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Our community strengthens as individuals respect each other

Posted October 3, 2014 by Jon Braga

I felt pride and honor as I joined the Fort Irwin community gathered for the Domestic Violence Awareness Lantern Walk, Oct. 1. I saw unity in the crowd of Fort Irwin residents assembled to show support in purging a problem that has divided families and couples in America. I saw leadership by individuals, Soldiers and…

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Pride and unity rose from the flames

Posted October 3, 2014 by G. A. Volb

G. A. Volb Fort Irwin Fire Chief Ray Smith speaks during the Fort Irwin 9/11 Memorial Wreath Laying and Remembrance Ceremony. Hundreds of Fort Irwin residents and guests gathered near the installation town center for a 9/11 Memorial Wreath Laying and Remembrance Ceremony, Sept. 11 The event, which included acceptance of F.D.N.Y. Ladder 152 –…

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Choosing to be a survivor

Posted October 3, 2014 by Gustavo Bahena

Gustavo Bahena Comedian Steve Verret interacts with the audience at a suicide awareness presentation here, Sept. 4. Evita De La Cruz shared a very compelling and emotional experience with the Fort Irwin community, Sept. 4 and 5. De La Cruz is the Army Gold Star widow of Sgt. James De La Cruz, who committed suicide…

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Creating strong, violence-free families

Posted October 3, 2014 by Mary Chipman

Relationships should be safe, respectful, and positive. That simple message is the theme of this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Fort Irwin. The observance is sponsored by the Family Advocacy Program, whose tasks include preventing violence through educational programs and helping victims cope should domestic violence occur. Building strong, violence-free families is the goal…

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Taking care of personal, community health

Posted October 3, 2014 by Gustavo Bahena

Gustavo Bahena National Training Center and Fort Irwin Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers receives a flu shot from Pfc. Alfred Muthangya, a medic with United States Army Medical Department Activity, here, Sept. 29. Leadership of this installation and its units received flu vaccinations at the National Training Center headquarters, Sept. 29. The NTC and Fort…

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News Briefs October 2014

Posted October 3, 2014 by timchisham

Ongoing The AFAP Conference is an annual event where Soldiers, family members and civilians discuss issues submitted by the community, and recommend solutions. Local issues may be sent to higher levels for review and resolution. Conferences are held at installations Army-wide and have resulted in 128 pieces of legislation in 31 years. The Post 9/11…

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NFL great tells Soldiers: ‘It’s OK to ask for help’

Posted September 5, 2014 by G. A. Volb

G. A. Volb Former NFL running back Herschel Walker shared personal lessons he’s learned on meeting life’s challenges during Fort Irwin’s Resiliency Week, July 28-30. His visit was in support of Suicide Prevention during the training. Former NFL running back Herschel Walker visited Fort Irwin July 28-30 to share personal lessons he’s learned on meeting…

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Fort Irwin at America’s pastime

Posted September 5, 2014 by

The San Diego Padres honored Soldiers of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin during a game, Aug. 3. United States Army Garrison Commander Col. Jon Braga met Alan “Tiny” Wright, a Veteran of the of the liberation of the Philippines during World War II. Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos Esmurria threw out the first pitch…

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11th ACR, Fort Irwin celebrates diversity

Posted September 5, 2014 by Sgt. David Beckstrom

Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC Col. Eric Sabety, chief of Weed Army Community Hospital’s orthopedic clinic here, spoke about his Iranian heritage during Fort Irwin’s Middle East and North Africa Heritage Celebration, July 30. Sabety’s parents immigrated to Philadelphia, where he was born, eventually joining the Army after graduating from Columbia University and John Hopkins…

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Leaders: knowing your Soldiers key to preventing suicide

Posted September 5, 2014 by Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers

I didn’t see it coming. Five years ago – as a battalion command sergeant major – I served a Thanksgiving meal to a Soldier, who committed suicide the next day. It was very tragic. The Soldier did not directly serve under me and I didn’t know him very well. I never would have known he…

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