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  • Spring break activities keep children busy

    Mar 24, 2011

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- Many area children stayed local during spring break week, but they didn't stay still. All school age children from the kindergartners enrolled in the child development center spring camp to the teens in the youth center Boots On camp, got outside and active March 14-18.

  • Military children need nation's support

    Mar 24, 2011

    Military children need the support not just of the Defense Department, but the "whole of nation" to ensure they're ready for the future, a DoD official said here today.

  • Army Family Readiness Groups enhance mission

    Mar 14, 2011

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- Overseas assignments bring unlimited opportunities for adventure and excitement, but they may also bring stress, frustration and a profound sense of loneliness if individuals don't connect with familiar support systems. Army Family Readiness Groups can help.

  • Governor, military leaders sign covenant

    Mar 11, 2011

    TOPEKA - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback hosted senior military leaders from around the state for the signing of the Army Community Covenant and the continuation of the Governor's Military Council Feb. 24 at the state capitol in Topeka.

  • Local bike shop auctions custom bike, presents proceeds to Fort Bragg Fisher House

    Mar 11, 2011

    Five thousand, one hundred and one dollars. That's how much was recently donated to Fort Bragg's Fisher House as local motorcycle builder Hot Rodz auctioned a custom bike and presented all proceeds to the organization that assists Soldiers and Families in need. The motorcycle, began life as a 1977 Harley Davidson Springer and Hot Rodz added a lot of parts taken from around the shop, to go along with various outsourced parts, including many that were donated by various vendors.

  • Author, comedian helps children cope with military life

    Mar 10, 2011

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. --- Trevor Romain knows the recipe to effectively communicate with children: a cup of silliness, a pinch of young-at-heart, and a whole lot of sharing.

  • Armed Forces Community Covenant brings JBLM, community leadership together

    Feb 24, 2011

    Civilian and military community leaders marked Feb. 16 an important day as 281 cities and towns across Washington signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant, promising to stay committed to building partnerships that support the strength, resilience and readiness of servicemembers and their families.

  • Family Camp helps keiki cope

    Feb 22, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Twenty-five Army families affected by deployments socialized and relaxed at a recreational camp located on the island's North Shore, Feb. 4-6.

  • Fort Riley Soldiers 'Cowboy Up' at K-State Rodeo

    Feb 22, 2011

    Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division traded in their combat boots and berets for cowboy hats and boots for the 55th Annual Kansas State University Collegiate Rodeo Feb. 20. The rodeo is hosted at KSU's Weber Arena for three days and concludes with Sunday's Military Appreciation Day.

  • Train lead singer rolls into WFSC to meet Soldiers, Families

    Feb 18, 2011

    Pat Monahan, lead singer for the band Train (center), stopped by the Warrior and Family Support Center on Fort Sam Houston Feb. 11, a few hours before the band's performance at the AT&T Center as part of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. After getting a short tour of the facility, Monahan stayed to talk to numerous Soldiers and their Families, sign autographs and pose for photos.

  • Fort Bragg Families enjoy a night at the circus

    Feb 18, 2011

    For 50 Fort Bragg children and their Families it was a party under the big top last week. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus invited the Families to a special animal care seminar followed by the main event, "Zing Zang Zoom," at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, Feb. 10.

  • Lee Soldier among USO honorees

    Feb 17, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 17, 2011) -A Fort Lee staff sergeant was among the honorees at the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia 2011 Gala Saturday in the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton.

  • Local veteran's group brings Valentine cheer to brigade's heroes

    Feb 15, 2011

    FORT EUSTIS (Feb. 14, 2011) - Dee Guillory (left) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6002, Ladies Auxiliary, presents Lt. Col. Marc Spencer, rear detachment deputy commanding officer, 7th Sustainment Brigade a bundle of Valentine's Day cards Feb. 14 in front of the brigade's headquarters. The cards were made by the post's Ladies Auxiliary Junior Girls Unit and given to Soldiers of the brigade who recently returned home from deployment operations. Spencer, who a short time ago returned from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan as the commander of the brigade's 382nd Transportation Theater Opening Element, Special Troops Battalion, expressed great thanks to the auxiliary's Junior Girls for taking the time to make the cards and bring his Soldiers a bit of Valentine's Day cheer. "Happy Valentine's Day to our American heroes," said Guillory as she handed the bundle of brightly colored cards to Spencer. "We are here to support you and the entire community of veterans stationed at Fort Eustis."

  • Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Winter Extravaganza attracts record crowd

    Feb 14, 2011

    A record-setting crowd of nearly 800 participated in the fifth annual Winter Extravaganza, held Jan. 29 at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The participants took advantage of many discounted events. A majority of the attendees - 502 people - found their way to the snowtubing slopes during the event's 11-hour schedule. Winter Extravaganza supports both the Army Family and Community Covenants, said Jobi Spolum, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Marketing director. The event helps to bring Families together and strengthen their ties in support of the Army Family Covenant, she said. Whitetail Ridge is open to the public, and events such as Winter Extravaganza help strengthen the relationship between Fort McCoy and the surrounding communities in support of the Army Community Covenant, Spolum said. Commercial sponsors helped support and defray the cost of the event, she added.

  • 82nd Airborne Brings Super Bowl Party to Wounded Warriors

    Feb 8, 2011

    Leadership and supporting organizations throw a Super Bowl party for wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Distributed gifts and were joined by Washington Redskin cheerleaders. The All American Chorus performed for the wounded warriors.

  • USO turns 70, celebrates with a tailgate party

    Feb 7, 2011

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Service members and their families traveling to and from the isle on Super Bowl Sunday have something extra special to look forward to while en route: the local United Service Organization's tailgate-themed birthday celebration.

  • Apple Pie Brigade greets troops with smiles, pies

    Jan 31, 2011

    Not every brigade has "soldiers" who wear combat boots or carry weapons. Armed with apple pies and smiles, the warriors of the Apple Pie Brigade have a mission: To deliver a pie and appreciation to every Soldier deploying or arriving home from a deployment.

  • Major Joe Frescura, 20th Special Forces Group, Chicago Bears Military Salute at Soldier Field

    Jan 30, 2011

    Major Joseph Frescura, United States Army Special Forces Command (USASFC), was recognized during the Chicago Bears 3rd Quarter Military Salute on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in front of over 62 Thousand spectators. Frescura was joined by his wife Kerry and son's Joe and Alex for the recognition at Soldier Field. Frescura was representing the men of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, Illinois Army National Guard. Company A conducted multiple unconventional warfare missions across multiple sectors of Afghanistan, as well as several rescue missions of United States and Coalition troops who were under heavy enemy contact. The fans at Soldier Field roared as Maj. Frescura ran over to shake hands with them, while the entire stadium chanted, "USA, USA!"

  • Fort Bragg USO jolted by large coffee donation

    Jan 28, 2011

    The North Carolina Fort Bragg Center, received a donation of two thousand pounds of coffee; collected from customers at the Caribou Coffee store in Chapel Hill, N.C. and donated to the Fort Bragg USO.

  • Resolve to help Troops Stay Connected, Supplied in the New Year

    Jan 28, 2011

    Any American can give the gift of connection now and throughout the New Year to troops far from home with All Services Exchange phone and gift cards.

  • Warriors corralled for 'Cowboy Breakfast'

    Jan 28, 2011

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Soldiers sit back and enjoy a breakfast taco treat during the Warrior and Family Support Center's 2nd Annual Cowboy Breakfast Jan. 27 at the WFSC. The Cowboy Breakfast, with the support of its sponsors, donated 3,000 breakfast tacos for the event as a way to say thank you for the sacrifices of the Soldiers, their Family members and the caregivers.

  • Soldiers, community build home for wounded Marne hero

    Jan 28, 2011

    Hundreds of volunteers made up of community members, Soldiers and contractors turned out on the morning of Jan. 21, to begin construction of a specially-adapted home for one of their own, Staff Sgt. Jason Letterman, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

  • Listener Program shows healing power of compassionate communications

    Jan 27, 2011

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- As Brooke Army Medical Center's number-one priority is to provide the very best care and services for our patients, it also recognizes the importance of BAMC volunteers and the important role they play for the well-being of patients and their families.

  • New playground opens for children in Fort Bragg neighborhood

    Jan 21, 2011

    The Bougainville/Corrigedor Courts neighborhood kids now have a place to play and let off some energy thanks to the help of the USO of North Carolina, Lowe's Home Improvement, the Carolina Panthers, and Picerne Military Housing's partnership to building two brand new 'Super Heroes' playgrounds.

  • Womack Army Medical Center runs strong with army of volunteers

    Jan 21, 2011

    These are the unsung heroes of Fort Bragg, the 350 Red Cross volunteers who serve our Soldiers and Family members are all valuable members of the Fort Bragg team. In essence, they serve our Soldiers so that Soldiers may serve our country.

  • Red Cross continues legacy of troop, family support

    Jan 21, 2011

    In Fiscal Year 2010, the Red Cross provided more than 597,000 emergency communications services for nearly 150,000 military families, and nearly $6 million in immediate financial aid to 5,000 families. And thousands of volunteers, including servicemembers, veterans and military spouses, offered comfort and support to wounded and ill troops and their families in hospitals worldwide.

  • Fort Lee celebrates USO grand opening

    Jan 13, 2011

    FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 13, 2011) -- The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia cut the ribbon to its new location on Fort Lee Tuesday

  • Single Soldiers give back 2,000 hours

    Jan 10, 2011

    The year of 2010 was notable for the U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers program, and nowhere is that more evident than in the national recognition of the BOSS programs in all three communities.

  • A Day for Horsing Around: Military Kids Make New Friends at Riding on Angel's Wings Ranch

    Jan 7, 2011

    Military kids spilled off of a charter bus at the Riding on Angel's Wings ranch near Felton, Minn., and were greeted with smiles and hand warmers. The frigid cold of Dec. 4 didn't damper spirits as the kids made their way into the horse arena for a day camp to learn about horses and pick up a few life lessons. The camp was sponsored by North Dakota's Operation: Military Kids (OMK) and was open to all military Families.

  • Wounded warriors, spouse receive full 4-year scholarship to CTU

    Jan 6, 2011

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Two wounded warriors and the spouse of a wounded warrior received a great surprise before the holidays - a full four-year scholarship to Colorado Technical University.

  • Soldiers' Families receive free Christmas trees

    Dec 21, 2010

    Some believe the spirit of Christmas is captured by the fragrance of a fresh-cut fir, lit up and decorated in a warm living room. It's why organizers of Trees for Troops, a national campaign that delivers free farm-grown trees to service members and their Families, recently trucked 600 snow-covered conifers onto Fort Drum to be handed out to Soldiers.

  • Former NFL players visit with Fort Drum Soldiers

    Dec 21, 2010

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Although they may be on different teams, Soldiers and football players understand what it means to tackle obstacles.

  • Company founded by veteran plays Santa

    Dec 20, 2010

    Soldiers and members of ProCare RX, Atlanta, pose with toys donated to Operation Gift Dec. 10 after the company donated more than $5,000 worth of gifts to the cause. ProCare RX, founded by Roger Burgess, a Vietnam veteran, and his wife, Barbara, has contributed to Operation Gift, which helps Soldiers with financial need have a better Christmas, for the past four years.

  • Kits help children through deployment: Barkley students receive treats

    Dec 17, 2010

    Shirley Chester, a guidance counselor at Barkley, has been working hard to find ways to help the students cope with the anxiety of having a loved one overseas. On her search, she discovered Trevor Romain, a children's self-help author and motivational speaker. Sympathetic to the emotional stress of parental deployment, Romain has partnered with the USO to tour military schools around the world.

  • Spurs lift spirits with Center for the Intrepid visit

    Dec 16, 2010

    San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili talks with wounded warriors receiving treatment and therapy at the Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston Dec. 7.

  • Madison Musters Gifts For Troops In Need

    Dec 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Looking for a way to spread some holiday cheer to our Soldiers in need' Look no further than the Madison Cheer Brigade.

  • Stories Of Fallen Woven In Patriotic Quilt

    Dec 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A reminder of two local heroes will be arriving in Huntsville Dec. 18. As little boys, Huntsville was their home. As grown men, they put on the uniform and defended freedom, making the world their home. As war fighters, each led a destiny that took them to Iraq and placed them among the more than 4,200 servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.

  • Santa's Workshop ensures gifts under trees

    Dec 10, 2010

    More than 1,500 Fort Carson children will awake to presents under their trees Christmas morning, thanks to the generosity of Mountain Post and local community volunteers who stocked the Santa's Workshop shelves with toys.

  • Hunting for recreation: Fort Bragg wounded warriors enjoy day

    Dec 10, 2010

    Patriot Hunts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting wounded warriors with wilderness excursions. On Dec. 4, Rachaelle Langmack (whose husband died in the line of duty) and her 12-year old son, Carson participated in a European tower pheasant shoot, hosted on the 2,000 acre Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve near Bladenboro, N.C.

  • 101st Div. makes Ky. gov. honorary Screaming Eagle

    Dec 10, 2010

    BAGRAM Airfield, Afghanistan - The commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-101 and Regional Command East, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, made Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear an honorary Screaming Eagle over a video teleconference Nov. 4 for his support and dedication to the 101st Airborne Division.

  • Historic Covenant signed in Hohenfels

    Dec 7, 2010

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- In a historic move, United States Army Garrison Hohenfels, Neumarkt County and the municipalities of Hohenfels, Lupburg, Parsberg, and Velburg signed the first Sustainable Communities Partnership between the U.S. Army in Europe and a host nation at Parsberg Castle, recently.

  • Fort Bragg wounded warriors receive scholarships

    Dec 3, 2010

    Each year, 25 wounded warriors and their spouses receive full scholarships to attend Colorado Technical University, awarded by the Wounded Warrior Scholarship Program.

  • Cookies for Soldiers

    Nov 24, 2010

    Thorin Jean, a girl scout with Kolekole Service Unit's Girl Scout Troop 066 planned, coordinated, and led the distribution, with the help of friends and family, of well over 300 cookies to the deploying Soldiers to earn her Bronze Award.

  • Quilt memorializes fallen heroes

    Nov 24, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- Five and a half feet of cloth is hanging in the Field Artillery Museum to remind everyone of the sacrifice service members have made and continue to make. The Lost Heroes Art Quilt is filled with young faces depicting the fallen as children. With each state represented the quilt is also lined with the statement, "Without a witness they will disappear."

  • Mayor, garrison commander sign community covenant

    Nov 24, 2010

    DONGDUCHEON, South Korea - Col. Hank Dodge, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud commander, shakes hands with Dongducheon City Mayor Oh Se-chang, after signing a community covenant memorandum of agreement for mutural cooperation between Dongducheon and the garrison at Dongducheon City Hall Nov. 17.

  • Texas Honor Ride thanks wounded veterans, Families

    Nov 22, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Close to 800 motorcycles and support vehicles traveled from Houston and other Texas cities to salute wounded warriors and Families during the Texas Honor Ride Nov. 13 with Salado Creek Park as the final destination.

  • Christmas comes early for 100 wounded warriors

    Nov 22, 2010

    SAN ANTONIO -- Christmas came early for 100 active duty and retired wounded warriors on Veterans Day. However, the gifts weren't presented by the usual jolly person in a red suit and white beard, but by angels.

  • Local Resident Sends Greetings To Troops Overseas

    Nov 19, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Shirley Finch was just a newlywed when husband Tom was drafted and sent to fight in the Vietnam War. Back then, there were no cell phones, no e-mails, and no Skype. Correspondence between the two was sparse, to say the least.

  • BOSS Soldiers to attend NFL game

    Nov 18, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Who doesn't want to fly in a private jet to a Steelers game in Pittsburgh' Three Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery are joining 12 other BOSS members to fly round-trip from Dallas to Pittsburgh for the Steelers game against the Oakland Raiders Nov. 21.

  • Community Says Farewell To 59th

    Nov 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It was inevitable. Ever since 2005, when that year's round of the Base Realignment and Closure Act was announced as being a major growth vehicle for Redstone Arsenal's position as a leading aviation and missile center, Arsenal and community leaders have been bracing themselves for the downside of the realignment action -- the loss of hundreds of Soldiers assigned to Redstone for training. At this year's annual Veterans Day Dinner, in front of a crowd of some 1,000 local business, community and military leaders at the Von Braun Center's North Hall, the community said their official farewell to the "young Soldier" presence on Redstone.

  • PGA Tour pros salute Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers at golf clinic

    Nov 16, 2010

    PGA Tour golfers Rory Sabbatini and Kris Blanks took time out of their busy schedules Nov. 9 to provide golf tips to Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers and military Veterans at Walt Disney World's Osprey Ridge Course.

  • ESPN brings 'touch of America' to U.S. Army Europe

    Nov 16, 2010

    Family members, Soldiers and civilians gathered at Grafenwoehr's Parade Field, Nov. 11, for ESPN's live-broadcast of SportsCenter, the sports network's flagship program, hosted by anchors Hannah Storm and Josh Elliot, which is broadcast to an estimated 19-million viewers. It was a day to reflect and pay homage to America's heroes, past and present.

  • WMCAC holds 29th Annual Veterans Day parade

    Nov 15, 2010

    WAIANAE, Hawaii - Residents of Leeward Oahu communities came together to recognize veterans and service members, past and present, during the Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council's, or WMCAC, 29th Annual Veterans Day Parade and Hoolaulea, here, Nov. 6.

  • Fort Bragg youth take lessons from Disney instructors

    Nov 12, 2010

    The Cleland Ice Rink at Fort Bragg hosted a special clinic Friday conducted by Disney on Ice skaters who portray Disney characters and stories both nationally and internationally with about 40 participants and six Disney on Ice instructors.

  • Fort Rucker, local communities, Families sign, celebrate covenants

    Nov 12, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Installation leaders, mayors from the surrounding communities and Families reaffirmed their commitment to one another during the Army Family and Community Covenant signings Nov. 6.

  • Military fun night puts families first

    Nov 12, 2010

    The annual "Families First" Military Fun Night brought together servicemembers and families for an evening of games, food and relaxation at the SoutheastFamily Center/Armed Services YMCA Nov. 5.

  • Front Range communities honor Veterans

    Nov 12, 2010

    Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson gathered with Front Range schools and veteran organizations to participate in Veterans Day Parades in Pueblo and Colorado Springs Saturday. Nearly 100 military and local service organizations participated in the 11th Annual Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade themed "Veterans: Diverse and Determined."

  • Justin Bieber visits Fort Sam Houston school

    Nov 10, 2010

    Justin Bieber visits Fort Sam Houston school

  • Worley honors military families with concert

    Nov 9, 2010

    Darryl Worley's "God & Country Tour" came to Fort Carson, Colo., Oct. 30, to pay tribute to military families with a free concert. The "God & Country Tour" is a country music tribute to the military and their families, and Fort Carson was the fourth stop of seven U.S. military installations.

  • Family Matters Blog: General's Wife Creates 'Virtual Installations'

    Nov 9, 2010

  • Former Carolina Panther brings inspiration to Fort Bragg students

    Nov 5, 2010

    Students at Fort Bragg's Albritton Junior High School got a special and inspirational treat as former Carolina Panther defensive end Mike Rucker visited the school Oct. 26, courtesy of the Fort Bragg Chapter of the United Services Organization.

  • Educators focus on special needs

    Nov 4, 2010

    Fort Sill recently hosted a two-day Special Education Leaders Institute of extensive training on the unique issues facing military children facing military children with special needs due to frequent moves for the sake of the children.

  • Hundreds of retirees, spouses gather at Carson

    Oct 29, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Retirees filed out of McMahon Auditorium Oct. 16 after listening to briefings by Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, garrison commander; Col. Jimmie Keenan, Evans Army Community Hospital commander; and retired Lt. Gen. Edward Soriano, former Fort Carson commander and president of Mountain Post Historical Center Association.

  • Army's Shades of Green now offers Disney Parks program for military

    Oct 29, 2010

    The Shades of Green-an Armed Forces Recreation Center located on the Walt Disney World Resort-is now offering the Disney Parks' "Let the Memories Begin" program for military personnel, providing special offers on theme park tickets and accommodations.

  • Campbell Memorial Library hosts 'Our Heroes' Tree'

    Oct 29, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The Keith A. Campbell Memorial Library is hosting the "Our Heroes' Tree" through Nov. 16 to promote and enhance awareness of the service and sacrifice of members of the U.S. military and their Families.

  • AMBUCS gives Soldier therapy trike

    Oct 28, 2010

  • Coastal Georgia community thanks military at football game

    Oct 22, 2010

    Soldiers of 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, took to the field at Richmond Hill High School, Oct. 15. They were dressed for the pigskin game between the Wildcats and Glynn Academy Red Terrors, but were part of Richmond Hill High School's Military Appreciation Night.

  • Postal Service Centers announce mailing dates, extend hours for upcoming holiday rush

    Oct 21, 2010

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- Christmas comes early this year-and Hanukkah even earlier-for those sending holiday packages through the mail. To ensure packages from Europe reach their destinations in time for Christmas, postal officials recommend mailing packages by these deadlines:

  • Mullen: Nation must recognize sacrifices of troops, families

    Oct 18, 2010

    Americans must recognize the sacrifices and struggles of today's troops and their families and work harder to reintegrate them into their communities, the nation's top military officer said yesterday.

  • Bobcats, Thunder visit Fort Bragg

    Oct 15, 2010

    Fort Bragg was home to the NBA for a couple of days as basketball greats visited the installation to thank Soldiers and their Families for their service. Michael Jordan was the star attraction visited Fort Bragg schools, wounded warriors, riggers with the 11th Quartermaster Company and spoke at Pope Air Force Base's Commander's Call Oct. 6. Jordan stressed the importance of education when he talked with the students.

  • Fort Riley, Morris County pledge continued support

    Oct 14, 2010

    COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. - Leaders with the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team Rear Detachment, 1st Infantry Division, and Morris County re-affirmed the commitment between the brigade and the Morris County community by signing the Army Community Covenant Oct. 9 during Council Grove's annual Grillin' in the Grove event at the Canning Creek Cove campground near Council Grove.

  • Combat Aviation Brigade re-signs covenant with Pottawatomie County

    Oct 8, 2010

    WAMEGO, Kan. - On Oct. 3, the Combat Aviation Brigade signed its second Army Community Covenant with Pottawatomie County in a formal ceremony headlined the final day of Wamego's OZtoberfest. The Army Community Covenant signing between the CAB and Pottawatomie County was coupled with another ceremony honoring World War II and Korean War veterans.

  • Fort Riley continues partnership with Clay County, Clay Center through covenant re-signing

    Oct 8, 2010

    CLAY CENTER, Kan. - Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, received a very special 'welcome home' from the community of Clay Center, Kan., during an Army Community Covenant ceremony Sept. 25. The ceremony was to reaffirm the partnership by re-signing the covenant created between the 'Raiders' Squadron, Clay County and Clay Center in August of 2008.

  • Fort Bragg spouse pens grant request for Fayetteville Cares

    Oct 8, 2010

    An organization that plays a big part in showing how much the community appreciates its military members at Fort Bragg is Fayetteville Cares, which, according to its mission statement, is a community based organization that provides support to our military personnel and their Families before, during and after deployments. To ensure that military members, including single Soldiers are not forgotten once they deploy and redeploy, Brenna Berger, a military spouse at Fort Bragg, drafted a grant request to the Armed Service Mutual Benefit Association that would eventually be awarded to Fayetteville Cares.

  • Raiders reunite with community partners

    Oct 8, 2010

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. - There were smiles on the faces of the Soldiers and leaders from the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division "Raiders" as they greeted their Adopt-A-Company partners at a social Sept. 23 at the Lakewood City Hall.

  • Program brings fresh produce to military Families on Fort Carson

    Oct 8, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Balfour Beatty Communities hosted a farmers market Sept. 24 at the Joel Hefley Community Center on Fort Carson. Unlike typical farmers markets, the fresh local produce was free to Fort Carson housing residents and military Families.

  • Fort Carson inaugurates community-linked program

    Oct 8, 2010

    The Warrior Family Community Partnership, a program that connects Fort Carson Soldiers and Families with local communities and organizations, held an open house Sept. 24 at The Hub. The partnership is an extension of the Army Community Covenant, an Army program that partners units and installations with local communities to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families.

  • Paying it forward, Military supporters give Soldier new home

    Oct 7, 2010

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Pfc. James Stanly, 27, a New Jersey National Guardsman based in Jersey City returned from a tour in Iraq in 2009 and found that his current home, a trailer not far from the Canadian border, was rotting from rain seeping through the roof and causing moldy-unlivable conditions that threatened his health. Through a series of local connections, Stanly was able to receive a new home allowing him to reunite with his daughter.

  • Army Wife Network offers R&R to Fort Campbell Spouses

    Oct 1, 2010

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Tara Crooks and Star Henderson, popular hosts of Army Wife Talk Radio, are bringing their Spouse's Field Exercise to the Family Resource Center Oct. 15 from 5 until 9 p.m. and Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • Athletes compete in Paralympics Warrior Sports Series

    Sep 30, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Teams from Brooke Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Battalion, the Center for the Intrepid, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Naval Medical Center San Diego competed in wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.

  • Game sets backdrop for Riley County, Fort Riley covenant signing

    Sep 28, 2010

    During a ceremony at half time of Kansas State University's football game Sept. 25, Lt. Col. Eric Timmerman, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and representatives from Riley Country reaffirmed 4th IBCT's commitment to the residents and leadership of Riley County with an Army Community Covenant signing.

  • Military Appreciation Weekend: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers barrel of fun to Soldiers, Families

    Sep 24, 2010

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Nearly 3,000 servicemembers and their Families flocked to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Saturday and Sunday to take advantage of the $4.25 admission prices during the zoo's military appreciation weekend. For the fifth year the zoo offered the special pricing to show its appreciation to the servicemembers and their families who have made sacrifices on the public's behalf and to provide an opportunity for recently deployed Soldiers to spend quality family time, according to a zoo release.

  • Soldiers, families not alone after deployment

    Sep 24, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - When Soldiers returning from deployment exit the aircraft at Lawson Army Airfield and march through the doors into Freedom Hall, their families aren't the only people they see. The USO, American Red Cross, Operation Homefront Georgia, and Association of the United States Army are among the community support organizations that rally every time there's a troop movement through the Fort Benning terminal.

  • In support of our service members, Morris County vows to commit

    Sep 24, 2010

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Local elected officials, business owners and military personnel gathered at the Parsippany Sheraton Hotel Sept. 13 for a Morris County Chamber of Commerce luncheon where the 2010 Army Community Covenant was signed.

  • Fort Bragg, community come together to 'march forward' in military Family support

    Sep 24, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The Army has come a long way from the old saying, 'If the Army wanted to you to have a wife and kids, they would have issued them to you.'

  • Soldiers, Angels send letters, snacks overseas

    Sep 24, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Soldiers and Soldiers' Angels got together Sept. 10 to ready letters and snacks for mailing overseas.

  • USAG Brussels Information Fair draws more than 300 people

    Sep 22, 2010

    When the annual Information Fair began in 1995 it attracted 12 people and was held in a single room. This year, on Sept. 10, the U.S. Army Garrison Brussels Information Fair drew more than 100 agencies from local government, civic organizations, tourist offices, businesses, schools and social clubs and more than 300 attendees. While the first Information Fair was held in one room, this year's version spread throughout the garrison's buildings. The chapel, library and connecting hallways provided space for the agencies to set up their tables and display their wares and information.

  • `Virtual Installation' becomes reality in Pittsburgh

    Sep 20, 2010

    The residents of Pittsburgh helped open the nation's third Army Strong Community Center Saturday.

  • Operation Lone Star, motorcyclists, donate blood

    Sep 17, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Operation Lone Star - Texans Supporting Our Troops, a Houston-based group, sponsored a blood drive at the Akeroyd Blood Donor Center Sept. 11.

  • Thousands join in fun, celebration during 8th annual event to honor JBLM service members, families

    Sep 17, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The 8th annual Military Family Support Day in Lacey, Wash., brought out thousands of military and civilian families for fun and commemoration.

  • Community leaders share information at Stewart-Hunter fair

    Sep 17, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield hosted the Fall Executive Session of the Regional Information Sharing Forum at the Hunter Club, Sept. 9, and at Club Stewart, Sept. 10. Community leaders from the surrounding counties, cities and school districts joined installation leaders in partnership to share information about the ongoing deployment of the 3rd Infantry Division and upcoming events occurring in their respective areas.

  • Volunteer organization fires up the grill for 72nd ESB

    Sep 16, 2010

    MANNHEIM, Germany (Sept. 10, 2010) -- Seven hundred fresh grilled steaks were prepared and served by volunteers from the Steak Team Mission, a nonprofit group based in Dallas, Texas, to over 500 Soldiers and family members of the 7th Signal Brigade and the Mannheim community showing their support to the newly redeployed Soldiers. (Photo by Spc. Ida Tate, HHC, 7th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade)

  • Local schools, Fort Riley Soldiers team up

    Sep 13, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley Soldiers teamed up with schools on post and in the Central Flint Hills Region Sept. 2 at Riley's Conference Center, to plan and establish partnerships in support of the 2015 campaign plan.

  • JBLM partnership with local schools focuses on student needs

    Sep 10, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - In a culture where students rotate in and out of schools, teaching children on a military installation adds to the everyday challenges of being a teacher. A partnership among schools on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Madigan Army Medical Center is helping ease some of that stress.

  • Fort McCoy re-signs Army Community Covenant

    Sep 10, 2010

    Command and community leaders re-sign the Army Community Covenant at the Aug. 25 Business/Community Appreciation Event at Fort McCoy, Wis. The covenant fosters and sustains partnerships between Fort McCoy and the surrounding communities.

  • Program gets youths to work

    Sep 9, 2010

    Eleven special needs students are getting on-the-job training to transition from school to work -- thanks to the Army Community Covenant. The students enrolled in the Gateway to Success Transitional 18- to 22-year-old program, which is an educational and work-related transitions program for special needs youth. The program provides an opportunity to develop educational and occupational skills that will complement them as they transition from an educational environment to a work environment.

  • North Carolina communities support Fort Bragg brigade, bring joy to Soldiers

    Sep 3, 2010

    In the last five weeks the Fort Bragg and Charlotte, N.C., communities have rallied in support of the Soldiers of the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion donating personal hygiene items, blankets, pillows, sheets, socks and even electronics to the unit. The unit loaded and shipped the milvan more than three months ago but when the milvan arrived, it was cleaned out - everything stolen. Since then, the people of the Fort Bragg and Charlotte communities have readily been resupplying Soldiers with many needed items.

  • Country artist John Conlee says thanks at Warrior and Family Support Center

    Sep 2, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- With a perspective borne from personal experience, longtime country artist John Conlee and his band stopped by the Warrior and Family Support Center Aug. 27 to say thanks to those serving in the military.

  • Senator pays visit to Fort Drum

    Sep 2, 2010

    Fort Drum welcomed back a special guest Friday when U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York paid an official visit to the North Country.

  • Army families mingle with Korean neighbors at Do Dream Festival

    Sep 1, 2010

    DONGDUCHEON, South Korea - Army family members attend the 6th Annual Do Dream Festival - the Republic of Korea and United States friendship event sponsored by Dongducheon City - at the Bosan-dong special tourist area outside Casey Garrison's main gate Aug. 28. The event included games, a variety of contemporary and traditional Korean folk music, and prize drawings.