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  • Women should buck history's trend when it comes to smoking

    May 20, 2010

    Each year, on May 31, the World Health Organization promotes World No Tobacco Day in order to increase global awareness of tobacco-related disease and to advocate for stronger anti-tobacco policies and legislation. This year's theme is "gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women."

  • Golden Knights help mark Signal Corps Anniversary

    May 20, 2010

    Ten nervous but excited Soldiers from 7th Signal Command (Theater) and Fort Gordon, Ga., participated in tandem free fall parachute jumps with members of the U. S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, recently to help commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Army's Signal Corps.

  • Soldiers parachute for Signal Corps anniversary

    May 20, 2010

    Ten nervous but excited Soldiers from Fort Gordon, Ga., participated in tandem free fall parachute jumps with members of the U. S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, recently to help commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Army's Signal Corps.

  • Joint Base Lewis McChord investigates demobilization concerns

    May 19, 2010

    An inquiry launched Monday by Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., I Corps commanding general, is investigating complaints from Oregon National Guard Soldiers that different standards of treatment exist between reserve-component and active-component Soldiers during the demobilization process at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

  • Is your helmet part of the recall'

    May 19, 2010

    The Army is recalling 44,000 combat helmets made by ArmorSource and Rabintex. If you were issued one of these helmets, you must turn it in to the Central Issue Facility to be issued a new helmet. Read on to learn how you can tell if your helmet is part of the recall.

  • Foot Soldier: Happy feet in the field

    May 19, 2010

    LabTV: Soldiers are on their feet all day. Footwear engineer Mike Holthe uses his training in biomechanics to create & test boots at an Army research lab in Natick, Mass.

  • TOC Soldiers play big role in area surveillance

    May 19, 2010

    Monitoring a battle space during a deployment takes constant effort and an enormous amount of cooperation from each of the Soldiers in the Tactical Operations Center.

  • 8K run raises assault awareness

    May 19, 2010

    Service members and civilians from all over Contingency Operating Base Basra turned out for an 8-kilometer run to raise awareness of sexual assault prevention.

  • Evidence collection course helps IPs close cases

    May 19, 2010

  • Signing into history

    May 18, 2010

    Photo of Cadet Tyler Gordy adding his name to a board that lists all previous First Captain's, the top leadership position in the Corps of Cadets.

  • Bucca water treatment project starts flowing

    May 18, 2010

    The U.S. military has started a project that will create a network of pipe linking the water and wastewater treatment facilities on Camp Bucca.

  • Environmental Stewardship Evident in New FORSCOM/USARC Headquarters Project

    May 14, 2010

    A selection of images from the site of the new FORSCOM/USARC combined headquarters at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord honors volunteers of year

    May 14, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Volunteers donate their time and talents to help others year round, asking nothing in return. The impact to the community is immeasurable.

  • Wounded get taste of professional soccer at Sounders game

    May 14, 2010

    SEATTLE - As they soaked up the first year of Seattle Sounders FC soccer in 2009, Glen Mulkey and Matt Goecks began to wonder what it would be like to share that unique experience with wounded warriors. Mulkey, a corpsman at Naval Hospital Bremerton, and Goecks, a specialist with 110th Chemical Battalion at Joint Base Lewis McChord, loved the camaraderie they discovered as members of the Emerald City Supporters, the Seattle team's support group. They even became founding members of the ESC Armed Services Group for current and former military. Reaching out to the JBLM Warrior Transition Battalion through soccer made perfect sense to the two men. So this year they sought to create a bridge between the Sounders and the WTB.

  • SKIES meeting goals of Army Covenant

    May 14, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The Army Family Covenant continues improving quality of life for Army families. One of the more evident ways it's doing so at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is through the opening of a new facility on JBLM Lewis Main.

  • Reintegration a team effort

    May 14, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - With joyous reunions their focal images, ceremonies for military units coming home from combat zones appear from the outside to be simple to organize and execute. What could be easier than calling families to greet their Soldiers - then getting out of the way' Though the operations and deployment pace of units assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord gives units plenty of practice, reunions and reintegrations require time, care and effort.

  • Fallen, not forgotten: Civil War buffs dedicate event to one of their own

    May 14, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Opening ceremonies of the Civil War re-enactment at Fort Steilacoom Park May 1 dedicated the event to Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier, Specialist Aaron Aamot. During the ceremony, a bell rang 22 times, once for each of the Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment who have died in Afghanistan, as their names were read. Among the many people in period dress, Aamot's parents, Mark and Julie, were in attendance at the event.

  • Adaptable spouse reaching her goals

    May 14, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Being a military spouse can be a daunting role filled with long days living in a service member's shadow, but Stephanie Gonzalez is proof that doesn't have to be the case. Since marrying an Army officer, Gonzalez has learned to adapt and make the most of a lifestyle in which changes and relocating are inevitable. She does this by approaching each move as a new opportunity.

  • A tip of the cap: Rainiers say thank you with 'Salute to Armed Forces Night'

    May 14, 2010

    TACOMA, Wash. - The best place on the planet to be wearing a military uniform Saturday evening might have been Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. The Seattle Mariners' Triple A affiliate Tacoma Rainiers pulled out all the stops with Salute to Armed Forces Night. With Tacoma the center of a military-rich part of the state, Alyson Jones, director of media development and events, said Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines form a significant part of the Rainiers' fan base.

  • A fitness routine designed for you

    May 14, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McChord, Wash. - New CrossFit room on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will test strength, flexibility and stamina of all who enter.

  • Despite strain, Army remains best in past 40 years

    May 13, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (May 12, 2010) - Nearly a decade of combat has taken its toll on the nation's Soldiers, but despite the strain, the Army remains more effective today than at any time in 40 years. That was the core of the message the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, Gen. Charles C. Campbell, delivered in his keynote speech to the Society of American Military Engineers' 2010 Joint Engineer Training Conference and Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, May 5.

  • Digital master gunners leverage past experience to support units

    May 11, 2010

    Article describes the support operations to ensure that expertise and knowledge is promptly and effectively applied to resolve a unit's most complex command & control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance technology challenges.

  • Joint Readiness Training Center: the Battlefield Staged

    May 11, 2010

    Soldiers receive digital systems training at the Joint Readiness Training Center to polish their skills before they deploy

  • U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) named senior command at Fort Sam Houston

    May 11, 2010

  • Evidence collection course helps IPs close cases

    May 7, 2010

    A training case that seems like an open-and-shut suicide quickly reveals itself to be a homicide as members of the Iraqi Police use the skills they learned during a two-week course taught by the 203rd Military Police Battalion on dissecting a murder scene.

  • FORSCOM launches Web-based tool to support Army Force Generation

    May 5, 2010

    As operations in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, along with numerous requirements worldwide, the Army's largest command recently launched a Web-based tool to enhance the synchronization of Soldiers, equipment and resources with the requirements of combatant commanders.

  • Behavioral health liaisons provide key link between commanders, Madigan

    May 5, 2010

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord commanders now have a quick and informative resource to use when navigating the many programs in the Madigan Healthcare System Behavioral Health department - behavioral health liaisons.

  • Engineer Soldier Awarded Hawaii Medal of Honor

    May 5, 2010

    Family, friends, Soldiers, and loved ones honored the late Staff Sgt. Oscar D. Medina at the 84th Engineer Battalion headquarters on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, as his spouse was given the Hawaii Medal of Honor on his behalf, Apr. 30.

  • Talon-Strike and Omni Fusion explore interoperability between US and UK Command and Control Systems

    May 4, 2010

    The Talon-Strike and Omni Fusion exercise will begin at Fort Bliss, Texas on April 26. The Army's annual event, now in its fifth year, is designed to evaluate Command and Control at the division level, in a coalition environment. The Talon strike exercise will take place in a simulated, modern-day environment and Omni Fusion will address predicted capabilities in the future.

  • 80th Ordnance Battalion holds third combatives tournament

    May 1, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 80th Ordnance Company out of Fort Lewis, Wash., sponsored the Phoenix Support Combative Tournament April 24 at Morale, Welfare and Recreation east at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Registered nurse preps Soldiers to save lives

    May 1, 2010

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord left-behind equipment in good hands

    Apr 30, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - An operation of this scale has not been undertaken since the Vietnam War. Joint Base Lewis-McChord Directorate of Logistics is responsible for successfully completing a historic year of repair and maintenance. Dealing with left-behind equipment from the deployment of three Stryker brigades, the 17th Fires Brigade and I Corps was a Herculean undertaking.

  • Early, centralized and responsive support among aims of the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord 'Modul

    Apr 30, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Veterans of deployments to combat zones can attest to the elation and frustrations surrounding reunions with loved ones. Expectations run high among Soldiers and family members who have counted the hours to emotional returns. With six major subordinate commands returning in the coming months from Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are working to help military members deal with the surprises that can occur during reintegration - surprises that can devolve quickly into problems.

  • Wounded Warriors find freedom through scuba

    Apr 30, 2010

    He always found freedom in the water, whether floating on rivers or lakes or diving in the ocean. Under-water, the calm settles in while the rest of the world is shut out, said Staff Sgt. Scott Frazier, a Warrior with Charlie Company. "It's just one of the best things in the world," said Frazier, a medic who is also the assistant program manager for the scuba program, a collaborative effort between the Warrior Transition Battalion and Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord Bronze star recipient 'knows her job'

    Apr 30, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Staff Sergeant Katteri Franklin knew all along she wanted to be a police officer, but had no idea she would eventually want to make a career of it in the military. The McCleary, native was simply looking for a way to make a better life for herself, while helping others along the way.

  • Training on the road: Jumpmasters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Apr 30, 2010

    A team of instructors from Fort Benning, Ga. traveled to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to provide onsite training and certification for new jumpmasters. Such onsite training saves the Army millions of dollars annually, by taking training where the Soldiers are.

  • Night at Safeco Field highlights importance of military to region

    Apr 30, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Joint Base Lewis-McChord was well represented April 17 at the Seattle Mariners' eighth Salute to the Armed Forces Night before their game against the Detroit Tigers. The annual event commemorates the importance of the military community in the Pacific Northwest, and gives the Seattle Major League baseball franchise a chance to thank the men and women in uniform, along with veterans and their families, for their daily sacrifices to keep the nation secure.

  • PM MEP Users' Conference: Powering the Warfighter to Victory

    Apr 30, 2010

    The Project Manager for Mobile Electric Power (MEP) has scheduled a users' conference that will provide an open forum on tactical electric power (TEP) issues across the military services May 4-6 at the Shades of Green Resort, Armed Forces Recreation Facility in Orlando, Fla.

  • Nearly 2,000 explore FORSCOM job opportunities at Fort Bragg

    Apr 30, 2010

    The line formed early for the 10 a.m. "Exploring Employment Opportunities with U.S. Army Forces Command" Information Exchange, and continued through mid-afternoon, April 23, at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

  • Biology students dissect frogs, cats at JBB

    Apr 30, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Service members at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, recently traded their rifles for scalpels. Distance learning students attending the University of Maryland University College at the Blackjack Education Center at JBB dissected frogs for their biology class April 22, and cats April 24.

  • Cavalry regiment protects convoys traveling to Habur Gate

    Apr 30, 2010

    HABUR GATE, Iraq - Soldiers with 1st Platoon, G Troop, Regimental Fires Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) make weekly runs to Habur Gate, Iraq, to provide convoy security for trucks heading out of Iraq into Turkey.

  • Golf course makes game accessible to disabled vets

    Apr 30, 2010

    Never an easy game, golf becomes even more difficult for those with physical challenges. For years, the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in nearby Lakewood has made the game accessible to disabled veterans with its innovative programs. With the opening of its new $1.3 million Rehabilitation and Learning Center, the course will improve that access.

  • Relations building part of joint patrols

    Apr 26, 2010

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade and the Tactical PSYOP Detachment, 318th Psychological Operations Company, recently conducted one of their routine joint patrols with the Iraqi Army to search out leads on suspicious behavior leading to mortar and rocket attacks in Basra Province.

  • 402nd Army Field Support Brigade welcomes new commander

    Apr 26, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers, Airmen and civilians watched as the commander of the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade handed over his civilians to another, during a change of command ceremony April 21 at Morale, Welfare and Recreation east at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Issues addressed as military, tribal leaders meet

    Apr 24, 2010

    While the stability of the Iraqi government continues to progress as U.S. forces prepare to draw down, everyday issues between both sides remain on the table.

  • Signal Corps community's recent progress good, gaps in support to operational force still exist

    Apr 23, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (April 23, 2010) - Progress was made during the last year, but more is needed from the Signal Corps community to fill gaps in its support of the operational force, said the commander of the U.S. Army's largest Command Thursday in Atlanta. Gen. Charles C. Campbell, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, delivered the message to the audience of more than 250 people gathered for the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association's sixth annual Tactical C4 Conference. Campbell reminded the audience that he had addressed them at their conference last year and among the topics covered were his recommendations on how to close those gaps.

  • Wounded Warriors return to Iraq to share experiences

    Apr 23, 2010

    The April 9 visit offered the Soldiers -- some still active, some medically retired -- the opportunity to go full-circle regarding the wounds that precipitated their sudden, and unexpected, return home. Their day here included a visit to the 1st Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, where they had the opportunity to check out the Army's state-of-the-art armored vehicles

  • Be observant, take action, continue to save lives

    Apr 23, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga., (April 22, 2010) - Compared to a year ago, suicides within U.S. Army Forces Command are down by four percent; that's the good news. Unfortunately, even a single suicide is still one too many. That's why it's important for the Army community to continue to be accountable to and for the Soldier(s) in our lives. "Suicide is not someone else's problem," said Gen. Charles C. Campbell, FORSCOM commander. "It's our problem ... (to prevent someone) from seeking a permanent and tragic solution to a temporary problem." Whether as a leader or battle buddy, husband or wife, son or daughter, or simply the neighbor next door to a Soldier, it's important to be observant and to be ready to take action to save a life.

  • Tennessee Guardsmen prep Zac Brown Band concert for 1,500 plus fans

    Apr 23, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE MAREZ, MOSUL, Iraq - Soldiers with the Regimental Fires Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) volunteered to set up the stage for the Zac Brown Band's concert, April 16 at the amphitheater at Contingency Operating Base Marez, Iraq.

  • Recovery mission to northern Mosul a quick success

    Apr 23, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE MAREZ, IRAQ - Soldiers with A Battery, Regimental Fires Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) executed a recovery mission just north of Mosul, Iraq, April 14.

  • Force protection Soldiers increase base safety measures

    Apr 23, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE MAREZ, IRAQ - Soldiers with the Regimental Fires Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) implemented and installed new safety measures at Contingency Operating Base Marez, Iraq, April 15.

  • Fuller tours expanding Stryker repair facility in Qatar

    Apr 22, 2010

    Col. Lawrence Fuller was in Qatar, April 14, touring the only Stryker battle damage repair facility in the Middle East. Fuller completed a two-day tour of Army Materiel Command warehouses at Camp As Sayliyah, a week ahead of taking command of 402nd Army Field Support Brigade at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • 8th Theater Sustainment Command Names Volunteer of the Year

    Apr 21, 2010

    The commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command acknowledged four outstanding volunteers for giving of their time and talents during a ceremony on the back lanai of his quarters, Apr. 14, recognizing one as the 8th TSC Volunteer of the Year.

  • Army ethos can help business succeed

    Apr 20, 2010

    When the Army Sustainment Command's top enlisted leader speaks, people listen. Such was the case when Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Blake spoke at the 2010 Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium held April 12-13 at the i Wireless Center in Moline, Ill.

  • Army Unveils New Logistics Display to Pentagon Staff and Visitors

    Apr 19, 2010

    The Pentagon got a new look Friday morning. "Army Logistics Around the World," the Pentagon's newest exhibit, was revealed to an audience of more than 100 people. Using digital images, videos, and captions, the exhibit shows Pentagon employees and tourists the crucial tasks completed everyday by more than 300,000 Army Logisticians all over the world.

  • Medic: Hemorrhage greatest risk to service members

    Apr 17, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Every week, the 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) hosts a combat lifesaver course at its headquarters building.

  • Madigan gears up for Stryker Soldiers' return

    Apr 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Madigan Army Medical Center is gearing up for the return of 12,000 Soldiers from three Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigades and will call in extra providers from other military treatment facilities to help screen each Soldier for behavioral health issues.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord customer feedback programs expand

    Apr 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - An already expanding installation customer feedback program is getting a big boost from the transition to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Customer service programs overseen by the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office, designed to capture kudos and criticisms of JBLM services at all levels, are now incorporating McChord Field facilities and personnel.

  • Briefing continues joint base public outreach program

    Apr 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - It was a blending of military cultures, civilian style. The public-outreach campaign by the senior leaders of Joint Base Lewis-McChord continued last week with a briefing for the professional organizations supporting the Army and Air Force.

  • Service members fight sexual assault during 5K

    Apr 16, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The month of April offers service members a chance to recognize and combat sexual assault, by raising awareness and understanding to support victims and prevent future assaults.

  • Holistic fitness, a family affair

    Apr 14, 2010

    The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program takes a holistic approach to fitness by optimizing five dimensions of strength: Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual and Family.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord WTB medevac team ready to help

    Apr 13, 2010

    It starts with waiting, on a near-empty tarmac, for the patients to arrive at the next stop on their medical journey. Most of them were medically evacuated from Iraq or Afghanistan, had spent time in Germany and the East coast, and have been on the move for the last 24 hours. Although receiving continuous medical care, many of their lives are tumultuous, as they wait to find out what will happen with their health, careers, and future overall. And the staff with the Warrior Transition Battalion's medical evacuation platoon are just the ones to help.

  • New commander of Western Region Medical Command visits Madigan

    Apr 13, 2010

    Western Regional Medical Command Commanding General Maj. Gen. Philip Volpe visited Madigan Healthcare System on a rainy Monday in late March as part of his command orientation tour.

  • Madigan honors returning Warriors with coming home ceremony

    Apr 13, 2010

    The hard work and dedication of Pates and 14 other Soldiers were recognized March 31 at a Warrior Recognition Ceremony at Madigan Army Medical Center. Ceremonies are held quarterly to honor Madigan Soldiers who are deployed individually or in small groups through the Army Medical Department's Professional Filler System.

  • Education, awareness are essentials for TBI treatment

    Apr 13, 2010

    Sgt. Shane Sherer was 12 days from leaving northern Afghanistan when a mortar round tore through a nearby vehicle and exploded about seven to 12 feet away from him. Sherer shared his story as part of a presentation at Madigan Army Medical Center recognizing Brain Injury Awareness Month, a national event that cultivates understanding about brain injuries.

  • Healing is a team effort for Madigan social workers

    Apr 13, 2010

    About 70 members of Madigan Army Medical Center's Department of Social Work spent a recent afternoon at the downtown Tacoma YMCA, but they didn't go to exercise. Instead, they were taking part in team-building tasks to celebrate National Social Work Month.

  • Prostate cancer clinic provides patients one-stop shop for treatment options

    Apr 13, 2010

    To help reduce the shock and fear associated with cancer, these two departments created a Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic to provide a simple one-stop shop for prostate cancer patients to discuss their treatment options, answer questions and get one-on-one face-time with the doctors and nurses who will have complete oversight of their care.

  • Madigan employees are engaged community partners

    Apr 13, 2010

    Employees at Madigan Healthcare System take part in many different community events, but some employees go above and beyond to give back to the South Sound community.

  • Madigan throws party for 4-year-old fighting cancer

    Apr 13, 2010

    It wasn't her birthday, however it was a party to honor Abigail's fight for her life. After almost a year of treatments at Madigan Army Medical Center for rhabdomyosarcoma, a muscle cancer, Abigail has ended chemotherapy and is now in remission.

  • Madigan focuses behavioral health efforts on redeploying Stryker brigades

    Apr 12, 2010

    Madigan Army Medical Center is gearing up for the return of 12,000 Soldiers from three Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigades and will call in extra providers from other military treatment facilities to help screen each Soldier for behavior health issues.

  • Journalist brings to life story of Jewish-American Army Nurse Corps nurse

    Apr 12, 2010

    Welch spoke recently at Madigan Army Medical Center to celebrate the 109th Army Nurse Corps anniversary. His book describes Slanger's persistence in becoming a nurse, which was not a widely accepted profession for a Jewish woman in the 1930s. She was declined admission to the Boston City Hospital School of Nursing, and had to reapply before finally being accepted.

  • World War II Soldier reflects on liberating concentration camp during holocaust remembrance ceremony

    Apr 12, 2010

    For 65 years, Leo Hymas has been haunted by what he witnessed just outside of the German town of Weimar during World War II. In his short military career of 11 months, Hymas had already lost his best friend in combat and disobeyed orders to kill two German prisoners of war, but discovering the Buchenwald concentration camp was something Hymas wasn't prepared to find.

  • Army's #2 civilian leader visits Fort McPherson

    Apr 12, 2010

    Army Under Secretary Dr. Joseph W. Westphal got a firsthand look at the four main headquarters here that facilitate force generation, sourcing, training, command and control of the majority of Active and Reserve component Soldiers Army-wide today. Visiting U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), U.S. Army Central Command (ARCENT) and First Army, the Army's second highest ranking civilian leader received in-depth briefings about current operations, said Lt. Col. Richard K. Bond, one of FORSCOM's action officers for Under Secretary's Westphal's visit.

  • Scrap project beautifies Basra

    Apr 11, 2010

    Iraqi and U.S. officials welcomed Iraqi media to view a surprising sight April 1, 2010: an empty lot. Until recently, the lot in Basra, Iraq, had been the site of a huge pile of scrap metal as tall as surrounding buildings.

  • U.S. troops advise at Iranian border

    Apr 11, 2010

    Soldiers of the 17th Fires Brigade, currently deployed to southern Iraq's Basrah Province out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, conduct joint operations with Iraqis Security Forces along Iraq's border with Iran.

  • Father patches son in ceremony

    Apr 10, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - On April 8, a Tennessee father placed a combat patch on his son's right shoulder in Iraq, celebrating his son's service at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Formerly wounded Soldiers mentor service members at JBB

    Apr 10, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Eight Soldiers who sustained injuries during previous deployments returned to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, April 9 for Operation Proper Exit V.

  • Soldiers track trailers at transfer point

    Apr 10, 2010

    CONTIGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - The Trailer Transfer Point at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, opened for business March 15.

  • Soldiers train to save lives in combat

    Apr 10, 2010

    CONTIGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - During a training exercise, a simulated improvised explosive device hit a convoy, forcing Soldiers to use combat life saver skills to react to an extreme situation with casualties, during a CLS course April 1 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq.

  • Rough Terrain Container Handler operators manage container yard

    Apr 10, 2010

    CONTIGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Some Soldiers use video games to pass the time in Iraq, but one Soldier said he actually gets to play them at work.

  • Mechanics maintain standard of safety for traveling Soldiers

    Apr 10, 2010

    CONTIGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - A breakdown off base in a war zone stops an entire convoy, creating an opportunity for the enemy to attack.

  • Net results - A former tennis champion, Soldier now a member of All-Army volleyball team

    Apr 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - He began as an 8-year-old kid swinging a tennis racket, later joined the Army, and eventually became an exceptional volleyball player well into his 20s. Call it Eric Latson's net result. It's one thing to earn a spot on an All-Army team, but it's quite another to do so in your second sport. Latson - now a 27-year-old sergeant first class and food service specialist with the 593rd Sustainment Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord - managed that in 2009.

  • Now that's a bike ride - 4th annual Extreme Mountain Bike Race

    Apr 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - He looked like a man in his 30s and rode like one a decade younger than that. No one else really had a chance in the Sport category of Saturday's annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Extreme Mountain Bike Race when 48-year-old Pat Dale decided to show up.

  • Women continue to make history

    Apr 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The local community paid tribute to American women pioneers during a Women's History Month celebration at the American Lake Community Center March 24, hosted by 555th Engineer Brigade.

  • Shopping at the commissary best way to save time, money

    Apr 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Military families enjoy many privileges, not the least of which is access to the commissary. Shopping at the commissary isn't just convenient, it also saves money.

  • A mission to save lives

    Apr 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - They are on a mission to save lives. The blood team from Madigan Army Medical Center's Armed Services Blood Bank Center, Pacific Northwest recently conducted a blood drive at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif.

  • Imaginations run wild during annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Kids' Fest

    Apr 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Kids' imaginations ran wild while their parents got a look at resources available. The 18th Annual Kids' Fest drew more than 3,000 children and parents to the American Lake Community Center April 1, proving to be one of the most popular events on base.

  • JBLM combined leadership challenge: lessons in leadership

    Apr 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWISMcCHORD, Wash. - With spring break in swing, Army JROTC cadets from four schools camped out at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for this year's Joint Combined Leadership Challenge March 29 through April 2. Air Force JROTC programs also attended the camp. Nearly 300 cadets from Lakes, Arlington, Todd Beamer and Federal Way high schools attended the camp.

  • Survivors get lesson in coping strategies

    Apr 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors held a survivor seminar and "Good Grief Camp" at Joint Base Lewis-McChord North Chapel March 26 and 27 for the nearly 100 area family members and children connected to service members who have died

  • New civilian aide to secretary of the Army has JBLM ties

    Apr 9, 2010

    A former I Corps deputy commanding general and chief of staff was named civilian aide to the secretary of the Army two weeks ago in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

  • Commentary: Good parents think, act like good NCOs

    Apr 9, 2010

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The first line of defense against child abuse certainly lies with parents - those who are most often the abusers. ... For me, to be a good parent you have to think and act like an NCO. Look at the attributes that make a good NCO and you'll see what I mean.

  • FORSCOM Civilian employees answer the transfer call

    Apr 9, 2010

    In mid-2005, word came with the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission that U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters would relocate to Fort Bragg, N.C. Nearly five years later, more than 650 U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters Army civilian employees received formal Transfer of Function notices March 1 that their jobs were relocating between 2010 and 2011.

  • Enduring Clean Sweep Continues to Save Fort Hood Millions

    Apr 8, 2010

    by Pfc. Sean McGuire FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood and III Corps launched Operation Clean Sweep more than a year ago to help units get rid of unused or broken equipment. Between February and September 2009, units on Fort Hood turned in nearly $14 million in supplies...

  • Christians come together to celebrate Easter at JBB

    Apr 7, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - More than 250 Christian service members and civilians came together for an Easter sunrise service April 4 at Holt Memorial Stadium at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Michigan Guardsmen escort Iraqi workers at JBB

    Apr 7, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Almost every morning, Soldiers with the 1073rd Maintenance Company out of Greenville, Mich., escort local nationals working with the Department of Public Works from the entry gate at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, onto the base.

  • U.S. transfers facilities to Iraqi control as drawdown continues

    Apr 7, 2010

    With the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and the movement of Iraqi forces into the role of providing all security for the country, bases that have housed U.S. troops over the past several years - in many cases alongside Iraqi troops - are being returned to full Iraqi control.

  • Leading the way toward a stronger democracy

    Apr 6, 2010

    The 2010 national elections in Iraq went by with order and relative peace throughout the country, and Maysan Province is a prime example of this success by Iraqi Security Forces in securing their nation and their democracy.

  • Gimme shelter: Structures to safeguard troops

    Apr 5, 2010

    LabTV: Engineers at an Army research lab in Natick, Mass., design shelters that are energy-efficient - with LED lighting and solar panels - and easy-to-assemble - with inflatable tubes called air beams. These shelters are invisible at night.

  • JBB celebrates Women's History Month

    Apr 5, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers and Airmen came together to recognize Women's History Month March 29 at Morale, Welfare and Recreation east at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Mobile Redistribution Team cleans up Mosul

    Apr 5, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq - Members of the Mobile Redistribution Team at Contingency Operating Base Marez, Iraq, work around the clock to clean up unit's supply inventory, save taxpayer's money and prepare the base for the responsible drawdown of troops and equipment from Iraq.

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