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  • 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.

  • USASMA seeks input on name change

    Jun 11, 2009

    The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy is seeking input from the NCO Corps on an appropriate new name for the institution as it transitions from an organization focused on training, to one that is focused on education.

  • Garrison Intern Dancing Down New Path

    Jun 11, 2009

    Many people want to change their lives. The hard part is knowing where to start. Seong Dobbins thinks the Garrison Intern Program is the perfect way to do it. "I thought it was appropriate for me," she said. "It's for someone like me, who doesn't have a lot of experience at the job." It's not the path she started down. The South Korean native has spent the bulk of her life as a military wife and mother. She was also a cosmetologist, but the chemicals involved were causing health problems.

  • Community Salutes Armed Forces

    Jun 11, 2009

    Huntsville's love and support of the military - and particularly Redstone Arsenal -- will once again take center stage during the annual Armed Forces Celebration, June 13-21. The weeklong event will offer something for everyone, including a patriotic outdoor concert complete with military displays, a dinner event with one of the Army's top generals, a high-energy Soldier Show and military discounts at local attractions. "This community is appreciative of its military all year round, day in and day out," said Larry Capps, chairman of the Armed Forces Week Planning Committee of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. "But each year we set aside a specific week to especially thank the Soldiers and all the members of the armed forces and their families for their commitment, dedication and sacrifice.

  • VIDEO: Secretary Geren's birthday message

    Jun 10, 2009

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren wishes the Army a Happy 234th Birthday in the Year of the NCO.

  • VIDEO: Sgt. Maj. of the Army Preston's birthday message

    Jun 9, 2009

    VIDEO: Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston wishes the Army a Happy 234th Birthday in the Year of the NCO.

  • AMCOM Home

    Jun 9, 2009

  • Army Safety Center announces Peer to Peer contest winners

    Jun 8, 2009

  • June is National Safety Month

    Jun 8, 2009

    The USACR/Safety Center launches a Year of the NCO micro page to highlight the role of NCOs in safety, as part of National Safety Month.

  • Logisticians celebrate accomplishments and mission success at annual ceremony

    Jun 5, 2009

    June 2 marked the 5th Annual Chief of Staff of the Army, Combined Logistics Excellence Awards ceremony and banquet.

  • Running for fun at Redstone Arsenal

    Jun 5, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Willie Kelly, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command G-1 noncommissioned officer in charge, reaches for his placement number at the end of Redstone Arsenal's 5K Fun Run Friday morning. The route, which equates to 3.2 miles, began and ended in front of the Post Exchange.

  • The path to greatness as a leader

    Jun 5, 2009

    Commentary written by one of the chaplains in the National Capital Region to appear in the Pentagram's weekly "Chaplain's Corner."

  • NCO Spotlight - US Army Band vocalist believes in adapting

    Jun 5, 2009

    NCO highlight features a senior soloist with the Army Chorus who treasures singing the National Anthem

  • From So-Called Enemy Aliens to U.S. Patriots

    Jun 4, 2009

    World War II and Korean War veteran Grant Ichikawa has experienced the dramatic change in the lives of Asian Pacific Americans. During the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month ceremony May 27, he related how Asian immigrants were denied citizenship until after World War II. But today Asian Pacific Americans hold top positions in the presidential cabinet, Congress and the military.

  • Community Honors Fallen Heroes

    Jun 4, 2009

    Under gray clouds that threatened rain, members of 20 military organizations were joined by hundreds of community residents in a patriotic, emotional and heart-warming ceremony at Maple Hill Cemetery to honor local military heroes on Memorial Day. The May 25 ceremony drew an estimated crowd of 800 attendees, who participated in a program that included patriotic music, the placing of memorial wreaths, a rifle salute, and comments from local community and military leaders. The annual Memorial Day Ceremony was hosted by the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army and co-sponsored by the North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organizations Coalition.

  • Author Shares her Life's Stories in Poetry

    Jun 4, 2009

    Many people dream of one day seeing their name on the cover of the first book they have written. For most of them, a dream is as far as the idea will ever go. Mary Dailey is living that dream. Dailey's book, titled "In My Comfort Zone," is a collection of poetry written over the years of her life. Her journey is reflected throughout its pages, from her childhood in Atmore to the present day.

  • Prep Rocket Designers Get Boost from Mentor

    Jun 4, 2009

    As a volunteer, Michael Murphy is having an influence on the future of aerospace. For the past three years, this engineer has given up many Tuesday afternoons and some Saturday mornings during the school year to help students at Stone Middle School explore the possibilities, limitations and challenges of rocketry. He has helped teams of students work with computer programs to design rockets, and then select materials to build and fly rockets. He has helped them analyze their flight results and make changes so that future flights are more and more successful.

  • Corporate Gift Lifts Vets Memorial Toward Reality

    Jun 4, 2009

    A $300,000 donation has put the Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation much closer to its goal of raising about $4 million to build a veterans memorial in downtown Huntsville's Veterans Park. The donation, made by the Boeing Company, brings to nearly $2 million the amount of funds raised by the foundation. A symbolic check for $300,000 was presented by Boeing vice president Tony Jones to foundation chairman Bill Stender at a ceremony in Veterans Park on Memorial Day. The May 25 ceremony included AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. James Myles, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Rep. Parker Griffith and foundation fund-raising chairman retired Brig. Gen. Bob Drolet.

  • Humor Follows Chaplain into Retirement

    Jun 4, 2009

    With a sense of humor that quickly made him a hallmark on Redstone during an abbreviated assignment, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jim Benson said goodbye to the local Arsenal community and to the Army. After almost 25 years of service, Benson is giving up the military life to return home to his wife, Joanne, who is a special education teacher in San Antonio and his youngest daughter, Samantha, who is in architecture school in San Antonio. He is looking forward to spending the next month or so with an entire family in one house because his eldest daughter, Kate, who is an Army nurse in Hawaii, will be in Texas to attend an ICU medical course.

  • Runners Show Their Patriotism on Special Day

    Jun 4, 2009

    Two brothers, both avid runners and former Marines, wanted to do something extra on Memorial Day, May 25. They actually started planning on last year's holiday. They decided to carry flags as they participated in Huntsville's 30th annual Cotton Row Run. "We're never going to win it, so we wanted to do something to just kind of help remind people what Memorial Day is all about," Nick Kuzy said.

  • Motorcycle Riders Receive Equipment Change

    Jun 4, 2009

    "People get confused about what they are required to wear," Garrison safety specialist Keith Coates said of the proper motorcycle riding gear. "Our Garrison Policy on Personal Protective Equipment clarifies what all riders must use to ensure their safety and follow established guidance from the U.S. Army Garrison."

  • Army Families Battle Against Autism

    Jun 4, 2009

    When he was a baby, Jones Alexander Tubberville suffered from several ear infections and upper respiratory illnesses. His mother, Lori Tubberville, remembers the almost constant rounds of antibiotics that doctor's prescribed for her son's health. But, soon after his first birthday, Tubberville and her husband, National Guard Staff Sgt. James Tubberville, noticed changes in Xander's behavior that went far beyond anything that an antibiotic could combat.

  • DoD Education Activity changes DDESS enrollment policy for fallen warrior Family

    Jun 3, 2009

  • Safety in motion with Movement and Distribution Division

    Jun 3, 2009

    Employees receive continuous forklift training utilizing a new safety course at Sierra Army Depot.

  • March 2009 "Year of the NCO" poster

    Jun 1, 2009

    This third poster features SGM Barbara A. Hunter who is Fort Gordon's School of Information Technology SGM. During March (Woman's History Month), SGM Hunter was quoted for saying that "Leadership is like a 4 x 4 relay; Set the Standard and Pass it On".

  • Fallen servicemembers brought cross-country to a final rest in Arlington National Cemetery

    Jun 1, 2009

    Arlington National Cemetery serves as a final resting place for generation upon generation of American heroes. Other cemeteries like it house the remains of veterans who have served this country throughout its 233-year history. But what happens when Soldiers from the past aren't given proper honors' Are they destined to rest forever in anonymity' Not if certain groups, like the Missing in America Project, have anything to say about.

  • U.S. ARMY PARACHUTE TEAM MAKES HISTORICAL JUMP

    May 28, 2009

    U.S. Army Parachute Team makes history for the second time as they jump onto the grounds of the Statue of Liberty.

  • Camp Opens Unlimited Hunting Experience

    May 28, 2009

    When an injury changes your physical abilities, it can feel like your whole life has changed. Steve Statler is trying to let others know that it doesn't have to mean giving up the activities you love. Despite his own limitations, he is sharing the love of the outdoors with others. Statler, a logistics management specialist at LOGSA, lost all feeling in his feet due to a surgical spinal injury, making standing and walking difficult. Surgery to fuse his feet made it possible, but his doubts about his physical capabilities made it feel like he had lost much more.

  • Engineering Community's Teamwork Deemed Vital

    May 28, 2009

    From the point of view of the engineers at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, the synergy between government and industry is vital to the development of new technologies that can make a difference on the battlefield. "This community is a synergy between government and industry - all play a critical role in making sure we get the right missile technology in the field and that the missile technology does what it's intended to do," said C. Stephen Cornelius, AMRDEC associate director for missile development.

  • 'We Support Soldiers. That's Our Focus Every Day.'

    May 28, 2009

    A picture of Staff Sgt. Christian Bryant tells the story Ronnie Chronister likes to convey to audiences interested in the work of the Aviation and Missile Command. For Chronister, AMCOM deputy commander, that picture conveys exactly what kind of difference the Army's aviation and missile systems and technology can make on the battlefield.

  • Force Development Director Asks the Tough Questions

    May 28, 2009

    At the Pentagon, the overriding question is "How much can we afford in support of the war fighter'" Every day, Soldiers like Maj. Gen. David Halverson, director of Force Development for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, work to ensure Soldiers get what they need to be successful on the battlefield during a time of tightening budgets and congressional scrutiny

  • Oil Analysis Program Keeps Equipment Running

    May 28, 2009

    When you hear the name LOGSA, the majority of the Army community will most likely relate that to LOGSA's Logistics Information Warehouse, which provides the Army with worldwide visibility over its logistics, supply and maintenance actions. However, LOGSA provides many other products and services to support Soldiers.

  • Guardsman Copes with Lou Gehrig's Disease

    May 28, 2009

    It started with muscle twitches. During a routine visit to his orthopedic doctor for a shoulder injury, David Oyler mentioned a minor problem with muscle twitches that seemed to be getting worse. He was referred to a neurologist and underwent an MRI. And, in February of this year, the 42-year-old Alabama National Guard Soldier was told he may have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. "I was shocked," Oyler said. "I was floored. I didn't know what to do."

  • Bicycle Ride Generates Electricity

    May 28, 2009

    Earth Day 2009 brought an innovative energy project to the Arsenal. Workers from Garrison's Environmental Management Division, along with contractors from Chugach Management Services Inc. and many other Redstone employees, created a display in which people could generate their own electricity simply by riding a bicycle.

  • Army's Installation Manager Listens to Military Spouses

    May 28, 2009

    A planned daylong visit to Redstone Arsenal by Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson, commander of the Installation Management Command, on May 20 was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances. Because of that, scheduled meetings were shortened. Some meetings, including a luncheon with various Arsenal and community leaders, were cancelled. But, Wilson's meeting with local military spouses, though moved to an earlier time, remained firmly part of his Arsenal visit.

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