Archive: Nov 2012

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  • Mat Sinking Unit Near Blackhawk, Louisiana

    Nov 13, 2012

    Vicksburg, Ms... The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is currently working on the Mississippi River near Blackhawk, Louisiana, on river mile 328. Thus far this season the MSU has placed 229,405 squares or approximately 527 acres of articulated concrete mats on the banks of the Mississippi River. The goal for this six-month revetment season is to place 442,786 squares covering approximately 1,018 acres. The next location for the MSU is mile 225 near Arlington, Louisiana.

  • 'Black Jack' pays last respects to fallen Soldier

    Nov 13, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- With pews filled with Soldiers and civilians, quiet sobs came from family and friends of Spc. Jamie Schnider as they entered the chapel.

  • Corps plans for next disaster while supporting Hurricane Sandy Recovery

    Nov 13, 2012

    Vicksburg, Ms... On November 1, 2012, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District (MVK)participated in a New Madrid earthquake planning exercise to develop contingency plans involving all the districts of the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD).

  • Corps Employees Selected for Emerging Leader Program

    Nov 13, 2012

    Vicksburg, Miss……Three Vicksburg District Corps of Engineers employees have been selected to participate in the Mississippi Valley Division's Emerging Leader Program (ELP). Recently selected were Ben Robinson and Joel Brown, while Chris Koeppel is in his second year of participation.

  • Jacoby caps off Spirit of America dinner

    Nov 13, 2012

    Gen. Charles Jacoby, commanding general, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, spoke about the role his command plays in the defense of the nation Nov. 8 during the Spirit of America Dinner in San Antonio. The dinner, hosted by the greater San Antonio chamber of commerce, is part of Celebrate Americas Military, an 11-day series of events organized by the chamber.

  • Army data tracker improves unit readiness evaluations

    Nov 14, 2012

    The Enterprise Management Decision Support system has helped leaders know the readiness status of all units and more improvements are coming to the system.

  • Controlled demolitions conducted: PBCDF structure destroyed

    Nov 13, 2012

    The Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility completed mass demolition of the last major facility component Oct. 13, using controlled explosive felling technology to demolish the Pollution Abatement System structure. This activity marks the successful completion of a major closure milestone for the facility.

  • President recognizes veterans' service, sacrifice

    Nov 14, 2012

    President Barack Obama laid a flowered wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Nov. 11, 2012, and after thanking all veterans, he said more than a million warriors will transition back into civilian life over the next few years.

  • Arsenal kicks off annual fund campaign

    Nov 13, 2012

    Pine Bluff Arsenal kicked off their fall Combined Federal Campaign Oct. 4 at the Arsenal's Community Club with a special breakfast program, songs from the Jenkins Memorial Choir, and guest speaker Normal Gilchrest.

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Requests Corps Assistance

    Nov 13, 2012

    Vicksburg, Miss……. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has tasked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist with the disaster relief mission underway in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Requests Corps Assistance

    Nov 13, 2012

    Vicksburg, Miss……. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has tasked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist with the disaster relief mission underway in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

  • Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones honored at Veterans' Day events in Mississippi

    Nov 14, 2012

    Jones, currently the deputy commanding general for operations at the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) in San Antonio, returned to his home state of Mississippi Nov. 9-10 to be recognized for his distinguished career and selfless service at several Veterans' Day events.

  • Corps Recognizes 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

    Nov 13, 2012

    Vicksburg, Miss…Forty years ago, the primary law to protect the Nation's waters was passed by Congress on October 18, 1972. Originally enacted in 1948 to control water pollution, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, or Clean Water Act (CWA), was totally revised in 1972 to give the Act its current shape.

  • Celebrating Veterans Day in Yuma, Arizona

    Nov 13, 2012

    U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground participates in annual Yuma Veteran's Day parade

  • Family legacy of service spans decades

    Nov 13, 2012

    FORT MEADE, Md. -- It's amazing how things come full circle by the simplest of happenstances. Earlier this year when Kevin Colyer received his maternal grandfather Lt. Col (retired) Robert David Orcutt's Army Class A uniform and other memorabilia from his Army career, he wanted to create a shadow box to honor his grandfather. But what he found was something that connects his present to his grandfather's past. And it made him not only remember, but want to know more.

  • Web base program tracks, validates National Guard, Reserves

    Nov 13, 2012

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Last year, more than 19,000 Reserve Component Soldiers, under the guidance and oversight of First Army Division East, mobilized, trained and deployed worldwide. Tracking and maintaining all the required Army training plus the required First Army mobilization training wasn't possible using the current software platform. Soldiers at the 177th Armored Brigade, however, didn't let that stand in their way.

  • Veterans Day ceremony honors veterans, past and present

    Nov 13, 2012

    In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 Armistice Day in remembrance of Germany's signing of the Armistice that effectively ended major hostilities of the First World War on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.

  • Hohenfels kicks off Philadelphia Marathon

    Nov 13, 2012

    As the official kick-off event to one of the United States' premier marathons, the fourth annual City of Philadelphia Marathon /U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels First Wave Race allowed participants here the opportunity to connect with runners back in America by providing the countdown that will start the Nov. 18 race.

  • 82nd Airborne Division changes command, responsibility

    Nov 14, 2012

    More than 200 unit colors and guidons representing the 82nd Airborne Division's six brigades moved to the center of Pike Field on Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 4, 2012, as the division hosted yet another historic event.

  • Gatesville, Division West honor veterans

    Nov 13, 2012

    GATESVILLE, Texas -- The city of Gatesville, with the aid of First Army Division West, honored veterans of the United States Armed Forces with a ceremony on the local football field Nov. 9.

  • South crushes North in second annual All Star Game

    Nov 13, 2012

    Football game unites the best high school players in Europe to show their stuff

  • TF Rampant Soldiers train with Route Clearance Husky Trainer

    Nov 13, 2012

    McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- Noncommissioned officers from the 3rd Engineer Battalion, 364th Regiment, Task Force Rampant, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, recently participated in a train-the-trainer course here for the HUSKY Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection Cause and Effect System trainer, known as the HMDS-CES. The training system, which was tested and evaluated at Fort Bliss, Texas, last summer, uses a much less expensive radio frequency identification technology to simulate ground penetrating radar detection of buried threats. The HMDS-CES was designated as the primary trainer for units deploying for overseas contingency operations.

  • Holiday plans? Presidio offers shuttles to, from airports

    Nov 13, 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- The Presidio of Monterey's Outdoor Recreation and Leisure Travel Services staff is working to make the trip to and from the airport a little easier--and cheaper--for community members and their families.

  • ASA IE&E Conducts Quality Work Environment Workshop and Recognition Ceremony

    Nov 15, 2012

    Mr. Mark Atkins, Director for Safety, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA), Installation Energy and Environment (IE&E) led a five-day Quality Work Environment (QWE) Initiative workshop Sept. 17-21 at Army Materiel Command (AMC) Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

  • Cooper to wounded warriors: Education is key

    Nov 14, 2012

    Dr. Rory Cooper urges wounded warriors to seek higher education through rehabilitation and employment

  • 5th Signal Command provides internship for local nationals

    Nov 13, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany (November 6, 2012) -- Having the qualifications to land an information technology job can be a challenge for some, but with 5th Signal Command's three-year apprenticeship program, German local nationals receive all the qualifications needed to get that desired IT job.

  • "Long Knife" Soldier readies to wow crowd with National Anthem

    Nov 13, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas--Since Sgt. Lindsay Robertson was a little girl, singing has been her passion.

  • Taking it to the ice

    Nov 13, 2012

    A local ice hockey team announces upcoming practices as it prepares for a big tournament in Garmisch

  • Travel planning matters

    Nov 13, 2012

    If you're driving slowly past the big rigs parked alongside the interstate because of snow and ice, you know you're in a situation.

  • Sustainers visit Afghan military hospital

    Nov 13, 2012

    Members of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and Joint Sustainment Command - Afghanistan visited the Kandahar Regional Military Hospital on November 8, 2012. The Sustainers visited the facility to get a better understanding of the Afghan's medical processes and procedures.

  • Army Reserve Soldiers, Savannah's Soldiers connect kids with OEF troops

    Nov 13, 2012

    MIAMI, Fla.- School children stay connected with local troops serving in Afghanistan through Savannah's Soldiers 'support the troops' efforts, and face time with Soldiers and Families of 841st Eng. Bn., 926th Eng. Bde., 412th Theater Engineer Command, during a Veterans Day community event held Nov. 7.

  • Corps aids Army Heritage Center opening

    Nov 13, 2012

    Approximately 150 people, some wearing Army memorabilia from World War II to the present, attended the Friday, Nov. 9, opening ceremony for the Visitor Education Center, the newest addition to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

  • Hellers recognized for Military Family Appreciation Month

    Nov 13, 2012

    ACS honors a local family for going above and beyond and volunteering in the Grafenwoehr community

  • Laidback in Lisbon

    Nov 13, 2012

    Portugal's capital offers a cultural experience for the ambitious winter traveler

  • Make it count: Part two of a glimpse at how deployed soldiers choose to spend the only two weeks the

    Nov 30, -0001

    The first part of this story examined the celebrations of the lives of military families in the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade who are only given two weeks a year to spend with their deployed spouses. In this second part, those stories continue with an inside look at how strong military families really are.

  • Make it count: Part One of a glimpse at how deployed soldiers choose to spend the only two weeks th

    Nov 30, -0001

    Regardless of a 25th Combat Aviation Brigade soldier's job and responsibilities, one thing is true for all; life is not easy. Sure deployed life may be better for some than others, but all soldiers share the common ground of being separated from important things in their lives while deployed to Afghanistan.

  • USACE heads up Air Force infrastructure assessment

    Nov 13, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- The Air Force has launched a two-year evaluation of facilities and equipment on bases worldwide to gain a clearer picture of energy and space efficiencies within its inventory.

  • Christmas in Italy: Shopping and celebrating south of the Alps

    Nov 13, 2012

    For a new perspective on Christmas markets, head south of the Alps to several cities in Italy.

  • Breathing it in, in Berlin

    Nov 13, 2012

    On your quest to see all Germany has to offer, don't miss the intimate side of this sprawling European capital.

  • MEDEVAC in action

    Nov 13, 2012

    Soldiers of C Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Briagde are charged with the crucial task of providing medical evacuation to Regional Command East.

  • Once a Soldier always a Soldier

    Nov 13, 2012

    AKIZUKI , Kure, Japan-- David Ricks, manager, Morale Welfare and Recreation Kure, Japan, had a simple plan after completing 13 years on active duty. Ricks served as a military policeman in the late 80's, returning home to Chattanooga, Tenn. to fulfill his childhood dream

  • New Army research facility to focus on proteomics, genomics

    Nov 15, 2012

    Two Army institutions unveiled an unprecedented shared resource designed to support basic and applied research projects that will apply a broad but integrated biological approach to a wide variety of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives issues.

  • World War II veterans share history, 'Soldier for Life' memories

    Nov 13, 2012

    MIAMI, Fla.-World War II veterans, Aide Stein and ex-Prisoner of War Fred Rosenkoff, share history, memories and what it means to be a 'Soldier for Life', with Sgt. 1st Class Hector Valleacosta and Capt. John Parker of 841st Eng. Bn., 926th Eng. Bde., 412th Theater Engineer Command, during a Veterans Day 'Congressional Record' presentation ceremony held here at the American Legion Post 29 in Miami, Fla.

  • As Army delivers new network, leaders credit Soldier feedback at NIE

    Nov 13, 2012

    As Soldiers ready for deployment with the Army's new tactical communications network, the Network Integration Evaluations that shaped that capability are now aiming to take it to the next level.

  • Soldier for Life PSA image

    Nov 12, 2012

  • USACE set to begin electricity improvement project in Helmand province

    Nov 12, 2012

    Afghanistan's electric company will be able to deliver more reliable electricity with fewer interruptions at the end of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction project set to begin this week in Helmand province.

  • Contracting Officer Representatives receive refresher training in Afghanistan

    Nov 12, 2012

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Administering U.S. government construction contracts is challenging. To ensure that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' administrative contracting officers, contracting officer representatives and construction representatives understand the nuances of administering contracts in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Engineer District-South office of counsel and contracting office are visiting construction offices throughout the district to reinforce the basics and discuss key contractual elements.

  • Remembrance Day ceremony held at Bagram Airfield

    Nov 13, 2012

    Approximately 300 service members gathered at the 9/11 memorial at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to honor those who have paid the ultimate price during a Remembrance Day ceremony, Nov. 11, 2012.

  • 3 Army veterans honored with Purple Heart medals

    Nov 14, 2012

    Sgt. Ralph Cipriati, Sgt. Sean Hook and Spc. Miguel Ramos, three former Soldiers assigned to the Keller Army Community Hospital Warrior Transition Unit, were presented Purple Heart medals Thursday, during a Warrior Care Month banquet hosted by the Soldier and Family Assistance Center at the West Point Club.

  • 'Task Force Support' Soldiers provide relief to Hurricane Sandy responders

    Nov 12, 2012

    In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division deployed to New York City and New Jersey to support refueling operations throughout the impacted area.

  • From refugee to USACE project manager of the year

    Nov 12, 2012

    How does a young Vietnamese refugee with no English, no money and no education go on to become a licensed professional engineer and in 2012, recognized as the best project manager in the entire U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? "A little bit of luck and whole lot of drive," says Viet Nguyen, PE, PMP.

  • 2012 Veterans Day

    Nov 11, 2012

    Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), participate in various ceremonies, Nov.11, to commemorate Veterans Day.

  • General of the Armies remembered on Veterans Day

    Nov 14, 2012

    Hours after the National Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony performed by the President, another ceremony was held in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., at the grave site of America's first General of the Armies John J. "Black Jack" Pershing.

  • Massive logistical effort marks N.Y. Guard response to Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 13, 2012

    Almost 4,000 troops, operating more than 1,300 trucks and Humvees, have delivered 2.5 million emergency meals and 150,000 blankets to storm victims, and fueled more than 13,000 city vehicles, while visiting more than 12,000 homes and apartments to check on residents, since Hurricane Sandy hit the night of Oct. 29, 2012.

  • Service members in Afghanistan pay tribute on Veterans Day

    Nov 13, 2012

    While many in the United States spend time with loved ones, barbeque with friends or take time off to commemorate Veterans Day, coalition forces remain hard at work in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Soldiers break, prepare for NIE final stretch

    Nov 11, 2012

    Network Integration Evaluation is an high intense evolutionary approach to U.S. Army technology evaluation and acquisition that's participated in semi-annually by soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. The soldiers were able to take a break from training to enjoy some quality time with family and friends during NIE 13.1.

  • Paving the road to stable economic growth at Shur Andam Industrial Park

    Nov 11, 2012

    The entrepreneurs at the Shur Andam Industrial Park in Kandahar need a paved road, so civil engineers from the 565th Engineer Detachment Forward Engineer Support Team - Advance conducted a road survey November 7, 2012 to develop designs and specifications, a statement of work and cost estimate to facilitate future construction of a road at Shur Andam.

  • Tactical Cohesion

    Nov 11, 2012

    Every now and then the Army is granted the opportunity to work with another well-trained force. On the morning of Oct. 16, soldiers from C Company, 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment met with soldiers from the Kuwaiti Training Battalion, 25th Commando Brigade to execute an urban operations cross-training exercise. The training took place at a mock village here, and it allowed Soldiers and their leaders to display their tactics and methods, as well as create cohesive relationships among the ranks. In addition to taking over security-force operations in northern Kuwait in April, the battalion, which belongs to the South Carolina Army National Guard, also assumed a training partnership with the Kuwaiti Military - one of the region's best led, trained, and equipped military organizations.

  • November 11, 2012--America's enduring obligation: Honoring Soldiers for Life

    Feb 1, 2013

    As we celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I, we remember the fallen, and show our solemn pride for the heroism, strength, and dedication of those still among us -- the veterans we know as our friends, neighbors, and relatives.

  • 'Reading of the Names' marks 30th anniversary of The Wall

    Nov 14, 2012

    Slowly, steadily, the names of the 58,282 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen inscribed in the polished black granite's mirror-like walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial came alive again spoken perfectly by the elderly, middle-aged and young who read them.

  • Competition promotes physical fitness during deployment

    Nov 10, 2012

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Nov. 1, 2012) --At 10 a.m. the small gym on Combat Outpost Chergotaw was filled with onlookers and competitors who had gathered for a challenging physical fitness competition. For the first time during their deployment, the Soldiers of Angel Company, 3rd Battalion,187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were conducting their famous Angel Rak physical fitness competition. The Angel Rak Competition is a test that identifies the strongest and most physically fit squads in the Company.

  • Teamwork Builds Success for Charlie Company

    Nov 11, 2012

    MCGREGOR RANGE COMPLEX, N.M. - The Soldiers of 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Company C, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, all worked collectively as a team to set up the Spider munitions field in record time during the Network Integration Evaluation 13.1 on Nov. 6, 2012.

  • 'Iron Thunder' puts their training to the test

    Nov 30, -0001

    Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment "Iron Thunder" completed their Table XV certification during a live-fire exercise at McGregor Range complex N.M. and Dona Anna, N.M., Nov 7-8.

  • Generation next road warriors

    Nov 30, -0001

    The vital role that 47th Brigade Support Battalion plays to Network Integration Evaluation 13.1 includes data processing for the Movement Tracking System, Joint Capabilities Release, Intelligent Power Technology, Common Tactical Vision, Roamer Net, and NETT Warrior. On Nov. 7 the 47th BSB provisioned 2nd Brigade Combat Team with medical, mechanical, logistical and transportation support, while providing feedback in an operational field environment during NIE 13.1.

  • 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion Families build resilience through strong bonds training

    Nov 10, 2012

    51st Signal Battalion (Expeditionary), 35th Signal Brigade, hosted Strong Bonds training from October 27, 2012 to October 29, 2012 at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Ore., to strengthen resilience of Soldiers and Families.

  • Veterans awarded overdue Bronze Star medals

    Nov 13, 2012

    As the nation approaches Veterans Day, two former service members -- one from World War II, the other from the Vietnam War -- were awarded their long-awaited Bronze Star medals in a ceremony at the Defense Information School here, Nov. 9, 2012.

  • 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion conducts change of command

    Nov 10, 2012

    The 63rd Signal Battalion (Expeditionary), 35th Signal Brigade, held a Change of Command Ceremony Nov. 2, 2012 at Barton Field at Fort Gordon, Ga.

  • Corps of Engineers liaisons connect with communities impacted by Sandy

    Nov 9, 2012

    Two weeks ago, 1st Lt. Andrea Gongaware and 1st Lt. Erin Hanley, both of the 554th Engineer Battalion, anxiously prepared for the U.S. Army's Career Captain Course they were to attend at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. At the same time, residents along the East Coast prepared for Hurricane Sandy.

  • Veterans Day Hot Topic Picture ONLY

    Nov 9, 2012

  • Veterans Day brings opportunity to show gratitude

    Nov 9, 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - For the last century, we have celebrated the service of our veterans. When the cannons of World War I were silenced, we thought we had fought the "war to end all wars," but as history proved, we still needed our service members.

  • Corps employees recognized for service 'above and beyond' in wildfire battle

    Nov 9, 2012

    When wildfires raged in Mannford, Okla. Aug. 3-7, 12 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees set aside their regular duties to assist hundreds of firefighters in battling the blazes. The 12 employees were recognized for their efforts with the Department of the Army's Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service.

  • One lane of highway 25 across Greers Ferry Dam to temporarily close

    Nov 30, -0001

    One lane of Highway 25 across Greers Ferry Dam will close temporarily for four weeks beginning Nov. 26.

  • APG Operation Helping Hand aids Sandy survivors

    Nov 9, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Local donors and APG Garrison Command Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jerry Owens led efforts to collect and transport hurricane relief supplies from Aberdeen Proving Ground to Fort Hamilton, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 7.

  • Installation honors vets with Appreciation Month activities

    Nov 9, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The commanding general has designated November as Veterans Appreciation Month on Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • USACE Galveston District to hold public hearing for Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project

    Nov 9, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 9, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a Department for the Army permit from the Coastal Water Authority's Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer project, for which an Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared. The Corps will hold a public scoping meeting Nov. 28, 2012, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the Dayton Community Center at 801 S. Cleveland St., Dayton, Liberty County, Texas.

  • Popovich tells Armed Forces basketball players: 'I am you'

    Nov 10, 2012

    Four-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich quickly pointed out that he occupied the same spot as players in the 2012 Armed Forces Men's Basketball Championships.

  • Fifty new Soldiers enlist at NFL Military Appreciation Game in Jacksonville, FL

    Nov 9, 2012

    Soldier Support Institute commanding general enlists new service members at NFL Military Appreciation game.

  • Awareness, prevention key to stopping spread of RSV

    Nov 9, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Even with Hawaii's moderate temperatures, the fall and winter seasons usher in an increase in colds and respiratory infections, to include respiratory syncytial virus, a common infection that can cause more serious illness in some patients.

  • AC First provides corporate solutions to the 401st AFSB battle space in Afghanistan

    Nov 9, 2012

    The 401st Army Field Support Brigade is unlike most other Army brigades because most of the workforce are contractors. Comprising nearly 90 percent of the workforce, contractors from around the world are focused on supporting the Warfighter and performing many tasks that were previously performed by Soldiers.

  • Corps website offline during scheduled Maintenance

    Nov 30, -0001

    The Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District website will be unavailable from 1 p.m. Nov. 9 until 7 a.m. Nov. 13 due to scheduled building maintenance.

  • Runners undeterred by storm

    Nov 9, 2012

    'Wear blue: run to remember' group runs in annual Marine Corps Marathon in spite of storm

  • 1st BCT, 4th ID defends against "Donovian" forces at the National Training Center

    Nov 9, 2012

    Elements of the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division defend against "Donovian" forces portrayed by the COEFOR (Contemporary Operating Environment Force) of the National Training Center on 7 November.

  • MICC member wins $100,000 on scratch-off

    Nov 9, 2012

    For most people, when something flashy catches their eye, it is typically a piece of jewelry or a sports car. For the deputy director at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Polk, La., it was a $5 scratch-off lottery ticket.

  • Sill youth 'harvest' safe evening of fun, games

    Nov 9, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Several hundred children from the Lawton-Fort Sill community celebrated another spirit of the season at the Frontier Chapel Gospel Service's Hallelujah Harvest Oct. 31 here.

  • 31st ADA children enjoy trunk or treat

    Nov 9, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- For many Americans, Halloween is a time to scare the daylights out of others, but Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery, wanted to do more than that and held three events that brought families and single Soldiers together.

  • Army wife chases pro fitness credential

    Nov 9, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Meet Jeannie Marshall, Army wife, mother of two and a dedicated bikini fitness competitor; Nov. 10 she hopes to win the World Body Building Fitness Federation competition in Midwest City, Okla.

  • Knights take state youth football title

    Nov 9, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Some of Fort Sill's youngest men put on their uniforms and went to work. Clocking more hours in football practice than any other team in their age category, the Fort Sill Knights took the 2012 Pee Wee State Champions title.

  • Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Begins New Chapter with New Leader

    Nov 9, 2012

  • Veterans Day PSA

    Nov 9, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh recognizes America's veterans for Veterans Day.

  • New Pulaski thrift store shows spouses' commitment

    Nov 9, 2012

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Cutting the ribbon on Pulaski Barracks' new thrift store ushered in a new era to the Kaiserslautern Landstuhl Spouses Association's ongoing devotion to the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

  • Veterans spotlight graphic

    Nov 9, 2012

  • WWII veteran inspires grandson's Army service

    Nov 9, 2012

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Growing up, 1st Lt. Rodney Brock with the 177th Armored Brigade, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, enjoyed his grandfather's Navy stories about World War II, and looked to him for guidance before joining the Army. Ultimately, these stories and his grandfather's example influenced Brock decision to join the Army. "He told me all the things that he liked about his commanders during WWII. He also said that he thought I exhibited a lot of those same traits and that if I chose to join, I would be a good leader to my Soldiers," said Brock. He said he would be proud of me either way," said Brock. "He didn't push me into the decision." "So I joined, and I visited him the day that I came back from Fort Lewis as a freshly minted second lieutenant," said Brock. "He said it was one of the proudest days of his life." When it comes to following a family member into the military, Brock isn't alone. According to a survey released last year by the Pew Research Center, approximately 79 percent of today's veterans followed in a family member's footsteps. This is almost 18 percent higher than the general public. Serving can be considered a family business, Brock said, since several other members of his family have served as well. Typically his grandfather would only tell the hilarious stories about WWII, he never really talked much about the horrors he faced until I came back from my first deployment, said Brock. It wasn't until Brock decided to help his grandfather receive recognition for his actions on Omaha Beach on D-Day that he saw parallels between their two careers. "My grandfather suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," said Brock. "I know how bad it was, and I am proud to work done at the 177th Armored Brigade, First Army Division East and First Army to help Soldiers deal with it today." The 177th mobilizes and demobilizes units under guidance from First Army Division East and First Army. The care and concern that is shown to all Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airman when they return home is outstanding, so they don't suffer from PTSD alone the way his grandpa had to, explained Brock. First Army works with the Army's Medical Command, the Veteran's Administration and other organizations to ensure every single redeploying Reserve and National Guard Soldiers are correctly evaluated and receive the medical and behavioral health assistance they need. When Brock first returned from Iraq, he and his grandfather talked about his experiences. It brought them closer and Brock better understood the demons his grandfather fought alone for so long. Over the years Russell had put his memories of his military service on tape, capturing the thoughts and emotions of a man who has walked through and seen the anguish of war. "It seemed like the Iraq war brought back so many memories of the war," says Russell in his memoirs. "Many nights I had nightmares that I was still fighting the Germans." Russell was among the first to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The images he saw that day haunted him for years. "Everybody was wet, hungry and afraid; food had been scarce for almost three days. We were towing a LCM (Landing Craft Mechanized) I think, a boat to carry the Rangers on it to hit the beach hard as they could," states Russell in his memoirs. "We had to watch the horrors of the men and parts of men that had been destroyed. The beaches were being cluttered with broken equipment and GI's who had suffered the supreme sacrifice. Yes, the heroes were placed in the soil on Normandy," recalled Russell. "It was hard to think that in just 10 months from Normandy, I was in Okinawa fighting for my life and others," said Russell. After D-Day, Russell, a Gunners Mate 2nd Class, served with a crew of about 70 crewmen and seven officers on the USS LCS (L) 86, also known as the 'Mighty Midget.' Many men and officers received special awards for bravery; the entire ship crew received The Presidential Unit Citation for heroic duty in supporting the landing at Okinawa. Russell, who has been legally blind now for five years, said the VA furnished him with a machine that helped him read. He began reading a little book titled "God's promise, ask and ye shall receive," while struggling with PTSD resulting from his experiences in both France and Okinawa. It took a lot of prayer, faith, medical help, and the love of family, but Brock said his grandfather has won most of his PTSD battle. "One night I had a dream," said Russell in his memoirs. "I had my pack upon my back and I was walking through the streets of home. God was saying my child it is over now; do not fear for you are safe now. Since then I have not had any problems with my thoughts and memories." After knowing what his grandfather went through and knowing how he suffered, Brock said he is proud of the unit he works for and the job they do, in helping Soldiers transition thru the demobilization process after they return from combat. And it was through his assignment at Camp Shelby that Brock found a way to honor his grandfather. "I spend a lot of time at the museum. I like to look around during my lunch," said Brock. "While I was there I picked up a flyer that said Veterans that served in France during WWII were now eligible to receive the Legion of Honor." Brock decided he would submit his grandfather's information and ensure he received the recognition he deserved. Brock started putting the required paperwork together in early January 2012 and submitted it to the Atlanta Consulates' office. He didn't hear anything back for five months. In late June, his grandmother received a letter from the French Ambassador stating Oscar Russell had been appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. "We were beyond excited," said Brock. "My grandmother called and said she had received a big envelope. She opened it and read it to me on the phone; it came as a huge surprise to us." Brock's grandfather, Oscar Russell, was honored for his service during WWII, at a ceremony at The Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby on Aug. 15. France's Lt. Col. Philippe Testart, French liaison officer to the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Ga., and Honorary Consult to Mississippi, Keltoum Rouland, presented Russell the Legion of Honor and the accompanying title of Knight or Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Receiving the award on the arm of his grandson brought his service full circle for Russell. When Testart, awarded Russell the medal, he recalled a passage from Russell's memoirs. "Many men did not make it to enjoy the freedoms of jobs, peace and contentment, the love of children, parents and family," Testart read from Russell's memoirs. "We that lived should never boast as heroes."

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