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  • VTCs keep Soldiers, Families connected during deployments

    Mar 3, 2011

    Video teleconferencing is one of the many ways Soldiers of the Task Force Thunder, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, can communicate with their families while deployed here.

  • School welcomes first female combatives instructor

    Mar 3, 2011

    Remember what your mother taught you about hitting girls. Combatives instructor Spc. Teddra Rodriguez wants you to try, but you better be prepared to defend yourself.

  • Cottonmouths coach talks hockey at post Teen Center

    Mar 2, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Jerome "Boom Boom" Bechard has been the face of hockey in Columbus for 15 years. On Wednesday, the Columbus Cottonmouths head coach and general manager spoke to a group of middle and high school students about perseverance and chasing dreams during an appearance at the Teen Center.

  • Former command sergeant major overcame challenges in and out of Army

    Mar 2, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Vickie Dikes climbed the ranks to command sergeant major during her 28-year Soldier career. Outside the Army, she's still knocking down obstacles. Last summer, Dikes became just the second female commander of Samuel G. Cooke American Legion Post 267 in Columbus, the largest in Georgia with 2,327 members, including 120 who are Paid Up For Life.

  • Prescribed burns under way

    Mar 2, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Environmental Management Division's Land Management Branch is fighting fire with fire - literally. The Directorate of Public Works agency has ignited its annual round of prescribed burns in post training areas.

  • Shadow Surpasses 600,000 Total Flight Hours

    Mar 1, 2011

    This is a release by Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office and Ground Maneuvers Product Office acknowledging the "workhorse" performance of the Shadow unmanned aircraft system and all the achievement of all the Warfighters that made this achievement come to pass.

  • MCoE Rifle Championships crown a champion

    Feb 28, 2011

    A cadet from North Georgia College and State University dominated the field at the Maneuver Center of Excellence Combat Rifle Championships Feb. 23-24 at Easley Range. More than 70 Soldiers and Cadets from Fort Benning and area ROTC units competed under the tutelage of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in two individual matches and a team match to determine the top rifle shooters on post. Fort Benning is the only Army installation to host its own marksmanship competition.

  • Army Small Arms Championship right around the corner

    Feb 28, 2011

    Time and open slots are running out for Soldiers of any rank in the entire Army formation, including West Point and college ROTC cadets, Army Reservists and National Guardsmen, to compete in the 2011 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships March 19-26 on Fort Benning.The championships, hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in conjunction with the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, consist of Small Arms Firing Schools, Excellence-in-Competition Matches, rifle and pistol matches, and special combined-arms combat matches.

  • Showcasing a strength like no other

    Feb 28, 2011

    As if by fate for these two noncommissioned officers, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit with the assistance of the World Class Athlete Program was in the process of building a ground-breaking Paralympic section, thus creating a unique opportunity for wounded veterans deemed able to continue to serve on active-duty to demonstrate the strength of our Soldiers in Paralympic competition.

  • Managing transitions, profession highlighted in CSA-select speech

    Feb 25, 2011

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, discussed steps needed to manage transitions and how industry can contribute during his keynote speech at the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium here, today.

  • Soldiers complete 'Amazing Race'

    Feb 23, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - It was a race against time and against the odds as NCOs and officers of the Mailed Foot Battalion sprinted across Sand Hill Wednesday to complete a series of challenges.

  • Face-lifts continue at Indianhead Village

    Feb 23, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A housing area on Main Post for enlisted Soldiers, junior noncommissioned officers and their families that dates back half a century is getting a hefty overhaul. All 414 units at Indianhead Village - 282 town homes and 132 single-story duplexes - are being thoroughly refurbished in a project scheduled for completion by mid-2012, said Mike Douglass, development executive for Clark Realty Capital, the developer and builder for Fort Benning Family Communities LLC. Work began last February.

  • Stressful conditions set tone for Ranger School

    Feb 23, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - If you can survive 61 days of some of the Army's most intense, rigorous training, you earn the right to wear the Ranger tab. But Ranger School isn't about just surviving - it's about succeeding and leading your team despite struggles and stresses the instructors use to challenge you. Why' Because making the wrong decision in combat is not acceptable, no matter how tired or hungry you are, said Ranger instructor Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Hirata.

  • Fort Benning commander recaps first 100 days

    Feb 23, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - As the Fort Benning work force expands, the positives outweigh the negatives, the MCoE and Fort Benning commander said Wednesday.

  • Army Community Service transforms

    Feb 17, 2011

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Army Community Service is enhancing the way it delivers services, to make it easier and faster for Soldiers and their Family members to get the help they are seeking.

  • New environmental control units keep systems, Soldiers on target

    Feb 17, 2011

    In the sweltering temperatures of the Middle East, Soldiers aren't the only ones who can overheat - their communications equipment must also be kept cool in order to function properly. Efforts by Project Manager, Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP) to provide environmental control in support of mission success took a major step forward on 2 Feb., when a Full Rate Production Ceremony for the 60k British Thermal Units per Hour (BTUH) Improved Environmental Control Units (IECU) was held in Florence, Ky. The 60k IECU will be a more efficient consumer of power on the battlefield, and its standardization means it can be installed, operated and maintained by Soldiers using the tools and training they receive in Army schoolhouses. The first fielding with an operational unit is expected to take place in March.

  • Aviation brigade flies final hours, sees change in Iraq

    Feb 17, 2011

    The Army's last active duty aviation brigade in Iraq is heading home after a year-long deployment in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

  • Military Saves Week kicks off Sunday

    Feb 16, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 2011 Military Saves Campaign kicks off Sunday with Military Saves Week. Enlisted personnel and junior noncommissioned officers are more likely to fall into financial trouble, according to a recent study by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, a partner in the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign

  • 'Raven' sees all in battle

    Feb 16, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - At first glance, the small unmanned aerial vehicle looks as harmless as a remote-control airplane buzzing around a city park. But the "Raven" is a real heavyweight on the battlefield, instructors said.

  • Hundreds take aim at Expert Infantryman Badge

    Feb 15, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Hundreds of Soldiers from units across Fort Benning are taking aim at the Expert Infantryman Badge this week. A total of 567 candidates began the hunt, but Monday's Army physical fitness test and day and night land-navigation courses were expected to cut into the pool.

  • New Rifleman Radio tested at Fort Benning

    Feb 9, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Maneuver Battle Lab and U.S. Army Operational Test Command are closing out a three-week test of the new Rifleman Radio, making sure previous design improvements took hold in advance of an acquisition decision expected this summer.

  • Microsoft, Army highlight Surface 2.0 at multitouch working group

    Feb 9, 2011

    Microsoft discussed its latest touch-screen technology during a quarterly working group meeting with the Army's leading multitouch researchers and developers, Jan. 25. The Multitouch Mission Command Working Group, which is hosted by CERDEC, brought together more than two dozen organizations from government, industry and academia for discussions and live demonstrations using the existing Surface 1.0 hardware. While no Surface 2.0 hardware has been released to date, CERDEC, has early access to the software and development kits thanks to its Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Microsoft.

  • Benning upgrading range with tank trails

    Feb 9, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Several range access roads and dirt trails on Fort Benning are closed as engineers upgrade and convert them to gravel tank trails.

  • Hit the right marks in Air Assault School

    Feb 9, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Air Assault School teaches students the tools they need to conduct combat air assault operations. "The toughest 11 days in the Army" is a common phrase among graduates, who include Soldiers from nearly every job specialty and international students.

  • ALC stresses war-fighting, writing skills

    Feb 9, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Being an NCO is not just about training for the war fight, it's also about mentoring Soldiers. The Henry Caro NCO Academy's Advanced Leader Course not only prepares Soldiers to serve as Infantry squad and section leaders, but is also now teaching skills to help get Soldiers promoted and write winning evaluations.

  • Armor chief gets star

    Feb 9, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The commandant of the U.S. Army Armor School got his star Friday. Col. Ted Martin was frocked to brigadier general in a ceremony in front of hundreds at the Benning Conference Center. The event was standing-room only with guests coming from several states - VIPs included retired Gen. William Richardson, retired Gen. Edwin Burba, Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson and several former Fort Benning commanders.

  • BRAC: Fort Gillem vehicles arrive

    Feb 9, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Another major move under Base Realignment and Closure kicked off Monday, and this one has nothing to do with the Armor School. The first dozen of nearly 1,350 vehicles from the 43rd Equipment Concentration Site at Fort Gillem, Ga., arrived here on heavy equipment transports and were taken to the 11th Engineer Battalion motor pool and other temporary storage facilities around post. The command's rolling stock includes cargo trucks, trailers, construction equipment and Humvees.

  • Soldiers, unit leaders tackle four-day training event

    Feb 9, 2011

    A mobile training team from the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School at Fort Jackson, S.C., led Fort Benning, Ga., noncommissioned officers and team leaders through a four-day training session designed to reinforce the program's standards and execution.

  • Small cafe keeps busy Soldiers fed in Iraq

    Feb 9, 2011

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The Guardian CafAfA isn't much, but for the hundreds of Soldiers who visit it daily, it's enough. The small cafAfA is housed in two trailers propped on cinder blocks, and it's the only place to eat for Soldiers here who don't have enough time to eat at the camp's main dining facility.

  • Wrestler uses plan B to win Fort Hood combatives heavyweight match

    Feb 3, 2011

    FORT HOOD, Texas - About 800 people attended the Fort Hood Combatives Tournament Jan. 28 at Abrams Physical Fitness Center, where 32 finalists fought 16 matches to determine first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers.

  • MCoE gets first Australian LNO

    Feb 2, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Maneuver Center of Excellence has made a permanent splash Down Under. Lt. Col. Michael "Mick" Ahern recently became the first Australian liaison officer assigned to Fort Benning.

  • Net Zero is 100 Percent Benefit

    Feb 2, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Army has a bold vision for managing natural resources on its installations: they will become net zero.

  • Digging in

    Feb 2, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A local Army Reserve unit with a mission to groom noncommissioned officers for Drill Sergeants School has opportunities for Soldiers getting out of active duty.

  • AFAP Conference receives more than 120 issues

    Feb 2, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Members of the Fort Benning community submitted 126 issues to last week's Army Family Action Plan Conference.

  • Battalion commander escaped dictator in Uganda to pursue dreams in America

    Feb 2, 2011

    FORT BENNING, GA. - As a young boy growing up in Uganda, Joseph D'costa became inspired by America's role in World War II and told his teacher he wanted to go to the U.S. Military Academy someday. "She laughed at me for my dream of going to West Point, telling me it would be impossible because I wasn't an American and Uganda had no ties to the U.S.," he recalled. "I still remember that to this day."

  • Afghan, coalition forces kill, detain insurgents

    Feb 2, 2011

    Afghan and coalition killed numerous insurgents and detained several others in recent operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • General: Afghanistan planning yields steady progress

    Feb 2, 2011

    U.S. and coalition troops have spent 18 months carrying out the first comprehensive campaign plan linking their efforts with those of their Afghan counterparts, a senior U.S. commander said today.

  • Chiarelli expects increase in behavioral health needs

    Feb 1, 2011

    The Army's vice chief of staff opened the Reserve Officers Association National Security Symposium by predicting an increase in the number of Soldiers suffering from depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

  • Army surgeon general presents top 10 initiatives

    Feb 1, 2011

    Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker announced his Top 10 initiatives for Army medicine Jan. 27.

  • TRICARE's at-home counseling program reaches nearly 3,000 calls

    Feb 1, 2011

    In existence since 2009, the TRICARE Assistance Program, or TRIAP, offers 24-hour confidential counseling for those needing immediate help, or those who may not want to visit a behavioral health practitioner in person.

  • VA tweaks automation, benefits for Post-9/11 GI Bill

    Feb 1, 2011

    A new automation system will speed up the turn-around time for veterans and Soldiers to receive new benefits under the latest version of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Veterans Affairs officials said Monday.

  • Enterprise Email Migration

    Jan 31, 2011

    During 2011, all Army email users will migrate to Enterprise Email service. Instead of accessing email through local email servers at each installation, they will reach through the network to access email services from centralized servers known as the Department of Defense (DoD) cloud. The migration of email services to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is part of a larger DoD effort to consolidate information technology services, improve capabilities, and reduce overall costs.

  • Soldiers, community build home for wounded Marne hero

    Jan 28, 2011

    Hundreds of volunteers made up of community members, Soldiers and contractors turned out on the morning of Jan. 21, to begin construction of a specially-adapted home for one of their own, Staff Sgt. Jason Letterman, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

  • Sergeant Airborne: Unsung hero of the sky

    Jan 26, 2011

    "Jumpers ... Hit it! Check canopy!" Although the written word cannot convey the inflection, pitch or volume of the commands shouted by Sergeants Airborne, these exercises are all too familiar at Fort Benning's Basic Airborne Course in Georgia. Sergeants Airborne, also known as Black Hats, drill these procedures into BAC students until the future paratroopers' reactions are second nature.

  • Ground broken on Airborne Battle Memorial

    Jan 26, 2011

    A new monument dedicated to U.S. combat paratrooper and glider units is sprouting up on Eubanks Field, Fort Benning, Ga. Ground was broken earlier this month on the Airborne Battle Memorial, which will sit just 100 feet from the Airborne Walk at the Army Airborne School.

  • Caution: Entering construction zone

    Jan 26, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - An overview of the Marne Road Bridge expansion, Lindsay Creek Interchange and Dixie Road widening construction projects.

  • Historic 'House' escapes demolition, rededication Friday

    Jan 26, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will rededicate the USAMU Round House, commonly called the "Patton Round House" in association with Gen. George Patton's time at Fort Benning, at a ceremony Friday.

  • 198th Infantry Brigade welcomes new battalion

    Jan 26, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Maj. David Schultz, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 330th Infantry Regiment, assumed the duties and responsibilities of the 3rd Battalion, 330th Infantry Regiment, from Lt. Col. Mark Price during a 198th Infantry Brigade transition of authority ceremony Jan. 18 at the Sand Hill Recreation Center.

  • Army Family Covenant: Keeping the promise

    Jan 26, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Maj. Gen. Robert Brown renewed the installation's commitment Friday to the Army Family Covenant.

  • Fort Benning icon comes back to life

    Jan 26, 2011

    A relic of an historic era on post is set to be revived after persistent determination by a proud unit and generous contributions from those who understand the nostalgia of the old building. The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will rededicate the USAMU Round House, commonly called the "Patton Round House" in association with Gen. George Patton's time at Ft. Benning, at a ceremony Friday.

  • 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.

  • Training Afghans 'Shohna ba Shohna,' 'Shoulder to Shoulder'

    Jan 24, 2011

    The Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC) is figuratively the Fort Benning of Afghanistan, serving as the Afghan National Army's training headquarters. ANA at KMTC have a close working relationship with NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan (NTM-A). NTM-A provides trainers to help train ANA cadre exemplifying the relationship that has blossomed in the motto of "train-the-trainer." The coalition advisors suggest improvements for ANA training and mentor trainers in their techniques.

  • Brown: Don't let post changes blur mission

    Jan 19, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - As transformation to the Maneuver Center of Excellence unfolds with the spectacle surrounding the historic Armor-Infantry consolidation, leaders shouldn't lose sight of the post's primary mission, Maj. Gen. Robert Brown said.

  • MCoE welcomes first unit from Fort Knox

    Jan 19, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The first Fort Knox, Ky., unit pegged for relocation to the Maneuver Center of Excellence has cranked up basic combat training on Sand Hill. The 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, succeeded 1st Battalion, 378th Infantry Regiment - a Reserve unit from LaFayette, La. - at a transfer-of-authority ceremony Jan. 11 in the 30th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception) headquarters building.

  • Armor School kicks off first class at Harmony Church

    Jan 19, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning ushered in a new era Wednesday with the launch of the Armor School's first class at Harmony Church. At a ceremony in the Bradley Vehicle Maintenance Instruction Facility's main bay, the Maneuver Center of Excellence formally kicked off the M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer course and activated F Company, 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, which will direct the advanced individual training for Bradley maintainers.

  • Competition for Army's top marksmen set for March

    Jan 19, 2011

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, in conjunction with the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, will host the 2011 U.S. All-Army Small Arms Championships March 19-26. The competition is open to all Soldiers of any rank in the entire Army formation, including West Point and college ROTC cadets, Army Reservists and National Guardsmen. The All-Army Matches consist of Small Arms Firing Schools, Excellence-in-Competition Matches, rifle and pistol matches, and special combined-arms combat matches.

  • Fort Benning Soldier surprises family at BCS championship

    Jan 19, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Alton Jr., Alexandria, Alannah and Aydan didn't know what was in store for them when they headed to Glendale, Ariz., to attend the Tostitos BCS National Championship Jan. 10. But when they were called out on the field during the pre-game ceremony, they were surprised by a familiar face standing alongside the football players - Staff Sgt. Alton Day, the children's father and support operations NCO for the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

  • Buffer enhances quality of life, wildlife restoration

    Jan 19, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - As land outside of Fort Benning makes way for more houses and businesses, conflicts over noise, smoke, lights and radio signal interference increases. The result is encroachment that could interfere with the post's training mission. A 7,000-acre buffer surrounds parts of Fort Benning, providing a cushion that addresses encroachment and helps conservation efforts. This land - part of the Army Compatible Use Buffer - can't be used for training and is not owned by Fort Benning, but it does help the installation continue its mission.

  • 3rd HBCT hails new commander

    Jan 19, 2011

    FORT BENING, Ga. - Col. Johnnie L. Johnson Jr. took command of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Col. Pete Jones in a change of command ceremony Thursday at the National Infantry Museum parade field.

  • Facebook 'angels' named inspired leaders

    Jan 19, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - If you've been on the Fort Benning Facebook page recently, you may recognize the names of a few women who patrol the site daily, answering questions and offering advice to thousands of the installation's Facebook followers: Andrea McTaggart, Rhonda Young and JoLynn Mowrer.

  • Are you a fan' Thousands tune in to Fort Benning's first-ever Town Hall via Facebook

    Jan 19, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - As social media reinvents the Web through online videos, chats and Facebook pages, Fort Benning has found a new tool in talking to troops and families.

  • Army minimizes stress suffered by victims of domestic, child abuse

    Jan 19, 2011

    On Jan. 21, eligible enlisted family members wiil begin receiving 36 months of Transitional Compensation (TC), the same as officer family members, rather than the average of 22 months of payments they formerly received. This change ensures payments are standardized for all approved applications.

  • BRAC to amplify peak moving season

    Jan 18, 2011

    This year's peak moving season is expected to be even busier than usual due to Base Realignment and Closure and officials warn that prior planning is important to avoid stress.

  • Commission to recommend lifting ban on women in combat

    Jan 18, 2011

    A commission of current and retired officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians charged with evaluating Defense Department policies to ensure they promote equal opportunity plans to recommend lifting the ban on women in combat.

  • Study shows pre-deployment screening yields benefits

    Jan 18, 2011

    An Army study released today found that Soldiers who received extra behavioral-health screening prior to deployment had significantly lower rates of combat stress than those who did not.

  • TRICARE to extend dependent coverage to age 26

    Jan 18, 2011

    To ensure military families don't get left out as the new national health care reform law extends parent's health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new Young Adult Program by spring and to provide an option to make coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.

  • 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.

  • The foundations of education

    Jan 13, 2011

    Lifeliners, ANA team up to provide school with desks, chairs

  • New leadership in place for Dragon battalion

    Jan 12, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team's 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, hailed a new leader Thursday. Lt. Col. Nelson Kraft took over the position during a change of command ceremony at Kelley Hill's Sledgehammer Field. He replaces Lt. Col. Ken Harvey.

  • Tax center to open doors Jan. 20

    Jan 12, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - With the tax filing deadline a little more than three months away, the Fort Benning tax center is offering free services to active-duty Soldiers, retirees and eligible family members beginning Jan. 20.

  • Paintball tourney Friday at the Woodlands

    Jan 12, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Looking for something to do during the training holiday' Outdoor Recreation will host Paintball at the Woodlands Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Woodlands entrance is located on Dublinsky Street near Dixie Road.

  • Soldier has seizure while driving, woman jumps in to help

    Jan 12, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A trip to the Main Post PX put Likedia Martinez in the right place at the right time to save a Soldier's life Dec. 28.

  • Map lays out land study areas

    Jan 12, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning Garrison Commander Col. Tom Macdonald released an updated map identifying the areas of land being considered for potential acquisition by the Army. The new map is more defined and also includes new areas of study located in Harris and Talbot counties.

  • CG: 'We've got to get across the finish line'

    Jan 12, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The foundation for the long-awaited union of Infantry and Armor is in place, but Army and tricommunity leaders can't get complacent as the Maneuver Center of Excellence takes a final step toward reality, the MCoE and Fort Benning commanding general said Thursday.

  • Continuous Army innovation yields improved gunner protection

    Jan 7, 2011

    Chances are, if a warfighter has deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, they are familiar with the Objective Gunner Protection Kit, or OGPK. With more than 45,000 of these systems fielded to date, the OGPK is a standard-issue equipment piece for the Army's tactical gunner vehicles - from up-armored Humvees in Operation New Dawn in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, as well as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

  • Lieutenant puts hockey career on ice

    Jan 5, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Zach McKelvie still has dreams of playing in the NHL but says he's more than happy serving his country. The 25-year-old first lieutenant, who played four years at Army and was team captain his junior and senior seasons, signed with the Boston Bruins as an undrafted free agent in July 2009 shortly after earning his commission from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. However, a change to the Department of Defense's alternative service option prior to his senior year meant he'd have to serve two years before pursuing pro hockey.

  • Peer to Peer encourages Soldiers to 'make a movie, save a life'

    Jan 5, 2011

    The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center and the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program are calling all Soldiers to put their best safety stories on camera for a chance to win the Third Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition.

  • 'Lights, camera ... IED simulator:' Safety awareness video filmed at Fort Benning

    Jan 5, 2011

    In an effort to stem accidents and keep troops from making their own simulator devices in roadside bomb training, the Army is producing a short safety awareness video set for release this summer.

  • Are the kids in control' Stop bad behavior now

    Jan 5, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Learn how to discipline your children without arguing, yelling or spanking. Fort Benning's Family Life Center and Family Advocacy Program have partnered to offer "1-2-3 Magic," practical parenting solutions for children between the ages of 2 and 12. The parenting program, created by Dr. Thomas Phelan, will be presented by Chaplain (Maj.) Chris Wilson, a military family life chaplain and father of six.

  • From the ground up: Tree planting encourages growth of ecosystem

    Jan 5, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The number of longleaf pine trees on Fort Benning will soon top 14.7 million. Tree planters have been working since the beginning of December to plant 1,000 acres - approximately 605,000 seedlings - of the hardy Southern pine.

  • Got questions' We've got answers so join the discussion

    Jan 5, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning will host its first Facebook town hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Ranger School graduates first Army vet tech

    Jan 5, 2011

    For the first time in the history of the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., a U.S. Army veterinarian technician earned the elite Ranger Tab. Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Klagenberg, the regimental veterinarian technician for the 75th Ranger Regiment, graduated Nov. 12, from the U.S. Army Ranger Course.

  • A vision for the future: Installation Management Community

    Jan 4, 2011

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- Like many others this time of year, I have been reflecting on the past 12 months and looking forward to the new year. In my professional capacity, I am focusing on the future of the Installation Management Community. Specifically, what should the Installation Management Community look like a year from now'

  • Enterprise Email

    Jan 3, 2011

    <b>What is it' </b> During 2011, Army email users will migrate to Enterprise Email service. Instead of accessing email through local email servers at each installation, users will reach through the network to access their email services from the Department of Defense "cloud". The Army is the first service to migrate to Enterprise Email as part of a larger DoD effort. The goal is to improve capabilities and security, while simultaneously reducing costs. The HQDA staff will be among the first Army users to migrate to the new email service. Migration refers to the automated process of copying current email and calendar data from each user's local email account to their Enterprise Email account. The process normally occurs overnight at a time coordinated with customers to minimize operational impact.

  • U.S. Army All-America Bowl - January 8, 2011

    Jan 3, 2011

    January 8, 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl tri-signed letter from the Army senior leaders.

  • Is it possible to exercise too much'

    Jan 3, 2011

    It is an accepted fact that exercise is essential for a healthy body and mind. However, is it possible to get too much exercise' Yes, when a person pushes the body too hard or too long and does not give it a chance to recover with adequate time, rest and nutrition, it can result in overtraining.

  • Peer to Peer Video Competition

    Jan 2, 2011

    <b>What is it' </b> The third annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition promotes off-duty safety awareness by challenging Active Duty, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers to create original videos about topics relating to off-duty safety.

  • Face of Defense: Army artist captures life on canvas

    Dec 30, 2010

    More than two decades ago the young artist possessed a portfolio of work that could have opened the doors to any college or art school, yet becoming an Army illustrator appealed to him the most. Today, after nearly 25 years of service, Army Master Sgt. Martin Cervantez believes his decision to join the military remains the best of his career.

  • 3/1 IBCT heads downrange; largest Knox deployment since WWII

    Dec 28, 2010

    Under the watchful eyes of their commanders and noncommissioned officers, Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, are heading overseas from Fort Knox, Ky., in numbers not seen here since the Second World War.

  • Army's top officer visits troops at COB Speicher for holidays

    Dec 24, 2010

  • 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' remains in effect as Gates, Mullen tackle plan

    Dec 18, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, welcomed the Senate's vote today to repeal the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, while emphasizing that the current law and policy will remain in effect until they and President Barack Obama certify the plan to implement it.

  • World War II veteran, 98, receives long awaited Bronze Star

    Dec 17, 2010

    Recognition for an act of heroism more than six decades ago during World War II finally caught up with a 98-year-old Atlanta resident Dec. 16, when the Army awarded him the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony here in U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters.

  • 2/29 claims another Commander's Cup preseason hoops title

    Dec 17, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, needed three games and a triple-overtime thriller Tuesday to capture a second straight Commander's Cup Preseason Basketball Tournament crown.

  • Santa drops in

    Dec 17, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (Dec. 17, 2010) - Fort Benning celebrated the holiday season with the annual tower lighting Friday at Eubanks Field.

  • ACAP helps Soldiers prepare for civilian life

    Dec 17, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (Dec. 17, 2010) - The team at the Army Career and Alumni Program wants to help Soldiers transition to civilian life successfully. To do so, ACAP offers important resources and programs that will help Soldiers reach their goals.

  • NEC alters delivery method for IT services

    Dec 17, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning's Network Enterprise Center, formerly the Directorate of Information Management, has changed the way it delivers information technology services.

  • Retention boon leads to changes

    Dec 17, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (Dec. 17, 2010) - Soldiers planning to re-enlist may see their options reduced, according to a recent Army memorandum. The changes took effect Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • Black Hawk crews bring Iraq to a close

    Dec 16, 2010

    It was dark over Camp Taji, Iraq, by the time a pair of Army Black Hawk helicopters took off. It's better to fly that way, said one of the pilots. Even in Operation New Dawn, the Army's helicopters and their crews still face some danger from below. But while these aviators still welcome the cover of darkness, they now see a light at the end of a seven-year tunnel here. Every mission they fly brings their involvement in Iraq closer to an end.

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