Archive: Apr 2012

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  • Talent show closes KATUSA/U.S. Soldier Friendship Week

    Apr 24, 2012

    KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers showcased their talents in song and dance at the Camp Humphreys post theater April 19, the last day of KATUSA/U.S. Friendship Week.

  • Young Bliss Sergeant embodies professionalism, dedication

    Apr 24, 2012

    The Army lifestyle is not for the faint of heart. It demands a level of commitment and discipline unparalleled in the private sector. While some might consider it a job, the best Soldiers know it is more than that; it is a profession, a profession with a purpose.

  • FORSCOM receives Army Headquarters Safety Award

    Apr 25, 2012

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (April 24, 2012) The U.S. Army Forces Command was presented today with the Army Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army's Army Headquarters Safety Award for its outstanding safety record and initiatives in fiscal year 2011. "FORSCOM's safety accomplishments clearly reflect dedicated service as an organization continually striving to achieve Army readiness and mission success," wrote Brig. Gen. William F. Wolf, director of Army Safety, in a congratulatory letter that accompanied the award. FORSCOM's Deputy Chief of Staff for G-1 (Personnel), Brig. Gen. Thomas Seamands, accepted the award for the command, saying, "I accept this on behalf of the commanders, command sergeants major, first sergeants, and safety professional up and down the chain of command of FORSCOM. Well done."

  • President designates Fort Ord as national monument

    Apr 30, 2012

    President Barack Obama signed a proclamation April 20, 2012, designating Fort Ord, Calif., as a national monument under the Department of the Interior.

  • Earth Day at Camp Ripley

    Apr 24, 2012

    Earth day activities this year included the release of an injured a Northern Saw Whet owl. The owl had an injured wing, nursed back to health and released today at the tree nursery. The nursery is used to get trees started for transplanting downrange. The soldiers are splitting and chopping wood that is reclaimed from felled trees from inside the range area. The wood is donated to the families of deployed soldiers to offset heating costs.

  • CSM Allen Retirement Interview

    Apr 24, 2012

    Long form edition of an interview with Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Allen. He reflects on his career, and talks about taking care of soldiers and their families.

  • Yesterday's Vietnam Vet Visits Today's Fort Hood

    Apr 24, 2012

    Vietnam veterans who are part of a group known as "Counterparts" recently took a trip to visit Fort Hood.

  • Earth Day Arifjan

    Apr 24, 2012

    Camp Arifjan celebrates Earth Day 2012 by planting two palm trees and talking about the recycling efforts at the post, an activity that recycles, re-uses, and re-purposes cardboard, wood, plastic and reclaimed supply items for reissue to service members on base. The recycling activity here saves the taxpayers money by selling bulk recycled items as well as giving out "free issue" items such as printer cartridges, printer paper, and other items the military won't have to purchase again.

  • Army Today - Deputy Commanding General Gary Volesky: Army is the best its ever been

    Apr 24, 2012

    Deputy Commanding General Gary Volesky for the 1st CAV Div. says today's Army is the best its ever been.

  • Training system enhances Balikatan 2012

    Apr 24, 2012

    Philippine and U.S. Army soldiers taking part in the field training exercise of Balikatan 2012 were introduced to the Initial - Homestation Instrumentation Training System, which offers real-world dynamics to training events.

  • Secretary of Army recognizes innovation

    Apr 25, 2012

    Four Soldiers who built a training device to teach service members to safely exit an overturned Humvee were among 22 troops and civilians honored April 24, 2012, as part of the 2012 Secretary of the Army Awards.

  • Celebrating Earth Day at AMC

    Apr 24, 2012

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- From the parking lot to the sixth floor, the U.S. Army Materiel Command joined the rest of the nation in celebrating Earth Day by increasing awareness one employee at a time here, April 20.

  • Biden visits Corps of Engineers project in Everglades

    Apr 25, 2012

    Vice President Joe Biden discussed the administration's efforts to restore the Everglades at the S-356 pump station, a component of the Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park project in Miami-Dade County, Fla., April 23, 2012.

  • Strolling down memory lane

    Apr 24, 2012

    Alumni of the Transportation Corps officer candidate class of 1967 visited Fort Eustis Monday to see how the place has changed since they attended training 45 years ago. Highlights of their installation tour included visits to the Transportation Museum, simulation center and the water port on the James River.

  • New Picatinny small arms range complex dedicated to fallen infantryman, former drill instructor

    Apr 24, 2012

    Picatinny Arsenal dedicated a newly built, small arms range complex today to Master Sgt. Paul D. Karpowich, an infantry Soldier and former drill instructor from Hazelton, Pa., who died with U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers and civilian contractors in a dining hall in Mosul, Iraq, Dec. 21, 2004.

  • USARPAC financial staff gains efficiencies through consolidation

    Apr 30, 2012

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- The USARPAC G-8 hosted an "Office Warming" April 5 to celebrate the staff's relocation back to building T-102, located on Fort Shafter, Hawaii after 1-1/2 years in temporary office spaces due to building renovations. The move to T-102 was accomplished in two phases.

  • 10th Mountain Commander Congratulates Cadet at Boston Marathon

    Apr 26, 2012

    West Point Cadet Johannes K. Olind (left) is greeted at the finish line by Major General Mark Milley, Commander of the 10th Mountain Division, at the conclusion of the April 16, 2012 Boston Marathon. Olind, a native of Canton, Mich., was one of 16 cadets and 4 officers from USMA to compete in the event. The 21-year-old junior completed the 26.2 mile course in 3:02.21, finishing 633rd out of nearly 22,500 participants. MG Milley was in Boston as part of the Army's Community Connect outreach program.

  • Upgrades improve training and morale

    Apr 24, 2012

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Significantly improved ranges, upgraded training facilities and improved living conditions await mobilizing and demobilizing Soldiers at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss.

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command 2012 Best Warrior Competition day one

    Apr 28, 2012

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The 412th Theater Engineer Command's 2012 Best Warrior Competition got underway at Fort Rucker, Ala. April 24, 2012. The contest measures Soldiers' physical and mental toughness, and is designed to identify the best competitors among the 13,000 Soldiers within the command. Twenty-four Soldiers from the TEC's subordinate units took part in day one events that included an Army Physical Fitness Test, a written exam, a technical essay as well as day and night land navigation courses. The best noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier from the competition will hold the title of Best Warrior for one year throughout the command, and will compete in the United States Army Reserve Command's Best Warrior competition in June at Fort Mc Coy, Wis. Winners of the USARC competition will compete at the Army level.

  • Westphal outlines the Army's financial management and business transformation

    Feb 1, 2013

    Westphal testifies about the Army's financial management and business transformation

  • April 18, 2012 -- Testimony before SASC (Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee)

    Apr 24, 2012

    STATEMENT BY THE HONORABLE JOSEPH W. WESTPHAL UNDER SECRETARY OF THE ARMY / CHIEF MANAGEMENT OFFICER

  • Sgt. Randy Roscoe competes in the IMCOM Best Warrior Competition

    Apr 24, 2012

    SAN ANTONIO, TX. -- The top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from each of the four regions of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command gathered at Camp Bullis, San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the IMCOM Best Warrior competition.

  • Luncheon honors Gold Star Wives

    May 3, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - While growing up, Col. David H. Carstens accompanied his father on visits with family friends where the discussions focused on life, family accomplishments and the future. It wasn't until much later Carstens discovered the friends were former Soldiers who had survived the sinking of the Leopoldville with his father during World War II.

  • Honor Flight takes off

    Apr 24, 2012

    Army Sustainment Command Soldiers greet veterans as they make their way toward the terminal gate.

  • Third Army Soldier inducted to Order of Military Medical Merit

    Apr 24, 2012

    SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - More than 25 years of service to the Army Medical Department culminated to one moment, but those years, and all the dedication and commitment, were not in anticipation of awards or accolades. "It was never about me," said Master Sgt. Deon E. Dabrio, who was inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit during a ceremony at the Third Army/ARCENT headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. April 18. "It was always about the Soldiers around me."

  • 22d Chem Battalion celebrates Spring

    Apr 24, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The Families of the 22d Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort) and 20th Support Command (CBRNE) enjoyed an afternoon of fun, friendship, and relaxation during the Defender's Spring Fling at McBride Parade Field in APG South April 7.

  • Measuring human behavior

    Apr 25, 2012

    Loud sounds. Flash bangs. Bright lights. Blunt projectiles. The Target Behavioral Response Laboratory conducts tests to study how humans react to various devices and how they can be made more effective.

  • Kuwait celebrates Earth Day

    Apr 24, 2012

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- Brig. Gen. Jonathan G. Ives (left), Commanding General, 346th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Washington Army National Guard, and Lt. Col. Fredrick Bower (right), deputy commander, Area Support Group-Kuwait supports Earth Day by helping plant two date palm trees here April 22. The date palm trees were donated by International Telephone and Telegraph and ASG-KU. The trees planted will bear fruit and produce six offspring date palms to be planted here. Third Army is shaping the future by maintaining and keeping the environment clean and healthy throughout its area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shelia L. Sledge, Third Army/ARCENT Public Affairs)

  • Putting the Boom in Thunder

    Jun 8, 2012

    Members of the 138th Fires Brigade have been called upon once again to help put the Boom in "Thunder." The organizers of the annual Thunder Over Louisville celebration call on the men and women of the Kentucky National Guard's 138th Fires Brigade to fire for effect in the annual airshow and fireworks display. Thunder Over Louisville is the kickoff celebration that begins the Kentucky Derby Festival.

  • ARL hosts French delegation

    Apr 24, 2012

    Recently, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. (APG) hosted an exploratory discussion visit with representatives from the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), French Ministry of Defense, headed by Brig. Gen. Dominique Luzeaux, director for Land Systems Acquisition. The French delegation provided an overview of the DGA Land Systems, mission, responsibilities and current international activities with the U.S. and other international partners. At the end of the visit, Brig. Gen. Luzeaux expressed his appreciation and recognition of ARL as a leading defense research facility and his support for future cooperation between ARL and DGA.

  • Sexual assaults: Restricted reporting gives Soldiers, families confidential assistance

    Apr 26, 2012

    Sexual Assault reporting by the Department of Defense showed that the combined unrestricted and restricted reports across the military rose by one percent from fiscal years 2010 to 2011.

  • Registration to open for Army Ten-Miler's 30,000 entries

    Apr 25, 2012

    The Army Ten-Miler, one of the national capital area's landmark running events, is gearing up for this year's 28th annual run, Oct. 21, 2012.

  • Yak Team Wahed - One Team United

    Apr 24, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (April 24, 2012) -- "Yak team Wahed." That saying had special meaning to us as our interpreter, Wahed, bridged the language gap and made it possible for NATO soldiers to communicate and work seamlessly with Afghan soldiers. We seldom hear of the successful tandem efforts between the ANA and their coalition counterparts but that afternoon we had the opportunity to see it. That is exactly what this mismatched group was -- One Team United.

  • ROK Army honors legendary IX Corps commander

    Jun 21, 2012

    YEOJU, South Korea - The Republic of Korea Army honored the U.S. Army commander who helped to liberate Seoul at a memorial unveiling ceremony here April 24.

  • Bartering for Chocolate: Negotiations at local bazaar create sweet deal for all parties

    Apr 24, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (April 24, 2012) - I've walked through the local bazaar a few times since arriving at Kandahar seven months ago but I was never compelled to buy anything. Today was different for some reason. It could be that I haven't purchased anything to remind myself of my time spent here and the beauty that can be found in such a desolate place, or it could be that I never felt like testing my negotiation skills. As I walked through the aisles of the outdoor market today something caught my eye.

  • 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command rigging and airdrop recovery training exercise

    Apr 24, 2012

    Soldiers from the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command oversee Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Osan Air Base April 16 as they load pallets as part of a rigging and airdrop recovery training exercise. The 19th served as the liaison between the Air Force and Army during the exercise which took place from April 16-20.

  • Enroute critical care nurses save lives in Afghanistan

    Apr 24, 2012

    As they all sit around the picnic table playing board games, ping pong or just sitting around getting to know each other waiting on that unwanted call, they all drop what their doing to run out to an awaiting aircraft to take them to pick the wounded.

  • Tri-service Surgeons General visit medical units in Afghanistan

    Apr 25, 2012

    Senior military medical officials from the U.S. and the United Kingdom visited medical units throughout Afghanistan to assess the advances and challenges being faced in the medical community while in a deployed environment.

  • Steel Runner - Sgt. 1st Class Rita Rice runs 100 miles in honor of fallen comrades from North Caroli

    Apr 30, 2012

    As the hot sun began to rise above the horizon here on the first day of April, 2012, a 10-mile road race was about to begin, and at that same time, on the other side of base, a lone runner pushed herself harder and faster around this desert outpost to finish her 24-hour quest: 100 miles in remembrance of fellow North Carolinians who have died in the war on terror.

  • The Green Zone: Two worlds merge on one small strip of sidewalk in Afghanistan

    Apr 24, 2012

    KABUL, Afghanistan - "Ma'am! Ma'am! Excuse me ma'am!" the little boy said as he ran alongside me on the sidewalk. My fellow 230th Signal Company Soldiers and I were on our first mission outside the gates of Kandahar and traveled to the one area where visiting with locals of the city was allowed. Little did I know that my curiosity and my camera would be the tools that bridged the gap between two cultures that day.

  • Columbia Helicopters team up with US Soldiers for Afghanistan survival training - Special Ops Style

    Apr 24, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (April 18, 2012) - The pilots of Columbia Helicopters went through an emergency landing, evacuated their injured military passengers and commandeered vehicles; they endured an ambush, intense interrogation sessions, and their birds never even left the ground. It was realistic, it was intense, and it was all in the name of training.

  • Medical training key for sustainable capacity building during Philippine, U.S. combined exercise

    Apr 24, 2012

    PUERTO PRINCESA, Republic of the Philippines -- Exercise Balikatan 2012, in its 28th iteration, is focusing on capacity building during its humanitarian civic assistance projects within local communities, as it did for more than 60 rural health care workers in the village of Maningisda April 12, 2012.

  • Honor's Café chef wows national competition

    Apr 26, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Jerk chicken and mango salsa accompanied by cranberry walnut couscous with sautéed asparagus. Dinner at a 5-star restaurant? No, that's what Pvt. Chainisha Williams cooked to clinch the bronze medal at the 37th Annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va., March 9.

  • Three Soldiers make U.S. Olympic wrestling team

    Jul 26, 2012

    Three Greco-Roman wrestlers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program earned Olympic berths at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for Wrestling, April 21-22, 2012.

  • Foal Eagle 2012 wraps up

    Apr 23, 2012

    U.S. and Republic of Korea troops wrap-up their latest combined training exercise on the peninsula. LTC Tim Hayden comments on the benefits of the unique training opportunity.

  • Army Now - Soldiers raise money for the Wounded Warrior

    Apr 23, 2012

    Soldiers participate in a twelve-mile extreme obstacle course to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

  • 2012 National Collegiate Boxing Association Championships April 5-7, 2012

    Apr 25, 2012

  • Wounded warriors begin bike ride from White House

    Apr 23, 2012

    Wounded warriors bike through the White House gates during the 6th Annual Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride.

  • Soldiers run to remember Tillman

    Apr 24, 2012

    A total of 28,000 registered runners and wheelchair competitors came to Tempe, Ariz., Apr. 21, 2012, to compete in the 8th Annual "Pat's Run."

  • Army Now - Echo Battery, 6th BN, 52nd Air Defense soldiers sharpen their skills

    Apr 23, 2012

    Echo Battery, 6th BN, 52nd Air Defense soldiers sharpen their skills during a yearly competition in Korea.

  • Army Now - Army pilots and support staff from Ft. Polk showcased a Lakota helicopter

    Apr 23, 2012

    Army pilots and support staff from Ft. Polk, LA showcased a Lakota helicopter during the Marrakech Air and Trade Show in Africa.

  • Family Readiness Group offers a night of bowling

    Apr 23, 2012

    HHC Family Readiness Group hosted a bowling event, April 19.

  • Cooking Competition Heats Up

    Apr 23, 2012

    364th ESC cooks compete in 45th Annual Phillip A. Connelly Awards Program at the USARC level.

  • A joint Army Reserve/National Guard pre-retirement seminar

    Apr 23, 2012

    A joint Army Reserve/National Guard pre-retirement seminar was held on Fort Snelling, Minn., April 21 for 210 Soldiers and their families. The event was hosted by U.S. Army Reserve Command and it allowed Soldiers who are near retirement age to learn more about available benefits and opportunities for Army retirees.

  • DOD recognizes Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of Year

    Apr 24, 2012

    Master Sgt. William A. Downey was honored as the Army's Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the Year in a DOD ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes April 18, 2012.

  • Putting the Boom in Thunder

    Apr 23, 2012

    Ceremonial artillery crew of the 138th Fires Brigade at the "Thunder Over Louisville" airshow and fireworks. "Thunder Over Louisville" is the celebration that begins the two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival that culminates in the 138th annual Kentucky Derby horse race.

  • Soldier receives BOSS volunteer of the year award

    Apr 23, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Spc. Cher Wheeler, from Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, received the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers volunteer of the year award Apr. 20 at Club Hood. Wheeler was selected for the honor, among more than 300 of her peers, for her hard work and dedication to the program. BOSS is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing enhanced quality of life, community involvement, opportunities, and recreation and leisure events for single soldiers.

  • 82nd Airborne team takes 'Best Sapper' trophy

    Apr 24, 2012

    For the 2012 winners of the Best Sapper competition, laying claim to the trophy was well worth the 53 hours of ticks, mosquitoes and misery they endured trudging through the woods and trails of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., April 19-21, 2012.

  • Army Leads Case High School Students on Pathway to Success

    Apr 23, 2012

    The U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Milwaukee launched an interactive event with students at Case High School in Racine, Wis., April 19, 2012.

  • 'Always the first'

    Apr 23, 2012

    The 1st Infantry Division welcomes the first Apache Block IIIs to their helicopter line up.

  • Division West Soldiers ride for wounded warriors

    Apr 24, 2012

    First Army Division West Soldiers participated in the annual Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge, riding their bicycles from Killeen to Waco, Texas, April 19, 2012, to aid in the effort to raise funds for wounded service members and veterans.

  • Soldiers, NCOs compete to be named IMCOM's best

    Apr 25, 2012

    Four Soldiers and four noncommissioned officers from around the world are facing off this week in the Installation Management Command Best Warrior competition at Camp Bullis, Texas.

  • Soldiers qualify for 2012 Olympic Wrestling Team

    Apr 23, 2012

    Sgt. Spenser Mango, World Class Athlete Program, Fort Carson, Colo., throws an opponent during a preliminary match at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials held at Iowa City, Iowa, April 21 & 22. Mango went on to earn a berth at the 2012 Olympic games scheduled for July in London. Other Soldiers qualifying for the London games were Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers and Spc. Justin Lester.

  • Stuttgart: A bustling city off the beaten path

    Apr 23, 2012

    Open any travel book for Germany and you'll find great places to explore. While big cities like Berlin, Munich and Hamburg are notoriously on the tourist radar, one city is always left out, undeservedly. Stuttgart is a booming city with a lot to offer, great public transportation, and four military garrisons, one of which has a PX complex which rivals Grafenwoehr's own.

  • 'Dragon' Soldiers compete in Best Ranger Competition

    Apr 23, 2012

    Six Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, traveled to Fort Benning, Ga., for the 29th Annual David E. Granger Best Ranger Competition.

  • Former FA Soldier recalls military service

    Apr 23, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Hours before paratroopers from Fort Bragg, N.C., jumped from a C-17 for a fires training mission, Donald Stevenson stood on the ground envious. "I wish I could go jump with them, but I don't think they'll allow old former Soldiers to do that," he said. "I'll just stand on the side and watch the young Soldiers do it."

  • Army Reserve unit honored at third annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

    Apr 24, 2012

    For most hot rod fans at the Four-Wide Nationals, it was the thunder of 30,000 horsepower engines in cars like Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher and Antron Brown's U.S. Army Top Fuel dragsters that gained their respect in Charlotte, N.C., April 14, 2012.

  • Families, pets can be vulnerable to rabies

    Apr 23, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- The Army Surgeon General issued orders last year to all five Army Regional Medical Commands to raise awareness and education related to the risks of rabies exposure from feral animals.

  • ADA competes for best shooter

    Apr 23, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- A battlefield is a competition. The stakes are life and death and the winner does not receive a trophy. Commander Col. Daniel Garcia, emphasized this mentality with his 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade Gunfighter Competition April 10-12.

  • Soldiers, civilians participate in 7th Annual Pat Tillman Run in Afghanistan

    Apr 24, 2012

    In honor of Pat Tillman's legacy, more than 250 service members and civilians participated in the 7th Annual Pat Tillman Run, held for the first time at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, since Tillman's death in 2004.

  • ALC Welcomes New Info Ops Sergeant Major

    Apr 23, 2012

    Master Sergeant Ronald Santos is the new sergeant major for the Headquarters, Army Reserve Information Operations Command (ARIOC) located at the Adelphi Lab Center.

  • Airborne field artillery trains on, above Fort Sill

    Apr 25, 2012

    Elements of the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., parachuted into one of Fort Sill's drop zones last week for a joint fires exercise.

  • 'NBA Cares' rep talks post traumatic stress

    Apr 23, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Former NBA referee and now "NBA Cares" ambassador Bob Delaney visited Fort Sill April 11 to speak with Soldiers about his experiences with post traumatic stress.

  • Army leaders discuss S&T strategy, priorities to deliver solutions

    Apr 23, 2012

    The deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology led a dialogue among six officials from across the Army's scientific community, April 18, 2012, at the National Defense Industrial Association's 13th Annual Science and Engineering Technology Conference at North Charleston, S.C.

  • CG Challenges Sill to 'Get Out and Get Fit'

    Apr 23, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Thousands gathered for the CG's Challenge: Get Out and Get Fit, April 13, at Fort Sill Polo Field. Soldiers, family members and civilians got answers from the experts on everything from exercise to nutrition to smoking cessation.

  • Soldiers use music to create positive social change in community

    Apr 25, 2012

    Soldier-Musicians from The United States Army Field Band joined OrchKids for a five-day workshop at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School, April 16-20.

  • EPC offers a home for community children

    Apr 23, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- An assignment in Germany has both benefits and drawbacks for many families. Distance from family, friends and home can sometimes cloud the travel and cultural opportunities of living in Europe. This strain, paired with regular deployments, creates too big a burden for some families. To help ease this pressure on children, the Family Advocacy Program established the Emergency Placement Care system, which temporarily moves children from a dysfunctional home into the care of another family. These short-term families act as intermediary caregivers to children who need to be removed from their homes for health and safety reasons while their own families receive counseling.

  • The sky is the limit for student-athlete Alex Lopez

    Apr 23, 2012

    USAG Grafenwoehr celebrates Month of the Military Child VILSECK, Germany -- As someone who describes herself as "adventurous," Alex Andrea Lopez, 16, fits in well with the on-the-go military lifestyle. "I'm an adrenaline baby. I really like to take risks and do the out-of-the-box stuff," she said. "I hate normal." Born in Fort Hood, Texas, Lopez has spent her entire life as a military child. After bouncing between Texas, Kentucky and Colorado for a few years, Lopez and her family moved to Germany in 2005, when she turned 10. They made it to U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr in 2007, where her father, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Joseph Lopez, joined the 172nd Infantry Brigade.

  • Three-sport athlete Shawn Peebles juggles athletics, academics with ease

    Apr 23, 2012

    USAG Grafenwoehr celebrates Month of the Military Child VILSECK, Germany -- Shawn Peebles Jr. is a study in contrasts. Soft-spoken and unassuming, he talks modestly about himself, capping most answers with a short, almost nervous chuckle. On the football field, it's a different story.

  • Deraj McClinton thrives on the hustle and bustle of life

    Apr 23, 2012

    USAG Grafenwoehr celebrates Month of the Military Child VILSECK, Germany -- Darej McClinton walks the halls of Vilseck High School with confidence. She has a slight swagger that suggests she's laid back and can easily go with the flow. She stops short in front of her locker and opens it - revealing a cascade of thick textbooks, homework speckled papers and spiral notebooks. She reaches into the depths of the crowded abyss, pulling out a black softball glove. As she slams the locker shut, the strap on her book bag tries to escape, only to be caught in the crease of the door. "It's a mess, I know," says the 17-year-old senior. With a slight grin she adds, "I'm just lazy," then breaks into a hearty laugh - one that seems more ironic than funny as McClinton is anything but lazy. In fact, her schedule is dizzying with the hustle and bustle of social life and schoolwork, mixed with numerous extracurricular activities.

  • From failure to accomplishment: Kaiserslautern NCO's resiliency leads to competition comeback

    Apr 23, 2012

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Last year, Staff Sgt. Robert Donovan pushed himself too hard during the road march at the best warrior competition. He hadn't drank enough water, his muscles cramped and his legs felt shaky. Afterward, while plotting points on his map, Donovan felt delirious and dehydrated. Alone in the woods, he radioed for help -- signaling the end to his ambition of being Installation Management Command Europe Region's NCO of the Year. "It shook me up quite a bit, but I made a decision to get some treatment," Donovan said. "I was worried because my body had never failed me like that. It was quite a disappointment." Yet, instead of simply accepting defeat, Donovan saw his failure as an important lesson, a motivating factor that led him back to the 2012 IMCOM-Europe Best Warrior Competition, held recently at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr.

  • Kuwait Run Celebrates Army Reserve Birthday

    Apr 25, 2012

    Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines celebrate the 104th birthday of the U.S. Army Reserve with a five-kilometer fun run at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

  • Combined Forces Command hosts Tae Kwon Do competition in Korea

    Apr 24, 2012

    American Soldiers and Republic of Republic of Korea troops tested their martial arts mettle at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, April 21, 2012, during the Combined Forces Command Combat Tae Kwon Do competition.

  • Owners, officials encourage responsible pet ownership

    Apr 23, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- They've been married 25 years and their children have grown and moved out, so for Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Jacobs and his wife, Melissa, their two pet dogs are a big part of life these days.

  • Families run to raise awareness

    Apr 23, 2012

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers running on the streets of any military installation is a normal occurrence. On April 14, Camp Casey added a handful of bicycles, a sprinkling of strollers, and several hundred Soldiers and family members to the mix and came up with the 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and 30K Bike Ride to support the Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

  • U.S., Japanese firefighters host first-ever joint Incident Command System seminar at Camp Zama

    Apr 23, 2012

    CAMP ZAMA, Japan (April 23, 2012) -- A training event on responding to hazardous material- and weapons of mass destruction-related disasters was conducted by members of the U.S. Army Garrison Japan Fire Department and their Japanese counterparts April 19 here.

  • Students duel to spelling championship

    Apr 23, 2012

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- It's of course too early to know whether some future graduate of the Casey Elementary School will turn out to be the next Shakespeare.

  • Officers battle for best junior medical officer in Europe

    Apr 23, 2012

    Four officers tested their Soldier skills, knowledge and physical abilities to see who among them would become Europe Regional Medical Command's best junior officer here April 16 - 20. Day and night land navigation, physical challenges, weapons proficiency and many other events measured the competitors' leadership aptitude.

  • Humphreys celebrates Earth Day

    Apr 24, 2012

    CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- "Rain, sleet, or snow, Earth Day is a go," said Onsemus Smith, Chief of the Pollution Prevention and Compliance Branch of the United States Army Garrison Department of Public Works' Environmental Division.

  • Wastewater aerator upgrades at the Joint Regional Training Center complete

    Apr 23, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Upgrades to the Afghan National Army's Joint Regional Training Center's wastewater facility near Kandahar were completed April 8 thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Area IV 2012 KATUSA Friendship Week celebration in Daegu, South Korea is Successful

    Apr 23, 2012

    U.S. Army, Republic of Korea army and business leaders work together to mix a pot of bi-bim-bap, a traditional Korean dish, during the Area IV 2012 KATUSA Friendship Week final day festivities April 20 at the Kelly Gym on Camp Walker, South Korea. KATUSA Friendship Week pits teams of U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers from various units against each other in various sports to promote camaraderie and cultural knowledge between the two countries.

  • McHugh: Important time for the TRADOC mission

    Apr 23, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh traveled to U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters at Fort Eustis, Va., April 20, 2012, to receive briefings from TRADOC leaders on the Army Profession, doctrine, leader development, and training and education.

  • Textile technologist 'fired up' about her job at Natick

    Apr 24, 2012

    Most of us have experienced the occasional workday that goes up in flames. For Peggy Auerbach, however, that's a normal occurrence.

  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Mapping Africa one country at a time

    Apr 23, 2012

    When the U.S. military wants to head into un-chartered, or minimally chartered territory, they call on the experts of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or the NGA. By compiling the most current satellite imagery, existing maps, and layers of data like roads, rivers, and towns they are able to create custom maps and imagery for specific locations or events.

  • Army Secretary discusses the future of the force at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

    Apr 22, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh discusses the future of the force at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters, April 20, 2012 at Joint Base Langley--Eustis, Va.

  • Students in Japan gain Earth, science knowledge from Camp Zama experts

    May 3, 2012

    Though they lack the alliterative ring of the "Three Rs," the essential subjects of Science, Technology and Engineering were brought to life for Arnn Elementary students by subject-matter experts from the community here.

  • Volunteer recognition ceremony shines spotlight on everyday heroes

    Apr 23, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- There was a movement in the Force behind the Force as hundreds of volunteers gathered together in celebration here, April 20. A world-changing story in itself, the 2012 Area II Volunteer of the Year award ceremony showed the Yongsan Community the faces of several life-changing individuals. Volunteers, regardless of their rank or position, were welcomed to the R&R Bar and Grill as the Community held the ceremony to thank them for their service.

  • 411th Engineer Brigade heading to Afghanistan

    Apr 24, 2012

    Family members of Soldiers of 411th Engineer Brigade share an emotional goodbye during the unit's deployment departure ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base April 19, 2012. The Army Reserve Soldiers known as Task Force Empire will spend approximately a year in Afghanistan in support of the ISAF Joint Command's efforts to improve security, development and governance.

  • Brothers in arms: The Rowlands of the 411th Engineer Brigade

    May 7, 2012

    2nd Lt. Benjamin Rowland, deploying with the 411th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command, embraces his father during the unit's farewell ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., April 19, 2012.

  • Cadets endure grueling Sandhurst course

    Apr 21, 2012

    While they might have prepared for weeks to face the grueling Sandhurst Competition course, there's no real way to know what challenges the course will pose.

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