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  • Soldier-athletes begin training on Olympic ice at Whistler Sliding Center

    Feb 18, 2010

    Soldiers competing on Team USA's two-man bobsled squads were delighted to resume their Olympic training Wednesday night at Whistler Sliding Center.

  • Military-themed films increase appreciation for servicemembers in Hollywood

    Feb 18, 2010

    With flashing cameras and blinding spotlights all around, nominees of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards braved the media during the 29th Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 15.

  • 'Triple Nickles' recall days of segregated Army

    Feb 18, 2010

    In 1946, 18-year-old Charles Stevens enlisted in the Army to provide a better life for his wife and new baby. He trained to be a medical administrator and was sent to Alaska for his first assignment in an all-black battalion.

  • Sergeant leads U.S. team with 24th place in biathlon pursuit

    Feb 17, 2010

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program biathlete Sgt. Jeremy Teela was penalized for starting early and finished 24th in the Olympic men's 12.5-kilometer pursuit race Tuesday.

  • Paratrooper saves gunner from burning Humvee

    Feb 16, 2010

    Two acts of bravery saved the life of a Soldier, whom others said, most definitely would have died had it not been for a heroic action.

  • Aviator reaches 2,000 combat hours in flight

    Feb 8, 2010

    Ask Chief Warrant Officer Anthony Potter what it takes to reach 2,000 combat flight hours and he'll tell you it requires the support of a loving family and fellow Soldiers.

  • General receives Trumpet Award for inspiring others

    Feb 2, 2010

    Gen. William E. Ward, commander, U.S. Africa Command, became a Trumpet Award recipient Saturday for his ability to inspire others.

  • Wounded warrior becomes first blind Soldier to take company command

    Feb 2, 2010

    Capt. Scotty Smiley became the first blind officer to assume company command as he accepted the guidon for a Warrior Transition Unit at West Point, N.Y., Monday.

  • Operation Rising Star winner cuts CD, praises Army Family Covenant

    Feb 2, 2010

    Capt. Matt Pratt and his wife Lisa lived the dream of the Army Family Covenant on Feb. 1, in Southern California.

  • PBS film chronicles untold story of African-American service

    Jan 29, 2010

    "For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots" will air during February on Public Broadcasting System stations across the country.

  • Study reveals patriotic, active kids suffer less deployment stress

    Jan 29, 2010

    Adolescents who believe that America supports the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and that Soldiers are making a difference in the world are less likely to suffer from anxiety and stress when their parent deploys, according to research unveiled Thursday.

  • Hollywood comes to Fort Bragg

    Jan 28, 2010

    On Saturday, the true Hollywood experience came to Fort Bragg as the installation hosted the premier of "Dear John," a movie about a Special Forces Soldier who falls in love, based on the book by Nicholas Sparks. Sparks, along with the film's stars, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, walked the red carpet into York Theater, meeting and signing autographs for the more than 600 ticketholders lining the walkway to greet them.

  • Ultra-marathoner prepares for 24-hour race, one step at a time

    Jan 28, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Veronica Carreon is a financial assistant for the Heidelberg Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and she's also an ultra marathoner, which means she competes in races where the distances are more than the standard 26.2 miles run of a normal marathon.

  • West Point grad, family bring new meaning to word service

    Jan 26, 2010

    As the eldest of six children, Capt. Kate Gowel always felt a desire to lead. She first led the way into the military -- a path all five of her siblings soon followed -- and later led the way in her career as a military lawyer.

  • Soldier keeps eye on mission, ear to Haiti

    Jan 22, 2010

    Haitian-born Spc. Franck Joseph is maintaining his focus on the mission here even as he awaits news about the status of his family back in Haiti.

  • AFAP delegates choose top five issues of Army Soldiers, Families

    Jan 21, 2010

    ARLINGTON, Va. - On the final day of the 2010 Army Family Action Plan conference, delegates broke from individual working groups and voted on the top five issues that Army senior leaders will discuss at the General Officer Steering Committee meeting in June.

  • Fallen Heroes Project on display at Arlington Cemetery

    Jan 20, 2010

    The Fallen Heroes Project by portrait artist Michael G. Reagan is now on display at the Arlington National Cemetery visitors center.

  • Hall of remembrance opens at Fort Hood

    Jan 20, 2010

    The survivor outreach services center on Fort Hood officially opened the Hall of Remembrance Jan. 11 to honor all those affiliated with Fort Hood and surrounding Texas communities who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation.

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers continue humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti

    Jan 19, 2010

    As of Monday, Fort Bragg Soldiers have distributed more than 3,600 gallons of bottled water, 14, 400 meals, adding to the combined total of 54,738 pounds of supplies and equipment to Haitian citizens in the wake of last week's catastrophic earthquake, which has brought massive destruction and death to the small island country. According to Fort Bragg officials, the post has deployed 896 Soldiers, including those from the XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and other Fort Bragg units that are now attached to the corps.

  • Troops set up front lines for survival in Haiti

    Jan 19, 2010

    As the sun rises over the sweeping palms here, not much is certain about Lt. Col. Mike Foster's day.

  • Army shooters aim to influence Texans at bowl

    Jan 12, 2010

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shotgun team shared its skills with dozens of civilians at the San Antonio Gun Club as part of the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl activities.

  • Commentary: Soldiers share bond with All-American athletes

    Jan 11, 2010

    The 10th anniversary of Saturday's Army All-American Bowl showed Soldiers and all-star football players have more in common than some may think.

  • Wounded warriors compete with student athletes

    Jan 8, 2010

    The best high school athletes in the nation took to the field for pre-game competitions Jan. 6 side-by-side with some VIP sponsors -- wounded Army warriors.

  • Soldier's life altering injury turns into unique war love story

    Jan 8, 2010

    When Capt. Sam Brown was injured in Afghanistan, he saw everything he had planned for his future disappear. Little did he know that what he went through, in fact, helped him discover one part of his life he thought he would never find.

  • West Point grad grabs Guinness record, joins EOD

    Jan 7, 2010

    2nd Lt. Sophie Hilaire does not particularly fit the image of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal warrior at 120 pounds, but she holds a world record for running a marathon in full battle rattle.

  • Wallet, owner reunited after 61 years

    Jan 6, 2010

    ANSBACH, Germany - In spring 2009, a U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach employee found a wallet. A few months later, the items's owner, Jack Grose, was reunited with the leather billfold and all its contents, after having been without it - for 61 years.

  • 2010 All-American Bowl set for Jan. 9

    Jan 5, 2010

    The 10th annual playing of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is set to kick-off on Saturday, at 1:00 PM (ET). This year's game marks the 10th anniversary of the game. It will be played in San Antonio's Alamodome and broadcast live on NBC.

  • Evolving wounded warrior program returns to Iraq

    Jan 4, 2010

    Five severely-wounded veterans returned to Iraq just after the 2009 Christmas holiday as part of the third installment of an evolving program to help wounded warriors heal from traumatic combat injuries.

  • Wounded veterans real winners at D.C. bowl game

    Dec 30, 2009

    The UCLA Bruins beat the Temple Owls, 30-21, in the EagleBank Bowl, Dec. 29, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. But the real winners of the event were wounded Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who benefit by involvement with the bowl game's charity partner "The Wounded Warrior Project."

  • Military partners with communities to extend services

    Dec 29, 2009

    As a result of multiple deployments over nearly nine years of war in two theaters, many families of servicemembers are choosing to remain in their established neighborhoods or return to a relative's hometown when their soldier deploys.

  • Iraq to Everest: Medic aims for earth's highest peak

    Dec 28, 2009

    There comes a certain time in the twilight of every soldier's deployment when it becomes time to begin dreaming about post-deployment plans.

  • Married couple has different challenge while deployed

    Dec 22, 2009

    Being away from loved ones is usually one of the hardest parts of being deployed. Yet, for one married couple, being apart isn't the hardest struggle -- it's watching each other take off.

  • Fort Huachuca Soldier wins big on TV game show

    Dec 18, 2009

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. The combination of spinning a wheel, luck at guessing, good spelling skills and a sharp mind helped a Fort Huachuca Soldier land a cash windfall.

  • Blind officer graduates Maneuver Captain's Career Course

    Dec 18, 2009

    The first blind student to attend the Maneuver Captain's Career Course graduated with his class Tuesday in a ceremony attended by family and friends.

  • Veterans get international thanks for service at Bulge

    Dec 17, 2009

    On the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, veterans of that conflict were recognized by the countries whose freedom they helped secure.

  • At 80, recruiter still bringing in Soldiers

    Dec 16, 2009

    He turned 80 years old in November, but his only difficulty in getting around comes from bumping into people he knows, everywhere.

  • High school to flight school

    Dec 16, 2009

    The United States Army is one of the few places where a 20-year-old pilot is allowed to fly one of the most advanced helicopters in the world, and when he joined the Army as a teenager, now Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Fouquette, was determined to take advantage of this little know fact.

  • Families can see off, greet troops at airport gates

    Dec 16, 2009

    It's a scene that's played out in airports across the country numerous times in the past eight years: Families and servicemembers clinging to each other, either sad to leave or happy and vowing to never let go again.

  • Volunteers lay 15,000 wreaths at Arlington Cemetery

    Dec 15, 2009

    Volunteers placed some 15,000 wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 12, as part of a tradition that has continued now for 18 years.

  • Wreaths at Pentagon Memorial may begin new tradition

    Dec 14, 2009

    On the western side of the Pentagon, at the memorial to those who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack, volunteers had mounted 184 evergreen wreaths on the fence -- one for each person who died there.

  • Jump for toys - Fort Bragg paratroopers earn wings, help community during Operation Toy Drop

    Dec 14, 2009

    It is an emotional time of year for many of the people who worked with and remember Sgt. 1st Class Randy Oler. Hundreds of paratroopers gathered at Pope Air Force Base's Green Ramp Friday with the toys they were donating as part of the 12th Annual Operation Toy Drop.

  • HooahMail means speedy delivery of letters to Afghanistan

    Nov 23, 2009

    The Army's HooahMail program makes it possible for friends and family members to rapidly put a paper letter and photograph into the hands of their loved ones in Afghanistan, in some cases, the same day the letter is written.

  • Hero who led last major U.S. bayonet charge dies

    Nov 19, 2009

    Retired Col. Lewis L. Millett, who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War for leading what was reportedly the last major American bayonet charge, died Nov 14.

  • Army's longest serving female command sergeant major retires

    Nov 17, 2009

    Although she won't formally retire until March 2010, a retirement ceremony was held for the longest serving female command sergeant major in the service.

  • President honors veterans: 'We are forever grateful'

    Nov 11, 2009

    "America will not let you down," President Barack Obama told veterans Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery, emphasizing the message he wanted all to know is "we will take care of our own."

  • Vice President grieves with Fort Lewis for fallen Stryker Soldiers

    Nov 10, 2009

    Vice President Joe Biden joined the Fort Lewis, Wash., community Tuesday to grieve the loss and honor the sacrifice of seven Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment.

  • V Corps vet recalls patrols on 20th anniversary of Berlin Wall falling

    Nov 10, 2009

    Cold War-era Berlin Wall patrols were a visible message to the East and West German people said the V Corps historian during a Nov. 5 ceremony for the opening of the Allied Museum's "Wall Patrol" exhibit.

  • NCO relates experience as Tomb Guard

    Nov 10, 2009

    "My goal was to be perfect -- not so you can see it, but because they deserve it."

  • MTV documentary follows Soldier's return to Iraq

    Nov 10, 2009

    MTV will honor America's veterans and servicemembers Wednesday by following a young noncommissioned officer as he returns to the battlefields of Iraq.

  • Postal service announces holiday mailing guidelines

    Nov 4, 2009

    Postal Service officials have announced recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. servicemembers serving in Afghanistan and other overseas locations.

  • Hixson successfully defends Military Long Drive title

    Nov 3, 2009

    Coast Guard Ensign Ryan Hixson defeated Army Reserve Pfc. Nate Chadwick Oct. 28, to win his third Military Long Drive Championship.

  • Guard Soldier trades guitar for gun

    Oct 30, 2009

    After seven years in an Army band, a sergeant decided to volunteer for a combat tour and since January has served as a door gunner on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

  • Former draftee to hang up uniform

    Oct 26, 2009

    The Army Reserve's top enlisted Soldier retires this month from an Army that's vastly different from the one he was drafted into almost 40 years ago.

  • Fort Riley family named '2009 Army Family of the Year'

    Oct 21, 2009

    The National Military Family Association named the Nolan Family of Fort Riley as the Army's representative for the 2009 Military Families of the Year program.

  • Family has unusual experiences living in a haunted house

    Oct 15, 2009

    When the MuAfA+-oz family moved into their new home last February, they knew it was an unusual house.

  • Army Community Covenant: bikers rally across two states for wounded warriors

    Oct 15, 2009

    Motorcycles roared through Fort Sam Houston's Binz-Engleman gate when 68 riders representing 18 chapters from New Mexico delivered toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and clothing items including sweats, tennis shoes, and children's games and puzzles during their fourth annual visit Oct. 8 to the Warrior and Family Support Center.

  • Drill Sergeant determined to return Army Strong

    Oct 5, 2009

    A sudden accident may have cost Staff Sgt. Luis Elias his hand, but it hasn't stripped him of his positive attitude or impacted his plans for the future.

  • Double amputee inspires troops in Europe

    Oct 5, 2009

    Double amputee Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, who is still on active duty, spoke to troops in Europe in September.

  • Army must beat suicide stigma, general says

    Oct 2, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Mark Graham and his wife Carol shared with a Forces Command gathering their personal story of losing their son Kevin to suicide in June 2003.

  • Korean War veteran laid to rest after 59 years

    Oct 1, 2009

    A slow, rumbling drumbeat echoed across the hillsides of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation last weekend as a horse-drawn wagon carried the remains of a Korean War veteran home.

  • Servicemembers can weather financial storm

    Sep 25, 2009

    CHICAGO, Sept. 24, 2009 Aca,!" Servicemembers and their families can weather the Aca,!A"perfect stormAca,!A? of credit, savings and banking crises; bailouts; market instability; and foreclosures, if they stay financially prepared, the PentagonAca,!a,,cs personal finance director said here recently.

  • Tattoos and the Army: a long and colorful tradition

    Sep 19, 2009

    Tattoos and the military have a long and colorful history. Modern pop culture credits the Navy with introducing the art of tattooing to the United States in the early 1900s, when Sailors returning from distant lands displayed their skin-art souvenirs.

  • Newest Medal of Honor recipient honored at Pentagon

    Sep 18, 2009

    Department of Defense and Army officials inducted fallen hero Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes in a ceremony Friday.

  • Remains of Civil War Soldier return home on anniversary

    Sep 18, 2009

    The remains of a Union Civil War Soldier found at the Antietam National Battlefield here will be buried today in his home state of New York on the 147th anniversary of the battle, the Civil War's bloodiest day.

  • Memorial calls for photos of Vietnam vets

    Sep 16, 2009

    The National Call for Photos, a campaign to gather images of the more than 58,000 men and women whose names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be launched Sept. 17.

  • Army civilian runs 25 hours straight for charity

    Sep 16, 2009

    As the hours rolled by you could feel the sense of awe building among the runners and spectators around the roughly one-kilometer Wiesbaden-Kurpark track.

  • 'Soldiers' NCO' earns Medal of Honor for heroic deeds in Afghanistan

    Sep 14, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti would have done anything for his Soldiers, so after the initial shock, no one was surprised that he sacrificed his life to save another Soldier during an intense firefight with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, June 21, 2006.

  • Fort Bragg couple tackles Army life, deployments with dose of humor, commitment to one another, miss

    Sep 14, 2009

    Deny and Catilina Caballero got married in April. By summer's end, both would be deploying to Iraq, separated by hundreds of square miles of baking sand, blast walls of their forward operating bases, and the commitment of the mission.

  • WWII veteran warms wounded Soldiers

    Sep 11, 2009

    Support to Soldiers comes in many forms, and few things are more tangible to wounded warriors than the quilts that warm their recovery.

  • Decorated veteran leads West Point Corps of Cadets

    Sep 3, 2009

    Since 1872, the U.S. Military Academy has selected one firstie to lead the Corps of Cadets as its brigade commander or First Captain. The names of the First Captains are etched on plaques outside a room in Eisenhower Barracks documenting the history of the position.

  • New GI Bill will heighten professional work force

    Aug 28, 2009

    More college-educated professionals will enter the next generation's professional work force as a result of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said at the American Legion's 91st National Convention in Louisville, Ky.

  • Chief of Staff visits Singapore

    Aug 26, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited Singapore, Aug. 26, and got an up-close look at several aspects of the military of this island-city country.

  • National Airborne Day marks first jump in 1940

    Aug 21, 2009

    The 69th National Airborne Day was celebrated by more than 2,000 guests at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, N.C.

  • 'Army Wives' author reaches out to fellow spouses

    Aug 20, 2009

    Tanya Biank, whose book "Army Wives" inspired the No. 1-rated Lifetime TV network show of the same name, will experience the same hurt and pain of separation as other 3rd Infantry Division families when the division deploys in less than two months.

  • Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers welcomed to NCO corps together

    Aug 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army tradition of recognizing newly promoted noncommissioned officers to the NCO corps is through an NCO induction ceremony, a time-honored tradition for the U.S. Army, which has been shared with the new Iraqi Army.

  • Two days of hell, nine men of valor

    Aug 17, 2009

    On two separate days in April, members of Company B, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), were engaged in hostile enemy action, resulting in nine of its members receiving awards for valor.

  • Wounded warrior promotes his hero to sergeant

    Aug 11, 2009

    A Soldier who lost both of his legs in Iraq but still remains in service went to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Aug. 6, to promote the Soldier who he credits with saving his life.

  • Mother, son serve together in Afghanistan

    Aug 8, 2009

    Deployed Soldiers have all kissed their families good-bye, and headed off to war with the expectation of learning to handle the constant heartache of missing their loved ones. However, in a rare exception, two Soldiers in eastern Afghanistan have found unexpected relief from this typical situation by being assigned to the same location at Forward Operating Base Salerno in the Khost province.

  • Soldiers who helped film 'GI Joe' now in combat theater

    Aug 7, 2009

    One of the Soldiers in the opening scenes of "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra," won't be able to see the film's debut this weekend.

  • Forbes ranks West Point as nation's top college

    Aug 7, 2009

    A report released Wednesday by Forbes magazine ranked the U.S. Military Academy as the top college in the country in their America's Best College review.

  • Mass jump, command change highlight Ranger Rendezvous

    Aug 6, 2009

    More than 1,000 Rangers participated in a mass tactical airborne operation Monday beginning Ranger Rendezvous 2009, which culminated Thursday with the 75th Ranger Regiment change of command.

  • Yongsan NCO wins worldwide motorcycle giveaway

    Aug 4, 2009

    A Yongsan noncommissioned officer with the 142nd Military Policy Company was in "hog heaven" July 25, when he was presented with a brand-new Harley Davidson courtesy of Army and Air Force Exchange New Car Sales.

  • Two-star general grapples with loss of two sons in service, becomes advocate to help Soldiers, famil

    Aug 3, 2009

    The grief of losing two sons - both in military service - drove him to the brink of retirement. He did not think he could continue serving the Army. Then, on the day he planned to turn in his official paperwork, he was read a passage that changed the course of his life.

  • GI Bill transferability begins

    Aug 3, 2009

    With the Post-9/11 GI Bill's option to transfer unused educational benefits to eligible family members taking effect Aug. 1, it's no surprise that more than 25,000 servicemembers have pre-applied.

  • Clowning around: Soldier spends off-duty time entertaining community

    Jul 29, 2009

    Calling Staff Sgt. Myron Jamerson a clown is a good way to give him a compliment.

  • Utah Guard enlists help from 'A Few Good Goats'

    Jul 29, 2009

    When it comes to fighting wildfires, most people immediately think of water or fire retardant dropped from helicopters and other aircraft, or soot-covered firefighters using hoses and foam to battle back towering blazes.

  • Below-knee amputee runs for berth in 2012 Paralympics

    Jul 22, 2009

    Sgt. Jerrod Fields capped his track and field season by winning a gold medal at the 2009 Endeavor Games and is setting his sights on the 2012 Paralympics.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach breaks unofficial DoD record for supporting troops

    Jul 22, 2009

    By putting a little unity into community, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach reclaimed the unofficial Department of Defense record for "a human formation for troop support" during the Largest Desert Ribbon Event held July 10.

  • Vietnam veteran re-enlists in Iraq

    Jul 21, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Hershel L. Mayfield, a native of Tallassee, Ala., has been serving in the Army for 39 years; thirty-seven of which were with the 158th Maintenance Company, part of the Alabama Army National Guard.

  • One-time Soldier, barber rejoins service after losing pool game to friend

    Jul 20, 2009

    When most Soldiers tell others why they joined the Army, many stories are similar. Many join right out of high school, some do it for the benefits and others do it to improve or change their lives.

  • 'Grill Sergeant' feeds FOX and Friends

    Jul 20, 2009

    Most New Yorkers probably did not expect to wake up to a bowl of gumbo on a Friday morning. But when Sgt. 1st Class Brad C. Turner Jr. served up this spicy Cajun favorite, it yielded nothing but smiles - and requests for seconds.

  • Identical Twins have Soldiers seeing double

    Jul 10, 2009

    Don't blame the Soldiers of Fort Polk's 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, if you see them do a double take when two of the unit's newest captains pass by.

  • Soldier admission program gives enlisted servicemembers shot at becoming West Point cadets

    Jul 10, 2009

    He had hoped to be here earlier than R-Day 2009. He had hoped to be here four years earlier to be exact, but the way a person wants life to go and how it turns out are sometimes complete opposites.

  • NCO tackles difficult, sensitive job in hopes of providing better protection for Soldiers

    Jul 9, 2009

    As an Army NCO, she had been wearing the uniform for 16 years and felt more than ready to accept the challenge of serving in a hostile environment. But after learning the requirements of one particular project that could only be described as formidable, she wasn't sure it was a mission she could accomplish.

  • 'Real World' crew visits former cast member in Iraq

    Jul 8, 2009

    A two-man team from MTV's "Real World" program spent a week at Joint Security Station Saydiyah here filming the final portions of a follow-up story on one of the show's former participants.

  • Obama thanks military families with Independence Day bash

    Jul 6, 2009

    As Americans celebrated Independence Day in homes throughout the nation, President Barack Obama invited about 1,200 military families to his home for a July Fourth bash to personally thank them for their service and sacrifice.

  • Chaplain Vakoc leaves legacy of care

    Jul 2, 2009

    Maj. Henry Timothy Vakoc, the Army's sole chaplain to have been severely wounded in Iraq, died June 20, from a fall at his care facility, five years after an improvised explosive device injured him on the drive back to camp from celebrating Sunday Mass for Soldiers in the field.

  • Logistics plays key role in successfully integrating incoming West Point class

    Jul 2, 2009

    Getting more than 1,300 new cadets ready to take their Oath of Allegiance in just a few hours time, doesn't happen without a great deal of planning.

  • Army's 'Grill Sergeant' matches skills against culinary hero

    Jul 2, 2009

    For Sgt. 1st Class Brad Turner, his work is his passion. The culinary artist, currently working in the Executive Dining Facility inside the Pentagon, is also well-known by the moniker of "The Grill Sergeant."

  • Drill sergeant competition sees camaraderie amid challenge

    Jun 30, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Michael Johnston and Staff Sgt. Joshua Marshall's victory drew the week-long Drill Sergeant of the Year competition to a close on Friday at Fort Monroe's Continental Park.