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  • Paratroopers Over Normandy

    Jun 23, 2009

    Hundreds of veterans, fans, and present day paratroopers gather near the Merderet River by the La Fiere bridge for the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies here on Jun 6. Around 300 American, British, French and German paratroopers jumped to commemorate the airborne drop 65-years ago. The ceremony, held at the Iron Mike statue, was highlighted by the presence of over 25 Second World War veterans who participated in an airborne wing exchange between German and American paratroopers.

  • 65th Normandy Anniversary

    Jun 23, 2009

    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the crowd and highlights the legacy entrusted to us by the WWII combat veterans that surround him here on Jun 6. The president was in Normandy to attend the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.

  • Army Reserve Paratroopers in England

    Jun 23, 2009

    RAF LYNMANN, ENGLAND -- British Paratroopers, or "PARAS" as they are called, trained here on Jun 30 with U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers as part of Operation Air Drop Warrior, a joint-training exercise. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.

  • Pointe-Du-Hoc

    Jun 23, 2009

    POINTE-DU-HOC, FRANCE -- Col (Ret) Keith Nightingale, a former commander of both Ranger and 82nd Airborne battalions, and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade, lectures U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers at the monument atop of Pointe-Du-Hoc overlooking Omaha beach on June 5. The Rangers scaled the sheer cliffs to take out this German gun turret that watches over the coast. Today the site has a granite memorial to honor the 2nd Ranger Battalion and their heroic assault. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.

  • Paratroopers from 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion visit Virginia for D-Day ceremony

    Jun 22, 2009

    Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion visited the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. this June in honor of the 65th anniversary of D-Day

  • 82nd Airborne Paratroopers take part in 65th D-Day anniversary in Normandy, France

    Jun 22, 2009

    Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne travelled to Normandy, France this June to take part in the 65th anniversary of D-Day

  • The Infantryman gets his due

    Jun 19, 2009

    After 234 years the Infantryman gets his due. The National Infantry Museum opened Friday on a stretch of land that joins Columbus, Ga. to Fort Benning, the Home of the Infantry. Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff GEN(R) Colin Powell served as the guest speaker and cut the ribbon on the state-of-the-art museum. Fort Benning has been the Home of the Infantry since 1918.

  • Fort Lewis Stryker unit begins its rotation at JRTC

    Jun 19, 2009

    The dull roar of engines helped punctuate the arrival of Soldiers with the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, as offloading began at Fort Polk's rail head on June 3. Soldiers have been receiving vehicles shipped from the Northwest and preparing them for the brigade's rotation through the Joint Readiness Training Center.

  • COIST staffs play crucial role on today's complex battlefield

    Jun 19, 2009

    On today's complex battlefield, company commanders make decisions quickly - and that is sometimes difficult without a staff trained to analyze the constant flow of information. As a result of a concept developed by Col. Harry D. Tunnell IV, the commander of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the company commanders in his maneuver battalions will have more of the resources they need to make timely, effective decisions.

  • Improved battery technology sitting unordered in Army inventory

    Jun 18, 2009

    Soldiers are carrying unnecessary weight into battle because many units do not realize that newer, lighter batteries with more capacity are sitting unordered in the Army supply channel.

  • D-Day at Fort Bragg, N.C.

    Jun 18, 2009

    Images of an Airborne Operation conducted at Sicily Drop Zone, Fort Bragg, N.C. on D-Day, 2009. Approximately 60 Soldiers participated in the operation.

  • 'Pride of Service'- the role of the NCO

    Jun 17, 2009

  • FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH JUMPS WITH THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS FOR HIS 85TH BIRTHDAY

    Jun 17, 2009

    Former President George H.W. Bush celebrates his 85th birthday jumping with the Army's Golden Knights.

  • First amputee graduates from WOCC

    Jun 15, 2009

    Former Staff Sgt. Johnathan Holsey was distinguished June 5 as the first amputee to graduate from the Fort Rucker Warrant Officer Career College.

  • VIDEO: Chief of Staff Gen. Casey's Army Birthday message

    Jun 12, 2009

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Chief of Staff of the Army, has a message for the Army Family on its 234th Birthday.

  • Paratroopers make historic jump, visit battlefields on D-Day anniversary

    Jun 12, 2009

    Landing inside Drop Zone T off the coast of Normandy, 34 Soldiers with the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, participated in a historic parachute jump with paratroopers from around the world June 7 commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

  • Poor economy, re-up rates prompt changes in retention

    Jun 11, 2009

  • 23-year old reserve helicopter pilot races in fix wing-transcontinental flight

    Jun 11, 2009

    When Lt. Heather Cupitt was a small child she had a dream of being a pilot. Aca,!A"My dad was in the Marines and when I was very young he would always show us clips of him being on the USS America during Vietnam working on the F4 Phantom,Aca,!A? she recalled. Aca,!A"Seeing him around aircraft made me realize that if my dad could work on them then maybe I could fly them. That got me interested in aviation just being around that environment.Aca,!A? Now, at the ripe old age of 23, Cupitt has not only learned to fly, she diversifiedAca,!"and added a transcontinental air race for women into the mix just for fun. CupittAca,!a,,cs voyage started with a patriotic desire, and financial consideration.

  • Soldiers hone skills during Combatives Level 1 course

    Jun 11, 2009

    "The goal of Army combatives is to teach you a new fight strategy, rather than try to stand and bang it out, it's to close the distance with the enemy, gain a dominant position and then finish the fight" said Sgt. 1st Class Paul Haber of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, STB, 82nd Abn. Div. "What we're doing now is teaching the drills to gain a dominant position."

  • Special needs child scores with help of Fort Bragg Soldier

    Jun 11, 2009

    When Jakob Curran was 19-months-old, he was diagnosed with moderate cerebral palsy. In 2003, he was diagnosed with autism. Today Jakob is on a Fort Bragg soccer field. He plays for the Strykers, a team coached by Sgt. 1st Class Sebastian Campos, 307th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. "Because of his physical limitations, he's allowed to play as a 12th man on the field," Campos said. "But he goes for the ball, and he gets in the middle of it."

  • Fort Bragg paratrooper, ex-boxer, earns citizenship after becoming servicemember

    Jun 10, 2009

  • U.S. ARMY PARACHUTE TEAM TO JUMP WITH FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH

    Jun 9, 2009

    Former President George H.S. Bush will celebrate his 85th birthday by jumping with the U.S. Army Parachute Team.

  • VIDEO: Sgt. Maj. of the Army Preston's birthday message

    Jun 9, 2009

    VIDEO: Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston wishes the Army a Happy 234th Birthday in the Year of the NCO.

  • 82nd Recognizes Volunteers

    Jun 9, 2009

    Family Readiness Group volunteers were recognized for their contribution to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

  • Army Safety Center announces Peer to Peer contest winners

    Jun 8, 2009

  • Commentary: Safety-briefing cliches carry meaning

    Jun 8, 2009

    Safety briefings my be full of cliche's but they carry wisdom from decades of painful, and deadly, experience.

  • June is National Safety Month

    Jun 8, 2009

    The USACR/Safety Center launches a Year of the NCO micro page to highlight the role of NCOs in safety, as part of National Safety Month.

  • Servicemembers join veterans, French citizens to commemorate sacrifice of World War II troops who fo

    Jun 6, 2009

    At the top of a small hill here there is a 15-foot-tall concrete memorial framed on each side by the American and French flags. On the face of the memorial is a life-sized image carved in stone of a U.S. Army paratrooper descending from the sky.

  • Airborne Walk marks 24-year anniversary

    Jun 5, 2009

    The Airborne community is about to reach a milestone. Saturday will mark the 24th anniversary of the official ground breaking of the Airborne Walk, the granite and concrete walkway next to Eubanks Field honoring the Airborne qualified, and used for Airborne School graduations.

  • Logisticians celebrate accomplishments and mission success at annual ceremony

    Jun 5, 2009

    June 2 marked the 5th Annual Chief of Staff of the Army, Combined Logistics Excellence Awards ceremony and banquet.

  • The path to greatness as a leader

    Jun 5, 2009

    Commentary written by one of the chaplains in the National Capital Region to appear in the Pentagram's weekly "Chaplain's Corner."

  • NCO Spotlight - US Army Band vocalist believes in adapting

    Jun 5, 2009

    NCO highlight features a senior soloist with the Army Chorus who treasures singing the National Anthem

  • French citizens join U.S. Soldiers to honor those who fought at Normandy

    Jun 5, 2009

    In the days before the landings at Normandy June 6, 1944, the small town of Gourbesville was the site of a German aid station. In the days following the allied invasion the town and others in the surrounding countryside became scenes of intense fighting as the U.S. Army moved into France.

  • 597th Special Repair Activity deploys

    Jun 4, 2009

    597th Ordnance Maintenance Special Repair Activity deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on May 28. This was the unit's 13th deployment.

  • Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen living and working together to support 65th anniversary of D-Day

    Jun 3, 2009

    SAINTE MERE EGLISE, France -- Near the Normandy beaches Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, federal employees and contractors from across Europe and the United States are now living and working under the same roof, so to speak.

  • Cav Troopers compete for spurs

    Jun 2, 2009

    Cav Troopers with 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division compete in Fort Bragg's first Spur Ride in 13 years.

  • Airborne cav troopers earn their spurs

    Jun 2, 2009

    Cavalry troopers with 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division volunteer for Fort Bragg's forst Spur Ride in 13 years.

  • March 2009 "Year of the NCO" poster

    Jun 1, 2009

    This third poster features SGM Barbara A. Hunter who is Fort Gordon's School of Information Technology SGM. During March (Woman's History Month), SGM Hunter was quoted for saying that "Leadership is like a 4 x 4 relay; Set the Standard and Pass it On".

  • January 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster

    Jun 1, 2009

    This poster is the first in a series of monthly posters. January's poster highlights SFC Katrina Richardson, who has made a significant difference at Fort Gordon and within the Signal Corps.

  • Fallen servicemembers brought cross-country to a final rest in Arlington National Cemetery

    Jun 1, 2009

    Arlington National Cemetery serves as a final resting place for generation upon generation of American heroes. Other cemeteries like it house the remains of veterans who have served this country throughout its 233-year history. But what happens when Soldiers from the past aren't given proper honors' Are they destined to rest forever in anonymity' Not if certain groups, like the Missing in America Project, have anything to say about.

  • Tournament showcases fun, unity throughout east Baghdad

    May 29, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Cheers, music and fun filled the famed Shaab stadium during a two-day soccer tournament held May 22 and 23 in eastern Baghdad's Rusafa district.

  • FC Unity games bring Baghdad residents, combined forces together

    May 29, 2009

  • Paratroopers deliver soccer equipment to Rusafa

    May 28, 2009

  • 82nd Airborne commander visits Paratroopers in Iraq

    May 28, 2009

  • U.S. ARMY PARACHUTE TEAM MAKES HISTORICAL JUMP

    May 28, 2009

    U.S. Army Parachute Team makes history for the second time as they jump onto the grounds of the Statue of Liberty.

  • New training aims to reduce suicides -- 2009 trend heading in wrong direction

    May 28, 2009

    Story offers overview on the three phases of Army's new suicide preventive training and notes that the Army's 2009 suicide rate -- if it continues -- will surpass last year's total of 143.

  • Six servicemen enshrined during 40th EOD Memorial Ceremony

    May 27, 2009

  • Aviation Branch welcomes new senior NCO

    May 27, 2009

    With the passing of the symbolic NCO sword, Command Sgt. Maj. Tod L. Glidewell became the 12th Aviation Branch senior enlisted NCO.

  • New PCS program puts customers in driver's seat

    May 26, 2009

    With nearly 200,000 Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves expected in the approaching season, it is important for Department of Defense personnel to note several broad changes to the personal property shipment process.

  • Army chief shares insights during Bagram visit

    May 26, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited Afghanistan last month for the third time in a year and spoke on several issues affecting Soldiers.

  • Class 59 graduates from Sergeants Major Academy

    May 26, 2009

    The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy graduated 614 senior noncommissioned officers from Sergeants Major Course at the Centennial Club on Fort Bliss May 21. Another 30 students graduated earlier this month due to the needs of the Army in the field.

  • Commentary: Remember sacrifices on Memorial Day

    May 22, 2009

    Memorial Day is more than just a Monday where we get to take the day off from work each May. It is a day dedicated to the memories of the men and women who died in military service.

  • Fort Myer's Chaplain's Corner

    May 21, 2009

    Chaplain's Corner is a weekly column in the Pentagram managed by Installation Chaplain (LTC) Barry White, whereby multiple chaplains in the National Capital Region provide their commentary on life in the military.

  • Joint services place 'Flags In' at Arlington National Cemetery

    May 21, 2009

    Every Memorial Day since 1948, Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) have made their way through Fort Myer's Selfridge Gate, rucksacks filled with American flags.

  • Go Live! Army Depot Fires Up LMP

    May 21, 2009

    The Corpus Christi Army Depot went live here at 5 a.m. May 14, with the Logistics Modernization Program, an innovative enterprise resource planning package specifically designed for the Army. In partnership with Computer Science Corporation, CCAD replaced their 35-year-old logistics Standard Depot System used to manage operations. This was the largest SAP deployment worldwide to date, which added 5000 users. It's the second implementation by Army Materiel Command - CCAD's major command.

  • Military officials present book to military children

    May 21, 2009

    The "Children of Valor" book is created to honor the children who have a parent who was killed or died as a result of the War on Terror since 9/11 and now rests in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Gen. Casey's 2009 Memorial Day Message

    May 21, 2009

    Chief of Staff Gen. Casey takes a few moments to offer words of support and encouragement for Soldiers, Civilians, contractors and their families around the world as we look toward Memorial Day.

  • Charleston to Kandahar: Joint effort delivers much needed airlift for Army

    May 21, 2009

    In April, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Military Sealift Command, and Air Mobility Command transported 100 new and recently refurbished Black Hawk, Apache, Chinook and Kiowa Warrior helicopters from the U.S. East Coast to the Middle East - a move that doubled the number of U.S. military helicopters in Afghanistan.

  • U.S. Army Materiel Command launches full online presence

    May 21, 2009

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command can now be found on many of your favorite social media Web sites including Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, iReport, LinkedIn and Twitter.

  • A Warrior's Return: wounded Paratrooper reunited with his unit

    May 20, 2009

    Sgt. John Hoxie, a Paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division who lost his arm and leg in combat in Iraq, returned to Fort Bragg for the first time after two years of rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical center, now walking on an artificial leg. Hoxie's story has been an inspiration to his fellow Soldiers.

  • 82nd Airborne Division celebrates All American Week

    May 19, 2009

    The 82nd Airborne Division celebrated All American Week May 18-21, an annual event honoring the legacy and achievements of the famous Division

  • The All American Memorial Ceremony

    May 19, 2009

    During the 82nd Airborne Division's All American Week, May 18-21, the division held the All American Memorial Ceremony to honor fallen Paratroopers and their families.

  • JSS Loyalty expands base for Iraqi counterparts

    May 18, 2009

  • Testing of unmanned systems presents challenges

    May 18, 2009

  • Division Run kicks off 82nd Airborne's All American Week celebration

    May 18, 2009

    Thousands of Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division took part in a division-wide run to kick off the 2009 All American Week celebration

  • 'Best of the Best:' 20th Support Command (CBRNE) selects NCO, Soldier of the Year

    May 16, 2009

  • Soldiers serve Army leaders with a smile

    May 15, 2009

    This is a story of the Executive Dining Facility whose Soldiers serve up masterpiece meals to the likes of Secretary Geren.

  • Commentary: Memorial Day from chaplain's foxhole

    May 15, 2009

    One evening, a casualty officer and I drove down the road on our way to inform a Soldier's spouse that her husband had died in Iraq. As an Army chaplain, many thoughts entered my mind. I thought about how difficult it would be for this young mother and how empty the two children's lives would be without their dad. On our way to the house, the casualty officer had assured me that he would be able to deliver the sad news. But when we got to our destination his confidence disappeared.

  • Conference gives wives a chance to experience their Soldiers' training

    May 15, 2009

    Michelle Mulholland, 22, stood at the jump tower, one of 48 participants in "Soldier for a Day," the second leg of the Military Spouses Day Conference. The conference, part of a Fort Bragg Army Community Service tribute, took place May 7 and 8.

  • Wounded Warrior encourages others

    May 14, 2009

    Wounded Warrior encourages others after life-altering injury in war.

  • Paratroopers, IA hang rounds

    May 13, 2009

  • Logistics awards recognize the best in the Army

    May 13, 2009

    Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of the Army's 2009 Logistics Excellence Awards.

  • Beautiful game fosters partnership

    May 12, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Dust clouds form as American and Iraqi footballers compete under a cloudy sky in the community of Salman Pak, here, May 10. However, this is not a national rivalry grudge-match; both teams are made up of Americans and Iraqis.

  • "Spouses Day" lets family members see the Army from a different perspective

    May 12, 2009

    When you're a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, it can be a little difficult to explain to your spouse just how intense the average day is. Spouses in the 407th Brigade Support Battalion don't have to worry about being kept in the dark, though - they've been through it themselves, thanks to an event called "Spouses Day."

  • Warrior Transition Command stands up at Pentagon

    May 12, 2009

    A new command to provide sole guidance and policy for the Army's 36 Warrior Transition Units and the nine Community Based Warrior Transition Units was debuted May 11, in the Pentagon courtyard.

  • MND-B Deputy CG visits Salman Pak

    May 12, 2009

  • Fort Benning to get new commander

    May 12, 2009

    The Department of the Army has announced that Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter will become the new commander of the U.S. Army Infantry Center and Fort Benning. Currently the effects coordinator for the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C., General Ferriter will replace Maj. Gen. Michael Barbero.

  • Paratroopers compete to be the best in the NCO of the Year competition

    May 11, 2009

    NCOs and Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division competed the week of MAY 4 -8 to be the Division's NCO & Trooper of the Year

  • Sights unseen: Blind veteran reflects on Mount Rainier climb

    May 8, 2009

    Giving combat-injured veterans outdoor adventures has been the mission of "Camp Patriot," a nonprofit organization founded in Montana, since 2006. While most of the outings revolve around hunting, fishing, hiking and camping, the annual Mount Rainier Climb has become the organization's signature event. The third annual climb will take place July 5-10.

  • Filling in 'the gap': Fort Lewis engineer battalion hosts coveted Pathfinder course

    May 8, 2009

    The U.S. Army Pathfinder School is not only one of the toughest courses in the Army, but it is also one of the most coveted schools among Soldiers in combat arms. Thirty-four Soldiers from the 864th Engineer Battalion counted themselves lucky this month to be among the latest students to attend the course run by a Fort Benning mobile training team at Fort Lewis.

  • Commentary: Tobacco use just a form of slow suicide

    May 8, 2009

    It is no great revelation that young people start using tobacco to "fit in," or from peer pressure. Especially in combat units, lighting up, sharing a dip, or stuffing a cheek is a social occasion. Part of the bonding that takes place, especially in a combat zone, involves sharing a habit that is deeply ingrained in our image of Soldiers at war. The tragedy of it all, is that it makes so little sense.

  • Commentary: PT - 'you don't know what you've got till it's gone'

    May 8, 2009

    Physical training is one of the constants of Army service. No matter what you do, no matter where you are stationed, you will get to earn your daily ration of sweat. Soldiers have to be fit to do their jobs.

  • "Steel Spike" Engineers refurbish high-rise for 82nd Airborne Division

    May 8, 2009

    BAGHDAD - As Coalition forces transition out of Baghdad cities, facility requirements change for U.S. Soldiers. In response to the repositioning of U.S. forces in accordance to the Security Agreement, the engineers of 1st Platoon, Company A, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 225th Engineer Brigade, expanded housing for the 82nd Airborne Division by transforming a high-rise office building into a high-rise apartment building for Soldiers .

  • Back to basics in the South African bush

    May 8, 2009

    When evading capture in the South African bush, grassy juice from an impala's stomach quenches thirst. Noisy hippos mean water is nearby, as does sighting an African fish eagle.

  • U.S. Army Africa NCO mentors and motivates

    May 8, 2009

    Midday sun beats down upon a long line of Liberian infantry waiting for a ladle-full of palm stew over rice. The soldiers from the Armed Forces of Liberia's Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Brigade, shuffled along the hot, dusty ground, exhausted and soaked in sweat from morning maneuvers.

  • Army saves fuel and lives by bringing new life to an old technology

    May 7, 2009

    The Army is taking steps now to save fuel by revitalizing a 40-year old insulation method. But this method does more than decrease fuel consumption; it also helps save lives.

  • Partnership with NASCAR team brings technology benefits to Soldiers

    May 7, 2009

    The Army has a partnership with NASCAR team Roush-Fenway Racing to discover and test technologies that can transfer from the race track to the battlefield.

  • Panthers make footprints in New Baghdad

    May 4, 2009

    BAGHDAD - As the Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Panthers," 82nd Airborne Division, walk the streets of New Baghdad, a neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, children run from their houses to shake hands with the Soldiers and ask questions about the United States.

  • Iraqi Security Forces step up as Coalition forces step back

    May 4, 2009

    A transfer of authority ceremony took place at Baghdad's Joint Security Station Muthana recently, which gave the Iraqi Police primary control of the facility and the security of the community as the Coalition forces take a step back.

  • 'The Big Machine'

    May 1, 2009

    I was approached by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie Spencer of the Association of the United States Army to write an article about the impact industry has had on our fight during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. It is with great pleasure that I tell the story not only as a Command Sergeant Major and a leader, but through the eyes of a Soldier.

  • Stateside clinics switch to battlefield medical recording system

    Apr 30, 2009

    This month, the 3rd Infantry Division expanded its use of the Army's battlefield electronic medical recording system to two more garrison aid stations at Fort Stewart, Ga.

  • Fort Gordon Soldier jumps again

    Apr 30, 2009

    Fort Gordon Soldier jumps with the Army's Golden Knights after first instructor dies during a tandem jump with the Soldier

  • Former POW provides unique perspective to NCO Academy students

    Apr 29, 2009

    Former Iraq War POW and current APG NCO Instructor at the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools shares experiences with students

  • Fallen Paratrooper honored with aid station

    Apr 28, 2009

    BAGHDAD - For those who knew Sgt. Mathew Sandri, it couldn't be more fitting. Members of Company C, 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, honored Sandri, a squad leader in the unit's treatment platoon who was killed in action March 20, 2004, by dedicating the battalion's aid station to his memory. A native of Shamokin, Pa., Sandri was killed during a rocket attack on Forward Operating Base St. Mere Eglise in Fallujah, Iraq.

  • Paratroopers reenlist under famed Baghdad landmark

    Apr 28, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Eighty-two paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division's, 3rd Brigade Combat Team raised their hands in defense of their nation during a reenlistment ceremony at Baghdad's Cross Sabers, April 23.

  • Army Chief of Staff visits Kandahar troops

    Apr 24, 2009

    During a recent visit to Kandahar, Afghanistan, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey talked with Soldiers over dinner, delivered a brief address and answered questions during a town hall meeting.

  • Medic awarded for valor

    Apr 24, 2009

  • Fallen Soldier memorialized in Chicago room where military journey started

    Apr 24, 2009

    On April 20, 2009, the Chicago Military Entrance Processing Station re-named its "swearing-in" room after Sgt. Joe Vanek, a Paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Friends, family, and current and former members of Vanek's old unit came to Chicago to attend the dedication.

  • From Baltimore to the Army, a tale of marriage

    Apr 23, 2009

    Once upon a time, when a Soldier in the Army wanted to get married there was a good chance he would hear someone say, "If the Army had wanted you to have a wife, it would have issued you one." While the Army certainly didn't issue spouses, its outlook on married soldiers has changed dramatically. Just ask Warrant Officer Steven Kambouris and his wife, Staff Sgt. Adrienne Kambouris-who he met while in the Army.

  • Thirty-five years later

    Apr 23, 2009

    I wasn't very old in April of 1974, but it made a heck-of-an impression on me. That was the year I added the word "tornado" to my vocabulary. It is remembered as "the year of the great tornado outbreak" because of the 148 tornados that were spawned in 13 states over a 16 hour period. I was too young to understand anything but, "hide from the wind." End: There are countless emergency situations that can arise, and when one community is called to help another the best possible scenario is that everyone involved took the time to be prepared.

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