Topic: Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Written by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon
Kabul, Afghanistan – Memorial Day is a day to ensure those who have fallen are never forgotten. And whether a few years, 20 years, or more, there can never be enough thanks given for those 13 who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan this past year.
Remembering those 13 warriors, who fought for what was right and were sadly taken from the fight too early, is a small token of appreciation that can be given. It only takes a moment to think about the lives these people might have lived, each different from the last and yet all still had the same goal of making a better place for those who cannot fight. This small gesture will ensure that their contribution to the missions they fought for will not go in vain.
U.S. Army Public Affairs
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Army officials on Saturday announced it will soon field a personal fitness bracelet that will allow Army leaders to track their Soldiers’ fitness in real time.
The technology will enable Army leadership to monitor their Soldiers’ activity level, physical location, and intake of foods, liquids, and other substances. It also allows leaders to provide remote mentoring in real time, according to Dr. Duke McDirkington, the lead scientific advisor from the U.S. Army’s Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, and the co-chair of the Army’s Physical Training Belt Task Force.
General Andrew Poppas takes command of 101st Airborne Division, Screaming Eagles bid farewell to General Gary Volesky
Written by Sgt. William White
Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has opened a new chapter in its rendezvous with destiny. Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the 45th commanding general of the 101st, placed the division in the hands of Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the incoming division commander, during a change of command ceremony January 19th, 2017.
During the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, XVIII Airborne Corps commander, praised Volesky’s leadership during his command.
“Our Army couldn’t have chosen a better leader to command this division two and a half years ago than Gary Volesky,” Townsend said. “During his watch, elements of the 101st have deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Liberia and a whole list of other nations around the world in support of both combat and shaping operations for our nation.”
Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell welcomed home 59 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division; 101st Sustainment Brigade; and 86th Combat Support Hospital March 11th at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The troops returned from a deployment to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance.
The Soldiers completed 21 days of controlled monitoring at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as a precaution before they returned to their families and the Fort Campbell community to ensure they had not contracted Ebola during the deployment.
Clarksville, TN – In early July, Austin Peay State University announced that Cynthia Stinnett, a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet, took top honors during the 8th Regiment Army physical fitness test held recently at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.
Now she has another accolade to add to her resume.
Clarksville, TN – Cynthia Stinnett, a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Austin Peay State University, won first place in the female category during the 8th Regiment Army physical fitness test held June 29th at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.
Competing against 444 of her peers, Stinnett achieved the highest women’s score with a 384.
NASA to study active volcanoes in Alaska and Japan using images from it’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar
Written by Beth Hagenauer, Public Affairs
Edwards, CA – A NASA aircraft carrying a unique 3-D aerial radar developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, has left California for a 10-day campaign to study active volcanoes in Alaska and Japan.
The modified NASA C-20A (G-III) aircraft, with JPL’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) installed in a pod under its belly, departed NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA, October 2nd, en route to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, WA.
Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – “Before I started working here, I never knew if I would get paid,” said a local Afghan, who is contracted as a construction worker on Bagram Airfield. “Now, I always have money for me and my family.”
Several local Afghans work on American bases, doing anything from construction to cleaning to laundry. Making sure they receive their paychecks falls into the hands of one office on Bagram Airfield.
The Contract Vendor Services office of the 101st Finance Management Company, Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade recently consolidated ten different offices into one central location to pay local nationals working on forward operating bases.
Clarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University student recently was presented the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Leadership Excellence Award at the U.S. Army’s Leader Development and Assessment Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.
Marcos Gutierrez, of Pasadena, Texas, was ranked No. 1 among 469 Army cadets for the 5th Regiment at the 29-day Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, the capstone training and assessment exercise for the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).
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