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  • 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.

  • 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.