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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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Maintaining not only efficiency, but proficiency

Posted  November 29, 2012

Troopers from F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted training for their upcoming Bradley Gunnery Skills Test, here, Nov. 13. The training included how to assemble, mount and fire the weapon systems on M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

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Visiting The Tonight Show

Posted  November 29, 2012

Soldiers from the National Training Center and Fort Irwin visited NBC studios in Los Angeles, Nov. 21, as audience guests of The Tonight Show, hosted by Jay Leno. Soldiers were treated to a dinner before the show and the program taped that evening was shown on Thanksgiving Day.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. poetry contest

Posted  November 29, 2012

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin EO and EEO Offices are hosting a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. poetry contest in the Fort Irwin community. High school students, Military, Family members, and Department of the Army civilians are all invited to participate. The winner will have the opportunity to read his or her winning…

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Fort Irwin Middle School hand-grenade simulator incident update

Posted  November 29, 2012

A senior non-commissioned officer received a Field Grade Article 15 and adverse administrative action for improperly storing explosive simulators at his home, following an investigation stemming from hand grenade simulators being found at Fort Irwin Middle School in September. National Training Center Policy Letter #13, Prohibited Items and Activities, makes it illegal for Soldiers to…

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1916th Support Battalion conducts in-ranks inspection

Posted  November 21, 2012

The 1916th Support Battalion, 916th Support Brigade, conducted an in-ranks inspection and recognized several Soldiers during the morning of Oct. 31, here. The 1916th includes the 699th Maintenance Company, 2nd Transportation Co., and 171st Movement Control Company. Battalion Soldiers support the training mission of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, while also conducting missions…

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‘Training Tomorrow’s Firefighters Today’

Posted  November 21, 2012

The Inland Empire Fire Explorer Association hosted the 21st Fire Explorer Academy at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin. The Academy started Nov. 14 and concluded with a graduation ceremony on Nov. 18. This year, 160 explorers representing 27 departments from San Bernardino and Riverside counties participated in rigorous training on structural firefighting, flammable…

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2012 Thanksgiving Message

Posted  November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, a time of year when our thoughts naturally turn to home and family, reflecting on the past year and our good fortune. We also honor and appreciate military Families this month, and it seems only fitting to focus on what family means and the quality of time…

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Anti-drug catchphrase still relevant

Posted  November 21, 2012

The phrase ‘Just Say No to Drugs’ may seem like an old cliché from the 1980’s, but if you are a Soldier or Family Member at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, you should pay attention and take that advice to heart. Abusing illegal drugs at the NTC and Fort Irwin can have serious…

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The Fort Irwin desert and it’s magnificent wildlife

Posted  November 21, 2012

The number of different species of plants and animals in the Mojave Desert is much greater than many of the iconic scenic areas in California, including old growth redwood forests, coastal bluffs, and picturesque meadows in the Sierra Nevada.

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Community Calendar – November 21st, 2012

Posted  November 21, 2012

For additional events and on-going, scheduled activities see the Community Calendar at www.irwin.army.mil. Nov. 21 HIRED! Program “Money Matters” Workshop. 2 – 3 p.m. Building 1300 on Meuse Argonne Street. The Hired! Apprenticeship Program provides 15-18 year-old youth with paid, professionally-managed, career-exploration opportunities in Morale, Welfare and Recreation operations. Meagan Silva, 380-3732. Nov. 22 Thanksgiving…

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