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  • Reducing Soldier load one round at a time: ARDEC lightweight technologies slash weight in half

    Jul 29, 2010

    In many ways, the weight of a Soldier's equipment can win or lose the fight. Especially when considering the difficult terrains, high elevations and fast-paced operations that today's troops experience, the weight on their shoulders is critical. That's why the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) here is working to reduce by as much as 50 percent the weight of weapons and ammunition - two of the five heaviest items U.S. troops carry.

  • Carrying on the legacy of Audie Murphy

    Jul 28, 2010

    Ten Soldiers currently deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division met at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu to vie for membership in the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

  • U.S. forces in Iraq transfer three bases to Iraqi government

    Jul 28, 2010

    During several ceremonies in Iraq's Babil and Wasit Provinces, July 25, U.S. forces handed over three bases to the Iraqi government - Contingency Operating Post Zulu, Patrol Base Mahawil, and Camp Shaheen.

  • Heavy Transporters converge on Fort Knox for training

    Jul 27, 2010

    FORT KNOX, Ky. (July 23, 2010) - Sustainers from the 233rd Transportation Company conducted their first field training exercise in two years here from July 6 to July 14. As the first time since returning from their deployment to Iraq that the transportation unit has been together as a whole company, the exercise improved on the Soldiers' skills and built unit cohesion.

  • 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.

  • Navigating the border: Soldiers teach finer points of map reading

    Jul 23, 2010

    Soldiers from Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division have it all mapped out when it comes to performing the advise and assist mission. On a recent visit to Al-Taan on the Iraq-Iran border July 13, the troopers trained their Iraqi partners on the finer points of map-reading.

  • Iraqi Police learn new ways to save lives

    Jul 23, 2010

    Iraqi police officers from the Babil Province recently had the opportunity to learn important life-saving skills from U.S. military police at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu. The four-day course, which began July 18, was presented by the 253rd MP Company, an Army National Guard unit out of Lenoir City, Tenn., attached to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

  • Allied unity: Soldiers earn German proficiency badge

    Jul 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Forty U.S. Soldiers survived a series of events on land and water this week to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, one of the few foreign awards that can be worn by the American military.

  • New property manager promises smooth transition

    Jul 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The administrative shakeup within Fort Benning Family Communities had little impact on residents as a seamless transition was made to the installation's new property manager, post officials said.

  • Army spouse named Student of the Year at CTC

    Jul 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - As mother of an energetic 3-year-old and spouse of a helicopter pilot in command, Jami Bartlett stays busy - but not too busy to put her best effort toward her schoolwork.

  • Are you a teen' Need a job' Get Hired!

    Jul 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - If you're a Fort Benning teen looking to get a head start in the career field, Hired! has the answers. The Child, Youth & School Services program, launched on Fort Benning this summer, welcomes all military teens, ages 15 to 18, to gain valuable work experience, receive professional training and earn a little money.

  • Ladies Night Softball Series in full swing

    Jul 22, 2010

  • Braving the rapids

    Jul 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "It's not a Disney ride," said Rob Paden, owner of Outdoor Adventure Rafting. "There is that element of danger; things aren't perfectly controlled."

  • Marathon coming to National Infantry Museum

    Jul 22, 2010

    The Columbus Roadrunners and Fort Benning will host a new race, the Soldier Half and Full Marathon, Nov. 13 to benefit the National Infantry Museum, House of Heroes and Honor Flight. Cecil Cheves, race director and member of the Columbus Roadrunners, said giving the proceeds to military organizations seemed fitting. "This is a tribute to the Soldiers and how much we appreciate them," Cheves said. "They sacrifice so much for our country. They are in harm's way and they give so much of themselves to serve others."

  • Beat the heat

    Jul 22, 2010

    Summer is in full swing and so is the Georgia heat, and that means people should focus on heat safety, said Dr. (LTC) Jason Newsom, chief of Preventive Medicine with MEDDAC. Whether people are training for sports or spending time outside, Newsom said heat safety is key. "One hundred degrees in Phoenix, Arizona, is tolerable (because it's dry heat), but 100 degrees in Georgia is sweltering because of the humidity," Newsom said. The average high at Fort Benning in July is in the low 90s, according to

  • Stewart, Benning DENTAC swap commanders

    Jul 22, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-Colonel Mark N. McDonald assumed command of The United States Army Dental Activity at Fort Stewart during a change of command ceremony at Marne Garden, July 20, but not before the sound of a dentist drill could be heard from the Marne-Tron.

  • 2010 brings major transformation to Basic Combat Training

    Jul 19, 2010

    This year, Basic Combat Training has gone through a transformation.

  • Sledgehammers fight to represent brigade

    Jul 19, 2010

    The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division held a brigade-wide combatives tournament at COS Kalsu that ended July 10. Fighters representing each of the brigade's five battalions came together for two days of competition to determine who would go on to represent the "Sledgehammers" in the All-Army Combatives Tournament later this year.

  • Fists fly during COB Adder Fight Night

    Jul 19, 2010

    The Contingency Operating Base Adder community witnessed an evening of hard-hitting action during 'Fight Night' in front of a packed house at Memorial Hall July 4. 'Fight Night' is a way of bringing the Ultimate Fighting Championship experience to southern Iraq.

  • SDDC officer honored by Transportation Corps

    Jul 16, 2010

    In six short years, Capt. Jason Wood has worked transportation challenges from the boots-on-the-ground duties of a platoon leader in Iraq to the complex environment at the highest levels of military logistics, picking up a prestigious Transportation Corps award along the way.

  • Commentary: Service now grounded in basic values

    Jul 16, 2010

    Want to know what the Armed Forces add to our society' Just ask a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine. The answers tend to be pretty positive - even uplifting. And they also represent yet another sign of the remarkable change that has taken place in the Armed Forces.

  • Task Force 3-330's Jane Wayne Day: Annual event draws 160 family members to Sand Hill

    Jul 16, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Army's "civilians-to-Soldiers" training model took on new meaning July 10 at Sand Hill. That's when the families of 3rd Battalion, 330th Infantry Regiment, got a small slice of Soldier life during the unit's annual Jane Wayne Day. The event drew about 160 people to Sand Hill.

  • Soldiers help vets retrieve flags on Victory Drive

    Jul 16, 2010

    Nearly a dozen officer candidates from Fort Benning joined area veterans groups July 10 to scoop up more than 100 American flags and poles along Victory Drive in Columbus.

  • Veterinary facility undergoes renovations

    Jul 16, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Renovations began in May at the Veterinary Treatment Facility, which could lead to a minor decrease in services and some last-minute closures during the next several months.

  • Ranger Hall of Fame inductees honored at RiverCenter

    Jul 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Each of the 14 men inducted into the 18th annual Ranger Hall of Fame July 9 credited the people they served with as the reason for the honor.

  • One step closer to BRAC mandate

    Jul 15, 2010

    The Harmony Church area of Fort Benning has changed a lot since the Armor barracks groundbreaking ceremony in February 2008. The area, then mostly trees, is almost ready for the 194th Armor Brigade, which conducts Armor one station unit training. The Armor School's move to Fort Benning is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 15, 2011.

  • Ranger Hall of Fame inductees honored at RiverCenter

    Jul 15, 2010

  • Columbus State, USAMU to host NCAA rifle championships

    Jul 15, 2010

    Columbus State University's inaugural rifle season garnered wide attention in 2010 when shooter Jonathan Hall won the NCAA individual national championship. The program now will gain attention on a much bigger scale. The NCAA has awarded hosting rights for the 2011 NCAA National Rifle Championship to CSU. The event will be held jointly at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning and the Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center at the Columbus State campus. The event will be March 9-12, with the small-bore competition at USAMU and the air-rifle competition at the Lumpkin Center.

  • Head nurse by day, Columbus Lions trainer by night

    Jul 15, 2010

    By day, Scott Lunato is head nurse of the recovery room at Martin Army Community Hospital, but by night, he is a volunteer trainer for the Columbus Lions of the Southern Indoor Football League. As a trainer, Lunato makes doctor appointments for players, tapes ankles and helps injured players during games. The 41-year-old said football is his favorite sport and being a trainer doesn't feel like work. "This is a perfect

  • WHINSEC changes command

    Jul 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation welcomed a new commandant, COL Glenn R. Huber Jr., in a July 8 ceremony outside Ridgway Hall.

  • Soldier's climbing crisis underscores need for safety

    Jul 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Although it happened Sept. 24, 2005, JoAnna Ingram remembers it like it was yesterday. Ingram was free climbing down a cliff at Christine Falls in Mount Rainier National Park, Packwood, Wash., when she lost her footing and fell 35 feet.

  • SOS helps Gold Star families connect

    Jul 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - When retired Marine Sgt. Maj. David and Deborah Tainsh lost their son, SGT Patrick Tainsh, to an ambush in Iraq in 2004, there was no Survivor Outreach Services organization in place at Fort Benning.

  • Preserve your fallen loved one's legacy in Hall of Remembrance

    Jul 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "A parent's greatest fear is their child will be forgotten," said Deborah Tainsh, who lost her son, SGT Patrick Tainsh, in 2004 while he was serving in Iraq.

  • Eye in the sky tracks explosives in transit

    Jul 15, 2010

    The Defense Transportation Tracking System is DOD's way of keeping tabs around the clock on various types of sensitive and hazardous materials in transit, also providing instant communication to help drivers, emergency responders and Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) deal with unexpected situations.

  • Obama announces return of the SAVE award

    Jul 13, 2010

    President Barack Obama wants federal employees to submit their ideas for eliminating government waste and saving American taxpayers' money as part of the 2010 SAVE Award program.

  • VA eases claims process for veterans with PTSD

    Jul 13, 2010

    The Veterans Affairs Department will publish a final regulation today intended to ease the claims process and improve access to health care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Slideshow: Day 1 2010 TRADOC Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Competition

    Jul 12, 2010

    The 2010 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Competition began today at Fort Eustis, Va. In Day One, the competitors performed urban orienteering exercises, conducted warrior tasks and battle drills, taught combatives and negotiated an obstacle course. To learn more about the competitors, go to http://bit.ly/NCOSOY2010

  • Comprehensive Resilience Modules

    Jul 12, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) is about Strong Minds and Strong Bodies. One of the CSA's top priorities, CSF is a program to help Soldiers be as strong mentally as they are physically. Part of the program is the Global Assessment Tool (GAT), an online, self-administered survey that measures one's strengths in four areas: emotional, social, family and spiritual. After taking the GAT, users are encouraged to work through online Comprehensive Resilience Modules (CRMs) in areas where enhancement would be desirable. The interactive modules are linked to the user's GAT results and aid the user in self-development and resilience.

  • FORSCOM bids farewell to retiring CSM Carey

    Jul 12, 2010

    FORT McPHERSON, Ga. (July 12, 2010) - "The steel mill closed...I was tending bar, working for a plumber, and I saw a John Wayne movie...," said Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis M. Carey, U.S. Army Forces Command, when asked why a young man from Phoenixville, Pa. joined the Army in 1977. When Carey passes responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald T. Riling July 12, 2010, he will have spent more than four years as the senior enlisted Soldier of FORSCOM and more than 33 years in uniform. With dozens of commendations during the last three decades, Carey served in every leadership position from team leader to command sergeant major.

  • Obama: Veterans with post-traumatic stress deserve best care

    Jul 12, 2010

    The Veterans Affairs Department will begin making it easier for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to obtain the benefits and treatment they need starting next week, President Barack Obama said in his weekly message, calling veteran care the nation's "solemn responsibility."

  • New commander takes charge at 198th Infantry Brigade

    Jul 9, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 198th Infantry Brigade installed a new commander June 30 - and bid farewell to his predecessor. COL Bruce Parker took over the leadership post during a change of command ceremony at Sand Hill's Kannell Field. He replaces COL Daniel Kessler, who's retiring after 27 years on active duty.

  • Spouse uses triathlons to motivate, break routine

    Jul 8, 2010

    Kristi Gullion competed in her first triathlon three months ago and is hooked. "I wanted to stay in shape and I needed something to motivate me, so I signed up for a triathlon," she said. "It gave me a goal to shoot for and made me feel I was working toward something." The 24-year-old military spouse said she was bored with her workout routine, which is why she decided to compete in triathlons. "You can only work out on the treadmill for so long," she said. "It gets boring when you do the same thing over and over and over again. I wanted to mix it up a little bit. There are so many different ways you can train for (a triathlon)." Her first triathlon was the Mullet Man at Gulf Shores, Ala., in April. Since then, she has competed in the Callaway Gardens Sprint Triathlon and the AFLAC Iron Girl Women's Triathlon in June. In the Iron Girl, she placed seventh in her division.

  • All-Star clash: League Two victorious in best-of-3 series

    Jul 8, 2010

    Intramural softball leagues One and Two faced off in the Fort Benning All-Star Softball Series June 30 at Gowdy Field. League Two claimed bragging rights after defeating League One in a best-of-three contest. League Two was on its way to winning from the start. It finished the first game on top, 15-4. In Game 2, League One came back to win a 10-9 squeaker after trailing 9-6 in the top of the seventh inning. League Two led the majority of the game, but following a Brett Macy RBI triple and a sacrifice fly by Paul Roberts, League One tied the score at 9. League One's Brian Walker hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win and force another game.

  • Medics work with Iraqi Federal Police to set up clinic

    Jul 8, 2010

    The challenge of providing medical evaluations and supplies to residents in areas such as Al-Kut can be significant for military providers. Still, the need is there. Ask the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, who recently set up shop in the Iraqi Federal Police headquarters building, which serves the city's Anwar and Falahiyah districts. That day, they assisted more than 100 residents with various medical issues.

  • AKO security changes block access for some; users urged to take action

    Jul 8, 2010

    A recent series of beind-the-scenes security changes at Army Knowledge Online has caused some users to no longer be able to access the web-based portal.

  • Exercise helps Soldiers think through the unthinkable

    Jul 7, 2010

  • Servicemembers become citizens during Fourth of July ceremony in Iraq

    Jul 4, 2010

    One hundred fifty-six service members from 56 different countries recited the Oath of Citizenship in the rotunda of Al Faw Palace and marked the Fourth of July as the day they became American citizens.

  • Setting the example: 'Rock Force' cadre battle heat in quarterly physical fitness challeng

    Jul 2, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The cadre of "Rock Force" mixed it up again June 25 at their quarterly CSM Physical Fitness Challenge, this time bringing the battle to Main Post. But sweltering summertime conditions made the second installment a much more grueling affair, competitors said.

  • New German Infantry LNO arrives

    Jul 2, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - After putting an Armor liaison in place here last month, the German army has now swapped out its top Infantry representative at Fort Benning.

  • Post Ten-Miler team staff seeks runners

    Jul 1, 2010

    The 26th annual Army Ten-Miler is Oct. 24 in Washington and even though the event is sold out, there is still an opportunity to try out for the Fort Benning team. There are two qualifiers scheduled for July 10 and 17 at Santiago Fitness Center on Sand Hill. Active-duty Soldiers and activated National Guardsmen and Reservists who are stationed at Fort Benning are eligible to compete for a spot on the Fort Benning team. Lori Smith, Fort Benning team coordinator, said she hopes to field two teams. There will be an active-duty men's team consisting of up to eight runners, and a mixed team of six runners, including men and at least two women.

  • Sports coordinator hopes to spread sense of camaraderie through intramural leagues

    Jul 1, 2010

    Between preparing for Commander's Cup championships, more than 12 intramural leagues and helping with other sporting events on post, sports coordinator Willie Spann said he stays busy, but he enjoys his job. The retired sergeant, who works in the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sports department, said he has always had a love for sports. He played basketball and football and ran track in high school. At 18, he joined the Army and played in intramural leagues. Spann has fond memories of playing sports when he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and in Wurzburg, Germany.

  • Enjoy a summer picnic

    Jul 1, 2010

    FORT BENNING, GA. - July is National Picnic Month. There can be only one response to that statement and that is - to picnic.

  • Celebrate the Fourth

    Jul 1, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Grab your swimsuit, camera, sunscreen and a picnic basket. If you don't have plans for Independence Day weekend, don't worry. There are plenty of options in the valley area and farther afield, including food, fireworks, concerts and festivals. So plan to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence - officially adopted by the 13 original colonies 234 years ago - all weekend long.

  • 1/10 FA pays respects to fallen warrior

    Jun 30, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Soldiers of COB Delta filled the theater to pay their final respects to a fellow warrior, June 4. Team Kahuna, a military transition team from Fort Riley, Kan., attached to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, paid their final respects to one of their own.

  • Future soldiers experiment with virtual combat at the Mission Command Center

    Jun 30, 2010

    El Paso's newest members of the U.S. Army's Delayed Entry Program(DEP) had the opportunity to experience the Future Force Integration Directorate's virtual battle space when they spent the morning engaged in digital combat on the VBS2 computer gaming system at the Mission Command Complex.

  • Army assesses "self-healing" waveform for platoon-level communications

    Jun 30, 2010

    The U.S. Army concluded its three-week assessment of a waveform that could help separated squads maintain communications despite terrain and obstructions, during its annual integrated capabilities event at Fort Dix on June 25. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics cenA,A!ter conducted a 36 node assessment of the Soldier Radio Waveform in a relevant field environment. This was done to gauge the waveform's ability to support platoon-level data and voice traffic from the rifleman up to the squad leader. When squads spread out, they can potentially loose communications due to obstructions in the terrain. SRW is "exciting" because the network "self heals" its fragmented connectivity by leveraging other squad radios using the waveform.

  • Fort Benning opens two child development centers

    Jun 28, 2010

    Many staff and students at Fort Benning's child development centers are experiencing what the arrival of 7,000 new families will mean for the post. The Main Post Child Development Center is being renovated, and two new facilities - Indianhead and McGraw Child Development and Performing Arts Center - have been built.

  • CG responds to residents: Patton Village gets new temporary shoppette

    Jun 28, 2010

    In about two weeks, Patton Village will get a temporary shoppette that will be operated out of a trailer and located near the neighborhood pool on Sand Hill. The addition was spurred by Fort Benning Commanding General MG Michael Ferriter's idea to replicate the temporary stores downrange because he said families shouldn't have to wait for the permanent store, which is scheduled to open in February 2012.

  • Army medics train Iraqi Police

    Jun 26, 2010

    Ten policemen from Babil and Karbala Provinces graduated from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division's tactical combat medical care course at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu.

  • PT display debuts on World War II Company Street

    Jun 25, 2010

    The final section of World War II Company Street at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center has fallen into place, thanks to the 11th Engineer Battalion. The scaled-down replica of a physical-training area used by the era's Soldiers was unveiled to the public June 21. The $75,000 addition was built by the 63rd Engineer (Horizontal) Company's 2nd Platoon. "It's significant because this actual facility housed World War II Soldiers before they went off to war," said COL Charles Durr, the Maneuver Center of Excellence chief of staff, who attended the opening ceremony.

  • Post celebration promises area's largest fireworks show

    Jun 25, 2010

    Fort Benning will host its annual Fourth of July celebration July 3 at Stewart-Watson Field beginning at 4 p.m. The event will feature free rides, games and more than 30 inflatables for kids. Still, Fort Benning special events coordinator Cliff Hughes said there will be fun for participants of all ages.

  • Army goes green with eco-friendly mattress

    Jun 25, 2010

    Soldiers across the Army could someday have a new place to lay their heads. Installation Management Command-Southeast has launched a pilot program for a new mattress that could save the Army millions of dollars, minimize waste and reduce harmful effects on the environment, officials said. If successful, it may spill over to other regions and possibly go Armywide. A total of 240 new beds will be delivered June 28 to Soldiers with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, on Sand Hill as replacements for the unit's old mattresses, said SGM Cornelius Barlow of the Directorate of Public Works. It's part of a two-year study in which DPW will collect data from basic training Soldiers, drill sergeants and cadre with the company. Developed by SKYDEX Technologies Inc., the Eco-Enhanced Mattress Unit, or EEMU, is made of recyclable and washable material that's longer lasting than the foam mattress now used in the Army, said CSM(R) Jose Silva, the company's military business coordinator. He said the pilot program's main objective is to make sure it's "Soldier-proof."

  • Judgment, civilian control of military key to Obama's decision to accept resignation

    Jun 25, 2010

    Judgment and civilian control of the military were at the heart of President Barack Obama's decision to accept Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's resignation as the NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said June 24, 2010.

  • Blueberries... Ripe for the pickin'

    Jun 24, 2010

    With an invitation to pick and eat as many blueberries as one wants, COL(R) Jack Story waved early morning guests to hundreds of bushes filled with so many berries their branches bent or broke because of the weight. He attributed the A & J Farms bumper crop to the spring rain.

  • WTC defeats Hitmen

    Jun 24, 2010

    Even though the Warrior Training Center's roster was an outfielder short, it came back in the bottom of the fifth inning to win 9-6 over the Hitmen in an intramural softball game June 22 at Gowdy Field. The Hitmen of DENTAC scored two runs on Hector Graudiel and Jeremy Ball RBI singles in the top of the first inning, while WTC scored on a bases-loaded walk and errors to lead 3-2.

  • Whitewater rafting trips set for summer

    Jun 24, 2010

    If you are looking for an adventure, Outdoor Recreation will host three whitewater rafting trips down the Ocoee River in Tennessee. The trips, open to military ID cardholders and children ages 12 and older, are scheduled for July 17-18, Aug. 14-15 and Sept. 10-11. The cost is $105 per person and includes roundtrip bus transportation, a six-hour guided rafting trip totaling about 8.5 miles, one lunch and a night's stay at a bunkhouse. The course consists of Class III-IV rapids on the upper and middle part of the river. The upper part of the river was used during the 1996 Olympic slalom competition.

  • Chiarelli: suicides down, but not enough

    Jun 24, 2010

    While the number of suicides among active-duty Soldiers has fallen, the Army's vice chief told lawmakers that it's not enough.

  • Odierno to use combat lessons to develop joint doctrine

    Jun 24, 2010

    President Barack Obama's nominee for the top U.S. Joint Forces Command post said he will utilize the lessons he has learned during three combat command tours in Iraq if he is confirmed to lead the nation's joint force provider.

  • Overcoming EIB challenges

    Jun 22, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas- A lot of longtime Soldiers will tell you that earning military badges isn't what it used to be; that things have gotten easier or that instructors give you more slack. While this might be the case for some, for infantrymen hoping to earn their Expert Infantryman Badge, it's quite the opposite.

  • U.N. training simulates operational environment: peace and stability, watchwords for GS 2010

    Jun 22, 2010

    In a scripted exercise of event-driven scenarios by military and non-military subject matter experts in an operational environment, U.N. representatives had just met with Zapatos, one of the faction leaders causing trouble, in an effort to quell violence in an "affected area" of the Island of Pacifica. The 18th Brigade comprised of Soldiers from Indonesia and the U.S. has stood by as negotiations take place with the rogue leader by promising to work fairly with him and his rival St. Pierre in an effort to help the indigenous population.

  • Army dominates 2010 Interservice Pistol Championship

    Jun 21, 2010

    The Army prevailed once again as Soldiers with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit dominated the competition at the 51st Interservice Pistol championship matches held here June 14-18. Staff Sgt. Robert Park won the individual championship and U.S. Army Blue won the team title.

  • 'Extraordinary time' to be in the military

    Jun 18, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Adm. Mike Mullen discussed various hot spots around the globe during his June 4 town hall meeting on Sand Hill.

  • Another goodbye: 104th Transportation Company leaves for Afghanistan

    Jun 18, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 104th Transportation Company is on the move again, this time to Afghanistan. About 150 Soldiers left June 13 and will spend the next year conducting convoy operations and security on resupply missions for coalition forces in Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit came back from a 15-month Iraq deployment a year-and-a-half ago.

  • German Armor Soldiers arrive from Fort Knox

    Jun 18, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Armor School has its first foreign liaison office at Fort Benning, and Germany's outfit will be the only one moving to the Maneuver Center of Excellence from Fort Knox, Ky.

  • 2/58 welcomes new battalion commander

    Jun 18, 2010

    The Ranger Training Brigade's former deputy commander, LTC Martin Barr, became the new battalion commander of 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, during a change of command ceremony June 16 at Kannell Field.

  • New commander takes over 1/50 battalion

    Jun 18, 2010

    LTC Michael Hastings took the lead of the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment, during a change of command ceremony June 15 at Kannell Field. The new position is Hastings' third assignment at Fort Benning.

  • What it takes: High school cadets develop skills at on-post camp

    Jun 18, 2010

    Each summer, students from across the state participate in the week-long cadet leadership course and learn skills from how to march to overcoming fears. A second cycle of cadets from the Atlanta area also completed the course June 14-18.

  • Rangers receive medals for combat valor

    Jun 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Valor and sacrifice were recognized during a combat awards ceremony for members of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment June 10.

  • Panther Battalion celebrates Army birthday

    Jun 17, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Basic trainees and cadre members of 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, celebrated the Army birthday June 14 during a ceremony on Sand Hill.

  • Can a household of 14 run like clockwork' Find out in Cheaper by the Dozen

    Jun 17, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Family Theatre's biggest production of the year is truly a family affair. The 1920s musical, Cheaper by the Dozen, concerns the exploits of the Gilbreths, an exciting, if expansive, family with an efficiency expert at the helm. And it's running through June 19.

  • Pioneers rally past Outriders

    Jun 17, 2010

    It may have taken most of the game to get the lead, but the Pioneers rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring seven runs to claim a 10-9 victory in intramural softball June 10 at Gowdy Field.

  • Benning Blackhawks battle in city playoffs

    Jun 17, 2010

    After recording an 11-5 regular-season record and beating a previously undefeated team, the Child Youth and School Services Blackhawks, scored a first for Fort Benning in the Sally Little League's Jack Cook Tournament, the city playoffs.

  • Radio-controlled enthusiasts motor along

    Jun 16, 2010

    The buzz of electric motors fills the air around the Contingency Operating Site Kalsu airfield in the late afternoons. Welcome to the Raptor Race Track, the home for radio-controlled wheeled racing at COS Kalsu.

  • Army directs global inspection of armor plates

    Jun 14, 2010

    The Army recently issued a message for all troops and units to inspect their body armor in search of a specific model that was not made according to contract requirements.

  • Celebrating the 235th Army Birthday

    Jun 14, 2010

    This 235th birthday commemorates America's Army - Soldiers, Families and Civilians - who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong.

  • 3rd Infantry Division celebrates the Army's 235th birthday

    Jun 13, 2010

    The 3rd Infantry Division, Task Force Marne, celebrated the Army's 235th Birthday by walking through American History.

  • Deployed Soldiers compete in best squad competition

    Jun 12, 2010

    Soldiers assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division competed in their battalion's best squad competition at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu.

  • MCCC students play golf with wounded warriors

    Jun 11, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Maneuver Captains Career Course students used the game of golf to reach out to a group of wounded warriors June 8.

  • Reverse Sprint Triathlon

    Jun 11, 2010

    More than 110 competitors participated in the fifth annual Reverse Sprint Triathlon June 6 that began at the Family Entertainment Center on Main Post and ended at the Carey Pool following a 10K run, 20K bike ride and a 550-meter swim. Twenty-four-year-old Adam Pugh, son of MAJs(R) Mary Jo and Fred Pugh, took first place overall in the male category with a three-event time of one hour, two minutes. He took first in the run, second in the bike ride and third in the swim. "I had a good run time, but when I got on the bike, I was worried," Pugh said. "I kept looking back, but luckily, I held them (the other competitors) off."

  • Soldier's son captures track and field honors

    Jun 11, 2010

    When Chattahoochee County High School senior TyQuan Bazemore, son of Veronica and SFC Brandon Carson, was named the Ledger-Enquirer's All-Bi-City Boys Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Year in May, he was ecstatic, he said. "When I found out, I wanted to jump out of my shoes, but I kept my composure," Bazemore said. "There are a lot of good athletes in the (community) so it was an honor to get the award." Bazemore was also selected for All-Bi-City team one, consisting of the top athletes in the bi-city.

  • 'It feels like a piece of closure'

    Jun 11, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - For 35 years, Jim Baskin never told anyone he was a Vietnam veteran. "It's not that we were ashamed of it," the retired Navy senior chief petty officer said. "There were just so many negative things about it."

  • Infantry-Armor merger to boost Army operations, training

    Jun 11, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Army is more focused on counterinsurgency than ever before, and the Infantry-Armor alliance in one locale will help fuel that drive in Afghanistan and Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Soldiers here June 4.

  • Pioneer Battalion changes command

    Jun 10, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "Today marks another chapter in the history of this great unit," said LTC Edward Houston, outgoing commander of 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, after ceding the leadership of the battalion to LTC Jody Miller June 8 on Stilwell Field.

  • ACES college fair set for June 17

    Jun 10, 2010

    Nearly 25 area organizations and colleges will participate in the semiannual college fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 17 at the Main Post Exchange. The event is open to anyone who has access to the installation, said Shannon Gardner, education project officer.

  • Welcome to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

    Jun 10, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - There's nothing like going to a museum where you can shoot hoops, kick a field goal, drive a (simulated) race car or test your balancing, jumping and reflex skills. Those are some of the things you can do at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon, Ga. While you read about the greats, you can see their photos, trophies, jerseys and other memorabilia, enjoy hands-on exhibits and play interactive games. You might be surprised how many sports legends were born right here in the Peach State.

  • Coincidence might be Airborne first

    Jun 10, 2010

    Love was in the air when PFCs Sean and Katherine Bennett descended upon Fryar Drop Zone June 8. After training side by side in the same platoon for the previous two weeks at the U.S. Army Airborne School, the newlyweds exited an aircraft simultaneously - a historical coincidence, said the company first sergeant.

  • Faith Middle principal to open new DoD school

    Jun 10, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - After six years at the helm of Faith Middle School, Julio Gonzalez is taking his lessons learned and love for kids to Vicenza, Italy, where he will apply his 30 years of teaching and administrative experience as principal of a new Department of Defense school.

  • 3rd Sustainment Brigade commander talks mission, landscape in Iraq

    Jun 10, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- The 3rd Sustainment Brigade commander, Col. Shawn M. Morrissey, spoke with reporters to discuss the 3rd Sustainment Bde. mission and the current landscape in Iraq, June 3.

  • Security assistance sergeant major keeps his faith

    Jun 8, 2010

    USASAC employees waited in line for a taste of the hot dogs and sausages being served by the Soldier in uniform manning the grill. Some approached with respectful reservation. Others laughed and joked with their new leader. With a smile and a kind word for each person he met, he fed his civilian troops in more ways than one.

  • Korean War veterans commemorate 'three hard nights' of battle

    Jun 7, 2010

    Waving flags, school children and Republic of Korea and U.S. Army Soldiers in full dress uniform greeted veterans of a little known but pivotal battle of the Korean War - the battle of Chipyong-ni, a small town about 90-minutes east of Uijeongbu.