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  • Journalists learn about Army life

    Oct 1, 2009

    This is the second year for "Bridging the Gap: A Military Experience for Journalists," funded by the McCormick Foundation and operated by the University of Kansas and the Combined Arms Center. Journalists spent a week at Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Leavenworth learning about aspects of Army life - from the time civilians enter an inprocessing center and emerge as uniformed Soldiers to the time Army majors undergo leadership education at the Command and General Staff College. The McCormick grant has also included a course shared between CGSC and undergraduates at KU.

  • Steppe Eagle exercise increases interoperability

    Oct 1, 2009

    A wreath laying ceremony at a war memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Sept. 25, marked the culmination of the multinational information exchange exercise Steppe Eagle 2009. Steppe Eagle is held annually and brings together Soldiers from the British, Kazakhstan and U.S. Armies to improve the military orders process, staff functions and battle tracking. It also teaches Soldiers how to work together within a coalition.

  • Fort Stewart Soldier Fishing Day Fun For Whole Family

    Oct 1, 2009

    More than 125 Soldiers, retirees, veterans, Family Members, Army Civilians and guests endured the hot Georgia sun and merciless humidity as they lined the banks of Fort Stewart's Pond #30 for five hours of fishing fun, Sept. 26. To ensure the event's success, the Directorate of Public Works' Fish and Wildlife Branch stocked the pond with 750 pounds of 12 to 14-inch long catfish, according to Susan Chipple, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

  • Soldiers, Families Run to Top of the Rock

    Oct 1, 2009

    The seventh annual Top of the Rock Run, held at Fort Stewart, Sept. 26, turned out to be very much an Army Family event.

  • Domestic violence: love shouldn't hurt

    Oct 1, 2009

    Nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey finding. Sound shocking' When you consider only one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes and one-half of all stalkings perpetuated against women by intimate partners are reported, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the number of victims of domestic violence in the United States is staggering.

  • FORSCOM employee excels at fitness competition

    Oct 1, 2009

    For all the euphoria that Theresa Winterhalter, executive assistant for U.S. Army Forces Command G3, gets from participating in tri-fitness competitions, her introduction to the sport came under less than perfect times. It was 2005 and she was serving in the Army Reserves when she was mobilized, ending up in Tampa, Fla., to work at the U.S. Army Central Command headquarters.

  • Slithering serpents make even bravest Soldier shake

    Oct 1, 2009

    Hilarious commentary written by a Guardian staff writer -- and veteran -- about a home encounter with snakes.

  • Warrior Leader Course builds next generation of NCO leaders

    Oct 1, 2009

    Throughout 2009, the Army has placed emphasis on the importance of an experienced Noncommissioned Officers Corps and the need for competent NCOs to train a command's Soldiers by designating this the "Year of the NCO." But how do you develop the quality NCOs needed to be true leaders during a time when the military faces a two-front war' On Fort Polk, one of the steps in that development happens at the Warrior Leadership Course, formally known as the NCO Academy.

  • Camp gives kids taste of deployment

    Oct 1, 2009

    It was no ordinary day at Sledgehammer Field on Kelley Hill as platoons performed physical fitness and practiced marching, Sept. 19. The training was for the children of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers to learn what their parents might encounter while deployed to Iraq.

  • H1N1 a factor in Soldier's death

    Oct 1, 2009

    Autopsy results have concluded that the recent death of a Fort Jackson, S.C., Basic Combat Training Soldier was caused by pneumonia due to the H1N1 flu.

  • One-Stop Shop Open for Hunter Servicemembers, Families

    Oct 1, 2009

    A crowd gathered in the humid air outside the newly-renovated $3.5 million Soldier and Family Services Center at Hunter Army Airfield for a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony, Sept. 23. Among those attending were Servicemembers, Family Members, Army Civilians and leaders including Installation Management Command Southeast Director Dave Tindoll, who participated in ceremony and stayed to tour the building afterward.

  • Tiger Brigade deploys first combat advisors

    Oct 1, 2009

    The capstone ceremony for the combat advisor Class 81 etched another page in the history books of Tigerland, which is the area used by the 162nd Infantry Brigade to train combat advisors. Their graduation Sept. 18 was a high-spirited farewell to the Soldiers after the completion of their highly intense, 20-day training rotation. Col. Mark A. Bertolini, the 162nd Infantry Brigade commander, sparked things off with an electrifying definition of what's in store for this first class of combat advisors.

  • Public Lands Day Uncovers History

    Oct 1, 2009

    With a little water and a good heart, more than 20 volunteers uncovered a lot of history during Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's observance of National Public Lands Day with a clean up of Bragg and Dreggars cemeteries, Sept. 26.

  • Fort Irwin Oktoberfest full of fun

    Oct 1, 2009

  • D Battery Soldiers drive training mission for combat advisors

    Oct 1, 2009

    The Soldiers of D Battery, 5th Battalion, 353rd Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade, instructed its first M1151A1 driver training class for Class 81's combat advisors Sept. 16. The class included 63 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen headed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • 2nd HET heeds call of duty

    Oct 1, 2009

  • Soldiers compete for Best Warrior title

    Oct 1, 2009

    What once focused on the board appearance and common tasks testing evolved into today's Best Warrior Competition -- to include battle drills, combatives, detainee operations and stress fire drills. The Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition began in 2002 at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., as the Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Competition. Fort Lee has hosted the event for the past seven years.

  • Fallen Soldier's Hometown Dedicates Street in His Honor

    Oct 1, 2009

    A Soldier's name will live on, not just in spirit, as city council members of Conway, S.C., named a street after the fallen hero, Sept. 25. On the one-year anniversary of his death, Fort Stewart-based Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team joined the Conway community to honor Staff Sgt. Ronald Phillips Jr. at a street dedication ceremony held at the Rosehaven Subdivision.

  • Year of the NCO: BNCOC Leaves Stewart, Goes Online

    Oct 1, 2009

    The Noncommissioned Officer Education System is a key component in the training of NCOs. The Warrior Leaders Course, Basic NCO Course, and Advance NCO Course are requirementS for all NCOs as they get promoted.

  • First Ordnance Soldiers arrive to Fort Lee

    Oct 1, 2009

    The Ordnance School began saying farewell to more than 92 years of history at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., as the first wave of advanced individual training Soldiers arrived Sept. 23 to Fort Lee. More than 500 ordnance Soldiers got their first look at the state-of-the-art facilities and were assigned rooms in the new barracks, before training began Monday at the school's $700 million campus.

  • "Fort Knox" strip inspired by post

    Oct 1, 2009

    The story is about a comic strip that's based on the illustrator's real life experiences as an Army brat. He loved living at Fort Knox and loved the winter weather he knew little about as a kid. The strip is named 'Fort Knox' and the characters in the strip are based on Boscacci's real Army family, although his father is now retired from active duty.

  • 10th Trans Accepts CCMRF Mission

    Oct 1, 2009

    After the events of Sept. 11, the likelihood of a terrorist attack on America has become a very real and possible threat to most Americans. However, if this threat becomes a reality, the Soldiers of the 10th Transportation Company, 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade will be ready.

  • New Sustainment Center patch signifies 'One Team'

    Oct 1, 2009

    In a ceremony at the Sustainment Center of Excellence headquarters Sept. 25, Soldiers replaced the former Combined Arms Support Command patch with the new SCoE patch.

  • BRAC deadline remains unchanged

    Oct 1, 2009

    In a press conference Sept. 22, Congressman Jim Moran announced the extension of a deadline for DoD agencies to vacate leased buildings, which are not in compliance with anti-terrorism standards.

  • Mass notification system keeps post residents in the know

    Oct 1, 2009

    In the case of a natural disaster, Fort Belvoir residents can expect to receive information through the post's mass notification loudspeaker system, "Giant Voice."

  • Four teens earn Eagle badges from Belvoir Troop 118

    Oct 1, 2009

    Saturday was a special night for four local teens, as they joined the ranks of Eagle Scout with Fort Belvoir's Boy Scout Troop 118.

  • International Military students visit the home of the 'Big Red One'

    Oct 1, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley recently hosted 108 international military students who are attending the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. More than 80 different countries were represented, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Picatinny awarded two grants as part of American Recovery, Reinvestment Act

    Oct 1, 2009

  • Park Village receives environmental recognition

    Oct 1, 2009

    Fort Belvoir's Residential Communities Initiative program recently received its 26th award since beginning its program at the installation.

  • Fort Riley hosts IMCOM 'Fellows'

    Oct 1, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Two new employees arrived at Fort Riley recently in hopes of gaining a perspective on how a garrison installation runs. These new employees will use the knowledge gained to serve at Installation Management Command headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, Texas upon completion of an IMCOM Fellows program.

  • Partnerships with a purpose

    Oct 1, 2009

    Schools, organizations, and Soldiers gathered for the Partnership in Education reception at the Officers' Club Tuesday night to create new partnerships and celebrate old ones, one of which has been going on for more than 20 years.

  • Portal opens new lines of collaboration

    Oct 1, 2009

    Fort Jackson has a new tool that allows the easy sharing of knowledge and information. That tool, Sharepoint, is just a mouse click away.

  • On the ropes

    Oct 1, 2009

    Pvt. Romeo Hilgart, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, negotiates the one-rope bridge obstacle Monday. The rope bridge is one of several obstacles that are part of Victory Tower, which is designed to instill confidence in Soldiers early in their Basic Combat Training cycle.

  • NCO driven by desire to excel

    Oct 1, 2009

    In the eight years Staff Sgt. David Townsend has served, he has been stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Naples, Italy. He has also been deployed to Iraq.

  • Luncheon set to bring Hispanic culture to Fort Jackson

    Oct 1, 2009

    Through music, dance, food and reflection, Fort Jackson will observe Hispanic Heritage Month with a luncheon Oct. 6.

  • In their sights

    Oct 1, 2009

    Soldiers with Company B, 1st Battalion 13th Infantry Regiment take aim during basic rifle marksmanship training Sept. 28.

  • First new homes ready in December

    Oct 1, 2009

    One year after the groundbreaking ceremony for new housing on Fort Jackson, the first group of new homes will be completed in December. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 3, will mark the completion of some homes for junior enlisted Soldiers and their families, said Emma Watson, Residential Communities Initiatives director.

  • Annual mud race strengthens camaraderie

    Oct 1, 2009

    A few months ago I was asked by one of the company commanders in my battalion to be on his team for this year's Marine Corps Mud Run. The Mud Run is an annual event held at McCrady Training Center pretty much sums up the event.

  • Chairman of the board

    Oct 1, 2009

    Karl Schmitt, 17, practices skateboard tricks at Wildcat Skate Park Tuesday. The park is located behind the NCO Club and is open to ID card holders and their guests daily from dusk until dawn. It offers a variety of grind rails, grind boxes and other obstacles.

  • European training center welcomes new Commander of Operations Group

    Oct 1, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany - Col. John M. Spiszer was officially welcomed as the commander of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center's (JMRC's) Operations Group, Tuesday, during an assumption of command ceremony at the airfield, here.

  • Wounded warrior, wife, share experiences with Schweinfurt community

    Oct 1, 2009

    One hundred twenty-nine pints of blood poured into Lt. Col. Greg Gadson's body in the single night that Soldiers, doctors and a vast team of others brought together by a roadside bomb fought together to save his life.

  • 1st Brigade gets a 'new mission'

    Sep 30, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Change is something that all Soldiers experience in the military, but rarely on the scale that occurred Sept. 22 at Fort Riley's Custer Hill Parade Field, as 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, was transformed into the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, facing a new mission.

  • More challenges await at Best Warrior

    Sep 30, 2009

    The third day at the 2009 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Va., included an Army Physical Fitness Test, written exam and essay, and an urban warfare orienteering course, conducted both in the day and nighttime.

  • 'Big world, small Army'

    Sep 30, 2009

    The last time Staff Sgt. Corey Adams saw interpreter Mahamed Rashim, the Iraqi was being rushed into surgery after having been shot in the chest during an ambush just south of Baghdad in 2003.

  • Innovations in lightweight, energy-independent sanitizing solutions wins Army R&D Award

    Sep 30, 2009

    Everyone has heard stories about the recent outbreaks of Salmonella in a variety of foods, such as peanut butter, tomatoes, fresh jalapenos and pistachios, and Escherichia coli in leafy green vegetables, such as lettuce or spinach. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables contribute to a healthy diet, but outbreaks as those mentioned above raise significant alarm among consumers and public health officials concerned with consumer safety, the safety of the food chain from agri-terrorist threats, and the safety of produce procured from host nations, where pesticides are less prevalent and hygiene standards are not as stringent as in the United States.

  • Surgeon General emphasizes access to care

    Sep 30, 2009

    The medical care provided in Army hospitals and clinics is regarded as among the best in the world. All entitled beneficiaries want to receive the care they have earned, and sometimes that means demand exceeds supply, especially when Army medics also must support an Army at war.

  • Surgeon General emphasizes access to care

    Sep 30, 2009

  • Surgeon General emphasizes access to care

    Sep 30, 2009

  • Mannheim clinic hosts first health fair, rededicates facility after million-dollar renovation

    Sep 30, 2009

    The Coleman Barracks Health and Dental Clinic held its first ever health fair Sept. 25 at its newly renovated facility in Mannheim, Germany.

  • Legendary waterman teaches ocean safety class at PARC

    Sep 29, 2009

    WAIANAE, Hawaii - When it comes to water safety risk management, nobody's advice carries more weight than that of legendary waterman Brian Keaulana.

  • 'Operation Headrest' helps welcome home entire battalion

    Sep 29, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Home-comings are a busy time. As groups of Army spouses ready themselves and their families for the return of more than 3,400 Soldiers, many are working to make redeployment a memorable time for the entire battalion family, including their single Soldiers.

  • Ultimate Fighting Champion motivates wounded warriors

    Sep 29, 2009

    Fifty U.S. Army and Marine Corps wounded warriors were honored for their military service, here, Sept. 18, when they got an exclusive Thunderbirds air show preview and the opportunity to meet a local hero.

  • Housing demand increases

    Sep 29, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - As personnel movements and redeployments of brigades accelerate, Army Hawaii Family Housing's (AHFH) property management and Actus Lend Lease's construction and renovation teams are working to capacity to prepare homes for Soldiers and their families.

  • Flowing through life on the sands of time

    Sep 29, 2009

    When sand comes to mind, some people may think of beaches and tropical islands, but for procurement analyst, Catherine Olvera, she wonders if it's some she could add to her collection. Born in Fort Hood, Texas, Olvera had a love of the ocean and dreamed of being a marine biologist. As a child, she paid little attention to sand and assumed it was the same all over the world. It wasn't until years that she developed a fascination with the gritty stuff.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards $333 million for new Fort Benning Hospital

    Sep 29, 2009

    Fort Benning is one step closer to a new hospital following today's award of a $333,359,000 contract by the Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The award was made to Turner Construction Company, Inc., of Huntsville, Ala., for the design and construction of a 745,000-square-foot hospital, almost twice the size of the current 393,000 square-foot facility.

  • Maj. Gen. Fontaine starts the 12th annual Quad Cities Marathon

    Sep 29, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., starts the 12th annual Quad Cities Marathon in downtown Moline, Ill., Sept. 27.

  • Fort Monmouth personnel urged to look forward

    Sep 29, 2009

    Fort Monmouth personnel were urged at a recent town hall meeting to look forward and plan for the future as the organizations that make up Team C4ISR began to move to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • Fort Irwin unveils renovated kennel for dogs, dog lovers

    Sep 29, 2009

  • Best Warrior Competition continues

    Sep 29, 2009

    The 2009 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition continues at Fort Lee, Va., as the 24 competitors faced a board consisting of six command sergeants major and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, on Sept. 28. The next day, the warriors were issued their combat gear, received reflexive-fire instruction and engaged in media interviews.

  • FMWR Brings Leisure Travel Services to the Detroit Arsenal

    Sep 29, 2009

  • Army promotes awareness of depression

    Sep 29, 2009

    With a theme of "One of the bravest acts ... is to ask for help when you need it," the Army is using National Depression Education and Awareness Month activities in October to combat a stigma associated with behavioral-health care and teach Soldiers and their Families how to recognize depression and get help for it.

  • Illinois man raises $16,001 in less than a week for Fort Benning kids

    Sep 29, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Hundreds of Fort Benning children will have presents under the tree this holiday season thanks to the efforts of an Illinois man.

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg garrisons host Elmo and the Sesame Street crew

    Sep 29, 2009

    The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families used Elmo and other beloved characters to help military children understand what it means when their moms and dads deploy and how to handle the changes that can come with such a major transition. The tour itself is part of Sesame Street's "Talk, Listen, Connect" initiative for military families.

  • DOIM takes new name but 'mission has not changed'

    Sep 29, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Fort Benning's Directorate of Information Management has become the Network Enterprise Center as part of a transformation move that shifts organizational control of all DOIMs from the garrison level to the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and 9th Signal Command.

  • Riot control exercise pits protesters against MPs

    Sep 28, 2009

    The mock disturbance was part of Fort Meade's annual Force Protection Exercise that was held Sept. 15 to 17 and included a simulated drug raid and hostage negotiation.

  • Testing Meade's mettle: Force Protection Exercise explores response to crises

    Sep 28, 2009

    Fort Meade's first responders, military police and directorates met these staged challenges during the installation's Force Protection Exercise held Sept. 15 to 17.

  • Clark Howard, Robin Meade to host personal finance town hall Friday

    Sep 28, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - The public is invited to attend a personal finance town hall hosted by consumer advocate Clark Howard and HLN morning TV personality Robin Meade 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the National Infantry Museum.

  • 1st, 338th provides training, support at Fort McCoy to deploying units

    Sep 28, 2009

    Since the early days of the decade, the 1st, 338th Training Support Battalion (TSBN) at Fort McCoy has provided training and support for units deploying to Operations Iraqi (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF).

  • Virtual Route Clearance Trainer gives realistic training to units at Fort McCoy

    Sep 28, 2009

    "We would rather have you die a thousand times with us than die once over there," is the motto to go along with the Virtual Route Clearance Trainer at Fort McCoy.

  • Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services program gets new multi-function school activity bus

    Sep 28, 2009

    Staff members and youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) program say they are excited about the arrival of its first multi-function school activity bus. The purchase of the multi-function school activity bus is another example of the Army Family Covenant commitment to Soldiers and their families, said Jan Fink, CYSS coordinator.

  • Ceremony marks Fort McCoy founder's birth date

    Sep 28, 2009

    Fort McCoy's commemoration of "A Century of Service to America" continued as dignitaries from Fort McCoy, Wis., and Sparta gathered Sept. 5 at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Sparta, Wis., to mark the birth date of Robert Bruce McCoy.

  • Keeping robots in play on the battlefield

    Sep 28, 2009

  • Cavalry unit, garrison team up ahead of deployment

    Sep 28, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - With the clanking of hammers nailing chock blocks into one end of the train car, a crane parked near the rail head on Conn Barracks gently placed a huge container down on the other end of the flat bed Sept. 25.

  • Arsenal's future is tied to its secrets

    Sep 28, 2009

    Given that the Arsenal is nearly 200 years old, there are bound to be a few ghosts and skeletons in the closet among the buildings that some date to 1828. In addition to ghosts and skeletons are secrets that some say are the key to the Arsenal's long-term survival, but are disappearing more and more every day.

  • She doesn't kick like a girl: New female kicker for PHS football 'really something'

    Sep 28, 2009

    When Emma Murray, sophomore, first announced she would try out for kicker on the Patch High School football team, she was wearing a dress and had a flower in her hair. "I thought she was coming in to be my manager," said Brian Hill, head coach. Little did he know that Murray, 15, would not only make the varsity team, but become the Panthers' best kicker.

  • Military women inspire photographer's art, life

    Sep 28, 2009

    When Uka Meissner-DeRuiz began working for the U.S. Army in 1965, she was stunned to find women serving in the military. "I was surprised. It was a cultural shock, I do admit," she said. Years later, the idea still fascinates the German photographer. It's a theme she continually explores in her work. Meissner-DeRuiz's "Military Moms" photo exhibit, the third in a series focusing on women in the military, opened at the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum/James-F.-Byrnes-Institut in downtown Stuttgart Sept. 17.

  • The long, dark tunnel: spouses and deployment

    Sep 28, 2009

    For a military spouse, the long, dark tunnel of deployment is paved with new challenges and responsibilities. While their service member spouse is away, the husband or wife left behind juggles children, finances, managing the home and work - alone. Add to this the loneliness of losing a partner and best friend, and the end result can be overwhelming, even traumatic, if the spouse create a support system for themselves.

  • New after-school program teaches kids grown-up skills

    Sep 28, 2009

    Learning to maintain a vehicle or trying Latin dance are usually activities reserved for adults. Now, children in grades 1-12 can try them out - for little to no cost - with the new, Army-wide Child, Youth and School Services after-school program, EDGE!

  • Observance lauds Hispanics' military sacrifices

    Sep 28, 2009

    When the salsa band started playing at the Hispanic Heritage Month Observance Sept. 18, even Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, and his wife, Joyce, got up and danced along.

  • USAG Stuttgart rec programs take top IMCOM-E honors

    Sep 28, 2009

    The Installation Management Command -Europe Recreation Award winners were announced Sept. 11, and it was more than a win-win situation for U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. It was win-win-win-win, as the USAG Stuttgart Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation professionals collected top honors in four areas.

  • Archeologists unearth artifacts at Wiesbaden construction site

    Sep 28, 2009

    Almost 2,000 years ago, several Roman military bases were established along the Rhine River in western Germany, including one in Mainz - a large Roman city known as Moguntiacum. Because of its strategic location, historians surmise the base housed as many as four Roman legions.

  • 1st AD officers scrum for esprit-de-corps

    Sep 28, 2009

    1st AD officers scrum for esprit-de-corps

  • Welcome Social Kicks Off Best Warrior Competition

    Sep 27, 2009

    The 2009 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition kicked off Sept. 27 with a welcome social at Fort Lee, Va. Starting today and running through Oct. 2, 24 of the Army's elite Soldiers and noncommissioned officers representing 12 different commands will converge on Fort Lee to see who will be named this year's Soldier and NCO of the Year.

  • Commentary: We all have a mission

    Sep 26, 2009

    Less than a week ago, I left behind the desert and the construction projects at Fort Bliss and travelled with my unit, the 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, to support the Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division during Operation Unified Endeavor, a mission readiness exercise, being held at the Grafenwoehr Training Area.

  • Energy drinks popular among Soldiers

    Sep 26, 2009

    Energy drinks popular among Soldiers

  • Managing money during a deployment keeps Fort Bragg Soldiers out of financial trouble

    Sep 25, 2009

    Soldiers, both married and single, should understand the importance of money management before, during and after deployment so they don't get themselves in financial trouble. Fortunately, being a member of the military gives Soldiers and their Families access to free financial and legal services that can advise the best ways to invest and save money.

  • Fort Bragg plastic bridge

    Sep 25, 2009

    An M1A1 Abrams tank is driven over a thermoplastic composite bridge to demonstrate the strength of the first, 95 percent recycled, low maintenance bridge during the dedication ceremony Friday, at Camp Mackall. The thermoplastic bridge, made from about 85,000 pounds of recycled plastics, is the first structure of its kind capable of supporting military equipment loads in excess of 70 tons.

  • Aerobathon a big hit at Fort Bragg's Towle Court Fitness Center

    Sep 25, 2009

    More than 70 Soldiers, Family members and civilian employees participated in the biannual aerobathon at Towle Court Fitness Center Saturday. "This is a meet and greet for the classes," said fitness coordinator Shannon Riley. "It allows people to meet the instructors and see their style of instructing as well as socialize with one another. They can also get a chance to see the types of fitness programs we have to offer here," she said.

  • Fort Bragg's youth sports holds fall season opening ceremony

    Sep 25, 2009

    Hundreds of Family members, fans and spectators gathered at Fort Bragg's NCO Academy Field Saturday as the Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Youth Sports division held its fall season opening ceremony. The ceremony featured youthful athletes, from ages 4 to 15, who were geared to participate in soccer, football and cheerleading during the fall season. Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Sicinski spoke at the event and threw the first football pass to a young football player to proclaim the fall season open. "Welcome to another season of Fort Bragg youth sports," Sicinski said. "This thing does not happen without your support. If you're standing on the field, it means you're actively involved in your community. If you're sitting in the bleachers, it means that you actively engaged in supporting your community, thank you."

  • Motorcycle safety course at Fort Bragg gets an upgrade

    Sep 25, 2009

    For motorcycle riders, taking the basic and experienced riders course is mandatory before operating a motorcycle on Fort Bragg. In the past, the course lasted two days and consisted of classroom and actual motorcycle operator training outside the classroom. Starting Oct. 1, the basic riders course will be extended an extra day and include a new piece of equipment designed to familiarize riders with motorcycle movement before getting out on the road. "You're gonna get movement, you're gonna get throttle input, breaking input, the motorcycle (simulator) is gonna move a little bit on you," Brunner said. "You can get that sense of feel."

  • Fort Bragg station provides post emergency information

    Sep 25, 2009

    Here is a little known fact - Fort Bragg has its own radio station. Though listeners are not likely to hear Jay-Z or Miley Cyrus, they will be warned of inclement weather and other important messages. The radio station, found at AM 1700, has been operational for nearly two months and is under the control of the Directorate of Emergency Services, said Scott Bouley, who is a systems administrator with the Integrated Incident Management Center. "The radio station is an emergency warning system that we can use to broadcast important information," Bouley said. "Right now, we are trying to find a better location for the station so that we can increase the range."

  • Distinguished lecturer series begins at Fort Bragg

    Sep 25, 2009

    To help leaders meet the daunting intellectual demands that modern warfare entails, the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team recently inaugurated its Distinguished Lecturer Series. The series is designed to help leaders from the brigade navigate complex geo-political issues and understand evolving concepts in military affairs through exposure to a wide array of lecturers from the worlds of the military, academia, and politics, said Maj. Troy Glazier, the brigade Information Operations officer, who helped develop the concept for the series.

  • Fort Bragg spouses' retreat prepares Families for homecomings

    Sep 25, 2009

    After 10 months in Iraq and several more to go, the spouses of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division are ready for their paratroopers to come home. But preparing for that much-anticipated arrival requires planning and understanding, which is why the Panther Brigade conducted a spouse retreat Saturday and Sunday at the Crown Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The weekend's opening session and overall theme of the conference was "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families" by Col. Patrick Neal, 3rd BCT's rear detachment chaplain who has conducted three spouse retreats in the past year.

  • Fort Bragg participate in National Preparedness Month observance

    Sep 25, 2009

    Readiness is one of the staples of military life. Whether it's physical readiness or the ability to react to anything at a moment's notice, military members and their Families are expected to adapt. This month, the Fort Bragg community, along with the rest of the Army will observe National Preparedness Month and the Army encourages every member of the Army Family to participate.

  • Worker Finds Creative Niche With Hobby

    Sep 25, 2009

    David Wilson had been looking for a creative outlet for many years. He had tried different hobbies, but nothing stuck. Four years ago, however, he found his art form inside a chunk of wood. He's been carving ever since. "I had a friend that was a carver. He gave me a tool catalogue and told me to order a few things. He said he would teach me a few things in a week or so. But then he took a job as a tour bus driver," Wilson, a property administrator in the Garrison's Directorate of Logistics maintenance division, said. "It was three years before I saw him again. So, I got a few books and kept practicing. Other carvers have helped me and showed me things along the way." After four years, Wilson said he is still a beginner. His carving is still a learning process of trial and error. "I make toys, animals and people," he said, laughing. "I also make some firewood, too." It is a process he has come to love. He has set up a small shop at his home, where he spends hours in the relaxing pursuit of taking tool to wood. He has found that he most enjoys crafting caricatures and faces. "I can't even draw a stick figure, but I can take a piece of wood and make something," he said. "It's relaxing and satisfying at the same time."

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers, Family members become American citizens

    Sep 25, 2009

    Seventy-four servicemembers and military spouses, 33 of whom are from Fort Bragg, raised their right hands and took the oath of allegiance for naturalized citizens during a naturalization ceremony Sept. 17, aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.

  • Community Entertains Families From Fort Campbell

    Sep 25, 2009

    "OMG!" said Denise Lewis upon seeing the crowd gathered in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel. More than 250 family members, Team Redstone leaders, community leaders and representatives from various support organizations were assembled. They met in a reception room for a "Welcome to Huntsville" event Sept. 12. With their spouses deployed in Afghanistan for a year, the family members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Campbell, Ky., were ready for a relaxing time - a retreat from the stress of running a family, working jobs, being involved in the community, and the day-to-day household operation without the presence of their spouses. The group is part of Strong Bonds, formerly known as the Building Strong and Ready Family program in 1997, an Army family readiness/support group led by the 159th Chaplain unit. The program recognizes the importance of family support. "We are so happy to be here," said Lewis, family readiness group brigade adviser

  • Bragg bike ride supports wounded warriors

    Sep 25, 2009

    For the second year in a row, Special Operations Recruiting Battalion will support the Wounded Warrior Project with a bike ride across Fort Bragg. On Oct. 8, the ride will kick off the WWP Soldier Ride, Carolinas. The opening ceremony for the 20-mile ride, which will start and end at Wilson Park on Butner Road, will begin at 9 a.m.

  • Security Assistance Command Tackles Suicide Prevention

    Sep 25, 2009

    The Army has made suicide prevention among Soldiers a top priority. However, predominantly civilian organizations are using the training and information available to educate their work forces as well. The Army Security Assistance Command is moving into phase three of its training plan. "We want it to be understood that we take it just as seriously as the green-suiters," Gale Fenwick, training manager, said. "We are an Army organization and suicide does happen to civilians, too." The first phase of training included briefings and presentations featuring the stories of people who have lived through suicide attempts or the pain of a friend, loved one or colleague's death. Some of the faces are instantly recognizable. "The actor and comedian Drew Carey has a segment where he talks about his own suicide attempt," Fenwick said. The training program is mandatory for USASAC's active duty and government civilian work force. It is also recommended for the contractors within their walls. Conducting widespread training at four locations, while in the middle of a BRAC move, sounds daunting, Fenwick said. However, teamwork and support from Redstone has made it go much smoother than could be anticipated.

  • 'God Is Touching The Hearts Of So Many'

    Sep 25, 2009

    While the Army defends freedoms around the world, God is working in the hearts of people from all walks of life who hunger for justice, compassion and a promise for a better future. That's what Betsy Brown is witnessing as she travels throughout western and eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. "Pray for our enemies," she urged members of the Protestant Women of the Chapel during a presentation Sept. 10. "God is touching the hearts of so many who hate us. In Africa, Morocco, Libya, Algeria and all over the world, Jesus is making himself known ... Pray that they have dreams and visions, because they are." Brown, an international Christian worship leader, speaker and teacher, formed Heartsong Ministries in 1979. Since then, she has traveled throughout the U.S. and the world to share the message of Christ and to minister to U.S. servicemembers. In her mission work, she ministered behind the Iron Curtain in Germany when communism was falling, among Russian military in Siberia, and on the battlefields of Iraq to both U.S. military and Iraqi citizens. She has co-led prayer walks on the islands of Indonesia, assisted with tsunami relief work in Indonesia in 2005, spent Christmas 2004 and Thanksgiving 2007 in Iraq ministering to U.S. military, traveled to Syria several times to assist with aid to more than 2 million Iraqi refugees, and taught and worshipped with military wives involved in PWOC around the world. She has seen for herself how the power of Jesus and the Christian message of love and forgiveness have changed the lives of radical extremists. As she spoke to PWOC members in Bicentennial Chapel, Brown said she has repeatedly heard testimonials similar to what a refugee living in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon once told her about his transformation.

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