P3 News

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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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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Dorm Council Airmen Help Improve Quality Of Life

Story by A1C Christopher Sparks on 06/19/2018

These meetings provide the dorm councils an opportunity to communicate directly with the 48th Fighter Wing command chief, as well as first sergeants, unaccompanied housing and dorm managers.

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Puerto Rico Native Participates In Us, Caribbean Military Exercise

Story by PO1 Marie Montez on 06/18/2018

The 1996 graduate of CIEM Private School is a 17-year veteran of the armed forces. He is joined by 1,700 military and civilian personnel from 21 partner nations in the Bahamas and St. Kitts and Nevis from June 4-21.

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Ppb Uses 3-D Printers To Create Metal Parts

Story by Keith Hayes on 06/14/2018

Three-dimensional printers create objects by depositing materials layer by layer in accordance to the object's 3D digital model. Printer processes vary, but the material is usually sprayed, squeezed or otherwise transferred from the printer onto a platform into almost any part or tool needed.

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Kayaks And Canoes: Best View Of Beauty On The Missouri River

Story by James Lowe on 06/13/2018

These 498 miles of river have some of the richest viewing in our area. You will see a palette of colors. In the spring and summer, mostly shades of green. American Sycamore, Silver Maple, Box Elder and River Birch are some of the trees that line the banks. Sand bars offer an opportunity to picnic with caution as not to disturb wildlife particularly on those marked for endangered species.

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Honor, Integrity On And Off The Trail

Story by MAJ Michelle Lunato on 06/12/2018

When most people think of drill sergeants, they think of disciplined instructors, intimidating stares and squared-away, by-the-book Soldiers. While these rigid images may all be true, it is only one side of the iconic job in today's Army Reserve.

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593d Esc Best Warrior Competition

Story by SFC Miriam Espinoza on 06/12/2018
The 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command named the Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, 1st Sgt. of the Year, Junior Officer of the Year, Warrant Officer of the Year, and Soldier of the Year April 25.
The competition took place April 17 to April 20. It is an Army tradition to have competitions within units to recognize the best Soldiers in the organization. Soldiers compete at the unit level to move on to compete at the battalion then move on to the next higher headquarters.
The winners were announced five days after the final event at the Lancer Dining Facility on April 25.
Soldier of the Year is Spc. Oscar Ortiz, 542nd Support Maintenance Company, 13th CSSB.
Non-commissioned Officer of the Year is Staff Sgt. Gregory Tainatongo, Echo, 47th Combat Support Hospital, 62nd Medical Brigade.
1st Sgt. of the Year is 1st Sgt. Heather Buxton, 514 Ground Ambulance, 56th MMB, 62nd Medical Brigade.
Chief Warrant Officer of the Year is Chief Warrant Officer 2 Raul Almendarez, 24th Composite Supply Company, 13th CSSB.
Junior Officer of the Year is 1st Lt. Saunghun Ann, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 62nd Medical Brigade.
"The Best Warrior Competition is a competition that identifies the best competitor in each category of competition, while they also gain valuable skills and learn more about themselves," said Command Sgt. Maj. Pamela K. Williams, 593rd ESC.
Twenty Soldiers ranging from the ranks of private through captain were selected by their command to represent their unit in the competition.
"The Best Warrior Competition recognizes Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values, embody the Warrior Ethos, and represent the force of the future," said Brig. Gen. James S. Moore, commanding general, 593rd ESC.
The Soldiers' reason for competing was because they wanted to push themselves, the leaders on the other hand wanted to lead by example.
"I ask my Soldiers to go to boards and achieve so I wanted to do the same," said 1st Sgt. Heather Buxton, 514th Ground Ambulance, 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion.
The 4-day competition tested the competitors both physically and mentally through grueling events and little time to rest.
"The purpose of the events during the competition was to identify the best of the best in each of the five categories and to promote spirit the corps amongst all the units within the ESC," said Master Sgt. Brian Evans, event coordinator, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 593rd ESC.
During the four days of competition the candidates completed an Army Physical Fitness test, qualified with both the M9 pistol and the M4 carbine, maneuvered through an obstacle course, did both the day and night land navigation course, completed an 8-mile ruck march carrying approximately 45 pounds, conducted Tactical Combat Casualty Care lanes and completed the Soldier Readiness Test.
"It was a long and grueling competition, but a lot of it was mind over matter," said 1st Lt. Lilian Andry, 523rd CTC, 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. Andry a native of New Orleans, Louisiana entered into the competition to support her Soldier, who was also a competitor.
Although it was a competition, teamwork and cohesion is what made the competition a success for most of the competitors, who relied on each other to get through the long days and tough obstacles.
"I really enjoyed the camaraderie between everyone, we got to know each other and there are really good leaders and Soldiers that I got to know throughout the competition," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Myers, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 56th MMB.
The competitors relied on each other and motivated one another throughout the days of competition. Every day the competitors waiting on the sidelines shouted words of encouragement as others were attempting the task in front of them.
The winner of the competition will move on to represent the ESC at the I Corps Best Warrior Competition scheduled in May.
"The Soldiers and leaders came out and challenge themselves above and beyond, I could not thank the unit leadership enough for encouraging them throughout the 4-day competition," said Williams.
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823rd Red Horse Squadron Communications Keep Airmen Connected

Story by A1C Ronald FelicianoRivera on 06/12/2018
The 823rd RHS department of resources flight is a four-Airman shop located on the 823rd RHS compound that manages the workstations and software of approximately 450 Airmen, maintain ready-to-go communication fly-away kits, and provide support for daily technical issues. For instance, new operating systems with improved security features and new workstations with new encryption hardware, promote confidentiality and integrity that keeps systems running without issue.
"Any sort of major or minor project that RED HORSE touches, we provide the communication aspect," said Staff Sgt. Leo Santos, a client systems technician with the 823rd RHS. "We make sure that software suites work; that they can communicate, and get plans back and forth to the people that need them."
All of the 823rd RHS tech support needs are fulfilled while at home station. If the DR flight deploys, the 1st Special Operations Communications Squadron takes over and provides technical support for the 823rd RHS.
"Our day-to-day typically involves troubleshooting a plethora of issues that our customers have," said Santos. "Sometimes it's web-based interfaces like Leaveweb, other times it's with software. Our support extends to printers, scanners, telephones, digital senders and multi-function devices."
Many of the desktops at the 823rd RHS are being upgraded by the DR flight in compliance with a mandatory transition to a new operating system. Airmen will receive new laptops, allowing for mobile, lightweight workstations.
"I upgraded all the desktops to laptops," said Staff Sgt. Johnathan Rico Arce, a client systems technician with the 823rd RHS. "I transfer all the data from the desktop hard drive to the new laptop's drive to ensure a seamless transition"
The laptops are capable of securely accessing the military network.
"The laptops have a software suite called a VPN, which is a virtual private network," said Santos. "It allows Airmen to perform the technical portion of their job outside of the installation, if necessary."
Additionally, 823rd RHS communications readily keeps two deployable communications fly-away kits available for RHS Airmen who need to establish secure communications in austere environments.
"The communications fly-away kit contains a telephone, typically one or two laptops, and a printer/scanner, all connected to a router, which is then connected to a satellite relay," said Santos. "The CFK allows secure communications users can go in there from anywhere and are able to access the Department of Defense network."
By providing crucial support tailored to the can-do, will-do, have-done squadron, the 823rd RHS department of resources flight ensures Airmen have operationally-ready technology.
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Army Participates In A Helo Lift Of Itb Students

Story by LCpl Nicholas Lubchenko on 06/12/2018

This exercise was supported by CH-47s and Soldiers from 3-82nd General Support Aviation Battalion, Fort Bragg.

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Dark Sky Exercise Enhances Partnerships, Interoperability

Story by SGT Katie Eggers on 06/12/2018

"The time to exchange business cards is not when the disaster occurs, but before the event," said Gary Wieczorek, Wisconsin Emergency Management Exercise & Training Supervisor. "Developing long-standing relationships and partnerships allows those agencies to better serve and protect our citizens when real events happen."

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