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  • Army Emergency Relief campaign begins

    Mar 1, 2010

  • Military OneSource offers free tax filing

    Mar 1, 2010

  • Soldiers to get new cammo pattern for wear in Afghanistan

    Mar 1, 2010

  • New policy authorizes social media access, with caveats

    Mar 1, 2010

    Attention all Facebookers, Twitter tweeters and YouTubers: a new Defense Department policy authorizes you to access these and other Web 2.0 platforms from nonclassified government computers, as long as it doesn't compromise operational security or involve prohibited activities or Web sites.

  • Former Soldier drives USA 1 to Olympic gold in four-man bobsled

    Mar 1, 2010

    Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb ended Team USA's 62-year gold medal drought in Olympic bobsleigh competition by driving Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomasevicz to victory in the four-man event Saturday at Whistler Sliding Centre.

  • Army Safety professionals 'get to the left of the bang'

    Feb 25, 2010

    Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston urged Army safety professionals to do the hard work needed to get the force to "the left of the bang" Feb. 23 during the Army Senior Safety Symposium at Fort Rucker, Ala.

  • ECC NCO Spotlight: Sgt. 1st Class Nicole C. Brookes

    Feb 25, 2010

    Sgt. 1st Class Nicole C. Brookes, a contracting non-commissioned officer with the 637th Contingency Contracting Team, 900th Contingency Contracting Battalion, Anniston Army Depot, Ala., joined the 51C series after spending her first ten years of service as a Medical Specialist. After graduating second in her class with a 94 percent average from the Army Acquisition Basic Course, Brookes immediately made an impact at the Anniston Army Depot's Directorate of Contracting by awarding and administering over $1.6 million dollars in contracts. Of particular note are three critical contract actions she processed that directly impacted the production of combat vehicles on the depot's production line. Her vast knowledge and strong work ethic contributed to the completion of three mission essential contracts which kept the production line operational.

  • Army looks to speed up technology transfer

    Feb 24, 2010

    Some of the Army's top science and technology leaders said they are changing how they think and act so they can transfer new technology solutions to warfighters at the speed Soldiers themselves are facing an evolving threat on the battlefield.

  • Army's budget request prioritizes BCT Modernization

    Feb 24, 2010

    The new Brigade Combat Team Modernization plan and the Army's goal to "achieve balance" by 2011 are among top priorities in the Army's budget request for next year.

  • History of the Medal of Honor

    Feb 24, 2010

    The history of the Army's Medal of Honor and the Medal of Honor flag is given.

  • Army Medal of Honor recipients in OEF/OIF

    Feb 24, 2010

    Army Medal of Honor recipients of OEF/OIF are honored.

  • Soldiers shine in Olympic two-man bobsleds at Whistler Sliding Centre

    Feb 24, 2010

    WHISTLER, British Columbia - Sgt. John Napier reacted like a six-year-old boy on Christmas morning after he drove Team USA II to a 10th-place finish in the Olympic two-man bobsled event Feb. 20-21 at Whistler Sliding Centre.

  • Army steps up warzone contracting oversight

    Feb 24, 2010

    The U.S. Army has more than doubled the amount of Contracting Officers Representatives in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last year in an effort to improve oversight and help rebuild local communities, service officials said.

  • 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers Build Strong Bonds at Hilton Head, S.C., Resort

    Feb 23, 2010

    HILTON HEAD, S.C. (Feb. 23, 2010) -- The Army Strong Bonds retreat is a no brainer, you are being paid to attend, you are staying at a beautiful resort, and you are receiving world class instruction on communication, intimacy, and conflict management skills, that's according to Chaplain Col. Steven Dyess the 81st Regional Support Command Chaplain.

  • JTF-Haiti awaits final World Food Program requirements

    Feb 22, 2010

    The World Food Program ended the interim stage of its food distribution program in Haiti Feb. 20. Over 19 million pounds of bulk food rations have been given out to about 2 million Haitians thus far.

  • Buffalo Soldier Now At Home Atop Monument

    Feb 22, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Buffalo Soldier sits proudly atop his cavalry mount, holding the regimental flag and glancing off into the distance over his shoulder. Since 2005, the bronze statue of the Soldier and his horse have been hidden from public view, being locked behind a glass case in a hallway at the Academy for Academics and Arts, located in the Cavalry Hill Community just off University Drive. Although academy students enjoyed seeing the statue as they passed it going to and from the school's cafeteria, the statue was destined for a much wider audience. It has found that audience atop a 10-foot tall granite base on the front lawn of the school, where it now serves as a sentinel to a period of black history that is unique to Huntsville.

  • Army Technology Live debuts free iPhone app

    Feb 22, 2010

    The Army's official science and technology blog released a free iPhone application Feb. 19. The application puts Army technology news, social media and job postings in one location.

  • Holcomb leads Team USA in Olympic bobsled event

    Feb 22, 2010

    Former U.S. World Class Athlete Program bobsled driver Steven Holcomb finished sixth in the two-man Olympic Bobsled competition late Sunday and said he looks forward to the upcoming four-man event and ending the USA's 62 years with no gold in the sport.

  • AMC's deputy commanding general, Lt. Gen. James H. Pillsbury will moderate panel, host media op

    Feb 18, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Lt. Gen. James H. Pillsbury, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, will moderate the panel discussion, "Resetting the Force While Conducting Responsible Draw Down" at the annual Association of the United States Army's Winter Symposium and Exposition at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center Feb. 25.

  • AMC's commanding general, Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody to speak, host media opportunity at AUSA

    Feb 18, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, will present the "Army Materiel Command Perspective" at the annual Association of the United States Army's Winter Symposium and Exposition at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center Feb. 25.

  • AMC to demonstrate warfighter technologies at Winter AUSA

    Feb 18, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va.- The U.S. Army Materiel Command will showcase a plethora of new technologies that directly support the warfighter during the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium and Exposition Feb. 24-26 at the Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • 80th Training Command first Reserve unit to earn Safety Streamer

    Feb 18, 2010

    The 80th Training Command, the Army's third largest Army Reserve unit, became the first Reserve unit to receive the Army Safety Excellence streamer during a ceremony Jan. 30 in Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Pillsbury tours construction site, holds town hall

    Feb 17, 2010

    Lt. Gen. James Pillsbury, Army Materiel Command deputy commanding general, visited Redstone Arsenal Feb. 12. During his visit he met toured the AMC headquarters construction site and held a Town Hall for the HQAMC-Forward employees.

  • Life and careers of twins provide mirror images

    Feb 16, 2010

    Reflections of each other, twins Colin and Courtney Applewhite along with Susan Rowly and Sally Williams as close to one another like two peas in two pods. The two sets of twins have pursued the same career choices, attended the same colleges, and resided under the same roof after completing college with their siblings.

  • 410th CSB NCO honored for contracting excellence

    Feb 16, 2010

    As a contracting noncommissioned officer, Master Sgt. Eliecer Quintero Jr. has proven himself as a combat multiplier by applying his skills assisting Soldiers on the battlefield's of Iraq and Afghanistan procure items to get the job done. He's also helped provide the mechanisms to help villages in need of assistance in Third World countries. In part, it's this flexibility that helped Quintero capture the 2009 Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) Contracting Noncommissioned Officer Award for Contracting Excellence.

  • Soldier posts best U.S. finish ever in Olympic biathlon

    Feb 16, 2010

    ARLINGTON, Va. - A Utah National Guard soldier posted the best American finish ever Feb. 14 in the biathlon at the Winter Olympics.

  • Army Materiel Command launches Job Swap Program

    Feb 12, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command officially launches the AMC Job Swap Program today.

  • Commentary: Leadership means more than being a nice guy

    Feb 4, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - It is a lot easier to define leadership than it is to put your finger on the attributes of a good leader. There are as many ways to look at the question as there are ways to lead effectively. A common thread is often taking care of Soldiers. Looking out for your subordinates' well being is certainly an important consideration, but it always has to be tempered by the knowledge that accomplishing the mission might put those subordinates at grave risk.

  • MG Stein Takes Command of TACOM

    Feb 4, 2010

    In a formal ceremony held on January 29, 2010, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Major General Kurt J. Stein took over as the commander of the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC), succeeding outgoing commander Major General Scott G. West.

  • Program educates civilian leaders

    Feb 4, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- While U.S. armed forces continue to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help maintain peace around the globe, the nation's military civilian workforce is also growing rapidly.

  • BCT overhaul: Changes coming to Basic Combat Training

    Feb 4, 2010

    Basic Combat Training is getting ready for some major changes to reflect the modern battlefield, said Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, deputy commanding general for Initial Military Training.

  • NCO SPOTLIGHT: Staff Sgt. Myrna Ojeda

    Feb 3, 2010

  • Army R&D, PEO partner to train deploying Soldiers on new technology

    Feb 3, 2010

    At the request of 1st Army East, the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center Warfighter Support Office and the Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications Tactical Northeast Regional Response Center trained the Vermont National Guard's 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team "Mountain" on the Global Rapid Response Information Package. Very few brigades in the Army have been trained on the GRRIP, and the 86th is the first National Guard Brigade to receive this training. 1st Army East had difficulties finding subject matter experts because the GRRIP is not part of a program of record so it has no formal Army support system.

  • Panel to explore ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    Feb 3, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Tuesday established a Defense Department panel to prepare the military for the potential elimination of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces.

  • NFL stars and vets support injured servicemembers

    Feb 3, 2010

    Scientists, researchers and former NFL players have joined together to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and brain injuries.

  • FY11 budget includes $400 million for re-enlistment bonuses

    Feb 2, 2010

    The Army revealed its Fiscal Year 2011 budgets Feb. 1, including $143 billion to fund training and sustainment of the total force, and an additional $102 billion to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • "For Heroism...." The Soldier's Medal

    Feb 2, 2010

    The first awards of the Soldier's Medal were announced by the War Department on October 17, 1927 when the first four awards were made.

  • U.S. Army Materiel Command's Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

    Jan 28, 2010

    The U.S. Army Materiel Command has been providing world-wide support to the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti.

  • 2010 census: especially important to military families

    Jan 25, 2010

    With about $400 billion a year in federal funds at stake, the 2010 census may prove especially important for the thousands of Army families who have relocated since 2000 as a result of Base Realignment and Closure, said a 2010 census media specialist.

  • Make a movie, save a life, win $2,000

    Jan 25, 2010

    Prizes totaling nearly $4,000 are still up for grabs as the 2nd Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competion heads into the final months.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command reaches out to aid Haiti

    Jan 21, 2010

  • DoD, VA realign disability ratings claims process

    Jan 19, 2010

    Soldiers being medically released from the Army will soon benefit from a more streamlined disability evaluation system, due to a program aligning the Department of Defense's and Department of Veterans Affairs' disability evaluations.

  • 3/405th AFSB supports humanitarian relief efforts to Haiti

    Jan 19, 2010

    LEGHORN ARMY DEPOT, Italy - Yesterday, the 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade completed operations in support of U.S. Agency for International Development emergency relief efforts in Haiti.

  • 3/405th AFSB supports humanitarian relief efforts to Haiti

    Jan 19, 2010

    LEGHORN ARMY DEPOT, Italy - Yesterday, the 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade completed operations in support of U.S. Agency for International Development emergency relief efforts in Haiti. The Caribbean country of Haiti was devastated last week by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, prompting U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten to declare a disaster due to the effects of the earthquake. The Government of Haiti estimates that at least 65,000 people perished in the disaster, the U.N. approximates that at least three million people are affected and the International Organization for Migration reports that roughly 200,000 Haitians have been displaced.

  • Army programs to battle increase in suicides

    Jan 15, 2010

    Statistics for December suicides in the Army were released today, and show as many as 10 potential suicides amongst active-duty Soldiers.

  • A day with the SYSPAC

    Jan 15, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The System Safety Policy Action Committee conducted its regular meeting at the U.S. Army Missile and Aviation Life Cycle Management Command Safety Office here, Jan. 12-13.

  • Safety Award

    Jan 14, 2010

    Ken Rose was honored by John Manfre, safety director, U.S. Army Materiel Command for his two years of service as chairman for AMC System Safety Policy Action Committee during a committee meeting, Jan. 12 at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

  • Stricken Haitians Need Basic Supplies, General Says

    Jan 14, 2010

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2010 Aca,!" The security side of U.S. humanitarian relief operations in Haiti will take on a larger role as violence increases in the aftermath of the 7-magnitude earthquake that struck five days ago, the top U.S. commander in Haiti said.

  • Employees prep for transfer to new DLA tenant organization

    Jan 14, 2010

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Tobyhanna employees transferring to a new tenant organization were notified recently as part of the shift of the supply, storage and distribution (SS&D) function from the Army to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

  • Employees prep for transfer to new DLA tenant organization

    Jan 14, 2010

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Tobyhanna employees transferring to a new tenant organization were notified recently as part of the shift of the supply, storage and distribution (SS&D) function from the Army to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

  • AMC Band breaks ground on state-of-the-art training facility at Redstone

    Jan 14, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--The U.S. Army Materiel Command Band held the official groundbreaking of their new facility here Jan. 12. "What a great event. This marks the last ground breaking for our BRAC construction projects (at Redstone Arsenal). We are so glad you could be here and a part of it," said Col. Robert M. Pastorelli, Redstone Arsenal commander.

  • Contracting commands welcome two of the Army's newest general officers

    Jan 13, 2010

    The Army has passed another plateau toward its goal of improving Army contracting with the promotions of two general officers. The promotions of Stephen B. Leisenring and Joseph L. Bass are important steps in adhering to the recommendations made in the Gansler Commission Report of the Commission on Army Acquisition and Program Management in Expeditionary Operations. Leisenring is the commander of the Mission and Installation Command, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. Bass is the commander of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir, Va. The ECC and the MICC are subordinate commands of the Army Contracting Command, a major subordinate command of the Army Materiel Command. ACC has two out of three of its general officer positions that were recommended as part of the Gansler Commission findings in place.

  • ACC to join AMC, USASAC at Redstone Arsenal

    Jan 7, 2010

    The Army announced today the decision to relocate Headquarters, Army Contracting Command and Headquarters, Expeditionary Contracting Command from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Redstone Arsenal, Ala. These force structure actions will result in the reassignment of 79 soldiers and 234 civilians to Redstone Arsenal. The move is expected to be completed in August 2011. Headquarters, Army Contracting Command provides global contracting support to combatant commanders, and Headquarters, Expeditionary Contracting Command plans and executes contracting support for Army service component commanders in support of Army and joint operations. Headquarters, Expeditionary Contracting Command also provides support for multi-national contracting requirements. Both contracting commands will collocate with the U.S. Army Materiel Command and the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, which are also moving to Redstone Arsenal as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

  • Army Secretary prioritizes support, acquisition reform, outreach

    Jan 7, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh gave Pentagon staffers a "preliminary report" Wednesday after his first three months in office, asking them to continue supporting Soldier and family programs, continue acquisition reform, and focus more on congressional outreach.

  • Mullen lists priorities, challenges for U.S. military

    Jan 7, 2010

    The broader Middle East, taking care of troops and their families and managing risk remain the military's top priorities, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.

  • Stop-loss payments continue, but some no longer eligible

    Jan 6, 2010

    The fiscal 2010 defense budget extends payments to servicemembers involuntarily extended on active duty under the so-called "Stop Loss" program, but those who received a bonus for voluntarily re-enlisting or extending their service after being involuntarily extended no longer qualify for retroactive Stop Loss pay.

  • Understanding and preventing cold weather injuries

    Jan 5, 2010

    During the past 10 years, Soldiers have experienced an average of 361 cold weather-related injuries every year. Cold weather injury prevention is a command and leadership as well as a personal responsibility and successful management of cold depends on proper knowledge and understanding of problems associated with working in cold environments.

  • "Hell's Bottom" - Reborn

    Jan 5, 2010

    "Somervell's Folly" - The official opening of the Pentagon - 15 January 1943 .

  • Petraeus puts Al-Qaida threat in Yemen in perspective

    Jan 5, 2010

    The U.S. Central Command chief put the Al-Qaida threat in Yemen in perspective during a news conference in Baghdad recently.

  • AMC welcomes seven to rank of Black Belt

    Dec 30, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Lean Six Sigma is about improvement, reduction of cost, elimination of waste and problem solving but it also consists of complex problems.

  • NCO Spotlight: Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kahyai,683rd Contingency Contracting Team Vicenza, Italy

    Dec 29, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kahyai has amassed numerous skills during his 16-years Army career. A light wheel vehicle mechanic, a recruiter, an instructor, and as an OH-58D systems chief, he has sought new challenges with a can-do attitude and spirit. Looking for a new challenge, he left aviation maintenance and joined the Acquisition Corps in 2008. In December, Kahyai's was assigned to the 683rd Contingency Contracting Team in Vicenza, Italy.

  • DoD looks at long-term effects of burn pits

    Dec 29, 2009

    The Defense Department has launched a study on the possible long-term effects of the smoke emitted from burn pits used in overseas locations such as Iraq.

  • A living Monument for Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

    Dec 28, 2009

    The winding path of trees surrounding Fort Stewart's Cottrell Field is a living monuments to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The parallel path of more than 300 eastern redbud trees forms what Fort Stewart residents call Warrior's Walk. Each tree represents a 3rd Infantry Soldier that lost their life serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Started in 2003, the grove of trees is the result of private donations, according to Jennifer Jones, director of contracting for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at Fort Stewart Directorate of Contracting.

  • Logistics planners converge on Kuwait to coordinate next phase of Iraq drawdown

    Dec 28, 2009

    Military logistics planners from around the world converged in Kuwait earlier this month to go over the next phase of the responsible drawdown plan to move people and equipment out of Iraq.

  • Fort Stewart family uses unique holiday tradition to help children with deployed parents

    Dec 23, 2009

    In this season of joy, hope and giving, Earl and Debe Austin are transformed into characters that are larger than life and equally as fun to portray.

  • General cites reasons for pregnancy provision in Iraq

    Dec 23, 2009

    An Army general in Iraq is going beyond the typical protocol to ensure every able-bodied soldier in his unit stays fit to fight, even if it means punishing troops for engaging in sexual activities while deployed.

  • Pentagon officials identify troops for Afghanistan

    Dec 23, 2009

    Defense Department officials identified 6,000 servicemembers to deploy in 2010 as part of President Barack Obama's order to increase the U.S. footprint in Afghanistan.

  • Sergeant major of the Army visits Balad

    Dec 23, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - More than 100 Soldiers sat in chairs, nervously fidgeting with their uniforms, when the cry of "at ease" rang out from the back of the room Dec. 18.

  • HooahMail continues to grow in popularity

    Dec 22, 2009

    Since the start of HooahMail just 21 days ago, more than 3,540 accounts have been set up by families and friends of Soldiers in Afghanistan, and some 1,690 letters delivered.

  • Mentoring program a win-win for Soldiers, students

    Dec 22, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The second-grade students clapped and cheered for the 20 Fort Sam Houston Soldiers as they entered the William Paschall Elementary School cafeteria in an unplanned and rousing standing ovation.

  • AMC takes lead in task force aimed at Army Reset effort

    Dec 21, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - How do you carefully and expertly repair and return the tools of war' You assemble your best personnel; plan profusely and ultimately Reset America's Army.

  • 2/405th AFSBn takes the show on the road

    Dec 21, 2009

    The 2/405th Army Field Support Battalion is taking its show on the road, visiting various units throughout Germany to showcase the battalion's capabilities and services to units.

  • SMA brings USO tour to Iraq

    Dec 21, 2009

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston touched down in Balad, Iraq Dec. 19, for the second leg of the "Sergeant Major of the Army's Hope and Freedom Tour 2009."

  • "All was calm...."

    Dec 18, 2009

    "I wouldn't have missed that unique and weird Christmas Day for anything." A Soldier's reflection on Christmas in the trenches during World War I.

  • Army secretary tours southern Afghanistan

    Dec 17, 2009

    The Secretary of the Army got a first-hand look at Soldiers and their mission in southern Afghanistan during his fifth visit here and first as the Army's top leader on Dec. 16.

  • Holiday Safety

    Dec 17, 2009

    This year, the Army has grown its traditionally small annual Fall/Winter Safety Campaign into an effort that now nearly mirrors the strength of its very successful Summer Safety Campaign. This new campaign, which runs through March 31, is driven by a theme reminding all audiences that even though the temperatures are colder, fall and winter months are <i>no time to chill"</i> when it comes to safety and risk management.

  • University of Phoenix awards credits to Civilian Education System graduates

    Dec 17, 2009

    University of Phoenix is now offering credit for three Civilian Education System courses.

  • 405th AFSB NCOs honor commander

    Dec 17, 2009

    The non-commissioned officers of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade honored the brigade commander Col. Jack Haley for his support to the NCO Corps during a presentation that was attended by all brigade sites throughout Europe via video-teleconference.

  • U.S. Army Chief of Staff GEN George Casey visits Army equipment displays at the Dec. 12 Army-Navy ga

    Dec 17, 2009

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff GEN George Casey joined hundreds of football fans at the Dec. 12 Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., who stopped by Army equipment displays outside the stadium showcasing state-of-the-art and next-generation guns, vehicles, UAVs, and robots. "Fans are excited. They like to see what the new technology is," said Thomas Banks, a TACOM engineer who stood by the 33-ton ambush-protected Buffalo vehicle.

  • BRAC to the Future III places realignment and cooperation on center stage

    Dec 16, 2009

    The Army Materiel Command recently participated in the BRAC to the Future III event which serves as an update to the Tennessee Valley community regarding Base Realignment and Closure transitions. Held in downtown Huntsville Dec. 15 at the Von Braun Center, the event highlighted the impending 2011 BRAC implementation by placing various local chambers of commerce, community leaders, civilian leadership and military officials in one location, at the same time.

  • Families can see off, greet troops at airport gates

    Dec 16, 2009

    It's a scene that's played out in airports across the country numerous times in the past eight years: Families and servicemembers clinging to each other, either sad to leave or happy and vowing to never let go again.

  • 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Conducts Fire Control Exercise

    Dec 15, 2009

    Leaders and forward observers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conduct a fire control exercise in which Paratroopers and units manuever against a simulated enemy while calling for indirect fire.

  • Celebrate the holidays with safety in mind

    Dec 15, 2009

    Celebrate the holidays with safety in mind

  • General wants troops ready for 'complex human terrain'

    Dec 15, 2009

    U.S. troops need to be prepared to operate in a "complex human terrain" when they arrive in Afghanistan, the commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command said Monday.

  • Army sponsors world's largest HIV vaccine study

    Dec 14, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> The Army sponsored the world's largest HIV vaccine trial, recently conducted in Thailand that tested a "prime-boost" vaccine strategy comA,A!posed of two investigational vaccines, ALVAC and AIDSVAX B/E. This successful international collaboA,A!ration involved officials from Thailand, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the U.S National Institute of Health, the Department of Defense, private and commercial companies and more than 16,000 Thai volunteers who were HIV-negative.

  • Army receives next round of power distribution systems

    Dec 14, 2009

    Department of Defense Project Manager, Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP) received the first four Fidelity Technologies Corporation Power Distribution Illumination Systems Electrical (PDISE) units to come off of the product line during a ceremony at its plant in Reading, Pa., on Nov. 23, 2009.

  • Comfort Food Cookoff: Chilli Challenge Champion Chosen

    Dec 14, 2009

    A heated debate turned into heated treats for members of the Army Contracting Command as it held its first ever Chili Championship Challenge. According to Michael Holcomb, ACC Secretary to the General Staff and event coordinator, after some conversations at the water cooler it was decided that a chili cook off would be a fun competition and a great way to bring people together.

  • DSCC, Tobyhanna Army Depot hold SS&D transfer town hall

    Dec 14, 2009

    TOBYHANNA, Pa. - A town hall meeting was conducted Dec. 2 at Tobyhanna Army Depot in northeastern Pennsylvania for employees who perform the storage and distribution function for the Army industrial mission located here.

  • Holidays add to deployment stress

    Dec 14, 2009

    Holiday joy and holiday stress go hand in hand, especially for deployed servicemembers and their families.

  • Operation: Back to School provides humanitarian aid to Iraqi schoolchildren

    Dec 14, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION TAJI, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi Army Soldiers delivered kits filled with school supplies to Iraqi schoolchildren at Al Waleed School Dec. 6 near Contingency Operating Location Taji, Iraq.

  • WWE superstars, divas entertain troops at JBB

    Dec 14, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - World Wrestling Entertainment superstars and divas filmed a holiday special entitled "WWE Tribute to the Troops," Dec. 4 at Holt Stadium at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, to honor deployed service members.

  • Photo entries sought for Heritage Project contest

    Dec 11, 2009

    Entries are being sought for the Fort Monroe Online Heritage Project Photo Contest. Everyone, to include the general public and military families stationed around the world, is encouraged to participate. The contest will continue through the end of January and winning photos will be published in the Fort Monroe newspaper, the "Casemate."

  • Apache Block III Aircraft Tests New Technology

    Dec 11, 2009

    Developmental prototypes of the U.S. Army's next-generation Block III Apache Attack helicopter tested emerging technologies which allow pilots to control UAVs and their sensor payloads from the cockpit of the aircraft during a so-called Limited User Test (LUT) in November at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., service officials said.

  • Fort Belvoir Elementary School psychologist wins Fairfax County award

    Dec 11, 2009

    December 11, 2009 -- A member of the Fort Belvoir Elementary School staff was recently recognized by Fairfax County Public Schools as tops in her field in the school system.

  • Time right to transfer security to Iraqis, Odierno says

    Dec 11, 2009

    It is necessary and right that Iraqi soldiers and police assume security responsibilities for their people, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq said in New York City Wednesday.

  • Afghanistan success attainable, Petraeus says

    Dec 10, 2009

    Achieving success against extremists in Afghanistan is a challenging, yet attainable mission, the commander of U.S. Central Command said at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday.

  • Army Leader Development Strategy

    Dec 9, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> The Army Leader Development Strategy is a document that articulates the characteristics we desire in our Army leaders as they progress through their careers. It establishes eight imperatives for the integration of policies, programs and initiatives to produce Army leaders, and it provides guidance for the career-long development of Army leaders through education, training, and experience.

  • STX lane training at Rock Island Arsenal

    Dec 9, 2009

    Thirty Soldiers as part of the Army Sustainment Command-Reserve Element participated in a Situation Training Exercise (STX) Lanes Training Nov. 15 at Rock Island Arsenal. The STX lane training focused on Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills to hone the Soldiers' skills and confidence to effectively function, survive and win in a combat environment. They departed RIA Nov. 18 for Fort Benning, Ga., for more training. From there, the Soldiers are slated for deployment to Southwest Asia.

  • Training for success: 409th CSB trains National Guard team

    Dec 9, 2009

    The 409th Contracting Support Brigade might as well spell training with a capital T because it is such an essential factor to their success. The 409th CSB serves as the executive agent for expeditionary contracting in the Balkans and its 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion provides a continuous boots-on-the-ground presence at the Camp Bondsteel office. Additionally, the Army National Guard, which rotate contingency contracting teams through the Kosovo office, provides vital workload assistance.

  • McChrystal calls Afghan training crucial to mission success

    Dec 9, 2009

    The training of tens of thousands of additional, capable Afghan soldiers and police is among the crucial tasks necessary to achieving success in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan told Capitol Hill legislators Tuesday.

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