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  • Honoring West Point NCOs, WTU with a tailgate

    Oct 22, 2009

    One of the best things about an Army Football Saturday-besides the game itself-is the tailgate with friends, food and refreshments. During the game with Vanderbilt Oct. 10, West Point Soldiers, Warriors in Transition and Family members were treated to a special gathering of their own.

  • Cadets help kickoff American League Championship Series

    Oct 22, 2009

    Earlier this fall, West Point and the New York Yankees were in the headlines for striking a deal to bring football back to the Bronx for the next five years.

  • Senior chaplain visits Fort Dix

    Oct 22, 2009

    Fort Dix, NJ ,Sept. 27, 2009 - "Earlier this year, I was informed that I had three more skin cancers on my ear and they were going to have to take my ear off," Chap. (Brig. Gen.) Eugene R. Woolridge, assistant chief of chaplains for mobilization and readiness, said during a sermon Sept. 27 at the Fort Dix Main Chapel. And they did.

  • Becoming a scream free parent

    Oct 22, 2009

    ScreamFree founder and author of "Scream Free Parenting," Hal Runkel, signs a copy of his book for Quinnie Cook following a presentation Oct. 21 at the Post Theater on Fort McPherson. Runkel, a licensed marriage and family therapist, spoke about parenting techniques that focused on changing the dynamics in the home to help prevent parents from letting their emotions take over when dealing with their children, and instead focusing on maintaining calm and making choices based on principles rather than emotions.

  • Rally gives Soldiers opportunity to learn motorcycle safety, build camaraderie

    Oct 22, 2009

    Each year, the Army loses more Soldiers due to motorcycle accidents than combat. "We lose a battalion of Soldiers a year due to motorcycle accidents," said Lt. Gen. Thomas Miller, commanding general, First Army. "We lose a battalion of Soldiers a year due to motorcycle accidents," said Lt. Gen. Thomas Miller, commanding general, First Army.

  • Military, local communties help warriors

    Oct 22, 2009

    The message of the "Make a Difference Day" sign at the entrance to the Shepherd Center Apartments encouraged its readers in bright yellow and blue letters to, "help a friend fix something, do something for your community, spend time with someone who is lonely, give to a worthy cause or smile, hug and extend a kind word." It was a message that many took to heart.

  • Superintendent visits fort, puts emphasis on math

    Oct 22, 2009

    For children of military members, change is something that comes with the territory. Although change can make things difficult, knowing what types of changes to expect can help ease the transition. On Oct. 19, Kathy Cox, state superintendent of schools for the Georgia Department of Education, visited Fort McPherson to educate military members of changes taking place in Georgia schools that will affect their children's education.

  • Former Stewart-Hunter Commander visits Spartan Soldiers

    Oct 22, 2009

    Hundreds of Soldiers from Spartan Brigade's 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment filled Fort Stewart's Main Post Chapel as the former U.S. Drug Czar and MSNBC military analyst gave words of encouragement and advice, and he answered questions to the deploying Soldiers of 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. Oct. 15. "You will be there in a key time in Iraq and American history," said Gen. (Ret.) Barry McCaffrey, the onetime Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under former president Bill Clinton.

  • Regiment honors Soldiers for defending nation

    Oct 22, 2009

    To honor the sacrifices made this year in support of overseas operations, the Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 345th Infantry Regiment honored members who have mobilized throughout the year in a "Welcome Home Warrior Citizen" ceremony Oct. 18 at Fort Gillem in the Army Reserve Center.

  • Halloween: Be safe, have fun Presidio style

    Oct 22, 2009

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- Halloween doesnAca,!a,,ct always have to mean screams, scares and all the things that go bump in the night. The Ord Military Community chapel community will host its 16th annual fall festival Aca,!A"A Light in the Night,Aca,!A? an all-ages, free event that will have activities for the children of military personnel, Department of Defense civilian employees, and retirees from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

  • Port operations keep 3rd HBCT moving

    Oct 22, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT - Offloading nearly 650 vehicles and pieces of military equipment from a cargo ship is easier said than done for the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

  • Funeral Honors Team provides final respects to those who served

    Oct 22, 2009

    Military funerals have been on my mind lately. You may have seen the recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where I was quoted in regard to a missed opportunity to honor a deceased servicemember. While that situation is unfortunate, it takes nothing away from the incredible job our Funeral Honors Team does on a nearly daily basis to show the Army's respect for our fallen Soldiers, serving past and present, and their commitment to our military service and the United States.

  • 3/7 Inf Spouses 'Soldier up' for competition

    Oct 22, 2009

    Army Spouses got a taste of Soldier life and suited up for the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment's Combat Spouse Badge Competition at Fort Stewart's Holbrook Pond, Oct. 17.

  • Quicker, drier mail is on the

    Oct 22, 2009

    improved mail service for military community in Vicenza, Italy

  • 3rd ID completes training in Kuwait, departs for Iraq

    Oct 22, 2009

    Most of the Division Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division has arrived in Iraq, but before their boots hit the ground there, they had to make a stop in Camp Buehring, Kuwait for some added training.

  • The future of 'don't ask, don't tell'

    Oct 22, 2009

    Sentinel Editorial "I will end 'don't ask, don't tell.'" With these words Saturday at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, President Barack Obama pledged change for the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which states gay or lesbian members of the armed forces can be discharged from military service if they openly proclaim their sexuality.

  • BG Phillips takes over as senior commander of Stewart-Hunter

    Oct 22, 2009

    With the deployment of Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey E. Phillips has become senior commander of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield and 3rd ID deputy commanding general - rear.

  • Marathoner motivated to stay in shape

    Oct 22, 2009

    Stephanie Sering began running when the camera told her to. The native of Korea said she saw some photographs and couldn't figure out who was in them. When she was told her own image was captured in the pictures, Sering was less than pleased. "I was not happy with my weight," she said. "I didn't like the way I looked and wanted to change that."

  • 3rd ID CG bids farewell to Coastal Empire, Families

    Oct 22, 2009

    Major General Tony Cucolo, 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, held a live press conference with local media at the 3rd ID Headquarters at Fort Stewart, Oct. 16.

  • Chaplain swings away with class about baseball

    Oct 22, 2009

    Chaplain (Col.) Alexander Webster is passionate about serving his country, as well as America's beloved pastime of baseball. Besides being the installation's Eastern Orthodox chaplain for more than a year, Webster is a part-time instructor at nearby George Washington University. He's been a faculty member since 2002 and has many memorable stories from the classroom. Though, none may be greater than the thrill he's getting this semester.

  • Food show feeds Stewart-Hunter community

    Oct 22, 2009

    When you eat at a dining facility or a Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility, you rarely think about where the food comes from, or who makes it. On Oct. 15, the cooks and food were on display at the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Food Show at Club Stewart.

  • Family Covenant buoys survivors at Fort Belvoir

    Oct 22, 2009

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The dreaded knock at the door is something all military families fear. There aren't words to adequately describe the pain of losing a loved one. The role of a Casualty Assistance Officer is to help the family during the period immediately following a casualty, eliminate delay in settling claims and to help in personnel-related affairs.

  • Belvoir celebrates Hispanic heritage

    Oct 22, 2009

    Manny Monterrey, a local film producer, author and curator of Latino arts, visited Fort Belvoir's Community Center Oct. 15 for a celebration of Hispanic American Heritage Month at the installation.

  • Post players press the Press

    Oct 22, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy -- Daiga's Desperados player Maynor Rodriguez (left) dribbles around his opponent Francesco Formaggio of the Vicenza Press soccer team during a friendship match as part of the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza's first Vicenza Press Media Day at Caserma Ederle Oct. 18. The Vicenza Press soccer team of local Italian news media defeated Daiga's Desperados, made up of U.S. military community members, 5-3. The Vicenza Press Association was created in 2002 to organize events in the Vicenza area with the purpose of making donations to a charity. USAG Vicenza's Sgt. Justin Vincent (right), No. 23, was player-coach for the Americans.

  • McAlister promoted to flag officer

    Oct 22, 2009

    Mark McAlister, commander of the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, was promoted to brigadier general during an Oct. 16 ceremony.

  • Community reunites through sacrifice, support at Taylors Creek Cemetery

    Oct 22, 2009

    Descendants from one of the nation's oldest communities, Taylors Creek, gathered together in fellowship, Oct. 18 at Taylors Creek Cemetery to remember the town, which was originally founded around 1760, and the loved ones who lived there until 1941. Brigadier General Jeffrey E. Phillips, senior commander for Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield joined the nearly 100 participants of the Taylors Creek Cemetery Association Meeting and Reunion, to recognize the sacrifice made by local Families toward the creation of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, and thank them for their continued support of the installation's Soldiers and Families.

  • Community called to action on domestic violence

    Oct 22, 2009

    Fort Jackson Soldiers, family members and civilians gathered Saturday to take a stand against domestic violence. The post's sixth annual Domestic Violence Awareness Rally started with a march led by the Columbia High School band and concluded with a ceremony at the Solomon Center

  • 'Pathway to graduation' takes shape

    Oct 22, 2009

    Visitors entering Fort Jackson through Gate 4 are now welcomed by a new sign placed in front of a row of Palmetto trees. The sign was dedicated in a ceremony Oct. 15 and is part of the initiative "pathway to graduation," which aims to make graduation a more pleasant experience for visitors from across the country.

  • Thibeault: 'attitude of integrity'

    Oct 22, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Louis Thibeault takes pride in being a family man and a Soldier.

  • Post H1N1 vaccine delivery delayed

    Oct 22, 2009

    Fort Jackson likely won't get its allotment of H1N1 vaccine until mid-December, though officials still hope to vaccinate Soldiers before they leave for holiday block leave.

  • Mom seeks balance in fashion, motherhood

    Oct 22, 2009

    Earlier this week, I got the opportunity to meet with Sue Hertling, wife of the first head of Initial Military Training, as part of a Family Readiness Group roundtable discussion.

  • Great taste, celebrity draws crowd to annual Food Expo

    Oct 22, 2009

    Good food and a visit by NFL Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris made for a successful fourth-annual Food Expo, organizers and participants said Tuesday.

  • Gamecocks support wounded warriors

    Oct 22, 2009

    The University of South Carolina football team will honor wounded warriors during the Nov. 14 game against the University of Florida at Williams Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks have teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project and Under Armor to wear special uniforms during the game.

  • U.S. Forces Invite Iraqis to Health Fair

    Oct 22, 2009

    U.S. Forces invite Iraqi Security Forces to participate in a health fair at Contingency Operating Base Speicher in northern Iraq, which offered educational activities and short seminars to improve the basic medical knowledge of Iraqis in the area, Oct. 16.

  • Hispanic Heritage speaker stresses importance of education, family, values

    Oct 22, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - As the footprint of Hispanic heritage continues to grow in the United States, one second-generation Latina is leaving her mark and encouraging all Americans to do the same.

  • DoDDS students learn about German culture, traditions while making apple juice

    Oct 22, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a glass of apple juice can do wonders toward building lasting friendships and understanding cultures.

  • Soldiers, students feed Seoul's homeless

    Oct 21, 2009

    More than 15 members of the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan's Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Servicemembers teamed up with Baekseok University to distribute meals to Seoul's less fortunate Sept. 26 at Seoul Station.

  • Defense Secretary visits Yongsan

    Oct 21, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - More than 100 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines assigned to U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan filled the Collier Field House this afternoon for a town hall-style meeting with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

  • Meet the APG Garrison commander

    Oct 21, 2009

  • APG DENTAC NCO helps keep Soldiers mission ready

    Oct 21, 2009

  • RDECOM CSM recognized by Hispanic engineers

    Oct 21, 2009

  • Everyday hero, the noncommissioned officer

    Oct 21, 2009

  • 'Theater of War' compares historic and current reintegration challenges

    Oct 21, 2009

    Dramatic readings taken from plays written by Sophocles at least 2,500 years ago were performed Oct. 16 and 17 at Junction City's C.L. Hoover Opera House as part of the Theater of War presentation sponsored by Army Community Service. Tales of Ajax and Philoctetes were read by four New York actors to show Soldiers and Families that a lot of the same issues today occurred back then.

  • Fort Riley hosts Retiree Appreciation Day

    Oct 21, 2009

    Fort Riley hosted their annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day. Post officials welcomed retirees from all over the U.S. States and abroad. Program updates of the growth of Fort Riley, programs designed to support active duty and the retiree population were presented including a tour of Fort Riley.

  • Fort Riley family named '2009 Army Family of the Year'

    Oct 21, 2009

    The National Military Family Association named the Nolan Family of Fort Riley as the Army's representative for the 2009 Military Families of the Year program.

  • Initial H1N1 vaccine will soon arrive at Fort Riley

    Oct 21, 2009

    Story about the what Fort Riley is doing in partnership with the local communities to educate and deter the spread of the H1N1 virus.

  • Hispanic Hertiage runs wild at Jacobs Theater

    Oct 21, 2009

    Hispanic Hertiage runs wild at Jacobs Theater

  • Disability Awareness Month is about expectation, opportunity

    Oct 21, 2009

    Disability Awareness Month is about expectation, opportunity

  • AIT Soldiers demonstrate selflessness, teamwork with volunteer service

    Oct 21, 2009

    AIT Soldiers demonstrate selflessness, teamwork with volunteer service

  • Fort Eustis Archaeology Program holds open house at Matthew Jones House

    Oct 21, 2009

    Fort Eustis Archaeology Program holds open house at Matthew Jones House

  • 690th Rapid Port Opening Element activates during ceremony

    Oct 21, 2009

    690th Rapid Port Opening Element activates during ceremony

  • Yorktown Day celebrates America's Revolutionary victory, British defeat with parade, ceremonies

    Oct 21, 2009

    Yorktown Day celebrates America's Revolutionary victory, British defeat with parade, ceremonies

  • Medics vie for top honors in Expert Field Medical Competition

    Oct 21, 2009

    Some of the Army's best medical personnel are enduring a grueling series of tests this week during the Expert Field Medical Competiton at Camp Bullis, the medic training base near Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The event will culminate in one team being proclaimed the "Top Medics in the Army" on Friday, Oct. 23.

  • Year of the NCO: Guidance on promotion through NCO Corps

    Oct 21, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. C.C. Jenkins, Combined Arms Support Command, Sustainment Center of Excellence and Fort Lee command sergeant major, is never too busy to counsel Soldiers.

  • Promoting Domestic Violence Awareness

    Oct 21, 2009

    Team Lee members gathered Oct. 14 for a domestic violence workshop hosted by the Family Advocacy Program as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month. The workshop featured Monique Rider, BodyLife Dynamics president. A victim of childhood abuse and domestic violence, Rider shared her personal experiences and the skills and techniques she credits with her survival.

  • 'Fighting Fuelers' Close Chapter in Quartermaster History

    Oct 21, 2009

    After more than 68 years of service to the country, the 58th Quartermaster Company, 240th QM Battalion, 49th QM Group, deactivated Oct. 15 in a ceremony at the Post Field House.

  • Army's largest dining facility opens at Fort Lee

    Oct 21, 2009

    The largest Army-owned dining facility is officially open for business. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Oct. 14 to celebrate the completion and opening of the 75,000-square-foot facility located on the new Ordnance Campus. It was the first ribbon-cutting ceremony held on the $700 million campus comprised of more than 30 new buildings, many still under construction.

  • Annual Combined Federal Campaign ends Dec. 15 - act now!

    Oct 21, 2009

    With the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, underway until Dec. 15, it's a good opportunity to consider why 89 percent of American households give an average of $1,620 per year, according to Giving & Volunteering in the United States, an independent sector survey organization of American philanthropy. In the spirit of CFC, it's also the one time this year to take the opportunity to help contact 100 percent of the federal workforce so they know that they can voluntarily participate in CFC, and closer to home, consider why do you, if you're among the 89 percent of Americans who do, give'

  • Community health care set to open new facility

    Oct 21, 2009

  • Vietnam veteran receives Bronze Star for Valor for actions in 1967

    Oct 21, 2009

    A Vietnam veteran was honored for his valor in combat with the presentation of a Bronze Star medal at Heidelberg's Retiree Appreciation Day on Oct. 17.

  • Blind German student teacher inspires students in Heidelberg classroom

    Oct 21, 2009

    A blind student teacher from the University of Heidelberg spent three weeks with second and third graders from Patrick Henry Elementary School in Heidelberg as part of a DoDDS practicum program.

  • 20 years of BOSS: Heidelberg troops celebrate with community service

    Oct 21, 2009

    The Heidelberg Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers group honored 20 years of the Army's BOSS program with a weeklong celebration.

  • Year of the NCO: Wounded warrior embodies meaning of leadership

    Oct 21, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - The Noncommissioned Officer Corps is often considered the backbone of the Army but defining what it means to be a part of that brotherhood is not as easy as it sounds. One of several definitions of what an NCO is could be summarized by saying he or she is a dedicated leader of Soldiers. Sgt. 1st Class Chris Edwards, assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder, explains that attaining NCO status does not automatically make you a leader.

  • Battlemind: Training helps spouses, couples cope with deployment challenges

    Oct 21, 2009

    In a room of 20 military spouses, about 15 raised their hands as Chaplain (Capt.) Josh Metz asked, "Who's gone through a deployment before'" The number wasn't surprising.

  • 'Welcome home Viper Medics'

    Oct 21, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Sherry Schwab's T-shirt screamed the message her voice forgot as her husband and 78 other Soldiers marched into the Wiesbaden Fitness Center Oct. 12. "Welcome home, Viper Medics."

  • Saying no to drugs on Fort Irwin

    Oct 20, 2009

    Stand alone photo of Fort Irwin and National Training Center Commanding General Brig. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams signing a proclamation Oct. 14 that declares Oct. 26-30 as Red Ribbon Week on Fort Irwin.

  • Army to delink distributed Learning from resident phase in Civilian Education System courses

    Oct 20, 2009

    Employees enrolling in a Civilian Education System course in the 3rd and 4th quarters of FY10 will notice a major change in the application process.

  • Attention to detail

    Oct 20, 2009

    Sidewinder Missile Branch employees disassemble, examine, evaluate and determine the extent of repair, replacement or reconditioning required on Sidewinder Tactical Missile Guidance and Control Systems.

  • On the job at Tobyhanna- Safety Division

    Oct 20, 2009

    The Safety Division's 11 employees operate an effective and comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health Program. The division is part of the Industrial Risk Management Directorate.

  • To have "heart" makes life worth living, each day an adventure to discover

    Oct 20, 2009

    The Army Materiel Command Chaplain, sends out daily quotes that are often comforting, challenging, inspiring or some combination thereof.

  • Plants take root on TEIRF

    Oct 20, 2009

    Workers place plant modules on the roof of the Tactical End Item Repair Facility, making it the second building at Tobyhanna Army Depot with a green roof.

  • Warrant Officer claims top honors during FMWR 5k run on Columbus Day weekend

    Oct 19, 2009

  • Warrior Country volunteers recognized at luncheon

    Oct 19, 2009

  • Families enjoy a day of relaxation with bowling from ACS and volunteers

    Oct 19, 2009

  • Soldiers compete in Tae Kwon Do tournament for Warrior Country level

    Oct 19, 2009

  • Casey celebrates Chuseok with Dongducheon Mayor, local citizens

    Oct 19, 2009

  • Army spouses make Song Pyun rice cake for Koreans

    Oct 19, 2009

  • Central Michigan University offers credits for Civilian Education System course

    Oct 19, 2009

    Army Management Staff College has signed another articulation agreement, demonstrating university recognition of its Civilian Education System program.

  • ACS offering financial counseling to Knox military personnel

    Oct 19, 2009

    Counselors help Soldiers understand the many considerations involved in any large purchase -- whether it's a home, car, furniture -- any significant purchase.

  • Army Management Staff College reschedules Continuing Education for Senior Leaders class

    Oct 19, 2009

    The Army Management Staff College has rescheduled an upcoming Continuing Education for Senior Leaders class.

  • Bluegrass teens run race in high-risk heels to help cause

    Oct 19, 2009

    The teens were on-site helping out at an awareness event sponsored by the Harrison County (Indiana) YMCA. While there, the young men were asked to participate in the "Walk in Our Shoes" race -- wherein men are asked to race in bright red high heels to bring attention to the domestic violence situation.

  • Employees improve UAV Reset process

    Oct 19, 2009

    Tobyhanna employees are improving the unmanned aerial vehicle system Reset process.

  • Lessons learned

    Oct 19, 2009

    Depot employees and youth participated in Fire Prevention Week activities Oct. 4-10.

  • Employees dig new C4ISR facility

    Oct 19, 2009

    On Oct. 2, Tobyhanna Army Depot employees participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Command, Control, Communications Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Finishing Center.

  • Preserving important pieces of history

    Oct 19, 2009

    groundbreaking for the new Visitor and Education Center and Museum Support/Conservation Facility.

  • Army leadership discusses wide range of issues with USAWC students

    Oct 19, 2009

    Chiarelli led the "all-star" Army staff, following the formal address, in discussions in each of the 20 seminars about the lessons of leadership.

  • Monroe Troops Participate in Bingo Bash

    Oct 19, 2009

    A Fort Monroe Soldier teams up with a patient at the VA Hospital in Hampton during a recent Bingo session

  • Fort Monroe renovates former quarters, increases available childcare spaces

    Oct 19, 2009

    In need of additional child care spaces, Fort Monroe converted a set of military quarters into Child Development Homes

  • Natick Soldiers win Leapfest

    Oct 19, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Eric McPherson earned the individual championship and the Natick Soldier Systems Center team of McPherson, Sgt. 1st Class Steve Brittain, CW3 Michael Doe and Sgt. 1st Class Joe Trull earned the team title at 28th Annual Leapfest in Kingston, R.I.

  • USACE awards contract for USAREUR Command and Battle Center in Wiesbaden

    Oct 19, 2009

    The 84-million-euro contract will consolidate U.S. Army Europe Command headquarters at Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany.

  • Aviation Program Exec Office Earns Acquisition Award

    Oct 16, 2009

    WASHINGTON - Teams and individuals from the Program Executive Office for Aviation were recognized in three out of 16 categories at the 2009 U.S. Army Acquisition annual awards ceremony Oct. 4 at the Crystal City Gateway Marriot. The ceremony paid tribute to the uniformed and civilian professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide combatant commanders and their Soldiers the weapons and equipment they need to execute decisive, full-spectrum operations in support of the overseas contingency operations. Some 139 nominations were received from the field. Only 18 were recognized. "Our people - military and civilians are our most important asset," said Dean Popps, acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. "Tonight, we honor our finest - you." PEO Aviation was recognized in three categories for the Army Acquisition Excellence awards. The AAE recognizes an Army acquisition work force member or team whose performance and contributions set them apart from their peers. The nominees work at all levels of the acquisition community, from senior leadership to newly hired interns. Any Army acquisition work force member, team or joint program, active duty military, including reserve component Soldiers, and civilian employees, are eligible for award nomination. The awards directly reflect the outstanding achievements in support of the Soldiers and the Army's transformation efforts.

  • Annual Family Symposium Seeks Delegates

    Oct 16, 2009

    Nicki Swindle is looking for a few good volunteers. And you can be one of those volunteers if you have an association with the military and Redstone Arsenal; the desire to listen, question and follow through with quality of life issues as they are presented; the ability to work in a team to identify, develop and prioritize issues; and, above all, the commitment to making a difference in the lives of servicemembers, retirees, Army civilians and their family members. Oh, and one last requirement - you have to be able to participate in a two-day Team Redstone Army Family Action Plan conference set for Oct. 27-28 at the Officers and Civilians Club. "We need delegate volunteers," said Swindle, the quality of life program manager for Army Community Service. "We already have our facilitators, recorders, transcribers and issue support volunteers. But we need delegates with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We need delegates that represent active duty, DA civilians, retirees, and active duty, retiree or DA civilian spouses." Thirty volunteer delegates are required by the conference. They are divided among three issue groups - medical/dental; benefits and entitlements, including traffic, transportation, personnel, finance and housing; and consumer services, including Commissary, PX and Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation activities. "The delegates do not have to be experts in these areas. We have subject matter experts that will provide them with the information they need to make decisions," Swindle said. Delegates work in their groups to review issues and brainstorm new issues, ask questions and conduct research involving subject matter experts, choose the group's top three issues, write issue statements and then present them at the end of the conference. "Everybody has a role in this process," Swindle said. "We want the delegates to feel comfortable enough to share their opinions. There are no uniforms, no ranks, no last names. Everyone is equal in this process. This conference gives people a voice, a way to get involved in change. But this isn't about personal agendas. We need delegates who want to see positive change come out of the process."

  • BALLOON SURVEILLANCE

    Oct 16, 2009

  • Furry Friend Makes Reading Time Fun

    Oct 16, 2009

    At first glance, Taka is a big dog. The German shepherd stands taller than many young children. But, after meeting him, it doesn't take long for Taka's gentle demeanor, high tolerance level and friendly nature to bring his stature down to a child's level, where he is petted, hugged and kissed, and read to. Read to' Taka is a registered therapy dog and a Reading Education Assistance Dog. He spends the first Saturday morning of each month practicing his listening skills with children who read to him at the Redstone Arsenal Library as part of the Tales with Taka program. At his side is his owner and trainer, Jamie Ward, who spends her working days as the acting chief of the acquisition management division, Lower Tier Project Office. "This is all fun for the children. It gets them comfortable around dogs and encourages them with their reading," Ward said. "It's a way for me to support the troops and their families." On a recent Saturday morning, Taka read books with two members of Taka's Pack Readers -- 9-year-old Sofia Rundini and 7-year-old Isabella Fratangelo. Both picked out books that they knew Taka would like.

  • Retirees Welcomed As Part Of The Arsenal Family

    Oct 16, 2009

    Besides information on health, benefits and local volunteer services, attendees of the two-day Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Redstone Arsenal also received an up-close look at the Arsenal and all it has to offer its Soldiers, civilian work force, retirees and their families. And much of that up-close look was provided by Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli during an Oct. 3 presentation in Bob Jones Auditorium. "You are a part of our family," Pastorelli told the retirees. "This is an important event for us. I've been in the Army for 24 years, and as long as I've been in the service, no one does it better than Redstone Arsenal. "We're here to support you and we're going to do our best each and every time. We never forget about you even when you do retire. Our commitment is to provide you with whatever services we are capable of providing." Pastorelli thanked the event's coordinators - the Retiree Council of Redstone Arsenal - and all the organizations, including the Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation, Officers and Civilians Club, and Fox Army Health Center, that made the event possible. "Nothing gets done unless people lean forward, volunteer and make it so," he said. "(Co-chairmen) Henry Oldham and Doug Patrick and all their volunteers do phenomenal work every time." The colonel reviewed with retirees the size and economic impact of Redstone Arsenal - 38,125 acres; 12 million square feet of building space; $2.7 billion annual economic impact from salaries; 33,000-plus employees on Redstone Arsenal; 78,843 military retirees in the immediate area; 118,265 family members; and 55,303 civilian retirees.

  • I'm Not Stopping Serving No Matter What"

    Oct 16, 2009

    This year's Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Redstone Arsenal was all about life changes -- life changes that make a positive impact, that lead to reassessments and new commitments, that make a difference in the lives of others. Health care exhibitors including Fox Army Health Center, Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center provided information about managing health issues, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Volunteer agencies like Still Serving Veterans and Army Community Service offered both services and volunteer opportunities. And program speakers urged attendees to make the most of their retirement years. The two-day event gave retirees a glimpse of the life changes they can make in their own lives and in the lives of others. Leading those life changes was one of the Army's most active military retirees - Jack Tilley, who prefers to be introduced as the former - not the retired - 12th sergeant major of the Army. Tilley brought his message of life changes to the second day of the annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day event, held Oct. 2 at the Officers and Civilians Club and Oct. 3 at the Sparkman Center's Bob Jones Auditorium and cafeteria. His message - interspersed with personal antidotes - told of his deep faith in God, his belief that the U.S. still stands for hope, peace and equality throughout the world, and his willingness to continue in his service to the nation despite carrying the label "retired." "My name is Jack Tilley. I'm a retiree. I'm a Soldier. And I will never stop serving," he told retirees in closing his presentation on Oct. 3. But before the closing came so much more.

  • NCO Academy Aces Organizational Day

    Oct 16, 2009

    It all came down to this last test of strength and will. Two Soldiers, a male and female, from Headquarters & Headquarters Company and the NCO Academy squared off to determine who would walk away with the 59th Ordnance Brigade Organizational Day 2009 trophy. When the dust cleared from the rapid succession of pushups, the Academy stood alone. Oct. 2 had provided individual and team heroics as Bravo, Charlie, Headquarters & Alpha, the Marines, HHC 59th and NCO Academy gathered for a fun-filled day of activities to build morale within the companies. HHC 59th and the Academy ended the final event of the day, the tug-o-war, tied for first place and then squared off in the tiebreaking event, the pushup. But the true feat was two companies with the oldest Soldiers in the unit beat out more than 400 privates, with the average age of 20. HHC 59th and the Academy both proved age doesn't matter. "You know, it's kind of hard for the NCOA to compete because we have older Soldiers," 1st Sgt. John Butler, senior leaders course branch chief, said. "Some have injuries, some don't run like they used too. But we came out and competed really well against companies like Bravo and Charlie, who have fresh, young Soldiers. For us to come out on top, this was great. It says a lot for our Soldiers in the NCOA." And this victory for the Academy was indeed important. Though the Academy has dominated when it comes to static display contests, they are not known for their athletic achievements. "This victory is special to us," Butler said. "For the last few years, the NCOA was getting beat pretty bad in these (competitions). It's nice to come out on top."

  • Readiness Group Reaches Out To Team Redstone

    Oct 16, 2009

    Unlike predominately-military installations, Redstone deploys both Soldiers and civilians. It's looking to support them through a non-traditional readiness group. "The concept is new in that our demographic is unique here," said Kathleen Riester, Army Community Service program manager and FRG representative. At other installations, troops deploy as a unit. A traditional family readiness group is in place at their post to meet the needs and answer the questions of their families for the duration of their deployment. At Redstone, however, civilians and Soldiers deploy throughout the year - sometimes individually or in small groups for varying time periods. A traditional readiness group just wouldn't work for them. "That's why our name is the 'Community Family Readiness Group,'" Riester said. "Because we're trying to cover all of our people under this one umbrella. Even if you're an office of only five and you have no one deployed right now, you may have someone deployed in the future. You're welcome to the table." Last year the Community FRG formed to try and meet the needs of Team Redstone, both Soldier and civilian, as they deploy. Along the way, they have identified issues unique to civilian deployments.

  • Milestone Run At Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 16, 2009

    WASHINGTON - After all the congratulations for finishing first for the third straight year, the news got even better for members of Redstone's Army Ten-Miler team. The runners learned they had won two first-place awards for the first time in Redstone Arsenal's history of competing in the 25th annual event. Redstone finished first in the government agency division for the third year in a row at the 10-mile race held Oct. 4 near the Pentagon. Redstone also had an entry in the all-comers division. Preliminary results announced at the awards ceremony had Redstone Two finishing second among the all-comers. However, the official results on the Army Ten-Miler website subsequently had Redstone Two finishing first in that division as well. So, Redstone Arsenal swept both the government agency and all-comers divisions for the first time. The Army Ten-Miler office was notified of its earlier discrepancy and promised to settle the matter by Oct. 15.

  • Therapy dogs offer balance

    Oct 16, 2009

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