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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.

Three players from the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, and New York Jets signed autographs for Soldiers and their families.

Super Bowl Mania Spreads to Camp Atterbury

The effort was not lost on the Soldiers who attended. Staff Sgt. Jeff Bradbury, Portage, Ind. and administration specialist at the Patriot Academy, got there early to make sure he was able to get himself and his family at the very front of the autog
U.S. Army Cpl. William Hopkins, a spotter with 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Pathfinders, looks through the scope of the Barrett .50 Cal. while U.S. Army Sgt. Lucas Cordes, a sniper team leader waits for the Uh60 Blackhawk to turn around.

Pathfinder Snipers Train on Aerial Platform Firing

Snipers were required to fire at targets while moving at different speeds in a UH-60 Blackhawk as part of an aerial firing platform exercise.
Shawn Plagemann, a Port Washington, Wis. native and intelligence analyst with Lockheed Martin, completes his out processing from deployment training at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center.

IRDO Program Grows at Atterbury

Two years ago, Camp Atterbury started training and preparing civilian contractors to serve abroad in support of America's interests in forward operating areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan through the Individual Replacement Deployment Operations. It
Senior Medic, Master Sgt. James Stranahan, of Shelburn, Ind., 53rd Civil Support Team, ran from the stands to assist the injured after the stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair.

Hoosier Guardsman Acts Heroically At Indiana State Fair Tragedy

Senior Medic, Master Sgt. James Stranahan, of Shelburn, Ind., 53rd Civil Support Team, was in the third row stands when the stage collapsed.
Cadets wring out their ACU pants after learning to use their uniform to make a floatation device, completing a day of water survival training at the Camp Atterbury pool.

Indiana High School Students Take Charge

The 270 students who participated in the week-long training event endured obstacles and conquered fears, both physical and mentally challenging.
Travis Cooper, of Indianapolis, prepares to rappel down a short tower with the help of Sgt. Alexander Zartman, during Kids Annual Training at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center.

PHOTOS: Kids’ Annual Training at Camp Atterbury

Rayna Goodin, of Indianapolis, rappels down a 45-foot rappel tower during Kids' Annual Training at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind.
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PHOTOS: Soldiers, Civilians Enjoy Food, Fun, Displays

Ed Rossi, of Kenosha, Wis., performs a series of doughnuts while fellow rider Kyle Lee, of Atlanta, prepares to ride up a ramp for a jump during the Installation Support Unit Organization Day held at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center.
Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group check their parachutes prior to a military freefall drop at Camp Atterbury joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind.

2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group training at Camp

They addressed each other by first name as opposed to rank and last name. While to some this informality would indicate a lack of discipline, to the Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group it is just how business is done.
Spc. Andrew Goodall, Spc. Ryan Stevens and Spc. Andrew Gaspar prior to starting their tour of some of the historic sites on Victory Base Complex, Iraq.

A Treat for The Troops: California Guardsmen Tour Saddam’s Palaces

Eighteen Soldiers were selected for the trip. They woke up early the morning of May 4 and loaded up onto two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. For many, it was their first time leaving Camp Taji since arriving in February.
Retired Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall, Medal of Honor recipient, talks with Staff Sgt. Kenneth Rohr during the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, ball.

Retired Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall Visits Fort Riley

Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, welcomed a Medal of Honor recipient into their ranks during the squadron's ball in Junction City, Kan.
Lt. Col. Andrew C. Gainey presents the Army Achievement Medal to Spc. Tyree D. Traylor.

PHOTOS: ‘First Lightning’ Battalion Soldiers awarded Army Achievement Medal

Lt. Col. Andrew C. Gainey, center, commander of 1st 'First Lightning' Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division
Sgt. Daniel Wright pulls last minute maintenance at the Greenfield armory while preparing to support response missions during a winter ice storm in central Indiana.

PHOTOS: Indiana National Guard Responds to Winter Storm

Indiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen stand ready to assist local and state authorities in winter storm affected areas.
Sgt. Steven Shaw, an Indiana National Guard Soldier leans back to get lineof sight as he fires a .50 caliber machine gun during weapon qualification training

PHOTOS: Deploying Soldiers Qualify on Multiple Weapon Systems

An Indiana National Guard Soldier, from the 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, prepares to engage targets with the Mk19 grenade launcher as the sun rises at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Joint Training Center.
Country music artist Michael Peterson performs a song for Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians assigned to United States Division South at the USD S Resiliency Campus stage in Basra.

Basra Honky Tonk: Country Singer Brings Show to Troops

Peterson, a country music singer with three top ten country hits, put on a show in Basra at the United States Division-South Resiliency Campus.
Pfc. Tim Gallups, a paralegal specialist with the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1ID, native of Alexander City, Ala., after losing nine pounds in a 10 weeks competition.

Soldier Wins Biggest Loser Competition

Spc. Tim Gallups, a native of Alexander City, Ala., lost nine pounds in the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade (eCAB), 1st Infantry Division's weight loss competition.
Servicemembers of a Provincial Reconstruction Team prepare in the early morning hours for mobilization training.

PHOTOS: Stressful Day on the Firing Range

The 'Stress Fire' lane provides the servicemembers with the chance to fire their weapons after tactically sprinting 500 meters, leaving them with an elevated heart rate and out of breath as they fire on their targets, preparing them for deployment
Lt. Col. Dale Slade, Task Force, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, uses a translator to discuss a presentation Lt. Col. Riyadh of the Dhi Qar Iraqi Police brought to discuss at the conference.

Discussions in Iraq to make ‘Main Supply Route Tampa’ Safer

''It is important that as we retrograde and draw vehicles responsibly out of Iraq we have the full support of our Iraqi partners as they not only set up check points along the road.'
Civil Air Patrol Cadets negotiate the conditioning course at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana, part of their annual encampment training.

Civil Air Patrol trains Cadets at Camp Atterbury

Motivated 'yes, sirs', accompanied by cheers, screams and yells echoed over Camp Atterbury's obstacle course August 5 as more than 60 cadets, ages 12 through 21, wearing sharply creased green camouflaged uniforms, black t-shirts and mirror polish
Dale Weiler, the running coach of the Baxter YMCA in Indianapolis, prepares to run with his morning running group.

How to Dress for Outdoor Exercise

Fact: 'You could get a sunburn even when the sun is not out,' says Weiler. More than 1.1 million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer each year, according to The American Cancer Society.
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Soldier Provides Unique Example to Iraqi Military At Reenlistment

A Chinook maintainer with Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, afforded some visitors at his reenlistment ceremony on Camp Taji a unique opportunity.