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Around the Force

  • ‘Hellions’ guard, protect, ensure safety at FOB Salerno

    By STAFF SGT. BEN NAVRATIL
    3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
    As the Soldiers and civilians on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, go about their days, there is a group of Soldiers who are constantly at work to ensure the safety of everyone on the FOB.
    The FOB is protected by a series of towers and small outposts manned by U.S. Soldiers and members of the Asia Security Guard, a private security firm.

  • Recruiting battalion takes fitness tour to high school

    By JORGE GOMEZ
    Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion
    Tom Stokes, a Fond du Lac High School (Wis.) teacher, has students who have never participated in his physical education class. But on April 15 he saw them doing as many push-ups as they could muster before drill sergeants.
    Mr. Stokes and his students visited the Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion’s Pathway to Success, an interactive tour that promoted health and fitness at Stevens Point Area Senior High and Fond du Lac High School April 13 and 15, respectively.

  • Soldiers register surprise, relief over bin Laden’s death

    Stars and Stripes
    Shock and awe.
    That’s how U.S. service members around the world reacted to the news that 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed.
    “Holy crap!” Tech. Sgt. Tracy Zeece said as she stood with a group of people gathered in front of a television in the food court at Misawa Air Base, Japan, a scene that was repeated at U.S. military bases across the Pacific as the news hit at lunchtime.

  • New medical clinic to care for Duke’s 2-2 Soldiers

    By STAFF SGT.
    ANDREW GUFFEY
    210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
    Construction of a new clinic at Forward Operating Base Andar, Afghanistan, is underway and projected to be completed by the end of May.
    Soldiers from the Nebraska National Guard’s 623rd Engineer Company, 1249th Engineer Battalion are constructing the 3,300 square foot clinic that will provide care for the units in the area.

  • No more paper Social Security checks

    By MELODY BARRETT
    U.S. Department of the Treasury
    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is retiring the paper Social Security check for millions of baby boomers and others applying for federal benefits, a move that will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years. As of May 1, anyone newly applying for Social Security, Veterans Affairs, or other federal benefits will need to choose an electronic payment method – paper checks will no longer be an option. People receiving their federal benefits by paper check must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.

  • Change to guidance opens door for Marine Purple Hearts

    By CHRIS CARROLL
    Stars and Stripes
    It’s no longer necessary for Marines suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries to have been knocked unconscious to qualify for a Purple Heart, a retroactive change that could affect thousands of troops who have served in battle since Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Parents view immunizations as necessary if risky evil

    By BRANDY GILL
    Darnall Army Medical Center Public Affairs
    Childhood immuniza-tions may possibly be the worst part of becoming a new parent, and they are certainly the low point of all well-baby appointments, but most parents view them as a necessary evil.
    But are they really necessary?
    Lt. Col. (Dr.) Joseph Llanos, the chief of Pre-ventive Medicine at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood said “yes,” immunizations are crucial for children.

  • Around the Force

    DoD prosecutor wants charges brought against Cole bomber
    American Forces Press Service
    The chief prosecutor of the Defense Department’s Office of Military Commissions has recommended that capital charges be brought against the alleged mastermind behind the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, a Pentagon spokesman said April 20.

  • Army measuring 13,000 Soldiers to achieve better fit

    By MARK PATTON
    Stars and Stripes
    The Army aims to make ill-fitting uniforms and protective gear things of the past when it completes a body-measurement survey next year.

  • Arlington Cemetary working toward fixing past problems found by Army IG

    By JENNIFER LYNCH
    Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs
    The Army Cemeteries Program and Arlington National Cemetery leadership testified April 14 before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, or HASC O&I, regarding the progress made to address past issues and establish accountability at Arlington National Cemetery.