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Focused on the battle against TBI’s

Gustavo Bahena Colonel Cheryl Taylor-Whitehead, commander of United States Army Medical Department Activity here, and Shannon O’ Kelley, chief operating officer of the UCLA Health System, sign a memorandum of agreement at Fort Irwin, March 31. Traumatic brain injury experts from UCLA and the Army convened during a TBI Summit at this installation. A highly…

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After foot amputation, Soldier’s mission is to remain infantry

Photo by Serina Viers, MEDDAC Spc. Kevin Nguyen performs an Army Physical Fitness Test at Fort Irwin, March 12. Staff Sgt. Rafael Machuca (right) of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, here, administered the APFT. Sergeant 1st Class Robert Peredo, left, is Nguyen’s platoon sergeant. The right opportunity might not come around often, but when it…

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Vietnam Veterans converge on Fort Irwin for tribute

Photo by Jason Miller, Public Affairs Office A Vietnam War Veteran returns the salute of a young U.S. Naval Sea Cadet. The exchange took place at the 2014 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony, here, March 28. Home of the National Training Center, Fort Irwin holds the ceremony each year to honor America’s Veterans. Hundreds of…

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Retired K9 finds peace with veteran family

Photo by Carlo Casem, Training Support Center Max, a retired military working dog, was given a certificate, medal and doggie toys by the War Dogs Association Chapter 1-Western Region, a non-profit that supports handlers and adopters of retired military working dogs. Angela and Thomas Boggs (rear) adopted the Belgian Malinois after he was retired from…

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School Age Services children learn about safety, helicopter mission

For some kids, having a day off from school might allow for a few more video games before mom or dad gets home.


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“I’m joining the U.S. military”

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photo courtesy Sgt. M As an Iraqi citizen in 2008, Sgt. M (left) worked as a translator for U.S. Special Forces training Iraqi Special Forces units. Immigrant to America inspired to enlist after interpreting for U.S. Special Forces in Iraq Editor’s note: Coming to America stories are unique to each person who has chosen to…

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Community Calendar

Posted  October 4, 2013

For additional events and on-going, scheduled activities see the Community Calendar at www.irwin.army.mil or the FMWR site at http://fortirwinfmwr.com/ Oct. 5 – 6 Mojave River Trail Days, Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., @ Helendale Community Park, 15425 Wild Rd, Helendale. Features Will Roberts, former Cirque du Soleil performer; Duke Michaels, Charlie Ray…

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Salutes & Awards

Wounded Warrior honored at Washington event

Posted  October 4, 2013

Commander of 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Col. Lanier Ward (right), holds a scholarship check of $3,000 for Caitlyn Mitts, left, during a ceremony, Sept. 25. The scholarship was provided by ThanksUSA, an organization created by two girls inspired by Ward during his recovery from a combat injury sustained in Iraq, 2003. The organization has awarded…

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Salutes & Awards

SOCAL eighth grader collects school supplies for Lewis Elementary

Posted  October 4, 2013

When 14 year old Adam Wolf read on Facebook that the Lewis Elementary School at Fort Irwin had been flooded and that the kids in kindergarten through the second grade had lost most of their school supplies he immediately decided to do something about it.

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Fall Festival to incorporate many activities Oct. 17-19

Posted  October 4, 2013

Get your pumpkin-carving tools out, your clog shoes dusted, your grandpa’s venison chili recipe ready, and your haunted house scream warmed up. The Fort Irwin Fall Festival is set to take place Oct. 17-19, brought to you by Directorate of Family, Morale and Welfare, here. The three day event will feature a pumpkin decorating event,…

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Army Corps of Engineers leadership tours Fort Irwin flood damage

Posted  October 4, 2013

Brig. Gen. David Turner, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division, and Los Angeles District leadership toured flood-damaged areas of Fort Irwin, Sept. 19.

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Ghost stories to tell over tacos, bagels and stir fry

Posted  October 4, 2013

“I love it when babies come in,” said Anna Mai Taylor, foreman at Fort Irwin’s fast food restaurant, Manchu Wok.

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Mojave Desert rainfall: Your guess is as good as mine

Posted  October 4, 2013

Illustration by Dave Housman, DPW Rainfall totals for the flash flood event that hit Fort Irwin, Aug. 25. Rainfall varied greatly across Fort Irwin landscape during Aug. 25 flash flood event The Mojave Desert is the driest desert in North America, and is characterized by low and unpredictable rainfall. On Aug. 25, parts of Fort…

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Salutes & Awards

SELFLESS SERVICE:

Posted  October 4, 2013

  The Veterans Home of California-Barstow held a National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 20. The event was attended by residents of the Veteran’s home, local servicemembers from Fort Irwin, faculty and guests. Guest speakers included Korean War POW David Villafana, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Paul Madej, and home director Ray Lau. Here, Villafana, a Barstow native…

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Health & Safety

Cybersecurity Awareness Week emphasizes individual role in protecting nation’s networks

Posted  October 4, 2013

October 14-18 is the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Awareness Week, and the NTC Information Assurance section wants to remind everyone of their role in protecting our nation’s information and infrastructure. Last year, there were almost 300,000 cyber attacks reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. The reasons vary. The attackers may be targeting your…

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