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  • Study finds morale, mental health better in Iraq than Afghanistan

    Nov 13, 2009

    While the mental health and morale of Soldiers in Iraq is improving, according to the latest study, more behavioral-health providers are needed in Afghanistan.

  • Veterans honored during ceremony on Fort Polk

    Nov 13, 2009

    An overflow crowd spread across the parking lot in front of Fort Polk's headquarters Nov. 11 to pay homage to Soldiers and other service members during a Veterans Day ceremony. Louisiana's Fourth District Congressman, Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, was guest speaker for the event. He said the United States military has helped liberate the people of Iraq, and now it's time to do the same in Afghanistan.

  • 94th merits Meritorious Unit Commendation

    Nov 13, 2009

    Beginning in World War II, performing in theater during the United States' various conflicts, moving from state to state (Wyoming, Alaska), inactivated and activated over the course of the 20th century and reborn in 2005 at Fort Polk, the 94th Brigade Support Battalion finished another memorable chapter in its diverse history Nov. 6 at Mountain Field. The battalion received the Meritorious Unit Commendation for service during deployment to Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah in southeast Baghdad, Iraq, from Nov. 30, 2007 to Jan. 5, 2009. According to the commendation, the 94th showed "the ability to innovate and accomplish the mission far beyond the call of duty."

  • 3-89 receives Valorous Unit Award

    Nov 13, 2009

    The 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, received the Valorous Unit Award during a ceremony Nov. 6 at Mountain Field on Fort Polk.

  • Army Chief of Staff to visit Master Resilience Training

    Nov 13, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey is scheduled to arrive November 16, 2009 and will be available to speak to media at 9:55 a.m.. All interested media must be on site no later than 9:15 a.m. to register in the William Fontaine room of the Sheraton Philadelphia University Hotel.

  • 5-25 earns Meritorious Unit Commendation

    Nov 13, 2009

    Soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, gathered at Warrior Memorial Park Nov. 4 to receive the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The unit was awarded for its actions while deployed to Iraq in 2007-2008.

  • Fort Stewart Kids Show Off Artistic Talents

    Nov 12, 2009

    Students from Fort Stewart's Kessler Elementary School had an opportunity to show off their artistic talents at an Art Show/Art Forum and display the results of the Great Pumpkin Book Character Contest during the quarterly Parent-Teacher Organization meeting, Nov. 5.

  • Liberty County Vets Hold Veterans Parade

    Nov 12, 2009

  • IFPEX Preps Stewart-Hunter Leaders for Emergencies

    Nov 12, 2009

    Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield leaders trained how to properly respond to emergency situations during an Installation Force Protection Exercise conducted at Stewart's Crisis Management Center, Nov. 9-10. Colonel Kevin Milton, Stewart-Hunter garrison commander, along with Command Sgt. Maj. James Ervin, Stewart-Hunter garrison command sergeant major, and leaders from key installation directorates responded to a simulated situation that involved a supposed chlorine spill in the Liberty Woods subdivision.

  • Fort Stewart's Warrior Restoration Center Open for Business

    Nov 12, 2009

    Fort Stewart and Winn Army Community Hospital took another step forward in the treatment of Soldiers when the Warrior Restoration Center was officially opened, Nov. 3. .

  • Fort Stewart's Hays Library Celebrates Reading All Year

    Nov 12, 2009

    Though October and National Book Month are over, the written word can be celebrated all year long through Kindle, the Internet, or a visit to the 1st Lt. George P. Hays Library on Fort Stewart.

  • Gen. Sullivan helps Barstow, Fort Irwin honor veterans

    Nov 12, 2009

    BARSTOW, Calif.- As retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, the 32nd chief of staff of the Army, surveyed the patriotic mix of Soldiers, Marines, sailors, veterans, young and old, Family members and members of the community at the Mountain View Memorial Park in Barstow, Calif. on Veterans Day, he said he saw the strength of the nation.

  • Naughty by Nature, USO Rock COB Speicher

    Nov 12, 2009

    Servicemembers stationed at Contingency Operation Base Speicher were treated to a night of entertainment by DJ Skribble and the hip-hop group Naughty by Nature, Nov. 8. The show was put on by the USO and was free for all.

  • Spartan Brigade Trained in COINSOC

    Nov 12, 2009

    Major General Anthony Cucolo, Task Force Marne Commanding General, along with senior leaders from Multi-National Force-Iraq and Multi-National Corps-Iraq, spoke to leaders of the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team while they attended the Counterinsurgency School in Taji, Iraq, Nov. 6-7.

  • Vanguards Welcome New Command Sergeant Major

    Nov 12, 2009

    The Marne Division's sole light-infantry brigade hailed a new senior-enlisted advisor during a Change of Responsibility ceremony at Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field, Nov. 4.

  • President honors veterans: 'We are forever grateful'

    Nov 11, 2009

    "America will not let you down," President Barack Obama told veterans Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery, emphasizing the message he wanted all to know is "we will take care of our own."

  • Hood, nation pay tribute to victims of post shooting spree

    Nov 11, 2009

    The mournful and all too familiar scene of a bugler playing Taps occurred again here Tuesday as the Fort Hood community paid its respects to fallen warriors struck down last week allegedly at the hands of a lone gunman, who also happened to wear an Army uniform.

  • Central receiving, shipping point at Marez preps Iraq for drawdown

    Nov 11, 2009

    As the responsible drawdown of U.S. troops and equipment from Iraq continues, the Central Receiving and Shipping Point at Contingency Operating Location Marez in Mosul, Iraq, will be instrumental in managing the movement of both equipment and personnel.

  • Vice President grieves with Fort Lewis for fallen Stryker Soldiers

    Nov 10, 2009

    Vice President Joe Biden joined the Fort Lewis, Wash., community Tuesday to grieve the loss and honor the sacrifice of seven Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment.

  • V Corps vet recalls patrols on 20th anniversary of Berlin Wall falling

    Nov 10, 2009

    Cold War-era Berlin Wall patrols were a visible message to the East and West German people said the V Corps historian during a Nov. 5 ceremony for the opening of the Allied Museum's "Wall Patrol" exhibit.

  • President says nation will always remember Fort Hood casualties

    Nov 10, 2009

    The nation will remember those who were killed during the Nov. 5 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, the president said during a memorial ceremony there.

  • MTV documentary follows Soldier's return to Iraq

    Nov 10, 2009

    MTV will honor America's veterans and servicemembers Wednesday by following a young noncommissioned officer as he returns to the battlefields of Iraq.

  • 4th BSTB recognized for actions

    Nov 9, 2009

    The 4th Brigade Support Troop Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, received the Meritorious Unit Commendation from Lt. Col. Blace Albert, the commander of the 4th BSTB, and Sgt. Maj. Dale Van Ormer, command sergeant major for the special troops battalion, on Oct. 29, less than five years since the unit's activation in 2005.

  • FORSCOM homeowners prepare for BRAC

    Nov 9, 2009

    An estimated 200 U.S. Army Forces Command Headquarters Soldiers and Army civilians attended a Homeowners Assistance Program Base Realignment and Closure Town Hall Meeting, here, Nov. 4.

  • A Moment of Silence for Fort Hood

    Nov 9, 2009

  • Provider Soldiers get promoted, re-enlist

    Nov 9, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Continuing a tradition of excellence, Provider Soldiers earned promotions and re-enlisted in the Army, all while continuing to prepare for the drawdown of U.S. equipment and personnel from Iraq.

  • Mississippians, Iraqi Army partner to protect Q-West water supply

    Nov 9, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Members A Company, 2nd Battalion, 198th Combined Arms Brigade out of Hernando, Miss., met with their Iraqi counterparts in 1st Company, 2nd Battalion, 26th Brigade to review the IA's security measures for the Al-Qayyarah pump house located on the Tigris River.

  • Iraqi water pump workers visit Q-West

    Nov 9, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - A group of Iraqis who work at the Al-Qayyarah pump house attended a luncheon in their honor Nov. 2 at the dining facility at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq.

  • Class I yard accepts Iraq-wide food turn in

    Nov 9, 2009

    CAMP STRYKER, Iraq - In addition to their usual duties, service members at the Camp Stryker, Iraq, Class I yard manage the mass turn in of food rations from all corners of Iraq as the drawdown of U.S. troops and equipment progresses.

  • Logistics, technical advisory team instructs Iraqi Army Soldiers

    Nov 9, 2009

    CAMP UR, Iraq - The Ur Logistics and Technical Advisory Team with the 36th Sustainment Brigade out of Temple, Texas, works with Iraqi Soldiers at the Ur Iraqi Army Regional Maintenance Center to improve their skills in maintenance and supply.

  • Troops trek 5K for treats

    Nov 9, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 699th Maintenance Company out of Fort Irwin, Calif., sponsored a Halloween 5K fun run at Holt Memorial Stadium Oct. 31 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • In line of fire: Fort Hood first responders heroically save lives

    Nov 7, 2009

    "Pop, pop, pop." Those were the sounds Fort Hood's first responders heard when they arrived at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center on Fort Hood, Texas, Thursday.

  • General Says War Must Be Addressed In Global Terms

    Nov 6, 2009

    During a question-and-answer session, Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman Gen. James Cartwright was asked a question that cut to the heart of America's concerns related to overseas contingency operations - What have you, general, advised President Barack Obama concerning the future war effort in Afghanistan' The question, asked by Marine reservist Staff Sgt. Jeff Moran, a student at the University of Alabama-Huntsville where Cartwright made a presentation as part of a new distinguished speaker series, gave the Marine Corps general an opportunity to provide a glimpse into the relationship the nation's Joint Chiefs of Staff have with the president. Although he declined to give specifics of his private conversations with President Obama, Cartwright did tell his audience of local community, business and military leaders as well as UAH students at the Oct. 27 gathering at the Shelby Center that any recommendations must be considered in a global context. "We all know things change and war is an engagement in a constantly evolving fight," he answered. "Our number one priority is to stop nations out there with weapons of mass destruction that can fundamentally change our way of life. The second priority is to eliminate extremist groups out there who want to fundamentally change our way of life. Those have to be gotten rid of. They cannot be given sanctuary."

  • Forum Draws Total Army Family Representatives

    Nov 6, 2009

    Members of the total Army family at Redstone had their voices heard last week. They expressed their quality of life concerns during the 21st annual Army Family Action Plan conference Oct. 27-28 at the Officers and Civilians Club. Thirty-four delegates were evenly distributed in three work groups: Consumer Services, Medical/Dental, and Benefits/Entitlements. "This is to have all of the Army family voices heard - whether that be DA (Department of Army) civilians, Soldiers, spouses, retirees," Nicki Swindle, quality of life program manager at Army Community Service, said. "And everyone has an equal voice."

  • Army sets 'moment of silence' for Fort Hood shooting victims

    Nov 6, 2009

    An Army-wide moment of silence has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. central standard time today in honor of the Fort Hood victims, family members and loved ones affected by the shooting 24 hours ago.

  • FORSCOM Commander's message about Fort Hood shootings

    Nov 5, 2009

    As the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the Soldiers and Family members affected by today's shooting at Fort Hood. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

  • 3d ACR Win's Secretary of Defense Phoenix Award

    Nov 5, 2009

  • Winn's Warrior Restoration Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

    Nov 4, 2009

    Winn's Warrior Restoration Center officially opened the doors to its newest facilities and services specifically established to address traumatic brain injuries. Though services targeted at concussion, PTSD, and pain management have existed for some time at major military medical treatment facilities, the need to provide these services at Fort Stewart, so that our Soldiers can recover at home through the extended support of their Military Families and units, resulted in the inception and ultimate reality of these facilities and collaboration of specialty services.

  • Vanguard Infantrymen prove their expertise

    Nov 4, 2009

    Approximately 400 infantrymen challenged themselves to an ultimate test of their trade here, Oct. 26-30, but in the end only 104 Soldiers could adorn the coveted Expert Infantryman Badge upon their chests.

  • 3rd ID assumes responsibility of MND-North

    Nov 4, 2009

    During a ceremony Nov. 3, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Task Force Marne commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews uncased the 3rd Infantry Division colors to signify the official transfer of authority for Multi-National Division - North.

  • Suicide awareness guide now available for leaders

    Nov 4, 2009

    The Army's newest guide book is small enough to fit in a pocket, but big enough to save lives, according to officials.

  • Spartans arrive in Kuwait

    Nov 4, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATION BASE BUEHRING, Kuwait - "Rollover, Rollover, Rollover," shouted Spartan Soldiers of the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division as they participated in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle egress training, just one of the final training exercises the brigade must finish before leaving Kuwait and push forward to Iraq.

  • What housing privatization means to Soldiers, their Families

    Nov 4, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The terms Residential Communities Initiative, or RCI, and privatized Family housing are now being used at Aberdeen Proving Ground. They both have to do with a new program that will change the face of Family housing on post over the next 50 years.

  • Force-on-Force returns as Hybrid Threat

    Nov 4, 2009

    Hybrid Threat Warfare combines force-on-force movements with counter insurgency tactics

  • Craig Morgan, Chris Young electrify Holt Stadium

    Oct 31, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Country music stars Craig Morgan, Chris Young and Great American Country host Nan Kelley treated service members to a night of country music and hospitality Oct. 29 at Holt Stadium at Joint Base Balad.

  • Providers assist with redistribution of armor assets

    Oct 31, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION CALDWELL, Iraq - The mass movement of equipment across Iraq for units leaving and coming to the country is a complex process involving the support and coordination of various elements

  • US forces take proactive steps toward drawdown

    Oct 31, 2009

  • Speicher preps for Operation Clean Sweep

    Oct 31, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq - Soldiers with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) prepared for Operation Clean Sweep, set to begin the first week of November at Contingency Operating Location Speicher, Iraq.

  • Fort Carson, community leaders sign covenant

    Oct 30, 2009

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Leaders from Fort Carson and civic leaders from the Pikes Peak region gathered at El Pomar Foundation's Penrose House Oct. 22 for a ceremony to sign the Army Community Covenant.

  • Hot Shots! TRICARE Makes H1N1 Immunizations Easy for Beneficiaries

    Oct 30, 2009

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (October 30, 2009) - Immunizations against the H1N1 virus will soon be available, and people are eager to take precautions. TRICARE Prime, Standard and Extra beneficiaries can get their shots from network and non-network providers without paying a deductible or making a co-payment. A temporary waiver allows non-active duty TRICARE Prime enrollees to get the H1N1 immunization from non-network providers without a referral or authorization, eliminating point-of-service charges. Prime enrollees will not be charged a co-payment or cost share. Active duty service members should follow the guidance of their respective services.

  • Civic, business leaders participate in airborne training

    Oct 29, 2009

    More than a dozen community, civic and business leaders, to include Miss North Carolina Katherine Southard, gathered to participate in airborne training Oct 27.

  • Winn Rockin' & Rollin' During Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

    Oct 29, 2009

    Winn Army Community Hospital hosts a Drive Thru Flu Clinic Oct. 27-30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., for 3rd ID Family members as well as Retirees and their Family Members. So far more than 800 Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Vaccines have been administered to healthy individuals between the ages of 2-49.

  • 260th QM Soldiers Run, 'Paint the Town Pink'

    Oct 29, 2009

    On and off the battlefield, servicemembers came together to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their brethren, and the Hunter Army Airfield Soldiers of the 260th Quartermaster Battalion shouldered the distress call from one of their own. Soldier's voices rang out as they sang in cadence, "Paint the town pink," an intonation they wrote especially for the run. As the Soldiers passed supportive citizens along the streets, children stood outside of schools and daycare centers along the route and held pink, red, white and blue balloons while cheering for the troops. The Paint the Town Pink initiative run was an effort to bring awareness to Soldiers, their Families, and those in the community about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

  • Vanguards Reach Out to Community

    Oct 29, 2009

    Every year, on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of people across the U.S. reach out to those in need as part of a national day to help others. This year, Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division joined in on the nationwide effort and turned "Make a Difference Day" into an ongoing community outreach program.

  • 2nd HBCT Cases Colors, Says Farewell

    Oct 29, 2009

    The Spartan Brigade marked the beginning of their fourth deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom by casing their brigade colors in a ceremony held on Cottrell Field, Oct. 23.

  • 3rd HBCT Soldiers Kick Off Deployment

    Oct 29, 2009

    When Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division waved "goodbye" to their loved ones and climbed on the bus that took them to the plane to haul them overseas, they were not going to Iraq. Not just yet. After almost 48 hours, Sledgehammer Soldiers stepped off the plane in Ali Al Salem in Kuwait City. This time without the fanfare, they loaded another bus headed for the first leg of their deployment: Camp Buehring.

  • Relocation Experts School Atlanta-area Army Civilians

    Oct 27, 2009

    Two of the toughest challenges facing Atlanta-area Army civilian employees relocating to Ft. Bragg, N.C. or Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. in 2011 will likely be moving their families and, potentially, selling their Atlanta-area homes.

  • 10th Mountain Soldiers test under Army's new expert infantryman standards

    Oct 26, 2009

    The Army has established a new standard for testing and awarding of the Expert Infantryman Badge, or EIB.

  • Soldiers affect brigade modernization

    Oct 23, 2009

    Ground sensors that are part of the Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization program were recently overhauled in line with input from Soldiers.

  • 789th EOD 'bomb squad' to train Iraqi units

    Oct 22, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning's bomb disposal experts are returning to Iraq for the second time with the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

  • Military, local communties help warriors

    Oct 22, 2009

    The message of the "Make a Difference Day" sign at the entrance to the Shepherd Center Apartments encouraged its readers in bright yellow and blue letters to, "help a friend fix something, do something for your community, spend time with someone who is lonely, give to a worthy cause or smile, hug and extend a kind word." It was a message that many took to heart.

  • H1N1 vaccine to arrive in November

    Oct 21, 2009

    H1N1 vaccinations are expected to be available in November for active-duty servicemembers and their families, according to the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command.

  • DOD ANNOUNCES UNITS FOR AFGHANISTAN ROTATIONS AND DEPLOYMENT

    Oct 20, 2009

    The Department of Defense announced today major units scheduled to deploy as part of upcoming rotations of forces operating in Afghanistan. The announcement involves one active duty brigade combat team and one Stryker cavalry regiment, totaling approximately 7,700 personnel, and one National Guard brigade with approximately 3,500 personnel. The scheduled rotation for these forces will begin in the spring of 2010.

  • Army cancels brigade's Iraq deployment

    Oct 20, 2009

    An Army brigade slated to deploy to Iraq in January was relieved of its deployment orders this weekend without current plans for a new mission.

  • Wounded veterans return to Iraq

    Oct 16, 2009

    After stepping on an improvised explosive device during an ambush Nov. 29, 2006, Spc. Craig Chavez nearly died. His face took most of the blast. He lost his left eye and took shrapnel to the right, rendering him blind. Being evacuated home, he thought he would never see again.

  • 3rd HBCT leaves for fourth Iraq rotation

    Oct 15, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - The unit that led the drive into Baghdad in March 2003 is now the first Army brigade with four deployments to Iraq. The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team's main body left for Iraq over the Columbus Day holiday weekend in a wave of departures that began Oct. 7 and ended Monday.

  • Fort Irwin takes next step in energy security

    Oct 15, 2009

    FORT IRWIN, Calif. - Fort Irwin and the National Training Center took a giant step forward in energy security Thursday morning without compromising its primary mission, which is training the force.

  • Field Artillerymen qualify on new weapon system

    Oct 15, 2009

    The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is once again preparing for deployment, but this time around they're going 'light.' First Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment Soldiers proved they're qualified to meet the brigade's new light-fighting initiative through an exercise known as Table VIII Gunnery held at Fort Stewart, Oct. 5-8.

  • 1/10 Attack returns home from successful mission

    Oct 15, 2009

    Dusk settled in over the Truscott Air Terminal as Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division returned to Hunter Army Airfield after a 12-month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oct. 11. Family Members, friends and fellow Soldiers filled Tominac Fitness Center to welcome home the 158 warriors.

  • Living in the New Normal empowers military children

    Oct 14, 2009

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. -Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) officials facilitated a breakout session during the 2009 FORSCOM Family Readiness Group Training Symposium today, Oct. 8, about a program designed to help concerned professionals and parents support military children through challenging times. MCEC Executive Director Mary Keller and MCEC member Patricia Shinseki talked about Living in the New Normal (LINN), a system for educating adults how to empower military children to cope with issues of separation, parents with multiple deployments and losing a parent in combat.

  • Chaplain-led program reinforces relationships

    Oct 14, 2009

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 8, 2009)-Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael Strohm, assigned to the Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains, and Chaplain (Col.) Bradford Fipps, a U.S. Army Forces Command Staff Chaplain, reached out to FORSCOM Family Readiness Group leaders today, offering information for the Strong Bonds curriculum. Strong Bonds is a commander-initiated-but chaplain-led-program designed to help strengthen relationships through skill-training for singles, couples, Families and deployment cycle support. All sub-programs aligned under this curriculum are focused on sustaining life-long relations and building up the future force, according to Strohm.

  • Army keeps strengthening family support

    Oct 14, 2009

    Just as she has with her four grown daughters, Stephenie Palmer has seen the way the Army looks after its families grow and mature over the past two decades.

  • 3rd HBCT headed to Iraq a fourth time

    Oct 8, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - On the eve of a fourth deployment to Iraq in seven years, the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team cased its colors Wednesday at Kelley Hill's Sledgehammer Field.

  • MREs no longer contain 'mystery meat' of past

    Oct 8, 2009

    DoD's Combat Feeding Directorate set up an elaborate display with interactive activities on the floor of the AUSA Annual Meeting and Symposium, including a place for Soldiers to taste-test new ration items

  • Fort Irwin's Soldier of the Quarter is Evelyn Scott

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Work at 1st Armored Division motor pool becomes a family affair

    Oct 8, 2009

    1st Armored Division motor pool becomes a family affair

  • Senior CBRNE Soldier begins to 'fade away'

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Army-wide FRG Town Hall meetings identify opportunities

    Oct 8, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A senior official from the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management's office spoke to Association of the U.S. Army Family Forum attendees Oct 5 at the Washington Convention Center here, pertaining to the results of Army Family Readiness Group town hall meetings held at six Army installations this summer. Kathleen Marin from the ACSIM office told those gathered for the annual Family Forums, which included 450 company-level FRG leaders from U.S. Army Forces Command units nationwide, about the concerns raised by Army Families at town hall meetings she attended at Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Fort Hood, Texas. Marin said the Army is at a historic moment in its history; it has been fighting a war for eight years with an all volunteer force and the Families who love and support those Soldiers. Subsequently, she said this causes Army officials to look at how they can calibrate Army programs and services to meet the needs of those repeatedly deploying Soldiers and their Families. With that in mind, the Chief of Staff of the Army challenged us at the two-year review mark to evaluate how well the Army is doing promoting and make available Army sponsored services, Marin said.

  • Military spouse support organization honors FORSCOM FRG leaders

    Oct 8, 2009

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. - The Commanders in Chief of the House (CinCHouse) organization hosted a "Mandatory Fun" reception Oct. 6, at the Hyatt Crystal City here to honor 450 U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group leaders from units nationwide. The reception was the culminating event of two activities CinCHouse sponsored to honor FRG leaders for their assistance to Army leaders, programs and services that support Soldiers and their Families. "These hard working spouses deserve a little luxury and fun in the midst of such an important training program," CinCHouse.com Founder and Editor Meredith Leyva said. Leyva explained CinCHouse's goal is to provide FRG leaders attending the U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group Training Symposium and Association of the U.S. Army's Family Forums the opportunity to relax, to see local sites in the nation's capital and to enjoy networking among themselves.

  • First Army plays vital role in preparing Reserve Component units for active duty

    Oct 8, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - As an executive agent of U.S. Army Forces Command, First Army plays a critical national defense role in mobilizing, validating and training Reserve and National Guard units slated for active duty assignments across a broad spectrum of operations. That was the message delivered by Sgt. 1st Class John E. Lewis, a First Army observer-controller/trainer with the 177th Armored Brigade, First Army Division East, when he spoke at the "Sergeants Corner" exhibit to attendees of the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) National Meeting and Exposition here Oct. 5. Once a unit has been identified, First Army initiates a joint assessment nine months to a year out from the unit's actual mobilization, during which commanders identify pre- and post-mobilization tasks and an enduring mobilization training center is selected. "This allows training to be fine-tuned to specific assigned mission sets and for training resources to be identified," said Lewis. "Once a solid training plan has been developed, a unit can begin individual and collective task training before its mobilization arrival."

  • Out of sight but not forgotten; Study looks at geographically dispersed Soldiers, Families

    Oct 7, 2009

    U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders heard Dr. Lynn Heirakuji, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Personnel Oversight, share results of an Army-wide study about geographically dispersed Soldiers and Family members Oct. 5, during the Association of the U.S. Army Family Forum in Washington, D.C. The 450 company-level FRG leaders from installations across the country are in the nation's capital to attend the second annual FORSCOM FRG Training Symposium at the Hyatt Crystal City Hotel. This annual training event was scheduled the same week as the annual AUSA National Meeting and Expo to allow FORSCOM's FRG leaders to take advantage of AUSA's Family Forums and to see the exhibits at AUSA in addition to the full agenda prepared for them by FORSCOM's G1 Well Being Division. Heirakuji said the Army's Geographically Dispersed Task Force (GDTF) conducted two strategic working groups, during February and August, with about 6,000 of its key stakeholders, Soldiers and Family members. The purpose of the study was to gage the perceptions of those Soldiers and Family members, learning about their awareness, their accessibility and their use of 32 Army-sponsored services designed to improve the Well Being of Army Families. The study consisted of input from Reserve Component Soldiers and Family members who have dispersed in communities across America. The task force set out to answer the question, "How can the Army provide comprehensive and equitable support services to meet the diverse needs of Soldiers and Family Members, regardless of their location or component'" Heirakuji said.

  • Chiarelli: Mental wounds 'no phantom issue'

    Oct 7, 2009

    The "signature wounds of this war" are post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday.

  • LUHAca,!E+tested at Polk for mission capabilities

    Oct 7, 2009

    A Lakota UH72A Light Utility Helicopter sits in a hangar, ready for flight. It's been tested and approved for use, and the pilot has been trained in its operation. Someone gets the idea that Soldiers could likely be dropped from the new chopper into a landing zone, but wait -- it's not as simple as that. Before the helicopter can be used for new applications, it must be tested and approved, then included in the Army Training Manual. That's where the people from the Program Management Office LUH, Red Stone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala., come in.

  • New SecArmy recognizes quality-of-life initiatives

    Oct 7, 2009

    New Army Secretary John McHugh recognized outstanding quality-of-life improvements, programs and best practices from around the Army during the second Family Forum of the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition Tuesday.

  • 1st AD chaplain supports family during deployment

    Oct 7, 2009

    The First Armored Division prepares for another deployment to Iraq later this year. When they go downrange this time, they'll take a special resource that aims to provide relief to troops and their families back at home.

  • AUSA Opening Ceremony

    Oct 7, 2009

    WASHINGTON - Soldiers dressed in Revolutionary War regalia opened the 2009 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition: A Professional Development Forum in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Monday in Washington, D.C.

  • FORSCOM FRG Leaders tour Capitol Hill Oct. 6, meet Senator McCain

    Oct 7, 2009

    Senator John McCain greets U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group leaders Oct. 6, during their tour of Capitol Hill sponsored by the "Commander in Chief of the House" orgaznization. The 450 FORSCOM FRG leaders are in Washingon attending the 2009 FORSCOM FRG Training Symposium and the separate Association of the U.S. Army Family Forum Sessions. This is the second annual FORSCOM sponsored FRG Training Symposium, which brings company-level FRG leaders from installations nationwide to hear expert briefings, interact and learn from each other, to share best practices and to take the lessons they learn back to their units.

  • FORSCOM FRG leaders conduct walking tour on Capital Hill

    Oct 6, 2009

    Senator John McCain greets FORSCOM Family Readiness Group leaders (FRG) Oct. 6, during a tour of Capital Hill sponsored by the Commander in Chief of the House organization. FORSCOM FRG leaders are in Washington attending the 2009 FORSCOM FRG Training Symposium and Association of the United States Army Family Forum Sessions.

  • CSA says Army will balance mission, troops for Afghanistan

    Oct 6, 2009

    Army leaders will work to provide the forces necessary to be successful in Afghanistan, while at the same time attempting to balance that demand with the needs of Soldiers and families, said the service's senior-most officer.

  • Deployment stress concerns Army enlisted leaders

    Oct 6, 2009

    As the White House debates sending as many as 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, the Army's top enlisted advisor said today that he is proud of the work Soldiers are doing everyday in both Afghanistan and Iraq, but the stress that Soldiers and their families incur from this effort is something that keeps him awake at night.

  • Resiliency training to be given Army-wide

    Oct 6, 2009

    Officials describe Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and its implementation throughout the Army during a forum at the Association of the United States Army conference on Oct. 5, 2009.

  • Pilot program helps FORSCOM commanders support Soldiers, Families

    Oct 6, 2009

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (Oct. 5, 2009) - U.S. Army Forces Command Deputy Commanding General Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Peterson recently approved a one-year pilot program to assist corps- and division-level commanders identify and address emerging Family readiness needs within their commands. The Family Readiness Program Coordinator Pilot Program affords FORSCOM commanders the opportunity to hire a Family Readiness Program Coordinator. FRPCs serve as the commander's advisor on Family readiness issues within their commands, said Ronna Rowe Garrett, FORSCOM Human Resource Division director.

  • Healthy Army Families enhance individual Soldier readiness

    Oct 5, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C.(Oct. 5, 2009) - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and his wife Sheila addressed an audience of about 800 people, at least half of which were U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group leaders, during the commencement of the 2009 Association of the United States Army Family Forum sessions today. The husband and wife team were the first Army senior leaders to speak at today's Family forum session themed Army Family: The Strength behind the Soldier. This session is one of three scheduled during the AUSA Convention.

  • BRAC Hotline Answers Employee, Soldier Questions

    Oct 5, 2009

    When an employee dials the FORSCOM BRAC hotline, a recording plays, which directs the caller to leave a message with their question. Smith and Larris Marks, the FORSCOM BRAC Civilian Humans Resources Advisor, receive these messages, which are transcribed, daily. On Fridays, the questions and answers of the week will be emailed to civilian human resources representatives in each division, who will forward them to everyone within their organization.

  • Fort Bragg hosts multi-national training exercise

    Oct 5, 2009

    More than 100 paratroopers from Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Kuwait arrived at Fort Bragg on Sept. 26 to take part in Operation Bright Star, a multi-national training exercise bringing together Soldiers from different nations to train, teach, and learn from each other.

  • FORSCOM FRG leaders arrive in nation's capital for training

    Oct 4, 2009

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va.- Family Readiness Group leaders from various U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) units across the nation assembled today, Oct. 4, at the Crystal City Hyatt here for the 2009 FORSCOM Family Readiness Group Training Symposium. After completion of conference registration, FORSCOM Well-being officials hosted an orientation session to ensure participants were aware of all developmental opportunities available to them during the next four days, to provide guidance on how to enhance their effectiveness of engaging with Army leaders and to answer any questions concerning the symposium agenda.

  • Senior Army Leadership Participation in Q & A Sessions during Association of U.S. Army Annual Me

    Oct 2, 2009

    The Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army top the list of senior U.S. Army leadership participating in sixteen 30-minute Q&A sessions during the 2009 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 5-7, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District of Columbia.

  • Fort Hood organizations assist 407th AFSB keep vital equipment in top shape

    Oct 2, 2009

    The men and women of the 407th Army Field Support Brigade are keeping Soldiers' equipment in tip-top shape while working in ways that use ingenuity and resourcefulness to save taxpayer money.

  • More than 300 Soldiers take to mat in Combatives

    Oct 2, 2009

    More than 300 Soldiers from around the world slugged it out over three straight days at Fort Benning, Ga., during the fifth annual U.S. Army Combatives Tournament.

  • Operation Diomedes in Troy

    Oct 2, 2009

    The 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade set up a forward area rearming and refueling point at a local farm in Troy, Tenn. Sept. 30 during Operation Diomedes, an Air Assault exercise offering Soldiers from the 5-101 and 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team the opportunity to train in unfamiliar terrain. PHOTOS BY SADIE E. BLEISTEIN

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