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  • Vets give troops important lesson on taking care of their own

    Feb 14, 2010

    When eight combat veterans volunteered to return to Iraq, they knew they would be interacting with troops, answering questions about their injuries, their experiences and their new lives as wounded warriors. They were ready. From Baghdad to Taji to Balad, Soldiers on the ground seemed to have the same question -what was the most frustrating part after they sustained their injuries. The answer was unanimous among the vets. Stay in contact with those who have been injured

  • New oil service center opens at JBB

    Feb 13, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Officials with the Mayor's Cell and Shaykh Shehab Ahmed Al-Tmime celebrated the opening of the new oil service center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 8 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Mississippi Armor sergeant earns top honor

    Feb 13, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE TAJI, Iraq - The Order of Saint George bronze medallion was awarded to the assistant operations sergeant with the 155th Special Troops Battalion, 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Feb. 9 in a ceremony at the headquarters company building at Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq.

  • Holistic healing offers new alternative to medicine

    Feb 12, 2010

    Since the Army introduced the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program in October, there has been much focus on a holistic approach to physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family well-being.

  • Local trucking company assists small Army bases

    Feb 12, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The small bases in Iraq, known as spokes to the larger bases' hubs, survive on the logistics and sustainment support from those nearby hubs.

  • Soldiers in Iraq prepare for stateside hurricanes

    Feb 12, 2010

    While Soldiers from the 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), prepare to re-deploy in early March, they are simultaneously preparing for their stateside mission should a hurricane hit the Mississippi gulf coast.

  • Previously injured Soldiers return to JBB

    Feb 12, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Eight Soldiers who were injured while serving in Iraq returned to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Feb. 5 during Operation Proper Exit Four, to tell their stories and witness the changes the country has undergone since they last served here.

  • Special Forces First Sergeant Shares Knowledge

    Feb 11, 2010

    Soldiers of 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) fire at Range 52 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • ADA unit holds farewell run before returning home

    Feb 11, 2010

    It was 7 a.m. when the Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar system went off, and more than 300 Servicemembers and civilians knew what that meant- time to race. Company E, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, hosted its farewell run Feb. 7, at Camp Victory in Baghdad. Appropriately dubbed "When you hear the alert, hit the dirt", the run was 3.3 miles in honor of their task force name, TF 3-3 ADA (C-RAM).

  • New Jersey Reserve Quartermasters take over operations at amnesty collection point

    Feb 5, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 716th Quartermaster Company took over operations of the amnesty collection point from the 910th QM Co. Feb. 1 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Florida Marlins players, dancers visit troops in Basra

    Feb 5, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Two players for the Florida Marlins baseball team, as well as their coach and four members of the Marlins Mermaid dance squad, visited service members Jan. 30 at the United Services Organization building at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq.

  • Service members, third country nationals come together at Oasis dining facility

    Feb 5, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Every day Oasis dining facility at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, serves roughly 18,000 to 20,000 meals to the service members and civilians here. From the warehouse and storage facilities to the kitchen and dining room, countless hands come together for each meal.

  • 514th Maintenance Company convoys to Speicher for command visit

    Feb 5, 2010

    CONTIGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Members of the 514th Maintenance Company's movement control team out of Fort Drum N.Y., went on a convoy to Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, as part of a command visit Jan.30.

  • Commentary: Leadership means more than being a nice guy

    Feb 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - It is a lot easier to define leadership than it is to put your finger on the attributes of a good leader. There are as many ways to look at the question as there are ways to lead effectively. A common thread is often taking care of Soldiers. Looking out for your subordinates' well being is certainly an important consideration, but it always has to be tempered by the knowledge that accomplishing the mission might put those subordinates at grave risk.

  • Commentary: For military spouses glass is more than half full

    Feb 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Being associated with the Army doesn't make you a victim. Whenever we get into a "glass half empty" sort of mood, we should remember that.

  • Upbeat briefing helps to answer joint base questions

    Feb 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - How the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord organization affects its employees, customers and tenants, what Initial Operational Capability means to the workforce, and what changes the new alignment creates in work flow and administration, were important questions on the minds of those most affected on Monday. The command team of the new JBLM Garrison addressed those issues with back-to-back briefings at McChord and Carey theaters, conducted within hours of the ceremony that heralded the Department of Defense's newest joint base.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord makes its debut

    Feb 4, 2010

    With the final tug of a canvas case, the unfurling and raising of its new flag, Joint Base Lewis-McChord began its history at 10 a.m. Monday during a ceremony in front of its new headquarters on what is now called "JBLM Lewis Main."

  • '1st Lightning' Soldiers support Wildcats on 'GameDay'

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kans-A partnership became stronger Jan. 30. More than 150 Soldiers serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division showed up at Bramlage Coliseum, home of the Kansas State University Wildcats men's basketball team, to support the Wildcats on ESPN's nationally televised College GameDay show. The hour-long show is a pre-game broadcast, featuring college basketball analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Reece Davis and Hubert Davis, who hash out the day's predictions and highlight the stand-out players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's basketball program.

  • FORSCOM recognizes 69th ADA culinary team for excellence in food service competition

    Feb 3, 2010

    At Fort Hood, a post packed with tankers, cavalry troops and infantry grunts, even cooks have their place. As the sole providers of hot chow while units train in the field and labor in combat zones, food service specialists uphold a vital mission that helps set the foundation for success on the battlefield. Quite literally, they fuel the Army. A team of hard-charging food service Soldiers from Fort Hood's own 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade is certainly no exception to excellence when it comes to serving food. From March to November 2009, the team changed its pace a bit and dished up some stiff competition in the 42nd annual, Army-wide Phillip A. Connelly Competition for Excellence in Food Service. Gen. Charles Campbell, the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, recognized the seven-man team of Soldiers Tuesday at III Corps' headquarters building for taking top honors at the FORSCOM level in June 2009 and finishing as the runner-up team for the Department of the Army just four months later.

  • Wagonmasters deliver school supplies to Iraqi children

    Feb 3, 2010

    JEDELLAH SOFLA, Iraq - Members of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) delivered boxes of school supplies to Iraqi children Jan. 20 in Jedellah Sofla, a small village near Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq.

  • Retention sergeants work to better Soldiers' careers

    Feb 3, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers deployed overseas countdown to the day they can return home to their families and friends.

  • New oil service center to open at JBB

    Feb 3, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - A new oil service center, owned and operated by local nationals, is scheduled to open Feb. 8 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Army leaders meet to discuss drawdown plans

    Feb 3, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) command staff hosted a conference to discuss training and logistic operations in the next six months Jan. 26 at the Oasis dining facility in the Sgt. Audie Murphy room at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Use of U.S. dollar in Iraq being reduced to stimulate local currency, economy

    Feb 3, 2010

    U.S. currency may soon become difficult to find in Iraq as part of an effort to protect Soldiers and increase the value of the Iraqi dinar.

  • Army Family Action Plan on target for 2010

    Feb 2, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Feb. 2, 2010) - In early January, 96 Department of the Army delegates from across the nation selected 16 of 82 pending quality-of-life issues to resolve through the Army Family Action Plan Process. The AFAP process is the principal Army program Army leaders use to enhance the quality of life for Soldiers and their Family members. The delegates who attended the DA-level conference represented the entire Army Family - Active and Reserve Component Soldiers, leaders, Family members, retirees and DA civilians.

  • Soldiers, civilians compete in Baghdad 'Iron Chef' competition

    Jan 31, 2010

    With only an hour to prepare, cook and display a top-notch meal, four teams of Soldiers and Kellogg Brown & Root employees from Victory Base Complex raced around the kitchen on Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq.

  • New group of wounded vets returns to Iraq

    Jan 31, 2010

    Six wounded warriors stepped off a C-130 Hercules in Baghdad, Jan. 31, and took their first steps in Iraq after being severely wounded the last time they were here. It was the fourth time wounded servicemembers returned to Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit.

  • Louisiana maintenance team keeps vehicles on road

    Jan 30, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION BASRA, Iraq - The 546th Maintenance Support Team out of Fort Polk, La., keeps vehicles at Contingency Operating Location Basra, Iraq, mission ready and on the road.

  • Operations company maintains presence at Basra during transition

    Jan 30, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION BASRA, Iraq - The 159th Seaport Operations Company, an inland cargo transfer company, is directly responsible for the Central Receiving and Shipping Point at Contingency Operating Location Basra, Iraq.

  • Military officials, Muslims renovate mosque at Taji

    Jan 30, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Two officials with the 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) began supervising the renovations of the mosque Jan. 1 at Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Iraqi Soldiers test skills in mass casualty exercise at Taji

    Jan 30, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. military medics held a mass casualty simulation for Iraqi Army medics to exercise their combat medicine skills Jan. 27 at Camp Taji, Iraq. Medics with the 96th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) conducted two three-day combat medicine courses for the Iraqi Army medics prior to the MASCAL exercise.

  • More than 3,000 Soldiers moved in first fixed-wing redeployment out of Taji

    Jan 30, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - More than 3,000 Soldiers participated in the first fixed-wing redeployment operation out of Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 27.

  • Adder hosts equal opportunity course

    Jan 30, 2010

    Camp Adder, Iraq - For the first time in two years, a unit Equal Opportunity Leaders' course was held at Camp Adder, Iraq, graduating 19 students Jan. 8.

  • Lewis team partners with tribe to restore salmon habitat

    Jan 29, 2010

    Laboring to continue upstream, a lone chum salmon spent its last moments of life being revered and celebrated by a gathering of people along the shore of Muck Creek in Roy, Wash.

  • New Fort Lewis program helps families with deployment stress

    Jan 29, 2010

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. - When Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors deploy to hostile environments around the globe, they expect to experience stress. For the families they leave behind, finding help to prepare them for the difficulties of separation and the anxiety of having loved ones in combat can be daunting. A new program on Fort Lewis aims to provide valuable training and coping strategies for military families.

  • Fort Lewis building standards go for the green

    Jan 29, 2010

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. - Believe it or not, the technology to create an energy-independent lifestyle already exists, and the Army is pioneering ways for it to become a reality, in part through its strict green building standards.

  • Fort Lewis stands by commitment

    Jan 29, 2010

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. - The Army is putting its money where its heart is through its commitment to Soldiers and families via the Army Family Covenant. In a time of widespread budget constraints, senior Army leadership continues to fund robust growth in programs and facilities under the covenant, including many visible on Fort Lewis.

  • Joint-base ceremony to begin new chapter for Lewis, McChord

    Jan 29, 2010

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. - Joint Base Lewis-McChord will begin its history at 10 a.m. Monday when Col. Thomas H. Brittain cases the colors of Fort Lewis' U.S. Army Garrison and unfurls those of the Joint Base Garrison.

  • Nothing like free entertainment, giveaways to chase away those winter blues

    Jan 29, 2010

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. - Are you suffering from winter blues' Does spring seem a little too far around the corner' The Fort Lewis Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is inviting the military community to get out and enjoy a day of free pampering, giveaways and entertainment. Rain or shine, it promises to be a good time.

  • Fort Lewis do-it-yourself skills center a good way to learn car maintenance, save money

    Jan 29, 2010

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. - One of Fort Lewis' best-kept secrets is getting a lot of attention despite thousands of troops being away on deployment. The Automotive Skills Center is one example of Fort Lewis' commitment to providing families with a supportive environment through the Army Family Covenant. With hours to accommodate even the busiest person, the ASC offers plenty of time, space and tools for military ID holders and DOD civilians to work on their vehicles.

  • Band Geek: brigade surgeon rediscovers his musical roots

    Jan 28, 2010

    Maj. Gary Eberly, head surgeon for the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, rediscovers his interest in playing the guitar during his deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

  • Army's newest leaders welcomed into elite corps of Soldiers

    Jan 28, 2010

    BAGHDAD- In keeping with a long-standing Army tradition, 21 Soldiers from I Corps' Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Courage, were inducted into the noncommissioned officers corps Jan. 23, joining an elite group of Soldiers who are known as the backbone of the Army. Tradition, traced back to the Army of Fredrick the Great, required Soldiers to stand watch for four nights before achieving full NCO status. On the first night, the inductees offered a gift of brandy and bread to junior Soldiers. The second night, the company's NCOs were offered beer and tobacco. Inductees offered the first sergeant a glass of wine and a piece of tobacco on a tin plate during the third night of watch.

  • Lightning Support Soldiers honored during redeployment ceremony

    Jan 27, 2010

    Soldiers and family member gathered on Hamilton Field to formally welcome home the troops of the 45th Sustainment Brigade during a redeployment ceremony Jan. 21 at Schofield Barracks.

  • Winter Driving School

    Jan 27, 2010

    SHARIKI, Japan--Capt. Kirby Atwell, commander, 3rd Detachment, 1st Space Brigade, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command dicusses differences between driving in the United States and in Japan after completing a Japan Air Self Defense Force hosted winter driving course, here, Jan. 26th. The class was conducted from Jan. 20-29, and about 200 JASDF members and about 80 of Atwell's command took part.

  • JLTV Prototype Builds Underway

    Jan 27, 2010

    The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV Technology Development phase industry teams have begun to build government prototypes, engineering an unprecedented blend of mobility, payload capacity and survivability -- building a light tactical vehicle that will withstand IED attacks, drive quickly through diverse terrain and transport beneath a CH-47 or CH-53 helicopter.

  • Make a movie, save a life, win $2,000

    Jan 25, 2010

    Prizes totaling nearly $4,000 are still up for grabs as the 2nd Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competion heads into the final months.

  • Stryker commander takes SWT flight

    Jan 24, 2010

    Series of pictures depicting Col. Harry Tunnell IV, commander of the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, preparing for and departing on an aerial recon of the Kandahar region, Afghanistan, with members of the 82nd Airborne's Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • Stryker Public Affairs and Afghan Media connect

    Jan 24, 2010

  • Mentors aid in optimizing wounded warrior experience

    Jan 24, 2010

    Operation Proper Exit made its third successful trip to Iraq and back and is gearing up to return a fourth time with a new group of injured veterans, along with one Soldier who participated in the most recent trip, Dec. 28 to Jan. 3. The program began in Iraq in the summer of 2009, sponsored by the Troops First Foundation based in Laurel, Md., and is designed to bring injured combat veterans back to the places they were wounded in an effort to help them gain emotional closure brought on from their injuries. One important part of the program is the military mentor, said Richard Kell, Troops First Foundation executive director. He added that the military mentor is the most significant structural change to the program since its inception.

  • Haitian American Soldier reacts to homeland disaster

    Jan 23, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - When Sgt. Marinez Cadet saw news reports of a massive earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12, she immediately ran to the phone. "I heard it on TV and called my dad to make sure everyone was OK," said Cadet, a mail clerk with the 547th Transportation Company, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).

  • American Forces Network access to be expanded in theater

    Jan 23, 2010

    United States Forces - Iraq is beginning a new initiative to standardize the American Forces Network's broadcasting capabilities on all enduring bases in theater.

  • Camp Adder area Soldiers visit local shaykhs, pump houses

    Jan 23, 2010

    CAMP ADDER, Iraq - Soldiers with the 546th Maintenance Company and the 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) met with local leaders Jan. 18 and visited the four pump stations along the Euphrates River that provide water to Camp Adder and Camp Cedar II, Iraq.

  • Adder area leaders meet, discuss US, Iraqi relations

    Jan 23, 2010

    CAMP ADDER, Iraq - The 36th Sustainment Brigade and Shaykh Uday Aber Fahed Al Shrshap, of the Bdure Tribe, hosted a key leader engagement Jan. 20 at Al Shrshap's home to strengthen the relationship between U.S. forces and the local population

  • Country singers entertain at Camp Adder

    Jan 23, 2010

    CAMP ADDER, Iraq - Country singers Kellie Pickler, Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser performed a concert Jan. 17 as part of a United Service Organizations tour at memorial hall at Camp Adder, Iraq.

  • Soldiers making a difference as teachers

    Jan 22, 2010

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. - If there's one thing most troops have in common with teachers, it's the desire to serve others. It's also the same quality that makes them a desirable asset to schools.

  • Fort Lewis emerges as force for sustainability

    Jan 22, 2010

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. - The ambitious goals set by Fort Lewis have made it a regional leader in the quest for sustainable communities.

  • Ceremony to mark historic day

    Jan 22, 2010

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. - Joint Base Lewis-McChord will become reality with the February 1 garrison uncasing of colors.

  • Life lessons come from unlikely group of Soldiers

    Jan 22, 2010

    Commentary: Capt. Sam Brown, 1st Lt. Jim Kirchner, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Olson, Sgt. 1st Class Mike Schlitz and Sgt. Bill Congleton arrived in Baghdad Dec. 28, 2009, as a part of the third installment of Operation Proper Exit. The five Soldiers chose to return to Iraq after being severely injured on their deployments. Their mission, so to speak, was to find the emotional closure they needed. My mission was to document it. It was a week I will not forget.

  • Hawaii Army community honors MLK observance

    Jan 20, 2010

    Soldiers and family members paid special tribute to the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a special observance Jan. 13 at the Sgt. Smith Theater here.

  • Providers conduct advanced anti-terrorism training

    Jan 20, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) participated in anti-terrorism level two training at the education center Jan. 10 to Jan. 15 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • DoD, VA realign disability ratings claims process

    Jan 19, 2010

    Soldiers being medically released from the Army will soon benefit from a more streamlined disability evaluation system, due to a program aligning the Department of Defense's and Department of Veterans Affairs' disability evaluations.

  • Communication technologies could prove to be vital assets in ongoing military operations

    Jan 19, 2010

    The U.S. Army's Acquisition Executive said communication technologies slated to field in the next several years, such as Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) and Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (WIN-T), could prove to be vital assets in the ongoing war in Afghanistan -- speaking to an audience of industry and military professionals on Jan. 14 at the ninth annual "Army IT Day" put on by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association of Northern Virginia.

  • 364th Civil Affairs Brigade heads home

    Jan 17, 2010

    More than 400 Servicemembers and civilians take off for the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade 5K Plus Run for Home race with Camp Victory's Al Faw Palace in the background, Jan. 17. The race was held to celebrates the Army Reserve unit's redeployment to Portland, Oreg.

  • A-10 Warthog at night

    Jan 16, 2010

    An A-10 Warthog from the 355th takes off from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Stryker soldiers slingload M777A2 howitzers

    Jan 16, 2010

    Soldiers from A Battery, 3-17 FA, 5th SBCT, slingload their M777A2 howitzers on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Iraqi Federal Police investigate new skills

    Jan 16, 2010

    In an effort to enhance the Iraqi Federal Police's investigative abilities the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade led a three-week training course on crime scene investigation this month at the Iraqi Federal Police compound in Baghdad.

  • Soldiers reflect on significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Jan 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approached, Jan. 18, Soldiers throughout Joint Base Balad, Iraq, reflected on what Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy means to them.

  • Quartermaster Co. completes Operation Clean Sweep at Normandy

    Jan 16, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION NORMANDY, Iraq - The 910th Quartermaster Company, an Army Reserve unit out of Ardmore, Okla., completed Operation Clean Sweep Jan. 14 at Contingency Operating Location Normandy, Iraq.

  • Transportation unit slated to transfer vehicles to composite company

    Jan 16, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A transportation task force began preparing to relocate its fleet of more than 55 tractors and 110 40-foot flat bed trailers Jan. 13 at Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Providers deliver school supplies to rural Iraqi schoolchildren

    Jan 16, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Staff Sgt. Imelda P. Quiroz said delivering school supplies to Ibn Rushed School, a rural school outside of Nasariyah, Iraq, reminded her of the visits humanitarians made to her school when she was a child in Ciudad AcunAOEfa, Mexico.

  • Homes moved from Cedar II to Adder in $60 million project

    Jan 16, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Moving the containerized housing units from Camp Cedar II, Iraq, to Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, began Jan. 8 in preparation for the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces and equipment from Iraq.

  • Fort Lewis program teaching the language of love

    Jan 15, 2010

    FORT LEWIS, Wash. Aca,!" Imagine being able to communicate with your infant or toddler without having to say a word. It might seem too good to be true, but parents and caregivers have been doing it for more than a decade. In keeping with the Army Family Covenant's promise to support Soldiers and their families, Child, Youth and School Services is offering baby sign language classes to parents and caregivers interested in teaching their infants how to communicate non-verbally. The classes are free, and the results are often priceless.

  • Personal security Soldiers learn new routes, areas

    Jan 15, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - The 36th Sustainment Brigade personal security detachment left Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, Jan. 1, to conduct a ride-along with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team out of Tigard, Ore., to learn the route between Victory Base Complex, Iraq, and Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

  • Traveling Soldiers pursue higher education

    Jan 15, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION KALSU, Iraq - Soldiers with the 36th Sustainment Brigade personal security detachment out of Temple, Texas, find time to further their education, despite spending a majority of their time on the road conducting missions.

  • Provider medics teach Iraqi officers combat medicine

    Jan 15, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. military medics held a three-day class in first aid and combat medical assessment for Iraqi Army medical officers, starting Jan. 12 at Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Executive order intended to expedite hiring process gives spouses a quicker path to employment

    Jan 13, 2010

    Tahee Lowery, spouse of Staff Sgt. Robert Lowery, is the first spouse hired at Fort Polk under Executive Order 13473, Spouse Preference Authority, a new rule that allows some spouses to be hired for federal jobs without going through the usual competitive process.

  • Programs for troops continue to bring joy on all fronts

    Jan 12, 2010

    Servicemembers have been fighting wars on two fronts for nearly nine years, and they continue to get support from thankful Americans back home. It is seen in programs such as Adopt a US Soldier, Any Soldier and Treats The Troops, to name a few. These programs are designed not only to bring joy to those receiving letters and packages of support, but also for those who have taken the time to sponsor Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed around the world

  • Injured U.S. vets visit Iraqi Special Operations Forces compound

    Jan 11, 2010

    Five combat veterans returned to Iraq, Dec. 28 to Jan. 3, as part of the program Operation Proper Exit, to revisit the places they were injured in hopes of finding emotional closure. This is the third time this year Operation Proper Exit, sponsored by the Troops First Foundation, has brought troops to Iraq to participate in the week-long event.

  • Providers run laundry facility for Soldiers at Poliwoda

    Jan 9, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION POLIWODA, Iraq -A shower, laundry and clothing repair team provides daily laundry operations for the roughly 500 Soldiers and civilian contractors stationed at Contingency Operating Location Poliwoda, Iraq.

  • Quartermaster Soldiers provide potable water at Poliwoda

    Jan 9, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION POLIWODA, Iraq - A single team of Soldiers provide all the potable water used for the shower and latrine trailers, the dining facility and all other running-water facilities at Contingency Operating Location Poliwoda, Iraq.

  • Operation Proper Exit's wounded vets witness transformation in Iraq

    Jan 9, 2010

    Five combat veterans returned to Iraq, Dec. 28 to Jan. 3, as part of the program Operation Proper Exit, to revisit the places they were injured in hopes of finding emotional closure. This is the third time this year Operation Proper Exit, sponsored by the Troops First Foundation, has brought troops to Iraq to participate in the week-long event

  • Camp Taji unveils new rotary passenger terminal

    Jan 9, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Command elements from the 49th Transportation Battalion, 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team garrison command and 1st Air Cavalry Brigade took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 5, celebrating the opening of the Capt. Edward "Too Tall" Freeman Rotary Wing Passenger Terminal at Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Soldiers learn biblical history at Al Asad Air Base

    Jan 9, 2010

    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - In the past 4,000 years the terrain in Iraq has changed drastically, but according to the oral tradition of the Bedouins, one of the resting places along the biblical journey of Abraham from Ur to Canaan is located at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

  • JBB to open tax center to assist service members who elect to file taxes while deployed

    Jan 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - By law, deployed service members are exempt from filing taxes but the Joint Base Balad, Iraq, tax center is scheduled to open in mid-February, offering free assistance and service to those who want their refunds now.

  • 724th Transportation Company adapts to changing mission

    Jan 9, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION SPEICHER, Iraq - Soldiers with the 724th Transportation Company came to Iraq to carry out a mission unlike any they had done before, and find themselves adapting as their mission changes once again in the middle of their year-long deployment.

  • Jacoby: I challenge you to finish strong

    Jan 8, 2010

    As I Corps' year-long deployment winds down, Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., I Corps commanding general, spent time talking with the unit's Soldiers during a town hall meeting, challenging them to make the most out of the last months of their deployment.

  • Soldier's life altering injury turns into unique war love story

    Jan 8, 2010

    When Capt. Sam Brown was injured in Afghanistan, he saw everything he had planned for his future disappear. Little did he know that what he went through, in fact, helped him discover one part of his life he thought he would never find.

  • Wounded Warriors spend day with Air Cav Soldiers

    Jan 7, 2010

    Five combat veterans returned to Iraq, Dec. 28 to Jan. 3, as part of the program Operation Proper Exit, to revisit the places they were injured in hopes of finding emotional closure. This is the third time this year Operation Proper Exit, sponsored by the Troops First Foundation, has brought troops to Iraq to participate in the week-long event.

  • Injured combat vets visit 10th Mountain Soldiers, 1st CD commanding general

    Jan 7, 2010

    Five combat veterans returned to Iraq, Dec. 28, as part of the program Operation Proper Exit, to revisit the places they were injured in hopes of finding emotional closure. This is the third time this year Operation Proper Exit, sponsored by the Troops First Foundation, has brought troops to Iraq to participate in the week-long event.

  • Third installment of Operation Proper Exit tours Ramadi

    Jan 7, 2010

    Five combat veterans returned to Iraq, Dec. 28, as part of the program Operation Proper Exit, to revisit the places they were injured in hopes of finding emotional closure. This is the third time this year Operation Proper Exit, sponsored by the Troops First Foundation, has brought troops to Iraq to participate in the week-long event.

  • B Co 1SG meets with village elders

    Jan 6, 2010

  • Army studies high-altitude health effects

    Jan 5, 2010

    Climate and altitude commonly inhibits the optimal effectiveness of servicemembers in many theater operations. In the mountainous country of Afghanistan in particular, servicemembers are asked to perform at thousands of feet above sea level, oftentimes hindering their cognitive and physical performance.

  • Understanding and preventing cold weather injuries

    Jan 5, 2010

    During the past 10 years, Soldiers have experienced an average of 361 cold weather-related injuries every year. Cold weather injury prevention is a command and leadership as well as a personal responsibility and successful management of cold depends on proper knowledge and understanding of problems associated with working in cold environments.

  • New command marks milestone in Iraq

    Jan 2, 2010

    The new year brought a new command to Iraq as Multinational Forces Iraq cased its colors, replaced by U.S. Forces Iraq during a ceremony at the al-Faw Palace in Baghdad.

  • Movement control team helps Joint Distribution Center mission move faster

    Jan 2, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - An operations unit at the Joint Distribution Center at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, implemented a new transportation standard Dec. 11 to decrease the wait time required to ship sustainment supply cargo throughout Iraq.

  • Joint effort increases efficiency of equipment drawdown

    Jan 2, 2010

    As the responsible drawdown of troops and equipment in Iraq draws near, the Corps Distribution Center at Contingency Operating Location Speicher, Iraq, has become a hub in the effort to move excess equipment out of Iraq.

  • Service members run into new decade at JBB

    Jan 2, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 90th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) sponsored a Ring in the New Year 5K race starting 10 minutes before midnight Dec. 31, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to celebrate the new decade.

  • New locks on female facilities designed to help prevent sexual assault

    Jan 1, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - KBR, Inc. employees began installing cipher locks on female latrines and shower facilities in December - female residents may obtain the codes from their housing office.

  • 49th Transportation Battalion raises more than $27,000 for charity

    Jan 1, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - A Soldier with the 49th Transportation Battalion helped raise $27,242.15 for the Combined Federal Campaign - Overseas, which promotes and supports charitable organizations through philanthropy by federal employees

  • 509th Movement Control Team works to improve travel at Speicher

    Jan 1, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION SPEICHER, Iraq - Although military travel is not known for its comfort, a group of Airmen at Contingency Operating Location Speicher, Iraq, work hard to make it a positive experience.