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
 
Professional Development Opportunities Sometimes Don’t Turn Out As Expected – And That’s OK
Today’s post was written by Kevin Larson, CP-22 Army Civilian Public […]

Today’s post was written by Kevin Larson, CP-22 Army Civilian Public Affairs Specialist

My developmental assignment wasn’t what I was expecting.

When my boss at Fort Stewart asked me if I was interested in completing a developmental assignment at the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs at the Pentagon, I jumped at the chance. Visions of my internship rotation from 2002 danced through my head. I remembered fondly rotating through the different sections of the office — community relations, command information, and media relations. Social media was unheard of back then, so I was looking forward to seeing how Big Army does it. I was thoroughly convinced I was going to rotate through the various sections during my developmental assignment, but with a little bit more insight than I had as a fresh-faced intern. In fact, I was half-jokingly calling my developmental assignment a “grown-up internship.”

Kevin Larson

Kevin Larson

 

Imagine my surprise when I reviewed the developmental assignment announcement with my boss at the Pentagon and learned what the true purpose of the development assignment was. I was going to spend the entire 90 days working in the career program management office. I was to going to see exactly what it takes to manage the more than 1,400 Army Civilian public affairs professionals. I was going to see what it takes to get our careerists trained and hiring on interns.

I adjusted my assumptions and opened my mind. I wanted to learn as much as I could.

In my first 30-plus days working in the CP-22 office, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve seen how training requests are processed. I’ve worked with the Army Career Tracker website to update career maps for our careerists. I’ve learned about training opportunities I was unaware of. I’ve gotten to take a peek at how the budget is managed for CP-22. I’ve learned how Army G-1, G 3-5-7 and all the Army’s career programs are interconnected. I’ve assisted in conducting interviews to hire our next Pathways Interns. In short, I’ve had the chance to peek behind the curtain and see the hard work it takes to ensure our public affairs careerists get the training they need and remain the best, most professional work force for our Army.

It’s not just the career programs managers, though, who make that professionalism possible. It takes personal commitment, too. We should all continue to search for training opportunities to improve ourselves. We should log into Army Career Tracker to see what’s happening in our career programs. And while we’re in ACT, we should take the time to create or update our individual development plans. Since I’ve been here at the CP-22 office, I’ve done just that. And I plan to continue.

And it’s all because of my developmental assignment. It wasn’t what I was expecting.

It’s been so much more.


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:44:18 +0000
 
Black Jack Abrams creates fireball during gunnery training

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Black Jack Abrams creates fireball during gunnery training

A burst of fire erupts from the muzzle of a 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division M1 Abrams tank during gunnery training at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Adam Weece)


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:09:02 -0700
Jump it in, carry it out

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Jump it in, carry it out

U.S. paratroopers, assigned to 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, recover their T-11 advanced tactical parachute systems after landing. The Soldiers participated in the airborne exercise with the German 313th Airborne Battalion and 43rd Czech Airborne Battalion at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 1, 2014.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Gertrud Zach/Released


Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:35:30 -0700
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
 
U.S. Army Europe, NATO Allied Land Command co-host Combined Training Conference
U.S. Army Europe and NATO Allied Land Command co-hosted the Combined Training Conference, a semi-annual event held at NATO School Oberammergau, Germany, to plan combined training and exercises, Oct. 21, 2014.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Reassurance, interoperability key for U.S. Army Europe
The deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe said the command is well-situated to answer threats to security in the region and to further interoperability among NATO allies and partner nations, speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, Oct. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Delegates prioritize Army Family Action Plan issues
WIESBADEN, Germany - Change may be on the way for the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden community now that delegates of the Army Family Action Plan conference have reported this year's prioritized issues to garrison leaders. More than 30 issues were sorted, analyzed and prioritized during the fiscal year 2015 conference held Oct. 15-16 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Life Skills University aimed at helping professionals learn skills early in their careers
WIESBADEN, Germany - A new 66th Military Intelligence Brigade initiative is aimed at helping people learn various life skills earlier in their careers, rather than later by trial and error, according to Col. Dave Pendall, 66th MI Brigade commander. "It's really about family life and family life skills," said Pendall. "We all have different challenges … and there are different stressors over here in Germany."
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. military, city officials meet to reduce noise pollution
WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. military and local Wiesbaden-area officials met Oct. 8 to discuss ways to further reduce noise pollution during the second Noise Abatement Commission meeting of 2014. "Noise complaints in 2014 are down significantly from 2013," said Col. Mary Martin, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, while opening the session which included participation by military and civilian aviation staff, Wiesbaden Mayor Arno Gossmann and other surrounding community leaders, and a representative from the BILGUS citizen's initiative group.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Hispanic heritage: Observance celebrates legacy of action, future successes
WIESBADEN, Germany - Despite speaking English with a heavy accent, Sgt. Maj. Carlos Capacetti said he is no less an American than the 102 pilgrims who migrated to America in 1620. This exceptional diversity and legacy is what he, along with other Americans of Hispanic descent and members of the Wiesbaden community, celebrated Oct. 15 in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Tony Bass Multi-Purpose Center on Clay Kaserne.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Nature walk brings local terrain to life
Environmental Trail Tour brings community members closer to nature
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
How parents can help keep their children from drugs
Parents often struggle with determining the appropriate age to discuss alcohol and drugs with their children. Here's why it's important to hold an open, honest conversation on the matter.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
CG flu shot
Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campell, Jr., U.S. Army Europe commander, recieves his annual flu shot from Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic personnel Monday, Oct. 20. WAHC clinic and Army medical personnel across the theater are dedicated to the health and longevity of their patient populations during this flu season and beyond. The health of our Soldiers and their Family members is the top priority.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Reserve Unit pays tribute to WW2 battle, veteran
Members of the 2500th Digital Liaison Detachment based in Longare attended the 70th Anniversary of the World War II battle at Monte Battaglia near Castel Del Rio on Sept. 7.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
Arctic Warriors join international partners to conquer Himalayas
Two Army officers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, recently became the latest ambassadors across the Pacific. The mission was to train with partnering nations and joint forces on mountain warfare operations in the Himalayan Mountain Range in Nepal.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Garrison Japan welcomes new CSM
CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Oct. 21, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Garrison Japan hosted a change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 21 at the Camp Zama Youth Center, here, where Command Sgt. Maj. Katrina M. Najee relinquished responsibility of USAG-J to Command Sgt. Maj. Rosalba Dumont-Carrion.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
45th STB builds confidence, teamwork during live-fire exercise
The Army's future rests on the shoulders of its newest troops, and the 45th Special Troops Battalion uses combat oriented training, like its recent convoy live fire exercise, to expose its junior Soldiers to the stresses and scenarios of real-world missions. Despite rain and the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Ana to Oahu, the 45th STB, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, pressed on with the CLFX, Oct. 13-17, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, upholding the well-known Army motto, "If it's not raining, we're not training."
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Garrison initiatives address domestic abuse issues
Schofield Barracks leaders and community members joined together to honor victims of domestic violence and to challenge each other to prevent domestic violence, during the annual Domestic Violence proclamation-signing event, here, Sept. 29, hosted by the Family Advocacy Program (FAP).
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Eighth Army Soldiers attend Electronic Warfare Professional Development
K-16, Sungnam, South Korea --Eighth Army Soldiers attended an Electronic Warfare Professional Development (EWPD) hosted by 2-2 Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB) at K-16, Sungnam, South Korea, Oct. 15.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Dongducheon Volunteer Fesitval
JIHAENG, South Korea- Soldiers and community members gathered October 18, 2014 for the 10th annual Dongducheon Volunteer Festival in Jihaeng, South Korea. The festival included a parade of volunteer groups, food, traditional Korean performers and displays for festival goers to enjoy.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Talon warriors demonstrate air power
YANGPYEONG, South Korea -- Soldiers of the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry carried rockets and large rounds of ammunition as they worked feverishly to prepare two AH-64D Longbow Apaches and two OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters during a combined rotary wing aircraft demonstration with elements of the Republic of Korea Army Aviation Operations Command Oct. 6, 2014.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Pacific Army Engineers support Marines, revamp Hawaii firing range
A group of Army engineers have spent the past six weeks demonstrating how executing their mission directly impacts the training efforts and preparedness of their Marine Corps brothers and sisters.
Mon, 20 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
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