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  • Fort McPherson JAG wins excellence award...again

    Sep 24, 2009

    With countless books filling the bookshelves on the walls of the U.S. Army Garrison Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, wall space is at a premium. Still, the office staff will have to make some room with the arrival of another reward documenting its excellence. Once again, the OSJA staff has been awarded the Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance for the year of 2008 in the medium-office-size category.

  • 4th IBCT Sergeant Receives Soldier's Medal

    Sep 24, 2009

    In front of an audience of 2,700 Vanguard Brigade Soldiers, one noncommissioned officer here received the highest peacetime award for valor, Sept. 15. Sergeant John Anthony Huggins Jr., Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, earned the Soldier's Medal after risking his life to save a fellow Soldier.

  • CFC - Give Today and Change Tomorrow

    Sep 24, 2009

    With this week's flooding in Atlanta, we are reminded more than ever as to how important aid is to those in need. Local and national organizations help provide funding and assistance in times of natural disaster, provide counseling services to victims of domestic abuse, provide shelter for individuals and animals and support a variety of interests. To be able to sustain these services, organizations need your help.

  • 'Vanguard Swarm' Highlights Multiple Milestones: New Light Infantry Brigade Ready For Any

    Sep 24, 2009

    September 15 marked a historic day for the 3rd Infantry Division's Vanguard Brigade. The once heavy brigade combat team stood together as a new light-infantry unit in a ceremony dubbed Vanguard Swarm. The 'Swarm' showcased more than 2,700 light-fighters as they'd now arrive onto the battlefield - weapons in hand, ruck sacks on their backs and patrolling on foot. The former heavy, up-armored team stood tall as the brigade commander announced the end to their Infantry Brigade Combat Team conversion and the beginning of preparation for the next deployment.

  • 3rd ID Celebrates Military Tradition With Twilight Tattoo

    Sep 24, 2009

    The 3rd Infantry Division Band played to the cheers of nearly 300 Soldiers, Family and friends during the Marne Division's Twilight Tattoo ceremony, a musical extravaganza celebrating the Army and the division's proud heritage was held at Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field, Sept. 17.

  • Dog Face Soldiers Past, Present Unite

    Sep 24, 2009

    The 3rd Infantry Division is a unit with a long history of defending America, not only during war but also during peacetime. The division has been on the frontlines against freedom's enemies for nearly 100 years. The 3rd ID Historical Society held its 90th Annual Reunion in Springfield, Mo., Sept. 15-20. The organization is the oldest historical society in the Army.

  • ARFORGEN, Reserves getting the job done, says FORSCOM CG

    Sep 24, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Gen. Charles Campbell, Army Forces Commanding General, discussed the two "great epiphanies" of the Army after the Iraq War during day two of the Infantry Warfighting Conference.

  • Force out of balance, Preston says

    Sep 24, 2009

    We live in an era of persistent conflict, and that's not likely to change any time soon, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston said Wednesday on the final day of the annual Infantry Warfighting Conference in Columbus, Ga.

  • Wiesbaden Operation Rising Star winner sings the blues

    Sep 24, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It's all about the blues for Wiesbaden's Operation Rising Star winner. A,A Everytime Erin Sataloff took the stage, the judges were blown away by her controlled tempo and throw-back to a jazzy-era of music.

  • Army Engineering & Support Center upgrades security at Fort Carson gates

    Sep 24, 2009

    The gates of Fort Carson, Colo., are among the first at Army installations to be upgraded to accommodate future security components.

  • Commentary: It's seasonal flu to you, too

    Sep 24, 2009

    Short commentary about H1N1 preventive measures.

  • NCO conveys pride in his Hispanic heritage

    Sep 24, 2009

    Sept. 15 marked the beginning of Hispanic American Heritage Month. They have served in every conflict from the American Revolution to today's ongoing military operations. With more than 40 Medals of Honor awarded to Hispanic Americans dating back to the Civil War, it is important to recognize their significant contributions. Today, Hispanic Americans serve proudly in all branches of the military, at home and abroad. One of them is Master Sgt. Jesse Camarillo.

  • Belvoir librarian trains colleagues in native Korea

    Sep 24, 2009

    For Van Noy Library cataloguer and librarian, and mother of two, Hyesoon Kim, the last half August wasn't full of school-supply lists, buying school clothes and a final end-of-summer road trip. Instead, Kim got her passport in order and suitcases packed for her and her daughters and took a temporary assignment from Fort Belvoir to go and train her Korean counterparts who work for FMWR libraries throughout Korea.

  • Board of Advisors meets for BRAC update

    Sep 24, 2009

    Fort Belvoir officials hosted area politicians and political appointees for the 10th Board of Advisors meeting Sept.16 at the Officer's Club.

  • Appreciation Day provides information to those who served, widows and widowers

    Sep 24, 2009

    Retirees, widows and widowers gathered at Barden Education Center Saturday morning as Belvoir recognized their service and sacrifice by with its annual Retiree Appreciation and Widow/Widower Day. The day offered those gathered a chance to learn about current information on topics such as construction, wills, health care, benefits and legislation.

  • Eslinger, West Point Class of 2007, receives 2009 Nininger Award

    Sep 24, 2009

    From the day recruits enter the Army, the training they receive can save their lives and the lives of others. The lessons that Soldiers are taught become second nature, without thinking about what the situation is, and the Soldiers react to overcome any adversity that is presented to them. Four years ago, the Association of Graduates created the Alexander Nininger Award, which is presented to a company grade officer who displayed a selfless act of heroism in combat, much like the actions the award's namesake performed to receive the Medal of HonorA,A posthumously for his actions in the Philippine Islands Jan. 12, 1942.A,A

  • SRT: cream of the cops

    Sep 24, 2009

    The day started with a physical fitness test at the break of dawn, which was followed up with a grueling run made no easier by all the equipment that needed to be carried.

  • Soldiers celebrate end of Ramadan

    Sep 24, 2009

    About 100 Muslim Soldiers gathered at the Joe E. Mann Center Sunday to celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

  • Crystal Clear: Out of sight, out of mind' Not for mom

    Sep 24, 2009

    Earlier this month, my husband and I went on a cruise. It was four days of baby-free fun and sun, with a little stop in Mexico. We had nothing to do but eat, sleep and be responsibility free for four whole days.

  • Mom, son complete BCT family tree

    Sep 24, 2009

    Two Soldiers from Florida have made Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson a family affair.

  • Hernandez: 'Take initiative'

    Sep 24, 2009

    Sgt. Basilio Hernandez said his most memorable Army experience was when he came back from his first Iraq deployment.

  • Fort Jackson launches season of giving

    Sep 24, 2009

    Many members of the Fort Jackson military and civilian workforce have stepped forward to support the post's Combined Federal Campaign, which officially got under way Sept. 16.

  • Down and dirty: Thousands participate in mud run

    Sep 24, 2009

    On Saturday, people from all over the state and beyond spent the better part of the day jumping through mud puddles, sliding down muddy hills and throwing mud pies.

  • Congregation moves to 'next' home

    Sep 24, 2009

    After three years of worshipping at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, Chapel Next has found a new home at Bayonet Chapel. The contemporary Christian congregation celebrated its first service there Sunday in front of a packed house.

  • Heidelberg leading the way in economical LED lighting

    Sep 24, 2009

    Heidelberg garrison is replacing fluorescent lights in Army Family Housing with economical LED light fixtures.

  • Installation Operation Center employees offer assistance, compassion during times of crisis

    Sep 24, 2009

    If you were to walk into Bldg. 309, headquarters of U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels, on any given day and take a look at the person sitting behind the Installation Operations Center desk, theirs might seem like any other job. They might be on the phone or working on the computer, but the five men who work the IOC desk are not your typical office drones. Actually, they are probably best described as superheroes in disguise. "We do the things people don't see, the things behind the scenes," said Chris Koivisto, supervisory operations specialist.

  • Changes delivering Family Readiness improvements in Europe

    Sep 24, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Sep 24, 2009) - Following fresh on the heels of IMCOM-Europe Army Community Service's inaugural training conference, which gathered Family Readiness Support Assistants in Mannheim Sept 21-23, unit commanders and families of deploying Soldiers now can look forward to better integrated Family Readiness Team support as important changes become effective Oct. 1.

  • U.S. Army Europe inducts 5 Soldiers into prestigious NCO club

    Sep 24, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, in August, proudly sponsored the New Bavarian Chapter of the distinguished Sergeant Morales Club and announced its newest Inductees.

  • Fort Riley, Fort Leonard Wood Soldiers work together on trench project

    Sep 23, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Soldiers from Fort Riley and Fort Leonardwood, Mo., are working together for the benefit of both installations. The 94th Engineer Battalion is a construction effects battalion from Fort Leonardwood. It includes two horizontal companies, one vertical company, and a survey and design section.

  • Re-organization of Warrior Transition Battalion gradual transition

    Sep 23, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - The Warrior Transition Battalion is made up of Soldiers who require complex medical care. These individuals require care because they were either wounded in combat or became ill or injured in a non-combat situation.

  • K-State Women's Basketball Team visits Durable's domain

    Sep 23, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - As coaches and players from the Kansas State University women's basketball team stepped into the 1st Sustainment Brigade headquarters Sept. 16, an air of excitement followed them through the door.

  • Fort Riley hosts Air Assault training

    Sep 23, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - After a two-mile run, a six-mile road march, an obstacle course, hundreds of push-ups, orientation flights and classroom work, it's safe to say Soldiers taking the Air Assault Course are tired. But the fun isn't dying out anytime soon, and neither is their enthusiasm.

  • Cone takes command of III Corps, Fort Hood

    Sep 23, 2009

  • National Preparedness Month draws to an end

    Sep 23, 2009

    National Preparedness Month draws to an end

  • Soldiers get in shape with CG's Spiritual Fitness Concert Series

    Sep 23, 2009

    Soldiers get in shape with CG's Spiritual Fitness Concert Series

  • Vets, Soldiers come together to refurbish Army's Skycrane

    Sep 23, 2009

    Vets, Soldiers come together to refurbish Army's Skycrane

  • Initial Military Training deputy commander visits Fort Eustis

    Sep 23, 2009

    Initial Military Training deputy commander visits Fort Eustis

  • 6th Trans. Bn. gets new command sergeant major

    Sep 23, 2009

    6th Trans. Bn. gets new command sergeant major

  • Soldier honored for bravery and sacrifice

    Sep 23, 2009

    Soldier honored for bravery and sacrifice

  • Army's top NCO visits Fort Jackson, talks about leadership, transformation

    Sep 23, 2009

    The Army's top noncommissioned officer said Soldiers' "dwell time" between combat deployments is increasing as the Army begins its most in-depth transformation since World War II.

  • Army's electronic warfare needs receive heightened emphasis

    Sep 23, 2009

    Protecting Soldiers from improvised explosive devices and providing them with an accurate and complete understating of their environment across the spectrum has brought about significant change in focus for the Army in the area of Electronic Warfare.

  • Former ambassador discusses State Department's counterterrorism efforts

    Sep 23, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The former State Department coordinator for counterterrorism discussed lingering challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan Wednesday, saying it's important not to abandon political and security objectives in order to avoid a similar fate that occurred in post-Vietnam.

  • Interactive Training for Property Accountability

    Sep 23, 2009

    Discover information on distance learning (DL) courses and links to websites where Soldiers can take or order property accountability courses online.

  • Corps of Engineers recognizes safety milestone at major BRAC project

    Sep 23, 2009

    Workers at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers military construction project recognized for nearly 500,000 consecutive hours without a single lost-time accident.

  • Petraeus draws 'big picture' for Soldiers at Infantry conference

    Sep 23, 2009

    At the Infantry Warfighting Conference Tuesday, Gen. David Petraeus walked nearly 2,000 Soldiers through "the big picture," in respect to counterinsurgency operations in the region that constitutes the United States Central Command, the smallest but most volatile of the six U.S. geographic combatant commands.

  • First female commandant takes reins at Drill Sergeant School

    Sep 23, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King made it clear that even though she just made history Tuesday, she was more concerned with the immediate future.

  • Today Belongs to History

    Sep 23, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" Little else but homes with cropped roofs just outside of ChiAfA..vres Air Base betray the peaceful farming community that this Belgian area has become through the years.

  • 'Monumental' contributions liberated Belgium during World War II

    Sep 23, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" Inside a cramped brick farming shed in southern Belgium, 2nd Lt. Claude B. Cook had just fashioned an impromptu egg breakfast for his weary troops when he peeked his head above the windowsill after hearing a nearby firefight. Within seconds he was dead. Hit by wayward .50 caliber bullet at that exact moment, he was one of 12 U.S. Soldiers killed during the first day of the liberation of Belgium Sept. 2, 1944.

  • MPs advise residents to keep a watchful eye in wake of car break-ins

    Sep 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Wiesbaden Military Police are reminding families to not be "targets of opportunity." Last month MPs closed 20 cases of car break-ins that occurred in Crestview and Hainerberg Housing. All were linked to a U.S. military family member who, according to police, saw vehicles in military housing areas as easy targets.

  • Employees honored for saving money through Lean Six Sigma, years of service

    Sep 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Garrison leaders recognized employees for saving millions of dollars and having dedicated more than 1,400 years of service during a ceremony in the Community Activity Center Sept. 10.

  • U.S. Forces Europe bodybuilding champions crowned at Wiesbaden competition

    Sep 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A computer network administrator and a worship team leader took home the titles from the 2009 U.S. Forces Europe Bodybuilding Championship Sept. 12 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center.

  • USAREUR leaders join Wiesbaden NCOs for Suicide Prevention Training

    Sep 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A sea of green stared down at Sgt. 1st Class Lori Luster as she stifled a sob. In front of Gen. Carter Ham, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army commander, and a crowd of 800 Soldiers, mostly noncommissioned officers, Luster fought to keep her composure.

  • 1-4 Infantry Soldiers return from Afghanistan ready to share lessons-learned

    Sep 23, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany - Soldier's of Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry (1-4) in Hohenfels, Germany, arrived home Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, after returning from an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • 410th CSB responds to military contracting requirements during PANAMAX 09

    Sep 22, 2009

    The 410th Contract Support Brigade's participation in PANAMAX 09 grows each year and this year was no exception as the unit's headquarters, the Expeditionary Contracting Command, deployed from Fort Belvoir, Va. to Fort Sam Houston, Texas to also participate.

  • Soldier feedback vital to latest technologies

    Sep 22, 2009

    Meeting the needs of Soldiers in the fight is the top priority for senior Army leaders, but understanding those needs requires two-way communication.

  • Leaders discuss future of Infantry, Armor

    Sep 22, 2009

    "We're coming home, and we're damn excited about doing it," Maj. Gen. Mike Milano said when he took the stage alongside Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter for the Infantry Warfighting Conference State of the Infantry and Armor address.

  • Ft. Detrick Volksmarch for the Prevention of Suicide

    Sep 22, 2009

    Over 350 Soldiers, family members and Army Civilians gathered at Nallin Pond Sept. 3 for a two-mile Volksmarch for the Prevention of Suicide. Major Gen. James K. Gilman, Commander, Medical Research and Material Command spoke to the crowd before the volksmarch, and highlighted the need for a holistic approach to combat rising suicide rates in the Army. The march had fourour checkpoints along the route where participants could find resources covering Behavioral Health, Physical Health, Spritual Fitness and Environmental Health.

  • 1,000-plus attend veterans' benefits event in Anniston

    Sep 22, 2009

    An Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs Supermarket of Benefits held in conjunction with Anniston Army Depot's Suicide Prevention Fair on Sept. 11 at the Anniston Meeting Center was a success not only for the 49 vendors who participated, but also for the 1,043 veterans and their families who came through the doors.

  • Holistic techniques make whole body well

    Sep 21, 2009

    In hard times, the ability to effectively handle physical and mental stress can mean the difference between good health and debilitating illness. To help provide information and techniques on combating these stress, the Fort McPherson Wellness Center staff hosted a Holistic Health and Wellness Day event Sept. 10.

  • HEVs on way to Fort McPherson, Fort Gillem

    Sep 21, 2009

    The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (also called the CLEAN Energy Act), requires the Army to reduce its annual petroleum consumption by 2 percent through 2015 and reduce petroleum use by 20 percent while increasing alternative fuel use by 10 percent. Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem are doing their part to help the Army meet this goal by incorporating hybrid electric vehicles, into its fleet of duty vehicles.

  • Despite laughs, Sex Signals shows sexual assault is no joke

    Sep 21, 2009

    The Sex Signals tour, which appeared at Fort McPherson Sept. 10 and 11 showed that while talking about sex could be funny, one thing that is never a laughing matter is when sex becomes sexual assault or sexual harassment.The Sex Signals tour, a sexual assault awareness program produced by Catharsis Productions, helped educate Soldiers and Civilian employees on Fort McPherson via a two-person, 90-minute play on the nature of rape, the way sexual behaviors can be misinterpreted and how to reduce sexual assault by intervention.

  • POW-MIA Recognition Day - keeping hope alive

    Sep 21, 2009

    "Man can live about 40 days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope." This quote, by an anonymous author, seems appropriate today as we observe the 25th POW-MIA Recognition Day. The sentiment for hope applies not only to the military members who are designated prisoner of war or missing in action, but to their Family members and friends, as well.

  • Forts McPherson,Gillem honor fallen at Patriot Day ceremonies

    Sep 21, 2009

    "We gather here today to remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and to commemorate the eighth annual observation of Patriot Day," said Maj. Gen. Dean Sienko, commander, 3rd Medical Command Deployment Support at the Fort Gillem Patriot Day Ceremony Sept. 11. With those words, Sienko addressed those who took time to remember the sacrifices made eight years earlier on Sept. 11, 2001, and the current sacrifices stemming from that tragedy.

  • Unsung heroes keep facilities beautiful

    Sep 21, 2009

    Visitors to Lake Tholocco's East and West beaches and Outdoor Recreation (ODR) don't often see the efforts performed by behind-the-scenes staff to keep the area beautiful but would miss them if they weren't there.

  • Officials prepare installation for natural disaster threat

    Sep 21, 2009

    In an effort to best protect the installation's people and assets, Fort Rucker officials occasionally make changes in emergency preparedness and response policies.

  • Tiger Brigade tasked with training Army combat advisors

    Sep 21, 2009

    The mission of training combat advisors across the Army now falls on the shoulders of the 162nd Infantry Brigade at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. The brigade, totaling just over 800 personnel, will train every combat advisor deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan, whether active, Guard or Reserve component, in addition to Navy and Air Force combat advisors.

  • Loss of Soldiers to suicide too high a price to pay

    Sep 21, 2009

    The JRTC and Fort Polk commander's commentary about suicide prevention.

  • Check out the latest edition of Benning: Tip Of The Bayonet

    Sep 21, 2009

    Click "Join our mailing list" to receive the Benning E-Newsletter, one of several forums we have to share the Fort Benning story with you every Friday.

  • Fort Monmouth prepares for annual flu season, other flu threats

    Sep 21, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- Aside from normal preparations associated with the annual flu season, Fort Monmouth officials are also monitoring the potential for outbreaks of the H1N1 influenza, commonly known as the "swine flu."

  • New MEDEVAC fleet lands at Fort Polk

    Sep 21, 2009

    Fort Polk's U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment, 5th Aviation Battalion, now has three brand new, fresh-from-the-factory, medevac-configured Lakota UH72A Light Utility helicopters in its fleet.

  • Saving Soldiers from suicide: Army seeks to stamp out stigma

    Sep 21, 2009

    A phone call devastated his world, crumbling to dust his hopes and dreams for the future. He only survived because of an aware and caring battle buddy.

  • Partnership and peace at Schinnen: Celebrating across generations

    Sep 21, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - Seventy years ago, Schinnen built a chapel dedicated to peace on top of a rugged hill in the Town of Schinnen. With a Second World War threatening and amid uncertain times, great effort was undertaken by the citizens of Schinnen to muster resources and prepare the site on a hard-to-reach hill with thick trees and bushes that had to be cleared. The peace chapel was consecrated as the Chapel of Our Lady June 16, 1939. May 10, 1940, the Netherlands was invaded and World War II was underway.

  • Leaders tackle tough issue

    Sep 21, 2009

    Zane Biddle knows what it's like to hit rock bottom and feel completely hopeless. However, he also knows what it's like to have friends, Family and his faith lift him out of despair.

  • EFMP energizes exceptional education

    Sep 21, 2009

    To aid Families with special needs children, Fort Rucker Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) staff will offer a special education workshop Sept. 21, focusing on individual education plans (IEPs) tailored to studentsAca,!a,,c specific requirements.

  • Americans invited to join in time-honored dance

    Sep 21, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Americans here had the opportunity to expand their interests and revisit a traditional pastime of their country.

  • Going green saves green in the Benelux

    Sep 21, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium - Reduce, reuse and recycle is the message environmental specialists at U.S. Army Garrison Benelux are sending to the community to help conserve natural and Army resources.

  • Follow the 2009 Infantry Warfighting Conference online!

    Sep 21, 2009

    Senior Army Leaders * Live Blogging * Photos * Presenter Videos and Presentations * Agenda * Registration * Directions

  • 2nd Armored Division Veterans Visit ChiAfA..vres Air Base

    Sep 21, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" A group of 2nd Armored Division veterans and their families visited ChiAfA..vres Air Base and Daumerie Caserne on Sept. 11 as they neared the conclusion of a European trip that has taken them through Belgium and France. Members of the veterans group fought their way through Belgium in 1944 and said visiting sites they remember from 65 years ago still has great meaning to them.

  • College night offers one-stop shopping for future education

    Sep 21, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Finding the right college and subsequent financial assistance just got a lot easier for students living in military communities throughout Europe. A one-stop shopping for higher education bonanza, College Night is scheduled to be held here from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Special Events Center, Bldg. 237 on Rhine Ordnance Barracks.

  • Ordnance begins new era at Fort Lee

    Sep 20, 2009

    After training Soldiers at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for nearly a century, the U.S. Army Ordnance School cased its colors, packed up and headed south.

  • The Edge: Kids learn to Excel, Develop, Grow and Experience during 'out-of-school' program

    Sep 18, 2009

    HELEMANO MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii - Shortly after plowing through several training stations set up inside of the gymnasium, here, 12-year-old Paige Bono found a place along a nearby wall to lean up against and rest her weary muscles.

  • Audience members help choose the next Operation Rising Star winner

    Sep 18, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Your vote counts in the selection of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's Operation Rising Star 2009 winner during the local elimination rounds taking place at the Tropics, Schofield Barracks, Sept. 21, 23 and 24.

  • Deadline nears for Joint Spouses Conference

    Sep 18, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Under the theme "Celebrate! Unity & Friendship," spouses from all service branches in Hawaii will gather, here, for a day of personal and professional development during the revamped 15th Annual Joint Military Spouses Conference, Oct. 16.

  • Residents encouraged to save energy to support the troops

    Sep 18, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Are your electric consumption habits contributing to the issue of national security'

  • Korean War POW Speaks at Fort Monroe Observance

    Sep 18, 2009

    Retired Sgt. 1st Class Thomas E. Duncan tells the dramatic story of his captivity during the Korean War

  • CYS2 announces USDA-funded meal reimbursement guidelines

    Sep 18, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's Child, Youth and School Services (CYS2) is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.

  • 9/11 remembrance ceremony honors heroes

    Sep 18, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - More than 200 Soldiers and civilians gathered to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Friday, at the Main Post Chapel, here.

  • Accreditation confirms commitment to children

    Sep 18, 2009

    Parents with youngsters participating in School Age Services (SAS) activities here can rest easy knowing the program is nationally accredited.

  • Warfighter support operation wins Knowledge Management award

    Sep 18, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- A Web-based operation that is improving how Army units remain equipped and ready, Single Interface to the Field (SIF), received a top Army knowledge management (KM) award.

  • Post Office Officially Arrives In New Home

    Sep 18, 2009

    The new location for the Post Office has gotten its official sendoff. Newly-renovated building 3710 is now the home of the U.S. Post Office and the Official Mail and Distribution Center. The renovation effort was a jointly funded project between the Garrison, the Army Materiel Command and the Missile Defense Agency. "We're very proud a team approach, a vision, could put this all together," Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli said at the Sept. 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony. Workers from headquarters Army Materiel Command and the Missile Defense Agency are arriving at Redstone from the Washington, D.C. area through base realignment and closure.

  • Reserve Officer Finds His Field of Dreams

    Sep 18, 2009

    There's a yellow post-it note above Capt. Rob Dewberry's door that reads "What if' ..." It's been there since he first took over as the commander of the Garrison's Headquarters & Headquarters Company in 2004, becoming the first Reserve officer in the Army to command an active duty unit on an active duty post. Now, as Dewberry retires his position, the post-it note will come down and the new commander - Capt. Ryan Godbee - will set his own agenda and objectives for his command. But for Dewberry, that "What if' ..." post-it was a constant reminder to question all aspects of a situation, to look "outside the box" for solutions, and to find new and more effective ways to support Soldiers. "That's my own personal motto," Dewberry said. "It's about doing better, trying something new, and finding ways to help people. Being able to help people is an incredible feeling."

  • AMCOM Embraces Social Media Venues

    Sep 18, 2009

    The Aviation and Missile Command can now be found on two popular social media sites, Facebook and Twitter. "Social media is the most effective and least expensive tool to reach the largest audience possible," Ginger Stephens, AMCOM chief of Public and Congressional Affairs, said. "It allows us to quickly and efficiently update our troops, work force, and the general public on what's going on at the Aviation and Missile Command. It also serves as a great recruiting tool, showing the younger generation that the Army is up on the current trends and actually ahead of the curve." AMCOM's mission is quite simple: to get the Soldier what they need, before they need it, in order to do their job. This includes the fielding and sustainment of new or upgraded weapons and aviation platforms. "We recognize the importance of engaging on social media platforms, such as those where AMCOM is engaged," Lt. Col. Kevin Arata, chief of the newly established Army Public Affairs Online and Social Media Division, said. "This is how and where our audience gets much of their news."

  • Meet the Redstone Arsenal Ten-Miler Team Runners

    Sep 18, 2009

    Here are individual profiles of the runners who will represent Redstone Arsenal at the 25th annual Army Ten-Miler on Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C.

  • Today's Soldiers Honor Yesterday's Heroes

    Sep 18, 2009

    When you drive the streets of Huntsville at 4 a.m., you're not going to see much. You'll pass closed buildings, dark streets, and you won't find many citizens wondering around. But as you pull into the Huntsville International Airport, you'll find Soldiers standing with members of the Patriot Guard, holding giant American flags, waiting for some special guest to arrive. Who's the special guest, you might ask' Is it a general' How about a music singer coming to play a concert for the Soldiers' None of the above. These Soldiers and civilians of Huntsville, Madison and Redstone Arsenal are waiting for members of the greatest generation - World War II veterans coming to the airport to participate in an Honor Flight, a trip to see the WW II memorial in Washington, D.C. This edition of the Honor Flight took place Aug. 29. "The Honor Flight is an organization where (they) solicit donations from various corporations and private and public donations, all to fly these World War II veterans and volunteers to Washington, D.C., so these vets can see their memorial and remember those who died serving our country," said Sgt. 1st Class Scott Fuchs, senior small group leader for the Basic NCO Course, 59th Ordnance Brigade.

  • New commander to advance 647th RSG through challenges

    Sep 18, 2009

    The incoming commander of the 647th Regional Support Group was saluted by Soldiers in formation during a change-of-command ceremony held Saturday at the Roque O. Segura U.S. Army Reserve Center. Along with his rock of support, his wife and daughter present at the ceremony, Col. Lawrence W. Meder, a chemical officer, grabbed the unit\'s colors as they were passed from the current commander, Lt. Col. David W. Ling, to Brig. Gen. Mark W. Corson, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Des Moines, Iowa, to Meder and the custodian of the unit colors, the command sergeant major.

  • Oktoberfest Weekend Arrives With 'Oompah'

    Sep 18, 2009

    The Chicken Dance is once again coming to Redstone Arsenal! By far one of the favorite traditions of the Arsenal's annual Oktoberfest, the Chicken Dance will be performed often this weekend by Terry Cavanaugh and the Alpine Express as revelers of all ages take to the dance floor in the event's FestHall Tent. If you like authentic "Oompah!" music, and German food and beer, then Oktoberfest should be at the top of your list of things to do this weekend. But partaking of German fare and customs isn't the only thing going on at the festival. Oktoberfest is also a must-do for anyone who enjoys midway rides and games, carnival food, and circus entertainment. "It's Oktoberfest with an Alabama flair," said Mark Germonprez, of the Directorate of Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation, who is a co-event coordinator of the festival with FMWR's Kenneth McDonald. "Oktoberfest always offers a tremendous value and great family fun. We offer a much more secure environment, unlimited rides, great entertainment, and this festival costs half the price of the county fair we had here a few weeks ago. We also offer more than any other fair with our Oompah band, great German food and authentic German beers." Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $10 on Thursday and Sunday, and $13 on Friday and Saturday.

  • Charity Drive Grows To Meet Needs

    Sep 18, 2009

    The stack of boxes is about to grow at the office of the Tennessee Valley's Combined Federal Campaign. They contain individual donor recognition items for the upcoming campaign. Soon they will be joined by 22,000 copies of the CFC brochures listing the charities. "And then you'll see another stack up to the ceiling over here," said Melinda Seigler, CFC coordinator for United Way of Madison County which is the campaign's principal combined fund organization. CFC coordinator Donna Johnson doesn't mind making room in building 3708 at the corner of Aerobee and Patton roads. She's fired up about the 2009 campaign scheduled Sept. 30 through Dec. 11. "Now more than ever there are a lot of people in our community and our nation and our world that need our support," Johnson said. The theme for this year's campaign, which has a $2 million goal, is "iCan now more than ever." The kickoff celebration is Sept. 30 from 10-11 a.m. in Bob Jones Auditorium, building 5304. The agency fair will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sparkman Center parade field between buildings 5303 and 5304.

  • FORSCOM kicks off 2009 CFC campaign

    Sep 18, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Sept. 18, 2009) - U.S. Army Forces Command's kick-off rally for the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign was held Sept. 16 at its headquarters here. This year's CFC theme is "Give Today and Change Tomorrow." Brig. Gen. E. Eric Porter, FORSCOM Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, hosted the rally, which was held in the G1 atrium of Building 200. Porter also is serving as Director of Division 2, Atlanta Area CFC. Porter gave kudos to Lt. Col. Hillary "Gus" Luton, Public Affairs Office, who is this year's FORSCOM CFC Coordinator. She led CFC campaigns when she was assigned to U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) and volunteered to coordinate FORSCOM's campaign. Porter also praised Mike Chapman, CFC Atlanta Area Division 2 Coordinator. Chapman is a retired FORSCOM civilian employee who is back for 90 days to coordinate the local campaign. This is his 16th year working for CFC.

  • Flying History Grounded At McKinley Firing Range

    Sep 18, 2009

    There's a lot of flying history on McKinley Range. Amid the helicopters and an A-10 Thunderbolt airplane set up on the range for force training is an OV-1 Mohawk, a photo observation and electronic reconnaissance airplane used by the Army in Europe, Korea, the Vietnam War, Central and South America, Alaska, and Operation Desert Storm. It is a military aircraft that is at the center of the 20th reunion of the OV-Mohawk Association Sept. 23-27 in Nashville. Yet, the actual physical presence of a Mohawk on Redstone Arsenal was an interesting discovery for a former Mohawk pilot and technical observer who recently visited McKinley Range to see the military aircraft for themselves. "Ten years ago, a friend (now deceased Mohawk pilot Mike Langer) told me a Mohawk had come to Redstone Arsenal at some time," said David Brown, a retired master sergeant and Mohawk technical observer. "The Veterans Memorial Museum showed me pictures of the airplane out at Redstone Arsenal. So, I knew it was on the Arsenal. I just didn't know where it was."

  • 'We've Found Ways To Channel Our Grief'

    Sep 18, 2009

    He asked for understanding and patience. He apologized for his tissue and prepared speech, both tools he uses to help hold back his own tears. And he touched the hearts of the 650-plus employees who heard his message of sorrow, loss, bewilderment, faith, hope and love. Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, deputy chief of staff of the G-3/5/7 at Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Ga., told his heartbreaking story of the death of his two sons - one from suicide, the other from an improvised explosive device in Iraq - to a packed Bob Jones Auditorium and to other Redstone Arsenal employees via closed circuit television Thursday. The event was hosted by the Garrison's Employee Assistance Program in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week and National Suicide Prevention Month. "I can hardly get through this and I've done this many times," he said of his speech. "Two of my sons are dead and it is hard for me ... My sons died fighting different battles. The loss of both sons was beyond comprehension."

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