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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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Events

Fort Irwin Community Calendar March 22, 2012

Posted  March 24, 2012

This Week TODAY The Fort Irwin Shopping Tour runs Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  It provides transportation to and from Fort Irwin, Walmart, Home Depot, and Tanger Outlets in Barstow.  Cost is $2.75 each way, free for children under 5.  It is open to anyone with a valid ID to access Fort Irwin.  For more information,…

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Army wants two additional base realignment and closure rounds

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Army wants another two rounds of base realignment and closure to optimize facility usage across the service. While speaking March 21 before the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on readiness and management support, Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, environment and energy told senators of the need for another two…

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Local

Wildcat Spirit!

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Fort Irwin Middle School boys and girls basketball teams take victory laps around the school March 16 to celebrate their championship wins.  During the High Desert Athletic League championship games March 10 at Victorville High School, the boys came back from a 9-point deficit to defeat Riverside Prep 38-34, while the girls defeated Riverside…

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Officials offer tips to beat summer moving rush

Posted  March 28, 2012

WASHINGTON (March 21, 2012) “” With military moving season about to kick into high gear, officials are urging service members to book their moving dates early and to remain as flexible as possible when doing so. Careful planning is vital to ensuring a smooth move, especially during the busiest…

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Close to 7,000 participate in 23rd annual Bataan Memorial Death March

Posted  March 28, 2012

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (March 25, 2012) “” A sea of close to 7,000 marchers were treated to a spectacular show in the sky in the form of U.S. Army Parachute Demonstration Team the Black Daggers during the 23rd…

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Health & Safety

Kids Caught Being Safe: The Easterlings

Posted  March 28, 2012

Sapphira, Ananias, Leoydas and Phantasy Easterling were “caught being safe” by representatives of the Garrison Safety Office. Garrison Safety was so impressed with the manner in which dad was supervising his children at play, the entire group was recognized for their diligence to playing safe. Great job…

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Muslim chaplain visits Fort Irwin

Posted  March 28, 2012

Capt. Mohammed Muqsood Ali Khan, a Muslim chaplain for the 18th Airborne Corps, visited with Muslim Soldiers and civilians during a Jumu’ah, a Friday prayer service at Center Chapel March 23. Khan’s sermon discussed God’s role in the lives of Muslim Soldiers and talked about the rewards of overcoming adversity. Khan also visited with the…

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Salutes & Awards

Canadians receive award

Posted  March 29, 2012

Lt. Col. Christopher M. Doneski, commander of 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, presents an award to soldiers from N Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, March 23 for their work and participation during the Decisive Action rotation at Fort Irwin in March. The DA rotation featured a hybrid threat of guerrilla fighters, insurgents, criminal…

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Reaching for the top!

Posted  March 29, 2012

Adam Holland, 12, looks for a hand hold while rock climbing at Coyote Activity Center March 23 as part of the Middle School Teen Center’s spring break extreme sports camp.

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Salutes & Awards

Post retirement ceremony

Posted  March 29, 2012

Staff Sgt. Columbus Davis receives an award from Col. Sherrie Bosley, commander of the 916th Support Brigade, during a retirement ceremony March 27 at Reggie’s as Command Sgt. Maj. James Higgins watches. Davis enlisted in 1990 and deployed 10 times, including Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He most recently served as senior food specialist…

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