15th Engineer Battalion deploys Soldiers in fight against Ebola
Forty-four Soldiers from the 15th Engineer Battalion deployed today to Monrovia, Liberia, to provide construction support in actions directed against the Ebola Virus Disease.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
36th Engineer Brigade cases colors, preps for Liberia deployment
The Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade cased their colors during a ceremony held at Cameron Field at Fort Hood, Texas, Oct. 15 2014, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Liberia.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldiers ramping up capability to fight Ebola in Liberia
U.S. Soldiers in Western Africa are constructing facilities to treat Ebola patients and providing logistics, engineering and medical skills to help contain the epidemic.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
MICC battalion deploying to Africa
Members of the 922nd Contingency Contracting Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, are preparing to depart in the coming weeks in support of the government's response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
1st Area Medical Laboratory to deploy for Ebola mission
The 1st Area Medical Laboratory will deploy to Liberia to support the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Fort Hood engineers train with personal protective equipment for Liberia mission
Soldiers from the 36th Engineer Brigade received personal protective equipment training at Fort Hood, Texas, Oct. 9, 2014, as part of their continued preparations for an anticipated deployment to West Africa.
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S., Thai militaries build relationships through technology
Eleven U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy military and civilian personnel convened in Chao Samran, Thailand, Sept. 22-26, 2014, to evaluate equipment with the Royal Thai Army, during Operation Crimson Viper 2014.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Africa team helping fight Ebola
More than 50 personnel from U.S. Army Africa are on the ground in Liberia assisting in the fight against an Ebola outbreak in the region.
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
SDDC continues strategic role supporting Pacific Pathways
Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 599th Transportation Brigade at Wheeler Army Airfield, Wahiawa, Hawaii, has provided strategic support to the U.S. Army Pacific-sponsored Pacific Pathways, an operation that groups multiple exercises and keeps assets in the area of operations longer without fixed bases, from the beginning.
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
173rd Airborne assists in Latvian training
Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Caserma Del Din, Vicenza, Italy, were on hand to assist infantrymen from the Latvian Land Force Infantry Brigade by providing range safeties and opposing force players during an exercise at Adazi Training Area, Latvia, Sept. 24, 2014.
Wed, 01 Oct 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.*

Tomb Sentinels from the Old Guard begins the Changing of the Guard ceremony in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. (U.S. Army photo by Kerry Solan)

Tomb Sentinels from the Old Guard begins the Changing of the Guard ceremony in front of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. (U.S. Army photo by Kerry Solan)

 

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, 15 Oct 2014 14:23:03 +0000
 
A leap of faith

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

A leap of faith


U.S. Army Soldiers from the 555th Engineer Brigade jump from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during helocast operations at American Lake on Fort Lewis, Wa., Oct. 9, 2014. The helocast is the first the unit has conducted and is part of the brigade's program to prepare Soldiers for the Sapper Leader Course.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin


Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:39:37 -0700
Using what you have

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Using what you have

Warrior Diplomat Soldiers from 85th Civil Affairs Brigade use teamwork to negotiate obstacles at the Leaders Reaction Course on Fort Hood, Tx., Oct. 9, 2014.


Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:02:26 -0700
JBLM Honors Vietnam Veterans

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

JBLM Honors Vietnam Veterans

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers honor Vietnam Veterans during a “Salute and Welcome Home” ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, held Oct. 9, 2014. The Soldiers manned a military vehicle display, held a pinning ceremony and conducted a Massing of the Colors with remarks from Gen. (Retired) Barry McCaffery at Watkins Field.
U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn


Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:57:47 -0700
Resupply by UH-60 Black Hawk

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Resupply by UH-60 Black Hawk

Paratroopers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conduct a resupply mission, Oct. 2, to support ground forces throughout their field exercise at Uwharrie National Forrest, N.C. The resupply mission supported Troop D, 3rd Sqdrn, 73rd Cav. Regt., with much-needed medical supplies and food for the paratroopers on the ground. The paratroopers transported more than 2,500 pounds of cargo.

(Photo by Sgt. Juan F. Jimenez, 1BCT, 82nd ABN DIV PAO)


Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:44:10 -0700
Best Warrior 2014

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Best Warrior 2014

Spc. Keegan Carlson, a civil affairs specialist with the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion in Colorado Springs, Colo., pulls a improvised litter during the reacting to a chemical environment evaluation as part of the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition here in Fort Lee, Va. Carlson is the U.S. Army Reserve Command Soldier of the Year and is one of 14 Soldiers competing for the DA Soldier of the Year category.


Wed, 08 Oct 2014 05:05:35 -0700
 
Workgroups refine, prioritize 15 issues at FY15 AFAP conference
Twenty-two volunteers gathered Oct. 7 through 9 for this year's Army Family Action Plan conference to define, prioritize and make recommendations on 15 issues that affect the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and 12th Combat Aviation Brigade community.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
15th Engineer Battalion deploys Soldiers in fight against Ebola
Forty-four Soldiers from the 15th Engineer Battalion deployed today to Monrovia, Liberia, to provide construction support in actions directed against the Ebola Virus Disease.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
USAG Ansbach takes pride in Army DoD revised sign standard
U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Directorate of Public Works installed the first installation sign that falls within the Department of Defense's revised design standards Oct. 8, 2014, at Barton Barracks.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Increased force-protection posture goes into effect at USAG Ansbach

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Was ist los in Franken? Oct. 16 through 23, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Young Survivor gets his flag
On Oct. 3, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden presented Jaleel Thomas-Tamrat one more piece of his father's legacy: an American flag.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Ansbach, Corps of Engineers hold grand opening for new barracks
U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach held a grand opening for the new unaccompanied Soldier barracks at Bismarck Kaserne recently.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldier Show to stop in Grafenwoehr, Oct. 28-29
"Stand Strong" show is a tribute to Soldiers everywhere
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11
USAG Bavaria Fire Department reminds residents that working smoke alarms save lives
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
USAG Ansbach community celebrates countless contributions of Hispanic-Americans
Katterbach Fitness Center transformed into a festive hotspot of dancing, music and cuisine from abroad during the National Hispanic Heritage Month observance Oct. 3.
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
Grab your meal from Thunder Express
CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, enjoy healthy breakfast meals at the grand opening of Thunder Express October 15, 2014 at the 70th Brigade Support Battalion Headquarters on Camp Casey, South Korea. Thunder Express is a grab-and-go truck for Soldiers that do not have the time to go to the dining facility. It will be stationed there on a daily basis with three hearty menus to choose from.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
35th CSSB hosts Hispanic Heritage Month observance
CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Oct. 17, 2014) -- The Hispanic Heritage Month observance was held on Oct. 9 at the Camp Zama Community Activity Center, here, to recognized the Hispanic cultures that impact military communities.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S., Korean reps lay wreath at war memorial
U.S. Army generals and representatives of the Republic of Korea and its Army, laid wreaths at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2014, to commemorate those who fought in the three-year-long conflict in that country.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Canadian Army Visits Alaskan Strykers
Members of the Canadian Army's 3rd Battalion, 1st Mechanized Brigade, Princess Patricia's Light Infantry (Airborne) visited the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division October 8, 2014 during Training Exercise Arctic Fusion IV. The Canadian officers visit the U.S. Stryker Brigade Combat Team in the Yukon Training Area near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska in order to foster a positive international relationship between the two forces and provide the Canadian unit with a better understanding of a U.S. Army Stryker Brigade Combat Team and how it operates in Arctic conditions.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldiers shifting to Pacific via new 'pathway'
The Army has more Soldiers assigned to the Pacific theater this year and more of them are involved with engagements in regional countries, thanks to a program called Pacific Pathways.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Hawaii-based Army divers repair breakwaters in cold Alaskan waters
Pacific-based Army divers encounter the full spectrum of water temperatures and depths when performing underwater reconnaissance, demolition and salvage missions across the massive theater. Fifteen troops from 7th Engineer Dive Detachment. 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, are wrapping up a two-month long mission in Ketchika, Alaska, Oct. 18, in support of U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, to repair floating breakwaters at Bar Point Harbor, while preparing the divers for cold water, deep water situations.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Pacific's Senior Engineers maximize joint effort across region
The Pacific's senior Army engineers joined their sister service counterparts for the Hawaii Engineer Training Workshop at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Oct. 7-8, to share experiences, network and discuss how to strengthen the joint engineer mission across the region.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
SecArmy opens AUSA with call for budget resolve
"We are the greatest land power the world has ever seen. We are the indispensable Army of the indispensable nation," said Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, referring to remarks President Obama made of the U.S. being the world's go-to nation when trouble arises.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Thunder Truck Rodeo Competition
CAMP MOBILE, South Korea -- Soldier from 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division participated in the Thunder Truck Rodeo competition. The event aimed to enhance the proficiency of vehicle operators in the brigade and to prepare them for the upcoming division competition.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Self Defense for Women
CAMP HOVEY, South Korea -- Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention and Response program representatives of the 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, organized a Self Defense for Women class October 7, 2014 at the Hovey Physical Fitness Center on Camp Hovey, South Korea. During the program students learned effective skills for self defense as well as techniques to increase their situational awareness.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
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