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  • USAG Schinnen News Archives

    Nov 25, 2008

    Enjoy reviewing our news archives and if you have any questions or a story ideas, please contact the USAG Schinnen Public Affairs office by e-mail paousagshi@eur.army.mil or by phone 0031-46-443-1600. Thanks!

  • Human relations mission outside Joint Base Balad

    Nov 25, 2008

    Photo of Soldiers posing with locals during a human relations mission in Iraq.

  • Training through the eyes of a drill sergeant

    Nov 25, 2008

    For Sgt. 1st Class Gabriel Lopez, working 15 hours a day is the norm, not the exception. Working six days a week is expected, not suggested. Lopez is an infantryman with vast combat experience, but this may be his toughest assignment. He is a drill sergeant. The work hours are hard, he admits, but he does not complain. Aca,!A"You just deal with it and drink coffee,Aca,!A? he says while sipping a cup. It is Nov. 7, the second week of Basic Combat Training for the Soldiers of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment. The first two weeks are called the Aca,!A"red phase.Aca,!A? During this phase, drill sergeants teach new Soldiers the fundamentals of being in the Army.

  • Army families recognized, honored for volunteerism

    Nov 25, 2008

    Twenty Army families were honored for their contributions to the community during the annual Families of the Year Awards ceremony Wednesday at the MG Robert B. Solomon Center. The awards ceremony was just one part of Military Family Week, said Marilynn Bailey, Army Community Services volunteer corps coordinator. Aca,!A"What we do at Fort Jackson is take a week and celebrate our families,Aca,!A? she said. Aca,!A"The awards honor those families who have made exemplary contributions to the Fort Jackson community and the surrounding area.Aca,!A? Each year, Fort JacksonAca,!a,,cs various units and organizations have the opportunity to nominate families who meet three criteria: individual growth, love and teamwork and friendship and service. All nominations are endorsed by the colonel-level commander of each unit or organization.

  • Support group helps new mothers in Heidelberg cope with stress while far away from family, friends

    Nov 25, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Many military moms find themselves far from friends and family when they have their first baby. Mom2Mom, a Heidelberg support group for first-time mothers, seeks to help alleviate some of the stress of not having a personal assistance task force nearby.

  • When enemies become friends

    Nov 25, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Two Soldiers who were enemies during the Cold War are now joined by the most important bond: Martina Aca,!A"TinaAca,!A? MaliA...E+AfA!kovAfA!, the exchange student that the American Soldier's family hosted while they were stationed in the Washington, D.C. area. Both the American and her Slovakian father call Tina Aca,!A"daughter.Aca,!A?

  • Retired Capt. Dawn Halfaker, who lost an arm while serving in Iraq in 2004

    Nov 25, 2008

    Retired Capt. Dawn Halfaker, who lost an arm while serving in Iraq in 2004

  • Post-combat coping methods vary, troops say

    Nov 25, 2008

    WASHINGTON Aca,!" Methods of coping with combat and its after effects vary as greatly as the effects themselves, six warriors participating in a conference panel here said.

  • Army beefs up non-lethal capabilities

    Nov 25, 2008

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. Aca,!" Soldiers are trained to use non-lethal force as much as possible. But until recently, not every Soldier had Aca,!A"the right mixAca,!A? of tools and capabilities to meet those goals.

  • Bastogne walk commemorates largest land battle in U.S. Army history

    Nov 25, 2008

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands (Nov. 25, 2008) -- In 1944, all seven main roads in the Ardennes mountain range converged on the small town of Bastogne, Belgium, making control of that crossroads imperative for a German advance in World War II -- a place allied forces had to defend at all cost. It remains the scene of the largest land battle in U.S. Army history. Today monuments commemorate the siege of Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge. The 31st annual Bastogne Historical Walk, scheduled Dec. 13-14, salutes the regionAca,!a,,cs place in history as well.

  • Reconstruction teams work 'one block at a time' in Iraq

    Nov 25, 2008

    Reconstruction in Iraq means more than fixing broken walls and stocking store shelves. It means securing a future where Iraqis can sustain themselves.

  • Schweinfurt SKIES programs offer exercise, life lessons

    Nov 25, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" Graceful steps, kicks and punches. These are just a few moves that the School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited is teaching to children and youth here.

  • Yongsan gets set for winter weather

    Nov 25, 2008

  • Girl Scouts work together to feed homeless

    Nov 25, 2008

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea Aca,!" Yongsan Girl Scouts gathered with their Korean counterparts Nov. 22 at the Seoul American Middle School cafeteria for a joint project to help feed the homeless.

  • Army secretary tours Korea, supports quality of life

    Nov 25, 2008

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Secretary of the U.S. Army, the Honorable Pete Geren, toured U.S. Forces Korea Nov. 23-25 for a three-day orientation visit.

  • New chemical, biological equipment introduced to Fort Hood Soldiers

    Nov 24, 2008

    FORT HOOD, Texas Aca,!" Soldiers from the 1st Calvary Division performed team pre-deployment training on toxic industrial chemical protection and detection equipment and hazardous material identification Nov. 18, at Fort Hood Army Airfield.

  • 407th "Gold Falcons" train with aviators to deliver supplies

    Nov 24, 2008

    Paratroopers from the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, train with aviators from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade to integrate new techniques to deliver supplies.

  • Registration still open for AMSC Leadership Symposium

    Nov 24, 2008

    Seats are filling up quickly for the Army Management Staff CollegeAca,!a,,cs 4th Annual Leadership Symposium, scheduled for Jan. 27-29 at the collegeAca,!a,,cs Fort Belvoir, Va., campus.

  • Wagonmasters stand down for safety

    Nov 24, 2008

    FORT HOOD, Texas Aca,!" Soldiers and civilians of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), took a day Nov. 20 to stand down and focus on safety issues at home and in the workplace.

  • New brigade CSM takes NCOs for a run, talks with junior enlisted

    Nov 24, 2008

    FORT HOOD, Texas Aca,!" The noncommissioned officers of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), started the morning of Nov. 21 off right Aca,!" with a four-mile run.

  • Ordnance clearance mission in Iraq ends, new mission emerges

    Nov 24, 2008

    A ceremony in Iraq Nov. 21, recognized the accomplishment of the Coalition Munitions Clearance Program and the start of the Coalition Munitions Disposal Program.

  • Natick Soldier RDEC scientist receives Presidential Rank Award

    Nov 24, 2008

    On Oct. 6, it was announced that Dr. Claire C. Gordon, senior research scientist (biological anthropology), U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, was awarded a 2008 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Professionals.

  • U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center to welcome new commander

    Nov 24, 2008

    A Change of Command Ceremony will be held Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. for the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center. The ceremony will take place in Carney Hall (Building 1), Hunter Auditorium. During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, senior mission commander and installation commander, will relinquish command of the NSSC to Brig. Gen. Peter N. Fuller. Fuller is moving from being the deputy commander for systems of systems integration, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • Picatinny Soldiers support local Veterans Day activities

    Nov 24, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- Picatinny Soldiers joined local organizations in honoring veterans during various Veterans Day activities the week of Nov. 4. Seven military officers from Picatinny took time from their personal schedules to participate in local Veterans Day observances, parades and school assemblies throughout northern New Jersey.

  • Honeywell, depot benefit from longtime partnership

    Nov 24, 2008

    While many partnerships at Anniston Army Depot may enjoy greater visibility, none negate the significance of ANAD-Honeywell partnering agreements. For more than a decade, Anniston and Honeywell have worked together to continuously improve M-1 Abrams readiness for the warfighter.

  • 1,000th TIGER engine completed at Anniston

    Nov 24, 2008

    The depot this month reached a milestone in its production of AGT-1500 engines for the Total InteGrated Engine Revitalization, or TIGER, program. Anniston Army Depot and partner Honeywell teamed up in 2007 to build an M-1 Abrams engine that would last longer in the field and extend time between depot repairs

  • Army transforming NCO education system

    Nov 24, 2008

    A redesign of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs noncommissioned officer education system will bring itAca,!a,,cs curriculum closer to what has been taught to officers in the past, said Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Chandler.

  • Secretary of the Army Pete Geren to the Center for National Policy, November 18, 2008

    Nov 24, 2008

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren addresses the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C., November 18, 2008.

  • Depot, community leaders embrace Veterans Day, sign Army Community Covenant

    Nov 24, 2008

    In conjunction with a Veterans Day celebration, Anniston Army Depot and its community partners hosted an Army Community Covenant signing ceremony here Nov. 10. "There is a special relationship between the community and our veterans because today we pay homage to all who have aided in the defense of this great nation," said Depot Commander Col. S. B. Keller as she addressed a crowd of depot veterans, Pearl Harbor survivors, and their family members.

  • National Guard women

    Nov 24, 2008

    Army National Guard senior female leaders mentor junior female leaders.

  • Archaeologists use GPS technology

    Nov 24, 2008

    Redstone Arsenal archaeologists use technology to map the past.

  • Army schedules execution of Soldier for murder, rape

    Nov 24, 2008

  • Jodi Petit, a five-year breast cancer survivor and Army spouse

    Nov 24, 2008

    Jodi Petit, a five-year breast cancer survivor and Army spouse

  • Wiesbaden BOSS serves as Soldier's advocate

    Nov 24, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Head to almost any event in the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden community and you will often see a group of young Soldiers reaching out to fellow servicemembers.

  • Christmas Markets and Holiday Events

    Nov 24, 2008

    USAG SCHINNEN, Netherlands - The Holiday Season is here and brings all of us assigned to and living in Europe an opportunity to discover age-old European traditions and to share the experience by sending your photos to paousagshi@eur.army.mil.

  • Computer Line Paper Graphic

    Nov 22, 2008

    A computer line paper graphic to background reprints of ALARACTS. Use the following DIV code to wrap the text of the ALARACT. Replace the [ with a "less than" [div style="padding-left: 70px; font-size: 16px; text-transform: uppercase; background-image: url(http://www.army.mil/-images/2008/11/22/26073/army.mil-26073-2008-11-24-151111.jpg); width: 505px; background-repeat: repeat; font-family: 'monospace'">alaract text [/div>

  • Preparing for Thanksgiving Day food service competition

    Nov 21, 2008

    Soldiers make decorations for no holds barred food service competition between Hawaii Army installations.

  • Warrior Care Month stresses premium medical support

    Nov 21, 2008

    An article wounded warrior care, focusing on aiding injured Soldiers and their families, and the benefits of the Warrior Transition Battalion. Celebrating the focus of Warrior Care Month.

  • CD reminds Soldiers to 'Stay Strong'

    Nov 21, 2008

    Artists help Soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury by raising funds to build oceanfront PTSD treatment facility in Hawaii.

  • Parent-to-Parent offers deployment support to families

    Nov 21, 2008

    Parents and family members learn and share ideas on staying involved during deployment.

  • Family Fun Fridays kicks off at the Tropics

    Nov 21, 2008

    Families enjoy new night out at the Tropics

  • Retired Colonel honored with ihe

    Nov 21, 2008

    Retired Col. David Peters honored with 2008 Ihe Award by the Hawaii Army Museum Society for community service.

  • Extreme Makeover gives house keys to Army Family

    Nov 21, 2008

    Extreme Makeover, Home Edition picked Chapman, Kansas as the location of its next session to help a military family stationed at nearby Fort Riley, Kan. The Soldier and his family suffered through many personal tragedies. The Soldier returned from Iraq with a severe physical disability, his wife suffered through a bout with cancer and their home was destroyed by a tornado after he returned.

  • Army officer coaches and motivates new Kansas State Water Polo team

    Nov 21, 2008

    Former West Point cadet now and Army officer stationed at Fort Riley, Kan, volunteers to help coach the Kansas State University water polo team located at Manhattan, Kan. approximately 20 miles from the Army post.

  • Dining facilities ready for Thanksgiving festivities, judging

    Nov 21, 2008

    Fort Riley culinary arts Soldiers prepare meals for Thanksgiving Day while having their meals judged by Fort Riley leaders.

  • Post implements new sexual assault prevention program

    Nov 21, 2008

    Fort Riley implements new sexual assault prevention program to deal with the increase in of incidents reported since 2005.

  • Intel goes old school

    Nov 21, 2008

    When the 201st Military Intelligence Brigade was redesignated in July as the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, it was clear changes were afoot for the intelligence gatherers. Under the command of Col. Robert Whalen, the brigade is in the process of developing a type of unit not widely used since the Vietnam Conflict Aca,!" a long range surveillance company.

  • German, Italian Prisoners of War honored at ceremony

    Nov 21, 2008

    Fort Riley conducts memorial ceremony to remember German and Italian Prisoners of War buried at the Post cemetary. Officers from the German and Italian Army came from Fort Leavenworth, Kan. to attend the ceremony.

  • Chaplain vital to Warrior Transition Battalion

    Nov 21, 2008

    Fort Riley Chaplain provides critical religious services to Soldiers assigned to the Fort Riley Warrior Transition Battalion during their recovery.

  • Fort Lewis clinic cares for needs of WTB Soldiers

    Nov 21, 2008

    Sure, the work can be hard and stressful, but then there are those little victories that make it all worthwhile. As she took a moment from her duties as a licensed practical nurse at the Warrior Transition Clinic at Fort LewisAca,!a,,c Madigan Army Medical Center on Monday, Steffanie Morris remembered one of those. Morris and Nancy Poffenberger, the physicianAca,!a,,cs assistant with whom she works, are among the 14 medical professionals at the Fort Lewis WTC doing their best to help Soldiers reach that point.

  • Recycle Center helps turn trash into useable goods

    Nov 21, 2008

    Fort Riley residents focus on recycling their trash to help save money and the environment.

  • Fort Lewis cancer survivor selected as Pink Power winner

    Nov 21, 2008

    Bright Start selected eight Pink Power Moms nationwide, and one of those moms resides on Fort Lewis. Jodi Petit, spouse of Lt. Col. Brian Petit, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, and a five-year breast cancer survivor, was selected as one of eight winning Pink Power Moms.

  • All-Army golfer competes in Children's Miracle Network Classic

    Nov 21, 2008

    All-Army golfer Capt. Sunny Ko Mitchell helped two professional golfers support a worthy cause during the ChildrenAca,!a,,cs Miracle Network Classic at the Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort.

  • Fort Lewis tree donation continues long-standing tradition

    Nov 21, 2008

    Providing the annual Christmas tree for the City of Tacoma has been a long-standing tradition at Fort Lewis, and this year was no different. Once again, representatives from the Tacoma business community and Fort Lewis gathered at the tree-cutting site Nov. 13 for the 62nd annual Christmas tree ceremony.

  • Green Berets honor fallen comrade

    Nov 21, 2008

    Hundreds stood silent in the early morning rain as members of the 1st Special Forces Group paid tribute to a comrade whose name was added to the unitAca,!a,,cs memorial wall Nov. 11. Staff Sgt. David W. Textor, the 163rd name inscribed on the granite wall, is the 25th name added since Sept. 11, 2001. Textor, a native of Jamestown, N.Y., was serving with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st SFG, when he was killed July 15 in Mosul, Iraq, during combat operations.

  • Fort Riley program reduces alcohol and drug related incidents

    Nov 21, 2008

    The Fort Riley Sober Armies Bravely Expedite Readiness (SABER) program recognizes units that have 90 consecutive days without an alcohol or drug related incident in their units.

  • Fort Lewis units battle for recycling superiority

    Nov 21, 2008

    Thirty-four Fort Lewis units competing in the annual America Recycles Day Aluminum Can Challenge hauled 78,000 cans to the Recycling Center. The 90-day challenge began Aug. 1 and ended Oct. 31.

  • Fort Lewis officials sign YTC Army Community Covenant

    Nov 21, 2008

    The signing of the Army Community Covenant at Yakima Training Center became a moving and heartfelt ceremony. Civic leaders, members of the business community and local family residents met Nov. 12 with senior military representatives to sign the Army Community Covenant at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

  • Secretary reaffirms commitment to wounded warriors, Alaska

    Nov 21, 2008

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren paid a call on recovering injured Soldiers at Fort Richardson, Alaska, as part of Warrior Care Month. During his trip the secretary visited wounded warriors at the fort's Wilderness Inn dining facility, spoke with Soldiers about their care and took a tour of the barracks.

  • Fort Lewis dedication gives PEB new home, continuity

    Nov 21, 2008

    A new building dedicated Monday morning on Fort Lewis will serve as home to one of only three Physical Evaluation Boards in the Army.

  • Fort Lewis CDC construction project begins

    Nov 21, 2008

    Fort Lewis leaders, Clover Park School District administrators, and children from North Fort School Age Center and Madigan Child Development Center participated in a ground-breaking ceremony Nov. 14 at Hillside Elementary School.

  • Leavenworth releases Leadership Transitions Handbook

    Nov 21, 2008

    Combined Arms Center and Center for Army Leadership at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., has released a new handbook aimed at formalizing procedures for one of the most difficult periods any leader might encounter Aca,!" transitioning into a new position of leadership.

  • Picatinny children pay tribute to fallen heroes

    Nov 21, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" Children from the Picatinny Arsenal Child Development Center placed flags at the tree memorial for New Jersey's fallen heroes Nov. 7

  • Picatinny Soldiers support local Veterans Day activities

    Nov 21, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- Picatinny Soldiers joined local organizations in honoring veterans during various Veterans Day activities the week of Nov. 4.

  • Policy change allows experienced Soldiers to serve longer

    Nov 21, 2008

    A recent extension of retention control points means Soldiers in the rank of staff sergeant and above will be allowed to serve the Army longer, should they desire.

  • Riding to honor: Veterans not forgotten at Picatinny

    Nov 21, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" To show their support for veterans past and present, 194 riders on 178 motorcycles showed rode in a 42-mile motorcycle ride beginning at Picatinny Arsenal, Nov. 9

  • Army suggestion program can thicken your wallet

    Nov 21, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" The Army Suggestion Program encourages Soldiers and civilians to stimulate their minds and generate efficient and cost-productive procedures that can and will benefit the Army. On average 100 suggestions are passed through Picatinny Arsenal's ASP manager.

  • AAFES gives troops chance to win Disney cruise

    Nov 21, 2008

    The Army & Air Force Exchange Service will provide military Families the opportunity to win a four-night Disney Cruise for four.

  • Gym Warriors dip, dodge, duck, dive way to victory during dodgeball tourney at Picatinny

    Nov 21, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" Picatinny Arsenal held a dodgeball tournament Nov. 17 in support of this years Combined Federal Campaign.

  • Army schedules execution of Pvt. Gray

    Nov 21, 2008

    The Army has scheduled the execution of Pvt. Ronald A. Gray for Dec. 10 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Ind.

  • Picatinny employees receive Army R&D Achievement Awards

    Nov 21, 2008

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. Aca,!" 33 Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center employees are winners of the 2008 Army Research and Development Achievement Awards.

  • From soldier to spaceman-A journey beyond the Army

    Nov 21, 2008

    This story is about an Army astronaut who is slated to launch on the space shuttle this summer. His mission will be several months long aboard the space station.

  • Air Force wins rugby title

    Nov 21, 2008

    The Air Force claimed its fifth consecutive Armed Forces Rugby Championship Thursday on Stewart-Watson Field defeating the Navy 37-8. Air Force advanced to the championship match by posting a 4-0 record in the round-robin tournament while the Navy posted a 3-1 record to make it to the championship matchup. NavyAca,!a,,cs only loss during regular tournament play came at the hands of Air Force, losing 26-6 in their first match.

  • MG Barbero assumes command

    Nov 21, 2008

    MG Walter Wojdakowski, outgoing Infantry Center commandant and Fort Benning commander, passed the guidon and colors symbolizing the transfer of command authority to MG Michael D. Barbero during a change of command ceremony Tuesday on York Field.

  • Veterinary Corps Honors Five with Awards

    Nov 21, 2008

    The Army Veterinary Corps recently recognized five outstanding officers and noncommissioned officers with annual awards.

  • Army astronaut completes space walk

    Nov 21, 2008

    On the 10th anniversary of the International Space Station Thursday, Army Lt. Col. Robert Shane Kimbrough donned his space suit to service equipment on the exterior of the station.

  • Commentary: All Who Smoke Need Their Own Reasons to Quit

    Nov 21, 2008

    WhatAca,!a,,cs the most important reason you should stop using tobacco products today, or within the next few weeksAca,!a,,c YouAca,!a,,cre more likely to quit and be successful at it if you come up with the most important reasons for yourself. We all know nagging doesnAca,!a,,ct work. Just ask any parent or spouse. So you have to decide for yourself.

  • Medic Finds Voice through Poetry

    Nov 21, 2008

  • Get your USAG Schinnen holiday guidebook!

    Nov 21, 2008

    Living in the Netherlands and in close proximity to Belgium and Germany, Ms. Rita Hoefnagels, Community Relations Specialist for the USAG Schinnen Public Affairs Office, encourages a spirit of discovery for those living in Europe. Now, like previous years, a special Christmas Market and Holiday events guide she compiles annually is available.

  • Army catalyst

    Nov 21, 2008

    TRADOC Commander talks about how Army can be a catalyst for change.

  • New GI Bill makes the grade in Kaiserslautern

    Nov 21, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" Getting tuition assistance on GoArmyEd is something 1st Sgt. Crispin Bryant, 357th Air Missile Defense Detachment, knows very well. He completed his associate, bachelorAca,!a,,cs and masterAca,!a,,cs degrees during his 25 years in the Army.

  • PT upgrade

    Nov 21, 2008

    Fort Bliss Soldiers update PT routine for injury prevention.

  • USO Warrior Care

    Nov 21, 2008

    The USO opens its doors to Germany.

  • Bastogne walk a tribute to peace

    Nov 21, 2008

    SCHINNEN, NETHERLANDS -- In 1944, all seven main roads in the Ardennes mountain range converged on the small town of Bastogne, Belgium, making control of these crossroads imperative for the attacking forcesAca,!a,,c advance and the one place allied forces had to defend at all cost. It remains the largest land battle in U.S. Army history.

  • Warrior Care Month -- Open Letter to our Army communities

    Nov 21, 2008

    Warrior Care Month -- Open Letter to our Army communities

  • Warrior Care Month - Open letter to our Army communities

    Nov 21, 2008

    Warrior Care Month - Open letter to our Army communities

  • Army Schedules Date for Execution of Pvt. Ronald A. Gray

    Nov 21, 2008

    Army Schedules Date for Execution of Pvt. Ronald A. Gray

  • Brig. Gen. William T. Wolf, who heads the Army Combat Readiness/Army Safety Center

    Nov 21, 2008

    Brig. Gen. William T. Wolf, who heads the Army Combat Readiness/Army Safety Center

  • Blackhawk Brigade's rendezvous builds esprit among unit's Soldiers, Families prior to Iraq

    Nov 21, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The 172nd Infantry BrigadeAca,!a,,cs last unit formation here before its departure for Iraq combined ancient Greek history, Native American lore, military tradition, some sports and family fun. The Nov. 12 and 13 event, the 172nd Infantry Brigade Aca,!A"Blackhawk Rendezvous,Aca,!A? also borrowed heavily on the early American fur trapper tradition of an annual mass gathering where frontiersmen met to sell their wares, compete, share news and renew friendships.

  • Secretary of the Army Pete Geren visits Fort Richardson, Alaska

    Nov 20, 2008

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren talks with wounded warriors at the Wilderness Inn dining facility at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

  • Vietnam POW Recalls Moment of Insight about Captors

    Nov 20, 2008

    With the help of an old nail, Air Force Col. Leo Thorsness, a Vietnam prisoner of war captured in 1967, was able to make a peephole in the mortar of his cell wall. That peephole not only provided Thorsness with a sense of the world outside his cell, but also gave him a new insight about his captors that sustained him through his torturous imprisonment. Catching a glimpse of one of his guards through the peephole, Thorsness realized Aca,!A"With a flip of a coin, my parents were American. His were Vietnamese. Aca,!A"If he lives to be 100, he wonAca,!a,,ct experience half of what I had in my 35 years just because I was an American. He represents two-thirds of the people in the world that donAca,!a,,ct live in freedom Aca,!A| When I was born I was handed a platter of rights and freedoms and opportunities that he will never experience. We are just very blessed as Americans.Aca,!A?

  • NFL Halftime Show Hosts Army

    Nov 20, 2008

    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- More than 80 Future Soldiers marched onto Lambeau Field to conduct the oath of enlistment during the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears halftime Sunday, Nov. 16. Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, sang the national anthem at the start of the game and "American Soldier" during the halftime. The U.S. Army Drill Team performed ceremonial drills as a tribute to service members past, present and future.

  • Legacy radio system retired from Army Guard

    Nov 20, 2008

    After more than 50 years in service, the venerable AN/VRC-12 series radio was retired from the Army National Guard in a ceremony Nov. 18 at the Army National Guard Readiness Center.

  • Eglin Says Goodbye to Drill Sergeants

    Nov 20, 2008

    Four drill sergeants entered the theater at Eglin Air Force Base, walking toward the stage where a ceremony was being held in their honor. These drill sergeants for Bravo Company were about to end their term as drill sergeants and begin their next job as platoon sergeants of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Battalion (Provisional). They, for the last time, recited the Drill SergeantAca,!a,,cs Creed to the trainee Soldiers in attendance. They walked onstage and handed over their campaign hats, the visual staple of all drill sergeants. On Nov. 3, the very last drill sergeants were removed from the Training and Doctrine Command.

  • Secretary of Army impressed by Redstone Arsenal, area

    Nov 20, 2008

    Secretary of the Army Pete Geren praised Redstone Arsenal during his first visit Nov. 12. Aca,!A"Redstone Arsenal is a remarkable facility,Aca,!A? he told reporters before his departure from Redstone Airfield. Aca,!A"It is such an important part of the present of the Army and the future of the Army. And theyAca,!a,,cre playing a key role in fighting this war.Aca,!A?

  • Gen. Casey focuses on Army families during First Team visit

    Nov 20, 2008

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Stabilization, family readiness, dwell time, veteran and wounded warrior care and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq-- these are the topics Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. discussed during his visit to Fort Hood while meeting with the Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division Nov. 17.

  • Folds Of Honor Foundation and Scholarships For Dependents

    Nov 20, 2008

    Description of the founding of Folds of Honor, a non-profit educational foundation to provide scholarships to the dependents of those killed or injured in the defense of the nation

  • CHPPM staff cases colors as it readies to move

    Nov 20, 2008

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine-South (USACHPPM-South) cased their colors during a ceremony held Oct. 29 at Fort McPherson.

  • Community's Gift of Admiration to Veterans

    Nov 20, 2008

    The Huntsville/Madison County community gave the military its traditional gift of celebration, honor, respect and admiration on Veterans Day. Amidst the Cahaba Shrine clowns, high school drum majors, dancing divas, Corvette and Mustang lovers, Cub Scouts, firefighters and antebellum ladies, the message was loud and clear Aca,!" Huntsville loves its military and wants them to know it. In return, the military came out in full force Aca,!" from the Soldiers and Marines posted on Redstone Arsenal to the local college ROTC and high school JROTC cadets Aca,!" to let the community know the military appreciates the support.

  • Infantry force will get precision munition

    Nov 20, 2008

    The Infantry Brigade Combat Team is about to get more lethal. With the ArmyAca,!a,,cs decision in June to transition Future Combat Systems technologies to the light infantry force, the Non-Line of Sight-Launch System is slated to join the IBCTAca,!a,,cs portfolio of weapon systems in 2011.

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