Archive: Feb 2011

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  • Doctor, lifelong Soldier awarded lifetime achievement award

    Feb 15, 2011

    Now an Army colonel, Glenesk is the 2011 recipient of the Armed Forces Optometric Society Orion award, which is the highest honor the AFOS can bestow on an AFOS member. On March 2, Glenesk will receive the award at the AFOS's Annual Meeting during the SECO International Conference for optometrists in Atlanta. The AFOS executive council votes on nominations for the award and can have a maximum of three recipients per year. Glenesk is the only recipient this year and joins an elite group of 25 other professionals who have received the award since 1974.

  • Congress told every MWR dollar will count

    Feb 15, 2011

    The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel began its 2011 hearing cycle last week looking at the Defense Department's Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

  • Soldier-athletes share WCAP, All-Army Sports stories with Families

    Feb 15, 2011

    SAN ANTONIO - The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program may be one of the best-kept secrets in the military. Three WCAP athletes discussed Soldiering and sports with visitors of the Army Strong Zone for two days prior to the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome. They were reminded of how few people realize that the Army has a program to support Olympic-caliber athletes.

  • Madigan hosts nursing excellence conference for base, local nurses

    Feb 15, 2011

    More than 200 Army, Air Force and civilian nurses converged on Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Feb. 11 for the Lt. Col. Juanita Warman Nursing Excellence Conference. The conference, in its second year, was at capacity and free for nurses in the greater Puget Sound area. In fact, nurses from the local community and JBLM attended the event, which provided more than six continuing nursing education credits to those in attendance. The conference aimed to keep nurses aware of emerging trends such as advanced wound care dressing, post traumatic stress disorder and care, and the patient centered medical home concept.

  • JFCC-IMD Recognizes Annual Awards Winners

    Feb 15, 2011

    The Joint Function Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC-IMD) honored awards winners at its second annual awards banquet on Friday, Feb. 11 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Service members from all four services work together at JFCC-IMD to plan missions synchronizing operational-level planning and global missile defense operations support for the U.S. Strategic Command.

  • Proud Americans Deploy Upon Fort Sill

    Feb 15, 2011

  • The ebb and flow of technology

    Feb 15, 2011

    Located near the confluences of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, Watervliet Arsenal is one of America's longest surviving businesses from the early days of the Industrial Revolution. Built during a time when Americans crafted things by hand, from housing to silverware, the Arsenal's future was unclear until technology help to define its destiny.

  • Special team restores small arms to fighting condition

    Feb 15, 2011

    Working with Army Sustainment Command's 406th Army Field Support Brigade, the Small Arms Readiness Evaluation Team recently assisted in resetting the 2nd Brigade Combat Team "Commandos" of the 10th Mountain Division.

  • LARs have a 'powerful' role

    Feb 15, 2011

    Civilian expert aids Soldiers

  • Phoenix Battalion Station Commander's Leadership Shines

    Feb 15, 2011

  • JMC Commanding General visits Scranton Army Ammunition Plant

    Feb 15, 2011

    Brig. Gen. Gustave Perna, JMC Commanding General visit to Scranton Army Ammunition Plant, Scranton, Pa.

  • USACE Europe District welcomes new commander

    Feb 15, 2011

  • Station Commander Motivates Recruiters To Win

    Feb 15, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Hohmann was selected as the station commander of the month for January as part of USAREC's year of the station commander campaign.

  • 5th Signal Command Takes the Pie

    Feb 15, 2011

  • Army requests $29.5 billion less than last year

    Feb 15, 2011

    The Army's Fiscal Year 2012 budget request includes funding for a 1.5 percent pay raise for Soldiers, a 3.1 percent increase in housing allowance, and a 3.4 percent increase in subsistence.

  • Workshop focuses functional area analysis of building partner capacity

    Feb 15, 2011

    The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's International Army Programs Directorate hosted the Functional Area Analysis of Building Partner Capacity workshop from Jan. 18 to 20 at the Bay Breeze Community Center here.

  • New tenure ceilings for junior-enlisted Soldiers expected to have minimal impact, states Pentagon st

    Feb 15, 2011

  • Maj. Gen. Napper visits Camp Arifjan

    Feb 15, 2011

  • Sheet metal from Army Veterans Day tribute car raises $6,147 for military charities

    Feb 15, 2011

    Stewart-Haas Racing today announced the online auction, featuring pieces of sheet metal from Ryan Newman's No. 39 U.S. Army Veterans Day Tribute car, raised more than $6,100 for the Fisher House Foundation and Army Emergency Relief.

  • Army to change online hiring tool

    Feb 15, 2011

    Within the next two years the U.S. Army will transition from one automated recruitment tool to another for advertising vacant civil service positions, accepting applications from job seekers, and evaluating the job seeker's eligibility and qualifications.

  • Valuable deployment tools are hot topics at Grafenwoehr's PTA CafAfA

    Feb 15, 2011

    Knowing how difficult military deployments are hard on kids, the Grafenwoehr Elementary School Parent Teacher Association invited Military Child Education Coalition experts to a special PTA CafAfA to share helpful tools with parents for coping with this eventuality. In addition to the information shared, parents were also treated to drinks, fruits and other breakfast items.

  • Cooperation, teamwork a winning combination for Grafenwoehr's Environmental Division

    Feb 15, 2011

    The U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr was recently recognized by the Secretary of the Army for having the best environmental program of a U.S. military installation overseas.

  • Reducing over-the-counter drug abuse a community effort

    Feb 15, 2011

    A drug often used to coax coughing teenagers to sleep is now causing many parents to lose sleep -- with the possibility of teenage drug abuse lurking in every medicine cabinet. Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is a common ingredient found in cough suppressants. And while this easily accessible drug may seem harmless, and even helpful, there is a growing concern within the Grafenwoehr military community regarding teenagers abusing DXM products.

  • Kandahar welcomes new coalition partners

    Feb 15, 2011

  • Finding balance: U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr creates a community of yoga instructors

    Feb 15, 2011

    Ask most Soldiers what they think of yoga and the response usually includes images of incense, chanting and mystical gurus from faraway lands sitting cross-legged on the floor. During a recent training program, however, Soldiers learned the practice is more than stretching and meditation, it can also be physically demanding.

  • Dr. Jill Biden visits Ft. Stewart

    Feb 15, 2011

    Dr. Jill Biden, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George Casey and Mrs. Sheila Casey traveled to Fort Stewart, Georgia, Feb. 14, 2011. While at Fort Stewart, Dr. Biden and Mrs. Casey met with Soldiers and military families, and tour the Soldier Readiness Processing Site on base. White House officials said the visit is part of Dr. Biden's ongoing work to raise awareness and show appreciation for service members and their families.

  • U.S. Army units recognized for $2.3 million fund-raising effort

    Feb 15, 2011

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The U.S. Army Europe and Installation Management Command Europe Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas awards ceremony Feb. 14 at Patrick Henry Village recognized the hundreds of Soldiers and civilians whose leadership in the fall campaign raised $2.3 million.

  • Age ain't nothing but a number

    Feb 15, 2011

    Profile on Spc. Dierdre' Taylor-Scales, who entered the Army at age 39 following her husband's retirement from military service.

  • Oldest Medal of Honor recipient buried at Punchbowl

    Feb 14, 2011

    The nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipient, Pvt. Barney Hajiro, was buried Feb. 14 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.

  • U.S., Thai troops trade urban tactics

    Feb 14, 2011

    Paratroopers from 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and paratroopers from the Thai Army's 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard traded urban warfighting tactics in a Feb. 12 exercise. The joint Thai and U.S. force spent the day sharing everything from weapons to ideas and mission tactics at a military operations in urban terrain, or MOUT, training site.

  • Virtual Reality Exposure for Combat-Related PTSD

    Feb 14, 2011

    <b>What is it' </b> Virtual Reality Exposure for combat-related PTSD adds a multi-sensory experience to augment prolonged exposure therapy techniques. Traditional prolonged exposure therapy works by activating patient fear structures and facilitating emotional engagement through imagined recall. Virtual Reality augments this using a computer generated, visual, life-like simulated experience--a sophisticated cartoon.

  • 8th TSC Soldiers help Great Aloha Run step-by-step

    Feb 14, 2011

    Honolulu hosts the annual Great Aloha Run, an 8.15-mile race from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. Although the race only lasts a few hours, the preparation takes a few months. Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command are volunteering to assist the GAR staff almost every step of the way.

  • Joint Civil Affairs Team helps rebuild children's school in Comoros

    Feb 14, 2011

    The children of Chomoni, Comoros, once had a broken building of a school with holes in the walls, corroded interiors and desks with jagged edges.

  • President's budget request includes $671 billion for defense

    Feb 14, 2011

    President Barack Obama's fiscal 2012 defense budget request continues the department's reform agenda, but protects personnel and family programs, Pentagon officials said.

  • 'Don't Ask' repeal training set to begin

    May 31, 2011

    Training will begin shortly for experts in certain specialties and leaders as part of the plan for finalizing repeal of the law that bars gay men, lesbians and bisexuals from serving openly in the military, the chief of staff for the Defense Department's repeal implementation team said here today.

  • Aqua Men: 1st SBCT, 1st AD Soldiers, BBC employees kept support flowing at Bliss

    Feb 14, 2011

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- Multiple organizations continue to support Fort Bliss' post relief effort following the arctic temperatures that damaged almost 600 homes in military housing communities across post Feb. 2 through 3. Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, joined by employees from Balfour Beatty Communities, Fort Bliss's public-private venture housing partner, expanded relief efforts by sweeping through Fort Bliss's 15 military neighborhoods and meeting with family members door-to-door Feb. 8 through 10. They wrapped up overall water operations Feb. 14.

  • Former Army airfield converted to wetlands

    Feb 14, 2011

  • New Zealand Soldiers Train at the National Training Center

    Feb 14, 2011

    Story about the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based out of Alaska conducting training with Soldiers from the New Zealand Army.

  • Angels In Fatiques Touch Lives, Heal Soldiers

    Feb 14, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For decades, Maeceille Beem said little about the time she spent serving with the Army Nurse Corps in the last year of World War II.

  • Hot Commodity Flies High With Missions

    Feb 14, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Black Hawks are a hot commodity. While the Army is the UH-60 Black Hawk's number one customer, there are many other government agencies realizing the valuable utility of this airframe - the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Air Force, to name a few. And current program execution strategies guarantee that this popular utility helicopter will continue to provide the capability to enhance security, reconnaissance, search and rescue, border patrol, and other military and civilian policing activities.

  • California Reserve Unit first to get new PLS-A1 trucks

    Feb 14, 2011

    The 730th Transportation Company of the Army Reserve has become the first unit to be equipped with the new Palletized Load System truck.

  • Command participates in 27th Annual AFAP Conference

    Feb 14, 2011

    USASMDC/ARSTAT sends leadership, delegates and a facilitator to participate in the 27th Annual AFAP Conference.

  • The Harsh Realities of Warfare

    Feb 14, 2011

    The United States successfully seized the strategic initiative from the Japanese in the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Solomon Islands, August 1942-February 1943.

  • Stained-glass windows preserve Paratrooper history

    Feb 14, 2011

    The 82nd Abn. Div. has its legacy chronicled in a thoroughly unique way - with stained-glassed windows. In July 1976, seven windows were installed in the Division's Memorial Chapel, depicting the division's actions in World War I, World War II, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam.

  • With help, urban cats keep digs at Fort Norfolk

    Feb 14, 2011

    FORT NORFOLK, Va. - In 1923, historic Fort Norfolk became the home of Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which started out with 27 employees. But those first employees were not alone.

  • District aids Richmond's stormwater management project; improves health of Chesapeake Bay

    Feb 14, 2011

    When rain falls on Richmond, runoff is inevitable. As water spills off roofs and impermeable pavement, what water doesn't seep into the exposed ground ends up in storm drains, and that can add up quickly: an inch of rain on Richmond is roughly 973 million gallons of water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Effectively managing stormwater in a large, urban area such as the city of Richmond is a large-scale effort, and Norfolk District is partnering with Richmond to design and construct major improvements to one of its vital stormwater management systems - the Joseph Bryan Park Stormwater Management Project.

  • Live-fire training unites U.S., Thai troops

    Feb 14, 2011

    Two division-level generals from the Thai Army attended a live-fire exercise Feb. 11, combining troops from the Thai Royal Army and U.S. Army Alaska's 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

  • U.S. Army Installation Management Command Headquarters

    Feb 14, 2011

  • Valentines for deployed troops

    Feb 14, 2011

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Children from Shoreline Church in Monterey wondered what they could do to boost the morale of deployed service members. What they came up with was 500 hand-crafted ValentineAca,!a,,cs cards.

  • The Old Guard Continental Color Guard at Super Bowl XLV

    Feb 14, 2011

    Members of the Continental Color Guard, Honor Guard Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), perform during Super Bowl XLV Sunday, February 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as part of the Armed Forces Color Guard.

  • APG commander recognizes Aberdeen student as a future science leader

    Jun 2, 2011

    Maj. Gen. Nick Justice is optimistic about America's future. Molly Karna is one reason why. Karna, a senior at the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School, has a strong start to a career in solving the scientific challenges of tomorrow.

  • Destiny Air and Ground support: Joint Air Assault

    Feb 14, 2011

    Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment's 15th Squadron conducted a joint air assault dismount patrol in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan Feb. 10, 2011. During the patrol, the element moved through the village of Nevay Deh and met with some of the local village elders to address some of their concerns. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released) www.facebook.com/101cab

  • U.S. Army Dedicates New Wideband Satellite Communications Operations Center (WSOC) On Island

    Feb 14, 2011

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) will dedicate its new Wideband Satellite Communications Operations Center (WSOC) during a ceremony at 10 a.m., Feb. 23, at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBHH), Wahiawa Annex.

  • APG BOSS serving community one project at a time

    Feb 14, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Representatives from Aberdeen Proving Grounds' Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers have given up one Saturday a month since August at the Eastside Family Resource Shelter, which houses battered women and children and some homeless citizens who have fallen on hard times.

  • PEO C3T Launches New Public Web Site

    Feb 14, 2011

    The newly launched site's homepage welcomes visitors with bold new colors and content centered on PEO C3T's mission: to develop, field and support networked battle command solutions for the Soldiers of today and tomorrow. "The goal was to make the site cleaner and more user friendly," said Joseph Magrino, PEO C3T's Web production manager and graphics team lead. "Our audience wants information as quickly as possible and we satisfy that with simple navigation, an easy search tool and a consistent layout across each of our organization's programs."

  • PCS. Diana Beach, Special to APG News

    Feb 14, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Representatives from Aberdeen Proving Grounds' Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers have given up one Saturday a month since August at the Eastside Family Resource Shelter, which houses battered women and children and some homeless citizens who have fallen on hard times.

  • Army FY 2012 Budget Overview (.pdf download)

    Feb 14, 2011

    Army FY 2012 Budget Overview (.pdf download)

  • 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Pathfinder Air Assault

    Feb 14, 2011

    Pfc. Heyward J. Lundy, Task Force Destiny Pathfinder, pulls security Feb. 10, 2011 near the village of Nevay Deh as Soldiers from Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment's 15th Squadron board a Destiny UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment's 15th Squadron met with some of the local elders in the southern Afghanistan village to address some of their concerns. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released) www.facebook.com/101cab

  • Medical training preps Greywolf PSD

    Feb 14, 2011

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - The personal security detachment (PSD) for Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division conducted medical-simulation training, here, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait Feb. 12.

  • Alaska Soldiers train with Thai army

    Feb 14, 2011

    Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, based at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Alaska, spent the day Feb. 10 cross-training on weapons and tactics here with members of the Royal Thai Army's 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard.

  • Alaska paratroopers land in Thailand

    Feb 14, 2011

    Paratroopers with the Alaska-based 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment conducted a joint airborne mission Feb. 9 with members of the 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard of the Royal Thai Army.

  • Task Force Destiny Pathfinders

    Feb 14, 2011

    Sgt. David Smitt, Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One, A team leader, pulls security Feb. 10, 2011 near the village of Nevay Deh as his unit's ride back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, appears in the form of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment's 15th Squadron met with some of the local elders in the southern Afghanistan village to address some of their concerns. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released) www.facebook.com/101cab

  • U.S. Army Jody Call has black roots

    Feb 14, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - In basic training, every recruit learns that a young Soldier by the name of Pvt. Willie Lee Duckworth is credited with creating the original "Sound Off" also known as the Duckworth Chant in cadence calling.

  • Task Force Destiny Pathfinder Air Assault

    Feb 14, 2011

    Sgt. David Smitt, Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One, A team leader, pulls security Feb. 10, 2011 near the village of Nevay Deh as his unit's ride back to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, appears in the form of two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment's 15th Squadron met with some of the local elders in the southern Afghanistan village to address some of their concerns. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released) www.facebook.com/101cab

  • Officials invite spouses to share employment ups, downs

    Feb 14, 2011

    Defense Department officials are inviting military spouses to air their state licensing issues and concerns as part of an overall effort to boost spouses' education and career opportunities.

  • Innocence & Laughter

    Feb 14, 2011

    Pfc. Heyward J. Lundy, Task Force Destiny Pathfinder, laughs with a young Afghan girl in Nevay Deh during a joint air assault dismount patrol with Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment's 15th Squadron in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan Feb. 10, 2011. During the patrol, the element moved through the village of Nevay Deh and met with some of the local village elders to address some of their concerns. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released) www.facebook.com/101cab

  • Task Force Destiny Pathfinders Joint Patrol

    Feb 14, 2011

    Sgt. David Smitt, Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One, A team leader, maintains overwatch during a joint air assault dismount patrol with Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment's 15th Squadron in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan Feb. 10, 2011. During the patrol, the element moved through the village of Nevay Deh and met with some of the local village elders to address some of their concerns. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released) www.facebook.com/101cab

  • Pathfinder Overwatch

    Feb 14, 2011

    Sgt. David Smitt, Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One, A team leader, maintains overwatch during a joint air assault dismount patrol with Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment's 15th Squadron in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan Feb. 10, 2011. During the patrol, the element moved through the village of Nevay Deh and met with some of the local village elders to address some of their concerns. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released) www.facebook.com/101cab

  • AMC Commanding General observes operations that provide "value back" to the Army

    Feb 14, 2011

  • Maryland National Guard unit deploys to Iraq

    Feb 14, 2011

    As the 173 Soldiers of the 1729th Field Support Maintenance Company, Maryland National Guard, prepared to board buses to take them away for year-long deployment to Iraq, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley reminded them of their legacy.

  • Door to the Future

    Feb 14, 2011

    Pfc. Andrew J. McQuade, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Pathfinder M249 squad automatic weapon gunner, patrols the village of Nevay Deh during a joint air assault dismount patrol with Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment's 15th Squadron in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan Feb. 10, 2011. During the patrol, the element moved through the village of Nevay Deh and met with some of the local village elders to address some of their concerns. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released) www.facebook.com/101cab

  • Army releases budget request for Fiscal Year 2012

    Feb 14, 2011

    The Army is requesting a FY 2012 base budget of $144.9 billion with an additional $71.1 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.

  • Vice president visits Fort Campbell

    Feb 14, 2011

    Vice President Joe Biden visited high school football players at Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 11, then welcomed home some of their parents from Afghanistan.

  • Senior 'Ghost' medic trains ISF on life saving tools

    Feb 14, 2011

    JOINT SECURITY STATION INDIA, Iraq - Outfitted with a first aid bag filled with combat application tourniquets, combat gauze and dressings, the combat medic, an instructor for the Tactical Field Care class stepped to the front of the room, preparing to teach Iraqi Security Forces how to save a life.

  • Destiny Air Assault

    Feb 14, 2011

    Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinder Team One and gunners from the British Royal Air Force Regiment's 15th Squadron conducted a joint air assault dismount patrol in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan Feb. 10, 2011. During the patrol, the element moved through the village of Nevay Deh and met with some of the local village elders to address some of their concerns. (U.S. Army Photo by Task Force Destiny Public Affairs Officer Sadie Bleistein/Released)www.facebook.com/101cab

  • Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Winter Extravaganza attracts record crowd

    Feb 14, 2011

    A record-setting crowd of nearly 800 participated in the fifth annual Winter Extravaganza, held Jan. 29 at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The participants took advantage of many discounted events. A majority of the attendees - 502 people - found their way to the snowtubing slopes during the event's 11-hour schedule. Winter Extravaganza supports both the Army Family and Community Covenants, said Jobi Spolum, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Marketing director. The event helps to bring Families together and strengthen their ties in support of the Army Family Covenant, she said. Whitetail Ridge is open to the public, and events such as Winter Extravaganza help strengthen the relationship between Fort McCoy and the surrounding communities in support of the Army Community Covenant, Spolum said. Commercial sponsors helped support and defray the cost of the event, she added.

  • 'Long Knife' Soldier helps maintain brigade's fighting strength

    Feb 14, 2011

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - Spc. Nyan Prater takes extra pride ensuring his fellow Soldiers stay healthy, keeping his comrades mission ready as they advise, train and assist their Iraqi counterparts.

  • Fort McCoy Community Activity Center piano lessons are 'outlet, stress reliever' for Soldi

    Feb 14, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- When Soldiers step into the piano room at the Fort McCoy Community Activity Center (CAC), they step into a different world. Michelle Jones, a chief operator at the installation's telecommunications center who teaches piano and drum-set lessons at the CAC, said Soldiers need an outlet, a stress reliever, and the piano is one way to achieve that. Jones, who has been at the telecommunications center 22 years and teaching piano at the CAC five years, tells her "favorite story" to illustrate the positive impact of music. "A mobilized Soldier stationed at Fort McCoy came into the CAC and said he needed an outlet," Jones said. "He said all he could hear was 'war' ... 'war' ... 'war.' He had come to the activity center to play pool, and he saw a sign noting the availability of piano lessons. He came to see me, though he had never touched a piano before. He began taking piano lessons in January." His goal was to be able to play traditional Christmas music for his family when he went on leave in December. "He wanted the whole thing to be a secret," Jones said. "When he went home that Christmas, he floored everyone." "There was nothing like it when he was playing 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' in July," Jones said. "That's my best story."

  • Fort McCoy guest speaker: Black veterans' post-military contributions impact society

    Feb 14, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Black Soldiers' contributions to the nation don't end on the battlefield, but continue in their communities when they return to civilian life, said the guest speaker at Fort McCoy's Feb. 3 Black History Month observance. Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Eau Claire, received her doctorate's degree in African American and Military History from Ohio University. Her UW-Eau Claire students learn about World War II history, in part because of informational support from the Fort McCoy History Center, she said. Originally from Louisiana, Ducksworth-Lawton came to Wisconsin via Ohio. "For my community, the military always has been a massively positive influence," she said. "Especially the impact of the leadership training and how the effectiveness training in the military has led a number of Soldiers to come back out into civilian life and positively impact society."

  • ISF, 'Ghost' troops patrol streets of Qara Qosh

    Feb 14, 2011

    Iraqi Security Forces led a joint patrol with U.S. troops through the city of Qara Qosh, Iraq, to assess security in the northern Iraqi town, Feb. 9.

  • Soldiers at Fort McCoy train with M-ATV

    Feb 14, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- The mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV), the newest member of the MRAP family, made its appearance on Fort McCoy's roads and off-roads, in recent months. Mobilizing Soldiers successfully negotiated several miles of Fort McCoy's hilly and curvy tank trails through 14-inches of snow and ice with the new M-ATVs, according to Sgt. 1st Class Scott Ellsworth, master driver trainer with the 2/411th Logistics Support Battalion, 181st Infantry Brigade. Tire chains on the M-ATVs proved very effective. "The M-ATV is designed to operate off-road on improved roads, unimproved roads, the dirt and sand trails like on Army installation tank trails, and dirt-and-gravel hard pack. There are almost no improved or paved roads in Afghanistan," Ellsworth said.

  • Chicago Auto Show spotlights Army technology

    Feb 14, 2011

    This week the Army is exhibiting prototype vehicles and other technologies at the Chicago Auto Show.

  • Fort McCoy Army Community Service offers resilience training

    Feb 14, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Building resiliency skills can improve outlooks and lives, said Lorie Retzlaff. Retzlaff of Fort McCoy's Army Community Service (ACS) Center, taught a "Resilience and the 'Good Stuff'" course Feb. 1-2 at Fort McCoy. Retzlaff attended a Master Resiliency Trainers course in 2010 at the University of Pennsylvania to prepare. Master Resiliency Training is an offshoot of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program. It's broken down into four modules: resilience, building mental toughness, building character strengths and connections. Retzlaff instructed the first two modules Feb. 1-2. The third module, building character strengths, will be taught May 10. The fourth module will be offered at a future date.

  • 837th executes largest retrograde ammunition operation

    Feb 14, 2011

    The 597th Transportation Brigade's 837th Transportation Battalion, stationed in Busan, Republic of Korea, executed its largest retrograde ammunition operation to date from Oct. 25 to Nov. 4 in Chinhae, ROK.

  • 598th provides NATO a cost-savings plan for cargo movement

    Feb 14, 2011

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 598th Transportation Brigade headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, drew upon the Universal Services Contract to offer-up a cost-savings plan to the Dutch Ministry of Defense for a surface movement requirement they currently have.

  • Female Engagement Team brings aid to school, orphanage

    Feb 14, 2011

    Members of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade's Female Engagement Team, stationed at Camp Marmal, Afghanistan, visited the Red Crescent Society's nearby orphanage and school Feb. 12, bringing with them school supplies and clothing items.

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    Feb 14, 2011

  • Scenarios prep Reservists for medical record task in Iraq

    Feb 14, 2011

    Members of the 256th Combat Support Hospital, an Army Reserve unit, collectively trained together for the first time at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Utilizing MC4 systems, 200 Reservists readied for their split-based mission during a four-day field exercise.

  • Bamako planning conference paves way for Africa Endeavor 2011

    Feb 14, 2011

    U.S. Africa Command concluded the main planning conference for Africa Endeavor 2011 in Bamako, Mali, Jan. 27, after four days of deliberation and exercise planning sessions. Africa Endeavor is an annual, multinational communications exercise that focuses on interoperability and information sharing among participating nations. "The goal of Africa Endeavor is to improve the communications, command, control and information capabilities of African militaries so as to strengthen African stand-by forces," said Maj. Gen. Gabriel Poudiougou, Chief of Staff of the Malian armed forces at the opening ceremony.

  • Gen. David H. Petraeus visits Kandahar Airfield

    Feb 14, 2011

  • No Digging Required, Providers Access Digital Record System for Injured Soldier

    Feb 14, 2011

    Surgical teams treated Maj. Andy Ingalsbe at FOB Sharana and Bagram Airfield. They also digitally documented Ingalsbe's care in computer systems fielded and supported by the Army's Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program. His digital medical history helped physicians at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., piece together his traumatic story.

  • Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg attends second annual Marrakech Security Forum

    Feb 14, 2011

    Dozens of scholars, politicians and soldiers gathered in Marrakech, Morocco, Jan. 20-22 for the second annual convocation of the Marrakech Security Forum. U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, attended the event, which was hosted by the African Federation for Strategic Studies (FAES) with support from the Moroccan Center for Strategic Studies (CMES).

  • Creating success in STEM education

    Feb 14, 2011

    STEM education is a multi-tiered undertaking by educators, administrators, government and private industry seeking to improve students' performance in STEM subjects. It is an initiative that leaders at all levels have proclaimed as critical to secure America's standing in the world for generations to come.

  • Supporting military medical capacity in Nouakchott, Mauritania

    Feb 14, 2011

    Three Soldiers from 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), based in Atlanta, Ga., conducted military medical exchanges with approximately 25 soldiers of the Mauritanian Medical Services in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Jan. 10-20. Two weeklong sessions focused on medical evacuation techniques, and field sanitation and preventive medicine, said Lt. Col. Tim Doherty. The Mauritanian participants included physicians, nurses, planners and medics, he said.

  • Joint Civil Affairs Team helps rebuild grade school in Chomoni, Comoros

    Feb 14, 2011

    children of Chomoni, Comoros, once had a broken building of a school with holes in the walls, corroded interiors and desks with jagged edges. That is, until the Joint Civil Affairs Team (JCAT) 101 from the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa undertook a project to rebuild the Chomoni Primary School for Children with the help of the townspeople. "We have been expecting help from many people for a long time, but the Americans came and fulfilled that promise," said Farid Ali, headmaster of the school. "I want to thank the civil affairs team for working here, and the U.S. government for allowing the kids to have a proper education."

  • Seminar enhances Rwanda Defense Force flight medic skills set

    Feb 14, 2011

    Two Soldiers from the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team took on a traveling contact team mission to Kigali, Rwanda, recently to facilitate a flight medic operations seminar for Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) battalion medical officers. The Soldiers and their Rwandan hosts studied and exchanged ideas on medical evacuation procedures in support of the Rwandans' pre-deployment preparations for the United Nations - African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

  • Service secretaries receive 'Don't Ask' repeal plan

    May 31, 2011

    Pentagon officials today sent the Defense Department's implementation plan for repeal of the law commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the service secretaries with a March 1 deadline for their first progress update.

  • Ripple effect: Egyptian turmoil drives U.S. family out of Cairo

    Feb 14, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - As the world's television sets were tuned to the events in Cairo's Tahrir Square, members of an American family in Egypt wondered how it might impact their lives. They soon found out as their neighbors began leaving the country on a voluntary basis and evacuation orders followed requiring all non-essential personnel to leave the country.

  • European training command offering counter-IED training to multinational forces

    Feb 14, 2011

    The Joint Multinational Training Command has always worked with partner nations to conduct training during brigade rotations, and specifically on C-IED to ensure the success of the mission and to save Soldiers lives; no matter what flag they are wearing.

  • Great training

    Feb 14, 2011

    The leadership of Deputy Commander, Regional Support, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, conducted a "battlefield circulation" Feb. 7-11 of the Regional Support Command-South area, headquartered at Kandahar Airfield. The RSC-South is led by Col. Greg Baine.

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