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  • Cooks feed hungry Alaska Soldiers at NTC

    Feb 22, 2011

    Feeding more than 4,000 hungry mouths can be difficult for even the most experienced cooks. It's an even bigger challenge when those mouths belong to hungry Soldiers training in the Mojave Desert 12 hours a day at the U.S. Army's National Training Center

  • Blue Star Card holders meet, take photos with Lt. Dan Band

    Feb 22, 2011

  • Security discussed at AFAP ceremony

    Feb 22, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS - Increasing security within Army Hawaii's military housing communities was among the top items on wish lists presented at the closing ceremony of Fiscal Year 2011's Army Family Action Plan Conference, held at the Nehelani, here, Feb. 11.

  • Installation Safety revs several motorcycle changes

    Feb 22, 2011

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - Due a contractual change Dec. 16, 2010, the Army Traffic Safety Training Program is only available to active duty service members.

  • Building resilience across USARPAC

    Feb 18, 2011

    Building resilience in Soldiers is the task for more than 120 students scheduled to graduate Feb. 23 from the 10-day Master Resilience Training course held at Fort Shafter. The Army definition of resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity. The graduates of this course will be instilling these attributes into their units. The MRT course is one pillar of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program with the mission to increase resilience and enhance the performance of the force by developing five dimensions of strength: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family.

  • Tropic Lightning Soldiers, families receive early Valentine's Day present

    Feb 17, 2011

    Actor and musician Gary Sinise and the Lieutenant Dan Band performed a free concert at Schofield Barracks' Martinez Physical Fitness Center (MPFC), Feb. 12, for Tropic Lightning Soldiers, families and friends.

  • 'Alpha Dawgs' conduct convoy live fire situational training

    Feb 17, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, "Alpha Dawgs," 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct convoy live fire situational training exercises during a rotation to the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island of Hawaii, Feb. 11.

  • Lightning Horse heats up the range during aerial gunnery

    Feb 17, 2011

    Pilots assigned to C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, "Lighting Horse," 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, engage a target during aerial gunnery as part of Operation Shenandoah while at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on the Big Island of Hawaii, Feb. 11.

  • CAB conducts construction on PTA airfield

    Feb 17, 2011

    Soldiers assigned to 209th Aviation Support Battalion, "Lobos," 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, add materials to level the ground beneath new matting on Bradshaw Army Airfield at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on the Big Island of Hawaii, Feb. 10.

  • Lobos get their hands dirty in Motor Pool

    Feb 17, 2011

    Soldiers from A Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion (ASB), "Lobos," 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), work in a consolidated motor pool during a rotation to the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Island of Hawaii, Feb. 7.

  • Alaska, Thai paratroopers wrap up Cobra Gold 2011

    Feb 17, 2011

    Alaska-based paratroopers stand beside members of the Royal Thai Army's 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard for a ceremony marking the end of Exercise Cobra Gold 2011 in Thailand.

  • A test of fortitude for Thai, U.S. paratroopers

    Feb 17, 2011

    Thai and U.S. paratroopers end Exercise Cobra Gold 2011 with a rigorous three-day mission in the wilderness of Thailand.

  • Wainwright spouse wins photography honors

    Feb 17, 2011

    A Fort Wainwright family member was among the winners of the 2010 Army Digital photography contest.

  • Worship service in the desert

    Feb 16, 2011

    Despite intense around-the-clock operations at the U.S. Army's National Training Center here, Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division held their first worship service at Forward Operating Base Denver Feb. 13.

  • Chaplain assistant on mission to boost morale

    Feb 16, 2011

    Despite intense around-the-clock operations at the U.S. Army's National Training Center here, Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division held their first worship service at Forward Operating Base Denver Feb. 13.

  • Korea-based medical team deploys for Cobra Gold

    Feb 16, 2011

    BANGKOK - Seven U.S. service members from 8th Army's 65th Medical Brigade are participating in the 30th Operation Cobra Gold through Feb. 21 in various locations throughout Thailand.

  • BRM with Champions!

    Feb 16, 2011

    Soldiers of 501st Sustainment Brigade conducted a basic rifle marksmanship range at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea Feb. 16, 2011.

  • 8th Army Commander Visits Champions

    Feb 16, 2011

    Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, commander of 8th Army, visited Soldiers of 501st Sustainment Brigade at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea Feb. 16, 2011. Johnson visited the 501st to gain a better understanding of the unit's capabilities during a tour of 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command units.

  • Soldier bridges language gap in Thailand

    Feb 15, 2011

    Amid the bustle of Thai and U.S. leadership speaking through interpreters, working to bridge the language gap, there is one Soldier who stands out from all the rest. Twenty-five-year-old Pfc. Ativut Son, a utilities equipment repairer from the 71st Chemical Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, based at Schofield Barracks Hawaii, has been attached to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment to work as an interpreter.

  • Eighth Army deputy commander retires after 38 years

    Feb 15, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Eighth Army Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Robert J. Williamson was honored for 38 years of service during his retirement ceremony here at Collier Field House Feb. 14.

  • AFAP gives ohana power to affect change

    Feb 15, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Nicole Roames threw a soft, gray, woolen shawl over her blouse to ward off the chill in the standard-issue classroom in the Education Center, here, Feb. 8.

  • Medal of Honor recipient buried at Punchbowl

    Feb 15, 2011

    Pvt. Barney Hajiro, 94, died Jan. 21 and was, at the time of his death, the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. He was buried Feb. 14 at the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.

  • Gary Sinise visits Wounded Warriors

    Feb 15, 2011

  • Great Aloha Run to kick off on President's Day

    Feb 15, 2011

    HONOLULU - Hawaii runners, including those in the armed services, are lacing up for the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run, scheduled, here, Feb. 21.

  • DoDEA holds town hall, discusses public education in Hawaii

    Feb 15, 2011

    HONOLULU - A survey asking military families about their perception of public education in several states, including Hawaii, was discussed at a town hall meeting, here, Feb. 3.

  • Oldest Medal of Honor recipient buried at Punchbowl

    Feb 14, 2011

    The nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipient, Pvt. Barney Hajiro, was buried Feb. 14 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.

  • U.S., Thai troops trade urban tactics

    Feb 14, 2011

    Paratroopers from 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and paratroopers from the Thai Army's 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard traded urban warfighting tactics in a Feb. 12 exercise. The joint Thai and U.S. force spent the day sharing everything from weapons to ideas and mission tactics at a military operations in urban terrain, or MOUT, training site.

  • 8th TSC Soldiers help Great Aloha Run step-by-step

    Feb 14, 2011

    Honolulu hosts the annual Great Aloha Run, an 8.15-mile race from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. Although the race only lasts a few hours, the preparation takes a few months. Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command are volunteering to assist the GAR staff almost every step of the way.

  • Live-fire training unites U.S., Thai troops

    Feb 14, 2011

    Two division-level generals from the Thai Army attended a live-fire exercise Feb. 11, combining troops from the Thai Royal Army and U.S. Army Alaska's 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

  • Alaska Soldiers train with Thai army

    Feb 14, 2011

    Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, based at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Alaska, spent the day Feb. 10 cross-training on weapons and tactics here with members of the Royal Thai Army's 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard.

  • Alaska paratroopers land in Thailand

    Feb 14, 2011

    Paratroopers with the Alaska-based 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment conducted a joint airborne mission Feb. 9 with members of the 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard of the Royal Thai Army.

  • Alaska paratroopers kick off Cobra Gold 2011 in Thailand

    Feb 11, 2011

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division were among the units representing the United States Feb. 8 at an opening ceremony for Exercise Cobra Gold 2011 at Camp Erawan, Thailand. The 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment Soldiers, based at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, stood alongside members of the 3rd Marines Logistics Group and the King's Guard of the Royal Thai Army at the ceremony, which shadowed the multinational exercise's main opening event Feb. 7 in Chiang Mai.

  • Arctic Wolves begin intense cycle at the NTC

    Feb 11, 2011

    Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division entered the final stages of preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan as they began training this week here at the U.S. Army's National Training Center.

  • Alaska Soldiers chill with students

    Feb 8, 2011

    Soldiers from the Fort Wainwright, Alaska-based 1st Stryker Brigade Team, 25th Infantry Division go ice skating Jan. 28 with local second-graders as part of U.S. Army Alaska's school partnership program.

  • Legendary bayonet charge honored on 60th anniversary

    Feb 8, 2011

    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - The 8th Army commanding general honored the fighting spirit of the Soldiers who fixed bayonets and charged up hill into withering gun fire here 60 years ago.

  • Alaska Soldier finds peace in music

    Feb 7, 2011

    Pvt. 2 Christopher Everett had everyone's attention one cold January day in the Soldiers' Chapel.

  • New Hawaii law may affect child custody plans for deploying parents

    Feb 7, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - A growing number of deploying parents are facing a battle, not against insurgents or improvised explosive devices, but the possible consequences of a deployment on their child custody arrangement.

  • CYSS, UH helps military kids with deployments

    Feb 7, 2011

    HONOLULU - The Stan Sheriff Center hosted Utah State's men's basketball team and one very large group of military youth, here, Jan. 29.

  • Utility mock billing update planned for IPC town halls

    Feb 7, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The residential utility program, otherwise known as "mock billing," will be discussed at two upcoming town halls hosted by U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and Island Palm Communities.

  • Education fair promotes lifelong learning

    Feb 7, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - A free education fair, "Live and Learn," will run 3-6 p.m., Feb. 17, at Porter Community Center, here.

  • Wahiawa Elementary offers support to military keiki

    Feb 7, 2011

    WAHIAWA, Hawaii - A group of Wahiawa Elementary students meets, here, weekly, to have lunch and discuss their lives as military children.

  • Neighborhood Board 25 honors Army's contributions toward land preservation

    Feb 7, 2011

    MILILANI, Hawaii - The U.S. Army received an award from the Mililani-Waipio-Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25, for its financial contribution to protecting Hawaii's aina, or land, Jan. 16.

  • Alaska paratroopers show, tell students about Army life

    Feb 4, 2011

    Paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, visited with students Jan. 21, at Orion Elementary School on Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, to show the parachutes and equipment they use in airborne operations.

  • Mapping your life: Embedded data in photos could tip off criminals

    Feb 3, 2011

    The potential dangers of geotagging and location-based social networking exists. Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification to photographs, video, web sites and instant messages.

  • KATUSAS celebrate Lunar New Year with tradition

    Feb 3, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - U.S. Soldiers might be curious why their Korean counterparts, Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldiers, are so excited to celebrate the New Year with their families nearly a month after the first of January. That's because one of their biggest holidays, Seol-nal, celebrates New Years Day on Jan. 1 of the lunar calendar.

  • Time to pick up those masks

    Feb 3, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - Second Infantry Division leadership has directed personnel with Family members in-country, whether they're here command-sponsored or not, to pick up XM52 protective masks, for their dependents older than 11 years of age, and Infant Chemical Agent Protection Systems, if they have children younger than 10.

  • 2nd Infantry Division gets new senior enlisted leader

    Feb 3, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - With the ring and glint of hardened steel swords, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Eyer assumed the role as the 2nd Infantry Division senior enlisted leader from Command Sgt. Maj. Peter D. Burrowes in a change of responsibility ceremony at the Camp Red Cloud gymnasium Jan. 21.

  • Army father, son protect peninsula from ground, air

    Feb 3, 2011

    CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Since the start of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, many stories have been written about two uniformed Family members meeting up in a combat zone. Usually the parent stops by the base where their child is stationed to greet them, say hello and then take the next helicopter out of the area.

  • Yama Sakura participants uplift souls

    Feb 2, 2011

    U. S. Soldiers and members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force participating in Yama Sakura 59 combined forces to encourage children at an orphanage Jan. 29 near Camp Kengun, Japan.

  • Interpreters bridging the communication gap

    Feb 2, 2011

    During Yama Sakura, USARPAC's premier bilateral exercise with Japan Ground Self Defense Forces, a simulated bilateral command post exercise, interpreters play a vital role in fostering communications and building strong alliances between the United States and Japan.

  • Soldiers bridge communication barrier through understanding, cooperation

    Feb 2, 2011

    About 69 Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., arrived in early January in Japan to participate in Yama Sakura 59, an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces.

  • Top chefs add spice to menu for Division Families

    Feb 2, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - Thai spiced soup with shrimp and cod, adobo chicken with lemon gravy and roasted vegetables over rice, topped-off with a slice of pomegranate mouse chocolate cake served with a tangerine and pineapple glaze and a butterfly wafer; a menu not typically found at an Army dining facility. These days, in Warrior Country, menus like this will be popping up all over as the Division's top chefs test their skills as they prepare for the Army-wide culinary competition at Ft. Lee, Virginia.

  • Students, Soldiers team up to learn, practice English

    Feb 2, 2011

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Fifty-eight elementary and middle school students from throughout Dongducheon, and 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers, participated in the "Kum-ta-rae" Teenage English Camp on Camp Casey Jan. 7, where students were taught English for four days and were given a chance to use what they had learned on the final day.

  • Manchu Lightfighters sneak exercise in darkness of night

    Feb 2, 2011

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Several battalions from the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team and 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade combined their assets for a night time air assault training exercise during Operation Iron Forge Lite at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex Dec. 9-10.

  • Common language helps bridge communication gap between Japanese, U.S. forces

    Feb 1, 2011

    As Yama Sakura 59 focuses on building strong alliances and partnerships, Japanese and U.S. forces have discovered a common bond that has made it easier for them to communicate. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mario A. Torres and Maj. Seiichi Yokoyama worked together when, by chance, Yokoyama asked Torres about his background and learned that they had something in common - they speak English and Spanish.

  • U.S. Soldier uses postal skills to boost morale for Japanese counterparts

    Feb 1, 2011

    Sgt. Kim Rene Blackgoat, from Gilbert, Ariz., is in Japan for Yama Sakura 59, and is assigned to the 376th Human Resources Command. Her mission is to assist her Japanese counterparts with shipping and receiving mail. "Customer service is my calling," said Blackgoat, who has been in the Army for 17 years. "I enjoy giving Soldiers a little bit of comfort. It's not much to most, but to a Soldier in the field it means a lot.

  • U.S. Army Alaska examines Soldier, family programs

    Feb 1, 2011

    U.S. Army Alaska is taking a close look at the many programs which address the health and wellbeing of its Soldiers, civilians and family members.

  • An Alaska Native blessing for aviation brigade

    Feb 1, 2011

    Alaska Natives salute members of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Wainwright, Alaska with a traditional Athabascan feast and ceremony

  • 18th MDSC hosts first Pacific Integration Conference

    Feb 1, 2011

    Personnel from U.S. Pacific Command, 8th Army U.S. Army Pacific, the Army Medical Department, 8th Theater Support Command, 65th Medical Brigade, and 18th Medical Deployment Support Command gathered to participate in the first Pacific Integration Medical Conference Jan. 4-6.

  • US Soldiers arrive at Camp Kengun for Yama Sakura

    Jan 31, 2011

    The main body of the U.S. Army Pacific's Contingency Command Post and other exercise participants arrived via military and commercial aircraft at Kumomoto, Japan, ready to go to work at Camp Kengun, the site of Yama Sakura 59.

  • Alaska MPs train on Guard Black Hawks

    Jan 31, 2011

    For the past two weeks, Soldiers of the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade conducted squad training to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

  • CAB Soldiers compete in 36th Annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition

    Jan 31, 2011

    Eight Soldiers from the 25th CAB will be participating in the 36th Annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition tryouts.

  • 25th CAB, local elementary school partner to administer audio tests

    Jan 31, 2011

    Due to lack of funds, from 1995 to the end of 2007, Hawaii schools had to cancel their hearing test programs. In 2008, with no funds from the state, the Mililani Lions Club voluntarily started the hearing tests again with Soldiers of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • Alaska Soldiers gear up for ship out

    Jan 31, 2011

    Even though planes are used for troops and some of their gear, trains and ships are still the way most military equipment moves. The methods of tracking and accountability have evolved however, and even though there is still a formidable stack of papers involved in the movement of each piece of equipment, every vehicle and container has a radio frequency identification, or RFI, tag to track its movement en route. And despite the advances in technology, these tags don't attach themselves.

  • Stryker Soldiers lend support to local Boys and Girls Club

    Jan 31, 2011

    While many Soldiers throughout the Fort Wainwright community are packing their bags and preparing to answer the nation's call to Afghanistan in spring, a group of Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, answered a different calling Wednesday. About 20 Soldiers from C Battery, 2-8th teamed up with the Boys and Girls club of Tanana Valley to lend a helping hand in the organization's 2011 "military day".

  • Army officer, Elvis impersonator introduces American cultural icon to Japan

    Jan 28, 2011

    While other Soldiers prepared for a two-week training exercise in Kumamoto, Japan, cramming piles of combat uniforms and Army-issued olive drab socks into their duffel bags, Maj. Manuel Sam Wong was making room for something else: an Elvis Presley costume and wig - sideburns and all.

  • Tough road leads I Corps Soldier to Japan for second time

    Jan 28, 2011

    Life has taken Spc. Jim Stanton down many roads, but through both tribulation and triumph, those roads have twice brought him to Japan for the annual Yama Sakura training exercise. This time around, however, he's not just learning more about his field artillery job - he's also learning life lessons.

  • Rockin' with Lt. Dan

    Jan 27, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Save the date for the free Lt. Dan Band concert, 7 p.m., Feb. 12, Sills Field, here.

  • Yama Sakura 59 exercise kicks off in Japan

    Jan 27, 2011

    Yama Sakura 59, a scenario-based bilateral training exercise focused on improving military-to-military relationships and interoperability, officially began Jan. 27 during opening ceremonies at Camp Kengun, Japan. The command post exercise underscores the United States' commitment to Japan's defense in accordance with a mutual defense treaty that was implemented in 1951 and revised in 1960. Yama Sakura was held first in 1982.

  • Kimono tradition wraps Soldiers in Japanese culture

    Jan 26, 2011

    U.S. military members preparing for Yama Sakura 59 had the opportunity to dress in traditional Japanese kimonos as part of a cultural exchange Jan. 25 in Kumamoto, Japan.

  • Yama Sakura participants visit Japanese kindergarten

    Jan 26, 2011

    Soldiers participating in exercise Yama Sakura 59 visited a daycare facility Jan. 25 for children of members of the Japan Self Defense Force. Cultural exchanges such as this one contribute to USARPAC's integrating Pacific forces because of the cultural understanding they foster between U.S. and Japan forces.

  • Tax Center opens service at Schofield Barracks

    Jan 26, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - People say only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. For the latter, the Schofield Barracks Tax Center has just the right remedy.

  • Hawaii's Simpson Wisser neighborhood earns gold, silver status

    Jan 26, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - All homes in the Simpson Wisser neighborhood at Fort Shafter have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification.

  • 94th AAMDC safety ride combats motorcycle accidents

    Jan 25, 2011

    The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command's motorcycle mentorship program took proactive measures to reduce the danger during a group safety ride from Fort Shafter to the Nuuanu Pali lookout, Jan. 21, with intentions of promoting safety, familiarizing with road conditions and building camaraderie.

  • USARPAC commander visits Kumamoto during Yama Sakura

    Jan 25, 2011

    U.S. Army Pacific Commander Lt. Gen Benjamin R. Mixon gives his commander's coin to the Japanese tour guide who gave Mixon a tour Jan. 25, 2011, of the Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto, Japan. Mixon is in the city of Kumamoto to participate in Yama Sakura 59, USARPAC's premier bilateral exercise with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. Yama Sakura is being held at Camp Kengun, Japan, and runs through Feb. 2.

  • Year in Review: USAG-HI builds, maintains, strengthens relationships between units, community

    Jan 25, 2011

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii exists to support Soldiers and families assigned to Hawaii, ensuring the people in uniform, and their supporters, remain a strong and resilient team, both now and in the future.

  • Community Health Promotion Council discusses behavioral health services

    Jan 25, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Behavioral health services for Soldiers were among the topics discussed at a U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii-sponsored meeting, Jan. 4, here.

  • Army seeks public input at scoping meetings

    Jan 25, 2011

    POHAKULOAAca,!E+TRAININGAca,!E+AREA, Hawaii - The Army held two public scoping meetings on the Big Island this week, to allow the public an opportunity to familiarize itself with the proposed modernization projects at the Pohakuloa Training Area, or PTA.

  • U.S. Soldiers learn ikebana through traditional Japanese arts

    Jan 25, 2011

    Exercise Yama Sakura 59 focuses on mil-to-mil training, interoperability and enhancing combat readiness. Understanding one and other's culture is critical to this goal because it strengthens relationships between U.S. and Japan Ground Self Defense Forces soldiers. Participants in Yama Sakura 59 had a number of opportunities to learn about Japanese culture, including ikebana during classes taught by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Western Army.

  • U.S. Soldiers visit Kumamoto castle during Yama Sakura 59

    Jan 25, 2011

    Soldiers from Wisconsin National Guard's 64th Troop Command visited the local fortress Kumamoto castle Jan. 24 as part of Yama Sakura 59's cultural exchange programs. The cultural exchanges strengthen relationships between U.S. and Japan Ground Self Defense Force troops.

  • Paratroopers for a day: 'G.I. Jane' event gives wives a glimpse of Army training

    Jan 25, 2011

  • Special delivery: Soldier uses Skype to coach wife, deliver baby from Afghanistan

    Jan 25, 2011

    Alright, listen up all you deployed dads (especially if you're an expectant father): you can take an active role in the birth of your child, even if you're stationed in a combat zone. All it takes is commitment, a little ingenuity, and Skype. Just ask Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Palermo, who recently coached his wife Katherine through the birthing process. Separated by several continents, they both welcomed their daughter, Anna Grace, into the world.

  • USARAK engineers partner with Thai, Indonesian counterparts

    Jan 25, 2011

    Two platoons from the 56th Engineer Company, 6th Engineer Battalion are in Thailand, working on a series of civic action projects with counterparts from the Royal Thai Air Force and Indonesian Army. The 63 USARAK Soldiers are taking part in Exercise Cobra Gold 2011, an annual joint and multinational exercise sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command. With their Thai and Indonesian partners, the Soldiers of the 56th Engineer Company are constructing multipurpose masonry buildings for three Thai schools.

  • Ice bridge builders: No river deep enough for Alaska engineers

    Jan 25, 2011

    The ice bridge at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, about 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks, enables units to reach otherwise inaccessible areas across the frozen Delta River.

  • Dutch TV show treats Alaska Army family

    Jan 25, 2011

    Heidi Ornelles, wife of 1st Sgt. Steven Ornelles, Bravo Company, 725th Brigade Support Battalion, was born and raised in the Netherlands. She hadn't been home to see her family in almost three years. That all changed with a phone call from a Dutch TV reality show.

  • Yongsan Garrison unveils smart phone technology bridging paper, web

    Jan 25, 2011

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Public Affairs unveiled a QR Code campaign that links paper media to electronic media using smart phones and Ipods to make content more dynamic, making it one of the first Army Public Affairs organizations worldwide to do so.

  • Yama Sakura participants visit Mt. Aso

    Jan 24, 2011

    Soldiers participating in exercise Yama Sakura 59 had the opportunity to visit nearby cultural and natural sites before the exercise began Jan. 22 with a visit to Mt. Aso, Japan's largest active volcano.

  • "Dustoff" welcomes new commander

    Jan 24, 2011

    Major Jacob Dlugosz relinquished command of C Co., "Dustoff," 3rd Battalion, 25th General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, to Maj. Jeremiah Simpson at Wheeler Army Airfield, Jan. 19.

  • 25th CAB participates in 36th Annual Culinary Arts Competition

    Jan 24, 2011

    Food service specialists from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), participate in the 36th Annual Culinary Arts Competition tryouts at B Quad Dining Facility on Schofield Barracks, Jan. 20.

  • Yama Sakura exercise begins in Japan

    Jan 24, 2011

    Japan's senior leadership from its Ministry of Defense visited Camp Kengen in Kumamoto, Japan, Jan. 18 to inspect the grounds and the soldiers there in preparation for the U.S.-Japan bilateral exercise, Yama Sakura 59 that began Jan. 22.

  • CSA visits 3rd Brigade Combat Team at NTC

    Jan 24, 2011

    Training hard and conducting Situational Training Exercises are just a few things Soldiers are doing at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. Gen. George W. Casey Jr., chief of staff, visited 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Broncos) during their strenuous training Saturday here.

  • ASC takes operational control of Directorates of Logistics in Korea and Japan

    Jan 24, 2011

    Army Sustainment Command took operational control of the Directorates of Logistics in Korea and Japan on Jan. 1. This transition is the first step in a process that will transfer the DOLs, including personnel and resources, from the Installation Management Command to the Army Materiel Command.

  • 25th CAB Soldiers participate in color guard during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade

    Jan 18, 2011

    Soldiers from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade participated in a Joint Service Color Guard made up of Soldiers, Marines, a Seaman, an Airman, and a Coast Guardsman during the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade from Magic Island in Waikiki to Kapiolani Park in Honolulu, Jan. 17.

  • Exercise Yama Sakura 59

    Jan 18, 2011

    <b>What is it' </b> U.S. Army Pacific's Yama Sakura is USARPAC's premier bilateral command post annual exercise between Japanese and U.S. military forces. The simulation-driven exercise is the foundation of Japanese and U.S. defense cooperation.

  • Gates consults with South Korea on North's provocations

    Jan 14, 2011

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited South Korean leaders Jan. 14 in Seoul, South Korea, to demonstrate American solidarity against North Korean provocations. "We are all concerned about the tense situation on the peninsula caused by North Korea's continued belligerence and repeated provocations over the past few months," Gates said at the beginning of a meeting with Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin.

  • CBRN Training at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea

    Jan 14, 2011

    Soldiers of 498th Combat Service Support Battalion, 501st Sustainment Brigade conducted Chemical,, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear training at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea Jan. 13, 2011.

  • Gates visits Japan, stresses need to prevent North Korean provocations

    Jan 13, 2011

    Preventing another North Korea provocation of South Korea is in everyone's interest, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Tokyo, today.

  • Gates: North Korea becoming direct threat to US

    Jan 11, 2011

    If it continues on its current path, North Korea could be a "direct threat" to the United States in five years or less, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Beijing, today.

  • U.S. Army Pacific Health Promotion Council meeting focuses on Soldier wellness programs

    Jan 10, 2011

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - The U.S. Army Pacific Surgeon's Office discussed suicide prevention and wellness programs at the quarterly Pacific Health Promotion Council meeting Jan. 7 at USARPAC headquarters. "The goal of the council is to have a better appreciation of the significance of suicide and wellness issues throughout the command," said Col. Joseph S. Pina, USARPAC deputy surgeon.

  • Contracting specialists train for disasters during contingency contracting exercise

    Jan 7, 2011

    Fort Shafter, Hawaii - The 413th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Shafter become the first CSB to support a disaster scenario based on real-world events during a recent joint contracting field training exercise. The exercise, Pacific Contingency Contracting Disaster Training, was based on Operation Unified Assistance after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The exercise focused on providing emergency contracting to a joint task force supporting a foreign disaster relief effort.

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