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  • Herschel Walker speaks out on seeking help

    Feb 25, 2011

    Meeting with Soldiers and families of the Warrior Transition Unit, Battalion B, NFL great Herschel Walker spoke about his life, his personal experiences and struggles with mental illness and how he gained control over it.

  • U.S. Army dedicates new Wideband Satellite Operations Center

    Feb 24, 2011

    WAHIAWA, Hawaii - The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) dedicated its new Wideband Satellite Communications Operations Center (WSOC) during a ceremony here Wednesday at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBHH), Wahiawa Annex.

  • Vicki Olson receives Army Public Service Award

    Feb 24, 2011

    Vicki Olson received the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award Feb. 23 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, USARPAC commander, presented the award for Olson's contributions to the 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii and the U.S. Army. Olson began Pohai Pulama - the Caring Circle - that improved the wellness and resiliency of Soldies and Families, especially during deployments. She also raised more than $100,000 for the Hawaii Army Museum.

  • New York Guard members all safe after New Zealand earthquake

    Feb 23, 2011

    All 26 members of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing, currently deployed in support of Operation Deep Freeze, are safe and unharmed after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the New Zealand capitol of Christchurch today.

  • USARPAC Soldiers race for charity during Great Aloha Run

    Feb 22, 2011

    More than 23,000 people took part in the the Great Aloha Run on Presidents' Day, Feb. 21, in Honolulu. Servicemembers from all branches, including the U.S. Army Pacific, led by Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, USARPAC commander, and Maj. Gen. Michael Terry, 8th Theater Sustainment Command commander, sprinted down Nimitz Highway more than eight miles, from the Aloha Tower to the Aloha Stadium.

  • Eighth Army commander encourages graduates to lead

    Feb 22, 2011

    SEOUL - During his graduation address at Seoul Cyber University Feb. 19, the Eighth Army commanding general encouraged the graduates to be information age leaders.

  • Cooks feed hungry Alaska Soldiers at NTC

    Feb 22, 2011

    Feeding more than 4,000 hungry mouths can be difficult for even the most experienced cooks. It's an even bigger challenge when those mouths belong to hungry Soldiers training in the Mojave Desert 12 hours a day at the U.S. Army's National Training Center

  • Security discussed at AFAP ceremony

    Feb 22, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS - Increasing security within Army Hawaii's military housing communities was among the top items on wish lists presented at the closing ceremony of Fiscal Year 2011's Army Family Action Plan Conference, held at the Nehelani, here, Feb. 11.

  • Family Camp helps keiki cope

    Feb 22, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Twenty-five Army families affected by deployments socialized and relaxed at a recreational camp located on the island's North Shore, Feb. 4-6.

  • Installation Safety revs several motorcycle changes

    Feb 22, 2011

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - Due a contractual change Dec. 16, 2010, the Army Traffic Safety Training Program is only available to active duty service members.

  • USAG-Oahu reorganizes office responsibilities

    Feb 22, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The U.S. Army Garrison-Oahu, a subordinate command of USAG-Hawaii, will be disestablished, soon.

  • U.S. Army Installation Management Command Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards

    Feb 22, 2011

    Up to three winners from each category will represent IMCOM at the Department of the Army-level Keith L. Ware competition. The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards Competition recognizes military and civilian employee print and broadcast practitioners for journalistic excellence

  • Building resilience across USARPAC

    Feb 18, 2011

    Building resilience in Soldiers is the task for more than 120 students scheduled to graduate Feb. 23 from the 10-day Master Resilience Training course held at Fort Shafter. The Army definition of resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity. The graduates of this course will be instilling these attributes into their units. The MRT course is one pillar of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program with the mission to increase resilience and enhance the performance of the force by developing five dimensions of strength: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family.

  • Army Field Support Battalion - Northeast Asia in running for Army award

    Feb 18, 2011

    AFSBn-NEA a semifinalist in maintenance award competition.

  • Alaska, Thai paratroopers wrap up Cobra Gold 2011

    Feb 17, 2011

    Alaska-based paratroopers stand beside members of the Royal Thai Army's 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard for a ceremony marking the end of Exercise Cobra Gold 2011 in Thailand.

  • A test of fortitude for Thai, U.S. paratroopers

    Feb 17, 2011

    Thai and U.S. paratroopers end Exercise Cobra Gold 2011 with a rigorous three-day mission in the wilderness of Thailand.

  • Wainwright teens make a difference, earn national community service award

    Feb 17, 2011

    Fort Wainwright's Youth Services program was recently named one of the eight Army sites to receive the prestigious award that merges the resources and influence of both BGCA and TeenNick (Nickelodeon) TV network.

  • Wainwright spouse wins photography honors

    Feb 17, 2011

    A Fort Wainwright family member was among the winners of the 2010 Army Digital photography contest.

  • Army Community Service transforms

    Feb 17, 2011

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Army Community Service is enhancing the way it delivers services, to make it easier and faster for Soldiers and their Family members to get the help they are seeking.

  • New welcome center opens for Joint Security Area

    Feb 17, 2011

    CAMP BONIFAS, South Korea - A new state-of-the-art Joint Security Area Visitor Center opened here Feb. 9 just south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

  • Lawyer captures a spot on Alaska's Royal Court

    Feb 16, 2011

    Amy Cauthen Marshall, USAG Fort Greely Paralegal Specialist, was named first runner-up in the Mrs. Alaska America Pageant of 24 women from all walks of Alaskan married life.

  • Air Defenders conduct sling load operation in Korea

    Feb 16, 2011

    SUWON AIR BASE, South Korea - U.S. Army 1st Lt. Steve Bonner conducted one final inspection on the sling load as he prepared for the arrival of the CH-47 helicopter.

  • JSA Soldiers mark 60th anniversary at Chipyong-ni

    Feb 16, 2011

    CHIPYONG-NI, South Korea - South Korean and American Soldiers who serve inside the Korean Demilitarized Zone visted four battle sites Feb. 15 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War battle took place here.

  • Korea-based medical team deploys for Cobra Gold

    Feb 16, 2011

    BANGKOK - Seven U.S. service members from 8th Army's 65th Medical Brigade are participating in the 30th Operation Cobra Gold through Feb. 21 in various locations throughout Thailand.

  • BRM with Champions!

    Feb 16, 2011

    Soldiers of 501st Sustainment Brigade conducted a basic rifle marksmanship range at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea Feb. 16, 2011.

  • 8th Army Commander Visits Champions

    Feb 16, 2011

    Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, commander of 8th Army, visited Soldiers of 501st Sustainment Brigade at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea Feb. 16, 2011. Johnson visited the 501st to gain a better understanding of the unit's capabilities during a tour of 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command units.

  • Soldier bridges language gap in Thailand

    Feb 15, 2011

    Amid the bustle of Thai and U.S. leadership speaking through interpreters, working to bridge the language gap, there is one Soldier who stands out from all the rest. Twenty-five-year-old Pfc. Ativut Son, a utilities equipment repairer from the 71st Chemical Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, based at Schofield Barracks Hawaii, has been attached to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment to work as an interpreter.

  • Eighth Army deputy commander retires after 38 years

    Feb 15, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Eighth Army Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Robert J. Williamson was honored for 38 years of service during his retirement ceremony here at Collier Field House Feb. 14.

  • AFAP gives ohana power to affect change

    Feb 15, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Nicole Roames threw a soft, gray, woolen shawl over her blouse to ward off the chill in the standard-issue classroom in the Education Center, here, Feb. 8.

  • Medal of Honor recipient buried at Punchbowl

    Feb 15, 2011

    Pvt. Barney Hajiro, 94, died Jan. 21 and was, at the time of his death, the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. He was buried Feb. 14 at the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.

  • Gary Sinise visits Wounded Warriors

    Feb 15, 2011

  • Mosquitoes' buzz hits Hawaii

    Feb 15, 2011

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - While a mosquito's irritating, high-pitched buzz can be a nuisance, the irritating pests have not yet caused any serious illness to humans, here, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health.

  • Great Aloha Run to kick off on President's Day

    Feb 15, 2011

    HONOLULU - Hawaii runners, including those in the armed services, are lacing up for the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run, scheduled, here, Feb. 21.

  • DoDEA holds town hall, discusses public education in Hawaii

    Feb 15, 2011

    HONOLULU - A survey asking military families about their perception of public education in several states, including Hawaii, was discussed at a town hall meeting, here, Feb. 3.

  • Age ain't nothing but a number

    Feb 15, 2011

    Profile on Spc. Dierdre' Taylor-Scales, who entered the Army at age 39 following her husband's retirement from military service.

  • Oldest Medal of Honor recipient buried at Punchbowl

    Feb 14, 2011

    The nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipient, Pvt. Barney Hajiro, was buried Feb. 14 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.

  • U.S., Thai troops trade urban tactics

    Feb 14, 2011

    Paratroopers from 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and paratroopers from the Thai Army's 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard traded urban warfighting tactics in a Feb. 12 exercise. The joint Thai and U.S. force spent the day sharing everything from weapons to ideas and mission tactics at a military operations in urban terrain, or MOUT, training site.

  • 8th TSC Soldiers help Great Aloha Run step-by-step

    Feb 14, 2011

    Honolulu hosts the annual Great Aloha Run, an 8.15-mile race from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. Although the race only lasts a few hours, the preparation takes a few months. Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command are volunteering to assist the GAR staff almost every step of the way.

  • Live-fire training unites U.S., Thai troops

    Feb 14, 2011

    Two division-level generals from the Thai Army attended a live-fire exercise Feb. 11, combining troops from the Thai Royal Army and U.S. Army Alaska's 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

  • Alaska Soldiers train with Thai army

    Feb 14, 2011

    Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, based at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Alaska, spent the day Feb. 10 cross-training on weapons and tactics here with members of the Royal Thai Army's 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard.

  • Alaska paratroopers land in Thailand

    Feb 14, 2011

    Paratroopers with the Alaska-based 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment conducted a joint airborne mission Feb. 9 with members of the 3-31st Infantry Regiment, King's Guard of the Royal Thai Army.

  • ROK, U.S. Air Defense Artillery units train together

    Feb 14, 2011

    SUWON AIR BASE, South Korea - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Seong Kim proudly watched his Soldiers executing the Patriot missile reload drill.

  • Four chaplains honored at ceremony in South Korea

    Feb 14, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - During a ceremony at Memorial Chapel here Feb. 3, the chapel conference room was dedicated to four chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice in 1943.

  • Alaska paratroopers kick off Cobra Gold 2011 in Thailand

    Feb 11, 2011

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division were among the units representing the United States Feb. 8 at an opening ceremony for Exercise Cobra Gold 2011 at Camp Erawan, Thailand. The 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment Soldiers, based at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, stood alongside members of the 3rd Marines Logistics Group and the King's Guard of the Royal Thai Army at the ceremony, which shadowed the multinational exercise's main opening event Feb. 7 in Chiang Mai.

  • Fort Wainwright working to conserve resources

    Feb 10, 2011

    We must all act responsibly to make the best use of our resources; to retrain ourselves and our families about how best to use water, electricity and other resources.

  • Yukon Quest: Soldiers, families can be there via live tracking

    Feb 10, 2011

    Soldiers and families have a better option than waiting on the icy river all day in hopes of catching a glimpse of the early finishers. For the second year in a row, live tracking of sled dog teams is available off of the Yukon Quest website.

  • Army-strong spouses make Valentine's Day their own sweet holiday

    Feb 10, 2011

    So you're spending another holiday alone, courtesy of the U.S. Army. How to celebrate Valentine's Day even if your Soldier is deployed.

  • Military Saves: Program offers Soldiers, families savings pledge

    Feb 10, 2011

    Military Saves, a Defense Department and nationwide effort to encourage saving among military families, is coming to Fort Wainwright this month.

  • Legendary bayonet charge honored on 60th anniversary

    Feb 8, 2011

    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - The 8th Army commanding general honored the fighting spirit of the Soldiers who fixed bayonets and charged up hill into withering gun fire here 60 years ago.

  • Alaska Soldier finds peace in music

    Feb 7, 2011

    Pvt. 2 Christopher Everett had everyone's attention one cold January day in the Soldiers' Chapel.

  • New Hawaii law may affect child custody plans for deploying parents

    Feb 7, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - A growing number of deploying parents are facing a battle, not against insurgents or improvised explosive devices, but the possible consequences of a deployment on their child custody arrangement.

  • CYSS, UH helps military kids with deployments

    Feb 7, 2011

    HONOLULU - The Stan Sheriff Center hosted Utah State's men's basketball team and one very large group of military youth, here, Jan. 29.

  • Utility mock billing update planned for IPC town halls

    Feb 7, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The residential utility program, otherwise known as "mock billing," will be discussed at two upcoming town halls hosted by U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and Island Palm Communities.

  • Education fair promotes lifelong learning

    Feb 7, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - A free education fair, "Live and Learn," will run 3-6 p.m., Feb. 17, at Porter Community Center, here.

  • Wahiawa Elementary offers support to military keiki

    Feb 7, 2011

    WAHIAWA, Hawaii - A group of Wahiawa Elementary students meets, here, weekly, to have lunch and discuss their lives as military children.

  • Neighborhood Board 25 honors Army's contributions toward land preservation

    Feb 7, 2011

    MILILANI, Hawaii - The U.S. Army received an award from the Mililani-Waipio-Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25, for its financial contribution to protecting Hawaii's aina, or land, Jan. 16.

  • Alaska paratroopers show, tell students about Army life

    Feb 4, 2011

    Paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, visited with students Jan. 21, at Orion Elementary School on Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, to show the parachutes and equipment they use in airborne operations.

  • RMI citizens take oath to defend United States

    Feb 3, 2011

    Recently, six young men and women took the oath of enlistment into the U.S. Army Jan. 27 at the community building on Ebeye, in the Republic of the Marshal Islands, with USAKA Commander Col. Joseph Gaines in attendance.

  • KATUSAS celebrate Lunar New Year with tradition

    Feb 3, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - U.S. Soldiers might be curious why their Korean counterparts, Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldiers, are so excited to celebrate the New Year with their families nearly a month after the first of January. That's because one of their biggest holidays, Seol-nal, celebrates New Years Day on Jan. 1 of the lunar calendar.

  • Camp Casey Tax Center opens its doors for new season

    Feb 3, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - The tax season has come again and so has the reopening of the Camp Casey Tax Center which opened its doors for business Jan. 24. This gives Soldiers and their Families stationed in Area I enough time to file their tax returns before the deadline for those living overseas, June 15.

  • Time to pick up those masks

    Feb 3, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - Second Infantry Division leadership has directed personnel with Family members in-country, whether they're here command-sponsored or not, to pick up XM52 protective masks, for their dependents older than 11 years of age, and Infant Chemical Agent Protection Systems, if they have children younger than 10.

  • 2nd Infantry Division gets new senior enlisted leader

    Feb 3, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - With the ring and glint of hardened steel swords, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Eyer assumed the role as the 2nd Infantry Division senior enlisted leader from Command Sgt. Maj. Peter D. Burrowes in a change of responsibility ceremony at the Camp Red Cloud gymnasium Jan. 21.

  • Army father, son protect peninsula from ground, air

    Feb 3, 2011

    CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Since the start of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, many stories have been written about two uniformed Family members meeting up in a combat zone. Usually the parent stops by the base where their child is stationed to greet them, say hello and then take the next helicopter out of the area.

  • Yama Sakura participants uplift souls

    Feb 2, 2011

    U. S. Soldiers and members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force participating in Yama Sakura 59 combined forces to encourage children at an orphanage Jan. 29 near Camp Kengun, Japan.

  • Interpreters bridging the communication gap

    Feb 2, 2011

    During Yama Sakura, USARPAC's premier bilateral exercise with Japan Ground Self Defense Forces, a simulated bilateral command post exercise, interpreters play a vital role in fostering communications and building strong alliances between the United States and Japan.

  • Soldiers bridge communication barrier through understanding, cooperation

    Feb 2, 2011

    About 69 Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., arrived in early January in Japan to participate in Yama Sakura 59, an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces.

  • Top chefs add spice to menu for Division Families

    Feb 2, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - Thai spiced soup with shrimp and cod, adobo chicken with lemon gravy and roasted vegetables over rice, topped-off with a slice of pomegranate mouse chocolate cake served with a tangerine and pineapple glaze and a butterfly wafer; a menu not typically found at an Army dining facility. These days, in Warrior Country, menus like this will be popping up all over as the Division's top chefs test their skills as they prepare for the Army-wide culinary competition at Ft. Lee, Virginia.

  • Air Defenders participate in joint training in Korea

    Feb 2, 2011

    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - Capt. Cameron Craig, Sgt. Jose Velazquez and Spc. Philip Harrel attentively observed the air picture showing up on their display scopes inside the Patriot Information Coordination Central shelter.

  • Safety officials urge caution on roads during holiday

    Feb 2, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Motorists should expect heavy traffic, increased drive times and more dangerous road conditions than usual during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, which begins Feb. 2.

  • Manchu Lightfighters sneak exercise in darkness of night

    Feb 2, 2011

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Several battalions from the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team and 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade combined their assets for a night time air assault training exercise during Operation Iron Forge Lite at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex Dec. 9-10.

  • U.S. Soldiers fight foot-and-mouth disease in Korea

    Feb 2, 2011

    RODRIGUEZ LIVE FIRE COMPLEX, South Korea - U.S. Soldiers sprayed down humvees leaving the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex to help prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease Jan. 22.

  • Korean Service Corps Battalion holds 60th anniversary dinner

    Feb 2, 2011

    SEOUL - The Korean Service Corps Battalion celebrated its 60th anniversary at a dinner in the grand ballroom of JW Marriott here Jan. 28.

  • Common language helps bridge communication gap between Japanese, U.S. forces

    Feb 1, 2011

    As Yama Sakura 59 focuses on building strong alliances and partnerships, Japanese and U.S. forces have discovered a common bond that has made it easier for them to communicate. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mario A. Torres and Maj. Seiichi Yokoyama worked together when, by chance, Yokoyama asked Torres about his background and learned that they had something in common - they speak English and Spanish.

  • U.S. Soldier uses postal skills to boost morale for Japanese counterparts

    Feb 1, 2011

    Sgt. Kim Rene Blackgoat, from Gilbert, Ariz., is in Japan for Yama Sakura 59, and is assigned to the 376th Human Resources Command. Her mission is to assist her Japanese counterparts with shipping and receiving mail. "Customer service is my calling," said Blackgoat, who has been in the Army for 17 years. "I enjoy giving Soldiers a little bit of comfort. It's not much to most, but to a Soldier in the field it means a lot.

  • U.S. Army Alaska examines Soldier, family programs

    Feb 1, 2011

    U.S. Army Alaska is taking a close look at the many programs which address the health and wellbeing of its Soldiers, civilians and family members.

  • 18th MDSC hosts first Pacific Integration Conference

    Feb 1, 2011

    Personnel from U.S. Pacific Command, 8th Army U.S. Army Pacific, the Army Medical Department, 8th Theater Support Command, 65th Medical Brigade, and 18th Medical Deployment Support Command gathered to participate in the first Pacific Integration Medical Conference Jan. 4-6.

  • US Soldiers arrive at Camp Kengun for Yama Sakura

    Jan 31, 2011

    The main body of the U.S. Army Pacific's Contingency Command Post and other exercise participants arrived via military and commercial aircraft at Kumomoto, Japan, ready to go to work at Camp Kengun, the site of Yama Sakura 59.

  • Montgomery Gentry rocks Casey - 'Hell Yeah'

    Jan 31, 2011

    CAMP CASEY - Blue lights illuminated the stage and sirens blared as "All Aboard" bellowed from the speakers, but this was no rock concert. It was pure honky tonk ala Montgomery Gentry - the gold and platinum album producing duo.

  • Alaska MPs train on Guard Black Hawks

    Jan 31, 2011

    For the past two weeks, Soldiers of the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade conducted squad training to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Garrison automates outprocessing, cuts hassle

    Jan 31, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD - Warrior Country Soldiers who receive orders for a permanent change of station beginning Feb. 15 will benefit from a new automated outprocessing system that will reduce the number of organizations they must clear and the amount of time it takes.

  • Alaska Soldiers gear up for ship out

    Jan 31, 2011

    Even though planes are used for troops and some of their gear, trains and ships are still the way most military equipment moves. The methods of tracking and accountability have evolved however, and even though there is still a formidable stack of papers involved in the movement of each piece of equipment, every vehicle and container has a radio frequency identification, or RFI, tag to track its movement en route. And despite the advances in technology, these tags don't attach themselves.

  • Stryker Soldiers lend support to local Boys and Girls Club

    Jan 31, 2011

    While many Soldiers throughout the Fort Wainwright community are packing their bags and preparing to answer the nation's call to Afghanistan in spring, a group of Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, answered a different calling Wednesday. About 20 Soldiers from C Battery, 2-8th teamed up with the Boys and Girls club of Tanana Valley to lend a helping hand in the organization's 2011 "military day".

  • Eighth Army to hold AFAP Conference in Korea

    Jan 31, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The Eighth Army commanding general is encouraging maximum participation in the upcoming Korean Peninsula-wide Army Family Action Plan Conference here, at the Dragon Hill Lodge, April 3 - 7.

  • Army officer, Elvis impersonator introduces American cultural icon to Japan

    Jan 28, 2011

    While other Soldiers prepared for a two-week training exercise in Kumamoto, Japan, cramming piles of combat uniforms and Army-issued olive drab socks into their duffel bags, Maj. Manuel Sam Wong was making room for something else: an Elvis Presley costume and wig - sideburns and all.

  • Tough road leads I Corps Soldier to Japan for second time

    Jan 28, 2011

    Life has taken Spc. Jim Stanton down many roads, but through both tribulation and triumph, those roads have twice brought him to Japan for the annual Yama Sakura training exercise. This time around, however, he's not just learning more about his field artillery job - he's also learning life lessons.

  • Resolve to help Troops Stay Connected, Supplied in the New Year

    Jan 28, 2011

    Any American can give the gift of connection now and throughout the New Year to troops far from home with All Services Exchange phone and gift cards.

  • Yama Sakura 59 exercise kicks off in Japan

    Jan 27, 2011

    Yama Sakura 59, a scenario-based bilateral training exercise focused on improving military-to-military relationships and interoperability, officially began Jan. 27 during opening ceremonies at Camp Kengun, Japan. The command post exercise underscores the United States' commitment to Japan's defense in accordance with a mutual defense treaty that was implemented in 1951 and revised in 1960. Yama Sakura was held first in 1982.

  • Soldiers chill out with students

    Jan 27, 2011

    In many cases, the support from these Soldiers has made it possible for students to do activities they otherwise would not have been able to do, said Missy Odsather, the Friday in Fairbanks coordinator at Barnette Magnet School.

  • Battalion reaffirms friendship with ROK Special Forces

    Jan 27, 2011

    GWANGJU, South Korea - Sunshine accompanied by a rare rise of temperature above the freezing point marked the meeting between Republic of Korea Special Warfare Training Group Commander Brig. Gen. Kim Nae-san and 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Commander Lt. Col.. William E. Darne here Jan. 21.

  • Kimono tradition wraps Soldiers in Japanese culture

    Jan 26, 2011

    U.S. military members preparing for Yama Sakura 59 had the opportunity to dress in traditional Japanese kimonos as part of a cultural exchange Jan. 25 in Kumamoto, Japan.

  • Yama Sakura participants visit Japanese kindergarten

    Jan 26, 2011

    Soldiers participating in exercise Yama Sakura 59 visited a daycare facility Jan. 25 for children of members of the Japan Self Defense Force. Cultural exchanges such as this one contribute to USARPAC's integrating Pacific forces because of the cultural understanding they foster between U.S. and Japan forces.

  • Musicians keep bluegrass alive in Hawaii

    Jan 26, 2011

    WAHIAWA, Hawaii - The lone, mournful sound of a fiddle wafts outside a white church located less than a mile from Wahiawa Botanical Garden on California Avenue. Behind the rectory's window panes and sliding doors is anywhere from a dozen to 16 casually dressed musicians. They sit in a meandering, uneven circle. Here and there, half-empty styrofoam cups and plastic water bottles sit next to or under brown chairs, in arm's reach of a thirsty musician.

  • Tax Center opens service at Schofield Barracks

    Jan 26, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - People say only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. For the latter, the Schofield Barracks Tax Center has just the right remedy.

  • 94th AAMDC safety ride combats motorcycle accidents

    Jan 25, 2011

    The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command's motorcycle mentorship program took proactive measures to reduce the danger during a group safety ride from Fort Shafter to the Nuuanu Pali lookout, Jan. 21, with intentions of promoting safety, familiarizing with road conditions and building camaraderie.

  • USARPAC commander visits Kumamoto during Yama Sakura

    Jan 25, 2011

    U.S. Army Pacific Commander Lt. Gen Benjamin R. Mixon gives his commander's coin to the Japanese tour guide who gave Mixon a tour Jan. 25, 2011, of the Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto, Japan. Mixon is in the city of Kumamoto to participate in Yama Sakura 59, USARPAC's premier bilateral exercise with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. Yama Sakura is being held at Camp Kengun, Japan, and runs through Feb. 2.

  • U.S. Soldiers learn ikebana through traditional Japanese arts

    Jan 25, 2011

    Exercise Yama Sakura 59 focuses on mil-to-mil training, interoperability and enhancing combat readiness. Understanding one and other's culture is critical to this goal because it strengthens relationships between U.S. and Japan Ground Self Defense Forces soldiers. Participants in Yama Sakura 59 had a number of opportunities to learn about Japanese culture, including ikebana during classes taught by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Western Army.

  • U.S. Soldiers visit Kumamoto castle during Yama Sakura 59

    Jan 25, 2011

    Soldiers from Wisconsin National Guard's 64th Troop Command visited the local fortress Kumamoto castle Jan. 24 as part of Yama Sakura 59's cultural exchange programs. The cultural exchanges strengthen relationships between U.S. and Japan Ground Self Defense Force troops.

  • Paratroopers for a day: 'G.I. Jane' event gives wives a glimpse of Army training

    Jan 25, 2011

  • Special delivery: Soldier uses Skype to coach wife, deliver baby from Afghanistan

    Jan 25, 2011

    Alright, listen up all you deployed dads (especially if you're an expectant father): you can take an active role in the birth of your child, even if you're stationed in a combat zone. All it takes is commitment, a little ingenuity, and Skype. Just ask Chaplain (Capt.) Joseph Palermo, who recently coached his wife Katherine through the birthing process. Separated by several continents, they both welcomed their daughter, Anna Grace, into the world.

  • USARAK engineers partner with Thai, Indonesian counterparts

    Jan 25, 2011

    Two platoons from the 56th Engineer Company, 6th Engineer Battalion are in Thailand, working on a series of civic action projects with counterparts from the Royal Thai Air Force and Indonesian Army. The 63 USARAK Soldiers are taking part in Exercise Cobra Gold 2011, an annual joint and multinational exercise sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command. With their Thai and Indonesian partners, the Soldiers of the 56th Engineer Company are constructing multipurpose masonry buildings for three Thai schools.

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