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Focused on the battle against TBI’s

Gustavo Bahena Colonel Cheryl Taylor-Whitehead, commander of United States Army Medical Department Activity here, and Shannon O’ Kelley, chief operating officer of the UCLA Health System, sign a memorandum of agreement at Fort Irwin, March 31. Traumatic brain injury experts from UCLA and the Army convened during a TBI Summit at this installation. A highly…

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After foot amputation, Soldier’s mission is to remain infantry

Photo by Serina Viers, MEDDAC Spc. Kevin Nguyen performs an Army Physical Fitness Test at Fort Irwin, March 12. Staff Sgt. Rafael Machuca (right) of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, here, administered the APFT. Sergeant 1st Class Robert Peredo, left, is Nguyen’s platoon sergeant. The right opportunity might not come around often, but when it…

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Vietnam Veterans converge on Fort Irwin for tribute

Photo by Jason Miller, Public Affairs Office A Vietnam War Veteran returns the salute of a young U.S. Naval Sea Cadet. The exchange took place at the 2014 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Ceremony, here, March 28. Home of the National Training Center, Fort Irwin holds the ceremony each year to honor America’s Veterans. Hundreds of…

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Retired K9 finds peace with veteran family

Photo by Carlo Casem, Training Support Center Max, a retired military working dog, was given a certificate, medal and doggie toys by the War Dogs Association Chapter 1-Western Region, a non-profit that supports handlers and adopters of retired military working dogs. Angela and Thomas Boggs (rear) adopted the Belgian Malinois after he was retired from…

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School Age Services children learn about safety, helicopter mission

For some kids, having a day off from school might allow for a few more video games before mom or dad gets home.


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A tradition of giving

Posted  January 10, 2014

Courtesy Photo The commander of 916th Support Brigade, Col. James Kazmierczak (left) holds a ceremonial check with Joe Madrid, supervisor of the section. The maintenance section contributed $3,000 to the Fort Irwin Food Basket Program. Traditions are meant to be sustained. So, when the 2013 fall and winter holiday season arrived, staff of the maintenance…

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Kids Vision For Life event provides glasses to Fort Irwin children

Posted  January 10, 2014

Courtesy Photo The Kids Vision for Life program visited Fort Irwin and provided children with eye exams and glasses, Dec. 7. During the stopover to this installation, the program attended to 108 children. Forty-one patients received glasses that day and 50 others were ordered glasses. Also, 95 gift certificates for VSP® Vision Care were provided….

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Local Briefs January 10, 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

Ongoing Sportman’s Club. If you’re a gun enthusiast, go hunting, or like to fish, join this club. The club operates a shooting range on post and can also organize fishing and hunting trips. Contact John Antes at 380-6372 or john.r.antes.mil@mail.mil. Now through Feb. 25 and March 31 Applications available for Welfare Grants and Student Scholarships…

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Building for the community

Posted  January 10, 2014

If you went to the Fort Irwin Town Center during the holidays, you saw them – a giant gingerbread house and Santa’s sleigh.

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MWR offers digital eBooks, audiobooks, music, videos

Posted  January 10, 2014

Army MWR Libraries offer free access to more than 25,000 eBooks and audiobooks through the Army Digital Media Library. Patrons may browse the Army Digital Media Library, borrow titles with a library account, and enjoy them on all computers and majors devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle®. The Army Digital…

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Spouse stays committed, loses 115 pounds

Posted  January 10, 2014

Some say that losing weight is one of the hardest personal goals to accomplish; that starting a diet or exercise plan may be easy, but succeeding can prove a bit more elusive.

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School flooding results in unforeseen positive for local Veterans program

Posted  January 10, 2014

High Desert school districts and Veterans recently echoed the team spirit shown by the Fort Irwin community after Lewis Elementary School was shut down by last year’s devastating flood, here, Aug. 24.

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Legal services available for Soldiers during medical boards

Posted  January 10, 2014

Soldiers undergoing a medical evaluation board sometimes feel lost and confused with the significant decisions they have to make that will affect their military careers and the rest of their lives. The Office of Soldiers’ Counsel is the Army’s team of qualified and trained attorneys and paralegals, who assist Soldiers in the Integrated Disability Evaluation…

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History written in stone: Sam Hunter’s quest to preserve the Black Mountain battleground

Posted  January 10, 2014

When retired first sergeant Sam Hunter was hired to work as a tank simulator technician at the National Training Center, little did he know that he would be spending much of his life outside Fort Irwin documenting a great battle that happened 7,000 years ago in a 25-square mile battle space west of Fort Irwin.

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Military lending protection

Posted  January 10, 2014

The 2006 Department of Defense’s Report on Predatory Lending Practices, found that military families have characteristics that can make them a market of choice for predatory lending. For example, 48 percent of enlisted Soldiers are younger than 25 years old, typically have limited financial education, and perhaps most significantly, they receive a steady paycheck. In…

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