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  • CYSS continues excellence with NAEYC accreditation

    Jan 24, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's Child, Youth and School Services has earned reaccreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The accreditation showcases the CYSS' capability of supporting Servicemembers, Families and Civilians with a quality child care consistent in every field of the NAEYC inspection.

  • 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)

  • Arctic Wolves, Flying Dragons team up for medevac training

    Jan 23, 2013

    Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, teamed up with the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, to conduct air medical evacuation training at Fort Wainwright Alaska's Combined Arms Collective Training Facility, Jan. 14-16, 2013.

  • Japanese forces visit Home of Sustainment

    Jan 23, 2013

    The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a visit by Maj. Gen. Kiyoshi Ogawa, Logistics Department Ground Staff Office director, and members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Jan. 15. The command was the first stop of the group's three-day logistics-orientated tour, which included visits to the Pentagon and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

  • Pacific Signaleers Welcome Command Sgt. Maj from Korea

    Jan 23, 2013

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Braswell received the noncommissioned officer sword from Command Sgt. Maj. Travis L. Cherry during a change of responsibility ceremony here at historic Palm Circle Jan. 17. With this ceremonial action, the 516th Signal Brigade officially welcomed the Signal Corps' newest senior enlisted leader to its ranks.

  • South Korea-based troops take part in inaugural ball

    Jan 22, 2013

    American and South Korean troops joined the Commander-in-Chief Ball in Washington, D.C., via satellite from Camp Casey, South Korea, Jan. 22, 2013.

  • Alaska essential to Army rebalance in the Pacific

    Jan 22, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal, capped a tour of the U.S. Pacific Command region with a visit to troops and training facilities in Alaska.

  • Soldiers in Japan foster bi-lateral relationships

    Jan 22, 2013

    The 83rd Ordnance Battalion hosted approximately 50 Japanese military, government and municipal community leaders for a New Year's Reception at the Harbor Club at Akizuni Pier 6, in Kure, Japan, Jan. 16, 2013.

  • Yongsan looks forward to New Year

    Jan 21, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan hosted a New Year's Reception to recognize its accomplishments over the past year and to plan for a flourishing new year here, Jan. 17.

  • Westphal: Regional partnerships critical to Pacific rebalance

    Jan 17, 2013

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, Ph.D., visited Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Jan. 13-14, 2013, to meet with members of Headquarters, U.S. Army Pacific to discuss recent Army developments in the Pacific region.

  • USARPAC Honors Deputy Commanding General for Operations

    Jan 17, 2013

    Maj. Gen. Roger Mathews, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Pacific, hosted a Flying V ceremony for MAJGEN Richard Maxwell Burr, USARPAC deputy commanding general for operations from the Australian Army Jan. 17 on historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter.

  • Westphal voices support for U.S. troops in Korea

    Jan 16, 2013

    The U.S. Army's second highest civilian official voiced his support for U.S. Soldiers, civilian employees and families serving in Korea during a visit to Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, Jan. 16, 2013.

  • Military Police raises awareness of handicapped parking zones

    Jan 15, 2013

    In order to make Yongsan more accessible to the physically handicapped community, Military Police of U.S Army Garrison Yongsan have put extra efforts to raise awareness of handicapped parking zones regulations.

  • Army helicopters aid stranded oil rig

    Jan 15, 2013

    A storm New Year's Eve ran an arctic drilling rig aground on an Alaskan island and two new Chinook helicopters from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, came to the rescue.

  • Chief of staff champions Army's role in Asia Pacific shift

    Jan 14, 2013

    The U.S. Army chief of staff said American Soldiers will play a major role in the U.S. military's shift to the Pacific, during a visit to the region, Jan. 10-11, 2013.

  • 2nd Infantry Division Soldier saves Korean life

    Jan 14, 2013

    A 2nd Infantry Division Soldier pulled a Korean man from a car that caught fire on Highway 61/Bundang Expressway Jan. 11, 2013.

  • Army chief of staff visits Dragon Brigade in South Korea

    Jan 14, 2013

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno presented coins to Soldiers from the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade "Dragons" at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 11, 2013, recognizing their various accomplishments.

  • Soldiers see stars

    Jan 14, 2013

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea (January 11, 2013) -- The 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers often see stars, but few have seen the bright stars of the Army's top general in person.

  • The Chief of Staff, Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, visits 2nd ID

    Jan 13, 2013

    The Chief of Staff, Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, visited 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, South Korea, January 11, 2013. Gen. Odierno talked with Soldiers of 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team and 210th Fires Brigade and viewed new equipment which the division recently received. (U.S. Army photo by 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs Team/Released).

  • 6th Annual International Wangbang Mountain Bike Race

    Jan 13, 2013

    Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division participated in the sixth annual International Wangbang Mountain Bike Race at the Sports Complex in Dongducheon, South Korea, Oct. 28, 2012. The 2nd Infantry Division soldiers often join events involving local civilians in Area 1 as part of the Good Neighbor Program. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis, 210th Fires Brigade Public Affairs NCO/Released)

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy commander visits Korea

    Jan 11, 2013

    Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy commanding general for military and international operations, made a three-day trip to the Republic of Korea Jan. 9-11. During the visit, Cox met with U.S. military officials, engineering Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division, members of Far East District staff, and toured construction projects at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys.

  • Army's top general visits 2nd Infantry Division

    Jan 11, 2013

    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff, and his wife, Linda, visited 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers and their families at Camps Casey and Hovey, Jan. 11, 2013.

  • Tripler officer named Social Worker of the Year

    Jan 10, 2013

    HONOLULU -- Maj. Veronica Almeida, who works in the Department of Social Work, Tripler Army Medical Center, here, was recently named one of the Army's Social Workers of the Year for 2012.

  • Odierno meets frontline Soldiers in South Korea

    Jan 10, 2013

    The U.S. Army's top uniformed leader visited American Soldiers who serve close to the world's most heavily armed border Jan. 10 - 11.

  • General thanks Gangnam for supporting U.S. troops

    Jan 9, 2013

    The Eighth Army deputy commanding general for operations thanked the citizens of Seoul's Gangnam District for their support of the Republic of Korea-United States Alliance.

  • South Korean mayor recognizes U.S. Army NCO

    Jan 9, 2013

    The mayor of a South Korean island recognized a U.S. Army staff sergeant for helping to keep the trails of a landmark mountain open for hikers.

  • Increase in Social Security withholding will little affect Soldier pay

    Jan 9, 2013

    This year, Soldiers and most civilians will see an increase in the amount of their pay withheld for Social Security. The withholding has increased from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent.

  • PRMC leaders visit Korean peninsula, discuss way-ahead

    Jan 9, 2013

    Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Franklin, senior enlisted advisor, PRMC, toured the Korean peninsula, Jan. 7-10, meeting with key leaders and Soldiers to discuss the way-ahead for optimal medical support within the Korean peninsula for the peace and war time missions, while also conducting a series of meetings, update briefs, and question and answer sessions with Medical Service Corps officers as Doyle's role as 17th Corps Chief.

  • 2nd Infantry Division Commander recognizes 210th Fires Brigade Soldiers

    Jan 9, 2013

    DONGDUCHEON, South Korea -- Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, the 2nd Infantry Division commander, recognized Soldiers of 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, for their accomplishment and hard work Jan. 10, 2013, at Camp Casey in Dongducheon, South Korea. (Photos taken by Pfc. Kim Han-byeol, 210th Fires Bde. Public Affairs Specialist).

  • Leisure standard: Seoul: closer than you think, more to see than you know

    Jan 7, 2013

    How do you spend your weekends? Sitting in your room and playing computer games? If you're looking for something a little more exciting, but don't know how to take that first step, read on. Seoul is closer than you think -- and there's plenty to do.

  • Preparation pays off: a sit-down with 210th's KATUSA of the Quarter

    Jan 7, 2013

    Sgt. Oh Young-ho, who hails from Daegu, South Korea, is a poster child for preparation. Recently named the 210th Fires Brigade Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldier of the Quarter, he exemplifies the traits that earned him the honor.

  • Signal Soldiers donate to blind children

    Jan 7, 2013

    Soldiers from 1st Signal Brigade have worked together with Hanbit School for Blind for over 50 years. The top leaders in the brigade visited the school Dec. 26 on behalf of the 1st Signal Brigade Association. The children performed various Christmas carols for Col. Paul H. Fredenburgh III, Commander of 1st Signal Brigade and Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, Command Sergeant Major of 1st Signal Brigade.

  • Don't ignore the signs of extreme temperatures, snow and ice

    Jan 7, 2013

    Winters can be brutal at Fort Richardson, Alaska. After being stationed there for two years, however, I thought I could handle just about anything winter could dish out. It took a close call to make me realize we can never become complacent when it comes to winter driving - no matter how familiar you may be with the area.

  • The Gift of Volunteering

    Jan 6, 2013

    Volunteering is an easy way to show a community that you care. That's exactly what the Soldiers from the 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, do.

  • One New Soldier, Two New Cultures

    Jan 6, 2013

  • Army Medicine continues commitment to world class health care in HI in '12

    Jan 4, 2013

    HONOLULU -- The Pacific Regional Medical Command continued to break new ground, provide world class health care and stay on the cutting edge of technology in 2012.

  • Far East District, 8th Fighter Wing open final wing of new maintenance facility

    Jan 3, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District and members of the U.S. Air Force's 8th Fighter Wing "Wolf Pack" cut the ribbon on the final phase of a new maintenance complex at Kunsan Air Base Dec. 18.

  • First responders receive care, holiday cheer

    Jan 2, 2013

    "Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!" That's what U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan leadership shouted out to the Yongsan Community and its first responders during the annual Operation Santa Express, Dec. 24.

  • K-16 enjoys end-of-year party

    Jan 1, 2013

    In order to celebrate the end of year and upcoming holiday season, the K-16 Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers hosted a K-16 Holiday Party for Servicemembers, Families and Civilians here, Dec. 22.

  • Music enriches ROK-US alliance

    Dec 27, 2012

    U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Republic of Korea, hosted a Korean-American Friendship Concert led by the Republic of Korea Military Symphony to strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance and friendship through the power of music here, Dec. 20, 2012.

  • Army Community Service honors Volunteers

    Dec 25, 2012

    Volunteers were recognized for providing their selfless service to the Yongsan community during the Volunteer of the Quarter Recognition Ceremony here, Dec.21.

  • Army brings toys, food to local orphans

    Dec 21, 2012

    UIJEONGBU, South Korea -- Christmas came early for the children at Isaac House orphanage in Uijeongbu as Soldiers and civilians from Camp Red Cloud visited them Dec. 13.

  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze dazzles Warrior Country

    Dec 21, 2012

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Carey Fitness Center was transformed into a winter wonderland Dec. 14 as Cirque Dreams Holidaze brought their unique acrobatic circus to Korea. An international cast of performers astonished Soldiers, civilians and their family members with feats of balance, agility and flexibility.

  • 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.

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