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  • 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:

  • 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.

  • AER Doubles Aid to Meet Rising Needs

    Mar 21, 2008

    The Army Emergency Relief program has increased the financial assistance it provides to Soldiers and Families in need by about 40 percent since 2005, according to the programAca,!a,,cs director.

  • 'Standing Tall, Cooking Good'

    Mar 19, 2008

    The 33rd U.S. Army Culinary Competition capped two weeks of intense competition, training and camaraderie with an awards ceremony held March 14 at Fort LeeAca,!a,,cs Mifflin Hall. The event, the largest of its kind in the United States, is one that aims to showcase and improve military food service skills.

  • The Way Ahead for Army Correspondence Course Program on-line testing

    Mar 17, 2008

    On Dec. 16, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Gen. William S. Wallace, directed the command, which oversees Soldier training and standards, to determine the depth of the problem associated with the Army Correspondence Course Program's (ACCP) on-line testing and take action on those issues that TRADOC controls.

  • AMC stands up provisional contracting command

    Mar 14, 2008

    With the uncasing and transfer of the flag from the commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command to its new executive director and the reading of the permanent orders, the Army Contracting Command is now a provisional major subordinate command of AMC.

  • Phenomenal Effort

    Mar 13, 2008

    Fort Rucker and Wiregrass area communities responded to a bus accident at Mateson Range Sunday, March 9. Thanks to the community response effort, within one hour of the accident, all 23 wounded Marines on board had been taken to local medical facilities.

  • Army logisticians encouraged to attend annual training workshop

    Mar 12, 2008

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Army Materiel CommandAca,!a,,cs Logistics Support Activity will host its annual worldwide logistics training workshop April 21-25 at the Sparkman Center here. This yearAca,!a,,cs workshop will provide presentations, hands-on training, workshops and exhibits on LOGSA products and services.

  • AMC to activate new Army Contracting Command (provisional)

    Mar 11, 2008

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. Aca,!" The U.S. Army Materiel Command will activate the U.S. Army Contracting Command as a provisional major subordinate command in a ceremony here March 13 at 1 p.m.

  • From C-rations to MREs...NSRDEC improves Soldier rations

    Mar 11, 2008

    The Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering CenterAca,!a,,cs Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate showcased its latest in meal technology March 5 at the Pentagon to the Secretary of the Army and guests.

  • Strykers Visit Korea

    Mar 7, 2008

    From the moment the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Div. rolled onto "Rod Range" it was not difficult to see why they Strike First and Strike Hard.Aca,!A?

  • 'Manchu' Soldiers learn Stryker tactics

    Mar 7, 2008

    Soldiers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, had the opportunity to show off their Strykers to the 2-9 Aca,!A"ManchusAca,!A?. Co. C/1-24 stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, visited Korea in support of Key Resolve. During their training, they conducted joint SergeantsAca,!a,,c time Training with the 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Feb. 21 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex.

  • Infantry-'Man's' best friend: C-21

    Mar 6, 2008

    Spc. Christopher Stanfield, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, shares his account and experience working in a Stryker unit as well as the dominance of the Stryker in a combat zone.

  • First Sergeant Course begins new era of instruction

    Feb 28, 2008

    The Army's First Sergeant Course has undergone a major change in the way the curriculum is taught. The content is more student driven and is based on lessons learned from today's battlefield. The course has also been shortened from a 21 day training schedule to a 12 day training schdule with extended class hours.

  • Revolutionary change coming to Army operations

    Feb 27, 2008

    Aca,!A"This change in operational doctrine is designed to ensure that our Soldiers have the very best tools, training and leadership they need to succeed.Aca,!A? Those are the words of Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, the commanding general of the United States Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., when describing the latest edition of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs operations manual, FM 3-0. At the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this morning, the commanding general of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. William S. Wallace unveiled the new FM 3-0, the 15th edition manual Aca,!" the first major update of Army capstone doctrine since 9/11 and the first update to the operations manual since June 14, 2001.

  • Army Unveils New Field Manual for Operations

    Feb 27, 2008

    The ArmyAca,!a,,cs new field manual for operations, FM 3-0, brings the first major update of Army capstone doctrine since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

  • Humvee rollover training prepares engineers for deployment

    Feb 21, 2008

    As Staff Sgt. Thomas Schwenkler crouched awkwardly on the ceiling of an upside down Humvee last week, he wondered why in the world his door wouldnAca,!a,,ct open.

  • Apache Helicopter Pilots Get Visual Aid

    Feb 19, 2008

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. Aca,!" Unmanned aircraft systems are giving Apache helicopter pilots a new war-fighting advantage. Apache pilots can now receive video from unmanned systems for advance targeting information without entering harmAca,!a,,cs way. Demonstrated for the first time today at the Army Aviation Senior Leaders Conference, this effort is part of a rapid acquisition program to increase interoperability.

  • Senior aviation leaders gather at Fort Rucker for annual conference

    Feb 5, 2008

    Aviation leaders met at Fort Rucker last week to discuss the health of Army Aviation.

  • This is why we watch

    Feb 5, 2008

    PFC TurnerAca,!a,,cs monthly sports column: I believe this is why we watch year in and year out. It's why we raise our children to be fans of one team as if it were a genetic trait passed through generations of ancestors. Whether you follow pro ball or college, or if you spend your Friday nights picking bubble gum off your shoes from the old rusted bleachers of a local high school, our love of the game is what separates America from the rest of the world.

  • Nominations being accepted for SDDC's 2008 Quality Award Program

    Jan 18, 2008

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. Aca,!" Nomination packages are now being accepted for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution CommandAca,!a,,cs 2008 Quality Award Program competition honoring Department of Defense approved transportation providers in all modes and services for sustained exceptional performance throughout 2007.

  • CSA visits 2ID

    Jan 1, 2008

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited with Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division and all over the peninsula during a trip to Korea Dec. 14. Casey, who has been serving as CSA for a little more than eight months, boosted the morale of many Soldiers who will be spending the holidays away from their Families.

  • Innovative science helps tankers work 'smarter not harder'

    Jan 1, 2008

    Construction was completed Nov. 20 on an Operational Preservation System for the tanks and Bradleys of the 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, the system is the first system of its kind on the peninsula and the second one for the regular Army.

  • ROKUS Special Forces

    Jul 2, 2007

    Special Operations Command Korea and Special Warfare Command of the Republic of Korea army Combined Unconventional Warfare Task Force training conference.