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  • 304th ESB rolls to Camp Humphreys

    Dec 21, 2012

    CAMP STANLEY, SOUTH KOREA -- After seven years of working at Camp Stanley the 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion is relocating to Camp Humphreys as part of the 2004 Land Partnership Program agreement between the United States and Republic of Korea governments to move American Soldiers south of the Han River.

  • 2012 Hawaii Signal Holiday Run

    Dec 20, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Hawaii's Signal Soldiers gathered here for a motivational Holiday Run led by 311th Signal Command (Theater) Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Janice M. Haigler. (Photos by 1st Lt. Kenneth DeBerry, 1st Lt. Jeff Slinker, Spc. Laura Morrison, Pfc. Edna Green, Sgt. 1st Class Jessica Berg, Spc. Nikko-Angelo Matos, Spc. Jacob Kohrs, Spc. Che'mar Micou, Spc. Morgan Smith, and Sgt. James Garrison)

  • Boys and Girls showcase talents at art exhibition

    Dec 20, 2012

    The Boys and Girls Clubs of America on Yongsan showcased its artistic talents at the 2012 BGCA Fine Art Exhibition award ceremony here, Dec. 18.

  • Middle school students care for Soldiers, donate phone cards

    Dec 20, 2012

    To support those who serve far away from home during the holiday season, Seoul American Middle School's National Junior Honor Society students donated $2,000 worth of phone cards to the local USO at Camp Kim, Republic of Korea, Dec. 18, 2012.

  • Yongsan Garrison and Bupyeong-gu strengthen friendship

    Dec 20, 2012

    Members of the Bupyeong-gu Korean American Friendship Council shared an end-of-year luncheon, Dec. 20. Hong, Mi-young, mayor of Bupyeong-gu, and Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, and their respective teams, expressed gratitude for mutual support over the past year.

  • KATUSA PX stocks snacks, surprises galore

    Dec 20, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- Walk through a Korean neighborhood and you will find small convenience stores stocked with just about anything you could want. For Korean Soldiers who live and work with American Soldiers that same convenience is to be found on U.S. Army installations throughout Korea.

  • Mitchell's Club ready to reopen: After renovation, club has new menu for diners, new role

    Dec 20, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- Mitchell's Club, closed since August for renovation, is set to reopen Christmas Day with a new name, new look and new menu.

  • People to People honors Servicemembers in Korea

    Dec 20, 2012

    People to People International honored Servicemembers from U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan during its 40th Annual International Friendship Night and award banquet at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul, Dec. 18.

  • "First Faces of the Army" 94th MP hosts NCO induction ceremony

    Dec 19, 2012

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Recently promoted Sergeants of the 94th Military Police Battalion, 501st Sustainment Brigade were welcomed to the Corp of Noncommissioned Officers the 94th MP NCO induction Ceremony held at the Humphrey's theatre December 12.

  • Military spouses get a taste of Korean tradition

    Dec 17, 2012

    Sungshin Women's University allowed Servicemembers, Families, and Civilians the opportunity to attend a Korean cooking class and learn a little about Korean Traditions.

  • Eighth Army commander salutes U.S. troops in Korea

    Dec 14, 2012

    The Eighth Army commanding general thanked U.S. Soldiers in South Korea for their contribution to defending freedom on the Korean Peninsula and maintaining stability in Northeast Asia.

  • 2012 US Army Pacific Commander's Holiday Message

    Dec 14, 2012

    Jeannine and I wish you all of you a most wonderful and blessed holiday season. Our hope is that the entire U.S. Army Pacific Team share in the special joy the Holidays bring.

  • 4 films premiere at Tripler Army Medical Center, promote resiliency

    Dec 14, 2012

    To help promote resiliency among staff members, the Pacific Regional Medical Command's Care Provider Support Program will premiere "Dogs are Healers," at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Dec. 20, 2012.

  • 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.

  • ROK-U.S. celebrate night of friendship

    Dec 13, 2012

    In order to commemorate the alliance and friendship between Republic of Korea and the United States, the Korea America Friendship Society hosted a Korea America Friendship Night Year End Party, Dec. 6.

  • Eighth Army Band plays holiday concert in Seoul

    Dec 13, 2012

    SEOUL - The fifth Korea America Friendship Holiday Concert was held Dec. 9 at the Seoul Arts Performing Center here.

  • 8th TSC Soldiers Rescue Endangered Green Sea Turtle

    Dec 13, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Monday's scheduled physical training session was already memorable for members of the 643rd Company, 84th Engineering Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade. For exercise, they were kayaking on the North Shore, from Haleiwa along Anahulu River.

  • From soldier to non-commissioned officer - Japan Ground Self Defense Forces create sergeant school

    Dec 12, 2012

    The transition from junior enlisted soldier to non-commissioned officer is a proud moment for those who don the trio of stripes for the first time. Hefty responsibility comes with the new rank, and only those who are fit for the challenge are chosen to wear it. The U.S. Army Non-commissioned Officer Corps, known as the backbone of the Army, is as old as our military history itself and has served as a model for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force as they set up their own corps.

  • Fiscal Triad hones skills during training exercise

    Dec 12, 2012

    Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and civilians throughout the Pacific were recently hosted on Oahu by the 413th Contracting Support Brigade for a Disaster Training Exercise Dec. 2-7.

  • Army trumps Navy in annual flag football game at Camp Zama

    Dec 12, 2012

    The Camp Zama Army team won the annual flag football showdown a second year in a row against Navy, beating the team from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, by a score of 7-6, during 2012 Army vs. Navy Game at Zama American High School's Barry Huitema football field, at Camp Zama, Japan, Dec. 8, 2012.

  • A fun, exciting day in the snow

    Dec 12, 2012

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's Sung Nam Golf Club closed its driving range for the weekend to allow Servicemembers, Families, and Civilians the opportunity to go downhill for snow sledding, here, Dec. 8-9.

  • Comedy provides Servicemembers cure

    Dec 12, 2012

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan hosted a creative way of teaching substance abuse and suicide prevention as Servicemembers had the opportunity to get out of routine computer presentations and learned the lessons through Bernie McGrenahan's comedy show, Dec. 10.

  • Pentagram staff produces Pearl Harbor-themed Arlington National Cemetery walking tour

    Dec 11, 2012

    Each individual grave inside the walls of Arlington National Cemetery has its own history, and in late November, some of the Pentagram newspaper staff initiated an effort to remember the American servicemen who were killed in action at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

  • Japanese counterparts relish US field rations

    Dec 11, 2012

    MREs (meal ready to eat) are issued to soldiers in a field-training environment, mainly for long shelf life and ability to be hastily prepared. U.S soldiers often think of MREs as a dissatisfying substitute for a home cooked meal, but for Mr. Iga, a local employee of the Tohoku Defense Bureau and Mr. Yukinao Kitahara of the South Kauto Defense Bureau, it was a new and exciting experience.

  • Resiliency is key to 35th CSSB mission

    Dec 11, 2012

    Supporting soldiers on the battlefield is no easy task and the logistical requirements to outfit a combat troop to effectively do his or her job is done by far fewer soldiers than those on the battlefield. Consider the U.S. Army's 35th Combat Sustainment Support Brigade in Sagami General Depot, Japan.

  • Lessons learned benefit U.S., Japan at Yama Sakura 63

    Dec 11, 2012

    Members of the United States Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force teamed up to collect, track and distribute lessons learned during the bi-lateral training event Yama Sakura 63, held in Sendai, Japan.

  • Soldiers worldwide launch holiday activities

    Dec 11, 2012

    The holidays are just around the corner, but Soldiers everywhere are already busy with a variety of holiday activities.

  • ACS offers Korean class for community

    Dec 10, 2012

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's Army Community Service opened a new Korean class taught by local volunteers in order to provide Servicemembers, Families, and Civilians the opportunity to learn how to speak in Hangul, the Korean language here, Dec. 4.

  • Cyber defense take center stage at Yama Sakura

    Dec 8, 2012

    Yama Sakura is a bilateral training exercise between U.S. Army and Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces in order to enhance cooperation procedures during contingency operations. While this exercise is primarily for command posts, it is also an opportunity to teach U.S. forces and its allies about a new type of warfare currently being waged through computers, smartphones and many other sources of communication.

  • Storied chapel resurrected

    Dec 8, 2012

    It has been nearly two years since the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the east coast of Japan, crumbling the landscape and then washing it away. The event is now remembered as "3/11," a term and event congruous to America's "9/11." The natural disaster claimed more than 18,000 lives, created countless dollars worth of damage and temporarily caused mass destruction for the people of this beautiful island nation. The people were resilient and started rebuilding as soon as the storm waters receded. One such casualty of the storm is the storied Old Schimmelpfennig Chapel located on modern-day Camp Sendai on the northern end of Japan.

  • America, Japan exchange culture through writing

    Dec 8, 2012

    The ancient art of Japanese calligraphy dates back to the 28th century B.C. where it began as religious pictographs carved into bones for ceremonies. Today, it has evolved into an art created with paintbrushes and ink and is taught in the Japanese school system beginning in elementary school. It's a common cultural trade that all Japanese are familiar with and is even a popular subject with high school students. Americans service members participating in Yama Sakura 63 are now getting an education in pen and ink from the professional mark makers themselves.

  • 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."

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