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ACS serving Soldiers, Families for 50 years

Posted August 7, 2015 by Story and photo by Gustavo Bahena

Fort Irwin celebrated the 50th year of Army Community Service with a ceremony attended by program staff, leadership and community members here, July 22. Kevin Ware, director of ACS, spoke at the event and explained that on July 25, 1965, Gen. Harold Johnson – then the Army Chief of Staff – dispatched a letter to…

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Center Chapel re-opens!

Posted April 3, 2015 by By Chaplain (Maj.) Vincent Manuel

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin Religious Support Office celebrated the re-opening of the Center Chapel Sanctuary with two ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Sunday services, March15. The first one was held at the 9 a.m. Catholic Mass, with the second ribbon- cutting at the 11 a.m. General Protestant Service. Excitement and jubilation were clearly visible…

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Tax Center opens for business

Posted February 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Leslie Ozawa

Fort Irwin’s Tax Center opened Jan. 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony by National Training Center Commander Maj. Gen. Ted Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers. The tax center offers free tax preparation services by tax preparers certified by the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board. The center is located at…

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Vehicle Registration in the Military

Posted June 29, 2016 by Lisa Kosek

It’s one of many questions military members ask when moving to a new duty station:  Do I have to change my vehicle registration?  Fortunately, California’s vehicle registration laws are generally very military-friendly. California Residents:  Residents of California may choose to register their vehicle in California.  In addition, your or your spouse’s vehicle may be registered…

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Native-American vets to bring fresh produce, healing to LA food desert

Posted November 23, 2016 by David Vergun

Once upon a time, the oak-tree-lined Los Angeles River meandered for 48 miles from Simi Hills to the Pacific Ocean. Native Tongva people collected acorns along the banks, fished for chinook and salmon and drank the water.

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$10k Extension Bonus Up For Grabs

Posted March 3, 2017 by Story by Jason Miller

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — For all U.S. Army Soldiers with an expiration – term of service on, or before September 30, there is a $10,000 cash incentive bonus for those who extend their service by a minimum of 12 months. The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act requires the active Army to build its numbers of…

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USAG Organizational Day fosters community for garrison employees

Posted June 2, 2017 by Story by Courtney Taylor

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Garrison employees trickled in and out of Jackrabbit Park and Pavilion on the morning of May 18 to participate in the annual USAG Organizational Day. The event kicked off with opening remarks by garrison commander Col. Scott Taylor to set the tone for the event. “This is our once-a-year chance where…

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United Arab Emirates troops train at Fort Irwin

Posted October 6, 2017 by Adriane Elliot

In an historic military moment, the United Arab Emirates military became the first Gulf State nation to attend and complete a training rotation at the Army's premier training site- the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Sept. 22, 2017.

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Former Fort Irwin employee assists hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Posted February 2, 2018 by By Codi Kozacek

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Jim DeGraff, a former employee of the Fort Irwin Directorate of Public Works, has spent much of the past four months helping the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria. The storms damaged thousands of homes and public facilities and left many of the islands’…

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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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