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  • 3-2 SBCT uncases colors

    Feb 7, 2013

    More than 4000 boots stood in the wet grass of Joint Base Lewis McChord's Walkins Field as the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division uncased their brigade and battalion colors, Feb. 5.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Feb 7, 2013

    The 7th Infantry Division hosted John McHugh, 21st Secretary of the Army, in a visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 4. The visit is his third to JBLM since being appointed Secretary of the Army in 2009.

  • Dirty Jobs

    Feb 7, 2013

    Many Soldiers accept jobs in the military that have nothing to do with their former civilian careers.

  • 2nd Infantry Division Resilience Team, Army Community Service partner for spouses' training

    Feb 7, 2013

    Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division are already familiar with the Army's Master Resilience Training program, having completed multiple levels of the training as required by division policy. They have resiliency tools at their disposal.

  • Texting fail - Perils of distracted walking

    Feb 6, 2013

    Thanks to smartphones and the Internet, videos of people walking and texting their way into an embarrassing adventure aren't difficult to find.

  • Korean War veteran receives long overdue Silver Star Medal

    Feb 4, 2013

    Several hundred community members, well-wishers, dignitaries and friends gathered to view the presentation of the Silver Star Medal to William V. Wuorinen for heroic actions during combat operations in the Korean War, at an award ceremony held at Naselle-Grays River Valley School, Naselle, Wash., Jan. 30, 2013.

  • Combined Task Force 4-2 conducts combined foot patrol with ANA partners

    Feb 3, 2013

    A Soldier with 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), helps a fellow soldier onto the rooftop of an old, destroyed building to provide protective over watch for another element of their patrol, Jan.29 in Panjwa'i District, Afghanistan. The soldiers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • Combined Task Force 4-2 conducts combined foot patrol with ANA partners

    Feb 3, 2013

    An Afghan National Army soldier takes a knee and provides security for Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), during a combined foot patrol, Jan.29 in Panjwa'i District, Afghanistan. The United States Army soldiers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • Combined Task Force 4-2 conducts combined foot patrol with ANA partners

    Feb 3, 2013

    A soldier with 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), watches over an element of a combined foot patrol with the Afghan National Army, Jan.29 in Panjwa'i District, Afghanistan. The United States Army soldiers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • Combined Task Force 4-2 conducts combined foot patrol with ANA partners

    Feb 3, 2013

    A soldier with 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), reacts to enemy gun shots during a combined foot patrol with the Afghan National Army, Jan.29 in Panjwa'i District, Afghanistan. . The United States Army soldiers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • Combined Task Force 4-2 conducts combined foot patrol with ANA partners

    Feb 3, 2013

    A soldier with 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), looks for the source of enemy gun shots after a short firefight during a combined foot patrol with the Afghan National Army, Jan.29 in Panjwa'i District, Afghanistan. The soldiers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • CTF 4-2 broadcaster coaches local Afghan children

    Feb 2, 2013

    Sgt. Kyle Burns, a broadcast journalist with Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), shows Afghan children how to use his Panasonic P2HD video camera during a mission here, Jan. 30. Burns, of Boynton Beach, Fla., is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • From the Director of Army Safety - Measuring Up

    Feb 1, 2013

    One of the perennial questions in safety is, "How do we measure what we're doing?" Too often, the only metric we have available is how many Soldiers died in accidents during any particular period. We've gotten into the habit of looking at those numbers and attributing our safety programs' success or failure to them. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; we obviously want the arrow pointing downward on accidental deaths. But, I don't believe it's enough to quantify what we do every day with only a single figure - safety is much bigger and more complex than that.

  • 2nd Infantry Division command team visits 210th Fires Brigade

    Jan 31, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, the commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division, and Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew J. Spano, the Division command sergeant major, visited 210th Fires Brigade Soldiers January 30. They talked with Soldiers of 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment and 70th Brigade Support Battalion, who briefed them on their respective missions. (U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs Specialist/Released).

  • 2ID introduces new top enlisted Soldier, says farewell to another

    Jan 31, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew J. Spano assumed the helm as the senior enlisted adviser in the 2nd Infantry Division from Command Sgt. Maj. Michael P. Eyer during a change of responsibility ceremony Jan. 30, 2013, at Camp Casey, South Korea.

  • Lancer command team returns to JBLM

    Jan 31, 2013

    screams of excitement echoed off the cinder block walls of North Fort's Wilson Gym, Jan. 16, as nearly 300 soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, stood before hundreds of their family, friends and fellow soldiers during a Welcome Home ceremony.

  • 6-37 FA conducts medical evacuation training

    Jan 31, 2013

    YEONCHEON, South Korea -- Soldiers from 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, conducted medical evacuation training in Yeoncheon, South Korea, as part of the Culminating Training Exercise (CTE) 31 January. CTEs provide leadership at all levels with the ability to evaluate the battalion's performance in a wide range of tasks. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis, 210th Fires Brigade public affairs NCO/Released).

  • Soldiers provide security for key leader engagement with ABP

    Jan 29, 2013

    Soldiers with Blackfoot Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., provide security for a key leader engagement with the Afghan Border Police near Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Jan. 24. The KLE allowed International Security Assistance Force leaders to discuss training schedules with ABP leaders. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann, 102nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

  • With National Spotlight on Internet Romance-Type Scams, Army CID Makes Additional Attempts to Warn U

    Jan 28, 2013

    In light of recent national news coverage, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, is again pleading with internet users worldwide to not fall prey to the ongoing online "Romance Scams" that the Army has been combating since 2009. Army CID is hopeful that the recent coverage can potentially help warn victims of the cyber-crime that ends in both undue heartache and financial hardship.

  • Fight fires this winter

    Jan 28, 2013

    The winter holidays are a time of celebration, but fire can put a real damper on everyone's joy.

  • Soldier's dedication, character remembered

    Jan 28, 2013

    Family, friends, and Soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, gathered to remember and honor the life of Pfc. Markie T. Sims in a memorial ceremony at Lewis North Chapel, Jan. 23.

  • Infantry first sergeant influences engineer company

    Jan 26, 2013

    When the soldiers of 38th Engineer Company learned that they would be getting a new first sergeant during their deployment to Afghanistan, they did not know what kind of leader he would be.

  • Army's top general tours Area I; His wife visits Camp Casey, eyes facilities, meets 2ID Soldier spou

    Jan 25, 2013

    The need for full-time family readiness advisers in Warrior Country and improving job opportunities for military spouses are among key issues the wife of the Army's top general will pass on to her husband, she said during a visit to Camp Casey, South Korea, last week.

  • Watch out for foreign agents: Authorities say spies eye U.S. troops in hopes of gleaning intelligenc

    Jan 25, 2013

    It's a Friday night and a group of Soldiers are getting the weekend started at their favorite bar off post. It's a place where the Soldiers feel comfortable, where they can unwind, talk smack, drink beer and where they and the bar employees know one another by first name. The Soldiers feel themselves among friends. But according to U.S. Army intelligence authorities, friends aren't necessarily the only ones in the room.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. remembered in Area I: Speaker says King had immense impact on improved race r

    Jan 25, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- The life and words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played a profound role in helping America move toward greater racial harmony and respect for civil rights, a guest speaker at Camp Casey told an audience attending a Jan. 15 observance of King's birthday.

  • Students go around the world in 120 minutes

    Jan 25, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Casey Elementary School students grabbed their passports, buckled their seatbelts and turned on their listening ears to enjoy a trip around the world without even leaving school grounds Jan. 15. Almost 70 students, along with their parents, took part in the school's Read Around the World. For the afternoon reading trip, the children had the opportunity to visit four of eight "countries" the school had set up in their classrooms. The children's choices included the Czech Republic, Turkey, Germany and the Choctaw Nation.

  • Giving safety a fighting chance

    Jan 25, 2013

    When you hear "combatives training," safety probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind.

  • Military spouses conduct training to become more resilient

    Jan 24, 2013

    DONGDUCHEON, South Korea --The Warrior Spouse Resilience Training Program was held at the Camp Casey Golf course in Dongducheon, South Korea, January 24, 2013. Spouses from 2nd Infantry Division attended this training to learn coping skills to handle everyday life challenges as military spouses. (U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs Specialist).

  • Army Under Secretary pays tribute to Korean War hero

    Jan 23, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal meets General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup, the Korean Army's first four star general, 17 Jan. 2013, Seoul, Republic of South Korea (ROK). During his remarkable career, General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup served as commander of the First Field Army, the Army Chief of Staff, and the Chairman for the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff until his retirement in May 1960. Following his military career, General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup served as Korea's Ambassador to the Republic of China on Taiwan, France, and Canada. He also served as Minister of Transportation and is credited with the development of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. Moreover, General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup is the author of "From Pusan to Panmunjom: Wartime Memoirs of the Republic of Korea's First Four-Star General, Paik Sun Yup". Under Secretary Westphal's visit to Korea underscores the strength of the ROK-U.S. Alliance and the U.S. Army's commitment to sustain land power in the Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • Army Under Secretary discusses the future of the Army with Soldiers in Korea

    Jan 23, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal discusses the future of the Army with Soldiers stationed at Camp Humphreys, 17 Jan. 2013, Republic of South Korea (ROK). Westphal met with the Soldiers to recognize their contributions to the longstanding ROK-U.S. Alliance, and discuss their critical role as the Army rebalances to the Asia Pacific region. Westphal visited Camp Humphreys during his Pacific AOR tour of Army units in Hawaii, Korea and Alaska. Under Secretary Westphal's visit to Korea underscores the strength of the ROK-U.S. Alliance and the U.S. Army's commitment to sustain land power in the Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • South Korea-based troops take part in inaugural ball

    Jan 22, 2013

    American and South Korean troops joined the Commander-in-Chief Ball in Washington, D.C., via satellite from Camp Casey, South Korea, Jan. 22, 2013.

  • Fallen leader's legacy remembered

    Jan 22, 2013

    Family, friends, and soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division gathered to honor the life and legacy of Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams in a memorial ceremony at Evergreen Chapel, Jan. 16.

  • Westphal voices support for U.S. troops in Korea

    Jan 16, 2013

    The U.S. Army's second highest civilian official voiced his support for U.S. Soldiers, civilian employees and families serving in Korea during a visit to Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, Jan. 16, 2013.

  • Months-long wait ends for wounded warrior reunited with comrades

    Jan 16, 2013

    On June 12, 2012, while conducting a dismounted patrol in Maiwand, Afghanistan, an improvised explosive device detonated near the men of 1st Platoon, Company B, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Following the explosion, Spc. Chris Anderson's life would forever be changed.

  • Remembering and celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jan 15, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- The 2nd Infantry Division held a celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. at the Warriors' Club on Camp Casey in Dongducheon, South Korea Jan. 15, 2013. This event was to remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and for the world united. (U.S. Army Photos taken by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs Specialist/Released).

  • Ground guiding safely

    Jan 15, 2013

    Every year, Soldiers and Civilians are seriously injured and killed in ground-guiding accidents.

  • Lancers leaves Afghanistan ready for Ready First

    Jan 14, 2013

    The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Combined Task Force Lancer, marked the end of a nine-month deployment to southern Afghanistan by relinquishing control of its nearly 15,000 square kilometer battle-space to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Combined Team Ready First, during a Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan in Kandahar City Jan. 7.

  • 2nd Infantry Division Soldier saves Korean life

    Jan 14, 2013

    A 2nd Infantry Division Soldier pulled a Korean man from a car that caught fire on Highway 61/Bundang Expressway Jan. 11, 2013.

  • Soldiers see stars

    Jan 14, 2013

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea (January 11, 2013) -- The 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers often see stars, but few have seen the bright stars of the Army's top general in person.

  • Fatal Army accidents down in first quarter of 2013

    Jan 14, 2013

    The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center recently released accident statistics for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, and the data show a continued overall decline in both on- and off-duty accidental deaths.

  • The Chief of Staff, Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, visits 2nd ID

    Jan 13, 2013

    The Chief of Staff, Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, visited 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, South Korea, January 11, 2013. Gen. Odierno talked with Soldiers of 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team and 210th Fires Brigade and viewed new equipment which the division recently received. (U.S. Army photo by 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs Team/Released).

  • 6th Annual International Wangbang Mountain Bike Race

    Jan 13, 2013

    Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division participated in the sixth annual International Wangbang Mountain Bike Race at the Sports Complex in Dongducheon, South Korea, Oct. 28, 2012. The 2nd Infantry Division soldiers often join events involving local civilians in Area 1 as part of the Good Neighbor Program. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs NCO/Released)

  • Army's top general visits 2nd Infantry Division

    Jan 11, 2013

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff, and his wife, Linda, visited 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers and their families at Camps Casey and Hovey, Jan. 11, 2013.

  • Hunting Safety an Imperative

    Jan 10, 2013

    Who'd have known - deer are the most hunted animal in the United States.

  • GHS to bring changes to labeling, classification of hazardous chemicals

    Jan 9, 2013

    Soldiers and civilians who handle hazardous chemicals as part of their job will soon begin training for changes coming to the labeling and classification of chemicals in the workplace.

  • PRMC leaders visit Korean peninsula, discuss way-ahead

    Jan 9, 2013

    Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Franklin, senior enlisted advisor, PRMC, toured the Korean peninsula, Jan. 7-10, meeting with key leaders and Soldiers to discuss the way-ahead for optimal medical support within the Korean peninsula for the peace and war time missions, while also conducting a series of meetings, update briefs, and question and answer sessions with Medical Service Corps officers as Doyle's role as 17th Corps Chief.

  • 2nd Infantry Division Commander recognizes 210th Fires Brigade Soldiers

    Jan 9, 2013

    DONGDUCHEON, South Korea -- Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, the 2nd Infantry Division commander, recognized Soldiers of 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, for their accomplishment and hard work Jan. 10, 2013, at Camp Casey in Dongducheon, South Korea. (Photos taken by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210th Fires Bde. Public Affairs Specialist).

  • Combined Team Ready First uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Jan 8, 2013

    The Combined Team Ready First assumed battle space responsibility from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, "Lancers," from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Jan. 7. The ceremony was held at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, and hosted multiple Afghan dignitaries, as well as Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, RC-South commander.

  • Soldiers celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan

    Jan 8, 2013

    Despite being away from friends and families during the holiday season, Soldiers of Combined Task Force 4-2 found many ways to celebrate Christmas in Southern Afghanistan, Dec. 25.

  • Leader with 'heart of gold' remembered

    Jan 8, 2013

    Family, friends and 'Manchu' soldiers from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division gathered to remember the life and honor the service of Sgt. Logan Tyler Harbison at Evergreen Chapel, Dec. 11.

  • 'Raiders' bid farewell to brother-in-arms

    Jan 8, 2013

    Family, friends and service members gathered to honor and celebrate the life of Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle, Jr., in a memorial ceremony at Lewis North Chapel, Dec. 5.

  • Computer detectives hunt hackers, deliver digital justice

    Jan 8, 2013

    The U.S. Army CID's Computer Crimes Investigative Unit is turning the tables on would-be predators online to where the hunters now have become the hunted.

  • Leisure standard: Seoul: closer than you think, more to see than you know

    Jan 7, 2013

    How do you spend your weekends? Sitting in your room and playing computer games? If you're looking for something a little more exciting, but don't know how to take that first step, read on. Seoul is closer than you think -- and there's plenty to do.

  • Preparation pays off: a sit-down with 210th's KATUSA of the Quarter

    Jan 7, 2013

    Sgt. Oh Young-ho, who hails from Daegu, South Korea, is a poster child for preparation. Recently named the 210th Fires Brigade Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldier of the Quarter, he exemplifies the traits that earned him the honor.

  • Don't ignore the signs of extreme temperatures, snow and ice

    Jan 7, 2013

    Winters can be brutal at Fort Richardson, Alaska. After being stationed there for two years, however, I thought I could handle just about anything winter could dish out. It took a close call to make me realize we can never become complacent when it comes to winter driving - no matter how familiar you may be with the area.

  • Driver Training Revamped

    Jan 7, 2013

    Vehicle rollovers remain a serious concern for units deployed overseas. According to statistics compiled by U.S. Central Command, there were 618 tactical vehicle rollovers in Afghanistan between January 2009 and July 2012, resulting in 23 fatalities and 501 injuries.

  • Balancing the risks versus the benefits of hurrying home

    Jan 7, 2013

    Sometimes you come to the end of a mission and realize you owe your life more to luck than smart decisions. But Lady Luck is a fickle spirit. She may not treat you so well the next time.

  • Thankful for Motorcycle Safety Training

    Jan 7, 2013

    After several months of pleading and negotiating, I finally convinced my wife to let me purchase the motorcycle of my dreams. We had just become debt free - and she wanted to stay that way - so there were two promises I made in order for her to feel comfortable with our decision. First, I had to purchase the motorcycle outright so we weren't saddled with a monthly payment. Second, I had to attend a motorcycle safety training course.

  • Motorcycle Personal Protective Equipment Lessons Severity of Accident

    Jan 7, 2013

    I began riding motorcycles at 8 years old when my father bought me a little Honda dirt bike. More than 35 years later, I still love the freedom and thrill of riding. I have always considered myself a skilled rider; but before I could register my bike on post, I had to complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic RiderCourse. While I didn't think the course would teach me much or improve my riding skills, I went into it with an open mind. To my surprise, I actually learned something, especially regarding personal protective equipment. That training likely lessened the severity of the accident I thought would never happen to me.

  • Ergonomics That Work

    Jan 7, 2013

    Ergonomics is the applied science of equipment design in the workplace to reduce fatigue and discomfort and increase productivity. Cumulative trauma disorders, repetitive stress injuries and work-related musculoskeletal disorders are synonymous terms. All relate to musculoskeletal and nervous system injuries caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, compression (pressing against hard surfaces) and/or sustained awkward positions.

  • The Gift of Volunteering

    Jan 6, 2013

    Volunteering is an easy way to show a community that you care. That's exactly what the Soldiers from the 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, do.

  • One New Soldier, Two New Cultures

    Jan 6, 2013

  • 210th Fires Bde. pushes for more CLS Certifications

    Jan 3, 2013

    More than 40 Soldiers with 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, attended Combat Lifesaver training at the Camp Hovey Education Center Jan. 2, 2013.

  • Deployed couple relies on battlefield travel, luck to see each other

    Jan 1, 2013

    On Dec. 26, 2012, Spc. Brendon Brown stepped off his Stryker Combat Vehicle at Combat Outpost Talukan, Afghanistan, looking for a familiar face.

  • Holiday celebration at FOB Spin Boldak

    Dec 25, 2012

    Soldiers and contractors enjoy games, raffle prizes and music during a holiday celebration at the Dining Facility at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Dec. 23. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation team located at the base donated the prizes.

  • Holiday celebration at FOB Spin Boldak

    Dec 25, 2012

    Pfc. Brian Ure, a mortar man with 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, shows off his model tank he received during the holiday celebration at the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Dec. 23. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation team located at the base donated the prizes.

  • Holiday celebration at FOB Spin Boldak

    Dec 25, 2012

    Pfc. Samone Molock, a soldier with 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, receives a raffle prize during the holiday celebration at the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Dec. 23. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation team located at the base donated the prizes.

  • Holiday celebration at FOB Spin Boldak

    Dec 25, 2012

    Soldiers and contractors dance during the holiday celebration at the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Dec. 23. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation team located at the base donated the prizes that were raffled out.

  • Holiday celebration at FOB Spin Boldak

    Dec 25, 2012

    First Sgt. Tavares Garrett, first sergeant of 569th Engineer Company, plays music during the holiday celebration at the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Dec. 23. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation team located at the base donated the prizes that were raffled out.

  • Holiday celebration at FOB Spin Boldak

    Dec 25, 2012

    First Sgt. Tavares Garrett, first sergeant with 569th Engineer Company, plays music during the holiday celebration at the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Dec. 23. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation team located at the base donated the prizes that were raffled out.

  • Holiday celebration at FOB Spin Boldak

    Dec 25, 2012

    Soldiers with 569th Engineer Company enjoy a game of dominoes during the holiday celebration at the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Dec. 23. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation team located at the base donated the prizes that were raffled out.

  • Southern Fist II packs a punch

    Dec 23, 2012

    An Afghan Border Police-led operation that included commandos from the Afghan National Army and police officers from the Afghan National Civil Order Police executed a joint operation that took place in a remote area 55 miles south of Spin Boldak near the Pakistan border in Shorabak district, Afghanistan, Dec. 8-12. The operation, dubbed Southern Fist II, aimed to neutralize enemy safe havens in the district.

  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze dazzles Warrior Country

    Dec 21, 2012

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Carey Fitness Center was transformed into a winter wonderland Dec. 14 as Cirque Dreams Holidaze brought their unique acrobatic circus to Korea. An international cast of performers astonished Soldiers, civilians and their family members with feats of balance, agility and flexibility.

  • ABP seize more than 360 anti-personnel mines

    Dec 20, 2012

    Afghan Border Police seized more than 360 anti-personnel mines during a vehicle inspection at an ABP checkpoint near the Wesh border crossing point in Spin Boldak district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Dec 18.

  • Eighth Army commander salutes U.S. troops in Korea

    Dec 14, 2012

    The Eighth Army commanding general thanked U.S. Soldiers in South Korea for their contribution to defending freedom on the Korean Peninsula and maintaining stability in Northeast Asia.

  • 2012 US Army Pacific Commander's Holiday Message

    Dec 14, 2012

    Jeannine and I wish you all of you a most wonderful and blessed holiday season. Our hope is that the entire U.S. Army Pacific Team share in the special joy the Holidays bring.

  • Global movement comes to rural district of Spin Boldak, Afghanistan

    Dec 13, 2012

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan - As organizations and advocates across the world gathered and hosted events to recognize the official 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, women in the rural district of Spin Boldak learned of the movement during a rare women's gathering at the Spin Boldak District Center in Kandahar province, Dec. 7.

  • Tips to enjoy a healthier holiday season

    Dec 12, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 12, 2012) -- As we head into the holiday celebration season, many of us fear unwanted weight gain and a lapse in our otherwise healthy habits.

  • Celebrate sensibly, not senselessly this holiday season

    Dec 10, 2012

    Typically, the holiday season is synonymous with celebration, but Army leaders want Soldiers, Civilians and Family members to make safety part of their plans.

  • Holiday stress poses real dangers: Overwork, overspending, even domestic violence among potential ha

    Dec 5, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- The holiday season can bring not only good cheer but high stress and even domestic violence, so community members should know the dangers and how to avert them, Warrior Country officials said this week.

  • BOSS goes postal for holiday season mail crunch

    Dec 5, 2012

    CAMP CASEY, Soouth Korea -- Before Santa arrives on Christmas Eve, mom's fantastic fudge and Aunt Vickie's terrific banana bread will make their way into Area I along with the thousands of other boxes and letters that come to Warrior Country every day.

  • Coming Home

    Dec 5, 2012

    This piece explores the life of the Silsbys, a 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Family living in Lacey, Wash., in the few months before their Soldier's return from Afghanistan last week. Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Silsby's fourth combat deployment, the tour gave the Family its own unique set of challenges. Available in high definition.

  • Army under secretary optimistic about Army's future role

    Dec 4, 2012

    Building a strong partnership between the Army's conventional and special operations forces is one of the service's key areas of focus as it transitions from operations in Afghanistan and looks toward the future, said Army Under Secretary Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, during his visit to Fort Bragg, Dec. 4.

  • One Hike to Rule Them All: Buraksan Hiking Trail

    Dec 4, 2012

    The Buraksan Hiking preserve in Songtan offers the ability to get exercise while enjoying nature.

  • Talon Medics Claw the Competition

    Dec 4, 2012

    1st Lt. Jonathan Jordan, with Company E, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, recently returned from competing in the Army's Best Medic Competition where he and his teammate, Spc. Brandon Chavez, placed second.

  • Cold weather survival for Soldiers

    Dec 3, 2012

    Winter has changed the course of many battles in history. Both Napoleon in 1812 and the Germans in the 1940s found Russia had a powerful ally: a giant, icy "sledgehammer" that stopped armies in their tracks.

  • Leaders essential to developing, sustaining 21st century force

    Dec 3, 2012

    It has been a little less than two months since the Bayonet Division started a new chapter in its history and assumed the role as the higher headquarters for some of the Army's finest trained, ready and disciplined brigades- 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Stryker Brigades, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade and 17th Fires Brigade.

  • A Momentary Lack of Good Judgment

    Nov 30, 2012

    As aviators and crewmembers, we are highly trained professionals. We do our job repeatedly to the point of muscle memory. The only thing that changes are the conditions or missions we fly. We are expected to operate with great attention to detail. But once we are off duty, why do we find ourselves taking risks that we might not take on duty?

  • A Shocking Experience

    Nov 30, 2012

    The holiday season has arrived, and the time for decorating is in full swing. Most of us trim the tree, hang the lights and hook up our air-filled, oversized Santa, Rudolph and whatever else we have in our arsenal of decorations. Here is the problem -- we forget that our old friend electricity powers most -- if not all -- of our holiday decorations. What we fail to realize is most outlets are generally 15-20 amps, so overloading them is easy.

  • Don't Toy with Safety

    Nov 30, 2012

    This Christmas, choose toys that will make the holidays safe and memorable for your children. Toys should be a source of fun and learning. Too often, however, children are injured -- or even killed -- by toys that are not age appropriate, poorly designed or in disrepair. When choosing a toy, make sure to match it to the child's abilities. A toy that is too advanced or too simple for a child may be misused, which can lead to injury.

  • How I Didn't Shoot Myself

    Nov 30, 2012

    After reading the article "How Do You Shoot Yourself?" in the May 2012 issue of this magazine, I thought my weapons- handling experiences might also be useful to the safety community. If that seems a little narrow-minded and opinionated, it probably is -- but that's OK. I'm a former installation range officer, so weapons safety was my job.

  • In a Flash

    Nov 30, 2012

    Author's note: The names of the individuals mentioned in this story have been changed to protect their privacy. In 2001, I was a specialist living in a three-bedroom, two-story condo in Hinesville, Ga. My roommates, Lee and Eric, were also specialists and enjoyed having friends over after work and for pre-clubbing get-togethers on weekends. Every Friday, the guys went out, had a good time and, for the most part, came home when the club closed. On Saturdays, they would get up, wash their cars or run errands, and then get ready to go to the club all over again.

  • Strap in and Survive

    Nov 30, 2012

    Do you think seat belts, like leather upholstery, are optional in your vehicle? I can tell you from a personal experience they're not optional -- they're essential.

  • Best of Intentions -- Unseen Risks

    Nov 30, 2012

    Let's face it, we aviators are can-do people. When confronted with adversity, we find a way to accomplish our mission. However, even with the best of intentions, we occasionally do things we later wish we had done differently.

  • Red Cloud fitness room offers TRX, other workouts

    Nov 29, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- Soldiers and civilians at Camp Red Cloud can now perform the latest kinds of fitness workouts -- including cutting edge TRX or total resistance exercise, in a special workout space at the post gym.

  • Cheerful season can also cast pall: Be alert, ready, to help avert holiday suicide among those lonel

    Nov 29, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- Members of the Warrior Country community should keep an extra sharp watch this holiday season for signs of people who may be feeling suicidal, Area I officials said this week.

  • Eighth Army commander visits Manchus in field

    Nov 29, 2012

    RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea -- The U.S. Army's top operational commander in South Korea visited the storied 2-9th Infantry Manchus here Nov. 29.

  • Operation Southern Strike IV

    Nov 28, 2012

    Staff Sgt. Jason Roberts, a security forces assistance team member, listens to Afghan Border Police members discuss a picture translation card during a rehearsal for Operation Southern Strike IV, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 13, 2012. The operation focused on removing insurgent influence on local populations and connecting isolated villages to their government and police. Robert's home unit is the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

  • Decisive Action Training Environment: Future training grounded in today's intelligence

    Nov 27, 2012

    To ensure Soldiers are trained and ready for any mission, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Directorate of Intelligence created the Decisive Action Training Environment, a program that uses current intelligence to create intense, authentic training environments for Soldiers, leaders and units.

  • CTF 4-2 witnesses road opening

    Nov 27, 2012

    Local Afghans in Panjwa'i District now have better access to markets and a safer way to travel as district leaders officially opened the Salahan-Demrasi-Muhajerin Road in Salahan, Afghanistan, Nov. 25, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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