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  • 55th Combat Camera Soldier receives Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation

    Sep 18, 2009

    On Sept. 1, before a crowd of family members and Combat Camera Soldiers, Maj. Dan C. Wood II, commander of Combat Camera re-presented the Purple Heart to Marcy during a ceremony at McGill Training Center. The award was accompanied by the Combat Action Badge and the Joint Service Commendation Medal as well as other gifts, such as a lifetime membership to the Veterans Of Foreign Wars.

  • 9/11 Steel beam, Rescorla statue unveiled

    Sep 18, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - The threat of rain was not enough to keep hundreds from gathering Thursday outside the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center to celebrate the unveiling of the COL(R) Rick Rescorla statue and greet the arrival of a steel I-beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

  • Child Development Center III receives national accreditation

    Sep 18, 2009

    The 65 staff members at Child Development Center III are "super excited and extremely proud" to receive their first national accreditation

  • MDW combatives tournament a hit

    Sep 18, 2009

    The sound of bodies slamming against a canvas mat rang through Wells Field House on Fort Belvoir as the Virginia post hosted a combatives tournament open for Soldiers in the Military District of Washington.

  • Get a skill, save a life for National Prepardeness Month

    Sep 18, 2009

    During the observation of National Preparedness Month, people are encouraged to make preparedness a priority. Becoming trained in administering the Heimlich maneuver, CPR and first aid should be at the top of the list.

  • Fort Meade staffers step back in history at Antietam

    Sep 18, 2009

    A group of installation leaders journeyed Sept. 2 to the Civil War battlefield of Antietam for what is known as a battle staff ride in which leadership teams draw lessons from the past.

  • Army atwitter as it embraces Social Media

    Sep 18, 2009

    Since the Army stood up the division in January, the unit has launched an official page on the popular social networking site Facebook while maintaining an existing presence on Web sites such as Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and other online portals. Fort Meade follows suit in May, and acceptance among Soldiers is picking up, as some become more comfortable with use.

  • USAG-Detroit Arsenal Offers Help in Dealing with the Housing Market Crisis

    Sep 18, 2009

    Resources are available for Soldiers, Families, and DA Civilians who are affected by the housing market crisis.

  • Detroit Arsenal Road Show Offers Door-to-Door Customer Service

    Sep 18, 2009

    Detroit Arsenal professionals travelled to the Rock Island Arsenal to help ease the transition for those employees who are relocating to Warren, MI, due to the 2005 BRAC iniatives.

  • POW/MIA Day: Honor our missing heroes

    Sep 17, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - If there is a day to put away petty gripes, it is today. Each year, the third Friday of September is set aside to honor our prisoners of war and missing in action. It is a time to reflect on their sacrifices and remember their stories.

  • Students thank parents for service to country

    Sep 17, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - It's about service and sacrifice, and it's about gratitude," said Glenn Hughes, principal of Edward A. White Elementary School, as he opened the school's first Freedom Friday program Friday in the multipurpose room.

  • Flu shots coming to MACH

    Sep 17, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - In the coming weeks, flu shots will be available at Martin Army Community Hospital for eligible beneficiaries. For information on the schedule, check The Bayonet and Web page at www.army.mil/benning and the Martin Army Community Hospital Web page at www.martin.amedd.army.mil. In the interim, beneficiaries may use their Tricare benefits to obtain a flu vaccination.

  • National Infantry Association awards two Doughboys

    Sep 17, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - GEN(R) John W. Foss and CSM(R) Jimmie W. Spencer are the 2009 recipients of the Doughboy Award in recognition of their contributions to the Infantry.

  • Dexter students plant fall garden

    Sep 17, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - "I just love gardening," said 6-year-old Parker Boone, after pulling weeds from his classroom garden Friday at Dexter Elementary School.

  • New services, renewed commitment to Army families

    Sep 17, 2009

    Fort Benning introduced community members to the new $7 million School Age Services Center during a grand opening Wednesday, while post leaders reaffirmed their commitment to Soldiers and their families by re-signing the Army Family Covenant.

  • Pathfinders deliver the goods at rodeo

    Sep 17, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Forget roping a steer, when the students of Fort Benning's Pathfinder course head out for a rodeo, they aren't referring to a sport but rather the safest, fastest method of resupply currently available.

  • Volunteers make care packages for deployed Soldiers

    Sep 17, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley and Davis Broadcasting packed more than 50 care packages Friday at the National Infantry Museum to ship to Soldiers in Iraq.

  • Belvoir honors victims, heroes

    Sep 17, 2009

    The Fort Belvoir community honored the more than 2,900 victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Friday during a memorial service at the Community Club.

  • Students and Soldiers team up for Sept. 11 ceremony

    Sep 17, 2009

    Students and teachers from nearby Woodlawn Elementary School welcomed Soldiers from Fort Belvoir Friday for a special ceremony marking the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Brooks overjoyed to be back at Belvoir

    Sep 17, 2009

    Brooks, an Atlanta native, arrived on post in August after serving as deputy garrison commander at Walter Reed Army Medical Center since 2006. A retired Army Chemical Corps colonel, Brooks spent 31 years in a number of command and staff positions, including as commander of a nuclear weapons storage site in Germany around the time the Berlin Wall was torn down. He officially retired from active-duty service the same year he started working at Walter Reed.

  • Stewart-Hunter, local leaders join first responders to commemorate 9/11

    Sep 17, 2009

    More than 1,000 Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Soldiers and Family Members, along with community leaders joined first responders to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001 with a Freedom Walk, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

  • 'We Have Air Force Here''

    Sep 17, 2009

    When the Air Force was established in 1947, one of the main requirements to its division from the Army was that it would provide close air support and weather forecasting for the Army. Fast forward to Sept. 18, 2009, and the 62nd birthday of the Air Force, and they are still providing that service, along with intelligence surveillance reconnaissance,s to the Army. In fact, the 15th Air Support Operations Squadron, based at Wright Army Airfield, has been attached to Fort Stewart since 1972.

  • 3rd Sustainment Brigade's Own 'Renaissance Man'

    Sep 17, 2009

    In addition to his S1 duties, Major James Galluzzo finds time to be a coach, pilot, magician, father and more

  • Welcome home 135th QM Co!

    Sep 17, 2009

    Nearly 200 Soldiers from the 135th Quartermaster Company, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade arrived home after a yearlong deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sept. 14.

  • Showcase Keeps Stewart-Hunter Community In the Know

    Sep 17, 2009

    Sharing information about upcoming events and activities was part of the goal at the 2009 Fall Regional Information Sharing Forum and Community Showcase at Club Stewart, Sept. 9 and at Hunter Army Airfield, Sept. 10.

  • Marne CSM remembers 9/11 with Claxton community

    Sep 17, 2009

    On Sept.11, 2001, our nation's capital and our nation's largest city were attacked. Another attack was thwarted by passengers of an airplane that crashed in western Pennsylvania. While the acts were in the centers of America's power or intended to attack it's centers of power, their devastation was felt all over America, including Claxton, Ga., the fruitcake capital of the world. The town chose to honor the victims of the attacks and the servicemembers who have been sent overseas to capture those responsible. The town held its 8th annual Patriot Day Service of Rememberance, Sept. 11 at Evans County Courthouse in Claxton, Ga.

  • Vanguards field first in-house Infantry BNCOC

    Sep 17, 2009

    The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division fielded its first home-station Infantry Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course in August and 70 Vanguard sergeants and staff sergeants graduated the Infantry-specific, Phase II leadership class at Fort Stewart's Moon Theater, Sept. 11.

  • 3/15 Inf Soldiers take 3rd in Sniper competition

    Sep 17, 2009

    Staff Sergeant Ryan Castle and Spc. Chris Stewart shot their way to a third place overall finish at the 2009 Gastonia Sniper Competition in Gastonia, N.C., Sept. 2-5. The duo not only represented the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, but were the only active Army team at the police department-sponsored event. The infantrymen challenged 30 law enforcement teams from across the country to an 11-event, sharp shooting competition.

  • Suicide awareness is about educating yourself, knowing options

    Sep 17, 2009

    September is Suicide Prevention month throughout the Army.

  • IMCOM-Europe CSM: FSBI an outstanding initiative

    Sep 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Looking back at her years spent tackling barracks administrative issues as a first sergeant, Installation Management Command-Europe Command Sgt. Major Tracey Anbiya said she wished the First Sergeant's Barracks Initiative happened a long time ago. "FSBI is an outstanding initiative from every perspective because it alleviates the requirements for commanders to have their Soldiers doing barracks tasks and their first sergeants from performing administrative duties. It also systemizes upkeep and maintenance of our barracks," she said. "By creating a structure for the IMCOM-Europe garrison workforce to perform barracks duties, FSBI frees up Soldiers to focus on leadership, training and Soldiering issues."

  • Employee's suggestion saves money, eliminates waste

    Sep 17, 2009

    An employee's idea to save money on the cost of materials used in the Sheet Metal Branch has earned the highest Army Suggestion Program award payout here so far this year.

  • Tobyhanna's support of AF systems nets praise

    Sep 17, 2009

    Tobyhanna's support of AF systems nets praise

  • CO commends centenarian, veteran for lifetime of service to nation

    Sep 17, 2009

    Weeks before his 100th birthday, Edward Whitehead joined hundreds of his comrades at the Tobyhanna Army Depot's annual Military Retiree Day on Aug. 8.

  • Depot participates in Greening Experience, teaches interns

    Sep 17, 2009

    U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command interns visited Tobyhanna Sept. 9 as part of the Greening Experience Program for Interns.

  • International military families reap benefits of Elmo's support to U.S. troops

    Sep 17, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium-Elmo's dad is downrange again, a shared reality for children of both U.S. and international Servicemembers in the Benelux community as NATO allies continue engagements in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

  • Hawaii Military Working Dog Team Named "Top Dog" in Competition

    Sep 16, 2009

    After three days of fierce competition, a Hawaii-based working dog team outscored the competition and was named "Top Dog" in the 2009 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition. Staff Sgt. Marcus Bates and his working dog, Bennie, 13th Military Police Detachment, 728th MP Battalion, had the best overall performance among all the working dog teams and took home the top trophy. Approximately 30 teams from the Army, Air Force, Marines, Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and the Transportation Security Administration all gathered early in the week for a chance at the title of "Top Dog". During the competition, the dogs detected narcotics in a warehouse, ran through obstacle courses, and competed in a hardest-hitting dog competition to take down hostile personnel.

  • Infantry Soldiers in Hawaii Execute New EIB Testing

    Sep 16, 2009

    The Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, who conducted their Expert Infantry Badge testing Sept 9 through 11 at East Range, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, lead the way as the first Army unit to execute the new test. The new concept, called EIB 21, sends Soldiers down three individual "lanes:" the patrol, TCP, and urban lanes. As Soldiers progress through the lanes, they take out enemy positions, determine grid coordinates, and provide first aid on casualties.

  • Fort Riley remembers Sept. 11, honors those who served

    Sep 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - As flags across the nation flew at half staff, Fort Riley paused the morning of Sept. 11 to honor those who had fallen in the terrorist attacks eight years earlier, to honor those who have fallen since in support of the global war on terror and to honor prisoners of war and missing in action servicemembers.

  • Volunteers use Libby Custer's 'secret recipe' during pie-making marathon

    Sep 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Teenagers, adults and retirees packed elbow to elbow along long tables in a room that smelled pleasantly of cinnamon, rolled up their sleeves for one common mission: to make a lot of apple pies.

  • Fort Riley building new railhead expansion to expedite deployments

    Sep 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley is putting the "rapid" back in deployment with a new $15 million railhead project. The project, which has been five years in the making, is aimed at expediting the transportation of unit equipment for deployments and training, and it also promises to add 30,000 additional square feet of track to Fort Riley's railway system within a year, said Dick Wollenberg, transportation officer for the Fort Riley Directorate of Logistics.

  • Fort Riley children remember Sept. 11 with Freedom Walk

    Sep 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - It's likely that everyone that was alive eight years ago remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing on Sept. 11, 2001, when two airplanes hit the World Trade Center, another airplane hit the Pentagon and a third landed in a field in Pennsylvania.

  • 'Operation Kid Comfort' provides lasting memories

    Sep 16, 2009

    Hearts Apart along with the Armed Services YMCA in Junction City held the Operation Kid Comfort program Sept. 10 at the ASYMCA facilities.

  • Suicide leaves legacy of self doubt, professor tells Soldiers

    Sep 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - September is Suicide Prevention Month at Fort Riley and Anthony Jurich, Ph.D., professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Kansas State University, helped kick off the observance activities.

  • Fort Riley remains proactive in H1N1 preparedness

    Sep 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - As Fort Riley prepares for a possible second wave of the H1N1 virus, its Soldiers and Families should also prepare for the possibility of illness.

  • Taking the next steps in counter-IED operations

    Sep 16, 2009

    JIEDDO conducts first training of counter-IED teams prior to deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom to reduce casualties caused by IEDs.

  • Drill Sergeant School commandant set to leave after historic tenure, new commandant to also make his

    Sep 16, 2009

    When Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Newsome entered the Army in 1980, he did not realize that he would end up making history.

  • Painful loss: Battalion mourns death of BCT Soldier

    Sep 16, 2009

    The Fort Jackson community mourned the loss of one of its Soldiers during a memorial service Monday at the Solomon Center. Spc. Christopher Hogg, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment died Sept. 10 after being hospitalized for one week at Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital with pneumonia.

  • Chaplain assistants turning 100

    Sep 16, 2009

    On any given Sunday, Fort Jackson hosts 36 worship services to allow Soldiers from different religions and denominations to practice their faith. Whereas chaplains are in the forefront during the services, those who prepare the events work mostly behind the scenes.

  • Top enlisted Soldier scheduled to visit

    Sep 16, 2009

    The Army's top noncommissioned officer is visiting Fort Jackson next week to visit with Soldiers and give his thoughts about critical issues currently facing the Army.

  • Post internet, phone services to receive upgrade

    Sep 16, 2009

    Internet and telephone connectivity at more than 100 buildings on Fort Jackson will be upgraded in the next three years.

  • Pledge of support

    Sep 16, 2009

    Brig. Gen. Bradley May, Fort Jackson commanding general, fills out his pledge card for the Combined Federal Campaign in his office Friday. The campaign collects donations from service members and federal employees and runs through Dec. 31.

  • New site prepares interpreters for BCT

    Sep 16, 2009

    A new initiative gives Soldiers aiming to be interpreters/translators a head start on learning military skills before they arrive at Basic Combat Training.

  • Never forget

    Sep 16, 2009

    Soldiers with the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception) unveil a monument commemorating the 9/11 attacks during the battalion's Patriot's Day ceremony Sept. 11. The ceremony included a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks.

  • MPs show off their skills in Army-wide competition

    Sep 16, 2009

    A group of Soldiers from Fort Jackson's 17th Military Police Detachment is hoping a lot of hard training will pay off at this week's 68th Warfighter Team Competition.

  • Concerts deliver spiritual message

    Sep 16, 2009

    More than 4,000 Soldiers packed the Solomon Center Sunday for the last event in this year's summer concert series, featuring Christian artist Bethany Dillon.

  • Chaplains answer call to serve Soldiers

    Sep 16, 2009

    I am hard pressed to find the right words to describe the Army chaplaincy without repeating accolades that undoubtedly have been voiced many times in the last couple of hundred years of the Army Chaplain Corps' existence.

  • T-School conducts its first Greening Course

    Sep 16, 2009

    T-School conducts its first Greening Course

  • We Were Soldiers

    Sep 16, 2009

    We Were Soldiers

  • On the job at Tobyhanna-Structural Repair Branch

    Sep 16, 2009

    The Structural Repair Branch's 120-plus employees provide worldwide mission support to the warfighter by repairing and overhauling shelters, antennas and components for the following: AN/TRC-190 Multichannel Radio Terminal, AN/TRC-170 Troposcatter Wideband Communications System, AN/TSC-147 Radio Set, AN/TYQ-23 Command and Control System, AN/ASM-146 and 147 shelters, and AN/TPN-19 and AN/MPN-14K Landing Control Central (radar sets). The shop is undergoing a Lean Renovation to improve productivity and reduce on-the-job injuries. The branch is part of the Systems Integration and Support Directorate

  • 89th returns from deployment

    Sep 16, 2009

    89th returns from deployment

  • Industrial shop tops 5 year safety milestone

    Sep 16, 2009

    Employees in one of Tobyhanna's industrial shops have worked for five years without any recordable injuries.

  • Army Jazzers travel miles, sharing music a la Miles, at Mile-High City

    Sep 16, 2009

    The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band head to Denver for jazz performance with famed Marvin Hamlisch and Colorado Symphony Orchestra Sept. 25 and 26. Master Sgt. Michael Johnston, trumpeter, looks forward to returning to his hometown to perform, educate local residents.

  • Picatinny's ARDEC named Army's best large development laboratory for the second year in a

    Sep 16, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center is the recipient of the Army's 2009 Large Development Laboratory Award officials here announced Sept. 2.

  • Haager relinquishes command to Spain

    Sep 16, 2009

    In a ceremony on Conn Barracks Sept. 15, Lt. Col. Everett Spain assumed command of the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt, succeeding Lt. Col. Anthony Haager, who commanded the garrison since July 2006.

  • Army civilian runs 25 hours straight for charity

    Sep 16, 2009

    As the hours rolled by you could feel the sense of awe building among the runners and spectators around the roughly one-kilometer Wiesbaden-Kurpark track.

  • Army selects two ACOE finalists from Korea

    Sep 15, 2009

  • Alaska Soldiers dive into water survival training

    Sep 15, 2009

  • Obstacle course, Alaska style

    Sep 15, 2009

    Soldiers of Fort Wainwright, Alaska's Aviation Task Force 49 bring Warrior task training to life with a series of outdoor events and obstacles.

  • Yes, Watervliet, there is such a thing as a free ride

    Sep 15, 2009

    Although the Watervliet Arsenal workforce may believe there is no such thing as a free lunch, some have found that by going "green" there is such a thing as a free ride. No, the Arsenal workforce is not participating in a television realty show that would have them pimp their rides. But what a few energy conscious wonderers have found is that the federal and New York state governments will pay for their transportation to and from work.

  • Soldiers' Chorus vocalist pays tribute through song

    Sep 15, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Rose Ryon performs at a special Patriot Day tribute at the Intrepid Museum in New York City Sep. 12.

  • Current Fort Benning Flu Condition Level: Orange

    Sep 15, 2009

    ORANGE: Novel or unexpected flu-like activity Aggressive implementation of preventative measures. Heightened awareness/surveillance in cooperation with non-DOD Federal, State and local agencies. Active planning/preparation for FLUCON RED or BLACK.

  • Fort Benning Families connect with Facebook

    Sep 15, 2009

    The Fort Benning Facebook Fan Page is a place for our Soldiers and their Families to connect with each other to share experiences and find answers. Please click here to see some Family submitted photos of the generation of American Heroes.

  • Toast of the Town - Manager receives national leadership award

    Sep 15, 2009

    For Lillian Cooke, making an acceptance speech is anything but a traumatic or stressful experience. For her, it's second nature. The deputy resource manager with the Expeditionary Contracting Command, Cooke is the recipient of Toastmasters International's Excellence in Leadership Award. The award was presented to Cooke at the Toastmasters International Convention this summer in Connecticut. The award is presented to district governors whose districts have meet the goals in club growth, membership growth, competent communicator awards and advanced communicator awards for three or more years, as established by Toastmasters International.

  • 18th CSSB returns home after 15 months in Iraq

    Sep 15, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Families held banners, clutched balloons, waved and cheered wildly as they caught the first glimpse of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion step through the door at the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Field House Aug. 29. The Soldiers of 18th CSSB were welcomed during a re-deployment ceremony after completing one of the last 15-month deployments to Iraq.

  • Athletes test skills at Camp Darby's Armed Forces Olympics

    Sep 15, 2009

    CAMP DARBY, Italy- Soldiers and Airmen from the U.S. and Italian military gathered to test their athletic abilities during the first Annual Camp Darby Armed Forces Olympics Sept. 10.

  • Preparedness is key to lessen uncertainty

    Sep 14, 2009

    Many members of the Army family have often remarked that the only thing certain in their lives is uncertainty.

  • Picatinny Frog Falls Aquatic Park celebrates 10 years

    Sep 14, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - More than 400 Picatinny Arsenal and Rockaway Township officials and residents gathered here at sunset the evening of Aug. 24 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the installation's "Frog Falls" water park.

  • Picatinny engineers visit Orange County Choppers shop

    Sep 14, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - A group of approximately 15 Picatinny engineers and Soldiers visited the world-renown Orange County Choppers custom motorcycle manufacturing shop in Newburgh, N.Y., Aug. 28.

  • New Job website featured in Benning: Tip of the Bayonet

    Sep 14, 2009

    The E-Newsletter is a great way to get important and interesting Fort Benning information from one place. Click "Join our Mailing List" if you like what you see.

  • Electric vehicles help Fort Rucker 'go green'

    Sep 14, 2009

    New electric vehicles are helping Fort Rucker, Ala., go green as they replace older gas-guzzling vehicles.

  • Fort Bragg animals look for love, new home

    Sep 14, 2009

    Many of the dogs and cats at the shelter are strays or animals turned-in by owners whose situation has changed to where they can no longer provide a home for their pet. The average day sees five to 10 incoming strays caught on Fort Bragg. Some are abandoned Family pets and others were somehow separated from their owners. On Aug. 26 the facility added four strays to their ranks and five more on Aug. 27. When a stray comes into the facility, Sgt. 1st Class Mary L. Ortiz, a WTB Soldier who manages the facility, immediately scans the animal with two separate devices, searching for a microchip that will link the animal to its previous owner. If she finds a microchip, she immediately contacts the agencies that maintain the microchip database to hopefully reunite the lost pet with its Family. "We have a really good turnaround on reclaims," said Ortiz. "One of the cats I scanned had been lost for over a year, and we were able to successfully reunite it with the owner."

  • Fort Bragg teens become Soldiers for a day

    Sep 14, 2009

    A few days before students returned to the classrooms, 30 teens participated in Fort Bragg's Semi-Annual Teen Soldier for a Day experience. This growing event began as just a jump off the 34-foot jump tower and a visit to the 82nd Airborne Museum here. Now, the Teen Soldier for a Day features morning physical training, drill and ceremony training, the 34-foot jump tower, a road march, convoy by light medium tactical vehicles, the Engagement Skills Trainer and the Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer, a demonstration of humvee rollover training, a taste of meals-ready-to-eat for lunch and air assault obstacle course training.

  • Special unit at Fort Bragg has unique mission training foreign military

    Sep 14, 2009

    Soldiers entering the U.S. Army receive training throughout their careers on common tasks like first aid and basic marksmanship; advanced skills like airborne and air assault operations; military occupational specialty specific job skills; and even courses on how to be a better leader. Other countries are not as lucky to have the years of accumulated knowledge and the extensive training opportunities of the U.S. military. The U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization on Fort Bragg was established in 1974 to assist foreign countries by deploying security assistance teams to support foreign military training.

  • Marine aviators help Fort Bragg artillerymen get their howitzers into battle

    Sep 14, 2009

    The afternoon sky was clear and calm, but Spc. Jeremy Randlett felt like he was in the middle of a tornado. Randlett was bracing himself on top of a humvee, a thick cable in his hand, trying to keep his balance against the powerful rotor wash of the 35,000-pound helicopter hovering just a few feet over his head. A short while earlier, Randlett's commander informed him he was going to be the "hook man" during the sling-load portion of his unit's air assault mission. At the time, Randlett said he was excited, even if he wasn't quite sure what it meant. But now, with an enormous "Sea Stallion" Marine helicopter inching closer to his head, and the entire mission depending on him, Randlett was feeling the pressure. As the wind slammed against his body, Randlett struggled to route the loop of the cable attached to the humvee beneath his feet around the cargo hook of the helicopter. To his relief, the loop soon caught on the hook. Randlett jumped from the roof of the humvee, and a few moments later, the helicopter ascended, lifting the 5,000-pound vehicle into the air beneath it. "That was awesome," said Randlett breathlessly as the helicopter disappeared over the horizon.

  • Fort Bragg military police complete annual 68-mile anniversary run

    Sep 14, 2009

    The noncommissioned officers of the 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade spent the night of Sept. 2, running a distance that was nearly equal to the perimeter of Fort Bragg, to include the training and contonment areas. This effort was all part of an annual event that commemorated the birthday of the Army's MP Corps. This year, since the MP Corps turned 68, the distance was 68 miles and the challenge was sent out to every MP unit from their regimental headquarters.

  • Fort Bragg couple tackles Army life, deployments with dose of humor, commitment to one another, miss

    Sep 14, 2009

    Deny and Catilina Caballero got married in April. By summer's end, both would be deploying to Iraq, separated by hundreds of square miles of baking sand, blast walls of their forward operating bases, and the commitment of the mission.

  • Books on Bases, puts Smiles on Fort Bragg faces

    Sep 14, 2009

    Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization of military Families, has partnered with Kids in Distressed Situations, Incorporated, to introduce the Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces program. The national launch of the Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces program will include the distribution of about 4,000 books in North Carolina Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. at the W.T. Brown Elementary School in Spring Lake, according to the Blue Star Families Web site, www.bluestarfam.org. The purpose of the program is to distribute 100,000 books to military schools and libraries, as well as local military-impacted public schools across the nation to promote the healing power of books, said Lisa Ferguson, the coordinator of the Fayetteville-area Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces group.

  • Fort Bragg volunteers help abused, neglected children

    Sep 14, 2009

    Fort Bragg's Family Advocacy Program encourages Soldiers, civilians and Family members to volunteer their time to the Guardian ad Litem program. "The safety and protection of children is the responsibility of each community member," said Henry Berry, child victim advocate, Fort Bragg FAP, who also volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem. "Child abuse is not a Cumberland County issue, it is a community issue."

  • Private visits prepare kindergartners, parents for school

    Sep 14, 2009

    For a first day at school, this one was pretty easy. Katie Wrona, 5, walked into her kindergarten classroom at BAfAPblingen Elementary/Middle School and had the whole place to herself. There were no assignments - just toys to play with, places to explore, and a story, read to her by her teacher, Teresa Senna. Best of all, Mom was there the whole time. Katie's day was part of the Department of Defense Dependent Schools kindergarten home-visit program, which gives each child the chance to meet with their new teacher one-on-one before the first day of school.

  • The long, dark tunnel: Children and deployment

    Sep 14, 2009

    To military families, a deployment can seem like a long, dark tunnel. The pain of loneliness and the stresses of managing without a spouse and parent force these families to deal with issues that their civilian counterparts may never have to face. To some military children, the tunnel is endless: they don't always understand why a parent has to leave, and fear they will not return. However, medical experts agree that both children and parents can make it through, as long as they have someone to walk beside them.

  • September 11 has dual meaning for U.S. forces in Belgium

    Sep 12, 2009

    HENRI CHAPELLE, Belgium - Each of the nearly 8,000 gravestones here tells the story of ordinary young men from towns across America who became heroes to local residents 65 years ago Sept. 11 during this area's liberation from German aggressors. Approximately 300 U.S. and Belgian citizens, including U.S. Army Europe Commander Gen. Carter Ham and three World War II veterans, paid tribute to the Soldiers buried at the American cemetery here in a ceremony coinciding with the anniversary of terrorist attacks against America Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Deployed Soldiers Remember 9-11

    Sep 12, 2009

    Deployed military personnel gather to pay tribute to the victims and herism of those involved in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

  • "The Greatest Show on Earth": ACT opens the curtain on its 67th season with "Barnum&q

    Sep 11, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Army Community Theatre (ACT) opened the curtains on its 67th season this week by casting the spotlight on the man who brought audiences "The Greatest Show On Earth."

  • 'Raising' funds

    Sep 11, 2009

    HAWAII KAI - Antonio Williams (left), Deputy Chief of Police, Directorate of Emergency Services U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) and Patricia Doronila, police officer, Honolulu Police Department send a "shaka" down to contributors after raising another bucket of money up to their camp perched above the Safeway store, here, during the annual "Cop On Top" event, Sept. 3-5. Local law enforcement officials came together to raise more than $12,568 for Special Olympics-Hawaii athletes. To help meet their goal of $15,000, donate now through Dec. 5 at <a href="http://www.firstgiving.com/teamhawaiikai"> www.firstgiving.com/teamhawaiikai</a>.

  • ACS financial readiness assistance 'adds up' at home or away

    Sep 11, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Whether the questions involve investing in stocks or bonds, managing a budget or buying a new home, the Financial Readiness team at Army Community Service (ACS), here, stands ready and willing to assist all Soldiers - even those currently downrange - in their money matters.

  • Garrison's recycling program donates proceeds to DFMWR

    Sep 11, 2009

  • Schofield's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers nets DA praise

    Sep 11, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program recently proved that, when it comes to taking care of unmarried service men and women, its work is second to only one among extra-large installations around the world.

  • Return of the 'Beast'

    Sep 11, 2009

    Lorelei Coder turned 2 on Sept. 3, and she received a great present as her father Sgt. Ethan Coder celebrated it with her in person. Ethan Coder was one of 128 B Company, 46th Engineer Battalion "Bravo Beast" Soldiers to return home from a 15-month Iraq deployment that evening.

  • Fighting the 'cold war'

    Sep 11, 2009

  • Lest we forget

    Sep 11, 2009