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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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Army

Use that GI Bill money

Posted  July 5, 2013

August 1, 2013. What does that date mean to you? If you have the GI Bill, read on. Currently, Soldiers with over 20 years of active duty service can transfer their Post 911 GI Bill education benefits to their Family members with either no service obligation, or in some circumstances, a minimal obligation back to…

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Transitional Kindergarten: Our first year

Posted  July 5, 2013

Being experienced teachers, we were excited about the newest grade to education, Transitional Kindergarten, also known as TK. We set out with specific skills in mind that we, teachers, see year after year as areas of struggle in Kindergarten. These include fine motor skills, gross motor skills, maturity, independency, handwriting, problem-conflict resolution and many others….

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CYSS offers discounted childcare rates for furloughed civilians

Posted  July 5, 2013

In light of the announcement that Department of Army Civilians will be furloughed 11 days beginning July 8, Family and MWR has made arrangements to offer reduced childcare fees for furloughed families during the 11-week period. FMWR hopes that this reduction will relieve some of the financial burden for Fort Irwin families during the furlough….

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Tarantula Team conducts airborne operation in conjunction with family day

Posted  July 5, 2013

Soldiers from the Tarantula Team with Operations Group conducted airborne operations from a V-22 Osprey alongside the Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 165 (VMM 165), in conjunction with a team family day event, here, June 5-6.

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June 2013 birth announcements

Posted  July 5, 2013

Liam Shamus – boy June 1 at 11:43 a.m. 7 lbs., 7 oz., 21 inches Spc. Cory and Kayla Murphy Unit: Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Aria Mae – girl June 5 at 5:20 p.m. 7 lbs., 20.1 inches Anthony and Alexandria Malear Unit: 11th ACR Brodie Raimund – boy June…

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Health & Safety

Combating parental kidnapping

Posted  July 5, 2013

Parental kidnapping occurs when one parent wrongfully takes or keeps a child from another parent. Every state has a parental kidnapping law, most of which are similar. California’s law states that any person that “takes, entices away, keeps, withholds, or conceals a child” from someone with a lawful right to custody or visitation shall be…

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Salutes & Awards

We go where you go

Posted  July 5, 2013

Courtesy photo Chief Warrant Officer 5 Sharon T. Swartworth JAG Corps Soldiers have served in front lines since 1775 There are many components that make up the foundation of today’s Army. There is everything from infantry to special operations, support, and logistics – each one adding to the mission. There is one section however, that…

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Sports

ALL STAR

Posted  July 5, 2013

McKinley Viers took second place in Major League Baseball’s “Pitch, Hit & Run Team Competition” at Anaheim Angels Stadium, June 1. McKinley, who turned 8 just before the competition, was one of three girls in the 7 and 8-year-old girls division. To get to Anaheim stadium, McKinley qualified by winning in her local competition sponsored…

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Two named ‘NCO and Soldier of the Year’ after competition

Posted  June 7, 2013

Photos by Gustavo Bahena Sergeant Stella Hardcastle (left) has won the distinction of Non-commissioned Officer of the Year and Spc. Matthew Holiday earned the honors of Soldier of the Year for the fiscal year 2013 at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin after a competition, May 6-7. After a two-day contest in May amongst…

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Veterans

‘Go For Broke!’ Veteran embodies spirit of Asian Pacific American Heritage celebration

Posted  June 7, 2013

Photos by Gustavo Bahena, Mas Takahashi and his son, Scott Takahashi, receive mementos and plaques of appreciation from the command team of 2916th Aviation Battalion – Lt. Col. Fernando Guadalupe (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. William Elliot (right). “Go For Broke!” That was the motto of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which fought in the…

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