Archive: Dec 2012

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  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Service members participating in Operation Proper Exit pose with soldiers at Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    U.S. Army Spc. Lyle Yantz and chats with Command Sgt. Major Edd Watson, Regional Command (South) and 3rd Infantry Division command sergeant major, on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during Operation Proper Exit over Kandahar, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Yantz is from Sedalia, Mo. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville gets ready to load onto a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, while participating in Operation Proper Exit, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Granville is from Scranton, Pa. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Two Wounded Warriors participating in Operation Proper Exit prepare to board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6. 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan Carnes shows his prosthetic foot to Maj. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, Regional Command (South) and 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, at the region's headquarters on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan during Operation Proper Exit, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Carnes is from Los Angeles, Calif. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    U.S. Army Spc. Lyle Yantz and several other service members participating in Operation Proper Exit are greeted at the Regional Command (South) headquarters building at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Yantz is from Sedalia, Mo. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    U.S. Army Spc. Adam Bates and several other service members participating in Operation Proper Exit are greeted at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, after arrival, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Bates is from Fairfield, Ohio. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville and several other service members participating in Operation Proper Exit are greeted at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, after arrival, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Granville is from Scranton, Pa. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Glen Silva speaks to a group of soldiers at Camp Nathan Smith located inside Kandahar City, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Proper Exit, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Silva is from Denver, Colo. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    U.S. Army Sgt. Jared Lemon listens to a brief on the current state of Afghanistan while participating in Operation Proper Exit at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Lemon is from Anchorage, Alaska. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Marine Corps Cpl. Stephen Farrell Jr. listens to a brief on the current state of Afghanistan while participating in Operation Proper Exit at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Farrell is from New Orleans, La. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    U.S. Army Spc. Adam Bates arrives at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, to participate in Operation Proper, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Bates is from Fairfield, Ohio. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville looks on as soldiers at Camp Nathan Smith ask questions to service members participating in Operation Proper Exit in Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Granville is from Scranton, Pa. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville and several other service members participating in Operation Proper Exit get off of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a first-hand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Granville is from Scranton, Pa. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Marine Corps Cpl. Stephen Farrell Jr., retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville and several other service members participating in Operation Proper Exit are greeted at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, after arrival, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Farrell is from New Orleans, La., and Granville is from Scranton, Pa. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Nov 30, -0001

    Marine Corps Cpl. Stephen Farrell Jr., and several other service members participating in Operation Proper Exit are greeted at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, after arrival, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a first-hand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Farrell is from New Orleans, La. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)

  • Wiesbaden turns out in force for holiday tree lighting

    Dec 10, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - As the person in charge of the switch that would turn on the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden holiday tree of 2012, Joe Harris had his work cut out for him. Well before the appointed time for the tree lighting, children started lining up to pull on the rope that would turn the switch on. Lighting the Serbian Pine was the job of children this year, and they were eager to take it on. Harris' job, however, was to keep them from pulling it too soon.

  • Army Depot Honors Former Mayor, Mayor Gives Commander Key to the City

    Dec 10, 2012

    The former Mayor of Corpus Christi, Joseph Adame was awarded with the Knight of the Honorable Order of St. Michael, an award given through the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) for his support of the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) and the Warfighter on December 7, 2012. Mayor Adame was found worthy of the distinction due to his avid support of CCAD, the only helicopter maintenance repair and overhaul facility in the Army's organic industrial base. CCAD Commander, Col. Christopher B. Carlile was given a key to the city.

  • College prep: CYSS program takes students to esteemed universities

    Dec 10, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- A group of 42 Wiesbaden High School students spent five days in London last month, visiting famous landmarks, colleges and taking in a show. The trip was the last of three trips Wiesbaden Youth Services has conducted to the United Kingdom over the last 18 months. A $100,000 grant from the Maytag Corporation for winning and Boys and Girls Clubs of America Dependable Club Award has paid for the program. Wiesbaden's club was one of seven clubs out of nearly 4,000 to win the award.

  • AWAG conference supports volunteers - 'leading by serving'

    Dec 10, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Col. David Carstens, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, can begin to tally the amount of money volunteers save the community. The American Red Cross alone, which tallied nearly 5,000 volunteer service hours last year, saved the garrison more than $100,000. What Carstens cannot begin to tally, however, is the worth of comfort given to deployed Soldiers and their families, the lives saved through donated blood, and the skills and knowledge that youth have learned from volunteers.

  • 16th SB officially begins operations in Afghanistan with uncasing ceremony

    Dec 10, 2012

    The 21st Theater Sustainment Command's 16th Sustainment Brigade uncased its colors during a transfer of authority ceremony Nov. 30, symbolizing its official start of operations in Afghanistan.

  • 401st ROC Drill rehearses retrograde

    Dec 10, 2012

    A two-day rehearsal of concept drill was conducted by the 401st Army Field Support Brigade to review past practices, discuss what worked and what did not work and lastly plan for future equipment retrograde missions.

  • Giving thanks: Officers, senior NCOs and dining facility staff serve up a Thanksgiving feast

    Dec 10, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- You could tell the food was being made with love on Thanksgiving at the Wiesbaden Dining Facility. As cooks hustled through the kitchens preparing roasts, stuffing, vegetables and hundreds of buns for baking, they couldn't help but throw a few dance moves into the mix. And from the smiles on diners' faces it was obvious the positive groove in the kitchen had permeated the cooking.

  • Program highlights parenting traps, offers tricks

    Dec 10, 2012

    Parenting is a daunting task. Consistently, experts and books hail their child-rearing practices as the ultimate guide to training perfect, docile children who behave accordingly in every situation. What experts fail to fully illuminate is the fact that gleaning cooperation from a child of any age takes patience, know-how and dedication. North Polk Elementary School's Parents Helping Parents program offers tried-and-true, matter-of-fact parenting procedures sure to produce positive results. Once-a-month workshops deliver no-nonsense, child-rearing advice, which provides a multitude of practical implements to add to the parenting toolbox.

  • Training for insider attacks: Alert, aware advisors key to saving lives

    Dec 10, 2012

    The threat of insider attacks in Afghanistan is very real. In the past year, 14 percent of coalition casualties resulted from attacks by Afghan National Security Forces or by infiltrators posing as ANSF. At the 162nd Infantry Brigade, training advisors to prevent these incidents is taken seriously.

  • Youth sponsorship: Middle and high school students welcome newcomers in Student-2-Student program

    Dec 10, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- "I've moved a lot and I know what it feels like to be the new kid." That's how Wiesbaden Middle School sixth-grader Karissa Schnitz described the desire to help other newcomers in the Junior Student-2-Student program.

  • Boy Scouts help with Drains to Streams Project

    Dec 10, 2012

    Many people never think about what goes down the drain down the street. Just water, right? Not necessarily. Anything that can be washed away with that water such as oil, fertilizers and other chemicals, litter and more can be a bad thing for local waterways. In an attempt to help make the Fort Polk community more aware about what flows down its storm water drains, Fort Polk Boy Scout Troop 124 partnered with Fort's Polk's Directorate of Public Works Environment and Natural Resources Management Division's storm water team for a community service project Dec. 1.

  • From the foxhole: Forum gives junior enlisted Soldiers voice in the community

    Dec 10, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- The concerns of junior enlisted Soldiers were the focus of attention Nov. 28 at the Tony Bass Fitness Center. Sgt. Maj. Keith Craig of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service-Europe and Command Sgt. Maj. Sa'eed Mustafa, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, invited Wiesbaden-area E-4s and below to ask questions of representatives of the Exchange, Defense Commissary Agency, USO, Housing, Education Center, the garrison's Transformation and Stationing Management Office and the Directorate of Family, Morale Welfare and Recreation.

  • Command's top enlisted leader accepts new challenge

    Dec 10, 2012

    For the first time in six years, Cadet Command has a new top enlisted leader. Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard has spent much of his first few months on the job learning the command and visiting with America's future leaders. He likes what he sees.

  • Exercise, nutrition tips for I-frame bodies

    Dec 10, 2012

    In exercise, like in many things, one size does not fit all. Some of us need more of this and less of that. When you go to a gym and you see all this equipment, how do you know which pieces will help you reach the goals you want for your body?

  • USAREUR Band lights up Grafenwoehr

    Dec 10, 2012

    Full Spectrum Ops and Night Fire Rock Band deliver a new twist on Christmas carols

  • Officers' Club to remodel outdoor area

    Dec 10, 2012

    The Fort Jackson Officers' Club is remodeling its courtyard to create a permanent location for future change of command ceremonies.

  • Have a Merry 'Do-it-Yourself' Christmas

    Dec 10, 2012

    This holiday season, toss aside last-minute shopping and employ DIY gifts instead.

  • Fort Jackson stages realistic 'active shooter' exercise

    Dec 10, 2012

    There wasn't much color in the building to begin with, but the gunsmoke coated everything in a cataract haze. Specks of gunpowder floated in the air and screams echoed through the halls. A woman's voice on the public address system warned that an active shooter was on the premises. The sounds of gunfire punctuated her warnings.

  • At home on the range: SC Army National Guard troops blast targets with TOW missiles

    Dec 10, 2012

    CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT - Some South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers got a chance to focus on something more in their line recently - blowing up targets with TOW missiles. Soldiers of Delta Company, 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, fired 16 wire-guided TOW missiles at the Udairi Range near here, Nov. 27, scoring hits on targets like junked cars over 3,500 meters away. Cpl. Shaun Doane, of Myrtle Beach. S.C. made the hardest shot, hitting a metal storage container at about 3,660 meters. It was a rare opportunity for the troops, made more precious by the fact that Delta Company, like other battalion units, has been performing security-force operations in northern Kuwait since deploying here in April.

  • 'Building Strong' in Afghanistan also means building safe

    Dec 11, 2012

    Throughout the Afghanistan Engineer District-South area of operations, where dozens of Afghan National Security Forces installations are under construction, safety and occupational health specialists visit job sites daily to make sure laborers are protected from unnecessary risks.

  • Jeopardy-style Safety Showdown hit with Soldiers, civilians

    Dec 11, 2012

    More than 300 Soldiers and civilians from seven U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden units participated in 5th Signal Command's Winter Safety Showdown at the Lucius D. Clay Kaserne Community Activity Center, Dec. 6, 2012.

  • Rose Barracks dental clinic to relocate

    Dec 13, 2012

    Patients seeking dental care from Dec. 10 to Dec. 14 should still report to Building 250 or call the front desk at 476-1520.

  • Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

    Dec 10, 2012

    After being medically evacuated out of Afghanistan, embarking on the long road to recovery and learning to live life with less than they had before, eight wounded Soldiers and Marines returned to Afghanistan Dec. 5 to get a first-hand look at the war's progress and to help bring a sense of closure for the mental wounds left by their injuries.

  • SSG James E. Alsobrooks Receives Purple Heart 67 years later

    Dec 9, 2012

    U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James E. Alsobrooks was awarded the Purple Heart by the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division, Maj. Gen. James C. McConville and Tennessee's 7th District Congressman Martha Blackburn, 67 years after he sustained wounds during World War II. Dec. 7 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Available in High Definition.

  • Glory Conducts Sling Load Operations

    Dec 9, 2012

    U.S. soldiers from Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, and 7-101 GSAB, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division conduct sling load operations with the M777 Howitzer and the CH-47 Chinook, Dec. 4 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Also available in high definition.

  • Holiday Letter from Eagle 6

    Dec 9, 2012

    For those with loved ones deployed, take pride and satisfaction that their sacrifice is allowing others to enjoy the holiday season. If we are doing our job, others don't need to worry about terrorist attacks and can celebrate without worry. We can sleep well at night knowing we have Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) protecting us.

  • Governors visit troops at Bagram Air Field

    Dec 9, 2012

  • West Point marathoners run night and day--and night again, to deliver Army-Navy Game ball

    Dec 12, 2012

    Twenty-four hours after accepting the Army-Navy Game ball during the spirit rally at West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Military Academy's Marathon team ended its long-distance relay run as they entered Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

  • Taking to the skies

    Dec 8, 2012

  • America, Japan exchange culture through writing

    Dec 8, 2012

    The ancient art of Japanese calligraphy dates back to the 28th century B.C. where it began as religious pictographs carved into bones for ceremonies. Today, it has evolved into an art created with paintbrushes and ink and is taught in the Japanese school system beginning in elementary school. It's a common cultural trade that all Japanese are familiar with and is even a popular subject with high school students. Americans service members participating in Yama Sakura 63 are now getting an education in pen and ink from the professional mark makers themselves.

  • Storied chapel resurrected

    Dec 8, 2012

    It has been nearly two years since the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the east coast of Japan, crumbling the landscape and then washing it away. The event is now remembered as "3/11," a term and event congruous to America's "9/11." The natural disaster claimed more than 18,000 lives, created countless dollars worth of damage and temporarily caused mass destruction for the people of this beautiful island nation. The people were resilient and started rebuilding as soon as the storm waters receded. One such casualty of the storm is the storied Old Schimmelpfennig Chapel located on modern-day Camp Sendai on the northern end of Japan.

  • Cyber defense take center stage at Yama Sakura

    Dec 10, 2012

    Yama Sakura is a bilateral training exercise between U.S. Army and Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces in order to enhance cooperation procedures during contingency operations. While this exercise is primarily for command posts, it is also an opportunity to teach U.S. forces and its allies about a new type of warfare currently being waged through computers, smartphones and many other sources of communication.

  • 25th CAB Inducts NCOs

    Dec 10, 2012

    The thundering sound of soldiers' voices echo as they file two-by-two into the room. Their voices end abruptly as they face the crowd. Over the speakers, a voice says "welcome to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade NCO Induction Ceremony where we recognize the passing of the group before you into the ranks of the time-honored United States Army Noncommissioned Officer Corps."

  • 316th Soldiers assist downsizing efforts

    Dec 10, 2012

    Teams of Soldiers with the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) have been hard at work assisting with vehicle and equipment retrograde operations at bases across Afghanistan over the past couple of months.

  • Go Army! Beat Navy! Video

    Dec 9, 2012

    101st Airborne Division (AASLT) spirit video for 2012 Army Navy football game depicting the Navy mascot attempting to complete The Air Assault Course.

  • Emanuel and Gevedon close the deal at the 2012 USACE Excellence in Contracting Awards

    Dec 7, 2012

    Nicholas Emanuel and Timothy Gevedon, contract specialists with the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, are among the elite eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Excellence in Contracting Awards Program winners for Fiscal Year 2012. Each year, hundreds of USACE contracting professionals from across the globe are nominated for one of the eight awards. Winners of the competition are high-performing employees who go the extra mile and effectively and efficiently deliver remarkable results. This year's winners were announced Nov. 29 in Dallas, but Emanuel and Gevedon could not personally accept their awards because both are currently deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

  • Pohakuloa sheep round-up enhances safety at Bradshaw Army Airfield

    Dec 10, 2012

    On Saturday, Dec. 1 about 85 volunteers--U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa employees, family members and a few local hunters met in the chilly early morning to help clear the installation of the approximately 180 wild sheep that roamed there.

  • 65th teams with community to deliver toys, holiday cheer

    Dec 7, 2012

    MILILANI, Hawaii -- Getting into the Christmas spirit, the Soldiers of the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and the students of their partnership school, Mililani Middle School, came together to hold a toy drive, Nov. 30, for two organizations that embody the true nature of Christmas: Toys for Tots and the Make a Wish Foundation. Community supporters brought and gave more than 500 toys during the drive; toys ranged from an action figure to full-youth bicycles.

  • 8th TSC Soldier shines, wins multiple karate gold medals

    Dec 7, 2012

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Martial artists from around the world traveled to Oahu to compete in the 53rd annual All-Hawaii State Karate Championships/2012 Honolulu International Karate Championships, Nov. 17. Amongst these competitors was Sgt. Randal Kumagai, military intelligence, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, who has been competing and studying Karate for years. Kumagai was ready to take on the challenge.

  • 'Operation Toy Drive' is launched by 84th Engineers

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The "Never Daunted" Battalion combined physical readiness with holiday spirit to benefit some families in Hamilton housing, here, Nov. 28. Members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion (Construction Effects), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, lined the streets with Christmas spirit as they marched to deliver donations of children's gifts to less fortunate military families.

  • Army Engineers fought and lived through the attack on Pearl Harbor

    Dec 7, 2012

    Seven December 1941 was the opening scene of World War II, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was there. At 7:55 a.m., two waves of Japanese warplanes from a naval task force about 250 miles north of Hawaii appeared over Oahu. Some headed for American warships at Pearl Harbor and the planes on the ground at nearby Hickam Field; others hit Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Field, and Bellows Field.

  • Currahees and Aviators practice sling loading M777 155mm howitzers.

    Dec 11, 2012

    Soldiers from Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team pratice sling loading a M777 155mm howitzer to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from 7-101st General Support Aviation Battalion, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade on Dec. 4, 2012.

  • USARPAC hosts Annual Career Counselor of the Year competition

    Dec 7, 2012

    U.S. Army Pacific hosted the annual Career Counselor of the Year Competition Dec. 3-6 at Fort Shafter.

  • Cadets raise spirits in Pentagon for Army-Navy game

    Dec 7, 2012

    In advance of the Army's 113th face-off against Navy on the football field, U.S. Military Academy cadets of the Spirit Band marched through the halls of the Pentagon Friday to rally support.

  • 2nd Annual Army Pep Rally

    Dec 7, 2012

    2nd Annual Army Pep Rally at the Pentagon Dec. 7, 2012.

  • Army looks at challenges of transition through 2020 and beyond

    Dec 10, 2012

    The Army is undergoing a transition from a force primarily focused on execution of combat operations to one preparing for a complex future, and Unified Quest, the Army chief of staff's Title 10 wargame, will examine some of the challenges of this future operating environment.

  • TF Wings 2012 training in review

    Dec 10, 2012

    Soldiers from each task force of the Thunder Brigade, came together to form Task Force Wings in order to support training with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. An alliance like Task Force Wings and the 2nd BCT is a rarity, and a great way to keep every section within the units, deployment ready.

  • Day of Remembrance ceremony connects families after loss

    Dec 7, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Approximately 30 moms, dads, children and Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center staff participated in the Day of Remembrance ceremony Thursday to honor babies who were lost to fetal demise.

  • Thunderbolt Brigade welcomes, bids farewell to command sergeants major

    Nov 30, -0001

    Soldiers with 17th Fires Brigade said goodbye to the brigade command sergeant major and welcomed a new one during a change of responsibility ceremony, Dec. 6.

  • 'Fiscal Cliff' would challenge Army to maintain readiness

    Dec 11, 2012

    Knowing there's a possibility the government will go over a "fiscal cliff" on midnight, Dec. 31, the Army recognizes some of the challenges it will face but a senior leader said, Thursday, its priority will be to maintain readiness of the force.

  • Army looks at challenges of transition through 2020 and beyond

    Dec 10, 2012

    The Army is undergoing a transition from a force primarily focused on execution of combat operations to one preparing for a complex future, and Unified Quest, the Army chief of staff's Title 10 wargame, will examine some of the challenges of this future operating environment.

  • MICC member earns Army award

    Dec 7, 2012

    The chief of the contracts division for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Knox, Ky., is a winner of the 2012 Secretary of the Army Award for Excellence in Contracting for her efforts to increase contract opportunities for people with significant disabilities.

  • 'Hiring Our Heroes' connects veterans, spouses with jobs

    Dec 10, 2012

    More than 400 veterans and military spouses headed out to the Washington Nationals baseball park on Wednesday morning to talk with 87 potential employers as part of the on-going nationwide "Hiring Our Heroes" campaign.

  • Senior Leaders show Army Spirit!

    Dec 7, 2012

  • Strategic approach drives MICC realignment

    Dec 7, 2012

    Mission and Installation Contracting Command officials realigned six field directorate offices into four Dec. 4 in a strategic effort to bring consistency to its operations and improve contract administration and oversight.

  • 1-56th ADA wins intramural soccer title

    Dec 7, 2012

  • Safety and Security Day focuses on holiday safety, community development

    Dec 7, 2012

    Members of the Fort Belvoir Enlisted Spouses Club hosted their second Safety and Security Day at Vernondale Village Neighborhood Center on Saturday to inform Vernondale residents of holiday safety tips and to foster better community relationships. The BESC wants residents to know the proper precautions to take during the holiday season to avoid senseless tragedies and have fun.

  • Soldiers overcome challenges to earn EFMB

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- One-hundred seventy Soldiers attempted to earn the toughest badge in the Army during the Expert Field Medical Badge train-up and assessment, here, Oct. 29-Nov. 8. "(The Expert Field Medical Badge) takes study, discipline, expertise, guts, physical effort and the desire to drive on and meet all the objectives," said Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific. "It's not just a symbol of proficiency; it's a symbol of the heart and the guts that it takes," Wiercinski said.

  • Proceed with caution when giving pets as gifts

    Dec 7, 2012

    Community members considering giving pets as gifts during the holiday season should conduct thorough research before Christmas morning arrives, according to Fort Belvoir Veterinary Center officials. Pets may appear to be good presents but, combine them with the wrong Family and the animals could end up back in the givers' hands or into a shelter, said Sgt. Margaret Wells, VETCEN noncommissioned officer-in-charge.

  • Army Space Support Teams from Reserve and Guard welcomed home

    Dec 11, 2012

    ARSSTs 11 and 21 welcomed home in official ceremony

  • Belvoir Elementary school students learn about respect during second Character Counts day

    Dec 7, 2012

    Fort Belvoir Elementary School students discussed respect with members of Headquarters Battalion and the Fort Belvoir Chaplains office on Tuesday as part of the Battalion's Character Counts program. Respect is the second of six pillars the program will introduce to the students over the next several months.

  • Mobilization training includes SHARP awareness

    Mar 29, 2013

    FORT STEWART Ga., -- In 2012, the Army implemented training programs to increase awareness and reduce the number of sexual harassment and assault incidences. First Army Division East incorporated scenario-driven training into mission-specific mobilization training provided to deploying Reserve Component Soldiers to increase realism and relevancy.

  • Catastrophic scenario tests JTF-CS, DCRF response capabilities

    Dec 7, 2012

    -- Dec. 3 began like most late fall days at Fort Polk: Gray skies with the threat of rain, temperatures in the upper 60s and 20,000 Soldiers and civilians headed to work. But there was one exception: A training exercise was about to begin for the more than 9,000-member Joint Task Force-Civil Support and the Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Force that would disrupt normal activities and test the JTF-CS and DCRF ability to respond to a catastrophic event requiring local, state, federal and military authorities to work hand-in-hand to protect the public.

  • USARPAC Soldiers go for gold in series of events

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Soldiers from nine different subordinate commands under U.S. Army-Pacific earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge after completing a series of athletic and military events, here, recently.

  • Currahees load equipment to get ready for JRTC

    Dec 7, 2012

    Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, began the long processing of preparing for their rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., by loading equipment onto railcars this week at Fort Campbell.

  • 2012 Karen Wagner Leadership Awards

    Dec 12, 2012

    The Karen Wagner Leadership Award was established in 2004 to honor Lt. Col. Karen Wagner's many contributions to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD).

  • Kenner Wins Second Place in Best MTF Competition

    Dec 7, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Nov 30, 2012) -- Kenner Army Health Clinic recently clinched the runner-up title for the U.S. Army Medical Command's Business Excellence Competition or Biz Bowl and earned an additional $500,000 for the fiscal year 2013 operating budget. While the Fort Lee community braced itself for Hurricane Sandy, Col. Joseph S. Pina, KAHC commander; Lt. Col. Eric Poulsen, deputy commander for administration; Master Sgt. Douglas Schwab, sergeant major; and Jeff Kavanaugh, a health systems analysis and evaluation specialist, traveled to San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 29 to battle seven other military treatment facilities for the coveted 2012 title. For more than five years, MEDCOM has continued to advance a "performance-based adjustment model" of MTF funding that rewards and motivates facilities to improve in measures of importance to the Army including medical readiness, access, quality and cost effectiveness, said Poulsen. Last year, MEDCOM launched its Best MTF Competition which begins with selecting the 16 top performing facilities across the command. KAHC became eligible to compete this year after improvements across the "noble nine" metrics of military treatment facility performance, including patient satisfaction, productivity gains, quality and preventive measures, improvements in care continuity, reductions in emergency room usage and maintaining or exceeding enrollment and workload targets. The team from Kenner ended FY12 ranked as No. 3 out of 34 facilities across MEDCOM in these nine metrics. The competition began in early October when each of the 16 teams was given an exam and 60 minutes to answer 193 questions on a wide range of topics in the fields of health care administration, operations, readiness, quality and resource management, Pina said. "We scored 152 on the exam -- the highest score of all 16 teams," he said. "The test results were used to narrow the field to an 'Elite 8' teams that advanced to the final rounds of competition at Army MEDCOM." The team, working together against the clock, set out to divide and conquer the categories, said Kavanaugh. "We each answered specific questions relative to our strengths and expertise," he said. Each question was answered because there were no penalties for wrong answers, said Schwab. "We earned points for each of the questions we answered correctly so we made certain they were all answered," he said. Before traveling to San Antonio, the teams were given a complex case study to review and analyze from a fictitious Summit Army Community Hospital at "Fort Wannabee." Teams were given one week to analyze, prepare and send in a briefing that would be presented by only the final four teams in the third round. Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army Surgeon General and competition host recognized all of the teams and their accomplishments, Pina said. "Horoho emphasized that this competition is really about making sure we train and equip our MTFs with the right set of skills to bring the best quality, accessible health care to the Soldiers, Families and other beneficiaries," he said. The competition in round two kicked off in a "bowl" format with the top-seeded team from Fort Lee facing off against the eighth-seed from Camp Zama, Japan, led by Col. Vivian Hutson, prior commander of KAHC. After five sets of toss-up and bonus questions, the Fort Lee team advanced to the semi-finals, defeating the Camp Zama team by a score of 125-40. Other teams faced off head-to-head: Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo., defeating Bavaria Medical Department Activity, Germany; Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky., defeating Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga., and William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas; and Fort Huachuca, Az., defeating Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. Kenner and the other clinic teams readied their case study presentations while Horoho introduced the panel of judges, including a former surgeon general and secretary of Veteran Affairs, the current deputy surgeon general, a former MEDCOM chief of staff and the current director, TRICARE Regional Office-South. Each team presented its case study briefings and presentations and in a unanimous vote, the panel selected Fort Lee's team to advance to the final round. In a close and split decision, the other finalist was announced as Fort Campbell and the stage was set. Fort Campbell's team was led by Col. Paul Cordts, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander, who last year led the Fort Stewart team to the final round only to lose to Bavaria. The final match played out in a Jeopardy-like head-to-head competition. "We held the lead early," Pina said. "The rest of the match-up went to Fort Campbell who won the final in convincing fashion." Schwab, whose career has mostly been field-based medicine, said he appreciated the opportunity to participate in the competition. "It was an eye-opening experience," he said. "During preparation for the competition, I looked deeper into the business operations of an MTF which helps me in my duties here." Not all was lost, though, as performance incentive checks ranging from $75,000 to $750,000 were distributed by the surgeon general to all eight MTF finalists. Both the winning team and runners-up received engraved trophies, too, Pina said. "As runner-up this year, Kenner brings home a check for $500,000 that can be reinvested into programs, services, facilities or staff to enhance our support of the Fort Lee community," Pina said. What's most important is that we thank our staff across Kenner and make sure they know that we wouldn't have even been a competitor without all of their combined efforts."

  • Top Korean Army officer tours geospatial commands

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Exchanging information and learning from each other is vital to stay current and ahead of the curve in any area of business, technology, education and life. This is precisely why the Soldiers and command teams from the Combined Terrain Analysis Team in the U.S. Pacific Command, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and the 25th Infantry Division hosted two officers from the Republic of Korean Army, here, Nov. 4-9, to talk shop and get a better understanding of geospatial equipment and endeavors.

  • Hunter spouse is National figure competitor, encourager

    Dec 7, 2012

    Eyes follow Jodie Kofod, a petite Army spouse, on a hot August day as she walks into Tominac Fitness Center after a three -mile run around Hunter Army Airfield at noon. But it's not just a muscular physique that makes the 46-year-old figure competitor/ professional lifestyle coach attractive. It's also her compassion for others, particularly, military spouses like herself, who face challenges that deployment and relocation can bring.

  • Water Program wins coveted award

    Dec 7, 2012

    You may remember Erin Brockovich -- a character that Julia Roberts played in a biographical film made in 2000 about a young, single mother who fought against a west coast energy corporation to make them pay for damages that resulted when the corporation released a dangerous carcinogen, chromium 6, into the water supply. The real-life heroine eventually won $330 million in a lawsuit and her box office hit informed millions of Americans about the real-life dangers of drinking or using contaminated water.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $2.9 million contract to dredge Bayport Ship Channel

    Dec 7, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 7, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract to Orion Marine Construction Inc. in the amount of $2,988,900 for maintenance dredging of the Bayport Ship Channel in Chambers and Harris counties, Texas.

  • Army of Chile delegation visits Southern Regional Medical Command

    Dec 7, 2012

  • Rangers receive awards for bravery in Afghanistan

    Dec 7, 2012

    Rangers from the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stood proudly at an awards ceremony in front of the Ranger Memorial at Hunter Army Airfield, Oct. 26, as Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff for the United States Army, gave remarks. Afterwards, in front of crowd of military representatives, civilians and Family members, he presented the Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for Extraordinary Heroism to the battalion for their combat actions in Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, May 15 to October 20, 2010.

  • Army expanding its cyber warfare capabilities

    Dec 10, 2012

    The 780th Military Intelligence Brigade hopes to have its new headquarters building at Fort Meade, Va., completed by fiscal year 2014.

  • Engineers compete for more than bragging rights

    Dec 7, 2012

    About 200 Soldiers with the 14th Engineer Battalion participated in the "Rugged Stakes" competition on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Nov. 26-30. The weeklong event consisted of a physical fitness test; several ruck marches; both an obstacle and confidence course; skill level one task lanes; a written test; and, for those competing for the grand prize, a board in front of the battalion sergeant major and company first sergeants. The competition was designed to test Soldiers' physical and mental capabilities, stressing each to its limit, in an effort to find the best Soldier and noncommissioned officer in the unit.

  • U.S. Cavalry Charge of the field of battle

    Dec 7, 2012

    The U.S. Army Cavalry units are a mounted force of the United States Army that originated in 1776, during the Revolutionary War. The role of the Cavalry is reconnaissance, security and mounted assault, and the Cavalry has served as a part of the Army force in every war in which the United States has participated. The Cavalry has its origins and traditions as a horse-mounted force that played an important role in extending United States governance into the Western United States. 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment continues the Cavalry traditions here at Fort Irwin, Calif.

  • 717th MI Battalion develops, executes first NSA-Texas language competition

    Dec 13, 2012

    The 717th Military Intelligence Battalion and the National Security Agency (NSA)-Texas partnered to hold a site-wide language competition involving all five services.

  • Military Working Dogs protect Hunter

    Dec 7, 2012

    When Sgt. Daniel Franklin, an explosives detector dog handler, and his dog, Nikyta, stopped the shiny black car at Hunter's Rio Gate for a random explosive check, he never guessed those inside would be the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander Col. Kevin Gregory and Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Command Sergeant Major Louis Felicioni. But then again, that's the nature of the unannounced checks, to stop a cross-section of the civilian and military population that goes in and out of Hunter Army Airfield.

  • Texas Guardsmen support civil authorities in "Urban Shield"

    Dec 7, 2012

    AUSTIN, Texas - Joint Task Force 71 (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade) Soldiers and Airmen trained alongside civilian agencies from across Central Texas to better prepare themselves to respond to real-world, large-scale disasters as part of the exercise "Urban Shield," Dec. 1-2, 2012.

  • Senate Army Caucus

    Dec 7, 2012

    Hon. Joseph Westphal, Under Secretary of the Army, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. LLoyd Austin, Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler III, Sergeant Major of the Army, and other Army Officials attend the Senate Army Caucus breakfast hosted by Senators Daniel Akaka and James Inhofe at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2012.

  • Army Medicine Joins Enterprise Email

    Dec 11, 2012

    On January 7, 2013, the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) will begin full deployment of the Defense Enterprise Email (DEE) service provided by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In coordination with our mission partners at NETCOM, DISA, and Army CIO/G6, Defense Enterprise Email signals a new era for Army Medicine in the delivery of cloud computing as a service. Everyone in MEDCOM will migrate to enterprise email by March 31, 2013.

  • Hand-warmers donated to special operations units at Hunter

    Dec 7, 2012

    Operation Hand-Warmer, an organization founded by current Augusta, Ga. resident Burt Sappenfield, in conjunction with Century 21 Larry Miller Realty in Augusta, donated 2,000 hand-warmers to the Third Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and 2,700 hand-warmers to the First Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, on Hunter Army Airfield Nov. 20.

  • New courthouse a beacon of hope for Spin Boldak

    Nov 30, -0001

    A new courthouse was recently completed in Spin Boldak district to assist local villagers with legal disputes and bring hope for a stronger judicial system. The courthouse marks a milestone in the progression of a more self-sustaining Afghan legal system and court officials hope the building will be completely furnished by the end of December.

  • FireAntz host Military Appreciation Night for Fort Bragg Soldiers, Families

    Dec 7, 2012

    Local hockey team, the Fayetteville FireAntz, welcomed Fort Bragg Soldiers and their Families to the Crown Coliseum Saturday by donating free tickets as part of Military Appreciation Night. 



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