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  • Contractor jobs identified for conversion to government

    Sep 3, 2009

    About 1,450 contractor positions at AMCOM will be converted to Army civilian during the next three years. Col. Scott Campbell, deputy executive director of the AMCOM Contracting Center, discussed the plan Thursday at the 2009 Advance Planning Briefings for Industry.

  • Sending Love To Soldiers Via Big-Screen TV

    Sep 3, 2009

    Hi, daddy!" "Hi, Bree, Bree! I love you." "I love you!" "You look pretty." "Thank you, daddy." Two-year-old Briana Payne did, indeed, look pretty in a red, white and blue sundress that she wore just for her daddy, Sgt. Jeffrey Payne. Briana's dad got to see her all dressed up thanks to a video teleconference that brought families of the Reserve's 375th Engineer Company together with their deployed Soldiers for a few minutes of big-screen-TV family time. The teleconference was arranged by Lockheed Martin at the company's Huntsville headquarters as part of the Aug. 22 Blue Star Service Banner program for the families of the 159 deployed Soldiers. It was the first time such a large-scale video teleconference has been conducted in Huntsville on behalf of deployed Soldiers, said organizer David Carney. For the families in attendance, the chance to see and talk to their Soldier made the Blue Star Service Banner program even more special.

  • ASC holds change of command ceremony

    Sep 2, 2009

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine became commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at a ceremony held here today.

  • Gen. Dempsey says Army altering training for wars

    Sep 2, 2009

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, said Tuesday the Army is training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a vastly different way than it did during the initial days of the conflicts.

  • Army Management Staff College opens registration for FY10 classes

    Sep 1, 2009

    Army and DOD employees, along with their military supervisors, can now sign up for a Fiscal Year 2010 Civilian Education System class at the Army Management Staff College.

  • IMMC to Sponsor 2009 Logistics Career Day -- Activity Career Program Mangers Will Be Available with

    Aug 31, 2009

    The Integrated Material Management Center (IMMC) will sponsor it's "2009 Logistics Career Day" on Tues., Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 pm at the Bob Jones Auditorium, Building 5304, Sparkman Center on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The theme for this year's event "Your Career Path - Opening Doors to Opportunity" will focus on potential opportunities for civilian employees on training and career development and will assist the civilian workforce in taking the next step up the career ladder. The full-day event will feature presentations on the Logistics Activity Career Programs, Civilian Logistics Career Management Office - Professional Development, Lean Six Sigma Opportunities, the AMCOM Leader Development Life Cycle, AMCOM developmental assignments, and the Civilian Education System. Representatives will be on-hand to answer questions and provide insight on prospective career opportunities.

  • Army Management Staff College opens registration for FY10 Civilian Education System classes

    Aug 31, 2009

    The staff and faculty at Army Management Staff College are eager to welcome Army and other Department of Defense civilian leaders into the Civilian Education System program this upcoming fiscal year.

  • Security Assistance Chief of Staff Returns to Redstone

    Aug 28, 2009

    As U.S. Army Security Assistance Command makes the move to Redstone from Fort Belvoir, Va., one new addition is helping to smooth the way for others. Col. Tommy Lancaster became chief of staff for the organization June 22. With the organization both moving and restructuring as part of its BRAC-mandated relocation, Lancaster finds his duties divided between the two main locations. "Right now is very interesting because of our split operations," Lancaster said. "It's a challenge to work two headquarters at once." The move is going well. Lancaster estimates USASAC is about 18 months ahead of schedule. They have 85 people in place at Redstone and are expecting about 60 more. While helping the organization's staff move forward, Lancaster is working on what will happen to those not coming with them.

  • Son of Sputnik Builder Visits Explorer Birthplace

    Aug 28, 2009

    Dr. Mike Gruntman, professor of astronautics at the Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California, stopped by for a brief visit to the Office of the Command Historian on Aug. 17. Gruntman partnered with the office a few years ago. He was looking for historical footage of the Army's early pioneering efforts in space for his lectures. Mike Baker, AMCOM's command historian, jumped at the opportunity. "Who better than one of the world's eminent physicists and early space experts to help spread our story'" Baker said.

  • SPOT Program Receives 2009 Computerworld Award

    Aug 28, 2009

    The Department of Defense's Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker, or SPOT, was selected as the 2009 Government Winner of the 21st Century Achievement Award by Computerworld Honors Program.

  • NASA Administrator From the Few and the Proud

    Aug 28, 2009

    NASA's new administrator wanted to get one thing clear when he spoke for the first time in front of a heavily military-oriented audience Aug. 19 at the 12th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference - DoD and NASA are not two very different agencies. "We do things differently," said Charles Bolden, a retired Marine Corps major general who served as a pilot in Vietnam and as a NASA astronaut. "But our space activities give us a common foundation. Whether you work for NASA or the Army, space is important to our nation. It is critical." With that out of the way, Bolden had another misconception to dispel concerning President Barack Obama's interest in space and space exploration. "He has a vision for space. He has very interesting thoughts of the future of space," Bolden said. "A lot of people are afraid of what's going to come out of the Augustine Commission (an advisory committee on the future of the nation's space mission). I'm not."

  • 'A Good Defense Requires A Good Offense'

    Aug 28, 2009

    The need to stay ahead of the threat on the world stage from rogue nations, political and economic organizations, and non-state actors that include terrorists is driving the U.S. missile defense program as the nation focuses on defending its borders, its allies and its troops, said the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command. Speaking to participants at the 12th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference at the Von Braun Center on Aug. 18, Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton said the U.S. is operating in a "multi-polar environment with new threats and adversaries that challenge us. It makes us look at offense and defense in a different light." Chilton, a veteran astronaut of three space flights and the first former astronaut to receive four-star rank, is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives. The Strategic Command provides a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the president and secretary of defense. STRATCOM mission areas include full-spectrum global strike; space operations; computer network operations; Department of Defense information operations; strategic warning; integrated missile defense, global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; combating weapons of mass destruction; and specialized expertise to the joint war fighter.

  • Army 'ready' anytime, anywhere

    Aug 28, 2009

  • Last of Large-Scale BRAC Footprint Becomes Reality

    Aug 27, 2009

    It's official - ground has been broken for the last of the large-scale, BRAC-related construction projects coming to Redstone Arsenal. Arsenal and community officials gathered Friday under a tent adjacent to the Redstone Flying Activity at the airfield to break ground for a $46.5 million building project that includes the Rotary Wing Center Hangar Facility and the Redstone Test Center's new headquarters buildings. The hangar facility will be located at the airfield while the RTC headquarters will be in front of building 4500 on Martin Road. The groundbreaking, combined with Thursday's merger of the Redstone Technical Test Center and the Aviation Technical Test Center, "is truly a milestone event in the life of Redstone Arsenal, the Army and the state of Alabama," said Col. Steven Kihara, the new commander of RTC. "The official merger completely changes the face of aviation and missile testing and evaluation. The critical expertise to test and qualify now resides co-located with customers."

  • Testing Community Enters New Era

    Aug 27, 2009

    Two Army organizations - each known for their long history of technical expertise, customer service and war fighter support - officially merged to become the Redstone Test Center in a ceremony Thursday that brought together the best the Army has to offer in testing and evaluation capabilities. The ceremony, which included the casing of the flag of the Redstone Technical Test Center, the activation of the Redstone Test Center and the assumption of command of RTC by Col. Steven Kihara, was an historic event mandated by the 2005 BRAC recommendations and reflective of Team Redstone's growing profile as the Army's center for missile, sensor and aviation testing and evaluation. "We're here today to celebrate change," said James Johnson, director of the Army Developmental Test Command.

  • The Many Faces of Kate Campbell Stevenson

    Aug 27, 2009

    One moment she's Kate Campbell Stevenson, the singer. The next she's Abigail Adams in 1776. Keep watching and listening as she transforms again into a women's suffrage leader in 1913. Next she morphs into a female political candidate in 1920 Wyoming. She then asks her audience to travel that year to Washington, D.C., where she becomes suffragist Alice Paul, awaiting ratification of the 19th Amendment. Finally, the word comes that the legislation passed, giving women the right to vote. "We've come a long way, but we still have a ways to go before equality," Stevenson said, herself once again.

  • 12th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition Brings Together Industry, Military,

    Aug 26, 2009

    The 12th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition took place in Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 17-20. With nearly 6,000 attendees, exhibitors, and visitors, the SMD Conference is one of the largest of its kind. The four-day conference included a variety of Joint speakers, international panel emphasis, author presentations, and multiple halls full of technology demonstrations at industry, government, and academic exhibits.

  • 8th TSC Soldiers experience Japanese culture

    Aug 26, 2009

    In the middle of a two-week command post exercise at Camp Zama, a group of 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers, based out of Fort Shafter, Hawaii, took a break to enjoy the ancient culture of Japan.

  • 8th Theater Sustainment Command employs capabilities of USARJ Command Center

    Aug 25, 2009

    About 70 Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) deployed their forward command post (FCP) here Aug. 12 to the U.S. Army, Japan / I Corps (Forward) / U.S. Army Garrison, Japan command center to exercise their theater sustainment capabilities. The 8th TSC is the command responsible for logistics sustainment in the Pacific Theater, providing support from the factory to the foxhole for warfighters from Alaska to Korea, an area spanning 9,000 miles. This command post exercise also tests the reach back capability provided by the 8th TSC main command post (MCP), located at Ft. Shafter, Hawaii.

  • Main Command Post provides 'reach back' capability for 8th Theater Sustainment Command

    Aug 25, 2009

    The Soldiers of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) are once again refining their craft to conduct operations in the Pacific Theater with a command post exercise August 17 through 30 here. The exercise comes on the heels of the unit becoming fully operational capable, which makes the experience very important to training its veteran and new personnel alike.

  • AMCOM Town Hall, Wednesday, September 2, 1300-1500

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Army Capstone Concept balances winning today's wars with preparing for future conflict

    Aug 24, 2009

    "We have to be able to defeat the enemy, conduct security operations, and also conduct a broad range of activities while conducting stability operations - and be able to transition continuously across the spectrum of offensive, defensive, stability and civil-support operations." said Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center's Concepts Development and Experimentation Directorate.

  • Commander promotes his hero at APG

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Law school available to junior officers

    Aug 24, 2009

    The Office of the Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army's Funded Legal Education program. Under this program, up to 25 Army officers may be selected to attend law school at government expense while on active duty.

  • Immunizations not just for kids

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Whatever age, whatever sport, protect the eyes

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Commentary: As it should be

    Aug 24, 2009

  • Green Belt class aims to improve communication

    Aug 21, 2009

    Seeking to improve the process by which hearing-impaired employees request interpreters, ASC has launched a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt project. Two training sessions set the stage for the project. They were held on June 15-19 and July 13-17 in the Army Sustainment Command Headquarters' Command Assessment and Continuous Improvement Conference Center.

  • Installation supply, maintenance activities set to reorganize

    Aug 21, 2009

    A large but quiet change will take place in Army installation supply and maintenance activities during the next two years.

  • Sky's the Limit for Youth Education on Post

    Aug 21, 2009

    While everyone knows the opportunities the Army offers its Soldiers, civilians and contractors in their careers, they may not realize the opportunities it offers for the children to learn and explore their interests. The SKIESUnlimited program offers fun and educational classes for Team Redstone's youngest members. Currently, the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited offers three continual programs. Kids from as young as 3 can take weekly classes in piano, Taekwondo or choose from dance, cheerleading and gymnastics offerings. All classes are taught by instructors who express their enthusiasm for the youngsters. "I do this because I love it," Taekwondo master Jeffrey Davis said. "Some of these kids came to me at 7 or 8 and now they're getting ready to go off to college. It's fantastic to watch them grow into who they are going to be."

  • Hawaii Hi-Lo

    Aug 21, 2009

  • Ushering in a New Era of Testing at Redstone

    Aug 21, 2009

    Missile and aviation testing will make history simultaneously at Redstone Arsenal this week. Two Army organizations well-known for providing the best testing of weapon systems used in theater will merge on Thursday to become the Army's premier testing facility. The Redstone Technical Test Center and the Aviation Technical Test Center, formerly of Fort Rucker, will merge to become the Redstone Test Center at 10 a.m. Thursday in Bob Jones Auditorium. In addition, a groundbreaking for new RTC facilities will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Redstone Airfield. Both RTTC and ATTC were formed in the 1950s, with RTTC charged with the testing of missile, aviation and sensor systems, subsystems and components while ATTC - in various organizational forms throughout the years - was charged with testing the airworthiness and safety qualifications of aircraft and related aviation equipment.

  • General Officers on Target in Missile Firing

    Aug 21, 2009

    A large crowd gathered Aug. 10 to witness the star-studded firing of two Javelin missiles. AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles and program executive officer for missiles and space Brig. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco each fired a Javelin missile as part of the normally scheduled Javelin Stockpile Reliability Program testing. The general officers demonstrated confidence in not only the Javelin weapon system and training program, but also the SRP. The Javelin SRP was designed to provide the data needed to assure the Javelin missile maintains the expected performance, reliability and safety for the duration of its use in the field.

  • Black Hawk Helicopter Headed for the Border

    Aug 21, 2009

    The two members of the official party exchanged handshakes and passed the log book and keys between them. This moment signified the official transfer of a UH-60M from the Utility Helicopter Project Office to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. The delivery marked the first UH-60M aircraft to enter service for the CBP which currently utilizes UH-60A aircraft to protect this nation's borders. The CBP will take delivery of four UH-60M aircraft by July 2010. This state-of-the-art helicopter will allow the CBP to modernize its rotary wing fleet and better achieve its agency mission requirements. The aircraft will be used to provide mobility and communication for CBP agents along the United States borders and between official ports of entry.

  • Honor Flight Extra Special for Brotherly Veterans

    Aug 21, 2009

    Like all the other veterans making the Tennessee Valley Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on Aug. 29, Joe Costello of Huntsville is looking forward to visiting with other veterans and seeing the World War II memorial. "I hope to see some of my friends that I knew in the service," he said. "It will be an honor to see the World War II memorial and the changing of the guard (at Arlington Cemetery). I will be proud to see the names inscribed on the World War II memorial because I know they are the ones who are heroes, the ones who died." Yet, his trip has become even more special with the addition of a much-loved companion.

  • Native Son of Redstone and Member of Work Force

    Aug 21, 2009

    Ward Stirling didn't realize until recently that he may be one of a kind. The Redstone worker was born on post. Stirling was born Sept. 9, 1970 in building 112, which served as the hospital here until Fox Army Hospital opened in 1978. He's a system administrator III for the AMCOM Command Group. "In the 30 years that Mike (Baker) has been around as historian we have met maybe less than five people born on the installation who moved away," Claus Martel, a historian in the Aviation and Missile Command's Historical Office, said. "I can think of no other person that's working here that's 40 years old (or younger) that was born on Redstone Arsenal."

  • Summer Employment Benefits Garrison, Students

    Aug 21, 2009

    The Garrison is at a critical point. Of its government employees, 28 percent are eligible for retirement, and many more will be eligible within the next few years. Due to the aging work force, preparations must be made for the future. The mission of the Garrison is to "continuously (provide) superior installation operations support and quality of life to enable Team Redstone's mission success." Besides the aging work force, Base Realignment and Closure will require more employees in order to accomplish this mission.

  • Newest Addition to Security Assistance Command

    Aug 21, 2009

    As more of their staff is relocated or hired in, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command is seeing their team come together at Redstone. Their newest member, Col. Gwendolyn Roland, is the director of regional operations for four of the organization's six global areas. She took over the position Aug 4. Roland's military career has spanned 23 years. During that time, she served all over the world. Her years of experience in ordnance, maintenance and forward support landed her an assignment as the security assistance officer to the Office of Military Cooperation in Egypt in 2003. Her time there, coupled with her field experience, gives her a unique perspective on what it is that USASAC does.

  • Retiring Worker Recalls Career of Opportunities

    Aug 21, 2009

    Pat Cross has gone from telephone operator to motor vehicle operator to administrative assistant in her 35 years of employment with the Department of Defense. And, along the way, she has ridden in a Huey helicopter and a tank, taken a maiden dependent voyage on the U.S.S. Aubrey Fitch, and helped make a difference as a member of the Civilian Welfare Fund Council and an executive with the Combined Federal Campaign. She has also managed to break through a few glass ceilings that, at the time, she didn't even know were there. "My dad was retired civil service, so working as a civil servant just seemed the natural thing for me to do," she said.

  • Huntsville Native Joins Senior Executive Service

    Aug 21, 2009

    Family, friends, colleagues and fellow members of Team Redstone gathered in Bob Jones Auditorium to share in the experience and bear witness as Steve Cornelius, associate director for missile development at Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, was sworn in as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of the Aviation and Missile Command, who officiated the ceremony, spoke of Cornelius' selection to the SES, and his dedication to Team Redstone and, most important, to the Soldier. "We got it right with this guy. I've been doing this thing in the Army for about 34 years and every once in a while I know what right looks like. It's about building a team and being able to make things better. It's about what we can do for others. This guy is made of gold. His heart is huge. These are the type of people we want to sustain the great work force that we have now and actually take it to the next level," Myles said.

  • Running Support

    Aug 21, 2009

  • Customer Service Survey Opens Next Week

    Aug 21, 2009

    Customers who live, work or do business at Redstone Arsenal will have an opportunity Aug. 24 through Sept. 18 to provide detailed feedback on all of the post's services. The 2009 annual Customer Service Assessment, which falls under Customer Management Services, is the Installation Management Command's annual Armywide program for collecting customer feedback and using the data to evaluate and improve the delivery of installation programs and services. The assessment is intended to answer the all important question affecting resource allocation in IMCOM: "What does it matter to Soldiers and to their families'"

  • AMSC opens registration for FY10 Civilian Education System classes

    Aug 20, 2009

    The staff and faculty at Army Management Staff College are eager to welcome Army and other Department of Defense civilian leaders into the Civilian Education System program this upcoming fiscal year.

  • Graduates rave about Army Civilian Education System program

    Aug 20, 2009

    Army Management Staff College graduated a combined total of 107 students from its Intermediate course (IC) and Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (CESL) program recently. Of the total, 29 students graduated from the senior leader program and 78 graduated from the Intermediate Course at ceremonies held in their honor. Although the classes are different, all students had at least one thing in common--they took time away from their home stations to invest in their development as leaders. The graduates raved about the courses.

  • Near End of the Line at Redstone

    Aug 19, 2009

    Lt. Col. Sean Cusker has walked in the boots of both an enlisted Soldier and an officer. With duty on both sides of the spectrum, he brings a unique point of view to his new assignment as commander of the 832nd Ordnance Battalion. Yet, no matter how he looks at it, building physically fit, confident, moral and highly skilled Soldiers ready to answer their nation's call is the top priority of Cusker's command team. "We want to be successful in making sure the Soldiers who come through here become a positive contributing member of their organization from the first day they arrive at their first job assignment," Cusker said. "They need to understand the technical and tactical side of the house when they leave here. They also need to understand the operational Army. "We have a vested interest to make sure these Soldiers adhere to the Army culture and know what it takes to be a successful Soldier."

  • On Path Toward Aviation Center of Excellence

    Aug 19, 2009

    One of the mandates of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission calls for the formation of a center of excellence for aviation at Redstone Arsenal. The future of that mandate is shaping up now. Today is the second in a two-day meeting of members of the Integrated Process Team of the newly formed Aviation Technology Center of Excellence at Redstone Arsenal. The concept, mission and structure of the ATCoE, which is overseen by an Executive Steering Group, will be presented publicly at the Advance Planning Briefings for Industry hosted by the Aviation and Missile Command Aug. 26-27 at the Von Braun Center.

  • 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.