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Flying Tigers deploy to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel

The “Flying Tigers” company from this installation deployed in mid-October to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The unit – B Company, 229th Aviation Regiment, 2916th Aviation Battalion, 916th Support Brigade – operates MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems and was activated here October 2014. The mission of the Soldiers in the company is…

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Ironhorse brigade completes decisive action rotation

The United States Army’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, concluded a decisive action rotation here in October. The Ironhorse brigade spent two weeks (Oct. 10-23) – of the four week rotation 16-01 – in “the box” or the 1,200 square miles of maneuver area of the National Training Center. The field portion…

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NTC shows its stuff and spirit at Barstow’s Mardi Gras Parade

The National Training Center was well represented in Barstow’s 83rd annual Mardi Gras Parade that unfolded on a mile and a half route down Barstow’s East Main Street in the early evening hours of Oct. 24. The Kiwanis Club-sponsored event drew thousands of Barstow residents who cheered on the hundreds of paraders, floats, vehicles, military…

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Unit leaders discuss SHARP topics

Company-level unit leaders gathered to discuss about and make recommendations in the battle against sexual assault and sexual harassment during a conference here in September. Approximately 200 Company commanders, first sergeants and platoon leaders deliberated, within five working groups, a specific problem or question. The conference was hosted by staff of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response…

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Remembering September 11, honoring the fallen

National Training Center and Fort Irwin leadership, Soldiers and the community paid tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks with a remembrance walk and a memorial service, Sept. 11, 2015. The remembrance walk began at Army Field on this military installation and continued to the center chapel. The NTC and Fort Irwin…

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Fort Irwin Sergeant Audie Murphy Club inducts new member

Posted  October 13, 2015

In a ceremony at Sandy Basin Community Center on Sept. 2, the coveted Forces Command Sergeant Audie Murphy Award bronze medallion was presented to B Company, 229th Aviation Regiment, 2916th Aviation Battalion’s Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Clapp. Honoring Clapp with this singular honor were National Training Center Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin and Command Sgt. Maj….

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New law requires TRICARE beneficiaries to refill some drugs through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or pay full cost.

Posted  October 13, 2015

Starting Oct.1, a new law requires that all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active duty servicemembers, get select brand name maintenance drugs through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy. Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost. The TRICARE pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts, will…

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Air Force

Shopping the Exchange pays $224 million in dividends

Posted  September 4, 2015

DALLAS (Aug. 26) – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service paid a dividend of $224 million in 2014 to morale, welfare and recreation efforts for the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy. In the past 10 years, the Exchange has provided more than $2.4 billion in dividends to military programs such as youth…

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Operations Group welcomes new commander

Posted  September 4, 2015

Operations Group received a new commander during a change of command ceremony here, Aug. 4. Colonel David Lesperance took charge of the unit after receiving the organization’s colors from the commander of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin. The previous commander, Col. (promotable) Jeffery Broadwater, goes to his next assignment…

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Education fair a jumpstart to degree

Posted  September 4, 2015

The annual Fort Irwin Education Fair provided Soldiers, family members and the community an opportunity to speak with representatives from 35 educational, military and Veterans service organizations, Aug. 13. The fair, hosted by the Fort Irwin Education Center, has become an annual event where those interested in starting or furthering higher educational goals can expect…

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