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  • SDDC announces junior officer, civilian of year winners

    Mar 11, 2011

    The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command announced this week the winners of the Major General Henry R. Del Mar Junior Officer of the Year and Civilian Outstanding Performer of the Year awards for 2010.

  • 'Spice' use on rise among servicemembers-now illegal in DoD

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Directorate of Public Safety officials said the use of a synthetic cannabis substance is increasing among servicemembers, but it is now considered illegal in the U.S. military.

  • Fort Rucker social media initiative brings post news to wider audience

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The Fort Rucker Public Affairs office is finding new ways to bring Soldiers and civilians the latest news about the installation.

  • 5th Signal Command Soldiers Deploy to Afghanistan

    Mar 11, 2011

  • 164th TAOG joins ATSCOM-new patch marks move

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Soldiers in the 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group and 597th Maintenance Company are officially in the same "Family."

  • APG commander recognizes women's achievements

    Jun 2, 2011

    APG employees gathered at the Edgewood Conference Center March 9 to recognize women's significant contributions to the Army. Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, APG senior commander, talked to about 100 women about combining their talents to improve the community. March is National Women's History Month.

  • Joint Firepower Course provides training for trainers at Fort Rucker

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Imagine being an Army captain who's just returned from Afghanistan. You've worked with your Air Force counterparts, and had that experience recently. Now, in front of your classroom at Fort Rucker is a trainer who has been back from the joint warfight for a year or more, so your instructor's experience is more dated than yours.

  • Therapy dogs helping with more than PTSD, TBI

    Mar 11, 2011

    Launched just eight months ago, Veterans Moving Forward vows to provide service dogs, at no cost, to veterans with physical and mental health challenges, including those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

  • Golf tournament raises money for AAAA scholarships

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Golfers from around the country are coming to Fort Rucker in support of Army Aviation Soldiers and Families April 1.

  • Construction to begin on 16th Street

    Mar 11, 2011

  • Exercise increases FPCON awareness at Fort Rucker

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- It is Tuesday morning, the siren sounds and there is word of a bomb. Immediately, the Force Protection Condition is raised, Fort Rucker shuts down, gates close and everyone returns to their assigned units. While this situation is fictional, people need to be aware of FPCON Levels and what to do during each condition, exercise or actual terrorist event.

  • Exercise increases FPCON awareness at Fort Rucker

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- It is Tuesday morning, the siren sounds and there is word of a bomb. Immediately, the Force Protection Condition is raised, Fort Rucker shuts down, gates close and everyone returns to their assigned units. While this situation is fictional, people need to be aware of FPCON Levels and what to do during each condition, exercise or actual terrorist event.

  • Fort Rucker flight students clean up history

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- A group of 54 flight students worked together to clean up a series of classic aircraft from Army Aviation's past as part of their class project March 5.

  • Fort Rucker chaplains support spiritual needs of Soldiers, Families

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- A day in the life of an Army chaplain demands constant spiritual readiness to meet the community's worshipping and counseling needs.

  • 'It starts here': District Governor gives guidance on security to Kandahar villagers

    Mar 11, 2011

    Panjwai District Governor, Haji Faizluddin Agha, visited a village in his district to speak to local elders Mar. 6, 2011, in Kandahar Province's Panjwai District. Agha, a new governor in Panjwai, emphasized the importance of involving village leaders in helping secure the district for a better future. Without the elders' guidance, Kandahar's young generations will only know "lives of poverty and violence," Agha said.

  • Redemption -- Wolf Pack closes curtain on Showstoppers

    Mar 11, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- It wasn't the prettiest win, but the Wolf Pack from 597th Maintenance Company was happy to take one over the Showstoppers from B Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment March 7.

  • District Governor gives guidance on security to Kandahar villagers

    Mar 11, 2011

    Panjwai district Governor Haji Faizluddin Agha visited a village in his district to speak to local elders Mar. 6, 2011, in Kandahar province's Panjwai district. Agha, a new governor in Panjwai, emphasized the importance of involving village leaders in helping secure the district for a better future.

  • Spin Cycle: Gaffney's stationery bikes make popular low-impact fitness class

    Mar 11, 2011

    One of the first things Sgt. 1st Class Rose Ryon wanted to do after giving birth to a baby girl in November was shed the 50 pounds she gained during her pregnancy. After losing the first 25 pounds, Ryon decided to take the new spinning class at Gaffney Fitness Center.

  • AMC conducts DADT repeal training

    Mar 11, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, the U.S. Army Materiel Command's commanding general, will personally conduct training on the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy reform for commanders at all of AMC's major subordinate commands, March 11.

  • Construction Zone: Ongoing construction and renovations on Fort Meade

    Mar 11, 2011

  • Fort Meade decorated vet hand-carries National Anthem at Annapolis ceremony

    Mar 11, 2011

    "The Star-Spangled Banner" is sung in classrooms and public events across the United States. The song -- originally a poem -- was penned by Francis Scott Key in 1814 as he watched Fort McHenry in Baltimore under attack by British naval ships during the War of 1812. Almost 200 years later, the original version of the poem ended up in the hands of Bert Rice, Fort Meade's director of transformation. During a ceremony March 1 at the Maryland capital in Annapolis, Rice held the original paper authored by Key.

  • The US Army Band Celebrates Mardi Gras

    Mar 11, 2011

    The U.S. Army Band Downrange performed Aca,!A"A Mardi Gras CelebrationAca,!A? in Brucker Hall, at JBM-HH March 7.

  • Bednarek to lead First Army Division East and West

    Mar 11, 2011

    Maj. Gen. (P) J. Michael Bednarek is a familiar face at Fort Meade. The former commanding general of First Army Division East has called the installation home since June 2008. But now he is heading for his next assignment as commanding general of First Army headquarters at Fort Gillem, Ga., where he will oversee command of both First Army Division East and First Army Division West.

  • AER campaign kicks off with $85,000 goal

    Mar 11, 2011

    Fort Meade's annual Army Emergency Relief fundraising campaign officially kicked off Monday in the Lounge at the Lanes with a training session and free game of bowling to rally this year's unit representatives.

  • 'The Man for the Job': New commanding general leads 200th Military Police Command

    Mar 11, 2011

    Strong and straightforward is how one Soldier describes Maj. Gen. Sanford E. Holman, the new commander of the 200th Military Police Command.

  • First Army Division East welcomes new commander

    Mar 11, 2011

    Maj. Gen. Kevin R. Wendel pledged to fulfill the mission of First Army Division East as he assumed command of the multicomponent division in a change of command ceremony March 1 at McGill Training Center.

  • Disabled vet says focus on strengths

    Mar 11, 2011

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- It's been a little over three decades since Dr. Rory Cooper lost the use of his legs and gained access to a world he never would have imagined, at least not for himself.

  • Pfc. Jones meets Defense Secretary Gates

    Mar 11, 2011

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates met with service members of Combined Joint Task Force-101 at Bagram Airfield March 7 where he thanked them for working alongside the Afghan people to make eastern Afghanistan a safer place for its residents.

  • Forces kill insurgents, capture terrorists in Afghanistan

    Mar 11, 2011

    Afghan and coalition forces killed eight enemy fighters and detained several others yesterday in operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.

  • Task force targets human network behind IEDs

    Mar 11, 2011

    Task Force ODIN was established in 2006 to help in countering the improvised explosive devices that were taking a huge toll on U.S. forces in Iraq.

  • Pandemic response exercise participants wrestle with potential chaos, disaster

    Mar 11, 2011

    In Tanzania, citizens wake up to the sun and sound of birds as they always do. They also go to work and worry about the normal concerns of living. Today will be the same for them - but very soon it will be different, many lives will change. This is the scenario that participants of the Tanzania Pandemic Disaster Response Exercise been presented with. After two days of plenary talks, facilitated lectures and lessons-learned discussions, they are now applying what they have learned.

  • 54th Signal Battalion Celebrates 20 Years in Southwest Asia

    Mar 11, 2011

    The 54th Signal Battalion commemorated 20 years of service in Southwest Asia during two days of activities Mar. 1-2 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

  • Stryker Vehicles Decontaminated at Osan Air Base

    Mar 11, 2011

    While some were sleeping, members of 501st Sustainment Brigade were working to stop the spread of hoof and mouth disease.

  • Local event raises financial support for community members

    Mar 11, 2011

  • Gates pledges US help for Japan

    Sep 30, 2011

    The United States is prepared to help Japan deal with the aftermath of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck today "in any way we possibly can," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Bahrain.

  • DoD readies for potential Japan earthquake aid

    Sep 28, 2011

    Though the Japanese government has not yet requested help in dealing with the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that hit early this morning near the coast of Honshu, U.S. forces are being readied in case such a request comes, a Defense Department spokeswoman said here today.

  • JMTC Transforms through Partnership and Training

    Mar 10, 2011

    <b>What is it' </b> The Army's priorities are to prevail in the current conflict and build partner capacity. The 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment (1-4 IN) recently completed its 5-year deployment in Afghanistan and supported both objectives. Since 2006, 1-4 IN - the only conventional unit to maintain a consistent presence in Afghanistan - partnered with and augmented the Romanian Land Forces (ROULF) with personnel, enablers, and operational experience. During the partnership, the Romanians developed new capacities, which resulted in an increased commitment to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) with the deployment of an additional battalion and brigade tactical command post to Afghanistan this year. Today, the 1-4 is back to being U.S. Army Europe's full-time Opposing Forces during training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany.

  • JBLM program recycles bottle caps to protect the environment

    Mar 10, 2011

    At about the same time, Edna Iris De Rosa started encouraging children at JBLM's North Fort Youth Center, where she was working as a child and youth program assistant, to hang on to their bottle caps rather than throw them away. They collected them all summer long - and when she transferred to North Fort Child Development Center in January, the kids kept going.

  • They get one shot: Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosts Expert Field Medical Badge

    Mar 10, 2011

    A warrior focus marks Expert Field Medical Badge training and testing, held this year on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. More than 300 Soldiers from at least 10 different units representing installations across the country are competing for the coveted badge, which on average less than one in five candidates will earn.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord retreat offers single parents quality time with children, chance to recharg

    Mar 10, 2011

    Strong Bonds is a chaplain-led program designed to build resiliency by connecting family members through relationship education and skills training. Last week's retreat focused on challenges Soldiers endure daily as single parents, while giving them an opportunity to bond with their children in a fun environment relatively close to home.

  • III Corps commanding general nominated for fourth star, TRADOC command

    Mar 10, 2011

    KILLEEN, Texas Aca,!" A Fort Hood official announced that the President nominated Fort Hood and III Corps Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, for promotion to general and command of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at the conclusion of a general membership meeting of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee here March 10.

  • 11th Signal Brigade commanders change

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- The 11th Signal Brigade conducted a change-of-command ceremony at historic Brown Parade Field Friday, to recognize the arrival of Col. Patrick Dedham as its new commander. Dedham succeeds Col. Frank Huber who assumed control of the 11th T Tactical Signal Brigade on February 26, 2009.

  • Blackhorse Troopers take plunge into Pre-Ranger course

    Mar 10, 2011

    11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Blackhorse Troopers participate in a Pre-Ranger Assessment Course at Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 28-March 2.

  • FH Weapons Intelligence Course gets additional skill identifier

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- A course fairly new to Fort Huachuca is designed to teach Soldiers to investigate the aftermaths of improvised incendiary devices and is designed to give Soldiers skills beneficial to units on the battlefield.

  • Army teams up with Air Force to load C-17s in joint base effort

    Mar 10, 2011

    Soldiers from the 80th Ordnance Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, took the 62nd Airlift Wing's challenge last week, hauling out a 600-pound-capacity Laundry Advance System and a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit.

  • Photographers expand horizons in 2010 Army Digital Photography Contest

    Mar 10, 2011

    ...winners in the 2010 Army Digital Photography Contest sponsored by the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command. There were 3,691 entries from around the world - 1,348 in Division I for active duty military personnel and 2,343 in Division II for other eligible MWR patrons. After Army garrisons selected their best entries, 664 Division I and 1,031 Division II photographs were forwarded for Department of the Army judging.

  • Family members on education path

    Mar 10, 2011

    "Families are thriving; they are not just trying to get through a deployment," said Col. Todd Heussner, commander, Task Force Ivy, 4th Infantry Division. "They are doing positive things while their Soldiers are deployed."

  • Engineers hold 'best squad' competition

    Mar 10, 2011

    The 52nd Engineer Battalion recently conducted a 'best squad' competition as 30 squads squared off for battalion bragging rights.

  • Enlisted aide reaches top of class

    Mar 10, 2011

    The enlisted aide for the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson acting senior commander was top of her class at a local personal services institute.

  • Army conducting 'full-court press' to reduce weight Soldiers carry

    Mar 10, 2011

    As part of its modernization efforts, the Army is doing everything it can to reduce the weight of equipment and gear now carried by Soldiers.

  • New Army video spotlights resiliency of wounded Soldiers

    Mar 10, 2011

    The Army has released a new training video, "Warriors in Transition: A Story of Resilience," to support its ongoing efforts to build a more resilient force, enabling Soldiers to face adversity, fear and hardship with courage and confidence.

  • Mentoring Leaders

    Mar 10, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., takes questions from officers attending the Captain's Career Course, U.S. Army Logistics University.

  • Alaska paratrooper awarded for valor

    Mar 10, 2011

    Alaska paratrooper recognized for valor in Afghanistan combat.

  • A homecoming, Alaska style

    Mar 10, 2011

    Anchorage welcomes the 23rd Engineer Company back from Afghanistan with an only-in-Alaska experience during the city's premier winter festival.

  • Army opens TBI rehabilitation center in Europe

    Mar 10, 2011

    The first center offering comprehensive care for European-based mild Traumatic Brain Injury patients celebrated its grand opening Feb. 25, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany.

  • CAC Commander Visits Culinary Competition

    Mar 10, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., looks over the Fort Bliss cold food table display while Lt. Col. Rossie Johnson, Joint Culinary Center of Excellence director, provides an overview of the 36th Culinary Arts Competition. During his visit to the Combined Arms Support Command, Caslen also spoke to more han 400 students currently attending the Captain's Career Course at the Army Logistics University about the Profession of Arms.

  • Waiting to Fly

    Mar 10, 2011

    Paratroopers from the 2nd Security Force Advisory Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, wait at Pope Army Airfield for their flight to the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., Mar. 8.

  • Soldiers go back to school

    Mar 10, 2011

    "These students know what they are talking about, ; they put in the time and effort. I am excited to share with them some pointers," said Massaquoi said. "But that is it, . I am just sharing pointers, . they They know their projects, they know the work they have put in.

  • 9th Army Band on the road for Music in our schools month

    Mar 10, 2011

    The 9th Army Band is taking their show on the road during the month of March, but most of their performances will not be for the Soldiers they usually serve, but for the youngest members of the community in honor of Music in our Schools Month.

  • ACAP, deploying Soldiers to civilian life

    Mar 10, 2011

    Being well-prepared is an important step in the transitioning of Soldiers and military families for the changes that lie ahead.

  • Dr. Seuss, the cat in the Army hat

    Mar 10, 2011

    Would you, could you read some more Of his service during war' Read it, read it then you'll see How Dr. Seuss served in the Army.

  • Our Heroes

    Mar 10, 2011

    Our Heroes' Tree promotes awareness of the service and sacrifice of U.S. service members and their families. It is inclusive of all branches of service, Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve, and all generations. The tree was designed by a soldier, to honor soldiers, both past and present, for service to this country.

  • Airborne Soldiers vie for Expert Infantry Badge

    Mar 10, 2011

    Soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson received training Feb. 22-24, to prepare to test for the Expert Infantry Badge. The EIB represents the understanding of basic infantry tasks, according to Staff Sgt. Ian McGlocklyn, an infantry Soldier with Company A, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, and an EIB training instructor.

  • Army Astronaut Col. Douglas Wheelock visits Colorado Springs

    Mar 10, 2011

    At an elevation of over six thousand feet, Colorado Springs is one of the closest cities to space in the United States. This should make Army Astronaut Col. Douglas Wheelock feel right at home. As the commander of the International Space Station and the crew of Expedition 25, Wheelock spent six months in orbit leading an international crew. Wheelock has been back on solid ground since Thanksgiving Day, and stopped at the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command/ Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) on March 9 to visit with personnel and their families.

  • Army Emergency Relief: Helping Army take care of its own

    Mar 10, 2011

    Spc. Joseph Morris was fresh out of basic training in September 2008 and was on orders to Fort Hood for his first duty assignment. But there was a problem. He wasn't getting paid.

  • Alaska MPs drill on convoy security

    Mar 10, 2011

    Soldiers of the 164th Military Police Company prepared for a deployment to Afghanistan this spring with a convoy live fire exercise from Feb. 22 to March 4. The training aimed to improve high-payoff deployment skills by testing troop leading procedures, battle drills, and convoy operations.

  • 2011 FORSCOM AFAP delegates take action

    Mar 10, 2011

    This slideshow contains photos captured during day two of the 2011 FORSCOM Army Family Action Plan Conference.

  • 3-6th ADA honors its instructors

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Instructor Staff Sgt. Sheila Diaz said when she became a sergeant she wanted to train Soldiers. She knew the kind of Soldier the Army needed and wanted to help mold those Soldiers. "I love teaching," said Diaz, who teaches the Patriot (missile) Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer course (MOS 14E) here, "I think the best part is when I send them off on graduation day knowing that they're going to their unit, and they are going to be good Soldiers."

  • Army, Indian scientists focus on power, energy

    Jun 2, 2011

    American and Indian military scientists discussed unburdening warfighters through improved power and energy technology March 9. Developing better power sources is vital for their militaries and countries in general, the speakers said.

  • Use energy drinks moderately

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Coffee and cigarettes are former staples of the military. Smoking cessation classes are working to decrease the smoking population, and in the meantime another drink has started replacing the ol' cup of Joe. They're called energy drinks.

  • 10th Mountain Division Soldiers volunteer to deploy to Afghanistan

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), have volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Brig. Gen. Kurt S. Story departs USASMDC/ARSTRAT

    Mar 10, 2011

    The Army announced that Brig. Gen. Kurt S. Story reassignment as the J-33 director, United States Forces-Iraq, OPERATION NEW DAWN, Iraq. Story has served as the deputy commanding general for operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) since July 23, 2008.

  • Author, comedian helps children cope with military life

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. --- Trevor Romain knows the recipe to effectively communicate with children: a cup of silliness, a pinch of young-at-heart, and a whole lot of sharing.

  • Foal Eagle '11 exercise continues

    Mar 10, 2011

    A combined-arms task force continues live-fire exercises all week as part of Foal Eagle '11 between U.S. and Republic of Korea forces.

  • Can you hear me now' VCSA attends Army communications demonstration

    Mar 10, 2011

    A technology demonstration integrating the flexibility and storage capabilities of an Android hand-held and the robust communications of the rifleman radio caught the attention of the Army vice chief of staff during his visit to Fort Bragg, March 3.

  • The Old Guard to March in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Mar 10, 2011

    Approximately 120 Soldiers from The Old Guard and The U.S. Army Band are scheduled to participate in the 250th St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City March 17.

  • IBM scientist introduces WATSON technology to cadets

    Mar 10, 2011

    Dr. Eric Brown, an IBM research scientist from the T.J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, N.Y., briefed cadets and community members March 3 about the WATSON supercomputer that recently beat all-time "Jeopardy" champion Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a three-game match.

  • West Point Father and Daughter Dance

    Mar 10, 2011

    The Father-Daughter Dance was held March 5 at the Lee Child Development Center with more than 180 fathers and daughters attending the event. The idea behind the event is every father needs to connect with his daughter, and every daughter needs a positive example of how a young lady should be treated with respect. Dads and girls spent much of the evening dancing together.

  • Emerging leaders visit Fort Jackson

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- About 80 participants with Leadership Columbia, a leadership development group run by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, stopped by Fort Jackson Tuesday for a day of instruction, discussion and observation. Each yearly "class" runs August through May and includes a variety of outings and learning sessions.

  • Provider Challenge tests Soldiers' mettle

    Mar 10, 2011

    CONTINGENTCY OPERATION BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Forty 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Soldiers competed in the Provider Challenge Feb. 19 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq.

  • EFMP fair to bring out family agencies

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The number of nonprofit organizations out there willing to lend a helping hand to military families can be daunting. So Army Community Services has a solution - bring all of those agencies and Soldiers and their families under one roof and let them meet.

  • Battalion commanders hit the books

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Initial Military Training battalion commanders are used to leading by example. But that doesn't mean there isn't any room for improvement.

  • (Marne Faces/Marne Places) Women's History Month: Psychologist helping Soldiers, remembers upbr

    Mar 10, 2011

    Doctor Leslie Cardenas reflects a walking example of a success story. A psychologist at Fort Stewart's Warrior Restoration Center/Traumatic Brain Injury and a mother of two young sons, Cardenas balances her career as a psychologist serving Soldiers and a mother dedicated to her Family.

  • FLRC provides family resources

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- From the brightly colored children's toys, to the plush sofas and even the numerous clocks decorating the walls of the conference room - everything in the newly opened Family Life and Resiliency Center works toward the center's mission: providing Soldiers, families and civilians a place where they can enhance physical, emotional, social, family and spiritual resiliency.

  • Diamond celebrates Read Across America

    Mar 10, 2011

    Diamond Elementary School celebrated Read Across America, a week-long event dedicated to promoting childhood reading. The celebration is held around March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.

  • Strong bonds build better marriages

    Mar 10, 2011

    Retreat is not a word often used when describing servicemembers, yet that is what some of the Soldiers of the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division accomplished.

  • Iraqi Security Forces host humanitarian event

    Mar 10, 2011

    Residents of Basrah, Iraq gathered at the Basrah Operations Center Monday, Mar. 7, 2011, to receive acute medical aid, toys, school supplies, food, water, radios, and health information. Iraqi Security Forces offered the use of their operations center, while Iraqi civilian doctors provided the medical care. Servicemembers from U.S. Division - South were on hand in an advisory role.

  • Rookie culinary contestants gain eye-opening, fruitful experience

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (March 10, 2010) -- The first time at culinary arts competitions is always the most trying. A generous helping of anxiety, expectation and general uncertainty loom in a significant way. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Wisniewski remembers the emotions well.

  • Proclamation signed, dental assistants recognized

    Mar 10, 2011

    As the United States Army Dental Corps celebrated its 100th anniversary last week, dental assistants across Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield celebrated the signing of the Dental Assistant Recognition Week Proclamation, March 7.

  • Women big part of Army history, future

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- As most of you know, March is Women's History Month and we have a super program here at Fort Jackson to support and acknowledge this.

  • Stewart AER campaign kicks off

    Mar 10, 2011

    The first week of March marks the 2011 Army Emergency Relief fundraising campaign.

  • Trailblazers: Iraqi police pioneers visit installation

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- On the day Fort Jackson celebrated women's history, a group of history-making female police officers from Iraq visited the post. The officers came to the installation as part of a two-week trip to the United States to learn about the country and police work here.

  • Coalition, Afghan forces continue to seize insurgent weapons

    Mar 10, 2011

    International Security Assistance Force and Afghan forces are finding and removing more insurgent weapons from the battlefield now than ever before, operational reports from front-line units in Afghanistan indicate.

  • U.S. Soldiers mentor Djiboutian Army rapid reaction forces

    Mar 10, 2011

    Under an overcast sky, nearly 200 members of the Djiboutian Army's elite 1st Rapid Action Regiment honed their infantry skills, mentored by members of the U.S. Army National Guard's 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment. The training included instruction on squad movements, convoy operations, contact drills, camp security and marksmanship, and was part of a one-month course which began Jan. 16 and culminated with a graduation Feb. 10. The instruction included mortar crew training and a combat engineering course, according to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nelson Perkins, mission commander and member of Charlie Company.

  • Wiesbaden celebrates opening of new state-of-the-art Army Lodge

    Mar 10, 2011

    Military and civilian officials used a giant pair of scissors to cut the ribbon to officially open the Army's newest quality-of-life enhancement in U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden March 2. Long in the making, the grand opening of the Wiesbaden Army Lodge marked the completion of a project that went through its share of challenges, including unanticipated water damages near the project completion, Internet connection problems and contractual issues.

  • Afghan women join world in celebrating women's rights

    Mar 10, 2011

    KHOWST PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN - Soldiers wearing brightly colored scarves under their helmets stared wide-eyed at Afghan women entering the civil military operations center in downtown Khowst City. The women, clad in light blue burkas covering their bodies from head to toe, provided a stark contrast to the female Soldiers in multi-cam uniforms attending a shura. More than 270 women gathered to celebrate International Women's Day, sponsored by the Director of Women's Affairs in Khowst City, March 8.

  • 551st ICTC Trains in Hills of Korea

    Mar 10, 2011

    Soldiers of the 551st Inland Cargo Transfer Company, a subordinate element of 501st Sustainment Brigade, train in the hills near Busan, South Korea.

  • Betty Varner Witnessed Rise of Women in Federal Service

    Mar 9, 2011

    In 1946 the Baby Boom began, the first bikini went on sale, "It's a Wonderful Life" ruled the box office, and 20-year-old Betty Varner began her federal career. Today, with more than 62 years of federal service, she is the longest serving member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a Navy wife and mother, her only break in service was the two years after her son was born. Today Varner is a Civil Works Program Manager. But she began her USACE career as a statistical clerk in San Francisco in August of 1959. Varner witnessed the rise of women in USACE.

  • Exercise Key Resolve 2011 wraps up in South Korea

    Mar 9, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Exercise Key Resolve came to an end March 10 following two weeks of training around the Korean Peninsula.

  • Richmond Hill Medical Home opens, ready for patients

    Mar 9, 2011

    The Army's newest community-based primary care clinic opened March 2, during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Richmond Hill, Ga. The clinic will provide medical services to Family Members of active duty Soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, who live in the immediate area.

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