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  • 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

  • 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.