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Flying Tigers deploy to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photos by Gustavo Bahena

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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Welcome CSM Rebuck, thank you for service to the nation CSM Salinas

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photos by Gustavo Bahena

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin welcomed its new senior enlisted advisor – Command Sgt. Maj. Edison Rebuck – and his family, during a change of responsibility ceremony here, Oct. 15. The NTC and Fort Irwin commander, Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, presided over the ceremony, which saw the interim command sergeant major pass the…

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Family sacrifices help define heritage

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photos by Gustavo Bahena

National Training Center and Fort Irwin leadership, Soldiers and community members celebrated Hispanic American Heritage Month at a ceremony here, Sept. 30. The nation and the Army recognizes the observance from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and this year’s theme is “Hispanic Americans: Energizing our Nation’s Diversity.” At the celebration, a battalion command sergeant major…

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Thirty-one years of dedication to NTC, Fort Irwin

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Gustavo Bahena

Ronald Reagan was president of the United States. From the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a spacewalk. Apple began selling the Macintosh personal computer in the United States. And, Linda Seeley started working at the National Training Center. All of the above took place in 1984, when…

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Escape to freedom as a teenager from communist Vietnam

Posted July 2, 2015 by Story and photo by Leslie Ozawa

At Fort Irwin’s Asian-American Pacific Island Heritage Celebration on May 13, Lt. Col. Thomas Nguyen, shared this story with the Fort Irwin community: what life was like under the Vietnamese communist regime, and how he escaped with his two older brothers and 40 other refugees in a fishing boat aimed at Malaysia across the South…

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Two from B/229th AVN REGT named NCO, Soldier of the Year

Posted June 5, 2015 by Story and photos by Gustavo Bahena

After a competition amongst four Soldiers and four non-commissioned officers, two were selected as National Training Center and Fort Irwin NCO and Soldier of the Year, May 22. The Soldier of the Year for fiscal year 2014-15 is Pfc. Jonathan Tanner and the NCO of the Year for fiscal year 2014-15 is Sgt. Monik Phan….

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Fort Irwin Soldiers honored at Armed Forces Day event

Posted June 5, 2015 by Story and photos by Gustavo Bahena

Leadership, Soldiers and civilian employees of this installation participated in a long-held event that brought out tens of thousands to salute and honor military servicemembers, May 15-17. National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin, Soldiers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and civilians with Directorate of Public Works here supported the…

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Keep moving forward

Posted May 1, 2015 by By Gustavo Bahena

Sometimes it is hard to listen to the voice of reason, even one based on many years of experience. That is human nature. But when that experience is suited in an Army uniform, and has been the last 29 years, it should be easy to acknowledge. The Army thinks so, and that is why it…

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Bringing smiles to people’s faces

Posted May 1, 2015 by Story and photo by Leslie Ozawa

“He was that way before the accident, and now, to see that his spirit hasn’t changed one iota, despite his disability, is just amazing. It’s just medicine for the soul,” said Lynn Thompson, Fort Irwin Exchange general manager. That’s how Thompson described Jesus Aguilar, who returned to work at Fort Irwin’s Burger King restaurant on…

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Thank You Vietnam Veterans

Posted May 1, 2015 by By Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Lazo

He stood up in front of them all – atop the stage and having just completed his introduction – and, looking across the audience, he clapped and said something many had told him before, “Welcome home.” This is how Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin, commanding general of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, began the…

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