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News Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Ongoing Free tax preparation services. Fort Irwin Tax Center, building 288. All Active Duty, Retirees, and their dependents, as well as Reserve and National Guard on orders for more than 30 days, can use the Tax Center for free tax preparation. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call for an appointment at 380-3604….

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3-2 Stryker and Japanese unit conclude their first decisive action rotation

Posted February 7, 2014 by Gustavo Bahena

The first Stryker brigade ever activated in the Army wrapped up its first decisive action rotation with a unit from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, here, Jan. 31.

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Japanese Soldiers train at National Training Center for first time

Posted February 7, 2014 by Public Affairs Office

In a first-ever deployment of its kind, members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force trained at the National Training Center during the January rotation.

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NTC provides realistic training for Special Forces

Posted February 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Taylor

The mission of the National Training Center is to provide tough, realistic joint and combined arms training, focused at the brigade combat team level and below. But NTC is not limited to training just Army battalions and brigades.

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First sergeant talks about life within and outside a tribal reservation

Posted February 7, 2014 by Les Ozawa

“It completely blindsided my family,” said 1st Sgt. Taylor Tahbo of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, about his decision to join the Army in 1999.

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‘Night of the Arts’ showcases student creativity

Posted February 7, 2014 by Pamela Harvin

Fort Irwin Middle School band members perform during the “Night of the Arts,” here, Jan. 16. Fort Irwin Middle School hosted an evening where students were able to show off their creative talents, Jan. 16. “Night of the Arts” allowed students to display artwork and perform in a variety of talents for parents and the…

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Art for the ages, 6 weeks to 5 years

Posted February 7, 2014 by Jennifer De Los Reyes

Cactus Corner Child Development Center hosted a “CYSS Art Show” which was open to the public on Jan. 31. All CDC teachers were challenged to have their children create works of art to display for the art show. Some of the criteria included three-dimensional art, most creative use of supplies, and best display of children’s…

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School move fosters a sense of community

Posted January 10, 2014 by Major Thomas Laybourn

Major Thomas Laybourn Volunteers gather for a photo after moving classroom materials into Lewis Elementary School here, Jan. 2. On the second of day of 2014, Soldiers, family members and faculty from Lewis Elementary School and the Silver Valley Unified School District moved classroom materials from their temporary facilities back to a renovated Lewis. After…

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Fort Irwin moving ahead from summer storm disasters

Posted January 10, 2014 by Les Ozawa

While Fort Irwin has resumed normal operations, efforts are continuing to repair damage caused by last summer’s powerful, localized storms that resulted in millions of dollars of damage over five weeks in July and August. Three major power outages, on Jul. 22 and Aug. 18 and 29 were all caused by downed power lines in…

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A tradition of giving

Posted January 10, 2014 by Gustavo Bahena

Courtesy Photo The commander of 916th Support Brigade, Col. James Kazmierczak (left) holds a ceremonial check with Joe Madrid, supervisor of the section. The maintenance section contributed $3,000 to the Fort Irwin Food Basket Program. Traditions are meant to be sustained. So, when the 2013 fall and winter holiday season arrived, staff of the maintenance…

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