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  • German Army, U.S. Special Operations foster partnership through airborne operation

    May 23, 2011

    Breitenfeld, a jumpmaster commander from the 31st German Airborne Brigade, was on Camp Mackall May 18 and 19 along with several of his jumpmasters to participate in an airborne operation in which hundreds of U.S. Army Special Operations Command and U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command Soldiers earned either their bronze, silver or gold German airborne wings.

  • Aviation brigade NCOs get training at Fort Riley ASAP

    May 20, 2011

    About 60 noncommissioned officers from the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, attended a professional development program at Fort Riley's Army Substance Abuse Program center, May 19. The brigade recently returned from a tour to Iraq, and is focusing some of its effort on developing its NCOs. This program was designed as a reminder of the services ASAP offers.

  • Fort Riley Soldiers receive special aviation award

    May 20, 2011

    Twenty one Fort Riley Soldiers joined the ranks of one of Army aviation's most distinguished orders in a ceremony May 19 on Fort Riley. Soldiers with the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division's 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, were inducted into the Order of Saint Michael for their service during the unit's recent Iraq tour.

  • 1st Infantry Division commander salutes Tuskegee Airmen

    May 17, 2011

    The commanding general of the "Big Red One" applauded the contributions of America's first black military aviators during a dinner celebrating the Tuskegee Airmen May 14. "Tuskegee Airmen are an inspiration, for me and for many generations yet to come," said Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general of the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley. "They live on in each of us who commit to the principals that made them successful so long ago."

  • Competition crowns Special Forces Command top Soldier, NCO

    May 17, 2011

    The U.S. Army Special Forces Command NCO and Soldier of the Year Competition saw Soldiers from the five active duty Special Forces Groups compete against one another for five grueling days at Fort Bragg May 9 - 12 to see who would be crowned the regiment's top noncommissioned officer and Soldier.

  • Law enforcement professionals discuss mission focus

    May 17, 2011

    Law enforcement professionals from across Iraq came together at the deputy commanding general of detainee operations and provost marshal general's Senior Leaders Conference, Camp Victory, Iraq, May 4.

  • Joint Task Force Troy honors fallen EOD techs

    May 17, 2011

    "What is it that would possess an individual to walk down range against an inanimate object that presents certain death at the slightest misstep, yet relishes the opportunity to exercise mastery of a situation where you can only get the opportunity to make a mistake once'" asked Capt. Edward W. Eidson, commander of Joint Task Force Troy, United States Forces - Iraq, during his speech at a memorial service held in Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, May 7. "The names you are about to hear are those brave individuals."

  • Barracks tattoo: a life-altering decision

    May 17, 2011

    Tattoos are markings made by inserting indelible ink into the skin for artistic preferences as well as many other reasons. They are common among service members.

  • 'Big Red One' commander says Fort Riley closing in on Premier Installation Distinction

    May 12, 2011

    Fort Riley is well on its way to being the Army's premier division-level installation the post's senior commander said May 11 in an update to post and community leaders on the Fort Riley 2015 Campaign Plan.

  • SDDC employee adds new spin to healthy 'Hart' program

    May 12, 2011

    Betty Hart was hired as the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Health and Wellness coordinator about a month ago as part of a Department of Defense-wide initiative geared toward the mental and physical well-being of federal civilian employees.

  • Social Media Platforms Provide Support During Crisis

    May 12, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--When Lisa Oliver, administrative support specialist in the AMCOM/Garrison Public and Congressional Affairs Office, was without electrical power in the aftermath of the April 27 storms that ravaged the Tennessee Valley, she knew there was one form of communication she could count on.

  • President Obama visits El Paso

    May 11, 2011

    President Barack Obama greets Soldiers and civilians, after arriving on Biggs Army Airfield, El Paso Texas. Pres. Obama spoke on immigration and its effect on the economy.

  • "Hamilton's Own" ready for mission in Iraq

    May 11, 2011

    Family and friends bid farewell to Soldiers from the oldest continuously serving active duty unit in the American military as 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, held its deployment ceremony on May 5.

  • Rock Island Arsenal religious support team hosts 2011 National Day of Prayer

    May 9, 2011

    The Rock Island Arsenal religious support team hosted a National Day of Prayer breakfast at The Lodge Hotel on May 5. Chaplain Dean Johnson, a U.S. Army retired Brigadier General, was the guest speaker of the event that attracted approximately 250 attendees. (Photo by Tony Lopez, ASC Public Affairs)

  • US Soldiers provide combat life saving training to Malawi Defence Forces

    May 9, 2011

    Article and images supporting a four-day course that is designed to be an information-sharing exercise between the Malawi Defence Force and U.S. Soldiers participating in MEDREACH 11, a joint humanitarian medical exercise taking place in Malawi.

  • Wounded Warriors return to battlefield

    May 7, 2011

  • U.S., Iraqi judge advocates partner for legal education

    May 7, 2011

    Legal professionals from the office of the staff judge advocate, United States Forces - Iraq, met with 30 Iraqi military lawyers at the Iraqi Ministry of Defense April 18, 2011, to provide their Iraqi counterparts with legal education in the form of a court martial demonstration.

  • Helicopters return to Fort Riley after year in Iraq

    May 6, 2011

    Finished with a year's work in Iraq, Fort Riley's helicopters are home. Soldiers of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division returned from a year-long deployment this March, and the last of their helicopters will be returned to post this week.

  • Fort Riley Soldiers make final visit to Wamego school

    May 6, 2011

    A small group of Fort Riley Soldiers made their last of many visits to Wamego's Central Elementary School May 5, as their involvement in an Army Adopt-a-School program drew to a close.

  • Helicopters return to Fort Riley after year in Iraq

    May 6, 2011

    Finished with a year's work in Iraq, Fort Riley's helicopters are home. Soldiers of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division returned from a year-long deployment this March, and the last of their helicopters will be returned to post this week.

  • USACE and Missouri National Guard partner for sandbagging efforts

    May 5, 2011

    Pictures from a Missouri National Guard sandbagging operation in Sikeston, Mo. Soldiers with the Missouri National Gaurd work to fill sandbags provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, using both traditional manpower via shovels and a sandbagging machine deployed by the Corps. Corps experts deployed from Kansas City District with the sandbagging machine to assist the Missouri National Guard with its operation and maintenance. To date, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District, has issued nearly 2 million sandbags for communities within its area of operations to help with this year's historic floodfighting efforts.

  • Deployed Field Artillerymen recognize K-State basketball player

    May 4, 2011

    Though they are 6,681 miles away supporting Operation New Dawn in Iraq, the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team command team presented the "Never Broken" award in front of the more than 400 in attendance at the 2011 Kansas State University Men's Basketball Awards Banquet in Bramlage Coliseum, April 27, 2011.

  • Recycling effort benefits Crane Army, charity

    May 3, 2011

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity improved its storage capacity, preserved the environment, and helped a local charity by donating bulky polystyrene material to be recycled versus thrown away.

  • Recycling Effort Benefits Crane Army, Charity

    May 3, 2011

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity donated foamed polystyrene from storage bunkers for recycling with Crossroads Industrial Services in Indiana.

  • Review of Purple Heart award policy allows Fort Riley officer to receive Purple Heart for TBI

    Apr 29, 2011

    Two years after receiving a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, and just days before heading into harm's way again, a change in policy allowed Lt. Col. Erich Campbell to receive the Purple Heart on Fort Riley, Kan., April 27, 2011.

  • Army seeking 'frank' Soldier feedback on power sources

    Apr 27, 2011

    The "Power Sources Feedback" user group is designed so that Warfighters can share frank observations and recommendations directly with CERDEC Army Power engineers as they prepare to host the Joint Services Power Expo, May 2-5, 2011, at the Myrtle Beach, S.C., Convention Center.

  • Iowa legislative director visits ASC headquarters

    Mar 25, 2011

    Derek Miller (left), legislative director for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, visited Army Sustainment Command headquarters, March 25. Scott Welker (center), ASC deputy to the commander, briefed the director and field representative Alison Hart (right), on the core functions of Rock Island Arsenal and the impact the installation has on the surrounding community.

  • Sen. Kirk, Rep. Schilling pay visit to Rock Island Arsenal

    Feb 25, 2011

    Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general of Army Sustainment Command, briefs U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (left) and U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (right) during a visit to Rock Island Arsenal on Feb. 25.

  • Army Soldiers Rock 2011 Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 25, 2011

    The U.S. Army Accessions Command, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Accessions Support Brigade, greatly enhanced Army awareness and established lasting relationships, by participating in the 2011 Chicago Auto Show (CAS). The U.S. Army exhibit covered 12,000 square feet and the Army showcased green and stealth technology unmatched in the civilian sector, a great addition to the show this year. Two concepts from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's (RDECOM), Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) and the Future Tactical Truck System (FTTS), are two of the future concept vehicles from the TARDEC in Detroit. The U.S. Army 'Strength in Action Zone,' hosted numerous interactive displays for the public to engage in, including Drill Sergeants from Fort Knox Kentucky and NHRA Dragster Driver, Sgt. 1st Class Don OAca,!a,,cNeal, who shared his car with the public. The interactive and innovative assets helped provide an increased understanding and appreciation of the benefits and value of Army service and awareness of the unmatched education, career and leadership opportunities available, as well as educated the public on Soldiers, Army life and the leading-edge technology the U.S. Army provides. The ten-day auto show attracted about two million spectators, ending on Sunday February 20.

  • Deploying their Skills: From Bank Manager to Platoon Sergeant

    Feb 18, 2011

    National Guard NCO uses professional skills to mentor Soldiers through challenges of deployment

  • Army Displays Armor at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 12, 2011

    The Army exhibit covers 12,000 square feet and this year the Army is showcasing green and stealth technology unmatched in the civilian sector. The U.S. Army Accessions Command, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Accessions Support Brigade, are conducting operations to increase Army awareness and establish lasting relationships by supporting the community and Army needs at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show (CAS). The 103rd annual CAS runs through Sunday, Feb. 20, showcasing technologies and concepts from across the auto industry. Two concepts from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) and the Future Tactical Truck System (FTTS), are the two future concept vehicles from the TARDEC in Detroit. Additionally, the 'Strength in Action Zone,' hosts numerous interactive displays for the public to engage in. The interactive and innovative assets help provide an increased understanding and appreciation of the benefits and value of Army service and awareness of the unmatched education, career and leadership opportunities available, as well as educate the public on Soldiers, Army life and the leading-edge technology the U.S. Army provides.

  • U.S. Army Recruiting PaYS Signing at 2011 Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 12, 2011

    United States Army Recruiting Command, Deputy Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts, hosts a 'Partnership for Youth Success' (PaYS) Program signing ceremony with Itasca, Ill. Mayor, Jeff Pruyn at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show (CAS). Also in attendance at the ceremony: Marcelino Morales, PaYS Hispanic Marketing Analyst; representatives from the Itasca Police Dept. and Village of Itasca; Soldiers from the Homewood, Ill Recruiting Station; Chicago Recruiting Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Brian Bassett; Command Sgt. Maj. Renee Dozier and 'Miss Illinois ' Whitney Thorpe Klinsky. The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program began in FY 2000 as a U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) program designed to reconnect America with the Army. This unique program is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Army and a cross section of corporations, companies, and public sector agencies intended to provide an additional recruiting incentive to increase the Army's ability to man the force. The program provides America's youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. For more information on the Army PaYS Program visit

  • Aviation brigades trade places, continue mission in Iraq

    Feb 11, 2011

    The first group of thousands of 40th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers to deploy to Iraq arrived on Camp Taji, Feb. 10. As the incoming 40th CAB Soldiers arrived, outgoing troops with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division took their places on the jet to begin their journey home. The two brigades will be trading places over the next month, as the latter finishes its year-long tour here in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

  • Crane Army Passes 3 Million Hour Safety Mark

    Feb 9, 2011

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity employees passed a safety milestone of more than three million hours worked without a lost workday incident in January and continue to go strong.

  • Soldiers prepare helicopters for return to US

    Feb 4, 2011

    An Army aviation brigade out of Fort Riley, Kan., is preparing its aircraft to return from Iraq this spring.

  • Registration Opens for the 6th Annual Army Management Staff College Leadership Symposium

    Feb 3, 2011

    The AMSC Leadership Symposium, as part of the Army-wide Profession of Arms Campaign, will look at what it means to be an Army Civilian professional with the goal of defining the Army Civilian profession, exploring the opportunities and challenges facing the Army Civilian Corps, and sustaining its future in a transforming Army.

  • Illinois National Guard, State Troopers assist stranded motorists

    Feb 2, 2011

    Thirty-six hours after the Illinois National Guard was mobilized for a snow emergency, more than 500 servicemembers continued to assist the Illinois State Police rescue stranded motorists across the state of Illinois on Feb. 2.

  • Army North Soldiers enhance vital skill set through marksmanship training

    Feb 1, 2011

    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - During the Revolutionary War, "Baron" Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a former Prussian officer, was brought in to teach marksmanship training to Continental Army Soldiers, and he clearly demonstrated the importance and the effectiveness of properly placing volleys of fire against enemy forces. A little more than 223 years later, Soldiers from U.S. Army North's Headquarters Support Company concentrated on modern principles of advanced rifle marksmanship during live-fire weapons training Jan. 27 at the Camp Bullis Military Training Reservation in San Antonio; the training, however, was not with muskets but rather with current weapons: the M-16A2 Rifle and the M-9 Berretta Pistol.

  • Fort Lee opens Tax Assistance Center

    Jan 31, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 27, 2011) -- The Fort Lee Tax Assistance Center opened a few weeks ago, beginning its 25th consecutive season of offering tax preparation and consultation to the Fort Lee community.

  • Major Joe Frescura, 20th Special Forces Group, Chicago Bears Military Salute at Soldier Field

    Jan 30, 2011

    Major Joseph Frescura, United States Army Special Forces Command (USASFC), was recognized during the Chicago Bears 3rd Quarter Military Salute on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in front of over 62 Thousand spectators. Frescura was joined by his wife Kerry and son's Joe and Alex for the recognition at Soldier Field. Frescura was representing the men of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, Illinois Army National Guard. Company A conducted multiple unconventional warfare missions across multiple sectors of Afghanistan, as well as several rescue missions of United States and Coalition troops who were under heavy enemy contact. The fans at Soldier Field roared as Maj. Frescura ran over to shake hands with them, while the entire stadium chanted, "USA, USA!"

  • MG Fontaine addresses ASC leaders

    Jan 27, 2011

    Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine addresses ASC commanders, command sergeants major, senior leaders and supporting staff at the ASC commanders conference held at the iWireless center in Moline, Ill.

  • CAAA Engineers Innovate for Burster Tube Production

    Jan 26, 2011

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity employees recently rose to the task of improving a process to produce burster tubes ensuring the products would be made in the U.S. and to a high quality standard.

  • Whistleblower makes the call

    Jan 26, 2011

    Tim Haddix is a whistleblower and doesn't care who knows it. That's because he saves his whistle blowing for the basketball court. When Haddix is not at work, the information technology specialist for Army Contracting Command's Information Management Directorate, is running up and down the basketball court officiating National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I basketball games across the country. He has eight years of experience at the college level.

  • Incoming deputy commanding general of U.S. Forces-Iraq visits aviation brigade on Camp Taji

    Jan 26, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, the incoming deputy commanding general of U.S. Forces-Iraq, visited Soldiers serving with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division on Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 26.

  • Chaplains prepare deployed aviation brigade for return to Fort Riley

    Jan 26, 2011

    Army chaplains with a Fort Riley, Kan., aviation brigade are busy preparing their unit for its return from a year-long tour in Iraq this spring.

  • Headstone for Medal of Honor awardee unveiled

    Jan 22, 2011

    Approximately 200 people gathered at the grave of 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Robert Miller to witness the unveiling of his Medal of Honor marker in a ceremony hosted by the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and the Miller family, at the All Faiths Memorial Cemetery in Caselberry, Fla.

  • Deployed Michigan National Guard aviators transport, meet with home state congressman Sen. Carl Levi

    Jan 21, 2011

    Two Black Hawk helicopter crews from the Michigan National Guard got a chance to meet Sen. Carl Levin, a congressman from their home state, when he and two other congressmen rode in their aircraft during a visit to Iraq, Jan. 19. Soldiers from the Michigan National Guard's B Company, 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment flew Levin to Baghdad International Airport, where they had a few moments to speak with the senator before he continued on another leg of his trip.

  • Army Contracting Command renames contracting centers

    Jan 19, 2011

    The U.S. Army Contracting Command announced today the renaming of its major contracting centers to reflect their geographical locations. The centers provide comprehensive acquisition, contracting, business advisory, production support, and depot-level maintenance services in acquiring, fielding, and sustaining Army weapon systems, services and Soldier support.

  • ASC officer promotes camaraderie at Civil Air Patrol event

    Jan 18, 2011

    Lt. Col. Steven T. Wall of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command was the keynote speaker at Davenport, Iowa, Composite Civil Air Patrol Squadron dining out on Jan 15.

  • Anzio Annie comes to Fort Lee

    Jan 18, 2011

    Anzio Annie was on display at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. and was moved to Fort Lee as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.

  • Deployed troops graduate from special NCO professional development course

    Jan 17, 2011

    The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, an aviation brigade deployed to Iraq from Fort Riley, Kan., graduated its third class of Soldiers from a special academy designed to develop young leaders, Jan. 15. The course, known as the Demon Academy, consists of a week's worth of training, ranging from leadership philosophies to troop leading procedures, all designed for NCO professional development.

  • Deployed aviation troops man state of art operations center

    Jan 17, 2011

    The setting is straight from any Hollywood imagining of a futuristic war room, if that room were in Iraq. The walls of the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division's tactical operations center are covered mostly in maps, easily the simplest technology used in the state of the art war room. The rest of the operations center is technology galore.

  • Black Hawk crews keep VIPs safe, mobile around Iraq

    Jan 17, 2011

    An Army Black Hawk helicopter company flying out of Camp Taji, Iraq, is charged with moving military and civilian VIPs between U.S. bases here.

  • Bagram Airfield receives new aircraft fueling system

    Jan 13, 2011

    A new aircraft fueling system at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, will cut refueling time in half.

  • All-American Bowl

    Jan 12, 2011

  • Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta Visits Chicago

    Dec 27, 2010

    Recent Medal of Honor Recipient, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, visits Chicago.

  • Panther Soldiers Give Back to Their Community

    Dec 17, 2010

  • New look and feel to Army Civilian Recruitment Website

    Dec 17, 2010

    Army Civilian Service baby boomers will be retiring en masse over the next 10 years. To attract the "best and brightest" next generation workforce of Army civilians, a focused enterprise-wide recruitment strategy required the development of a dot com website to promote the Army as an employer of choice.

  • Guardsmen Share Spirit of Holidays with Veterans

    Dec 15, 2010

    LISBON, N.D. - Santa wears a special suit when he visits veterans, and the holiday takes on an extra special meaning for him, too. For the past six or seven years, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Tangen has joined with his fellow North Dakota National Guardsmen who have volunteered to purchase and deliver Christmas gifts for residents at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, N.D. It's been an annual Christmas tradition for the Airmen and Soldiers, who donate their time and money to make the event happen.

  • AOAP touts environmental benefits

    Dec 15, 2010

    The Army Oil Analysis Program Mannheim Laboratory Center is proud of the environmental benefits it offers units that enroll in the oil analysis program.

  • U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers Honored at the Chicago Blackhawks Veterans Day Game 2010

    Nov 16, 2010

    Sgt. 1st Class David Cardenas and Sgt. 1st Class Landon Lox were honored at the Chicago Blackhawks Veterans Day game on Nov., 10, 2010. Cardenas received a Bronze Star with Valor and Lox an ARCOM with Valor for their part in a 5-day operation in Afghanistan with the 20th Special Forces Group, ILARNG. Cardenas and Lox were part of a 7-man team recognized in front of over 21,000 roaring Blackhawks fans that could not get enough of these two local heroes. (Photo courtesy of Bill Smith)

  • ASC celebrates Fall Fest at Rock Island Arsenal

    Oct 26, 2010

    There's nothing like getting together with friends, dressing up in Halloween costumes, and throwing pies in people's faces. Rock Island Arsenal community members gathered after work to enjoy some friendship, food and fun activities during the 3rd annual Family Readiness Group Fall Festival held Oct. 20 at Heritage Hall. The Army Sustainment Command's Headquarters and Headquarters Company and the Community-Based Warrior in Transition Unit FRG teamed up to hold this event. The FRG provides support and services to deployed troops, civilians and their families.

  • Fort Lee, Sustainment Center of Excellence readies stage for 'Best Warrior'

    Oct 14, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 14, 2010) -- In a few days, a select group of warriors will converge upon Fort Lee to showcase their soldiering skills for the 2010 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year "Best Warrior" Competition.

  • Medal of Honor

    Oct 6, 2010

  • Medal of Honor

    Oct 6, 2010

  • Deployed major attends 25th high school reunion via Skype

    Aug 20, 2010

    Maj. Lyn Rogers, a budget officer with the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission Director, uses the MWR Internet Cafe at Forward Operating Base Union III in Baghdad, Iraq, reguarly to Skype with family and friends. On Aug. 3 she attended her 25th high school reunion via Skype.

  • 21 Gun Salute

    Jul 28, 2010

    Chicagoland Korean War Veterans, 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Ceremony.

  • Army assessing lighter, contoured batteries for dismounted Soldiers

    Jul 26, 2010

    The U.S. Army is leveraging its annual C4ISR integrated capabilities event at Fort Dix to assess a contoured, rechargeable battery that will allow the Soldier to be more agile in the battlefield.

  • A Matter of Life & Death

    Jul 21, 2010

    Five Soldiers vying for Army Materiel Command Best Warrior honors.

  • Staff Sgt. back in Army after 19-year break

    Jul 19, 2010

    Few of today's Soldiers have a perspective on how the Army has changed like 46-year-old Staff Sgt. Peter Winston does. A Palm Beach, Fla. native, Winston originally joined the Army in 1981, but was out of the Army for 19 years before returning to active duty in 2009.

  • The ties that bind, 300th MP Co. builds teamwork at K-State challenge course

    Jul 17, 2010

  • Spc. James R. Zierdt's Promotion

    Jul 15, 2010

    Spc. James R. Zierdt's Promotion

  • Students explore military challenges

    Jul 14, 2010

    Bailey Appleby, 13, (left) and Jeremy Erskin, 15, attempt to climb a 10-foot wall as part of a four-day Explorers Challenge July 8 at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. The 7th Military Explorer Division sponsors a year-long program that helps prepare youth aged 11-18 interested in joining the military by inviting them to attend military fundamental classes. Aided by Army Sustainment Command Soldiers, youngsters also studied first aid and took part in weeklong field exercises. Twenty-six participants from Illinois and Iowa camped out at RIA July 7-11. The explorers participated in military activities, received a tour of Army Sustainment Command operations center and were given tank rides.

  • Soldier shares experiences with military camp kids

    Jul 14, 2010

    A decorated veteran of deployed service visited and spoke with 54 military children July 7 at the Military Kids Camp in Blue Grass, Iowa. Capt. Scott Leifker, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, shared personal stories of his family coping with deployments and about the injuries he sustained in Iraq. Leifker, who commands Army Sustainment Command's Headquarters Company, discussed the concept of what a hero is and had a question & answer session at the end of a 30-minute presentation.

  • Fort Sill celebrates America's birthday

    Jul 8, 2010

    Fort Sill celebrates Independence Day July 5

  • Army Reserve 2010 Regional Best Warrior Competition

    Jun 23, 2010

    Army Staff Sgt. Eric Bailey, with the 84th Regional Training Center, stains to force out a few more push-ups with a couple seconds left during the push-up event of the Army Physical Fitness Test during the 2010 Regional Best Warrior Competition held at Fort McCoy on 7 June 2010. Photo by Sgt 1st Class Chris Farley.

  • Joing Base Lewis-McChord preparing for Warrior Forge

    Jun 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Preparing tomorrow's battlefield leaders for the austere conditions found in forward deployed areas is a tough mission. Preparing the training areas and schedules for the Leader Development and Assessment Course can be even tougher. For the past few months, 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment has been hard at work setting the stage for Warrior Forge 2010.

  • Sustainers help open Kentucky NASCAR race

    Jun 18, 2010

    FORT KNOX, Ky. - Members of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) color guard presented the colors during opening ceremonies of NASCAR's Meijer 300, Nationwide Series race on Saturday, June 12 at the Kentucky Speedway located in Sparta, Ky.

  • ASC commander celebrates Army birthday in Chicago

    Jun 16, 2010

    The U.S. Army turned 235 years old on June 14 marking the occasion with a cake-cutting ceremony at the Daley Plaza here. During the event, Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, signed a community covenant with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. The community covenant is a formal commitment of support by communities to Soldiers and families of the Army -- Active, Guard and Reserve.

  • A big month for the 'Big Red One'

    Jun 16, 2010

    The senior division in the senior service celebrated three major anniversaries this month, culminating with the Army birthday on June 14.

  • USACE Louisville District awards record amount of contracts within hours

    May 7, 2010

    In approximately four hours, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District awarded more than $10 million in contracts for remedial work at Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant (RVAAP) in Ravenna, Ohio. RVAAP is one of the Louisville District's Installation Restoration Program projects. The program cleans up locations in use by federal government agencies. The Ohio Army National Guard uses portions of the site as a training facility, called Camp Ravenna. Once all remediation work is complete, Camp Ravenna is expected to become Ohio's premiere National Guard training facility.

  • Crane Army Opens New LMP Facility

    May 4, 2010

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity held a ribbon cutting and dedication for its new Logistics Modernization Program facility April 15, enabling the activity to be better prepared for the upcoming LMP deployment and meet its future training needs.

  • Surpassing the standard

    Apr 26, 2010

    We have recently surpassed the 200-day mark of this deployment, an event marked by a BBQ attended by members of the Liaison and Monitoring Teams (LMT), which included Soldiers from five nations and seven states. As I attended this celebration I took time to think about what we have accomplished here so far.

  • Workshop focuses minds on ASC missions

    Apr 22, 2010

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

  • 15th Transportation Company Goes Over the Road

    Apr 21, 2010

  • Photo Release- Partygoers celebrate Fiesta at ARNORTHAca,!a,,cs historic 'Quad'

    Apr 20, 2010

    Photo Release- Partygoers celebrate Fiesta at ARNORTHAca,!a,,cs historic 'Quad'

  • U.S. Army Celebrates Opening Day with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

    Apr 20, 2010

  • U. S. Army Participates in the 2010 Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade

    Mar 15, 2010

    Soldiers from the United States Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion, United States Army Reserve and the Wounded Heroes Foundation, marched in the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 12th, 2010. Future Soldiers walked along the parade route handing out Army souvenirs, while two Army-branded Humvees started and ended the Army presence in the parade. Soldiers were from the Glenview Recruiting Company, and two USAR units; the 85th Support Command and the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC). WLS News Talk Radio (890 AM and 94.7 FM), drove two Wounded Warriors in their 'WLScalde,' to show their support to the Army. Irish-American Soldier, Capt. Peter Gillen, Company Commander for the Glenview Recruiting Company, led the group of Soldiers for the parade in downtown Chicago. The event attracted many high-profile names, including Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowen, who marched in the parade with Mayor Richard Daley and Governor Patrick Quinn. The die-hard Chicagolanders proved their loyalty to the Irish-American celebration with about 250,000 attendees turning up for the 55th Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade in the cold rain (last years attendance was over 400,000).

  • U.S. Army Exhibit Attracts Record Crowds at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show

    Mar 2, 2010

  • U.S. Army Exhibit Attracts Record Crowds at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 24, 2010

    The 2010 Chicago Auto Show attracting over two million spectators and covering 1.5 million square feet is the largest auto show in the nation, and the United States Army exhibit was one of the main attractions. The Chicago Recruiting Battalion hosted a multitude of Army assets throughout the 10-day Auto Show at the McCormick Place Convention Center February 12-21. The never-ending lines to participate in either the interactive displays or talk with Soldiers were a constant from the first day to the last. Some of the Soldiers that assisted the Chicago Recruiting Battalion with the massive crowds at the show, were Drill Sergeants from the Aca,!EoeDrill Sergeant Exhibitor ProgramAca,!a,,c (DSEP), Accessions Support Brigade, Fort Knox, KY; Drill Sergeants from Fort Monroe VA, Fort Benning, GA and Fort Jackson, SC and a local USAR Drill Sergeant Unit, Rockford, IL; Medical personnel from Fort Knox and Soldiers from the surrounding Chicago Recruiting Companies. All were present to share their personal Soldier experiences and assist the tens of thousands of enthusiastic visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of the many Army assets. The Army exhibit featured: The Army-Branded Harley Davidson Motorcycle in ACU print; The massive Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP); a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (MATV); The Defender Simulator Semi-Truck where Soldiers can rehearse combat missions; A Video Game Tent; The Remote-Control Racing Challenge with miniature Army race cars; The Army Orange County Chopper; A Surgical Medical Tent used in a Combat Zone; The NHRA Dragster; The Apache Simulator; The ever-popular Dog-Tag Machine; An Interview Booth and a Aca,!EoePoint of SaleAca,!a,,c Electronic Lead Generation System, that was used to pre-qualify candidates for enlistment and track leads and Centers of Influence (COIs). Chicago Recruiting Battalion Commander, Lt Col. Ed Box, notes that the success of the Auto Show for the Army was a true team effort with outstanding support from the United States Army Accessions Command (USAAC), Accessions Support Brigade (ASB), Fort Knox, KY, Lt. Col Dave Stewart, Battalion Commander, Mission Support Battalion; Army Medical Battalion (AMEDD), Lt. Col Ron Walker, Battalion Commander; Professors of Military Science (PMS) from area universities, including Lt. Col. Jeff Collins, University of Chicago (UIC); and many local United States Army Reserve (USAR) partners as well. Aca,!A"Each and every one of our partners played a huge part in the total success of the 2010 Chicago Auto Show for the United States Army and we could not have done it with out their great teamwork,Aca,!A? said Box. The collaboration proved to be quite a success for the Chicago Recruiting Battalion, as they collected greater than 15 Thousand Leads, conducted over a hundred interviews inside the Point of Sale Booth and participated in a large number of media engagements. Of the two million spectators to the CAS, almost 15,000 people asked for more information regarding opportunities for service in the Army. Box concluded with, Aca,!A"The participation in the Chicago Auto Show helped us expand our market and attract a large number of COIs, that will be a part of our Grass Roots Advisory Board. We now have well over 700 members due to the success of this yearAca,!a,,cs show.Aca,!A? Helping to attract the crowds was Gold-Star Family Member and Musician, Joe Cantafio of the Aca,!Eoe101st Rock Division Band.Aca,!a,,c Cantafio, a member of the Chicago Recruiting BattalionAca,!a,,cs Grass Roots Advisory Board, performed three shows a day for six days of the CAS. CantafioAca,!a,,cs superb display of talent was a huge success in helping the Army create additional awareness and support. Joining Cantafio in some of the performances were Aca,!EoeMiss Illinois,Aca,!a,,c Erin OAca,!a,,cConner and Jonathan Brant, formerly the Bass Player from the rock band Aca,!EoeCheap Trick.Aca,!a,,c Aca,!A"Once again, Chrysler and GM could take a lesson from the United States Army on how to attract enthusiastic Chicagoans to their displays. The Army assets outshined any other exhibit at the Chicago Auto Show,Aca,!A? stated the passionate Cantafio. U. S. Army Public Affairs-Midwest Director, Lt. Col. Scott R. Bleichwehl added that the Chicago Auto Show offered an excellent opportunity to showcase Soldiers, equipment and the many opportunities for service the Army provides.

  • Major General Anderson addresses progress in Iraq during visit to Chicago

    Jan 21, 2010

  • 1st Cavalry Division Colonel Honored at Milwuakee Bucks Game

    Jan 18, 2010

  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Attends ESGR Signing in Chicago with Three Major

    Dec 12, 2009

    The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Dennis McCarthy, speaks at a luncheon hosted by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in Chicago Dec. 11. During the event, senior representatives from three Illinois companies, AT & T, Leo Burnett and Motorola, signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency. Its mission is to gain and maintain the support of employers for service in the National Guard and Reserve by increasing awareness of the law, recognizing outstanding support and helping to resolve conflicts through informal mediation. "By signing this Employer Statement of Support, Motorola is reconfirming the commitment they first made in 2003 to our citizen-soldiers and their families. We are also pleased to welcome Leo Burnett and AT &T Illinois to the group of more than 54,000 employers who have pledged their support," McCarthy said. "At the Department of Defense we know that employer support is critical to our national security and we are grateful for the commitment these companies have made.

  • Chicago Bulls and the USO of IL, Celebrate Christmas with Soldiers and their Families

    Dec 12, 2009

  • Major General John F. Campbell, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander, Celebrates Veterans

    Nov 23, 2009

    Major General John F. Campbell, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, participated in multiple Veterans Day events in the greater Chicago area from November 9th to the 12th to include; a tour of the Chicago Board of Trade, lunch with the National Strategy Forum, an office call with the Director for the Illinois Department of VeteransAca,!a,,c Affairs, dinner with the World Presidents' Organization, a radio interview at WLS News-Talk Radio, breakfast hosted by Chicago 502 at the Union League Club of Chicago, participation in the VeteransAca,!a,,c Day parade, and attendance at the Chicago Blackhawks Military Appreciation Night where he presented a Bronze Star to Illinois National Guard Soldier, 1st Lt. Michael Kowalski. When asked how it felt to be part of the Veterans Day events in Chicago, Campbell had this to say. "What a fantastic city with a great military heritage. With places like Soldier Field, Navy Pier, Grant and Lincoln Parks. It's truly been a distinct pleasure to be here to honor our great Veterans in such a prestigious city," said Campbell.

  • Sgt. Schenck, Illinois Army National Guard Receives Purple Heart on Veterans Day, 2009

    Nov 20, 2009

  • Chicago Bulls Honor Service Members for Veterans Day, 2009

    Nov 20, 2009

    The Chicago Bulls celebrated Veterans Day by honoring military members during their pre-game festivities on Tuesday, 10 November, 2009. Four Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (AA), Fort Campbell Kentucky, were introduced on center court and each Soldier was given a personalized Bulls jersey with their name on it. The 101st Soldiers were: Sgt. Hill, Spec. Massingill, Spec. Flower and Sgt. Bennet. Afterwards, four of the NBA players, autographed their basketball jerseys and took photographs with the Soldiers. In addition, Illinois Army National Guard Sergeant and Iraq Veteran, Sgt. John Hodgson, 933rd Military Police Company, was highlighted along with a service member from the Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Hodgson and the service members were introduced on court, to a cheering crowd of over 18 Thousand, and then gave each of the NBA players a high-five as they ran onto the court. Even the Chicago Bulls Mascot "Benny the Bull," got in on the Veterans Day action with a camouflage uniform. Afterwards, they were given a basketball and the Chicago Bulls players came by to autograph them. Next, and "The best part!" according to Hodgson, they got to participate in the team huddle to get psyched up for the game. Finally, the Soldiers and honored service members were treated to front row seats at the United Center right on the court. The troops were continuously shown on Comcast Sportsnet-Chicago during the game, cheering on the Bulls up close and personal.

  • Chicago Bears Honor the Military for Veterans Day at Soldier Field - Part 2

    Nov 18, 2009

  • Chicago Bears Honor the Military for Veterans Day at Soldier Field - Part 1

    Nov 18, 2009

  • Registration changes for Civilian Education System

    Nov 18, 2009

    The Civilian Education System 3rd and 4th-quarter classes are now open for registration, and those enrolling will see a major change in the application process.