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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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Upholding legacy of the Cavalry

Posted  March 10, 2014

11 ACR Troopers earn their spurs A total of 83 Troopers from 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment earned their spurs in a time-honored unit event called the Spur Ride, Feb. 2-3. Although the Cavalry no longer use horses tactically, the Spur Ride remains a long-standing tradition adopted by the United States Cavalry, dating back to the days of…

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11th ACR, Japanese unit adapt, overcome for successful partnership

Posted  March 10, 2014

Troopers assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment review plans alongside soldiers of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force while training at the National Training Center in January. A battalion of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force joined Troopers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment for a first-of-its-kind training exercise at the National…

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Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Center ends April 1

Posted  March 10, 2014

Keeping up with the rapidly increasing number of TRICARE beneficiaries, who most often turn to a laptop or cell phone when they have questions, walk-in service at Weed Army Community Hospital’s TRICARE Service Center, here, will no longer be available as of April 1. Find out more at www.tricare.mil/TSC. Patients of WACH still have a wide variety of secure, electronic customer service options…

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Four fun days at Spring Fling

Posted  March 10, 2014

Spring is finally here and everybody is ready to get outside for some fun!  Fort Irwin Family and MWR is bringing four days of entertainment and activities to the community, March 28-31. Join us in honoring Vietnam Veterans and celebrate the Month of the Military Child. There will be  food vendors, games and educational activities as well. For event…

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Young minds using scientific method

Posted  March 10, 2014

Pamela Harvin, Fort Irwin School Liaison Officer, judges a project during a Barstow Consolidated Science Fair at Barstow Community College, Feb. 19. Did you know that pill bugs prefer wet soil? Or that dish soap bubbles last longer than hand soap? Using the scientifc method, local students applied their analytical skills to determine those conclusions and develop their research…

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Public notice of membership solicitation for Restoration Advisory Board

Posted  March 10, 2014

The Department of Defense recognizes the importance of stakeholder participation in the Installation Restoration Program Process.  Therefore, Fort Irwin is soliciting interest in establishing a Restoration Advisory Board to improve public participation and involve the community in the restoration decision-making process. The RAB is intended to include community  members, who reflect the diverse interests of the local community.  The RAB will be…

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Adhering to pet policies benefits community

Posted  March 10, 2014

Christina Hansen, a veterinarian technician, here, holds Duke, a lab-mix that was eventually adopted by a resident of Fort Irwin. Unregistered stray pets use up resources If you’re an animal lover you’re not going to like the following number. 346. That is the number of stray animals (dogs primarily) that were brought in to the Fort Irwin…

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Quarterly domestic water public notice

Posted  March 10, 2014

Fort Irwin’s water permit requires Fort Irwin to notify the public quarterly of the following: This is an alert about your drinking water and a cosmetic dental problem that might affect children under 9 years of age. At low levels, fluoride can help prevent cavities, but children drinking water containing more than two milligrams per liter (mg/L) of fluoride may…

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Lewis Elementary back to school

Posted  February 7, 2014

Students return to a repaired Lewis Elementary after 2013 monsoon damage. Ribbon cutting celebrates team effort during transition Gustavo Bahena On Jan. 13, children returned to Lewis Elementary School on Fort Irwin since flooding closed it August 2013. It felt like fall on Fort Irwin – with the cool, clear morning and children being taken…

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What is the Clothesline Project?

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Clothesline Project has been used as a tool nationwide for the last 25 years to bring attention to the impact of sexual assault and domestic violence and give voice to survivors. It is a visual display of shirts on a clothesline with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by survivors and those…

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