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  • Soldier Show pays tribute to "Soldier for Life"

    Apr 24, 2015

    The 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show, "We Serve," pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, one of the bloodiest conflicts in the Vietnam War.

  • Forensics training bolsters Afghan expertise

    Apr 24, 2015

    A team of U.S. and Afghan criminal investigation experts, skilled in crime scene forensics and data gathering, are training Afghan law enforcement officials to employ cutting-edge techniques that will assist them during prosecutions.

  • Soldier uses sports to stay resilient, motivated

    Apr 24, 2015

    Drive, camaraderie and a chance to be an athlete again drove one Army specialist from her hospital room to the archery range, track field and courts here to compete during the Army Trials.

  • National Guard supports 2015 Boston Marathon

    Apr 22, 2015

    Massachusetts National Guard Soldiers and Airmen provided approximately 500 Soldiers and Airmen to assist federal, state and local police with public safety and support during the recent 119th Boston Marathon.

  • Army Reserve dedicates permanent exhibit at Pentagon

    Apr 22, 2015

    Two Army Reserve Silver Star recipients and the father of a Reserve Soldier who was captured and killed in Iraq were the honored guests who helped dedicate the Army Reserve's first permanent Pentagon exhibit.

  • 95-year-old Tuskegee Air(wo)man receives Congressional Gold Medal

    Apr 21, 2015

    Sgt. Amelia Jones, a 95-year-old veteran of the famous Tuskegee Airmen, was recently presented the Congressional Gold Medal for her service during World War II.

  • Soldier's wife, sports provide strength to overcome illness during Army Trials

    Apr 21, 2015

    Support from his family and adaptive sports helped Staff Sgt. Cory Davis participate in the trials to determine the Army's team for the upcoming 2015 Department of Defense's Warrior Games.

  • Army Reservists provide medical support in El Salvador

    Apr 20, 2015

    More than 30 soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve provided critical medical services to locals at multiple locations in El Salvador April 13-17. Working in conjunction with personnel from El Salvador, Canada and Brazil, the medical professionals provided thousands of Salvadorans with much-needed vaccinations, dental work, optometry and more.

  • Army child among Military Child of Year awardees

    Apr 20, 2015

    An Army child, who created a nonprofit for wounded warriors, was selected as Military Child of the Year.

  • Army child of the year encourages other youth to volunteer

    Apr 20, 2015

    An Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, youth has been named U.S. Military Child of the Year by Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance for U.S. military troops, wounded Service members and their Families.

  • Intellectual turned athlete takes gold at Army trials

    Apr 20, 2015

    Adaptive sports helped one Army Reservist trade in his high school image of being an intellectual for a new image - that of athlete.

  • Zachary Parsons named National Guard Military Child of the Year

    Apr 17, 2015

    The 16-year-old son of an enlisted Missouri National Guardsman became the first National Guard Military Child of the Year at a Thursday evening awards ceremony here.

  • Odierno presents Outstanding Civilian Service Awards

    Apr 16, 2015

    Five civilians were presented with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award for their contributions to the Army during a special Twilight Tattoo hosted by the Army chief of staff, April 14.

  • Reservist locks onto target during Army Trials for gold

    Apr 16, 2015

    Steady breathing, sharp focus and a sense of calm helped one Soldier lock onto his target: a spot on the Army team for the 2015 Warrior Games.

  • Twin brothers reflect on time in Old Guard

    Apr 16, 2015

    When twin brothers Jason and Justin Gensler decided to join the Army in 2012, they had no idea they would eventually wind up working on the same casket team as part of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

  • Army trains future equal opportunity leaders

    Apr 15, 2015

    Forty Soldiers are completing the Equal Opportunity Leaders' Course at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. They have now seen how status and influence may create protective barriers for equal opportunity offenders within the military ranks.

  • Delivery nurse drops donut day for Performance Triad

    Apr 13, 2015

    Capt. Frances Young used to have doughnut day with her family every weekend. After filling up on donuts with her husband and two children, ages 3 and 4, she said she would get an initial sugar rush and then feel sleepy and crash the rest of the day.

  • Service member motivates teammates striving for DOD Warrior Games

    Apr 13, 2015

    With constant smiles and yells of enthusiasm, one Soldier said, while his goal is to make the Army team for the Department of Defense's 2015 Warrior Games, he ultimately enjoyed just being able to set personal records.

  • SHARP speaker: Cultural change is a mind change

    Apr 10, 2015

    More than a thousand Service members and civilians from the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/U.S. Military District of Washington and its inter-agency partners recently gathered during the annual Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention professional development training.

  • 3rd Special Forces Group fields new parachute

    Apr 10, 2015

    The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) is the first unit in the special forces regiment to field the Army's new Military Free Fall Advanced Ram-Air Parachute System, or RA-1. The group's riggers were also the first to conduct the rigger and jumper new equipment training for the RA-1 Double Bag Static Line.

  • Clothing repair taught for final time at Quartermaster School

    Apr 9, 2015

    The Quartermaster School's shower, laundry, and clothing repair course recently taught the last lessons of a craft that has been around for thousands of years.

  • Air traffic controllers hone skills during exercise

    Apr 9, 2015

    Instead of being in the comfort of an air traffic tower, air traffic controllers, assigned to the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, or CAB, are sitting in the grit of the dirt honing their aircraft communication skills.

  • New Jersey Army National Guardsman follows dream to West Point

    Apr 8, 2015

    Pfc. Nathaniel Okyere-Bour, a New Jersey Army National Guardsman, learned early that following a dream requires sacrifice. In June, he will join the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.'s Class of 2019.

  • Female Soldier's ninth title fuels Olympic dreams

    Apr 6, 2015

    Twenty-year-old Pfc. Rianna Rios won her ninth Golden Gloves state crown March 27, and has begun focusing on the long road to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Surrender at Appomattox marks beginning of end to Civil War

    Apr 6, 2015

    Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865, 150 years ago, was actually the first of several Confederate surrenders that took place in the weeks that followed.

  • Performance expert: Leaders should foster culture of fitness

    Apr 6, 2015

    Today, 43,000 Soldiers are not ready to deploy because they are either not physically or mentally fit. That is 13.5 brigades worth of unready Soldiers, Col. Deydre Teyhen told an audience of 300 ROTC and U.S. Military Academy cadets on Fort Leavenworth, Kan., March 31.

  • Fort Hood shooting survivor receives highest non-combat honor for valor

    Apr 6, 2015

    A Special Forces Soldier, who was severely wounded in the Fort Hood shooting last year, received the Army's highest non-combat honor for valor on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, April 6.

  • Six more women qualify for Ranger School

    Apr 2, 2015

    Six more women have qualified to attend the first Army Ranger course to include women, bringing to 12 the number of female Soldiers eligible for the elite school.

  • Army to revise tattoo policy

    Apr 2, 2015

    The Army will update its policy on tattoos during the coming weeks, making it more accommodating to current social norms, the Army's chief of staff said.

  • First sergeant inspired by green beret father to lead Soldiers

    Mar 31, 2015

    "Master your trade and never, never, never quit! Enough motivation, persistence and willpower will get you through everything," is the advice 1st Sgt. Sandrea Cruz gives to those seeking her mentorship.

  • Cadet asks general Via how Army supports minorities

    Mar 31, 2015

    How does the Army provide support to minorities against the backdrop of a good old boys' network, a cadet asked Gen. Dennis L. Via during the George C. Marshall Awards and Leadership Seminar on Fort Leavenworth, Kan., March 30.

  • Sports trials begin for Army Warrior Games team

    Mar 30, 2015

    About 75 active-duty and veteran Soldiers will go head to head in cycling, swimming, archery, shooting, track and field, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball March 29 to April 2 to make the Army team to participate during the Department of Defense Warrior Games in June.

  • Service members participate in death march memorial

    Mar 27, 2015

    More than 5,000 Service members and civilians participated in the 26th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 22.

  • Twenty years of energy investments pay off for Fort Knox

    Mar 27, 2015

    The Fort Knox slogan declares to all that "strength starts here." After this month, Fort Knox can claim the Army's energy conservation starts here as well.

  • Maine National Guard schoolhouse earns highest accreditation level

    Mar 25, 2015

    After three years of hard work, a Maine National Guard school house was awarded the rating of "Institution of Excellence" by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the U.S. Army Engineer School. This is the highest accreditation level possible.

  • Dr. James Naismith: Sports Innovator and Army Chaplain

    Mar 24, 2015

    As "March Madness" makes its annual appearance on the American sports scene, fans that understand the history of basketball know Dr. James Naismith invented the game in 1891. What many fans probably do not know about Naismith is that he served as a chaplain in the Army National Guard and as a volunteer chaplain in France during World War I.

  • ArmyFit website offers information on how to achieve, sustain lasting fitness

    Mar 23, 2015

    For little more than a year, the Army has been promoting a website called ArmyFit, a resource site that provides Soldiers, Family members and U.S. Army civilians with information regarding their physical, spiritual, emotional, Family and social status.

  • Medical laboratory returns home from Liberia

    Mar 23, 2015

    The 1st Area Medical Laboratory returned home from a four-month deployment to Liberia, March 23.

  • Maryland's first female adjutant general featured on iSoldier

    Mar 23, 2015

    Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, the first African-American and first woman to serve as adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, is highlighted in the March 21 edition of iSoldier.

  • Community effort diffuses WWII bomb at Army garrison in Grafenwoehr

    Mar 20, 2015

    A World War II-era bomb was discovered at the Army garrison in Grafenwoehr, Germany, setting in motion a rapid response by Army officials and a German ordnance disposal team that prompted the community's safe evacuation and the bomb's eventual disposal.

  • Three-war veteran honored to be part of military history

    Mar 20, 2015

    Enlisting in 1935, retired U.S. Army Maj. Virgil Ward, 96, served in three wars during his 30-year tenure in the military.

  • U.S. advisers see progress in Afghan police training

    Mar 19, 2015

    U.S. military advisers from Train, Advise, Assist Command - East visited the Afghan police Regional Training Center in Nangarhar province, March 17.

  • New military working dog equipment sets give service handlers a 'paw up'

    Mar 19, 2015

    During World War I, it was not unusual for the chemical agent mustard gas to stealthily sink into American trenches, launched by German troops intending to incapacitate U.S. Service members so that the Germans could advance on their position.

  • Modest beginnings lead to bright future for Army nurse

    Mar 17, 2015

    When Marielos Vega was a child living on a coffee plantation in Costa Rica, she dreamed of being a nurse. She would take empty medicine bottles and dole out pretend prescriptions to her siblings.

  • West Point to name barracks after Tuskegee Airman

    Mar 16, 2015

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, is naming its newest cadet barracks after Air Force Gen. Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr., a Tuskegee Airman who had graduated from the academy.

  • Army Emergency Relief makes difference for Soldiers in financial duress

    Mar 16, 2015

    When Spc. Julian Turner's mother passed away in November 2014, she had to deal with not only the heartbreak of losing a loved one, but also the stress of settling that loved one's final affairs.

  • Command troops hone skills during Exercise Key Resolve

    Mar 13, 2015

    Soldiers from 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives, or CBRNE, Command prepared to return home following Exercise Key Resolve in South Korea, March 13.

  • DOD civilian, retired Soldier says resiliency lessons helped him beat cancer

    Mar 13, 2015

    Army retiree and current Department of Defense civilian Greg Cheek says the resiliency skills he learned from the military helped him overcome the biggest challenge of his life: cancer.

  • American Heart Associate recognizes Horoho for Performance Triad

    Mar 12, 2015

    The American Heart Association recognized Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Army surgeon general and commanding general of U.S. Army Medical Command, with its Heart Hero award at the annual Heart Ball.

  • Army shooter wins gold, earns Olympic quota slot

    Mar 5, 2015

    U.S. Marksmanship Unit shotgun shooters led Team USA to gold and bronze medal victories for Men's Double Trap during the 2015 International Shooting Sports Federation Shotgun World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, March 5.

  • Advocate offers message of hope for women, children at risk

    Mar 4, 2015

    At the Pentagon National Prayer Breakfast, March 4, Rebecca McDonald told the story of how her best friend was raped in Pakistan when she was 14 years old and how this incident propelled her to become founder and president of Women at Risk, International.

  • Museum highlights Army's real-life 'Monuments Men'

    Feb 26, 2015

    U.S. Army Europe personnel were treated to a special tour of the Wiesbaden Museum by its director, Dr. Alexander Klar, who explained the museum's history as a collection point for reclaiming stolen Nazi art pieces, Feb. 17.

  • Former World War II quartermaster recalls service in book, documentary

    Feb 25, 2015

    Jefferson Wiggins was a Soldier in the war but never saw direct combat. Like the majority of African-Americans who donned uniforms during World War II, he was on the wrong side of a segregated Army, one that generally relegated them to jobs as laborers or restricted them to positions, which supported white troops performing the most critical missions.

  • Regional adaptive sports trials begin

    Feb 23, 2015

    More than 50 wounded, injured and ill Service members from five military installations converged on Fort Belvoir, Feb. 9-13, to compete in the first of several regional-level sporting events, which will determine which athletes will advance to the Army trials and qualify to compete in a major Department of Defense competition slated for this summer.

  • Guardsman tackles sport fishing on national television show

    Feb 23, 2015

    A National Guard Soldier will be featured on a nationally televised sport-fishing show this month, representing citizen-Soldiers everywhere as he reels in bass, sailfish and even an alligator.

  • Female Soldier makes launcher chief history

    Feb 19, 2015

    A female Soldier who attended attended AIT Multiple Launch Rocket System training is the first woman 13M MOS to enter the NCO Corps and be assigned as a launcher chief.

  • 'Miracle' mom sees baby's first birthday

    Feb 19, 2015

    When a terminally ill Army wife gave birth to a healthy boy at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, doctors called it a modern-day medical miracle. A year later, Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo is still alive and sharing quality time with her son, Luke, and doctors are hard-pressed to come up with another description.

  • Airborne EOD Soldier receives second highest medal

    Feb 17, 2015

    An American Soldier from the U.S. Army's only airborne Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, Company was presented with the nation's second highest award for valor here, Feb. 17.

  • Odierno visits commands, Soldiers throughout U.S. Army Pacific

    Feb 17, 2015

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno visited with Soldiers and leaders throughout U.S. Army Pacific on Oahu, Hawaii, Feb. 11-12.

  • Cast, crew selected for "We Serve" Soldier Show

    Feb 17, 2015

    Following a St. Valentine's matinee of live auditions at the historic Fort Sam Houston Theatre, 18 Soldier-performers, four technicians, three production assistants and two drivers made the cut for the 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show, Feb. 14.

  • Army Audit Agency again ranks among best places to work

    Feb 13, 2015

    The U.S. Army Audit Agency has been rated, for the fifth year in a row, as one of the best places to work in the federal government.

  • Natick Soldiers commit to serve during youth basketball program

    Feb 4, 2015

    A group of human research volunteers from the Natick Soldier Systems Center participated alongside members of the Boston Celtics as part of the Commitment to Service initiative during a Jr. Celtics event at Madison Park High School in Roxbury, Mass., Jan. 31.

  • World War II's 1st Special Service Force honored with Congressional Gold Medal

    Feb 4, 2015

    Forty-two veterans of the original 1,800 commandos that made up the World War II U.S.-Canadian 1st Special Service Force were honored in the Capitol, Feb. 3, as recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award for distinguished achievement the U.S. Congress can bestow.

  • Five U.S. Forces Afghanistan Soldiers achieve dream of becoming U.S. citizens

    Feb 3, 2015

    Five Soldiers recently made a decision that will change both theirs and their families lives, as they were sworn in as U.S. citizens during a ceremony in Afghanistan.

  • Commander's secretary reflects on 60-year career

    Feb 2, 2015

    While a daunting task for most, Carolyn Putnam can rattle off her career numbers with ease. As a commander's secretary, this sharp-as-a-tack Army civilian has worked for 13 generals and eight colonels in her 55 years at Brooke Army Medical Center, with another five years of service across town.

  • Fort Hood shooting victim seeks to inspire others

    Jan 20, 2015

    An Army officer, who was severely wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood last year, is using his near-death experience to give others a new lease on life.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosts first NCO SHARP Summit

    Jan 13, 2015

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord became the first Army post to hold a non-commissioned officer Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention summit Jan. 9 at the McChord Chapel Support Center.

  • Women in service review rollout due January 2016

    Jan 13, 2015

    The services have been working on gender-neutral standards for all occupations and the secretary of defense is scheduled to announce final decisions to integrate or exclude any remaining occupations closed to women on or about Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Medical laboratory leads task force in Liberia

    Jan 8, 2015

    The 1st Area Medical Laboratory is leading a joint task force that is operating six Ebola testing laboratories in Liberia.

  • Army historian corrects myths on Battle of New Orleans' 200th anniversary

    Jan 8, 2015

    The British never sailed up the Mississippi River during the Battle of New Orleans, fought 200 years ago, Jan. 8, 1815, according to a senior historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History.

  • Demonstrating resilience: increasing mental and physical strength through adaptive reconditioning

    Jan 8, 2015

    Adaptive reconditioning contributes to a successful recovery for Soldiers, whether they are transitioning back to active duty or to civilian life. In fact, Service members who participate in adaptive sports are likely to reap a variety of benefits, which include but are not limited to less stress, reduction of dependency of pain and depression medication, building relationships with others, and decreasing body weight and fat.

  • Legislation changes UCMJ for victims of sexual assault

    Jan 7, 2015

    The fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law last month, significantly changes the Uniform Code of Military Justice in cases pertaining to rape and sexual assault.

  • Changing the game: The 2015 Army All-American Bowl

    Jan 5, 2015

    As the players step from the tunnel into the glaring light, they squint, briefly allowing their eyes to adjust. Once they are able, they slowly look around, taking in the sights; the screaming fans, the jumping, yelling cheerleaders, and jumbled mass of steel overhead that is the stadium's dome. This is the 2015 Army All-American Bowl.

  • Mentorship group meets with Army leaders at All-American Bowl

    Jan 5, 2015

    Army leaders gathered in San Antonio at the All-American Bowl last week to discuss recruiting and retention.

  • Telehealth collaboration enabled Army family to remain together

    Jan 2, 2015

    The Daniels family is reunited for this holidays season at Fort Stewart, Georgia; but a few years ago, a daughter's illness threatened to turn their world upside-down.

  • Army helps America celebrate new year at NHL Winter Classic

    Jan 2, 2015

    The Army helped ring in the new year with a much-anticipated event -- the 2015 NHL Winter Classic game that honored the nation's military in pre- and in-game festivities.

  • Joint Task Force-Bravo brings medical care to more than 1,500 in remote Honduran villages

    Dec 31, 2014

    Joint Task Force Bravo's, or JTF-B Medical Element, or MEDEL, Joint Security Forces, and the 1-228th Aviation Regiment partnered with the Honduran Ministry of Health and the Honduran Military to provide medical care to more than 1,500 people over two days in Tipimuna and Auka, two remote villages in the Gracias a Dios region of Honduras, during a Medical Readiness Training Exercise, or MEDRETE, Dec. 15-18.

  • How to report a crime to Army CID

    Dec 30, 2014

    Special Agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command want to remind Soldiers, civilians, and family members about how they can report a crime 24/7 to Army Criminal Investigation Command.

  • Disaster assistance for lava-flow victims considered

    Dec 30, 2014

    Federal civilian employees living on the Big Island of Hawaii and impacted by the current lava flow may be eligible for emergency financial assistance.

  • JFC-UA transitions critical health care worker training to partners

    Dec 29, 2014

    The Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team, the joint-service team tasked by the DoD to train health care workers to staff Ebola treatment units, is scheduled to transition its critical mission for the Joint Forces Command -- United Assistance, Jan. 1, 2015.

  • Multinational Soldiers participate in EULEX Olympics

    Dec 29, 2014

    What started as a challenge and teasing among friends on who is the strongest grew to a multinational strongman competition with 31 participants from six different countries and three different organizations.

  • Service members in Liberia usher in holiday season

    Dec 27, 2014

    The holiday season is among the Service members deployed to Liberia in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission, Operation United Assistance. Despite being away from their loved ones, together they remain mentally, spiritually and physically tough, and determined to enjoy the season.

  • President calls USFOR-A Soldiers on Christmas Day

    Dec 25, 2014

    The Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama, called two Task Force Sabre Soldiers today, to thank them for their service, offer encouragement and wish them and their families a Merry Christmas.

  • Commentary: Tributes to fallen on Christmas Eve

    Dec 24, 2014

    Thick beads of sweat poured down the faces of the three Soldiers out on patrol in Vietnam. They appeared to be sad and tired. What were they thinking? A cold rain rolling down their bodies and dripping off their rifles seemed to make them come to life.

  • Pacific's only Army dive unit conducts underwater change of command

    Dec 23, 2014

    The Pacific theater's only Army dive unit, the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, changed leadership with Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquishing command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson, during an underwater ceremony, Dec. 18, 2014, at the bottom of Richardson Pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

  • TRADOC bids farewell as Dailey departs to be new SMA

    Dec 23, 2014

    Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, outgoing senior enlisted adviser for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, was honored for his service and dedication during a sunset retreat ceremony at TRADOC Headquarters at Fort Eustis, Virginia, Dec. 19, 2014.

  • Soldiers celebrating holidays while keeping global vigil

    Dec 23, 2014

    Soldiers in America and those serving in far-flung places around the world -- many in harm's way -- are celebrating the holidays in various ways.

  • Mobile app to diagnose head injuries scores FDA clearance

    Dec 22, 2014

    The new Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment is a mobile phone-based application designed to help medical providers identify cases of traumatic brain injury in almost any setting, which may help clinicians diagnose a patient in as little as five minutes.

  • Soldier for life reaches out to gold star families

    Dec 22, 2014

    Lt. Gen. David Halverson, as the commander of U.S. Army Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, welcomed Army and Navy gold star families to the 115th Army-Navy football game, to help raise awareness of the meaning and significance of the gold star.

  • N.Y. Army National Guard Honor Guard teams to complete 9,600 funerals in 2014

    Dec 22, 2014

    New York Army National Guard Soldiers expect to provide military funeral honors for 9,600 families before 2014 comes to an end, at 11.59 p.m. on Dec. 31.

  • Yankees, USO help bring Christmas to Baghdad

    Dec 22, 2014

    The 1st Infantry Division, the United States Department of State, then United Service Organizations, the New York Yankees and many other organizations, gathered more than 7,000 presents to show their support for Service members in Iraq, this holiday season.

  • Army thanks Soldier for confronting unethical behavior online

    Dec 19, 2014

    Army and DOD officials met with a senior non-commissioned officer Dec. 15, 2014, to thank her for leading by example and defending Army values, despite facing harassment after confronting Service members who were behaving unethically online.

  • Army family of nine receives basement make-over for Christmas

    Dec 18, 2014

    An Army staff sergeant, his wife, and their seven children received a huge Christmas surprise when they arrived home, Dec. 17, 2014, to find their basement was no longer a series of never-ending projects.

  • Volunteers adorn 230,000 gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery during Wreaths Across America eve

    Dec 18, 2014

    The headstones of 230,000 veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia, were adorned with wreaths Dec. 13, 2014, as 50,000 volunteers participated in the annual Wreaths Across America event.

  • 'Soldier for life' staying on right track

    Dec 18, 2014

    Charley Lix became a "Soldier For Life" long before the Army ever used the term.

  • Soldiers, Airmen depart controlled monitoring area in time for holidays after Africa mission

    Dec 17, 2014

    More than 50 Soldiers and Airmen staying in the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's Controlled Monitoring Area, at Smith Barracks, in Baumholder, Germany, since their return from missions in support of Operation United Assistance, returned to their home units, Dec. 16, 2014 -- nine days before Christmas Day.

  • Army training keeps Soldiers resilient during holidays, all year

    Dec 17, 2014

    Currently deployed in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Christopher Freeman relies on his Army training, and support from his family and battle buddies to stay Army Strong while thousands of miles from home.

  • Social network safety: How to protect your identity online

    Dec 15, 2014

    As a result of recent world events and a continual effort to protect the force, special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command's Computer Crime Investigative Unit, are strongly recommending that anyone affiliated with the U.S. military, review their social media accounts to make sure they are using the best security settings to protect their online profiles.

  • USAREUR leaders visit, pay tribute to Battle of the Bulge commemoration sites

    Dec 15, 2014

    Fighting in some of the harshest conditions of World War II, the men who fought in the Battle of the Bulge across the rolling hills of the Ardennes region gathered to commemorate that event 70 years later, during a celebration Dec. 13-14, 2014, in a driving snow reminiscent of the weather in Bastogne, Belgium, in 1944.

  • Quick trip promotes resiliency in Liberia

    Dec 15, 2014

    Walking through the doors to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, one of the first things that can be noticed is the silence. Soldiers deployed and stationed at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Joint Forces Command-United Assistance, marveled at how quiet, clean and calm it was inside the Embassy.