Archive: Feb 2010

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  • Governor John Hoeven Visits Camp Bondsteel

    Feb 6, 2010

    Gov. John Hoeven, Governor, North Dakota, and Maj. Gen. David A. Sprynczaynatyk, Adjutant General, North Dakota National Guard, visit with Soldiers during a lunch in Gnjilane/Gjilan, Kosovo. Hoeven and Sprynczaynatyk both visited N.D. Soldiers deployed to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo for a Kosovo Forces (KFOR) 12 deployment.

  • Maj. Gen. David A. Sprynczaynatyk Visits Camp Bondsteel

    Feb 6, 2010

    Sprynczaynatyk came to Camp Bondsteel to see how the Soldiers from N.D. are doing during their Kosovo Forces (KFOR) 12 deployment.

  • TF Wings' runs OIF GAR, inspires Aloha spirit in Iraq

    Feb 6, 2010

    The Aloha spirit was on display as the Soldiers of Task Force Wings, joined by other members of TF Marne, participated in the Operation Iraqi Freedom Great Aloha Run (GAR), in two locations in United States Division-North, Feb. 1. Nearly, 1,100 people, lead by members of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Wings, mirrored the 25-year-old race at Contingency Operating Base Speicher and Forward Operating Base Warrior, both in USD-North. The Hawaii-based units showed their Aloha spirit conducting a four-mile formation run, known as the "Sounds of Freedom," simultaneously with an 8.15 mile individual race.

  • Basrah opens nursing college

    Feb 6, 2010

    The medical care of southern Iraq will be getting a big boost in a few years, thanks to the opening of the first 4-year Bachelor of Nursing college in Basrah.

  • Passing the torch

    Feb 6, 2010

    A group of leading Iraqi religious, civilian and military leaders met with the incoming and outgoing commanders of United States Division - South on Contingency Operating Base Basra, Jan. 28th.

  • Pumps link Soldiers, Iraqis

    Feb 6, 2010

    Soldiers with the 546th Maintenance Company and the 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) met with local leaders Jan. 18, and visited the four pump stations along the Euphrates River that provide water to Contingency Operating Base Adder and Camp Cedar II, Iraq.

  • Providing for the future

    Feb 6, 2010

    Soldiers of the 36th Sustainment Brigade deliver school supplies to children outside Nasiriyah, Iraq.

  • Guard Soldiers rescue motorist stranded in snow

    Nov 18, 2011

    Showing the National Guard's capabilities during emergencies such as the massive snowstorm hitting the Mid Atlantic region, a team of Maryland National Guard Soldiers rescued a stranded motorist Saturday morning.

  • Sustainers hit the ground running in Haiti

    Feb 5, 2010

    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - 70 Soldiers from Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) landed at Toussaint L'Ouverture Airport in Port Au Prince Feb. 3, to support relief operations in Haiti.

  • TitleTransportation Soldiers escort local nationals to work at JBB recycling yard

    Feb 5, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - At JBB's recycling yard, Soldiers with the 547th Transportation Company, out of Washington, work to make Joint Base Balad, Iraq, environmentally friendly, employ nearby villagers and stimulate the local economy.

  • Surgeon cell provides medical training for commanders

    Feb 5, 2010

  • "Team Wagonmasters", the Dallas Cowboys, and Glory Days

    Feb 5, 2010

    Dallas, Texas - "My finger prints are now a part of history... at least for now, until they polish it," Sgt. Destony Troy, legal liaison and command finance specialist for the 15th Sustainment Brigade, a native of Odessa, Texas, said as she poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy that is awarded each year to the winning team of the National Football League's championship game known as the Super Bowl. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Jessica Hampton, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

  • Mississippi Guardsman embodies Army value of loyalty

    Feb 5, 2010

  • Community members show off talents in art expo

    Feb 5, 2010

    While the Presidio of Monterey is known for its premiere language school, it is also home to some very talented community members.

  • New 24-hour walk-in gate to debut at Taylor entrance

    Feb 5, 2010

    The Presidio of Monterey Taylor Street Gate will soon be open all-day, everyday, at least for walk-in personnel possessing a Common Access Card.

  • POM Tax Center opens for business

    Feb 5, 2010

    The Presidio of Monterey Tax Center opens with a ceremonial ribbon cutting ...

  • BJACH celebrates 109 years of Army Nurse Corps

    Feb 5, 2010

    The nursing staff at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital celebrated the 109th anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps Feb. 2. They transformed the BJACH dining facility into a banquet hall, tables draped in maroon and decorated with historical photos and balloons, cake and punch set out for a post-ceremony reception.

  • JAG provides essential service, advice

    Feb 5, 2010

    Col. Keith Well holds a key position (and one of the most complex) on Fort Polk. Well is the Staff Judge Advocate and oversees legal operations on post as a member of the commanding general's special staff. The SJA office is composed of members of the Judge Advocate General Corps and is often referred to as "JAG."

  • Soldier volunteers 'for love of game'

    Feb 5, 2010

    FORT POLK, La. - To recognize Soldiers for going above and beyond the call of duty to serve citizens within their communities, President George H. W. Bush authorized the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Jan. 9, 1993.

  • Fort Polk inspector general improves efficiency

    Feb 5, 2010

    To Army senior leadership, the title "IG" sometimes evokes fear, and bad memories. The IG gained a reputation for catching commanders in the act of breaking regulations and relieving them of command 15-20 years ago.

  • U.S. Soldiers killed in UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash identified

    Feb 5, 2010

    U.S. Soldiers killed in UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash identified

  • You're Invited To An Evening On The Bayou

    Feb 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A night of fun, live music and dancing. Check. Lots of games and great prizes. Check. Live and silent auctions. Check. An event that will benefit military families. Check. The Officer and Civilian Women's Club is putting together its main fund-raising event of the year - Mardi Gras style. The Evening on the Bayou will be held Feb. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Officers and Civilians Club. "Proceeds will be used to further community assistance and merit award programs such as scholarships, Army Family Programs, donations to other supporting military events, and assistance to military families," event chairperson Tonya Daniels said.

  • Army Reserve Soldier, Movie Promoter Helps Troops Overseas

    Feb 5, 2010

    SPC Gregory Williams, a Soldier in the 361st Public Affairs Operations Center, helps Soldiers overseas by collecting comfort items for them at an advanced screening of the movie "Dear John," a film he helped promote in New York City.

  • College Student Experience Life In Haiti

    Feb 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Ever since Megan Scott was a little girl, she always had a heart for helping others. The middle child in the Scott family, she never imagined that her heart for adventure would give her an experience she would never forget and take her to Haiti and one of the deadliest earthquakes in history. Moving from place to place and being somewhat of a nomad was neither new nor frightening for Scott. After all, she is an Army brat and daughter of Maj. Bruce Scott, assistant product manager for the Light Utility Helicopters in the Program Executive Office for Aviation and an Army National Guard liaison officer. "I've always wanted to travel and interact with people outside of the U.S.," Scott said. "Moving around so much with my dad being in the military, I really enjoyed having new experiences."

  • Commanders United For Women's Health

    Feb 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Nearly every minute a woman dies from heart disease. The American Heart Association's statistic is alarming, but Redstone Arsenal has made a commitment to change it. Col. Mark Smith, commander of Fox Army Health Center, and Col. Bob Pastorelli, Garrison commander, joined forces to raise awareness for women's heart disease, with the help of The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. The duo signed a National Wear Red Day proclamation Jan. 26, cementing the installation's commitment to women's health.

  • 'There Is A Center Of Excellence That You Have Made'

    Feb 5, 2010

    Describing Redstone Arsenal and its surrounding industrial, business and academic community as a national treasure, one of the nation's former military leaders told a Chamber of Commerce audience Thursday that Huntsville's center of excellence will help the U.S. win on the battlefield. Retired Gen. John Abizaid, whose 34-year military career included being the longest serving commander of the U.S. Central Command from 2003 until his retirement in 2007, spoke about Redstone Arsenal and the nation's involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts as the keynote speaker at the 74th annual membership meeting of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. About 1,000 business, community and industry representatives attended the meeting at the Von Braun Center North. Abizaid commented on Huntsville's innovation, inspiration, capability and ingenuity as a center of excellence for science and research technologies.

  • One-Stop Shopping List For PX

    Feb 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Customer service is driving changes at the Post Exchange that will add new products and more convenience to Redstone Arsenal's shopping experience. Those changes are being coordinated by a management team that is frequently studying the buying habits of PX customers and the offerings of local competitors, ensuring that the PX and its associated vendors remain a leading shopping choice for Soldiers, military retirees and veterans, and their families. Loraine Arbo, the exchange's new general manager, along with Kim Sumpter, sales and merchandise manager; and Montina Hoefle, operations manager, are leading the efforts to modernize the PX's retail image and customer offerings.

  • Army to increase fiscal 2010 base operating support by $500 million

    Feb 5, 2010

  • Working for Education's Future

    Feb 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Forging a strong working relationship between the Garrison, local schools and the parents of school-age children was the goal of an Education Town Hall meeting Jan. 25 at Heiser Hall. That working relationship is essential to ensure a high quality education for military-connected school-age children, said Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli. But it will become even more essential as more Department of the Army civilian and contractor families move to North Alabama due to employee transfers to Redstone Arsenal as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations, he said.

  • Army to Increase Fiscal 2010 Base Operating Support by $500 Million

    Feb 5, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. announced today that the Army is taking steps to increase funding by $500 million for Base Operating Support in fiscal 2010. "We will continue to look for efficiencies and best practices, but the bottom line is we will not shortchange our Soldiers and their Families," said McHugh. The Army's Installation Management Command will continue to work closely with each installation to ensure its essential base operating support needs are met. Additionally, the Army will conduct a comprehensive mid-year review of all installation BOS accounts to ensure installations can meet Army priorities. "The secretary and I remain committed to ensuring our soldiers and families get the support they need and we will continue to provide the resources to do that," Casey reiterated.

  • Army to increase fiscal 2010 base operating support by $500 million

    Feb 5, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. announced that the Army is taking steps to increase funding by $500 million for Base Operating Support in fiscal year 2010.

  • Out of Nowhere

    Feb 5, 2010

    It was Oct. 3, 2009. I'd spent the past year in the Army National Guard recruit sustainment program while attending advanced individual training and qualifying in my military occupational specialty. After months of eagerly waiting, I was finally ready to report to my unit at 5 a.m. that Saturday morning.

  • NFL veterans band together to help military vets

    Feb 5, 2010

    On Monday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, while the media was dishing out the latest scoop on Super Bowl XLIV, two former NFL stars were drumming up support for a new program called "Veterans Supporting Veterans."

  • Fort Bragg provides support for retired servicemembers

    Feb 5, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Those who serve in the military choose different paths throughout their careers.

  • Eric Hipple: From NFL quarterback to outreach counselor

    Feb 5, 2010

    After a decade-long football career as a star NFL quarterback, life transitioned for Eric Hipple until he finally became dependent on alcohol and painkillers, his marriage ended, he went bankrupt, spent time in jail for driving under the influence, and his 15-year-old son committed suicide.

  • Blogged down: Military children share stories, wisdom online

    Feb 5, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - For the child of a Soldier, life can seem stressful. Mom or dad is often deployed to a far-away land.

  • Portable ultrasound empowers Special Forces medics

    Feb 5, 2010

    When Dr. (Maj.) Andrew Morgan came to 3rd Special Forces Group, he already knew the value of ultrasound machines from being an emergency physician at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg. He brought that knowledge with him when he joined the group in the summer of 2007 when he became the battalion surgeon for 1st Battalion, 3rd SFG, and he quickly pushed to have more ultrasound machines at his unit.

  • Unified Response transitions to Haitian self-sustainment

    Feb 5, 2010

    Joint Task Force - Haiti is beginning to transition to the next phase of its involvement in Operation Unified Response, following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked the island nation of Haiti about two weeks ago, said Col. Gregory Kane, the JTF-H and XVIII Airborne Corps operations officer, Monday.Aca,!A..

  • Fort Bragg volunteers pack Super Bowl care packages for Soldiers

    Feb 5, 2010

    Soldiers, Sailors, family members and United Service Organization volunteers gathered at Pope Air Force Base, Feb. 3, to prepare Super Bowl-themed care packages for service members deployed as part of Joint Task Force-Haiti.

  • New Jersey Reserve Quartermasters take over operations at amnesty collection point

    Feb 5, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 716th Quartermaster Company took over operations of the amnesty collection point from the 910th QM Co. Feb. 1 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson brings living history to Wiesbaden Black History Month Celebration

    Feb 5, 2010

    WIESBADEN, German - Wiesbaden military community members were treated to an American history lesson from one of the stalwarts of the Civil Rights Movement Feb. 3. Rev. Jesse Jackson, a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and two-time Democratic candidate for the nation's highest office, spoke to Wiesbaden service members and their families during a visit to Wiesbaden Army Airfield. The sole stop at a U.S. military installation in Europe was part of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's African American History Month observances.

  • AFAP delegates hammer out quality of life issues

    Feb 5, 2010

    BRUNSSUM, Netherlands - Delegates of the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen's Army Family Action Plan Conference held intensive discussions at the JFC Conference Center here Feb. 3-4, debating dozens of community issues and finally prioritizing 16 issues that will now be vetted by USAG Schinnen's Commanders' AFAP Steering Committee.

  • Veteran Receives Purple Heart 40 Years Later

    Feb 5, 2010

    After more than 40 years, a local Vietnam Veteran received a Purple Heart medal for injuries sustained in 1969 during the war.

  • Veteran finally receives honors

    Feb 5, 2010

    ATLANTA - James Brumbelow (second from left) receives one of six service medals from Col. Deborah B. Grays, U.S. Army Garrison commander, and Rep. David Scott, congressional representative for Georgia's 13th district, during a ceremony to honor his service 65 years ago as a Soldier during World War II.

  • DoD to explore ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Feb 5, 2010

  • Fort Benning moving rare plant to safer ground

    Feb 5, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Post conservation officials began digging up hundreds of relict trillium roots along Fort Benning's northern edge Tuesday in preparation for a huge transfer of the rare plant to safer ground.

  • African native finds American dream in U.S. Army

    Feb 5, 2010

    MONS, Belgium - Capt. Christian Smith gave up money and power in seek of the American dream.

  • Fort Lee Personnel Push Help to Haiti

    Feb 5, 2010

    Fort Lee has processed more 450 Soldiers for deployment to support Haiti relief efforts

  • African ambassador empowers U.S. military audience

    Feb 5, 2010

    MONS, Belgium - The color of a person's skin shouldn't determine their fate was the message of empowerment given by the keynote speaker at the Black History Month observance Feb. 3.

  • Strength through friendship

    Feb 5, 2010

    Story highlights key leader engagement between 36th SB commander and local sheikhs to work on projects in southern Iraq.

  • Community celebrates black economic empowerment

    Feb 5, 2010

    MONS, Belgium - The SHAPE/ChiAfA..vres community gathered Feb. 3 to recognize black economic empowerment as part of the garrison's black history month observance.

  • McChrystal notes progress in Afghanistan

    Feb 5, 2010

    Although he stopped short of saying the worst is over for troops as they prepare to surge into some of the toughest Taliban-held areas, the top NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that conditions no longer are deteriorating.

  • Strength in Diversity: Grafenwoehr Eagle Scout sets his sights on leading peers

    Feb 5, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Adults are not the only one who strive to serve their communities. Cast your eyes upon newly inducted Eagle Scout, Patrick G. Vass, and you begin to understand age is nothing but a number. The life skills Vass learns as an Eagle Scout directly contributes to the success of the Army mission.

  • Florida Marlins players, dancers visit troops in Basra

    Feb 5, 2010

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Two players for the Florida Marlins baseball team, as well as their coach and four members of the Marlins Mermaid dance squad, visited service members Jan. 30 at the United Services Organization building at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq.

  • Service members, third country nationals come together at Oasis dining facility

    Feb 5, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Every day Oasis dining facility at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, serves roughly 18,000 to 20,000 meals to the service members and civilians here. From the warehouse and storage facilities to the kitchen and dining room, countless hands come together for each meal.

  • 514th Maintenance Company convoys to Speicher for command visit

    Feb 5, 2010

    CONTIGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Members of the 514th Maintenance Company's movement control team out of Fort Drum N.Y., went on a convoy to Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, as part of a command visit Jan.30.

  • The eyes in the sky

    Feb 5, 2010

    Story highlights the unmanned aerial vehicle crew of Forward Operating Base Kalsu, who help react to significant events off the base.

  • Warrior Games: Wounded Warriors Set New Goals in Competition

    Feb 4, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> The inaugural Warrior Games is a competition between wounded, illand injured servicemen and women being held this May in Colorado Springs, CO. This is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Olympic Committee. Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, along with Marines, Airmen, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, will compete May 10-14 in a variety of events including shooting, swimming, archery, sitting volleyball, cycling, track, wheelchair basketball, discus] and shot put. In addition to winners in each event, there will be an "Ultimate Warrior" competition in a pentathlon format and service team scoring for a rotating Chairman's Cup. An estimated 200 athletes will be drawn proportionally from each service. The Warrior Games represent the latest addition to a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Olympic Committee, with support provided by the United Services Organization (USO), American Red Cross, and Ride 2 Recovery (R2R).

  • California's motorcycle course returns to Wheeler

    Feb 4, 2010

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, in collaboration with the California Superbike School, will host a third round of the popular advanced motorcycle course "Train as You Ride."

  • Valentine's on a budget

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "How do I love thee' Let me count the ways." In those immortal words, Elizabeth Barrett Browning wasn't referring to tens and twenties, but the average Valentine's Day bill seems to suggest the contrary. A box of chocolates: $10. A dozen roses: $50. A bottle of champagne: $100. And all that's before the obligatory three-course dinner and Broadway show.

  • From 'cotton fields' to economic success, hear the story of black heritage Thursday

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Celebrate Black History Month with the Fort Benning Equal Opportunity Office Thursday at the Benning Conference Center.

  • QDR reveals Army on target for energy security

    Feb 4, 2010

    Language in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, released Feb. 1, supports the Army's ongoing efforts to achieve energy security.

  • RCI military liaison: a 'bridge' from where you are to where you want to be

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Meet Nina Saeli. At the Villages of Benning welcome center, she works daily to handle the questions and concerns of people who live on post. Saeli PCSed here six years ago as the executive officer for 14th Combat Support Hospital. After retiring last year, she still wanted to be involved in helping the military community. That's how she became the Residential Communities Initiative military liaison, where she's been supporting Soldiers and their families since October.

  • May I have this dance'

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - It's "the best thing going in Columbus," said Len Clegg, who teaches free dance lessons from 6-8 p.m. every Monday at First Presbyterian Church.

  • Wounded veteran stresses resilience at National Prayer Breakfast

    Feb 4, 2010

    One man's life-changing story of survival served as inspiration for Soldiers and family members during the annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

  • Haiti 'food surge' aims to reach 2 million

    Feb 4, 2010

    There were smiles and these particular visions of joy were brought by the knowledge that the Haitian women would be able to feed their families for weeks instead of standing in line with their whole family to receive a single day's ration.

  • R&B, hip-hop concert Feb. 13

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Critically-acclaimed R&B artist Leigh Jones and award-winning hip hop group Animate Objects will headline a free concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13 at Wetherby Field. The tour is part of the I. A.M. STRONG tour presented by the Army G-1, Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention program. I. A.M. STRONG is the Army's campaign to combat sexual assaults by engaging all Soldiers in preventing sexual assaults before they occur.

  • Are you a teen with something to say' Teen town hall offers chance to sound off

    Feb 4, 2010

    Youths 13 to 18 from all areas of Fort Benning are being summoned to the first teen town hall.

  • The Battle of Chickamauga

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, honored their predecessors Friday during a wreath-laying ceremony at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

  • 'Way of the future': Benning integrates new resource tracking program

    Feb 4, 2010

    Planning and training just got a little bit easier on Fort Benning. Details of thousands of training activities and the components that go into those missions can now be accessed through BASE4D, a centralized tracking system.

  • Military postal service to begin in Haiti

    Feb 4, 2010

    U.S. postal inspectors have arrived in Haiti to conduct security assessments and help prepare to set up an Army post office, as well as to assist with the restoration of mail service to the earthquake-ravaged country.

  • Commentary: Leadership means more than being a nice guy

    Feb 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - It is a lot easier to define leadership than it is to put your finger on the attributes of a good leader. There are as many ways to look at the question as there are ways to lead effectively. A common thread is often taking care of Soldiers. Looking out for your subordinates' well being is certainly an important consideration, but it always has to be tempered by the knowledge that accomplishing the mission might put those subordinates at grave risk.

  • Commentary: For military spouses glass is more than half full

    Feb 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Being associated with the Army doesn't make you a victim. Whenever we get into a "glass half empty" sort of mood, we should remember that.

  • Bulldogs defeat Stallions 55-44

    Feb 4, 2010

    After hitting five 3-pointers in the second half, the Bulldogs held on to beat the Stallions 55-44 Tuesday at Smith Fitness Center. Bulldogs forward Terrence Crimiel of MEDDAC said the 3-point shots were a major factor in the victory. "We scored a lot of 3-pointers and played strong defense in the second half, and that's what helped us get the win," he said. Both teams missed early scoring opportunities in the first three minutes of the game until the Bulldogs' Christopher Thomas broke the scoreless tie. The Mustangs of the CONUS Replacement Center closed the gap to 8-5 with 10 minutes remaining, but the Bulldogs' defense held the Mustangs to 12 points and led 22-17 at the half.

  • Upbeat briefing helps to answer joint base questions

    Feb 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - How the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord organization affects its employees, customers and tenants, what Initial Operational Capability means to the workforce, and what changes the new alignment creates in work flow and administration, were important questions on the minds of those most affected on Monday. The command team of the new JBLM Garrison addressed those issues with back-to-back briefings at McChord and Carey theaters, conducted within hours of the ceremony that heralded the Department of Defense's newest joint base.

  • More than 20 teams compete in scramble

    Feb 4, 2010

    More than 20 teams competed in the monthly 18-hole Commanding General's Golf Scramble Jan. 28 on the Marshall and Bradley courses at the Fort Benning Golf Course. The top two teams in each flight received pro shop gift certificates while third-place teams were awarded golf balls. And there were four closest-to-the-pin winners. "The course is challenging and the greens are fast, but it's fun," said MAJ Vasilios Lazos of team MEDDAC.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord makes its debut

    Feb 4, 2010

    With the final tug of a canvas case, the unfurling and raising of its new flag, Joint Base Lewis-McChord began its history at 10 a.m. Monday during a ceremony in front of its new headquarters on what is now called "JBLM Lewis Main."

  • Braves visit Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers, families

    Feb 4, 2010

    Soldiers and families of the Warrior Transition Battalion gathered Saturday at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center for a visit from Braves prospect Freddie Freeman, bench coach Chino Cadahia, mascot Homer the Brave and two Braves cheerleaders. The visit, organized by Operation Homefront, was the first stop of the Braves Country Caravan. Various members of the team will be on the road until Feb. 13, stopping in Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina and Tennessee to meet, greet and sign autographs for their fans.

  • Will Super Bowl Sunday really be super'

    Feb 4, 2010

    Sunday, the two best teams in the National Football League will square off in Miami but only one of them will be crowned the NFL champion. The New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts represent the No. 1 seeds from the NFC and AFC, so it is only fitting the two meet in Super Bowl XLIV to determine the best team in professional football. You would think it would always be that way, but since 1975 the top-seeded teams in each conference have faced each other only eight times in

  • Fort Bragg volunteers pack Super Bowl care packages for Soldiers

    Feb 4, 2010

    More than 60 Soldiers, Airmen, Family Readiness Group members and United Service Organization of North Carolina volunteers assembled at Green Ramp, Pope Air Force Base, Wednesday to send Super Bowl care packages to the Soldiers downrange. The packages included, but were not limited to, chips and salsa, Pepsi and Monster drinks, peanut butter crackers, apples and bananas. Wal-Mart and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service donated some of the goods, said Sgt. Maj. Thomas Hall, XVIII Airborne Corps G4 office.

  • Town hall meetings address joint basing process, effects on garrison employees

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- U.S. Army Garrison commander, Col. Mary Garr hosted two town hall meetings Jan. 28 to inform Fort Sam Houston garrison employees about the progress of Joint Base San Antonio.

  • Post top NCO to take 18th Airborne Corps position

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning Command Sergeant Major CSM Earl Rice was selected to be the command sergeant major of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N.C., Wednesday.

  • Savannah leaders learn of budget cuts

    Feb 4, 2010

    <b> HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. </b> - Leaders from Savannah and outlying communities took time from their busy schedules for lunch at the Hunter Club with Brig. Gen. Jeffery Phillips, 3rd Infantry Division deputy commanding general-rear, to learn about budget cuts at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield and their operational status, Jan. 27.

  • Army researching alternative methods of learning, injury assessment, aftercare for wounded Soldiers

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The idea behind its design incorporated ergonomics, a scientifically-based methodology for fabricating equipment and work spaces in order to fit the employee, reducing work-related injury and fatigue.

  • Virtual reality helps Soldiers deal with real world burn pain

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Military members who have combat burn injuries can suffer through some of the most intense and prolonged types of pain imaginable. Patients need daily care to clean the wound and daily physical therapy to stretch the newly healed skin.

  • Fire burns down National Guard Center: investigation, cleanup underway

    Feb 4, 2010

    On Jan. 26, firefighters from the Fort Gillem, Forest Park, Clayton County and Morrow fire departments fought to contain a fire at the Georgia Army National Guard Readiness Center (Bldg. 608) on Fort Gillem. In addition to the main fire, firefighters had to contend throughout the night with hot spots caused by windy weather conditions that spread the fire to adjacent grassy and wooded areas.

  • Third Army Soldiers aid Haitian relief efforts

    Feb 4, 2010

    During a time when turning on the television brings images of a country so torn apart by an earthquake that the true level of devastation is still unknown, the Soldiers of Third Army/U.S. Army Central (Third Army) are doing their part to help by organizing a drive to collect goods and looking through their excess inventory to send supplies.

  • 3/15 Inf prepares for combat

    Feb 4, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-Since the beginning of the New Year, the operational tempo has increased for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division as Soldiers prepare for deployment. A recent field exercise has helped the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment transform out of its old armored mindset and move one step closer toward combat readiness.

  • Ribbon cutting opens new 470th MI headquarters

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The 470th Military Intelligence Brigade held a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 1 to mark the official opening of its new headquarters, Building 1070.

  • ChapelNext program off to good start

    Feb 4, 2010

    It was designed to inspire younger people to come to church, but the ChapelNext program drew more than just the youth to share fellowship during its inaugural service Sunday. Forty three people took part in the new service, which aims to offer a contemporary worship experience.

  • U.S. Army South treats more than 5,100 patients in El Salvador

    Feb 4, 2010

    Members of U.S. Army South and the Army Reserve treated more than 5,100 patients in El Salvador over a nine-day period.

  • We appreciate our local communities

    Feb 4, 2010

    "We're in this together. This has got to be a partnership. We can't do it by ourselves." This quote, by former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Linton Wells II, epitomizes the relationship we at Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem have with our local communities. With the unique support of our off post partners, we as an Army community are able to succeed on a daily basis.

  • Sitting volleyball tourney fosters teamwork, camaraderie

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUTON, Texas -- The scene inside the Jimmy Brought Gym on Fort Sam Houston Jan. 26 could have been from any of the various tournaments held there except for one detail Aca,!" all the participants were sitting on the wooden floor.

  • Tax Center open for business

    Feb 4, 2010

    Tax season is here and once again members of the Fort McPherson U.S. Army Garrison Office of the Staff Judge Advocate have stepped up to handle tax returns. The staff, which filed more than 2,000 returns last year cost free, opened the center's doors for business Monday at Bldg. 52 on Fort McPherson.

  • 3rd ID hosts MLK celebration

    Feb 4, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- Most of the people sitting in the Main Post Chapel were too young to have witnessed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. give his "I Have a Dream" speech from the Washington Monument on Aug. 28, 1963. Many hadn't even been born yet when the leader was assassinated April 4, 1968.

  • 470th MI Bde. continues Haiti relief support

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Although the intense initial interest in the Haiti disaster is dissipating, Soldiers and civilians of the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade and U.S. Army South continue their mission.

  • MG Stein Takes Command of TACOM

    Feb 4, 2010

    In a formal ceremony held on January 29, 2010, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Major General Kurt J. Stein took over as the commander of the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC), succeeding outgoing commander Major General Scott G. West.

  • Soldiers do PT in the p.m. for science

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla.--Some Fort Sill Soldiers are dong pt in the p.m. as part of an experiment.

  • BOSS Zone opens at Benner Barracks

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Benner Barracks Jan. 29, opening the new BOSS Zone, a recreational outlet for Soldiers living in the barracks.

  • Fort Sill fitness center becomes shelter from the storm

    Feb 4, 2010

    A Fort Sill fitness center provides cots and heat for Soldiers and family members fleeing a massive ice storm.

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