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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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Good News Story - Festivus Games
Sept. 20, 2019 - Our Physical Therapist, MAJ Rachel Snell, recently competed in the Festivus Games.  MAJ Snell

Lt. Col. Lisa Jaster continues to lead the way after historic Ranger School accomplishment
U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Lisa Jaster, executive officer, 420th Engineer Brigade, receives a new patrol cap from her family signifying her promotion from Major to Lieutenant Colonel. Jaster graduated from Ranger School in 2015, and continues to serve in the military, work as the director of engineering for a M&S engineering, and conduct speaking engagements across the country. (Courtesy Photo/ Lt. Col Lisa Jaster)
Sept. 19, 2019 - U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Lisa Jaster was 37 years old when she attended Ranger school. While the average age of attendees in the course ranges in the early 20s, that didn’t deter her, and in October of 2015 she graduated from the course. She was the first woman in the U.S. Army Reserve to do so. Four years later, her advice to others is simple.

19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomes new leadership
Members of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) participate in a change of command and retirement ceremony on Camp Williams, Utah 14 September 2019. The unit received a new commanding officer and a new command sergeant major. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by, PFC. Jacob Jesperson)
Sept. 19, 2019 - The 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) said farewell to two of senior leaders and welcomed two new

Future Soldiers start Army career with a hole-in-one
U.S. Army Gen. Paul Funk, commanding general, Army Training and Doctrine Command, conducts an enlistment ceremony Sept. 15, 2019 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The Greenbrier hosted several military tributes during its week-long PGA TOUR tournament Sept. 9-15. (U.S. Army photo by Emily Peacock)
Sept. 19, 2019 - For young men and woman who choose to join the U.S. Army, their first steps as Soldiers usually take place at a Military Entrance Processing Station with only a few family members there to congratulate them on their decision to serve. A simple ceremony that only lasts about a minute, resulting in the lifetime title of Army Soldier.

Sharpened Steel Improves Leadership, Training
Sgt. 1st Class Herolaga engages targets offhand after conducting a speed reload drill. Rapid target engagement and drills useful in combat are tested in Excellence In Competition.
Sept. 19, 2019 - Events held by the Hatchet Battalion leads to multiple Soldier training successes, Excellence In Competition, and the Army Reserve's national-level marksmanship program.