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  • Fort McPherson salutes the union

    Jul 8, 2010

    Soldiers from Fort McPherson fire rounds from five howitzers in honor of America's independence during Fort McPherson's "Salute to the Union" on Hedekin Field July 4. Fifty rounds were fired during the ceremony, in representation of each of the fifty states.

  • Canonsburg parades local Soldiers, military vehicles

    Jul 8, 2010

    Soldiers of the 301st Regional Support Group participate in the Canonsburg parade July 3. Army Col. Lewis Irwin, commander of the 301st RSG, also speaks at the Canonsburg Independence Day parade.

  • Independence Day celebration brings fun, fireworks to fort

    Jul 8, 2010

    As day turned to dusk and the weather began to cool, the crowd that had gathered at Fort McPherson July 1 for the fort's final Independence Day celebration left behind the Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl and water slide, and made their way toward Gammon Field.

  • More than 26,000 enjoy Fort Rucker Freedom Fest

    Jul 8, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- For some, Fort Rucker's Freedom Fest is an annual tradition. For others, July 3 was their first time celebrating the nation's birthday here. Freedom Fest was held on the Fort Rucker festival grounds for the second consecutive year, and attended by more than 26,000 people, according to Emily Klein, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation special events coordinator.

  • Grafenwoehr community tree planting celebrates 100 years

    Jul 8, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - On July 2, a final tree was placed along Grafenwoehr's 100-year Allee in Grafenwoehr Training Area (GTA), about 5 kilometers from Rose Barracks, and near Range 201. The stand of trees was placed to symbolize the success and close cooperation between the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Garrison and the Federal Forestry Office (FFO) at Grafenwoehr, a relationship spanning little more than half of the training area's 100-year history.

  • BOSS teams up with German students

    Jul 8, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program teamed up with local German elementary school students and sparked a kickball match Friday that was more intense than the heat from the afternoon sun.

  • Korean War remembrance tour highlights importance of peace, security

    Jul 7, 2010

    In the wake of the South Korean warship Cheonan sinking and the death of 46 sailors, the Gyeonggi Province Office of the Vice-Governor Choi Hong-chul gave a group of 2nd Infantry Division Band members and Koreans a tour, June 23, through early and late Korean history that included the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ.

  • Activities kick off children's summer reading club program

    Jul 7, 2010

    CASEY GARRISON, South Korea - School is out and the children are restless. So as a summertime service to families, the USAG Casey library kicked off a summer reading club with a party June 24 at the Gateway Club.

  • Warrior Transition Battalion spouses retreat at Rock Springs

    Jul 7, 2010

  • Wrangler Brigade Motorcycle Safety Week

    Jul 7, 2010

    Motorcycle riders from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), recently spent a week participating in various safety classes and activities that culminated in a group motorcycle ride June 25...

  • 'Tropic Lightning' 4th of July Celebration

    Jul 5, 2010

    The 25th Infantry Division celebrates Independence Day with a variety of games, rides, contests, and concerts with the 39th Annual 4th of July Spectacular at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, July 4.

  • Golf tournament brings community together for Army

    Jun 24, 2010

    ATLANTA -- Birthdays can bring all types of people together, and that's just what the Army's 235th birthday did June 17 at the Association of the United States Army Army birthday week golf tournament at Fort McPherson.

  • Veterans, leaders gather to remember start of Korean War

    Jun 24, 2010

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (June 24, 2010) - On June 25, 1950, President Harry S. Truman was at his home in Independence, Mo., when he received a call from Secretary of State Dean Acheson.

  • Soldier Show, version 27.0 wows Atlanta community

    Jun 24, 2010

    ATLANTA -- To close out the Army's birthday week, members of the Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem communities gathered at the Clayton County School of Performing Arts in Jonesboro to view the 2010 Soldier Show June 18.

  • Celebrate July 4th with Flare: Practice Fireworks Safety

    Jun 24, 2010

    Fireworks injuries have decreased by 70 percent in the last ten years, according to the National Safety Council. Although the numbers are down, in calendar year 2008 an estimated 7,000 injuries caused by fireworks were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms, as cited in a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 2008 annual report.

  • Volunteers from 1st AD provide wheelchairs to disabled Iraqi children

    Jun 24, 2010

    Soldiers from 1st Armored Division worked together with sailors, airmen and civilians to distribute pediatric wheelchairs to approximately 40 disabled Iraqi children at the Camp Liberty Field House June 21.

  • Sustainers reach out to community children

    Jun 22, 2010

    ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky - Eight Soldiers and Family members from Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) volunteered at the 15th Annual Children's Fair at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown on June 12. The 3d ESC volunteers helped set up the fair, helped run the games, popped popcorn and one even volunteered to take a turn in the dunking booth.

  • Watervliet Arsenal enlists old community relations friend, the AMC Band

    Jun 22, 2010

    The Army Materiel Command Band's Army Birthday concerts this past weekend in New York's Capital District has left thousands of area residents 'thinking' about the band members as great musicians due to three superb performances. But more importantly, area residents will 'remember' the band as great Soldiers due to their ability to use music to connect the community to its Army. Although the Albany area is not a military community as one would find at Fayetteville, N.C. that borders the Fort Bragg, the Albany area is nevertheless a community with military. And tucked away between U.S. Army Reserve and New York State Guard units is the U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal. Given the Arsenal is the only active-duty Army post between West Point and Fort Drum, it was appropriate for the Arsenal to step up and share the Army's 235th Birthday with the local community.

  • Byers named Greco-Roman Wrestler of Year by USA Wrestling

    Jun 22, 2010

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers has been selected as the 2009 Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling

  • America's rock ambassadors tell Army story through pop music

    Jun 22, 2010

    The United States Army's premier touring pop/rock band, wows audiences across the United States with performances that are as powerful and unique as the American people themselves.

  • USACE hosts Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering students

    Jun 22, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - In the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, minority students are just that - a minority in an already depressed national average. But a partnership between government agencies and academia is striving to help diversify the workforce.

  • Letter to the editor: Hawaii Soldier renders assistance

    Jun 21, 2010

    Hawaiian resident shares story of 2-11th Field Artillery Regiment Soldier providing assistance on highway.

  • Silver Knight Brigade Celebrates 93rd Birthday

    Jun 21, 2010

    June is the birth month of the Army, and it is also the birthday for one of Fort Hood's largest brigades. It was 1917 when the Army created the 1st Medical Group and placed it under the 1st Armored Division in France. In June 2000 the unit was re-designated to brigade status...

  • Movies on the Lawn

    Jun 21, 2010

    Lionel Ward performs as Elvis during the USO FMWR Movies on the Lawn series Friday.

  • Army Community Service trains sponsors

    Jun 21, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A helping hand. A familiar face. A driver for the first time your jet-lagged family arrives in a country that drives on the 'wrong' side of the road, or with the steering wheel on the 'wrong' side of the van. Puzzles for travel-weary children and a fruit basket placed in a crowded, temporary hotel room. Someone with a 'been there, here's what I suggest,' capability.

  • Belvoir celebrates Army Birthday with tradition

    Jun 21, 2010

    Fort Belvoir joined Army installations across the world Monday in celebrating the birth of the U.S. Army and the founding of the American flag on the steps of the installation headquarters building.

  • Festival, concert provides Family entertainment; culminates Victory Week

    Jun 20, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. -It didn't take long for Sarina Nguyen to respond when asked what her favorite song performed by the band Allstar Weekend was. That was an easy question -"Dance Fever," the 10-year-old replied. It was a little more difficult, however, for Sarina to describe her favorite member of the up and coming teen band.

  • Iraqi Kids Day

    Jun 20, 2010

  • Fort Carson ACS program teaches community about Army life

    Jun 18, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- An Army Community Service program exclusive to Fort Carson gives members of the surrounding community a better understanding of military life.

  • Quilt tells fallen Soldiers' stories

    Jun 18, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo.---Continuing its nationwide journey paying tribute to fallen servicemembers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Lost Heroes Art Quilt was on display at the Fort Carson Post Exchange over Memorial Day Weekend.

  • 206th Military Police Company Returns Home from Iraq

    Jun 18, 2010

    LATHAM--Members of the New York Army National Guard's 206th Military Police Company wade into a crowd of well-wishers as they return to home station at New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters on Friday, June 18. More than 70 members of the unit from New York's Capital Region returned to company headquarters here. More than 160 National Guard Soldiers deployed to Iraq with the company and similar receptions occured a Camp Smith near Peekskill, Utica, Rochester, Buffalo and Auburn on Friday.

  • Guide Dog Gives New Way Of Looking At Life

    Jun 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Maj. Tracey Smith sounds like any other proud mama when she talks about her "Garland." She is quick to show you a picture or tell you a story about all of Garland's "firsts." You can hear the joy in her voice when she talks about bringing Garland home for the first time; you can hear the strain when she talks about the day Garland left for college. For a brief moment, you almost forget that Garland is a dog. Of course, she's not just any dog; she is well on her way to being a guide dog for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization.

  • Recognizing America's Civilian Heroes

    Jun 18, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- "Please accept this on behalf of a grateful command." "Please thank your family." "Thank you for what you have done." Those were the words of appreciation expressed over and over again by Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of the Aviation and Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal, to more than 50 civilian and contractor employees Thursday during an AMCOM Deployed Workforce Recognition Ceremony.

  • Sustainers help open Kentucky NASCAR race

    Jun 18, 2010

    FORT KNOX, Ky. - Members of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) color guard presented the colors during opening ceremonies of NASCAR's Meijer 300, Nationwide Series race on Saturday, June 12 at the Kentucky Speedway located in Sparta, Ky.

  • Fort Carson, community leaders discuss partnership

    Jun 18, 2010

    Fort Carson and local community members met at Alternate Escapes to discuss ways to better support Soldiers and their Families through the Warrior Family Community Partnership.

  • TF Marne Soldier overcomes past, excels as mechanic

    Jun 18, 2010

  • What it takes: High school cadets develop skills at on-post camp

    Jun 18, 2010

    Each summer, students from across the state participate in the week-long cadet leadership course and learn skills from how to march to overcoming fears. A second cycle of cadets from the Atlanta area also completed the course June 14-18.

  • BAMC summer program offers valuable experience for youth

    Jun 18, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Brooke Army Medical Center Volunteer Services kicked off the annual youth volunteer summer program June 10, with an orientation for more than 55 volunteers.

  • Fort Sam celebrates Army's Birthday, Flag Day

    Jun 18, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- As the nation celebrated the 235th Army Birthday and Flag Day June 14 so did Soldiers and Family members of the Fort Sam Houston community. A celebration was held at the post flagpole to reflect on the Army's history and honor our nation's flag.

  • Time to celebrate lives of cancer survivors

    Jun 18, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Medical Center Cancer Care hosted their Fourth Annual National Cancer Survivors Day at the BAMC Medical Mall June 12, recognizing and supporting the lives of cancer survivors.

  • Warriors kick off Memorial Day Fun Run

    Jun 18, 2010

    RED CLOUD GARRISON - On a day when the United States solemnly remembered its living and deceased veterans, servicemembers in Uijeongbu paid homage to those who came before them by participating in the Memorial Day 5K Fun Run at Red Cloud Garrison May 31.

  • Field Artillery Museum earns award

    Jun 17, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla.--The Field Artillery Museum received the 2010 Army Historical Foundation Excellence in Museums Award at a ceremony this week in Arlington, Va. "This is awesome news and we are so proud of the FA Museum and the whole staff," Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill Commanding General Maj. Gen. David Halverson said in a news release. "Personally, I'm not surprised, as we have a great team and they have done so much."

  • Yankees honor U.S. Army's 235th Birthday

    Jun 17, 2010

    The New York Yankees recognized the U.S. Army in honor of its 235th Birthday. Pre-game activities included an Army color guard, deployed Soldier "shoutouts" and the Undersecretary of the Army, Dr. Joseph Westphal, throwing out the first pitch.

  • First Army celebrates Army birthday

    Jun 17, 2010

    The First Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Miller (second from left), and command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald T. Riling (third from left), are flanked by First Army Headquarters' oldest Soldier, Chap. (Col.) James DeCamp (left), Reserve component training integrator chaplain, and its youngest Soldier, Spc. Tifani Hightower (right), mail room clerk, during the unit's Army birthday celebration held Monday at Fort Gillem.

  • Fort's final Army Hooah Race sends community running

    Jun 17, 2010

    ATLANTA -- Hundreds of runners raced through the streets of Atlanta during the ninth annual Army Hooah Race Saturday, pushing themselves and each other through the gates of Fort McPherson and across the finish line at Hedekin Field.

  • Middletown breaks ground on new Armed Forces Reserve Center

    Jun 17, 2010

  • Library program hosts celebrated children's author Judy Sierra

    Jun 16, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Army Europe Libraries continues its "Conversations" series in July with Judy Sierra, best-selling and beloved children's book author of Wild About Books and The Sleepy Little Alphabet. Sierra will visit eight garrison libraries across the region to engage with children and their families with readings from her work, discussions, and writing workshops. Sierra's tour, supported by Installation Management Command-Europe Family and Moral, Welfare and Recreation, begins July 12 at the U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg, Germany Library and concludes July 22 on USAG Brussels, Belgium. The events are free and open to U.S. service members and their families.

  • Winner: 'Wolfhound' earns title of Army Hawaii's top Soldier

    Jun 15, 2010

    Specialist Andy James, a Soldier representing the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment and the 25th Infantry Division, wins the honor of representing the U.S. Army Pacific as the Soldier of the Year at the Department of the Army competition later this year.

  • Hawaii-based Boy Scout Cements Relationship with Fisher House

    Jun 15, 2010

    The Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center plays a vital role in the healing of sick or injured service members and their families. The house functions as a 'home away from home' for family members of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers, allowing families to focus on caring for their loved ones. When Conner Dooley, Hickam Boy Scout Troop 135, heard the Tripler Fisher House wanted two concrete patios installed near the facility, he didn't hesitate and chose it as his Eagle Scout project.

  • New York City Celebrates the Army's 235th Birthday

    Jun 15, 2010

    Several events took place throughout New York City in honor of the U.S. Army's 235th Birthday

  • Paula Deen offers families a dose of "southern comfort"

    May 21, 2010

    Military families were treated to a night out at the May 19 Washington Nationals-New York Mets game at Nationals Park. The event, hosted by Smithfield Foods, included a VIP reception prior to the game with 500 military members and families and Paula Deen, the "Queen of Southern Cuisine".

  • Paula Deen and Nationals welcome military families

    May 21, 2010

  • Wreath laying ceremony for President of Mexico

    May 20, 2010

    Maj. Gen. Karl Horst, commander, Joint Force Headquarters/ National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington stands attentively as the President of Mexico lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the assistance of Sgt. First Class Alfred Lanier, Sergeant of the Guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at Arlington National Cemetery, May 20, 2010.

  • Madigan earns national environmental award

    May 20, 2010

    Madigan Healthcare System has been awarded the Partner for Change, With Distinction Award from Practice Greenhealth. Madigan received the award May 12 at the CleanMed Conference in Baltimore. The Partner for Change, With Distinction Award recognizes health care facilities that have achieved improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction and pollution prevention programs. This includes at least 15 percent recycling, an extensive sustainability program and a show of leadership in the local community and/or in the health care sector.

  • Chamber of Commerce honors military

    May 20, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Harford County and regional business leaders gathered at the Top of the Bay club May 20 to celebrate Armed Forces Day and pledge support to the Soldier and civilians of this installation.

  • Soldiers applying humanitarian assistance learned overseas at home

    May 20, 2010

    "They work so hard to do everything you do, here at work, with reset, with training and then, for them to volunteer their time to go out and do these things on weekends, it's a selfless move."

  • Arctic Wolves go to the field with area students

    May 20, 2010

    Most field problems Soldiers tackle are of a tactical nature and do not include activities like tug-of-war, water-balloon toss and sack races . . .

  • Golden Knights help mark Signal Corps Anniversary

    May 20, 2010

    Ten nervous but excited Soldiers from 7th Signal Command (Theater) and Fort Gordon, Ga., participated in tandem free fall parachute jumps with members of the U. S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, recently to help commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Army's Signal Corps.

  • West Point grads uphold longstanding traditions

    May 20, 2010

  • Fort Carson DPW assists special-needs students

    May 20, 2010

    Four Directorate of Public Works wildlife employees and one Warrior Transition Unit Soldier helped teach six special-needs students from Janitell Junior High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., how to hook a worm, how to cast and, essentially, how to fish.

  • As requested: Full days of Family fun this summer

    May 20, 2010

  • Volunteers bring home the goods

    May 20, 2010

  • Army protects endangered species at installations

    May 19, 2010

    The U.S. Army has crafted an approach to training on many of its installations which is geared toward maintaining realistic and effective exercises while also preserving the natural habitat of up to 188 different endangered species spread across 99 facilities.

  • Army Soldier of Year welcomes new NCOs in induction ceremony

    May 19, 2010

    USAG Schinnen and the AFNORTH Battalion at JFC Brunssum inducted 22 soldiers into the ranks of non-commissioned officers during a ceremony held May 18 at JFC's Alliance Theatre.

  • Local art show paints bright picture for Iraq's future

    May 19, 2010

    May 15-16 in Doura saw the home of local civic leader and cardiologist Muayad Muslih Hamad al-Jabori transformed into a gallery, highlighting the talent of artists from across Iraq. The walls were lined with paintings; some loud, vibrant portraits of people dancing, others more somber, seeming to reflect the past years of hardship and war.

  • Boy Scouts open 50-year-old time capsule to celebrate 100 years of Scouting

    May 19, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Boy Scouts journeyed back in time May 8 during a ceremony at Wiesbaden's Dorint Pallas Hotel. As former members of Troop 11 and current members of Troop 65 opened a time capsule placed in 1961 at what was then the U.S. military's General von Steuben Hotel, German and American leaders joined the Scouts in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

  • Command group tackles half-marathon

    May 19, 2010

    A sea of some 10,000 runners, bikers, skaters and spectators recently swarmed the streets of downtown Mannheim for the annual Mannheim Rhein-Neckar Marathon.

  • Garrison to host Motorcycle Rally and River Ride

    May 19, 2010

    Harleys, Hondas, hotdogs and hamburgers - just a few of the sights, sounds and smells motorcyclists can expect to take in during the first-ever Motorcycle Rally and River Ride May 27 in Heidelberg.The event, sponsored by U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg, is designed to help both new and old riders refresh their safety skills, share lessons learned, and meet fellow motorcycle enthusiasts - all while enjoying a group ride along the Neckar River.

  • Camp Stanley runners conquer FMWR 5K,10K

    May 19, 2010

    CAMP STANLEY- Soldiers and community members within Warrior Country came out to support the Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation's 5K and 10K run competition May 15 at the Camp Stanley Physical Fitness Center. A 5K equals 3.11 miles and a 10K is 6.2 miles.

  • Soldiers roll strikes with rucksacks

    May 19, 2010

    RED CLOUD GARRISON - It wouldn't be mistaken as a forced march but Soldiers who jammed into the Casey Bowling Center May 12 participated in an extreme sport billed as the Warrior Country Extreme Rucksack Bowling Challenge.

  • Special needs children visit Casey

    May 18, 2010

    The American Red Cross and Korean Red Cross, together with Red Cloud Garrison Army and Air Force Exchange, opened the Casey Garrison Theatre May 13 to 30 local special needs students from Hyeoulem Children's School and their teachers for a morning of movies and treats. Nearly a dozen American Red Cross volunteers and three of their Korean Red Cross counterparts were on hand to greet the children and their teachers and provide drinks, snacks, and thank-you bags for the teachers before a showing of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, courtesy of Red Cloud Garrison AAFES.

  • Soldiers, family compete in 25 ID EO run/walk

    May 18, 2010

    Soldiers and family members took part in the 25th Infantry Division Equal Opportunity Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Run and Keiki Walk at Wheeler Army Airfield, May 15. The run celebrated the achievements of Asian-American and Pacific Islander citizens throughout the Nation's history and welcomed Soldiers and family to compete against one another for prizes.

  • Ranch helps Fort Carson wounded warriors adjust

    May 18, 2010

    WESTCLIFFE, Colo.---Dave Roever was a Navy riverboat gunner with the elite brown-water, black-beret unit in Vietnam when he suffered severe combat injuries from a phosphorous grenade exploding in his hand, burning the majority of his body. Roever was hospitalized for 14 months and underwent numerous surgeries. His experiences inspired him to create The Eagles Summit Ranch in Westcliffe, a nonprofit organization created to help wounded Soldiers deal with injuries sustained in combat.

  • "Wildcat" musicians visit Columbia, S.C. VA hospital

    May 18, 2010

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -On May 15, visitors to the William Dorn Veteran Affairs Medical Center were greeted with an extra helping of musical cheer by an unannounced performance from the "Wildcats" of the 208th Army Reserve Band.

  • The Old Guard participates in annual Joint Service Open House

    May 18, 2010

    3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard, recently participated in Joint Service Open House (JSOH), a three-day event held annually at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Through the use of unique aerial and ground displays several military units, to include The Old Guard, received the chance to share their unit history and modern-day mission with the thousands of American citizens in attendance, May 14 through 16.

  • Everyone wins at Kaiserslautern Special Olympics

    May 18, 2010

    Their smiles proclaim them winners - exuberant and infectious, or a bit shy, but always radiant. Countless faces sported huge smiles at the Kaiserslautern Special Olympics May 12 at the German Police Academy here.

  • Army Family Team Building builds better individuals

    May 17, 2010

    It may be called Army Family Team Building, but one thing that really gets built in the program is the individuals taking part. On May 7, after three days of training, nine students built themselves up further by completing the AFTB Level 2 course on Fort McPherson.

  • Fort McPherson honors military spouses

    May 17, 2010

    On May 7, Fort McPherson paid tribute to military spouses with a cake cutting ceremony at Army Community Services. "Soldiers know spouses keep things together," said Howard Butler, U.S. Army Garrison deputy commander, at the cake cutting.

  • Celebrating Asian Pacific heritage

    May 17, 2010

    With a youngster getting a close-up view, two members of the Pegasus Educational Center's Japanese Dance Troupe perform a traditional number during an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration May 7 at Fort Gillem.

  • Safety partnership links students, law enforcement

    May 17, 2010

    On May 7, 595 students from eight schools partnered with Fort McPherson visited the installation and interacted with members of local law enforcement agencies during a Safety Day partnership. The event, held on Hedekin Field on Fort McPherson, took place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and featured displays by 14 different agencies including the Georgia State Police; the Highway Emergency Response Operator unit; the Georgia Tech campus police; the East Point, Forest Park, and College Park police departments; the Clayton County, Henry County and Fulton County police departments; and the Fulton County Special Weapons and Tactics squad. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority police squad, Dobbins Air Force Base security forces, Fort Benning military police, and Fort McPherson Wellness Center were also in attendance.

  • Horses for Heroes returns to Fort McPherson

    May 17, 2010

    Although the Marines managed to defeat the Army 7-6 in the 2010 polo match at Hedekin Field on Fort McPherson Saturday, no one could be considered a real loser in the event. The event, which benefited the Wounded Warrior and Horses for Heroes at Chastain Park programs, was held to increase the public's knowledge about the game as well as the programs offered to injured servicemembers at Chastain.

  • Hawaii's diverse cultures represented in Pineapple Festival

    May 14, 2010

    WAHIAWA, Hawaii - Along with the sweet and delicious taste of Hawaiian pineapple, diverse local culture and vast history was celebrated during the Wahiawa Pineapple Festival and parade, held here, May 8.

  • APG hosts Armed Forces Day

    May 14, 2010

    Soldiers in period uniforms, Gold Star Families and interactive displays by tenant commands were part of the pageantry on parade during the 2010 Armed Forces Day activities May 14 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Installation Commander Maj. Gen. Nick Justice and Garrison Commander Col. Orlando Ortiz welcomed more than 500 visitors during opening ceremonies at the installation's Ordnance Museum.

  • Fort McPherson, Fort Gillem honor volunteers who made installations better

    May 10, 2010

    On April 28, Fort McPherson honored the 769 volunteers who gave their time to making the installation and Fort Gillem better places with a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony held at The Commons at Fort McPherson. The theme of the event was "Volunteers Build a Better World." At Fort McPherson, which celebrates its 125th birthday this year and also celebrated public service recognition this week, volunteers have played an important role, said Tina Helmick, volunteer program manager, Army Community Services, adding volunteers continue to make major contributions, even with the installation's upcoming closure due to the Base Realignment and Closure act.

  • 'Moving' words capture kids' attention

    May 10, 2010

    ATLANTA -- Moving can be a big undertaking, sometimes leading Families to forget about how it affects the little ones in their lives.

  • Children's parade closes out Month of Military Child

    May 10, 2010

    Everyone loves a parade, especially the children of the Fort McPherson Child, Youth and Schools Services school programs. On April 28, children and parents took part in the annual Month of the Military Child Children's Parade on Fort McPherson, a tradition dating back to the mid 1970s. The theme of this year's parade was "Discover Science," said Barbara Howard, Child Development Center director. The theme was chosen by parents at the monthly parent advisory committee meeting, she added.

  • Army Secretary meets press, families at Schofield Barracks

    May 9, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Division senior leaders, Soldiers and families at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, May 7, after the Defense Department announced the Tropic Lightning Division will return to Iraq this fall.

  • Honor Flight Lands Into Crowd Of Cheers

    May 7, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- On a rainy Saturday night, Ronnie Opolka and Mac McCord were at Huntsville International Airport, holding onto a sign that read "Welcome Home WWII Honor Flight" and a couple of U.S. flags. The two were among more than 500 people gathered in the lobby area near the exit sign for the airport's concourse April 24, waiting for 106 World War II veterans to disembark from a memorable trip to see their memorial in Washington, D.C. It was the 10th such trip sponsored by Honor Flight Tennessee Valley.

  • 'I had no idea what Military life was like'

    May 7, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- With a merry twinkle in her eyes and a thousand-watt smile, Kathy Campbell is the picture perfect vision of a military wife who appreciates the Army lifestyle and being married to an Army officer. The wife of Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Campbell is known for being welcoming and approachable, for her devotion to God and her faith, and for always enjoying a good laugh.

  • Diary of a Military Mother's Day

    May 7, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In June 2009, Shelley Feltmeyer sent her son off to war. Five months later, she sent herself. "I figured that if I could send my baby boy into harm's way, I could send myself," Feltmeyer, deputy to the commander for the Army Materiel Command Logistics Support Element, United States Division-Center, stationed with the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade in Baghdad, said.

  • Soldiers with 101st Airborne Division help clean up flood areas

    May 7, 2010

    More than 500 Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division load buses Friday at Veterans Plaza to help clean up the local community after several severe storms left many neighborhoods flooded in Clarksville. Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell announced May 6 Soldiers assigned to the post will receive a Day of No Scheduled Activities, May 7 to allow them the opportunity to take care of their households, which may have been affected by the recent flood."We here at Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) share a particularly close bond with the local communities, and if our Soldiers want to spend their personal time assisting our neighbors in this time of need, we encourage them to do so," said Campbell. Of Tennessee's 95 counties, 52 have been declared disaster areas, and getting help to people outside of Nashville has proven to be a much bigger challenge. At 4:30 Thursday, the Cumberland River level was 56.2 feet, after reaching a crest of 62.6 feet. Flood stage for the Cumberland is 46 feet.

  • Louisiana National Guard Soldiers critical to block oil slick

    May 7, 2010

    Soldiers of the Multi-Role Bridge Company, 205th Engineer Battalion, launched bridge erection boats and float ribbon bridge sets Thursday at Campo's Marina in St. Bernard, La., so commercial vessel can quickly load protective booms to place along the coastline.

  • Kids On Site Child Care Center opens at fitness center

    May 7, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The Jimmy Brought Fitness Center and the Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Venture Point initiative have taken away one of the most common excuses parents have for not exercising regularly: "I don't have anyone to watch my kids." A ribbon-cutting ceremony April 30 unveiled the new Kids On Site Child Care Center located inside the fitness center, offering convenient, hourly, on-site child care for parents and guardians using the facility.

  • Bluebonnet Babies, Family Advocacy Program hold successful baby shower

    May 7, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- With the Army Community Service auditorium at Building 2797 looking more like a balloon-filled musical baby land, the second annual Operation Baby Shower April 30 was deemed a huge success by everyone who attended.

  • USACE Louisville District awards record amount of contracts within hours

    May 7, 2010

    In approximately four hours, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District awarded more than $10 million in contracts for remedial work at Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant (RVAAP) in Ravenna, Ohio. RVAAP is one of the Louisville District's Installation Restoration Program projects. The program cleans up locations in use by federal government agencies. The Ohio Army National Guard uses portions of the site as a training facility, called Camp Ravenna. Once all remediation work is complete, Camp Ravenna is expected to become Ohio's premiere National Guard training facility.

  • Fort Rucker Soldiers, students beautify Northview campus

    May 7, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Gloomy weather couldn't stop a group of determined Soldiers and students at Northview High School in Dothan May 1. After being postponed for a week due to heavy rain, a group of warrant officers from Fort Rucker and the Student Government Association of Northview High School got to work beautifying the campus as part of the Spirit of Service project.

  • Fort Rucker international community celebrates Queen's Day

    May 7, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The various international communities of Fort Rucker joined together in celebration April 30 at the Dale County Council of Arts and Humanities in Ozark to celebrate "Queen's Day," the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.

  • BOSS mentoring program a major asset for Fort Stewart elementary school

    May 6, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>-On April 29, Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers members participated in Brittin Elementary School Field Day activities. Staff Sergeant Phillip Phinesee, Sgt. Frank J. Carson, Spc. Frankie Nugent, Spc. Christopher Aker, Spc. Kyle Sparrow and Spc. Michael Bramhall frequent the school as part of an ongoing program where Soldiers volunteer to spend a few hours a week with the students and assist the teachers with whatever they have going on for the day.

  • Fort Lee earns award

    May 6, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (May 6, 2010) -- The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee, earned a silver medal for an environmental government program in Virginia recently. Governor Bob McDonnell, R-Va., presented the award to Melissa Magowan, deputy to the commander, USAG, Fort Lee, John Ballenger, Environmental Management Office, and Andrew Duggan, EMO. Fort Lee received the award due to its dedication in sustaining military readiness by balancing mission requirements with the protection of the natural environment.

  • Fort Bragg takes gold at Army Communities of Excellence Awards

    May 6, 2010

    Army leadership recognized U.S. Army Garrison Fort Bragg, N.C., with golden status during the 2010 Chief of Staff of the Army Communities of Excellence Awards ceremony Tuesday at the Pentagon.

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