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  • On Halloween, Kindergarten Class Learns About Soldiers, Not Ghosts And Goblins

    Nov 1, 2012

    Wide eyes and curiosity were present when First Army Soldiers participated in the Hamilton Elementary School Career Day by sharing their U.S. Army experiences and talking about what they do in their everyday jobs.

  • 5th AR Families enjoy Halloween Spooktacular

    Nov 1, 2012

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- The 5th Armored Brigade hosted its first Halloween Spooktacular here Oct. 24, providing Soldiers and their Families an opportunity for downtime, fun and dress-up.

  • 205th Infantry Brigade NCO receives direct commission to officer

    Oct 31, 2012

    Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind. -- As a college student, it was the benefits that first attracted Justin Kenneth Mirkovich to the military. But it was a mentor, Capt. Derrick Simpson, who encouraged him to not only stay, but to make it a career. "Everything kind of fell into place after I came to the 3-411th Logistic Support Battalion," said Mirkovich, who became a second lieutenant in a commissioning ceremony Oct. 11, at the Sgt. Charles H. Seston U.S. Army Reserve Center at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind. "I was young. After my deployment, I thought I would get out and go into the Individual Ready Reserves, but Capt. Simpson encouraged me to apply for the military technician position."

  • In Rare Ceremony, First Army Senior Leaders Receive Second Stars

    Oct 30, 2012

    First Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, promoted Brig. Gen. Kendall W. Penn and Brig. Gen. Michael R. Smith to the rank of major general in a rare joint promotion ceremony at First Army's Headquarters, Oct 29.

  • 166th AV Soldiers enjoy lunch with Gatesville Elementary students

    Oct 30, 2012

    GATESVILLE, Texas -- Soldiers of Division West's 166th Aviation Brigade spent lunch with the children of Gatesville Elementary School Oct. 19 as part of the brigade's Adopt-a-School initiative. Each week, the 166th Aviation Brigade's noncommissioned officers, warrant officers and commissioned officers alike take time to sit and visit with the large student body at lunchtime.

  • 402nd FA mentors children for Partners in Education

    Oct 30, 2012

    EL PASO, Texas -- Members of Division West's 402nd Field Artillery Brigade recently began their Partners in Education season with Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School with a meet and greet with selected students.

  • 5th AR trains Sailors in marksmanship, live fire

    Oct 30, 2012

    McGREGOR BASE CAMP, N.M. -- Soldiers in Division West's 5th Armored Brigade recently trained Joint Warfighters from U.S. Naval Detachment 10341 in Short Range Marksmanship and Team Live Fire.

  • 5th AR trains Joint Warfighters in non-lethal munitions at McGregor Base Camp, N.M.

    Oct 30, 2012

    5th AR trains Joint Warfighters in non-lethal munitions at McGregor Base Camp, N.M.

  • Division West, USO host Halloween Open House, Soldier Appreciation Extravaganza

    Oct 29, 2012

    NORTH FORT HOOD, Texas -- While some people prepare for Halloween night to serve up scary costumes and candy, others also use the eerie holiday theme to show their gratitude to Soldiers and Families. First Army Division West did just that Saturday by hosting its first Halloween Open House, which was immediately followed by a USO-sponsored Soldier Appreciation Extravaganza.

  • National Guard SFA AT tests responsiveness, flexibility, and agility

    Oct 26, 2012

    Camp Shelby, MISS. -- More than 500 National Guard Soldiers recently completed the last step of their mobilization training in preparation for their upcoming Security Forces Assistance Advisor Team deployment to Afghanistan. The training wrapped up a monumental effort by both the National Guard Soldiers and their trainers.

  • SFA AT mentors ANSF partners in life-saving evacuation

    Oct 25, 2012

    FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md.-- For more than three arduous days, Afghanistan National Security Forces, with the help of Security Force Assistant Advisor Team Bluetick, worked to save the life of a severely injured National Directorate of Security Soldier. The NDS Soldier suffered severe, life threatening, shrapnel wounds and burns to his left arm when the Nuristan Provincial Capital, Parun, was attacked by Taliban insurgents. Although his arm required immediate attention, the isolated location and the mountainous terrain where the incident occurred required three days of travel to arrive at Central Outpost Kalagush Joint Aid Station.

  • Soldier shares her story, hopes to improve Breast Cancer Awareness

    Oct 22, 2012

    In May 2008, Sgt. First Class Samantha Green * was busy. A geographical bachelorette with a three-year old child, Green had her hands full preparing for a change of duty stations. She had to pack the house up, arrange for a management company to rent out her home, clear and pass everything to the operations noncommissioned officer because her replacement had not made it in time for a right-seat-ride.

  • Scenario-driven training prepares PRT for Afghan challenges

    Oct 11, 2012

    Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind. - Scenario-driven training provided to Provincial Reconstruction Teams helped the deploying Soldiers not only gain operational experience but provided them extensive experience working with interpreters. The trainers, assigned to the 205th Infantry Brigade at Camp Atterbury Joint maneuver Training Center, Ind., strive to ensure deploying Soldiers receive the most realistic, relevant training possible. The scenario-driven training along with the role players, forces Soldiers to work through the challenges in the same environment and conditions they'll face when they deploy.

  • Motorcycle safety saves live in all seasons

    Oct 11, 2012

    Although summer has ended, motorcycle riders continue sharing the New Jersey roads, taking advantage of the warm weather and low gas prices. Unfortunately, with the weather changing, the likelihood of being involved in a motorcycle accident increases.

  • Trainer Mentors strengthen trust, capabilities with Afghan Army

    Oct 10, 2012

    "We have a motivated team of Division East Soldiers eager to assist the Afghan Nation Army realize their potential of becoming one of the most professional and effective Armies in the region. Our relationship will be based on trust and the common belief that a strong Afghan Army means a strong Afghan nation."

  • Trainer Mentors plan to strengthen trust, capabilities with Afghan Army

    Oct 4, 2012

    An unexpected delay in Manus forced the new First Army Trainer Mentor Team-East to transition operations in Afghanistan in only 36 hours. Luckily, the outgoing team, TMT-West, prepared for the unexpected, and the two teams transitioned smoothly.

  • 402nd FA takes to mountains for Family bonding

    Oct 4, 2012

    SACRAMENTO, N.M. -- Soldiers of Division West's 402nd Field Artillery Brigade recently took to the mountains for a course on Family bonding and some recreation time here.

  • 5th AR trains Guard engineers for Afghanistan deployments

    Oct 3, 2012

    The 5th Armored Brigade's Task Force Redhawk conducted two culminating training events recently with the Arizona Army National Guard's 258th Engineer Company from Phoenix and the Mississippi Army National Guard's 857th Engineer Company from Picayune, Miss. Both companies are horizontal engineer units that will conduct construction missions in Afghanistan.

  • Realistic training ensures deployment readiness for Ky. National Guard

    Oct 1, 2012

    National Guard Soldiers from Kentucky preparing to deploy to Djibouti as Task Force Longrifle gained a sense of the challenges they will soon face when they participated in the realistic training exercise at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuvering Center, Ind.,

  • Adviser team coordinates communications, operations in 'Land of the Light'

    Oct 1, 2012

    Team Bluetick, a Security Force Assistant Advisor Team from First Army Division East, and Occupational Coordination Center -- Provincial Nuristan staff recently conducted a site survey of the Nuristan Provincial Capital, Parun.

  • Shoulder to shoulder, Soldiers stand down against suicide

    Oct 1, 2012

    In 2011, 283 Soldiers took their lives. In the continuing effort to combat suicide in its ranks, our Army has mandated a Service wide Stand Down day. In support of the mandate, First Army is holding its Stand Down Day Oct. 4 on Rock Island Arsenal.

  • 158th IN BDE Train in Real World War Exercise

    Sep 27, 2012

    With the Active Army drawing down, the Army is committed to keeping Reserve Component Forces postured for activities in the future. Over the summer, First Army Division East trainer mentors worked with Reserve units, helping them hone their collective tactical and technical drills in a war exercise (WAREX) at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett, Ca.

  • New First Army Division East Command Sergeant Major excited to Train for Combat!

    Sep 21, 2012

    After 27 months as the senior enlisted advisor of First Army Division East, Command Sgt. Maj. Sgt. Major Edwin Rodriguez passed the Noncommissioned Officer Sword, signifying the transfer of the responsibility of the Division, to the new Division command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis E. Defreese.

  • Website will reduce chance for pay and personnel errors

    Sep 19, 2012

    The Army has launched a website designed to substantially reduce the chance for error on pay and personnel issues. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) will also serve as a repository for comprehensive human resources records for each Soldier. The website is at

  • Division West trains Maine Army National Guard MPs

    Sep 18, 2012

    The 488th Military Police Company of the Maine Army National Guard is here training with Division West's 5th Armored Brigade for its first deployment in the unit's current form, as Soldiers prepare to head to Afghanistan.

  • Division West supports Gatesville Spurfest

    Sep 17, 2012

    Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Brown, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Pedro Pena, right, both of Division West's 479th Field Artillery Brigade, watch as children explore the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle they brought to display at Spurfest, a celebration in Division West's partner community of Gatesville, Texas, Sept. 15. Other Division West Soldiers volunteered during the festival to direct traffic and work in a beverage stand. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gail Braymen, Division West Public Affairs)

  • Division West trains Calif. Army National Guard aviators

    Sep 17, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- A California Army National Guard Chinook helicopter unit training here before deploying to Afghanistan practiced transporting troops last week using 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers who are also getting ready to deploy overseas.

  • Division West conducts 9/11 remembrance ceremony

    Sep 11, 2012

    Division West Soldiers stand in formation during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony conducted at division headquarters at Fort Hood, Texas, today. Division West, a subordinate unit of First Army, trains and validates Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers for deployment to combat or other contingency operations. The division also trains units of the active Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and United States partner nations, for a total of nearly 40,000 servicemembers every year. Since October 2007, Division West has mobilized more than 1,500 units and more than 85,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gail Braymen, Division West Public Affairs)

  • MRAP Driver's Training revamped at JB MDL

    Sep 10, 2012

    Vehicle rollovers remain a serious concern for units deployed overseas. According to statistics compiled by United States Central Command (CENTCOM), there were 618 tactical vehicle rollovers in Afghanistan between January 2009 and July 2012, resulting in 23 fatalities and 501 injuries.

  • Emergency response exercise tests First Army

    Sep 4, 2012

  • Division West NCO reaches for mantle of minister

    Aug 27, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Staff Sgt. Tracy Lostaunau is no stranger to a life of service. He is a mobilized Army Reserve Soldier who currently works as a chaplain's assistant and logistics and administrative NCO with First Army Division West's chaplain's section.

  • Training at Vibrant Response exercise ensures agile joint force

    Aug 21, 2012

    More than 200 observer/trainers supported the recent Vibrant Response exercise held at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, Ind., providing training, feedback, and ensuring adherence to standards throughout the emergency response exercise.

  • French Government honors WWII veteran's D-Day service

    Aug 16, 2012

    According to Gunnery Mate Second Class Oscar Russell, he wasn't a hero. He was just a guy who believed in God and country. Everyone else in the room knew the truth: he was a hero and an inspiration to many. Sixty-eight years after D-Day, Russell received the French Legion of Honor for his actions during World War II. The Honorary Consul to France, Keltoum Roland and Lt. Col. Phillippe Testart, French liaison officer to the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Ga, awarded Russell the medal on Aug. 15, during in a ceremony held at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss.

  • First National Guard assistance advisor teams training now for deployment

    Aug 15, 2012

    CAMP SHELBY, MISS. - The first National Guard units identified to provide Security Force Assistance Advisor Team support in Afghanistan recently mobilized at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center Miss. Not only is this a new mission for the National Guard, it's a new mission for the trainer mentors tasked to prepare those Soldiers for deployment. The 158th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, mobilizes, trains, and validates Reserve Component Soldiers to meet all deployment requirements for worldwide missions.

  • Medical Training Task Force Soldiers conduct combat lifesaver training for Division West Reservists

    Aug 15, 2012

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Many Army Reserve Soldiers stationed here in a subordinate unit of Division West's 479th Field Artillery Brigade actually spend a lot of their time at Fort Hood, Texas. They are experts in convoy live fire and mounted gunnery training, and they go to Fort Hood to train Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers for mobilizations. Because of the risks associated with live-fire training, they must be certified Combat Lifesavers. It can be difficult to get that certification, though, so another 479th Field Artillery Brigade unit recently stepped in to make the Soldiers of the 3rd Training Support Battalion, 290th Regiment, mission-capable.

  • Division West Soldiers test new technology to defeat IEDs

    Aug 13, 2012

    Military combat engineers and civilian technical experts gathered at McGregor Range, N.M., recently to conduct a series of experiments aimed at providing Soldiers with new technology in the counter-improvised explosive device fight.

  • Soldiers strengthen family bonds

    Aug 10, 2012

    Recently, First Army Division East leaders and soldiers put their time and energy behind the Army's message "The strength of the U.S. Army is the Soldiers. The strength of the Soldiers is the family." During a recent Strong Bonds retreat in Gettysburg, Pa., Soldiers and their spouses learned and practiced different techniques to handle stressors and resolve conflicts in their marriages. This training is the perfect start to building 'strong bonds' in a marriage, explained Master Sgt. Michael Bair, First Army Division East Chaplain Noncommissioned Officer. "It is about strength and discipline, both in the military and at home. It's this kind of training that allows you the ability to develop discipline to develop strong bonds and long term lasting relationships. Where the Soldier and their families are given the tools they need to fix problems at home."

  • First Army Receives Superior Unit Award

    Aug 10, 2012

    Lt. Gen. J. Michael Bednarek and Command Sgt. Maj. Jessie L. Andrews Jr. hosted a formal award ceremony Friday, Aug. 10 at the First Army Headquarters to recognize the unit's Army Superior Unit Award presentation.

  • N.M. Soldiers train for worst-case scenario

    Aug 7, 2012

    Dealing with the aftermath of a suicide was part of the realistic training provided by the 205th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, to the Soldiers of the 615th Transportation Battalion of Springer, N.M., mobilizing at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind.

  • More than 19 thousand fans cheer Soldiers' service

    Aug 6, 2012

    It was a night of firsts for Sgt. First Class Brian Goodheart. His first live Major League Soccer game, the first time he'd spent an evening with the commanding general, and the first time he had stood before more than 19 thousand people to be recognized for his service to the nation.

  • Rock Island Arsenal Staff Judge Advocates mark 237th year

    Aug 3, 2012

    What does a guest speaker say to a room full of lawyers at a ceremony to celebrate the 237th anniversary of the establishment of the military's Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps? According to First Army's chief of staff, Col. Steven Merkel, "Don't tell a bunch of lawyer jokes."

  • First Army battalion welcomes new commander

    Aug 2, 2012

    Soldiers of First Army Division East's training support unit gathered to bid farewell to the battalion commander and welcome a new leader during a change of command ceremony held July 17 on McGlachlin Parade Field.

  • Demobilization Process prepares National Guard Soldiers to transition back to civilian lives

    Aug 1, 2012

    FORT MEADE, Md. -- Before heading home after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan and Kuwait more than 2,800 Ohio and Michigan National Guard Soldiers, must successfully tackle one more mission: demobilization. Beginning at the end of July, Soldiers assigned to the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team began flowing through Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss. While at Camp Shelby, they will address and resolve any medical, behavioral health, administrative and financial issues.

  • Division West leads U.S. shift to advisory role in Afghanistan with first deployments since WWII

    Aug 1, 2012

    FORT POLK, La. -- Deep in the tall piney woods and steamy summer heat of the Joint Readiness Training Center here, a team of First Army Division West Soldiers is preparing to make history. Ranging in rank from a staff sergeant to a full-bird colonel, and comprised of two women and seven men, the Soldiers -- all from Division West's 191st Infantry Brigade at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. -- are a Security Force Assistance Advisor Team.

  • Division West Soldiers train their own for NATO mission

    Aug 1, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Training is paramount with First Army Division West. Every year, the division trains and mentors thousands of Soldiers from National Guard, Reserve and active-duty units from throughout the U.S. Army. Now, Division West has the privilege of training some of its own. The 1/395th Engineer Battalion, part of Division West's 479th Field Artillery Brigade, recently trained members of a NATO Training Mission -- Afghanistan team.

  • Tennessee Guard unit trains Jordanian Army

    Jul 31, 2012

    The 181st Field Artillery Battalion recently mobilized, trained and deployed to the country of Jordan, to provide infantry and border security trainer mentor assistance to the Jordanian Army.

  • Division West single Soldiers learn '7 habits' at Strong Bonds event

    Jul 24, 2012

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- It was all about the numbers for a group of Division West Soldiers attending a Strong Bonds for Single Soldiers event here last weekend. The 17 Soldiers learned the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" from the popular self-help book which has sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages. The philosophy of the book closely relates to the five aspects of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

  • Division West aviation brigade prepares Missouri Guard unit for deployment

    Jul 17, 2012

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Before the Missouri Army National Guard's 35th Combat Aviation Brigade deploys to Kuwait this month, they will complete a 10-day final training program coordinated by Division West's 166th Aviation Brigade at the aviation simulation center here.

  • Division West captain earns distinguished honor grad status in first Fort Hood Air Assault course

    Jul 13, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- For 10 days, Soldiers and Airmen put their minds and bodies to the task of completing the first course of the Fort Hood Air Assault School. At the end, 91 trained air assault service members emerged, but one stood above the rest. Capt. Bryan Peterson, officer-in-charge of the 479th Field Artillery Brigade's North Fort Hood Operations section, earned the title of distinguished honor graduate of the Fort Hood Air Assault School's inaugural class.

  • Division West lassoes rodeo personalities for Fort Hood visit

    Jul 6, 2012

    Division West hosted rodeo announcer Charlie Throckmorton and a few other Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association personalities and Belton Chamber of Commerce members for a "rodeo appreciation day" at Fort Hood, Texas, July 5, 2012.

  • Reserve sustainment command finishes post-mobilization training with Division West

    Jul 2, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- The 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, an Army Reserve logistics unit headquartered in Coraopolis, Pa., has finished two months of training here with Division West and will soon deploy to Kuwait.

  • 402nd Field Artillery Brigade promotes esprit de corps with Organization Day

    Jul 2, 2012

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- To promote esprit de corps, the Soldiers of the 402nd Field Artillery Brigade held their annual Organization Day at Biggs Park June 7.

  • Congressman credits, thanks military for inspiration and motivation

    Jun 28, 2012

    "Connecting on a personal level adds to the success of any organization," said Congressman John Runyan, (R-NJ) representing the 3rd District of New Jersey. "Events like this are what's missing in much of the business world."

  • Complexity, realism and technology enhances C-IED training

    Jun 28, 2012

    Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. -- A major part of training service members for combat revolves around countering the insurgent's use of Improvised Explosive Devises. IEDs remain the weapon of choice for terrorists, insurgents and criminal networks worldwide.

  • Bayonet Brigade welcomes new commander

    Jun 26, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers of the 120th Infantry Brigade and the Fort Hood community welcomed Col. Timothy Bush and said farewell to Col. Gary Brito during a change of command ceremony on Cameron Field June 22.

  • Dagger spouses 'sharpen the edge' by honing skill sets

    Jun 26, 2012

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- Being a military spouse can be a difficult job, but it is one that many people gladly sign up for. Although Soldiers receive intensive training to make them better at their jobs, where do spouses turn to learn the tricks of their trade?

  • 85th Support Command runners compete in 200-mile relay from Madison to Chicago

    Jun 26, 2012

    MADISON, Wis. -- These people just love to run. It is that love that kept members of the "85th Road Runners" running for 200 miles, non-stop for more than 24 hours, all the way to a finish line in Chicago.

  • Division West Soldiers work at 2012 NBA Finals

    Jun 25, 2012

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two Division West Soldiers experienced the recent 2012 National Basketball Association's Finals here in a unique way.

  • Logistics Support Battalion recognized with Supply Excellence Award

    Jun 19, 2012

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKERHURST, N.J. -- Over the past year, Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 322nd Logistics Support Regiment, 72nd Field Artillery Brigade conducted more than 120 vehicle issues/turn-ins and coordinated hundreds of vehicles and weapons movement without any losses. As a result of their attention to detail and dedication to their mission, they recently received the Chief of Staff of the Army Supply Excellence Award in the Unit Supply category for Army Reserve Tables of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) Units. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, , presented the award to the battalion along with the other winners. "We could not have accomplished all that we have in Iraq and Afghanistan were it not for the countless, remarkable contributions made by the men and women of the logistics community," said Austin during the recent awards ceremony.

  • Joy motivates Special Olympic volunteers

    Jun 13, 2012

    Seeing the joy of accomplishment on Special Olympians faces motivated Los Angeles, Calif. native Sgt.1st Class Oscar Rodriguez, First Army Division East, to volunteer to support the 2012 Special Olympics Washington D.C. Summer Games recently. Rodriguez, several other First Army Division East Soldiers and dozens of other volunteers supported summer games, held recently on the campus of The Catholic University of America during "Military Day." However, personal reasons drove the DivEast Soldiers to support. "I have a nephew who competes in the Special Olympics due to a muscular disorder," explained Sgt. 1st Class Erica Lehmkuhl, Louisville, Ky. "Also, growing up, my next door neighbor had Down 's syndrome, and he was such an innocent, loving soul that I felt the need to support the Special Olympics."

  • Rare event: Security Team gets First Army combat patch

    Jun 11, 2012

    For only the second time in more than fifty years, First Army Soldiers are deployed in support of ongoing operations Afghanistan, filling an Army requirement for Security Force Assisting and Advising Teams (SFAAT). A combat patch ceremony took place May 31 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi during which a dozen First Army Soldiers placed the First Army patch on their right shoulders.

  • Unit mobilization provides stability for mission, Reserve Soldiers

    Jun 11, 2012

    Beginning November, the 174th Infantry Brigade will replace its' individually voluntary mobilized Soldiers with one of the brigade's six Reserve battalions.

  • Milestone Moment

    Jun 7, 2012

    Sgt. Maj. Timothy Beall, left, sergeant major of Security Force Assistance Team 14's "Iron Gladiators", 191st Infantry Brigade, Division West, receives his First Army combat patch from his team commander, Maj. Matthew Carl, during a ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Khandahar City, Afghanistan, May 27. Beall, a mobilized Army Reserve Soldier, has been assigned to the 191st Infantry Brigade for more than a decade and deployed on his first overseas contingency tour in April. More than 135 hand-picked First Army senior officers and noncommissioned officers assigned to training support brigades deployed as 13 teams to support the Army's new SFAT mission in Afghanistan, making this only the second time in more than 50 years that First Army Soldiers have deployed to a combat zone. (Photo by Spc. Derrick Gentry, 503rd Military Police Battalion)

  • Black Scorpions build on confidence

    Jun 7, 2012

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- Rope bridges, 10-foot ladders and two-by-four planks are not traditional training tools for Soldiers in 2nd Battalion, 363rd Combat Support Regiment "Black Scorpion", 5th Armored Brigade, Division West. But, for the unit's most recent Battle Assembly, these were just a few of the training aids Soldiers had at their disposal.

  • 3-395th Armor Soldiers clean up historic Texas cemetery

    Jun 4, 2012

    BELTON, Texas -- Soldiers with 3rd Armor Battalion, 395th Regiment, 479th Field Artillery Brigade, Division West, conducted landscaping and upkeep on the historic Dulaney Cemetery on the A.C. Ray Ranch here May 18.

  • Social Security Administration Honors Fallen

    May 31, 2012

    More than 300 Social Security Administration personnel welcomed Col. (P) Jody J. Daniels, deputy commanding general of First Army Division East, to their annual Memorial Day Observance held at the Social Security Administration Headquarters building in Woodlawn, Md.

  • 402nd Field Artillery Bde broadens students' perspectives at career day

    May 30, 2012

    EL PASO, Texas -- Soldiers and civilians with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 402nd Field Artillery Brigade, Division West, showed off military static displays, tactical and protective equipment, and Army uniforms at the Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School Career Day May 26.

  • 479th FA Soldier accompanies veterans on D.C. Honor Flight

    May 29, 2012

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Earlier this month, a Division West Soldier acted as a guardian to 93 southwest Oklahoma veterans who traveled here on an Honor Flight to visit memorials.

  • Families encouraged to assess their comprehensive fitness levels

    May 25, 2012

    "The days of the Army telling Soldiers that their spouse wasn't issued in their rucksack are long gone," said First Army Division East Command Sgt. Maj. Edwin Rodriguez. The Army considers the Soldier's family as part of the Soldier. The family is part of the team and if the team suffers, so does the Army. To use the words of the Army: "The Army is the strength of the Nation, the Soldier is the strength of the Army and the Family is the strength of the Soldier." "We now realize that for a Soldier to be 100 percent focused on the mission, things at home need to be taken care of. They play a huge role in keeping our Soldiers fit and combat ready," Rodriguez explained. But for families to keep their Soldiers fit, they themselves must be taken care of as well. To that end, the Army -- and Rodriguez -- encourages families to use the GAT.

  • 1049th Transportation Company navigates the demobilization process

    May 25, 2012

    "The demobilization process is a critical part of redeployment. We need Soldiers to focus on ensuring they resolve all issues -- medical, dental, behavioral health and administrative -- before they go home to their families," explained Col. Michael S. Shrout, commander, 72nd Field Artillery Brigade, First Army Division East. The 72nd FA Bde., oversees the demobilization process for all Reserve Component Soldiers redeploying through on JBMDL.

  • Soldiers begin the most important part of the reset process: Demobilization

    May 24, 2012

    When Soldiers return from deployment to Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, they start the most important part of the reset process -- demobilization. This crucial time allows Soldiers time to resolve medical, dental, behavioral health, financial and administrative issues prior to their release from active duty.

  • 120th Infantry Brigade plays it safe with adopted school

    May 22, 2012

    GATESVILLE, Texas -- With the summer just around the corner, Soldiers in the 120th Infantry Brigade helped children with one more lesson before the end of the school year during a recent visit to its adopted school in Gatesville.

  • Harvard-bound

    May 22, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. -- Carolyn Erickson, Reserve Component supervisory human resources specialist, 191st Infantry Brigade, Division West, is presented with a gift of appreciation at her farewell luncheon in Lacey May 9. She was selected for the HQDA G-3/5 Strategic Education and Development Program (formerly the Harvard Strategist Program). Erickson, a major in the Army Reserve, will pursue a master's degree in public administration at Harvard University, followed by a utilization tour within the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army G-3/5 and the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve. (Photo by Leslie Thomas, 191st Infantry Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

  • Division West trains MI Soldiers for Afghan deployment

    May 18, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Nearly 30 Soldiers from the Army Reserve's 301st Military Intelligence Battalion out of Phoenix, Ariz., recently came here to form Detachment 58 and train with Division West for their upcoming deployment.

  • First Army launches toy drive for Afghan children

    May 17, 2012

    First Army Reservists partnered enthusiastic volunteers in the United States with Afghan school children to collect toys and school supplies for them.

  • First Army's Task Force Grizzly establishes fire department

    May 15, 2012

    CAMP BLACKHORSE, Afghanistan -- It has been over a month since a First Army Division West task force arrived in the mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan.

  • Division West trains aviators to conquer central Asia's mountainscape

    May 15, 2012

    DOUBLE EAGLE II AIRPORT, N.M. -- Navigating safely over the rugged terrain of central Asia demands the best of man and machine, and the trainers of First Army Division West are bringing out just that in an Afghanistan-like environment west of Albuquerque.

  • Gatesville church brings Texas hospitality to training troops

    May 14, 2012

    NORTH FORT HOOD, Texas -- Army Reserve Soldiers training here with Division West for their deployment to Kuwait were treated to some Texas hospitality yesterday organized by the First Baptist Church of Gatesville.

  • First Army Division East Soldiers help Habitat for Humanity with Clean-up Efforts

    May 10, 2012

    FORT MEADE, MD., --The Soldier's Creed states that every Soldier stands ready to deploy and destroy the enemies of the United States. Destroying can be considered a primary mission of infantry units. However, recently, Soldiers from First Army Division East's 205th Infantry Brigade, 1-335th Infantry Battalion, recently took on a different mission. It wasn't a mission to destroy, but rebuild. The Soldiers put their skills to use to clean and beautify the Habitat for Humanity's offices in Franklin, Ind.

  • Successful demobilization rounds out Red Bull deployment

    May 9, 2012

  • EFMB Challenge: 112 step up but only 21 earn coveted badge

    May 7, 2012

  • Family Member loves assisting Army Family Action Plan process

    May 4, 2012

  • East Moline family receives father's WWII service awards

    May 4, 2012

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Shilling (Ill.), together with First Army Deputy Commanding General for Support, Maj. Gen. Mark MacCarley, present the family of deceased PFC Bruch his World War II medals to Mrs. Elizabeth Dreier, his daughter, in recognition of her father's wartime service.

  • "Real" Soldiers share Army story with elementary students

    May 3, 2012

  • A Call to Duty, Retired Soldier Continues to Serve his Local Community

    May 1, 2012

    Retired Lt. Col. Bill Carter's normal workday consists of enabling and resourcing medical training for our Nation's Army Reserve and National Guard formations mobilizing and training under First Army before deploying overseas. However, once his First Army duty day ends Carter transforms from First Army trainer into a volunteer firefighter -- on call to fight fires or rescue those in need from crashed cars or burning buildings.

  • Hero 2 Hired program helps Redeploying Reserve and National Guard Soldiers find jobs

    May 1, 2012

  • Redeploying reserve-component Soldiers screened for rabies

    Apr 30, 2012

    Spc. Kevin Shumaker died tragically, Aug. 31, 2011, from wounds he received while deployed to Afghanistan -- injuries that came from a dog.

  • Including biometrics in deployment training helps Soldiers identify the enemy

    Apr 30, 2012

  • "Training Brain" provides intelligence solution for short notice training exercise

    Apr 25, 2012

    Planning and coordinating the final validation training event for Army National Guard and Reserve units preparing to deploy overseas normally requires from four to eight months. But what do you do when your timeline allows only 75 days to create, plan and synchronize all the scenario-driven events required to conduct a brigade staff-level training exercise? Planners and trainers from First Army's 205th Infantry Brigade, located at Camp Atterbury, Ind., faced such a challenge when tasked to create a culminating training event (CTE) to test the headquarters staff of the Indiana Army National Guard's 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on an unfamiliar mission prior to their deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Division West Soldiers ride for wounded warriors

    Apr 23, 2012

    First Army Division West Soldiers participated in the annual Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge, riding their bicycles from Killeen to Waco, Texas, April 19, 2012, to aid in the effort to raise funds for wounded service members and veterans.

  • Training partnership -- key to overseas success

    Apr 18, 2012

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- An American convoy approaches, a dusty trail of dirt and sand billowing behind. The vehicles form a perimeter around the town square, and the Soldiers are quickly greeted by men speaking Pashtu.

  • First Army Division East Keeps Combat Lifesavers up to speed

    Apr 16, 2012

    If you've ever seen a war movie, you've witnessed this familiar call from a wounded Soldier or Marine: "Medic!" But who are these brave warriors who risk their own safety to care for their wounded comrades-in-arms? And who ensures those medics and combat lifesavers receive the training they need to confidently and competently care for injured Soldiers?

  • First Army Division East Delivers toys to Afghan Children

    Apr 16, 2012

    Bringing smiles to Afghanistan children's faces wasn't covered in mobilization training and isn't listed on most Afghanistan trainer mentor's "to-do" lists. But when one First Army Division East member started thinking about the children in his area, the idea took root and was enthusiastically supported by other members of his team.

  • Division West, First Army discuss training mission transition

    Apr 16, 2012

    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. -- Key leaders of the sprawling divisions that train Army National Guard and Army Reserve units before they mobilize to overseas theaters or other contingency operations converged here last week to discuss current and future missions.

  • First Army East Hosts Best Warrior Competition

    Apr 11, 2012

    Camp Atterbury, Ind. -- "Train for Combat" isn't just First Army Division East's motto, it's a way of life. Recently, seven Soldiers put action behind those words when they competed against each other for the title of Best Warrior.

  • Training outside the box --- and in the Air port

    Apr 10, 2012

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Tailoring training to meet the deployment mission of mobilized Reserve Component forces falls to members of the 2-410th Field Artillery Battalion, 177th Armored Brigade at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. Recently, due to the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan, missions change after the mobilized arrives at Camp Shelby. These changes require First Army Division East brigades to quickly adapt and change training plans. And sometimes, leaders and trainers use all their creative ingenuity to make the training fit the mission.

  • Enablers Critical to First Army Training Successes

    Apr 4, 2012

    Planning and conducting training exercises for Army National Guard units is nothing new for First Army's skilled trainers. However, bringing multiple organizations together within 75 days to train and evaluate the headquarters staff of the Indiana Army National Guard's 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on an unfamiliar deployment mission introduced some new challenges. More than 60 trainers and support personnel from seven different organizations converged here to train, support and evaluate the 76th during its four-day culminating training exercise, a key component, prior to its Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan.

  • Posthumous awards given to Texas WWII veteran's family

    Apr 3, 2012

    Almost seven decades after his honorable discharge from the United States Army, the late Pfc. James Rhoads has been recognized for his bravery and valor for service to his country.

  • Demobilization Process prepares 45th IBCT Soldiers to transition back to civilian lives

    Apr 2, 2012

    FORT MEADE, Md. - The ultimate goal for more than 3,000 Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers returning from eight-month deployments to Afghanistan and Kuwait is to complete the demobilization process at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss., and return home as soon as possible. Already, more than 2,000 Soldiers have made that transition and are now home with their friends and families.

  • First Army Division East Best Warrior Competition

    Apr 2, 2012


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