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  • Children get lessons on deployment

    Aug 22, 2008

    ItAca,!a,,cs tough for children to be away from their parents while they are serving tours overseas but on Aug. 14 and 15, children of Triple Nickel Soldiers were able to experience part of a deployment first-hand as part of the 555th Engineer Brigade Deployment Camp.

  • Comment: Soldiers benefit from education in today's Army

    Aug 22, 2008

    Soldiers today need to be more adaptable than ever before in the Army's history Aca,!" and the enlisted education system is helping them succeed in the face of that challenge.

  • Army honors post BOSS program

    Aug 15, 2008

    Army honors Fort Rucker BOSS program

  • Former NFL players conduct free football clinic for post kids

    Aug 15, 2008

    The Fort Lewis community recently showcased its talent for a select group of nine former NFL players.

  • Former NFL players get taste of Army life during post visit

    Aug 15, 2008

    On post for a youth football camp last Saturday, nine former NFL players toured Fort Lewis Aug. 8 engaging in first-person simulations and a Stryker ride through Leschi Town.

  • Post children help keep streams and lakes clean

    Aug 15, 2008

    The entire post community plays a part in keeping our lakes and streams clean Aca,!" and some of the younger residents took action this week to remind others of that fact. Fourth- and fifth-grade youth volunteers from the North Fort Lewis Youth Center teamed up with Public Works to place markers on 120 residential storm drains, reminding members of the community, Aca,!A"No Dumping; Drains to Lake.Aca,!A?

  • Local educators get lessons on military life

    Aug 15, 2008

    The children of military families face challenges Aca,!" and opportunities Aca,!" not experienced by other students. Local educators met last week to learn how to deal with those facets of life in military families.

  • Comment: remembering what the Olympics represent

    Aug 15, 2008

    The Olympic Games in Beijing, China began last week. I hope we all take some time to celebrate what the Olympics represent.

  • Arlington County and Fort Myer sign Community Covenant

    Aug 13, 2008

    Arlington County and Fort Myer signed a Community Covenant Aug. 7

  • Stryker by night

    Aug 12, 2008

    Spc. Jin Wang, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, mans a checkpoint during a training raid early Aug. 5.

  • Chiarelli takes oath as vice chief

    Aug 5, 2008

    In a Pentagon ceremony Monday afternoon, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates promoted Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli to four-star general and Army Secretary Pete Geren administered ChiarelliAca,!a,,cs oath of office as the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 32nd vice chief of staff.

  • AMC pilot program identifies, tracks contractors

    Aug 1, 2008

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- U.S. Army Materiel CommandAca,!a,,cs Synchronized Pre-deployment Operational Tracker Aca,!" or SPOT Aca,!" may soon make access for contractors to American installations easier.

  • U.S. ARMY PARACHUTE TEAM TAKES SILVER FOR OVERALL BEST COUNTRY

    Jul 31, 2008

    The U.S. Army Parachute Team's Female Style and Accuracy competitors took Silver in overall country for the 30th FAI World Style and Accuracy Parachuting Championships in Slovakia.

  • Studies reveal new generation gap

    Jul 31, 2008

    Recent research appears to validate what some Army leaders have said for years: todayAca,!a,,cs young recruits look at the world differently. The staff psychologist of the 75th Ranger Regiment traveled from Fort Benning to Stone Education Center July 25 to share his observations that explain this modern version of a generation gap between Soldiers entering the service today and their older NCOs and officers. His audience was senior commanders and NCOs, staff and civilian leaders.

  • Deciding whether to rent or buy a home

    Jul 31, 2008

  • U.S. ARMY PARACHUTE TEAM TAKES BRONZE IN ACCURACY

    Jul 31, 2008

    The U.S. Army Parachute Team continues to battle for placement in the Women's division at the 30th FAI World Style and Accuracy Parachuting Championships in Slovakia.

  • U.S. Army Parachute Team's Tennyson Takes Silver in World Games

    Jul 30, 2008

    Sgt. 1st Class Elisa Tennyson, a member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, battled to hold on to second place during the 30th FAI World Style and Accuracy Parachuting Championships in Slovakia.

  • Army values help guide today's Soldier

    Jul 25, 2008

    Want to know what the Army adds to our society' Just ask a Soldier. The answers tend to be pretty positive Aca,!" even uplifting. And they also represent yet another sign of the remarkable change that has taken place in the Army. Soldiers today are far more attuned to the moral and ethical underpinnings of military service than they used to be.

  • Commentary: Bad choices lead to bad consequences

    Jul 25, 2008

    Accidents donAca,!a,,ct just happen. The old cliche that they do is a crutch no Soldier can afford to lean on. Things that just happen arenAca,!a,,ct your fault. If they just happen no one bears responsibility, no one has a role in prevention. We all should know that isnAca,!a,,ct the case. ItAca,!a,,cs all about cause and effect. Accidents take place when individuals make bad choices.

  • Keeping tradition alive: Annual tribal trip lands at Fort Lewis

    Jul 25, 2008

    Representatives from local tribal canoe families landed on Fort LewisAca,!a,,c Solo Point July 15 during their annual tribal journeys which will take them all the way into Canada. Seven canoes from several local tribes, including the Cowlitz, the Chehalis and the Puyallup; came ashore after pulling from Squaxin Island that morning. Fort Lewis officials work closely with the tribe to help facilitate keeping those traditions alive, also, said Bret Ruby, Fort LewisAca,!a,,c cultural resources manager. Aca,!A"A lot of people donAca,!a,,ct realize that Fort Lewis sits squarely in the heart of the tribeAca,!a,,cs traditional homeland, and many of the tribeAca,!a,,cs most sacred places are found on lands that are now within the boundaries of Fort Lewis,Aca,!A? Ruby said. Aca,!A"Solo Point is one of those very sacred places.Aca,!A?

  • Special Forces Soldiers honored for bravery

    Jul 25, 2008

    Members of the 1st Special Forces Group gathered July 16 as the commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner, and the commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, Brig. Gen. Michael S. Repass, presented Sgt. 1st Class Chad M. Kite and Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Federmann with Silver Stars, honoring each for bravery during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Batman Technologies Mirror Those of the Warfighter

    Jul 24, 2008

    Aca,!A"The Dark KnightAca,!A? has emerged once again in theatres with his futuristic technologies to help capture the infamous Joker. BatmanAca,!a,,cs needs for increased capabilities are parallel with that of todayAca,!a,,cs Soldiers and it appears so are some of his gadgets.

  • 'Sweet Home Alabama''/164th TAOG Soldiers return

    Jul 24, 2008

    After almost 14 months, the 164th TAOG returned July 20 to Fort Rucker from duty in Iraq and Kuwait.

  • Mechanic Platform Answers Technology Needs of Soldiers

    Jul 22, 2008

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. Aca,!" The days of repairing vehicles while standing on a lug nut or tire of 5-ton vehicles are coming to an end, as the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command seeks solutions to the needs of warfighter.

  • WOMEN'S TEAM TO COMPETE IN LUCENEC, SLOVAK REPUBLIC FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Jul 21, 2008

    The Golden Knights' Female Style and Accuracy Team head to the Slovak Republic for the 30th FAI World Style and Accuracy Parachuting Championships.

  • Colonel brings Ranger ethos to MI job

    Jul 18, 2008

    It takes an impressive resume to command heroes. By objective accounts, Col. Robert P. Whalen Jr. owns one. At the activation and change of command July 3 of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. called the Soldiers arrayed on Watkins Field heroes Aca,!" military intelligence specialists with real-world missions who Aca,!A"quietly and relentlessly work every day to defeat those who would wish to do this nation harm.Aca,!A?

  • A quick course in problem solving

    Jul 18, 2008

    Normally, a sergeant would begin his team-leader training in an EOD company by being mentored by current team leaders. However, because 787th Ord. Co. is new to Fort Lewis and still building its ranks, there are few seasoned team leaders to share their experience. So, company commander Capt. Robert Shefner decided to create a weeklong training containing 12 scenarios, including night missions, that his potential team leaders might see when they deploy next year. The scenarios tested their EOD skills as well as some other attributes.

  • Commentary: Summer wasted on the young

    Jul 18, 2008

    ItAca,!a,,cs hard to believe that figuring out how to fill a summer could ever be a problem. Look around you. There is so much to do you could never get to it in a dozen summers. ItAca,!a,,cs just a matter of prying your way outside and doing it. To borrow a cliche, youth is wasted on the young.

  • Joint basing working groups shift gears

    Jul 18, 2008

    The screeching sound coming from McChord Air Force Base last week might have been the rubber from tires of something other than a C-17 Globemaster aircraft meeting the tarmac. The members of joint Army and Air Force working groups met July 8 for the effective, if not official, passing of responsibility for the Joint Basing planning process to them. Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be one of 12 joint bases that result from the merging of what is currently 26 installations among all military services.

  • Alternative forms of transportation make high cost of gas more bearable

    Jul 18, 2008

    For many, the rising cost of gas is making the daily commute even more frustrating than usual. But there are choices for Soldiers and civilian employees on Fort Lewis.

  • Ordway blazes new trail of discovery for USASMA

    Jul 18, 2008

    The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Acadmey is moving the Sergeants Major Course of instruction into the future with the help of thin client technology and a focus geared more towards educating senior NCOs about the opereational and strategic implications for the Army.

  • MP's actions in Afghanistan save lives, earn Silver Star

    Jul 18, 2008

    Equal parts instinct and training demonstrated by a military police team leader saved the lives of scores of people 10 months ago in Afghanistan near the provincial capital of Jalalabad. That NCO received the Silver Star Monday afternoon in front of his company and family.

  • New Army parents to get more time at home

    Jul 17, 2008

    Military mothers of newborns, and certain Army parents adopting a child, will be able to stay home longer before deploying or serving overseas starting Aug. 1.

  • Foreclosure: Garrison brings together experts on surviving the housing crisis

    Jul 17, 2008

    In southern Florida, U.S. Army Garrison Aca,!" Miami is continuing to partner with other public and private agencies to educate members of the South Florida military community who are concerned, in default, or facing foreclosure; to give them tools to empower and protect them so they can avoid foreclosure and minimize financial damage.

  • Army cuts ribbon on largest child care center

    Jul 16, 2008

    Fort Myer cut the ribbon on its new Child Development Center July 15. This is the largest CDC in the Department of Defense and was built after 9/11 to house children away from the Pentagon. It's 50,000 square feet with three wings, 28 rooms, three playgrounds and a multi-purpose room. It has space for 438 children.

  • Training tool deploying for first time in August

    Jul 16, 2008

    A team here is preparing to deploy a tool in early August that promises to make training easier, more efficient, and more meaningful for units preparing to deploy to Iraq.

  • Wounded warrior gets ESPY nod

    Jul 14, 2008

    Capt. Scott Smiley brings new meaning to the section of the Warrior Ethos that reads Aca,!A"I will never quit.Aca,!A?

  • Leaders of tomorrow train at Fort Lewis

    Jul 3, 2008

    Every summer, Fort Lewis, becomes the home for the largest U.S. Army training exercise in the continental United States, Operation Warrior Forge. The exercise, also known as the Leader Development and Assessment Course, is how Army Reserve Officer Training Corps trains and assesses the next generation of officers prior to their being commissioned as second lieutenants.

  • Taking it one step at a time

    Jul 3, 2008

    Soldiers from 2-3 Inf. gain valuable experience during live-fire training exercise

  • Fort Lewis hosts joint base conference

    Jul 3, 2008

    More than 200 representatives from Department of Defense installations participated in the first Joint Base Implementation Review Conference held at Fort LewisAca,!a,,c American Lake Community Center June 23 to 27. Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base are among 26 installations combining to form 12 joint bases by the year 2011.

  • Financial alternatives available to wounded

    Jul 3, 2008

    Money is available to heroes whose lives have been permanently altered by a traumatic injury. Traumatic ServicememberAca,!a,,cs Group Life Insurance lump-sum payouts are available to Soldiers Aca,!" active duty, Reserve or National Guard Aca,!" and members of the other armed services who have standard SGLI deducted from their paychecks. The additional $1 premium is automatically bundled with the monthly SGLI premium, an amount so small many donAca,!a,,ct realize it is being withheld.

  • It's official: 4-2 Inf. Div. is home

    Jul 3, 2008

    The Stryker Soldiers of 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, marked their official redeployment from Operation Iraqi Freedom with a ceremony on Watkins Field. The I Corps commanding general, Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., Washington 6th District congressman Norm Dicks and a host of local political and military leaders congratulated the brigade for the successes of its deployment that spanned the period from April 2007 to June 2008. The ceremony formalized hundreds of private reunions Soldiers and their families celebrated as flights returned throughout the past month from Southwest Asia.

  • DOD sets joint standards for enlistee waivers

    Jul 2, 2008

    The Department of Defense has now set standards for how individual services will offer waivers to those it recruits.

  • Army combatives training is helping today's Soldier become more effective

    Jun 27, 2008

    Because the modern Soldier spends more time clearing rooms and engaging the enemy in hand-to-hand combat than those Soldiers before him, a renewed emphasis has been put on the importance of subduing an enemy without a weapon. That isnAca,!a,,ct to say Soldiers of yesteryear never had to rely on a swift hand to best an enemy. ItAca,!a,,cs just that AmericaAca,!a,,cs desert Soldier of the 21st century finds himself coming into close contact with the enemy on a more frequent basis than before. And thanks to a former Fort Lewis Army Ranger, todayAca,!a,,cs Soldier is becoming better trained to effectively neutralize that close-quarters threat.

  • Soldiers train on new Strykers

    Jun 27, 2008

    New Stryker vehicles arrived at 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment in May, boosting morale and firing thrusters on an already rocketing training schedule.

  • Feedback to aid in future Stryker vehicle upgrades

    Jun 27, 2008

    In its continuing mission to keep todayAca,!a,,cs Stryker brigade combat teams equipped with the latest and greatest upgrades, the Training and Doctrine Command capabilities manager, SBCT, and program manager, Stryker showcased its new innovations, June 18 at the 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment motor pool. Not only did the TCM SBCT want to give Soldiers a glimpse into future Stryker add-ons, They were looking for input, too. TCM SBCT Senior Program Analyst for Futures and Current Operations, Sean Hunter, said they were there to get feedback from Soldiers familiar with the vehicle.

  • Mullen vows to 'get it right'

    Jun 27, 2008

    Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Fort Lewis June 18, where he toured barracks, met with leaders and talked to Soldiers.

  • Garrison commander shares meaning of Army's birthday with children

    Jun 20, 2008

    Colonel Cynthia Murphy, the Fort Lewis Garrison commander, gave special consideration to the young children at Clarkmoor Child Development Center by reading a book that introduced the significance of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 233rd birthday June 13 during the Army-wide event that cumulatively took place at more than 125 CDCs, reaching 60,000 children.

  • Soldiers, families celebrate birthday on roller skates

    Jun 20, 2008

    Soldiers and their families commemorated the 233rd anniversary of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs beginnings with a skating party at the Summit Arena roller skating rink June 13.

  • Cody joins in celebration

    Jun 20, 2008

    As Fort Lewis Soldiers and families celebrated the 233rd Army Birthday Ball June 12, United States Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody reminded them of what it is to be a Soldier fighting in todayAca,!a,,cs Army.

  • Post commemorates Army's birthday in style

    Jun 20, 2008

    Fort Lewis Soldiers donned their best uniforms and shined their dress shoes in celebration of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 233rd birthday June 12 at the American Lake Club on North Fort Lewis.

  • MPs receive awards from Cody

    Jun 20, 2008

    The Army Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Richard A. Cody, saved one of his favorite things until the end of the first day of his visit to Fort Lewis June 11. Cody, who has announced his retirement, came to the installation to give the keynote remarks at the Army birthday ball the following evening. The vice chief talked to many I Corps Soldiers last week, often interrupting his itinerary to chat with an individual or group. He told the assembled members of the 571st Military Police Company, that he relished the opportunity to present awards to 10 of its Soldiers, among his last official tasks before leaving the Army.

  • Army Launches Recruiter Assistance Program

    Jun 19, 2008

    Active-duty enlisted Soldiers and future Soldiers in the Delayed Entry Program can now serve as assistant recruiters and make extra money in their off-duty hours.

  • Lessons of Baqubah now on DVD

    Jun 13, 2008

    For most of SykesAca,!a,,c Regulars, Baqubah was the source of their greatest pride and their worst nightmares. The battle for the capital of Diyala Province during the U.S. troop surge of 2007, is already a topic of discussion among military analysts and historians. Aca,!A"Baqubah was arguably the most significant campaign of the war in Iraq after the initial invasion was completed,Aca,!A? said Dr. Bill Reeder, the chief of leader development at the I Corps Battle Command Training Center. The 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment Soldiers remaining at Fort Lewis who joined that struggle went to a movie premiere of sorts on June 5, a viewing more sober than gala. The BCTC staff spent months processing the battle with its participants, piecing together interviews, still photos and videos shot by Soldiers themselves. The aim was to produce a linear account on DVD of the extended battle in the hope of distilling lessons for the counterinsurgency fight and future U.S. warfare.

  • Commentary: The Army embodies American values

    Jun 13, 2008

    Saturday is an important day Aca,!" the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 233rd birthday. I hope Soldiers care. It would be a shame if they didnAca,!a,,ct. This is a time to pause and reflect with pride on the remarkable organization we all Aca,!" Soldiers, civilian employees, family members Aca,!" are part of. For longer than our nation has existed, the Army has embodied what it means to be American.

  • Military children focus of summit

    Jun 13, 2008

    Medical, social work and education professionals gathered at McChord Air Force Base last week for a summit on taking care of military children. Madigan Army Medical Center hosted the three-day event, called Aca,!A"Military Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and Well-Being During Wartime and Beyond,Aca,!A? to Aca,!A"bring together military families, youth and medical experts in various areas to focus on solutions that will enhance the quality of life for military children,Aca,!A? according to a MAMC press release. There has been little official research during previous conflicts on how deployments and wartime affect children, said Maj. Eric Flake, a developmental pediatrician at MAMC. Flake was also the principal investigator for a research study titled Aca,!A"Psychosocial Effects of Deployment on Military Children,Aca,!A? which found, in part, that military support was an influential factor in how much stress a family experienced during a deployment. The more supported a family felt, the less stress it experienced, Flake said.

  • Army Birthday Cake Cutting

    Jun 12, 2008

    Maj. Gen. John W. Morgan III, commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division, and Division Command Sgt. Maj. Brian M. Stall cut the Army Birthday cake with the oldest Soldier, Master Sgt. Dwight Lawler, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2ID and the youngest Soldier, Pfc. Derek Hauk, Company A, Division Special Troops Battalion during the Army Birthday ceremony in front of Freeman Hall, Camp Red Cloud, Korea.

  • Sgt. Maj. of the Army Birthday Greeting

    Jun 10, 2008

    A 233rd Army Birthday greeting from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston.

  • Secretary of the Army Pete Geren's Birthday Message

    Jun 10, 2008

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren sends out a birthday message.

  • General Lee rides again

    Jun 6, 2008

    A little more than a year after the anti-tank guided missile Stryker dubbed General Lee was retired from Operation Iraqi Freedom, it made its return to Fort Lewis where Soldiers from 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division had been eagerly awaiting its arrival. General Lee once belonged to Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, C Company, 52nd Infantry Regiment (Anti-Tank), 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. But on April 15, 2007, while conducting operations just south of the Shiek Hamed village in Iraq, the Stryker was hit by a deeply buried improvised explosive device.

  • Kuwait team readies Strykers for home, reset

    Jun 6, 2008

    While bands play, flags wave and families rejoice at the return of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers to Fort Lewis, Wash., the operation to return home their battle-weary Stryker Combat Vehicles goes on here in Southwest Asia.

  • Answering the call - Army's oldest Vietnam era draftee prepares to deploy again

    Jun 5, 2008

    The ArmyAca,!a,,cs oldest Vietnam era draftee prepares to deploy again. No matter how often his country called, one old Soldier never could resist marching to the sound of guns. Whether it was Vietnam, the Balkans or Afghanistan, Master Sgt. David Blow saddled up, strapped on and hurried to the fight. Sore knees and torn tendons didnAca,!a,,ct slow down the 57-year-old infantryman. Blow is preparing to return to Iraq with the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Senior NCOs in the brigade claim he is the ArmyAca,!a,,cs oldest Vietnam draftee still on active duty. Despite the ironic Vietnam-era connotation that joining the National Guard was a way to avoid the fight, Blow used the Guard as a means of finding active duty units to help him get to the action.

  • Housing demand a top priority

    Jun 5, 2008

    With thousands of Soldiers returning from combat in the coming weeks, and more PCSing to post this summer, finding housing will be a top priority for many post families. Fortunately, Fort LewisAca,!a,,c Residential Communities Office has you covered. The office has rental and sale listings on-hand, maps, computers, telephones and relocation professionals to help Soldiers and their families find housing quickly and easily.

  • New child care facility to open in November

    Jun 5, 2008

    Once again the Army Family CovenantAca,!a,,cs focus to provide more and better services to families is making a significant difference on Fort Lewis. Army spouses of deployed Soldiers will soon have an hourly child care facility available when they go to medical appointments.

  • 'Under the lights'

    May 31, 2008

    Contract workers with General Dynamics Land Systems work under the lights to remove slat armor from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Combat Vehicles, Friday, May 30, 2008 at a 401st Army Field Support Brigade work area at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. More than 280 4th Brigade SCVs are being 'deslatted' in preparation for retrograde to the U.S. after 15 months of combat duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Warrior Day offers change of pace for WTB Soldiers

    May 30, 2008

    The weather was changing but there were plenty of bright spots May 20 as Warrior Day kicked off at Cowan Stadium. The Warrior Transition Battalion and Madigan Army Medical Center teamed up for a friendly competition for WTB Soldiers.

  • A day in the life of an infantry platoon

    May 30, 2008

    The life of an infantry lieutenant in 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is tough enough without unexpected fire fights, mayors of Iraqi villages screaming in your face, insurgents lurking in buildings with a cache of mortar rounds stashed close by, bleeding, one-armed villagers rushing at you begging for medical aid and angry mobs growing more restless by the minute at the mere presence of your platoon. Throw in a suicide bomber and you have what Lt. Col. Adam Rocke, commander of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment called Aca,!A"a day in the life of (an infantry platoon in) Iraq.Aca,!A?

  • Cavalry unit on target

    May 30, 2008

    The Strykers rolled all but silently across the prairie grass, maneuvering into position. The top hatches banged open and mortar tubes peaked out the top of the MCV-B vehicles. Soldiers swiftly prepared 120 mm mortar rounds to take out multiple enemy targets. The assistant gunner positioned the 35 pound round over the tube and waited for the command to drop it. Aca,!A"Hang it...Fire!Aca,!A? The crew chief shouted. The instant the AG let the round go, an ear-splitting crack sounded as the mortar round, engulfed in flame, shot out of the tube and sailed 5,000 feet into the air. Some 20 seconds later, a ground-shaking thud and a rising cloud of dust down range indicated that the mortar had found its target. Soldiers from 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry RegimentAca,!a,,cs reconnaissance troop mortar sections spent the week of May 19 engaged in such activities while in the field being certified on their weapons system.

  • Fort Lewis archaeological detectives search for clues

    May 29, 2008

    Down a small berm, back in the woods near Johnson Marsh, buried under more than a century of debris, lay just what Fort LewisAca,!a,,c Cultural Resources staff and a team of archaeologists were looking for: trash. The archaeologists combed an area around the marsh last week looking for the remnants of some 19th-century hop farms that once stood on what is now Fort Lewis land. The team unearthed a trash pile near one of the farmsteads that was full of broken dishes, glass and ceramics that could reveal more about the people who lived and worked on the farms and how the hop boom, and the wealth associated with it, might have affected them and the land.

  • Greatest Army inventions of 2007 Announced

    May 28, 2008

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, the U.S. Army vice chief of staff and other senior Army science and technology leaders will recognize the U.S. Army's "Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2007 " in an awards ceremony June 12 at the Hyatt Crystal City - Arlington, Va.

  • Class 58 graduates, bids farewell to USASMA

    May 22, 2008

    After completing more than 1,200 hours of instruction during the last nine months, 642 students from Sergeants Major Course Class 58 at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy graduated at Abraham Chavez Theatre in downtown El Paso, Texas, receiving their diplomas from TRADOC Commanding General, Gen. William S. Wallace.

  • Here's mud in your eye

    May 22, 2008

    On what was an unseasonably warm morning, nearly 300 runners showed up at Soldiers Field House last Saturday for the Armed Forces Day 5.2K Down and Dirty Mud Run. Runners faced several obstacles as they ran through the woods and up Semper Fi hill, which was especially tough Saturday because of the heat. Competitors, however, received a break from the heat as they encountered a long mud pit on the home stretch that they had to crawl through.

  • Training period begins for Arrowhead Brigade

    May 22, 2008

    The Arrowhead Brigade is reset -Aca,!" and ready to roll. The reset period has drawn to a close for 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and the training period has begun in earnest. For the last several months, 3rd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. has been Aca,!A"rebuilding the foundation,Aca,!A? according to Col. David Funk, brigade commander. What the Army calls the reset period, Funk prefers to call a Aca,!A"regenerationAca,!A? because it better describes the complex period.

  • Fort Lewis Memorial and Reflection Parks

    May 22, 2008

    Aca,!" A tranquil place of peace and remembrance for families of the fallen will soon be a part of Fort Lewis. Designs are completed for Reflection and Memorial Parks at Fort Lewis and fund-raising efforts are underway. AUSA, Fort Lewis Chapter and Reflection Park and Memorial at Fort Lewis, two non-profit organizations, are helping to raise funds and awareness for the project, including a Web site: www.reflectionpark.org.

  • 2008 Senior Leader Memorial Day Message

    May 20, 2008

    On May 5, 1866, veterans and residents of Waterloo, New York, placed flowers on the graves at each of the town's cemeteries to honor the local Soldiers and Sailors who had fallen during the Civil War. Proposed by a local pharmacist, Henry C. Welles, this act of remembrance centered on his belief that while praising the living veterans of the Civil War, it was equally important to remember the patriotic dead. This tradition has grown for a century and a half - it is Memorial Day.

  • USASMA inducts two to Hall of Honor

    May 12, 2008

    The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy recently inducted two individuals into the academy's Hall of Honor. The inductees are considered architects of current Army Transformation and NATO Transformation of NCOES.

  • Teamwork and five tons of fun

    May 9, 2008

    After what was a futile attempt by 1st Special Forces Group to pull a Medium Tactical Vehicle on the first day of competition of the Pride Week MTV Pull, all other teams decided to push the vehicle down the 100-meter course. The 17th Fires BrigadeAca,!a,,cs five-man team was able to move the MTV faster than any other group on Tuesday, the final day of competition, and picked up its first win of Pride Week. Aca,!A"Outstanding,Aca,!A? said 17th Fires Bde.Aca,!a,,cs Matthew Davis of how it felt to win. Aca,!A"If I was to lose, I would have been mad as all get out. We had great teamwork and great motivation from everybody who helped us out (other Soldiers from the 17th fires brigade). We couldnAca,!a,,ct have done it without them and a good knowledgeable coach who pushed us to the limit.Aca,!A?

  • RAD instructors to help teach women to defend themselves

    May 9, 2008

    The Rape Aggression Defense System is coming to Fort Lewis and volunteers are needed. The Fort Lewis Family Advocacy Program is seeking community members who would like to become certified instructors for the system. The RAD System strengthens womenAca,!a,,cs innate survival instincts through preparation, education and training, teaching them awareness, prevention, sexual assault definitions, patterns of encounter, basic principles of self-defense and other useful tools to help women cope in an assault situation.

  • Community leaders, post officials grapple with issue of growth

    May 9, 2008

    Cooperation was in the air last week at a forum for community leaders from Lakewood, Tacoma and Fort Lewis to discuss the military installationAca,!a,,cs current and projected growth. The half-day seminar on May 1, called Aca,!A"Fort Lewis: Community Impacts of a Growth Installation,Aca,!A? attracted Washington governor Christine Gregoire to Clover Park Technical College to lend emphasis to how important she considers the impending issue.

  • Exercise tests first responders' readiness

    May 9, 2008

    Close to 2,500 people of all types Aca,!" senior staff members at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado and Army North in San Antonio, Texas Aca,!" made their way to Fort Lewis along with local first responders from the region to treat injured role players and minimize the damage of a chemical spill. Individuals with special skills and small groups in pre-configured response cells found their way to Western Washington to take part in National Level Exercise 02-08. Fort Lewis was designated as the Base Support Installation for the hands-on part of the exercise, named Ardent Sentry, which ends today.

  • Puget Sound Community Signs Covenant with Fort Lewis

    May 5, 2008

    Puget Sound community leaders joined Fort Lewis officials May 2 to sign the Army Community Covenant, a formal recognition of the relationship between Soldiers, their families and the communities surrounding post. Representatives from local cities, schools, commerce and civic organizations joined Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commanding general of I Corps and Fort Lewis, Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Grippe, command sergeant major of I Corps and Fort Lewis, and Jack Creighton, Washington State Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army at Clover Park Technical College to sign the covenant and pledge support for Fort LewisAca,!a,,c Soldiers and families.

  • AMC Band Soldier Goes Beyond the Call of Duty

    May 5, 2008

    A recent finalist of the 2007 Geico Military Service Award, Spohn serves as clarinet player and Chief, Safety Branch for the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band. The award spotlights the contributions enlisted members of the Armed Forces.

  • Fort Lewis Community Covenant signing 3

    May 2, 2008

  • Fort Lewis Community Covenant Signing 2

    May 2, 2008

  • Fort Lewis Community Covenant Signing

    May 2, 2008

  • I Corps visits battlespace, prepares for tour

    Apr 26, 2008

    I Corps leaders visited locations around Iraq April 12-16 to familiarize themselves with the area and operations in preparation for their 2009 mission here.

  • Cavalry training

    Apr 25, 2008

  • Fort Lewis family wins trip of a lifetime during sweepstakes drawing

    Apr 25, 2008

    When Cristina Aquino from Olympia was notified that her name was selected out of about 21,000 entries, she could hardly trust her ears. Aca,!A"At first, I didnAca,!a,,ct believe it,Aca,!A? she said. Aca,!A"I was very surprised.Aca,!A? Aquino was officially recognized as the Otis Trip of a Lifetime sweepstakes winner April 16 at the Fort Lewis Post Exchange.

  • Post program expands to give more spouses career training

    Apr 25, 2008

    Fort Lewis recently expanded its Military Spouse Career Account program to accommodate more spouses. The Military Spouse Career Account, an employment and training demonstration project, provides grants for spouses who want to receive training or certification in certain fields. The targeted career fields are those that are either portable, making them suitable for frequent relocation, or those deemed in high-growth industries by the Department of Labor. Four new areas of study were added to the program last week: hospitality, business management, human resources and homeland security. The original targeted career fields are: financial services, information technology, health care, education and trade industries.

  • PTSD healing process must have balance

    Apr 25, 2008

    During the Civil War it was referred to as Aca,!A"soldierAca,!a,,cs heart.Aca,!A? In WWI it was called Aca,!A"shell shock,Aca,!A? in WWII it was called Aca,!A"battle fatigue.Aca,!A? Korean War veterans were said to have Aca,!A"war neurosisAca,!A? and Vietnam veterans were diagnosed with Aca,!A"post-Vietnam syndrome.Aca,!A? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as it has become known in recent years, has affected war combatants for centuries, if not millennia, with side effects ranging from mild Aca,!" problems sleeping; certain sights, sounds or smells causing nervousness or jumpiness Aca,!" to severe Aca,!" nightmares, night sweats, being afraid to go to sleep for fear of being attacked, total lack of ability to interact with society. For years there has been a stigma about PTSD in the military; that those with it should just suck it up, and that those who seek professional help are weak. It is that mindset retired Lt. Col. Dave Grossman has spent the past decade trying to eliminate.

  • New barracks opens for post pets

    Apr 25, 2008

    Dogs and cats have a new place to call their own on Fort Lewis: The Pet Brigade Dog and Cat Barracks. The new facility opened its doors last week to the post community and took in its first four-legged clients. The barracks, Building 04907 on Pendleton Drive, North Fort; offers services like doggie day care, boarding, grooming and, in the future, training.

  • Training prepares scouts for war

    Apr 25, 2008

    While most people go out of their way to avoid situations that produce the primal fears that humans share, cavalry Soldiers faced their fears of heights, water, darkness and face-to-face combat last week Aca,!" all in a single day. Trainers named the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry RegimentAca,!a,,cs challenging event Aca,!A"Cav Stakes,Aca,!A? four days of intensive training evaluations of individual and team tasks, culminating April 17 in a day of confidence building at Lake Sequalitchew on North Fort Lewis.

  • Kansas, Kentucky Sign Compact for Military Schoolchildren

    Apr 25, 2008

    The nationAca,!a,,cs military children are one step closer to smoother school transfers, thanks to the signing of a bill by the governors of Kansas and Kentucky.

  • ARDEC Presented Baldrige Award for Innovation and Performance Excellence

    Apr 24, 2008

    The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center was presented the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award April 23. The award is the nationAca,!a,,cs highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.

  • Language program gets high marks

    Apr 18, 2008

    The next Stryker brigade scheduled to deploy from Fort Lewis is disproving the adage about too many cooks spoiling the broth. The more Aca,!A"chefsAca,!A? contributing ideas to classes for teaching Soldiers language and culture, the better it gets. The program has been so successful, in fact, that Fort LewisAca,!a,,c Language Enabled Soldier concept as executed by 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division has been briefed to the ArmyAca,!a,,cs senior intelligence officer and its methods shared with the Defense Language Institute.

  • Fort Lewis officials leverage system to lessen environmental impact

    Apr 18, 2008

    From composting and waste disposal to anti-idling campaigns and recycling, Fort Lewis is working to get all organizations on post involved in protecting the environment through its Environmental Management System. Since 2005, Fort Lewis has been working toward the goal of every organization having an EMS, a system that allows an organization to evaluate itself and create a plan to lessen its environmental impact.

  • Artillery unit goes air assault

    Apr 17, 2008

    Technology combined with old-fashioned infantry tasks last week for an intense, realistic day of training for a Fort Lewis artillery unit. Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment staged an air-assault raid April 11, banking in, landing and dashing from CH-47 Chinook helicopters to nearby buildings in Regenburg mock village to nab a high-value target. The precision strike made use of the Land Warrior System, an 11-pound equipment array worn by Soldiers, integrating radios, computers, optics and Global Positioning Systems to give them heightened situational awareness on the battlefield.

  • Fort Rucker 'douses' competition

    Apr 10, 2008

    Fort Rucker firefighters named the Large Fire Department of the Year in the Southeast Region.

  • Ingenuity keeps Apache pilots flying

    Apr 4, 2008

    Fort Rucker's Hanchey Heliport Aviation Life Support Equipment shop solved a serious problem with the sight alignment on the Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System that AH-64 Apache pilots use when flying.

  • Center Brings Lessons from Field to Soldiers

    Mar 25, 2008

    One Soldier's insight into how things can be done better in the combat zone today can save time for or the life of another Soldier in the combat zone tomorrow.

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