Around the Force

  • Mosquito-borne illness arrives from Caribbean

    Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Public Health Command

    A virus called “chikungunya” carried by mosquitoes that are common in the continental United States is likely to appear in locations where Soldiers, Army civilians and their families work and live.

    The virus, transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, causes high fever and joint pain, public health experts at the U.S. Army Public Health Command said.

  • Officer dies in motorcycle crash

    U.S. Army Combat Readiness Safety Center

    A Fort Leavenworth, Kan., student officer died from injuries sustained in a private motor vehicle crash that occurred July 11 in Steelville, Mo. The 35-year-old major was operating his Harley Davidson motorcycle when he was struck by a 1999 Chrysler that was approaching in his lane while attempting to pass a commercial tractor trailer rig on a bridge. The officer was wearing PPE, was licensed, trained and obeying traffic laws at the time of the incident. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

  • Ticket scams may accompany pro golf


    As the PGA Championship approaches, many consumers will be starting to look for last minute tickets. BBB warns consumers of scammers taking advantage of anyone looking for a great last minute deal.

    Events like the PGA Championship sell out quickly, and fans could be tempted to buy from the secondary market, where tickets always pop up. BBB warns fans to be careful when buying tickets from individuals online or from unfamiliar sources. Here are some tips to keep you from buying fake tickets.

  • Bio threats rise with internet info

    Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

    The Internet Age has changed the way people access information, enabling them to share and exchange content in a new form of currency. While it has provided many benefits to society, it has also increased the mishandling of knowledge for ill-intended purposes, including chemical and biological threats.

  • Eye injuries often result of insufficient eyewear protection during sports


    Doctor of Optometry

    U.S. Army Public Health Command

    Sports are an everyday activity for many Americans and for many Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Sports are also a leading cause of eye injuries, but not an activity where use of safety eyewear has completely taken hold.

    The military uses a variety of sports activities to aid in physical fitness train-ing and to stimulate competition. Increased participation in sports has been accompanied by an increase in injur-ies in general and eye injuries in particular.

  • Futuristic 3-D printing goal of Army research, developers


    RDECOM Public Affairs

    One day, Soldiers will get critical repair parts at the point of need through innovative, reliable 3-D printing systems. This vision of the future will lift the logistics burden and lighten the load to provide more capabili-ties at less cost, accord-ing to Army researchers.

  • App available for Performance Triad

    Army Medicine

    Army Medicine is committed to reaching beneficiaries where they live. The Performance Triad application (v1.0) is now available to do just that.

  • Directory published for special-needs kids

    DoD News, Defense Media Activity

    A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said in Washington July 2.

  • SHARP campaign focuses on preventionSHARP campaign focuses on prevention


    Army News Service

    “We must take conscious steps to understand and reduce environmental risks, identify predatory behaviors, and mitigate personal vulnerabilities associated with sexual assault and harassment,” Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, G-1, said in the opening letter of the Army’s first formal Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention campaign plan.

  • TRADOC moving instructional material to education cloud


    Eighteen months ago, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command began migrating education content to the dotcom cloud, a commercially operated bank of servers.

    This is a significant step for several reasons.