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  • Pilot program helps FORSCOM commanders support Soldiers, Families

    Oct 6, 2009

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (Oct. 5, 2009) - U.S. Army Forces Command Deputy Commanding General Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Peterson recently approved a one-year pilot program to assist corps- and division-level commanders identify and address emerging Family readiness needs within their commands. The Family Readiness Program Coordinator Pilot Program affords FORSCOM commanders the opportunity to hire a Family Readiness Program Coordinator. FRPCs serve as the commander's advisor on Family readiness issues within their commands, said Ronna Rowe Garrett, FORSCOM Human Resource Division director.

  • Healthy Army Families enhance individual Soldier readiness

    Oct 5, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C.(Oct. 5, 2009) - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and his wife Sheila addressed an audience of about 800 people, at least half of which were U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group leaders, during the commencement of the 2009 Association of the United States Army Family Forum sessions today. The husband and wife team were the first Army senior leaders to speak at today's Family forum session themed Army Family: The Strength behind the Soldier. This session is one of three scheduled during the AUSA Convention.

  • I Corps Induction Ceremony

    Oct 5, 2009

    Twenty-one Soldiers stand shoulder to shoulder reciting the Creed of the Noncomissioned Officerduring the I Corps Trailblazer NCO Induction Ceremony held at the Al Faw Palace ballroom, Camp Victory Sept. 26. Mutli-National Force-Iraq Command Sergeant Major Lawrence Wilson provided advice and congratulations to the recently promoted NCO's.

  • Mass Casualty Excercise preps new unit for successful deployment

    Oct 5, 2009

    The staff of the Golby Clinic at Camp Victory are departing after a one-year tour here. Before leaving, however, they must be certain that their replacements are up to the task. That was the function of a mass casualty exercise held here Sept. 25 by members of the 520th Area Support Medical Company from Fort Lewis, Wash., and their replacements, the 550th ASMC from Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • New Chaplain answers the call of duty

    Oct 5, 2009

    With his departure being less than one month away, Navy Chaplain (Lt.) Rickey L. Bennett, a Support Activity Sailor from Aurora, Colo., was starting to become worried that the rumors concerning the closing of the Warrior Gospel Disciples were coming true. His prayers were answered by the arrival of Capt. David Mvondo, chaplain for the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion from Fort Gordon, Ga.

  • U.S. forces' support essential for improvement

    Oct 5, 2009

    After U.S. combat forces have been out of cities for nearly three months, the Multi-National Corps-Iraq deputy commanding general said it was imperative that U.S. forces continue to support the improvement of civil capacity throughout Iraq.

  • FORSCOM FRG leaders arrive in nation's capital for training

    Oct 4, 2009

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va.- Family Readiness Group leaders from various U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) units across the nation assembled today, Oct. 4, at the Crystal City Hyatt here for the 2009 FORSCOM Family Readiness Group Training Symposium. After completion of conference registration, FORSCOM Well-being officials hosted an orientation session to ensure participants were aware of all developmental opportunities available to them during the next four days, to provide guidance on how to enhance their effectiveness of engaging with Army leaders and to answer any questions concerning the symposium agenda.

  • Global communications equipment moves closer to battle deployment

    Oct 2, 2009

  • Senior Army Leadership Participation in Q & A Sessions during Association of U.S. Army Annual Me

    Oct 2, 2009

    The Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army top the list of senior U.S. Army leadership participating in sixteen 30-minute Q&A sessions during the 2009 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 5-7, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District of Columbia.

  • Fort Hood organizations assist 407th AFSB keep vital equipment in top shape

    Oct 2, 2009

    The men and women of the 407th Army Field Support Brigade are keeping Soldiers' equipment in tip-top shape while working in ways that use ingenuity and resourcefulness to save taxpayer money.

  • LOGCAP highlights: Support in Southwest Asia

    Oct 2, 2009

    LOGCAP - Logistics Civil Augmentation Program - is a multi-billion dollar Army initiative to hire civilian contractors to perform services supporting the U.S. military in wartime and other contingencies. Use of contractors allows military units to focus on combat operations. It leverages worldwide corporate resources to bridge the gap between military logistics force structure and actual theater needs.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: Strong Minds, Strong Bodies

    Oct 1, 2009

    Today, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh announced the formal beginning of an Army-wide implementation of a $125 million program focused on enhancing the performance and improving the overall strength and resilience of Soldiers, Family members, and Army civilians. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) is a holistic fitness program offering mental and physical resilience assessments and training that increase physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family strengths.

  • Peer to Peer encourages Soldiers to 'make a movie, save a life'

    Oct 1, 2009

    2nd annual competition features $2000 prize FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Oct. 1, 2009) Aca,!" The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center is calling all Soldiers to put their best safety stories on camera for the chance to win $2,000 as part of the 2nd Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition.

  • USACR/Safety Center launches Fall/Winter Safety Campaign

    Oct 1, 2009

    The 2009 U.S. Army Fall and Winter Safety Campaign reaffirms the Army's commitment to protecting our Band of Brothers and Sisters by urging all Soldiers, Civilians and Family members to prepare for cold weather activities through awareness, education and information.

  • Maj. Gen. Fontaine starts the 12th annual Quad Cities Marathon

    Sep 29, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., starts the 12th annual Quad Cities Marathon in downtown Moline, Ill., Sept. 27.

  • Dog Day afternoon for paralegals

    Sep 29, 2009

    Recently Staff Sgt. Ricky Baldwin, Multi-National Corps-Iraq Office of Staff Judge Advocate, decided to break up a weekly routine of power point classes and lectures for something with a bit more bite.

  • Jacoby says partnership will define success

    Sep 29, 2009

    With Iraqi Security Forces taking the lead in accordance with the Security Agreement and the June 30 withdrawal from cities, mission accomplishment is in sight for U.S. forces here in Iraq, said the Multi-National Corps-Iraq commanding general.

  • Commentary: We all have a mission

    Sep 26, 2009

    Less than a week ago, I left behind the desert and the construction projects at Fort Bliss and travelled with my unit, the 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, to support the Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division during Operation Unified Endeavor, a mission readiness exercise, being held at the Grafenwoehr Training Area.

  • Energy drinks popular among Soldiers

    Sep 26, 2009

    Energy drinks popular among Soldiers

  • Army chaplains ready to provide assistance for those contemplating suicide

    Sep 24, 2009

    Stopping the suicide crisis drives the Ministry and Pastoral Care chaplains assigned to Madigan. Multiple deployments, break-ups, and death are just a few of the stresses that can lead Soldiers, retirees, Family members, Department of the Army civilians, or contractors - anyone with a tie to the military - to have suicidal thoughts. When someone commits suicide, it doesn't just affect close Family and friends, but the larger community as a whole. This is why Brzezinski, a Presbyterian chaplain, believes his job, his calling, is to communicate and educate everyone about suicide through the words of religion.

  • Soldiers can strengthen their behavioral health through SELF

    Sep 24, 2009

    The new initiative, called Soldier Evaluation for Life Fitness, is a post-deployment screening tool that evaluates the physical, mental and spiritual health of every returning Soldier. The program works in conjunction with the Army's Periodic Health Assessment program, which requires Soldiers to have an annual physical exam and regularly see a provider to evaluate their deployability.

  • Temporarily-disabled veteran looks to rejoin Army

    Sep 24, 2009

  • Customer service guru speaks to Madigan leaders

    Sep 24, 2009

    Frank Pastizzo, a nationally-recognized public speaker and comedian, spoke to Madigan Army Medical Center senior leaders Sept. 15, addressing the need for Madigan staff to provide excellent customer and human services at all times to one another and our patients.

  • Interactive Training for Property Accountability

    Sep 23, 2009

    Discover information on distance learning (DL) courses and links to websites where Soldiers can take or order property accountability courses online.

  • Petraeus draws 'big picture' for Soldiers at Infantry conference

    Sep 23, 2009

    At the Infantry Warfighting Conference Tuesday, Gen. David Petraeus walked nearly 2,000 Soldiers through "the big picture," in respect to counterinsurgency operations in the region that constitutes the United States Central Command, the smallest but most volatile of the six U.S. geographic combatant commands.

  • It's been settled. The Army has found its elite fighters for 2009.

    Sep 22, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - More than 300 Soldiers from around the world slugged it out over three straight days at Fort Benning's Smith Fitness Center during the fifth annual U.S. Army Combatives Tournament, and individual champions emerged Sunday in seven weight classifications - bruised, battered and bloodied in some cases.

  • Lt. finds calling in Iraqi Air Force

    Sep 22, 2009

    Air Force Lt. Col. Todd D. Pennington, advisor to the Iraqi Air Force Operations Center, Camp Victory, said the increasing capabilities of the Iraqi Air Force are essential to protecting Iraqi sovereignty. The Iraqi Air Force is assisting the counterinsurgency effort by providing intelligence for the ministries of defense and interior through the Air Operations Center. One of the newest pilots flying surveillance and reconnaissance missions is a 24-year-old Iraqi lieutenant with an easy smile and a cockney British accent.

  • Army picks up tab for million dollar baby

    Sep 22, 2009

    "The doctors said that she would not be able to sustain life on her own after birth," Spc. Clay R. Weaver, Special Troops Battalion, Multi-National Corps-Iraq said. "My wife and I were devastated and they said that they could perform an abortion. That was out of the question. We agreed that we would do anything we could to help Aili fight the odds." While most I Corps Soldiers were tying up loose ends before their deployment to Iraq earlier this year, Weaver was thinking about not deploying at all. His daughter, Aili, had been born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, where the heart's left side is underdeveloped and is usually fatal within the first few days or month of life unless treated.

  • Chaplain fufills lifelong calling

    Sep 22, 2009

    Chaplain fulfills lifelong calling By Pfc. Karin Leach Shawls adorned with braided tassels covered the shoulders of the male Servicemembers while Maj. Avroham Horovitz sang out a prayer to welcome the Sabbath. "I was raised to become a rabbi so I could help people spiritually and become a better person as well as a more spiritual one," Horovitz, Jewish rabbi, Multi-National Corps-Iraq said. Horovitz was born in England as the second of nine children where he attended an all male Jewish school. He grew up surrounded by Jewish religion and its traditions. As the second child he tried to set a good example for his siblings. He eventually became the second Jewish ordained rabbi out of his five brothers who also became rabbis.

  • U.S. Army Recognizes Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2008

    Sep 18, 2009

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- U.S. Army Materiel Command Commander Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Commander Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, and other senior Army science and technology leaders will recognize the U.S. Army's "Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2008" in an awards ceremony September 21 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Va.

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

    Sep 16, 2009

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

  • Infantry Soldiers in Hawaii Execute New EIB Testing

    Sep 16, 2009

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

  • 303rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD) Activates in Hawaii

    Sep 16, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (Sept. 15, 2009) -- U.S. Army, Hawaii's newest unit unfurled its colors during an activation ceremony here Tuesday. Soldiers of the 303rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD) stood in formation on Hamilton Field as Col. Timothy Ryan, commander, 8th Sustainment Brigade (Provisional), and Command Sgt. Maj. Sean Branham, 303rd Ord. Bn. (EOD), uncased the battalion colors for the first time since the unit was inactivated in Germany in 1976.

  • Lest we forget

    Sep 11, 2009

  • FFID Soldier saves fellow Soldiers life

    Sep 11, 2009

    BGen. Keith Walker, Director of the Future Force Integration Directorate presents Spc Ramona Dunlap with an Army Commendation Medal for her actions in preventing a fellow soldier from taking their own life.

  • AMSC launches 2nd Annual Excellence in Education Award Program

    Sep 11, 2009

    Army Management Staff College (AMSC) is seeking Army organizations to apply for the 2009 Excellence in Education (EIE) Award.

  • An EPIC tool makes searching for logistics policy easy

    Sep 10, 2009

    The US Army Logistics Innovation Agency has created the Enterprise Policy and Process Interactive Capability - or EPIC - an electronic policy search tool that has remedied the archaic and cumbersome methods of searching and finding Army logistics policy.

  • NCO creates wartime art

    Sep 10, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Surrounding most buildings at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, are giant reinforced concrete structures known colloquially as T-walls. These monolithic monstrosities protect Soldiers in the event of indirect fire, and more often than not, bear the insignia of whatever unit they protect.

  • 368th Seaport Operation Company Soldier Becomes US Citizen

    Sep 10, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION ADDER, Iraq - Pfc. Lisandro Lantigua, a cargo specialist with the 368th Seaport Operation Company, from Buena Vista, Calif., became a United States Citizen at a ceremony Aug. 5th at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

  • Soldiers, KBR continue efforts to end water shortage

    Sep 10, 2009

    Q-WEST, Iraq - In the hot summer months, seasonal trends at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, and the surrounding areas make water a commodity and water conservation a necessity to prevent depletion of the area's water reserves.

  • Sustainment Moves to the Next Level: Rethinking our Life Cycle Focus

    Sep 8, 2009

    While these are demanding times for our Army, with more than 240,000 Soldiers executing missions in nearly 80 countries around the world, our path to restoring the Army's balance is clear.

  • Servicemembers work with Iraqi businesses

    Sep 8, 2009

    A woman with a head dress and pink eye shadow pointed at the different diagrams shown in a booklet explaining her business' capabilities during a fair held by the Victory Regional Contracting Center. The fair occurred in the field house on Camp Liberty, Aug. 19 to help Iraq restore its economy. "We are establishing a relationship to work together," Cpt. Angela Smoot, High Point, N.C., contracting specialists, 46th Engineer Battalion, Joint contracting command Iraq/Afghanistan, said. "We are building bonds; that's why the theme of the event was titled, 'Forging Partnership Through Procurement."

  • Iraqi soldiers graduate bomb school

    Sep 8, 2009

    A single Iraqi solider wearing a red beret stood against the wall and began to sing. Soon the rest of the 34th Level IV graduating class of Iraqi Army Bomb Disposal School joined in the IA warrior song in celebration after receiving their course certificates Aug 26.

  • TCAP helps lawyers try sexual assault cases

    Sep 8, 2009

    The Trial Counsel Assistance Program recently held a four-day course at Camp Victory to help 41 trial counsels and paralegals from throughout Iraq better prosecute sexual assault cases. "Training on how to effectively prosecute sexual assault crimes will send a signal to would be abusers that we have the necessary skills to put them away, and hopefully will comfort the victims to know we will do everything in our power to serve justice," Capt. Nathan J. Bankson, Multi-National Corps- Iraq chief of justice, said.

  • ACOR: protecting Army assets, linguist rights

    Sep 8, 2009

    Here on Camp Victory one man is charged with the responsibility of protecting the rights of more than 3,500 linguists while simultaneously ensuring they fulfill their contract with the military. "My job is to protect the interest of the Army first and foremost, and the integrity of the mission," Maj. David Russo, Assistant Contracting Officer's Representative, explained. "That being said, there is no sweeping under the rug, every issue presented by a linguist or a member of a unit must be looked into."

  • House cleaning NCO-style

    Sep 8, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soon after the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) assumed authority of all sustainment operations in Iraq, two of the unit's noncommissioned officers began their own operation 'Clean Sweep,' in preparation for the upcoming drawdown of forces and equipment from Iraq.

  • Delta and Echo 949th receive awards

    Sep 8, 2009

    VICTORY BASE CAMP, Iraq - On Aug. 8, two companies attached to the 260th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, received recognition and awards for their year-long deployment to Iraq.

  • Service members learn to save lives

    Sep 8, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The Sgt. 1st Class Tricia L. Jameson Combat Medic Training Center on Joint Base Balad continuously offers a three-day combat lifesaver course to service members stationed in all areas of Iraq.

  • 194th takes charge at JBB

    Sep 8, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 194th Engineer Brigade took command from the 555th Eng. Bde. in a transfer of authority ceremony Aug. 29, here at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Chaplain, unit cope with loss

    Sep 8, 2009

    VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq - For Soldiers in combat zones it can be difficult dealing with the loss of a teammate, but one chaplain here at Victory Base in Baghdad is helping his troops through a ministry of presence.

  • Brigadier General Vandal visits the 260th

    Sep 8, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Vandal, the deputy commanding general for support with the 3rd Infantry Division, and 3rd ID Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews arrived here Aug. 19 as part of a pre-deployment site survey for their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Soldiers create a home away from home

    Sep 8, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - As dusk transitions to darkness and the hot sand begins to cool down, the majority of the Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, officers and civilians who work in motor pools, buildings and tactical operation centers return to their living quarters. Simultaneously, those who execute nightly convoy operations prepare to embark on their missions

  • 49th MCB conducts officers' professional development conference

    Sep 8, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -The 49th Transportation Battalion, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), hosted its first officers' professional development conference Aug. 28, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Gen. Dempsey says Army altering training for wars

    Sep 2, 2009

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, said Tuesday the Army is training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a vastly different way than it did during the initial days of the conflicts.

  • Fighter pilot requests permission to buzz the tower of inequality

    Sep 2, 2009

  • Army, Iraqi leaders agree to water-sharing policy in Ninawa

    Sep 2, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq -Local Iraqi leaders met with the 16th Sustainment Brigade deputy commander and the Q-West mayor to discuss water policy and enforcement at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq Aug.15.

  • Schoolmates find friendship during deployment

    Sep 2, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The U.S. Army has hundreds of thousands of Soldiers in its employ, which makes the story of Sgt. 1st Class Tina D. Hudson and Sgt. 1st Class Sonya D. Jones a lucky roll of the dice.

  • Vehicle company steps up, moves out

    Sep 2, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - On May 25, the "Hook and Book" Soldiers of the 1161st Transportation Company, a Washington National Guard unit out of Ephrata, Wash., arrived in Iraq as part of the 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade.

  • Ramadan Kareem

    Sep 2, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Aug. 22 marked the beginning of Ramadan, the most holy month for members of the Islamic faith. Ramadan is observed during the ninth month of the Islamic, or lunar, calendar. Muslims attempt to strengthen their spirit by abstaining from food, drink, sexual activity, becoming angry, smoking or any form of insincerity from sunrise to sunset.

  • Personal security team Soldiers prepare for mission's end

    Sep 2, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - The gray Opal flipped over twice on main supply route Tampa and came to rest on its wheels. An Iraqi woman lay on the ground next to the vehicle, her husband sitting behind it with head injuries. Villagers gathered around the vehicle, trying to help.

  • Operation Jiffy Lube keeps vehicles moving

    Sep 2, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Two units from opposite ends of the U.S. join together in Iraq to help convoys roll out of Joint Base Balad, Iraq faster, by making minor repairs to M1151 and Mine-Resistant-Ambush-Protected vehicles that would otherwise delay their departure.

  • Army Management Staff College opens registration for FY10 classes

    Sep 1, 2009

    Army and DOD employees, along with their military supervisors, can now sign up for a Fiscal Year 2010 Civilian Education System class at the Army Management Staff College.

  • Financial management Soldiers support the team

    Sep 1, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The "Blackhawks" of B Detachment, 101st Financial Management Company out of Fort Campbell, Ky., work hard to spread the wealth beyond the walls of Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Soldiers GT improves FAST

    Sep 1, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The Blackjack Education Center continuously offers a three week fundamental academic skills training class to all service members stationed here at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to help them raise their general technical score on the armed services vocational aptitude battery.

  • Laos native gains US citizenship

    Sep 1, 2009

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - A Soldier whose journey toward citizenship started with fleeing Laos in 1979, became a United States citizen in a ceremony Aug. 6, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

  • 13th ESC Soldiers Attempt to Join Audie Murphy Club

    Sep 1, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - "Audie Leon Murphy was a legend in his own time," begins the biography recited by the three candidates at the board for the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Aug. 27 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Albany 4th graders give Soldiers a lift

    Sep 1, 2009

    Members of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, of the Oregon National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, got a big morale boost Aug. 18 when they received care packages put together by last year's fourth graders from Albany Christian School in Albany, Ore.

  • Military police unit ends tour with force protection mission

    Sep 1, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The midday August sun bore down on the Soldiers as they dismounted from their armored vehicles. The warm breeze gave no relief from the 114-degree heat. "Remember, drink plenty of water," said the patrol leader. "We'll be walking seven kilometers today."

  • 110th Quartermaster receives awards

    Sep 1, 2009

    VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq - The 110th Quartermaster Company, 260th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, received their end of deployment awards in a ceremony held Aug. 8 at Victory Base Complex, Iraq.

  • Iraqi police learn basics of forensics at advanced academy

    Sep 1, 2009

    Shaded by an awning from the scorching afternoon sun, the first class of seasoned Iraqi police officers graduated from a 40 hour course on basic forensics offered by the new Police Center of Excellence located on Camp Liberty, Iraq, on Aug. 20.

  • 1st Crim Shadow run in Baghdad

    Sep 1, 2009

    In the early morning hours more than 700 registered runners took off in the dark from the Victory Stage to complete the first Crim Shadow run from Baghdad, Aug. 22. "It was a goal I wanted to obtain for myself," Maj. Bridgette Simmons, signal communications operations, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, said. "This is my first 10 mile race. I was not going to quit. It was exciting, challenging and fun, but I'm so glad it's over," she said and laughed. "I'm definitely inspired. I'm planning on running the next half marathon."

  • MNC-I honors women's efforts toward equality

    Sep 1, 2009

    Approximately 200 Servicemembers gathered Wednesday evening to celebrate Women's Equality Day with skits, essays and a speech from Brig. Gen. Heidi V. Brown at Al Faw Palace. The ceremony began with the national anthem and an invocation followed by proclamation that the evening ceremony provided an opportunity to pause and express deep appreciation to women for their countless contributions to society. "It is especially noteworthy that we are celebrating Woman's Equality Day here in Iraq, as Iraqis, like Americans, continue in their journey to find the delicate balance of preserving tradition and promoting equality for women," Brown, Multi-National Corps- Iraq deputy commanding general for sustainment, said.

  • Muhandis builds bridges

    Sep 1, 2009

    Team Muhandis was initially developed in late 2005 to assist the Iraqi Army's route clearance team. Over the past few years the program has evolved into a partnership with the Iraqi Ground Force Command Engineer Branch to help monitor the progress of all Iraqi Army engineers. Team Muhandis is made up of eight Servicemembers, three stationed here on Camp Victory and five stationed in Taji, iraq. The team's main mission is to effectively stand up an engineer branch in the IA through partnership with IGFC.

  • Army Management Staff College opens registration for FY10 Civilian Education System classes

    Aug 31, 2009

    The staff and faculty at Army Management Staff College are eager to welcome Army and other Department of Defense civilian leaders into the Civilian Education System program this upcoming fiscal year.

  • Army 'ready' anytime, anywhere

    Aug 28, 2009

  • Army's top enlisted in Iraq visits last of surge Soldiers

    Aug 26, 2009

    HABUR GATE, Iraq - Multi-National Force - Iraq Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Wilson visited Soldiers of the 16th Sustainment Brigade, one of the last units in Iraq serving a 15-month deployment, Aug. 12 and 13.

  • 37th Engineer Battalion keeping streets safe

    Aug 26, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers from the 37th Engineer Battalion's A Company, second platoon, put themselves in harm's way every day, giving the Iraqi population and Coalition forces peace of mind when they travel the roads surrounding Joint Base Balad.

  • JBB opens new respite for service members

    Aug 26, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) commanding general Brig. Gen. Paul L. Wentz and Air Force Brig. Gen. Craig A. Franklin, commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, cut a ceremonial ribbon to signify the opening of Red River Place behind Freedom Chapel, during a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Navy Customs speeding up redeployment process

    Aug 26, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Going through customs can be a painful process for redeploying service members, but thanks to Sailors at Joint Base Balad, that process is a little bit easier.

  • Iraq drawdown moves into second phase as planners discuss challenges

    Aug 26, 2009

    As Multi-National Corps - Iraq moves into the second phase of the drawdown of troops and equipment from Iraq, it faces challenges ranging from the withdrawal of people and material ranging from roughly 80,000 servicemembers to a connex filled with pink roller skates.

  • The 402nd says a Hart-felt goodbye

    Aug 26, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 2nd of the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade held a farewell dinner to say good-bye to their commander Lt. Col. Joe L. Hart, at the east morale welfare and recreation center here at Joint Base Balad, Aug. 15.

  • Tough love' for Iraqi Security Forces

    Aug 26, 2009

    Baghdad - Discussions between Multi-National Corps - Iraq teams from across the country addressed the transition of missions, bases and contracts to the Iraqi government based around a common theme - tough love for Iraqis as they take control of their country.

  • Train the Trainer

    Aug 26, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 155th Brigade Combat Team, qualified at Debro Range for the counter-improvised explosive device Level III training Aug. 20, at Joint Base Balad.

  • 8th TSC Soldiers experience Japanese culture

    Aug 26, 2009

    In the middle of a two-week command post exercise at Camp Zama, a group of 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers, based out of Fort Shafter, Hawaii, took a break to enjoy the ancient culture of Japan.

  • Casualty liaison team to leave Ibn Sina Hospital

    Aug 25, 2009

    Baghdad - Six Soldiers with second platoon, 623rd Casualty Liaison Team, 10th Sustainment Brigade, at the 10th Combat Support Hospital in Ibn Sina Hospital here are scheduled to move with the 10th CSH to Sather Air Base, Iraq, in September after the U.S. gives control of Ibn Sina to the Iraqi government.

  • Soldiers work with local nationals

    Aug 25, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Local nationals from areas around Joint Base Balad travel here every day to work with the Department of Public Works, enabling Soldiers to focus on their missions.

  • Chris Barron and The Time Bandits rock Q-West

    Aug 25, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Chris Barron, former front man for the Spin Doctors and The Time Bandits, performed two shows at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq Aug. 10 and 11.

  • Washington National Guard Protects and Serves 13th ESC

    Aug 25, 2009

  • Army, Air Force Save $50 million for Taxpayers

    Aug 25, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - As most U.S. forces in Iraq prepare for the largest strategic reposturing of forces in 40 years, Task Force 586 has already started the process.

  • 377th Theater Sustainment Command commander visits JBB

    Aug 25, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Maj. Gen. Luis R. Visot, commanding general of the 377th Theater Sustainment Command out of New Orleans, toured the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) logistic facilities and talked to leaders and Soldiers Aug. 20 at Joint Base Balad.

  • Reduction in force means reduction in ammo

    Aug 25, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 23rd Ordnance Company out of Grafenwoehr, Germany, continues to assist with the withdrawal of Class V ammunition at Joint Base Balad, as MNC-I prepares to make reductions for the responsible drawdown of personnel and equipment in Iraq.

  • 8th Theater Sustainment Command employs capabilities of USARJ Command Center

    Aug 25, 2009

    About 70 Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) deployed their forward command post (FCP) here Aug. 12 to the U.S. Army, Japan / I Corps (Forward) / U.S. Army Garrison, Japan command center to exercise their theater sustainment capabilities. The 8th TSC is the command responsible for logistics sustainment in the Pacific Theater, providing support from the factory to the foxhole for warfighters from Alaska to Korea, an area spanning 9,000 miles. This command post exercise also tests the reach back capability provided by the 8th TSC main command post (MCP), located at Ft. Shafter, Hawaii.

  • Main Command Post provides 'reach back' capability for 8th Theater Sustainment Command

    Aug 25, 2009

    The Soldiers of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) are once again refining their craft to conduct operations in the Pacific Theater with a command post exercise August 17 through 30 here. The exercise comes on the heels of the unit becoming fully operational capable, which makes the experience very important to training its veteran and new personnel alike.

  • Army Capstone Concept balances winning today's wars with preparing for future conflict

    Aug 24, 2009

    "We have to be able to defeat the enemy, conduct security operations, and also conduct a broad range of activities while conducting stability operations - and be able to transition continuously across the spectrum of offensive, defensive, stability and civil-support operations." said Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center's Concepts Development and Experimentation Directorate.

  • Commander promotes his hero at APG

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Law school available to junior officers

    Aug 24, 2009

    The Office of the Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army's Funded Legal Education program. Under this program, up to 25 Army officers may be selected to attend law school at government expense while on active duty.

  • Immunizations not just for kids

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Commentary: As it should be

    Aug 24, 2009

  • 364th turns over Airport Hotel to Iraq

    Aug 24, 2009

    BAGHDAD--Col. Franck T. Trainor, 364th Civil Affairs Brigade, Functional Specialty Team Chief, signed a memorandum of agreement with Iraq Civil Aviation Authority Assistant Director General Samer Kuba turning over control of the Caravan Hotel at Baghdad International Airport to the ICAA Aug 19.

  • Crew Dogs Keep A Co. Going Strong

    Aug 24, 2009

    A Co. 1st Battalion of the 137th Aviation Regiment has a very unique mission. They are tasked with flying three missions sets here with the primary focus of transporting General Odierno, Lt. Gen. Jocaby and Lt. Gen. Hemlick. And the backbone of the unit is a group called the Crew Dogs. "Crew dogs are the ones in before the mission getting everything ready," 1st Lt. Jack MacKeverican, Columbus, Ohio, and acting executive officer said. "The tradition of a crew dog is to work hard; if something breaks they are on it and turning wretches. They keep us a float for sure. They are a group of guys that work beyond their jobs, and beyond their rank."