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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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Borden Institute Supports Annual Special Operations Exhibition
Borden Institute staff Ernest Barner, public affairs officer, and Robert Dredden, visual information specialist, prepare for Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly 2019 exhibit in Charlotte, N.C. SOMA is the only medical association in the world that brings together the unique blend of pre-hospital, tactical, wilderness, austere, disaster and deployed medicine. The primary goal is to advance the art and science of special operations medical care through the education and professional development of special operations medical providers.
May 24, 2019 - The Borden Institute, an agency of the Health Readiness Center of Excellence, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, supported the Special Operations Medical Association, or SOMA, Scientific Assembly in Charlotte North Carolina by providing an information resource exhibit during the event from May 6-10, 2019. SOMA is the only medical association in the world that brings together the unique blend of pre-hospital, tactical, wilderness, austere, disaster and deployed medicine. The primary goal is to advance the art and science of special operations medical care through the education and professional development of special operations medical providers.

Federal Reserve Bank, Army Reserve honor fallen service members
Officer Miles Noonan of the Federal Reserve Police helps conduct the Missing Man Table ceremony as the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia hosts its third-annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony May 23 at its headquarters to honor those men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The institution holds a remembrance ceremony the Thursday before Memorial Day every year. The Missing Man Table ceremony pays tribute to the nation’s fallen, missing and imprisoned military service members.
May 23, 2019 - The Federal Reserve Bank hosted its third-annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony May 23 at its headquarters here to honor those men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation.

Fort Lee Soldier wins Armywide combatives title
Sgt. Travis Zenk, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Army Logistics University Support Battalion, Fort Lee, Va., poses with a medal won in the bantamweight division of  2019 Lacerda Cup All Army Combatives Tournament held April 8-14 at Fort Benning, Ga. Operational commitments prevented Zenk from competing until this year.
May 23, 2019 - For whatever reason, karma or some other cosmic fate seemed dead-set against Sgt. Travis Zenk’s plan to battle for combatives supremacy. This year, however, Zenk’s pathway to the winner's podium was unobstructed. The former high school wrestler’s talents and skills propelled him to the bantamweight crown at the Lacerda Cup that took place at Fort Benning, Ga., April 8-12. Zenk admitted there was some difficulty comprehending his accomplishment

Medical Logistics: Sustaining the Force
Capt. Karl Jones, 184th Sustainment Command, checks medical supplies at a warehouse at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 15, 2019.
May 23, 2019 - Go to the hospital for a gash, get bandaged, get medicine, and go home. Where do these bandages and medicine come from, though? Medical logistics makes the delivery of the equipment possible.

Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Hendricks, Leading from the Front
FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. -  The 63rd Readiness Division and Fort Hunter Liggett are leading the way to increase Army Reserve membership in the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) be establishing the West Coast Chapter. They plan on hosting at least two boards annually at Fort Hunter Liggett and Parks Reserve Forces Training Area.

During the week of May 21, 2018, five Army Reserve Soldiers participated in the SAMC’s intensive exam process to prove their physical, mental, weapons, and leadership skills. Pictured is Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Hendricks with the 11th Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division with her sponsor Master Sgt. Hector Soto at the Fort Hunter Liggett weapons qualification range during the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club testing. 

The SAMC is an elite Army organization of Soldiers that exemplify the Army Corps and community service. When a Soldier is inducted, he/she is given a medallation and induction certificate in a formal ceremony.
May 23, 2019 - Not everyone can join the elite Sgt. Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) but Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Hendricks with the 11th Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division (ARCD) based at Moffett Field, California, joined the ranks in September 2018.