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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 fields modernized handgun system to MPs
The Army began fielding the modernized M17 and M18 Modular Handgun Systems to the Military Police School in December. The school is expected to received about 1,400 weapons in total. (Photo Credit: Lewis Perkins)
Feb. 15, 2019 - The U.S. Army began fielding M17 and M18 Modular Handgun Systems to the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood in December to replace the force's aging Beretta M9, a weapon that has been in use since the mid-1980s and is quickly reaching its serviceability limits.

210th RSG special projects, facilities support Fort Bliss mobilization station
FORT BLISS, Texas – Master Sgt. Jorge Coreano, noncommissioned officer in charge of the special projects and facilities section for the 210th Regional Support Group/Mobilization and Deployment Brigade, convenes with Soldiers and civilian staff during their weekly meeting at Fort Bliss, Texas, Jan. 10, 2019. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Hernandez, 210th Regional Support Group/Mobilization and Deployment Brigade – Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security)
Feb. 14, 2019 - Ever since April 2018, Army Reserve Soldiers of the 210th Regional Support Group, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, have painstakingly functioned as an essential component of the Mobilization and Deployment Brigade – Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at Fort Bliss, Texas. Abiding by the brigade’s motto of ‘support the troops,’ the 210th RSG supplement their civilian counterparts to deliver logistical and administrative support to pre- and post-mobilization units that continuously rotate through this installation.

Game on! Ordnance School Soldier tapped for Army ESports Team
Staff Sgt. Michael Showes, a wheeled vehicle recovery instructor assigned to the Ordnance School, earned a spot on the Army eSports Team after winning a qualification tournament Dec. 4. He will be among the 30-member team of gamer-Soldiers the Army is assembling to help with recruiting efforts.
Feb. 14, 2019 - An Ordnance School Soldier and lifelong video game enthusiast has accomplished the improbable. Staff Sgt. Michael Showes, a wheeled vehicle recovery instructor here, earned a coveted spot on the fledgling Army ESports Team in December after only two months of competitive experience. He was surprised, to say the least.

USARCENT Hosts Operation Spartan Shield Community of Excellence Forum
Col. Scott Gilman, the U.S. Army Central Training and Exercises division chief, briefs senior leaders from USARCENT, the U.S. Army Reserves and the U.S. Army National Guard during the Operation Spartan Shield Community of Excellence Forum at Patton Hall on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Feb. 6, 2019. The inaugural forum allowed the attendees to discuss OSS, State Partnership Programs, current operations and future improvements.
Feb. 13, 2019 - United States Army Central hosted an open forum Feb. 5-6, 2019, at Patton Hall, welcoming U.S. Army Reserve and National Guardsmen who have troops serving in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

New recruiting efforts include emphasis on 22 cities
Future Soldiers from the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion participate in a joint-service mass oath of enlistment ceremony during halftime of Arizona State University's Salute to Service college football game between ASU and the University of California, Los Angeles, Nov. 10, in Tempe, Arizona. The Army has been retooling its recruiting strategy that includes emphasis on 22 cities.
Feb. 13, 2019 - The Army's new accession strategy includes expanding into major metropolitan areas and more into