Archive: Dec 2013

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  • Deep Steel Battalion cases colors before deployment

    Nov 30, -0001

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, gathered for a casing of the colors ceremony at Lewis North, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., Dec. 12.

  • 'Raiders' augment JBLM Trees for Troops program

    Nov 30, -0001

    This holiday season, approximately 600 service members of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., received a free evergreen tree, commonly referred to as a "Christmas tree," thanks to the Trees for Troops program.

  • Wounded warrior creates cycling program

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT SILL, Okla. (Dec. 19, 2013) -- You see a lot of Soldiers and other people riding bicycles around Fort Sill. And in the past year many more cyclists can be seen riding on post, due in large part to the efforts of one wounded warrior, Sgt. Peter Webb.

  • Bells ring, people sing, 62nd Army Band presents 'Sounds of Holidays'

    Dec 19, 2013

  • Celebrate holidays responsibly: plan ahead

    Dec 19, 2013

  • Inspector General explains leave, types

    Dec 19, 2013

    Army Regulation (AR) 600-8-10, "Leaves and Passes" states, "The frequent use of leave will make a positive contribution to morale, level of performance, and career motivation."

  • Families craft gingerbread houses, enter competition

    Dec 19, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - The spicy smell of gingerbread filled the inside the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Arts & Crafts Center Saturday as Families came together for the fourth annual "Gingerbread House Day." They had the opportunity to sign up for a morning or afternoon three-hour session to build their sugary architectural creations.

  • Fort Sill prepping to open tax assistance center

    Dec 19, 2013

    Fort Sill is training volunteers to work in its Income Tax Assistance Center.

  • FMWR presents fourth annual Night of Exrtraordinary Lights

    Dec 19, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, or FMWR, made the holiday season brighter for Families Dec. 13 and Saturday as it held the fourth annual Night of Extraordinary Lights, or N.O.E.L, at Mountain View Golf Course. FMWR expected 3,000 people to attend. The free event was open to the entire community.

  • Deployed Soldiers give to Combined Federal Campaign

    Dec 19, 2013

    The Combined Federal Campaign is an annual event that runs from September through December and allows federal employees to donate to charities through payroll deductions. Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade who are deployed in Southwest Asia, finished their campaign contributions by exceeding the campaign goal.

  • Fort Huachuca pays respect to fallen K-9 Unit Soldier

    Dec 19, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Hundreds of local Soldiers, law enforcement personnel, Family and friends gathered at the Fort Huachuca Main Post Chapel, Dec. 12, to give their final farewells to Staff Sgt. John Mariana, who passed away Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28.

  • Women cross more combat lines

    Dec 19, 2013

    The Army recently completed its notification to Congress to allow female artillery officers to serve in positions throughout the Army excluding Special Operation Forces. Now they can serve within direct support field artillery battalions, brigade combat teams and cannon battalions in fires brigades.

  • The power of "No"

    Dec 19, 2013

    The answer "No" doesn't always mean "No."

  • Drill sergeants, cadre test physical limits

    Dec 24, 2013

    Drill sergeants and cadre in 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery, at Fort Sill, Okla., took a break from pushing their Soldiers, to test their own physical limits, Dec. 11, 2013, in their inaugural Gauntlet Challenge.

  • Weinstein Village DFAC awarded for Thanksgiving dinner

    Dec 19, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - This year the Thunderbird and Weinstein Village Dining Facilities, or DFACs, held a competition to see which could put on the best Thanksgiving dinner. Weinstein Village won the Commanding General's Best Decorated Dining Facility, while Thunderbird DFAC was honored as the runner-up.

  • New York National Guard and South Africa Mark Ten Years of State Partnership Program Relationship

    Dec 19, 2013

    The New York National Guard marked 10 years of a National Guard State Partnership Program relationship with the South African National Defense Force during a ceremony at the Lexington Avenue Armory on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

  • Oklahoma, Fort Sill celebrate as National Guard turns 377

    Dec 19, 2013

    The Oklahoma National Guard and the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill celebrated the occasion with a cake cutting at Snow Hall.

  • Field artillery Paladin battalion deactivates

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT SILL Okla. (Dec. 19, 2013) -- After the unit served for nearly a century, Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, ceremoniously stood shoulder-to-shoulder while under its colors for a final time during the unit's deactivation ceremony Dec. 11 at Rinehart Fitness Center here.

  • Fires Center trains Fort Campbell Soldiers for C-RAM mission

    Dec 19, 2013

    Soldiers in 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery from Fort Campbell, Ky., worked with the Fires Center of Excellence to completely revamp their training to use the Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) weapon system in Afghanistan.

  • New York National Guard Ornament graces tree in the office of Vice President's wife

    Dec 19, 2013

    A handmade ornament crafted by members of the New York National Guard Family Programs office is now hanging on a tree in the office of Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joseph Biden, an advocate for Soldier's families and the mother of a National Guard officer herself. The ornament represents New York, the National Guard Family Programs and the Army and Air Guard.

  • Inaugural Warrior Artillery Fitness Challenge tests combat fitness

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- They were spent. All 22 participants of the inaugural Warrior Artillery Fitness Challenge gave everything they had to finish.

  • ICE - Interactive Customer Evaluation

    Dec 19, 2013

    Let us hear how we are doing! Please take the time to visit Dugway Proving Ground's ICE site to rate us and provide us with your comments and suggestions. Your feedback will help us maintain the quality of excellence you expect.

  • 5th AR Family Member receives volleyball scholarship to University of New Mexico

    Dec 19, 2013

    EL PASO, TX -- The daughter of Master Sgt. Johnny Carrasco, operations non-commissioned officer with 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, recently received a volleyball scholarship to the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

  • 214th Fires Brigade Soldiers prepare for deployment

    Dec 19, 2013

    In final preparation for their upcoming deployment to Southwest Asia, Soldiers of Task Force Charlie, 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, conducted a culminating training event Dec. 9-13 at Contingency Operations Location Mow-Way on Fort Sill.

  • Atlanta-based nonprofit gives colorful outlet to Ansbach warriors in transition

    Jan 17, 2014

    The Von Steuben Community Center was transformed into an art studio Dec. 13 as members of the Ansbach community donned aprons and brandished paintbrushes to help enliven the environments in which the transitioning warriors of the U.S. Army heal and receive care.

  • Fort Stewart ACS boss takes team to 21st Century

    Dec 19, 2013

    Fort Stewart Army Community Services attempts to keep up with technology trends to help Soldiers and Families using QR Scan technology and social media.

  • More time for Army retirees, family members to enable AKO email auto-forwarding

    Dec 19, 2013

    The Army extended the deadline for retirees and family members to activate the email forwarding function in their Army Knowledge Online account profile. The extension is for at least 30 days, to Jan. 31, 2014. Previously, the deadline was Dec. 31, 2013.

  • USACE civilians introduced to Army life

    Dec 20, 2013

    The United States Army Corps of Engineers conducted their annual Leadership Development Program training Dec. 4 through 5, using various ranges and training areas throughout Fort Leonard Wood. This program was developed by USACE to give their civilian employees an introduction to Army culture as well as leadership training, but it actually goes further than that, it also gives them a better understanding of the importance of their jobs and just where they fit into the big picture.

  • Contracting in the Persian Corridor

    Dec 19, 2013

    Many people are familiar with World War II and the different theaters the U.S. Army fought and contracted in around the globe. Africa, Italy, France, Germany, Australia, the South-Pacific, the Philippines all felt the presence of the U.S. Army.

  • Visitors stroll Fort Sill by candlelight

    Dec 19, 2013

    The Fort Sill National Historic Museum's 15th Annual Candlelight Stroll took visitors back to frontier life and the fort of the 1870s

  • Veterinary food inspector makes the right call

    Dec 19, 2013

    A USAPHC veterinary food inspector makes the right decision to reject a food shipment containing unidentified brown pellets.

  • Warrior Brigade welcomes new commander

    Dec 19, 2013

    The outgoing commander of the Warrior Brigade called the Soldiers to attention for his last time. The battle cry -- "Warriors!" -- shook the walls of the gymnasium. There was no doubt the incoming commander would lead a group of highly motivated and capable Soldiers.

  • SEXUAL ASSAULT Awareness

    Feb 25, 2014

  • 926th CCBn conducts communications exercise

    Dec 19, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Armed with computers and a suitcase-sized mobile communications network, Soldiers from the 926th Contingency Contracting Battalion deployed the Broadband Global Area Network equipment here during a Dec. 3-5 communications exercise focused on establishing connectivity for communicating in a contingency environment.

  • Odierno: Soldier, NCO of Year epitomize all troops

    Dec 20, 2013

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno recognized the Soldier and Non-commissioned Officer of the Year during a ceremony in the Pentagon, which he hosted Dec. 18, 2013.

  • Division leaders present first 'Mountain Tough' marksmanship streamers

    Dec 19, 2013

    If any Soldiers are not sure how Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander, feels about marksmanship, his message is clear. "There will not be another division in the Army that shoots better than us," he said. Townsend and Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Merritt, division senior enlisted adviser, presented the 10th Mountain Division Marksmanship Award streamer to D Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, and C Troop, 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, during an awards ceremony Friday for being the first units to successfully achieve the division's new marksmanship standards.

  • 500 Fort Meade Children Benefit from Operation USO Elf!

    Dec 19, 2013

    The USO's annual program, Operation USO Elf assists military families by providing toys for their children during the holidays.

  • Engineers prepare for advise and assist mission

    Jan 28, 2014

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 365th Engineer Battalion, based in Schuylkill, Pa., accompanied by Soldiers from Texas and West Virginia, successfully completed their cumulative training event readying for deployment.

  • DINFOS AND THE 55TH SIGNAL CO. PAY TRIBUTE TO FALLEN SOLDIER

    Dec 19, 2013

    The sacrifice and service of Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, the first combat documentation and production specialist to be killed in Afghanistan, was recognized in an emotional ceremony at the Defense Information School on Dec. 13.

  • MEDDAC wins 2013 Commander's Cup

    Dec 19, 2013

    When the proverbial dust had settled Friday at the Solomon Center, MEDDAC had won this year's coveted Commander's Cup.

  • Fort Jackson entertains Soldiers with some seasonal sounds

    Dec 19, 2013

    The 282nd Army Band entertains Soldiers and civilian guests during its annual holiday concert Sunday at the Solomon Center.

  • Fort Lee Soldiers participate in safety-themed holiday run

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 18, 2013) --Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, encouraged thousands of Fort Lee troops to stay safe during a physical training run Friday.

  • Partner nations join U.S. paratroopers for International Jump Week

    Dec 19, 2013

    More than 300 U.S., German, French, Spanish, Estonian and Dutch paratroopers participated in four days of airborne operations during the annual International Jump Week over the Alzey Drop Zone, near Kaiserslautern, Germany, Dec. 16-19, 2013.

  • Wreaths across America

    Dec 19, 2013

    Col. Stephen Yackley, Fort Jackson deputy commanding officer, and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Benson, Fort Jackson installation command sergeant major, lead a team of Fort Jackson Soldiers in saluting the Army memorial wreath during the Wreaths Across America ceremony Saturday at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The ceremony and wreath-laying were part of an annual event held nationwide to remember veterans during the holiday season.

  • AFIRM II Kick Off Gathers Army, Academic Regenerative Medicine Experts

    Dec 19, 2013

    The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command leadership hosted a kick off meeting at Fort Detrick for the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine: Warrior Restoration Consortium, known as AFIRM II, Dec. 16.

  • Safety briefings prepare Soldiers for leave

    Dec 19, 2013

    More than 7,000 Soldiers filled the Solomon Center for four sessions of the Victory Block Leave consolidated safety briefings Dec. 7 and 8. The Fort Jackson Safety Center facilitated delivery of several subject matter experts' presentations.

  • Drill sergeants help Soldiers prepare for personal leave

    Dec 19, 2013

    Are you prepared for Victory Block Leave? The U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School took no chances last week, inspecting dozens of vehicles belonging to Soldiers before they were allowed to leave post for the holidays.

  • Under Secretary of the Army releases Business Management Strategy

    Mar 27, 2014

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal recently released the Army Business Management Strategy, which serves as the primary planning and execution document for activities associated with Army Business Transformation.

  • BRDSS Team Earns AMEDD Wolf Pack Award

    Dec 19, 2013

    The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Resuscitation Decision Support System Team was selected as the winner of the prestigious U.S. Army Medicine Wolf Pack Award for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014.

  • Knowledge newsletter 12/18/2013

    Dec 19, 2013

  • FMWR employee earns regional recognition

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Taking care of single Soldiers can be a daunting tasking. Whether a single Soldier is new to the Army or just new to Fort Drum, the installation's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program helps ensure they have a place to call "home."

  • 511th MP Soldiers train for future missions

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The 511th Military Police Company completed an 11-day training exercise Thursday to better prepare for a possible deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Polar Bears participate in room clearance exercise

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- More than 80 Soldiers assigned to 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, "Polar Bears," 2nd Brigade Combat Team, participated in a live-fire room clearance exercise, Dec. 9-13, in Fort Drum's training areas.

  • New wellness techniques empower Soldiers

    Dec 19, 2013

    PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Military chapels are places where Soldiers know they can go to learn coping skills for the challenges of life. At Enduring Faith Chapel on Bagram Airfield on Dec. 7, things were no different, except that they were very different.

  • Army launches new field support reporting system for Soldiers

    Dec 19, 2013

    For the first time, Soldiers can resolve field support issues with their weapon systems by creating a single automated trouble ticket. The new capability integrates three existing trouble ticketing systems, creating a seamless online reporting form accessed through an Army unit's SharePoint system so it is intuitive and easily accessible to Soldiers. Known as the Unified Trouble Ticketing System (UTTS), the capability is linked to larger Army efforts to simplify the tactical communications network for users, streamline Network Operations (NetOps) tools used to oversee and manage the network and realign levels of field support needed to train Soldiers and troubleshoot systems.

  • Division leaders present first 'Mountain Tough' marksmanship streamers

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- If any Soldiers are not sure how Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander, feels about marksmanship, his message is clear.

  • MLB player donates gear to Vilseck High School

    Dec 19, 2013

    Pitcher Heath Bell reaches out to VHS with some much-needed equipment

  • 418th CSB activates contracting battalion at Carson

    Dec 19, 2013

    Unit colors for the 918th Contingency Contracting Battalion were uncased for the first time during an activation ceremony here Dec. 13.

  • Corps conducts test of post and panel system; Nears completion of PL 84-99 rehabilitation work

    Dec 19, 2013

    Following Tropical Storm Lee, fourteen flood risk management projects within the Baltimore District were identified to have eligible damages in need of repairs. Repair work was authorized under Public Law 84-99 which gives the Corps the legal authority to conduct emergency response and provide repair work when a levee system is damaged during a flood event.

  • Corps hosts meeting with the Delaware Nation

    Dec 19, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District hosted its first ever face-to-face meeting with a federally recognized Native American tribe on Dec. 4 at the district's headquarters in Baltimore.

  • Army opens new Convoy Live-Fire Course in Europe

    Dec 20, 2013

    The 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Training Support Activity Europe, on U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany, officially opened its new Convoy Live-Fire Course, Dec. 18, 2013.

  • Planning ahead saves holiday revelers from severe consequences

    Dec 19, 2013

    Because drinking and driving can result in death and permanent injury, the legal, professional, financial and personal consequences are correspondingly severe for infractions in Europe. All these consequences can be avoided by planning ahead.

  • Commander's Message: Holiday season presents much to celebrate, requires safety

    Dec 19, 2013

    Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and Franconia Military Community commander, wishes USAG Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt a happy, safe holiday season.

  • History departs historic arsenal

    Dec 18, 2013

    Robert Pfeil looked out his office this week into the bowels of the arsenal's museum, something that he has done thousands of times since he became one of the museum's curators in 2000, and thought about the long-term viability of that activity, as well as that of his career.

  • Watervliet Face of Strength honors those who faced adversity this past year and thrived

    Dec 18, 2013

    Searching the arsenal every month for someone who's talents, professionalism, or their call to duty has placed them in an exceptional category of being an arsenal Faces of Strength is not an easy task.

  • Wounded warriors maintain fighting spirit on the mat

    Dec 19, 2013

    Wounded Warriors from Fort Stewart, Ga., use adaptive combatives techniques as another tool for recovery during part of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program to help bounce back from injuries.

  • Gaian Database technology seeks to optimize data identification and processing

    Dec 19, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Dec. 19, 2013) -- Data volumes are in a stage of continuous growth, particularly in the areas of science, industry, and the military. Thus, the issue of authenticated federated sharing and the breadth and depth of information available, as well as the capacity to process it in a timely manner, are ongoing challenges as it pertains to information management.

  • JROTC Cadets spread HOPE for holidays

    Dec 19, 2013

    Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets Dustin and Austin Haubner help run the non-profit Helping Out People Everywhere, which has served 25,000 people with almost 900,000 pounds of food this year.

  • Celebration of Love brings holiday cheer to Fort Hood

    Dec 20, 2013

    Holiday spirits were high Saturday as volunteers from Fort Hood and the surrounding communities gathered together for the Celebration of Love event to express their appreciation for Soldiers by helping those service members in need during the holiday season.

  • Honolulu District Continues Support to Army, Pacific Region in FY13

    Dec 18, 2013

    Highly motivated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District staff supported military construction, transformation and initiatives on Hawaii Army posts that included opening a new barracks and continue construction of a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient barracks at Helemano Military Reservation, the new Warrior in Transition barracks and complex, ongoing-South Range Projects and Quad D renovations at Schofield Barracks, and the continuation and completion of Air Force projects, the Combat Aviation Brigade Phase 1 at Wheeler Army Airfield, and the Command and Control Facility at Fort Shafter.

  • CG Holiday Safety Message

    Dec 30, 2013

    To watch the 8th TSC Holiday Safety Message video, visit: https://vimeo.com/82233487 I would like to wish every one of you a safe and relaxing holiday season. In that spirit, our goal for this holiday period is for our 8th TSC Family to remain accident-free throughout the holiday season. 8th TSC has an unprecedented safety record and all of you should be justifiably proud of your contribution to this record. Leaders must stay vigilant to protect our force. We must convey to our Soldiers and civilian employees that we are counting on them to return safely. We must all look out for each other and effectively manage risk, especially during off-duty activities. Prior to the beginning of the holiday schedule leaders will focus their attention on Soldiers and civilian employees safe and responsible behaviors in support of 8th TSC's goal of a fatality and accident free holiday period. Our first-line supervisors safety conversations should be continuous throughout the holiday period. The 8th TSC Safety Office's safety folder contains valuable information on common hazards. More information is available at the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. As we stress safety, it is important everyone enjoy the holiday season while preserving the memories of this joyous period. Losses suffered during the holidays tarnish the spirit of that holiday for decades. During this special time of year, please remember the sacrifices of our Soldiers and civilians deployed around the world and their families back at home. I look forward to 2014 being an even safer year for the 8th TSC.

  • Soldier fights for spinal muscular atrophy cure

    Dec 19, 2013

    Capt. Shannon Terry, a legislative liaison officer for the California National Guard, finds strength and support from fellow Soldiers and the Getty Owl Foundation after her baby girl Reagan was diagnosed with with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1.

  • Military police use alternative methods to cover training and daily missions while unit is away

    Nov 30, -0001

    All Army units have standards and requirements they must meet, whether deployed to a foreign county or at home. This can be rather difficult at times when the unit is split into different locations, and the tasks and missions must be completed by fewer soldiers than they are used to having.

  • Newest Army recovery vehicle wields claws, can handle most anything

    Dec 19, 2013

    The Ordnance School at Fort Lee, Va., is continuing to fulfill the training requirements of Soldiers deployed in combat environments.

  • Quartermaster Museum to tell the story of riggers and 92 Sierras

    Dec 18, 2013

    FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 18, 2013) -- While the primary missions of Army riggers and 92 Sierras (shower, laundry and clothing-repair specialists) have remained unchanged over the years, both fields have evolved to accommodate the new technology and equipment that allowed them to continue providing supplies and support to troops in the field.

  • JBER Army, Air Force academies partner on enlisted-leader development

    Dec 18, 2013

    The purpose of this agreement is to prepare our personnel to anticipate and successfully meet challenges across the range of military operations and build a professional NCO Corps. Education is one of three core concepts that make up the Continuum of Learning, which encompasses the deliberate developmental path over the course of an NCO's career.

  • Fort Lee's Holiday Helper program: Soldier offers inspiration

    Dec 18, 2013

    FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 18, 2013) -- Smiles abound during the holiday season. It is a time when little ones anticipate the thrill of new gifts and families welcome close friends, cherished relatives and grown children who are returning home. There is comfort in long-practiced holiday traditions and the opportunities to spend quality time with loved ones. It is truly a season of joy.

  • 2013 Holiday Message from Secretary of the Army John McHugh

    Dec 18, 2013

    **Watch the 2013 Holiday Message from Secretary of the Army John McHugh: http://tinyurl.com/kfnlk5c

  • Rakkasan infantryman compete to earn EIB.

    Dec 19, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - More than 800 Soldiers from the 3rd BCT "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took part in the Brigade's Expert Infantryman's Badge event here, Dec. 9th through the 13th. "EIB is extremely important, it is the qualification that demonstrates that you are an expert in your given tasks," said Lt. Col. Marc Cloutier, commander of 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT "Rakkasans," 101st Abn. Div. "The EIB separates the good from the superior." In 1944, the Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall initiated the development of the EIB to recognize Infantrymen who have demonstrated their mastery of critical tasks that build the core foundation of individual proficiency that allow them to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy through fire and maneuver and repel an enemy assault through fire and close combat. "Expert Infantryman's Badge is exactly that, being an expert in your field; it's something that separates you from your peers and shows that you're a higher echelon among your peers," said 1st Lt. Jack Abate, the executive officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Bn., 187th Inf. Reg. The EIB event continuously tested infantry Soldiers with both mental and physical challenges such as land navigation, weapons recognition and proper usage, a physical fitness test and a multitude of combat related scenarios such as clearing buildings and establishing traffic control points. "Preparing for EIB was intense, every chance we had I was out there learning whatever I could from anybody," said Abate. "I was teaching Soldiers things that I knew and at the same time I was learning a lot from other Soldiers." Throughout the different levels of EIB tasks, infantry Soldiers were given three chances on different stations and two chances on the same station to succeed. If the Soldier failed then they would have to wait until the next EIB event to try again. "Historically the EIB has only had a ten percent pass rate," said 1st Sgt. Brad Amstutz, the senior non-commissioned officer for Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3BCT. "It's a big honour to earn the EIB, I still remember when I got mine, it gives you pride in yourself as an infantryman." EIB candidates agreed that the training they received during the event was exceptionally planned to go hand in hand with deployment style scenarios and tasks. "The difference between actual training and training during the EIB is the pressure, you have a time limit for everything and when you're under the gun the time limit doesn't seem long at all," said Amstutz. "Now at the same time it's great training because when you're downrange you're usually on a time pressure to complete tasks as well." The 21 Soldiers that successfully completed the EIB are considered to be some of the most proficient Soldiers in their field. "EIB holders have demonstrated a higher degree of mastery of tasks, attention to detail, and they also exhibit more pride in their own accomplishments," said Cloutier. "It means that you have the necessary skills and attention to detail to accomplish the most important individual tasks of an infantryman."

  • Engineer gains valuable experience during field training in Slovakia

    Dec 18, 2013

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. -- An industrial engineer from the AMC Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) Packaging, Storage, and Containerization Center (PSCC) here recently took part in a logistics standardization and interoperability field training exercise at the Military Training Area Lešť, Slovakia.

  • Public Health Command employees move their feet while they meet

    Dec 18, 2013

    A group of personnel at the U.S. Army Public Health Command have discovered a way to incorporate fitness into the day by walking while they meet.

  • 197th Infantry Brigade bids farewell

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Blast from the past: First guests view Armor, Cavalry gallery during soft opening at NIM

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Holidays see DUI increase

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Columbus State student named top ROTC cadet

    Dec 18, 2013

  • NCO Academy welcomes new commandant

    Dec 18, 2013

  • USAPHC ergonomist gets all shook up

    Dec 18, 2013

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command Ergonomics Program collected vibration data on military helicopters by performimg a study with the Vermont Army National Guard.

  • Congratulations Sgt. 1st Class Bish!

    Dec 18, 2013

    Command Sgt. Maj. David O. Turnbull, U.S. Army Military District of Washington, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Sgt. 1st Class Thomas E. Bish, MDW Deputy Chief of the Medical Evacuation to CONUS Hospitals (MECH) Army Liaison Team during an awards ceremony held at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Dec. 12, 2013.

  • Fort Benning Tax Center set to open doors Jan. 30

    Dec 18, 2013

  • MPs use alternative methods for training and daily missions while unit is away

    Dec 18, 2013

    All Army units have standards and requirements they must meet, whether deployed to a foreign county or at home. This can be rather difficult at times when the unit is split into different locations and the tasks and missions must be completed by fewer Soldiers than they are used to having.

  • Warning notification system launches

    Dec 18, 2013

  • JMC Command Sergeant Major Speaks at Local Wreaths Across America Ceremony

    Dec 18, 2013

    Event held at Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery

  • Stay safe, be smart during holiday celebrations

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Commentary: Resolve to be balanced and harmonious this year and next

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Soldiers, Family members receive free trees

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Hundreds of wreaths placed at cemetery

    Dec 18, 2013

  • CSU starts English as second language classes in 2014

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Ironhorse chaplain fulfills higher calling through Army service

    Dec 18, 2013

    Soldiers choose to serve for any number of reasons, whether to support their families, to follow in a relative's footsteps, to make a better life for themselves, or simply to ensure a better life is possible for other Americans. One Ironhorse Soldier chose the path of service for a different reason. Maj. Marshall Coen, the chaplain for the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, made the decision to pursue a career in the Army, because he felt a higher power needed him to serve not only as a Soldier, but as a chaplain.

  • Commentary: Bowl season is here

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Grappling toward success

    Dec 18, 2013

    Fort Benning grapplers train for upcoming tournament

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