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  • Wrangler Brigade Soldiers Return from and Depart to Iraq

    Apr 12, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - In the span of 24 hours, the 4th Sustainment Brigade welcomed home three units and said goodbye to another. Applause and screams reverberated off of the walls inside the Kieschnick physical fitness center Apr. 9 as families and friends were reunited with the Soldiers of the 49th Movement Control Battalion just after midnight...

  • Sean Astin Sends Message of Support

    Apr 12, 2010

    I served for 10 years as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. It was an incredibly rewarding way to learn about the Civilian and Military leadership of our Armed Forces.

  • Four stars and two parents make for a special

    Apr 12, 2010

    U.S. Army Spc. Alexander Moore's mother and step-father didn't get a chance to see him enlist in the Army two years ago. However, they more than made up for it when they watched him re-enlist April 10, in an unlikely place, in eastern Afghanistan's Paktya province.

  • Scrap project beautifies Basra

    Apr 11, 2010

    Iraqi and U.S. officials welcomed Iraqi media to view a surprising sight April 1, 2010: an empty lot. Until recently, the lot in Basra, Iraq, had been the site of a huge pile of scrap metal as tall as surrounding buildings.

  • Broncos host open house for health clinic

    Apr 9, 2010

  • Ride to Recover

    Apr 9, 2010

    Members of the Ride to Recover team ride through Fort Hood, Texas

  • Military Children's Month Arrives In Full Bloom

    Apr 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- They are the world - and for the month of April, they are a reason for celebration

  • 'America's pastime' salutes America's military

    Apr 9, 2010

    As summer begins, America's pastime, baseball, stirs up in many a nostalgic sense of national pride. Now Major League Baseball has teamed with the U.S. Army to salute American servicemembers and their families.

  • Happy Child Grows Up With Autism

    Apr 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In 2007, the world of Elijah Roll and his family was topsey turvey, filled with doctor's appointments, speech and behavior therapy, various medications and lots of information on alternative treatments. And in the midst of all of that were two parents trying to understand the challenges of their 4-year-old son, who had difficulties with language and social interaction, uncontrollable temper tantrums and an inability to focus his attention on tasks.

  • New civilian aide to secretary of the Army has JBLM ties

    Apr 9, 2010

    A former I Corps deputy commanding general and chief of staff was named civilian aide to the secretary of the Army two weeks ago in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

  • Commentary: Good parents think, act like good NCOs

    Apr 9, 2010

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The first line of defense against child abuse certainly lies with parents - those who are most often the abusers. ... For me, to be a good parent you have to think and act like an NCO. Look at the attributes that make a good NCO and you'll see what I mean.

  • Mike's Egg-cellent Creations

    Apr 9, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the hands of Mike Chemsak, an egg looks mighty tiny. It also looks exquisite.

  • EDGE! offers after-school activities, adventures

    Apr 9, 2010

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (April 8, 2010) - One of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's newer programs has been steadily gaining popularity since it began a year ago.

  • Engineers partner with Iraqi Army, families to collect school supplies

    Apr 9, 2010

    Soldiers of the Ohio National Guard 16th Engineer Brigade, in partnership with the Iraqi Army 17th Division, recently identified two local Baghdad schools in critical need of school supplies.

  • Fest promises food, Family fun for free

    Apr 9, 2010

    In the Cajun vernacular, it's "Laissez les bons temps rouler." In the rest of the state, it's "Let the good times roll." However you say it, Fort Polk's annual CajunFest fills the bill. Held on Headquarters Field next to bldg 350 and the Warrior Community Center, this year's fest is set for April 17 and filled with food and fun for kids 2 to 72. Southwestern Louisiana's culture and cuisine will be on display and once visitors get a taste, they'll be coming back for more.

  • Fort Polk DES hosts annual fire school

    Apr 9, 2010

    FORT POLK, La. -- Fort Polk and the New Llano, La., Fire Department were the scenes of intense fire and rescue training March 19-20. For the fifth consecutive year, instructors from the Louisiana State University Fire and Emergency Training Institute came to Fort Polk to train Directorate of Emergency Services and local firefighters on current techniques and procedures.

  • Camp Guernsey recognized by Army for its cultural resources management program

    Apr 9, 2010

    The Wyoming Army National Guard's Camp Guernsey won the FY 2009 Secretary of the Army award for cultural resources management on an installation. Camp Guernsey was recognized for the efforts of its cultural resources management office in researching, preserving, and collecting data from historic sites as an integral part of enhancing the installation's primary mission as a field artillery training center.

  • Servicemembers, Vice President meet at Women's NCAA Championship

    Apr 9, 2010

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Vice President Joseph Biden meets military personnel from Fort Sam Houston at the Alamo Dome during the Women's NCAA Final Four basketball game April 6.

  • Soldier's dad walks for warriors

    Apr 9, 2010

    John Cote hit the road April 1 to tackle a 2,140-mile walk in the name of wounded warriors and their families. Cote, 56, is walking from Camp Pendleton, Calif., to Fort Benning in hopes of raising $2 million to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.

  • Joint Service Drill Exhibition

    Apr 9, 2010

    Come to the Lincoln Memorial this Saturday to see what dedicated training and teamwork produces in today's military at the 3rd Annual Joint Service Drill Exhibition scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, April 10. Watch as the service honor guards showcase their unique styles of crisp rifle drill. In case of inclement weather call 202-685-2888.

  • Fort Sill gives computers to local schools

    Mar 18, 2010

    Fort Sill, Okla. - y thousands of people on Fort Sill use a computer for work every day. With a two-year warranty on each computer, and increasing Army demand for better systems, the lifecycle isn't very long. When these computers are replaced with new and improved versions, the old ones aren't lost in a sea of hardware at the Directorate of Logistics. They are recycled. Instead of throwing the machines away or selling to the highest bidder, the computers are donated to local schools as part of the Computers for Learning program.

  • Soldiers place sights on paintball

    Mar 18, 2010

    690th Medical Company retuned home Christmas Day and was the third to participate in the Army's Warrior Adventure Quest program at Fort Benning.

  • Giant horses big hit at Stewart's Bits & Bridle

    Mar 18, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga.</b> - The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales horses have been staying at Fort Stewart's Bits & Bridle riding stables this week, causing a steady stream of horse lovers and Families with small children to come by the stables to see the giant horses. Hitch master, Hans Jager, said their six-man crew always travels with 10 Clydesdales and a Dalmatian named Barley, which are transported in three colorful tractor-trailer trucks.

  • Marne Soldiers lead the way at Hilton Head Island St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Mar 18, 2010

    <b>Hilton Head Island, S.C.</b> - Marne Soldiers were at the forefront as they marched and drove up-armored vehicles down the streets of Hilton Head Island, S.C., participating in the city's 27th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 14. The Soldiers were greeted with loud cheers and zealous waves from many of the estimated 20,000 spectators who lined the streets to watch this year's festivities.

  • WNBA player hosts ice cream social

    Mar 11, 2010

    The children of deployed Soldiers in 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team received a sweet treat from WNBA 2009 world champion Phoenix Mercury guard Ketia Swanier Saturday at Kelley Hill's Kefurt Gym.

  • Fort Wainwright thanks Fairbanks sponsors

    Feb 26, 2010

    FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - U.S. Army Alaska and Fort Wainwright garrison leaders joined with Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation to honor businesses for their support of Soldiers and families during a reception February 17 at Birch Hill Ski Lodge on post.

  • AER contribution campaign begins

    Feb 25, 2010

    In keeping with the idea of Soldiers helping Soldiers, the Army Emergency Relief financial hardship assistance program will kick off its contribution campaign during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Kelley Hill Recreation Center.

  • Commentary: Army Community Covenant - what gratitude looks like

    Feb 22, 2010

    As our Nation commits to preserving freedom through the uncertainty of deployments and conflicts across the world, Americans give us a special gift - embracing Soldiers and their families with sincere support.

  • Girl Scout Sending Sweet Thanks To War Fighters

    Feb 12, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL -- This time of year, all Girl Scouts have cookies on their minds. While many will go door-to-door to deliver their goods, Claire Munster's cookies will have a bit farther to go. She is sending her cookies to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I want to send them all around Iraq and Afghanistan where our Soldiers are stationed," Claire said. "That would make me really happy."

  • Hand-made textiles to provide a touch of home

    Feb 10, 2010

    The Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Command, (NSRDEC) provides everything the Soldier eats, carries, is sheltered in and wears for protection. The NSRDEC Director, Dr. Marilyn Freeman is starting a new voluntary project entitled Touch of Home that will start on Feb. 17.

  • We appreciate our local communities

    Feb 4, 2010

    "We're in this together. This has got to be a partnership. We can't do it by ourselves." This quote, by former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Linton Wells II, epitomizes the relationship we at Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem have with our local communities. With the unique support of our off post partners, we as an Army community are able to succeed on a daily basis.

  • All about children: Fort Bragg Military Families receive gifts

    Jan 8, 2010

    Nicole Lillich braved near-freezing temperatures Dec. 18, to pick up a highchair, crib bedding sets, onesies and baby toys at the Armed Services YMCA building on Jackson Street. Nicole, the wife of Spc. Frank Lillich, a 4th Psychological Operations Group Soldier, said receiving the gifts makes it easier not to rely on Family members to get Christmas items for the Lillich's two daughters, Madison, 15 months and Rachael, 4 months. The giveaway was the inaugural launch of Operation All 'Bout Children, an initiative of Operation Homefront of North Carolina, a military-support organization. Gifts were donated by Kolcraft, Wal-Mart and the Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. Foundation, said Curran.

  • Fort Riley Elementary School students celebrate Christmas 'Martian-style'

    Dec 31, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - A group of Fort Riley Elementary School first graders stood in the hall outside their cafeteria. Wearing green and silver costumes; they whispered amongst themselves about their lines and the crowd gathering in the gym.

  • Army spouse, local community make blankets for unit just in time for Christmas

    Dec 31, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - With help from her community, a 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team spouse's project turned into more than she expected. Misty Dial, the wife of Cpl. Keith Dial, a Soldier with Company A, 701st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th IBCT, set out to make 135 blankets for the Co. A Soldiers in time for Christmas. She ended up with 240.

  • Guardians provide food to those in need

    Dec 30, 2009

    With the holiday season here, the spirit of giving was in full swing as Soldiers from the 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division banded together in order to provide their fellow Soldiers and their Families with food during the food drive Dec. 18 at their headquarters building.

  • 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.

  • New York Army National Guard Honored 10,400 Veterans at Funerals in 2009

    Dec 29, 2009

    The New York Military Forces Honor Guard rendered military honors at the funerals of more than 10,400 former Army members, mostly from the World War II generation, in 2009. But there are still Soldiers being buried out there who don't get the honors they are entitled to because they or their families don't realize what they are owed by their country, said Donald E. Roy, the director of Honor Guard.

  • German landlords reclaim U.S. facilities in Dexheim

    Dec 28, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Once a U.S. military installation in Europe makes the base closure list, return of the property to the host nation is usually not far behind.

  • 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).

  • National Guard Celebrates 'Unbroken Lineage'

    Dec 22, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For Pfc. Barbara Stone, joining the Alabama Army National Guard was a lifelong aspiration. Since January 2008, she has served her country. Now, as a 20-year-old, she is looking forward to climbing the ranks, refining her skills as an information technology specialist and taking advantage of the opportunities the Guard can offer her. Her first sergeant, 1st Sgt. Johnny Whisenant, said he hopes Stone enjoys her National Guard career as much as he has enjoyed serving for 39 years. "I want her to be all she can be," said Whisenant, referring to an Army slogan. "Now, the nation as a whole, is putting so much into the Guard. She will be well-trained and she will work with the best equipment available. She will have a sense of purpose."

  • Christmas comes early for families of deployed Soldiers

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - "What a great Christmas gift!" said Andrea Young, Family Readiness Support assistant for 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. "You don't a get an opportunity very often where an organization comes, finds you and says 'Can we give you a computer'' A lot of people can't afford $300 to $400 to spend on a computer. This is above and beyond generosity."

  • Heroes' children get jolly escort

    Dec 18, 2009

    Military children taking part in the "Snowball Express" pose for a photo with Santa during a pit stop at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Dec. 9. Snowball Express is a charity founded in 2006 for children of fallen servicemembers.

  • Wounded Soldier gets brand new home

    Dec 17, 2009

    The "Build Brigade" from Homes for our Troops and more than 50 volunteers gathered at day break Dec. 4, to help erect a home during the weekend for a local Soldier injured in an explosion in Iraq. But this is no ordinary Soldier. Staff Sgt. Maurice Craft is a decorated Army veteran who deployed to Iraq from Fort Bragg six years ago. He lost his left leg and suffered multiple injuries to his right when a bomb was detonated close to him during a mission. He spent two years in rehab and has now returned to North Carolina with his mother and two daughters.

  • Santa Express pays visit to Fort Riley Wounded Warriors and their Families

    Dec 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Santa Claus and members of the Noble Cause U.S.A. Foundation visited the Fort Riley Soldier Family Assistance Center to help Wounded Warriors and Families celebrate the holidays on Dec. 11.

  • 'Trees for Troops' brings holiday cheer to Fort Riley Families

    Dec 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Melissa Mgana hadn't planned on getting a Christmas tree this year. But after she got an e-mail about the Trees for Troops program, she changed her mind.

  • Memorial Ceremony Honors Bomb Technicians

    Dec 16, 2009

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.-- Page Hakim, 19, did not just lose a father Dec. 12, 2008. She lost a hero. "I was so proud of my dad," Hakim said, recalling the tales she got to tell classmates and teachers growing up, of her father, Oregon State Police senior trooper William Hakim, the bomb technician that saved lives on a daily basis, and came to speak to her classes, bomb truck in tow. "How many people can say that'" Families, friends, law enforcement and bomb technicians from across the country joined the Redstone Arsenal community Dec. 7 for the 2009 Bomb Technician Memorial Ceremony, to honor and remember Hakim and Lt. Michael Avilucea who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2008.

  • NCOs on Ice: Alaska Soldiers part of hockey show

    Dec 15, 2009

  • Teaming up for a military Christmas

    Dec 15, 2009

    HIALEAH, Fla. - Five military families are enjoying a better holiday season this year thanks to Walmart and Operation Homefront.

  • Community gathers to open season, wish 1st AD well on its way to Iraq

    Dec 15, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "Is that the real Santa, Daddy'" A,A That was one among many excited exclamations as a big, red fire truck pulled up at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Community Soldier Farewell and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wiesbaden Army Airfield Dec. 11.

  • New Wiesbaden housing: German-American leaders break ground on $133 million project

    Dec 14, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Quality-of-life enhancement efforts took another step forward in U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Dec. 1 as German and American leaders broke ground for the new Wiesbaden Army Airfield South Housing Area.

  • Benelux garrison signs Army community covenant

    Dec 14, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium - Three signatures formalized decades of friendship between the U.S. military, local residents and a Belgian army unit Dec. 12, a unique twist to traditional stateside U.S. Army Community Covenants.

  • New York Guard Troops At Home -- in Japan:Deployed Rainbow Soldiers Enjoy Visits with Host Nation Fa

    Dec 13, 2009

    NewYork Army National Guard Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division, the Rainbow Division, training in Japan as part of Exercise Yama Sakura 57, visit Japanese citizens in their homes as part of a cultural exchange program.

  • Wreath Across America at Arlington

    Dec 12, 2009

    The Worcester Wreath Company, 6,000 volunteers and the non-profit Wreaths Across America decorate Arlington National Cemetery with 15,000 fresh balsam fir wreaths Saturday. Images from the occasion.

  • Royals sign autographs, present $25K for families

    Dec 10, 2009

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Army Community Service is providing $50 gift cards to more than 400 families of deployed Soldiers on Fort Leavenworth, thanks to a donation from Royals Charities. Kansas City Royals outfielder David DeJesus, and team Hall of Famers second baseman Frank White and pitcher Dennis Leonard visited post to sign autographs, meet with Army families and present a $25,000 check to support waiting families Dec. 2 at the Frontier Conference Center.

  • Campus Event Gets Young Girls Involved In Science

    Nov 30, 2009

    After they tried their hand at catapulting missiles and flying airplanes, Emma Gould and Heather Blackwell decided to gather autographs. So, with crayons in hand, they went around the classroom, asking each of their adult leaders to autograph their spiral notebooks. "Ya'll are nice. We just want to remember this moment," Emma told the volunteer teachers, many of whom work at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. "This is the best time ever," added Heather. While gathering autographs is decidedly not scientific, the two girls spent most of their day discovering all types of science and engineering challenges in fun classes that grabbed their interest, let them experiment hands-on and gave them the freedom to be, simply, young girls enjoying each other. The first-ever Girls' Science and Engineering Day took place Nov. 14 at the Shelby Center for Science and Technology on the campus of the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Some 454 girls in grades three through five from across Madison County attended the all-day event, which included about 20 classes on such topics as "Fun in a Hospital Laboratory," "Building a Tasty Model with Gumdrops," "The Wacky World of Weather," "Making Your Own Robot Jitterbugs," "Strawberry DNA Extraction," and "Video Games and Science: The Secret Connection."

  • Wreaths of Remembrance to Vets

    Nov 30, 2009

    The giving spirit of Christmas 2009 has already left its mark on the gravesites of Madison County's veterans and on the hearts of the volunteers who lovingly placed red-bowed wreaths on those gravesites. On a cold, gray fall morning, more than 100 volunteers armed with greenery and hammers walked the grounds of Maple Hill Cemetery to place 2,200 holiday wreaths on veteran gravesites. The next day, they visited Valhalla Memory Gardens where another 560 wreaths were placed on veteran gravesites. Now in its third year, the project - known locally as Wreaths for Veterans and nationally as Wreaths Across America - continues to grow larger in terms of volunteers and organizations involved. "People are so supportive of this," Wreaths for Veterans chairperson Joy Parker said. "It's unbelievable. It warms your heart. "Because the veteran has given us the freedom we enjoy today we want to give back a token in remembrance and honor. We're putting these wreaths on gravesites to honor and remember our fallen veterans here in Madison County. We are doing this to give a little back." Parker and co-chair Jennifer Hames, who are both military wives and members of the Redstone Garden Club, started Wreaths for Veterans after seeing a picture of holiday wreaths decorating the snowy gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery. They started the project with the help of the Redstone Garden Club, although now it involves volunteers from several other local groups. "I saw that beautiful picture at Arlington Cemetery and I thought 'Why can't we do this in Madison County''" Hames said on Nov. 18 as wreath decorating operations were winding down at Maple Hill Cemetery. "I sent the first e-mail that started this whole thing rolling. People are so willing to help us because they are aware of veterans and what they have done for our country."

  • Belgians, Americans celebrate 65th anniversary of landmark WWII victory

    Nov 30, 2009

    Sixty-five years after World War II's landmark Battle of the Bulge, U.S. and Belgian troops will again march side-by-side in Bastogne Dec. 12-13.

  • Service, sacrifice honored at Heroes' Tree reception

    Nov 30, 2009

    For many military communities, heroes aren't always the ones on the battlefields - they're often the ones tucking their children into bed, making dinner, teaching history, volunteering at hospitals and inspiring excellence. That was the message of the Heroes' Tree, a national program sponsored by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University that honors the service and sacrifice of our military Families. Individuals were encouraged to hang handmade ornaments with stories and photos of their military heroes on the tree, displayed at the Keith A. Campbell Library.

  • Drag racer visits Fort Sam Houston, shares her experiences

    Nov 30, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON - Tina Stull is many things: wife, mother, cancer survivor and race car driver. Stull visited Fort Sam Houston Nov. 19 to speak about her experiences at the 32nd Medical Brigade Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast. Following the breakfast she parked her dragster at the Rocco Dining Facility, visited with Soldiers and signed autographs.

  • Lost Heroes Art Quilt remembers fallen heroes

    Nov 25, 2009

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The Lost Heroes Art Quilt paid homage to Fort Sam Houston by making the Warrior and Family Support Center a Nov. 19 stop on its journey across America.

  • American Red Cross signs agreement with Korean Red Cross

    Nov 24, 2009

    RED CLOUD GARRISON - The American Red Cross extended their abilities to provide for Soldiers and Family members in Warrior Country by signing an exchange and cooperation agreement between the Korean Red Cross and the American Red Cross Nov. 6 at the USAG-Casey Community Activities Center

  • Armed Forces Reserve Center honors a Fallen Hero

    Nov 24, 2009

    NEW WINDSOR - Family, friends and distinguished guests outnumbered available seats at the building dedication honoring the memory of Sgt. Catalin D. Dima at the Armed Forces Reserve Center here on Nov 22

  • Organization reaches out to make Thanksgiving a celebration for local military families in need

    Nov 24, 2009

    For the past 20 years members of a local veterans' organization have been gathering before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to put together holiday packages for local families of veterans and deployed service members.

  • Chicago Bears Honor the Military for Veterans Day at Soldier Field - Part 2

    Nov 18, 2009

  • Heroes 'rock out' with heroes on even playing field

    Nov 13, 2009

    Spc. Demaro McFarlane, a Soldier with DC National Guard, grew up in the National Capital Region and is a huge Washington Redskins fan. "Growing up I thought these guys were Gods. To actually see them as regular people is just ... Wow."

  • Veterans honored during ceremony on Fort Polk

    Nov 13, 2009

    An overflow crowd spread across the parking lot in front of Fort Polk's headquarters Nov. 11 to pay homage to Soldiers and other service members during a Veterans Day ceremony. Louisiana's Fourth District Congressman, Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, was guest speaker for the event. He said the United States military has helped liberate the people of Iraq, and now it's time to do the same in Afghanistan.

  • Boston Bruins give back to the defenders of freedom

    Nov 13, 2009

    It was Military Appreciation night at the TD Garden last night and several hundred Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen were on hand for the Bruins 1-0 shootout loss against the Florida Panthers.

  • Sustainers host Strong Bonds retreat

    Nov 13, 2009

    FORT KNOX, Ky. - Members of Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and 233rd Transportation Company attended a Strong Bonds retreat Nov. 6-8 at Louisville's Galt House Hotel & Suites. The Strong Bonds retreat was organized and implemented by the 3d ESC chaplain's office and offered ways to increase individual Soldier and Family readiness and resiliency through relationship education and skills training. The retreats are planned quarterly and give single Soldiers and couples the opportunity to relax while receiving training.

  • Corps RRV rolls in valley Veterans Day parade

    Nov 13, 2009

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District's Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) was among dozens of military and civilian vehicles--antique, classic or modern--participating in the 6th annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11.

  • National American Indian Heritage Month brings history, tradition to Fort Sam

    Nov 13, 2009

    The 32nd Medical Brigade, hosted by the 264th Medical Battalion, kicked off Fort Sam Houston's National American Indian Heritage Month celebration with a reception Nov. 5 at the Hacienda Recreation Center followed by a presentation titled "The Meaning of being a Medic in Combat," by Penobscot Elder Charles Shay.

  • Volunteers spruce up Woodlawn Cemetery for Veterans Day

    Nov 12, 2009

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - About 50 volunteers gathered at Woodlawn Cemetery Saturday morning with rakes in hand and arrived early to clean up the cemetery, in honor of Veterans Day.

  • Liberty County Vets Hold Veterans Parade

    Nov 12, 2009

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month educates Civilians

    Nov 11, 2009

    RED CLOUD GARRISON - Col. Larry 'Pepper' Jackson, USAG-RC commander, wants to ensure every Soldier and Department of Defense Civilian is aware of ongoing initiatives to support individuals with disabilities.

  • Long Knives support 'Scout-O-Rama'

    Oct 28, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers, assigned to A Company, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade, Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division "Long Knives" donated their Saturday and a military vehicle in support of Killeen's 'Scout-O-Rama' at the Killeen Special Events Center Oct. 17.

  • Dynamics Of Working At Redstone Shared With Students

    Oct 28, 2009

    Redstone Arsenal's "wow" factor was on display Friday for about 120 college juniors and seniors interested in engineering, management information systems, accounting, finance, procurement, operations management, supply chain and enterprise resource planning. During College Day, the students toured the Prototype Integration Facility, Software Engineering Directorate, Redstone Test Center and the propulsion areas at Marshall Space Flight Center to get an idea of the projects they might work on as civilian employees for the Aviation and Missile Command or the other 50 federal agencies located on the Arsenal. "There are a significant number of job opportunities here and there's a lot of opportunity in the midst of the organizations moving here," AMCOM deputy commander Ronnie Chronister told the students. "What all this means is there will be opportunities for you and your peers for employment here." Speaking to the group at Heiser Hall at the beginning of their daylong visit, Chronister told the students that Redstone Arsenal can offer them a lot of hands-on opportunities to make a difference in the nation's overseas contingency operations and the day-to-day survival of Soldiers at war. The students saw some of the Arsenal's aircraft and missile systems perform in an AMCOM video, which included an Apache firing a Hellfire missile, a Black Hawk delivering a box of NLOS missiles to a remote location and a firing of a Patriot missile. "All the science and technology, the engineering, that went into building the Apache helicopter or Hellfire missile ... all the science and technology for aviation and missile systems is managed at this Arsenal," Chronister said.

  • Youngsters See Science and Math Hands-On

    Oct 28, 2009

    Pingpong balls and lava lamps brought the lessons of microgravity down to earth for sixth and seventh grade students who visited educator William Heard's mini-science lab at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center during the third annual Space and Missile Defense Student Day. "You guys ready to learn some cool stuff'" Heard asked students from Randolph School and Fairview Middle School. He asked the students if they knew about Daniel Bernoulli, a Swiss mathematician and scientist who lived in the 18th century and who is remembered for his applications of mathematical equations involving the flow of fluids in terms of speed, pressure and potential energy. Heard told them much of modern technology, especially aerodynamics, is based on Bernoulli's formulas. From the looks on the students' faces, the "stuff" didn't seem so cool anymore. "This guy was French. He lived in the 1700s. Way back then he was talking about some of the forces acting on nature, some of the things that are the principles of how airplanes actually work," Heard said, as he drove his message into the 21st century. "Bernoulli's Principle explains the lift and drag of airplanes, and the effect of air pressure. It's about microgravity." Then the "cool stuff" did happen. The students tried their own "lift and drag" experiment with two cups and a pingpong ball. The idea was to blow over the cup containing the ball so that the ball was pushed up and out of the cup, landing in the second cup. "By blowing over the cup, you are changing the air pressure inside the cup," Heard said. "Blowing across the cup generates a difference in the pressure in the cup and causes the ball to go from one area of high pressure to an area of low pressure." Heard also used 1960s lava lamp entertainment to further demonstrate the effect microgravity has on fluid. The demonstration was among eight exhibits from government and industry representatives that participated in the Space and Missile Defense Student Day at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Davidson Center. During the event, more than 250 middle school students from Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Cullman participated in hands-on demonstrations in robotics, unmanned aerial/ground vehicle aircraft, satellite technology, man's quest to rediscover the moon, and other space and missile defense technologies.

  • IMCOM-E, Romanian firefighters complete training

    Oct 28, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - A firefighting training officer from Installation Management Command-Europe's Firefighting Training Center in Ansbach recently completed training at Mikhail Kogalniceanu International Airport, Romania, Oct. 20 as part of an effort to enhance interoperability and capability at the site of U.S. Army Europe's Joint Task Forces-East. JAfA1/4rgen Schwab, Ansbach training center's training officer, and Hubert Karl, contractor HFW, provided five days of hands-on training to approximately 30 Romanian firefighters from the Mikhail Kogalniceanu (MK) International Airport.

  • ARRA: Corps of Engineers delivers first HAP check to spouse of a Fallen Warrior

    Oct 27, 2009

    First surviving spouse of a Fallen Warrior receives one of 28 checks processed by the Sacramento District during program's first month.

  • New Parent Support Program: Making life easier for military parents

    Oct 27, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - Play Group is just one of the services offered through USAG Schinnen's New Parent Support Program, serving military families in the Tri-Border region of the Netherlands and Germany.

  • USASMDC/ARSTRAT Chaplain recognized for building Strong Bonds

    Oct 26, 2009

    U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell presented the Army Commendation Medal to Command Chaplain (Maj.) Kevin Pies in appreciation of his efforts with the Strong Bonds program.

  • Fort Bragg children enjoy farm experience

    Oct 23, 2009

    Participants of Fort Bragg's Exceptional Family Members Program enjoyed a day at the Gillis Hill Farm Friday. Parents and children took an educational tour of the farm that included a short film about life on the farm, a puppet show set to the tune of Old MacDonald complete with real animals and a ride on a tractor pulled wagon.

  • Full Slate Of Activities Greets Military Wounded

    Oct 23, 2009

    Veterans Day activities will once again be the backdrop for a Tennessee Valley program that extends Southern hospitality to wounded Marines and Soldiers. The Semper Fi Community Task Force will host a group of 16 Marines and 16 Soldiers along with their spouses during Heroes' Week, which will include the Marine Corps Ball, a fishing tournament and boat tour, and the Veterans Day dinner and parade. All events are free for the wounded warriors and their spouses. "This is our way of helping, our way of paying it forward," said retired Marine Lt. Col. Mike Dahl, who is coordinating Heroes' Week. The task force has been raising funds throughout the year for this event. The group has also recruited various local businesses to donate services and products, and volunteers to assist with transportation and other arrangements. "We rely on a lot of local organizations to help us with this," Dahl said. Organizations such as the Patriot Guard, North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organization's Coalition, Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, Still Serving Veterans, Vettes for Vets Corvette Club, Blue Star Moms, Eagles Women's Auxiliary, Hands on Greater Huntsville, the cities of Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Guntersville, and several local churches support Heroes' Week. Businesses such as Sierra Toyota, the Westin Hotel, Guntersville Yacht Club and Rocket Harley-Davidson are also providing support. "We want to show them that Huntsville and North Alabama is an awesome place. We support our troops and we accept people with open arms," said Reserve Gunnery Sgt. Joe Wittkop, a Heroes' Week volunteer.

  • Celebrating Fort Monmouth history at Archives Day

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. -- The staff of the CECOM LCMC Historical Office spent a Saturday recently promoting Fort Monmouth's rich history at the Monmouth County Archives' 14th Annual Archives and History Day in Manalapan.

  • Growing Post Thanks Community

    Oct 23, 2009

    Community leaders from across the Tennessee Valley were given a "bird's eye view" of what growth means for Redstone Arsenal during a briefing from top Redstone officers Oct. 13. That view was an overarching look at the Arsenal's footprint, its growing capabilities and new organizations, and the issues that could threaten future growth. During the Evening at the Arsenal, Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of Redstone Arsenal and the Aviation and Missile Command, joined forces with Col. Steve Kihara, the new commander of the Redstone Test Center, and Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli to share Redstone Arsenal's story with more than 100 community leaders. The Arsenal story included a missile firing of the Javelin, a flyover of Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters, and dinner, exhibits and a presentation at the Redstone Test Center's hangar at the Airfield. "This is an Arsenal that supports the entire country ... The mission of success today is having you get a better feel for your Arsenal and having you get a better feel of what we're all about, what our challenges are and where we're at," Myles told his audience. "Welcome to your Army."

  • HonorAfA calls for preparedness

    Oct 23, 2009

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Retired Lt. Gen. Russel HonorAfA, a former instructor at the Command and General Staff College, spoke to Intermediate Level Education students and faculty about "Building a Culture of Preparedness" Oct. 20 in the Lewis and Clark Center's Eisenhower Auditorium. HonorAfA, a Louisiana native, led military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and is the author of the book "Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters."

  • Cadets help kickoff American League Championship Series

    Oct 22, 2009

    Earlier this fall, West Point and the New York Yankees were in the headlines for striking a deal to bring football back to the Bronx for the next five years.

  • Bluegrass teens run race in high-risk heels to help cause

    Oct 19, 2009

    The teens were on-site helping out at an awareness event sponsored by the Harrison County (Indiana) YMCA. While there, the young men were asked to participate in the "Walk in Our Shoes" race -- wherein men are asked to race in bright red high heels to bring attention to the domestic violence situation.

  • Sgt. Michael P. Scusa Receives Final Respects

    Oct 19, 2009

    Brig. Gen. Kurt S. Story honors fallen Soldier, Sgt. Michael Scusa, by presenting American flags to Scusa's wife, Alyssa, and son, Connor, during an interment ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo. Sgt. Scusa was killed in action Oct. 3, 2009 in Kamdesh, Afghanistan. He was a member of 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

  • Furry Friend Makes Reading Time Fun

    Oct 16, 2009

    At first glance, Taka is a big dog. The German shepherd stands taller than many young children. But, after meeting him, it doesn't take long for Taka's gentle demeanor, high tolerance level and friendly nature to bring his stature down to a child's level, where he is petted, hugged and kissed, and read to. Read to' Taka is a registered therapy dog and a Reading Education Assistance Dog. He spends the first Saturday morning of each month practicing his listening skills with children who read to him at the Redstone Arsenal Library as part of the Tales with Taka program. At his side is his owner and trainer, Jamie Ward, who spends her working days as the acting chief of the acquisition management division, Lower Tier Project Office. "This is all fun for the children. It gets them comfortable around dogs and encourages them with their reading," Ward said. "It's a way for me to support the troops and their families." On a recent Saturday morning, Taka read books with two members of Taka's Pack Readers -- 9-year-old Sofia Rundini and 7-year-old Isabella Fratangelo. Both picked out books that they knew Taka would like.

  • K-State, CGSCAca,!E+team up for scholars

    Oct 15, 2009

    Faculty at the Command and General Staff College and community members participating in adult education programs at Kansas State University read textbooks written by nationally known experts in the field of education. A few times throughout the year, they get the chance to meet those experts in person through the K-State-CGSC Teaching Scholars lecture program.

  • Corps of Engineers pays first expanded Homeowners Assistance Program claim

    Oct 14, 2009

    Air Force major receives first check under HAP program enhanced by the Recovery Act ....

  • Ambassadors of Hollywood visit wounded Soldiers, Afghans

    Oct 14, 2009

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - D.W. Moffett, Greg Germann, Kelly Carlson, DeAnna Pappas and Vanessa Branch visited troops at multiple locations across Afghanistan for more than a week as part of a United Service Organizations Ambassadors of Hollywood tour. Besides visiting troops at MWR and dining facilities, the celebrities visited wounded servicemembers and Afghan locals at the Role III coalition hospital here.

  • Picatinny veterans recognized for selfless service

    Oct 13, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Veterans were recognized for their service during major U.S. military conflicts to include World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the two ongoing overseas contingencies during a ceremony at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall in Rockaway, Sept. 22.

  • 11th ACR Horse Det. rides home victorious

    Oct 9, 2009

    11th ACR Horse Detachment competes against other teams around the country in the National Cavalry Competition.

  • Ten troopers of the 1st Infantry Division Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard excel at the

    Oct 8, 2009

    Troopers of the 1st ID's CGMCG excelled at 2009 National Cavalry Competition.

  • Stewart Soldier Show leaves lasting legacy

    Oct 8, 2009

    Once again, a Fort Stewart Soldier was among the cast of Soldiers presenting the 2009 U.S. Army Soldier Show to a near full house of appreciative onlookers, including Brig. Gen. Jeffrey E. Phillips, 3rd Infantry Division deputy commanding general-rear, at Newman Physical Fitness Center, Oct. 6.

  • Schinnen partnership produces environmental benefits

    Oct 8, 2009

    Thanks to a productive partnership with host nation environmental authorities, USAG Schinnen's Environmental Division meets regulatory mandates while protecting rare and endangered species.

  • Women in Defense comes to Aberdeen

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Benelux family team building skills help NATO partners

    Oct 8, 2009

    Army Community Services officials at U.S. Army Garrison Benelux are partnering with NATO allies on the home front, offering their military family team building tools to the international community on SHAPE. The volunteer-led Armed Forces Team Building program teaches leadership and developmental skills - such as communication, time management and problem solving techniques - to help strengthen family wellbeing.