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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.
News from around the U.S. Army
Army Reserve leader welcomes new Soldiers at 9/11 Memorial
Maj. Gen. Troy D. Kok, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division, delivers remarks Nov. 7 during a Salute to Service ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan. Kok delivered the Oath of Enlistment and served as keynote speaker during the event, which was one of dozens of engagements held throughout the city as part of the U.S. Army’s Meet Your Army Week.
Nov. 13, 2018 - The U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division paid tribute to veterans Nov. 7 during a Salute to Service ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum here.

Army Reserve leader helps build bikes for military children
The U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division joined pharmaceutical company Pfizer and the USO of Metropolitan New York Nov. 8 to build bicycles for military children at Pfizer World Headquarters in Manhattan. Pictured are (from left): Ilana Barishman, marketing director for Pfizer; Capt. Jason Morgan, outgoing aide-de-camp, 99th DIV(R); Maj. Gen. Troy D. Kok, 99th DIV(R) commanding general; and P.J. Lim, immigration paralegal for Pfizer.
Nov. 13, 2018 - The U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division joined pharmaceutical company Pfizer and the USO of Metropolitan New York Nov. 8 to build bicycles for military children at Pfizer World Headquarters here.

Memorandum about (STS/) Indicator Approval and Usage has been updated
Nov. 13, 2018 - The memorandum for the approval and usage of the STS/ indicators in the 1801 has been updated. The STS/ indicator is used to designate that the flight may require "special handling". The memo describes the Flight Plan Status (STS/) Indicator Approval and Usage process.

Lt. Gen. Luckey among senior leaders mentoring future force
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general of U.S. Army Reserve Command, and ROTC cadets, who commissioned into the Army Reserve, pose for a portrait after a development conference for ROTC cadets at Howard University, Washington, Nov. 7, 2018. The conference included cadets from 22 universities and 10 senior leaders from the U.S. Army. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Audrey Hayes)
Nov. 12, 2018 - Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, joined nine other general officers at Howard University, in Washington, to mentor future leaders of America’s Army during a discussion panel Nov. 7.

28th Infantry passes Task Force Spartan mission to 34 ID
Maj. Gen. Benjamin Corell, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division commanding general and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Hjelmstad uncase the Division colors during a transfer of authority ceremony Nov. 12, 2018. The Minnesota National Guard unit's headquarters and headquarters battalion assumed responsibility for the Task Force Spartan mission to from the Pennsylvania National Guard's 28th Infantry Division. The 34th's HHBN is serving as a division headquarters for roughly 10,000 Soldiers conducting theater security operations in the Middle East.
Nov. 12, 2018 - The 28th Infantry Division’s headquarters and headquarters battalion passed responsibility of Task Force Spartan to the 34th Infantry Division during a transfer of authority (TOA) ceremony held Nov. 12, 2018 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.