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    Dec 2, 2009

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.--The Son CafAfA Dining Facility provided a Thanksgiving feast for all of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers and their Families here Nov. 24. The early Thanksgiving meal allowed all Soldiers the opportunity to travel safely home for the holidays and still enjoy the holiday time with their 101st CAB family.

  • Officials break ground on addition to commissary

    Dec 2, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Something big is happening at the Fort Riley Commissary - a new 40,000-square-foot addition. A groundbreaking for the add-alter project took place at 9 a.m. Nov. 12 on the north side of the commissary.

  • Concepts Analysis Lab Expansion Breaks Ground at USASMDC/ARSTRAT

    Dec 2, 2009

    Construction is underway on the 3,800 sq. ft. expanded Concepts Analysis Lab at USASMDC/ARSTRAT. The new lab will feature an open and collaborative office environment for training the future workforce in space and missile defense research and development.

  • Fort Rucker Aviation regiment chaplains feed AIT students' bodies, spirits

    Dec 2, 2009

    Every Wednesday, the rich smell of pepperoni, cheese and Italian spices from 30 to 40 pizzas wafts through Yano Hall. As 100 Advanced Individual Training students dive into the cheesy and meaty goodness, they learn more about the Bible, allowing them to feed body and soul at the same time.

  • Fort Rucker NCO leads Soldiers to physical fitness

    Dec 2, 2009

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. - Seven years into his military career, Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Herzog felt his health was impacting his ability to be an effective noncommissioned officer. That has changed in five years. Herzog, an instructor with the Fort Rucker NCO Academy, became a certified personal trainer in October and offers his services to Soldiers for free.

  • Fort Rucker winter safety campaign begins

    Dec 2, 2009

    Many unit and directorate leaders educate the Fort Rucker community on winter hazards during the annual installation-wide Stand Down Winter Safety Campaign activities through Dec. 18. Topics include Aviation safety issues, cold weather injuries, winter driving and travel, proper cooking methods and food poisoning, according to Sharon Manning, Aviation Branch Safety Office safety and occupational health specialist. Leaders also focus on mission-specific training and Soldier or employee demographics.

  • Airborne NCO awarded Silver Star Medal for heroism

    Dec 2, 2009

    Hundreds of maroon-bereted Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team gathered Nov. 30 to honor Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock, a noncommissioned officer from Company C, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment for actions he took under fire to save Soldiers in Afghanistan.

  • Army buries Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient

    Dec 2, 2009

    Medal of Honor recipient Leonard B. Keller was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, 32 years after he and another Soldier performed acts of bravery in Vietnam that merited the Unites States' highest military decoration.

  • President visits West Point to announce Afghanistan strategy

    Dec 2, 2009

    President Obama made a prime-time speech to officially announce his strategy for Afghanistan to the nation Tuesday night at the U.S. Military Academy with all members of the Corps of Cadets either present or watching from remote locations.

  • Task Force Marne Prayer Luncheon Brings Leaders Together

    Dec 2, 2009

    Leaders from 2nd "Spartan" Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division celebrated togetherness, brotherhood and sisterhood during a prayer luncheon held at FOB Marez dining facility, Nov. 20.

  • U.S., Japan to hold YAMA SAKURA 57 on Hokkaido, Japan

    Dec 2, 2009

    In the first training deployment for the Japan-based I Corps Forward, the U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC) and the Japan's Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) will conduct Yama Sakura 57 (YS57), a joint command post exercise (CPX) at Camp Higashi-Chitose, on Hokkaido, Japan Dec. 7-14.

  • 3rd Sustainment Brigade NCOs Defeat Officers in Annual Turkey Bowl

    Dec 2, 2009

    Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade demonstrated that statement when Soldiers of the unit came together for their first-ever Turkey Bowl football game, Nov. 25.

  • Task Force Marne Soldiers Help Train Canine Soldiers

    Dec 2, 2009

    Theirs is an elite unit, full of dedicated Soldiers who continuously train to take the enemy down. Their success has gone largely unnoticed, but they have done everything from take down some of the biggest enemies of freedom to finding countless improvised explosive devices. These Soldiers are quicker, more agile, more flexible and can accomplish a number of missions your average humans can't - because they're not human. They are the dogs of the Contingency Operating Base Speicher Canine Kennel Unit.

  • Fort Stewart Soldiers, Families Share Thanksgiving Meal

    Dec 2, 2009

    Traditionally in the United States, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks - for harvest, and to others for many blessings. The Army also celebrates this longtime American tradition as officers and senior noncommissioned officers serve a holiday feast to Soldiers and Family Members at installation dining facilities.

  • Demolition of Fort Stewart's Oldest Housing Area Begins

    Dec 2, 2009

    The demolition of the oldest housing area at Fort Stewart, Marne Terrace, began, Nov. 25.

  • 3rd CAB Arrives in Afghanistan

    Dec 2, 2009

    Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade made history as they uncased their Colors in a transfer of authority ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Nov. 24.

  • 3rd Sustainment Brigade Earns Top Honors in Retention

    Dec 2, 2009

    Retention is the Army's way of keeping its best-and-brightest Soldiers. Without experienced Soldiers and noncommissioned officers, the Army would have a hard time accomplishing its mission. That is why the 3rd Sustainment Brigade puts forth a major effort to retain the great Soldiers and leaders it has.

  • Spartan Brigade Assumes Authority of Ninewa Province

    Dec 2, 2009

    The 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division's Colors takes over Ninewa Province from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division's at at Transfer of Authority Ceremony at FOB Marez, Dec. 1

  • New spray may help stop battlefield bleeding

    Dec 2, 2009

    Researchers are developing a new, sprayable liquid wound dressing that forms a tough hydrogel in seconds.

  • Unit schedules its first all-female MEDEVAC team

    Dec 2, 2009

    In the three days before Thanksgiving, one of the on-alert crews for Task Force Keystone made history at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, as the first all-female MEDEVAC crew ever for their company.

  • Civilian Spotlight: Getting to know Melvin Kelley

    Dec 2, 2009

    Civilian Spotlight: Getting to know Melvin Kelley

  • Translog Magazine

    Dec 2, 2009

    Recent issues of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) magazine, Translog. Published for more than forty years, Translog includes articles, features and photos on SDDC, military transportation and logistics, and related endeavors. Each link can be downloaded as a PDF or viewed online. Contact Translog by e-mail: sddc.safb.translog@us.army.mil

  • Seat Belt Safety Message Video

    Dec 2, 2009

    Spc. Nicholas Lake talks about losing his fiancee, Pfc. Nicole Gambala, in a car crash where her seat belt was not properly fastened.

  • Mathematics at war

    Dec 2, 2009

    A member of the 2nd Engineer Battalion taking part in predeployment training at Fort Irwin, Calif. is developing a method of using mathematics to locate insurgent forces and even predict their activities.

  • Troops building joint security stations in Iraq

    Dec 2, 2009

    As part of the partnership between U.S. and Iraqi forces, small joint security stations are being established and one of them is JSS Maysan.

  • 7th Sustainment Brigade sends holiday cheer downrange

    Dec 2, 2009

    FORT EUSTIS, Va - Command Sgt. Maj. Cedric Thomas of the 7th Sustainment Brigade recently read a Christmas story on video for Soldiers stationed throughout Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Along with the video, the USO is sending approximately 1,000 personalized Christmas stockings and a number of care packages to the troops.

  • Afghanistan/Pakistan policy

    Dec 2, 2009

  • Colder weather doesn't slow Old Guard

    Dec 2, 2009

    For the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), the fall and winter months mean colder weather, which changes the mission and training schedule. Despite the changes in weather, Old Guard standards do not waver.

  • Missouri National Guard joins Springfield in Community Covenant

    Dec 2, 2009

  • Partnerships key to Iraqi construction projects

    Dec 2, 2009

    There are many ongoing construction projects across the country as U.S. Forces support the re-establishment of infrastructure for the people of Iraq. Many times, partnership is the key to these projects reaching to completion.

  • The road from truck driver to chaplain

    Dec 2, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - For Spc. Andrey West, the Lord has worked in mysterious ways. At the age of 40, he found himself enlisting in the Army, something he previously had no intention of doing. After serving two years as a motor transport operator, he is now on the path to becoming an Army chaplain.

  • Lightning Horse 'DART' hits the bulls' eye

    Dec 2, 2009

    Troop D, 2-6th Cavalry Regiment DART

  • Belgians, Americans to celebrate anniversary of landmark victory

    Dec 2, 2009

    Sixty-five years after World War II's landmark Battle of the Bulge, U.S. and Belgian troops will again march side by side in Bastogne on Dec. 12 and 13.

  • McChrystal voices support for president's Afghanistan strategy

    Dec 2, 2009

    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan today expressed support for a new strategy that entails sending 30,000 more American troops to Afghanistan by next summer and begins a drawdown of forces in July 2011.

  • President explains strategic choices, calls for unity

    Dec 2, 2009

    The Afghanistan strategy review included many options, but President Barack Obama deemed the increase of 30,000 U.S. troops to institute counterinsurgency operations was the best one.

  • Obama calls for another 30,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan

    Dec 2, 2009

    It is in America's vital national interests to send another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said Tuesday night during a speech at West Point, N.Y.

  • U.S., Japan to hold 'Yama Sakura 57' on Hokkaido

    Dec 1, 2009

    The U.S. Army, Pacific and Japan's Ground Self Defense Force will conduct Yama Sakura 57, a joint command-post exercise, at Camp Higashi-Chitose, on Hokkaido, Japan Dec. 7-14.

  • VA, Army officials to discuss collaborative efforts on TV

    Dec 1, 2009

    Army and Veterans Affairs officials will discuss a number of programs in which the two departments collaborate to help wounded, ill and injured Soldiers on a Pentagon Channel interview Friday.

  • Exercise Yama Sakura 57

    Dec 1, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> Exercise Yama Sakura 57 is a regularly-scheduled U.S./Japan bilateral exercise co-hosted by the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC). Yama Sakura (Japanese for Mountain Cherry Blossom), is a full-spectrum operations (FSO) focused combined, command-post exercise (CPX) with U.S. and Japanese Self-Defense Forces focused on the defense of Japan. This year Japan's Northern Army will host the exercise at Camp Higashi-Chitose on Hokkaido from Dec. 7-12, 2009. The exercise is designed to promote cooperation among the two militaries while sharing training, cultural exchanges and improving partnership readiness. Approximately 1,500 U.S. military personnel and 3,500 JSDF personnel are participating this year.

  • New Army.mil to deliver headlines readers want

    Dec 1, 2009

    Beginning Friday, visitors to Army.mil will experience a new level of Web customization and personalization never seen before on a military Web site.

  • Walnut Cove honors local veterans

    Dec 1, 2009

  • Resourcing the Army Home: Installation funding levels on the decline

    Dec 1, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In recent years, the Army and its Installations have enjoyed unprecedented levels of funding. In fiscal year 2008, the Army hit a high water mark in its fiscal history with a total annual budget exceeding $250 billion - three times more than FY2001 funding level.

  • July 30, 2009 - Testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee

    Dec 1, 2009

    Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Senator McCain, distinguished members of the Armed Services Committee. It is a great honor for me as well to be here and to be nominated by President Obama to be the undersecretary of the Army. I am also very grateful for the confidence and support of Secretary Gates.

  • Fort Myer community honors Native Americans

    Dec 1, 2009

    Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall community celebrated Native American Indian Heritage Month Nov. 18 at the installation's community center. The guest speaker was Red Hawk, a Cherokee Indian from North Carolina.

  • Testimony to Congress, July 30, 2009

    Dec 1, 2009

    I'm a big believer, because I've seen this in other places where I've worked, that the business processes are critically important to the success of the operation. We have a huge bureaucracy. We have great challenges today and into the future, financially and fiscally, for the Army. The operational OPTEMPO is continuing to stay either steady state or even growing...I think we absolutely have to reshape this business process and redesign it and transform it.

  • Honorable Joseph Westphal Visit to Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Facility

    Dec 1, 2009

    Third Army's Maj. Gen. Peter Vangjel, deputy commanding general, and the Honorable Joseph Westphal, under Secretary of the Army, inspect a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle while touring a MRAP production facility managed by the Joint Programs Office, Nov. 24, which contributes to Third Army's logistical movement of mission critical equipment in support of the Responsible Drawdown of Iraq, and sustaining war efforts in Southwest Asia. (

  • RDECOM leadership honors performers

    Dec 1, 2009

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command recognized outstanding Soldiers and civilian employees Dec. 1 at a quarterly town hall meeting.

  • Gold Star wives heal by helping others

    Dec 1, 2009

    Thanksgiving evening many Americans will gather around the table to take turns with family and friends, expressing what they are thankful for. Many families will convey their heartfelt gratitude recognizing the sacrifices of those serving our country.

  • Driver course prepares troops for new M-ATV

    Dec 1, 2009

    As U.S. focus shifts to Afghanistan, instructors preparing troops for the eventual fielding of the vehicles by conducting driver's training on new vehicles, which are better suited to the Afghan environment, the Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected All-Terrain Vehicle

  • FISC Pearl Harbor, NCHB3 offload 25th ID cargo at Pearl Harbor

    Dec 1, 2009

    Members of the 599th Transportation Group; Fleet Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor; 302nd Transportation Terminal Battalion; Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 3; and 25th Infantry Division work together to off-load 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division cargo and equipment from the Motor Vessel American Tern at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 30. The 25th Infantry Division's Third Brigade and the division's headquarters' element redeployed from Iraq earlier in November.

  • SDDC Social Media Links

    Dec 1, 2009

    SDDC has sites on YouTube and Flickr, including photos and video of our people in action around the world.

  • West Point prepares for President Obama's speech

    Dec 1, 2009

    Master Sgt. Santiago Perales, U.S. Military Academy G3 noncommissioned officer-in-charge, inspects a flag display set up at Eisenhower Hall for President Obama's visit to West Point today. Obama is expected to discuss his plans for the troop buildup in Afghanistan later this evening.

  • Paving the way for partnership

    Dec 1, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq- Units in 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are preparing to turn over responsibility to replacement units, as the "Black Jack" Brigade is set to redeploy to Fort Hood, Texas, near the end of December.

  • Greywolf Families travel from far and near to greet homecoming heroes

    Dec 1, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers with 1st Cavalry Division are returning to Fort Hood after a year-long deployment to the northern Iraq city of Mosul.

  • Fall and Winter Home Safety

    Dec 1, 2009

    There is crispness to the air these days. The kids are back in school. Football season is upon us. Autumn colors and smells are in the air, and not far behind will be the chill of winter. As the Army family begins to gear up for autumn and winter, and for upcoming holidays and visitors, officials at the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center are busy reminding all Soldiers, Family members and civilians that preparation and a good understanding of seasonal risks will keep everyone safe at home this year. Aca,!A"Many of the same things that can be dangerous at work can be dangerous at home too,Aca,!A? said Tracey Russell, USACR/Safety Center safety specialist. Aca,!A"As people get ready for the fall and winter seasons this year, I encourage everyone to use the same risk mitigation tools at home as they do at work.Aca,!A?

  • The Amazing Seven

    Dec 1, 2009

  • Long Knives test Infantry Competency

    Dec 1, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Approximately 150 Soldiers, assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division "Long Knives," stood in a single file formation at a windy Fort Hood Stadium Nov. 16 to begin the grueling week-long process of qualifying for an Expert Infantry Badge (EIB).

  • 2009 NCLM Annual Conference in Greenville, October 25-27, 2009

    Dec 1, 2009

  • Ironhorse Soldiers maintain physical fitness standards

    Dec 1, 2009

  • MNF-I leadership visit JSS Sheik Amir

    Dec 1, 2009

  • NCO, Soldier of the Year get out-of-this-world experience

    Dec 1, 2009

    COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Being the Noncommissioned Officer or Soldier of the Year can provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

  • Austin Police visit Ironhorse

    Dec 1, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Police officers from the Austin Police Department visited the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from Nov. 13 to 21.

  • Ironhorse prayer luncheon

    Dec 1, 2009

  • Suicide prevention: Soldiers learning to help save lives

    Dec 1, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - One suicide intervention program compares suicidal thoughts to a strong river current that can sweep people into dangerous drop-offs.

  • DARPA launches competition with $40k cash prize

    Dec 1, 2009

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will take the Internet technology it helped create 40 years ago a step farther this weekend with a contest aimed at bringing people together to solve tough problems.

  • Logistics agency prepares to move 'mountain' from Iraq

    Dec 1, 2009

    Col. Mike Bird is about to move a mountain, but he won't be doing it alone. Bird, commander of Defense Logistics Agency-Central Command, will have help from his DLA support team and participants from several of the agency's field activities. That, however, doesn't make the task of helping the military services draw down a mountain of equipment and supplies accumulated during six years of operations in Iraq any less daunting.

  • Baumholder Child Care Centers get accreditation seal of approval

    Dec 1, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - In the wake of the recent accreditation of the Wetzel and Smith Child Development Centers by the National Academy for the Education of Young Children, the director of Child, Youth and Schools Services, Bonnie Phelps, explained what accreditation means to the centers, the employees who work there and the Baumholder military community.

  • Fallen JSA Soldier honored at memorial ceremony

    Dec 1, 2009

    JOINT SECURITY AREA, Panmunjom, South Korea - A memorial ceremony was held Nov. 23 at the Joint Security Area for Cpl. Jang Myong-ki, a Security Battalion Soldier who died defending a Soviet defector here.

  • Standing tall and cooking good: U.S. Army Africa Soldier takes top honors in 2009 Culinary Arts Comp

    May 15, 2012

    There are plenty of top-notch dining facilities in the Army, but only one is rated the best in Europe and that establishment, nestled in the heart of Northern Italy, is also home to some of the finest culinary arts specialists the Army has to offer - with a wall of trophies and lines of satisfied diners to prove it.

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