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  • Understanding the New Personnel Claims Program: PCLAIMS

    Jan 13, 2010

    RED CLOUD GARRISON - Personnel claims allow Soldiers and Army civilian employees to be compensated for property loss and damage sustained incident to service. Many Soldiers file personnel claims when their household goods are lost or damaged during shipment. These comprise the vast majority of personnel claims. However, personnel claims may also be filed in other situations, for example, when Soldiers sustain losses due to fire or flood at on-post quarters. Until recently, claimants had to mail claims documents or visit the local military claims office and turn in the claim in person.

  • 'Operation Christmas Aloha' Charity Receives Thanks

    Jan 12, 2010

    Several local community members, volunteers and their families gathered at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 6, by invitation of the leaders of the 25th Infantry Division to show appreciation for their recent participation and devotion of time, funds, and gifts which helped to make "Operation Christmas Aloha" a success.

  • U.S. Forces Korea Transformation Update

    Jan 12, 2010

    SEOUL, Republic of Korea - For nearly 60 years, U.S. military forces have been serving, living and working in the Republic of Korea.

  • SKIES performance by children gives parent a big kick

    Jan 11, 2010

    CAMP WALKER, Republic of Korea - Children from the SKIES program at U.S. Army Garrison Daegu put on a performance much to the delight of parents, friends and the rest of the installation.

  • Connelly evaluators award 'best of best' in Army food service

    Jan 11, 2010

    The Department of the Army G-4 and the chairman of the board, International Food Service Executives Association, announced the winners of the 2010 Philip A. Connelly Awards Program for Excellence in Army Food Service.

  • Cowboys Cheerleaders deliver Christmas cheer to Warriors on Casey

    Jan 6, 2010

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Special guests delivered Yuletide cheer to the USAG-Casey Carey Fitness Center on a cold, snowy, Christmas night. None, however, was a big fat guy wearing red. Better yet, the large audience of Division Soldiers and Family members enjoyed a visit from a much more visually appealing team of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

  • American Red Cross brings Christmas to the DMZ

    Jan 6, 2010

    CAMP BONIFAS - The American Red Cross working out of Area I partnered with Area II American Red Cross, Army and Air Force Exchange Services, the Korean Red Cross and various organizations as they were placed "in front of them all" by spreading holiday cheer Dec. 23 to Soldiers and service members stationed near the Demilitarized Zone. The American Red Cross spent the entire day at Camp Bonifas for a tradition the Area I American Red Cross and Joint Security Area have shared for more than five years.

  • DOL in Area I brings Christmas joy to Isaac House orphanage in Uijeongbu

    Jan 5, 2010

    Area I Directorate of Logistics unloads more than a million won worth of food supplies for the Isaac House orphanage in Uijeongbu Dec. 17. The employees of Area I DOL were greeted by the children and treated to a special show. DOL employees also presented a check for 1, 500, 000 won to the orphanage to suppliment the gifts of food and treats for the children.

  • FMWR commander visits Warrior Country during Covenant signing

    Jan 5, 2010

    USAG CASEY, South Korea - Brig. Gen. Rueben Jones, commander of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Commad, toured U.S. Army Garrison Casey in December.

  • Army Family Action Plan conference finds solutions

    Jan 5, 2010

    USAG CASEY, South Korea - Members of the Warrior Country community came together for an entire week on the issues they had concerning Area I during the Army Family Action Plan Conference Dec. 15-17 in the U.S. Army Garrison Casey Community Activities Center. The Army Family Action Plan gives Soldiers, Retirees, Family members and Civilians a voice in improving their standards of living for the 2nd Infantry Division and USAG Red Cloud.

  • Command signs Army Family Covenant on Casey

    Jan 5, 2010

    USAG CASEY, South Korea - From left: Command Sgt. Maj. Peter Burrowes, 2nd Infantry Division command sergeant major; Maj. Gen. Michael Tucker, 2nd Infantry Division commander; Col. Larry "Pepper" Jackson, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud commander; and Command Sgt. Maj. Earlene Lavender, USAG Red Cloud command sergeant major, sign the 2010 Army Family Covenant Dec. 17 at the USAG Casey Community Activities Center. "A covenant is a special agreement between two parties that is based on expectations. We signed a covenant with the Army Families in Area 1 that says we will support them, their recommendations are important and we take them seriously and we will take action. That is our covenant and agreement; they expect us to do it and we should expect it amongst ourselves to take action as leaders," Tucker said.

  • Understanding and preventing cold weather injuries

    Jan 5, 2010

    During the past 10 years, Soldiers have experienced an average of 361 cold weather-related injuries every year. Cold weather injury prevention is a command and leadership as well as a personal responsibility and successful management of cold depends on proper knowledge and understanding of problems associated with working in cold environments.

  • Countering impact of persistent conflict through holistic fitness

    Dec 29, 2009

    Army established the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness directorate on Oct. 1, 2008. The mission of this program is to develop and institute a holistic fitness program for Soldiers, families, and Army civilians in order to enhance performance and build resilience.

  • Pacific senior leaders gain historic perspective

    Dec 29, 2009

    More than 60 years after the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, USARPAC military and Department of Defense civilian personnel continued to study the lessons learned during the two-day SLDP that began with a pre-brief by U.S. Army Pacific Historian, David Hilkert, followed by a staff ride where participants boarded a bus for a tour around Oahu, which included historic sites relating to the attack on Oahu.

  • Military partners with communities to extend services

    Dec 29, 2009

    As a result of multiple deployments over nearly nine years of war in two theaters, many families of servicemembers are choosing to remain in their established neighborhoods or return to a relative's hometown when their soldier deploys.

  • 'Spartans' pass through the 'Gates of Fire'

    Dec 28, 2009

    Soldiers from the 'Spartans' 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, recently passed through the "Gates of Fire", a live-fire training event at Hovey's Apache Range.

  • Yongsan leadership re-signs Covenant

    Dec 28, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - The U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Command Team resigned the Army Family Covenant with community leaders Dec. 18 at the Seoul American Elementary School cafeteria.

  • AFP, JSOTF-P hold holiday fun party in Jolo, Philippines

    Dec 26, 2009

    Six photos from a holiday fun day in Jolo, Philippines.

  • JSOTF-P brightens spirits at Social Development Center

    Dec 26, 2009

    ZAMBOANGA, Philippines - Twenty members of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines spent a special holiday evening visiting children at the Social Development Center in Zamboanga City Dec. 23.

  • 'First in, Last out' battalion returns home from Iraq deployment

    Dec 23, 2009

    More than 340 Soldiers from the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade returned home to the screams and cheers of family and loved ones during a redeployment ceremony here Dec. 19. The battalion returned to Schofield Barracks from Tikrit, Iraq where they performed engineering and route clearance missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division and other units.

  • Oahu dining facilities open doors to patrons for Christmas holiday

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - Three dining facilities (DFACs) on Oahu are welcoming service members, their families, retirees and authorized guests of patrons to their Christmas feast.

  • Shafter gymnasium expansion set, pending Army funding

    Dec 22, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Workout warriors at the physical fitness center, here, could have more room to exercise in the near future, should a planned expansion project receive the necessary funding from the Army.

  • Mililani students discover culture, natural resources at Makua

    Dec 22, 2009

    MAKUAAca,!E+MILITARYAca,!E+RESERVATION, Hawaii - More than 150 Mililani Middle School students had an opportunity to explore many unique cultural and natural resources during two field trips to the area, here, Dec. 15 and 17.

  • USO collects holiday cheer for Hawaii's wounded warriors

    Dec 22, 2009

    HONOLULU - Volunteers with the USO-Hawaii gathered at Pearl Harbor's Navy Exchange, Dec. 15, collecting holiday goods and gift certificates for injured service members transitioning from active duty to civilian.

  • Women's association sends holiday care packages to troops

    Dec 22, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - The holidays for many deployed Soldiers and Marines just got a little bit brighter, thanks to the efforts of volunteers from the North American Taiwanese Women's Association-Hawaii Chapter (NATWA-HI).

  • Military leaders, community aim to reach solution on Furlough Fridays

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF) is a cooperative venture between the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) military community and the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) serving to advance the military community's responsibility in the pursuit of quality education for public school students in Hawaii.

  • Season's Greetings-Holiday Card Lane on display now

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Giving and receiving holiday greeting cards is an important part of celebrating the season for many. Annually the U.S. ArmyAca,!E+Garrison-Oahu (USAG-Oahu) Holiday Card Lane and contest gives units and organizations an opportunity to spread holiday cheer throughout the community in a really big way.

  • Military bikers support local youth with 'Toys for Tots'

    Dec 22, 2009

    HONOLULU - 'Twas the morn when the traditional bell sounds associated with the holiday season were replaced with the thundering roar of engines.

  • Human Resources works to ease wait time for orders, out-processing

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - In the past, returning Soldiers who were close to their permanent change of station (PCS) date were often stuck in limbo waiting to receive their official orders, waiting to be released from their command, and waiting to move on to the next stage of their lives when they redeployed to the islands.

  • FMWR welcomes warriors with aloha

    Dec 22, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Homecomings are rousing and emotional, befitting a heroic welcome. Cheers of family members and fellow Soldiers echo throughout the Multifunctional Deployment Facility, here, at each redeployment ceremony.

  • BOSS provides 'home away from home' for Oahu's single Soldiers

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii Aca,!" Quality of life, recreation and leisure, and community service are the three main pillars that make up the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program.

  • Redeployment brings adjustment period to entire family

    Dec 22, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- I'll never forget one humiliating and frightening experience I had when I returned from Iraq. My daughter, Olivia, my first and only child at the time, was 3. I hadn't seen her since my "environmental leave" period ended three months earlier, and that seemed like a long time ago. I wanted to spend some quality time with her, so I took her shopping with me at the furniture store.

  • JSOTF-P partners with AFP and local governments to dedicate two area coordination centers

    Dec 20, 2009

    SULU, Philippines- Armed Forces of the Philippines, local officials and members of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines came together to dedicate two Area Coordination Centers in Sulu province Dec. 15 and Dec. 17

  • SAMC wraps up successful year of service, community outreach in Hawaii

    Dec 18, 2009

  • 8th TSC troops participate in Yama Sakura 57, experience local culture

    Dec 18, 2009

  • Waterborne challenge tests Soldiers in Hawaii

    Dec 18, 2009

    Army watercraft operators from the 545th Transportation Company put their bodies on the line during the waterborne challenge competition Dec. 8 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

  • Gen. George Casey visits Camp Humphreys, S. Korea

    Dec 18, 2009

    Chief of Staff, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., spent some time with the troops in Korea at Camp Humphreys, S. Korea before taking off to Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • USAG Humphreys culminates Year of the NCO

    Dec 17, 2009

    HUMPHREYS GARRISON, South Korea - More than 200 Noncommissioned Officers from all units based at Humphreys Garrison gathered at the Super Gym on Dec. 11 for the post's first-ever NCO Ball. The event was a final celebration of the Army's Year of the NCO according to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Command Sgt. Maj. Jason K. Kim. The garrison and 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, co-sponsored the ball.

  • 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade conducts combined training exercise with Republic of Korea Army forces

    Dec 17, 2009

    Units from the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade recently completed a combined training exercise with Soldiers from the 3rd Republic of Korea Army. The exercise marked the first time the Soldiers trained using each nation's helicopters.

  • Army Chief of Staff visits USAG Humphreys

    Dec 17, 2009

    USAG HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey visited Humphreys Garrison and brought a message of praise, pride and support for the Soldiers, Families and Civilians who live and work in Korea.

  • Chief of Staff talks with Soldiers, family members during Korea visit

    Dec 17, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited Humphreys Garrison Wednesday and brought with him messages of praise, pride and encouragement.

  • NCOs on Ice: Alaska Soldiers part of hockey show

    Dec 15, 2009

  • Eighth U.S. Army holds holiday concert in Seoul

    Dec 15, 2009

    SEOUL - The 8th U.S. Army hosted the Korean-American Friendship Holiday Concert at the Seoul Arts Center Dec. 13 to strengthen the bond between the Republic of Korea and United States.

  • U.S. Army officials meet to discuss 8th Army transformation

    Dec 15, 2009

    U.S. Army officials met Dec. 15 to discuss the 8th U.S. Army's role in the most significant transformation in the 60-year history of the Republic of Korea-United States Alliance.

  • Women's symposium held in Casey CAC

    Dec 15, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON, South Korea- Warrior Country Soldiers and civilians gathered to hear what guest speakers and their peers had to say during the second annual Equal Employment Office Federal Employed Women's symposium Dec. 8 in the USAG-Casey Community Activities Center.

  • Red Cloud command bowls Koreans in Good Neighbor event

    Dec 15, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. Earlene Lavender (center with ball), USAG-Red Cloud command sergeant major, Col. Larry 'Pepper' Jackson (center right), USAG-Red Cloud commander, Park, Shin-whoan (next right), director, Urban Environment Policy Bureau and 2nd Gyeonggi Province start the first of two games of bowling Dec. 8 at Red Cloud lanes with the command group, directors and special staff against 20 representatives from the Environment Division as part of the command's Good Neighbor Program. Prizes were awarded to first, second and third place winners of the Environment Division.

  • U.S. Army, Pacific Contingency Command Post conducts first exercise in Japan

    Dec 14, 2009

    The U.S. Army, Pacific Contingency Command Post took the operational lead for Exercise Yama Sakura 57, providing the groundwork for a successful bilateral exercise with the Northern Army of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

  • Japan-U.S. Military Exercise Improves Readiness

    Dec 14, 2009

    On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan mutual defense treaty, U.S. and Japanese forces have successfully concluded a major exercise here on Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan.

  • Yama Sakura 57 runs smoothly, thanks to 35th CSSB and friends

    Dec 14, 2009

    More than 1,500 U.S. troops descended on northern Japan Dec. 7-13 to participate in Yama Sakura 57, a bilateral, computer-based exercise designed to strengthen military operations and ties between the U.S. and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Most of these troops are working with their Japanese counterparts by manning computers, attending battle update briefs and coordinating air support. But some troops are working hard behind the scenes, collecting laundry, running transportation and distributing mail; all with the mission of providing logistical support to keep the exercise running smoothly. These troops belong to the 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, based in Sagami General Depot, Japan.

  • Yama Sakura troops experience Japanese culture

    Dec 14, 2009

    There was some nervousness at first, but in the end, the similarities between the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division Soldiers and their Japanese hosts outstripped the differences.

  • New York Army National Guard Soldiers in Japan Celebrate Guard Birthday

    Dec 13, 2009

    Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division celebrated the 373rd Birthday of the National Guard during a ceremony here Dec. 13 during Yama Sakura 57, the bilateral joint command post training exercise.

  • Fort Shafter Palm Circle Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Dec 11, 2009

    Pictures from the Palm Circle holiday concert and tree lighting ceremony.

  • 42nd Division Shares Lessons, Baseball Lore with Japanese Counterparts

    Dec 10, 2009

    New York Army National Guard 42nd Division Commander Brig. Gen. Steven N. Wickstrom (left), and Lt. Gen. Hiroshi Yamamoto, commander of the 7th Division, Japan Ground Defense Forces, pose with a Red Sox t-shirt Wickstrom has just given Yamamoto Dec

  • Eighth Army achieves highest vaccination rates in U.S. Army

    Dec 10, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Leading the way in vaccinations, 8th U.S. Army has the highest rates for both annual influenza and H1N1 vaccinations Army-wide.

  • Local Officials, AFP and JSOTF-P Celebrate Road Turnover

    Dec 10, 2009

    JOLO, Philippines-Hundreds of government leaders, representatives from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines gathered for the opening of a new road in Barangay (community) Kandayok Nov. 28.

  • Area I celebrates Christmas with tree lighting ceremonies

    Dec 9, 2009

    Christmas tree lightings throughout Area I in South Korea

  • ASAP trains NCOs on Casey

    Dec 9, 2009

    USAG RED CLOUD, South Korea - In keeping with the Army Family Covenant, the Army provides the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program to help Soldiers struggling with all kinds of substance abuse including alcohol and drugs, illicit and over-the-counter. There are five components of ASAP: prevention and outreach, risk reduction, testing, treatment and rehabilitation, and suicide prevention.

  • Soldiers beautify Red Cloud during Fall Cleanup

    Dec 9, 2009

    Pfc. Sung, Min-kyu, Sgt. Jang, Youngkwang and Sgt. Do, Hyung-jin help rake leaves at the Headquarters Headquarters Company USAG-RC barracks during the 2009 Fall Clean Up Nov. 30. The Fall Clean Up lasted for an entire week as Soldiers in Warrior Country prepared their living quarters and work sections for the upcoming fall and winter seasons while in Korea.

  • Eighth U.S. Army recognizes MacArthur nominees

    Dec 9, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The Eighth United States Army representatives for the 2009 Department of the Army General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award Competition were recognized Dec. 4 at the 8th Army headquarters.

  • Analyzing operations at Yama Sakura

    Dec 8, 2009

  • Shinseki discusses Sesame Street TLC initiative

    Dec 8, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- In 2006, Sesame Workshop launched a groundbreaking, bilingual (English/Spanish), multiphase, multimedia initiative for young children and their military families called "Talk, Listen, Connect (TLC)."

  • 'Sesame Street Live' brings furry friends to Schofield

    Dec 8, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - One of the most adorable children's characters and his furry monster friends will be making a stopover in the islands this holiday season, hoping to add a little magic to the lives of military families.

  • Veterans make smooth transition, provide wealth of experience

    Dec 8, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Like the old adage, "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy," many veterans have found it near impossible to truly leave military service following retirement.

  • 11-year-old to light up Palm Circle, Thursday

    Dec 8, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Brig. Gen. John E. Seward, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army-Pacific, will be the guest speaker at the annual "Community Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting Ceremony," Dec. 10, 6 p.m., at Palm Circle, here.

  • First-ever live town hall to air

    Dec 8, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - U.S. Army-Hawaii (USARHAW) Soldiers and family members will have the opportunity to ask questions on the air during the first-ever, live, televised town hall forum, here, Dec. 17.

  • Tropic Homecoming

    Dec 8, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - For one evening, the happiest place on Earth wasn't Disneyland, but right here at Sills Field, Nov. 19.

  • Hawaii dining facilities prepare for Thanksgiving competition

    Dec 8, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Spc. Terry Nowak strolled in to the Warrior Inn Dining Facility (DFAC), here, Monday, looking amazingly alert for someone who had spent the last few days slaving over a tiny town, and building it up from scratch.

  • Hawaii: DPW's Kumabe earns prestigious Stalwart Award

    Dec 8, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Master planner Michael Kumabe would have been perfectly content to live his professional life in the shadow of the facilities and infrastructure projects he helps develop for the U.S. Army in the Pacific.

  • Dec. 7: Japan-U.S. Military Exercise opens in the spirit of friendship

    Dec 7, 2009

    CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan (Dec. 7, 2009) - On a bitterly cold December afternoon, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Armed Forces opened Yama Sakura 57 in a ceremony that demonstrated the warmth of a 50-year friendship. The JGSDF Northern Army hosted the ceremony and the exercise. Assembled for the United States were representatives of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Army Reserve and National Guard units from over a dozen states.

  • South Korean college students learn about ROK-U.S. Alliance

    Dec 6, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - South Korean college students were invited to Yongsan Garrison Dec. 3 to learn about the importance of the Republic of Korea-United States Alliance and the efforts that U.S. service members and Republic of Korea Army Support Group Soldiers contribute to local communities around the Korean Peninsula.

  • Yama Sakura 57 participants experience Japanese culture

    Dec 6, 2009

    CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan - Tea ceremonies, paper folding and sword demonstrations aren't usually the first things to come to mind when you think of a command post exercise with one of the U.S. strongest military allies. Yet, the more than 1,500 troops participating in Yama Sakura 57 had the opportunity to visit Japanese children with special needs and practice the art of calligraphy and origami before the start of this year's exercise.

  • AFP and JSOTF-P Unveil Shrine and Conduct MEDCAP

    Dec 5, 2009

    SULU, Philippines- Hundreds of residents of Barangay (community) Danag now have a restored shrine and access to free medical care due to the collaborative efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Marine Battalion Landing Team-5 (MBLT-5), Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines and local residents who partnered for both projects in the region Nov. 28.

  • JSOTF-P Civil Affairs Company Earn AFP Medals

    Dec 5, 2009

    Armed Forces of the Philippines pins medals on 16 Civil Affairs Soldiers

  • Experts allay employee pay angst

    Dec 4, 2009

    Speculation over the conversion from cost-of-living allowances (COLA) to locality pay for federal employees in Hawaii, Alaska and the Territories was quieted a bit as a result of town hall style forums held at Fort Shafter's Richardson Theater Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Promotion to General Seen Across the World

    Dec 4, 2009

    Kelli Underhill, wife of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command's (AAMDC) Commanding General, Brigadier General Jeffery (Jeff) L. Underhill first came up with the idea to do a live streaming webcast of her husband's promotion when she realized both of their children, Brandon, 23, and Britney, 21 would not be able to attend the ceremony. With Brandon working in Ironton, Ohio and Britney away at College, it would be close to impossible having them in Hawaii for the Wednesday ceremony. "Our children have always been at every one of his promotions," said Kelli Underhill. "I just wanted them to be part of it, even though they couldn't be here physically, and most importantly, I wanted him to have them here."

  • New York Army National Guard Soldiers Ready For Exercise With Japanese Counterparts

    Dec 4, 2009

    The New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division is conducting a command post exercise with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force's Northern Army's Second Division. The Soldiers arrived in Japan this week and the exercise will begin on Dec. 8.

  • Monument unveiled for legendary U.S. Army general

    Dec 3, 2009

    The 59th memorial ceremony for former 8th U.S. Army Commander Gen. Walton H. Walker took place in Seoul, Dec. 3 to pay tribute to his sacrifice and courage during the Korean War.

  • Yama Sakura 57 combined operations/intelligence center takes shape

    Dec 3, 2009

    CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan (Dec. 3, 2009)- An aerial view of the combined operations/intelligence center, manned by the Northern Army of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the Contingency Command Post of United States Army, Pacific and I Corps Forward during the early stages of Exercise Yama Sakura 57. Since its inception in 1982, Yama Sakura has focused on the development and refinement of the JGSDF and U.S. Army, Japan efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination and interoperability through training. (photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Gerardo DeAvila, 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

  • Camp Hitashi-Chitose Christmas Tree

    Dec 3, 2009

    A Christmas tree, adorned with more than 350 lights, sits near the front entrance of the camp...

  • Eagle Scout Helps Deployed Soldiers

    Dec 3, 2009

    When the Soldiers of the 558th Military Police Company held their deployment ceremony last August, they had no idea that one spectator in the crowd would play a big part in raising their morale months later. Toby Bledsoe, a Boy Scout with Troop 135 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, decided to make care packages for deployed Soldiers for his Eagle Scout project after witnessing his first deployment ceremony.

  • Afghanistan surge won't change plans to up dwell time

    Dec 3, 2009

    A 30,000 boots-on-the-ground increase in Afghanistan will not change the Army's plans to cut Stop Loss, stabilize deployment lengths or increase dwell time for Soldiers.

  • Exercise Yama Sakura 57 reunites USARPAC Soldier with family in Japan

    Dec 3, 2009

    One United States Army, Pacific captain crossed boundaries of oceans and generations during Exercise Yama Sakura 57 when he walked into his uncle Masato Okudara's apartment in Tomokomai, Japan.

  • Family presides over brigader promotion on Red Cloud

    Dec 2, 2009

    Brig. Gen. Terry R. Ferrell (right), his wife Robbie (center) and mother Anna (left) smile in appreciation as his brigadier general flag unfurls.

  • President addresses troops on first visit

    Dec 2, 2009

    President Barack Obama addresses multinational troops before his departure from Korea on the last visit of his Asia tour on Osan Nov. 19. Sgt. Randy Gray, Co. A, BSTB, 2nd Infantry Division NCO of the year, introduced the President. He gave a speech thanking Soldiers for their service and spoke on topics such as Stop Loss, which gives more time for Soldiers to spend time with their Families between deployments and approving a temporary increase of personnel for the Army, and more money to be spent by the military. The President spoke about taking care of Families, child care, pay increases, and applauded tour normalization in Korea.

  • BOSS serves Thanksgiving to Soldiers

    Dec 2, 2009

    RED CLOUD GARRISON - Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers gave Warrior Country Soldiers a taste of Thanksgiving by offering a free meal for all Soldiers and a Texas Hold 'em tournament Nov. 23 in Mitchell's Club on Red Cloud.

  • Gyeonggi Province employees visit 2ID Band

    Dec 2, 2009

    RED CLOUD GARRISON - More than a dozen employees from the governor's office in Uijeongbu came to visit the 2nd Infantry Division Band Nov. 24 on Red Cloud for a special concert given by the band's jazz sextet. After the concert, the guests visited the chapel for a briefing from the chaplain's assistant, followed by a dinner in Mitchell's Club.

  • ASAP trains NCOs to help Warriors

    Dec 2, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - In keeping with the Army Family Covenant, the Army provides the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program to help Soldiers struggling with all kinds of substance abuse including alcohol and drugs, illicit and over-the-counter. There are five components of ASAP: prevention and outreach, risk reduction, testing, treatment and rehabilitation, and suicide prevention.

  • U.S., Japan to hold 'Yama Sakura 57' on Hokkaido

    Dec 1, 2009

    The U.S. Army, Pacific and Japan's Ground Self Defense Force will conduct Yama Sakura 57, a joint command-post exercise, at Camp Higashi-Chitose, on Hokkaido, Japan Dec. 7-14.

  • FISC Pearl Harbor, NCHB3 offload 25th ID cargo at Pearl Harbor

    Dec 1, 2009

    Members of the 599th Transportation Group; Fleet Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor; 302nd Transportation Terminal Battalion; Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 3; and 25th Infantry Division work together to off-load 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division cargo and equipment from the Motor Vessel American Tern at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 30. The 25th Infantry Division's Third Brigade and the division's headquarters' element redeployed from Iraq earlier in November.

  • Fallen JSA Soldier honored at memorial ceremony

    Dec 1, 2009

    JOINT SECURITY AREA, Panmunjom, South Korea - A memorial ceremony was held Nov. 23 at the Joint Security Area for Cpl. Jang Myong-ki, a Security Battalion Soldier who died defending a Soviet defector here.

  • Goat and sheep herding at PTA

    Nov 27, 2009

    POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii - More than 75 volunteer "paniolas," or cowboys, from across Hawaii, participated in the Army's version of a modern-day goat and sheep drive, here, Nov. 14.

  • AHFH opens clean energy community

    Nov 27, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Families of the Simpson Wisser neighborhood, here, were joined by state, city, business and community leaders to celebrate the opening of what could be the greenest neighborhood on a military installation, Nov.10.

  • New NCOs welcomed at Yongsan Garrison ceremony

    Nov 25, 2009

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - New U.S. Army leaders were welcomed to the NCO ranks Nov. 20 at a ceremony on Yongsan Army Garrison.

  • Warrior Country Family members take a Korean culture tour

    Nov 24, 2009

    GYEONGGI PROVINCE, South Korea - More than 20 Warrior Country military spouses and children enjoyed a free tour with various cultural activities and traditional Korean food around Il-san and Yangju city, Gyeonggi Province Nov. 12 in recognition of Military Family Appreciation Month.

  • Army wives join 'G.I. Jane Platoon,' get glimpse of daily Soldier life

    Nov 24, 2009

    Early on a drizzly November morning, 39 wives of 2-9 Infantry Soldiers stepped off a bus at Camp Casey in South Korea for the "Manchu Spouse Challenge."

  • 2nd Infantry Division debuts Warfighters' Simulation system during exercise

    Nov 23, 2009

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - The 2nd Infantry Division recently became the first U.S. Army division to use the Warfighters' Simulation system during a command post exercise held recently in South Korea.

  • Warriors complete arduous 25-mile Manchu Mile March

    Nov 20, 2009

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Hundreds of Soldiers completed the arduous 25-mile rucksack march known as the Manchu Mile March on Camp Casey Nov. 19, to commemorate the 9th Infantry Regiment's 85-mile march during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in China.

  • 6-52 AMD BN Soldiers visit the orphanage: "The House that Develops Dreams"

    Nov 20, 2009

    Approximately 80 Soldiers and Families from 6th Battalion 52nd AMD BN made their highly anticipated trip to The House that Develops Dreams, the largest orphanage in Suwon City on Nov. 14. The House that Develops Dreams orphanage has about 95 students between the ages of first grade through high school; most have spent their entire lives there. Most of the teachers grew up at the orphanage and have returned after earning a degree in education. The Soldiers and families that went on Saturday took donations of toys and toothbrushes. The concept of the toothbrush was developed with the idea that as each of the students use the toothbrush day and night, they will be able to remember the Soldiers that brought it for them.

  • Joint Security Area Soldiers sharpen combat shooting skills

    Nov 20, 2009

    LIBERTY BELL RANGE, South Korea - The United Nations Command Security Battalion Soldiers who guard at the Joint Security Area inside the Korean Demilitarized Zone conducted a stress shoot exercise at Liberty Bell Range Nov. 18 to improve their physical stamina and weapons proficiency.

  • 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion Perimeter Defense Force prepares to fight and win tonight

    Nov 19, 2009

    The 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation) Perimeter Defense Force recently completed a series of exercises that will increase their combat readiness and provide they war fighting skills they need to defend USAG Humphreys. During the exercises the battalion's noncommissioned officers led a heavy caliber weapon's range at the Republic of Korea Army's Jungpyung Range. Soldiers trained to fire both the MK-19, 40mm Grenade Launcher and the M249, 5.56mm Squad Automatic Weapon. Despite the seasonal fog, Soldiers conducted safe and successful weapons training that led to the 100 percent qualification of all Soldiers on the 3rd MI Battalion (AE) PDF.

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