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Fort Irwin’s booming celebration

Fort Irwin celebrated our nation’s birthday with a mud run and a festival that included a concert and fireworks here, July 2. The fun began with the “Mud and Guts Run” that Wednesday morning, a couple of days before Independence Day. Approximately 600 participants attended the five-kilometer obstacle course run and children participated in a…

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MP professional development provides for safer installation

G.A. Volb Fort Irwin military police perform training on managing a combative suspect. Fort Irwin’s military police recently concluded professional development, holding several weeks of both classroom and hands-on instruction. The intent of the course was to improve on basic law enforcement skills of Fort Irwin’s military police, who already received three weeks of law…

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What have we done for you lately?

Day in and day out, our Soldiers and Families go through the daily struggles of living on an isolated installation, such as Fort Irwin. Family and MWR is committed to providing exceptional quality life experiences to ensure the community receives services that are truly commensurate with the sacrifices and services our servicemembers and Families give…

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NCOs graduate Battle Staff course

Gustavo Bahena (Bottom row) Sergeant 1st Class Dawn Garcia, Sgt. 1st Class Alex Garcia-Martell, Staff Sgt. Gilbert Morales, Sgt. 1st Class Landis Titman, Sgt. 1st Class David Shreve and Staff Sgt. Jontrel Evans-Brown. (Top row) Sgt. 1st Class RoDerick Jones, Staff Sgt. Mark McLaughlin, Staff Sgt. Brando Oakley, Master Sgt. Derek Swanson, Sgt. 1st Class…

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Cheetahs dash to track and field competition

Courtesy Photo The Cheetahs track team, coaches and parents gather for a group photo. Known as the “Cheetahs!,” the Fort Irwin CYS Sports Track and Field Team made up of 25 children (ages 7-14) ventured as far as their little feet could carry them – all the way to the state finals for the 37th…


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Law protects from unfair debt collection practices

Posted  March 10, 2014

Are you currently in debt to the point where you have debt collectors harassing you? If so, you should know that there is a federal law that can protect you from unfair debt collection practices. It will not completely eliminate the debts you owe, but will protect you from harassment and abuse by debt collectors. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act involves…

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News Briefs March 10, 2014

Posted  March 10, 2014

Army Campaign During March, the country observes National Women’s History Month.  The theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment,” honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created legacies that expand the frontiers of possibility for their character, courage and commitment as mothers, Soldiers, educators, relief workers, institution builders, CEO’s, and…

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Top Army NCO to NTC Soldiers: trust, respect essential to Army profession

Posted  March 10, 2014

Sergeant Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III (right) speaks with Soldiers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the National Training Center, Feb. 20. The unit provides a realistic opposition to rotational training units during two weeks in “the box” – the 1,200 square miles of varied terrain at the NTC. The contemporary…

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Assessing, characterizing, exploiting the site

Posted  March 10, 2014

An exercise participant packages materials taken from a suspected “chemical weapons” facility during a training exercise here, Jan. 31. Tucked in among the mountains, rock and desert landscape of the National Training Center instruction continues to challenge members of America’s armed forces and that of its partner nations. Already well known for the realism included in training scenarios and…

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Scouts get their sea legs

Posted  March 10, 2014

Scouts John and Steven Shopa stand on the flight deck of the USS Midway museum. Fort Irwin Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 67 continue to keep Scouting interesting for its members. Recently, Scouts “enlisted” for 18 hours in the United States Navy while spending a night on the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, according to…

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The NTC’s replicated enemy

Posted  March 10, 2014

An 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Trooper atop an Opposing Forces Surrogate Vehicle, (OSV) awaits battle with the approaching 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during training at the National Training Center, June 2013. The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment has spent the last 18 months training and executing decisive action opposing force tactics, and as…

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Upholding legacy of the Cavalry

Posted  March 10, 2014

11 ACR Troopers earn their spurs A total of 83 Troopers from 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment earned their spurs in a time-honored unit event called the Spur Ride, Feb. 2-3. Although the Cavalry no longer use horses tactically, the Spur Ride remains a long-standing tradition adopted by the United States Cavalry, dating back to the days of…

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11th ACR, Japanese unit adapt, overcome for successful partnership

Posted  March 10, 2014

Troopers assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment review plans alongside soldiers of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force while training at the National Training Center in January. A battalion of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force joined Troopers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment for a first-of-its-kind training exercise at the National…

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Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Center ends April 1

Posted  March 10, 2014

Keeping up with the rapidly increasing number of TRICARE beneficiaries, who most often turn to a laptop or cell phone when they have questions, walk-in service at Weed Army Community Hospital’s TRICARE Service Center, here, will no longer be available as of April 1. Find out more at www.tricare.mil/TSC. Patients of WACH still have a wide variety of secure, electronic customer service options…

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Four fun days at Spring Fling

Posted  March 10, 2014

Spring is finally here and everybody is ready to get outside for some fun!  Fort Irwin Family and MWR is bringing four days of entertainment and activities to the community, March 28-31. Join us in honoring Vietnam Veterans and celebrate the Month of the Military Child. There will be  food vendors, games and educational activities as well. For event…

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