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  • Honoring hero's family 4 decades later

    Mar 27, 2013

    For Teresa Schmitt and her five brothers and sisters, the name of their father on Huntsville's Veterans Memorial is a reminder of the loss they've lived with since they were children.

  • Thunderbird Soldiers complete Bataan Memorial Death March to honor WWII survivors, fallen POWs

    Mar 26, 2013

    Soldiers from the 11th Signal Brigade, who participated in the 2013 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17, 2013, marched to remember Soldiers who survived or died in the Philippine Islands at the hands of the Japanese during World War II.

  • Medal of Honor recipients honor citizen-heroes for selfless service

    Mar 26, 2013

    Twenty-one Medal of Honor recipients who put their lives on the line in extraordinary ways and circumstances paid tribute to four citizen-heroes who also went above and beyond for their fellow man.

  • 1st Cav Soldier helps family from fire

    Mar 26, 2013

    Dallas native Spc. Wayne Byers, a Soldier with the 1st Cav. Headquarters, pulled over behind the pickup and began throwing burning bales of hay out of the back March 22 near Van Alstyne, Texas.

  • Junior Spur Ride introduces children to time-honored Cavalry tradition

    Mar 26, 2013

    More than 70 children, with the help of their parents, took part in the Junior Spur Ride Challenge, hosted by the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, "Raiders," 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry, March 21, 2013, at the F Quad on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

  • Female diver leaves her mark in history

    Mar 25, 2013

    Just as the Spartans defied the odds and held off thousands of enemy troops, a modern-day female Soldier of Greek descent showed the same determination in her pursuit of becoming one of only four female-divers in the history of the U.S. Army.

  • Community treats troops to cookies - a lot of cookies

    Mar 25, 2013

    Miles away from the comforts of home, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies bring smiles to soldiers' faces during Warrior Exercise.

  • 'Warrior instructor citizen'

    Mar 25, 2013

    Instructors assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 94th Training Division, taught Soldiers cargo operations during the cargo specialist reclassification course, held at Fort Eustis, Va., March 3-28, 2013.

  • Francisco's career reaches crescendo

    Mar 22, 2013

    Music has always been a part of Sgt. 1st Class Don Francisco's life. It's not surprising that when he joined the Army nearly 30 years ago he sought a way to combine his love of music and country to forge a career that has seen him play for everyone from the President to Queen Elizabeth, to youngsters who have lost their parents.

  • Army JROTC air rifle teams hold opening-round leads

    Mar 22, 2013

    Ozark (Mo.) and Daleville (Ala.) high schools sit atop the precision and sporters divisions, respectively, after competition March 22, 2013, at the JROTC National Air Rifle Championships.

  • Wounded warrior: Brain injury 'doesn't mean you're broken'

    Mar 21, 2013

    Spc. Kevin Wear was riding in an armored vehicle in Afghanistan last summer when a roadside bomb exploded, tearing the vehicle into three pieces and killing three of the five passengers inside. The blast injured his leg and caused a traumatic brain injury that left him in a coma for about a week and a half.

  • Former Paratrooper, medic helps transitioning Soldiers pass math placement exam

    Mar 20, 2013

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics and a former Soldier Larry Huff is passionate about leveraging online education opportunities for transitioning service members. He created and manages a three Week online Math Boot Camp preparation course, called VetOut.

  • Japanese reality TV contestants experience Army life during filming at Camp Zama

    Mar 20, 2013

    Fifteen young women with aspirations for a career in entertainment experienced some of the unique aspects and challenges of Army life here as part of a reality TV program that will determine "Japan's Next Beauty."

  • 2 Soldiers, 1 goal: Represent Army in 2013 Warrior Games

    Mar 20, 2013

    As part of the Army's Warrior Games selection process, the Warrior Transition Command hosted Warrior Games trials on Fort Bliss and El Paso, Texas, March 4-8, 2013, and on Fort Belvoir, Va., from Feb. 25 to March 1, 2013.

  • NFL players visit troops in Southern Afghanistan

    Mar 19, 2013

    Six National Football League players visited Regional Command-South to visit service members, March 1, 2013, as part of a USO troop tour.

  • Soldier carries pride as third-generation 'Rakkasan'

    Mar 19, 2013

    Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is the third Soldier to be part of the Rakkasans in his family; following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps.

  • Female Signal officer speaks to the future roles of women in combat

    Mar 19, 2013

    In January, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced the Pentagon's lifting of the ban on female service members in combat roles. Maj. Nicole Vinson, the 51st Signal Battalion executive officer, has served almost 15 years in the Army, has seen the practical reasons behind the changes.

  • Soldiers take a seat during sports match

    Mar 18, 2013

    Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe Soldiers introduced adaptive sports to the Soldiers of the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion and the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

  • Tradition lives on as 'Fighting 69th' troops lead St. Patrick's Day Parade for 162nd time

    Mar 18, 2013

    For the 162nd time, the Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, led the annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, the largest such parade in the world, March 16, 2013.

  • Bragg MPs start female mentorship program

    Mar 18, 2013

    The warrior mentality on the battlefield is genderless, and the desire to fight for freedom and one's country are not distinguished by biological differences. Women have been serving in the United States Army from the beginning, and as the world highlights women's achievements during the month of March, one Fort Bragg, N.C., unit has taken the lead in developing and supporting strong women leaders.

  • Welcome to the 'Nasty Nick'

    Mar 18, 2013

    The Soldiers are panting as they circle the first curve. The cold air seems to be no help as the sweat begins to form, and this is only the beginning.

  • Nearly 6,000 participate in 24th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March

    Mar 17, 2013

    Nearly 6,000 marchers braved the 35-mile-per-hour winds during the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March held March 17, 2013, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • Camp Zama lifeguard awarded for taking action

    Mar 15, 2013

    A lifeguard at the Yano Fitness Center, Camp Zama, Japan, was recognized March 12, for rescuing a drowning Soldier at the Yano swimming pool, March 5.

  • Red Cross, Army vet help owners learn pet first aid

    Mar 13, 2013

    Caring for a pet requires a lot more than simply feeding the animal. That's one of the lessons several younger participants learned in the Wiesbaden American Red Cross' Pet First Aid class.

  • Soldiers on road to recovery challenged on 'Ride 2 Recovery'

    Mar 12, 2013

    The Ride 2 Recovery Challenge looked like a bicycle race. But to say it was a race would also be a stretch. Because in a race, there is only one winner. At the R2R 2013 Gulf Coast Challenge, everyone was a winner.

  • 593rd Sustainment Brigade Soldiers redeploy from Afghanistan

    Mar 12, 2013

    In the dark, early morning hours, almost 100 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, returned home to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., March 9, 2013.

  • Fort Huachuca hosts 2013 All-Army Boxing Championships

    Mar 12, 2013

    Soldiers, supporters and boxing fanatics gathered in the Barnes Field House gym at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Mar. 7-9, for the 2013 All-Army Boxing Championships. Soldier athletes competed for the opportunity to advance to the USA Boxing National Championships.

  • From brothers to brothers-in-arms

    Mar 8, 2013

    Spc. Travis Russell, with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, followed in the footsteps of his older brother, 1st Lt. Timothy Russell, by joining him within the ranks of the U.S. Army.

  • 40 years of women Chaplains celebrated

    Mar 8, 2013

    Chaplains and guests from around the National Capital Region gathered to celebrate 40 years of women in the military chaplaincy during a ceremony opening a new exhibit, themed "Celebrating 40 Years of Women Chaplains: A Courageous Journey of Faith and Service."

  • Tripler takes home DOD's first national award for healthy workplace

    Mar 8, 2013

    Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu has been named a top Psychologically Healthy Workplace for 2013 by the American Psychological Association.

  • Sharing his recipe for success at Natick

    Mar 7, 2013

    Take a boyhood working for family food businesses in Boston's famed North End, add plenty of intelligence, hard work and people skills, spice it all with self-deprecating humor, and you have Gerry Darsch's recipe for success at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate.

  • Heading for home to help veterans

    Mar 5, 2013

    How often does one get the chance to run on the field at Fenway Park, cross home plate, and help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families -- all on the same day?

  • Peyton Manning's touchdown on Bagram

    Mar 4, 2013

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Major League Baseball hall of famer Curt Schilling, along with the National Football League's Austin Collie and Vincent Jackson, visited Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 1, 2013, as part of a USO tour.

  • Army Reserve youth tackle science day camp during battle assembly weekend

    Mar 4, 2013

    More than a dozen Army Reserve youth spent March 2, 2013, wrapped up in science experiments during a day-long camp hosted by the 200th Military Police Command's Child, Youth and Social Services staff, and organized by a local 4-H organization, as their parents participated in the monthly battle assembly weekend at Fort Meade, Md.

  • Artistic expression captures attention of Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers

    Mar 4, 2013

    Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers enjoyed an evening of entertainment Feb. 26, 2013, as JP Williams, a Nashville soulful-singing artist and songwriter, performed a song he and six Fort Campbell (Ky.) Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers wrote together.

  • Army Reserve youth discuss deployments, living without a parent for a year

    Mar 3, 2013

    Children of Army Reserve Soldiers deployed or about to deploy to Afghanistan came from all over the Southwestern U.S. to attend a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event.

  • Invisible wounds of war

    Feb 28, 2013

    Seven Soldiers and two Marines injured during combat operations traveled to several locations in Afghanistan, including Kandahar Airfield and Camp Nathan Smith, to see the progress being made in the country that changed many of their lives forever.

  • U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit hosts Army National Junior Rifle Championship

    Feb 28, 2013

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit continued its full-fledged support of America's youth when it hosted the 2013 U.S. Army National Junior Air Rifle Championship, Feb. 25-27, at the unit's world-class Pool Indoor Range at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Fort Carson Exceptional Family Member Program earns Special Olympic grant

    Feb 28, 2013

    Averee, along with seven other children, participated in Sunday's basketball practice at the Special Events Center, hosted by the Exceptional Family Member Program and made possible by a Department of Defense grant to create a Special Olympics program at Fort Carson, Colo.

  • Women make their mark in combat aviation

    Feb 27, 2013

    Operation Desert Storm saw the first female aviator in battle when Maj. Marie T. Rossi took the driver's seat flying fuel and ammunition to the Soldiers crossing into enemy territory. Rossi lost her life when her CH-47 Chinook helicopter went down, March 1, 1991.

  • Culinary training exercise heats up, opens to public next week

    Feb 27, 2013

    More than 200 U.S. Armed Forces chefs are on their way to Fort Lee, Va., from military installations around the world, for the 38th annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event.

  • 166th Aviation female pilots smash male barrier, challenges head-on

    Feb 27, 2013

    In logistics and intelligence units a fair number of female officers can be found, but at First Army Division West's 166th Aviation Brigade, women aviators are few and far between.

  • Officer exhibits uncanny passion for Army Digital Photography Contest

    Feb 27, 2013

    Without even winning a category, Capt. Robert Shaw of Camp Zama, Japan, was the most decorated photographer in the 2012 Army Digital Photography Contest.

  • Exceptional kids have exceptional trip

    Feb 26, 2013

    Students from the Po'okela Center for Educational Excellence at Mililani Middle School, specializing in special education development, took a field trip with the Soldiers from 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, to Wheeler Air Field, Hawaii, to meet with the people who work for Evergreen Helicopters, Feb. 13, 2013.

  • Zama's 'Killer Katanas' compete in 'Scar Wars' mash-up roller derby bout with special guest

    Feb 26, 2013

    The Zama Killer Katanas and several other local roller derby teams braved the cold Feb. 23, 2013, for "Scar Wars: Darth Maul-her vs. Princess Slaya," a mash-up bout held at the outdoor hockey rink at Camp Zama, Japan.

  • 'Military Saves Week' challenges families to set goals

    Feb 26, 2013

    This week, U.S. service members around the world, along with their spouses and kids too, have been challenged to take a pledge to save money in their at-home budgets; to "Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically."

  • Alaska Soldier named Army's Female Athlete of the Year

    Feb 26, 2013

    Sgt. Ashley A. Walker, a military police officer with the Alaska-based 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, is the Army's Female Athlete of the Year for 2012.

  • Utah Guard linguists contribute unique skills during African exercises

    Feb 25, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Ray Novak, with the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Georgia Army National Guard, teaches in English, Parker listens, translates the message into French, and mimics the instructor's motions while varying his tone to maintain the audience's interest.

  • Amputee returns to battlefield

    Feb 21, 2013

    It's clear from the way Staff Sgt. Brandon Vilt moves around the maintenance bay of Delta Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Lighthorse, that he has his mission in mind.

  • Iraq veteran, celebrated working dog Gabe passes away in his owner's arms

    Feb 21, 2013

    "Gabe took his last breath at 12:44 p.m. while I held (him) in my arms." Gabe, the American Humane Association's 2012 Hero Dog, died last week from cancer. His campaign for last year's Hero Dog award put Gabe and owner, Sgt. 1st Class Charles 'Chuck' Shuck, brought him into contact with celebrities like Betty White.

  • Daddy Daughter Dance sweeps girls off their feet

    Feb 20, 2013

    This year's formal affair is the most popular dance yet

  • 5-year Army R&D outreach initiative brings science, engineering to elementary students

    Feb 20, 2013

    In its inaugural year, the STEM Superstar program, the brainchild of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center Educational Outreach Team engages students from kindergarten to fifth grade in stimulating activities challenging students to think creatively and solve problems like an engineer.

  • Pacific Region sweeps Army Athlete, Coach of Year awards

    Feb 20, 2013

    Soldiers from the Pacific Region swept the 2012 Army Male and Female Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year awards.

  • Mountain Athlete Warrior program stresses functional fitness

    Feb 19, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Ryan Chancellor grimaced as he lifted the 135 pounds on the bar. Repetition after repetition, he performed the deadlifts. After 20 reps, he dropped the weight and picked up the 35-pound kettle bell and began his 15 swings -- "American" style -- heaving the weight until it was over his head.

  • For saving life, SOC sergeant earns Soldier's Medal

    Feb 19, 2013

    A Soldier with the Army Special Operations Command was awarded the Soldier's Medal, Feb. 13, 2013, for saving the life of a civilian in Spring Lake, N.C., by pulling her from the inside of her vehicle after she'd been in an accident that left her unconscious.

  • Through her experiences, Army Reserve Teen Panel member reaches out to others

    Feb 19, 2013

    As dusk falls upon Mesa, Ariz., 18-year-old Katie Harris sits in an empty hotel conference room, planning for the next day's events as one of the leaders of the Youth, Leadership, Education and Development Program, for the 200th Military Police Command.

  • Texas, Missouri programs crowned air rifle champs

    Feb 16, 2013

    After holding leads after weekend competition, Killeen and Ozark high schools claim victory in the sporter and precision divisions, respectively, after Army JROTC Air Rifle Championships.

  • Food inspection specialists focus on prevention, education

    Feb 15, 2013

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year roughly one in six Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.

  • Fight fans treated to action-packed evening at Black History Month Boxing Tournament

    Feb 14, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It was an evening that offered something for everyone -- knockdowns, slugfests, giveaways and sheer bravado in the ring.   "We're here as part of our Black History Month Celebration -- we've got a great evening planned for you," said U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Sa'eed Mustafa.

  • Mouth device in clinical trials as possible treatment for TBI

    Feb 14, 2013

    Researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NeuroHabilitation Corporation have created an electrode-covered oral device called a PoNS" to help treat patients with neural control issues.

  • Fort Hood internet radio making strides to reach out to military community

    Feb 14, 2013 will sign on with a new live morning show at Fort Hood, Texas, Feb. 19, 2013.

  • Soldier Show vets wed on Valentine's Day

    Feb 14, 2013

    Soldier Show veterans Spc. Glenn Grainger and Spc. Whitney Jones were married on Valentine's Day on the same stage where they met at Fort Sam Houston Theatre.

  • Old Guard Soldier's quick reaction saves Caisson horses

    Feb 13, 2013

    Selfless service, one of the Army's core values, calls on Soldiers to put the welfare of the nation, the Army and their subordinates before their own. For some Soldiers, this also applies to the animals that serve alongside them. On Feb. 4, 2013, one Old Guard Soldier's quick reaction saved his horse from a serious injury during a mission.

  • Women's Boxing 'storms' into West Point

    Feb 13, 2013

    There's really no way to ignore the fact that a snowstorm made a mess of the inaugural West Point Women's Boxing Invitational, Feb. 9, 2013.

  • TEDD handler, dog go on first mission together

    Feb 12, 2013

    After hours of climbing over the rugged grape rows of Afghanistan in search of a weapons cache, Pfc. Franklin Sena and his platoon heard the familiar sound of small-arms fire coming at them.

  • Blind ambition: Officer making a difference at Gonzaga

    Feb 12, 2013

    Capt. Scotty Smiley lost his sight following an explosion in Iraq. He wondered whether he would be able to continue serving his country. Today, as an assistant professor of military science at Gonzaga University, he is showing future leaders how to succeed.

  • Wounded warriors take recovery to ice

    Feb 12, 2013

    Balanced on a low-lying sled and with a stick in each hand, Army Sgt. Dorian Leon swiftly propelled himself across the ice to enter the scrimmage.

  • New York National Guard Soldier skis, shoots in biathlon competition

    Feb 12, 2013

    You ski as fast as you can over several kilometers of rough terrain with a .22 caliber rifle strapped on your back; then steady that rifle -- controlling your labored breathing and heart rate and shaky legs in mind-numbing cold that freezes your fingers and face. Then you must fire five shots to hit targets the size of 50-cent pieces, 50 meters away.

  • Army Surgeon General meets with double-arm transplant recipient Sgt. Brendan Marrocco

    Feb 12, 2013

    Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of U. S. Army Medical Command, met with former Sgt. Brendan Marrocco, the Army's first Soldier to survive after "giving" all four limbs in combat, Feb. 11, 2013, at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.

  • Wounded Warriors find peace, enjoyment at hunting event

    Feb 11, 2013

    Twenty-eight wounded warriors spent the weekend hunting in the woods of Elliott Lake at Red River Army Depot, Texas, Dec. 14-16, 2012.

  • 'Garryowen' helps boy become Cavalry Soldier for a day

    Feb 11, 2013

    Deciding on a career can be a difficult decision some make very late in life, but for 9-year-old Neil Sawh of Houston, there's nothing he wants more than to be a Soldier.

  • President awards Medal of Honor to hero of COP Keating

    Feb 11, 2013

    President Barack Obama placed the Medal of Honor around the neck of former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha during a ceremony Feb. 11, 2013, in the East Room of the White House.

  • Mentors provide special attention to children of the fallen

    Feb 9, 2013

    Employees of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, mentored children of fallen service members, while having fun Mardi Gras style, at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., Feb. 9, 2013.

  • Military officials mark legendary bayonet charge

    Feb 8, 2013

    Military officials honored the heroic deeds of the Soldiers who fixed bayonets and charged up hill through enemy machine gun fire at what is now Osan Air Base, South Korea, 62 years ago.

  • 'Dog father' retires from military service

    Feb 7, 2013

    A military working dog, Lando, retired from military service Feb. 1, 2013, at Conn Barracks in Schweinfurt, Germany. Lando served eight years with the Army, deployed four times, and tallied up 15 confirmed finds downrange.

  • Soldier pushes USA-1 to bronze at Bobsled World Championships

    Feb 7, 2013

    Sgt. Justin Olsen, with the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, helped push former WCAP bobsled driver Steven Holcomb to a track record and bronze medal at the 2013 Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships, Feb. 3, 2013, in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

  • Soldier's antique car showstopper at auto show

    Feb 7, 2013

    In a sea of Bentleys, BMWs, Chryslers, Cadillacs and other showroom autos the 2013 Washington Auto Show, Feb. 5, 2013, in the nation's capital, one car in particular stood out, garnering a lot of attention -- a 1918 Dodge Brothers Model 30 touring car.

  • Soldiers escort vets to auto show

    Feb 7, 2013

    Several veterans from the Armed Forces Retirement Home here attended the Washington Auto Show, Feb. 5., thanks to Soldiers who volunteered to push them in their wheelchairs through the sprawling convention center.

  • Medal of Honor nominee Romesha talks life after Army

    Feb 7, 2013

    This is part three in a three-part series about former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha's heroism at the battle of Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan, and his transition from Soldier to civilian.

  • Armor, Infantry unite at West Point for Maneuver Ball

    Feb 6, 2013

    West Point hosted the third annual Maneuver Ball, Feb. 1, 2013, at the West Point Club with nearly 350 community members, staff and faculty attending, including 150 Class of 2013 cadets branching Armor or Infantry.

  • Medal of Honor nominee Romesha leads charge to retake COP Keating

    Feb 6, 2013

    This is part two in a three-part series about former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha's heroism at the battle of Combat Outpost Keating, and his transition from Soldier to civilian. There is some graphic language in this article.

  • Army family reunites at Special Olympics in Korea

    Feb 5, 2013

    An American Special Olympian was reunited with her U.S. Army officer brother in South Korea during the 2013 Winter Special Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

  • Strong Bonds retreats build healthy families, stronger units

    Feb 5, 2013

    Holly Coats and her husband, 1st Lt. Josh Coats, a platoon leader with 563rd Aviation Support Battalion, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, have used her parents as a marital role model.

  • COP Keating battle begins, Medal of Honor nominee Romesha takes action

    Feb 5, 2013

    This is part one in a three-part series about former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha's heroism at the battle of Combat Outpost Keating, and his transition from Soldier to civilian.

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground-sponsored team 'Electrobots' wins STEM competition

    Feb 4, 2013

    Seven students, sponsored by U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., took top honors at the FIRST LEGO League competition at the University of Delaware, Jan. 26, 2013.

  • Korean War veteran receives long overdue Silver Star Medal

    Feb 4, 2013

    Several hundred community members, well-wishers, dignitaries and friends gathered to view the presentation of the Silver Star Medal to William V. Wuorinen for heroic actions during combat operations in the Korean War, at an award ceremony held at Naselle-Grays River Valley School, Naselle, Wash., Jan. 30, 2013.

  • Double-arm transplant helps Soldier who lost limbs in Iraq

    Feb 1, 2013

    Former infantryman Brendan Marrocco has two arms again, real ones that he can already move, thanks to a double-arm transplant surgery performed at Johns Hopkins.

  • Army dentist, yo-yo champ gives students physics lesson

    Jan 31, 2013

    Dr. (Maj.) Kevin Parker, a 1997 Southwest Yo-Yo Champion, captivates Hainerberg Elementary School audience during a yo-yo demonstration.

  • Valor Games quadruple opportunities for disabled vets, wounded warriors

    Jan 31, 2013

    The Valor Games Midwest, an adaptive sports competition for military veterans and service members with physical disabilities, have been expanded this year into the Southeast, Southwest and Northwest.

  • Concert violinist becomes U.S. Army infantryman, paratrooper

    Jan 31, 2013

    At age 24, Minnesota native Ean Ulrich had already played the violin for 20 years when he answered a calling to help people by enlisting in the Army. The former concert violinist is now an airborne infantryman serving with the 82nd Airborne Division's 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

  • One former Army couple: Two different paths to successful transition

    Jan 29, 2013

    A U.S. Army couple, comprised of former Military Intelligence officers in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), successfully made the transition from active duty back to civilian life.

  • Volunteers clean up Arlington National Cemetery

    Jan 29, 2013

    An estimated 3,000 volunteers showed up to Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Jan. 26, 2013, to help clean up holiday wreaths which adorned gravesites for the past six weeks.

  • Garrison makes sponsorship a priority to help Soldiers transition

    Jan 29, 2013

    Spc. Ezonica Castellano's transition to U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, went as smoothly as possible, largely because her sponsor was proactive and eager to help.

  • Soldiers compete in bobsled world championships

    Jan 29, 2013

    Former Army bobsledder and reigning Olympic four-man world champion driver Steven Holcomb teamed with Steve Langton in the USA-1 sled to finish fourth in the two-man races Jan. 26 and 27 at the 2013 Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships in Moritz, Switzerland.

  • Medal of Honor recipient honored, joins others from storied 101st Airborne Division

    Jan 29, 2013

    The 101st Airborne Division's latest Medal of Honor recipient was honored during an emotional ceremony, Jan. 25, 2013, at McAuliffe Hall on Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Female paratroopers talk about DOD policy change

    Jan 29, 2013

    Female Soldiers with the Alaska-based 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th infantry Division, back from a combat tour in Afghanistan, discussed the upcoming expansion of combat roles for women.

  • Veterans get a taste of new rations technology

    Jan 28, 2013

    Veterans from the small town of Hopkinton, Mass., recently got a taste of new military rations technology at their monthly veterans breakfast, courtesy of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's Combat Feeding Directorate.

  • Latino Inaugural Gala honors Soldiers

    Jan 28, 2013

    A number of Soldiers shared the Kennedy Center stage last week with stars like Eva Longoria, George Lopez and Antonio Banderas.

  • The real fun starts before the Pro Bowl

    Jan 28, 2013

    Sounds, shouts and songs filled the air at Aloha Stadium, as servicemembers from all branches joined the local community in welcoming the National Football League's best players for the 2013 Pro Bowl.

  • Reserve Soldiers march in inaugural parade, cherish memorable experience

    Jan 25, 2013

    When Staff Sgt. Wilnessial Kingdom executed an eyes left and saw the president of the United States during the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade, the 80th Training Command's executive administrative assistant said instantly her eyes filled with tears.