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  • 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.

  • Multi-component command trains for retrograde mission

    Oct 15, 2013

    Army Reserve and Army National Guard Engineer Soldiers from Arkansas, South Carolina, Virginia, Missouri and Ohio recently completed their Cumulative Training Exercise at Camp Shelby Miss., with the assistance of the 177th Armored Brigade, First Army Division East.

  • 181st Soldier selected FORSCOM NCO of the Year runner up

    Oct 9, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Brett Oldenburger, a trainer/mentor with the 1st Battalion, 310th Infantry Regiment, distinguished himself among the elite when he placed second in the 2013 FORSCOM Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition earlier this summer.

  • FORSCOM affirms First Army's multi-component training as way ahead

    Oct 8, 2013

    Gen. Daniel Allyn, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, recently met with Army Reserve, Army National Guard and active-duty Soldiers to focus on the future of combat effectiveness of the Total Army team.

  • 1229th TC prepares for deployment

    Oct 8, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Maryland Army National Guard's 1229th Transportation Company completed their culminating training exercise at Fort Hood, TX in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan recently here.

  • From natural disasters to Afghanistan, 5th AR BDE trains Guardsmen on C-IED

    Oct 8, 2013

    McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. - The 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade recently conducted two days of counter-improvised explosive device training with the Louisiana National Guard's 1021st Vertical Engineer Company, based out of Covington, La.

  • Bold Quest OC/Ts use technology, train in multi-component, joint environment

    Oct 1, 2013

    CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind -- More than 30 Soldiers from the 157th and 205th Infantry Brigades, First Army Division East, recently led training on key initiatives for Bold Quest 13-2, one of the most anticipated coalition demonstrations held at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Butlerville, Ind.

  • Guardsmen train in multi-component environment

    Sep 30, 2013

    FORT STEWART, Ga. -- America's fighting Army is ready to go, anytime, anywhere, any mission. Recently, the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a Georgia National Guard unit based out of Macon, GA, conducted readiness training at Fort Stewart to prepare both for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan and for a regionally aligned mission in support of U.S. Army's Southern Command. First Army Division East's 188th Infantry Brigade's Observer Controller/Trainers provided training assistance to the Georgia Guardsmen throughout.

  • USARC recognized supply excellence

    Sep 30, 2013

    FORT MEADE MD -- U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 4th Cavalry Brigade, and 72nd Field Artillery Brigade recently competed and won in the Army-wide U.S. Army Reserve Command, 2013 Chief of Staff Army Supply Excellence Award (CSASEA). After a rigorous evaluation process, Both teams earned a nomination to compete at the upcoming Department of Army competition.

  • Division focuses on NCO spiritual resilience

    Sep 30, 2013

    FORT MEADE Md -- The Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program takes a holistic approach to fitness, emphasizing the five dimensions of strength: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and family. A recent prayer breakfast at First Army Division East focused on recognizing the role of noncommissioned officers, their role as shepherds of Soldiers, and showing how a deep-seated faith can increase their spiritual resilience.

  • Training burns

    Sep 27, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- "It's like the devil just peed on my face -- that's how it feels," said Spc. Maria Rios, military police Soldier with the Puerto Rico Army National Guard's 480th Military Police Company, after completing the Oleoresin Capsicum, or "OC" spray course during her mobilization training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

  • Division West's 166th Aviation Brigade uses fantasy football for team-building

    Sep 25, 2013

    First Army Division West's 166th Aviation Brigade uses Fantasy Football to connect with their geographically displaced formations here recently.

  • Eagle Brigade NCO reenlists to serve

    Sep 24, 2013

    Master Sgt. Lynne Ostricki-Schley re-enlisted with the 181st Infantry Brigade Sept. 12., at brigade headquarters on Fort McCoy, Wis.

  • National Guard preps to support drawdown in Afghanistan

    Sep 20, 2013

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- National Guard Soldiers hailing from Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts recently completed a culminating training exercise in preparation for a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan to close or convert military sites for other uses by the Afghan Security Forces and local communities.

  • What it takes to win

    Sep 20, 2013

    "Build your body like you would a Forward Operating Base defense perimeter," advised Army Capt. Adam Storms, the 174th Infantry Brigade 2013 Best Officer. "You wouldn't allow a breach in the perimeter to remain a weak spot; you would strengthen it just as you should strengthen your body with a smart, safe, and functional training program."

  • Chaplain sections play key role in units

    Sep 18, 2013

    The key role and responsibilities that Unit Ministry Teams have on command staffs was one of the main points addressed during a U.S. Army Reserve Command Chaplain Training Assessment Meeting held here Sept. 9-10.

  • Water Survival Training helps Soldiers stay afloat

    Sep 17, 2013

    EDINBURGH, Ind. -- According to the Army's Water Survival Training Manual, each year, many Soldiers lose their lives through their in ability to manage themselves in water. Recently, a First Army Division East unit reversed the 'trainer' tables to gain confidence in the water while wearing their personal protective equipment.

  • Multi-component training ensures readiness of Total Army Force

    Sep 12, 2013

    First Army Division East recently demonstrated its ability to conduct multi-component training to ensure the readiness of the Total Army Force in a fiscally constrained environment, joining internal and external active duty forces with reserve-component forces and showcasing relationships built over a decade of war.

  • Rock Island Arsenal holds ceremony, walk to commemorate 12th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

    Sep 12, 2013

    The Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., community conducted a 9/11 Dedication & Remembrance Ceremony to honor those who died that day and the two subsequent wars.

  • TF Rampant Change of Command Ceremony

    Sep 12, 2013

    Fort Bliss, Texas -- The 3rd Battalion, 364th Engineer Regiment, Task Force Rampant, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, signaled a new era as Lt. Col. Aaron L. Dorf relinquished command to Lt. Col. Dave Woodruff on Aug. 28 at Milam Youth Activity Center here.

  • TALON IV training keeps Soldiers safe

    Sep 10, 2013

    With anything from a pipe to a pressure cooker, the enemy, using a power source, main charge and an initiation system, can create an improvised explosive device with devastating results. First Army Division East trainer/mentors use every tool in their kitbag to show deploying Active and Reserve Component Soldiers how to recognize and combat them.

  • Division West welcomes new command sergeant major

    Sep 9, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- First Army Division West welcomed a new command sergeant major in an assumption of responsibility ceremony at Cameron Field near Division West headquarters September 4 here.

  • TF Renegade Families conduct rappelling training

    Sep 9, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The 1st Battalion, 362nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Task Force Renegade, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West conducted a Rappel Tower training event Aug. 9 as part of the battalion's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The team-building event utilized the Fort Bliss obstacle course and was open to Family members. The event demonstrated the coping mechanisms required to overcome challenges and fear while working as a team.

  • Utah National Guard Soldiers complete final CTE

    Sep 5, 2013

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- When Soldiers from the 65th Fires Brigade, Security Force Advisor Assistance Team, Utah National Guard arrive in Afghanistan in a few weeks, their mission will focus on mentoring Afghan border patrol officers protecting the borders of Afghanistan and Iran. So when trainer/mentors with First Army designed Utah National Guard unit's Cumulative Training Exercise, it was heavily focused around that mission.

  • First Army training prepares civilians for deployment

    Sep 5, 2013

    A meeting with local shopkeepers turns violent as insurgents attack the civilians and their security forces. A rocket-propelled grenade lands just behind the last vehicle and small arms fire crackles in the air as a convey of civilian and military personnel pull out of the marketplace. "Nine o'clock, your nine o'clock," screamed Spc. Kathrynne Mwangi, a financial technician with the 38th Sustainment Brigade, to the gunner, Spc. Bradlee Joiner, with the 2-151st Infantry Battalion, as she pushed her foot down on the gas pedal and pulled the steering wheel sharply to the right.

  • Division West receives new command sergeant major

    Sep 4, 2013

  • Individual augmentees keep busy during Ft. Bliss CRC weekly predeployment cycle

    Sep 4, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The Continental U.S. Replacement Center is not totally new to Fort Bliss, but has returned after more than five years running as separate entities across the United States.

  • CONUS Replacement Center accepts first iteration at Fort Bliss

    Sep 4, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The Continental U.S. (CONUS) Replacement Center is now fully operational, processing about 150 war fighters per weekly cycle, with an expected increase to more than 400.

  • Trainer/mentors ensure Guard unit meets training objective

    Sep 3, 2013

    Despite the drawdown in Afghanistan, National Guard units must continue to train to maintain their readiness to support the nation's defense. According to the senior enlisted advisor of the National Guard's 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the training First Army Division East team recently brought his unit is second to none.

  • 'The New Normal' integrates military readiness, civilian deployment training

    Sep 3, 2013

    Two men approached Pfc. Terrance Rogers as he and his men secured the building where civilian and military personnel were meeting with village leaders. Rogers smiled while he used hand signals and the little bit of Dari he'd learned in training to ask the men questions about their family and Afghanistan, keeping them engaged long enough to allow the meeting between personnel from the Department of State, Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and local village leaders to conclude. Afterwards, the translator came out and helped the men negotiate a land issue.

  • New pre-deployment training center at Bliss combines 3 previous mobilization sites

    Sep 3, 2013

    The Continental U.S. Replacement Center is now fully operational at Fort Bliss, Texas, processing about 150 war fighters per weekly cycle, with an expected increase to more than 400.

  • Volunteering is a way of life for Soldiers

    Aug 29, 2013

    "I've been volunteering since I was a little girl. My 'Big Sister' used to take me with her," explained Sgt. 1st Class Shenece Rue, personnel noncommissioned officer for 188th Infantry Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga. Those childhood memories stayed with her into her adult years. Now, when she moves to a new installation, she looks for volunteer opportunities.

  • Division West hosts Fort Hood Women's Equality Day celebration

    Aug 27, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood joined the nation in celebrating Women's Equality Day with an observance hosted by First Army Division West at Club Hood here Aug. 26.

  • S.C. Guardsmen train to protect skies over National Capital Region

    Aug 26, 2013

    ANDERSON, S.C. -- The 1st Battalion, 362nd Air Defense Artillery, Task Force Renegade, 5th Armored Brigade, initiated the road to war with an initial assessment to validate a South Carolina National Guard Air Defense Artillery unit for their National Capital Region mission.

  • Tucker Takes Charge As New First Army Commander

    Aug 23, 2013

    Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker was officially recognized as the commander of First Army in an Assumption of Command ceremony held at the Rock Island Arsenal's Memorial Park here today.

  • Women's equality: 'You just have to get over the wall'

    Aug 22, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. --"A lot of times men and women do things differently because of their different capabilities; but the question is: can you get over the wall?" said Brenda "Sue" Fulton, graduate of West Point's Class of 1980, the first Academy class to include women.

  • Trainer/mentors shine during Vibrant Response 13-2

    Aug 21, 2013

    More than 80 Soldiers of the 157th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, acted as trainer/mentors during the recent annual two-week Vibrant Response 13-2 exercise, held in August.

  • Trainer/mentors support N.J. Guard readiness

    Aug 21, 2013

    FORT PICKETT, Va. -- While the members of the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 42nd Infantry Division, New Jersey National Guard are not currently on deployment orders that could change in the blink of an eye. With training and mentoring assistance from 188th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, the unit recently began conducting a month-long eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) to exercise their combat effectiveness.

  • Soldier's doctorate combines Army profession, mentorship

    Aug 20, 2013

    FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- A First Army Division East officer has earned a new title: Doctor. Maj. Juanita Catchings, deputy director of the First Army Division East Surgeon's Office, received her Doctor of Management degree recently from the University of Phoenix. She now has the right to add the initials "DM" to her signature.

  • 120th Infantry Brigade Welcomes New Battalion Commander

    Aug 20, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 2nd Battalion, 395th Field Artillery Regiment, 120th Infantry Brigade, Division West, held a change of command ceremony on Cameron Field near division headquarters here Aug. 9.

  • First Army advises, assists Illinois National Guard during annual training

    Aug 19, 2013

    As the Army draws down the number of Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, reserve-component units are more frequently turning to First Army to assist them in maintaining their readiness.

  • First Army mentors mission command process during Vibrant Response

    Aug 19, 2013

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. -- During the recent Vibrant Response exercise, 205th Infantry Brigade trainer/mentors worked with headquarters' staff elements, training on mission command processes during a command post exercise. While First Army trainer/mentors have traditionally focused on Soldier and unit-level training, they have recently expanded their training lens to include providing mission command trainers.

  • 166th AV trains 2-111th on airfield operations

    Aug 19, 2013

    NORTH FORT HOOD, Texas -- Air traffic control and airfield operations are vital within Army aviation. Posing demanding and hazardous challenges, an Air Traffic Service Battalion's responsibilities of providing constant watch over aircraft never ceases.

  • Annual Dagger Day shows families how Soldiers train for war

    Aug 15, 2013

    McGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- The 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, recently held its third annual Dagger Day here, where family members visited to see how their spouses train deploying Soldiers.

  • Task Force Black Scorpion participates in 10 miler Fort Bliss race

    Aug 14, 2013

    Fort Bliss, Texas -- Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 363rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Black Scorpion, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, along with over about 336 Soldiers and Family members laced up their running shoes to prepare for a grueling 10 mile race in the desert heat here Aug 3.

  • First responder skills, professionalism on display during nuclear disaster exercise

    Aug 13, 2013

    The world is still a very dangerous place, noted a two-star general after arriving at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind., to visit the Vibrant Response exercise, which simulates the detonation of nuclear bombs in two Ohio cities.

  • 3-364th Engineers welcome new senior enlisted leader

    Aug 13, 2013

    McGregor Range, N.M. -- The 3rd Battalion, 364th Engineer Regiment, Task Force Rampant, 5th Armored Brigade, welcomed a new command sergeant major in an assumption of responsibility ceremony here July 18.

  • Task Force Black Scorpion sponsors first McGregor Range blood drive in over 3 years

    Aug 13, 2013

    MCGREGOR RANGE, N.M. -- The 2nd Battalion, 363rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Black Scorpion, 5th Armored Brigade sponsored the first blood drive in three years here Aug. 6.

  • Trainer/Mentors ensure reserve-component readiness

    Aug 12, 2013

    First Army Division East trainer/mentors play an integral role in ensuring reserve-component units maintain a high degree of readiness. Recently when members of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a National Guard unit, conducted a command post exercise at Fort Drum, N.Y., Soldiers from 4th Cavalry Brigade, First Army Division East, were standing ready as trainer/mentors and subject matter experts.

  • 181st IN NCO becomes a Ranger School distinguished honor graduate

    Aug 12, 2013

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- The U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga. is the Army's pre-eminent small-unit leader training organization and one of the toughest courses a Soldier can volunteer to attend.

  • 5th AR Dagger Day for Families

    Aug 9, 2013

    McGregor Range, N.M. -- More than 200 military Family members participated in "Dagger Day" at McGregor Range here Aug. 2.

  • Vibrant Response tests chemical biological radiological and nuclear units

    Aug 6, 2013

    There are only three active-duty units in the United States who have a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear-focused mission, and they must be confirmed ready to execute that mission each year. They do this at Vibrant Response.

  • Nuclear disaster exercise trains response capability

    Aug 4, 2013

    Normally, First Army observer controller/trainers train National Guard and Reserve Soldiers for missions in locations such as Afghanistan, Kosovo and Cuba. This month, however, they are leading training for a realistic disaster-response exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

  • Lt. Gen. Tucker Assumes Command of First Army

    Aug 2, 2013

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker was promoted during a ceremony hosted by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno in the Pentagon to his current rank and assumed command of First Army today.

  • Moore takes command of 404th AFSB, Yahn heads to RIA's First Army

    Aug 1, 2013

    The 404th Army Field Support Brigade, headquartered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., conducted a changed of command ceremony July 30. The new commander is Col. James Moore.

  • CONUS Replacement Center fine-tunes processes in anticipation of first deployers

    Jul 31, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- "Rough Riders" from the 402nd Field Artillery Brigade, First Army Division West, are among the quietest trainers around. They let the thousands of Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines they've trained over the last decade speak for them.

  • 205th Infantry Brigade leads from the front during Sgt. Audie Murphy board selection

    Jul 30, 2013

    Camp Atterbury, Ind. -- An examination board composed of senior noncommissioned officers reviewed three noncommissioned officers from First Army Division East, who were nominated to become members of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club at Camp Atterbury, Ind., Jul 18.

  • Division West welcomes new senior enlisted leader

    Jul 30, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- First Army Division West welcomed a new senior enlisted leader in a change of responsibility ceremony at Cameron Field near Division West headquarters July 30.

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    Jul 30, 2013

    Normally, First Army observer controller/trainers train National Guard and Reserve Soldiers for missions in locations such as Afghanistan, Kosovo and Cuba. This month, however, they are leading training for a realistic disaster-response exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

  • Soldiers earn coveted Combatives Level III certification

    Jul 24, 2013

    EDINBURGH, Ind. -- Amid shouts of encouragement, two Soldiers grapple for dominance, willing the other to submit in an honor bout competition recently held during the first Basic Combatives Instructors Course (Level III) certification at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind.

  • Soldier saves teens from burning vehicle

    Jul 24, 2013

    Thanks to Staff Sgt. Michael Peters and his wife, Debra, a car full of teens who hit a tree head on, are on the road to recovery.

  • FoxNews Sports films St. Louis Cardinals 'Shout Outs' with Missouri Guard's 1-135 ARB

    Jul 23, 2013

  • 479th Field Artillery Brigade receives new command sergeant major

    Jul 22, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 479th Field Artillery Brigade held a change of responsibility ceremony on Cameron Field near Division West headquarters here July 18.

  • First Army helps Louisiana Guard maintain readiness

    Jul 18, 2013

    Hattiesburg, Miss. -- More than 100 trainer / mentors from across First Army Division East recently teamed up to train and mentor more than 2,000 Soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team at their annual training exercise at Camp Shelby, Miss.

  • Rehearsal drill shows leadership CRC validation process

    Jul 16, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- Painting the big picture of the upcoming CONUS Replacement Center mission, the 402nd Field Artillery Brigade, First Army Division West, created a large-scale, terrain model of the Fort Bliss training area footprint for a Rehearsal of Concept drill presented to senior leaders here July 8.

  • Division West's 479th Field Artillery Brigade welcomes new commander

    Jul 16, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas - The 479th Field Artillery Brigade welcomed its new commander during a change of command ceremony July 16 at Cameron Field near First Army Division West headquarters.

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