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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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Visiting a local, national treasure: Death Valley

Posted  November 8, 2012

fe With the weather turning cooler, now is a great time to visit Death Valley National Park. During the summer months, temperatures approaching 115 degrees are common during the hottest time of the year. In November temperatures in the mid 70’s are the norm. The Furnace Creek Visitor Center just underwent a complete renovation. The…

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Volunteer spotlight

Posted  November 8, 2012

Enaida Lizde Q: Where do you volunteer? A: At Family Advocacy Program under Army Community Service. Q: What do you do as a volunteer? A: I assist the Family Advocacy Program Manager in prevention and education of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse at Fort Irwin U.S. Army Garrison. Q: What do you get out of…

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11ACR Horse Detachment holds Fall Festival

Posted  November 8, 2012

The Horse Detachment, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, held a Fall Festival as a way to not only interact with the community, but also to raise money for 11th ACR troop-level Family Readiness Groups, here, Oct. 26.

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Community Calendar – November 8th, 2012

Posted  November 8, 2012

For additional events and on-going, scheduled activities see the Community Calendar at www.irwin.army.mil. Nov. 9 “The Price is Right” TV show. 10 a.m. Los Angeles CBS channel 2. Watch Soldiers from the NTC and Fort Irwin compete and win! Nov. 10 Fort Irwin Super Chili Bowl. 5 – 8 p.m. Fort Irwin Town Center. Early…

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October NTC training prepared National Guard units for upcoming mission in Afghanistan

Posted  November 8, 2012

More than 500 National Guard Soldiers recently completed the last step of their mobilization training in preparation for their upcoming Security Forces Assistance Advisor Team mission in Afghanistan.

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Super Duper event and spooky fun

Posted  November 8, 2012

            The Fort Irwin Commissary held a Super Duper Pumpkin Painting event, Oct. 27. The first 200 children received a free pumpkin with a bag full of decorative pieces, ears, eyes, hair, etc. They painted and decorated their pumpkin to make it special, just the way they like it. They…

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. poetry contest

Posted  November 8, 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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‘Regulars’ road march to ‘The Box’

Posted  November 1, 2012

Sergeant 1st Class Scott Veldt, infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, briefs his Soldiers on safety and about being vigilant prior to a tactical road march at the National Training Center, Oct. 25. Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat…

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Salutes & Awards

Exhibiting the highest standards

Posted  November 1, 2012

Captain Jennifer Donahue, officer in charge of Client Services (which includes Claims and Legal Assistance), accepts the Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance from Brig. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commanding general of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Oct. 23. Also pictured (left to right): Capt. Robert Aghassi, OIC for the…

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‘Thank you for devoting your lives to the service of our country’

Posted  November 1, 2012

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin Retirement Ceremony in October recognized four career Soldiers as they completed service to the nation. Chief Warrant Officer 2 William Weekley, Sgt. 1st Class Clyde Henneman, Sgt. 1st Class Gregroy Wilt and Staff Sgt. Joseph Hawn were recognized at their retirement ceremony, here, Oct. 16. The four patriots…

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