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  • Iraqis end training with air assault exercise

    May 19, 2010

    Culminating three weeks of training with U.S. Special Forces and the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Iraqi Commandos and the 5th Iraqi Tactical Security Unit Battalion conducted a simulated air assault raid at Contingency Operating Base Adder April 22, 2010.

  • Iraqi Police confront counterfeiting

    May 19, 2010

    Armed with new knowledge about the effects of counterfeiting and methods for dealing with it, the Iraqi Police of Dhi Qar Province who attended a class hosted by U.S. Psychological Operations Soldiers in Nasiriyah, Iraq, April 25, 2010, will now return to their units and further disseminate that knowledge.

  • From Police Chief to Army NCO

    May 19, 2010

    From his time in the Marine Corps, to his retirement as a police chief, to his current assignment with the 1st Infantry Division's Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 40-year-old Kevin Nation possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience far above the average corporal.

  • 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

  • Actor foregoes career to serve country

    May 18, 2010

    Many people were in disbelief of what they were watching on 9/11 and asked themselves "why'" For then-actor Capt. Scott Eberlein, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, the question wasn't "why'" It was "how can I help'"

  • 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.

  • English class crosses cultural divide

    May 17, 2010

    What started as a class helping women employees of the Basra International Airport polish their English speaking and reading skills has quickly grown into a forum where women can freely discuss a variety of issues in a comfortable environment.

  • Pair join ranks of Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame

    May 14, 2010

    A Medal of Honor recipient from World War II and a Vietnam-era Army aviator turned Congressman became the newest members of the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame in a ceremony May 11 at the Lewis and Clark Center. Col. Charles W. Davis and Rep. Leonard L. Boswell of Iowa, both former students and instructors at the Command and General Staff College, were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  • 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.

  • Secretary Gates visits Fort Riley

    May 10, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Spouses were invited to a special town hall meeting May 8 with a special guest from Washington: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

  • 2010 Best Ranger Competition kicks off

    May 7, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. Aca,!" More than 40 two-man Ranger teams from around the Army began the 27th annual Best Ranger Competition here today. While most competitors are focused on the win, one team has another goal in mind: to finish. At 49 and 42-years-old, COL Chris Argo and LTC Thomas Foster of team eight said they want to finish in the top tier and cross this event off their Aca,!A"bucket list.Aca,!A?

  • 858th Engineer Company recognized for their effort

    May 7, 2010

    Images of the 858th Engineer Company receiving 3rd Infantry Division shoulder patches for their support to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, in southern Iraq.

  • 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.

  • Mother's Day surprise: Mother visits son in Iraq

    May 7, 2010

    Command Sgt. Maj. Rue Mayweather, who works in United States Forces- Iraq's Critical Thinking cell, traveled to Camp Taji to visit her son, 1st Lt. Kenieth Mayweather May 5. The two had been working within their chains of command to arrange a Mother's Day visit, but Kenieth had no idea his mother was coming to visit him early.

  • MPs teach Iraqis emergency response techniques

    May 7, 2010

    BASRA, Iraq - After receiving a week of intense training at the Basra Operations Center from the 206th Military Police Company, attached to the 17th Fires Brigade, members of the Iraqi Emergency Response Battalion are are better-prepared to handle large-scale emergencies.

  • Soldier uses instincts to uncover hidden weapon

    May 7, 2010

    While manning an entry control point in Iraq, Pfc. Rodgers LaRue noticed a truck that didn't seem quite right. He could have just let it go by. Fortunately, he didn't.

  • 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.

  • Tip-line arms Soldiers with citizen info

    May 4, 2010

    Soldiers patrolling the area around al-Zabair are equipped with their usual protective gear and equipment, but recently they've added one more tool in the form of a small laminated card.

  • Interservice pistol championships slated for June

    May 3, 2010

    The best pistol shooters the Department of Defense has to offer are set to converge on Fort Benning this summer for the 51st Annual Interservice Pistol Championships, scheduled for June 11-18. Training and competitions are open to individuals and teams of the Armed Services of the United States, Reserve Components, and military academies and commissioning program.

  • Public Affairs contemporaries share information

    May 1, 2010

    Public Affairs officers assigned to the 8th Iraqi Army Division met with their 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division counterpart at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu for a joint training seminar, April 27.

  • Resiliency training in Iraq keeps Soldiers strong

    May 1, 2010

    Soldiers have to be prepared for the emotional and mental stress of being deployed away from home. The United States Division - South is working to keep Soldiers in the fight with resiliency training.

  • Agriculture conference looks to Iraq's future

    May 1, 2010

    A meeting of agricultural minds took place on Contingency Operating Base Basra, April 27, 2010, focusing on reforming Iraq's agricultural businesses.

  • Ministry of Interior budgets time for learning

    May 1, 2010

    The Ministry of Interior, partnering with Iraq Training and Advisory Mission officials, conducted two financial management courses at Basra International Airport from March 28 to April 15.

  • Improving quality of life through water

    May 1, 2010

    COS KALSU, Iraq - Iraqi leaders joined Soldiers of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, April 19 to view completed updates to the Hashimiyah, Iraq, water treatment facility.

  • Iraqi and U.S. Generals hold radar groundbreaking

    May 1, 2010

    Several senior officers were present to break ground for a long range radar site at Contingency Operating Base Adder in southern Iraq, a milestone event in the development of the Iraqi Air Force and the US Forces' drawdown from Iraq.

  • Casey tours USD-S Operations

    Apr 28, 2010

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., U.S. Army chief of staff, met with leaders of United States Division-South April 28 to discuss operations within the division and the work being done as U.S. Forces transition out of Iraq.

  • Boston Marathon comes to Iraq

    Apr 27, 2010

    Besting roughly 400 other civilian and military runners from all over Iraq, Army Sgt. Derek Miller won the sixth-annual Boston Marathon at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq April 18, 2010, with a time of 3:01:00, and shared the laurels was Spc. Janelle A. Drennan, whose 3:40:09 made her the first female finisher.

  • BOB on the FOB comes back to Iraq

    Apr 27, 2010

    Merrifield is a member of the personal security detachment for Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, deputy commanding general of operations for United States Forces-Iraq, but in his off time, creates cartoons that have become something of a touchstone for deployed troops and civilians alike.

  • Bringing closure to wounded Veterans

    Apr 26, 2010

    "They had me hidden in the sergeant major's office," said Staff Sgt. Julio Arredondo, "They told me he was looking all around." Moments later, the governance noncommissioned officer with the 486th Civil Affair Battalion emerged and surprised his brother, Sgt. (Retired) Juan Arredondo, both natives of Coachella, Calif., during a welcoming ceremony at the al-Faw Palace in Baghdad, April 5, 2010.

  • 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.

  • Sledgehammer squads square-off

    Apr 24, 2010

    Squads representing each of the six battalions that make up the 3rd Heavy Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division met at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, April 15, 2010, to compete in a two-day event designed to test their strength and teamwork.

  • Shaping the future by remembering the past

    Apr 24, 2010

    Proudly wearing his yamulka, Maj. Michael Milliron, deputy for logistics operations for 1st Infantry Division, sat reverently, his face appearing perplexed.

  • 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.

  • Future Leader Course prepares Soldiers

    Apr 24, 2010

    Noncommissioned officers lower-enlisted Soldiers of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade celebrated their graduation of the four-day Future Leader Course with a speech by United States Division - South Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Champagne on Contingency Operating Base Adder, April 15, 2010.

  • Iraqis train to assault by air

    Apr 24, 2010

    As the drawdown of U.S. forces continues, the training of Iraqi Security Forces counterparts to assume the primary security responsibility remains paramount to both sides, and U.S. Soldiers throughout Iraq are training Iraqi troops to provide stability and secure the country.

  • Lt. Dan Band rocks Fort Riley

    Apr 23, 2010

    Fort Riley, Kan. - Military Families and community members from the Central Flint Hills Region came together Friday evening at Marshall Army Air Field to celebrate and honor the Month of the Military Child with the Fort Riley MOMC Concert, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

  • 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.

  • Military improves do-it-yourself moves

    Apr 23, 2010

    After extensive testing and evaluation, the military has launched an improved system to better compensate servicemembers who personally move their household goods on military orders.

  • 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.

  • Workshop focuses minds on ASC missions

    Apr 22, 2010

    Property book officers and Army Field Support Brigade staff personnel from worldwide locations brought their combined skills to bear at the third annual Army Sustainment Command Property Branch and G-4 (Logistics) Workshop held April 13-16 at the Bettendorf, Iowa, Holiday Inn.

  • Red Dragons Deploy Upon the Desert

    Apr 21, 2010

  • 15th Transportation Company Goes Over the Road

    Apr 21, 2010

  • Leonard announced as next commanding general of SDDC

    Apr 21, 2010

    The Office of the Army Chief of Staff announced today Maj. Gen. Kevin A. Leonard will be assigned as commanding general of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command at a date soon to be determined.

  • 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.

  • Liberator II continues effort to find missing

    Apr 20, 2010

    Operation Liberator II began April 15 and continues the work started last summer during Operation Liberator, a two-month-long effort that improved the collection of actionable intelligence relating to missing personnel, said Lt. Col. Kevin Dennehy, director of USF-I's Personnel Recovery Division. That operation laid the groundwork for the development of this phase of the search.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vietnam vet, decorated pilot prepares to wrap up Iraq deployment

    Apr 14, 2010

    It's a heady rAfAsumAfA: war hero, veteran pilot, commercial pilot, safety officer, father, grandfather, husband and - most recently - projects officer: with such an extensive list of credentials to his name, one would expect this Soldier to be incredibly busy.

  • A look back at a year building civil capacity

    Apr 13, 2010

    At the end of any combat deployment, it is common to take a moment and assess what the Soldiers of a unit have accomplished over 12 months away from friends and family.

  • US Army conducts board with Iraqi counterparts

    Apr 13, 2010

    Boards, in which a Soldier stands before a group of senior leaders and is examined for technical and general proficiency, are a common experience in the Army, but it is not so often that Soldiers have the opportunity to be examined by leadership from a host nation.

  • Iraqi medics take flight with MEDEVAC training

    Apr 13, 2010

    A few hundred meters from the Iran-Iraq border, sentries from the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement conducted medical evacuation training with U.S. Advisors attached to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

  • Mudhif houses capture spirit of Iraqi culture

    Apr 13, 2010

    Local architecture plays an important role in the culture of the marsh Arabs of southern Iraq, and no structure captures the lifestyle and traditions of the region more than the 'mudhif.'

  • 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.

  • Japanese ministry aids Babil Province

    Apr 11, 2010

    The minister of the Japanese Embassy in Iraq signed a contract at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu March 24, 2010, to provide funding for two grassroots projects, which will benefit widows in Babil Province.

  • 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.

  • TRAINING: Warrior tasks and contracting scenarios

    Apr 9, 2010

    They applied tourniquets to legs severed by improvised explosive devices, survived Humvee roll-overs, and eliminated the enemy with M16s... then they dusted off their uniforms and provided contracting expertise to get vital supplies and services to our warfighters. It's all in a days' work for the contingency contracting officer teams of the Expeditionary Contracting Command, training to deploy. The teams are relatively new. Their formation began when the Army recognized the need for Soldiers proficient in contracting to deploy with Army units. When the Army formed the Army Contracting Command and its subordinate Expeditionary Contracting Command in 2008, the teams and the 51 C military occupational specialty were born. These contingency contracting specialists have been growing and improving their efficiency and effectiveness to fulfill their wartime mission ever since.

  • IA and U.S. joint night patrol proves valuable

    Apr 9, 2010

    Soldiers of 17th Fires Brigade, deployed out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, conduct joint patrol with their Iraqi Security Force counterparts in southern Iraq's Basrah Province.

  • 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.

  • Big Red One gets new division chaplain

    Apr 9, 2010

    In a time-honored tradition, the 1st Infantry Division held a changing of the stole ceremony April 5, 2010, to welcome in their new chaplain at Contingency Operating Base Basra.

  • Humvee maintenance class tunes-up ISF knowledge

    Apr 8, 2010

    Iraqi Security Forces troops are getting their hands dirty with the humvee 20-Level Maintenance course held at Joint Security Station Wessam, which began March 20, 2010.

  • Elections herald noticeable changes in Iraqi security

    Apr 8, 2010

    March 7, 2010, marked the second Iraqi national elections since the fall of Saddam's regime in 2003. "In 2003, things were very different. Circumstances were tough. We were living under martial law and our government was weak," said Maj. Mohammad Ghassan Mohammad, operations officer for the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Iraqi Army Brigade.

  • Responsible drawdown: Soldiers tackle logistical challenge of equipment turn-in

    Apr 8, 2010

    U.S. forces have already begun redeploying to their home bases in accordance with the Security of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government, which states that by September 1, 2010, U.S. forces will drawdown to 50,000 troops in the country.

  • Center helps Iraqi media maintain independence

    Apr 8, 2010

    Freedom of speech and of the press are characteristics of liberty that many countries have fought to protect. A vigorous press is essential to an educated, informed populace, and in order to work properly, they must be free from control by the state.

  • Helping deployed Soldiers maintain bonds

    Apr 8, 2010

    The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division is helping married Soldiers improve their relationships with their spouses during their current mission in Iraq.

  • Women honored at COS Kalsu

    Apr 8, 2010

    Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, commemorated Women's History Month March 25, 2010, at the Contingency Operating Site Kalsu dining facility. The theme of the event was "Writing Women Back into History."

  • 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.

  • Task Force Diamond Head thwarts indirect attacks in Iraq

    Apr 5, 2010

    "Indirect fire" refers to the firing of a weapon without a direct line-of-sight between the weapon and its target; it's indiscriminate and it's deadly.

  • 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.

  • COB Basra celebrates first Protestant liturgical service

    Apr 4, 2010

    The first liturgical Protestant Worship Service was held at the Contingency Operating Base Basra chapel on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2010. "Soldiers come from a variety of faith traditions, and we have some that come from traditions such as Lutheran, Anglican, Episcopalian or Reformed who are used to several different types of things in worship that are distinct and we are trying to incorporate those things into this worship service," said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tim Mallard, 1st Infantry Division Chaplain.

  • Iraqi Air Force prepares to return to Talil

    Apr 2, 2010

    Iraqi Air Force commander tours COB Adder as his unit, Squadron 70, prepares to take control of Tallil Air Base as part of a larger effort of re-establishing Iraqi Security Forces in various locations throughout Iraq.

  • Base boasts Aca,!Eoehidden gemAca,!a,,c in crew lounge

    Apr 2, 2010

    In locales around the world, people often have their special places and hidden gems they consider as "must-sees" whenever they pass through, and Iraq is no different. With military bases throughout theater, such locations become well-known for different reasons.

  • 5K Run honors Molly Pitcher

    Apr 2, 2010

    The 17th Fires Brigade held a 5K run in honor of Molly Pitcher for military service members and Defense Department civilians on Contingency Operating Base Basra, March 21, 2010.

  • Soldiers celebrate Women's History Month in Iraq

    Apr 2, 2010

    Soldiers gathered at the Contingency Operating Base Basra town hall March 26, 2010, to celebrate Women's History Month with an event that focused on the important contributions women have made that are sometimes forgotten.

  • Current role models 'write women back into history' at Monroe observance

    Apr 1, 2010

    Four extraordinary women of different calibers took the stage for the Women's History Observance March 29, a collaborative effort of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe and Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

  • "What Right Looks Like" an aerial view

    Apr 1, 2010

    Aerial photo of new FORSCOM/USARC Headquarters at Ft. Bragg, NC.

  • Personal security is detachmentAca,!a,,cs business

    Apr 1, 2010

    As the U.S. Army assumes a larger advise-and-assist role in Iraq, Iraqi and American commanders meet frequently to coordinate operations and cultivate relationships. In the southern provinces of Dhi Qar, Muthanna, and Basra, a group of specially trained Soldiers known as the Personal Security Detachment, part of 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment "Steel Tigers," enables their battalion leadership to move freely on the Iraqi roads.

  • Medics of 3-1 Cav apply healing hands

    Apr 1, 2010

    The call for aid came early in the evening, March 28, 2010: an Iraqi officer needed help from U.S. Soldiers in treating a burn victim. What made this particular request unusual was that the patient was a 2-year-old girl.

  • Al Kut welcomes fish and meat market

    Apr 1, 2010

    Since March 2008, the Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team, along with U.S. forces and Iraqi Security Forces at Contingency Operating Base Delta near al-Kut, has been working to establish economic stability in the region by giving local merchants sanitary places to sell their meat and fish.

  • Olympic boxing aspirations begin at Fort Huachuca

    Mar 31, 2010

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. - Who would have thought that joining the Army has the potential to get you into the Olympic games' That's the ultimate goal of the 32 boxers attending the All-Army Boxing training sessions at Fort Huachuca's Barnes Field House. These Soldiers were selected to be a part of the All-Army Boxing Championship, to be held April 9, with the goal of furthering their boxing careers.

  • 'Play It Safe' this summer

    Mar 31, 2010

    The summer season is fast approaching and the Army is continuing its commitment to safeguarding Soldiers, Army Civilians and their Families with the launch of the 2010 Safe Summer campaign.

  • MP unit builds relationships with Iraqi neighbors

    Mar 30, 2010

    The mission wasn't off to the greatest of starts. Fluid leaked out from under the trail humvee's undercarriage and the vehicle's motor would not start. In a motor pool back in the United States, this isn't a normally a problem. In Iraq, 45 minutes away from any base, it's a problem.

  • Army's top enlisted visits Soldiers in Kosovo

    Mar 30, 2010

    The senior enlisted Soldier in the Army, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, visited Soldiers on the U.S. -led NATO mission in Kosovo March 27-28.

  • Border team hands over tradition

    Mar 30, 2010

    Since soccer is a popular game among Iraqi children, the inclusion of soccer balls in humanitarian missions is more than a gift; it is a symbol of goodwill between U.S. forces and Iraqi residents.

  • Issue Management System: The AFAP process 'digitized'

    Mar 30, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, GA., (March 29, 2010)-U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Well-Being officials were recently Beta testers for a new software application that is expected to standardize the way quality-of-life issues are submitted Army-wide for review through the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) process. During FORSCOM's 2010 AFAP conference March 24-26; Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) Project Liaison Michelle Reilly and Defense Web Technologies Project Manager Michele Ruditis facilitated Beta testing of the AFAP Issue Management System (IMS) for FORSCOM Well-Being staff and conference attendees. The AFAP IMS will allow for review, submission, escalation and tracking of issues throughout the issue-resolution process, according to Ruditis.

  • Army civilian named 'Humanitarian of the Year'

    Mar 29, 2010

    Personal tragedy has led one Department of the Army civilian on a path of healing that is changing lives for wounded warriors and garnering national recognition.

  • Logistics partnering in Maysan Province

    Mar 29, 2010

    The 121st Brigade Support Battalion's partnership with the Iraqi Security Forces focuses not only on developing their ability to conduct combat operations, but also upon developing their administrative and logistics capabilities.

  • Iraqi, US students make connections over Web

    Mar 29, 2010

    A student at the Hillah High School for Exceptional Students accepts gifts from the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division before communicating over the internet with students at Brookstone High School, in Columbus, Ga., March 17, 2010. Students from both schools shared information and asked questions about one another's culture during the session.

  • FORSCOM Family 'sound off' during Census 2010

    Mar 29, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga., (March 29, 2010)-It's that time again in the United States, the time when we count the nation's population. Known as the Census, this once-per-decade effort begins April 1, but many people have already started receiving the forms in the mail. U.S. Department of Commerce officials said accurate census reporting among Soldiers and their Families is important. In fact, they emphasize that it's just as important to the military population as it is for their civilian counterparts. The Census results determine the distribution of about $400 billion per year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. This money is what funds community services nationwide, services that also benefit Soldiers and their Families.

  • The votes are in, AFAP delegates have spoken

    Mar 26, 2010

    ATLANTA, Ga., (March 26, 2010) - Votes were cast and the top five quality-of-life issues were announced today as the annual, week-long U.S. Army Forces Command Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference concluded at the Crown Plaza Hotel-Atlanta Airport. Planned and facilitated by Well-Being Division personnel from FORSCOM G-1, 56 delegates from Army installations nationwide assembled here this week to review 72 quality-of-life issues identified during last year's installation-level AFAP conferences. First the delegates were assigned to five workgroups, and then the 72 issues were organized into five categories - Benefits and Entitlements; Child, Youth and School Services; Family Support/Civilian Issues; Force Support; and Medical and Dental.

  • U.S. preps facility for transfer to Iraqi Army as part of drawdown

    Mar 26, 2010

    Preparing for any redeployment often involves extensive inventories and equipment reallocations, but the process for one U.S. base in southern Maysan Province has the added challenge of transferring the entire base, equipment and crucial infrastructure.

  • Soldiers remember lost comrade

    Mar 26, 2010

    They gathered in the Contingency Operating Station Kalsu chapel with heavy hearts and somber silence. The tiny chapel was filled to capacity, but the overwhelming stillness that filled the small building signaled the somberness of the event.

  • 1-10 FA Regt. Artillerymen say farewell

    Mar 26, 2010

    Members of the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, filed into the auditorium at Contingency Operating Station Delta, Iraq, March 12, 2010, for a memorial ceremony.

  • US Ambassador to Iraq visits Karbala Province

    Mar 26, 2010

    U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill discussed the state of Karbala Province with Brig. Gen. Ricky Gibbs, 1st Infantry Division and United States Division-South deputy commanding general for maneuver, Soldiers of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, and members of the Karbala Provincial Reconstruction Team, at Patrol Base Husaniyah, Mar. 6, 2010.

  • Watching history unfold: national elections in Iraq

    Mar 26, 2010

    The night before the Iraqi national elections, Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were still going through their system checks. While they would not be in charge of security for the polling sites in the Najaf, Babil, Wasit, Diwaniyah and Karbala provinces, they were determined to be ready if a call for help came.

  • 3rd BSTB welcomes new level-one fighters

    Mar 26, 2010

    Soldiers of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division graduate from a one-week, level one combatives course at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu in southern Iraq.

  • FORSCOM AFAP delegates seek to enhance Army community's quality of life

    Mar 25, 2010

    ATLANTA, Ga. (March 25, 2010)-Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) official Lynn McCullum kicked-off the 2010 U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference, here, Wednesday morning as the keynote speaker during the opening session. McCullum, FMWRC director of family programs, sought to inspire conference delegates to continue doing good work, such as with their promotion of Army Family programs and also in their participation during the week-long conference. "Ordinary people like us...can accomplish awesome and extraordinary things," she said. "That is really what you're here about today-and during the next couple of days-is that you will accomplish extraordinary things."

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