Archive: Jan 2012

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  • Ft. Wood residents still talking about recent holiday visit

    Jan 4, 2012

    The Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosts the 2011 Candy Cane Toss. Santa provides memorable visit with residents of Fort Leonard Wood.

  • Meeting Demands of Changing Army

    Jan 4, 2012

    Gen. Ann Dunwoody, U.S. Army Materiel Command commanding general, is beginning the year with a strong sense of pride.

  • Officials discuss women's roles in Afghanistan's development

    Jan 5, 2012

    Brig. Gen. Khatool Mohammadzai, director for women's affairs in the Afghan National Army, recently met civilian and military leaders with the goal of improving women's participation in the development and governance of Helmand province and ultimately her country, Afghanistan.

  • Barry Sanders Jr. to blaze own path at All-American Bowl

    Jan 5, 2012

    Barry Sanders Jr. says he feels no pressure to live up to standards established by his father, the third-leading rusher in NFL history.

  • Corps of Engineers transforms military medical care

    Jan 4, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District has built more than $560 million in new, renovated and expanded healthcare facilities, such as hospitals and clinics, to accommodate the influx of people arriving at installations due to 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission moves.

  • Centurions deliver for Alaska-based airborne brigade

    Jan 4, 2012

    A group of parachute riggers based out of Alaska are now rigging everything from fuel to food for delivery to Soldiers on the front lines in Afghanistan.

  • Corps announces Notice of Availability to Lease at Little River Marina

    Jan 4, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District is accepting applications for the development of a marina on the 29-acre site formerly known as the Little River Marina and Family Resort in Appling, Ga., (Columbia County) on the J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake Project.

  • Holiday message from United States Army Europe

    Jan 4, 2012

    In the Hertling family, we have many traditions. One is listening to the "I have a dream…" speech every year on the 16th of January. The words and emotions associated with that most memorable oration by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has always reminded us that the dignity of man is deeply rooted in who we are -- and who we should be -- as a Nation.

  • Last USF-I Soldiers leave Kuwait

    Jan 4, 2012

    ALI AL SALEM, Kuwait -- Sgt. Taylor Jewett (left), an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator with A Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division and Plymouth, Conn. native, and Master Sgt. Happy Curtis (right), a Signal Support Systems Specialist and brigade noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters, Headquarters Team, 3rd Bde., 1st Cav. Div. and San Antonio native, prepare to board a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III here Jan. 3 to redeploy to Fort Hood, Texas. Jewett and Curtis were the last two 1st Cav. Div. Operation New Dawn Soldiers from U.S. Forces -- Iraq remaining in Third Army's area of responsibility. Their departure marks a historic moment as the final USF-I Soldiers head home.

  • EYES FROM THE SKY

    Jan 6, 2012

    Eyes on the ground from the sky, is one way to describe what this teams mission is, Staff Sergeant Jose Ibarra tells us more.

  • Texas, Okla. delegation spend New Year's Eve with Soldiers

    Jan 4, 2012

    ALI AL SALEM, Kuwait -- U.S. Senator James Inhofe, Okla., shakes hands with Sgt. 1st Class Colby Keck, A Company, 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during a visit with troops here Dec. 31. The Norman, Okla. native was one of eight Soldiers chosen to meet Senator Inhofe on New Year's Eve. During the visit, Senator Inhofe answered questions from Soldiers and expressed his gratitude for their service. Through joint ventures like this one, Third Army and Senator Inhofe are showing their continued support to Soldiers and their Family Members.

  • Keeping your 2012 resolutions

    Jan 4, 2012

    As the new year dawns, millions of Americans will take part in the time-honored tradition of making resolutions to better themselves. But statistics show that before January is even over, most will have given up. Many have gone through this cycle so often that the very idea of New Year's resolutions creates a cynical sneer and a resolution not to make resolutions. However, before you join the ranks of the unresolved, here are a few tips to help you keep yours.

  • Director of JROTC recounts Army career and importance of the JROTC program

    Jan 4, 2012

    Col. Hubert E. Bagley always knew that one day he would join the U.S. Army. Inspired by his father who served in the Army for 28 years, Bagley had the Army values instilled in him and the desire to serve from a very young age.

  • U.S. Army Africa Chaplains lead combat-stress training in Burundi

    Jan 5, 2012

    Two U.S. Army Africa chaplains traveled to Bujumbura, Burundi, to lead a five-day training symposium in partnership with Burundi Ministry of Defense medical providers and chaplains to develop strategies to reduce adverse responses to combat-related stress.

  • Civilian Spotlight: Getting to know Abby R. Brandon

    Jan 4, 2012

    Civilian Spotlight: Getting to know Abby R. Brandon

  • New mission, new equipment

    Jan 17, 2012

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- When Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003, it was the first war where frontline troops were equipped largely by the Army Prepositioned Stock, or APS.

  • Ironhorse contractor gives to troops

    Jan 17, 2012

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- Sitting on the side of a short concrete t-wall, he sports blue jeans, a brown Carhartt jacket, and comfortable athletic shoes. Topping off the ensemble is a tan ballcap embroidered with his unit's insignia; it is a fitting outfit for his personality.

  • TAMC honored with Hawaii's New Year's Baby

    Jan 4, 2012

    TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Hawaii -- Each New Year, the hospitals in the state of Hawaii wait in anticipation to see where the first baby of the year will be born. The friendly, informal competition adds a little bit more excitement to the night for the staff working at the facilities, said Capt. Suzanne Cobleigh, assistant clinical nurse officer in charge for Labor and Delivery, Tripler Army Medical Center. This year Tripler was honored with delivering the first bundle of joy for Hawaii in 2012.

  • Citizen scientists key to success for Bald Eagle survey

    Jan 4, 2012

    A key annual event in the recovery of Bald Eagle populations takes place Jan. 4-18, 2012, when hundreds of citizen scientists join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and take to the field for the 34th annual Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey.

  • Cadet's high school career on crescendo leading All-American Bowl band

    Jan 4, 2012

    Michael Thompson, a senior at Miami Sunset Senior High School, Fla., is the drum major for the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Marching Band. He's also the first Army Junior ROTC Cadet to hold the position.

  • Spc. Megan Henry takes 'World-Class' shot at Olympics

    Jan 18, 2012

    It's not your everyday sleigh ride. Sliding headfirst down an icy trail at speeds in excess of 80 mph is 'like jumping out of an airplane without leaving the ground,' according to Spc. Megan Henry.

  • DMC hosts Lead Materiel Integrator mission rehearsal exercise

    Jan 3, 2012

    The Distribution Management Center, under the Army Sustainment Command, hosted a mission rehearsal exercise Dec. 5-8, focusing on the Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI), a division under the DMC. The purpose of the exercise was to ensure a smooth transfer of functions from the Department of the Army G-8 (Resource Management) to the DMC.

  • Year in Photos 2011

    Jan 4, 2012

    Choose the best Army image of 2011 by "liking" your favorite photo.

  • You've got mail

    Jan 3, 2012

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- It is 2:30 in the afternoon and Soldiers are lining up in front of a connex, excitedly waiting for the doors to open.

  • Aviation, vehicle fatalities decrease in 2011

    Jan 4, 2012

    Now more than ever, leaders from the squad up through the chain of command "get" safety and its importance to the mission.

  • Brooklyn Sisters Enlist; Education Benefits Valued at $150,000

    Jan 4, 2012

    For Brooklyn residents Shonette Richmond, a 20-year-old voracious reader, and her 19-year-old sister and family adventurer, Shonell, the 2011 holiday season was less about the latest-and-greatest stocking stuffers and more about celebrating a prosperous future together, as the two enlisted in the U.S. Army.

  • TF Duke hands over Khowst, Paktya missions in Afghanistan

    Jan 4, 2012

    Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, or Task Force Duke, officially relinquished command of coalition forces in Khowst and Paktya provinces in Afghanistan.

  • RDECOM announces incoming command sergeant major

    Jan 3, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Command Sgt. Maj. Lebert O. Beharie will take over March 2 as senior noncommissioned officer of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, officials announced Jan. 3. Beharie will assume duties from Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Marin, who will retire after more than 30 years of Army service. Beharie is scheduled to visit RDECOM and APG Jan. 9 and 10.

  • Recruiter stands strong with family during tragedy

    Jan 5, 2012

    Staff Sgt. Josefino Manahan stood by the Utanes family long after one of them he enlisted was killed in a traffic accident.

  • Changes in AER include family dental assistance, spouse scholarships

    Jan 4, 2012

    New categories of assistance and new scholarship opportunities are now available through Army Emergency Relief.

  • The Ice Cream 'Chaser'

    Jan 3, 2012

    Let's face it; a lot us enjoy a few "cold ones" from time to time. But what about following those beers with an ice cream chaser? For most, it probably doesn't sound too appetizing, does it? Well, my strange cravings one night, combined with my ignorance and peer pressure, nearly got the best of me. Here's my story.

  • Dangerous Slopes

    Jan 3, 2012

    One of the many great things about being stationed in Europe is the skiing. Every year, my Family goes on several ski trips. Our battle rhythm is for the kids to take two days of lessons before they get to ski with their dad. Our 12- and 13-year-old children are excellent skiers like their dad; they've been taking lessons since they were 4 and 5. I, on the other hand, am an intermediate skier at best.

  • On Thin Ice

    Jan 3, 2012

    It's easy to get that kid-like feeling at the sight of the glittering beauty of snow and ice. In fact, even in my mid-50s, I still find myself getting excited about the prospect of snow. However, I've also learned that snow and ice are not always so grand if we fail to take the proper precautions.

  • Hell on Wheels

    Jan 6, 2012

    Winter was in full swing at Forward Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, but the sky was clear. I could still see the sun and feel a sense of warmth; however, once reality kicked in, the air was chilly even at mid-day. My unit was on the last leg of a yearlong deployment, and the overall morale of my fellow Soldiers was high.

  • Commentary: Some lessons last a lifetime

    Jan 4, 2012

    A while back, I heard about a story of a child accidentally shooting his father and wondered, "How could that happen?" It brought back a memory from my younger days when I was growing up in the Philippines. I was about 12 years old, and my parents left my brother and me with an uncle for a vacation.

  • Set Up for Success

    Jan 3, 2012

    Pages 2-40 through 2-42 of the latest edition of the OH-58D Maintenance Test Flight checklist outline the procedure for conducting an autorotation RPM check. This check has changed very little, if at all, since I went to the Maintenance Test Pilot Course in 1998. It consists of conducting a maneuver which places the aircraft in an autorotative state so the autorotation RPM can be measured. The maintenance test pilot performs a simple mathematical calculation, taking into account both the weight of the aircraft and the density altitude. The MTP then adjusts the main rotor pitch change links to achieve the desired RPM if a correction is required. It's not rocket science

  • How Did Our Army Do?

    Jan 3, 2012

    Our Army continues to make progress on safety: Accidental fatalities were once again at near-peacetime levels during fiscal 2011, with dramatic reductions in on-duty losses leading the way.

  • Don't Count on Luck

    Jan 3, 2012

    I was 18, airborne and invincible. I'd just received my enlistment bonus and decided it was time to get some transportation. I got one of my fellow troopers at Fort Bragg, N.C., to take me to the nearest Suzuki dealer. I wanted to buy a 650 GSL motorcycle, but my credit wasn't good enough to qualify for a loan, so my only option was to pay cash for a 450 GSL. Being the highly intelligent and experienced (translate that to young and dumb) person I was, I quickly purchased the motorcycle. After a short lesson on how to ride by the salesperson, I was on my way.

  • Reserve Soldiers, Marines team up in Toys for Tots

    Jan 3, 2012

    Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to Army Sustainment Command joined Marine Reservists to deliver Toys for Tots.

  • Am I a Good Driver?

    Jan 3, 2012

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 32,788 deaths on American roads in 2010. That means one person died on our roadways every 16 minutes that year. The good news is that according to NHTSA, fatalities have been declining during the past five years. Experts believe this is due to the strict enforcement of seat belt and car seat use, improvements in overall vehicle design safety and increased attention to safety when building or refurbishing roadways.

  • JBM-HH celebrates Martin Luther King's birthday

    Jan 3, 2012

  • JBM-HH celebrates Martin Luther King's birthday

    Jan 3, 2012

  • Guard Bureau chief joins Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Jan 4, 2012

    The chief of the National Guard Bureau now is a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • ACC-KU launches strategic plan, improve warfighters' support

    Jan 3, 2012

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- Does every member of your organization know or understand how their individual job performance contributes to the mission as a whole? Do your managers fully understand how to manage their teams by aligning day-to-day work to the vision and mission of the command?

  • Dietary supplements removed from Exchanges due to health concerns

    Jan 4, 2012

    The Department of Defense has implemented a temporary moratorium on the sales of products containing dimethylamylamine within military facilities.

  • Defense bill affects pay, separation bonuses, more

    Jan 4, 2012

    The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act increases active-duty and Reserve pay by 1.6 percent and governs Defense Department activities, from procurement to military personnel policy was signed into law Dec. 31, 2011.

  • Use caution with new running shoe technology

    Jan 4, 2012

    New running shoes could increase injuries to the calf muscle or foot. Learn how to prevent running injuries with new shoes.

  • Winter camp offers teens European adventures

    Jan 3, 2012

    Teens at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern, Germany, took part in a variety of excursions over winter break thanks to a fun Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.

  • Reservists donate joy to local kids in these Holidays

    Jan 2, 2012

    San Juan, Puerto Rico -- Beyond toys and gifts, children from "La Casa Cuna de San Juan", a foster home for abused, neglected and abandoned kids in Puerto Rico, received joy and happiness when US Army Reserve Puerto Rican soldiers brought them toys and other articles, 16 Dec.

  • 113th Sustainment Brigade assumes mission in Kuwait

    Jan 5, 2012

    The Tennessee Army National Guard's 230th Sustainment Brigade transferred the logistics mission in Kuwait to the North Carolina Army National Guard's 113th Sustainment Brigade, Dec. 27, 2011, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

  • Personnel scanners provide added level of security in Afghanistan

    Jan 3, 2012

    A personnel scanner was put into operation at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 31, 2011, to scan Afghan civilians requiring access to a coalition run hospital.

  • Young woman loses 84 pounds to become Soldier

    Jan 3, 2012

    Seventeen months after first stepping into the Gainesville, Fla., recruiting station and after losing 84 pounds, Pvt. Allison Scarbrough proved she was ready to be Army Strong.

  • Kandahar Air Wing rings in New Year with annual open house

    Jan 1, 2012

    About 350 school children and elders from Kandahar Province visited the Afghan Air Force Kandahar Air Wing Jan. 1 during its third annual open house, where they had the opportunity to become familiar with the aircraft they often see or hear overhead.

  • Remote-controlled lifesavers

    Jan 3, 2012

    When Ernest Fessenden sent his brother Staff Sgt. Chris Fessenden a remote-controlled truck in Afghanistan, he hoped that the truck would help keep his brother safe. It did that and more.

  • Connecting America's youth with the Army

    Dec 30, 2011

    Engines rumbled in the background as hundreds of people lined up to attend the Army Ten Miler Expo this past October. Vehicles from all across the Army lined the lawn of the D.C. Armory: Helicopters, semitrucks and Humvees all waited to be inspected by the crowd.

  • This is my town: Soldier's hometown recognized for its support

    Dec 30, 2011

    Sergeant 1st Class Leo Hess, an Army reservist and firefighter, traveled all the way from Afghanistan to Washington, D.C., to show his thanks to the town of Gilbert, Ariz. for its support of the military.

  • ROTC: Training leaders, Army style

    Jan 3, 2012

    "These kids come here with a sense of purpose and focus, laser-sharp focus. They know what they want to do. They know where they're headed, and doing Army ROTC provides a structure for them to enforce and develop discipline."

  • Developing capabilities for a 21st-century Army

    Jan 5, 2012

    For three weeks in November approximately 3,800 Soldiers and 1,000 vehicles of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, traveled into the New Mexico wilderness, to test and evaluate dozens of computerized, digital systems that could give the Army a future tactical edge, during an exercise called the Network Integration Evaluation 12.1.

  • From 'Rocket Boy' to Vietnam

    Jan 3, 2012

    As a young man in the '60s, Homer Hickam was idealistic and eager to experience what he thought would be the adventure of war. But if someone asked him to go secure a hill today, he joked, he would just sit back and ask for another gin and tonic.

  • The fight to become the Best Warrior

    Jan 3, 2012

    Perhaps the most telling signs of the 2011 Best Warrior Competition were written on the faces and bodies of its competitors in the contest's final hours.

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