Archive for June, 2010

500th MI Bde. welcomes home 205th Bn.

500th MI Bde. welcomes home 205th Bn.

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

1st Lt. Sean Pezzini, left, and fellow Soldiers of the Multi-Functional Team 2051, 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, are welcomed home at a ceremony at Takata Field, Fort Shafter, June 15.FORT SHAFTER — Twelve Soldiers from the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, were welcomed home at a ceremony on Takata Field, here, June 15.

The Soldiers, who were deployed to Afghanistan for a year, operated on a multi-functional team, or MFT, providing intelligence support to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

MFT 2051 was formed from two battalions and three different companies in February 2009 in response to a request for forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

The MFT supported the 5th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div., during the critical surge of forces in response to the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. 

Leaving Hawaii in July 2009, the team traveled to Kuwait and then on to its assignment in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

During its tour, the MFT performed various tactical human intelligence, also known as HUMINT, and counter-intelligence support missions, as well as low level voice intercept missions. 

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‘Flying V’ Ceremony

‘Flying V’ Ceremony

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Col. Thomas Guthrie, outgoing chief of staff, 25th Infantry Division, observes 25th ID unit commanders with their colors during a “Flying V” ceremony for Guthrie at Sills Field, here, Wednesday. The Flying V ceremony displays respect and gratitude for departing key military officers. See next week’s Hawaii Army Weekly for the story […]

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Bogus tourniquets on market could endanger lives

Bogus tourniquets on market could endanger lives

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Counterfeit models of the U.S. Army’s combat application tourniquet, or CAT, are available on the Internet and on the open market. 

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25th ID unit learns how to prevent, combat domestic violence

25th ID unit learns how to prevent, combat domestic violence

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from Headquarters Support Company, 25th Infantry Division, received domestic violence prevention training from Army Community Service, June 9, at Wheeler Army Airfield. 

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AG Hall of Fame inducts Hawaii’s Ono

AG Hall of Fame inducts Hawaii’s Ono

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

OnoFORT JACKSON, S.C. — Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Allen Ono, chair of the U.S. Army Retiree Council-Hawaii, along with 10 other top Army personnel and human resources leaders, were honored in a ceremony that marked the first inductees into the Adjutant General’s Corps Hall of Fame, here, June 11.

Ono, who was raised in and currently resides in Hawaii, was the Army’s first three-star Japanese-American and AG officer.

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Independence Day events scheduled around isle

Independence Day events scheduled around isle

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

During the 2009 Fourth of July Spectacular on Schofield Barracks, (top) Soldiers hang a flag at the main stage; (bottom left) Jodi, left, Nathan and Sophia Liermann enjoy carnival food after the 1-Mile Fun Run; and (bottom right) children get a thrill from one the many Midway rides. (File Photo)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Celebrate Independence Day and join the daylong activities and patriotic events at Sills Field, here, during the 39th annual Fourth of July Spectacular hosted by Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, July 4.

So, grab the family and friends and start the festivities:

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Defender 6 sends: AFAP strives to continuously improve Army

Defender 6 sends: AFAP strives to continuously improve Army

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

LynchWASHINGTON — As the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, one of the most important duties I have is overseeing the Army Family Action Plan process.

The AFAP is the Army’s grassroots effort in which members of the Armycommunity – Soldiers, civilians, families and retirees – identify and elevate significant quality of life issues affecting the Army community to senior leaders for action. 

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Footsteps in Faith: St. Damien’s faith helped overcome depression

Footsteps in Faith: St. Damien’s faith helped overcome depression

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

PanzerOne of the most difficult challenges facing our Army at war today is the substantial increase in Soldiers taking their own lives. With a record 160 confirmed suicides in 2009, we are on track to surpass that number this year. 

Virtually every Soldier has been affected in some way by the tragic loss of a unit member to suicide. 

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Yellow Ribbon Room completed in time for unit deployment

Yellow Ribbon Room completed in time for unit deployment

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Gina Preston, family readiness group advisor with 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, cuts the ribbon to the battalion’s Yellow Ribbon Room. Also present are her husband, Lt. Col. Andrew Preston, left, commander, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt., and Col. Malcolm Frost, commander, 2nd BCT, 25th ID, June 15.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Family readiness group leaders from all batteries in 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the battalion’s Yellow Ribbon Room, here, June 15. 

The room is filled with amenities providing families a way to keep in touch with their deployed Soldiers, and shows how important the families are to all Soldiers, from all units, in the brigade. 

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Deployed Forces: ‘Vipers’ provide critical air traffic services to deployed units

Deployed Forces: ‘Vipers’ provide critical air traffic services to deployed units

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Spc. Barry West, seated, air traffic controller, F Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th General Support Aviation Battalion, Task Force Hammerhead, performs ground control functions while Sgt. Klarke Castellanos, air traffic controller and training noncommissioned officer in charge, also with F Co., provides local control of a departing fixed-wing aircraft at Contingency Operating Base Speicher. (Staff Sgt. Mike Alberts | 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – The importance of aviation operations in the current contemporary operating environment in Iraq cannot be overstated with hundreds of movements of troops, supplies and equipment daily. 

These critical aviation operations demand a watchful and experienced air traffic services team to manage the air space in and around U.S. Division-North.

The Soldiers of F Company, “Vipers,” 3rd Battalion, 25th General Support Aviation Battalion, Task Force Hammerhead, provide the necessary over watch for the high-density airspace in and around Contingency Operating Base Speicher. The company is also responsible for all air traffic services, or ATS, operations at Forward Operating Base Warhorse and COB Qayyarah West.

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