Fort Polk unit teaches building bridges for a better Afghanistan
Approximately 15 Afghan National Army Soldiers with National Engineering Brigade, and Afghan civilian engineers came to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 9-13, 2014, to gain a better understanding of the bridge technologies coalition forces have brought to their country.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. range clearance effort in Afghanistan led by Huntsville Center team
Cleaning up U.S. military training ranges in Afghanistan and returning the land to the Afghan people in a usable condition has become the mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
173rd Airborne paratroopers never tire of jumping from planes
Despite all the planning, double checking and potential hazards associated with airborne operations, jumping out of a C-130 aircraft never loses its charm for paratroopers with 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
20th CBRNE Soldiers head south for Panamax
Soldiers from 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives), are supporting Panamax, a U.S Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise taking place in the United States and Central America.
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Army divers aid in Cambodia de-mining
Army divers from the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, certified equipped, trained and certified Cambodian Mine Action Center divers on military diving protocol and salvage diving operations, last year. This year the U.S. Army divers are back in Cambodia as the on-going partnership between the two nations continues.
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Paratroopers, Latvians develop understanding through training, planning
Jumping from a C-130 served as a warmup for 173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers, before beginning a two-day helicopter infiltration exercise with Latvian Soldiers in Adazi, Latvia, July 22, 2014.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. paratroopers train to use Polish weapons
Paratroopers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade deployed as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, received training on Polish army weapons from their allies at the Studnica Small Arms Range near Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, Aug. 5, 2014.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Army hosts PEDS Course for Honduran pediatricians
Joint Task Force-Bravo's Medical Element hosted a Pediatrics in Disasters or PEDS course to train Honduran physicians about the healthcare needs for children in emergencies, Aug. 7-9, 2014, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Riggers support air drops in northern Iraq
U.S. Army parachute riggers at two bases in the Central Command region are assembling pallets of food and water for humanitarian air drops in the vicinity of Sinjar, Iraq.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
101st Airborne conducts air assault training with new communications gear
Conducting the Army's first large-scale joint force entry air assault in more than 11 years, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), ascended into the night to confront a hostile, mobile threat.
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
The Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknowns
The audience at Arlington National Cemetery is respectfully silent and […]

The audience at Arlington National Cemetery is respectfully silent and still while they witness what has come to be known as the “Changing of the Guard” at The Tomb of the Unknowns. The tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in all types of weather by Tomb Guard Sentinels. The all volunteer Sentinels, are considered to be the best of the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment and are headquartered at Fort Myer, Virginia.

With the sharpest of military precision the guard is changed every hour on the hour October 1 to March 31 in an elaborate ritual. From April 1 through September 30, there are more than double the opportunities to view the change because another change is added on the half hour and the cemetery closing time moves from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The 3rd United States Infantry has served our Nation continuously since 1784, and today is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the U.S. Army it is traditionally known as “The Old Guard”, a proud nickname ascribed by General Winfield Scott during a victory parade at Mexico City in 1847.

Since World War II, “The Old Guard” has served as the official Army Honor Guard and escort to the President. In that capacity, 3rd Infantry soldiers are responsible for conducting military ceremonies at the White House, the Pentagon, national memorials and elsewhere in the nation’s capital.*

The black-and-tan “buff strap” worn on the left shoulder by each member of the 3rd Infantry is a replica of the knapsack strap used by 19th-century predecessors of the unit to display its distinctive colors and distinguish its members from other Army units. The present buff strap continues to signify an Old Guard soldier’s pride in personal appearance and precision performance that has marked the unit for 200 years.*

Appropriately, the men who march 21 steps south, turn and march 21 steps north, and then repeat the process minute-by-minute for up to an hour at a time day or night, are the very best of the Army. Whether under a blazing sun, unsheltered from driving rains, or in freezing snow, they perform their duty with great precision and military bearing. Soldiers wishing to join the 3rd Infantry are eligible to apply for duty as a sentinel ONLY after they have already been ceremonially qualified in The Old Guard. Each soldier among them is physically fit for the demanding responsibility and between 5’10″ and 6’4″ tall with a proportionate weight and build.**

Acceptance in The Old Guard’s Company E does not assure a volunteer that he will become one of the fewer than 400 soldiers in the last 45 years to earn the distinctive Tomb Guard Badge. Before any soldier is allowed “a walk”, he must memorize seven pages of history on Arlington National Cemetery and then recite it verbatim. If a soldier finishes this phase and is granted “a walk”, he enters a new phase of training known as “new-soldier training”. In addition to extensive training in the manual of arms, the guard change ceremony, and the intricacies of military ritual, the new-soldier is required to memorize additional information on Arlington, including the grave locations of nearly 300 veterans.**

It may take months for a soldier to earn the right to TEST to wear the coveted silver Tomb Guard Identification badge, and even then, the award is temporary. Only after the sentinel has served at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for nine months does the award become permanent. One of the Army’s rarest emblems, it features the inverted laurel and a replica of the East face of the tomb where Greek images represent the virtues of Victory, Valor, and Peace.**

Each “walk” is a shift of one-half hour during daylight hours in the summer, one hour during daylight hours in the winter, and all night shifts are one-hour walks. Each walk concludes with the ceremonial Changing of the Guards…even when no audience is present.**

The Sentinel’s Creed

My dedication to this sacred duty Is total and wholehearted- In the responsibility bestowed on me Never will I falter- And with dignity and perseverance My standard will remain perfection. Through the years of diligence and praise And the discomfort of the elements I will walk my tour in humble reverence The best of my ability. It is he who commands the respect I protect His bravery that made us so proud. Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day, Alone in the thoughtful peace of night, This soldier in honored Glory rest Under my eternal vigilance.

*Citations: http://www.oldguard.org/Regiment/Regiment.aspx

**Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier http://www.homeofheroes.com/gravesites/unknowns/0_unknowns_sentinels.html


Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:30:31 +0000
 
Ruck March

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Ruck March

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – Soldiers with Kosovo Force’s Multinational Battle Group-East compete in a seven-mile ruck march as part of the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge testing, Aug. 7. The badge, which is issued by the German army, tests participants in various physical fitness tasks and can be earned at the bronze, silver and gold levels. The badge can be earned and worn by U.S. service members. (Photo by Sgt. Cody Barber, 11th Public Affairs Detachment)


Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:47:28 -0700
Simulated Casualty Training

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Simulated Casualty Training

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – Soldiers with Kosovo Force’s Multinational Battle Group-East carry a simulated casualty to a waiting medevac helicopter during training for the Expert Field Medical Badge testing event in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Aug. 10. Combat medics can compete for the EFMB, which tests their proficiency in medical tasks, physical fitness and marksmanship, and is one of the Army’s most coveted badges. (Photo by Sgt. Cody Barber, 11th Public Affairs Detachment)


Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:47:27 -0700
Fallen Soldier Display

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Fallen Soldier Display

Helmet atop the Fallen Soldier Display in honor of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene during a memorial ceremony at the Pentagon, 13 Aug. 2014. Greene was killed Aug. 5 in an insider attack while deployed to Afghanistan. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on 14 Aug. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)


Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:22:40 -0700
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The U.S. Army posted a photo:

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The Army paid tribute in a memorial ceremony at the Pentagon to Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene 13 Aug. 2014. Greene was killed in an insider attack while deployed to Afghanistan on 5 Aug. 2014. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery 14 Aug. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)


Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:22:40 -0700
Decisiive Action Rotation 14-09

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Decisiive Action Rotation 14-09

U.S. Army Soldiers from Delta Company, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, hold a stabilizing rope attached to a down aircraft during Decisive Action Rotation 14-09 at the National Training Center here, Aug. 11, 2014. Decisive action rotations are reflective of the complexities of potential adversaries our nation could face and include: guerrilla, insurgent, criminal, and near-peer conventional forces woven into one dynamic environment.
(US Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes)


Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:42:49 -0700
 
Was ist los in Franken? Aug. 15 through 22, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Smooth moves: Relocation Readiness revamps resilience programs
ACS aims to "breathe some new life" into the program, which includes host nation orientation; sponsorship training; German language classes; English as a second language classes; relocation tours of Wiesbaden, grocery stores, vineyards and more; Spouse Chat and Hearts Apart forums; and a lending closet for items to be borrowed until household goods arrive.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Natural beauty of breastfeeding may require some effort, at first
Some less renowned mothers might say that while nursing one's child is naturally beautiful, it may require a little more than what's being purported; but the advantages to the child and mother are well worth it.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Exploring green technology at Robo Camp
Wiesbaden middle schoolers got into robots and green technology at Robo Camp.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
66th MI Soldiers muck, ruck through Tough Mudder
Soldiers from 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, 24th MI Battalion, A and B Companies took part in the Rhein-Main Tough Mudder in Hirzenhain, Germany August 10.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Summer campers visit firefighter training facility
Boys from a summer camp in Sielmingen-Filderstadt, Germany, visited the Firefighting Training Center at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Urlas Housing Aug. 7, 2014.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Community theater helps Baumholder embrace change
This year has been one of great change for the Baumholder military community, but there are still a few things that remain the same for residents of the "The Rock."
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Army chemical school honors garrison employee
New award named for USAG Bavaria DPTMS director.
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Army leadership school graduate brings his insight back to Ansbach
Patrick Kabuye, sports and fitness coordinator with U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, graduated earlier this summer from the Advanced Course of the Army Management Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Kabuye has since brough back his insight to improve USAG Ansbach.
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Ansbach celebrates 239th JAG Corps birthday
Soldiers and civilians with the Judge Advocate General's Corps, along with guests from around the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and 12th Combat Aviation Brigade community, gathered July 29 to celebrate the 239th birthday of the JAG Corps at the Katterbach Legal Assistance Office.
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
Hawaii-based team named Army's 2014 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of Year
A three-Soldier team from the 706th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, won the top prize in the 2014 EOD Team of the Year Competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Ulchi-Freedom Guardian 2014 kicks off, 8th TSC supports
Ulchi-Freedom Guardian 2014, a 10-day annual computerized command-and-control exercise, kicked off, Aug. 18, 2014.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Dignity, Respect and Reverence: Bringing our Heroes home
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea -- In a third-floor classroom, a handful of mortuary affairs and unit supply specialists wait to begin a slideshow. The phrase 'death by PowerPoint' sarcastically bounces its way around. When Sgt. 1st class Adan Flores wakes up his computer to start the presentation, the mood changes. The first slide is a photo focused on a flag-draped casket secured in an aircraft. The casket is lit by daylight, with several others behind it cloaked in shadow.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
RDECOM engages in technology discussions at Ulchi Freedom Guardian
A team of U.S. Army Reserve officers is participating in Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2014, in South Korea, to engage with Soldiers about their technological needs.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Army EOD Soldiers suit up to help abandoned pets
Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from the 710th EOD Company donned their 75-pound bomb suits and walked up and down the steps in Tacoma, Washington's Stadium Bowl, a sports venue with more than steps than the Empire State Building, to raise money for abandoned pets.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Tripler Prepares for Flu Season
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) is promoting the importance of immunizations, including the influenza vaccination.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Humphreys Red Cross Youth conduct 'Prepare and Share' drive
CAMP HUMPHREYS -- The American Red Cross Summer Youth Program conducted a "Prepare and Share" kit drive, Aug. 6, at the Humphreys Main Exchange. The event is an activity in which essential preparedness items are collected, assembled, and packaged to be given to the community as start-up items in the event of a Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) bag is needed.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldier springs into action to save a life
One Soldier took matters into his own soon-to-be bloody hands when he noticed a traffic accident on a South Korean expressway July 12.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
USARPAC Deputy Commander honored at Flying V ceremony
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- United States Army, Pacific Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Roger Mathews was officially honored at a celebration of service and Flying V ceremony Aug. 14 on historic Palm Circle. The Flying V formation was represented by USARPAC's subordinate commands and theater-enabling commands. Its name refers to the V shape in which the colors are posted during the ceremony. The Commander of Troops was Maj. Gen. James Pasquarette, USARPAC chief of staff.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Yongsan dining facility improvements focus on eating healthier and more conveniently
Honors Café, dining facility on Yongsan Garrison is making it easier for Soldiers to get food on the go with "Grab and Go" satellite DFAC's and also get healthier food choices.
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
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