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  • Shoes take NCO to Inaugural Ball

    Feb 1, 2013

    In 2010, while at Camp Victory, Iraq, 11 female Soldiers received the opportunity to eat lunch with and ask questions of Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States. Sgt. Ashleigh Berg, currently the strength management noncommissioned officer for the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, was among those hand-selected to receive the honor. When it came time for Berg to ask the second lady something poignant and meaningful, the only thing that came to her mind was, "Ma'am, I love your shoes! Where did you get them?"

  • Army takes helm from Navy

    Feb 1, 2013

    The 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, took command of Camp Covington from the SeaBees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 during a change of charge ceremony at the camp's headquarters on U.S. Naval Base Guam, Jan. 17. The ceremony began with remarks from NMCB 74's officer in charge, Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Casperson. He welcomed and thanked the troops and organizations for their assistance in the success of their six-month deployment.

  • 2nd Infantry Division command team visits 210th Fires Brigade

    Jan 31, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, the commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew J. Spano, the Division command sergeant major, visited 210th Fires Brigade Soldiers January 30. They talked with Soldiers of 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment and 70th Brigade Support Battalion, who briefed them on their respective missions. (U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs Specialist/Released).

  • 2ID introduces new top enlisted Soldier, says farewell to another

    Jan 31, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew J. Spano assumed the helm as the senior enlisted adviser in the 2nd Infantry Division from Command Sgt. Maj. Michael P. Eyer during a change of responsibility ceremony Jan. 30, 2013, at Camp Casey, South Korea.

  • 6-37 FA conducts medical evacuation training

    Jan 31, 2013

    YEONCHEON, South Korea -- Soldiers from 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, conducted medical evacuation training in Yeoncheon, South Korea, as part of the Culminating Training Exercise (CTE) 31 January. CTEs provide leadership at all levels with the ability to evaluate the battalion's performance in a wide range of tasks. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 210th Fires Brigade public affairs NCO/Released).

  • Sagamihara, Zama residents' tour of Camp Zama provides insight on US-Japan bilateral relationship

    Jan 30, 2013

    CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Jan. 30, 2013) -- Col. Eric Tilley, U.S. Army Garrison Japan commander, briefs the mission of his unit and stresses the importance of a strong bilateral relationship between Japan and the U.S. Army to local representatives from Zama and Sagamihara cities at the Camp Zama Community Club who visited the installation Jan. 29.

  • Double Arm Transplant Restores Function, Quality of Life for Soldier

    Jan 30, 2013

    U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command sponsors double arm-transplant surgery through the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Johns Hopkins University

  • Japanese Neighboring Residents Tour Camp Zama

    Jan 30, 2013

    Citizens and council members of the Sagamihara and Zama city communities visited Camp Zama to tour the installation and receive a briefing on the mission of U.S. Army Japan as part of a Central Readiness Force relocation tour. The tour was hosted by the South Kanto Defense Bureau.

  • 84th Eng. Bn. donates 13,000 food items

    Jan 29, 2013

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, took part in its third annual "Never Daunted Food Drive" in support of the Hawaii Food Bank, an organization that helps feed Hawaii families or "ohana" and ensures no one goes hungry during the holiday season. This year, after all donations had been received, the battalion collected approximately double the amount of food collected in 2011. The 13,867 total food items weighed more than 6,455 pounds to continue the fight against hunger.

  • 8th MPs, 45th Sust. Bde. rally in Singapore for CBRN

    Jan 29, 2013

    SINGAPORE -- "Country Red is in turmoil," the speakers barked. "Economic crisis have caused its citizens to lose confidence in their government. Investors are leaving the country. In response, the governments of the United States and Singapore have created a joint task force to bring stability to this nation."

  • Thompson retires, Cherry assumes responsibility of 311th Signal Command

    Jan 29, 2013

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Thompson officially relinquished responsibility of the 311th Signal Command (Theater) to Command Sgt. Maj. Travis L. Cherry, who became the senior enlisted leader at Fort Shafter's historic Palm Circle Jan. 25. Following the official passing of the sword, a tradition signifying passing of responsibility, an official retirement ceremony honored and bade farewell to Thompson, who served the U.S. Army with 32 years of dedicated service. In keeping with Signal Corps tradition, the official ceremony was conducted silently via semaphore flag communications. The red and white flags are the historic original form of battlefield communications and can direct entire troop movements silently. More recently, the flags have been used in present day ceremonies as a formal honor to Signal heritage.

  • MASCAL exercise tests first responders

    Jan 29, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan and the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital held a joint mass casualty incident training exercise to test the readiness capabilities of first responders here, Jan. 24.

  • Hawaii Guard assistance team mentors, trains Afghan Uniformed Police

    Jan 28, 2013

    "Hippos" is the name the 11-man Security Forces Assistance Team goes by when rolling off Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan, for a mission.

  • U.S. troops welcome Special Olympians to South Korea

    Jan 28, 2013

    American military personnel welcomed Team USA to the 2013 Winter Special Olympics Games in South Korea, at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, Jan. 28.

  • With National Spotlight on Internet Romance-Type Scams, Army CID Makes Additional Attempts to Warn U

    Jan 28, 2013

    In light of recent national news coverage, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, is again pleading with internet users worldwide to not fall prey to the ongoing online "Romance Scams" that the Army has been combating since 2009. Army CID is hopeful that the recent coverage can potentially help warn victims of the cyber-crime that ends in both undue heartache and financial hardship.

  • The real fun starts before the Pro Bowl

    Jan 28, 2013

    Sounds, shouts and songs filled the air at Aloha Stadium, as servicemembers from all branches joined the local community in welcoming the National Football League's best players for the 2013 Pro Bowl.

  • Army's top general tours Area I; His wife visits Camp Casey, eyes facilities, meets 2ID Soldier spou

    Jan 25, 2013

    The need for full-time family readiness advisers in Warrior Country and improving job opportunities for military spouses are among key issues the wife of the Army's top general will pass on to her husband, she said during a visit to Camp Casey, South Korea, last week.

  • NFL stars visit Hawaii's wounded warriors, Purple Heart recipients

    Jan 25, 2013

    Purple Heart recipients and other combat-wounded Soldiers in Hawaii were treated to a special visit from six NFL players at a wounded warrior luncheon at Schofield Barracks, Jan. 24.

  • Student ambassadors visit Eighth Army Headquarters

    Jan 24, 2013

    Korean college students had a unique opportunity to learn about Eighth Army during a visit to Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.

  • Yongsan hospital honors namesake commander

    Jan 24, 2013

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The Soldiers and staff of the 121st Combat Support Hospital remembered Col. Brian D. Allgood during a ceremony here Jan. 17.

  • New Evaluation System: Helping leaders keep the best

    Jan 24, 2013

    The Army is in the process of changing the way it evaluates officers, said the commanding general of the Army Human Resources Command during a briefing, Jan. 23 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

  • New water pumps at Yongsan, South Korea save money

    Jan 24, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea, took a big step forward to save tax payers' dollars by replacing deteriorated in-line pumps at the well water intake station to brand new efficient pump. The garrison expects to save over $1.3 million by not purchasing City Water.

  • Army Under Secretary pays tribute to Korean War hero

    Jan 23, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal meets General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup, the Korean Army's first four star general, 17 Jan. 2013, Seoul, Republic of South Korea (ROK). During his remarkable career, General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup served as commander of the First Field Army, the Army Chief of Staff, and the Chairman for the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff until his retirement in May 1960. Following his military career, General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup served as Korea's Ambassador to the Republic of China on Taiwan, France, and Canada. He also served as Minister of Transportation and is credited with the development of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. Moreover, General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup is the author of "From Pusan to Panmunjom: Wartime Memoirs of the Republic of Korea's First Four-Star General, Paik Sun Yup". Under Secretary Westphal's visit to Korea underscores the strength of the ROK-U.S. Alliance and the U.S. Army's commitment to sustain land power in the Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • Army Under Secretary discusses the future of the Army with Soldiers in Korea

    Jan 23, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal discusses the future of the Army with Soldiers stationed at Camp Humphreys, 17 Jan. 2013, Republic of South Korea (ROK). Westphal met with the Soldiers to recognize their contributions to the longstanding ROK-U.S. Alliance, and discuss their critical role as the Army rebalances to the Asia Pacific region. Westphal visited Camp Humphreys during his Pacific AOR tour of Army units in Hawaii, Korea and Alaska. Under Secretary Westphal's visit to Korea underscores the strength of the ROK-U.S. Alliance and the U.S. Army's commitment to sustain land power in the Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • Japanese forces visit Home of Sustainment

    Jan 23, 2013

    The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a visit by Maj. Gen. Kiyoshi Ogawa, Logistics Department Ground Staff Office director, and members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Jan. 15. The command was the first stop of the group's three-day logistics-orientated tour, which included visits to the Pentagon and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

  • South Korea-based troops take part in inaugural ball

    Jan 22, 2013

    American and South Korean troops joined the Commander-in-Chief Ball in Washington, D.C., via satellite from Camp Casey, South Korea, Jan. 22, 2013.

  • Alaska essential to Army rebalance in the Pacific

    Jan 22, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal, capped a tour of the U.S. Pacific Command region with a visit to troops and training facilities in Alaska.

  • CFC Hawaii-Pacific raises over $5.7 million

    Jan 22, 2013

    The Hawaii-Pacific Combined Federal Campaign raised over $5.7 million from Oct. 1 through Nov. 16. A ceremony recognizing the fund raising effort was held aboard the U.S.S. Missouri Jan.16 on Ford Island and hosted by U.S. Army Pacific.

  • Soldiers and Spouses explore intimate communication at retreat

    Jan 22, 2013

    Soldiers of the U.S. Army, Pacific Contingency Command Post and Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion attended a Strong Bonds "Love Retreat" recently, hosted by Army Chaplain Maj. William Killough and co-instructed by his wife, Holly at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, Dec. 19-21.

  • Soldiers in Japan foster bi-lateral relationships

    Jan 22, 2013

    The 83rd Ordnance Battalion hosted approximately 50 Japanese military, government and municipal community leaders for a New Year's Reception at the Harbor Club at Akizuni Pier 6, in Kure, Japan, Jan. 16, 2013.

  • Yongsan looks forward to New Year

    Jan 21, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan hosted a New Year's Reception to recognize its accomplishments over the past year and to plan for a flourishing new year here, Jan. 17.

  • Army releases programmatic environmental assessment - Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment

    Jan 18, 2013

    The Department of the Army has completed a final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (for Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur from Fiscal Years 2013-2020. Public comment period is open until Feb. 19.

  • Westphal: Regional partnerships critical to Pacific rebalance

    Jan 17, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, Ph.D., visited Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Jan. 13-14, 2013, to meet with members of Headquarters, U.S. Army Pacific to discuss recent Army developments in the Pacific region.


    Jan 17, 2013

    Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, HAWAII-- Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command conducted react to direct fire while mounted as part of their warrior drill training on Jan. 10, 2013 at the Marine Combat Trainer on Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

  • Army freezes hiring, cuts base ops, reduces training

    Jan 17, 2013

    In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March, Army leadership has called for an immediate hiring freeze and spelled out other pre-emptive measures meant to help the service prepare for a fiscal cliff.

  • USARPAC Honors Deputy Commanding General for Operations

    Jan 17, 2013

    Maj. Gen. Roger Mathews, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Pacific, hosted a Flying V ceremony for MAJGEN Richard Maxwell Burr, USARPAC deputy commanding general for operations from the Australian Army Jan. 17 on historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter.

  • Westphal voices support for U.S. troops in Korea

    Jan 16, 2013

    The U.S. Army's second highest civilian official voiced his support for U.S. Soldiers, civilian employees and families serving in Korea during a visit to Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, Jan. 16, 2013.

  • CCP Personnel attend disaster relief course

    Jan 16, 2013

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Pacific Contingency Command Post learned the roles they and U.S. government civilians play when responding to an international disaster during a two-day course at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Jan. 10-11.

  • CSA visits Tropic Lightning Division

    Jan 15, 2013

    The 38th Chief of Staff of the Army visited Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 8-9, 2013, to meet with senior leaders and observe how Soldiers have been training in the Pacific.

  • Chief of staff champions Army's role in Asia Pacific shift

    Jan 14, 2013

    The U.S. Army chief of staff said American Soldiers will play a major role in the U.S. military's shift to the Pacific, during a visit to the region, Jan. 10-11, 2013.

  • 2nd Infantry Division Soldier saves Korean life

    Jan 14, 2013

    A 2nd Infantry Division Soldier pulled a Korean man from a car that caught fire on Highway 61/Bundang Expressway Jan. 11, 2013.

  • Army chief of staff visits Dragon Brigade in South Korea

    Jan 14, 2013

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno presented coins to Soldiers from the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade "Dragons" at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 11, 2013, recognizing their various accomplishments.

  • Soldiers see stars

    Jan 14, 2013

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea (January 11, 2013) -- The 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers often see stars, but few have seen the bright stars of the Army's top general in person.

  • CSA visit Soldiers in Hawaii

    Jan 14, 2013

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno visit Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, HI, and meet with the Pacific Command commander U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Locklear Jan. 8 and 9, 2013.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy commander visits Korea

    Jan 11, 2013

    Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy commanding general for military and international operations, made a three-day trip to the Republic of Korea Jan. 9-11. During the visit, Cox met with U.S. military officials, engineering Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division, members of Far East District staff, and toured construction projects at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys.

  • Army's top general visits 2nd Infantry Division

    Jan 11, 2013

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff, and his wife, Linda, visited 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers and their families at Camps Casey and Hovey, Jan. 11, 2013.

  • Army Marksmanship Unit expands to include Wounded Warriors

    Jan 10, 2013

    The Army recently announced the expansion of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to include 24 Wounded Warriors as members of its new Paralympic and Instructor sections.

  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno Hawaii visit

    Jan 10, 2013

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno Hawaii visit.

  • Tripler officer named Social Worker of the Year

    Jan 10, 2013

    HONOLULU -- Maj. Veronica Almeida, who works in the Department of Social Work, Tripler Army Medical Center, here, was recently named one of the Army's Social Workers of the Year for 2012.

  • Odierno meets frontline Soldiers in South Korea

    Jan 10, 2013

    The U.S. Army's top uniformed leader visited American Soldiers who serve close to the world's most heavily armed border Jan. 10 - 11.

  • General thanks Gangnam for supporting U.S. troops

    Jan 9, 2013

    The Eighth Army deputy commanding general for operations thanked the citizens of Seoul's Gangnam District for their support of the Republic of Korea-United States Alliance.

  • South Korean mayor recognizes U.S. Army NCO

    Jan 9, 2013

    The mayor of a South Korean island recognized a U.S. Army staff sergeant for helping to keep the trails of a landmark mountain open for hikers.

  • Obama announces nominees for next Defense Secretary, CIA Director

    Jan 9, 2013

    President Barack Obama announced his nominations to serve as the next leaders of the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency, Jan. 7, 2013, in Washington.

  • PRMC leaders visit Korean peninsula, discuss way-ahead

    Jan 9, 2013

    Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Franklin, senior enlisted advisor, PRMC, toured the Korean peninsula, Jan. 7-10, meeting with key leaders and Soldiers to discuss the way-ahead for optimal medical support within the Korean peninsula for the peace and war time missions, while also conducting a series of meetings, update briefs, and question and answer sessions with Medical Service Corps officers as Doyle's role as 17th Corps Chief.

  • 2nd Infantry Division Commander recognizes 210th Fires Brigade Soldiers

    Jan 9, 2013

    DONGDUCHEON, South Korea -- Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, the 2nd Infantry Division commander, recognized Soldiers of 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, for their accomplishment and hard work Jan. 10, 2013, at Camp Casey in Dongducheon, South Korea. (Photos taken by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210th Fires Bde. Public Affairs Specialist).

  • Seattle Seahawks salute military

    Jan 8, 2013

    More than 5,200 miles separate "Camp Carroll" at 12 Seahawks Way in Renton, Wash., the home of Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, from Camp Carroll, in the Republic of Korea, the home of 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

  • Army Safety - How Did We Do? Fiscal 2012 End-Of-Year Review

    Jan 7, 2013

    As an Army, we're getting better all the time at safety. I feel confident making that statement given final numbers from fiscal 2012: With 162 accidental fatalities, it was our third-safest year on record and our best since combat operations began more than 11 years ago.

  • Army Medicine continues commitment to world class health care in HI in '12

    Jan 4, 2013

    HONOLULU -- The Pacific Regional Medical Command continued to break new ground, provide world class health care and stay on the cutting edge of technology in 2012.

  • 210th Fires Bde. pushes for more CLS Certifications

    Jan 3, 2013

    More than 40 Soldiers with 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, attended Combat Lifesaver training at the Camp Hovey Education Center Jan. 2, 2013.

  • K-16 enjoys end-of-year party

    Jan 1, 2013

    In order to celebrate the end of year and upcoming holiday season, the K-16 Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers hosted a K-16 Holiday Party for Servicemembers, Families and Civilians here, Dec. 22.

  • New Year's Eve safety tips

    Dec 31, 2012

    New Year's Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year. However, safety is a must when participating in the festivities.

  • Statement on behalf of McHugh, Odierno on passing of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

    Dec 28, 2012

    Statement on behalf of Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, on the passing of retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

  • Tri-signed letter: Army Safety 2012 - A Year in Review and the Year Ahead

    Dec 27, 2012

    Tri-signed letter: Army Safety 2012 - A Year in Review and the Year Ahead

  • Army Community Service honors Volunteers

    Dec 25, 2012

    Volunteers were recognized for providing their selfless service to the Yongsan community during the Volunteer of the Quarter Recognition Ceremony here, Dec.21.

  • Army brings toys, food to local orphans

    Dec 21, 2012

    UIJEONGBU, South Korea -- Christmas came early for the children at Isaac House orphanage in Uijeongbu as Soldiers and civilians from Camp Red Cloud visited them Dec. 13.

  • 304th ESB rolls to Camp Humphreys

    Dec 21, 2012

    CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA -- After seven years of working at Camp Stanley the 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion is relocating to Camp Humphreys as part of the 2004 Land Partnership Program agreement between the United States and Republic of Korea governments to move American Soldiers south of the Han River.

  • 2012 Hawaii Signal Holiday Run

    Dec 20, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Hawaii's Signal Soldiers gathered here for a motivational Holiday Run led by 311th Signal Command (Theater) Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Janice M. Haigler. (Photos by 1st Lt. Kenneth DeBerry, 1st Lt. Jeff Slinker, Spc. Laura Morrison, Pfc. Edna Green, Sgt. 1st Class Jessica Berg, Spc. Nikko-Angelo Matos, Spc. Jacob Kohrs, Spc. Che'mar Micou, Spc. Morgan Smith, and Sgt. James Garrison)

  • Middle school students care for Soldiers, donate phone cards

    Dec 20, 2012

    To support those who serve far away from home during the holiday season, Seoul American Middle School's National Junior Honor Society students donated $2,000 worth of phone cards to the local USO at Camp Kim, Republic of Korea, Dec. 18, 2012.

  • Yongsan Garrison and Bupyeong-gu strengthen friendship

    Dec 20, 2012

    Members of the Bupyeong-gu Korean American Friendship Council shared an end-of-year luncheon, Dec. 20. Hong, Mi-young, mayor of Bupyeong-gu, and Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, and their respective teams, expressed gratitude for mutual support over the past year.

  • Military spouses get a taste of Korean tradition

    Dec 17, 2012

    Sungshin Women's University allowed Servicemembers, Families, and Civilians the opportunity to attend a Korean cooking class and learn a little about Korean Traditions.

  • Eighth Army commander salutes U.S. troops in Korea

    Dec 14, 2012

    The Eighth Army commanding general thanked U.S. Soldiers in South Korea for their contribution to defending freedom on the Korean Peninsula and maintaining stability in Northeast Asia.

  • 2012 US Army Pacific Commander's Holiday Message

    Dec 14, 2012

    Jeannine and I wish you all of you a most wonderful and blessed holiday season. Our hope is that the entire U.S. Army Pacific Team share in the special joy the Holidays bring.

  • 4 films premiere at Tripler Army Medical Center, promote resiliency

    Dec 14, 2012

    To help promote resiliency among staff members, the Pacific Regional Medical Command's Care Provider Support Program will premiere "Dogs are Healers," at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Dec. 20, 2012.

  • ROK-U.S. celebrate night of friendship

    Dec 13, 2012

    In order to commemorate the alliance and friendship between Republic of Korea and the United States, the Korea America Friendship Society hosted a Korea America Friendship Night Year End Party, Dec. 6.

  • Eighth Army Band plays holiday concert in Seoul

    Dec 13, 2012

    SEOUL - The fifth Korea America Friendship Holiday Concert was held Dec. 9 at the Seoul Arts Performing Center here.

  • 8th TSC Soldiers Rescue Endangered Green Sea Turtle

    Dec 13, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Monday's scheduled physical training session was already memorable for members of the 643rd Company, 84th Engineering Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade. For exercise, they were kayaking on the North Shore, from Haleiwa along Anahulu River.

  • Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III and Mrs. Jeanne Chandler holiday message

    Dec 13, 2012

    Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III and Mrs. Jeanne Chandler wish happy holidays to the troops.

  • From soldier to non-commissioned officer - Japan Ground Self Defense Forces create sergeant school

    Dec 12, 2012

    The transition from junior enlisted soldier to non-commissioned officer is a proud moment for those who don the trio of stripes for the first time. Hefty responsibility comes with the new rank, and only those who are fit for the challenge are chosen to wear it. The U.S. Army Non-commissioned Officer Corps, known as the backbone of the Army, is as old as our military history itself and has served as a model for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force as they set up their own corps.

  • Fiscal Triad hones skills during training exercise

    Dec 12, 2012

    Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and civilians throughout the Pacific were recently hosted on Oahu by the 413th Contracting Support Brigade for a Disaster Training Exercise Dec. 2-7.

  • Comedy provides Servicemembers cure

    Dec 12, 2012

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan hosted a creative way of teaching substance abuse and suicide prevention as Servicemembers had the opportunity to get out of routine computer presentations and learned the lessons through Bernie McGrenahan's comedy show, Dec. 10.

  • Japanese counterparts relish US field rations

    Dec 11, 2012

    MREs (meal ready to eat) are issued to soldiers in a field-training environment, mainly for long shelf life and ability to be hastily prepared. U.S soldiers often think of MREs as a dissatisfying substitute for a home cooked meal, but for Mr. Iga, a local employee of the Tohoku Defense Bureau and Mr. Yukinao Kitahara of the South Kauto Defense Bureau, it was a new and exciting experience.

  • Resiliency is key to 35th CSSB mission

    Dec 11, 2012

    Supporting soldiers on the battlefield is no easy task and the logistical requirements to outfit a combat troop to effectively do his or her job is done by far fewer soldiers than those on the battlefield. Consider the U.S. Army's 35th Combat Sustainment Support Brigade in Sagami General Depot, Japan.

  • Lessons learned benefit U.S., Japan at Yama Sakura 63

    Dec 11, 2012

    Members of the United States Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force teamed up to collect, track and distribute lessons learned during the bi-lateral training event Yama Sakura 63, held in Sendai, Japan.

  • Gen. Raymond T. Odierno holiday message

    Dec 11, 2012

    General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Mrs. Linda Odierno wish happy holidays to the troops. Read more:

  • US and China focus on disaster management

    Dec 10, 2012

    The People's Liberation Army and United States Army Pacific participated in a Disaster Management Exchange Nov. 26 -- Dec. 2. The 2012 DME was hosted by the PLA in: Beijing, Kunming, and Chengdu, China.

  • Cyber defense take center stage at Yama Sakura

    Dec 8, 2012

    Yama Sakura is a bilateral training exercise between U.S. Army and Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces in order to enhance cooperation procedures during contingency operations. While this exercise is primarily for command posts, it is also an opportunity to teach U.S. forces and its allies about a new type of warfare currently being waged through computers, smartphones and many other sources of communication.

  • Storied chapel resurrected

    Dec 8, 2012

    It has been nearly two years since the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the east coast of Japan, crumbling the landscape and then washing it away. The event is now remembered as "3/11," a term and event congruous to America's "9/11." The natural disaster claimed more than 18,000 lives, created countless dollars worth of damage and temporarily caused mass destruction for the people of this beautiful island nation. The people were resilient and started rebuilding as soon as the storm waters receded. One such casualty of the storm is the storied Old Schimmelpfennig Chapel located on modern-day Camp Sendai on the northern end of Japan.

  • America, Japan exchange culture through writing

    Dec 8, 2012

    The ancient art of Japanese calligraphy dates back to the 28th century B.C. where it began as religious pictographs carved into bones for ceremonies. Today, it has evolved into an art created with paintbrushes and ink and is taught in the Japanese school system beginning in elementary school. It's a common cultural trade that all Japanese are familiar with and is even a popular subject with high school students. Americans service members participating in Yama Sakura 63 are now getting an education in pen and ink from the professional mark makers themselves.

  • KSC Battalion lights up holidays in South Korea

    Dec 7, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The Korean Service Corps Battalion brightened the holiday season for U.S. military personnel and their families in South Korea by putting up millions of lights.

  • Top Korean Army officer tours geospatial commands

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Exchanging information and learning from each other is vital to stay current and ahead of the curve in any area of business, technology, education and life. This is precisely why the Soldiers and command teams from the Combined Terrain Analysis Team in the U.S. Pacific Command, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and the 25th Infantry Division hosted two officers from the Republic of Korean Army, here, Nov. 4-9, to talk shop and get a better understanding of geospatial equipment and endeavors.

  • USARPAC Soldiers go for gold in series of events

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Soldiers from nine different subordinate commands under U.S. Army-Pacific earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge after completing a series of athletic and military events, here, recently.

  • Soldiers overcome challenges to earn EFMB

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- One-hundred seventy Soldiers attempted to earn the toughest badge in the Army during the Expert Field Medical Badge train-up and assessment, here, Oct. 29-Nov. 8. "(The Expert Field Medical Badge) takes study, discipline, expertise, guts, physical effort and the desire to drive on and meet all the objectives," said Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific. "It's not just a symbol of proficiency; it's a symbol of the heart and the guts that it takes," Wiercinski said.

  • USARPAC hosts Annual Career Counselor of the Year competition

    Dec 7, 2012

    U.S. Army Pacific hosted the annual Career Counselor of the Year Competition Dec. 3-6 at Fort Shafter.

  • 'Operation Toy Drive' is launched by 84th Engineers

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The "Never Daunted" Battalion combined physical readiness with holiday spirit to benefit some families in Hamilton housing, here, Nov. 28. Members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion (Construction Effects), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, lined the streets with Christmas spirit as they marched to deliver donations of children's gifts to less fortunate military families.

  • 8th TSC Soldier shines, wins multiple karate gold medals

    Dec 7, 2012

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Martial artists from around the world traveled to Oahu to compete in the 53rd annual All-Hawaii State Karate Championships/2012 Honolulu International Karate Championships, Nov. 17. Amongst these competitors was Sgt. Randal Kumagai, military intelligence, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, who has been competing and studying Karate for years. Kumagai was ready to take on the challenge.

  • Yama Sakura 63 commences following opening ceremony

    Dec 6, 2012

    In grand pomp and circumstance, service members marched onto the parade field Dec. 6, for the opening ceremony of Yama Sakura 63.

  • One cup of tea unites two cultures

    Dec 6, 2012

    Each morning my coffee cup is filled with water; two bags of Tazo Awake tea float along the top, and a dash of honey sinks to the bottom. After two minutes in the microwave, a sit on the kitchen counter for one more, and a quick stir, the temperature is perfect, and I smile with every sip. While tea is a drink Americans enjoy just about any time of the day, in other areas of the world, it has a storied history. The act of preparing and drinking this tea is a special time that holds special meaning and is woven into their culture, the thread that connects generations.

  • Army, 8th TSC brings all five services together for culinary arts competition

    Dec 6, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Warriors from all branches of service traded their weapons for spoons, spatulas and ladles, here, Oct. 17, to prepare for the 38th annual Military Culinary Arts Competition, in Fort Lee, Va. The two-week joint competition is North America's largest culinary competition and is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation. It's been held every year since 1973, with the exceptions of 1991 and 2003, during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, respectively.

  • Deployable HCCC capable of monitoring vessels globally

    Dec 6, 2012

    The Army received a new tool in the fight against terror, and 21 Soldiers from the 545th Harbormaster Detachment, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, had the opportunity to take it on a test run.

  • Warrior Company Builds Roadway at PTA

    Dec 6, 2012

    POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii -- The Soldiers of the 561st Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, successfully completed a 2.3-mile stretch of roadway at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, Oct. 26. The construction project marked the beginning of the Keamuku Main Supply Route at PTA. The initial 2.3 miles of roadway will be expanded in the coming years and Keamuku MSR will exceed 18 miles once completed. The section completed by the engineers of 561st will be immediately utilized by follow-on units as a drivers' training course for Stryker vehicles.