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  • Iowa Guard Soldiers sharpen skills at First Army multicomponent training

    Aug 6, 2014

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- With the continuing withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, deployments for Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers have become less of a certainty and more of a rarity. Apart from the obvious downside of an overseas tour -- physical and mental hardships, and separation from Family, school and work -- there's also an upside: real-world application of Soldier skills, team and leader development, and the incorporation of many Army specialties into one mission.

  • First Army 'A' patch stands out during Warrior Exercise '14

    Jul 31, 2014

    FORT HUNTER-LIGGETT, California -- Of the dozens of unique unit patches worn by more than 5,500 Reserve, National Guard and active Soldiers participating in Warrior Exercise 2014, one stands out -- that of First Army worn by observer-coach/trainers from the 189th Infantry Brigade.

  • DIVWEST trainers focus on all components at Warrior Exercise '14

    Jul 31, 2014

    FORT HUNTER-LIGGETT, California -- Flanked by Californian hills and sun burnt grass, Army Reserve Soldiers had a problem. They were manning an entry control point to a base as part of Warrior Exercise 2014, when a band of California National Guardsman launched an attack on their position.

  • First Army's 'Bold Shift' to focus on pre-mob training

    Jul 28, 2014

    In addition to running mobilization sites, First U.S. Army has been given the mission of focusing on pre-mobilization training of the National Guard and Army Reserve.

  • First Army Division West Soldiers help units improve readiness

    Jul 25, 2014

    FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. -- A Warfighter Exercise being held here this month is training Army Reserve, Army National Guard, and active duty Army units for potential deployments.

  • First Army bids farewell to deputy commanding general

    Jul 25, 2014

    Pentagon duty awaits Maj. Gen. Smith.

  • Division East squeaks past Division West for First Army Best Warrior honors

    Jul 22, 2014

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - On a muggy Mississippi morning, the First Army Best Warrior Competition starts with a bang. Under the bright lights of the softball complex, two Soldiers prepare for the first event in the competition, the Army Physical Fitness Test. Over the next three grueling days, Sgt. 1st Class Bryan R. Morrow and Sgt. 1st Class James K. Rogers II will test their mettle in events designed to evaluate their skills and knowledge and determine who will emerge as the best noncommissioned officer in First Army.

  • Gatesville community rounds up Reserve Component with 'Salute to Warrior Citizens'

    Jul 22, 2014

    NORTH FORT HOOD, Texas -- Mobilizing Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers enjoyed a day of respite from training on North Fort Hood, Texas, experiencing Texas heritage Sunday afternoon thanks to the Gatesville community.

  • 479th Field Artillery Soldiers combat childhood obesity, bullying at local school

    Jul 22, 2014

    Killeen, Texas -- "One more rep! You can do it! Dig deep!" echoed through the gym of Timber Ridge Elementary School here.

  • 402nd Field Artillery Brigade receives new commander

    Jul 15, 2014

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The 402nd Field Artillery Brigade bid farewell to Col. Carolyn S. Birchfield and welcomed incoming commander Col. James J. Gallivan during a change-of-command ceremony at Noel Field here Wednesday.

  • First Army Pitches Double Header at World Series of Army Exercises

    Jul 8, 2014

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- First Army lit the record books afire by leading back-to-back exercises here demonstrating its new "Bold Shift" operational focus during the two largest mission command Warfighter exercises in Army history.

  • DIVWEST father, son run to annihilate childhood cancer

    Jul 3, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- A staff officer and his son recently created a superhero and hosted a 5-Kilometer Run/Walk in Grenada, Mississippi, raising awareness and funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Army Total Force Policy at work during CSTX

    Jul 2, 2014

    FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. -- It's the Army triad at work: the Reserve's only infantry unit secures a village with aerial support from a National Guard aviation regiment, while active duty medics treat the wounded. Scenarios like this one, with the three Army components training together seamlessly, are becoming more common under Army Total Force Policy, which was put into practice during Combat Support Training Exercise 91-14-03, held here June 7-27.

  • 166th Aviation Brigade conducts change of command, change of responsibility ceremony

    Jul 2, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 166th Aviation Brigade, Division West, conducted a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony at Cameron Field here, Monday. Maj. Gen. Warren E. Phipps Jr., DIVWEST commander, praised Col. Kevin A. Vizzarri and Command Sgt. Maj. Glen Vela, for their hard work and dedicated leadership during their time as the 166th's command team.

  • ASC, First Army Soldiers complete combatives course

    Jul 2, 2014

  • 116th IBCT gets valuable training from First Army during XCTC

    Jun 24, 2014

    Soldiers of the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are getting valuable training and feedback from Soldiers of 188th Infantry Brigade Task Force, First Army Division East, a U.S. Army Forces Command branch, during the 10-day eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation at Fort Pickett until June 26. XCTC is designed to train and validate platoons on tasks that support offensive and defensive operations in daylight and hours of limited visibility.

  • 5th AR Facilitates 379th Engineer Company Drivers Training

    Jun 19, 2014

    CAMP MCGREGOR, N.M. -- Soldiers from the 379th Engineer Company completed a 40-hour Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected driver's training course recently in preparation for their deployment to Iraq.

  • 5th AR train MP company on detainee ops

    Jun 19, 2014

    MCGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- As part of the rigorous Detainee Operations training at 3rd Battalion, 362nd Armor Regiment, Task Force Stallion, 5th Armored Brigade, all Soldiers from the 342nd Military Police Company certified with OC spray, commonly known as pepper spray, recently.

  • 166th AV sponsors Gatesville Fun in the Sun Field Day

    Jun 18, 2014

    The 166th reached out to the Gatesville community volunteering and assisting in the school's annual Gatesville Fun in the Sun Field Day in Gatesville, Texas, June 6.

  • Bayonet Brigade Hero Run remembers fallen Vietnamese-American Soldier

    Jun 17, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas - The 120th Infantry Brigade remembers a fallen Vietnamese-American Soldier, Staff Sgt. Du Hai Tran, who died from an improvised explosive device blast in Iraq in 2008 during the brigade's second Hero Run here recently.

  • Infantry brigade commander competes in Civilian Military Combine

    Jun 16, 2014

    Camelback Mountain, Pennsylvania -- Teamwork is a cornerstone to a successful operation as well as long-lasting friendships. Along with a group of friends he met at a gym while attending New York's Columbia University as an Army Fellow, Col. Randall Wickman, commander of the 189th Infantry Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, competed May 17 in the Civilian Military Combine held at Camelback Mountain in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.

  • 120th Infantry Brigade welcomes new commander

    Jun 10, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 120th Infantry Brigade, Division West, held its change of command ceremony on Cameron Field near division headquarters Jun. 4. Col. Daniel Hurlbut assumed command of the brigade from Col. Timothy Bush who commanded the brigade since June 2012.

  • Division West's 479th FA held 2nd Warrior Artillery Fitness Challenge

    Jun 10, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 479th Field Artillery Brigade held its second Warrior Artillery Fitness Challenge on the newly finished obstacle course near Division West headquarters here, recently.

  • Transfer of Authority for the 1-415th CRC

    Jun 10, 2014

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The 3rd Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment, transferred authority of the the CONUS Replacement Center to the 1st Battalion, 415th Regiment, 402nd Field Artillery Brigade during a Transfer of Authority ceremony April 25 at Memorial Field here.

  • Division West honors nation's fallen heroes

    May 22, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- First Army Division West held a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at the 4th Infantry Division Memorial here Wednesday, followed by a "Run to Remember" the next morning.

  • CSM Akuna presents certificate to young fan of DivWest "A" patch

    May 20, 2014

    First Army Division West's Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick K. Akuna Jr., right, presents a Commander's Certificate to Antonio "Tony" F. Laguna, center, son of 115th Brigade Support Battalion's Sgt. Frank Laguna and wife, Candace, on Fort Hood, Texas, May 16.

  • New senior advisors to Army National Guard receive their marching orders

    May 16, 2014

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - Newly-appointed senior advisors to the Army National Guard (SRAAG) learned more about their roles during a training conference hosted by First Army here from May 13-16. SRAAGs provide military advice and assistance to their respective state's Army National Guard commanders concerning organization, operations, training, and readiness.

  • 2013 First Army Division West Volunteer of the Year announced

    May 1, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- A company commander here earned distinction as First Army Division West's 2013 Volunteer of the Year during ceremonies at Club Hood April 23. "Volunteering has always been a part of my life," said Capt. William Brown, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 479th Field Artillery Brigade. "I believe identifying the needs of our community and taking steps to have an impact on them is our responsibility as citizens."

  • USAR Texas ambassador celebrates 106th Army Reserve Birthday at MTC Bliss

    May 1, 2014

    McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- Mission Training Center Bliss celebrated the 106th U.S. Army Reserve birthday here April 23, 2014 with Texas Army Reserve Ambassador Olin Brewster during ceremonial cake cutting traditions at the McGregor Range dining facility. Soldiers from all components -- National Guard, Army Reserve and Active Duty -- filled the dining hall. Some were on their regular lunch break, enjoying the chance to taste the commemorative black and gold Army Reserve birthday cake.

  • 335th Signal Command returns to American soil

    May 1, 2014

    EL PASO, Texas -- Soldiers from the 335th Signal Command (Theater) from East Point, Ga., arrived at Biggs Army Airfield here Sunday after a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan to cheers, hugs and handshakes.

  • Division West hosts Fort Hood's Army Reserve 106th birthday

    Apr 30, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Army Reserve's 106th birthday rolled into Division West's 25th Street Chapel here April 23, highlighting the component's "Citizen Soldier" contributions to the nation. "This is the second time Division West has hosted the Army Reserve birthday and this is an initiative that's really starting to gain traction across the Army Reserve," said Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Division West's deputy commander for support, speaking about the Reserve, which was created in 1908.

  • 120th Infantry Brigade enters Esprit de Corps into Soldier, Family life

    Apr 30, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Paving the way to build total unit resiliency, the 120th Infantry Brigade planned out some Esprit de Corps-building activities here April 10 and 11 to help build cohesion in the ranks. Honoring the Month of the Military Child was the starting point. Under cold, gray weather, Soldiers and their Families trekked out for an imaginative Junior Expert Infantry Badge competition, with nearly 50 children signing up, ranging from 1 to 18 years old.

  • Over 150 U.S. troops earn German proficiency badges at Bliss

    Apr 30, 2014

    EL PASO, Texas -- For the past five years, Lt. Col. Nils Wetzel, Deputy Commander of the German Air Defense Center here, has supported Fort Bliss units by hosting competitions for U.S. Soldiers to compete for coveted German Armed Forces Proficiency badges. There are two events hosted bi-annually, and, within the past two months more than 150 Fort Bliss Soldiers earned German Badges.

  • Shoulder-to-shoulder First Army trains Ohio Guard engineers for major exercise

    Apr 24, 2014

    First Army observer coach/trainers and exercise/simulations staff travel to Columbus, Ohio in March 2014 to help prepare the Ohio Army National Guard's 16th Engineer Brigade to participate in a major simulations and Warfighter exercise with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division as the engineer support element.

  • 402nd Field Artillery Brigade completes Bataan Memorial Death March

    Apr 22, 2014

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. -- Six members of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 402nd Field Artillery Brigade completed the 26.2 miles of the 25th Bataan Memorial Death March here March 23. "I did Bataan this year as a message to my daughter as well as to support the Army SHARP program by conveying the importance of staying strong and resilient," said Sgt. 1st Class Doris Green, of Albuquerque, N.M., and the 402nd's Sexual Harassment, Assault and Response Program representative.

  • Indiana Trailer Transfer Point units run combined ops at WAREX

    Apr 9, 2014

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- The Army Reserve's 418th and 511th Trailer Transfer Point Detachments from Michigan City, Ind., combine forces for the Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02 here, March 22 through April 11. "We've been augmenting each other on training missions, and we've had no issues with intermixing our units," said 1st Lt. Christophe Eli, 511th commander from Valparaiso, Ind. "Our working relationship has been really well."

  • 177th Armored Brigade Soldiers train for CLS certification at Camp Shelby

    Apr 3, 2014

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Training Soldiers for mission readiness is a priority for First Army Division East. In an effort to certify all Soldiers for observe, coach and train responsibilities, the 177th Armored Brigade, with the help of the 158th Infantry Brigade medical team, is recertifying all trainers in current combat lifesaving techniques.

  • 166th Aviation Brigade holds first Sergeant Audie Murphy Club board for Division West

    Apr 3, 2014

    The 166th Aviation Brigade held the first Sergeant Audie Murphy Club selection board March 22 for Division West's inaugural Sergeant Audie Murphy Award. When Division West's Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick K. Akuna Jr. proposed the idea of a SAMC selection board four months ago, 166th's Command Sgt. Maj. Glen Vela jumped at the opportunity.

  • Driver safety lessons stick through enforcement, practice

    Apr 2, 2014

    CAMP PARKS, Calif. -- Skills are often lost when not used on a daily basis. For this reason the 1st Regiment 363rd Combat Support/Combat Service Support Training Battalion focuses its training on HMMWV's with drivers training and troop leading procedures.

  • WAREX 2014 equips Soldiers for combat deployments

    Apr 2, 2014

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Warrior Exercise 86-14-02 gathers Army Reserve units from across the nation here to reinforce warrior tasks and training from March 22 through April 11. "The idea of the WAREX is that Army Reserve Soldiers are able to come to Ft. McCoy and increase their functional capabilities," said Brig. Gen. George Thompson, 86th Training Division commanding general. "If they were to deploy, they would be able to do what the Army has trained them to do and support that combatant commander in theatre."

  • 'Sex Signals' aims to eliminate sexual assault

    Apr 2, 2014

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- First Army ditched the PowerPoint and embraced the powerful. The unit hosted "Sex Signals," a dramatic, interactive play designed to combat sexual assault, in Rock Island Arsenal's Heritage Hall April 1.

  • Active Army and Army Reserve Bring Total Force Concept to WAREX

    Apr 2, 2014

    The 86th Training Division, based out of Fort McCoy, Wisconsin with the 84th Training Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; partnered up with the 75th Training Command, Houston, Texas; the Medical Readiness & Training Command, San Antonio, Texas; and First Army, Rock Island, Illinois; with First Army, Division-West, Fort Hood, Texas; launching this year�'s Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Mar. 25.

  • Living war legend boosts morale of deploying aviation Soldiers

    Mar 28, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 166th Aviation Brigade was honored to host Medal of Honor recipient Col. (Retired) Bruce R. Crandall at its recent spring formal. Crandall was awarded the MOH for his actions in the first major conflict of the Vietnam War in the Ia Drang Valley during November 1965. He was immortalized by the movie "We Were Soldiers," played by famous actor Greg Kinnear.

  • First Army partners with Guard, Reserve to train for today's requirements, tomorrow's contingencies

    Mar 27, 2014

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - The support and resources First Army can offer Army National Guard and Reserve units were the focus of a Training Support Synchronization Working Group (TSSWG), held at First Army headquarters March 19-20. The working group discussions will be further solidified at a conference to be held at Fort Bragg, N.C., next month.

  • First Army Division West hosts USMA rugby team

    Mar 26, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- When the United States Military Academy rugby team planned its spring break, First Army Division West Soldiers helped arrange a tour for the players, including exhibition games played at local universities. The players also soaked up valuable leadership experience from Fort Hood officers and noncommissioned officers, who provided insight on leadership as it relates to rugby and life.

  • Reserve Soldiers respond to dangerous truck accident

    Mar 26, 2014

    Three Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 348th Regiment, were among the first to respond to an overturned 18-wheeled tractor-trailer carrying flammable material on Interstate-59 in Hattiesburg, Miss., March 11, 2014.

  • Soldier feeding, helping homeless goes viral on social media

    Mar 20, 2014

    Soldiers serve their country every day. But a photo posted March 3 on social media of an anonymous First Army Soldier giving pizza to the homeless highlighted this commitment at the community level.

  • Retired CSM delivers inspiring speech to the 5th AR BDE Sisters-in-Arms program

    Mar 18, 2014

    FORT BLISS, Texas - After hearing the f-word spew from her husband�'s mouth during a discussion about joining the Army, Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Diane Williams finds herself with countless achievements and accolades.

  • Soldiers actions reflects greatly on Army

    Mar 13, 2014

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Soldiers serve their country every day. But a photo posted on March 3 on social media of an anonymous First Army Soldier giving pizza to the homeless highlighted this commitment at the community level.

  • Batons and Riot Shields…Non-Lethal Weapons Training in the Desert

    Mar 12, 2014

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. -- The air waves in the extreme heat before a phalanx of riot control gear as a Molotov cocktail explodes on impact. Troopers of the 4th Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, out of Ft. Hood, Texas grit their teeth ready to move in choreographed synchronicity as the situation unfolds.

  • Patriot Soldiers provide MPs adrenaline fueled training

    Mar 12, 2014

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Soldiers from 1-307th Infantry Regiment, 174th Infantry Brigade, harnessed their collective knowledge and experience to create highly realistic law and order training for members of the 313th Military Police Detachment Feb. 22-23.

  • Veterans share wartime experiences

    Mar 12, 2014

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Dale Center for the Study for War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi hosted an open to the public roundtable event featuring Soldiers from the 158th Infantry Brigade from Camp Shelby, Miss.

  • First Army Soldier receives knighthood

    Mar 11, 2014

    A First Army senior noncommissioned officer and recipient of two Purple Hearts was recently knighted into an elite military organization. Sgt. 1st Class Scott D. Smith of San Antonio became a member of the Honorable Order of Saint George and received the Order's Silver Medallion in a ceremony Feb. 28 at the Rock Island Arsenal Clubhouse.

  • Soldier performs first lead role in local theater production

    Mar 6, 2014

    KILLEEN, Texas -- A Division West Chaplain's Assistant performed her first title role during a three-weekend run of Kushner's "Calorine, or Change," at the Vive Le Arts Performing Arts Theatre here.

  • Kosovo Aviation training mission continues at 166th AVN BDE

    Mar 3, 2014

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- With American forces in Afghanistan fully engaged in a dynamic drawdown and the recent end of conflict in Iraq, it is easy to forget the current peacekeeping operations American forces continue conducting in Kosovo.

  • Soldiers thank community partners for friendship contributions

    Mar 3, 2014

    FORT HOOD, TX -- During a recent two-day whirlwind of events, the 120th Infantry Brigade showed appreciation to its Gatesville, Texas community partner for the great contributions the city provided to Division West throughout 2013.

  • Gatesville fish fry honors Soldiers, Families

    Mar 3, 2014

    GATESVILLE, Texas -- The Gatesville Chamber of Commerce held its sixth annual Military Appreciation Fish Fry Feb. 27, for Soldiers, veterans and their Families from neighboring Fort Hood.

  • 5th AR runners win supporting local cancer charity 5K

    Feb 27, 2014

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 360th Regiment, Task Force Rough Rider, 5th Armored Brigade, participated in the inaugural Race for Care 5K here Feb. 16, with one Soldier finishing with the overall first place trophy.

  • 402nd FA receives ASBP 2013 US blood donation award

    Feb 26, 2014

    FORT BLISS, Texas - The 402nd Field Artillery Brigade was recognized by the Armed Services Blood Program here recently for donating more than 95 units of blood during 2013.

  • Bi-annual Safety Stand Down tunes up Soldier awareness

    Feb 20, 2014

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The 5th Armored Brigade conducted its bi-annual Safety Stand Down Day, at Biggs Park here recently.

  • First Soldier, Family Fitness course builds DIVWEST family resiliency

    Feb 19, 2014

    First Army Division West is holding its first Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness course for its command teams.

  • First Army officer speaks about contributions of black veterans and families

    Feb 14, 2014

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Maj. Terry Saul of First Army spoke about the commitment of African American veterans and their families at a luncheon hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Feb. 13.

  • 5th AR BDE takes on rare training mission

    Feb 5, 2014

    McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. - The 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West recently received a unique opportunity to train two companies from an active duty engineer battalion.

  • Soldiers run toughest little marathon around in Waco, Texas

    Jan 28, 2014

    WACO, Texas -- Fourteen Soldiers of Division West's 120th Infantry Brigade made their way to participate in the 11th Annual Miracle Match Marathon here, Sunday.

  • Army trainers judge fourth annual local science fair projects

    Jan 22, 2014

    EAST EL PASO, Texas -- Seven Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade and the 1st Armored Division teamed up to judge fourth annual science fair projects for 7th- and 8th-graders at St. Pius X Catholic School here.

  • Soldiers lend helping hands at Open Heart Kitchen for those in need

    Jan 13, 2014

    PLEASANTON, Calif. -- It can be difficult to give time, money and resources, but Soldiers in a local Army unit manage to do all that for a good cause.

  • Innovative artilleryman receives coveted Gruber Award

    Jan 7, 2014

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE DIX LAKEHURST, N.J. -- A First Army Division East Soldier said he was 'stoked' to learn he was the recipient of the 2013 Gruber award, given for outstanding achievement in the Field Artillery Corps.

  • 5th AR trains South Carolina NG unit for NCR mission

    Jan 7, 2014

    SENECA, S.C. -- The 1st Battalion, 362nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Task Force Renegade, 5th Armored Brigade, Soldiers visited Seneca, S.C., recently to prepare the 2nd Battalion, 263rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment for their upcoming mission to the National Capital Region. The South Carolina National Guardsmen performed tasks on the Avenger Trainer and Stinger Training. This completed the second phase of their four phase training exercise to validate the unit for their deployment.

  • New York Guard aviation unit heads to Kuwait, saves money training across components at Hood

    Jan 6, 2014

    NORTH FORT HOOD, Texas -- Dedicated aviation mechanics of the Army Reserve and the New York National Guard have been improving critical skills and saving the Army money while training here.

  • Sixth Graders Learn Army Life from Soldiers

    Jan 6, 2014

    GATESVILLE, Texas -- Over two hundred sixth grade students from Gatesville Intermediate School gathered in their cafeteria to kick off their annual career day chaired by Becky Coward, the school's guidance counselor.

  • Requirements-based demobilization; the last step

    Jan 2, 2014

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE DIX LAKEHURST, N.J. - News outlets frequently show stories of service members returning home and surprising their family and friends. These heartwarming stories do not happen, however, until the service member completes the last step of the deployment: demobilization.

  • Gatesville, Texas spreads holiday joy to deploying Soldiers

    Dec 31, 2013

    GATESVILLE, Texas - In typical Army fashion, the 120th Infantry Brigade planned and coordinated its winter holiday party to a T. Beginning months out with initial planning meetings, everything ran as close to perfect as possible.

  • Gatesville Elementary School Choir honors the 166th Aviation Brigade

    Dec 31, 2013

    GATESVILLE, Texas -- There's no better way to get into the Christmas spirit and shed all semblances of Scrooge and the Grinch than listening to children sing Christmas carols.

  • Task Force Stallion & 211th MP Co Conduct External Security Training

    Dec 20, 2013

    MCGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- Several noncommissioned officers from 3rd Battalion, 362nd Armor Regiment, Task Force Stallion, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West and Soldiers from the 211th Military Police Company recently trained on External Security Operations in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Second Annual Turkey Bowl builds Esprit de Corps for Division West's 166th Aviation Brigade

    Dec 20, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Over 150 spectators braved freezing temperatures and 15 mph winds to watch 166th Aviation Brigade's second Annual Turkey Bowl at the Smith Middle School stadium, recently.

  • Engineers prepare for advise and assist mission

    Dec 19, 2013

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

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

    Dec 19, 2013

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

  • Inaugural Warrior Artillery Fitness Challenge tests combat fitness

    Dec 19, 2013

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

  • 402nd Field Artillery Brigade holds their first Joint Motorcycle ride to New Mexico

    Dec 11, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The 402nd Field Artillery Brigade, Division West, held its first Joint Motorcycle Ride Oct. 24, which included riders from the 5th Armored Brigade, and 166th Aviation Brigade, out of Fort Hood.

  • Volunteer force of Louisiana Guardsmen trains with 5th AR BDE

    Dec 10, 2013

    McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. - The 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, recently conducted three days of counter-improvised explosive device training as well as a mounted combat patrol live-fire exercise.

  • 5th AR Sisters-in-Arms Director shares her story with UTEP ROTC

    Dec 10, 2013

    EL PASO, Texas -- A female Army captain made clear to the cadets at the University of Texas-El Paso Reserve Officer Training Corps during a 5th Armored Brigade Sisters-in-Arms panel discussion about the Army's 2020 Integration on Nov. 1 that job performance is the key principle of success, regardless of any gender.

  • Joint effort brings Soldiers home for the Holidays

    Dec 3, 2013

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Leaders with 177th Armored Brigade, First Army Division East, Camp Shelby Medical Task Force and Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center are making their lists and checking them twice as they prepare to demobilize a significant amount of Soldiers during the holiday season.

  • 5th AR BDE serves Thanksgiving lunch to students, parents

    Nov 26, 2013

    ANTHONY, N.M. -- The 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade and the 2nd Battalion, 363rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Black Scorpion, 5th Armored Brigade teamed up Monday to serve students and parents from Loma Linda Elementary School a hearty Thanksgiving lunch.

  • Instructor techniques help O-C/Ts improve training

    Nov 21, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE DIX LAKEHURST, N.J. - Soldiers assigned to the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade, First Army Division East, completed the Army Basic Instructor Course held Nov. 8 -18 here.

  • 120th IN volunteers in Gatesville Intermediate's "Say No with Camo" Day

    Nov 19, 2013

    GATESVILLE, Texas -- Gatesville Intermediate School conducted a week long campaign to promote anti-bullying and anti-drug awareness during the last week of October.

  • Developing leaders through teamwork

    Nov 15, 2013

    Standing before a row of obstacle courses at the Leaders Reaction Course at Ft. Benning, Ga., the Citizen Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 345th Combat Support Combat Service Support Training Regiment, 188th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East assess their task: negotiate from one side to the other using as little equipment as possible.

  • Utah National Guard trains for theater handover

    Nov 14, 2013

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- In preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, the 115th Engineer Facilities Detachment, Utah Army National Guard, recently completed a cumulative training exercise designed by First Army Division East's, 177th Armored Brigade exercise planners.

  • Division West, Gatesville honor our national treasures…Veterans

    Nov 12, 2013

    GATESVILLE, Texas -- The city of Gatesville, along with First Army Division West, honored veterans and servicemembers of the United States Armed Forces with a ceremony on the local football field Nov. 11.

  • Army Reserve unit honors native Chicagoan, World War II veteran 68 years after service

    Nov 7, 2013

    U.S. Army World War II veteran, Frank Andrews, 94, was awarded six medals, to include the Purple Heart, from Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Commanding General of the 85th Support Command and Deputy Commanding General for Support of First Army, Division West, Nov. 3, 2013, during a surprise ceremony at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL.

  • 402nd FA gains Motorcycle Accident Scene Management Course/Certification

    Nov 5, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The 402nd Field Artillery Brigade conducted the first ever Motorcycle Accident Scene Management Course here recently.

  • DivWest drivers training team exercise some muscle at the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children

    Nov 5, 2013

    KILLEEN, Texas -- Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 381st Regiment, 479th Field Artillery Brigade, Division West, took time out to volunteer at Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children here, Oct. 4.

  • 1-361st Engineer Battalion earns FORSCOM Supply Excellence Award

    Nov 5, 2013

    McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- The 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade was recently awarded the U.S. Forces Command Supply Excellence Award.

  • First Army shares best practices with Korean Army

    Oct 24, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- A Republic of Korea Army Major recently visited two First Army Division East brigades as part of a mobilization assessment to assist in the ROK's development of an operational Reserve force.

  • ND Guard prepares for key homeland defense mission

    Oct 22, 2013

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The 1st Battalion, 362nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Task Force Renegades, 5th Armored Brigade, recently deployed an Operational Readiness Evaluation team to the National Capital Region to conduct an evaluation on the North Dakota Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment 26-30 Aug.

  • TF Rampant conducts interagency live firefighting training

    Oct 22, 2013

    MCGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- Several noncommissioned officers from the 3rd Battalion, 364th Engineer Regiment, Task Force Rampant, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, and Airmen from Holloman Air Force Base conducted Joint-Firefighter Training to maintain military occupational specialty proficiency on Sept. 20.

  • Reserve mobilization supports multi-compo training mission

    Oct 21, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J -- One year after the 174th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East mobilized its 2nd Battalion, 309th Regiment from the Ready Reserve ranks, the training reigns changed hands and 2nd Bn, 312th Regiment Soldiers began their year-long mobilization at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

  • National boxing champ prepares 5th AR Soldiers for boxing smoker

    Oct 21, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas - Five Soldiers from the 5th Armored Brigade, Division West recently participated in the semi-annual Fort Bliss Fall Border Rumble boxing smoker at the Stout Physical Fitness Center, here.

  • 5th AR teams up with El Paso Society of American Military Engineers Chapter for Plant Tour

    Oct 21, 2013

    EL PASO, Texas -- The 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, toured the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant as part of an event hosted by the El Paso Society of American Military Engineers Post, recently.

  • TF Black Scorpion NCO nominated for National Latina Style Distinguished Service Award

    Oct 21, 2013

    MCGREGOR Range, N.M. -- Staff Sgt. Rosario Garcia, equal opportunity leader for 2nd Battalion, 363rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Black Scorpion, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, was nominated 15 May for the National Latina Style Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding achievement as the Battalion Equal Opportunity Leader.

  • First Army welcomes new command sergeant major

    Oct 18, 2013

    Command Sgt. Maj. Sam K. Young was welcomed by First Army in a change of responsibility ceremony held today at the Rock Island Arsenal's Heritage Hall. Young accepted the responsibility as the unit's senior enlisted leader from Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, First Army commander. He replaced Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse L. Andrews Jr., who has served since October 2010. A command sergeant major is the senior enlisted leader and advisor to the commander. Young will provide counsel and input for all matters pertaining to the health, welfare and discipline of all First Army Soldiers.

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