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  • Lancer family comes together for first brigade run in more than 2 years

    Aug 22, 2013

    The sound of soldiers calling cadence is a common occurrence on a weekday morning across Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lewis North, Wash., but on Aug. 16 the sound of cadence was met with the cheers of family members.

  • In aftermath of Keating: MOH nominee Carter gets help for PTSD

    Aug 21, 2013

    After defeating a Taliban force seven to eight times their size, half of the Soldiers of "Black Knight" Troop were wounded and eight were dead. Medal of Honor nominee Staff Sgt. Ty Carter at first didn't want to speak about it with counselors, but he later credited the professionals with saving him.

  • Bomb technicians trade secrets to success

    Aug 19, 2013

    An explosion rocks the ground as a shockwave rips through the air. Smoke billows from the shattered windows of a city bus. Chaos ensues as screaming victims scramble to exit the twisted wreckage. Wounded and deaf passengers with a constant ringing in their ears stumble about the aftermath of the explosion.

  • Lancers 'Rock the Park' to build strong bonds with Milton community

    Aug 19, 2013

    The surrounding communities of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., have often times showed support to the soldiers stationed here.

  • Hidden benefits of recreation: Hobbies can provide physical therapy, stress relief, mindfulness

    Aug 15, 2013

    Engaging in recreational activities can provide Soldiers with enjoyable pastimes that improve their quality of life as well as an alternate form of therapy, according to Erin Carpenter, a recreation therapist at the Warrior Transition Battalion.

  • Like father, like son

    Aug 14, 2013

    As a 20-year-old, Spc. Jerae P. Perez already has 20 years of experience in the U.S. Army.

  • Career counselor to self and others

    Aug 13, 2013

    When the chance to train and work as a career counselor presented itself five years ago, Staff Sgt. Jesse Ryan, a nuclear, biological, chemical non-commissioned officer, raised his hand.

  • Soldier credited with saving squad leader's life

    Aug 13, 2013

    When Spc. Benjamin Rubino checked his phone June 29, 2013, he never expected to see what appeared on the screen: his former squad leader-nearly 2,700 miles away at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii- holding a loaded gun to his head.

  • Soldier's life-saving actions earn him recognition from 7ID leadership

    Aug 13, 2013

    In front of a formation of nearly 100 soldiers, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, recognized three soldiers from three separate brigades within the division for their "outstanding actions," naming them Bayonet Soldiers of the Month.

  • Situational awareness training develops critical thinking skills for soldiers

    Aug 13, 2013

    Soldiers with the 14th Engineer Battalion participated in Advanced Situational Awareness Training at Point du Hoc on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 1. The training prepares soldiers for future contingency operations, teaching them how to react and assess threats during conflict.

  • Soldier receives recognition after delivering baby at gate

    Aug 13, 2013

    Douglas, Ariz., native Pvt. Marvin Frisby was recognized by Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, and the division's command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers, outside the division headquarters, Aug. 2, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • Exercise Lightning Strike Comes to a Close

    Aug 5, 2013

    Members of the Singapore Armed Forces and U.S. Army soldiers joined together to celebrate the end of Exercise Lightning Strike during a ceremony here July 26.

  • 17th Fires Brigade soldier aids 2 children locked in car

    Aug 5, 2013

    Two children were locked in a car at a shopping center parking lot with the windows cracked about an inch on a hot summer day July 1. One child was crying and the other appeared dazed. Both were sweating profusely and at risk of heat injury.

  • 'Must be led before you can lead'

    Aug 5, 2013

    While many college students take vacations during the summer, Army cadets are busy training to be the U.S. military's future leaders.

  • Final homecoming flights for 4th SBCT bring home 600 troops, brigade leadership

    Aug 5, 2013

    The 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, colors touched down on American soil along with the brigade commander, command sergeant major and approximately 600 soldiers, July 28, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • 864th Engineer Battalion sets the pace for supporting new and expecting mothers while fathers deploy

    Aug 5, 2013

    Stories that come from deployments often speak of the camaraderie and a sense of teamwork that is formed amongst soldiers while pushing through the hard times to accomplish a mission. Very rarely, however, is it even whispered of the camaraderie formed by the spouses who are also pushing through some very difficult times while they wait for their loved ones to return from down range.

  • US and Australian War Games - Talisman Saber 2013

    Aug 3, 2013

    Exercise TALISMAN SABER has it all; Special Forces, Royal Australian Air Force, Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, and the U.S. Marines, Army, Air Force, and Navy. It is the largest Australian military exercise and one of the largest U.S. exercises. The exercise is a major undertaking that reflects the closeness of our alliance and the strength of the ongoing military-military relationship.

  • From the Director of Army Safety - Taming the dog days

    Aug 1, 2013

    The fact that the fiscal year coincides with the end of summer can be a cruel coincidence for those of us in safety. There's no buffer zone that allows us to bounce back from a bad fourth quarter, which traditionally is our Army's worst time of year for accidents. Slow and steady gains made throughout the year can be diminished quickly by just one or two bad months, and that could kill motivation to keep working toward safety goals. But thus far in fiscal 2013, it looks like we won't have that problem: With about two months left to go, accidental fatalities are still 20 percent lower than this time last year. That decline has held steady for several months now, but to keep it going, we'll have to stay on top of our game through August and September.

  • 7ID soldier receives Legion of Merit following 30 years of service

    Jul 31, 2013

    Lt. Col. Johnny Vandiver, the 7th Infantry Division's senior physician assistant and chief of clinical operations, was awarded the Legion of Merit, July 26, in honor of his many accomplishments in his 30 years of service.

  • U.S., Singapore army joint exercise a success

    Jul 31, 2013

    Nearly 300 Soldiers from both nations celebrated the end of a two-week, collaborative exercise here Friday.

  • 7 ID hosts Junior Leaders for Sustainment course

    Jul 31, 2013

    During a sustainment course for junior leaders July 23, U.S. Army soldiers with 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division learned that being an Army professional is about more than overcoming an enemy combatant.

  • Lewis-McChord Soldier to be awarded Medal of Honor

    Jul 30, 2013

    The room hummed with the steady clicks of camera shutters as Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter and his wife, Shannon, were the center of attention during a press conference at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 29, 2013.

  • CID warns of social networking, dating site scams

    Jul 30, 2013

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, continues to warn the greater Army community and the American public, to be vigilant of internet scams and impersonation fraud, especially within popular social networking and dating websites.

  • Kids strengthen Army ties

    Jul 30, 2013

    In what was supposed to be five military company formations standing at parade rest on an open grassy field, was in reality, a motley crew of children between the ages of 5-12, playing soldier for a day while doing their best to stand still and keep from fidgeting.

  • Soldier to receive Medal of Honor for COP Keating

    Jul 29, 2013

    President Barack Obama announced July 26, 2013, that Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the Medal of Honor next month for his "conspicuous gallantry" in Afghanistan.

  • Intelligence sharing through tactical glasses highlighted at Enterprise Challenge 2013

    Jul 29, 2013

    The Distributed Common Ground System-Army participated in Enterprise Challenge 2013 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., July 15-26, 2013, demonstrating collaboration between the Army and industry through technology testing in a tactical environment.

  • Singapore fun run brings two armies together

    Jul 24, 2013

    With the sights and sounds of downtown Singapore as their backdrop, Singapore armed forces and U.S. soldiers came together for a run in the sun, July 19.

  • 16th CAB: on to next chapter

    Jul 24, 2013

    The 16th Combat Aviation Brigade started the next chapter in its history as Col. Rob P. Dickerson relinquished command to Col. Paul A. Mele during a change of command ceremony July 19 at Watkins Field.

  • US Army expands knowledge of jungle tactics

    Jul 24, 2013

    Soldiers from the U.S. and Singapore armies keep jungle tactics fresh as they train together during a jungle familiarization battle course near Amoy Quee Camp, Singapore, July 18, 2013.

  • Saving lives through education

    Jul 24, 2013

    When Zach Peters was 6 years old, his father lost control of his truck, causing it to flip three times and putting Peters in the hospital for three days. His father was drunk.

  • Soldiers' Korean War sacrifices honored

    Jul 22, 2013

    Nestled in the serene rolling green hills of Jochiwon, South Korea, rests a memorial statue dedicated to the Soldiers of the 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, and the sacrifices they made delaying the north Korean Army's southern advance.

  • 17th Fires Brigade receives PT facelift

    Jul 19, 2013

    Soldiers assigned to the 610th Engineer Support Company, 555th Engineer Brigade, have been constructing 10 physical fitness training modules that contain pull-up bars, dip bars and sit-up ramps since June.

  • Mobile team trains local retention NCOs

    Jul 19, 2013

    Two hundred and forty company-level retention NCOs received a crash course on career counseling July 8-12 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • US, Singapore armies strengthen Pacific ties

    Jul 18, 2013

    Members of both forces continued a 32-year tradition Monday with the opening of the annual two-week wartime simulation exercise "Tiger Balm" at Pasir Laba Camp, Singapore.

  • 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment transfer of authority

    Jul 18, 2013

    The 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment (Combined Task Force 2-23), from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., ended their successful tour in Afghanistan with a transfer of authority ceremony July 13, 2013 here.

  • Thunderbolt soldiers say goodbye to outgoing commander

    Jul 18, 2013

    Soldiers with 17th Fires Brigade joined together to say goodbye to Col. Ken Kamper, the outgoing brigade commander, and welcome Col. Timothy Kehoe, the incoming brigade commander, during a change of command ceremony at Watkins Field, July 15.

  • 7th ID conducts Ranger School assessment

    Jul 18, 2013

    It only takes a set of orders and a completed packing list to attend Army Ranger School, but it takes mental strength, physical endurance and leadership excellence to pass it.

  • US, Singapore armies strengthen Pacific ties

    Jul 17, 2013

    Members of both forces continued a 32-year tradition Monday with the opening of the annual two-week wartime simulation exercise "Tiger Balm" at Pasir Laba Camp, Singapore.

  • First female Soldiers graduate Artillery Mechanic course

    Jul 16, 2013

    History was made July 16 as the first women to attend the U.S. Army Ordnance School's Artillery Mechanic (91P), course graduated during a ceremony here. The 15-week military occupational specialty has, until the beginning of this class, been restricted to male students.

  • Tomahawks train up on call-for-fire

    Jul 15, 2013

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment "Tomahawks", 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, took part in call-for-fire familiarization training enhanced by the use of a high-tech simulator, July 10.

  • SFAT members part of returning 4th SBCT flight

    Jul 12, 2013

    Following an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, approximately 230 soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division "Raiders," returned July 10 to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • Great-granddaughter of former 7th ID commander takes reins of division's HSC

    Jul 11, 2013

    Soldiers, families and friends gathered on a small field across from the 7th Infantry Division headquarters July 8 as Maj. Michael C. Firmin relinquished command of Headquarters Support Company, 7th Infantry Division to Capt. Jacqueline K. Stilwell.

  • Chaplain finds 'Lord's purpose' that, again, leads to 7th ID

    Jul 11, 2013

    Nearly nine months after his assumption of stole ceremony, making history as the division chaplain for the newly reactivated and restructured 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and its seven subordinate brigade's unit ministry teams, Lt. Col. Darryl Hollowell, chaplain, relinquished spiritual leadership to Lt. Col. Paul Jaedicke, chaplain, July 8 during a change of stole ceremony.

  • Change to Army Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer policy takes effect Aug. 1

    Jul 8, 2013

    Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, every Soldier who elects to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member will incur an additional four years in the Army, without regard to their time in service.

  • More home from Afghan deployment

    Jul 8, 2013

    Raider families and friends welcomed back 269 soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, who returned home after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, June 30.

  • CSA visits Bayonet 'Team of Teams'

    Jul 8, 2013

    Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, and brigade commanders from within the division welcomed the 38th chief of staff of the Army, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, June 26 at the division headquarters on Lewis North, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • Raider homecoming: largest wave yet

    Jul 8, 2013

    Raider families and friends gathered to welcome back approximately 350 Soldiers, the largest wave to date, from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, who returned home after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, June 23.

  • Cavalry Spur Ride brings soldiers together

    Jul 8, 2013

    With the exception of horses, probably nothing is as symbolic to the cavalry as spurs. When a soldier earns his spurs, he has proven to have a level of expertise beyond that of the average cavalrymen.

  • Welcome home, Raiders!

    Jul 8, 2013

    A white and blue 747 airliner taxied across McChord Field, finally coming to a halt next to the passenger terminal. After a lengthy delay as the baggage conveyors and staircase were moved into position, ground crewmen finally opened the door to the aircraft.

  • Salute to the Union

    Jul 4, 2013

    The Old Guard Presidential Salute Battery commemorated the Fourth of July with a 50-gun salute on Whipple Field at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., July 4, 2013.

  • From the Director of Army Safety - Risk: a common denominator

    Jul 1, 2013

    Anyone who has ever had a college philosophy class is familiar with the question, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Multiple interpretations of the answer have been given by great minds through the years, but one simple premise is this: The lion's share of human perception is made up of only what we actually observe. Trees fall in the forest all the time, but it's not an "event" unless someone is there to see or hear it.

  • Odierno tours Lewis-McChord, holds town hall meeting for community

    Jun 27, 2013

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno spoke with Soldiers and leaders of I Corps and the 7th Infantry Division during a town hall question-and-answer forum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 26, 2013.

  • FORSCOM welcomes seasoned combat leader as new command sergeant major

    Jun 25, 2013

    The new command sergeant major for U.S. Army Forces Command is focused on supporting the Soldiers serving their nation across the world, particularly those in harm's way, he said during a ceremony June 24 at the command's headquarters on Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • A 360 approach to leader development at JBLM may end in October

    Jun 24, 2013

    "In 33 years in the military, I have never seen anything work like this, never. It helps them be the leaders that they want to be, that they need to be."

  • Soldiers compete to be the best in I Corps

    Jun 24, 2013

    Soldiers from across the country migrated to JBLM to compete for the title of I Corp's Best Soldier and Best Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, June 10-13.

  • 'Blackhawks' of 4th SBCT case colors

    Jun 24, 2013

    The first subordinate unit of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division cased its colors in preparation for redeployment during a ceremony June 13 on Forward Operating Base Apache in the Zabul province of Afghanistan.

  • One family's story of dedication and patriotism

    Jun 24, 2013

    On any given day, walking into the 864th Engineer Battalion's medical treatment facility on a forward operating base in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, one would find Spc. Tammy Hyden walking around helping patients with anything from a cough to a sprained ankle. If not in the aid station, Spc. Tammy Hyden is walking the deconstruction project sites ready to administer first aid if a Soldier gets hurt while working.

  • Family and loved ones of deployed soldiers 'Walk to Afghanistan' to show support

    Jun 24, 2013

    Sweat pouring down faces and heart beats racing. Bright colored signs and smiling faces. Children running around with dogs following closely behind. Laughter, hugs, and smiles can be heard from far away. This is a site all too common at the "Walk to Afghanistan" events hosted by the 864th Engineer Battalion Family Readiness Group.

  • Team Bayonet represents U.S. in international weapons competition

    Jun 24, 2013

    Far from home, two U.S. Soldiers lie still on the ground, camouflaged among the long dry weeds. Their breathing is slow and steady. One of them has his sniper rifle tight against his shoulder while the other stares down the spotter scope at their target in the distance.

  • Black Widows share thoughts, stand up to sexual misconduct

    Jun 21, 2013

    For more than 20,000 soldiers, June 18 was a day to take a stand against sexual misconduct, as the 7th Infantry Division commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, issued a division-wide sexual harassment and assault stand-up day across seven brigades at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

  • Raiders stand up to sexual harassment, assault

    Jun 21, 2013

    The leadership of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division's Raider Ready Reserve conducted a full day of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention training in the brigade's area, candidly engaging Soldiers across the formation about SHARP principles and Army values, June 18.

  • 308 BSB soldiers support local community

    Jun 21, 2013

    Soldiers regularly change duty stations every couple of years, which gives them the chance to travel and experience different parts of the world. Consequently, it can also cause them to feel disconnected from their local community.

  • Distracted driving is deadly

    Jun 19, 2013

    Motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver kill thousands of people each year on America's roadways. Anytime drivers text, use a cell phone or navigation system, change a radio station, eat or drink, or do anything that diverts their attention from the road, the opportunity for an accident to happen increases exponentially.

  • Army updates 'eyes' of Apache helicopters

    Jun 18, 2013

    The Army is incorporating a new sensor capability into its Apache helicopters.

  • Lewis-McChord hosts Special Olympics Summer Games

    Jun 18, 2013

    The athletes paraded through the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., hangar, slapping hands left and right all the way to the front where the I Corps commander greeted them. Months of hard work, training, and determination brought them to where they all stand now: the opening ceremony of the 2013 Special Olympic summer games.

  • Putting the brakes on aviation breakdowns

    Jun 18, 2013

    In Army aviation, we are missing opportunities to prevent accidents. Current prevailing trends include breakdowns in standards, discipline and maintenance. Digging deeper, a common thread emerges between these three areas: Human error, which now is attributed to more than 80 percent of aviation accidents.

  • Got the message?

    Jun 18, 2013

    Rusty Fine's voice trails off as he glances at the projection screen. The photo of a comatose teenager - tubes, wires and machines barely keeping her alive - has temporarily derailed his train of thought. He stares at the image for a second or two more before clearing his throat and continuing with the presentation.

  • Everyone a winner

    Jun 18, 2013

    Several hundred parents, friends and community members gathered and enthusiastically cheered the youthful competitors in the Clover Park School District Special Olympics held at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood, Wash., June 12.

  • 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.