Archive: Oct 2009

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  • Indian Army Soldiers fire Javelin for first time

    Oct 26, 2009

  • Hawaii-based Soldiers train with Indian army aviators at YA 09

    Oct 26, 2009

  • Exercise launches first Javelin missile in India

    Oct 26, 2009

    Indian Army troops clamored to learn about the system as the first Javelin missile was launched in India, Oct. 23, by 25th Infantry Division Soldiers as part of Yudh Abhyas 09.

  • 10th Mountain Soldiers test under Army's new expert infantryman standards

    Oct 26, 2009

    The Army has established a new standard for testing and awarding of the Expert Infantryman Badge, or EIB.

  • Iraqi Police get some "familiar" training

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - Ensuring the Iraqi Police are capable of protecting the Iraqi people requires constant training and part of that training involves reinforcing the basics on the use of their weapons.

  • Class 81 graduates, creates milestone for unit

    Oct 26, 2009

    Class 81's arrival to "Tigerland" Aug. 22 marked a new page in the unit's and Army's history. The graduation of Class 81 is the capstone event for their impending deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the re-introduction of combat advisor training at Fort Polk. Tigerland once trained for similar missions during the Vietnam Conflict.

  • Bilateral exercise strengthens bonds between Indian, U.S. Soldiers

    Oct 26, 2009

    Despite a diversity of equipment and missions, Indian and U.S. Army Soldiers found common ground while training together during Exercise Yudh Abhyas 09, an annual bilateral multi-echelon battalion level exercise with a focus on peacekeeping operations.

  • 4th POG - Words conquer

    Oct 26, 2009

    PSYCHOLOGICAL warfare missions are planned to stimulate or strengthen positive attitudes and behaviors in enemy forces or civilians. This is achieved by passing on tailored messaging to the target audience. PSYOP Soldiers come armed with imagery, graphics and expressions to develop and deliver the right message at the right time and place to get the results needed.

  • Checking the pulse of Kirkuk Medical College

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- "An opportunity to pursue a university education is important for a modern economy," said Lt. Col. Hugh McNeely, the deputy commanding officer for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. "And another one is access to qualified doctors and quality medical care."

  • 528th Sustainment Brigade - Providing for the force

    Oct 26, 2009

    This is logistics on the edge. Whether the edge of a mountain or the edge of a map, the 528th Sustainment Brigade is likely there, ensuring special operations units have what they need. The Army's only airborne sustainment brigade looks beyond "areas of responsibility," and is one of the most unique sustainment organizations in the Army. On any given day, nearly one-third of the 528th is deployed somewhere in the world providing critical support to special operations units.

  • Combined Arms live fire during Exercise Yudh Abhyas 09 in India

    Oct 26, 2009

    Combined Arms live fire during Exercise Yudh Abhyas 09 in India

  • USASMDC/ARSTRAT represents at DA Best Warrior Competition

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORT LEE, Va. - Two of USASMDC/ARSTRAT's Warriors were among the 24 who competed in the Department of the Army's Best Warrior Competition here Sept. 28 through Oct. 3.

  • Advise, Support, Stabilize - 95th Civil Affairs Brigade gun-toting diplomats

    Oct 26, 2009

    SINCE its formation in 2006, the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade has hit the ground running. From the Philippines to Africa to Afghanistan, the Army's only active-duty civil affairs brigade has made itself indispensible to special operations forces attempting to build rapport with locals. The brigade's Soldiers take great pride serving as "ambassadors" to some of the world's most remote and desperate regions, as well as providing valuable support to special operations teams. The job of the civil affairs Soldier has taken on new meaning in recent years.

  • 160th SOAR - Plus or minus 30 seconds

    Oct 26, 2009

    SPECIAL operations forces have come to rely on the "plus or minus 30 seconds" guarantee of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment: the ability to be on target anywhere in the world within 30 seconds of the desired time.

  • ISF mechanics learning how to keep vehicles fit to fight

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WA RRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - In any organization that relies on vehicles to perform its duties, maintaining those vehicles is of the utmost importance.

  • Transition team validates future Iraqi army trainers

    Oct 26, 2009

    Ten young men wearing tan and brown uniforms and red berets waited for their evaluation to begin. They were jundis, soldiers of the Iraqi army. Over the past three weeks in Camp Mirra, they learned how to apply a tourniquet, maintain a Humvee and assemble an M-16.

  • Patriot Academy students take extreme field trip

    Oct 26, 2009

    High school students from the new National Guard Patriot Academy took a break from the books and embarked on their first field training exercise at the ranges Oct. 16-17.

  • The Black Daggers - Global warriors

    Oct 26, 2009

    FOR almost three-quarters of a century, highly trained groups of Soldiers have been inserted behind enemy lines to disrupt the movement of enemy troops and supplies to the front lines. These brave Soldiers have frequently used parachutes as a means to infiltrate without being detected.

  • 75th Rangers - Living the legacy

    Oct 26, 2009

    WANT to get physical' The 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite, light-infantry special operations force, may be for you.

  • It is better to give ...

    Oct 26, 2009

    U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's Contracting Division in Colorado Springs, Colo., hosted a special event Thursday, Oct. 22, as part of the fundraising effort for the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign.

  • Special Forces - Shooters and thinkers

    Oct 26, 2009

    Bestowing the Green Beret upon Special Forces in 1961, President John F. Kennedy called the distinctive headgear "a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinction in the fight for freedom." That standard of excellence continues to distinguish those who have earned the Special Forces tab.

  • Gulf Region Division cases colors in Iraq drawdown

    Oct 26, 2009

    When Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre and Command Sgt. Maj. Mitch Prater cased the colors of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division in a ceremony at Al Faw Palace Oct. 23, GRD became the first major division to leave the Iraqi theater as part of the drawdown.

  • Soldier finds moments of escape gliding above Iraq

    Oct 26, 2009

    While on deployment, some Soldiers spend their free time watching movies, reading books or working out at the gym.

  • The making of USASOC Soldiers

    Oct 26, 2009

    The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, USASOC's special operations university, is responsible for special operations training, leader development, doctrine and personnel proponency for civil affairs, psychological operations and Special Forces.

  • Military Working Dogs get a new "leash" on life

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - Since Iraqi Security Forces have taken the lead, they have primarily called upon U.S. forces for support in the form of air support and military working dogs. Expanding on the ISF capabilities, U.S. forces recently provided training to Kirkuk's Emergency Services Unit on caring for military working dogs Oct. 20.

  • USASOC - Full disclosure

    Oct 26, 2009

    TALES of risk and adrenaline swirl around the Army's special operations forces. And while special operations have long operated at the tip of the spear, the character of the men and women of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, known as USASOC, is much more about mental agility, cohesion, small-team operations and individuals pushing past self-imposed barriers.

  • Soldiers commemorate Alaska history

    Oct 26, 2009

    U.S. Army Alaska Soldiers take part in Alaska Day, marking the 1867 transfer of the Alaska territory from Russia to the United States.

  • November 2009, Vol 64, Issue 11

    Oct 26, 2009

    A Special Forces Soldier with A Co., 1st Bn., 7th Special Forces Group gives an Afghan boy a coloring book in Kandahar Province, during a meeting with local leaders, Sept. 12, 2008. The SF team and Afghan commandos met with religious leaders to gain their support and obtain information about insurgents in the region. Special Forces Soldiers, working with Afghan commandos in this region, often wear the battle dress uniform to blend in with their Afghan counterparts.

  • 3rd HBCT Soldiers make their mark in Kuwait

    Oct 26, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - The temperature outside is climbing into the mid-nineties as Sgt. John Direny, a water treatment specialist assigned to Company A, 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, meticulously paints the small letters on the mural he is crafting. The mural, painted on one of the hundreds of concrete road barriers that dot Camp Buehring, has been a two day project so far and he still has a long way to go.

  • 3rd HBCT Soldiers kick off deployment

    Oct 26, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - When Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division waved "goodbye" to their loved ones and climbed on the bus that took them to the plane to haul them overseas, they were not going to Iraq. Not just yet.

  • US Army Materiel Command Band rocks Q-West

    Oct 26, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - The U.S. Army Materiel Command Band, out of Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., performed Oct. 17 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq.

  • "Team Wagonmasters" flashback to the 80's

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers of the 15th Sustainment Brigade's "Team Wagonmasters" rear detachment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) helped students, family members and teachers flashback to the 80's as they geared up for this year's annual dance and fundraiser "Footloose Flashback" at Clarke Elementary, here Oct. 19.

  • Working for Water: Humanitarian need sparks Soldiers' cool solution during hot situation

    Oct 26, 2009

    Teaming up to overcome a humanitarian crisis is one of the goals of the partnership nations for Natural Fire 10. One necessity for any military exercise is water.

  • Army Community Covenant posed to Pepperell

    Oct 26, 2009

  • Community covenant with Fort Carson being renewed

    Oct 26, 2009

  • Supervisors show support for military

    Oct 26, 2009

  • Disabled hunters net 6 deer during special hunt Oct. 3-4 at Fort McCoy

    Oct 26, 2009

    Fort McCoy's annual deer hunt for disabled hunters, which was held Oct. 3-4, saw a favorable increase from 2008 statistics, according to the Fort McCoy Wildlife Program.

  • Communities Aim to Add Support for Armed Forces

    Oct 26, 2009

  • Mississippi Guardsmen ramp up excess equipment turn in

    Oct 26, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - In preparation for the drawdown of U.S. forces and equipment from Iraq, the commander of a Mississippi Army National Guard battalion conducted an excess property inspection Oct. 11 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq

  • Fort McCoy FY 2009 training totals near 106,000 mark

    Oct 26, 2009

    FORT McCOY, Wisc. - Fort McCoy trained nearly 106,000 personnel during fiscal year (FY 2009), which ended Sept. 30. The installation has trained more than 100,000 personnel annually since 1984.

  • U.S. Army Africa command team lays wreath at Rwandan genocide memorial

    Oct 26, 2009

    Learning from the past to ensure a better future defines the Kigali Memorial Center where visitors undertake an emotional journey to understand how genocide nearly destroyed Rwanda.

  • Guard equipment to return from Iraq, Congress told

    Oct 26, 2009

    National Guard equipment will be returned from Iraq and Guard units can fill shortages with equipment currently in theater, Defense officials testified Oct. 21, at a House hearing.

  • 506th Soldiers shine at boards

    Oct 26, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION MAREZ, MOSUL, Iraq - Soldiers with the 506th Quartermaster Company out of Fort Lee, Va., performed exceptionally well at the Soldier of the month and promotion boards at Contingency Operating Location Marez, Mosul, Iraq.

  • Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers experience benefits of scuba diving

    Oct 26, 2009

  • Heidelberg team wins Expert Field Medical Competition

    Oct 26, 2009

    Two Soldiers from the Medical Department Activity in Heidelberg, Germany, claimed the title of "Best Medics in the Army" during the Expert Field Medical Competition held at Camp Bullis, Texas, Oct. 19-23.

  • Old Guard marks 150 year anniversary at Fort Larned

    Oct 26, 2009

    As the oldest active infantry unit, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) has been a witness to and an active participant in the development and defense of the United States. Created in 1784, just after the U.S. victory of the Revolutionary War, The Old Guard was formed to defend and expand a newly formed country.

  • Day on the tees raises green for CFC

    Oct 26, 2009

    A golf scramble held at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course raised more than $2,000 for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Oct. 16.

  • Army Reserve nurse delivers baby in rural Uganda

    Oct 26, 2009

    When 1st Lt. Victoria Lynn Watson deployed to Uganda for a humanitarian assistance and disaster response exercise with the Uganda People's Defence Force, she never imagined she would use her labor and delivery nursing skills.

  • Old Guard Awards and Combined Federal Campaign

    Oct 26, 2009

    Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) united in Conmy Hall on October 16 to distinguish outstanding individuals for talent, dedication to duty and leading The Combined Federal Campaign.

  • U.S. Army Africa Command team visits peacekeeping training sites in Rwanda, Burundi

    Oct 26, 2009

    Capacity building is a top priority for U.S. Army Africa, the army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Therefore, during a visit to Rwanda and Burundi October 19-20, 2009, Major General William B. Garrett III and Command Sergeant Major Gary Bronson, the command team for U.S. Army Africa, seized the opportunity to see Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance sites in both countries.

  • Newman finishes 7th in Martinsville

    Oct 26, 2009

    Ryan Newman produced another strong short track result, finishing seventh in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

  • Operation Joint Eagle - Camp Gruber, Okla.

    Oct 26, 2009

    Illinois National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) personnel participated in an exercise Oct. 20-21 at Camp Gruber, Okla. Operation Joint Eagle is a joint operation exercise focusing on the aftermath of attacks involving possible chemical, biological and radiation elements.

  • Hundreds run for life, join cancer fight

    Oct 26, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - A record number of runners, walkers, strollers and spectators turned out for this year's Walk/Run for Life for Breast Cancer Awareness. More than 600 participants arrived early Oct. 3 at the Hall of Champions, demonstrating support for the cause.

  • Heavy hitters connect at Hispanic Heritage Boxing Tournament

    Oct 26, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A crushing blow thrown by one Bruchsal boxer stunned both his Baumholder opponent and the crowd in attendance at the Hispanic Boxing Celebration Oct. 3 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center.

  • New all-terrain vehicles arrive in Afghanistan

    Oct 26, 2009

    The first mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles designated for southern Afghanistan arrived there Oct. 22 by air transport.

  • Former draftee to hang up uniform

    Oct 26, 2009

    The Army Reserve's top enlisted Soldier retires this month from an Army that's vastly different from the one he was drafted into almost 40 years ago.

  • Special Ops Soldiers earn coveted title of 'Jumpmaster'

    Oct 26, 2009

    Ten minutes before arriving to the drop zone, every parachutist on the 'bird' knows what's coming next when the jumpmaster stands and hooks up to the anchor line cable, signaling the beginning of actions on the aircraft.

  • Retracing Dad's steps in Battle of the Bulge

    Oct 26, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - My father was my hero growing up. He did all the things a son could admire in a father. He left a secure position as an FBI Special Agent to join the United States Army during World War II because he loved his country. As a boy, my father told me many stories of his experiences in the war - the ferocity of combat in eastern France, acts of courage and sacrifice by his fellow Soldiers, his eventual capture and treatment in a German POW camp and his liberation by Soviet forces.

  • Eighth Army leaders affirm commitment to Army families

    Oct 26, 2009

    Eighth U.S. Army senior leaders reaffirmed their commitment to Army Families during an Army Family Convenant signing ceremony at the 8th Army Commander's Off-site Conference at the Gyeong-ju Hilton Oct. 23.

  • Using no-fee passports on leisure can leave you stranded

    Oct 26, 2009

    A government-issued or "no fee" passport can be very convenient. It is free of charge to command-sponsored military family members and Department of Defense civilians stationed overseas and allows them to bypass the process of applying for a tourist passport. The convenience ends, however, when no-fee passports are used for leisure travel. Vacationers can find themselves stranded at the border of another country, trying to get in (or worse: trying to get out).

  • USAG Stuttgart children 'Read for the Record'

    Oct 26, 2009

    On Oct. 8, some 1,950 children in the Stuttgart military community opened the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," by Eric Carle, and read it from cover to cover in hopes of not only learning about hungry caterpillars, but helping to set a world record for reading. The massive reading undertaking was part of the fourth annual Read for the Record attempt at getting the most children from around the world to read the same book on the same day.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Arts and Crafts program named best in Army

    Oct 26, 2009

    For the third year running, the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation department's Arts and Crafts program has been named best in the Army for large garrisons.

  • UNC Security Battalion Soldiers help Korean accident victim

    Oct 26, 2009

    Seven United Nations Command Security Battalion Soldiers helped to rescue a 25-year-old Korean woman from her over-turned vehicle Oct. 20 on Highway 77, south from Camp Bonifas.

  • In Sadr City the water taps are open

    Oct 26, 2009

    In what is considered to be the largest reconstruction effort the United States has undertaken since the Marshall Plan following World War II, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division has completed thousands of reconstruction projects in Iraq including construction of roads, schools, military facilities and oil production infrastructure. The most essential of these projects are those that provide the basic amenities to the Iraqi people to include water and electricity. The Sadr City R3 Water Treatment Plant was intended to increase the quantity and quality of potable water to Sadr City and the surrounding area of Baghdad. The new facility ties into the existing raw water supply piping and included the construction of a water treatment system, water storage facility, a pumping station to pump treated water from storage to the existing distribution system and ancillary facilities such as an administration building, laboratory and an emergency power system. According to project engineers, the modern water treatment process incorporated in the plant is designed with a filtering system that far exceeds the World Health Organization standards.

  • Fall/Winter Safety Campaign

    Oct 25, 2009

    <b>What is it'</b> The 2009 U.S. Army Fall and Winter Safety Campaign reaffirms the Army's commitment to protecting our Band of Brothers and Sisters by urging all Soldiers, civilians and family members to prepare for cold weather activities through awareness, education and information. The campaign, which runs Oct. 1 - March 31, will be driven by a theme reminding all audiences that even though the temperatures are colder, the fall and winter months are "no time to chill" when it comes to safety and risk management.

  • 165th Medical Detachment puts mission into focus

    Oct 24, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD Iraq - The 165th Medical Detachment offers a variety of optometry and optical services, six days a week at Joint Base Balad, and Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Soldiers build history with Bataan Memorial Park

    Oct 24, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION, MAREZ, MOSUL, Iraq - The Bataan Memorial Park is scheduled to officially open Oct. 30, in a dedication ceremony at Contingency Operating Location Marez, Mosul, Iraq.

  • Level two combative classes scheduled to swing into JBB in December

    Oct 24, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Service members on Joint Base Balad, Iraq, may soon be able to learn attack skills ranging from punching to placing opponents into submition.

  • USACE People: Delivering smiles, gifts, friendship to Iraqi students

    Oct 24, 2009

    Goodwill ambassadors from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region South visit Basra kindergarten ....

  • Gulf Region Division cases colors as first division to leave Iraq in drawdown

    Oct 24, 2009

    When Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre and Command Sgt. Maj. Mitch Prater cased the colors of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division in a ceremony at the majestic Al Faw Palace on Oct. 23, 2009, it was not just the end of a unit. The ceremony marked the end of reconstruction efforts under combat operations and the beginning of reconstruction under stability operations.

  • Fort Bragg luncheon highlights disability awareness

    Oct 23, 2009

    Fort Bragg helped to bring disability recognition to the forefront as it celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness with a luncheon at the Fort Bragg Officers' Club Oct. 14.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier, daughter reunited after 15 years

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Imagine having your pre-school aged child taken from you and having no means to contact him or her for the rest of your life. That was the case of a Fort Bragg Soldier who has searched extensively for a daughter he lost more than 15 years ago. On Oct. 14, he was able to give her a hug.

  • 83rd Chem Soldiers cited for 'stepping up'

    Oct 23, 2009

    It is not every day that someone gets a chance to safe a life. Soldiers are familiar with life-or-death situations though, and step up when they are needed -- even off-duty. Three Soldiers of the 7th Chemical Company, 83rd Chemical Battalion received awards for "stepping up" Oct. 2 during a ceremony on 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Field. Sgt. Brian McCann and Sgt. Severo Garza assisted local firefighters with a fire while visiting a former fellow Soldier in Missouri in July. Spc. Steven Whitley gave his neighbor cardiopulmonary resuscitation while he was visiting his family in Iowa in July. The Soldiers all received the Army Achievement Medal for their actions.

  • Fort Bragg children enjoy farm experience

    Oct 23, 2009

    Participants of Fort Bragg's Exceptional Family Members Program enjoyed a day at the Gillis Hill Farm Friday. Parents and children took an educational tour of the farm that included a short film about life on the farm, a puppet show set to the tune of Old MacDonald complete with real animals and a ride on a tractor pulled wagon.

  • Warrior medics engage Warrior Adventure Quest

    Oct 23, 2009

  • National Committee Member Visits Base Supply Store

    Oct 23, 2009

    Redstone has its share of high-profile visitors. Last week a presidential appointee visited the post, but he wasn't here to see missile systems or aviation offices. He came to visit custodians, store clerks and sewing machine operators. James Omvig serves as the vice chairperson for the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. He was appointed to the committee in 2003 by former President George W. Bush. The independent federal agency oversees the AbilityOne program, which promotes business relationships for federal agencies with goods and services from blind or disabled people. He spent the morning of Oct. 13 touring facilities operated by the people his committee is charged to assist. "Mr. Omvig's visit is to thank AMCOM and the Huntsville federal community for 36 years of sterling support for the AbilityOne program," said Bryan Dodson, president and CEO for Phoenix Service. "Over the past 36 years, the combined support for AbilityOne in the Huntsville federal community has literally changed thousands of lives for person with disabilities served by Phoenix and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind who operate the base supply center."

  • Year of the NCO: Junior NCOs train, learn at Warrior Leader Course

    Oct 23, 2009

    Yellow and green smoke covered the back of the field amid the sound of mortar shells going off behind the wood line. Shortly after the smoke began covering an arch bearing the motto "Lead by Example," Soldiers wearing tan, black and maroon berets marched onto the field for the graduation of Warrior Leader Course, Class 01-10.

  • Full Slate Of Activities Greets Military Wounded

    Oct 23, 2009

    Veterans Day activities will once again be the backdrop for a Tennessee Valley program that extends Southern hospitality to wounded Marines and Soldiers. The Semper Fi Community Task Force will host a group of 16 Marines and 16 Soldiers along with their spouses during Heroes' Week, which will include the Marine Corps Ball, a fishing tournament and boat tour, and the Veterans Day dinner and parade. All events are free for the wounded warriors and their spouses. "This is our way of helping, our way of paying it forward," said retired Marine Lt. Col. Mike Dahl, who is coordinating Heroes' Week. The task force has been raising funds throughout the year for this event. The group has also recruited various local businesses to donate services and products, and volunteers to assist with transportation and other arrangements. "We rely on a lot of local organizations to help us with this," Dahl said. Organizations such as the Patriot Guard, North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organization's Coalition, Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, Still Serving Veterans, Vettes for Vets Corvette Club, Blue Star Moms, Eagles Women's Auxiliary, Hands on Greater Huntsville, the cities of Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Guntersville, and several local churches support Heroes' Week. Businesses such as Sierra Toyota, the Westin Hotel, Guntersville Yacht Club and Rocket Harley-Davidson are also providing support. "We want to show them that Huntsville and North Alabama is an awesome place. We support our troops and we accept people with open arms," said Reserve Gunnery Sgt. Joe Wittkop, a Heroes' Week volunteer.

  • Home Sweet Home 2

    Oct 23, 2009

  • Homecoming 1

    Oct 23, 2009

  • Navy Reservist Returns Home After Year In Iraq

    Oct 23, 2009

    Well-wishers file into the conference room. There's cake on the table and a sign on the wall that says "Welcome home, Valerie." Co-workers celebrated Valerie Robinson's return from Iraq with a reception Thursday afternoon at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. The Navy reservist was deployed nearly a year in Al Asad, Iraq, with her unit, Navy Military Construction Battalion 24 out of Huntsville.

  • Protoype Integration Facility

    Oct 23, 2009

    Students from both public and private schools participating in the ninth annual Adventures in Engineering Day were brought by the busload Sept. 30 to tour the Prototype Integration Facility. Some of the attending high schools were Huntsville, Madison, Madison County, Limestone County and Arab. The AIE program allows students the chance to meet engineers who work on Redstone and to learn about their jobs firsthand. The Prototype Integration Facility welcomed the students and offered them the opportunity to see it and to speak with project leads. Once they reached the facility, the students were taken on a tour by government project lead TJ Lapointe who was eager to show and explain what he and other members of the PIF work force do. The bus with students from Bob Jones High was the first to arrive. The students piled in to the Visualization Laboratory where they squeezed between one another to get a better look at the large screens that gave examples of the 3D presentations being created there.

  • Black Falcons conduct heavy drop exercise

    Oct 23, 2009

    Paratroopers with Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Abn. Div. conducted and evaluated heavy drop mission Oct. 14 to simulate the battery's role in a brigade-level air field seizure.

  • Hispanic Heritage: Long Knives celebrate culture, diversity

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division "Long Knives" began their Hispanic Heritage Observance with a short prayer from the brigade's chaplain, Chap. (Capt.) Walter Marshall, and a President Barrack Obama-Proclamation by 2nd Lt. Anthony McFairlane-Gonzalez inside the Brigade's Operation Iraqi Freedom Dining Facility Oct 15.

  • Fort Bragg paratroopers brave weather for training exercise

    Oct 23, 2009

    Soldiers from the 18th Fires Brigade evaluated paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, as they conducted a battery training exercise in the densely wooded hills of Fort Bragg.

  • Celebrating Fort Monmouth history at Archives Day

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- The staff of the CECOM LCMC Historical Office spent a Saturday recently promoting Fort Monmouth's rich history at the Monmouth County Archives' 14th Annual Archives and History Day in Manalapan.

  • Military Families Have Voice At Local Schools

    Oct 23, 2009

    Barbara Williams spends much of her time attending meetings at school and talking with military parents. She doesn't mind her busy schedule; she just wishes more people knew she's available to help. "I still see people every day that say they don't know about school liaison services," she said. "I would say that's an area that needs improvement." Williams serves as youth education support services director/school liaison officer in Child Youth and School Services under the Garrison. She started in April after 32 years in the Huntsville city schools system. "The position that I'm in is very similar to my position in the Huntsville city schools district where I worked with families and children. I'm still working with families and children," said Williams, who formerly served as the director of pupil services at the city school board. "This one's different in that it's issues that concern schools and military children's education. My primary responsibility is of course military children's education." She has already seen the community's support for military children, whose mobile lifestyle entails frequent school changes. Under a new program this year called Military Operation School Supplies, 20 corporate sponsors provided 375 book bags filled with school supplies. The effort started in June and the book bags were distributed to military families in early August. "It was just an overwhelming project," Williams said. "They poured out a lot of support for our families."

  • Women's Group Steps Up Support In Defense Fields

    Oct 23, 2009

    Huntsville's leadership in the promotion of women in defense-related careers is a perfect fit for a city that is known for its "forward thinking," said a top Army official. "Since 1979, Women in Defense has provided members with forums for professional growth. Today there are 15 chapters for women who work in a primarily male industry and environment," said Brig. Gen. Susan Lawrence, commander of the Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command. "Women in Defense has been adding chapters fast and furious in the last five to 10 years. A Huntsville chapter is only natural for the Huntsville area because it is one of the most forward thinking areas for its time." The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women in Defense was started in March 2003. Speaking to an audience of about 250 members of the local WID chapter and the National Defense Industrial Association, Lawrence outlined Huntsville's history in the promotion of women in defense-related careers, beginning in the 1940s when women worked in the Army's local chemical and ammunition plants to replace the men who went to fight in World War II. "Their work helped their families financially and their performance was very much related to their own patriotic duty," Lawrence said. "Many of our predecessors recognized the challenges they faced and they all took on those challenges to make our nation a stronger place to live, to serve and to work." Lawrence said there is "no institution more supportive of women then the Department of Defense. It's been two decades since the Department of Defense first allowed women to go to service academies. Now we have 57 women generals or admirals. Five three-star female generals and, the great news last November, is we now have one female four-star. I've served with her and there is no better selection than General Ann Dunwoody."

  • Soldier deploys to Iraq to help field laser defense system for Chinook helicopters

    Oct 23, 2009

    Laser technology is taking Chief Warrant Officer Cary Nadeau to Iraq for his fourth deployment in support of overseas contingency operations. It's a deployment that will give Nadeau the opportunity to show the Army's Chinook pilots the benefits of new technology tested by the Redstone Test Center.

  • Japanese Colonel performs with Army Band

    Oct 23, 2009

  • Growing Post Thanks Community

    Oct 23, 2009

    Community leaders from across the Tennessee Valley were given a "bird's eye view" of what growth means for Redstone Arsenal during a briefing from top Redstone officers Oct. 13. That view was an overarching look at the Arsenal's footprint, its growing capabilities and new organizations, and the issues that could threaten future growth. During the Evening at the Arsenal, Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of Redstone Arsenal and the Aviation and Missile Command, joined forces with Col. Steve Kihara, the new commander of the Redstone Test Center, and Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli to share Redstone Arsenal's story with more than 100 community leaders. The Arsenal story included a missile firing of the Javelin, a flyover of Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters, and dinner, exhibits and a presentation at the Redstone Test Center's hangar at the Airfield. "This is an Arsenal that supports the entire country ... The mission of success today is having you get a better feel for your Arsenal and having you get a better feel of what we're all about, what our challenges are and where we're at," Myles told his audience. "Welcome to your Army."

  • CSA: New Maneuver Center to boost full-spectrum ops

    Oct 23, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. got an aerial peek Tuesday at the massive expansion effort under way at Fort Benning, Ga., for the Maneuver Center of Excellence which officially stood up with a ceremony Thursday.

  • Fitzmaier takes charge as Garrison manager

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- George E. Fitzmaier took charge as the Fort Monmouth Garrison manager in a Transfer of Authority ceremony on Greely Field on Oct 21. Col. Stephen M. Christian relinquished command during the ceremony, marching into history as the final Fort Monmouth Garrison commander.

  • Bed time stories from half a world away

    Oct 23, 2009

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Mercedes Figueroa has a nighttime ritual every night before she goes to sleep at her home in Phenix City, Ala. Every night before she goes to sleep her father, Staff Sgt. Freddie Figueroa, reads her at least three books.

  • New M-ATV arrives in Southern Afghanistan

    Oct 23, 2009

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan-The first Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) designated for Southern Afghanistan arrived here Oct. 22 by air transport.

  • Soldiers affect brigade modernization

    Oct 23, 2009

    Ground sensors that are part of the Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization program were recently overhauled in line with input from Soldiers.

  • Marines take the title at the U.S. Army Sniper Competition

    Oct 23, 2009

    Fort Benning, Ga. - A Marine team from Scout Sniper School (West), Camp Pendleton, Calif., won the Ninth Annual U.S. Army Sniper Competition that took place Oct. 14-22. The competition was designed to physically and mentally challenge sniper teams, testing a wide range of skills, such as field firing, advanced marksmanship, non-traditional firing positions and physical fitness. Running, obstacle courses and over-land movements are some of the challenges the competitors faced.

  • SECARMY QUOTE

    Oct 23, 2009

    This is a test quote to examine the functionality of a new section in CORE. Please do not post this on your CORE page thinking it is real, because it isn't.

  • Fort Bragg gets a taste of Germany

    Oct 23, 2009

    As the sound of polkas and waltzes filled the air, North Carolina's pine trees faded into the background as 148 people and 100 dogs started their 10-kilometer journey on Smith Lake's sandy trails during the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Volksmarch Saturday.

  • WAMC: Networked hospital saves lives, time

    Oct 23, 2009

    Physicians can log onto an internal Web site to examine X-rays and laboratory results from a computer from any location in the facility. In addition, providers have the ability to access X-rays and lab results from their own home through a virtual private network system. WAMC listened to their healthcare professionals and issued laptops, installed software and fine-tuned network technologies to their work rhythms. The results can be seen in the statistics. Quality of patient care is increasing. Patient deaths are down and productivity is rising.

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