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Celebrating a century of life, history, culture

Posted February 6, 2015 by Public Affairs Office

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin invites the community to celebrate African American/Black History Month at Sandy Basin Community Center at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 11. The theme for this year’s observance is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” The theme was proclaimed by the 100-year-old organization, Association for the Study of African…

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SHARP Update

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

The Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention program reinforces the Army’s commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting, and accountability. Army policy promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims of sexual assault and accountability…

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Federal income taxes and the Affordable Care Act

Posted April 4, 2014 by Jessaka Menzie-Kwakye

Many tax payers have asked how the new health care law, called the Affordable Care Act, will affect them when filing income tax returns. While the new law should have no affect for most tax payers when filing 2013 taxes, the new law may affect 2014 income tax filings. The individual shared responsibility provision of…

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Garrison command team will miss installation, great people

Posted June 5, 2015 by Gustavo Bahena

For the command team of Col. Jon Braga and Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos Esmurria, leaving Fort Irwin in July will be a bittersweet moment. The two have been at the helm of Fort Irwin United States Army Garrison, the organization that manages the cantonment area of this military installation, since mid-2013. It will be 24…

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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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