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  • Welcome - Splat - Back

    Feb 13, 2009

    A maintenance platoon from the recently returned 94th Engineer Battalion played paintball as a part of Warrior Adventure Quest, Friday. "We planned high adventure activities that are somewhat tied to what they did downrange," said Capt. Wade Welsh, 94th Engr. Bn. operations officer. Welsh explained how the Soldiers had been living on an adrenaline high for the last 12 months, and returned home to no adrenaline. The leadership knew that the Soldiers would seek that adrenaline, and wanted them to find it in a safe way - not through high-risk behavior.

  • Sill NCO earns volunteer award

    Feb 13, 2009

    A Fort Sill NCO earns a volunteer award for his work with kids.

  • Fort Sill NCO explains role

    Feb 13, 2009

    A Fort Sill CSM explains the role of an NCO while on a firing line.

  • Caldwell offers three ways to fuel Army change

    Feb 12, 2009

    Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., introduced three mechanisms Wednesday to help with "Fueling Change in our Army."

  • Black History event marks mileston

    Feb 12, 2009

    "The journey is not yet over." That was the message from the guest speaker at Wednesday's Black History Month luncheon at the MG Robert B. Solomon Center. "Now that we have our first black President, as African Americans we cannot afford to become too complacent, for the journey is not over; it has just begun, and there is still a lot of work within our community that requires attention and action, if we are to enjoy the freedoms of this great democracy," the Rev. Willie Lawson told the packed gym. Lawson, a retired Soldier, and currently the pastor for a church in the Washington area, was present to witness the swearing in of our 44th president. He said it shows that the playing field is closer to being level for African-Americans today.

  • Leadership program to link current, past leaders

    Feb 12, 2009

    Fort Jackson will launch its quarterly Leadership and Training Guest Speaker Program Wednesday, 3 to 5 p.m. at the NCO Club. The program is designed to help the post's leaders retain knowledge and avoid attrition, said Maj. Ted Hart, deputy installation strategic planner. He added that a lot of brain power exits in the Army and the leadership lectures allow former leaders to share their knowledge with current leaders. The guest speaker for each meeting will be a recently retired three- or four-star general, Hart said.

  • A four-star's focus: Dempsey: GWOT redirection means adaptations ahead

    Feb 12, 2009

    As the fight in the Global War on Terror shifts from Iraq to Afghanistan, Army leaders are looking at how to shift the focus of training to deal with the renewed emphasis of fighting in one of the world's poorest countries. "There will be adaptations," the Army's top trainer said Friday during a two-day visit to Fort Jackson. The commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said there will not necessarily be changes in the conduct of counterinsurgency operations - the tactics, techniques and procedures - but rather changes in the training on how to work with the local population and operating in a different physical environment.

  • Rain or shine, the guards don't whine

    Feb 12, 2009

    On days he has to work, Derek Miller wakes up at 3:30 a.m. Depending on the weather, he may put extra layers underneath his regulation light blue dress shirt and dark blue slacks - both of which look freshly pressed. By 4:30 a.m., he is being issued his orders for the day, along with the standard 9 mm handgun he and his colleagues carry. And by 5 a.m., he has already relieved his predecessor and is waiting with a smile to greet his first visitor with a hearty, "Welcome to Fort Jackson, victory starts here!" Miller is one of approximately 70 Wackenhut security guards contracted to protect Fort Jackson's gates.

  • 3rd Infantry Commander recalls important intelligence role

    Feb 12, 2009

    3rd Infantry Division Commander speaks to intelligence community service members on role of military intelligence.

  • U.S. Army Signal Corps cherishes Oscar award

    Feb 12, 2009

    As the annual Oscar Awards approach Signal Corps members recall the Oscars they won.

  • Tuskegee Airman Perseveres

    Feb 12, 2009

    African American History month Fort Gordon command program

  • A New Way of Teaching Logistics

    Feb 12, 2009

    If laid out on the ground it would stretch the length of five football fields. If filled with water, it would hold more than 18 million gallons of water. It is the Army Logistics University. ALU, with a total cost of about $136 million, is a Base Realignment and Closure project scheduled for completion in late April 2009.

  • Teens Tackle Tough Issues During AFAP Conference

    Feb 12, 2009

    Teen family members discussed and debated Army Family Action Plan issues during the Teen AFAP conference Feb. 7.

  • DAC leads implementation of Explosives Safety Siting System

    Feb 12, 2009

    USATCES personnel serve as the Army's Approval Authority for explosives safety site plan submissions, hazard classifications, Munitions and Explosives of Concern and Chemical Agent safety site plan submissions. To assist with this mission, the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board and the Military Services are developing software called the Explosives Safety Siting system to automate the explosives safety site planning process. This software will augment the installation's geographic information system map and real property inventory with explosives safety data. This data will allow ESS to perform quantity distance analysis and place the appropriate QD arcs on a map. It will also develop QD tables and a memo that can be used to submit the site plan through command channels.

  • Sacraficial Journeys

    Feb 12, 2009

    Eighty-three year-old Tuskegee Airman Harry Quinton, wearing the group's signature red blazer, is a mix of pride and humility as he recalls tidbits of his military past to visitors who are black, white, young and old.

  • Battle of the boats

    Feb 12, 2009

    It was the boat with the least positive name of ODR Wreck that prevailed and sank the competition of Shark Attack and USS Never Sail during the first Cardboard Vessel Regatta, Saturday at Benyaurd Indoor Pool. Designed to inspire a little community competition and fun between Fort Belvoir organizations, the regatta was organized by Anthony Poore, FMWR fitness coordinator.

  • 'Team' huddles: Fort Jackson campaign plan moves forward during offsite

    Feb 12, 2009

    Fort Jackson's senior military and civilian leaders reviewed the installation's campaign plan during an offsite at Riverbanks Zoo Jan. 29. The group of 70 included representatives from all units and organizations as well as 14 spouses. "We are working really hard across the installation to make sure that everybody is included," said Brig. Gen. Bradley May, Fort Jackson commanding general. "Whether you're a Soldier, civilian or family member, it doesn't matter. Everybody's on the team." The campaign plan is a strategic document that outlines ways to improve Fort Jackson. It centers around three lines of operation: training, quality of life and support and sustainability.

  • Skippers vital to youth sports

    Feb 12, 2009

    When the Spurs beat the Celtics in a recent basketball matinee matchup, the audience cheered wildly - despite the fact that Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Tony Parker never took the court. The stars of the game were 6 and 7-year olds participating in Fort Jackson's Youth Sports Winter Basketball league. The Spurs are coached by Marcus Anderson, one of about 50 community members who volunteer each year to coach youth sports on post. For Anderson, who started coaching in 2006, it is a labor of love.

  • Service personally rewarding for Cayanong

    Feb 12, 2009

    It's not uncommon for someone to have second thoughts about joining a branch of the military. However, that wasn't the case for Monica Cayanong. Cayanong, a first sergeant with the Army's Veterinary Command at Fort Belvoir, has recorded more than 20 years in a career filled with praise and accommodations. She was recently inducted into the elite Sgt. Audie Murphy Club and has aspirations of one day becoming a sergeant major.

  • Local couple has canine soft spot

    Feb 12, 2009

    In his 28 years in the Army, Task Force Marshall Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Hagan has worn different styles of uniforms, taken part in numerous missions and has followed orders by five commanders in chief. Throughout those changes, there has been one constant -- his life has gone to the dogs, literally. Hagan and his wife Debra, a human resource specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command, share their 15-acre property with two rescued German Shepherds, Havoc and Sheba, and five horses. Rescuing dogs has become a passion for the couple, who had as many as five dogs at one point.

  • Drill Sergeant spouses train for role

    Feb 12, 2009

    Every quarter Army Family Team Building helps drill sergeant spouses adjust to the lifestyle change with its Drill Sergeant Spouses Training. Marriage to a drill sergeant can easily be compared to marriage to a deployed Soldier because drill sergeants spend a great deal of time away from home, said Angela Crosland, AFTB program manager. Reversed priorities can add more weight for his or her spouse to carry. "They may be a mile away from you, but they can't help you with the kids or they can't take the kids or do this or do that around the house because they're out in the (training) cycle," she said. The training includes an introduction to Army life, community involvement, stress management, family readiness, and ended with an open dialogue with a drill sergeant. Most of the presentations refreshed the veteran Army spouses on military life, but since they are new drill sergeant spouses the course emphasized self-reliance and relationship strengthening.

  • Belvoir marks Black History Month with special guest

    Feb 12, 2009

    For Black History Month, Stokes took center stage at Fort Belvoir's Community Center Tuesday, when he described his experiences growing up in the South and how a student-strike committee he planned would set in motion one of the most powerful movements in American history.

  • Chapel upgrades nearing completion

    Feb 12, 2009

    Renovations to the Magruder Chapel are scheduled to be completed by mid-March. The $148,000 project began in November. The chapel is one of three chapels of Chap. (Lt. Col.) David Acuff, 165th Infantry Brigade, calls the strip that have been undergoing renovations. What we have here are triplets of chapels along the strip (Magruder Chapel, Daniel Circle Chapel and Anderson Street Chapel). They are identical," he said. "It doesn't strike you right away because of their positioning, but they are identical buildings. They were built sometime in the late 50s or early 60s."

  • Black History Month event features new theme

    Feb 12, 2009

    Don't be late for Wednesday's Black History Month celebration or you might miss something. That's the advice from Sgt. 1st Class Chetoria Jackson, Equal Opportunity NCO for the 165th Infantry Brigade, host of this year's festivities. "This year's luncheon is jam packed with a lot of entertainment," Jackson said. "We have an African dance theater coming in out of Savannah. This will be the group's fourth year performing here at Fort Jackson." Also, students from Dent Middle School will be involved in the program. The school's fine arts and media enrichment program and the chorus will sing, and its steel drums ensemble will play traditional African music.

  • AAca,!E+'hairy' situation for a good cause

    Feb 12, 2009

    Individual Ready Reservist Sgt. Jason Hallisey's hair was 18 inches long when he was reactivated. When he reported for processing at Fort Jackson's Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Monday, he failed to meet Army standards -- but he did meet Locks of Love standards. The 25-year old from Texarkana, Texas, grew out his hair so when the time came to cut it he could donate more to the Florida-based organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

  • Students get hands-on experience during Job Shadow Day

    Feb 12, 2009

    Students from Mount Vernon High School arrived at battalion head quarters on Fort Belvoir last Thursday for Job Shadow Day. Fort Belvoir's Public Affairs Office's Community Relations section put the event together to show students how education can lead into rewarding futures.

  • Obama, Kaine make historic visit to Fort Belvoir

    Feb 12, 2009

    President Barack Obama joined Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine at a construction site near Fort Belvoir's north area, also known as the Engineer Proving Ground, Wednesday. The commander-in-chief visited the site in the hopes of spurring quick action on a proposed economic stimulus package.

  • DAC leads implementation of Explosives Safety Siting System

    Feb 11, 2009

    USATCES personnel serve as the Army's Approval Authority for explosives safety site plan submissions, hazard classifications, Munitions and Explosives of Concern and Chemical Agent safety site plan submissions. To assist with this mission, the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board and the military services are developing software called the Explosives Safety Siting system to automate the explosives safety site planning process. This software will augment the installation's geographic information system map and real property inventory with explosives safety data. This data will allow ESS to perform quantity distance analysis and place the appropriate QD arcs on a map. It will also develop QD tables and a memo that can be used to submit the site plan through command channels.

  • WINTER TRAINING IN YUMA PROVED TO BE A "CROWNING" AFFAIR

    Feb 11, 2009

    Miss U.S.A. Crystle Stewart jumps with the U.S. Army Parachute Team during winter training in Yuma Arizona.

  • Cadet Speaks at Congressional Panel

    Feb 11, 2009

    Cadet David White, a senior and future armor lieutenant, speaks at the Army Diversity Panel at the U.S. House of Representatives, hosted by Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD). White and fellow Senior Cadet Nichole Myers spoke to panel members about the successes of the diversity program at West Point.

  • Hawaii Soldiers support Pro Bowl

    Feb 10, 2009

    Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command were given a distinct honor this year to serve on the Joint Service Color Guard for the National Football League 2009 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Three Soldiers comprised a part of the Joint Service Color Guard, which were responsible for rendering honors for the start of the Pro Bowl.

  • NCO Academy teaches leadership in virtual environment

    Feb 10, 2009

    Sgt. Eric Anderson's squad is in a tight spot. His convoy has been ambushed by snipers in a small village in Iraq and two of his men are down...His radio is buzzing with chatter...Anderson knows that it's his job to get his squad to safety, but it's not going to be easy...Suddenly everything goes black. "Alright, sergeants. Take your hands off the keyboards and take your headsets off," shouts a senior sergeant, who has suddenly appeared over Anderson's shoulder.

  • Academic chairs established at Command and General Staff College

    Feb 9, 2009

    LTG William B. Caldwell, IV, Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth commander, announced the establishment of seven designated academic chairs at the Command and General Staff College Feb. 6. In a ceremony at the Lewis and Clark Center, LTG Caldwell named the first six CGSC faculty members who will fill new academic chairs.

  • TRADOCAca,!E+commander meets with CACAca,!E+leaders

    Feb 6, 2009

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, spoke Feb. 4 at the Combined Arms Center Senior Leader Conference about the challenges of training Soldiers and leaders in a changing Army.

  • TRADOCAca,!E+commander meets with Combined Arms Center Aca,!E+leaders

    Feb 6, 2009

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, spoke Feb. 4 at the Combined Arms Center Senior Leader Conference about the challenges of training Soldiers and leaders in a changing Army.

  • Colorado General Assembly visits Mountain Post

    Feb 6, 2009

    Members of the Colorado General Assembly tour Fort Carson.

  • Year of the NCO: Retired NCOs remember

    Feb 6, 2009

    The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer is well underway and NCOs are being honored Army-wide, but Fort Myer Military Community Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Varner III wants to ensure that the year-long celebration of enlisted leaders isn't limited to those currently serving.

  • Tiger Teams to Guide Future of Child, Youth and School Services

    Feb 6, 2009

    Recently, three members of Fort Lee's Child, Youth and School Services team were chosen to represent the CYSS North East Regional Office at the Department of the Army-level Tiger Teams.

  • Parachute Riggers Rise to the Occassion

    Feb 6, 2009

    Students in the parachute rigger course at Fort Lee, Va., boarded an Air Force C-130 aircraft for airborne operations at Fort Pickett, Va., Jan. 29. Ninety-four students from the Aerial Delivery and Field Service Department participated in the training exercise.

  • Future Soldiers Enlist Before Hockey Fans

    Feb 5, 2009

    About 40 Future Soldiers conducted the oath of enlistment at a hockey game in Michigan. Battalion CSM received the honor of dropping the puck at the start of the game. Army recruiters and ROTC cadre combined resources to provide various career options to hockey game attendees.

  • Fort Sill EOD wins award for response

    Feb 5, 2009

  • Canadians train at Fort Sill

    Feb 5, 2009

    A Canadian artillery unit trains at Fort Sill

  • Blazing the trail: A Buffalo Soldier's Story

    Feb 5, 2009

    The Equal Opportunity Program at Fort Belvoir sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday Observance at DeWitt Hospital Friday. Maxwell was a guest speaker at the event.

  • Bravo Company Takes Turn at Simulated Combat

    Feb 5, 2009

    Imagine this. You and your unit are outside the wire in Iraq, traveling down a dusty road in your Humvee, conducting a routine patrol of the area. The sun is shining, the air is hot like an oven, and no one is walking the streets. You look around, notice the empty landscape of the city, and think to yourself, "This is weird. Where are all the villagers'" Just then an enormous explosion erupts from an improvised explosive device, hurling you and your team inside the Humvee upside-down and into a small ditch filled with water. The vehicle is on fire and quickly filling with water. What do you do' "Don't panic," said Staff Sgt. Michael Bell, a platoon sergeant with Bravo Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion.

  • Simulations promote safety

    Feb 5, 2009

    Multi-organization installation sponsors driving safety simulations.

  • Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department lends support to storm-hit areas

    Feb 5, 2009

    Five Fort Leonard Wood firefighters provided mutual aid fire and rescue assistance to Kennett, Mo., last weekend. "The boot-heel of Missouri has been devastated by the ice storm (Jan. 26 and 27)," said Robert Sperberg, Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department assistant fire chief. "Their emergency service providers summoned the State Emergency Management Agency for assistance."

  • Fort Leonard Wood breaks ground for power school

    Feb 5, 2009

    Fort Leonard Wood broke ground on the new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prime Power School at Normandy Training Area, Friday. The construction project is scheduled to be completed by March, 2011.

  • Fort Drum hosts fireside chat for Families of fallen Soldiers

    Feb 5, 2009

    The Hillside Lodge provided a cozy setting Jan. 23 for survivors of fallen Soldiers to come together for a time of fellowship and sharing.

  • New Year, New Center of Excellence for Logistics

    Feb 4, 2009

    Fort Lee checked off the first and arguably most significant project of its massive $1.7 billion Base Realignment and Closure plan last week. Construction on the Sustainment Center of Excellence Headquarters building was completed in December 2008 after 18 months of construction. It was finished on time, at budget and is the first of more than 30 new structures to be built at Fort Lee under the 2005 BRAC implementation plan.

  • Communication system loses weight, gains readiness

    Feb 4, 2009

    Time and communications are critical to operation security in a down-range environment, where the difference of minutes can save SoldiersAca,!a,,c lives. A Huntsville, Ala., company specializing in satellite communications has developed and deployed an ultra-portable communication system that hits the ground running with the warfighterAca,!"one that can be on satellite in less than an hour.

  • State Department leader visits Operations Group

    Jan 31, 2009

    For Rotation 09-03, Ms. Greta Holtz, incoming head of the Office of Provincial Affairs in Iraq, Department of State, visited Operations Group to view how to best integrate their real-world teams into the National Training Center training scenario. They aim for State employees who will go to Iraq or Afghanistan to gain realistic experience in successfully dealing with both the U.S. military and local people.

  • Amazing energy in Washington, D.C. for inauguration

    Jan 31, 2009

    Personal reflections of Maj. James F. Lowe on assisting with media facilitation for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

  • 'Ace of Cakes' treats U.S. Army, Hawaii To Special Military Cake

    Jan 30, 2009

  • Refurbished skating rink open at Fort Sill

    Jan 30, 2009

    Fort Sill completed refurbishment of a skating rink for MWR

  • Commander pins second star

    Jan 30, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, received another star, Friday, in a promotion ceremony at Nutter Field House. Gen. Martin Dempsey, Training and Doctrine Command commanding general presided over the ceremony.

  • Child obesity; a national epidemic

    Jan 30, 2009

    Fort Sill doctors talk about child obesity. First in a series

  • Range fires never left alone

    Jan 30, 2009

    Fort Sill has precautions against range fires

  • National Guard MEB trains at MANSCEN

    Jan 30, 2009

    The 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, South Dakota National Guard, completed two weeks of annual training in advanced battle tracking computer skills Aca,!" a staff training exercise Aca,!" at the Maneuver Support Center, Jan. 15.

  • New FA Museum has new curator

    Jan 30, 2009

    The new Field Artillery museum has a new curator

  • FCP

    Jan 30, 2009

    Soldiers should have an FCP plan

  • Commentary - Life is about more than achieving goals

    Jan 30, 2009

    We live in a society that makes a mania about planning and goal setting. Maybe thatAca,!a,,cs why so many people are unhappy. We would do better if we paid more attention to the details and let the big picture take care of itself.

  • TRADOC commander visits installation

    Jan 30, 2009

    After visiting the installation Friday, Gen. Martin Dempsey, Training and Doctrine commanding general, said Fort Leonard Wood is adapting to the conditions of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs current conflict, as well as taking steps toward the future.

  • Army addresses rising suicide rate, highest in four years

    Jan 29, 2009

    The number of suicides in the Army has risen again, for the fourth year in a row, said Army leaders during a media roundtable Jan. 29.

  • NCOs Appreciate Army's Yearlong Salute

    Jan 29, 2009

    RedstoneAca,!a,,cs top enlisted Soldiers are pleased at the ArmyAca,!a,,cs tribute this year to noncommissioned officers. The Army has named 2009 as the year of the NCO. Aca,!A"I think itAca,!a,,cs an outstanding move,Aca,!A? the Aviation and Missile CommandAca,!a,,cs Command Sgt. Maj. Ricky Yates said. Aca,!A"I think for the Army leadership Aca,!" the chief of staff of the Army, the sergeant major of the Army and the secretary of the Army Aca,!" to present this year as the year of the NCO is very pleasing for the noncommissioned officers and recognizes what theyAca,!a,,cre doing for the Army.Aca,!A?

  • Juggling priorities for post operations

    Jan 29, 2009

    Managing the day-to-day operations of the Garrison can be a juggling act with plenty of challenges and opportunities all vying for priority attention. In one hand, there are all the new Arsenal programs involving BRAC and non-BRAC-related construction, the privatization of Army housing and the impending enhanced use leasing program. In the other hand, there are longstanding quality-of-life programs on post and the long-established partnerships within the community working for better roads, schools and other infrastructure affecting the Soldiers and civilian employees of Redstone Arsenal. And, in the midst of all that, there are the Garrison employees who are focused on meeting the needs of a varied list of tenant customers and partners. Redstone ArsenalAca,!a,,cs unique community of Soldiers and civilian employees is very much appreciated by Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli. Aca,!A"Because of what I had heard and seen of Redstone Arsenal, I knew it was Aca,!" and still is -- a high performing organization consisting of a lot of dedicated professionals taking care of Soldiers, their families and the civilian work force each and every day. The Garrison here is very successful and has a great reputation throughout the Army,Aca,!A? Pastorelli said.

  • Principal heeds call, becomes officer

    Jan 29, 2009

    More than half a million teachers quit the school system across the country every year, many of whom leave for a less stressful job. But for 2nd Lt. Jason Brewer, Company B, Training Support Battalion executive officer, teaching just wasnAca,!a,,ct challenging anymore. The 34-year-old high school principal traded in his suit and tie for the Army combat uniform and a single gold bar, ending his 12-year career in public education for a start in the Army.

  • NCO holds officer's job for two commanders

    Jan 29, 2009

    Traditionally, commanding generals select junior commissioned officers as their aides-de-camp. Those junior officers are chosen from the best of their peer group, and given the arguably grueling job of making sure the general has what he or she needs to accomplish a variety of missions. Fort JacksonAca,!a,,cs Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May, has a noncommissioned officer as an aide. Sgt. 1st Class Sylvester Taylor, an administrative specialist, is a member of the Army Reserve who was ordered to active duty in 2004 to support Task Force Marshall.

  • Retiree designs mugs of fallen Soldiers

    Jan 29, 2009

    While it was still dark out one morning in 2006, retired Sgt. 1st Class Joel Mitchell couldnAca,!a,,ct sleep. He got out of bed and started sketching designs that would eventually become his trademark. Aca,!A"IAca,!a,,cm not really an artist,Aca,!A? said the 21-year veteran of the medical field. Aca,!A"My wife was a little surprised. I never really drew anything before that day.Aca,!A?

  • Home improvements: Barracks undergo $1 million worth of renovations, upgrades

    Jan 29, 2009

    While most Soldiers enjoyed time off during Block Leave, construction crews took advantage of the vacated buildings and completed $1 million of renovations to almost every Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training barracks. The renovation focused on removing mold, replacing broken fixtures, updating the plumbing and painting walls and ceilings in the latrines and laundry rooms. Aca,!A"Mold in the barracks does not present a clean, healthy environment, so the work in the barracks was very much needed,Aca,!A? said Garrison Command Sgt. Major Lewis Kellam, who jumpstarted the project. Aca,!A"(The renovations) put the Soldiers in an environment that we want them to see and more so let them know that we care about them and weAca,!a,,cre going to take care of the facilities that they live in.Aca,!A?

  • New vehicles used in anti-IED training

    Jan 29, 2009

    At more than 8 feet tall and weighing more than 33,000 pounds, Fort JacksonAca,!a,,cs newest addition definitely leaves an impression. But last week, approximately 20 Soldiers, Sailors and civilians faced the massive Iraqi Light Armored Vehicle as part of a training class aimed at protecting deployed military personnel against Improvised Explosive Devices.

  • New housing rules include breed restrictions

    Jan 29, 2009

    Those considering a move on-post may realize that while the family is welcome, some of their furry friends are not. The Department of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs revised pet policy for privatized housing, released earlier this month, prohibits several categories of Aca,!A"aggressive or potentially aggressiveAca,!A? dog breeds.

  • Army striving to decrease sexual assault, increase reporting

    Jan 27, 2009

    Through its Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention and Response Program, the Army hopes to change command climates to make victims of sexual assault feel more comfortable reporting the crime.

  • Parts pull mission on mechanized vehicles expands at Sierra

    Jan 27, 2009

    Critical parts pull effort began at Sierra to support production lines at Anniston Army Depot

  • AMSC hosts Leadership Symposium

    Jan 27, 2009

    Challenges come in every profession. The military knows this all too well. On Tuesday, the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir kicked off its three-day Leadership Symposium on the very subject and welcomed Maj. Gen. Vincent E. Boles, assistant DCS, G-4, as its keynote speaker.

  • Guest speaker emphasizes King's call to service

    Jan 27, 2009

    Aca,!A"Yes, I can!Aca,!A? Those three words echoed throughout the MG Robert B. Solomon Center as Theresa K. Gibson spoke to more than 600 attendees gathered to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15. For the Fort Jackson schools administrator, the phrase Aca,!"Aca,!" adapted from President ObamaAca,!a,,cs campaign slogan Aca,!"Aca,!" serves as a rallying cry as Americans continue toward making KingAca,!a,,cs dream a reality.

  • Civilian leaders learn teamwork, Army style

    Jan 27, 2009

    More than 50 members of the Leadership Columbia program visited Fort Jackson Jan. 13 to learn about how the Army trains Soldiers and develops leaders. Leadership Columbia is a program sponsored by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce that aims to enhance young leadersAca,!a,,c understanding of the community. The visitors participated in a classroom training session before hearing from Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, commander of the U.S. Army Accessions Command, about the recruiting challenges facing todayAca,!a,,cs Army.

  • Canine battle buddies take bite out of crime

    Jan 27, 2009

    Sit, stay and fetch are often the first commands a dog learns; for the Fort Jackson military working dogs and the specialized search dogs these commands are Aca,!A"puppiesAca,!a,,c play.Aca,!A? For Guera, Gurda, Gury and Blecky, four of the eight working dogs at Fort Jackson, sniffing out explosives and narcotics is just another day at the office.

  • New FCS program manager meets with employees

    Jan 26, 2009

    The new program manager of Army modernization pledged his support to Soldiers and his commitment to the success of Future Combat Systems during a visit to White Sands Missile range Jan. 12.

  • School of Advanced Military Studies expands program

    Jan 26, 2009

    Leaders at the Command and General Staff College formally announced the next step in the expansion of the Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP) at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) here this week with the start of two seminars on 21 Jan. Twenty-nine Army, sister service, international and interagency students began orientation for the 11-month intensive leaderAca,!a,,cs course. SAMS has doubled the capacity for its winter-start class after one seminar completed a successful pilot program last year.

  • Staff Ride combines strategy with history

    Jan 26, 2009

    GETTYSBURG, Pa. Aca,!" The Battle of Gettysburg was an important strategic battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War, and Old Guard officers were able to put their knowledge of the battle to the test.

  • FDC workshop shares musical tradition

    Jan 26, 2009

    Successful communication has always been a fundamental part of any countryAca,!a,,cs military strength; the speed and accuracy with which messages can be passed are vital to victory on the battlefield. Before the days of the radio and telephone, American Soldiers relied on musicians to relay movement commands. Music also signaled when to wake up, when to eat, and when to go to bed.

  • Geren, other service secretaries to stay on during transition

    Jan 26, 2009

    WASHINGTON Aca,!" Each U.S. military service secretary has agreed to Defense Secretary Robert M. GatesAca,!a,,c request to stay in office for at least several weeks to help ensure the Defense DepartmentAca,!a,,cs smooth transition under the Obama administration, Pentagon officials said recently.

  • Defense Department, VA smooth path to benefits for severely wounded

    Jan 23, 2009

    Severely wounded troops returning home now have fewer bureaucratic barriers between them and their veteransAca,!a,,c benefits. The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments announced a new, faster means for handling troops with Aca,!A"catastrophicAca,!A? injuries who seek the veteransAca,!a,,c status that allows them access to VA medical and other entitlements.

  • Fort Lewis one-stop training saves lives

    Jan 23, 2009

    When the Warrior Training Academy, formerly the Light Fighter Academy, was brought into existence last September, the idea was to provide a series of training that would better prepare Fort Lewis Soldiers, regardless of MOS, for every situation they may encounter while in theater.

  • Noncommissioned Officers recognized

    Jan 23, 2009

    Fort Gordon commanding general participates in honoring noncommissioned officers.

  • Service members assist 2009 Inaugural

    Jan 23, 2009

    Overview of service members' role on the day of the 2009 U.S. President Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

  • Gen. Martin Dempsey quote

    Jan 23, 2009

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, TRADOC Commanding General

  • TRADOC CG quote

    Jan 23, 2009

  • Fort Sill's ADA BRAC expansion locked on

    Jan 23, 2009

    BRAC expansion for the ADA school is progressing on schedule

  • Fort Sill forms community council

    Jan 23, 2009

    Fort Sill and nearly 100 SW Oklahoma community leaders form a council to discuss local issues.

  • 5 Questions for the Command and General Staff College Commandant

    Jan 22, 2009

    Question: What did you hope to gain from the Sister Service College Conference and were those expectations met' Answer: The conference exceeded our expectations. TodayAca,!a,,cs era of persistent conflict demands a comprehensive approach to operations and also to how we train and how we educate. This conference brought together leadership and provided an opportunity to share best practices and new opportunities . More importantly we gained a better perspective of the common challenges we face in the education of our field grade officers and ways we can work together to help improve this process.

  • Leaders meet to discuss education

    Jan 22, 2009

    Question: What did you hope to gain from the Sister Service College Conference and were those expectations met' Answer: The conference exceeded our expectations. TodayAca,!a,,cs era of persistent conflict demands a comprehensive approach to operations and also to how we train and how we educate. This conference brought together leadership and provided an opportunity to share best practices and new opportunities . More importantly we gained a better perspective of the common challenges we face in the education of our field grade officers and ways we can work together to help improve this process.

  • Army completes recruiter suicide investigation

    Jan 22, 2009

    The Army has concluded a two-and-a-half-month investigation into the suicides of four Soldiers assigned to the Houston Recruiting Battalion.

  • Welcome to the NCO Corps

    Jan 21, 2009

    Aca,!A"Now youAca,!a,,cre an NCO Aca,!" a part of the backbone of the Army.A,A Never forget where you came from.Aca,!A? Those words, from guest speaker Command Sgt. Maj. Nathan J. Hunt III, served as a reminder to a group of recently-promoted sergeants who were welcomed as members of the Army Noncommissioned Officer Corps during the NCO Induction Ceremony held Jan. 14 at the Regimental Club on Fort Lee, Va.

  • 173rd Soldiers attending Airborne School

    Jan 16, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Soldiers, 300 of them, from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, stationed in Schweinfurt and Bamberg, Germany, and Vicenza, Italy, took a recent 10-hour flight to attend Airborne School here.

  • Scouts worlds apart share experiences

    Jan 16, 2009

    Scouts from Iraq and Forts in America share experiences via a teleconference.

  • Computer Corporations Sign Signal Training Agreements

    Jan 16, 2009

    Computer software corporations sign training agreements with the U.S. Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon.

  • Army ROTC Cadets named Rhodes Scholars

    Jan 16, 2009

    Article on Army ROTC Cadets who were recently awarded Rhodes Scholarships. Photo of each cadet included.

  • From dropout to doctor, thanks to Army mentor

    Jan 16, 2009

    Since opening its doors in August, the Army Preparatory School has helped more than 700 new Soldiers receive their GED before entering Basic Combat Training. It has a success rate of 99.3 percent. Long before the school formally started helping Soldiers achieve their high school equivalency, leaders throughout Army history had helped individual Soldiers reach that same goal. One of those Soldiers was Tom Connelly. Today, he is a surgeon specializing in treating skin cancer. But in 1966, Connelly was a 10th-grade dropout when he entered the Army. After he completed BCT, he was sent to Vietnam where his commanding officer pushed him to finish his education.

  • Some coming attractions: Start of housing construction sets the stage for 50-year plan

    Jan 15, 2009

    As Fort Jackson begins a transformation aimed at improving the quality of life for its Basic Combat Training Soldiers, a similar transformation is under way for the postAca,!a,,cs permanent party personnel and their families. Last month, a military family housing groundbreaking ceremony signaled the beginning of a 50-year privatized housing plan that officials say will ensure Fort Jackson housing occupants have the best accommodations possible. Project Director James Harper, with the ArmyAca,!a,,cs privatized housing partner, Balfour Beatty Communities, said the plan consists of various phases of demolition, construction and renovations.

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