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  • Training trainers: Afghan police lifesavers practice medical skills to teach to comrades

    Oct 28, 2013

    Company C, 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4thBrigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, gave a three-day class to show select Afghan Border Police and Afghan National Civil Order Police officers, each of whom has prior medical training and experience, new or different casualty care techniques for them to pass on to their teammates in ABP Zone 1.

  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care sets, carries high standard for battlefield medical treatment

    Oct 28, 2013

    A demonstration of Tactical Combat Casualty Care at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 22, 2013. TCCC has three distinct phases -- care under fire, tactical field care and tactical evacuation care -- which enable Soldiers to treat their wounded teammates with maximum efficiency and transport them to safety. Research compiled since World War II has indicated that many battlefield fatalities, particularly those due to blood loss from extremity wounds, tension pneumothorax (e.g., a collapsed lung) and airway trouble, are preventable with timely, focused care. TCCC, which was formulated in the mid-1990s, focuses specifically on such injuries. Since TCCC's introduction to the Army, the survival rate associated with the most common causes of preventable death has climbed significantly.

  • Afghan aviators resupply remote bases with partnered close-air support

    Oct 28, 2013

    The Afghan Air Force, which has made steady gains in its operational capacity since 2007, took over resupply operations to Barg-e-Matal district, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, and other remote bases in the area, from the International Security Assistance Force, in early spring of 2013.

  • Fort Leonard Wood Soldier sings at World Series

    Oct 28, 2013

    Sgt. Christine Permenter, member of the 399th Army Band, sings "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch at Game 4 of the 2013 World Series, Oct. 27, 2013.

  • 703rd Brigade Support Battalion ends successful deployment

    Oct 27, 2013

    The 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, gathered for an end of tour awards ceremony, Oct. 24, 2013, on Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, marking the end of a successful nine-month deployment of conducting sustainment operations in Logar and Wardak provinces.

  • 'Vanguard' field artillery advisers orient ANA towards self sustainability

    Oct 27, 2013

    U.S. Army field artillery advisers with 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, established a declination station for Afghan National Army artillerymen with Field Artillery Battery, 4th Kandak, 4th Infantry Brigade, 203rd Corps, Oct. 24, in Logar Province. The declination station, a wooden stand designed to mark a known point to orient and align the ANA D30 howitzer artillery pieces, will enable Afghan artillerymen to conduct independent operations as the U.S. advisors with 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, prepare to return to Fort Stewart, Ga., after a successful nine-month tour.

  • Currahees and Afghan National Army conduct a joint patrol

    Oct 26, 2013

    Sgt. Zachery McDonell, an infantryman with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee," 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walks up with some of his fellow Currahees walk up a mountain trail on a joint patrol with the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps from Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

  • Currahees and Afghan National Army conduct a joint patrol

    Oct 26, 2013

    Pfc. Travis McGehee, an infantryman with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee," 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), watches as his fellow Currahees walk up a mountain trail on a joint patrol with the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps from Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

  • Currahees and Afghan National Army conduct a joint patrol

    Oct 26, 2013

    Spc. Brendon Simmons an infantryman with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee," 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), scans the mountains during a joint patrol with the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps from Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

  • KSF medics becoming self-sustainable

    Oct 26, 2013

    FERIZAJ, Kosovo (Oct. 23, 2013) -- Kosovo Security Force soldiers graduated from a First Responder train-the-trainer course at a ceremony held at Camp Skenderbue Oct. 25. Soldiers from Multinational Battle Group-East's Task Force Medical led the 5-day course designed to teach the critical life-saving skills needed when responding to a medical emergency while also teaching the students to train and certify their own soldiers in future courses.

  • Adding more tools to the counter-improvised explosive device toolbox

    Oct 26, 2013

    KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Oct. 15, 2013) -- For years, route clearance patrols have helped keep the streets of Afghanistan safe from improvised explosive devices. U.S. Army combat engineers scour the country every day looking for IEDs, not just to ensure safe travel for military convoys but also to protect the Afghan citizens who use the roads as well. But the day of the RCP has come to an end.

  • Easy Company conducts partnered patrol

    Oct 25, 2013

    Capt. Lou Cascino, commander of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security while Staff Sgt. Eric Stephens and 1st Lt. James Kromhout verify their position during a partnered patrol in Madi Khel, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2013. The Soldiers conducted a partnered operation with the newly formed Khowst Provincial Response Company. The operation was used to validate the training that the Khwost PRC recently received and ensure that illegal weapons were not being stored in historical weapons cahce points.

  • 'Big Red One' changes top enlisted leader, welcomes Grinston as command sergeant major

    Oct 25, 2013

    The "Big Red One" welcomed a new division command sergeant major and bid farewell to the man who served as its top enlisted Soldier for almost two years during a Victory Honors ceremony Oct. 25 at Fort Riley's Victory Park.

  • KFOR soldiers test readiness at Silver Saber

    Oct 24, 2013

    CAMP VRELO, Kosovo (October 16, 2013) --U.S. soldiers from Company C, 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment quickly unload their helicopters and with shields and batons in hand, rush towards their staging area. Just up the road, members from the Kosovo Police and the European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) are attempting to calm a growing group of demonstrators. The crowd is becoming increasingly violent and EULEX's capabilities to disperse the crowd are quickly exceeded.

  • Soldiers returning from Afghanistan receive hero's welcome at Fort Drum

    Oct 24, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- With balloons floating in the air, colorful signs clutched in nervous hands and eager eyes darting around in anticipation, Families and friends packed Magrath Sports Complex on Friday at Fort Drum. Everyone was there to greet more than 200 Soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Teams on their return home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

  • 1st Air Cav crew chiefs: Turning wrenches to keep aircraft spinning

    Oct 24, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- He thought his buddy had just slipped and fallen, but when he got up, the blood began to flow. That's when he knew this wouldn't be an ordinary flight.

  • Polar Bears celebrate regiment's history with 31-mile foot march at Fort Drum

    Oct 24, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The pages of the 31st Infantry Regiment's history reveal the many battles the regiment fought from World War I to the war on terrorism. Among the tactical procedures and navigational strategies are the courageous actions of thousands of Soldiers who served with honor and distinction during those battles.

  • First Army shares best practices with Korean Army

    Oct 24, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- A Republic of Korea Army Major recently visited two First Army Division East brigades as part of a mobilization assessment to assist in the ROK's development of an operational Reserve force.

  • Combat engineers finish field exercise with a bang

    Oct 24, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., (Oct. 16, 2013) - Combat engineers assigned to Company A, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took part in a three day field training exercise to gain proficiency in their job specific skills. "Our training objectives while out here were to perform heavy demolitions and urban breaching demolitions," said Capt. Scott F. Mertz, Commander of Company A. "We are here to focus on our foundation." The combat engineers used a multitude of explosives to complete their various missions while in the field. These missions ranged from destroying terrain to prevent enemy vehicle movement to breaching doors and walls for easy entrance into buildings.

  • Reserve mobilization supports multi-compo training mission

    Oct 21, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J -- One year after the 174th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East mobilized its 2nd Battalion, 309th Regiment from the Ready Reserve ranks, the training reigns changed hands and 2nd Bn, 312th Regiment Soldiers began their year-long mobilization at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

  • Fort Bragg graduates first air assault school class

    Oct 18, 2013

    With the Fort Bragg Air Assault School officially open for business, Fort Bragg, historically known as the home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces, may soon be welcoming a new addition to the household.

  • 4th CAB pilots train economically

    Oct 18, 2013

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- During a time of furloughs and a government shutdown, pilots from 4th Infantry Division are conducting cost-effective training at Butts Army Airfield on Fort Carson, Colo., Oct. 9. Pilots and air traffic controllers from 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., are conducting training on the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer.

  • 10th Mountain Division Soldiers spend night on mountaintop in Afghanistan

    Oct 17, 2013

    NANGAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- A squad of Soldiers and their Afghan interpreter gathered in the darkness outside of a building on Forward Operating Base Torkham. Their mission was simple: climb a nearby mountain where the forward operating base is operating an observation post, link up with the Afghan Security Group, or ASG, personnel manning the observation post, and partner with them to guard the base through the night.

  • 1-14th Field Artillery completes joint exercise in United Arab Emirates

    Oct 17, 2013

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery, held a 10-day exercise, Sept. 22 through Oct. 1, 2013, with the host nation's 97th Heavy Artillery Regiment, in the United Arab Emirates.

  • National Training Center at Fort Irwin begins seasonal influenza vaccination program

    Oct 17, 2013

    Cpt. Liza Bortz of Weed Army Community Hospital's preventive medicine department administers a flu vaccination to National Training Center Commanding General Brig. Gen. Ted Martin.

  • Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor at White House

    Oct 16, 2013

    President Barack Obama honored former Army Capt. William D. Swenson with the Medal of Honor, Oct. 15, 2013, at the White House, citing his extraordinary heroism in the Battle of Ganjgal, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 8, 2009.

  • Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness expands resilience training to Army leaders

    Oct 16, 2013

    The Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program launched its Executive Resilience and Performance Course Armywide, Oct. 16, 2013.

  • Fiscal year 2013 was Army's safest year

    Oct 16, 2013

    Fiscal year 2013 was the Army's safest year to date, according to end-of-year data recently released by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.

  • Currahees conduct change of responsibility cremony

    Oct 15, 2013

    The Currahees would like to thank Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston for the time he spent as the command sergeant major of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and would like to wish him the best of luck as he steps in to his new role as the division command sergeant major of the 1st Infantry Division "Big Red One".

  • Currahee Cav receive gold spurs

    Oct 14, 2013

    Approximately 300 Troopers with the 1st Sqdn., 61st Cav. Regt., 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., stood in formation at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, waiting to be called up and inducted in to the Order of the Spur with the donning of the gold spurs on Oct. 11, 2013.

  • Currahee Cav conducts MASCAL alongside ANA

    Oct 13, 2013

    U.S. Army Soldiers with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), alongside medics with the Afghan NAtional Army, conducted a mass-casualty exercise on Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2013.

  • 4-9 Cavalry: An indispensable part of the mission

    Oct 12, 2013

    The 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Soldiers are in Afghanistan serving outside their typical cavalry role. The Texas-based squadron from Fort Hood, more commonly referred to as 4-9 Cav., is now operating out of Forward Operating Base Fenty in Nangarhar Province; there they conduct operations ranging from reconnaissance to force protection.

  • Task Force Patriot hosts Army Ten-Miler shadow run at Forward Operating Base Fenty

    Oct 12, 2013

    Task Force Patriot Soldiers and supporting elements ran an Army Ten-Miler shadow run at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Oct. 9, 2013.

  • 10th Mountain Division remembers Battle of Mogadishu 20 years later

    Oct 10, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- On Oct. 3, 1993, Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, took part in one of the bloodiest battles American Soldiers had seen since Vietnam. The history of the battle has been commemorated in many accounts, including most notably the "Black Hawk Down" book and movie.

  • 10th Mountain Division deputy commander receives promotion to brigadier general

    Oct 10, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers, friends, Family and community members gathered Oct. 1 on post to congratulate Brig. Gen. Carl A. Alex, 10th Mountain Division (LI) deputy commanding general for support, on earning his first star.

  • Warrior Brigade cases colors, heads home from Afghanistan

    Oct 10, 2013

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan -- Soldiers of Cross Functional Team Warrior held a transition ceremony Oct. 1 to visually signify what has been in place for some time: that Afghan National Security Forces are in the lead and have what it takes to fight and win.

  • Women Soldiers added to Sill combat unit

    Oct 10, 2013

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- On a hot Monday morning at Fort Sill, Pfc. Leanne Wilson is under the cab of her assigned M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System conducting routine preventive maintenance checks and services.

  • FORSCOM Commander praises headquarters team for "unwavering commitment"

    Oct 10, 2013

    In the face of fiscal uncertainty and recent on-and-off furloughs of civilian employees, the U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters remains firmly committed to providing ready forces and building leaders within its ranks, said Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, the FORSCOM commanding general, during an all-hands assembly with his headquarters staff Oct. 9 on Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • 296 BSB delivers more than beans, bullets, benzene and Band-Aids

    Oct 10, 2013

    Amateurs think tactics, professionals think logistics. That's the motto of the Soldiers assigned to 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division.

  • 181st Soldier selected FORSCOM NCO of the Year runner up

    Oct 9, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Brett Oldenburger, a trainer/mentor with the 1st Battalion, 310th Infantry Regiment, distinguished himself among the elite when he placed second in the 2013 FORSCOM Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition earlier this summer.

  • Snapshots: a taste of what we do on our post

    Oct 9, 2013

    U.S. Army soldiers with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, pull into the motor pool after completing a presence patrol at Combat Outpost Sultan Khel, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2013. During the patrol, Company A partnered with Afghan National Civil Order Police officers to meet with and engage the local population. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

  • 4-9 Cavalry: An indispensable part of the mission

    Oct 9, 2013

    The 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division soldiers are in Afghanistan serving outside their typical cavalry role.

  • FORSCOM affirms First Army's multi-component training as way ahead

    Oct 8, 2013

    Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, recently met with Army Reserve, Army National Guard and active-duty Soldiers to focus on the future of combat effectiveness of the Total Army team.

  • 555th Engineer Brigade redeploys

    Oct 8, 2013

    Approximately 200 soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 555th Engineer Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, and the advance party from the 864th Engineer Battalion, returned home to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, Oct. 4.

  • Arrowhead soldiers take on global response force mission

    Oct 8, 2013

    Apache Company is ready to take the reins as part of the Department of Defense's global response force after several months of what seemed like endless training at times.

  • Community comes together to help terminally ill Soldier

    Oct 7, 2013

    A terminally ill Soldier and his family received a lot more help than they could have imagined on moving day, after a large response to a post on a well-known social media networking site.

  • Currahees pull security at FOB Lightning

    Oct 7, 2013

    U.S. Army Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), provide security during a battle drill on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, Oct. 2-3.

  • 1-76 FA's howitzer prowess keeps enemy at bay

    Oct 7, 2013

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dave Carbary (left), of Sterling Heights, Mich., a section chief with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, verifies the sight picture on a 105 mm M119A2 howitzer while Battery A's Staff Sgt. Jahrahrah Gousby (seated), a gunner from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Spc. Victor Aguilar, an assistant gunner from Lake Dallas, Texas, prepare to discharge the weapon during a dry-fire exercise at Combat Outpost Sultan Kheyl, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2013. The M119A2 howitzer is capable of hitting targets up to 12 miles away. Since the Battery A fire team arrived at Sultan Kheyl in September, enemy mortar and rocket attacks against the COP have been dramatically reduced, largely due to the fire team's accuracy and quick response time. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

  • Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    Oct 7, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., (Sept. 19, 2013) -- More than 20 Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participated in a mortar fire field training exercise, September 19, 2013. Two mortar teams worked in unison with forward observers to shoot more than 100 mortar rounds in order increase both groups' proficiency. The live fire portion is the culminating event of the exercise once teams have successfully completed their gunner's exams, fire direction center certifications, and safety checks.

  • Sergeant Audie Murphy award ceremony

    Oct 4, 2013

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Cook, a cannon crewmember with Battery A, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands read to receive his medallion and induction in to the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Lightning, Sept. 24, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

  • Sergeant Audie Murphy award ceremony

    Oct 4, 2013

    (From left) U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Danielle A. Whitaker, Sgt. 1st Class Tcherry Samedy and Sgt. 1st Class Spencer A. Headley, all with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were inducted in the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club during a ceremony, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

  • Currahees take to the range

    Oct 4, 2013

    Cpl. Patrick W. Franzen and Spc. Travis S. Suho both with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), change the barrel of a M240B 7.62mm machine gun while conducting a machine gun range on Forward Operating Base Thunder, Paktia province, Afghanistan, Sept. 27, 2013.

  • Currahees take to the range

    Oct 4, 2013

    Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a machine gun range on Forward Operating Base Thunder, Paktia province, Afghanistan, Sept. 27, 2013.

  • Soldiers hone skills at Udairi

    Oct 1, 2013

    After a week of intense training at Udairi Range, Kuwait soldiers of the "Iron Knights" Battalion, demonstrated their ability to engage enemies with deadly force under pressure, during a stress shoot competition, Sept. 19.

  • Bold Quest OC/Ts use technology, train in multi-component, joint environment

    Oct 1, 2013

    CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind -- More than 30 Soldiers from the 157th and 205th Infantry Brigades, First Army Division East, recently led training on key initiatives for Bold Quest 13-2, one of the most anticipated coalition demonstrations held at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Butlerville, Ind.

  • I Corps 1st Sergeant of the Year talks about what it means to be 'more professional than I'

    Oct 1, 2013

    "No one is more professional than I." These are first words of the creed of the noncommissioned officer, and the premise of the Army's enlisted leaders. At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, no one exemplifies those words more than 1st Sgt. Eric Olsen, the first sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

  • 'Peacemaker' advisory team completes mission in eastern Afghanistan

    Sep 30, 2013

    Advisers with the 36th Engineer Brigade, attached to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were recognized at a ceremony, Sept. 25, 2013, on Camp Maiwand, Afghanistan, as their advisory mission to the Afghan National Army 4th Infantry Brigade, 203rd Corps, came to an end.

  • Guardsmen train in multi-component environment

    Sep 30, 2013

    FORT STEWART, Ga. -- America's fighting Army is ready to go, anytime, anywhere, any mission. Recently, the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a Georgia National Guard unit based out of Macon, GA, conducted readiness training at Fort Stewart to prepare both for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan and for a regionally aligned mission in support of U.S. Army's Southern Command. First Army Division East's 188th Infantry Brigade's Observer Controller/Trainers provided training assistance to the Georgia Guardsmen throughout.

  • Rising Thunder rumbles through the Yakima hills

    Sep 30, 2013

    The hills rumbled with explosions as helicopters, tanks and tactical vehicles descended on Yakima Training Center, Wash., for Operation Rising Thunder, Sept. 3-24. After two decades of interaction, the training continues to sustain and develop a relationship between the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

  • ANA conducts walk and shoot LFX

    Sep 29, 2013

    Gen. Karimi, chief of general staff (center), and Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commander, Regional Command - East, observe the walk and shoot live-fire exercise by members of the 1st Brigade, 203rd Afghan National Army Corps at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Sept. 26, 2013. The live-fire exercise consisted of the employment of a pair of D30 122 mm howitzers, dismounted infantry with mortars, and BM-12 107 mm rocket launchers, focusing on the brigade's ability to employ indirect fire and maneuver. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs office)

  • Engineers build living quarters on FOB Lightning

    Sep 28, 2013

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Soldiers with the 149th Vertical Construction Company, Kentucky National Guard, construct living quarters that will be used as living quarters for Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Sept 22, 2013.

  • Currahee special troops receive awards

    Sep 28, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), receive awards at an awards ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, on Sept. 18, 2013.

  • 'Devil' Brigade Soldier helps comrade in need

    Sep 27, 2013

    Pfc. Patrick Hernandez saw the signs. Another Soldier in his section wasn't himself. He was distant, down in the dumps, "seemed like he was having a real hard time." When the Soldier didn't show up for a pre-field training gear drop off one Sunday in early February and didn't answer phone calls, Hernandez began putting the pieces together. He remembered the Soldier talking about a gun he recently bought, so he and others could go shooting at a range. He lived in the barracks and planned to store it at a friend's off-post house. Hernandez called and found out the weapon never showed up.

  • Unit's twist on SHARP instruction includes role playing, rewards

    Sep 26, 2013

    FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 26, 2013) -- The concept is simple. Ditch the dry speeches and static PowerPoint slides, and use role players, open dialogue and candy rewards to encourage audience participation.

  • FORSCOM names top career counselors for 2013

    Sep 26, 2013

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Two non-commissioned officers were named the best career counselors in the Army's largest command, during a ceremony at Marshall Hall, Sept. 25.

  • Spartan Brigade cases colors for deployment to Afghanistan

    Sep 26, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Hundreds of Family Members and community leaders gathered at Sexton Field, filling the seats, bleachers and finding spots on the grass, to honor the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) "Spartans," during a deployment ceremony Monday.

  • Tiger Scouts visits the Wings of Destiny

    Sep 25, 2013

    A pilot from A Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) hosted a group of Tiger Scouts for an introduction to Army aviation at Fort Campbell, Ky., September 18, 2013.

  • U.S. Army Reserve 412th Theater Engineer Command receives High Flying EAGLE Award

    Sep 25, 2013

    U.S. Army Reserve 412th Theater Engineer Command received the High Flying EAGLE Award from Army Reserve Internal Review, Sept. 23, 2013 at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center in Vicksburg, Miss. The High Flying EAGLE Award is given to units for achieving 94 percent or higher in Military Equipment/General Equipment accountability conducted by the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Audit Readiness. The 412th TEC achieved a 98.38 percent rate from October 2012 through July 2013 for equipment valued over $1.5 billion.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates leadership serving with honor, pride

    Sep 25, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Soldiers and Civilians gathered at Thunder Mountain Activity Centre Tuesday for a Hispanic Heritage Month observance hosted by the Fort Huachuca Military Equal Opportunity Office and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence.

  • Matching tradition: 'Dustoff' lifts patient care to higher level

    Sep 24, 2013

    The MedEvac platoon at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, is comprised of Soldiers from the Michigan and New Hampshire National Guard, and continues the Dustoff tradition of providing timely aid to injured service members on or off the battlefield.

  • Army Ten-Miler shadow run held at Bagram Air Field

    Sep 24, 2013

    More than 700 U.S. and coalition force service members and civilians representing eight different countries gathered in the early morning to participate in a shadow run for the 29th Annual Army Ten-Miler hosted by Combined Joint Task Force - 101, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sept. 22.

  • Former commander visits FORSCOM headquarters, shares knowledge with current staff

    Sep 23, 2013

    Retired Army Gen. Charles C. Campbell returned to U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), Sept. 19, for a look at the command's Marshall Hall headquarters complex, and to conduct a professional development discussion on leadership perspectives in managing change.

  • Sappers prepare newest Soldiers for deployment

    Sep 23, 2013

    Soldiers assigned to the 570th Sapper Company conducted a five-day training exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 16-20, 2013, that providing leadership with evaluations in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan next year.

  • 'Raiders Return' celebration welcomes back Stryker brigade

    Sep 23, 2013

    Soldiers from 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, took center stage as they marched in a parade and then joined residents and community members of the city of Lakewood, Wash., during a "Raiders Return" celebration, Sept. 15.

  • 'Dagger' Soldier selected to wrestle for his country

    Sep 23, 2013

    Capt. William "Billy" Simpson, a field artillery officer with 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, was recently accepted into the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program. He will receive the support and training to compete and succeed in national and international competitions including the Olympic Games while maintaining a professional military career and promoting the U.S. Army to the world.

  • 'Tomahawks' from three battalions gather for 23rd Infantry Regiment Run

    Sep 23, 2013

    In the early morning hours of Sept. 19, 2013, members of the 23rd Infantry Regiment "Tomahawks" - to include 1st Battalion from 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division; 2nd Battalion from 4-2 SBCT; and 4th Battalion from 2-2 SBCT - gathered at the Battle of Chipyong-ni Memorial Rock in front of 1-23's Battalion headquarters. They assembled to take part in a three-mile regiment run, which was followed up with information about the 23rd Infantry Regiment Tomahawk Association. It was the first time in recent memory that the entire 23rd Regiment was gathered together in one place, at the same time.

  • Afghan forces learn air-to-ground integration

    Sep 22, 2013

    Three Afghan National Army fire support officers and two staff officers with the 4th Infantry Brigade, 203rd Corps, conducted an air-to-ground integration exercise, Sept. 18, 2013, near Hunter Base in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Afghan Police, US advisers meet to better counteract IEDs in Nangarhar province

    Sep 22, 2013

    Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) Lt. Col. Ashozubillah, the deputy operations officer of provincial headquarters takes notes during a meeting at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2013. Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Blue, based at Forward Operating Base Fenty, met with their AUP counterparts to gain a better understanding of the AUP's operations to counteract roadside bombs in Nangarhar province. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julieanne Morse/Released)

  • A Legion of Angels

    Sep 21, 2013

    Women of the International Security Assistance Forces within the Zabul Province, continue supporting the efforts of training, mentoring and assisting the people of Afghanistan by carrying out the duties and responsibilities entailed by their specific job.

  • Vanguard engineers awarded Bronze Star for valor

    Sep 21, 2013

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Morse, a heavy equipment operator and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Steven Wagner, a combat engineer, and both squad leaders with Company A, 4-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were awarded the Bronze Star Medal with a Valor device, Sept. 9, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, for heroism in combat.

  • National Guard preps to support drawdown in Afghanistan

    Sep 20, 2013

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- National Guard Soldiers hailing from Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts recently completed a culminating training exercise in preparation for a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan to close or convert military sites for other uses by the Afghan Security Forces and local communities.

  • What it takes to win

    Sep 20, 2013

    "Build your body like you would a Forward Operating Base defense perimeter," advised Army Capt. Adam Storms, the 174th Infantry Brigade 2013 Best Officer. "You wouldn't allow a breach in the perimeter to remain a weak spot; you would strengthen it just as you should strengthen your body with a smart, safe, and functional training program."

  • Scouts conduct field training, exercise reconnaissance skills

    Sep 20, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., (Sept. 5, 2013) -- Soldiers assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a three day Field Training Exercise to enhance their Soldiers scout abilities at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 5, 2013. "The objective of this exercise was to validate our scout team's ability to conduct reconnaissance and perform their individual tasks," said Capt. Andrew Jenkins, Commander of Troop B. "This is our first time in the field since our redeployment." While in the field, "Beast" Troop tested their Soldiers on weapons recognition, land navigation, team leader training and reconnaissance during their FTX.

  • Sappers prepares newest Soldiers for deployment

    Sep 20, 2013

    Soldiers assigned to the 570th Sapper Company conducted a five-day training exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 16-20 that providing leadership with evaluations in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan next year.

  • CID cyber tips: Protecting your online identity

    Sep 19, 2013

    Now more than ever, Soldiers, Army civilians, and family members rely on the Internet to work, study, stay connected with family and friends, pay their bills or simply unwind. For criminals, the Internet provides an endless stream of potential targets to be victimized.

  • Mountain Mudder: 'Dirty' event attracts adventurous athletes

    Sep 19, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- There was dirt, grime and plenty of mud to go around during the post's first Mountain Mudder event Thursday.

  • 1st BCT 'Warriors' get warm welcome home at Fort Drum

    Sep 19, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), returned to Fort Drum on Thursday, as their nine-month deployment to Afghanistan draws to a close.

  • Soldiers at FOB Mehtar Lam conduct base defense exercise

    Sep 19, 2013

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- September may be the most unpredictable month for 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), troops deployed to eastern Afghanistan.

  • Strategic landpower must remain focus

    Sep 18, 2013

    The commanding general of the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command said he believes the Army should increase its focus on Strategic Landpower, despite the scheduled withdrawal from major operations in Afghanistan in 2014.

  • Global readiness remains paramount

    Sep 18, 2013

    The commander of U. S. Army Forces Command, Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, addressed "Global Responsiveness and Regional Engagement" during the Maneuver Warfighter Conference at McGinnis-Wickam Hall's Marshall Auditorium Sept. 10.

  • 210th Fires Bde. taking steps to improve unit climate

    Sep 17, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Brinton, 210th Fires Brigade command sergeant major, held a censor session for the females Soldiers of the brigade to discuss sexual harassment, sexual assault, equal opportunity, and any other topics or issues they might want to discuss at the Memorial Chapel on Camp Casey Sept. 16. 210th Fire Bde. goal is to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assaults by creating a climate that respects the dignity of every member of the Army family. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs/Released).

  • 'Proud Americans' sling equipment

    Sep 17, 2013

    Several Soldiers assigned to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted an air assault sling load training exercise to enhance unit readiness by moving assets and equipment across a designated area located on Marshall Air Field to training area 16, Fort Riley, Kan., on Sept. 13.

  • Engineers help clean up catastrophic mudslide

    Sep 17, 2013

    Fort Carson Soldiers have been called out beginning Sept. 13 to support recovery efforts due to massive flooding statewide from significant amounts of rainfall, including an Air Force station, across the street on Cheyenne Mountain.

  • 'Devil' Brigade leaders participate in Operation Krypteia

    Sep 17, 2013

    Officers and senior noncommissioned officers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, participated in Operation Krypteia on Sept. 6. Operation Krypteia was a teambuilding and morale event centered on innovation, adaptability, physical resiliency and commitment to the team.

  • Troop C rubs elbows with locals to thwart enemies

    Sep 16, 2013

    U.S. Army Pfc. Cory Tinsley, of Sweet Water, Ala., a dismounted member of Troop C, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, pulls security during a reconnaissance mission in a village south of Forward Operating Base Fenty, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Sept. 8, 2013. The purpose of the mission was to encourage communication between the local community and coalition forces in order to thwart enemy operations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/RELEASED)

  • Citizen-Soldier is money in the bank

    Sep 14, 2013

    Kevin McCreadie, president and CEO of PNC Capital Advisors, says he wishes he had more employees like Col. Martin Schulz, commander 3rd Brigade, 100th Division, an Army Reserve command headquartered at Fort Totten, N.Y.

  • Battalion conducts team leader training

    Sep 13, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., (Aug. 22, 2013) -- Team leaders assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took part in administrative classes, an obstacle course and leadership classes given by past and present Rakkasans. The three-day course was designed to provide both veteran and new team leaders of 1-187 techniques and procedures to best lead, counsel and mentor their Soldiers. "This three day course had a lot of great information for me to learn," said Pfc. Thomas Zajicek, a mortarman assigned to Company A, 1-187. "I learned many ways to help my Soldiers with any issue."

  • Army's newest GO has passion to lead, serve nation

    Sep 13, 2013

    During his initial service obligation as a young lieutenant, Bill Gayler received two important pieces of advice that changed his life's path and paved the way to the achievement he celebrated Sept. 3.

  • Multi-component training ensures readiness of Total Army Force

    Sep 12, 2013

    First Army Division East recently demonstrated its ability to conduct multi-component training to ensure the readiness of the Total Army Force in a fiscally constrained environment, joining internal and external active duty forces with reserve-component forces and showcasing relationships built over a decade of war.

  • Army leaders pay tribute to troops on 9/11 anniversary

    Sep 12, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell thanked all the men and women of the armed forces in their remarks at the "Invincible Spirit Festival," Sept. 11, 2013, at Fort Belvoir, Va.

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