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  • Former enlisted Soldier feels status quo is never good enough

    Oct 29, 2009

    The Army career path that took Maj. Rizwan Shah, Company G-4 tactical officer, to where he is today is a long and winding one. He began wearing enlisted stripes. Then those stripes were replaced with the silver bar and black squares of the warrant officer corps.

  • Little ones do some growing

    Oct 29, 2009

    Children from the Child, Youth and School Services Youth Center pre-kindergarten course get some help from Col. Deborah B. Grays, U.S. Army Garrison commander (center, in uniform) and Command Sgt. Maj. Kenny Leonguerrero, USAG command sergeant major (not pictured) while planting tullip bulbs Oct. 28. The children planted the bulbs around the Installation Management Command-Southeast building's sign to help beautify the area.

  • Therapist discusses parenting practices with military

    Oct 29, 2009

    Parenting isn't an easy job. That might be the only truth people received about parenting. Hal Runkel, a licensed family marriage therapist and author of "ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool," , spoke with members of the community about parenting, Oct. 21 in the Fort McPherson Post Theater.

  • BTO: West Point NCOs are a vital part of cadet learning experience

    Oct 29, 2009

    As a vital part of the U.S. Corps of Cadets staff, detachment sergeants provide cadets a wellspring of guidance on technical and tactical knowledge, as well as team-building skills necessary for new officers to accomplish their missions.

  • Colonel promoted to principal for day

    Oct 29, 2009

    ATLANTA - The children at William M. Finch Elementary were welcomed to school Oct. 27 by their new principal: Col. Deborah B. Grays. As part of a relationship building program, Grays, U.S. Army Garrison commander, took on the role normally filled by the school's principal, Dr. Linda Paden.

  • First Army holds initial Army Family Action Plan conference

    Oct 29, 2009

    First Army Family members now have a voice when it comes to letting installation and unit commanders know how they feel about the needs and concerns that affect Army Families and their military communities.

  • Belvoir servicemembers part of 'Salute to the Stars'

    Oct 29, 2009

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The Washington Wizards NBA basketball team may have some big name players, but on Oct. 21, the athletes took time to recognize the stars who make up the military.

  • Volunteers needed to escort WWII Vets on Honor Flight

    Oct 29, 2009

    Many years from now, in the twilight of your life, you may decide to make the trek to Washington, D.C., to visit your war memorial, visit your fallen friends, and reminisce about your days when you fought for freedom. For thousands of World War II veterans, that time is now - and those veterans need your support.

  • Belvoir directors 'Walk a Mile' to understand disabilities

    Oct 29, 2009

    A group of directors from Fort Belvoir stepped out of their comfort zone Oct. 22 and participated in the "Walk a Mile in my Shoes" program.

  • Army using 'stimulus' funding to repair dams, recreation areas

    Oct 29, 2009

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using part of its $4.6 billion in stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve dams, waterways and recreation areas across America.

  • Commentary: Speechless ... able-bodied Belvoir employee finds his voice for the disabled

    Oct 29, 2009

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Last Friday, I spent four short hours unable to speak aloud to my co-workers, to my boss, and even to my wife. What I realized during my few short hours in this disabled state was that a person with a verbal disability has to think four steps ahead of everyone else, has to be very efficient in their preparations, and needs high-tech, high-cost gadgets to simply stay afloat in this fast-paced world.

  • Fort Sill commander uses social media

    Oct 29, 2009

    FORT SILL, Okla. - Fort Sill and the Fires Center of Excellence have gone Web 2.0.

  • Honorary Soldier's dream comes true with special ceremony

    Oct 29, 2009

    Two incredible things happened to Christopher Coleman Oct. 21. His dreams of being a Soldier in the U.S. Army were fulfilled - and he got to retire 15 minutes later.

  • Belvoir highlights community ties with annual breakfast

    Oct 29, 2009

    Fort Belvoir commander Col. Jerry Blixt told community leaders and installation partners that a focus on the post's personnel, infrastructure and community is the key to maintaining the post's viability Tuesday during the installation's Community Relations Breakfast.

  • Critical groups get first H1N1 shots

    Oct 29, 2009

    Fort Sill's Reynolds Army Community Hospital began giving vaccinations for the H1N1 influenza virus this week.

  • 3-5 Platoon, 603rd Avn Wins Hunter Flag Football Championship

    Oct 29, 2009

    On Oct. 21, the 3-5 Platoon of the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion became the 2009 Hunter Army Airfield Intramural Football Champions with a 12-6 victory over the 473rd Quartermaster Company.

  • 260th QM Soldiers Run, 'Paint the Town Pink'

    Oct 29, 2009

    On and off the battlefield, servicemembers came together to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their brethren, and the Hunter Army Airfield Soldiers of the 260th Quartermaster Battalion shouldered the distress call from one of their own. Soldier's voices rang out as they sang in cadence, "Paint the town pink," an intonation they wrote especially for the run. As the Soldiers passed supportive citizens along the streets, children stood outside of schools and daycare centers along the route and held pink, red, white and blue balloons while cheering for the troops. The Paint the Town Pink initiative run was an effort to bring awareness to Soldiers, their Families, and those in the community about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

  • Great Finds Abound at Stewart-Hunter Great FMWR Yard Sale

    Oct 29, 2009

    Customers came in a steady stream and in large numbers, anxious to look through thousands of bargains on hundreds of tables at the Club Stewart and Hunter Credit Union parking lots and in housing areas of both posts, Oct. 24.

  • Golf pros tee off to teach children life skills, game fundamentals

    Oct 29, 2009

    ATLANTA - Unlike golf's goal to shoot under the par, exceeding the standard is the goal of the golf lessons being offered to children in the Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem community.

  • 90th HR, 3rd SB, 3rd ID Returns Home

    Oct 29, 2009

    Approximately 30 Soldiers from 90th Human Resources Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade returned to Fort Stewart from a 12-month deployment to Kuwait, Saturday.

  • Military Families - the Army's heart and soul

    Oct 29, 2009

    ATLANTA - Families are the heart and soul of the Army. They take care of our Soldiers so the troops can concentrate on their mission, work beside us in paid and volunteer roles to serve our customers and provide valuable input regarding the quality of care they and their servicemembers receive.

  • Vanguards Reach Out to Community

    Oct 29, 2009

    Every year, on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of people across the U.S. reach out to those in need as part of a national day to help others. This year, Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division joined in on the nationwide effort and turned "Make a Difference Day" into an ongoing community outreach program.

  • 2nd HBCT Cases Colors, Says Farewell

    Oct 29, 2009

    The Spartan Brigade marked the beginning of their fourth deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom by casing their brigade colors in a ceremony held on Cottrell Field, Oct. 23.

  • 3rd HBCT Soldiers Kick Off Deployment

    Oct 29, 2009

    When Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division waved "goodbye" to their loved ones and climbed on the bus that took them to the plane to haul them overseas, they were not going to Iraq. Not just yet. After almost 48 hours, Sledgehammer Soldiers stepped off the plane in Ali Al Salem in Kuwait City. This time without the fanfare, they loaded another bus headed for the first leg of their deployment: Camp Buehring.

  • Barracks initiative improves quality of life, eases burden on first sergeants

    Oct 29, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany - Responsibility for all single Soldier barracks at U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels will soon transfer from units to garrison employees-a change that will make a big difference in the lives of single Soldiers and their first sergeants. As part of the Army's First Sergeant's Barracks Initiative, a team within the Department of Public Works Housing division will soon be responsible for all administrative responsibilities of Hohenfels barracks, freeing units and first sergeants of the huge workload associated with running them while simultaneously improving Soldier quality of life.

  • Safety officials say electronic charging units a hot issue

    Oct 29, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Hot commodities on the gift-giving market are turning into a hotter issue for safety officials. Electronic charging units designed for use in motor vehicles for a variety of portable music players and other electronic gadgets have been identified as culprits responsible for vehicle fires.

  • Ready for Halloween

    Oct 28, 2009

    Pumpkin, carved by 1st Lt. Joshua S. McCaskill, sports the FA crest. FA Commandant wishes safe and happy Halloween to Redlegs and their families throughout the world.

  • Social Media is way of life: learn it, live it, deal with it

    Oct 28, 2009

    Social Media is way of life: learn it, live it, deal with it

  • Dynamics Of Working At Redstone Shared With Students

    Oct 28, 2009

    Redstone Arsenal's "wow" factor was on display Friday for about 120 college juniors and seniors interested in engineering, management information systems, accounting, finance, procurement, operations management, supply chain and enterprise resource planning. During College Day, the students toured the Prototype Integration Facility, Software Engineering Directorate, Redstone Test Center and the propulsion areas at Marshall Space Flight Center to get an idea of the projects they might work on as civilian employees for the Aviation and Missile Command or the other 50 federal agencies located on the Arsenal. "There are a significant number of job opportunities here and there's a lot of opportunity in the midst of the organizations moving here," AMCOM deputy commander Ronnie Chronister told the students. "What all this means is there will be opportunities for you and your peers for employment here." Speaking to the group at Heiser Hall at the beginning of their daylong visit, Chronister told the students that Redstone Arsenal can offer them a lot of hands-on opportunities to make a difference in the nation's overseas contingency operations and the day-to-day survival of Soldiers at war. The students saw some of the Arsenal's aircraft and missile systems perform in an AMCOM video, which included an Apache firing a Hellfire missile, a Black Hawk delivering a box of NLOS missiles to a remote location and a firing of a Patriot missile. "All the science and technology, the engineering, that went into building the Apache helicopter or Hellfire missile ... all the science and technology for aviation and missile systems is managed at this Arsenal," Chronister said.

  • Youngsters See Science and Math Hands-On

    Oct 28, 2009

    Pingpong balls and lava lamps brought the lessons of microgravity down to earth for sixth and seventh grade students who visited educator William Heard's mini-science lab at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center during the third annual Space and Missile Defense Student Day. "You guys ready to learn some cool stuff'" Heard asked students from Randolph School and Fairview Middle School. He asked the students if they knew about Daniel Bernoulli, a Swiss mathematician and scientist who lived in the 18th century and who is remembered for his applications of mathematical equations involving the flow of fluids in terms of speed, pressure and potential energy. Heard told them much of modern technology, especially aerodynamics, is based on Bernoulli's formulas. From the looks on the students' faces, the "stuff" didn't seem so cool anymore. "This guy was French. He lived in the 1700s. Way back then he was talking about some of the forces acting on nature, some of the things that are the principles of how airplanes actually work," Heard said, as he drove his message into the 21st century. "Bernoulli's Principle explains the lift and drag of airplanes, and the effect of air pressure. It's about microgravity." Then the "cool stuff" did happen. The students tried their own "lift and drag" experiment with two cups and a pingpong ball. The idea was to blow over the cup containing the ball so that the ball was pushed up and out of the cup, landing in the second cup. "By blowing over the cup, you are changing the air pressure inside the cup," Heard said. "Blowing across the cup generates a difference in the pressure in the cup and causes the ball to go from one area of high pressure to an area of low pressure." Heard also used 1960s lava lamp entertainment to further demonstrate the effect microgravity has on fluid. The demonstration was among eight exhibits from government and industry representatives that participated in the Space and Missile Defense Student Day at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Davidson Center. During the event, more than 250 middle school students from Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Cullman participated in hands-on demonstrations in robotics, unmanned aerial/ground vehicle aircraft, satellite technology, man's quest to rediscover the moon, and other space and missile defense technologies.

  • Fort Eustis pregames for Halloween with festivities for Soldiers, family members, senior leaders

    Oct 28, 2009

    Fort Eustis pregames for Halloween with festivities for Soldiers, family members, senior leaders

  • Semifinalists selected for Operation Rising Star singing contest

    Oct 28, 2009

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Twelve members of the U.S. military Family have been selected to compete in the final week of competition in the Operation Rising Star singing contest, scheduled for Nov. 14, 16, 18 and 20 at 8 p.m. in the Wallace Theater.

  • Summit Unites State Military Leaders

    Oct 28, 2009

    Disaster contingency plans, antiterrorism and force protection programs, emergency drills and pandemic influenza plans were all on the table for discussion during an annual meeting that brought Alabama's commanders to Redstone Arsenal. The Alabama Commanders' Summit, started by Gov. Bob Riley, involves commanders from the state's three military installations - Redstone Arsenal, Fort Rucker and Maxwell Air Force Base - as well as state commanders and state emergency officials. "The vision of Governor Riley was to bring all of the state, federal and local emergency managers together so that we know each other, and we know each other's assets and capabilities," said Alvin Odoms, the Garrison's director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. "So, now, if we have to call on each other we know who can best help with the emergency that we are dealing with." This is Redstone's second time to host the event, which rotates between the state's three installations. "This is about preparing for a holistic state approach to an emergency or disaster," Odoms said. "Every post and military company in the state has capabilities and it's good to know what those capabilities are in time of need. Because of these summits, we know each other and we can work together as a team. We are part of each other's emergency teams."

  • USASMDC/ARSTRAT active in reaching out to Wounded Warriors

    Oct 28, 2009

    The U.S. Department of Labor's theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month is "Expectation + Opportunity = Full Participation," and the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command is creating those opportunities for veterans and soon-to-be veterans.

  • Text u L8er: MPs crack down on cell phone users

    Oct 28, 2009

    If you think you need to answer your cell phone or reply to that text while you are driving on Fort Jackson, you better think again.

  • Team effort

    Oct 28, 2009

    Soldiers with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, scale one of the wall obstacles at the Confidence Course.

  • Pry: Don't quit, keep going

    Oct 28, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Pry is a self-described "family man." Pry, who has been in the Army for 18 years, wants to have at least 20 years under his belt before retiring from the Army.

  • MACH stops enrollment for families

    Oct 28, 2009

    Moncrief Army Community Hospital leaders have taken action to resolve a provider shortage in hopes of improving the level of medical care received by Soldiers and their families, officials said recently.

  • Employees earn post's first black belts

    Oct 28, 2009

    Three Fort Jackson employees have earned black belt certification via the Lean Six Sigma training program. In addition, a fourth will be recognized for earning the prestigious credential next quarter.

  • Elite golf course a breeze for Soldiers

    Oct 28, 2009

    A two-man golf team from Fort Jackson recently worked their way to a second place win at the 2nd Annual Carolinas PGA Golf League Championship at Tobacco Road Golf Club.

  • Drill sergeant saves Soldier's life

    Oct 28, 2009

    A drill sergeant was recently recognized after using the skills she learned in a Combat Lifesaver Course to save the life of a Soldier who stopped breathing during a training exercise.

  • 'Greywolf' Families train-up on reintegration

    Oct 28, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Although a reunion is a happy time, it can also bring considerable stress - stress Families and service members may not expect.

  • Brussels concludes Hispanic Heritage Month

    Oct 28, 2009

    Some 150 Brussels community members gathered at USAG Brussels on Oct. 17 to celebrate the conclusion of the observance of Hispanic Heritage month.

  • Brussels hosts retiree appreciation day

    Oct 28, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - The U.S. Army Garrison Brussels hosted a Military Retiree Appreciation Day for the Benelux community on Oct. 20. Nearly 50 U.S. military retirees and spouses from throughout the region took advantage of all or portions of the day-long event.

  • Bilingual balloon release marks Red Ribbon Week at Vicenza

    Oct 28, 2009

    Caserma Ederle releases balloons containing bi-lingual messages to support drug-free lifestyles

  • Members of the U.S. Army Europe and Heidelberg military community make a difference

    Oct 28, 2009

    Members of the U.S. Army Europe and Heidelberg military community remembered 178 service members' children interred in Frankfurt's main cemetery during a national Make A Difference Day project Oct. 24.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill: eligibility, entitlements, applying

    Oct 28, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - Learn how to apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Understand your eligibility, entitlements.

  • Army wins Red Ribbon Run in the KMC

    Oct 28, 2009

    Soldiers, Army civilians and their family members grabbed the KMC (Kaiserslautern military community) Unit Strength Award - the huge trophy - Oct. 24 at the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern's 2009 Red Ribbon Run on Rhine Ordnance Barracks. What started out and remained a friendly challenge, the Unit Strength Award made its debut at this year's event and was a competition between the three military services in the KMC - the Army, Air Force and Navy, said Heather Robinson, the garrison's Army Substance Abuse Program prevention coordinator.

  • IMCOM-E, Romanian firefighters complete training

    Oct 28, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - A firefighting training officer from Installation Management Command-Europe's Firefighting Training Center in Ansbach recently completed training at Mikhail Kogalniceanu International Airport, Romania, Oct. 20 as part of an effort to enhance interoperability and capability at the site of U.S. Army Europe's Joint Task Forces-East. JAfA1/4rgen Schwab, Ansbach training center's training officer, and Hubert Karl, contractor HFW, provided five days of hands-on training to approximately 30 Romanian firefighters from the Mikhail Kogalniceanu (MK) International Airport.

  • <b>USAG Daegu debuts ESPG for Camp George</b>

    Oct 27, 2009

    U.S. Army Garrison Daegu debuted an Enhanced Security Pedestrian Gate (ESPG), the first of its kind in Korea, at Camp George's gate 10. The ESPG allows for 24/7 monitored but unmanned access to the installation.

  • Installation Management Command

    Oct 27, 2009

  • Relocation Experts School Atlanta-area Army Civilians

    Oct 27, 2009

    Two of the toughest challenges facing Atlanta-area Army civilian employees relocating to Ft. Bragg, N.C. or Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. in 2011 will likely be moving their families and, potentially, selling their Atlanta-area homes.

  • Fort Sill CG uses emerging media to communicate

    Oct 27, 2009

    Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill commanding general maximizes use of Web to communicate.

  • Air traffic technician wins national award

    Oct 27, 2009

    A civilian worker at the Fort Sill airfield received a national award for his work at Henry Post Army Airfield.

  • New Heidelberg principal recalls life at school 40 years ago

    Oct 27, 2009

    Allison Peltz may be new to her job as principal, but her face has graced the halls of PHES before - when she was a student 40 years ago. After hearing she would lead a school she once attended, Peltz said she was excited, since she "has great memories of being here as a child." Previously assistant-principal in Okinawa, Japan, Peltz believes she can create strong connections with parents and students in her new community.

  • New Parent Support Program: Making life easier for military parents

    Oct 27, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - Play Group is just one of the services offered through USAG Schinnen's New Parent Support Program, serving military families in the Tri-Border region of the Netherlands and Germany.

  • IMCOM-Korea

    Oct 27, 2009

  • Former All Air Force wrestler dominates in 8th Army Championship

    Oct 27, 2009

  • A Night To Remember with the Paynes; USAG's romantic couple

    Oct 27, 2009

  • Warrior soldiers participate in BOSS talent show

    Oct 27, 2009

    CAMP STANLEY, Republic of Korea - Warrior Country Soldiers displayed hidden skills and abilities during the Camp Stanley Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers Talent Show Oct. 16 at Reggie's Club.

  • Soldiers and local community enjoy Korean American Friendship Festival

    Oct 27, 2009

  • 2009 Combined Federal Campaign kicks off with a bang

    Oct 27, 2009

    USAG CASEY, Republic of Korea - The Combined Federal Campaign representatives visited Area I Sept 21 to recruit and train key personnel of each unit at the U.S. Army Garrison Casey Theater to ensure the success of fundraising.

  • Area I starts school bus transportation program for students begining Nov 9

    Oct 27, 2009

  • Strong Bonds Program

    Oct 26, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> Strong Bonds is a unit-based, chaplain-led program which assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening the Army family. The core mission of the Strong Bonds program is to increase individual Soldier and family member readiness through relationship education and skills training. Strong Bonds includes four subprograms applied across the Army Force Generation model: single-Soldier, couple, family, and deployment. Strong Bonds is conducted in an offsite retreat format in order to maximize the training effect. The retreat or "get away" provides a fun, safe, and secure environment in which to address the impact of relocations, deployments and military lifestyle stressors.

  • 519th welcomes 272nd MP Co activation

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORT POLK, La. - The 272nd Military Police Company has a storied history. From its beginning in World War II to the heroism of its Soldiers during Vietnam and its role in current operations, the company is legendary in the Military Police regiment.

  • School of gun builds Soldier weapon readiness, appreciation

    Oct 26, 2009

    To hone their lethal-fires skills, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, conducted "School of the Gun" training from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

  • 10th Mountain Soldiers test under Army's new expert infantryman standards

    Oct 26, 2009

    The Army has established a new standard for testing and awarding of the Expert Infantryman Badge, or EIB.

  • Class 81 graduates, creates milestone for unit

    Oct 26, 2009

    Class 81's arrival to "Tigerland" Aug. 22 marked a new page in the unit's and Army's history. The graduation of Class 81 is the capstone event for their impending deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the re-introduction of combat advisor training at Fort Polk. Tigerland once trained for similar missions during the Vietnam Conflict.

  • Disabled hunters net 6 deer during special hunt Oct. 3-4 at Fort McCoy

    Oct 26, 2009

    Fort McCoy's annual deer hunt for disabled hunters, which was held Oct. 3-4, saw a favorable increase from 2008 statistics, according to the Fort McCoy Wildlife Program.

  • Fort McCoy FY 2009 training totals near 106,000 mark

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORT McCOY, Wisc. - Fort McCoy trained nearly 106,000 personnel during fiscal year (FY 2009), which ended Sept. 30. The installation has trained more than 100,000 personnel annually since 1984.

  • Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers experience benefits of scuba diving

    Oct 26, 2009

  • Heidelberg team wins Expert Field Medical Competition

    Oct 26, 2009

    Two Soldiers from the Medical Department Activity in Heidelberg, Germany, claimed the title of "Best Medics in the Army" during the Expert Field Medical Competition held at Camp Bullis, Texas, Oct. 19-23.

  • Day on the tees raises green for CFC

    Oct 26, 2009

    A golf scramble held at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course raised more than $2,000 for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Oct. 16.

  • Hundreds run for life, join cancer fight

    Oct 26, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - A record number of runners, walkers, strollers and spectators turned out for this year's Walk/Run for Life for Breast Cancer Awareness. More than 600 participants arrived early Oct. 3 at the Hall of Champions, demonstrating support for the cause.

  • Heavy hitters connect at Hispanic Heritage Boxing Tournament

    Oct 26, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A crushing blow thrown by one Bruchsal boxer stunned both his Baumholder opponent and the crowd in attendance at the Hispanic Boxing Celebration Oct. 3 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center.

  • Special Ops Soldiers earn coveted title of 'Jumpmaster'

    Oct 26, 2009

    Ten minutes before arriving to the drop zone, every parachutist on the 'bird' knows what's coming next when the jumpmaster stands and hooks up to the anchor line cable, signaling the beginning of actions on the aircraft.

  • Retracing Dad's steps in Battle of the Bulge

    Oct 26, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - My father was my hero growing up. He did all the things a son could admire in a father. He left a secure position as an FBI Special Agent to join the United States Army during World War II because he loved his country. As a boy, my father told me many stories of his experiences in the war - the ferocity of combat in eastern France, acts of courage and sacrifice by his fellow Soldiers, his eventual capture and treatment in a German POW camp and his liberation by Soviet forces.

  • Using no-fee passports on leisure can leave you stranded

    Oct 26, 2009

    A government-issued or "no fee" passport can be very convenient. It is free of charge to command-sponsored military family members and Department of Defense civilians stationed overseas and allows them to bypass the process of applying for a tourist passport. The convenience ends, however, when no-fee passports are used for leisure travel. Vacationers can find themselves stranded at the border of another country, trying to get in (or worse: trying to get out).

  • USAG Stuttgart children 'Read for the Record'

    Oct 26, 2009

    On Oct. 8, some 1,950 children in the Stuttgart military community opened the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," by Eric Carle, and read it from cover to cover in hopes of not only learning about hungry caterpillars, but helping to set a world record for reading. The massive reading undertaking was part of the fourth annual Read for the Record attempt at getting the most children from around the world to read the same book on the same day.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Arts and Crafts program named best in Army

    Oct 26, 2009

    For the third year running, the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation department's Arts and Crafts program has been named best in the Army for large garrisons.

  • Fort Bragg luncheon highlights disability awareness

    Oct 23, 2009

    Fort Bragg helped to bring disability recognition to the forefront as it celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness with a luncheon at the Fort Bragg Officers' Club Oct. 14.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier, daughter reunited after 15 years

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Imagine having your pre-school aged child taken from you and having no means to contact him or her for the rest of your life. That was the case of a Fort Bragg Soldier who has searched extensively for a daughter he lost more than 15 years ago. On Oct. 14, he was able to give her a hug.

  • 83rd Chem Soldiers cited for 'stepping up'

    Oct 23, 2009

    It is not every day that someone gets a chance to safe a life. Soldiers are familiar with life-or-death situations though, and step up when they are needed -- even off-duty. Three Soldiers of the 7th Chemical Company, 83rd Chemical Battalion received awards for "stepping up" Oct. 2 during a ceremony on 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Field. Sgt. Brian McCann and Sgt. Severo Garza assisted local firefighters with a fire while visiting a former fellow Soldier in Missouri in July. Spc. Steven Whitley gave his neighbor cardiopulmonary resuscitation while he was visiting his family in Iowa in July. The Soldiers all received the Army Achievement Medal for their actions.

  • Fort Bragg children enjoy farm experience

    Oct 23, 2009

    Participants of Fort Bragg's Exceptional Family Members Program enjoyed a day at the Gillis Hill Farm Friday. Parents and children took an educational tour of the farm that included a short film about life on the farm, a puppet show set to the tune of Old MacDonald complete with real animals and a ride on a tractor pulled wagon.

  • Warrior medics engage Warrior Adventure Quest

    Oct 23, 2009

  • National Committee Member Visits Base Supply Store

    Oct 23, 2009

    Redstone has its share of high-profile visitors. Last week a presidential appointee visited the post, but he wasn't here to see missile systems or aviation offices. He came to visit custodians, store clerks and sewing machine operators. James Omvig serves as the vice chairperson for the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. He was appointed to the committee in 2003 by former President George W. Bush. The independent federal agency oversees the AbilityOne program, which promotes business relationships for federal agencies with goods and services from blind or disabled people. He spent the morning of Oct. 13 touring facilities operated by the people his committee is charged to assist. "Mr. Omvig's visit is to thank AMCOM and the Huntsville federal community for 36 years of sterling support for the AbilityOne program," said Bryan Dodson, president and CEO for Phoenix Service. "Over the past 36 years, the combined support for AbilityOne in the Huntsville federal community has literally changed thousands of lives for person with disabilities served by Phoenix and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind who operate the base supply center."

  • Year of the NCO: Junior NCOs train, learn at Warrior Leader Course

    Oct 23, 2009

    Yellow and green smoke covered the back of the field amid the sound of mortar shells going off behind the wood line. Shortly after the smoke began covering an arch bearing the motto "Lead by Example," Soldiers wearing tan, black and maroon berets marched onto the field for the graduation of Warrior Leader Course, Class 01-10.

  • Full Slate Of Activities Greets Military Wounded

    Oct 23, 2009

    Veterans Day activities will once again be the backdrop for a Tennessee Valley program that extends Southern hospitality to wounded Marines and Soldiers. The Semper Fi Community Task Force will host a group of 16 Marines and 16 Soldiers along with their spouses during Heroes' Week, which will include the Marine Corps Ball, a fishing tournament and boat tour, and the Veterans Day dinner and parade. All events are free for the wounded warriors and their spouses. "This is our way of helping, our way of paying it forward," said retired Marine Lt. Col. Mike Dahl, who is coordinating Heroes' Week. The task force has been raising funds throughout the year for this event. The group has also recruited various local businesses to donate services and products, and volunteers to assist with transportation and other arrangements. "We rely on a lot of local organizations to help us with this," Dahl said. Organizations such as the Patriot Guard, North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organization's Coalition, Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, Still Serving Veterans, Vettes for Vets Corvette Club, Blue Star Moms, Eagles Women's Auxiliary, Hands on Greater Huntsville, the cities of Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Guntersville, and several local churches support Heroes' Week. Businesses such as Sierra Toyota, the Westin Hotel, Guntersville Yacht Club and Rocket Harley-Davidson are also providing support. "We want to show them that Huntsville and North Alabama is an awesome place. We support our troops and we accept people with open arms," said Reserve Gunnery Sgt. Joe Wittkop, a Heroes' Week volunteer.

  • Home Sweet Home 2

    Oct 23, 2009

  • Homecoming 1

    Oct 23, 2009

  • Navy Reservist Returns Home After Year In Iraq

    Oct 23, 2009

    Well-wishers file into the conference room. There's cake on the table and a sign on the wall that says "Welcome home, Valerie." Co-workers celebrated Valerie Robinson's return from Iraq with a reception Thursday afternoon at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. The Navy reservist was deployed nearly a year in Al Asad, Iraq, with her unit, Navy Military Construction Battalion 24 out of Huntsville.

  • Protoype Integration Facility

    Oct 23, 2009

    Students from both public and private schools participating in the ninth annual Adventures in Engineering Day were brought by the busload Sept. 30 to tour the Prototype Integration Facility. Some of the attending high schools were Huntsville, Madison, Madison County, Limestone County and Arab. The AIE program allows students the chance to meet engineers who work on Redstone and to learn about their jobs firsthand. The Prototype Integration Facility welcomed the students and offered them the opportunity to see it and to speak with project leads. Once they reached the facility, the students were taken on a tour by government project lead TJ Lapointe who was eager to show and explain what he and other members of the PIF work force do. The bus with students from Bob Jones High was the first to arrive. The students piled in to the Visualization Laboratory where they squeezed between one another to get a better look at the large screens that gave examples of the 3D presentations being created there.

  • Black Falcons conduct heavy drop exercise

    Oct 23, 2009

    Paratroopers with Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Abn. Div. conducted and evaluated heavy drop mission Oct. 14 to simulate the battery's role in a brigade-level air field seizure.

  • Fort Bragg paratroopers brave weather for training exercise

    Oct 23, 2009

    Soldiers from the 18th Fires Brigade evaluated paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, as they conducted a battery training exercise in the densely wooded hills of Fort Bragg.

  • Celebrating Fort Monmouth history at Archives Day

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- The staff of the CECOM LCMC Historical Office spent a Saturday recently promoting Fort Monmouth's rich history at the Monmouth County Archives' 14th Annual Archives and History Day in Manalapan.

  • Military Families Have Voice At Local Schools

    Oct 23, 2009

    Barbara Williams spends much of her time attending meetings at school and talking with military parents. She doesn't mind her busy schedule; she just wishes more people knew she's available to help. "I still see people every day that say they don't know about school liaison services," she said. "I would say that's an area that needs improvement." Williams serves as youth education support services director/school liaison officer in Child Youth and School Services under the Garrison. She started in April after 32 years in the Huntsville city schools system. "The position that I'm in is very similar to my position in the Huntsville city schools district where I worked with families and children. I'm still working with families and children," said Williams, who formerly served as the director of pupil services at the city school board. "This one's different in that it's issues that concern schools and military children's education. My primary responsibility is of course military children's education." She has already seen the community's support for military children, whose mobile lifestyle entails frequent school changes. Under a new program this year called Military Operation School Supplies, 20 corporate sponsors provided 375 book bags filled with school supplies. The effort started in June and the book bags were distributed to military families in early August. "It was just an overwhelming project," Williams said. "They poured out a lot of support for our families."

  • Women's Group Steps Up Support In Defense Fields

    Oct 23, 2009

    Huntsville's leadership in the promotion of women in defense-related careers is a perfect fit for a city that is known for its "forward thinking," said a top Army official. "Since 1979, Women in Defense has provided members with forums for professional growth. Today there are 15 chapters for women who work in a primarily male industry and environment," said Brig. Gen. Susan Lawrence, commander of the Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command. "Women in Defense has been adding chapters fast and furious in the last five to 10 years. A Huntsville chapter is only natural for the Huntsville area because it is one of the most forward thinking areas for its time." The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women in Defense was started in March 2003. Speaking to an audience of about 250 members of the local WID chapter and the National Defense Industrial Association, Lawrence outlined Huntsville's history in the promotion of women in defense-related careers, beginning in the 1940s when women worked in the Army's local chemical and ammunition plants to replace the men who went to fight in World War II. "Their work helped their families financially and their performance was very much related to their own patriotic duty," Lawrence said. "Many of our predecessors recognized the challenges they faced and they all took on those challenges to make our nation a stronger place to live, to serve and to work." Lawrence said there is "no institution more supportive of women then the Department of Defense. It's been two decades since the Department of Defense first allowed women to go to service academies. Now we have 57 women generals or admirals. Five three-star female generals and, the great news last November, is we now have one female four-star. I've served with her and there is no better selection than General Ann Dunwoody."

  • Soldier deploys to Iraq to help field laser defense system for Chinook helicopters

    Oct 23, 2009

    Laser technology is taking Chief Warrant Officer Cary Nadeau to Iraq for his fourth deployment in support of overseas contingency operations. It's a deployment that will give Nadeau the opportunity to show the Army's Chinook pilots the benefits of new technology tested by the Redstone Test Center.

  • Japanese Colonel performs with Army Band

    Oct 23, 2009

  • Growing Post Thanks Community

    Oct 23, 2009

    Community leaders from across the Tennessee Valley were given a "bird's eye view" of what growth means for Redstone Arsenal during a briefing from top Redstone officers Oct. 13. That view was an overarching look at the Arsenal's footprint, its growing capabilities and new organizations, and the issues that could threaten future growth. During the Evening at the Arsenal, Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of Redstone Arsenal and the Aviation and Missile Command, joined forces with Col. Steve Kihara, the new commander of the Redstone Test Center, and Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli to share Redstone Arsenal's story with more than 100 community leaders. The Arsenal story included a missile firing of the Javelin, a flyover of Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters, and dinner, exhibits and a presentation at the Redstone Test Center's hangar at the Airfield. "This is an Arsenal that supports the entire country ... The mission of success today is having you get a better feel for your Arsenal and having you get a better feel of what we're all about, what our challenges are and where we're at," Myles told his audience. "Welcome to your Army."