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  • 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade selects top Soldier

    May 16, 2011

    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - It is a common feeling shared by young Soldiers arriving at their first duty station overseas - the feeling of homesickness and loneliness in a foreign country.

  • USARPAC holds retirement ceremony for deputy commander

    May 13, 2011

    A retirement ceremony for Brig. Gen. John E. Seward, deputy commander for United States Army Pacific, was held May 13 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander of 8th Theater Sustainment Command was the presiding officer during the ceremony.

  • Signaleers find solidarity in 311th Best Warrior competition

    May 13, 2011

    Soldiers and non-commissioned officers from the 311th Signal Command (Theater) found solidarity with one another during the 2001 311th Best Warrior competition in Hawaii. Competitors traveled from throughout the Pacific only to find common ground with one another during the week of challenges.

  • Honoring the past while planning for tomorrow

    May 13, 2011

    The ordnance Soldier creed states, "I will utilize every available talent and means to ensure that superior mobility, fire power, and communications are advantages enjoyed by the United States Army over its enemies." These words were the foundation for the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps' celebration of 199 years of excellence, professionalism and ordnance during their 2011 Ordnance Week, held here May 2 - 5.

  • Army Community Service tests family assistance measures

    May 13, 2011

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Anger, confusion, lost ID cards, medical care and pregnancy complications, foreign languages, lost powers of attorney, no money, shelter or food. These challenges and many others were part of an Army Community Service exercise here to test U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud's ability to run a family assistance center.

  • Army Reservists provide invaluable support to Operation Arctic Care

    May 12, 2011

    A small team of six U.S. Army Reservists with the 9th Mission Support Command's 297th Engineer Company was tasked with a large mission in support of Operation Arctic Care 2011 - to provide the only mode of transportation to remote villages in the Tok sub-region of Alaska.

  • Chief of the Army Reserve visits 9th MSC Soldiers and families in Alaska

    May 12, 2011

    The Chief of the Army Reserve, joined by his wife, met with local Army Reservists and family members of the 9th Mission Support Command at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, here, April 30-May 1.

  • Soldiers return to Okinawa from relief mission

    May 12, 2011

    Soldiers returned to Okinawa, Japan on May 4, after spending six weeks assisting the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force in relief efforts. Approximately 200 Soldiers formed the Joint Logistics Task Force 10 comprised of Soldiers from the 10th Support Group, 35th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 1-1 Air Defense Battalion, 83rd Ordnance Battalion, and 505th Quartermaster Battalion and 1-1 Special Forces. Col. Lance R. Koenig, commander of 10th Support Group explained to Family members, friends and colleagues about the significance of their endeavors and their unwavering commitment and dedication to help those affected by this tragedy.

  • Korean American Friendship Circle steps up its leadership

    May 11, 2011

    Senior leaders and sponsors from the Korean American Friendship Circle and 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command held their first leadership seminar April 30 through May 1 at the Hyundai Hotel in Gyeongju city.

  • US, India conduct an executive steering group

    May 10, 2011

    Senior leaders and planners from the Indian Army, U.S. Army Pacific, Marine Forces Pacific, Special Operations Command, and the Department of the Army, met in Honolulu to discuss future bilateral engagements between the two countries during the 15th Executive Steering Group May 2-4.

  • Soldiers Conduct Convoy Live Fire Exercise

    May 10, 2011

    The 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 501st Special Troops Battalion and elements of the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command participated in a convoy life fire exercise, or CLFX, at Nightmare Range, South Korea May 4, 2011.

  • CFC leaders observe exercise in Northwest Islands

    May 9, 2011

    BAEKYEONG ISLAND, South Korea - Jarring vibrations shook the ground at Baeknyeong as the booming reports of nearby howitzers commanded the attention of Republic of Korea Marine Gen. Kyung Won-yoon and U.S. Army Col. Robert J. McAleer who are respectively in charge of training, exercises and readiness for Combined Forces Command.

  • SOCKOR invites children to Yongsan for holiday

    May 9, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Special Operations Command-Korea invited children to Yongsan Garrison to celebrate the South Korean holiday Children's Day May 5.

  • 6-52nd ADA Battalion holds field training exercise

    May 9, 2011

    SUWON AIR BASE, South Korea - They might have been sleep-deprived and drenched in mud and sweat, but Soldiers from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Battalion concluded a week-long field training exercise with a renewed sense of pride and confidence in their equipment, their comrades-in-arms and most importantly, themselves.

  • Dempsey outlines 9 focus areas for Army

    May 5, 2011

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey brought his intent for the Army of 2020 to the AUSA Institute of Land Warfare breakfast, leading off with a video accompanied by a song played by a band called "Disturbed."

  • Army civilian selected for 2011 National Image Award

    May 5, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - A U.S. Army civilian here was selected as the 2011 winner of the National Image, Inc., Meritorious Service Award.

  • Construction battalion provides engineer assistance in Cambodia

    May 4, 2011

    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, constructs new three-room schoolhouse and renovates health clinic Additional task include investigating possible repair of inoperable wells in area as time, budget and conditions permit as part of Exercise Angkor Sentinel. Angkor Sentinel is a continuation of ongoing U.S. Army efforts co-sponsored by the U.S. Military and Royal Cambodian Army. The exercise for will include planning and executing a battalion level command post exercise, constructing engineer civic action projects and executing a medical civic action project. The exercise will also provide the venue for assistance and training to the Cambodian military, and support U.S. and Cambodian security objectives.

  • 6-52nd ADA Battery certifies during gunnery evaluation

    May 3, 2011

    SUWON AIR BASE, South Korea - Soldiers from Alpha Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery recently became certified on their semi-annual gunnery evaluation April 21 here.

  • Eighth Army forms sexual assault prevention task force

    May 3, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, commanding general of Eighth Army here, recently created a task force to enhance current efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assaults across the Korean Peninsula.

  • U.S. kills bin Laden in intelligence-driven operation

    May 2, 2011

    An intelligence-driven U.S. operation in Pakistan killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden yesterday, President Barack Obama announced in a nationally televised address from the White House late last night.

  • Area IV Soldiers visit Gyeongju for a historic tour

    May 2, 2011

    The United States Army Garrison-Daegu organized a Gyeongju city tour for Area IV Soldiers April 20. The tour offered a break from the KATUSA Friendship Week, April 18-22.

  • Sports competition strengthens alliance KATUSA Friendship Week attracts Soldiers to the courts

    May 2, 2011

    Players huddle together as sweat beads drip from their faces and they lose their individual identities. They are no longer identified as U.S. or KATUSA Soldiers, but instead are members of a team competing for trophies and unit bragging rights.

  • Families of 2 fallen Soldiers receive Medal of Honor

    May 2, 2011

    Representatives from the families of two Soldiers -- Pfc. Anthony Kahoohanohano and Pfc. Henry Svehla, who gave their lives for their comrades in Korea -- proudly received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, May 2, 2011.

  • JSA Soldiers hold DMZ class at elementary school

    Apr 28, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Soldiers from the United Nations Command Security Battalion-Joint Security Area held a special class about the world's most heavily armed border April 27 for 5th graders at Seoul American Elementary School.

  • Induction ceremony conducted on Yongsan Garrison

    Apr 28, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - An induction ceremony for the Sgt. Audie L. Murphy Club and Gen. Paik Sun-yup Leadership Award was held here April 27 to honor exemplary U.S. Army noncommissioned officers and Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army.

  • Exercise Courageous Channel scheduled for May

    Apr 28, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The annual Courageous Channel exercise will be conducted May 19 - 21 at U.S. military installations around the Korean Peninsula.

  • Soldier runs Combatives program in Korea

    Apr 26, 2011

    SUWON AIR BASE, South Korea - Sgt. 1st Class Eric Roberts firmly placed his chest and arms onto his opponent, forcefully applying pressure while he spins his entire body in a clockwise rotation.

  • British Army band performs on Yongsan Garrison

    Apr 25, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The United Kingdom's Band and Bugles of the Rifles held a performance in remembrance of the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Imjin River here April 20.

  • KATUSA-U.S. Friendship Week held in South Korea

    Apr 25, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The 2011 KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week was held here April 19 - 21, hosted by the Republic of Korea Army Support Group.

  • Air defense unit tested during gunnery evaluation

    Apr 19, 2011

    SUWON AIR BASE, South Korea - Capt. Carlos Tristan and Chief Warrant Officer 2 David Bates sat quietly inside the compactly-spaced Tactical Control Station, both reviewing one final time the maintenance record for their equipment.

  • Korea's Best Battle for Title of Combatives Champion

    Apr 19, 2011

    More than 80 competitors battled in the Area IV Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers Combatives tournament at Camp Carroll, South Korea Apr. 16.

  • Military Working Dogs put teeth into demonstration

    Apr 18, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Members of the 142nd Military Police Company here demonstrated the effectiveness of working military dogs to visiting Canadian soldiers April 18.

  • 6-52nd ADA holds annual Easter event in Suwon

    Apr 18, 2011

    SUWON AIR BASE, South Korea - "Let the Hunt begin!" with these words, more than 80 children from the House of Dreams Orphanage sprinted toward the soccer field to chase after more than 1,500 colorful plastic eggs, carefully hidden by the volunteers and families from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Battalion during the Annual Easter Adventure April 16.

  • Annual Earth Day event shows how to sustain the environment

    Apr 15, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS - The free, family-friendly fourth annual Earth Day Festival is set for 1-4 p.m., at Sills Field, here, April 20.

  • OHA trustee gives overview of Hawaii's cultural history

    Apr 15, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - On cue, audience members arose from their dinner tables, turned to their neighbors, embraced them and greeted them with, "aloha."

  • Laughter is best medicine for military families

    Apr 15, 2011

    HONOLULU - Is your life a joke' It could be, if you want to stay happy and healthy.

  • Explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers and Filipino counterparts share knowledge

    Apr 15, 2011

    U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers and their Filipino counterparts shared knowledge and information on EOD tactics and procedures during Balikatan 2011 in the Philippines April 5-15.

  • Army Family Child Care offers options

    Apr 15, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - What's the next best thing to being able to stay home with your little ones'

  • ROC keeps watch day and night

    Apr 15, 2011

    The Ronald Reagan Test Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site Operations Center (ROC) located in Huntsville helps save time and money while performing a vital mission for national defense from half a world away.

  • USARPAC Contingency Command Post conducts certification exercise

    Apr 15, 2011

    The Contingency Command Post consists of more than ninety personnel with the specific skills to provide a USARPAC forward command post capability, specifically focusing on small scale contingencies such as supporting humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and peace operations. The CCP can tailor personnel and equipment to fit the mission with a team as small as nine, to as many as more than one hundred twenty persons in augmenting forces.

  • Nepalese general joins International Hall of Fame

    Apr 15, 2011

    Gen. Chhatra Man Singh Gurung, chief of staff of the Nepalese army, joined the ranks of an elite group of people in Fort Leavenworth's International Hall of Fame April 7. The International Hall of Fame honors international graduates from the Command and General Staff College who have gone on to success. Some lead their nation's military. Others have become heads of state. Their portraits hang on the third floor of the Lewis and Clark Center.

  • US, AFP forces close Balikatan 2011 exercise in Philippines

    Apr 15, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, U.S. Army Pacific commander, and Armed Forces of the Philippines Army Rear Adm. Victor Emmanuel Martir, retired the Balikatan 2011 colors during the closing ceremonies April 15 for the bilateral training event at Camp Aguinaldo, Philippines. Wiercinski and Martir were exercise directors for the event. "We have learned a lot from this training," said Martir. "We have tested our capabilities and increased them. Many smiles have been painted on the faces in the community. This is the very essence of what Balikatan is all about." Balikatan, which means "shoulder-to-shoulder" in Tagalog, the official language of the Philippines, is a joint exercise between U.S. and Philippines armed forces during which combat and humanitarian capabilities between the countries are reinforced.

  • Sharp says ROK-U.S. alliance ready to fight, win

    Apr 15, 2011

    The senior U.S. military commander in South Korea told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Republic of Korea-United States alliance is ready to confront and defeat any aggression against South Korea.

  • Coin drive: Students hold fundraisers to provide assistance for Japanese tsunami survivors

    Apr 15, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - When the tsunami and earthquakes struck Japan March 11, many people's thoughts turned to those in harm's way. A,A Wiesbaden military community members worried about Japanese friends and colleagues still serving with the U.S. military in the devastated country.

  • Tour normalization takes giant leap forward

    Apr 14, 2011

    Amenities in this once family member-restricted duty station took a quantum leap forward when U.S. Army Garrison Casey opened several new Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities during an open house here, April 8, 2011.

  • Garrison opens new facilities, celebrates Month of Military Child

    Apr 14, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud hosted a Community Spring Festival to celebrate the opening of the Child, Youth and School Services and the Community Activity Center/Youth Center facilities as part of the Month of the Military Child here April 2.

  • Transformation takes top billing at town hall

    Apr 14, 2011

  • Live fire demo for Philippine President

    Apr 14, 2011

    U.S. Marines and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines performed before a special guest as they conducted a combined live-fire demonstration at Fort Magsaysay, April 13 as part of Exercise Balikatan 2011.

  • First in, last out for logistics task force supporting Balikatan 2011

    Apr 14, 2011

    The logistics task force set up operations in early February to start the necessary contracts needed to get the life support in place by the time the exercise participants arrived in April. Those contracts made it possible to conduct Balikatan 2011 from six different locations across the northern region of the Philippines.

  • 6-52nd ADA recognizes families at volunteer lunch

    Apr 14, 2011

    SUWON AIR BASE, South Korea - Family Readiness Group leaders and other families from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery were recognized by the battalion command group during a special volunteer appreciation luncheon at the dining facility here April 8.

  • Contracting officials hold international conference in South Korea

    Apr 14, 2011

    SEOUL - Defense contracting officials from 14 nations gathered here in the South Korean capital April 11 - 13 to discuss best practices in government quality assurance.

  • US, Philippine forces build classrooms, friendships

    Apr 13, 2011

    Engineers from the U.S. and Philippine armed forces put finishing touches on new classrooms April 8 at the Pedro L. Quines Elementary School. The classrooms were built during a Balikatan 2011 community assistance project.

  • Apache Troop learns hand-to-hand combat at Fort Magsaysay, Philippines

    Apr 13, 2011

    Armed Forces of the Philippines soldiers train Apache Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers based at Camp Hovey, South Korea on the art of hand-to-hand combat April 7 at Fort Magsaysay, Philippines as part of Balikatan 2011. This is the 27th exercise in the Balikatan series and serves as opportunity for bilateral training that is vital to maintaining readiness capabilities for both the U.S. and AFP. The exercise runs from April 5-15 in various places in the Philippines.

  • Canadian, U.S. paratroopers trade wings

    Apr 13, 2011

    Canadian and U.S. paratroopers exchange airborne badges in Alaska.

  • Range preps paratroopers for combat firing

    Apr 13, 2011

    Fighting a machine-gun heartbeat and labored breathing, the paratrooper peered through his optic. The reticle jumped and wagged.

  • Low-tech methods give useful intel on enemy fire

    Apr 13, 2011

    Much can be gleaned from analyzing the crater made by an enemy mortar, field artillery cannon or rocket launcher.

  • Engineers assess Micronesia hospital repair

    Apr 13, 2011

    A team of Soldiers from the 6th Engineer Battalion based here traveled to the Federated States of Micronesia in early April to perform an engineer assessment of a state hospital in the Pacific island nation.

  • Alaska paratrooper awarded for Afghanistan valor

    Apr 13, 2011

    An U.S. Army Alaska paratrooper is recognized for his decisive actions and leadership in Afghanistan fire fight.

  • US, Philippine servicemembers conduct medical exchange during Balikatan 2011

    Apr 13, 2011

    Members of the U.S. Army Pacific surgeon's cell and those with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Nurse Corps worked together over five days to exchange the latest medical practices during Balikatan 2011.

  • US Marines conduct training with Filipino forces during Balikatan 2011

    Apr 13, 2011

    The exhilarating live-fire training between U.S. Marines from Combat Logistic Battalion 4 and Armed Forces Philippine forces was conducted April 8 as part of Balikatan 2011, an annual joint military exercise between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.

  • Logistics Soldiers keep Balikatan moving

    Apr 13, 2011

    It's said that in military operations the line between disorder and order lies in logistics. If that's true, credit members of the 45th Sustainment Brigade and 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, provided logistical support for Balikatan 2011 from April 5-15, and helped ensure things stayed on track.

  • Food service specialists join forces to feed troops in Philippines

    Apr 13, 2011

    Joint service food specialists prepare meals everyday for the U.S. Armed Forces attending exercise Balikatan 2011

  • Redstone reaches out to detect radiation in Japan

    Apr 13, 2011

    A bit of Redstone Arsenal technology is now on the ground in Japan, helping to ensure the safety of Soldiers and other U.S. government personnel entering radiation contaminated areas of the country -- known as the Warm Zone and the Hot Zone -- to conduct search and rescue, and health and safety missions.

  • President to award posthumous Medals of Honor for Korea

    Apr 13, 2011

    The White House announced Wednesday evening that the president will present the nation's highest award for valor to the families of two Korean War heroes.

  • Philippine president attends joint military demonstration during Balikatan

    Apr 12, 2011

    President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III and Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general, attended a joint military demonstration April 13 involving the armed forces of the U.S. and Philippines at Fort Magsaysay, Philippines. The demonstration is part of Balikatan 2011, an annual joint military exercise between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines. USARPAC directs Balikatan side-by-side with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to develop interoperability and cooperation. The exercise hones the armed forces' ability to quickly provide relief and assistance in the event of a natural disaster or other crises that threaten public safety and health.

  • U.S., South Korea prepared to deter aggression

    Apr 12, 2011

    The South Korean and U.S. militaries are well prepared to defend South Korea should North Korean provocations continue, the top U.S. military commander posted in the region told Congress today.

  • Guam Soldiers team up to hone combat life saver skills at Balikatan

    Apr 12, 2011

    Soldiers from the Guam National Guard worked shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. Navy corpsmen to teach Combat Life Saver techniques to members of the Armed Forces Philippines April 8 as a part of Balikatan 2011.

  • Forces find gift of giving 'humbling' during Balikatan

    Apr 12, 2011

    United States servicemembers joined members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in making donations to four villages in the Tarlac region of the Philippines, April 8, as a matter of good will during exercise Balikatan 2011.

  • 2nd ID commander visits Soldiers in Philippines

    Apr 12, 2011

    PAMPANGA, Philippines - Second Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker visited troops from the division's 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment participating in Balikatan 2011 in the Republic of the Philippines.

  • 6-52nd ADA celebrates Women's History Month

    Apr 12, 2011

    SUWON AIR BASE, South Korea - Michelle Obama, Tina Turner, and Frita Kahlo all belong to a long list of women who had a significant impact in our contemporary world history.

  • US, Philippine forces train military working dogs during Balikatan

    Apr 11, 2011

    U.S. servicemembers exchanged K-9 training methods with troops from the Armed Force of the Philippines April 7 during exercise Balikatan 2011, an annual training and humanitarian assistance exercise between the U.S. and Philippines being held April 5-15.

  • U.S. military remains ready to help Japan

    Apr 11, 2011

    The U.S. military remains ready to help Japan, even as it has repositioned many assets since a 9.0 magnitude earthquake marked a chain of disasters there one month ago, military officials said.

  • Cobra blood a winning recipe for survival training at Balikatan

    Apr 11, 2011

    U.S. Soldiers and Marines conducted jungle survival training April 6, as part of Balikatan 2011 in the Philippines, an annual joint exercise between the armed forces of the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.

  • Joint weapons training at Clark Field

    Apr 11, 2011

    U.S. Marines from Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, familiarized members of the Philippine Air Force with weapons in the United States arsenal April 7 in support of Balikatan 2011.

  • Nine commands win quality of life awards

    Apr 11, 2011

    Nine teams and garrisons from Korea to Maryland have earned recognition in the 2010 Secretary of the Army Quality of Life awards.

  • Ceremony honors Bataan Death March sufferers, survivors

    Apr 11, 2011

    Distinguished visitors, servicemembers, veterans and members of the community attended a wreath-laying ceremony here to remember the Bataan Death March and honor World War II veterans from the Philippines, United States, and allied nations.

  • Top NCOs visit ROK Army Division headquarters

    Apr 11, 2011

    HWACHEON, South Korea - To enhance alliance interaction and friendship, Republic of Korea Army Maj. Gen. Jun In-bum, commander of the ROK Army's 27th Infantry Division, invited senior alliance noncommissioned officers to the 27th Infantry Division headquarters March 22.

  • Army Family Action Plan Conference held in Korea

    Apr 11, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The annual 2011 Eighth Army Army Family Action Plan Conference was held in the Dragon Hill Lodge here April 3 - 7.

  • SFAC director honored for small business program

    Apr 8, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration honors outstanding small business owners, entrepreneurs and advocates who demonstrate the business acumen, tenacity and achievement, particularly in the face of adversity, to excel in their industry.

  • ECC ready to assist with the Operation Tomodachi mission

    Apr 8, 2011

    Life after an earthquake, a tsunami and currently dealing with the threat of radiation from damaged nuclear plants has left those on the East Asian island of Japan searching for answers. Expeditionary Contracting Command Soldiers and civilian are among the many providing support to those affected by the devastation.

  • Balikatan participants bring joy to Philippine orphanage

    Apr 7, 2011

    Smiling faces were everywhere and laughter was heard throughout the Shepherd of the Hill Orphanage as troops participating in Balikatan 2011 visited children to hand out clothing and toys during a outreach event at San Antonio, Zabales, Philippines.

  • Army Reserve Chaplain Detachment ready to deploy

    Apr 7, 2011

    Friends, families and fellow Soldiers gathered, here, Sunday, to honor the U.S. Army Reserve 9th Mission Support Command's 124th Chaplain Detachment in a small, intimate deployment ceremony.

  • Dignitaries attend Balikatan 2011 opening ceremony

    Apr 7, 2011

    U.S. military service members, Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel and distinguished visitors gathered April 5 for the opening ceremony of Exercise Balikatan 2011 at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo. Balikatan is an annual AFP- and U.S.-sponsored joint exercise celebrating its 27th iteration since inception in 1981. Distinguished visitors and representatives from various media outlets attended the ceremony to honor the event.

  • Balikatan 2011 kicks off in Philippines for bilateral training

    Apr 7, 2011

    Servicemembers from the Republic of the Philippines and the U.S. military participated in the Exercise Balikatan 2011 opening ceremony April 5 at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Philippines.

  • U.S., Philippine teams offer free medical care during Balikatan

    Apr 5, 2011

    Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States servicemembers teamed together to provide free medical services to a community in the Philippines during Balikatan 2011.

  • Women's History Month Celebration

    Apr 5, 2011

    The 501st Special Troops Battalion hosted a Women's History Month celebration at the Evergreen Club on Camp Walker, South Korea Mar. 31, 2011. The 501st STB hosted the celebration to help create awareness within the Daegu enclave about the significant roles women have played in history.

  • Veterinary support helps Philippine towns during Balikatan

    Apr 5, 2011

    Members of the U.S. military, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Department of Agriculture, and local volunteers worked together March 28-29, during a veterinary civic action project in San Antonio, Philippines.

  • Army schedules RADical events for retirees

    Apr 5, 2011

    The Army has scheduled more than 50 Retiree Appreciation Days, or RADs, this year at communities around the world beginning in April and continuing into November.

  • 403rd AFSB provides support to Japan

    Apr 5, 2011

    Since mid-March, the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade has been issuing Army Prepositioned Stocks-4 equipment from its warehouses at Sagami Depot, south of Tokyo, for use in the tsunami relief efforts.

  • US Army Pacific unit goes wireless during exercise

    Apr 4, 2011

    The U.S. Army Pacific Contingency Command Post went wireless March 28, during its certification exercise, or CERTEX, at Clark Air Base, Philippines.

  • Convoy Training Develops Leaders, Instills Confidence in Soldiers

    Apr 4, 2011

    The successful execution of convoys is critical to ensuring Soldiers get the supplies they need. Soldiers of the 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion trained on this task, and how to defend themselves, during recent training near the Korean DMZ.

  • Reservists, veterans recreate historic WWII scene

    Apr 4, 2011

    Sixty-eight years has passed since the day when thousands of Japanese-American volunteers in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team gathered at Iolani Palace, Hawaii, before being shipped off to World War II.

  • DoD to drop social security numbers from ID cards

    Apr 4, 2011

    Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to disappear, said Air Force Maj. Monica M. Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

  • Team leader excels at critical air defense mission

    Apr 4, 2011

    SUWON AIR BASE, South Korea - Drops of sweat poured down from Spc. Dustin Cantu's chin onto his gear, which were already soaked with mud and rain.

  • US Army leaders map way ahead in South Korea

    Apr 4, 2011

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - U.S. Army leaders mapped the way ahead in South Korea during a Strategic Planning Conference here, March 29 - 31.

  • Army Medicine Supports Operation Tomodachi

    Apr 4, 2011

    Medical assets from the Western Regional Medical Command supported the efforts of U.S. Army North in the evacuation of thousands of military Family members following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the subsequent threat of radiation exposure there.

  • Kwajalein Atoll responds in wake of tsunami warning

    Apr 4, 2011

    As a tsunami radiated from epicenter of the March 11 earthquake that struck Japan and spread east through the Pacific, decisions were being made on Kwajalein about local repercussions, their severity and possible courses of action. The meteorologists at Kwajalein Weather Station relayed word of a tsunami warning to Col. Joseph Gaines and his staff, and an emergency operations center was activated at the Command Headquarters building around 8:30 p.m. After weighing predicted wave size, direction and speed, Gaines was advised to have the communities of Kwajalein and Roi-Namur take shelter in the upper levels of buildings and residences.

  • Spouses learn to 'Keep Off Pounds in Korea'

    Apr 3, 2011

    CAMP RED CLOUD - More than 20 spouses gathered for the first Area I "Keeping Off Pounds In Korea" meeting at the Camp Red Cloud Pear Blossom Family Outreach Center March 16.

  • 'It's Now or Never:' 2nd Infantry Division Solder takes grand prize

    Apr 3, 2011

    CAMP CASEY - He went to sign up just one day before the competition and was told all the slots were filled. But when the curtain dropped, no-shows thrust him under the bright lights during which he belted out Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" and with an assist from an enthusiastically approving audience, he walked off with the grand prize.

  • Dengue fever cases initiate preventive measures

    Apr 1, 2011

    HONOLULU - The Hawaii State Department of Health, or DOH, is investigating two confirmed cases and two suspected cases of Oahu residents who had become ill with dengue fever, in late February, according to a recent DOH news release.