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  • Patton warned of Pearl Harbor attack

    Dec 7, 2012

    While many Americans know Dec. 7, 2012, as the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, few are familiar with the role Gen. George Patton played in foreshadowing it.

  • Zama Army Lodging wins 2011 Lodging Operation of the Year Award

    Dec 7, 2012

    CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Dec. 7, 2012) -- (From right), Mark Akita, Zama Army Lodging manager, receives the Lodging Operation of the Year Award 2011 from Jeffery Wertz, deputy commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan, during the LOYA ceremony at Building 552 Dec. 7. LOYA is recognized as outstanding lodging operations Army-wide. Jake Sparks, left, Army Lodging Program Manager Korea/Japan, also attended the ceremony.

  • KSC Battalion lights up holidays in South Korea

    Dec 7, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The Korean Service Corps Battalion brightened the holiday season for U.S. military personnel and their families in South Korea by putting up millions of lights.

  • Top Korean Army officer tours geospatial commands

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Exchanging information and learning from each other is vital to stay current and ahead of the curve in any area of business, technology, education and life. This is precisely why the Soldiers and command teams from the Combined Terrain Analysis Team in the U.S. Pacific Command, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and the 25th Infantry Division hosted two officers from the Republic of Korean Army, here, Nov. 4-9, to talk shop and get a better understanding of geospatial equipment and endeavors.

  • USARPAC Soldiers go for gold in series of events

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Soldiers from nine different subordinate commands under U.S. Army-Pacific earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge after completing a series of athletic and military events, here, recently.

  • Soldiers overcome challenges to earn EFMB

    Dec 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- One-hundred seventy Soldiers attempted to earn the toughest badge in the Army during the Expert Field Medical Badge train-up and assessment, here, Oct. 29-Nov. 8. "(The Expert Field Medical Badge) takes study, discipline, expertise, guts, physical effort and the desire to drive on and meet all the objectives," said Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific. "It's not just a symbol of proficiency; it's a symbol of the heart and the guts that it takes," Wiercinski said.

  • 8th TSC Soldier shines, wins multiple karate gold medals

    Dec 7, 2012

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Martial artists from around the world traveled to Oahu to compete in the 53rd annual All-Hawaii State Karate Championships/2012 Honolulu International Karate Championships, Nov. 17. Amongst these competitors was Sgt. Randal Kumagai, military intelligence, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, who has been competing and studying Karate for years. Kumagai was ready to take on the challenge.

  • 65th teams with community to deliver toys, holiday cheer

    Dec 7, 2012

    MILILANI, Hawaii -- Getting into the Christmas spirit, the Soldiers of the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and the students of their partnership school, Mililani Middle School, came together to hold a toy drive, Nov. 30, for two organizations that embody the true nature of Christmas: Toys for Tots and the Make a Wish Foundation. Community supporters brought and gave more than 500 toys during the drive; toys ranged from an action figure to full-youth bicycles.

  • Pohakuloa sheep round-up enhances safety at Bradshaw Army Airfield

    Dec 7, 2012

    On Saturday, Dec. 1 about 85 volunteers--U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa employees, family members and a few local hunters met in the chilly early morning to help clear the installation of the approximately 180 wild sheep that roamed there.

  • Yama Sakura 63 commences following opening ceremony

    Dec 6, 2012

    In grand pomp and circumstance, service members marched onto the parade field Dec. 6, for the opening ceremony of Yama Sakura 63.

  • One cup of tea unites two cultures

    Dec 6, 2012

    Each morning my coffee cup is filled with water; two bags of Tazo Awake tea float along the top, and a dash of honey sinks to the bottom. After two minutes in the microwave, a sit on the kitchen counter for one more, and a quick stir, the temperature is perfect, and I smile with every sip. While tea is a drink Americans enjoy just about any time of the day, in other areas of the world, it has a storied history. The act of preparing and drinking this tea is a special time that holds special meaning and is woven into their culture, the thread that connects generations.

  • Army, 8th TSC brings all five services together for culinary arts competition

    Dec 6, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Warriors from all branches of service traded their weapons for spoons, spatulas and ladles, here, Oct. 17, to prepare for the 38th annual Military Culinary Arts Competition, in Fort Lee, Va. The two-week joint competition is North America's largest culinary competition and is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation. It's been held every year since 1973, with the exceptions of 1991 and 2003, during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, respectively.

  • Deployable HCCC capable of monitoring vessels globally

    Dec 6, 2012

    The Army received a new tool in the fight against terror, and 21 Soldiers from the 545th Harbormaster Detachment, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, had the opportunity to take it on a test run.

  • Warrior Company Builds Roadway at PTA

    Dec 6, 2012

    POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii -- The Soldiers of the 561st Engineer Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, successfully completed a 2.3-mile stretch of roadway at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, Oct. 26. The construction project marked the beginning of the Keamuku Main Supply Route at PTA. The initial 2.3 miles of roadway will be expanded in the coming years and Keamuku MSR will exceed 18 miles once completed. The section completed by the engineers of 561st will be immediately utilized by follow-on units as a drivers' training course for Stryker vehicles.

  • Sun harvested for warrior wattage

    Dec 6, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- It takes a lot of energy and fuel to wage war, as computers and other equipment need electricity. In the remote areas in which Soldiers often find themselves, the generators that produce that electricity need fuel. But the Army is finding that energy can be harvested in many different ways.

  • 8th STB instills pride, inducts 12 new NCOs

    Dec 6, 2012

    FORD ISLAND, Hawaii -- One by one, newly promoted noncommissioned officers walked down the carpet under drawn swords as they were formally welcomed "to the Corps!" That was the chant shouted by the audience and participating members during the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, NCO Induction Ceremony, hosted by Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia Jr., senior enlisted leader of the 8th STB, at the Pacific Aviation Museum, here, Nov. 7.

  • Holiday stress poses real dangers: Overwork, overspending, even domestic violence among potential ha

    Dec 5, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- The holiday season can bring not only good cheer but high stress and even domestic violence, so community members should know the dangers and how to avert them, Warrior Country officials said this week.

  • BOSS goes postal for holiday season mail crunch

    Dec 5, 2012

    CAMP CASEY, Soouth Korea -- Before Santa arrives on Christmas Eve, mom's fantastic fudge and Aunt Vickie's terrific banana bread will make their way into Area I along with the thousands of other boxes and letters that come to Warrior Country every day.

  • Dr. Kabat- Zinn talks about Mindfulness Program in Camp Zama

    Dec 5, 2012

    CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Dec. 5, 2012) -- "Being in the here and now is the hardest thing for human being to do, but the payoff is enormous because your performance in that moment, your appreciation in that moment, or your execution of something in that moment is all going to depend on whether you are here or not here." said Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, during the introduction of a mindfulness workshop tour at Camp Zama Nov.15.

  • Lights lit, ready for holiday season

    Dec 4, 2012

    The Yongsan Community welcomed the holiday season and celebrated its annual Yongsan Tree Lighting ceremony here, Nov. 30.

  • Flag football forges friendship

    Dec 4, 2012

    In order to build camaraderie between the Army and Navy and also to provide weekend entertainment for Servicemembers, Families and Civilians, U.S Army Garrison Yongsan hosted its annual Army versus Navy Flag Football game here, Dec. 1.

  • One Hike to Rule Them All: Buraksan Hiking Trail

    Dec 4, 2012

    The Buraksan Hiking preserve in Songtan offers the ability to get exercise while enjoying nature.

  • Talon Medics Claw the Competition

    Dec 4, 2012

    1st Lt. Jonathan Jordan, with Company E, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, recently returned from competing in the Army's Best Medic Competition where he and his teammate, Spc. Brandon Chavez, placed second.

  • Local bike shop opens for business

    Dec 3, 2012

    A new local bike shop has opened its doors to the Yongsan Community to provide Servicemembers, Families and Civilians the opportunity to purchase a variety of high-end bicycles and a professional repair and management services here, Nov. 30.

  • Eighth Army Band to perform at Korea's Carnegie Hall

    Dec 3, 2012

    SEOUL - The Eighth Army Band will perform a holiday concert with the Prima Donna Ensemble at the Seoul Performing Arts Center, South Korea's premier venue, Dec. 9.

  • Korean War veterans honor storied U.S. Army general

    Dec 3, 2012

    Eighth Army leaders and Korean War veterans honored the Eighth Army commanding general who helped to save South Korea by holding the line at the Pusan Perimeter in 1950.

  • Red Cloud fitness room offers TRX, other workouts

    Nov 29, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- Soldiers and civilians at Camp Red Cloud can now perform the latest kinds of fitness workouts -- including cutting edge TRX or total resistance exercise, in a special workout space at the post gym.

  • Cheerful season can also cast pall: Be alert, ready, to help avert holiday suicide among those lonel

    Nov 29, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- Members of the Warrior Country community should keep an extra sharp watch this holiday season for signs of people who may be feeling suicidal, Area I officials said this week.

  • Tomodachi registry aids Japan's DOD population

    Nov 29, 2012

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command played a significant public health role in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, Japanese earthquake and tsunami. USAPHC responders monitored radiation levels from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, checked the safety of water and food, and assessed search-and-rescue dogs coming into the country to assist in finding the missing.

  • 25th Trans. back after a whole lot of haulin' runs

    Nov 29, 2012

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- It was past midnight at Wheeler Gulch as Soldiers from the 25th Transportation Company, 524 Combat Service Support Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th TSC, redeployed from Afghanistan after a yearlong deployment, Oct. 12. The 170 Soldiers conducted more than 200 convoy missions to more than 20 different forward operating bases in Regional Command-South.

  • 65th Eng. Bn. celebrates its birthday

    Nov 29, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, celebrated yet another year of accomplishments. The 65th Eng. Bn. (Combat Effects) was constituted in the regular Army Oct. 18, 1927, and decades later it continues to grow in its glory. From a garrison environment to combat, the 65th Eng. Bn. upholds superior efforts in all that is set before them.

  • 8th TSC sergeant coaches keiki to win and, also, grow

    Nov 29, 2012

    AIEA, Hawaii -- The Saints are looking for their next championship season this year, so they have been practicing and scrimmaging other teams. The team is looking ahead and ready for what will come its way. They have their lineup set, players ready and coaches studied up for the season.

  • 8th TSC HQ plans, loads cargo for C-17

    Nov 29, 2012

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- As the Army moves away from its constant deployment cycle and transitions to a more expeditionary force, Soldiers of the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, are taking another step in that direction by having a plan set in place that would rapidly and effectively deploy the 8th TSC headquarters. "As you all know, we may never know when it is time for us to deploy somewhere in the Pacific," said Col. Charles Maskell, deputy commander, 8th TSC, to a group of 8th STB Soldiers standing inside of a C17. "The days of the preplanned deployments where you know a year in advance that you will be deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan are rapidly coming to an end.

  • Tripler JOC spreads holiday cheer, provides Thanksgiving fixings to local families

    Nov 29, 2012

    HONOLULU - The Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) Junior Officer Council (JOC) jumped into the spirit of giving this season by sponsoring a hospital-wide Thanksgiving Basket Competition.

  • Eighth Army commander visits Manchus in field

    Nov 29, 2012

    RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea -- The U.S. Army's top operational commander in South Korea visited the storied 2-9th Infantry Manchus here Nov. 29.

  • Gen. Thurman thanks garrison for quality of life, support

    Nov 29, 2012

    Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea, toured U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan to show appreciation for the dedication and hard work of Servicemembers and Civilian employees here, Nov. 29.

  • JSDF Marching Festival shakes Budokan

    Nov 28, 2012

    CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Nov. 26, 2012) -- The 2012 Japan Self-Defense Forces Marching Band Festival was held at the famed Nihon Budokan concert hall in Tokyo Nov. 16 and 17. The show was featured performances by more than one thousand top musicians from various marching bands and drill teams throughout every branch of the JSDF as well as U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps bands.

  • Human Resources Command commander discusses Army personnel policies

    Nov 28, 2012

    The U.S. Army has refined its personnel policies to retain and promote its strongest Soldiers, according to the commander of Human Resources Command visiting Korea.

  • Master of the Bayonet FTX sharpens skills

    Nov 28, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, conducted a Master of the Bayonet dismounted field training exercise at the East Range, here, Sept. 17-26. Master of the Bayonet serves as a validation exercise with a select number of Level 1 Warrior Tasks and critical job-specific tasks essential to the individual Soldier's daily and wartime duties. Soldiers demonstrated physical and mental toughness throughout various lanes, and they were evaluated to establish a basis for future squad and platoon evaluations. The exercise prepares them for a National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, Calif., in April 2013.

  • 'Bayonet Spouse' learns challenges of Soldier life

    Nov 28, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Working together, the squad-sized element fought through adversity and moved its equipment across treacherous obstacles. The squad then moved on to firing semiautomatic and automatic rifles and machine guns, and showed grit by performing an Army physical fitness test, or APFT.

  • Resilient Ascent: 8th STB senior NCOs learn resiliency atop the Koolaus

    Nov 28, 2012

    HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Following big Army's push to make Soldiers more resilient, senior noncommissioned officers with the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, came together for a combination hike and master resiliency classes on the Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail, Oct. 12. The NCOs followed the 1.66-mile hike up to the nearly 2,000-foot Koolau summit, stopping at various points along the way, to learn some of the master resiliency lessons outlined by the Army and the University of Pennsylvania.

  • 84th Engineers prep for deployment air drop

    Nov 28, 2012

    KAHUKU TRAINING AREA, Hawaii -- It was a beautiful October day, with a clear blue sky above, here, and perfect for an air drop. In preparation for their upcoming deployment, early next year, the 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and the 130th Eng. Bde., worked in conjunction with the Navy and Air Force to execute an emergency deployment reaction exercise. The exercise demonstrated the battalion's ability to deploy a company-sized air detachment within 48 hours.

  • Soldiers help Airmen with drop zone, road repairs

    Nov 28, 2012

    HONOLULU, Hawaii --Throughout the months of September and October, the 523rd Engineer Company (Horizontal), 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, had the rare opportunity to team up with the Air Force and conduct a unique construction mission to repair and reconstruct the Kane's Drop Zone in the Kahukus Training Area. The drop zone was originally designed to support heavy equipment, supply cargo and personnel drops. Over time, however, the drop zone became unsuitable and unsafe for heavy equipment and personnel drops. Additionally, Air Force recovery vehicles could not access sections of the drop zone due to erosion and rutting on the roads.

  • Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter visits Camp Zama

    Nov 26, 2012

    CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Nov. 26, 2012) -- Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, the commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command visited Sagamihara Family Housing Area, the Camp Zama Youth Center and a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force construction site during his tour of U.S. Army Garrison Japan installations Nov. 24.

  • 2ID units named best in Pacific

    Nov 26, 2012

    Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific, announced the winners of the USARPAC Army Award for Maintenance Excellence program Nov. 15. The 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade placed in three out of the six categories with the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion winning in the Large MTOE Category. The United Nations Command Security Battalion -- Joint Security Area, administratively a unit of the 210th Fires Brigade, won in the Small TDA Category. And Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion placed runner up in the Supply Excellence Award for Medium MTOE PBO.

  • U.S. Army Pacific Band Marches On

    Nov 26, 2012

    The Japan Self-Defense Forces' annual marching band festival was held at the famed Nippon Budokan concert hall in Tokyo November 16 and 17. The event drew a total audience of over 40,000 during its six 2-hour performances over a two-day period. This year marked the 48th time the festival has taken place since its inception in 1963.

  • Eighth Army remembers Yeonpyeong Island attack

    Nov 21, 2012

    Eighth Army marked the second anniversary of the 2010 North Korean artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island that claimed the lives of two Republic of Korea Marines and two South Korean civilians, during a ceremony at the Eighth Army headquarters on Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.

  • Soldiers bring warmth to local community

    Nov 21, 2012

    Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, along with Seoul American Middle School students and the Korean Foreigners Friendship Cultural Society, delivered coal briquettes to the households of elderly and low income families living in Ahyeon-dong, South Korea, Nov. 19, 2012, so they could stay warm over the winter.

  • Japanese live-fire exercise builds partner capacity for U.S., Japan

    Nov 21, 2012

    For the past 48 years, the U.S. and Japan have worked together and conducted missile live-fire exercises during the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Annual Service Practice, at McGregor Range, N.M.

  • Home at last: Korean War veteran's remains return to American soil

    Nov 21, 2012

    SENECA FALLS, N.Y. -- A Delta Air Lines jet touched down Nov. 6 at Syracuse International Airport, marking an end to the saga of one Soldier's journey that began with his enlistment in the Army in 1948, took him to war in the Korean Peninsula, and ended with long-awaited closure for his Family.

  • 403rd AFSB's battalion participates in exercise Keen Sword 2013

    Nov 21, 2012

    Members of the Army Field Support Battalion-North East Asia's Yokohama North Dock have supported Keen Sword 2013 by conducting an issue of two Landing Craft Utility 2000 vessels.

  • Hawaii government, military leaders target joint sustainability issues

    Nov 21, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Col. Daniel Whitney, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, along with other installation leaders from military bases around Oahu, put pen to paper and signed a Memorandum of Understanding pledging closer collaboration between the City and County of Honolulu, here, Nov. 15.

  • Alpha 307th tackles Afghanistan Signal Mission

    Nov 21, 2012

    HELEMANO MILITARY RESERVATION, Hawaii-- Friends and family members of Soldiers from the 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion's Alpha Company gathered Nov 16 to bid farewell to the Soldiers at a deployment ceremony here. The ceremony officially announced the Signal company's deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was officiated by 516th Signal Brigade Commander Col. Scott D. Baer, and 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Scott A. Bird.

  • Commiskey's Community Activity Center offers fresh opportunities

    Nov 20, 2012

    Commiskey's has opened back up to the Yongsan community as a Commiskey's Community Activity Center (CCAC), providing quality events and activities for Servicemembers, Families and Civilians. The ribbon cutting ceremony and the "Soft Opening" were held here, Nov. 19.

  • Retiree Appreciation Day recognizes those who served

    Nov 20, 2012

    Yongsan hosted an annual Retiree Appreciation Day in order to honor those who once served for their country and to provide them with beneficial information to better their lifestyles here, Nov. 17.

  • Thanksgiving prep underway from Kandahar to Korea

    Nov 19, 2012

    Soldiers at remote outposts in Afghanistan, and those around the globe from Korea to Germany to installations across the United States are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving in traditional ways.

  • Thanksgiving motorcycle ride enforces safety, comraderie

    Nov 19, 2012

    A Thanksgiving motorcycle ride designed to build esprit de corps and focus on safety gathered more than 220 Soldiers and motorcyclists at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Nov. 15.

  • Tripler medic receives combatives' honor, sets sights on promoting MACP

    Nov 19, 2012

    HONOLULU -- "The adrenaline rush you feel is intense. I felt my heart beating in my stomach; like I was going to puke and then all at once I was enraged. I told my opponent that I was not going to fight for 10 minutes, either he was going to tap or I was," said Sgt. Dominique Ramos.

  • Soldiers conduct reflexive fire marksmanship, raise readiness

    Nov 19, 2012

    Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan conducted reflexive fire marksmanship training at Training Support Activity-Korea, Nov. 15. The 20 Soldiers partaking in the training were tasked with firing their M16s while in motion. The training allowed Soldiers of HHC, USAG Yongsan to raise overall readiness and combat effectiveness.

  • Tripler hosts second annual diabetes health fair, aims to educate patients, family members

    Nov 19, 2012

    HONOLULU - More than 100 active duty and retired service members and their families braved the rainy weather and attended a diabetes health and wellness fair at Tripler Army Medical Center, Nov. 17, here.

  • Safer traffic leads to safer Warrior Country

    Nov 18, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- Area I officials are using the recent laying of a new crosswalk pattern in downtown Camp Casey as a chance to remind Warrior Country pedestrians and motorists that traffic safety rules are an important part of community life and need to be adhered to.

  • USAG Red Cloud, Shinheung University pledge mutual aid on local environmental matters

    Nov 18, 2012

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- The Army in Warrior Country formed a partnership with a local university this week so both can help protect Korea's natural environment.

  • Red Cloud Soldiers help guards at range

    Nov 18, 2012

    NORTH STAR RANGE, South Korea -- The men and women who guard the gates of Area I installations gained added confidence in the use of their 9 mm pistols thanks to a two-day firing event held for them by Soldiers based at Camp Red Cloud earlier this fall.

  • Army band is Budokan bound

    Nov 16, 2012

    The U.S. Army Pacific Band traveled to a Japan Ground Self Defense Force camp to rehearse with Self Defense Force members for the upcoming marching band festival in Tokyo.

  • New engineer dive team keeping whirlwind pace in 2012

    Nov 16, 2012

    Four countries, three continents, eight cities and towns and two islands; this hectic schedule is that of the newly formed USACE Forward Response Dive and Survey Team during its 2012 inaugural season.

  • Veterans honored by ROK-U.S. Alliance

    Nov 15, 2012

    A Veterans Day ceremony was held at the Eighth Army War Memorial to recognize the sacrifices of the men and women who have served for the nation and fought in foreign wars, at Yongsan Garrison, Republic of Korea, Nov. 11, 2012.

  • Gen. Thurman celebrates Thanksgiving with kids

    Nov 15, 2012

    As Thanksgiving draws near, Yongsan provided Thanksgiving Story Time with Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea, and his wife, Dee Thurman, so dependants of Area II Servicemembers could enjoy the feeling of upcoming great holiday with their family here, Nov. 10.

  • SAES students visit water treatment plant

    Nov 14, 2012

    Fourth grade students at Seoul American Elementary School toured Yongsan's Water Treatment Plant, Nov. 13. The tour allowed the students to examine the filtration process used on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan to provide clean water to Community members. "This is a great opportunity for students to see how we get water on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan," said Calvin O. Cobbs, chief of Plant Operations and Sanitation Branch, Directorate of Public Works. "Students will learn the process that is used to get the clean water we use every day."

  • Once a Soldier always a Soldier

    Nov 13, 2012

    AKIZUKI , Kure, Japan-- David Ricks, manager, Morale Welfare and Recreation Kure, Japan, had a simple plan after completing 13 years on active duty. Ricks served as a military policeman in the late 80's, returning home to Chattanooga, Tenn. to fulfill his childhood dream

  • Veterans Day Ceremony at Punchbowl

    Nov 13, 2012

    On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month, Soldiers of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 311th Signal Command (Theater), 516th Signal Brigade, 30th Signal Battalion and 396th Signal Company served on a Joint Service Color Guard and Rifle Squad for a Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the Oahu Veterans Council at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 11. Several hundred people attended the ceremony which featured a Vietnam War Era Aircraft Fly Over, moving remarks by Honorable Max Cleland, Secretary American Battlefield Monuments Commission, and Honorable Daniel Akaka, U.S. Senator from Hawaii, and a Fighter Aircraft (F-22) Flyover Tribute by the 199th Fighter Squadron, of the Hawaii Air National Guard. (photos by Liana Mayo)

  • USARJ's Senior Enlisted visits Okinawa.

    Nov 13, 2012

    TORII STATION, Okinawa, Japan-- His voice resounds when talking about Soldiers or "young hooahs" as he commonly refers to younger troops. His passion is driven by the mere fact of a simple principle, invest in "young hooahs" and they will give you more in return by being a member a team.

  • Military Musicians Unite in the Land of the Rising Sun

    Nov 13, 2012

    Military musicians from all over U.S. Army Pacific united to perform in the largest military marching band festival in Japan. Members from 9th Army Band in Alaska, 8th Army Band in Korea and the 25th Infantry Division Band in Hawaii joined the U.S. Army Japan Band to form a 67-member marching band, dubbed the U.S. Army Pacific Band, to perform during the Japan Self Defense Force Marching Band Festival being held 16 and 17 November at the Nippon Budokan arena.

  • From refugee to USACE project manager of the year

    Nov 11, 2012

    How does a young Vietnamese refugee with no English, no money and no education go on to become a licensed professional engineer and in 2012, recognized as the best project manager in the entire U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? "A little bit of luck and whole lot of drive," says Viet Nguyen, PE, PMP.

  • Humphreys breaks ground on state-of-the-art hospital, dental clinic

    Nov 9, 2012

    Groundbreaking ceremonies were held at Camp Humnhreys, South Korea, Nov. 7, 2012, on the future site of the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital and the Camp Humphreys Dental Clinic.

  • Camp Humphreys hosts community 'Hallelujah Night'

    Nov 9, 2012

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- The first Hallelujah Night, a community alternative to the normal activities of Halloween, took place in the Super Gym, Oct.31.

  • Camp Humphreys dishes up authentic Korean cooking class

    Nov 9, 2012

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Family members here had a chance to experience making authentic Korean food, kimbab, at the Army Community Service "Fun & Easy Korean Cooking Class," Oct. 31. The class is held monthly at the Family Readiness Center (Bldg. 1127) kitchen classroom.

  • Awareness, prevention key to stopping spread of RSV

    Nov 9, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Even with Hawaii's moderate temperatures, the fall and winter seasons usher in an increase in colds and respiratory infections, to include respiratory syncytial virus, a common infection that can cause more serious illness in some patients.

  • US and Japanese Soldiers unite through English

    Nov 8, 2012

    AKIZUKI, Kure, Japan-- The 83rd Ordnance Battalion hosted 14 Soldiers from the 46th Infantry, 13th Brigade, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force for an English class on Oct. 24th at its headquarters here.

  • Yongsan's garrison commander tells tales of Thanksgiving

    Nov 8, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, celebrated Thanksgiving with over 40 children and parents from the Yongsan Community during a book reading here, Nov. 6.

  • Eighth Army holds retention board competition

    Nov 8, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Eighth Army held its annual retention board competition Oct. 30 on Yongsan Garrison in South Korea.

  • Reserve trainers 'making ready' for Far East opportunities

    Nov 8, 2012

    SEOUL, South Korea -- After years of preparing troops for military scenarios in Europe and the Middle East, a specialized Army Reserve unit is extending its training operations to the other side of the world -- the Far East. For the first time this August, nearly 100 soldiers with the 75th Training Command participated in the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian training exercise in the Republic of Korea. And, although this was the unit's first UFG, it will not be the last, as it is expected to become an enduring mission.

  • Soldiers experience Japanese culture

    Nov 7, 2012

    With Orient Shield 12 winding down, Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, along with their Japan Ground Self Defense Force counterparts, participated in a historical tour of the ancient city of Kyoto, Japan, during the first of two culture days.

  • Strong bodies perform for Yongsan strong

    Nov 7, 2012

    Bodybuilders of Yongsan captured an opportunity to show off their natural beauty of human body and compete during the 2012 U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Fall Classic Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Competition here, Nov. 3.

  • "Read to the Dogs" teaches that learning to read is a "dog" gone good thing

    Nov 7, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Groucho Marx once famously waxed poetic, "Outside of a book, a dog is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

  • AFAP conference kicks off in Hawaii

    Nov 7, 2012

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- The Army Family Action Plan, or AFAP, kicked off its annual conference, here, Oct. 29.

  • Warrior Inn DFAC preps for Army-level inspection team

    Nov 7, 2012

    Installation Management Command's best military dining facility -- possibly the Army's best -- can be found, here, at the Warrior Inn.

  • Soldiers in Japan Improve the Lives of Special Needs Athletes

    Nov 7, 2012

    KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Japan- More than 100 Soldiers from the 10th Regional Support Group and the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (Regiment) volunteered for the event participated in the annual Kadena Special Olympics 24 Hour Jog -A-Thon on Nov. 7th at Kadena's Marek Park.

  • PTO introduces 'hop' to kids, parents

    Nov 6, 2012

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Most parties that take place at the end of October normally have zombies, witches and vampires walking around. But, for the party held at the Gateway Club Oct. 26, 1950s-style poodle skirts, Pink Ladies and Thunderbirds were the norm.

  • Native American Medal of Honor recipient Red Cloud killed in action 62 years ago

    Nov 6, 2012

    The Army in Warrior Country is planning to further honor the memory of Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr., whose stand-to-the-death against an enemy night attack during the Korean War earned him a posthumous Medal of Honor, and for whom Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, was named.

  • SMA encourages troops to look out for one another

    Nov 6, 2012

    The U.S. Army's top noncommissioned officer encouraged American Soldiers to look out for one another during a visit to South Korea, Nov. 5, 2012.

  • Soldiers, Defense Force Members complete Field Training Exercise

    Nov 6, 2012

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, along with Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) members from the 33rd Infantry Regiment, 10th Division, Middle Army, completed a cumulative field training exercise (FTX) on Nov. 3 during the 13th iteration of Orient Shield, a bilateral training exercise taking place at Aibano Training Area, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Orient Shield is designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Japanese units at the lowest level, emphasizing combat readiness of both forces while strengthening their relationship.

  • Ninjas Leave Soldiers Seeing Stars

    Nov 6, 2012

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, along with Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) members watched in awe as performers demonstrated the weaponry and skill of ninjas during a presentation on Nov. 5 at Camp Imazu, Japan. The show was part of the first of two culture days, an important part of Orient Shield 12.

  • Orient Shield 12 wraps up in Japan

    Nov 6, 2012

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, along with Japan Ground Self Defense Force members from the 33rd Infantry Regiment, 10th Division, Middle Army, attended a ceremony that closed the 13th iteration of Orient Shield, a bilateral training exercise taking place at Aibano Training Area, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, Nov 7, 2012.

  • Hawaii Stryker unit lifts off for Air Assault

    Nov 5, 2012

    Soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, assembled with members of the 33rd Infantry Regiment, 10th Division, Middle Army, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, to engage in its first day of air assault training, Oct. 29, 2012, during Orient Shield 12.

  • Gen. Thurman visits K-16 Airfield, encourages Soldiers

    Nov 5, 2012

    K-16 AIRFIELD, Republic of Korea -- Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea, visited K-16 Airfield to inspect its facilities and provide encouragement to Servicemembers stationed here, Nov. 1.

  • Orient Shield 12 Mortar Training

    Nov 5, 2012

    U.S. and Japanese forces train together in a field training exercise that is the culminating event of the bilateral training exercise.

  • Orient Shield 12 FTX

    Nov 5, 2012

    U.S. and Japanese forces train together in a field training exercise that is the culminating event of the bilateral training exercise.

  • U.S., ROK conduct river cross ops

    Nov 5, 2012

    REPUBLIC OF KOREA - (Left to Right) Brig. Gen. Jong Kwan Park, Republic of Korea Army CFC Engineer; Brig. Gen. Douglas R. Satterfield, Deputy Commanding General, 412th Theater Engineer Command; and Col. Thomas Roth, Commander of 2nd Engineer Brigade-Alaska, part of a military observation team in the country's annual Hoguk exercises, are pictured here during the early morning hours of river assault training Oct. 27.

  • Eighth Army bids farewell to Conboy, welcomes Gentry

    Nov 4, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - After 28 years in the U.S. Army and a year and a half with Eighth Army, Brig. Gen David J. Conboy donned a set of shiny new stars before handing over his responsibility as deputy commanding general of sustainment to Brig. Gen. Chris R. Gentry in a ceremony Nov. 2 at Knight Field at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.

  • PACOM Sr. Enlisted Leader visits Stryker BCT

    Nov 2, 2012

    Command Master Chief Mark W. Rudes, senior enlisted advisor to U.S. Pacific Command walks past a static display of Stryker vehicle variants from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Oct. 29 during a briefing here on the Strykers' capabilities and combat power by Staff Sgt. Jacob Rogers, squad leader in the 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Raider Ready Reserve.

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