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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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Fort Detrick contractor donates hair for cancer patient wigs
Fernando Trujillo holds seven locks of his hair, each measuring 28 inches long, after having them cut off on Jan. 18 at Ladies and Gents Downtown Hair Co. in Frederick, Md. Trujillo, a survivor of salivary cancer, donated his locks to Hair We Share, a nonprofit organization that makes wigs for cancer patients. (Photo courtesy Fernando Trujillo)
Feb. 18, 2020 - After retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2014, Fernando Trujillo quit cutting his hair. For the Fort Detrick defense contractor, nearly six years of growth resulted in his long dark locks hanging all the way down to his waist. Then he decided to cut his hair and rather than simply hack it off, Trujillo, a survivor of salivary gland cancer, decided to donate his hair to help cancer patients.

Defender 2020: 418th Civil Affairs Soldiers meet with local leaders in Zagan, Poland
Civic leaders listen as Army Staff Sgt. Kirby Karnes, a team chief with the 418th Civil Affairs Battalion, 308th Civil Affairs Brigade, 353rd Civil Affairs Command, presents information on Defender 20, a United States Army Europe led joint multinational training exercise that will involve the participation of allies and partners from 19 countries, on Feb. 6, 2020, in Zagan, Poland.(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Anna Churco)
Feb. 18, 2020 - Soldiers with the 418th Civil Affairs Battalion, 308th Civil Affairs Brigade, 353rd Civil Affairs Command, met with local civic leaders to discuss Defender 20 and the impact of the exercise on the local communities in Zagan, Poland on February 6, 2020.

Expediting Avionics in the Middle East - 1107th TASMG
Staff Sgt. Errik Woods, allied trade specialist, 1107th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, uses a vertical mill to make tension fittings for helicopters at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 11, 2020.
Feb. 18, 2020 - One maintenance group located in the Middle East takes on repairs that others cannot, and their impact on sustainment operations is paramount.

Expediting Avionics in the Middle East - 1107th TASMG
Staff Sgt. Patrick McDonald, avionic mechanic, 1107th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, works to repair an anti-collision light for a UH-60 helicopter at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 11, 2020.
Feb. 15, 2020 - One maintenance group located in the Middle East takes on repairs that others cannot, and their impact on sustainment operations is paramount. The Soldiers of the 1107th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group (TASMG) are required to take on high level repairs that are necessary to maintaining sustainment operations in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).

Chief of Army Reserve at Fort McCoy
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, gives a presentation to students Feb. 7, 2020, at the Fort McCoy Noncommissioned Officer Academy. Luckey gave the students some career advice and important ideals to remember as they move forward as future leaders in the Army. This was also part of an official visit to Fort McCoy, where Luckey visited with garrison officials about various projects and met with Joint-Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) training personnel to learn more about how the training is planned for 2020. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)
Feb. 14, 2020 - Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, engages with and advises students during a presentation Feb. 7, 2020, at the Fort McCoy Noncommissioned Officer Academy and completed other events during an official visit to the post.