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  • 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.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command reaches out to aid Haiti

    Jan 21, 2010

  • Anniston Army Depot Web site gets new design

    Jan 21, 2010

    Anniston Army Depot has launched a newly designed public Web site. On Jan. 13, the Directorate of Information Management replaced the years-old home page with a new one, which is the handy work of information technology specialist Nick Thomas.

  • U.S. KFOR Soldiers commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Jan 20, 2010

    20100118-A-6816G-039 Cpl. Emanuel Stephens claps along with the Camp Bondsteel Gospel Choir during their performance for a ceremony on Jan. 18. The ceremony commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 20100118-A-6816G-074 Members of the Good Glory gospel quartet perform songs alongside members of Camp Bondsteel Gospel Choir Jan. 18 as part of events to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 20100118-A-7756F-011: Chaplain Maj. Maury Millican speaks during a Martin Luther King Program on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo.

  • 3/405th AFSB supports humanitarian relief efforts to Haiti

    Jan 19, 2010

    LEGHORN ARMY DEPOT, Italy - Yesterday, the 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade completed operations in support of U.S. Agency for International Development emergency relief efforts in Haiti.

  • 3/405th AFSB supports humanitarian relief efforts to Haiti

    Jan 19, 2010

    LEGHORN ARMY DEPOT, Italy - Yesterday, the 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade completed operations in support of U.S. Agency for International Development emergency relief efforts in Haiti. The Caribbean country of Haiti was devastated last week by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, prompting U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten to declare a disaster due to the effects of the earthquake. The Government of Haiti estimates that at least 65,000 people perished in the disaster, the U.N. approximates that at least three million people are affected and the International Organization for Migration reports that roughly 200,000 Haitians have been displaced.

  • A day with the SYSPAC

    Jan 15, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The System Safety Policy Action Committee conducted its regular meeting at the U.S. Army Missile and Aviation Life Cycle Management Command Safety Office here, Jan. 12-13.

  • Hope For Continuing Service

    Jan 14, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A chance meeting with Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell in June 2009 led to a dream job for Iraqi war veteran and Purple Heart recipient Sgt. Sophia Malone.

  • Safety Award

    Jan 14, 2010

    Ken Rose was honored by John Manfre, safety director, U.S. Army Materiel Command for his two years of service as chairman for AMC System Safety Policy Action Committee during a committee meeting, Jan. 12 at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

  • Army Reserve Doctor, General, Shares Knowledge with Medical Students

    Jan 14, 2010

    Maj. Gen. Robert J. Kasulke, Commanding General of the Army Reserve Medical Command (AR-MEDCOM), lectured first year medical students at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, on Friday, December 4 at their Manhattan campus.

  • Employees prep for transfer to new DLA tenant organization

    Jan 14, 2010

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Tobyhanna employees transferring to a new tenant organization were notified recently as part of the shift of the supply, storage and distribution (SS&D) function from the Army to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

  • Employees prep for transfer to new DLA tenant organization

    Jan 14, 2010

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Tobyhanna employees transferring to a new tenant organization were notified recently as part of the shift of the supply, storage and distribution (SS&D) function from the Army to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

  • AMC Band breaks ground on state-of-the-art training facility at Redstone

    Jan 14, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--The U.S. Army Materiel Command Band held the official groundbreaking of their new facility here Jan. 12. "What a great event. This marks the last ground breaking for our BRAC construction projects (at Redstone Arsenal). We are so glad you could be here and a part of it," said Col. Robert M. Pastorelli, Redstone Arsenal commander.

  • Water damages cars, asphalt at USASMDC/ARSTRAT headquarters

    Jan 13, 2010

    A water main ruptured Tuesday morning causing immediate flooding of the east parking lot at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.

  • Contracting commands welcome two of the Army's newest general officers

    Jan 13, 2010

    The Army has passed another plateau toward its goal of improving Army contracting with the promotions of two general officers. The promotions of Stephen B. Leisenring and Joseph L. Bass are important steps in adhering to the recommendations made in the Gansler Commission Report of the Commission on Army Acquisition and Program Management in Expeditionary Operations. Leisenring is the commander of the Mission and Installation Command, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. Bass is the commander of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir, Va. The ECC and the MICC are subordinate commands of the Army Contracting Command, a major subordinate command of the Army Materiel Command. ACC has two out of three of its general officer positions that were recommended as part of the Gansler Commission findings in place.

  • 'I Want To Continue To Serve'

    Jan 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Jeff Moran has a standing invitation with his Marine Reserve unit in Montgomery. This University of Alabama-Huntsville student is on standby with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines just in case the unit gets orders for a deployment to Southwest Asia. If and when the unit does deploy, it will be Moran's third time to go to war.

  • Program Review In Iraq Marks First For Command

    Jan 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In order to provide the best support possible, it is not unusual for members of U.S. Army Security Assistance Command to travel to the nations it works with. On Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 they were a part of a historic conference when a Foreign Military Sales Program Management Review was held in Iraq for the first time.

  • Answering The Call Of A Wandering Spirit

    Jan 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A wandering spirit - combined with the desire to help Soldiers - took the Garrison's Angela Bailey halfway around the world. As a quality assurance specialist (ammunition surveillance) - or QASAS - employee and an Air Force Reserve master sergeant, Bailey has had plenty of opportunities to travel with her work. She added Iraq to her list of destinations during a six-month tour where she worked at two ammunition supply points - with three months in Talil and the other three months in Balad. She returned in late November.

  • Redstone Artists Draw Worldwide Recognition

    Jan 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- As a student, Linda Morton's art teacher gave her an "A" for her quiet demeanor - and told her to never take an art class again. She had no talent. The 2009 Army Arts and Crafts Contest would beg to differ.

  • Focused On Soldier Mission

    Jan 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.-- Building relationships - between military organizations; among Soldiers, civilians and contractors; throughout the Redstone community; and with city, state and national leaders - has been and will continue to be the key to meeting mission success for the Aviation and Missile Command. No Army organization stands alone. AMCOM's commander, Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, knows that it's his organization's ability to build teaming relationships that will sustain success in providing Soldiers with the best aviation and missile systems during a time of uptempo support, tight budgets, high expectations and fast turnaround programs

  • Understanding and preventing cold weather injuries

    Jan 5, 2010

    During the past 10 years, Soldiers have experienced an average of 361 cold weather-related injuries every year. Cold weather injury prevention is a command and leadership as well as a personal responsibility and successful management of cold depends on proper knowledge and understanding of problems associated with working in cold environments.

  • Local groups, NGO distribute donated KFOR linen to families in Kosovo

    Jan 1, 2010

    : Sgt. 1st Class Claire Lum Lee, Honolulu; Selyete Zymeri, Sgt. Heather Barta, Minot, N.D., and Spc. Jennifer Kanahele, Hilo, Hawaii, display a donated blanket from linens that were being distributed to disadvantaged locals from the region of Novo Brdo, Kosovo, on Dec. 28, 2009.

  • AMC welcomes seven to rank of Black Belt

    Dec 30, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Lean Six Sigma is about improvement, reduction of cost, elimination of waste and problem solving but it also consists of complex problems.

  • Fort Stewart family uses unique holiday tradition to help children with deployed parents

    Dec 23, 2009

    In this season of joy, hope and giving, Earl and Debe Austin are transformed into characters that are larger than life and equally as fun to portray.

  • National Guard Celebrates 'Unbroken Lineage'

    Dec 22, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For Pfc. Barbara Stone, joining the Alabama Army National Guard was a lifelong aspiration. Since January 2008, she has served her country. Now, as a 20-year-old, she is looking forward to climbing the ranks, refining her skills as an information technology specialist and taking advantage of the opportunities the Guard can offer her. Her first sergeant, 1st Sgt. Johnny Whisenant, said he hopes Stone enjoys her National Guard career as much as he has enjoyed serving for 39 years. "I want her to be all she can be," said Whisenant, referring to an Army slogan. "Now, the nation as a whole, is putting so much into the Guard. She will be well-trained and she will work with the best equipment available. She will have a sense of purpose."

  • Nation's Military Stars Set To Visit Huntsville

    Dec 22, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Military stars will fall on Huntsville in August. Huntsville could very well adopt its own version of the state's famous slogan - "Stars Fell on Alabama" - when some of the nation's most highly decorated military heroes travel to the city to participate in the first-ever Medal of Honor event hosted in their honor in Alabama. The "Medal of Honor Gala: In the Company of Heroes" is set for Aug. 28 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Davidson Center for Space Exploration in Huntsville, Ala. The gala, hosted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, will be the main event in a weekend of activities planned for about 35 Medal of Honor recipients and foundation board members who are expected to attend. "This will be the largest gathering of Medal of Honor recipients in the state of Alabama and one of the largest ever in the Southeast," said Jay Town, a former Marine major who is serving as the weekend's event chairman.

  • AMC takes lead in task force aimed at Army Reset effort

    Dec 21, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - How do you carefully and expertly repair and return the tools of war' You assemble your best personnel; plan profusely and ultimately Reset America's Army.

  • 2/405th AFSBn takes the show on the road

    Dec 21, 2009

    The 2/405th Army Field Support Battalion is taking its show on the road, visiting various units throughout Germany to showcase the battalion's capabilities and services to units.

  • University of Phoenix awards credits to Civilian Education System graduates

    Dec 17, 2009

    University of Phoenix is now offering credit for three Civilian Education System courses.

  • 405th AFSB NCOs honor commander

    Dec 17, 2009

    The non-commissioned officers of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade honored the brigade commander Col. Jack Haley for his support to the NCO Corps during a presentation that was attended by all brigade sites throughout Europe via video-teleconference.

  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff GEN George Casey visits Army equipment displays at the Dec. 12 Army-Navy ga

    Dec 17, 2009

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff GEN George Casey joined hundreds of football fans at the Dec. 12 Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., who stopped by Army equipment displays outside the stadium showcasing state-of-the-art and next-generation guns, vehicles, UAVs, and robots. "Fans are excited. They like to see what the new technology is," said Thomas Banks, a TACOM engineer who stood by the 33-ton ambush-protected Buffalo vehicle.

  • BRAC to the Future III places realignment and cooperation on center stage

    Dec 16, 2009

    The Army Materiel Command recently participated in the BRAC to the Future III event which serves as an update to the Tennessee Valley community regarding Base Realignment and Closure transitions. Held in downtown Huntsville Dec. 15 at the Von Braun Center, the event highlighted the impending 2011 BRAC implementation by placing various local chambers of commerce, community leaders, civilian leadership and military officials in one location, at the same time.

  • Memorial Ceremony Honors Bomb Technicians

    Dec 16, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.-- Page Hakim, 19, did not just lose a father Dec. 12, 2008. She lost a hero. "I was so proud of my dad," Hakim said, recalling the tales she got to tell classmates and teachers growing up, of her father, Oregon State Police senior trooper William Hakim, the bomb technician that saved lives on a daily basis, and came to speak to her classes, bomb truck in tow. "How many people can say that'" Families, friends, law enforcement and bomb technicians from across the country joined the Redstone Arsenal community Dec. 7 for the 2009 Bomb Technician Memorial Ceremony, to honor and remember Hakim and Lt. Michael Avilucea who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2008.

  • Longest Serving Colonel Leaves Aviation Legacy

    Dec 16, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, ALa. -- The Army's longest serving colonel - and possibly its longest serving Soldier - said his "goodbyes" to a career of challenges and opportunities at a retirement ceremony Dec. 4 in Bob Jones Auditorium. Col. Richard Hatch, who completed 40 years, eight months and 22 days of service with nearly nine years as a colonel, said retirement was a fleeting thought during the latter years of a career that included stints as an enlisted Soldier, a chief warrant officer and an officer with five command assignments. Since July 2008, Hatch has served as the director of aviation maintenance transformation for the Aviation and Missile Command. "I've thoroughly enjoyed this career," said the 57-year-old Soldier. "Every time an opportunity has come up it has been a challenge, it has been interesting. The leadership obviously had confidence that I could do the job. The Army had a way of giving me challenges and extremely self-fulfilling assignments. This is a very unique culture. It is a profession of arms, a special group of people who serve in the U.S. military." It's now family opportunities - including a wife who wants to travel and four grandchildren who he wants to spend time with - that are leading to Hatch's retirement.

  • Happy Holidays

    Dec 16, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Staff Sgt. Lechelle Ford and Staff Sgt. Keisha Cook-McClary helped trim the Christmas tree at the Munitions Training Department in building 3305 where they are Standard Army Ammunition System instructors. Ford, from South Boston, Va., and Cook-McClary, from Smackover, Ark., both plan to spend the holidays in Huntsville with their families.

  • A Wish For Joy Throughout Year

    Dec 16, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Focusing on others throughout the year - that was the wish Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell expressed during his comments at the second annual Garrison Holiday Ball Dec. 4 at the Officers and Civilians Club. Speaking to a gathering of more than 300 merrymakers, Campbell told his audience that selfless service, a joyful spirit and the goodness that is exhibited this time of year should be a way of life. "I always wish we could sprinkle that throughout the entire year," he said. "My wish is that we could sprinkle this wonderful joy throughout the year." Campbell, commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, was the guest speaker at an event that has quickly become one of the highlights of the holiday season on Redstone Arsenal. The Garrison Holiday Ball is hosted by Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli and his wife, Anna, and is coordinated by FMWR. The evening included a receiving line, a welcome from Pastorelli, entertainment by the Columbia High choir, a Garrison video and dancing.

  • HIMARS Shoots High For Award

    Dec 16, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System is a repeat award winner. This precision strike weapons system, assigned to fire brigades supporting brigade combat teams, is the only two-time recipient of the Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics award. The award recognizes government and industry teams providing war fighters with exceptional operational capability through PBL agreements. "This is the second time our team has been rewarded for a really good job of supplying fielded capabilities," said Col. David Rice, project manager for the Precision Fires Rocket and Missile Systems office of the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space, which oversees management of the HIMARS program. "From start to shoot, HIMARS is performing extremely well in a high-tempo environment and harsh conditions. Logistics is often an overlooked function. But this award shows that our HIMARS government-industry logistics team is a poster child for what performance-based logistics is supposed to look like." The HIMARS Product Office, managed by Lt. Col. Greg Paul and including a team of about 150 employees, works with industry partner Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fires Control Systems of Dallas to provide logistics support for fielded HIMARS units. Also part of that partnership is the Aviation and Missile Command's Integrated Materiel Management Center and the Letterkenny Army Depot, Pa.

  • 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Conducts Fire Control Exercise

    Dec 15, 2009

    Leaders and forward observers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conduct a fire control exercise in which Paratroopers and units manuever against a simulated enemy while calling for indirect fire.

  • Celebrate the holidays with safety in mind

    Dec 15, 2009

    Celebrate the holidays with safety in mind

  • DSCC, Tobyhanna Army Depot hold SS&D transfer town hall

    Dec 14, 2009

    TOBYHANNA, Pa. - A town hall meeting was conducted Dec. 2 at Tobyhanna Army Depot in northeastern Pennsylvania for employees who perform the storage and distribution function for the Army industrial mission located here.

  • Redstone Community Sends 150 Care Packages

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- This holiday season a single Christmas tree will light the Afghanistan darkness - and the hearts of the Soldiers of ISAF Joint Command. "The lighting of a tree has always reminded us that there is still hope, there is still light in the midst of darkness," said Lt. Col. Mickey Jett, chaplain for the command in Kabul, Afghanistan. "We will light the tree right before dusk and remember God's blessings upon our nation, remember what we are fighting for, the right to worship God according to the dictates of our heart, the right to sing and know we are blest." The tree lighting won't just bring some Christmas spirit to the Soldiers, but also a special present from Redstone Arsenal and the Huntsville community. It was less than two weeks ago that Laura Ayers, headquarters AMC program lead for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages and the Government Industry Data Exchange Program, received an e-mail from Jett, who she had worked with at HQ AMC-forward, letting her know that they were hoping to have a special tree lighting ceremony and wanted to distribute care packages filled with basic necessities to their Soldiers. Ayers responded immediately that 150 special surprises, as well as a Christmas tree would be delivered in time for Christmas.

  • Deploying With the Heart Of A Community

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Leah Shallbetter is bracing herself for another year of separation from her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Rob Shallbetter of the Alabama National Guard's 441st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion. The Toney resident can tell the story of her husband's three deployments based on the ages of the couple's children - 7-year-old Bette was three weeks old when her father deployed to Afghanistan, 5-year-old Josie was three months old when her father deployed to Iraq and, for his upcoming deployment, the family's youngest member, John Robert, is 2 1/2 years old. "I'm nervous about this deployment being a year," Shallbetter said. "But I have a strong faith in the Lord and that keeps me at peace. It's really harder for him because he will be away from the kids for so long." The Shallbetters were among several families and a crowd of 500 who attended the deployment ceremony for the 45 Soldiers of the 441st on Dec. 2 at the Jaycees Building in John Hunt Park. The Soldiers left Dec. 3 for additional training and preparation at Camp Shelby, Miss., before deploying to Baghdad, where they will use their training and "the best equipment money can buy" to protect and defend U.S. troops against explosive ordnance and other enemy attacks, said their commander, Lt. Col. Roger Yearwood.

  • Honor Flight Schedules Last Voyage

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Since its inception in 2007, Honor Flight Tennessee Valley has flown 1,002 World War II veterans free of charge to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial. The one-day trips, which started with the maiden voyage of 14 veterans flown on a commercial flight, grew into major community events both in Huntsville and D.C., involving hundreds of volunteers and flag-waving well wishers along with a show of patriotism that followed the veterans as they visited their memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Korean War Memorial, the Marine Corps Memorial and other D.C. sites. Those trips are destined to become part of history in the spring of 2010 as Honor Flight completes its final flight. "This program has been about the recognition of the accomplishments of these veterans. They are the oldest living generation who paid for the freedom we are enjoying. We owe them everything, and we are grateful we've been able to give them Honor Flight," said Joe Fitzgerald, who has spearheaded the local Honor Flight effort and who serves as president of the Honor Flight board of directors. Currently, Honor Flight has a database of almost 200 WW II veterans who will fly on the April 24 and May 29 Honor Flights. The organization will continue to take applications for those flights through Jan. 31.

  • Veteran Of The Year Works To Serve

    Dec 11, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Max Bennett will be the first to point out that he isn't a one-man show. Although he was recognized as the 2009 Veteran of the Year by the North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organizations Coalition during its annual Veterans Day Dinner, Bennett said the real credit goes to the members of the Redstone Arsenal Chapter of the Warrant Officers Association and other organizations who have worked alongside him in serving veterans and providing support for community initiatives. "This is a very personal award, and I am honored and humbled to receive it," he said. "But this award really reflects the hard work that members of the Warrant Officers Association do in this community." Bennett, a retired chief warrant officer 4, is the president of the Warrant Officers Association.

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