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Dispatches from the Front

Maryland Army Guard Soldiers train with Baltimore County firefighters to prepare for hurricane and flood season (05/28/2008)
Hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, but the Maryland National Guard and the Baltimore County Fire Department aren’t waiting until then to get acquainted.

Iowa National Guard supporting tornado relief mission (05/29/2008)
Approximately 175 Iowa National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are serving on state active duty in support of tornado relief and recovery missions for northeast Iowa.

Problems high-class (06/04/2008)
More than sixty Iraqi and other third-country businesses recently crowded a U.S. military recreation hall for the Anaconda Business Exposition. Displays, computer presentations and business-card-armed representatives filled aisles and booths of the event.

478th returns from Iraq – again (06/04/2008)
During the initial invasion of Iraq, the 478th Engineer Battalion spent 33 days of heavy combat clearing minefields, building robust bridges and destroying Iraqi Army bunkers for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force – all which earned them the Presidential Unit Citation.

EOD essential to safety in Kosovo (06/04/2008)
There is a job for every Soldier in Kosovo Force 10, Multi-National Task Force (East), and it can be said that there is a Soldier for every job.

First Army commander visits KFOR10 (06/04/2008)
Lt. Gen. Thomas G. Miller, new commander of First Army, made his first visit to Camp Atterbury to view the training of the Kosovo Force 10, Multi-National Task Force (East) Soldiers as they prepare for their deployment to Kosovo.

Foxtrot (04/30/2008)
Hundreds of loved ones welcomed home about 160 National Guard Soldiers with open arms at the 38th Infantry Division Armory in Indianapolis, April 30. After a year of mobilization, Soldiers and families of Company F, 151st Infantry, were once again united.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Emulates the National Guard (04/21/2008)
Military leaders in this formerly war-torn country look to the National Guard as a model for reform. A match with Maryland in the National Guard’s State Partnership Program has helped Bosnia and Herzegovina step closer to NATO membership. The country was selected for “intensified dialogue” in recognition of its continued progress on the path to alliance membership at an April 4 NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania.

First Army Division West Gains Responsibility for Fort McCoy-based Training Support Brigade (04/20/2008)
First Army announced April 18, a boundary change to adjust command and control of training support brigades and Senior Army Advisors between First Army Divisions East and West. The boundary change transfers responsibility of the 181st Infantry Brigade located at Fort McCoy, Wis. from Division East located at Fort Meade, Md. to Division West in Fort Carson, Colo.

CAJMTC Hosts Civil Support Team Exercise Viking Shield (03/26/2008)
Using the latest research, chemical, and airborne detection technologies, Wisconsin Guardsmen, whom are trained to fight potential threats against homeland interests, cautiously approached a suspicious chemical spill to determine its lethalness. Armed with full-body chemical suits and a gamut of sensitive equipment able to detect dangerous materials, Soldiers assigned to the 54th Civil Support Team, based out of Madison, Wis., spent several hours training for a future real-world situation – a practice they hope to never use.

Task Force Grizzly: A Year in Review (05/24/2007)
When Soldiers of the headquarters elements of 207th Infantry Brigade and the 297th Brigade Support Battalion departed the lush coolness of Alaska on Memorial Day last year, they had no idea what memories they would make during their tour in Afghanistan.

Female Medical Special Operations Troopers Play Important Role in Success (05/24/2007)
Medical engagements organized and conducted by Afghan National Security Forces with the assistance of special operations, play a big role in development throughout the country of Afghanistan.

New Courthouse in Kirkuk: Operations Improve, Builds Confidence (05/22/2007)
Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and regional and local government leaders participated in the grand opening of the Dibis Courthouse in Dibis, Iraq, May 21.

Operation Care Delivers Hope, Supplies To Afghans (05/11/2007)
More than 100 Afghans who live near Bagram Airfield received donated supplies through Operation Care at the Elsalam (Egyptian) Field Hospital here May 10.

Spartan Spouses Celebrate Anniversary with Reenlistment (05/10/2007)
With the sun shining brightly in the clear sky and mountains dotted with green trees behind her, Sgt. 1st Class Jamie L. Outland-Brown stood beside her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Darrell P. Brown on the sixth anniversary of their meeting.

Troop Commander Delivers Aid, Mentorship in Naray (05/01/2007)
Throughout his time in northeastern Afghanistan, Capt. Todd Polk, commander of Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron 71st Cavalry Regiment has worked with the district sub-governor, Hagi Tulzaman Zhaziaban, to stabilize the local government, set up programs to help the people, and strengthen the local police force.

Forward Support Company Comes Through for Spartan Infantrymen (04/28/2007)
Of all the long, dusty, barely-paved roads through eastern Afghanistan, few are as important as the artery a distribution platoon travels regularly to bring essential supplies to infantrymen in small patrol bases in the Pech Valley. The road that runs along the Pech River also happens to be one of the most dangerous.

Army Logistical Support Team Helps ANA Climb Toward Success (04/28/2007)
The soil beneath the boots of any Coalition soldier in Afghanistan is most likely soil that was fought for. Once a location has been acquired, firebases and camps are built up and ways are immediately sought to improve the quality of life for troops who will reside there. The same desire to provide the best to their fighters applies to the Afghan National Army, and helping make their ambitions a reality becomes the mission of a U.S. Army Logistical Support Team.