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Gustavo Bahena Salutes & Awards

NTC leadership honors DA civilians, Soldiers, NCOs

Gustavo Bahena National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Maj. Gen. Ted Martin pins an Army Commendation Medal on the uniform of Sgt. Joseph Bailey, Non-commissioned Officer of the Year for fiscal year 2014 during a ceremony here, Jan. 12. Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers (center) served as part of the official party for the…

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My transformation

A well-known Department of the Army civilian here, and friend of many, spoke at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, Jan. 7. John Winkfield, director of the National Training Center Equal Employment Opportunity office, shared a personal story of transformation he attributed to several factors, including seeing Dr. King speak in the 1960’s. At…

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Tough love in this harsh, beautiful desert

Photo by Gustavo Bahena, Public Affairs Office The commander of Fort Irwin Dental Clinic Command, Col Todd Kimura, and his daughter, Hannah, participated in the December Resiliency Week chili cook-off with their recipe, “Boiler Tailgate DENTAC Chili.” Kimura says, “Here at the National Training Center we demonstrate day by day our ‘tough’ love through loyalty…

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Replicating accurate unconventional warfare threats

Throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, the prevalence of roadside bombs and unconventional tactics brought about the development of counter insurgency operations.

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Arctic Wolves prove their endurance

The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Arctic Wolves” from Fort Wainwright, Alaska conducted an 18-day training here that concluded Feb. 5.


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Your Profession

Posted  April 4, 2014

Social media is a great tool for Soldiers to stay informed, meet new friends and to keep in-touch with family when abroad. When you use social media with those goals in mind, you’re implementing sound social media application and utilizing these sites as a communication tool rather than a method of self-destruction. It’s when these…

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Fort Irwin homeschool students learn about Native American Indian culture, insects, tortoises

Posted  April 4, 2014

Living or working on Fort Irwin puts its community well into the desert, but it also provides a great opportunity to learn about the unique environment of the Mojave.

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Military Assistance Corporation ends military allotments processing

Posted  April 4, 2014

If you are currently using a military allotment to repay a loan, be aware that one of the largest allotment processors, Military Assistance Corporation, ended allotment processing on March 31. This is only for allotments used to pay commercial/consumer loans (e.g. loans for furniture or electronics). This will not affect MAC allotments for housing. If…

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Federal income taxes and the Affordable Care Act

Posted  April 4, 2014

Many tax payers have asked how the new health care law, called the Affordable Care Act, will affect them when filing income tax returns. While the new law should have no affect for most tax payers when filing 2013 taxes, the new law may affect 2014 income tax filings. The individual shared responsibility provision of…

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NTC and Fort Irwin recognizes women’s character, courage, commitment

Posted  April 4, 2014

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin celebrated Women’s History Month with a standing-room only ceremony, March 5.

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School Age Services children learn about safety, helicopter mission

Posted  April 4, 2014

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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News Briefs April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 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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Retired K9 finds peace with veteran family

Posted  April 4, 2014

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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Vietnam Veterans converge on Fort Irwin for tribute

Posted  April 4, 2014

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

Posted  April 4, 2014

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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