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  • 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

    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)

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