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Stephanie Caffall 
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Soldiers awarded at Tax Center closing ceremony

Stephanie CaffallStaff Writer At right, Col. Thomas A. Boone, garrison commander, presents Sgt. 1st Class David Talamantes, noncommissioned officer in charge of the Tax Center, the Army Achievement Medal award at the Tax Center’s closing ceremony. Col. Joseph Keeler, staff judge advocate, recognized the Fort Huachuca Tax Center Soldier volunteers at a closing ceremony Friday….

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304th MI Battalion participates in National Denim Day

Natalie LakosilStaff Writer More than 1,000 Soldiers and Cadre participated in the 304th Military Intelligence Battalion Denim Day. They were asked to wear jeans and red or white shirts in support of the event. Denim Day was started in Los Angeles in 1999. More than 1,000 Soldiers from the 304th Military Intelligence Battalion participated in…

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Astronaut Mark Kelly Skypes students at CSMS

Natalie Lakosil Caleb Larson, 12, asks Capt. Mark Kelly what the most important thing he had to do to prepare for the twin study mission while skyping Kelly with his classmates on Monday. The sixth grade students at Colonel Smith Middle School could barely sit still as they eagerly waited for astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly…

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Paintball exercise teaches real life training

Natalie Lakosil Pvt. Tyler Beggett, 305th MI Bn., sets up post in a window in “the village” while trying to overtake his instructors during a battle drill exercise. Students in the 35 Golf course, Alpha Company, 305th Military Intelligence Battalion practiced hands on training April 24 as the final part of their course on Fort…

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CSMS hosts STEAM Night with experiments, art

Colonel Smith Middle School partnered with Colonel Johnston Elementary School, hosting the second Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, or STEAM, Night 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday in the CSMS student union and gymnasium.


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Veterans

VA: Disability claims backlog drops by 44 percent

Posted  April 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced that number by approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims — a reduction of more than 267,000 — while at the same time improving the accuracy of the decisions being…

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Student-to-student program helps FH school resolve conflicts

Posted  April 11, 2014

Fort Huachuca’s General Myer Elementary School has a unique way of settling conflicts between students, through peer mediation, the process in which students themselves act as mediators to facilitate resolving other students’ disputes at recess time.

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DoD

Fox challenges Marines, Navy to innovate

Posted  April 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Navy and Marine Corps need to think about how to be more innovative, including leveraging experiences learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the face of budget challenges that could become more acute, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine Fox said Monday. “Whether sequestration returns or not, the reality is we’re…

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Air Force: Some Airmen will get retirement option

Posted  April 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — A limited number of Airmen who received notice that their previously approved applications for early retirement had been declined will be given the option to retire if they still desire to do so, officials announced Tuesday. “We are aware that some Airmen received erroneous [temporary early retirement authority, or TERA] approvals and were…

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Health & Safety

Rabid animals reported — pet owners advised to use caution

Posted  April 11, 2014

The City of Sierra Vista’s Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, or ACC, is cautioning pet owners about possible rabid wild animals in and around Santa Cruz County, which recently declared quarantine. In Santa Cruz County, 24 skunks and four bats have been confirmed to be infected with the virus. The quarantine, passed by the…

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Military Intelligence – this week in history April 11, 2014

Posted  April 11, 2014

Following the end of the conflict in Vietnam, the Army Intelligence field was facing a difficult time of introspection and dwindling resources, compounded by harsh criticism from a review panel ordered by the chief of staff.

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Events

FH celebrates Passover Monday with Jewish Seder

Posted  April 11, 2014

Passover, the Biblically-ordained Festival of Freedom will be observed by Jews the world over starting on Monday evening and concluding at nightfall, April 22. Interested personnel can observe the festival at the traditional Jewish Passover Seder to be held Monday, 6:30 p.m., in the Main Post Chapel’s Activities Room. The suggested donation is $15. Call…

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Electronic books playing bigger role in SVPL

Posted  April 11, 2014

Librarians are asked all the time whether they think print books will go away, and they always answer with a resounding, ‘No!’ The media loves to portray extremes, but the reality of the situation is that outliers always exist. In this case, there are people out there who only read books electronically, and a far…

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Health & Safety

ACS addresses autism, volunteers, resiliency

Posted  April 11, 2014

April is Autism Awareness Month One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, a 30 percent increase from one in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released March 27 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. April is Autism Awareness Month and is necessary to inform the…

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Fort operations will not jeopardize endangered species

Posted  April 11, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army have completed formal consultation regarding the potential effects that Fort Huachuca’s operations will have on threatened and endangered species. In a biological opinion, or BO, signed March 31, the Service concluded that the Army’s ongoing and planned operations are not likely to jeopardize the continued survival…

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