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New commander for U.S. Army Garrison Fort Irwin

Leslie Ozawa United States Army Garrison Fort Irwin Commander Col. G. Scott Taylor (left) receives a guidon from Thomas Schoenbeck, director of Central Region for Installation Management Command, during a change of command ceremony here, July 15. The son of a former commander of the National Training Center took the leadership role for the garrison…

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Army observes Suicide Awareness Month in September

Fort Irwin to host motivational speakers In support of the nation’s observance of Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 7 -13, and World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, the United States Army focuses on a campaign about the importance of building resiliency and suicide awareness during the entire month of September. The Army Resiliency Directorate has communicated…

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Your bus ride just got better

Photo courtesy of VVTA The Victor Valley Transit Authority has acquired five new “luxury coaches” which will be used on the commuter routes between Hesperia, Victorville, Silver Lakes, Barstow and Fort Irwin in mid-August. The Victor Valley Transit Authority has acquired five, new 53-passenger buses which will begin running on the morning and afternoon weekday…

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Bringing connectivity to GCSS-A in the field

11th ACR Staff Sgt. Don Nottingham from Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry sets up the Very Small Aperture Terminal here, March 17. During a field training exercise March 16 to 18, here, Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment became the first unit in the Army to apply the Very…

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Commissary awards scholarship

Jason Miller From left: Stephen MacAfee, S & K Sales associate; Qahir Abdur-Rahman, Fort Irwin Commissary store director; Alex Nguyen, scholarship recipient; Michele Nguyen, Alex’s mom and; Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Nguyen, Alex’s dad. Alex received a $2,000 educational scholarship as part of the 2015 Scholarships for Military Children program here, July 8. The Fort…


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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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Outreach center provides Veterans, families home-style support

Posted  October 4, 2013

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Barstow, Calif., for “The Outreach Center” – a one-stop shop for grief counseling, benefit insight, resume building and job hunting for Veterans, their families and Department of Defense civilians. The Sept. 28 event was attended by Fort Irwin Garrison leadership, Barstow community members, ACS representatives, volunteers and employees…

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