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  • Shafter gymnasium expansion set, pending Army funding

    Dec 22, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Workout warriors at the physical fitness center, here, could have more room to exercise in the near future, should a planned expansion project receive the necessary funding from the Army.

  • Mililani students discover culture, natural resources at Makua

    Dec 22, 2009

    MAKUAAca,!E+MILITARYAca,!E+RESERVATION, Hawaii - More than 150 Mililani Middle School students had an opportunity to explore many unique cultural and natural resources during two field trips to the area, here, Dec. 15 and 17.

  • Women's association sends holiday care packages to troops

    Dec 22, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - The holidays for many deployed Soldiers and Marines just got a little bit brighter, thanks to the efforts of volunteers from the North American Taiwanese Women's Association-Hawaii Chapter (NATWA-HI).

  • Military leaders, community aim to reach solution on Furlough Fridays

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF) is a cooperative venture between the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) military community and the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) serving to advance the military community's responsibility in the pursuit of quality education for public school students in Hawaii.

  • Military bikers support local youth with 'Toys for Tots'

    Dec 22, 2009

    HONOLULU - 'Twas the morn when the traditional bell sounds associated with the holiday season were replaced with the thundering roar of engines.

  • Army Hawaii Family Housing supports families through redeployment

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Enter through any gate at any Army installation on Oahu, drive through any Army Hawaii Family Housing (AHFH) community, and you will be greeted by colorful banners sending warm messages to returning Soldiers.

  • Series involves entire family in coping with military stresses

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Deployments are a fact of life for most everyone in the military today. Army families in Hawaii have the added stress of being geographically separated, not only from their deployed spouse, but also from friends and family on the mainland.

  • Returning green-suiters find financial support at ACS

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - Committed to keeping Soldiers and their families strong, Army Community Service (ACS) offers invaluable financial readiness programs for the returning Soldier and family.

  • FMWR welcomes warriors with aloha

    Dec 22, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Homecomings are rousing and emotional, befitting a heroic welcome. Cheers of family members and fellow Soldiers echo throughout the Multifunctional Deployment Facility, here, at each redeployment ceremony.

  • Army Community Service provides a wealth of resources

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Pfc. Jared Coplin knows firsthand how the battles on foreign soil can sometimes pale in comparison to the clashes at home.

  • BOSS provides 'home away from home' for Oahu's single Soldiers

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii Aca,!" Quality of life, recreation and leisure, and community service are the three main pillars that make up the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program.

  • Redeployment brings adjustment period to entire family

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- I'll never forget one humiliating and frightening experience I had when I returned from Iraq. My daughter, Olivia, my first and only child at the time, was 3. I hadn't seen her since my "environmental leave" period ended three months earlier, and that seemed like a long time ago. I wanted to spend some quality time with her, so I took her shopping with me at the furniture store.

  • Garrison continues to support redeployment activities

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - When a Soldier gets back to the home station, he or she is greeted by family and friends.

  • Nation's Military Stars Set To Visit Huntsville

    Dec 22, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Military stars will fall on Huntsville in August. Huntsville could very well adopt its own version of the state's famous slogan - "Stars Fell on Alabama" - when some of the nation's most highly decorated military heroes travel to the city to participate in the first-ever Medal of Honor event hosted in their honor in Alabama. The "Medal of Honor Gala: In the Company of Heroes" is set for Aug. 28 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Davidson Center for Space Exploration in Huntsville, Ala. The gala, hosted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, will be the main event in a weekend of activities planned for about 35 Medal of Honor recipients and foundation board members who are expected to attend. "This will be the largest gathering of Medal of Honor recipients in the state of Alabama and one of the largest ever in the Southeast," said Jay Town, a former Marine major who is serving as the weekend's event chairman.

  • Mentoring program a win-win for Soldiers, students

    Dec 22, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The second-grade students clapped and cheered for the 20 Fort Sam Houston Soldiers as they entered the William Paschall Elementary School cafeteria in an unplanned and rousing standing ovation.

  • With a song in her heart

    Dec 21, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- Beverly Bynes-Roberts, a program assistant at the Child Development Center, has recorded her third gospel album and aspires to further musical achievements.

  • E911 system provides faster responses for Fort Sam Houston

    Dec 21, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- In the United States, 911 has been the universal emergency number for all telephone services, and a key component of the country's emergency response and disaster preparedness system, for more than 40 years. However, the advent of wireless- and Internet-based phone systems has meant the old standby needed an upgrade.

  • Protecting tomorrow's Picatinny: Installation holds net-zero energy industry day conference

    Dec 21, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Picatinny is one of three installations the Army has tasked with becoming net zero energy installation or NZEI.

  • Fort Riley opens one of Army's first Warrior Zones

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - It's 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 and the Warrior Zone has just officially opened for business. The building is packed with Soldiers. Some are playing video games, others cards. Some are chatting with friends and Family on the facility's computers. Some are focused on a game of pool. And still others are gathered around the counter of Warrior Zone's Java CafAfA.

  • Fort Riley opens one of Army's first Warrior Zones

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - It's 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 and the Warrior Zone has just officially opened for business. The building is packed with Soldiers. Some are playing video games, others cards. Some are chatting with friends and Family on the facility's computers. Some are focused on a game of pool. And still others are gathered around the counter of Warrior Zone's Java CafAfA.

  • Fort Huachuca Soldier wins big on TV game show

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. The combination of spinning a wheel, luck at guessing, good spelling skills and a sharp mind helped a Fort Huachuca Soldier land a cash windfall.

  • Christmas comes early for families of deployed Soldiers

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "What a great Christmas gift!" said Andrea Young, Family Readiness Support assistant for 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. "You don't a get an opportunity very often where an organization comes, finds you and says 'Can we give you a computer'' A lot of people can't afford $300 to $400 to spend on a computer. This is above and beyond generosity."

  • Disability doesn't stop Civilian accountant from excelling

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. - Despite being born with cerebral palsy, Brooke A. Larrabee, an Army Civilian employee with U.S. Army Forces Command, has received many awards during her 18 years of federal service. However, Larrabee said those awards pale in comparison with the 2009 Aca,!A"Army Outstanding Employee of the Year with a Disability AwardAca,!A? she received Dec. 8 at a presentation ceremony in Bethesda, Md.

  • McPherson Holiday Prayer Breakfast hosts chaplain chief

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON - With the secular decorations of the holidays filling stores, members of the Fort McPherson community were provided an opportunity Dec. 10 to experience a more spiritual side of the season at the U.S. Army Garrison Chaplains Office holiday prayer breakfast.

  • Faith Middle School students track Jupiter's temperatures

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Students in the Faith Middle School Science Club collected data about Jupiter that will aid NASA in its research of the planet.

  • Christmas reading program reinforces literacy

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the base only sentries were stirring - they guarded the place." Fort Benning children listened as Amy Kowatch, the team leader for Parent to Parent, read from The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas.

  • 2 World War II veterans receive VIP tour of Fort Rucker

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT RUCKER Ala. -- Arthur Chapman and Garland Middleton are part of what many call the "greatest generation" who fought for the nation in World War II. Both from Blakely, Ga., the two World War II veterans toured several Army Fleet Support worksites here this fall.

  • Fort Rucker children speak out--'All I want for Christmas'

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Children everywhere eagerly anticipate Christmas Day. Earlier this month, fifth graders from Teresa Vaughn's Fort Rucker Elementary School class shared what they hope Santa Claus will place under their trees this year. Rebecca Killian's Fort Rucker Primary School kindergarten students wrote letters to Santa Claus also expressing their wish lists.

  • Pet owner responsibility prevents wandering animals

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The number of stray animals found roaming the installation is rising, post officials report. With proper pet owner responsibility, however, fewer animals escape and more of those who do will find their ways back home.

  • Soldiers' Tree dedicated to those who gave all for freedom

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. - In the season of giving, members of the Fort McPherson community took time Dec. 11 to remember and honor Georgia servicemembers who gave all in support of freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. Respect was rendered via the dedication of a Soldiers' Tree ceremony. During the ceremony, the tree, located near the flag pole on Hedekin Field, was decorated with red ribbons for each servicemember who died in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  • Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility renovations continue on pace

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT RUCKER Ala. -- It's often loud at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility these days, but to some, the ear-shattering noises of jackhammers and wall demolition are sounds of progressing upgrades to provide better services. For more than a month, Whitesell-Green, Inc./Yates and Sons construction crews have ripped up flooring and removed walls in several PFF rooms as part of an 18-month renovation project. The project improves safety and the quality of services offered once finished, said Lori Ciranni, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's sports fitness and aquatic program manager.

  • Fort Rucker Soldiers, civilians react to mock attack

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Sirens blared, fake blood covered asphalt and Soldiers with simulated injuries sprawled in a parking lot off Third Avenue Dec. 10. This nightmarish scene imitated a real incident, providing training for emergency responders. Post emergency responders participated in a mock terrorist attack as part of a force protection exercise. Fort Rucker Antiterrorism Officer Michael Whittaker said the situation mimicked some intelligence the FBI provided installation staff.

  • Fort Rucker Soldiers remember Aviation hero

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- An Army Aviation hero, whose father's name adorns a main street on Fort Rucker, passed away Dec. 10 in Florida. Retired CW4 Michael J. Novosel Jr., a UH-1 Huey pilot and son of the late Medal of Honor recipient retired CW4 Michael J. Novosel Sr., succumbed to cancer less than a month after he was diagnosed with it. He was 60.

  • Fort Rucker gains new garrison command sergeant major

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- With the clink of a noncommissioned officer sword against its scabbard, Command Sgt. Maj. Dwaine E. Walters replaced Command Sgt. Major Robert E. Felder as the garrison's top senior enlisted Soldier Tuesday.

  • Fort Sill Garrison rallies to send Soldiers to Cowboys game

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT SILL, Okla.--"We're not relevant if we can't help the Soldiers and their families." That was the frame of mind Friday when several garrison organizations were given the opportunity to send hundreds of Soldiers to Arlington, Texas for the Dallas Cowboys football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

  • USAG Humphreys culminates Year of the NCO

    Dec 17, 2009

    HUMPHREYS GARRISON, South Korea - More than 200 Noncommissioned Officers from all units based at Humphreys Garrison gathered at the Super Gym on Dec. 11 for the post's first-ever NCO Ball. The event was a final celebration of the Army's Year of the NCO according to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Command Sgt. Maj. Jason K. Kim. The garrison and 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, co-sponsored the ball.

  • Army Chief of Staff visits USAG Humphreys

    Dec 17, 2009

    USAG HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey visited Humphreys Garrison and brought a message of praise, pride and support for the Soldiers, Families and Civilians who live and work in Korea.

  • Soldiers shine at U.S. Biathlon World Team Trials

    Dec 17, 2009

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program biathletes 1st Lt. Jennifer Wygant and Sgt. Jesse U. Downs had impressive performances at the U.S. Biathlon World Team Trials on Dec. 12-13 at Mount Itasca in Coleraine, Minn.

  • Santa visits Fort Bragg children

    Dec 17, 2009

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Santa and Mrs. Claus visited the Fort Bragg library to read stories to the children and find out what presents they would like to see underneath the tree this year.

  • Community Strong Day brings heroes to Fort Hood

    Dec 17, 2009

    What do you get when you have six NASA astronauts, five Medal of Honor recipients, four musical performers, a three-star general, two midways and a sock puppet at the same place'

  • Community Covenant ends silence at the Arsenal

    Dec 17, 2009

    WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. Aca,!" More than 300 Arsenal employees heard something this month in the postAca,!a,,cs historic Aca,!A"Big Gun ShopAca,!A? that they havenAca,!a,,ct heard very often in nearly 200 years Aca,!" a thank you from local and state leadership. The Albany County Executive, Michael Breslin; City of Watervliet Mayor, Michael Manning; and New YorkAca,!a,,cs Director of VeteransAca,!a,,c Affairs, retired Army Col. James McDonough; traveled to the Arsenal on Dec. 10 to reaffirm the Capital DistrictAca,!a,,cs and New York StateAca,!a,,cs commitment to Soldiers, their families, Department of the Army Civilians, and to Veterans.

  • Special Olympics Takes Over Marne Lanes

    Dec 17, 2009

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-At home, Fort Stewart hosts the Special Olympics twice every year: the spring games at Cottrell Field in March and the winter games at Marne Lanes in December. The games are for children from Liberty and Long counties. The 2009 winter games took place Dec. 11, as Marne Lanes hosted more than 110 athletes and 150 volunteers.

  • Vicenza MPs focus on emergency response training in light of Fort-Hood tragedy

    Dec 17, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy - Law enforcement personnel from Caserma Ederle and Campe Darby, Italy, participated in scenario-based firearms training designed to better prepare officials to react quickly and decisively in deadly situations, such as the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, At Caserma Ederle, Italy, Dec. 11.

  • Fort Stewart Holiday Hayride 'Cool' Fun

    Dec 17, 2009

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-Nearly 350 Family Members, mostly children, bundled up against the cold night air for this year's Holiday Hayride at Corkan Family Recreation Center, Dec. 11. Tractor-drawn wagons loaded with bales of hay carried wind-chilled passengers on a scenic tour of Christmas lights around Fort Stewart, but according to Corkan director Roni Stevens, all Corkan facilities were open with discount rates.

  • Stewart-Hunter Families Given Free Christmas Trees

    Dec 17, 2009

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-On one of the coldest days of the year thus far, more than 30 Soldiers were on standby just inside the gates at the auto crafts lot on Hunter Army Airfield, to aide awaiting Family Members pick and load one tree of their choice into their vehicle during the Trees for Troops giveaway, Dec. 11.

  • Russian delegation visits CAC, CGSC

    Dec 17, 2009

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - A delegation from the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is visiting the Combined Arms Center and the Command and General Staff College Dec. 13-18 to learn how CGSC educates its students and to explore opportunities for future cooperation between the two militaries and the two schools.

  • ISF, Spartan Soldiers Link For Soccer Ball Drop

    Dec 17, 2009

    A group of children huddle together, giving each other small pushes and shoves, as they try to get to the front of the crowd. Their hands stretch upward, their eyes are wide and glistening with excitement, and their smiles are covering their entire faces. One child catches a soccer ball as it is passed into the crowd.

  • Belvoir Elementary students help establish world record

    Dec 17, 2009

    December 17, 2009. It's official. Although they may not appear to be world record-holders, Fort Belvoir Elementary School students can lay claim to helping set another new participation record for a shared-reading experience by being part of the more than 2 million children around the world who simultaneously experienced the joy of reading with an adult in their life as part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record 2009 campaign.

  • Family gets in Christmas spirit, sends 1,550 'gift' bags to Iraq

    Dec 17, 2009

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - For many Americans, the Christmas season is all about giving. One Fort Belvoir family's love for their father and his Soldiers displays that sentiment.

  • Desert Rogues, Iraqi Army Uncover Large Weapons Cache

    Dec 17, 2009

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 64th Armor, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division and members from 2/52 Iraqi Army Brigade discovered a large weapons cache in Ninewa province, in northern Iraq, Dec. 6.

  • 1st HBCT, 3rd ID Remembers Fallen Soldiers

    Dec 17, 2009

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- Soldiers and sponsors of the Raider Brigade Fallen Soldiers Memorial gathered together at the new brigade headquarters to break ground on the memorial site, Dec. 9. The memorial, scheduled to be dedicated when the Raider Brigade returns to Iraq, will be located next to the new brigade headquarters.

  • U.S. military communities participate in Battle of the Bulge commemoration

    Dec 17, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium - History was made 65 years ago when the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division rolled into Bastogne, Belgium, and liberated the town during World War II. Bastogne was once again taken over by Americans, Dec. 12-13, as hundreds gathered for the commemoration of the famous Battle of the Bulge, one of the largest and bloodiest battles for the Americans throughout the war.

  • Raiders Case Colors, Ready for Mission

    Dec 17, 2009

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-First Heavy Brigade Combat Team held their Color casing ceremony at Marne Garden, Dec. 11. The ceremony marks the start of deployment for the brigade and the Colors won't be uncased until the brigade is in Iraq.

  • Fort Stewart Wreath-Laying Honors Fallen Soldiers

    Dec 17, 2009

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-Though the weather outside was frightful, the hearts of Soldiers, Family Members, Department of the Army Civilians, and local community members were warm as 3rd Infantry Division's fallen heroes at Warriors Walk were remembered once more before the holiday season.

  • EDGE! program expands youthful horizons

    Dec 17, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Just because theyAca,!a,,cre in Europe is no reason for Wiesbaden military youths to miss out on the wide range of opportunities available to their stateside peers.

  • Roman relics: New military housing site gives students firsthand history lesson

    Dec 17, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - As construction crews clear the way for new roads, utilities and housing outside Wiesbaden Army Airfield, a team of archaeologists from the University of Mainz continues to unearth clues as to those who called the area home in centuries past.

  • Year of the NCO in review

    Dec 17, 2009

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- For the past 12 months, Fort Jackson has joined the rest of the Army in celebrating the Noncommissioned Officer Corps during the Year of the NCO.

  • Fort Jackson hosts Wreaths Across America

    Dec 17, 2009

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Community members from throughout the Midlands participated in a Wreaths Across America event, Dec. 12, at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The group laid down wreaths at each of the cemetery's grave sites, which total more than 300.

  • Community involvement boosts security

    Dec 17, 2009

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The Fort Hood shooting that left 12 Soldiers and one DA civilian dead Nov. 5 sent shockwaves across U.S. military installations, leaving some people to wonder whether a similar incident could happen elsewhere

  • 171st hosts Battle of Bulge veterans

    Dec 17, 2009

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Nearly 70 years ago, more than 800,000 Soldiers fought in the Battle of the Bulge, one of World War II's largest and bloodiest battles for American forces. Last week, 16 of those Soldiers were honored for their part in the battle in a day-long event sponsored by Fort Jackson's 171st Infantry Brigade.

  • Santa Express pays visit to Fort Riley Wounded Warriors and their Families

    Dec 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Santa Claus and members of the Noble Cause U.S.A. Foundation visited the Fort Riley Soldier Family Assistance Center to help Wounded Warriors and Families celebrate the holidays on Dec. 11.

  • Fort Riley branch of 'Wreaths Across America' grows to new height

    Dec 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - More than 1,400 wreaths were laid during the annual Wreaths Across America campaign Dec. 12 at Fort Riley Cemetery. Since volunteers started participating in the national campaign in 2007, they have had significant success increasing the number of wreaths sponsored.

  • Laptop containing personal information about MWR customers stolen

    Dec 16, 2009

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A laptop computer containing names and personally identifiable information for slightly more than 42,000 Fort Belvoir Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons was stolen from an FMWRC employee Nov. 28.

  • Holiday conference celebrates Families at Fort Riley

    Dec 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - A young girl with little black pigtails and a red and white outfit danced to the Christmas music, swinging her arms back and forth to the beat. With rosy red cheeks and a smile spread across her face she definitely had the holiday spirit.

  • NTC Commanding General shares air time with fifth-graders

    Dec 16, 2009

    FORT IRWIN, Calif. - When Fort Irwin/National Training Center Commanding General Brig. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams took to the airwaves of 88.3 FM KNTC, Fort Irwin's post radio station, on Wednesday morning he wasn't alone.

  • Defender Six: Remember those separated from Family during the holidays

    Dec 16, 2009

    PENTAGON - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! Sarah and I extend our warmest greetings to each one of you and your families.

  • A Wish For Joy Throughout Year

    Dec 16, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Focusing on others throughout the year - that was the wish Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell expressed during his comments at the second annual Garrison Holiday Ball Dec. 4 at the Officers and Civilians Club. Speaking to a gathering of more than 300 merrymakers, Campbell told his audience that selfless service, a joyful spirit and the goodness that is exhibited this time of year should be a way of life. "I always wish we could sprinkle that throughout the entire year," he said. "My wish is that we could sprinkle this wonderful joy throughout the year." Campbell, commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, was the guest speaker at an event that has quickly become one of the highlights of the holiday season on Redstone Arsenal. The Garrison Holiday Ball is hosted by Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli and his wife, Anna, and is coordinated by FMWR. The evening included a receiving line, a welcome from Pastorelli, entertainment by the Columbia High choir, a Garrison video and dancing.

  • Year of the NCO: Soldiers share personal history

    Dec 16, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Army officials designated 2009 as the Year of the NCO to recognize these professionals and leaders of Soldiers serving throughout the U.S. Army and their 200 plus years of service to the nation. An NCO and one Soldier becoming an NCO relfect on their time in the military and the lessons they have learned.

  • Boy Scouts receive Peace Light from Bethlehem

    Dec 16, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany - Boy Scouts from the Heidelberg, Mannheim and Kaiserslautern U.S. military communities gathered at Mannheim's main train station Dec. 13 to receive the Peace Light from Bethlehem, which was picked-up in Vienna, Austria, by representatives of Heidelberg's Scout Troop 1. "The Peace Light originates in the church of Bethlehem," said Andrew Johnson, den leader of the Webelos II Pack 284. "The goal is to spread the light during the holiday season - a spirit of world peace and unity around the world."

  • Belgian pays the ultimate price for freedom

    Dec 16, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium-Henri Mignon was only nine during WWII. A young boy, used to going to school and playing with his friends, remembers the day that changed his life almost 65 years ago.

  • Boy Scouts use historic walk to earn patch

    Dec 16, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium-The Boy Scouts of America used the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge as a teaching moment for military boys living near the tri-border region of U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen, The Netherlands.

  • Army Chief of Staff visits Fort Richardson

    Dec 16, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. paid a visit to Soldiers and family members at Fort Richardson Monday, to thank them for their service, wish them happy holidays and hear their concerns.

  • Commentary: A lifetime of lessons

    Dec 16, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- It's interesting how "where you are in your life" plays such a big role in handling the stresses of a military lifestyle.

  • Memories from World War II

    Dec 16, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium--Carmen Gisi was on the front lines of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Read a summary - in his own words - of his combat tour in Europe.

  • Teaming up for a military Christmas

    Dec 15, 2009

    HIALEAH, Fla. - Five military families are enjoying a better holiday season this year thanks to Walmart and Operation Homefront.

  • Soldiers on track to make U.S. Olympic bobsled team

    Dec 15, 2009

    Sgt. John Napier and 2nd Lt. Chris Fogt are on track to make Team USA for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

  • Fort Gillem community lights tree

    Dec 15, 2009

    FORT GILLEM, Ga. - Santa got a beacon on where to park his sleigh Christmas Day when he visits Fort Gillem, thanks to the shining light of the post's Christmas tree.

  • Fire safety, prevention heats up on post

    Dec 15, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. - To adults, firemen are heroes who help protect the community from the danger of fire. But for young children, the sight of a person in a large overcoat and a big tank on his back can conjure up images of a monster. To help children learn what adults already know, kids from the Fort McPherson play group took a trip to the Fort McPherson Fire Station to learn about firemen and fire safety.

  • WWII prisoner of war returns to site of capture

    Dec 15, 2009

    The memories of Bastogne have haunted Henry "Hank" Skowronski for years, but in December 2009, the World War II prisoner of war finally returned to where he was captured 65 years earlier.

  • SMA awards NCOs, Soldiers for Best Warrior support

    Dec 15, 2009

    During the 2009 Best Warrior Competition, the spotlight focused on the 24 noncommissioned officers and Soldiers vying for the prestigious Department of the Army title of NCO and Soldier of the Year. But on Dec. 11, nearly 100 Fort Lee NCOs and Soldiers, and a dozen Department of the Army Civilians, were awarded for their behind-the-scenes efforts during the annual competition.

  • Community gathers to open season, wish 1st AD well on its way to Iraq

    Dec 15, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "Is that the real Santa, Daddy'" A,A That was one among many excited exclamations as a big, red fire truck pulled up at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Community Soldier Farewell and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wiesbaden Army Airfield Dec. 11.

  • BOSS boss has big plans for program

    Dec 15, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. - Although slimming down is a popular option for New Year resolutions, Pfc. Nicole Pena, a U.S. Army Garrison chaplain assistant and chapel funds clerk is already working on her resolution to grow the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program on Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem. Pena, who became BOSS president in May, said it is important to begin organizing the program to better serve single Soldiers on both installations.

  • Cirque Holidaze entertains Warriors on Casey

    Dec 15, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Acrobats, aerialists, singers, dancers and musicians came to assist USAG-Casey as it continued to spread the Christmas cheer and spirit to the Warrior Country Soldiers and community members during the Cirque Holidaze show Dec. 10, in Carey Fitness Center on Casey.

  • School children attend weekly story hour event in Casey's Gateway Club

    Dec 15, 2009

    Steve Toepper reads a Christmas story to local school children from Dongducheon American Community School during the library's weekly story hour event. Story time took place in Casey's Gateway Club Dec. 10. Santa Claus also visited with the children.

  • Women's symposium held in Casey CAC

    Dec 15, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON, South Korea- Warrior Country Soldiers and civilians gathered to hear what guest speakers and their peers had to say during the second annual Equal Employment Office Federal Employed Women's symposium Dec. 8 in the USAG-Casey Community Activities Center.

  • DFMWR undeterred by cold weather, hosts quadrathlon

    Dec 14, 2009

    FORT POLK, La. - On the one of the coldest days of this year, Fort Polk's most competitive Soldiers rose early and braved the inclement weather to compete in a quadrathlon, a multi-event race.

  • Polk's Christian youth get formal with each other

    Dec 14, 2009

    FORT POLK, La. - Christian youth groups of Fort Polk met at Glory Chapel Dec. 6 for a course in etiquette. In one moment, the kids practiced the most staid, virtuous behaviors as Chereese Mattox, adult liaison of Glory Chapel Youth Ministry, outlined the do's and don't's of formal table manners. The next moment, given permission and crayons, the kids began scribbling two-dimensional steak entrees and waxen vegetable sides onto their paper plates. The concern with etiquette - and, with Sunday's youth meeting, waltzing - stems from the upcoming Christmas Ball at Siegfried Youth Center Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The ball will be the first time that all the youth groups on Fort Polk get together for a large event.

  • Beware of check and credit card fraud

    Dec 14, 2009

    FORT SILL, Okla.--This is the time of year when the credit cards are flying fast and furious and the personal checks are getting more signatures than the Declaration of Independence. But, there are some things you can do to keep yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft.

  • New Wiesbaden housing: German-American leaders break ground on $133 million project

    Dec 14, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Quality-of-life enhancement efforts took another step forward in U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Dec. 1 as German and American leaders broke ground for the new Wiesbaden Army Airfield South Housing Area.

  • Battle of the Bulge 65th anniversary commemoration

    Dec 14, 2009

    Sixty-five years after World War II's landmark Battle of the Bulge, U.S. and Belgian troops again marched side by side in Bastogne Dec. 12. Veterans and servicemembers from both nations joined thousands of well-wishers, including town officials, dignitaries and local residents, in commemorating the Allied forces' victory in the famous World War II battle.

  • 65th Anniversary Battle of the Bulge Ceremonies

    Dec 14, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium-Numerous ceremonies were held in and around Bastogne Dec. 12-13, 2009, to pay tribute to the 600,000 American Soldiers who deployed to the frontlines in the Ardennes to fight off a fierce Nazi offensive that surpassed 500,000 troops. At the end of the battle, which lasted from Dec. 16 to Jan. 25, 1944, and spread over 85 miles, more than 19,000 American Soldiers and 3,000 Belgian civilians lost their lives.

  • Fort Bragg military children help pick out gifts for others through Toys for Tots program

    Dec 14, 2009

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - More than 200 military children joined Families United for Our Troops and Toys for Tots in Fayetteville, N.C. Sunday, to pick out gifts for the children of deployed Soldiers.

  • Jump for toys - Fort Bragg paratroopers earn wings, help community during Operation Toy Drop

    Dec 14, 2009

    It is an emotional time of year for many of the people who worked with and remember Sgt. 1st Class Randy Oler. Hundreds of paratroopers gathered at Pope Air Force Base's Green Ramp Friday with the toys they were donating as part of the 12th Annual Operation Toy Drop.

  • Battle of the Bulge Re-enactors

    Dec 14, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium - Re-enactors from Belgium and the Netherlands drove fully restored American World War II vehicles into the city of Bastogne, Belgium, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge Dec. 12-13, 2009. Participants also donned official vintage uniforms and played a role in many of the ceremonies across town.

  • Fort Bragg Family of the Year announced for 2009

    Dec 14, 2009

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - On Dec. 3, Sgt. 1st Class Jeffery Loehr, a platoon sergeant with 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, his wife Nicole and six boys Jeremy, Jonathan, Joshua, Jeffery, Nicholas and James were selected as 2009 Fort Bragg Family of the Year at the Main Post Chapel.

  • Benelux garrison signs Army community covenant

    Dec 14, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium - Three signatures formalized decades of friendship between the U.S. military, local residents and a Belgian army unit Dec. 12, a unique twist to traditional stateside U.S. Army Community Covenants.

  • Battle of the Bulge remembered 65 years later

    Dec 14, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium - World War II veterans were surrounded by servicemembers, political leaders and appreciative citizens when the city of Bastogne commemorated the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, which began Dec. 16, 1944.

  • 2009 Battle of the Bulge Historical March

    Dec 12, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium - Sixty-five years after World War II's landmark Battle of the Bulge, U.S. and Belgian troops again marched side by side in Bastogne Dec. 12. Veterans and servicemembers from both nations joined thousands of well-wishers, including town officials, dignitaries and local residents, in commemorating the Allied forces' victory by retracing the World War II Soldiers steps through the Bastogne countryside. Events commemorating the famous battle throughout the weekend included a parade, wreath-laying ceremonies, re-enactments of the battle and the traditional "Walnut Toss" from the balcony of city hall.

  • Battle of the Bulge veteran recalls contrast of warmth amid harsh realities of war

    Dec 12, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium - As Allied countries commemorate the Battle of the Bulge Dec. 12-13 in Bastogne, Belgium, one U.S. World War II veteran recalls the harsh conditions of World War II and forging a deep bond with a Belgian family.

  • Team effort saves the life of Knox Soldier

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT KNOX, Ky. - People taking the time to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation, no matter how long ago, is the reason a Soldier here is alive and well.

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