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  • Chicago Bears are Smokin' Army Strong! for Veterans Day 2009

    Nov 18, 2009

  • 2009 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention, Chicago IL

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Local Airman Escorts Medal of Honor Recipient at Convention

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Medal of Honor Recipient Promotes Illinois National Guard Soldier at the 2009 Chicago Medal of Honor

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Illinois National Guard Plays Large Role in the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention

    Oct 8, 2009

    Illinois National Guard Plays Large Role in the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: Strong Minds, Strong Bodies

    Oct 1, 2009

    Today, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh announced the formal beginning of an Army-wide implementation of a $125 million program focused on enhancing the performance and improving the overall strength and resilience of Soldiers, Family members, and Army civilians. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) is a holistic fitness program offering mental and physical resilience assessments and training that increase physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family strengths.

  • "Fort Knox" strip inspired by post

    Oct 1, 2009

    The story is about a comic strip that's based on the illustrator's real life experiences as an Army brat. He loved living at Fort Knox and loved the winter weather he knew little about as a kid. The strip is named 'Fort Knox' and the characters in the strip are based on Boscacci's real Army family, although his father is now retired from active duty.

  • Maj. Gen. Fontaine starts the 12th annual Quad Cities Marathon

    Sep 29, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., starts the 12th annual Quad Cities Marathon in downtown Moline, Ill., Sept. 27.

  • 2009 Congressional Medal of Honor Society held its 51st Annual Convention in Chicago, IL with Multip

    Sep 23, 2009

    The annual Medal of Honor (MOH) Society week-long convention was held in Chicago, IL. United States Army Public Affairs-Midwest collaborated with the 2009 MOH Convention Host Committee, to bring multiple military assets to Chicago to participate in the numerous activities held throughout the week. An Outreach Program was established to get the 58 Medal of Honor Recipients out in the community interacting with the public, helping gain awareness and support for our great heroes. Some of the events included a Welcome Reception at the Union League Club of Chicago; Memorial Service in memory of their fellow MOH recipients that have passed since the last year's convention; 'Medal of Honor Day' at Wrigley Field with the Chicago Cubs; recognition during a Naturalization Ceremony for 150 American Citizens at Daley Plaza by Secretary of State Jessie White and the Mayor's Office of Special Events, and a Patriot Award Dinner with Gary Sinise as the emcee. In addition, a military escort program was established to greet each MOH recipient upon their arrival at the airport and escort them all week to dinners, performances by the Army Down Range Chorus, a private tour to the Chicago History Museum, and a Golf Tournament at Cantigny Park, just to name a few.

  • Congressional Medal of Honor Society Begins Week-long Convention in Chicago with an Opening Ceremony

    Sep 17, 2009

  • Cognitive and Caregivers Boot Camp (CCBC) Certificate Program

    Sep 11, 2009

    Cognitive and Caregivers Boot Camp (CCBC) Certificate Program Available for free to Soldiers through AVOTEC Available for free to Spouses through MyCAA

  • AMSC launches 2nd Annual Excellence in Education Award Program

    Sep 11, 2009

    Army Management Staff College (AMSC) is seeking Army organizations to apply for the 2009 Excellence in Education (EIE) Award.

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team Grace Chicagoland Skies With Their Expertise at th

    Sep 7, 2009

    The Golden Knights demonstration included a Tandem Jump with Wounded Warrior, Melissa Stockwell and local media, to Pond Swooping along Lake Michigan and jumping in the American and POW Flags. Over two Million spectators attended the show and watched the Golden Knights expertly land on target, while entertaining the very satisfied crowd. The paratroopers from Fort Bragg, NC also jumped in a baton and presented it to IL Governor Patrick Quinn, who thanked each Golden Knight personally after their demonstration. Afterwards, Governor Quinn got on stage and addressed the massive crowd in the Windy City and emphasized the importance of "Supporting our troops and the heroes that put their life on the line everyday to protect our freedom."

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights drop in on a Chicago Bears pre-season game in Bourbonnais, IL

    Sep 5, 2009

    The Army Golden Knights were in IL for a Tandem Camp, hosted by the USAREC Chicago Recruiting Battalion and Army Public Affairs-Midwest. The Chicago Bears were holding their Training Camp in Bourbonnais, IL and were treated to a pre-game demonstration jump by the Golden Knights. Chicago Bears Co-Owner and Senior Director of Business Development, Brian McCaskey, who also did a Tandem Jump with the Golden Knights that same day, introduced the team to Coach Lovie Smith and some of the Chicago Bears lineup, to include Fullback, Jason McKie. Afterwards, the team interacted with some of the thousands of fans and signed autographs while handing out their posters.

  • USAREC Deputy Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Michael Garrett Thanks U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem

    Sep 5, 2009

    United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), Deputy Commanding General (DCG), Brigadier General Michael Garrett, spent a day at Skydive Chicago watching the U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team in action. At the end of the day he called them all together and thanked them for the positive impressions they left upon the COIs all due to their incredible tandem program. Garrett impressed upon them just how important it was they were in IL assisting not only the Chicago Recruiting Battalion's mission but the Army Community Relations mission as well. The Golden Knights were invited to perform their Tandem Camp by United States Army Recruiting, Chicago Recruiting Battalion Commander, Lt. Col Ed Box.

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team give Chicago-landers a once in a lifetime experience

    Sep 5, 2009

    The Army Golden Knights Tandem Team, Fort Bragg NC, led by Sergeant Major, Michael Aca,!A"IkeAca,!A? Eitniear, came to Il for a week-long Tandem Camp at Skydive Chicago. The Tandem Team performed over 50 jumps with local Centers of Influence (COIs), to include one of the Chicago BearAca,!a,,cs Co-Owners and reporters from FOX News and ABC. Every tandem jumper at Skydive Chicago was treated to the extreme professionalism and expertise of the team through a day-long experience. Each day started off with introductions of every team member to get them ready for the total Army experience with their Tandem Masters. The paratroopers let the tandem jumpers know how many jumps they had performed in their Army career, which was a huge factor in calming down some of the nervous participants once they heard how experienced they were. From the newest member of the team to the Executive Officer LTC James Bean, every jumper was treated to personal insights of what brought each paratrooper to the Golden Knights. Some of the paratroopers came from other teams, like Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Isenbarger, who came from one of the Golden Knights Competition Teams, spreading further awareness to those in attendance on the variety of skills the Army has, as most didnAca,!a,,ct even know the Army had competition teams. Perhaps the most heartfelt story came from Sergeant Jared Zell, who explained to those at the tandem camp that when he was nine years old, he saw the Golden Knights jump at an air & water show and decided then he wanted to be a Golden Knight. Personal experiences like ZellAca,!a,,cs, really gave the attendees an inside look at their Tandem Masters in addition to their skills and expertise. Afterwards, Team Leader Sgt. 1st Class Michael Elliott, gave a step by step class of instruction on every aspect of the tandem jump they were about to experience, as well as hints on how to make the personal DVD they would be sent away with better. After answering questions, Elliot brought the tandem jumpers to the rest of the team to get everyone suited up and ready for their tandem experience with his teammates. Two of the many COIs who participated in the tandem camp, were pretty much a representative of all the jumpers in what they had to say about their experience. Chicago Bears Co-Owner and Senior Director of Business Development, Brian McCaskey, had this to say after his tandem jump, Aca,!A"This might sound cheesy but it was a life changing experience for me. The training I received from the Golden Knights and the opportunity to do something so extraordinary with the very best in the world will stay with me forever. I truly have a different perspective on life and of course the Army. I will be a good ambassador for all that you do as I share my experience with anyone willing to listen.Aca,!A? USO of IL President, Tony Enrietto, who jumped on the first day of the tandem camp, summed it all up by exuberantly stating, Aca,!A"Thank you for the best day of my life!Aca,!A?

  • Medal of Honor Convention Comes To Chicago: Singular Moment of Courage, a Lifetime of Honor

    Aug 26, 2009

  • 1st Infantry Division "Victory 5" now complete

    Aug 20, 2009

    For the first time since the 1st Infantry Division returned to Kansas from Germany, all members of the command group are now at Fort Riley - a key step as the division headquarters prepares to deploy to Iraq early next year. The "Big Red One" welcomed Col. Randal Dragon Aug. 14 as one of two deputy commanding officers, completing the team known as "Victory 5."

  • Community Relations connects, informs with new web site

    Aug 20, 2009

    The U.S. Army Community Relations Division, a component of the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, launched a new web site today, Aug. 20. The site is designed to communicate key messages and themes and educate the American public on current Army events and initiatives.

  • Building the NCO Backbone

    Aug 18, 2009

    Noncommissioned officers of every rank helped construct a symbol of strength that illustrates the NCO's importance in the United States Army in the C.L. Hoover Opera House Aug. 12 during the Noncommissioned Officer Backbone Ceremony.

  • Mississippi Guardsmen recover stolen merchandise at Q-West

    Aug 11, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Military Police officers with the 2/198th Combined Arms Battalion, Mississippi Army National Guard, detained five Sri Lankan contract workers here July 23, and recovered approximately $11,000 in stolen merchandise.

  • Illinois Governor Signs Veterans Higher Education Bill

    Aug 7, 2009

  • More than 500 attend Rock Island Arsenal's third annual Industry Day

    Aug 7, 2009

    It was a perfect 76 degree sunny day when the Rock Island Arsenal when it hosted its third annual Industry Day August 6. The purpose of the event was to provide a forum for networking and visibility to businesses interested in partnering with us and the Army. The event was attended by more than 146 vendors, and 800 visitors from industry leaders and the community.

  • Big Red One holds division pass in review

    Aug 3, 2009

    First Infantry Division Soldiers capped off a week full of sports competitions, ceremonies and remembrance with a division pass in review ceremony on July 31.

  • Children's imagination instills safety at Rock Island Arsenal

    Jul 30, 2009

    Even though they are young, a group of children showed that they knew the importance of safety at home and on the job. The Rock Island Arsenal hosted its 2nd annual Children Safety Poster contest July 29. Children and grandchildren of RIA employees were invited to draw what they thought were important safety issues on paper that were later blown up into a 2-foot by 3-foot poster.

  • Illinois Soldiers participate in first taping of Aca,!A"The Midnight StageAca,!A? live music TV

    Jul 30, 2009

    The 101st Rock Division Band, led by Joe Cantafio, is the first band to be featured on "The Midnight Stage" live music TV show in Palatine, IL. The show, taped on Thursday night, July 23, 2009, is a new concept featuring different bands every week. Hundreds of local Soldiers from the United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), Chicago Recruiting Battalion, participated as special guests in the audience. Lt. Col. Ed Box, Commander, Chicago Recruiting Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj., Renee Dozier, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, awarded the USO of Illinois (one of the sponsors), and Cantafio with their battalion coin. Aca,!A"We wanted them to know how much we appreciate everything they do for the United States Army and our Soldiers,Aca,!A? said Box. In honor of 'The Year of the NCO,' Box and Dozier recognized their top NCO of the Year, Sgt. 1st Class, Tyrone Hayes, by having him on stage for the opening of the show. Tony Enrietto, President, USO of IL, also thanked Cantafio and the 101st Rock Division with Certificates of Appreciation for all the support they have shown the military, their families, and the USO of Illinois. Host of the show, retired Master Sgt. Jay Johnson, started the production off by introducing everyone and getting the crowd riled up for the taping. The show will air in late summer or early fall, first on WGN and then in 70 other markets. This was the first of thirteen shows of the "The Midnight Stage," produced by the BTV Production Company.

  • USASOC Black Daggers impress 70,000 Spectators at the Prairie Air Show in Peoria, IL - Part 3 of 3

    Jul 24, 2009

    The 2009 Prairie Air Show broke attendance records this year and the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), Black Daggers, Fort Bragg, NC, were the only paratroopers in the show. The Black Daggers opened up the air show each day by jumping in the American Flag for the record-breaking 70,000 spectators. Director of the Prairie Air Show Brett Krause hosted the Paratroopers and was extremely impressed with their precision in landing either on target or up and down the flight line, so the crowd could get an up-close view. The Black Daggers demonstrated their expertise at two shows a day for three days and jumped on to a grocery store parking lot the day before the air show opened, to help promote the weekend activities. The grocery store demonstration also served as a training mission for the Peoria Air National Guard flight crew, 169th Airlift Squadron that provided the jump platform for the team. Shoppers were amazed when the team landed in the parking lot amongst their cars at the Kroger Grocery Store. Team members include: Team Leader, Sgt. 1st Class, Dave Rose; Assistant Team Leader, Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya; Team Medic, Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia; Sgt. Tony Galusha, and on hand for this trip, Sgt. Maj. Abe Sanchez.

  • USASOC Black Daggers impress 70,000 Spectators at the Prairie Air Show in Peoria, IL Part 1 of 3

    Jul 20, 2009

    The 2009 Prairie Air Show broke attendance records this year and the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), Black Daggers, Fort Bragg, NC, were the only paratroopers in the show. The Black Daggers opened up the air show each day by jumping in the American Flag for the record-breaking 70,000 spectators. Director of the Prairie Air Show Brett Krause hosted the paratroopers and was extremely impressed with their precision in landing either on target or up and down the flight line, so the crowd could get an up-close view. The Black Daggers demonstrated their expertise at two shows a day for three days and jumped on to a grocery store parking lot the day before the air show opened, to help promote the weekend activities. The grocery store demonstration also served as a training mission for the Peoria Air National Guard flight crew, 169th Airlift Squadron that provided the jump platform for the team. Shoppers were amazed when the team landed in the parking lot amongst their cars at the Kroger Grocery Store. Team members include: Team Leader, Sgt. 1st Class, Dave Rose; Assistant Team Leader, Staff Sgt. Dewey Vinaya; Team Medic, Staff Sgt. Jason Spinnicchia; Sgt. Tony Galusha, and on hand for this trip, Sgt. Maj. Abe Sanchez.

  • Medal of Honor Recipients Plan Big Showing for Convention

    Jul 20, 2009

    At least 59 of the 96 living Medal of Honor recipients are expected to attend the upcoming annual convention of the society named for them. The host committee of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's convention, scheduled for Sept. 15 to 19 in Chicago, announced the number in a statement released on the convention Web site,, noting the unlikelihood of assembling that many recipients of the military's highest honor at once.

  • Webster University offers credits for Civilian Education System course

    Jul 20, 2009

    Army Civilian Corps senior leaders now have another incentive for attending the Army Management Staff College.

  • Peoria IL Air National Guard Provides Jump Platform for USASOC Black Daggers at the Prairie Air Show

    Jul 19, 2009

    70,000 spectators were on site in Peoria, IL for the 2009 Prairie Air Show to watch the performance of the USASOC Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team and all thanks to the expertise of the Peoria Air National Guard Flight Teams. The 169th Airlift Squadron provided the jump platform for the paratroopers from 09 to 13 July, 2009. One flight team picked up the jumpers at Fort Bragg and brought them back home on 09 and 13 Jul, and another flight crew worked the Paratrooper drop for the air show w-end performances. The air show pilot crews consisted of 2 pilots, a navigator, an engineer, and 2 loadmasters: Maj. Pat Ober, Aircraft Commander; Capt. Mark Ayala, Co-pilot, 1st Lt. Jeff Hilsenbeck, Navigator; Senior Master Sgt., Samantha Yanez, Flight Engineer; Loadmasters, Master Sgt., Brent Simpson and Senior Airman, Brad Emmett, and Senior Airman, Bob Synder, Crew Chief, made up one flight team. Aircraft Commander, Capt. Robert Dodson, Maj. Jeff Herrmann, Co-pilot, 1st Lt. Jeff Hilsenbeck, Navigator, Master Sgt. Matt Stone, Flight Engineer, and Loadmasters, Staff Sgt. Justin Kass and Staff Sgt. James Guetschow, were part of the other flight crew.

  • Warrior Adventure Quest aims to channel thrill-seeking behavior of combat veterans

    Jul 16, 2009

    Warrior Adventure Quest is a new program to assist Soldiers in transitioning back to their home station after a combat tour. The program combines outdoor recreation activities, leadership and psychological training.

  • PLS vehicle: Backbone of distribution

    Jul 15, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - The Palletized Load System is odd looking but is touted as the vehicle backbone of the Army's distribution and resupply system.

  • The Volunteers Rock Country USA

    Jul 1, 2009

  • Nearly 3,000 attend U.S. Army Soldier Show

    Jun 30, 2009

    The 2009 edition of The U.S. Army Soldier show brought Soldiers and their families from nearby Rock Island Arsenal and thousands of civilians to the i wireless Center, Moline, Ill., May 20.

  • From academia to the Arsenal: 22 interns get Army experience at RIA

    Jun 30, 2009

    Interns from throughout the country are learning to work for one of the most important organizations in the world ... the U.S. Army. As 22 college students are learning, the Minority College Relations Program is turning out to be the experience of a lifetime.

  • The United States Army Field Band rocks the Midwest

    Jun 30, 2009

  • Over 100 Take Oath of Enlistment at Country USA

    Jun 29, 2009

    More than 100 men and women raised their right hand and recited their oath of enlistment on the main Stage at Country USA in Oshkosh, Wi June 27, 2009. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey E. Phillips, Deputy Chief of Army Public Affairs administered the oath and spoke to the new recruits from all branches of service and their families about the honor and importance of serving in the military. The Army "Volunteers", a musical group that is part of the U.S. Army Field Band from Washington, D.C. performed at the venue just prior to the oath of enlistment ceremony. The Army Virtual Experience was also on display on the grounds and was a crowd favorite.

  • OCPA-Midwest Links

    Jun 25, 2009

  • The 82nd ABN Division 'All American' Freefall Parachute Demonstration Team, landed on Nort

    Jun 25, 2009

    The 82nd Airborne Division, 'All American' Freefall Parachute Demonstration Team, Fort Bragg, NC impressed over 10,000 spectators at the North Avenue Beach on Tuesday, 23 June, 2009, in Chicago, IL for the 2016 Chicago Olympic Committee's "Olympic Day" Celebration. The 82nd ABN, displayed their precision maneuver, the "Tri-by-Side" for the first time at a show demonstration, in the Windy City and jumped in a 750 Square Foot American Flag, also a first for the team. Additionally, the 'All Americans' jumped in the Olympic Baton with the 2016 flags and presented it to the 2016 Chairman Pat Ryan and Olympic Athlete, Bob Berland, 1984 USA Olympic Silver Medalist in Judo. Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers, under the direction of 1st Sgt. Richard Love, assisted the team by catching the ginormous American Flag for the paratroopers as they landed.

  • June 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster II

    Jun 24, 2009

    Pride in Service is the June 2009 "Year of the NCO" theme. Many of our Soldiers put their lives on the line in defense of our Great Nation and SSG Reva J. Navarro is no exception. SSG Navarro is a member of Bravo Company, 101st Signal Battalion in the New York Army National Guard. She also proudly defends the citizens of our country, as a New York State Trooper, hailing from Troop F-Zone 1 in Wurtsboro Barracks.

  • 2009 Transcontinental Convoy at Cantigny

    Jun 23, 2009

    The 2009 Transcontinental Convoy stopped at Cantigny 20 June 2009 to rest, refuel and share the experience with the community near Chicago. Traveling from coast to coast in 1919, the original convoy set out to examine the feasibility of rapidly moving troops and equipment across the country as well as showcasing the military's use of some of the latest motorized technology. The convoy set a world record traveling 3,251 miles in only 62 days at an average speed of six miles per hour. Although the speed seems slow compared to todayAca,!a,,cs modern vehicles, this trip planted the seeds of what would become our modern interstate highway system.

  • Fort Leavenworth SAMC plants garden at Dragoon Wall

    Jun 18, 2009

    A new garden on post honors Fort Leavenworth Soldiers deployed in the past, present and future. Members of the Fort Leavenworth Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and community gathered June 12 at the new garden along the historic Dragoon Wall on post. The beautification project along the wall included weather-hardy plants and two yellow rose bushes.

  • Blue Grass Army Depot "Excels" in KY EXCEL Program

    Jun 18, 2009

    Blue Grass Army Depot uses the KY EXCEL program to improve its environmental initiatives and enhance its environmental program.

  • Fort Leavenworth celebrates Army birthday

    Jun 18, 2009

    Fort Leavenworth spouses and children joined service members and civilians for a three-mile run and cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Army birthday June 12 at the Frontier Conference Center.

  • OCPA-Midwest Commander Quote

    Jun 18, 2009

  • Chicagoland Soldiers and the USASOC "Black Daggers" Participate in "Salute to the Tro

    Jun 16, 2009

    The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) "Black Daggers," completely awed the over ninety five hundred spectators, when they jumped onto the Horse Racetrack at Arlington Park, on Sunday, 14 June, 2009, the Army's 234th Birthday. The paratroopers from Fort Bragg, NC, were in Chicagoland to support "Salute to the Troops" Day, co-hosted by Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, IL and the USO of Illinois. In addition, U.S. Army Recruiting (USAREC) Soldiers, Mount Prospect Recruiting Station, participated in the military family day with their Rock Climbing Wall and an information tent. The Black Daggers also had a jump scheduled for the Chicago Cubs game but the rain delay cancelled all pre-game activities. The Parachute Demonstrators did however meet with Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney, to present him with their team plaque for inviting them to Wrigley Field.

  • Fort Campbell celebrates Army Birthday

    Jun 16, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commanding general Fort Campbell and 101st Airborne Division, and Pvt. Jesse Appleton, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, take part in the annual cake cutting ceremony Friday celebrating the U.S. Army's 234th birthday at Cole Park Commons, Fort Campbell. Appleton is the youngest Soldier at Fort Campbell.

  • Chicago Celebrates the Army's 234th Birthday

    Jun 15, 2009

    The Army celebrated its 234th Birthday in Daley Center, Chicago June 11, 2009. Honored guests included Mr. Dan Grant, the Director of Veterans Affairs for the State of Illinois, Mr. John Scully, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Command Sergeant Major William P. Lindo, CSM for the Military Entrance Processing Command, and Medal of Honor Recipient Mr. Allen J. Lynch. Musical performances during the ceremony were conducted by the 85th Army Band, Ms. Alison Ruble, USO of Illinois and Mr. Joe Cantafio, 101st Division Rock band. A Morell Award and Recruiter ring were presented during the ceremony where over 25 new enlistees were sworn in.

  • U.S. Army Participates in the 2009 Cinco De Mayo Parade in Chicago

    May 22, 2009

    ChicagoAca,!a,,cs oldest and largest running Cinco De Mayo Parade and Festival in the Midwest, celebrated it's 26-Year anniversary by inviting U.S. Army Soldiers to participate as Co-Grand Marshalls, on Sunday, 03 May, 2009. The Casa Puebla Chamber of Commerce President, Mr. Hector Escobar Jr., took the Soldiers under his wings and invited them to participate in the activities with the rest of the VIPs.

  • Chicago Moves Day

    May 22, 2009

    The U.S. Army participates in the 2009 'Chicago Moves Day' put on by Mayor Richard Daley's "Chicago Fitness Council." The event was to promote physical fitness and get all Chicagoland residents to work out on the same day, at the same time and promote a healthy lifestyle. The two hour event was held on Friday, 15 May, 2009 on Daley Plaza. The Chicago Fire and Police Departments were also present, as well as the USMC and many other physical fitness organizations.

  • Soldier of the Year Visits Chicago

    Mar 26, 2009

    "Soldier of the Year", Sgt. David Obray, a native of Fairmont, Minn. and a Light-Wheeled Mechanic with the U.S. Army Reserve, 492nd Engineer Company, 416th Engineer Command, Darien, Ill. visited Chicago, Ill. March 24-25, 2009. Obray is only the second Reserve Soldier to win the prestigious title of "Soldier of the Year". Obray's Army goals include attending professional military schools and becoming a Battalion Command Sergeant Major. Weighing 300 pounds at age 16, Obray credits military discipline with giving him the courage and ability to become physically and mentally fit. He is proud to represent the U.S. Army Reserve as "Soldier of the Year."

  • Chicagoland Soldiers Receive Leadership Award

    Mar 25, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Alberto Rochezayas, Chicago Recruiting Battalion, and 1 Lt. Hector Rueda, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, received the U.S. Army Citizen-Soldier Leadership Award during the annual U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute's annual conference in Chicago, Thursday, March 19. Brig. Gen. Maunel Ortiz, Commander, U.S. Army South, presented the award in front of 2,500 attendees at the Chicago Ballroom in the Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

  • Chicagoland Soldiers and Cadets March in St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Mar 16, 2009

    Local Chicagoland Soldiers and ROTC Cadets marched in the 54th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2009. Soldiers from the Chicago Recruiting Battalion, 416th Theater Engineer Command, and Cadets from Loyola and DePaul University were hailed by the estimated 250,000 spectators. Sgt. David Obray, 2008 Soldier of the Year, 416th Theater Engineer Command, marched in front of the combined formation in support of the 2009 Year of the NCO initiative.

  • Army Community Relations in the Midwest

    Feb 11, 2009

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    Feb 11, 2009

  • General Renuart NORTHCOM Commander Visits Chicago

    Feb 3, 2009

    General Victor E. Renuart Jr., Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), addresses a gathering of over 60 military leaders, public officials and private organizations at the Union League Club of Chicago February 2, 2009. Renuart described his command's composition and mission and its role in Homeland Defense, then fielded questions from the audience.

  • 'Ace of Cakes' treats U.S. Army, Hawaii To Special Military Cake

    Jan 30, 2009

  • Transition team mentors Iraqi soldiers to success

    Jan 29, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers from varied backgrounds and specialties are helping to ensure the continued success of the Iraqi army as mentors and members of a military transition team.

  • Web Cast from Iraq to Chicagoland Attorneys

    Jan 27, 2009

  • Web Cast from Iraq to Chicagoland Attorneys

    Jan 27, 2009

    Capt. Lindsey Kimber, Staff Judge Advocate, 34 Task Force, Combat Action Brigade in Iraq gives a Web Cast to Chicagoland attorneys during a Veterans Advocacy Training seminar at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Ill. January 23, 2009.

  • USAG Schinnen hosts Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band

    Jan 9, 2009

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS Aca,!" Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band performed an Armed Forces Entertainment concert to military service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen Activity Center Jan. 7, 2009. Army Garrisons serve as Aca,!A"the ArmyAca,!a,,cs HomeAca,!A? to provide base operations and quality of life support to military personnel around the world. Military Retirees also find support from Army garrisons long after they take off the uniform. This tour included stops at Kaiserslautern and Ramstein, Germany; Camp Bondsteel, Nothing Hill and Film City, Kosovo; the American Embassy and Hard Rock CafAfA in Warsaw, Poland; Kleine Brogel, Belgium; and Rotterdam and USAG Schinnen, Netherlands from Dec. 26, 2008 to Jan 8, 2009. To learn more about Armed Forces Entertainment, go to and to learn more about USAG Schinnen go to

  • Chicago Storm Military Appreciation Day

    Jan 6, 2009

    The Chicago Storm professional indoor soccer team and the U.S. Army formed a partnership for the 2008-2009 Xtreme Soccer League season, and the Storm's next home match is a Military Appreciation Day.

  • Chicagoland Soldiers and JROTC Cadets participate in 2009 NHL Winter Classic

    Jan 5, 2009

    140 Chicagoland Soldiers and JROTC Cadets from the George S. Patton Military Academy helped unfurl American and Canadian flags at the 2009 NHL Winter Classic January 1, 2009. The Chicago Blackhawks took on the Detroit Red Wings in the friendly confines of Chicago's Wrigley Field.

  • Chicago Senior Leaders Send Holiday Messages to Troops

    Dec 16, 2008

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  • Chicago Medal of Honor Committee Launches 2009 Convention

    Dec 15, 2008

  • Chicago Bulls and USO of Illinois Team Up for Military Family Appreciation Holiday Party

    Dec 11, 2008

    The Chicago Bulls and the USO of Illinois teamed up to host Military family members at a Holiday party luncheon December 8, 2008.

  • NFL Halftime Show Hosts Army

    Nov 20, 2008

    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- More than 80 Future Soldiers marched onto Lambeau Field to conduct the oath of enlistment during the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears halftime Sunday, Nov. 16. Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, sang the national anthem at the start of the game and "American Soldier" during the halftime. The U.S. Army Drill Team performed ceremonial drills as a tribute to service members past, present and future.

  • Chicago Celebrates 233rd Army Birthday

    Jun 13, 2008

    The U.S. Army and the city of Chicago honored AmericaAca,!a,,cs Soldiers Aca,!" past, present, and future Aca,!" and their families on June 11th, 2008, in observance of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 233rd birthday. The ceremony featured two Reserve Soldiers Aca,!" Maj. Gen. Cooke and Staff Sgt. House Aca,!" this year, and also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Reserve. The event included a ceremonial cake cutting featuring Maj. Gen. Peter S. Cooke, Commanding General of the U.S. Army ReserveAca,!a,,cs six-state 96th Regional Readiness Command, Staff Sgt. Terrence House, and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Greene. It also included an official proclamation by Mayor Richard M. Daley and a presentation of a Combat Action Badge by Maj. Gen. Cooke to Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran Staff Sgt. Terrence House, U.S. Army Reserve Regional Support Group-West. The Combat Action Badge is awarded to Soldiers who have been directly engaged by enemy forces in combat.