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  • Environmental Team Cleaning Up Past Mistakes

    Oct 7, 2009

    Corroded air filters and disintegrated pieces of gas masks mar the natural beauty of a once popular fishing and swimming hole on Redstone Arsenal. But it's not what's above the water in the quarry at the corner of Neal and Mills roads that worries environmentalists Terry de la Paz and Wes Smith. It's what's underneath. An underwater video camera has revealed chemical drums and ordnance on the floor of the quarry pond. What the camera doesn't reveal is if those chemical drums actually hold substances that could damage the environment. "It will cost four to five million dollars to get the drums and ordnance out of the water and to clean up the site," de la Paz said. "But if there is a chemical warfare agent in those drums that we have to dispose of, then we will have to figure out how to destroy them and that will cost a lot more. "The problem is we don't know and it's a big risk. We have to plan on the drums having chemicals in them until such time as we can prove there's not." Redstone Arsenal is one of the Army's top three installations for the number of contaminated sites that have to be restored based on the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

  • NCO Academy Gives Local Youngsters Lesson Of Hope

    Oct 7, 2009

    What started out for the Soldiers of the NCO Academy as a simple afternoon of fund-raising became a lesson of hope and inspiration to a group of children at the Harvest Youth Club. A few weeks ago, many NCO Academy Soldiers spent their weekend washing cars to help raise money for the club. On Sept. 17 the same Soldiers had the chance to visit the children. The Academy raised $600; and the club will use the money to pave the back lot behind the club's main building. The paved area will give many of the children the chance to play games and learn how to ride bicycles, according to executive director Melvin Allen. He said the money raised by the Academy will be matched by Old Navy, bringing the total to $1,200. Once the Soldiers arrived at the club, the children were called to their assigned rows and stood at attention. They preformed military facing movements and then sat quietly. The Soldiers were impressed by the well-disciplined children. But the visit wasn't for the Academy Soldiers to brag about their accomplishments; it was to meet with the kids and give some guidance toward school, teamwork and life. "It's important to be here. We need to let these kids know that school is extremely important," said Sgt. Nicolette Pringle, 114th Signal Battalion, who is a student at the Academy.

  • Volunteers care for the 'aina' in Makua Valley forest gulch

    Oct 5, 2009

  • USAG Schinnen's BOSS program wins worldwide honors

    Oct 5, 2009

    For the second consecutive year, USAG Schinnen's BOSS program has received top recognition, winning the highest honor in its category this year for best installation program worldwide.

  • Ultimate Fighting Champion motivates wounded warriors

    Sep 29, 2009

    Fifty U.S. Army and Marine Corps wounded warriors were honored for their military service, here, Sept. 18, when they got an exclusive Thunderbirds air show preview and the opportunity to meet a local hero.

  • Fort Irwin unveils renovated kennel for dogs, dog lovers

    Sep 29, 2009

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg garrisons host Elmo and the Sesame Street crew

    Sep 29, 2009

    The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families used Elmo and other beloved characters to help military children understand what it means when their moms and dads deploy and how to handle the changes that can come with such a major transition. The tour itself is part of Sesame Street's "Talk, Listen, Connect" initiative for military families.

  • USACE People: Decades of environmental work, as regulator and park ranger

    Sep 28, 2009

    Angie Wulfow, park manager of the Sacramento District's Stanislaus River Parks, has worked for more than 25 years with the Corps to preserve the environment.

  • USASMDC/ARSTRAT Soldier returns from Iraq; reflects on Hispanic Heritage Month

    Sep 28, 2009

    Puerto Ricans have been serving in U.S. wars since 1898, and Hispanic Americans account for 10.9 percent of active-duty Soldiers according to Army demographics in 2008.

  • Sacramento District parks see record turnout on National Public Lands Day

    Sep 27, 2009

    Nearly 1,200 volunteers complete dozens of park improvement projects at 7 California lakes

  • Community Entertains Families From Fort Campbell

    Sep 25, 2009

    "OMG!" said Denise Lewis upon seeing the crowd gathered in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel. More than 250 family members, Team Redstone leaders, community leaders and representatives from various support organizations were assembled. They met in a reception room for a "Welcome to Huntsville" event Sept. 12. With their spouses deployed in Afghanistan for a year, the family members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Campbell, Ky., were ready for a relaxing time - a retreat from the stress of running a family, working jobs, being involved in the community, and the day-to-day household operation without the presence of their spouses. The group is part of Strong Bonds, formerly known as the Building Strong and Ready Family program in 1997, an Army family readiness/support group led by the 159th Chaplain unit. The program recognizes the importance of family support. "We are so happy to be here," said Lewis, family readiness group brigade adviser

  • Touching Lives Of Veterans With Caring Services

    Sep 25, 2009

    Helping veterans is a community-wide effort in Huntsville. And, among the organizations that assist veterans, Still Serving Veterans has made a niche for itself by providing "the caring and understanding counseling" sought by veterans of all ages who need help in reintegrating into their communities. "Support from the community is what really makes us successful," SSV executive director Werner Baker said. "Huntsville is such a great military community and Redstone is really a great post. Funding is critical to our programs. But we've been fortunate that Huntsville is a giving community. We have wonderful support." That support is much appreciated by SSV as it works to make each veteran, and especially each wounded warrior, successful at what often becomes the most difficult task in their return to civilian society - finding a way to support their families. "We take care of all veterans. But our main emphasis is on young wounded warriors. We do not turn any veteran away who walks in our door. We provide all of them with job development and job training, and we work closely with their families. It doesn't do just to help the veteran and let the family walk out the door without that same support. We are all about helping to keep these families together." Baker said the Huntsville community - including commercial establishments, government contractors and individuals - has come forward to provide financial support for SSV services and programs during its three years of operations. Fund-raising events, such as the upcoming golf tournament sponsored in support of SSV by Analytical Services on Oct. 2 at Cherokee Ridge Golf Course, make a difference in the type of support SSV can provide.

  • Picatinny employee to compete in World Ironman Competition finals in Hawaii

    Sep 25, 2009

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Ronald Wally, deputy director of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit here has qualifed for the World Ironman Competition finals in Kona, Hawaii.

  • Hiring Heroes helps match employers with job seekers

    Sep 24, 2009

    About 400 job seekers braved the rain Sept. 22 to attend the Hiring Heroes Career Fair at the Sam Houston Club. The Hiring Heroes program was established in 2004 to help wounded service members and their Family members find employment opportunities.

  • Army Community Covenant: Paralympics sports camp helps active, retired military recognize capabiliti

    Sep 24, 2009

    The U.S. Olympic Committee hosted nearly 50 active duty and retired military men and women with physical injuries at a Paralympic Military Sports Camp at Fort Sam Houston, Sept. 16 to19. The camps introduce Paralympic sport to military men and women with physical injuries. All sport clinics are conducted at an introductory level. If participants have an interest in competing in a particular event, U.S. Paralympics will connect them with a program in their community so they can begin to train.

  • Year of the NCO: Sgt. Audie Murphy Club inducts new member

    Sep 24, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Gregory Whitehurst became the newest member of the prestigious Sgt. Audie Murphy Club on Sept. 16 at an induction ceremony held at Blesse Auditorium, Willis Hall, joining an elite group of noncommissioned officers who lead by example. The club recognizes noncommissioned officers who set the highest standards of leadership, excellence and exemplify the characteristics of Audie Murphy, a great American hero.

  • 4th IBCT Sergeant Receives Soldier's Medal

    Sep 24, 2009

    In front of an audience of 2,700 Vanguard Brigade Soldiers, one noncommissioned officer here received the highest peacetime award for valor, Sept. 15. Sergeant John Anthony Huggins Jr., Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, earned the Soldier's Medal after risking his life to save a fellow Soldier.

  • Dog Face Soldiers Past, Present Unite

    Sep 24, 2009

    The 3rd Infantry Division is a unit with a long history of defending America, not only during war but also during peacetime. The division has been on the frontlines against freedom's enemies for nearly 100 years. The 3rd ID Historical Society held its 90th Annual Reunion in Springfield, Mo., Sept. 15-20. The organization is the oldest historical society in the Army.

  • Fort Riley, Fort Leonard Wood Soldiers work together on trench project

    Sep 23, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Soldiers from Fort Riley and Fort Leonardwood, Mo., are working together for the benefit of both installations. The 94th Engineer Battalion is a construction effects battalion from Fort Leonardwood. It includes two horizontal companies, one vertical company, and a survey and design section.

  • Sacramento District natural resources staff reaches out to wildlife conservation community

    Sep 23, 2009

    USACE staff shared the Corps' environmental stewardship message at the Wildlife Society's 16th annual conference in Monterey, Calif.

  • 1,000-plus attend veterans' benefits event in Anniston

    Sep 22, 2009

    An Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs Supermarket of Benefits held in conjunction with Anniston Army Depot's Suicide Prevention Fair on Sept. 11 at the Anniston Meeting Center was a success not only for the 49 vendors who participated, but also for the 1,043 veterans and their families who came through the doors.

  • Command Soldiers meet with WWII vets

    Sep 21, 2009

    World War II members of Marine Fixed Wing Squadrons VMF/VMA-124 and VMF-155 enjoyed the company of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Soldiers during a veterans' reunion luncheon on Friday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Going green saves green in the Benelux

    Sep 21, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium - Reduce, reuse and recycle is the message environmental specialists at U.S. Army Garrison Benelux are sending to the community to help conserve natural and Army resources.

  • 2nd Armored Division Veterans Visit ChiAfA..vres Air Base

    Sep 21, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" A group of 2nd Armored Division veterans and their families visited ChiAfA..vres Air Base and Daumerie Caserne on Sept. 11 as they neared the conclusion of a European trip that has taken them through Belgium and France. Members of the veterans group fought their way through Belgium in 1944 and said visiting sites they remember from 65 years ago still has great meaning to them.

  • AMCOM Embraces Social Media Venues

    Sep 18, 2009

    The Aviation and Missile Command can now be found on two popular social media sites, Facebook and Twitter. "Social media is the most effective and least expensive tool to reach the largest audience possible," Ginger Stephens, AMCOM chief of Public and Congressional Affairs, said. "It allows us to quickly and efficiently update our troops, work force, and the general public on what's going on at the Aviation and Missile Command. It also serves as a great recruiting tool, showing the younger generation that the Army is up on the current trends and actually ahead of the curve." AMCOM's mission is quite simple: to get the Soldier what they need, before they need it, in order to do their job. This includes the fielding and sustainment of new or upgraded weapons and aviation platforms. "We recognize the importance of engaging on social media platforms, such as those where AMCOM is engaged," Lt. Col. Kevin Arata, chief of the newly established Army Public Affairs Online and Social Media Division, said. "This is how and where our audience gets much of their news."

  • Today's Soldiers Honor Yesterday's Heroes

    Sep 18, 2009

    When you drive the streets of Huntsville at 4 a.m., you're not going to see much. You'll pass closed buildings, dark streets, and you won't find many citizens wondering around. But as you pull into the Huntsville International Airport, you'll find Soldiers standing with members of the Patriot Guard, holding giant American flags, waiting for some special guest to arrive. Who's the special guest, you might ask' Is it a general' How about a music singer coming to play a concert for the Soldiers' None of the above. These Soldiers and civilians of Huntsville, Madison and Redstone Arsenal are waiting for members of the greatest generation - World War II veterans coming to the airport to participate in an Honor Flight, a trip to see the WW II memorial in Washington, D.C. This edition of the Honor Flight took place Aug. 29. "The Honor Flight is an organization where (they) solicit donations from various corporations and private and public donations, all to fly these World War II veterans and volunteers to Washington, D.C., so these vets can see their memorial and remember those who died serving our country," said Sgt. 1st Class Scott Fuchs, senior small group leader for the Basic NCO Course, 59th Ordnance Brigade.

  • Fort Sam Houston addresses suicide prevention

    Sep 18, 2009

    Fort Sam Houston Soldiers and civilians attended a suicide prevention awareness open house Sept. 15 at Army Community Service. Upon entering the auditorium attendees received a bag filled with useful information on the risk factors and warning signs for suicide, a guide to cope with deployment and combat stress and a list of phone numbers for several resources available to Soldiers and civilians. There were also representatives from several agencies from both on- and off-post on hand to answer questions and provide information on the resources available to combat suicide. Trudy Lomex shared her heart-wrenching experience of losing her son to suicide and her struggle to move past it and seek counseling. She encouraged those in the audience to talk to others.

  • USAG-Detroit Arsenal Offers Help in Dealing with the Housing Market Crisis

    Sep 18, 2009

    Resources are available for Soldiers, Families, and DA Civilians who are affected by the housing market crisis.

  • Stewart-Hunter, local leaders join first responders to commemorate 9/11

    Sep 17, 2009

    More than 1,000 Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Soldiers and Family Members, along with community leaders joined first responders to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001 with a Freedom Walk, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

  • 3rd Sustainment Brigade's Own 'Renaissance Man'

    Sep 17, 2009

    In addition to his S1 duties, Major James Galluzzo finds time to be a coach, pilot, magician, father and more

  • Welcome home 135th QM Co!

    Sep 17, 2009

    Nearly 200 Soldiers from the 135th Quartermaster Company, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade arrived home after a yearlong deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sept. 14.

  • Volunteers use Libby Custer's 'secret recipe' during pie-making marathon

    Sep 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Teenagers, adults and retirees packed elbow to elbow along long tables in a room that smelled pleasantly of cinnamon, rolled up their sleeves for one common mission: to make a lot of apple pies.

  • 'Operation Kid Comfort' provides lasting memories

    Sep 16, 2009

    Hearts Apart along with the Armed Services YMCA in Junction City held the Operation Kid Comfort program Sept. 10 at the ASYMCA facilities.

  • Fort Riley remains proactive in H1N1 preparedness

    Sep 16, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - As Fort Riley prepares for a possible second wave of the H1N1 virus, its Soldiers and Families should also prepare for the possibility of illness.

  • Soldier provides leadership off the battlefield

    Sep 16, 2009

    Lt. Col. Derik Von Recum, chief of operations, 94th AAMDC applied his military knowledge and experience as an assistant scout master for Troop 311 out of Kailua as he helped guide them on mountain trails at Philmont Scout Ranch, N.M., July 29- Aug. 10.

  • Army selects two ACOE finalists from Korea

    Sep 15, 2009

  • Soldiers' Chorus vocalist pays tribute through song

    Sep 15, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Rose Ryon performs at a special Patriot Day tribute at the Intrepid Museum in New York City Sep. 12.

  • September 11 has dual meaning for U.S. forces in Belgium

    Sep 12, 2009

    HENRI CHAPELLE, Belgium - Each of the nearly 8,000 gravestones here tells the story of ordinary young men from towns across America who became heroes to local residents 65 years ago Sept. 11 during this area's liberation from German aggressors. Approximately 300 U.S. and Belgian citizens, including U.S. Army Europe Commander Gen. Carter Ham and three World War II veterans, paid tribute to the Soldiers buried at the American cemetery here in a ceremony coinciding with the anniversary of terrorist attacks against America Sept. 11, 2001.

  • "The Greatest Show on Earth": ACT opens the curtain on its 67th season with "Barnum&q

    Sep 11, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Army Community Theatre (ACT) opened the curtains on its 67th season this week by casting the spotlight on the man who brought audiences "The Greatest Show On Earth."

  • 'Raising' funds

    Sep 11, 2009

    HAWAII KAI - Antonio Williams (left), Deputy Chief of Police, Directorate of Emergency Services U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) and Patricia Doronila, police officer, Honolulu Police Department send a "shaka" down to contributors after raising another bucket of money up to their camp perched above the Safeway store, here, during the annual "Cop On Top" event, Sept. 3-5. Local law enforcement officials came together to raise more than $12,568 for Special Olympics-Hawaii athletes. To help meet their goal of $15,000, donate now through Dec. 5 at <a href="http://www.firstgiving.com/teamhawaiikai"> www.firstgiving.com/teamhawaiikai</a>.

  • Youth Center Gets Youthful Appearance

    Sep 11, 2009

    Nothing beats a fresh coat of paint to instantly refresh a room. Thanks to Home Depot and the hard work of volunteers, the Youth Center looks youthful and fresh. Stephanie Stone at Directorate of Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation got the call from Home Depot. Their service crew, Team Depot, was looking for a community project to do and they really wanted to make it happen on Redstone. "Linda Ares from Team Depot came to me and asked if FMWR had any community projects they could do at no cost to us," Stone said "I put the word out to let everyone know we had this great offer. We got a lot of ideas from all the activities." The Youth Center was ultimately chosen. Even though new furniture and equipment had been bought for the facility, the old paint made it feel dated, Stone said.

  • AAFES takes Army Family Covenant message to the streets

    Sep 11, 2009

    The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is hitting the road with a message that says the Army cares. One hundred 18-wheelers will become rolling billboards with the message "Army Family Covenant: Keeping the Promise - Honoring our Commitment to Soldiers and Families" in 4-foot-tall lettering. The graphics will include a photograph of a real Army Family featured in a variety of covenant-related advertisements.

  • Buffalo Soldier Memorial Service at West Point

    Sep 10, 2009

    Retired Buffalo Soldier Sgt. Sanders Matthews (left); 1st Lt. Jessie Mooney, Military Police Company platoon leader and wreath bearer; and Col. Ricanthony Ashley, chief of radiology at Keller Army Community Hospital, Class of 1986 and guest speaker for the 48th annual Buffalo Soldier Memorial Ceremony held Sept. 6, placed the wreath during the ceremony and rendered appropriate honors.

  • Hunter vounteer honored for service

    Sep 10, 2009

    Marcia Steele, who was honored recently with the Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, doesn't have to hear the words "thank you" when she helps someone. She really likes to hear those words, of course. But she said her deepest, "heartfelt satisfaction" comes just from the knowledge that "I have been able to help someone. I have done a kind deed." Steele, wife of deployed Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Steele, was the first Hunter Army Airfield recipient of the award in about 19 years. She was nominated for providing more than 4,000 hours of service to Army Community Services and other organizations since 2006.

  • Alaska Soldiers learn to play safe in the Last Frontier

    Sep 9, 2009

    Soldiers at Fort Richardson, Alaska, receive safety training on many of the off-duty outdoor activities available to them while stationed in the Last Frontier, including cold-weather camping, hunting and snowmobiling.

  • Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club opens doors to community

    Sep 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Wiesbaden community members got an inside look at the wide range of resources, services and opportunities available in and around the garrison Aug. 26 at the Community Activity Center. The Community Fair, hosted by the Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club, offered newcomers and those who have been here for a while a chance to learn about everything from events in the city of Wiesbaden, courtesy of the city's Marketing Office, to upcoming WCSC programs.

  • Students, graduates with disabilities team up with government employers

    Sep 8, 2009

    By the time her senior year of college was ending in 2009, Annie Chambers was losing hope of finding a full time job.

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team Grace Chicagoland Skies With Their Expertise at th

    Sep 7, 2009

    The Golden Knights demonstration included a Tandem Jump with Wounded Warrior, Melissa Stockwell and local media, to Pond Swooping along Lake Michigan and jumping in the American and POW Flags. Over two Million spectators attended the show and watched the Golden Knights expertly land on target, while entertaining the very satisfied crowd. The paratroopers from Fort Bragg, NC also jumped in a baton and presented it to IL Governor Patrick Quinn, who thanked each Golden Knight personally after their demonstration. Afterwards, Governor Quinn got on stage and addressed the massive crowd in the Windy City and emphasized the importance of "Supporting our troops and the heroes that put their life on the line everyday to protect our freedom."

  • Tripler's volunteer therapy dogs, handlers make the rounds

    Sep 6, 2009

    TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Hawaii - Mac McDaniel is very proud of his Welsh terrier, Baxter. Besides being a rare breed of dog in Hawaii, Baxter is also part of an elite team serving in the Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) Human Animal Bond program, which uses friendly canines and other animals to boost the spirits of patients, families and staff.

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights drop in on a Chicago Bears pre-season game in Bourbonnais, IL

    Sep 5, 2009

    The Army Golden Knights were in IL for a Tandem Camp, hosted by the USAREC Chicago Recruiting Battalion and Army Public Affairs-Midwest. The Chicago Bears were holding their Training Camp in Bourbonnais, IL and were treated to a pre-game demonstration jump by the Golden Knights. Chicago Bears Co-Owner and Senior Director of Business Development, Brian McCaskey, who also did a Tandem Jump with the Golden Knights that same day, introduced the team to Coach Lovie Smith and some of the Chicago Bears lineup, to include Fullback, Jason McKie. Afterwards, the team interacted with some of the thousands of fans and signed autographs while handing out their posters.

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team give Chicago-landers a once in a lifetime experience

    Sep 5, 2009

    The Army Golden Knights Tandem Team, Fort Bragg NC, led by Sergeant Major, Michael Aca,!A"IkeAca,!A? Eitniear, came to Il for a week-long Tandem Camp at Skydive Chicago. The Tandem Team performed over 50 jumps with local Centers of Influence (COIs), to include one of the Chicago BearAca,!a,,cs Co-Owners and reporters from FOX News and ABC. Every tandem jumper at Skydive Chicago was treated to the extreme professionalism and expertise of the team through a day-long experience. Each day started off with introductions of every team member to get them ready for the total Army experience with their Tandem Masters. The paratroopers let the tandem jumpers know how many jumps they had performed in their Army career, which was a huge factor in calming down some of the nervous participants once they heard how experienced they were. From the newest member of the team to the Executive Officer LTC James Bean, every jumper was treated to personal insights of what brought each paratrooper to the Golden Knights. Some of the paratroopers came from other teams, like Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Isenbarger, who came from one of the Golden Knights Competition Teams, spreading further awareness to those in attendance on the variety of skills the Army has, as most didnAca,!a,,ct even know the Army had competition teams. Perhaps the most heartfelt story came from Sergeant Jared Zell, who explained to those at the tandem camp that when he was nine years old, he saw the Golden Knights jump at an air & water show and decided then he wanted to be a Golden Knight. Personal experiences like ZellAca,!a,,cs, really gave the attendees an inside look at their Tandem Masters in addition to their skills and expertise. Afterwards, Team Leader Sgt. 1st Class Michael Elliott, gave a step by step class of instruction on every aspect of the tandem jump they were about to experience, as well as hints on how to make the personal DVD they would be sent away with better. After answering questions, Elliot brought the tandem jumpers to the rest of the team to get everyone suited up and ready for their tandem experience with his teammates. Two of the many COIs who participated in the tandem camp, were pretty much a representative of all the jumpers in what they had to say about their experience. Chicago Bears Co-Owner and Senior Director of Business Development, Brian McCaskey, had this to say after his tandem jump, Aca,!A"This might sound cheesy but it was a life changing experience for me. The training I received from the Golden Knights and the opportunity to do something so extraordinary with the very best in the world will stay with me forever. I truly have a different perspective on life and of course the Army. I will be a good ambassador for all that you do as I share my experience with anyone willing to listen.Aca,!A? USO of IL President, Tony Enrietto, who jumped on the first day of the tandem camp, summed it all up by exuberantly stating, Aca,!A"Thank you for the best day of my life!Aca,!A?

  • Campbell's Rakkasan appears on television game show

    Sep 4, 2009

    When a Fort Campbell 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldier went to Nashville to audition for the game show, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" he never expected to make it all the way to the hot seat in New York. Now 1st Lt. Jacob Shaha, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, is $25,000 richer and it's all thanks to his wife.

  • Bluebirds help Boy Scout land Eagle

    Sep 4, 2009

    It took eight years, but Ross Diggs finally achieved his aspiration to become an Eagle Scout. Ross, 15, was awarded the coveted badge Aug. 29 at U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters.

  • Army Jobs Prove Popular at Career Expo

    Sep 3, 2009

    The Army was the standout employer at the Aug. 24 career expo at the Von Braun Center South Hall. Judging from the lines of unemployed and underemployed candidates waiting to talk to an Army representative, Janice Hunt of Aviation and Missile Command Human Resources said The Huntsville Times Mega Career Expo was a "huge success." "We got a lot of good qualified candidates," Hunt said. "AMCOM will be able to make probably several selections from the resumes we collected." Besides AMCOM, Army participants in the career expo included the Army Materiel Command, Lead AMC Integration Support Office, Army Research Development and Engineering Command, Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, Army Contracting Command and Army Expeditionary Contracting Command.

  • Sending Love To Soldiers Via Big-Screen TV

    Sep 3, 2009

    Hi, daddy!" "Hi, Bree, Bree! I love you." "I love you!" "You look pretty." "Thank you, daddy." Two-year-old Briana Payne did, indeed, look pretty in a red, white and blue sundress that she wore just for her daddy, Sgt. Jeffrey Payne. Briana's dad got to see her all dressed up thanks to a video teleconference that brought families of the Reserve's 375th Engineer Company together with their deployed Soldiers for a few minutes of big-screen-TV family time. The teleconference was arranged by Lockheed Martin at the company's Huntsville headquarters as part of the Aug. 22 Blue Star Service Banner program for the families of the 159 deployed Soldiers. It was the first time such a large-scale video teleconference has been conducted in Huntsville on behalf of deployed Soldiers, said organizer David Carney. For the families in attendance, the chance to see and talk to their Soldier made the Blue Star Service Banner program even more special.

  • Fort Riley, Kansas State University renew partnership

    Sep 2, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley and Kansas State University formally renewed their partnership during a ceremony Aug. 27 at the K-State Alumni Center. The partnership aims to provide mutually beneficial opportunities for the two institutions.

  • KU teams up with Fort Riley to fly unmanned craft

    Sep 2, 2009

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - The University of Kansas Aerospace Engineering department traveled to Fort Riley Aug. 28 to test its Meridian Unmanned Aircraft System. Five students accompanied by two associate professors brought the plane for a test run and hoped for a successful flight. The team stood in awe as the plane lifted off the ground in the late afternoon.

  • Sand Gnats salute the Troops

    Sep 2, 2009

    The Soldier took his place among other honored guests next to the Grayson Stadium pitcher's mound. He took a baseball, looked down at the catcher and threw the first pitch of the night. It was the Savannah Sand Gnats' Military Appreciation Night and Sgt. Kevin DeBold, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, threw the first pitch.

  • Georgia Senators visit Stewart housing

    Sep 2, 2009

    Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson toured Fort Stewart, led by 3rd Infantry Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, to see the living conditions of the Soldiers based here firsthand, Aug. 31.

  • Young Carpenters at the Detroit Arsenal

    Sep 1, 2009

    The Detroit Arsenal partners with local Home Depots to enhance the SKIES program.

  • MPs reach into local community with encouragement for at-risk teens

    Aug 28, 2009

    Soldiers from the 200th Military Police Command shared a taste of military life with more than 50 elementary and middle-school students at a "Back 2 School Campout" in northeastern Baltimore's Herring Run Park on Friday and Saturday.

  • Food show infuses commissaries with local products, flavors

    Aug 28, 2009

    WAIKIKI, Hawaii - The aroma of savory pork and chicken katsu cooking joined the smells wafting through the Hawaii Prince Hotel, here, during the 12th Annual American Logistics Association (ALA) Hawaii Food Show, Aug. 20.

  • Soldiers, civilians partner with Habitat for Humanity

    Aug 27, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - Work started at ground level Tuesday on the Habitat for Humanity site near Benning Drive in South Columbus. Several Soldiers and civilians with the CONUS Replacement Center laid the foundation for a new home that will be sold at cost, with interest-free loans, to a family in need.

  • Nevada Governor-Hosted Community Covenant Ceremony

    Aug 24, 2009

    Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki announces new initiative to document stories of Nevada's service-members involved in the Global War on Terror at the Community Covenant Ceremony on August 18, 2009.

  • Soldiers' songs bring smiles to sick children

    Aug 21, 2009

    Children at several Indianapolis hospitals were entertained by Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division Aug. 21, who were in town for the 82nd Airborne Division Association convention.

  • A Day in the life of the West Point Band

    Aug 21, 2009

    Army home football games, reviews on the Plain, meal formations and hops have a couple of things in common. Cadets is the obvious first answer but also, the efforts of the West Point Band.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters gains military focus with new grant

    Aug 20, 2009

    FORT BENNING GA - After 20 years of serving the valley area, Big Brothers Big Sisters is concentrating much of its efforts on Fort Benning, thanks to a $20,000 grant that will link military children and Soldiers with "Bigs" and "Littles" in the community.

  • Young fans turn out to watch 82nd Airborne Paratroopers arrive in Indy

    Aug 20, 2009

    Fans young and old turned out to watch paratroopers arrive in Indianapolis for the 82nd Airborne Division Association Convention

  • HIRED! Program concludes successful first term

    Aug 20, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- HIRED! is an apprenticeship program for youth in the ages of 15 to 18. It provides on-the-job experience and allows the apprentices to gain valuable skills. The first term is about to end and the second term begins Sept. 8.

  • 'Army Wives' author reaches out to fellow spouses

    Aug 20, 2009

    Tanya Biank, whose book "Army Wives" inspired the No. 1-rated Lifetime TV network show of the same name, will experience the same hurt and pain of separation as other 3rd Infantry Division families when the division deploys in less than two months.

  • Family's popularity rises with Army advertising campaign

    Aug 19, 2009

    As the spouse of a command sergeant major, Ingrid Murray is accustomed to talking to Soldiers and their spouses about things and events that affect their lives. Now, thanks to an Army media campaign, the Murray's are unofficial faces of the Army Family Covenant.

  • Family members search opportunities at job fair

    Aug 18, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Warrior Country provided another outlet for Soldiers and their Family members to settle in Korea by providing more than 40 agencies looking to hire at the USAG-Casey Digital Conference Center for the Fresh Start Career Job Fair July 31.

  • 62d Engineer digs a blood drive at Fort Hood

    Aug 18, 2009

    Cpt. Kristy Norquist arranged an Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) blood drive for her Soldiers assigned to the rear detachment for the 62nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Homes for Troops

    Aug 18, 2009

    Hundreds of individuals and dozens of area businesses participated in the Homes for Troops project to benefit the Wallace family.

  • Soldiers Turn Actors in Spirit of America

    Aug 18, 2009

    While training to defend the Nation's capital and maintain the United States Army's time honored ceremonies and traditions for the world to see, the Soldiers of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington also prepare each August to tell the Army's story through the Soldiers' eyes, in the unique, patriotic show, Spirit of America.

  • Soldiers learn to speak Korean on Casey

    Aug 18, 2009

    CASEY GARRISON South Korea - More than 40 Soldiers gathered for classes to learn to speak the Korean language July 30 in USAG-Casey's Education Center. The class is taught by three Korean nationals hired by the Northern Gyeongi-gi Provincial Office to teach their native language to Soldiers who wish to learn from July 7 to Aug. 27.

  • Airborne troops participate in local service project

    Aug 14, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy -- Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) took part in a local service project to develop a partnership between the American and Italian communities.

  • Program links post, disabled college students

    Aug 13, 2009

    FORT BENNING GA - Fort Benning got a boost this summer from a Department of Labor effort aimed at providing disabled college students with meaningful employment, officials said.

  • Local Firefighters Learn Ropes at Redstone Arsenal

    Aug 13, 2009

    "Where's the elevator at'" quipped a firefighter as he climbed the steps of an old NASA test stand. The mothballed test stand and a nearby blockhouse were the site the afternoon of Aug. 5 for an Alabama Fire College Rope Rescue Class. Redstone Fire and Emergency Services conducted the training last week for Redstone, Huntsville and Madison firefighters. "It's a 40-hour class," Jeff Burns, one of the three instructors, said. "It's called technical rope rescue, it's a rope rescue class."

  • Army Reserve children surprised by Orlando Magic Dancers during Yellow Ribbon workshop

    Aug 13, 2009

    Miss Florida USA and Orlando Magic Dancer Megan Clementi along with Magic Dancers Erin Gomerall and Kelly Rose Resciniti made a recent visit to the 81st Regional Support Command's Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program held in Orlando Aug. 7-9. More than 75 sons and daughters of Soldiers who recently returned from combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan were signed up for the child care program designed to entertain the Army Reserve youth as their parents were busy learning how to reintegrate back into their families and communities after a deployment overseas.

  • Post, county police teams join forces

    Aug 13, 2009

    A smashed window, sharp voices and the sudden thump of stun grenades signaled the start of an operation last week to capture a gunman who had barricaded himself inside a home on Mills Road.

  • Ultimate Slooze Show: Florida team brings whacky games to area youth

    Aug 13, 2009

    Green spots recently appeared on several children in the Heidelberg area prompting smiles and cheers from onlookers. The spots were slooze, a mixture of edible ingredients, which a 22-member team from First Baptist Church of Altamonte Springs, Fla., flung onto the children during a series of games they call the Slooze Show.

  • Unique summer job is for the birds

    Aug 13, 2009

    While some students may pass their time this summer staying cool indoors, two summer hires with the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Environmental Division Office have been outside since early June collecting data on birds living in the garrison.

  • VFW collects wheelchairs for disabled vets

    Aug 13, 2009

    There are people out there who at one time wrote a blank check to this country who are not doing so well right now. I think it is our responsibility as citizens to do what we can for these people. Some of them have fallen on hard times.

  • K-State football players tackle virtual battlefield

    Aug 12, 2009

    As part of furthering the bond between the "Black Lions" of the 1st Infantry Division and the "Wildcats" of Kansas State University, players from the K-State football team paid a visit to Fort Riley to get some hands-on virtual training and visit with their partners in the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

  • Give a little, help a lot

    Aug 11, 2009

    Employees of the U.S. Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command donated blood to LifeSouth Aug. 6.

  • Training helps Soldiers keep Europe's roads safe from hazardous materials

    Aug 11, 2009

    Thick black smoke billowed from the fire. Water didn't help. It actually fed the inferno. The more water the Soldier sprayed, the higher the flames licked toward the sky. It was a grease fire.

  • Rock-steady symbol unveiled at Painted Rocks

    Aug 10, 2009

    The Year of the NCO Rock painting is officially unveiled durring a ceremony at Fort Irwin. Those in attendance included Brig. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams, Fort Irwin and NTC commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Martinez, Fort Irwin and NTC command sergeant major. CSM Martinez was the guest speaker and personally thanked the two artists who painted the rock; Spc. Ryan Ferriera and Pfc. Michael Sharpe, both from F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

  • Hinder rocks Fort Benning

    Aug 10, 2009

    Hinder rocks for the Soldiers Saturday night at Wetherby Field.

  • Garrison pilot program addresses trash talk issues

    Aug 10, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Recent trash talk by community members has led U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden officials to revamp practices aimed at cleaning up the community's housing areas.

  • Ducks trade pond for sand box

    Aug 8, 2009

    Anaheim Ducks players George Parros and Bobby Ryan visit the National Training Center at Fort Irwin and met with troops later in the day.

  • Radio station gives voice to remote Afghan province

    Aug 8, 2009

    The Nuristan province opened a radio station that operates for 12 hours a day and offers a variety of music, history, education, religious and social commentary.

  • Illinois Governor Signs Veterans Higher Education Bill

    Aug 7, 2009

  • Bikers wheel across country for summer fun

    Aug 7, 2009

  • The Volunteers help raise awareness about crime, drug prevention

    Aug 6, 2009

    The Volunteers help raise awareness about crime and drug prevention as the band performed at Fort George G. Meade's National Night Out Aug. 4.

  • ANCOC students assist Annapolis homeless

    Aug 6, 2009

    Nine 46Z ANCOC students and their small group leader volunteered their time at the Light House Homeless Prevention Center in Annapolis, Md.

  • Warrior dependents work in Area I Summer Hire program

    Aug 5, 2009

    RED CLOUD GARRISON South Korea - College and high school students from within Area I took advantage of the Summer Hire program to gain experience and earn money for their educations and other needs. Area I had 20 slots set aside for the program and filled all available jobs for a college session from May 11 to Sept. 25 and two high school sessions from June 22 to July 17 and July 20 to Aug. 14, said Lawrence Keys, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, deputy director.

  • Soldiers and civilians come together to fight fires

    Aug 4, 2009

    Civilian firefighters from Blue Grass Army Depot, Ky., work with and train Army Reserve firefighters during Golden Cargo 2009.

  • Officials of local governments tour Novo Selo Training Area

    Aug 4, 2009

    NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria - Mayors and other government officials near Novo Selo Training Area toured the temporary forward operating site here Jul. 30 with Joint Task Force-East leaders.

  • ROTC cadets learn medical ropes at BJACH

    Aug 3, 2009

    They came to Fort Polk's Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital from places as diverse as Mechanicsville, Va., Watkins Glen, N.Y., South Haven, Mich., and Chicago. But despite their background differences, they are of one purpose: To prepare for a career as an Army officer. They are Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets participating in summer training programs. Four cadets - three headed toward careers as Army nurses and one as a medical services officer - are working at BJACH completing their training after spending 30 days at a leadership development and assessment course at Fort Lewis, Wash.

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