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Army signs ‘Shifting Gears’ training partnership with GM, Raytheon

J.D. Leipold The Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training Program proclamation is displayed after being signed by representatives from the Army, General Motors and Raytheon at a Pentagon ceremony, Tuesday. From left, the signatories are: Lynn Dugal, president of Raytheon intelligence, information and services; Steve Hill, GM North American vice president of U.S. sales and service…

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Senior leaders explain Army’s drawdown plan

David Vergun No commander is happy when notified that a Soldier from his or her command has been identified for early separation. But commanders personally notify those Soldiers and ensure participation in the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program. WASHINGTON — The drawdown, particularly involuntary separations, is a huge issue for the Army, officials said,…

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Ship ‘docks’ temporarily at Fort Huachuca

The fully restored 36-foot replica of the USS Arizona battleship ‘docks’ at the Fort Huachuca Main Exchange last weekend as part of the 119th anniversary celebration of the Post Exchange System. Wanda and Perry Sartain, former military veterans, rescued the decaying model and spearheaded its restoration as an educational tool to honor and respect veterans…

David Kamm, NSRDEC Army

Chow from a 3-D printer? Natick researchers are working on it

Army researchers are investigating ways to incorporate 3-D printing technology into producing food for Soldiers.

Karen Horak, NSRDEC Collective Protection Systems Team Health & Safety

Natick takes shelter ballistic protection to the ‘X’ level

Sometimes going ballistic is a good thing, particularly if it means working to enhance ballistic protection where Soldiers live, work, sleep and eat.


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Resale chiefs emphasize value of Exchange benefits

Posted  November 27, 2013

WASHINGTON — When looking for savings in light of budget cuts and sequestration, don’t take arbitrary chunks out of the military exchange services that provide important morale and quality-of-life benefits to service members and their Families, the executives who oversee them urged Congress this week. “At the very time of our community’s greatest need, these…

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Two weeks left for Army employees to switch health plans

Posted  November 27, 2013

WASHINGTON — Army civilians have until Dec. 9 to decide whether or not to continue their Federal Employees Health Benefits plan or switch providers. Every year, the so-called open-season enrollment period is from the second Monday in November to the second Monday in December, according to Peg Schultz, director, Army Benefits Center – Civilian. It…

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CSMS hosts career day

Posted  November 27, 2013

Photo by Gabrielle Kuholski Lt. Col. Maricela Alvarado, G3/5/7, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, interacts with students during Colonel Smith Middle School’s Career Day Friday. Before Alvarado talked about her own career and the Army, she had students introduce themselves and talk about their interests. Colonel Smith Middle School, or CSMS, students, faculty and…

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Retiree Council shares news, notes

Posted  November 27, 2013

Issues — retiree submissions sought for CSA Retiree Council discussion The Fort Huachuca Retiree Council is soliciting retiree input on issues to present to the chief of staff of the Army Retiree Council. The Fort Huachuca Retiree Council, or RC, meets quarterly to discuss issues concerning the Army retiree population. To date, the RC has…

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Military Intelligence – this week in history

Posted  November 27, 2013

Alamo Scouts established, safely gather intel during WWII Photo property of the U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Fred Osborn, director of Morale Services Division, War Department, talks to Alamo Scout candidates following a demonstration of jumping and swimming in the water fully equipped during the general’s visit to Alamo Scout School, Fergusson Island, New Guinea, on…

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Salutes & Awards

FH school district art teacher wins state-level art education award

Posted  November 27, 2013

Gabrielle Kuholski Nancy Murphy, General Myer and Colonel Johnston Elementary Schools visual arts instructor and 2013 Middle Level Art Educator of the Year, answers questions about a chalk stenciling assignment. Pictured are General Myer students from Amy Wolfe’s fifth grade class. The Arizona Art Education Association, or AAEA, awarded Nancy Murphy, General Myer and Colonel…

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Scholarships for Military Children Program opens Tuesday

Posted  November 27, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. – Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program become available Tuesday at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at http://www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 28. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods, not emailed…

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THANKSGIVING SAFETY MESSAGE

Posted  November 27, 2013

Our Nation will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, a day set aside to pause, reflect and give thanks for the gifts of peace, freedom and the opportunities we share as Americans. Historically, holiday weekends are periods of increased risk. The additional time off provides a well-earned respite from the duties and rigors of training and an…

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Community Friends Program seeks sponsors to host international students

Posted  November 27, 2013

Photos courtesy of Fikretta Grant International military officers who train at U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, Fort Huachuca, met for an International Military and Sponsor Luncheon at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre, Sept. 26. The International Military Student Office is actively seeking sponsors for the Community Friends Program — a hospitality program intended to…

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DoD: Prepare now for tax season, DoD official advises

Posted  December 5, 2013

WASHINGTON — With a month left before the start of tax season, service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, said the director of the Pentagon’s Office of Family Policy and Children and Youth. In a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Barbara Thompson suggested visiting the…

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