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  • 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.

  • JBLM Impacts World Aid

    Mar 23, 2011

    over 900 family members passed through the Joint Reception Coordination Center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from Japan, March 22, as part of Operation Pacific Passage.

  • The 27th Annual Army Family Action Plan Conference identifies 16 new quality-of-life issues

    Mar 22, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- Earlier this month, I discussed the progress we made resolving 17 of 40 quality-of-life issues at the AFAP General Officer Steering Committee held in February.

  • Lewis-McChord assists family members back from Japan

    Mar 22, 2011

    An influx of people arriving this week at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from the earthquake and tsunami-ravaged country of Japan have prompted a multi-agency response by the federal government.

  • Wiercinski returns to Hawaii, assumes command of USARPAC

    Mar 21, 2011

    Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli passed command of U.S. Army Pacific from Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon to Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski during a change of command ceremony March 21, on historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

  • Female aviators defy reported odds

    Mar 21, 2011

    According to a study released earlier this month by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, women account for only 16 percent of leadership positions in the military - a seemingly staggering statistic to release during National Women's History Month. The numbers aren't so shocking when compared to the overall statistic of women serving in the military, which is 16.4 percent, according to a Sept. 30 report released by the Department of Defense.

  • CASCOM is app-solutely amazing

    Mar 18, 2011

    A small group of tech-savvy personnel from the Technology Integration Branch at the Combined Arms Support Command is leading the way in the development and implementation of applications for the military.

  • Votes are in: AFAP issues prioritized, presented to FORSCOM's senior leaders

    Mar 18, 2011

    The U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) 2011 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference concluded Friday with the selection of five quality-of-life issues for referral to the senior leaders of the Army's largest organization for further consideration.

  • 56th Army Band NCO earns top award

    Mar 17, 2011

    Baker's energy and ability to carry a tune that can send anyone's feet tapping are just two of many characteristics that earned her, "Army Band Junior NCO of the Year." The clarinetist with Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 56th Army Band was nominated by her leadership and selected from more than 50 other applicants Armywide.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness takes off at JBLM with master resilience assistants training

    Mar 17, 2011

    The Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. has been a driving force in his push for every Soldier to be resilient and ready for the nation's next war. To do that, he asked the University of Pennsylvania and senior Army leaders to design a comprehensive plan that maximizes Soldiers' mettle, mind and mental thinking and focuses on the five dimensions of strength: physical, spiritual, emotional, social and family performance levels by providing individually tailored skill training that leads to a balanced, healthy, self-confident force.

  • Three JBLM captains earn MacArthur Leadership awards

    Mar 17, 2011

    Captain Zach Corke, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Capt. Robert Snyder III, 1st Special Forces Group, and Capt. Derek Noel, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, received the MacArthur Leadership Award for 2010, given each year to company grade officers and warrant officers who live up to General Douglas MacArthur's ideals of duty, honor and country. "The driving force was to establish an award to recognize the future leaders of the United States Army," Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation Executive Director William J. Davis said.

  • Officials praise transition to joint base

    Mar 16, 2011

    Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack and Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics Terry A. Yonkers spent March 9 and 10 touring the installation, talking to Soldiers and Airmen and identifying best practices.

  • Redstone Arsenal Leads the Way for Unmanned Aircraft Flights within the National Airspace

    Mar 15, 2011

    In a manned aircraft, the pilot uses his eyes and brain to see and avoid other aircraft that he encounters during his flight. USAIC is designing an integrated system that uses ground-based sensors and associated components to "sense and avoid" these same aircraft. In essence, the GBSAA system will replace the pilot's eyes and his ability to make decisions to safely avoid other aircraft. PM UAS and USAIC serve as Office of the Secretary of Defense Task Force Lead's on working with FAA to pave a path to unmanned aircraft flight within the National Airspace.

  • JBLM program recycles bottle caps to protect the environment

    Mar 10, 2011

    At about the same time, Edna Iris De Rosa started encouraging children at JBLM's North Fort Youth Center, where she was working as a child and youth program assistant, to hang on to their bottle caps rather than throw them away. They collected them all summer long - and when she transferred to North Fort Child Development Center in January, the kids kept going.

  • They get one shot: Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosts Expert Field Medical Badge

    Mar 10, 2011

    A warrior focus marks Expert Field Medical Badge training and testing, held this year on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. More than 300 Soldiers from at least 10 different units representing installations across the country are competing for the coveted badge, which on average less than one in five candidates will earn.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord retreat offers single parents quality time with children, chance to recharg

    Mar 10, 2011

    Strong Bonds is a chaplain-led program designed to build resiliency by connecting family members through relationship education and skills training. Last week's retreat focused on challenges Soldiers endure daily as single parents, while giving them an opportunity to bond with their children in a fun environment relatively close to home.

  • Army teams up with Air Force to load C-17s in joint base effort

    Mar 10, 2011

    Soldiers from the 80th Ordnance Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, took the 62nd Airlift Wing's challenge last week, hauling out a 600-pound-capacity Laundry Advance System and a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit.

  • Rookie culinary contestants gain eye-opening, fruitful experience

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 10, 2010) -- The first time at culinary arts competitions is always the most trying. A generous helping of anxiety, expectation and general uncertainty loom in a significant way. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Wisniewski remembers the emotions well.

  • New culinary training extension opens at Fort Lee

    Mar 9, 2011

    Featuring modern classrooms and state-of-the-art cooking and baking labs, a new building extension for the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence was officially opened at Fort Lee, Va., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

  • Culinary kid shares kitchen with Top chefs

    Mar 9, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 10, 2011) -- For the past two weeks, the 36th Annual Culinary Arts Competition has been home to the military's most talented and passionate chefs, and one culinary kid who has an appetite for becoming a chef.

  • Culinary Arts Competition: art of ice

    Mar 8, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 8, 2011) -- The 36th Annual Culinary Arts Competition is in its 11th day and the competition has heated up with the exception of the ice carving competition. It is one of the few events within the competition that doesn't require some sort of heating element. Several teams entered the event, sculpturing everything from Bugs Bunny to dragons. The U.S. Army Quartermaster School's Joint Culinary Center of Excellence hosts the Culinary Arts Competition. It includes competitors from all five Armed Services, who compete, attend classes in the culinary arts and interact with their peers. The American Culinary Federation-sanctioned event is the largest of its kind in North America.

  • Stryker unit conducts live fire exercise in South Korea

    Mar 8, 2011

    NIGHTMARE RANGE, South Korea - A U.S. Army Stryker unit engaged and destroyed targets here at this South Korean live fire range March 7 during Exercise Foal Eagle.

  • Construction of FORSCOM's band building marches ahead

    Mar 7, 2011

    Already more than 65 percent complete, the FORSCOM Army Ground Forces BandAca,!a,,cs new training facility is moving ahead right on schedule for a late June handover. During separate visits in February, Maj. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, commander of the South Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Col. Jeffrey M. Hall, commander and district engineer for the USACEAca,!a,,cs Savannah District, expressed their satisfaction with the progress and the quality of the construction project. An aerial view of the site shows clearly how far along the building has come. The band will move to Fort Bragg with Headquarters, Army Forces Command, this summer, in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.

  • 3rd Brigade Combat Team cases colors during deployment ceremony

    Mar 4, 2011

    A deployment ceremony for Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was held March 4 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, U.S. Army Pacific commander spoke to Soldiers and Families gathered at Sills Field. The more than 3,200 Soldiers of the 3rd BCT "Broncos" will deploy to Afghanistan soon. Commander of the 3rd BCT is Col. Richard Kim.

  • Olympic hopeful breaks personal-best mark in hammer throwing on national stage

    Mar 4, 2011

    Maj. Mike Mai, commander of the 9th Financial Management Company and a nationally ranked weight and hammer thrower, recently set a new personal record in the weight throw at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and has his eye on the Olympics for the hammer throw in 2012.

  • Culinary Arts Competition participants step up their game

    Mar 3, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 4, 2011) -- The 36th Annual Culinary Arts Competition kicked off Feb. 26 at Fort Lee. It is hosted by the U.S. Army Quartermaster School's Joint Culinary Center of Excellence and includes competitors from all five Armed Services, who compete, attend classes in the culinary arts and interact with their peers. The American Culinary Federation-sanctioned event is the largest of its kind in North America.

  • Army's vice chief checks BRAC construction at Bragg

    Mar 3, 2011

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli visited the future home of the headquarters elements of U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., today, for an up close and personal view of the 631,000-square-foot facility slated for completion June 21.

  • Trip to Disney World helps give JBLM teen, family break from chronic illness

    Mar 3, 2011

    Kristen, who has autism, juvenile arthritis, chronic lung disease, and dozens of other diagnoses, recently got a chance at her dream with a little help from the Dream Factory, Inc.

  • Lewis-McChord runners honor the fallen

    Mar 3, 2011

    "Wear blue: run to remember" was formed by a group of Army wives whose husbands were deployed with a unit which suffered casualties of historic proportions. The group's founder, Lisa Hallett, lost her husband, Capt. John Hallett III, when he was killed Aug. 25, 2009. John was one of 40 assigned to 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, now 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the brigade's yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

  • JBLM contracting program earns national recognition

    Mar 3, 2011

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord has received national recognition from the AbilityOne Program for its role in contracting with nonprofit agencies that employ significantly disabled people.

  • Male Soldiers put empathy for expectant mothers to the test during wellness expo

    Mar 3, 2011

    The first Expectant and New Parent Health and Wellness Expo at Wilson Sports and Fitness Center tested male Soldiers' endurance by putting them in empathy bellies, 30-pound strap-on stomachs that simulate the look and feel of pregnancy.

  • Fort Lee Soldiers to battle for Best Warrior Title

    Mar 3, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 3, 2011) -- For Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Vogt, it's simple: "If I expect my Soldiers to do something, what better way to show them than to do it myself'"

  • Gates nominates Thurman to command in Korea

    Mar 2, 2011

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced March 1 his recommendaiton to the President that he nominate Army Gen. James D. Thurman to take command of U.S. Forces in the Republic of Korea. A native of Marietta, Okla., Thurman currently commands U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), the U.S. Army's largest organization, where he is responsible for the oversight, manning, training, and equipping of 237,000 Active Component Soldiers and the training and readiness oversight of 560,000 Soldiers of the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. Dr. Gates made the announcement during a Pentagon press briefing. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Thurman would succeed Army Gen. Walter "Skip" Sharp in Korea who is set to retire after his tour as commander of the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.

  • Shadow Surpasses 600,000 Total Flight Hours

    Mar 1, 2011

    This is a release by Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office and Ground Maneuvers Product Office acknowledging the "workhorse" performance of the Shadow unmanned aircraft system and all the achievement of all the Warfighters that made this achievement come to pass.

  • Army Small Arms Championship right around the corner

    Feb 28, 2011

    Time and open slots are running out for Soldiers of any rank in the entire Army formation, including West Point and college ROTC cadets, Army Reservists and National Guardsmen, to compete in the 2011 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships March 19-26 on Fort Benning.The championships, hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in conjunction with the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, consist of Small Arms Firing Schools, Excellence-in-Competition Matches, rifle and pistol matches, and special combined-arms combat matches.

  • USARPAC welcomes new command sergeant major

    Feb 25, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, U.S. Army Pacific commander, passed the Noncommissioned Officer Sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Leota, incoming USARPAC command sergeant major at the change of responsibility ceremony held Feb. 25 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Leota assumed responsibility for the welfare, morale and standards of Soldiers in USARPAC from Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph P. Zettlemoyer, who retired after 31 years of Army service.

  • Army Hammer-thrower to compete in 2011 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships

    Feb 24, 2011

    The thought of standing in the middle of a packed stadium and listening to the roar of cheering fans is not an uncommon fantasy. Maj. Mike Mai has actually been there.

  • I Corps deputy pins on second star

    Feb 24, 2011

    Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Lloyd Miles was promoted Feb. 17, during a ceremony at American Lake Community Club on JBLM Lewis North. Miles is one of fewer than 100 major generals on active duty in the U.S. Army. Fewer than one-half of 1 percent of commissioned U.S. officers make it into the top echelon, the highest three ranks.

  • Armed Forces Community Covenant brings JBLM, community leadership together

    Feb 24, 2011

    Civilian and military community leaders marked Feb. 16 an important day as 281 cities and towns across Washington signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant, promising to stay committed to building partnerships that support the strength, resilience and readiness of servicemembers and their families.

  • Culinary arts: strong program forges history

    Feb 24, 2011

  • Net Zero waste goal becoming a reality at JBLM

    Feb 24, 2011

    This year, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord sustainability team has received two prestigious national awards for its accomplishments in 2010.

  • Retired officer reaches goal of climbing world's 7 highest peaks

    Feb 24, 2011

    Having summitted the highest peak on each of the world's seven continents - each on the first attempt - retired Air Force Col. Steve Giesecke has been everywhere from the equatorial jungles of Indonesia to the ice sheets of Antarctica.

  • Army Observes Presidents Day at Mount Vernon

    Feb 24, 2011

    "It's a privilege for the Military District of Washington and The Old Guard to be here today."

  • FORSCOM's Annual AFAP Conference

    Feb 23, 2011

    U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) G-1 Well-Being officials are steadily preparing for the command's 2011 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference which will be held March 7-11, in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Knox Command Sgt. Maj. preparing for return to dream job with I Corps

    Feb 22, 2011

    Departing feature on Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell

  • Soldiers' daughters show love for fathers through ice skating

    Feb 17, 2011

    He and five other servicemembers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord carefully made their way to the center of the rink, where they stood smartly in formation.

  • Tomahawks commemorate Chip'yong-ni

    Feb 17, 2011

    Main, who is the honorary command sergeant major of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, was on Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Valentine's Day for a wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of the battle of Chip'yong-ni. He was joined by other veterans of the battle as well as the Soldiers who fill the ranks of the Tomahawk Battalion.

  • Therapy dogs all about the love

    Feb 17, 2011

    Butch and Zack were selected to deploy to Iraq after intensive training by America's VetDogs, a nonprofit organization that raises and donates dogs to military units and veterans with needs. The dogs were handed over to 98th Med. Det. last week, and will continue training alongside their military partners in preparation for deployment.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord program to aid foster care for military children

    Feb 17, 2011

    A partnership pilot project between JBLM and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services aims at changing that difficult reality by placing military foster children in homes similar to their own.

  • 36th Culinary Arts Competition: event sports new name, reward for participation same

    Feb 17, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va (Feb. 17, 2011) -Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Gray and Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Justin Reed last competed in the Culinary Arts Competition two years ago.

  • Special Forces Soldiers honored for their courage

    Feb 17, 2011

  • FORSCOM's Command Sgt. Maj. assesses quality of life for Soldiers during JBLM visit

    Feb 16, 2011

    Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Riling, U.S. Army Forces Command's senior enlisted leader, assessed the quality of life among units and the concerns of both leaders and junior Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis McChord Feb. 15-16 during a two-day visit to the installation.

  • FORSCOM CSM visits Joint Base Lewis McChord

    Feb 16, 2011

    Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Riling, the senior enlisted leader for U.S. Army Forces Command, visits with Soldiers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Feb. 15 during a two-day stop on JBLM - one of only a few FORSCOM-predominate Army installations in the world - to assess the quality of life and training among units and the concerns of both leaders and junior Soldiers.

  • OMC Thrift Shop wipes out bank account with one last donation

    Feb 11, 2011

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - On Feb. 10, former staff of the OMC Thrift Shop presented representatives of the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation with a check for $18,296.31. This last thrift shop donation will go toward a veterans' cemetery on the former Fort Ord.

  • Walking on water: Nisqually Estuary boardwalk offers visitors view of restoration

    Feb 10, 2011

    The Nisqually National Wildlife Reserve's new Boardwalk Trail, which opened Feb. 1, stretches across the Nisqually estuary mudflats for more than a mile. From the boardwalk, visitors can watch water flow in through slough channels just feet below them, and maybe spot some of the more than 300 species of fish, birds and other animals on the reserve.

  • Operation Care Fair: the frilly side of military life

    Feb 10, 2011

    Visitors came to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord McChord Field Collocated Club for the third Operation Care Fair for free massages, makeovers, and a barrage of aromatherapy, skin care and bath products to sample or buy. There was even a mimosa bar. DFMWR did whatever it took to get fairgoers to focus on the people who usually come last - themselves.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier named Army's top artilleryman

    Feb 10, 2011

    It was a letter from Maj. Gen. David Halverson, the commanding general of the United States Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, notifying the platoon sergeant with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment he had won the 2010 Gruber Award as the best field artilleryman in the Army.

  • Soldiers with JBLM Veterinary Treatment Facility busy caring for military dogs, cats

    Feb 10, 2011

    The bustling JBLM Veterinary Treatment Facility in Building 768 on Warehouse Road treats dogs and cats exclusively. The staff now makes more appointments than ever, thanks to the thousands of Soldiers and Airmen returning from deployments to the installation in 2010, said Sgt. Rita Jo Stewart, the veterinary NCOIC.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord BOSS program earns awards

    Feb 10, 2011

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers got high marks from the Department of the Army BOSS with two significant program awards for 2010. The program and a leader received the Armywide recognition.

  • Vinyl records reveal glimpse of JBLM's past

    Feb 10, 2011

    More than 8,000 records dating from 1942 to 1960 were found hidden away in a 19.5-inch wall space during the building's renovation process, remnants of a closed-circuit radio station that broadcasted for Soldiers and patients in the hospital. They contain vinyl histories of popular music spanning two decades.

  • African American participation in Civil War most critical in march toward freedom

    Feb 10, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 10, 2010) -- A corporal with a mutilated left arm fights on with his right and refuses to leave the battlefield. A volunteer unit, demanding equal recognition, refuses its wages and nevertheless fights gallantly. A sergeant, deeming it imperative to risk his life, rescues the colors from a wounded standard bearer, despite being wounded numerous times himself.

  • FORSCOM wins Army's 'Best Protection Program Award' for 2010

    Feb 10, 2011

    Department of the Army named U.S. Army Forces Command the winner of its Best Protection Program Award for calendar year 2010, during the Army's Antiterrorism and Force Protection Conference Jan. 31 in Orlando, Fla.

  • FORSCOM band coaches students while performing its community outreach mission

    Feb 10, 2011

    One of FORSCOM's Army Ground Forces Band's vital missions is community outreach. The band recently spent spent the good part of a weekend interfacing with the community with a concert at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall in Morrow, Ga., Friday evening, Feb. 4, and holding clinics with high school and middle school band students and performing follow-up concerts at Peachtree Charter Middle School in Dunwoody, Ga., Saturday, Feb. 5. The band and its various ensembles, or Musical Performance Teams, serve as musical ambassadors for the American combat Soldier to the American people, instilling pride in their troops and support for the nation's military through the performance of music at the local, regional and national levels.

  • Seetin Receives Longevity Award

    Feb 9, 2011

    Gen. James D. Thurman, U.S. Army Forces Command Commanding General, presents Samuel Seetin with the Army's Longevity Award for 50 years of civilian service to the U.S. Army.

  • Microsoft, Army highlight Surface 2.0 at multitouch working group

    Feb 9, 2011

    Microsoft discussed its latest touch-screen technology during a quarterly working group meeting with the Army's leading multitouch researchers and developers, Jan. 25. The Multitouch Mission Command Working Group, which is hosted by CERDEC, brought together more than two dozen organizations from government, industry and academia for discussions and live demonstrations using the existing Surface 1.0 hardware. While no Surface 2.0 hardware has been released to date, CERDEC, has early access to the software and development kits thanks to its Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Microsoft.

  • FORSCOM's top enlisted Soldier visits Bragg to review future living and working conditions

    Feb 4, 2011

    Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald T. Riling, the top enlisted Soldier for U.S. Army Forces Command, spent three days meeting with Soldiers and checking on the progress of construction projects in preparation for FORSCOM's move here later this year.

  • A taste of the street at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Exchange

    Feb 3, 2011

    The Joint Base Lewis-McChord community doesn't have to leave base or endure long lines to get a taste of such cuisine. In addition to an indoor food court, the Lewis Main Exchange features a handful of street vendors outside its two entrances. General Manager Patrick McGhee sees the street vendors as one way to provide more choices for a growing customer base.

  • 'Huey' takes historic last ride at Yakima Training Center

    Feb 3, 2011

    It was under dark skies that Joint Base Lewis-McChord Yakima Training Center's U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment bid a fond and historic farewell to the last UH-1 "Huey" helicopter in its active-duty arsenal Jan. 26.

  • 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division pays tribute to their own

    Feb 3, 2011

    The military strives to ensure that nobody - military nor civilian - forgets the sacrifices made on and off the battlefield. On Jan. 26, hundreds of 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers, friends, families and strangers alike gathered around the Arrowhead Memorial at brigade headquarters to remember and pay tribute to their own.

  • Yakima Training Center heroes put lifesaving skills to test

    Feb 3, 2011

    Assistant Fire Chief Ed Vertrees and Department of the Army Police Officer Brent Denton recently received Army Civilian awards for Humanitarian Service.

  • 2nd Bde., 2nd Infantry Division back in saddle again

    Feb 3, 2011

    As troops from 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, learned recently during more than two weeks in the field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Yakima Training Center, good weather isn't always a blessing.

  • SES logistician at Army's largest command retires after 37 years service

    Feb 3, 2011

    Article on the retirement of Mr. David Campbell, Deputy G-4

  • Registration Opens for the 6th Annual Army Management Staff College Leadership Symposium

    Feb 3, 2011

    The AMSC Leadership Symposium, as part of the Army-wide Profession of Arms Campaign, will look at what it means to be an Army Civilian professional with the goal of defining the Army Civilian profession, exploring the opportunities and challenges facing the Army Civilian Corps, and sustaining its future in a transforming Army.

  • Mapping your life: Embedded data in photos could tip off criminals

    Feb 3, 2011

    The potential dangers of geotagging and location-based social networking exists. Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification to photographs, video, web sites and instant messages.

  • Yama Sakura participants uplift souls

    Feb 2, 2011

    U. S. Soldiers and members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force participating in Yama Sakura 59 combined forces to encourage children at an orphanage Jan. 29 near Camp Kengun, Japan.

  • Interpreters bridging the communication gap

    Feb 2, 2011

    During Yama Sakura, USARPAC's premier bilateral exercise with Japan Ground Self Defense Forces, a simulated bilateral command post exercise, interpreters play a vital role in fostering communications and building strong alliances between the United States and Japan.

  • Soldiers bridge communication barrier through understanding, cooperation

    Feb 2, 2011

    About 69 Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., arrived in early January in Japan to participate in Yama Sakura 59, an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces.

  • EE Migration Hub

    Feb 1, 2011

    During 2011, all Army email users will migrate to Enterprise Email service. Instead of accessing email through local email servers at each installation, users will reach through the network to access email services from the DoD cloud. The migration of email services to DISA is part of a larger DoD effort to consolidate IT services, improve capabilities, and reduce overall costs. Migration begins on 15 February 2011 with a initial "fielding" to about 2000 selected email users from CIO/G-6, NETCOM/9th SC(A), U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, and the Information Technology Agency. This first step will allow the Army to refine the migration process and ensure a smooth transition. It will provide a validation of the migration process, email functionality, and system management procedures. Immediately following successful migration of the first wave of users, migration will continue. The goal is to migrate all Army users to Enterprise Email by 31 Dec 2011.

  • US Soldiers arrive at Camp Kengun for Yama Sakura

    Jan 31, 2011

    The main body of the U.S. Army Pacific's Contingency Command Post and other exercise participants arrived via military and commercial aircraft at Kumomoto, Japan, ready to go to work at Camp Kengun, the site of Yama Sakura 59.

  • One year program masters degree from Columbia University available

    Jan 31, 2011

    Opportunities are available for Army captains and majors to strengthen their leadership and organization development through the Eisenhower Leader Development Program. By exercising the Enhanced Graduate School Program option, officers may enroll in the 12-month ACS/EGSP program which culminates in a Master of Arts from Columbia University in social-organizational psychology. The ELDP is jointly administered between the U.S. Military Academy and the Teachers College at Columbia University.

  • Enterprise Email Migration

    Jan 31, 2011

    During 2011, all Army email users will migrate to Enterprise Email service. Instead of accessing email through local email servers at each installation, they will reach through the network to access email services from centralized servers known as the Department of Defense (DoD) cloud. The migration of email services to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is part of a larger DoD effort to consolidate information technology services, improve capabilities, and reduce overall costs.

  • Army officer, Elvis impersonator introduces American cultural icon to Japan

    Jan 28, 2011

    While other Soldiers prepared for a two-week training exercise in Kumamoto, Japan, cramming piles of combat uniforms and Army-issued olive drab socks into their duffel bags, Maj. Manuel Sam Wong was making room for something else: an Elvis Presley costume and wig - sideburns and all.

  • Tough road leads I Corps Soldier to Japan for second time

    Jan 28, 2011

    Life has taken Spc. Jim Stanton down many roads, but through both tribulation and triumph, those roads have twice brought him to Japan for the annual Yama Sakura training exercise. This time around, however, he's not just learning more about his field artillery job - he's also learning life lessons.

  • Army Enterprise e-mail migration to begin in February

    Jan 28, 2011

    Although the road toward Enterprise e-mail may seem complicated, there is a clear map, leaders know where the effort is headed, and the economy sized e-mail box Soldiers have now is about to become a luxury sedan, about 40 times bigger.

  • Resolve to help Troops Stay Connected, Supplied in the New Year

    Jan 28, 2011

    Any American can give the gift of connection now and throughout the New Year to troops far from home with All Services Exchange phone and gift cards.

  • Yama Sakura 59 exercise kicks off in Japan

    Jan 27, 2011

    Yama Sakura 59, a scenario-based bilateral training exercise focused on improving military-to-military relationships and interoperability, officially began Jan. 27 during opening ceremonies at Camp Kengun, Japan. The command post exercise underscores the United States' commitment to Japan's defense in accordance with a mutual defense treaty that was implemented in 1951 and revised in 1960. Yama Sakura was held first in 1982.

  • Army producing new suicide-prevention video

    Jan 27, 2011

    The Army Suicide Prevention Program's latest initiative, "Shoulder to Shoulder: Resiliency of the Army Family," is the third in a series of videos created for suicide awareness and prevention training at installations Armywide. Joint Base Lewis-McChord was one of two installations selected for filming the 20-minute video.

  • New IT hotline at JBLM to improve response time

    Jan 27, 2011

    The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Network Enterprise Center's primary help line for computer problems is no longer accepting calls at 966-JBLM. Effective today, anyone requiring information technology support will need to call 866-335-ARMY (2769), which connects customers to the Army Enterprise Service Desk.

  • For the love of chum

    Jan 27, 2011

    More than 50 members of local communities, the Nisqually Tribe and Joint Base Lewis-McChord gathered for the annual Roy Salmon Homecoming on the banks of Muck Creek Saturday at the Roy City Park to celebrate their recovery accomplishments and welcome back spawning Chum salmon.

  • Soldiers 'make a difference' in Roy

    Jan 20, 2011

    Soldiers from the 61st Chemical Company spent time last week in the city of Roy near Joint Base Lewis-McChord to make 330 of the city's water meters accessible to city meter readers and to give back to a community that has provided so much support to them.

  • New online source aids PTSD search for veterans

    Jan 20, 2011

    The T2 Virtual PTSD Experience was built on the Second Life virtual world platform. Second Life provides T2 a limitless space on the Internet where DOD servicemembers can learn more about PTSD causes, symptoms and resources for information and care, according to Dr. Kevin Holloway, the psychologist who led T2's virtual world development. "This is unlike any other website out there; the information that is presented in an interactive, immersive format where the user becomes part of the learning world," Holloway said.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord surgical team ready to deploy

    Jan 20, 2011

    Members of the 102nd Forward Surgical Team, 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, cased their guidon Jan. 12. The team will uncase its colors in Afghanistan, where its 21 members will provide surgical support to coalition forces.

  • A starry night

    Jan 7, 2011

  • Cougars return home after year in Kuwait

    Jan 7, 2011

    The ETA changed throughout the day, but the plane with 107 Soldiers of the 62nd Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Company arrived the evening of Dec. 16 in plenty of time for the holidays. Cougar Company Soldiers made their way into Wilson Sports and Fitness Center, then into the arms of their loved ones by 10 p.m., marking the end of a yearlong deployment in Kuwait. Traditional and nontraditional missions filled the calendar of the chemical company based at Camp Arifjan during a tour that essentially followed the 2010 calendar year.

  • Clearing up the recycling confusion at McChord

    Jan 7, 2011

    As part of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord merger on Oct. 1, 2010, LeMay Incorporated took over McChord Field's waste services contract. In addition to being the solid waste services provider for all of Pierce County, LeMay has been the Lewis Main and North solid waste contractor for several years. Shelia Albrecht-Martin, the JBLM Public Works solid waste and recycling outreach coordinator, said the new single-stream recycling system is actually easier to use because nearly all recyclables go into the same 90-gallon cart.

  • I Corps begins preparations for Afghanistan deployment

    Jan 7, 2011

    This summer, America's Corps will arrive to man, equip and guide the operational arm of Gen. David H. Petraeus and the Kabul-based NATO International Security Assistance Force.

  • World War II veteran, 98, receives long awaited Bronze Star

    Dec 17, 2010

    Recognition for an act of heroism more than six decades ago during World War II finally caught up with a 98-year-old Atlanta resident Dec. 16, when the Army awarded him the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony here in U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters.

  • New look and feel to Army Civilian Recruitment Website

    Dec 17, 2010

    Army Civilian Service baby boomers will be retiring en masse over the next 10 years. To attract the "best and brightest" next generation workforce of Army civilians, a focused enterprise-wide recruitment strategy required the development of a dot com website to promote the Army as an employer of choice.


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