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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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Salutes & Awards

Rising to the occasion

Posted  December 6, 2013

One of Fort Irwin’s very own has been selected as a finalist for the Army-wide competition, Operation Rising Star. First Lt. Derrick Bishop, executive officer of H Company, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, here, will represent Fort Irwin and is one of 12 finalists announced by Army Entertainment to vie for the top spot…

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51st TICO Soldier recounts her journey to the United States

Posted  December 6, 2013

Editor’s note: Coming to America stories are unique to each person who has chosen to make a home in the United States. A National Training Center Soldier, with ties to Armenia and Iran, who came here in the past few years, shares her story below. Her name is not used, because of the changing political…

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Fort Irwin Garrison receives new command sergeant major

Posted  December 6, 2013

Photo by Gustavo Bahena, Public Affairs Office Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos Esmurria receives a non-commissioned officer sword from Col. Jon Braga during a change of responsibility ceremony, here, Nov. 15. On a clear, breezy morning on this High Desert military installation, Fort Irwin United States Army Garrison welcomed its new command sergeant major, Nov. 15….

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Strength, generosity, respect – they have defined our community all year

Posted  December 6, 2013

As this year comes to a close, and I reflect upon my tenure as commander of Fort Irwin Garrison, I can truly say that the community here – Soldiers, Families and civilians – has been a group of people who embody the American spirit of strength, generosity and respect. In the Army, strength is synonymous…

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PASSING OF THE NCO SWORD

Posted  December 6, 2013

Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers (center) takes hold of a non-commissioned officer sword from National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Brig. Gen. Ted Martin during a change of responsibility ceremony, here, Nov. 1. Travers became the command sergeant major for the NTC and Fort Irwin, taking on the post held previously by Command Sgt….

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National American Indian Heritage celebration informs community about local history, culture

Posted  December 6, 2013

Courtesy Photo Joseph Jimenez and Curtis Martin, singers for the Black Mountain Birdsingers, sang during the National Training Center and Fort Irwin National American Indian Heritage Month celebration, here, Nov. 13. Five members of the Black Mountain Birdsingers sang and danced traditional songs of the Mohave tribe, which is part of the Colorado River Indian…

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Bringing the gridiron to ‘the box’

Posted  December 6, 2013

Soldiers, Families part of FOX NFL Thanksgiving broadcast from NTC training area Photo by Guy Volb, Public Affairs Office Fort Irwin Soldiers and Family members atop an M1 Abrams tank yell out a cheer during a FOX NFL Sunday pre-game show. The show was broadcast live from a National Training Center training village before the…

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Medics graduate with two-year degree

Posted  January 10, 2014

Five Soldiers graduated with an associate’s of science degree during a ceremony, here, Nov. 14.

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November and December 2013 birth announcements

Posted  January 10, 2014

Natalie Booseh – girl Nov. 6 at 3:45 a.m. 8 lbs., 3 oz. Spc. Alex Adl and Shaghayegh Yadegari Unit/Company: 51st Translator Interpreter Company Kawika David Anthony – boy Nov. 8 at 5:02 a.m. 7 lbs., 13 oz., 20.9 inches Staff Sgt. Frank and Evangeline Rodriguez Unit/Company: Operations Group Niko Dimitri – boy Nov. 8.at…

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Scorpions scale Tiefort summit

Posted  January 10, 2014

The oldest Operations Group team, the Green Team, became the tallest after the unit and family members reached the top of Tiefort Mountain, here, Nov. 26.

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