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  • For Fort Lewis Soldiers, testing helps 'keep up the fire'

    Apr 17, 2009

    Light years away from sequential field problems with linear training scenarios, the Manchus tested all systems at once on Fort Lewis' Range 74 and Regenburg mock city for the past two weeks. Three-day, round-the-clock training events focused on the platoons, but simultaneously tested staffs at all levels across 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment.

  • Fort Lewis official aims to reduce crime

    Apr 17, 2009

  • Commentary - small measures can yield big energy savings

    Apr 17, 2009

    We take energy for granted. When you flip the switch, the lights come on. When the thermostat reaches the red line, you hear the hum of a distant fan and warm air blows out of the grate. For much of the world's population - and even for parts of the U.S. - that isn't the way it is. Energy is a limited commodity. There is only so much to go around in any area. When demand exceeds production, something has to give. In many places that means almost daily "brown outs," where the flow of electricity is intermittent or irregular.

  • I Corps deputy commander tasked with overseeing drawdown in Iraq

    Apr 17, 2009

    Having been on the job in Iraq for a little more than a week, the I Corps deputy commanding general for sustainment faces a daunting task as she looks to the August 2010 date set by the president for the drawdown of forces in Iraq.

  • E85 fuel moves Fort Lewis closer to sustainability goal

    Apr 17, 2009

    What if you could fill your gas tank with a fuel that was largely produced in the U.S. and that reduced emissions' Would you do it' Well, if you drive a General Services Administration government vehicle on Fort Lewis, there's a better than 50-50 chance that you can. Of the approximately 950 vehicles under a gross weight of 8,500 pounds in the post's GSA inventory, roughly half are "flex fuel" capable.

  • USO honors Madigan commander

    Apr 17, 2009

    Major General Patricia Horoho, commanding general, Western Regional Medical Command and Madigan Army Medical Center, was recognized April 7 as the recipient of the 2009 USO military Woman of the Year award.

  • Opportunities For Veterans

    Apr 16, 2009

    Corps of Engineers, Ohio River Division, seeks Veterans for Civilian positions.

  • 154th Transportation Company repositioned to Afghanistan

    Apr 16, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - A transportation company here was moved from Iraq to Afghanistan on April 14, marking the second time in three weeks a 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) unit has moved directly from one combat theater to another.

  • Soldiers receives specialized computer training in Q-West

    Apr 15, 2009

  • Sustainers host EO training

    Apr 15, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The Equal Opportunity office of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) hosted an EO leaders training for noncommissioned officers and lieutenants from all over Iraq here March 15 - 20.

  • Platoon sergeant keeps medics up to speed

    Apr 15, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Sgt. 1st Class Robert Tackett, medical platoon sergeant, 1st Battalion, 185th Armor, 16th Sustainment Brigade, trains his Soldiers weekly to ensure their skills meet military, civilian and real-world requirements.

  • Sustainers protect themselves, Iraqi wildlife

    Apr 13, 2009

    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - An Army vaccination program to protect service members and local wildlife from rabies has been going on here and throughout Iraq for more than two and a half years

  • The Hasbuns: Far from home yet close together

    Apr 13, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - "When I first met her, I hated her," said Sgt. Michael B. Hasbun, a native of Miami, Fla., and noncommissioned officer in charge of stock control, 23rd Ordnance Company. The Hasbuns met when Michael transferred into Staff Sgt. Judith M. Hasbun's platoon. They realized they had a lot in common, from being prior-service Marines to both going through a divorce.

  • Personnel sergeant re-enlists during the Year of NCO

    Apr 13, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - For Sgt. Carlos A. Santiago, a native of Fayetteville, N.C., re-enlisting in front of the 16th Sustainment Brigade headquarters here, March 18, was one he wouldn't forget. The ceremony was memorable because he was re-enlisting on his birthday, and also the Army's "Year of the NCO."

  • Soldiers bring laughter, education to local Iraqi schools

    Apr 12, 2009

    Soldiers from the 287th Sustainment Brigade Civil Military Operations team visited Al Soonobar School in Dhi Qar Province recently, as part of an ongoing effort to read to school children, foster good will and hand out school supplies.

  • West Point grads observe 'Founder's Day'

    Apr 12, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-West, Iraq - The 'Long Gray Line' from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., stretched to this logistics base in northern Iraq during an observance of 'Founder's Day' here March 15.

  • NCO publishes poetry book 'From Within' while deployed

    Apr 12, 2009

    Sgt. JoAnna Menzie Davis, the NCOIC of awards for the 16th Sustainment Brigade, set some personal goals during her deployment here - one of which included publishing a book of poetry.

  • Q-West Soldiers take first step to become warrant officers

    Apr 12, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Several Soldiers took their first steps to becoming a warrant officer during a warrant officer recruitment seminar here, March 21.

  • An obstacle no more

    Apr 10, 2009

    Sometimes the best way to overcome an obstacle is to eliminate it altogether. That was the motivation for the 38th Engineer Company last week as they blasted holes in concrete walls during a rare company-sized concrete breach familiarization exercise at Fort Lewis.

  • Runner proves he's no fool

    Apr 10, 2009

    Before he headed out to the race, Shannon Swords grabbed his cross country shoes with the half-inch spikes - just in case. It might have been April 1, but Swords proved that he was no fool. That little extra traction helped Swords conquer a slick five-kilometer course at Soldiers Field House in 18 minutes, 48.1 seconds in the first of three events in the annual Fort Lewis Intramural Cross Country Series. He crossed the finish line nearly three minutes ahead of Jeremy Kerfoot in second place.

  • Current Soldier, future coach

    Apr 10, 2009

    His past and future could intersect in the present. On Monday, Mark Knight of Fort Lewis will travel to Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., to take the reins as head coach of the All-Army Women's Basketball Team at its trial camp. Less than two years from his retirement as a Soldier, the 43-year-old Knight could be auditioning for his second career.

  • Quick-thinking Fort Lewis Soldier saves young girl

    Apr 10, 2009

    Military heroes these days are mostly associated with performing extraordinary feats in combat. But one Fort Lewis Soldier earned the title, along with an Army Commendation Medal, by reacting to a crisis while driving home at the end of a typical duty day.

  • Dunwoody praises Fort Lewis logistics support

    Apr 10, 2009

    Handshakes and pats on the back were the minimum requirements that brought a senior logistician to Fort Lewis last week - the commanding general of Army Materiel Command and the first woman to earn four stars in the history of the U.S. Army. Letters and e-mails weren't enough to carry Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody's message from the Beltway. Dunwoody said she felt compelled to make her first trip from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Fort Lewis last week to say thank-you first-hand to her subordinates and logistics associates for their efforts and dedication.

  • Fort Lewis parents get questions answered at Parent University

    Apr 10, 2009

    It takes three years for most Soldiers to recover from the trauma of their experiences in Iraq. That's one thing Fort Lewis couples learned from keynote speaker Dr. Michael A. Colson during the 12th annual Parent University April 4 at Evergreen Elementary School.

  • Commentary: Here's to those senior NCOs - best of the best

    Apr 10, 2009

    There isn't a single Soldier in the Army, officer or enlisted, who hasn't been profoundly affected by a senior NCO. Whether it was a tough platoon sergeant who guided a young lieutenant through the pitfalls of leadership, a master sergeant who served as mentor and example for a staff section, or a command sergeant major who served as trusted friend and adviser to a senior commander, everyone in the Army can point back at a senior NCO who played a central role in success.

  • Logisticians pursue citizenship while serving in Iraq

    Apr 10, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Pfc. Elmer Alfonso Alvarado Salinas, of Takoma Park, Md., was one of 251 Soldiers representing 65 countries, sworn-in as American citizens at Al Faw Palace in Baghdad, March 3.

  • 'Bravo' maintenance supports combat operations

    Apr 10, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Bravo company, 181st Brigade Support Battalion, maintenance section Soldiers work hard to maintain their company vehicles. With more than 40 mission capable vehicles, they work with operators to perform annual services and everyday maintenance, while working long hours to ensure their equipment is mission capable.

  • 8 Airmen assist and advise 11 fuel farms in Iraq

    Apr 10, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)'s Air Force Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants Detachment here provides assistance and advice to the Army's command and conducts staff assistance visits to support operations at fuel sites across Iraq.

  • 3d ESC chaplains renew at Jacob's well

    Apr 10, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Chaplains from the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) gathered together for Jacob's Well, an event for fellowship, training and spiritual fitness, here March 24 - 25.

  • Colorado Soldiers Recognizes Their Own

    Apr 8, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Members of the Denver, Colo., based 259th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion gathered outside their company headquarters to recognize eight Soldiers during a promotion and awards ceremony here on March 6.

  • Female Soldier pushes herself and others

    Apr 8, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ-EAST, Iraq - Spc. Patricia Mathis, 506th Quartermaster Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, pushes her body past its limits to run in marathons and to compete in physically challenging events like the recent "Sustainer Challenger" at Joint Base Balad, March 18 to 19.

  • Eagles' pay for the troops

    Apr 8, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq -- Delta Detachment, 101st Financial Management Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade Troops Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, out of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of Fort Campbell, Ky., has led the way providing financial support in the Baghdad area: Forward Operating Bases Victory and Liberty.

  • Unsung heroes keep Soldiers moving in Iraq

    Apr 8, 2009

    There's an Army standard, then there's the Highlander standard. For the mechanics of the 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, an Army National Guard unit from Spokane, Wash., keeping vehicles on roads for their perspective companies is their only purpose and they fulfill it with near perfection

  • Hotel Company, 1-161 Infantry Soldiers' maiden voyage to Scania.

    Apr 8, 2009

    CONVOY SUPPORT CENTER SCANIA - "You see the lights up ahead' That's Scania," said Sgt. 1st Class Elwin Farnsworth to an obviously impatient and haggard crew.

  • Sustainers welcome 63rd RRC to JBB

    Apr 8, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) welcomed 98 Soldiers from the 63rd Regional Readiness Command to their ranks here, March 20.

  • West Texas Meets Middle-East

    Apr 6, 2009

    AL ANBAR, Iraq - The Texas Army National Guard engaged the Iraqi Army - not on the battlefield, but on a poolside patio here, March 29. The Lubbock, Texas based 2nd Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment "Task Force Avalanche" hosted members of the 7th Iraqi Infantry Division to a Texas style barbecue topped-off with country music and electrical flares.

  • Shaykh gets down to business

    Apr 4, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Sheik Shehab Ahmed Saleh Al-tmime has been running a non-tactical vehicle business on Joint Base Balad since August 2008. The business provides local nationals with jobs while providing a service to service members on base.

  • Transportation Soldiers use construction skills

    Apr 4, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Transportation Soldiers here have learned to take frequent moves in stride by using the opportunity to improve their wood-working, construction and painting skills.

  • Speicher Transporters train to stay safe

    Apr 1, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - The 233rd Transportation Company, from Fort Knox, Ky., conducts a two-to four-day safety stand down every three months to enforce safety standards both on base and on the roads of Iraq.

  • An Army-Issued Marriage

    Mar 31, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Since 2001, multiple deployments have put a strain on Army Families, and two-Soldier marriages are no different.

  • Safety Awareness raised at local Iraqi elementary school

    Mar 31, 2009

    DHI QAR PROVINCE, Iraq - Soldiers from the 287th Sustainment Brigade Civil Affairs Team and the 3rd Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Regiment visited Al Nwares Elementary School in Dhi Qar province, March 11.

  • Army repositions Soldiers from Iraq to Afghanistan

    Mar 29, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 100th Brigade Support Battalion here was repositioned to southern Afghanistan on March 28, where they will provide sustainment and distribution support to Coalition forces.

  • Young Fort Lewis athlete special, indeed

    Mar 26, 2009

    C.J. Meadows, 10, wins gold medals in individual skills basketball competition at 2009 Washington state Special Olympics winter games in Wenatchee

  • Top athlete award goes to former post runner

    Mar 26, 2009

    A talented distance runner who established his credentials at Fort Lewis before moving on has been named 2008 Army Male Athlete of the Year.

  • Evangelist's daughter delivers message of hope

    Mar 26, 2009

    Hundreds of women filled the North Fort Chapel for the Protestant Women of the Chapel Spring Conference, titled, "Ignite the flame in your heart that will bring real hope and everlasting peace." Anne Graham Lotz, founder of Angel Ministries and daughter of evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, was the guest speaker.

  • Fort Lewis Soldiers test language skills

    Mar 26, 2009

    Fort Lewis language center becomes Iraqi village for a day as students sharpen understanding of culture

  • New base tribute to fallen hero

    Mar 26, 2009

    Soldiers with 571st Sapper Company name facility after 14th Engineer Battalion NCO killed in February

  • Lessons in the desert sun

    Mar 26, 2009

    It may seem odd for a battalion to head to the Golden State while the rest of its brigade's battalions remain in Washington with a brigade FTX on the horizon. But 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment's trip to Southern California was anything but a trip of leisure; there would be no surfboards on Strykers during this voyage. From March 8-10, the Tomahawks of 1-23 Inf. participated in 3rd Infantry Brigade's FTX electronically from various Marine Corps training areas while other battalions were spread out between Fort Lewis and the Yakima Training Center.

  • Work therapy program right place, time

    Mar 26, 2009

    More than two decades removed from his Army service, Bill Shannon struggled with an alcohol problem. He decided to seek help. "I came here," Shannon said. "I went through the program here." He referred to what is now the American Lake Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Puget Sound Health Care System, where Shannon found a home.

  • Fort Lewis brigade delivering supplies for less

    Mar 26, 2009

    The 593rd Sustainment Brigade broke new ground Friday in performing the first Low Cost, Low Altitude aerial delivery at Fort Lewis. Flying a C-23 Sherpa cargo airplane 150 feet above Rogers Drop Zone, Soldiers from the 593rd and 1st Special Forces Group performed six load drops, payloads ranging between 100 to 200 pounds, using the LCLA delivery system.

  • LRS company jumps hurdles en route to RSLC

    Mar 26, 2009

    As the 38th Long Range Surveillance Company continues to build from the ground up, the unit will send 52 of its Soldiers March 13 to Fort Benning for the Reconnaissance, Surveillance Leader Course - the nuts and bolts of a LRS unit.

  • Fort Lewis women gather for annual conference

    Mar 26, 2009

    Almost 250 women gathered at Stone Education Center March 13, to learn ways to get more out of Army life and better cope with its challenges.

  • All Are Welcome

    Mar 26, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Spc. Matthew Love, a native of Kingwood, W.Va. and Spc. Logan Broome, a native of Dawsonville, Ga., are both wheeled vehicle mechanics for the 503rd Maintenance Company, 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, upholds the "All Are Welcome" unofficial motto seen on signs throughout the Camp Liberty complex. These signs represents the 503rd Maint. Co., facility located on PAD 21 where Soldiers like Love and Broome performed repairs on M1114 for an Iraqi Special Forces Unit. The automotive platoon provides maintenance support for a host of units at Camp Liberty complex and continues to provide timely repairs to those who come for maintenance support.

  • JMTC exports training capability to Fort Bragg

    Mar 18, 2009

    The 7th Army's Joint Multinational Training Command send its Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) to Fort Bragg for a month to test the Army's exportable training concepts.

  • 'No Thin Skin' - Trainers Help Hawaii-based Soldiers Improve During Exercise

    Mar 18, 2009

    The small group of Soldiers walked around the controlled chaos of the forward command post, observing and writing notes. The Soldiers wore their patrol caps indoors, to be more easily identified. Their purpose - to help a developing theater sustainment command staff raise their game and better serve their commanding general. The observer trainers are part of Operations Group Sierra Fox, a specialized unit of combined arms experts from the Battle Command Training Program out of the Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The group was formed as part of Army Transformation to oversee and train theater sustainment commands, expeditionary sustainment commands, and other support and functional brigades.

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Mar 16, 2009

    The Golden Knights, the U.S. Army's official parachute demonstration team, kicked off their 50th anniversary during a special ceremony that celebrated the team's half century of serving the country as Army ambassadors while also representing more than one million American Soldiers.

  • Hawaii-based Soldiers get taste of Japanese culture

    Mar 16, 2009

    Spc. Sheila Alexander, a native of Brooklyn, New York, had never tried seaweed before. In fact, it had never crossed her mind that seaweed was edible. Alexander was one of more than 30 Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command who took advantage of some down time during a two-week command post exercise and got a real taste of Japanese culture.

  • Building New Friendships

    Mar 15, 2009

  • Read on a bridge, read in Lake Ridge

    Mar 13, 2009

    The Cat in the Hat made an appearance Saturday afternoon in a Lake Ridge community center to promote reading. The event is held yearly to generate interest in reading and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. He would have turned 105 this year. The event featured sevA,AA,Aeral activities for children, including games, free books, and pictures with ' the Kat,' guest readers, puppet shows, book distriA,AA,Abutions; free reading reA,AA,Asources, and a book fair.

  • Belvoir welcomes new additions to NCO Corps

    Mar 13, 2009

    Fort Belvoir welcomed 15 Soldiers into the noncomA,Amissioned officer corps Friday, during an induction cereA,Amony at the DAU auditorium.

  • Engineer, medic named installation NCO, Soldier of Quarter

    Mar 13, 2009

    Two Soldiers emerged as winners in the NCO and Soldier of the Quarter comA,ApetitionA,A their individual efA,AA,Aforts standing out in a field of nine competitors.

  • 8th Theater Sustainment Command Validation Exercise

    Mar 12, 2009

    The 8th Theater Sustainment Command deployed its forward command post (FCP) to Camp Zama, Japan, for a two-week command post exercise, testing the capabilities of the FCP and exercising the staff. The purpose of the CPX was to validate the 8th TSC as a fully operational capable command.

  • Camp Zama Rolls Out Red Carpet for 8th TSC Soldiers

    Mar 12, 2009

    More than 200 Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, and contractors converged on this small Army post, located in the southern part of Tokyo, for a two-week command post exercise which began March 9. A lot of prior planning, schedule adjustments, and generous assistance from Camp Zama personnel ensured that this vital training exercise went off without a hitch.

  • 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldier gets attention with 'pink bike'

    Mar 12, 2009

    typical day for Cpt. Lynn Song, a staff officer with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command's secretary of the general staff, looks something like this: wake up early, beat the commanding general to work, make sure he's taken care of during the day, prepare for the next day late in the evening, and leave the office after the general goes home. It's a demanding schedule and doesn't leave much free time for Song, so time management is vital.

  • USACR/Safety Center Reminds Soldiers to Drink Responsibly this St. Patrick's Day

    Mar 11, 2009

    News release

  • Senior Mentor Assists 8th Theater Sustainment Command During Exercise

    Mar 10, 2009

    Maj. Gen. (ret) Robert Shadley rose through the ranks during his 33-years as an Army officer, culminating his career as the director of logistics for U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort. McPherson, Ga. Today, Shadley shares the knowledge gained during his three decades in uniform as a senior mentor for the 8th Theater Sustainment Command's (TSC) command post exercise (CPX), at Camp Zama, Japan.

  • 8th Theater Sustainment Command Begins Command Post Exercise

    Mar 9, 2009

    The 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) continued its path toward validation as a fully operational capable command, deploying its forward command post (FCP) here for a command post exercise (CPX), which began March 9.

  • Soldier's suicide leaves unanswered questions

    Mar 6, 2009

    The suicide of Spc. Jamie Dalton, an Infantryman in B Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, in 2006 shocked everyone who knew him. Many of the warning signs weren't evident in Dalton's behavior or the things he said to friends.

  • Spotlight NCO - Sgt. Olanda Thompson

    Mar 5, 2009

    Waking up at the crack of dawn and doing physical training isn't a part of every kid's childhood. Olanda Thompson saw his father doing PT every morning and it must have rubbed off - Thompson is now following in his father's footsteps as an Army noncommissioned officer.

  • Bowling returns to Fort Lewis

    Mar 5, 2009

    Bowling has returned to Fort Lewis, boasting flat-panel TVs, a full snack bar, video arcade, sound system and laser light show. Braving a wet winter afternoon, hundreds attended the grand opening of Fort Lewis' Bowl Arena Lanes Saturday, ready to bowl.

  • Fort Lewis MSTC teaches Soldiers how to save wounded comrades

    Mar 5, 2009

    The Fort Lewis Medical Simulation Training Center has an array of courses that teach life-saving techniques based on the principles of Tactical Combat Casualty Care including Combat Medical Advanced Skills, Basic Life Support CPR, EMT National Registry as well as the EMT Refresher course. The center's bread-and-butter course, however, is the Combat Lifesaver course.

  • 4th Brigade's deployment adjusted for early autumn

    Mar 5, 2009

    Stryker brigade combat team heading back to Iraq earlier than expected, training shifting accordingly

  • McCaffrey likes today's combat Soldiers

    Mar 5, 2009

    Retired Ge. Barry McCaffrey, the former U.S. Southern Command commander-in-chief spoke to a packed house Feb. 18 at the Battle Command Training Center on Fort Lewis, to share career and leadership lessons from his distinguished 32 years of service.

  • Commentary: NCOs - making Soldiers the best they can be

    Mar 5, 2009

    I have a lot of memories about my interactions with noncommissioned officers. Heck, I was one for 22 years. But nothing holds a more visceral memory than the twin thoughts of NCOs and PT. I can't think of an area NCOs play a more central role in than keeping Soldiers physically ready to do their jobs. I am sure that every Soldier carries memories similar to mine.

  • Evaluation earns Fort Lewis' USAR NCO Academy excellence award

    Mar 5, 2009

    Though instilling young NCOs with values and leadership traits can be satisfying for its own sake, the staff of a Fort Lewis academy said recent Armywide recognition of their hard work felt especially rewarding. The U.S. Army Reserve Noncommissioned Officer Academy on post earned a rare distinction for its perfect score on an evaluation.

  • McCaffrey tells Fort Lewis audience experienced NCOs one of Army's 'great strengths'

    Mar 5, 2009

    Retired general Barry R. McCaffrey, on post to speak Feb. 18 to I Corp junior officers, credited the NCO Corps with a large part of why he made the Army his career. "One of the major reasons I stayed in the Army was for the privilege of hanging around infantry NCOs," he said.

  • Fort Lewis suicide prevention training prepares facilitators

    Mar 5, 2009

    Specialist Norton received a "Dear John" e-mail from his fiancee. Then he watched his best friend die in a firefight. Now, he's contemplating suicide. The fictitious Norton was the subject of one of the videos in "Beyond the Front," an interactive presentation that served as the basis of suicide-prevention training given to facilitators Feb. 26-27 at Fort Lewis' North Fort Chapel. The facilitators will offer training to Soldiers and Army civilians in their units and directorates on post during individual suicide-prevention "stand-down" days between now and March 15.

  • Fort Lewis Town Center construction will interrupt traffic pattern

    Mar 5, 2009

    Site work in preparation for the construction of the "Town Center" project will limit parking, change traffic flow and cause planned power outages in a 23-acre parcel of land on the main post

  • Combatives training school kicks off at Belvoir

    Mar 5, 2009

    As 31 Soldiers from the Military District of Washington converged on Wells Field House last week for the first in a series of combatives training sessions, Fort Belvoir took a major step in being recognized as a training center for the Modern Army Combatives Program.

  • Soldiers show their talent

    Mar 5, 2009

    There were 16 different Soldiers and 16 different styles as Soldiers stepped into the spotlight and on the stage showcasing an abundance of talent in song and dance Saturday at Wallace Theater as they vied for positions in the U.S. Army Soldier Show.

  • Historic characters take the stage at Women's History Month observance

    Mar 5, 2009

    While snow covered the ground, the Belvoir commuA,Anity gathered at the Officer's Club to observe Women's History Month Tuesday. This year's theme is 'Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet.' First Sgt. Cynthia Moody presented Sojourner Truth's speech, 'Ain't I a Woman'' with passion. Truth mesmerA,Aized her audience with her speech in 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio.

  • First female commanding general of Belvoir makes historic visit

    Mar 5, 2009

    Fort Belvoir's first female commander, retired Brig. Gen. Evelyn Foote, visited Belvoir on Tuesday to attend the post's Women's History Month observance and to see how things have changed in the past 20 years.

  • Hawaii-based Soldiers Set the Stage in Japan

    Mar 4, 2009

    Soldiers from the 8th TSC Special Troops Battalion and Headquarters staff, based out of Fort Shafter, Hawaii arrived at Camp Zama, Japan more than a week before the main body of troops to prepare the camp for the arrival of more than 150 Soldiers and Civilians taking part in a command post exercise. They picked up Soldiers from the airport and set up billeting arrangements at Camp Zama and ensured all life support issues were taken care of.

  • Benning honors NCOs in ceremony

    Mar 3, 2009

    Fort Benning honored the "backbone of the Army" when more than 60 newly promoted sergeants and corporals were inducted into the NCO Corps during a ceremony that kicked off the designation of 2009 as the Year of the NCO Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium. "In every aspect of the Army, it's really NCOs making it happen," said CSM William Ulibarri. "We hold it together through training, and also operationally."

  • Army Reservist Honored by Miami Heat's HOMEStrong Program

    Mar 3, 2009

    Miami Heat HOMEStrong Program honors Miami area Army Reservist and OIF veteran.

  • SMA Kenneth O. Preston Reconizes Tampa NCO of the Year

    Mar 3, 2009

    SMA Kenneth O. Preston was the feaured speaker at the AUSA Suncoast Chapter NCO of the Year luncheon.

  • CBS Radio Tampa Bay Interview with SMA Kenneth Preston

    Mar 3, 2009

    John Sipos of CBS Radio Tampa Bay conducted an 11-minute interview with SMA Kenneth Preston that covered many topics. The interview ran on Tampa, FL CBS Radio stations on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

  • Basic training Soldiers test limits in gas chamber

    Mar 2, 2009

    The gas chamber at Brittin Range goes by many names - house of horrors, confidence chamber, chamber of horrors - but no matter what Soldiers call it, they all pass through its walls during Basic Training.

  • Airborne legacy passed from grandfather to grandson

    Mar 2, 2009

    Pvt. 1st Class Christopher Mullen grew up with "about a million" Airborne stories. When he graduated from Airborne School Friday, he reminisced about some of the anecdotes his grandfather, Darrell Branstetter, a former Fort Benning paratrooper, told him when he was younger.

  • Fort Lewis Employment Smarts: turning work history into professional career

    Feb 27, 2009

    How to turn a 'hodge-podge' work history into a professional career description, and leverage that into a better job, with higher pay.

  • Fort Lewis fitness program gives boost to workouts

    Feb 27, 2009

    Four days a week, Korin Lopez drops off her three oldest children at school and leaves her two youngest in the free child care at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center on Fort Lewis. By 9 a.m., she's working out in a class at Jensen conducted by Ron Raymond, the Fort Lewis fitness coordinator. "Nothing comes before his class," Lopez said. "Everything's after." Lopez, whose husband is deployed to Iraq, has followed the same routine since October 2008. The 28-year-old mother of five is happy with the results. "I lost like four inches on my waist," Lopez said. "Since I started this class, I've become more assertive. Instead of letting people take advantage of me, I can feel like I can so no."

  • Fort Lewis kiosks provide one-stop service information

    Feb 27, 2009

    "OneStop Army kiosks" are standing tall as of this morning at 10 high-personnel-traffic locations on Fort Lewis. The machines will revolutionize individuals' abilities to sound off to service providers, according to DiAnn Sanders, the management and program analyst who administers the Interactive Customer Evaluation system for the garrison out of the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office. And that's only the beginning.

  • Korean War's 'Gettysburg' remembered

    Feb 27, 2009

    Soldiers from 1-23 Inf., 2-23 Inf., 4-23 Inf. and 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery gathered outside 1-23's headquarters building Feb. 18 for the regiment's annual memorial ceremony of the battle referred to as the Gettysburg of the Korean War

  • I Corps ready for deployment: America's Corps cases colors

    Feb 27, 2009

    Lieutenant General Charles H. Jacoby Jr., I Corps commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank A. Grippe, the command's senior NCO, furled and cased the corps' colors in a deployment ceremony Tuesday morning at Fort Lewis' Soldiers Field House. More than 900 Soldiers and civilians from I Corps Headquarters will deploy to Iraq and assume the duties of XVIII Airborne Corps as Multi-National Corps-Iraq. This is the first deployment in direct support of combat operations for the entire corps headquarters since the Korean War.

  • 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division prepares for Afghanistan

    Feb 27, 2009

    The next chapter in the brief history of the U.S. Army's Stryker Brigade Combat Team is currently being written in the sands on the Mojave Desert by the Soldiers of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, as they prepare for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. Representing the final large-scale collective training event before deployment, the current Mission Readiness Exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., allowed the brigade a chance to flex its war-fighting muscles in full-spectrum operations for the first time since it stood up two years ago.

  • McCaffrey upbeat about I Corps HQ, 5-2 Inf. Div.

    Feb 27, 2009

    One of the nation's most-recognized and accomplished retired U.S. Army generals brimmed with confidence last week at the prospect of I Corps headquarters soon falling in on the Multi-National Corps-Iraq mission. Barry McCaffrey was the second retired four-star general in three weeks to address leaders of America's Corps and Fort Lewis prior to their deployments to Southwest and Central Asia. Former Army chief of staff, Gordon Sullivan, spoke to Fort Lewis leaders Feb. 4. While on post, McCaffrey granted an exclusive interview to the Northwest Guardian, in which he discussed the missions and cap-abilities of I Corps headquarters and subordinate units after a professional development session.

  • Fort Lewis pet therapy offers holistic healing

    Feb 27, 2009

    Fritz lowers blood pressure. He reduces anxiety. He encourages relaxation. He's an altogether different type of medicine. As a certified pet therapy dog, the 6-year-old German shepherd visits the Warrior Transition Battalion on a regular basis with his handler, Amanda Hackbarth, to interact with the Wounded Warriors in their barracks here.

  • "No One Is More Professional Than I...", Japanese CSM Takes Part in Promotion Ceremony

    Feb 27, 2009

    The 83rd Ordnance Battalion welcomed another noncommissioned officer into the corps Feb. 1. Sgt. Raul Gallegos was promoted to sergeant during the bilateral field training exercise Orient Shield, and he asked to have Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Command Sgt. Maj. Tsunemi Eto , 8th Division, participate in the pinning ceremony.

  • Commentary: AER all about Soldiers helping Soldiers

    Feb 27, 2009

    For more than 60 years, Army Emergency Relief has been the primary way Soldiers have been able to help other Soldiers. I will never understand why there are people who can't accept a good thing when they see it.

  • Fort Lewis officials reaffirm commitment to warriors

    Feb 27, 2009

    Fort Lewis and Madigan Army Medical Center leaders signed a covenant at the hospital reaffirming their commitment to providing the best health care possible to wounded warriors and their families, Feb. 18. The Warrior Healthcare Covenant signing ceremony was also an opportunity for Army officials, local congressional leaders and community organizations to recognize and honor the men and women who have been wounded, ill or injured while serving our nation.

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