Guard, Reserve Soldiers to mobilize for Ebola relief
More than 2,000 Army National Guard and Army Reserve troops will be mobilized in support of Operation United Assistance in West Africa, the Department of Defense has announced.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Joint Task Force United Assistance commander hosts virtual town hall meeting
Soldiers and families of the 36th Engineer Brigade, gathered in the brigade's conference room to participate in a virtual town hall meeting hosted by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, Joint Task Force United Assistance commander from his headquarters in Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 13, 2014.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
U.S. Cavalry Soldiers, NATO allies demonstrate commitment in Iron Sword 2014
U.S. Cavalry Soldiers joined soldiers from eight other nations to complete the inaugural Iron Sword 2014, a multinational combined-arms exercise involving nearly 2,500 military personnel in the Republic of Lithuania, Nov. 2-14, 2014.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
U.S., NATO Soldiers enjoy chance to meet Lithuanian residents, show off hardware
U.S. Army Soldiers, along with their NATO counterparts, turned out with vehicles, weapons and equipment to show off and meet the local residents of Pabrade, Lithuania, Nov. 9, 2014, as part of a groundbreaking NATO exercise being held nearby.
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Volesky: Fewer Soldiers will deploy to West Africa than planned
Nearly 2,200 U.S. troops are in West Africa today, working to stop the spread of Ebola, and that number will peak just short of 3,000 next month, according to the task force commander.
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
35th Signal Brigade Soldiers leave for Africa Ebola response mission
On the eve of Veterans Day, about 70 Soldiers from the 35th Signal Brigade (Theater Tactical), began their journey to Monrovia, Liberia, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to serve in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak.
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Service members in Liberia receive morale booster
Hot quality meals were served for the first time on Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, as well as other locations across Liberia, Nov. 9, 2014. The meal provided a well-needed change of pace for Soldiers, and a morale booster.
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
SDDC units deploy equipment, supplies to support Ebola response
The U.S. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 832nd and 842nd Transportation Battalions, located at the ports of Jacksonville, Florida, and Beaumont, Texas, respectively, loaded shipments of over 1,740 pieces of equipment and U. S. military vehicles this week in support of Operation United Assistance.
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
AFSBn-Germany issues European Activity Set equipment to Combined Resolve III troops
The Army Field Support Battalion-Germany conducted the second equipment issue from its newly established European Activity Set, to Fort Hood, Texas, Soldiers participating in Combined Resolve III, in Germany.
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Ebola treatment unit for medical workers to open
The Monrovia Medical Unit, an Ebola treatment unit constructed specifically for the treatment of medical workers who were infected while caring for Ebola patients, is scheduled to open Nov. 8, 2014, located about 30 miles outside Monrovia, Liberia.
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Ensure a safe holiday season for yourself and others
Today’s post was provided by the Army Resiliency Directorate, G-1 […]

Today’s post was provided by the Army Resiliency Directorate, G-1

The holiday season provides an opportunity to reflect on the past year, highlight what we are thankful for, and set goals for the future. It also means planning for, and attending celebrations and festivities with teammates, family and friends.

The holiday season should mean good times for all, and there are ways we can help ensure we are best set for success as we steer through social engagements.

Before celebrating or going out, plan ahead! If you intend to drink alcohol, choose one person to be your designated driver, or plan to use public transportation. Many areas around the country also offer Safe-Ride Programs or free cab rides during the holidays. Check with your local Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) to find out if these programs are offered in your area.

  1. Check in with your buddies. Go to social events with friends and check in with them throughout the night. Be sure to leave together or know who they are leaving with. Follow up when you return home to ensure everyone got home safely.
  2. Have your buddy’s back. Know where your buddy is and keep them in check. If your buddy seems out of it, is too intoxicated or is acting out of character, help them leave the event safely as excessive alcohol consumption may lead to negative consequences. For example, the use of alcohol is a factor in 45 percent of the Army’s sexual assault incidents. Therefore, be an intervener when necessary, not a bystander.
  3. Treat yourself and others with Dignity and Respect. Although the holiday season is a festive time for many, there are some who may experience increased stress for a wide variety of reasons. Be respectful of the personal challenges your teammates and friends may be experiencing and lean on your personal resilience to help you through challenges.
  4. Live the Army Values and represent the Army Profession. Those who serve demonstrate Character, Competence, and Commitment, and stand up for fellow Soldiers. As such, we should be self-aware so that we are able to regulate our emotions and reactions; we must take responsibility for our actions and the actions of others, and be interveners instead of bystanders; and we should live the Army Values every day in everything we do.

Hope you and your family have a great holiday season. Be safe and stay Army Strong!

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:40:37 +0000
Green Light, Go!

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Green Light, Go!

A Soldier from the 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) takes his last steps out the door during a training jump on Nov. 14, 2014. The battalion departed Austin’s Bergstrom International Airport on two Altus Air Force-based C-17 Globemasters, flew to Fort Hood, and then jumped into the Rapido Drop Zone wearing full combat gear. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Randall Stillinger)

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:57:24 -0800
M1A2 Abrams Muzzle Blast

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

M1A2 Abrams Muzzle Blast

1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Soldiers conduct a live-fire accuracy screen test, to calibrate the tank’s fire control system, on their M1A2 Abrams tank Nov. 13, 2014, at the Udairi Range Complex, Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Austin McGuin

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:05:40 -0800
Military service members honored during Chicago Bears game

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Military service members honored during Chicago Bears game

Sgt. Brian Abrams, Army Reserve Soldier with the 863rd Engineer Battalion, Forward Support Company, carries the American flag onto the field leading the Chicago Bears team members onto the field prior to kickoff during an NFL game designated to honor veterans and military service members at Soldier Field in Chicago, Nov. 16. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:34:04 -0800
Map Updates

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Map Updates

From left, Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division, Armenia and Denmark work together to update map information during exercise Combined Resolve III at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Nov. 7, 2014.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. John Cress Jr.

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:39:17 -0800
Operation Proper Exit

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Operation Proper Exit

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Dellinger, retired (front left); U.S. Army Capt. Casey Wolfe (front right); U.S. Marine Corps Capt. John Urquhart, retired (back left); and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. James Wright, retired (back right), receive a warm welcome en route to International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 1. Dellinger, Wolfe, Urquhart, and Wright visited ISAF Headquarters during one of their many stops in Afghanistan as part of Operation Proper Exit, a program that allows wounded warriors the opportunity to leave the war zone on their own terms. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard D. Sherba, COMISAF photographer)

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 09:15:00 -0800
Was ist los in Franken? Nov. 21 through 28, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Active duty Service members must change Roth TSP contributions
Active duty members of the Army, Air Force or Navy making dollar-amount Roth contributions to a Thrift Savings Plan account should know that these deductions will stop on Jan. 31, 2014, unless action is taken.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Keep the holidays accident free
Follow these simple tips to ensure the holidays are safe and not disastrous
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Born to run
Local Soldier runs 2,500 miles in nine months and keeps on going.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Units, organizations commended for joining effort to save energy, resources
WIESBADEN, Germany - Visitors might have thought the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden was getting a jump start on St. Patrick's Day this month as more and more of the distinctive Green Boot signs began appearing around the community. "It's an honor for us to come and give these," said Col. Mary Martin, USAG Wiesbaden commander, as she presented employees of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade's Logistics Readiness Center, Wiesbaden, with the Green Boot Certificate Nov. 12. "This shows that members of your organization are doing their part to save energy and resources.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Wiesbaden salutes its veterans
WIESBADEN, Germany - Young and old, white and black, Sailor and Soldier -- no matter their background, all veterans share a common bond that cannot be broken. Such was David Cain's experience when greeting World War II veterans at Frankfurt Airport, a story he retold during U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Park.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
A day on the range
Community members take aim to win a free holiday bird during this year's Turkey Shoot.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Garrison recognizes outstanding individuals, teams during All-Hands Assembly
WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden leaders celebrated outstanding customer service and looked to the future during the quarterly Recognition Event Oct. 31 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. "I want to thank everyone for all of your hard work -- we appreciate everything you do every day to take care of our Soldiers and their families," said USAG Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
'Stand Strong': Soldier Show offers messages of strength, resilience
WIESBADEN, Germany - The day Spc. Kiari Mhoon decided to join the Army, he opened the fridge and saw no food for him and his sisters. Someone has to step up and it has to be me, he thought. So he enlisted as an infantryman in 2012 -- "to take care of my family" -- and a few years later the childhood church singer and dancer found his way to the Soldier Show auditions. Today, he takes care of another family: the Army Family.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Freedom 6 Sends: It's great to be on the USAREUR Team!
November 2014 column by Freedom 6, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander, U.S. Army Europe.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
MEDDAC-Japan Conducts Bilateral Ebola Preparedness Drill
MEDDAC-J conducts an Ebola Exercise with Host Nation partners on Nov. 21, 2014.
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Army selects 31 female Soldiers to serve as observer/advisors for potential Ranger Assessment
The Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade selected 31 female Soldiers to serve as observers and advisors for a potential Ranger Course Assessment that would begin this spring.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Army Prepositioned Stock-4 partners U.S. Army Pacific for PULSE-W Exercise
The Pacific Utility and Logistics Support Exercise-Watercraft, or PULSE-W is a U.S. Army Pacific initiative to utilize Army Prepositioned Stock, or APS, watercraft stored in Japan to support various exercises as part of Pacific Pathways.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
TAMC HAB Hosts Special Guests
Tripler Army Medical Center's (TAMC) Human Animal Bond (HAB) Program hosted a group of Japanese veterinarians and veterinary technicians as they learned more about the program on Nov. 6, 2014.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
PRMC Medical Homes are 100 percent nationally recognized
Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC) reaches 100 percent national recognition for its Army Medical Homes as of Oct. 23, 2014.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Soldier saves Service member after near-fatal accident
Sgt. 1st Class Darrick Geathers didn't join the Army to be a hero. He didn't raise his right hand and swear to interrupt another Service member's night on the town, but that is exactly what happened Oct. 17, 2014, following the Korean American Friendship Festival in downtown Songtan, South Korea.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Army mariners highlight capabilities, impact in Pacific for Under SecArmy Carson
Army mariners from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command shared their unique capability and the joint and multi-national impact Army watercraft has across the Pacific Theater with Under Secretary of the Army Brad R. Carson during his tour of U.S. Army Vessel Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker (Logistic Support Vessel 4), Nov. 15, 2014, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
U.S. Army Pacific commander visits Lewis-McChord
Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific, met with troops and senior leaders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Nov. 18, 2014, to discuss the Army's strategic vision for the Pacific and how I Corps units will be part of the Army's continued focus on the region.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Under SecArmy Carson visits South Korea
Undersecretary of the Army Brad R. Carson met with U.S. Soldiers, civilian employees, and families in South Korea, Nov. 17-18, 2014, as a part of his trip to the Pacific region which included stops in Washington state, Hawaii, South Korea, and Alaska.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Long-term TDY rates change to save Army $9 million annually
Long-term temporary duty rules that became effective Nov. 1, 2014, across the Department of Defense, are expected to result in an annual savings of $22 million, of which nearly $9 million will be reaped for the Army each year, according to the service's chief for compensation and entitlements.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
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