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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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The mystery of debt collection revealed

Posted  April 5, 2013

Have you ever had debt collectors calling you at all hours of the day and night, threatening to have you arrested if you did not repay the debt immediately? If so, they were in violation of federal law. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prohibits debt collectors (those who regularly collect debts owed to others)…

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“Protecting Children: It’s Everyone’s Job”

Posted  April 5, 2013

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month Every 10 seconds a case of child abuse is reported in the United States. That adds up to 3 million cases of child abuse each year. Is child abuse an issue in Fort Irwin? Yes. In 2012, Fort Irwin had 38 cases of substantiated child abuse. Army-wide, there were…

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Motorcycle preparation: mental and metal

Posted  April 5, 2013

Preparing for a motorcycle ride requires more than checking the bike — it also demands mental preparation.

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Local Events

Posted  April 5, 2013

For additional events and on-going, scheduled activities see the Community Calendar at www.irwin.army.mil or the FMWR site at http://fortirwinfmwr.com/ Ongoing SKIES Unlimited encompasses instructional programs for children and youth ranging from six weeks old to adolescence. Sign up your child for Reading and Math tutoring, Piano and Vocal lessons, Karate or Dance. Call 380-7751 for…

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April 2013 Middle School and Teen Center Events:

Posted  April 5, 2013

Middle School Activities April 1 Start of Spring Break Camp /Art Day April 2 Picture Scavenger Hunt April 3 Hiking Mt. Blackie and Canvas Art April 4 Water Balloon Day April 5 Jewelry Making April 8 Borax Crystals April 9, 10 and 11-Month of the Military Child 3v3 MST Basketball Tournament April 9 Charcoal Rubbings…

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Group Exercise Schedule

Posted  April 5, 2013

The Group Exercise Facility is behind Memorial Fitness Center on 2nd Street. Go through the main entrance of Memorial Fitness Center and out the back door. Staff will be available to direct you. Call 380-7715/7720 for more information.

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We’re going to need a bigger boat

Posted  April 5, 2013

Anyone can go sharking fishing. That’s what Patti Giordano of Helgren’s Sport Fishing in Oceanside, Calif., said. Ladies, kids and the dudes with Popeye arms too. And Outdoor Recreation, here, agrees. They want you to sign up for the upcoming Shark Fishing Trip scheduled for April 27. Helgren’s would be the company taking you out…

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Army Human Resources commander visits Fort Irwin

Posted  April 5, 2013

The commanding general for Army Human Resources Command visited the National Training Center and Fort Irwin and briefed an audience of non-commissioned officers, warrant officers, and commissioned officers, March 20. Major Gen. Richard Mustion provided updates on changes to evaluation reports and discussed ways of retaining the quality of our personnel. During his briefing, the…

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Commissary shoppers: surviving a potential furlough

Posted  April 5, 2013

Courtesy Photo If a furlough occurs and the Commissary closes one day out of the week, a good plan would be to schedule shopping requirements. If a federal employee furlough is implemented, the Fort Irwin Commissary may have to close once a week. Currently, the store is open seven days a week and the leadership…

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Retired general promotes memorial for military women

Posted  April 5, 2013

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught spoke at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin Women’s History Month celebration, March 6. Vaught detailed the contributions of women in the military and expounded on the importance of the Women in Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Vaught is the president of the…

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