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  • Army working to institutionalize contracting reforms

    Apr 20, 2010

    Army leaders told members of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan during an April 19 hearing that the service is beginning to institutionalize contracting reforms made during the last seven years of war.

  • Operational contracting support adds capabilities for special ops Soldiers

    Apr 20, 2010

    More than 50 U.S. Army Special Operations Command Soldiers finished up a new two-week contracting support course designed to enlighten them on procedures for establishing and managing contracts in a deployed environment.

  • Army Unveils New Logistics Display to Pentagon Staff and Visitors

    Apr 19, 2010

    The Pentagon got a new look Friday morning. "Army Logistics Around the World," the Pentagon's newest exhibit, was revealed to an audience of more than 100 people. Using digital images, videos, and captions, the exhibit shows Pentagon employees and tourists the crucial tasks completed everyday by more than 300,000 Army Logisticians all over the world.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command NCO Spotlight

    Apr 19, 2010

    Staff Sgt (P) Jonathan Shumaker is a valued member of Expeditionary Contracting Command's 408thContracting Support Brigade at Fort McPherson, Georgia. Shumaker is one of the recent selectees of noncommissioned officers recruited into the 51C military occupational specialty, contingency contracting officer.

  • Second time a charm for Quintero: 410th CSB NCO honored for contracting excellence

    Apr 19, 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 battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan procuring 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.

  • Army achieves major program milestone

    Apr 19, 2010

    The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency announced that it completed its mission to destroy all non-stockpile materiel declared when the U.S. entered into the Chemical Weapons Convention, an international treaty mandating the destruction of our Nation's chemical warfare stock.

  • Officers have new deadline to claim joint-service experience

    Apr 19, 2010

    Beginning Oct. 1, active-duty officers wanting to get self-nominated credit for serving in a joint-service environment will need to do it quickly -- the Joint Qualification System is changing its requirements.

  • Army technology comes to life at ICT

    Apr 19, 2010

    The Institute for Creative Technologies is a launch pad for nearly all simulation technologies for the U.S. Army. Soldiers will soon enter virtual training environments and encounter scenarios in full sensory, 3D realism so life-like they elicit physical and emotional responses.

  • Army civilians earn honors at Naval Postgraduate School

    Apr 13, 2010

    Two Army civilians earned top honors at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and are particularly deserving of recognition for their contributions to their field of study and to the Army. Students Kevin P. Puma and Beth A. Scherr both graduated with distinction from the NPS Master of Science in Contract Management (MSCM) curriculum in September 2009. Puma is a recipient of the NPS Graduate School of Business and Public Policy Faculty Award for Excellence in Management (also known as the Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Business and Public Policy) and successfully completed two exams toward the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certification from the Institute for Supply Management.

  • Soldier Show plays off social-media phenomena

    Apr 13, 2010

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  • TACOM Contracting Center Receives 2009 Excellence in Education Award

    Apr 12, 2010

    On March 2, the TACOM Contracting Center received 3rd place in the annual Army Management Staff College Excellence in Education Award. Mr. Harry Hallock, Executive Director, TACOM Contracting Center, accepted the award on behalf of the Center at an award ceremony held in conjunction with the Army Management Staff College Annual Civilian Leadership Symposium held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

  • Army's Ground Combat Vehicle

    Apr 10, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> The U.S. Army Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) effort is part of a holistic Army plan to modernize its combat fleet. This includes incorporating mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles into the fleet while modernizing current vehicle fleets including Stryker. The first ground combat vehicle will be an Infantry Fighting Vehicle

  • First lady visits, thanks Pentagon employees for service

    Apr 9, 2010

    Hundreds of servicemembers and civilian employees gathered in the Pentagon courtyard to hear First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates speak Friday.

  • Success Yields Goodbye For Contracting Leader

    Apr 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Marlene Cruze remembers the Soldier when she advises the 600 employees of the Aviation and Missile Command's Contracting Center. Even though contracting activities at Redstone Arsenal may seem hundreds of miles from the battlefield, as far as Cruze is concerned it is the Soldier who feels the direct impact of the contracts employees negotiate and manage when acquiring aviation and missile systems.

  • TRAINING: Warrior tasks and contracting scenarios

    Apr 9, 2010

    They applied tourniquets to legs severed by improvised explosive devices, survived Humvee roll-overs, and eliminated the enemy with M16s... then they dusted off their uniforms and provided contracting expertise to get vital supplies and services to our warfighters. It's all in a days' work for the contingency contracting officer teams of the Expeditionary Contracting Command, training to deploy. The teams are relatively new. Their formation began when the Army recognized the need for Soldiers proficient in contracting to deploy with Army units. When the Army formed the Army Contracting Command and its subordinate Expeditionary Contracting Command in 2008, the teams and the 51 C military occupational specialty were born. These contingency contracting specialists have been growing and improving their efficiency and effectiveness to fulfill their wartime mission ever since.

  • Pentagon buys MRAPs with improved suspension

    Apr 9, 2010

    The Pentagon has ordered more than 1,300 new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles with newly built independent suspension systems designed to improve the vehicles' off-road performance in Afghanistan.

  • Expert discusses effects of social media

    Apr 9, 2010

    Dr. Michael Wesch, assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, is researching how social media is affecting American culture. Wesch told Command and General Staff College students and faculty that the introduction of the Internet has caused massive changes in society.

  • CSA joins wounded warriors as they 'Ride 2 Recovery'

    Apr 9, 2010

    Servicemembers and volunteers joined wounded warriors on a bike ride that took them from Austin, Texas, to Fort Hood, Texas, during the "Ride 2 Recovery" bike challenge, April 8. Ride 2 Recovery encourages the mental and physical rehabilitation of active-duty servicemembers and veterans while promoting awareness of their sacrifices. They were also joined on the 65-mile ride by Army Chief of Staff George W. Casey Jr.

  • Fort Belvoir Month of the Military Child

    Apr 9, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Spaghetti dinner Maj. Jennifer Farmer, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and her son, Austin, 2, share a moment of laughter at the Month of the Military Child Spaghetti Dinner Kickoff Tuesday at the Community Center.

  • Five Army Safety Awards go to AMC

    Apr 8, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.-The U.S. Army Materiel Command and its subordinate commands have been honored with five Army level safety awards for fiscal year 2009.

  • Chief of Staff cites goals to be met in 2011

    Apr 6, 2010

    The Army has succeeded in changing and adapting over the last few years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told leaders at the Pentagon.

  • Gimme shelter: Structures to safeguard troops

    Apr 5, 2010

    LabTV: Engineers at an Army research lab in Natick, Mass., design shelters that are energy-efficient - with LED lighting and solar panels - and easy-to-assemble - with inflatable tubes called air beams. These shelters are invisible at night.

  • Current role models 'write women back into history' at Monroe observance

    Apr 1, 2010

    Four extraordinary women of different calibers took the stage for the Women's History Observance March 29, a collaborative effort of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe and Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command hosts its first NCO of the Year Competition

    Apr 1, 2010

    Staff Sgt. April Johnson, contingency contracting officer with the 410th Contract Support Brigade at Fort Sam...More

  • Long Barracks gets long-awaited facelift, new mission - MICC Headquarters

    Apr 1, 2010

    Some of the oldest structures on Fort Sam Houston are in the midst of spit-and-polish cleaning and major renovations....More

  • ECC Commanders Meet in Huntsville

    Mar 31, 2010

    Approximately 80 commanders, sergeants major and senior staff members from the Expeditionary Contracting Command met in Huntsville, Ala., March 9-11 for a CommandersAca,!a,,c Workshop. Hosted by Brig. Gen. Joe Bass, ECC commanding general, the conference provided ECC senior leaders with the opportunity to discuss current issues and review the commandAca,!a,,cs path forward for providing AmericaAca,!a,,cs Warfighters with the products and services they need to accomplish their mission.

  • 'Play It Safe' this summer

    Mar 31, 2010

    The summer season is fast approaching and the Army is continuing its commitment to safeguarding Soldiers, Army Civilians and their Families with the launch of the 2010 Safe Summer campaign.

  • Long Barracks gets long-awaited facelift, new mission - MICC Headquarters

    Mar 31, 2010

  • Army's top enlisted visits Soldiers in Kosovo

    Mar 30, 2010

    The senior enlisted Soldier in the Army, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, visited Soldiers on the U.S. -led NATO mission in Kosovo March 27-28.

  • USACE People: Celebrating Women's History Month

    Mar 30, 2010

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District celebrated women's involvement in history - and a few women in their own lives who have made their own impacts.

  • Easter Sunrise Service At Arlington National Cemetery

    Mar 29, 2010

    The annual Easter Sunrise Service hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington will be held on Sunday, April 4 in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command hosts its first NCO of the Year Competition

    Mar 29, 2010

    Staff Sgt. April Johnson, contingency contracting officer with the 410th Contract Support Brigade at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, proved to be the best of the best at the end of the two-day competition where she captured the honor of being selected as the Expeditionary Contracting Command's first NCO of the Year. The competition took place at Camp Bullis, Texas March 15th to March 16th. "The most challenging drill was the land navigation course. The terrain had very few flat surfaces and the checkpoints were difficult to find," said Johnson. "But through preparation and hard work I was able to successfully complete the course."

  • Pres. Obama visits Bagram Airfield

    Mar 29, 2010

    The President of the United States Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Bagram Airfield, March 28. Obama thanked the troops for their service and dedication to the United States. Earlier in the evening the Commander-in-Chief flew to Kabul to meet with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai.

  • National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

    Mar 28, 2010

  • DoD researchers dine with Jersey's junior scientists

    Mar 26, 2010

    Four New Jersey-based Department of Defense technology centers joined Monmouth University on March 25 to recognize top young researchers at the 2010 Monmouth Junior Science Symposium banquet at Fort Monmouth, N.J. MJSS is one of 48 DoD-sponsored Junior Science and Humanities Symposiums organized by universities across the country. It began in 1963 and reaches across its area communities to bring together teachers, students, mentors and sponsors.

  • Watching history unfold: national elections in Iraq

    Mar 26, 2010

    The night before the Iraqi national elections, Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were still going through their system checks. While they would not be in charge of security for the polling sites in the Najaf, Babil, Wasit, Diwaniyah and Karbala provinces, they were determined to be ready if a call for help came.

  • DoD revises 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' for fairer handling of law

    Mar 25, 2010

    Pending a Congressional decision on the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, the Secretary of Defense implemented changes to current regulations Thursday to ensure a "fairer and more appropriate" enforcement of the law.

  • Operation Unified Response

    Mar 25, 2010

    Within 48 hours of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, paratroopers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, were on the ground in the capital, Port-au-Prince. As scenes of the devastation began circling the globe, these paratroopers were in the dust of crumbling buildings and heat of a blazing tropical sun, distributing food, water, medical care, and more importantly, a true desire to provide humanitarian aid and support to the people.

  • Eat Up!: Feed the troops

    Mar 25, 2010

    LabTV: Michelle Richardson and other food scientists at an Army research lab in Natick, Mass., ensure that the vitamins, minerals and calories in each ration meet the required levels in MREs for Soldiers.

  • 410th Contracting Support Brigade continues support in Haiti

    Mar 22, 2010

    The 410th Contracting Support Brigade, with the support of the Expeditionary Contracting Command, continues to provide contingency contracting support to the Combined Joint Task Force in Haiti. "Humanitarian efforts and helping those in need should always be a global priority," said Maj. Carl Oelschig, a member of the 410th CSB forward element in Haiti. "I will never forget the devastation I saw when I arrived. Nothing on television can prepare you mentally for what you experience firsthand."

  • White House, Dept. of VA host fatherhood forum near Fort Bragg

    Mar 19, 2010

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - When Sgt. Daniel Freeman, an ammunitions sergeant with Division Support Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, deployed for the first time, he was not a father.

  • Army Musician Debut Music Of Soldiers

    Mar 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Chief Warrant Officer 4 Peter Gillies will have a little help when he makes his public directing debut in front of a Huntsville/North Alabama audience this Sunday. And that help will come from the Army Materiel Command Band itself. The band and its current band master - Chief Warrant Officer 4 Frederick Ellwein - will bring a mix of patriotic, pop and concert music to the Columbia High auditorium.

  • Proposed Field of Dreams Grows Closer To Reality

    Mar 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A groundbreaking could be held in late spring or early summer for a $1 billion office park near Gate 9. Gov. Bob Riley last week signed into law legislation that will permit the city of Huntsville to create a partnership with a Montgomery company to build the massive office park using a tax-increment financing district to provide money for public improvements for the development.

  • Electric vehicles help post go 'Army Green, Army Strong'

    Mar 19, 2010

    Fort Sam Houston acquired 20 low-speed electric utility vehicles in January - known as Neighborhood Electric Vehicles - as part of a larger Department of Defense order for 4,000 electric cars and trucks tagged for worldwide usage.

  • Operation Bold Impact

    Mar 18, 2010

    Recently, the Expeditionary Contracting Command conducted a contingency contracting exercise, Operation Bold Impact, at Fort Riley.

  • NCO finds night vision enlightening

    Mar 17, 2010

    Deep in a large research facility tucked away in a secure corner of the base, scientists and engineers are working to see in the dark. The magic is made possible by technology and a team of smart individuals.

  • RCO-HI finds new home at Schofield locale

    Mar 15, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Regional Contracting Office-Hawaii celebrated the opening of its new office location with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, here, Feb. 26.

  • Behind the Scenes with the 412th TEC Culinary Team

    Mar 15, 2010

  • BACH program simulates battlefield stress to help Soldiers return to duty

    Mar 15, 2010

    Soldiers in Blanchfield Army Community Hospital's Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center (WRRC) participate in a session of the Return to Duty (RTD) program. In the RTD program, Soldiers practice combat skills under stress. In one exercise, Soldiers work quickly to dress a dummy's wounds in a simulated battlefield environment complete with loud explosions and screams blaring from loudspeakers and smoke pouring from fog machines. Many Fort Campbell Soldiers undergoing treatment for mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) have the opportunity to go through this functional assessment to prove to themselves and their medical care providers at the WRRC that they are ready to deploy with their units.

  • Covering Your Head Can Save Your Life

    Mar 12, 2010

    For an item weighing only three ounces, the Army's Light Weight Performance Hood (LPH) is a key piece of gear. It can save Soldiers from severe, disfiguring, even life-threatening burns to the face, ears, and neck.

  • Engineer Soldier Awarded Silver Star

    Mar 12, 2010

    Sgt. Scott D. Brooks, 82nd Engineer Support Company, 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, was awarded the Silver Star medal for his actions on June 25, 2007 where his bravery resulted in saving the lives of five Iraqi policemen and untold American Soldiers following a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device that struck the walls of Forward Operating Base Summerall in Iraq.

  • Wounded warrior presses forward through recovery

    Mar 10, 2010

    Assigned as a team chief in the Multi-National Security Transition Command- Iraq's Support Division, Army Maj. Randy Klingensmith felt compelled to prove himself to his counterparts in a position many felt was anything but desirable.

  • Teresa W. Gerton, Executive Deputy to the Commanding General

    Mar 10, 2010

    Selected for the Senior Executive Service in June of 2003, Teresa W. Gerton became the Executive Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command on January 31, 2010.

  • Afghan visit reinforces Gates' faith in new strategy

    Mar 10, 2010

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' visits with Marines and with Soldiers in Afghanistan's Kandahar province have reinforced his belief that the current strategy is working in Afghanistan.

  • Expeditionary Contracting Command continues support to Haiti mission

    Mar 8, 2010

    For the more than a dozen Expeditionary Contracting Command Soldiers and civilians deployed in Haiti to provide continued support of Haiti Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief Operations, the mission remains priority one.

  • Security paved way to successful Iraqi elections; leaders pleased

    Mar 8, 2010

    BAGHDAD (March 7, 2010) - As Iraqi forces celebrate what their leaders are calling a resounding victory for a safe and free Iraq, U.S. Division-Center leaders are praising their Soldiers for their strategic role in assisting them.

  • Secretary of Defense Gates meets with Gen. McChrystal

    Mar 8, 2010

    Dr. Robert M. Gates, United States Secretary of Defense, is greeted by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, Commander of International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces Afghanistan, in front of the ISAF Headquarters building Mar. 8, in Kabul, during his recent visit to Afghanistan. Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. David E. Alvarado.

  • Do you know who your Facebook friends are'

    Mar 2, 2010

    A recent find in our social media communities has been the use of military support Facebook groups as the construction site for houses of adversary propaganda through violent, anti-American posts, videos and photos. What makes it scarier is friends and families have welcomed the invitation without looking at the pictures hanging on the walls or the violent movies playing on the television.

  • Women's History Month

    Mar 1, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> March is Women's History Month; a time to celebrate the contribution of women to the United States Army. It is a time to honor the sacrifices and accomplishments of women who not only shaped our service but the country as well. Women play a vital role in today's Army; they are the Soldiers on the front-line; they are leaders, officers and noncommissioned officers standing with our troops; they are members of the United States Army Civilian Corps, as well as employers, spouses, mothers and sisters who offer critical support to the troops.

  • Army product manager releases key findings from integrated capabilities event

    Mar 1, 2010

    The U.S. Army product manager released its final report on Feb. 25, containing key results and lessons learned from the integration of Army networks and systems during the execution of its annual C4ISR system-of-systems integrated capabilities event last summer.

  • Fair judging, 412th TEC Soldiers

    Mar 1, 2010

    412th TEC Soldiers volunteer to judge Vicksburg, Miss. School District annual Science fair

  • Army launches 'Apps for the Army' challenge

    Mar 1, 2010

    The Army has announced an internal applications-development challenge, dubbed "Apps for the Army" or A4A. Open to all Soldiers and Army civilians, A4A offers Army personnel the opportunity to demonstrate their software-development skills and creativity. Top submissions will be recognized at the LandWarNet Conference in August. Winners will receive monetary awards from a cash pool totaling $30,000.

  • 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.

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    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.

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

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