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Planning your financial future

Posted December 6, 2012 by Capt. Nate Mealy

When planning your finances, it is helpful to think in terms of five buckets of money that you will use for different purposes. Into the first bucket – living expenses – you are going to pour only that portion of your income which will cover your day-to-day living expenses, such as food, rent, clothing, gas,…

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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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Happily coexisting with wildlife in the desert

Posted May 3, 2013 by Heidi Jo Erickson

Wildlife activity at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin is increasing as winter has transitioned into spring.

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My transformation

Posted February 6, 2015 by Gustavo Bahena

A well-known Department of the Army civilian here, and friend of many, spoke at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, Jan. 7. John Winkfield, director of the National Training Center Equal Employment Opportunity office, shared a personal story of transformation he attributed to several factors, including seeing Dr. King speak in the 1960’s. At…

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September 11 fundamentally made the nation, U.S. Army stronger

Posted September 6, 2012 by Public Affairs Office, NTC and Fort Irwin

9/11 changed more than the skyline of New York City — the attacks changed a generation of Americans, the Army, and the world. That day’s destruction and devastation did not condemn the United States to a future filled with fear. No, this loss, as profound as it was, did not break the soul of the…

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After foot amputation, Soldier’s mission is to remain infantry

Posted April 4, 2014 by Gustavo Bahena

Photo by Serina Viers, MEDDAC Spc. Kevin Nguyen performs an Army Physical Fitness Test at Fort Irwin, March 12. Staff Sgt. Rafael Machuca (right) of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, here, administered the APFT. Sergeant 1st Class Robert Peredo, left, is Nguyen’s platoon sergeant. The right opportunity might not come around often, but when it…

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A guide to avoiding, dealing with investigations of property loss

Posted July 5, 2015 by Capt. R. Tristan de Vega

Financial liability investigations of property loss (FLIPL) are a common occurrence in the Army. However, just because FLIPLs are common doesn’t mean that they aren’t preventable. The property accountability principles we learned upon first entering the Army still apply long after you leave the TRADOC environment: maintain your hand receipts, don’t lend your equipment out,…

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Start a chain reaction

Posted February 1, 2013 by Rachel’s Challenge Web site

Rachel’s Challenge program here Feb. 12 Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. By turning the story of a tragic death at Columbine High School into a mission for change, Rachel’s Challenge is helping create safer learning environments and making a world-wide impact. Rachel’s Challenge is…

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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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Living within our means…

Posted April 12, 2012 by By Col. Kurt Pinkerton

Have you felt the $23.4 million budget shortage over the past seven months?  It has been our goal that necessary changes would have minimal impact on the community.  In February, I wrote an article that discussed the overall budget situation for fiscal year 12 and what it meant to Fort Irwin.  Since last summer we…

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