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A Day of Gratitude

Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC Gold Star and Blue Star families assemble with leadership and Soldiers of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin for a photo during the “Day of Gratitude” event here, Nov. 25. In an ongoing effort to ensure members of the Fort Irwin community recognize the sacrifices of those who serve,…

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Defense Secretary: NTC prepares Soldiers for future threats, challenges

Gustavo Bahena Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with Soldiers during a visit to the training area here, Nov. 16. The Secretary of Defense for the United States observed training and spoke with Soldiers during a visit here, Nov. 16. Chuck Hagel, the nation’s 24th Defense Secretary, flew on a helicopter to ‘the box’ and…

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Holiday season a time to honor the spirit of gratitude

Courtesy Photo Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Rodriguez, command sergeant major for 1916th Support Battalion, 916th Support Brigade, speaks with community members enjoying a Thanksgiving meal here, Nov. 25. Leadership greeted and served meals to attendees, who included Gold Star families and Veterans from the California Veterans Home in Barstow. Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays! The…

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New Parent Support Program provides gift baskets

Gustavo Bahena Stephanie Ferguson, a registered nurse with New Parent Support Program, Family Advocacy Program, holds items for a “Welcome Home Baby Basket” gift. Ferguson meets new babies’ families at home and provides a free package of baby items and informational literature for parents. A baby is born at Fort Irwin, on average, once a…

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Worth the journey

Photo courtesy of Sue Ollar Steven Shopa, Colt Boehringer and Blake Bair make the Scout sign during a ceremony in which they were awarded the Eagle Scout medal. Three Boy Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout during a ceremony here, Oct. 21. Blake Bair, Colt Boehringer, and Steven Shopa received the Eagle Scout Medal,…


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Pyrotechnic expert having a blast supporting NTC

Posted  August 1, 2014

In the distance a mushroom cloud filled with fire, smoke and debris erupts just outside a small town in the middle of the Mojave Desert; the faint sound of voices can be heard and the outline of people moving about – quickly – can be seen.

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Salutes & Awards

Blackhorse regiment honored for exceptional safety

Posted  August 1, 2014

The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment received two significant safety awards during a ceremony here, June 30.

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Nation’s birthday celebration at Fort Irwin

Posted  August 1, 2014

Fort Irwin community members enjoying the celebration on Army Field.   Participants climb a wall at the “Mud and Guts Run.”   Participants traverse a mud pit.   Fort Irwin Unites States Army Garrison Commander Col. Jon Braga gives Danny “Count” Koker a plaque during the “Red, White and Boom” celebration, July 2. Koker and…

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Special Victim Counsel Program update

Posted  August 1, 2014

As you may be aware, the Army launched the Special Victim Counsel Program on Nov. 1, 2013 as part of the Army’s efforts to combat sexual assault within our ranks. The SVCP is designed to strengthen our support of victims of sexual assault and enhance their rights within our military justice system, while neither causing unreasonable delay nor infringing upon the rights of an accused.

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New commander arrives to MEDDAC

Posted  August 1, 2014

Col. Jason Wieman   United States Army Medical Department Activity at Fort Irwin welcomed Col. Jason Wieman as its new commander during a change of command ceremony here, May 30. Commander of Western Regional Medical Command, Brig. Gen. John Cho, presided over the ceremony, where he received the organizational colors from outgoing commander Col. Cheryl…

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New leaders take reins of Blackhorse regiment

Posted  August 1, 2014

Troopers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted a combined change of command and responsibility ceremony here, July 1.

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916th Support Brigade receives new commander

Posted  August 1, 2014

The 916h Support Brigade at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony here, June 25.

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Operations Group welcomes 22nd commander

Posted  August 1, 2014

The National Training Center’s Operations Group has a new commander. Colonel Jeffery Broadwater took command of the battalion-size unit during a ceremony, July 1.

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Health & Safety

Alcohol use and consent explained

Posted  August 1, 2014

What is consent? The Uniformed Code of Military Justice defines consent as words or overt acts indicating a freely given agreement to the sexual conduct at issue by a competent person. The Manual for Courts Martial, Article 120 clearly states that a person may be incapable of giving consent if they are mentally impaired or…

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Warrior Renew: A unique trauma recovery program for sexual assault survivors

Posted  August 1, 2014

The Fort Irwin SHARP program is teaming up with MEDDAC to implement a six-week, full-time trauma recovery program for active duty servicemembers and dependents, who are survivors of sexual assault – the first of its kind in an active duty setting. The Warrior Renew Program uses an integrated curriculum specifically designed to address the unique…

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