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Kentucky Army National Guard brings the firepower to Saber Strike 18
Staff Sgt. Christopher Anderson, section chief, 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Regiment directs a truck operator during a reloading exercise of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during Saber Strike 18 in the Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland on June 6, 2018. Saber Strike 18 is the eighth iteration of the longstanding U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative exercise designed to enhance interoperability among allies and regional partners. (Michigan Army National Guard photo by Spc. Alan Prince /released)
June 6, 2018 - "This is a unique opportunity for the unit since this is the first time we have deployed with 100% of our organic elements," stated Capt. Paul Chandler, Alpha Battery commander.

Battle Group Poland hits the water for amphibious training
British soldiers in a Jackal 2A Mobility Weapon-Mounted Installation Kit, are transported across a water hazard by their Polish allies in a Polish Army Medium Amphibious Transport at the Bemowo Piskie Training Area on June 5, 2018 as part of their participation in Saber Strike 18. Saber Strike 18 is the eighth iteration of the long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise designed to enhance interoperability among allies and regional partners. (Michigan Army National Guard photo by Spc. Robert Douglas/Released.)
June 6, 2018 - Collaborative training with allies is the kind of environment Saber Strike 18 hopes to foster in its eighth iteration.

Strong Europe Tank Challenge Builds Camaraderie Across Borders
U.S. Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, fire at a target while conducting the defensive position live fire portion of the Strong Europe Tank Challenge at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, June 5, 2018. The Strong Europe Tank Challenge is an annual training event designed to give participating nations a dynamic, productive and fun environment in which to foster military partnerships, form Soldier-level relationships, and share tactics, techniques and procedures. The participating nations this year are Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner)
June 6, 2018 - Even across eight nations’ uniforms and six languages, some ideas require no translation like impressive tanks, a friendly competition and the importance of building multinational cooperation.

Army leaders learn by retracing WWII campaign
WWII survivors and local townsfolk from Roynac, France, greet U.S. Soldiers at a privately owned WWII Memorabilia Museum in Roynac as Operation Anvil-Dragoon was discussed May 30, 2018. Anvil-Dragoon was the campaign to take Southern France August 15, 1944. Junior and senior leaders from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, participated in a battle staff ride, which retraced the actual landing spots and troop movements in Southern France, May 27 - 31. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Overson)
June 6, 2018 - f there’s one constant in the Army, it’s learning from success stories and mistakes. Often referred to as ‘lessons learned,’ leaders study what went well and what didn’t go well in various operations. ‘After action reviews’ are often conducted to try to constantly improve missions, and at times, morale.
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Senior leaders tackle Army Family concerns in town hall
The Secretary of the Army attends the annual AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C., Oct. 8-10, 2018. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. B. Nicole Mejia)
Oct. 15, 2018 - The Army's top leaders held a town hall meeting Tuesday to address issues voiced by Family members, including substandard moving companies, jobs for spouses and possible health concerns in older on-base homes.

Army astronauts promoted while underwater
Oct. 15, 2018 - The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's two Army astronauts received their new rank in a unique way Sept. 27.

Army readiness, lethality increasing amid troubled world, says chief of staff
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley gives the keynote speech at the Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition's Eisenhower Luncheon, Oct. 9, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by David Vergun)
Oct. 15, 2018 - "War is very expensive, but the only thing more expensive than fighting a war is losing a war," said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley. "War has not gone away," he continued. "It's clear that the faint clouds of a coming storm are on the horizon. It's our duty to be ready today, more lethal tomorrow."

Joint Training Center expansion in Jordan enhances interoperability
Jordan Armed Forces soldiers and U.S. military service members salute during the playing of the U.S. and Jordanian national anthems during a dedication ceremony for an expansion of the Jordan Armed Forces Joint Training Center Oct. 10, 2018. The new JTC wing provides U.S. service members a modern facility as U.S. forces and the Jordan Armed Forces continue to enhance interoperability by pursuing training opportunities together.
Oct. 13, 2018 - U.S. service members training in Jordan had the opportunity to participate in an Oct. 10 dedication ceremony for an expansion of the Jordan Armed Forces Joint Training Center. The new JTC wing provides service members a modern facility as the U.S. military and the Jordan Armed Forces continue to enhance interoperability by pursuing training opportunities together.

Spouse employment tied to Soldier lethality
Karen Pence, the second lady speaks to an audience at the Military Family Forum about Military Spouse Employment and Financial Readiness Initiatives at the 2018 Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 9, 2018, in Washington D.C. (Photo Credit: Devon L. Suits)
Oct. 12, 2018 - Since taking on her role as the second lady, Karen Pence has made a concerted effort to listen and learn from the military spouse community, seeking an opportunity to make a difference. "Military spouses play a significant role in defense of our country, and that's something I want to bring attention to. I can say without a doubt, the strength of our nation does not just come from the people in uniform who fight to protect our freedoms, but the spouses and the families who serve alongside them also make tremendous sacrifices to the greater benefit of our country," Pence said.