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  • 3rd Sustainment Brigade Earns Top Honors in Retention

    Dec 2, 2009

    Retention is the Army's way of keeping its best-and-brightest Soldiers. Without experienced Soldiers and noncommissioned officers, the Army would have a hard time accomplishing its mission. That is why the 3rd Sustainment Brigade puts forth a major effort to retain the great Soldiers and leaders it has.

  • Spartan Brigade Assumes Authority of Ninewa Province

    Dec 2, 2009

    The 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division's Colors takes over Ninewa Province from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division's at at Transfer of Authority Ceremony at FOB Marez, Dec. 1

  • The road from truck driver to chaplain

    Dec 2, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - For Spc. Andrey West, the Lord has worked in mysterious ways. At the age of 40, he found himself enlisting in the Army, something he previously had no intention of doing. After serving two years as a motor transport operator, he is now on the path to becoming an Army chaplain.

  • U.S., Japan to hold 'Yama Sakura 57' on Hokkaido

    Dec 1, 2009

    The U.S. Army, Pacific and Japan's Ground Self Defense Force will conduct Yama Sakura 57, a joint command-post exercise, at Camp Higashi-Chitose, on Hokkaido, Japan Dec. 7-14.

  • Resourcing the Army Home: Installation funding levels on the decline

    Dec 1, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In recent years, the Army and its Installations have enjoyed unprecedented levels of funding. In fiscal year 2008, the Army hit a high water mark in its fiscal history with a total annual budget exceeding $250 billion - three times more than FY2001 funding level.

  • West Point prepares for President Obama's speech

    Dec 1, 2009

    Master Sgt. Santiago Perales, U.S. Military Academy G3 noncommissioned officer-in-charge, inspects a flag display set up at Eisenhower Hall for President Obama's visit to West Point today. Obama is expected to discuss his plans for the troop buildup in Afghanistan later this evening.

  • Suicide prevention: Soldiers learning to help save lives

    Dec 1, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - One suicide intervention program compares suicidal thoughts to a strong river current that can sweep people into dangerous drop-offs.

  • Baumholder Child Care Centers get accreditation seal of approval

    Dec 1, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - In the wake of the recent accreditation of the Wetzel and Smith Child Development Centers by the National Academy for the Education of Young Children, the director of Child, Youth and Schools Services, Bonnie Phelps, explained what accreditation means to the centers, the employees who work there and the Baumholder military community.

  • Standing tall and cooking good: U.S. Army Africa Soldier takes top honors in 2009 Culinary Arts Comp

    Dec 1, 2009

    There are plenty of top-notch dining facilities in the Army, but only one is rated the best in Europe and that establishment, nestled in the heart of Northern Italy, is also home to some of the finest culinary arts specialists the Army has to offer - with a wall of trophies and lines of satisfied diners to prove it.

  • Billy Mills Followed His Dream To Olympic Glory

    Nov 30, 2009

    It's the men's 10,000 meter final in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. And America's Billy Mills is running the race of his life. He's in third place entering the final stretch. He surges to the front, past the prerace favorite, Australia's Ron Clarke. Mills wins the gold medal. To this day, he remains the only American to have ever won an Olympic medal in the 10,000 meter race. "That moment was magical," he told the applauding audience Thursday in Bob Jones Auditorium. "I truly felt I had wings on my feet." Mills, a Sioux Indian who ran for Kansas University, was the keynote speaker at Team Redstone's National American Indian Heritage Month celebration.

  • Campus Event Gets Young Girls Involved In Science

    Nov 30, 2009

    After they tried their hand at catapulting missiles and flying airplanes, Emma Gould and Heather Blackwell decided to gather autographs. So, with crayons in hand, they went around the classroom, asking each of their adult leaders to autograph their spiral notebooks. "Ya'll are nice. We just want to remember this moment," Emma told the volunteer teachers, many of whom work at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. "This is the best time ever," added Heather. While gathering autographs is decidedly not scientific, the two girls spent most of their day discovering all types of science and engineering challenges in fun classes that grabbed their interest, let them experiment hands-on and gave them the freedom to be, simply, young girls enjoying each other. The first-ever Girls' Science and Engineering Day took place Nov. 14 at the Shelby Center for Science and Technology on the campus of the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Some 454 girls in grades three through five from across Madison County attended the all-day event, which included about 20 classes on such topics as "Fun in a Hospital Laboratory," "Building a Tasty Model with Gumdrops," "The Wacky World of Weather," "Making Your Own Robot Jitterbugs," "Strawberry DNA Extraction," and "Video Games and Science: The Secret Connection."

  • Wreaths of Remembrance to Vets

    Nov 30, 2009

    The giving spirit of Christmas 2009 has already left its mark on the gravesites of Madison County's veterans and on the hearts of the volunteers who lovingly placed red-bowed wreaths on those gravesites. On a cold, gray fall morning, more than 100 volunteers armed with greenery and hammers walked the grounds of Maple Hill Cemetery to place 2,200 holiday wreaths on veteran gravesites. The next day, they visited Valhalla Memory Gardens where another 560 wreaths were placed on veteran gravesites. Now in its third year, the project - known locally as Wreaths for Veterans and nationally as Wreaths Across America - continues to grow larger in terms of volunteers and organizations involved. "People are so supportive of this," Wreaths for Veterans chairperson Joy Parker said. "It's unbelievable. It warms your heart. "Because the veteran has given us the freedom we enjoy today we want to give back a token in remembrance and honor. We're putting these wreaths on gravesites to honor and remember our fallen veterans here in Madison County. We are doing this to give a little back." Parker and co-chair Jennifer Hames, who are both military wives and members of the Redstone Garden Club, started Wreaths for Veterans after seeing a picture of holiday wreaths decorating the snowy gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery. They started the project with the help of the Redstone Garden Club, although now it involves volunteers from several other local groups. "I saw that beautiful picture at Arlington Cemetery and I thought 'Why can't we do this in Madison County''" Hames said on Nov. 18 as wreath decorating operations were winding down at Maple Hill Cemetery. "I sent the first e-mail that started this whole thing rolling. People are so willing to help us because they are aware of veterans and what they have done for our country."

  • 300 bikes donated to USO

    Nov 30, 2009

    Servicemembers from across the National Capital Region helped load 300 bicycles donated to USO-Metro Tuesday, which will be distributed to military Families in need this holiday season.

  • Army Training Network one-stop for answers

    Nov 30, 2009

    The Army Training Network continues to grow and change since it went online in April with the mission of becoming the one-stop shop and information source for Army training.

  • Belgians, Americans celebrate 65th anniversary of landmark WWII victory

    Nov 30, 2009

    Sixty-five years after World War II's landmark Battle of the Bulge, U.S. and Belgian troops will again march side-by-side in Bastogne Dec. 12-13.

  • Soldiers, Families celebrate Thanksgiving early

    Nov 30, 2009

    Soldiers, Civilian employees and Family members throughout Fort McPherson celebrated Thanksgiving early Nov. 20.

  • Community gathers for feast, camraderie

    Nov 30, 2009

    Members of the Fort McPherson community took time to give thanks and build camaraderie during the U.S. Army Garrison Office of the Chaplain's Barracks and Single Soldiers Thanksgiving feast Nov. 19.

  • Service, sacrifice honored at Heroes' Tree reception

    Nov 30, 2009

    For many military communities, heroes aren't always the ones on the battlefields - they're often the ones tucking their children into bed, making dinner, teaching history, volunteering at hospitals and inspiring excellence. That was the message of the Heroes' Tree, a national program sponsored by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University that honors the service and sacrifice of our military Families. Individuals were encouraged to hang handmade ornaments with stories and photos of their military heroes on the tree, displayed at the Keith A. Campbell Library.

  • Drag racer visits Fort Sam Houston, shares her experiences

    Nov 30, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON - Tina Stull is many things: wife, mother, cancer survivor and race car driver. Stull visited Fort Sam Houston Nov. 19 to speak about her experiences at the 32nd Medical Brigade Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast. Following the breakfast she parked her dragster at the Rocco Dining Facility, visited with Soldiers and signed autographs.

  • European flag football teams face-off at Hohenfels

    Nov 30, 2009

    Service members from across Europe spent a well-deserved weekend blowing off steam while competing for the first place trophy in the Installation Management Command-Europe Unit Level Flag Football Championship hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Nov. 6-8. The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center team took home the title of IMCOM-E Flag Football Champions after beating Grafenwoehr's 561st Medical Co. 28-15 in the final game.

  • Sergeant major of Army visits Hohenfels Soldiers

    Nov 30, 2009

    As the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer draws to a close, noncommissioned officers and enlisted Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment got to see it out with a bang when they heard the Army's highest ranking NCO, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston, speak at the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Post Theater Nov. 5.

  • AFAP Conference tackles tri-border quality of life issues

    Nov 29, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - What works' What doesnAca,!a,,ct' The Army Family Action Plan, or AFAP as it's commonly known, has been tackling those tough issues for more than 25 years, often generating solutions that benefit all the Armed Services through conferences held worldwide. This yearAca,!a,,cs Tri-Border AFAP conference takes place Feb. 3 to 4, hosted by USAG Schinnen at the JFC Conference Center in Brunssum, Netherlands.

  • Stress relieving classes now offered

    Nov 27, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - While dribbling basketballs, Eden Roy paid no attention to squeaking sneakers and the shouts of Soldiers' voices that dominated the sounds coming from within the Martinez Physical Fitness Center (MPFC) gymnasium, here.

  • AHFH opens clean energy community

    Nov 27, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Families of the Simpson Wisser neighborhood, here, were joined by state, city, business and community leaders to celebrate the opening of what could be the greenest neighborhood on a military installation, Nov.10.

  • Garrison center serves as hub for Army recycling effort

    Nov 27, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - As Americans get ready to double their recycling efforts for this Sunday's nationally recognized America Recycles Day, the Army is hoping that Soldiers and their family members follow suit, increasing their contributions when it comes to protecting the world's resources and environment.

  • Leaders serve Thanksgiving Dinner at the Presidio of Monterey

    Nov 27, 2009

    Military leadership from all four branches served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to Service Members, family members and civilian employees at the Presidio of Monterey on Nov. 26.

  • Community leaders observe Thanksgiving with Soldiers, Families

    Nov 27, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - As the aroma of baked turkey floated across Cantigny Dining Facility, laughter and conversation could be heard in every corner of the room. Soldiers, their families and community members gathered for a day of celebration and fellowship on this Thanksgiving Day at Fort Riley.

  • Fort Riley Soldiers celebrate 'Thanksgiving Feast of History'

    Nov 27, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - What do 200 pounds of turkey, 160 pounds of ham, 100 pounds of duck and the history of the Big Red One have in common' For more than 750 Soldiers and their Families attending the Combat Aviation Brigade Dining Facility's Thanksgiving celebration Nov. 25, food and history went hand-in-hand.

  • Lost Heroes Art Quilt remembers fallen heroes

    Nov 25, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The Lost Heroes Art Quilt paid homage to Fort Sam Houston by making the Warrior and Family Support Center a Nov. 19 stop on its journey across America.

  • 232nd Medical Battalion Soldiers become American citizens

    Nov 25, 2009

  • Early Thanksgiving at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center

    Nov 25, 2009

  • Fort McPherson celebrates Native American heritage

    Nov 25, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. - The Fort McPherson community gathered Nov. 17 at The Commons at Fort McPherson to honor the many contributions made by Native Americans to the United States as part of Native American Heritage Month. The heritage month, first observed in 1990, aims to recognize inter-tribal cultures and educate the public about the heritage, history, art and traditions of the Native American and Alaska native people.

  • Fort Irwin now has furniture store of its own

    Nov 25, 2009

  • Third Army transitions medical services to Shaw

    Nov 25, 2009

    With the relocation of Third Army/U.S. Army Central to Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., right around the corner, questions have arisen about healthcare services. Servicemembers and Family members may wonder what services to expect and where they should go to receive healthcare service once they arrive at Shaw Air Force Base.

  • 'I play with my friends. We eat. I like goldfish crackers.'

    Nov 25, 2009

  • Seasonal flu and H1N1 Vaccinations available for some

    Nov 25, 2009

    California Medical Detachment officials have projected plans for the seasonal and H1N1 vaccination program.

  • Army training saves deputy's life

    Nov 25, 2009

    Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputy Kevin Walker could have died. During the national police week shootout competition, Walker had a massive heart attack. The combat lifesaver course at Fort Sill gave Staff Sgt. Matthew Treadwell the skills he need to save Walker's life. And he did.

  • Soldiers, Senior Leaders, Share Thanksgiving Together

    Nov 25, 2009

    Many Soldiers, especially those in training status, are unable to be home for the holidays - at least the Thanksgiving holiday. Senior Soldiers, including commanders, command sergeants major and first sergeants, take time from their Families during this holiday to show their appreciation for the troops by serving and greeting them during the Thanksgiving meal at each dining facility.

  • International exercise 'Forging Sabre' concludes at Sill

    Nov 25, 2009

    Fort Sill's total force training capability provided the right backdrop for more than 600 Singapore armed forces personnel who rehearsed their military capabilities here during Exercise Forging Sabre Nov. 1-24. Forging Sabre is an annual exercise held at locations throughout the world by Singapore, an island nation slightly smaller than the city of New York. Prior to coming to Fort Sill, Singapore held the exercise in Australia, Africa and Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.

  • 1st HBCT, 3rd ID Cooks Fight Elements, Other Obstacles to Keep Soldiers in the Fight

    Nov 25, 2009

    At the National Training Center in the Mojave Desert, little can be seen at 2 a.m. except lights in the distance. In the new Containerized Kitchen and the old Mobile Kitchen Trailer on Forward Operating Base King, however, the sound of clattering pans and the smell of cooking meat fills the air. The cooks of 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team are hard at work even at this early hour, cooking to feed 1,400 Soldiers come sunrise. They prepare Soldiers for a day of hard training throughout all of 1st HBCT's NTC rotation.

  • Quartermaster school earns top TRADOC accreditation

    Nov 25, 2009

    The Quartermaster School recently earned the Training and Doctrine Command's highest accreditation rating.

  • Security check finds too many unlocked cars

    Nov 25, 2009

    One in eight privately-owned vehicles is left unlocked while parked at Fort Sill, according to an October survey by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Items found in unlocked vehicles ranged from wallets and purses to keys in the ignition. This is in violation of a post regulation which requires personal property to be secured whenever left unattended.

  • Task Force Marne Thankful for Family

    Nov 25, 2009

    Thanksgiving is a time for Families to be together, but when Soldiers can't be with their Families in America, they can eat a Thanksgiving feast with their brothers and sisters at arms.

  • Ordnance Opens First Doors to Training at Fort Lee

    Nov 25, 2009

    Ordnance leaders, students and community members gathered with the family of the late Maj. Gen. Jackson E. Rozier in one of the state-of-the-art training bays at the new Tactical Support Equipment Department building Nov. 20 for the official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony.

  • Dining facility employees work hard on holidays

    Nov 25, 2009

    Many of us have fond childhood memories of great family gatherings on Thanksgiving Day with great food, family and conversation. On becoming a Soldier, I experienced unit gatherings at ...

  • Soldiers, Family Members Cut Ribbon on New Fort Stewart CDC

    Nov 25, 2009

    Soldiers, Family Members, and Army Civilians gathered to celebrate the opening of the newest child development center on Fort Stewart, Nov. 20. The new center will care for 244 of the Army's youngest Family Members, who range in age from six weeks to five years old.

  • Adding a little kick: 22d Chemical Battalion takes physical fitness to a whole new level

    Nov 25, 2009

    Physical and mental fitness have long been pillars of the U.S. Army, so it is no surprise that Company A, 22d Chemical Battalion, (Technical Escort) gathered in the pre-dawn hours Nov. 6 for their workout. Like many other Army units, Company A is committed to being physically fit.

  • TF Marne Marks 3rd ID Celebration with 'Patch Ceremony'

    Nov 25, 2009

    Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division honored its 92 years of service to the nation by recognizing combat service through a traditional "Patch Ceremony," on Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Nov. 21.

  • 76th FA Leaders Apply Civil War Lessons to TodayAca,!a,,cs Fight

    Nov 25, 2009

    Senior leaders of the 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, took a trip back in time to 1862 with a staff ride to the Fort Pulaski National Monument, Nov. 20.

  • Fallen Soldier Honored at Fort Stewart's Warriors Walk

    Nov 25, 2009

    A good man, a good husband, a good father, and a great leader. Those were the words used to describe Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Rudzinski by his battalion commander at the tree dedication ceremony in his honor at Warriors Walk, Nov. 19. Staff Sergeant Rudzinski, 28, of the 293rd Military Police Company, 385th MP Battalion, was killed near Kandahar, Afghanistan, Oct. 16, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

  • BOSS troops share Thanksgiving tradition with German students

    Nov 25, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Fourth graders at a local German elementary school were able to get a little taste of celebrating Thanksgiving with a group of Soldiers who were willing to share the American tradition.

  • Gold Star Wives heal by helping others

    Nov 25, 2009

    Tomorrow evening, many Americans will gather around the table to take turns with family and friends, expressing what they are thankful for. Many families will convey their heartfelt gratitude recognizing the sacrifices of those serving our country. For some families, that sacrifice comes in the form of an empty seat, a place setting for a loved one who gave his or her life to protect the freedoms Americans enjoy. Few organizations exist that know about that sacrifice more intimately than the Gold Star Wives of America.

  • Waking up from a somber sleep of community engagement

    Nov 25, 2009

    Our nation, as well as our community, has suffered through the ebb and flow of providing proper recognition to our brave warriors. From the ticker-tape parades that followed V-E Day to the empty streets that welcomed many of our Vietnam Veterans home, each conflict helps to define who we are and how we want to be remembered. The Watervliet Arsenal, which has been providing support to our war fighters since 1813, is trying to rise from a somber sleep of community engagement brought on by nine reductions of the workforce that began in the 1990s.

  • Army's oldest NCO academy celebrates 60 years of excellence

    Nov 25, 2009

    The 7th U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy celebrated its 60th Anniversary and has the unique distinction of being the first and oldest NCO Academy in the United States Army.

  • Warrior Country's finest basketball players take on SKY basketball team

    Nov 25, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Serving Knowledge to Youth street ball basketball players came to Casey's Carey Physical Fitness Center Nov. 20 to visit Soldiers and Family members.

  • Air Force flies high over Army 16-6 in flag football game

    Nov 25, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Air Force toppled Warrior Country 16-6 during the third annual Flag Football Championship held Nov. 21 in Schoonover Bowl.

  • New NCOs welcomed at Yongsan Garrison ceremony

    Nov 25, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - New U.S. Army leaders were welcomed to the NCO ranks Nov. 20 at a ceremony on Yongsan Army Garrison.

  • Casey Popeye's opens after renovation

    Nov 25, 2009

    Staying in the same location for the past 17 years with very little construction or changes having taken place, Kim, Myong-chol (second to the left), Popeye's store manager, holds up a ribbon that was cut for a special re-opening ceremony for the USAG-Casey Popeye's that underwent renovations for two weeks; accompanied with Kim in the ribbon cutting was Command Sgt. Major Nidal Saeed (left), USAG-Casey command sergeant major and Lt. Col. Richard Fromm (right), USAG-Casey commander, Nov. 17 in front of the USAG-Casey Popeye's. The eight-time award winning Popeye's location received brand new tiles, a paint job, a new ceiling, more tables to make the restaurant larger and the same as what an individual would see at a Popeye's restaurant in America. Ken Limtiaco, Army and Air Force Exchange Services area 1 manager, explained to both Fromm and Saeed that AAFES will be going through more construction in the USAG-Casey food court to continue to make Korea "the assignment of choice."

  • Soldiers gather turkeys at PBC

    Nov 25, 2009

    Pfc. William Gasper and Harmony Gasper pick up a turkey which was donated by Spring of Acacia Lodge in appreciation for Army families Nov 18 in the Red Cloud Pear Blossom Cottage. Spring of Acacia Lodge, a non-military charity organization which branches out around the world, contributed turkeys and other holiday food ingredients for 24 Warrior Country families to celebrate Thanksgiving day.

  • Warriors run in honor of veterans on Casey

    Nov 25, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Sunshine and excitement filled the air as more than 400 Soldiers lined up to participate in the Veteran's Day 5 kilometer run Nov. 11 in front of the Hanson Field House, USAGCasey.

  • Local children decide legal case on Casey

    Nov 24, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Kindergarten children reached a verdict in a court and operated a virtual tank when 53 Pullip Kindergarten School children were invited Nov. 13 to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate General at USAG-Casey.

  • Soldiers post fast times at 8 mile 2009 Warrior Country Rucksack Challenge

    Nov 24, 2009

    More than 140 Soldiers from Warrior Country jump into action at the sound of the starting gun for the 2009 running of the Warrior Country Rucksack Challenge Nov. 14. The course is 8 miles long and Soldiers must carry a 35 pound rucksack on their backs.

  • Warrior advances to 8th Army table tennis championship

    Nov 24, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class William Waltrip is about to try a forehand stroke in the Table Tennis Tournament which took place Nov. 14 in the USAG-Red Cloud Physical Fitness Center. Waltrip placed 1 and advanced to the 8th Army Champaionship match on Camp Caroll with the other 8 winners from Area I. "I would tell anyone interested in getting better at Table tennis to get and read the book 'Table Tennis: Steps to Success' to learn the basic strokes, training, and tactics," Waltrip said, when asked to give a few tips for other table tennis players. "Then, I would recommend hooking up with a table tennis club. Clubs have a lot of good players that enjoy teaching others to play. Internet Table Tennis forums are also a good way to ask about the game and learn from established players."

  • Camp Stanley honors Native American Heritage Month

    Nov 24, 2009

    CAMP STANLEY - In honor of our nation's rich history and diversity and with November being Native American Heritage Month, the Camp Stanley Community Activities Center brought Soldiers, Civilians and Family members together Nov. 13.

  • American Red Cross signs agreement with Korean Red Cross

    Nov 24, 2009

    RED CLOUD GARRISON - The American Red Cross extended their abilities to provide for Soldiers and Family members in Warrior Country by signing an exchange and cooperation agreement between the Korean Red Cross and the American Red Cross Nov. 6 at the USAG-Casey Community Activities Center

  • Warrior Country Family members take a Korean culture tour

    Nov 24, 2009

    GYEONGGI PROVINCE, South Korea - More than 20 Warrior Country military spouses and children enjoyed a free tour with various cultural activities and traditional Korean food around Il-san and Yangju city, Gyeonggi Province Nov. 12 in recognition of Military Family Appreciation Month.

  • Giving thanks at the Natick Soldier Systems Center

    Nov 24, 2009

    The Soldiers and civilians who work at the Natick Soldier Systems Center had a chance to meet a Soldier whose life was saved because of the work done here.

  • Organization reaches out to make Thanksgiving a celebration for local military families in need

    Nov 24, 2009

    For the past 20 years members of a local veterans' organization have been gathering before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to put together holiday packages for local families of veterans and deployed service members.

  • Fort Eustis celebrates covenant renewal with food, fun

    Nov 24, 2009

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. (November 24, 2009) -- Fort Eustis leadership reaffirmed its commitment to Army families with the re-signing of the Army Family Covenant during a ceremony at the Fort Eustis Club Nov. 18.

  • Buffalo Soldiers honor past, influence future

    Nov 24, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Members of the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association celebrated the achievements of their namesakes at the San Antonio National Cemetery Veterans Day, Nov. 11 in their vintage blue and yellow uniforms. The gathering has been an annual event for the last ten years at the National Cemetery honoring the 281 Buffalo Soldiers interred there.

  • It's easy to be thankful

    Nov 24, 2009

    FORT MEYER, Va. - Chap. (Lt. Col.) Barry M. White manages the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Pentagram Chaplain's Corner. Multiple chaplains assigned in the national capital region contribute to the Chaplain's Corner each week. This week, he gave those chaplains a Thanksgiving break and filled in the Chaplain's Corner himself.

  • Fort Sill honors Family of the Year

    Nov 24, 2009

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- Maj. Thomas Caldwell and his family were recognized in a ceremony Wednesday at the Patriot Club for being named Fort Sill's Family of the Year. Caldwell, executive officer with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery, his wife Almarie, daughters Shatondra and Ambria and son Thomas, Jr., won the award out of more than 40 families nominated.

  • Defender Six: Remember safety, deployed Soldiers during Thanksgiving

    Nov 24, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C - Each November, Americans gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings they enjoy as citizens of this great land.

  • Corps of Engineers builds facilities for 'Warriors in Transition' at Fort Drum

    Nov 24, 2009

    New barracks and facilities will benefit Warriors in Transition program that helps injured Soldiers returning from conflicts overseas.

  • HIRED! program allows teen to learn more about childcare

    Nov 24, 2009

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A sophomore home school student is gaining experience supervising children by working mornings at the Aberdeen Area Youth Center's technology lab.A sophomore home school student is gaining experience supervising children by working mornings at the Aberdeen Area Youth Center's technology lab.

  • APG NCO has lead in local production of 'Rent'

    Nov 24, 2009

    An Aberdeen Proving Ground noncommissioned officer from the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band is currently a lead in the Havre de Grace community theater production of the rock musical "Rent."

  • CBRNE Command remembers one of their own

    Nov 24, 2009

    Family members, fellow Soldiers and civilians from the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) solemnly gathered at the Edgewood Chapel Nov. 5 to honor the life and service of Sgt. 1st Class Fernando Preciado.

  • Company E 16th discontinues in accordance with BRAC requirements

    Nov 24, 2009

    After more than 19 years of training ordnance officers, warrant officers and international students on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Company E, 16th Ordnance Battalion conducted a discontinuance ceremony in accordance with mission requirements under base realignment and closure. The ceremony was held in the Aberdeen Area Athletic Center Oct. 16.

  • JPED Soldiers talk to SJA students in honor of Veterans Day

    Nov 24, 2009

    Two Soldiers from the Joint Personal Effects Depot visited Saint Joan of Arc School to speak to students on Nov. 10 in honor of Veterans Day.

  • American Legion launches new Web site--new look, content

    Nov 24, 2009

    America's largest veterans service organization has launched a new Web site, bulging with new content and featuring a completely redesigned look. American Legion National Commander Clarence Hill said the new Web site, "is a tremendous addition to our online presence. It's more informative, better-looking, and easier to navigate than our previous site. I encourage Legionnaires to visit www.legion.org and explore the wealth of content in its pages."

  • OMMS Soldiers 'stay with the team' during mass re-enlistment

    Nov 24, 2009

  • Renovated Housing Referral Office focuses on newcomer needs

    Nov 24, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - By keeping the focus on newcomer needs, in-processing just got a little easier with the official opening of U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen's recently renovated Housing Referral Office. Led by Schinnen commander, Lt. Col. Fern O. Sumpter, members of the garrison gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Nov. 23.

  • Former NFL player considers Soldiers his third family

    Nov 24, 2009

    No movie has been made of Otis Sistrunk's life, although he has acted in a few, including "Car Wash," a 1976 comedy produced by Universal Pictures.

  • U.S. Army, Dutch share Thanksgiving

    Nov 24, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - Dutch Ministry of Defense employees, who comprise two-thirds of the USAG Schinnen workforce, were treated by U.S. Department of Defense Soldiers, Civilians and Volunteers to a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal at the garrison's Activity Center Nov. 24. Participants were treated to an abundance of traditional American Thanksgiving cuisine and were accompanied by a Thanksgiving melody of songs, the reading of a Thanksgiving poem, and musical entertainment during the meal by NATO's Jazz Messengers. Ideas for such an event were first presented at a strategic planning conference two years ago, leading a team to develop an action plan of events to reinforce cultural exchange and camaraderie among the garrison workforce. USAG Schinnen, the only U.S. Army garrison in the Netherlands, provides base operations support to international military communities across northern Germany, eastern Belgium, and the Netherlands.

  • Czechs forge friendships with US veterans

    Nov 24, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - This year the Czech town of Rokycany held its 20th anniversary celebration, centered around their Veterans of Foreign Wars friends who travel here from all over the globe to share memories of World War II Nazi liberation, the fall of the infamous Iron Curtain, and the current peace they have enjoyed with their American friends in the times since.

  • Travel safely, come home healthy

    Nov 24, 2009

    With the holiday season about to start, Fort Jackson officials are zeroing in on efforts to ensure that all members of the Fort Jackson family stay safe on the road.

  • Grafenwoehr Elementary students stop to reflect, break down the Berlin wall

    Nov 24, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Grafenwoehr Elementary School celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, Nov. 9. The Berlin Wall, built on Aug. 13, 1961, served as a border between East and West Berlin and was a symbol of the Cold War. At 96 miles long and approximately 12 feet tall, it separated families, friends and countrymen.

  • Summer surge plans take shape

    Nov 24, 2009

    Leaders from Fort Jackson and the U.S Army Reserve's 108th Training Command (IET), 98th and 104th Training Divisions (IET), met Saturday for the annual Active Component/Reserve Component Conference to decide the best strategy to incorporate reserve units within active component units for the upcoming year's influx of Soldiers.

  • Soto: 'Strive for your goals'

    Nov 24, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Lisa Soto said she has had the pleasure of working with some great leaders, and those relationships have motivated her as a Soldier.

  • Towering over the competition: 12 chefs rise to top, will represent USAREUR at Armywide culinary com

    Nov 24, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - After more than a week of slicing, dicing, simmering and sautAfAing, 12 Soldier-chefs emerged as the cream of the U.S. Army Europe Culinary Arts crop, Nov. 19. In February, the team will compete in the 34th Annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va. More than 30 competitors from six major garrisons vied for the coveted 12 slots, but the trail-by-fire competitions, which ran Nov. 5-13, were no cakewalk.

  • Native American spirit soars at luncheon

    Nov 24, 2009

    Nearly 200 Fort Jackson Soldiers watched last week as members from local Native American tribes shared traditional dance and music, explained their culture and described the many contributions Native Americans have made to the military throughout history.

  • Meal delivers taste of home to Soldiers

    Nov 24, 2009

    By this time Wednesday, employees at post dining facilities will have spent the better part of this week and last preparing nearly 7,000 pounds of turkey, 4,000 pounds of ham, 1,400 pounds of shrimp and 1,500 pies.

  • Grafenwoehr leaders stress it's OK to seek help

    Nov 24, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr has recently experienced a spike in those taking their own lives, and leaders in the community met to tackle this complex issue Nov. 13. At the meeting, Garrison Commander Col. Chris Sorenson, along with chaplains, commanders of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment and 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and medical and behavioral health personnel focused on ways to erase the stigma associated with seeking mental help, and to identify and remove potential barriers to obtaining treatment.

  • Jammed up: Post leaders take on traffic troubles

    Nov 24, 2009

    Getting to work in the morning can be a time-consuming ordeal for Fort Jackson commuters. Rush hour traffic backups outside the installation's gates have prompted post officials to analyze what causes the problems.

  • CFC officials aim to reach goal as deadline nears

    Nov 24, 2009

    There is still time to donate to your favorite cause through Fort Jackson's Combined Federal Campaign.

  • Army wife wins 'Rising Star'

    Nov 23, 2009

    Lisa Pratt, an Army wife from Fort Carson, Colo., was selected Nov. 20 as winner of the Operation Rising Star singing contest. The runner-up was Capt. Donald Williamson, an Army chaplain serving in Germany.

  • Can commercial industry quench the Army's thirst for connectivity'

    Nov 23, 2009

    NEW YORK -- As troops continue to deploy to diverse theatres such as Afghanistan where existing communications infrastructure is limited, the Army's demand for connectivity continues to grow. Commercial companies can be a part of the solution.

  • Army Community Service helps send aid to Afghans

    Nov 23, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany - For the second-ever Make a Difference Day service project at U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels, community members donated their time to help people miles away by focusing on a cause that hits very close to home. After gathering donations for weeks, volunteers of all ages spent part of their Saturday, Oct. 24, at Army Community Service packing boxes filled with toiletries, hardware supplies and sports equipment to send to men, women and children in Afghanistan.

  • Leaders re-sign Covenant at Hohenfels

    Nov 23, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany - Senior leaders from the Joint National Training Command, Joint Multinational Readiness Center and U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels renewed the Army's commitment to taking care of Soldiers and families when they re-signed the Army Family Covenant at USAG Hohenfels.

  • Warner Barracks honors its veterans

    Nov 23, 2009

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