Army network connects Soldiers, NGOs in Ebola response mission
The Army is deploying tactical network and mission command capabilities to the area that will provide the infrastructure for improved communications between U.S. Africa Command, deploying units, non-governmental organizations and other partners in Operation United Assistance.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Regionally aligned forces getting global workout
"Soldiers are now deployed in a regionally aligned force-fashion around the world where they need to be, whether to fulfill treaty obligations, secure prosperity and peace or consolidate gains," said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, U.S. Army Pacific.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Sky Soldiers parachute into Romania for rapid deployment exercise
Approximately 90 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, conducted an airborne operation into Campia Turzi, Romania, Oct. 21, 2014, to start the field portion of an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise.
Wed, 22 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
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
 
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
 
Special Forces Basic Combat Course-Support culminates with night air assault raid exercise

The U.S. Army posted a photo:

Special Forces Basic Combat Course-Support culminates with night air assault raid exercise

Support Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), flown by 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment and led by a Special Forces Team, posture for a night air assault raid during the culminating exercise for the Special Forces Basic Combat Course-Support in Guernsey, Wyoming. (U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Duke Tran)


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:45:41 -0700
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
 
Was ist los in Franken? Oct. 24 through 31, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
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
Translating Army experience into employment
Army's Soldier for Life program is a key factor for transitioning Soldiers, families
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Domestic Violence Awareness Month observed in Ansbach
USAG Ansbach observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Don't be an online target
Cybersecurity training gives social media users the tools to stay safe online
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
 
U.S. Army news, information about Army's response to Ebola threat
U.S. Army news, information about Army's response to Ebola threat
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Korean Defense Minister pays respects at Arlington National Cemetery
The Korean Minister of Defense Han Min-koo participated in an Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath Laying ceremony with Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington commanding general, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
New Multidisciplinary SHARP Resource Center Opens on Schofield
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HAWAII -- Schofield Barracks and U.S. Army Hawaii opened the doors to the Army's Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Resource Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 17 signifying a consolidated effort to combat sexual harassment and assault.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Activation of 14th MDB Strengthens US - Japan Alliance
The 14th Missile Defense Battery, 100th Missile Defense Brigade, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, was activated, Oct. 22, 2014, during a ceremony at Kyogamisaki, Japan.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
65th BEB farewells 130th Engineers and joins Tropic Lightning Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division activated the 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion during a ceremony on Weyand Field, Oct. 21.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
25 ID information operators build partnerships
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Soldiers from across the 25th Infantry Division attended the Information Operations in the Pacific Symposium from Oct. 21-23 at the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, to discuss and examine the role of information operations in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
I Corps hosts joint total-force leader conference
Senior leaders from the Army, National Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force and the Canadian military gathered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Oct. 22, 2014, for a two-day senior leader development conference, to discuss the implementation and benefits of the Army's total force policy.
Thu, 23 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
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