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  • EUCOM, U.S. Embassy renovate Kosovo hospitals

    Jan 14, 2014

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (January 10, 2014) -- The U.S. Embassy in Kosovo's Office of Defense Cooperation and the U.S. European Command's Humanitarian Assistance Program recently completed a $2 million renovation project at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo in Pristina.

  • Spartan Live-Fire in Afghanistan

    Jan 14, 2014

    Spartan Artillerymen from 1st Platoon, Alpha Battery, 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division shoot their M777 Jan. 14 on Forward Operating Base Lightning in Paktia Province, Afghanistan. (Video by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Fusco 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs). Also available in high definition.

  • Developing NCOs one evaluation at a time

    Jan 14, 2014

    Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Singerhouse teaches his Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Torkham the proper way to produce noncommisioned officer evaluation reports during a session of the Wild Boar Will series of classes Jan. 11, 2014.

  • Meeting with 5th Afghan Border Police in Torkham

    Jan 14, 2014

  • Airmen help 'Hamilton's Own' get equipment to Yuma Proving Ground

    Jan 14, 2014

    Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and Airmen from the 22nd Airlift Squadron, 60th Air Mobility Group, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., conducted a joint Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise on Jan. 9 at Forbes Field. "Hamilton's Own" Soldiers partnered with a C-5 Galaxy crew to load and secure two tactical vehicles in support of the battalion's training mission from Jan. 14 to Feb. 8 at Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz.

  • With Army tools, NCOs can help Soldiers achieve their educational goals

    Jan 14, 2014

    Did you know it's possible for an enlisted Soldier to earn a degree by the end of his or her first term of enlistment? The framework is in place and the degree programs are available, but Army officials say Soldiers often don't learn of the opportunities until they have been in the Army for years

  • Garrett nominated for key post in Europe

    Jan 14, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Defense announced this afternoon that the president has nominated Lt. Gen. William B. Garrett III, for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as deputy commander, United States European Command, Germany. Garrett is currently serving as deputy commanding general, United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. The president has also nominated Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahue II, for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commanding general, United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. Donahue is currently serving as commanding general, United States Army Africa/Southern European Task Force, Italy.

  • Japanese Soldiers train at National Training Center for the first time

    Jan 14, 2014

    Members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force arrived at Fort Irwin in a first-ever deployment of its kind. It is a trip eight years in the making. Global operational tempo of U.S. military forces in previous years made it difficult to schedule JGSDF units into the National Training Center's training calendar. Japanese military planners persisted and finally realized their goal this month.

  • Army AL&T magazine focuses on the Army industrial base

    Jan 14, 2014

    MoBs, FaCs, STEM and FMS--these are just a few of the ways that the U.S. Army, along with DOD and others, is working to preserve the knowledge, skills and capabilities that make up its industrial base. You can read about them all in the new edition of Army AL&T magazine, available online now.

  • Odierno pleased with Fort Leonard Wood's value, unique capabilities

    Jan 14, 2014

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno visited the operations on Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for the first time, Jan. 13, 2014,

  • Fort Stewart Soldier named finalist for USO Volunteer of the Year

    Jan 14, 2014

    A Fort Stewart Soldier deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom was honored as the United Service Organizations' 2013 Southwest Asia Volunteer of the Year in a ceremony at Fort Stewart, Ga., Jan. 14, 2013.

  • Odierno presents logistics excellence award to Fort Leonard Wood team

    Jan 14, 2014

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno presented the fiscal 2012 Army Combined Logistics Excellence Award to the Fort Leonard Wood Tank-automotive and Armaments Command's Fleet Management Expansion team, known as FMX, during his visit to the installation Monday.

  • Retiring Army Guard director: Preserve this national treasure

    Jan 14, 2014

    Retiring after 43 years serving the nation, the director of the Army National Guard challenged his successors to maintain the standard of a force at a 377-year peak.

  • Fort Bliss sustainment mission command

    Jan 13, 2014

    Fort Bliss is employing the sustainment mission command center concept to find solutions for executing rear area sustainment.

  • 10th Mountain Division Soldiers teach Afghan mortarmen 60mm mortar system

    Jan 13, 2014

    Members of the 4th Brigade, 201st Afghan National Army Corps, finished more than a month of training on the 60mm mortar weapon system at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, with instructors from 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Task Force Patriot, with a cumulative live-fire exercise, Jan. 8, 2014.

  • Robots on the Battlefield

    Jan 13, 2014

    Joint US-French looks closely at how robotization is changing 21st Century warfare

  • Intelligence Center Provides Support to Desert Shield/Desert Storm

    Jan 13, 2014

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Operation Desert Storm began on January 17, 1991, at 0300 hours (1900 hours of January 16, Eastern Standard Time). It was a direct result of the invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on August 2, 1990. American President George H. W. Bush immediately condemned the Iraqi action, as did the governments of Great Britain and the Soviet Union. Hussein, unconcerned about these protests, gambled that his fellow Arab states would stand by and either support or ignore his act of aggression. He was wrong. Two-thirds of the 21 members of the Arab League condemned the invasion, with Saudi Arabia's King Fahd turning to the United States and other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for help. Six days later, US Air Force fighter planes began landing in Saudi Arabia as part of a massive build-up of troops and equipment that was known as Operation Desert Shield.

  • From Soldiers to Martians: Two advance in Mars One contest, aim for stars

    Jan 13, 2014

    For two Soldiers at Fort Campbell, childhood dreams are one step closer to reality after the Mars One announcement, Dec. 30. Mars One is a privatized foundation with the goal of establishing a permanent settlement on Mars by 2025. As a preliminary step in this process, the foundation is assembling a pool of cadets who will help colonize the Red Planet. 1st Lt. Heidi Beemer and Chief Warrant Officer 4 David Woodward heard about this mission several months ago and they were two of about 200,000 to start the application process for the outerspace opportunity. Both Soldiers are celebrating making it past the first cut. A more intensive second-round elimination process, including medical screenings and one-on-one interviews, will trim the remaining 1,058. The applicants come from across the globe with the eventual goal of creating four-person teams for the one-way trip to Mars.

  • Spartans foster medical partnership with Afghan counterparts

    Jan 12, 2014

    At just two months into their deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Spartans, are hard at work, alongside their Afghan National Security Force counterparts as they continue to assume responsibility for the defense and security of their nation.

  • Spartan Artillery Night-Fire in Afghanistan

    Jan 12, 2014

    Spartans from 1st Platoon, Alpha Battery, 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division perform night-fire training on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Paktia Province in Afghanistan. (Video by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Fusco, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

  • Training for Afghan fire missions

    Jan 11, 2014

    After training for months with 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, the 201st Afghan National Army Corps now takes the reins in training its own soldiers in artillery operations.

  • ARMY WELLNESS CENTER TO HOLD OPENING CEREMONY

    Jan 10, 2014

    The AWC provides assistance to improve a Soldier's overall performance by assessing fitness and nutrition needs with the newest technology and by providing targeted training information to meet personal and Army goals such as weight loss and improved physical performance. All AWC programs and services are available to active duty Soldiers, retirees, their family members and Army civilian employees.

  • Army provides Command Sergeant Major, Family a Legacy of Leadership

    Jan 10, 2014

    Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dunkelberger didn't think of himself as a career military man when he enlisted in the Army, but fell in love with the service. It was this love that led him to several positions in which he trained young Soldiers to become leaders. One of those leaders, his oldest daughter, was recently stationed on Fort Drum.

  • Spartan Brigade 'lives on amber' in Afghanistan

    Jan 10, 2014

    The Spartans of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), have once again come into the mountains of Afghanistan, bringing with them their hard-earned reputation forged through three previous Operation Enduring Freedom combat tours dating back to 2007. Their mission is to advise the country's national security forces during a pivotal time of transition as NATO continues to withdraw its forces and the 2014 Afghan elections loom on the horizon.

  • Garrison sergeant major relinquishes responsibility, says 'goodbye'

    Jan 10, 2014

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Daigle, garrison command sergeant major, said his farewells to the Soldiers, Families and friends who played a part in his role at Fort Huachuca, during his relinquishment of responsibility ceremony Dec. 19 at Alvarado Hall.

  • Fort provides new options for weight loss in the New Year

    Jan 10, 2014

    Fort Huachuca, Az. - For many, the holiday season -- packed with festive parties, stockings filled to the brim with candies and elaborate meals with all the trimmings -- is to blame when the scale jumps a few pounds. But fear not, Fort Huachuca offers a variety of options to work off the unwanted weight.

  • Colonel Smith, Johnston Schools power up to solar

    Jan 10, 2014

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Two Fort Huachuca Accommodation Schools completed solar power systems in November. To mark the occasion, Colonel Smith Middle School hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 19.

  • Commissary now scans IDs at check out

    Jan 10, 2014

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - On Thursday commissary shoppers began following a new procedure implemented at checkout and effective that day. Instead of showing their identification cards to cashiers to establish their eligibility to use the facility, ID cards will now be scanned. The implementation is part of an agency-wide rollout to all stores that began Nov. 10.

  • Dentist visits FH weekly, bolsters services at clinic

    Jan 10, 2014

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - For almost 13 years Burton Becker, DDS, a civilian periodontist from Tucson, has driven 80 miles one way to provide dental support to the Fort Huachuca Dental Clinic Command, one day a week.

  • RWBAHC Pharmacy to install new equipment, service disruption possible

    Jan 10, 2014

    Fort Huachuca, Az. - Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center Pharmacy personnel are working to streamline operations in order to become more efficient and effective. As part of the efforts to improve the overall pharmacy experience for customers, workers will install an updated automated dispensing system during the week of Jan. 20, the third week of this month. This updated system is designed to enhance medication safety and expedite the filling of patient prescriptions.

  • Fort Huachuca Tax Center plans grand opening

    Jan 10, 2014

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - The Fort Huachuca Tax Assistance Center's grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. The TAC is located in Building 22324, Christy Avenue and will operate 8:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. weekdays, on an appointment basis only.

  • CDC holds tree dedication in memory of Jessica Lee

    Jan 10, 2014

    Fort Leonard Wood's Child Development Center honored the memory of Jessica Lee and her 4-year-old son, Elyjah, with a tree dedication at Bldg. 408 on Dec. 18.

  • Know Your Limits

    Jan 10, 2014

    On a beautiful winter day, my brothers and I set out for a snowmobiling trip at Island Park, Idaho. Although all three of us were experienced and seasoned riders, it had been awhile since my older brother and I had ridden. My younger brother owned his snowmobile and was more experienced, so he led the way through the trees on the winding, groomed trails.

  • Fort Irwin nurse reflects on Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech

    Jan 10, 2014

    Maj. Barbara Givens,a nurse case manager at Weed Army Community Hospital at Fort Irwin delivered this speech below during a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Jan. 8 at Sandy Basin Community Center at Fort Irwin, California. The program, hosted by Fort Irwin's U.S. Army Medical Department Activity and Weed Army Community Hospital, also featured Rev. Dennis Morgan Brown, pastor of Miracle Deliverance Full Gospel Church of San Bernadino. Brown dramatized excerpts from King's speeches and reflected on how he personally was inspired to pursue his life's work by King's life and words.

  • "Ma Deuce" Gets a New Stand

    Jan 9, 2014

    In November, the 1st Armored Division became the first division to be fielded the new M205 Lightweight Tripod for Heavy Machine Guns, which is replacing the M3 tripod for the M2/M2A1 and MK19 machine guns. The new tripod provides a strong, stable firing platform at significantly reduced weight. At 34-pounds, the M205 weighs 16 pounds less than the 50-pound M3 Tripod, which represents significant progress in lightening the Soldier's load. The tripod also has a new Traverse & Elevation (T&E) mechanism that allows faster, more accurate target engagements.

  • 94th Training Division Soldier conquers jitters, wins 80th Training Command Instructor of the Year

    Jan 9, 2014

    FORT KNOX, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2014) -- Sgt. 1st Class David Dimoff, a water purification specialist instructor with the 8/80th Quartermaster Battalion, beat out five other competitors to win the 80th Training Command's eighth Instructor of the Year competition here.

  • Fort Carson MEDDAC changes command

    Jan 9, 2014

    Col. Dennis P. LeMaster assumed command of U.S. Medical Department Activity-Fort Carson in a ceremony held Jan. 7 at Fort Carson's Special Events Center.

  • First baby of 2014 arrives on due date

    Jan 9, 2014

    Fort Carson's first baby of 2014 was born at 4:14 a.m. Jan. 1 at Evans Army Community Hospital.

  • Fort Carson streets paved with history

    Jan 9, 2014

    Many of Fort Carson's streets are named after heroes, medal winners and battles, but what happens when no one remembers the history?

  • 'Big Red One' community honors Soldiers killed in Black Hawk crash

    Jan 9, 2014

    About 700 gathered at multiple locations across Fort Riley Jan. 9 to honor the sacrifices of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Silverman, Sgt. 1st Class Omar Forde, Sgt. Peter Bohler and Spc. Terry Gordon. The men died Dec. 17 in southern Afghanistan when their Black Hawk crashed.

  • Command Sgt. Major Blankenbecler Resilience Center Dedication

    Jan 8, 2014

    Last month 1-44 ADA Battalion Unit Ministry Team officially opened the "CSM James D. Blankenbecler Resilience Center" with a ribbon cutting ceremony, marking the beginning of a great new facility and program for the Soldiers.

  • Exercise Combined Resolve- Overview and Key Lessons Identified

    Jan 8, 2014

    Exercise Combined Resolve was designed as a proof of principle for the European Rotation Force (ERF) focused on improving NATO interoperability (nine different Nations) by integrating Warfighting Functions, personnel (~2500 personnel), and doctrine; while integrating the EUCOM Army Contingency Response Force (ACRF) company to demonstrate our ability to rapidly mobilize our forces across a theater of operations to support our allies with a responsive combat force.

  • The Missing Part

    Jan 8, 2014

    Things break; it's a fact of life. The trick is not letting it slow you down. Those tricks become especially important when you're trying to fight a war.

  • Honoring the Commitment of a Soldier

    Jan 8, 2014

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Riling isn't the type of Soldier to rest on his laurels and boast of his achievements as one of the Army's top non-commissioned officers. He'd rather focus on the future, talk about the great Soldiers and civilians he has worked with, and honor the commitment the nation requires from its military.

  • Redstone Staff Officer Graduates At Top Of His Class

    Jan 8, 2014

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Maj. Joe Davis didn't have to travel far for a training course that will have far-reaching impact on his career.

  • Goss Road Children's Center Tops National Standards

    Jan 8, 2014

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Goss Road Child Development Center director Dionne Benjamin knew when she walked through the doors of the center for the first time just a little over a year ago that its staff offered a loving, caring and supportive environment for young children and their working parents.

  • AMCOM's Retiring Chief Appreciates Experience

    Jan 8, 2014

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Tennessee Valley community really didn't give Col. Jay Macklin and his family much choice.

  • Army mother and son celebrate New Year in Afghanistan

    Jan 8, 2014

    Sgt. 1st Class Mirna Velez (right) and her son, Spc. Juan Flores, (left) enjoy a surprise reunion at Assistance Platform Rushmore. Velez is the Team Sergeant of the 240th Forward Surgical Team, 44th Medical Brigade, who was recently sent from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan to provide supplementary medical capacity to AP Rushmore's existing aid station. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan E. Garvey, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs Representative)

  • Army mother and son celebrate New Year in Afghanistan

    Jan 8, 2014

    It is a rare occurrence for deployed soldiers to see family members during an overseas deployment, so when an Army mother saw the opportunity to give her son the surprise of a lifetime, she seized it.

  • FORSCOM convenes Senior Leadership Forum on the Total Army Force

    Jan 8, 2014

    Senior commanders and command sergeants major representing the active, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve met at the U.S. Army Forces Command Marshall Hall headquarters for the FORSCOM Commander's Forum, Jan. 5 -- 7, focusing on combatant commanders' needs and the future of the U.S. Army.

  • Future of Army, nation found in today's recruits

    Jan 8, 2014

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Building the future Army and affecting the lives of young people -- that is the two-fold mission defining the work of the Soldiers and civilians of the 2nd Recruiting Brigade.

  • Afghan Army Engineers Behind the Wheel

    Jan 7, 2014

    201st Afghan National Army soldiers at Forward Operating Base Gamberi get behind the wheel of some heavy duty vehicles to help build up not just their own capabilities but their base as well.

  • Nangarhar Province police work to get out vote in upcoming election

    Jan 7, 2014

    Police in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, with advice from their International Security Assistance Force counterparts, are already preparing to ensure their residents will be able to vote safely in Afghanistan's national election this spring.

  • New Year, Fresh Perspective

    Jan 7, 2014

    With the new year comes an opportunity for fresh perspective. It gives us a chance to reflect and start anew with a clean slate, with plenty of hope for a better year than the last. This opportunity also offers leaders at all levels a chance to reinvigorate their safety programs, especially as Soldiers are more likely to be refreshed and refocused after coming off extended leave.

  • Spartans practice mortar crew drills in Afghanistan

    Jan 7, 2014

    Soldiers with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, scramble to their positions during a mortar counter-fire drill at Assistance Platform Sultan Kehl, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Jan. 4. The purpose of the drill is to ensure that they are able to rapidly fire their mortar system to defend their position in the event of an enemy indirect-fire attack. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. John Landry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

  • Spartans practice mortar crew drills in Afghanistan

    Jan 7, 2014

    U.S. Army Spc. Joshua Evans with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, directs his team as they set up their mortar system during a counter-fire drill at Assistance Platform Sultan Kehl, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Jan. 4. The drill simulated an attack on their position and was designed to help the soldiers be able to respond with mortar fires quickly and effectively. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. John Landry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

  • Spartans practice mortar crew drills in Afghanistan

    Jan 7, 2014

    Pfc. Adrian Equihua of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, carries a mortar round to his team's mortar emplacement during a drill held at Assistance Platform Sultan Kehl, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Jan. 4. The drill tested the soldiers' ability to respond to an enemy attack on their position with fast and decisive mortar fire. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. John Landry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

  • Spartans turn wrenches in Afghanistan

    Jan 7, 2014

    U.S. Army Spc. Nicolas Honeycutt and Spc. Jerome Worthy from Eagle Company, 710th Brigade Support Battalion attached to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division repairs the Rocket Propelled Grenade Net on a MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected on Assistance Platform Sultan Kehl in Wardak province, Afghanistan Jan. 4. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. John Landry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

  • Using the Gap Reduction Model to analyze military logistics support

    Jan 7, 2014

    The Gap Reduction Model is a framework for analyzing and evaluating logistics support required by operating forces.

  • Unit Training Management handbook gets update

    Jan 7, 2014

    The new edition of The Leader's Guide to Unit Training Management (UTM) is available on the Army Training Network https://atn.army.mil/. ATN is the one-stop shop for training products and resources. It is managed by the Army's Training Management Directorate (TMD).

  • Farewell to a True Patriot

    Jan 5, 2014

    The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, bids farewell to Capt. David Wilson as he returns home from Afghanistan to prepare for ranger school and his next assignment. Wilson has been with the brigade since March 2010, serving as the commander of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, and Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, with his most recent assignment being at Headquarters and Headquarters Company Brigade as a plans officer.

  • Securing Advisors in Nangarhar

    Jan 5, 2014

    Guardian Angels with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, help secure a Security Forces Advise and Assist Team making their way to the the Nangarhar Province police headquarters Jan. 2, 2014, to discuss election security with their counterparts.

  • Gold Star parents do more than just support ROTC

    Jan 4, 2014

    Florida State University nursing professor Nan Cuchens and her husband Harry Chaires established a scholarship for military nursing students at FSU and they support the Wounded Warriors program, and the Injured Marine Fund. They do this through a small armed security company they established. They founded "One Brave Marine" to honor their son, Lance Cpl. Daniel Chaires who was killed in combat in 2006. They employ veterans who are returning to civilian life --because they know the difficulties with transition and the difficulties in finding employment.

  • Lt. Gen. Talley visits Camp Santiago Urban Assault Training Site

    Jan 3, 2014

    Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, commanding general U.S. Army Reserve Command visits the new Urban Assault Training site at Camp Santiago on Puerto Rico Dec 15.

  • Kicking leadership focus to the front at Army All American Bowl

    Jan 3, 2014

    Motivational speaker Fran Kick visited San Antonio to present a message to a group of community leaders and educators attending the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. His message was "the more you put into something, the more you get out of it and leadership is no exception. He used several examples to illustrate that there is a difference in someone understanding the practice of leadership verses practicing their understanding of leadership, and he pointed out the difference in leading verses having a title or position.

  • Soldiers use Stryker chemical reconnaissance vehicles during live-fire exercise

    Jan 2, 2014

    Soldiers with the 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, executed a live-fire exercise with their Stryker M1135 Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicles, Nov. 12-19, 2013, at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea.

  • Afghans talk security with Spartans on retrograded base

    Jan 2, 2014

    Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 71st Calvary Regiment of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division move away from the helicopter landing zone after arriving on Forward Operating Base Orgun-E in Paktika province, Afghanistan Dec. 26 for a security meeting between their leadership and the Afghan national security forces who now occupy the former U.S. Army base. The meeting discussed the Afghan national security force's efforts toward securing the province ahead of the 2014 elections. Forward Operating Base Orgun-E was transferred to Afghan security forces within the last six months. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. John Landry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

  • Afghans talk security with Spartans on retrograded base

    Jan 2, 2014

    Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 71st Calvary Regiment of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division guard the security meeting Dec. 26 on Forward Operating Base Orgun-E between their leadership and the Afghan national security forces who now occupy the base in Paktika province, Afghanistan. The meeting discussed the Afghan national security force's efforts toward securing the province ahead of the 2014 elections. Forward Operating Base Orgun-E was transferred to Afghan security forces within the last six months. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. John Landry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

  • Afghans talk security with Spartans on retrograded base

    Jan 2, 2014

    U.S. Army Col. Sam Whitehurst, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division pays his respects to the memorial honoring the fallen Afghan national security forces who were stationed on Forward Operating Base Orgun-E Dec. 26 upon the completion of a security meeting with the Afghan security forces whom now occupy the FOB in Paktika province, Afghanistan. The meeting discussed the Afghan national security force's efforts toward securing the province ahead of the 2014 elections. Forward Operating Base Orgun-E was transferred to Afghan security forces within the last six months. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. John Landry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

  • Afghans talk security with Spartans on retrograded base

    Jan 2, 2014

    U.S. Army Capt. John Goodwill of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division waits outside a conference room on Forward Operating Base Orgun-E Dec. 26 during a tour with leadership from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division after a security meeting with the Afghan national security forces who now occupy the FOB in Paktika province, Afghanistan. The meeting discussed the Afghan national security force's efforts toward securing the province ahead of the 2014 elections. Forward Operating Base Orgun-E was transferred to Afghan security forces within the last six months. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. John Landry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs)

  • FACING THE BOARD / Nerves, knowledge collide when pressure's on

    Jan 2, 2014

    Several Soldiers wearing Army Service Uniforms and serious expressions shuffle nervously about battalion headquarters. Their uniforms are as crisp as the newly released one-hundred dollar bill and have almost as much detail. Unit crests and gloss-black shoes catch the light, rows of ribbons tell a series of stories to those with military-trained eyes. And everything had better be placed, pressed and perched exactly as the Army regulations state they should be, or you might as well go home.

  • 'Spartan' Soldiers live on constant alert in Afghanistan

    Dec 31, 2013

    The Spartans of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division have once again come into the mountains of Afghanistan, bringing with them their hard-earned reputation forged through three previous Operation Enduring Freedom combat tours dating back to 2007.

  • 2-4 Infantry adds new location to advising mission

    Dec 30, 2013

    The 2nd Battalion Security Forces Advise and Assist Team added another Afghan National Security Forces' and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan unit to their list of organizations to work with during the deployment.

  • Life Flight Exercise

    Dec 30, 2013

    The Soldiers of 12th Missile Defense Detachment and 1-10 Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division currently deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia executed a Life Flight exercise this week to enforce risk mitigation.

  • Vulcan Live Fire

    Dec 30, 2013

    Recently some members of 1-62 Air Defense Artillery Battalion were invited to a Jordanian Vulcan Live Fire exercise hosted by the Jordanian 2nd ADA Group.

  • Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Inductions

    Dec 29, 2013

    Sgt. 1st Class Justin Pizzoferrato, Sgt. 1st Class Eston Simmons, and Sgt. Adriana Fox, recently made their membership into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club official during a ceremony at Bagram Airfield Dec. 23, 2013, with other inductees from across Regional Command-East.

  • Finishing the mission is 'Easy'

    Dec 29, 2013

    Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's historic Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, received a new mission after successfully completing everything that was asked of them while they were operating in the Khost province of Afghanistan.

  • East Africa Response Force deploys for 1st time

    Dec 28, 2013

    Four days after their official transfer of authority ceremony, U.S. Army Soldiers with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's East Africa Response Force deployed for the first time since being established earlier this year.

  • Christmas with the Patriots

    Dec 27, 2013

    Across Regional Command-East, Task Force Patriot Soldiers got into the holiday spirit and spent their Christmas enjoying the fellowhip of their comrades in arms with food, games, gifts, and friendship.

  • 'Currahee' year in review

    Dec 27, 2013

    The 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), started 2013 running fast and hard, as the brigade deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • N.Y. Guard to render final honors for 10,000 veterans by end of 2013

    Dec 26, 2013

    The New York Army National Guard Honor Guard expects to perform about 10,000 military funerals for veterans during 2013.

  • Major General James MCConville Visits FOB Lightning on Christmas Day

    Dec 25, 2013

    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James McConville gives coins and spreads holiday cheer on Foward Operating Base Lighting.

  • Fort Irwin First Sergeant talks about life within and outside a tribal reservation

    Dec 24, 2013

    "It completely blindsided my family," said 1st Sgt. Taylor Tahbo of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, about his decision to join the Army in 1999. Tahbo had just completed his freshman year at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, when he made his decision. The next day, the recruiter drove about 60 miles from the recruiting station to Tahbo's home on the Colorado Indian Tribes Reservation, about 40 miles south of Lake Havasu City.

  • Afghan Hand formed partnership works for Kandahar Airport

    Dec 24, 2013

    As a U.S. Navy officer who serves in the Afghanistan-Pakistan (AfPak) Hands program, Lt. Cmdr. Jared Asman is the go-to guy in many instances for problem solving and issue resolution. Conceived in 2009, the Hands program is formulated to assist International Security Assistance Forces in building a better long-term relationship with the Afghan and Pakistan people.

  • Soldier adopts battle buddy

    Dec 23, 2013

    Sergeant Pamela Collen, 163rd Military Police Detachment, 716th MP Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands in the grassy field behind Fort Campbell's MP Headquarters. In spite of the frigid temperature, she wears a broad smile on her face. It isn't long before the source of her grin comes rocketing toward her at a dizzying speed, carrying with it the ultimate prize - a squeaky tennis ball. "Good girl, Astra," says Collen, giving her 8-year-old Belgian Malinois a well-deserved scratch behind the ears. Collen and Astra don't have a typical dog/owner relationship. Though the typical hallmarks of loyalty, love and affection are all there, theirs was a relationship built through professional training, strengthened through two deployments and cemented when Collen gave Astra a "forever home" when she retired from service as a military working dog.

  • Marne Division, community pays tribute during holidays

    Dec 20, 2013

    For seven years now, Wreaths for Warriors Walk, Inc. has been placing a holiday wreath at the bases of the trees of Fallen heroes as a way to honor their sacrifice and that of their Families. The trees are a living memorial to those Soldiers who, while assigned to 3rd ID, have fought, and Fallen, in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn or Enduring Freedom.

  • Task Force Patriot gives wounded warriors a proper exit

    Dec 20, 2013

    Task Force Patriot service members welcomed five wounded warriors who returned to theatre as part of Operation Proper Exit Dec. 19, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi. The program brings closure to warriors who receive a chance to return to theatre and get the proper end of tour recognition and support from their fellow Soldiers. During the visit all of the wounded warriors were presented command coins, Certificates of Achievement and made honorary "Patriots" with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division combat patches.

  • Division leaders present first 'Mountain Tough' marksmanship streamers

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- If any Soldiers are not sure how Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander, feels about marksmanship, his message is clear.

  • Polar Bears participate in room clearance exercise

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- More than 80 Soldiers assigned to 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, "Polar Bears," 2nd Brigade Combat Team, participated in a live-fire room clearance exercise, Dec. 9-13, in Fort Drum's training areas.

  • Division leaders present first 'Mountain Tough' marksmanship streamers

    Dec 19, 2013

    If any Soldiers are not sure how Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander, feels about marksmanship, his message is clear. "There will not be another division in the Army that shoots better than us," he said. Townsend and Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Merritt, division senior enlisted adviser, presented the 10th Mountain Division Marksmanship Award streamer to D Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, and C Troop, 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, during an awards ceremony Friday for being the first units to successfully achieve the division's new marksmanship standards.

  • Fort Stewart ACS boss takes team to 21st Century

    Dec 19, 2013

    Fort Stewart Army Community Services attempts to keep up with technology trends to help Soldiers and Families using QR Scan technology and social media.

  • Women cross more combat lines

    Dec 19, 2013

    The Army recently completed its notification to Congress to allow female artillery officers to serve in positions throughout the Army excluding Special Operation Forces. Now they can serve within direct support field artillery battalions, brigade combat teams and cannon battalions in fires brigades.

  • 'Raiders' augment JBLM Trees for Troops program

    Dec 19, 2013

    This holiday season, approximately 600 service members of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., received a free evergreen tree, commonly referred to as a "Christmas tree," thanks to the Trees for Troops program.

  • Deep Steel Battalion cases colors before deployment

    Dec 19, 2013

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, gathered for a casing of the colors ceremony at Lewis North, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., Dec. 12.

  • Stryker soldiers train virtually to be ready for reality

    Dec 19, 2013

    Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., have found an innovative way to stay trained and ready for when the nation calls.

  • FORSCOM breaks ground on Geospatial Readiness Center after original fell to 2011 tornado

    Dec 18, 2013

    U.S. Army Forces Command leaders broke ground, Dec. 16, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C., on a new facility to re-establish the command's Geospatial Readiness Center, which was destroyed by a tornado, April 16, 2011.

  • Remarkable resilience. Soldier fiercely battles back from injuries

    Dec 18, 2013

    HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas -- It was Aug. 26, 2011 and Sgt. Paul Podhorn, a cavalry scout with Troop C, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, was deployed in Iraq. He started the day with a call to his wife on Skype. The internet was in and out and he was not able to say goodbye. He proceeded out to his truck to prepare for his mission. When he was ready, he headed out with his troops. The mission, at first, seemed to be going all too well. It was then that Podhorn and his team realized the town was unnaturally quiet. They knew something was about to happen

  • Rakkasan infantryman compete to earn EIB.

    Dec 18, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - More than 800 Soldiers from the 3rd BCT "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took part in the Brigade's Expert Infantryman's Badge event here, Dec. 9th through the 13th. "EIB is extremely important, it is the qualification that demonstrates that you are an expert in your given tasks," said Lt. Col. Marc Cloutier, commander of 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT "Rakkasans," 101st Abn. Div. "The EIB separates the good from the superior." In 1944, the Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall initiated the development of the EIB to recognize Infantrymen who have demonstrated their mastery of critical tasks that build the core foundation of individual proficiency that allow them to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy through fire and maneuver and repel an enemy assault through fire and close combat. "Expert Infantryman's Badge is exactly that, being an expert in your field; it's something that separates you from your peers and shows that you're a higher echelon among your peers," said 1st Lt. Jack Abate, the executive officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Bn., 187th Inf. Reg. The EIB event continuously tested infantry Soldiers with both mental and physical challenges such as land navigation, weapons recognition and proper usage, a physical fitness test and a multitude of combat related scenarios such as clearing buildings and establishing traffic control points. "Preparing for EIB was intense, every chance we had I was out there learning whatever I could from anybody," said Abate. "I was teaching Soldiers things that I knew and at the same time I was learning a lot from other Soldiers." Throughout the different levels of EIB tasks, infantry Soldiers were given three chances on different stations and two chances on the same station to succeed. If the Soldier failed then they would have to wait until the next EIB event to try again. "Historically the EIB has only had a ten percent pass rate," said 1st Sgt. Brad Amstutz, the senior non-commissioned officer for Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3BCT. "It's a big honour to earn the EIB, I still remember when I got mine, it gives you pride in yourself as an infantryman." EIB candidates agreed that the training they received during the event was exceptionally planned to go hand in hand with deployment style scenarios and tasks. "The difference between actual training and training during the EIB is the pressure, you have a time limit for everything and when you're under the gun the time limit doesn't seem long at all," said Amstutz. "Now at the same time it's great training because when you're downrange you're usually on a time pressure to complete tasks as well." The 21 Soldiers that successfully completed the EIB are considered to be some of the most proficient Soldiers in their field. "EIB holders have demonstrated a higher degree of mastery of tasks, attention to detail, and they also exhibit more pride in their own accomplishments," said Cloutier. "It means that you have the necessary skills and attention to detail to accomplish the most important individual tasks of an infantryman."

  • SAMC inductees set NCO standards high

    Dec 17, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas - The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is a prestigious club; only those who meet its strict standards are inducted into its ranks. Many have tried to gain acceptance into the SAMC and have failed. Two NCOs spent a good amount of time in advance to prepare for the SAMC board and their efforts were worth it. After completing the rigorous selection process, they were inducted as new members of the SAMC Dec. 3, at III Corps Headquarters. Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/118215/samc-inductees-set-nco-standards-high#ixzz2nkFHqknh

  • Currahees facilitate local 5th grade class field trip

    Dec 17, 2013

    Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in conjunction with educators with West Creek Elementary School of Clarksville, Tenn., facilitated a field trip for the school's 5th graders, to Fort Campbell on Dec. 10, 2013.

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