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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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Pride and unity rose from the flames

Posted  October 3, 2014

G. A. Volb Fort Irwin Fire Chief Ray Smith speaks during the Fort Irwin 9/11 Memorial Wreath Laying and Remembrance Ceremony. Hundreds of Fort Irwin residents and guests gathered near the installation town center for a 9/11 Memorial Wreath Laying and Remembrance Ceremony, Sept. 11 The event, which included acceptance of F.D.N.Y. Ladder 152 –…

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699th Maintenance Company inactivated

Posted  October 3, 2014

The 699th Maintenance Company cased its colors during an inactivation ceremony here, Sept. 15.

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Treat underlying cause of insomnia to resolve sleep problems

Posted  October 3, 2014

The focus of the Army Performance Triad is on Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition – key actions that influence health in the “Lifespace” of time that isn’t spent with a healthcare provider. Insomnia can be torturous. It is one of the most common sleep disorders reported among Soldiers with sleep problems. According to research, 54 percent…

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Alert bicyclists, considerate drivers needed

Posted  October 3, 2014

Photo from army.mil Helmets must be worn by all bicycle riders on Fort Irwin. In 2012, 726 cyclists were killed in accidents in the United States with California ranking second in the nation for the highest number of bicycle fatalities. A 2011 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study of bicycle accidents concluded that the highest…

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Choosing to be a survivor

Posted  October 3, 2014

Gustavo Bahena Comedian Steve Verret interacts with the audience at a suicide awareness presentation here, Sept. 4. Evita De La Cruz shared a very compelling and emotional experience with the Fort Irwin community, Sept. 4 and 5. De La Cruz is the Army Gold Star widow of Sgt. James De La Cruz, who committed suicide…

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Motorcycle mentors ensure safety for riders

Posted  October 3, 2014

The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conducted a Motorcycle Safety Ride, Aug. 1.

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Creating strong, violence-free families

Posted  October 3, 2014

Relationships should be safe, respectful, and positive. That simple message is the theme of this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Fort Irwin. The observance is sponsored by the Family Advocacy Program, whose tasks include preventing violence through educational programs and helping victims cope should domestic violence occur. Building strong, violence-free families is the goal…

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Vietnam Veterans return to unit

Posted  October 3, 2014

The 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia association reunited with its old unit, here Sept. 5, as a special destination for their annual gathering.

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Taking care of personal, community health

Posted  October 3, 2014

Gustavo Bahena National Training Center and Fort Irwin Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers receives a flu shot from Pfc. Alfred Muthangya, a medic with United States Army Medical Department Activity, here, Sept. 29. Leadership of this installation and its units received flu vaccinations at the National Training Center headquarters, Sept. 29. The NTC and Fort…

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News Briefs October 2014

Posted  October 3, 2014

Ongoing The AFAP Conference is an annual event where Soldiers, family members and civilians discuss issues submitted by the community, and recommend solutions. Local issues may be sent to higher levels for review and resolution. Conferences are held at installations Army-wide and have resulted in 128 pieces of legislation in 31 years. The Post 9/11…

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