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Around the Force

  • Arlington Cemetery continues improvement

    By J.D. LEIPOLD

    Army News Service

    In testimony on Capitol Hill, the executive director of Army National Cemeteries said as the pace of interments remain at an all-time high, Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia, continues process improvements.

    In prepared remarks before a House Veterans Affairs subcommittee, Patrick Hallinan said accountability improvements and use of geospatial mapping technology has allowed cemetery workers to certify each burial service on a daily basis by using duplicative verification of grave location and remains.

  • 173rd practices airfield seizure operations

    By 1ST LT. ANGELINA CILLO

    173rd Public Affairs

    The 173rd Airborne Brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, conducted a battalion-sized airfield seizure exercise at an airbase in northern Italy, Wednesday evening, to further their readiness as the Army’s Contingency Response Force in Europe.

  • 6 year old raises money for Operation Christmas Child

    By MICHELE VOWELL

    Fort Campbell Courier

    For Lilly Bradley, the thought of children not having presents to open Christmas morning was a sad reality that she wanted to change for at least a few youngsters.

    The 6-year-old daughter of Erin and Spc. Adam Bradley gave 100 underprivileged children across the globe a gift to open Dec. 25.

    Her father is assigned to 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

  • 1st Cavalry Soldiers rotating to Eastern Europe

    By DAVID VERGUN

    Army News Service

    Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division and later replacement units will rotate to locations in Eastern Europe through the end of next year as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, and those rotations could continue after next year and for the foreseeable future, the commander of U.S. Army Europe said Nov. 24.

    Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges spoke to reporters at the Pentagon from Vilnius, Lithuania, via a video teleconference.

  • Pearl Harbor survivor recounts bombing, Day of Infamy

    By MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS JOHN BELANGER

    Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

    The 19-year-old Airman jumped from his bunk when he heard a thunderous explosion outside his third floor barracks window, Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941. When he looked out the window, he saw a plane with a big red ball flying low to the ground strafing Hickam airfield.

  • Transcom’s mission hasn’t decreased, supporting ISIL threat, Ebola

    By JIM GARAMONE

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    “Demand signals” on the U.S. Transportation Command have not decreased with the change in mission in Afghanistan, Air Force Gen. Paul Selva told the Defense Writers’ Group Dec. 4.

    Missions to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and to support efforts to combat Ebola in West Africa mean the command remains busy, he said and added the drawdown in Afghanistan is moving according to the plan laid out a year ago.

  • Civilians appreciate soldiering after ARL course

    By JOYCE CONANT

    ARL Public Affairs

    Thirty-one civilian employees experienced the “opportunity of a lifetime” when they attended the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Greening Course that was held in late October at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and the surrounding area.

    The semiannual course is designed to give civilian employees the opportunity to gain insight and to experience various activities, duties and responsibilities of the U.S. Soldier.

  • Five detainees released from Guantanamo Bay

    DoD News, Defense Media Activity

    The Department of Defense announced the transfer of Ahmed Adnan Ahjam, Ali Hussain Shaabaan, Omar Mahmoud Faraj, Abdul Bin Mohammed Abis Ourgy, Mohammed Tahanmatan and Jihad Diyab from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Uruguay, according to a DOD news release issued today.

  • Soldier has military, Native American roots that go back generations

    By DAVID ALTOM

    Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

    Like so many who join the National Guard, Capt. Dayna Sanders comes from a military Family. Her husband flies Army helicopters, her father deployed to Vietnam as an aerial photographer and her grandfather served during World War II. She has an aunt who was in the Women’s Army Corps and a grandmother who served during World War I.

  • College of William & Mary offer MBA program

    By CAPT. AMANDA KEHRRINGTON

    Fort Eustis

    With the Army’s continuous drive to become increasingly competitive through retaining and developing the most competent and qualified officers, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is offering officers another opportunity for advanced education.

    The Maj. Gen. James Wright Masters in Business Administration Program offers select Army officers the unique opportunity to receive an advanced degree from the College of William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business, Williamsburg, Virginia.