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  • Seven Questions For New Commander

    Sep 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Maj. Gen. Jim Rogers talks about his first few days on the job as the new commander of the Aviation and Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal.


    Sep 17, 2010

  • Energy Conservation Helps Save Army Dollars

    Sep 17, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Imagine having to pay millions of dollars annually for utilities. That's why Redstone is trying to conserve energy.

  • Schools Emphasize Federal Impact On Funding

    Sep 17, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- BRAC is not only bringing more people and jobs to north Alabama. It's also bringing more federal money to local schools as well.

  • Army lauds achievements of RDECOM scientists

    Sep 17, 2010

    Six U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command laboratories and 111 employees have been named 2009 Research and Development Achievement Award winners.

  • In Appreciation To Military Retirees

    Sep 17, 2010

    Health care screenings. Tours of Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation facilities. Tricare information. Presentations on military retiree benefits. Introduction of the Veteran Employment Transition Initiative. A reunion reception. Vendor exhibits. Socials and dining get-togethers. A special message from Redstone Arsenal's new senior commander. Door prizes. What more could a military retiree want'

  • Rogers Receives Welcome To AMCOM And Redstone

    Sep 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The 650-seat Bob Jones Auditorium was filled Friday as a new era began for the Aviation and Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal.

  • RDECOM to receive U.S. Army Superior Unit Award

    Sep 14, 2010

    RDECOM and its subordinate organizations will receive the Army Superior Unit Award during a Sept. 16 ceremony at APG's Fanshaw Field. The Superior Unit Award streamer will be added to each element's colors, and the element's director will receive award lapel pins for every person in the organization.

  • Soldier Equipment Weighty Matter In Field

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- System engineering is the next great frontier for those Army Soldiers and civilians responsible for equipping today's Soldier.

  • Medevac Mission Succeeds Despite Taliban

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL -- It wasn't Plan A that Staff Sgt. Matthew Kinney relied on when coming to the aid of wounded Soldiers in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan. It wasn't Plan B either. Nor Plan C.

  • Army Dedicates Month To Suicide Prevention

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It was the word "divorce" that sent Spc. Joseph Sanders' mind to a dark place, and the quick thinking of his battle buddy Spc. Albert Godding that brought him back from the edge.

  • Medal of Honor Recipients Celebrate In Huntsville

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- They didn't think. They just did. Twenty-four recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, gathered in Huntsville for the Medal of Honor Gala: In the Company of Heroes Aug. 28.

  • Reaching Out To Grow Future Engineers

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For 43 years, Dr. Robin Buckelew has stood for the possibilities of women in the work force.

  • 'Oompah' Brings Fun To Redstone Festival

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Oompah!" Oktoberfest 2010 is almost here. The familiar calls of the Army's "Hooah!" will give way, at least temporarily, to the strains of "Oompah!" as the sounds, smells, tastes and fun of Oktoberfest fill Redstone Arsenal's Parade Field on the weekend of Sept. 16-19.

  • Garrison Busy With Post Construction

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Growth - and all the planning, construction and change that goes along with it - is a daily event on Redstone Arsenal. From the east to the west, north to the south, there is growth like never before on the Arsenal. No matter what security gate Arsenal employees pass through each day, they are bound to drive by a new facility, a construction site or an area planned for future growth.

  • Maj. Gen. James E. Rogers Biography

    Sep 10, 2010

  • Rogers Takes Reins of AMCOM and Redstone

    Sep 9, 2010

  • Going Out The Door Feeling Blessed

    Sep 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It's another busy morning in the command suite at the Aviation and Missile Command. AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles is meeting behind closed doors with his deputy and the chief of staff.

  • Woof, Woof And Welcome To Sparkman Gift Shop

    Aug 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Retail therapy. For some people, it comes in the form of a trip to a favorite little boutique, or a do-it-yourself super store. For the employees who work in the Sparkman Center, it comes in the form of a big, friendly, furry English labrador named Saber.

  • City's Newest Development Serves Redstone Missions

    Aug 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- If you build it, they will come. Construction has begun near Gate 9 for the massive office complex called Redstone Gateway, which was originally known as the "Field of Dreams."

  • Employee Assistance Counselor Ready To Listen

    Aug 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- He never expected his life to change, but he could not be more grateful that the Employee Assistance Program and Richard Lewis were there when it did.

  • AMCOM Chief Of Staff Joins Retirement Rolls

    Aug 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Quoting from the Bible's Proverbs and Jeremiah, the Aviation and Missile Command's chief of staff Col. Jeffrey Young said farewell to 26 years in the military during his retirement ceremony Friday.

  • Growing Up To Chase Space Dream

    Aug 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The 13th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference drew about 1,100 paid attendees and about 270 exhibitors to the Von Braun Center Aug. 16-19 under the theme "Enabling Regional Warfighters."

  • Synergy Theme Unites Conference Speakers

    Aug 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Two general officers, who work daily to address the security threats in existence in Europe and globally, called for a collaborative approach to regional and worldwide missile defense during their Aug. 17 presentations at the 13th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference.

  • Looking Toward Joining Your Team

    Aug 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In his first official appearance in Huntsville as the next commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Maj. Gen. Richard Formica expressed what has become a common theme among the officers who find themselves assigned to Redstone Arsenal - an appreciation for the opportunities and synergy that such an assignment can bring.

  • Army benefits attract older Soldiers

    Aug 20, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Although tough economic times can help with Army recruiting, it wasn't the economy that drove Pvt. Dale Langrehr to join the Army at age 41. Rather, it was the challenge.

  • Local Population Gives Year-Round Support For Troops

    Aug 20, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Sue Paddock often has to explain the difference between Army Family Covenant and Army Community Covenant.

  • Aviatior Taking Care Of Business

    Aug 20, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The business of the Army will take the stage later this month at the Von Braun Center when one of Redstone Arsenal's aviation Soldiers is featured as a nominee for the 2010 Young Professional of the Year.

  • Outreach To Survivor Families

    Aug 11, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- When it comes to the families of fallen Soldiers, the Army is standing up to a responsibility to watch over these survivors of war's devastation as long as support is needed. That's no different at Redstone Arsenal, where recent staff and facility additions will make a difference in the level of support Army Community Service can provide family members coping with their loss while hoping for a better future.

  • Redstone Attracts Bid For New Facility

    Aug 2, 2010

    FARNBOROUGH, England -- Raytheon Company's Missile Systems announced July 19 at the Farnborough International Air Show in England its business plans to build an all-up-round Standard Missile state-of-the-art integration and testing facility on Redstone Arsenal.

  • Bravo Soldier Steps Out With First Book

    Aug 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- High school boredom and daydreaming were the seeds to success for a Bravo Company private whose fantasy novel is so popular that it's hard to find copies these days.

  • Trip of Faith Leads To Blessings Of Life

    Aug 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In early 2009, Linda and Stanford Mendenhall were given an invitation that changed their lives. Come to Huntsville, they were urged. Be a part of the Redstone Arsenal family, they were encouraged.

  • Flying Skies With Coal Mix Fuel

    Jul 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Recent flight testing on a Black Hawk helicopter at Redstone Arsenal proved to engineers Matt Boenker and Dale Cox something they already believed in - a U.S. helicopter can fly on an alternative fuel mix of 50 percent coal and 50 percent jet fuel.

  • Kari Hawkins

    Jul 28, 2010

  • SMDC/AIB Satellite Supply Store ready for business

    Jul 28, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The new SMDC/AIB (Space and Missile Defense Command/Alabama Industries for the Blind) Satellite Supply Store had its grand opening July 27 in building 5221 of the Von Braun Complex here.

  • World War II Veteran On Lookout For Lost Wristwatch

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The young Soldier had a watch to keep. He had awoken from his two-hour rest break, and it was his turn to watch for the tanks. They had orders to follow them into Monte Cristo.

  • Facility Fire Remains Under Investigation

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A fire at Redstone Test Center's building 7298 on July 13 partially damaged the facility and caused the temporary evacuation of other Arsenal buildings near the site, but did not lead to any injuries.

  • Military Family Members Bag Annual Scholarships

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- This year's applicants for the commissary scholarships were asked to look into the past when writing their required essay. Here was the assigned topic: If you can travel back in time, but cannot change events, what point in history would you go and why'

  • American Musical Instruments Live On In Iraq

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ROCKET, Ala. -- For Linda Horn, the two trombones that her husband and son played throughout their high school and college years are made of more than just brass - in their slides and bells they hold happy memories of band concerts, football games and afternoons spent filling her home with music.

  • Couple Share God's Love Through Ministry

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Whether he's saying the prayer at a gathering of military families or talking about God on a Decatur-based Christian country radio station, chaplain James Henderson always has one mission in mind - to share God's love.

  • Providing Tools For Work Force Transformation

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Lori Reynolds knows what it takes to transform an Army organization and its human capital to meet the needs of the mission. She has done that in a big way at least twice in her civilian career.

  • New Way To Destroy Old Munitions

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In a remote area of Redstone Arsenal near Gate 3, explosive ordnance experts are quietly and safely going about the business of detonating munitions that herald mainly from the World War II era.

  • 'Hell's Guest' Author Shares His Memories Of Bataan

    Jul 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the 1940s, world events took the life of a 16-year-old South Alabama country boy and turned him into a war hero.

  • Lasting Tribute To Pioneers Of Space Rocketry

    Jul 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- There were 120 of them. Dr. Wernher von Braun wanted more. But, in the end, he settled for 120 German specialists in rocket metals and propulsion to join him in an American project that would forever change the nation's view of space exploration and transform Huntsville into a center for missile and space technology.

  • Munitions/Electronics School Visited By Ordnance Chief

    Jul 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Brig. Gen. Lynn Collyar, chief of Ordnance for the Army and commanding general of the Ordnance Center and Schools, has a message for Team Redstone - thank you, and job well done.

  • Exceptional Program For Military Family Members

    Jul 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Natalie Taylor wants members of Redstone's military population to know they're not alone. She's the Exceptional Family Member Program manager at Army Community Service. EFMP is the Armywide program for identifying active-duty military families that have special needs members.

  • Top Doctor Joins Materiel Command

    Jul 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Col. Mark Smith will say farewell to 12 years of service with the Army Medical Command at the Fox Army Health Center change of command ceremony on Friday. Yet, he won't be leaving the Army's medical community.

  • Covenant Promises Quality Customer Service For All

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- There's one Army slogan that Garrison deputy commander Curtis Clark would like Garrison employees to put to work every day. That slogan' Be all you can be.

  • Star Wars Legion Customer Keeps The Force With Him

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- By day, Chris Popham provides Redstone Arsenal with audiovisual presentation support. By night, the Force is with him as he protects the galaxy as an Imperial Crewman. It's all in a day's work for the Star Wars enthusiast.

  • Reservist Appreciates Opportunity To Mentor Troops

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- 1st Sgt. Shawnaree Perez knows what it takes to set a Soldier's career path. With experience as an active duty Soldier, National Guard Soldier and Reservist, Perez, who now serves with the Reserves' 318th Chemical Company (Heavy) in Birmingham, can advise her Soldiers regarding the options of today's total Army.

  • Family of Soldiers Led By National Guard Medic

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- As a medic, 1st Sgt. Tonny Pridgen has had a lot of experience serving Soldiers, first, as an active duty Soldier and an Alabama Army National Guard medic and, second, as a paramedic in the Defense Department's civilian work force at Fort Rucker.

  • Two Student Soldiers Earn Their U.S. Citizenship

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For two new members of the Redstone family, Independence Day held special meaning this year. It was the first one they could celebrate as American citizens.

  • Environmental Manager Sees Right Time To Go

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Dave Bryant came to work at Redstone in March 1972 because he felt his job in western North Carolina would end within a few years. He stayed more than 38 years.

  • Strategic Changing Of The Guard

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Army's culture - its values and character -- was on full display at a change of command and retirement ceremony June 30 in Bob Jones Auditorium. And the two men at the center of that display are among the Army's and the nation's most accomplished heroes.

  • John Ordway Winner Stands Above Rest

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- When you meet 1st Sgt. Albert Rocker, you may notice his 6-foot-3 stature. Then again, it may be you notice his million-watt smile. And these days, Rocker's job gives him a lot to smile about.

  • More Hydra-70 Rockets On Way

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Army has renewed its investment in the Hydra-70 family of 2.75-inch aviation rockets. June 30 brought the signing of a four-year production contract with General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, out of Charlotte, N.C. The estimated value is $991,701,046.

  • War Fighter Takes Reins Of Logistics Team

    Jul 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Col. Robert "Pat" Sullivan prefers looking at things from a service-oriented point of view. So, when asked what he expects from the more than 600 military, civilian and contractor employees working for the Logistics Support Activity, the organization's new commander changed the question around and asked "What should they expect from me'" In his view, the answer to both questions is the same.

  • Garrison In Right Place To Grow With Tenants

    Jul 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In a new grouping of installations being done by the Installation Management Command, Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli is confident Redstone Arsenal will place among the top garrisons as it pertains to future funding.

  • German Reunion Highlights Two Anniversaries

    Jul 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Every even-numbered year since 2000, Heidi Weber Collier has organized a family reunion in Huntsville. But the reunion hasn't been for her ancestral family. Rather, it's been for the families of the German rocket scientists and engineers who adopted each other during the moves, first, from Germany to the U.S., and, second, from Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Proving Ground, N.M., to Redstone Arsenal and Huntsville.

  • Army builds early foundations of NASA space program

    Jul 2, 2010

    This was like a base realignment and closure move - only it all happened within the confines of Redstone Arsenal.

  • AMC Champion Of Army's Civilian Force

    Jun 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Of the 250,000 civilians working for today's Army, more than 67,000 represent the Army Materiel Command, making AMC the Army's largest civilian organization. And that's why its commander - Gen. Ann Dunwoody - wants to make AMC "the champion" for civilian employees working for the Army.

  • Test and Evaluation Community Explores Lessons Learned

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Test Week 2010: "The Impact of Defense Acquisition Reform on Test and Evaluation --One Year Later" convened last week at the Von Braun Center.

  • Redstone Honors NCO and Soldier Of The Year

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL-- It's an annual tradition that sponsoring organizations from throughout the local community present thousands of dollars in gifts to Redstone's Soldier and NCO of the Year.

  • Patriotism Rings At Community Concert

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Nine-year-old Samuel Tucker Styes of Harvest came decked out in his own military uniform to the Armed Forces Celebration Week's Concert in the Park at Joe Davis Stadium. He quickly made friends with the Veteran Memorial Museum's Randy Withrow, who showed the aspiring Soldier how a jeep from World War II is operated. That haphazard exchange - the sharing of military history along with Army values with a public that is interested, curious and supportive - was par for the course during an Armed Forces Celebration Week event June 14 that has long been a community favorite.

  • Arsenal Strong With Support Of Contractors

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Redstone Arsenal has definitely made its mark on high-level Army programs. Across the portfolio of programs overseen by the Pentagon, about half are managed right here at the Arsenal. And it's the successful management of those programs that is making a tremendous difference for Soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Sharing Blessings With The Community

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Robert Sheibley and his family are now among Madison's most impressive families. This systems engineer lead for the Utility Helicopters Project Office, Program Executive Office for Aviation, has led his family into Madison's history books by being named the city's Family of the Year for 2010.

  • Class Gives Teens The Edge In Automotive Skills

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Typical days in the Auto Skills Center do not involve teenagers. However, for the past two and a half months, this shop has been home to the Child Youth and School Services new "The Edge program: Introduction to Auto Mechanics" for ages 13-18.

  • Building Network Of Employment

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Huntsville just became another top choice for national recognition. And this time, the recognition directly relates to the Army's veterans. During the signing of the Armed Forces Celebration Week proclamation June 14, community leaders shared the podium with the Army's director of Human Resources Policy Directorate, who announced a new Army program that will be launched in Huntsville to recruit, employ and retain veterans in federal employment.

  • Guide Dog Gives New Way Of Looking At Life

    Jun 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Maj. Tracey Smith sounds like any other proud mama when she talks about her "Garland." She is quick to show you a picture or tell you a story about all of Garland's "firsts." You can hear the joy in her voice when she talks about bringing Garland home for the first time; you can hear the strain when she talks about the day Garland left for college. For a brief moment, you almost forget that Garland is a dog. Of course, she's not just any dog; she is well on her way to being a guide dog for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization.

  • 'This Is The Best Army That's Ever Existed'

    Jun 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Pvt. Jake Betts had two things in mind when he joined the Army eight months ago - make his mother proud and start a career. Meeting a two-star general was not on the list.

  • Recognizing America's Civilian Heroes

    Jun 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- "Please accept this on behalf of a grateful command." "Please thank your family." "Thank you for what you have done." Those were the words of appreciation expressed over and over again by Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of the Aviation and Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal, to more than 50 civilian and contractor employees Thursday during an AMCOM Deployed Workforce Recognition Ceremony.

  • Veteran Kept Balance In His Career

    Jun 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Although his 40-year Army career didn't bring him to Redstone Arsenal, retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Harold DeBerry does have something in common with the scientist who brought rocket technology to Huntsville. Both Dr. Wernher von Braun and DeBerry have been inducted into the Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame - von Braun in 1973 and DeBerry this past May.

  • Community United In Troop Support

    Jun 14, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Red, white and blue will be the colors of the week when the local community reaches out to Redstone Arsenal and the armed services to extend its appreciation and gratitude. The community's annual recognition of Armed Forces Celebration Week begins June 14 - which is also the 235th birthday of the Army and the 233rd birthday of the U.S. flag - and will continue through June 19. It will be a week of ceremony and celebration that offers something for the entire community under the theme "United in Strength."

  • Hot Fun In Summertime For Youngsters

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Oh my, gosh, it's nearly summertime! What are you going to do with those kids' If you're like many working parents with school-age children, summer can be a crazy time of balancing schedules, trying to keep the kids entertained and occupied, and filling the summer with fun childhood memories - all while you are holding down your job on the Arsenal.

  • Security Assistance Sergeant Major Keeps His Faith

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- 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. "I'm here to serve you," Sgt. Maj. William Kaundart said. And it was clear that he meant more than just hot dogs.

  • JROTC Cadet Flies To Career With Air Force

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Fighting fires, completing high school near the top of his class and serving as an Army JROTC battalion commander have been Adam McMurray's duties for the past year. But flying airplanes and helicopters, and serving in the Air Force have been his dream.

  • On Point For Turning In Equipment

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Rodney Bailey's job is all about connecting Team Redstone employees with their paperwork. They come from all across the Arsenal - from the Redstone Test Center, Logistics Support Activity, Aviation and Missile Command, and Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, among others - with one thing in mind: to turn in unneeded and obsolete equipment per Army regulations.

  • North Alabama Offers Summer Surprises

    Jun 9, 2010

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Summer season is here. Have you filled up your activity calendar yet' In North Alabama, that's not a difficult task. Summertime is ripe with plenty of things to see and do within just an hour or two of Huntsville.

  • Camp Leads Wounded Warriors Out Among 'Em

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the woods of Camp OuTAmongEM, wounded warriors are able to hope, dream and most importantly - hunt. It was only a few years ago that Steve Statler, a logistics management specialist at LOGSA had an idea for a free hunting camp that would allow wounded warriors to return to the outdoor activities they loved before their injuries. Today, the program brings wounded warriors from around the area to the camp based on the ideals of conservation, compassion and community.

  • She Likes Her Modeling Role In Community

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE Last year Stephanie Caldwell was looking for concert information on the Von Braun Center website when she noticed an ad for dance team members. "I was interested right away because I was looking for an outlet to be involved with some type of dance team," she recalled. Caldwell tried out for the Viper Vixens, the dancers for the local professional arena football team. She made it and has been with the Vixens ever since. Officially, they're the Cycle Nation Viper Vixens. Caldwell, a contract specialist at the AMCOM Contracting Center, is the coordinator over the Vixens. She's also on their promo team which goes up into the stands during games doing eye black for the youngsters, selling pictures and signing autographs. "I love the community involvement," she said. "And it's fun. (The Alabama Vipers are) a great organization."

  • Safety Requires More Than Just Common Sense

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but for Team Redstone the campaign to keep it a safe one has already begun. The Garrison and Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School teamed together May 26 to educate the Redstone population about the hazards people encounter every day, which can be as simple as grilling a steak, sitting at your desk the wrong way or taking a ride on your motorcycle.

  • Recognizing The Valor Of A Hero

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Chief Warrant Officer 4 Patrick Benson has more than the scars on his right leg to show for the air battle he fought while serving in Afghanistan. He now also has an American Legion Valor Award.

  • Army takes lead in clearing low-level airspace

    May 21, 2010

    Operating in deconflicted airspace and having a joint air picture of all low-level flying activity is as critical as the missions the military conducts every day.

  • Racing Team, Army Partnership Proves Winning Combo

    May 21, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A little over a year after Jack Roush Sr., team owner and CEO of Roush-Fenway Racing, visited with the Soldiers, scientists, engineers and Mustang owners of Redstone Arsenal, he achieved a milestone on the racetrack - his 400th all-time victory in road racing and NASCAR combined - with his partners Team ED right by his side. Side doors that is.

  • Managing Army Contracts In The Field

    May 21, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A few years ago, Sgt. 1st Class Eric Sears turned in the keys to his Army truck for a job that is now taking him halfway around the world to manage war-related contracts. Sears, one of the Army's top non-commissioned officers, has recently deployed to Afghanistan, where he will serve with the Joint Contracting Command/Iraq-Afghanistan at the Herat Regional Contracting Center, Camp Stone.

  • O'Club Chef Cooks Up Winning Barbecue

    May 21, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The spirit of Ben Howard's grandmother lives on in the recipes of the Officers and Civilians Club.

  • Chinook Pilot Lands With Retirement

    May 21, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- During his early years as an Army helicopter pilot, Kiowas, Cobras and Apaches were Col. Newman Shufflebarger's aircraft of choice. But when the Army called for him to take over as a Chinook product manager, his affinity for the attack helicopters soon took a nose dive.

  • Tragedy Probed To Prevent Repeat

    May 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Two Redstone Arsenal events - one a May 10 press conference, the other a May 13 memorial service - were part of the grieving process in the acceptance of the deaths of two Team Redstone employees involved in high-risk research and development.

  • Block Party Caps Month Of The Military Child

    May 14, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Redstone Arsenal gave its military connected children one last big thank you May 1, ending the 2010 Month of the Military Child.

  • Brady Breezes To Third Straight Post Golf Championship

    May 14, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Defending champion Mike Brady didn't mind the windy conditions on the second day of the 2010 post golf championship. While his eight competitors may have wished for better weather, Brady shot a 1-over 73, improving from his first-day 75. He won the tournament for the third straight year May 1-2 at the Links. This was his final appearance in the active-duty championship because he's retiring from the Air Force in July.

  • Soldier Experience Aims At Missile Success

    May 14, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Among the presentations about missile weapon systems, weapon system technology and the management of weapon systems, two Soldiers speaking to attendees at the Tactical Missiles Conference brought the day's meetings to the very heart of the matter - saving Soldier lives.

  • 'Every Day I Wake Up Pushing Myself To Do More'

    May 14, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Cpl. Jason Scarborough is on a mission of fitness and health. This wounded warrior has been spending several hours a week at the Sparkman Fitness Center, working with certified personal trainer Joe Martin to gain strength in his injured knee and to shed the 50 pounds he has gained since sustaining his injuries during a deployment to Iraq.

  • Years Of Contributing To The Nation's Defense

    May 14, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- When Dr. Bill Craig looked over the long list of previous Medaris Award winners, he could hardly believe his name would be among them. That list of names includes Lt. Gen. Jim Link, Brig. Gen. Bob Drolet, Sen. Richard Shelby, Sen. Howell Heflin, Dr. Bill McCorkle and 2009 winner retired Maj. Gen. Jim Snider. And now it includes Bill Craig.

  • Team Closes Ranks After Losses

    May 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Team Redstone lost two of its own May 5 when a highly volatile chemical exploded during demilitarization processes at Test Area 10. The two Army contractors were identified as Jerry A. Grimes, 58, of Hartselle; and James R. Hawke, 53, of Hazel Green. Both sustained severe burns in the explosion and died in the evening hours of May 5 at the burn center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. They were employed by locally based Amtec Corp. A memorial fund has been set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union for the benefit of the surviving spouses and their families. Donations may be made at any RFCU branch location by referencing the Jerry A. Grimes Memorial Fund and the James R. Hawke Memorial Fund. RFCU tellers can handle single donations divided between the funds in accordance with donor instructions.

  • Honor Flight Lands Into Crowd Of Cheers

    May 7, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- On a rainy Saturday night, Ronnie Opolka and Mac McCord were at Huntsville International Airport, holding onto a sign that read "Welcome Home WWII Honor Flight" and a couple of U.S. flags. The two were among more than 500 people gathered in the lobby area near the exit sign for the airport's concourse April 24, waiting for 106 World War II veterans to disembark from a memorable trip to see their memorial in Washington, D.C. It was the 10th such trip sponsored by Honor Flight Tennessee Valley.

  • Top enlisted Soldier applauds tested troops

    May 7, 2010

    The enlisted Soldier can be found pretty much anywhere in the world, representing a nation that is committed to protecting freedom and democracy.

  • Oil Filters, Fan Belts Take To The Field

    May 7, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Supplying in-theater aviation mechanics with tools, equipment and hardware starts right here at Redstone Arsenal. At an office/warehouse space located just off post near the Jetplex, employees of the Integrated Materiel Management Center's Readiness Directorate spend their working hours designing, equipping and shipping mobile units that take helicopter maintenance and refurbishment to the field.

  • Army builds support for tomorrow's conflict

    May 7, 2010

    A holistic view of people and equipment. That's what the Army's Materiel Enterprise philosophy is all about.

  • Another Two-Star Shines On Redstone Arsenal

    May 7, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- With his new epaulets and shoulder boards in place, the newly promoted Maj. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco said, with a slight smile, "They feel heavy." His promoting officer, Army Materiel Command commander Gen. Ann Dunwoody, smiled back, placed her hands on his shoulders and replied: "They are heavy. You don't even know."

  • 'I had no idea what Military life was like'

    May 7, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- With a merry twinkle in her eyes and a thousand-watt smile, Kathy Campbell is the picture perfect vision of a military wife who appreciates the Army lifestyle and being married to an Army officer. The wife of Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Campbell is known for being welcoming and approachable, for her devotion to God and her faith, and for always enjoying a good laugh.