Archive: Aug 2012

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  • Secretary emphasizes Army's value in Pacific

    Aug 23, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh came to Hawaii Aug. 20, 2012, to discuss operations throughout the Pacific and to announce the next U.S. Army Pacific deputy commanding general for operations.

  • Corps of Engineers supports DOD counternarcotics strategy in Central Asia

    Aug 23, 2012

    Considering that proceeds from illicit drug trafficking can help finance insurgent attacks against U.S. Soldiers, help an ill-intentioned group destabilize a friendly nation, or arm pirates with high-powered weapons, it becomes clear why the Department of Defense is investing in a strong, sustained counter-narcotics program.

  • End of an Era: Master Sergeants Depart USACE Deployment Center

    Nov 30, -0001

    In the years since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deployment Center opened in 2005, more than 9,400 civilians, contractors and military have passed through its doors to train and prepare for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Post 'great spot' for AMC mission

    Aug 22, 2012

    Redstone Arsenal has set the stage for success.

  • Army North CG kicks off new school year addressing teachers, staff at Cole Middle School

    Aug 22, 2012

    Teaching military children here presents unique challenges and opportunities, the post's senior military commander told administrators, teachers and support staff Aug. 21 at a district-wide meeting. Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commanding general, Army North, and senior commander, Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, addressed Fort Sam Houston Independent School District personnel at the district's annual convocation in the Robert G. Cole Middle School Atrium.

  • Soldiers vie for spots at Fort Sill

    Aug 22, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - As trials get under way for the 2012 All-Army men's softball team, two Soldiers from Fort Benning seek to be among the 15 players selected to compete in the Armed Forces Championship Sept. 15-21 at Fort Sill, Okla.

  • Vietnam-era transporters gather at Fort Lee

    Aug 22, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Aug. 22, 2012) -- Like many before him, retired Sgt. 1st Class Dan Kritzer received a less-than-enthusiastic welcome upon his return to the United States after serving in Vietnam.

  • Alaska based Cavalry Soldiers embrace tradition, earn spurs

    Aug 28, 2012

    FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Aug 20-- Walking, and sometimes running, in the footsteps of history's finest cavalry Soldiers, troopers with the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division tested their intestinal fortitude and grit during a 16-hour "spur ride" Aug. 16 here.

  • Service members, families participate in pirate-themed camp

    Aug 22, 2012

    Unlike the movie, "Pirates of the Caribbean" these pirates didn't have to sail across open waters to find their treasure. Instead they were given a map made of parchment paper and ventured along the American Lake, Joint Base Lewis-McChord-North, Wash., to discover prizes hidden inside a treasure chest.

  • ACC recruiting recent college grads through rapid-fire hiring campaign

    Aug 31, 2012

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Recent college graduates looking for a career in Army contracting should keep their eyes on Armyhire.com for a series of rapid-fire job announcements, according to Army Contracting Command's human capital director.

  • Know the signs, save Soldiers' lives

    Aug 22, 2012

    FORT RUCKER, ALA. -- The Army is changing the way leaders, Soldiers and safety professionals receive seasonal safety information, and also are asking that everyone keep their eyes open for the signs they or their buddy might be at risk of an accident.

  • Reuse Center celebrates customers

    Aug 22, 2012

    Did you know the materials donated to the Fort Jackson Reuse Center not only reduce waste and improve the environment, but also save customers tens of thousands of dollars every year?

  • West Nile Virus symptoms, precautionary measures explained

    Aug 29, 2012

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Nationwide West Nile Virus has been confirmed in 43 states, and there are 693 confirmed cases for this calendar year so far. To date, there have been seven confirmed cases in Arizona and one death. Cochise County currently does not have any known activity from WNV.

  • Participants needed for PTSD study

    Aug 22, 2012

    Researchers with the Dorn VA Hospital and the University of South Carolina are conducting a study of physical activity for veterans with combat-related post traumatic stress disorder.

  • Paratrooper sculpture 'hallmark' of Airborne School

    Aug 23, 2012

    Passersby on Edwards Street may notice something new on the Fort Benning landscape. An abstract metal sculpture of a paratrooper with an open parachute was installed this summer on Eubanks Field, at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Shootings prompt interest in safety program

    Aug 29, 2012

    On July 20, a man walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., dressed in police riot gear, armed to the teeth and ready for violence. In a room full of Batman fans dressed in costume for the movie's premiere, the accused shooter, James Holmes, was just another masked face in the crowd until he opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding dozens of others.

  • AMC in the Seventies: a decade of celebration, change

    Aug 22, 2012

    According to a historical Army Materiel Command video, this was the era where disco was all the rage, M*A*S*H was a hit television show, and "Star Wars" hit theaters. Yes, it was the seventies.

  • Army's tank, automotive center gets new leader

    Aug 22, 2012

    DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. -- The researchers and engineers responsible for developing the next generation of Army vehicles got a new leader Aug. 13.

  • Suicide campaign seeks to remove stigma

    Aug 22, 2012

    According to figures released earlier this month by the Pentagon, 38 Soldiers took their lives in July, the highest numbers recorded in one month since the Army began tracking suicide rates.

  • MDW Organizational Day brings the heat

    Aug 22, 2012

    The workforce at the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the U. S. Army Military District of Washington brought out their competitive edge during the Organizational Day held at Fort McNair, D.C. Aug. 17.

  • Run for the Fallen draws thousands

    Aug 22, 2012

    Almost 3,000 service members and community members laced their running shoes and donned bibs in honor of fallen service members during the second annual Fort Jackson Run for the Fallen, Saturday at Hilton Field.

  • Post gateway to grace official state map cover

    Aug 22, 2012

    ATLANTA -- The State Transportation Board voted Thursday to showcase the Columbus Gateway entrance to Fort Benning on the cover of Georgia's official state map. The Victory Drive entrance to Fort Benning serves as a welcome to Soldiers and visitors alike.

  • Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inducts members

    Aug 22, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The Fort Benning chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club conducted its quarterly induction ceremony Friday at McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

  • Olson ready to make Paralympic history

    Aug 23, 2012

    Years of determination, hard work and resilience have led Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson to the cusp of making history at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

  • Changes to Comprehensive Soldier Fitness focus on families

    Aug 23, 2012

    Reflecting changes to the newly renamed "Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness" program, 32 Army spouses are now qualified to serve as master resilience trainers after completing a pilot course at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • The fastest way to be safe: Autocross returns to Cherry Point

    Nov 30, -0001

    The Cherry Point autocross began with an inconvenient delay due to rain and lightning strikes within five miles. After 45 minutes of waiting, the rain and lightning cleared, letting the racers commence to skidding their cars along the wet windy track.

  • Military families relieved of back-to-school burden

    Aug 23, 2012

    Back-to-school preparation is often a necessary strain on families who will pay an average of $95 per child this year on school supplies alone, according to the National Retail Federation. It was for a gracious relief of this financial burden that more than 800 military kids and their families anxiously lined a sidewalk in front of Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash., Aug. 19, to receive free backpacks filled with school supplies.

  • Multinational medical team recognized for joint outreach success

    Aug 23, 2012

    Service members and medical professionals from the United States, Mongolia, Canada and the Republic of Korea were recognized during a closing ceremony in honor of their efforts for the Medical Humanitarian Civic Action Outreach Project portion of Khaan Quest 2012, Aug. 21, 2012.

  • Transportation Corps hosts Vietnam War commemoration

    Aug 23, 2012

    The Transportation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Army Quartermaster and Women's museums, hosted a 50th commemoration of the Vietnam War, Aug. 17, 2012, at Fort Lee, Va.

  • WWII American paratrooper to receive Legion of Honor

    Aug 22, 2012

    EL PASO, Texas -- Living legends of the 82nd Airborne Division share camaraderie at the Benavidez-Patterson chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association "All-Airborne" clubhouse in El Paso, Texas Aug. 17, 2012.

  • On Top: Middle East District Employee Climbs Kilimanjaro

    Aug 22, 2012

    It is today, as it was then, that Mount Kilimanjaro is revered, even romanticized, in the minds of men and women who believe reaching the top is to reach some ultimate destination. Jay Wallace, assistant counsel at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District, reached that destination earlier this year, climbing 19,341 feet above sea level and fulfilling his dream of summiting the highest mountain in Africa.

  • U.S. military athletes leave mark on London Olympics

    Aug 23, 2012

    More than 20 U.S. military athletes, coaches, training partners, family members and support personnel served as sports ambassadors to the world during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • Corps, partners place endagered mussels in Mississippi River

    Aug 22, 2012

    The district and its partners worked hand-in-hand to place federally endangered mussels along the Mississippi River in Pool 2 Aug. 17. The team is trying to propel the growth of endangered species in other areas within Minnesota beyond the St. Croix River. The endangered species include the Higgins eye and winged maple leaf mussels.

  • Truckers collide at first ever KAF rodeo

    Aug 23, 2012

    The 25th Transportation Company hosted the first ever Kandahar Airfield Truck Rodeo on August 17, 2012. The units that participated were the 515th, 781st, 25th and 1486th Transportation Companies, whose mission is to support Joint Sustainment Command- Afghanistan Soldiers throughout southern Afghanistan.

  • DOD organizations launch inaugural Joint Science and Technology Institute

    Aug 23, 2012

    The Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Joint Science and Technology Office partnered with the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, the U.S. Army Public Health Command, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory to launch its inaugural Joint Science and Technology Institute, from July 28 to Aug. 10, 2012.

  • Deputy commander reflects on tenure with Cadet Command

    Aug 22, 2012

    Col. Peggy Combs departs Cadet Command on Thursday en route to her next assignment as commandant of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and a promotion to brigadier general.

  • Callison named occupational therapy consultant

    Aug 22, 2012

    Col. Myrna Callison was recognized as the occupational therapy consultant to the Army surgeon general in an Aug. 17 ceremony at the U.S. Army Public Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • Dr. Venter explains genomics work to NSRDEC

    Aug 29, 2012

    Dr. J. Craig Venter came to Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center August 20 to discuss his past and current genomic research with the workforce. This research includes genomic-driven solutions which may address needs on a global scale, including innovative energy sources, next-generation vaccines, and new food and nutritional products.

  • Medic! Combat medics battle to represent division at Army competition

    Aug 23, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fifteen combat medics from across 10th Mountain Division (LI), including six from 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Polk, La., showed their skills Aug. 14-17 during the Best Medic Competition.

  • Joint Chief presents awards to RC-East Soldiers

    Aug 22, 2012

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented a number of awards to Soldiers during an awards ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 21.

  • Student School Screenings at Eisenhower Army Medical Center

    Aug 22, 2012

    In order to ease the process on military families, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center holds three Saturday all-day events referred to as "School Screening Days" where students can go through every step of the process in individual stations in order to meet all of the requirements and to ensure they have all the necessary paperwork to register with Georgia public schools.

  • New York Army National Guard Medics On the Job In Germany

    Aug 22, 2012

    HOHENFELS, GERMANY-- Seven New York Army National Guard medics traveled 4,000 miles for to help care for patients at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) here. The Soldiers with the 466th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC) from Queensbury, NY, located at the edge of the Adirondack Mountains, arrived August 13 to provide medical support for Soldiers deploying to Kosovo. They will be on the job until Sept. 3. The New York Guard Soldiers are filling in for Reservists from the 4203rd United States Army Hospital Unit from Nashville, T.N. Those medics will deploy to Kosovo with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, South Carolina National Guard in September. The deploying medics are currently receiving additional medical training in other areas of Germany.

  • Operation Ammunition Clean Sweep 2012 mission complete

    Aug 23, 2012

    The 11-person Operation Ammunition Clean Sweep 2012 team inspected and condition-coded more than 2,500 short tons of ammunition in about six months.

  • U.S. military athletes leave mark on London 2012 Olympic Games

    Aug 22, 2012

    More than 20 U.S. military athletes, coaches, training partners, family members and support personnel served as sports ambassadors to the world during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • Dempsey: Transition in military uncomfortable, but necessary

    Aug 22, 2012

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the military must undergo three transitions in the coming years, with each dependent on finding the best way forward in lean economic times.

  • We are the Army's Home in the Land of the Rising Sun

    Aug 22, 2012

    Army.mil/risingsun is managed by the U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs Office to help keep the Army community in Japan informed about what is happening at Army installations across Japan.

  • U.S. Staff Delegation tours the DFIP

    Aug 22, 2012

    Jennifer Stewart, National Security Advisor to the Speaker of the House, toured the Detention Facility in Parwan August 16, 2012, to gain an understanding of the strategic-level mission performed at the DFIP.

  • Combined Federal Campaign Overseas ceremonial check presented to Japan units

    Aug 22, 2012

    Lt. Col. Jason Edwards and Ms. Fanciela Itule, the Pacific Command/U.S. Forces Japan Combined Federal Campaign Overseas leads presented a ceremonial check to Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison and Col. Eric Tilley today (Aug. 22, 2012) at the U.S. Army Japan headquarters building to honor donations raised by Honshu Army units for the local Family Support and Youth Services Program through the CFC program.

  • Training in South Korea raises antiterrorism awareness

    Aug 22, 2012

    The Department of the Army has designated August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month, which provides Army-sponsored programs that are designed to enhance awareness to prevent and protect service members, families, and civilians from acts of terrorism. This is done by embedding anti-terrorism concepts through training, education, and key leadership emphasis.

  • Soldier Spotlight: Getting to know Lt. Col. Gregory N. Ash Jr.

    Aug 21, 2012

    Soldier Spotlight: Getting to know Lt. Col. Gregory N. Ash Jr.

  • Fisher House holds 'Boots on the Bridge' run to remember fallen

    Sep 26, 2012

    Tripler Fisher House held the first "Boots on the Bridge, Remembering the Fallen" memorial run, Aug. 18, 2012, at Ford Island, Hawaii.

  • 412th, 416th TEC Soldiers arrive to support UFG12

    Aug 21, 2012

    CAMP CARROLL, Republic of Korea-- Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, briefs Soldiers of 412th and 416th TEC as they arrive here in support of Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012, Aug. 18.

  • IMCOM Pacific Teens gain valuable experience, make new friends at Youth Leadership Forum

    Aug 22, 2012

    High school students from several Pacific Region garrisons gathered at Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaii, July 18-24, 2012, for the annual Pacific Youth Leadership Forum.

  • Vietnam vets join 21st Cav aviators for Hueys' final lift at Hood

    Aug 22, 2012

    Iconic, dependable, reliable, tough, a workhorse, an air cavalryman's steed. All were used to describe the UH-1 Iroquois, affectionately known as the "Huey," during its retirement ceremony, Aug. 18, 2012, at Robert Gray Army Airfield on Fort Hood, Texas, when the 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat) conducted a ceremonial airlift with the final three UH-1s remaining in the active-duty Army.

  • Cadets conduct Currahee summer training

    Aug 21, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-Thirty-five U.S. Army Cadets trained with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, as part of their required summer military leadership curriculum, the Cadet Troop Leadership Training program, July 23 to Aug. 9, 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • More than a meal: Deployed cooks serve with heart

    Aug 21, 2012

  • Chaplain's Corner: Loving people "as is"

    Aug 21, 2012

    Humans are flawed, but should be loved as God loves

  • Diabetic beats odds, takes on Expert Field Medical Badge

    Aug 22, 2012

    On his third attempt, Staff Sgt. Shane Giltner, a diabetic Ear, Nose, and Throat technician at Schofield's Audiology Clinic, earned the Expert Field Medical Badge at Warrior Base, South Korea, near the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

  • Commanding General Shares Valuable Messages with Music Leaders

    Aug 21, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Jefforey Smith announces the name of the drum major for the 2013 U.S. Army All American Marching Band.

  • Falcon Soldier Fights Cancer One Step At A Time

    Aug 21, 2012

    Staff Sergeant Beatriz Flores-Torres, the brigade spectrum manager from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, is working with the DetermiNation program of the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness for cancer research by walking a half-marathon during Savannah's annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Nov. 3.

  • Task Force Viper Trains at Falcon Focus

    Aug 21, 2012

    Task Force Viper, a collection of elements from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, lead by the 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, is in Camp McGregor, N.M., for Falcon Focus, an eight-week intensive training exercise designed to prepare the brigade for its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Morrison assumes command of 7th Signal Command (Theater)

    Aug 22, 2012

    Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., assumed command of 7th Signal Command (Theater) from Col. John B. Hildebrand during a ceremony at Alexander Hall (Fort Gordon, GA) today.

  • Corps of Engineers, National Carriers take Water Safety message on the road

    Aug 21, 2012

    DALLAS-- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with National Carriers Truck Lines, Inc., took their water safety message on the road this month--literally. In an Aug. 15 meeting at the company's Irving, Texas, facility, Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, commander of the Corps' Southwestern Division, joined with Mr. Jim Franck, National Carriers, Inc., president, to place a water safety decal on the first of the company's 600 ttractor-trailertrucks that will carry the message nationwide as well as into Canada and Mexico.

  • Morrison

    Aug 21, 2012

  • Army Logistics University welcomes new commandant

    Aug 21, 2012

    John E. Hall, president U.S. Army Logistics University, passes the ALU colors to Col. Robert A. Harney, Jr. during an Assumption of Responsibility ceremony here, Aug. 21.

  • Solution to weapon development problem: Halo, Mass Effect

    Feb 18, 2014

    David Musgrave is a man with a problem. His latest project is undergoing field testing and he's just not getting the data he wants on how the weapon system he helped to develop is being used. The solution to his problem just might come from the video game industry.

  • Vertical engineers construct multinational partnerships during Khaan Quest 2012

    Aug 22, 2012

    Mongolian Armed Forces, U.S. Soldiers and Canadian Forces participated in the Engineer Subject Matter Expert Exchange portion of Khaan Quest 2012, Aug. 13-21, 2012.

  • Half-million Army accounts migrated to Enterprise Email

    Aug 22, 2012

    About 500,000 Army accounts are now part of the Defense Department's Enterprise Email, according to leaders in the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Army G-6 office.

  • Photo Essay: On the road with Secretary McHugh - Exercise Khaan Quest, Mongolia

    Aug 21, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh observed a battalion-level staff exercise and visited with Mongolian defense officials during Exercise Khaan Quest 2012, Aug. 15 near Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A regularly scheduled, multinational exercise in its 10th year, KQ12 is sponsored by the U.S. Army, Pacific, and hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces.

  • Corps' Dredge Goetz keeps Upper Mississippi River open for navigation

    Aug 21, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, Dredge Goetz is working hard this summer keeping the river open to navigation. The dredge crew recently finished removing dredged material from a temporary storage site near Reads Landing, Minn.

  • GENERAL RAYMOND T. ODIERNO

    Aug 21, 2012

  • UXOs: A potential hidden hazard

    Aug 21, 2012

    FORT A.P. Hill, Va. -- Late winter and spring rains have returned a healthy green to parts of Fort A.P. Hill that were charred by last year's wildfires. This new growth, knee high in spots up, can obscure unexploded ordnance on the ground or partially buried on Fort A.P. Hill range lands. This makes it all the more imperative to steer clear of this potential hazard.

  • New Training Management Doctrine on its way

    Aug 21, 2012

    The new manuals are part of the Doctrine 2015 that restructures how the Army develops and publishes doctrinal manuals. Several of these new manuals have already been put into print, such as Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) 3-0 and 5-0, but on Aug. 31 it is expected that most of the remaining foundational manuals will be complete and made available to the public.

  • IDES Customer Service Training

    Aug 21, 2012

    Col. Christopher Castle, the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center Commander, addresses the PEBLOS and IDES Leadership at the beginning of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System Customer Service Training at DDEAMC on...Fort Gordon, Ga. which is presented by the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army training team on August 20, 2012. IDES combines the Army Medical Board process and the Veterans Affairs process for disability evaluation to allow the Soldier to complete both processes so that care and compensation are ready for the wounded veteran once they leave Army service. (DoD Photo by Wesley Elliott, DDEAMC Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Army/Released)

  • Gen. Dempsey visits Bagram to present awards to Soldiers

    Aug 21, 2012

    Gen. Dempsey visits Bagram to present awards to Soldiers and speaks about what is most important for a Soldier while deployed.

  • On the job at Tobyhanna -- generator systems repair

    Aug 21, 2012

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. -- General Equipment Repairer John Kascsak connects a trailer to a test station to ensure the trailer's lights and brakes are serviceable while working in the Systems Integration and Support Directorate's Mobile Electric Power Branch.

  • New Technology and Communication Capabilities Bring New Challenges

    Aug 21, 2012

    The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) recently conducted a usability evaluation of the new planning functionality that has been implemented in automated communications engineering software (ACES). ACES is real-time, tactical network and planning software.

  • ARL's gift to modern medicine

    Aug 28, 2012

    Last November, Alex Foley was about six months outside of graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy when an officer's medical review revealed a tumor growing on the nerve that connected his ear to his brain. It's a fairly rare condition; national studies report only 20 or so of every million are diagnosed a year with it. Most people don't realize they have it until their equilibrium turns a smooth gait into a staccato step or a medical exam uncovers the benign condition. But if left untreated, the pressure from a growing tumor on the brain can be fatal. Foley turned to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda for his operation where surgeons use a medical tool -- a laser fiber -- that started in 1997 at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a basic science research project intended to advance next-generation military uniforms and telecommunication devices. Instead, the researchers' work in low-loss reflective materials led to the development of "the perfect mirror" which was based on the omni-directional aspects of metallic mirrors, or mirrors commonly found in household bathrooms, with dielectric mirrors which are commonly used in devices such as lasers. This technology resulted in lasers with reflective properties from every angle, and it's a critical building block for a revolutionary approach to neurosurgery. Today, surgeons in military and civilian hospitals around the world turn to the CO2 laser fiber to perform the most delicate surgeries. "The advantage of the CO2 laser is it adds safety to a lot of the surgeries that I do to remove benign and malignant tumors of the middle ear and the skull base as well as other pathologies," said Dr. Arnaldo L. Rivera, a Navy commander who heads the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic at Walter Reed. Rivera, who started using the laser fiber in surgeries in 2007, performed Foley's surgery. "The way the CO2 laser interacts with tissue allows me to be very precise in dissecting tumors from structures that we want to preserve." Laser surgery involves cutting or treating tissue with an intense, concentrated beam of light. Laser beams vaporize target tissue by evaporating the water inside its cells. "There's always been a fundamental tradeoff in surgery, in particular, in the treatment of tumors between doing things invasively or minimally invasively and precision," said Dr. Yoel Fink, one of the initial Army researchers who later founded OmniGuide, Inc., which marketed the first hand-held CO2 laser scalpel system that has been used at hundreds of hospitals in over 25,000 surgeries including the removal of cancerous tumors in sensitive tissues in the airway, ear, brain and spine, and other areas where precision is critical. "If you really want to be precise, you work with a steel scalpel and in that case, you need to open up the body in order to remove a tumor. So at that limit, you're very precise but you're also highly invasive." He said doctors often turn to radiation to excise tumors because radiation is less invasive, "but what happens then is your radiation damages a much larger region in your body than the tumor itself." The fiber's size and functionality help make it an ideal surgical solution, but getting both right wasn't easy, Fink said. "One of the big challenges we had when we got started was that the technology for making very thin layers on the inner part of the fiber didn't exist. So many people, when they heard about our original concept dismissed it because they said, 'hey, you can never manufacture such a fiber." So they came up with a new way of making such a fiber. "We start off with what we call a pre-form. It's a macroscopic, scaled up model of the fiber." The pre-form has a hollow core, multiple layers of the reflective materials, and even a cladding on the outside to protect the fiber. The pre-form is then heated and drawn down -- pulled almost like taffy candy -- into a fiber, keeping intact the 'technology' that makes the fiber work. "Upon receiving notice that I had this tumor, I had done extensive research on the tumor. I had joined the Acoustic Neuroma Association, which is a global organization that survivors and personnel that have that condition developed a forum and advise each other and give guidance on how to intertwine that part into their life, and overcome it," recalled Foley. "So I was reaching out to the Mayo Clinic in Los Angeles which is world renowned as well. And I had done some research in contacting them, but I contacted Bethesda because they're very close and all of the surgeons that I had heard about were phenomenal people here, and upon meeting Commander Rivera, I could tell from his persona that the medical staff here - although they may operate with their intellect and their hands - I think they really operate from their hearts. "I decided to stay within the scope of the military for the medical operation because I want to serve my country and I think that I have faith and put trust in the country to serve me when I need it too." Dr. Robert Kokoska, program manager at the U.S. Army Research Office in Research Triangle Park, N.C., said "the whole idea behind standing up a center like [the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies] was to exploit the growing field of nanotechnology on a very fundamental level." He said the Army was looking to create "a focused, concentrated set of researchers at one institution who can provide know-how in the area of nanotechnology looking at materials that are studied, synthesized, theorized at the nano scale to provide capabilities that you may otherwise not be able to provide through the Army." "Who knew that this theory and really ground-level materials development that was in many ways focused toward transmitting information could be used to transmit some forms of laser that could be used to melt tumors," Kokoska said. "It's a great deal of satisfaction knowing that the basic research the Army has funded here has been put to an important medical use that is saving lives."

  • Eighth Army taps Army Space Command for Ulchi Freedom Guardian

    Aug 21, 2012

    Army Space Support Team 3 is augmenting Eighth Army during this year's Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise at Camp Walker, South Korea.

  • Training at Vibrant Response exercise ensures agile joint force

    Aug 21, 2012

    More than 200 observer/trainers supported the recent Vibrant Response exercise held at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Ind., providing training, feedback, and ensuring adherence to standards throughout the emergency response exercise.

  • Army South strengthens partnerships with Colombia, Chile

    Aug 21, 2012

    U.S. Army South's commanding general traveled to Colombia and Chile from July 31 to Aug. 9, 2012, as part of Army South's effort to strengthen partner nation capacity through engagement and personal exchanges.

  • Conference brings military, industry, academia together to discuss space, missile defense

    Aug 22, 2012

    The 15th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition conducted Aug. 13-16, 2012, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala., saw more than 11,000 attendees walking through the conference exhibit halls, according to committee organizers.

  • Army invests $120 million in basic research partnership to exploit new materials

    Aug 21, 2012

    Materials by design partnerships are poised to revolutionize the speed of developing Soldiers' equipment, from body armor to batteries

  • Yongsan raises readiness by giving parents a break

    Aug 20, 2012

    The Garrison hosted its monthly parents' night out at the Child Development Center, Aug. 17. Numerous parents showed up to drop off their children and spend some personal time.

  • Safety checkpoint ensures Yongsan's safety

    Aug 21, 2012

    The USAG Yongsan Directorate Emergency Services, Military Police Patrolmen conducted a security/safety checkpoint near the Collier Community Fitness Center, Aug. 14.

  • Reeder assumes command of Special Warfare Center and School

    Aug 22, 2012

    One day after relinquishing command of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Maj. Gen. Edward M. Reeder, Jr. assumed command of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in an outdoor ceremony Aug. 16 on Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • 8th TSC EOD team defuses Maui bomb hoax

    Aug 22, 2012

    Three explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers from 8th Theater Sustainment Command's 74th EOD Company overcame time and distance to allow residents in a Maui neighborhood to return safely to their homes following a bomb scare Aug. 15, 2012.

  • Special Forces qualification students graduate course, don green berets

    Aug 20, 2012

    More than 110 Soldiers were officially welcomed into the U.S. Army's Special Forces regiment during a ceremony Aug. 9 marking their graduation from the Special Forces Qualification Course.

  • Botswana Defense Force, U.S. engineers improve roads, ponds

    Aug 21, 2012

    The 631st Engineer Support Company from Lawrenceville, Ill., are assisting the Botswana Defense Force engineers with a road improvement and pond restoration project near Mkankake Village in the Republic of Botswana, as part of Southern Accord 2012.

  • New deputy to the commander reports for duty

    Sep 17, 2012

    Chronister begins first week with the command at the SMD Conference

  • U.S. service members share Medical First Responder course with Mongolian counterparts

    Aug 21, 2012

    U.S. service members conducted the Medical First Responder course for Khaan Quest 2012, Aug. 13-17, 2012, at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia.

  • Multinational partners train in 'Khaan Quest'

    Aug 22, 2012

    A conglomeration of U.S., Mongolian, and various international forces took part in a staff exercise during Khaan Quest 12 to enhance their ability to operate in a multinational environment.

  • Cadets discover 'Back-to-School' not all the same

    Apr 30, 2014

    For students at Makongo, JiteGemee and Air Wing High Schools in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Africa, their school supplies are a note pad and a pen and pencil. Uniforms are simple and sometimes hand-me-downs, and as for electronic equipment and gadgets--there aren't any. But what they did have this year were Cadets from ROTCs Cultural Understanding Language and Proficiency program to aid and enhance their English education--native English speakers to teach conversational English.

  • Southern Accord Overview

    Nov 30, -0001

    Training exercises are a key factor in building military capabilities, whether it's national or international. Gail McCabe reports from the Republic of Botswana, site of Exercise Southern Accord 12, where the strongest lessons to be learned, were ground in the experience. Also available in high definition. Soundbites from Spc. Mark Carpenter, Brig. Gen. Isaac Osborne, Capt. Kubanji, Maj. Rob Lafferty and Col. Jim Matties

  • 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) takes 2012 EOD Team of the Year

    Aug 20, 2012

    FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The 663rd Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 242nd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) from Fort Carson, Colo. took top honors during the 2012 EOD Team of the Year competition here Aug. 17.

  • Special Forces Soldiers graduate qualification training Aug. 9

    Aug 20, 2012

    Class 270 graduates from Special Forces Qualification Course in Fayetteville, N.C. Fort Bragg's John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School held a graduation ceremony at Crown Coliseum complex on Aug. 9, 2012.

  • Welcome to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

    Apr 2, 2014

    Welcome to the official homepage of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Screaming Eagles, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

  • Barkley hydropower rehabilitation gets a 270-ton lift

    Aug 20, 2012

    KUTTAWA, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2012) -- Work crews here at Barkley Power Plant removed a 270-ton rotor assembly today from a crippled hydropower unit damaged 18 months ago by an electrical fire. The heavy lift enables the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District to move forward with the generator's rehabilitation.

  • Smooth operations for Twilight Tattoo take planning

    Aug 21, 2012

    Planning a Twilight Tattoo involves a lot of components and key personnel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

  • Gen. Ray Odierno delivers a message for the total Army family

    Aug 20, 2012

    In an interview with Gail McCabe, Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Raymond Odierno delivers a message for the total Army family.

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