Archive: Dec 2012

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  • Strong Bonds strengthen military families

    Dec 12, 2012

    "My grandmother once asked me how often I changed the oil in my car, and I told her I did it once every 3,000 miles," said Capt. Adin Rodgers, deputy state chaplain. "Then, she asked me how often I checked the oil in my marriage."

  • Corps Hosts Eighth Annual Deer Hunt for Physically Challenged Hunters

    Dec 12, 2012

    Vicksburg, Miss… The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District Louisiana Field Office (LFO) hosted the eighth annual deer hunt for physically challenged hunters on December 10 and 11 at Columbia Lock and Dam in Columbia, Louisiana.

  • Vicksburg District Hosted 22nd Annual Physically Challenged Deer Hunt

    Dec 12, 2012

    Arkabutla Lake….The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) Arkabutla Lake hosted its 22nd annual physically challenged hunt 7 through 10 December 2012. In September 2012, 64 disabled hunters were chosen by a random drawing.

  • Bastogne brigade replaces Mountain Warrior at FOB Fenty

    Dec 12, 2012

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan (December 12, 2012) -- U.S. Army Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colo., stood in formation at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Dec. 5 as their brigade transferred authority to the 201st Afghan National Army Corps, which will now be supported by the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort. Campbell, Ky.

  • DoD Inaugural Staff Celebrate Holidays

    Dec 12, 2012

    Family, friends and staff members of the Joint Task Force - National Capital Region for the 57th Presidential Inauguration celebrated the holiday season with a potluck lunch at the Fort Lesley J. McNair Gym.

  • Schweinfurt program offering free rides to curb DUIs gets underway

    Dec 12, 2012

    An initiative here aimed at curbing a spike in drunken driving cases by providing a vehicle pick-up service is set to get underway Dec. 14 and 15.

  • Bavaria Military Community innovates energy consumption

    Dec 12, 2012

    Smart meters provide real-time data on buildings' energy usage and allow garrison officials to increase efficiency.

  • Medical exchange gives Japanese insight on U.S medical operations.

    Nov 30, -0001

    While the primary mission for the 94th Combat Support Hospital during Yama Sakura 63 was to provide level-one medical care for the exercise participants, leaders also recognized the opportunity to build personal relationships with their Japanese counterparts. The 94th Combat Support Hospital conducted a medical exchange, giving students of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force nursing school an insight on U.S. medical operations.

  • From soldier to non-commissioned officer - Japan Ground Self Defense Forces create sergeant school

    Nov 30, -0001

    The transition from junior enlisted soldier to non-commissioned officer is a proud moment for those who don the trio of stripes for the first time. Hefty responsibility comes with the new rank, and only those who are fit for the challenge are chosen to wear it. The U.S. Army Non-commissioned Officer Corps, known as the backbone of the Army, is as old as our military history itself and has served as a model for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force as they set up their own corps.

  • Soldier Spotlight: Getting to know Chief Warrant Officer 2 James R. Joyner Jr.

    Dec 12, 2012

    Soldier Spotlight: Getting to know Chief Warrant Officer 2 James R. Joyner Jr.

  • Natick official named to Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council

    Dec 12, 2012

    An official from the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center was named to the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Advisory Council in Massachusetts.

  • Conference of American Armies opens commanders' meeting in Mexico, discuss regional issues

    Dec 13, 2012

    MEXICO CITY (December 11, 2012) - The Conference of American Armies, founded in 1960, opened Monday its 30th cycle of the gathering of chiefs of armies from the Caribbean, Central, North and South American countries in a military ceremony hosted by the Mexican army here Dec. 10.

  • 1st Cav Band treats Fort Hood community to holiday sounds

    Dec 13, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas--The time of year for holiday cheer, togetherness and famous Christmas songs has arrived.

  • Schofield health clinic honors, celebrates Native American traditions

    Dec 11, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Staff at U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks were treated to an array of talents during its Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month observance, Nov. 29, here.

  • Empire Soldiers take aim on German Schutzenschnur

    Jan 11, 2013

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- Service members of Joint Task Force Empire earned the Schützenschnur, the German Armed Forces Badge of Weapon Proficiency, during joint weapons ranges with German counterparts at Kandahar Air Field and Camp Mike Spann, Afghanistan, in November.

  • Not what to think, but how to think

    Dec 11, 2012

    As Cadet Command looks at retooling the way it teaches Cadets, putting greater emphasis on critical thinking, several programs are incorporating techniques that help future second lieutenants become more effective in handling different situations.

  • Installation Management Command awards Stalwarts

    Dec 13, 2012

    SAN ANTONIO -- The U.S. Army Installation Management Command honored exemplary Soldiers and civilians at the Stalwart Awards presentation Dec. 5 held in conjunction with the Garrison Commanders and Command Sergeants Major Conference.

  • Fire mission

    Nov 30, -0001

    The artillery soldiers of Battery B, 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, fired two M982 Excalibur 155mm artillery shells, Dec. 5, at Oro Grande Range Complex, N.M., the first time a FORSCOM unit outside of the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., and combat.

  • Commander's 'dashboard' will highlight high-risk behavior in Soldiers

    Dec 12, 2012

    In February, the Army proposes to make available to commanders a new online software application called the "Commander's Risk Reduction Dashboard," to learn which Soldiers in their unit have been involved with at-risk behaviors, some of which may be associated with suicide, and when those instances occurred.

  • Flight Medic receives Distinguished Flying Cross

    Dec 12, 2012

    Army Flight Medic Receives Distunguished Fyling Cross

  • Deployment does not stop education

    Dec 11, 2012

    For many, the idea of taking a math class seems something more out of a nightmare or a torture devised by an educational system that has a vendetta against them. For Soldiers in 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Ready, it's not a nightmare, it's an opportunity.

  • IMCOM provides relevant training, programs for transitioning Soldiers, families

    Dec 11, 2012

    Joint Base San Antonio--The U.S. Army Installation Management Command is committed to assisting Soldiers and families transition smoothly into civilian employment and America's communities. In response to the President's and U.S. Army's emphasis on a career-ready military, IMCOM is highlighting job fairs, expanding our transition services, and keenly focused on identifying employment opportunities within the command as well as business and industry.

  • UFC fighters visit JBLM

    Dec 11, 2012

    Groups of Soldiers gathered at three different locations on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., eagerly waiting to meet five mixed martial arts fighters from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Dec 6.

  • Chinese delegation tours Washington Aqueduct as part of Corps' program

    Dec 11, 2012

    A 20-member delegation of scientists and water professionals from the Peoples Republic of China received a presentation and tour on area water production methods during a Dec. 7 tour at Washington Aqueduct in northwest Washington, D.C.

  • Installation Management Command awards 'Stalwarts'

    Dec 13, 2012

    Several Soldiers and civilians received Army Installation Management Command Stalwart Awards at the 2012 IMCOM Garrison Commanders and Command Sergeants Major Conference, Dec. 5, 2012, near the San Antonio Airport.

  • Soldiers worldwide launch holiday activities

    Dec 12, 2012

    The holidays are just around the corner, but Soldiers everywhere are already busy with a variety of holiday activities.

  • GarryOwen hosts breakfast with Santa

    Dec 12, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Family Readiness Group members, Soldiers and officers of the 1st Squadron, 7th "GarryOwen" Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, hosted breakfast with Santa at the Oveta Culp Center, here, Dec. 1.

  • Medics certify new lifesavers, gain instructor skills

    Oct 28, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Army Combat Lifesaver is a bridge between the first aid given to all Soldiers during basic training and the medical training given to combat medics, according to the Medical Simulation Training Center, Fort Carson, Colo.

  • 8 ways to be an Adaptive Leader

    Dec 11, 2012

    Adaptive Soldiers are critical and creative thinkers, innovative problem solvers, confident, and in possession of the skills needed to operate in an asymmetric warfare environment, where strategy and tactics differ significantly from what most Soldiers learn about conventional warfare.

  • Nanticoke history revisited for Native American event

    Feb 8, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Team APG hosted the annual Native American Heritage Month celebration, this year's final ethnic observance, Nov. 27 at the APG North (Aberdeen) recreation center.

  • Prepare now for weather emergencies

    Dec 11, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Garrison APG is prepping for winter weather emergencies, and the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security highly encourages residents, personnel and community members to do the same.

  • Linda Via gets personal APG tour

    Dec 11, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Team APG enjoyed a special visit by Linda Via, the wife of Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), Nov. 30.

  • New, longer Warrior Leader Course to launch with shorter days, land nav returns

    Dec 12, 2012

    When implemented Army-wide in January, the Warrior Leader Course will be a little bit longer and a little bit better, said the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Commandant Command Sgt. Maj. Rory L. Malloy.

  • Fort Bliss Soldiers first to fire Army's new near-precision artillery rounds

    Dec 13, 2012

    Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, from Fort Bliss, Texas, became the first troops to fire the Army's upcoming near-precision projectile, the XM1156 Precision Guidance Kit, during tests in October, at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz.

  • Fire chief retires after 36 years

    Dec 11, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Chief Edward C. (Ed) Budnick retires this month with nearly 37 years of service; 31 of them with APG. While reflecting on his career, Budnick looked back with some melancholy, but no regrets.

  • 23rd Chemical Battalion to join 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea

    Nov 30, -0001

    After more than eight years of being stationed on Joint Base Lewis-McChord the 23rd Chemical Battalion cased its colors Dec. 6, at JBLM-North. The battalion is relocating to Camp Stanley, South Korea, as part of an enhancement plan for the 2nd Infantry Division and U.S. forces in the Republic of Korea.

  • Gen. Odierno Holiday Message

    Dec 14, 2012

    General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Mrs. Linda Odierno wish happy holidays to the troops. Also available in high definition.

  • Army senior research scientist retires

    Dec 11, 2012

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Much of the details of Jay Loomis' career are secretive, as a matter of national security, but what is not a secret is that his 40-year career as a radar frequency sensors expert has made a lasting impact on the Army's aviation and missile efforts. Loomis is retiring this month after a long Army career, the last two decades of which were spent as a senior research scientist at the Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. A retirement ceremony in his honor was held Nov. 30.

  • CBRNE Deputy commander bids farewell during retirement ceremony

    Dec 11, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Nearly 100 servicemembers, friends, family members, and other members of the Army CBRNE community gathered here to celebrate the career of a legend within the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal community Dec. 10.

  • Gen. Raymond T. Odierno holiday message

    Dec 11, 2012

    General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Mrs. Linda Odierno wish happy holidays to the troops. Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/193041/gen-odierno-holiday-message#.UMduOmeyD1k#ixzz2ElcioWBp

  • Historic First Army deployments end with warm welcome home

    Dec 11, 2012

    After several months of deployment for a train-and-advise mission supporting the Afghanistan National Security Forces, First Army Division West Soldiers were celebrated in a 'Welcome Home' ceremony here Dec. 10.

  • ATEC shares opportunities, opens dialogue with contract partners

    Dec 13, 2012

    Senior leaders from across the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command shared opportunities for test and evaluation contracts with members of industry and small business during the ATEC segment of the Advance Planning Briefing for Industry and Small Business Forum at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Dec. 5.

  • New RPAC systems provide better customer service

    Dec 11, 2012

    "Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." The late 18th, early 19th century author and journalist Arnold Bennett may not have had the military in mind when he made this statement, but anyone who's been in the Armed Forces for more than a minute knows it to be true.

  • Operational Test Command completes Network Integration Evaluation 13.1

    Dec 12, 2012

    Testers, Soldiers, engineers and combat developers completed the fourth iteration of a series of semi-annual field exercises, called Network Integration Evaluations, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N. M., just in time to get everyone home for the holidays.

  • Unique test chamber identifies chem-bio agents

    Dec 11, 2012

    The Whole System Live Agent Test chamber (WSLAT) at Dugway Proving Ground is certainly unique. It's the first in the Department of Defense. Tsang and others believe it is the first in the world. The WSLAT is designed to test detectors/ identifiers that warn of the presence of biological agent aerosols and identify the agent. These include anthrax, plague, and the toxin that causes botulism -- typical biological agents that might be weaponized by terrorists or rogue nations.

  • Ironhorse participate in Christmas Parade

    Dec 11, 2012

    Photo Release

  • 'Ironhorse' brigade trains for future missions

    Dec 12, 2012

    The 1st Brigade Combat Team "Ironhorse," 1st Cavalry Division, prepared for future missions with a Tactical Operations Center Exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, Dec. 3-6, 2012.

  • Army G4 visits 'Home of Sustainment', views training

    Dec 12, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, hosted a visit by Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, U.S. Army deputy chief of staff, G-4 (Logistics), to view training Dec. 7.

  • Medics certify new lifesavers, gain instructor skills

    Dec 11, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas--The Army Combat Lifesaver is a bridge between the first aid given to all Soldiers during basic training and the medical training given to combat medics, according to the Medical Simulation Training Center, Fort Carson, Colo.

  • Horse trainer and Army wife; one woman's perfect balance

    Dec 11, 2012

    From the first time Deanna Edgy saw horses ride down the beach near her childhood home she was hooked. As soon as she was old enough, she started working at Sea Island Stables on St. Simon's Island, first cleaning stalls then progressing to leading trail rides and eventually training horses. Her family didn't understand her passion, but once they realized there could be a good career in horses they supported her dream. She knew she wanted to be involved in the equine industry, but even Deanna had no idea horses would take her so far.

  • Fort Sam's Own rocks the Rite to kick off Holidays

    Dec 11, 2012

    Community members joined the San Antonio military community to start the holiday season Dec. 8 with a rocking performance by "Fort Sam's Own" 323rd Army Band at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.

  • 1st ACB grenade range provides a fresh challenge

    Dec 11, 2012

    Photo Release

  • Charlie Company takes Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe Commander's Cup

    Dec 12, 2012

    After three months of competition in adaptive sports like cycling and archery, it came down to wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball to determine which of Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe's three companies would take home the Commander's Cup trophy.

  • Black Knight supporters rally at FOB Gamberi

    Dec 11, 2012

    At kickoff of the 2012 Army-Navy football game, 12:30 a.m. in Afghanistan, several officers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, had assembled in the dining facility at Forward Operating Base Gamberi to watch their alma mater play in one of the most storied rivalries in college sports.

  • 14th MI Battalion uncases colors

    Dec 11, 2012

    The 14th Military Intelligence Battalion uncased its colors during a brief ceremony Dec. 3, 2012. The uncasing symbolizes resumption of the 470th MI Brigade's subordinate battalion's mission on Fort Sam Houston following its redeployment from Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Meditation classes assist stressed, better community

    Dec 11, 2012

    Many people reduce stress and relax by running, talking with friends, or even by reading. Meditation might not be an obvious option, but it is becoming more popular and is now available on Caserma Ederle. Every Wednesday from 8-9 a.m., the Army Wellness Center hosts a free meditation-yoga class that teaches the relaxation response, different breathing techniques, meditation techniques, and yoga nidra, or yogic rest. Lacy Wolff and Frances Packard, instructors of the class, seek to help the participants reduce stress and feel good.

  • The Ammunition Hall of Fame program is now accepting nominations

    Dec 11, 2012

    The Ammunition Hall of Fame program is now accepting nominations through Jan. 30, 2013.

  • Vicenza military community members meet local mayors

    Dec 12, 2012

    For some, living overseas can be scary and frustrating. Vicenza military community members had a chance to speak to mayors of their respective communities to ask questions, voice concerns, and sample local products. About 30 municipalities of the Vicenza province displayed their specialties in the fourth 'Meet the Mayors' event.

  • Fans view new equipment, technologies at Army-Navy game

    Dec 12, 2012

    The Army displayed a wide variety of equipment and technologies at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Dec. 8, 2012, including the tactical operations center, mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles, a Stryker vehicle, small and large military robots, and a variety of Soldier weapons, uniforms, helmets and body armor, during the 113th Army/Navy football game.

  • Season's greetings from U.S. Army Installation Management Command

    Dec 11, 2012

    It's been immortalized in carols as "the most wonderful time of the year," and it is for the Army's home. It's a wonderful time to be part of U.S. Army Installation Management Command. We have an incredible workforce and mission.

  • Donor recruitment drive benefits those in need of marrow transplants

    Dec 12, 2012

    While holiday shoppers browsed the aisles of the Panzer Exchange Dec. 8 and 9, they discovered they could give a meaningful gift that wouldn't cost a dime. Boy Scouts from Troop 154 asked shoppers to sign up to become marrow donors. Seventy-seven people agreed to register through a relatively quick and easy process.

  • Guard wounded warrior, Afghanistan veteran advocates suicide prevention

    Dec 12, 2012

    Twin brothers Earl and Joseph Granville were brothers by blood as well as brothers in arms. They were bunkmates in basic training and deployed twice together overseas. But everything changed after retired Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville's third deployment with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

  • BEMS celebrates National Blue Ribbon award

    Dec 12, 2012

    Böblingen Elementary/Middle School officially unveiled its National Blue Ribbon School award Dec. 6. While Department of Defense Education Activity officials announced the win in September, the award was not presented to the school until Nov. 12 in Washington, D.C. BEMS officials elected to publicly celebrate the award in conjunction with a December academic awards assembly.

  • USAG firefighters join with Italians in recognition

    Dec 11, 2012

    Representatives from U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza Fire Department were invited to the official opening of the Volunteer Fire Department Center of Bondeno, a town near Ferrara, about 75 miles south of Vicenza.

  • Picerne hosts 9th Annual "December in the City!"

    Dec 11, 2012

    Fort Meade kicks-off the holiday celebration season with Picerne Military Housing's 9th Annual "December in the City" celebration.

  • Unified Endeavor prepares U.S. and multinational Soldiers for ISAF missions and beyond

    Dec 11, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany --- Just as ground troops must become proficient at weaponry and a myriad of warrior skills and tasks, there is also an expectation that commanders and their staff master the their mission of orchestrating movements on the ground.

  • Library inspires would-be authors with 'novel' writing challenge

    Dec 12, 2012

    Could you write 1,667 words every day for 30 days straight? That's exactly what Kristin Agcaoili set out to do in November, and at the end of the month she had created a 51,577 word tale about a young girl with magical powers on the run from a government that considers her dangerous. Agcaoili, a Patch High School junior participating in the 2012 National Novel Writing Month, found time to write between classes, while on the bus to and from school, and late at night.

  • Lessons learned benefit U.S., Japan at Yama Sakura 63

    Dec 12, 2012

    Members of the United States Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force teamed up to collect, track and distribute lessons learned during the bi-lateral training event Yama Sakura 63, held in Sendai, Japan.

  • Resiliency is key to 35th CSSB mission

    Nov 30, -0001

    Supporting soldiers on the battlefield is no easy task and the logistical requirements to outfit a combat troop to effectively do his or her job is done by far fewer soldiers than those on the battlefield. Consider the U.S. Army's 35th Combat Sustainment Support Brigade in Sagami General Depot, Japan.

  • Japanese counterparts relish US field rations

    Nov 30, -0001

    MREs (meal ready to eat) are issued to soldiers in a field-training environment, mainly for long shelf life and ability to be hastily prepared. U.S soldiers often think of MREs as a dissatisfying substitute for a home cooked meal, but for Mr. Iga, a local employee of the Tohoku Defense Bureau and Mr. Yukinao Kitahara of the South Kauto Defense Bureau, it was a new and exciting experience.

  • Reports of Poo Pond's demise premature

    Nov 30, -0001

    In September, NATO Support Agency officials said Poo Pond - KAF's iconic black water retention pond for the majority of the past decade - would be drained throughout autumn and eventually be retired because it was no longer needed in conjunction with the opening of the state-of-the-art Deep South Waste Water Treatment Plant in the southwest corner of the airfield. However, because the commercial cooking grease and oil separator unit is not yet on line at the Deep South plant and can't process the commercial cooking grease and oil waste generated on KAF, Poo Pond's life has been extended.

  • 3rd CAB arrives in Afghanistan

    Dec 11, 2012

    The 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers arrive to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, from their home station at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. The 3rd CAB will conduct missions throughout Regional Command South in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during their deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Uriah Walker, RC(S) Public Affairs)

  • USACE Transatlantic District-North Provides Different Kind of Relief

    Dec 11, 2012

    KABUL--Members of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic District-North (TAN), based here to help rebuild the country, provided a more direct form of relief to three families affected by the Nov. 21 suicide bombing that occurred in the Green Zone.

  • Chief Army Nurse visits Afghanistan

    Dec 11, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Jimmie O. Keenan, the commanding general of U.S. Army Public Health Command, and chief of the Army Nurse Corps, met with medical providers at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2012.

  • Corps of Engineers, National Guard efforts spotlighted 1 month after Hurricane Sandy

    Dec 11, 2012

    On the evening of Oct. 30, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast resulting in the most damaging disaster in state history. Since then, Federal funds obligated to assist the residents and communities in the state have totaled more than $730 million.

  • Pentagram staff produces Pearl Harbor-themed Arlington National Cemetery walking tour

    Dec 11, 2012

    Each individual grave inside the walls of Arlington National Cemetery has its own history, and in late November, some of the Pentagram newspaper staff initiated an effort to remember the American servicemen who were killed in action at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

  • 99-year-old World War II veteran, retiree recalls Pearl Harbor, war years

    Dec 13, 2012

    WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. -- To help put this year's Pearl Harbor Day remembrance into perspective, one of Watervliet Arsenal's oldest living retirees this week recalled life at the Arsenal during the early days of World War II.

  • Army invites public to review range modernization planning documents

    Dec 12, 2012

    The Army announces the availability of the Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Modernizing and Operating Training Ranges on Previous or Existing Range Sites on Army Training Areas and invites the public to provide comments until Jan. 11, 2013.

  • ACS offers Korean class for community

    Dec 11, 2012

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's Army Community Service opened a new Korean class taught by local volunteers in order to provide Servicemembers, Families, and Civilians the opportunity to learn how to speak in Hangul, the Korean language here, Dec. 4.

  • Madigan snuffs out Tobacco

    Dec 10, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash.--For service members, Department of Defense contractors and civilian visitors on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, available places to smoke will become more limited after the new year.

  • Children spend day at MICC

    Dec 10, 2012

    Smiles, laughter and happiness could be seen and heard at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command during the unit's Bring Your Child to Work Day Nov. 20 here.

  • ASC participates in school ceremony honoring fallen veteran graduates on Pearl Harbor anniversary

    Dec 10, 2012

    The world was at war and Rudy Tonkovich wanted to serve his country. But before he ever saw action, he got in trouble for being tardy in a class at Davenport High School as it was called in 1942, said Bill Wundram, legendary columnist for the Quad-City Times newspapers who described himself as a "bold, young punk" back then.

  • Division Soldiers come together for exercise, camaraderie

    Dec 10, 2012

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Cadence filled the air as individual units vied to be the loudest in the formation during the division's quarterly run on Fort Carson, Dec. 7.

  • USACE responds to disaster in New Jersey

    Dec 12, 2012

    When disaster strikes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activates the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) Emergency Support Function -- 3, Public Works and Engineering, team to be among the first responders. USACE's role is to support FEMA as well as local and state authorities to help the affected area recover and return to a normal state as soon as possible.

  • Celebrate sensibly, not senselessly this holiday season

    Dec 10, 2012

    Typically, the holiday season is synonymous with celebration, but Army leaders want Soldiers, Civilians and Family members to make safety part of their plans.

  • US and China focus on disaster management

    Dec 10, 2012

    The People's Liberation Army and United States Army Pacific participated in a Disaster Management Exchange Nov. 26 -- Dec. 2. The 2012 DME was hosted by the PLA in: Beijing, Kunming, and Chengdu, China.

  • Army vs. Navy

    Dec 12, 2012

    Army's 113th face-off against the Navy, Dec. 8 in Philadelphia.

  • Picatinny Town Hall format offers insight into larger community

    Dec 10, 2012

    Before the Picatinny Town Hall, a message went out to the workforce that explained that attendees could ask questions beforehand of the general or Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Jason Mackay. Also, community members watching on EZTV could e-mail questions during the meeting. At the gathering, McGuiness explained that he did this because he wanted to track questions from the community and track the responses.

  • The next surge in Afghanistan - holiday mail

    Dec 11, 2012

    The troop surge in Afghanistan officially ended in September, but Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are preparing for another surge that will arrive in country over the next three weeks: holiday mail.

  • Hanukkah in Camp Sendai, Japan

    Nov 30, -0001

    Chag Sameach is a common saying heard during the holiday months, it's Hebrew for "joyous festival," and is being uttered in abundance in Jewish households all over the world as we enter into the Hanukkah season. It's a saying also being heard around Camp Sendai, Japan. It is spouting from the joyous mouths of American service members, Jewish and Christian alike, who are here in support of the bi-lateral training exercise known as Yama Sakura 63, and who are also taking part in the Hanukkah celebrations.

  • Pegasus families live up to Army Family icon

    Nov 30, -0001

    Apart, the two words 'army' and 'family' generate strikingly different images. One implies regimented discipline and order; the other brings to mind love and compassion. For U.S. Army soldiers and their loved ones, however, the two words can hardly be separated, as each impacts the other in ways unheard of in most other professions. These Army families seem to thrive in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade as the Pegasus brigade is represented by three of the five families who are finalists for the 2012 Fort Bragg Family of the Year. The Trotter, Miller and Buckhalt Families were recognized by XVIII Airborne Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Daniel Allyn and his wife, Debbie, during the Fort Bragg Family of the Year award ceremony at Fort Bragg, Nov. 6. "The nominations are a testament to how much the 82nd CAB families were invested during our most recent deployment. Deployments are the times when people can shine and they're really needed," said 82nd CAB Chaplain (Maj.) Stanton Trotter. Stanton, his wife Lauri and their two daughters, Sierra, 8, and Hannah, 6, make up one of the 82nd CAB finalist families. Along with the husbands from the other two families, Stanton spent the better half of 2012 deployed to Afghanistan. During his time overseas, Stanton, of La Palma, Calif., always found time to call home via Skype to talk with Lauri and the girls. He credits this commitment to allot time for each other to their family's success. "My hope is that others see that we focus on our family first," Stanton said. "That is what charges the battery of our family." Though there were times when Sierra and Hannah missed their father, Lauri, of Woodbridge, Va., helped the girls to understand the family commitment. "I think the girls are learning that what we have in the military is a choice, and with that choice there are some sacrifices that come, but we as a family make that choice." Lauri said. "When we can remember it really was our choice, it helps to get through some of those less pleasant times, the late hours, deployments and whatever else." The Millers, with the 122nd Aviation Support Battalion, were also finalists for the family of the year. Chaplain (Capt.) Eric Miller and his wife Stephanie, of Allentown, Pa., have four children: Kathryn, 15, Julian, 13, Elizabeth, 10, and Abigail, 8. Miller is the chaplain for the 122nd ASB, and has been in the Army for two and a half years. Although this is his first duty station since joining the Army, Miller and his wife are no strangers to military life. Miller is a former Marine who served from 1992 to 1996. Serving in her own right, Stephanie has volunteered as a Family Readiness Group Advisor with the 122nd ASB for the past two years. "Being relatively new to the Army, the Millers bring fresh energy to the 82nd CAB families," Lauri said. Eric and his wife consider themselves down-to-earth people with a normal family and life. They were both very surprised and humbled when they received news they were nominated for the family of the year. "We were shocked and consider it a huge honor. We are 'Team Miller' and we just want to help where we can," said Stephanie. "I believe every family is the family of the year. If you have to walk in the shoes of a military Soldier, spouse or child, you understand how much sacrifice there is. Parents have to work hard to keep the family together and on track, and kids have to endure the loss of their parent for long periods of time. I believe military families are a special type of family and they all deserve to be recognized." As an Army Chaplain, Eric can share his understanding of family with many Soldiers. "The key is to have a solid base at home that will help keep things going even when you can't be there," Eric said. "I am blessed to have Stephanie. She is a strong woman. She has kept things together and running as normal as possible even when I can't be here. My children are strong and understand what it takes for me to do my job. I could not do what I do without their support and understanding." With their years of military service on both sides of the table, the Buckhalts both know what it is like to support and understand a military spouse. Capt. Allen Buckhalt is a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot who serves as the commander for Company B, 2nd Aviation Assault Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. His wife, Maj. (Ret.) Bonnie Buckhalt, leads the company Family Readiness Group. The Buckhalt's son, Joel, 18, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Varsity Soccer Team at Jack Britton High School. Their daughter, Ava, 4, played a big role helping Bonnie as she packed treats and care packages to send 82nd CAB Troopers during their deployment. Allen, originally from Miami, believes the values that have strengthened his family have helped him in his role as a commander. "What I've learned from my family I've applied to my military family," Allen said. "Respect, love and taking care of one another are principles that are important to any successful family and team." Bonnie, a retired officer who grew up in a military family in Killeen, Texas, has experienced all sides of Army life. "I have never had a phase of my life where the military hasn't been a part of it. This whole process has made me reflect on my experience in the military and as a family member. During this time where the Army has deployed pretty often, I have been able to see how the family members must remain close to one another and support other families in the unit." As the Family Readiness Group leader for her husband's company, Bonnie gets to know many of her unit's family members first hand. This involvement guides Bonnie to understand her own family's nomination as a depiction of her greater community. "It was humbling to be a finalist for the Fort Bragg Family of the Year," Bonnie said. "We know so many tremendous families and we are honored to represent them." Perhaps it is this pervasive modesty, expressed by the Trotters, Millers and Buckhalts, that makes the Army Family an icon so universally understood - a model with which soldiers and their loved ones so easily identify themselves on a daily basis. This family identity will serve the 82nd CAB well as the brigade transforms to support the U.S. global response force, reshaping a conventional unit to a rapidly-deployable aviation asset, capable of responding to a wide variety of humanitarian and combat missions around the world with little notice.

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