New Parent Support Program helps Army families navigate trials of parenthood

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Battle dress through the centuries

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Half a century of vivid memories

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Former Soldiers give audiences, and themselves, something to laugh about

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What’s Left Behind: The Vietnam Memorial Collection

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A Modified version of the video game "Artemis," was the platform of choice during the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade's Cyber Capture the Flag exercise at the McGill Training Center on Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, May 19, 2015. Particpants used the modified game to help enhance their cyber capabilities. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
2 July 2015

Gaming to win

Cyber Soldiers use a popular gaming platform to hone their offensive and defensive tactics.

A biohazard sign outside a support laboratory for the Whole System Live Agent Test chamber on Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The WSLAT chamber can handle agents up to biological safety level three, which includes biological warfare agents that can cause treatable diseases in humans. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames)
2 April 2015

Clearing the air

The Whole System Live Agent Test chamber will enable U.S. Army scientists to evaluate the effectiveness of bio detection gear with warfighter safety in mind.

The M50 gas mask, Joint Services Aircrew Member MPU-5 and JSAM Fixed Wing masks featured in this image await SMARTMAN testing at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, Aug. 29, 2011. The SMARTMAN is a human bust fixture designed for testing gas masks and other breathing apparatus. (U.S. Army photo by Al Vogel)
27 March 2015

From test tube to battlefield

The U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground is in the business of validating defensive and offensive capabilities before putting them in the hands of warfighters.

A German tank crew guards a column of American prisoners of war during World War II. Like the members of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, these men were doomed to a hellish existence until Allied troops began liberating POW camps in the spring of 1945. The men of the I&R Platoon had been captured on the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 16, 1944. Their 12-hour stand against a German battalion in Lanzerath, Belgium, helped delay the initial German force long enough for the Allies to move troops and reinforce critical positions, thereby helping win the battle. The men were finally recognized for their bravery in 1981 with a Presidential Unit Citation, four Distinguished Service Crosses, five Silver Stars and 9 Bronze Stars with V device, making the platoon the most decorated of World War II. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Center for Military History)
26 January 2015

One more battle

After a 12-hour stand on the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, the men of the 394th Regiment's Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon faced a new fight for survival in Nazi POW camps.

Private First Class Tammy Scriven, an information technology specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Signal Brigade, provides desktop computer support, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia. Scriven says her family does special things to let her know they are thinking of her during the holidays. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Rashene Mincy, 55th Signal Company-Combat Camera)
22 December 2014

Deployed during the holidays: staying connected

Deployments are hard on Soldiers and their families, but they can be especially difficult during the holidays. Soldiers and their families share ways to stay connected and reduce stress.

Deep in the Ardennes Forest, on a hill above the village of Lanzerath, Belgium, members of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division would have camouflaged their foxholes like this unidentified unit. The foxholes, fortified with three to five thick logs each, helped the Soldiers not only withstand three German assaults the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 16, 1944, but inflict withering casualties before they finally ran out of ammunition and were captured. They delayed the initial German force for half a day, long enough for the Allies to move troops and reinforce critical positions, thereby helping win the battle. The men were finally recognized for their bravery in 1981 with a Presidential Unit Citation, four Distinguished Service Crosses, five Silver Stars and 9 Bronze Stars with V device, making the platoon the most decorated of World War II. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Center for Military History)
16 December 2014

The Battle of Lanzerath

Outnumbered 20 to one, this is the story of how a single U.S. Army intelligence and reconnaissance platoon held up the German advance, changing the outcome of the Battle of the Bulge.

Recon Warrior Challenge program participants explore a helicopter while touring Fort Benning, Georgia, July 1, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Rob McEver)
10 November 2014

Up to the challenge

This Fort Benning NCO is using what he’s learned in the Army to instill in local youth confidence, discipline and respect.

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5 June 2015

Q & A with Joe Galloway

Soldiers talks to Joe Galloway, famed Vietnam War correspondent, author and veterans advocate, about the congressionally mandated Vietnam War Commemoration.

6 March 2015

Sleep tips from the experts

We know it can be tough to get a solid night’s sleep, so we turned to the Army’s sleep experts and tracked down their top tips.

5 December 2014

How to train a service dog

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Spencer Milo, who participated in the service dog-training program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, talks about what goes into getting a dog ready to partner with a wounded veteran.

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Cpl. Benjamin and Ariel McCluskey play with their son, Connor, 2. Originally from Idaho and stationed far from home at Fort Meade, Maryland, with the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, the couple has participated in the New Parent Support Program for almost two years, gaining much-needed advice and support from their home visitor. (DOD photo by Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
Cpl. Benjamin McCluskey of the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion holds his newborn son, Connor, now 2. McCluskey and his wife, Ariel, have participated in the New Parent Support Program at Fort Meade, Maryland, for almost two years, learning about everything from infant massage to CPR to potty training from their home visitor. They call the program a relief. (Photo courtesy of Ariel McCluskey)
Home visitor and registered nurse Rafiah Meekins of the New Parent Support Program (right) joins Cpl. Benjamin and Ariel McCluskey as they color with their son, Connor, 2. Meekins has been a cheerleader for and advisor to the family for almost two years at Fort Meade, Maryland, teaching them infant massage and CPR, and offering suggestions on feeding, teeth brushing and potty training. (DOD photo by Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
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A crew member wipes oil from one of the engines on "Fifi," a B-29 Superfortress, after the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover test flight at Mansassas Regional Airport in Virginia, May 7, 2015. Fifi is the last of the World War II B-29s still in flight. World War II veterans who flew B-29 missions were on hand to share their experiences with curious onlookers. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
A B-17 Flying Fortress, one of the "Texas Raiders," prepares for its test flight on the tarmac of Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia, May 7, 2015. The plane was one of 56 that flew during the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in Washington, D.C., May 8. The flyover marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, and paid tribute to the service members who served during World War II. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
A B-17 Flying Fortress, one of the "Texas Raiders," awaits visitors after the test flight for the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover at the Manssas Regional Airport in Virginia, May 7, 2015. The event marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, and provided World War II veterans the opportunity to share their memories, good and bad. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
Inside a B-24 Liberator bomb bay, looking toward the rear gun. The plane, dubbed "Diamond Lil," was open to visitors after the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover test flight at Manassas Regional Airport In Virginia, May 7, 2015. Veterans were on hand to provide first-hand accounts of what it was like to fly in planes like the B-24 during World War II. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
Karnig Thomasian poses with his daughter, Karla Robertson, on the tarmac at Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia during the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover test flight. Thomasian, a gunner with the the U.S. Army Air Corps' 20th Air Force, was taken prisoner by the Japanese in World War II after his plane was destroyed over Rangoon, Burma. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
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