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Mailroom Soldiers bring pieces of home, holiday spirit to deployed troops

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00am
POWIDZ, Poland - A U.S. Soldier walked into a small room with walls covered by meticulously packed shelves of boxes. He asked the clerk at the desk for his package and the worker walked to the wall of packages, reminiscent of a game of Jenga, where she pulled the box from the shelf.

U.S. security assistance Soldiers, Nigerian army partner to combat terrorism

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Army Security Assistance Command troops will underscore the organization mission when it deploys to train and advise one of the most powerful nations in northwest Africa early next year.

Robots, railguns, lasers to team with Soldiers on battlefield

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00am
LIVONIA, Mich. -- It's December and many are doing their holiday shopping or making a wish list of gifts they'd like to receive. During the Future Ground Combat Vehicle Summit here earlier this month, Army acquisition professionals and program managers had their own wish lists that included an assortment of robots and ground combat vehicles meant to protect Soldiers and give pause to potential adversaries.

'Don't come here unless you are prepared': U.S. Army Sniper School sets high bar for candidates

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00am
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- At first glance, the U.S. Army Sniper School may seem like a reality TV elimination show akin to "Survivor." Of the 46 candidates who entered the course in August, only four remained by the end of week five.

Army developing improved active protection systems for vehicle armor

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00am
Active protection systems, or APS, are under development now to protect armored vehicles of the future. Adding more armor just isn't feasible, said Col. Kevin Vanyo, program manager for Emerging Capabilities, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development, and Engineering Center.

Ready to fight anytime, anywhere: Army showcases rapid deployment in European exercise

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00am
ADAZI, Latvia -- The Army maintains a high state of readiness across the globe to defend the nation, assure allies, and deter potential adversaries when the need arises. The Soldiers of 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas, known as the "Long Knife Squadron," recently tested this readiness during two rapid deployment drills in Eastern Europe.

A team effort: Army sniper candidates work together to pass grueling training

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00am
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- For candidates at the U.S. Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, Georgia, their first three weeks at the school tested their physical limits as they crawled through mud trenches in ghillie suits and patiently crouching in marshy, bug-infested terrain for hours, practicing target detection and reconnaissance. By week four, the remaining students had surmounted the most physically difficult portion of the school, but the course's mental trials were just beginning.

Strong bond among players, fellow cadets propels Army to second straight win over Navy

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00am
As hundreds of West Point cadets poured out from the stands onto a snow-covered Lincoln Financial Field here, following a 14-13 triumph over Navy, Army celebrated perhaps a turning point in the storied rivalry between the two schools.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs passes on his wisdom to students at Army War College

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00am
CARLISLE, Pa. -- The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, engaged the students of the Army War College here on Friday, Dec. 8, on various critical topics including global capabilities, professional development, and readiness.

Alaska National Guard brings holiday cheer to remote towns in 'Operation Santa'

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00am
The Alaska National Guard has a tradition of serving communities throughout Alaska during the holiday season, delivering Christmas gifts and a variety of delights to the children. In its 61st year, some things have changed over time, but the joyfulness and excitement never does. The island-town of St. Michael was selected for a visit this year, and they expressed gratitude and enthusiasm to their out-of-town guests who showed up to spread holiday cheer.

Better boots, lighter uniform headed to Hawaii for field testing

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00am
This January, some Soldiers within the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii will receive new uniforms and a new set of boots as part of Program Executive Office Soldier's continued testing and evaluation of the improved hot-weather combat uniform and jungle combat boot.

Strong bond among players, fellow cadets propels Army to second straight victory over Navy

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00am
As hundreds of West Point cadets poured out from the stands onto a snow-covered Lincoln Financial Field here, following a 14-13 triumph over Navy, Army celebrated perhaps a turning point in the storied rivalry between the two schools.

Army faithful rally, eager to smash Navy again in football

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- The Army Black Knights will battle the Navy Midshipmen just hours away Saturday in Philadelphia, during the annual Army-Navy football game.

Army Sniper school candidates discover the key to lethality is 'a high tolerance for discomfort'

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:00am
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- For the candidates who made it to week two of the U.S. Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, Georgia, their greatest challenges where just beginning. Students in their ghillie suits were dispersed throughout the wooded hills and hid under leaves and branches. Instructors with high-powered optics were trying to locate them. If part of a student's body became exposed, or if he became impatient and moved suddenly, his position was given away. When that happened, the student failed.

Army announces activation of second Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Bragg

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec 8, 2017)- The Department of the Army announced today the activation of second Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. SFABs are specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations.

Remote combat vehicles to punch as hard as Abrams tanks, says expert

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:00am
Within five years, the Army would like to start testing remote combat vehicle prototypes which are unmanned, as light and as fast as a Stryker, but provide the same level of firepower as an M-1 Abrams tank, said Maj. Alan L. Stephens.

U.S. Army Futures Command to reform modernization, says Secretary of the Army

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:00am
WASHINGTON -- The new U.S. Army Futures Command with its eight cross-functional teams, or CFTs, will provide the unity of effort and command needed to reduce the requirements development process from 60 months down to around 12, said Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper yesterday.

California Army National Guard provides aircraft, personnel to fight wildfires

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:00am
Nearly 1,350 California National Guard personnel have joined in the battle against six large, ferocious wildfires that have killed at least one person and consumed more than 137,000 acres.

Ring of steel protected Oahu from invasion but not from attack by air

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:00am
Shortly after 1898 when Hawaii became a U.S. territory, the Army began construction of defensive works on the island of Oahu. Seven forts were built around the island to contain the massive coastal artillery pieces and mortars, along with the hundreds of anti-aircraft guns -- a so-called "ring of steel" -- that had been put in place to defend Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Pacific fleet anchored there.

Yama Sakura 73 kicks off in Sendai, Japan

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:00am
The opening ceremony for Exercise Yama Sakura, was held at the south training area here, Dec. 5. The ceremony marked the beginning of the 35th anniversary of the annual bilateral training exercise between service members from the U.S. military and the Japan Self Defense Force. Sixteen hundred U.S. personnel led by U.S. Army I Corps as well as 4,600 JGSDF forces led by the Northeastern Army will participate in this year's exercise.

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