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  • Engaged leaders essential for success

    Jun 18, 2013

    In his Marching Orders, the Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Ray Odierno, communicated his intent and priorities to the Army. His intent is to sustain a high-quality, all-volunteer Army that remains the most decisive land force in the world; provide depth and versatility to the Joint Force; remain agile, responsive and effective for Combatant Commanders; and ensure flexibility for national security decision makers in defense of the nation at home and abroad. He also placed special emphasis on adapting leader development to meet future security challenges in an uncertain and complex environment and foster commitment to the Army.

  • Soldiers return to handshakes, embraces

    Jun 17, 2013

    Nearly 200 soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, entered the troop-holding area at McChord Field to resounding cheers and applause of fellow Raiders, as they returned home after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, June 1.

  • Not your ordinary safety stand down day

    Jun 17, 2013

    A healthy mind and body are essential to individual and unit readiness. Soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division's Raider Ready Reserve stood down for safety, May 29, to improve their performance in dealing with the rigors of a challenging profession.

  • 7ID names Bayonet Soldier, NCO of the Year

    Jun 17, 2013

    After a week of anticipation and suspense, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, 7th Infantry Division commanding general, announced the division's Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year during a ceremony, May 23. Sgt. Nicholas Bogert, an infantryman with 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and Pfc. Nathaniel Kirkpatrick, an infantryman with 2nd Bn., 3rd Inf. Reg., 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Inf. Div., were named the 7th Inf. Div. Bayonet NCO and Soldier of the Year.

  • Engineers trade tape measure, pencils for lasers, computers

    Jun 17, 2013

    Soldiers with the 14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Eng. Brigade, conducted new equipment training on a reconnaissance and surveying equipment instrument set commonly referred to as the ENFIRE on JBLM June 3-6. Engineers fielded the ENFIRE system, tools used for road, bridge, hasty minefield and route reconnaissance, and construction management, project management, obstacle engineering and field surveying.

  • Former artilleryman transitions to civilian life

    Jun 17, 2013

    Rickey Mitchell speaks about his struggle to find work after retiring from 23 years of Army service.

  • Boot camp enhances soldiers' deployment readiness

    Jun 17, 2013

    More than 400 soldiers and family members spent the day going through Deep Steel Readiness Boot Camp May 31 at North Fort Chapel.

  • If it can't be pulled or it doesn't fit - sling load

    Jun 17, 2013

    What Army job doesn't have its own unique set of challenges, paces, dangers and faces? They all do. Some, however, carry with them the inherent requirement to, "get it right the first time," so that everyone involved remains alive to do it again.

  • Lancers bring in the summer with steak

    Jun 17, 2013

    Grills sizzled and plates clattered as cooks with the 2nd Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division and the 593rd Sustainment Brigade prepared the meal for the re-opening of the 2-2 Infantry Division Lancer Consolidated Dining Facility in the center of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Lewis North, May 8.

  • Living by the bayonet

    Jun 17, 2013

    The 7th Infantry 'Bayonet' Division is a team of teams, providing mission command and training oversight for seven brigades - comprised of more than 20,000 soldiers. How does such a large element promote esprit de corps, overall fitness and heritage throughout its ranks? The Bayonet Division decided to pit each brigade against one another in a weeklong tournament of sporting events, May 18 through 23.

  • Thunderbolt soldiers solve puzzle, piece-by-piece

    Jun 17, 2013

    In an unpolished, stripped-down room, U.S. Army soldiers are trying to put together a puzzle. They already know what the finished picture is supposed to look like - a tenacious and resourceful staff of Soldiers, in charge of running a field artillery headquarters. They need to figure out how the pieces, in this case - the Soldiers themselves, connect; which is a demanding venture.

  • Soldier and noncommissioned officer seize the highground

    Jun 17, 2013

    Soldiers and noncommissioned officers battled their way through a two-day challenge to determine who best represents the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division during a Soldier and NCO of the Year Competition, April 29-30, at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash.

  • 'Bayonet' Division leaders meet with Australian army DCG

    Jun 17, 2013

    Leaders with 7th Infantry Division met with Australian army deputy commanding general of operations, Maj. Gen. Richard M. Burr, to observe the 7th Inf. Div. training strategy and discuss initiatives and capabilities of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, during a briefing at the Maneuver Combat Training Center, May 14.

  • 'Deep Steel' soldier recounts Boston Marathon experience

    Jun 17, 2013

    "It was really just a culmination of exhaustion and accomplishment more than anything, just to know, after all that hard work, it was finally over," Spc. Auzdon A. Anothen said about his initial feelings after finishing the Boston Marathon. He finished in 3 hours, 14 minutes. Of course, about an hour later, everything changed.

  • Spirit of competition alive in artillery soldiers

    Jun 17, 2013

    The word competitive does not do justice to the rivalry between artillery sections in 1st Battalion (155 mm Towed), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade. There is a constant one-upmanship in everything they do.

  • 22nd ECC Prepares for Afghanistan mission

    Jun 17, 2013

    Trucks rumbled across the vast land of Yakima Training Center, Wash, causing a cloud of dust to spread over the area. Suddenly, the tricks stop and the engineers jump out immediately searching out the explosive, deadly device the enemy leaves for the unsuspecting.

  • Mid-deployment, Triple Nickel engineers building lasting legacy in Afghanistan

    Jun 17, 2013

    Soldiers of the 555th Engineer Brigade marked an encouraging milestone as they recently crossed the half-way point of their deployment to Afghanistan, where they have been serving as the headquarters and headquarters company of Joint Task Force Triple Nickel.

  • Army harnesses sun to reduce casualties from sniper attacks

    Jun 13, 2013

    The U.S. Army is harnessing the elements to help reduce casualties from sniper attacks on forward operating bases.

  • Marriage seminar strengthens resiliency

    Jun 10, 2013

    Soldiers are defined, by their creed, as professionals - they know their mission and how to accomplish it with honor because of training. Of course, at the end of the day, when they take off the uniform, they may find conflicts at home they have not trained for. Army leaders today recognize the importance of increasing resilience, not just on the battlefield, but in every aspect of a Soldier's life. Between deployments, field exercises and long hours, married Soldiers can have a difficult time maintaining strong relationships with their spouses.

  • 'Manchus' demilitarize Combat Outpost Talukan in Southern Afghanistan

    Jun 8, 2013

    Soldiers of Company B, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment "Manchu," tore apart the combat outpost in Southern Afghanistan that was their home for nearly seven months, May 30, 2013.

  • Under Secretary, Vice Chief: Support for deployed troops Army's top fiscal priority

    Jun 4, 2013

    As two of the Army's most senior leaders address fiscal challenges and the complexities of combat operations in Afghanistan, they remain firmly committed to the Army's number one fiscal priority, supporting the warfighter.

  • Westphal awards Purple Heart medals to Soldiers wounded in southern Afghanistan

    Jun 4, 2013

    Sgt. Joseph Moore, Pfc. Steven Bergen and Staff Sgt. Jose Canales received Purple Heart Medals from Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, during a ceremony, May 31, 2013, on Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, Afghanistan.

  • Army promotes National Safety Month

    May 30, 2013

    June is National Safety Month, and senior Army leaders are asking Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and their family members to educate one another on risk and influence behaviors surrounding the leading causes of preventable injury and death.

  • Raiders reunited with family, friends

    May 28, 2013

    Raider families and friends jubilantly welcomed back 154 soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, May 18, after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Operation Rising Sun III rounds out company-sized operations for ANA, U.S. partners

    May 28, 2013

    Following a four-day operation May 1-4, soldiers of Company C "Chaos", 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2, and Weapons Company, 6th Kandak, 205th Afghan National Army completed their final company-sized operation of the unit's nine-month deployment.

  • CSI: Spin Boldak, Afghanistan

    May 28, 2013

    Afghan Border and Uniformed Police received tactical site exploitation training, April 22-25, 2013, in the Spin Boldak district, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

  • Building 'Able Gym': Deployed engineers combine construction skills with passion for fitness

    May 28, 2013

    Joint team from engineer brigade headquarters devotes free time to building a gym they can truly call their own

  • A city rejuvenated, heroes honored

    May 28, 2013

    Several months ago, Chief Darwin Armitage, Roy, Wash. chief of police, was disappointed that the town was unable to participate in "Make a Difference Day" because of weather and other contributing factors. He thought the town could take a day to honor those who had given so much and asked for so little.

  • Army launches 'Know the Signs' summer safety campaign

    May 22, 2013

    The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center commences its official summer safety campaign and encourages all Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and Family members to remain prepared for the fun and hazards associated with warmer weather.

  • Transparent leadership; interactive training key to preventing sexual assault

    May 15, 2013

    Sexual assault and sexual harassment has no business amongst the ranks of our Soldiers. The Old Guard is aggressively and actively training our Soldiers to ensure the bonds of trust within the regiment are not broken.

  • Oh, Zap: MPs train on non-lethal measures

    May 14, 2013

    Off Plant Road, tucked between Lewis Main and Lewis North, lies a grassy area, surrounded by towering pine trees, where on a sunny Washington day you can hear the birds chirping and the roar of an occasional Chinook or Black Hawk helicopter as it flies by.

  • Afghans meet to discuss reintegration

    May 13, 2013

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan - Afghan leaders from southern Kandahar province and International Security Assistance Force leaders gathered to learn about the Afghan Peace and Reconciliation Program May 2 in Takhteh Pol district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The meeting brought together local leaders and administrators of the reintegration program to discuss why it is being implemented and how it may benefit the province. "Our goal is to focus on peace and how to ensure no more terrorist attacks on our villages," said Mohahammed Satai, the head of the Joint Secretariat of Kandahar Peace Council. "It's time for change in the new Afghanistan." "It's encouraging to see the Afghans doing this, because what it means is that the Afghans are serious about this," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Thomas M. Feltey, the commander of 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment who hails from Kearny, N.J. "Peace is going to be solved at the village and the district level and the Afghans understand that. They're not waiting for peace to come from Kabul." Feltey's unit makes up a Task Force that advises and mentors Afghan National Security Forces and government leaders in the Spin Boldak and surrounding districts in order to increase their capability. The reintegration program confirms to Feltey that the efforts here have not gone to waste. "It's significant," said Feltey. "It's a sign of success, an indicator of success for our campaign plan." The reintegration program itself is a testament of the GIRoA successes in the area because it is offering insurgents the opportunity to join a successful, growing society. "What the Afghans want to do is, they want to give [the insurgents] a way out," said Feltey. "Now with this reintegration, it allows them an honorable way to reintegrate back into society." "It's time to get together and build this nation," said Satai. "If you are Taliban or any type of terrorist, let's come together in peace and start to build this nation." Bringing the insurgents back into society means a more stable government. Increases in security have made Afghans more confident about their government and the reintegration program is proof of that. "To me it shows that they are comfortable with the security situation to offer that olive branch to the insurgents," said Feltey. "They are part of society. They are not going away anytime soon so they have to have a peaceable process to bring them back into the legitimate Afghan government." "So just by that, that means that there is a legitimate government," said Feltey. During the shura, Satai passed out information to the village elders and leaders in attendance to highlight the government's progress and commitment to the program. A question and answer session followed by a meal ended the shura and the attendees left armed with information on how to institute the program in their villages and districts.

  • Allyn promoted, becomes commander of FORSCOM

    May 10, 2013

    Gen. Daniel B. Allyn took charge of U.S. Army Forces Command during a ceremony May 10, 2013, atFort Bragg, N.C.

  • Electrical shocks a year-round hazard

    May 9, 2013

    Electricity is one of the greatest amenities of modern life, but it also poses very real and very deadly hazards for those who don't respect it.

  • Army Under Secretary: Fiscal challenges threaten readiness

    May 9, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal discussed the impacts of the Army's current fiscal situation and highlighted the importance of support from the American public during the state of Washington's annual 9th Congressional District Day at the U.S. Capitol, May 9, 2013.

  • 80th Training Command presents FY 12 Commander's Excellence in Safety Awards

    May 8, 2013

    RICHMOND, Va. (4 May 2013) -- While 3rd Brigade, 94th Training Division managed to bag two unit safety awards during the 80th Training Command (TASS) second Semi-annual Safety and Occupational Health Advisory Council meeting, Staff Sergeant Jessica Hebler, Headquarters 2nd Brigade, 94th Training Division, scored an Exceptional Individual Safety Award and a surprise birthday celebration.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Troxell leads senior enlisted leaders to become Mangudai Warriors

    May 8, 2013

    It's nearing midnight and hunger is setting in for the warriors. Half a meal a day will do that to any soldier, stud or not. Accompanying their empty stomachs is the lack of sleep, and it's only day one of the Mangudai Warrior Challenge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

  • Chief Warrant Officer 3 drops boots for derby

    May 8, 2013

    It is after work and as you walk by one soldier from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade preparing for battle, a helmet gets snapped on, knee and elbow pads get checked and ... roller skates get laced up. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Victoria C. Corrigan, 16th CAB human resources technician, abandons her flat-footed combat boots at the end of her work day to roll out as "McKenna Gita Witness" on the Fianna Femmes roller derby squad.

  • 'It's all we know'

    May 8, 2013

    At an early age, military children learn to say goodbye to family and friends. Traveling around the world or having a parent deploy can be challenging and confusing to a child; but like their Soldier parents, they are resilient through sacrifice.

  • 2-17 FA puts steel on target

    May 8, 2013

    Gun tubes flamed and the ground rumbled here May 2 as field artillery soldiers dusted off their howitzers that had laid dormant for a year, to sharpen their skills and complete their annual certification.

  • 109th MI BN wins best in Army award

    May 8, 2013

    The 109th Military Intelligence Battalion, "TF Disrupter", of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, learned, April 15, that it had earned top honors as the best military intelligence unit in the Army. The 109th MI Bn. rose above nominees from across the Army to earn the prestigious Director's Trophy for providing critical signals intelligence support during the battalion's deployment to Regional Command East, Afghanistan

  • US medics teach Afghan police how to save lives

    May 8, 2013

    Afghan Uniformed and Border Police attended a train-the-trainer medical class put on by Security Force Assistance Team medics April 29 through May 1 here. The class, which was similar to the Combat Lifesaver Course for non-medical U.S. Soldiers, taught the police to treat a casualty in the field, the importance of those procedures and how to improvise.

  • Training enhancements target reckless motorcyclists

    May 8, 2013

    Army officials are hopeful that enhancements to a mandated motorcycle safety training course will better target the No. 1 killer of Soldier riders.

  • Leader shares thoughts with sustainers

    May 7, 2013

    The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a visit by Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, incoming U.S. Army Forces Command commanding general, May 6, to highlight current training and material initiatives.

  • FORSCOM to broadcast live assumption-of-command ceremony May 10

    May 6, 2013

    Lt. Gen Daniel B. Allyn, will be promoted to the rank of general and assume command of U.S. Army Forces Command in a ceremony scheduled to be held at 3:30 p.m., May 10 outside Marshall Hall, the FORSCOM headquarters complex, on Fort Bragg, N.C. The ceremony will be hosted by Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army.

  • Getting your bike back on track

    May 6, 2013

    It was mid-afternoon on a Thursday when I received a phone call from my best friend asking if I could help him move some furniture. Although I was tired from staff duty the night before, I told him I would be right over. I figured if we could knock out the move quickly, I could get back home to rest. I decided to take my motorcycle, so I threw on an old flight suit and the required personal protective equipment to make the five-mile ride. Little did I know that this ride would change my life forever.

  • CW3 drops boots for derby

    May 6, 2013

    It is after work and as you walk by one Soldier from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade preparing for battle, a helmet gets snapped on, knee and elbow pads get checked and … roller skates get laced up. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Victoria C. Corrigan, 16th CAB human resources technician, abandons her flat-footed combat boots at the end of her work day to roll out as "McKenna Gita Witness" on the Fianna Femmes roller derby squad.

  • May is Mental Health Month

    May 3, 2013

    The Army is determined to decrease the stigma and get help to those who need it, by promoting dialogue between leaders, Soldiers, families, civilians and the community.

  • FORSCOM Chief of Staff: Leader development, retention key to 21st-century Army readiness

    May 3, 2013

    In order to understand an increasingly ambiguous global operational environment, the U.S. Army must continually assess and refine the way it operates, develop its people, increase its capabilities and exploit its advantages, said the U.S. Army Forces Command chief of staff May 1 on Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • 17th Fires Brigade soldier named best artilleryman of 2012

    May 3, 2013

    Sgt. 1st Class Thomas A. Robinson, a Newport News, Va., native, and the fire control chief and digital master gunner with 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, was presented with the Edmund L. Gruber Award during a ceremony outside 17th Fires Bde. Headquarters, April 30. The Gruber award is named after Brig. Gen. Edmund L. Gruber, who composed the official Army song, and is awarded to an individual Soldier each year for significant contributions and innovative enhancements to the field artillery corps.

  • Army G1 visits, addresses Army Ready and Resilient

    May 3, 2013

    The U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., April 26, 2013, to meet with leaders to discuss the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign.

  • Homes for Heroes "paying it forward" near JBLM

    May 3, 2013

    Homes for Heroes, a program dedicated to serving America's heroes from a number of professions, to include the military, is now available in counties surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord. HFH will give discounts on real estate agent commissions, home inspections, lender costs and closing fees to any service member who is either buying or selling a home in an area where a certified HFH affiliate is located.

  • 7th ID Rangers return victorious

    May 3, 2013

    Enveloped in Georgia's muggy weather, throughout three seemingly-endless days of hardening challenges, two men battled the elements and their emotions to outlast the majority of fellow competitors and represent the 7th Infantry Division and JBLM at the 30th Annual Best Ranger Competition, April 12 through 15.

  • 14th Engineers train with new excavators

    May 3, 2013

    If you went to basic training more than a few years ago, you may remember digging a fighting position. After learning about the theory and variations of fighting positions, you had to dig your own. A "Ranger grave" was easy enough to make, but a proper fighting position took hours to dig. Privates in initial entry training have wished there was another way to dig their holes for years.

  • Arrowhead soldiers prove their mettle in EIB training

    May 3, 2013

    The Expert Infantryman Badge was awarded to 159 infantrymen from the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, for successfully completing the brigade's week-long EIB testing, during a ceremony April 26, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • US, Philippines partner for Exercise Balikatan 2013

    May 3, 2013

    On April 5, soldiers from 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, joined more than 8,000 U.S. and Filipino service members on the Philippine island of Luzon for Joint Exercise Balikatan. Exercise Balikatan 2013 is in its 29th iteration and is intended to promote regional peace and security by ensuring the interoperability and readiness of Philippine and U.S. forces. The word Balikatan means "shoulder-to-shoulder" in Tagalog, one of several native Filipino languages, and characterizes the spirit of the bilateral Philippines-U.S. exercise.

  • 109th Military Intelligence Battalion wins top MI award

    May 3, 2013

    The 109th Military Intelligence Battalion, "Task Force Disruptor," of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, learned, April 15, 2013, that it had earned top honors as the best military intelligence unit in the Army.

  • Lions battalion celebrates return to ROK

    May 2, 2013

    CAMP STANLEY, South Korea -- The sounds of the American and South Korean national anthems resonates through the air while played by the Republic of Korea army's 26th Infantry Division Band marking the beginning of a new chapter in the Lion battalion history. After more than eight years away from the Korean peninsula, the 23rd Chemical Battalion "Lions" made its way back to Area I, calling Korea home once again. The Lions officially recognized this homecoming with a re-patch and battalion colors uncasing ceremony held on Camp Stanley April 4, 2013.

  • Oregon recruiters, future soldiers road-trip to JBLM

    May 2, 2013

    Two Portland recruiters loaded up twenty-five future Soldiers April 26, and brought them on a 260-mile road-trip to Joint Base Lewis-McChord so they could experience a day in the life of an active-duty Soldier. The students, many of whom had already pledged to join the Army, represented eight different high schools in the Portland area.

  • CW4 retires from the skies

    May 2, 2013

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Philip Hettich, 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion pilot, took his final flight in an AH-64D Apache helicopter at Joint Base Lewis-McChord May 2 prior to his retirement.

  • Army to focus on motorcycle safety in May

    May 1, 2013

    May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and while the nationwide campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges drivers to "share the road" with motorcyclists, Army officials are placing greater emphasis on personal responsibility while riding.

  • 'Together we can fix this'

    Apr 26, 2013

    More than 500 Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members, families and civilians turned out to support the 2013 Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention 5k Run/Walk, April 20. The event, hosted by the 7th Infantry Division, was a way for the JBLM community to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault.

  • Blackhawks say farewell to commander, command sergeant major

    Apr 26, 2013

    Washington-based cavalrymen gathered at Watkins Field, April 18, to say farewell to their commander and command sergeant major, and welcome a new command team of the 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

  • Lancer Brigade uncases its colors at JBLM

    Apr 26, 2013

    Cupid himself couldn't have planned Valentine's Day any better, even if he enlisted and donned the Army uniform. Friends, family, loved ones and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community joined together to honor and welcome home their soldiers of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

  • Army says fiscal year 2014 budget request 'meets future challenges'

    Apr 26, 2013

    The fiscal year 2014 budget "meets future challenges, strengthens global engagements, provides for resets, sustains the industrial base and fulfills commitments to Soldiers, civilians and families," the Army's top civilian leader told lawmakers.

  • Hands-on tour paints big logistics picture for Army under secretary

    Apr 22, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, gained a new perspective of warfighter logisticians after observing and discussing training with students, instructors and leaders at the Sustainment Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, Va., April 18, 2013.

  • Bellators clear pathways into local community

    Apr 22, 2013

    Soldiers and family members from the 46th Aviation Support Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, assisted the University Place community by building trails in a local park, March 23.

  • JBLM echoes 'Never Again' in Days of Remembrance

    Apr 22, 2013

    Sponsored by 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and the I Corps Equal Opportunity staff office, Joint Base Lewis-McChord honored victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Two guest speakers were at Soldier's Chapel April 9, to share stories and insight into history, and to enlighten soldiers, family and friends on why the world should never again allow the horrors of the Holocaust.

  • 4-6 ARS rides out in tradition

    Apr 22, 2013

    "Halfway down the trail to Hell in a shady meadow green are the Souls of all dead troopers camped near a good old-time canteen." Cavalrymen and women from 4-6th Attack Reconnaissance Squadron gritted their way through a two-day rite of passage at Joint Base Lewis-McChord starting April 8.

  • Afghan engineers build up CP for sister Kandak

    Apr 22, 2013

    Afghan National Army soldiers from 4th Kandak, 205th ANA Corps helped refine a checkpoint for their sister unit, 2nd Kandak, April 16 and 17 in the village of Gerandai in the Panjwa'i District of Afghanistan.

  • Chaos Company strikes back with Operation Viper Strike

    Apr 22, 2013

    Approximately three United States Army platoons from Company C "Chaos," 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2, and three platoons from 1st Company, 6th Kandak, 205th Afghan National Army Corps participated in a two-day clearing mission of the Komandek Ghar area in the Panjwa'i district of Afghanistan, April 10-11.

  • Coalition helps Afghan police secure high ground

    Apr 22, 2013

    Coalition forces mobilized to assist Afghan Border Police establish a new checkpoint to overlook and control a mountain pass near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border March 25 to April 1 in Spin Boldak district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

  • U.S., Afghan engineers build road through 'Taliban center of mass'

    Apr 22, 2013

    Soldiers of Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), 229th Engineer Company of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and the Afghan National Security Forces, finalized road construction on a new route in the Panjwa'i District of Afghanistan, April 4 2013.

  • Construction underway of ANA brigade compound in Zhari district

    Apr 20, 2013

    Construction of the future home of the 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps Afghan National Army is underway in the Zhari district in Kandahar province. Once complete, the installation will accommodate 6,000 personnel.

  • Warhorse soldier receives medal for valor

    Apr 20, 2013

    A soldier from 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with Valor, during a ceremony April 12, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • Soldier takes shot at 2013 Warrior Games

    Apr 20, 2013

    At 6 feet 3 inches tall, 270 pounds, he will throw shot put and discus for the Army during the 2013 Warrior Games. Sgt. Joshua Andrew's greatest strength is not that he bench presses 400 pounds, it is his ability to bounce back.

  • Raider named Bayonet Soldier of the Month

    Apr 20, 2013

    Spc. Jacqueline Walker, a Raider Ready Reserve training room noncommissioned officer in charge with 472nd Signal Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, was named Bayonet Soldier of the Month at an award ceremony held in the brigade command area April 9.

  • JBLM service members and civilians plant new trees

    Apr 20, 2013

    Earth Day, a day devoted to volunteerism and environmental consciousness, has been observed every April 22 since 1970 and according to the Earth Day Network, more than one billion people in 192 countries participate annually.

  • Army Earth Day Message signed by SMA, CSA, SA

    Apr 19, 2013

    Monday, April 22, the Army joins the nation in celebrating Earth Day. Army installations and organizations will continue efforts to support the Army's mission by conserving cultural and natural resources, harnessing more energy from alternative sources, promoting greater fuel and energy efficiency, and furthering Net Zero energy, water and waste efforts. By making the right choices today, our Army will remain the world 's premier military force into the future.

  • Budget cuts will affect readiness, Army leader says

    Apr 18, 2013

    The Army's under secretary said with sequestration in place and deep cuts requested, the Army is concerned about how it can train, equip and sustain Soldiers to be ready when called upon.

  • All-Volunteer Army not fading away

    Apr 15, 2013

    Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the All-Volunteer Army, Army Recruiting Command seeks veteran's stories of why they volunteered to become a Soldier.

  • Army's financial managers committed to improving fiscal readiness

    Apr 15, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal expressed the Army's appreciation for the vital efforts of uniform and civilian personnel assigned to the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management & Comptroller during an address to the financial managers, April 15, 2013, at the Pentagon.

  • Kandahar Airfield property turn-in yard streamlines operation, expedites Stryker turn in

    Apr 9, 2013

    Less than one week after the new Kandahar Redistribution Property Assistance Team yard became operational, the Army Field Support Battalion-Kandahar, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, executed its first unit curtailment operation, facilitating Regional Command South's troop reduction in Afghanistan.

  • Army senior leaders, VA improving Soldiers' disability process, benefits timing

    Apr 9, 2013

    About 82 percent of the Army's major units are now meeting the Defense Department's Medical Evaluation Board goal of processing Soldiers' disability evaluations within 100 days, significantly reducing a backlog that sometimes took eight months or longer in recent years.

  • Bayonet 6 sends: Readiness and the fiscal environment

    Apr 9, 2013

    Through the last decade, the Army has enjoyed very robust funding. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, it is inevitable that funding will become more constrained. A more austere fiscal environment is unique to many of our Soldiers, but it is not without precedent. We will not sit back as a victim of circumstance; we will utilize this as an opportunity to refocus our efforts to develop our core competencies. While this presents challenges - further complicated by the uncertainty generated by the Sequester - we will adapt, move forward and continue to train.

  • Expert Field Medical Badge candidates attempt qualification

    Apr 9, 2013

    Approximately 250 medical soldiers from across the U.S. will attempt to earn the Expert Field Medic Badge April 7-12. Of those who participate, an estimated 20 percent or less usually qualify at the end.

  • ANA artillery live fire

    Apr 7, 2013

    The Afghan National Army 205th Corps held an artillery live fire exercise at Forward Operating Base Wolverine on April 6. Two gun crews and one D30 122mm gun from each of the four ANA brigades supported the exercise.

  • Quick thinking guard helps deliver baby at JBLM gate

    Apr 4, 2013

    2nd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Soldier uses training as EMT to help with early arrival.

  • The Army's best firefighter is an Airman

    Apr 4, 2013

    Thanks to joint basing, an Airman wins annual firefighter competition at DA and represents the Army at DOD.

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Afghanistan

    Apr 2, 2013

    National Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed every April not only among civilians but also in the military. This year at Kandahar Airfield, the month is kicked off with a 5K run/walk in support of SAAM.

  • 46th Aviation Support Battalion practices resilience through 'Bellator Stakes'

    Apr 2, 2013

    The 46th Aviation Support Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, conducted "Bellator Stakes," a week-long exercise that combines warrior tasks with a competitive spirit, March 25-29, 2013.

  • Tomahawks compete for top spot

    Apr 2, 2013

    Soldiers with Combined Task Force 2-23 (2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment) contended in the Top Tomahawk competition that began March 29 here.

  • Soldier turns challenges into motivation

    Mar 26, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Catherine Long works hard, there is no doubt about that. As the only geospatial intelligence analyst Soldier in Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division, she is charged with establishing and leading the geospatial intelligence curriculum for the new 7th Inf. Div. Intelligence Academy. Long also provides mentorship and guidance to Soldiers in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, 2nd Infantry Division; manages information requests from numerous redeploying units; and is helping to build the 7th Inf. Div. Security Management (G2) internal collaborative webpage.

  • Tomahawks soldier recognized for his contribution to the 23rd Infantry Regiment

    Mar 26, 2013

    Thirteen soldiers and airmen from I Corps, 7th Infantry Division and its subordinate units and other unit entities from Joint Base Lewis-McChord were formally recognized for their hard work, dedication and demonstrated professionalism in improving the readiness of I Corps and the JBLM community, March 22, at the Cascade Club.

  • Red Lions treated to a USO 'No Dough Dinner'

    Mar 26, 2013

    The USO has been an integral part of service members lives since shortly before the United States entered World War II. While the organization's mission - to lift the spirits of America's troops and their families - is national, it does much of its work at the local level serving troops such as those from 1st Battery, 37th Field Artillery Regiment "Red Lions," 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

  • Senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs bridges the basics

    Mar 26, 2013

    The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord March 11-14 to talk to key leaders and service members about total force fitness, a priority of the chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, and bridging the basics.

  • Thunderbolt brigade strikes connection in Olympia

    Mar 26, 2013

    The commander of 17th Fires Brigade, Col. Ken Kamper, and Col. Steve Fletcher, the rear provisional commander of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade, met with city of Olympia Mayor, Stephen H. Buxbaum, March 14, 2013, at Olympia's city hall to discuss the importance of relationships and partnership between the city and the Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • NFL players visit Soldiers in Masum Ghar, Afghanistan

    Mar 26, 2013

    Players from the National Football League visited the Soldiers of Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar for a motivational United Service Organization tour, March 18, 2013, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

  • Operation Southern Fist III

    Mar 26, 2013

    Afghan National Security Forces assisted by International Security Assistance Forces began Operation Southern Fist III March 3, in the district of Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

  • Lewis-McChord Veterinary Detachment assumes duties in Southern Afghanistan

    Mar 25, 2013

    A ceremony held at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, March 16, 2013, marked the transfer of authority from the 438th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) based out of Fort Carson, Colo., to the 218th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support), from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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