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  • Historic meeting of Afghan women garners fitting farewell

    Feb 12, 2011

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Feb. 12) - A CH-47 Chinook carrying eight Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials, a 3-30th Military Police Company Personnel Security Detail comprised entirely of female soldiers, and members of Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 3-19th Agricultural Development Team from Indiana touched down Thursday, Feb. 10 on a patch of green farmland, which stood in stark contrast from the otherwise brown countryside.

  • Military women trade combat for cookies and women's peace shura.

    Feb 12, 2011

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Feb. 12) - A CH-47 Chinook carrying eight Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials, a 3-30th Military Police Company Personnel Security Detail comprised entirely of female soldiers, and members of Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 3-19th Agricultural Development Team from Indiana touched down Thursday, Feb. 10 on a patch of green farmland, which stood in stark contrast from the otherwise brown countryside.

  • Getting in character

    Feb 12, 2011

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An all-female delegation of eight Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials, a 330th Military Police Company personnel security detail, members of Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team from Indiana gathered in Jaji Maidan Feb. 10.

  • Friday Night Fights: Fort Leonard Wood hosts Fort Riley in combative tournament

    Feb 11, 2011

    Fort Leonard Wood hosted their first ever installation-versus-installation combative tournament against Fort Riley, Kan., Friday, at Davidson Fitness Center. Each team brought their best men to compete for a division championship title, and overall team winner. It was a close match that ended with a win for Fort Riley in the heavyweight bout, which led to their overall win.

  • Aviation brigades trade places, continue mission in Iraq

    Feb 11, 2011

    The first group of thousands of 40th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers to deploy to Iraq arrived on Camp Taji, Feb. 10. As the incoming 40th CAB Soldiers arrived, outgoing troops with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division took their places on the jet to begin their journey home. The two brigades will be trading places over the next month, as the latter finishes its year-long tour here in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Small cafe keeps busy Soldiers fed in Iraq

    Feb 9, 2011

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The Guardian CafAfA isn't much, but for the hundreds of Soldiers who visit it daily, it's enough. The small cafAfA is housed in two trailers propped on cinder blocks, and it's the only place to eat for Soldiers here who don't have enough time to eat at the camp's main dining facility.

  • Soldiers in Iraq watch Super Bowl

    Feb 9, 2011

    The spirit of Super Bowl Sunday reached Iraq this year, where a brigade of Soldiers out of Fort Riley, Kan., gathered to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • 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.

  • TF Lethal medics aid injured Paktya boy

    Feb 4, 2011

    Medics from Company A, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Lethal, at Combat Outpost Herrera, Paktya Province, helped care for and evacuate a Jaji Village boy who fell more than 15 feet from a building and landed on his head, Jan. 29.

  • Soldiers prepare helicopters for return to US

    Feb 4, 2011

    An Army aviation brigade out of Fort Riley, Kan., is preparing its aircraft to return from Iraq this spring.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Soldiers receive end of tour awards, look forward to return from Iraq

    Feb 3, 2011

    More than 3,000 Soldiers deployed to Iraq with a Fort Riley, Kan., aviation brigade are one step closer to home this week after receiving their end of tour awards in several ceremonies across the country. Soldiers with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division received the awards in recognition of their service during the brigade's year-long deployment. The ceremonies are a significant mile-marker toward the unit's return to Fort Riley this spring.

  • Army North Soldiers enhance vital skill set through marksmanship training

    Feb 1, 2011

    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - During the Revolutionary War, "Baron" Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a former Prussian officer, was brought in to teach marksmanship training to Continental Army Soldiers, and he clearly demonstrated the importance and the effectiveness of properly placing volleys of fire against enemy forces. A little more than 223 years later, Soldiers from U.S. Army North's Headquarters Support Company concentrated on modern principles of advanced rifle marksmanship during live-fire weapons training Jan. 27 at the Camp Bullis Military Training Reservation in San Antonio; the training, however, was not with muskets but rather with current weapons: the M-16A2 Rifle and the M-9 Berretta Pistol.

  • Fort Riley officials showcase new resiliency campus

    Jan 31, 2011

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, Army Comprehensive Soldier Fitness director, visited Fort Riley Jan. 28 to assist leaders in opening the post's new resiliency campus during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Resiliency Learning Center on Custer Hill.

  • 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.

  • TF Rakkasan transfers authority to TF Duke

    Jan 30, 2011

    A Transfer of Authority ceremony, in which the command of Khowst and Paktya Provinces was formally handed over from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, was held on Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 30.

  • STB Soldiers learn cell extraction techniques

    Jan 29, 2011

    Soldiers from the Special Troops Battalion of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, participated in the Field Detention Center training class at Forward Operating Base Salerno on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The training was designed to instill confidence and competence in Soldiers who are not Military Police.

  • Fort Riley troops ready to get home after year in Iraq

    Jan 29, 2011

    It's Friday in Iraq, but Spc. Correy Jackson can't remember the last time that meant much. Jackson, a 21-year-old native of Oakland, Calif., is one of about 3,000 Soldiers deployed with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, who for the last year have worked nearly every weekday and weekend alike.

  • FOB Salerno Soldiers pay silent tribute to 9/11

    Jan 29, 2011

    A color guard of Soldiers from Company B., 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, Airborne, raised a flag up the flagpole at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Afghanistan on Jan. 24. It's an act performed every day by U.S. Soldiers across Afghanistan and, indeed, across the world. This flag, however, is different. It's one that has been flown at Ground Zero in New York City after 9/11, and holds special meaning to the 404th Soldiers, based out of Fort Dix, N.J., many of whom are from the New Jersey and New York areas.

  • 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.

  • Fort Riley opens resiliency campus

    Jan 28, 2011

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, center, cuts the ribbon Jan. 28 to the Fort Riley Resiliency Learning Center, Building 7285, on Custer Hill. Brooks was joined by Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program director. The Resiliency Learning Center is the headquarters for Fort Riley's Resiliency Campus, which provides physical, emotional, social, Family and spiritual support for Soldiers and Families.

  • 'Raider Nation' comes home

    Jan 28, 2011

  • Military working dog team deploys to Afghanistan

    Jan 28, 2011

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - For one Soldier, his fifth deployment will be an exciting one, he said, because it is his first deployment as a military working dog handler. "It'll be new experiences. I'm looking forward to it. I'm not dreading it at all," said Sgt. Brandon Cleveland, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 97th Military Police Battalion. Cleveland and his partner, Barry, an 8-year old Belgian Malinois, are no strangers to deployment - this is not Barry's first deployment, either.

  • Incoming deputy commanding general of U.S. Forces-Iraq visits aviation brigade on Camp Taji

    Jan 26, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, the incoming deputy commanding general of U.S. Forces-Iraq, visited Soldiers serving with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division on Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 26.

  • Chaplains prepare deployed aviation brigade for return to Fort Riley

    Jan 26, 2011

    Army chaplains with a Fort Riley, Kan., aviation brigade are busy preparing their unit for its return from a year-long tour in Iraq this spring.

  • Michigan National Guard aviators keep an eye out over Iraq

    Jan 21, 2011

    The Michigan National Guard's B Company, 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment, deployed to Iraq this September in support of Operation New Dawn. The company conducts a variety of missions, ranging from VIP transportation to moving troops between U.S. bases. As an addition to the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, the company is part of the Army's sole aviation brigade supporting operations here. The company flies the UH-60M Black Hawk, one of the Army's newest helicopters.

  • Deployed Michigan National Guard aviators transport, meet with home state congressman Sen. Carl Levi

    Jan 21, 2011

    Two Black Hawk helicopter crews from the Michigan National Guard got a chance to meet Sen. Carl Levin, a congressman from their home state, when he and two other congressmen rode in their aircraft during a visit to Iraq, Jan. 19. Soldiers from the Michigan National Guard's B Company, 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment flew Levin to Baghdad International Airport, where they had a few moments to speak with the senator before he continued on another leg of his trip.

  • Senator Pat Roberts visits with Kansas Soldiers

    Jan 20, 2011

    Sen. Pat Roberts met with Soldiers over lunch at Fort Riley, Kan., to listen to their concerns and experiences.

  • 1st Infantry Division uncases colors at Fort Riley

    Jan 20, 2011

    The colors of the 1st Infantry Division were uncased Jan. 20, at a ceremony on Fort Riley, Kan., signifying the return of the unit's headquarters to Fort Riley.

  • Deployed troops graduate from special NCO professional development course

    Jan 17, 2011

    The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, an aviation brigade deployed to Iraq from Fort Riley, Kan., graduated its third class of Soldiers from a special academy designed to develop young leaders, Jan. 15. The course, known as the Demon Academy, consists of a week's worth of training, ranging from leadership philosophies to troop leading procedures, all designed for NCO professional development.

  • Army human resources section hard at work in Iraq

    Jan 17, 2011

    Soldiers working in an Army aviation brigade's human resources section have been busy since they deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, last March. Assigned to the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan., the human resource specialists are responsible for tending to the personnel issues of nearly 4,000 soldiers.

  • Deployed aviation troops man state of art operations center

    Jan 17, 2011

    The setting is straight from any Hollywood imagining of a futuristic war room, if that room were in Iraq. The walls of the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division's tactical operations center are covered mostly in maps, easily the simplest technology used in the state of the art war room. The rest of the operations center is technology galore.

  • Black Hawk crews keep VIPs safe, mobile around Iraq

    Jan 17, 2011

    An Army Black Hawk helicopter company flying out of Camp Taji, Iraq, is charged with moving military and civilian VIPs between U.S. bases here.

  • Calvert brothers bond over history while serving in Iraq

    Jan 12, 2011

    Two brothers, both colonels in the U.S. armor branch, got the chance to reunite recently for a historic mission in Baghdad while deployed in support of Operation New Dawn.

  • Crews Compete To Be the Best

    Jan 11, 2011

  • Fort Lee gets T-12 bomb

    Jan 7, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. -- Heavy equipment workers nudge a T-12 "earthquake" bomb into place as a permanent display item here. Hailed as the largest conventional air-dropped piece of munitions ever built, the bomb was conceived by the U.S. Army Ordnance Department during the closing months of World War II.

  • Band building well underway as new year begins

    Jan 6, 2011

    In spite of the cold weather, the new Army Ground Forces Band building is still tracking on schedule. "We should finish the shingles in a couple of weeks and then work will focus mostly on the inside," said Project Manager George V. Blackard of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Fort Bragg office. "Exterior brick work will also begin in a few weeks, which will bring out the true shape and color of the building." The placement of interior studs is well underway as are the mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins. The band will move to Fort Bragg with Headquarters, Army Forces Command, the summer of 2011, in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Fort Leonard Wood USO

    Jan 6, 2011

  • Painting For Charity

    Jan 6, 2011

  • Secretary of Army views Leonard Wood tornado damage

    Jan 6, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh met with officials and military families at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in an effort to reach out to the local community.

  • MPs Assess Tornado Damages

    Jan 5, 2011

  • Bromberg gets third star, becomes FORSCOM deputy commander, chief of staff

    Jan 5, 2011

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Jan. 4, 2011) - Maj. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg was promoted to lieutenant general during a ceremony at U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters here today, and assumed duties as deputy commanding general and chief of staff for FORSCOM. Bromberg, who served as Special Assistant to the FORSCOM Commanding General pending confirmation of his promotion by the U.S. Senate, will now oversee the training and readiness of more than 750,000 Soldiers in the active Army, National Guard, Army Reserve and about 3,500 Army civilians who work for the Army's largest command, FORSCOM.

  • Last main body of 1st Infantry Division headquarters returns to Fort Riley

    Jan 4, 2011

    About 150 Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion were reunited with their Families during a ceremony on Jan. 3 at Fort Riley.

  • National Guard General guides rear Division element through deployment

    Jan 4, 2011

    Brig. Gen. David Petersen served as rear deputy commander for the 1st Infantry Division during the headquarters' deployment to Iraq. His service marks one of the few times a traditional guardsman has commanded an active-duty post.

  • New MEDEVAC bird flies in Iraq

    Jan 4, 2011

    A Vermont National Guard helicopter company is using the Army's newest medical evacuation helicopter for the first time in Iraq. C Company of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment is the first unit to receive the HH-60M and the only one using it in Iraq. The company is attached to the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan.

  • 'Lightning' battalion senior enlisted leaders forge partnership with Iraqi Federal Police

    Jan 3, 2011

    The senior Noncommissioned Officers of 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, began the process of fostering a strong relationship with the NCOs in their partnered unit, the Iraqi 1st Federal Police Division.

  • U.S. Division - South Transfer of Authority Remarks by Maj. Gen. Eddy M. Spurgin

    Jan 3, 2011

    Remarks delivered by Maj. Gen. Eddy M. Spurgin, commander of the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, upon the transfer of authority from 1st Inf. Div. to the 36th at U.S. Div. - South in Basra, Iraq.

  • U.S. Army Forces Command/U.S. Army Reserve Command Combined Headquarters Construction Project - In R

    Dec 29, 2010

    A series of images, taken over time, of the new U.S. Army Forces Command/U.S. Army Reserve Command combined headquarters project at Fort Bragg, N.C. Covering the period Oct. 2009 - Dec 2010, the images show the changes in the facility as work has progressed. As directed by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) legislation - the headquarters elements of the two commands will relocate from Fort McPherson, Ga., in 2011.

  • 3/1 IBCT heads downrange; largest Knox deployment since WWII

    Dec 28, 2010

    Under the watchful eyes of their commanders and noncommissioned officers, Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, are heading overseas from Fort Knox, Ky., in numbers not seen here since the Second World War.

  • GEN Casey visits USD-S

    Dec 24, 2010

    Gen. George Casey, U.S. Army chief of staff, visited troops in Basra, Iraq, on Christmas Eve.

  • Fort Riley Families honor deployed loved ones with luminary ceremony

    Dec 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Families and friends of deployed Soldiers gathered together to honor those Soldiers during a luminary event. About 250 people attended the inaugural Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Candle Lighting Ceremony Dec. 17 at Riley's Conference Center.

  • Fort Riley program offers Soldiers safe ride home

    Dec 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - After last call at the bars in Aggieville in Manhattan, Soldiers can head to the bus parked at the gas station at 12th and Moro streets, where a driver will collect $2.50 or punch their card that guarantees them a ride back to post, where they will safely return to their beds. The Riley Ride program started in June 2008 as a way to keep Soldiers and others on the road safe after a night of drinking.

  • Troops celebrate holidays in Iraq with party, sporting events

    Dec 20, 2010

    An aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., hosted a holiday party in Iraq Dec. 19, giving deployed service members a chance to celebrate the season despite being away from home. The party, held on Camp Taji by the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, included live music, food and sporting events. Service members from several Army and Air Force units on the camp attended the party.

  • Iraqi army air traffic controller takes skills test

    Dec 20, 2010

    Army air traffic controllers serving in Iraq with the 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment work closely with their counterparts in the Iraqi army on Camp Taji. Together, the U.S. and Iraqi controllers monitor and direct air traffic around the base. The battalion's troops work with civilian contractors from the Washington Consulting Group to train the Iraqi soldiers.

  • Deployed brigade reaches reenlistment goal in record time

    Dec 20, 2010

    According to Department of the Army goals, the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, had one year to reenlist 427 Soldiers starting Oct. 1. It took them 61 days.

  • Iron Stronghold Resiliency Center opens on Camp Adder

    Dec 20, 2010

    In order to bring the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program to more Soldiers, the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, recently opened the Iron Stronghold Resiliency Center on Camp Adder, Iraq.

  • Major Iraqi oil refinery demonstrates self-sufficiency

    Dec 20, 2010

    The South Refinery Company, an Iraqi Government-owned oil company in Basra, has gained the attention of United States Division-South for its ingenuity and resourcefulness in repairing parts of its facility that had been inoperable for decades.

  • Pacesetters prevail at Camp Adder Fight Night

    Dec 20, 2010

    Although the skill set of most Pacesetters deals with dropping artillery shells on their enemies on the battlefield, lately the 3rd Battalion, 29th Artillery Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division has become known for dropping opponents in the ring.

  • US, Iraqi leaders discuss rule of law in Basra

    Dec 20, 2010

    Iraqi leaders and United States Division-South legal experts met recently to discuss rule of law at the Basra Operations Command (BaOC) Commander's Legal Conference.

  • Out of sight, out of mind, indispensible: 1st Inf. Div. Hub Platoon keeps units in Iraq connected

    Dec 20, 2010

    Every day in southern Iraq, thousands of U.S. Soldiers across 33 bases are communicating with each other. Most don't realize it, but their connectivity is due to the efforts of a small group of Big Red One Soldiers in Kuwait.

  • American geophysicist aims to boost science program in Basra

    Dec 20, 2010

    U.S. officials in Basra have signed a mutual agreement with Collaboration Organization Basra (COB), a non-governmental organization for community developments, establishing a science program for middle and high school Iraqi students.

  • Accidents on the decline in USD-S

    Dec 20, 2010

    According to the official Army accident database, the Army closed out Fiscal Year 2010 with 3,911 accidents and 505 fatalities. It was a 50 percent decrease in accidents and two percent decrease in fatalities since FY 2009.

  • Black Hawk crews bring Iraq to a close

    Dec 16, 2010

    It was dark over Camp Taji, Iraq, by the time a pair of Army Black Hawk helicopters took off. It's better to fly that way, said one of the pilots. Even in Operation New Dawn, the Army's helicopters and their crews still face some danger from below. But while these aviators still welcome the cover of darkness, they now see a light at the end of a seven-year tunnel here. Every mission they fly brings their involvement in Iraq closer to an end.

  • Mississippian enjoying every minute of Army career

    Dec 15, 2010

    When Marvin Parker graduated high school in 1982, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do, but he knew he didn't want to go straight into college. One day a few weeks after graduation, on a fateful trip through his hometown of Grenada, Miss., he spotted a good friend of his in an Army recruiting station. He went in to talk to his friend, and almost thirty years later, Parker, now a sergeant major, has been enjoying his military career ever since.

  • Girl Talk: Bridging the cultural gap with Iraq's teens

    Dec 15, 2010

    As the sun rose over the city of Saniyah, the Diwaniyah Provincial Reconstruction Team, supported by 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, set out on the first of several planned youth outreach programs in the area. The setting of this mission was not to be the site of a newly reconstructed facility or a meeting of provincial leaders but rather a classroom full of Iraqi teenage girls.

  • Basra Soldiers talk about sexual assault

    Dec 15, 2010

    The Big Red One Society Against Sexual Assault, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division-South held a day-long "BRO-SASA" conference at the post Chapel in Basra Dec. 8, to candidly discuss sexual assault in the military.

  • Big bang: US, Iraqi explosives disposal teams destroy cache

    Dec 15, 2010

    Sand and smoke filled the air as explosives specialists from the 8th Iraqi Army conducted a joint demolition with U.S. Soldiers from the 75th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company to dispose of a stockpile of munitions.

  • Iraqi border station opens modern housing facility

    Dec 15, 2010

    The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Iraqi Security Forces, and the Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 2, opening the new Zurbatiyah Point of Entry (ZPOE) force housing facility.

  • 25th annual holiday concert kindles spirit of the season

    Dec 14, 2010

    More than 2,500 Atlanta residents of all ages braved freezing weather and snow flurries in order to attend The Army Ground Forces Band's 25th Annual Holiday Concert at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Dec. 12. The silver anniversary production proved well worth their effort, with many people who had attended previous concerts over the years agreeing that this was the best one ever. In addition to the traditional and contemporary holiday music, five pre-recorded video greetings from metropolitan Atlanta Soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan were shown on huge screens. Members of their Families in the audience were recognized with enthusiastic rounds of applause. Hundreds of attendees signed the poster-sized holiday cards especially created for the occasion. The cards will be sent with the concert guests' best wishes to America's service members who are deployed during this holiday season.

  • 3/1 says goodbye through deployment ceremony

    Dec 13, 2010

    The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, held a deployment ceremony Thursday, Dec. 9, to officially case their colors and say goodbye to Fort Knox, Ky, until they reuturn in 2012.

  • US troops lend firepower to Iraqi Army

    Dec 13, 2010

    Army scout helicopters participated in an exercise near Mosul, Iraq, Dec. 6, designed to train Iraqi ground troops on the basics of coordinating attacks from an aircraft.

  • Soldier honors fallen brother in Iraq

    Dec 13, 2010

    Story about an Army Pfc. serving in Iraq flying a flag over Tikrit where his brother was killed in 2003.

  • Fort Riley signs FMWR Employee and Customer Covenant

    Dec 9, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - The signing of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Employee and Customer Covenant was a promise to provide excellent customer service. The covenant was signed by Col. Kevin Brown, Fort Riley garrison commander, and Steve Tully, DFMWR director, following a meeting Dec. 1 at King Field House.

  • Operation Proper Exit brings closure for wounded vet and his escort

    Dec 8, 2010

    Staff Sgt. Jeffery Curtis had been telling the story for years. He was just starting a guard shift on the perimeter of Forward Operating Base Gains Mills in northern Iraq with his Avenger air missile defense team when the net came alive with chatter...

  • Iraqis honor American wounded

    Dec 8, 2010

    When the wounded warriors with Operation Proper Exit visited Basra, Iraq, on Dec. 7, they received a warm welcome from Soldiers on the base, from the ranks of private through major general. Another group, perhaps more unexpectedly, also welcomed them - Iraqi military leaders and civilians.

  • Soldier reenlists in helicopter over southern Iraq

    Dec 8, 2010

    Spc. Jessica Jernigan, the administrative assistant for Brig. Gen. Ricky Gibbs, United States Division-South's deputy commanding general for maneuver, reenlisted aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in flight over southern Iraq Dec. 1.

  • Soldiers engage with Cannon: Maj. Gen. Cannon recognizes Soldiers for their contributions

    Dec 7, 2010

    Maj. Gen. Nelson J. Cannon, USF-I's Deputy Commanding General of Detainee Operations and 32-year veteran of the Michigan National Guard, presented coins of excellence as tokens of his appreciation to Soldiers from the 1-147th Aviation Helicopter Battalion, a National Guard unit comprised of Soldiers from Michigan and Wisconsin. The battalion is deployed to Basra in support of the 1st Infantry Division and U.S. Division-South.

  • Texas Torch: 36th Inf. Div. begins to arrive in Basra

    Dec 7, 2010

    The 36th Infantry Division's "torch party" recently arrived in Basra, signaling the beginning stages of that unit's deployment and the beginning of the end of the 1st Infantry Division's deployment.

  • Deployed field artillery unit surpasses annual reenlistment goal in 23 days

    Dec 7, 2010

    Reenlistment rates across the Army are above the Department of Defense's year-to-date expectations, but one field artillery battalion deployed to southern Iraq has shattered those goals.

  • Army crews work behind scenes to maintain Apache helicopters

    Dec 4, 2010

    Like a NASCAR race team, half of an Apache attack helicopter crew never takes the white-knuckled ride out of the pits. The $35 million, twin-engine, missile toting Apache is designed to seat no more than it takes to get its job done, and its crew chiefs stay on the ground as the birds lift off. But like its distant, less lethal cousins in the racing world, the Apache could not fly without the efforts of its ground crew.

  • Arrowhead Division prepares for deployment to Iraq

    Nov 30, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Soldiers of the 36th Infantry "Arrowhead" Division, Texas Army National Guard, came here in late September to begin the final stages of training for their deployment to southern Iraq, where they will serve as the headquarters of U.S. Division - South in support of Operation New Dawn.

  • Airmen help cavalry regiment engineer success

    Nov 30, 2010

  • Called forward: Cavalry unit quickly assumes mission in Iraq

    Nov 30, 2010

    Troop F, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment arrived Nov. 26 at Contingency Operating Site Delta in southeastern Iraq, to begin conducting missions in support of Operation New Dawn.

  • Life on the Iraq-Iran Border

    Nov 29, 2010

    Professionalisation of the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement is a focus for U.S. Division-South. This photoset contains images of life on the Iraq-Iran border as seen through the lens of the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Inf. Div. public affairs office.

  • "Life is Sacred":Basra celebrates Native American Heritage Month

    Nov 29, 2010

    In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the 1st Infantry Division, Division, Equal Opportunity team hosted a night of observance and a Native American half-marathon, in Basra, Iraq.

  • Iraqi, US Armies donate school supplies to underprivileged children

    Nov 29, 2010

    A special visit from the Iraqi and United States armies brought excitement to Iraqi children at one of Basra's primary schools as part of the Army's civic action development.

  • Thanksgiving project brings parents, children together

    Nov 28, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Katie Fornes and her 3-year-old daughter, Allison, took advantage of the Post Library's Thanksgiving craft event Nov. 20 as a mother-daughter date. "We were going to have some one-on-one time and do some activities together, just the two of us with the older sibling gone," Fornes said.

  • Aircraft from the Army's sole aviation brigade in Iraq

    Nov 28, 2010

    The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is an aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan. The unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, this March in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and is now the Army's only aviation brigade supporting Operation New Dawn. The brigade's primary mission is the support of ground forces, which involves freedom of maneuver, counter indirect fire, route clearance, and convoy security. It is also involved in advising and assisting Iraqi aviators across the country. The unit is the first ever enhanced aviation brigade, meaning that it has absorbed other units, becoming a super brigade of sorts. If there is something flying in Iraq, it likely wears the brigade's insignia, the historic "Big Red One."

  • Army unit flies new unmanned aircraft in Iraq

    Nov 28, 2010

    An Army unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, is shaping the future of the Army's unmanned aircraft systems program with a handful of its newest aircraft, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle.

  • Big Red One headquarters packing bags

    Nov 27, 2010

    The first Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Soldiers to redeploy are scheduled to arrive at Fort Riley, Kan., before Christmas, but there is still a lot to be done between now and then to ensure they have smooth travels home.

  • Big Red One leaders take to the skies to celebrate Thanksgiving

    Nov 26, 2010

    The 1st Infantry Division command team, also known as the "Victory 5," visited almost every camp, base and airfield in the United States Division-South operating environment to talk to and eat with USD-S personnel on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Army Chief of Chaplains celebrates Thanksgiving in southern Iraq

    Nov 26, 2010

    For service members and Department of Defense civilians in Basra, time away from loved ones did not deter the spirit of gratefulness as they attended the Thanksgiving Day service at Basra Chapel, Nov. 25.

  • Deployed Army brigade celebrates Thanksgiving in Iraq

    Nov 26, 2010

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq, made the best of another holiday away from home Thanksgiving Day with several celebrations ranging from sports tournaments to a traditional turkey dinner.

  • US Division-South gets "Victory Strong" in Iraq

    Nov 25, 2010