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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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Spring is for the birds

Posted  February 7, 2014

Is mid-winter too early to start preparing for the upcoming bird nesting season?

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NTC provides realistic training for Special Forces

Posted  February 7, 2014

The mission of the National Training Center is to provide tough, realistic joint and combined arms training, focused at the brigade combat team level and below. But NTC is not limited to training just Army battalions and brigades.

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Japanese Soldiers train at National Training Center for first time

Posted  February 7, 2014

In a first-ever deployment of its kind, members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force trained at the National Training Center during the January rotation.

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3-2 Stryker and Japanese unit conclude their first decisive action rotation

Posted  February 7, 2014

The first Stryker brigade ever activated in the Army wrapped up its first decisive action rotation with a unit from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, here, Jan. 31.

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2013-2014 flu season update

Posted  February 7, 2014

Preventive Medicine Services, here, has once again led the way in providing flu shots during fiscal year 2013-2014. To date, more than 4,000 flu vaccines have been administered to active duty Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians in the Fort Irwin health service area. Our National Training Center‘s current influenza status is 99.4 percent. Way…

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Respite care available for families with exceptional family member

Posted  February 7, 2014

The Army Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care is a program that provides a temporary rest period for Family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Care may be provided in the EFMP respite care user’s home. Eligibility is based on EFMP enrollment and exceptional family member’s severe chronic conditions or significant medical…

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News Briefs February 7, 2014

Posted  February 7, 2014

Ongoing Free tax preparation services. Fort Irwin Tax Center, building 288. All Active Duty, Retirees, and their dependents, as well as Reserve and National Guard on orders for more than 30 days, can use the Tax Center for free tax preparation. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call for an appointment at 380-3604….

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What is the Special Victim Counsel Program?

Posted  February 7, 2014

Sexual assault is one of the most pressing and difficult issues in today’s Army. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno has noted that sexual assault destroys the fabric of our force and must be addressed in a thoughtful, effective, and systematic manner. As part of the Army’s efforts to combat sexual assault within our…

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Don’t wait until April 15

Posted  February 7, 2014

Fort Irwin Tax Center offers free income tax filing for Soldiers, Families, others who qualify Gustavo Bahena (Left to right, foreground) Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Miller, and Maj. Gen. Ted Martin cut a ribbon at this year’s traditional opening of the Fort Irwin Tax Center, Jan. 17. Martin and Travers are…

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NTC commander receives second star

Posted  February 7, 2014

Photo courtesy Training Support Center Major Gen. Ted Martin is joined by his family after his promotion ceremony at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Jan. 24. Wife, Stephanie, and sons Anthony and Teddy attended the traditional ceremony, which saw Gen. Daniel Allyn, commander of United States Army Forces Command, pin a second star…

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