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  • Years Of Contributing To The Nation's Defense

    May 14, 2010

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

  • Team Closes Ranks After Losses

    May 12, 2010

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

  • Honor Flight Lands Into Crowd Of Cheers

    May 7, 2010

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

  • Top enlisted Soldier applauds tested troops

    May 7, 2010

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

  • Oil Filters, Fan Belts Take To The Field

    May 7, 2010

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

  • Army builds support for tomorrow's conflict

    May 7, 2010

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

  • Another Two-Star Shines On Redstone Arsenal

    May 7, 2010

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

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

    May 7, 2010

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

  • Diary of a Military Mother's Day

    May 7, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In June 2009, Shelley Feltmeyer sent her son off to war. Five months later, she sent herself. "I figured that if I could send my baby boy into harm's way, I could send myself," Feltmeyer, deputy to the commander for the Army Materiel Command Logistics Support Element, United States Division-Center, stationed with the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade in Baghdad, said.

  • Redstone Arsenal Expresses Sympathy for Families of Victims

    May 7, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Two of Redstone Arsenal's employee contractors were killed in an explosion on May 5 at a Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center facility.

  • Redstone Arsenal Expresses Sympathy for Families of Accident Victims

    May 7, 2010

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. - It is with deepest sympathy and sadness that TEAM Redstone and Amtec Corporation announce the deaths of two contract employees.

  • Community Seeks Generosity From Thrift Shop

    Apr 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the smiles of children and the neighs of the horses they ride the mission of the Redstone Thrift Shop lives on. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, Rose Dashner, 9, sits atop Sassy at Happy Trails Therapeutic Riding in New Market. From her ease handling the horse, it is hard to tell that little Rose cannot see.

  • Saturday Night's All Right For Racing

    Apr 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- If you're looking for Staff Sgt. Chris Cole, start your search at the Huntsville Speedway. Tires squeal, sparks fly, engines roar and the smell of burnt rubber, oil and fuel fill the air as the sun sets and the Huntsville Speedway comes to life April 16. Behind car 27 sits Cole, living proof of racing's universal appeal.

  • 'This Can Fly' I'm Amazed!'

    Apr 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- "Can you believe this thing can fly' I'm just amazed it can get off the ground!" It was hard to tell who was more excited about the Chinook helicopter displayed Thursday on the Bring Your Child to Work Day field - Rob Fratangelo, who works on missile testing for the Redstone Test Center, or his two children, second-grader Izzy and pre-kindergartner Cole.

  • And The Best Chapter Is ...

    Apr 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Placed on a table in front of the guest speaker at the local celebration of the 102nd birthday of the Army Reserve was an enormous trophy that represented a major milestone for the celebration's host. The Third Region President's Trophy of the Association of the U.S. Army was presented to the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of AUSA at a third region meeting a week before the Reserve birthday celebration. The chapter's president, Steve Taylor, made it a point to have the trophy at the Reserve event.

  • Citizen Soldiers Serve Strongly With Support

    Apr 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The local celebration of the 102nd birthday of the Army Reserve involved more than a cake and an exchange of congratulations. It also included a look at how the Reserve has evolved during its history, reflected in comments made by Steve Taylor, president of the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army; Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; and one of the Reserves' commanders, Capt. David Borders, who just returned from leading the 375th Engineer Company in Iraq. They were part of a Reserve birthday breakfast celebration Thursday at Lockheed Martin.

  • Officers Step Up With Milestone Graduation

    Apr 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Redstone Arsenal has one good marketing tool in its Command and General Staff College satellite campus. The new satellite campus, which graduated its first class of officers from the intermediate level education common core course Friday, draws Soldiers from throughout the country. A survey of its parking lot on graduation day showed car tags from states like Colorado, New York, Kansas, Washington and Michigan.

  • Redstone Tax Center Returns Exceed Goal

    Apr 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- All that was missing was a judge. But the verdict was never in doubt. With the courtroom as the venue, the Redstone Tax Center held its closing ceremony April 21 after another year of providing free tax preparation services for active duty military, reservists on active duty for more than 29 days, retired military and their family members.

  • Volunteers Thanked For Helping Hand

    Apr 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It's 4 a.m. on a cool fall Saturday, and 8-year-old John William Diffey is not sleeping soundly all snuggled up in his bed covers. Instead, this go-getter third grader is snap-to awake, greeting deer hunters at Outdoor Recreation, and helping them to get checked in and assigned to the hunting areas. Once his job is done, John William falls in line with his dad, Bill Diffey, and the two head out for their own hunting time in the woods. But, later in the day, the Diffey father and son team are right back at Outdoor Recreation, signing in returning hunters, and recording the weight and other features of any wild game kills. So is the life of one of Redstone Arsenal's youngest volunteers.

  • Military's New Parents Have Place To Connect

    Apr 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Sometimes Cindy Reiman just wants to go where everybody knows her name - and her kids. Trucks, blocks, balls and other children's toys scatter the floor of building 1413 as kids run from room to room, greeting their friends and indulging in the occasional fight over a toy shopping cart. Cheez-Its, Goldfish and animal crackers are the food of choice, juice boxes the perfect refreshment, and every adult in the room is eligible to tie a shoelace, throw away a Kleenex or replenish the snack bowl. To the outsider, the ChildWise building during Play Mornings may appear to be anything but an oasis, but for moms like Reiman, it's just what the pediatrician ordered.

  • Honor Flight Eyes Final Destination

    Apr 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Honor Flight Tennessee Valley is getting ready to complete the mission. Yet, even as volunteers wrap up this popular program to fly World War II veterans to visit their memorial in Washington, D.C., it will take longer than planned to bring its wings to the ground.

  • Walking With God Along Army Path

    Apr 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- God bless ya!" Those words -- most often expressed with excitement and joy, and marked with a smile - follow Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Ed Ahl wherever he goes. For him, they are a sincere greeting and an equally sincere farewell to the Soldiers, civilians and contractors he sees every day in his position as the chaplain for the Aviation and Missile Command.

  • Chapel Congregation Contributes To Crisis Child Care Coffers

    Apr 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Bicentennial Chapel patrons reached into their pockets on Easter Sunday to help military family members. Their designated offering of $5,966.85 to the Total Tots program will provide for free child care for military families in need.

  • Defense Comes Alive With Avatars

    Apr 23, 2010

    Hollywood director James Cameron may have made the term "avatar" a hot commodity in the world of science fiction movies, but it's the Program Executive Office for Missiles and REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Space that is using the concept of virtual personas in the real-life preparation of Soldiers for the battlefield. The Virtual, Interactive, Collaborative, Training, Resource/Environment laboratory, located at Northrop Grumman facilities in Huntsville, uses computer-generated avatars - movable, three-dimensional images representing Soldiers in a cyberspace environment - and simulated battle scenarios for war fighter training as part of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System development effort.

  • American Spirit Defined By Four From Community

    Apr 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Representatives of the Spirit of America Festival announced winners of the 2010 Spirit of America Awards in a press conference April 7 at Decatur City Hall. The Spirit of America Festival, held yearly on July 4 at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, honors deserving men and women who display outstanding leadership, service and sacrifice to others and to this nation in three separate awards: the Humanitarian Award, the Barrett C. Shelton Freedom Award, and the Audie Murphy Patriotism Award.

  • 'We Made Some Good Contributions There'

    Apr 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Capt. David Borders spent his Easter Sunday painting eggs and then hunting for them with his 3-year-old son Will, and neighborhood friends and family. The holiday activities were 6,000 miles away from where Borders and the 152 Soldiers of the Reserve's 375th Engineer Company had been only a week earlier.

  • Redstone's New Test Center Spreads Wings

    Apr 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The footprint of the Redstone Test Center reaches far beyond Redstone Arsenal's gates. This growing and evolving organization, formed last August with the merger of the Redstone Technical Test Center and the Aviation Technical Test Center at Fort Rucker, is spreading its wings throughout North Alabama, taking advantage of facilities and capabilities provided by the area's small airfields.

  • Garrison Looks To Future Of Opportunity

    Apr 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Even with management changes being made at the Installation Management Command level, Redstone Arsenal's Garrison remains at the top in terms of excellence in customer service, program offerings and employee performance. And that's exactly where Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli and deputy Curtis Clark plan to keep the Arsenal's Garrison.

  • Honoree Focuses On Serving Others

    Apr 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The "tired faces" of Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan broadcast over a video teleconference screen during Aviation and Missile Command deployed commanders meetings spurs Lisha Adams on to "work harder every day."

  • Military Children's Month Arrives In Full Bloom

    Apr 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- They are the world - and for the month of April, they are a reason for celebration

  • Happy Child Grows Up With Autism

    Apr 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In 2007, the world of Elijah Roll and his family was topsey turvey, filled with doctor's appointments, speech and behavior therapy, various medications and lots of information on alternative treatments. And in the midst of all of that were two parents trying to understand the challenges of their 4-year-old son, who had difficulties with language and social interaction, uncontrollable temper tantrums and an inability to focus his attention on tasks.

  • Heartfelt Mission To God Reflected In Life

    Apr 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Being a Marine and living a godly life were two goals that affected retired Maj. Gen. Mastin Robeson's entire outlook on life. And both came from the heart.

  • Success Yields Goodbye For Contracting Leader

    Apr 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Marlene Cruze remembers the Soldier when she advises the 600 employees of the Aviation and Missile Command's Contracting Center. Even though contracting activities at Redstone Arsenal may seem hundreds of miles from the battlefield, as far as Cruze is concerned it is the Soldier who feels the direct impact of the contracts employees negotiate and manage when acquiring aviation and missile systems.

  • Mike's Egg-cellent Creations

    Apr 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the hands of Mike Chemsak, an egg looks mighty tiny. It also looks exquisite.

  • Williams Remembers World War II Production Line

    Apr 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A sign posted on Redstone Arsenal in the 1940s read, "What you see and what you hear -- when you leave, leave it here." For Pauline Williams, some days, that's hard to do.

  • Month Sheds Light On Military Child

    Apr 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The planet Earth cannot contain the pride Emma Sweat, 5, has for her daddy. "I'm proud of him all the way to the moon!" Emma exclaimed. For the nearly 2 million children worldwide that are connected to the military in some way, this is their life - pride, patriotism, and at times, pain.

  • Hockey Goal Judge Really Has To Love The Game

    Apr 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- He calls it like he sees it; and his call is final. And no matter what the call, one team or the other won't like it. Such is the life of a hockey goal judge. And this isn't even a paid position for Kyle Hoover, an information security engineer for Ground-based Midcourse Defense ground systems within the Missile Defense Agency. He volunteers for the Southern Professional Hockey League, working home games for the Huntsville Havoc. He serves in the same role for the University of Alabama-Huntsville hockey team.

  • AMC Band Makes Big Sound

    Apr 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For those who know Lt. Gen. Jim Pillsbury, his first words during a special presentation as part of the Army Materiel Command Band's debut concert in Huntsville were very telling of the future. "It's good to be home," he said, looking out at an appreciative audience of about 150 who attended the AMC Band's Community Appreciation Concert on March 21 at Columbia High School.

  • Granddad Jumps Into Sports For Healthy Life

    Apr 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Good health and a strong family gene pool have blessed Roger Chassay with an athletic body that has taken him all the way to the Olympics. The Senior Olympic Games, that is. Chassay, 71, has been a regular on the local, state and national scene of senior track and field events since he dedicated himself to becoming an athlete just over 15 years ago. To his credit, this Air Force veteran and retired 38-year NASA engineer has on display some 500 medals that he has won at senior athletic competitions in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Louisiana. Crowning his accomplishments, are four bronze medals and a gold medal won at the national U.S. Senior Games. He also has a silver medal won at a national masters track and field event.

  • Classic Editions of Redstone Rocket Go Online

    Apr 2, 2010

    For the first time, classic issues of the Redstone Rocket are now available online, thanks in part to the AMCOM Command Group's interest in preserving the history that's been captured in this award-winning publication. The Redstone Rocket has been continuously published in some shape, form or fashion -- with the assistance of various public affairs/public information offices -- since Feb. 5, 1952. Though technically an "unofficial authorized" publication, it has been the newspaper of record for Redstone Arsenal since its first printing.

  • One Soldier's Story Of War

    Apr 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Security guard Danny Kuby's friendly and unassuming nature gives no hint to the sacrifices this disabled Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran has made for his country. But, in April 2007, Kuby was among the hundreds of Soldiers to be deployed in President Bush's "surge strategy" with the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division "Raiders," 9th Infantry Regiment, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, at Fort Lewis, Wash. During more than 13 months of continuous, full-spectrum operations throughout the Baghdad Northern Belt and the Diyala Province, Kuby and his fellow Soldiers endured countless attacks to defeat Al Qaeda-affiliated insurgents, suppress Shia extremist militias, bolster Iraqi civil government and security force capabilities, and protect critical infrastructure.

  • National Guard mom semi-finalist for Military Motherhood Award

    Mar 31, 2010

    Six hundred women, many unknowingly, competed recently for a motherhood award, and one woman at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command shined so brightly that she was chosen as one of the 20 semi-finalists.

  • Youth Are On-The-Job With HIRED!

    Mar 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Tamara Richardson knows what it's like to be on the "ground floor" of a new program. The teen has the distinction of being the first at Redstone to participate in the HIRED! Apprenticeship Program, offered through the Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation's Child Youth and School Services program. Last spring, when she signed up for HIRED!, Richardson was not only the first teen in the program, but also its only teen. That's enough to give any young person the first-time jitters, especially when you hope to land your first job and gain some work experience.

  • Story of Vietnam Shared Through Lives Of Wives

    Mar 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- As with any historical war, books on Vietnam - both fiction and non-fiction -- tell the stories of war heroes, pivotal battles and tremendous challenges. But very few tell the stories of the wives left to struggle with their own battles as their husbands were sent to fight in Vietnam. Rosalie Turner hopes to change that.

  • Saving Soldier lives with unmanned systems

    Mar 26, 2010

    When it comes to unmanned systems, the Army's scientists and engineers along with program managers and contractors have given Soldiers on the battlefield tools designed to save lives and complete the mission against ever-changing threats.

  • American flag was 'point of safety' for mother, daughter held prisoner in Iran

    Mar 26, 2010

    In the last scene of the movie "Not Without My Daughter," an American flag is seen fluttering in the wind outside the U.S. embassy in Turkey.

  • Firehouse Rocks With The Zooks

    Mar 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- There's a four-man band playing these days at Firehouse Pub that has its roots in the Pacific's Kwajalein Island. Spend a few minutes with The Zooks, and it is evident their free-style, fun-loving, laid-back ways are very much reminiscent of rock bands with an island twist.

  • Army Musician Debut Music Of Soldiers

    Mar 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Chief Warrant Officer 4 Peter Gillies will have a little help when he makes his public directing debut in front of a Huntsville/North Alabama audience this Sunday. And that help will come from the Army Materiel Command Band itself. The band and its current band master - Chief Warrant Officer 4 Frederick Ellwein - will bring a mix of patriotic, pop and concert music to the Columbia High auditorium.

  • Community Leaders Focus On Needs Of Military Children

    Mar 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- They didn't choose the military. But the military and all of the Tennessee Valley community has chosen to be there for them. Nearly 2 million children across the world are connected to the U.S. military, according to the Military Child Education Coalition, half of whom have experienced a parent deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. That's nearly 1 million children dealing with tough issues, such as a sick or injured parent, separation, cycles of deployment, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even death.

  • 'Hurt Locker' hits home for EOD Soldiers

    Mar 19, 2010

    Is it Hollywood entertainment or a realistic depiction of war'

  • Proposed Field of Dreams Grows Closer To Reality

    Mar 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A groundbreaking could be held in late spring or early summer for a $1 billion office park near Gate 9. Gov. Bob Riley last week signed into law legislation that will permit the city of Huntsville to create a partnership with a Montgomery company to build the massive office park using a tax-increment financing district to provide money for public improvements for the development.

  • 'Gave His Life In Everything He Did'

    Mar 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Staff Sgt. Joshua Rath and his family never got the chance to celebrate his 23rd birthday. Instead, Rath's family and friends in Decatur spent his birthday, Jan. 17, 2009, saying goodbye to a young man known for his friendly, fun loving and easygoing ways, and for his dedication to his Army unit and their mission in Afghanistan. Rath gave his life for that unit and mission in Operation Enduring Freedom on Jan. 8, 2009.

  • Cleaning Teeth In the Name Of Christ

    Mar 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Colleen Mills knows what it's like to be in on a "God moment." And seeing the shiny clean smiles of happy children was among the best "God moments" experienced by Mills and her fellow missionaries during a dental/medical mission trip to the Central American country of Belize, where she used her skills as a dental hygienist to aid the impoverished people in a remote agricultural area.

  • 100th Lakota Continues War Fighter Support

    Mar 12, 2010

    COLUMBUS, Miss. - The 100th delivery of the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter was celebrated at a rollout ceremony Thursday at the American Eurocopter facility in Columbus. The delivery marks another on-time and on-budget achievement for a successful program that supports America's war fighters and contributes to homeland security.

  • Garrison Steps Up With Training Opportunity

    Mar 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Army recruiters. Pedigreed domestic cats. Shopping for authentic Coach bags. Beaches of Alabama. Type 1 diabetes. Using Facebook. Affects of job-related stress. Quiltmaking. Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation construction projects. Using Government purchase cards. All were subjects of briefings made by Garrison employees who participated in the Effective Briefing Techniques class taught during the first-ever Garrison Training Week on March 1-5.

  • Newcomers Welcomed With Southern Hospitality

    Mar 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For the major players behind Team Redstone, it's more than just a "hello" - it's a "Welcome. We're so glad to have you here." Each first Tuesday of the month, Army Community Service rolls out the red carpet for newcomers to the Arsenal at Newcomers' Orientation, giving new faces a chance to meet some of the better-known ones and learn everything they want to know behind the new place they call home.

  • 2010 Army Emergency Relief Opens

    Mar 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Soldier whose son was diagnosed with cancer. The retired Soldier who found himself in a financial bind. They were among those who shared their personal stories on a videotape about Army Emergency Relief assistance. It's Soldiers helping Soldiers. The video was shown during the 2010 AER campaign kickoff March 3 in Heiser Hall.

  • Ex-Pro Football Star Relates Power Of Soldier's Soul

    Mar 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Brian Holloway gave the secret of his success on the football field during Team Redstone's African American/Black History Month program Feb. 22. "You lay the soul of a Soldier on top of the passion of a playmaker you will never ever, ever, ever be stopped," said Holloway, a former Stanford All-American and five-time NFL All-Pro.

  • 'Black Hawk Down' pilot rises above challenges

    Mar 5, 2010

    Before focusing on the message he was delivering at Redstone Arsenal's National Prayer Luncheon on Friday, retired Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant thought he should give his audience the "short version" of what is widely known as his "Black Hawk Down" experience.

  • Arsenal Archaeologist Really Digs His Job

    Mar 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Digging in the dirt may seem like child's play, but for Ben Hoksbergen, it's his career. As Redstone Arsenal's only archeologist, Hoksbergen has a prime opportunity to get down and dirty with Redstone's rich history. The north side of Martin Road near Indian Creek has become a site for archeological exploration. This site is part of a series of digs that will happen along Martin Road due to the future "Martin Road expansion project," where Martin Road will be widened from two lanes to four lanes from Rideout Road to Zierdt Road. The expansion project stems from BRAC-related Arsenal growth and the increase of Arsenal employees living in Madison and using Gate 7.

  • 'He Left A Legacy That We will All Remember'

    Mar 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Husband. Son. Brother. Soldier. Leader. Patriot. Friend. "Those simple but profound words are the essence of a man who left an indelible mark on all of us," said retired Maj. Gen. Jim Cravens. Cravens' description of his longtime friend and professional colleague, retired Lt. Gen. Larry Dodgen, recalled a military leader who loved the Army and the Soldiers under his command. That theme resonated throughout a Feb. 25 memorial service at Bicentennial Chapel for Dodgen, 60, who died from a heart attack while playing tennis on Feb. 20.

  • Terrorism Grows Within U.S. Borders

    Mar 5, 2010

    The threat of the nation's homegrown terrorist movement came into full view Feb. 23 during a Space and Missile Defense Command security awareness briefing by a spokesman for the world's most comprehensive data center on radical Islamic terrorist groups. Flashing picture after picture of alleged terrorists representing various radical Islamic groups on a large projection screen, Stephen Landman of The Investigative Project on Terrorism told his audience that there are several "homegrown extremists and radical terrorists" in the U.S. who encourage terrorism throughout the world, and who actively recruit and raise funds for terrorist groups.

  • Fifth-Graders Send Thanks To Deployed Soldiers

    Mar 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the weeks to come, Soldiers in Afghanistan will receive a long-distance hug from students at Madison's Heritage Elementary. Cupid will travel an extra long way to deliver the Valentines for Troops, the care package outreach of Heritage Elementary's fifth-grade class. Students of the school came together in February to collect and bag the special goodies for the Soldiers.

  • Taking care of Army families

    Mar 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- During his visit to Redstone Arsenal, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the Installation Management Command, took the time to focus in on the spouses, parents and other family members of Soldiers from North Alabama who have made the ultimate sacrifice. And sitting right next to him at a meeting with these family members was Emily McFall, the widow of a Soldier who died on the battlefield while under Lynch's command.

  • Ordnance School Making Right Move

    Feb 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Next year's move of the Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School to Fort Lee, Va., is on track, according to the Army's deputy commander for initial military training.

  • Executive Caps Career Of Balanced Opportunities

    Feb 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Any young engineer, technician or business professional who has talked to Dr. Tom Pieplow about career advancement knows true success is found in balancing future opportunities both at work and in their personal lives. Beyond long hours, big projects and task completions in their professional fields, the director of the Aviation and Missile Command's Security Assistance Management Directorate advises career climbers to also seek satisfaction, opportunity and promotion away from the office. "Life is about giving back," Pieplow said. "A lot has been given to us. Our responsibility is to give it back. What does it take to get promoted' You have to have a well-balanced life and part of that is giving back to mankind."

  • Construction Grows Community's Family Services

    Feb 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Blueprints are a common accessory for Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation employees these days. Nearly every department that makes up the FMWR - from the Bowling Center to the Child Development Center - is involved in a facilities upgrade project or new construction project aimed at providing better and expanded offerings for the Arsenal community. And nearly all these projects are set to open in the spring and summer.

  • Army Recruiting Tops In the Southeast

    Feb 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For many teenagers and young adults, the Army can be a "once-in-a-lifetime chance." That's what it was for Col. Glenn Richie, commander of the 2nd Recruiting Brigade, when he chose the Army as his career path while a college freshman. "From that one-chance encounter (with a recruiter), I received the opportunity of a lifetime," he said. "I've been blessed to travel the country, and lead some of the best men and women in the U.S. Army."

  • Parents Have Home-Like Alternative For Childcare

    Feb 22, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- "I love you, Miss Jamie." They are the tender words of a 2-year-old, but to the providers of Redstone Arsenal's Family Child Care those three little words speak volumes.

  • Aircraft Soar With Support From Ground

    Feb 22, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Their efforts helped defeat more than 60 improvised explosive devices, transport dozens of critically wounded patients, move thousands of tons of equipment and fly more than 140,000 flight hours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They are the 760 Soldiers of the 277th Aviation Support Battalion.

  • Buffalo Soldier Now At Home Atop Monument

    Feb 22, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Buffalo Soldier sits proudly atop his cavalry mount, holding the regimental flag and glancing off into the distance over his shoulder. Since 2005, the bronze statue of the Soldier and his horse have been hidden from public view, being locked behind a glass case in a hallway at the Academy for Academics and Arts, located in the Cavalry Hill Community just off University Drive. Although academy students enjoyed seeing the statue as they passed it going to and from the school's cafeteria, the statue was destined for a much wider audience. It has found that audience atop a 10-foot tall granite base on the front lawn of the school, where it now serves as a sentinel to a period of black history that is unique to Huntsville.

  • Logistics Commander Says Goodbye To 'Dream Job'

    Feb 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It's difficult for Col. James Rentz to talk about his impending retirement. After 30 years of challenging assignments, engaging command opportunities and rewarding professional relationships, trading in the green suit for civilian attire can seem rather daunting for a career Soldier. But, for Rentz, it's not so much a change in careers that is stressful and worrisome. Rather, it's saying farewell to an Army that has been pretty much his life since graduating as a Quartermaster Corps officer from the Citadel in 1980 and to an organization - the Logistics Support Activity -- that has provided him the opportunity to work in his "dream job." On Friday, he will officially retire during a 1 p.m. ceremony in Bob Jones Auditorium.

  • Post Paves Way To Future Growth

    Feb 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In a little less than a week, Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli will be showing his boss -- the commander of the Army's Installation Management Command -- why Redstone Arsenal and its Garrison employees are among the best in the Army. And, oh, what a show he will be able to present.

  • Girl Scout Sending Sweet Thanks To War Fighters

    Feb 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL -- This time of year, all Girl Scouts have cookies on their minds. While many will go door-to-door to deliver their goods, Claire Munster's cookies will have a bit farther to go. She is sending her cookies to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I want to send them all around Iraq and Afghanistan where our Soldiers are stationed," Claire said. "That would make me really happy."

  • Bicentennial Chapel Offers Bridge To Faith

    Feb 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Just a little after 6 on Sunday nights the sounds of praise music can be heard in the halls at Bicentennial Chapel, calling adults, teens and children from classrooms to join in a celebratory, reflective and heart-touching worship service focused on helping them build a special connection with God. "The Bridge at Redstone" is a new service offering at Bicentennial Chapel begun last fall to reach out to those who are looking for a casual worship experience. Its music - led by worship pastor Andy Good on guitar - and its message - offered by either Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Marvin Luckie of the Garrison or Chaplain (Capt.) Jonathan Fisher of the 832nd Ordnance Battalion -- are contemporary in nature, reaching out to those who are looking for an alternative to traditional church services.

  • Homework Plus Fun On School-Age Center's Agenda

    Feb 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Princesses are fluttering around the Drama/Music Room at the Myra M. Garriott School Age Services Center. They are dressed in all kinds of glorious attire. The Chinese, Hispanic and African princesses as well as Pocahontas and Rapunzel are dancing, giggling and checking out their "look" in a full-length wall mirror. Also in attendance are two nurses and a doctor, ready to care for them when they don't feel well.

  • Volunteering To Affect Positive Change

    Feb 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Reimbursement for Soldier non-medical caregivers. Funding for service dogs for wounded warriors. Shortages in Behavioral Health service providers. Restrictions on Family Readiness Group fund-raising. Enrollment eligibility for Reserve Component Soldiers in the Exceptional Family Member Program. Those were the top five issues that surfaced during the annual Army Family Action Plan Conference hosted by the Department of the Army in Washington, D.C., in January. The theme for this year's conference was "Changing the Army One Issue at a Time." The top five issues were chosen from among 82 issues presented at the conference. Each issue, first introduced at installation AFAP conferences, represents months of research and preparation, hours of intense discussions, and voting approvals by volunteers from throughout the Army who relied on facilitators and subject matter experts to review and understand the issues. Among those volunteers were two representatives of Redstone Arsenal - delegate Alphadella McRae, a program management assistant with the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center who is also married to a retired Army officer, and facilitator Elise Becton, an Arsenal volunteer and the widow of Barry Becton, whose service as a DA civilian included a stint as the chief fire inspector at Redstone in 2006.

  • Redstone Plans To Lease Land For Growth

    Feb 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Three years ago, Redstone officials were looking at the farmland near Gate 9 as a possible site for the summer concert location. They considered using an unsecure site to better accommodate concertgoers from off post. The idea has evolved into a massive plan for a research park involving Redstone Arsenal, the city of Huntsville and a private developer. Under an existing Army program called Enhanced Use Leasing, officials hope to break ground this year on a 470-acre site for administrative buildings, educational areas and associated businesses such as restaurants.

  • Valentine's Day Wish: Stay Together

    Feb 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It was a whirlwind military romance, the very type Chaplain (Capt.) Jonathan Fisher advises young Soldiers against. There was something about the girl with the big brown eyes and deep-rooted spirituality that worked as Fisher's brother's church secretary in Michigan. Traveling home for Thanksgiving in 2004, Chaplain Fisher and secretary Sara exchanged their first hellos and captured each other's hearts.

  • You're Invited To An Evening On The Bayou

    Feb 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A night of fun, live music and dancing. Check. Lots of games and great prizes. Check. Live and silent auctions. Check. An event that will benefit military families. Check. The Officer and Civilian Women's Club is putting together its main fund-raising event of the year - Mardi Gras style. The Evening on the Bayou will be held Feb. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Officers and Civilians Club. "Proceeds will be used to further community assistance and merit award programs such as scholarships, Army Family Programs, donations to other supporting military events, and assistance to military families," event chairperson Tonya Daniels said.

  • College Student Experience Life In Haiti

    Feb 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Ever since Megan Scott was a little girl, she always had a heart for helping others. The middle child in the Scott family, she never imagined that her heart for adventure would give her an experience she would never forget and take her to Haiti and one of the deadliest earthquakes in history. Moving from place to place and being somewhat of a nomad was neither new nor frightening for Scott. After all, she is an Army brat and daughter of Maj. Bruce Scott, assistant product manager for the Light Utility Helicopters in the Program Executive Office for Aviation and an Army National Guard liaison officer. "I've always wanted to travel and interact with people outside of the U.S.," Scott said. "Moving around so much with my dad being in the military, I really enjoyed having new experiences."

  • Commanders United For Women's Health

    Feb 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Nearly every minute a woman dies from heart disease. The American Heart Association's statistic is alarming, but Redstone Arsenal has made a commitment to change it. Col. Mark Smith, commander of Fox Army Health Center, and Col. Bob Pastorelli, Garrison commander, joined forces to raise awareness for women's heart disease, with the help of The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. The duo signed a National Wear Red Day proclamation Jan. 26, cementing the installation's commitment to women's health.

  • 'There Is A Center Of Excellence That You Have Made'

    Feb 5, 2010

    Describing Redstone Arsenal and its surrounding industrial, business and academic community as a national treasure, one of the nation's former military leaders told a Chamber of Commerce audience Thursday that Huntsville's center of excellence will help the U.S. win on the battlefield. Retired Gen. John Abizaid, whose 34-year military career included being the longest serving commander of the U.S. Central Command from 2003 until his retirement in 2007, spoke about Redstone Arsenal and the nation's involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts as the keynote speaker at the 74th annual membership meeting of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. About 1,000 business, community and industry representatives attended the meeting at the Von Braun Center North. Abizaid commented on Huntsville's innovation, inspiration, capability and ingenuity as a center of excellence for science and research technologies.

  • One-Stop Shopping List For PX

    Feb 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Customer service is driving changes at the Post Exchange that will add new products and more convenience to Redstone Arsenal's shopping experience. Those changes are being coordinated by a management team that is frequently studying the buying habits of PX customers and the offerings of local competitors, ensuring that the PX and its associated vendors remain a leading shopping choice for Soldiers, military retirees and veterans, and their families. Loraine Arbo, the exchange's new general manager, along with Kim Sumpter, sales and merchandise manager; and Montina Hoefle, operations manager, are leading the efforts to modernize the PX's retail image and customer offerings.

  • Working for Education's Future

    Feb 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Forging a strong working relationship between the Garrison, local schools and the parents of school-age children was the goal of an Education Town Hall meeting Jan. 25 at Heiser Hall. That working relationship is essential to ensure a high quality education for military-connected school-age children, said Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli. But it will become even more essential as more Department of the Army civilian and contractor families move to North Alabama due to employee transfers to Redstone Arsenal as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations, he said.

  • U.S. Army Materiel Command's Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

    Jan 28, 2010

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command has been providing world-wide support to the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti.

  • Band Geek: brigade surgeon rediscovers his musical roots

    Jan 28, 2010

    Maj. Gary Eberly, head surgeon for the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, rediscovers his interest in playing the guitar during his deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

  • Defense Group Represents Model Chapter

    Jan 28, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- This year could be a benchmark for the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. In 2010, the chapter leadership hopes to reach its 10-year anniversary as one of NDIA's model chapters. And the leader making the biggest push toward that goal is chapter president Ed Stone.

  • AMCOM Safety Office Reaches Out To Those In Need

    Jan 28, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For the AMCOM Safety Office, the spirit of the Combined Federal Campaign didn't end Dec. 11. It's a work in progress. "We hear a lot about it, and then CFC ends," said Pat Vittitow, chief of the Safety Office. "They need help far more than just a couple of months during the CFC campaign." This year Vittitow and her staff decided to make the CFC a yearlong outreach, adopting the Toney-Harvest Head Start Center, a service of Community Action Partnership.

  • Second Place Isn't Second Best For This Cadet

    Jan 28, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For Gail O'Sullivan Dwyer, there is no escaping second place. Despite being among some 60 women to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy in the early years of women's acceptance at West Point, despite going on to have a successful career both on active duty and in the Reserves, and despite being married to a fellow West Point graduate and raising four successful children, Dwyer still thinks of herself as being in second place. But it is an honorable place to be.

  • Team Redstone Honors Deployed Soldiers, Civilians

    Jan 28, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- More than 70 people who have served in deployments in support of AMCOM operations in Iraq and Afghanistan were honored Jan. 21.

  • Raven Takes Flight For North

    Jan 28, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Test Area 3 became the scene of a popular Fox news show Jan. 19 during a visit by retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North. The highly decorated and once controversial Marine officer is now a political commentator, bestselling author and television host of "War Stories with Oliver North" on the Fox News Channel. During his Redstone Arsenal visit, the Fox cameras were focused on the Raven unmanned aircraft system, and the Soldiers and Program Executive Office for Aviation employees behind its success on the battlefield.

  • USASMDC/ARSTRAT scientist part of program team nominated for JHPSSL award

    Jan 26, 2010

    Dr. Brian Strickland, chief scientist, directed energy applications, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, has been recognized by Aviation Week magazine as a part of the Army/High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office Joint High-Power Solid State Laser program team selected as a finalist for the 2009 Aviation Week magazine's Laureate Award in the Information Technology/Electronics category.

  • Education, training central focus of Town Hall

    Jan 26, 2010

    Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell, commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT), hosted a town hall meeting at the Bob Jones Auditorium in the Sparkman Center on Jan. 21 that focused on workforce education and training amongst other topics.

  • 'I Feel Amazing Inside As Well As Outside'

    Jan 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARENAL, Ala. -- Kathy Stephens' head was spinning. It was the summer of 2001, and standing in the aisles of Walmart, the 305 pounds she carried on her 5-foot-2 frame had finally become too much. "I was too heavy," Stephens said. "I just asked God to help get this weight off of me. That was my red light moment."

  • Census Numbers Count In Federal Funding

    Jan 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Redstone commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles joined other local officials in signing a resolution Jan. 11 in support of Census 2010 and the increased funding it could bring.

  • Buses Deliver After-School Care On Post

    Jan 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- With several hours between the time school ends and work ends, many parents seek out after-school programs for their children. Child Youth and School Services offers parents another choice for after-school care, including pickup at some area schools. "We physically started doing the busing program in September," Andre Terry, Child Youth and School Services division chief, said. "The first bus arrived in October and the last one came in November." Five 15-passenger buses now travel the weekday routes to pick kids up at their school and deliver them to the Myra Garriott School Age Services building or the Youth Services Center next door, depending upon their age.

  • Let The Army Music Play On

    Jan 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL -- The sound of construction near Gate 10 will give way to the tunes of an Army band by next year. The Army Materiel Command Band is moving to Redstone Arsenal from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., as part of base realignment and closure. The move is planned from this November through March 2011. Community members attended a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 12 for the 40-member band's new facility on Patton Road just north of Heiser Hall. Construction of the 16,082-square-foot building is expected to be completed by January. The contract was awarded to Dyson Construction Company from Decatur for $4.383 million.

  • Make a movie, save a life, win $2,000

    Jan 25, 2010

    Prizes totaling nearly $4,000 are still up for grabs as the 2nd Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competion heads into the final months.

  • Stryker commander takes SWT flight

    Jan 24, 2010

    Series of pictures depicting Col. Harry Tunnell IV, commander of the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, preparing for and departing on an aerial recon of the Kandahar region, Afghanistan, with members of the 82nd Airborne's Combat Aviation Brigade.

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