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  • Helping hands assist in housing project

    Nov 5, 2010

    Members of the 410th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, voluntarily deployed to a neighborhood in southwest San Antonio to support a local humanitarian assistance project. The 12 Soldiers and civilians met in the Palo Alto area in support of a Habitat for Humanity project, lending a helping hand in constructing affordable housing for a deserving family. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization working in partnership with volunteers to build simple, decent and affordable houses without interest or profit, for people in need. By the end of 2009, HFHSA built houses for 628 families in need.

  • Fox Commander Marks First 100 Days Of Command

    Oct 29, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Each morning as the sun comes up, Col. Elizabeth Johnson greets the new day with gratitude. "Command is a privilege and I wake up every day feeling blessed," Johnson said.

  • Troops Turn Out To Support Special Olympics

    Oct 29, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- "You are the world's fastest man. You're gonna win it all."

  • Race To Space Takes Off In Germany

    Oct 29, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- There was only one choice for Hans Fitchner in 1940. And that choice was Peenemunde.

  • Huntsville Reputation Draws Military Couple

    Oct 29, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the military world, the wife is often the spouse who follows her Soldier to destinations near and far. But for the Kirk family, that scenario has taken a decidedly different turn.

  • Reaching For 'All You Can Be'

    Oct 29, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In his 36 years of military service, women have come a long way. Speaking about the views of women then and now at the Women in Defense luncheon on Oct. 20, Lt. Gen. Mitchell Stevenson, the Army's deputy chief of staff for logistics, G-4, complimented women throughout the Department of Defense for the leadership and capabilities they bring to the workplace. Today's female professionals set a high standard for both men and women in the workplace, he said.

  • New Mayor Joins 'Seamless' Family

    Oct 29, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It didn't take long for Col. John Hamilton to sense the "positive vibe" of the Huntsville/Tennessee Valley community.

  • Howitzer Arrives At Officers And Civilians Club

    Oct 22, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- An imposing piece of heavy artillery has joined the Officers and Civilians Club.

  • German Rocket Site Unearths Memories

    Oct 22, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the lush, green forest of eastern Germany on the Baltic Sea, Heidi Weber Collier discovered a little of her family's past.

  • New Garrison Leader Takes Helm Of 'Great Place'

    Oct 22, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Col. John Hamilton had an introduction of his own when he was formally announced Friday as the new commander of the Garrison.

  • 'I Want To Share What Happened'

    Oct 22, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Being a spokesman for the recovery issues associated with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not an assignment Staff Sgt. Jonathan Ryall would have volunteered for.

  • War Veteran Takes Helm Of Missile Provider

    Oct 15, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space is ready to go to the next level. And Col. Ole Knudson is set to take it there.

  • Cancer survivor never gives up

    Oct 15, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- When the call came, Mildred Battise quietly accepted her fate. She answered the phone and heard the words - "Mrs. Battise, the test is positive. It is cancer. It has consumed the whole breast." - that froze her in shock. She stared off in the distance, her mind trying to wrap itself around the idea that this deadly disease had invaded her life. "My thoughts went to two things. First, I am going to go bald. And, then I am going to die," she recalled. But that only lasted for 30 minutes.

  • Textbook Science Comes Alive For Students

    Oct 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In groups of about 15, high school students from across north Alabama got an up close view Sept. 29 of the helicopters, missiles and various hardware systems that have established Redstone Arsenal as a leader in engineering and development throughout the Army.

  • Dellarocco Leaving With Fond Memories Of Redstone

    Oct 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Gone tomorrow is the signature e-mail tag and greeting that has been the hallmark of a Team Redstone war fighter, whose singular contributions to the Free World's defense have been acknowledged across the globe.

  • Leader Equipped With A Customer's View

    Oct 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The customer has come to the Aviation and Missile Command in the steps of Col. Chandler "Skip" Sherrell.

  • School Troops Begin March To Fort Lee

    Oct 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Some 250,000 Soldiers and Marines have graduated from the Ordnance school at Redstone in the past 58 years.

  • 'Teamwork is the key to success'

    Oct 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Col. Bob Pastorelli and his wife, Anna, are not ones to buck tradition.

  • Growing Up In The Engineering World

    Oct 1, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For an engineer who first tested his mettle on the aviation and missile systems of Redstone Arsenal in the 1980s, being assigned to the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center is like going home.

  • Newly Opened Visitor Center Reaches Into Past

    Oct 1, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Redstone Arsenal's past continues to reach into the future. During a Sept. 20 ribbon cutting heralding in a new era for the Arsenal's badging and vehicle decal operations, the refurbished Visitor Center at Gate 1 on Martin Road east became symbolic of the way the Arsenal's rich past in rocket science and technology continues to influence the growth of its work force and capabilities.

  • Farewell For School Brigade Troops

    Sep 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A ceremony Friday will mark a milestone in the ongoing move of the Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School and its Soldiers and civilians.

  • Final Honor Flight 'A Very Touching Trip'

    Sep 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Adelaide Cape watched quietly as World War II veterans reunited with their loved ones at the Huntsville International Airport following the last Honor Flight Tennessee Valley on Sept. 11. When a passerby asked if things were OK, the Honor Flight volunteer coordinator smiled as tears fell down her cheeks.

  • Seven Questions For New Commander

    Sep 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Maj. Gen. Jim Rogers talks about his first few days on the job as the new commander of the Aviation and Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal.


    Sep 17, 2010

  • Energy Conservation Helps Save Army Dollars

    Sep 17, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Imagine having to pay millions of dollars annually for utilities. That's why Redstone is trying to conserve energy.

  • Schools Emphasize Federal Impact On Funding

    Sep 17, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- BRAC is not only bringing more people and jobs to north Alabama. It's also bringing more federal money to local schools as well.

  • Army lauds achievements of RDECOM scientists

    Sep 17, 2010

    Six U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command laboratories and 111 employees have been named 2009 Research and Development Achievement Award winners.

  • In Appreciation To Military Retirees

    Sep 17, 2010

    Health care screenings. Tours of Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation facilities. Tricare information. Presentations on military retiree benefits. Introduction of the Veteran Employment Transition Initiative. A reunion reception. Vendor exhibits. Socials and dining get-togethers. A special message from Redstone Arsenal's new senior commander. Door prizes. What more could a military retiree want'

  • Rogers Receives Welcome To AMCOM And Redstone

    Sep 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The 650-seat Bob Jones Auditorium was filled Friday as a new era began for the Aviation and Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal.

  • RDECOM to receive U.S. Army Superior Unit Award

    Sep 14, 2010

    RDECOM and its subordinate organizations will receive the Army Superior Unit Award during a Sept. 16 ceremony at APG's Fanshaw Field. The Superior Unit Award streamer will be added to each element's colors, and the element's director will receive award lapel pins for every person in the organization.

  • Soldier Equipment Weighty Matter In Field

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- System engineering is the next great frontier for those Army Soldiers and civilians responsible for equipping today's Soldier.

  • Medevac Mission Succeeds Despite Taliban

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL -- It wasn't Plan A that Staff Sgt. Matthew Kinney relied on when coming to the aid of wounded Soldiers in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan. It wasn't Plan B either. Nor Plan C.

  • Army Dedicates Month To Suicide Prevention

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It was the word "divorce" that sent Spc. Joseph Sanders' mind to a dark place, and the quick thinking of his battle buddy Spc. Albert Godding that brought him back from the edge.

  • Medal of Honor Recipients Celebrate In Huntsville

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- They didn't think. They just did. Twenty-four recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, gathered in Huntsville for the Medal of Honor Gala: In the Company of Heroes Aug. 28.

  • Reaching Out To Grow Future Engineers

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For 43 years, Dr. Robin Buckelew has stood for the possibilities of women in the work force.

  • 'Oompah' Brings Fun To Redstone Festival

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Oompah!" Oktoberfest 2010 is almost here. The familiar calls of the Army's "Hooah!" will give way, at least temporarily, to the strains of "Oompah!" as the sounds, smells, tastes and fun of Oktoberfest fill Redstone Arsenal's Parade Field on the weekend of Sept. 16-19.

  • Garrison Busy With Post Construction

    Sep 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Growth - and all the planning, construction and change that goes along with it - is a daily event on Redstone Arsenal. From the east to the west, north to the south, there is growth like never before on the Arsenal. No matter what security gate Arsenal employees pass through each day, they are bound to drive by a new facility, a construction site or an area planned for future growth.

  • Maj. Gen. James E. Rogers Biography

    Sep 10, 2010

  • Rogers Takes Reins of AMCOM and Redstone

    Sep 9, 2010

  • Going Out The Door Feeling Blessed

    Sep 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It's another busy morning in the command suite at the Aviation and Missile Command. AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Jim Myles is meeting behind closed doors with his deputy and the chief of staff.

  • Woof, Woof And Welcome To Sparkman Gift Shop

    Aug 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Retail therapy. For some people, it comes in the form of a trip to a favorite little boutique, or a do-it-yourself super store. For the employees who work in the Sparkman Center, it comes in the form of a big, friendly, furry English labrador named Saber.

  • City's Newest Development Serves Redstone Missions

    Aug 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- If you build it, they will come. Construction has begun near Gate 9 for the massive office complex called Redstone Gateway, which was originally known as the "Field of Dreams."

  • Employee Assistance Counselor Ready To Listen

    Aug 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- He never expected his life to change, but he could not be more grateful that the Employee Assistance Program and Richard Lewis were there when it did.

  • AMCOM Chief Of Staff Joins Retirement Rolls

    Aug 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Quoting from the Bible's Proverbs and Jeremiah, the Aviation and Missile Command's chief of staff Col. Jeffrey Young said farewell to 26 years in the military during his retirement ceremony Friday.

  • Growing Up To Chase Space Dream

    Aug 27, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The 13th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference drew about 1,100 paid attendees and about 270 exhibitors to the Von Braun Center Aug. 16-19 under the theme "Enabling Regional Warfighters."

  • Synergy Theme Unites Conference Speakers

    Aug 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Two general officers, who work daily to address the security threats in existence in Europe and globally, called for a collaborative approach to regional and worldwide missile defense during their Aug. 17 presentations at the 13th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference.

  • Looking Toward Joining Your Team

    Aug 26, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In his first official appearance in Huntsville as the next commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Maj. Gen. Richard Formica expressed what has become a common theme among the officers who find themselves assigned to Redstone Arsenal - an appreciation for the opportunities and synergy that such an assignment can bring.

  • Army benefits attract older Soldiers

    Aug 20, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Although tough economic times can help with Army recruiting, it wasn't the economy that drove Pvt. Dale Langrehr to join the Army at age 41. Rather, it was the challenge.

  • Local Population Gives Year-Round Support For Troops

    Aug 20, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Sue Paddock often has to explain the difference between Army Family Covenant and Army Community Covenant.

  • Aviatior Taking Care Of Business

    Aug 20, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The business of the Army will take the stage later this month at the Von Braun Center when one of Redstone Arsenal's aviation Soldiers is featured as a nominee for the 2010 Young Professional of the Year.

  • Outreach To Survivor Families

    Aug 11, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- When it comes to the families of fallen Soldiers, the Army is standing up to a responsibility to watch over these survivors of war's devastation as long as support is needed. That's no different at Redstone Arsenal, where recent staff and facility additions will make a difference in the level of support Army Community Service can provide family members coping with their loss while hoping for a better future.

  • Redstone Attracts Bid For New Facility

    Aug 2, 2010

    FARNBOROUGH, England -- Raytheon Company's Missile Systems announced July 19 at the Farnborough International Air Show in England its business plans to build an all-up-round Standard Missile state-of-the-art integration and testing facility on Redstone Arsenal.

  • Bravo Soldier Steps Out With First Book

    Aug 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- High school boredom and daydreaming were the seeds to success for a Bravo Company private whose fantasy novel is so popular that it's hard to find copies these days.

  • Trip of Faith Leads To Blessings Of Life

    Aug 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In early 2009, Linda and Stanford Mendenhall were given an invitation that changed their lives. Come to Huntsville, they were urged. Be a part of the Redstone Arsenal family, they were encouraged.

  • Flying Skies With Coal Mix Fuel

    Jul 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Recent flight testing on a Black Hawk helicopter at Redstone Arsenal proved to engineers Matt Boenker and Dale Cox something they already believed in - a U.S. helicopter can fly on an alternative fuel mix of 50 percent coal and 50 percent jet fuel.

  • Kari Hawkins

    Jul 28, 2010

  • SMDC/AIB Satellite Supply Store ready for business

    Jul 28, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The new SMDC/AIB (Space and Missile Defense Command/Alabama Industries for the Blind) Satellite Supply Store had its grand opening July 27 in building 5221 of the Von Braun Complex here.

  • World War II Veteran On Lookout For Lost Wristwatch

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The young Soldier had a watch to keep. He had awoken from his two-hour rest break, and it was his turn to watch for the tanks. They had orders to follow them into Monte Cristo.

  • Facility Fire Remains Under Investigation

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A fire at Redstone Test Center's building 7298 on July 13 partially damaged the facility and caused the temporary evacuation of other Arsenal buildings near the site, but did not lead to any injuries.

  • Military Family Members Bag Annual Scholarships

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- This year's applicants for the commissary scholarships were asked to look into the past when writing their required essay. Here was the assigned topic: If you can travel back in time, but cannot change events, what point in history would you go and why'

  • American Musical Instruments Live On In Iraq

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ROCKET, Ala. -- For Linda Horn, the two trombones that her husband and son played throughout their high school and college years are made of more than just brass - in their slides and bells they hold happy memories of band concerts, football games and afternoons spent filling her home with music.

  • Couple Share God's Love Through Ministry

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Whether he's saying the prayer at a gathering of military families or talking about God on a Decatur-based Christian country radio station, chaplain James Henderson always has one mission in mind - to share God's love.

  • Providing Tools For Work Force Transformation

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Lori Reynolds knows what it takes to transform an Army organization and its human capital to meet the needs of the mission. She has done that in a big way at least twice in her civilian career.

  • New Way To Destroy Old Munitions

    Jul 23, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In a remote area of Redstone Arsenal near Gate 3, explosive ordnance experts are quietly and safely going about the business of detonating munitions that herald mainly from the World War II era.

  • 'Hell's Guest' Author Shares His Memories Of Bataan

    Jul 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the 1940s, world events took the life of a 16-year-old South Alabama country boy and turned him into a war hero.

  • Lasting Tribute To Pioneers Of Space Rocketry

    Jul 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- There were 120 of them. Dr. Wernher von Braun wanted more. But, in the end, he settled for 120 German specialists in rocket metals and propulsion to join him in an American project that would forever change the nation's view of space exploration and transform Huntsville into a center for missile and space technology.

  • Munitions/Electronics School Visited By Ordnance Chief

    Jul 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Brig. Gen. Lynn Collyar, chief of Ordnance for the Army and commanding general of the Ordnance Center and Schools, has a message for Team Redstone - thank you, and job well done.

  • Exceptional Program For Military Family Members

    Jul 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Natalie Taylor wants members of Redstone's military population to know they're not alone. She's the Exceptional Family Member Program manager at Army Community Service. EFMP is the Armywide program for identifying active-duty military families that have special needs members.

  • Top Doctor Joins Materiel Command

    Jul 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Col. Mark Smith will say farewell to 12 years of service with the Army Medical Command at the Fox Army Health Center change of command ceremony on Friday. Yet, he won't be leaving the Army's medical community.

  • Covenant Promises Quality Customer Service For All

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- There's one Army slogan that Garrison deputy commander Curtis Clark would like Garrison employees to put to work every day. That slogan' Be all you can be.

  • Star Wars Legion Customer Keeps The Force With Him

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- By day, Chris Popham provides Redstone Arsenal with audiovisual presentation support. By night, the Force is with him as he protects the galaxy as an Imperial Crewman. It's all in a day's work for the Star Wars enthusiast.

  • Reservist Appreciates Opportunity To Mentor Troops

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- 1st Sgt. Shawnaree Perez knows what it takes to set a Soldier's career path. With experience as an active duty Soldier, National Guard Soldier and Reservist, Perez, who now serves with the Reserves' 318th Chemical Company (Heavy) in Birmingham, can advise her Soldiers regarding the options of today's total Army.

  • Family of Soldiers Led By National Guard Medic

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- As a medic, 1st Sgt. Tonny Pridgen has had a lot of experience serving Soldiers, first, as an active duty Soldier and an Alabama Army National Guard medic and, second, as a paramedic in the Defense Department's civilian work force at Fort Rucker.

  • Two Student Soldiers Earn Their U.S. Citizenship

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For two new members of the Redstone family, Independence Day held special meaning this year. It was the first one they could celebrate as American citizens.

  • Environmental Manager Sees Right Time To Go

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Dave Bryant came to work at Redstone in March 1972 because he felt his job in western North Carolina would end within a few years. He stayed more than 38 years.

  • Strategic Changing Of The Guard

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Army's culture - its values and character -- was on full display at a change of command and retirement ceremony June 30 in Bob Jones Auditorium. And the two men at the center of that display are among the Army's and the nation's most accomplished heroes.

  • John Ordway Winner Stands Above Rest

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- When you meet 1st Sgt. Albert Rocker, you may notice his 6-foot-3 stature. Then again, it may be you notice his million-watt smile. And these days, Rocker's job gives him a lot to smile about.

  • More Hydra-70 Rockets On Way

    Jul 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Army has renewed its investment in the Hydra-70 family of 2.75-inch aviation rockets. June 30 brought the signing of a four-year production contract with General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, out of Charlotte, N.C. The estimated value is $991,701,046.

  • War Fighter Takes Reins Of Logistics Team

    Jul 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Col. Robert "Pat" Sullivan prefers looking at things from a service-oriented point of view. So, when asked what he expects from the more than 600 military, civilian and contractor employees working for the Logistics Support Activity, the organization's new commander changed the question around and asked "What should they expect from me'" In his view, the answer to both questions is the same.

  • Garrison In Right Place To Grow With Tenants

    Jul 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In a new grouping of installations being done by the Installation Management Command, Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli is confident Redstone Arsenal will place among the top garrisons as it pertains to future funding.

  • German Reunion Highlights Two Anniversaries

    Jul 2, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Every even-numbered year since 2000, Heidi Weber Collier has organized a family reunion in Huntsville. But the reunion hasn't been for her ancestral family. Rather, it's been for the families of the German rocket scientists and engineers who adopted each other during the moves, first, from Germany to the U.S., and, second, from Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Proving Ground, N.M., to Redstone Arsenal and Huntsville.

  • Army builds early foundations of NASA space program

    Jul 2, 2010

    This was like a base realignment and closure move - only it all happened within the confines of Redstone Arsenal.

  • AMC Champion Of Army's Civilian Force

    Jun 30, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Of the 250,000 civilians working for today's Army, more than 67,000 represent the Army Materiel Command, making AMC the Army's largest civilian organization. And that's why its commander - Gen. Ann Dunwoody - wants to make AMC "the champion" for civilian employees working for the Army.

  • Test and Evaluation Community Explores Lessons Learned

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Test Week 2010: "The Impact of Defense Acquisition Reform on Test and Evaluation --One Year Later" convened last week at the Von Braun Center.

  • Redstone Honors NCO and Soldier Of The Year

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL-- It's an annual tradition that sponsoring organizations from throughout the local community present thousands of dollars in gifts to Redstone's Soldier and NCO of the Year.

  • Patriotism Rings At Community Concert

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Nine-year-old Samuel Tucker Styes of Harvest came decked out in his own military uniform to the Armed Forces Celebration Week's Concert in the Park at Joe Davis Stadium. He quickly made friends with the Veteran Memorial Museum's Randy Withrow, who showed the aspiring Soldier how a jeep from World War II is operated. That haphazard exchange - the sharing of military history along with Army values with a public that is interested, curious and supportive - was par for the course during an Armed Forces Celebration Week event June 14 that has long been a community favorite.

  • Arsenal Strong With Support Of Contractors

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Redstone Arsenal has definitely made its mark on high-level Army programs. Across the portfolio of programs overseen by the Pentagon, about half are managed right here at the Arsenal. And it's the successful management of those programs that is making a tremendous difference for Soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Sharing Blessings With The Community

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Robert Sheibley and his family are now among Madison's most impressive families. This systems engineer lead for the Utility Helicopters Project Office, Program Executive Office for Aviation, has led his family into Madison's history books by being named the city's Family of the Year for 2010.

  • Class Gives Teens The Edge In Automotive Skills

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Typical days in the Auto Skills Center do not involve teenagers. However, for the past two and a half months, this shop has been home to the Child Youth and School Services new "The Edge program: Introduction to Auto Mechanics" for ages 13-18.

  • Building Network Of Employment

    Jun 25, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Huntsville just became another top choice for national recognition. And this time, the recognition directly relates to the Army's veterans. During the signing of the Armed Forces Celebration Week proclamation June 14, community leaders shared the podium with the Army's director of Human Resources Policy Directorate, who announced a new Army program that will be launched in Huntsville to recruit, employ and retain veterans in federal employment.

  • Guide Dog Gives New Way Of Looking At Life

    Jun 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Maj. Tracey Smith sounds like any other proud mama when she talks about her "Garland." She is quick to show you a picture or tell you a story about all of Garland's "firsts." You can hear the joy in her voice when she talks about bringing Garland home for the first time; you can hear the strain when she talks about the day Garland left for college. For a brief moment, you almost forget that Garland is a dog. Of course, she's not just any dog; she is well on her way to being a guide dog for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization.

  • 'This Is The Best Army That's Ever Existed'

    Jun 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Pvt. Jake Betts had two things in mind when he joined the Army eight months ago - make his mother proud and start a career. Meeting a two-star general was not on the list.

  • Recognizing America's Civilian Heroes

    Jun 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- "Please accept this on behalf of a grateful command." "Please thank your family." "Thank you for what you have done." Those were the words of appreciation expressed over and over again by Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of the Aviation and Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal, to more than 50 civilian and contractor employees Thursday during an AMCOM Deployed Workforce Recognition Ceremony.

  • Veteran Kept Balance In His Career

    Jun 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Although his 40-year Army career didn't bring him to Redstone Arsenal, retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Harold DeBerry does have something in common with the scientist who brought rocket technology to Huntsville. Both Dr. Wernher von Braun and DeBerry have been inducted into the Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame - von Braun in 1973 and DeBerry this past May.

  • Community United In Troop Support

    Jun 14, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Red, white and blue will be the colors of the week when the local community reaches out to Redstone Arsenal and the armed services to extend its appreciation and gratitude. The community's annual recognition of Armed Forces Celebration Week begins June 14 - which is also the 235th birthday of the Army and the 233rd birthday of the U.S. flag - and will continue through June 19. It will be a week of ceremony and celebration that offers something for the entire community under the theme "United in Strength."

  • Hot Fun In Summertime For Youngsters

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Oh my, gosh, it's nearly summertime! What are you going to do with those kids' If you're like many working parents with school-age children, summer can be a crazy time of balancing schedules, trying to keep the kids entertained and occupied, and filling the summer with fun childhood memories - all while you are holding down your job on the Arsenal.

  • Security Assistance Sergeant Major Keeps His Faith

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- USASAC employees waited in line for a taste of the hot dogs and sausages being served by the Soldier in uniform manning the grill. Some approached with respectful reservation. Others laughed and joked with their new leader. With a smile and a kind word for each person he met, he fed his civilian troops in more ways than one. "I'm here to serve you," Sgt. Maj. William Kaundart said. And it was clear that he meant more than just hot dogs.

  • JROTC Cadet Flies To Career With Air Force

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Fighting fires, completing high school near the top of his class and serving as an Army JROTC battalion commander have been Adam McMurray's duties for the past year. But flying airplanes and helicopters, and serving in the Air Force have been his dream.

  • On Point For Turning In Equipment

    Jun 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Rodney Bailey's job is all about connecting Team Redstone employees with their paperwork. They come from all across the Arsenal - from the Redstone Test Center, Logistics Support Activity, Aviation and Missile Command, and Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, among others - with one thing in mind: to turn in unneeded and obsolete equipment per Army regulations.

  • North Alabama Offers Summer Surprises

    Jun 9, 2010

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Summer season is here. Have you filled up your activity calendar yet' In North Alabama, that's not a difficult task. Summertime is ripe with plenty of things to see and do within just an hour or two of Huntsville.