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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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Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 23-31

Posted  October 4, 2013

Red Ribbon Week will be observed Oct. 23-3 1 across the country. The campaign helps raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States. The 2013 Red Ribbon theme is…

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Health & Safety

National Prescription Take-back Day is Oct. 15

Posted  October 4, 2013

The National Prescription Take-Back Day was initiated on Sept. 24, 2010 by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. It encouraged American citizens to turn in unused or expired prescribed medication for proper disposal. In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Department of Defense military personnel, civilians, and their families remain drug free….

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Leading the Way

Posted  September 6, 2013

  Barstow Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre shares a laugh with 2916th Aviation Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Will Elliott, who presented her with his team jersey to thank her for speaking at Fort Irwin’s Women’s Equality Day event at Sandy Basin Community Center, Aug. 21. The event featured a video of leaders of the gender equality movement…

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Mother nature strikes, community rebounds

Posted  September 6, 2013

Fort Irwin rallies to repair, mitigate damaged caused by epic flash flooding Fort Irwin Fire Chief Ray Smith will tell you. Courtesy Photo This image shows the moment a destructive monsoon storm hit the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Aug. 25. Roads in garrison were washed out, water poured into homes, training area structures…

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2916th Aviation Battalion partners with School Age Center

Posted  September 6, 2013

At a brief ceremony on Aug. 21, Fort Irwin’s School Age Services Center celebrated its new education partnership with the 2916th Aviation Battalion.

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Vigilance, awareness by community important in countering terrorism

Posted  September 6, 2013

Col. Jonathan Braga, commander of United States Army Garrison at Fort Irwin, signed a proclamation Aug. 7 that recognized the month of August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month. The campaign urges Soldiers, Family members and civilians on Fort Irwin to work together to prevent terrorism. Community awareness is a key element in preventing terrorism. It identifies…

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Hundreds gather for Vacation Bible School Fanfare finale

Posted  September 6, 2013

Not quite an army, but a battalion’s worth of kindergarteners through teenagers, parents, spouses, Soldiers and other volunteers made this year’s Vacation Bible School at Fort Irwin one of its most memorable in many years

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Motivational speaker, musician to highlight Suicide Prevention Month campaign events

Posted  September 6, 2013

  The NTC and Fort Irwin welcomes motivational speakers Glen Bloomstrom and Pete Huttlinger (also a musician) for keynote training events during Suicide Prevention Month at Freedom Fitness Center, Sept. 23 and 24. Daily presentation times will be: 9 – 10 a.m., 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., and 3 – 4 p.m….

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A young man’s attention to safety

Posted  September 6, 2013

At approximately 7:25 a.m. on July 30, I witnessed young Raven Nickerson exit the Shoppette, hang his bag on his bike handlebars, put on his helmet and his eye-pro (which I think look pretty cool), then proceeded to look both ways in the parking lot to make sure he could safely move out! At the…

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True friends make all the difference

Posted  September 6, 2013

Friends, family can help loved ones experiencing suicidal thoughts The Department of Behavioral Health at Mary Walker Clinic, here, wants to do its part in helping slow the rising trend in Army suicides. In 2012, more than 350 active duty servicemembers, across all military branches, took their own lives; of these, 182 were Soldiers. This…

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