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Indiana National Guard Soldiers Support NATO Exercise Through State Partnership Program

ZLOCIENIEC, Poland - Six members of the Indiana National Guard worked shoulder to shoulder with their Slovak armed forces counterparts while participating in Operation...
180 Soldiers of the 43 Cavalry Regiment learn non lethal crowd control techniques.

Batons and Riot Shields…Non-Lethal Weapons Training in The Desert

In addition to reacting to multiple training scenarios focused on containing situations quickly and with minimal force, Soldiers gained a solid understanding of the different equipment and capabilities.
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Indiana National Guard Gets New Familiy Programs Director

Maj. Kopczynski will succeed Lt. Col. Marcus Thomas, who has served as the director since March, 2010.
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Army Trainers Judge Fourth Annual Local Science Fair Projects

Problems addressed by the students included topics such as the correlation between sleep and grades, eye color and the ability to see colors, or the effects of genetically modified organisms.

Open Heart Kitchen to Provide Free Meals to Those in Need

It can be difficult to give time, money and resources, but Soldiers in a local Army unit manage to do all that for a good cause.
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Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Inducts 5th Armored Brigade Reservist

Candidates for the SAMC spent numerous hours committing themselves in preparing for the board proceedings. Being a member of the SAMC is about being a strong disciplined leader that positively represents the U.S. Army.
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5th AR trains South Carolina NG unit for NCR mission

The South Carolina National Guardsmen performed tasks on the Avenger Trainer and Stinger Training. This completed the second phase of their four phase training exercise to validate the unit for their deployment.
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Sixth Graders Learn Army Life From Soldiers

To give the kids more contexts, Benitezpenuelas also invited Soldiers from Alpha Battery, Fires Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment to give a demonstration on the M777A2 Howitzer.
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New York Guard Aviation Unit Heads to Kuwait

The 11th Aviation Command recognized that there were aviation maintenance personnel from the New York National Guard mobilizing at Fort Hood and created a mutually beneficial arrangement: a hands-on training opportunity for the National Guard Soldie
South Carolina Guardsmen in a demobilization group.

Requirements-Based Demobilization; The Last Step

During this last step of a deployment, understanding the process will assist the military personnel and their families effectively navigate the return home.
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402nd Field Artillery Brigade Holds First Joint Motorcycle Ride to New...

The ride teamed experience with inexperienced riders, but it gave all the motorcyclists an opportunity to gain group experience on their ride to Cloudcroft, N.M.

Indiana National Guard Welcomes New Director of Operations

Col. Thombleson will succeed the current Director, Col. Jerry Hadley, who retires at the end of December after 28 years of distinguished military service.
Colonel Ivan Denton, promoted to Brigadier General.

Indiana Guard Officer Selected for National-Level Assignment

In his role as the national-level personnel director for both Army and Air National Guard, soon-to-be Brig. Gen. Denton will be responsible for plans, programs and policies associated with individual and unit readiness
Colonel Rick Shatto.

Camp Atterbury Gets New Commander, Colonel Richard D. Shatto

Col. Shatto is a career engineer officer graduating from the US Army Officer Candidate School in 1987. He is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and a career full-time employee of the Indiana National Guard.
Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Young receives the sword from Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker, First Army commander, recognizing him as the new First Army senior enlisted leader in a change of responsibility ceremony at Rock Island Arsenal Heritage Hall.

First Army Welcomes New Command Sergeant Major

Andrews relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Young.
Company Intelligence Support Team members with the 1151st Engineer Company use COIST products and current intel picture overlays as part of Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center new intelligence training tool.

First Army and Guard add UAS Capability to Pre-deployment Training

First Army Division East partners with Army Reserve and National Guard leaders to advise, assist, and train Reserve Component units to support overseas military operations.
Spc. Katrinna Arnett, of Finley, Ohio, with Company B, 76th Special Troops Battalion, 76th Infantry Brigade, Indiana Army National Guard, sets up the Tactical Automatic Landing System for the RQ 7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System at Jefferson Proving Ground, near Madison, Ind.

Shadows Over Bold Quest

The Bold Quest utilized the full range of Indiana's defense infrastructure, conducting operations at Camp Atterbury, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Jefferson Proving Ground, Grissom Air Reserve Base and the 122nd Fighter Wing facilities in Ft.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bailey, left, accepts the Colors from Maj. Gen. Kevin R. Wendel.

Division East Changes Commander But Not Mission Focus

Division East has had positive a impact on the readiness of the Army's Operational Reserve, explained Tucker. More than 36,000 service members mobilized and more than 52,000 demobilized during Wendel's tenure from March 2011 to August 2013.
Maj. Scott Bullions and Capt. Philip Bucci, both observer/controller/trainers of 157th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East keep track of the 415th Chemical Brigade and subordinate unit missions in support of Vibrant Response 13 2 at Task Force Operations headquarters in North Vernon, Ind.

Catastrophic Domestic Incident Exercise Sees Trainer/Mentors Excel

The job of the trainer/mentors is to help the soldiers improve their skills, as they evaluate themselves, to fit in with what works best for their unit.
File photo of Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, who was promoted to lieutenant general today at the Pentagon by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno.

Lt. Gen. Tucker Assumes Command of First Army

The Senate recently confirmed Tucker to receive his third star and serve as the commanding general of First Army - headquartered at Rock Island Arsenal - and its subordinate units located throughout the continental United States, Puerto Rico and the

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