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  • Spotlighting our Soldiers' teens

    Nov 15, 2010

    One of the ways Madigan is caring for Soldiers' teens is by transitioning to a medical home environment within the Adolescent Specialty Clinic. A medical home is characterized by comprehensive, holistic care within the department. The concept involves having the adolescent meet with a team in one location for all health care-related matters.

  • Madigan hosts behavioral health summit at McChord

    Nov 15, 2010

    A myriad of presenters spoke at Madigan Healthcare System's TBI and PTS Symposium Nov. 4 at McChord Field. Soldiers, Family members, and civilian employees participated in the symposium, which featured speakers on the inner workings of TBI, the options of treatment available and how to interact with someone suffering from TBI or PTS.

  • 'Hooping' For a Cause: Wheelchair Basketball Challenges Fort Hood Warriors in Transition

    Nov 15, 2010

    Fort Hood Warriors in Transition participate in wheelchair basketball game with local team to raise disability awareness during October's National Disability Employment Awareness month.

  • Remembering personal heroes on Veterans Day

    Nov 15, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - On Veterans Day we pause to remember those who have gone before us and those still serving in harm's way. This year members of the Wiesbaden military community joined together at the Wiesbaden Library to hear reflections on heroic figures in individuals' lives before marching to Veterans Park for a traditional ceremony Nov. 10. Speakers described their heroes - ranging from parents to a spouse to Medal of Honor recipients.

  • Hundreds of war fighters return home

    Nov 12, 2010

    More than 200 Soldiers from 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade returned to Fort Carson last week, after assisting a massive shift in U.S. Central Command forces. Eighty-four Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 68th CSSB, 43rd SB, arrived from Afghanistan Nov. 2, followed by another 121 with 60th Ordnance Company from Iraq Saturday. During one-year deployments, the units supported the troop buildup in Afghanistan and drawdown in Iraq.

  • Sacrificing a tree for long term gain

    Nov 12, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Recently some members of the Aberdeen Proving Ground community voiced their concern about the impending loss of a large oak tree on a part of APG scheduled for development.

  • Local motorcycle builder to honor Fort Bragg's Fisher House

    Nov 12, 2010

    The Fisher House provides a valuable service military Families during medical crises, allowing them to remain close as a Soldier receives life-sustaining treatment or medical care. For all that Fisher House has given to the community, local motorcycle builder Hotrodz has decided to give some back. The shop has taken a wrecked, 1977 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and is in the process of transforming it into a custom, bobber-style bike. The bike is expected to be complete in February and will be auctioned off to the public. Proceeds from the project will go to the Fisher House.

  • Military fun night puts families first

    Nov 12, 2010

    The annual "Families First" Military Fun Night brought together servicemembers and families for an evening of games, food and relaxation at the SoutheastFamily Center/Armed Services YMCA Nov. 5.

  • Front Range communities honor Veterans

    Nov 12, 2010

    Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson gathered with Front Range schools and veteran organizations to participate in Veterans Day Parades in Pueblo and Colorado Springs Saturday. Nearly 100 military and local service organizations participated in the 11th Annual Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade themed "Veterans: Diverse and Determined."

  • Two Fort Bragg neighborhoods to get playgrounds from local $50,000 grant

    Nov 12, 2010

    Children living in the Fort Bragg neighborhoods of Bougainville and Corrigedor Courts will soon have a new place to play thanks to a $50,000 grant from Lowe's Charitiable and Educational Foundation to the Fort Bragg USO. The grant will build two playgrounds in the neighborhood.

  • ESPN celebrates Veterans Day in Grafenwoehr

    Nov 12, 2010

    ESPN Sportscenter broadcasted live from Grafenwoehr, Germany as a salute to the U.S Army Europe during Veterans Day, 2010.

  • Savannah welcomes World War II Memorial

    Nov 10, 2010

    Hundreds watched the 250 World War II veterans as they walked or were pushed in wheelchairs through the chilly air to their positions of honor beside the World War II Memorial in Savannah, Nov. 7.

  • FORSCOMAca,!a,,cs Army Ground Forces Band building is going up

    Nov 10, 2010

    The new building for the Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Ground Forces Band (AGFB) is coming along well. The pads upon which the building will rise have been laid and half of the "red iron" beams are already in place, with the other half due by the end of the week. All of the metal roof decking is expected to be installed by Thanksgiving if all goes as planned, according to Joe Wright, the project superintendent who works for Lifecycle Construction Services, the prime contract design-builder. Elsewhere on the construction site, underground utilities work proceeds for laying water and sewage lines. The band will move to Fort Bragg with Headquarters, Army Forces Command, the summer of 2011, in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation.

  • Justin Bieber visits Fort Sam Houston school

    Nov 10, 2010

    Justin Bieber visits Fort Sam Houston school

  • Walking to cure Alzheimer's

    Nov 10, 2010

    TEMPLE, Texas-Soldiers, family members, veterans and staff members walk around the Temple Veterans Hospital Park in support of Alzheimer's disease research during the Alzheimer's Memory Walk at the veterans' hospital in Temple, Texas Nov. 6. The event included a fundraiser, face painting and a raffle. The walk was sponsored by the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home, Temple and the Alzheimer's Association.

  • Apple harvest: Sharing an age-old tradition in a German orchard and at a U.S. school

    Nov 10, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A long line of cars rolled slowly up the winding hill overlooking Wiesbaden-Breckenheim Oct. 31. Word had gotten out - Americans were invited to help pick apples.

  • Worley honors military families with concert

    Nov 9, 2010

    Darryl Worley's "God & Country Tour" came to Fort Carson, Colo., Oct. 30, to pay tribute to military families with a free concert. The "God & Country Tour" is a country music tribute to the military and their families, and Fort Carson was the fourth stop of seven U.S. military installations.

  • Children celebrate CDC dedication

    Nov 8, 2010

    After a full year of operation, the Child Development Center at 3301 Indiana Ave. finally received a name in a dedication ceremony October 29. Families and leaders alike attended the grand opening of the Billy C. Colwell, Sr. Child Development Center. Colwell retired from Fort Campbell in 1979 as a first sergeant, but continued to work in the community to better relations with Fort Campbell.

  • Fort Campbell celebrates Families

    Nov 8, 2010

    November is officially the Month of the Military Family and all across Fort Campbell, Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities are paying tribute to Fort Campbell Families through discounts and events across post.

  • Newman's Army car to feature faces of more than 500 veterans

    Nov 8, 2010

    Ryan Newman's Veterans Day Chevrolet that will compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The car will feature more than 500 photos of men and women who served in the military.

  • Soldier Show raises audience from their seats at D.C.'s Warner Theatre

    Nov 8, 2010

    When the "Soldier Show 27.0" opened at Fort Belvoir's (Va.) Wallace Theatre, the audience couldn't stay in their seats. Six months later, not much has changed except the location.

  • Army Ten-Miler race means captured dreams for Picatinny Arsenal civilian

    Nov 8, 2010

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Team Picatinny sent 16 representatives, both military and civilian, to compete in the 26th annual Army Ten-Miler Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C.

  • Tricks and treats abound for military Families on Halloween

    Nov 8, 2010

    Superheroes, ninjas, princesses and a dark lord of the Sith were among the children and Families who trick-or-treated on the streets of Fort McPherson Sunday, hoping to snag some sugary treats for their night's collection. "Snickers, licorice, suckers ... you name it, we've got it," said Hertha Larson, wife of Col. Darrel Larson, deputy chief of staff, G-4, First Army, who dressed as a clown and passed out grilled cheese sandwiches in addition to candy.

  • Fall Festival brings fun, treats and games to military Families

    Nov 8, 2010

    A day before Halloween, military children and their Families got a chance for some extra treats at the Fort McPherson Fall Festival Saturday. The festival, held at the Fort McPherson Chapel Center, was sponsored by the U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Chaplain Office and was an opportunity to build a sense of community, said Chap. (Lt. Col.) Robert Phillips, USAG chaplain.

  • German/American haunted house brings traditions to local community

    Nov 8, 2010

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  • Reserve color guard NCOs honor World War II veterans during NFL game

    Nov 8, 2010

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A thunderous roar of more than 73,000 fans welcomed the color guards from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces during a National Football League's Carolina Panther football game against the New Orleans Saints Nov. 7. As part of Panthers' military appreciation day activities, Army Reserve Soldiers from the 81st Regional Support Command, based at nearby Fort Jackson, S.C., carried "Old Glory" and

  • Indian, U.S. Soldiers hold Yudh Abhyas 2010 sports event

    Nov 7, 2010

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska and the Indian Army teamed up to play basketball during a sporting event Nov. 6 at the Elmendorf Fitness Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as part of the combined training exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. Soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska and the Indian Army teamed up to play basketball and dodge ball. The activity gave soldiers from both armies an opportunity to interact outside of their combined training exercise events.

  • U.S. Army Alaska and Indian army celebrate Diwali Festival

    Nov 7, 2010

    It's a rare experience being involved in a traditional celebration of another country. Soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska were given that experience when they were invited to celebrate the Diwali festival Nov. 5 with soldiers of the Indian army at the Wilderness Inn dining facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

  • Fort Hood shooting victims remembered during Afghanistan cross-fit competition

    Nov 6, 2010

    Cross-fit competition held in honor of the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.

  • More global companies pledge hiring of Army spouses

    Nov 5, 2010

    On Oct. 25, at the Association of the U.S. Army's 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition, the Army Spouse Employment Partnership welcomed 16 more U.S. corporations, who pledge their best efforts to increase employment opportunities for Army spouses.

  • Installations fall in for fall cleanup

    Nov 5, 2010

    Soldiers and Civilian employees gathered Oct. 29 outside U.S. Army Garrison Headquarters (Bldg. 65) to cleanup the area surrounding the building as part of the installations' fall cleanup program. Throughout the week, Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem personnel took time to spruce up their work areas and show pride in their community.

  • Community unites against domestic violence

    Nov 5, 2010

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. -- Forty-five people: that's how many lost their lives in Georgia as a result of domestic violence in 2009.

  • German Story Lives On In Space Success

    Nov 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Historians are known for telling the stories of people and events that are long since passed and no longer part of living history.

  • Veterans parade captures past and future

    Nov 5, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- This year's Veterans Day Parade and all the other activities surrounding it will represent "something old, something new."

  • History-Making Run At Ten-Miler

    Nov 5, 2010

    WASHINGTON - Redstone Arsenal's chances of repeating this year as a double winner in the Army Ten-Miler didn't look promising.

  • Flooding closes Italy Army post

    Nov 5, 2010

    Flood waters due to heavy rain closed roads, bridges and the Army post, Casmera Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, Nov. 1 and 2. The historic city, Vicenza, was engulfed in muddy water several feet deep as the river topped its banks. U.S. personnel and Italians helped each other bail water out of homes and businesses and are helping each other clean up in the aftermath.

  • Indian-born U.S. Army Soldiers bridge culture gap during Yudh Abhyas 2010

    Nov 5, 2010

    Military operations between two nations can be challenging with the diversity of language, cultures and traditions.U.S. Army Alaska found an untraditional method of alleviating those challenges when they discovered India-born sisters Cpl. Balreet Kaur and Spc. Jasleen Kaur, both medics for the 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (National Guard), who serve as cultural liaisons between the armies of India and the United States during exercise Yudh Abhyas 2010. The 14-day exercise started Nov 1 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and serves as an opportunity to strengthen military cooperation between the two countries. "This brings our two countries much closer together and anytime we have experts from the other country it brings us much further along. They understand their customs and courtesies, so they help us out tremendously and make sure that we do not violate any of the normal policies that they follow," said U.S. Army Alaska Deputy Commander Col. Mark S. Lowe, acting exercise director.

  • BOSS Safety Factor encourages Soldiers to think safety first

    Nov 4, 2010

    The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center has teamed up with the Family and MWR Command to provide Soldiers with a ready-to-use tool that, according to USACR/SC Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Eyer, is "anything but your boring safety presentation."

  • Fort Riley Fire Department participates in night-fire exercise

    Nov 4, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Every year, fire departments that support airports and aircraft are required by the Federal Aviation Administration to be certified for airport rescue. Part of that certification requires live fire burns at night. During Fort Riley's annual certification Oct. 25, Lucas Everett, a firefighter with the Hays Fire Department, joined Fort Riley Fire Department firefighters for their night-fire training exercise.

  • Post schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week with themed days

    Nov 4, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Spirit days, military working dog demonstrations and costume parades were some of the ways students celebrated the life of Enrique "Kiki" Camarena during Red Ribbon Week Oct. 25 to 29. Red Ribbon Week is dedicated to anti-drug messages in honor of Camarena, who lost his life in 1985, while working as a special agent in the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Patriotic volunteer inducted into Blood Donor Hall of Fame

    Nov 4, 2010

    On Oct. 20, 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.

  • 'Real' housewives of Fort Carson

    Nov 3, 2010

    Let me ask you this: How many military spouses do you know walk around in a pair of $500 shoes, carry around designer purses, drive high-end luxury vehicles, or have a full-time nanny raising their children' I don't know of any. Those so-called real housewives on TV think they have it hard, but as an outside viewer into their lives, all I see is a lack of appreciation for what they have and no understanding of sacrifice. Concerns over social circles, salon appointments, making sure the nanny is there to raise their children and what party to go to next has my stomach turning.

  • Fort Irwin students touch the stars with helping hand from NASA

    Nov 2, 2010

    FORT IRWIN, Calif.- During their preschool days, Tiefort View Intermediate School fifth-graders Kayla Hensley, Hannah Kaczor and J.M. Malana sang, "Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are." Last year as fourth-graders at TVIS, the trio not only discovered the composition of stars but the moon as well as they participated in the LCROSS mission, which revealed more about the lunar make-up to NASA scientists through the Lewis Center for Education Research (LCER) program. The program enables students at TVIS to operate and control a deep space radio telescope as part of the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program.

  • Celebrities add "star power" to Army's Operation Rising Star

    Nov 1, 2010

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Like the power brought to Fox TV''s "American Idol," by Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul during the early seasons, the celebrity judges participating in the 2010 Operation Rising Star production will bring their own star-studded qualities to the military singing competition.

  • Waterborne Soldiers get moving for breast cancer awareness

    Nov 1, 2010

    FORT EUSTIS, VA. (Oct. 22, 2010) - Did you know breast cancer will strike approximately one in eight women, a startling statistic according to data provided by the National Cancer Institute. Waterborne Soldiers assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion in conjunction with Beyond Boobs, a Virginia based non-profit organization, held a 'Run for a Cure' October 22. Soldiers, family members, and survivors taking part in the event showed their support by wearing pink, the color long associated with the breast cancer.

  • AUSA hosts Wounded Warriors during Ruggles golf tournament

    Nov 1, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A group of Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center got into the swing of things with members of the Aberdeen Chapter of the Association of the United States Army during its 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Ruggles Golf Course Oct. 15.

  • Rewarding Retirees: Appreciation Day features brunch, health screenings

    Nov 1, 2010

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Fort Campbell rolled out the annual "green" carpet for Retiree Appreciation Day, Oct. 30.

  • Ranger injured in Afghanistan helicopter crash comes home

    Nov 1, 2010

    Nearly four years after a life-changing helicopter crash in Afghanistan, SFC Scot Noss is finally back home. On Tuesday, the Soldier from 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and his wife, RyAnne, moved into their new 2,400-square-foot, four-bedroom house in Trussville, Ala., a Birmingham suburb.

  • Preparing for stormy weather

    Nov 1, 2010

    As severe weather season ramps up, the Army is on the forefront of keeping military Families safe. The Ready Army campaign helps prepare installations for many different types of disasters. The campaign encourages Soldiers, Families and civilians to "Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed."

  • Servicemembers and families walk through a nightmare

    Nov 1, 2010

    Zombies, witches, killer-clowns and famous slasher-movie characters populated the woods and buildings of Shoreline Park to create an environment of horror and fright for the patrons of "Theatrical Nightmare: A Walk in the Dark," Oct. 28 - 30.

  • Volunteers clean Iron Horse Park

    Oct 29, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- About 500 volunteers turned out to clean and build a dog park at Iron Horse Park Saturday for Make a Difference Day. Soldiers, Family members, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and about 80 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets took part in Fort Carson's 20th Make a Difference Day, said Joey Bautista, Installation Volunteer Program coordinator, Army Community Service.

  • Carson celebrates Hispanic culture

    Oct 29, 2010

    Fort Carson celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with an observance, sponsored by the Equal Opportunity Office, Oct. 19 at Elkhorn Conference Center. The event featured a guest speaker, dancing, music and food sampling.

  • All-Army teams win silver medals at Armed Forces Golf Championships

    Oct 29, 2010

    Bronze medalist Capt. Daniela Kessler and fourth-place finisher Capt. Austin Luher led the All-Army Golf Teams to runner-up finishes behind All-Air Force at the 2010 Armed Forces Golf Championships Oct. 23-26 at Eaglewood Golf Course.

  • Troops Turn Out To Support Special Olympics

    Oct 29, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- "You are the world's fastest man. You're gonna win it all."

  • Army's Shades of Green now offers Disney Parks program for military

    Oct 29, 2010

    The Shades of Green-an Armed Forces Recreation Center located on the Walt Disney World Resort-is now offering the Disney Parks' "Let the Memories Begin" program for military personnel, providing special offers on theme park tickets and accommodations.

  • Huntsville Reputation Draws Military Couple

    Oct 29, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In the military world, the wife is often the spouse who follows her Soldier to destinations near and far. But for the Kirk family, that scenario has taken a decidedly different turn.

  • Survivor Outreach Services enters new era with first-ever AFAP issue development summit

    Oct 29, 2010

    Survivor Outreach Services met for their third annual summit at L'Enfant Plaza on Monday, Oct. 25. "Caring for our survivors is one of the most honorable things anyone can do," said Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Commander Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones. "We're so proud to build a program that aids in healing as the survivor honors their fallen Soldier."

  • Reaching For 'All You Can Be'

    Oct 29, 2010

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In his 36 years of military service, women have come a long way. Speaking about the views of women then and now at the Women in Defense luncheon on Oct. 20, Lt. Gen. Mitchell Stevenson, the Army's deputy chief of staff for logistics, G-4, complimented women throughout the Department of Defense for the leadership and capabilities they bring to the workplace. Today's female professionals set a high standard for both men and women in the workplace, he said.

  • 2010 IMCOM exhibit welcomes all to the Army's home

    Oct 29, 2010

    One of the first groups of visitors to the Installation Management Command's exhibit at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting and exposition was a video crew from Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Seeing Army programs up front

    Oct 29, 2010

    Sgt. Kevin Jarvis (second from left), 166th Aviation Brigade, First Army Division West, and Spc. Ashley Killian (center), 188th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, talk with Soldiers at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct 25. The three-day event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center brought thousands of Soldiers, DA Civilian employees and defense contractors together to showcase Army programs, services and equipment. Jarvis, First Army Soldier of the Year, and Killian, the runner-up, informed attendees about First Army's mission in mobilizing, training and deploying Reserve-component Soldiers.

  • Tailgating for success

    Oct 29, 2010

    More than $1,100 was raised when U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Force Strategic Command employees tailgated Oct. 21 to support the Combined Federal Campaign.

  • Coke executive shares leadership tips

    Oct 29, 2010

    "You can be a leader no matter what your position." This was one of the many points Scott Randazza, director of finance for the Coca-Cola Company, shared with members of the Fort McPherson community Oct. 19 during the third leadership luncheon event hosted by the U.S. Army Garrison Chaplain Office staff. The luncheon program, held in the basement of the Fort McPherson Chapel Center, brings leaders from around the community to share their knowledge with military personnel.

  • Rules cover political do's and dont's for Army personnel

    Oct 29, 2010

    The 2010 political campaign season is now in full swing with local, state and national elections taking place Nov. 2.

  • Fort Drum Soldiers run in 26th Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 28, 2010

    WASHINGTON - Citizens were awakened Sunday by the thunder of Soldiers running through the nation's capital.

  • Volunteers clean up USDBAca,!E+Cemetery

    Oct 28, 2010

    When workers fixing up the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery saw the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks Cemetery, they wanted to do something to make it look nicer, too. The USDB Cemetery was established in 1884 as the burial site for military prisoners. After World War II, 14 German prisoners of war were buried there after being executed by hanging. Burials continued there until the 1950s. The cemetery has about 250 headstones.

  • Motorcycle mentors lead autumn ride

    Oct 28, 2010

    Safety checks, history lessons and fun might not normally be associated with one another, but those were the words used to promote and describe the 15th Military Police Internment and Resettlement Brigade Motorcycle Mentorship Program Autumn Ride Oct. 22. Motorcycle mentors stress the importance of having fun and being safe. The ride encompassed all types of riding - group, urban, country and staggered. More than 40 riders, including Soldiers, civilians, family members and retirees, took the day off of work and participated in the 162-mile trip. The day started at 9 a.m. at the Fort Leavenworth Post Exchange parking lot where participating riders had their bikes inspected by mentors using the T-CLOCS pre-ride checklist.

  • ASC celebrates Fall Fest at Rock Island Arsenal

    Oct 26, 2010

    There's nothing like getting together with friends, dressing up in Halloween costumes, and throwing pies in people's faces. Rock Island Arsenal community members gathered after work to enjoy some friendship, food and fun activities during the 3rd annual Family Readiness Group Fall Festival held Oct. 20 at Heritage Hall. The Army Sustainment Command's Headquarters and Headquarters Company and the Community-Based Warrior in Transition Unit FRG teamed up to hold this event. The FRG provides support and services to deployed troops, civilians and their families.

  • Military spouses' contributions, impacts are recognized

    Oct 25, 2010

    HONOLULU - The tens of thousands of screaming fans who filled Aloha Stadium cheered as eight women took the field and received honors in the 2010 Hawaii's Outstanding Military Spouse Awards at a University of Hawaii football game, Saturday.

  • Vets share tales of valor, heartbreak at war

    Oct 25, 2010

    An old Soldier relives the same scene every day: In the muddy, humid jungle on a far-flung battlefield, he turns just in time to see his buddy take a bullet. Each day he watches his friend die. Every day, moments of comfort are at risk of being invaded by a memory: The stench of death, the discomfort of never being clean or dry, and the constant terror (pushed to the back of the mind) that this may be the day he gets hit with shrapnel or dies by a sniper's bullet. It may be easy to pass the grey-haired man and think "hurry up old man, I've got somewhere to be, and you're slowing me down." There might be a wealth of experience -- and sacrifice -- under a wrinkled brow, though. Movies like "Saving Private Ryan," and TV series like "The Pacific" can be eye opening for people who have not experienced the stress of combat -- often veterans come home and live with the constant memory of things their Families and neighbors might never understand. This week, as Fort Polk prepares for Saturday's Retiree Appreciation Day, some local retired combat veterans shared their experiences -- stories of horror and death that are inescapable for them, but unapparent to the casual bystander.

  • All-Army runners take top trophy from Brazilians at 26th Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 25, 2010

    ARLINGTON, Va. - Runners from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program triumphantly took the team trophy from the Brazilian Army at this year's Army Ten-Miler on Sunday.

  • Red Cross donates TRX equipment to Fort Polk's WTU

    Oct 25, 2010

    The TRX equipment and exercise program is a suspension training system that uses body weight to achieve fitness goals. The system is starting to gain attention in the Army. Thanks to the American Red Cross, the newest workout equipment on Fort Polk will not be found at any gym. Rather, it can be found at the Warrior Transition Unit.

  • Employees learn safety procedures at fair

    Oct 25, 2010

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - More than 30 vendors packed the Lindner Conference Center Oct. 6 for the installation's safety preparedness fair.

  • Eagles prepare for flight

    Oct 25, 2010

    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101, Regional Command East commander, receives an initial briefing for an upcoming flight on an F-15E Strike Eagle from U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Allan A. Nilles, 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, Oct. 20. Campbell is flying with members of the Strike Eagle squadron to become more familiar with the mission and capabilities of the F-15 which provides close-air support to his Soldiers on the ground in eastern Afghanistan.

  • Army sergeant finds his passion in baking

    Oct 23, 2010

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Whoever said "never trust a skinny chef" could not have been thinking about military cooks at the time. Meet the 185-pound U.S. Army Sgt. Bill McDonald.

  • The importance of Family Emergency Preparedness

    Oct 22, 2010

    An important facet to Family safety is having a plan and being prepared in case an emergency strikes. Preparing yourself and your Family for all types of emergencies is very important.

  • Spouse's FEX creates time for bonding

    Oct 22, 2010

    Fort Campbell spouses had a lot of fun and got some special "peer" attention this past weekend from the Army Wife Network and the spouse's Field Exercise at the Family Resource Center.

  • Work begins on $8.4 million chapel complex

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT CAMPELL, Ky. -- Work began on a new Fort Campbell chapel complex Wednesday, as post leaders gathered at Bastogne Avenue and 42nd Street for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site.

  • Children of Fort Campbell learn golf, life skills

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The game of golf requires quiet, calm and focus - not traits generally associated with school age children. But that's exactly what the First Tee program is aiming to teach the children of Fort Campbell.

  • Let the games begin!

    Oct 22, 2010

    More than 400 special olympians and 700 volunteers participated in the 42nd annual Special Olympics at Milton Frank Stadium Oct. 19. A number of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command employees volunteered, among them was Michelle Smith, an operations research and systems analyst with the Future Warfare Center. "Everyone should do it at least once," Smith said. "After that they will be hooked. We had a great time, and I look forward to volunteering next year."

  • Hawthorne, Kessler top leader boards at All-Army Golf Team Trials

    Oct 22, 2010

    Capts. Patrick Hawthorne and Daniela Kessler topped the leader boards at the conclusion of the 2010 All-Army Golf Team Trials on Oct. 19 at The Cardinal Golf Club.

  • Fort Leavenworth dedicates new chapel

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Oct. 21, 2010) - Frontier Chapel on Fort Leavenworth was dedicated in an ecumenical service Oct. 18.

  • Fort Riley defeats McConnell AFB in second annual flag football game

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley's Army flag football team protected its house with a 13-6 victory over McConnell Air Force Base in the second annual Army vs. Air Force Flag Football Game Oct. 16 at Sacco Softball Complex. There was a little trash talking before the game about McConnell taking the trophy back to Wichita, Kan.

  • In Soldier's absence, son continues golfing activities with local support

    Oct 22, 2010

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - When Maj. Brian Spurlock, of Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems, deployed in May on a six month tasker to represent PEO Ammunition in Afghanistan, Picatinny's, FMWR staff ensured that his son would be able to continue playing golf while he way away.

  • FRPD, Kansas Highway Patrol train together

    Oct 22, 2010

    SALINA, Kan. - Left and right turns, backing and parking are just some of the exercises that more than 60 Fort Riley civilian and military police officers went through during a training event at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy Oct. 4 to 14 in Salina. This is the first time Kansas Highway Patrol has provided this training to Fort Riley police officers as their annual in-service.

  • Coaching heroes

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - The idea of watching active-duty Soldiers play in Doughboy Stadium had been in John Hargrove's mind for quite some time. The Doughboy Classic, a football game between the Columbus State University Club football team and a team comprised of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers, is a dream come true for him.

  • Two legs better than one

    Oct 22, 2010

    Heven Ford, Fort McPherson Mission and Installation Contracting Command director, decided to upgrade from "a chicken in every pot" to two turkey legs during the U.S. Army Garrison organization day. The event, held Oct. 15 at Jacobs Park on Fort McPherson, allowed the garrison community to get together one last time before the base closes next year. Participants partook in a bounty of food - ranging from hot dogs, hamburgers, turkey legs, grilled corn and more - as well as fellowship, music, games and dancing.

  • 3rd ID supports local Seafood Fest

    Oct 22, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- Staff Sergeant Arthur Stuart, the Division Special Troops Battalion Rear Detachment noncommissioned officer in charge of supply, didn't know what to expect when he became a judge at the 12th Annual Ogeechee Seafood Festival in Richmond Hill, Ga., Oct. 15-17.

  • Electric vehicles save Fort Riley money

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. -- Saving the installation more than $5,700 per year, the First Sergeants Barracks Program utilizes six electric vehicles to move in and around the brigade areas in support of barrack's assignments, terminations and maintenance calls.

  • Coastal Georgia community thanks military at football game

    Oct 22, 2010

    Soldiers of 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, took to the field at Richmond Hill High School, Oct. 15. They were dressed for the pigskin game between the Wildcats and Glynn Academy Red Terrors, but were part of Richmond Hill High School's Military Appreciation Night.

  • Shining The Light So Others Can See

    Oct 22, 2010

    She is praised for her initiative and performance and serves as an inspiration to her colleagues. And while Sherry Kidd cannot physically see the joy on her friends' and family's faces, she is the first to say she feels it in her heart. Her work ethic, along with the example she sets for employees with disabilities, is why Kidd, a member of the Combined Arms Support Command and Sustainment Center of Excellence headquarters and headquarters company, has been recognized as the 2010 Training and Doctrine Command Outstanding Employee with a Disability.

  • Couples receive relationship, expert advice during iTALK

    Oct 22, 2010

    JUNCTION CITY, Kan. - Married couples sat down for an evening of relationship advice from the experts during the iTalk live talk show Oct.16 at the C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City. Carolyn Tolliver-Lee, Family Advocacy Program specialist and hostess for the evening, said she wanted the couples to be engaged.

  • Mothers remember fallen at post candlelight vigil

    Oct 22, 2010

    The flicker of 184 luminaries reflected off the 101st Airborne Division monument Tuesday night in remembrance of those killed in combat.

  • CFC kicks off CFC campaign

    Oct 21, 2010

  • Army releases overseas holiday mailing guidelines

    Oct 21, 2010

    Packages to troops and civilians stationed outside the continental United States need to be mailed soon to make it there by the holidays, according to Peter Graeve, a plans and policy management analyst at the Military Postal Service Agency in Alexandria, Va.

  • Community Awareness Day teaches fire prevention lessons

    Oct 21, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - More than 500 people took in fire prevention lessons, organization displays and entertainment during the 2010 Community Awareness Day activities at the Directorate of Emergency Services building Oct. 9.

  • Operation Military Kids offers deployment resources for children, parents

    Oct 21, 2010

    FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska -- Thanks to a collaboration between the Army and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 4-H youth development programs, Operation: Military Kids is available to support children and youth in Alaska and around the country as they cope with deployments.

  • WCAP Soldiers lead U.S. at CISM Military World Boxing Championships

    Oct 21, 2010

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Two U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program boxers led the United States to one of its best performances in Conseil International du Sport Militaire history at the 2010 World Military Boxing Championships

  • Deployed servicemembers, civilians compete in Army 10-Miler shadow run

    Oct 21, 2010

    More than 500 deployed servicemembers and civilians participated in a shadow run of the Army 10-Miler here Oct. 17.

  • Commander asks business owners to help

    Oct 20, 2010

    DONGDUCHEON, South Korea - U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud commander Col. Hank Dodge had a simple message for Korean Special Tourist Association bar and club owners here Oct. 14: prostitution, human trafficking and underage drinking are non-negotiable.

  • U.S. Military Color Guard at Yankee Stadium

    Oct 19, 2010

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point provided a Cadet Color Guard as the official colors for the American League Championship series game at Yankee Stadium, New York, N.Y., Oct. 18. Seventy-five cadets also unfurled a giant ceremonial American flag during the pre-game festivities.

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