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  • 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.

  • Army bids farewell to general after 36 years

    Dec 11, 2009

    The Army bid an official farewell to Maj. Gen. Jerome Johnson, deputy chief of staff for U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) G-4, in recognition of his 36 years of dedicated service during his retirement ceremony held Nov. 24 at FORSCOM headquarters.

  • December is National Drunk, Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. - The holiday season is in full force, with holiday parties scheduled and Christmas day and New Year's Eve parties looming. While I encourage you to enjoy the season and its opportunities to rejoice with Family and friends, I urge you to do so responsibly.

  • Monterey Area Veterans Transition Center offers assistance to all local vets

    Dec 11, 2009

    Local veterans who need assistance, perhaps because of the downturn in the economy or one of many other reasons, one additional organization to turn to for a helping hand that goes beyond the holiday season is the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey Country.

  • Fort Lewis frog recovery effort keeps biologists hopping

    Dec 11, 2009

    Biologists at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Northwest Zoo Alliance, The Evergreen State College, Cedar Creek Correctional Center and Fort Lewis Fish and Wildlife are involved in a five-year-long Oregon spotted frog species reintroduction pilot project at the post's remote 40-acre Dailman Lake. The frog, native to the Puget Lowlands, has become a state endangered species due to loss of habitat, predation by non-native species, and disease.

  • Redstone Community Sends 150 Care Packages

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- This holiday season a single Christmas tree will light the Afghanistan darkness - and the hearts of the Soldiers of ISAF Joint Command. "The lighting of a tree has always reminded us that there is still hope, there is still light in the midst of darkness," said Lt. Col. Mickey Jett, chaplain for the command in Kabul, Afghanistan. "We will light the tree right before dusk and remember God's blessings upon our nation, remember what we are fighting for, the right to worship God according to the dictates of our heart, the right to sing and know we are blest." The tree lighting won't just bring some Christmas spirit to the Soldiers, but also a special present from Redstone Arsenal and the Huntsville community. It was less than two weeks ago that Laura Ayers, headquarters AMC program lead for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages and the Government Industry Data Exchange Program, received an e-mail from Jett, who she had worked with at HQ AMC-forward, letting her know that they were hoping to have a special tree lighting ceremony and wanted to distribute care packages filled with basic necessities to their Soldiers. Ayers responded immediately that 150 special surprises, as well as a Christmas tree would be delivered in time for Christmas.

  • A special celebration: U.S., Canadian special forces commemorate combined efforts during WWII

    Dec 11, 2009

    As a CH-47 Chinook passed over a prairie training area on Fort Lewis, Wash., 14 U.S. and Canadian Special Forces members jumped out on cue during an annual event that celebrates "Menton Week."

  • Deploying With the Heart Of A Community

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Leah Shallbetter is bracing herself for another year of separation from her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Rob Shallbetter of the Alabama National Guard's 441st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion. The Toney resident can tell the story of her husband's three deployments based on the ages of the couple's children - 7-year-old Bette was three weeks old when her father deployed to Afghanistan, 5-year-old Josie was three months old when her father deployed to Iraq and, for his upcoming deployment, the family's youngest member, John Robert, is 2 1/2 years old. "I'm nervous about this deployment being a year," Shallbetter said. "But I have a strong faith in the Lord and that keeps me at peace. It's really harder for him because he will be away from the kids for so long." The Shallbetters were among several families and a crowd of 500 who attended the deployment ceremony for the 45 Soldiers of the 441st on Dec. 2 at the Jaycees Building in John Hunt Park. The Soldiers left Dec. 3 for additional training and preparation at Camp Shelby, Miss., before deploying to Baghdad, where they will use their training and "the best equipment money can buy" to protect and defend U.S. troops against explosive ordnance and other enemy attacks, said their commander, Lt. Col. Roger Yearwood.

  • USAG NCOs tour post

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- U.S. Army Garrison noncommissioned officers take time off from busy schedules to tour historical areas on Fort Sam Houston.

  • Vehicle Rodeo rounds up fun for Soldiers, Families

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The 591st Medical Logistics Company hosted its first annual Vehicle Rodeo at Enforcer Field Nov. 12.

  • Fort Huachuca Community Spouse's Club historic homes tour attracts hundreds

    Dec 11, 2009

    Fort Huacuca's Community Spouse's Club historic homes tour attracts hundreds.

  • Ministry helps Soldiers navigate life

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - When CPT Charles Parsons graduated from Airborne School in 2005, he had been at Fort Benning only three weeks. With his family out of state, he wasn't expecting anyone at the graduation. So, when some Soldiers he met a few days earlier through the Navigators ministry showed up with their support and congratulations, Parsons was surprised, he said.

  • Kelley Hill Soldier pays homage to victims of Hood shooting

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, in early November made a lasting impression on PFC Elena Fedorova.

  • Post kicks off holiday season

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning families escaped the rain Tuesday, gathering inside The Infantry Center Chapel Tuesday for the annual lighting of the Menorah and Christmas tree. Before the ceremonial lighting, the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band and chorale groups from Faith Middle School, Wilson, Stowers and Loyd elementary schools provided Chanukah and yuletide music. Afterward, all were invited for holiday refreshments.

  • MACH updates H1N1, seasonal flu information

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The H1N1 vaccination is mandatory for all active-duty personnel and will be administered en masse. The vaccinations will take place at sites on Sand Hill and Main Post and should be completed by Friday, Fort Benning officials said.

  • 'New' van helps MSD Honor Guard honor veterans

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Tom Earnest gladly accepted keys to a shiny white van from John Nau during a Dec. 7 ceremony at the Memorial Plaza in San Antonio.

  • Rangers edge Road Dawgs 43-40

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - With less than a minute remaining in the game, the Road Dawgs pulled to within one point of the Rangers, but last-second free throws saved the Rangers' 43-40 win Tuesday in the winners bracket quarterfinals of the Commander's Cup preseason basketball tournament at Smith Fitness Center.

  • AMEDDC&S announces Instructor of the Year

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The Army Medical Department Center & School announced the winner of the Instructor of the Year competition Dec. 4 during a ceremony at the AMEDD Museum.

  • Warrior and Family Support Center anniversary marks milestone in meeting Soldiers' needs

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- One year and more than 81,000 visitors later, the "right thing to do" has meant the world to wounded warriors and their Families who frequent the Warrior and Family Support Center on Fort Sam Houston.

  • Remembering the Battle of the Bulge

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - It was the greatest battle in American history. More than 800,000 Americans fought, and 83,000 became casualties. It wasn't Gettysburg - it was the Battle of the Bulge. What began as a massive and wildly successful surprise attack by German forces on Dec. 16, 1944, ended six weeks later when the Allies restored the original battle lines after causing more than 100,000 casualties in the dwindling German army.

  • Partnership helps injured Soldiers continue training

    Dec 11, 2009

    Athletic Training graduate students from the Department of Kinesiology at Auburn University are diagnosing, treating and preventing injuries in Soldiers as part of the Warrior Athletic Trainer Program, a pilot partnership program, with the 192nd Infantry Brigade on Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Farrier visits Fort Benning

    Dec 11, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Dave Wiggin Jr., a horseshoeing professional with more than 25 years of experience, shared some of his knowledge with Fort Benning Soldiers and families Saturday at the Hunt Club on Marne Road.

  • Holiday Tree Lighting

    Dec 11, 2009

    December 11, 2009. Fort Belvoir's Holiday Tree lighting drew more than 100 children and their parents to the Belvoir Chapel Friday. A children's choir, cookies from a local bakery, hot chocolate, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus with candy canes, added to the festivities as the lights were turned on by children of deployed Soldiers. After the outdoor festivities, the U.S. Navy Country Current ensemble and Sea Chanters performed a number of musical numbers - some traditional and some with unique arrangements - at Wallace Theater.

  • Soldiers pull duty on Falcons Fitness Flag Crew

    Dec 11, 2009

    ATLANTA - About 60 Fort Benning Soldiers were guests at the Georgia Dome for Sunday's game between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

  • Dietz assumes command of HHC-SA

    Dec 11, 2009

    December 11, 2009 -- Fort Belvoir bid farewell to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company - Special Activities commander, Capt. Andrea So, Monday, in a change-of-command ceremony at Wood Theater. Capt. David Dietz, formerly the company commander of the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company, assumed command of HHC-SA.

  • Fort Belvoir Elementary School psychologist wins Fairfax County award

    Dec 11, 2009

    December 11, 2009 -- A member of the Fort Belvoir Elementary School staff was recently recognized by Fairfax County Public Schools as tops in her field in the school system.

  • Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport upgrades improve safety, security

    Dec 11, 2009

    Improved runway lighting and signage will make it easier and safer for aircraft taking off and landing at the joint-use Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport. A new fence project also improves perimeter security and provides protection against wildlife encounters with the aircraft.

  • Spiritual resiliency helps Soldiers weather life's traumas

    Dec 11, 2009

    People who have spiritual resiliency have a greater chance to weather life's traumas and even use them as events to improve their lives than people who don't have great spiritual resiliency, said Chap. (Brig. Gen.) Ray Woolridge.

  • 181st Infantry Brigade trains Soldiers at Fort McCoy for deployment

    Dec 11, 2009

    Col. Michael Todd, commander of the 181st Infantry Brigade at Fort McCoy, said his brigade is focused on training Soldiers for deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as the winter season approaches.

  • Fort Huachuca is home to last MARS station

    Dec 10, 2009

    Fort Huachuca is home to the only U.S. Army Military Affiliate Radio System in the world. Army MARS, a Department of Defense program, provides emergency communications for the military. It is designed to support national and state emergency communications, provide health and welfare, and promote the art and science of radio.

  • 699th Maintenance Company returns home for Christmas

    Dec 10, 2009

  • Fort Monmouth's role in early television revealed

    Dec 10, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. - A group of Hollywood and Broadway draftees assigned to Fort Monmouth, N.J., were such talented performers that they appeared on the first day of commercial television in the United States on July 1, 1941.

  • Royals sign autographs, present $25K for families

    Dec 10, 2009

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Army Community Service is providing $50 gift cards to more than 400 families of deployed Soldiers on Fort Leavenworth, thanks to a donation from Royals Charities. Kansas City Royals outfielder David DeJesus, and team Hall of Famers second baseman Frank White and pitcher Dennis Leonard visited post to sign autographs, meet with Army families and present a $25,000 check to support waiting families Dec. 2 at the Frontier Conference Center.

  • NCOAca,!E+continues family tradition of service

    Dec 10, 2009

    For recently promoted Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Johnson, serving in the military - specifically as a noncommissioned officer - is a family tradition. Johnson, his father and brothers have a combined 140 years with the military, more than 100 of those years as noncommissioned officers.

  • Spartans Take Over Ninewa Province

    Dec 10, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq - Over the past week, each battalion from 2nd "Spartan" Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, located in the Ninewa Province, Iraq, unveiled their battle Colors during individual ceremonies.

  • Operation Homefront assists Soldiers, families

    Dec 10, 2009

    The economic woes being felt by people from all walks of life, certainly include members of the military. This is where Operation Homefront can step in to help.

  • SAMS continues to shape critical, creative thinkers

    Dec 10, 2009

    Students, faculty, family and friends gathered for the School of Advanced Military Studies class 2009-02 graduation Dec. 3 in the Lewis and Clark Center's Eisenhower Auditorium. The 29 SAMS graduates included officers from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, Germany and the United Kingdom, and one Department of Defense civilian. Each of the graduates received a master of military arts and science degree, and most will be assigned as division or corps-level staff officers.

  • Spartans Earn Marne Combat Patch

    Dec 10, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq - First-time deployed Soldiers from 2nd "Spartan" Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division joined the ranks of their fellow combat-deployed Spartan brothers and sisters as they donned the Marne patch during a Combat Patch Ceremony held at Forward Operating Base Marez, in northern Iraq, Dec. 2.

  • McKinley discusses evolving role of National Guard

    Dec 10, 2009

    Gen. Craig McKinley says that military officers should never underestimate the value of planning and working together as a team.

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