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  • Command Sgt. Maj. Troxell leads senior enlisted leaders to become Mangudai Warriors

    May 8, 2013

    It's nearing midnight and hunger is setting in for the warriors. Half a meal a day will do that to any soldier, stud or not. Accompanying their empty stomachs is the lack of sleep, and it's only day one of the Mangudai Warrior Challenge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

  • US medics teach Afghan police how to save lives

    May 8, 2013

    Afghan Uniformed and Border Police attended a train-the-trainer medical class put on by Security Force Assistance Team medics April 29 through May 1 here. The class, which was similar to the Combat Lifesaver Course for non-medical U.S. Soldiers, taught the police to treat a casualty in the field, the importance of those procedures and how to improvise.

  • Training enhancements target reckless motorcyclists

    May 8, 2013

    Army officials are hopeful that enhancements to a mandated motorcycle safety training course will better target the No. 1 killer of Soldier riders.

  • Gaining cultural experience through tactical training

    May 7, 2013

    DAECHEON, South Korea -- "While I was sitting in the turret waiting 'til it was my turn to fire," said Pfc. Desmon Hayes, from Slidell, La. "I just didn't want to mess it up -- that was the only thing that was going through my mind. I kept talking to my team chief. She kept motivating me and kept me on the straight and narrow and we knocked it out."

  • May is Mental Health Month

    May 3, 2013

    The Army is determined to decrease the stigma and get help to those who need it, by promoting dialogue between leaders, Soldiers, families, civilians and the community.

  • Homes for Heroes "paying it forward" near JBLM

    May 3, 2013

    Homes for Heroes, a program dedicated to serving America's heroes from a number of professions, to include the military, is now available in counties surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord. HFH will give discounts on real estate agent commissions, home inspections, lender costs and closing fees to any service member who is either buying or selling a home in an area where a certified HFH affiliate is located.

  • 7th ID Rangers return victorious

    May 3, 2013

    Enveloped in Georgia's muggy weather, throughout three seemingly-endless days of hardening challenges, two men battled the elements and their emotions to outlast the majority of fellow competitors and represent the 7th Infantry Division and JBLM at the 30th Annual Best Ranger Competition, April 12 through 15.

  • Arrowhead soldiers prove their mettle in EIB training

    May 3, 2013

    The Expert Infantryman Badge was awarded to 159 infantrymen from the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, for successfully completing the brigade's week-long EIB testing, during a ceremony April 26, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • US, Philippines partner for Exercise Balikatan 2013

    May 3, 2013

    On April 5, soldiers from 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, joined more than 8,000 U.S. and Filipino service members on the Philippine island of Luzon for Joint Exercise Balikatan. Exercise Balikatan 2013 is in its 29th iteration and is intended to promote regional peace and security by ensuring the interoperability and readiness of Philippine and U.S. forces. The word Balikatan means "shoulder-to-shoulder" in Tagalog, one of several native Filipino languages, and characterizes the spirit of the bilateral Philippines-U.S. exercise.

  • Combined Troop Aid Center holds grand opening

    May 2, 2013

    With clear skies and mild temperatures, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Soldiers celebrated the opening of the new Combined Troop Aid Station with a gauze (ribbon) cutting ceremony on Camp Hovey April 10, 2013.

  • Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    May 2, 2013

    CAMP STANLEY, South Korea -- The sounds of the American and South Korean national anthems resonates through the air while played by the Republic of Korea army's 26th Infantry Division Band marking the beginning of a new chapter in the Lion battalion history. After more than eight years away from the Korean peninsula, the 23rd Chemical Battalion "Lions" made its way back to Area I, calling Korea home once again. The Lions officially recognized this homecoming with a re-patch and battalion colors uncasing ceremony held on Camp Stanley April 4, 2013.

  • KATUSA program, Friendships developed last a lifetime

    May 2, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- South Koreans are known for many things, such as their rich cultural heritage and delicious food, but what does not often come to mind is that the Republic of Korea is one of about 25 countries in the world with a mandatory national service or conscription program. All South Korean males between the ages of 18 and 35 are obligated to serve at least 21 months in the military or police.

  • American, Korean scouts receive awards

    May 2, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- The Lady Baden-Powell International Friendship Award was presented to Girl Scouts from Camp Humphreys and Pyeongtaek, at Chungbuk Elementary School, during an April 26 ceremony.

  • 'Amazing Race' comes to Camp Humphreys

    May 2, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted the Discover FMWR Amazing Race for the first time April 27. The event, much like the television version, featured 24 teams being put through mental and physical challenges. Except, this version was about discovering FMWR programs and racing for prizes.

  • 2ID welcomes new deputy commanding general

    May 1, 2013

    The 2nd Infantry Division welcomed a new deputy commanding general for maneuver Wednesday during a ceremony on Camp Red Cloud.

  • ARMED AND DANGEROUS: Empowering Officers on the Road to Success

    Apr 29, 2013

    The Army Reserve's Career Management Office is part of a pilot program providing one-on-one counseling to drilling Troop Program Unit officers identified as needing military education for promotion eligibility - giving young officers a leg up in their professions.

  • Volunteer contributions to the community exceed the half million dollar mark

    Apr 26, 2013

    The 2nd Infantry Division, USAG Red Cloud and Area I, honored more than 100 community volunteers at the Warrior's Club on Camp Casey April 24.

  • Blackhawks say farewell to commander, command sergeant major

    Apr 26, 2013

    Washington-based cavalrymen gathered at Watkins Field, April 18, to say farewell to their commander and command sergeant major, and welcome a new command team of the 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

  • Lancer Brigade uncases its colors at JBLM

    Apr 26, 2013

    Cupid himself couldn't have planned Valentine's Day any better, even if he enlisted and donned the Army uniform. Friends, family, loved ones and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community joined together to honor and welcome home their soldiers of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

  • Army says fiscal year 2014 budget request 'meets future challenges'

    Apr 26, 2013

    The fiscal year 2014 budget "meets future challenges, strengthens global engagements, provides for resets, sustains the industrial base and fulfills commitments to Soldiers, civilians and families," the Army's top civilian leader told lawmakers.

  • 210th Fires Brigade and DDC leaders plants tree for Arbor Day

    Apr 25, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Leaders from 210th Fires Brigade and the city of Dongducheon plant a commemorative tree April 25, 2013 in honor of Arbor Day. Soldiers and citizens celebrated planting the symbolic tree at 210th Fires Brigade headquarters and then shared lunch at the Warrior's Club. 210th Fires Brigade is committed to building a strong relationship with the city of Dongducheon by working together and learning about each other, while improving the community where we live and work. "We are here to plant the tree, but the tree symbolizes so much more than just a tree," Col. Tracy P. Banister, brigade commander. "It symbolizes our relationship and the growth of our relationship especially over the past two years." (U. S. photos by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210 Fires Brigade public affairs specialist/Released).

  • Garrison baby shower 'nothing to cry about'

    Apr 25, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- There was nothing to cry about April 20 when the Army Community Service New Parent Support Program hosted its annual Garrison Baby Shower event in the Humphreys Community Fitness Center. New Parent Support was joined by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in hosting the event.

  • Traveling dietitians visit Humphreys Health Clinic

    Apr 25, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Registered Dietitians from Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital make regular visits to the Humphreys Health Clinic to help Soldiers and their families focus on the importance of making informed food choices, along with developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

  • United Club gives back to community

    Apr 25, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- The Humphreys United Club pushed their donations to the community to more than $23,000 in scholarship and welfare grants to various community members and organizations during an awards luncheon April 18.

  • Afghan engineers build up CP for sister Kandak

    Apr 22, 2013

    Afghan National Army soldiers from 4th Kandak, 205th ANA Corps helped refine a checkpoint for their sister unit, 2nd Kandak, April 16 and 17 in the village of Gerandai in the Panjwa'i District of Afghanistan.

  • Chaos Company strikes back with Operation Viper Strike

    Apr 22, 2013

    Approximately three United States Army platoons from Company C "Chaos," 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2, and three platoons from 1st Company, 6th Kandak, 205th Afghan National Army Corps participated in a two-day clearing mission of the Komandek Ghar area in the Panjwa'i district of Afghanistan, April 10-11.

  • Coalition helps Afghan police secure high ground

    Apr 22, 2013

    Coalition forces mobilized to assist Afghan Border Police establish a new checkpoint to overlook and control a mountain pass near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border March 25 to April 1 in Spin Boldak district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

  • U.S., Afghan engineers build road through 'Taliban center of mass'

    Apr 22, 2013

    Soldiers of Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), 229th Engineer Company of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and the Afghan National Security Forces, finalized road construction on a new route in the Panjwa'i District of Afghanistan, April 4 2013.

  • Rock, Mud and Blood

    Apr 22, 2013

    The great outdoors is an ideal venue for extreme sports and activities. As a kid, I remember having fun just by going out and exploring. My friends and I would venture into the woods to climb trees or play tag or hide-and-seek.

  • Construction underway of ANA brigade compound in Zhari district

    Apr 20, 2013

    Construction of the future home of the 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps Afghan National Army is underway in the Zhari district in Kandahar province. Once complete, the installation will accommodate 6,000 personnel.

  • Warhorse soldier receives medal for valor

    Apr 20, 2013

    A soldier from 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with Valor, during a ceremony April 12, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • Raider named Bayonet Soldier of the Month

    Apr 20, 2013

    Spc. Jacqueline Walker, a Raider Ready Reserve training room noncommissioned officer in charge with 472nd Signal Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, was named Bayonet Soldier of the Month at an award ceremony held in the brigade command area April 9.

  • Fiscal 2012 safety award winners recognized for efforts

    Apr 19, 2013

    The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center today named winners of the Fiscal 2012 Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff Safety Awards.

  • Army Earth Day Message signed by SMA, CSA, SA

    Apr 19, 2013

    Monday, April 22, the Army joins the nation in celebrating Earth Day. Army installations and organizations will continue efforts to support the Army's mission by conserving cultural and natural resources, harnessing more energy from alternative sources, promoting greater fuel and energy efficiency, and furthering Net Zero energy, water and waste efforts. By making the right choices today, our Army will remain the world 's premier military force into the future.

  • 'We Go Together' Phrase says it all during KATUSA-US Friendship Week

    Apr 18, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- As they do each and every day -- whether it is in the motor pool, orderly room or field environment -- Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Soldiers worked and played together, side-by-side, during the 2013 KATUSA-U.S. Friendship Week activities, which began Monday in Zoeckler Gym and conclude today.

  • Earth Day celebrated with run, fair

    Apr 18, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- The Humphreys community gathered at MP Hill Gym April 13 to celebrate Earth Day with an Environmental Fair and Earth Day 5K Run. This year's Earth Day activities were hosted under the theme of "Acknowledge the past, Engage the Present, and Chart the Future." They were hosted by the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division, in collaboration with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Division.

  • Speaker discusses 'heeding the warning signs'

    Apr 18, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- This is the Holocaust. There is no breath of fresh air when speaking or writing about this subject. There's no "happy ending," no Cinderella, and this is no fairy tale. This subject may be a little on the heavy side, but the truth is, it is on the heavy side. And, it is important that we do not forget.

  • Celebrating our military children

    Apr 18, 2013

    In celebration of April being the Month of the Military Child, Outdoor Recreation hosted a Spring Break Block Party, April 11, featuring various activities, including archery, rock wall climbing, laser tag, shuffle board and more. Since 1986, Army installations around the world recognize the sacrifices and applaud the courage of military children by celebrating the Month of the Military Child.

  • Know it or blow it - Aviation Safety

    Apr 18, 2013

    Going through flight school, we all hated Chapters 5 and 9 of the - 10. We asked ourselves, "Why do we have to know all this crap? What does it matter if I know all these steps verbatim, with every underlined sentence memorized and every airspeed on the tip of my tongue?" Well, about a year and a half ago, I learned why this is.

  • Techs take on new parachute mission

    Apr 18, 2013

    Tobyhanna continues to earn new workload despite cuts to Defense spending. Technicians recently began supporting guided parachute systems used to drop supplies from as high as 25,000 feet, keeping the delivery aircraft well out of range of small arms fire.

  • Budget cuts will affect readiness, Army leader says

    Apr 18, 2013

    The Army's under secretary said with sequestration in place and deep cuts requested, the Army is concerned about how it can train, equip and sustain Soldiers to be ready when called upon.

  • Annual Off-Duty Safety Awareness Presentation now available

    Apr 17, 2013

    With spring here and summer rapidly approaching, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center recently released an update to the Off-Duty Safety Awareness Presentation, a tool designed to help Soldiers recognize hazards during these high-risk seasons.

  • All-Volunteer Army not fading away

    Apr 15, 2013

    Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the All-Volunteer Army, Army Recruiting Command seeks veteran's stories of why they volunteered to become a Soldier.

  • Army's financial managers committed to improving fiscal readiness

    Apr 15, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal expressed the Army's appreciation for the vital efforts of uniform and civilian personnel assigned to the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management & Comptroller during an address to the financial managers, April 15, 2013, at the Pentagon.

  • There is more to Korea than the barracks

    Apr 15, 2013

    DONGDUCHEON, South Korea -- Do you ever find yourself stuck in your room, wondering what's actually beyond the walls that are blocking you from civilization?

  • Community, weather turns out for Fun Run, Eggstravaganza

    Apr 12, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- The Camp Humphreys community began the Easter weekend observance by participating in the Easter Bunny Hop 5K Fun Run and Eggstravaganza March 30. The run began at the MP Hill Gym with about 250 people participating.

  • Library offers alternatives, opportunities

    Apr 12, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- If you're like most Soldiers, the questions you ask for an impending weekend are something like, "What am I going to do this weekend?" Don't worry; the answer to your weekend is here.

  • Soldier Field Zumba event highlights 'right moves'

    Apr 12, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Approximately 900 people showed up at Soldier Field here April 5 to participate in the "Make the Right Moves" Zumba physical fitness event in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

  • Kandahar Airfield property turn-in yard streamlines operation, expedites Stryker turn in

    Apr 9, 2013

    Less than one week after the new Kandahar Redistribution Property Assistance Team yard became operational, the Army Field Support Battalion-Kandahar, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, executed its first unit curtailment operation, facilitating Regional Command South's troop reduction in Afghanistan.

  • Army senior leaders, VA improving Soldiers' disability process, benefits timing

    Apr 9, 2013

    About 82 percent of the Army's major units are now meeting the Defense Department's Medical Evaluation Board goal of processing Soldiers' disability evaluations within 100 days, significantly reducing a backlog that sometimes took eight months or longer in recent years.

  • Army releases second quarter accident data; downward trend continues

    Apr 8, 2013

    Accident statistics from the second quarter show the Army continues to improve its safety performance well into fiscal 2013, according to data released by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.

  • Senior aviation NCO brought Soldier experience to AMRDEC

    Apr 8, 2013

    Days prior to leaving Redstone Arsenal, for a new assignment in the Republic of Korea, Sgt. 1st Class John Herring was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant. The promotion from E-7 to E-8 reflects a successful 16+ year career, which most recently included the role of Senior Enlisted Advisor for the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center.

  • ANA artillery live fire

    Apr 7, 2013

    The Afghan National Army 205th Corps held an artillery live fire exercise at Forward Operating Base Wolverine on April 6. Two gun crews and one D30 122mm gun from each of the four ANA brigades supported the exercise.

  • Hoop Demons

    Apr 5, 2013

    Here's a pop quiz: What sport leads all others in injuries for troops in combat theaters? The answer may surprise you - it's basketball. Nearly 300 basketball-related accidents were reported to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center between fiscal 2008 and 2012, and the cost associated with those accidents was more than $1.5 million! And it's no secret that many more basketball injuries go unreported. I realized anyone is susceptible to these injuries when I became a victim of the hoop demon during my second tour in Iraq.

  • Don't be armed & hammered

    Apr 3, 2013

    In today's society, we are bombarded with messages informing us we shouldn't drink and drive because alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction time, which can make our vehicles deadly weapons. So why do we continue to see Soldiers consuming alcohol and handling firearms, which are designed to be deadly weapons without the addition of alcohol?

  • Dongducheon, South Korea thanks 210th Fires Brigade Soldiers for community support

    Apr 2, 2013

    Dongducheon, South Korea, Mayor Oh Sea-chang presented Col. Tracy P. Banister, commander, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, an appreciation award for supporting the annual Wang Bang International Mountain Bike Race, April 1, 2013, at Dongducheon City Hall.

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Afghanistan

    Apr 2, 2013

    National Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed every April not only among civilians but also in the military. This year at Kandahar Airfield, the month is kicked off with a 5K run/walk in support of SAAM.

  • Youth wrestlers learn from national champ

    Apr 2, 2013

    Since the age of eight, wrestling has been Jeremy Larson's sport.His impressive grappling resume includes winning the individual Minnesota state high school championship as a senior, followed by a scholarship to the University of Minnesota, where he wrestled for five years. He and his team won the NCAA national championship and the Big Ten team title in the 2006 to 2007 academic year.

  • Tomahawks compete for top spot

    Apr 2, 2013

    Soldiers with Combined Task Force 2-23 (2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment) contended in the Top Tomahawk competition that began March 29 here.

  • Learning to lead

    Mar 28, 2013

    Some 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers from the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade recently took the time to reflect on what they have learned from their leaders as well as what it means to be a leader in the U.S. Army while attending the brigade's Talon Academy.

  • Soldiers train on battlefield recovery of human remains

    Mar 27, 2013

    Soldiers with A Troop, 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, went through a course to certify as Company Level Evacuation and Recovery team members, March 18-20. The primary task of the CLEAR team is to search for and recover human remains from the battlefield.

  • Demons work with community outreach

    Mar 27, 2013

    Thoughts about demons are usually associated with fear and death. When U.S. Army units adopt the moniker "Demon," they typically want to project a strong and almost ghostly image on the battlefield.

  • Tomahawks soldier recognized for his contribution to the 23rd Infantry Regiment

    Mar 26, 2013

    Thirteen soldiers and airmen from I Corps, 7th Infantry Division and its subordinate units and other unit entities from Joint Base Lewis-McChord were formally recognized for their hard work, dedication and demonstrated professionalism in improving the readiness of I Corps and the JBLM community, March 22, at the Cascade Club.

  • Operation Southern Fist III

    Mar 26, 2013

    Afghan National Security Forces assisted by International Security Assistance Forces began Operation Southern Fist III March 3, in the district of Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

  • 1st ABCT soldier wins the MacArthur Award for Company Grade excellence

    Mar 25, 2013

    A very modest Capt. Andrew C. Webb would have you believe he's just like any other soldier, and clearly hoped the talk about his behavior would quietly go away. But that's the burden you reap when you stand head and shoulders above your peers.

  • What's Holding Up Your Car?

    Mar 25, 2013

    Saturday was my day for making repairs on my car, and I'd been having problems with my old, rusty brake rotors. Every time I'd hit the brakes, the steering wheel would vibrate. I wanted to put an end to that, so I bought some good slotted and drilled replacement rotors. I gathered all the tools I needed - including a jack, wrenches, sockets and screwdrivers - and went to my garage to get started. I'd changed rotors on several cars in the past, so I basically knew how to do it.

  • One community working together to improve the environment

    Mar 22, 2013

    DONGDUCHEON, South Korea -- Soldiers from the 210th Fires Brigade and 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, both with the 2nd Infantry Division, and the citizens of Dongducheon take part in an annual clean-up exercise sponsored by the city of Dongducheon. Soldiers of the Warrior Division are committed to working together as neighbors to make the community a better place, demonstrating Katchi Kapshida (We Go Together). This event allows U.S. Soldiers and members of the community to work together and learn about each other, while improving the environment.

  • Mobile RPAT eases redeployment stresses for CTF 4-2

    Mar 21, 2013

    As soldiers of 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division) reached the halfway point in their deployment, they realized they had equipment on their base that they were not using and could turn in.

  • CTF 4-2 S6 soldiers communicate through art on Masum Ghar

    Mar 21, 2013

    When Spc. Michelle Delgadillo was younger, she went through a phase where she drew horses everywhere, she said. Now, the signal support systems specialist with Combined Task 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division) draws infantrymen and Strykers.

  • Real world crashes into annual exercise

    Mar 20, 2013

    Eight soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division were recognized for their lifesaving efforts in Thailand during Cobra Gold 2013 at ceremony on Camp Casey, Korea, March 20, 2013.

  • 210th Fires Brigade Best Warrior Competition

    Mar 19, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- The 210th Fires Brigade Best Warrior Competition kicks off at Soldier's Field near Carey Gym on Camp Casey, South Korea March 18, 2013. Soldiers will compete in several events over the next three days that will range from a physical fitness test, a written examination, a ruck march, weapon qualification, warrior task and drills lanes, a day and night land navigation course, and a formal question and answer board. The 210th Fires Bde. Best Warrior Competition is an individual competition that demonstrates the 210th Fires Bde. readiness to fight tonight in order to deter aggression toward the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Army photos by 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs Team/Released).

  • Former Buffalo leader charges ahead to take the spear with Lancers

    Mar 19, 2013

    The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment said farewell to the top noncommissioned officer in the organization March 14 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but are scheduled to follow him once again after he assumes responsibility for the Lancer brigade, April 25.

  • Army education centers in Korea help hundreds facing Tuition Assistance deadline

    Mar 12, 2013

    Army education centers in Korea last week helped more than 900 Soldiers Korea-wide who sought help enrolling for courses only hours before the Army's suspension of Tuition Assistance took effect, and staffers say they're poised to further help Soldiers in seeking education funding in the wake of the suspension.

  • CTF 4-2 NCO receives fourth deployed promotion

    Mar 12, 2013

    When Staff Sgt. Luis Santos found out he made the sergeant first class list in March of 2012, he jokingly bet his wife that he would get promoted during his unit's deployment to Afghanistan and that she would miss his fourth promotion in a row.

  • Preserve Your Sight To Fight

    Mar 11, 2013

    Today's Soldiers understand the importance of mission readiness. We prepare our equipment and we train to ensure we are ready to go. But what about your eyes? Are they ready to go? You know you need protection from dust, wind and ultraviolet and bright sunlight, but how about a 0.15-caliber steel fragment coming at you at 660 feet per second?

  • Air Assault Course increase 2ID capabilities

    Mar 8, 2013

    For the first time in 15 years, 2nd Infantry Division and Eighth U.S. Army Soldiers tackled the rigorous Air Assault Course at Camp Hovey, South Korea.

  • 210th Fires Brigade conducts MLRS live fire

    Mar 7, 2013

    POCHEON, South Korea -- Soldiers from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, conduct a live fire exercise with the M-270A1 multiple launcher rocket system at Rocket Valley, South Korea, March 7, 2013. Their mission was to qualify fire direction centers, launchers and ammunition crew members to enhance the battalion's readiness. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 210th Fires Brigade public affairs NCO/Released).

  • 2ID Air Assault Course

    Mar 6, 2013

    Candidates continue to master the basic rappelling fundamentals on the rappel tower during the 2nd Infantry Division's Air Assault Course at Camp Hovey, South Korea, March 6, 2013. The 10-day course is the first on the Korean Peninsula in 15 years. The instructors, from the Warrior Training Center in Fort Benning, Ga., are teaching students the skills and knowledge required to be competent in the conduct of combat air assault operations. Upon successful completion of the course, students are awarded the Air Assault Badge. The training shows that 2nd Inf. Div. is committed to maintaining and strengthening the republic to fight tonight in order to deter aggression toward the Republic of Korea. (Photo by Park Chin-u, 2ID PAO)

  • CID warns of email scam, criminals posing as police

    Mar 5, 2013

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is warning both the Army community and the public about a new Internet phishing scam where criminals are attempting to pose as Army CID officials.

  • 210th Fires Brigade conducts EFMB train-up

    Mar 3, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division conducted medical training at Carey Field on Camp Casey, South Korea, Feb. 28, 2013, in preparation for an upcoming Expert Field Medical Badge event. During the training, the Soldiers had to complete a 12-mile road march, provide care while under fire, provide tactical field care, disassemble and reassemble an M16A2 rifle and perform causality evacuation. (U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210th Fires Brigade public affairs specialist/Released).

  • Brief Smart

    Mar 1, 2013

    It's March, and that means it's time for another talk about driving safety. As a leader, you know that's just what your Soldiers want to hear, right? Few things elicit more groans from Soldiers than the mandatory safety brief. I'm of the belief, however, that since safety briefings are required, we might as well make them useful and enjoyable experiences.

  • AMC commander visits 'Army's sustainment think tank'

    Feb 28, 2013

    Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, visited the Combined Arms Support Command, the Army's sustainment think tank, Feb. 27, to learn about training initiatives, credentialing programs and to discuss the future of sustainment.

  • Alpha Distribution Company conducts new equipment training

    Feb 27, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from Alpha Distribution Company, 70th Brigade Support Battalion, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division conducted lightweight water purifier and tactical water purifier equipment training at the Bravo Field Maintenance Company motor pool on Camp Casey, South Korea, February 27, 2013. The Soldiers learned how to properly install, operate and transport each piece of equipment. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 210th Fires Brigade public affairs NCO/Released).

  • You Don't Have to Leave the Hooah Behind

    Feb 27, 2013

    The Army Reserve's Individual Mobilization Augumentee Program lets Soldiers transitioning from the active component or traditional Army Reserve units to continuing serving without the traditional "one weekend a month, two weeks a year". The IMA program lets Soldiers earn pay and credit towards retirement, receive benefits and entitlements, all while maintaining the flexibility to pursue your career and family aspirations without a "drilling reservist" schedule.

  • Vietnam draftee looks back on a fulfilling career

    Feb 22, 2013

    First Sgt. David Blow, outgoing deputy commandant for the Henry H. Lind Noncommissioned Officer Academy on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has a few of his college textbooks on his desk. He is studying to transition into the audiology field, following an Army career that began in 1969. Blow came into an Army that was what he called "primarily a draft Army."

  • South Korea-based unit participates in Cobra Gold

    Feb 21, 2013

    Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team have traded in their usual frozen mountain training ranges in South Korea for the balmy jungles of Thailand, during Cobra Gold 2013.

  • Thunder Inn celebrates Black History Month

    Feb 21, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- The Thunder Inn Soldiers celebrated Black History Month with special music and food service during lunch hours for Soldiers to enjoy with their meal at the 210th Fires Brigade Thunder Inn Dinning Facility on Camp Casey, South Korea, February 21. (U. S. Army photo by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210th Fires Brigade public affairs specialist/Released).

  • Alpha Distro, 70th BSB conducts CBRN training

    Feb 21, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from Distribution Company A, 70th Brigade Support Battalion, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, conducted quarterly gas chamber training on Camp Casey, South Korea, Feb. 21, 2013. During the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear portion of the training, Soldiers were required to qualify in the gas chamber and then conduct detailed troop decontamination in order to receive a "go" for the event. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 210th Fires Brigade public affairs NCO/Released). For many more photos of this event visit

  • HHB, 210th Fires Brigade conducted M16 shooting range

    Feb 21, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division conducted an M16 shooting range in Kouma Range at Camp Casey, South Korea, Feb. 21, 2013. The purpose of this training was to make sure Soldiers are qualified to shoot their weapons so they are always ready to fight tonight. (U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210th Fires Brigade public affairs specialist/Released).

  • CG 13 senior enlisted leaders meet, mentor, motivate

    Feb 19, 2013

    Senior enlisted leaders from Thailand, the United States, Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia attended a team-building seminar Feb. 12-13, 2013, in Phitsanulok province, Kingdom of Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold 2013.

  • 2ID is maintaining a healthy unit climate

    Feb 13, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers attended the Equal Opportunity Leaders Course at the Community Activity Center on Camp Casey Feb. 7-14, 2013. Upon completion of the course, the Soldiers will become trained Equal Opportunity leaders who will assist their unit commander in maintaining a healthy unit climate so personnel will be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect regardless of race, gender, national origin and religion. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 210th Fires Brigade public affairs NCO/Released).

  • Dragons earn new streamer

    Feb 13, 2013

    Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commander of the 2nd Infantry Division, presents a streamer to the Dragon soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, during an award ceremony at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, South Korea. The company earned the streamer for going over 365 with zero alcohol-related incidents.

  • Straight from the expert -- improve your run (and your health!)

    Feb 13, 2013

    There's more to running than you think. Running comfortably and successfully, that is. "Cheek to pocket" -- can you explain that phrase? If not, read on. You'll probably learn something.

  • Salute Battery honors Medal of Honor recipients

    Feb 13, 2013

    succession of booms rattles through the parking lot of Carey Gym on Camp Casey. "Pfc. David Smith" fires its round sounding-off with pride and valor like the soldier the gun honors did for his country during the Korean War. Gun number two stands ready to fire again and honor its name sake and the dignitaries for which it is fired.

  • Open for business: One banner, one taste

    Feb 13, 2013

    As the grill heats up, premium steaks are are laid down for eagerly waiting soldiers. The sizzling meat creates a familiar sound for some waiting patrons. Aroma from the steaks fills the kitchen and spreads throughout the dining facility.

  • Cloud-level with fun, nature

    Feb 13, 2013

    Rather than staying glued to a chair clicking away at a keyboard or rapidly tapping a video game controller, there are some great alternatives ways for soldiers to pass their time over a long weekend. Whether it is indoors or outdoors, Korea has a lot to offer soldiers.

  • Manchus reach new heights

    Feb 13, 2013

    "One minute," yelled the crew chief to the soldiers in his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. "20 seconds," he called out. As soon as the Black Hawk touched the ground the soldiers, strapped with 70 pounds of their personal equipment, jump out laying suppressive fire as they hit the ground. The scene did not look like utter chaos because these soldiers, from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigaded Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, knew exactly what to do.

  • TEDD handler, dog go on first mission together

    Feb 12, 2013

    After hours of climbing over the rugged grape rows of Afghanistan in search of a weapons cache, Pfc. Franklin Sena and his platoon heard the familiar sound of small-arms fire coming at them.

  • New tracking system improves helicopter gunnery

    Feb 12, 2013

    This year the Army will start fielding a new training system that will more accurately track helicopter rocket firing. The new Aerial Weapons Scoring System (AWSS) recently passed its government acceptance test at Fort Rucker, Ala. The new system for crews in Kiowa and Apache helicopters follows a 2010 TRADOC decision to improve helicopter scoring capabilities for rapid and paired rocket engagements during diving fire.

  • 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division conducts culminating training exercise

    Feb 12, 2013

    The 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, conducted a biannual culminating training exercise from 28 Jan. - 1 Feb., 2013, at Camp Casey in the Republic of Korea. The brigade utilized a wide range of unified live, virtual, constructive and gaming platforms to simulate an operating environment for two of its battalions - the 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, and the 70th Brigade Support Battalion.