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  • 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.

  • Medical officers host Silver Caduceus Society Call at Taji

    Dec 14, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION TAJI, Iraq - Medical service corps officers at Contingency Operating Location Taji, Iraq, hosted a Silver Caduceus Society Call Dec. 5 to facilitate the professional development of the unit's Soldiers.

  • Operation: Back to School provides humanitarian aid to Iraqi schoolchildren

    Dec 14, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION TAJI, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi Army Soldiers delivered kits filled with school supplies to Iraqi schoolchildren at Al Waleed School Dec. 6 near Contingency Operating Location Taji, Iraq.

  • WWE superstars, divas entertain troops at JBB

    Dec 14, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - World Wrestling Entertainment superstars and divas filmed a holiday special entitled "WWE Tribute to the Troops," Dec. 4 at Holt Stadium at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to honor deployed service members.

  • New York Guard Troops At Home -- in Japan:Deployed Rainbow Soldiers Enjoy Visits with Host Nation Fa

    Dec 13, 2009

    NewYork Army National Guard Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division, the Rainbow Division, training in Japan as part of Exercise Yama Sakura 57, visit Japanese citizens in their homes as part of a cultural exchange program.

  • New York Army National Guard Soldiers in Japan Celebrate Guard Birthday

    Dec 13, 2009

    Representing the most senior Soldier and most junior Soldier of the assembled troops here for Yama Sakura, New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Steven Wickstrom (left) and division Soldier Pfc. Callie Haynes cut a cake to celebrate the 373rd Birthday of the National Guard.

  • Fort Lewis frog recovery effort keeps biologists hopping

    Dec 11, 2009

    Biologists at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Northwest Zoo Alliance, The Evergreen State College, Cedar Creek Correctional Center and Fort Lewis Fish and Wildlife are involved in a five-year-long Oregon spotted frog species reintroduction pilot project at the post's remote 40-acre Dailman Lake. The frog, native to the Puget Lowlands, has become a state endangered species due to loss of habitat, predation by non-native species, and disease.

  • A special celebration: U.S., Canadian special forces commemorate combined efforts during WWII

    Dec 11, 2009

    As a CH-47 Chinook passed over a prairie training area on Fort Lewis, Wash., 14 U.S. and Canadian Special Forces members jumped out on cue during an annual event that celebrates "Menton Week."

  • Apache Block III Aircraft Tests New Technology

    Dec 11, 2009

    Developmental prototypes of the U.S. Army's next-generation Block III Apache Attack helicopter tested emerging technologies which allow pilots to control UAVs and their sensor payloads from the cockpit of the aircraft during a so-called Limited User Test (LUT) in November at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., service officials said.

  • TASM-E provides essential movement support to 3rd CAB warfighters

    Dec 11, 2009

    Personnel from the Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager-Europe off-loaded a three-story cargo ship filled with critical equipment destined for Afghanistan. The TASM-E personnel provided key movement support Oct. 25-27 to the Soldiers of the 3rd Combat Avn. Bde., 3rd Inf. Div. based out of Hunter Army Airfield at Fort Stewart, Ga. The movement included an array of helicopters, containers and various pieces of cargo essential to provide continued support for Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • WWE holds national anthem singing contest at Holt Stadium

    Dec 11, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The United States' national anthem, "The Star- Spangled Banner," is a staple of American history and symbol of national pride. Twenty-eight service members competed for the honor to sing the national anthem before a panel of World Wrestling Entertainment judges Dec. 3 at Holt Stadium at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, before the next day's wrestling match for the troop's entertainment.

  • 13th ESC wins Amazing Race charity run

    Dec 11, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Service members ran a race, played golf blindfolded and choked down the "nastiest" food the chow hall had to offer Dec. 5 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to raise money for the Combined Federal Campaign - Overseas.

  • New Iraqi Army base opens in Maysan province

    Dec 11, 2009

    IRAQI ARMY CAMP AL MEMONA, Iraq - A ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 9 marked the celebration of the official opening of Iraqi Army Camp Al Memona, Iraq.

  • 42nd Division Shares Lessons, Baseball Lore with Japanese Counterparts

    Dec 10, 2009

    New York Army National Guard 42nd Division Commander Brig. Gen. Steven N. Wickstrom (left), and Lt. Gen. Hiroshi Yamamoto, commander of the 7th Division, Japan Ground Defense Forces, pose with a Red Sox t-shirt Wickstrom has just given Yamamoto Dec

  • After nearly 20 years, Soldiers reunite at JBB

    Dec 10, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Five service members stationed together roughly 20 years ago at Camp Dahn, Germany, reunited at the Desert Inn dining facility Dec. 3 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Running down a dream: Top female runner in Baghdad logs 950 miles during deployment

    Dec 10, 2009

  • FORSCOM Accountant receives Army-level award

    Dec 9, 2009

    An Army civilian employee with U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) has received many awards during her 18 years of federal service - recognition for achievement, time off awards and monetary awards - but none compares to the one she received today during a Department of Defense ceremony here. Brooke A. Larrabee, lead accountant within FORSCOM's G-8, Resource Integration Division at Fort McPherson, Ga., was presented the 2009 "Army Outstanding Employee of the Year with a Disability Award." As Larrabee continues her service to our country, she said she looks forward to one day becoming a public speaker to let others know they can pursue their dreams too, despite the challenges they may encounter in life.

  • Providers, civilian contractors work together to drawdown from Iraq

    Dec 9, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Civilian contractors have come together with 49th Transportation Battalion Soldiers to provide assistance to the countless units reducing personnel and equipment in country, as the drawdown from Iraq approaches.

  • Soldier use movie spoof, laughter to address difficult topic

    Dec 9, 2009

    Members of the 38th Combat Aviation Brigade out of Shelbyville, Ind., put their own spin on the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," addressing suicide while making their audience laugh Dec. 4, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Transportation Soldiers use fellowship to better community

    Dec 9, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 49th Transportation Battalion, out of Fort Hood, Texas, held a men's prayer breakfast Dec. 5 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, as part of its effort to leave the community here better than they found it.

  • Cable Dawgs: making more out of a move

    Dec 8, 2009

    Soldiers from C Company, Special Troops Battalion and 50th Signal Battalion had a break from their normal duties on Victory Base Complex to work alongside and develop relationships with soldiers from the Iraqi Ground Forces Command Headquarters communications platoon. The 'cable dawgs', a slang term for cable systems installers and maintainers, were tasked to assist in moving the Combined Partnership Center and IGFC Joint Operations Center, currently located near the Al Faw Palace, to the first floor of a larger building closer to Camp Iraqi Heroes.

  • Yama Sakura 57 participants experience Japanese culture

    Dec 7, 2009

    Tea ceremonies, paper folding and sword demonstrations aren't usually the first things to come to mind when you think of a command post exercise with one of the U.S. strongest military allies.

  • Army Management Staff College extends Excellence in Education Award deadline

    Dec 7, 2009

    Army Management Staff College extended the application deadline for the 2nd annual Excellence in Education Award.

  • Yama Sakura opens in spirit of friendship

    Dec 7, 2009

    On a bitterly cold December afternoon, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Army Forces opened Yama Sakura 57 in a ceremony that demonstrated the warmth of a 50-year friendship.

  • Deployment length, dwell time, and end of stop loss not affected by Afghanistan troop increase

    Dec 7, 2009

    In a joint message to senior Army leaders on Dec. 2, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, Jr. stated that the Afghanistan troop increase will not affect plans underway to restore balance.

  • Kid Rock, Carlos Mencia entertain troops in Iraq

    Dec 6, 2009

    What better way to spend a Friday in Baghdad than to cut out of work a little early and catch a rock concert' More than a 1,000 Servicemembers couldn't think of one as they packed an open field on a chilly Baghdad day Dec. 4, to watch the 2009 Tour for the Troops at Sather Air Base. Pop newcomer Jessie James, comedian Carlos Mencia and rebel rocker Kid Rock took part in the event sponsored by the Air Force Reserve.

  • Suicide intervention training aids JBB chaplains, assistants

    Dec 5, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers practiced conversing with suicidal Warfighters in mock scenarios during suicide intervention training Dec. 1 through Dec. 4 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Promotion to General Seen Across the World

    Dec 4, 2009

    Kelli Underhill, wife of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command's (AAMDC) Commanding General, Brigadier General Jeffery (Jeff) L. Underhill first came up with the idea to do a live streaming webcast of her husband's promotion when she realized both of their children, Brandon, 23, and Britney, 21 would not be able to attend the ceremony. With Brandon working in Ironton, Ohio and Britney away at College, it would be close to impossible having them in Hawaii for the Wednesday ceremony. "Our children have always been at every one of his promotions," said Kelli Underhill. "I just wanted them to be part of it, even though they couldn't be here physically, and most importantly, I wanted him to have them here."

  • Memorial Basketball game held in honor of fallen Soldier

    Dec 4, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 137th Assault Helicopter, hosted an Army versus Air Force memorial basketball game and a game for JBB's old-timers Nov. 30 at the East Gym at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, in honor of Spc. Michael Cote, a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief with A Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, who died Sept. 19 when his helicopter crashed at JBB.

  • Counter-attack system brings Soldiers, Sailors together

    Dec 4, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The counter - rocket, artillery and mortar system brings Navy and Army personnel together, as they work to ensure the safety of the service members at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • JBB makes way for two incoming medical units

    Dec 4, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Two transfer of authority ceremonies took place between the 8th and 51st Medical Logistics Companies, and the 64th and 248th Medical Detachment Companies, at Morale, Welfare and Recreation center east Nov. 27 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • The Army's Newest Star

    Dec 3, 2009

    Col. Jeffery Underhill, commanding general, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), was promoted to Brigadier General, here, Dec. 2. During his remarks at the promotion ceremony, Underhill, an Ironton, Ohio native, sighted many positions in his career that allowed him to grow into a leader. One position in particular was serving as the aid-de-camp for former Chief of Staff of the Army and current Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Eric K. Shinseki.

  • Eagle Scout Helps Deployed Soldiers

    Dec 3, 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 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, decided to make care packages for deployed Soldiers for his Eagle Scout project after witnessing his first deployment ceremony.

  • Service members bring Minneapolis race to Iraq

    Dec 3, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION BASRAH, Iraq - Service members and civilians braved the rain and mud to run in an Iraqi rendition of the Twin Cities Marathon Nov. 28 at Contingency Operating Location Basrah.

  • Service members track travel at JBB passenger terminals

    Dec 3, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Just as equipment and sensitive items are tracked for accountability, units with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) track and maintain accountability of personnel, both at Joint Base Balad and throughout Iraq every day.

  • Seattle Marathon Shadow Run

    Nov 29, 2009

    Soldiers run Seattle Marathon in Baghdad

  • Year of the NCO: 'It's about taking care of Soldiers'

    Nov 28, 2009

    Leaders are made over time. NCOs spend years honing their leadership skills and mentoring and caring for Soldiers. However, the choice to remain a leader in the Army can be a difficult one, but it is one Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Sammons made Nov. 25.

  • Castle Heights wins 6th annual Thanksgiving Day competition

    Nov 28, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Castle Heights, dining facility three, took the title of best DFAC at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, in the sixth annual Thanksgiving Day competition, part of a joint forces food event Nov. 26 at JBB.

  • Soldiers rest, learn from locals at Habur Gate

    Nov 28, 2009

    HABUR GATE, Iraq - As convoys escort trucks across the border between Turkey and Iraq, Soldiers take advantage of one of Iraq's most accommodating cities to rest between missions.

  • Security forces along Iraq, Turkey border inspect trucks

    Nov 27, 2009

    HABUR GATE, Iraq - Along the border of Iraq and Turkey, U.S. service members, Iraqi security forces and contractors work together to ensure the safety of Iraq's citizens.

  • Coastguardsman train in counter-IED class

    Nov 27, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Counter-improvised explosive device training can mean the difference between life and death for any service member who travels outside the wire on convoys.

  • Senators visit deployed Soldiers

    Nov 27, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Illinois Sen. Roland W. Burris visited Soldiers from his home state at Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, Nov. 24 at Memorial Hall to answer their questions and talk about programs available to them.

  • Security Soldiers protect key leaders throughout Iraq

    Nov 27, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - The Personal Security Detachment with the 36th Sustainment Brigade out of Temple, Texas, keeps Soldiers safe while conducting operations outside the wire.

  • Chief of Chaplains, troops celebrate 100 years of chaplain assistants service

    Nov 26, 2009

    On Dec. 28, 1909, General Order No. 253 was published, establishing the official military occupational specialty of the chaplain assistant, stating that one enlisted man will serve to assist the chaplain in the performance of his official duties.

  • Chief of Chaplains stresses importance of strengthening faith, spirituality

    Nov 26, 2009

    Chief of Chaplains Chap. (Maj. Gen.) Douglas L. Carver, accompanied by the Chief of Chaplains and Regimental Sgt. Maj. Tommy Marrero, left their families behind this Thanksgiving season and embarked on a journey to thank and praise Servicemembers throughout Iraq.

  • Iraqi children learn about personal hygiene at JBB

    Nov 26, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Roughly 100 Iraqi children participated in Iraqi Kids Day Nov. 21 at the H6 recreation center at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Adding a little kick: 22d Chemical Battalion takes physical fitness to a whole new level

    Nov 25, 2009

    Physical and mental fitness have long been pillars of the U.S. Army, so it is no surprise that Company A, 22d Chemical Battalion, (Technical Escort) gathered in the pre-dawn hours Nov. 6 for their workout. Like many other Army units, Company A is committed to being physically fit.

  • Lewis bound: I Corps analytical element completes year-long tour

    Nov 25, 2009

    In November 2008, Brig. Gen. Peter Bayer, Multi-National Corps-Iraq chief of staff, stood before the Corps Analysis and Control Element at Fort Lewis, Wash., to wish the Soldiers of I Corps' CACE well as they prepared to head to Iraq. On Nov. 20, he stood before the Soldiers again - this time in Baghdad and, this time, to thank them for successfully completing their mission over the past 12 months.

  • ARMY BIDS MAJ. GEN. JOHSON FAREWELL

    Nov 24, 2009

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Nov. 24, 2009) - The Army bid an official farewell here today to Maj. Gen. Jerome Johnson in recognition of his 36 years of dedicated service. His retirement ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Army's largest command, Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), where he had been the deputy chief of staff G-4 (equivalent to a large civilian corporation senior vice president for logistics) since June 2007.

  • It's easy to be thankful

    Nov 24, 2009

    FORT MEYER, Va. - Chap. (Lt. Col.) Barry M. White manages the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Pentagram Chaplain's Corner. Multiple chaplains assigned in the national capital region contribute to the Chaplain's Corner each week. This week, he gave those chaplains a Thanksgiving break and filled in the Chaplain's Corner himself.

  • Former NFL player considers Soldiers his third family

    Nov 24, 2009

    No movie has been made of Otis Sistrunk's life, although he has acted in a few, including "Car Wash," a 1976 comedy produced by Universal Pictures.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: FORSCOM Fitting Families into the Equation

    Nov 24, 2009

    Army Family members will now be part of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, a new Army-wide holistic initiative focused on building resilience.

  • 'Super Sapper' Competition Tests Engineers in Hawaii

    Nov 22, 2009

    The sapper community on Hawaii witnessed a new milestone on the island when Soldiers from the 34th Sapper Company held their first annual Super Sapper Competition to test the physical ability of new Soldiers Nov. 4 on Schofield Barracks.

  • 8th TSC Commanding General Pins on Second Star

    Nov 22, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Nov. 16, 2009) -- Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, pinned on his second star during a promotion ceremony held on Fort Shafter. Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general, U.S. Army, Pacific, presided over the promotion ceremony. Maj. Gen. Terry's wife, Cathy, and childhood friend, Maj. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, commanding general, U.S. Army, Japan, had the honor of pinning the stars on Terry's dress green uniform. Terry's two sons took part by putting the two-star shoulder boards on his Class A shirt.

  • 84th Engineer Battalion Soldiers Return From Iraq

    Nov 22, 2009

    Families, friends and loved ones welcomed home more than 250 Soldiers from the 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, during a redeployment ceremony, Nov. 2, at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

  • US Army leaders meet with shaykhs in southern Iraq

    Nov 21, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Brig. Gen. Gerald E. Lang, the Multi National Division - South deputy commanding general for support, visited local shaykhs at a private residence near Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, for a key-leader engagement, to discuss how the drawdown of forces in Iraq will affect the shaykhs' area.

  • [Equal opportunity advisers host course to prevent discrimination]

    Nov 21, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -Soldiers worked with one another to better understand discrimination, in the Equal Opportunity Leaders Course Nov. 14 through Nov. 20 at Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center east at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Navajo tribesman speaks at luncheon honoring Native Americans

    Nov 21, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The Joint Base Balad American Indian Heritage Luncheon was held at Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center east at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, on Nov. 18 in recognition of Native American month. The luncheon featured a prayer in the Navajo language and focused on bringing fading traditions into the spotlight.

  • AAFES works to meet demands despite shipping delays

    Nov 21, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Shipping and receiving goods to the Army and Air Force Exchange Services across Iraq has been increasingly difficult for several months, due to restrictions implemented by a status of forces agreement signed in January 2009, said an AAFES spokesman.

  • Soldiers deliver supplies, view new school building

    Nov 21, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Soldiers with the 36th Sustainment Brigade out of Temple, Texas, visited Al Soonobar School at Jaber Mohamed Village, Iraq, Nov. 18 to deliver school supplies and stuffed animals to roughly 45 students.

  • Logistics Training and Advisory Teams meet at JBB

    Nov 21, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - For the first time since their units' arrival in Iraq, four sustainment brigades' Logistics Training and Advisory Team leaders met to discuss the Iraqi capacity to self-sustain and the teams' plans in the coming months.

  • Powder Puff football teams play under Friday night lights

    Nov 21, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Football season is well underway and the cheers and roars on Friday and Saturday nights at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, belong to the women.