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Blackhorse rolls out for Rotation 19-04

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. — The Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, prepares for another rotation in the National Training Center, Calif., on Feb. 2, 2019. RSS, with the help of 916th Support Brigade, ensure a safe and capable force to complete all missions laid before them from rollout to the final battle. It takes…

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Soldiers from Japan join Alaska’s Stryker Team during major NTC Training

Posted March 1, 2019 by by Janell J. Lewis Ford

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 72nd Tank Regiment participated in a joint, bilateral, multi-domain training rotation with the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division’s Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) at the National Training Center in February. The JGSDF 72nd TKR is out of the Northern Army in Sapporo, Japan and the 1/25…

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NTC Soldier receives national engineering diversity honor

Posted March 1, 2019 by by David Dupree

Fort Irwin’s own, Maj. Eric Nelson, received the Secretary of the Army’s Black Engineer of the Year Diversity Award in February in Washington, D.C. The Black Engineer of the Year Awards — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Conference (BEYA STEM) were presented from Feb. 7 to 9. The awards are presented to individuals who exhibit…

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Bye-bye beloved burros Some of our small donkeys to be moved to safer, healthier environment

Posted March 1, 2019 by Story and Photo by Janell J. Lewis Ford

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Some, not all, of the (mostly) beloved burros at the National Training Center will be removed, as a part of a project to provide a safer, healthier environment for the small donkeys. There are more than 1,000 burros estimated to be on our military installation and they’ve been a staple of…

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High school students, potential Soldiers, get military experience at the National Training Center

Posted March 1, 2019 by Story and Photo by Janell J. Lewis Ford

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — 60 potential high school recruits from the Ridgecrest and Palmdale, California, Recruiting Offices of the U.S. Army Southern California Recruiting Command, visited Fort Irwin in February. Three recruiters joined the students. The students traveled more than two hours from the Lancaster/Palmdale area, as well as Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest. The…

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Silver Valley Schools receive Department of Defense grant to promote STEM education

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. — The Silver Valley Unified School District has been awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The District received the grant in October of 2018 and the district’s “STEM Success Initiative” has two primary goals: to increase the…

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Looking for fun? Check Out Outdoor Rec

Posted March 1, 2019 by By Ken Drylie

Fort Irwin, Calif. — There’s an old joke that even though the National Training Center isn’t quite in the middle of nowhere, you can see it from here. But many residents of Fort Irwin have learned that instead of being completely isolated, Fort Irwin is within easy driving distance to some of the best attractions…

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Fort Irwin BOSS Program hits the update button!

Posted March 1, 2019 by by Bonnie Conrad

The Fort Irwin BOSS program is re-launching and members believe it is going to be better than ever. BOSS stands for Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and focuses on ensuring Soldiers with no families are active and engaged in activities and the military community. The program has welcomed a new president, Spc. Justin L. Thomas….

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National Training Center home to urban coyotes

Posted March 1, 2019 by By Kelsey Bedford

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Fort Irwin is home to a variety of wildlife, including the increasingly abundant coyote. Historically coyotes were only found in the prairies and deserts of America and Mexico. During the 1800’s and 1900’s European expansions, coyotes dispersed west and east to the coasts, north to Alaska, and south to South America….

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High Desert Happenings: Families get to fly high in Victor Valley

Posted March 1, 2019 by By Janell J. Lewis Ford

HESPERIA, Calif. — When I visited the Apple Valley Air Show in October, I knew I’d see high-flying plane acrobatics and stunts; what I didn’t know is that I’d be introduced to a whole, new pastime. Inside one of the hangars, were miniature and single-engine aircraft for spectators to view. That’s when I stumbled upon…

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