reflects on past ahead of inactivation

    Mar 19, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, can trace its heritage back more than two centuries - when the United States was a burgeoning power on the world stage and Soldiers still wielded sharp bayonets.

  • Fort Carson Soldiers give back to community

    Mar 19, 2010

    4th Inf. Div. Soldiers reach out to community by helping at soup kitchen.

  • Army bids farewell to senior executive

    Mar 19, 2010

    The Army bid an official farewell March 12 to Troy E. Gilleland Jr. in recognition his almost 39 years of dedicated federal service. Gilleland's service ranged from an enlisted Soldier to a commissioned Army officer and from a DA Civilian employee to a member of the Senior Executive Service.

  • YouthForce mentors help students thrive

    Mar 19, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. - High school can be a tough time for many children, a time when hormones kick in, peer pressure increases and thoughts arise about the fast-approaching future.

  • 'Iron Hammer' battalion honors schools for support

    Mar 19, 2010

    In the past few months, the Soldiers and officers of 121st Brigade Support Battalion "Iron Hammer" were sent numerous care packages, sketches and art projects from students of Skyline Elementary and Lincoln Elementary schools, located in Canon City, Colo.

  • Mayor cell keeps living areas safe and clean for Soldiers

    Mar 19, 2010

    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Although the time is quickly approaching for the Soldiers of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) to re-deploy home to Oregon, the mayor cell at logistics support area Anzio on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, must continue its mission until all Soldiers have left theater.

  • Giant horses big hit at Stewart's Bits & Bridle

    Mar 18, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales horses have been staying at Fort Stewart's Bits & Bridle riding stables this week, causing a steady stream of horse lovers and Families with small children to come by the stables to see the giant horses. Hitch master, Hans Jager, said their six-man crew always travels with 10 Clydesdales and a Dalmatian named Barley, which are transported in three colorful tractor-trailer trucks.

  • Women's History Month: Putting on her game face

    Mar 18, 2010

  • Air Assault Academy opens on the heels of Crew Chief Academy graduation (part 1 of 4)

    Mar 18, 2010

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - On the heels of the Afghan National Security Forces Crew Chief Academy's first graduation, the ANSF Air Assault Academy opened its doors during a ceremony at Bagram Airfield, March 6 .

  • 2/69 Soldiers say goodbye to fallen comrade

    Mar 18, 2010

    CONTINGINCY OPERATING STATION KALSU, Iraq - They gathered in the COS Kalsu chapel with heavy hearts in somber silence. The tiny chapel was filled to capacity, but the overwhelming stillness that filled the small building signaled the somberness of the event.

  • 1/10 FA Regt farewells fallen Soldiers

    Mar 18, 2010

    <b>CONTINGENCY OPERATING STATION KALSU, Iraq </b>- Members of the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, filed into the auditorium at Contingency Operating Station Delta, Iraq, for a memorial ceremony, March 12.

  • Stewart, Hunter hold annual community showcases

    Mar 18, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - Helping keep Soldiers and Family Members informed about quality activities and events in the Georgia, Florida, and the Carolina areas was the objective of this year's Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Regional Information Sharing Forum/Community and Travel Showcase held March 10 at Club Stewart and March 12 at the Hunter Club.

  • 90th Human Resources returns home

    Mar 18, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - The 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division welcomed back nearly thirty 90th Human Resources Company Soldiers at Cottrell Field, March 14.

  • Maj. Gen. Cucolo discusses drawdown, election

    Mar 18, 2010

    In a conference call from his headquarters in Northern Iraq March 11, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commanding general of Task Force Marne and U.S. Division-North, as well as the 3rd Infantry Division, told reporters that the number of troops in his area of responsibility will decrease from 22,000 to 8,600 by Sept. 1.

  • Empire State MPs partner in safe Iraqi election

    Mar 18, 2010

    As tens of thousands of Basra residents voted in the March 7, 2010, national elections, Soldiers from the 206th Military Police Company joined their Iraqi Security Force partners in monitoring the country's second largest city in its Provincial Joint Communications Center.

  • 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment takes command

    Mar 18, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE TAJI, Iraq - The 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) handed its mission over to the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th ESC, during a transfer of authority ceremony March 12 at Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq.

  • Lt. Dan rocks out NTC

    Mar 17, 2010

    Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Sinese and his band, the Lt. Dan Band, perform for Soldiers stationed at National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., March 12. The concert is the first leg of his 41st USO tour.

  • Army graduates new Master Resilience Trainers

    Mar 17, 2010

    About 200 Soldiers join the ranks of the Army's first several hundred master resilience trainers as they graduate today from the Army's new Master Resilience Training program.

  • Army to reach 1:2 dwell in 2011, vice says

    Mar 17, 2010

    The Army's vice chief of staff said by 2011, Soldiers should find themselves spending twice as much time at home station as they do deployed.

  • Transfer of Function Notices issued, FORSCOM employees weigh options

    Mar 17, 2010

    For the past two weeks, more than 700 U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters Army civilian employees have been considering their options ahead of an April 1st deadline to respond to their individual Transfer of Function Notices.

  • NCO finds night vision enlightening

    Mar 17, 2010

    Deep in a large research facility tucked away in a secure corner of the base, scientists and engineers are working to see in the dark. The magic is made possible by technology and a team of smart individuals.

  • Sustainers return from Haiti

    Mar 17, 2010

    FORT KNOX, Ky. - Soldiers from Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) returned from Haiti during a ceremony held here on Mar. 9, at Sadowski Field House. The ceremony marked the official return for the 3d ESC soldiers from the devastated nation where they formed Joint Logistics Command-Haiti in support of relief efforts stemming from a Jan. 12 earthquake.

  • 82nd paratrooper searches for 'buried treasure' in Afghanistan

    Mar 17, 2010

    It's not uncommon to see Sgt. Benjamin Kirk Rudy walking around with an elaborate pirate-style coffee mug while spouting off some random pirate fact. What many don't know about this quirky, charismatic paratrooper is that there's more to his pirate obsession than meets the eye. He uses the pirate character as a way to bond with his two children during deployments.

  • Fort Bliss Soldiers have integrative medicine options

    Mar 16, 2010

    The Army remains committed to providing the best Soldier care by staying on the forefront of new medical research and procedures. It has also expanded its spectrum of care to include integrative medicine or holistic healing.

  • FORSCOM accelerates preparation for annual program to help Army families

    Mar 16, 2010

    Well-Being officials at U.S. Army Forces Command G-1 are now accelerating their preparation for the command's 2010 Army Family Action Plan conference scheduled for March 23-26, in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Soldier receives tribal honor for service in Iraq

    Mar 16, 2010

    Throughout the history of the U.S. military, troops have been honored with awards and commendations for their service, especially for the times they have gone beyond what was required of them.

  • Behind the Scenes with the 412th TEC Culinary Team

    Mar 15, 2010

  • BACH program simulates battlefield stress to help Soldiers return to duty

    Mar 15, 2010

    Soldiers in Blanchfield Army Community Hospital's Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center (WRRC) participate in a session of the Return to Duty (RTD) program. In the RTD program, Soldiers practice combat skills under stress. In one exercise, Soldiers work quickly to dress a dummy's wounds in a simulated battlefield environment complete with loud explosions and screams blaring from loudspeakers and smoke pouring from fog machines. Many Fort Campbell Soldiers undergoing treatment for mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) have the opportunity to go through this functional assessment to prove to themselves and their medical care providers at the WRRC that they are ready to deploy with their units.

  • Raiders train with rifles, minds

    Mar 15, 2010

    1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div. train for deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Deadline for Global Assessment Tool approaching

    Mar 15, 2010

    The deadline is approaching for Soldiers to complete the Global Assessment Tool, part of a new Army-wide holistic initiative focused on building resilience: Comprehensive Soldier Fitness.

  • Soldiers move excess munitions out of Iraq as part of drawdown

    Mar 13, 2010

    As the responsible drawdown of forces and equipment escalates following the Iraqi Parliamentary elections in March, Soldiers are working to reduce the amount of ammunition in Iraq as corresponding troop levels fall.

  • Program helps military spouses join workforce

    Mar 12, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - An Army Community Service program gives military spouses the resources they need to launch a government career.

  • The Eagle (scout) returns

    Mar 12, 2010

    Justin Brundin has accomplished a lot for the Armed Services Blood Program and a lot for Soldiers, like his dad, deployed all around the world. The one thing he was always too young for he finally accomplished this past Tuesday, March 9 as he donated his first unit of blood for his beloved military blood program.

  • Soldiers get Middle East history lesson

    Mar 12, 2010

    Carl DeLorenzo, professor of history at St. Peter's Preparatory School, Jersey City, N. J., speaks about the history of the Middle East to members of the 43rd Sustainment Brigade. March 3.

  • Civilians in surge to Afghanistan get training at Atterbury

    Mar 12, 2010

    In addition to the troop surge in Afghanistan, there's a civilian surge to supplement the military with teams of subject-matter experts in a variety of fields such as security, agribusiness and logistics.

  • ARMY BIDS TROY 'GIL' GILLELAND FAREWELL

    Mar 12, 2010

    Troy E. "Gil" Gilleland Jr. retired March 12, 2010, after more than 38 years of dedicated federal service that ranged from enlisted Soldier to non-commissioned officer to Army officer to Department of the Army civilian to a member of the Senior Executive Service. As a Soldier he went from E-1 to E-6 and from O-1 to 0-6. His retirement ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Army's largest command, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), where he had served as the deputy chief of staff G-1 since June 2005.

  • 3rd ACR Soldier, rodeo enthusiast enjoys broncs, bulls in Houston

    Mar 12, 2010

    Most troops like a good rodeo show, some have never been, and for some, the oversized cowboy hats, jumbo belt buckles and irate kicking bulls are a little much. And then there's Spc. Derek South, a Soldier whose passion for rodeo is rarely matched. A lot of people know what it's like to watch a cowboy get flung carelessly from a furious bull only seconds after leaving the chutes atop its back, but South knows what it's like to actually hang on for dear life; he knows how slowly seconds can pass; he knows what it's like to feel that cold still air over an arena floor, because he's actually been in the rodeo. It's not surprising, then, that he was thrilled to attend the 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 10 during the organization's third-ever military-focused event, dubbed Salute to The Troops, along with 1,500 other Soldiers from Fort Hood.

  • Army vet to carry flag for U.S. Paralympic Team

    Mar 12, 2010

    Former Army Staff Sgt. Heath Calhoun, a veteran of the Iraq war and an alpine skier, has been selected as flag bearer for the U.S. team at Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games this evening.

  • Fort Drum community honors retiring division command sergeant major

    Mar 12, 2010

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Members of the Fort Drum community gathered March 4 for the 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum command sergeant major's retirement ceremony at the Commons. Command Sgt. Maj. James W. Redmore retired after serving nearly 29 years in the Army.

  • Dogwood Terrace Neighborhood Center celebrates grand opening

    Mar 12, 2010

    The third of four neighborhood centers being built at Fort Polk by Picerne Military Housing celebrated its grand opening March 9. The Dogwood Terrace Neighborhood Center took center stage as military and civilian speakers extolled its attributes.

  • 115th CSH continues chemical, biological training

    Mar 12, 2010

    Fort Polk's 115th Combat Support Hospital continued its preparations for operations in biological and chemical environments March 5 by learning how to care for casualties in contaminated areas.

  • Fort Stewart's real 'Hurt Locker' Soldiers get new facilities

    Mar 12, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> - Most movie fans are probably aware the film, "The Hurt Locker," took home six Oscars, March 7, including Best Picture. The film follows the members of a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team serving in Iraq. Fewer people are aware that Fort Stewart has four EOD detachments or that these "Hurt Locker" units are now moving from three older buildings off Gulick Avenue and 18th Street and consolidating at one new facility on GA-144.

  • Dogface Soldiers support Iraqi election success

    Mar 11, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Task Force Marne units in United States Division-North successfully fulfilled their supporting role to the Iraqi Security Forces as Iraqis went to the polls to vote for the next leaders of their country, March 7.

  • Fort Stewart schools celebrate Read Across America

    Mar 11, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> - Students at Fort Stewart's three elementary schools had some special visitors at their school this week, including Ginger Cucolo, wife of Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, 3rd Infantry Division commander; and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips, 3rd ID deputy commanding general-rear. Their visit was to help the students celebrate the National Education Association's Read Across America program and motivate children to want to read.

  • Hood culinary display honors the fallen

    Mar 11, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 11, 2010) -- As the 35th U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition enters its final days at Fort Lee, onlookers are left with lasting memories of five-star cuisine and elaborate table displays that showcased the talents of the military's food service professionals. For one team, this year's competition held special significance. It was an opportunity for them to pay tribute to the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas. The team representing that installation created a memorable table display that garnered high marks from competition judges.

  • Beyond the big stage: impact of Army Culinary Arts Competition goes further than presentation of any

    Mar 11, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 11, 2010) -- The U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition will check off another year tomorrow when it wraps up its 35th awards ceremony. For more than three decades, it has been a stage of sorts; a showcase in which contestants are afforded the opportunity to put their skills up against the best the military has to offer. But it is also a unique military food service experience Aca,!" one that has a varied impact beyond the competition itself.

  • Iraqi security forces ensure safe national elections

    Mar 11, 2010

    In 2005, faced with staunch resistance from extremists, coalition forces provided security for Iraqis as they voted. Five years later, the role of U.S. forces has changed dramatically.

  • Iraqi canine unit helps secure national elections

    Mar 11, 2010

    As his U.S. counterparts walked toward him, the commander of the Iraqi canine unit broke into a smile and held out his hand. After a few introductory handshakes, 2nd Lt. Akeel, from the Iraqi National Police in the city of Najaf, ushered his guests from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, into his office.

  • Karbala agricultural buzz: beekeeping class and other initiatives create economic independence for l

    Mar 11, 2010

    A class that teaches local Iraqis how to raise and care for honey bees graduated its first students in Husaniyah, Iraq, March 1, 2010. Members of the U.S. State Department's Karbala Provincial Reconstruction Team and Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, attended the beekeeping course graduation.

  • Soldiers transition Haiti responsibilities to U.N. forces

    Mar 10, 2010

    More than 470 soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, will depart Haiti Thursday after completing their relief missions in support of Operation Unified Response.

  • 'Gunslingers' host COB Basra strongman contest

    Mar 10, 2010

    Needing to bench press 315 pounds one time in the final "bench-off" for the title at the Gunslinger Strongman Competition, Spc. Travis E. Dobson, of Long Beach, Calif., pumped out an extra four repetitions, March 1, 2010.

  • Cavalrymen run helo stables in southern Iraq

    Mar 10, 2010

    As the engines of approaching helicopters roar in the distance, flight operations at the Task Force Saber air cell at Contingency Operating Station Hunter once again prepare to receive aircraft that support troop movements all across southern Iraq.

  • Soldiers develop strong bonds with counterparts

    Mar 10, 2010

    Iraq's security forces are in the lead, dedicated to and invested in the ongoing stability of their nation and ensuring the security of their U.S. partners, but the fewer U.S. troops still in the country assisting the Iraqi forces still have an essential job to do.

  • U.S. partners assist Najaf's growth

    Mar 10, 2010

    Military leaders, diplomats, politicians, influential businessmen and shaykhs came together for an informal dinner to celebrate President's Day at Contingency Operating Station Endeavor, Feb. 24, 2010.

  • Singer entertains troops on small base in Iraq

    Mar 10, 2010

    Former Pussycat Doll, Kaya Jones entertained the Soldiers assigned to Contingency Operating Station Endeavor, Iraq, Feb. 24, 2010. Jones and her dance team danced and sang for an appreciative audience for over an hour, before signing autographs and posing for pictures with their audience.

  • Stability operations in Iraq making headway

    Mar 10, 2010

    Though the U.S. has been building up the civilian infrastructure of Iraq since 2003, the sense of ownership and level interest of the people has never been as great as it is now, and that makes all the difference.

  • Newest Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Soldier Leads From The Front

    Mar 9, 2010

    Staff Sgt. Charles R. Spence, Jr., from the 4th Sustainment Brigade out of Fort Hood, Texas, always tries to lead his Soldiers from the front. This outstanding noncommissioned officer shares his story after being inducted in the elite Sergeant Audi Murphy Club Mar. 4.

  • 'Sound the Trumpets' proves a resounding musical treat

    Mar 9, 2010

    The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets joined The Army Ground Forces Band for a grand evening of music performed for the free "Sound the Trumpets" concert at the Georgia Tech Ferst Center for the Arts in Atlanta, March 6. The program offered an exciting variety of music that was enthusiastically received by the hundreds of people in attendance. The Herald Trumpets are the President's official fanfare ensemble. The Army Ground Forces Band is one of only three Army bands with a touring mission.

  • Wounded warrior ties for National Geographic's Adventurer of Year

    Mar 8, 2010

    Wounded by a roadside bomb more than three years ago, Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister has surmounted his injuries to tie for the National Geographic magazine's Reader's Choice Adventurer of the Year Award.

  • Top NCO observes Thunderbolt Soldiers train Iraqis

    Mar 8, 2010

    Senior noncommissioned officer of USFI observes training between Iraqi Army and 17th Fires Brigade in Basrah Province

  • Supporting Small Government in Iraq

    Mar 8, 2010

    While considerable attention has been devoted to Iraqi reconstruction at the national and provincial levels, U.S. forces are leveraging their resources to advise and assist local Iraqi governmental bodies as well.

  • Land navigation course offers infantrymen first taste of Utah terrain

    Mar 8, 2010

    Infantrymen from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, in Utah to train for an upcoming deployment, began off-post training with land navigation at Camp W.G. Williams, Utah, Feb. 11-12.

  • Efficient irrigation method holds promise for Iraq

    Mar 8, 2010

    Even as the U.S. hands more and more responsibility for the future of Iraq back to the Iraqi people, projects continue to ensure that the people are set up for success in every possible way.

  • Iraqis Vote in Karbala

    Mar 8, 2010

    Iraqis vote in Karbala The elections are the second national vote since the ousting of Saddam Hussein

  • Iraqi and U.S. forces prepare for National Elections

    Mar 8, 2010

    The success of this week's elections for five southern provinces in Iraq rested on the Mid-Euphrates Operations Center, located at Contingency Operating Station Echo. The MEOC, which is co-located with the 8th Iraqi Army Division headquarters in Diwaniyah Province, is the monitoring station for operations and intelligence assets for the provinces of Babil, Karbala, Najaf, Diwaniyah and Wasit. The 8th IA Division is the military unit responsible for securing those provinces.

  • March 7 Iraqi national elections

    Mar 8, 2010

    March 7 Iraqi national elections The 2010 elections are the second national elections since the fall of Saddam HusseinAca,!a,,cs regime.

  • U.S. Soldiers, Sailors brief IA leaders on election preps

    Mar 8, 2010

    Task Force Thunderbolt Soldiers and Sailors briefed the commanding general of the Iraqi Army's Basra-based 14th Division at the taskforce's headquarters at Contingency Operating Base Basra, March 1, on their plans to support him in ensuring a successful national election March 7.

  • Iraqi medical soldiers turn to U.S. for training

    Mar 6, 2010

    Six Iraqi soldiers looked up intently at the diagram on the white board as they crowded around the makeshift operating tables. Then, looking down at their surgical pads, they deftly took up surgical needles to practice their technique. It was practice involving nothing more than boneless chicken fillets, but the senior medical providers representing three brigades within the 14th Iraqi Army Division acknowledge the advantages nevertheless.

  • Bracing against the cold in Muthanna

    Mar 6, 2010

    Much of the population of Muthanna Province faces serious hunger and health issues that only worsen during the winter months. As this winter approached, the Muthanna Provincial Council asked the U.S. State Department's Provincial Reconstruction Team to help provide essential supplies and aid for their people in need. Company A, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, Task Force Pathfinder, assigned to assist the Muthanna PRT's reconstruction efforts, responded.

  • Maysan police attend counterfeiting course

    Mar 6, 2010

    Counterfeiting of U.S. currency is a prevalent problem throughout the world, and Iraq is no exception. Counterfeiting presents a multi-faceted threat in Iraq, where it both destabilizes the economy and funds terrorist activities.

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