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  • Battle-focused training refreshes warrior skills

    Mar 6, 2009

    The best way to make combat ready Soldiers is to train them in replicated battlefield conditions; it gives them focus. After Advanced Individual Training graduation and before moving on to their duty or home station, engineer and ordnance Soldiers complete eight days of Battle Focused Training with Company G, 169th Engineer Battalion.

  • Shift Work

    Mar 6, 2009

    Being on patrol is the essence of a Military Police Soldier while in garrison. While working the roads, MPs have to be ready when a call comes in - anything can happen during their shift. Soldiers from Company E, 795th Military Police Battalion got a taste of what can happen on the road during law and order training, Feb. 27.

  • Monroe leaders re-affirm commitment to top-quality service, support programs

    Mar 6, 2009

    The new Commanding General of U.S. Army TRADOC and the Fort Monroe Garrison Commander were among the participants of a Feb. 23 Army Family Covenant re-signing ceremony.

  • Read Across America - Fort Monroe

    Mar 6, 2009

    Eleven members of the Fort Monroe community participate in a Read Across America event at elementary schools in Hampton, Va.

  • Health coverage, high costs among issues discussed at USACC AFAP conference

    Mar 6, 2009

    Fifty active-duty Soldiers, retirees (JROTC cadre), military and cadet spouses, DA civilians and several volunteers from across the nation assembled in Virginia Beach Feb. 24-27 for the first U.S. Army Cadet Command Army Family Action Plan Conference in three years.

  • Fort Monroe AFAP earns praise for 'Big Army' ideas

    Mar 6, 2009

    Fort Monroe delegates explored several 'Big Army' issues during the installation's Army Family Action Plan Conference in February.

  • Teachers to help parents, families

    Mar 6, 2009

    "For a young family, new to the military, first time away from home, I see this as a great network," Brown said. "It can be overwhelming having a newborn or toddler while your spouse is deployed. Having the parent educator there, it's not something they're going through by themselves."

  • Soldier's suicide leaves unanswered questions

    Mar 6, 2009

    The suicide of Spc. Jamie Dalton, an Infantryman in B Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, in 2006 shocked everyone who knew him. Many of the warning signs weren't evident in Dalton's behavior or the things he said to friends.

  • Field Cooking Competition

    Mar 6, 2009

    The Field Cooking event includes 12 teams competing for gold, silver and bronze medals, March 5-7, during the 34th U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va. The awards will be announced March 13.

  • Fort Lewis MSTC teaches Soldiers how to save wounded comrades

    Mar 5, 2009

    The Fort Lewis Medical Simulation Training Center has an array of courses that teach life-saving techniques based on the principles of Tactical Combat Casualty Care including Combat Medical Advanced Skills, Basic Life Support CPR, EMT National Registry as well as the EMT Refresher course. The center's bread-and-butter course, however, is the Combat Lifesaver course.

  • Commentary: NCOs - making Soldiers the best they can be

    Mar 5, 2009

    I have a lot of memories about my interactions with noncommissioned officers. Heck, I was one for 22 years. But nothing holds a more visceral memory than the twin thoughts of NCOs and PT. I can't think of an area NCOs play a more central role in than keeping Soldiers physically ready to do their jobs. I am sure that every Soldier carries memories similar to mine.

  • Evaluation earns Fort Lewis' USAR NCO Academy excellence award

    Mar 5, 2009

    Though instilling young NCOs with values and leadership traits can be satisfying for its own sake, the staff of a Fort Lewis academy said recent Armywide recognition of their hard work felt especially rewarding. The U.S. Army Reserve Noncommissioned Officer Academy on post earned a rare distinction for its perfect score on an evaluation.

  • Wounded Soldiers receive Purple Heart Medals

    Mar 5, 2009

    Wounded Soldiers receive Purple Heart Medals at Fort Gordon

  • New deputy garrison commander brings job experience

    Mar 5, 2009

    New Fort Gordon deputy garrison commander shares highlights of background and expectations for new position

  • New Command welcomed to Fort Gordon

    Mar 5, 2009

    Brig. Gen. Jennifer Napper, commanding general, 7th Signal Command (Theater) reflects on the impact of the new command at Fort Gordon as the headquarters officially opens on March 6, 2009.

  • Brigade commander learned from good NCOs from the beginning of his career

    Mar 5, 2009

    An O-6 Fires Brigade commander tells what the Year of the NCO means to him

  • ADA exercise tests Soldiers, airmen

    Mar 5, 2009

    The ADA trainins with the Air Force and civilians companies.

  • Plenty of Fun to Spare at Special Olympics Bowling

    Mar 5, 2009

    Special Olympics and Army Community Service have a recipe they've spent years perfecting. Take special needs athletes, mix in Soldiers and spread them across a sporting event for a generous dollop of fun. This year's batch began with the bowling event Feb. 26. "This is a tradition at Redstone Arsenal," ACS director Sue Paddock said. "The Soldiers appreciate it because they learn from these athletes. Of course, the athletes love having the Soldiers here. It's a wonderful fit."

  • Combatives training school kicks off at Belvoir

    Mar 5, 2009

    As 31 Soldiers from the Military District of Washington converged on Wells Field House last week for the first in a series of combatives training sessions, Fort Belvoir took a major step in being recognized as a training center for the Modern Army Combatives Program.

  • Soldiers show their talent

    Mar 5, 2009

    There were 16 different Soldiers and 16 different styles as Soldiers stepped into the spotlight and on the stage showcasing an abundance of talent in song and dance Saturday at Wallace Theater as they vied for positions in the U.S. Army Soldier Show.

  • Historic characters take the stage at Women's History Month observance

    Mar 5, 2009

    While snow covered the ground, the Belvoir commuA,Anity gathered at the Officer's Club to observe Women's History Month Tuesday. This year's theme is 'Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet.' First Sgt. Cynthia Moody presented Sojourner Truth's speech, 'Ain't I a Woman'' with passion. Truth mesmerA,Aized her audience with her speech in 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio.

  • Military Culinarians Compete

    Mar 5, 2009

    The 34th U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition, Feb. 28 - March 13, at Fort Lee, Va., features more than 180 military culinarians from all branches of the Armed Forces. Ten teams are competing for the Installation of Year award, which will be announced at the awards ceremony March 13. Competitors are also vying for Armed Forces Chef of the Year, Junior Chef of the Year and Best Field Cooking Team awards.

  • First female commanding general of Belvoir makes historic visit

    Mar 5, 2009

    Fort Belvoir's first female commander, retired Brig. Gen. Evelyn Foote, visited Belvoir on Tuesday to attend the post's Women's History Month observance and to see how things have changed in the past 20 years.

  • NCOs and community leaders recognized at Winter AUSA Symposium

    Mar 4, 2009

    Three NCOs and three south Florida community leaders were honored at the Association of the United States Army winter symposium. The commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. Martin Dempsey presided over the ceremony with his senior enlisted advisor Command Sgt. Maj. David Bruner.

  • RDECOM at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards

    Mar 4, 2009

    Video package from the BEYA awards

  • Benning honors NCOs in ceremony

    Mar 3, 2009

    Fort Benning honored the "backbone of the Army" when more than 60 newly promoted sergeants and corporals were inducted into the NCO Corps during a ceremony that kicked off the designation of 2009 as the Year of the NCO Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium. "In every aspect of the Army, it's really NCOs making it happen," said CSM William Ulibarri. "We hold it together through training, and also operationally."

  • Army Reservist Honored by Miami Heat's HOMEStrong Program

    Mar 3, 2009

    Miami Heat HOMEStrong Program honors Miami area Army Reservist and OIF veteran.

  • SMA Kenneth O. Preston Reconizes Tampa NCO of the Year

    Mar 3, 2009

    SMA Kenneth O. Preston was the feaured speaker at the AUSA Suncoast Chapter NCO of the Year luncheon.

  • CBS Radio Tampa Bay Interview with SMA Kenneth Preston

    Mar 3, 2009

    John Sipos of CBS Radio Tampa Bay conducted an 11-minute interview with SMA Kenneth Preston that covered many topics. The interview ran on Tampa, FL CBS Radio stations on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

  • Basic training Soldiers test limits in gas chamber

    Mar 2, 2009

    The gas chamber at Brittin Range goes by many names - house of horrors, confidence chamber, chamber of horrors - but no matter what Soldiers call it, they all pass through its walls during Basic Training.

  • Airborne legacy passed from grandfather to grandson

    Mar 2, 2009

    Pvt. 1st Class Christopher Mullen grew up with "about a million" Airborne stories. When he graduated from Airborne School Friday, he reminisced about some of the anecdotes his grandfather, Darrell Branstetter, a former Fort Benning paratrooper, told him when he was younger.

  • Training Aids Production Center Opens in Grafenwoehr

    Mar 2, 2009

    The former JMTC General Support Center (GSC) changes its name and its location after 40 years in Roedelheim when it opens the doors on the Training Aids Production Center (TAPC) in Grafenwoehr, Germany this March.

  • Army Capabilities Integration Center director examines the shape of the future force

    Mar 1, 2009

    Lt. Gen. Michael A. Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, gave a look inside the Army's force in the years to come at the Association of the United States Army's 2009 Winter Symposium. Vane believes there are five keys in what the Army should look at to shape the force for the future. They are the battle command network; counter improvised explosive devices and mines; power and energy; human dimension; and training.

  • Providing the Army with best Soldiers possible critical to leader of Training and Doctrine Command

    Feb 28, 2009

    As he addressed the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium here, Gen. Martin Dempsey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, talked with the group about what TRADOC faces.

  • Sill garrison council looks for feedback

    Feb 27, 2009

    Fort Sill creates a garrison council to improve the post

  • Sill sets sights on suicide prevention

    Feb 27, 2009

    Fort Sill takes an active role in preventing suicides

  • Drillsergeant appreciates Year of the NCO

    Feb 27, 2009

    A Fort Sill drill sergeant gives his impression of Year of the NCO

  • 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division prepares for Afghanistan

    Feb 27, 2009

    The next chapter in the brief history of the U.S. Army's Stryker Brigade Combat Team is currently being written in the sands on the Mojave Desert by the Soldiers of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, as they prepare for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. Representing the final large-scale collective training event before deployment, the current Mission Readiness Exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., allowed the brigade a chance to flex its war-fighting muscles in full-spectrum operations for the first time since it stood up two years ago.

  • Operation Kid Comfort

    Feb 27, 2009

    - For many children, there is nothing more comforting than being wrapped, snuggly, in their parent's arms; but for servicemembers' children, long deployments can often separate them from that warm embrace. A group of Armed Services YMCA volunteers hope to ease that separation through Operation Kid Comfort.

  • Fort Leonard Wood celebrates black history during luncheon

    Feb 27, 2009

    Soldiers, civilians and family members filled the Pershing Club to participate in the African American-Black History Month luncheon, Feb. 18. The luncheon included a meal, a dance presentation by the Lincoln University Dance Troupe, and remarks by Lincoln University of Missouri president, Carolyn Mahoney.

  • Commentary: NCO that changed my life

    Feb 27, 2009

    This year has been designated "Year of the NCO," and that got me thinking about noncommissioned officers that influenced my 30-year career. With hundreds of outstanding NCOs crossing my path it might have been a tremendously difficult task to single out one that made a great impact on my life, but there was one that did stand out and truly changed my life.

  • Confidence Included

    Feb 27, 2009

    Confidence is a key component in military operations, leadership, teammates and equipment, and Soldiers in the third week of Initial Entry Training developed a deeper trust in themselves and their comrades with a trip to the Confidence Course at Trainng Area 97, Tuesday. One hundred forty-nine Company A, 31st Engineer Battalion combat engineers jumped, pulled, pushed and swung their way through the course of 14 events, motivating one another along the way.

  • Fort Leonard Wood Celebrates 'Year of the NCO'

    Feb 27, 2009

    Fort Leonard Wood officially kicked off the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer in ceremony at Nutter Fieldhouse, Friday. Hundreds of Soldiers from the installation gathered to celebrate a campaign that was announced by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Chief of Staff of the Army George W. Casey Jr., and Sgt. Maj. of Army Kenneth O. Preston stating 2009 as a year for recognizing NCOs contributions - past and present.

  • Army targets individual Soldier for radio communications

    Feb 27, 2009

    The ability to communicate; through voice, digital message or simply by position, is arguably, the most critical capability for the men and women of today's Army.

  • Prayer Breakfast speaker lauds NCOs

    Feb 27, 2009

    Chaplain School commandant lauds NCOs during National Prayer Breakfast event at Fort Gordon.

  • Wounded Signal Soldier recognized

    Feb 27, 2009

    Brig. Gen. Jennifer Napper, 7th Signal Command (Theater) commander, presents Purple Heart Medal to Signal Soldier at Fort Gordon.

  • JMTC Honors History of the NCO Corps

    Feb 27, 2009

    7th Army JMTC celebrates Year of the NCO with ceremony honoring history of the NCO Corps

  • Army releases Electronic Warfare field manual

    Feb 26, 2009

    Upon announcement of the Army's new Field Manual 3-36, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, warned that the military services and other agencies of government should be keenly aware of the rapidly developing threat posed by technological advances in the realm of cyberspace.

  • Fort Lee NCOs Affirm Responsibilities

    Feb 26, 2009

    A,A Fort Lee officially launched its "Year of the Noncommissioned Officer" celebration with an NCO Induction Ceremony Feb. 20 at the NCO Academy's Hazzard Auditorium.

  • Army Belvoir leaders focused on recognizing suicide indicators

    Feb 26, 2009

    Despite the many successes printed and televised about the Army during its proud history, ofA,Aficials are all too aware of the dark cloud hovering above them.For the fourth consecutive year, suicides are on the rise. In 2008, the Army experienced 128 conA,Afirmed suicides - up from 117 the year before. At such an alarming rate, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, viceA,Achief of staff, issued an executive order calling for greater emphasis on recognizing suicidal behavior among Soldiers.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. of Army Reserve observes Black History Month at Mosby Reserve Center

    Feb 26, 2009

    Command Sgt. Maj. of the Army Reserve Leon Caffie joined members of Fort Belvoir's Military Intelligence Readiness Command and 55th Sustainment Brigade Tuesday for a celebration marking February as Black History Month.

  • Dual focus of Army scientists yields spinouts

    Feb 26, 2009

    The Army has a dual focus in its development of science and technology: modernization for the future and accelerating technology for today's warfighter.

  • Army looks to thwart building cyber threats

    Feb 26, 2009

    "Battlefield events in Iraq and Afghanistan compelled the Army to rebuild an electronic warfare capability that it had allowed to slip," said Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, in conjunction with the announced rollout of the Army's newest Field Manual, FM 3-36, Electronic Warfare in Operations. "We encountered a threat we were not prepared for and we must learn from this lesson to ensure that our force is agile enough to deal with future contingencies"

  • Presidio platoon sergeant shares experiences, joys of job

    Feb 25, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Brent Church shares his thoughts and experiences as a platoon sergeant for B Company 229th Military Intelligence Battalion during routine marksmanship training on the Presidio of Monterey.

  • Slovenian Soldiers Gear Up for Kosovo at JMTC

    Feb 24, 2009

    Slovenian army utilizes the training areas and resources of the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, Germany in preparation for a deployment in support of KFOR 11 in Kosovo.

  • 90-day program gives former military doctors chance to serve again

    Feb 24, 2009

    Col. Lionel M. Nelson is a man of many hats. A former Air Force Reservist, and a retired Army Reservist, Nelson came out of a five-year retirement and shut down his private practice in San Jose, Calif., to participate in the "90 Days Boots on the Ground" program, a program that gives former military doctors the opportunity to deploy to Iraq for 90 days.

  • Editorial: Army taking measures to improve property accountability

    Feb 23, 2009

    Since 9/11, our Army has been in a continuous cycle of deployment, redeployment and reset operations. The continued success of our Army, that will always have some amount of its force deployed on some type of mission, hinges on accurate and precise property accountability.

  • Covenant Re-signing Ceremony at Fort Monroe, Va.

    Feb 23, 2009

    Senior leaders at Fort Monroe, Va., participate in an Army Family Covenant re-commitment ceremony

  • Sustainability conference set for April 7-8

    Feb 20, 2009

    The public is invited to learn about current and upcoming green technology at the Bridging the GAPS conference April 7-8 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Sponsored by the Georgia Alabama Partnership for Sustainability and Fort Benning, the event is free of charge. The conference is modeled after a sustainability conference initiated by Fort Carson, Colo., in 2003, said Peter Lukken, Fort Benning's sustainability planner.

  • Army preparing to test Future Combat Systems

    Feb 20, 2009

    Soldiers and civilians with the Future Combat Systems program at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., are working overtime preparing to put future Army technology to the test.

  • Demo showcases fire-resistant products

    Feb 20, 2009

    Fire suppression technology was demonstrated on Kelley Hill Feb. 11. The demonstration showcased products designed to extinguish fire, be environmentally safe and return the burning material back to the ambient temperature in moments. The fire suppression agent and thermal protective system were designed to increase Soldier's effectiveness and lifesaving options in a combat situation, said Andrew M. Allen, with Global Safety Labs, Inc.

  • 1st Bn., 329th Inf., leaves post, 1st Bn., 330th Inf., arrives

    Feb 20, 2009

    LTC Richard Unda, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 329th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, rolled up and cased the battalion's colors at a change of authority ceremony Tuesday at Kanell Field.

  • 1st Bn., 329th Inf., leaves post, 1st Bn., 330th Inf., arrives

    Feb 20, 2009

    LTC Richard Unda, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 329th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, rolled up and cased the battalion's colors at a change of authority ceremony Tuesday at Kanell Field.

  • ICE gives Benning customers a voice

    Feb 20, 2009

    Fort Benning customer service representatives want your 2 cents. Interactive Customer Evaluation, an Armywide program that has been in place at Fort Benning since 2003, offers customer satisfaction surveys for 275 services on Fort Benning. More services will be added to ICE in the future, said Bernard Goss, Fort Benning customer service officer.

  • BOLC II platoon mentor named Reserve Officer of the Year

    Feb 20, 2009

    For CPT Curt Owens, serving in the Army Reserve is about just that: service. "It's been rewarding because it's a way to serve the country, specifically during these times when we're relying so heavily on our Army. I love doing it," said Owens, who was named the Army Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year Feb. 1.

  • AMC to showcase Future Soldier 2030, other high-tech equipment at the AUSA winter meeting

    Feb 20, 2009

    During this year's Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium and Exposition being conducted at the Broward County Convention Center Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 25-27, the U.S. Army and its industry partners will showcase a host of new technologies that has and/or will have an impact on today's warfighter and our future force. One such technology is the Future Soldier 2030.

  • Sill offers EW course

    Feb 20, 2009

    Sill graduates students from electronic warefare course

  • Sill sign WTU Covenent

    Feb 20, 2009

    Fort Sill officials sign the WTU Covenent

  • Medics train for combat

    Feb 20, 2009

    Fort Sill medics train for combat

  • Student Gives Back to the Military

    Feb 20, 2009

    High school student and daughter of an NCO organizes a successful charity event to give back to Soldiers

  • Senior spouses supports Families

    Feb 20, 2009

    At the beginning of Army Family Action Plan conference, a commanding general's spouse expresses her view of what is being done for military Families.

  • Belvoir site for military movie premier

    Feb 19, 2009

    A made-for-television movie based on the real-life observations of a casualty escort was screened for more than 150 Soldiers, civilian and DoD support staff from Human Resource Command, Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, at Fort Belvoir's Wood Theater Feb. 19. The HBO film 'Taking Chance' chronicles the reflections and feelings of retired Marine Lt. Col. Mike Strobl as he escorts a fellow Marine to his hometown in Dubois, Wyo., from Dover Air Force Base, Del. Strobl documents the warmth, kindness and respect that he and the Marine's remains are shown on the journey to his final resting place. Strobl is portrayed by actor Kevin Bacon.

  • WTU addresses issues, increases personal, medical care to warriors

    Feb 19, 2009

    Attention and focus on wounded warriors got a name in February 2007 when the Army issued the directive establishing the Warrior in Transition program. The first warrior transition brigade was established at Walter Reed Medical Center in April 2007. Just a few months later, Fort Lee became a home to these Warriors in Transition when Kenner Army Health Clinic activated a unit. Five personnel from Kenner stood up the Fort Lee Warrior Transition Unit, where in the infancy of this Army program, there were 25 wounded warriors assigned to the unit.

  • Interagency students participate in CGSC exercise

    Feb 19, 2009

    Student officers at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College collaborated with Geospatial Intelligence Analysts from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as part of a division level exercise conducted at Fort Leavenworth Jan. 20-23 and Feb. 9-13. The NGA Geospatial Support Team provided specialized geospatial intelligence products for intelligence preparation of the battlefield, mission analysis, course of action development and mission execution -- all part of the military decision making process taught at CGSC.

  • NCO Assists Soldier During Difficult Time

    Feb 19, 2009

    The term "Battle Buddy" is a relatively new Army expression that denotes camaraderie, companionship and commitment to a fellow Soldier. That sense of loyalty and dedication was none more exemplified when one noncommissioned officer of Fort Lee's Warrior Transition Unit steadfastly supported a fellow unit member while the Soldier was hospitalized.

  • Generals discuss SATCOM capabilities of the past, present and future

    Feb 19, 2009

    Interviews by Josh Davidson, of the Program Executive Office, Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), on emerging and future satellite communications technology with Gen. Kevin Chilton, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson, Maj. Gen. Susan Lawrence and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Foley.

  • Suicide Prevention Stand Down

    Feb 19, 2009

    Chaplain (Col.) Jerry Stone goes over course material with Sgt. Justin Buttars, DeWitt Health Care Network, during a break from the suicide prevention stand down seminar Wednesday at Wood Theater. The prevention theme is 'Shoulder to Shoulder, No Soldier Stands Alone,' and was implemented by the vice chief of staff of the Army in response to the rising suicide rates the Army experienced from 2007 to 2008.

  • Engineer officer training graduates observe 90th anniversary of school

    Feb 19, 2009

    Graduates of Fort Belvoir's Engineer Officer Training School returned to the installation Sunday to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Engineer OTS of World War I. The event, which included a formal dinner, was highlighted by speeches from several guests, including the keynote speaker, Maj. Gen. Don Riley, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Pre-K program has students ready for the next step

    Feb 19, 2009

    A place full of new surroundings and all new faces may be intimidating to a young boy or girl just starting school for the first time. To help make a smooth transition, the Army has developed an initiative for kids to conquer those early anxieties. Called "Strong Beginnings," it's a pre-kindergarten program designed to prepare children for the next level of education.

  • Belgian land Forces Light Up Grafenwoehr

    Feb 19, 2009

    Belgian Land Forces utililize the extensive training area and facilities provided by the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) at the Grafenwoehr Training Area. The Belgians are preparing to take command of the next rotation of the European Battle Group, the European Union's military force.

  • All-Army Small Arms Championships set for March

    Feb 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will host the 2009 Army Rifle and Pistol Championships in conjunction with the U.S. Army Infantry Center from February 21 to 28 2009. Training and competitions are open to all Soldiers of all Army components, of any rank, with of any military occupational specialty, including West Point and college ROTC cadets.

  • Army aviation leaders look to future during annual meeting

    Feb 18, 2009

    The face of a young Soldier, a rifle in his hands and the desert at his back, helped Maj. Gen. James Barclay III make his point at Thursday's luncheon meeting with about 500 aviation industry and military representatives during the 35th annual aviation symposium at the Von Braun Center.

  • U.S. Army Participates in 2009 Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 17, 2009

    The U.S. Army Recruiting Command participated in the 101st Chicago Auto show at the McCormick Place complex in Chicago, Ill. February 12-22, 2009. The Chicago Auto show is the largest in the nation, spanning over 1.3 million square feet.

  • Army Warrior Care Covenant signed

    Feb 17, 2009

    The Army Warrior Healthcare Covenant, signed Wednesday in Marshall Auditorium, Infantry Hall, reaffirms "our commitment to caring for our wounded Soldiers and their families," said MG Michael Barbero, Fort Benning commanding general. "That is why we are here today," he said. "As we speak today, thousands of young Soldiers are patrolling the streets of Kandahar, Kabul, Baghdad and elsewhere in the world, and they need to know that if, God forbid, they should get hurt on the battlefield, they will not only receive first class care and assistance but they will receive it without red tape or bureaucracy."

  • For Edmonds brothers, excellence is norm

    Feb 17, 2009

    The Edmonds are an American military family like any other - hard working and dedicated to service. They're ordinary, yet extraordinary in their own way. And on a February morning, Rosa, SFC(R) Nathaniel II and three of their five sons sat down in a Fort Benning food court to share their family's story.

  • NASCAR driver Newman promotes Army Educational Program

    Feb 14, 2009

    U.S. Army Racing driver Ryan Newman and Purple Heart recipient Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Potter met with about 650 high-school students in a tent adjacent to Daytona International Speedway Friday to discuss the NASCAR Army Educational Program.

  • Voices of Black History Month: Local Residents reflect on diversity

    Feb 13, 2009

    Various black leaders, in and around Fort Leonard Wood, tell their story of why they joined the Army, their experiences in the Army, the importance of diversity in the military, and the importance of Black History Month.

  • Survey says: Results of customer assessment give garrison command foundation for post improvements

    Feb 13, 2009

    Customers spoke, the garrison commander listened, and Fort Leonard Wood is taking action to become the Army's station of choice. "We are making an action plan to make (Fort Leonard Wood) better," said Col. John Megnia, Fort Leonard Wood garrison commander, sharing his vision of making the post as desired as a vacation at Club Med. During October 2008, 883 people filled out the Customer Assessment Survey for every service provided on the installation. Fort Leonard Wood had the most participation of any post in the Training and Doctrine Command, and was second in the entire Army by about 20 participants.

  • Engineer Becomes Role model

    Feb 13, 2009

    Engineer Soldiers have a new role model. Staff Sgt. Dusty Beam, Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood Noncommissioned Officer Academy instructor, was one of only 10 graduates - out of a class of 46 - from the U.S. Army Pathfinder School at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 30. Pathfinder school is a three-week course in which students navigate on-foot, establish and operate a day-and-night helicopter landing zone, establish and operate all aspects of a parachute drop zone, conduct sling-load operations and provide air traffic control to airborne operations, according to the U.S. Army Infantry Web site. Students also participate in a three-day field training exercise as a member of a Pathfinder team. "I never studied so much in my life. It was by far the hardest school I ever attended. I would wake up in the middle of the night and study. It's all closed book - no notes - and there are four or five long charts you have to remember - just about parachutes and the different types of drop zones," Beam said. Not only did Beam graduate, but he did it on his first attempt. "I think if you go with the right attitude, like, 'I'm not going to fail this,' I think you do better. There were guys in my class that said, 'this is my first time trying, so I'll get through Helicopter Landing Zones, and then I'll fail out and come back and try it again. But I knew 1st Sgt. (Robert) Reed's guidance was to go and graduate; there would be no second opportunity for me," Beam said.

  • 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

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