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  • 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

  • Division West Soldier honors historic heroes in Bataan Death March

    Mar 29, 2012

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. -- Nearly 7,000 military personnel, retirees and civilians gathered here March 25 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Bataan Death March and participate in the 23rd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March, a 26.2-mile marathon.

  • Division West participates in post-wide stand-down

    Mar 26, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- "The Army is a Family. It's a team. It's looking out for each other," said Division West's commanding general during the first minutes of the unit's stand-down at the 25th Street Chapel March 23.

  • Division West hosts sustainment training symposium

    Mar 12, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Key senior logisticians from throughout the Army met here March 7 for the third annual First Army Sustainment Unit Logistics Training Symposium hosted by Division West.

  • Streamlined health benefit process partners First Army with VA

    Mar 8, 2012

    As Reserve and National Guard troops return from overseas deployments, Soldiers now register for their medical benefits via an online partnership established between First Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Eligibility Center.

  • Deploying Soldiers Certified as Combat Lifesavers

    Mar 6, 2012

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss - Smoke, explosions and the screams of mock casualties made Combat Lifesaver training realistic for 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Soldiers at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center on Feb. 11. First Army Division East instructors certified 71 brigade Soldiers as Combat Lifesavers following lanes training at Camp Shelby's Bobcat Village. The Soldiers treated mock casualties under simulated combat conditions, capping two days of intensive CLS classes by the trainers. The Soldiers belong to the brigade's 2-108th Infantry Battalion, 4-118th Infantry Battalion and Headquarters and Headquarters Company. Earlier the same week, CLS-certified Soldiers of the 4-118th Infantry Battalion did some hands-on training to keep their CLS skills sharp as they prepare to deploy in support of overseas contingency operations.

  • First Army Division East Surgeon wins dream vacation

    Mar 6, 2012

    We all know by now there are no free rides and if a deal sounds too good to be true, it is, right? Well…one family from Fort Meade, Md. is putting their own spin on that bit of conventional wisdom. First Army Division East Surgeon Lt. Col. George Kyle's wife Gina is not one to shy away from a challenge and her family wouldn't have it any other way. Her adventurous nature won them an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii, courtesy of Home and Garden Television (HGTV).

  • Logistic Support Battalion puts safety first

    Mar 6, 2012

    Safety comes first, whether a unit serves in support of overseas contingency operations or stateside. The perfect illustration of this attitude resides at a motor pool on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., where a First Army Division East maintenance shop continues to remain accident-free for more than three years.

  • 5 years, thousands of troops: First Army Division East transforms to remain relevant

    Mar 6, 2012

    As First Army Division East celebrates its fifth anniversary, their mission of mobilizing, training, deploying and demobilizing Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen not only remains their focus, but they plan to expand the training provided to Reserve Component units.

  • Utah employers visit citizen-Soldiers training for Afghanistan

    Mar 6, 2012

    A group of civilian employers from Utah traveled here to visit their citizen-Soldier employees of the 1/211th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion during the unit's pre-mobilization training Feb. 29. "It's an opportunity for the National Guard to bring in employers of our traditional part-time Guardsmen to see what their civilian employees do while on military status while preparing to deploy to theater," said Lt. Col. Greg Hartvigsen, 1/211th commander.

  • Utah employers visit citizen-Soldiers training for Afghanistan

    Mar 5, 2012

    NORTH FORT HOOD, Texas -- A group of civilian employers from Utah traveled here to visit their citizen-Soldier employees of the 1/211th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion during the unit's pre-mobilization training Feb. 29.

  • New Army Mission Partners First Army Senior Mentors, Afghan Security Forces

    Feb 27, 2012

    Soldiers from First Army units located across the United States began preparations in January to deploy to Afghanistan as a part of a new mission recently identified by Department of the Army that provides specialized teams, beginning this spring, to train and assist Afghan Security Forces as they assume a greater role providing security to the Afghan people.

  • 120th IN Bde. enhances Soldier life skills

    Feb 27, 2012

    GRAPEVINE, Texas -- The 120th Infantry Brigade sponsored Strong Bonds training for 12 single Division West Soldiers at the Great Wolf Lodge here Feb. 10-12.

  • Winning the War on Terror with adaptable warriors

    Feb 16, 2012

    The acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, David McGinnis, and Dr. Wizdom Powell, with the White House Fellows, visited Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck to meet with key leaders, tour facilities and observe pre and post-mobilization operations.

  • Logistic Support Battalion puts safety first

    Feb 15, 2012

    Safety comes first, whether a unit is serving in support of overseas contingency operations or stationed stateside. One motor pool has found a winning recipe for an accident-free maintenance shop, staying safe at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

  • Division West trainers focus on infantry skills

    Feb 14, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- After two years of focused observer controller/trainer work, Soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment turned their attention back to basic infantry skills with two weeks of intense field and range training this month.

  • Fort Meade Soldier hopes to make a difference on Capitol Hill

    Feb 10, 2012

    With the desire to positively influence the lives of Soldiers everywhere, Capt. Adrian Foster applied to the Army Congressional Fellowship Program -- and was accepted. Today, he looks forward to swapping Army fatigues and combat boots for suits and Oxfords.

  • Division West trains D.C. Guard's 273rd Military Police Company for Afghan mission

    Feb 7, 2012

    Soldiers with the District of Columbia Army National Guard's 273rd Military Police Company are training with the 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer 'Redhawk' Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, in New Mexico before deploying to Afghanistan.

  • Holiday demob surge no match for First Army Division East

    Feb 3, 2012

    With a normal demobilization load of about 4,600 troops coupled with a surge demob load of nearly 2,500 troops, First Army Division East personnel proved their professionalism and reinforced their reputation as the premier organization for demob support with the successful demobilization of more than 7,000 returning Warriors.

  • Digital partnership improves health care access for veterans

    Feb 1, 2012

    Part of the demobilization process for Reserve and National Guard troops has gone digital with a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Eligibility Center and First Army Division East. In November 2011 the pair implemented an online application for returning service members to register for health benefits during the demobilization process, rather than the traditional paper application. This online application is helping thousands of returning troops get health benefits faster.

  • First Army uses simulator training to prevent deaths on battlefield

    Jan 10, 2012

    With blood loss being the leading cause of preventable death on the battlefield, First Army Division East is incorporating more realistic, up-to-date training to prepare the nation's deploying Soldiers for treating injuries on the battlefield.

  • Energy Awareness Program Slogan, Mascot Winners Chosen

    Dec 13, 2011

    The winners of the Energy Awareness Program's best slogan and mascot were awarded their $100 checks Dec. 12 at a ceremony with the Garrison manager and directors present. Winner of the best mascot was Melody McHugh with First Army. Her entry of "Rocky the Energy Hound" was selected and a life-size cutout of Rocky was made and present at the ceremony.

  • Patriot Brigade passes sword

    Nov 15, 2011

    Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Johnson accepted the noncommissioned officer sword from Col. Craig A. Osborne, commander, 174th Infantry Brigade, during a Change of Responsibility ceremony held at Sharp Field on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov. 4.

  • Iowa Coach and Olympian speaks to First Army leaders

    Nov 10, 2011

    Success requires an attitude -- it's a passion for some. As an athlete, Gold Medal Olympian, coach and mentor, Iowa native and legend Dan Gable spoke about some of the very same traits and characteristics inherent in his passion -- wrestling -- and how they relate to traits and characteristics we practice and cherish in the Army. As part of the First Army Commander's Conference at the Jumer's Hotel conference center here, Gable spent the evening with First Army Senior leaders, spouses, and Family Support Group members to talk about his life's experiences as a disciplined world-class athlete and coach.

  • 205th Infantry Brigade harvests morale

    Nov 8, 2011

    Soldiers and family members of the 205th Infantry Brigade participated in a unit festival held at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., Nov. 5.

  • Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!, Welcome First Army

    Oct 18, 2011

    Lions, tigers and bears, and the local Quad Cities community welcomed First Army Soldiers, Civilians and their Family members with a sun-splashed day of fun at the Niabi Zoo Oct 15.

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    Oct 17, 2011

    Brig. Gen. Kendall W. Penn, Deputy Commanding General for First Army, contributes to a discussion during the Army National Guard Seminar at the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Convention in Washington DC. The discussion was chaired by Maj. Gen. Raymond W. Carpenter, Acting Director, Army National Guard. The annual AUSA Convention is taking place October 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Official photo by Scott Curtis, First Army Public Affairs - Released.

  • Rodriguez stresses importance of the Reserve Component as an operational force

    Oct 10, 2011

    Gen. David Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, highlighted the critical role of Reserve Component Soldiers and units during the keynote address at the Maj. Gen. Robert G. Moorhead Guard/Reserve Breakfast at the 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the United States Army.

  • Forum discusses future of Army Force Generation, impact on Total Army

    Oct 10, 2011

    "We had Army Force Generation before 2001, but we didn't call it force generation," said Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, deputy commanding general and chief of staff, U.S. Army Forces Command, and lead speaker of the Institute of Land Warfare Contemporary Military Forum on the future of Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN), at the 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the United States Army, Oct. 10, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

  • First Army shapes full-spectrum simulation exercise

    Sep 29, 2011

    More than 350 Soldiers from the Kansas Army National Guard's 35th Infantry Division headquarters participated in a newly-developed seven-day full-spectrum simulations exercise Sept. 20-26.

  • 'Redhawk' readies Nevada Guard MPs for deployment

    Sep 20, 2011

    Soldiers from the 485th Military Police Company, Nevada Army National Guard were trained in the fundamentals of patrolling course here in preparation for deployment by the 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, "Redhawk," 5th Armored Brigade Sept. 15.

  • Streamlining Army mobilization process focus of committee visit

    Sep 19, 2011

    Ten general officers, representing the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee, met at First Army Headquarters Sept. 12 to review regulations for reserve-component policies concerning mobilization and demobilization procedures.

  • Recognizing Our Patriots' Sacrifices

    Sep 19, 2011

    Maj. Gen. Mark MacCarley, First Army deputy commanding general, was the guest speaker for the POW/MIA ceremony held at the Rock Island Arsenal Sept. 16 to "recognize our Patriots." The ceremony reminded Americans that freedom is not free and the United States remains committed to bringing more than 89,000 unaccounted service members home from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

  • Mobilization ending at Fort McCoy

    Sep 8, 2011

    As the Army begins to drawdown its unit requirements in Iraq and Afghanistan, Fort McCoy's mobilization mission is ending this month.

  • First Army provides Guard, Reserve medics realistic training

    Aug 31, 2011

    The most realistic training available for Army National Guard and Army Reserve medics resides at the 24 Medical Simulation Training Centers Army-wide.

  • American Disaster: Training to respond

    Aug 31, 2011

    Federal, state and local disaster responders, with Department of Defense counterparts, are working together here to ensure America has a trained and ready force poised to respond to various natural disasters or terrorist attacks should America face another large-scale terrorist attack.

  • Women honored at First Army's Women's Equality Day observance

    Aug 26, 2011

    "We've come a long way baby!" said Shirlene Appleby, Director of Rock Island Arsenal's Equal Employment Opportunity Office and guest speaker at First Army's Women's Equality Day Observance held here August 26.

  • 1AE NCO Leads by Example, Destroys Stereotypes

    Aug 23, 2011

    We all know him. The guy that does more pushups and situps than is necessary to score the maximum number of points possible for those events. The one who breezes through his two-mile run, drinks a bottle of water, and takes a latrine break before most others cross the finish line.

  • Servicemembers respond to worst-case scenario during 'Vibrant Response' 12 exercise

    Aug 22, 2011

    More than 7,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Department of Defense civilians are descending upon the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex at Camp Atterbury, Ind., and various surrounding areas in Indiana, to execute DoD support to civil authorities in a consequence management role during the Vibrant Response 12 exercise.

  • First Army DCG MacCarley Speaks at Arsenal Island Town Hall

    Aug 17, 2011

    As the new kid on the block, First Army's military and their dependents were invited to participate in its first Rock Island Arsenal town hall Aug 11. Maj. Gen. Mark MacCarley introduced First Army and provided a brief overview of its primary mission - the mobilization and demobilization of the Reserve Component.

  • 157th uncases at Camp Atterbury

    Aug 16, 2011

    Camp Atterbury welcomed a new unit Aug. 15 as the 157th Infantry Brigade, formerly at Fort Jackson, S.C., unfurled the brigade colors during a ceremony in Building 4. The unit held a casing ceremony at Fort Jackson June 23 after nearly 14 years on the installation. Before coming to Camp Atterbury, the 157th Infantry was responsible for training National Guard and Reserve Soldiers for mobilization.

  • Sharpening The Blade

    Aug 16, 2011

    Story and photos highlighting First Army's 93rd Birthday celebration. Highlights include historical synopsis and a look at the future for First Army.

  • Spearhead brigade changes command

    Aug 15, 2011

    Members of the 177th Armored Brigade, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center stood on the parade field July 29, to honor and say good bye to Col. William W. Prior, the brigade’s commander and to welcome a new commander, Col. Dale C. Kuehl.

  • Congressional Staff Delegation Visits First Army Headquarters

    Aug 12, 2011

    Local area congressional staffers and community leaders met with First Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, at First Army’s headquarters building here today.

  • First Army Commander links Army core values with local business

    Aug 5, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Bednarek, First Army commanding general believes business and Army leaders share some of the same goals and ideals, and this was the focus of his presentation to a group of community leaders at the Quad City chamber’s Executive Club meeting at the i Wireless Center Aug 5.

  • Hundreds converge on Rock Island Arsenal's Industry Day

    Aug 4, 2011

    More than 200 vendors representing private industry, academia, and the Army’s industrial base showcased their manufacturing-related product lines and services during Rock Island Arsenal’s 5th Annual Industry Day at the i wireless Center, Moline, Ill., August 4. In addition to the more than 800 registered attendees, the event also drew hundreds from the local community.

  • First Army celebrates 236th Chaplaincy anniversary

    Jul 29, 2011

    A small and enthusiastic group of First Army Soldiers and civilians participated in a two-mile spiritual run on a warm and humid mid-western morning to celebrate the 236th Chaplaincy Corp anniversary July 29.

  • Demobilizing from war: Iowans return home

    Jul 28, 2011

    Before Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers are released from active duty after a deployment they go through a demobilization process during which they are thoroughly screened for medical, dental and behavioral concerns, briefed on their rights and benefits as veterans, and provided assistance on issues ranging from personal to financial.

  • Patriot Brigade unfurls, welcomes new commander

    Jul 21, 2011

    In a formal ceremony on Sharp Field, the 174th Infantry Brigade, along with its First Army higher headquarters and Joint Base mission partners, gathered to unfurl the brigade colors and welcome a new commander July 19.

  • Instructor leads the way in motorcycle safety

    Jul 19, 2011

    1st Sgt. Robert Driver believes preparing motorcycle riders for all types of hazardous road conditions is the ultimate way of preventing fatalities. Driver is the 205th Infantry Brigade’s lead instructor when it comes to motorcycle training and mentorship and teaching the Basic Rider Course.

  • The Keeper of the Colors

    Jul 19, 2011

    As First Army’s keeper of the colors, Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse L. Andrews, Jr. takes that responsibility very seriously. Andrews will uncase the organizational colors with the commander, Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, July 21 in a ceremony designed to highlight almost 100 years of rich history.

  • 1AE HQ jumps head-first into new PT program

    Jul 14, 2011

    If nearly a decade at war has taught us nothing else, we have learned that Soldiers do not fight like marathon runners, and that training for a test does not equal maximum results on the battlefield ...

  • Colors cased, but mission remains

    Jun 29, 2011

    Here we are, one week after casing our colors and 83 days from that historical date marking the end of Fort McPherson’s 126-year run and Fort Gillem’s transition to a military enclave.

  • Father of Fort McPherson man of many experiences

    Jun 29, 2011

    Joshua West Jacobs can be called the father of Fort McPherson for his design and construction oversight of the post. His insight in the installation’s creation was drawn from a variety of military experiences.

  • Man behind Fort Gillem’s name military hero

    Jun 29, 2011

    In 1910, Pvt. 1 Alvan Gillem Jr., took the oath of enlistment at Fort McPherson. In 1950, two world wars and several commands later, Gillem retired from the Army as a lieutenant general at Fort McPherson.

  • Fort McPherson’s history includes prisoner camp, polo, hospital more

    Jun 29, 2011

    Fort McPherson, situated on 487 acres of gently rolling terrain four miles southwest of the center of Atlanta is rich in military tradition dating back to 1867. It was during that year that a post was established in west Atlanta on the grounds where Spelman College is located.

  • McPherson garrison cases colors, ends 126 year history

    Jun 27, 2011

    U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem, cased its colors during the ceremony June 17 in front of the Garrison Headquarters on Fort McPherson.

  • Military Explorers "Explore" First Army Headquarters

    Jun 24, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Evadne Benson, center, First Army Equal Opportunity Advisor, meets with two squads of Military Explorers, from Post 9044 in Davenport, Iowa, and Post 120 from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. The cadets, ranging from 11 to 21 years of age, are learning about the military ways of life prior to their potential future affiliation with the service of their choosing. The "Nighthawk" and "Green Dragon" squads took a guided tour of the new First Army headquarters building on Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill. The group is conducting a four-day Explorer Challenge on "The Rock", consisting of military training and orientation events.

  • 188th Infantry Brigade ensures 149th MEB is ‘Battle-Ready’

    Jun 22, 2011

    The 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade is currently conducting its gunnery validation requirement necessary for deployment with the assistance of 1-306th Regiment, and members of the 2-306th Regiment, both components of the 188th Infantry ‘Battle Ready’ Brigade.

  • Summer of change: 2-338th moves colors, changes leadership

    Jun 20, 2011

    A battalion of local soldiers has experienced two major changes in the past few weeks--they’ve moved their battalion and welcomed a new leader.

  • Mentors, new riders team up for safety ride

    Jun 20, 2011

    More than 40 motorcycle riders from the 158th Infantry Brigade participated in a motorcycle mentorship ride here and toured Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula June 10.

  • Oklahoma senator visits 45th IBCT

    Jun 16, 2011

    U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) visited the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during the final stage of their post-mobilization training here June 13.

  • First Army Division East proactive in suicide fight

    Jun 14, 2011

    According to a recent report from Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli, 301 Soldiers were lost to suicide Army-wide in 2010. Records at First Army Division East indicate that, since their inception in March 2007, they haven’t lost a Soldier to suicide in the unit’s short history.

  • 1AE Commanding General speaks at AUSA Birthday Breakfast

    Jun 14, 2011

    Soldiers, civilians and Fort Meade community members celebrated both the Army’s 236th birthday and Flag Day with breakfast, cake and camaraderie at Club Meade June 14.

  • Happy 236th Birthday Army!

    Jun 14, 2011

  • First Army cases its colors, prepares for relocation

    Jun 9, 2011

    First Army's colors casing ceremony June 3 at Fort Gillem signified the commands relocation from Fort Gillem to Rock Island, Ill., this summer as a result of the 2005 BRAC Act.

  • First Army cases colors and departs Atlanta

    Jun 4, 2011

    First Army cases its colors at Fort Gillem, Ga. in a ceremony signifying the headquarters relocation to Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

  • Div West Soldiers sweep First Army BWC

    Jun 1, 2011

    Two Soldiers from First Army’s left coast division emerged as winners of the Fort Gillem, Ga. " based command’s annual Best Warrior Competition, held May 22-26 at Joint Base McGuire - Dix - Lakehurst, N.J.

  • Maryland third graders, Soldier connect

    Jun 1, 2011

    Perry, a Soldier with 20 years of experience, was asked to speak at Bellows Spring during their career week after the division received a letter from Xavier, a student who attends the school.

  • First Army ROC's toward change

    May 31, 2011

    Commanders, Soldiers and Civilian employees from First Army and its subordinate units are briefed during a Mobilization Training Center (MTC) Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) drill held May 17 at Fort Gillem. The ROC drill was intended to facilitate an operational understanding of the affects of personnel reductions and capabilities and to synchronize the reduction of First Army's MTCs.

  • Fort Gillem general welcomes Soldiers home

    May 13, 2011

    Solders from the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support) Detachment 25 participated in an April 28 Welcome Home Warrior (WHW) ceremony at Camp Shelby, Miss. The detachment had just concluded a year-long tour in Kuwait and held the ceremony as part of their week-long demobilization process.

  • 103 Years Old

    Apr 29, 2011

    Lt. Col. Claudia Velez-Rosado (left) and Sgt. Rachel F. Epstein, the oldest and youngest U.S. Army Reserve service members assigned to First Army Division East, participate in a cake cutting ceremony Friday at First Army Division East Headquarters to commemorate April 22 as the 103rd U.S. Army Reserve Command birthday.

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