Archive: Sep 2009

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  • Fort Dix unveils solar panel array

    Sep 4, 2009

    Officials unveiled a new solar-panel array atop the 99th Regional Support Command Headquarters during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Fort Dix, N.J., Sept. 3.

  • Suicide prevention takes a village

    Sep 4, 2009

    September is Suicide Prevention Month, and across post, commanders, directors and behavioral health professionals are teaming to raise awareness of this senseless loss of life.

  • Student-pilots graduate ready for combat

    Sep 4, 2009

    After completion of Initial Entry Rotary Wing training on the TH-67 Creek helicopter, flight school students begin the final phase of their journey to become Army pilots.

  • Fire prevention, training officers earn top honors

    Sep 4, 2009

    Fort Rucker Fire Department's six fire inspectors attained a perfect score for adequately ensuring 13 million square feet of buildings and airfields here are safe for use, according to a recent Department of the Army inspection.

  • Labor Day Safety Message

    Sep 4, 2009

    Labor Day weekend is a time to celebrate the contributions that American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

  • The Raid on Charey

    Sep 4, 2009

  • Learning to cope: Annual World Burn Congress gives burn patients support hope for future

    Sep 4, 2009

    Twenty-seven Soldiers, Sailors and Marines undergoing treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center joined 850 survivors at the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors' 21st Annual World Burn Congress Aug. 27-29 in New York City to share experiences and practical advice about the road to recovery.

  • Fort Sam celebrates Women's Equality Day

    Sep 4, 2009

    Fort Sam Houston celebrated "Women's Equality Day" with a presentation by Col. (Dr.) Patricia Hastings, who discussed women's history and women's roles in society and the U.S. military, Aug. 26.

  • ESHOCAMP team cites outstanding performers

    Sep 4, 2009

    Marcie Hart, Brooke Army Medical Center and Chris Neubeck, Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, were cited as outstanding performers Aug. 28 during an out-briefing for an assessment of Fort Sam Houston's Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Compliance Assessment Management Program with U.S. Army Garrison Commander Col. Mary Garr.

  • 42nd Medical Detachment Optometry Soldiers deploy to Iraq

    Sep 4, 2009

    A deployment ceremony was held Aug. 28 at Army Community Service for six Soldiers from the 42nd Medical Detachment Optometry and their Families. "There are typically five optometry teams in Iraq at any given time ... between 11 and 13 optometrists and just over 40 supporting eye technicians and opticians are basing in Iraq each year. These teams are currently at 11 Forward Operating Bases; each team provides support for over 15,000 service members," said guest speaker Lt. Col. Scott Fischer, commander, 264th Medical Battalion

  • Customer Service Corner

    Sep 4, 2009

    Survey allows customers to rate services.

  • Leadership meets in Nashville to discuss command objectives

    Sep 4, 2009

    U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command leadership met Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Nashville, Tenn., for an offsite to discuss command objectives and critical tasks for the fiscal year. They also addressed the command's mission, vision and guiding principles.

  • Food carvings equals recipe for fun with summer campers

    Sep 4, 2009

    Neil Gomes admits that while he did pay attention in culinary school, he couldn't help but play with his food. While this may not have brought smiles to the faces of parents having to deal with children at the dinner table, it put plenty of smiles on the faces of the children attending the Fort McPherson Child, Youth and School Services center summer camp.

  • Suicide prevention: none of us stands alone

    Sep 4, 2009

    As Soldiers, we pride ourselves on being lean, mean, fighting machines. Whether we're on alert on a battlefield or skirmishing against a paperwork monster deskside, we take on the challenges and responsibilities of the military service with a robust "Hooah!" and the knowledge that being part of the world's greatest Army means dealing with more than our fair share of stress.

  • Bluebirds help Boy Scout land Eagle

    Sep 4, 2009

    It took eight years, but Ross Diggs finally achieved his aspiration to become an Eagle Scout. Ross, 15, was awarded the coveted badge Aug. 29 at U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters.

  • Army announces new Afghanistan troop rotation

    Sep 4, 2009

  • Battlemind for Spouses enhances resiliency

    Sep 4, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - The main goal of Battlemind for Spouses is to make spouses aware of potential issues or concerns that may arise from the reunion with their Soldiers. It addresses issues or concerns the spouse may have when the couple reunites.

  • Monument honors forgotten Korean War heroes

    Sep 4, 2009

    A monument was unveiled at the Hwachon Dam, Sept. 2, to recognize the forgotten heroes who helped to capture the critical hydroelectric plant during the Korean War.

  • IMCOM-E observes Suicide Prevention Month during September

    Sep 4, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Garrisons throughout Installation Management Command-Europe Region will observe Suicide Prevention Month throughout September as part of an Army-wide focus to promote health and risk reduction, as well as lower suicide rates.

  • Students head back to school; good time to review safety tips

    Sep 4, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Installation Management Command-Europe safety officials want all parent to take time to go "back to school" to re-learn important safety tips as student throughout Europe return back to school.

  • IMCOM-Europe offers new sport bike safety course

    Sep 4, 2009

    IMCOM-Europe Safety's new Military Sportbike Rider Course started offering classes Sept. 1 at garrisons that can support this training. Garrisons in Germany offering the training include Ansbach, Benelux, Grafenwoehr, Heidelberg, Hohenfels, Kaiserslautern, and Wiesbaden. Classes are also scheduled to be offered at Livorno and Vicenza in Italy.

  • New York Guardsmen to discuss mobilization issues with South Africa

    Sep 3, 2009

    Members of the New York National Guard will travel to Doornkloof, Gauteng Province, South Africa, Sept. 7-13 to relate their experiences with the National Guard, in combat and at home, to peers from the South African National Defense Reserve Forces.

  • Soldiers learn how to lead, be NCOs in Warrior Leaders Course

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - One hundred and fifty-nine Soldiers in the Warrior Leader Course are learning what it means to be an NCO.

  • Red Rockets soar past Dem Boyz, 26-7

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - The Red Rockets defeated Dem Boyz 26-7 in a regular season intramural flag football game Monday at Essebagger Field.

  • The Army Equipping Strategy

    Sep 3, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> The Army's Equipping Strategy describes the Army plan to achieve equipment balance across the force while engaged in persistent conflict. The key component of this strategy is to Equip to Mission requirements: As units move through the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) cycle-Reset, Train/Ready, and Available-their mission changes, as do their equipment requirements. We must manage equipment to ensure units have the right types and amounts at the right times.

  • NASCAR's Ryan Newman makes a pit stop at Fort Benning

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - NASCAR veteran Ryan Newman, preparing for this weekend's Pep Boys Auto 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, stopped off at Fort Benning Wednesday for a round of appearances.

  • Mitochondrial disease awareness: Grandmother rallies for support group

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Two-year-old Ava Wilson has blonde hair and hazel eyes. She likes splashing around in the water, playing pat-a-cake, watching Baby Einstein and other activities children her age enjoy, but Ava has a challenge that most kids her age don't. One year ago, she was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease.

  • Post becomes Maneuver Center Oct. 1

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Fort Benning will become the Maneuver Center of Excellence effective Oct. 1, with the post commander, MG Michael Ferriter, designated commanding general of the MCOE, announced Jay Brown, Base Realignment and Closure project manager, during the monthly BRAC community update Tuesday at the National Infantry Museum.

  • ID card scanners in use at Eddie Bridge gate

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Starting Tuesday, Eddie Bridge gate guards will begin scanning identification cards for all personnel entering post from the southeast side of Lawson Army Airfield.

  • Wilson gives kids something to cheer about

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - "Go, go; let's go!" More than a dozen fifth-grade girls learned their first cheer Monday at Wilson Elementary School.

  • Post kicks off CFC with $1M goal

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Fort Benning kicked off the 48th annual Combined Federal Campaign Wednesday at the Benning Conference Center.

  • Dawgs unleashed, win championship

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - After being forced out of the winner's bracket semifinals of the Commander's Cup Preseason Flag Football Tournament, the MEDDAC Dawgs fought back through the loser's bracket to face a familiar foe - the Goonz of the 598th Maintenance Company. This time the outcome favored the Dawgs as they came away with two consecutive victories in the double elimination tournament to win the preseason title Aug. 27 at Essebagger Field.

  • New bipod tested for shooting stability

    Sep 3, 2009

    Fort Benning's Maneuver Battle Lab evaluated handling of a lightweight adjustable bipod for the M-240 B medium machine gun Aug. 24-28, to determine whether the new attachment provides an effective platform for stable fire.

  • Vietnam-era panel discusses challenges of 3rd HBCT's upcoming advisory mission

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Seven former advisers in Vietnam and one Vietnamese officer met with more than 30 officers from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Friday at the National Infantry Museum to discuss the challenges and lessons they learned in developing partnerships.

  • 14th CSH Soldiers remember 'mentor, friend'

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - SPC Richard Allyn Walters made a lasting impression on the troops of 14th Combat Support Hospital, who gathered Friday at Sightseeing Chapel to pay final respects to a man they called a father figure, mentor and friend.

  • Study points to fats, carbs as 'brain food'

    Sep 3, 2009

    A high-fat diet, at least for a few days, could enhance mental performance, according to a study unveiled Tuesday.

  • Logistics Program Manager Returns from Iraq

    Sep 3, 2009

    The Logistics Support Activity has welcomed back Kevin Paulson, program manager and senior logistician from the Logistics Engineering Center, after his seven months in Iraq. Paulson served as the AMC liaison officer representing LOGSA products and services, field logistics and Soldier support to the Iraq theater of operations. He was deployed to the 402nd AFSB at Victory Base Camp, Baghdad and Joint Base Balad. While deployed, Paulson had the opportunity to work with Soldiers under combat conditions while supporting other Soldiers and commands in the use of LOGSA related products and services including LIW and ARMT training and execution and establishing a readiness and training lab in Baghdad.

  • Hellfire Missile Version Ready for Prime Time

    Sep 3, 2009

    The Joint Attack Munition Systems Project Office's Hellfire Product Office team has conducted its final two test shots for the Extended Range/Multipurpose unmanned aircraft systems variant of the Hellfire missile. The test shots, on June 16 at China Lake, Calif., proved the software design is now ready for the ERMP live firings schedule in the fall and Limited User Test in spring 2010.

  • Marine aviators help Airborne Artillerymen get their Howitzers into battle

    Sep 3, 2009

    A complex air assault exercise conducted by the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division with support from the Marines tested the ability of the 2-319th AFAR "Black Falcons" to rapidly re-position their Howitzers on the battlefield to provide fire support to friendly units engaged in combat

  • Former NFL quarterback speaks on suicide prevention

    Sep 3, 2009

    Former NFL Detroit Lions' quarterback Eric Hipple paid a call on Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli at the Pentagon today to discuss ideas on suicide prevention among Soldiers.

  • "One team, one fight": Marine aviators help Airborne Artillerymen get their Howitzers into

    Sep 3, 2009

    The 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conducted a complex air assault exercise Aug. 27 utilizing helicopetr support from two Marine CH53 helicopters to re-position fire support assets on the battlefield

  • Army announces new Afghanistan troop rotation

    Sep 3, 2009

    The Department of the Army announced today the extension of a division headquarters and a combat aviation brigade in Afghanistan, as well as the future deployment of a division headquarters with recent Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) experience. These moves are part of an initiative to place units on a habitual rotation to take advantage of their knowledge of the complex environment to which they are returning and to increase deployment stability. We will seek to better align the rotation of units and their headquarters for force cohesion.

  • Arts and Crafts Center Honors Contest Winners

    Sep 3, 2009

    Space, helicopters and missiles aren't the only areas where Redstone excels. Results from an Armywide competition show its artistic prowess. Redstone had the most entries in this year's Army Art Contest. "We had the largest entry out of the whole Army - internationally," June M. Hughes Arts & Crafts Center frame shop manager Gina Hurst said. She and Laura Metzger served as the center's co-organizers for the contest.

  • Weekly Farmer's Market Sprouts Up at Redstone

    Sep 3, 2009

    If you're looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, try visiting the Farmer's Market on post each Wednesday. The NASA Exchange - Marshall Space Flight Center's counterpart to an Army employee morale organization - holds the NASA Farmer's Market every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the south parking lot of building 4203. You'll see it under the big oak trees at that big NASA building on Rideout Road.

  • AMC Summer Hire Ahead of Essay Pack

    Sep 3, 2009

    A summer hire in Army Materiel Command is getting a firsthand look at women's equality. Besides working in their Equal Employment Office, she is spending her summer in an organization headed by the Army's first female four-star general. The combination inspired her to enter the essay contest as part of the Women's Equality Day observance.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers try out new rifle

    Sep 3, 2009

    The main goal for scout shooters and snipers is to eliminate enemy targets at long distances. This requires shooters to have an excellent understanding of rifle marksmanship and a weapon that can accommodate them properly.

  • Quarterly meeting gives Fort Bragg community members a voice

    Sep 3, 2009

    Every quarter, community leaders meet to address issues that affect Fort Bragg and discuss the solutions being implemented to fix or alleviate the problems. The latest meeting held Aug. 20 at the Officers' Club addressed a number of issues from parking to bathroom cleanliness and highlighted new additions and changes coming to the installation. The meeting was Col. Stephen Sicinski's first since he assumed command of Fort Bragg garrison June 22. Sicinski said he was glad to be a part of his first of many quarterly town hall and information update meetings.

  • Local Fort Bragg youth finishes strong in regional meet

    Sep 3, 2009

    Connor Johnson took up swimming after watching his older brother Alex's success in the sport and as a source of competition between the two siblings. Almost five years later, the 13 year-old is nationally ranked and setting his sights on higher aspirations within the sport. He recently placed second in five different events in a southeastern U.S. zone championship swim meet in Florida. In the process, earned a 12th overall national ranking in his age group. Penny Connor, his mother, added that her husband's deployment has not affected Connor's determination during the season. "He'll give his two cents ever so often, but the deployment really hasn't affected our lives because we're a very busy Family, which is a good thing," she added. "I think he just tries a little harder."

  • 'Fallen Angel' Pilot Survives with Aid of Army Technology

    Sep 3, 2009

    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Burrows is a survivor thanks to the technology the Army put at his fingertips while serving as a Kiowa Warrior standardization pilot in Iraq. And most of the technology Burrows relied on while evading terrorists who were aiming to kill him and his co-pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Steven Cianfrini, was developed and fielded by the Program Executive Office-Soldier. "My job (for the 17th Cavalry Regiment's Troop 2, 3rd Squadron) was to ensure aircrews were trained and had the proper equipment so they could bring themselves back home safely from a mission," Burrows said during a presentation at the Aviation Life Support Equipment Users Conference at the Von Braun Center on Aug. 25. Little did he know as the senior pilot for Task Force Viper that he would use that training and equipment to save himself and Cianfrini.

  • SuperShuttle to provide service at Fort Bragg

    Sep 3, 2009

    Tim Shea, Fort Bragg's DOL transportation chief said the SuperShuttle service is not a solution to the post's transportation concerns, but it is a viable option. "There is not one solution for Fort Bragg's growing transportation requirements," he said. "By using multiple disciplines, such as airport shuttles, post shuttles Fayetteville Area System of Transit buses, van-pooling and future concept high-occupancy vehicle lanes at the post's ACPs, Fort Bragg is better able to handle the current 140,000 vehicles that enter and exit the post every day." Shea said the added benefit is reduced congestion, improvements in air quality, carbon emissions and health, due to walking, go along with a reduction in stress levels.

  • Knowing people wins battle against suicide

    Sep 3, 2009

    Lt. Col. Bob Agans, commander, 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment (HIMARS), believes the key to winning the battle against suicide is to simply know your people. "If you have a (leader) marking time instead of getting to know his people, the Soldiers are going to know he doesn't care about them," said Agans. Agans makes a point during each of his weekly safety briefings to drive home the fact that asking for help, no matter what the situation, is the way of strength not weakness. "Whether it's (Army Emergency Relief) loans or thoughts of suicide, it doesn't matter, we are going to do whatever we can to help our people get the help they need," said Agans. During his time as commander, his battalion has had one attempted suicide. "It came out of the blue," he said. These types of attempts serve as sobering reminders that suicide prevention is not just a quarterly training task, but something that has to be a continual focus. For Agans, Soldier care does not stop at the final formation of the day but continues even in their personal and Family lives.

  • White Sands Soldiers prepare for battle

    Sep 3, 2009

    White Sands Missile Range Soldiers are scaling up their training on nearby range land in preparation for deployment in the coming year at exercises held Aug. 17 through Sept. 2. Soldiers from the 2nd Engineer Battalion spent time practicing mounted combat patrolling and vehicle gunnery on shared land on Fort Bliss's McGregor Range.

  • Fort Bragg works at making Army Families stronger

    Sep 3, 2009

    "I think people don't realize how much Families are being supported right now," said Karen Miller, chief of Fort Bragg's CYSS. "Just on the reduction in registration fees, the 20 percent discount for full and part day childcare, free hourly care ... things like that, the last two months was over $45,000 direct savings to Families - just on Fort Bragg."

  • Pilgrimage to the Black Madonna

    Sep 3, 2009

    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo -The village of Letnica/Letnice is a beautiful sight to see. Once a year, this quiet and unassuming little village, nestled into the Karadak hills of Kosovo gets transformed into a bustling community where Roman Catholic pilgrims come to worship and pray.

  • Fort Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center, mothers help others through cord blood donation

    Sep 3, 2009

    Womack Army Medical Center officials announced their cord blood donation program Monday and are now the seventh collection site for the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University Medical Center. Cord blood refers to umbilical cord blood which provides stem cells that can turn into specialized cells. These cells in turn can replace diseased bone marrow or other organ parts in patients who have certain diseases like leukemia and lymphoma, said Dr. Y. Sammy Choi, chief of research, WAMC. "Womack is one of the first, large scale collaborations to collect cord blood in a Department of Defense hospital," said Col. Paul Whitecar, a doctor and chief, maternal fetal medicine, WAMC. Donating cord blood is a harmless and painless way for healthy women to provide stem cells. The stem cells are taken from the umbilical cord and placenta after a mother delivers her baby, Whitecar added.

  • Soldier Mission Gets Lift from Evolving Equipment

    Sep 3, 2009

    Increasing survivability and combat effectiveness while improving Soldier quality of life are at the top of the list for those working to equip Soldiers with the best equipment during a time of uptempo operations, said the commander of the Program Executive Office-Soldier. But there are challenges to achieving that goal - namely, the large number of products Soldiers wear and carry that need to be integrated, the number of times a Soldier receives equipment prior to an assignment or deployment, the weight and size of equipment Soldiers are required to carry in theater, and the need to reset individual Soldier ensembles following deployments. "We want to increase the survivability of Soldiers working in any environment," said Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, commander of the Program Executive Office-Soldier and the Natick Soldier Systems Center. "We are making changes inside the program executive offices to better serve the Soldier. We are one of 13 PEOs. We are out there touching brigades too frequently ... There are 40 touches from PEOs on the average brigade." Fuller's comments came during the opening session of the annual Aviation Life Support Equipment Users Conference at the Von Braun Center. The conference is attended primarily by Soldiers, and contractors who design and manufacture Soldier equipment. Fuller is the first commander of PEO-Soldier to speak at the conference.

  • Annual Run for the Red attracts more than 1,500

    Sep 3, 2009

    More than 1,500 runners and walkers turned out Aug. 22 as the Highlands Chapter of the American Red Cross held the third annual Run for the Red Saturday in downtown Fayetteville.

  • Community continuing to go above, beyond

    Sep 3, 2009

    Fayetteville, NC raises money for 15,000 holiday care packages for deployed Soldiers. Last Saturday more than $13,000 was raised to pay for the shipping costs of these gifts. More than 2,700 raffle tickets for a Chevrolets Cobalt were sold and Food Lion sold more than $30,000 in specially reduced priced gift items. Customers also had the chance to send personal words of thanks to servicemembers on holiday greeting cards. A steady stream of people from throughout the Fayetteville area made their way to the 16 Food Lion stores in the greater Fayetteville-area to buy the gift items and raffle tickets. "Thanks," "support," "appreciate," and "backing" were just a few of the words the more than 100 volunteers heard throughout the day. "I really appreciate what the Soldiers and Airmen are doing for us," said Nicole Boyce of Fayetteville. "I don't have any Family in the military but many of my friends do and the sacrifices they make for all of us each day are touching." Boyce's words were echoed throughout the day. "Our guys need to know we support them," said a Vietnam-era Army veteran who wanted to remain anonymous. "I know what it's like to be deployed away from your Family, especially during the holidays. If I knew the people back home backed and supported us, it would have made life a whole lot better," he said.

  • Edwards takes helm as new 525th BfSB commander

    Sep 3, 2009

    Colonel James D. Edwards took over as commander of the Army's first-ever battlefield surveillance brigade. Col. Robert P. Ashley, who departed months ago for his next assignment, previously commanded the unit.

  • Combatives bring extra fuel to 'the fight'

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - As the sun comes up on Tuesdays above the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division barracks, Pfc. Brent Moore leads his company in their warm-up stretches before beginning an hour of combatives training.

  • 'Greywolf' Families walk to Iraq to support troops

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - I can walk to Iraq and back just like this...all the way to Baghdad ... and I won't quit ... one mile ... no sweat, fifty-thousand miles..., and I haven't finished yet.

  • Army Jobs Prove Popular at Career Expo

    Sep 3, 2009

    The Army was the standout employer at the Aug. 24 career expo at the Von Braun Center South Hall. Judging from the lines of unemployed and underemployed candidates waiting to talk to an Army representative, Janice Hunt of Aviation and Missile Command Human Resources said The Huntsville Times Mega Career Expo was a "huge success." "We got a lot of good qualified candidates," Hunt said. "AMCOM will be able to make probably several selections from the resumes we collected." Besides AMCOM, Army participants in the career expo included the Army Materiel Command, Lead AMC Integration Support Office, Army Research Development and Engineering Command, Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, Army Contracting Command and Army Expeditionary Contracting Command.

  • Contractor jobs identified for conversion to government

    Sep 3, 2009

    About 1,450 contractor positions at AMCOM will be converted to Army civilian during the next three years. Col. Scott Campbell, deputy executive director of the AMCOM Contracting Center, discussed the plan Thursday at the 2009 Advance Planning Briefings for Industry.

  • Anniston Army Depot begins work on turret trainer contract

    Sep 3, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--Work began here Sept. 1 on the $7.5 million contract the depot signed Aug. 7 with Research Triangle Institute International to provide turret trainers for the Army.

  • Sending Love To Soldiers Via Big-Screen TV

    Sep 3, 2009

    Hi, daddy!" "Hi, Bree, Bree! I love you." "I love you!" "You look pretty." "Thank you, daddy." Two-year-old Briana Payne did, indeed, look pretty in a red, white and blue sundress that she wore just for her daddy, Sgt. Jeffrey Payne. Briana's dad got to see her all dressed up thanks to a video teleconference that brought families of the Reserve's 375th Engineer Company together with their deployed Soldiers for a few minutes of big-screen-TV family time. The teleconference was arranged by Lockheed Martin at the company's Huntsville headquarters as part of the Aug. 22 Blue Star Service Banner program for the families of the 159 deployed Soldiers. It was the first time such a large-scale video teleconference has been conducted in Huntsville on behalf of deployed Soldiers, said organizer David Carney. For the families in attendance, the chance to see and talk to their Soldier made the Blue Star Service Banner program even more special.

  • PEO Ground Combat Systems praises Abrams work

    Sep 3, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--The ArmyAca,!a,,cs Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems made a site visit here and participated in a vehicle rollout ceremony on Aug. 26 to express appreciation for the work performed on combat vehicles, particularly M1 Abrams tanks.

  • An Army Recruiter's story: 'Doing This Job Helped Me Realize I Want To Be In The Army For

    Sep 3, 2009

    James Schulze, a decorated tank commander who routinely came under fire in Iraq, wasn't sure about remaining in the Army or tackling a recruiting assignment. But when he made the transition, something amazing happened - he re-energized his Army career!

  • Ft. Benning Soldiers visit ADMC's TOW missile operations

    Sep 3, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--Eight Soldiers from Fort Benning, Ga., visited Anniston Defense Munitions Center Aug. 20 to see the inner workings of the TOW (Tube-Launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) missile, something few will ever get the chance to see.

  • Community FIRST works for you

    Sep 3, 2009

    Often referred to as a "mini-AFAP," Community FIRST, a component of Belvoir's new Customer Management Services program, allows Fort Belvoir community members a chance to improve programs and services by recommending solutions to issues.

  • DeWitt begins seasonal flu vaccination

    Sep 3, 2009

    Health care providers from DeWitt Army Community Hospital begin administering seasonal influenza vaccines Wednesday at the Fort Belvoir Community Center. Only beneficiaries of the hospital - active-duty members, retirees and family members - can receive either the FluMist or injectable vaccines.

  • Duran is first Army AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year

    Sep 3, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Luis Duran representing Company E, 71st Transportation Battalion, 8th Transportation Brigade, Fort Eustis, Va., was named the first Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year during a ceremony on Fort Monroe, Va., Sept. 3.

  • Security forces train to protect, defend with nonlethal force

    Sep 3, 2009

    SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras -- The Joint Security Forces members here received their yearly nonlethal qualification training including riot control, Monadnock expandable baton (MEB) training, pressure point control and advanced techniques with a baton Aug. 20 at the JSF compound.

  • Face of Defense: Personal motto drives Army officer

    Sep 3, 2009

    Lt. Col. Mary Cheyne, knowledge management officer with Combined Joint Task Force 82 here, started as a West Point cadet and rose through the ranks to her current position with the Army in Afghanistan. Cheyne said her motto, "Make it happen," enables her to conduct business every day with focused determination.

  • New MDW commander comes 'home'

    Sep 3, 2009

    In many ways, Brig. Gen. Karl Horst's visit to Fort Belvoir was a homecoming of sorts. It was back in 1973 that Horst, then a private on his first active-duty assignment in the Army, was stationed at the place he now calls the "flagship of the National Capital Region."

  • Depot public works employees quick to support vehicle, weapon production

    Sep 3, 2009

    ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.--When one thinks of a public works organization on a maintenance depot, thoughts are probably directed to the air conditioning units, light bulb replacement and the upkeep of roads and grounds.

  • Students enjoy welcome back ceremony

    Sep 3, 2009

    With school set to begin Tuesday, students and families of Fort Belvoir Elementary School attended the annual Welcome Back Celebration Saturday. Children were treated to numerous activities throughout the event, including a moon bounce obstacle course, a water slide, face painting, music, nail painting and balloon sculptures.

  • Belvoir teen attends NASA academy

    Sep 3, 2009

    Fort Belvoir resident Elizabeth Casteel has always loved math and science and wants to become a mechanical engineer for NASA. Recently, she had the opportunity to show off her skills to NASA scientists and engineers.

  • You're Hired!

    Sep 3, 2009

    It's a catch 22: to be hired, you need experience; to get experience, you need to be hired. Fort Belvoir has implemented a program that may be the solution to the dilemma. Hired! an apprenticeship program helps students gain a competitive edge by giving them an opportunity to work in different career fields.

  • BRAC changes far from complete, more moves yet to come for Knox

    Sep 3, 2009

    The major parties involved, Fort Knox, Fort Benning, Accessions Command and the Human Resources Command contributed to an update on the BRAC changes for Fort Knox.

  • Fort Knox Welcomes Maj. Gen. Milano

    Sep 3, 2009

    Change of command story

  • Soldier Spotlight: Getting to know Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Race

    Sep 3, 2009

    Soldier Spotlight: Getting to know Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Race

  • Defense Ammunition Center Wins Army Knowledge Management Award

    Sep 3, 2009

    Know. Share. Win. is the motto for the Army CIO/G6, headquarters staff proponent for the Army Knowledge Management Awards Program (AKMA). The Defense Ammunition Center, was of one of only ten organizations within the Department of Army, awarded by the Army CIO/G6 for excelling in knowledge management.

  • West Point's NCO/Soldier of the Quarter

    Sep 3, 2009

    Staff Sgt. John White is awarded the Army Achievement Medal from Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Wells during the NCO/Soldier of the Quarter Award ceremony Monday in Cullum Hall. White and Spc. William Powers, both military policeman with the U.S. Army Garrison MP Co., were recognized for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year '09. In addition to the AAM, both received a framed print, a plaque and one-year membership from AUSA-West Point Chapter, and a Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation gift certificate for a dinner and movie. White and Powers will compete against the previous winners of the quarterly competitions at the upcoming NCO/Soldier of the Year Board.

  • West Point's Betterbed balances team and Corps job

    Sep 3, 2009

    There's nothing like the feeling of beating Navy. There's nothing like the feeling of winning a Patriot League championship. And, there's nothing like winning a game in double overtime. To put them all together was the ultimate sensation felt by the Army women's soccer team Nov. 9 last season when they defeated Navy 1-0 in double overtime to earn the Patriot League tournament championship.

  • West Point Negotiation Project aims sights at small-unit leader impact

    Sep 3, 2009

    It was a sunny, 112-degree day at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. The platoon leader, a second lieutenant preparing for her first deployment to Iraq, had just finished a negotiation with the mayor of a local village. "How do you think it went'" Maj. Aram Donigian, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership negotiation instructor, asked.

  • Army to come out with Soldier fitness resiliency training

    Sep 3, 2009

    Army to come out with Soldier fitness resiliency training

  • West Point celebrates Women's Equality Day

    Sep 3, 2009

    West Point celebrated an important date and victory in the fight for equal rights for women Aug. 26. It was this day in 1920 that the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect-giving women the right to vote.

  • Eustis celebrates Women's Equality

    Sep 3, 2009

    Eustis celebrates Women's Equality

  • Decorated veteran leads West Point Corps of Cadets

    Sep 3, 2009

    Since 1872, the U.S. Military Academy has selected one firstie to lead the Corps of Cadets as its brigade commander or First Captain. The names of the First Captains are etched on plaques outside a room in Eisenhower Barracks documenting the history of the position.

  • 82nd QM Det. 'Water Dawgs' best in show at Fort Story competition

    Sep 3, 2009

    82nd QM Det. 'Water Dawgs' best in show at Fort Story competition

  • Army expects H1N1 vaccine in October

    Sep 3, 2009

    Soldiers and families can expect to get two flu shots this year. In addition to the conventional flu shot administered each fall, the H1N1 or "Swine Flu" vaccine should be available by mid-October.

  • Deployed chaplains minister to 'both sides of the world'

    Sep 3, 2009

    For many chaplains, providing spiritual and mental support for Soldiers is a calling.

  • SSI commander nominated to be brigadier general

    Sep 3, 2009

    Col. Mark McAlister, commander of the Soldier Support Institute, is among 39 colonels nominated by President Obama for promotion to brigadier general Friday.

  • BOSS celebrates 20 years of service

    Sep 3, 2009

    Fort Jackson's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program celebrated its 20th anniversary in August. And, BOSS -- as the program is commonly called -- continues to be relevant for the post's community.

  • 'Mobile classroom' adds realism to fire prevention

    Sep 3, 2009

    The Fort Jackson Fire Department received a mobile Fire Safety House Monday that will be used to teach children how to react in case a fire or other emergency breaks out at home

  • Pledge of support from first lady begins family conference

    Sep 3, 2009

    With personal assurance from the nation's first lady that President Barack Obama is committed to military families, more than 1,500 people participated as the Defense Department's Joint Family Readiness Conference kicked off in Chicago, Ill., Tuesday by Gen. Carter Ham and his wife Christi.

  • USACE, IMCOM construction managers learn how to build in Germany

    Sep 3, 2009

    Constructing a project in Germany is not the same as in the U.S. and construction managers new to working with the German Construction Agency find the process challenging.

  • IMCOM-Europe garrisons win BOSS awards

    Sep 3, 2009

    LANSDOWNE, Va. - Installation Management Command-Europe garrisons took six awards during the 2009 Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers annual conference held here recently.

  • New Contracting Brigade Activated at Fort Shafter

    Sep 3, 2009

    With the uncasing of the unit colors, the 413th Contracting Support Brigade became an integral part of United States Army, PacificAca,!a,,cs mission at a ceremony on historic Palm Circle Sept. 2.

  • 64th anniversary of WWII ending observed

    Sep 2, 2009

    Veterans, family and military members convened on the deck of the USS Missouri to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the ending of World War II.

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