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  • Native American Soldiers celebrate, share culture

    Nov 21, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Service members at Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, attended a National Native American Heritage Month observance Nov. 14 at Memorial Hall to honor the tradition and culture of Native Americans.

  • 'The Terminator' returns to visit troops

    Nov 21, 2009

    Keeping a promise he made to troops in 2003, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to Iraq Nov. 16, to "pump up" with them at the gym and deliver a message of thanks for their continued sacrifice and service, as well as the sacrifices their families have continued to make.

  • Army develops new program as 2009 suicide numbers remain high

    Nov 21, 2009

    Recently, the Army released suicide statistics for the month of October and the total number of suicides, suspected and confirmed, for 2009. Data indicates the number of Soldiers taking their own lives has surpassed numbers recorded at the same time last year.

  • Wounded Warriors receive 'suite' victory from Seattle Seahawks

    Nov 19, 2009

  • Madigan remembers life of Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman

    Nov 19, 2009

  • ARFORGEN: Army's deployment cycle aims for predictability

    Nov 19, 2009

    There is a plan for deploying troops and it's called ARFORGEN. Short for Army Force Generation, ARFORGEN is the Army's core process of building trained and ready forces.

  • Registration changes for Civilian Education System

    Nov 18, 2009

    The Civilian Education System 3rd and 4th-quarter classes are now open for registration, and those enrolling will see a major change in the application process.

  • Soldiers visit historical ruins of Ur

    Nov 18, 2009

    UR, Iraq - More than 230 Soldiers with the 121st Brigade Support Battalion visited the archaeological remains of Ur, Nov. 12, near Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq.

  • Balad honors Veterans

    Nov 18, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Throughout the United States' storied history, millions of citizens have risen to answer her call to duty in times of tranquility and turmoil, war and peace.

  • Adder Soldiers sharpen weapons skills

    Nov 18, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Soldiers with the 36th Sustainment Brigade out of Temple, Texas, fired their weapons Nov. 9 through Nov. 10, at Lightning Memorial Range at Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, to qualify and zero their weapons.

  • Sometimes these colors do run

    Nov 18, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - More than 600 service members and civilians took part in the Veteran's Day 5K race Nov. 11, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, paying tribute to the Veterans of past and present by running with Old Glory. The Apollo Flag company in Totowa, N.J., donated an 18 foot by 12 foot American flag, as well as 600 miniature American flags and a flag commemorating Sept. 11, 2001 for the early-morning event.

  • JBB professional mixer sparks camaraderie between service members

    Nov 18, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Leaders in all branches of service took time to meet with one another Nov. 7 at the Joint Base Balad, Iraq, professional mixer in an effort for E-8s and above to interact in a social setting.

  • Army chef spices up life as newest U.S. citizen

    Nov 13, 2009

    CAMP VICTORY, BAGHDAD - Growing up with his grandmother, Spc. Andre Barrett knew the importance of love, respect and the power of a home-cooked meal. He longed for the day he could come to the United States and pursue his dream of becoming a skilled chef.

  • Sadr City given new water treatment plant

    Nov 13, 2009

    Commander of the Gulf Region District, Col. Dan Anninos visited the Sadr City R3 Water Treatment Plant and its workers to check up on how well the plant was functioning, recently. The GRD also collaborates with Multi-National Corps-Iraq. The GRD mission is to provide engineering and construction management expertise throughout Iraq to assist the government here with its infrastructure.

  • Marines cut cake, celebrate 234th birthday

    Nov 13, 2009

    It was November 10, 1775, in a small rustic building called Tun Tavern in Philadelphia that the Marine Corps was born. The tavern was initially used as a recruiting station by Benjamin Franklin for the Pennsylvania Militia, and later, it hosted a meeting for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the Continental Congress. Samuel Nicholas, considered the first commandant, initiated the Continental Congress to recruit at the tavern and form the Continental Marines, now known as the United States Marine Corps.

  • 201st BfSB Soldiers carry on WWII tradition

    Nov 13, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, TALLIL, Iraq - Passing by fellow Soldiers, it may be instinctual to gaze at their right shoulder and indentify which unit that Soldier has been to combat with. For brothers and sisters in arms, it could be an icebreaker or a chance to share fond memories. For those wearing the patch, it will always serve as a reminder of the Soldiers he or she served with.

  • First Advanced Course of the fiscal year graduates

    Nov 12, 2009

  • Renovation shop offers free, first come, first served uniform repairs

    Nov 12, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATION LOCATION MAREZ, Mosul, Iraq - Soldiers flow into the renovation shop with uniforms in hand, preparing to hand them to the 506th Quartermaster Company for repairs.

  • Leaving his past behind, Soldier begins new life as U.S. citizen

    Nov 12, 2009

    The city of Gjakova, in western Kosovo, suffered severe physical damage as scores of its citizens were killed at the height of the Kosovo Conflict. For one young boy and his family, staying in the war-torn country was not an option.

  • Veterans Day holds new meaning for Soldiers, Marines in Iraq

    Nov 11, 2009

    Surrounded by fellow servicemembers, 157 Soldiers and Marines representing 60 countries sat in the rotunda of Camp Victory's Al Faw Palace in Baghdad, Nov. 11, for a naturalization ceremony.

  • Central receiving, shipping point at Marez preps Iraq for drawdown

    Nov 11, 2009

    As the responsible drawdown of U.S. troops and equipment from Iraq continues, the Central Receiving and Shipping Point at Contingency Operating Location Marez in Mosul, Iraq, will be instrumental in managing the movement of both equipment and personnel.

  • Vice President grieves with Fort Lewis for fallen Stryker Soldiers

    Nov 10, 2009

    Vice President Joe Biden joined the Fort Lewis, Wash., community Tuesday to grieve the loss and honor the sacrifice of seven Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment.

  • ARMY MEDIA ADVISORY November 10, 2009 Army conducts Master Resilience Training for Soldiers, Family

    Nov 10, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey will be available to speak to media at 9:55 a.m. November 12. All interested media must be on site no later than 9:30 a.m. to register in the William Fontaine room of the hotel. Soldiers-students attending the course, staff from the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program and Faculty from the Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania will be available to answer questions.

  • Company to help ISF develop long range surveillance assets

    Nov 10, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, TALLIL, Iraq- With saws grinding and hammers thumping away in the background, Soldiers of Company C, 38th Long Range Surveillance are busy training and preparing for the mission that lay ahead of them- training their Iraqi counterparts to successfully establish LRS teams.

  • Provider Soldiers get promoted, re-enlist

    Nov 9, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Continuing a tradition of excellence, Provider Soldiers earned promotions and re-enlisted in the Army, all while continuing to prepare for the drawdown of U.S. equipment and personnel from Iraq.

  • Mississippians, Iraqi Army partner to protect Q-West water supply

    Nov 9, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Members A Company, 2nd Battalion, 198th Combined Arms Brigade out of Hernando, Miss., met with their Iraqi counterparts in 1st Company, 2nd Battalion, 26th Brigade to review the IA's security measures for the Al-Qayyarah pump house located on the Tigris River.

  • Iraqi water pump workers visit Q-West

    Nov 9, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - A group of Iraqis who work at the Al-Qayyarah pump house attended a luncheon in their honor Nov. 2 at the dining facility at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq.

  • Class I yard accepts Iraq-wide food turn in

    Nov 9, 2009

    CAMP STRYKER, Iraq - In addition to their usual duties, service members at the Camp Stryker, Iraq, Class I yard manage the mass turn in of food rations from all corners of Iraq as the drawdown of U.S. troops and equipment progresses.

  • Logistics, technical advisory team instructs Iraqi Army Soldiers

    Nov 9, 2009

    CAMP UR, Iraq - The Ur Logistics and Technical Advisory Team with the 36th Sustainment Brigade out of Temple, Texas, works with Iraqi Soldiers at the Ur Iraqi Army Regional Maintenance Center to improve their skills in maintenance and supply.

  • Troops trek 5K for treats

    Nov 9, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 699th Maintenance Company out of Fort Irwin, Calif., sponsored a Halloween 5K fun run at Holt Memorial Stadium Oct. 31 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • God's Grounds provides Soldiers coffee, perspective

    Nov 9, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Soldiers at Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, have a steady supply of caffeine, courtesy of God's Grounds, a cafAfA run by the chapel here.

  • 25th Infantry Division Soldiers Redeploy From Iraq

    Nov 5, 2009

    More than 40 Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division were welcomed home to Hawaii during a redeployment ceremony on Wheeler Army Airfield Nov. 5. The return of the Commanding General and Command Sgt. Maj. signaled the end of the 12-month deployment to Iraq for the division.

  • Madigan teams up with UW to improve patient safety

    Nov 3, 2009

  • Madigan pharmacy making improvements to enhance patients' experience

    Nov 3, 2009

  • Synchronization, predictability key to personnel success

    Nov 3, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Maj. Gen. Sean Byrne, commanding general of the Army's Human Resources Command, and Human Resources Command Sgt. Maj. John Gathers joined Servicemembers working in the personnel field Oct. 14 to 16, at Camp Victory during a HRC conference.

  • Madigan uses patient safety techniques to improve health care

    Nov 2, 2009

  • Fort Lewis Fisher House more than just a place to stay

    Nov 2, 2009

  • Fort Lewis Fisher House gets landscaping upgrade

    Nov 2, 2009

  • Madigan commander advances new hospital customer service strategy

    Nov 2, 2009

    Blog posting from the new Madigan commander on improving hospital customer service

  • Robot repair shop helps keep troops safe

    Nov 2, 2009

    The Joint Robotics Repair Detachment located at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad keeps and maintains robots used for use in explosive ordnance disposal, route clearance and other missions.

  • Last Ft. Lewis BDE takes control in Iraq

    Nov 2, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, TALLIL, Iraq - After nearly two years of working to prepare Fort Lewis's battlefield surveillance brigade for operations in Iraq, Fort Hood's 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade cased its colors and transferred authority to the 201st BfSB in a ceremony here Oct. 28.

  • General visits US Army Europe Soldiers at Balad

    Oct 31, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, visited Soldiers Oct. 25 here at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Ham has visited Iraq before, and during this visit he said the progress Iraq has made toward its defense is clear.

  • Craig Morgan, Chris Young electrify Holt Stadium

    Oct 31, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Country music stars Craig Morgan, Chris Young and Great American Country host Nan Kelley treated service members to a night of country music and hospitality Oct. 29 at Holt Stadium at Joint Base Balad.

  • Providers assist with redistribution of armor assets

    Oct 31, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION CALDWELL, Iraq - The mass movement of equipment across Iraq for units leaving and coming to the country is a complex process involving the support and coordination of various elements

  • 223rd Medical Detachment holds field sanitation course

    Oct 31, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -Soldiers learned how to protect themselves from diseases, non-battle injuries and insects including spiders and scorpions, and how to keep them out of food, water and clothing at a field sanitation course at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Service members rock JBB in talent show

    Oct 31, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The Red Tail 5/6 Executive Council held a talent show in which service members sang, danced, played instruments and otherwise performed at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation east Oct. 24 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • US forces take proactive steps toward drawdown

    Oct 31, 2009

  • Speicher preps for Operation Clean Sweep

    Oct 31, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq - Soldiers with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) prepared for Operation Clean Sweep, set to begin the first week of November at Contingency Operating Location Speicher, Iraq.

  • 724th Trans. Co. reflects, looks forward

    Oct 31, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - On April 9, 2004, Soldiers with 1st Platoon, 724th Transportation Company out of Bartonville, Ill., were ambushed as they traveled across Iraq on a refueling mission during their deployment to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, then called Camp Anaconda.

  • Army always seeking improvements to combat uniform

    Oct 30, 2009

    Nothing says pride like a Soldier in uniform. Today's Soldier has much to be proud of in the current Army Combat Uniform, but the Army is always looking for way to make it better and more well-suited to the needs of the Soldier.

  • Chaplain assistants conduct monthly training at JBB

    Oct 30, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Chaplain assistants with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, held a monthly training session at which members participated in role-playing scenarios and exchanged ideas Oct. 28 at the Provider Chapel annex.

  • Sheriff Cell 17 takes care of convoy emergencies

    Oct 29, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Convoys arrive at, depart from and pass through one of Iraq's primary logistics hubs, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, every day.

  • General stresses the importance of being good guests

    Oct 27, 2009

    Since the Security Agreement has been implemented and U.S. Forces have turned over more responsibility to the Iraq Security Forces, there has been a growing shift in the mission toward partnership and advising, assisting and training in Iraq's cities. U.S. forces continue to conduct full-spectrum operations outside of Iraq's cities.

  • Geospatial: mapping Iraq's ancient cities

    Oct 27, 2009

    While many Soldiers head home in the late hours of the second shift, Sgt. Ronald Peters sits at his desk scanning over imagery, maps and the Internet, sometimes as late as 5 a.m., looking for answers. Peters, a geospatial analyst from Fort Lewis, Wash., with Multi-National Corps-Iraq C-7, is undertaking the largest mapping projects of his career. His work is helping to resolve a concern shared by both the U.S. military and the Iraqi government as troops have pulled out of cities and continue the drawdown.

  • Civil Affair team trains expanding clinic

    Oct 27, 2009

    Members of the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade, along with two bilingual, bicultural advisors, recently met with eight Iraqi Soldiers and a nurse at the Hero Clinic, Camp Iraqi Heroes, Baghdad to conduct the first of as series of training sessions designed to expand the clinic's reach.

  • Paralegal Soldiers give their all for top honors

    Oct 27, 2009

    Sgt. Ashley Carey, Culver City, Calif., paralegal non-commissioned officer, 3rd brigade 82nd Airborne Division, approached the victim with haste and began the process of dressing the victims abdominal wound. Simulated by spaghetti, the intestine lay scattered across the wound and the ground. This is one of the warrior training tasks competitors of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq Paralegal of the Year Competition completed on Oct. 16.

  • Motorcycle mentorship invigorates motorcycle safety

    Oct 26, 2009

    A story on the 8th TSC motorcycle mentorship program.

  • 165th Medical Detachment puts mission into focus

    Oct 24, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD Iraq - The 165th Medical Detachment offers a variety of optometry and optical services, six days a week at Joint Base Balad, and Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Soldiers build history with Bataan Memorial Park

    Oct 24, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION, MAREZ, MOSUL, Iraq - The Bataan Memorial Park is scheduled to officially open Oct. 30, in a dedication ceremony at Contingency Operating Location Marez, Mosul, Iraq.

  • Level two combative classes scheduled to swing into JBB in December

    Oct 24, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Service members on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, may soon be able to learn attack skills ranging from punching to placing opponents into submition.

  • Sweet home Louisiana Transportation Soldiers bring Cajun flavor to Iraq

    Oct 23, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION SPEICHER, Iraq - Home-cooked meals are a comfort unavailable to Soldiers while deployed, but the members of the 1083rd Transportation Company out of Minden, La., brought Cajun cooking with them to Iraq.

  • 37th conducts St. Michael's Jump operation at JBB

    Oct 23, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 37th Engineer Battalion held a St. Michael's Jump operation Oct. 18 at the outdoor pool at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Like father, like son,Father, son pairs deployed together

    Oct 23, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION SPEICHER, Iraq - Family is never too far away at Contingency Operating Location Speicher, Iraq, where not one, but two father and son teams are stationed together.

  • 506th Soldiers shine at boards

    Oct 22, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION MAREZ, MOSUL, Iraq - Soldiers with the 506th Quartermaster Company out of Fort Lee, Va., performed exceptionally well at the Soldier of the month and promotion boards at Contingency Operating Location Marez, Mosul, Iraq.

  • Operation Clean Sweep to come to Normandy

    Oct 22, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION NORMANDY, Iraq - A reconnaissance team for Operation Clean Sweep visited Contingency Operating Location Normandy Oct. 18 to assess the movement of retrograde materials throughout Iraq.

  • 159th Seaport Operations Co. affixes combat patches

    Oct 22, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers with the 159th Seaport Operations Company out of Fort Story, Va., took part in a combat patch ceremony Oct. 19 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Weeklong trip to Iraq ends for eight combat vets

    Oct 21, 2009

    Highlights Operation Proper Exit participants' week-long visit to Iraq. The programs allows wounded Warriors to return to places they served, and were injured, in an attempt to find cloure on their road to recovery.

  • Army to delink distributed Learning from resident phase in Civilian Education System courses

    Oct 20, 2009

    Employees enrolling in a Civilian Education System course in the 3rd and 4th quarters of FY10 will notice a major change in the application process.

  • Central Michigan University offers credits for Civilian Education System course

    Oct 19, 2009

    Army Management Staff College has signed another articulation agreement, demonstrating university recognition of its Civilian Education System program.

  • Army Management Staff College reschedules Continuing Education for Senior Leaders class

    Oct 19, 2009

    The Army Management Staff College has rescheduled an upcoming Continuing Education for Senior Leaders class.

  • JBB Passport Program provides worldwide experiences

    Oct 17, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Although the Army can fly Soldiers to countries throughout the world when they take leave, only 10 percent of service members travel to places outside of the United States, said Capt. Desha Platt.

  • Q-West celebrates Hispanic heritage month

    Oct 17, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Two units used Hispanic foods, poetry, music, dancing and a guest speaker to teach troops about the importance of national Hispanic heritage month.

  • Big trucks, big dreams Transportation Soldiers match up in football competition

    Oct 16, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Three Soldiers from the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion got the chance to live out their dreams in August at the National Football League combine in Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

  • Wounded veterans return to Iraq

    Oct 16, 2009

    After stepping on an improvised explosive device during an ambush Nov. 29, 2006, Spc. Craig Chavez nearly died. His face took most of the blast. He lost his left eye and took shrapnel to the right, rendering him blind. Being evacuated home, he thought he would never see again.

  • More than 1,000 run Army Ten-Miler at JBB

    Oct 16, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Roughly 1,200 runners participated in the Army Ten-Miler, Oct. 10 at Holt Stadium at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Capt. Charles Allen, commander of the 102nd Quartermaster Company, said this was the race's seventh year here at JBB, held in conjunction with the Army Ten-Miler in Washington.

  • The backbone

    Oct 15, 2009

  • Security awareness - Understanding foreign disclosure

    Oct 15, 2009

  • Corps of Engineers pays first expanded Homeowners Assistance Program claim

    Oct 14, 2009

    Air Force major receives first check under HAP program enhanced by the Recovery Act ....

  • Living in the New Normal empowers military children

    Oct 14, 2009

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. -Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) officials facilitated a breakout session during the 2009 FORSCOM Family Readiness Group Training Symposium today, Oct. 8, about a program designed to help concerned professionals and parents support military children through challenging times. MCEC Executive Director Mary Keller and MCEC member Patricia Shinseki talked about Living in the New Normal (LINN), a system for educating adults how to empower military children to cope with issues of separation, parents with multiple deployments and losing a parent in combat.

  • Chaplain-led program reinforces relationships

    Oct 14, 2009

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 8, 2009)-Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael Strohm, assigned to the Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains, and Chaplain (Col.) Bradford Fipps, a U.S. Army Forces Command Staff Chaplain, reached out to FORSCOM Family Readiness Group leaders today, offering information for the Strong Bonds curriculum. Strong Bonds is a commander-initiated-but chaplain-led-program designed to help strengthen relationships through skill-training for singles, couples, Families and deployment cycle support. All sub-programs aligned under this curriculum are focused on sustaining life-long relations and building up the future force, according to Strohm.

  • Service members mentor local children

    Oct 14, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Joint Base Balad, Iraq, hosted 77 children, ages six through 18, and 21 adults from some of the local communities for its first Iraqi Kids' Day Oct. 10, in the H-6 housing area.

  • Iraqi Engineers continue to take the lead

    Oct 13, 2009

    "Today we are here to learn from the Iraqis about their successes and problems, and then learn what we can do to enable and help them as partners," Maj. Bill M. Redding, Elizabethtown, Ky., and Iraqi Ground Force Command liaison officer said. The Iraqi Ground Force Command and the Director of Military Engineering hosted an engineering conference Sept. 29 at Camp Iraqi Hero, Baghdad. Engineers from around the country collected at the Camp for the first all Iraqi facilitated conference.

  • Servicemembers, civilians shadow Army 10-miler

    Oct 13, 2009

    BAGHDAD-Nearly 1000 Servicemembers and civilians gathered around the Victory Stage, Camp Victory, to run the Army 10-miler, Oct. 4, hours before it was run in D.C.

  • Surgeons focus on logistics, sustainability

    Oct 13, 2009

    Multi-National Corps-Iraq Surgeon Col. Dallas W. Homas and his office are partnering with members of the Iraqi Ministry of Health and Iraqi Ground Forces Command to improve medical capabilities of Iraqi military and civilian physicians.

  • Saving Lives, Affording Justice -- One Scene at a Time

    Oct 13, 2009

    Task Force Troy weapons intelligence teams have conducted more than 1400 missions alongside explosive ordnance disposal teams throughout Iraq since arriving in April; collecting evidence on pre- and post-blast improvised explosive device events. These IED events include of suicide vests, vehicle-borne IEDs, explosively-formed penetrators, magnetically attached IEDs, indirect fire and weapon caches.

  • Fort Lewis mountain bikers take it to extremes

    Oct 9, 2009

    Thousands of miles from home, he pedaled and sometimes carried his one-speed bike up and down the hills and across the flats until his legs burned and he was muddy and wet. The effort paid off for Tony Corke, a Somerset, England, native who recently moved to Tacoma. Riding alone Saturday for 30 kilometers on a showery morning, he dominated the sport class of the Fort Lewis Extreme Mountain Bike Race II over four laps of the challenging Soldiers Field House cross country course, winning in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 44 seconds. Steven Brady was second in 1:42:19.

  • New fire safety education tool makes debut on Fort Lewis

    Oct 9, 2009

    Hundreds gathered outside Fire Station Five for the annual Fort Lewis Fire and Emergency Services Fire Safety Fair on Saturday to help kick off National Fire Prevention Week.

  • Fort Lewis NCOs carry on proud tradition in Audie Murphy Club

    Oct 9, 2009

    Three Fort Lewis Soldiers count themselves among the ranks of NCOs inducted into Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, after a ceremony Sept. 25. Proudly wearing the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award medallion, Sgt. Blake Jones, Sgt. 1st Class William Byrd and Sgt. 1st Class Scott Howerton successfully completed selection into the prestigious organization that recognizes professionalism, leadership and contributions to the Army community.

  • Yakima Training Center takes on international look

    Oct 9, 2009

    Approximately 350 soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force made the trek to Yakima Training Center during September for a month of training. The troops were in the United States to take part in Exercise Rising Thunder, an annual training event that usually teams Japanese and American units.

  • Fort Lewis biologists, volunteers transform steeple into bat house

    Oct 9, 2009

    A din of hammers, saw blades and drills came from a small army of employees and volunteers from Fort Lewis Fish and Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy who met at the Sequalitchew Creek EcoPark on Sept. 29 to construct bat and bee boxes.

  • Fort Lewis teams with environmental groups to preserve habitat

    Oct 9, 2009

    Fort Lewis Fish and Wildlife, Fort Lewis Forestry, Fort Lewis Fire Department, and The Nature Conservancy teamed up to reintroduce fire to the land to conserve the prairie habitat. The partnership is a first for the agencies.

  • Commentary: Help available to end domestic abuse

    Oct 9, 2009

    One of the great, positive changes in Army culture over the years is the ever-increasing willingness to acknowledge and talk about domestic abuse in Army families.

  • Army-wide FRG Town Hall meetings identify opportunities

    Oct 8, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A senior official from the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management's office spoke to Association of the U.S. Army Family Forum attendees Oct 5 at the Washington Convention Center here, pertaining to the results of Army Family Readiness Group town hall meetings held at six Army installations this summer. Kathleen Marin from the ACSIM office told those gathered for the annual Family Forums, which included 450 company-level FRG leaders from U.S. Army Forces Command units nationwide, about the concerns raised by Army Families at town hall meetings she attended at Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Fort Hood, Texas. Marin said the Army is at a historic moment in its history; it has been fighting a war for eight years with an all volunteer force and the Families who love and support those Soldiers. Subsequently, she said this causes Army officials to look at how they can calibrate Army programs and services to meet the needs of those repeatedly deploying Soldiers and their Families. With that in mind, the Chief of Staff of the Army challenged us at the two-year review mark to evaluate how well the Army is doing promoting and make available Army sponsored services, Marin said.

  • Out of sight but not forgotten; Study looks at geographically dispersed Soldiers, Families

    Oct 7, 2009

    U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders heard Dr. Lynn Heirakuji, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Personnel Oversight, share results of an Army-wide study about geographically dispersed Soldiers and Family members Oct. 5, during the Association of the U.S. Army Family Forum in Washington, D.C. The 450 company-level FRG leaders from installations across the country are in the nation's capital to attend the second annual FORSCOM FRG Training Symposium at the Hyatt Crystal City Hotel. This annual training event was scheduled the same week as the annual AUSA National Meeting and Expo to allow FORSCOM's FRG leaders to take advantage of AUSA's Family Forums and to see the exhibits at AUSA in addition to the full agenda prepared for them by FORSCOM's G1 Well Being Division. Heirakuji said the Army's Geographically Dispersed Task Force (GDTF) conducted two strategic working groups, during February and August, with about 6,000 of its key stakeholders, Soldiers and Family members. The purpose of the study was to gage the perceptions of those Soldiers and Family members, learning about their awareness, their accessibility and their use of 32 Army-sponsored services designed to improve the Well Being of Army Families. The study consisted of input from Reserve Component Soldiers and Family members who have dispersed in communities across America. The task force set out to answer the question, "How can the Army provide comprehensive and equitable support services to meet the diverse needs of Soldiers and Family Members, regardless of their location or component'" Heirakuji said.

  • Filling up on energy drinks can have harmful side effects

    Oct 7, 2009

    Quick, canned energy is now available to soldiers in almost any environment, but does that caffeinated surge come with a price' SPC Adam Ross has information from inside those cans of instant energy, and how to avoid their possibly harmful side effects.

  • Food Services Soldiers keep Old Ironsides rolling along

    Oct 7, 2009

    While a division staff trains to go to war, Soldiers behind the scenes ensure the basic life functions needed for a fighting force are met. SPC Adam Ross takes us to an early morning exercise that provides real world results.

  • "Music is our Mission"

    Oct 7, 2009

    CARRYING A TUBA FOR THE ARMY DOESN'T MEAN YOU WON'T CARRY A SQUAD AUTOMATIC WEAPON. SPECIALIST DILLON TOWNSEL TAKES US TO GRAFENWOEHR, GERMANY WHERE SOLDIERS OF THE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION BAND TRAIN FOR THE BATTLEFIELD JUST AS SERIOUSLY AS BAND REHEARSAL.

  • FORSCOM FRG Leaders tour Capitol Hill Oct. 6, meet Senator McCain

    Oct 7, 2009

    Senator John McCain greets U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group leaders Oct. 6, during their tour of Capitol Hill sponsored by the "Commander in Chief of the House" orgaznization. The 450 FORSCOM FRG leaders are in Washingon attending the 2009 FORSCOM FRG Training Symposium and the separate Association of the U.S. Army Family Forum Sessions. This is the second annual FORSCOM sponsored FRG Training Symposium, which brings company-level FRG leaders from installations nationwide to hear expert briefings, interact and learn from each other, to share best practices and to take the lessons they learn back to their units.

  • FORSCOM FRG leaders conduct walking tour on Capital Hill

    Oct 6, 2009

    Senator John McCain greets FORSCOM Family Readiness Group leaders (FRG) Oct. 6, during a tour of Capital Hill sponsored by the Commander in Chief of the House organization. FORSCOM FRG leaders are in Washington attending the 2009 FORSCOM FRG Training Symposium and Association of the United States Army Family Forum Sessions.

  • JMTC Soldier is Army's top NCO for 2009

    Oct 6, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Beckman of the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command was chosen as the Army's top NCO for 2009