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  • AMC Retirement and Recognition Ceremony

    Aug 14, 2009

    Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command held a quarterly retirement and recognition ceremony at Fort Belvoir and Redstone Arsenal Aug. 14. Awards at Fort Belvoir were presented by Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC commanding general, and Sgt. Maj. Jeffery J. Mellinger, AMC command sergeant major. Awards at Redstone Arsenal were presented by Lane Collie, HQAMC-Forward senior leader representative, pricipal deputy, G-3/5.

  • Unintended footsteps: Grandson follows his grandfather

    Aug 14, 2009

    Spc. John Sheldon, who is from Pittsburgh, Pa., had not intended to join the Army; he certainly did not intend to become a public affairs specialist, and he did not intend to follow in his grandfathers footsteps. But that's exactly what he has done-in his own way. ....Sheldon's grandfather was Walter, or Walt, Sheldon. ....."He is best known for his nonfiction work-it started with detective novels to pay the bills," John said. "(His writings were) first hand, non-fiction accounts and interviews of the occupation of Japan, and history of Vietnam, the history of the Korea war, and other biographical and U.S. military history books. (His best known work) is the 'The Honorable Conquerors' and it is also the most referenced book about the occupation of Japan." Other non-fiction work includes "Tigers in the Rice" 1969, "Hell or High Water" 1968, and "Tour of Duty" 1959.

  • Dream Team

    Aug 13, 2009

  • Book Captures Spirit of Magazine Cartoonist

    Aug 13, 2009

    As the Army's PS Magazine celebrates its 58th year in publication, a book about its history is hot off the presses. The author, Paul Fitzgerald, tells the history of celebrated graphic novelist and artist Will Eisner, who spent 21 years bringing the material in PS Magazine to life. "PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly has been in existence for over 58 years. In any organization that's been around that long, you run the risk of losing the institutional memories, the earliest anecdotes and stories, and the actual truth involved with your organization's origin," Stuart Henderson, production manager at PS Magazine, said. "None of our current staff members were with PS during those early years. I know of only four living people who were, and one of them is Paul Fitzgerald."

  • Interns Take Team Building on the Road

    Aug 13, 2009

    People joining the Redstone work force hear a lot about team building. A group of interns from the AMCOM Security Assistance Management Directorate found a creative way to put the idea into action. They took team building to the beach. Nine interns, including two from the Integrated Materiel Management Center, headed south June 19-24 to Destin, Fla. The idea was to have fun while building their relationships and getting to know one another.

  • Army Showcased at AUSA Annual Meeting

    Aug 13, 2009

    If you want to be close to the heartbeat of the Army, then attending the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army is the place to be. Set for Oct. 4-7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation's capitol, the 2009 AUSA Annual Meeting will provide its members with presentations by high-level Army officials, more than 500 Army and industry exhibits, and professional development forums for Soldiers, Army family members and industry executives. More than 30,000 attendees, including senior leaders from the Army, Department of Defense and Congress, will participate. "The purpose of the annual meeting and associated exhibitions is to recognize the achievements of Soldiers and AUSA chapters during the previous year, provide a forum for discussion of pertinent issues impacting our Soldiers and the Army, and provide training for chapter leadership in organizing their individual chapter activities," said retired Col. Steve Taylor, president of the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of AUSA.

  • Local Firefighters Learn Ropes at Redstone Arsenal

    Aug 13, 2009

    "Where's the elevator at'" quipped a firefighter as he climbed the steps of an old NASA test stand. The mothballed test stand and a nearby blockhouse were the site the afternoon of Aug. 5 for an Alabama Fire College Rope Rescue Class. Redstone Fire and Emergency Services conducted the training last week for Redstone, Huntsville and Madison firefighters. "It's a 40-hour class," Jeff Burns, one of the three instructors, said. "It's called technical rope rescue, it's a rope rescue class."

  • Head Lice Represent Touchy Subject at School

    Aug 13, 2009

    They're as small as a pencil lead yet just mentioning them makes people start to itch. What are they' Head lice! With school starting, these little pests will be moving through school age heads with a vengeance. Students, parents and teachers should know how head lice are transmitted and how to recognize and treat infestations.

  • Message of Loss and Hope for Suicide Prevention

    Aug 13, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Mark Graham's resume reads like a who's who of an aspiring career Soldier - service in Desert Storm, first active duty Army colonel to command a National Guard brigade in peacetime, director of the largest military evacuation following the Hurricane Katrina devastation in New Orleans, deputy commander of the U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and currently the commander of Division West and Fort Carson, Colo. Graham's resume includes numerous other assignments in his 32 years of military service along with numerous awards and decorations. But, in coming years, Graham may become best known for the losses he and his wife and their daughter have suffered during the past six years - the suicide death of son Kevin, a top ROTC cadet, in 2003, and the death of son Jeff, a second lieutenant, in 2004 as a result of a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq.

  • Workers Meet Browning the Bomb Detection Dog

    Aug 13, 2009

    It was hard not to notice the exuberant, happy-go-lucky English Labrador retriever bounding through the parking lot at building 5436 on Aug. 3. But there was much more to this chocolate lab than the friendly look on his face. Browning, who was visiting with his handler Troy Chaffee, is a highly trained, bomb-sniffing police dog. He is trained to recognize more than 22,000 chemical odors singularly or combined to make explosives. Browning and Chaffee, a deputy sheriff, are a certified ordnance recognition team and members of the King County Sheriff's Department in Seattle, Wash.

  • Marine JROTC Leader Sets Winning Example

    Aug 13, 2009

    Everette "Red" Hodges doesn't mind telling teenagers about his service with the Marines. As the Marine JROTC senior instructor at Johnson High, he gets asked a lot about his experiences in the service. He provides answers as far as the questions require. But it's leadership and citizenship that this top-notch instructor is most concerned about. "We don't recruit for anyone," Hodges said. "We want to help develop young people into good leaders and good citizens. Whether you work at McDonald's or go into the Marines, leadership is always important.

  • It's Back to School Days on Post

    Aug 12, 2009

    This is the first week of school for Redstone youngsters. And this is the first year that the city of Huntsville will provide all of Redstone's school bus transportation. Redstone Arsenal shut down its school bus operation in phases last year, ending with transportation for elementary school children. This is the first year that the city will transport the elementary school youngsters in addition to the high school and middle school kids. "We won't be doing the service. It'll all be done by (contractor) Durham downtown," Carl Pack, motor pool operations supervisor for Northrop Grumman, said. "I don't have any school bus operation anymore. It's all been assigned to the city."

  • Suicide -when destructive thoughts turn to actions

    Aug 12, 2009

    It probably started before the birth of her second child, but by the time she started back to work from maternity leave she was in full blown depression-and it only got worse.

  • New AMC Band facility contract awarded

    Aug 11, 2009

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Mobile District awarded the building contract for the new U.S. Army Materiel Command Band facility Aug. 7.

  • Educated Soldiers win wars, TRADOC tells educators

    Aug 11, 2009

    "The side that has the smartest Soldiers ... is the side that wins war."

  • Garrison Supports Strong Families

    Aug 10, 2009

    U.S. Army Garrison - Miami is promoting strong military families by sponsoring several programs, national and local, to give servicemembers and DoD employees the tools to develop a strong marriage. Joe Walker, garrison family advocacy program manager, arranged for more than 20 military and civilian couples to participate in two separate programs, a Marital and Relationship Conference and "A Weekend to Remember," both at no charge and one with free day care. The weekend conferences were filled with classes, speakers and workshops designed to foster better communications between married and almost-married pairs. The benefit to the military is obvious, Walker said. "When you are talking about marriage counseling you are talking about prevention," he said. "Anything that you can do to ensure the safety and wholeness of a family helps ensure readiness for the mission and helps the families know that we are here for them, the greater military family."

  • 12th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference to take place next week

    Aug 10, 2009

    The 12th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition will take place August 17-20, 2009, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The theme for this year's event is Space & Missile Defense...the Path Forward.

  • Military spouses advance with MyCAA

    Aug 7, 2009

  • Obtaining full replacement value on PCS move-damaged property

    Aug 7, 2009

  • Commentary: Leaders can lead the effort to reduce PT injuries

    Aug 7, 2009

  • Injuries: the modern military epidemic

    Aug 7, 2009

  • Commentary: Opening of the Defense Acquisition University

    Aug 7, 2009

  • Residence-related Army accidents down by more than 100

    Aug 6, 2009

    US Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center sees a reduction in residence-related accidents for this fiscal year.

  • Ordnance Museum begins move to Fort Lee

    Aug 6, 2009

  • DoD Personal Property Program actively seeks servicemembers' input

    Aug 4, 2009

    Have you ever had your household goods moved and at the end of the process, thought, 'That was the best move I've had, I hope my next move is that good.' Or conversely, 'That move was horrible, I hope no one else has to use movers like these.'

  • Army Astronaut Candidate Visits Redstone Arsenal

    Aug 3, 2009

    A deluxe session of five grueling days of interviews, extensive physical and medical testing and psychological screens were just a few of the hurdles passed when Lt. Col. Mark Vande Hei got word that he would become NASA's 15th Army astronaut in space. Vande Hei visited SMDC/ARSTRAT and Huntsville, Ala. on July 30.

  • Army looks to refine initial officer training

    Jul 31, 2009

    Initial officer training will see changes later this year as part of the Army's ongoing effort to improve force generation and make better use of personnel and training resources.

  • Logistics Product Team Returns to Redstone

    Jul 30, 2009

    The LOGSA Logistics and Engineering Center hosted a meeting of the Army Item Unique Identification Integrated Product Team on July 21-23 at Redstone Arsenal. The IPT was co-chaired by Larry Hill representing the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Policy and Logistics, and Col. Michele Hammond representing Army headquarters G-4. The IPT had an attendance of more than 75 people with numerous others attending via video teleconference

  • Army Retiree Happy to be Home from Iraq

    Jul 30, 2009

    When retired Maj. Jim Richards returned to uniform in May 2008 under the voluntary retiree mobilization and recall program, he expected to be deployed in a support role to younger Soldiers serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. He didn't expect to be charged with a command for the first time in his five decades of service. But that's exactly what happened to this now 61-year-old Iraqi war veteran, who returned to active duty after 15 years in military retirement. "I was company commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 44th Medical Command in Iraq," Richards said. "In that role, I commanded about 125 Soldiers. Most of the work involved personnel duties, providing information, making sure Soldiers had what they needed to do their job in support of hospital facilities, handling quality of life issues for the Soldiers, and enforcing rules and regulations.

  • Navy Visits Army Airlift Clearance Authority

    Jul 30, 2009

    The Navy Airlift Clearance Authority paid a special visit July 14-15 to the Logistics Support Activity to benchmark their program against the Army Airlift Clearance Authority. During the visit, Pat Edwards, chief of the NACA, and Debra Williams received briefings on LOGSA's Transportation, Operations, Plans and Security Division as well as the Special Assignment Airlift Missions. The visitors also toured the AACA's Combatant Command Focus Team, Customer Support Team, and Transportation Analysis Team to learn more about communication with overseas counterparts and the methods the Army uses to handle large volumes of transportation shipments. "This visit was an excellent opportunity to strengthen the working relationship between the two services in order to better serve the war fighter," TOPS deputy chief John Hall said.

  • New Supervisors

    Jul 30, 2009

  • Newly selected astronaut candidate visits SMDC/ARSTRAT

    Jul 30, 2009

    Army astronaut candidate Lt. Col. Mark T. Vande Hei meets with Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell, commanding general, USASMDC/ARSTRAT, during a visit to the command July 30.

  • Legal Office Claims Excellence Award

    Jul 30, 2009

    The Legal Office workers who handle claims usually do their jobs behind-the-scenes. Their customers appreciate what they do but others probably don't notice. They got the opportunity to step into the limelight Thursday when they accepted the Judge Advocate General's Excellence in Claims Award for fiscal 2008. AMCOM deputy commander Ronnie Chronister made the presentation at their office in the basement of building 111. "You don't ask for a lot, you don't get a lot of visibility but you all do a remarkable job," Chronister said.

  • Army Helps Middle Child Find Success in Life

    Jul 30, 2009

    Among Anthony Caudle's siblings is an accountant, a teacher, a business owner, an Army contracting employee, a computer scientist, a postal employee and a hospital administrative. One of his seven sisters is the mayor of Triana. Another sister is married to former NFL hall of famer John Stallworth. Caudle is the only career Soldier. Growing up as a middle child in a family of 10 kids, Caudle knew he would have to work hard if he wanted to stand out from the rest. He found his chance to do just that as a chief warrant officer in the Army. "I wanted to do something that would make my father proud," said Caudle, whose father is a Korean War veteran.

  • Logistics Interns Perform Community Project

    Jul 30, 2009

    New interns at the AMCOM Integrated Materiel Management Center put their training into practice in the local community. They volunteered July 2 at the Downtown Rescue Mission's second annual Fourth of July celebration. Their meeting was facilitated by the Uplift class offered by AMCOM G-1, which takes its participants on an in-depth journey through the Army's seven core values. The July 2 activity was part of the Selfless Service lesson.

  • Teaching JROTC for Future Success in the Classroom

    Jul 30, 2009

    Smart boards. Clickers. Grade books. Those names are used to describe the new technology that will be in the hands of many JROTC instructors and their students in North Alabama as the new school year begins. About 35 instructors from North Alabama as well as Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Georgia met July 23 at a regional meeting at Columbia High to learn how to use cutting edge technology known as the Classroom Performance System to make their courses more interactive, interesting and fun for both instructors and students. "By your attendance here, you are indicating you want to be a better instructor. Technology is only as good as the user," JROTC instructor retired Air Force Maj. Roosevelt Williamson told the participants. "This system helps to invigorate and engage more students. It will revolutionize how you teach."

  • TMDE Announces Facility Relocation

    Jul 30, 2009

    SECKENHEIM, Germany - The U.S. Army Test, Measurement, Diagnostic and Equipment Activity Region Europe has successfully executed the relocation of a large fixed-site TMDE support center from Conn Barracks Annex in Schweinfurt to a newly renovated facility more than 60 miles away at Stork Barracks in Illesheim.

  • Auto Skills Center Pumps Up Services for Customers

    Jul 29, 2009

    The Auto Skills Center has helped the Redstone community save money on simple car repairs and maintenance for years. With some new equipment and their professional expertise, they are ready to save people even more. "We've got a lot of great new equipment to help us do what we've already done better," Bill Woosley, Auto Skills Center business manager, said. "We're also getting equipment to offer services Redstone has never had before." New equipment is arriving almost daily at the center's Entac Circle location. Some of the new additions are already up and running. A new alignment machine had its first customer two weeks ago. As word has spread, the calls from people wanting to use it have been pouring in.

  • Students Gain Engineering Experience

    Jul 29, 2009

    The average age of workers at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center probably dips during the summer. That's when select high school students join the work force to gain experience as future engineers and scientists. The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program is an Army education outreach to provide learning experiences and hands-on application in research laboratories. Sixteen students participated in the eight-week program which concluded last week.

  • Army Materiel Command NCO and Soldier of the Year "Best Warrior" Competition 2009

    Jul 28, 2009

    Army Materiel Command Soldiers and Noncommisioned officers competed alongside those from the National Capital Region in the Noncommissioned officer and Soldier of the Year competition held at Fort A.P.Hill July 20. The 2009 AMC Soldier and NCO of the Year Best Warriors are: Sgt. Matthew Phelan, Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J. and Spc. Darwynn McPherson, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Fort Eustis, Va. Best Warrior Runner-ups are: Sgt. Billy Richardson, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Fort Eustis, Va., and Spc. Elizabeth Boyer, AMC Band, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • 12th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference to take place next month

    Jul 28, 2009

    The 12th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition will take place August 17-20, 2009, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The theme for this year's event is Space & Missile Defense...the Path Forward.

  • Editorial: Teamwork is Key in Supporting SWA AOAP Laboratories

    Jul 28, 2009

    Teamwork is one of the most important elements in meeting the challenges of conducting the worldwide AOAP mission. I want to recognize the efforts of the various activities in supporting the AOAP mission in Southwest Asia.

  • New award recognizes those who deliver quality of life

    Jul 27, 2009

    Nominations are now being accepted for a new award that recognizes teams or individuals responsible for improving the quality of life at Army garrisons.

  • Army Management Staff College commandant retires after 28 years of Army service

    Jul 27, 2009

    Army Management Staff College Commandant Col. Garland H. Williams retires after 28 years of Army Service. Under Williams' leadership, Army Management Staff College launched the Civilian Education System leader development program--a significant milestone in Army training and education.

  • Water - It does the body good

    Jul 24, 2009

  • Overcoming the sounds of silence: Rifleman Radio improves Soldier communication field

    Jul 24, 2009

  • AMC presents 2009 Louis Dellamonica awards

    Jul 23, 2009

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command awarded several employees with the Louis Dellamonica Outstanding Personnel of the Year Award during a May 1 awards ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • Regional Winner

    Jul 23, 2009

  • Ledbetter Law Helps Ensure Equal Pay for Women

    Jul 23, 2009

    Lilly Ledbetter just wanted to retire quietly from Goodyear of Gadsden. But when she got an anonymous note comparing her pay to that of her male co-workers, she was outraged. The Alabama grandmother waged an 11-year court battle against Goodyear which ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court. President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act shortly after he took office. "I wasn't seeking fame, or looking to become a household name. I just wanted fairness," Ledbetter said at Thursday's luncheon of the Huntsville-Madison County Chapter of Blacks In Government.

  • All-Army Triathlon Athlete Return to Top Form

    Jul 23, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Tina Eakin thought her triathlon career was over when she shattered her left ankle while making her first jump in August 2007 at Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. The renowned athlete had surgery and was on crutches for 10-12 weeks. She started running in water in 12-15 weeks and moved to the treadmill that December. She ran a 5K that Christmas at Camp Humphries, Korea. Now back at Redstone, her triathlon career has taken off again.

  • Superior Service

    Jul 23, 2009

  • Fun Alternatives Offered at Redstone Summer Camps

    Jul 23, 2009

    Balancing a parent's need to find a safe place for their child during the summer with a kid's desire for fun can be tricky. The Child Youth and School Services summer camp programs have managed to keep everyone happy while school is out. Programs at the Youth Center and School Age Services give parents peace of mind for the weeks between school years. They kicked off the week following the end of the Huntsville city school term and will conclude during the first week of August. They have offered the two age groups different ways to pass the time safely and happily. Kids in elementary school, from kindergarten to fifth-grade, attend the day camps at the new Myra Garriott School Age Services building, which opened in April. Camp goes until 5 p.m. each day. Inside the spacious facility, kids got to choose how they want to spend their summer. "Every three weeks they sign up for a different track," facility director Mary Washington said. "There are eight tracks. They have music, arts and crafts, sports and fitness, reading and language arts, science and nature, technology, hiking and walking, and the techno room has video games."

  • Year of the NCO: three-time Iraq vet continues to lead

    Jul 23, 2009

    "It's important to get Soldiers to understand that the Army really cares. We're in the people business. And, for a first sergeant, the most important thing is taking care of their Soldiers and the families that support them."

  • Reservist Uses Military Training On and Off Job

    Jul 23, 2009

    Any way you look at it, Reserve 1st Sgt. Mickey Hines seems to be in the business of protecting the public. If he's not serving as the first sergeant for the 326th Chemical Company, headquartered on Patton Road, then he is working as a warrant officer for the Florence Police Department. For more than 20 years, the two jobs have complimented each other - things learned on Reserve duty make him a better police officer, things learned as a police officer make him a better Reserve Soldier.

  • Family Support Leads Soldier to Recognition

    Jul 22, 2009

    When Alabama Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Doug Witt received his 1st Sgt. John Ordway Leadership Award, the occasion brought back more than the memories of a 24-year military career. It also brought to mind the family - his wife, two teenage children, and parents and grandparents - who have provided support to a part-time Soldier in times of war and national emergencies. "My entire family has supported me in my military career," he said. "My wife and I were dating in high school when I joined the Guard in 1985. She was there to put me on the plane to attend basic training and when I returned from my advanced individual training. We married and she's stuck by me the whole time."

  • Changing the Course of Flight Testing at Redstone

    Jul 22, 2009

    Two new buildings on Redstone Arsenal - buildings 4836 and 4838 - represent a major step toward making the Army's Aviation Test Center of Excellence a reality. The buildings, built at the Redstone Airfield in support of the current Aviation Technical Test Center and the Program Executive Office for Aviation, were officially opened Friday with a ribbon cutting attended by about 50 employees representing ATTC, PEO for Aviation, the Aviation Engineering Directorate, Redstone Technical Test Center and the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. The buildings are part of the Combined Test Team Developmental Flight Test Complex, which will eventually include a flight test hangar and other facilities. "These buildings fundamentally allow us to change the way we do flight testing in the Army," ATTC commander Col. Chris Sullivan said. "The opportunities these buildings represent for ATTC and RTTC, for PEO Aviation and AMRDEC are tremendous. They are already doing testing here today. These buildings will allow testing to accelerate. We couldn't be more excited about the opportunities they represent and we appreciate the partnership with PEO Aviation to build them."

  • Marine 'Poolies' Step to Boot Camp

    Jul 22, 2009

    Mama, Mama, can't you see' "What the Marine Corps has done for me'" That military cadence - along with other favorites - could be heard from across the fairway at the Huntsville Municipal Golf Course on July 11 as more than 80 Marine recruits hiked 5.5 miles with "Molle Packs" on the grounds surrounding John Hunt Park. It was a first-time event for Marine recruiters and their recruits, who came together in a regional Marine Poolie activity that included recruiting stations in north Alabama and south Tennessee. Although the Marines are known for organizing various physical training events for poolies (slang for recruits) at their recruiting stations, this was the first time for a large-scale event at the Marine Reserve's Kilo Battery headquarters on South Memorial Parkway.

  • 2009 Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry--REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

    Jul 22, 2009

  • 2009 Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry

    Jul 22, 2009

  • Webster University offers credits for Civilian Education System course

    Jul 20, 2009

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

  • VIDEO: Interview with Secretary of the Army Pete Geren

    Jul 17, 2009

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren talks to SRTV's Sgt. Ashleigh Torres about the challenge of being Secretary of the Army during wartime.

  • Redstone Motorists Alerted to Hazardous Material Loads

    Jul 16, 2009

    What's the best defense against hazardous materials' "Awareness is the best tool we have to offer the community of Redstone," said Steve Caudill, environment, health and safety manager at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center.

  • Don't Miss the Boat on Safety this Year

    Jul 16, 2009

    This time of year families and friends hit the water for some much needed rest and relaxation. But they may be forgetting something. Boating safety.

  • Redstone Cyclists Should Wear Reflective Vest

    Jul 16, 2009

    The sunny days of summer see more cyclists on the streets of Redstone. In order to ensure those riders are seen, Redstone has specific equipment rules. "It's a short regulation and a pretty simple requirement," Garrison safety officer Mike Moore said. Bicycles are defined as a vehicle under Alabama law, Title 31, which makes them governable by the same traffic laws that both motorcycles and automobiles must follow. Those laws, including right-of-way and signaling are the same on the installation as they are off. Where the state's Title 32 and Redstone differ lies within Redstone Arsenal Regulation 190-5.

  • Education Conference

    Jul 16, 2009

  • Learning Business Outside the Classroom

    Jul 16, 2009

    "It's been a great way to get real on-the-job training while learning all the ins and outs of foreign military sales," said David Hadley, a graduate student at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Hadley is a member of UAH's Students Working at the Army in Parallel program which allows students to work in government positions while completing their degrees. While pursing his master's of business administration, he works in foreign military sales at the AMCOM Security Assistance Management Directorate. "At UAH the material they teach isn't out of a textbook. They relate everything to the real world and how things are done in practice," Hadley said. So when he heard about the program, he felt it would be a great opportunity to get a "foot in the door" and to apply more real-life experience to his classes.

  • Back from Iraq for his Third Huntsville Tour

    Jul 16, 2009

    After a year in Iraq, Col. Jeff Gabbert has returned to familiar surroundings in his new assignment. Gabbert is the commander of the Huntsville Contract Management Office, part of the Defense Contract Management Agency. He assumed command of DCMA Huntsville in a ceremony Thursday in Morris Auditorium at the Marshall Space Flight Center. This is his third Huntsville assignment. Gabbert, 45, served in the Apache Project Office from 1998 to 2000 and in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office from 2002-2007. He was in Iraq from June 2008 to June 2009 as the DCMA commander for Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Equal Opportunity Specialist Ending 42-Year Career

    Jul 16, 2009

    Clarenza Clark is ready for life after government service. The Garrison equal employment opportunity specialist is retiring Aug. 2 after more than 42 years. She entered government service in St. Louis with the Army Mobility Command in February 1967 and worked her way up to EEO specialist, YA-0260-02. Clark spent 30 years in St. Louis as a clerk-stenographer and secretary-stenographer before being reassigned to the EEO Office as a secretary. In October 1997, she moved to Huntsville.

  • Indiana Native Takes Wheel of Army Recruiting Brigade

    Jul 16, 2009

    Col. Glenn Richie looked out over the Soldiers of the 2nd Recruiting Brigade who were assembled Friday morning on Warrior Field under a hot Alabama sun. He then issued his first order as their new commander. "Shake it out," he said, giving them a momentary reprieve from parade rest. "While my remarks are brief, you've earned it." After their moment's respite and the audience's resulting laughter, he said: "All right, fall back in."

  • Army Astronaut goes to Turner Field

    Jul 16, 2009

    ATLANTA - Atlanta native and Army Astronaut Shane Kimbrough was honored at an Atlanta Braves baseball game recently at Turner Field in Atlanta.

  • Logistics Modernization Director Remember Roots

    Jul 16, 2009

    Artro Whitman has been talking about logistics modernization for a long time. After 10 years of telling others what was to come, he has the pleasure of helping to write the next chapter of the Logistics Modernization Program as its new director. "I was a change agent for LMP back in 1999," he said. "A change agent is an individual who talks to people about what LMP is about, trying to get the community aware of what is going to take place. Primarily we were trying to make the command aware of the change that was coming and how it was going to impact them. It started the framework... I've been working this a long time."

  • Army Like Second Family to Female Aviator

    Jul 16, 2009

    Maj. Jennifer Newsome has spent much of her Army career flying Chinook helicopters. But these days her career has taken a turn into acquisition, where she works in the Cargo Helicopter Project Office for the Program Executive Office of Aviation. Since February 2008, she has served as the assistant product manager for the CH-47F Improved Cargo Helicopter, a remanufactured version of the CH-47 Delta cargo helicopter. Although no longer flying full-time, Newsome will always be among the first female helicopter pilots to fly in a war environment during two deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom. With 11 years in the Army, Newsome is continuing to spread her professional wings as she takes on new responsibilities that will impact the Army's aviation fleet for years to come. The bottom line for her, as with many who are in Army leadership positions, is to make a difference for Soldiers and to continue in that mission for several more years. "This is my second family," she said. "That's a feeling. The Army came around at one point when I was a captain asking what they could do to keep us in the Army. I told them 'You can't do anything. It's the troops. It's the war fighters. It's not the incentives. It's not the money for sure. It's the troops as a whole. That's my family.'

  • Manager Comfortable with Artwork

    Jul 15, 2009

    Artwork from the Army's 2009 Arts and Crafts Contest is on display at the June M. Hughes Arts and Crafts Center. But the display isn't the only thing new for customers and visitors. So, too, is the manager. Lori Connors took over management of the center in June, following the retirement of longtime manager Mark Wolfson. "I didn't know much about MWR and the Arts and Crafts Center until I learned about the job opening from Gina Hurst (an employee at the center) through the Huntsville Art League blog," Connors said. "This is my second time to live in Huntsville, and Redstone Arsenal had always been kind of a mystery to me.

  • Senior Executive

    Jul 15, 2009

    Dickens was selected in June to be the principal assistant responsible for contracting and director of the Contracting and Acquisition Management Office at SMDC/ARSTRAT.

  • Local Chapter Turns to Taylor

    Jul 15, 2009

    Even though he retired from the Army some eight years ago, Steve Taylor still judges the productivity of each day by one question - "What have you done for the Soldier today'" That question is printed on Taylor's business cards. It is emblazoned on a framed poster that has followed Taylor throughout much of his career and is now hanging on a wall in his corporate office. And it's a question he urges everyone associated with the Army to think about for themselves. "That's basically the challenge I've laid out for our chapter leadership. They should ask that question every day," Taylor said.

  • Army G-4 agrees depot has capacity to increase operations

    Jul 15, 2009

    Sierra Army Depot has had one opportunity after another to showcase their core capabilities and more, and this month was no exception.

  • TARDEC to Support Southeastern Michigan Automotive-Robotics Initiative

    Jul 15, 2009

    DETROIT ARSENAL, WARREN, MI Ac"a,! In efforts to partner Michigan's automotive-based companies with Department of Defense robotic requirements, several organizations are coming together to create an Automotive-Robotics Cluster July 28 and 29 at Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.

  • AMCOM In-Sourcing Information

    Jul 15, 2009

  • Army announces new task orders, contractors with operations in Afghanistan

    Jul 14, 2009

    Two new task orders supporting LOGCAP IV contract operations in Afghanistan are now in effect, Army officials announced July 7. DynCorp International, LLC was awarded the work for southern Afghanistan and Fluor Intercontinental was selected for work in northern Afghanistan, the Army Sustainment Command at Rock Island, Ill., announced.

  • Firefight in Afghanistan

    Jul 13, 2009

    U.S. Army Soldiers and Afghan National Security Forces battle insurgents in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan, July 12, during Operation Mountain Fire. (click to see more images.)

  • Command Post of the Future program nears fielding of 6,000th unit

    Jul 13, 2009

    With nearly 6,000 systems currently fielded, the Command Post of the Future empowers warfighters to visualize the battlespace and synchronize the elements of combat power while simultaneously collaborating and sharing data in near-real time.

  • AMCOM In-Sourcing Information

    Jul 13, 2009

  • Registration Now Open for NDIA Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium

    Jul 10, 2009

    DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. Ac"a,! Registration is now open for the National Defense Industrial Association Michigan Chapter's first Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium to be held Aug. 18-20, in Troy, Mich., and at the Detroit Arsenal.

  • Sergeant Major of the Army visits Alaska troops, families

    Jul 10, 2009

    The ArmyAca,!a,,cs top enlisted leader addressed topics such as deployment tour lengths, dwell time and changes to noncommissioned officer training, during a town hall forum July 7, at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

  • Prolific Author Expounds on Topics of his Life

    Jul 10, 2009

    Darrel Kaiser is an unassuming sort of guy. His quick smile and jovial nature make him likable, but it is what most people don't know that makes him remarkable. Kaiser is a prolific author. Kaiser, a senior system technical representative at the IMMC's Cargo Utility Branch of the Readiness Directorate, has 11 books in print. Five deal with the history and genealogy of the German-Russian people of the Volga Colonies in Europe. In fact, that is where his literary foray began. "I wanted to know about my heritage and my culture," he said. "I started trying to track down information."

  • Intern Program Deemed First-Year Success

    Jul 10, 2009

    Revitalizing an aging work force is a difficult mission. With the implementation of the Garrison Intern Program in 2009, Redstone is moving toward a smooth transition. "We have a very successful intern program," Garrison director of human resources Joe Winston said. "Our work force is on the path of meeting our future manpower requirements. Without it I think we would be way behind the power curve."

  • Shoppette Tent Sale Pays Dividends for Redstone

    Jul 10, 2009

    Redstone customers stocked up on their holiday spirits last week while at the same time helping to support this post. The Post Exchange's quarterly Tent Sale at the Shoppette was held June 30 through July 3. Customers purchased their favorite Class Six beverages under a large white tent at what was called the Super Summer Sale.

  • Space Camp Encourages Children to Explore Science

    Jul 10, 2009

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-- For the 13th year, the Air Space and Missile Defense Association (ASMDA) provided 16 scholarships to children to attend a one-week Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center here.

  • Hot Time at the Block Party

    Jul 10, 2009

    Despite temperatures soaring near 100 degrees, Redstone Arsenal's Block Party drew hundreds of families, friends and exhibitors who were all in for a great afternoon of free entertainment, fun and food.

  • RV Campground has Growing Mission

    Jul 10, 2009

    Retired Sgt. 1st Class Carl and Elsie Perkins from Phenix City have used the RV campground several times and probably will again. "It's a beautiful RV park," Elsie, 62, a vendor at the Post Exchange, said. "And if it wasn't beautiful and good, we wouldn't come back." She was among the onlookers July 1 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly expanded campground, located off Spartan Drive near the housing area behind Vincent Road. Twenty-eight campsites were added to the original 14 for a total of 42. Cable television is provided to all sites; and there is a laundry facility complete with a covered common area.

  • Son of Former Redstone Commander Visits Post

    Jul 10, 2009

    He wore a sports shirt, a friendly smile and a visitor badge. But he wasn't a typical visitor to Redstone Arsenal. Mike Shinkle, 66, of Phoenix, Ariz., spent some of his childhood at Redstone in the 1950s. A decade later, he returned as a Soldier student at the Ordnance Guided Missile School. June 29 marked his first time back at Redstone since 1965. "And it's changed a little," Shinkle quipped. "It's really grown. They still have some of the things I remember, and a lot of them are gone - like my old house is gone."

  • A Chaplain's Story--From Civil War Battelfields to Tobyhanna

    Jul 9, 2009

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - I recently read an article printed in 1914 about one of the early Tobyhanna chaplains, Rev. Father Thomas Sherman, son of Gen. William T. Sherman of Civil War fame. The article was very brief, simply stating that the chaplain was leaving for New York City on that day, that he had been the chaplain for the Fourth Regiment of the Missouri National Guard, and a veteran of the Spanish-American War. The article also mentioned that Thomas accompanied his father on his Civil War campaigns. This scanty bit of information piqued my curiosity - I wanted to know more about Rev. Father Thomas Sherman. I was unable to uncover any details of his time at Tobyhanna; however, I did discover some of the details of his life.

  • Logistics Data Processing Center Does Non-Stop Service

    Jul 9, 2009

    More than 2.5 million transactions processed in and out daily, 24/7 support for the war fighter 365 days a year, system access control of 30,000-plus access requests daily, vital research functions for the logistics community. What critical service center performs all these tasks' Welcome to the Corps/Theater Automated Data Processing Service Center or CTASC. In a modest office in the Sparkman Center, there lies a vital part of the Army's logistical enterprise. Collocated to Redstone Arsenal in 2006 from sites as far abroad as Korea and Germany, the LOGSA CTASC provides Armywide end user support for the Standard Army Retail Supply System application - the Army's tactical supply system - supporting supply classes II, III(P), IV, VII and IX by monitoring the flow of incoming and outgoing data and providing technical assistance with equipment and records.

  • 'God Reached Down and Protected Me'

    Jul 9, 2009

    For many people, reaching a mountaintop often brings to mind the beauty of a sunset, the promise of a majestic view and the hope for a better future. But, for Nate Self, a mountaintop symbolizes two starkly different things - the terror of sudden death at the hands of an enemy, and God's promise to be with His followers through the toughest battles. A West Point graduate and a former Army Ranger captain, Self was at the top of Takur Ghar Mountain in Afghanistan in 2002 when enemy fire killed seven of his fellow Soldiers in a battle that is now known as the Rescue on Roberts Ridge. But he left that mountain knowing that God was with him and his men during the heat of battle. "Whenever I see a mountain I am reminded of Bull Hill at West Point and reciting Psalm 121 as we climbed it," he said. "The first verse always stuck with me. Whenever I saw mountains that was God reminding me He was there."

  • Fort Myer, Va., Area Chaplains' Corner: Devoting time with God

    Jul 9, 2009

    This is a regular Fort Myer Pentagram column which features a different chaplain from around the National Capital Region each week. This particular column happens to be authored by the manager of the Chaplain's Corner program. Chap. (LTC) White corrals all these chaplains, including Marine, USAF, Navy, Army, Coast Guard chaplains from any faith, and they provide a weekly column.

  • Small Business Conference

    Jul 9, 2009

    Tennessee Valley Federal Small Business Programs Conference, held June 30 to July 2 at the Von Braun Center, was sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association with the theme "Collaborating for Success."

  • Fort Myer, Va., NCO Spotlight: NCO goes for challenge, competence

    Jul 9, 2009

    Fort Myer spotlighted NCO was a chaplain assistant, but got a new MOS to Acquisition, Logistics and Technology contract specialist. This NCO lives by some principles useful for Soldiers and civilians, young and old.

  • 409th CSB welcomes new commander

    Jul 9, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Soldiers, civilians and families of the 409th Contracting Support Brigade, as well as the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, gathered at Panzer Parade Field to welcome the 409th CSB's new commander.

  • TRADOC connects via Social Media

    Jul 9, 2009

    Web-based collaboration tools, generally known as social media, are changing the way people stay connected. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is working to leverage social media in training Army leaders to be more adaptive and agile in their conduct of operations, and to broaden discussion across the Army and with the public.

  • Space and Missile Defense Conference in Huntsville in August Focuses on Path Ahead

    Jul 8, 2009

    The 12th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition will take place August 17-20, 2009, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The theme for this year's event is Space & Missile Defense...the Path Forward.

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