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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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Meeting Barstow’s new mayor

Posted  December 6, 2012

Bartstow’s new mayor, Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre (right), was sworn-in during a ceremony Dec. 3, and Spc. Usman Zach Khattak, from 51st Translator Interpreter Company, here, was there to take in the festivities. The city also received Mike Lewis (left) as the new city treasurer and Rich Harpole (center) as a new council member. Miss Barstow and…

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Taking time to celebrate earned achievements

Posted  December 6, 2012

Sergeant Johnathan Werner salutes after receiving his promotion to sergeant, here, Nov. 1. His unit, G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, watches on. Soldiers with G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, maintain training and rotational operations as a primary focus. However, this did not stop the unit from marking a very…

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E Troop Soldiers keeping combat skills sharp between NTC rotations

Posted  December 6, 2012

Troopers from E Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, are training to keep their Soldier skills sharp between training rotations at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin.

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Building strong bonds

Posted  December 6, 2012

Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin gathered on a chilly morning to test their mettle at the Post Command Sergeant Major sponsored Senior NCO “Fun Run” and Team building event, Nov. 27. The event was held at the post obstacle course, with a few “twists” that tested the senior NCO…

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Holiday depression help

Posted  December 6, 2012

As the holidays approach, people generally look forward to spending time with family and friends, taking a few days off of work, and just enjoying the season. Unfortunately for some Service Members and their Families, the holiday season is nothing more than a reminder of how they will miss these very opportunities. Distance from extended…

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Christmas Tree Safety

Posted  December 6, 2012

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Picking the tree: Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Placing the tree: Before placing the tree in the stand, cut two inches…

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Volunteer spotlight

Posted  December 6, 2012

Spc. Maureen Asiimwe Q: Where do you volunteer? A: With the Family Readiness Group for 171st Movement Control Company Q: What do you do as a volunteer? A: I am a FRG leader and a fundraiser at the company Q: What do you get out of volunteering? A: Enhancing esprit de corps and getting to…

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Community Calendar – December 6, 2012

Posted  December 6, 2012

For additional events and on-going, scheduled activities see the Community Calendar at www.irwin.army.mil. Dec. 6 Pouring Class for Ceramics. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Arts and Crafts center, building 976 on Inner Loop Rd. Learn to pour your own pottery! Instructors will be available to teach you how to pour your own pottery, which will…

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Planning your financial future

Posted  December 6, 2012

When planning your finances, it is helpful to think in terms of five buckets of money that you will use for different purposes. Into the first bucket – living expenses – you are going to pour only that portion of your income which will cover your day-to-day living expenses, such as food, rent, clothing, gas,…

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Understand dangers of alcohol to avoid holiday mishaps

Posted  December 6, 2012

1. It doesn’t take as much as you think to blow a .08 on an alcohol breathalyzer test. Based on the weight variable alone, a person’s BAC (blood alcohol content) will likely be .08 as follows: • 110-129 lbs: two drinks in an hour or less • 130-149 lbs: three drinks in two hours or…

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