Air assault takes center stage Air assault takes center stage April 17, 2014

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Engineers contribute to overall Army Engineers contribute to overall Army April 17, 2014

The 307th Engineer Battalion was first constituted on Aug. 5, 1917,  in the National Army as the 307th Engineers and organized at Camp Gordon, Ga., Aug. 27, 1917, as a unit of the 82nd Infantry Division. 

 

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Ready, Resilient Campaign focuses on intervention Ready, Resilient Campaign focuses on intervention April 17, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va.  — The Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign is now focusing on intervention, not on bystander behaviors, said Sharyn J. Saunders, director of the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign program.

 

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Griffins put PETL to the medal in competition Griffins put PETL to the medal in competition April 17, 2014

Paratroopers of the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, the Golden Griffins, aren’t satisfied with the same old “round robin” or “check the block” training events. Knowing that every 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper must be proficient at basic warrior tasks and battle drills, the Griffins held a two-day competition, in late March, to determine the proficiency of the battalion’s companies, as well as which company could lay claim to being the best overall. 

 

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Golden Griffins take celebrating Army Family to new heights Golden Griffins take celebrating Army Family to new heights April 17, 2014

As the Air Force crewmembers of the C130 Hercules aircraft hefted the doors of the plane open, the jumpmasters and safeties squinted into the bright blinding daylight. The jumpmaster teams performed their checks and signals with precision and within moments, the number one jumpers stepped into the doors, ready to leap into the vast, empty sky. The pre-jump training, rehearsals, parachute rigging and the short, subsequent flight were like many others the paratroopers had done before. This jump, however, had an unusual audience and purpose.

 

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609th MCT performs air assault operations with 18 Soldiers 609th MCT performs air assault operations with 18 Soldiers April 10, 2014

When the command of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade instructed its subordinate units to get back to the basics in soldiering and self-sustainment in the field, little did they know that the brigade’s smallest unit would take the challenge head-on in what would later be called “Operation Phantom.”

 

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1st TSC supports servicemembers, campaigns 1st TSC supports servicemembers, campaigns April 10, 2014

1st Corps Support Command organized the flow and distribution of humanitarian supplies to the Panamanian population. Prior to the airborne assault, 1st COSCOM prepared combat Soldiers and their logistics supply lines at numerous locations across the U.S. 1st COSCOM Soldiers also parachuted in with elements of the 82nd Airborne Division to make preparations for the massive logistics effort to support this operation.

 

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Corsair Soldiers build resiliency through self-defense Corsair Soldiers build  resiliency through self-defense April 03, 2014

The women of 2nd Aviation Assault Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade trained for self-defense during Protect Your Body and Your Soul training at the 82nd Airborne Division Combatives and Advanced Tactics School, March 27.

 

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1st TSC provides supplies to servicemembers 1st TSC provides supplies to servicemembers April 03, 2014

During the Berlin Crisis of 1961, the 1st Logistical Command deployed to France. The unit mission during this period was to organize a base logistics command to supervise seven depots and area port operations in western and southwestern France.

 

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Airborne division troopers compete for coveted title Airborne division troopers compete for coveted title April 03, 2014

In a glass case in the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters are the names of 85 Division paratroopers etched on gold plates from as far back as 1955. These are the names of paratroopers, past and present, who have gone above and beyond to prove themselves as the best of the best. This week, five 82nd paratroopers completed the same rigorous competition as those who came before them in hopes that their names would be added to that case, as well as to the history of the 82nd Abn. Div., as the 2014 82nd Airborne Division Noncommissioned Officer and Trooper of the Year.

 

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Medic wins 'Best Warrior,' moves on to compete at higher level Medic wins 'Best Warrior,' moves on to compete at higher level March 27, 2014

HELENA, Mont. - An Army Reserve combat medic beat out nine other sergeants to win the Army Reserve Medical Command’s prestigious Best Warrior Competition held in late February.

 

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16th MP provides law enforcement, offers continued airborne support 16th MP provides law enforcement,  offers continued airborne support March 27, 2014

The 16th Military Police Brigade dates back to the Vietnam conflict when it was constituted on March 23, 1966 as the 16th Military Police Group and activated on May 20, 1966 at Fort George Meade, Md. The unit participated in 13 campaigns to include nine counteroffensives and two consolidations during the Vietnam conflict receiving two Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for their outstanding efforts and dedication. 

 

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The triad journey continues March 27, 2014

Location, location, location. This is a phrase that I hear when someone is talking about weddings, celebrations, birthdays and so many other significant events. So I started to wonder whether or not location has anything to do with how I perform.

 

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Hook up Hook up March 20, 2014

Soldiers of the 407th Brigade Support Battalion are responsible for duties such as pumping fuel from a forward area refueler, transporting critical ammunition, issuing food and supplies, fixing damaged vehicles, maintaining the brigade’s weapons’ systems, issuing repair parts and treating and evacuating casualties from the drop zone. 

 

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Army studies use of technology to improve logistics Army studies use of technology to improve logistics March 20, 2014

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- A National Research Council committee studying ways to reduce the size of the Army’s logistical demands met with Research, Development and Engineering Command experts recently to look at technologies that may help the Army reach that goal.

 

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ADA adds to Fort Bragg’s history ADA adds to Fort Bragg’s history March 20, 2014

With the end of World War II, the U.S. Army no longer needed a large standing Army. Both the 101st Airborne Division and the 81st Anti-Aircraft and Anti-Tank Battalion were inactivated. For its contributions and sacrifices in the European Theater of Operations, the battalion earned two Presidential Unit Citations, the French Croix d’ Guerre, two Belgian Croix d’ Guerre, the Belgian Fourragere, and the Netherlands Orange Lanyard.

 

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Fort Bragg medics, local authorities train against attacks Fort Bragg medics, local authorities train against attacks March 13, 2014

The curtain closed and capped off what seemed to be a perfect ending to a concert. The crowd wanted an encore, but instead of more music, terrified screams and confusion amplified into a chaotic melody. Mass hysteria ensued along with a chemical attack on the audience.

 

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Sustainment Soldiers help Afghans with medical supplies Sustainment Soldiers help  Afghans with medical supplies March 13, 2014

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The Fort Bragg-based, 82nd Sustainment Brigade-U.S. Central Command Materiel Recovery Element partnered with Regional Command-South, Combined Joint Task Force 4, to give medical supplies to Afghanistan’s Kandahar Ministry of Public Health Feb. 25, at the Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan retrosort yard.

 

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Engineer brigade builds on legacy at Fort Bragg Engineer brigade builds on legacy at Fort Bragg March 13, 2014

Brigade engineers conducted minefield and route clearance operations, road maintenance, road, airfield and base camp construction, and geospatial missions. The corps Staff Engineer Section supported combined and Joint Task Force 180 from June 2002 through May 2003 in Afghanistan. 

 

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Atlas troops train with Air Force to recover aircraft Atlas troops train with Air Force to recover aircraft March 06, 2014

82nd Combat Aviation Brigade troops hosted joint downed aircraft recovery team and crash damaged disabled aircraft recovery training with Airmen from Pope Field at Simmons Army Airfield, Feb. 24.

 

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Bragg warrant officer mentors Soldiers, students abroad Bragg warrant officer mentors Soldiers, students abroad March 06, 2014

KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — “I do it for the youth; there’s just no substitute for being able to pass your knowledge to the next generation and help make a difference in a young adult’s life,” said Warrant Officer Randy Jones, Utilities Operations and Maintenance Technician Officer for the 760th Engineer Company out of Marion, Va.

 

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20th Engineer Brigade builds on long, heroic legacy of airborne support March 06, 2014

The lineage and honors of the 20th Engineer Brigade date back to the Civil War. First designated as the Battalion of Engineers on Aug. 3, 1861, the battalion participated in 10 campaigns during the Civil War. Since the time, unit designations changed many times as predecessors of the 20th Engineers Brigade served in the War with Spain, the Philippine Insurrection, the Mexican Expedition and World Wars I and II.

 

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To supplement, or not to supplement: that is the question To supplement, or not to  supplement: that is the question March 06, 2014

In the beginning of my journey, I made the vow that I would not take dietary supplements. I highlighted a few reasons why I should not and would not, but I would like to explain a little more in depth about why.

 

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Tearing down, building up Tearing down, building up February 27, 2014

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Soldiers of the 1151st Engineer Company, Alabama Army National Guard, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, have been tasked with a unique mission here. 

 

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1st TSC leaders learn to ‘hunt the good stuff’ 1st TSC leaders learn to ‘hunt the good stuff’ February 27, 2014

1st Theater Sustainment Command leaders received hands-on training to better handle life’s ups and downs and learned new ways to help their Soldiers during the Army’s Executive Resilience and Performance Course Feb. 6 at the 1st Special Troops Battalion headquarters here.  

 

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Golden Knights continue to create history at various events Golden Knights continue to create history at various events February 27, 2014

In 1959, the Strategic Army Command Parachute Team, or STRAC, was formed by nineteen Airborne Soldiers from various military units. Brig. Gen. Joseph Stilwell Jr. gathered the Soldiers with the intent of competing in what was then the new and Soviet dominated sport of skydiving. That year, the all U.S. Army team began representing the United States on the international competition circuit, as well as performing their first demonstration in Danville, Va.  In 1961, the Department of Defense announced that the STRAC team would become the United States Army Parachute Team.

 

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Special Ops helps plan tail number 388’s final flight Special Ops helps plan tail number 388’s final flight February 20, 2014

Soldiers from the United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command G-4 have recently been busy coordinating the movement of a 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) MH-60K Blackhawk helicopter following its planned retirement in June.

 

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16th Military Police Brigade continues to protect, serve Fort Bragg community 16th Military Police Brigade continues to protect, serve Fort Bragg community February 20, 2014

The brigade dates back to the Vietnam Conflict when it was constituted on March 23, 1966, as the 16th Military Police Group and activated on May 20, 1966 at Fort Meade, Md. 

 

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Army confirms Rapid Equipping Force process to continue February 20, 2014

FORT BELVOIR, Va. —The Army has affirmed the continued existence of its Rapid Equipping Force, thus maintaining the service’s ability to quickly address Soldier, non-standard equipment needs.

 

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Air Force plays crucial role in Army planning Air Force plays crucial role in Army planning February 14, 2014

FORT POLK, La. — It’s time for the evening news and the daily weather forecast that will help people decided on things such as clothing, activities and weekend getaways.

 

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Transportation Soldiers ensure all materiel is ‘put into place’ Transportation Soldiers ensure all materiel is ‘put into place’ February 14, 2014

FORT POLK, La. — “Airborne!” is the cry of paratroopers as they brave the open skies to accomplish the mission that America has appointed to them.

 

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Special warfare center continues to produce premier warriors Special warfare center continues to produce premier warriors February 14, 2014

The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, or SWCS, dates back to 1950, when the U.S. Army developed the psychological warfare division of the Army General School, in Fort Riley, Kan.

 

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Short-term goals lead to success February 14, 2014

I put on my ACUs and felt a little extra room that I was not use to. So I broke one of my rules. No, I did not go and get fast food. I ran to the scale! I had a moment of weakness, forgive me, but you won’t be disappointed. 

 

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A paratrooper’s path to Louisiana A paratrooper’s path to Louisiana February 14, 2014

As Pfc. William K. Hunnicutt prepares to don his parachute for a jump into the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., he’s already anticipating his actions when he lands.

 

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Virginia Guard aviators train with Special Forces Virginia Guard aviators train with Special Forces February 06, 2014

FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — With snow on the ground and temperatures holding just barely in the double digits, four Virginia National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, along with their crews and support personnel, trained with Soldiers from the Fort Bragg-based Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Jan. 22 through 28, at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. 

 

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Falcons makes mark in Global War on Terrorism Falcons makes mark in Global War on Terrorism February 06, 2014

When America was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush called upon the American military to fight global terrorism.  Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division were among the first to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

 

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Overcoming bad weather key to better health Overcoming bad weather key to better health February 06, 2014

Last week has been a hard one in the terms of my new focus on a healthy lifestyle. My iron resolve wavered after seeing snow, snow and guess what… more snow! 

 

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First Team receives first responder training First Team receives first responder training January 31, 2014

Whether it is an improvised explosive device attack in a combat zone or a car accident on I-95, Fort Bragg’s Dragon First Responder course ensures Soldiers are trained and ready.

 

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Falcon paratroopers pilot OneTESS System Falcon paratroopers pilot OneTESS System January 31, 2014

During simulation training exercises like those held on Fort Bragg, the visual effects of indirect fire support leave a void in realistic training due to the present limitations of the technology available. 

 

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CAB troops deploy to Laurinburg-Maxton airport to conduct field training exercise CAB troops deploy to Laurinburg-Maxton airport to conduct field training exercise January 31, 2014

Maxton, N.C. — Many units can pack their equipment in military vehicles and set up a tactical operation center at a variety of locations throughout the Fort Bragg training areas. When it comes to mobilizing a unit whose primary mission is to fly helicopters however, the logistics of mobility takes a bit more planning.

 

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1st Theater Sustainment command provides valuable resources to Fort Bragg units 1st Theater Sustainment command provides valuable resources to Fort Bragg units January 31, 2014

On Oct. 4, 1950, 1st Logistical Command was activated as a planning headquarters at Fort McPherson, Ga. During the Berlin Crisis of 1961, the 1st Logistical Command deployed to France. The unit’s mission during this period was to organize a base logistics command to supervise seven depots and area port operations in western and southwestern France.

 

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Hydration, proper form keys to maintaining fitness January 31, 2014

In the world of physical fitness, many beginners take unnecessary risk with improper form or over training with a new physical fitness program. Injuries can come in the form of stress fractures, sprains or muscle tears. I have researched prevention practices and exercises to do when injuries occur. 

 

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Panther Brigade proves combat readiness in exercise Panther Brigade proves combat readiness in exercise January 23, 2014

Paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, tested their ability to jump into a hostile environment as they conducted a Joint Operational Access Exercise on Sicily and Holland drop zones, Jan. 11.

 

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State National Guard funeral honors team January 23, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — Two North Carolina National Guard Funeral Honors Soldiers took the initiative to commemorate the service of a former Army veteran when another funeral honors team was unable to facilitate due to a serious motor vehicle accident that injured 10 military personnel on Jan. 3.

 

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44th Medical Brigade continues history of supporting paratroopers 44th Medical Brigade continues history of supporting paratroopers January 23, 2014

The 44th Medical Brigade is one of the largest and most diverse medical brigades in today’s Army.   

This deployable brigade has a rich heritage of providing medical support to combat Soldiers, since it was constituted in the regular Army on Dec. 30, 1965.  

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150th Engineer Company troop helps right-size bases 150th Engineer Company troop helps right-size bases January 16, 2014

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Spc. Symone Sherrill, an engineer for the 150th Engineer Company, attached to the 133rd Engineer Battalion, says she counts her blessings before the start of each work day as she conducts deconstruction and construction projects at Bagram Airfield.

 

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Corps of Engineers provides ‘life support’ for VA hospital during electrical upgrade Corps of Engineers provides ‘life support’ for VA hospital during electrical upgrade January 16, 2014

NEW YORK -- Patients at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center here were pleasantly surprised recently to see active-duty Soldiers walking in their hallways. 

 

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Engineer Battalion continues to support Fort Bragg paratroopers Engineer Battalion continues to support Fort Bragg paratroopers January 16, 2014

In December 1989, elements of Company C, 307th Engineer Battalion deployed with Task Force 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and Co. A, 307th Engineers to Panama for Operation Just Cause. 

 

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Post safety check enforced Post safety check enforced January 16, 2014

The Fort Bragg Law Enforcement Center conducted three traffic safety compliance checks in December to scan vehicles as they came through, resulting in police catching 93 total traffic-related violations. 

 

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Tim Kennedy teaches takedowns to Fort Bragg Soldiers Tim Kennedy teaches takedowns to Fort Bragg Soldiers January 09, 2014

Wrapping up the first day of the 2013 Fort Bragg Army Combatives Championship Invitational, Soldiers and Families crowded into the 82nd Airborne Division’s Combatives and Advanced Tactics School for a free seminar with Ultimate Fighting Championship Mixed Martial Arts fighter Tim Kennedy, Dec. 12.

 

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