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Fort Irwin’s booming celebration

Fort Irwin celebrated our nation’s birthday with a mud run and a festival that included a concert and fireworks here, July 2. The fun began with the “Mud and Guts Run” that Wednesday morning, a couple of days before Independence Day. Approximately 600 participants attended the five-kilometer obstacle course run and children participated in a…

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MP professional development provides for safer installation

G.A. Volb Fort Irwin military police perform training on managing a combative suspect. Fort Irwin’s military police recently concluded professional development, holding several weeks of both classroom and hands-on instruction. The intent of the course was to improve on basic law enforcement skills of Fort Irwin’s military police, who already received three weeks of law…

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What have we done for you lately?

Day in and day out, our Soldiers and Families go through the daily struggles of living on an isolated installation, such as Fort Irwin. Family and MWR is committed to providing exceptional quality life experiences to ensure the community receives services that are truly commensurate with the sacrifices and services our servicemembers and Families give…

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NCOs graduate Battle Staff course

Gustavo Bahena (Bottom row) Sergeant 1st Class Dawn Garcia, Sgt. 1st Class Alex Garcia-Martell, Staff Sgt. Gilbert Morales, Sgt. 1st Class Landis Titman, Sgt. 1st Class David Shreve and Staff Sgt. Jontrel Evans-Brown. (Top row) Sgt. 1st Class RoDerick Jones, Staff Sgt. Mark McLaughlin, Staff Sgt. Brando Oakley, Master Sgt. Derek Swanson, Sgt. 1st Class…

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Cheetahs dash to track and field competition

Courtesy Photo The Cheetahs track team, coaches and parents gather for a group photo. Known as the “Cheetahs!,” the Fort Irwin CYS Sports Track and Field Team made up of 25 children (ages 7-14) ventured as far as their little feet could carry them – all the way to the state finals for the 37th…


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News Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Ongoing Free tax preparation services. Fort Irwin Tax Center, building 288. All Active Duty, Retirees, and their dependents, as well as Reserve and National Guard on orders for more than 30 days, can use the Tax Center for free tax preparation. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call for an appointment at 380-3604….

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Respite care available for families with exceptional family member

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Army Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care is a program that provides a temporary rest period for Family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Care may be provided in the EFMP respite care user’s home. Eligibility is based on EFMP enrollment and exceptional family member’s severe chronic conditions or significant medical…

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2013-2014 flu season update

Posted  February 7, 2014

Preventive Medicine Services, here, has once again led the way in providing flu shots during fiscal year 2013-2014. To date, more than 4,000 flu vaccines have been administered to active duty Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians in the Fort Irwin health service area. Our National Training Center‘s current influenza status is 99.4 percent. Way…

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3-2 Stryker and Japanese unit conclude their first decisive action rotation

Posted  February 7, 2014

The first Stryker brigade ever activated in the Army wrapped up its first decisive action rotation with a unit from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, here, Jan. 31.

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Japanese Soldiers train at National Training Center for first time

Posted  February 7, 2014

In a first-ever deployment of its kind, members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force trained at the National Training Center during the January rotation.

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NTC provides realistic training for Special Forces

Posted  February 7, 2014

The mission of the National Training Center is to provide tough, realistic joint and combined arms training, focused at the brigade combat team level and below. But NTC is not limited to training just Army battalions and brigades.

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Spring is for the birds

Posted  February 7, 2014

Is mid-winter too early to start preparing for the upcoming bird nesting season?

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First sergeant talks about life within and outside a tribal reservation

Posted  February 7, 2014

“It completely blindsided my family,” said 1st Sgt. Taylor Tahbo of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, about his decision to join the Army in 1999.

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Military & Civilian Spouses’ Club to host “Viva Las Irwin” casino night fundraiser

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Military & Civilian Spouses’ Club of Fort Irwin will host its fourth annual Casino Night Fundraiser, “Viva Las Irwin,” here, March 1. Inspired by rat-pack-era casino parties, this fundraising gala will transport you to the glitz and glamour that was Las Vegas in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Enjoy buffet-style dining and tasty cocktails, live…

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‘Night of the Arts’ showcases student creativity

Posted  February 7, 2014

Fort Irwin Middle School band members perform during the “Night of the Arts,” here, Jan. 16. Fort Irwin Middle School hosted an evening where students were able to show off their creative talents, Jan. 16. “Night of the Arts” allowed students to display artwork and perform in a variety of talents for parents and the…

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