Archive: Feb 2010

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  • 90th Sustainment Brigade cases colors, heads home

    Feb 26, 2010

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 90th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) held a casing ceremony Feb. 19 outside the brigade headquarters building, to retire the brigade's colors for its re-deployment from Iraq.

  • Marja operations move toward 'holding' phase

    Feb 26, 2010

    Operations in Marja, Afghanistan, are transitioning from the clearing to the holding phase, as today's turnover of the government center there marks a symbol of progress.

  • COMKFOR Commander visits LMTs

    Feb 26, 2010

  • Army to balance Iraq drawdown, reset for least impact on Soldiers

    Feb 26, 2010

    The process of drawing down and resetting equipment in Iraq to meet the 2011 pull-out deadline set by the president must not affect Soldier dwell time.

  • U.S. forces partner to help provide medical care for 1,000 patients in Philippines

    Feb 25, 2010

    Numerous governmental organizations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and military doctors from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines teamed up to treat more than 1,000 patients at a Medical Civic Action Project.

  • Father of the 412th

    Feb 25, 2010

    Grace Spears celebrated the end of World War II in 1945 by walking around her block in Vicksburg, Miss., beating on an old metal pan with a wooden spoon.

  • DLIFLC's Afghan Languages Portal opens

    Feb 25, 2010

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. Aca,!" The language institute here has created a Web site that provides self-instruction materials for learning useful words and phrases in two languages that are widely spoken in Afghanistan. The institute is best known for its resident training in foreign languages for all branches of the U.S. military services. Currently 23 languages are taught at its Presidio of Monterey campus.

  • Presidio dining facilities getting $47,000 makeover

    Feb 25, 2010

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. Aca,!" Aca,!A"Our goal is to serve nutritious meals in an atmosphere thatAca,!a,,cs friendly and clean,Aca,!A? said Ernest Meadows, Presidio of Monterey Food Services Division. Aca,!A"And we want service members to feel comfortable when theyAca,!a,,cre having a meal with us. We want our dining facilities to be places theyAca,!a,,cll want to come back to.Aca,!A?

  • Survival of the warmest

    Feb 25, 2010

    Soldiers from the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, show Fairbanks middle school students how the Army trains and operates in extreme cold conditions.

  • Fort Rucker flight school students receive 'glimpse of their future'

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fifty fledgling flight school students got their first real taste of Army Aviation and glimpsed into their futures Feb. 5 when they climbed inside a CH-47F Chinook cockpit at Knox Army Heliport here.

  • Plans begin for new sports bar on Fort Rucker

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- After long workdays, many Soldiers desire to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere. For servicemembers who crave this kind of environment, a new outlet here should be open by the end of the year. Plans are ongoing for a new sports bar, dubbed Mother Rucker's. A ground breaking is scheduled within the next few months and its grand opening is anticipated by late fall, according to Frank Zerbinos, business operations chief.

  • Who's doing your taxes'

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - If you are considering having your taxes prepared by a paid preparer offpost there are some things you may want to consider to ensure your taxes are done correctly.

  • Fort Rucker Soldier earns DOD/Morehouse College accolades

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- "Make the best of it and do what I can," is 1st Lt. Emanuel Pierre's philosophy, and actions related to that philosophy recently earned him a prestigious award. Earlier this month, Pierre, an A Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment Soldier, received the Department of Defense/Morehouse College 2010 National African-American History Month Military Award. Pierre said winners were selected based on contributions made to overseas contingency operations.

  • Military Saves Week -- Program urges Soldiers to save for emergencies

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- To be prepared for any kind of emergency or life events, post community members can become more financially savvy during Military Saves Week, which runs through Feb. 28.

  • Hertling commends Fort Rucker on efforts here

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, Initial Military Training Deputy Commanding General, commended the Fort Rucker team for their important mission of transforming citizens into Soldiers during his visit here Feb. 17-18 to assess Initial Military Training.

  • Pine Mountain Valley family receives new home

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Jeremy and Jennifer Williams of Pine Mountain Valley, Ga., will receive a brand new modular home Saturday, thanks to ABC's reality TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

  • Fort Rucker CYSS GameDay experience entertains, educates

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Teens and parents can challenge each other to a little friendly competition Feb. 27 during the first Child, Youth and School Services GameDay Experience at The Landing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Fort Benning gathers for prayer

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - More than 170 Soldiers, civilians and family members attended the Fort Benning observance of the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 17 at the Benning Conference Center. The event coincided with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a 40-day period preceding Easter that many Christians observe as a time of prayer and abstinence.

  • Hoyt Pro/Am Tour set for March 5 at Uchee Creek

    Feb 25, 2010

    More than 2,000 archers will head to Uchee Creek March 5-7 for the Hoyt Pro/Am Tour. "This is one of our largest archery tournaments in the southeast," said Mike Tyrell, president of the Archery Shooters Association. The tournament includes 31 categories with cash prizes totaling $100,000, Tyrell said. Archers will shoot 20 3-D targets at known distances over the course of two days.

  • Students dress up pillowcases for deployment

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Why does 7-year-old Michael Trader like the deployment club at Wilson Elementary' "Because it's a lot of fun to remember my dad," said the second-grader, who was a part of the club during his dad's previous deployments.

  • Columbus High senior captures state wrestling title

    Feb 25, 2010

    Columbus High School's Ian Walker gave up his senior season of football to focus more on wrestling this winter. It paid off in a state championship. Walker captured the Class AAA heavyweight title Saturday by edging Shaw's Greggory Goosby 3-2 in the 285-pound final of the state tournament at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. After not even placing a year ago, he became the area's lone state champion in 2010.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b>What it is' </b> Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are treatable and some can be prevented by following safety guidelines of wearing helmets, seatbelts and obeying speed limits when operating a motor vehicle. The Army will raise awareness and educate leaders, Soldiers and family members and civilians on the signs, symptoms, prevention and resources available to diagnose and treat TBI. TBI is a disruption of function in the brain that results from either a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury. The severity of TBI can range from "mild" commonly know as a concussion, to severe and an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. The majority of personnel who sustain a concussion can expect a full recovery with no lasting mental or physical effects.

  • 'Sound the Trumpets' to feature 2 Soldiers' solos, plus Army Herald Trumpets

    Feb 25, 2010

    "Sound the Trumpets" will feature The Army Herald Trumpets and showcase two of the Army Ground Forces Band's top-notch Soldier-musicians, Staff Sgt. Byron Bartosh and Spc. Kailin Eskander, who will perform trumpet and English horn solos respectively in Aaron Copland's "Quiet City," Atlanta, March 6, 2010.

  • Turkey calling: Not just all 'cluck'

    Feb 25, 2010

    Humans talk, and so do turkeys. "Talking turkey is an art," said Joe Drake, a professional turkey caller. Hunters use the language to attract turkeys with metal, bone, glass, slate or wooden instruments, named calls, to imitate turkey noises. "When you call, you are imitating the hen turkey," he said. "It's the mating time of the year, so you are trying to call the male. In reality, a hen turkey will go to the gobbler. When you call one up, you actually reverse nature. They'll come to you because spring is the only time they mate."

  • Black History Month Trivia Proves Educational and Fun

    Feb 25, 2010

    In celebration of African-American History Month, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) hosted a Black History Trivia Challenge for employees on Thursday, Feb. 18 in Building 5220.

  • Protecting our streams

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Would you know a healthy stream just by looking' Gone are the early days of the Clean Water Act when it was easy to pinpoint water pollution sources.

  • Alaska Soldiers lend support to premiere sled dog race

    Feb 25, 2010

    Soldier volunteers from Fort Wainwright, Alaska help give a smooth send-off to the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest sled dog race

  • AER contribution campaign begins

    Feb 25, 2010

    In keeping with the idea of Soldiers helping Soldiers, the Army Emergency Relief financial hardship assistance program will kick off its contribution campaign during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Kelley Hill Recreation Center.

  • Some West Point seats for Soldiers go vacant

    Feb 25, 2010

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., long renowned for cultivating some of America's most celebrated leaders, offers 170 slots each year for prior-service Soldiers, yet many go unfilled.

  • Boy Scouts of America turns 100: Former service member donates Boy Scout memorabilia

    Feb 25, 2010

    Boy Scouts of America turns 100: Former service member donates Boy Scout memorabilia

  • WRAIR Scientist Receives 2010 Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award

    Feb 25, 2010

    Dr. Sara Rothman, Associate Science Director for Research Review at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) has been named the recipient of the 2010 Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award. This award is given by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and will be presented at the ASM General Meeting, 23-27 May 2010 in San Diego. The Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award honors a member of ASM for major contributions toward the full participation and advancement of women in microbiology. This award was established by the ASM's Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology, and is given in memory of Alice C. Evans, the first woman to be elected ASM President in 1928.

  • Cutting-edge technology on display at open house

    Feb 25, 2010

    The Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment showcased 67 emerging technologies at an open house Friday at the Columbus, Ga., Convention and Trade Center.

  • Air Cav. operations in Al Asad

    Feb 25, 2010

  • Improving health wealth - Fort Rucker fitness experts say train for success with fun workout regimen

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Army Physical Fitness Tests are part of every Soldier's job, and peak performance aids in personal and professional success. Other avid athletes participate in triathlons and races held on post and around the country.

  • Building Dreams -- Enterprise High School construction progresses

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- One of the hallmark phrases in the 1989 film "Field of Dreams" is "If you build it, they will come." For the Enterprise City Schools system, "they" will be about 1,500 Fort Rucker and Enterprise students when the new Enterprise High School opens in mid-August.

  • Fort Rucker officer receives Air Medal

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- It started out as an ordinary transportation run, but Lt. Col. Michael Burns' reactions to the events that occurred on July 28, 2007, recently earned him an Air Medal.

  • Under the sea: Explore the Flint RiverQuarium

    Feb 25, 2010

    ALBANY, Ga. - Located along the banks of the Flint River, the Flint RiverQuarium tells the story of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River basins.

  • Army Air Cav keeps Marines, Navy, Air Force flying over Iraq

    Feb 25, 2010

    AL ASAD, Iraq - A specialty aircraft repair shop has become a valuable asset for all U.S. military branches operating out of Al Asad.

  • Fort Rucker flight students, engineers aid local youth

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- A team of flight school students recently helped improve the quality of life for children using the Hawk-Houston Boys and Girls Club facility in Dothan. The Soldiers were recognized during a Jan. 18 ceremony.

  • Briefing

    Feb 25, 2010

    Lt. Gen. Guy Swan III, commanding general, U.S. Army North, met with Maj. Gen. A.C. Blalock, adjutant general, Alabama National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Joe Harkey, commanding general, 167th Theater Sustainment Command, Jan. 20 to discuss the future evolution of the 167th and the vital resources it provides to ARNORTH.

  • Wainwright Strykers re-open Wolves' Den

    Feb 25, 2010

    The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division takes over full-time operations of the Wolves' Den on Fort Wainwright after the unit's 12-month Iraq deployment to Iraq last year.

  • Triathletes dominate Fort Rucker bike race

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Continuing a string of athletic and professional accomplishments performed together, Nicholas Dason and Christine Krueger garnered top men's and women's honors in the Feb. 20 West Beach Out and Back Road Bike race.

  • Deployment to Afghanistan reveals deeper purpose

    Feb 25, 2010

  • Validation exercise shows MNBG-E ready to carry out mission

    Feb 25, 2010

    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - Soldiers of Multi-National Group-East (MNBG-E) proved their abilities to operate as an agile, mobile and flexible force across Kosovo Feb. 23-24 during the final phase of KFOR's Full Operational Capable (FOC) exercises of its new Battle Groups. The exercise began at approximately 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and wrapped up nearly 24 hours later, after an intense period in which MNBG-E Soldiers were forced to react to various simulated incidents in Kosovo.

  • Airfield management course initiates at Fort Rucker

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Air Traffic Services Command officials made history recently by hosting the first Contingency Airfield Management Workshop here. The three-week course better prepared about 50 Soldiers to work alongside U.S. and Middle Eastern military services to manage airfields.

  • I AM STRONG tour show held at Hacienda for Soldier warriors

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Approximately 300 Advanced Infantry Training and Initial Entry Training Soldiers from the 32nd Medical Brigade were treated to a night of rousing, dazzling entertainment with the I AM STRONG Tour Show at the Hacienda Recreation Center Feb. 20.

  • Friends, family hoop it up during Special Olympics at Jimmy Brought Fitness Center

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Nearly 700 local athletes, family and friends hooped it up for the first half of the Special Olympics 2010 Basketball Tournament at the Jimmy Brought Fitness Center. Opening ceremonies got athletes and fans geared up with a "torch lighting" followed with individual skills and medal presentations, Feb. 20.

  • Fort Rucker ACS employee earns top honors

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- After more than two decades of her life as a military spouse and taking care of Soldiers and their Families, Beth Arnold, Army Community Service information and referral program manager, was recognized for her efforts earlier this month.

  • Alabama, Fort Rucker officials advise: stay ready for severe weather

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Alabama Severe Weather Awareness Week took place Feb. 22-26 and post officials hope the annual campaign increased public awareness about the necessity to prepare for hazardous weather.

  • Third Army holds planning conference for 2010 Land Forces Symposium

    Feb 25, 2010

    As the date for the 2010 Land Forces Symposium quickly approaches, senior leaders from 14 countries in the U.S. Central Command and Third Army area of responsibility met in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 22-26 to develop a theme, speakers and panels for the annual event.

  • Lt. Gen. Vane gets Army space capability update

    Feb 25, 2010

    Lt. Gen. Michael A. Vane, director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, met with U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command leadership Feb. 23 in Huntsville, Ala. to discuss Army space capabilities.

  • USACE People: Portland District employees win environmental excellence award

    Feb 25, 2010

    Two Portland District Regulatory Branch employees received a 2009 Environmental Excellence Award from the Federal Highway Administration.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness addresses mental fitness, resilience

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- In today's Army, mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness.

  • Dempsey talks TRADOC future, institutional adaptation at AUSA

    Feb 25, 2010

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, delivered remarks on leader and concept development during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium and Exposition.

  • 470th Military Intelligence Brigade members collect clothing for Haiti

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Besides responding to the earthquake in Haiti as a military organization, Soldiers and civilians of the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade also responded on a personal level by collecting clothing for the Haitian people.

  • AMEDDC&S receives Award for Excellence

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The Army Medical Department Center & School received a prestigious award from the Balanced Scorecard Institute Feb. 18 during its Leadership Call.

  • Army Safety professionals 'get to the left of the bang'

    Feb 25, 2010

    Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston urged Army safety professionals to do the hard work needed to get the force to "the left of the bang" Feb. 23 during the Army Senior Safety Symposium at Fort Rucker, Ala.

  • Fort Stewart Youth Center celebrates Arbor Day, plants trees

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-The Fort Stewart Youth Center, with a little help from the Keep Liberty Beautiful organization, the Directorate of Public Works and the garrison command team, celebrated Arbor Day by planting two young trees outside the Fort Stewart Youth Center, Feb. 19. The trees, a crepe myrtle and Shumard oak, were donated to the youth center by Keep Liberty Beautiful.

  • Holbrook renovations complete at Fort Stewart

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-Extensive renovation work at Holbrook Pond Recreation Area and the Outdoor Recreation Center at Fort Stewart is complete, and the facility stands willing and able to serve Soldiers, their Families and others who like the idea of "getting away from it all and enjoying the great outdoors."

  • FORSCOM BRAC relocation to Fort Bragg

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2010) - Key influencers in U.S. Army Forces Command's relocation to Fort Bragg, N.C., as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation attended a luncheon today hosted by the All American Defense Business Association at the Fort Bragg Officer's Club. (Left to Right) Col. Stephen J. Sicinski, Fort Bragg Garrison Commander; Mr. Tommy Bolton, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for North Carolina; Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg; Mr. Troy E. (Gil) Gilleland, Senior Executive Service (SES) member/Deputy G1 for U.S. Army Forces Command; and Brig. Gen. Eric Porter, Deputy Chief of Staff-G1, U.S. Army Forces Command. The purpose of the association is to build the Defense and Homeland Security related industry clusters at Fort Bragg and in the region. U.S. Army photo by Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs.

  • Fort Stewart BOSS Soldiers enjoy the snow of the Smoky Mountains

    Feb 25, 2010

    There are a lot of recreational activities, sports and events that people in certain areas cannot enjoy due to the climates in which they live. However, Fort Stewart Soldiers experienced something new that many around the area have never been able to experience firsthand. The installation Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program provided Soldiers an opportunity to head up to Gatlinburg, Tenn. for a weekend of snowboarding and skiing on the Smokey Mountains at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park, Feb. 19-21.

  • Fort Stewart welcomes home 139th MP Co

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- The 139th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, formed two-and-a-half years ago, returned to Fort Stewart after a year-long deployment to Iraq, Feb. 16.

  • Youth ChalleNGe program nears 100,000 graduates

    Feb 25, 2010

    With increasing government and private support, a National Guard program that helps high school dropouts transform their lives is closing in on its 100,000th graduate.

  • Soldiers aid avalanche victims in Afghanistan

    Feb 25, 2010

    Soldiers from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, flew to the aid of avalanche victims in northern Afghanistan, Feb. 9.

  • Fort Stewart DPW recognized by Secretary of the Army

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-For a second year in a row, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield has achieved recognition through the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability. Stewart-Hunter's Prevention and Compliance Branch of the Directorate of Public Works' Environmental Division has once again been recognized as Runner-up - Installation/Activity, according to Tressa Rutland, chief of the Prevention and Compliance Branch.

  • ARMY FAMILY COVENANT: Fort Stewart Commissary honors Covenant with continued improvements, deals

    Feb 25, 2010

    <b> FORT STEWART, Ga.</b>-The Fort Stewart commissary has just undergone upgrades to make it just one of many military commissary projects which benefitted in the million dollar investment to make coming to an installation grocery store up-to-date and shopper friendly.

  • Spartan Brigade bridges gap with restored tank to Iraqi forces

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq - Sergeant Mark Wheeler, Company B, 26th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, takes a moment to look over his work and to run his hand over the rough and dirty surface of the Russian T-55 tank sitting in his maintenance bay. He doesn't see the rust or dirt that makes his job seem impossible. In three months, he hopes to have this tank running, so it can be presented to the Iraqi Army. Fixing this broken tank, which was sentenced to a junkyard and making it run before presenting it to the Iraqi Security Forces his unit is partnered with, is a project being chaired by the Spartan Brigade.

  • Apaches take less aggressive role in Iraq

    Feb 25, 2010

    As the role of U.S. forces turns from a kinetic, action-oriented posture to a supporting role for the Iraqi Army and Police, unit missions must also adapt to the changes.

  • Troop Olympics leads to camaraderie

    Feb 25, 2010

    Fort Hood - In the spirit of the Winter Olympics one unit conducted its own Olympics Feb. 9 creating teamwork among Soldiers.

  • Army Emergency Relief campaign begins March 1

    Feb 25, 2010

    The annual Army Emergency Relief campaign kicks off March 1 and will run through May 15.

  • Performance Excellence Team Researches Conservation Options

    Feb 25, 2010

    Fifteen U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal team members attended the Green Meeting held by the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, sharing sustainability goals, ideas, and success stories.

  • RDECOM wins technology transfer awards

    Feb 25, 2010

    The Federal Laboratory Consortium, a nationwide network of federal laboratories, announced winners for its prestigious Technology Transfer Award.

  • Low Speed Electric Vehicles enable 'Go Green' initiatives

    Feb 25, 2010

    DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. Aca,!" Four zero emission, Low Speed Electric Vehicles are now supplementing and, in some cases, replacing conventional gasoline-fueled cars and trucks used by U.S. Army Garrison Detroit Arsenal organizations.

  • WRAIR Scientist Receives 2010 Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award

    Feb 25, 2010

  • ECC NCO Spotlight: Sgt. 1st Class Nicole C. Brookes

    Feb 25, 2010

    Sgt. 1st Class Nicole C. Brookes, a contracting non-commissioned officer with the 637th Contingency Contracting Team, 900th Contingency Contracting Battalion, Anniston Army Depot, Ala., joined the 51C series after spending her first ten years of service as a Medical Specialist. After graduating second in her class with a 94 percent average from the Army Acquisition Basic Course, Brookes immediately made an impact at the Anniston Army Depot's Directorate of Contracting by awarding and administering over $1.6 million dollars in contracts. Of particular note are three critical contract actions she processed that directly impacted the production of combat vehicles on the depot's production line. Her vast knowledge and strong work ethic contributed to the completion of three mission essential contracts which kept the production line operational.

  • Crystal Clear: Mom, son have hair-raising experience

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Since I stopped straightening my hair three years ago, I have been known by my hair. Those who don't know me through my husband or son know me as "the lady with the big hair" or "the lady with the afro." And, until a few weeks ago, my son was following in my footsteps.

  • Sister act: Event marks Women's History Month

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, SC -- Next week, Fort Jackson will join the rest of the country in "Writing women back into history," with its annual Women's History Month luncheon.

  • Noteworthy women in the military

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, SC -- In honor of Women's History Month, here are just a few female Soldiers who have made great strides during their time in the Army.

  • Teenager 'makes the cut': DPWAca,!E+civilian's daughter donates hair to charity

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- For the past three years, 13-year-old Amanda Schwarz had become a real life version of the fairy tale character, Rapunzel.

  • Post celebrates black history

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, SC -- Just as their ancestors fought against the shackles of slavery, today's black leaders must continue the fight to empower black men and women so future generations may live completely free.

  • Fort Jackson garrison employees of the month recognized

    Feb 25, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, SC -- Eight Fort Jackson garrison employees were honored at the garrison Employees of the Month for January in a ceremony Tuesday at the Solomon Center.

  • Former Guardsman led the way for black athletes in the Winter Olympics

    Feb 25, 2010

    A National Guardsman was one of the first two African-Americans to ever qualify for a U.S. Winter Olympic team.

  • Updated Web site helps wounded warriors, families

    Feb 25, 2010

    Defense Department officials have updated and improved access to the National Resource Directory, a Web site for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers, veterans, their families and those who support them.

  • LTG Swan

    Feb 24, 2010

  • $1.9 billion in research to focus on protecting Soldiers

    Feb 24, 2010

    The Army's fiscal 2011 science and technology budget that recently went forward for approval tops out at $1.9 billion and includes funding for advanced medical and force protection research efforts.

  • The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

    Feb 24, 2010

    <b> What is it' </b> The "Afghan Languages Portal" is a one-stop-shop for troops deploying or already located in Afghanistan. The site is designed to easily identify all Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)- produced Dari and Pashto language products available for download or order.

  • USACE People: Sierra winters a busy time for Martis Creek Lake dam operator

    Feb 24, 2010

    Long after many folks are settled into retirement, Dale Verner, barely 69, struggles to find an empty spot on his calendar. Verner, dam operator and maintenance worker at Martis Creek Lake in Truckee, Calif., has an obvious zest for living life to the fullest.

  • U.S. Army Exhibit Attracts Record Crowds at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 24, 2010

    The 2010 Chicago Auto Show attracting over two million spectators and covering 1.5 million square feet is the largest auto show in the nation, and the United States Army exhibit was one of the main attractions. The Chicago Recruiting Battalion hosted a multitude of Army assets throughout the 10-day Auto Show at the McCormick Place Convention Center February 12-21. The never-ending lines to participate in either the interactive displays or talk with Soldiers were a constant from the first day to the last. Some of the Soldiers that assisted the Chicago Recruiting Battalion with the massive crowds at the show, were Drill Sergeants from the Aca,!EoeDrill Sergeant Exhibitor ProgramAca,!a,,c (DSEP), Accessions Support Brigade, Fort Knox, KY; Drill Sergeants from Fort Monroe VA, Fort Benning, GA and Fort Jackson, SC and a local USAR Drill Sergeant Unit, Rockford, IL; Medical personnel from Fort Knox and Soldiers from the surrounding Chicago Recruiting Companies. All were present to share their personal Soldier experiences and assist the tens of thousands of enthusiastic visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of the many Army assets. The Army exhibit featured: The Army-Branded Harley Davidson Motorcycle in ACU print; The massive Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP); a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (MATV); The Defender Simulator Semi-Truck where Soldiers can rehearse combat missions; A Video Game Tent; The Remote-Control Racing Challenge with miniature Army race cars; The Army Orange County Chopper; A Surgical Medical Tent used in a Combat Zone; The NHRA Dragster; The Apache Simulator; The ever-popular Dog-Tag Machine; An Interview Booth and a Aca,!EoePoint of SaleAca,!a,,c Electronic Lead Generation System, that was used to pre-qualify candidates for enlistment and track leads and Centers of Influence (COIs). Chicago Recruiting Battalion Commander, Lt Col. Ed Box, notes that the success of the Auto Show for the Army was a true team effort with outstanding support from the United States Army Accessions Command (USAAC), Accessions Support Brigade (ASB), Fort Knox, KY, Lt. Col Dave Stewart, Battalion Commander, Mission Support Battalion; Army Medical Battalion (AMEDD), Lt. Col Ron Walker, Battalion Commander; Professors of Military Science (PMS) from area universities, including Lt. Col. Jeff Collins, University of Chicago (UIC); and many local United States Army Reserve (USAR) partners as well. Aca,!A"Each and every one of our partners played a huge part in the total success of the 2010 Chicago Auto Show for the United States Army and we could not have done it with out their great teamwork,Aca,!A? said Box. The collaboration proved to be quite a success for the Chicago Recruiting Battalion, as they collected greater than 15 Thousand Leads, conducted over a hundred interviews inside the Point of Sale Booth and participated in a large number of media engagements. Of the two million spectators to the CAS, almost 15,000 people asked for more information regarding opportunities for service in the Army. Box concluded with, Aca,!A"The participation in the Chicago Auto Show helped us expand our market and attract a large number of COIs, that will be a part of our Grass Roots Advisory Board. We now have well over 700 members due to the success of this yearAca,!a,,cs show.Aca,!A? Helping to attract the crowds was Gold-Star Family Member and Musician, Joe Cantafio of the Aca,!Eoe101st Rock Division Band.Aca,!a,,c Cantafio, a member of the Chicago Recruiting BattalionAca,!a,,cs Grass Roots Advisory Board, performed three shows a day for six days of the CAS. CantafioAca,!a,,cs superb display of talent was a huge success in helping the Army create additional awareness and support. Joining Cantafio in some of the performances were Aca,!EoeMiss Illinois,Aca,!a,,c Erin OAca,!a,,cConner and Jonathan Brant, formerly the Bass Player from the rock band Aca,!EoeCheap Trick.Aca,!a,,c Aca,!A"Once again, Chrysler and GM could take a lesson from the United States Army on how to attract enthusiastic Chicagoans to their displays. The Army assets outshined any other exhibit at the Chicago Auto Show,Aca,!A? stated the passionate Cantafio. U. S. Army Public Affairs-Midwest Director, Lt. Col. Scott R. Bleichwehl added that the Chicago Auto Show offered an excellent opportunity to showcase Soldiers, equipment and the many opportunities for service the Army provides.

  • Army looks to speed up technology transfer

    Feb 24, 2010

    Some of the Army's top science and technology leaders said they are changing how they think and act so they can transfer new technology solutions to warfighters at the speed Soldiers themselves are facing an evolving threat on the battlefield.

  • Feb. 23, 2010- Secretary of the Army Opening Remarks During Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing

    Feb 24, 2010

    It does look a little different from down here than it does from up there. I should say, I've never missed being in Congress so much as I do right now. (LAUGHTER) But with your permission, Mr. Chairman, I certainly want to thank you, sir, and as well, Ranking Member McCain, for your very kind and very gracious comments, not just in support of me, but in support of this absolutely incredible Army. And it is a privilege, although somewhat intimidating, to be before you here today. But I do it with great pride, because we are here, along with the chief, in support of America's Army. And as was noted, it was just a few short months ago that I sat before you as President Obama's nominee for our nation's 21st secretary of the Army. And at that time, I recall very clearly, I promised you and assured you of my dedication and commitment to support our men and women in uniform, Army Civilians and the great Families, who I know all of you understand so very well, stand with them. And I pledged to work with you, as well, in support of that great institution. It's some five months later, and I want to tell you, I come before you again, reaffirming that commitment, but doing so having been in the Pentagon. Having worked with these great men and women for that time, it brings an even greater appreciation of those wonderful Americans who serve within the Army ranks and the vital role they play in defense of our great nation -- 1.1 million Soldiers, some 279,000 Civilians, and as I noted, their Families, proudly serving, as you know, in some 80 countries around the world. And they continue to be at the forefront in ongoing counterinsurgency operations against our enemies, assisting other nations to build their own security capacity, supporting homeland defense, deterring and defeating hybrid threats and hostile state actors, and as we've witnessed, I think so proudly in recent days in Haiti, providing life-saving humanitarian assistance in response to natural disasters. At the risk of stating the obvious, each of you -- every member of this committee, every member of the House and the Senate at large -- are critical to the success of these vital missions in your capacity as our congressional overseers. And as was mentioned, I know full well from my nearly 17 years of service on the House Armed Services Committee, that a strategic partnership between Congress and the Army is critical to the Army's success. And I think I can speak from experience as well, without exception, each and every one of you has partnered with us to ensure that our Soldiers, Civilians and Family members receive the very best in training, equipment, health care and vital Family programs. And I want to say, on behalf of a grateful Army, thank you for your leadership and for your unwavering support. This morning, if I may, Mr. Chairman, Senator McCain, other distinguished members, I'd like to share just briefly a few of my priorities and some of the perspectives I have gained over the past several months on where the Army is now, where it's heading in fiscal year 2011. Admittedly, over the last several months, I've been on kind of a crash course. I learned I was not quite as smart as I routinely said every two years in my campaign for re-election. But through the process of studying our programs, visiting installations in the United States and overseas, examining units in all stages of what we call ARFORGEN, and talking -- most importantly -- talking to our Soldiers, Civilians and their Family members throughout the force, how well (ph), and yet the challenges that lie before us. I have been in this time both impressed and challenged personally by what I've observed and what I've discovered. And frankly, I found an Army that is clearly, clearly fatigued by nearly nine years of combat -- through it all is today resilient, determined and extraordinarily effective. Our Soldiers today, through nearly eight years of war, have more expertise, more education, more training and more lethal capabilities than ever before. And due to the advancement in equipment, training and doctrine, are more likely than ever before to return safely to their loved ones and to a grateful nation. But in spite of those significant gains, the stress on our personnel and their Families remains all too real. For all our efforts, as has been referenced, and as the chief of staff has said repeatedly, we remain out of balance. And as I know all of you clearly understand, the all-volunteer force is a national treasure, as Senator McCain mentioned. If we wish to sustain it, supporting our critical Family and quality-of-life programs for our Soldiers and their Families must be a top priority. And if I say nothing else here today, I want to assure you, for those of us in the Army Family, it is the top priority. The 2011 proposed budget rightly focuses on those initiatives that support our Soldiers, Families, Civilians. The submission requests $1.7 billion in 2011 to standardize and fund those vital Family programs and all those that they serve. We're attempting to aggressively address the cause of stress on individuals resulting from the effects of multiple deployments, including the essential effort to increase dwell time. As all of you know, and as has been referenced here already this morning, with continuing deployments in multiple theaters, this has been no easy task. But I want to assure you in the strongest terms, the Army is committed to our wounded warriors and those critical programs that support them and to building dwell and BOG ratios, bringing back a sense of stability in terms of their redeployments. We fully believe it is our solemn obligation to provide world- class care in transition services to our wounded, ill and injured through properly led and properly resourced warrior transition units. Your Army is committed to ensuring that the quality of life for those serve or who have served is commensurate with the quality of their service. On the subject of Family programs, I've heard from many of the good representatives, the senators on this panel, about reductions in base operations support, so-called BOS budgets in installations across the country. Earlier this month General Casey and I announced the Army's plan to increase BOS funding by $500 million in this fiscal year 2010. The Army's Installation Management Command continues to work with -- and the lights went out' (NOTE: THE LIGHTS IN THE ROOM WENT OUT AND THEN CAME BACK ON A FEW SECONDS LATER.) SENATOR LEVIN: The Army's new energy savings program. (LAUGHTER) MCHUGH: I didn't see that one on the list. But again, General Casey and I announced that we had a plan to increase BOS funding by $500 million, and the Army Installation Management Command continues to work with each installation to guarantee that essential base operating support needs are met. We also will conduct a comprehensive midyear review of all BOS accounts to ensure that adequate funding is maintained to meet Army priorities through the remainder of the fiscal year. I want to make it clear; that as our installations look for ways to operate more efficiently, as they should, Family programs will be sacrosanct. They will not be touched. That isn't to say we won't ask, "Is this program working' Is it money well spent' Are there better ways to provide the necessary care'" Where change is required, we'll change things, but where money is best directed, we'll so direct it. But through all of that, Army Families must not -- in our judgment Army Families will not be left behind. Second, I found an Army with equipment systems and networks in need of reset while simultaneously requiring significant modernization to ensure our Soldiers maintain a decisive edge on the battlefield of today as well as superiority over threats of tomorrow. Nowhere is this challenge more evident than in the need to repair, replace and recapitalize equipment affected by the harsh realities in an environment of war. And as the responsible drawdown in Iraq continues and the flow of forces and equipment to Afghanistan grows, we will confront this reality anew. Additionally, we have to strive to modernize efficiently in an era of growing fiscal challenges. As such, with this year's budget, the Army is embracing what I believe is an affordable, yet effective modernization strategy designed to revamp our vehicles, network, aviation and logistical systems. We've requested $31.7 billion for research, development and acquisition, which includes $3.2 billion for the brigade combat team modernization, $1.29 billion to fund tactical wheeled vehicle modernization, $2.74 billion to fund Army network systems, and $6.41 billion to fund the aviation modernization. Fully funding these programs is vital to our Soldiers' welfare this year and beyond. Thirdly, we found an Army acquisition system that, while improving, still lacks the workforce and flexibility needed to efficiently and affordably purchase the right weapons, services and equipment to our Soldiers. Here, too, the proposed budget will help us better meet our continued commitment to growing the Army's acquisition workforce by thousands of positions over the next few years, thereby ensuring that we have the best available equipment for our Soldiers while being responsible stewards of the taxpayers' dollars. But I would tell you workforce improvements are not enough to fix the procurement system. And I know you on this committee, particularly the chairman and the ranking member, who worked so hard on the Reform Act of last year, know that full well. The entire process must be retooled and in that way more fully adopt an agile system that rapidly develops, purchases and fields innovative solutions. This approach will require more streamlined procedures and flexible rules, and for that we need your help. As I mentioned, in 2009 Congress significantly reformed how the Department of Defense purchases major weapons systems -- and again, thank you to this committee and its leadership in that regard. But as the chairman and ranking member so correctly noted both at that time and since, it's only a start. Now it's time to address how we purchase services, and on that front we look forward to partnering with you to develop better ways and better systems that achieve that critical objective. In the end I would tell you we have an Army that is strong in spirit, strong in ability, and strong in results. We need to recognize, too, this is an Army that, after eight years of uninterrupted war, is tired, stressed, and too often burdened by the inefficiencies of bureaucracy. This must change, and with your help, we'll make those changes. Let me close by highlighting again my deep appreciation for the men and women in uniform, the Civilians and the Families who support them, and by so doing support this nation. Every day I'm humbled by their dedication. I'm so blessed to have the chance to walk into a building every morning to go to work where the word "hero" really means something. All of you on this great committee are part of that magnificent formula for freedom. Thank you again for all you do in support of our men and women in uniform, Army Civilians, their Families. I deeply appreciate the opportunity to appear here before you, and I look forward to your questions. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

  • Deployed Air Commando coordinates air support for missions in Haiti

    Feb 24, 2010

    As part of Operation Unified Response, the U.S. military has moved food, water, medical supplies, and medically evacuated injured citizens and transported military personnel throughout Haiti to meet the humanitarian needs in cities all around the country.

  • March 2010 Soldiers magazine

    Feb 24, 2010

    Soldiers magazine, Volume 65, Number 3

  • Making music

    Feb 24, 2010

    The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" is the Army's foremost musical organization. Army Chief of Staff Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing established the band in 1922, emulating European military bands he had heard during World War I. Today, "Pershing's Own" continues to play an important role in national and international events, and leads every inaugural parade.

  • Army's budget request prioritizes BCT Modernization

    Feb 24, 2010

    The new Brigade Combat Team Modernization plan and the Army's goal to "achieve balance" by 2011 are among top priorities in the Army's budget request for next year.

  • The future of prosthetics is in your mind

    Feb 24, 2010

    Robotics has long fascinated the mind of the public. Androids, bionic men and exoskeletons populate both the large and small screens. But until recently, the technology seen in pop culture has not been manifested in daily life. Now, the Department of Defense is revolutionizing the field of prosthetics and turning science fiction into science fact.

  • Adopt A Veteran

    Feb 24, 2010

    Like many veterans, Sgt. 1st Class Rocky was looking forward to a long, lazy retirement, full of long walks, naps and some rousing games of ball. He'd earned the downtime after multiple deployments, hours on guard duty and some medical issues, including a partial amputation.

  • RIA celebrates small arms past as future takes off with opening of the Soldier Weapons Readiness Cen

    Feb 24, 2010

    Rock Island Arsenal has a long rich history of providing support for Small Arms for our Warfighters. As the new Soldier Weapons Readiness Center opens next week, RIA revisits its past for inspiration.

  • Memorial with rich history leaves Fort Monmouth

    Feb 24, 2010

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. - As Fort Monmouth slowly approaches its scheduled closure in September 2011, the Breslin War Memorial, named after two extraordinary people who treasured men in uniform, was recently returned to the central New Jersey borough of Belmar.

  • U.S.-Iraqi partnership halts smuggling across Syrian border

    Feb 24, 2010

    Since U.S. advise-and-assist forces began partnering with Iraqi border patrols along the Syrian border in mid-November 2009, the instances of smugglers circumventing port-of-entry stations have all but ceased, according to several sources within the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement.

  • Chaplains from across Kosovo gather at holy site

    Feb 24, 2010

    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - An international group of chaplains visited one of Kosovo's holiest sites Feb. 19 as part of the monthly KFOR chaplains' conference. Multi-National Battle Group-East's chaplains hosted the conference, which featured a worship service, luncheon and a bus trip to the Church of the Black Madonna in Letnica.

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