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  • Soldiers vie for German military proficiency badge

    May 5, 2011

    Das Abzeichen fur Leistungen im Truppendienst, or The German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, is worn normally by German soldiers, but can be earned by U.S. Soldiers of any rank. Those who successfully accomplish all the tasks qualify to wear the gold, silver or bronze award. For the soldiers of the Bundeswehr, this test is administered annually with a growing list of events.

  • Members of the JBLM Bettie Brigade roller derby league bond together and build character

    May 5, 2011

    Fishnets, glitter and straight-up aggression filled Army Family Covenant Arena last week as the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Bettie Brigade roller derby league held its first-ever interleague bout.

  • Vanpoolers become 'tight little group'

    May 5, 2011

    That's because Cotto drives a vanpool fully funded by Thurston County's public transportation system, InterCity Transit. He and six other people commute from Lacey to McChord Field each day, saving lots of money in the long run. The county provides him a credit card to pay for gas, the federal government covers the cost of the van and passengers can earn rewards just for riding in the van.

  • Lewis-Mcchord Soldiers Compete for German Badge

    May 3, 2011

    For the first time ever soldiers from various units across Joint Base Lews-McChord had the opportunity to compete for the right to wear the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, one of the few foreign badges allowed to be worn on the Army dress uniform.

  • Army Ground Forces Band alumni reunite for final concert in Atlanta

    May 3, 2011

    The Army Ground Forces Band and 53 of its alumni bid farewell to Atlanta with a reunion concert at McEachern High School Performing Arts Center, April 30. This performance was the band's last public showcase in the Atlanta area before the band moves to Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Military recognizes role of spouses

    May 3, 2011

    Today is being set aside to recognize the wives and husbands of more than one million active-duty servicemembers, Guardsmen and Reservists.

  • "There's nothing more fitting" 2-75 commander publicly recognizes rangers for valorou

    May 2, 2011

    TACOMA, Wash. - With the quiet, picturesque Puget Sound as a backdrop, members of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment were distinguished April 29 for the first time in a public setting for exceptional gallantry while engaged in recent combat operations in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Dave Hodne, the battalion commander, awarded two Bronze Stars for valor; 11 Army Commendation Medals for valor; four Joint Service Commendation Medals for valor; 16 Purple Hearts; five Orders of Saint Maurice; and one Order of Saint Martin on the stadium grounds at Stadium High School. Ten rangers who couldn't be present also received awards.

  • Army Ground Forces Band alumni reunite for final concert in Atlanta

    May 2, 2011

    The Army Ground Forces Band and 53 of its alumni bid farewell to Atlanta with a reunion concert at McEachern High School Performing Arts Center, April 30. This performance was the band's last public showcase in the Atlanta area before the band moves to Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord locals reacts to bin Laden's death

    May 2, 2011

  • Soldiers plant seeds to build bond

    May 2, 2011

    The devastation that the Korean War brought to South Korea was not limited to the lives lost in battle. The pursuit of democracy for the South left much of the country destroyed from the blasts.

  • Area IV Soldiers visit Gyeongju for a historic tour

    May 2, 2011

    The United States Army Garrison-Daegu organized a Gyeongju city tour for Area IV Soldiers April 20. The tour offered a break from the KATUSA Friendship Week, April 18-22.

  • Sports competition strengthens alliance KATUSA Friendship Week attracts Soldiers to the courts

    May 2, 2011

    Players huddle together as sweat beads drip from their faces and they lose their individual identities. They are no longer identified as U.S. or KATUSA Soldiers, but instead are members of a team competing for trophies and unit bragging rights.

  • Troops in Afghanistan watch news about Osama Bin Laden's death

    May 2, 2011

    U.S. Servicemembers watch on television as President Barack Obama talks about the details of the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden, inside the USO at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, May 2, 2011.

  • Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines enjoy Fun, Fishing, Fellowship at annual N.C. event

    May 1, 2011

    The 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Bass Tournament was held at Jordan Lake, N.C., April 29, 2011. The event, sponsored by local, regional and national businesses and individuals from across the United States gave more than 150 service members the opportunity to develop their angling skills under the watchful eye of an equal number of professional bass anglers and other dedicated fisherman. The "catch and release" protocol followed ensured the great majority of gamefish caught were returned to the lake, where they will continue to grow and propagate the species.

  • I Corps builds physically, emotionally strong 'tactical athletes'

    Apr 30, 2011

    In what was an unusually warm and rain-free Washington morning, the I Corps command sergeant major and 21 command sergeants major from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, came together for a physical training session April 29, 2011, dubbed the Physical Mentally Emotionally Hard Gauntlet.

  • Officers interested in becoming military science professors may compete this summer

    Apr 28, 2011

    Active duty and Active Guard Reserve lieutenant colonels and majors interested in becoming professors of military science need to have their master's or higher degree by May 31, 2011, to be considered for positions in the August board at U.S. Army Human Resources Command.

  • Battlefield surveillance units share experiences at symposium

    Apr 28, 2011

    The 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade recently hosted the third annual BfSB Symposium at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. More than 100 personnel attended from the three active-duty and the seven National Guard BfSBs in the Army. Even the commander of 504th BfSB returned to JBLM for the intel conference from Afghanistan.

  • 9-1-1 phone service consolidation improves access

    Apr 28, 2011

    A major consolidation of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord 9-1-1 call answering service took place early Wednesday morning and because everything went according to plan, no one noticed the change. Now, those calling 9-1-1 for any reason from either Lewis or McChord will talk to an operator at the Emergency Communications Center near the new Fire Station on Lewis-Main.

  • Volunteers join forces for Earth Week

    Apr 28, 2011

  • Spinal muscular atrophy doesn't stop Harvard-bound Lakes senior

    Apr 28, 2011

    She's been accepted to four Ivy League universities. She's also been in a wheelchair since she was 5 years old.

  • Warriors on the Water - Soldiers, Anglers, Heroes Meet

    Apr 28, 2011

    The Fort Bragg, N.C. community came together during the the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Icebreaker Gathering, April 27, 2011 at Fort Bragg, N.C. More than 400 sponsors, professional and amateur bass anglers, boaters and servicemember "co-anglers" from Fort Bragg, Pope Field, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station and other locations, were in attendance at the opening ceremony for this year's event which culminates on Friday, April 29, with a fishing tournament at Jordan Lake, N.C. More than 150 donated boats are expected to be on the waters for a full day of bass fishing.

  • DFACs bring troops better breakfast item

    Apr 28, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (April 28, 2011)-Hungry troops found a new item on post dining facility menus Friday morning.

  • Army's first female Quartermaster General pins on star

    Apr 28, 2011

    Hundreds packed the Lee Club to witness a longtime Fort Lee community member pin on her first star during a ceremony Friday.

  • Army seeking 'frank' Soldier feedback on power sources

    Apr 27, 2011

    The "Power Sources Feedback" user group is designed so that Warfighters can share frank observations and recommendations directly with CERDEC Army Power engineers as they prepare to host the Joint Services Power Expo, May 2-5, 2011, at the Myrtle Beach, S.C., Convention Center.

  • New Army Chief of Staff speaks, gives awards at Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan

    Apr 23, 2011

    New Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey presented awards to 13 Soldiers while visiting troops at NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, Camp Eggers, April 21. Dempsey - the Army's 37th Chief of Staff and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - listened to troops and answered their questions at a "town hall" meeting during his first visit to Afghanistan. Then he surprised Soldiers by presenting them with medals for accomplishments impacting Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • First stop: 37th Chief of Staff of the Army visits troops in Iraq

    Apr 22, 2011

    The Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, made his first visit to Iraq since being sworn in on April 11. The general met with more than 70 service members in the Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, April 20.

  • JBLM reforestation project replants 120 acres with more than 80,000 seedlings

    Apr 21, 2011

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., last month had more than 20,000 Douglas fir, Western Red cedar and Ponderosa pine seedlings planted on a 30-acre tract of clear-cut terrain that was logged in 2008 because laminated wood rot had targeted the plot's Douglas fir.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord new housing project in progress

    Apr 21, 2011

    Clayton is just one of several new residents of McChord's newest development. Residential Communities Division broke ground last year and has completed 26 of 62 Cascade Village duplexes and single-family homes on McChord Field. All 26 homes are currently occupied.

  • Soldiers with 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment work to overcome fear

    Apr 21, 2011

    The fear of drowning affects many people, but the Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment overcome that fear by training in pools at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to prepare for the remote chance of water ditching.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord wins three environmental honors

    Apr 21, 2011

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord was recently chosen as a pilot site for two of the Army's Net Zero projects, adding to the installation's recent environmental winning streak.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord Sportman's Club fosters supportive atmosphere

    Apr 21, 2011

    Families looking for an inexpensive way to spend quality time this summer should check out the McChord Field Sportsman's Club. Offering skeet, trap and archery, the not-for-profit club provides servicemembers and their families hours of entertainment for what club officials say is one of the cheapest places in the state to shoot archery targets or clay pigeons.

  • FORSCOM Forward OIC addresses North Carolina Defense Business Association Symposium and Exposition

    Apr 20, 2011

    Ronna Garrett, officer in charge of U.S. Army Forces Command Forward, gave the keynote address to attendees at the North Carolina Defense Business Association Symposium and Exposition during their luncheon session at Pinehurst, N.C., April 20, 2011. In telling them about the Base Realignment and Closure-directed relocation of FORSCOM & U.S. Army Reserve Command Headquarters to Fort Bragg, N.C., Garrett explained that the three guiding considerations in accomplishing the move have been to maintain continuity of operations, retain or recruit a highly capable workforce and take care of people as they make the move and settle in. FORSCOM is moving from Fort McPherson, Ga., in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) legislation.

  • Astronaut Now On Earthly Mission

    Apr 20, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Col. Doug Wheelock's six-month deployment to the International Space Station has ended with a down-to-earth mission.

  • Supplying excellence, sustaining the force

    Apr 20, 2011

    Regardless of where they're fighting, operating or training, Soldiers require supplies to accomplish their mission. The Supply Excellence Award recognizes those who keep the Army moving by providing superior supply operations for the active Army, National Guard and Reserve components. The SEA program started in 1986 to highlight the critical role sustainers play in supporting the warfighter. The purpose is to increase the logistical readiness of all Army units; enforce the Command Supply Discipline Program; encourage the use of available resources; and provide a structure for recognition of group and individual initiatives.

  • Secretary of Army awards 'best Ranger'

    Apr 18, 2011

    The "super team" of Sgt. Maj. Walter Zajkowski and Master Sgt. Eric Turk are the winners of the 2011 Best Ranger Competition. At an awards ceremony today at Freedom Hall, Secretary of the Army John McHugh congratulated the teams on their accomplishment.

  • Photo gallery: 2011 Best Ranger Competition Day 1

    Apr 15, 2011

    Fifty teams kicked off the 28th annual Best Ranger Competition with a three-mile buddy run before dawn today. The teams head into a foot movement and canoe race to round out the morning. Events are scheduled around the clock, with teams moving to the firing ranges in the afternoon to conduct machine gun and moving target events before heading out for day orienteering, fast-rope insertion and their first obstacle course. The day ends with teams navigating an approximately ten mile night orienteering course well into the early hours of Day 2. "It's the greatest thing in the Army ... I look forward to it each year," said retired Col. Ralph Puckett, a former Ranger and two-time Distinguished Service Cross recipient who will be on the sidelines throughout most of the competition. "When you come out to Benning, you walk with giants. They're not rock stars, they're not sports heroes, they're not actors playing Soldiers. They're the real deal."

  • Best Ranger Competition kicks off with run

    Apr 15, 2011

    Fifty teams kicked off the 28th annual Best Ranger Competition with a three-mile buddy run before dawn today. The teams head into a foot movement and canoe race to round out the morning. Events are scheduled around the clock, with teams moving to the firing ranges in the afternoon to conduct machine gun and moving target events before heading out for day orienteering, fast-rope insertion and their first obstacle course. The day ends with teams navigating an approximately ten mile night orienteering course well into the early hours of Day 2.

  • FORSCOM band pursues professional development with major music industry trainer

    Apr 15, 2011

    The Army Ground Forces Band's Brass Brigade and Loose Cannons are always looking to take their performances to a higher level. One way these members of the U.S. Army Forces Command's band have sought to do that was by having Tom Jackson Productions of Nashville, Tenn., come here for a two-day training session, April 13-14. Tom Jackson Productions states that its mission is to help build artists' live music shows, taking their performances from good to great.

  • JBLM group helping to increase awareness about autism

    Apr 14, 2011

    The scene from the 1988 movie "Rain Man" is memorable to say the least. But those who experience autism on a daily basis know the limits to this view, and are working to spread awareness of the realities of the condition, particularly during Autism Awareness Month in April.

  • New housing project to begin in May at JBLM

    Apr 14, 2011

    One way the Army keeps its promise is by building new homes to meet the needs and desires of servicemembers and their families. Thanks to a partnership between Equity Residential and the Army, through the initiative, "Grow the Army," more than 250 homes are being built on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

  • Nightstalkers honored for courageous action

    Apr 14, 2011

    The still classified action resulted in awards to the participants of 18 Distinguished Flying Crosses, among the highest given by the Army, and two Air Medals for Valor - a medal for every U.S. crewmember involved. Eight of the DFCs were presented at a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday.

  • Battling cancer, Soldier continues to care for others

    Apr 14, 2011

    "I was just going, and I knew I was going," said Staff Sgt. Sandy Prouty-Lemley, a Warrior with Alpha Company. She was losing her battle with cancer in September 2010. The avid food lover couldn't keep on weight and her blood pressure had plummeted.

  • Fort Lee chooses 'Ultimate Warrior'

    Apr 14, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (April 14, 2011) -- When he sent Sgt. Don Drivas to the Ultimate Warrior Competition, 1st Sgt. LaDerek Green knew it would make him a better Soldier and leader, and he hoped it might steer him down a career-changing path.

  • Former Chief Of Military Justice Always Went Extra Mile

    Apr 13, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--She was a dedicated Soldier who voluntarily deployed to Afghanistan, a hard-working lawyer, a prosecutor, a devoted wife and an avid runner.

  • Health Center Celebrates Facelift's Finish

    Apr 13, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Fox Army Health Center has a new face. Team Redstone and the greater Huntsville healthcare community gathered April 4 to celebrate the completion of the health center's front entrance renovations, an achievement for Fox, where wellness is as evident in the aesthetics of the building as it is in the doctors, nurses, patients and staff that inhabit it.

  • U.S.-Friendly Buys Are Big Business

    Apr 13, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--"Selling" the idea of foreign ownership of U.S. hardware is easy in the worldwide market. The reputation of high quality missile and aviation systems combined with the best technical, maintenance, training and logistics support makes the Army's equipment a popular commodity among U.S. allies.

  • Citing Those Who Best Serve Troops

    Apr 13, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--On a night when everyone was congratulating Lars Ericsson on his win as the top Department of the Army civilian at Redstone Arsenal, this chief scientist could only think about the Soldiers who have put his organization's unmanned aircraft systems to good use in theater.

  • Redstone reaches out to detect radiation in Japan

    Apr 13, 2011

    A bit of Redstone Arsenal technology is now on the ground in Japan, helping to ensure the safety of Soldiers and other U.S. government personnel entering radiation contaminated areas of the country -- known as the Warm Zone and the Hot Zone -- to conduct search and rescue, and health and safety missions.

  • Serving the Army for more than half a century

    Apr 12, 2011

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (April 7, 2011) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) G-4 Senior Logistics Management Officer Charles "Chuck" D. Starcher received honors during a retirement ceremony here in the FORSCOM Headquarters building for more than a half century of service to the U.S. Army. Starcher will conclude nearly 53 years of combined military and civilian service upon officially retiring July 30, 2011. Maj. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, FORSCOM G4, hosted the ceremony and rendered remarks pertaining to Starcher's career accomplishments. "We are a better Army and we are a better G4 team because of your service," said Mason. "To the family, we owe you a debt of gratitude that our nation can not ever pay."

  • The "Girls next door"

    Apr 11, 2011

    Story on Filmmaker JulieHera DeStefano, as she spent several months in Afghanistan to chronicle the lives of female servicemembers in a combat environment, and the transitions they make back home.

  • Avoided shutdown reinforces need for financial planning

    Apr 11, 2011

    The avoided government shutdown serves as a stark reminder for the need to save money for a rainy day.

  • Peer Programs Welcome Newcommers To Local Schools

    Apr 8, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The places Melissa Dryer has lived reads like an atlas. New York, Alaska, Tennessee, Texas, California, Iowa, North Carolina, Louisiana - the 17-year-old has called them all home as a military child.

  • Bicentennial Chapel Grows Faith Through Youth Outreach

    Apr 8, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Some members of Club H2O can't even begin to count the number of moves they've made as military children, but through the work of Bicentennial Chapel, they have learned that the one thing they can count on is God.

  • 'It Was A Great Way Of Life For Us'

    Apr 8, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Traveling and adventure mixed with parental absences and changes in residence define the life of a military-connected child.

  • Paper doll teaches students about Soldier's life

    Apr 8, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--During a two-year stint, a little paper doll visited several different countries and U.S. cities in the ammo pouch of Lt. Col. Sean Clark's uniform.

  • Conference looks to future of Army training

    Apr 8, 2011

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- Army leaders see a need to change the way Soldiers fight and how they learn to fight. Gone are the days when generals send divisions into battle - today's battles require quick action and reaction of Soldiers and leaders at the lowest level.

  • Fort Lee holds warm-up to Best Warrior Competition

    Apr 7, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (April 7, 2011) -- For the past eight years, Fort Lee has played host to the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition, an event that showcases Soldier skills. That tradition continued this week with the sixth Ultimate Warrior Competition, the Combined Arms Support Command's version of the event that determines its representatives for the next level of Best Warrior Competition at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Ultimate Warrior kicked off Monday and concluded Wednesday with an awards ceremony. Sgt. Don Drivas of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, CASCOM claimed the top trophy. Seventeen Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from Fort Lee's Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation Schools participated in the event as well as Fort Jackson's (S.C.) Soldier Support Institute. They competed as the advanced individual training Platoon Sergeant of the Year, NCO of the Year, Soldier of the Year, NCO Career Counselor of the Year, Retention NCO of the Year and NCO Instructor of the Year for their respective units. The Ultimate Warrior contestants demonstrated their command of various skills in events such as the Army Physical Fitness Test, Urban Warfare and Orienteering Course, weapons qualification, combatives and various Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, those skills the Army deems necessary for combat survival. The Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition is scheduled to take place at Fort Lee in October.

  • JBLM fire inspector to play for Wounded Warrior Amputee softball team

    Apr 7, 2011

    David Van Sleet, Veterans Affairs Southwest prosthetics manager and softball coach, sent out an announcement of a Congressionally funded training camp through the VA and Wounded Warrior Project Alumni databases seeking athletic, competitive amputee veterans with softball or baseball experience. He selected Will Silva, a fire prevention officer from JBLM, and 19 others from 200 applicants to participate in a spring softball training camp last month at the University of Arizona.

  • MPs test drive new armored security vehicles

    Apr 7, 2011

    Soldiers of 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division's Military Police platoon trained on their new M-1117 Armored Security Vehicles for two weeks, and tested them on ranges here, Monday and Tuesday.

  • JBLM Kids Fest celebrates military children with time-machine theme

    Apr 7, 2011

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord families jump-started the Month of the Military Child with Kids Fest on March 31. The annual event lets the JBLM community show its support for military children and get creative at the same time.

  • It's All in the Details

    Apr 7, 2011

    With major elements of the FORSCOM/USARC Combined Headquarters Construction Project well on the way to completion, much of the attention is now on the finer details and finish work necessary to bring work on the 631,000 sq. ft., $302M facility to a close. With more than 1.3 million "craft hours" safely logged, 1.2M sq. ft. of drywall installed and 18.5 million linear ft. of power and communications cable run, the project is moving towards a scheduled turnover to the U.S. Army on June 21.

  • Soldier 360 provides Resiliency training to Soldiers, spouses in Europe

    Apr 7, 2011

    NCOs unanimously say the Soldier 360, a comprehensive, leader's fitness course that instills tactics, techniques and procedures for becoming a better leader, has changed the way they see themselves and given them the tools they need to mentor others.

  • Celebrating Month of the Military Child: Raising strong kids year round

    Apr 7, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Army first observed the Month of the Military Child in 1986, to honor the youngest members of the Army community.

  • AUSA Redstone Chapter - Finalist in the Professional/Technical Category

    Apr 6, 2011

    AUSA Redstone Chapter held its DA Civilian of the Year Awards Dinner 5 April, at the Von Braun Civics Center, Huntsville, Alabama. Mrs. Dana Osborne, UAS Project Office, was selected as the DA Civilian of the Year Honoree in the Professional/Technical Category, topping 5 other nominees.

  • AUSA DA Civilian of the Year - Redstone Chapter Award Recipient

    Apr 6, 2011

    Sixteen men and women were nominated by colleagues in their commands or agencies for the 2011 Civilian of the Year awards in three categories. Lars Ericsson was the selected as the DA Civilian of the Year - AUSA Redstone Chapter and also the honoree in the Executive/Management category.

  • FORSCOM band members train student musicians

    Apr 5, 2011

    Students from the East Lincoln Middle School band traveled from Iron City, N.C., to listen and learn in master classes and a performances conducted by the U.S. Army Forces CommandAca,!a,,cs Army Ground Forces Band.

  • JBLM reminisces in honor of Women's History Month

    Apr 4, 2011

    Soldiers and Airmen of Joint Base Lewis-McChord came togheter to celebrate Women's History Month; "Our History is our Strength!"

  • MTT trains 29 new Pathfinders at JBLM

    Apr 4, 2011

    The MTT brings training to a local unit or base and saves the Army money by bring the training to the local unit.

  • Tricky course tests riders' skill at JBLM

    Mar 31, 2011

    For servicemembers and civilians at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, this morning was all about being challenged during the Xtreme Mountain Bike race, hosted by the JBLM Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate, March 26.

  • Young JBLM cooks represent at competition

    Mar 31, 2011

    Though they fell short of the major awards at the 16th annual event - the top three spots went to Team Pentagon, Fort Bragg and Team Coast Guard - the relatively inexperienced JBLM team walked away with 24 medals out of 27 opportunities.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosts Army Pathfinder school

    Mar 31, 2011

    After a three-week course run by a Mobile Training Team from Fort Benning, Ga., 29 out of 80 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers who began the training can now call themselves Pathfinders.

  • Fort Lee hosts Women's History Month observance

    Mar 31, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 31, 2011) -- Historic re-enactors, poetry readings and the observations of a Gold Star Mother were the highlights of a Women's History Month observance here Monday in the Transportation School auditorium

  • Operation Pacific Passage relocates 2,100 families

    Mar 31, 2011

    More than 2,100 family members stationed at military bases throughout Japan transitioned through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to safe haven locations in the United States last month as part of Operation Pacific Passage.

  • Group members raise money for families in Japan

    Mar 31, 2011

  • Cancer Survivors Make Connection Online

    Mar 30, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Jody Hicks was looking for a battle buddy. When the diagnosis came - Hodgkins lymphoma - five years ago, Hicks, a self-described type A personality and retired Army aviator went into control mode.

  • Post Exchange Employees Deploy To Serve

    Mar 30, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--They live to serve Soldiers. For Mina Clay, Kathy Foote, Montina Hoefler, Sonia Lebron and Wendy Smith, working as Army & Air Force Exchange Service employees at the Post Exchange affords them the opportunity to thank Soldiers for the work that they do. But for this group of five, thanking them stateside wasn't enough - instead they decided to deploy with the Soldiers they serve day in and day out to fully show their gratitude.

  • Parades Open April's Month Of Military Child

    Mar 30, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--April is the Month of the Military Child. Kickoff parades will be held Friday at both child development centers. The Mills Road center will have its ribbon-cutting event at 9 a.m., followed by the Goss Road center's event at 10. Garrison commander Col. John Hamilton will deliver remarks.

  • Local Students Draw Experience From Art

    Mar 30, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Several times a year, Team Redstone holds heritage celebrations at Bob Jones Auditorium. These celebrations recognize a diverse aspect of American society and history such as Native American or African-American history month. An important part of the heritage month celebrations is the student artwork contest. The contest gives local student artists the opportunity to compete and have their artwork seen by a large audience.

  • 'I'm Doing Exactly What I'm Supposed To Be Doing'

    Mar 30, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--There are a lot of connections that bring recently elected District 2 state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw back to Redstone Arsenal. Holtzclaw, a retired Marine war veteran, was introduced to Redstone twice during his military career -- first in 1983 as a private who came here for ammunition specialist training at the Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School and, second, in 1999 as the officer-in-charge of the Marine Corps Detachment.

  • Balance Brings Award For AMCOM Deputy

    Mar 30, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--For Ronnie Chronister, it's all about balance. From the way a person lives their life to the type of employees who work in an office, Chronister believes balance should rule the day.

  • Thanking A Few Good Enterprising Employees

    Mar 30, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--As these planning meetings go, the Aviation and Missile Materiel Enterprise Strategic Review didn't break any rules - senior leaders of different organizations within the enterprise spoke bluntly of challenges they face while their peers listened intently and solutions were considered. But the schedule did veer a little off onto the unbeaten path right after lunch March 23 at the Von Braun Center, when the Army Materiel Command's commander Gen. Ann Dunwoody and Dr. Malcolm O'Neill, the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, recognized a small group of Aviation and Missile Materiel Enterprise employees.

  • Employees Make Difference For AMC

    Mar 30, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Despite the demands of two wars, budget issues, an Army in transformation and moving its headquarters from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Redstone Arsenal, AMC continues to provide its customer - the war fighter - with the best equipment and support, said AMC commander Gen. Ann Dunwoody.

  • Black Hawks Fly To Help Japan

    Mar 30, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Black Hawks have long been viewed as "freedom flyers" in countries where the Army uses utility helicopters for medical, search and rescue, transport and combat missions in support of troops on the ground. But since the March 11 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, two of those "freedom flyers" have become symbolic with emergency assistance to this nation's people, who have been crushed by the two overwhelming natural disasters.

  • "It's not just looking in a book..." Hands-on classes give clarity to senior NCOs on

    Mar 29, 2011

    Subject-matter experts on the new fitness program from the Henry H. Lind NCO Academy at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., formally introduced seasoned NCOs to the ins and outs of PRT March 23-25 during a hands-on, "train-the-trainer" course designed to equip leaders with the skills to incorporate new PRT-based training programs into their units' schedules.

  • Mountain Bike race

    Mar 29, 2011

    For Servicemembers and civilians at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, this morning was all about being challenged during the Xtreme Mountain Bike race, hosted by the JBLM Morale, Welfare and Recreation March 26. Forty members of the local community, broken down into three categories, Recreational, Beginner and Sport, all were challenged during a 10 to 40 kilometer cross-country race over hills and muddy trails.

  • Army, Construction team celebrate progress, prepare for "Race to the Finish" at FORSCOM/US

    Mar 29, 2011

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 28, 2011) - "Gentlemen - start your engines!" On command, engines from three stock cars rumbled to life as Art Chambers, safety manager, Hensel Phelps Construction Co., kicked off the "Race to the Finish" celebration here, March 24. As hundreds of craft workers, project leaders and representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gathered to mark a significant safety milestone, quality, and progress as work on the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)/U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) Combined Headquarters Project nears completion.

  • DPW team tours FORSCOM/USARC building to assess custodial and recycling needs

    Mar 29, 2011

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (March 29, 2011) Aca,!" Representatives of the Fort Bragg Department of Public Works took a familiarization tour March 28 of the new U.S. Army Forces Command/U.S. Army Reserve Command Combined Headquarters in order to determine custodial, recycling and other contractual requirements. Aca,!A"This was very useful because it gave us a better handle on the scale of the support needed and on the various materials used in the building than we could get from just looking at floor plans,Aca,!A? said Aaron Brown, operations officer for the DPW Operations and Maintenance Division. FORSCOM and USARC personnel will begin occupying the building in late June.

  • Gold Star Families take relaxing pit stop at Victory Junction

    Mar 29, 2011

    Gold Star families retreat to Victory Junction in Randleman, N.C. for some fun and relaxation.

  • FORSCOM, INSCOM discuss ways to enhance partnership

    Mar 28, 2011

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Mar. 24, 2011) - With an anticipated decision that will promote a closer working relationship between the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) and U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), the two commands met here today to discuss ways to optimize the processes that man, train, equip, certify, mobilize, deploy, and support military intelligence forces in support of Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN). The meeting was held in the FORSCOM Kerwin Conference Room and provided the respective staffs of each command the opportunity to meet and brief each other. The purpose of the meeting and briefings was to educate both staffs on each others' roles supporting ARFORGEN, and to solidify unofficial, and pending official, alignments to optimize support to intelligence readiness.

  • Army language, culture training 'revolutionary'

    Mar 28, 2011

    In October of 2010, the Army took a huge new step with language and culture training: a six-to-eight hour online course became mandatory for all Soldiers, reservists and Department of the Army civilians before they deployed.

  • FORSCOM band commander reaches out to unit's new hometown community

    Mar 27, 2011

    FORSCOM's Army Ground Forces Band commander, Maj. Treg Ancelet, met while here on a March 24-25 visit with arts/music program directors in the Sand Hills area schools and with the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County and the Veterans Affairs Hospital volunteer service chief. He introduced the band to them, explained how community outreach is an important part of Army bands' mission, and discussed future performance possibilities. Ancelet also checked on the progress of the construction of the band's new training facility, which is proceeding on schedule.The band will move here in June from Fort McPherson, Ga., with its parent unit, Army Forces Command, in compliance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) legislation. It will be ready to take on musical missions beginning Aug. 1.

  • New spouse resiliency academy offers holistic fitness program for families

    Mar 25, 2011

    Building resilience into the Army team, from Soldiers to spouses to children, is now taking center stage at most Army installations. In that spirit, Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Army Community Services has launched the new spouse resiliency academy, using civilian and military master resilience trainers as part of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program for spouses. The academy develops and institutes a holistic fitness program for families to enhance performance and build resilience. Like Soldiers, the spouse resiliency academy offer spouses detailed knowledge and learning opportunities on the six competencies associated with resilience: self-awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental agility, strength of character and staying connected. Spouses learn specific skills within each competency to identify strengths in themselves and others to overcome challenges and build effective families.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord powerlifter adds to record total

    Mar 25, 2011

    Retired Master Sgt. Leamon Woodley competed in the 2011 Washington State Powerlifting, Bench Press and Deadlift Championship in Tumwater, Wash., March 5 and 6, and set two national records.

  • Leaders Visit as Fort Bragg BRAC Preparations Continue

    Mar 25, 2011

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -Civilian leaders representing the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) G3/5/7 Directorate traveled to Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall, N.C., March 23, for a first-hand look at temporary and permanent workspaces being readied for the relocation of the command's headquarters in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Legislation.

  • Lee ACS on front lines of transformation

    Mar 24, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 24, 2011) -- Fort Lee is on the front lines of an Installation Management Command Army Community Service transformation initiative that is meant to improve the delivery of support services to military families

  • Leadership guru to vist Army Logistics University

    Mar 24, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 24, 2011) -Ori Brafman, a New York Times best-selling author and a major contributor to the Army Starfish Program, will be the featured speaker at an April 11 professional development event starting at 2 p.m. in the Fort Lee Theater. All active duty and reserve military members and interested government civilian personnel are invited to attend.

  • Unmanned Aircraft Soar Into Future Roles

    Mar 24, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--The message came across loud and clear - unmanned aircraft systems are here to stay in the Department of Defense's joint forces fleet. From keynote presenter Dr. Steve Messervy of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command to Navy Capt. Gregory McGuire of the Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence, the speakers at the Pathfinder Symposium sponsored by Pathfinder Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Systems International at the Von Braun Center on March 16-17 reviewed technologies and new initiatives that will grow the role of unmanned aircraft systems across the services. The theme of the symposium was Unmanned Systems - A Roadmap to the Future.

  • Leaving With Gratitude For Community

    Mar 24, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--The Marines are marching on. And their presence at Redstone Arsenal will be sorely missed. Gone will be the young Marine privates anxious to make a good impression in their first-ever ammunition training class. Gone will be the Marine instructors who know what it takes to be the best ammunition tech in the military. Gone will be the units of Marines marching between classes, their barracks and the dining facility in the Arsenal's Gate 10 area.

  • Army leaders to focus on efforts to sustain Reserve Components as part of Total Army Force, cooperat

    Mar 24, 2011

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (March 24, 2011) - More than 200 senior Army leaders, commanders and their staff members from at least 30 states and territories will meet soon at Camp Robinson, near Little Rock, Ark., to discuss Army readiness priorities, involving the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve forces. Their focus, "Sustaining the Reserve Components as part of the Total Force"," will detail discussions about the latest lessons learned and best practices to prepare units, Soldiers and their Families for war-time deployments; share how to better reset units upon their return; and preview innovative planning methods to provide these forces more stable, predictable deployment cycles in the future.

  • AFAP conference delegates in Atlanta surveyed about knowledge of Army Force Generation

    Mar 23, 2011

    ATLANTA, Ga. (Mar. 23, 2011) - About 50 delegates from U.S. Forces Command (FORSCOM) units nationwide here for the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference took part in a survey to gauge their knowledge of Army Force Generation. Consisting of 15 questions, the survey was conducted using FORSCOM's Survey Response System (SRS) that features automated anonymous response technology. This is done by providing each survey participant with a wireless, interactive, remote response device use to give quick, real-time answers to each question. The anonymity of the system makes participants more apt to offer honest feedback, said Lt. Col. Nicole Parker, chief of FORSCOM Public Affairs' Strategic Communication Team. The purpose of this particular survey was to help improve the qualitative and quantitative research about the effectiveness of Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) strategic communication efforts. The FORSCOM AFAP Conference delegates were chosen to take part in the survey, because they represented a broad, Command-wide audience.

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