Clarksville, TN - On December 16th, 1944, the German Army launched a desperate offensive designed to split the Allied armies in two and capture the strategic supply port of Antwerp, Belgium. This offensive has come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge.
We are now in the midst of the 70th Anniversary of that offensive and historians from the Clarksville area including history faculty from Austin Peay State University will take part in presenting a series of programs that will educate, inform and enlighten the public as to the importance of this offensive. A highlight of one seminar will be actual World War 2 veterans that served in the Bulge fighting.
Written by Spc. Caitlyn Byrne
Monrovia, Liberia – Whether they are learning new techniques to stay mentally resilient, exercising to stay physically strong, or washing their hands and applying hand sanitizer to prevent illness, service members deployed under Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, in Monrovia, Liberia, are always taking steps to stay healthy. The health of Soldiers is considered a top priority.
It is imperative that service members maintain a high level of health and physical well being so that in turn, they can provide the optimum amount of aid to the people and government of Liberia.
Joint Forces Command – United Assistance to transition critical health care worker training to partners on January 1st, 2015
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Monrovia, Liberia – The U.S. Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team, the joint-service team tasked by the DoD to train health care workers to staff Ebola treatment units, is scheduled to transition its critical mission for the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, January 1st, 2015.
Initially split between the DET-3 and the World Health Organization, the training mission will be transferred back to the WHO, who provides the course for the Liberian Ministry of Health, the ETU health care workers who were trained as trainers, and PAE, a contracting company.
Monrovia, Liberia – Spc. Rysper Sirma, food inspection specialist, 463rd Medical Detachment, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, was recognized by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA, for her exemplary performance while supporting Operation United Assistance, December 26th, 2014, at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia.
Each week a service member supporting OUA is formally recognized by Volesky, who awards him or her with a division coin, followed by a helicopter ride with the commander around the joint operations area.
Monrovia, Liberia – For the families of Soldiers currently deployed as part of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance in Liberia, keeping connected to their loved ones deployed in West Africa is crucial. Already, families have been sending thousands of pounds of letters and packages, showing their support for their Soldiers by shipping little pieces of home to them.
On December 22nd, Soldiers deployed in support of Operation United Assistance were able to mail some love back. The first fully functional Army post office opened for business at Roberts International Airport in Monrovia, allowing Soldiers to buy flat rate boxes, apply postage and send their own care packages back home to their family and friends in the U.S.
Written by Sgt. Daniel Wyatt
Monrovia, Liberia – U.S. Army 1st. Sgt. Kristopher Fowler conducted his final equipment checks before his departure to Liberia on October 10th. Fowler’s mission was to provide financial management support to Operation United Assistance, the humanitarian effort against the spread of the Ebola virus.
As one of two financial management support units in the entire U.S. Army to have a U.S. Treasury account, the 106th Financial Management Support Unit of the 16th Sustainment Brigade, is the only tactical finance support unit with expeditionary capabilities in the European and African theaters of operation.
Fort Campbell, KY – Many gathered Friday to remember the 248 Soldiers – noncommissioned officers and officers from units across this division, the majority from 3rd Battalion of the 502nd Infantry Regiment – who lost their lives December 12th, 1985, in a plane crash at Gander, Newfoundland. The troops were returning home from a six-month peacekeeping mission in Sinai, Egypt, as part of the Multinational Force and Observers.
This year marks the 29th anniversary of that heartbreaking winter day. There were several memorial ceremonies Friday, not only at Fort Campbell, but across the world.
By Sgt. Matthew Britton, 27th Public Affairs Detachment
Monrovia, Liberia – Ebola may be the reason why U.S. service members have come to Liberia’s aid, but it’s far from the only health concern. Malaria, yellow and dengue fever are among a long list of diseases, viruses and parasites that can threaten troops’ health. Temperature checks, hand washing stations and ensuring service members have taken their anti-malaria medication aren’t the only lines of defense against these microscopic dangers.
A part of this defense consists of preventative medicine Soldiers from the 61st Preventative Medicine Detachment, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. As part of the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, they support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission, Operation United Assistance, by controlling and eliminating health risks in the JFC area of operations.
The program facilitates the writing and sending of handwritten holiday cards to deployed service members during the holiday season.
Written by Capt. Eric Hudson
Paynesville, Liberia – It’s a common story for many deployed Soldiers. The stress from their deployment causes problems with their marriages and other relationships, which distracts them from their job as a Soldier. Helping Soldiers deal with that stress is where the Behavioral Health Team can play a vital role.
“We look at the stress levels of the force and help mitigate any symptoms that may be keeping them ineffective, ” said Maj. Alexander Ragan, Behavioral Health Officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas.
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