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  • 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

  • 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.


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