Codi Kozacek
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Atomic Jazz concert brings world class musicians to Barstow

Posted May 4, 2018 by By Codi Kozacek

BARSTOW, Calif. – If you hear the word “jazz” and think “elevator music,” think again. From big band tunes to soul, a big part of the genre’s allure is its versatility, according to Barstow High School Band Director Dan Barilone and members of Barstow High’s ‘Jazztecs’. On May 10-11, the Jazztecs will host guest artists…

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Battling mountains (and lake monsters), Fort Irwin cyclists put themselves to the test

Posted May 4, 2018 by Story and photos by Codi Kozacek

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Maj. Kim Dortelus remembers the first big hill she encountered as a new cyclist. “I looked at it, and I didn’t even try to ride up it. I walked,” she said, laughing. She was working in Texas at the time and, as a registered nurse, had started riding bikes along with…

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Codi Kozacek
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Eggstravaganza! Library Egg Drop Competition encourages development of STEAM skills

Posted May 4, 2018 by Story and photos by Codi Kozacek

FORT IRWIN, Calif. – An array of straws, balloons, popsicle sticks, plastic cups and other sundry items greeted participants at the Fort Irwin Library’s Eggstravaganza egg drop competition April 18. The event, aimed at teens but open to all ages, challenged kids to use the materials to build an “egg armor” capable of protecting an…

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Codi Kozacek
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NutraVerity health and nutrition store opens at Fort Irwin Resiliency Center

Posted May 4, 2018 by By Codi Kozacek

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — NutraVerity, a new fitness food establishment contracted by Fort Irwin Family and MWR, began serving up smoothies, supplements and prepared meals last month during a soft opening at the Resiliency Center. The grand opening will take place May 19. The store aims to be a one-stop shop for athletes, community members…

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Hiring Our Heroes summit brings employment training, mentorship to Fort Irwin Soldiers

Posted April 6, 2018 by By Codi Kozacek

FORT IRWIN, Calif. ­— Hiring Our Heroes, a nonprofit program focused on helping veterans and their spouses find employment, joined with the USO to host a day-long “transition summit” at Fort Irwin April 3. The summit was designed to educate Soldiers and their family members about resources and best practices that will allow them to…

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NTC strengthens interoperability with joint service partner

Posted April 6, 2018 by By Jason Miller

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — More than 700 Marines and Sailors joined forces with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment during a February training rotation at the National Training Center. The exercise helped enhance interoperability in terms of communications, tactics and operations for both joint service partners. As the NTC’s professional opposing force, the 11th ACR’s job…

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Military women highlighted at Fort Irwin Women’s History Month observance

Posted April 6, 2018 by By Codi Kozacek

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Fort Irwin celebrated Women’s History Month with an event at the Sandy Basin Community Center March 28, featuring guest speaker retired Rear Adm. Sandy Adams. The event, hosted by Operations Group, highlighted stories from women’s 117-year record of official service in the U.S. military. More than 174,000 women currently serve in…

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Some like it hot!

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Fire Explorers from all over San Bernardino County traveled to the dusty Mojave for the 21st annual Inland Empire Fire Explorer Academy, held here March 7-11. The yearly event gives young adults, ages 14-21, a chance to get an up-close look at the life of a firefighter. The multi-day event allowed…

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#KnowYourMil: Sgt. Faatali Siaea

Posted April 6, 2018 by By Jason Miller

U.S. Army Sgt. Faatali Siaea, an 89B Ammunition Specialist for Operations Group, reenlisted at the National Training Center’s iconic painted rocks March 19.  Originally from American Samoa, Siaea joined the Army for the educational opportunities. However, now that he’s only three classes shy of an associate degree, he has shifted directions to stay in the…

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Air Force, Army collaborate during joint training

Posted April 6, 2018 by By Senior Airman

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — In the heart of the Mojave Desert in southeastern California, U.S. Army ground forces engaged in fierce combat with mock insurgents. As the grueling battle intensified with no standstill in sight, these combat warriors remained confident, knowing aerial support was a radio call away. To the ground troops’ relief, loud booms…

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