Archive: Sep 2009

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  • Fort Riley aims to promote positive mental health

    Sep 2, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Soldiers have many difficult events to deal with at home and while away; from the death of a fellow Soldier during combat to homesickness. Suicides and suicide attempts can be reactions to feelings of loneliness, worthlessness, hopelessness, helplessness and quilt. Depression also is a factor in suicidal persons. Warning signs can be as obvious as talking about killing themselves or someone else. Signs also can include problems in a relationship, withdrawal from friends, financial issues, losing a job or leaving the service. A co-worker of Staff Sgt. Tina Rauls' took her own life.

  • Corps of Engineers debris team hauls remains of marina out of San Pablo Bay

    Sep 2, 2009

    USACE to the rescue when towed dock falls apart in the bay.

  • Army Family Covenant improves readiness by 'training the trainer'

    Sep 2, 2009

    Soon, every garrison Army Community Service or ACS center will have master trainers to train others in the best methods of instructing, briefing and facilitating.

  • Chaplains learn how to train 'Gatekeepers' through ASIST course

    Sep 2, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Army medics are in the business of saving lives, so are surgeons, but only a few Soldiers can claim they attempt to save the lives of other Soldiers from what could be done at their own hands.

  • Fort Riley, Kansas State University renew partnership

    Sep 2, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley and Kansas State University formally renewed their partnership during a ceremony Aug. 27 at the K-State Alumni Center. The partnership aims to provide mutually beneficial opportunities for the two institutions.

  • Robotics Rodeo aims to save lives

    Sep 2, 2009

    A Robotics Rodeo began Tuesday with exhibitors from all over America descending on Fort Hood, Texas, to show off the latest advancements in robotics technology.

  • KU teams up with Fort Riley to fly unmanned craft

    Sep 2, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - The University of Kansas Aerospace Engineering department traveled to Fort Riley Aug. 28 to test its Meridian Unmanned Aircraft System. Five students accompanied by two associate professors brought the plane for a test run and hoped for a successful flight. The team stood in awe as the plane lifted off the ground in the late afternoon.

  • Sand Gnats salute the Troops

    Sep 2, 2009

    The Soldier took his place among other honored guests next to the Grayson Stadium pitcher's mound. He took a baseball, looked down at the catcher and threw the first pitch of the night. It was the Savannah Sand Gnats' Military Appreciation Night and Sgt. Kevin DeBold, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, threw the first pitch.

  • Hunter 1st City Club learns about military capabilities

    Sep 2, 2009

    Hunter Army Airfield hosted a visit by 30 First City Club members on Aug. 25 started the visit with a 9 a.m. command briefing by Lt. Col. Jose Aguilar, Hunter Army Airfield garrison commander. The group toured the U.S. Coast Guard's Air Station Savannah and made their final stop of the day at the garrison's Riggers facility to watch a parachute packing demonstration.

  • Fort Riley breaks ground for new Skeet and Trap Complex

    Sep 2, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - A groundbreaking ceremony for the Fort Riley Skeet and Trap Complex took place Aug. 28 at Range 34. The event lasted less than 20 minutes; getting the project up to that point, however, took some time.

  • Hybrid-electric vehicles saving fuel costs at Stewart-Hunter

    Sep 2, 2009

    About six months ago, the Army began leasing these fuel-efficient HEVs from the General Service Administration, the federal agency that purchases non-tactical vehicles for the federal government. Nearly 500 HEVs have already been delivered to Army installations. Seventeen HEVs are now part of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's general dispatch fleet or maintenance vehicles.

  • Gate upgrades improve security for Soldiers, Families

    Sep 2, 2009

    Infrastructure upgrades at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield will include construction of new canopies, wider medians between the traffic lanes, new guard booths and upgrades to the electrical and data capabilities at the ACPs.

  • Space Soldiers - Red, White and Brave

    Sep 2, 2009

  • Brig. Gen. McMaster talks about the future, Army Capstone Concept

    Sep 2, 2009

    Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center's Concepts Development and Experimentation Directorate, spoke about how the Army Capstone Concept addresses the conditions of future war at The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London on Aug. 26.

  • Team Stewart webmaster creates multi-media experience for users

    Sep 2, 2009

    As you ponder, point, and click, realize that the Team Stewart Web site at www.stewart.army.mil has been an intensive labor of love. There, you will find just about everything you want to know about Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, and Kelley Hill. Wyatt Erminger, 3rd Infantry Division web developer contractor, has taken the two former sites of the division and garrison and made them into what is being called by some a model of installation web designing.

  • Space Soldiers - Red, White and Brave

    Sep 2, 2009

    Soldiers from the 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, marched in Saturday morning's Red White and Brave Welcome Home Parade in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • EPA Approves Army's Closure of Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System

    Sep 2, 2009

    U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency officials announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted the Army's closure of its former Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System.

  • Combat PT readies Vanguards for new light-infantry mission

    Sep 2, 2009

    In teams of four, the troops tackled combat physical training, Aug. 26. This training, according to Capt. Roy Faulkner, G Co. executive officer, was essential and included a two-mile run, water jug carry, low crawl and litter carry.

  • Career Opportunities with the Army Contracting Command

    Sep 2, 2009

  • Construction workers unearth WWII grenade

    Sep 2, 2009

    Construction workers sifting through rocks in a construction site Monday morning found something a lot more dangerous, post officials said.

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    Sep 2, 2009

  • Intervention: Activities to mark suicide prevention week

    Sep 2, 2009

    This upcoming week, Fort Jackson will participate in National Suicide Prevention Week activities. Fort Jackson will host events Sept. 6-10 to educate the community about suicide and to offer hope and support for preventing suicide.

  • Okaloosa County Community Covenant

    Sep 2, 2009

    The Okaloosa County Military Community Covenant was signed today by the United States Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard - along with state legislators, mayors, chambers of commerce, military spouses and county commissioners.

  • U.S. Army Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment Activity

    Sep 2, 2009

    <b>What is it'</b> The U.S. Army Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment Activity (USATA) executes the Army's test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment (TMDE) calibration and repair support program. USATA is the Army's recognized leader for advanced, state-of-the-art metrology, i.e. precision measurements.

  • Spouse goes from Soldier to scribe: Reservist uses childhood passion to help ease others' deplo

    Sep 2, 2009

    Like a large number of military spouses, Capt. Cursha Lunderman, a Reservist with the 208th Regional Support Group, found herself feeling miserable and alone when her husband deployed to Iraq. Being a new mother just added to her frustrations.

  • Stewart WTB DFAC chefs: the 'burger kings'

    Sep 2, 2009

    Several dozen Soldiers gathered during the lunch hour at 2nd HBCT's dining facility, Aug. 26. They joined 60 DFAC chefs from across the installation who were competing for a chance to prove they were Fort Stewart - Hunter Army Airfield's 'burger kings.' When the competition was over, the Warriors in Transition Battalion's DFAC took 1st place with their "Dog Face Delight" burger, a whopper of a sandwich, consisting of 1/3-pound of beef, bacon, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and - get this - marinara sauce.

  • Post prime spot for cycling enthusiasts

    Sep 2, 2009

    Many cyclists seeking a refuge from the congested roadways of Columbia find Fort Jackson almost irresistibly alluring.

  • Iraqi language and culture training

    Sep 2, 2009

    With only a month left until 3rd Infantry Division deploys to Iraq, the last rotation of Soldier-students are receiving survival language training as well as cultural awareness proficiency in the Fort Stewart Language Lab.

  • ASC holds change of command ceremony

    Sep 2, 2009

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine became commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at a ceremony held here today.

  • Leaders responsible for curbing suicide

    Sep 2, 2009

    With next week being National Suicide Prevention Week, I am counting on all members of the Fort Jackson community to give this campaign full support so that we can strengthen our awareness and related training.

  • Senior aviator takes final flight

    Sep 2, 2009

    Chief Warrant Brent Driggers, one of the most senior aviators in the Army, conducted his final flight as an aviator over Fort Campell Aug. 31. Driggers, who has been flying since 1981, has served with both the 101st and 159th Aviation Brigades of the 101st Airborne Division.

  • 1st ACB, Iraqi Air Force strengthen partnership

    Sep 2, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Getting to know the Iraqi Soldiers on a personal level is crucial to fostering a more professional relationship.

  • Crespo: 'Army not just for show'

    Sep 2, 2009

    For more than a year now, Sgt. Rosangela Crespo - a Reservist on active duty - has worked as a human resource specialist for the 171st Infantry Brigade. Crespo said she has found the work rewarding, and she wants to stay on active duty.

  • Army medical center, mothers help others through cord blood donation

    Sep 2, 2009

    Womack Army Medical Center officials announced their cord blood donation program Aug. 31 and are now the seventh collection site for the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University Medical Center.

  • Pegasus 7 visits Firebase Mayhem

    Sep 2, 2009

  • Gen. Dempsey says Army altering training for wars

    Sep 2, 2009

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, said Tuesday the Army is training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a vastly different way than it did during the initial days of the conflicts.

  • Georgia Senators visit Stewart housing

    Sep 2, 2009

    Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson toured Fort Stewart, led by 3rd Infantry Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, to see the living conditions of the Soldiers based here firsthand, Aug. 31.

  • Rethinking IED Strategies: from Iraq to Afghanistan

    Sep 2, 2009

    Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have been emblematic of the insurgency in Iraq. Why have so many disparate insurgent groups with varying resource levels chosen the same means to pursue their often-conflicting goals' And, a more important question, what can we do to eliminate IEDs as the leading cause of coalition force casualties'

  • Platoon Sergeant of the Year, day 1

    Sep 2, 2009

    The Army's top 14 Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Platoon Sergeants from across the nation are gathering at Fort Monroe to compete for the title of the first AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year.

  • ACC NCO SPOTLIGHT -Staff Sgt. Luis Jordan

    Sep 2, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Luis Jordan is a schools/ammunition noncommissioned officer with the Headquarters, Expeditionary Contracting Command. Prior to his arrival to Fort Belvoir, Va., Jordan served as the G3 Training/Ammunition NCO at Fort Carson, Colo. Once on board, Jordan immediately started working as the ECC School NCO, and established a process for placing Soldiers into their required training. "Being part of a new organization is exciting," said Jordan, an 18-year veteran. "We're new in the eyes of most Soldiers. That gives us the opportunity to lay a firm foundation for others to follow," said the former Paratrooper.

  • Tactical Leader Lessons Learned in Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Freedom VIII

    Sep 2, 2009

    The 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, learned valuable lessons during its 11 months of train-up and 15 months conducting combat operations in support of foreign internal defense missions in Afghanistan. Soldiers spent 90 percent of their time conducting nonlethal counterinsurgency (COIN) actions intended to train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), connect the population to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA), and improve the infrastructure throughout the area-a mere 10 percent of time was spent on lethal activity. This discussion relates the knowledge and experience gained.

  • VA suicide-prevention program adds chat service

    Sep 2, 2009

    The suicide-prevention campaign of the Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its outreach to all veterans by piloting an online, one-to-one "chat service" for veterans who prefer reaching out for assistance using the Internet.

  • Providers in South Korea See Both Sides of the Electronic Medical Record

    Sep 2, 2009

    Military medical professionals are using both the DoD's fixed facility electronic medical recording (EMR) system, AHLTA, and the battlefield system, Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4), to reap benefits on both sides of the data flow.

  • Caught in the Net: Lessons from the Financial Crisis for a Networked Future

    Sep 2, 2009

    Since 2000 the Department of Defense (DOD) has committed itself to implementing a vision of the future of combat usually referred to as Network-Centric Warfare (NCW). This vision, as described by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration,holds that robustly networking the force will improve information sharing, collaboration, and shared situational awareness. The DOD has invested considerable resources in its efforts to develop and implement NCW despite criticism from within and outside the armed forces.

  • Deployed US Soldiers become assistant combatives instructors

    Sep 2, 2009

    Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, "Horsemen," 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division completed 40 hours of level one combatives training to become certified assistant instructors during a weeklong train-the-trainer session, Aug. 17-24.

  • Army Program Honored for Digital Medical Record Efforts on the Battlefield

    Sep 2, 2009

    The Army's Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program earned two of the most prestigious government information technology honors- the Government Computer News (GCN) Agency Award and the Federal Computer Week (FCW) Rising Star Award. Both accolades recognize MC4's role in expanding and supporting the electronic medical recording (EMR) and medical logistics missions on the battlefield, and most recently expanding MC4 use to garrison battalion aid stations.

  • An Ever-Expanding War: Legal Aspects of Online Strategic Communication

    Sep 2, 2009

    Nearly eight years after 9/11, senior US leadership is redefining the Aca,!A"war on terrorismAca,!A? as a global counterinsurgency effort, one that requires both kinetic force and indirect, Aca,!A"smart powerAca,!A? collaboration by civilian agencies. Aca,!A"The Department of Defense has taken on many of these burdens that might have been assumed by civilian agencies in the past,Aca,!A? said Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Aca,!A"Forced by circumstances, our brave men and women in uniform have stepped up to the task, with field artillerymen and tankers building schools and mentoring city councilsAca,!"usually in a language they donAca,!a,,ct speak . . . . But it is no replacement for the real thing, civilian involvement and expertise.Aca,!A?

  • IMCOM-Europe Director evokes personal history at Women's Equality Day observance

    Sep 2, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Installation Management Command-Europe Director Diane Devens headlined the U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg Women's Equality Day observance Aug. 26 with a call for recognition of Army spouses.

  • Picatinny employees awarded 31st Annual Secretary of the Army Energy, Water Management Awards

    Sep 2, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Two Picatinny Department of Public Works employees, a Rockaway Township resident and a Roxbury Township resident, were awarded 31st Annual Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awards during a ceremony at the Department of Defense All-Hands Energy meeting in Providence, R.I., Aug 12.

  • Picatinny employees awarded 31st Annual Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awards

    Sep 2, 2009

    Two Picatinny Department of Public Works employees were awarded 31st Annual Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awards during a ceremony at the Department of Defense All-Hands Energy meeting in Providence, R.I., Aug 12.

  • Fighter pilot requests permission to buzz the tower of inequality

    Sep 2, 2009

  • Simulator allows AH-64 Apache Longbow pilots to train on the ground

    Sep 2, 2009

    Pilots of the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion,10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, deployed to the Iraqi desert, use the Apache Longbow Crew Trainer-a highly-realistic simulator used for individual and multi-ship-operations training- to train on dangerous missions without putting themselves or their aircraft in danager.

  • Army, Iraqi leaders agree to water-sharing policy in Ninawa

    Sep 2, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq -Local Iraqi leaders met with the 16th Sustainment Brigade deputy commander and the Q-West mayor to discuss water policy and enforcement at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq Aug.15.

  • Troops to receive H1N1 Flu vaccinations

    Sep 2, 2009

    All military personnel will be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus, and the vaccine will be available to all military family members who want it, a Defense Department health affairs official said Tuesday.

  • Task Force ODIN welcomes new crew, commander

    Sep 2, 2009

    The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade's Task Force ODIN welcomed a new crew and commander August 14. Lt. Col. Dave Holt took command of the ODIN mission from Lt. Col. Mark Moser during a transfer of authority ceremony here, heralding the Task Force's third year of operations in Iraq.

  • Schoolmates find friendship during deployment

    Sep 2, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The U.S. Army has hundreds of thousands of Soldiers in its employ, which makes the story of Sgt. 1st Class Tina D. Hudson and Sgt. 1st Class Sonya D. Jones a lucky roll of the dice.

  • Vehicle company steps up, moves out

    Sep 2, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - On May 25, the "Hook and Book" Soldiers of the 1161st Transportation Company, a Washington National Guard unit out of Ephrata, Wash., arrived in Iraq as part of the 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade.

  • Ramadan Kareem

    Sep 2, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Aug. 22 marked the beginning of Ramadan, the most holy month for members of the Islamic faith. Ramadan is observed during the ninth month of the Islamic, or lunar, calendar. Muslims attempt to strengthen their spirit by abstaining from food, drink, sexual activity, becoming angry, smoking or any form of insincerity from sunrise to sunset.

  • Personal security team Soldiers prepare for mission's end

    Sep 2, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - The gray Opal flipped over twice on main supply route Tampa and came to rest on its wheels. An Iraqi woman lay on the ground next to the vehicle, her husband sitting behind it with head injuries. Villagers gathered around the vehicle, trying to help.

  • Operation Jiffy Lube keeps vehicles moving

    Sep 2, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Two units from opposite ends of the U.S. join together in Iraq to help convoys roll out of Joint Base Balad, Iraq faster, by making minor repairs to M1151 and Mine-Resistant-Ambush-Protected vehicles that would otherwise delay their departure.

  • Cross Fit to Fight: For 3-10 GSAB, new gym means new ways to work out

    Sep 2, 2009

    The Soldiers of 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade have a new facility to use while trying to stay fit on deployment. The unit's new clamshell gym officially opened its doors for the first time July 11, giving the Phoenix battalion a local, high-speed fitness center outfitted with the most up-to-date workout equipment and specialized structures designed for use with the Cross Fit exercise program.

  • Pathfinder engineers, infantrymen practice advanced demolition techniques

    Sep 2, 2009

    Engineers from the Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade Pathfinders practiced advanced demolition techniques with their infantry teammates August 22 at Memorial Range here.

  • Bamberg commander goes for the win

    Sep 2, 2009

    Lt. Col. Gary A. Rosenberg, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Germany, competes, and wins, his battle against Christoph Starke (younger brother of Bamberg lord mayor Andreas Starke) during the 2009 Sandkerwa Fischerstechen in Bamberg Aug. 23. This was the first time a U.S. commander has competed in the annual water based jousting sport on the Regnitz River.

  • Security Battalion Soldiers, Freedom Village students attend baseball game

    Sep 1, 2009

    United Nations Command Security Battalion Soldiers and Daesungdong Elementary School teachers and students attended a professional baseball game between Hanwha Eagles and Mokdong Heroes Aug. 21 at Seoul's Mokdong Stadium.

  • Soldier gets his chance to mentor in Africa

    Sep 1, 2009

    Just 15 months ago, when Pfc. Daniel Bateson was hanging drywall with his family's home improvement business, the Connecticut-native never dreamed he would visit Africa.

  • Medical exercise in Swaziland ends successfully

    Sep 1, 2009

    Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF), U.S. Army Africa, and U.S. Africa Command (USARAF) concluded the two-week MEDFLAG 09 exercise with a closing ceremony at USDF headquarters in Manzini, Swaziland on August 14, 2009.

  • CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force

    Sep 1, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> The CCMRF is the CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives) Consequence Management Response Force. It's a robust federal entry force that is scalable and task-organized to mitigate further loss of life and relieve suffering in response to a CBRNE disaster. It supports local and state requests for assistance as part of a federal response. As of Oct. 1, there will be two CCMRFs (10.1 and 10.2) able to respond to near simultaneous incidents, each with three task forces, Task Force Operations, Task Force Aviation and Task Force Medical. CCMRF 10.1 is comprised of primarily active component units and 10.2 primarily reserve component units.

  • Army Management Staff College opens registration for FY10 classes

    Sep 1, 2009

    Army and DOD employees, along with their military supervisors, can now sign up for a Fiscal Year 2010 Civilian Education System class at the Army Management Staff College.

  • Holiday Greetings teams set to tape at 60 locations

    Sep 1, 2009

    Taping for one of the most recognizable holiday programs in America will begin soon, months before wreaths are hung and lights are strung in homes across the country.

  • Safety Center promotes National Preparedness Month

    Sep 1, 2009

  • Sacramento District, River Cats make splash for water safety

    Sep 1, 2009

    Almost 12,000 minor league baseball fans helped the Sacramento District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recognize its approaching 80th anniversary and its water safety mission during a Sacramento River Cats game Aug. 28.

  • Soldiers on road to recovery at BAMC: First Team visit boosts troop morale

    Sep 1, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - On the fourth floor, just above the windows that offers a panoramic view of its recovery and rehabilitation facilities, hangs the latest photographic testaments of one group of warriors. They have returned from battle with missing limbs, but were strong enough to overcome their challenges and take back their lives while inspiring others.

  • Time to Dine: Long Knife Commander cuts ribbon on OIF Dining Facility

    Sep 1, 2009

  • AMC/JMC hosts Safety Training Workshop in Rock Island

    Sep 1, 2009

    Keeping the Army's Soldiers, civilians, and contractors safe served as an unofficial theme for the Army Materiel Command/Joint Munitions Command Safety Training Workshop held here Aug. 25-27.

  • MilWiki receives Army's top knowledge management honor

    Sep 1, 2009

    Since its inception more than a year ago, milWiki has surpassed more than 37,000 users, 10,000 pages, and 4,000 individual articles and remains under pilot to become a centralized point for updating Army field manual doctrine. Now, it is the recipient of the top Army award for knowledge management.

  • Army to assess, revise Combat Lifesaver training

    Sep 1, 2009

    In a fragmentary order dated Aug. 25, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command suspended intravenous training from the Combat Lifesaver Course beginning Sept. 1.

  • Byers set to wrestle world's best Greco-Roman heavyweights

    Sep 1, 2009

    Greco-Roman heavyweight wrestler Dremiel Byers recently joined the ranks of senior NCOs with his promotion to sergeant first class, and is preparing to represent the Army on Team USA at the 2009 World Wrestling Championships, scheduled for Sept. 21-27 in Herning, Denmark.

  • US convoy ambushed, battles insurgents for 9 hours

    Sep 1, 2009

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Instead of functioning as traditional fuelers, many Army petroleum supply specialists in Afghanistan operate as vehicle gunners and drivers for convoys. Insurgents ambushed a convoy of 286th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion fuelers July 29 in one of the largest complex attacks since 2003.

  • Senior Scientist at USASMDC/ARSTRAT receives patent award

    Sep 1, 2009

    A senior scientist with U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Technical Center, received a patent award for work in developing technology that uses polarization to discriminate debris and decoys from incoming ballistic missile reentry vehicles, as well as from ground and airborne targets.

  • 100th MDB receives a New Batch of Qualified Missile Defenders

    Sep 1, 2009

    Sixteen qualified Ground-based Midcourse Defense system operators became part of an elite group during their August 28 graduation ceremony. Only 209 total graduates have completed the program.

  • Helmet sensors providing data that may decrease brain injury

    Sep 1, 2009

    For the past year, almost 7,000 sensors mounted on helmets in Iraq and Afghanistan have been collecting data on blast trauma from improvised explosive devices.

  • Signal Command icon retires after 54 years

    Sep 1, 2009

    Betty Olson, known as 'Miss Betty' formally here, secretary to the commanding general for the Army's Signal Command at Fort Huachuca for more than 40 years and a federal employee for the last 54 years, retired Aug. 27, one day after a daylong celebration of her achievements as one of this post's longest recorded employees.

  • SOUTHCOM family visits Elmo

    Sep 1, 2009

    A U.S. Southern Command family travelled to the Big Apple recently to participate in the filming of "Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times" a Sesame Street special premiering on PBS Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. The special will be hosted by Al Roker, Deborah Roberts of ABC's 20/20 and Elmo. It aims to help families with children, age two to eight, experiencing difficult economic circumstances. It offers strategies and tips that can lead to positive outcomes for their children's physical and emotional well-being during this tough economic climate. TSgt Brandon Van Walraven, an intelligence analyst with SOUTHCOM, was interviewed with his family at their home in South Florida and finished up on the set of Sesame Street in New York City. The show focuses on the financial challenges - and solutions - of the four families invited, plus Elmo's family. "When we moved here, we experienced some severe financial difficulties," Van Walraven said. "We had to borrow money from family for rent and had other money tied up. We had depleted all of our savings and were living paycheck to paycheck." The special focuses on tough economic times, but the message applies to any difficult situation, said Van Walraven. "In the military, the meaning has an even wider context because we go through things that other families do not," Van Walraven said.

  • Tanks for the Memory

    Sep 1, 2009

    The Big Impact of 'Little Willie'.

  • California Guard helps to save forests from marijuana growers

    Sep 1, 2009

    The California National Guard is part of a 17-agency endeavor to protect the state's forests from destructive marijuana growers.

  • Grafenwoehr mother delivers baby boy along B470

    Sep 1, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - "How often do you have to convince your husband you are having a baby, it's coming, there's no stopping, it's not like you can just tell it to hold on, cross your legs, it's just not time yet" Melanie Lasley said. Melanie never thought when they moved to Grafenwoehr in January that she would deliver her own baby on the side of the road in a foreign country. When she woke up at 3 a.m. on July 29th feeling sick, she had no idea she was having labor pains.

  • Steel Knights return to Mannheim

    Sep 1, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- With the bleachers of the Coleman Gym on Coleman Barracks overflowing with friends, family and fellow Soldiers ready to welcome them back, the 51st Transportation Company, 28th Transportation Battalion returned to Mannheim, Germany, Aug. 28 after serving a 15-month tour in Iraq.

  • Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center begins highly-praised exercise program

    Sep 1, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center is now harboring new equipment and, chances are, you a growing number of people have been using it. This new equipment has been placed in the USAG Grafenwoehr PFC for those dedicated to 'CrossFitting.' CrossFit is a principal strength and conditioning program that began with former gymnast Greg Glassman, who posted daily workout routines on the web. These routines are used by police officers, firefighters and now, the Grafenwoehr military community.

  • Soldiers provide clean water, fresh start

    Sep 1, 2009

    A series of intertwined, water-filled canals create a patchwork of green fields, abundant in crops near the capital city area of Zooba. The irrigation system provided essential water to the local farms but not to citizens.

  • Grafenwoehr BOSS program wins big at Army-wide level

    Sep 1, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - During the 2009 Department of the Army Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers annual conference in Leesburg, Va., Aug. 10-15, the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr BOSS program raked in two prestigious honors. USAG Grafenwoehr BOSS president, Cpl. Robert Shomper and Command Sgt. Maj. William Berrios, command sergeant major for USAG Grafenwoehr, accepted two of the six awards given to BOSS programs Army-wide, bringing home the "Best Event" award for a large commnuity and runner-up for "Best Installation" award.

  • Young Carpenters at the Detroit Arsenal

    Sep 1, 2009

    The Detroit Arsenal partners with local Home Depots to enhance the SKIES program.

  • Soldier overcomes suicidal ideations, encourages others to reach out, get help

    Sep 1, 2009

    Capt. Emily Stehr is in the business of healing. But five months after returning from Iraq, she was struggling with her own internal wounds of war that had not healed. She decided to kill herself.

  • McChrystal delivers Afghan assessment to U.S., NATO leaders

    Sep 1, 2009

    The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan has completed his assessment of the situation there and has forwarded it to NATO and U.S. leaders, Defense Department officials said today.

  • Financial management Soldiers support the team

    Sep 1, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The "Blackhawks" of B Detachment, 101st Financial Management Company out of Fort Campbell, Ky., work hard to spread the wealth beyond the walls of Camp Taji, Iraq.

  • Soldiers GT improves FAST

    Sep 1, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The Blackjack Education Center continuously offers a three week fundamental academic skills training class to all service members stationed here at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to help them raise their general technical score on the armed services vocational aptitude battery.

  • Laos native gains US citizenship

    Sep 1, 2009

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - A Soldier whose journey toward citizenship started with fleeing Laos in 1979, became a United States citizen in a ceremony Aug. 6, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

  • 13th ESC Soldiers Attempt to Join Audie Murphy Club

    Sep 1, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - "Audie Leon Murphy was a legend in his own time," begins the biography recited by the three candidates at the board for the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Aug. 27 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Teens prepare for school sports at summer clinic

    Sep 1, 2009

    "Are you ready'" "Ready!" "Every day'" "All day!" "You are what'" "Athletes!" "Show me!" yells Dena Taylor, physical therapy assistant and exercise physiologist, to the 30 high school students lying on Husky Field, sweat dripping down their faces. And the whistle blows. The students have their legs straight in the air, tilting them to the left and the right to Taylor's commands: "Up! Down! Up! Down!" The drill is part of the new Patch High School Sports Athletic Conditioning Clinic, a free, 12-week summer program that ended Aug. 14.

  • Camp takes Cub Scouts to 'space and beyond'

    Sep 1, 2009

    Chimps and dogs have been a part of the space program for years, but tigers, wolves and bears' No, it's not a top secret Space Shuttle Discovery mission, but the Stuttgart Cub Scout Twilight Camp.

  • Girl Scouts offers 'world' of opportunity' for all ages

    Sep 1, 2009

    It takes more than selling cookies to be a Girl Scout. For almost 100 years, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America program has taught girls to become effective leaders and help the less fortunate in their communities. Girl Scouts in Stuttgart can add volksmarching, exploring Europe and working with Scouts from around the world to that list.

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