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  • Losing 100 pounds gains hundreds of PT points

    Jan 21, 2011

    Louisiana National Guardsman Spc. Alejandro Zuniga scored an incredible 401 points on his most recent Army Physical Fitness Test -- something even he found hard to believe considering the state he was in less than two years ago.

  • Red Cross continues legacy of troop, family support

    Jan 21, 2011

    In Fiscal Year 2010, the Red Cross provided more than 597,000 emergency communications services for nearly 150,000 military families, and nearly $6 million in immediate financial aid to 5,000 families. And thousands of volunteers, including servicemembers, veterans and military spouses, offered comfort and support to wounded and ill troops and their families in hospitals worldwide.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord surgical team ready to deploy

    Jan 20, 2011

    Members of the 102nd Forward Surgical Team, 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, cased their guidon Jan. 12. The team will uncase its colors in Afghanistan, where its 21 members will provide surgical support to coalition forces.

  • Number of Soldiers taking GAT approaches million

    Jan 20, 2011

    The Army is closing in on a 1-million user milestone for those who have taken the "Global Assessment Tool" survey -- the results of which serve as a starting point for an individual Soldier's journey though the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

  • 'Virtual world' helps with post-traumatic stress

    Jan 19, 2011

    The Defense Department is using virtual-world interactivity to educate and help warfighters and others who are reluctant to seek more direct care to deal with post-traumatic stress, said an official at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, also known as "T2."

  • Army sees slight reduction in active-duty suicides

    Jan 19, 2011

    The Army vice chief of staff reported a slight reduction this past year in suicides committed by Soldiers on active duty, from 162 in 2009 to 156 in 2010.

  • Study shows pre-deployment screening yields benefits

    Jan 18, 2011

    An Army study released today found that Soldiers who received extra behavioral-health screening prior to deployment had significantly lower rates of combat stress than those who did not.

  • TRICARE to extend dependent coverage to age 26

    Jan 18, 2011

    To ensure military families don't get left out as the new national health care reform law extends parent's health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new Young Adult Program by spring and to provide an option to make coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.

  • Program helps Soldier cope with traumatic loss

    Jan 6, 2011

    Watching a friend die in combat changed Sgt. Allen Chase's life. The father of six knew he needed help, but his goal is to become a commissioned officer and a physician's assistant, and he feared asking for help would end that dream.

  • Army officials work to treat invisible wounds of war

    Dec 27, 2010

    Military leaders and troops alike need more time at home between deployments to help diagnose and receive treatment for the "invisible" wounds of war such as post traumatic stress, a senior Army officer said today.

  • Wounded warriors swim with sharks

    Dec 20, 2010

    Donning full scuba gear, 17 wounded warriors from Fort Bragg's Warrior Transition Battalion swam Sunday with sharks and other sea life in Georgia Aquarium's large tank in Atlanta.

  • WTU cadre work together to heal wounded warriors

    Dec 20, 2010

    There's a fine line between helping and hindering an injured Soldier. Knowing the difference can be critical to recovery. Tackling the complexities involved in treating a Soldier's physical and mental wounds in tandem is a challenge Fort Polk's Warrior Transition Unit cadre takes on daily.

  • Iron Stronghold Resiliency Center opens on Camp Adder

    Dec 20, 2010

    In order to bring the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program to more Soldiers, the 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, recently opened the Iron Stronghold Resiliency Center on Camp Adder, Iraq.

  • Army releases November suicide data

    Dec 17, 2010

    The Army released suicide data today for the month of November. Among Active Duty Soldiers, there were 11 potential suicides.

  • 56th Army Band performs holiday concert for JBLM special needs community

    Dec 15, 2010

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 56th Army Band performed a holiday concert Tuesday at Carey Theater that was arranged exclusively for special needs children and families within the community. These are children with disorders and conditions like autism and cerebral palsy.

  • One university's loss is Army's unquestioned gain

    Dec 15, 2010

    Bavaria Medical Department Activity Pediatric Neuropsychologist Dr. John Dieter works with military children across Europe who have highly complex situations such as severe autism or extreme developmental delays.

  • Fort Hood breaks ground for new Army medical center

    Dec 13, 2010

    A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Dec. 13, for the new $534 million Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center that will be constructed to replace the current 45-year-old building.

  • BJACH works to perfect reactions to mass casualty situations

    Dec 13, 2010

    Emergencies and disasters are in the news every day. Preparing for them can make the difference between life and death. That's why Fort Polk's Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital held an all-day multi-situational mass casualty training Dec. 2.

  • New PT program develops battle skills, warrior tasks

    Dec 13, 2010

    The winds of change are blowing through the Army's Physical Readiness Training Program and Fort Polk is taking the initiative to stay ahead of the storms that are sure to follow in its wake.

  • Holiday blues or something more'

    Dec 8, 2010

    This holiday season, servicemembers and their families can take advantage of Military Pathway's free, anonymous, online or telephone mental health self-assessments tool.

  • Wounded warriors back in Iraq for 'proper exit'

    Dec 6, 2010

    Eight wounded warriors returning to Iraq for the first time since they were injured received a hero's welcome during a ceremony at Al Faw Palace at Camp Victory Dec. 6.

  • Army medics help Afghan boy back on his feet

    Dec 6, 2010

    Abas, a 9-year-old Afghan, is under the care of Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province. He is from the nearby village of Kakrat. Abas suffered third-degree burns on both legs when he fell into a pit of hot coals that had been used to melt syrup to cook an Afghan treat.

  • Army fielding app upgrades to improve mild TBI reporting on battlefield

    Dec 2, 2010

    The Army is in the midst of fielding a massive software upgrade to medical units on the front lines, delivering improved methods for capturing and reporting mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) data, as well as better tools for managing medical supplies, and better visibility of in-transit patients and equipment.

  • Horses help heroes in healing: WTU Soldiers participate

    Dec 2, 2010

    For decades, horses have charged into battle carrying cavalrymen, pulling artillerymen's caissons and serving as vehicles for mounted military police. Today, horses are helping wounded warriors by guiding them along the road to resiliency.

  • Study of brain hot topic at Army Science Conference

    Dec 1, 2010

    Hundreds of Army medical, science and technology experts gathered to discuss neuroscience and its role in training and materiel development at the third day of the 27th Army Science Conference Dec. 1.

  • Army medical simulation scientists developing tools to give realistic training

    Dec 1, 2010

    Medical simulation technologies are being developed to give medics and combat lifesavers more realistic training that could result in lives saved on the battlefield.

  • Army's first community-based medical clinic now open

    Nov 30, 2010

    The first of 17 planned off-base Army medical clinics opened today outside Fort Campbell, Ky., as part of an initiative that is aiming to free up health care access for Active Duty Soldiers on installations.

  • Army explores PTSD treatments

    Nov 30, 2010

    Science and technology is leading the approach for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and those treatments were discussed by medical experts at a topical panel at the 27th Army Science Conference Nov 30. The treatments discussed ranged from cognitive therapy and pharmaceutical treatment to virtual reality.

  • Joint exercise tests ability to handle active shooter incident

    Nov 24, 2010

    Every day we are faced with images and stories about violent crime. Victims are held hostage, shootings happen in supermarkets, schools and even on secure military installations. In an effort to improve and sustain 502nd ABW emergency management policies and procedures, a massive Active Shooter Exercise was held on post Nov. 17.

  • Medical clinic at Fort Hood renamed after National Guard medic

    Nov 24, 2010

    A National Guard combat medic killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom was memorialized Nov. 23 when Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's West Fort Hood Health Clinic was renamed in his honor.

  • Robots to rescue wounded on battlefield

    Nov 22, 2010

    A robot now being tested may soon be used to rescue wounded Soldiers under fire without risking additional lives.

  • Army aims to better track injured Soldiers

    Nov 19, 2010

    The Army is using a new computer-based tracking system in order to provide more consistent care for injured Soldiers called e-Profile.

  • First amputee completes Carson WLC

    Nov 18, 2010

    Sgt. Charles Berninghausen became the first amputee to complete the Warrior Leader Course at Fort Carson Nov. 12, almost four years after an improvised explosive device in Iraq nearly killed him.

  • New MRAP ambulance prototypes many improvements

    Nov 18, 2010

    A Pentagon team is working with the Army Medical Command and BAE Systems to build a new Caiman Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Ambulance vehicle that offers a host of technological innovations.

  • Fort Bragg opens doors to new wellness center

    Nov 18, 2010

    Fort Bragg joined the 'be your best self' campaign with the grand opening of a new Army wellness center on Nov. 4. Motivated by the motto 'prevention is the best cure,' the center's staff teaches the community to value mental, physical and emotional fitness for optimum resiliency.

  • Program easing medical separation rolls out forcewide

    Nov 18, 2010

    A pilot program that eases medical separation and speeds benefit payments for servicemembers too wounded, sick or injured to stay in the military will soon roll out to the entire force.

  • Groundbreaking for new medical center set for Dec. 13

    Nov 18, 2010

    Groundbreaking for Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's new hospital is scheduled for Dec. 13, signaling the start of a $534 million project that will consolidate services and enhance access to medical care for thousands of Fort Hood Soldiers, family members and retirees.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness now more accessible to families

    Nov 17, 2010

    Army family members can now use the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness global assessment tool and all its online self-improvement modules without having a sponsored Army Knowledge Online account.

  • Aid stations at Campbell, Carson move from paper to digtal medical records

    Nov 17, 2010

    Replacing paper with electronic medical record systems, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division (ID) at Fort Carson, Colo., and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., are the latest to join the growing list of units using MC4, a once battlefield-only system, to document Soldier care in garrison. This enables units to familiarize themselves with a system they will ultimately use down range.

  • Children of deployed more likely to seek mental health care

    Nov 17, 2010

    Young children from military families are more likely to seek mental and behavioral health care when a parent is deployed than when a parent is at home, a military study has concluded.

  • Soldiers receive realistic training on first-aid kits

    Nov 15, 2010

    The MTTP is a trailer outfitted with a computer-controlled mannequin that speaks, breathes and bleeds like a person. The platform was created to train Soldiers how to use their IFAK . The kit is often introduced but not often put into real-life training situations. Wounds simulated include amputations, sucking chest wounds and airway compromise.

  • 'Mechanical mommy' helps train military baby doctors

    Nov 15, 2010

    The Mobile Obstetric Emergencies Simulator doesn't sound like something that is cutting-edge technology and can potentially save the Department of Defense millions of dollars in malpractice suits, especially when it only costs $20,000 to create.

  • Secretary of the Army cuts ribbon for new WTU, Soldier and Family Assistance Center

    Nov 15, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh called the grand opening of Fort Meade's Warrior in Transition Solider and Family Assistance Center facilities "a very unique achievement" during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 10.

  • Bragg opens model Army Wellness Center

    Nov 10, 2010

    Chilly, misty weather didn't dampen the spirits of more than 150 people who attended the Nov. 5 opening of the Fort Bragg, N.C., Army Wellness Center.

  • Army launches new website for wounded warriors

    Nov 10, 2010

    The Army Warrior Transition Command launched a new website covering issues identified in feedback from wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans.

  • 'BOSS Safety Factor' uses humor to lower risks

    Nov 4, 2010

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

  • Domestic violence expert discusses progress

    Nov 4, 2010

    A retired detective of the Nashville Police Department said Tuesday that military communities face special challenges with domestic violence, but progress is being made to address the root problems.

  • Military progresses in identifying, treating brain, mental injuries

    Nov 3, 2010

    Nine years of conflict has revolutionized the way the military treats its combat wounded, Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson Jr., the Navy surgeon general, told American Forces Press Service.

  • Army increases support for suicide prevention

    Nov 2, 2010

    In an attempt to combat the rise in Army-wide suicides, efforts are being made to increase awareness of the risk factors and warning signs to prevent suicides. In addition, Army leadership across the board is stepping up to provide better assistance in mitigating causes linked to suicidal thoughts and actions.

  • Move Forward: Physical Therapists bring motion to life

    Nov 2, 2010

    October is the month designated, by the American Physical Therapy Association in 1982, as National Physical Therapy Month to celebrate physical therapy nationwide. This year's theme for National Physical Therapy Month is Move Forward: Physical Therapists bring motion to life.

  • Army spouse, paraplegic shares personal story, urges Soldiers to drive safely

    Nov 1, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. -- Kelly Narowski got out of the passenger's side of her friend's Jeep Wrangler and ran over to the driver's side because her friend was too drunk to drive. After her friend buckled up, Narowski started driving down the road. She wasn't wearing her seatbelt. "I remember getting out of the car, and I remember what I was wearing and how the mountains and the sky looked," Narowski said. "It was the last time I ever walked."

  • Panel notes progress in fight against post-traumatic stress

    Nov 1, 2010

    A panel of experts last night noted significant progress in the efforts of the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to help servicemembers, veterans and their families affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Acupuncture gains momentum in Army health care

    Nov 1, 2010

    Army health care providers have been using this ancient Chinese technique for active duty Soldiers downrange for several years, since Air Force doctor Richard C. Niemtzow was credited with developing Battlefield Acupuncture nearly 10 years ago.

  • Studies look at how deployments affect children

    Oct 29, 2010

    This year 142,000 Army children are dealing with their parent's deployment, said Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Thomas R. Lamont, adding that the Army is studying how they cope.

  • DOD unveils smart phone mental health application

    Oct 28, 2010

    A free smart phone mobile application that will help servicemembers, veterans and family members track their emotional health is now available, Defense Department officials announced this week.

  • Leaders, Soldiers, Families helping reduce accidental deaths

    Oct 27, 2010

    The number of accidental deaths in the Army has dropped dramatically in recent years, from 299 deaths in 2005 to just 179 in 2010. However, those grim numbers still trouble Brig. Gen. Bill Wolf, director of Army Safety, whose primary responsibility is reducing risks and keeping Soldiers safe.

  • Army medicine building circle of trust, says surgeon general

    Oct 27, 2010

    The Army's surgeon general announced a new partnership of trust between Soldiers and their Families and Army Medical Command, based on improved access and continuity of care, at the third Family Forum of the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting.

  • Wounded warriors take awards first time in Ten-Miler

    Oct 25, 2010

    More than 50 wounded, visually impaired and amputee athletes signed up for the 2010 Army Ten-Miler Sunday, competing against each other in categories of their own for the first time.

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

    Oct 25, 2010

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

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

    Oct 25, 2010

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

  • Wheel power: WTU Soldiers ride on road to recovery

    Oct 21, 2010

    Master Sgt. Casey Davis' love for cycling came to an abrupt halt when he was recently diagnosed with Grave's Disease - an autoimmune disease which affects the thyroid gland.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness looks at one-year milestone

    Oct 20, 2010

    Just one year after the Army first implemented the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, its director is impressed with the number of Soldiers who have participated in the program and with how many have said it is effective.

  • Release of Protected Health Information

    Oct 18, 2010

    If you seek help from the troop medical clinic for a medical condition, will your commander be told about your condition' Could this be embarrassing for you, perhaps even damage your career or lead to disciplinary action' Such concerns can lead a Soldier to avoid medical care, perhaps until a condition becomes a serious health hazard.

  • Stigma for seeking mental health decreasing

    Oct 13, 2010

    Openly discussing the damage stigma does to Soldiers in need of mental health services is a step toward eradicating the problem, said an Army suicide-prevention leader Tuesday.

  • Soldiers participate in Rocky Elite Iron Warrior Competition

    Oct 6, 2010

    Soldiers gathered at the compound for the Rocky Elite Iron Warrior Competition, a competition that tested the endurance of both males and females in a three-series weight lifting event. The events included the squat, bench press and dead-lift.

  • Army creates new scenario-based suicide-prevention video

    Oct 5, 2010

    In an effort to re-vamp the Army's suicide-prevention program, a new scenario-based video has been created to supplement the growing arsenal of training aides which promote life preservation.

  • New website offers public health, healthy living info

    Oct 5, 2010

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command (Provisional) launched its new Web site today, making Army-related public health information more accessible to Soldiers and retirees, their families, Army civilians, and medical and other professional colleagues.

  • Commentary: Army seeks end to domestic abuse

    Oct 4, 2010

    One of the great, positive changes in Army culture over the years is the ever-increasing willingness to acknowledge and talk about domestic abuse in Army families. There are resources available for families seeking assistance, places for victims to go for help, advocates and counselors to monitor the situation. It hasn't always been that way.

  • Sergeant Major of the Army touts Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

    Oct 4, 2010

    The Army's senior noncommissioned officer met with United States Division-South Soldiers at the Basra Resiliency Center Sept. 29.

  • Media roundtable focuses spotlight on recent Fort Hood suicides

    Sep 30, 2010

    When word broke of several apparent suicides in the Fort Hood area over the weekend, Maj. Gen. Will Grimsley, the installation's senior commander, called together all brigade-level commanders and their command sergeants major and directed them to take a hard look for at-risk Soldiers in their ranks. He directed them to pass the word down to battalion commanders and company commanders, as well.

  • Army observes National Depression Awareness Month

    Sep 30, 2010

    The Army marks National Depression Awareness Month in October, with a theme of "Depression is Treatable - Get Screened - Seek Care."

  • Smoke alarms provide a sound you can live with

    Sep 28, 2010

    Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9, but Installation Management Command safety officials, from headquarters to garrison level, say such concerns remain a constant priority.

  • Life force needed: Blood donations given at McNair

    Sep 27, 2010

    The Armed Services Blood Program hosted a blood drive at Fort McNair Sept. 10, ''in honor of the 9AcA "11 victims."

  • Taji warrior resiliency campus

    Sep 27, 2010

    The Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is an all-in-one aviation brigade from Fort Riley, Kan. The unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq this March in support of Operation New Dawn, and is now the only aviation brigade in Iraq. The brigade's main mission is the support of ground forces, which involves freedom of maneuver, counter-indirect fire, route clearance, and convoy security. It is also involved in advising and assisting Iraqi aviators across the country. The unit is the first ever enhanced aviation brigade, meaning that it has absorbed other units, becoming a super brigade of sorts. If there is something flying in Iraq, it likely wears the brigade's insignia, the historic "Big Red One."

  • Finding hope: Casualty assistance officers help grieving Families

    Sep 24, 2010

    THE Army has come a long way from the days when Families of servicemembers killed on active duty were greeted with telegrams coldly notifying them of their loss.

  • Recovery in his sights: Amputee graduates from Special Forces Sniper Course

    Sep 24, 2010

    John Wayne has toured Afghanistan and Iraq, hunted grizzly bears in Alaska and earned the Silver Star; and as of July, he is the first one-legged Soldier to graduate the Special Forces Sniper Course.

  • Pilates classes help keep European military communities fit

    Sep 24, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Tucked away inside the Patrick Henry Village Activity Center in Heidelberg a small group gathered, its members armed with long swathes of purple or lime green stretchy material.

  • WTU Soldiers, families work toward resiliency

    Sep 24, 2010

    Resiliency isn't just the latest Army buzzword or online training subject. For some units - like the Warrior Transition Unit, Vilseck - building resiliency is a goal worth achieving.

  • Speaker tells Soldiers suicide is not the answer

    Sep 23, 2010

    Tony Jurich, Ph.D., and Kansas State University Marriage and Family Therapy professor who has worked with Fort Riley for 39 years, and Sandra Stith, Ph.D, and K-State Marriage and Family Therapy director, spoke to 1st Infantry Division Soldiers in Morris Hill Chapel Sept. 9 discussing different areas of suicide prevention.

  • Vice chief: Army needs to address PTS, TBIs

    Sep 23, 2010

    The Army needs a significant cultural change so Soldiers who need behavioral health services and treatment will seek care, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli told Fort Hood's Health Promotion Council Tuesday at III Corps. Wendy Lakso, III Corps and Fort Hood health promotion officer, said the council, an asset of Army Public Health, integrates medical, tactical and garrison assets on the installation to address public and behavioral health concerns.

  • Officials announce Warrior Games 2011

    Sep 23, 2010

    Some 200 disabled active-duty servicemembers and military veterans will compete in the second annual Warrior Games, scheduled to be held May 16 to 21 in Colorado Springs, Colo., officials announced today.

  • Military progresses in identifying, treating brain, mental injuries

    Sep 23, 2010

    The past years of conflict have witnessed improved battlefield care and well-oiled medical evacuation and trauma-care networks that are saving lives that in past wars would have been lost. There have also been huge advances in treating amputations and spinal-cord injuries.

  • Blindness doesn't hold back Army researcher

    Sep 20, 2010

    Despite advancements in laws, policies and public perception, those with physical, mental and sensory impairments are sometimes excluded from education opportunities or employment. However John Morgan, a mathematician with the Army Research Laboratory at the Adelphi Laboratory Center, is an example of a determined self-sufficient employee and an extreme athlete.

  • Suicide Prevention - we don't have to be experts, we just have to care

    Sep 20, 2010

    I've stared at this blank canvas -- the open page on my word document program -- on and off for hours.

  • Training combat lifesavers

    Sep 20, 2010

    In an effort to lower combat deaths by wounds the Army established Medical Simulation Training Fields for field medical personnel to develop skills associated with medics and Combat Life Savers in order to decrease death by wound rates. The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Medical Simulation Training Facility features a field training environment where medics utilize their combat life saving skills in a simulated combat scenario.

  • Don't be embarrassed to get screened for prostate cancer

    Sep 20, 2010

    Prostate cancer was the most highly diagnosed non-skin cancer at Madigan Healthcare System last year. The prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that makes up part of a man's reproductive system. Since September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, there isn't a better time to not only discuss something most men are not knowledgeable about, but also inform men about the recent changes in prostate screening.

  • Soldiers helping Soldiers: Battle buddies help each other during tough times

    Sep 16, 2010

    Having a battle buddy can be a life-saver because not all wounds are visible.

  • Injured Soldiers certify as divers, find healing in water

    Sep 16, 2010

    Six months of underwater scuba training culminated in diver certification for five Soldiers from Charlie Company, Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe at a ceremony held here on Ledward Barracks.

  • Commentary: It takes strength to ask for help

    Sep 14, 2010

    The toughest battles may be the ones fought in our minds and it takes courage to reach out for help.

  • Warriors prove no obstacle too great

    Sep 14, 2010

    Six Soldiers and one Marine from Walter Reed Medical Center visited West Point to test their abilities on a challenging set of obstacles Sept. 10. The Indoor Obstacle Course Test is a rite of passage for all West Point cadets as a testament to their physical fortitude. Being able to muster through this intense test of balance, strength and stamina is hard enough, given months of practice and training. But for the wounded warriors, with only hours of preparation, the test was an inspirational example of warrior ethos and human perseverance, said Col. Gregory Daniels, Master of the Sword.

  • Focusing on "the silent killer"

    Sep 14, 2010

    Military suicides have more than doubled in the Army, exceeding the national average over the past five years, and leaders are redoubling efforts to figure out why.

  • Two fathers use own tragedies to teach suicide prevention

    Sep 13, 2010

    Two fathers belong to a club that is growing every day.

  • Army reserve-component suicides rising

    Sep 9, 2010

    While active-duty Army suicides are trending downward, reserve-component suicides appear to be on the rise -- a fact that worries leaders as the Army observes Suicide Prevention Month.

  • New clinics bring health care to families

    Sep 9, 2010

    Active-duty family members who live near some Army installations soon will have an additional option for health care, without traffic, waiting time, expense and frustration that may sometimes be involved with going to on-post medical facilities or TRICARE network providers.

  • TRICARE Retired Reserve launches

    Sep 9, 2010

    For the first time, members of the Retired Reserve who are not yet age 60, the so-called "gray area" retirees, can purchase TRICARE health coverage for themselves and their eligible family members with the Sept. 1, 2010 launch of TRICARE Retired Reserve, or TRR.

  • Preventive medicine keeps Soldiers in the fight

    Sep 9, 2010

    The unforgiving terrain of the Nangarhar, Nuristan, Konar and Laghman provinces in eastern Afghanistan hosts hoards of insects and wildlife that create quite a hairy situation when it comes to cohabitating with troops; however, the Soldiers of the preventive medicine section of Charlie Company, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Bastogne, see "combat" with these creatures on a daily basis.

  • Master Resilience Training course catches on in Army

    Sep 3, 2010

    In the past year, more than 1,300 Soldiers, including about 20 drill sergeants from Fort Benning, have taken the Master Resilience Training course, part of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

  • 'The Warrior Pose': Army considers yoga to treat Soldiers' pain

    Sep 3, 2010

    If Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker has his way, yoga and other alternative therapies would be integrated into Army medicine to treat the pain of wounded Soldiers.

  • Dreams, sleep important facets of resiliency issues for health care providers

    Sep 2, 2010

    "What are dreams' Inside the Sleeping Brain," was recently shown at Brooke Army Medical Center as an opportunity for staff to learn about the science behind sleeping and dreams.

  • Civilians can join Army-sponsored fitness program

    Sep 1, 2010

    DoD is in the middle of a civilian employee fitness campaign called "Leap into Fall" that challenges employees to log 1.5 million hours of physical activity.

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