Archive: Oct 2011

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  • School search requires degree in patience

    Oct 20, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- What do rising tuition costs, nerve-wracking school visits, waiting lists and expensive application fees have in common? No, I'm not going back to school; my son is. And so far, choosing a preschool seems a more daunting task than applying for college.

  • 2nd BCT officer shares his Army story with local high schoolers

    Oct 20, 2011

    An officer from 2nd Brigade Combat Team talked Monday with students from Sackets Harbor Central School. Capt. Scott Bostic, 2nd Brigade Combat Team medical planner, was invited by Ryan Tastor, school guidance counselor, to talk about his career and the path that led him to it.

  • Army deputy surgeon general, congressmen visit FOB Pasab

    Oct 20, 2011

    KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Brigade medical personnel with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, (Combined Task Force Spartan), hosted a congressional visit led by Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe and escorted by Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Army deputy surgeon general, here Oct. 9.

  • New York battle buddies become brothers in arms

    Oct 21, 2011

    When Pvt. Jereld Vanhook, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, arrived in Basic Combat Training nine weeks ago, his "brother," Pfc. Omari Paul was by his side.

  • Airmen help Soldiers rule air, ground in Afghanistan

    Oct 20, 2011

  • Best Warriors in NCR!

    Oct 20, 2011

    The Army's Best Warriors in the National Capital Region were honored at a ceremony held at Fort McNair Oct. 13, 2011.

  • Covenant continues to provide for families

    Oct 20, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- As we approach the fourth anniversary of Fort Jackson's signing of the Army Family Covenant, I ask that we all reflect on how our quality of life continues to get better as a result of this initiative and our Army's efforts to improve upon our family culture.

  • Kid's stuff: Covenant funds new child care centers

    Oct 20, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Tuesday afternoon, a group of budding chefs took turns whisking a bowl full of cinnamon apple muffin batter. Once the muffins were baking in one of the double ovens in the state-of-the-art kitchen the chefs were using, they would move on to making the apple butter that would be served alongside the muffins.

  • Combined force kills, detains numerous insurgents

    Oct 20, 2011

    A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed numerous insurgents and detained several suspects during a search for a Taliban facilitator in the Kajaki district of Afghanistan's Helmand province yesterday.

  • Generals visit their Forces

    Oct 20, 2011

    KITA-FUJI TRAINING AREA, JAPAN --Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment and the 1st Division, Eastern Army, Ground Self-Defense Force continued their bilateral training during Orient Shield 11, as a special visit by two commanders joined the exercise in order to get a better understanding of what was being conducted at Kita-Fuji, in Lake Yamanaka Village, in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, Oct. 18.

  • Texas Guard Unit Explodes Ordnance

    Oct 20, 2011

    Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan -- Soldiers with the Texas National Guard trained with live explosives as Japanese members watched and learned how to use M18A1 claymore mines during "Orient Shield 11" at the demolition range at Kita-Fuji Training Area in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, Oct. 13.

  • Full Spectrum Training Environment tackles hybrid threats

    Oct 20, 2011

    Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe's Joint Multinational Training Command speaks about the ongoing Full Spectrum Training Environment Exercise. Full-Spectrum Training Environment, or FSTE, simultaneously incorporates the complexities of 21st-century threats such as adaptive hybrid elements, terrorists and criminals, irregular and conventional forces into a training event.

  • Texas guard unit gets taste of Japanese culture

    Oct 20, 2011

    OSHINO VILLAGE, JAPAN--Soldiers from the Texas National Guard 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment were treated Saturday to an evening of history, performing arts, and cuisine.

  • Japan, U.S. lift off; sights set on serious training

    Oct 21, 2011

    Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, joined members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Eastern Army, 1st Division, 1st Aviation in performing mounted heliborne operations at Kita-Fuji Training Area in Japan, Thursday.

  • U.S., Japanese Soldiers practice squad live fire during Orient Shield

    Oct 24, 2011

    Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment and members of the 1st Division, Eastern Army, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, practiced tactical movement at the squad level as part of Orient Shield 11.

  • Ceremony kicks off Orient Shield 2011 in Japan

    Oct 20, 2011

    Soldiers from the Texas National Guard joined with soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force in a ceremony that initiated the annual bi-lateral combined arms training dubbed Orient Shield 2011.

  • Arsenal mechanical engineer is AUSA's NE Civilian of the Year

    Oct 20, 2011

    A U.S. Army Benét Laboratories' mechanical engineer was named the Northeast Region Department of the Army Civilian of the year during the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting this month in Washington, D.C.

  • Domestic violence victim speaks out at proclamation signing

    Oct 20, 2011

    One act of domestic violence is one too many, and III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General Lt. Gen. Don Campbell Jr. emphasized that message as he signed the proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Prevention month.

  • US Army Facts ...

    Oct 20, 2011

  • Army chefs learn from Culinary Institute of America

    Oct 21, 2011

    Army chefs from around the world are learning master-level secrets and techniques from instructors at the Culinary Institute of America.

  • AUSA 2011 Slideshow

    Oct 19, 2011

    Photos of the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the United States Army in Washington, D.C. Oct. 10-12, 2011.

  • White Sands readies test area in preparation for large network test

    Oct 19, 2011

    White Sands Missile Range is gearing up for a large scale test scheduled to begin this week by preparing existing facilities and building new ones.

  • Chief of Staff of the Army visits West Point

    Oct 19, 2011

    U.S. Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, meets with cadets at the United States Military Academy during a visit to West Point, N.Y. Oct. 13, 2011.

  • 'Sacrifice' Brings Memorial Closer To Reality

    Oct 19, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--A local symbol for "Sacrifice" was on display briefly last week at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Huntsville.

  • Spotlight On...Gerald H. Taulbee

    Oct 19, 2011

    Learn more about Gerald Taulbee, Supervisory contracting officer and branch chief at ACC - Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • Soldier Walks Journey Of Self-Worth

    Oct 19, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Sgt. 1st Class Lance Green has walked far in his Soldier's boots.

  • Maryland Fire and Rescue opens new training site on Aberdeen Proving Ground

    Oct 20, 2011

    The Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute North East Regional Training Center recently relocated to a new building and training site at Aberdeen Proving Ground-North.

  • Striving for success

    Oct 19, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Fresh off of a successful fiscal year closeout, the Army Contracting Command's Resource Management Directorate is conducting a training workshop here this week to ensure everyone remains on the same sheet of music.

  • Army War fighter joins Pentagon Energy Security Forum

    Oct 19, 2011

    Colonel Peter A. Newell, Director, Rapid Equipping Force, Fort Belvoir, Virginia represented the Army during a Pentagon Energy Security Forum and discussed providing the "tactical edge" for America's Soldiers, "operational energy challenges" and the Rapid Equipping Forces' mission.

  • From Afghanistan to West Point: Junior leaders offer advice to cadets

    Oct 20, 2011

    A video-teleconference at Robinson Auditorium Oct. 12 linked cadets from the West Point Capstone Course (MX400) with officers serving in Afghanistan. One of the questions asked to the panel of junior leaders was how they deal with death and injury during deployment.

  • Sustainers get back to the basics

    Oct 19, 2011

    The 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) conducted warrior tasks training Oct. 12-14 here.

  • Redstone Retains Ten-Miler Titles

    Oct 19, 2011

    WASHINGTON -- A sunny fall morning greeted the runners who converged Oct. 9 near the Pentagon for the 27th annual Army Ten-Miler.

  • Prevention Week event offers up Family fun, education

    Oct 19, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Fire Prevention Week kicked off with the annual Community Awareness Day festivities at the Directorate of Emergency Services building Oct. 8.

  • West Point hosts National Society of Black Engineers

    Oct 19, 2011

    Forty college students, including West Point cadets, from the New York metropolitan area majoring in engineering attended the West Point National Society of Black Engineers Fall Zone Conference Oct. 15. The conference's theme was "The NSBE Blueprint: Teamwork, Leadership and Inspiration."

  • Kwaj commander hosts Japanese dignitaries

    Oct 19, 2011

    Col. Joseph Gaines hosted Maj. Gen. Hiroaki Maehara and his staff for a visit to the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll recently.

  • Command Sergeant Major Kennis J. Dent

    Oct 19, 2011

    Maj. Gen. Randolph P. Strong, commander of the CECOM Life Cycle Management Command, led the C4ISR Campus Dedication Ceremony at the Myer Auditorium on the organization's $800 million Center of Excellence campus. Accompanying Strong in the official party was Brig. Gen. N. Lee S. Price, PEO C3T; Brig. Gen. Harold Greene, PEO IEW&S; Jill Smith, director of CERDEC; and Bryan Young, director of the U.S. Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen.

  • REF striving to save energy, lives on battlefield

    Oct 20, 2011

    Meeting the energy needs of Soldiers at the "tactical edge" of the battlefield is a top priority for the Army's Rapid Equipping Force, said its director.

  • Miss America visits JBM-HH

    Oct 19, 2011

    Double takes combined with admiring glances were a part of a Tuesday lunch-time crowd when Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, stopped by to meet and greet servicemembers at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's USO Honor Guard Lounge inside the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Community Center.

  • Tulsa District Employees get hands on experience with expanded boat course

    Oct 19, 2011

    In 2011, the Tulsa District expanded it's required Emergency Vessel Operators Course to five days instead of the standard three in order to give employees more hands on experience and better prepare them to take the required test.

  • TF Nightmares execute DART operations

    Oct 19, 2011

    Elements of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, have grouped together to form Task Force Nightmares in preparation for an upcoming rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

  • CJCS discusses importance of 'energy' in today's military

    Oct 20, 2011

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the importance of 'energy' in today's military environment while addressing the Pentagon Energy Security Forum in the Pentagon Auditorium, part of a week-long Pentagon Energy Security Event and Energy Awareness Month.

  • 31st ADA Flag Football Team: UNDEFEATED, looking for championship repeat

    Oct 26, 2011

    Fort Sill, Okla.--The 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade flag football team is currently 6-0 and as the reigning installation champions, expectations are high as the end of the regular season approaches. Many players returned from last year's championship team but also welcomed many new players.

  • New aircraft rescue firefighting trucks arrive

    Oct 19, 2011

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Installation Management Command Europe received three new aircraft rescue firefighting trucks with a fourth one on its way at the Region Fire Fighting Training Center.

  • ACC reps attend Army Ten-Miler, AUSA convention

    Oct 19, 2011

    The U.S. Army Contracting Command attended the Association of the United States Army Annual Conference Oct. 9-12 in Washington, D.C., with representation at the Army Ten-Miler and the U.S. Army Materiel Command exhibit.

  • ACC NCO of the Year 2011

    Oct 19, 2011

    Highlights from the Army Contracting Command's 2011 Noncommisioned Office of the Year competition by Maj. Santiago Guillermo.

  • Picatinny Ten-Milers exude 'esprit de corps' in race

    Oct 19, 2011

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- Twenty-four Picatinny community members traded their military uniforms and business attire for sneakers and running clothes during the 27th Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C., Oct. 9.

  • Pausing for safety

    Oct 19, 2011

    Take a moment and step back. That's the advice of Lavern Olmstead, acting safety director at U.S. Army-Garrison Natick, who assured that a little care could prevent an accident.

  • Meet the Division: Nina Wilson

    Oct 19, 2011

    Meet the Division provides profiles of Division personnel across its areas of operation.

  • Leaders' battalion hosts NCO Induction Ceremony

    Oct 19, 2011

    Noncommissioned Officers of the 24th Trans. Bn. "Leaders" took time to pay homage to what is commonly referred to as, "The backbone of the Army" by hosting an NCO Induction Ceremony Oct. 13 at Jacobs Theater.

  • Lady Cards take on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course

    Oct 19, 2011

    Members of the University of Louisville women's basketball team took on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course Friday, Oct.14 at Fort Knox.

  • Real time, real answers: Fort Benning hosts Facebook Townhall

    Oct 19, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The garrison command invites Soldiers, families and the local community to come to today's town hall from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The location? Facebook.

  • Inequity and fear is all it takes -- Domestic Violence Awareness

    Oct 19, 2011

    With autumn in full swing, we enjoy sunny weather, watch beautiful foliage and plan ahead for the upcoming holiday season -- and of course Halloween. While on the hunt for costumes, shoppers might notice something else October has brought: 16 red silhouettes from the Silent Witness Project that have been distributed across USAG Schweinfurt.

  • Oklahoma Adjutant General visits Camps Buehring, Virginia

    Oct 19, 2011

    Maj. Gen. Myles L. Deering, Oklahoma Adjutant General and Norman, Okla. native, visited Oklahoma National Guardsmen with the 1st Battalion, 160th Field Artillery and 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team here and at Camp Virginia Oct. 17.

  • Another closing chapter is written in the history of U.S. Military operations with the transition of

    Oct 21, 2011

    As U.S. Forces withdraw from Iraq the final chapter of Camp Fallujah has been written as the camp is handed over to the Iraqi Army and the Government of Iraq.

  • Units in Iraq pick up pace to turn in property

    Oct 20, 2011

    Convoy after convoy, container upon container are sorted, inventoried, documented and pushed out at an increasingly rapid rate as the clock ticks on the drawdown for Iraq. The 402nd Army Field Support Brigade Redistribution Property Assistance Team is working hard for the long haul out of Iraq.

  • Iraq battalion cases colors, marches into history

    Oct 21, 2011

    The 402nd Army Field Support Battalion-Iraq cased its colors in an inactivation and transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Virgnia, Kuwait.

  • Panetta, Shinseki discuss more transition support for vets

    Oct 19, 2011

    Ways to help separating service members and veterans prepare for and launch civilian careers topped the agenda during Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta's visit yesterday with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

  • Pictures worth a thousand words

    Oct 19, 2011

    The 2011 U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Digital Photography Contest winners were announced during an awards ceremony held Oct. 12, 2011, in the Patch Library. This year, 49 photographers entered 390 photographs in the annual contest sponsored by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Patch Arts and Crafts Center.

  • Players take passion for soccer indoors

    Oct 19, 2011

    The ball careened off the basketball backboard, hit the fire alarm then boomeranged toward the bleachers, where it ricocheted off the boards, spinning toward the opposite end of the Panzer gym. Goal! Welcome to the world of indoor soccer, where virtually anything goes, at least in the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart intramural coed league.

  • Fire safety a year-round mission for USAG Stuttgart Fire Department

    Oct 19, 2011

    Do you know what to do when a kitchen fire breaks out? Those who attended U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart's Fire Prevention Day, held outside of the Panzer Exchange on Oct. 15, know not what to do, thanks to a dramatic grease fire demonstration.

  • Champions against cancer 'Run 4 Life'

    Oct 20, 2011

    Cancer survivors, both those free of or living with the disease, brought their battle against the illness to Patch Barracks to remind the Stuttgart military community that there's no quitting the fight until there's a cure.

  • 21st TSC and KHS sign new proclamation, celebrate Hispanic Heritage

    Oct 19, 2011

    It was standing room only as the 21st Theater Sustainment Command and Kaiserslautern High School renewed their partnership by signing a proclamation just before the KHS Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, at the Galaxy Theater on Vogelweh, here Oct. 14.

  • Three Boy Scouts join elite Eagle ranks

    Oct 19, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "Exhilarating." That's how William Heiges II described the feeling of having attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

  • Northern Challenge offers unique training experience

    Oct 19, 2011

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command focused on the ongoing threat of improvised explosive devices during a training exercise in Iceland.

  • Soldiers share their stories during Hispanic Heritage Month

    Oct 19, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "I remember thinking -- it was the land of new beginnings." That's how Hispanic American Heritage Month guest speaker Maria C. Taylor described her first impressions of the United States as a young immigrant from Durango, Mexico.

  • Civilian Spotlight: Getting to know Ivens N. Jean

    Oct 19, 2011

    Civilian Spotlight: Getting to know Ivens N. Jean

  • Bigfoot sighting on JBLM

    Oct 20, 2011

    Almost 100 service members, their families and many more from across Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., were on hand to watch Bigfoot No. 10 put on a mini-exhibition and meet the legendary monster truck crew.

  • African flag officer pins former USARAF Soldier with Meritorious Service Medal

    Dec 2, 2011

    For Soldiers, receiving a Meritorious Service Medal is a special if not fairly rare occasion. For Staff Sgt. Piedad Garcia, earning the MSM was coupled with an additional honor: Garcia's award was presented by Brig. Gen. Joseph Kwankye, Director General of Defence Communications and Information Systems of the Ghanaian Army.

  • Customs inspections keeping homeland secure

    Oct 19, 2011

    The number of military units packing up equipment and personal belongings is increasing as the U.S. continues to prepare its exit from Iraq, as part of Operation New Dawn. But before anything crosses over U.S. borders, everything that is shipped back to the states must go through a thorough customs inspection.

  • Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!, Welcome First Army

    Oct 19, 2011

    Lions, tigers and bears, and the local Quad Cities community welcomed First Army Soldiers, Civilians and their Family members with a sun-splashed day of fun at the Niabi Zoo Oct 15.

  • Army pursues new Ground Mobile Radio strategy

    Oct 19, 2011

  • LTG Formica Speaks to the Colorado Springs Community

    Oct 19, 2011

    LTG Formica was the guest speaker for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Retirement ceremony honors 'Warrior' legacy

    Nov 10, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - "Ernest Hemmingway once stated that 'retirement is the ugliest word in the English language,'" stated Col. Christopher Vanek, Commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, "Warriors," 25th Infantry Division. "That statement is possibly reflective of today's ceremony."

  • Ammunition plant achieves environmental certification

    Oct 19, 2011

    After six years of sacrifice, hard work, and determination McAlester Army Ammunition Plant achieved the International Organization for Standardization ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management System certification, July 10, 2011.

  • TF Thunder Soldier receives Bronze Star, ARCOM with Valor medals

    Oct 19, 2011

    Capt. Thomas Buller, a platoon leader for Task Force Thunder's (159th Combat Aviation Brigade) Pathfinders, received two awards during a ceremony here Oct. 6 for actions as far back as February 2009.

  • Chief of Ordnance Becomes General Officer

    Oct 19, 2011

    General Officer promotion ceremony for Col. Clark W. LeMasters.

  • FRG Fall Festival features pumpkin pickin'

    Oct 18, 2011

    ASC's Family Readiness Group hosted its Fall Festival Oct. 15.

  • Army leaders discuss challenges, solutions with War College students

    Oct 19, 2011

    Senior members of the Army staff joined Army War College students in seminar to address the complex, strategic issues and challenges that will face the 368 students when they complete their studies in June 2012.

  • New Audubon Center: A confluence of people, nature and partners

    Oct 19, 2011

    The new Audubon Center at Riverlands opens its doors to the public.

  • Clinton, Albright pay tribute to former JCS chairman Shalikashvili

    Oct 18, 2011

    Remembered as a diplomat, statesman, patriot and an honest Soldier, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Shalikashvili was praised for his service and dedication to America and a post-Cold War Eastern Europe by former U.N. Ambassador and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and President Bill Clinton during an Oct. 7 memorial service.

  • NCO balances surfing, career

    Oct 19, 2011

    A snowboarder at heart, Staff Sgt. Ryan Demuth grew up in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area where he could find plenty of snow-packed hills to hone his skills. But when he wound up in Crescent City on recruiting duty, he had to relook at his free-time activities -- after all, Crescent City is one of the top spots in the nation for long-board surfing, not snowboarding. One problem: he is deathly afraid of sharks.

  • Demo Humvee burns 70 percent less fuel

    Oct 19, 2011

    The Army temporarily halted its testing of a unique fuel-efficient tactical vehicle so the "FED Alpha" could be shown to senior leaders and displayed in the nation's capital.

  • Commanding General Visits Radford Army Ammunition Plant

    Oct 18, 2011

    During his whirlwind tour of the Joint Munitions Command's installations, Brig. Gen. Gustave F. Perna, commanding general, visited Radford Army Ammunition Plant on 7 October 2011.

  • Army senior leaders see efficiencies firsthand in Kuwait

    Oct 19, 2011

    The Army's top acquisition officials recently witnessed a live demonstration of the service's networked mission command systems at a camp where the capabilities are deployed and used by Soldiers.

  • Natick's Brunye receives presidential award

    Oct 19, 2011

    Dr. Tad Brunye spends most of his time wondering what Soldiers have on their minds. Brunye is so good at it that he received one of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers handed out in an Oct. 14 ceremony at the White House.

  • Army CID warns against romance scams

    Feb 10, 2012

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command continues to receive hundreds of reports of various scams involving persons pretending to be U.S. Soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  • District Director visits ASC

    Oct 18, 2011

    William Bloom, district director for Rep. Bobby Schilling, visited Army Sustainment Command Headquarters, Oct. 13.

  • JBLM welcomes foreign defense attaché visitors

    Oct 27, 2011

    Military attachés from 35 countries were invited to tour facilities and get an up-close look at the capabilities of Stryker brigade combat teams as part of an annual orientation program, Oct. 13.

  • Teams compete to be the Ultimate Sustainers

    Oct 27, 2011

    A week-long "Ultimate Sustainer" competition for about 100 Soldiers of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade was held Oct. 3-6.

  • 'Lucky 38th'back in the saddle

    Oct 18, 2011

    Soldiers of 3-38th CAV, began arriving in August and the unit officially activated Oct. 16. The squadron combines airborne infantry, cavalry, intelligence, fires and support capabilities in a single unit.

  • Soldiers celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Iraq

    Oct 18, 2011

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq --Soldiers of the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, along with other units on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, commemorated Hispanic Heritage Month with a celebration on Sept. 14, 2011.

  • Lancers 'hit it out of the park' at blood drive

    Oct 18, 2011

    As far as medical donations go, there is perhaps none easier than giving blood. Yet, the ease of the donation process belies the importance and impact of donors' contributions to warriors injured in combat. Because blood plays such a vital role in matters of life and death, organizations like the Armed Services Blood Bank Center make it their mission to provide ample blood supply for servicemembers and their Families, but this cannot be done without the support of Soldiers. That is why Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Lancers, took the time to donate at an ASBBC blood drive at 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment's headquarters Oct. 5 and 6. "I came out to donate because I do it for my fellow Soldiers who are my brothers and sisters," said Spc. Jonathan Chavez, an infantry Soldier from B. Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment. "I know they would do it for me. So if I can save someone's life out on the battlefield by donating blood, that would be great." Specialist Justin Nachtweih, an Army medic with the 1-17 Inf. Headquarters Company, has personal experience. "I'm a medic so I understand the importance of having blood on hand right away," Nachtweih said. "I feel fantastic, like I did something to help everybody out." The most difficult part of the process is the decision to do it. "It's really easy," Chavez said. "All you have to do is show up and they'll (ASBBC) take care of the rest." Despite this understanding among Soldiers of how helpful and easy it is to donate blood, those who are charged with collecting the donations have found themselves fighting a constant battle to maintain their stores. "Anytime there is a natural disaster or influx of combat casualties, people are more inclined to donate," said Staff Sgt. Isaiah Yslas, B Company, Madigan Army Medical Center, ASBBC. "But the normal stockpile of blood donations typically remains rather low because people don't see a need to do it." Deployment rotations at JBLM also add to ASBBCs struggle with finding qualified blood donors based on restrictions on donations from recently deployed servicemembers. Lancer Soldiers are at a good stage in their rotation schedule. "That's why we're here, because we found that there is a large donor population within 2nd Bde. that is eligible to donate," Yslas said. As the line of Soldiers grew longer and longer, the servicemembers of the ASBBC knew that they had found a plentiful source of donors ready to do their part, adding more than 200 units of blood to the inventory. "By far the largest blood drive I have done since I've been stationed here (in 2005)," Yslas said. Yslas was not the only expert who was excited about the turnout. "You guys kicked the norm out of the ball park," said Frank Wake, an Armed Services Blood Program phlebotomist. "The norm is about 50 to 60." Individual Soldiers interested in donating can go to the blood donor center at the Madigan Annex facility on JBLM, Monday through Fridays, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., even on days of no scheduled activity.

  • Wounded Warriors' work pays off

    Oct 18, 2011

    TACOMA, Wash. -- Nichole McCullough's dream has always been to be a proud homeowner one day. Habitat for Humanity with the assistance of more than 30 Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers made that dream come true for the Tacoma native.

  • Marines bring the "Boom" on Fort Bragg

    Oct 18, 2011

    If you've recently heard thunderous booms and felt trembling shakes at your home, fear not for it is not an earthquake; it's the Marines from 10th Marine Regiment that are enhancing their artillery expertise at the Fort Bragg training grounds.

  • Project Spotlight: Dover Air Force Base Fitness Center

    Oct 18, 2011

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District is constructing a new fitness center at Dover Air Force Base. The 58,000 square foot facility is approximately twice the size of the current facility.

  • Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inducts new member

    Oct 18, 2011

    "Audie Murphy was an outstanding Soldier; the highest decorated Soldier in American history," said Staff Sgt. Devin Allred, medical noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 15th Engineer Battalion and Richfield, Utah native. "I'm honored to be inducted into an organization bearing his name."

  • Acquisitions NCO appointed as career field's first command sergeant major

    Oct 19, 2011

    For the first time in Army history, the military contracting profession appointed its first command sergeant major during a formal appointment ceremony, here at the Armstrong Club Oct 6.

  • Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant - Construction Photos - October 2011

    Oct 18, 2011

    The Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) will safely destroy 2,611 tons of mustard agent in mortar rounds and artillery projectiles stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot. Neutralization followed by biotreatment is the technology selected by the Department of Defense to destroy the Pueblo chemical weapons stockpile. The Program Manager, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (ACWA), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland is responsible for managing all aspects of the safe and environmentally sound destruction of the chemical weapons stockpiles in both Colorado and Kentucky. The Bechtel Pueblo Team, a partnership of Bechtel National, Inc.; Washington Demilitarization Company/URS; Parsons; and Battelle Memorial Institute, is the systems contractor selected to design, build, systemize, pilot test, operate and close PCAPP.

  • German soccer mascot helps garrison kickoff Combined Federal Campaign

    Oct 18, 2011

    Lt. Col. Lars Zetterstrom, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern, kicked off this year's Combined Federal Campaign by shooting soccer balls at a goal tended by Betzi, the friendly devil mascot from FuYball-Club Kaiserslautern.

  • Soldiers benefit from garrison's winter safety checks

    Oct 18, 2011

    When 1st Lt. Humphrey Mararo returned home from Kuwait last month, he picked up a used BMW -- a second car for his family. He was one of dozens of Kaiserslautern Military Community members who took advantage of Winter Safety Day, a recent event sponsored by U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern's directorate of Family, Morale Welfare and Recreation. The daylong event, held at the Pulaski Auto Skills Center, provided the community with a free 32 point safety inspection.

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