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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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“I’m joining the U.S. military”

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photo courtesy Sgt. M As an Iraqi citizen in 2008, Sgt. M (left) worked as a translator for U.S. Special Forces training Iraqi Special Forces units. Immigrant to America inspired to enlist after interpreting for U.S. Special Forces in Iraq Editor’s note: Coming to America stories are unique to each person who has chosen to…

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I ask you to think about the American Spirit and what it means to be an American

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photo by Les Ozawa Public Affairs Office Two steel beams from the World Trade Center twin towers will be part of a 9/11 Memorial being built at Fort Irwin. (Editor’s note: Col. Jon Braga’s speech has been re-printed here after he spoke to an audience gathered at a ground breaking ceremony for a 9/11 Memorial…

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Distracted driving: Law enforcement is cracking down

Posted  October 4, 2013

Courtesy of NHTSA Do you ever send text messages or e-mails when you are driving? Focus on driving when behind the wheel; the statistics on distracted driving are proof of its dangers Many of us do it. Talk on a cell phone, change a CD in the stereo, scold our kids, eat, or even send…

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Fort Irwin breaks ground for 9/11 Memorial

Posted  October 4, 2013

Photo by Les Ozawa, Public Affairs Office Fort Irwin Soldiers, firefighters, and military and civilian security personnel stand behind a 9/11 ceremony display that included two, five-foot steel beams from the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The ceremony took place Sept. 11 and served as a ground breaking for a memorial to those…

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September 2013 birth announcements

Posted  November 1, 2013

Hunter Michael – boy Sept. 1 at 5:10 p.m. 7 lbs., 15 oz Jacob and Amanda Below Unit/Company: 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Lia Kendall – girl Sept. 3 at 6:35 a.m. 7 lbs., 10 oz., 20.5 inches Sgt. Aaron and Stephanie Brooks Unit/Company: 1st Squadron, 11th ACR Emma Rose – girl Sept. 4 at 2:08…

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Road rage incidents not the only form of aggressive driving

Posted  November 1, 2013

Eight out of 10 drivers surveyed in the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index rank aggressive driving as a “serious” or “extremely serious” risk that jeopardizes their safety. They’re right. Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities. Although “road rage” incidents provide some of the most shocking views of aggressive…

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Helping children cope with disaster

Posted  November 1, 2013

How to help children cope with the effects of disaster, as well as how to be prepared before a disaster strikes. Children can feel very frightened during a disaster and afterwards some children will show temporary changes of behavior. For most children these changes will be mild, not last long, and diminish with time. However,…

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Military & Civilian Spouses’ Club to host ‘Tis the Season’ luncheon

Posted  November 1, 2013

Looking for a fun way to kick-off the holiday season? Join the Military and Civilian Spouses’ Club for our ‘Tis the Season’ Luncheon Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Sandy Basin Community Center. We have fun games and contests planned to keep you entertained. Wear your tackiest sweater and festive garb and compete in…

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Fall Fest a hit with community

Posted  November 1, 2013

The Fort Irwin Fall Festival, organized by Directorate of Family, Morale and Welfare, took place Oct. 17-19.

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Recycle!

Posted  November 1, 2013

Get too much junk mail? Recycle it. Done doing the laundry? Recycle that bleach bottle. Even that empty bottle of air freshener can be recycled.

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