Archive: Mar 2009

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  • Local Soldier honored by 35th Brigade for contributions to engineering

    Mar 3, 2009

  • Rising to the challenge: Teen represents Fort Bragg youth

    Mar 3, 2009

    "I am confident she has been equipped with the tools for success, she is self motivated, and a self-regulated learner who enjoys serving in carious organizations," said retired Sgt. 1st Class Alfreda Williams. "I've tried to teach her that you can't do everything, but everything you do you should do to the best of your abilities." The communication between military children is an issue that Ashley Williams has embraced at her school. One of the programs she is working to get implemented at Massey Hill is the Student-to-Student program, where new students from military Families have a student sponsor from a military Family to show them around and help them get settled in their new environment.

  • Fort Bragg Tax Center: A bargain for military community

    Mar 3, 2009

    Nearly 4,000 tax returns have been filed through the Fort Bragg Tax Center since it began processing returns Jan. 13. Soldiers and their Families are awaiting more than $7 million in refunds, said Terry Spearman, executive officer of the center. Tax preparation is free at the center and has saved Soldiers more than $550,000. The Fort Bragg Tax Center offers federal and state tax preparation for active-duty service members, retirees and their Family members. On a recent afternoon, Staff Sgt. John Schoenmeier, 42nd Military Police Detachment, waited with wife, Erin, to have their returns processed. The couple took turns playing a Nintendo DS game to pass time as they waited. It would probably cost about $200 to get the taxes prepared off base, said John Schoenmeier, who expected it to average $50 an hour over an estimated four-hour wait. "It's free," he said. "I haven't gotten audited yet, so it's a good thing."

  • Fort Bragg sniper, NCO refuses to be stopped

    Mar 3, 2009

    As the team leader assigned to a sniper platoon, Sgt. Roy Mitchell mentors his junior paratroopers on the fundamentals of being a sniper and takes great pride in teaching his subordinates. He said he loves to see how they develop into qualified snipers and professional leaders. While conducting combat operations in Baquba, Iraq on March 24, 2007, Mitchell was shot twice by enemy combatants. A large scar on the right side of his head is a reminder of how fortunate he is to still be alive. Despite his injuries, Mitchell was determined to return to duty. "I was hospitalized for six months, and it took me another six months to recover from all my injuries," said Mitchell. "I was given the option to leave the Army, but I was not ready to leave yet. I would have felt beaten by the enemy if I left the Army and I was not ready to leave all my friends.

  • Fort Bragg siblings honored with trip to inauguration

    Mar 3, 2009

    Two children of a Fort Bragg Special Forces Soldier were honored with the chance to witness last month's Inauguration Day activities at the nation's capital. Solomon McGinty, 14, and his sister, Akaela, 16, both students at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, made the trip to the Washington, D.C. area for the second time in less than 12 months because of their outstanding academic achievements. Akaela, a high school junior, was invited on behalf of Lead America. Solomon was also invited back to Washington, D.C. area because of his nearly two-year involvement with the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

  • Fort Bragg Scouts compete for Excellence in Armor

    Mar 3, 2009

    Cavalry scouts with 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, competed for the coveted Excellence in Armor recognition Feb. 10 through 12 at the All American Landing Zone. According to Sgt. Maj. Charles Gregory, the 3rd Sq., 73rd Cav. Regt. operations sergeant major, this not only marked the first time 3rd Sq., 73rd Cav. Regt. scouts have undergone this training, but it is the first time in the 82nd Abn. Div.'s long history to hold this type of qualification. Only 2,000 cavalry scouts in a career field of about 28,000 are EIA qualified. "To my knowledge, this is the first squad in the division to be given latitude to do this," said Gregory. Gregory explained that cavalry scouts are the eyes and ears of the brigade serving out front of everyone, gaining information about the enemy and relaying it back to higher command. "Due to the youth of the organization, we have young sergeants running lanes who have not even qualified the course," Gregory said. "It is good training for them because they'll have a good idea of the course and know the standards when they participate."

  • At Fort Bragg, Sons of the American Revolution bring history alive to students

    Mar 3, 2009

    On Feb. 12, 30 students from the Irwin Middle School History Club smiled with excitement as a man dressed like he walked out of George Washington's closet stood before them and taught them about the history of the American Revolution. Franklin Horton, senior vice president for the North Carolina Society of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution gave a detailed presentation to the after-school club wearing his blue and brown Continental Army uniform. Horton brought a table full of assorted items ranging from a canteen to a replica musket loader. He said he finds the replicas help keep the kids interested during the presentation. "(The students) always want to ask about the gun, bayonet and the clothing we wear," Horton said.

  • Storyteller Opalanga Pugh and musical group Oluwaseyi highlights of SMDC/ARSTRAT African American hi

    Mar 3, 2009

    This year's Black History Month Observance at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Force Strategic Command Operations was a collaborative effort between the command, Team Buckley and the Colorado National Guard. To that end, a program of "African-American" storytelling and dance was offered up to an audience in the training rooms of USASMDC/ARSTRAT's Building 3.

  • Fort Bragg Paratroopers learn safety is first point of performance

    Mar 3, 2009

    While placing rounds downrange and on target is a key skill, the first and primary concern of every Soldier on the range Feb. 5 was not accurate shooting, but rather the safe and proper handling of the weapons, said Staff Sgt. George Rouska, a 35-year-old native of Portland, Ore., and a petroleum supply specialist with Co. A. "It's safety first, and safety always."

  • Iraqi Police release detainees during ceremony

    Mar 3, 2009

  • Setting the force at Fort Bragg: Taking care of vehicle, aircraft repairs

    Mar 3, 2009

    Soldiers need weapons and vehicles to complete ground and air missions. Over time, machinery breaks down, rusts and malfunctions. The harsh conditions Soldiers endure while deployed are the same for these tools of the trade. If they're broken, who fixes them' "MMD (Material Maintenance Division) can repair almost all tactical equipment assigned to Fort Bragg units and tenants," said Joe Karmazyn, Directorate of Logistics MMD chief. The division, in partnership with ITT Industries, a government contractor, provides maintenance support to ensure mission readiness for Fort Bragg units, Army garrison, and other military units training on Fort Bragg. During the past year MMD repaired or serviced: n 22,669 small arms and night vision goggles n 3,558 pieces of equipment left behind in theater n 12 completely refurbished aircraft n 1,552 mobilization/ demobilization resets n 1,582 unserviceable engines, transmissions and other parts repaired to a national standard, also known as national maintenance or NMP.

  • Wife reenlists husband at al-Faw Palace

    Mar 3, 2009

  • Army Family focuses on positive by helping others

    Mar 3, 2009

    One Army Family not only helped a boy eat the night they met him, but they has forever changed the lives of two other Guatemalan boys. The Katter Family has faced some tough challenges in the last few years. Sgt. Kenneth Katter from the Warrior Transition Battalion joined the Army in 2005 after a break in service because he wanted to serve his country once again. When he joined, Katter brought with him seven years experience as a force recon Marine and nine years experience as a police officer. Even though he had a secure career as a police officer, his Family supported Katter's decision to re-enter the service. When Katter returned in October 2007 from a deployment to Iraq with traumatic brain injury and other medical conditions caused by multiple attacks with improvised explosive devices, the Family looked for something positive to focus on. Katter's wife, Patti, found the solution - sponsoring a young boy in Guatemala named Marcos. "It was a really hard on us," said Patti. "Sponsoring Marcos was a good thing for the Family to focus on other than the hard times."

  • ISF, MND-B Soldiers distribute supplies to Karada schools

    Mar 3, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi Security Forces and their U.S. partners distributed a variety of clothes and school supplies to students in two schools, Feb. 25 in the al Karradah district of eastern Baghdad.

  • "Iron Brigade" Soldier, NCO of the Year

    Mar 3, 2009

    BAGHDAD - In the early morning hours Feb. 26, 11 Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, gathered outside brigade headquarters at Camp Striker, Iraq for the beginning of the annual "Iron Brigade" Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year competition.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier becomes the first amputee to complete Jumpmaster Course

    Mar 3, 2009

    For most Soldiers, when they join the Army there are a set of schools they set their eyes on as goals to complete. Schools like, Air Assault, Ranger and Pathfinder. For any airborne qualified noncommissioned officer, the natural goal would be the Jumpmaster Course.

  • 1st Cav. celebrates Black History Month

    Mar 3, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - As a photo of President Barack Obama beamed across the screen at the Community Event Center, an overwhelming sense of pride was evident on the faces of those gathered as they celebrated Black History Month, Feb. 26.

  • Senator visits Fort Bragg for first time

    Mar 3, 2009

    Hagan said she wanted to use her post in the Senate Arms Committee to ensure that North Carolina remains the most military friendly state in the nation. She added that the state, itself, must help as well. "I think we've got to realize that there are a lot of other states out there that also want that recognition," she pointed out. "I think the fact that North Carolina has become the recipient under the Base Realignment and Closure Committee's recommendations, we will be getting 10,000 more troops and with that is probably another 28,000 people. The economic impact of what's going on here at Fort Bragg, to Fayetteville and Cumberland County, is about $9 billion a year.

  • Fort Bragg wins growth award for community forestry program

    Mar 3, 2009

    For the second year in a row, Fort Bragg has won the Tree City USA Growth Award for its outstanding community forestry program. The prestigious award, given by the National Arbor Day Foundation, recognizes Tree City USA communities that demonstrate environmental improvement and superior tree care. Fort Bragg was recognized for demonstrating progress in the following areas of its community forestry program: Education and public relations Continuing education for tree workers Continuing education for tree managers Tree planting and maintenance Recycling Street tree pruning

  • Fayetteville Cares cooks up treat for Fort Bragg Soldiers

    Mar 3, 2009

    There is nothing like a home-cooked meal, the time that you share with Family and friends, the endless conversation and creating memories that last a lifetime. More than 50 Soldiers were invited to homes of Fayetteville Families to enjoy a home-cooked meal during the "Evening of Care" event. The Evening of Care is an annual fundraising event for the Care Clinic in downtown Fayetteville. Throughout the city, 35 Families hosted Soldiers and civilians for dinner at a cost of $75 per person. All proceeds went to the Care Clinic.

  • SMDC/ARSTRAT employees receive Lean Six Sigma green belt

    Mar 3, 2009

    Lean Six Sigma is an internal continuous improvement process that is used to reduce costs or improve business functions by reviewing and altering existing processes. Green belts have achieved the second level of Lean Six Sigma training, which are project team leaders.

  • Army Reservist Honored by Miami Heat's HOMEStrong Program

    Mar 3, 2009

    Miami Heat HOMEStrong Program honors Miami area Army Reservist and OIF veteran.

  • Facing the enemy within

    Mar 3, 2009

    She has a sweet, welcoming smile and calm, easygoing demeanor. But don't be fooled-there's a war raging around this Soldier. The enemy is at the gate and it's trying to kill her every second of the day.

  • Excellence recognized throughout Fort Bragg: Engineers receive award

    Mar 3, 2009

    Fort Bragg's Directorate of Public Works' Environmental Division recognized the 27th Engineer Battalion and 1/504th Parachute Infantry Regiment for outstanding compliance with environmental regulations in the 1st quarter of FY09.

  • Cyber-recruiting

    Mar 3, 2009

    Before future Soldiers can provide for the Army, the Army provides for its future Soldiers. When recruiters approach potential recruits, they take into consideration multiple factors such as job experience, interests, college aspirations and tuition needs, or even cash bonus incentives.

  • Diving into healing waters

    Mar 3, 2009

    For two years the volunteers of Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba have taught more than 100 injured veterans how to dive. The program is designed to assist returning veterans injured in Afghanistan and Iraq with their rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

  • At Fort Bragg, programs are available for Soldiers who want to pursue a higher education

    Mar 3, 2009

    "Classes can be started stateside, and if you get deployed, you can continue them from a computer at your next installation," said Colleen Kernstine. "The education centers down-range may not be up to par with their stateside counterparts cosmetically, but they're comparable in terms of the resources they offer."

  • Realistic training prepares paratroopers for combat

    Mar 3, 2009

    Inside a dark and dusty barn, two paratroopers were on the hunt for hidden weapons. Chickens and baby goats scrambled under their feet as they searched every nook and corner of the building.

  • High-tech mobile hospital trains to save lives in combat

    Mar 3, 2009

    "Mascal! Mascal! Mascal!" someone shouted as Soldiers ran out of tents towards a 15-passenger van, horn beeping loudly. Medical personnel whistled loudly to get everyone's attention focused on the latest casualties coming into the training area.

  • A jumpmaster's story of ultimate courage, endless determination

    Mar 3, 2009

    "It has come to my attention that you were towed during your battalion's mass jump on July 21, 1978 and then a couple of days later jumped again," begins a now 30-year-old letter addressed to Sgt. Ronald L. Cox from Lt. Gen. Volney F. Warner, the commander of 18th Airborne Corps. The incident Warner was referring to marked the occasion Cox became what every paratrooper fears. For a brief, terrifying time that summer day, Cox was a towed parachutist, entangled mid-air in his static line immediately after exiting the door of a C-130 aircraft.

  • March 2009 Vol. 64, Issue 3

    Mar 3, 2009

    Stories within this issue highlight a variety of topics, including women in the Army.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers help students experience life skills in the kitchen

    Mar 3, 2009

    The eighth grade students in Ebony McAllister's Exploring Life Skills classes at Max Abbott Middle School in Fayetteville got the opportunity to interact with four Soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg.

  • Top division enlisted leader meets with senior NCOs

    Mar 3, 2009

    Noncommissioned officers meet with the Multinational Division - Center and 10th Mountain Division (LI) senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. James Redmore, during a working lunch Feb. 19.

  • Fort Bragg Fire and Emergency Services wins safety seat award

    Mar 3, 2009

    When Fort Bragg Fire and Emergency Services began its child safety passenger program in October 2007, it was staffed by only a couple technicians. Today, the program boasts nearly 20 certified technicians who are able to inspect, install and service child safety seats, said deputy fire chief Mark Melvin. The technicians take a four-day class of 32 to 36 hours to earn certification. The safety program has been so widely promoted and effective that the department has won the North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Program of the Year Award for 2008. The award will be presented to the department at the state's Child Passenger Safety Conference March 13 at Atlantic Beach, N.C.

  • Army chief of staff salutes Fayetteville citizens for support of military community

    Mar 3, 2009

    "What you've done here today is exactly the type of community support and sentiment that we (Army leadership) hope to generate," Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. said. "If there is to be recognition of patriotic civilian service, there can be no more appropriate location than this Soldier sanctuary city, this military base and this hallowed parade field where honor and sacrifice are celebrated each and every day."

  • Remembering the Women's Army Corps

    Mar 3, 2009

    General Douglas MacArthur called them "My best Soldiers," during World War II, saying that the women serving in the Women's Army Corps worked harder, complained less and were better disciplined than many of his male Soldiers.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers who give platelets can earn promotion points

    Mar 3, 2009

    Once a volunteer has donated platelets, he or she will receive a certificate of achievement after the first donation and every third donation thereafter. Soldiers will receive a certificate of achievement in accordance with Army Regulation 600-8-22 which can be used for promotion points. Department of the Army civilians can receive a certificate (IAW 672-20) upon request.

  • Black Hawk over Iraq

    Mar 3, 2009

    A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Task Force 34, 1st Battalion-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion, flies by a mosque during a mission over Iraq on Feb. 27.

  • Help available for Fort Bragg Families

    Mar 3, 2009

    Autism affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others, usually starting within the first three years of a child's life. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. "I usually felt like I was in my own little world and was often oblivious as to what was going on around me," said David Hamrick, a high-functioning autistic who speaks at conferences and workshops around the country.

  • Vice chief: Army pushing power to lowest level

    Mar 3, 2009

    During the Association of the United States Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition, Feb. 25-27, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli said the Army should focus on connectivity, commonality and survivability.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers learn Arabic language for future missions in Iraq

    Mar 3, 2009

    Since November, the Soldiers in the 37th Engineer Battalion have been training with the Defense Language Institute to learn the Arabic language in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Iraq. At the end of February, the remaining 15 Soldiers in the class will finish their training before heading to the National Training Center in March. At the end of their training, the Soldiers will then be given the oral proficiency interview, which includes both speaking and listening proficiency.

  • Fort Bragg's Albritton students to audition for N.C. state band

    Mar 3, 2009

    With their music in hand a month before the concert, musicians will spend time on their own practicing their repertoire. While this may sound like a professional band, in actuality, it is a description of the district band clinic that two Albritton Junior High students qualified for after completing their auditions.

  • Fort Campbell kicks off Year of the NCO

    Mar 3, 2009

    Hundreds of Soldiers gathered at Fort Campbell's Wilson Theater for the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer kickoff ceremony Friday.

  • Fort Bragg's Airborne and Special operations Museum's new exhibit tells the story of 555th

    Mar 3, 2009

    "We think it's important that Soldiers know their history," Dennings said. "They need to know where they came from so they can be inspired to be the best Soldiers they can be."

  • 82nd CAB conducts exercise at airfield

    Mar 3, 2009

    "Our operational tempo is high right now," said Master Sgt. Russell Lowery, the aviation operations sergeant major. "The troopers have done outstanding as a whole." During the MRX, the 82nd CAB was faced with a number of scenarios from downed aircraft, MEDEVAC missions launched and aircraft maintenance. Along with these aviation missions, the exercise also incorporated the posture of aviation task forces in support of maneuver units on the ground. "This was a great opportunity to exercise our battle tracking systems," said Lowery. "We are postured to deploy and our troopers are motivated to get downrange."

  • From challenge to opportunity: Repairing CH-47 rotor blades

    Mar 3, 2009

    Rotor blades for the CH-47 are in short supply, especially the aft rotor blades. If the rotor blades of a damaged Chinook are in workable condition, they are removed from the damaged aircraft and transferred to one that is functioning. Even without crashes or hard landings, these rotor blades suffer from heavy workloads; frequent usage and environmental factors. Increased operational tempo has necessitated a more efficient overhaul of CH-47 rotor blades to sustain the Soldiers' needs on the field.

  • Corpus Christi Army Depot welcomes Apache's new Sighting and Targeting System

    Mar 3, 2009

    An exciting upgrade arrived at Corpus Christi Army Depot recently, marking a revolution in attack helicopters within the past five years. An AH-64 Apache, equipped with a new sighting and targeting system, caused a bit of a stir in the Directorate of Aircraft Production as CCAD employees tested the technological marvel.

  • Waste shipment from Operation Swift Solution answers treaty obligations

    Mar 3, 2009

    Operation Swift Solution, the Army initiative to eliminate three deteriorating steel containers storing a mixture of GB nerve agent and its decontamination breakdown products, reached another critical milestone today when two trucks holding the caustic wastewater, known as hydrolysate, generated during the neutralization process were received at Veolia Environmental Services, near Port Arthur, Texas.

  • Year of the Noncommissioned Officer: Induction ceremony a rite of passage that symbolizes dedication

    Mar 3, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- While not every day is easy for noncommissioned officers, the U.S. Army Europe NCOs honored at an induction ceremony here Feb. 27, seemed to agree that it was a great day to be a sergeant.

  • SMA Kenneth O. Preston Reconizes Tampa NCO of the Year

    Mar 3, 2009

    SMA Kenneth O. Preston was the feaured speaker at the AUSA Suncoast Chapter NCO of the Year luncheon.

  • CBS Radio Tampa Bay Interview with SMA Kenneth Preston

    May 25, 2011

    John Sipos of CBS Radio Tampa Bay conducted an 11-minute interview with SMA Kenneth Preston that covered many topics. The interview ran on Tampa, FL CBS Radio stations on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

  • U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff G-4 visits Sustainers in Iraq

    Mar 3, 2009

    Lt. Gen. Mitchell Stevenson, the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff G-4 visited 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) logistics operations here to assess theater operations throughout Iraq, Feb. 18.

  • Fort Bragg Soldier revitalizes postpartum physical training program

    Jan 2, 2014

    "Postpartum!" The female Soldiers of the Postpartum Physical Training Program sound off with an assertive loud roar as the head instructor calls the group to attention. For these Soldiers, PT is more than just physical activity; it's a chance to regain their prior weight and physical abilities before pregnancy. Because of a highly motivated instructor, almost all the Soldiers are achieving their goals, if not exceeding them. Master Sgt. Ruby Ann Murray, the head instructor of PPTP, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), has been volunteering her time and services to the PPTP for more than eight years.

  • U.S. builds ties in east Africa

    Mar 2, 2009

    The commander and deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) attended the graduation ceremony of 32 military officers, from nine East African countries, who successfully completed the Peace Operations Staff Course conducted by CJTF-HOA.

  • The Parachutist Badge-68 Proud Years

    Mar 2, 2009

    Airborne wings approved 1941

  • Shooting for the Excellence-in-Competition Badge

    Mar 2, 2009

    "At the sound of the horn you have 90 seconds" - a familiar preamble to competitors Tuesday at McAndrews Range during the Service Rifle portion of the 2009 Army Rifle and Pistol Championships.

  • Basic training Soldiers test limits in gas chamber

    Mar 2, 2009

    The gas chamber at Brittin Range goes by many names - house of horrors, confidence chamber, chamber of horrors - but no matter what Soldiers call it, they all pass through its walls during Basic Training.

  • Airborne legacy passed from grandfather to grandson

    Mar 2, 2009

    Pvt. 1st Class Christopher Mullen grew up with "about a million" Airborne stories. When he graduated from Airborne School Friday, he reminisced about some of the anecdotes his grandfather, Darrell Branstetter, a former Fort Benning paratrooper, told him when he was younger.

  • Army Reserve senior NCO promotion board selects future leaders

    Mar 2, 2009

    Nearly 650 Army Reserve senior noncommissioned officers' hopes of promotion were in the hands of more than a dozen command sergeants major during a semi-annual promotion board held here Feb. 22 to 26.

  • Three NCOs honored at AUSA event

    Mar 2, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. David Bruner, Training and Doctrine Command and Gen. Martin Dempsey, TRADOC commander (right) honored three Florida-based noncommissioned officers during the Association of the United States Army's Institute of Land Warfare Winter Symposium and Exposition, Feb. 25-27, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The three NCOs were Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Loddick, Joint Communications Support Element NCO of the Year and AUSA Suncoast Chapter Tampa NCO of the Year; Sgt. 1st Class Shateria Rhaming, Miami Recruiting Battalion; and Staff Sgt. Luisa Ocampo, U.S. Central Command NCO of the Year.

  • AKO/DKO exceeds million logins in single day

    Mar 2, 2009

    Army Knowledge Online/Defense Knowledge Online has reached a major milestone, recording more than one million logins during a single day last week.

  • American Polar Bears!

    Mar 2, 2009

    The American Expeditionary Force in Siberia

  • Soldiers step back as Iraqis take lead

    Mar 2, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HUNTER, Iraq - After two months of patrolling in northern Baghdad last summer, Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, helped reduce the rate of indirect fire received at the base there to its lowest levels since the war started in 2003. With the intent of duplicating those results at their new location here, the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, also known as 'Black Dragons,' assisted the 41st Brigade, 10th Iraqi Army Division, during 'Operation Long Island,' in late February.

  • Black Dragons on the move

    Mar 2, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HUNTER, Iraq - After providing base security just north of Baghdad, then training a new Iraqi Army brigade in southern Iraq, the 'Black Dragons' of the 4thBrigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, were once again on the move.

  • Corps commander visits Long Knives, COB Adder

    Mar 2, 2009

  • Longknife commander, NCO recognized for valor

    Mar 2, 2009

  • "Panthers" patrol, police-up after IED blast

    Mar 2, 2009

  • IA, Paratroopers team up for Operation Sway Sway

    Mar 2, 2009

  • Lone Star Guard's promotion

    Mar 2, 2009

  • NGB Chief visits "Arrowhead" troops

    Mar 2, 2009

  • Congressional delegation views progress in northwest Baghdad

    Mar 2, 2009

  • Iron Brigade Soldiers reduce stress by staying active, using Army programs

    Mar 2, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Deployment is never easy, especially a fifteen-month deployment where Soldiers face the possibility of missing the same holiday twice away from their loved ones.

  • Barrier yard operators receive recognition

    Mar 2, 2009

  • Keystone state Soldiers settle into mission

    Mar 2, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Several days into the official start of his unit's mission in Iraq, the commander of an Army National Guard battalion from central Pennsylvania says a partnership is already being developed between his Soldiers and Iraqi Security Forces.

  • NP, Paratroopers patrol Beladiyat

    Mar 2, 2009

  • 'Wagonmasters' kick off month-long blood drive

    Mar 2, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Needles, some people can't stand them.

  • Dagger Brigade gains Stryker Soldiers, more ground

    Mar 2, 2009

    BAGHDAD - No sooner than the troopers of the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment said goodbye to the 2nd Heavy "Dagger" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, did Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment arrive and begin combat operations as an attached unit to the Dagger Brigade.

  • From slavery to the presidency: 15th SB Soldiers celebrate Black History

    Mar 2, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - "Oh Lord, why did you make me black'"

  • Commentary: Duties as a mission Commander in Iraq

    Mar 2, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Duties as a mission commander in the 154th Transportation Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, are complex and require a great deal of preparation.

  • Training Aids Production Center Opens in Grafenwoehr

    Mar 2, 2009

    The former JMTC General Support Center (GSC) changes its name and its location after 40 years in Roedelheim when it opens the doors on the Training Aids Production Center (TAPC) in Grafenwoehr, Germany this March.

  • March Spotlight: Staff Sergeant Danny Mallory II

    Mar 2, 2009

    NAPLES, Italy -- As the Army celebrates the Year of the NCO, the 650th Military Intelligence Group recently recognized one of its NCOs as the Support Person of the Year. Staff Sgt. Danny Mallory competed against the unit's best, but in the end, it was Mallory who was selected as the winner.

  • Stryker Brigade Announced for Deployment

    Mar 2, 2009

    The Department of the Army confirmed today the Department of Defense's announcement of the deployment of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (Dragoon Raiders), 2nd Infantry Division, based at Fort Lewis, Washington as part of the next rotation of forces in Iraq. This announcement involves approximately 4,000 service members. Their deployment is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2009.

  • Army units announced for Afghanistan rotation

    Mar 2, 2009

    The Department of the Army confirmed details today of the Department of Defense's announcement to deploy the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters and 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division to Afghanistan as part of a normal rotation of forces.

  • Army NCO Makes Difference in Brussels

    Mar 2, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Sgt. Ryan P. Cody is a Military Policeman assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Brussels. Cody has been in the Army for some 4 A,A1/2 years, and, with his wife, Kayla, arrived in Brussels in July 2008, just a few months after his return to Fort Stewart from a 15-month assignment to Iraq. Shortly after arriving in Brussels, he was offered the opportunity to become the Brussels D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. "I really had no idea what D.A.R.E. was about, but I signed up," he said.

  • Americans, NATO Personnel Soak Up Belgian Culture Playing Centuries-Old Game

    Mar 2, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES, Belgium Aca,!" It's a quaint city lined with narrow cobblestone streets, a historic church and Belgian pubs, but on Ash Wednesday, the beauty and peacefulness of ChiAfA..vres, Belgium, turned into all out mayhem.

  • U.S. and Australia establish project agreement for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program at AUSA

    Mar 2, 2009

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Thursday, February 26, 2009 - As part of the Army and Marine Corps' Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Australian Department of Defence have entered into a Land Force Capability Modernization (LFCM) Project Arrangement (PA) for JLTV. The PA, which became effective on January 21, will develop and document a harmonized JLTV program through cooperative risk reduction, experiments and demonstrations, modeling and simulation, testing, and data collection. This should result in an enhanced JLTV program and allow for continued cooperation in the JLTV program development.

  • Joint Multinational Training Command ceremony pays tribute to Army's 'Year of the NCO'

    Mar 2, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- "No one is more professional than I. I am a noncom-missioned officer, a leader of Soldiers. As a noncommissioned officer, I realize that I am a member of a time-honored corps, which is known as 'The Backbone of the Army.'" Those words from the Army NCO Creed rang out in the Grafenwoehr Fitness Center as more than 100 active and re-tired Soldiers gathered Feb. 26 to recognize the achievements of Army noncommissioned offi-cers during the 7th Army Joint Multinatio-nal Training Command kick-off ceremony for the "Year of the NCO."

  • Defense schools raise age requirements for early childhood education

    Mar 2, 2009

    WASHINGTON - Young military children who thought the first day of school was imminent may not have to worry about reading, writing and arithmetic until next year because of a change in entrance age requirements.

  • 6-6 Cavalry support troops keep aircraft flying high

    Mar 2, 2009

    6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade support Troops work around the clock to keep pilots and aircraft flying.

  • Education key component to Year of the NCO

    Mar 2, 2009

    The Year of the NCO is a time to enhance the education, fitness, leadership and pride in service of our NCOs through programs that sustain and grow our NCO Corps.

  • Guard, Reserve Soldiers train at Joint Multinational Readiness Center for Kosovo mission

    Mar 2, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) -- Just three months after returning to the United States from a 15-month tour in Iraq with the 29th Infantry Division, Spc. Sean Evans of the California Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Armor jumped at the opportunity to deploy again. However, instead of shipping out for another tour in Iraq, the infantryman joined about 1,300 other members of the California Guard's 40th Infantry Division for a 10-month peacekeeping mission to Kosovo as part as KFOR-11, the 11th iteration of the Kosovo Force mission.

  • U.S. Army Africa pays tribute to Year of the NCO

    Mar 2, 2009

    The Southern European Task Force Europe-U.S. Army Africa and the Vicenza Military Community launched the Year of the NCO with an Induction Ceremony Feb. 17 at the post theater.

  • Joint Multinational Readiness Center team takes Hohenfels training area to Fort Bragg

    Mar 2, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) -- The Joint Multinational Readiness Center's Operations Group is taking on the largest mission and most complex road trip in its history. For the first time, the Ops Group, as it is known here, joined by two company-sized elements and a battalion headquarters from the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry and operators and analysts from the Instrumentation Training Analysis Computer Simulations and Support team, traveled to the U.S. this month to train Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Army Materiel Command CG visits with Soldiers and civilians of 12th CAB

    Mar 2, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) - The commanding generals of the U.S. Army Materiel Command and U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, along with their senior enlisted staff members, visited the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at Katterbach Army Airfield here, Feb. 25. General Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC Commanding General, and Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, Commander of RDECOM, met with 12th CAB commander Col. Robert C. Doerer and key brigade leaders before visiting Company B, 412th Aviation Support Battalion. Afterward, the generals had lunch with 12th CAB officers and then visited with Soldiers and civilian contractors at the post's vehicle reset program hangar.

  • Army Capabilities Integration Center director examines the shape of the future force

    Mar 1, 2009

    Lt. Gen. Michael A. Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, gave a look inside the Army's force in the years to come at the Association of the United States Army's 2009 Winter Symposium. Vane believes there are five keys in what the Army should look at to shape the force for the future. They are the battle command network; counter improvised explosive devices and mines; power and energy; human dimension; and training.

  • Banner year for USAG Schinnen NCOs

    Mar 1, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen noncommissioned officers kicked off the Year of the NCO with a special event in the garrison's Activity Center Feb. 26, which included presentations of NCO history, a specially designed banner and a video presentation.

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