Archive: May 2009

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  • Sergeant Major Academy class graduates

    May 15, 2009

    Sgt. Maj. Francisco Cervantes fulfilled a 20-year dream, May 7, at the Baccalaureate ceremony for the Sergeants Major Academy's 59th graduating class.

  • 'Better half' honored during Military Spouse Appreciation Day

    May 15, 2009

    "Uncle Sam may not be a woman, but he'll still take your man." Howard Butler, the U.S. Army Garrison's deputy commander, recites a family story that says his grandfather gave Butler's wife this warning not long after the couple was married.

  • Motorcyclists Make Ride to Vietnam Memorial

    May 15, 2009

    While we stumbled out of bed this morning and fumbled with the coffee pot, motorcyclists on the other side of the country said a prayer for the fallen and set their sights east. The Run for the Wall began today and will continue for 11 days. Part of their journey will bring them through Alabama on May 19. For the 21st year, veterans, servicemembers and supporters are departing Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., where they have gathered for the last several days. They will ride cross country to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event is not only to recognize and remember the sacrifices of fallen veterans, but also a journey of healing for those who make the trip.

  • Perdue visits post, signs education bills for children

    May 15, 2009

    Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue visited Freedom Hall May 7 to sign two bills to ease military children's transitions between schools as they move because of their parents' service.

  • Soldiers team up with students through PIE

    May 15, 2009

    "This was the best field day by far," said fourth-grade teacher Jessica Thorne, who coordinated the event for Georgetown Elementary School. The difference was the 23 Soldiers in the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, partners in education with the school, she said.

  • Air Force wins at chess tournament

    May 15, 2009

    PFC Pieta Garrett, 23, of Fort Polk, La., took the top individual spot Thursday during the four-day Inter-service Chess Tournament at the Kelley Hill Recreation Center. The tournament brought 20 service members of all branches to post for a seven-round Swiss-system tournament.

  • 4th RTB NCOs clinch Best Ranger title

    May 15, 2009

    Two Soldiers made history this year during the 26th annual LTG David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition May 8-10. SFCs Blake Simms and Chad Stackpole, 4th Ranger Training Battalion Ranger instructors, won the overall competition, and also came in first on the road march that began Friday night and first in Saturday night's orienteering, earning both the Rippetoe and Leandri awards, respectively. This is the first time one team won the three major awards.

  • USAG NCOs seek 'leadership in training' through history

    May 15, 2009

    McPherson became more than just the name of their duty station for 14 Soldiers May 6; it became a lesson on leadership. As part of the Year of the NCO observation, 14 Fort McPherson Soldiers conducted an NCO professional development training exercise by visiting the Cyclorama in downtown Atlanta at Grant Park.

  • Redstone to Neutralize Leftover Chemical Agents

    May 15, 2009

    Redstone Arsenal will neutralize its stockpile of World War II-era chemical agent identification sets May 17-18. The Army Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel Project, part of the Army Chemical Materials Agency, uses transportable treatment systems to safely treat and neutralize chemical warfare materiel. Established in 1992, the project maintains transportable assessment and treatment technologies with proven track records of efficiency and success.

  • AMC Workers Share Career Journey with Students

    May 15, 2009

    Fifth-grade students at the Academy for Science and Foreign Languages have been talking a lot these days about the careers they someday want to have thanks to the help of employees at Headquarters Army Materiel Command Forward at Redstone Arsenal.

  • Freeman Supports her Extended Army Family

    May 15, 2009

    When her husband returned home from his first tour in Vietnam, Clarissa "TC" Freeman was disappointed and saddened by the reception. They were shunned by some, ridiculed by others. The people's lack of support and anger for the Vietnam War at the time was directed back to the servicemembers when they came home. It was an image and experience that was etched in her mind forever. She vowed, never again will she let this happen and has given her full commitment to helping Soldiers and their families since then. Freeman serves as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Kentucky, and was appointed in February 2008. Representing Kentucky, she is the Army's special ambassador and interfaces with Army commanders and the Secretary of the Army on issues affecting her region. "I've been serving the Army and doing CASA work for over 40 years that I guess they decided to just give me the title," Freeman said.

  • 41st BCT Takes Aim

    May 15, 2009

  • Workshop Readies Families for Deployments

    May 15, 2009

    When a family member deploys, the people left behind can have a tough time emotionally, mentally, financially and physically. In order to better meet their needs, Army Community Service is partnering with community organizations and national agencies to hold Family Readiness Group workshops, the first of which is May 20 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Bicentennial Chapel. "Our community is coming together to provide what our people need," Kathleen Riester, Financial Readiness/Mobilization and Deployment program manager, said. "It's a comprehensive overview."

  • Progress continues on Von Braun Complex III

    May 15, 2009

    The landscape of the new Von Braun Complex III building alters daily as construction continues rain or shine. The building, begun in 2008, is expected to be completed by 2010.

  • A view into the world of safety...

    May 15, 2009

    Children from eight local schools and children from the Fort McPherson Homeschool group got to take a look at the services performed and equipment used by police, fire and emergency services during Public Safety Partnership Day May 7 on Hedekin Field on Fort McPherson.

  • Guardians of the gates: 56th IBCT Soldiers protect VBC

    May 15, 2009

    VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq - Soldiers can work out, train and plan and analyze combat missions inside of Victory Base Complex without worrying about donning their heavy body armor and carrying loaded weapons. That's because they're protected day and night by the vigilant troops of the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team manning the entry control points throughout VBC.

  • 1ACB ground troops build on advanced skills

    May 15, 2009

    CAMP BEUHRING, Kuwait - At the core of any combat arms Soldier lays discipline, fighting instincts and the distinct ability to put lead on target.

  • Marne Soldier Awarded Second Purple Heart

    May 15, 2009

    A Marne Soldier was awarded his second Purple Heart at Fort Stewart, May 12.

  • Child Center has Roundup for Military Children

    May 15, 2009

    The Week of the Military Child was celebrated with a big "Yee Haw!" by children and staff at the Child Development Center on April 26. The staff grilled hamburgers for their young charges and parents who visited during Western Day. Great weather kept the kids outside, where they pretended to be in the Wild West. Most wore cowboy hats and some even wore cowboy boots. Western Day was one of several activities planned for CDC children during the Week of the Military Child. The special week of activities occurs during the Month of the Military Child in April.

  • Teamwork Brings Home AMC Honor for Executive

    May 15, 2009

    Teamwork. Dedication. Preparation. Persistence. Inspiration. Those are the attributes that make any team successful. For James D. "Dan" Parker, deputy director of the Security Assistance Management Directorate, those attributes apply to the team of SAMD employees and organizations working to ensure a thriving foreign military sales program for the Aviation and Missile Command and its lead organization, the Army Materiel Command.

  • Developing senior leaders: hands-on learning inside the beltway

    May 15, 2009

    During the college's annual National Capital Region Trip from May 11-13, more than 300 USAWC students traveled to Washington D.C. to talk with members of Congress, directors within the State Department, military leaders, and representatives of key government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

  • Year of the Noncommissioned Officer - Spotlight NCO

    May 15, 2009

  • Training session helps MPs, Polizei become a more effective team

    May 15, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Military police from U.S. Army garrison Ansbach and local German Polizei recently came together for a training session to ensure better coordination during incidents off base.

  • New SORT guide provides information to make recycling easy

    May 15, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Separate or Recycle Trash is a program that can save the garrison money, and bring those savings back into the community in the form of improved facilities and programs.

  • Biden announces Pentagon Housing Assistance Program expansion

    May 15, 2009

    Vice President Joe Biden announced the Defense Department's plan to expand its housing assistance program with $555 million devoted to servicemembers forced to sell their homes at a loss due to the country's struggling housing market.

  • Soldier meets President during citizenship ceremony

    May 15, 2009

    WASHINGTON -- A Fort Campbell Soldier became a naturalized U.S. citizen May 1, in a ceremony held at the White House during which she was personally recognized by President Barack Obama.

  • Green generation crosses borders to promote sustainability

    May 15, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - Nearly 150 students from the AFNORTH International High School and Geilenkirchen Elementary School crossed borders and cultures to celebrate Eco Day here May 15.

  • Sustainers receives KALMAR training

    May 15, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE PROSPERITY, Iraq - Three Forward Logistics Element Soldiers with the 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion were trained on the technical operations and maintenance of Kalmar's Rough Terrain Container Handler here, to assist in the movement of shipping containers during the loading and unloading from transport trucks.

  • Liberty Sustainers has quite the 'family affair'

    May 15, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Bamberg, Germany's 317th Maintenance Company has several Soldiers with Family members in theater - sharing the hardship and experience of their deployment together.

  • Soldiers take advantage of sling load training

    May 15, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne) practiced sling load operations during their training exercises at the Joint Multinational Training Center in Grafenwoehr on May 5 and 6.

  • Bamberg Stable Theater recognized for theatrical performances

    May 15, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Stable Theater received 22 nominations and five awards at this year's Tournament of Plays Awards Ceremony.

  • Bamberg Earth Day encourages Gas-Free Day

    May 15, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Earth Day is designed to promote a healthy, sustainable environment. On May 27, USAG Bamberg will celebrate Earth Day. Michaela Gonzales approached Lt. Col. Gary A. Rosenberg, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg commander, with the idea for a Gas-Free Day to take place on the same day as the Earth Day celebration.

  • Mother visits DFAC named for son

    Aug 20, 2012

    Mother of fallen Warrior visits Fort Carson Dining Facility named in honor of her son.

  • Joint Service Open House

    May 14, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> Joint Service Open House ( JSOH) is three-day Department of Defense extravaganza at Andrews Air Force Base, MD Friday, May 15, to Sunday, May 17. Taking place in the air and on the ground, the weekend is part air show, part military carnival and all educational. Admission is FREE.

  • Monsoon season to bring heavy rains

    May 14, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Garrison officials are increasing awareness of the monsoon season, a rainy season in Asia when heavy rains and strong winds can cause severe impact on Army installations in Korea.

  • Seoul American Middle School students visit DMZ

    May 14, 2009

    PANMUNJOM, Republic of Korea - Seoul American Middle School students encountered Korean War history first hand when visiting the Joint Security Area and the Demilitarized Zone on a study trip April 30.

  • Army makes progress in achieving balance, Casey says

    May 14, 2009

    The Army is making progress toward getting current operational needs and long-term requirements back in balance, but there is still a long way to go, the service's top officer said today.

  • Military spouses feted at Fort Myer's Spates Community Club

    May 14, 2009

  • Old movie theater destine to open doors again - NCO remembers old movie house

    May 14, 2009

    Reminiscent of Spanish missions of yesteryear the old Fort Sam Houston Main Theater, Building 2270, has sat vacant for several decades. The two-story, white stucco building is hard to miss as you drive down Stanley Road with its five arched entryways, dark brown embellished doorways and its mission-style bell tower. After more than two decades of lying dormant, the theater is now scheduled for renovation, with a new mission in hand.

  • Army service can be much more than wearing of uniform

    May 14, 2009

    In local protocol arenas, Huntsville's John Rogers holds the rank of a three-star general. He is also considered a personal representative of the Secretary of the Army. Yet, Rogers doesn't spend his days wearing an officer's uniform. Although he is a retired colonel, Rogers often dons civilian dress for local Army ceremonies and events.

  • Fort Leavenworth area Junior ROTCAca,!E+teams vie in Raider competition

    May 14, 2009

    Fort Leavenworth supported the Leavenworth High School Junior ROTC Raider Challenge May 8 and 9. This was the first time LHS hosted the competition. JROTC Senior Army Instructor retired Lt. Col. David Black said the event was a success and the group is looking to host the competition again next year. Black said about 35 military members from the Fort Leavenworth community volunteered to help with the event, and that didn't include the civilian and military parents of cadets associated with the fort who were also on hand to help.

  • Commentary: Army families under fire deserve thanks, support

    May 14, 2009

    We've been at war eight years and some Army family members are crying out for help through personal blogs, letters to editors and even letters to their congressional leaders.

  • Area Native Grows Up as NCO in Army

    May 14, 2009

    Sgt. David Christian takes a practical approach when it comes to his military career. The Soldier, home recently on leave from a 12-month tour in Iraq, saw an opportunity in the Army that a high school graduate couldn't find anywhere else. "I was going to Calhoun Community College. But I wasn't college bound at that time. I just wasn't into it. So, I decided to go into the military. The Army was the branch that offered me more than any other," Christian said, recalling his 2002 decision. Sgt. David Christian takes a practical approach when it comes to his military career. The Soldier, home recently on leave from a 12-month tour in Iraq, saw an opportunity in the Army that a high school graduate couldn't find anywhere else. "I was going to Calhoun Community College. But I wasn't college bound at that time. I just wasn't into it. So, I decided to go into the military. The Army was the branch that offered me more than any other," Christian said, recalling his 2002 decision.

  • Fort Leavenworth Army Earth Day focuses on environment

    May 14, 2009

    Going green isn't just an effort, it's an attitude, said Fort Leavenworth's award-winning environmentalist students who used Army Earth Day to share their message with the Fort Leavenworth community.

  • 25th CAB's TF Diamond Head sharpens combat capabilities at PTA

    May 14, 2009

    FOB Warhorse served as the fictional setting for the final training exercise and CTE Full Spectrum Operations for Soldiers of Task Force Diamond Head which was composed of various elements of each of the 25th CAB's Battalions, as well as select Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Striker Brigade Combat Team. The CTE was the 25th CAB's final comprehensive training event prior to its deployment later this year and was conducted at several training locations, to include PTA.

  • Family fun offered at new Fort Leavenworth FMWRAca,!E+facility

    May 14, 2009

    Fort Leavenworth Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation conducted its official opening May 6 for the new skatepark and 18-hole miniature golf course, Holes 'n Rolls. The park, directly behind the Post Theater on Grant Avenue, is paid for by families who have used other FMWR facilities, said Donna Shinn, FMWR director.

  • Armed Forces Basketball Championship underway

    May 14, 2009

    An All-Army player and an All-Navy player fight for the ball during the second day of the Armed Forces Basketball Championship which runs through May 17 in Millington, Tenn.

  • Around "Garryowen"

    May 14, 2009

  • Honoring President Truman

    May 14, 2009

    Honoring President Truman - Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, CAC Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Johndrow, and Rep. Dennis Moore of Kansas place a wreath at the gravesite of former President Harry Truman on the 125th anniversary of his birth May 8 at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo.

  • Asian-Pacific Soldier Following in Father's Footsteps

    May 14, 2009

    From living the life of a "Dog-Face Soldier," to enjoying his Army career as a Guamanian-American Soldier, Sgt. Danny Babauta, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, carries on the legacy of his father and other Asian-Pacific Soldiers.

  • Navy SEALAca,!E+presented veteran's medal

    May 14, 2009

    A U.S. senator and a former Navy SEAL were honored at the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation luncheon May 7 in Kansas City, Mo. - the day before the late president's 125th birthday. Marcus Luttrell received the Philip Pistilli Silver Veteran's Medal, and Sen. Christopher Bond received the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award during a ceremony at the downtown Marriott Hotel. Command and General Staff College Deputy Commandant Brig. Gen. Edward C. Cardon presented the award to Luttrell.

  • Lt. Dan Band helps Fort Leavenworth honor spouses

    May 14, 2009

    The Fort Leavenworth community celebrated military spouses May 8 at Merritt Lake with an event that culminated in a concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

  • Depot detects trace of mustard chemical agent vapor

    May 14, 2009

    A depot chemical operations monitoring crew detected trace amounts of HD mustard chemical agent vapor today inside a depot storage structure containing ton containers.

  • West Point honors 6 distinguished graduates

    May 14, 2009

    Story about 2009 West Point Association of Graduates Distinguished Graduates

  • West Point's elementary School's Cryderman and Christian retiring this summer

    May 14, 2009

    Story and photos about retiring principal and assistant principal at West Point elelmentary Schoool

  • NCO Saves Soldier, Credits Army Training

    May 14, 2009

    Sergeant John Huggins knew the signs. The two-time combat veteran had been thoroughly trained at detecting the symptoms. Army intervention classes provided this generator mechanic with enough scenarios that he was confident in his ability to help prevent someone from committing suicide, but the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Soldier said he never expected he'd actually have to apply that training.

  • Stewart-Hunter, Community Join Together to support Relay for Life

    May 14, 2009

    Relay for Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people. In Liberty County more than 600 people participated in the relay and, as of May 8, have raised $145,000.

  • "FLAGS IN" COMMEMORATES THE FALLEN AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

    May 14, 2009

    Arlington National Cemetery will continue the time-honored tradition of "Flags In" on Thursday, May 21st. Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) will be joined by service members from the U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard in placing more than 250,000 grave decorating flags at Arlington National Cemetery. "Flags In" has been conducted annually since the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) was designated as the Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948. Flags are placed one foot in front and centered before each headstone in the cemetery. Flags will also be placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns by the Tomb Sentinels and at the cemetery's Columbarium. All flags will be removed on Tuesday, May 26th before the cemetery opens to the public. For information please contact Kaitlin Horst, Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs at kaitlin.horst@conus.army.mil or (703) 607-8576.

  • Fort Stewart Garrison Headquarters Named for Famous Scout

    May 14, 2009

    The American Revolutionary War gave us many heroes, among them George Washington, Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion, Nathaniel Greene, Daniel Morgan and Nathan Hale. Another lesser known hero of the American Revolution is Robert Sallette, the local hero for whom Fort Stewart's U.S. Army Garrison headquarters, building 624, is named.

  • West Point MOMC Luncheon full of fun, food and lessons

    May 14, 2009

    Story and photos of Month of the Military Child Event at West Point

  • Onion Festival Celebrates Soldier, Local Partnership

    May 14, 2009

    Led by Vanguard Brigade Commander, Col. Lou Lartigue, the 4th IBCT Color Guard and 3rd ID Band took part in the 33rd annual Glennville Sweet Onion Festival, May 9.

  • Spartans celebrate Victory in Europe Day in Style

    May 14, 2009

    To celebrate the anniversary of VE-Day, the day World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, the Spartan Brigade performed a mounted pass in review, something rarely seen outside of a combat zone, and steeped in World War II traditions.

  • Talk of the town: 'Associators,' IA Soldiers meet with Nadeem residents

    May 14, 2009

  • West Point Band NCOs play key role during Grad Week

    May 14, 2009

    Story and photos about West Point Band

  • First Cavalry Soldiers patrol, make friends in Sadr City

    May 14, 2009

  • IA route clearance teams receive medical training

    May 14, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers from the 225th Engineer Brigade, Multi-National Division - Baghdad gave medical training to the Iraqi Army route clearance team members of the 11th IA Engineer Regiment located in the northeastern Baghdad district of Adhamiyah, May 13.

  • 10th IA Division conducts MASCAL exercise

    May 14, 2009

    CAMP WHITE HORSE, Iraq - As the alarm pierced the smoke-filled air, Iraqi Army soldiers instinctively ran to their positions. The Medics and Combat Life Savers, assigned to the 10th Motor Transportation Regiment,10th Iraqi Army Division, hurried to gather their equipment during the first ever massive casualty exercise here recently.

  • Life's Choices

    May 14, 2009

    Dan Davis empowers and challenges our youth to make the right choices when faced with alcohol and drug usage.

  • Training IA troops to clear the way

    May 14, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division conducted route clearance training at the 11th Iraqi Army Division Headquarters with the Iraqi Army Soldiers May 10 in Rusafa.

  • Becoming the Backbone of the Army

    May 14, 2009

    A noncommissioned officer is known as "the backbone of the Army." Approximately 35 Soldiers in the 87th CSSB were inducted into the Noncommissioned Officer Corps during the ceremony.

  • Military Spouse Appreciation

    May 14, 2009

    USAG-Detroit Arsenal Army Community Service showed their appreciation for Military Spouses.

  • 'No Slack' wives walk a day in husbands' boots

    May 14, 2009

    No Slack wives strapped on their Kevlar and combat boots during 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment's annual GI Jane Day May 1. The spouses got to spend a day in the life of a Soldier and the chance to learn a little bit about what their Soldier does at work, both in garrison and overseas.

  • Fort Campbell becomes an Army Community of Excellence

    May 14, 2009

    Fort Campbell joined the ranks of other military installations considered an Army Community of Excellence. Campbell joins two other installations for a win in the "Most Improved" category.

  • Army's top medics test for prestigious EFMB

    May 14, 2009

    Soldiers wrap-up two weeks of grueling testing at Camp Bullis, a training site of Fort Sam Houston, to earn the Expert Field Medical Badge. Only about 20 percent of those who vie for the prestigious badge will actually get the right to wear it.

  • Commentary: Mental health care has come a long way

    May 14, 2009

    Loss of life is particularly disheartening when those lost have dedicated their lives to helping others -- as did the victims in the Camp Victory shooting in Baghdad Monday.

  • Fort Campbell Soldiers train on MRAP

    May 14, 2009

    For the first time at Fort Campbell, Soldiers are being trained on the Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle.

  • Signal Soldiers make training fun

    May 14, 2009

    35th Signal Brigade Soldiers make physical training fun with a series of competitions and games.

  • Wounded Warrior encourages others

    May 14, 2009

    Wounded Warrior encourages others after life-altering battle injury.

  • Wounded Warrior encourages others

    May 14, 2009

    Wounded Warrior encourages others after life-altering injury in war.

  • The King Rocks the House

    May 14, 2009

    Volunteers of the USAG-Detroit Arsenal enjoy a fun ceremony in their honor.

  • Youth Challenge Academy Family Day

    May 14, 2009

    Fort Gordon Youth Challenge Academy welcomes Families to an open fun-filled series of events.

  • Installation thanks military's unsung heroes

    May 14, 2009

    Army wife Jennifer Humphrey has relocated her children, taken on countless family readiness group responsibilities, and supA,AA,Aported her husband and his comA,AA,Apany during deployments. Friday, Humphrey's efforts were recognized as she was anA,AA,Anounced Belvoir's Spouse of the Year at a Military Spouse Appreciation Day luncheon.

  • Speech: Gen. Dempsey

    May 14, 2009

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, discusses joint warfighter development at the 2009 Joint Warfighter Conference.

  • Columbia South Carolina Mayor Issues Year of NCO Proclamation

    May 14, 2009

    Army Reserve Soldiers from the 207th Regional Support Group met with Columbia, S.C. mayor May 12 as the mayor proclaimed 2009 as the Year of the NCO in Columbia, S.C.

  • Afghan leaders, U.S. Soldiers initiate new security program to empower local residents

    May 14, 2009

    U.S. Soldiers have joined in a new program designed to increase security, empower local residents and encourage them to play a larger role in protecting their villages and keeping insurgents out of Afghanistan's Wardak province.

  • Army makes progress in achieving balance, Casey says

    May 14, 2009

    WASHINGTON - The Army is making progress toward getting current operational needs and long-term requirements back in balance, but there is still a long way to go, the service's top officer said Wednesday.

  • Green Generation Poster Contest Winners

    May 14, 2009

    The Green Generation - USAG Schinnen held Eco Day 2009, May 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including an 'eco-themed' poster contest, with more than 140 students from AFNORTH International High School and Geilenkirchen Elementary School. Three winnders (1st, 2nd, 3rd) were selected from each of three categories: AIS grade M1, AIS grade M2, and the Geilenkirchen Elementary School. Thanks to every teacher and student who participated and congratulations to the winners!

  • Arts and Cultural Center hosts new 'Poetry Slam'

    May 14, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Heidelberg's new Arts and Cultural Center hosted one of its Poetry Slam evenings May 7 and featured poetry and written pieces from community members.

  • Arts and Cultural Center hosts new 'Poetry Slam'

    May 14, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Heidelberg's new Arts and Cultural Center recently hosted a Poetry Slam evening, one of its new monthly events.

  • Strong Beginnings: Army Family Covenant program prepares children to be successful in kindergarten

    May 14, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg communities are bringing the Army Family Covenant to its younger members - all the way down to the pre-kindergartners.

  • Military spouses have opportunity for educational assistance

    May 14, 2009

    Military spouses across the Army interested in furthering their education now have a new option to receive up to $6,000 in financial assistance.

  • Hawaii Soldiers celebrate Asian-Pacific Heritage with fun, remembrance

    May 13, 2009

    As part of a celebration in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, Soldiers based in Hawaii recently received a taste of Polynesia culture through colorful dancing, heart-felt music and lively speeches.

  • Best Ranger 2009 wrap-up

    May 13, 2009

    The 2009 Best Ranger Competition ends with Team 21, Sgt. 1st Class Blake Simms and Sgt. 1st Class Chad Stackpole, both of 4th Ranger Training Battalion, as the winners. Jennifer Gunn, Fort Benning Public Affairs, reports.

  • Department of the Army Mobilization Processing System-ADOS (DAMPS-A)

    May 13, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> DAMPS-A is an unclassified web application developed by G-3/5/7, DAMO-ODM, to initiate, track, and approve reserve component (RC) volunteer packet requests for contingency active duty for operational support (CO-ADOS) tours. DAMPS-A allows RC soldiers and force requestors to submit packets on-line. Information is digitally extracted from authoritative databases to complete required data personnel fields then submitted electronically for command endorsement. Endorsed requests are then transferred into DAMPS-S for HQDA approval.

  • 2008 female Athlete of the Year

    May 13, 2009

    First Lt. Kelly Calway holds many titles. The intelligence officer, assigned to the 500th Military Intelligence Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, is a doting mother, loving wife, caring daughter, patriotic Soldier and the Army's 2008 female Athlete of the Year. It's the last title she said she's most to have.

  • 2008 male Athlete of the Year

    May 13, 2009

    The Army has Soldiers who are great runners, good runners and not so good runners. Capt. Shawn Dodge, company commander, Headquarters and Operations Company, 732nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, is a great runner.

  • TICO reenlists one of its own

    May 13, 2009

    Fort Irwin and National Training Center commander Brig. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams swears in Spc. Natasha Ostienava during Spc. Ostienava's reenlistment ceremony on Monday.

  • Riding and Giving for the Troops

    May 13, 2009

    These pictures from the Tenth Chad Andrew Burnett Memorial Blood Ride, shot by Major Burnett's father show the enthusiasm and support of a group of motorcycle riders from South Texas as they join with Soldiers from the 36th Engineer Brigade for an Army Blood Drive.

  • Small Unit - Big Effect

    May 13, 2009

    Task Force Odin may not be the biggest unit on Fort Hood, but it is an effective combat multiplier as they patrol the skies over hostile regions, helping to ensure the safety of American troops and their allies. On Friday, May 8th, they provided a different kind of life-giving support by donating blood to the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) at one of its 22 blood donor centers worldwide, the Robertson Blood Center. Among those donating was Private Brandon Martin, a generator mechanic assigned to the task force mostly comprised of aviators.

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    May 13, 2009

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