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  • Suicide Prevention Stand Down

    Feb 19, 2009

    Chaplain (Col.) Jerry Stone goes over course material with Sgt. Justin Buttars, DeWitt Health Care Network, during a break from the suicide prevention stand down seminar Wednesday at Wood Theater. The prevention theme is 'Shoulder to Shoulder, No Soldier Stands Alone,' and was implemented by the vice chief of staff of the Army in response to the rising suicide rates the Army experienced from 2007 to 2008.

  • Year of the NCO: Quarterly competitions highlight honorees

    Feb 19, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy -- Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Lemire was recently named the Non-Commissioned officer of the quarter at a base wide competition at Camp Darby, Italy. During nine years of military service, Lemire recognized the importance of his duties and responsibilities as a Non-Commissioned Officer. One way he decided he could set a good example to his soldiers was volunteering to compete in the installations NCO of the Quarter competition.

  • Engineer officer training graduates observe 90th anniversary of school

    Feb 19, 2009

    Graduates of Fort Belvoir's Engineer Officer Training School returned to the installation Sunday to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Engineer OTS of World War I. The event, which included a formal dinner, was highlighted by speeches from several guests, including the keynote speaker, Maj. Gen. Don Riley, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Pre-K program has students ready for the next step

    Feb 19, 2009

    A place full of new surroundings and all new faces may be intimidating to a young boy or girl just starting school for the first time. To help make a smooth transition, the Army has developed an initiative for kids to conquer those early anxieties. Called "Strong Beginnings," it's a pre-kindergarten program designed to prepare children for the next level of education.

  • Raiders Conduct Mortar Training

    Feb 19, 2009

  • Bamberg environmental award is result of teamwork

    Feb 19, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg is one of 11 honorees announced as 2008 Secretary of the Army Environmental and Sustainability Awardees during a ceremony Feb. 10.

  • Gyeong-Gi Province honors Soldier volunteer

    Feb 18, 2009

    UIJEONGBU - Employees of the provincial government of Gyeong-Gi gathered in a conference room in their building in downtown Uijeongbu Feb. 12 to honor and give appreciation to their volunteer English teacher Spc. Dan Merwin. Merwin volunteered to teach more than 20 students every Thursday evening in order to improve their English conversation as well as reading and writing skills.

  • Ceremony honors 46 Area I KATUSA soldiers on Red Cloud

    Feb 18, 2009

    Lt. Col. Park Kwang Chul (center), 2nd Infantry Division Republic of Korea Army Staff Government commander, delivers a congratulatory address to soldiers being honorably discharged in USAG-Red Cloud Chapel Feb. 1. A large number of U.S. Soldiers and ROKA soldiers attended to honor their comrades. - U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Kim, Tae Hoon

  • Hawaii Soldiers take part in "Great Aloha Run"

    Feb 18, 2009

    As some 20,000 runners hit the streets for the 2009 Hawaii Telcom Great Aloha Run here at sunrise Monday, more than 2,500 troops, running as the "Sounds of Freedom," demonstrated their cadences and esprit de corps.

  • All-Army Small Arms Championships set for March

    Feb 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will host the 2009 Army Rifle and Pistol Championships in conjunction with the U.S. Army Infantry Center from February 21 to 28 2009. Training and competitions are open to all Soldiers of all Army components, of any rank, with of any military occupational specialty, including West Point and college ROTC cadets.

  • Army aviation leaders look to future during annual meeting

    Feb 18, 2009

    The face of a young Soldier, a rifle in his hands and the desert at his back, helped Maj. Gen. James Barclay III make his point at Thursday's luncheon meeting with about 500 aviation industry and military representatives during the 35th annual aviation symposium at the Von Braun Center.

  • Looking back at Picatinny: Cannon Gate

    Feb 18, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - An installation landmark since 1885 is missing from Picatinny.

  • Army, New Jersey schools partner to promote science, math programs

    Feb 18, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Two New Jersey Army installations and 26 local school districts have teamed up to help foster scientific and mathematic interests in America's youth.

  • 65 Years Later: Families Return to Site of Fallen

    Feb 18, 2009

    CHIMAY, Belgium - Having a hero as an uncle whom she'd never met, but heard so much about, Romona Reed decided to search the Web in order to get to know him better. That search led to more than she had ever imagined, including a 5,000-mile trip to Belgium.

  • MNF-I CSM Visits Northern Iraq

    Feb 18, 2009

    Multi-National Force - Iraq Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence K. Wilson visits Soldiers of the many units, battalions and brigades serving on Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit, Iraq, Feb. 16-19. Among the many messages Wilson had for military personnel serving on the Northern Iraq base was the gratitude he and the forces command have to the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen accomplishments on every level.

  • Kaiserslautern's first Driver's Ed class graduates

    Feb 18, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Suzy Han, 18, a Kaiserslautern high school senior, hasn't killed a "virtual" deer in weeks while using the driving simulator during her driver education class. Han and 14 of her fellow classmates graduated Feb. 12 from the first driver theory education class sponsored by the Department of Defense Dependent Schools-Europe and U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern.

  • Message to new NCOs: 'step out and lead'

    Feb 18, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - With this being the Army's Year of the NCO, Master Sgt. Terry L. Montang, tells upcoming Soldiers to prepare themselves for leadership and not to be afraid to step out and lead.

  • Girl Scouts celebrate new European home

    Feb 18, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy - Girl scouts from all over Europe descended on Camp Darby for the unfurling of the United States of America Girl Scouts Overseas-North Atlantic colors at the organization's new headquarters here.

  • Yongsan spouses to get employment preference

    Feb 17, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Military spouses and family members will soon find it easier to get a Yongsan job. The Garrison is going to be part of a pilot program to help military spouses maintain government employment.

  • Army Warrior Care Covenant signed

    Feb 17, 2009

    The Army Warrior Healthcare Covenant, signed Wednesday in Marshall Auditorium, Infantry Hall, reaffirms "our commitment to caring for our wounded Soldiers and their families," said MG Michael Barbero, Fort Benning commanding general. "That is why we are here today," he said. "As we speak today, thousands of young Soldiers are patrolling the streets of Kandahar, Kabul, Baghdad and elsewhere in the world, and they need to know that if, God forbid, they should get hurt on the battlefield, they will not only receive first class care and assistance but they will receive it without red tape or bureaucracy."

  • Department of Defense program benefits 26 New Jersey school districts during 2008

    Feb 17, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Two New Jersey Army installations and 26 local school districts have teamed up to help foster scientific and mathematic interests in America's youth.

  • For Edmonds brothers, excellence is norm

    Feb 17, 2009

    The Edmonds are an American military family like any other - hard working and dedicated to service. They're ordinary, yet extraordinary in their own way. And on a February morning, Rosa, SFC(R) Nathaniel II and three of their five sons sat down in a Fort Benning food court to share their family's story.

  • Cannon Gate goes south

    Feb 17, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Cosmetic work is not unusual these days, especially when you're nearly 124 years old. The Picatinny community will unveil its restored historical landmark, the Cannon Gate, in time for this year's Armed Forces Day celebration.

  • IMCOM begins new suicide prevention program

    Feb 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - A new program that began Feb. 15 aims to decrease the alarming number of Soldiers taking their own lives.

  • Redeploying Soldiers use paintball to blow off steam

    Feb 15, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Paintballs ricocheted off inflatable barriers as 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Soldiers bobbed and weaved, trying their best to miss paint-filled projectiles.

  • Duty still calls 19 years later to Fort Dix NCO

    Feb 15, 2009

    "No one is more professional than I, I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of Soldiers..." said Master Sgt. Maurice Hall, 72nd Field Artillery Brigade Communications Operations NCOIC, as he led fellow Soldiers in the NCO creed during a promotion ceremony Jan 21 at Fort Dix.

  • NCO celebrates unique Martin Luther King Holiday

    Feb 15, 2009

    A Fort Dix NCO observed a special Martin Luther King Birthday by serving as an escort during the Inauguration.

  • Fort Lewis leaders gain insight from former Army chief

    Feb 13, 2009

    Most advice is worth what you pay for it, according to conventional wisdom. But when it comes from a former Army chief of staff, its value, at least to Fort Lewis senior leaders, rises substantially. Gordon R. Sullivan, retired general and president of the Association of the U.S. Army, visited Fort Lewis last week.

  • Annual Fort Lewis health fair educates community

    Feb 13, 2009

    Operation Care Fair - Body Strong, Mind Strong and Spirit Strong, sponsored by the Directorate of Family, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, drew a crowd of more than 200 Feb. 7 at the American Lake Community Center.

  • Fort Lewis based 'virtual staff ride' re-creates Baqubah battle

    Feb 13, 2009

    ground-breaking approach to training has arisen from interviews with 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment Soldiers about their three months of fierce combat from March to June 2007 in Diyala Province, Iraq. The Fort Lewis Battle Command Training Center introduced a feature on its Web page last week that allows units to take virtual staff rides, translating Syke's Regulars' neighborhood-by-neighborhood fight to oust al-Qaida from Baqubah into leadership-development training.

  • Fort Lewis battalion adds a crucial, lifesaving capability

    Feb 13, 2009

    You won't find a spreader, halogen bar, 18 mm socket wrench or K12 cutter with a diamond blade on most modified tables of organization and allowances. Not yet anyway. But recovery specialists in the 402nd Brigade Support Battalion are carrying them to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., this week to use during the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division's Mission Readiness Exercise. The specialized tools form part of their kits as newly trained extrication experts, tailored for Stryker vehicles.

  • Commentary: Real lessons of history get lost in clutter

    Feb 13, 2009

    February is Black History Month followed by Women's History Month in March. Both observances seem to suffer from a common failing - trying to re-write history in light of what we wish had happened, rather than what did.

  • Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers takes single Soldiers to Keystone for weekend skiing

    Feb 13, 2009

    BOSS Soldiers took at skiing trip to Colorado.

  • Noncommissioned officer's career takes a presidential turn

    Feb 13, 2009

    When Staff Sgt. Randy Hubbard joined the Army in 1994, it was to be a tanker. He never imagined his path in the Army would include a trip past the presidential reviewing stand on inauguration day 2009.

  • New pharmacy to open in Forsyth Post Exchange at Fort Riley

    Feb 13, 2009

    Fort Riley's main Post Exchange located in Camp Forysth. The pharmacy will allow Soldiers, Family members and military retirees to shop at the new post exchange and pick up re-fills for their presciption medications. This new facility will help reduce the wait time Soldiers, Family members and retirees experience while they wait at Irwin Army Community Hospital prescription refill pharmacy.

  • Fort Lewis paralegals compete for bragging rights

    Feb 13, 2009

    The best of the best...not only the title of a movie but it also defines the top paralegal specialist during the Fort Lewis Paralegal of the Year competition January 21.

  • Dental command names year's best at Fort Lewis

    Feb 13, 2009

    It was a tough week for the six Soldiers competing for the Western Region Dental Command's top annual awards - Soldier of the Year, and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Two Soldiers from each state - Alaska, California and Washington - were tested Jan. 20 to 23 on multiple tasks.

  • Durable Brigade leadership changes hands

    Feb 13, 2009

    Fort Riley's Sustainment Brigade completely a change command ceremony. The Sustainment Brigade recently returned from a 15-month deployment to Iraq.

  • Voices of Black History Month: Local Residents reflect on diversity

    Feb 13, 2009

    Various black leaders, in and around Fort Leonard Wood, tell their story of why they joined the Army, their experiences in the Army, the importance of diversity in the military, and the importance of Black History Month.

  • Survey says: Results of customer assessment give garrison command foundation for post improvements

    Feb 13, 2009

    Customers spoke, the garrison commander listened, and Fort Leonard Wood is taking action to become the Army's station of choice. "We are making an action plan to make (Fort Leonard Wood) better," said Col. John Megnia, Fort Leonard Wood garrison commander, sharing his vision of making the post as desired as a vacation at Club Med. During October 2008, 883 people filled out the Customer Assessment Survey for every service provided on the installation. Fort Leonard Wood had the most participation of any post in the Training and Doctrine Command, and was second in the entire Army by about 20 participants.

  • Fort Polk MPs receive SRT training at Shugart-Gordon training complex

    Feb 13, 2009

    Military police and DA police officers from Fort Polk conducted Special Reaction Team training at the Shugart-Gordon training complex.

  • Fort Polk Airman makes 'Tops in Blue' list

    Feb 13, 2009

    Airman 1st Class Joanell Jacques, Detachment 1, 20th Air Support Operations Squadron, is taking the assignment of her life. After participating in Military Idol at Fort Polk, she submitted her audition tape to Tops in Blue, the Air Force equivalent of the Army Soldier Show.

  • Polk's Warrior Transition Battalion helps wounded Warriors re-enter military, civilian life

    Feb 13, 2009

    Lt. Col. Timothy Albers, commander of Fort Polk's Warrior Transition Battalion, said the mission of the WTB is to heal and transfer the wounded Soldier either back into service or the civilian world. "We try to focus our staff and commanders to facilitate that," he said. Albers said there are four priorities: mission, Soldiers, Families and team.

  • Louisiana governor says Fort Polk has great future

    Feb 13, 2009

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal met with Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk officials Feb. 9 to discuss Fort Polk's progress and future endeavors

  • Sill NCO earns volunteer award

    Feb 13, 2009

    A Fort Sill NCO earns a volunteer award for his work with kids.

  • Fort Sill NCO explains role

    Feb 13, 2009

    A Fort Sill CSM explains the role of an NCO while on a firing line.

  • Army Training: For the Dogs

    Feb 13, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Robert Weddle, unlike most military dog handlers, has only enjoyed a partnership with Elmo for a short three months, only one of which being prior to deploying to Iraq's Contingency Operating Base Speicher, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Nebraska children send valentine surprise to troops in Germany

    Feb 13, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- School children from Crete, Neb. recently provided a sweet surprise for some Soldiers, and they didn't even have to cross the ocean to do it. The fourth through eighth-graders hand-made nearly 1,000 Valentine's Day cards to be distributed among the Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern and Mannheim military communities.

  • Training takes aim at mastering the art of customer service

    Feb 13, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Many of the nearly 200 smiling faces who work in the USAG Schweinfurt Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) have completed mandatory training on customer service, and the rest are well on the way.

  • Year of the NCO: Corporal to Sergeant Major of the Army

    Feb 13, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- The "Year of the NCO" was announced on Jan. 5 at Fort Bliss, Texas.

  • Corporals have been leading for 234 years

    Feb 13, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The rank is synonymous with leadership and was one of the original five ranks of the noncommissioned officer corps in 1775, the year the United States Army was born.

  • Year of the NCO: Iraq duty leads to personal, professional growth for 1st Armored Division Soldier

    Feb 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A 40-year-old Selma, Ala., native looks back with pride and a sense of accomplishment after 15 months of duty in Iraq. Sgt. Tracy Hill knew deployment was possible, but remained hopeful her unit would not have to deploy when she arrived in Wiesbaden in August 2005. "I knew I had to accept the idea," said Hill. "I never thought I would have to deploy, but you have to, and it's not easy."

  • Faces of Strength: Sgt. Jamin Bassette

    Feb 13, 2009

  • Commander's Corner: Year of the NCO

    Feb 13, 2009

    Noncommissioned officers are the backbone of the United States Army. The contributions of our NCOs are worthy of recognition. That's why the Army declared 2009 the "Year of the Noncommissioned Officer."

  • Garrison meets with local business leaders

    Feb 13, 2009

    <strong>SEOUL</strong> - Garrison officials met with Itaewon Bar Owner's Association representatives Feb. 5 to pledge stronger cooperation.

  • Yongsan firefighters test new ways to save lives

    Feb 13, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - The Yongsan Fire Station trained on a new set of equipment for responding to vehicle accidents then tested their life-saving capabilities during an exercise Feb. 3.

  • UFC athletes teach Red Cloud Warriors new moves

    Feb 12, 2009

  • Year of the NCO features Staff Sgt. Boydston

    Feb 12, 2009

    Chaplain Assistant NCOIC for Area 1 Garrison Chaplain's office. NCOIC of the Camp Red Cloud Chapel. Fund Manager for USAG Red Cloud Area 1 Garrison Chapel Tithes and Offering Fund (CTOF).

  • Families coping together, how they made it through deployment

    Feb 12, 2009

    For better or worse. In garrison or on deployment. Army spouses learn quickly when they marry a Soldier, they also marry the Army. Frequent moves, long separations, combat deployments and long hours are the norm for Army Families, so they learn quickly to make the most of any time they have together.

  • Looking back on 3rd ACR's deployment

    Feb 12, 2009

    Col. Michael Bills, commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, is unabashedly proud about the regiment's Soldiers and their performance during their 15-month deployment to Iraq. "All heroes, every one of them," Bills said about the Brave Rifles Soldiers. Thirty months ago, 3rd ACR moved from Fort Carson, Colo., with 439 Soldiers and no equipment.

  • Black History event marks mileston

    Feb 12, 2009

    "The journey is not yet over." That was the message from the guest speaker at Wednesday's Black History Month luncheon at the MG Robert B. Solomon Center. "Now that we have our first black President, as African Americans we cannot afford to become too complacent, for the journey is not over; it has just begun, and there is still a lot of work within our community that requires attention and action, if we are to enjoy the freedoms of this great democracy," the Rev. Willie Lawson told the packed gym. Lawson, a retired Soldier, and currently the pastor for a church in the Washington area, was present to witness the swearing in of our 44th president. He said it shows that the playing field is closer to being level for African-Americans today.

  • Leadership program to link current, past leaders

    Feb 12, 2009

    Fort Jackson will launch its quarterly Leadership and Training Guest Speaker Program Wednesday, 3 to 5 p.m. at the NCO Club. The program is designed to help the post's leaders retain knowledge and avoid attrition, said Maj. Ted Hart, deputy installation strategic planner. He added that a lot of brain power exits in the Army and the leadership lectures allow former leaders to share their knowledge with current leaders. The guest speaker for each meeting will be a recently retired three- or four-star general, Hart said.

  • A four-star's focus: Dempsey: GWOT redirection means adaptations ahead

    Feb 12, 2009

    As the fight in the Global War on Terror shifts from Iraq to Afghanistan, Army leaders are looking at how to shift the focus of training to deal with the renewed emphasis of fighting in one of the world's poorest countries. "There will be adaptations," the Army's top trainer said Friday during a two-day visit to Fort Jackson. The commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said there will not necessarily be changes in the conduct of counterinsurgency operations - the tactics, techniques and procedures - but rather changes in the training on how to work with the local population and operating in a different physical environment.

  • Rain or shine, the guards don't whine

    Feb 12, 2009

    On days he has to work, Derek Miller wakes up at 3:30 a.m. Depending on the weather, he may put extra layers underneath his regulation light blue dress shirt and dark blue slacks - both of which look freshly pressed. By 4:30 a.m., he is being issued his orders for the day, along with the standard 9 mm handgun he and his colleagues carry. And by 5 a.m., he has already relieved his predecessor and is waiting with a smile to greet his first visitor with a hearty, "Welcome to Fort Jackson, victory starts here!" Miller is one of approximately 70 Wackenhut security guards contracted to protect Fort Jackson's gates.

  • Parent support program provides textbook for child development

    Feb 12, 2009

    Children may not come with instruction booklets, but the Army Community Services (ACS) Family Advocacy Program (FAP) has a lot of information to provide a healthy blueprint for parenting. "Children are amazing," said Anne Murray, parent education specialist for the ACS FAP. "You do what you can to mold them." As a parent educator, Murray said her job is to help parents know how to help their children. Such help covers all areas of a baby's development, both inside and outside of the womb.

  • Good nutrition gives others less of you to love

    Feb 12, 2009

    Love handles not looking to lovely' Getting too big for your partner to wrap his or her arms around you' If there is a little too much of you to love, the Wellness Center staff has a solution. The staff, in a partnership with HYCS Nutritional Services, is offering classes in Bldg. 60 to help promote better eating habits.

  • U.S. Army Signal Corps cherishes Oscar award

    Feb 12, 2009

    As the annual Oscar Awards approach Signal Corps members recall the Oscars they won.

  • Historians train future chroniclers of the past

    Feb 12, 2009

    On a wooded hill near Chicka-mauga, today's Soldiers met with Soldiers of the past to learn how to better tell stories to Soldiers in the future. From Jan. 25 through Feb. 6, members of the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) history department at Fort McPherson trained the staffs of military history detachments (MHDs) preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan on how to gather, process and catalog data needed to write the Army's history.

  • Tuskegee Airman Perseveres

    Feb 12, 2009

    African American History month Fort Gordon command program

  • Staying secure matter of taking the time to train well

    Feb 12, 2009

    What measures can members of the garrison collectively take to help us be as secure as possible' Training and exercises are two of the most important tasks in ensuring readiness in the event of a terrorist attack or event. Training is vital to help us prepare to react to an emergency or crisis event. Terrorists have training camps all over the world, and although many have been destroyed since Sept. 11, 2001, others still exist and remain active. The terrorist training philosophy is "train to die."

  • Supermom: Police officer balances five and a 9-to-5

    Feb 12, 2009

    The adage "Don't mess with mom" often proves to be good advice, especially when mom is a police officer who graduated at the top of her class at the police academy. Iris Brown, a patrol officer with the U.S. Army Garrison Directorate of Emergency Services (DES), finds being the wife of a deployed Soldier, mom to five children and a police officer means accomplishing day-to-day missions can be a challenge she enjoys

  • Army-Level Conference Addresses Quality of Life

    Feb 12, 2009

    The Army Family Action Plan has allowed spouses, Soldiers, dependents and retirees to take their concerns and possible solutions to the top for more than 25 years. Delegates have just returned from the Department of Army level conference Jan. 26-30 in Alexandria, Va. AFAP began in the late 1970s with spouses looking to solve concerns they had. In 1983, the Army formally adopted it. While the issues have changed over the years, the basic premise and structure of AFAP have not. "It began with a group of wives trying to help their Soldiers and families," Cathy Hays, quality of life program manager, said. "It has been adapted some, but the core is still the same. That speaks to its effectiveness."

  • AUSA president gives glimpse at 2009 activities

    Feb 12, 2009

    As individual memberships in the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army grow close to the 3,000 mark, the organization is trying different things to expand its services, events and capabilities to both its members, and the Soldiers and military families it serves. One added event for 2009 - the 50th anniversary of AUSA worldwide -- was the chapter's first-ever general membership meeting, held Feb. 3 at the Veterans Memorial Museum. "Our newer members have asked me many times 'When are we meeting'' We are so busy doing the things that we do in support of our Soldiers and the Arsenal and the great people in this community, that we don't really have a meeting where we talk about what we are doing as a chapter," said Mike Howell, the local chapter president.

  • Air Force Retiree on Mission to Save Lives

    Feb 12, 2009

    Kristin Clark has been a possible bone marrow donor since 1992. Even with more than 15 years on the National Marrow Donor Registry, Clark has yet to receive a call that would match her up with a bone marrow recipient and give her a chance to save someone's life. But she's not waiting on the sidelines for that call. Despite her own lack of personal testimony as a donor, Clark is carrying the message of bone marrow donation to the military. This retired Air Force master sergeant, who moved to Huntsville in August, is now seeking to set up a bone marrow donor registration program within the gates of Redstone Arsenal. "Marrow donor drives are a great opportunity for Redstone Arsenal and tenant organizations in several ways - they give people a chance to save lives, they provide a positive image of the military and they create some great volunteer opportunities," she said.

  • Another winning year for Combined Federal Campaign

    Feb 12, 2009

    The nation's troubled economy didn't deter this area's federal workers from contributing to help those in need. The 2008 Tennessee Valley Combined Federal Campaign collected $2,278,923 to exceed its $2 million goal. Donors designated $1,146,156 of that total to local charities in the community.

  • 'Magnificent 7' Finishing Their Route

    Feb 12, 2009

    The mood was upbeat as the seven bus drivers gathered for their award ceremony Feb. 3. They represent the last of the line. When the school year ends, Redstone will relinquish its school bus operation in favor of the city of Huntsville's contractor Durham School Services. This means Redstone will no longer employ school bus drivers. But here they were smiling and joking. All expressed their appreciation for having served as drivers for Redstone's youngsters, some for more than 20 years. And Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli wanted them to know how much he and Team Redstone appreciated their service. "I want to personally thank you for all that you've done for our children," Pastorelli said. "You're the stalwarts here. You made it happen each and every day. "On behalf of the entire Garrison, and really all of Team Redstone, I want to thank you again for taking care of our children day in and day out."

  • 1/64 AR Defeats 2/7 IN in Intramural Action

    Feb 12, 2009

  • Hunter's Fitness Center Poses Big Challenge

    Feb 12, 2009

    Soldiers, Army Civilians and retirees registered for the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield 2009 Biggest Loser challenge throughout the week of Jan. 24.

  • Aviators Train Rain or Shine

    Feb 12, 2009

    3rd ID CAB conducts Door Gunnery Training Feb. 2 at Camp Blanding, Fla.

  • A New Way of Teaching Logistics

    Feb 12, 2009

    If laid out on the ground it would stretch the length of five football fields. If filled with water, it would hold more than 18 million gallons of water. It is the Army Logistics University. ALU, with a total cost of about $136 million, is a Base Realignment and Closure project scheduled for completion in late April 2009.

  • New Equipment Motivates Battle Kings

    Feb 12, 2009

    The 3 ID, 1-9 FA "Battle Kings" received refurbished equipment for all of their Paladin Control Firing Systems, one of their most used weapons system, Jan. 30.

  • Intelligence Analysts Essential to Mission

    Feb 12, 2009

    The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division has been increasing their intelligence training in preparation for the unit's potential deployment.

  • Teens Tackle Tough Issues During AFAP Conference

    Feb 12, 2009

    Teen family members discussed and debated Army Family Action Plan issues during the Teen AFAP conference Feb. 7.

  • BOSS Thanks Veterans for Service

    Feb 12, 2009

    More than 50 Soldiers spent the day traveling, meeting and swapping war stories with veterans, Feb. 9 at the Georgia War Veterans' Home in Milledgeville, Ga.

  • Sacraficial Journeys

    Feb 12, 2009

    Eighty-three year-old Tuskegee Airman Harry Quinton, wearing the group's signature red blazer, is a mix of pride and humility as he recalls tidbits of his military past to visitors who are black, white, young and old.

  • Fort McCoy Winter Extravaganza

    Feb 12, 2009

    Photos of Winter Extravaganza activities at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Recreation Area

  • Battle of the boats

    Feb 12, 2009

    It was the boat with the least positive name of ODR Wreck that prevailed and sank the competition of Shark Attack and USS Never Sail during the first Cardboard Vessel Regatta, Saturday at Benyaurd Indoor Pool. Designed to inspire a little community competition and fun between Fort Belvoir organizations, the regatta was organized by Anthony Poore, FMWR fitness coordinator.

  • Marne Soldier Recognized During Year of the NCO

    Feb 12, 2009

  • Fort McCoy Winter Extravaganza helps beat cold weather

    Feb 12, 2009

    Winter fun at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Recreation Area

  • 'Team' huddles: Fort Jackson campaign plan moves forward during offsite

    Feb 12, 2009

    Fort Jackson's senior military and civilian leaders reviewed the installation's campaign plan during an offsite at Riverbanks Zoo Jan. 29. The group of 70 included representatives from all units and organizations as well as 14 spouses. "We are working really hard across the installation to make sure that everybody is included," said Brig. Gen. Bradley May, Fort Jackson commanding general. "Whether you're a Soldier, civilian or family member, it doesn't matter. Everybody's on the team." The campaign plan is a strategic document that outlines ways to improve Fort Jackson. It centers around three lines of operation: training, quality of life and support and sustainability.

  • Fort McCoy Personnel participate in Army Family Action Plan Conference

    Feb 12, 2009

    Fort McCoy personnel participate in Armywide AFAP conference

  • Service personally rewarding for Cayanong

    Feb 12, 2009

    It's not uncommon for someone to have second thoughts about joining a branch of the military. However, that wasn't the case for Monica Cayanong. Cayanong, a first sergeant with the Army's Veterinary Command at Fort Belvoir, has recorded more than 20 years in a career filled with praise and accommodations. She was recently inducted into the elite Sgt. Audie Murphy Club and has aspirations of one day becoming a sergeant major.

  • Local couple has canine soft spot

    Feb 12, 2009

    In his 28 years in the Army, Task Force Marshall Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Hagan has worn different styles of uniforms, taken part in numerous missions and has followed orders by five commanders in chief. Throughout those changes, there has been one constant -- his life has gone to the dogs, literally. Hagan and his wife Debra, a human resource specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command, share their 15-acre property with two rescued German Shepherds, Havoc and Sheba, and five horses. Rescuing dogs has become a passion for the couple, who had as many as five dogs at one point.

  • Drill Sergeant spouses train for role

    Feb 12, 2009

    Every quarter Army Family Team Building helps drill sergeant spouses adjust to the lifestyle change with its Drill Sergeant Spouses Training. Marriage to a drill sergeant can easily be compared to marriage to a deployed Soldier because drill sergeants spend a great deal of time away from home, said Angela Crosland, AFTB program manager. Reversed priorities can add more weight for his or her spouse to carry. "They may be a mile away from you, but they can't help you with the kids or they can't take the kids or do this or do that around the house because they're out in the (training) cycle," she said. The training includes an introduction to Army life, community involvement, stress management, family readiness, and ended with an open dialogue with a drill sergeant. Most of the presentations refreshed the veteran Army spouses on military life, but since they are new drill sergeant spouses the course emphasized self-reliance and relationship strengthening.

  • Belvoir marks Black History Month with special guest

    Feb 12, 2009

    For Black History Month, Stokes took center stage at Fort Belvoir's Community Center Tuesday, when he described his experiences growing up in the South and how a student-strike committee he planned would set in motion one of the most powerful movements in American history.

  • Chapel upgrades nearing completion

    Feb 12, 2009

    Renovations to the Magruder Chapel are scheduled to be completed by mid-March. The $148,000 project began in November. The chapel is one of three chapels of Chap. (Lt. Col.) David Acuff, 165th Infantry Brigade, calls the strip that have been undergoing renovations. What we have here are triplets of chapels along the strip (Magruder Chapel, Daniel Circle Chapel and Anderson Street Chapel). They are identical," he said. "It doesn't strike you right away because of their positioning, but they are identical buildings. They were built sometime in the late 50s or early 60s."

  • Black History Month event features new theme

    Feb 12, 2009

    Don't be late for Wednesday's Black History Month celebration or you might miss something. That's the advice from Sgt. 1st Class Chetoria Jackson, Equal Opportunity NCO for the 165th Infantry Brigade, host of this year's festivities. "This year's luncheon is jam packed with a lot of entertainment," Jackson said. "We have an African dance theater coming in out of Savannah. This will be the group's fourth year performing here at Fort Jackson." Also, students from Dent Middle School will be involved in the program. The school's fine arts and media enrichment program and the chorus will sing, and its steel drums ensemble will play traditional African music.

  • Marne Soldiers Earn EIBs

    Feb 12, 2009

    3rd Infantry Division Soldiers were recognized as True Blue winners during the Expert Infantry Badge training wait for Col. Charles Sexton, 2nd BCT, 3rd ID commander, and Command Sgt. Major Valmond Martin, 2nd BCT, 3rd ID, to award them during the EIB award ceremony Feb. 6 at Marne Obstacle Course.

  • AAca,!E+'hairy' situation for a good cause

    Feb 12, 2009

    Individual Ready Reservist Sgt. Jason Hallisey's hair was 18 inches long when he was reactivated. When he reported for processing at Fort Jackson's Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Monday, he failed to meet Army standards -- but he did meet Locks of Love standards. The 25-year old from Texarkana, Texas, grew out his hair so when the time came to cut it he could donate more to the Florida-based organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

  • Students get hands-on experience during Job Shadow Day

    Feb 12, 2009

    Students from Mount Vernon High School arrived at battalion head quarters on Fort Belvoir last Thursday for Job Shadow Day. Fort Belvoir's Public Affairs Office's Community Relations section put the event together to show students how education can lead into rewarding futures.

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