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Military Friends of NewsBlaze originated these stories, sending them directly to us from Iraq, some from Afghanistan and some in the USA.

Army Soldiers from CAJMTC practice kick boxing in Basic Combatives Instructors Course.

Soldiers Take Advantage of The United States Army Combatives School

Taking advantage of the United States Army Combatives School mobile training team, the 157th Infantry Brigade provided the venue to train and certify more than 20 Soldiers from CAJMTC, as well as Soldiers from as far away as West Virginia.
Gold spurs, worn as part of the cavalry uniform by a select few who earn the right through combat or a spur ride. Soldiers with the 1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment, participated in the first spur ride, to test the skills and resiliency of cavalryman, in this AT period for the opportunity to earn their silver spurs.

1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment Conducts Annual Training at Atterbury

1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard soldiers, completed annual training at Atterbury-Muscatatuck near Edinburgh, Ind. after deployment to Egypt was cancelled
Pvt. Robert Dennison, Company D, 1st Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment, Ohio National Guard, Columbus, Ohio, repairs a fastener on a UH 60 Black Hawk helicopter panel at Muscatatuck, near Butlerville, Ind.

1st Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment Trains At Muscatatuck

This is not a scene from a movie, but a daily activity for the 1st Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment, Ohio National Guard. The 1-137th is conducting two weeks of annual training at Muscatatuck, near Butlerville, Ind. The training exercises focus on
Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment, Delta Company, Indiana Army National Guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., conduct convoy operations in annual training at Atterbury Muscatatuck near Edinburgh, Ind.

1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment conducts Annual Training

The 1-293rd, originally slated for a deployment to the Horn of Africa in June that was cancelled due to budget restraints, is focusing on getting back to the basics of their infantry mission during their AT ending May 9.
Soldiers of the 5 19th Agribusiness Development Team, Indiana Army National Guard, take a hearing test as part of in processing after returning from their deployment to Afghanistan.

5-19th Agribusiness Development Team Returns From Afghanistan

Their mission was to bridge the gap between the government of Afghanistan and the farmers by working directly with the local government, specifically the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, his agents, and district governors.
Maj. Stephen Messenger2

Soldiers From The 402nd Field Artillery Brigade are Anything But Tame

They know that no exercise would be successful without personnel, equipment and other logistical services. So, as part of their annual training last month, the battalion rode in and laid the logistics support framework for the Army Reserve's annual
Retired Rear Adm. Sam Kupresin takes his oath.

Civilian Aides to The Secretary of The Army Sworn In

Civilian aides serve as liaisons between the Secretary of the Army and local civic groups and military communities. They help inform community leaders and officials on how to assist surviving family members of Soldiers killed in combat
Jennifer J. Wagoner, wife of Lt. Col. Craig S. Wagoner, the outgoing commander of the 1st Battalion, 335th Infantry Regiment, poses with Col. John F. Dunleavy, commander of the 205th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division East, after receiving the Commander Award for Public Service, for her volunteer services, Family Readiness contributions, and cumulative career efforts as an Army wife, before the start of the Change of Command ceremony at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind.

1st Battalion, 335th Infantry Receives New Commander

The brigade also is excited to welcome Lt. Col. Jeremy Jelly and his wife, Zoey in their new roles at the Warrior Battalion, he said.
Annette Quijano

New Jersey Employers and Elected Officials Travel to Visit Citizen-Soldiers

Dowgin and McKenna's friendship developed when the two formed a partnership where McKenna began strength training a lot of the 117th's Soldiers on his own time for free.
A Soldier with the Indiana Army National Guard 1438th Transportation Co., prepares to attack an oncoming convoy as part of a training mission designed to improve gunner reaction times at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Edinburgh, Ind.

1438th Transportation Company, Indiana National Guard Prepares for Mobilization

Deploying along with Cronin is Specialist Jesse Harris, a gunner with the 1438th who served on a previous deployment with the company.
First Sgt. Robert Darringer

IRDO Program Promotes Success At Camp Atterbury

For the past year, Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver training Center, Ind., has been home to the Individual Readiness Deployment Operation.
Sgt 1st Class William Dame

Medical Training Task Force Soldiers Conduct Combat Lifesaver Training

Many Army Reserve Soldiers stationed here in a subordinate unit of Division West's 479th Field Artillery Brigade actually spend a lot of their time at Fort Hood, Texas.
Chief Warrant Officer Brad Shealy

Warbirds Land At Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center

According to Maj. Dave Rader, aviation division chief at Camp Atterbury, the idea was to open up the airspace and allow civilian aviators the opportunity to fly in to Camp Atterbury.
Sea Cadet Bobby Rombach, of San Diego, Calif., leads his squad through a simulated village assault in Urban Counterinsurgency Training at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Naval Sea Cadets Train at Atterbury

In true special operations form, the training is extremely demanding. Cadets are subjected to as much as 15 miles of marching while carrying as much as 60 pounds of gear.
Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General Indiana National Guard, addresses attendees at a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new Operational Readiness Training Complexes at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind.

Historic Groundbreaking of New Operational Readiness Training Complex

The expansion will be used for additional support facilities, increased bed space and dining facility for Soldiers training at Camp Atterbury. In addition, plans still remain in place to expand the railroad capability of Camp Atterbury to meet its m
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U.S.-Afghan Partnership Leads to Aircraft Maintenance Improvements

This partnership isn't about guts-and-glory battles with the Taliban, but about battles that won't take place once the United States is gone unless the country's helicopter maintenance programs progress to self-sufficiency.
Soldiers at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center negotiate obstacles in the confidence course portion on zero day of an Air Assault Course.

Air Assault! Warrior Training Center Brings Course to Camp Atterbury

Students learned how to apply helicopters to various combat operations such as combat assaults, aircraft orientation, sling-loading and rappelling in the Air Assault Course, which is considered by many to be one of the toughest courses the American

Kai Malu ‘O Hawaii 2012: State of Hawaii Exercise

The intent of this exercise will allow harbor personnel, emergency medical services, fire, police and emergency preparedness officials to test their roles in response to a simulated weapon of mass destruction incident and to validate the Area Mariti
U.S. Army Specialists David Hamilton, Quentin Bradford, and Spencer Smith, air traffic control specialists for 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Corsair, conduct aircraft movement on their flight line on FOB Shank.

82nd CAB Air Traffic Controllers Use Brainpower to Control FOB Shank...

The air traffic control specialists of 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Corsair stationed at Forward Operating Base Shank do both.
U.S. Army Sgt. Ricardo Mercado, of Philadelphia, a Military Policeman with the 554th Military Police Company delivers instructions to Afghan Uniformed Police in an IED awareness class at Combat Outpost Zerok.

MPs Train AUP in IED Awareness

Methods of implementing IEDs are constantly changing and the counter IED training is constantly evolving right along with them.

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