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Supply Chain Innovation And Efficiency On Display At Logistics Conference

Story by Craig Rader on 06/20/2018

The June 19-20 conference featured presentations from public and private-sector leaders and covered an array of topics ranging from performance based logistics to supply chain efficiencies and strategic objectives.

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Nato Allies Bring Cheer To Latvian Orphanage With Help From Charity Organization Spirit Of America', American Embassy

Story by Sgt Adwin Esters on 06/19/2018
The day's activities started out with the Marines and Latvian service members introducing themselves to the children with whom they would be spending the day with and exchanging names to help everyone feel more comfortable with one another. The children and service members also performed a fun team-building trust-fall' exercise to improve the mutual understanding and confidence between the children and the adults.
"We partnered one Marine with two of their Latvian counterparts and split them all up into groups with two to three kids to help assist with breaking the language barrier," said Latvian Pvt. Nils Students, a Latvian National Guardsmen and primary organizer of the Big Brother' style event. "The kids study English in school, and at events like this, they get to use a lot of that English."
The day also consisted of a visit to a ceramics pottery factory, lunch at a local restaurant and an outdoor, "Tarzan" rope-obstacle course.
"While other kids are probably in summer camps or spending time with their parents, we can, at least for one day, give them a little bit of fun," said Students. "We see what the local community has to offer as far as entertainment and educational things, and since Daugavpils is known for its ceramics, we started the day at a ceramic pottery place. The kids got to do some projects and get their hands dirty."
After spending half a day together, the children and Marines enjoyed a lunch at one of the local restaurants. Sitting down and eating together allowed the children to open up to their Big Brother' counterparts and get ready for the rest of the day, which included a visit to a Tarzan outdoor obstacle course.
"The kids were really shy at first, but after spending time with them and playing some games with them, they really opened up," said Sgt. Greg Schaefer, a civil affairs specialist with 2nd Civil Affairs Group. "It was fun watching them play together and tackling the obstacles."
After a few hours of climbing over hurdles, up ladders, and around trees, the group sat down together to share some traditional Marine Corps cuisine: Meals Ready to Eat (MRE's).
All parties involved benefited from the bonds created and friendships made between them, mirroring the bigger-picture bonds that NATO Allies are able to accomplish during Saber Strike 18.
"This has been really good for the children and for us," said Latvian Pvt. Ruta Surovcova, a Latvian Zemessardre participant. "We have enjoyed spending time with the children today."
"Being able to help them, having seen those laughs and smiles, is something I will definitely take with me," said Schaefer. "I am very thankful for how cooperative the Latvian government and their military has been. Had we not been wearing different uniforms, it would have felt like we were brothers and sisters in the same military."
Spirit of America is a non-profit organization that works alongside forward-deployed troops and diplomats serving overseas to identify critical needs and provide private-sector resources and know-how in support of their missions to increase their safety and success.
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How I Healed To Get Back Into The Fight'

Story by SPC Zoe Garbarino on 06/19/2018

Jones, first sergeant of B Troop, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and a Trenton, New Jersey, native, joined the Army in 2001 to escape adversities in his area.

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Bodybuilding

Story by SPC Emilie Sheridan on 06/19/2018
A smile sat on the face of Army Pfc. Jacob Bolin, a geospatial engineer with the 16th Engineer Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters Company at the Defense Supply Center in Columbus, Ohio, as he shared his first experience at the Arnold Classic Sports Festival.
The Arnold Classic is a four-day festival of all things fitness and health related. There are sports competitions of all varieties as well as a three-day fitness expo. Competitors, brand representatives, fitness gurus, and fanatics come from all over the world to attend the Columbus, Ohio festival. "Being here makes me feel motivated," explained Bolin. "It reinforces my goals for competing one day and to push my body to my ideal physique."
Fitness is a vital part of service members' lives and careers. Being able to perform your duties to the best of your ability is not only a necessity, but it is also used in deciding promotions, extra training and important missions. The Arnold Classic Sports Festival attracts large numbers of service members, both past and present due to its focus on dedication and physical fitness.
Bolin believes that, "in both worlds, army life and body building life, you are held to a high standard above the average person. You always have to push yourself to go above and beyond. If you aren't pushing, and aren't progressing, then you will never get anywhere. You will remain stagnant."
Army Specialist Seth Riegle, a combat engineer with the 371st Special Troop Brigade in St. Mary's, Ohio, was also in attendance at the Arnold Classic and shared that attending the event motivates him to stay in top physical shape, so that he can be a better soldier and a more disciplined individual in his civilian life.
"Seeing all these bodybuilders here reminds me how much I love the lifestyle of the Army," Riegle shared with a glimmer in his eye as he gazed around the expo. "I think the other soldiers at my unit could really benefit from getting involved in the bodybuilding world, even just as spectators because it reminds us soldiers that we too have a higher common goal of improving ourselves and our battle buddies."
Balancing civilian life and Army life can be a struggle for National Guard soldiers. Regardless of your family life, civilian job, school or other commitments, Ohio National Guard soldiers must stay physically fit and ready to answer the call for duty at any time.
"The Arnold, or other fitness expos, can motivate other Soldiers to put fitness as more of a priority," said Bolin. "Sometimes as guardsmen we get caught up in our civilian lives and don't always feel like we have the time or motivation to stay as mentally and physically strong as we should be. If my mental strength is improving and my PT [physical training] score is improving, I am becoming a better soldier."
Fitness lifestyles such as bodybuilding, cross fit, or triathlons bridge the gap between drill weekends and civilian life. They both take a dedication and commitment to bettering yourself and holding yourself to a higher standard.
"Bodybuilding makes me feel like I'm working toward something more and not just going through the motions," explained Bolin. "I feel more prepared to do my job and set an example for others."
For many soldiers, just like Bolin and Reigle, bodybuilding gives a sense of purpose and a way to measure their improvements both physically and mentally. Events such as the Arnold Classic put them in contact with prior servicemembers, mentors, and educators who are role models and show how to achieve goals, not just in the bodybuilding world, but in life in general.
"I like the way working out makes me feel," Riegle explained. "It gives me a rush and releases stress. As you reach goals, you feel better about yourself. You can see your progress in the mirror and that's really rewarding."
"I can picture myself being on that stage one day," Bolin declared. "I hope to start with a triathlon next year, but I would like to for sure compete in physique competitions one day. I think my body type would be highly capable of being competitive. I want to compete to show myself that I can push my body to the limits and create any image I want. It carries that discipline of military life into my civilian life, and aren't we all striving to be better soldiers on and off duty?"
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