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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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Ensuring comprehensive, coordinated community support, services available to Families with special needs

Posted  November 1, 2012

Soldiers stationed all over the world may have a Family member with special needs. The Exceptional Family Member Program is designed to identify Family members with ongoing medical, mental health or educational needs. Soldiers with exceptional Family members (children and adults) are required by the governing authority and Army Regulation 608-75 to enroll their family…

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AUSA National Meeting, Exposition addresses topics relevant to Soldiers, Families

Posted  November 1, 2012

The Association of the United States Army held the 2012 AUSA National Meeting and Exposition in Washington, Oct. 22-24. Members of the Fort Irwin community that could not travel to Washington, were able to watch several of the sessions and forums during live broadcasts hosted by the Department of Defense Digital Visual Information System. Members…

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A nearby place where it feels like autumn

Posted  November 1, 2012

Nestled in the hills above Yucaipa, Calif., is the community of Oak Glen. About two hours from the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Oak Glen is home to several apple orchards and related businesses that offer a great break from High Desert living. During the fall months, the orchards in Oak Glen are full…

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Veteran wins NTC and Fort Irwin ‘Rising Star’ title

Posted  November 1, 2012

Eight members of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin community competed in the annual Operation Rising Star final competition at Shockwave, here, Oct. 17.

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Easy, rider

Posted  November 1, 2012

Army-wide, motorcycle accidents contribute to Soldier fatalities and serious injuries during off-duty hours. Recent accident trends suggest excessive speed, reckless operation and operator inexperience as the most common reasons. Training, leader involvement, enforcement of standards, Soldier mentorship, in conjunction with the integration of composite risk management, can assist in mitigating ongoing issues with motorcycle operations….

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Community Calendar – November 1st, 2012

Posted  November 1, 2012

Nov. 1 Middle School and Teen Center “Baked Apples and Ice Cream” cooking activity. 3:15 – 6 p.m. Zev Paul, 380-3732. Nov. 2 Middle School and Teen Center “Movie Night.”Center is open 3:30 – 11 p.m. Zev Paul, 380-3732. Nov. 3 Animal Vaccine Clinic. 8 a.m. – noon. Fort Irwin Veterinarian Clinic. Exam Fee, $10….

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‘Raiders’ dig in at NTC

Posted  November 1, 2012

With months of preparation and training under their belts, Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, began a two-week training gauntlet at the National Training Center, Oct. 26.

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Chapel Congregations Contribute To Thanksgiving Holiday Basket Drive

Posted  November 1, 2012

On October 14th, all Fort Irwin Chapel congregations received a designated offered for FMWR’s upcoming Thanksgiving Food Basket program.

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Kid ‘Caught Being Safe!’

Posted  November 1, 2012

Fourteen-year-old Justin Robertson was “Caught Being Safe” while riding his bike home from Fort Irwin Middle School, Oct. 17. Justin was observed stopping at a pedestrian zone and dismounting his bicycle to proceed across Goldstone Road safely. Justin received a Caught Being Safe backpack that included a $30 Exchange gift card and other goodies. He…

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Exchange to offer fee-free Holiday Layaway program

Posted  November 1, 2012

A good program just got better as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Holiday Layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and stop by customer service to complete the layaway process. “Fee-free” means that while the Fort Irwin Exchange collects an initial $3 processing fee for new layaways, that…

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