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  • 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.

  • Mobile RPAT eases redeployment stresses for CTF 4-2

    Mar 21, 2013

    As soldiers of 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division) reached the halfway point in their deployment, they realized they had equipment on their base that they were not using and could turn in.

  • CTF 4-2 S6 soldiers communicate through art on Masum Ghar

    Mar 21, 2013

    When Spc. Michelle Delgadillo was younger, she went through a phase where she drew horses everywhere, she said. Now, the signal support systems specialist with Combined Task 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division) draws infantrymen and Strykers.

  • Rodriguez relinquishes command of US Army Forces Command

    Mar 21, 2013

    The Army's largest organization closed another chapter today as Gen. David M. Rodriguez relinquished command of U.S. Army Forces Command as he departs for Germany and command of U.S. Africa Command. The ceremony, hosted by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, recognized FORSCOM's overall mission, Rodriguez's efforts throughout his tenure and what is yet to come for the organization .

  • Afghans help locals with medical treatment

    Mar 20, 2013

    The 2nd Brigade, 1st Kandak, 205th Medical Corps of the Afghan National Army, held a Medical Civic Action Program by offering medical treatment to the local community around Mushan, March 14, 2013, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

  • 14th Engineers hosts Junior Leadership Seminar

    Mar 19, 2013

    "We now ask our NCOs to be managers, leader developers and, at the same time culturally astute. These same demands have been placed on our junior soldiers as well. We must take a hard look at ourselves to truly understand the meaning of these changes and how this affects our role in the Army profession," wrote to Sgt. Major of the Army Raymond Chandler, in a 2011 Army Live blog posting.

  • Former Buffalo leader charges ahead to take the spear with Lancers

    Mar 19, 2013

    The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment said farewell to the top noncommissioned officer in the organization March 14 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but are scheduled to follow him once again after he assumes responsibility for the Lancer brigade, April 25.

  • Skin deep

    Mar 14, 2013

    A unique military exhibit at the Clark County Historical Museum in Vancouver tells the story of 11 veterans from different eras through the ink on their bodies

  • Training to focus on enhanced LVCG capabilities

    Mar 12, 2013

    Our mission is to fight and win our nation's wars. That should come as no surprise. As leaders, our training and energy must remain focused on this single-minded purpose. Our mission is to fight and win our nation's wars. That should come as no surprise. As leaders, our training and energy must remain focused on this single-minded purpose.

  • Staying left of the bang

    Mar 12, 2013

    Soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division's Raider Ready Reserve (R3) recently completed five days of training, enhancing their ability to identify indicators of insurgent activity in Afghanistan, where the brigade is currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • CTF 4-2 NCO receives fourth deployed promotion

    Mar 12, 2013

    When Staff Sgt. Luis Santos found out he made the sergeant first class list in March of 2012, he jokingly bet his wife that he would get promoted during his unit's deployment to Afghanistan and that she would miss his fourth promotion in a row.

  • Field artillerymen learn infantry skills in squad live-fire exercise

    Mar 12, 2013

    At Range 50, deep in the impact area and miles from the cantonment area or even a paved road, squads from the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division's rear detachment trained for war in a three-night field exercise last week. Going on field exercises is hardly business as usual for most rear-detachments, but then again, this rear-d is far from usual.

  • 2-17 FA reloads with new commander

    Mar 12, 2013

    Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment donned the beret for the first time in more than 18 months to say farewell to Lt. Col. Kolin Bernardoni, who has led the organization for more than two years, and welcome a new leader, Lt. Col. Thomas Gordon Jr., who will continue the regiment's legacy.

  • 610th Engineer Company builds PT pits

    Mar 12, 2013

    If you've driven anywhere on Joint Base Lewis-McChord recently, you've probably noticed the many orange cones and orange-vested construction contractors working next to them. If not, you've certainly noticed the many road closures and corresponding detours due to construction. The construction projects, though they promise a smoother drive in the future, can be a source of many headaches.

  • 'Guardian' rises at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Mar 12, 2013

    Soldiers from the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., became the first in the Army to field the latest version of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, Feb. 21, 2013.

  • Preserve Your Sight To Fight

    Mar 11, 2013

    Today's Soldiers understand the importance of mission readiness. We prepare our equipment and we train to ensure we are ready to go. But what about your eyes? Are they ready to go? You know you need protection from dust, wind and ultraviolet and bright sunlight, but how about a 0.15-caliber steel fragment coming at you at 660 feet per second?

  • Soldiers serve up 'field food' to local students

    Mar 11, 2013

    Soldiers from Echo Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion, U.S. Army Ordnance School, Combined Arms Support Command, visited students at Salem Church Middle School to give them a taste of field living Feb. 28.

  • ROC Drill examines Army sustainment formations

    Mar 8, 2013

    The Combined Arms Support Command will host the Global Logistics 2020 Rehearsal of Concept Drill, March 11-15, 2013, at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Army divers splash headfirst into training

    Mar 7, 2013

    Nine divers deployed from the 74th Engineer Dive Detachment, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., performed underwater welding, cutting and hydraulic-tool training at the Sea Point of Debarkation/Embarkation at Shuaiba Port, Kuwait, Feb. 19 to March 7, 2013.

  • Tobyhanna techs support armed forces' satellite communications

    Mar 7, 2013

    Electronics Mechanic Edward Mojzuk takes a reading from the elevation data box to verify AS-3036 Antenna alignment here.

  • Montana Citizen-Airman named senior enlisted advisor to chief, National Guard Bureau

    Mar 7, 2013

    ARLINGTON, Va. (3/7/13) -- Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush will be the next senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Army Gen. Frank Grass announced Wednesday.

  • Douglas fir helps JBLM repair storm damage

    Mar 7, 2013

    JBLM plants the last of 249 trees to replace those damaged by January 2012 storm.

  • A home for Emma

    Mar 7, 2013

    When Capt. Jessamyn Jempson needed help finding foster care for her dog, Emma, she turned to a nonprofit organization that offers deploying service members a nationwide online volunteer resource.

  • Check Your Weather

    Mar 6, 2013

    On my most recent deployment, I was assigned to Task Force ODIN to operate and eventually provide instruction on the MQ-1B Warrior Alpha unmanned aircraft system. Shortly after reporting to Fort Hood, Texas, each UAS operator was assigned to a small 10- to 12-Soldier element as they attended their airframe qualification course. They were then deployed to their theater of operation. All of these events would occur within a six- to eight-month period, so, for the majority of the personnel assigned, this was quite a unique experience.

  • FORSCOM, USARC prepare new Lean Six Sigma Black Belts

    Mar 6, 2013

    Fourteen students representing U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), and U.S. Army Special Operations Command gathered to work toward Black Belt certification in the four-week course co-sponsored by FORSCOM G-8, Business Readiness Improvement Division, and the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) G-8, Continuous Process Improvement Office.

  • CID warns of email scam, criminals posing as police

    Mar 5, 2013

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is warning both the Army community and the public about a new Internet phishing scam where criminals are attempting to pose as Army CID officials.

  • Welcome home, 'Dirty Bombs!'

    Mar 1, 2013

    Family members and "Iron Dragons" of the 110th Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort), 9th Chemical Company welcomed their CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) Response Team 2 "Dirty Bombs" back home to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in a redeployment ceremony Feb. 14 in the 110th battalion's headquarters building on North Fort Lewis.

  • Bigger, faster, stronger

    Feb 28, 2013

    16th CAB unveils the Army's more muscular attack helicopter, the Apache Guardian

  • USPACOM Commander visits JBLM

    Feb 26, 2013

    Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, USPACOM Commander, visits JBLM and senior I CORPS leadership to tour the base and discuss the realignment to the Pacific Theater.

  • PACOM commander tours Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Feb 26, 2013

    The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command toured the facilities of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 22, 2013, and experienced the capabilities of the Stryker armored fight vehicles firsthand. He spoke about the military re-balancing in the Pacific and I Corps' future role in the region.

  • Black History Month Observance

    Feb 26, 2013

    Black History Month Observance at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Includes sound bites from Lt. Col. Frank G. Davis, II, 3rd Explosives Ordnance Disposal Battalion, Joint Task Force Paladin-South. Also available in high definition.

  • History began on McChord Field

    Feb 21, 2013

    Pilots with the 7th Bomber Group who flew the Doolittle Raid on Japan after Pearl Harbor trained on what is now Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

  • The importance and effectiveness of a safety sense

    Feb 20, 2013

    A few weeks ago, I went out to the garage with my son to sharpen a lawnmower blade. Without even thinking about it, I grabbed two sets of safety goggles and face shields for us to wear while I used the bench grinder on the blade.

  • CASCOM welcomes new senior warrant officer

    Feb 20, 2013

    The Combined Arms Support Command welcomed Chief Warrant Officer 5 Randy W. Johnson as the new senior warrant officer during a Feb. 19 ceremony. Johnson comes to the command from Fort Knox, Ky., where he served as the warrant officer branch chief for Force Sustainment Division, Human Resources Command.

  • Basic education classes putting Soldiers on track for new goals

    Feb 14, 2013

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Pfc. Oscar Gamboa knows he's not exactly the fastest runner in the Army. So he copes with it by running as much as he can. That, he said, is what it will take if his dream of joining the Army's elite Special Forces is ever to see the light of day.

  • Compost business booming despite budget challenges

    Feb 14, 2013

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord finds innovative ways to advance its environmental programs despite federal spending cuts.

  • I Corps leader setting fitness example

    Feb 14, 2013

    Command Sgt. Major John Troxell, almost 49, challenges young America's Corps Soldiers to focus on health and fitness.

  • Manchus reach new heights

    Feb 13, 2013

    "One minute," yelled the crew chief to the soldiers in his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. "20 seconds," he called out. As soon as the Black Hawk touched the ground the soldiers, strapped with 70 pounds of their personal equipment, jump out laying suppressive fire as they hit the ground. The scene did not look like utter chaos because these soldiers, from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigaded Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, knew exactly what to do.

  • The Whys and Hows of Accident Reporting

    Feb 13, 2013

    While serving as a first sergeant years ago, I was frustrated when an accident report submitted to the U.S. Army Safety Center was returned to me for additional information. Unfortunately, because the accident occurred off duty and my Soldier had been rendered unconscious, I couldn't provide any additional information.

  • TEDD handler, dog go on first mission together

    Feb 12, 2013

    After hours of climbing over the rugged grape rows of Afghanistan in search of a weapons cache, Pfc. Franklin Sena and his platoon heard the familiar sound of small-arms fire coming at them.

  • New tracking system improves helicopter gunnery

    Feb 12, 2013

    This year the Army will start fielding a new training system that will more accurately track helicopter rocket firing. The new Aerial Weapons Scoring System (AWSS) recently passed its government acceptance test at Fort Rucker, Ala. The new system for crews in Kiowa and Apache helicopters follows a 2010 TRADOC decision to improve helicopter scoring capabilities for rapid and paired rocket engagements during diving fire.

  • Fort Knox TASS Training Center course combines civil affairs and psychological operations training

    Feb 12, 2013

    More than 130 Warrior Citizens participated in a joint Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Field Training Exercise as part of a Military Occupational Specialty reclassification course at the Total Army School System Training Center, Fort Knox, Feb. 4-11, 2013.

  • Hypothermia: The sneaky threat

    Feb 11, 2013

    Outdoor activities in winter are fun for the entire Family, but they can be risky if one chooses to ignore the rules of cold weather.

  • CASCOM supports April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Feb 11, 2013

    Col. Aimee L. Kominiak, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade commanding officer, U.S. Army Quartermaster School, shared her personal thoughts on leadership dealing with sexual harassment during an interview Feb. 8.

  • Soldier pursued excellence, led by example

    Feb 8, 2013

    Soldiers, family, and friends gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Sgt. David J. Chambers, an infantryman in 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, during a memorial ceremony at Evergreen Chapel, Feb. 6.

  • Triple Nickel arrives, takes over engineer mission in Afghanistan

    Feb 8, 2013

    The Theater Engineer Brigade in Afghanistan welcomes new leadership, as it becomes Joint Task Force Triple Nickel.

  • 14th Engineer Battalion receives military engineering award

    Feb 8, 2013

    Soldiers of the 14th Engineer Battalion, a component unit of the 555th Engineer Brigade, were recognized for their dangerous work during a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in 2011-2012 in a ceremony at Able Field Jan. 30.

  • Secretary of the Army visits National Center for Telehealth and Technology

    Feb 8, 2013

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh made a visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord Feb. 4 and 5 to conduct a news conference announcing the completion of a comprehensive, Army-wide review of the soldier behavioral health diagnoses and evaluations. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology, commonly referred to as T2, was among the stops McHugh made to JBLM.

  • Tournament appreciation for service members overflowing at AT&T Pro-Am

    Feb 8, 2013

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - While the biggest draw Feb. 6 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am were the dozen celebrities participating in the 3M Celebrity Challenge, event organizers increased their effort this year to recognize the large number of service members in attendance during the tournament's Military Appreciation Day.

  • Danger in a crowded sky

    Feb 7, 2013

    It was a cool spring day in Alaska, and my OH-58D squadron was participating in the Air Force's Red Flag operation. Our task was to help certify new Joint Terminal Attack Controllers for the Air Force. We were to fly as a Scout Weapons Team from our airfield to the range operated by the Air Force. Although it was just 20 minutes as the crow flies from our airfield, we rarely operated in this range due to the high use by the Air Force. Prior to this operation, we had conducted a range familiarization flight with communication checks with the controllers.

  • Yellow Means Stop

    Feb 7, 2013

    How many times have you approached a traffic light just as it turned yellow and said to yourself, "I can make it"? As you punch the gas and fly through the intersection, you look up and see the light change to red. With a devious grin, you praise your great driving skills. I'll be the first to admit that I've done this countless times with no thought of the danger I might avoid if I would have just slowed down and stopped. However, an accident I wasn't even involved in forever changed my thinking.

  • Secretary of the Army visits National Center for Telehealth and Technology

    Feb 7, 2013

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh made a visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, February 4 and 5 to conduct a news conference announcing the completion of a comprehensive, Army-wide review of the Soldier behavioral health diagnoses and evaluations. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology, commonly referred to as T2, was among the stops McHugh made to JBLM.

  • SAMC inductee talks about his reason for joining the Army Reserve

    Feb 7, 2013

    Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Gilpin, senior instructor 7th Battalion, 95th Regiment, discusses his reason for joining the Army Reserve, the benefits of joining and his induction into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

  • Arrowhead soldiers pay tribute at Fallen Heroes Memorial re-dedication

    Feb 7, 2013

    Soldiers from 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, gathered together Tuesday at the brigade's Fallen Heroes Memorial to honor its fallen warriors in a re-dedication ceremony. It was just 15 months ago that many of these same soldiers were gathered here in advance of their deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The gathering this time, however, was a much more solemn occasion.

  • 3-2 SBCT uncases colors

    Feb 7, 2013

    More than 4000 boots stood in the wet grass of Joint Base Lewis McChord's Walkins Field as the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division uncased their brigade and battalion colors, Feb. 5.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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