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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
430th Quartermaster Company installs showers, laundry units during emergency in Puerto Rico
Sergeant 1st Class Victor Polanco provides a safety brief to the troops, Jan. 14 at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, prior the 430th Quartermaster Company logistic movement in support to the emergency created by a series of earthquakes in the southern region of the island.
Jan. 17, 2020 - The 430th Quartermaster Company, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, mobilized, installed and started operating shower and laundry units at different dislocated civilians camp, Jan. 14, in response of the strong earthquake and several aftershocks that have rattled residents in Puerto Rico.

Engineers keep it constructive
U.S. Army Sgt. Trevor E. Bessinger, 124th Engineer Company heavy equipment operator, digs a drainage ditch with a backhoe at Erbil Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 12, 2019. The 124th Engineer Company, based in Saluda, S.C., primarily conducts “horizonal” work, including preparing and grading land for building construction. Engineering work helps Coalition Forces throughout the area – including Kurdish Security Forces – in their ongoing fight against Daesh. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Gary A. Witte)
Jan. 17, 2020 - In the engineer office at Erbil Air Base, Iraq, there is a white board displaying an ever-changing list of improvement projects. Almost daily, military and civilian personnel come through the door asking for assistance.

The Army Medical Center of Excellence gets a new commander
Jan. 17, 2020 - The U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, conducted a change of command ceremony where Major General Patrick D. Sargent relinquished command to Major General Dennis P. LeMaster. The ceremony was hosted by Lieutenant General James E. Rainey, Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, or CAC, on January 10, 2020 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The 2020 National Guard Bureau Western Regional Biathlon Championship
The Utah National Guard hosted biathlon athletes from Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Oregon for the Western Regional National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championship at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, in Midway, Utah, January 10-11, 2020. Biathlon is a unique race that combines Nordic skiing and precision marksmanship, which 
 translate directly to key battlefield proficiencies like shoot, move and communicate.
Jan. 16, 2020 - The ancient worship of Norse gods meets the modern warrior’s spirit of readiness at the 2020

'Snug' New Tech Protects Hearing, Mission Efficiency for Military Dogs
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Jan. 16, 2020 - For a guy who's spent the majority of his twenty-plus year career in a basement laboratory sifting through the specifics of the biomedical world -- you know, the nuts and bolts of what's physically possible and what's not -- Michael McLoughlin has a surprisingly Zen-like perspective on the development of his latest product.