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  • ANP officers and leaders move toward self-sufficiency

    Dec 8, 2010

    Story and photos on Afghan National Police going through training.

  • Army reviewing thousands of stop loss claims

    Dec 6, 2010

    The Army has pledged to keep claimants informed as they wait for their claims to be reviewed. Claimants will begin receiving e-mail updates outlining where case managers are working based on claim submission dates. These updates will allow claimants to know, in general terms, what claims are being reviewed and when to expect their resolution.

  • Fort Bragg garrison commander connects with children through books

    Dec 3, 2010

    Colonel Stephen Sicinski, Fort Bragg Garrison commander, spoke to students and teachers at Butner Elementary School, Nov. 19, stressing the importance of doing well in school - particularly as it relates to reading.

  • Fort Bragg honors its native heritage

    Dec 3, 2010

    Fort Bragg Polo Field was the scene of a Native American pow-wow that featured inner-tribal dancing, traditional food, informational booths and kid-friendly teepee displays. The celebration observed Native American Indian Heritage Month.

  • Fort Bragg wounded warriors receive scholarships

    Dec 3, 2010

    Each year, 25 wounded warriors and their spouses receive full scholarships to attend Colorado Technical University, awarded by the Wounded Warrior Scholarship Program.

  • Parachute wedding dress finds new home at Airborne and Special Operations Museum

    Dec 3, 2010

    Sgt. Eugene Deibler Jr., of the 501 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101 Airborne Division survived the June 6, 1944, jump onto the beaches of Normandy, France, he saved a piece of his silk reserve parachute. When he asked his girlfriend to marry him, she said yes and converted the parachute into an elegant wedding dress. On Nov. 21, Deibler donated Mary's silk dress to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in a private Family gathering.

  • Back to kitchen basics: Connelly competition heats up at Fort Bragg

    Dec 3, 2010

    The 126th Transportation Company, 82nd Sustainment Brigade was busy competing and being ealuated for the 43rd Annual Philip A. Connelly Active Army Field Kitchen Competition. The competition evaluates Army cooks throughout the force in 10 categories. Currently the top four teams of the competition are going through evaluations to determine a winner, which will be announced Dec. 15.

  • Digital mammography helps Fort Bragg medical technicians get closer look

    Dec 3, 2010

    Breast cancer screening has upgraded to the digital age at Womack Army Medical Center's Mammography Section. The department recently renovated to include a $1 million digital mammography imager with high resolution reading stations, equipment and a biopsy room.

  • Womack Army Medical Centeroffers tips to reduce risks of infant deaths

    Dec 3, 2010

    Colonel Jeffrey Kingsbury, chief, Preventive Medicine, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg said the difficultly in preventing sudden unexplained infant deaths and sudden infant death syndrom is that there is no clear reason as to why or how the baby died. He provided tips and measures parents can use to reduce the risk.

  • Fort Bragg volunteers give back to women veterans

    Dec 3, 2010

    About 50 Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Family members of Joint Special Operations Command enjoyed Veterans Day in an unconventional manner - by refurbishing a home. A special home called the Jubilee House that is to house homeless veteran women and their children.

  • The 369th Firefighters joined a taskforce with a really big name for...A really big mission

    Dec 2, 2010

  • Senior Leaders Cut the Ribbon on Fort Bragg Regional Hub Node

    Dec 1, 2010

    Members of the Signal and Acquisition communities converged recently to mark the successful completion of the first Regional Hub Node (RHN) in the continental United States. The RHN will link Fort Bragg to the satellite communications capabilities required to complete a wide range of missions by allowing Warfighters to access tactical data from theater prior to deployment

  • Lee welcomes first female Quartermaster General

    Nov 24, 2010

    The Army's first female Quartermaster General officially took her post during a Combined Arms Support Command and Sustainment Center of Excellence-hosted ceremony Monday morning at Fort Lee's Williams Stadium.

  • Taxpayers benefit from Army's excess non-standard equipment

    Nov 24, 2010

    The Army has provided more than $4 million in excess non-standard equipment to 11 U.S. state governments since March 2010 as part of the drawdown of U.S. equipment from Iraq.

  • Summit connects information technology leaders to solutions ahead

    Nov 19, 2010

    The general in charge of operating and defending Army networks in the Western Hemisphere challenged a gathering of more than 100 Army IT professionals from across the nation to help shape the its enterprise network efforts during a leadership summit here November 15-18.

  • Depot Delivers 400th Honeywell T-55 Engine

    Nov 19, 2010

  • Fort Bragg golfer strikes silver, wins third at golf championship

    Nov 18, 2010

    Shawn Whitmore, a Virginia native who is assigned to the 122nd Aviation Support Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division, competed for the All-Army Golf team tryouts at Fort Lee, Va., and finished tied for third. Whitmore advanced to competition in the All-Armed Forces National Tournament at Langley Air Force Base, Va., where the All-Army teams won silver.

  • Patience, passion push Fort Bragg runners in annual race

    Nov 18, 2010

    More than 800 participants ran in the Special Operations Communicators Association sponsored 10K run and 5K walk held in the trails behind McKellar's Lodge, Nov. 10.

  • National Public Lands Day event dedicated to fallen Fort Bragg Soldier

    Nov 18, 2010

    Members of the Fort Bragg Arbor Board and Soldiers from the Wolf Pack, the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, collaborated to assist in the preservation of Fort Bragg's natural resources. The volunteers gathered pine straw, weeded, cleaned McFadyen Pond, tended plants, removed garbage and planted trees and shrubs - all as a memorial to battalion member Spc. Timothy Fulkerson, who was killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Fort Bragg schools use new cafeteria software system

    Nov 18, 2010

    Eleven schools at Fort Bragg are using Meals Plus to manage school cafeteria systems. Meals Plus provides advantages in tracking free and reduced (Title 1) meals eligible for federal reimbursement, breakfast and lunch account tracking by student, online bill payment for parents and even dietary restriction alerts on a per-student basis.

  • Fort Bragg military Family life consultants provide the needed support before, during, after deploym

    Nov 18, 2010

    Military Family life consultants work closely with Army Community Service, and are assigned to certain centers and are embedded with the children while engaging and building relationships with children. They provide an ear to listen to the issues and struggles military children sometimes go through. The consultants also help caregivers and Family members in the absence of a loved one. They provide informal, easy to access information about prarenting, single Soldier reunions and many other issues dealing with being a part of the military.

  • Virtual training at Fort Bragg geared toward saving Soldiers' lives

    Nov 18, 2010

    High-mobility, multipurpose wheeled vehicle egress assistance training, HEAT, trainer has cycled around 500 to 1,000 servicemembers since beginning operation in September of 2008. The HEAT simulator is an M1114, or uparmored humvee, frame mounted on a 360-degree rotation axle that when in operation, simulates a rollover situation.The HEAT trainers will certify Soldiers at the unit level so that those Soldiers can train their unit on the procedures.

  • Fort Bragg opens doors to new wellness center

    Nov 18, 2010

    Fort Bragg joined the 'be your best self' campaign with the grand opening of a new Army wellness center on Nov. 4. Motivated by the motto 'prevention is the best cure,' the center's staff teaches the community to value mental, physical and emotional fitness for optimum resiliency.

  • Fort Bragg constantly works to take care of its children

    Nov 18, 2010

    The biannual education meeting was held Nov. 10 at Fort Bragg Club. The meeting brought representatives from neighboring school districts and other education professionals to discuss the care of military-connected children in schools. These are very important meetings because about 80 percent of Fort Bragg Families live off post, their children attend off post high schools, elementary and middle schools.

  • Fort Bragg community warned about the dangers of Spice

    Nov 18, 2010

    A recent XVIII Airborne Corps policy bans the use and possession of Spice. As of early November, legislation has been introduced in North Carolina state government to make the dangerous substance illegal. Spice and other synthetic cannabinoids are prohibited and violators of the policy will face punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

  • Gen. Dunwoody Presents Purple Heart

    Nov 18, 2010

    Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander of Army Materiel Command, prepares to present the Purple Heart to Staff Sgt. Victor Smith of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade. Dunwoody, along with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Malcolm O'Neill, visited the 401st Army Field Support Brigade to present Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians with awards and coins for exemplary service in Afghanistan.

  • Baby loved disco

    Nov 17, 2010

    Baby Loves Disco kept Club Stewart's Ballroom rocking for three hours, Nov. 8.

  • A new chapter begins for Army Diversity and Leadership

    Nov 17, 2010

    The Army has realigned what was formerly known as the Army Diversity Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Civil Rights Office and the Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance and Complaints into the new organization known as the Army's Diversity and Leadership Office.

  • Army Sustainment Command adds installation logistics to its menu

    Nov 15, 2010

    Operational control of installation-level logistics activities has been handed over to Army Sustainment Command. The move, affecting primarily stateside activities at this point, is under the auspices of the Materiel Enterprise, which led to transfer of installation Directorates of Logistics from Installation Management Command to Army Materiel Command, parent of ASC.

  • Fort Bragg youth take lessons from Disney instructors

    Nov 12, 2010

    The Cleland Ice Rink at Fort Bragg hosted a special clinic Friday conducted by Disney on Ice skaters who portray Disney characters and stories both nationally and internationally with about 40 participants and six Disney on Ice instructors.

  • Domestic violence awareness training held at Fort Bragg

    Nov 12, 2010

    More than 100 community members gathered at Womack Army Medical Center's Weaver Auditorium Oct. 26, in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as a way to remember victims of domestic violence. A member of the hospital's Pediatrics Clinic staff conducted a session that explained what others can do if they or someone close to them is a victim of domestic violence. The class also included information about how domestic violence affects everyone and on what has become an increasing trend - teen domestic violence.

  • Fort Bragg military police share a day with Family during 'Enforcer Day'

    Nov 12, 2010

    The 503rd Military Police Battalion's "Enforcer Day" brought the Families and Soldiers of the unit together the morning of Oct. 29 to enjoy being a member such a close-knit unit and to learn about what it means to be a military policeman on Fort Bragg.

  • Local motorcycle builder to honor Fort Bragg's Fisher House

    Nov 12, 2010

    The Fisher House provides a valuable service military Families during medical crises, allowing them to remain close as a Soldier receives life-sustaining treatment or medical care. For all that Fisher House has given to the community, local motorcycle builder Hotrodz has decided to give some back. The shop has taken a wrecked, 1977 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and is in the process of transforming it into a custom, bobber-style bike. The bike is expected to be complete in February and will be auctioned off to the public. Proceeds from the project will go to the Fisher House.

  • Retired Fort Bragg Soldier shares almost 70 years of memories

    Nov 12, 2010

    For most sergeants major, becoming the command sergeant major of a corps is the culmination of their careers. For retired Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth "Rock" Merritt, he not only helped create the job of the XVIII Airborne Corps command sergeant major, he held the position twice.

  • Fort Bragg 'elves' continue to make a difference in Operation Toy Drop

    Nov 12, 2010

    This is a multi-story series that explains what Operation Toy Drop is, who started it, and the people who have operated it since the beginning. This week's story is about Becki Caldwell, the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command unit administrator and her connection to Operation Toy Drop

  • 7th Special Forces train with Brazilian team

    Nov 12, 2010

    For two weeks in October, American and Brazilian units traded teams in an effort to strengthen their multicultural partnership. So while a handful of SF Soldiers headed to South America to one of the best jungle schools in the world, Fort Bragg's 7th Special Forces Group hosted 12 members of the Brazilian 1st Special Forces Battalion. For the U.S. and Brazil, it is a partnership steeped in mystery and rich in tradition.

  • Electric cart keeps a Fort Bragg neighborhood safe

    Nov 12, 2010

    A low slow electric vehicle, driven by a Soldier is used to shuttle residents of Linden Oaks accross a busy six lane highway. The vehicle was provided at the request of the garrison commander 'to support the safety of the Families,' said Timothy Shea, DOL transportation chief. The garrison has offered Linden Oaks housing residents this service until work is completed to make a marked walkway with electronic pedestrian signals, estimated to be completed in May 2011. A team of three Soldiers drive the LSEV every day from 2 to 8 p.m.

  • Enlightened Fort Bragg warriors: Educating special ops

    Nov 12, 2010

    Turning the Army's most elite fighters into highly educated Soldiers is the newest initiative to emerge from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Whether the goal is a master of arts in strategic security studies or an international business bachelor's degree, the special operations community is rallying around the mantra of higher education.

  • Fort Bragg Education Fair: Making dreams come true

    Nov 12, 2010

    Several university representatives and education counselors gathered Nov. 4, at Sports USA to present Soldiers, retirees, civilians, and their Family members with the chance to follow their desired career path and make dreams come true at Fort Bragg's Education Fair.

  • Fort Bragg officials ask, is your Family prepared for a terrorist attack'

    Nov 12, 2010

    Fort Bragg officials are constantly promoting heightened safety awareness across the installation. Parents are urged to make preparations to handle an 'all hazard event, be it a terrorist attack, natural disaster or Fort Bragg emergency, their foresight can influence a Family's health ... and may even save lives.

  • Rehabilitated bird released into wild at Fort Bragg

    Nov 12, 2010

    The Carolina Raptor Center released a bald eagle at Mott Lake. The eagle was nursed back to health by the CRC and released into the wild at Fort Bragg. But according to Dave Heins, chief of the Environmental Division, the release also accomplishes another goal - it helps improve wildlife and recovers some of the endangered species that are on the installation.

  • Two Fort Bragg neighborhoods to get playgrounds from local $50,000 grant

    Nov 12, 2010

    Children living in the Fort Bragg neighborhoods of Bougainville and Corrigedor Courts will soon have a new place to play thanks to a $50,000 grant from Lowe's Charitiable and Educational Foundation to the Fort Bragg USO. The grant will build two playgrounds in the neighborhood.

  • Army Vice Chief addresses reintegration at Fort Stewart

    Nov 10, 2010

    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli visited Fort Stewart to discuss reintegration efforts with 3rd Infantry Division and garrison leaders and recently-deployed Soldiers, Nov. 8. While here, he stressed the Army's role in meeting Soldiers' behavioral health needs and the importance of Family- Member involvement during their Soldiers' reintegration process.

  • Bragg opens model Army Wellness Center

    Nov 10, 2010

    Chilly, misty weather didn't dampen the spirits of more than 150 people who attended the Nov. 5 opening of the Fort Bragg, N.C., Army Wellness Center.

  • FORSCOM civilian receives Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

    Nov 10, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (Nov. 10, 2010)--Maj. Gen. (P) Howard B. Bromberg, special assistant to the FORSCOM commanding general, presented the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certificate to Steven D. Sawicki, deputy director of FORSCOM's Continuous Process Improvement office. Sawicki is one of 43 Army personnel to earn the master black belt status. The courses offered during the Army's Lean Six Sigma training program consist of a series of workshops designed to certify participants at different levels of learning. Green Belt, Black Belt, and Master Black Belt workshops last about two to four weeks, and provide participants with the knowledge needed to complete Lean Six Sigma projects.

  • Veterans Day, more than just a free meal

    Nov 10, 2010

    Veterans Day is about paying tribute and remembrance. It's about paying tribute to the Soldiers and Marines who battled tirelessly in places like Fallujah, Iraq, Afgahnistan, the battle of Ong Thanh in Vietnam or Operation Market Garden in World War II.

  • Wounded warrior rides bike across Israel

    Nov 6, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 4, 2010) Aca,!" A Fort Lee employee had the opportunity of a lifetime recently when he traveled across Israel on his bike.

  • Former Carolina Panther brings inspiration to Fort Bragg students

    Nov 5, 2010

    Students at Fort Bragg's Albritton Junior High School got a special and inspirational treat as former Carolina Panther defensive end Mike Rucker visited the school Oct. 26, courtesy of the Fort Bragg Chapter of the United Services Organization.

  • Fort Bragg celebrates Military Family Month

    Nov 5, 2010

    President Barack Obama declared this November Military Family Month and Fort Bragg has scheduled many activities to celebrate the military Family.

  • Health fair provides care for Fort Bragg civilian employees

    Nov 5, 2010

    The purpose of the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center health fair is to help smooth the transition and to enable employees to make informed decisions about health care. CPAC's health fair was held Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Fort Bragg Club.

  • Fort Bragg dedicated teacher walks for cancer, community

    Nov 5, 2010

    On the sunny morning of Oct. 22, teachers and students alike gathered outside of Irwin Elementary School to encourage and surprise one of their own - Brenda Warren, a science teacher who has been walking every day for the last month to prepare for the nearly 40 mile walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer events are hosted in several cities across the United States each year, and each participant must raise at least $1,800 to participate - Brenda Warren, with the help of some of the staff at Irwin Elementary School, raised $5,500.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers give students a taste of the Army

    Nov 5, 2010

    As part of their Family and Consumer Science class, the class of 24 eighth graders came to Fort Bragg to get a glimpse of the life a 92G, food service specialist, and sample some of the food an Army dining facility serves. The field trip was part of an ongoing partnership between Ebony McAllister, who teaches the Family and Consumer Science class, and her aunt, Master Sgt. Charlotte R. Boone, a Fayetteville native and the 82nd CAB food supervisor.

  • Fort Bragg paratroopers participate in Warrior Adventure Quest

    Nov 5, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Following the completion of the pre-mission requirements, paratroopers began to talk strategy. Only this time, it was strategy against their fellow platoon members. The paratroopers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division gathered at Freedom Paintball Field outside Fort Bragg Oct. 28, to participate in the Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Warrior Adventure Quest program.

  • Operation Toy Drop returns for Fort Bragg 2010 holiday season

    Nov 5, 2010

    The Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, hosted by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, has run for 12 years giving the opportunity for Fort Bragg's military community to help Families in need over the holiday season. By donating a toy, paratroopers are given the chance to earn foreign jump wings from allied soldiers around the world.

  • Fort Bragg volunteers recognized at Iron Mike awards ceremony

    Nov 5, 2010

    Twenty-three volunteers who help make Fort Bragg the community of excellence that it is were recognized Tuesday during an Iron Mike awards ceremony at Memorial Hall. In 2009, volunteers saved Fort Bragg about $20 million. The volunteers were recognized for their selflessly at Army Community Service, American Red Cross, 16th Military Police Brigade and various units in the 82nd Airborne Division.

  • Fort Bragg installs emergency call boxes around post

    Nov 5, 2010

    The Directorate of Emergency Services has installed a feature throughout Fort Bragg which will assist residents in the event of a life threatening emergency. Twenty-eight, solar-powered, emergency call boxes have been placed throughout Fort Bragg, facilitating faster, accurate calls when time is a factor.

  • MWD highlight health and training on CBS

    Nov 5, 2010

    Three U.S. Army Soldiers that completed MWD training at Lackland have spent the better part of a year stationed at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, during the most recent rotation of MWD Military Police. The MWD teams consist of Staff Sgt. Frederick Ferrigno and his dog, Hugo, Sgt. Brandon Hiller, with Chyan, and Spc. Daniel Maier, with Ceno. The group arrived in Kosovo in January 2010.

  • FORSCOM Hispanic warrant officer attains a first in his professional field

    Nov 3, 2010

    Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4) Princido Texidor, the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Food Service advisor, was promoted today to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5). The promotion made Texidor of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the first Hispanic to achieve the rank of CW5 in the Army's Food Service branch. CW5 is the highest rank in the Warrant Officer Corps. Maj. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, FORSCOM's G4/Director of Logistics, presided over the promotion ceremony, which took place in the Hall of Heroes at the Soldier Support Center at Fort Bragg, NC.

  • Army begins pursuit of rugby crown

    Nov 1, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The All-Army rugby team began preparations this week for the 2010 Armed Forces championship - with an eye on figuring out how to unseat six-time defending champion Air Force.

  • USASAC participates in Army Ten Miler, 56th AUSA annual meeting

    Nov 1, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command recently participated in the Army Ten Miler and the 56th Association of the United States Army's annual meeting.

  • Everything changed

    Nov 1, 2010

    Since the Fort Hood shooting, the Army has revised AR 381-12, Threat Awareness and Reporting Program, to include identifying insider threat behaviors that indicate a person may be engaged in espoinage or international terrorism and how to report such activity to the Army.

  • Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army visit Fort Bragg

    Oct 29, 2010

    The Army's top military officer said Friday that there was no unit more capable of ensuring a successful U.S. withdrawal from Iraq than the Fort Bragg-based XVIII Airborne Corps. General George W. Casey, Jr., chief of staff of the Army, who traveled with Army Secretary John M. McHugh visited the Fort Bragg on Friday.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier coaches youth in art, sport of judo

    Oct 29, 2010

    Major Ted Chittenden is a first-degree black belt who began judo training as a 20-year-old, college student at the University of Tennessee. Now, as the father of two sons; William, 8 and Jon, 6, the 18th Fires Brigade major is passing judo down not only to his sons, but to other children as an instructor at the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg Judo Club.

  • Tucker Center trains Soldiers, promotes Army readiness

    Oct 29, 2010

    Tucker Performance Enhancement Center is a busy hub from 6 to 9 a.m. when the gym is used for fitness training by units. Units can train for six weeks, usually two to three days a week and incorporates the use of specialized equipment such as kettlebells, Olympic lifting and an introduction to basic fitness and performance concepts including identifying health issues that need to be cleared before beginning an exercise regimen or setting parameters for which types of activities will be performed.

  • Fort Bragg USO features new leadership, steady programs

    Oct 29, 2010

    For the past six months, the Fort Bragg chapter of the United Services Organization has been under the leadership of its director, Renee Lane and her assistant, Beverly Jackson. Under the new team, the agency has continued to flourish and provide the support to Fort Bragg Soldiers that it has become well known for.

  • Fort Bragg small dining facility makes big culinary impact

    Oct 29, 2010

    The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Dining Facility staff emphasizes the Army's 'go for green' meal guidelines, which rank foods according to their health benefits. High performance foods, according to Army guidelines, provide premium fuel for the Soldier athlete and are fresh, flavorful and packed with nutrients. The 82nd CAB DFAC encourages more consumption of foods with the green label and provides them for a price the Soldiers can afford.

  • Safety awareness a priority on Fort Bragg

    Oct 29, 2010

    Keeping Fort Bragg residents safe is a top priority for all levels of leadership. Allowing young children to walk home from Fort Bragg schools without supervision creates an unsafe environment on post. It is also against Fort Bragg regulations and punishable through administrative and / or punitive action.

  • Fort Bragg runners take top honors in 10 miler

    Oct 29, 2010

    Three Fort Bragg teams placed in their categories at the Sunday's 26th Annual Army Ten-Miler with the women's team taking first place. The men's team and the men's master team both took third place in their categories. Three Fort Bragg teams placed with the high scores, which were the sums of a team's top four runners. The women's team score was 4:21:27, the men's team was 3:46:01 and the men's masters was 4:19:83, according to the official scorer.

  • Fort Bragg Army Family Action Plan provides forum for community

    Oct 29, 2010

    Colonel Stephen Sicinski, Fort Bragg Garrison commander, began the Army Family Action Plan conference outbrief Oct. 21, by telling Soldiers, Families and employees anything that could be fixed at his level would be fixed. AFAP allows Soldiers and their Families, and Department of Army civilians to voice concerns to leadership and make recommendations for change, all in an effort to enhance quality of life.

  • U.S. Army Forces Command, Reserve Soldiers, civilians begin to arrive to in-process, set up shop

    Oct 29, 2010

    About 30 U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command Soldiers and civilian personnel arrived in 'Carolina Country' Monday. They are part of the first large group of personnel to in-process at Fort Bragg from Fort McPherson, Ga. Added to the 'Torch Party' that arrived in August, and the liaison team that has been here since last summer, there are now 190 Soldiers and Army civilians on the ground. About 350 personnel are expected by the end of November.

  • FORSCOM Commander Visits Forward Team At Fort Bragg

    Oct 29, 2010

    General James D. Thurman, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, visited his forward command post at Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 28, 2010, for an up-close view of the continuing preparations for the FORSCOM headquarters relocation to Fort Bragg, as directed by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation. By the end of Nov. 2010, more than 200 members of the FORSCOM staff will be on the ground ensuring a successful arrival of the main body of the command in 2011, while also ensuring seamless mission continuity as FORSCOM provides trained and ready forces to combatant commanders, at home and abroad, through the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process.

  • FRG leaders hear message of Spiritual Resiliency, 'Strong Bonds'

    Oct 28, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 27, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Family Readiness Group leaders attended the third and final Family Forum session Oct. 27 at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army National Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Representing FORSCOM units nationwide, the 470 FRG leaders heard U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Douglas L. Carver speak about spiritual resiliency and Strong Bonds. Resiliency was the topic Carver first brought to their attention, explaining that the outcomes of spiritual resilience could range from greater emotional health, happiness, martial stability, social support, less alcohol use and less delinquency.

  • 82nd Airborne CFC luncheon

    Oct 26, 2010

    A luncheon at Fort Bragg for the Combined Federal Campaign drive was hosted by the 82nd Airborne Division at the Officer's Club Oct. 26. The CFC drive is the one time a year charities are allowed to solicit contributions from government organizations. (U.S. Army photo taken by: Staff Sgt. Andrew T. Alfano, 82nd Airborne Public Affairs)

  • FORSCOM to release its 5-year Campaign Plan Oct. 26 at AUSA National Meeting

    Oct 26, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Oct. 25, 2010) -- U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Commanding General, General James D. Thurman, will issue the FORSCOM Campaign Plan (2011-2015) on Oct. 26, 2010. "The FORSCOM Campaign Plan describes my vision to man, equip and train our Soldiers to operate in a dynamic, complex environment," said Gen. Thurman. "The plan is synchronous with the Army Campaign Plan, and focuses on our output-trained and ready forces capable of skillfully executing full spectrum operations anywhere in the world our capabilities are needed."

  • FORSCOM chaplain explains role of Army chaplains to 470 FRG leaders at symposium

    Oct 26, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 24, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) staff chaplain for Soldier and Family Well Being spoke to Family Readiness Group leaders about the role of chaplains in the Army at the third annual FRG Training Symposium Oct. 24 at the Hyatt Hotel here. Chaplain (Col.) Bradford Fipps explained that there are many reasons for FRG leaders to know the role of the chaplains and what they have to offer to Soldiers and Family members. The annual FORSCOM-sponsored training event attracted 470 FRG leaders from Army units nationwide this year.

  • FORSCOM officials honor past, present Soldiers and their Families

    Oct 26, 2010

    Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command officials placed a wreath donated by K12, Army Family Network and U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders at the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" Sunday, at Arlington Cemetery. This event was one of three team building exercises for FRG leaders attending the FORSCOM FRG Leader Training Symposium.

  • FRG leaders receive praise from Gen. Thurman, learn how ARFORGEN benefits Army Families

    Oct 26, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 24, 2010) - Family Readiness Group leaders attending the third annual U.S. Army Forces Command FRG Training Symposium here learned the Army is considering reduction of deployments to about nine months to increase dwell time for Soldiers and ease the stress on Families. Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general of FORSCOM, delivered this welcome surprise to the assembled 470 FRG leaders Oct. 24 as he praised them for their service and dedication to helping Soldiers. FRG leaders from FORSCOM units all over the United States arrived in the national capital region Oct. 21 for the four-day symposium, and their training and networking will continue at the AUSA National Meeting Oct. 25-27. Following the FORSCOM FRG specific training, the volunteer leaders will attend the AUSA Family Forums to learn even more about the Army's support programs for Soldiers and Families.

  • FORSCOM FRG leaders attend AUSA opening session

    Oct 26, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C., (Oct. 23, 2010) - Monday, about 470 U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders were present at the 2010 Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition opening session. After the opening session, FRG leaders had the opportunity to listen and take notes during the first AUSA Family Forum where the Secretary of the Army and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army rendered remarks.

  • FORSCOM's Campaign Plan Publication

    Oct 25, 2010

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Col. Dan Baggio, 404-464-5750, FORSCOM's Campaign Plan Publication FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (Oct. 25, 2010) -- U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Commanding General, General James D. Thurman, will issue the FORSCOM Campaign Plan (2011-2015) on Oct. 26, 2010. "The FORSCOM Campaign Plan describes my vision to man, equip and train our Soldiers to operate in a dynamic, complex environment," said Gen. Thurman. "The plan is synchronous with the Army Campaign Plan, and focuses on our output-trained and ready forces capable of skillfully executing full spectrum operations anywhere in the world our capabilities are needed."

  • FRG leaders learn how to counter impact of multiple, frequent, extended deployments - reintegration

    Oct 24, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 23, 2010) - Teaching gathered Family Readiness Group leaders how to counter the stress they and their Soldiers have faced during more than nine years of war was the focus of the "Reintegration and Mitigating Impacts of Recurring, Frequent and Extended Deployments" breakout session held here Oct. 23. Part of the third annual U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group Training Symposium, the session was one of five available to FRG leaders here during day three of the training event. FORSCOM Well-Being Specialists Felix Major and Terrance Spoon led the breakout session, teaching the 470 FRG leaders who represented FORSCOM units from installations nationwide.

  • FORSCOM senior leader finishes Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 24, 2010

    FORSCOM senior leader participates in the Army Ten-miler Race.

  • FRG leaders learn about funding, fundraising

    Oct 24, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 23, 2010) - Knowing when you can and when you can't spend money to support your unit's Family Readiness Group can sometimes be confusing, especially for volunteer FRG leaders. That's why Col. Norman F. Allen, staff judge advocate for U.S. Army Forces Command, led a breakout session today at the third annual FORSCOM FRG Training Symposium held at the Hyatt Crystal City Hotel that included information about funding and fundraising.

  • FORSCOM FRG leaders learn about survivor outreach services at annual training symposium

    Oct 24, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 23, 2010) - Survivor Outreach Services experts from Installation Management Command today encouraged the 470 Family Readiness Group leaders, attending the third annual U.S. Army Forces Command FRG Training Symposium here to educate themselves about the benefits of "SOS." Donna Engeman, Survivor Outreach Services survivor advocate and special projects coordinator for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, was the primary SOS instructor at the training symposium. She is also a survivor who lost her husband when he was killed by an explosively formed penetrating device May 14, 2006 in Iraq.

  • Family readiness group leaders tackle comprehensive Soldier fitness

    Oct 23, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 22, 2010) - U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) hosted the second day of its third annual Family Readiness Group (FRG) Training Symposium Oct. 22 at the Hyatt Hotel by focusing on Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. The annual training event attracted 470 FRG leaders from Army units nationwide this year.

  • Family Readiness Leaders Get Tips on Health

    Oct 23, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 22, 2010) - Colonel Holly Olson, director of medical education in charge of all graduate professional health education at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, spoke to 470 Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders here today, pertaining to maintaining their individual health. The FRG leaders, representing Army units nationwide, are gathered in the nation's capital to attend the third annual U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) FRG Training Symposium from Oct. 21 to 27.

  • Fort Bragg FMWR holds third annual Volksmarch at Smith Lake

    Oct 22, 2010

    A little over 200 dogs joined their owners for the Third Annual Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Volksmarch held Oct. 16, at Smith Lake recreation area. The event consisted of a 5K or 10K walk through the Smith Lake grounds, music, food, Family fun and games, hayrides and a dog costume contest.

  • Fort Bragg ASYMCA holds annual Fall Festival

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- More than 60 children took advantage of the opportunity to dress up in costume weeks before Halloween as the Armed Services YMCA held its annual Fall Festival Saturday at the ASYMCA building here.

  • Red badge of courage: Fort Bragg physician assistants serve with distinction

    Oct 22, 2010

    "If you don't want to take care of America's sons and daughters in harms way, don't apply." That was the response given to Capt. Jennifer Dempsey on the day she applied for the Interservice Physician Assistant Program. Dempsey joined a growing number of Soldiers who are committed to serving both their country and compatriots. On Fort Bragg, PAs provide primary health care for Soldiers and their Family members, often taking the place of licensed physicians in clinics and in the field. On a typical day, a PA can record medical histories, perform physical exams, treat patient illnesses, assist surgeons and promote the health of the installation.

  • A day of giving: Fort Bragg spouses donate blood

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Megan Alcorn said she learned of the Military Spouse Day of Giving blood drive that took place Oct. 13, from XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, commander, Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick's Facebook page.

  • Fort Bragg children 'get ready' with coloring contest

    Oct 22, 2010

    In the era of after-school activities, dual working parents and other activities that leave our society with less time than they ever had before, no one is thinking about a disaster or emergency situation. Fort Bragg, in honor of the seventh annual National Preparedness Month in September, sponsored a "Get Ready Fort Bragg" essay and art contest last month for Fort Bragg elementary and junior high school students. "Get Ready Fort Bragg," is based off the "Ready Campaign," a program that encourages Americans to be prepared in the case of an emergency situation at home, work or within the community.

  • Fort Bragg emergency personnel wear pink for good, justifiable cause

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. This month, the good guys wore pink on Fort Bragg.

  • ItAca,!a,,cs training time for FORSCOM FRG leaders

    Oct 22, 2010

    CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (Oct. 21, 10)-About 470 Family Readiness Group (FRG) leaders from various U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) units across the nation assembled Thursday, at the Crystal City Hyatt here for the 2010 FORSCOM Family Readiness Group Training Symposium. The symposium is designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities for FORSCOM FRG leaders while serving as a pipeline for information concerning the introduction of new-and updates for existing-programs and services established to support Soldiers and their Family members.

  • Domestic violence is everyone's business

    Oct 22, 2010

    Victims of domestic violence need information about how to stay safe, how to keep their children free from violence and available options and resources. Each of us has a role to play in our community to provide support and assistance to victims. She (or he) may need our help to restore a life free from fear in the one place where everyone should feel safe and secure - at home. "If we are to solve this national tragedy, we must start by choosing to see the abuse and get involved," said Stacey Hale, command training and outreach coordinator for the Fort Bragg Family Advocacy Program.

  • 249th Quartermaster Soldiers return to renovated barracks

    Oct 22, 2010

    Soldiers from the 249th Quartermaster Company were surprised when they came home to freshly renovated barracks on Sept. 22. The company returned from a year-long deployment to see their old, shabby barracks had new floors, fresh paint and new furniture.

  • MPs at Fort Bragg reinforce security, safety

    Oct 22, 2010

    Military police from the 16th Military Police Brigade, the 82nd Airborne Division Provost Marshal's Office and civilian police of the Fort Bragg Department of Emergency Services, conducted Operation Enforce Standards Oct. 7, on the roads and in the housing communities of Fort Bragg. The operation increased the presence of law enforcement to keep Fort Bragg a safe place to live, work and commute.

  • Army explores software transformation initiatives

    Oct 21, 2010

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. Aca,!" The Army is implementing lessons learned from the Apps for the Army challenge, to support strategic initiatives for Army Software Transformation.

  • CCAD Returns First OH-58 Armed Scout Helicopter to the Fight

    Oct 20, 2010

  • "What Right Looks Like" - NEW FORSCOM/USARC Battalion Conducts 1st PT Test

    Oct 20, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 20, 2010) - An important cooperative training milestone was reached Tuesday, as leaders of the U.S. Army Forces Command/U.S. Army Reserve Command Special Troops Battalion (STB) administered the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) to Soldiers of the battalion for the first time, here.

  • Best Warrior: Day Three

    Oct 20, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 20, 2010) -- Day Three of the annual Best Warrior Competition began with an equipment issue and refresher training on weapons assembly/disassembly and the HUMVEE Egress Assistance Trainer. The training may be critical for the most demanding part of the competition, the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, which dominate the remainder of the five-day event.

  • Best Warrior: Day Two

    Oct 19, 2010

    The 2010 Best Warrior Competition is a showcase of the Army's training doctrine. The events include an Army Physical Fitness Test, day and night weapons qualification ranges, Warrior Task and Battle Drill testing, urban orienteering and a board appearance.