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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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Your Profession

Posted  April 4, 2014

Social media is a great tool for Soldiers to stay informed, meet new friends and to keep in-touch with family when abroad. When you use social media with those goals in mind, you’re implementing sound social media application and utilizing these sites as a communication tool rather than a method of self-destruction. It’s when these…

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Water treatment plant construction update

Posted  April 4, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s Fort Irwin Water Treatment Plant construction project is underway. Construction and ground placement of new water pipes will periodically occur on post and outside the cantonment area. Currently, tractor-trailer trucks will be in the vicinity of the construction site at Goldstone and Outer Loop Roads, northbound…

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Exchange resolves to promote healthier living

Posted  April 4, 2014

According to Sourcewire, nearly a quarter of Americans vow to get fit for the New Year. The Fort Irwin Exchange is doing its part to make it easier for Soldiers, and Families, to watch their “bottom lines” when making dining choices on and off duty. Dining in the Exchange’s Fort Irwin Food Court doesn’t have…

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Easter breakfast for the kids

Posted  April 4, 2014

The Fort Irwin Commissary would like to invite the community to a free Easter breakfast for children, April 19. The Commissary will serve breakfast to children, ages 1 -10, from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Please RSVP at 380-3560 (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.) by April 17. Breakfast will include waffles or French toast sticks,…

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Get the kids signed up for preschool, kindergarten

Posted  April 4, 2014

Although the next school year is still months away, it’s time to start getting ready to enroll children in preschool and kindergarten. Colin Powell State Preschool on Fort Irwin is currently accepting enrollment packages. The school is for 3 and 4-year-old children. It is funded by the California State Department of Education and operated by…

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Health & Safety

Avoid being a No Show

Posted  April 4, 2014

“No Shows” are missed medical appointments that may negatively impact your ability to access health care here. A No Show is defined as an appointment that is scheduled, but not cancelled or honored by the patient. A No Show is a lost opportunity to provide healthcare services to you and to another patient, who could…

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March 2014 birth announcements

Posted  April 4, 2014

MEDDAC, NTC and Fort Irwin Fox James – boy March 2 at 4:30 a.m. 5 lbs., 15 oz., 19.6 inches Capt. Zachary and Sherry Wiles Unit: 2/11th ACR Adrian Paul – boy March 4 at 8:24 a.m. 8 lbs., 2 oz. Spc. Nicholas and Frances Foster Unit: 58th CEC Zaiden – boy March 8 at…

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Story Time teaches children about safety helmets

Posted  April 4, 2014

The month of March was a time for the nation and the United States Army to inform the public and military community that brain injuries are a serious threat to quality of life.

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Army’s top NCO gets feedback from Soldiers, families at NTC

Posted  March 10, 2014

When the Army’s senior non-commissioned officer asks for opinions, it could be a once-in-a-career opportunity for Soldiers to make a difference for themselves, their unit, their family or the Army. That opportunity took place when Sgt.Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III visited with leadership, Soldiers, families and community members of the National Training…

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Aiming to reduce stigma of TBI

Posted  March 10, 2014

National Brain Injury Awareness Month a time to get informed, get treatment In order for more individuals to seek treatment for traumatic brain injuries, the social stigma associated with that “invisible wound” must be reduced. That is the message Maj. Shirley Daniel, chief and program manager of the TBI/Concussive Injury Clinic at Weed Army Community…

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