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120th Infantry Brigade enters Esprit de Corps into Soldier, Family life
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FORT HOOD, Texas — Paving the way to build total unit resiliency, the 120th Infantry Brigade planned out some Esprit de Corps-building activities here April 10 and 11 to help build cohesion in the ranks.

Honoring the Month of the Military Child was the starting point. Under cold, gray weather, Soldiers and their Families trekked out for an imaginative Junior Expert Infantry Badge competition, with nearly 50 children signing up, ranging from 1 to 18 years old. 

Going through a round robin of eight stations, the young competitors modeled themselves going after the Expert Infantry Badge , learning map reading, first aid, MRE nutrition, individual and buddy movement, radio and weapons familiarization, camouflage, first aid, and even a water balloon hand grenade toss.

While the actual EIB is a rigorous competition, Staff Sgt. Mark Sneed, a field artillery Soldier and Sgt. 1st Class Travis Loest, an infantry non-commissioned officer, each set about planning the day by creating fun demonstrations for the kids.

As always, the thump of field artillery rounds could be heard off in the distant Fort Hood ranges as the youngsters endured a modified Army Physical Fitness Test, which included a run and sit-ups and pushups — still quite like how their Soldier-parents start their early mornings.

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Operation Gratitude Ramps Up Nationwide Effort in Support of Troops
Operation Gratitude has delivered 1 million care packages to U.S. troops, and now the nonprofit organization is ramping up its efforts, professionalizing its approach to managing a network of tens of thousands of volunteers, and launching a nationwide initiative to provide connections to home for the many thousands of men and women who have served and continue to serve globally.

Spartans remain vigilant and alert
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Soldiers were busy going through what seemed like another routine as they were repositioning sandbags at one of the fighting positions at a guard tower when they began hearing popping sounds in the distance.

402nd Field Artillery Brigade completes the Bataan Memorial Death March
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — Six members of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 402nd Field Artillery Brigade completed the 26.2 miles of the 25th Bataan Memorial Death March here March 23.

The National Guard: Interchangeable, ready and reliable
RALEIGH, N.C. - Who do you call when your installation has no available maintenance test pilots and qualified mechanics to inspect, repair and test fly a fleet of helicopters needing to be transferred? Who do you call when a bridge project on your Army post needs to be completed? You call on the Army National Guard.

US Seventh Fleet weather specialists contribute to Pacific humanitarian assistance efforts
USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea - Seventh Fleet weather specialists, called aerographer’s mates (AG), are providing critical support to Seventh Fleet’s MH370 search and rescue operations March and April 2014.

MCBH hosts walk, expo to support families
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Silver and blue pinwheels spun and glinted in the sunlight, drifting along a sea of approximately 270 Marine Corps Base Hawaii participants during the Pinwheels for Prevention walk, which preceded the third annual Keiki Aloha Expo at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, April 11, 2014.



Marine Recieves Navy Cross
Gunnery Sgt. Richard Jibson receives Navy Cross for heroic actions while deployed with Regimental Combat Team 6 serving as an infantry advisor to the Georgian Liason Team in Afghanistan.
Bringing Boston to Bagram
Service members and civilians came out in droves to run and support the 2014 Boston Marathon Shadow Run on Bagram Air Field. The run started at 3 A.M. on April 18th. Over 600 runners and more than 100 volunteers showed that they are Boston Strong!
Summer Shield Concludes with Two Live Fires Demonstrating Synchronized Attack from Three Countries
Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 14.2, the Estonian 1st Artillery Battalion and the Latvian National Armed Forces conduct last two combined live fire ranges at Camp Adazi, Latvia,15th and 16th, April 2014. Both fired a combination of wire-guided anti-tank missile systems, heavy machineguns, and mortars in a synchronized attack on objective.
Keeping a Presence
4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment met with Afghanistan's National Defense Service and patrolled with the Afghan Uniformed Police. Soundbite from Captain Luke Rella.
Maine Event
Soldiers from the 133rd Engineer Battalion, Maine National Guard talk about getting ready for the Boston Marathon Shadow Run on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps continue SAR operations in response to the ferry Sewol sinking
EAST CHINA SEA - USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Commanding Officer Captain Murray Joe "JT" Tynch III (green jacket) and bridge watch standers scan the surface for victims of the ferry Sewol sinking off the coast of the Republic of Korea (ROK)...



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US Pacific Fleet Band hosts high school students
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – The U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) Band hosted 40 members of the Vacaville High School band and choir at PACFLT Band’s headquarters, April 17.

Learning how to fly
FORT STEWART, Ga. – A six-man team has been dropped into enemy territory to monitor movement along a highway to provide space and time to their supported unit to react to the identified enemy activity. The team can now reduce risk by launching a Raven, which is a hand-held unmanned aerial vehicle to provide the real-time intelligence they need without increased exposure to danger.

Operation Outreach Afghanistan Kids Day
CAMP PHOENIX, Kabul, Afghanistan — The volunteers of Operation Outreach gave a few Afghan children the opportunity to experience their first time seeing a fire fighter and hearing an animal's heart beat. The children ventured from Malali English Language Center, the Afghan Challenger English Language Center and the PARSA Afghanistan Scouts to visit the base as part of a community outreach project.

5th Mob earns Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – The 5th Combat Communications Group has received its second Air Force Meritorious Unit Award.  The 5th CCG, also known as the 5th "MOB," has won numerous unit awards, but the Meritorious Unit Award is unique because it specifically honors service in direct support of combat operations.

The difficult road to building a military family
FORT HOOD, Texas - My story isn’t unique in the military. In fact, it’s more common than people know.

MARFORRES in Afghanistan
NEW ORLEANS, LA - With media coverage on Operation Enduring Freedom waning, budget discussions about ending funding to the war in Afghanistan, and focus turning away from the Middle East, U.S. forces are slowly being forgotten in the American conscious. But the fact remains that service members are still hard at work, working with and training Afghan troops and police on how to gain territory from insurgents, and maintain stability in their regions.

"Harlem Rattlers" are subject of free talk at New York State Military Museum on April 26
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - They're known popularly as the Harlem Hellfighters, but the African-American members of the New York National Guard's 369th Infantry identified themselves instead as the Harlem Rattlers, and made the rattlesnake their unit emblem.

5th AR BDE celebrates with annual Easter Eggstravaganza
FORT BLISS, Texas — “Three, two, one, go!” yelled a voice into the megaphone. Next, over 100 Army children sprinted through Kelly Park here, gathering colored eggs, while searching for the elusive golden eggs, which promised a much larger prize.

New Exhibit at Military Museum Focuses on The New York National Guard and Sports
SARATOGA SPRINGS , NY - Sports and the New York National Guard us the theme of a new exhibit opening at the New York State Military Museum this week.

US Airmen advise Afghan air force
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing/NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan, are playing a vital role in Operation Enduring Freedom as advisers tasked with aiding the Afghan government in establishing an operational and sustainable Afghan air force.

Niagara Falls Air Guard Engineers Helping to Move Massive Radar to Australia
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, NY - Thirty-five members of the 107th Airlift Wing will spend three weeks in Australia this month helping the Air Force Space Command install a Space Surveillance Network radar there.

Soldier fulfills childhood dream by deploying with 4th Infantry Division
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – When Pfc. Clark Cepeda took his two sons to get their hair cut near their home in Marlton, N.J., in 2013, he came across a military recruiting station close to the barber shop.

U.S. and Estonian service members meet with Latvian high school students
CAMP ADAZI, Latvia - United States Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 14, are currently in Latvia training with the local army for exercise Summer Shield along with Estonian and Lithuanian service members, but they were able to make a special trip to a small school in the rural Latvian countryside to meet the students there.

Indiana Trailer Transfer Point units run combined ops at WAREX
FORT McCOY, Wis. — The Army Reserve’s 418th and 511th Trailer Transfer Point Detachments from Michigan City, Ind., combine forces for the Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02 here, March 22 through April 11.




Army National Guard Major Ben Genthner, a Schaghiticoke resident, takes command of New York City Guard unit
LATHAM, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Major Ben Genthner, a Schaghticoke resident, has been named commander of a joint New York Army and Air Guard unit which trains to identify chemical, biological and radiological weapons.

Recently succeeded Seabee FORCM retires
PORT HUENEME, Ca. - The recently succeeded top enlisted leader of the Naval Construction Force (NCF) hung up his hard hat after nearly 34 years of honorable service, during an official retirement ceremony at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif.

Fort Knox Cavalry unit transfers authority to Fort Bliss infantry battalion
CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan – With only days remaining prior to their redeployment, the soldiers of 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment were posed a question by Regional Command North Commander German Maj. Gen. Jorg Vollmer.

Connecticut Guardsmen complete combat tour, transfer logistical mission to California-based transportation company
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - It’s been a long road travelled. Over the past nine months the 1048th Transportation Company traversed more than 480,000 miles, supporting the sustainment and retrograde missions in Afghanistan. Their journeys, however, came to a halt, July 27, as a transfer of authority ceremony signified the completion of the Connecticut Guardsmen’s combat tour.

Fort Carson unit takes over CJTF Paladin-South
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The 3rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD) transferred authority for CJTF Paladin-South to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion (EOD) during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 26.

Tomahawks welcome new commander
FORT RUCKER, Ala. - The 1st Battalion, 14th Aviation Regiment, 110th Aviation Brigade received a new commander Friday at Howze Field when Lt. Col. Mark C. Gillespie assumed command of the Tomahawks.

Terry assumes command of Third Army/ARCENT during first change of command ceremony in SC
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – Lt. Gen. James L. Terry assumed command of Third Army/ARCENT from Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks at Lucky Park here today during the unit’s first change of command since relocating to South Carolina.

Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah transfer of authority ceremony
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FARAH, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Cmdr. Louis McCray turned over authority of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jeremy Fogt during a transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Farah, June 22. The ceremony was presided over by Commander, Regional Command West, Italian Brigadier General Ignazio Gamba and was attended by U.S. Consul General Jillian Burns and local provincial leadership.

New command team accepts brigade colors
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - The 177th Armored Brigade community recently came together to witness a change in leadership and bid farewell to their outgoing command team.

Task Force Vigilante bids farewell to 993rd, welcomes 1710th Transportation Co to Afghanistan
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — U.S. Army Reserve soldiers with the 993rd Transportation Company watched as their unit colors were cased, June 9, signifying the completion of their combat tour and the beginning of their homeward journey to Palatka, Fla. A transfer of authority ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, was held to bid farewell to the “Road Warriors” and welcome in Virginia Guardsmen assigned to the 1710th Transportation Company.

Task Force Durable transfers authority to Task Force Lifeliners in Afghanistan
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A ceremony was held to denote the transfer of authority of sustainment operations and retrograde support at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, June 8.

Coast Guard holds change-of-command ceremony for Air Station Traverse City
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — With family, friends, and members of the community on hand, Cmdr. Joseph Buzzella transferred command of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City to Cmdr. Sean Cross, a fellow Coast Guard aviator, at a ceremony Friday morning at the air station.

SC unit hands off command in Kosovo to the 525th BfSB
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – For the first time in nearly a decade, an active duty U.S. Army unit assumed command in Kosovo during a transfer of authority ceremony held at Camp Bondsteel, June 1.



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