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  • Cav spouses learn new appreciation for Soldiers' jobs

    Jul 29, 2011

    Spouses and children of 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, experienced a day in the life of a cavalry trooper when they participated in Family Spur Ride.

  • Hammer thrower ready for another try on world stage

    Jul 28, 2011

    Maj. Mike Mai ranks nationally near the top in the hammer throw, and after his second-place finish at the U.S. Track and Field National Championships in Eugene, Ore., last month, he'll compete in his second World Championships in August.

  • Medevac system takes Soldiers from battlefield to hospitals

    Jul 28, 2011

    Soldiers that are wounded or become ill down range are brought back to Fort Hood, Texas, on a medical evacuation aircraft resembling a flying emergency room staffed with experienced medical personnel who keep constant watch over their health needs, delivering them to the caring greeters at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

  • 173rd Airborne BCT Soldiers jump into Ukraine with paratroopers from 5 nations

    Jul 28, 2011

    More than 200 paratroopers completed the first multi-national airborne operation of Exercise Rapid Trident 11 at the International Peacekeeping and Security center here, July 26, 2011.

  • Fort Campbell's Stelly shines at combatives competition

    Jul 28, 2011

    A group of 101st Airborne Division and 5th Special Forces Group Soldiers traveled to Fort Hood, Texas, July 20-23 to face the best of the best in the 2011 U.S. Army Combatives Championship.

  • Veterans laid to rest at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery

    Jul 28, 2011

    The unclaimed cremated remains of 14 veterans and three military wives were laid to rest at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery July 26, 2011, with full military honors. The remains were found and identified by the Missing in America Project, a nonprofit organization.

  • Soldier combines 'AIRBORNE!' recruiting to tell the Army story

    Jul 27, 2011

    Army Recruiter Staff Sgt. Joseph Tremblay, from the Harrisburg Opportunity Center, shares his experiences as an Airborne Soldier and former instructor at the U.S. Army Airborne School to design and teach airborne training sessions in the communities surrounding Harrisburg, Pa.

  • NAACP Award brings Army winner full circle

    Jul 27, 2011

    Master Sgt. Mark Jordan, an Equal Opportunity advisor currently stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, received the NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award July 26, 2011, and he believes his trip to Los Angeles has brought his life full circle.

  • Fort Riley EFMP kids get hands-on experience at rodeo

    Jul 25, 2011

    Zayvion Haseman enjoyed his horse ride so much at the Exceptional Family Member Program Special Needs Rodeo that he kissed the horse. Zayvion, who will be a kindergartner at Chapman Elementary School this fall, surprised his father with that move.

  • Special Forces Soldier fights for special cause

    Jul 24, 2011

    When Staff Sgt. Benjamin Westrich won third place in the lightweight division at the 2011 U.S. Army Combatives Championship here July 23, it meant more to him than a plaque and a handshake. It meant much more for many people.

  • Army Values serve as the driving-force for Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry

    Jul 22, 2011

    Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry vows to continue to help fellow Soldiers and to remember the fallen.

  • First Lady, Soldiers welcome Extreme Home Makeover

    Jul 22, 2011

    A former Sailor who houses homeless female veterans here received the surprise of her life today when hundreds of workers and well-wishers -- including First Lady Michelle Obama -- were on hand as she became the latest winner on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show.

  • Future force: Army Research Lab equips warfighters

    Jul 22, 2011

    The U.S. Army is a well-trained, well-equipped fighting force. And behind every weapon, piece of armor and training that prepares and protects Soldiers in battle are teams of scientists and engineers who are solving complex problems and driving future capabilities.

  • Wounded war heroes summit Mount Rainier

    Jul 22, 2011

    Since 2007, Camp Patriot, a non-profit organization, has sponsored the annual climb of Mount Rainier's 14,411-foot summit for wounded warriors. Only 50 percent of climbers reach the summit, proving the significance of the challenge that lies ahead.

  • MOH recipient still wants to make contribution

    Jul 21, 2011

    Not everyone gets tips on penmanship from a president. But then, not everyone is Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, an Army Ranger and recent Medal of Honor recipient.

  • Military Times selects female first sergeant as Soldier of Year

    Jul 21, 2011

    First Sgt. Monekia Y. Denkins loves to lead by example, yet she doesn't really think the leadership skills she's built on over the last 20 years in the Army are anything extraordinarily over the top.

  • Twice wounded, but 'Soldiering' on with nature

    Jul 20, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Karl Pasco deployed twice to Iraq and was seriously injured both times. The outdoors, he says, is his retreat from the painful memories, the lost friends, the catastrophic wounds he suffered from his two deployments to Iraq and the countless trips to military hospitals to repair his damaged body.

  • ARL hosts SeaPerch robotics challenge

    Jul 20, 2011

    The U.S. Army Research Laboratory hosted a SeaPerch robotics challenge at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., June 11, 2011. The event was made possible through a grant from the National Defense Education Program, which awarded 10 SeaPerch kits to ARL for use with their robotics programs.

  • Texas Shootout Concludes at Robertson Blood Center

    Jul 19, 2011

    Angela Oakley and Sarah Jennings teamed up and battled it out in the Texas Shootout Blood Donating Challenge at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Pele lights torch for opening of CISM World Games

    Jul 19, 2011

    The Counseil International du Sport Militaire borrowed a page from the International Olympic Committee to stage the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Military World Games July 16, 2011, at Olympic Stadium.

  • The warriors of Battle Lab filmed during Network Integration Exercise

    Jul 18, 2011

    Soldiers and technology from 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division during a six-week Network Integration Evaluation at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., became the focus of KPI Production Company’s pilot episode of “Battle Lab.”

  • Soldiers volunteer for Extreme Makeover project

    Jul 15, 2011

    Ty Pennington, and the crew from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” greeted Barbara Summey Marshall and residents, Judy Hilburn, Niki Harper and her two sons, Keyon Taft, 10, and Kelli Carmon, 16, of the Jubilee House as she answered her front door with the well-known, wake-up call - “G-o-o-d M-o-r-n-i-n-g!”

  • Recruiter saves life, earns award

    Jul 15, 2011

    When Staff Sgt. Marcus A. Stone saw cars braking and swerving suddenly ahead of him on Interstate 35 East in Dallas, he knew something bad had just happened on the freeway he was driving on. In the minutes that followed, Stone prevented what would have surely been a deadly accident, when he pulled a victim from a burning vehicle.

  • USC baseball coach visits WTU

    Jul 14, 2011

    Soldiers with the Fort Jackson Warrior Transition Unit welcomed a back-to-back College World Series champion at their town hall meeting this week.

  • TF Spartan surgeon develops prosthetic leg for Afghan IED victims

    Jul 14, 2011

    Advances in prosthetics have greatly reduced the debilitating effects of losing a limb, but in Afghanistan, a country with one of the highest amputation rates, sustainable technology like this is rare.

  • Army Reserve Soldiers exchange students, culture

    Jul 14, 2011

    Several active and retired Soldiers from the 99th RSC and other Army Reserve units are giving young adults from around the world the opportunity to live in and learn about the United States through a student-exchange program.

  • Former soldier in Saddam's army now U.S. Soldier helping improve Iraq

    Jul 13, 2011

    Sgt. Mahad Ahmed was a member of Saddam's army when the U.S. liberated Iraq. He is now deployed to Iraq as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, helping improve his homeland.

  • U.S. Army Alaska mountaineer assists in MIA recovery mission

    Jul 13, 2011

    The Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command often calls upon the Northern Warfare Training Center for assistance in their mission to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans from the nation’s past conflicts.

  • Like son ... like father

    Jul 13, 2011

    Spc. Robert Capstick and his wife Becky are preparing for their son's return from Afghanistan. At the same time, they are attending a Yellow Ribbon event in Twinsburg, Ohio, to prepare for Capstick's deployment to Afghanistan in August.

  • Petry awarded Medal of Honor

    Jul 12, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a historic ceremony in the east room of the White House today.

  • Missing hand only change in Medal of Honor recipient - friends say

    Jul 12, 2011

    Duane Hardesty’s across-the-street neighbor is a lot like anyone else’s.

  • Twins promoted to captain on Forward Operating Base Salerno

    Jul 11, 2011

    A pair of U.S. Army 1st Lieutenants, and identical twins, were promoted to captain on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, July 2, 2011.

  • Army marksman qualifies for Olympics

    Jul 11, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft a 1996 Olympian, qualified for nomination to the 2012 team pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

  • Soldier overcomes injury to help others

    Jul 10, 2011

    When Sgt. 1st Class Marc Dervaes lost an arm in Afghanistan, he wondered what his quality of life would be. Now he not only engages in the activities he loves, he has the strength of character to want to help others.

  • Defeating cancer: mission complete

    Jul 8, 2011

    Cpl. Austin Saunders, a gun team leader with Charlie Company, 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, admits he’s a bit of a competitive guy. He likes to reach his goals, whatever the odds; "mission complete" is his credo

  • Videos provide a behind-the-scenes look at Fort Benning's Infantry One Station Unit Training program

    Jul 7, 2011

    In an effort to provide potential prospects, new Army recruits and their supporters with a comprehensive look at Fort Benning’s Infantry One Station Unit Training program, U.S. Army Accessions Command recently published five brief video segments showcasing a range of activities, including the Confidence Course, the Gas Chamber, the Turning Blue ceremony and OSUT graduation.

  • Soldier in Iraq gets 4th of July call from Secretary of Defense

    Jul 7, 2011

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who was sworn into office Friday, marked the 4th of July holiday by making phone calls to six deployed servicemembers, including an Ohio Army National Guard Soldier in Iraq.

  • Combatives: Fighter gives III Corps veteran presence

    Jul 1, 2011

    On a fight night in Hawaii in 2008, a squad volunteered their platoon sergeant into the ring as a joke. But it wasn't a joke for his opponent, who ended up with a broken nose and collarbone.

  • Fort Benning boasts Army’s top drill sergeant, again

    Jun 30, 2011

    For the second time in three years, a Fort Benning, Ga., drill sergeant is the Army’s best.

  • Human Animal Bond brings pets to patients, staff

    Jun 30, 2011

    Members of the Human Animal Bond organization visit places throughout the Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth community -- schools, libraries, nursing homes and hospitals.

  • A dynamite relationship

    Jun 29, 2011

    The history of U.S. military explosive ordnance disposal professionals dates back to the beginning of World War II. The peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, as part of NATO’s Kosovo Forces, is no different than a wartime mission when it comes to the identification and disposal of unexploded or expended ordnance.

  • Army boxer wins U.S. National flyweight championship

    Jun 29, 2011

    Sgt. John Franklin credited his first national amateur boxing title to the help of his U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program teammates.

  • Class of 2015 enters West Point: The journey begins

    Jun 28, 2011

    It was the first day of the 47-month West Point experience for more than 1,200 new cadets June 27 as the U.S. Military Academy and the Corps of Cadets hosted Reception Day for the Class of 2015.

  • Finding a safe place: Soldier volunteers to help victims of sexual assault

    Jun 28, 2011

    Maj. Paula Rodriguez, the property management officer-in-charge for the 36th Infantry Division, has a passion for volunteering and helping the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • High school JROTC cadets conquer weeklong camp

    Jun 27, 2011

    About 200 cadets from10 high schools throughout Texas gathered at Fort Hood, Texas, for a week-long Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Leadership Challenge held June 12-17, 2011.

  • High adventure for Fort Carson youths

    Jun 23, 2011

    Children from Fort Carson, Colo., hiked, mountain biked, rock climbed, kayaked and went white-water rafting as part of Fort Carson’s Adventure Programs and Education’s Wilderness Adventure Camp.

  • Deployed officer in Afghanistan recalls days of being a WAC

    Jun 22, 2011

    The 1970s probably seem like a long time ago for today’s new Soldiers, but for one officer serving in Afghanistan, the era is still a vivid memory of when women Soldiers were treated differently than men.

  • American hunters welcomed to brotherhood of traditional German hunters

    Jun 22, 2011

    U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s Outdoor Recreation Hunting, Fishing and Sport Shooting Program offers hunters the opportunity to learn about and test for the prestigious German Jagdschein, or hunting license.

  • Patriot Academy sergeant breaks world record

    Jun 22, 2011

    Staff Sgt. John Halsey, an assistant platoon sergeant in Bravo Company for the Patriot Academy at Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, decided to break a world record when he noticed his students were a bit lethargic on their days off.

  • Task force wins hearts 'one patient at a time'

    Jun 20, 2011

    Medical crews with Task Force Bon Voizen, a Louisiana National Guard-led humanitarian exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command, have treated more than 800 dental patients and nearly 23,000 medical patients so far this year.

  • Soldier, NCO of year reflect on competition, rewards of winning

    Jun 17, 2011

    No doubt about it, to become Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, the year-long contest is a grueling struggle to overcome fear, obstacles and the dreaded boards hosted by sergeants major.

  • Fishing program assists Soldiers’ recovery

    Jun 16, 2011

    Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is a nonprofit organization that focuses on reaching out to wounded veterans to aid in their rehabilitation -- both mentally and physically.

  • Owners must help pets beat the heat

    Jun 16, 2011

    People aren’t the only ones who feel the heat in the summer months. It is important be aware of the effects that warmer temperatures may have on people’s four-legged friends.

  • Cadets, midshipmen visit Horn of Africa, enhance understanding of regional affairs

    Jun 13, 2011

    Six Army cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and six midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., arrived at the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, May 26, 2011, to better understand the role of U.S. forces in the area.

  • Company commander cycles in support of MS awareness

    Jun 13, 2011

    Capt. Theresa Giorno completed a 150-mile, two-day bicycle ride along Virginia’s Eastern Shore to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

  • Balloon reconnaissance marks 150th anniversary

    Jun 13, 2011

    The intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support critical to operations in Afghanistan got its start 150 years ago this month, when a balloonist showed then-President Abraham Lincoln how a gas-filled balloon could help the Union Army prevail in the Civil War.

  • WTB Soldier shares gift of life with bone marrow donation

    Jun 10, 2011

    More than four years ago, when Spc. Christopher Sutton was stationed with the 89th Military Police Brigade, he took part in a bone marrow donor drive and was entered into the Department of Defense bone marrow donor database. Now working as a cadre member of the Warrior Transition Brigade Headquarters, Sutton was stunned when he was told it appeared that he was a match to someone who would benefit from a bone marrow donation.

  • Teammates recount Medal of Honor nominee's courageous actions

    Jun 10, 2011

    Three teammates of Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry recently discussed the event that took place May 26, 2008, which landed the noncommissioned officer a nomination to receive the Medal of Honor.

  • Brazilian-born medic shares life-saving skills with Afghans

    Jun 9, 2011

    “I don’t think I adopted America. America adopted me,” Brazilian-born Cpl. Joel M. Kuhn said as he sat outside of Nangalam Base in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province.

  • Florida Guardsman becomes Army’s first female Avenger Master Gunner

    Jun 9, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Jessica Ray, with the Florida National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery, recently became the first female to graduate from the Avenger Master Gunner course.

  • High schoolers offered insider's look at West Point

    Jun 8, 2011

    For more than 1,000 rising high school seniors, the Summer Leaders Seminar was a weeklong exploration of the academic, athletic and military opportunities at West Point. Established by the West Point Admissions Office in 1976, SLS is a total immersion experience into what life as a cadet is like, led by the cadets themselves.

  • Widow marks Memorial Day at SOS Center, 1st Cav Memorial

    Jun 7, 2011

    Beate Medina marked her eighth Memorial Day without her "treasure" by visiting Fort Hood, Texas, the place where she feels closest to him.

  • Airsoft Games hit target for 10th straight year in Korea

    Jun 6, 2011

    SEONGNAM, South Korea - More than 240 American and South Korean military family members and students from the surrounding community took part in the 10th Annual Airsoft Games on the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea, June 4, 2011.

  • 3 brothers, uncle serving in Kabul area

    Jun 1, 2011

    A Nebraska family is serving their nation above and beyond the call of duty. As unbelievable as this sounds, three brothers are serving together in the Kabul area and living in nearby Camp Phoenix.

  • NCO goes the distance for self, good causes

    May 31, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Jeremy Logan, a Task Force Resolute plans noncommissioned officer, is using this year to achieve new personal records in distance running while deployed to Kandahar Airfield.

  • Gates, Mullen praise efforts of troops, families, vets

    May 30, 2011

    Flanked by the memorials of wars past, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today said he has had no greater honor than serving and leading the U.S. military.

  • America’s Army: 'Strength of the Nation' for 236 years

    May 26, 2011

    The Army celebrates its 236th birthday on June 14, 2011, and the milestone brings a full lineup of events to commemorate the many roles the Army fulfills.

  • Paratroopers remember fallen heroes during All-American memorial ceremony

    May 23, 2011

    Past and present paratroopers, with the 82nd Airborne Division, honored fallen paratroopers and their families during a memorial ceremony outside of the 82nd Airborne Division Museum at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Blood tests alert Picatinny civilian to life-threatening disease

    May 23, 2011

    The Picatinny Civilian Welfare Council holds an annual blood test program. The results of one of these tests forever changed the life of Raymond Seiz.

  • Closer than a brother

    May 22, 2011

    Suffering from a toothache in southern Iraq may land a Soldier in the chair of either one of a pair of identical twins.

  • Armed Forces Day spans Civil War to Golden Knights

    May 20, 2011

    Servicemen and their families celebrating Armed Forces Day this weekend not only had the chance to witness modern war technology in action, they were also able to experience the tradition of the armed forces from the 1700s until the present.

  • To edge of space, back: West Point balloon satellite a success

    May 19, 2011

    A group of cadets and officers traveled to Sam's Point Preserve, N.Y., May 13, 2011, to conduct their final launch of the semester for the West Point Balloon Satellite.

  • Zeroing in: Soldier competes in Warrior Games

    May 19, 2011

    What worried Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Trescott most was breathing. With an altitude of more than 6,000 feet above sea level, breathing in Colorado Spring, Colo., requires faster, deeper breaths than breathing in Columbia, S.C.

  • On target for partnership: New York Guard Soldiers form bonds in South African rifle match

    May 18, 2011

    A team of eight New York National Guard Soldiers competed against Soldiers and police officers from South Africa, Great Britain and New Zealand in Bloemfontein, South Africa, May 2-8, 2011.

  • Double amputee happy to fill NCO leader role

    May 18, 2011

    Sgt. 1st Class Ray Castillo's 10th combat deployment with the 75th Ranger Regiment resulted in a life-changing event on the dusty battlefield of northern Iraq. Today, he's a double amputee, but is set to graduate next week from Fort Benning's seven-week Maneuver Senior Leaders Course.

  • Operation Shear Love: Troops donate long locks to children

    May 17, 2011

    Troops on Victory Base Complex participated in Operation Shear Love, in which they donated their hair to Locks of Love, May 8, 2011.

  • U.S., Chinese Army bands perform together in historic concert

    May 17, 2011

    The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" and the Military Band of the People's Liberation Army of China played together at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., May 16.

  • Soldier Show lured Operation Rising Star winner to U.S. Army

    May 17, 2011

    Operation Rising Star champion Melissa Gomez participated in the Family and MWR Command's musical competitions as both as Soldier, and later as a spouse.

  • Fallen Army journalist honored at Newseum

    May 17, 2011

    Staff Sgt. James Hunter was an Army public affairs noncommissioned officer who was killed by a roadside bomb in June 2010, during a foot patrol in Afghanistan. He and 76 other fallen journalists were memorialized at the Newseum here, today, in the 2011 re-dedication ceremony of the Journalists Memorial.

  • Less is more: Dieting got NCO's career back on track

    May 13, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Brett Michael, an instructor at the Henry H. Lind Noncommissioned Officer Academy on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., lost 70 pounds in a year, and has taken back control of his life, his body, and his career.

  • Wounded warriors honored at GI Film Festival

    May 13, 2011

    A number of young wounded warriors showed up at the Navy Memorial May 12 to view the world premier of "Ironclad," directed by Jonathan English and starring Paul Giamotti.

  • Like father, like daughter, son: Flying Apaches runs in family

    May 12, 2011

    Having an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilot for your dad is pretty cool. Even cooler is being an Apache pilot and having two of your children follow in your footsteps to become pilots, too.

  • JBLM Soldier first, only active-duty Buddhist chaplain in Army

    May 12, 2011

    Chaplain (Capt.) Somya Malasri's dharma wheel is one of the most uncommon symbols in the military. He is the first, and currently only, active-duty Buddhist chaplain in the Army.

  • Facebook page puts 'death row' pets in spotlight

    May 11, 2011

    pet-lovers, it's an emotional issue. For animal control facilities, it's an economic one: what to do with the nearly 7,000 dogs and cats dumped at the city's Animal Care and Control Center every year'

  • Soldier breaks world record running marathon in gas mask

    May 11, 2011

    Staff Sgt. Marc Dibernardo runs marathons in a gas mask to raise donations for wounded warriors, and his finishing time in the North Shore Marathon broke the world record.

  • Families find shelter from storm at Redstone

    May 11, 2011

    The tornadoes April 27, 2011, that brought destruction to Alabama have left several Redstone Arsenal families with damaged or destroyed homes. More than 30 families have come to Redstone Arsenal, Ala., where long-term temporary housing is being provided through the efforts of Garrison Housing and Redstone Communities.

  • Call center helps Arlington National Cemetery serve public

    May 10, 2011

    A year ago, the Arlington National Cemetery staff strained to answer 5,000 calls a month, until they partnered with the Army's Information Technology Agency.

  • Country music singer walks 100 miles for troops

    May 10, 2011

    Country music singer Granger Smith, wearing combat boots, started his 100-mile walk for the troops in South Austin, Texas, April 24, 2011. His trek ended four days later at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Army helping bridge gap between China, U.S.

    May 6, 2011

    A delegation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently returned from China and its leader discussed how military exchange programs may be helping build common understanding and trust between the two nations.

  • Film fest to showcase G.I. stories

    May 6, 2011

    Beginning May 9, 2011, the G.I. Film Festival will showcase stories of service, courage, and sacrifice produced by filmmakers and actors on the fast track to Hollywood.

  • Obama lauds Soldier ride participants

    May 5, 2011

    As 30 wounded warriors on bicycles gathered on the White House's South Lawn yesterday, President Barack Obama said their participation in a Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride is a reminder that everyone can do something for the troops.

  • Wounded warrior still gets bad guys

    May 5, 2011

    Buddha-like, Staff Sgt. Paul Roberts clears his mind and focuses intently on an array of lines crisscrossing his computer screen.

  • Warrior Adventure Quest program provides adrenaline rush

    May 5, 2011

    Like many Soldiers, 1st Lt. Jon Morgan said he struggled adapting to the slower pace home life offered after a deployment. Morale Welfare and Recreation created the Warrior Adventure Quest program, which introduces recently redeployed Soldiers to high-adrenaline activities like whitewater rafting, paintball and challenge and high ropes courses, to help them transition back to garrison and family life.

  • Captain presumed dead by comrades alive, recognized for heroism after 43 years

    May 4, 2011

    The men of 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment assumed Capt. Jay C. Copley was dead after they watched him be evacuated from Vietnam 40 years ago, until they noticed his name wasn't on the Vietnam Wall. Copley stood in front of his comrades, family members, and distinguished guests to receive the Distinguished Service Cross at the National Infantry Museum parade field.

  • Soldier injured in Fort Hood shooting continues rehab, recovery at WTB

    May 4, 2011

    For Spc. Matthew Cooke, Nov. 5, 2009, started off as an ordinary day. In the year-and-a-half since the shooting, Cooke has quietly applied himself to healing physically and mentally, as a member of the Warrior Transition Brigade. His ultimate goal is to remain a Soldier in the U.S. Army.

  • 'Dog Whisperer' visits Fort Hood: Works with military families, their dogs

    May 4, 2011

    Three Fort Hood families, including the four-legged members, got the chance to work with Cesar Millan, who is better known as the "Dog Whisperer," during his recent visit to Central Texas.

  • Fort Belvoir gets taste of carnival at Soldier Show kickoff

    May 3, 2011

    Wallace Theater was packed this weekend as the U.S. Army Soldier Show kicked off its 2011 tour at Fort Belvoir, Va.

  • Boy gets wish: Becomes honorary Fort Sill Soldier

    May 2, 2011

    The 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, from Fort Sill, Okla., made wishes come true for a little boy in Wyoming, Thursday. Erick Morales, a boy from Powell, Wyo., always wanted to be a Soldier; and the battalion Soldiers helped make that dream a reality.

  • 2 Korean War heroes to be posthumously awarded Medal of Honor today

    Apr 28, 2011

    Two Soldiers who died as a result of their gallant and intrepid actions during the Korean War will be posthumously awarded the Medal Honor during a ceremony, May 2, at the White House.

  • Survivor: War hero reaches out to help Soldiers

    Apr 28, 2011

    John McCormick survived two combat tours in Vietnam, deep depression and suicidal ideations and came out addicted to alcohol. He has a message for today's troops who face the same fights he fought himself: You can conquer it all, but you don't have to go it alone.

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