Archive for October, 2010

7th EDT dives to prep for deployment

7th EDT dives to prep for deployment

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Soldiers with 7th EDT, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, prepare the squad’s zodiac for a simulated body-recovery mission off the coast of the Big Island, recently.HAWAII — Late in the evening, recently, Soldiers from the 7th Engineer Dive Team, 65th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, set sail on board Logistic Support Vessel 2, “CW3 Clinger.” 

Their mission was to train and fine-tune Soldier skills, as well as tactical and technical diving skills needed to be successful on their upcoming deployment in support of Operation New Dawn.  

Not only must Army engineer divers be competent warfighters, they must be proficient divers as a result of the unconventional missions they are called upon to complete.

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Medics put battlefield medicine to the ultimate test

Medics put battlefield medicine to the ultimate test

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Spc. Ashley Burleigh, an X-ray technician from 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, treats a casualty in the tactical field care phase during the EFMB testing, here, Oct. 21. HONOLULU — Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division and Tripler Army Medical Center participated in Expert Field Medical Badge training, Oct. 21, which returned to Schofield Barracks for the first time in seven years.

EFMB is a two-week course designed to test a Soldier’s skills in battlefield medicine. 

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Standdown touts safety vigilance

Standdown touts safety vigilance

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Spc. Jacob Yangilmau, chemical, biological, radiologiocal and nuclear specialist, HHB, 94th AAMDC, compares recent fire statistics on Oahu, while instructing safety training about house fire prevention, during the 94th AAMDC’s Safety Standdown day, Friday.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers are the most essential resource in the U.S. Army, which is why it is crucial to ensure that they are well protected against harm, both on and off duty, by providing proper education and thorough training.

That was exactly the intent of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s Safety Standdown day, a day that 94th AAMDC Soldiers devoted entirely to safety training, here, Friday. 

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USARPAC CCP builds muscle memory

USARPAC CCP builds muscle memory

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Kevin Blankenship, USARPAC HSC, works with fellow Soldiers to assemble tents at the field training site of the CCP’s validation exercise, to provide shelter for Soldiers during the 24-hour training. MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — Muscle memory is a term used often by Soldiers, referring not necessarily to literal muscles, but rather to a widely understood concept applied to training.  

The U.S. Army-Pacific Contingency Command Post, the quick reaction command and control headquarters unit of the Pacific, recently exercised this muscle memory during its Validation Exercise, here, Oct. 12-29.

“Repetition builds proficiency, that’s a fundamental tenant of anything we do in the Army,” said Maj. Keegan Leonard, aviations operations chief and deputy chief of operations for USARPAC CCP’s Deployable Assessment Team. “This event shows the culmination of the muscle movements we’ve been practicing for over a year.”

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Blue Star Card offers many SKIES discounts

Blue Star Card offers many SKIES discounts

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Wayne Yoshino
School Liaison Office

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Blue Star Card holders can get up to $300 of free Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited classes, per child.

Hawaii has the second largest program in the nation and has hundreds of young people enrolled in these classes.

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8th MPs train and compete with HPD

8th MPs train and compete with HPD

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Vern Grilliot, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, pushes a tire during physical training with HPD, Oct. 19. WAIPAHU — The mission of the Honolulu Police Department is “to make Honolulu the safest city in the nation to live, work and play.”

To also show the military’s commitment to making Oahu safe, four military police from the 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, accepted invitations from HPD to participate in a refresher course at the Ke Kula Makai, HPD’s training academy, here, Oct. 18-21.

“Unlike many states, here in Hawaii the military is part of the population, part of our economy, our way of life — you guys are local — and we have to work together,” said Police Capt. Gordon Shiraishi, executive officer, Training Command, HPD.

All police officers on Oahu take the refresher course every year to hone their skills, which includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid, tactical police driving and lifestyle skills such as nutrition, physical fitness and psychology.

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CYSS, Blue Star Card support families during deployment

CYSS, Blue Star Card support families during deployment

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Army family members participate in PT in the Park during a Month of the Military Child event held in April at Schofield Barracks. Sponsored by FMWR, the event was filled with child-friendly physical activities such as jumping, running and dancing – all to enhance their quality of life and health. (Courtesy of Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation) SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — For many military families, child care is a necessity, and quality child care is more important than ever, especially with deployments now becoming a way of life.

Established in 2007, the Army Family Covenant’s goal has been to provide quality of life services and support to those who serve and their families. Since that time, registration for Child, Youth and School Services has been free for all families.

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Open for business

Open for business

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Col. Keith Geiger (left), intelligence officer, U.S. Army-Pacific; Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon (middle), commander, USARPAC; and Col. Patricia Frost, commander, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, cut a ribbon, Oct. 7, signifying the official dedication of the USARPAC Intelligence Enterprise Network and Analysis Center. The dedication ceremony marked the culminating event in providing […]

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Spc. auditions for ‘Golden Knights’

Spc. auditions for ‘Golden Knights’

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Spc. Kama Mountz takes aim at a target while training with her unit. Currently, Mountz is aiming to become a new member of the elite USAPT, the Golden Knights, an aerial demonstration and competition unit. (Courtesy of 301st Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade)PHOENIX — Spc. Kama Mountz likes to fall — free fall that is — from a perfectly good aircraft. A passion that started 17 years ago, now has the intelligence analyst from Company A, 301st Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, training with the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the “Golden Knights.”

The Golden Knights team is a premier aerial demonstration and competition unit known for its patented pre-game entrances from the heavens, onto some of the nation’s most popular sports fields. 

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CSF looks at one-year milestones, effectiveness

CSF looks at one-year milestones, effectiveness

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Just one year after the Army first implemented the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, its director is impressed with the number of Soldiers who have participated in the program and with how many have said it is effective.

 

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