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  • 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.

  • 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