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The biggest challenge ever!

In the middle of the Mojave Desert is where MasterChef producers discovered the perfect location for their cooking competition that aired June 9. It was the biggest challenge ever in the five-year history of the Fox TV series.

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Thrive while you’re here, feel proud after leaving

If you’ve recently arrived to the National Training Center and Fort Irwin – welcome! And if you are departing to serve at another great duty station – feel proud of having contributed to the mission of maintaining and strengthening our nation’s security.

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Deputy commander riding off into retirement

The long and, at times, winding road taken by the former deputy garrison commander here comes to an end this July after more than 40-plus years as a Soldier, contractor and civil service civilian in support of our nation.

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Taking care of business since 1775

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin celebrated the Army’s 239th birthday on June 11, just a few days before training of a rotational brigade begins and ahead of the Army birthday June 14.

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Hottest trucking crews in the High Desert

When rotational units need a tank or Stryker vehicle moved at the National Training Center there are certain Soldiers who can take their call – truckers – or motor transport operators, to be exact.


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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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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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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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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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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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