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  • Quartermasters Take Flight On Evac Ops

    Jul 2, 2009

    Training for the 109th Quartermaster Company, 240th QM Battalion, 49th QM Group, was anything but typical June 25 at McLaney Drop Zone. Seventy-six members of the unit spent the morning conducting casualty evacuation training with the help of the Virginia National Guard's Co. B, 2nd/224th Aviation Battalion stationed at Richmond International Airport.

  • 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."

  • Fort Lee to Celebrate Army Logistics University Opening

    Jul 2, 2009

    The state-of-the-art Army Logistics University is celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 2. The $136 million complex is comprised of more than 340,000 total square feet, and will be the center for Army logistics training.

  • Top NCO Named Fort Lee's Platoon Sergeant of the Year

    Jul 2, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Lynn Gray, a platoon sergeant assigned to Company C, 262th QM Battalion and self-proclaimed 'old Soldier,' came out atop a trio of Soldiers who competed for the title of Fort Lee's Platoon Sergeant of the Year. As the winner of the post competition, Gray will now go on to compete in the Training and Doctrine Command-level competition. It is scheduled for late August at TRADOC headquarters, Fort Monroe.

  • Shaping tomorrow's leaders drives JMTC's NCO of the Year

    Jul 2, 2009

  • NCO Chaplain's Assistant a force multiplier for command's religious program

    Jul 2, 2009

  • Merritt Takes Reins of 59th Ordnance Brigade

    Jul 1, 2009

    "To talk about Tom Keegan, you can't do it at a ceremony like this, we wouldn't have enough time. He leaves an incredible legacy behind him. The things he has done for the entire community is phenomenal," said Brig. Gen. Lynn Collyar, the 35th chief of Ordnance and commanding general of the Army Ordnance Center and Schools, about Col. Thomas Keegan, outgoing commander of the 59th Ordnance Brigade. Keegan relinquished command of the 59th during the brigade's change of command ceremony June 19 at the Redstone activity field. Incoming commander Col. Howard "Lee" Merritt received the brigade's colors from Collyar, instating him as the new commander. The change of command was a final chance for Keegan to stand before of the Soldiers he's led for the past two years and to welcome the new challenges which lay ahead for Merritt.

  • 2009 Drill Sergeant of the Year

    Jul 1, 2009

  • Army limits re-enlistment options for rest of fiscal year

    Jul 1, 2009

    In an effort to slow the momentum of what has been an exceptionally productive year in recruiting and retention, the Army has limited re-enlistment options during the last three months of fiscal year 2009.

  • Gentry bids USASMA farewell

    Jul 1, 2009

    Col. Donald E. Gentry relinquished command of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in ceremonies June 29 handing it over to Command Sgt. maj. Raymond Chandler III, a frist for the academy.

  • NCO firefighter ties together German and American community

    Jul 1, 2009

  • First-ever NCO commandant takes reigns of Sergeants Major Academy

    Jun 30, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler became the 19th Commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, a first for an enlisted Soldier during a ceremony, June 29, at East Fort Bliss. Previously Chandler was the academy's command sergeant major.

  • Army announces test of wikis to revise TTPs

    Jun 30, 2009

    The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center has launched a test allowing Soldiers and leaders to make real-time updates to the Army's tactics, techniques and procedures via a wiki environment.

  • Bringing Alfie back to the Presidio

    Jun 30, 2009

    When Alfie Khalil died in 2006, it resonated upon all who knew him at the Defense Language Institute and the Presidio of Monterey.

  • From academia to the Arsenal: 22 interns get Army experience at RIA

    Jun 30, 2009

    Interns from throughout the country are learning to work for one of the most important organizations in the world ... the U.S. Army. As 22 college students are learning, the Minority College Relations Program is turning out to be the experience of a lifetime.

  • ADA colors uncased at Fort Sill

    Jun 30, 2009

    Ceremonies at Fort Sill, Okla., Tuesday officially uncased the Air Defense Artillery Center colors here and established the ADA School and its commandant as part of the Fires Center of Excellence.

  • Army launches new water-safety tool

    Jun 30, 2009

    To prevent water-related deaths and injuries, the Army has launched a new interactive, Web-based, multimedia water safety tool.

  • AMSC cuts ribbon for Thayer Hall

    Jun 30, 2009

    The Army Management Staff College hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of Thayer Hall June 24 -- marking a milestone in the college's history.

  • USASMA opens International Student Hall of Fame

    Jun 30, 2009

    The first International Student Hall of Fame class inducted three students from Australia, Botswana and Macedonia. Warrant Officer Stephen Ward, Australian Army Regimental Sergeant Major graduated from the USASMA non-resident graduate course in 1994. Botswana Sergeant Major Herman Bahuma is the current Defense Force Sergeant Major in Makopong Village, Botswana. He is a graduate of USAMA Class 48. Sergeant Major of the Army Boban Stojanovik, is the Macedonia Armed Forces sergeant major. He is a graduate of the USASMA Class 58.

  • AMSC cuts the ribbon for Thayer Hall

    Jun 30, 2009

    The Army Management Staff College hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the reopening of Thayer Hall on June 24-marking a milestone in the college's history.

  • Expanded Homeowners Assistance Program could help with BRAC hardships

    Jun 29, 2009

    While the Base Realignment and Closure decisions of 2005 are causing upheaval for some families, help is available through the Department of Defense National Relocation Program, the Homeowners Assistance Program, and soon, the Expanded HAP, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • FORSCOM: 'Back to basics' for Year of NCO

    Jun 29, 2009

    In keeping with this year's theme for the Army, "Year of the NCO," the command sergeant major of U.S. Army Forces Command has a message for his enlisted troops: "Go back to basics."

  • Army Field Band shares stage with Jazz greats

    Jun 29, 2009

    There was a lot of "looking up" going on when the Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band performed at Music Education Week in Washington, D.C., for MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

  • 2009 Drill Sergeant of the Year competition sees camaraderie amid challenge

    Jun 29, 2009

  • During the storm, officials offer tips on riding out storms

    Jun 29, 2009

    While human activity outside may be at a minimum during a hurricane here, the Installation Operations Center (IOC) staff works feverishly throughout the storm to make sure every person stays safe and property suffers minimal damage.

  • Batting cages score Families swinging good times

    Jun 29, 2009

    Fort Rucker opened new batting cages. The cages, located on Fifth Avenue near the post office, offer both fast-pitch and slow-pitch baseball and softball.

  • Phipps pins on first star

    Jun 29, 2009

  • Army Field Band performs deep in the heart of Texas

    Jun 27, 2009

    On July 28, the Concert Band and SoldiersAca,!a,,c Chorus of The United States Army Field Band took the stage at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands and put on a Texas-sized performance. The audience, numbering roughly 7,500, included the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Randy Pais, and Ambassador Lawrence Holland, USAR Ambassador to Texas. The noncommissioned officers that comprise the Field Band look forward to returning to Houston in the future.

  • Lamont takes helm of Army Manpower, Reserve Affairs

    Jun 26, 2009

    The new Army civilian chief who will oversee all civilian and military personnel interests for the active and Reserve force was welcomed to the Army at a Pentagon swearing-in by host Secretary of the Army Pete Geren today.

  • The COMCAM Daily

    Jun 26, 2009

    Click here to view the Joint Combat Camera "Iraq Edition" for June 24, 2009.

  • Fort Bliss switches from TRADOC to FORSCOM

    Jun 26, 2009

    The Fort Bliss commander and command sergeant major changed their shoulder sleeve insignia from Air Defense Artillery Center to U.S. Army Forces Command in a transfer of authority ceremony held at the Fort Bliss museum, June 25.

  • Biggest Volkslauf yet

    Jun 26, 2009

    The 10th annual Marine Mess Volkslauf 10-kilometer Extreme Cross Country Run saw it's biggest crowd of runners yet, with approximately 750 runners taking on the challenge, Saturday. The flock of fleet-footed fun seekers beat last year's crew by 300 people.

  • VIDEO: 2009 Drill Sergeant of the Year ceremony

    Jun 26, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Michael Johnston from Fort Benning was named the 2009 Active Duty Drill Sergeant of the Year and Staff Sgt. Joshua Marshall of the 95th Division (IT) was named the 2009 Reserve Component Drill Sergeant of the Year at a ceremony at Fort Monroe, Va. Johnston and Marshall earned their positions through a week-long competition.

  • Afghanistan draws attention of Army counter-IED conference

    Jun 26, 2009

    Defeating improvised explosives devices and their support networks is the focus of Army's third counter-IED conference, July 28-30, in Charlottesville, Va.

  • CBRN week continues

    Jun 26, 2009

    The 2009 Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regimental Week continues to draw crowds, even as it draws to a close this week. While the CBRN Corps is using the week to plan for the future, many of the scheduled events showcase the CBRN Corps and are open to the public.

  • DSOY Ceremony

    Jun 26, 2009

  • New running technique strikes a Pose

    Jun 26, 2009

    Fort Sill fitness platoon is using a new technique to prevent running injuries.

  • Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inducts new members

    Jun 26, 2009

    Fort Benning honored some of its finest when six NCOs were inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club during a ceremony at Ridgway Hall June 18.

  • Johnston and Marshall are 2009 Drill Sergeants of the Year

    Jun 26, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Michael Johnston, active duty drill sergeant from Fort Benning, Ga., and Staff Sgt. Joshua Marshall, reserve drill sergeant from the 95th Division, were named the 2009 Drill Sergeants of the Year at a ceremony at Continental Park on Fort Monroe.

  • Eagle Tower challenge boosts troops' confidence

    Jun 26, 2009

    Infantry recruits in their second week of one station unit training with C Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, reached new heights June 16 when they faced several challenges at the Eagle Tower confidence course.

  • Army chaplain, doctor comfort survivors of Metro crash

    Jun 26, 2009

    Several Walter Reed Army Medical Center staffers survived the deadliest accident in Washington Metrorail's 33-year history Monday.

  • New CG back on post for fifth tour

    Jun 26, 2009

    MG Michael Ferriter took command of Fort Benning and the U.S. Army Infantry Center from MG Michael Barbero during the traditional passing of the guidon and colors symbolizing the transfer of command authority Wednesday on the Parade Field adjacent to the National Infantry Museum.

  • Army names top drill sergeants for 2009

    Jun 26, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Michael F. Johnston from the 192nd Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., took home top honors for the active-duty force and Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Marshall from 2/398th Training Battalion, Bowling Green, Ky., captured the Reserve title in the Army's 2009 Drill Sergeant of the Year competition.

  • 14th MPs get new commander

    Jun 26, 2009

    Col. Anthony Zabek assumed command of the 14th Military Police Brigade at Nutter Field House, Tuesday. "I believe Col. Zabek is the first ever Reserve component officer to command an active-duty battalion and now an active-duty brigade," said Brig. Gen. David Phillips, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant.

  • Sparks fly at Huachuca tech center

    Jun 26, 2009

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. - Thirteen years after moving into its current building, the Technology Integration Center (TIC) needed to reorganize its labs into one centralized lab area for testing across the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command.

  • GOLDEN KNIGHTS SEEK CANDIDATES FOR ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION

    Jun 25, 2009

    Army Parachute team seeks candidates for Assessment and Selection.

  • 3HBCT Soldiers prepare for NTC

    Jun 25, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - As they take the next step in their preparation for their scheduled deployment at the end of the year, the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, began preparations to move over 3500 Soldiers, 1,100 vehicles and 250 storage containers across the country to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.

  • THE HILL - Vol. 20 - VIDEO: Queensryche - Rocking the Marne

    Jun 25, 2009

    Fort Benning - On Monday, May 18, Queensryche - Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield, Eddie Jackson and Parker Lundgren - rocked the troops at Fort Benning, Georgia in between tour dates in support of their new Rhino Records CD, American Soldier. The post welcomed Queensryche with "open arms" as they gave all band members and their crew an exhilarating ride in an M1A1 Abrams tank and an M2 Bradley tank. In addition to that experience, the band dined with the troops earlier in the day and gave a concert performance on Sledgehammer Field, Kelley Hill in the afternoon.

  • Army Evaluation Task Force Soldiers Test New Systems During STX

    Jun 25, 2009

    Story is about two days of a two-week company STX to run battle scenarios using high-tech Future Combat Systems equipment. Both days included media on the battlefield training for the company commanders. Story also mentions that FCS is changing its name to Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization. Four photos of field training are included.

  • Command and General Staff College staff, faculty to 'regreen' as Battle Command Training P

    Jun 25, 2009

    A new memorandum of understanding between the Battle Command Training Program and the Command and General Staff College will provide CGSC staff and faculty with "regreening" opportunities by serving as augmentee observer/trainers with BCTP.

  • Concept for personnel recovery data blooms with new approach

    Jun 25, 2009

    A database used to gather information in case a Soldier is captured or goes missing has grown significantly, thanks to a new process developed by the Software Engineering Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

  • Rifleman radio to net every Soldier

    Jun 25, 2009

    The Army research and development community is addressing potential problem scenarios on the battlefield through the introduction of the Rifleman Radio - a networked, software-driven radio that will allow Soldiers on the ground to communicate with commanders and other members of their team.

  • Medics turn aid station into Afghan emergency room

    Jun 25, 2009

    Outside Forward Operating Base Blessing, combat medics serving with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, spend every morning combing through a crowd of sick or injured Afghans desperate for medical attention.

  • Chief, Army Reserves speaks to JROC Students

    Jun 25, 2009

    Chief Army Reserves speaks JROC Students

  • Eustis, Story celebrate Army's 234th birthday

    Jun 25, 2009

    Eustis, Story celebrate Army's 234th birthday

  • Williams: Pursue an education

    Jun 25, 2009

  • Vetting Veterans: Group helps veterans overcome PTSD

    Jun 25, 2009

    The S.C. Combat Veterans Group was organized at the Dorn VA Medical Center as a therapeutic support group for combat veterans suffering from PTSD. It has grown from a small group to more than 400 members.

  • Heat injuries possible for civilian employees, too

    Jun 25, 2009

    Although heat is one of the biggest threats to Initial Entry Training Soldiers, civilians should also take care when working during the hot summer months.

  • Counseling services expand for Soldiers, family members

    Jun 25, 2009

    The number of Military OneSource face-to-face counseling sessions available for active duty Soldiers and their families has doubled to 12.

  • DSOY Day 3

    Jun 24, 2009

  • DSOY Day 3

    Jun 24, 2009

  • DSOY Day 3

    Jun 24, 2009

  • DSOY Day 3

    Jun 24, 2009

  • Network-based field tests underway for BCT modernization

    Jun 24, 2009

    The U.S. Army is now conducting a series of high-tech network and equipment verification tests at its massive White Sands, N.M., test range as part of brigade combat team modernization.

  • June 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster II

    Jun 24, 2009

    Pride in Service is the June 2009 "Year of the NCO" theme. Many of our Soldiers put their lives on the line in defense of our Great Nation and SSG Reva J. Navarro is no exception. SSG Navarro is a member of Bravo Company, 101st Signal Battalion in the New York Army National Guard. She also proudly defends the citizens of our country, as a New York State Trooper, hailing from Troop F-Zone 1 in Wurtsboro Barracks.

  • June 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster

    Jun 24, 2009

    Pride in Service is the June 2009 theme for the Year of the NCO. MSG Marion E. Benson II from Headquarters and Alpha Company, 442nd Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, Ga, is our NCO in the spotlight this month. Not only does MSG Benson proudly service his country as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer, but he also serves his community as a Volunteer Firefighter for the Department of Public Safety in Grovetown, Ga.

  • May 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster

    Jun 24, 2009

    The Year of the NCO theme for May 2009 is Leadership in training. SSG Nohea L. Nako'oka is a Senior Leader Course student in the 25U 011-09 class and is also a faculty member in the Training and Development Department at the Signal Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort Gordon, Ga.

  • Summer sizzle: Heat injuries a threat to IET Soldiers, cadre

    Jun 24, 2009

    Less than a week into summer - and with weekend temperatures expected to reach the high 90s - Fort Jackson leaders are doing their part to keep the post's IET Soldiers safe.

  • February 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster

    Jun 24, 2009

    SFC Marcus T. Mustin is the NCO in the spotlight this month at the Signal Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy (RNCOA)in Fort Gordon, Ga. SFC Mustin is a newly inducted member of the Prestigious "Sergeant Audie Murphy Club" and is also a member of the Elite "Sergeant Morales Club". SFC Mustin is a Senior Small Group Leader for the BNCOC at the RNCOA and is a shining example of "Pride in Service".

  • April 2009 "Year of the NCO" Poster

    Jun 24, 2009

    Diversity is the theme for April 2009 at the Signal Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Fort Gordon, Ga. Wherein, the Commandant, Command Sergeant Major Vernon R. Praymous states that "Diversity is the building blocks of a strong institution and Leadership is that mortar that holds them together".

  • Birthday celebration continues

    Jun 24, 2009

    Fort Gordon's Army birthday observance continues with a barbecue.

  • Fort Gordon celebrates Army Birthday

    Jun 24, 2009

    Local officials join with Fort Gordon youth celebrating the Army's birthday.

  • 53rd Transportation Battalion changes command

    Jun 24, 2009

    53rd Transportation Battalion changes command

  • Economy boosts recruitment numbers

    Jun 24, 2009

    The economy and related factors have buoyed the Army's recruitment efforts for 2009, say officials with U.S. Army Recruiting Command and the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception).

  • Augusta mayor joins Army Birthday celebration

    Jun 24, 2009

    Augusta mayor reads to military children to celebrate Army's birthday.

  • Garrison employee recognized for service "over and above"

    Jun 24, 2009

    Marianne Winch, key and essential housing manager for U.S. Army Garrison - Miami, brings her sunny disposition to work every day, even though the issues she faces often start with a phone call in the dead of night. Winch is responsible for managing any and all issues for the government-leased housing where senior military officers assigned to U.S. Southern Command reside. Although she assists her teammates in placing all incoming personnel in suitable housing, the security requirements for general officers and their families, and maintenance of home and grounds make this job more challenging than her other duties. Like any home, there are issues that have to be addressed, no matter when, and some are unique to South Florida. "3 a.m. - 4 a.m., Sunday, Saturday, you name it, I've been called, with plumbing problems, leaks, smoke alarms, installation of hurricane shutters, everything," she said with a hint of an accent from her native Germany. Winch was recognized with a commendation June 17, by SOUTHCOM Deputy Military Commander, Air Force Lt. Gen. Glenn F. Spears, for "service over and above" that expected of a senior housing manager. Spears was joined by the majority of the senior staff of SOUTHCOM - all recipients of Winch's 24-hour brand of customer service - and all in agreement that the award was well deserved. Among the command coins she received was one from Marine Brig. Gen. David Garza, SOUTHCOM Chief of Staff, who summed up Winch's service when he said that "Marianne represents the SOUTHCOM Gold Standard in her approach to service to the customer, and we are very proud that she is on the SOUTHCOM Team."

  • European Training Command Selects Soldier and NCO of the Year

    Jun 24, 2009

  • Seven continue quest for U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year

    Jun 23, 2009

    The seven Army NCOs competing for this year's title of U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year are now facing some of the toughest challenges of the competition.

  • DSOY Day 2

    Jun 23, 2009

  • DSOY Day 1

    Jun 23, 2009

  • 2009 DSOY Day 1 APFT

    Jun 23, 2009

  • St. Mere Eglise

    Jun 23, 2009

    ST. MERE EGLISE, FRANCE - German and American paratroopers from the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) stand side-by-side in front of the church at St. Mere Eglise here on Jun 6. Soldiers from various countries were taking part in commemorative ceremonies at the square for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.

  • La Cambe

    Jun 23, 2009

    LA CAMBE, FRANCE - German, American, British and French Soldiers stood side-by-side, along with over 30 German, American, British and French WWII veterans, to honor the fallen and commit to path of cooperation and partnership for peace here on June 5. The German Ambassador reiterated that we must learn from the past so as to not make the same mistakes and create a peaceful future. Over 200 people attended the commemoration service.

  • Season of Change at Schoolhouse

    Jun 23, 2009

    This is a summer of leadership changes at the 59th Ordnance Brigade and 832nd Ordnance Battalion. Col. Thomas Keegan, commander of the 59th Ordnance Brigade, will leave in July for Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Lt. Col. Sean Cusker succeeded Lt. Col. Randle Jackson as commander of 832nd Ordnance Battalion in a change of command ceremony June 17.

  • Paratroopers Over Normandy

    Jun 23, 2009

    Hundreds of veterans, fans, and present day paratroopers gather near the Merderet River by the La Fiere bridge for the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies here on Jun 6. Around 300 American, British, French and German paratroopers jumped to commemorate the airborne drop 65-years ago. The ceremony, held at the Iron Mike statue, was highlighted by the presence of over 25 Second World War veterans who participated in an airborne wing exchange between German and American paratroopers.

  • 65th Normandy Anniversary

    Jun 23, 2009

    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the crowd and highlights the legacy entrusted to us by the WWII combat veterans that surround him here on Jun 6. The president was in Normandy to attend the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.

  • Army Reserve Paratroopers in England

    Jun 23, 2009

    RAF LYNMANN, ENGLAND -- British Paratroopers, or "PARAS" as they are called, trained here on Jun 30 with U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers as part of Operation Air Drop Warrior, a joint-training exercise. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.

  • 22nd Chemical Battalion remembers Cameron's dad

    Jun 23, 2009

    Two days before Father's Day, 5-year-old Cameron Jessen came to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to dedicate the 22nd Chemical Battalion's renovated conference room in the name of his father who was killed in Iraq.

  • SEALs train with Army pilots in Northern Edge

    Jun 23, 2009

    A Navy SEAL team worked with Army pilots in a training evolution of Exercise Northern Edge 2009, designed to promote and develop interoperability between the two branches.

  • Amputee combat vets return to Iraq for 'proper exit'

    Jun 23, 2009

    Six amputee combat veterans put their uniforms back on and returned to Iraq Sunday for the first time since sustaining their injuries in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Soldiers Soak Up Training to Stay Alive

    Jun 23, 2009

    Members of the 59th Ordnance Brigade have made it their mission this summer to ensure no Soldier or family member drowns while enjoying time in the water. With the national average at 6,000 deaths a year, it was time once again for the Soldiers of HHC to jump into the pool for training June 16-17. Cold water couldn't stop these Soldiers as they swam 25 meters, floated in the 12-foot deep end of a pool for five minutes, learned how to remove themselves from a flak vest while swimming and use their uniforms as a flotation device. "What we're trying to do is teach Soldiers and give them the confidence in their ability to use their uniforms as flotation devices," said Staff Sgt. Nathanael Skinner, a drown proof instructor and member of the NCO Academy.

  • Pointe-Du-Hoc

    Jun 23, 2009

    POINTE-DU-HOC, FRANCE -- Col (Ret) Keith Nightingale, a former commander of both Ranger and 82nd Airborne battalions, and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade, lectures U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers at the monument atop of Pointe-Du-Hoc overlooking Omaha beach on June 5. The Rangers scaled the sheer cliffs to take out this German gun turret that watches over the coast. Today the site has a granite memorial to honor the 2nd Ranger Battalion and their heroic assault. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.

  • Redstone Recognizes NCO/Soldier of Year

    Jun 22, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Patterson and Spc. Randal Rhodes are Redstone Arsenal's "best of the best" for 2009. Patterson is the NCO of the Year and Rhodes the Soldier of the Year. They were announced as winners of their respective competitions June 15 during a luncheon at the Officers and Civilians Club. Each received more than $4,000 in merchandise and checks from various sponsors from throughout the Redstone and surrounding communities.

  • Seven compete for U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year

    Jun 22, 2009

    Seven of the Army's 'premier trainers' are competing in the 2009 U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year competition this week at Fort Monroe and Fort Eustis, both in southeastern Virginia.

  • USASMA hands out diplomas to 274 Nonresident Course students

    Jun 22, 2009

    Filling the seats of the Kenneth W. Cooper Lecture Center at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas, Friday, 274 Sergeants Major Nonresident Course (NRC) students ended an educational trek that took some almost two years to complete. The ceremony marked the culmination of long-distance instruction that parallels that of the resident course curriculum, but is designed for those master sergeants, first sergeants, sergeant majors and command sergeant majors whose jobs or career paths made it difficult to complete the nine-month resident course.

  • Drill Sergeant of the Year Competitors

    Jun 21, 2009

  • The Infantryman gets his due

    Jun 19, 2009

    After 234 years the Infantryman gets his due. The National Infantry Museum opened Friday on a stretch of land that joins Columbus, Ga. to Fort Benning, the Home of the Infantry. Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff GEN(R) Colin Powell served as the guest speaker and cut the ribbon on the state-of-the-art museum. Fort Benning has been the Home of the Infantry since 1918.

  • The United States Army Field Band Noncommissioned Officer Shares Heritage, Selfless Service Through

    Jun 19, 2009

  • Stryker unit gives new gunnery training system first Armywide test run

    Jun 19, 2009

    A prodigious U.S. Army battlefield capability recently got cheaper and more lethal. The first Advanced Gunnery Training System for the Stryker Mobile Gun System was unveiled June 5 at Fort Lewis' Battle Command Training Center by Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation and the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

  • Fort Lewis Stryker unit begins its rotation at JRTC

    Jun 19, 2009

    The dull roar of engines helped punctuate the arrival of Soldiers with the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, as offloading began at Fort Polk's rail head on June 3. Soldiers have been receiving vehicles shipped from the Northwest and preparing them for the brigade's rotation through the Joint Readiness Training Center.

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