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  • 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.

  • Alltop flies high at Army First Sergeant Course - Air Force Master Sergeant makes history at USASMA

    Jul 7, 2009

    Air Force Master Sgt. Danny Alltop, is just days away from making history - in the Army that is. Alltop will graduate July 10 from the U.S. Army's First Sergeant Course taught at Fort Bliss, Texas, and thus go into the history books as the first airman to do so.

  • Ex-Mayor Cherishes Redstone Relationship

    Jul 2, 2009

    It doesn't matter if she is Huntsville's mayor or not, Loretta Spencer is on a mission. She is a front-row supporter of the synergistic relationship between Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal, continuing to be part of the local military community in any way possible to further that relationship, despite no longer leading city government. "Not only do I want to stay involved with the military community, I think I should," Spencer said. "You don't do something day and night for 12 years and then walk away from it. I feel the need to be involved and supportive. I still want to help and serve, but now it is just in a different way."

  • Optometry Clinic Expands with New Doctor

    Jul 2, 2009

    A mission trip to Costa Rica led Dr. Matthew Habel into a profession that has brought him to Fox Army Health Center. But he took a few turns along the way. Habel, the new optometrist at the health center's state-of-the-art Optometry Clinic, grew up in Rainsville, the son of an optometrist. Not wanting to continue in his father's footsteps, Habel earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama. Unfortunately, with the economy on a downturn, Habel graduated at a time when chemical companies weren't doing much hiring.

  • Employees Union Adds to Its List of Bargaining Units

    Jul 2, 2009

    AFGE Local 1858 has been granted exclusive representation of the AMCOM Contracting Center. The former Acquisition Center was realigned last October, so the union asked to continue as its representative by filing a petition to the Federal Labor Relations Authority in Atlanta. On June 18, the authority certified the union as representative of all the center's non-professional employees and temporary non-professional employees with appointments of more than 90 days. "It means that we are going to continue to be able to represent those employees without interruption, which is good for them," AFGE Local 1858 president Don Eiermann said.

  • 2009 Independence Day message from Gen. David Petraeus

    Jul 2, 2009

    Gen. David Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command, offers feedback from his perspective on the hard work and sacrifices being made both at home and overseas as we celebrate Independence Day 2009.

  • One of the Best Team Efforts I've Seen

    Jul 2, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Jim Myles took a "moment in time" on June 23 at a LMP Go-Live Recognition Ceremony to thank a team of nearly 800 employees for taking a "quantum leap" in technology as they prepare the Army for the logistical demands of the future. As commander of the Aviation and Missile Command, Myles is at the helm of a massive effort to modernize the computer software systems used by more than 4,000 employees at Redstone Arsenal, Letterkenny Army Depot (Pa.) and Corpus Christi Army Depot (Texas) to manage sourcing and acquisition, production scheduling, order processing, inventory management, transportation and warehousing in support of AMCOM's life cycle management mission.

  • CCAD Launches Beefed-up Black Hawk

    Jul 2, 2009

    Beefier Black Hawks will soon support troops on the ground thanks to the skilled artisans at the Corpus Christi Army Depot. The first UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter recapitalized and upgraded to UH-60L rolled out of CCAD and into the hands of Soldiers June 26, 2009.

  • AMC graphics contractor wins Army Ten-Miler t-shirt design contest

    Jul 2, 2009

    WASHINGTON, DC - We have a winner! After competitive online voting worldwide, the Army Ten-Miler (ATM) announced today that Alexandria, Virginia resident Julie Socher is the grand prize winner of the annual ATM T-shirt Design Contest. Ms. Socher will receive a $1000 cash prize and her award-winning design will be featured on more than 30,000 official race and volunteer t-shirts for the Army's 25th anniversary race.

  • Merritt Takes Reins of 59th Ordnance Brigade

    Jul 1, 2009

    "To talk about Tom Keegan, you can't do it at a ceremony like this, we wouldn't have enough time. He leaves an incredible legacy behind him. The things he has done for the entire community is phenomenal," said Brig. Gen. Lynn Collyar, the 35th chief of Ordnance and commanding general of the Army Ordnance Center and Schools, about Col. Thomas Keegan, outgoing commander of the 59th Ordnance Brigade. Keegan relinquished command of the 59th during the brigade's change of command ceremony June 19 at the Redstone activity field. Incoming commander Col. Howard "Lee" Merritt received the brigade's colors from Collyar, instating him as the new commander. The change of command was a final chance for Keegan to stand before of the Soldiers he's led for the past two years and to welcome the new challenges which lay ahead for Merritt.

  • Military Family Members Bag Annual Scholarships

    Jul 1, 2009

    One by one, the young women approached the microphone to express their thanks and read aloud their application essays. Curious onlookers passed by with shopping carts. This was the scene Friday at the annual Scholarships for Military Children ceremony at the Commissary. Five winners each received a $1,500 scholarship. The Scholarships for Military Children, administered by Fisher House Foundation, is among many programs initiated by the Defense Commissary Agency to involve commissaries even more deeply in the fabric of the military community. "It's a great honor," Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli said. "They have to earn it."

  • Having a Blast on Fourth of July

    Jul 1, 2009

    Three Madison County patriots will be recognized at the Spirit of America Festival in Decatur on the Fourth of July. Retired Alabama Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class David Carney and two Vietnam prisoners of war -- retired Air Force Col. Leo Thorsness and the late Michael Christian, who retired as a Navy lieutenant commander - will be honored during Saturday's 6 p.m. VIP Program at the Spirit of America Stage at Decatur's Point Mallard. The VIP Program is one of several activities taking place during the July 3-4 festival, which is one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the state. The festival is free to the public.

  • Gentry bids USASMA farewell

    Jul 1, 2009

    Col. Donald E. Gentry relinquished command of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in ceremonies June 29 handing it over to Command Sgt. maj. Raymond Chandler III, a frist for the academy.

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

    Jun 30, 2009

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

  • Army announces test of wikis to revise TTPs

    Jun 30, 2009

    The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center has launched a test allowing Soldiers and leaders to make real-time updates to the Army's tactics, techniques and procedures via a wiki environment.

  • Stand To!

    Jun 30, 2009

  • 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class includes Army LTC Mark Vande Hei

    Jun 29, 2009

    After reviewing more than 3500 applications, NASA has selected nine men and women for the 2009 astronaut candidate class. Army LTC Mark T. Vande Hei, a flight controller for the International Space Station at NASA's Johnson Space Center as part of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's NASA Detachment, is one of those candidates.

  • LTG Campbell speaks to Army War College students

    Jun 26, 2009

    Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell, commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, spoke in Bliss Hall Thursday, June 18 to more than 350 members of the Army War College Distance Education Program Class of 2010. Campbell focused his remarks on strategic leadership for the students who were reporting for the first of the two, two-week resident courses as part of the USAWC program.

  • Army names top drill sergeants for 2009

    Jun 26, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Michael F. Johnston from the 192nd Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., took home top honors for the active-duty force and Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Marshall from 2/398th Training Battalion, Bowling Green, Ky., captured the Reserve title in the Army's 2009 Drill Sergeant of the Year competition.

  • GOLDEN KNIGHTS SEEK CANDIDATES FOR ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION

    Jun 25, 2009

    Army Parachute team seeks candidates for Assessment and Selection.

  • Army Evaluation Task Force Soldiers Test New Systems During STX

    Jun 25, 2009

    Story is about two days of a two-week company STX to run battle scenarios using high-tech Future Combat Systems equipment. Both days included media on the battlefield training for the company commanders. Story also mentions that FCS is changing its name to Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization. Four photos of field training are included.

  • Medics turn aid station into Afghan emergency room

    Jun 25, 2009

    Outside Forward Operating Base Blessing, combat medics serving with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, spend every morning combing through a crowd of sick or injured Afghans desperate for medical attention.

  • June 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster II

    Jun 24, 2009

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

  • June 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster

    Jun 24, 2009

    Pride in Service is the June 2009 theme for the Year of the NCO. MSG Marion E. Benson II from Headquarters and Alpha Company, 442nd Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, Ga, is our NCO in the spotlight this month. Not only does MSG Benson proudly service his country as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer, but he also serves his community as a Volunteer Firefighter for the Department of Public Safety in Grovetown, Ga.

  • May 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster

    Jun 24, 2009

    The Year of the NCO theme for May 2009 is Leadership in training. SSG Nohea L. Nako'oka is a Senior Leader Course student in the 25U 011-09 class and is also a faculty member in the Training and Development Department at the Signal Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort Gordon, Ga.

  • February 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster

    Jun 24, 2009

    SFC Marcus T. Mustin is the NCO in the spotlight this month at the Signal Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy (RNCOA)in Fort Gordon, Ga. SFC Mustin is a newly inducted member of the Prestigious "Sergeant Audie Murphy Club" and is also a member of the Elite "Sergeant Morales Club". SFC Mustin is a Senior Small Group Leader for the BNCOC at the RNCOA and is a shining example of "Pride in Service".

  • April 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster

    Jun 24, 2009

    Diversity is the theme for April 2009 at the Signal Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Fort Gordon, Ga. Wherein, the Commandant, Command Sergeant Major Vernon R. Praymous states that "Diversity is the building blocks of a strong institution and Leadership is that mortar that holds them together".

  • USASMDC/ARSTRAT Summer hires, interns mingle at TGIF

    Jun 24, 2009

    Twenty-five summer hires, interns and co-ops at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command were treated to a Technology and Government in Your Future (TGIF) session here June 19. Designed to team-build, network, and motivate these young workers to continue their studies and consider a future career at USASMDC/ARSTRAT, the event included an interactive "icebreaker," a command briefing, a visit by the chief of USASMDC/ARSTRAT's Technical Center, and ended with games designed to motivate the group.

  • Aviation Program Executive Outlines Objectives

    Jun 23, 2009

    Brig. Gen. Tim Crosby described Army aviation's goal of establishing a single voice to guide the science and technology community on how to best support current and future fleets. The program executive officer for aviation spoke at the Huntsville Aerospace Marketing Association luncheon June 12 at the Officers and Civilians Club,

  • Season of Change at Schoolhouse

    Jun 23, 2009

    This is a summer of leadership changes at the 59th Ordnance Brigade and 832nd Ordnance Battalion. Col. Thomas Keegan, commander of the 59th Ordnance Brigade, will leave in July for Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Lt. Col. Sean Cusker succeeded Lt. Col. Randle Jackson as commander of 832nd Ordnance Battalion in a change of command ceremony June 17.

  • Community Steps Out to Honor Armed Forces

    Jun 23, 2009

    The Year of the NCO was a prominent theme during the Armed Forces Celebration Week Salute Dinner on June 17 at the Von Braun Center. Recognized for their heroism, courage, unselfishness and drive to protect America, and defend its ideas and citizens, non-commissioned officers exhibit qualities that all Soldiers aspire to have, said Mike Howell, outgoing president of the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army.

  • Top Pro Bowlers to Roll into Redstone

    Jun 23, 2009

    Bowling is a sport anyone can play. The idea is simple: roll the ball and knock the pins down. Doing it well can seem more complicated, however. Some of the world's greatest bowlers will be at Redstone Lanes on July 12 to help bowlers of all ages and skill levels. Bowl Like The Pros, sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress, is a nationwide tour where hall of fame bowlers travel to local lanes and share their skills with amateurs. In addition to demonstrations, the pros will go lane-to-lane, giving attendees personal instruction on better bowling.

  • First Pitch

    Jun 23, 2009

  • Soldier Show Deemed Great Success

    Jun 23, 2009

    This year's U.S. Army Soldier Show showcased many talented Soldiers. Not only were they excellent singers and dancers, but they also displayed their rollerblading, jump-roping and acting skills. The program, which was more than 20 songs long, kept the audience entertained and excited for the entire two hours.

  • 22nd Chemical Battalion remembers Cameron's dad

    Jun 23, 2009

    Two days before Father's Day, 5-year-old Cameron Jessen came to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to dedicate the 22nd Chemical Battalion's renovated conference room in the name of his father who was killed in Iraq.

  • Working to save best parts of Future Combat Systems

    Jun 23, 2009

    Assigned since July 2008 as deputy program manager for the Future Combat Systems Brigade Combat Team-Network Integration, Brig. Gen. Lee Price has been overseeing a program that is facing its own demise. "FCS will be terminated," she said, speaking to about 250 business and industry executives at a membership luncheon for the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women in Defense on June 18 at the Huntsville Marriott. "FCS consists of 14 different combat vehicles, eight of those are manned combat vehicles. We are trying to figure out how these systems can be worked into the current formation."

  • Product Change

    Jun 23, 2009

  • Redstone Makes Cents to Accountant

    Jun 23, 2009

    Cynthia Raulerson was looking for a way to broaden her professional horizons in a place with advancement opportunities. A job offer from the Garrison Intern Program was just what she wanted. "The exposure and experience is something you can't get anywhere else," she said. Raulerson joined the Garrison on June 8 and is preparing to begin her first rotation soon.

  • Soldiers Soak Up Training to Stay Alive

    Jun 23, 2009

    Members of the 59th Ordnance Brigade have made it their mission this summer to ensure no Soldier or family member drowns while enjoying time in the water. With the national average at 6,000 deaths a year, it was time once again for the Soldiers of HHC to jump into the pool for training June 16-17. Cold water couldn't stop these Soldiers as they swam 25 meters, floated in the 12-foot deep end of a pool for five minutes, learned how to remove themselves from a flak vest while swimming and use their uniforms as a flotation device. "What we're trying to do is teach Soldiers and give them the confidence in their ability to use their uniforms as flotation devices," said Staff Sgt. Nathanael Skinner, a drown proof instructor and member of the NCO Academy.

  • AMCOM's New Chief of Staff Jumps into Assignment

    Jun 23, 2009

    Thanks to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, Col. Jeff Young has found a home in Huntsville. This Georgia-born Soldier has been all around the world during his 25-year career -- working in 16 different countries, moving his family 17 times and taking on assignments in both the Army's armor and logistics branches. In 2007-08, Young oversaw the building of the $9.4 million, 25,000-square-foot headquarters of the 2nd Recruiting Brigade at Redstone Arsenal, a project that was part of the 2005 BRAC Commission recommendations. As deputy commander, Young assisted with the transfer of the brigade headquarters to the Arsenal with the grand opening of its new facility in the fall of 2008, making it the first BRAC-related move to the Arsenal. Recently, he assumed the responsibilities of chief of staff for the Aviation and Missile Command, following the retirement of Col. Tom Newman.

  • Opportunity Takes Redstone Officer to Kuwait

    Jun 23, 2009

    Lt. Col. Chris Hackett understands opportunity when she sees it. But it's not necessarily the opportunity to advance her career that is the driving motivator for this well-known Redstone Arsenal officer. Rather, it's the opportunity to contribute to the Army and make a difference in the lives of Soldiers. That driving motivator is what is taking Hackett to Southwest Asia for a two-year assignment as the commander of the Army Contracting Command-Kuwait, which is located at Camp Arifjan and subordinate to the 408th Contracting Support Brigade.

  • Army Community Service Opens Doors for Celebration

    Jun 23, 2009

    Army Community Service does just what its name implies. The organization offers family-oriented support programs for all families associated with Redstone Arsenal. ACS invited everyone Thursday to its open house which was among the activities during Armed Forces Celebration Week.

  • For Depot, Integration is Key in Money-saving Maintenance Program

    Jun 23, 2009

    Sizable savings, production increases and reduced equipment downtime is the result of a proven maintenance concept that recently landed at the Corpus Christi Army Depot. CCAD's Office of Continuous Improvement (formerly the Lean office) is incorporating Total Production Maintenance, an initiative that integrates equipment maintenance with aircraft production personnel. TPM, if implemented properly could save millions of dollars annually.

  • Redstone Recognizes NCO/Soldier of Year

    Jun 22, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Patterson and Spc. Randal Rhodes are Redstone Arsenal's "best of the best" for 2009. Patterson is the NCO of the Year and Rhodes the Soldier of the Year. They were announced as winners of their respective competitions June 15 during a luncheon at the Officers and Civilians Club. Each received more than $4,000 in merchandise and checks from various sponsors from throughout the Redstone and surrounding communities.

  • Vice Chief of Staff Lauds Community

    Jun 22, 2009

    Calling Redstone Arsenal and Huntsville "home to several of our nation's critical military operations," the Army's vice chief of staff thanked an audience of about 600 supporters of the Association of the U.S. Army "for what you do every single day for our Army." Gen. Peter Chiarelli said Department of the Army civilians and contractors at Redstone Arsenal as well as the local research community are important in providing the "technology, tools and equipment" that Soldiers need to be successful on the battlefield. His comments were made June 17 during the Salute Dinner hosted by AUSA's Redstone-Huntsville chapter as part of the Armed Forces Celebration Week. Combine the area's technological and scientific expertise with its southern hospitality and Huntsville "exemplifies what we mean when we say 'Army family.' You are at the heart of what defending the nation is all about," he said.

  • Welcome to SMDC -- talk about a tough first week!

    Jun 22, 2009

    A new Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting began working for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command June 7 and was arrested in her office June 10. Mary "Cathy" Dickens spent about 10 minutes "jail time" during USASMDC/ARSTRAT's jail day fund raiser for being "the new person." Dickens' promotion to this Senior Executive Service position will become official in a ceremony at 2 p.m., July 10.

  • USASMA hands out diplomas to 274 Nonresident Course students

    Jun 22, 2009

    Filling the seats of the Kenneth W. Cooper Lecture Center at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas, Friday, 274 Sergeants Major Nonresident Course (NRC) students ended an educational trek that took some almost two years to complete. The ceremony marked the culmination of long-distance instruction that parallels that of the resident course curriculum, but is designed for those master sergeants, first sergeants, sergeant majors and command sergeant majors whose jobs or career paths made it difficult to complete the nine-month resident course.

  • Army Birthday

    Jun 19, 2009

  • Out of this world

    Jun 19, 2009

    Army astronaut Lt. Col. Shane Kimbrough representing the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command presents a montage to the Soldier Show participants at the end of the 3 p.m. show June 17 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. The montage included photographs and a crew patch as well as a small flag which was flown in space during Kimbrough's mission to the International Space Station in November as part of STS-126.

  • Improved battery technology sitting unordered in Army inventory

    Jun 18, 2009

    Soldiers are carrying unnecessary weight into battle because many units do not realize that newer, lighter batteries with more capacity are sitting unordered in the Army supply channel.

  • Adapting the Army: Hundreds gather to plan Army RESET for Afghanistan, Iraq; Forces Command focuses

    Jun 18, 2009

    The massive endeavor of synchronizing the U.S. Army's process to build readiness in its war-fighting units for future operations marched forward smartly June 17 as key Army leaders and planners gathered in a football-field size Atlanta convention center for more than 12 hours of briefings and discussions focused on hundreds of tasks associated with reintegrating Soldiers and Families, and training Army units.

  • Program Manager Pushes Equal Opportunity

    Jun 17, 2009

    As a self-proclaimed Army brat, Woody Patrick experienced firsthand how exposure to different cultures, ethnicities and ideas can enrich a person's life. As the Garrison's new Special Emphasis Program manager, he is already hard at work so that Team Redstone can take advantage of all its people have to offer. "I love what we're doing here," Patrick said. "I really believe in this office and this work."

  • Garrison Workers Help Students with Disabilities

    Jun 17, 2009

    Three years ago the Garrison employees wanted to do something different for the holidays. They knew there were local charities that sponsored children but wanted to inquire if the Alabama Industries for the Blind and Deaf in Talladega might need help with their students -- the supply store on post is run by AIDB. The response was a "yes."

  • Brigade Credits Team Effort During Accreditation

    Jun 17, 2009

    Soldier and civilian team members of the Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School gathered June 5 at Heiser Hall to celebrate the success of the Training and Doctrine Command accreditation. Col. Thomas Keegan, brigade commander of the 59th Ordnance Brigade, handed out awards, certificates and coins to those team members who excelled during the week of accreditation, April 27 through May 1.

  • 'I Never Felt Sorry for Myself'

    Jun 17, 2009

    Back in the 1950s, when the Army's leg amputees were shackled with cumbersome wooden appendages, one Soldier did not let his combat injury keep him from being the first amputee to complete Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. But, then, Ralph Cloud didn't let his amputation keep him from much in life. After being wounded in the Korean War, he served in the Army for seven years with an artificial limb. The opportunity to attend OCS came in 1957. "I was the only fellow who went through the course as an amputee," Cloud said. "There were a lot of amputees at Walter Reed when I was there. But to the best of my knowledge I was the first to go through Fort Benning's advanced course as an amputee."

  • Members of Greatest Generation Recognized

    Jun 17, 2009

    Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell gave World War II veteran Ira Jones more than a Bronze Star Medal during a D-Day 65th Anniversary Ceremony on June 6 hosted by the Tennessee Valley Honor Flight. He also gave Jones a once-in-a-lifetime memory. As the three-star general presented the medal to Jones, the 84-year-old veteran said loudly "I've never been this close to a general."

  • Army Emergency Relief Reaches 2009 Goal

    Jun 17, 2009

    Members of Team Redstone gathered June 8 at Heiser Hall to celebrate a victory. This was the closing ceremony for the 2009 Army Emergency Relief campaign. The annual fund-raising drive met its goal with $210,000 in donations.

  • Accounting Graduate Figures on Long Career

    Jun 17, 2009

    Penny Davis isn't just looking to start a career by joining the Garrison Intern Program. She is trying to start a life. "This is my first real grown-up job," she said laughing.

  • Preserving a Legacy Brick-by-Brick

    Jun 17, 2009

    When her husband died in February, Jackie Dannenberg wanted to honor him and his work at Redstone. Konrad Dannenberg was a member of Dr. Wernher von Braun's rocket team. He worked for Marshall Space Flight Center as the deputy manager of the Saturn program for 13 years. After his retirement, he helped initiate the Space Camp program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. There he worked to teach students the importance of space exploration.

  • Army's Birthday Celebrated by Soldiers of all Ages

    Jun 17, 2009

    A changing of the guard, speeches that mentioned Soldiers who are living the Army's warrior ethos, the presentation of a first sergeant award and a sword-smashing cake cutting were highlights of an evening honoring the Army's 234th birthday at the Officers and Civilians Club. The dinner event, set for June 9 because the actual birthday date of June 14 fell this year on a Sunday, was hosted by the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army. Pvt. Michael Ortiz of the 832nd Ordnance Battalion won the honors to share the ceremonial cake cutting duty with AMCOM's Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Yates. At age 17, Ortiz is the youngest Soldier currently assigned to Redstone Arsenal.

  • 'Pride of Service'- the role of the NCO

    Jun 17, 2009

  • Providing Service with Available Funds

    Jun 17, 2009

    Experience, commitment, vision - those were the themes of the third quarter Garrison town hall meeting presented by Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli on June 8. Opening the standing-room-only meeting at Heiser Hall with a slide projecting a list of Garrison employees with 20 or more years of on-the-job experience - including Mildred Lancaster with top seniority at 45 years - Pastorelli said "You can't beat experience and that's what we have here. We're very fortunate to have the experience level we have here."

  • Dunwoody throws first pitch at Yankees game

    Jun 15, 2009

    Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the NY Yankee vs. NY Mets game June 14 in honor of Military Appreciation Day at the stadium. Dunwoody also met with NY Yankees General Manager Joe Girardi, and members of the Golden Knights who jumped into the stadium.

  • AMC celebrates Army's 234th birthday

    Jun 15, 2009

    Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command celebrated the 234th birthday of the U.S. Army June 12 with festivities at HQAMC's Parade Field, Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • VIDEO: Chief of Staff Gen. Casey's Army Birthday message

    Jun 12, 2009

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Chief of Staff of the Army, has a message for the Army Family on its 234th Birthday.

  • Interactive Customer Evaluation

    Jun 12, 2009

  • 65th D-Day Anniversary Honors World War II Veterans

    Jun 12, 2009

    An Honor Flight Tennessee Valley award ceremony was conducted at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. on June 6 in observance of the 65th anniversary of D-Day and in honor of all World War II veterans nationwide. Three long-awaited Bronze Star Medals were presented to WWII veterans (one posthumously) in addition to a Purple Heart (also posthumously).

  • 2009 Global Medic exercise

    Jun 12, 2009

    Hundreds of Reserve Soldiers from around the country participate in a two-week series of large scale medical training exercises.

  • VIDEO: The 234th U.S. Army Birthday in the Year of the NCO

    Jun 11, 2009

    The 234th birthday commemorates the U.S. Army, which is achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong. In this Year of the NCO, we especially celebrate the long tradition of strength and leadership from the NCO Corps.

  • Product Manager Launches Rocketry for Eighth-Graders

    Jun 11, 2009

    This was rocket science for middle school kids. Lt. Col. Steve Willhelm recently visited New Hope Middle School where he was a guest instructor at an enrichment program for eighth-graders. He was brought in to teach Rocketry 101 where students were taught basic rocket science and then given the opportunity to build their own model rocket.

  • Youngsters Blast Off for Space Camp

    Jun 11, 2009

    Evelyn Fox had an idea in 1984 to establish a scholarship program that would help the children of Redstone military personnel attend Space Camp. She along with the help of others created the Army Community Service Space Camp Scholarship. The program celebrated its 25th anniversary Thursday by awarding 11 scholarships to Space Camp, Space Academy and Aviation Challenge.

  • Carnell Dug his Career as Chief Warrant Officer

    Jun 11, 2009

    Chief Warrant Officer 5 John Carnell spent many of the first 20 years of his 36-year career assigned to remote locations throughout the world. Now, in retirement, he will soon find himself in yet another remote location - the dinosaur-rich lands of Wyoming and Utah. Since 1992, this paleontologist volunteer has spent many summer vacations aiding in the recovery of dinosaur bones in the U.S., Europe and the People's Republic of China. Carnell fell in love with his hobby while stationed in Germany, where he visited Humboldt University and discovered their exhibit of a Brachiosaurus that stands six stories high.

  • Griffith Takes Stand on Defense at Test Week

    Jun 11, 2009

    The changing international climate has re-emphasized the need for the U.S. to continue development of its missile defense programs and to reconsider military budget cuts made several months ago, said North Alabama's U.S. congressman. Using the podium at the 11th annual Test Week at the Von Braun Center South Hall on June 2 as an opportunity to relay his stand on missile defense, Rep. Parker Griffith said the U.S. cannot afford to back down from developing missile defense programs that will protect freedom around the world. Test Week is the only Department of Defense sponsored conference that focuses on the issues of test and evaluation. This year's conference theme was "Changing our Test and Evaluation Processes to be More Responsive to the Needs of the Customer: Right Size, Right Price, Right Stuff, Best Value." The four-day conference included presenters from industry, the political arena and government agencies to share their views on how to better support the joint war-fighter.

  • Redstone Tenant has Right Chemistry for Safety

    Jun 11, 2009

    When an accident happens, word gets around quickly. That may be why you've never heard of International Specialty Products Chemicals. Tucked away on Redstone's south end, the tenant company has gone 10 years without a lost-time injury. "We reached 10 years on May 7," Ken Riley, ISP environmental health and safety manager, said. "So we're 10 years and counting."

  • When War's Images Follow Soldiers Home

    Jun 11, 2009

    The memories I have of Soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder start in 1976. The first Soldier I remember with PTSD, we called Sgt. Ski. He was my platoon sergeant and neither he nor I knew what PTSD was but the symptoms were very obvious with him. He would let no one walk behind him. He startled easily when an unexpected loud noise occurred. I remember when the jeep backfired in the motor pool and he "hit the dirt." Sgt. Ski could not stand crowds. He preferred to be alone and he had a table in the corner at the NCO club. He could be found in there from about 3 p.m. till closing most days. Sgt. Ski had been an infantryman in Vietnam, but he would never talk about it.

  • Bright Future Seen for Missile Launch System

    Jun 11, 2009

    The Non-Line of Sight-Launch System provides networked, responsive, platform independent and rapidly deployable precision strike capability against moving and stationary targets, land and sea, for the Army's modular and future force and Navy's Littoral Combat Ship. It is platform-independent, self-contained and compatible with current and future command and control systems. NLOS-LS comprises the container launch unit and a precision attack missile all-up-round. It is planned for initial fielding to the Infantry Brigade Combat Teams and the Littoral Combat Ships.

  • Small Office Does Big Job in Military Shipping

    Jun 11, 2009

    The Army Airlift Clearance Authority is a small office that means big money for the Army. Its 13 members have saved the Army more than $1.6 billion in shipping costs over the last 10 years. Aca,!A"ThatAca,!a,,cs a lot of money,Aca,!A? John Hall, TOPS deputy, said. Aca,!A"Most people donAca,!a,,ct know what weAca,!a,,cre doing here, that weAca,!a,,cre working with that kind of money.Aca,!A? The group functions as a branch of the Logistics Support ActivityAca,!a,,cs Transportation, Operations, Plans and Security division. When a customer orders parts or supplies to be airlifted, the order goes through ACAAAca,!a,,cs computer system. If it meets the eligible criteria, the computer flags the order for a closer look by ACAAAca,!a,,cs Combatant Command Focus Team. Aca,!A"If an order meets the criteria, itAca,!a,,cs sent to our hold box. Then our people go in the system, look at the cargo and then contact the customer,Aca,!A? Hall said. Aca,!A"They call them, ask how soon they really need it and can it go ground instead.Aca,!A?

  • Poor economy, re-up rates prompt changes in retention

    Jun 11, 2009

  • 23-year old reserve helicopter pilot races in fix wing-transcontinental flight

    Jun 11, 2009

    When Lt. Heather Cupitt was a small child she had a dream of being a pilot. Aca,!A"My dad was in the Marines and when I was very young he would always show us clips of him being on the USS America during Vietnam working on the F4 Phantom,Aca,!A? she recalled. Aca,!A"Seeing him around aircraft made me realize that if my dad could work on them then maybe I could fly them. That got me interested in aviation just being around that environment.Aca,!A? Now, at the ripe old age of 23, Cupitt has not only learned to fly, she diversifiedAca,!"and added a transcontinental air race for women into the mix just for fun. CupittAca,!a,,cs voyage started with a patriotic desire, and financial consideration.

  • H1N1 flu: plan now for fall and winter

    Jun 11, 2009

    Public health professionals at the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine advise that summer is a good time to get ready for fall and winter flu season.

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