Archive: Jul 2011

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  • Fort Drum MP commander praises actions of three Soldiers

    Jul 14, 2011

    Three Soldiers attached to a Fort Drum military police unit were singled out by their commander recently for achieving outstanding results during two separate emergencies.

  • Self improving one Soldier at a time

    Jul 14, 2011

    Empowering Soldiers to further their education is critical to 3rd Sustainment Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Clifton Johnson as he proved by earning his MBA from Trident University International, during the 31st annual commencement exercise, June 24, at Fort Stewart’s main post chapel.

  • Fort Drum honors senior leaders with military tattoo ceremony

    Jul 14, 2011

    The 10th Mountain Division Band performed during a tattoo ceremony June 29 at LeRay Mansion on post to honor three Fort Drum senior leaders as they bid farewell to their respective units.

  • 3rd Brigade prepares for All-Army Combatives

    Jul 14, 2011

    Ten soldiers from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, who make up one-third of the 3rd ID All-Army combatives team, will compete July 20-23 at the All-Army Combatives Tournament on Fort Hood, Texas.

  • 1AE HQ jumps head-first into new PT program

    Jul 14, 2011

    If nearly a decade at war has taught us nothing else, we have learned that Soldiers do not fight like marathon runners, and that training for a test does not equal maximum results on the battlefield ...

  • Military working dogs train to keep up proficiency

    Jul 14, 2011

    Five to six days a week " every week " there’s military working dogs training on post. They find planted drugs and bombs, run through obedience and obstacle courses, attack on command and patrol the installation.

  • Hall of Heroes induction

    Jul 14, 2011

    On July 13, 2011, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry was inducted into the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon. Sgt. 1st Class Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor the day before in a ceremony at the White House.

  • Soldier gets Medal of Honor

    Jul 14, 2011

    Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry, with the 75th Ranger Regiment, received the Medal of Honor Tuesday from President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony.

  • Soldier creates smart phone apps

    Jul 14, 2011

    Spc. Nicholas C. Johnson, an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, has been working with the Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications. CSDA involves suites of digital applications on networked smart phones.

  • Community supports those deploying

    Jul 14, 2011

    Small quilted squares, used paperback books, Girl Scout cookies, decks of cards and domino games are just some of the “swag” available for deploying Soldiers and civilians leaving from Freedom Hall.

  • Cancer survivor graduates from Ranger School

    Jul 14, 2011

    Cpl. Austin Saunders could’ve taken a medical discharge. Few would’ve blamed him. He wanted a Ranger tab instead.

  • Army fields next-generation blue force tracking system

    Jul 15, 2011

    The U.S. Army has fielded its next-generation friendly force tracking system to five operational brigade combat teams, equipping Soldiers with a faster satellite network, secure data encryption and advanced mapping kits for improved tactical communications while on-the-move.

  • 78th Army Band at Phillies Game

    Jul 14, 2011

  • Marines a ‘major piece’ of Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course

    Jul 14, 2011

    Marine Corps lieutenants targeted for tank platoon leadership have a new detour in their path toward the battlefield: Fort Benning.

  • Fort Benning aims to boost renewable energy

    Jul 14, 2011

    The post is making a pitch to ramp up its renewable energy use with the purchase of two small wind turbines installed Monday outside a Warrior Transition Battalion barracks.

  • Infantrymen vie for coveted EIB

    Jul 14, 2011

    At 4 a.m. Friday, it’s already a muggy 80 degrees on Fort Stewart.

  • Soldier Show wows 'em in Iowa

    Jul 14, 2011

    The U.S. Army Soldier show played to packed house at Davenport, Iowa's Adler Theater.

  • 260th Rides Again! Soldiers conduct motorcycle safety ride

    Jul 14, 2011

    It is generally agreed upon that the moment a man or woman hops onto a chopper for the first time, he or she becomes, at that very moment, a member of a sacred brotherhood (and sisterhood) of riders. Becoming a Soldier is very much the same concept: once you raise your right hand and swear to defend the Constitution and the American people, you become a member of a sacred brotherhood. It’s only natural, therefore, that Soldier riders come together and form a bond apart from other riders and other Soldiers.

  • Ghanaian, U.S. troops join forces for MEDFLAG 11

    Jul 15, 2011

    MEDFLAG 11, a joint humanitarian assistance exercise between U.S. and Ghana Armed Forces, kicked off July 11 with an opening ceremony at the nearby Ghanaian army base, Burma Camp. Sponsored by U.S. Army Africa, the bilateral MEDFLAG 11 exercise will strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Ghana through 10 days of collaborative training and sharing of medical expertise, as well as joint humanitarian civilian assistance in local communities.

  • Barracks Life; The two ways to approach your leave

    Jul 14, 2011

    I recently got back from leave and as always, it can be an interesting experience. I have had utterly gruesome leaves, and I’ve had awesome ones. It’s a weird occurrence traveling back to my hometown, although some things are slightly different the majority of it remains constant. I’m lucky enough to have friends that easily transition into me coming or going, so it’s as if I never left.

  • CYSS Hired! Program prepares teens for workplace

    Jul 14, 2011

    These are tough economic times with jobs becoming harder and harder to come by, especially for teens who may want a summer job. To better prepare teens for jobs after high school or while attending college to help pay tuition, West Point Child, Youth and School Services of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation instituted the Hired! Program.

  • TF Spartan surgeon develops prosthetic leg for Afghan IED victims

    Jul 15, 2011

    Advances in prosthetics have greatly reduced the debilitating effects of losing a limb, but in Afghanistan, a country with one of the highest amputation rates, sustainable technology like this is rare.

  • GCAOE announces second quarter winners

    Jul 14, 2011

    The Garrison Commander Award of Excellence panel selected its 2nd Quarter Civilian winners for Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield. The GCAOE award of excellence is awarded on behalf of the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander to recognize exceptional individual performance.

  • U.S. Army Alaska mountaineer assists in MIA recovery mission

    Jul 14, 2011

    The Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command often calls upon the Northern Warfare Training Center for assistance in their mission to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans from the nation’s past conflicts.

  • West Point SAMC looking for new members

    Jul 14, 2011

    The West Point or Black Knights Sgt. Audie Murphy Club is relatively new and smaller than at most installations due to the smaller number of noncommissioned officers. Sgt. 1st Class Karen Moody, Keller Army Community Hospital medical/surgical unit NCOIC and the Black Knights SAMC president, hopes to change that by recruiting NCOs into the elite club.

  • Fort Drum archaeologist discusses safeguarding Libyan antiquities at UNESCO conference

    Jul 14, 2011

    A Fort Drum archaeologist nearing the end of a yearlong fellowship at the American Academy in Rome recently lent her expertise to a select group of panelists convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

  • U.S. Army Africa’s Forward Command Element ready to roll

    Jul 15, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa recently trained up on its Forward Command Element.

  • Volunteers demonstrate patriotism

    Jul 14, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- In an era where war seems to be a constant fixation, American patriotism is the mere fabric that knits our country together. Patriotism emulates an ideology that reminds us of those men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice all in the name of duty and country.

  • Community crucial to post’s success

    Jul 14, 2011

    FORT JACKSON,S.C. -- During our recent Torchlight Tattoo event " which, by the way, was again a tremendous success " I was reminded about something that we dare not take for granted: Our neighbors from Columbia and the surrounding communities are very important to the Fort Jackson family.

  • 3ID participates in APRT pilot program

    Jul 14, 2011

    Several units across the 3rd Infantry Division are participating in a pilot program to help establish grading standards for the new Army Physical Readiness Test and Army Combat Readiness Test from July 12 to Aug. 5.

  • Post junior golfers hone their game

    Jul 14, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Fifteen children are playing outside, but it is whisper quiet. They are occupied with putters and golf balls instead of water balloons this summer.

  • Stewart NEC earns NEC of Year award

    Jul 14, 2011

    For their mission-ready attitude, execution of effective teamwork and quality customer service skills, Fort Stewart’s Network Enterprise Center’s continued dedication and hard work shined under the spotlight, July 6. The Network Enterprise Center’s team gathered at Cottrell Field to receive the NEC of the Year award.

  • Potter conjures up magic at early movie screening

    Jul 14, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- More than 700 Fort Jackson muggles took the Hogwarts Express to the post movie theater Saturday for a free advance screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” which will open nationwide Friday.

  • U.S. Army Africa Soldiers train the trainers in Ghana

    Jul 14, 2011

    Two U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Soldiers trained members of the Ghanaian Defense Forces recently at Bendasi Training Site, Accra, Ghana, as part of the ongoing Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) program.

  • Post training program under way

    Jul 14, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Don Busbice was recognized earlier this month as the first person to complete the first three phases of the Fort Jackson Army Training Center’s newly implemented Civilian Workforce Development Training program, earning a Civilian Achievement Medal, among other incentives.

  • USC baseball coach visits WTU

    Jul 15, 2011

    Soldiers with the Fort Jackson Warrior Transition Unit welcomed a back-to-back College World Series champion at their town hall meeting this week.

  • Postwide party: Fort Jackson’s 94th birthday set for Friday

    Jul 14, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Dust off your party hats and dancing shoes because it is birthday time at Fort Jackson. The post will celebrate its 94th birthday with a community event 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday at the Solomon Center.

  • Medal of Honor recipient inducted into Hall of Heroes

    Jul 18, 2011

    Medal of Honor recipient and Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry was inducted into the Hall of Heroes in a standing-room-only ceremony at the Pentagon today.

  • U.S. Soldier in Iraq, the land of his birth

    Jul 14, 2011

    “When the explosion came, it was like being in the middle of an earthquake. We were shaken just like that,” said Sgt. Mahad Ahmed, a U.S. Soldier for the 36th Infantry Division.

  • Community helps hospital train for safe move

    Jul 15, 2011

    Today, more than 700 community participants and medical personnel are testing the capabilities of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in preparation to begin treating patients in the new facility next month.

  • Reservists deploy to help build Afghanistan

    Jul 14, 2011

    As much of the nation focuses on drawdown plans in Afghanistan, Army Reservists from the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion are preparing to deploy there this week to ensure security progress made has the opportunity to stick.

  • Services deliver ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal input

    Jul 14, 2011

    All of the services and combatant commands have provided their input to the Defense Department in advance of the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans gays from serving openly in the military, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.

  • 405th Brigade Support Battalion supports joint Ghana-U.S. exercise

    Jul 14, 2011

    The 405th Brigade Support Battalion of North Riverside, Ill., was in in Accra, Ghana, July 13, playing an active role in MEDFLAG 11. Sponsored by U.S. Army Africa, the bilateral MEDFLAG 11 exercise will strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Ghana through 10 days of collaborative training and sharing of medical expertise, as well as joint humanitarian civic assistance in local communities. MEDFLAG is the 405th BSB’s first mission as a unit, marking a great milestone of success for the team.

  • Medal of Honor recipient joins fellow heroes in ‘Hall’

    Jul 15, 2011

    The second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon today.

  • West Point footballer displays diverse talent during USACE internship

    Jul 14, 2011

    A gifted football player aiming for a career in engineering sounds like another Everett Kischer in the making.

  • TF Sword assumes responsibility of the North Engineer Region of Afghanistan

    Jul 18, 2011

    The 18th Engineer Brigade, Task Force Sword, out of Heidelberg, Germany, assumed responsibility of Afghanistan’s North Engineer Region, consisting of Regional Command-East, -Capital and -North, in a transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Sharana June 29.

  • Sharp bids farewell, Thurman assumes command in Korea

    Jul 14, 2011

    Gen. James D. Thurman assumed command of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea from Gen. Walter L. Sharp during a change of command ceremony July 14, 2011.

  • New commander ready to serve

    Jul 25, 2011

    U.S. Army Garrison Baden Wuerttemberg welcomes its new garrison commander.

  • Legal separation, adultery and the UCMJ

    Dec 6, 2012

  • Afghan helicopter sling load

    Jul 14, 2011

    A Russian Mi-26 Halo helicopter airlifts a damaged Afghan Mi- 17 Hip helicopter to Kandahar Airfield.

  • I Corps begins mission, uncases colors in Afghanistan

    Jul 14, 2011

    I Corps command team uncase colors to begin demanding NATO mission in Afghanistan. The unit forms the core of ISAF's Joint Command and is responsible for all NATO operations in Afghanistan.

  • Petry inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

    Jul 13, 2011

    Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, July 13, 2011.

  • HRC is BRAC Complete at Fort Knox

    Jul 18, 2011

  • Turning Mid-Western Icons into Branded Army Advocates

    Jul 19, 2011

    Barn Advertising within Cleveland Recruiting Battalion

  • War through Imagery: The Civil War in American Memory

    Jul 15, 2011

    This year begins the Civil War Sesquicentennial. It is a time when many reflect and relive the events of the last war that took place on American soil.

  • AAOG Leaders Learn Wounded Warrior Assistance

    Jul 14, 2011

    Wounded veterans in need of assistance are often confused by the variety organizations with aid available to them. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington’s Army Air Operations Group (AAOG) is attempting to eliminate some of that confusion.

  • Hitting the mark: Archers prepare for weekend 3-D shoot

    Jul 13, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Shooting in 3-D isn’t reserved for just the movie theaters this summer, according to Fort Rucker Archery Club members.

  • ASAIEE tours Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall

    Jul 13, 2011

    Senior leadership from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall met Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Katherine Hammack, when she visited the installation June 29.

  • Job fair breaks the ice for employment seekers

    Jul 14, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker and civilianjobs.com won’t have to worry about snow and ice putting their annual job fair on hold July 20 as it did in January.

  • Get R.E.A.L.: ACS helps Families transition into military life

    Jul 13, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Being new to the Army can be challenging for some, but Army Community Service is hoping to make the transition easier for spouses and Family members.

  • Feeding families campaign fills food banks

    Jul 13, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker Department of Defense employees are stepping up in an effort to help the hungry.

  • MVISC provides visual information support

    Jul 13, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker’s one-stop shop for visual information is as close as your computer.

  • Safe driving should be ‘mostly common sense’

    Jul 13, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Motorists at Fort Rucker may have noticed a few new signs along the roadways in recent weeks reminding them to keep their cell phones “hands free.”

  • Vet command changes leaders

    Jul 13, 2011

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker’s Gulf Coast District Veterinary Command changed leadership in a ceremony Wednesday at the Army Aviation Museum when Maj. Robert Dole relinquished command to Maj. Karen Weekes. The command is both diverse and dispersed.

  • Soldier combines ‘AIRBORNE!,’ recruiting to tell the Army story

    Jul 13, 2011

    Army Recruiter Staff Sgt. Joseph Tremblay, from the Harrisburg Opportunity Center, shares his experiences as an Airborne Soldier and former instructor at the U.S. Army Airborne School to design and teach airborne training sessions in the communities surrounding Harrisburg, Pa.

  • 233rd Transportation Company cases colors

    Jul 13, 2011

    Fort Knox’s 233rd Transportation Company cased its colors during a ceremony on July 13 in preparation for deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn

  • Reds helps Soldier’s blues

    Jul 13, 2011

    The "Thank you Foundation," and the Cincinnati Reds, honor a wounded warrior.

  • Like son ... like father

    Jul 15, 2011

    Spc. Robert Capstick and his wife Becky are preparing for their son's return from Afghanistan. At the same time, they are attending a Yellow Ribbon event in Twinsburg, Ohio, to prepare for Capstick's deployment to Afghanistan in August.

  • Guard, Reserve opportunities for active-duty Soldiers

    Jul 15, 2011

    The Active Guard Reserve program allows Soldiers transitioning off active duty the opportunity to compete for AGR positions closer to home.

  • U.S. Army Alaska mountaineer assists in MIA recovery mission

    Jul 14, 2011

    The Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command often calls upon the Northern Warfare Training Center for assistance in their mission to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans from the nation’s past conflicts.

  • USAREUR commander inducts Romanian senior leader into USASMA international hall of fame

    Jul 13, 2011

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe commanding general inducted the Romanian sergeant major into the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy International Hall of Fame during a country visit in Bucharest, Romania, June 28.

  • White House ceremony

    Jul 13, 2011

    On July 12, 2011, President Barack Obama presented Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry with the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during battle in 2008 in Afghanistan.

  • Former soldier in Saddam's army now U.S. Soldier helping improve Iraq

    Jul 18, 2011

    Sgt. Mahad Ahmed was a member of Saddam's army when the U.S. liberated Iraq. He is now deployed to Iraq as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, helping improve his homeland.

  • Schweinfurt battalions depart for Afghanistan

    Jul 13, 2011

    The 9th Engineer Battalion, 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment and 172nd Support Battalion are all deploying to Afghanistan as part of the 172nd Infantry Brigade’s mid-summer replacement of troops in the International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command East. The three battalions make up nearly half of Schweinfurt’s troop population.

  • U.S. Army Africa joins in 150th celebration of Italian Day of National Unity

    Jul 13, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg joined dignitaries from all parts of the Veneto Region to celebrate Italy’s National Day. He along with several hundred Italian servicemen and military veteran’s gathered in a formal ceremony to commemorate Italy’s National Day and celebrated the Italian Republic's 150th Anniversary in the Piazza del Signore, Vicenza, Italy.

  • SLIDESHOW: Fuel Efficient Demonstrator at the Pentagon

    Jul 18, 2011

    The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center unveiled its Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator Alpha to employees at the Pentagon, July 12, 2011. TARDEC serves as the lead program agency on the Office of the Secretary of Defense's FED Program to address fuel conservation needs across the military. The Alpha represents the first of two vehicles being developed to compete for a role in the service of the U.S. military.

  • Groundbreaking ceremony marks milestone at Weesh-Chaman Crossing

    Jul 13, 2011

    The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its partners celebrated the start of construction for a new project that will improve border control in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province.

  • Ghanaian-American Soldier supports U.S. Army Africa exercise in Accra

    Jul 13, 2011

    A U.S. Army Africa Soldier born in Ghana returns home to Accra as a participant in the bilateral medical forces exercise known as MEDFLAG 11. For Sgt. Mark L. Kwansah, it’s a homecoming with a mission.

  • DeWitt medical resident to get national award

    Jul 13, 2011

    The American Academy of Family Physicians recently named a second-year family practice resident at DeWitt Army Community Hospital as a recipient of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education.

  • Soldiers keep Iraq’s highways, byways safe

    Jul 14, 2011

    As combat logistic patrols begin their hauls into the dark of night, a small group of vehicles separates from them; vehicles brightly lit but moving slowly and deliberately. These are the improvised explosive device hunters of the United States Forces-Iraq looking for their next find.

  • Soldier 360 enhances tool kits of NCOs

    Jul 18, 2011

    Call it tool time. Soldier 360 is a leader’s comprehensive fitness course, but “tools” is the buzzword used by several of the 45 non-commissioned officers who graduated from the two-week long class at the Kaiserslautern Community Activity Center here, June 16.

  • Missing hand only change in Medal of Honor recipient - friends say

    Jul 14, 2011

    Duane Hardesty’s across-the-street neighbor is a lot like anyone else’s.

  • Obama awards Medal of Honor to Army Ranger

    Jul 12, 2011

    President Barack Obama today awarded the country’s highest military honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, an Army Ranger who was shot in both legs and had his hand blown off while saving his fellow Soldiers during a firefight in Afghanistan.

  • Petry awarded Medal of Honor

    Jul 15, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a historic ceremony in the east room of the White House today.

  • IPC residents share ideas, opinions through survey

    Jul 12, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Within just a few weeks of launching Island Palm Communities’ “Let Your Voice Be Heard!” resident survey, nearly 200 residents have shared feedback and recommendations on programs, support services and amenities they would like to have available in their community.

  • Supporting military is one of many top concerns at Leilehua

    Jul 12, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Leilehua High School boasts amenities for military youth and, now, principal of the year, too.

  • Mission: Capture Army medical history

    Sep 30, 2011

    The AMEDD Center of History and Heritage sent a detachment of its newly created Special Medical Augmentation Response Team - Medical History, to Camp Zama, Japan, to collect interviews, digital imagery, and detailed records of events in connection with the U.S. military's assistance to Japan following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

  • 3-time Fort Hood Champion to fight for III Corps

    Jul 13, 2011

    For a Soldier who had grown up wrestling in Pennsylvania and had been introduced to boxing after joining the Army, combining the two in the form of mixed martial arts and combatives seemed like a natural fit.

  • Presidio Soldier to compete in Military World Games

    Jul 27, 2011

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Capt. Christina Acojedo is used to being overseas as part of her military duty: she has served two 1-year deployments to Iraq. But this July Acojedo will be traveling in a different direction as she joins the U.S. All-Armed Forces Women's Soccer Team while they compete in the Military World Games, July 16-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Remarks by the President in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry

    Jul 12, 2011

    Remarks by President Barack Obama in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry on July 12, 2011.

  • Medal of Honor display recognizing logisticians unveiled at Pentagon

    Aug 24, 2011

    The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff G-4 unveiled a display recognizing logisticians who have been awarded the Medal of Honor since World War II.

  • Torch passed at Corps of Engineers’ St. Louis District

    Jul 12, 2011

  • Army North exercises capabilities during Ardent Sentry 2011 national-level exercise

    Jul 19, 2011

  • Army North Families beat the heat at post aquatic center

    Jul 12, 2011

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas " Staff Sgt. Charles Ridgeway, and his son, Joshua, listen as Lt. Col. Shannon Miller, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army North, welcomes Families to a battalion Family Readiness Group event at the Fort Sam Houston Aquatic Center June 21. Ridgeway is a new arrival to Army North, and is in the Contingency Command Post 1.

  • Army North honors WWII prisoner of war

    Jul 12, 2011

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas " Lt. Gen. Guy Swan III, commanding general, U.S. Army North and Fort Sam Houston, presents the Purple Heart Medal to retired U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ray Johnson Jr. June 2 on behalf of his father, Tech. Sgt. Ray Johnson, who died during WWII. Johnson Jr. was seven years old when his father Ray died in the Japanese prison camp Cabanatuan in 1942. Swan told attendees to the Purple Heart ceremony about Ray’s courage surviving the infamous Bataan Death March before he arrived at the camp. “If you fell behind, or fell out of the ranks or resisted in any way, you were either beaten with clubs or rifle butts, bayoneted, or shot,” Swan said. Johnson Jr. said that survivors of Cabanatuan eventually visited his family, and told him how his father died. “My father died of dysentery, malaria and starvation,” he said. Leaders at Army North and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Alamo Chapter 1836, worked to ensure Johnson received the honor he deserved. “It’s been fantastic; I’ve had a lot of help,” Johnson Jr. said. “It’s been 69 years, but we got it done.”

  • Army North’s largest exercise to train DOD’s newest response forces

    Jul 12, 2011

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas " U.S. Army North’s largest disaster response exercise is one step closer to reality as the final Vibrant Response 12 and 12A planning conference wrapped up June 23 at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

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    Jul 22, 2011

  • Vice chief gives high schoolers leadership lessons

    Jul 13, 2011

    A group of about 230 high school students from around the country, and as far away as London, got a lesson in leadership from one of the Army’s top leaders at the Washington Navy Yard.

  • ‘The perfect storm’

    Jul 12, 2011

    Fort Riley works to alleviate school overcrowding issues.

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    Jul 12, 2011

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