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  • 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.

  • Junior enlisted troops celebrate holidays at Operation Toy Soldiers

    Jan 1, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - More than 400 service members attended Operation Toy Soldiers to celebrate the holiday season with gifts, games, music and food, on Christmas Day at Morale, Welfare and Recreation center east at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • NCO pays it forward, earns Soldier's Medal

    Dec 30, 2009

    After an improvised explosive device ripped through his vehicle, Staff Sgt. James Rivera needed medical attention and quick.

  • Operation Proper Exit helps injured combat vets heal emotional wounds

    Dec 30, 2009

    Alive day is a term dubbed by a number of injured combat veterans to describe the day they escaped death. Some were left with scrapes and bruises, others lost their limbs and, for some, there would be emotional wounds they will struggle with for the rest of their lives.

  • USACE delivers elementary school in Ramadi to Iraq's Education Ministry

    Dec 29, 2009

    Corps of Engineers built Al-Mazraa elementary school in western city. New six-classroom complex replaces an old two-room house currently used as a school.

  • Chaplain Corps celebrates centennial of support from its enlisted assistants

    Dec 28, 2009

    Sgt. Major Alvin Chaplin likes to compare a chaplain assistant to an entire infantry company rolled into one Soldier. "In order to get the job done, he or she has to be able to do it all -- company clerk, supply person, motor sergeant and combatant. The chaplain assistant has to set the conditions for the chaplain to succeed and the commander to execute the unit's religious programs," said Chaplin, U.S. Army Forces Command's senior chaplain assistant. Chaplin made his observation on the occasion of the Army's celebrating the centennial of the Army chaplain assistants Dec. 28. For a hundred years, holders of what is now the 56M MOS (military occupation specialty) have assisted chaplains in ensuring the free exercise of religion for millions of Soldiers.

  • U.S. and Iraqi Dentist Share Knowledge

    Dec 27, 2009

    Col. Craig Torres, 502nd Dental Company, lectures 25 U.S. Army and Air Force Dentist and 25 Iraqi Dentist during a one-day joint dental conference held at the Joint Visitor's Bureau, Camp Victory, Dec. 5. Task Force 1st Medical Brigade hosted the conference, covering a variety of topics to include endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery.

  • Partnership of a different kind; Iraqi Air Force trains with airport firefighters

    Dec 27, 2009

    Men clad in silver bunker gear mingled with others garbed in dark grey suits adjusting facemask and oxygen tanks. The shrill of a fire alarm sounded as nine firefighters formed into three lines of alternate gray and silver outside the doorway of a smoke-filled building. Baghdad International Airport Fire Chief Raad Mohammed Seeid gave last minute directions to the team of BIAP civilian firefighters and Iraqi Air Force firefighters as they rushed in low beneath thick black clouds.

  • JBB holds sexual assault self-defense class

    Dec 26, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - More than a dozen Soldiers, Airmen and civilians spent Christmas Eve at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, learning sexual assault defense techniques.

  • Masonic Family celebrates 12 Days of Christmas with service members

    Dec 26, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - On the third day of Christmas, the Masonic Family gave to the military ... three Nintendo Wiis, two calling cards, and a laptop. In the 12 days leading up to and culminating with Christmas, the Prince Hall Affiliated Masonic Family raffles off presents to service members who attended the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas celebration at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation centers Dec. 14 through Dec. 25 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • 55 Reservists replace roughly 100 outgoing Soldiers

    Dec 26, 2009

  • Service members sing together Christmas Eve

    Dec 26, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Service members spent their Christmas Eve reading scripture, singing songs and listening to the band play at Morale, Welfare and Recreation center east at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Musicians, comedian, cheerleaders perform at Balad

    Dec 26, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The Sergeant Major of the Army's Hope and Freedom Tour 2009, brought country music artists Mark Wills and Keni Thomas and four Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to Sustainer Theater Dec. 19 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Provider commanding general checks progress on fuel farms

    Dec 26, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - The commanding general of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) out of Fort Hood, Texas, visited Camp Cedar II, Iraq, and Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, Dec. 21 to see the progress being made toward moving the fuel farm from Cedar II to COL Adder.

  • Service members go face to face at X-Mas Bash Extravaganza

    Dec 24, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The stadium was filled with cheers, the sounds of men being pummeled and bodies hitting the mat, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq's X-mas Bash Extravaganza, hosted by 1st Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Dec. 19 here at JBB.

  • Santa makes a run for it at JBB

    Dec 24, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Service members, civilians and Santa braved the cold to participate in the Reindeer Run 10K Dec. 19 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Christmas music played on the speakers at Holt Stadium as runners arrived before the sun appeared, to warm up with a 10K while Santa ran and danced with them.

  • 'First in, Last out' battalion returns home from Iraq deployment

    Dec 23, 2009

    More than 340 Soldiers from the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade returned home to the screams and cheers of family and loved ones during a redeployment ceremony here Dec. 19. The battalion returned to Schofield Barracks from Tikrit, Iraq where they performed engineering and route clearance missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division and other units.

  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff leads USO tour to Adder

    Dec 23, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accompanied by several celebrities on a United Service Organizations tour, visited Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, Dec. 18, to meet with local dignitaries and discuss progress in southern Iraq

  • Sergeant major of the Army visits Balad

    Dec 23, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - More than 100 Soldiers sat in chairs, nervously fidgeting with their uniforms, when the cry of "at ease" rang out from the back of the room Dec. 18.

  • Carpentry shop helps service members help themselves

    Dec 23, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The self-help carpentry shop and Troops to Task program at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, not only help service members and local nationals build furniture out of wood, but also build skills and relationships through a joint partnership.

  • JBB Honor Guard looks for a few good men, women

    Dec 23, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Service members' discipline and precision earn accolades, perhaps none more than those who serve in Honor Guards.

  • AMC takes lead in task force aimed at Army Reset effort

    Dec 21, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - How do you carefully and expertly repair and return the tools of war' You assemble your best personnel; plan profusely and ultimately Reset America's Army.

  • SMA brings USO tour to Iraq

    Dec 21, 2009

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston touched down in Balad, Iraq Dec. 19, for the second leg of the "Sergeant Major of the Army's Hope and Freedom Tour 2009."

  • Combat Carolers bring holiday cheer to JBB

    Dec 19, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Service members got into the holiday spirit Dec. 15 by singing Christmas carols and ceremonially lighting the Christmas tree on Sapper Circle at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • New JBB east side post office dedicated to fallen postal employees

    Dec 19, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Seven Soldiers and two civilians were honored for their vital roles in postal operations during a dedication ceremony Dec. 17 for the new facility at the east side post office at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • First Iraqi bank on American base opens at JBB

    Dec 19, 2009

    Contractors and Iraqi entrepreneurs throughout Joint Base Balad, Iraq now have access to the Al Warka Bank, after the opening of a branch Dec. 17 at the Iraqi Free Zone.

  • Waterborne challenge tests Soldiers in Hawaii

    Dec 18, 2009

    Army watercraft operators from the 545th Transportation Company put their bodies on the line during the waterborne challenge competition Dec. 8 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

  • 45th Sust. Bde. returns home from Afghanistan

    Dec 18, 2009

    More than 150 Soldiers of the 45th Sustainment Brigade returned to Schofield Barracks to friends, family, and loved ones from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan. The remaining 150 are scheduled to return early next year.

  • Oasis International Waters facilities hydrate Iraq

    Dec 18, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - The Oasis International Waters water purification facility at Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, is one of six such facilities providing clean drinking water to service members, civilians and contractors working throughout the country.

  • Congressmen bring taste of home to troops

    Dec 18, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Holiday celebrations generally include family and friends, but for troops in Iraq, homesickness can put a damper on the joy.

  • Eagle Scout helps out deployed Soldiers

    Dec 17, 2009

    When the Soldiers of the 558th Military Police Company held their deployment ceremony last August, they had no idea that one spectator in the crowd would play a big part in raising their morale months later. Toby Bledsoe, a Boy Scout with Troop 135 here, decided to make care packages for deployed Soldiers for his Eagle Scout project after witnessing his first deployment ceremony.

  • University of Phoenix awards credits to Civilian Education System graduates

    Dec 17, 2009

    University of Phoenix is now offering credit for three Civilian Education System courses.

  • Military Family Life Consultants: easing transitions for Soldiers and Families

    Dec 16, 2009

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga.-Soldiers and Family members at brigades within U.S. Army Forces Command now have more access to mental and emotional help. During a six-month trial period which began in September, about 96 additional Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC) were embedded in FORSCOM units and are on-hand to assist troops. "They go where the families are," said Phoebe Wright-Thomas, a FORSCOM Well-Being program specialist. "I think this sends a clear message to our Soldiers and Families that the Army hears them and that they truly care."

  • Soldiers have chance to distinguish themselves

    Dec 16, 2009

    Participation in military and civilian-sponsored small-arms marksmanship competitions offers Soldiers the opportunity to refine their marksmanship skills, compete against other military and civilian marksmen and earn the highest marksmanship awards eligible for wear on the uniform.

  • Soldiers have chance to distinguish themselves

    Dec 16, 2009

    Participation in military and civilian-sponsored small-arms marksmanship competitions offers Soldiers the opportunity to refine their marksmanship skills, compete against other military and civilian marksmen and earn the highest marksmanship awards eligible for wear on the uniform.

  • Postcards from family, friends at home lift Soldier's spirits

    Dec 16, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - An officer with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) has wallpapered his office with more than 200 postcards from family and friends in the United States.

  • Celebrate the holidays with safety in mind

    Dec 15, 2009

    Celebrate the holidays with safety in mind

  • Army Ground Forces Band concert is holiday hit

    Dec 14, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Dec. 14, 2009) - The U.S. Army Forces Command's own Army Ground Forces Band returned to Atlanta's Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for its 24th Annual Holiday Concert Dec. 11. And for the 24th year, the talented Soldier/musicians were a huge hit with the approximately 2,000 people of all ages who braved unseasonably cold weather to hear one of the Army's premier national touring bands perform the holiday sounds of the season.

  • U.S. Army, Pacific Contingency Command Post conducts first exercise in Japan

    Dec 14, 2009

    The U.S. Army, Pacific Contingency Command Post took the operational lead for Exercise Yama Sakura 57, providing the groundwork for a successful bilateral exercise with the Northern Army of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

  • Holidays add to deployment stress

    Dec 14, 2009

    Holiday joy and holiday stress go hand in hand, especially for deployed servicemembers and their families.

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