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  • 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

    Feb 7, 2013

    The 7th Infantry Division hosted John McHugh, 21st Secretary of the Army, in a visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 4. The visit is his third to JBLM since being appointed Secretary of the Army in 2009.

  • Texting fail - Perils of distracted walking

    Feb 6, 2013

    Thanks to smartphones and the Internet, videos of people walking and texting their way into an embarrassing adventure aren't difficult to find.

  • Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inductee focuses on leading Soldiers instead of selection

    Feb 5, 2013

    Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Gilpin, senior instructor 7th Battalion, 95th Regiment, was inducted into the United States Army Reserve Command chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, during a ceremony hosted by the 80th Training Command in Richmond, Va., Feb. 1, 2013. The Sierra Leone native, who recently became a United States citizen, referred to his induction into the SAMC as a life changing experience.

  • Korean War veteran receives long overdue Silver Star Medal

    Feb 4, 2013

    Several hundred community members, well-wishers, dignitaries and friends gathered to view the presentation of the Silver Star Medal to William V. Wuorinen for heroic actions during combat operations in the Korean War, at an award ceremony held at Naselle-Grays River Valley School, Naselle, Wash., Jan. 30, 2013.

  • 16th Combat Aviation Brigade completes collective crew training

    Feb 4, 2013

    Soldiers from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade improved mission readiness and responsiveness while working as a multifunctional aviation task force during collective crew training at Yakima Training Center, Wash.

  • Combined Task Force 4-2 conducts combined foot patrol with ANA partners

    Feb 3, 2013

    A Soldier with 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), helps a fellow soldier onto the rooftop of an old, destroyed building to provide protective over watch for another element of their patrol, Jan.29 in Panjwa'i District, Afghanistan. The soldiers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • Combined Task Force 4-2 conducts combined foot patrol with ANA partners

    Feb 3, 2013

    An Afghan National Army soldier takes a knee and provides security for Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), during a combined foot patrol, Jan.29 in Panjwa'i District, Afghanistan. The United States Army soldiers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • Combined Task Force 4-2 conducts combined foot patrol with ANA partners

    Feb 3, 2013

    A soldier with 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), watches over an element of a combined foot patrol with the Afghan National Army, Jan.29 in Panjwa'i District, Afghanistan. The United States Army soldiers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • Combined Task Force 4-2 conducts combined foot patrol with ANA partners

    Feb 3, 2013

    A soldier with 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), reacts to enemy gun shots during a combined foot patrol with the Afghan National Army, Jan.29 in Panjwa'i District, Afghanistan. . The United States Army soldiers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • Combined Task Force 4-2 conducts combined foot patrol with ANA partners

    Feb 3, 2013

    A soldier with 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), looks for the source of enemy gun shots after a short firefight during a combined foot patrol with the Afghan National Army, Jan.29 in Panjwa'i District, Afghanistan. The soldiers, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are currently serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Evans relinquishes command of 102nd Training Division (MS)

    Feb 3, 2013

    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Feb. 3, 2013) - Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Evans handed command of the 102nd Training Division (Maneuver Support) over to Col. Wayne M. Cavender during a Change of Command Ceremony at the Fort Leonard Wood Museum.

  • Second time's a charm for SAMC selectee

    Feb 2, 2013

    The tradition of selecting the most elite noncommissioned officers into the United States Army Reserve chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club continued after a panel of senior NCOs selected Sgt. 1st Class Cavornia Scott during board proceedings at the 80th Training Command in Richmond, Va., Feb. 1, 2013.

  • CTF 4-2 broadcaster coaches local Afghan children

    Feb 2, 2013

    Sgt. Kyle Burns, a broadcast journalist with Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division), shows Afghan children how to use his Panasonic P2HD video camera during a mission here, Jan. 30. Burns, of Boynton Beach, Fla., is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office)

  • From the Director of Army Safety - Measuring Up

    Feb 1, 2013

    One of the perennial questions in safety is, "How do we measure what we're doing?" Too often, the only metric we have available is how many Soldiers died in accidents during any particular period. We've gotten into the habit of looking at those numbers and attributing our safety programs' success or failure to them. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; we obviously want the arrow pointing downward on accidental deaths. But, I don't believe it's enough to quantify what we do every day with only a single figure - safety is much bigger and more complex than that.

  • Pinned by a PLS

    Feb 1, 2013

    A few years ago, I was deployed to Iraq with the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, out of Fort Stewart, Ga. We'd just left our outpost and were moving to set up a new one. Once there, my Soldiers and I got busy inside the headquarters setting up walls, radios and other equipment.

  • 2ID introduces new top enlisted Soldier, says farewell to another

    Jan 31, 2013

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew J. Spano assumed the helm as the senior enlisted adviser in the 2nd Infantry Division from Command Sgt. Maj. Michael P. Eyer during a change of responsibility ceremony Jan. 30, 2013, at Camp Casey, South Korea.

  • Lancer command team returns to JBLM

    Jan 31, 2013

    screams of excitement echoed off the cinder block walls of North Fort's Wilson Gym, Jan. 16, as nearly 300 soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, stood before hundreds of their family, friends and fellow soldiers during a Welcome Home ceremony.

  • Tragedy, then hope

    Jan 31, 2013

    National Twitter phenomenon comes to JBLM

  • SMA explains way ahead for women in combat

    Jan 30, 2013

    "As an Army, we should be seeking the best qualified and most talented individuals and match them against the requirements for the Army, regardless of gender," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III.

  • Aviation brigade upgrades Black Hawk helicopters

    Jan 30, 2013

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- The 2-158th Assault Helicopter Battalion began fielding 30 new UH-60M Black hawk helicopters to replace the current UH-60L models on Jan 7. The unit is scheduled to finish receiving equipment sometime between late February and early March.

  • Real-life Halo: Soldiers learn advancements in modern warfare weapons technology

    Jan 30, 2013

    The 7th Infantry Division hosted their first ever Weapons, Ammunition and Devices Symposium Jan. 24 and 25, at various locations on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The first days of the symposium featured speakers and displays, while the second day afforded soldiers a chance for more hands-on training at the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 and with a live-fire range.

  • Soldier's aviation dream takes flight

    Jan 30, 2013

    A 28-year-old soldier sits in the cockpit of a mosquito shaped helicopter. He performs operational checks on the aircraft hoping that one day he will return to the seat not as a repairer, but as a pilot.

  • 7th ID, Army leverage decade of lessons to provide best care to Soldiers, Family members

    Jan 30, 2013

    As we start a new year, many of you from Joint Base Lewis-McChord are or will soon be preparing to reintegrate with your families following a deployment. This can be a challenging time, regardless if it was your first deployment or a third. This is critical time and you and your family are not alone.

  • Soldiers provide security for key leader engagement with ABP

    Jan 29, 2013

    Soldiers with Blackfoot Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., provide security for a key leader engagement with the Afghan Border Police near Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Jan. 24. The KLE allowed International Security Assistance Force leaders to discuss training schedules with ABP leaders. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann, 102nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

  • Owners bringing pets into Germany will pay new fee starting Feb. 1

    Jan 28, 2013

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Members of the U.S. forces community who bring their pets along when they arrive in Germany for assignment will be charged a fee by German authorities beginning Feb. 1.

  • Soldier's dedication, character remembered

    Jan 28, 2013

    Family, friends, and Soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, gathered to remember and honor the life of Pfc. Markie T. Sims in a memorial ceremony at Lewis North Chapel, Jan. 23.

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber welcomes 7ID CG to Military Affairs Forum

    Jan 28, 2013

    Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, met with nearly 70 members of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce at a Military Affairs Forum, Jan. 16, in downtown Tacoma. The chamber invited Lanza to represent the 7th Infantry Division as a guest speaker for the event.

  • Corps' top leaders address combat exclusion policy termination

    Jan 28, 2013

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta officially announced the end of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule excluding women from assignment to units and positions whose primary mission is to engage in direct ground combat, Jan. 24.

  • JBLM celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Jan 28, 2013

    Soldiers, Airmen and civilians from across Joint Base Lewis-McChord gathered together for the JBLM Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at the McChord Field Collocated Club, Jan. 22.

  • Infantry first sergeant influences engineer company

    Jan 26, 2013

    When the soldiers of 38th Engineer Company learned that they would be getting a new first sergeant during their deployment to Afghanistan, they did not know what kind of leader he would be.

  • Giving safety a fighting chance

    Jan 25, 2013

    When you hear "combatives training," safety probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind.

  • General relinquishes command, bids 'adieu' to Fort Huachuca

    Jan 25, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, said his goodbyes to the Soldiers, Families, friends and supporters from Fort Huachuca and the surrounding communities, during the formal relinquishment of command ceremony on Brown Parade Field Thursday.

  • Many happy returns

    Jan 24, 2013

    JBLM Tax Center reopens with focus on helping junior enlisted Soldiers and Airmen.

  • RTS-Maintenance Fort McCoy earns 3-year reaccreditation, Institution of Excellence status

    Jan 24, 2013

    Regional Training Site-Maintenance at Fort McCoy has been reaccredited, and, in the process, earned its third-consecutive Institution of Excellence designation. RTS-Maintenance provides vehicle and equipment repair and maintenance training to members of the Army Reserve and other Army branches. Maj. Victor O. McGee, RTS-Maintenance commandant, said the reaccreditation is valid for three years. Prior accreditation/reaccreditation occurred in 2006 and 2009. Every RTS-Maintenance organization must be accredited, McGee said. "The Institution of Excellence designation shows we go above and beyond the call to provide training support to our students."

  • Army Under Secretary pays tribute to Korean War hero

    Jan 23, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal meets General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup, the Korean Army's first four star general, 17 Jan. 2013, Seoul, Republic of South Korea (ROK). During his remarkable career, General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup served as commander of the First Field Army, the Army Chief of Staff, and the Chairman for the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff until his retirement in May 1960. Following his military career, General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup served as Korea's Ambassador to the Republic of China on Taiwan, France, and Canada. He also served as Minister of Transportation and is credited with the development of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway. Moreover, General (Ret.) Paik Yun Sup is the author of "From Pusan to Panmunjom: Wartime Memoirs of the Republic of Korea's First Four-Star General, Paik Sun Yup". Under Secretary Westphal's visit to Korea underscores the strength of the ROK-U.S. Alliance and the U.S. Army's commitment to sustain land power in the Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • Army Under Secretary discusses the future of the Army with Soldiers in Korea

    Jan 23, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal discusses the future of the Army with Soldiers stationed at Camp Humphreys, 17 Jan. 2013, Republic of South Korea (ROK). Westphal met with the Soldiers to recognize their contributions to the longstanding ROK-U.S. Alliance, and discuss their critical role as the Army rebalances to the Asia Pacific region. Westphal visited Camp Humphreys during his Pacific AOR tour of Army units in Hawaii, Korea and Alaska. Under Secretary Westphal's visit to Korea underscores the strength of the ROK-U.S. Alliance and the U.S. Army's commitment to sustain land power in the Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • Soldiers, former NFL players discuss life after violence

    Jan 22, 2013

    Former professional football players met "real warriors," Jan. 12, 2013, and discovered they had a lot in common.

  • Fallen leader's legacy remembered

    Jan 22, 2013

    Family, friends, and soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division gathered to honor the life and legacy of Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams in a memorial ceremony at Evergreen Chapel, Jan. 16.

  • Army releases programmatic environmental assessment - Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment

    Jan 18, 2013

    The Department of the Army has completed a final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (for Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur from Fiscal Years 2013-2020. Public comment period is open until Feb. 19.

  • FORSCOM hosts SMA Board of Directors meeting

    Jan 16, 2013

    The Sergeant Major of the Army Board of Director's meeting serves as an opportunity for the Army's senior enlisted leaders to come together and share current information about the Army, while discussing issues affecting Soldiers and Army Families, from the leader's perspective. The two-day session included briefings and discussion on topics such as personnel, operations, physical fitness, security and health.

  • Leaders learn law through JOLO

    Jan 16, 2013

    Officers and senior noncommissioned officers with 17th Fires Brigade participated in Junior Officer Legal Orientation training Jan. 4 and Jan. 7. "The 17th Fires Brigade is the first brigade to receive the training (within 7th Infantry Division)," said Capt. John Nelson, the senior trial counsel with 7th Infantry Division, and JOLO instructor. "Shortly all of the brigades under the 7th Infantry Division footprint will receive the training."

  • Fighters make good leaders

    Jan 16, 2013

    Soldiers with 17th Fires Brigade brawled for a chance to be champions during two separate combatives tournaments Dec. 12 at Wilson Gym and Dec. 14 at McChord Fitness Center. The Army Combatives Program trains soldiers in hand-to-hand combat for self-defense, said Sgt. 1st Class Earl Ullom, a Fresno, Calif., native, and platoon sergeant with Battery C, 1st Battalion (155mm Towed), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Bde.

  • Months-long wait ends for wounded warrior reunited with comrades

    Jan 16, 2013

    On June 12, 2012, while conducting a dismounted patrol in Maiwand, Afghanistan, an improvised explosive device detonated near the men of 1st Platoon, Company B, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Following the explosion, Spc. Chris Anderson's life would forever be changed.

  • More vets for pets, working dogs

    Jan 14, 2013

    The expansion of the Veterinary Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will shorten the wait lists to treat military pets and working dogs.

  • Lancers leaves Afghanistan ready for Ready First

    Jan 14, 2013

    The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Combined Task Force Lancer, marked the end of a nine-month deployment to southern Afghanistan by relinquishing control of its nearly 15,000 square kilometer battle-space to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Combined Team Ready First, during a Transfer of Authority ceremony at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan in Kandahar City Jan. 7.

  • Fatal Army accidents down in first quarter of 2013

    Jan 14, 2013

    The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center recently released accident statistics for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, and the data show a continued overall decline in both on- and off-duty accidental deaths.

  • New app delivers real-time info about JBLM events

    Jan 11, 2013

    My Military Community app delivers info and events to smartphones.

  • Army Marksmanship Unit expands to include Wounded Warriors

    Jan 10, 2013

    The Army recently announced the expansion of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to include 24 Wounded Warriors as members of its new Paralympic and Instructor sections.

  • Kazakhstan military delegation visits FORSCOM, Fort Bragg

    Jan 10, 2013

    A military delegation from the Republic of Kazakhstan, led by Gen. Col. Saken A. Zhasuzakov, first deputy minister of defense and chairman of that nations' chiefs of staff committee, visited Fort Bragg, N.C., Jan. 8-9. The delegation got a firsthand look at the latest in combat medical and tactical communications training and technology, visited memorials to fallen Soldiers, saw Soldier and Army Family support facilities and received command updates from U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the 82nd Airborne Division and Womack Army Medical Center.

  • Aviator recognized for over 20,000 flight hours

    Jan 9, 2013

    Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, recently presented retired CW4 Harold Coghlan, now a Department of the Army Civilian instructor pilot with B Co., 1-212th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker, Ala., with a certificate of achievement recognizing Coghlan's passing of 20,000 flight hours in military aircraft. Among other highlights from his 36-year career, Coghlan is one of just a handful of Army aviators to have flown faster than Mach 2 as a fighter jet pilot, and he has experience in nearly 30 different rotary and fixed-wing airframes. Coghlan is currently an IP in the 1-212th's Helicopter School Battalion.

  • GHS to bring changes to labeling, classification of hazardous chemicals

    Jan 9, 2013

    Soldiers and civilians who handle hazardous chemicals as part of their job will soon begin training for changes coming to the labeling and classification of chemicals in the workplace.

  • Fallen combat engineer remembered by CTF 4-2

    Jan 8, 2013

    When Pfc. Matthew Jones first met Pfc. Markie Sims in basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., it was laughter from the start.

  • Soldiers celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan

    Jan 8, 2013

    Despite being away from friends and families during the holiday season, Soldiers of Combined Task Force 4-2 found many ways to celebrate Christmas in Southern Afghanistan, Dec. 25.

  • Leader with 'heart of gold' remembered

    Jan 8, 2013

    Family, friends and 'Manchu' soldiers from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division gathered to remember the life and honor the service of Sgt. Logan Tyler Harbison at Evergreen Chapel, Dec. 11.

  • 'Raiders' bid farewell to brother-in-arms

    Jan 8, 2013

    Family, friends and service members gathered to honor and celebrate the life of Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle, Jr., in a memorial ceremony at Lewis North Chapel, Dec. 5.

  • Gunslingers induct honorary regimental colonel

    Jan 8, 2013

    Col. Michael J. Brokovich, retired, was inducted as the honorary colonel of the 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade during an induction ceremony at the Cascade Community Club, Nov. 29.

  • Computer detectives hunt hackers, deliver digital justice

    Jan 8, 2013

    The U.S. Army CID's Computer Crimes Investigative Unit is turning the tables on would-be predators online to where the hunters now have become the hunted.

  • Driver Training Revamped

    Jan 7, 2013

    Vehicle rollovers remain a serious concern for units deployed overseas. According to statistics compiled by U.S. Central Command, there were 618 tactical vehicle rollovers in Afghanistan between January 2009 and July 2012, resulting in 23 fatalities and 501 injuries.

  • Army Safety - How Did We Do? Fiscal 2012 End-Of-Year Review

    Jan 7, 2013

    As an Army, we're getting better all the time at safety. I feel confident making that statement given final numbers from fiscal 2012: With 162 accidental fatalities, it was our third-safest year on record and our best since combat operations began more than 11 years ago.

  • Circle To Land - A Tricky Maneuver

    Jan 7, 2013

    Circle-to-land is one of the least practiced and most underappreciated maneuvers in the fixed-wing Army aviation community. In the commercial and civilian sector, the maneuver is considered risky enough that many freight operators prohibit their pilots from performing it at night or from doing it at all. However, depending on the mission, pilots may have no choice but to employ the circle-to-land maneuver. And if the first time you practice it is the first time you need it, you could be in serious trouble. I'll give you a personal example from a flight I had in a C-12.

  • Deployed couple relies on battlefield travel, luck to see each other

    Jan 1, 2013

    On Dec. 26, 2012, Spc. Brendon Brown stepped off his Stryker Combat Vehicle at Combat Outpost Talukan, Afghanistan, looking for a familiar face.

  • Fly fishing, tying helps wounded warriors heal, reflect

    Dec 26, 2012

    Through learning the art and craft of fly tying and fishing, Soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are able to find peace and Healing Waters in the eye of rehabilitation's storm.

  • Lancer Brigade Soldiers make it home for the holidays

    Dec 20, 2012

    Families and friends waited eagerly with open arms and anxious smiles as Soldiers returning from combat made their way into Wilson Sports and Fitness Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord-North, Wash., for a special holiday welcome home ceremony, Dec. 16, 2012.

  • Soldiers helping former Soldiers in the spirit of the season

    Dec 18, 2012

    In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Soldiers from the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., assisted veterans at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, Wash., with selecting, wrapping and shipping presents to loved ones this week.

  • Giving back: Miss Washington shows military support at JBLM holiday event

    Dec 17, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Mandy Schendel, who was officially crowned Miss Washington 2012 in July, has spent the better part of her life serving others.

  • Open forum covers I Corps Pacific Rim rebalance, leader concerns

    Dec 14, 2012

    Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, commanding general, I Corps, met with more than 100 senior Soldiers and civilians from I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division, and brigades across Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 10, 2012, to discuss a near-future shift in mission focus for the base and to hear their general concerns.

  • Paying the world's best training forward: Unity drives U.S., Korean joint chemical exercise

    Dec 14, 2012

    ELMA, Wash. -- Even when they come from coasts more than 5,000 miles apart, there's sometimes little clear distinction between the lives of soldiers who reside and train in separate countries.

  • Thunderbolt Brigade welcomes, bids farewell to command sergeants major

    Dec 7, 2012

    Soldiers with 17th Fires Brigade said goodbye to the brigade command sergeant major and welcomed a new one during a change of responsibility ceremony, Dec. 6.

  • Coming Home

    Dec 5, 2012

    This piece explores the life of the Silsbys, a 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Family living in Lacey, Wash., in the few months before their Soldier's return from Afghanistan last week. Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Silsby's fourth combat deployment, the tour gave the Family its own unique set of challenges. Available in high definition.

  • South Sound growers donate Christmas trees to the military

    Dec 4, 2012

    Wounded warriors from 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, cut down Christmas trees that were donated by Schilter Family Farm in Lacey, Wash. earlier this week. The trees were then prepared and loaded onto a larger truck to be transported back to their respective battalions, where they will be displayed throughout the Christmas season.

  • Severe winter weather could bring schedule changes to JBLM

    Dec 4, 2012

    Last winter, heavy snow and freezing conditions slowed down operations at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 17-22.

  • Army under secretary optimistic about Army's future role

    Dec 4, 2012

    Building a strong partnership between the Army's conventional and special operations forces is one of the service's key areas of focus as it transitions from operations in Afghanistan and looks toward the future, said Army Under Secretary Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, during his visit to Fort Bragg, Dec. 4.

  • Leaders essential to developing, sustaining 21st century force

    Dec 3, 2012

    It has been a little less than two months since the Bayonet Division started a new chapter in its history and assumed the role as the higher headquarters for some of the Army's finest trained, ready and disciplined brigades- 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Stryker Brigades, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade and 17th Fires Brigade.

  • Kiowa pilot awarded two Air Medals

    Nov 30, 2012

    More than 300 soldiers gathered at the Evergreen Theater on JBLM to honor Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher Whitmus of the 4-6 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron, who was awarded two Air Medals by the 7th Infantry Division commanding general, Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, Nov. 8 for valorous service while deployed to Afghanistan.

  • Army's Stryker Double V-Hull is a resounding success

    Nov 30, 2012

    As of this month, 673 Stryker DVHs have been produced, of which over 450 have been fielded for Afghanistan. With more than a year and a half of combat experience there is enough data to declare the Stryker DVH a resounding success While substantially decreasing casualties and better protecting Soldiers is by far the most important development of the DVH effort, the improved operational readiness rates are also an extremely important advancement.

  • CTF 4-2 witnesses road opening

    Nov 27, 2012

    Local Afghans in Panjwa'i District now have better access to markets and a safer way to travel as district leaders officially opened the Salahan-Demrasi-Muhajerin Road in Salahan, Afghanistan, Nov. 25, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • JBLM observes American Indian tradition

    Nov 27, 2012

    Service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., participated in a cultural exhibition as a part of the National American Indian Heritage Observance, Nov. 20. The 16th Combat Aviation Brigade hosted the event in order to recognize the accomplishments and culture of American Indians who have served and currently serve in the United States armed forces.

  • Local community leaders observe field artillery demonstrations

    Nov 26, 2012

    Battery A, 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, conducted a field training exercise that began Nov. 13, 2012, and finished with a community live-fire demonstration, Nov. 15.

  • Soldiers, NFL players team up against brain injuries

    Nov 26, 2012

    Soldiers from 7th Infantry Division and former National Football League players shared their experiences with traumatic brain injuries during a round-table discussion, Nov. 20, 2012, at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, the Seattle Seahawks' practice facility.

  • U.S. Army CID Pleads with Public, Warns Against Romance Scams, Female victims being cyber-robbed dai

    Nov 26, 2012

    Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are once again warning internet users worldwide, to be extra vigilant and not to fall prey to internet scams or impersonation fraud - especially scams promising true love, but only end up breaking hearts and bank accounts.

  • 'Raiders' kick off Walk to Afghanistan project

    Nov 26, 2012

    The 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division 'Raiders' officially kicked off their Walk to Afghanistan project at Pierce County Fantasy Lights Walk sneak preview Nov. 18, at Spanaway Park in Spanaway, Wash.

  • Afghan Border Police take lead in Operation Southern Strike IV

    Nov 26, 2012

    Members of the 3rd Zone Afghan Border Police and their respective Security Forces Assistance Team advisers made a deliberate effort to reach the remote areas in Spin Boldak and Tak-teh Pol districts, remove insurgent influence and address villagers economic and security concerns during Operation Southern Strike IV in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 15-18, 2012.

  • Embedded teams bring help to soldiers

    Nov 26, 2012

    As soldiers with 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, return this winter from Afghanistan, they will face many changes. New routines, friends, family and too many choices at the grocery store - nearly forgotten lives will return in sharp focus.

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