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A Day of Gratitude

Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC Gold Star and Blue Star families assemble with leadership and Soldiers of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin for a photo during the “Day of Gratitude” event here, Nov. 25. In an ongoing effort to ensure members of the Fort Irwin community recognize the sacrifices of those who serve,…

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Defense Secretary: NTC prepares Soldiers for future threats, challenges

Gustavo Bahena Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with Soldiers during a visit to the training area here, Nov. 16. The Secretary of Defense for the United States observed training and spoke with Soldiers during a visit here, Nov. 16. Chuck Hagel, the nation’s 24th Defense Secretary, flew on a helicopter to ‘the box’ and…

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Holiday season a time to honor the spirit of gratitude

Courtesy Photo Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Rodriguez, command sergeant major for 1916th Support Battalion, 916th Support Brigade, speaks with community members enjoying a Thanksgiving meal here, Nov. 25. Leadership greeted and served meals to attendees, who included Gold Star families and Veterans from the California Veterans Home in Barstow. Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays! The…

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New Parent Support Program provides gift baskets

Gustavo Bahena Stephanie Ferguson, a registered nurse with New Parent Support Program, Family Advocacy Program, holds items for a “Welcome Home Baby Basket” gift. Ferguson meets new babies’ families at home and provides a free package of baby items and informational literature for parents. A baby is born at Fort Irwin, on average, once a…

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Worth the journey

Photo courtesy of Sue Ollar Steven Shopa, Colt Boehringer and Blake Bair make the Scout sign during a ceremony in which they were awarded the Eagle Scout medal. Three Boy Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout during a ceremony here, Oct. 21. Blake Bair, Colt Boehringer, and Steven Shopa received the Eagle Scout Medal,…


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Moving in the right direction

Posted  October 18, 2012

Community members walk for Domestic Violence Awareness The National Training Center and Fort Irwin community participated in a walk in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Multipurpose Field, here, Tuesday. The event was hosted by Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program, here, as a way to raise awareness of domestic violence issues at…

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No ‘scaredy’ cats this Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for pets

Posted  October 25, 2012

Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! Here is American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not…

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Make it a safe Halloween for the kids

Posted  October 25, 2012

Follow some basic guidelines for a fun and safe Halloween: Trick or Treaters Carry a flashlight. Walk, don’t run. Stay on Sidewalks. Obey traffic signals. Stay in familiar neighborhoods. Don’t cut across yards or driveways. Wear a watch you can read in the dark. Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground. Shoes should fit…

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Volunteer spotlight

Posted  October 25, 2012

STACY CARDONA Where do you volunteer? Army Community Service What you do as a volunteer? I am the Crackerjack Flats Residential Area Mayor What do you get out of volunteering? Volunteering provides me with an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and strengthen my ties to the community. How did you get started…

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Caught … following all the rules

Posted  October 25, 2012

Kamyra Childs was “Caught” being safe on her way to school. Kamyra was riding her bike while mom jogged alongside her to insure her safe arrival. Kamyra was wearing an approved helmet and following all pedestrian rules when Garrison Safety spotted her. Kamyra received a “Caught” being safe back pack with a $30 Exchange gift…

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Bishop from Archdiocese of Military Services visits Fort Irwin

Posted  October 25, 2012

Catholic Bishop Neal Buckon, from the Archdiocese of Military Services, conducted a pastoral visit to Fort Irwin’s Catholic community, Sept. 25.

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Be safe when walking, be aware of pedestrians when driving

Posted  October 25, 2012

Nearly 6,000 pedestrians and cyclists are killed nationwide every year, and an additional 85,000 to 90,000 suffer from injuries inflicted on them by a moving vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly one-half (48 percent) of all pedestrian fatalities occur on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (16 percent, 17 percent and 15 percent…

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Up close

Posted  October 25, 2012

BLOCK PARTY: Crowds gathered to watch the space shuttle Endeavour arrive to Exposition Park in Los Angeles, Oct. 14, after several days of traveling by street from Los Angeles International Airport. The Endeavour was NASA’s fifth and final space shuttle to be built. Construction began on Sept. 28, 1987 and left its assembly plant in…

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Lifestyle changes part of overall plan to prevent breast cancer

Posted  October 25, 2012

Although more and more people are becoming aware of the fact that breast cancer is a significant concern for females across the population, many fail to realize the role lifestyle plays in its prevention and management. Recent evidence supports the link between obesity and breast cancer risk. Thus, controlling one’s weight would also contribute to…

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Gen. Odierno visits JRTC, Fort Polk for Decisive Action rotation

Posted  October 25, 2012

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno visited Fort Polk Soldiers, Oct. 9, during the start of a Joint Readiness Training Center Decisive Action training rotation for thousands of airborne, Special Operations and support Soldiers. Earlier this month, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno visited Fort Polk during a Joint Readiness Training…

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