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  • Appleton Recruiter Wins Battalion Station Commander for 1st Quarter

    Jan 4, 2011

    Appleton station commander describes his passion for Army recruiting on the occasion of his selection as station commander of the quarter.

  • Holiday Ball offers respite from daily duties

    Jan 4, 2011

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Brig. Gen. Jonathan Maddux, Picatinny's commanding general, hosted the Holiday Ball, Dec. 4, along with Dr. Gerardo Melendez, director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).

  • Arsenal Operation Family Timeout Program Continues Success

    Dec 30, 2010

    Operation Family Timeout, a program created and coordinated by the Rock Island Arsenal Army Community Service in 2005, continues to provide "free time" opportunities for the spouses of deployed military service members, as well as mobilized Department of Army civilians. Family members of deployed personnel from all branches of the military and mobilized civilian employees, whose children are ages six-weeks to 12-years-old, may use the program. Most importantly the program provides a support network for military family members who all share a common bond.

  • BOSS members brighten holidays for cancer patients, wounded warriors

    Dec 29, 2010

    Wiesbaden, Germany, Soldiers helped put smiles on the faces of young cancer patients at Mainz University, Dec. 7. Several members of Wiesbaden's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program stopped by the Mainz cancer center to hand out holiday goodies and to spend time with the young patients.

  • Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta Visits Chicago

    Dec 27, 2010

    Recent Medal of Honor Recipient, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, visits Chicago.

  • Annual Deer Hunts Sustain Herd at Blossom Point

    Dec 27, 2010

    Five Saturdays each fall, the Army's Blossom Point Research Facility in southern Maryland opens its gates to the public to help manage the white-tail deer population on the 1,600-acre range and to offer youth and adults the opportunity to hunt. The purpose of the hunts is to keep the deer population to a sustainable level of 20 per square mile so that the environment can continue to support them.

  • Tobyhanna children's programs earn national acclaim

    Dec 27, 2010

    Tobyhanna's Child, Youth and School Services organization offers some of the best programming in the nation, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

  • High-tech Army equipment, robots to also star at 2011 All-American Bowl

    Dec 27, 2010

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command will display "Army Strength Through Technology" as part of Army All-American Bowl week activities in San Antonio, Jan. 6-9, 2011.

  • God bless us, every one: One-man Christmas Carol evoke's season's cheer in Afghanistan

    Dec 26, 2010

    "Bah," said Scrooge. "Humbug!" Author Charles Dickens penned that famous line in his 1843 novella, "A Christmas Carol." The story tells of a stingy, tart Ebenezer Scrooge and his abrupt ethical, moral and spiritual renewal after the ghosts of Christmas descend upon him.

  • Fort Riley Families honor deployed loved ones with luminary ceremony

    Dec 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Families and friends of deployed Soldiers gathered together to honor those Soldiers during a luminary event. About 250 people attended the inaugural Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Candle Lighting Ceremony Dec. 17 at Riley's Conference Center.

  • Fort Hood blood donor inducted into Donation Hall of Fame

    Dec 22, 2010

    Ronald Decker, a Robertson Blood Center donor and volunteer was inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame. This award, sponsored by a leading healthcare company focused on the development and marketing of products and services for the transfusion medicine industry, recognizes individuals nationwide who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to blood donation.

  • Unit and family team up!

    Dec 22, 2010

    Specs. Erin Jones and William Jones of Portland, Ore., have quite a bit in common. In addition to serving together in A company, 21st Combat Support Hospital at Fort Hood, Texas, both medics know the value of donating blood. Which is why the couple worked together to sponsor an Armed Services Blood Drive at their company on Nov. 9, 2010.

  • Harlem Globetrotters dazzle community, score another victory

    Dec 22, 2010

    Over 1,000 members of the community here gathered Monday night, Dec. 6 in Finney fitness center to see the clown princes of basketball get up to their old tricks. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters squared off against the Washington Generals, their longtime opponents.

  • Mortarman shares close calls, passion for his job

    Dec 22, 2010

    He's a calm individual. His voice is barely above a whisper. Maybe because waiting for the enemy to attack in a hastily built fighting position in the Hindu Kush Mountains makes everybody whisper. Maybe because he doesn't get that excited anymore.

  • USO tour celebrities visit FOB Shank Soldiers

    Dec 22, 2010

    LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Celebrities traveling throughout Afghanistan on a USO tour stopped at Forward Operating Base Shank to meet and entertain and troops for the holiday season Dec. 21.

  • High School Adopts Army Values

    Dec 21, 2010

    A high school football coach incorporated the Army Values and Warrior Ethos after learning how the Army transforms civilians into team-oriented infantrymen.

  • Christmas Wish Program

    Dec 21, 2010

    For the children at a local school, Christmas arrived a little early this year thanks to the Red Dragon Battalion and the Riceboro Fire Department. Thirteen Soldiers of the 2-306th Field Artillery Battalion Red Dragons, 188th Infantry Brigade, served as Santa's elves after recognizing a need to provide gifts for children at Liberty County Head Start. The Soldiers of the battalion typically make weekly visits to the school; however, a busy mobilization cycle limited their participation this year.

  • Air Cav delivers for school children

    Dec 21, 2010

    FORT HOOD, Texas - The holiday season is in high gear, and as Christmas approaches, the holiday spirit of giving has graced the Soldiers and family members of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.

  • Fort Wainwright Holiday Tree Lighting

    Dec 21, 2010

    FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Brig. Gen. Raymond P. Palumbo, commander U.S. Army Alaska, asks for their help in lighting this year's Fort Wainwright Holiday Tree from a crowd of eager children.

  • Arctic Legion Soldiers assist Santa, donate toys

    Dec 21, 2010

    Soldiers from B Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Team, 25th Infantry Division load a box of donated toys collected during the battalion's toy drive Dec. 10 at the B/1-24th company area. 150 toys were donated to the Salvation Army for families in the Fairbanks, Alaska area.

  • 'Greatest Race' delivers message of unity

    Dec 21, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Unity through diversity was the focus of a play presented by the Child, Youth and School Services SKIES Unlimited program at the Aberdeen Area Youth Center Dec. 4.

  • Soldiers' Families receive free Christmas trees

    Dec 21, 2010

    Some believe the spirit of Christmas is captured by the fragrance of a fresh-cut fir, lit up and decorated in a warm living room. It's why organizers of Trees for Troops, a national campaign that delivers free farm-grown trees to service members and their Families, recently trucked 600 snow-covered conifers onto Fort Drum to be handed out to Soldiers.

  • Former NFL players visit with Fort Drum Soldiers

    Dec 21, 2010

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Although they may be on different teams, Soldiers and football players understand what it means to tackle obstacles.

  • American general decorates German colonel in Afghanistan

    Dec 21, 2010

    For one German officer it was a time to say goodbye after a successful six-month tour. For an American general , it was a time to recognize him for his work in a change of command ceremony Dec. 9. Col. Ralf Kneflowski, co-commander of the Regional Support Command-North at Camp Spann near Mariz-e Shariff, said serving in Afghanistan was a life-changing experience. The other co-commander is American Col. Paul Calbos.

  • American geophysicist aims to boost science program in Basra

    Dec 20, 2010

    U.S. officials in Basra have signed a mutual agreement with Collaboration Organization Basra (COB), a non-governmental organization for community developments, establishing a science program for middle and high school Iraqi students.

  • World War II veteran, 98, receives long awaited Bronze Star

    Dec 17, 2010

    Recognition for an act of heroism more than six decades ago during World War II finally caught up with a 98-year-old Atlanta resident Dec. 16, when the Army awarded him the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony here in U.S. Army Forces Command headquarters.

  • Holiday 'Magic' -- Event shows post Families festive spirit

    Dec 17, 2010

    The Christian County Military Affairs Committee, along with nearly 30 area sponsors, brought love and kindness to Fort Campbell Families' when they saw to it that every Family received and invitation to its Holiday Magic event, where every child had an opportunity to visit with Santa and was given a toy and every Family member was fed a hot meal.

  • Kits help children through deployment: Barkley students receive treats

    Dec 17, 2010

    Shirley Chester, a guidance counselor at Barkley, has been working hard to find ways to help the students cope with the anxiety of having a loved one overseas. On her search, she discovered Trevor Romain, a children's self-help author and motivational speaker. Sympathetic to the emotional stress of parental deployment, Romain has partnered with the USO to tour military schools around the world.

  • Improving indoor air quality as temperatures drop

    Dec 17, 2010

    Air pollution is thought of as an outside concern, like smog hanging in the air. However, the air inside homes and offices can be more polluted than the air outside. So what can you do to clean up the air you breathe'

  • Hazards of wintry weather, snow removal

    Dec 17, 2010

    That time of year has returned when it is possible the Fort Campbell Snow and Ice Removal Plan could be activated. The snow and Ice Removal Plan is designed to remove the hazards of snow and ice from our major roads and streets, secondary roads, airfields, parking lots and walkways.

  • United through Reading' connects military Families

    Dec 17, 2010

    United Through Reading allows the Soldier to read a book to his or her child via a DVD recording while they are separated due to a deployment. In this way, the parent and child can participate in a simple activity together, even when they are apart.

  • Fort McPherson honors Georgia's fallen in Soldier Tree ceremony

    Dec 17, 2010

    The names of Georgia's fallen Soldiers will never be forgotten. That was the message of the Fort McPherson Soldier Tree ceremony on Hedekin Field Dec. 8, which honored more than 200 Georgia servicemembers who lost their lives.

  • New look and feel to Army Civilian Recruitment Website

    Dec 17, 2010

    Army Civilian Service baby boomers will be retiring en masse over the next 10 years. To attract the "best and brightest" next generation workforce of Army civilians, a focused enterprise-wide recruitment strategy required the development of a dot com website to promote the Army as an employer of choice.

  • Office Sends Holiday Cheer To Deployed Troops

    Dec 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- More than 300 deployed Soldiers will receive a shipment of personal items by Christmas, thanks to the generosity of an AMCOM office.

  • Leader Says Goodbye To Space Defense Community

    Dec 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- For Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, the measure of a Soldier is found in the Army values - loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Those are the attributes he has striven to emulate during 34 years as an Army officer. But there is one attribute Campbell would like to add to his own personal list of Army values - gratitude.

  • Veterans Memorial Gets One Step Closer

    Dec 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Dec. 7 - Pearl Harbor Day - will now be known in Huntsville for a milestone that brings Madison County's veterans closer to a place of honor within the community.

  • Picatinny Chapter earns Walter R. Graalman Award

    Dec 16, 2010

    The National Contract Management Association Picatinny Chapter recently earned the Walter R. Graalman Award, the highest honor bestowed by the NCMA. The Gold Graalman award is presented to outstanding NCMA chapters for their annual accomplishments in meeting and exceeding the NCMA goals and objectives.

  • Stories Of Fallen Woven In Patriotic Quilt

    Dec 16, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- A reminder of two local heroes will be arriving in Huntsville Dec. 18. As little boys, Huntsville was their home. As grown men, they put on the uniform and defended freedom, making the world their home. As war fighters, each led a destiny that took them to Iraq and placed them among the more than 4,200 servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.

  • Sergeants Major Course a major milestone for ANA

    Dec 16, 2010

    The professionalism, discipline and orderly function of a military organization falls a great deal on the responsible shoulders of its senior noncommissioned officers (NCOs), the backbone of the workforce. The Afghan National Army (ANA), which has been highly focused on strengthening its NCO corps for the past two years, graduated a class of senior NCOs, or as the ANA terms them, bridmals, at Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC) in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 14.

  • Guardsmen Share Spirit of Holidays with Veterans

    Dec 15, 2010

    LISBON, N.D. - Santa wears a special suit when he visits veterans, and the holiday takes on an extra special meaning for him, too. For the past six or seven years, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Tangen has joined with his fellow North Dakota National Guardsmen who have volunteered to purchase and deliver Christmas gifts for residents at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, N.D. It's been an annual Christmas tradition for the Airmen and Soldiers, who donate their time and money to make the event happen.

  • APG troops receive holiday trees

    Dec 15, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Dozens of Aberdeen Proving Ground Soldiers will not have the added expense of purchasing trees for the holidays thanks to Pine Valley Christmas Trees of Elkton, Md.

  • Spiritual Fitness Can 'Lighten Load' for Troops, Families

    Dec 15, 2010

    Spiritual fitness can help "lighten the load" for servicemembers and their families, whether they're facing combat, dealing with health issues or just managing the day-to-day stressors of military life, the Army's chief of chaplains said.

  • Army-Navy Game more than just football

    Dec 13, 2010

    When it comes to the Army-Navy rivalry, the two academies and their fans converge on the city of Philadelphia to watch the future military officers play a game at its purest level.

  • Polk Soldiers 'jump' to help community

    Dec 13, 2010

    The sun was shining and the skies clear Dec. 2 as two C-130s from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas left Self Airfield on North Fort, lifted to 1,500 feet and began their racetrack pattern around Geronimo drop zone. Aboard the aircraft were 245 Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group Soldiers who "traded" presents for parachutes and "jumped" at the chance to help their local community.

  • Health fair offers choices, chance to change

    Dec 13, 2010

    With the federal employee health benefit (FEHB) open season set to end Monday, federal employees at Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem were given one last opportunity to mingle with health care providers Tuesday at the Fort Gillem Getaway club.

  • Partnering up to help children for the holidays

    Dec 13, 2010

    Mary Miller, wife of Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Miller, First Army commanding general, selects a gift tag from the First Army Angel tree as part of the Fountain Elementary School Gift Project Dec. 2 at First Army headquarters on Fort Gillem. Each tag contains a name of a Fountain Elementary School student. The project is part of the ongoing partnership between First Army and the school.

  • Helping those in need far away

    Dec 13, 2010

    Members of the Protestant Women of the Chapel pose Nov. 17 with some of the 45 shoeboxes of gifts sent overseas as part of Operation Christmas Child, a project that supplies children in remote locations with toys and basic necessities.

  • Fort Gillem Christmas tree illuminates way to holiday season

    Dec 13, 2010

    Members of the Fort Gillem community welcomed their final holiday season with the lighting of the post Christmas tree Dec. 2 at the Fort Gillem Getaway club.

  • R&R program reaches one million milestone

    Dec 13, 2010

    Local story from Kuwait explaining positive partnering for R&R program

  • Campbell talks security, governance with Team Paktya

    Dec 13, 2010

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Maj. Gen. John Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, visited Forward Operating Base Gardez to meet with Team Paktya's board of directors Dec. 8 to discuss counterinsurgency operations in Paktya and the future of the provincial governance.

  • Operation Toy Drop brings thousands of toys to children in need

    Dec 12, 2010

    Over 5,000 toys were donated Dec. 10 and 11 by Soldiers stationed throughout Fort Bragg, N.C. The toys will be distributed throughout the region over the coming weeks to families and children in need of a little assistance this holiday season

  • Combat Wounded Warriors Gain Closure with 'Operation Proper Exit'

    Dec 12, 2010

    Combat Wounded Warriors return to Iraq to gain closure as part of Operation Proper Exit, hosted by the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Division -Center, Dec. 10.

  • South Carolina Gold Star Families gather for holiday celebration

    Dec 11, 2010

    Instead of exchanging gifts, several dozen family members at the second annual Survivor Outreach Services holiday gathering shared memories of their beloved Soldiers who have died.

  • Santa's Workshop ensures gifts under trees

    Dec 10, 2010

    More than 1,500 Fort Carson children will awake to presents under their trees Christmas morning, thanks to the generosity of Mountain Post and local community volunteers who stocked the Santa's Workshop shelves with toys.

  • 4th Inf. Div. opens Yellow Ribbon Room

    Dec 10, 2010

    The Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, opened its Yellow Ribbon Room at Fort Carson Dec. 1 to support family readiness by opening lines of communication. The DSTB Yellow Ribbon Room contains six cubicles, each with a laptop and webcam. The broadband Internet stations are equipped to stream real-time video and audio signals from overseas. They are also available for sending e-mails, completing homework, paying bills and browsing websites.

  • Lighting Brings Post Christmas Tree To Life

    Dec 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Justus Turner, 3, wants Army guys for Christmas. Army guys is exactly what he got and then some at the eighth annual community Christmas tree lighting Thursday at Bicentennial Chapel. Not only was the event decked out with real life Soldiers, but even the man with the naughty and nice list made an appearance.

  • Military Service Is Family Affair

    Dec 10, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It's not easy for Laverne Arthur to remember all the military installations she and her husband Ron have visited over the years. There's Fort Campbell, Ky., Fort Riley, Kan., Camp Lejeune, N.C., Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., 29 Palms, Calif., Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Parris Island, S.C., and a whole slew of installations in Okinawa, Japan, to name a few.

  • Army medics help boy back on his feet

    Dec 10, 2010

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The fair-skinned blonde medic cradled the Afghan boy in her arms as she entered the coffee shop here. A Soldier and another young woman followed them inside. The boy's legs were wrapped in blankets and people inside the shop turned their heads to gaze at the boy as the group came in.

  • 101st Div. makes Ky. gov. honorary Screaming Eagle

    Dec 10, 2010

    BAGRAM Airfield, Afghanistan - The commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-101 and Regional Command East, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell, made Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear an honorary Screaming Eagle over a video teleconference Nov. 4 for his support and dedication to the 101st Airborne Division.

  • Fort Riley signs FMWR Employee and Customer Covenant

    Dec 9, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - The signing of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Employee and Customer Covenant was a promise to provide excellent customer service. The covenant was signed by Col. Kevin Brown, Fort Riley garrison commander, and Steve Tully, DFMWR director, following a meeting Dec. 1 at King Field House.

  • Family first for 53rd Transportation Battalion Soldiers

    Dec 9, 2010

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Dec. 2, 2010) - Family Readiness Group leader Yessica Bevil puts family first and not just her family but the families of all Soldiers assigned to the 358th Automated Cargo Documentation Detachment, 53rd Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade.

  • West Point officer selected as national coach of the year

    Dec 9, 2010

    Maj. Adam Hodges, West Point Handball Club coach, was recently selected as National Coach of the Year by USA Team Handball.

  • Annual military lounge opens for holidays at Atlanta's airport

    Dec 8, 2010

    The 41st annual Military Holiday Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Concourse B at gate 33 is now open to serve military service members and their Families for the holidays. Howard C. Butler, deputy commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem, and 17 of his Soldiers were invited to participate in the opening ceremony as guests from the nearest military installation to the airport. Hosted by current and retired Delta Airlines employees and their family members, the lounge is a safe haven for the thousands of Soldiers, sailors, airman, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their Families who travel through the world's busiest airport each holiday season. It provides free personal hygiene items, beverages, baked goods and snacks to military service members. It is also a place where they can relax, watch a movie, listen to holiday music, and give their children a place to play games and make crafts.

  • West Point Middle School students predicting Army win in Philadelphia

    Dec 8, 2010

    Two West Point Middle School students are lifelong Army Football fans and predict an Army win Dec. 11 to end an eight-year losing streak against Navy.

  • Charlie Company conducts dismounted patrol in Popal colony, in Kandahar City Afghanistan

    Dec 8, 2010

  • Christmas Tree Lighting launches holiday season

    Dec 8, 2010

    Community members help the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden launch the 12 Days of Christmas during a tree lighting bash on Wiesbaden Army Airfield Dec. 3. The event also welcomed home the first wave of 1st Armored Division Soldiers home to Wiesbaden from Iraq.

  • Military personnel, federal employees among most generous; annual support for Angel Tree project con

    Dec 8, 2010

    Angel Tree has become one of the most recognizable and popular holiday charity programs in this area

  • Army's LSV-1 sets sail for Army-Navy game

    Dec 7, 2010

    The General Frank S. Besson, Jr. LSV-1, 24th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, will make a port call in the vicinity of Philadelphia during the annual Army - Navy college football game showing support for the Army while docked in the area of the stadium.

  • Carson prepares holiday feasts

    Dec 7, 2010

    Thirty-five Fort Carson Soldiers volunteered their time at the Warhorse Dining Facility last week to work shifts around the clock to prepare Thanksgiving meals to feed 5,000 people at Salvation Army locations in Colorado Springs.

  • Elias receives 2010 Tribute to Women award

    Dec 7, 2010

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Susan Elias, director of Picatinny's Garrison, Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office, was presented with the 2010 Tribute to Women award by the Boy Scouts of America during a luncheon Nov. 19.

  • Sustainers Give Back at Pierce Elementary Winter Fest

    Dec 7, 2010

    FORT KNOX, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2010) - About 25 Soldiers from the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) volunteered their time Dec. 2 at Pierce Elementary School's Winter Festival here.

  • Garrison has a new pet project

    Dec 7, 2010

    After several months of collaboration with a community working group, the garrison is set to release a new pet policy in the coming weeks for residents with pets in government housing.

  • Kean breathes 'green' air into class curriculum

    Dec 7, 2010

    Even the most disinterested student can't help to be mesmerized when walking into Elfriede Kean's classroom. It's brightly colored and full of life. Plants and fruit tress line the window sill, a five foot tall tree sits in the corner and a real bird's nest takes refuge on her crowded desk.

  • Diabetes Represents Equal Opportunity Epidemic

    Dec 6, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- It's been five years since Marj Ogles, a volunteer at the Thrift Shop, began getting dizzy and noticed her balance was a little off. But when she went to the doctor, the diagnosis wasn't quite what she expected - diabetes.

  • Army reviewing thousands of stop loss claims

    Dec 6, 2010

    The Army has pledged to keep claimants informed as they wait for their claims to be reviewed. Claimants will begin receiving e-mail updates outlining where case managers are working based on claim submission dates. These updates will allow claimants to know, in general terms, what claims are being reviewed and when to expect their resolution.

  • Yes, APG, there is a Santa Claus

    Dec 6, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Old St. Nick checks the Letters to Santa Mailbox.

  • Great oaks from little acorns grow

    Dec 6, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - On Saturday, Nov. 27, Aberdeen Proving Ground's Garrison cut down a locally famous black oak tree in the former Maryland Boulevard Picnic Area.

  • Soldiers give 'kudos' to Adopt-a-School program

    Dec 6, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Soldiers are typically seen walking the halls of local schools waiting to pick their child up or to attend a school function. Since the creation of the Adopt-a-School program in September, more Soldiers can be seen in the halls and visiting classrooms of on-post schools, as well as various schools in the Central Flint Hills Region.

  • DFACs offer meals for Soldiers, Families away from home

    Dec 6, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Spc. Jedediah Stewart hasn't been home for Thanksgiving in four years. Last year, he spent the holiday in Kuwait; this year at Demon Diner at Fort Riley.

  • DFAC manager leads Devil's Den team to win

    Dec 6, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Latonya Parrott, Devil's Den dining facility manager, has worked at Fort Riley for 20 years in food service. But for the past year, her main goal was to regain her DFAC's title as the best. Parrot and Devil's Den earned the award for the Commanding General's Best Thanksgiving Dining Facility in 2008. After a tie in 2009, Parrot was determined to make 2010 her year. All it took, she said, was a lot of preparation.

  • ANA, Australians bond over cricket

    Dec 5, 2010

    CAMP HOLLAND, Afghanistan - A crowd of Afghan National Army soldiers, Australian soldiers and civilian contractors gathered for an opening ceremony Nov. 27 to mark the completion of a cement pitch located in the heart of the ANA military compound.

  • Wounded Warrior serves to protect Warfighters

    Dec 3, 2010

    "The civilian clothes are just a cover. My mind and my heart are still a Soldier."

  • Gift-giving family recognized as Army Family of Year

    Dec 3, 2010

    An Army family that runs three charities for deployed troops was selected as the Army Family of the Year by the National Military Family Association.

  • Tribe strives to keep traditions alive

    Dec 3, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Members of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas traveled to Fort Benning this week to harvest longleaf pine needles. The harvest is part of a cultural partnership with Fort Benning.

  • Schweinfurt Boy Scouts enjoy time with 12th Chem. Co. Soldiers

    Dec 3, 2010

    The Boy Scouts of Schweinfurt Troop 55 and two Cub Scouts from Pack 630 spent the day with the 12th Chemical Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, on Conn Kaserne here recently learning how to be a chemical Soldier.

  • AFAP aims to improve quality of life for all

    Dec 3, 2010

    Soldiers, family members, retirees and Civilian employees dropped their titles and ranks to become agents of change during the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference on Fort McPherson Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

  • Getting in the mood for Christmas

    Dec 3, 2010

    No matter what the next year may bring, getting together for Christmas, Muharram (Islamic New Year), Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule (Wiccan Winter Soltice), Lohri (Hindu end of winter) or a atheistic gathering of friends and loved ones to celebrate life and this year's memories is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of by everyone. By keeping our focus on the spirit of the holidays, we can all get the most out of this special time.

  • 'What are you doing to help those in need this holiday season''

    Dec 3, 2010

    Man on the street: The Sentinel asked members of the community: 'What are you doing to help those in need this holiday season''

  • Cooking show 'Guten Appetit' debuts on AFN

    Dec 3, 2010

    Lance Milsted is what you might call a foodie. His palate has a passion for all types of cuisine whether it's Italian, Tex-Mex, German or Norwegian. The Wisconsin native is also pretty comfortable behind the stove, whipping up his own dishes that include everything from lasagna to lutefisk, a Norwegian fish. Milsted is the operations manager for American Forces Network Heidelberg and he, along with Sgt. 1st Class Adam Shaw, AFN Heidelberg's station commander, have channeled that passion into prime time programming.

  • Adopt-a-School program pairs Soldiers and students

    Dec 3, 2010

    Mentoring makes a difference, a difference that for a child in school can boost grades, improve discipline and enable the ability to interact socially. Twenty soldiers from the Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, have chosen to join the mentoring program for Patrick Henry Elementary School students called Adopt-a-School.

  • Fort Bragg volunteers give back to women veterans

    Dec 3, 2010

    About 50 Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Family members of Joint Special Operations Command enjoyed Veterans Day in an unconventional manner - by refurbishing a home. A special home called the Jubilee House that is to house homeless veteran women and their children.

  • Wainwright Soldiers promote volunteerism, serve community

    Dec 2, 2010

    Rather than sleeping in or getting an early jump on holiday shopping, 1-24th Soldiers spent Saturday morning delivering 861 pounds of food they had collected, working on an assembly line putting food boxes together, unloading pallets, breaking down boxes and other tasks to help food bank staff.

  • Army Space Support Teams Home for the Holidays

    Dec 2, 2010

    Two Army Space Support Teams returned home from a deployment this November just in time to spend Thanksgiving with their families.

  • Operation Gift receives large donation

    Dec 2, 2010

    Santa Claus came a little early for Soldiers' Families at Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem thanks to a large donation of toys to Operation Gift from Integrated Care Management (ICM). Carolyn Barta, ICM co-owner, said she has been donating toys to Operation Gift for the past four years as a token of appreciation for Soldiers and all they do.

  • Fort McPherson kicks off holiday season

    Dec 2, 2010

    With the pull of a lever, the tree lit up and Fort McPherson ushered in the start of its final holiday season. The tree-lighting ceremony, which took place Tuesday evening at The Commons at Fort McPherson, joins the list of Fort McPherson traditions that will never be seen again. However, although the significance of the larger circumstances surrounding the ceremony was not lost on those in attendance, the occasion was still enjoyed with cheer and spirit.

  • Wish comes true at Fort Rucker

    Dec 2, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- It's not every day the opportunity arises to make an ill young person's wishes come true. But Nov. 30 was just such a day for the Fort Rucker community.

  • Italian, U.S. military authorities swing first ever Verona landing

    Dec 2, 2010

    After bad weather prevented redeploying Soldiers from landing at their usual airfield, U.S. and Italian military officials cooperated to allow the planes to land for the first time ever at Verona-Villafranca airport in Verona, Italy, allowing the returning 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team troopers to get home to their families.

  • West Point cadet earns Marshall Scholarship

    Dec 1, 2010

    West Point Class of 2011 Cadet Jeremy D. Smith, of Grapevine, Texas, is one of 31 students nationwide to have been recently named a 2011 Marshall Scholar. West Point cadets have earned 34 Marshall Scholarships since 1982, the academy's first year competing for the awards. Smith, a Life Sciences major, will be commissioned as a second lieutenant and branch Engineer in the U.S. Army upon graduation from West Point in May. He plans to earn a Master of Science while studying Modern Epidemiology at Imperial College in London. (Photo by Sgt. Vincent Fusco/Public Affairs Office)

  • Army team finishes Culinary World Cup with bronze

    Nov 30, 2010

    The US Army Culinary Arts Team finished the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg with a bronze medal for the hot dinner the team served.

  • ESPN brings 'touch of America' to U.S. Army Europe

    Nov 16, 2010

    Family members, Soldiers and civilians gathered at Grafenwoehr's Parade Field, Nov. 11, for ESPN's live-broadcast of SportsCenter, the sports network's flagship program, hosted by anchors Hannah Storm and Josh Elliot, which is broadcast to an estimated 19-million viewers. It was a day to reflect and pay homage to America's heroes, past and present.

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