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Flying Tigers deploy to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

The “Flying Tigers” company from this installation deployed in mid-October to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The unit – B Company, 229th Aviation Regiment, 2916th Aviation Battalion, 916th Support Brigade – operates MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems and was activated here October 2014. The mission of the Soldiers in the company is…

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Ironhorse brigade completes decisive action rotation

The United States Army’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, concluded a decisive action rotation here in October. The Ironhorse brigade spent two weeks (Oct. 10-23) – of the four week rotation 16-01 – in “the box” or the 1,200 square miles of maneuver area of the National Training Center. The field portion…

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NTC shows its stuff and spirit at Barstow’s Mardi Gras Parade

The National Training Center was well represented in Barstow’s 83rd annual Mardi Gras Parade that unfolded on a mile and a half route down Barstow’s East Main Street in the early evening hours of Oct. 24. The Kiwanis Club-sponsored event drew thousands of Barstow residents who cheered on the hundreds of paraders, floats, vehicles, military…

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Unit leaders discuss SHARP topics

Company-level unit leaders gathered to discuss about and make recommendations in the battle against sexual assault and sexual harassment during a conference here in September. Approximately 200 Company commanders, first sergeants and platoon leaders deliberated, within five working groups, a specific problem or question. The conference was hosted by staff of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response…

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Remembering September 11, honoring the fallen

National Training Center and Fort Irwin leadership, Soldiers and the community paid tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks with a remembrance walk and a memorial service, Sept. 11, 2015. The remembrance walk began at Army Field on this military installation and continued to the center chapel. The NTC and Fort Irwin…

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Regimental logisticians adapt to force-on-force environment

Posted  September 4, 2015

During counterinsurgency operations in deployment areas, Army logisticians’ concept of support for maneuver units originated from the perspective of being near a forward operating base, with logistical support already in place. However, with the battlefield changing, FOB logistics is no longer a viable way to support maneuver units – including the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment…

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Star rises during talent search

Posted  October 13, 2015

A crowd of more than 500 fans of local Operation Rising Star singers cheered on the 10 finalists at Shock Wave here, Sept 25. Master of ceremonies Jovany Rivas introduced the contestants to fans and judges Vanessa Rice of Army Community Service, Judy Ann Martir of Sports Fitness and Aquatics, and Nicole Ringsletter of Oasis…

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Fort Irwin revels at Rocktoberfest

Posted  October 13, 2015

The National Training Center’s first Rocktoberfest – a Fort Irwin-styled tribute to the German Oktoberfest – started with a VolksParade at 3:30 p.m. from Shock Wave, Sept. 26 The enthusiasm of the few dozen paraders sizzled even hotter than the late summer, afternoon sun. Some chilled out with a taste of the brews to come…

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Kaplan University offers health science degree program

Posted  October 13, 2015

Kaplan University, nationally known for its diverse, online college degree programs, has opened its doors at Fort Irwin with a new, “hybrid delivery” program – a blend of weekly lecture classes and web-based classes. The first class now underway is for students seeking an associate of science degree in health science. The class – an…

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High energy, camaraderie at Silver Valley High cross country meet

Posted  October 13, 2015

Student athletes cheered and shouted motivation to their teammates and competitors as they ran during a cross country meet hosted by Silver Valley High School in Yermo, Calif., Sept. 15. Most high-school age students (military family members) of Fort Irwin attend Silver Valley High, within Silver Valley Unified School District, and ride buses to the…

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