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  • 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.

  • Army Belvoir leaders focused on recognizing suicide indicators

    Feb 26, 2009

    Despite the many successes printed and televised about the Army during its proud history, ofA,Aficials are all too aware of the dark cloud hovering above them.For the fourth consecutive year, suicides are on the rise. In 2008, the Army experienced 128 conA,Afirmed suicides - up from 117 the year before. At such an alarming rate, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, viceA,Achief of staff, issued an executive order calling for greater emphasis on recognizing suicidal behavior among Soldiers.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. of Army Reserve observes Black History Month at Mosby Reserve Center

    Feb 26, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. of the Army Reserve Leon Caffie joined members of Fort Belvoir's Military Intelligence Readiness Command and 55th Sustainment Brigade Tuesday for a celebration marking February as Black History Month.

  • 90-day program gives former military doctors chance to serve again

    Feb 24, 2009

    Col. Lionel M. Nelson is a man of many hats. A former Air Force Reservist, and a retired Army Reservist, Nelson came out of a five-year retirement and shut down his private practice in San Jose, Calif., to participate in the "90 Days Boots on the Ground" program, a program that gives former military doctors the opportunity to deploy to Iraq for 90 days.

  • Madigan, Military OneSource join forces to provide more resources

    Feb 20, 2009

    With the Army suicide rate the highest ever last year, Madigan Army Medical Center Behavioral Health professionals are working to find innovative ways to combat the needless loss.

  • Fort Lewis leaders listening, says customer service manager

    Feb 20, 2009

    Whether they have great experiences with Fort Lewis service providers or ones that leave something to be desired, more people are using the report system designed to crow or complain about it - and key leaders are listening.

  • Fort Lewis targets suicide prevention

    Feb 20, 2009

    Buddies must look out for each other. Gary Ouellette can't put it more plainly than that. Ouellette, I Corps and Fort Lewis suicide-prevention coordinator, knows that is the best way to keep Soldiers from harming themselves when they are depressed.

  • Strykers ordered to Afghanistan

    Feb 20, 2009

    The 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division will become the first Stryker brigade combat team to deploy to Afghanistan in the global war on terrorism. Fifth Brigade, the Army's newest SBCT and the fourth Stryker brigade formed at Fort Lewis, will take its approximately 3,900 troops to that country sometime during mid-summer 2009. This will be the brigade's first deployment.

  • Demo showcases fire-resistant products

    Feb 20, 2009

    Fire suppression technology was demonstrated on Kelley Hill Feb. 11. The demonstration showcased products designed to extinguish fire, be environmentally safe and return the burning material back to the ambient temperature in moments. The fire suppression agent and thermal protective system were designed to increase Soldier's effectiveness and lifesaving options in a combat situation, said Andrew M. Allen, with Global Safety Labs, Inc.

  • Commentary - Children's obesity: we're all responsible

    Feb 20, 2009

    American children are getting fat - and no one wants to accept the blame. Maybe it's our parenting that is at fault. Army Family Covenant, Fort Lewis

  • For love of the sport

    Feb 20, 2009

    Sometimes, you don't realize how much you love something until that something is gone.

  • Fort Lewis Tax Center 'new experience' for NCO

    Feb 20, 2009

    Staff Sergeant Felimon Mogos couldn't have predicted that he would wind up as the NCO in charge of the Fort Lewis Tax Center. After all, his wife, Diseree, had always handled all of their family finances, and Mogos had never even filed his own federal tax return before this year. "This is all a new experience to me," said Mogos, a trained cook.

  • BOLC II platoon mentor named Reserve Officer of the Year

    Feb 20, 2009

    For CPT Curt Owens, serving in the Army Reserve is about just that: service. "It's been rewarding because it's a way to serve the country, specifically during these times when we're relying so heavily on our Army. I love doing it," said Owens, who was named the Army Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year Feb. 1.

  • Belvoir site for military movie premier

    Feb 19, 2009

    A made-for-television movie based on the real-life observations of a casualty escort was screened for more than 150 Soldiers, civilian and DoD support staff from Human Resource Command, Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, at Fort Belvoir's Wood Theater Feb. 19. The HBO film 'Taking Chance' chronicles the reflections and feelings of retired Marine Lt. Col. Mike Strobl as he escorts a fellow Marine to his hometown in Dubois, Wyo., from Dover Air Force Base, Del. Strobl documents the warmth, kindness and respect that he and the Marine's remains are shown on the journey to his final resting place. Strobl is portrayed by actor Kevin Bacon.

  • Generals discuss SATCOM capabilities of the past, present and future

    Feb 19, 2009

    Interviews by Josh Davidson, of the Program Executive Office, Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), on emerging and future satellite communications technology with Gen. Kevin Chilton, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson, Maj. Gen. Susan Lawrence and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Foley.

  • Suicide Prevention Stand Down

    Feb 19, 2009

    Chaplain (Col.) Jerry Stone goes over course material with Sgt. Justin Buttars, DeWitt Health Care Network, during a break from the suicide prevention stand down seminar Wednesday at Wood Theater. The prevention theme is 'Shoulder to Shoulder, No Soldier Stands Alone,' and was implemented by the vice chief of staff of the Army in response to the rising suicide rates the Army experienced from 2007 to 2008.

  • Engineer officer training graduates observe 90th anniversary of school

    Feb 19, 2009

    Graduates of Fort Belvoir's Engineer Officer Training School returned to the installation Sunday to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Engineer OTS of World War I. The event, which included a formal dinner, was highlighted by speeches from several guests, including the keynote speaker, Maj. Gen. Don Riley, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Pre-K program has students ready for the next step

    Feb 19, 2009

    A place full of new surroundings and all new faces may be intimidating to a young boy or girl just starting school for the first time. To help make a smooth transition, the Army has developed an initiative for kids to conquer those early anxieties. Called "Strong Beginnings," it's a pre-kindergarten program designed to prepare children for the next level of education.

  • 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Soldiers Return Home From Iraq

    Feb 18, 2009

    More than 400 Soldiers returned home to Hawaii following a 15-month deployment to Iraq with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. The redeployment ceremony took place at the Wheeler Army Airfield Multiple Deployment Facility.

  • Hawaii Soldiers take part in "Great Aloha Run"

    Feb 18, 2009

    As some 20,000 runners hit the streets for the 2009 Hawaii Telcom Great Aloha Run here at sunrise Monday, more than 2,500 troops, running as the "Sounds of Freedom," demonstrated their cadences and esprit de corps.

  • All-Army Small Arms Championships set for March

    Feb 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will host the 2009 Army Rifle and Pistol Championships in conjunction with the U.S. Army Infantry Center from February 21 to 28 2009. Training and competitions are open to all Soldiers of all Army components, of any rank, with of any military occupational specialty, including West Point and college ROTC cadets.

  • Fort Lewis leaders gain insight from former Army chief

    Feb 13, 2009

    Most advice is worth what you pay for it, according to conventional wisdom. But when it comes from a former Army chief of staff, its value, at least to Fort Lewis senior leaders, rises substantially. Gordon R. Sullivan, retired general and president of the Association of the U.S. Army, visited Fort Lewis last week.

  • Annual Fort Lewis health fair educates community

    Feb 13, 2009

    Operation Care Fair - Body Strong, Mind Strong and Spirit Strong, sponsored by the Directorate of Family, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, drew a crowd of more than 200 Feb. 7 at the American Lake Community Center.

  • Fort Lewis based 'virtual staff ride' re-creates Baqubah battle

    Feb 13, 2009

    ground-breaking approach to training has arisen from interviews with 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment Soldiers about their three months of fierce combat from March to June 2007 in Diyala Province, Iraq. The Fort Lewis Battle Command Training Center introduced a feature on its Web page last week that allows units to take virtual staff rides, translating Syke's Regulars' neighborhood-by-neighborhood fight to oust al-Qaida from Baqubah into leadership-development training.

  • Fort Lewis battalion adds a crucial, lifesaving capability

    Feb 13, 2009

    You won't find a spreader, halogen bar, 18 mm socket wrench or K12 cutter with a diamond blade on most modified tables of organization and allowances. Not yet anyway. But recovery specialists in the 402nd Brigade Support Battalion are carrying them to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., this week to use during the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division's Mission Readiness Exercise. The specialized tools form part of their kits as newly trained extrication experts, tailored for Stryker vehicles.

  • Commentary: Real lessons of history get lost in clutter

    Feb 13, 2009

    February is Black History Month followed by Women's History Month in March. Both observances seem to suffer from a common failing - trying to re-write history in light of what we wish had happened, rather than what did.

  • Watchful

    Feb 13, 2009

    Army Sgt. Sean MacDermott, a crew chief with Task Force Eagle Lift, mans a .50-caliber machine gun

  • Fort Lewis paralegals compete for bragging rights

    Feb 13, 2009

    The best of the best...not only the title of a movie but it also defines the top paralegal specialist during the Fort Lewis Paralegal of the Year competition January 21.

  • Dental command names year's best at Fort Lewis

    Feb 13, 2009

    It was a tough week for the six Soldiers competing for the Western Region Dental Command's top annual awards - Soldier of the Year, and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Two Soldiers from each state - Alaska, California and Washington - were tested Jan. 20 to 23 on multiple tasks.

  • Battle of the boats

    Feb 12, 2009

    It was the boat with the least positive name of ODR Wreck that prevailed and sank the competition of Shark Attack and USS Never Sail during the first Cardboard Vessel Regatta, Saturday at Benyaurd Indoor Pool. Designed to inspire a little community competition and fun between Fort Belvoir organizations, the regatta was organized by Anthony Poore, FMWR fitness coordinator.

  • Service personally rewarding for Cayanong

    Feb 12, 2009

    It's not uncommon for someone to have second thoughts about joining a branch of the military. However, that wasn't the case for Monica Cayanong. Cayanong, a first sergeant with the Army's Veterinary Command at Fort Belvoir, has recorded more than 20 years in a career filled with praise and accommodations. She was recently inducted into the elite Sgt. Audie Murphy Club and has aspirations of one day becoming a sergeant major.

  • Belvoir marks Black History Month with special guest

    Feb 12, 2009

    For Black History Month, Stokes took center stage at Fort Belvoir's Community Center Tuesday, when he described his experiences growing up in the South and how a student-strike committee he planned would set in motion one of the most powerful movements in American history.

  • Students get hands-on experience during Job Shadow Day

    Feb 12, 2009

    Students from Mount Vernon High School arrived at battalion head quarters on Fort Belvoir last Thursday for Job Shadow Day. Fort Belvoir's Public Affairs Office's Community Relations section put the event together to show students how education can lead into rewarding futures.

  • Obama, Kaine make historic visit to Fort Belvoir

    Feb 12, 2009

    President Barack Obama joined Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine at a construction site near Fort Belvoir's north area, also known as the Engineer Proving Ground, Wednesday. The commander-in-chief visited the site in the hopes of spurring quick action on a proposed economic stimulus package.


    Feb 11, 2009

    Miss U.S.A. Crystle Stewart jumps with the U.S. Army Parachute Team during winter training in Yuma Arizona.

  • 45th Sustainment Brigade assumes Joint Logistics Command mission in Afghanistan

    Feb 10, 2009

    The 45th Sustainment Brigade assumed responsibility of the Joint Logistics Command from 101st Sustainment Brigade, during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 7.

  • Hawaii Soldiers support Pro Bowl

    Feb 10, 2009

    Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command were given a distinct honor this year to serve on the Joint Service Color Guard for the National Football League 2009 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Three Soldiers comprised a part of the Joint Service Color Guard, which were responsible for rendering honors for the start of the Pro Bowl.

  • Army JAG keeps wounded at the top of priority list

    Feb 9, 2009

    Wounded warriors' legal issues, particularly as Soldiers navigate the thorny medical-evaluation-board and physical-evaluation-board processes, are always on the mind of the Army Judge Advocate General, Lt. Gen. Scott C. Black said during a recent visit to Fort Lewis.

  • Fort Lewis theater restoration complete, it's on with the show

    Feb 9, 2009

    After 15 months of renovations, movies are back on Fort Lewis in an updated and improved facility. Carey Theater reopened February 2, sporting new seats, new sounds ... better in every way after $3.7 milion in improvements.

  • Fort Lewis GSA vehicles powered by natural gas

    Feb 9, 2009

    It burns cleaner and costs much less than regular gasoline or diesel. It's domestically produced and abundant. And it powers dozens of General Services Administration vehicles on Fort Lewis. Stumped' It's compressed natural gas, and it's been available for the past few years from a stand-alone pumping station at GSA's Fort Lewis Fleet Center at Building 9791 in the Madigan Annex area.

  • Olympic dream propels elite Fort Lewis skier

    Feb 6, 2009

    Under ideal circumstances, keeping an Olympic dream alive will test the finest athletes. Try doing it as a well-traveled Army wife and mother of two young daughters. That's the challenge facing Melissa Schwartz of Lacey, Wash., an elite cross country ski racer whose husband, Capt. Eric Schwartz, is with 5th Brigade at Fort Lewis. When she's not attending to the needs of her family, Schwartz heads for the snow.

  • Teamwork: University of Washington softball players visit Fort Lewis

    Feb 6, 2009

    The University of Washington's softball team arrived at Fort Lewis mentally and physically prepared for the worst that the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment could throw at them. For several hours, Jan. 23, Tomahawk Battalion commander Lt. Col. Chuck Hodges and Soldiers led the UW players through a series of obstacles that challenged both their conditioning and their ability to work as a team.

  • Fort Lewis exercise helps groom companies

    Feb 6, 2009

    "Operation Patriot Punisher," was a company-level situational training exercise for the Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, at Fort Lewis. The exercise spanned 24 hours and incorporated three smaller objectives before a final midnight assault based on acquired intelligence.

  • Soldiers overcome grueling test of skill to earn coveted Expert Field Medical Badge

    Feb 6, 2009

    Statistically, the expert field medical badge is one of the toughest badges a Soldier can earn. With an attrition rate of 84.7 percent in 2008, only the best of the best ever get pinned. After two grueling weeks in the various training areas of Fort Lewis, 32 Soldiers earned the right to wear the EFMB and were awarded it at a ceremony Jan. 30 at Soldiers Field House.

  • Year of the NCO: Retired NCOs remember

    Feb 6, 2009

    The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer is well underway and NCOs are being honored Army-wide, but Fort Myer Military Community Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Varner III wants to ensure that the year-long celebration of enlisted leaders isn't limited to those currently serving.

  • Blazing the trail: A Buffalo Soldier's Story

    Feb 5, 2009

    The Equal Opportunity Program at Fort Belvoir sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday Observance at DeWitt Hospital Friday. Maxwell was a guest speaker at the event.

  • Communication system loses weight, gains readiness

    Feb 4, 2009

    Time and communications are critical to operation security in a down-range environment, where the difference of minutes can save SoldiersAca,!a,,c lives. A Huntsville, Ala., company specializing in satellite communications has developed and deployed an ultra-portable communication system that hits the ground running with the warfighterAca,!"one that can be on satellite in less than an hour.

  • 'Ace of Cakes' treats U.S. Army, Hawaii To Special Military Cake

    Jan 30, 2009

  • 4th Bde., 2nd ID Stryker vehicles fit, ready to go

    Jan 30, 2009

    With 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division receiving the final installment of refurbished Strykers from General Dynamics Land Systems Jan. 22, the Raiders are now prepared to move on in the Army Force-Generation cycle from resetting to reintegrating.

  • Infantry gets lesson in air assault

    Jan 30, 2009

    Aviators from the the 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment assisted Stryker Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment Jan. 20 with aircraft familiarization and other aviation-related tasks.

  • TJAG praises team's preparations for I Corps deployment

    Jan 30, 2009

    The high quality of legal support to which Fort Lewis Soldiers and their families have become accustomed will continue through the deployment of the I Corps headquarters both in Washington and Iraq, said the head of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 9,000-member Aca,!A"law firm.Aca,!A? The 37th Judge Advocate General of the United States Army, known as the Aca,!A"T-JAG,Aca,!A? Lt. Gen. Scott C. Black, praised the installation Office of the Staff Judge Advocate during what might be his final visit to Fort Lewis

  • Fort Lewis tax center serving record numbers

    Jan 30, 2009

    As first days go, it was a big one. Actually, it was more of a big afternoon. The Fort Lewis Tax Center opened for business at 1 p.m. Jan. 21 to process 2008 returns. By the close of business that day, just 4 1/2 hours later, the center had helped 35 clients file for $124,281 in refunds, saving them $7,199 in tax preparation fees.

  • Red Cross honors Fort Lewis Soldier for heroic actions in Iraq

    Jan 30, 2009

    Though a man of few words at the podium, it was Sgt. 1st Class Ismael Iban-CorderoAca,!a,,cs orders and actions near Taji, Iraq nearly two years ago that resulted in the successful evacuation of 21 wounded American troops injured during an attack at the Tarmiya Joint Security Station. His actions as platoon leader of 3rd Platoon, C Company, 52nd Infantry Regiment, the 3rd Brigade anti-tank company, earned him a Silver Star, pinned exactly a year ago today. It also led to him being named the Red Cross Rainier Chapter Military Real Hero, an honor bestowed upon him Jan. 23 at the Bicentennial Pavilion in Tacoma during the 15th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast.

  • Commentary - Life is about more than achieving goals

    Jan 30, 2009

    We live in a society that makes a mania about planning and goal setting. Maybe thatAca,!a,,cs why so many people are unhappy. We would do better if we paid more attention to the details and let the big picture take care of itself.

  • Fort Lewis child care to provide more options

    Jan 30, 2009

    Under the Army Family Covenant, Fort Lewis leaders strive to make top-quality child care services available Aca,!" and that effort does not stop at the gates to the post.

  • Time to remember four heroic chaplains

    Jan 29, 2009

  • Stryker Brigade, Military Police Soldiers return from Iraq

    Jan 28, 2009

    More than 180 Soldiers from two Hawaii-based units, the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 25th Infantry Division, and the 728th Military Police Battalion, returned from 15-month deployments to Iraq early Tuesday morning to a joyous reception at the Wheeler Army Airfield Multiple Deployment Facility, Hawaii.

  • Low-emitting locomotives replace old diesels on Fort Lewis

    Jan 23, 2009

    The Army began moving equipment by rail in the 19th century. Since then, the power source has changed from steam to diesel and electric. Fort Lewis just received two members of a clean, new generation Aca,!" Aca,!A"ultra-low-emitting locomotives.Aca,!A?

  • New Fort Lewis child development center officially opens

    Jan 23, 2009

    As part of the Army Family Covenant, the first of several new child development centers opened at Fort Lewis Dec. 1, 2008. The official grand opening and dedication ceremony of the Eileen Beaulieu Infant Toddler Child Development Center was delayed until Jan. 14 because of previous snow and ice conditions.

  • Fort Lewis security a complex task

    Jan 23, 2009

    Next time you drive on or off post and experience a minor delay at the gate, keep in mind that convenience sometimes must take a back seat to security at Fort Lewis.

  • Fort Lewis one-stop training saves lives

    Jan 23, 2009

    When the Warrior Training Academy, formerly the Light Fighter Academy, was brought into existence last September, the idea was to provide a series of training that would better prepare Fort Lewis Soldiers, regardless of MOS, for every situation they may encounter while in theater.

  • Commentary - Good NCOs: you know them when you see them

    Jan 23, 2009

    ItAca,!a,,cs harder to list the qualities of a good noncommissioned officer than you might think. But everyone who has been in the Army can name NCOs they think are great.

  • Fort Lewis Employment Smarts: What you need to know for a job interview

    Jan 16, 2009

    This article is one of a series published in the Northwest Guardian to provide help for family members and former Soldiers seeking jobs in the local economy.

  • Fort Lewis committee continues to offer scholarships despite gloomy economy

    Jan 16, 2009

    Amid the frequent deluge of gloomy economic reports, the Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund Committee has positive financial news for the Fort Lewis military community. The committee anticipates continuing its longstanding tradition of awarding thousands of dollars in scholarship funds. Applications for 2009 scholarships are being accepted through March 31.

  • Fort Lewis girl to receive service dog

    Jan 16, 2009

    A Fort Lewis family member with progressive disabilities will soon meet a new friend that will improve the quality of her life. Camille Even, 14, who was diagnosed with diabetes as a 2-year-old and was later found to have developmental issues, was selected to receive a special needs Canine Assistants service dog.

  • Fort Lewis Recycling Center now taking electronic items

    Jan 16, 2009

    If youAca,!a,,cre tired of using that bulky computer monitor as a doorstop or that outdated laptop as an oversized paper weight, the Fort Lewis Recycle Center might have the perfect solution for you. ItAca,!a,,cs called Aca,!A"E-CyclingAca,!A? Aca,!" the recycling of electronic items Aca,!" and itAca,!a,,cs under way at the center in Building 5290 behind the commissary off Nevada Avenue.

  • Fort Lewis Wounded Warriors learn that 'believing is seeing'

    Jan 16, 2009

    When Robert Ott spoke before a group of Wounded Warriors for the first time recently at Fort Lewis, he addressed them as a man who once had an experience similar to theirs. On Oct. 6, 1990, a confrontation in his native New Jersey ended with Ott suffering a gunshot wound to the head. The near-fatal injury left the then 21-year-old completely blind.

  • Used Fort Lewis road sand won't go to waste

    Jan 16, 2009

    Spread it over ice and snow, and it prevents accidents. Once everything melts, however, what happens to road sand' Well, most often street-sweepers collect it, and the material ends up in the landfill. ItAca,!a,,cs a costly proposition to buy and dispose of the stuff. This year, instead of dumping the sand, Fort Lewis will haul it to North Fort Lewis. There, the sand will be screened for reuse on the Fort Lewis roads, saving lots of money and preventing significant environmental harm.

  • Commentary: Holiday should be a time to look inward

    Jan 16, 2009

    We Americans easily lose touch with what our holidays are supposed to mean. Martin Luther KingAca,!a,,cs birthday, the newest of our national holidays, seems to already be passing down the same path to trivialization. That seems especially troubling.

  • A joyful celebration: Fort Lewis' oldest service, Grace Gospel, turns 35

    Jan 16, 2009

    Fort Lewis' Grace Gospel Service has been caring for Fort Lewis families and bringing that old-time religion to parishioners for 35 years.


    Jan 15, 2009

    Members of the U.S.A.P.T. (Golden Knights) attend the commissioning ceremony of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

  • 536th Maintenance Company Returns from 12-month Iraq Deployment

    Jan 14, 2009

    More than 200 Soldiers from the 536th Maintenance Company were welcomed home Jan. 10 following a 12-month deployment to Iraq. Soldiers of the company played a vital role in vehicle upkeep as the only direct-support maintenance company on Camp Taji, Iraq, located approximately 10 miles north of Baghdad. Additionally, the Soldiers of the unit also provided convoy security and worked with the Iraqi military providing them maintenance and supply assistance and training.

  • 45th Sustainment Brigade Deploys to Afghanistan

    Jan 14, 2009

    More than 350 Soldiers from the 45th Sustainment Brigade formally said goodbye to their families and friends during a deployment ceremony at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Later this month the Soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan to begin a 12-month rotation and assume responsibility for the Joint Logistics Command.

  • "First in, last out" battalion deploys to Iraq

    Jan 5, 2009

    More than 375 Soldiers of the 65th Engineer Battalion, part of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command will deploy to the Tikrit area, north of Baghdad, in early January 2009 and will support the 25th Infantry Division with route clearance, combat engineering missions. During the 12-month deployment the Soldiers will also assist and train their Iraqi counterparts.

  • 2008 'Hope and Freedom Tour' Thrills Balad

    Dec 26, 2008

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston opens the Aca,!A"2008 Sergeant Major of the Army Hope and Freedom TourAca,!A? with a word of thanks and appreciation to the guest entertainers for volunteering their time to perform for the troops and to military servicemembers for their service at Joint Base BaladAca,!a,,cs Sustainer Theater, near Balad, Iraq, Dec. 21. This yearAca,!a,,cs tour marked the 7th annual advent of the Aca,!A"Hope and Freedom TourAca,!A?, which brings many well-known entertainers to overseas to perform for deployed servicemembers.

  • Army Family Covenant reitereates Army's covenant with Families

    Dec 23, 2008

    The leadership of 2nd Inftantry Division signed the Army Family Covenant during a ceremony inside Camp Casey's Pear Blossom Cottage Dec. 23.

  • Installations to receive new SWET training devices

    Dec 22, 2008

    Power-projection platforms across the Army will soon receive the new Shallow Water Egress Trainers, or SWETs, designed to keep deploying Soldiers from drowning when their vehicles overturn into water.

  • CSA visits Warrior Country

    Dec 21, 2008

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Chief of staff of the Army, visited the 2nd Infantry Division Dec. 18.

  • Racing Heroes Meet Military Heroes

    Dec 17, 2008

    Several professional racing drivers paid a visit to deployed military personnel and fans on Contingency Operating Base (COB) Speicher, near Tikrit Iraq Dec. 15.

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  • Army releases new training manual

    Dec 15, 2008

    The Army released the new field manual FM 7-0, Training for Full Spectrum Operations, at the Training General Officer Steering Committee conference at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Dec. 15.

  • Technology improves unit communication

    Dec 12, 2008

    The annual Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment concluded this week with an open house on McKenna MOUT Wednesday that showcased more than 30 kinds of technology. The open house presented an opportunity for industry and military leaders to learn about the uses and advantages of technology studied during the experiment, said Harry Lubin, chief of Fort BenningAca,!a,,cs Live Experimentation Division with the Maneuver Battle Lab. Now in its fifth year, the experiment focused on the impact of network technology on small units.

  • Support Soldiers Make It Happen For YS55

    Dec 12, 2008

    Task Force 35, stationed at Sagami Depot, 10 kilometers north of Camp Zama, is part of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), based at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Its Soldiers are among the more than 1,000 American Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen participating in Yama Sakura 55, along with their counterparts from the Japanese ground, air and maritime services. Yama Sakura is a bilateral U.S.-Japan, computerized command post exercise designed to better the defense of Japan, and to protect each countryAca,!a,,cs interests throughout East Asia.

  • Suicide survivors find tools for coping with loss of loved ones

    Dec 12, 2008

    Family and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide went to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and more than 170 other sites across the country Nov. 22 to find tools for coping with those losses.

  • Commentary: The easiest gift of all

    Dec 12, 2008

    ItAca,!a,,cs the holiday season, a time for giving. Too bad many of us forget to pass along the easiest, least-expensive gift of all Aca,!" a simple pat on the back and recognition for a job well done.

  • Former Fort Lewis Soldier now advocate for children

    Dec 12, 2008

    Armando Mejia is a living contrast; the former infantry Soldier with the sharp edges and tough demeanor common to the profession now spends his days in a softer arenaAca,!" playing with, mentoring and advocating for children. Mejia, a former Wounded Warrior and the military liaison for the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, spoke about this transition to more than 400 Warriors in Transition, staff and community members at the Warrior Transition BattalionAca,!a,,cs town hall here Dec. 4.

  • Finance wizards offer Fort Lewis sage advice

    Dec 12, 2008

    Forts Lewis and McChord Air Force Base hosted a conclave of personal finance readiness experts who addressed service membersAca,!a,,c financial concerns at the American Lake Community Center, Dec. 4. The event was part of the Department of Defense-sponsored Installation Financial Readiness Challenge Roadshow and featured finance experts who spoke to service members on a variety of topics of concern in todayAca,!a,,cs staggering economy.

  • Fort Lewis play promotes discussion about rape

    Dec 12, 2008

    Fort Lewis became the second Army installation to offer Aca,!A"Sex Signals,Aca,!A? a 70- to 90-minute presentation that encourages audience participation to determine its direction and discuss the issues covered. The training targets Soldiers in the 18-25 age group in which date rape usually occurs.

  • Chemical Company in Hawaii Takes Part in WMD Exercise

    Dec 9, 2008

    Soldiers from the 71st Chemical Company, 45th Sustainment Brigade, trained with the Soldiers and Airmen of the 93rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST), a component of the Hawaii Army and Air National Guard on December 2nd at Barbers Point Naval Air Station, Hawaii.

  • Schofield Barracks Soldiers Return From Iraq

    Dec 9, 2008

    The 552nd Military Police Company returned to Hawaii from Iraq Dec. 3. During their 15-month deployment, the 160 member company worked closely with the Iraqi Police conducting patrols and training missions in order to ensure a better way of life from the countryAca,!a,,cs citizens.


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