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  • Grafenwoehr leaders renew commitment

    Nov 12, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - More than 150 Soldiers and family members filled the Grafenwoehr Field House, Oct. 28, to witness as four leaders rededicated themselves to their community by re-signing the Army Family Covenant. "Our Army is the strength of our nation ... our families are the strength of our Army," said Brig. Gen. Steven Salazar, commander, Joint Multinational Training Center. "The Covenant is about a commitment ... to continue to ensure we have a community that is strong." Salazar mentioned several improvements the Covenant, which was originally signed Oct. 8, 2007, has brought to the Grafenwoehr community in the past two years.

  • Spouses reap benefits of hiring policy

    Nov 12, 2009

    During a period of high unemployment, many people are looking for any possible advantage during their job hunts. Thanks to a new executive order, military spouses may have just a little more leverage during their federal job searches.

  • Soldiers return from deployment

    Nov 12, 2009

    For the past year, Spc. Teresa House has been assigned to Camp Shelby, Miss., and Fort Bragg, N.C. to train deploying Soldiers. Saturday, House was reunited with her family, including 17-month-old son Zachary, during a ceremony for members of the 2nd Battalion, 345th Combat Support Regiment.

  • Soldiers honor veterans

    Nov 12, 2009

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Staff Sgt. John Canter, Installation Chaplain's Office, and Staff Sgt. Stacey Howell, Garrison Headquarters, place a flag and flagpole along the entrance of the Fort Jackson National Cemetery Tuesday. The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program and the 17th Military Police Detachment teamed up to place flags in honor of Veterans Day.

  • Post mourns retired NCO

    Nov 12, 2009

    Members of the Fort Jackson community said goodbye Tuesday to a man known to many as a friend and mentor.

  • Hodges: 'Always excel'

    Nov 12, 2009

    Several years ago when he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Wash., 1st Sgt. Shawn Hodges could not resist the trails and mountains that surrounded the installation. So, he took up hiking.

  • Getting reel: Theater reopens with free screening

    Nov 12, 2009

    Like a faded movie star making a spectacular comeback, the Fort Jackson Theater is reopening this weekend after undergoing an extensive interior renovation.

  • Fort Jackson honors Native Americans

    Nov 12, 2009

    Fort Jackson will host three days of activities next week in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

  • Fort Jackson graduation a first for Navy chaplains

    Nov 12, 2009

    After 12 weeks of training, 28 Navy chaplains graduated from the first chaplain basic course at the new Naval Chaplaincy School and Center on Fort Jackson Friday.

  • Cheers! Police train in sobriety testing

    Nov 12, 2009

    Getting drunk while on duty is usually asking for trouble. But for several Soldiers who volunteered for a special assignment, it was all for a good cause.

  • Appreciating our military Families

    Nov 12, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy - During the month of November Camp Darby's Army Community Services is showing its appreciation for Military Families with a special barbecue and new programs like the single parent support group. One event that highlighted the sacrifices made by families supporting their service members was a chili and rib cook-off and barbecue appreciation event Nov. 10.

  • World War II veteran finds lost lady friend 65 years later

    Nov 12, 2009

    This Veterans Day, Nov. 11, people are honoring our brother and sisters in arms around the world. One World War II veteran traveled around the world to come back to areas that he helped liberate in Italy and France.

  • Army and Navy JROTC celebrate Veterans in Florence

    Nov 12, 2009

    America's leaders of tomorrow stepped up to the responsibility of honoring America's Veterans at a joint Veterans Day memorial ceremony at the Florence American Cemetery in Tuscan, Italy Nov. 11.

  • FMWR sponsors trip for Soldiers and Families to Thailand

    Nov 11, 2009

    The U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored a trip to Pattaya and Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 22-25.

  • Soldiers host children for Halloween on Casey

    Nov 11, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Halloween was another opportunity to create a neighborhood and friendly environment as the USAG-Casey Community Activities Center held Halloween, Oct. 31, in the CAC and partnered with units on USAG-Casey to "trick-or-treat," on post. Families in Warrior Country, with the help of the chain of command, are trying to create a neighborhood and friendly environment by making Korea 'the assignment of choice.'

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month educates Civilians

    Nov 11, 2009

    RED CLOUD GARRISON - Col. Larry 'Pepper' Jackson, USAG-RC commander, wants to ensure every Soldier and Department of Defense Civilian is aware of ongoing initiatives to support individuals with disabilities.

  • Children trick-or-treat on Red Cloud at the Pear Blossom Cottage

    Nov 11, 2009

    Luisa Burduselu (right) trick-or-treats at the USAG Red Cloud Community Bank and Lee Dong-hun, banking center service specialist,(left) gives her candy. Red Cloud Pear Blossom Cottage held a Halloween party Oct 30 in support of the Army Family Covenant. A parade of children, who wore different kinds of Halloween costumes, made a vist to the library, Community Bank, and troop medical center to say trick-or-treat. There was a contest to select the best costumes as well at the end of the party.

  • Semiannual ethics training given in Warrior Country

    Nov 11, 2009

    RED CLOUD GARRISON- Soldiers and Civilians spent the morning in Red Cloud's Theater Nov. 4 learning proper ethics from lawyers of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, which is mandated to occur twice a year.

  • Students board free bus to DoDEA schools in Yongsan for first time in Area I

    Nov 11, 2009

    Park Jae Hong, Seoul American High School student,(left) gets on the newly launched school bus Nov. 9 at the Red Cloud Bus Terminal while Tina Simons, Directorate of Logistics contracting officer's representative, monitors safety and security of the students. Beginning Nov.9, Area I students enrolled in Yongsan Department of Defense Education Activity schools are provided round trip daily school buses for free. As students' safety is highly regarded, DOL staff volunteered to monitor the situation every afternoon in each location where students' get on and off the school bus.

  • First responders learn suicide prevention on Casey

    Nov 11, 2009

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - The holiday season and thoughts of family and friends can bring joy and happiness to servicemembers stationed in Warrior Country. For some though, those same thoughts can lead to difficulties, depression, and pressures, leading them to conclude ending their life is the only solution.

  • Students honor Veterans at American Cemetery in Netherlands

    Nov 11, 2009

    Students from the AFNORTH International High School and the Geilenkirchen Elementary School gathered with service and family members of the tri-border community to honor all Veterans at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial Nov. 11.

  • Vice President grieves with Fort Lewis for fallen Stryker Soldiers

    Nov 10, 2009

    Vice President Joe Biden joined the Fort Lewis, Wash., community Tuesday to grieve the loss and honor the sacrifice of seven Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment.

  • ARMY MEDIA ADVISORY November 10, 2009 Army conducts Master Resilience Training for Soldiers, Family

    Nov 10, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey will be available to speak to media at 9:55 a.m. November 12. All interested media must be on site no later than 9:30 a.m. to register in the William Fontaine room of the hotel. Soldiers-students attending the course, staff from the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program and Faculty from the Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania will be available to answer questions.

  • Sentinels serve the nation, survivors of fallen comrades

    Nov 10, 2009

    Editorial that conveys author's admiration for the intestinal fortitude of those Soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unknowns.

  • NCO relates experience as Tomb Guard

    Nov 10, 2009

    "My goal was to be perfect -- not so you can see it, but because they deserve it."

  • Military communities bake cookies, send overseas for holidays

    Nov 10, 2009

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. - Volunteers from the milityary community here baked cookies for troops deployed overseas during the holidays.

  • Never Too Late: Vietnam Veteran Receives Presidential Unit Citation

    Nov 10, 2009

    Retired Lt. Col. Michael Healey was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for actions taken during his service in Vietnam on Oct. 28.

  • Quartermasters Honor Top Instructors

    Nov 10, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Joseph White, a food service Soldier, was named the Quartermaster School's Instructor of the Year for 2009 at a ceremony held Nov. 5. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Phyllis A. Mitchell and Sgt. 1st Class Mark G. Gulezian, also culinarians, finished as runners-up.

  • Patriots become veterans

    Nov 10, 2009

    Each man was 22 years old when he joined the Army. Neither one had children or a spouse. Both men served part of their duty in the Middle East, and both are proud to be service members. This, however, is not a tale of high school friends or of battle buddies. This is a tale of a father and son - a veteran and a future veteran.

  • Huachuca Soldiers run Army Ten-Miler in DC

    Nov 10, 2009

  • Seven half days of teamwork in Schweinfurt

    Nov 10, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The pitcher has the catcher. The quarterback has the wide receiver. And the guard has the forward. Two members of a team come together to complete the play, close out the game - or finish a deployment.

  • Corps of Engineers builds 'passive' townhouses in Germany to slash energy use

    Nov 10, 2009

    Army family housing PassivhAfA$user pilot project meets stringent criteria for energy savings, using insulation and passive solar heating.

  • Sudan native's journey takes detour to Army

    Nov 9, 2009

    FORT KNOX, Ky. - When Americans reflect on their childhoods, many likely remember tranquil times.

  • 4th BSTB recognized for actions

    Nov 9, 2009

    The 4th Brigade Support Troop Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, received the Meritorious Unit Commendation from Lt. Col. Blace Albert, the commander of the 4th BSTB, and Sgt. Maj. Dale Van Ormer, command sergeant major for the special troops battalion, on Oct. 29, less than five years since the unit's activation in 2005.

  • Selfless action 'really makes you a Soldier'

    Nov 9, 2009

    The epitome of excellence for many infantrymen is earning an Expert Infantryman Badge. In upholding the Army Values, however, two Patriot Brigade infantrymen recently risked not earning EIBs to aid a fallen comrade.

  • Victory!: Vanpool volunteers avoid various vehicular vexations

    Nov 9, 2009

    Because Fort Polk is woodsy, it is out of necessity that commuters must drive singly by car to and from work. With a low population density, there is not capital enough to support an electric rail or even a busing system. But thanks to a federal government program, government employees can band together to reduce their impact on the environment. Two vanpools have been introduced to Fort Polk, one delivering commuters from Alexandria, another from DeRidder.

  • DACP, military police officers graduate from Fort Knox Academy

    Nov 9, 2009

  • 'Guardian' experiences FortAca,!E+Polk firefighters' daily life

    Nov 9, 2009

    FORT POLK, La. - In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, Americans became cognizant of the brave, important role firefighters play in their day-to-day lives. Today though, unless someone is in a car wreck, or has a house fire, they might rarely think about firefighters. It is always assumed that firefighters will be ready to respond if needed. To highlight the firefighting profession on Fort Polk, "The Guardian" spent a 24-hour shift Oct. 20 with the Fort Polk Fire Department.

  • 'What it was' was football

    Nov 9, 2009

    Saturday as mild temperatures ushered in Indian Summer, 15 hopeful players donned cleated shoes, T-shirts and shorts and ran through a three-hour tryout to become members of the 40-man Lawton Rebels, a semi-professional football team. Coaches hope to fill their roster in November and practice before their season begins in April. A full roster lets the team to put players on offense, defense or special teams and limit two-way players to a select few.

  • 'Be all that you can be' still rings true for Fort Sill youth

    Nov 9, 2009

    The program offers youth, 15 to 18 years old, valuable experiences and training to better equip each participant with the skills needed for a highly-competitive job market. A common goal expressed by Army teens is the ability to serve their community while earning money for the future.The program was developed with this goal in mind.

  • Did you know' CDC your best choice for child care

    Nov 9, 2009

    The Fort Sill Garrison commander discusses what Soldiers and their families can expect from child care facilities on post, particularly with the opening of a new facility.

  • H1N1 immunizations come to Fort Sill

    Nov 9, 2009

    County offered the first round of H1N1 immunizations last Saturday in Lawton, Okla.

  • Soldiers take aim at core tasks

    Nov 9, 2009

    Members of the "Diamond Brigade" had the opportunity to send rounds downrange at various sites around Fort Sill. For a week, Soldiers fired thousands of rounds from the M-2 .50-caliber rifle, MK19 40 mm grenade launcher, M-16 assault rifle, M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon, M-240B machine gun and the 9 mm pistol.

  • Raising autism awareness during 'Make a Difference Day'

    Nov 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - For the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, making a difference starts with awareness and understanding. A,A More than 80 people participated in the garrison's Oct. 24 Autism Awareness Walk in Hainerberg Housing.

  • Commander stresses community fitness, customer service, transformation awareness

    Nov 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - An all-hands briefing Oct. 23 addressed the command's focus on Comprehensive Community Fitness, ongoing efforts to enhance customer service and the impact of transformation within U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden.

  • First-rate child care honored in Baumholder

    Nov 9, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - After nearly two years of rigorous preparation, training and a fine-tooth comb inspection, Baumholder's Wetzel Child Development Center has earned its badge of quality.

  • Patch High School freshman wins cross country championships

    Nov 9, 2009

  • USAG Stuttgart soccer team takes third in finals

    Nov 9, 2009

    The U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart intramural soccer team defeated the top-seeded Grafenwoehr at the U.S. Forces Soccer Championship semi-final game at Camp Darby, Italy, Oct. 25, giving the team a third place finish overall.

  • BEMS teacher wins DoDEA Teacher of the Year award

    Nov 9, 2009

    Susan Morris is the best teacher in the Department of Defense. Don't just take her students' word for it: the BAfAPblingen Elementary/Middle School teacher was recently named the Department of Defense Education Activity's Teacher of the Year for 2010.

  • USAG Stuttgart DFMWR wins employee training award

    Nov 9, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - There's a lot to celebrate lately in the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Department for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

  • Ethics training at USAG-Red Cloud

    Nov 8, 2009

    RED CLOUD GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Mandatory training was conducted for all Soldiers and civilians within Area 1 for Ethics Training Nov. 4 at the USAG-RC Theater.

  • Warriors celebrate Halloween with Aerobathon

    Nov 8, 2009

  • Red Cloud welcomes new HHC commander

    Nov 8, 2009

  • Korean and American school children celebrate Halloween

    Nov 8, 2009

  • Red Ribbon Week event Oct. 28

    Nov 8, 2009

  • Students awarded for the best fire safety posters

    Nov 8, 2009

  • Soldier sets record at pumpkin eating contest

    Nov 8, 2009

  • Moment of Silence

    Nov 6, 2009

    At precisely 11:34 a.m. PST on Nov. 6, 2009 Fort Irwin and the National Training Center paused for a moment of silence for the Families and Soldiers of Fort Hood, Texas, who were affected by the tragic events on Nov. 5, 2009 at 1:34 CST.

  • Military Appellate Court visits Campbell to hear airman's case

    Nov 6, 2009

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces visited Fort Campbell Wednesday to hear the case of United States v. Cowgill, at division headquarters. The visit was a part of the court's Outreach Program, which brings the court to the people. The Outreach Program is designed to bring the process of justice to public view, so that people can become more informed about the military's legal system.

  • Campbell is excellent community finalist

    Nov 6, 2009

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Fort Campbell is among eight installations considered as finalists for the Gold, Silver and Bronze level award for the Army Community of Excellence. Last year the installation competed and won in the Most Improved category.

  • Rakkasans ready to roll

    Nov 6, 2009

    Even though they won't be gone until January, 3rd Brigade Combat Team has been making moves toward deployment for several months.

  • Natick Soldier Systems Center observes moment of silence in honor of Soldiers at Fort Hood

    Nov 6, 2009

    The Natick Soldier Systems Center, Natick, Mass., observed a moment of silence on Nov. 6. It was a quiet tribute to the Soldiers who were killed or injured during the shootings at Fort Hood yesterday.

  • PGA Tour vet, analyst stages exhibition, observes training

    Nov 6, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Former PGA Tour star and current CBS Sports golf analyst Bobby Clampett came to Fort Benning last week to see an old friend and participate in a series of events around post.

  • 'We Do Get Better. Give Us An Opportunity"

    Nov 6, 2009

    Tracy Swint is the complete package -- a well-dressed professional, an educated and accomplished physicist, a deeply religious woman, and a confident and happy person who believes in facing the world with her own direct brand of honesty. And yet, she is also the face of addiction. Swint suffered through years of drug and alcohol abuse that started with prescribed medications as a college student. Her addiction was fueled by her memories of growing up in a troubled family, and an unquenchable need to hide her pain and sorrow from herself and those around her. "People confuse addiction with someone who lives under a bridge," Swint told a small group of Redstone Arsenal employees who attended the Red Ribbon drug and alcohol abuse prevention event Oct. 26 at Heiser Hall.

  • Players try out for the All-Army rugby team

    Nov 6, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Rugby players from as far away as South Korea, Japan, Hawaii and Germany converged on Fort Benning Oct. 24 for a two-week All-Army rugby trial camp at Stewart-Watson Field.

  • AFAP conference tackles Fort Benning issues

    Nov 6, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Housing and the proposal of a high school on post were among the 73 issues addressed at the annual Fort Benning Army Family Action Plan Conference Oct. 27-29.

  • Recruits crawl, climb, swing through training

    Nov 6, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - "I don't want a desk job. I want to be outside, getting dirty," said PVT Jeff Norwood, who is in one station unit training with B Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade.

  • Inspiring Day Ends With Patriotic Homecoming

    Nov 6, 2009

    Hundreds of flag-waving patriots put on quite a celebration Oct. 24 when 122 World War II veterans arrived at Huntsville International Airport after a daylong trip to Washington, D.C., to see their memorial. There were JROTC re-enactors dressed in WW II uniforms and dancing in the halls as families and supporters congregated in the airport's new waiting area. The Huntsville Concert Band and vocalist Margie Cumbie performed patriotic and WW II era music for the crowd and Girl Scout Troop 287 led the Pledge of Allegiance. Volunteers from the Association of the U.S. Army gave out flags and the Patriot Guard Riders stood at attention as the event's color guard. Uncle Sam -- in the form of local military cheerleader retired Sgt. 1st Class David Carney -- made periodic announcements of when the chartered plane would land. Entire families waited eagerly to embrace their returning veterans. When the first WW II veteran finally came through the entry way, a cheer from the crowd went up. As they went down the walkway, the veterans were welcomed, thanked and hugged by hundreds of well-wishers.

  • General Says War Must Be Addressed In Global Terms

    Nov 6, 2009

    During a question-and-answer session, Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman Gen. James Cartwright was asked a question that cut to the heart of America's concerns related to overseas contingency operations - What have you, general, advised President Barack Obama concerning the future war effort in Afghanistan' The question, asked by Marine reservist Staff Sgt. Jeff Moran, a student at the University of Alabama-Huntsville where Cartwright made a presentation as part of a new distinguished speaker series, gave the Marine Corps general an opportunity to provide a glimpse into the relationship the nation's Joint Chiefs of Staff have with the president. Although he declined to give specifics of his private conversations with President Obama, Cartwright did tell his audience of local community, business and military leaders as well as UAH students at the Oct. 27 gathering at the Shelby Center that any recommendations must be considered in a global context. "We all know things change and war is an engagement in a constantly evolving fight," he answered. "Our number one priority is to stop nations out there with weapons of mass destruction that can fundamentally change our way of life. The second priority is to eliminate extremist groups out there who want to fundamentally change our way of life. Those have to be gotten rid of. They cannot be given sanctuary."

  • USGA Miami sponsors babysitting, CPR class

    Nov 6, 2009

    MIAMI, Florida -- A babysitting and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation class sponsored by the USAG-Miami Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation office and taught by the local Red Cross is giving local teenagers marketable skills and making homes safer. Jorge Medina, a local Red Cross instructor, recently took ten students, 13 to 19-years-old, through a rigorous program designed to produce confident, capable babysitters who can be trusted to watch over the most precious thing military parents have.

  • Forum Draws Total Army Family Representatives

    Nov 6, 2009

    Members of the total Army family at Redstone had their voices heard last week. They expressed their quality of life concerns during the 21st annual Army Family Action Plan conference Oct. 27-28 at the Officers and Civilians Club. Thirty-four delegates were evenly distributed in three work groups: Consumer Services, Medical/Dental, and Benefits/Entitlements. "This is to have all of the Army family voices heard - whether that be DA (Department of Army) civilians, Soldiers, spouses, retirees," Nicki Swindle, quality of life program manager at Army Community Service, said. "And everyone has an equal voice."

  • Bursting With Pride On Veterans Day

    Nov 6, 2009

    The red, white and blue will be flying high on Veterans Day when the Huntsville community comes out in full force for its annual Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11. From the Scouting troops with their floats to the Cahaba Shriners with their tiny hot rod cars to the big brass sounds of local school bands, this year's Veterans Day Parade is sure to be fun for both participants and spectators. And in the center of all that fun will be the Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines honored by the festivities. "People love the Soldier marching," said retired Sgt. 1st Class David Carney, operations officer for the parade. "We have the most patriotic community in the nation. I hear from people all across the nation that they've never seen a military and civilian community that works so well together. This is a great patriotic community. And, every year, the Veterans Day Parade is the most exciting parade we've ever had." For sure, every year the parade gets bigger and better. This year, more than 100 entries are expected. There will be seven bands, led off by the impressive Alabama A&M Band; 11 JROTC and ROTC units; and entries by the ever popular Cahaba Shriners, Madison County Heritage Commission, Scouting troops, Vets for Vettes Corvette Club, Patriot Guard Riders, Semper Fi Riders, and dance and twirling groups. There will be several float entries from corporate and community organizations, military hardware and a horse-drawn stagecoach. The 1,000 Soldiers with Redstone Arsenal's 59th Ordnance Brigade/832nd Ordnance Battalion along with the Arsenal's color guard will be a main part of the festivities. "This is a day when everyone is bursting with pride because we get to recognize our veterans," Carney said. "This is a day for them to be proud of their nation, and proud of the servicemembers who have worked to make this the greatest nation on earth. This is a time when parents can show their children and their families what it means to serve their country." The parade begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Huntsville on Clinton Avenue, extends through downtown on Monroe Street, Williams Street and Lincoln Street, then again on Monroe Street and ends on Holmes Avenue. The theme is "Courage, Sacrifice and Duty - Heroes Among Us."

  • National Guardsman to serve as 4th RTB CSM

    Nov 6, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - CSM William Paul made history Oct. 29 when he became the first National Guard Soldier to serve as the 4th Ranger Training Battalion senior NCO.

  • Community run combines fun, fellowship and fitness

    Nov 6, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - It was much like the movies- Forrest Gump was running again, and there was nothing stopping him.

  • Fort Bragg expecting mothers can expect a lot in return at Womack

    Nov 6, 2009

    Womack Army Medical Center offers a variety of classes and services to pregnant women. Whether the expectant mother is active-duty military, a spouse or even a daughter of a servicemember, she is eligible to receive a broad range of care both during and after her stay in the hospital. WAMC provides services that range from tools designed to keep the father in touch with his spouse and the status of her pregnancy, to helping Soldiers enroll in the Pregnant Soldier Wellness Program.

  • Students learn physics from Fort Bragg Soldiers

    Nov 6, 2009

    Students from E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, visited Soldiers with 18th Fires Brigade during a brigade field exercise here, Oct. 20, to learn the hands on application of projectile motion.

  • Fort Bragg Families mesmerized by Disney on Ice

    Nov 6, 2009

    Two-year-old Julien Cockrell may not have completely understood what all of the fuss was about, but as the lights in Fayetteville's Crown Center Coliseum turned blue and the music filled the air, it became apparent to him that something big was about to happen. Mickey Mouse and Disney on Ice had arrived and for the next two hours, Julien and 6,600 other Fort Bragg children of deployed Soldiers and their parents were transported into a world of imagination and dreams.

  • Vietnam vet honors veterans of all wars

    Nov 6, 2009

    Twenty-three years, nine months and 14 days. That's the total time spent in service by Tom Dosier, a retired master sergeant, infantryman and former Fort Bragg paratrooper whose career included two tours in Vietnam and one deployment with the XVIII Airborne Corps during Operation Desert Storm. Dosier joined the Army in 1966 at the age of 20, from his home state of New Jersey. He willingly joined at a time when men his age were being drafted.

  • Three-time Purple Heart awardee still serving with pride

    Nov 6, 2009

    An infantryman, currently assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, as section leader in Company D, Ellsworth has deployed overseas three times in his 13-year career. He deployed once to the Balkans on a peacekeeping mission in 2002 and twice to Iraq, in 2004 and again in 2006. Ellsworth left the last deployment with three Purple Hearts.

  • New treatment facility, new approach to care

    Nov 6, 2009

  • NCOs learn skills online

    Nov 6, 2009

    Soldiers preparing for the Advanced Leader Course, formerly called the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, will notice a significant difference in the training they receive. The common core phase that Fort Bragg Soldiers of all military occupational specialties previously attended at the Fort Bragg and XVIII Airborne Corps NCO Academy went to an online format Oct. 1.

  • 'Sounds of Freedom': 3rd Special Forces Group rides for safety

    Nov 6, 2009

    Harley Davidson, Suzuki, Triumph and Special Forces Soldiers aren't four things that would likely be lumped into the same category, however, that was the case Oct. 23, as nearly 100 Soldiers with the 3rd Special Forces Group took part in a mentorship motorcycle ride dubbed the "Sound of Freedom."

  • XVIII Airborne Corps conducts command post exercise

    Nov 6, 2009

    Six months after redeploying from Iraq, the XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters staff was busy training and rebuilding the team during a command post exercise at the Joint Task Force Compound on Fort Bragg, Oct. 26 through Friday.

  • Fort Bragg teacher wins Teacher of the Year award

    Nov 6, 2009

    A local teacher's dedication has earned her the title of the 2010 Department of Defense Education Activity's North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Darla Williamitis, a Fayetteville native and teacher, is a fifth and sixth grade learning impaired teacher for students who have mild-to-moderate disabilities at Irwin Intermediate School at Fort Bragg.

  • Fort Bragg tests JFEX capabilities

    Nov 6, 2009

    As America's only airborne capable corps, the XVIII Airborne Corps acts as the nation's rapid response force for any strategic contingency providing combat power for full-spectrum operations. To test this capability, more than 2,200 Soldiers and Airmen descended on Fort Bragg for a joint forcible entry exercise Oct. 27 to Friday.

  • USACE team to assist Europe District align quality assurance processes

    Nov 6, 2009

    Unlike traditional inspections, the review team from the USACE North Atlantic Division will look at the processes the Europe District employs to ensure quality assurance. NAD's review team, led by Deleppo, will also bring members from other districts to go over the Europe District's processes and programs.

  • MICC unfurls command colors, gains new commander

    Nov 6, 2009

    The U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command held a change of responsibility and assumption of command ceremony Nov. 4 at the Sam Houston Club. Command Sgt. Maj. Clinton Jackson uncased the colors and the outgoing director, Dr. Carol Lowman, unfurled them. Once the colors were unfurled, Jackson passed them to Lowman who passed them to Jeffrey Parsons, executive director, Army Contracting Command, who in turn passed them to Col. Stephen Leisenring, charging him with the responsibilities of commander for the MICC.

  • USACE introduces Building Information Modeling into Europe District projects

    Nov 6, 2009

    BIM is already required in many projects across the Corps of Engineers' mission areas and divisions. The challenge for the Europe District is that many architects in Germany do not have much experience with BIM.

  • President Proclaims Military Family Month

    Nov 6, 2009

    President Barack Obama pledged his support of military members and their families and said Americans have a "solemn obligation" to preserve...

  • Preparing for duty in Iraq

    Nov 6, 2009

    Photos of an Installation Staging Area in Wiesbaden, Germany, preparing 1st Armored Division's equipment for shipment to Iraq in anticipation of deployment in early 2010

  • FORSCOM Commander's message about Fort Hood shootings

    Nov 5, 2009

    As the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the Soldiers and Family members affected by today's shooting at Fort Hood. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

  • Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention

    Nov 5, 2009

    <i>What is it' </i> The Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention (HPRRSP) was signed on April 16, 2009 and is executed through the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force with oversight from the Army Suicide Prevention Council, both of which report to the Army Vice Chief of Staff, General Peter W. Chiarelli. The Campaign Plan takes a holistic approach to suicide prevention by identifying and mitigating those factors most likely to lead to suicidal behavior.

  • Co-Op program helps wounded warriors transition

    Nov 5, 2009

    White Sands Missile Range has initiated a Wounded Warrior Co-Op Program to help expedite recruitment efforts while at the same time helping Soldiers transition to civilian life.

  • Military Police heed call of "Train the Force!"

    Nov 5, 2009

  • 418th Medical Logistics Company deploys in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

    Nov 5, 2009

    Family, friends, and comrades gathered at the Army Community Service Center Nov. 3 to bid farewell to more than 80 Soldiers assigned to the 418th Medical Logistics Company who are deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Soldier receives Purple Heart, becomes U.S. citizen

    Nov 5, 2009

    Spc. Williams Martinez was honored and recognized for his bravery with a Purple Heart at the Fort Sam Houston Warrior and Family Support Center courtyard Oct. 30. A native of Santiago, Chile, Martinez was also naturalized as a U.S. citizen during the ceremony. Martinez was sworn in by U.S. District Judge John Primomo, who officially validated his citizenship. Primomo said it is not every day he presides in a naturalization ceremony for someone who has fought for our country before becoming a citizen.

  • Trick or treat, give me something good to eat

    Nov 5, 2009

    Trick-or-treaters dressed in costume took to the streets of Fort McPherson Saturday, hoping to turn their empty sacks into treat-filled treasure troves. Costumes ranged from comic book superheroes to real-life heroes, like firefighters and Soldiers, and traditional outfits ,like princesses and fairies. Even the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson, made a visit, moonwalking between houses to the delight of many. To help keep things safe, members of the Fort McPherson police department and select Soldiers maintained positions at key intersections. Households also did their part, leaving lights on to let kids know which houses to visit.

  • PEOAca,!E+Integration shows hardware at CGSC

    Nov 5, 2009

  • Experts gather for Cyber Operations Symposium

    Nov 5, 2009

    The Combined Arms Center Capability Development Integration Directorate hosted a Cyberspace Operations Symposium Oct. 27-30 at Fort Leavenworth. More than 100 attendees from more than 25 organizations across Training and Doctrine Command and the greater community of interest actively participated in the symposium to further cyberspace operations capability development work. Working groups spent the first two days refining the Cyberspace Operations Concept Capability Plan.

  • Fall festival brings fun for entire family

    Nov 5, 2009

    The U.S. Army Garrison Office of the Chaplain staff hosted a fall festival for children and parents of the Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem communities Saturday at the Fort McPherson Chapel Center.

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