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The biggest challenge ever!

In the middle of the Mojave Desert is where MasterChef producers discovered the perfect location for their cooking competition that aired June 9. It was the biggest challenge ever in the five-year history of the Fox TV series.

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Thrive while you’re here, feel proud after leaving

If you’ve recently arrived to the National Training Center and Fort Irwin – welcome! And if you are departing to serve at another great duty station – feel proud of having contributed to the mission of maintaining and strengthening our nation’s security.

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Deputy commander riding off into retirement

The long and, at times, winding road taken by the former deputy garrison commander here comes to an end this July after more than 40-plus years as a Soldier, contractor and civil service civilian in support of our nation.

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Taking care of business since 1775

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin celebrated the Army’s 239th birthday on June 11, just a few days before training of a rotational brigade begins and ahead of the Army birthday June 14.

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Hottest trucking crews in the High Desert

When rotational units need a tank or Stryker vehicle moved at the National Training Center there are certain Soldiers who can take their call – truckers – or motor transport operators, to be exact.


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Mass Transportation Benefits Program (MTBP)

Posted  April 12, 2012

Information Sheet What is the Mass Transportation Benefits Program (MTBP)? a.  The Mass Transportation Benefit Program provides partial reimbursement for mass transit commuting costs “in order to reduce Federal employees’ contribution to traffic congestion and air pollution and to expand their commuting alternatives” (Executive Order 13150, April 2000). b. MTBP is available for all Army employees…

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Researcher aims to help Soldiers recover faster from wounds

Posted  April 12, 2012

NATICK, Mass. (April 9, 2012) — An injury he suffered during a high altitude-low opening parachute jump 15 years ago ended his own career as a Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance combat medic, but Wayne Matheny never stopped caring about others in uniform. After collecting a bachelor’s degree in…

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Disaster preparedness can save lives

Posted  April 12, 2012

Disasters can occur in just a few seconds. Preparedness lessens the impact on families, workplaces, and communities. On Thursday, April 19, 2012 Weed Army Community Hospital and the Mary E. Walker Clinic will be conducting a disaster exercise based on an Active Shooter scenario.  The event will take place from 1300 to 1700 hours. There…

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Army Emergency Relief Campaign update April 12, 2012

Posted  April 12, 2012

This past year found our Soldiers and family members in severe financial need, some of which could have been devastating to their well-being if not for Army Emergency Relief. Aside from the AER loan funding of emergency leave travel for Soldiers and family members, AER also assisted Soldiers…

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Vietnam hero to receive Medal of Honor posthumously

Posted  April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 17, 2012) — President Barack Obama has announced that Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr., a rifleman with the 101st Airborne Division, will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor May 16 for his actions during the Vietnam War. Sabo is credited with saving…

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BOSS seeks Soldiers for Extreme Velocity Challenge

Posted  April 19, 2012

Do you have what it takes to become an “extreme” champion? The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program at Fort Irwin will launch its first Extreme Velocity Challenge next week starting Monday. The challenge consists of participation in three consecutive BOSS-sponsored trips to locations around…

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Supplement use highest among overweight service members

Posted  April 19, 2012

VILSECK, Germany (April 10, 2012) — Dietary and performance enhancing supplements have an artificial image according to an expert who works at the Army Wellness Center here. “Fewer than 30 percent of service members discuss dietary supplements use with their health care providers,” said Kim…

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9th MSC Soldier rescues abandoned newborn puppies

Posted  April 19, 2012

MAKAHA, Hawaii (April 10, 2012) — Beefy, Creamy, Flash, Mr. Henry, Snoopy and Stumpy owe their lives to Spc. Erik Lowe, 9th Mission Support Command, and his wife, Martina. During a routine morning run by his home, here, Jan. 29, a faint whimpering in nearby bushes brought Erik Lowe to a halt.

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‘Thank you and welcome home, my brothers’

Posted  April 12, 2012

On April 5, two simple words made a big impact on several hundred Vietnam-era veterans gathered at Fort Irwin — thank you. The veterans took part in Fort Irwin’s third annual Vietnam-era Veterans Welcome Home ceremony. The day’s events kicked off with a motorcycle parade made up of several…

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News Briefs April 12, 2012

Posted  April 12, 2012

Community garden club seeks members There will be a meeting of the Fort Irwin community garden club tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Coyote Activity Pavilion next to the skate park.  All are welcome.  No gardening experience is necessary.  New members have the opportunity to shape the direction of this new club and to garden…

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