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  • Division West trainers oversee Wyoming Guard artillery unit re-mission

    Sep 9, 2014

    Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 395th Field Artillery, 120th Infantry Brigade, began assessing a Wyoming National Guard unit's re-mission progress, as they switch from using towed M198 Howitzers, to the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

  • Army Launches New Safety Campaign

    Sep 8, 2014

    The Army launched the first installment of its new two-year seasonal safety awareness campaign today.

  • New First Army command teams, advisors set up for success at conference

    Aug 28, 2014

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - First Army brought its new commanders, senior enlisted leaders and Army National Guard advisors here this week to better equip them to carry out their duties.

  • 2014 Women's Equality Day tri-signed letter

    Aug 26, 2014

    The Nation's annual observance of Women's Equality Day commemorates the addition of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. This victory moved our Nation forward on the path towards equal civil and political rights for all Americans. This is a letter from our Army Senior leaders pertaining to this topic.

  • Guam Guardsmen redeploy at Camp Shelby

    Jan 16, 2014

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- National Guard Soldiers from Guam are going home. Guam National Guardsmen returning from a security force mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom recently completed their demobilization process with assistance from First Army Division East's 177th Armored Brigade and Medical Task Force Shelby.

  • Innovative artilleryman receives coveted Gruber Award

    Jan 7, 2014

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE DIX LAKEHURST, N.J. -- A First Army Division East Soldier said he was 'stoked' to learn he was the recipient of the 2013 Gruber award, given for outstanding achievement in the Field Artillery Corps.

  • Requirements-based demobilization; the last step

    Jan 2, 2014

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE DIX LAKEHURST, N.J. - News outlets frequently show stories of service members returning home and surprising their family and friends. These heartwarming stories do not happen, however, until the service member completes the last step of the deployment: demobilization.

  • Engineers prepare for advise and assist mission

    Dec 19, 2013

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 365th Engineer Battalion, based in Schuylkill, Pa., accompanied by Soldiers from Texas and West Virginia, successfully completed their cumulative training event readying for deployment.

  • People are the center of the Patriot command

    Dec 11, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. --Each level of command will always have a lesson learned. For the outgoing commander of the 174th Infantry Brigade, Col. Craig A. Osborne, the Patriot command was about people.

  • Soldiers experience Gettysburg Campaign

    Dec 6, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE DIX LAKEHURST, N.J. - Soldiers assigned to the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade, First Army Division East participated in a staff ride to Gettysburg National Park on Nov. 26, 2013. The visit wrapped up a month of research and training on the Gettysburg Campaign.

  • Joint effort brings Soldiers home for the Holidays

    Dec 3, 2013

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Leaders with 177th Armored Brigade, First Army Division East, Camp Shelby Medical Task Force and Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center are making their lists and checking them twice as they prepare to demobilize a significant amount of Soldiers during the holiday season.

  • Utah National Guard trains for theater handover

    Nov 14, 2013

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- In preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, the 115th Engineer Facilities Detachment, Utah Army National Guard, recently completed a cumulative training exercise designed by First Army Division East's, 177th Armored Brigade exercise planners.

  • Building resiliency is a team effort

    Nov 14, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- "Resiliency is learned; it is nurtured, strengthened and shared," said Army Maj. Glenvil Gregory, 174th Infantry Brigade chaplain during a brigade spiritual resiliency workshop this month.

  • Multi-component command trains for retrograde mission

    Oct 15, 2013

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

  • First Army Division East Soldiers earn German Badge

    Oct 10, 2013

    Camaraderie and fitness go hand-in-hand as Soldiers from First Army Division East's Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment found out recently when they began the arduous and demanding journey to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

  • Soldiers look to the past for professional development

    Oct 10, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Officers and senior noncommissioned officers of the 174th Infantry Brigade, recently took on roles of Civil War battlefield commanders and walked the hallowed grounds of the war's bloodiest battle, not only to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, but also to improve their own professional development.

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

    Oct 8, 2013

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

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

    Oct 1, 2013

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

  • Guardsmen train in multi-component environment

    Sep 30, 2013

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

  • USARC recognized supply excellence

    Sep 30, 2013

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

  • Division focuses on NCO spiritual resilience

    Sep 30, 2013

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

  • Training burns

    Sep 27, 2013

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

  • Multi-component training ensures readiness of Total Army Force

    Sep 12, 2013

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

  • Soldiers take the wheel during annual training

    Sep 12, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. --Prior to annual training, Player had only been to driver's training during her first enlistment in the U.S. Army Reserve more than 7 years ago.

  • TALON IV training keeps Soldiers safe

    Sep 10, 2013

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

  • Utah National Guard Soldiers complete final CTE

    Sep 5, 2013

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

  • First Army training prepares civilians for deployment

    Sep 5, 2013

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

  • Trainer/mentors ensure Guard unit meets training objective

    Sep 3, 2013

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

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

    Sep 3, 2013

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

  • Volunteering is a way of life for Soldiers

    Aug 29, 2013

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

  • Trainers/mentors support Midwest Infantry Soldiers

    Aug 27, 2013

    CAMP GRAYLING, Mich. -- Capt. Christopher Moore is "true blue." To be "true blue" and earn the Expert Infantryman Badge, a Soldier must complete all tests without a single no-go. Moore was the sole "true blue" EIB recipient out of three Soldiers to earn the prestigious badge during an EIB Course at Camp Grayling, Mich., Aug. 14.

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

    Aug 22, 2013

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

  • Trainer/mentors shine during Vibrant Response 13-2

    Aug 21, 2013

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

  • Trainer/mentors support N.J. Guard readiness

    Aug 21, 2013

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

  • Soldier's doctorate combines Army profession, mentorship

    Aug 20, 2013

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

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

    Aug 19, 2013

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

  • First Army mentors mission command process during Vibrant Response

    Aug 19, 2013

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

  • Trainer/Mentors ensure reserve-component readiness

    Aug 12, 2013

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

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

    Jul 30, 2013

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

  • Soldiers earn coveted Combatives Level III certification

    Jul 24, 2013

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

  • Soldier saves teens from burning vehicle

    Jul 24, 2013

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

  • First Army helps Louisiana Guard maintain readiness

    Jul 18, 2013

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

  • Realistic Training Raises Bar for Trainer / Mentors

    Jun 11, 2013

    Edinburgh, Ind. -- The room is dark, lit only by a small flame left over from an explosion. Through the thick smoke, two Soldiers quickly enter and begin administering aid to several casualties thrown to the floor. In the background, gunfire continues to add to the already overwhelming situation as the casualties groan and call out for help.

  • Joint Navy, Army Reserve Team reading to build stability, trust in Uruzgan

    May 31, 2013

    Provincial Reconstruction Teams, training at Atterbury-Muscatatuck near Edinburgh, Ind., are preparing for deployment to rural provinces in Afghanistan. This final rotation of PRTs, trained by First Army Division East, will send one team, comprised of active duty U.S. Navy personnel and a U.S Army Reserve civil affairs attachment, to serve in the Uruzgan province.

  • Afghanistan bound Soldiers, Sailors recognized at MLB game

    May 30, 2013

    The Cincinnati Reds remembered our nation's fallen service members and recognized those about to deploy in a ceremony at their Memorial Game Monday. Sailors and Soldiers assigned to and training with First Army Division East took part in the day's commemoration of sacrificeand freedom. Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Fagan, 4th Cavalry Brigade, First Army Division East, said it was a wonderful tribute to America's service members.

  • Team Falcons trounces Tough Mudders course

    May 30, 2013

    Through 12-miles of mud and more than 20 obstacles including an iced water-filled dumpster, jumping over fire, to a muddy-watered low-crawl pit with dangling wires, seven Soldiers and several family members from the 157th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, conquered the Tough Mudder competition in Seneca, Ill.

  • Patriots Stay 'SHARP'

    May 28, 2013

    In line with the Armywide mandated Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention standown this past week, the 174th Infantry Brigade Commander, Col. Craig A. Osborne, voiced his zero-tolerance policy.

  • Soldiers-Sailors Train, Deploy As Total Force

    May 28, 2013

    Camp Atterbury, Ind., - "And when the 'storming' is complete, the Army-Navy team that forms is inseparable. It is truly a great operation to witness, and we are fortunate to be part of it. We depend totally on the 4th Cavalry Brigade at Camp Atterbury to bring our Sailors' skills up to standard ground operations," said Navy Capt. Eric Jabs, commanding officer of Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Joint, realistic training reinforces Total Army concept

    May 24, 2013

    Soldiers from the First Army Division East and 10th Mountain Division recently teamed up to provide realistic and relevant training for Provincial Reconstruction Teams during their Culminating Training Exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Maj. Paul Shepard, chief of plans, for the 4th Cavalry Brigade, Fort Knox, Ky., First Army Division East, said the military trains like it fights. "There is no better solution for the PRTs than to receive training with highly-trained, highly-motivated Soldiers. For the Navy O5s who command the PRTs, this is a perfect time for them and their staff to practice integrating realistic force protection into their planning and execution phases of operations," said Shepard, from Albuquerque, N.M. First Army Division East mobilizes, trains, validates and deploys Reserve Component units to support overseas military operations. Mobilization training is relevant, realistic and reflects the most current conditions Soldiers will face in theater. First Army Division East directly supports the Chief of Staff of the Army's priority of providing trained, equipped and ready forces to win the current fight, while maintaining responsiveness for unforeseen contingencies.

  • DivEast leaders prepare NG Soldiers for U.S./Australia joint mission

    May 24, 2013

    When members of the 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, California National Guard, arrive in Afghanistan in a few months, they will join and support the Australian Defense Force in a variety of roles. To prepare the 79th, Lt. Col. Christopher Kuhn, commander of the 158th Infantry Brigade's 3rd Battalion, 315 Engineer Regiment, traveled from Camp Shelby Miss., to Townsville Australia to participate in and observe the Australian's mission rehearsal activity. "This was the Australian Defense Force's Mission Rehearsal Activity. This activity was the certifying activity for the Australians", Kuhn said. He compared the training to an Army Combat Training Center rotation mission rehearsal exercise. Explaining that the 79th IBCT will support the Australians in operational and planning roles, Kuhn said observing the Australian's MRA provided vital information to ensure his trainer/mentors properly prepared the unit for their deployment. "The biggest part of this was teambuilding. My role was to observe the combined training with the Australians, and then integrate the details of that training into the design of the mission rehearsal exercise the 79th IBCT will conduct before deployment," said Kuhn.

  • "Let's Move", Soldiers Motivate Local Students

    May 17, 2013

    Columbus, Ind. -- First Army Division East trainer/mentors assigned to 205th Infantry Brigade provide pre-mobilization training to tens of thousands of Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers for deployment to Afghanistan and other contingency missions every year. In May however, the 205th added a new mission -- the "Let's Move" campaign launched by First Lady Michelle Obama to combat childhood obesity.

  • Army partners with Air Force, Soldiers train at Air Advisor Academy

    May 17, 2013

    Trainer/mentors assigned to the 174th Infantry Brigade, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. train deploying Airmen on Army Warrior Tasks routinely. Thanks to a new partnership with the Air Force, the roles are reversed. This past week, nearly 70 mobilized Reserve Component Soldiers preparing for advise and assist missions in Afghanistan trained at the United States Air Force Air Advisor Academy.

  • Division East Chaplain preaches resiliency

    May 16, 2013

    Spiritual resilience, one of five dimensions of strength within the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, is designed to help service members define the deepest part of themselves. It requires a conscientious strengthening of beliefs, principles and values, according to CSF program.

  • There can be only one -- Best Warrior

    May 15, 2013

    Noncommissioned officers representing First Army Division East's eight Brigades competed recently to determine the Division's 2013 NCO of the Year. The journey to represent the Division began at battalion level. NCOs competed and were selected for their brigade-level contest through competitions held by their respective commands earlier this year.

  • Soldier enjoys chance to coach, mentor youth

    Apr 29, 2013

    Deciding what you want to be when you grow up can be overwhelming. Recently, a group of subject matter experts from a variety of career fields -- including the U.S. Army -- gathered to provide young adults advice and information as they make those decisions. These types of events are especially important since we can affect and mold young minds, said Maj. Jose Hernandez, 205th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, who represented the Army at the event.

  • Soldiers, Beta Club members discuss leadership

    Apr 29, 2013

    Beta Club members from Purvis High School, Purvis, Miss. recently attended a Leadership Experience Day hosted by the Soldiers the of the 177th Armored and 158th Infantry Brigades. The Beta Club promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. Service and leadership are two key elements of military service. "Exercising leadership qualities helps you stay aware of your environment and helps daily decision making," said Maverick P. Johnson, 10th grader and Beta Club member.

  • Building local partner network ensures training excellence

    Apr 26, 2013

    Soldiers assigned to First Army's training support battalions have a responsibility to provide the most relevant and expert training available. In order to gain this valuable expertise and proficiency, the planning, rehearsal, and execution of certified training must begin at home station. However, for the 174th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, not all battalions and trainers are at their home station of Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst N.J.

  • Situational awareness training aims to prevent attacks

    Apr 26, 2013

    An insider threat, according to Army regulation, occurs when someone with access to an organization intentionally causes loss or damage through espionage, terrorism or the release of information and plans. The issue is complex and prominent with coalition forces, and Advanced Situational Awareness Training is being implemented to combat and prevent the attacks from happening.

  • Cultural exchanges increase coalition strengths, capabilities

    Apr 23, 2013

    In Afghanistan, Provincial Reconstruction Team members not only have to navigate the differences in acronyms between services like the U.S. Army, Navy, or Air Force, depending on what province they work, they may also have to navigate a cultural minefield beset with Australian, Polish, or Italian slang and customs.

  • N.C. Guard Soldiers prepare for Sinai deployment

    Apr 22, 2013

    Soldiers with the 630th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion navigated postal operations as well as other technical and tactical requirements during a recent combined training exercise, at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., to prepare for their upcoming deployment to the Sinai

  • MFO commander prepares next deploying NG unit

    Apr 22, 2013

    North Carolina National Guard Soldiers preparing to deploy to the Sinai as Multinational Force Observers recently sat down with the commander of the current MFO task force for a look at what they could expect during their upcoming deployment. Col. Robert D. Haycock, commander of Task Force Sinai, met with 630th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Soldiers, N.C. National Guard, during the unit's Combined Training Exercise at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind.

  • First Army Lifesavers Prepare Sailors for Combat

    Apr 10, 2013

    Sailors grunted, shouted commands and worked together as a team to carry 200-pound dummies under the barbed wire and dirt. Through the cloud of yellow smoke, horizontal figures emerged, helmets close to the ground, sweaty faces determined to get their "casualties" to safety. "It's very realistic," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Burkholder, one of the sailors preparing to deploy with U.S. Navy Customs. "You've got the background noise, the bombs going off, and you have to take cover; you have to pull security and take care of your teammates out there."

  • Provincial Reconstruction Teams learn from surveys

    Apr 8, 2013

    Pre-deployment site surveys prepare units for deployments and helps First Army trainer/mentors develop training that is relevant, realistic and that reflects the most current conditions Soldiers will face in theater.

  • First Army Soldiers provide realistic training while minimizing risk, reducing cost

    Apr 1, 2013

    Using the Training Aids, Devices, Simulators, and Simulations facility, a virtual simulation training facility, Soldiers of the 1-335th Infantry Regiment, 205th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, develop realistic training scenarios for the units they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Horn of Africa.

  • Smooth transition for continued operations

    Apr 1, 2013

    CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER -- Pre-deployment site surveys prepare units for deployments and helps First Army trainer/mentors develop training that is relevant, realistic, and that reflects the most current conditions Soldiers will face in theater. "This training will prepare them for the current hostile operational environment in country," said Col. John S. Prairie, commander of the 4th Cavalry Brigade, Fort Knox, Ky.

  • Keeping age out of the ring -- Soldier perseveres as female boxer

    Mar 29, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, Az. - Spc. April Moreland is not your average athlete. Not only does she compete in the male predominant sport of boxing, but she began training almost two years ago, at 29.

  • Complacency bites, especially in the air

    Mar 29, 2013

    It was back in the summer of 2000 and I hadn't yet gone to flight school. At the time, I was serving as a flight engineer on a CH-47D Chinook. Our mission was a simple, routine night vision goggle flight with a couple of very experienced pilots on the controls. During the brief, the pilot in command said he wanted to focus on slingload training and told me it was my night in the cargo hole.

  • Florida National Guard prepares for Qatar security operations mission

    Mar 29, 2013

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Florida National Guard Soldiers are in the final training phase of the unit's mobilization. In a matter of weeks, they will deploy to Qatar to conduct security operations missions. The unit recently participated in a culminating training exercise designed by Trainer/Mentors (TMs) assigned to the 177th Armored Brigade, First Army Division East.

  • Follower, then leader, foundation for NCO corps

    Mar 28, 2013

    "A great leader is clear. They are obedient. They are humble. They are loyal," said 1st Sgt. Joseph Smith, first sergeant of the Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment at First Army Division East. "They -- great leaders -- are the noncommissioned officers, which serve among our armed forces, in every branch of service not only throughout the United States, but throughout the rest of the world. If you want to become a great leader, you must first become a great follower." The history of the noncommissioned officer began in 1775 with the birth of the Continental Army. The Army began to explicitly define NCO duties during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When becoming an NCO, an individual must display their expertise in their military occupational specialty and ability to lead troops.

  • Virtual trainer immerses Soldiers in deployed environment

    Mar 28, 2013

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- When training Soldiers for combat, realism plays a key role in ensuring preparedness. First Army Division East trainers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., immerse Soldiers completely in scenario-based training using the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer, a virtual training system. "Instituting virtual training for military personnel to experience a variety of wartime scenarios is a cost-effective and time-efficient way to experience the real thing," explained Sgt. 1st Class Jonnie Horne, Counter-IED instructor with 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry Regiment, 174th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East.

  • Students celebrate, honor women who inspire

    Mar 26, 2013

    In the 27 years Lt. Col. Kerry E. Norman has been in uniform, more career fields and educational opportunities have become available to women. Recently, as part of a Women's History Month commemoration, Norman took an opportunity to share some of those opportunities as well as words of encouragement with the boys and girls of Central Middle School in Columbus, Ind. "After WWII there was only one female colonel in the military," said Norman, commander of the 1-411th Logistic Support Battalion, 205th Infantry Brigade, at Fort Knox, Ky. That one female colonel, Mary Agnes Hallaren, became the director of the Women's Army Corps in 1946.

  • Airmen learn how to save lives amidst chaos

    Mar 20, 2013

    A shrill whistle pierced the sky, a loud bang echoed through the trees, and screams followed close behind. Military personnel rush to the scene. It is chaos. "Is that the only tourniquet you can put on?" a voice shouts. "We will make it work," came a reply. Recently, Airmen from all over the United States came together to learn how to save lives using combat life saving techniques taught by 174th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East trainer mentors during pre-mobilization training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

  • Joint Force training focuses on situational awareness

    Mar 20, 2013

    The military uses the word 'Purple' to indicate combined forces for a joint effort. Recently, a group of Purple forces integrated to prepare for overseas deployment. Under the watchful eyes of First Army Division East trainer mentors, Navy, Air Force and Army personnel conducted entry control point security, convoy operations, and foot patrols during pre-mobilization training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

  • Virtual training puts the 'real' in realistic environment

    Mar 4, 2013

    The Dismounted Soldier Training System and Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 are two virtual training tools that are quickly becoming the norm for Soldiers of the 157th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, in training deploying units at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind.

  • First Army assists in training active duty unit for KFOR misison

    Feb 13, 2013

    First Army took the fight to Fort Bragg, N.C. in February to help prepare the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade to assume the Kosovo Forces mission of conducting peace support operations in support of civilian authorities. This marks the first time in a decade that an active duty unit has led the KFOR mission.

  • Soldiers support local school reading initiative

    Feb 13, 2013

    A few months ago, Capt. Jose M. Gamboa, B Team Leader, 2-307th Field Artillery Battalion called Andrea Perry, principal of East Side Elementary School to talk about the possibility of his Soldiers supporting a local school. Perry wasted no time. "We jumped at the chance to interact with the Soldiers as it is so beneficial for us to have these Soldiers supporting our initiative on reading," said Perry.

  • Soldiers, Students work to highlight commemorations

    Feb 12, 2013

    "The Sergeant Major of the Army has asked us to get back to basics," Pitt said. "Before 9/11, programs like this were happening on a regular basis, we now have a new generation of leaders that are unaware of this. Therefore, if we do not show them that it is important to be involved with our community, the concept will be lost forever."

  • Trainer mentors help shape Afghan security environment

    Feb 1, 2013

    More than 3,200 new Afghan National Security Force members recently completed basic weapons and survivability skills training -- their first step toward assuming the security mission for their nation. Trainer Mentor Team-Division East, located at Camp Blackhorse in Afghanistan, deployed in August 2012 in support of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. In partnership with the Afghan National Army brigade staff, the TMTs assists in manning, equipping, and training ANA units in order to deploy them to their assigned Corps.

  • Virtual trainer saves time, money, increases skills

    Jan 31, 2013

    Gamers fire virtual bullets with hand-held controls from the safety of their homes for entertainment. At Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., service members engage targets with real weapons using similar virtual bullet technology but with a very different purpose in mind.

  • Soldiers mark inauguration as once-in-a-lifetime experience

    Jan 23, 2013

    Breath-taking. Overwhelming. Awe-inspiring. Once in a life time. That's how four Soldiers described their inaugural experience. First Army Division East Soldiers became a part of history Monday when they not only attended the Presidential Inauguration of our 44th president, but also the Commander-in-Chief's Ball. "It was amazing," said Staff Sgt. Nate Gregg, a native of Darlington, S.C. "I've been looking forward to this moment for a very long time, and I was honored to be there."

  • Soldier epitomizes selfless service

    Jan 16, 2013

    The life of a Soldier -- wake up before dawn, go to formation, conduct physical training, get cleaned up and head to work until at least five o'clock in the evening. At this point, they have already been working for more than 12 hours, but for some, the day doesn't end when they leave the office.

  • Delaware MPs train for Afghan mentor mission

    Jan 16, 2013

    "My first two deployments, I didn't work with local nationals," said Army Sgt. Israel Santiago, a 16-year Army veteran from Wilmington, Del. "This time I'll be working hand-in-hand, one-on-one." "Building effective rapport starts with understanding the culture and environment you are operating in," explained Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian King, trainer/mentor with the 162nd Infantry Brigade. "Identifying patterns in cultures and recognizing differences help us identify ways to establish a common bond."

  • Combatives instructors train for combat

    Jan 4, 2013

    "Our trainers have gained an outstanding reputation for their skills and willingness to assist other organizations," commented Col. Craig A. Osborne, commander, 174th Inf Bde. "In addition to the standard mobilization and internal brigade training, we recently trained members of the Air Force Apprehension Avoidance program, the Joint Terrorism Task Force with New York Police Department/FBI, conducted a combatives orientation at West Point, have been conducting monthly training with Philadelphia area Army recruits, and are developing a partnership with three local university ROTC programs." "We train all branches of services here, including the Coast Guard," said Sgt. Miles Noonan, a 174th Inf Bde MACP instructor. "We train civilians as well. In fact, we've teamed up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation field agents from areas ranging from Virginia to upstate New York."

  • Sumrall 6th grade students welcome returning Soldiers

    Jan 2, 2013

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Trimming the tree, wrapping presents or making wreaths are beloved traditions of the holidays. Sixth grade students at Sumrall Middle School started their own holiday tradition this year, naming the occasion Adopt-a-Soldier. The students not only gave South Carolina National Guard Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, a hero's welcome, but also a holiday surprise. The Soldiers recently returned from a deployment security-force in Kuwait.

  • Casey: 'We are still a country at war'

    Dec 27, 2012

    Retired Gen. George W. Casey, the 36th chief of staff of the Army, was the guest speaker for the start of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade's winter Family Readiness Group Leadership Training, Dec. 12, 2012, at Fort Meade, Md.

  • SFA AT cultivating Afghan relationships

    Dec 20, 2012

    FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Soldiers from the 205th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, Security Force Assistance Advisor Team spent the last nine months building relationships with Afghan National Army and key Afghan forces while deployed to the Kandahar Province, Kandahar City, Afghanistan.

  • Chief Chaplain gains insights into reserve-component deployment needs

    Dec 20, 2012

    The U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains and his sergeant major visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., recently to gain a better understanding of First Army Division East's purpose and mission.

  • Patriots interfaith prayer breakfast promotes resilience, understanding

    Dec 20, 2012

    The 174th Infantry Brigade's monthly prayer breakfast may have started out like many others, but not everyone expected what was to come. After everyone had a chance to eat and get settled in, the Chaplain called two Soldiers to the front of the room and asked everyone to stand for the program's opening prayer. Everyone stood and bowed their heads. Muhammad, an Army staff sergeant and linguist, lifted his hands and began praying -- in Arabic. He offered a Muslim prayer of blessing for everyone in the room, the food, the leaders appointed over him, and the organization. When he finished, Sami, also a linguist and Army staff sergeant, came forward wearing his yarmulke and offered a traditional Jewish prayer of "Grace After Meals" -- in Hebrew.

  • Mobilization training includes SHARP awareness

    Dec 7, 2012

    FORT STEWART Ga., -- In 2012, the Army implemented training programs to increase awareness and reduce the number of sexual harassment and assault incidences. First Army Division East incorporated scenario-driven training into mission-specific mobilization training provided to deploying Reserve Component Soldiers to increase realism and relevancy.

  • New York National Guard Soldiers start transition home

    Dec 5, 2012

    That's the guidance Col. Geoffrey Slack, the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander, and other leaders are stressing this holiday season to redeploying National Guard Soldiers. The Soldiers deployed earlier this year to various locations throughout the Middle East.

  • Increase in mission set brings new training to JB MDL

    Nov 29, 2012

    In an aim to balance mission sets and numbers of troops deploying at each First Army Mobilization Force Generation Installation, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. will soon add police mentorship and the law and order mission to its vast spectrum of maneuver, fires, and effects training.

  • Training Army chaplains with spiritual, survival skills

    Nov 15, 2012

    Instead of weapons, chaplains carry their faith when they deploy. But even a chaplain needs to know how to defend him or herself against a personal attack.

  • Web base program tracks, validates National Guard, Reserves

    Nov 13, 2012

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Last year, more than 19,000 Reserve Component Soldiers, under the guidance and oversight of First Army Division East, mobilized, trained and deployed worldwide. Tracking and maintaining all the required Army training plus the required First Army mobilization training wasn't possible using the current software platform. Soldiers at the 177th Armored Brigade, however, didn't let that stand in their way.

  • Family legacy of service spans decades

    Nov 13, 2012

    FORT MEADE, Md. -- It's amazing how things come full circle by the simplest of happenstances. Earlier this year when Kevin Colyer received his maternal grandfather Lt. Col (retired) Robert David Orcutt's Army Class A uniform and other memorabilia from his Army career, he wanted to create a shadow box to honor his grandfather. But what he found was something that connects his present to his grandfather's past. And it made him not only remember, but want to know more.

  • NC NG learn de-escalation techniques for Sinai deployment

    Nov 9, 2012

    It's an exotic dance. The men try to grab the Soldiers' feet. SLAM! The lite weight practice shields hit the ground. Another man takes a running start at the middle of the formation, and the Soldiers lean their practice shields forward, blocking him. Finally, someone throws a gravel-filled bottle at a Soldier's head; the plastic shield comes up, just enough -- and in time -- to deflect it. The Soldiers aren't in any real danger today. But the realistic training they receive from First Army Division East trainers now, before they deploy to the Sinai could keep them from being hurt or worse in the future.

  • WWII veteran inspires grandson's Army service

    Nov 9, 2012

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- Growing up, 1st Lt. Rodney Brock with the 177th Armored Brigade, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, enjoyed his grandfather's Navy stories about World War II, and looked to him for guidance before joining the Army. Ultimately, these stories and his grandfather's example influenced Brock decision to join the Army. "He told me all the things that he liked about his commanders during WWII. He also said that he thought I exhibited a lot of those same traits and that if I chose to join, I would be a good leader to my Soldiers," said Brock. He said he would be proud of me either way," said Brock. "He didn't push me into the decision." "So I joined, and I visited him the day that I came back from Fort Lewis as a freshly minted second lieutenant," said Brock. "He said it was one of the proudest days of his life." When it comes to following a family member into the military, Brock isn't alone. According to a survey released last year by the Pew Research Center, approximately 79 percent of today's veterans followed in a family member's footsteps. This is almost 18 percent higher than the general public. Serving can be considered a family business, Brock said, since several other members of his family have served as well. Typically his grandfather would only tell the hilarious stories about WWII, he never really talked much about the horrors he faced until I came back from my first deployment, said Brock. It wasn't until Brock decided to help his grandfather receive recognition for his actions on Omaha Beach on D-Day that he saw parallels between their two careers. "My grandfather suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," said Brock. "I know how bad it was, and I am proud to work done at the 177th Armored Brigade, First Army Division East and First Army to help Soldiers deal with it today." The 177th mobilizes and demobilizes units under guidance from First Army Division East and First Army. The care and concern that is shown to all Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airman when they return home is outstanding, so they don't suffer from PTSD alone the way his grandpa had to, explained Brock. First Army works with the Army's Medical Command, the Veteran's Administration and other organizations to ensure every single redeploying Reserve and National Guard Soldiers are correctly evaluated and receive the medical and behavioral health assistance they need. When Brock first returned from Iraq, he and his grandfather talked about his experiences. It brought them closer and Brock better understood the demons his grandfather fought alone for so long. Over the years Russell had put his memories of his military service on tape, capturing the thoughts and emotions of a man who has walked through and seen the anguish of war. "It seemed like the Iraq war brought back so many memories of the war," says Russell in his memoirs. "Many nights I had nightmares that I was still fighting the Germans." Russell was among the first to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The images he saw that day haunted him for years. "Everybody was wet, hungry and afraid; food had been scarce for almost three days. We were towing a LCM (Landing Craft Mechanized) I think, a boat to carry the Rangers on it to hit the beach hard as they could," states Russell in his memoirs. "We had to watch the horrors of the men and parts of men that had been destroyed. The beaches were being cluttered with broken equipment and GI's who had suffered the supreme sacrifice. Yes, the heroes were placed in the soil on Normandy," recalled Russell. "It was hard to think that in just 10 months from Normandy, I was in Okinawa fighting for my life and others," said Russell. After D-Day, Russell, a Gunners Mate 2nd Class, served with a crew of about 70 crewmen and seven officers on the USS LCS (L) 86, also known as the 'Mighty Midget.' Many men and officers received special awards for bravery; the entire ship crew received The Presidential Unit Citation for heroic duty in supporting the landing at Okinawa. Russell, who has been legally blind now for five years, said the VA furnished him with a machine that helped him read. He began reading a little book titled "God's promise, ask and ye shall receive," while struggling with PTSD resulting from his experiences in both France and Okinawa. It took a lot of prayer, faith, medical help, and the love of family, but Brock said his grandfather has won most of his PTSD battle. "One night I had a dream," said Russell in his memoirs. "I had my pack upon my back and I was walking through the streets of home. God was saying my child it is over now; do not fear for you are safe now. Since then I have not had any problems with my thoughts and memories." After knowing what his grandfather went through and knowing how he suffered, Brock said he is proud of the unit he works for and the job they do, in helping Soldiers transition thru the demobilization process after they return from combat. And it was through his assignment at Camp Shelby that Brock found a way to honor his grandfather. "I spend a lot of time at the museum. I like to look around during my lunch," said Brock. "While I was there I picked up a flyer that said Veterans that served in France during WWII were now eligible to receive the Legion of Honor." Brock decided he would submit his grandfather's information and ensure he received the recognition he deserved. Brock started putting the required paperwork together in early January 2012 and submitted it to the Atlanta Consulates' office. He didn't hear anything back for five months. In late June, his grandmother received a letter from the French Ambassador stating Oscar Russell had been appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. "We were beyond excited," said Brock. "My grandmother called and said she had received a big envelope. She opened it and read it to me on the phone; it came as a huge surprise to us." Brock's grandfather, Oscar Russell, was honored for his service during WWII, at a ceremony at The Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby on Aug. 15. France's Lt. Col. Philippe Testart, French liaison officer to the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Ga., and Honorary Consult to Mississippi, Keltoum Rouland, presented Russell the Legion of Honor and the accompanying title of Knight or Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Receiving the award on the arm of his grandson brought his service full circle for Russell. When Testart, awarded Russell the medal, he recalled a passage from Russell's memoirs. "Many men did not make it to enjoy the freedoms of jobs, peace and contentment, the love of children, parents and family," Testart read from Russell's memoirs. "We that lived should never boast as heroes."

  • World War II Veteran shares memories, history of lineage with current generation

    Nov 7, 2012

    "It was 1942 the last time I was there," Leon Tarter remembered about Camp Atterbury, Ind. "They asked if anyone wanted to be a truck driver. Well, I was only eighteen years old, and I said yes, I wanted to be a truck driver. So they asked me if I could drive a big truck, and I said, 'yes I can.' The next day they had me pushing a wheel barrow while we were picking up trash."

  • Soldiers strengthen spiritual resiliency by reflecting on those who impacted their lives

    Nov 2, 2012

    Soldiers focused on the meaning of life during the 205th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, quarterly prayer breakfast held at King Hall Dining Facility, Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind., Oct. 29. "Why do we remember those who died in service to the nation or to God," Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael Lozano, 205th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, asked the group, "out of duty, obligation, necessity; out of fear; out of desire … "We keep the memory alive, because the memory -- to us as individuals or collectively -- is important to us," answered Lozano.

  • Even Hurricane Sandy can't stop mobilization training

    Nov 2, 2012

    With tight training windows to complete mobilization validation requirements, First Army trainers could not allow weather to affect mission accomplishment. Despite Hurricane Sandy knocking out power lines and causing trees to block roadways, the 174th Infantry Brigade, Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, N.J., restarted mobilization training less than 36 hours after the storm.

  • Radiation threat training prepares chemical unit to support 32 countries

    Oct 11, 2012

    Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind. -- When the locals started complaining of nausea, vomiting and skin rashes, members of the 371st Chemical Company from Greenwood, S.C., immediately responded to what sounded like a possible radiation threat in the village. Radiation poisoning is extremely serious, so it was lucky for the villagers that the threat was only part of the 371st's mobilization training scenario.

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