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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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Breaking the gossip cycle in the workplace

Posted  April 5, 2013

Let’s say you’re not a gossiper. You simply listen to your coworkers, so as not be rude. But here’s the thing that most people don’t realize – as a listener, you are a co-narrator to the gossip. In other words, the act of active listening actually supports and promotes gossiping. The more you listen, the…

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Vietnam Veterans rock!

Posted  April 5, 2013

Photo by Pamela Portland, PAO director above: Actor and musician Gary Sinise plays the guitar during a concert, here, March 9. Sinise played with his group, the Lt. Dan Band, which travels to installations around the world in support of America’s military personnel, Families and Veterans. His organization, the Gary Sinise Foundation, builds homes for…

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Operation Homefront supporting Wounded Warriors

Posted  May 3, 2013

Photo by Sarah Rangel Sgt. Jonas Allen (with wife Sharonda and children A’Myriah and Na’Zyriah), Spc. Randall Douglas and Cpl. Joshua Sanders hold laptops donated by FedEx and provided through Operation Homefront. The Soldiers are with Warrior Transition Unit-Company A under MEDDAC, here. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to Families of servicemembers…

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Fill out those surveys

Posted  May 3, 2013

Have a great provider? Wait times too long? We want to know! Patients are the most important part of our job at Weed Army Community Hospital and we need your feedback to improve and make changes. Did you know that by responding to your APLSS survey, you help fund new staff and programs? Army Provider…

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Battle ready

Posted  May 3, 2013

  Battle Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Class 09-13 graduates: Staff Sgt. Fabrizio A. Bustos, Staff Sgt. Elias Bonilla, Master Sgt. Bobby Estrada, Staff Sgt. Jerard Brown, Sgt. Jose Gutierrez, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Flagg, Sgt. 1st Class Troy Barnes (assistant instructor), Staff Sgt. Madeorgracia Elisan, Sgt. 1st Class Donald Ploger, Command Sgt. Maj. Noel Foster (graduation…

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Fort Irwin eighth grader to compete at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Posted  May 3, 2013

Because she is a voracious reader, perhaps it’s no surprise that Zerin Wetzel, 13 years old, is a regional spelling bee champ and scheduled to compete at the national level, May 27.

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Fort Irwin Garrison Facility Holiday Hours for Memorial Day, May 27

Posted  May 3, 2013

Exchange Exchange Main Store building 918: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starbucks building 323: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Starbucks Town Center: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 24 Hour Express building 34: Normal operating hours Einstein Bagel building 21: 7 a.m.-noon Blackhorse Shoppette: Closed Taco Bell building 21: 10:30 a.m-7 p.m. MCS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Manchu Wok building 21: 11 a.m.-6…

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Happily coexisting with wildlife in the desert

Posted  May 3, 2013

Wildlife activity at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin is increasing as winter has transitioned into spring.

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Life of the party, death on the streets

Posted  May 3, 2013

Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. The following is some information to consider before you begin enjoying beverages at home or at an event: • Prior to drinking alcohol, designate a non-drinking driver when…

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Respite Care benefit available for EFMP Families

Posted  May 3, 2013

The Exceptional Family Member Program offers Respite Care as a temporary rest period for Family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Respite Care may be provided in the EFMP Respite Care user’s home or other settings, such as special needs camps and enrichment programs. Respite Care is not an entitlement or a…

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