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P U B L I S H I N G G R O U P

ByPfc.FrederickConnelly

1stArmoredDivisionPublicAffairs

The sunbeatdownon the eerily empty city

ofKamal JabouronNov.10,asmilitarywork-

ing dogs and their handlers slowly and thor-

oughlyconducteda searchof thepremise.The

city,which is anotional training locationhere,

gave theMWD teams a training area that ac-

curately representedwhatavillagedownrange

would look like, andmore importantly, gave

them realistic training scenarios they would

likely encounter during adeployment.

The training,which tasked theMWDswith

seekingoutanyhiddenexplosivedevices,was

part of the Desert Defender Ground Combat

Readiness Training Center’sK9 Pre-Deploy-

ment training.The coursewas designed to get

MWD’s and their handlers towork at an ex-

tremely proficient and professional level, and

to sharpen and refine the skills of bothmem-

bers of the team.

“Me being brand new, this is a lot,” said

Senior Airman Kaleb Sermeno, assigned to

the 60th Security Forces Squadron at Travis

Air ForceBase,California, as he reflected on

his first training exercise through the notional

village. Sermeno and his MWD Ben were

taskedwith clearing the area, raidingmultiple

buildings and encountering different explo-

sive devices.

ArmySecretary:

Capabilitiesmore

important than

numberofSoldiers

By JimGaramone

DefenseMediaActivity

WASHINGTON – The Army

needs to stop talking strictly about

the numbers of itsSoldiers and focus

on the capabilities the service needs,

Army Secretary Eric Fanning said

hereNov. 17.

Fanning discussedArmy capabili-

tieswithWall Street Journal reporter

Gordon Lubold during the Defense

One Summit. The secretary said the

Army needs to define what it needs

for the future.

There are currently more than

100,000 U.S. Soldiers posted over-

seas inmore than150 countries,Fan-

ning said. TheArmy’s role in coun-

tering current threats, he said, has

“stripped a lot of investment out of

the future (and) even a lotof intellec-

tual thinking about the future.”

Creative, InnovativeArmy

Workforce

The Army has a lot of creativity

and innovation in itsmilitary and ci-

vilian workforce, Fanning said, and

theyneed tobeempoweredand fund-

ed tomove the service forward.

Army Special Operations Forces

are incredibly lethal, but they have

beenworkedhardover thepastyears,

theArmy secretary said.There is re-

newed discussion, he said, about the

capabilities theArmy requires tocon-

tinue to accomplish itsmissions,now

and into the future.

TheArmy is headed to a total of

450,000 active-duty troops, “but the

number, by itself doesn’t really tell

you a lot,” Fanning said. “There is a

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StaffSgt.TimothyGlover,99thSecurityForcesSquadron,NellisAirForceBase,Nev.,andhismilitaryworking

dog Prada,prepare to breach a room during a training exercise at the notional village ofKamal Jabour,Nov.

10.

PhotosbyPfc.FrederickConnelly /1stADPublicAffairs

Senior Airman Kaleb Sermeno, 60th Security Forces Squadron, Travis Air

ForceBase,Calif.,carrieshismilitaryworkingdogBen, through thenotional

villageofKamalJabourhere,simulatingwhathemustdo ifhisdog is injured

ondeployment,Nov.10.

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ByAbigailMeyer

FortBlissBugleStaff

Hundreds ofmembers of the El Paso com-

munitygathered at theCentennialBanquet and

Conference Center hereAug. 11 for the State

of theMilitary event, hosted by theGreaterEl

PasoChamber ofCommerce.

Maj.Gen. PatWhite, commanding general,

1stArmoredDivision and Fort Bliss,was the

keynote speaker who expounded on “Amer-

ica’s Army – Always Ready!” White spoke

aboutwhat encompasses true readiness.

“TheArmyChiefofStaffGen.MarkA.Mil

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ley’s big theme is ‘readiness is our only prior-

ity’ – that everythingwe do every day has to

build that readiness,”White said. “And if that

readiness gets built, it has to be sustained.”

TheEl Paso community plays a critical role

in sustaining readiness,White said.

“I can tell you, that’swhat you help us do.

I can give a unit asmany bullets as they need.

I can give them all the greatest equipment in

theworld and they can train,butwhen thatunit

leavesFortBliss and goes somewhere else, the

families that stay behind need your support,”

White said.

White talked about his priorities for sus-

taining the readiness of Soldiers here.His key

themes were highly trained and ready force,

physical andmental fitness, discipline and le-

3-6 ‘Heavy

Cav’ wins

aviation award

ByAbigailMeyer

FortBlissBugleStaff

Deployments to Iraq have

changed drastically over the years.

3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regi-

ment “Heavy Cav,” CombatAvia-

tionBrigade,1stArmoredDivision,

navigated the complexmissions of

operations Inherent Resolve and

Spartan Shield on their recent de-

ployment asTaskForceHeavyCav

to Iraq and Kuwait from August

2015 toApril 2016.

The battalion received the Lt.

Gen. Ellis D. Parker Award for

“AviationBattalionof theYear” for

2015.The battalion had a lot going

on in the early part of 2015,when

they were reflagged as a Heavy

Attack Reconnaissance Squadron

and had RQ-7B Shadows, tactical

unmanned aircraft systems, added

to their fleet ofAH-64Apache he-

licopters just a fewmonths before

they deployed, becoming the first

unit in theArmy to be converted.

While deployed, the unit was

split up inmultiple locations.Their

missionwas two-fold.

At Taji Air Base, Iraq, the TF

headquarters occupied just a small

portion of the base and had to fix

or build upmany facilities, nine of

them were large-scale projects in-

cluding a new tactical operations

center, new passenger terminal and

two newmaintenance hangars.

“We put in an office complex.

We really did a lot to improve the

infrastructure and facilities portion

on that airfield, so that felt pretty

great,” said Capt. Nate Blackford,

FOB mayor and commander of

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AbigailMeyer

/ FortBlissBugleStaff

Maj. Gen. PatWhite, commanding general, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, addresses those gathered

for the State of theMilitary event hosted by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce at the Centennial

Banquet andConferenceCenterhereAug. 11.

State of the Military

America’s Army – Always Ready!

MGRossi, former32ndAAMDC

commander, laid to rest

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means sharing the road

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>> TREAD LIFE

AbigailMeyer /

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Soldiers assigned toCompanyA,1stBattalion,37th

Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st

Armored Division, head into the Chihuahuan Desert

inside anM1A2Abrams tank to conduct a live-fire.

The unit used the heavy battle tank during gunnery

tables atRange 88,nearOrogrande,N.M.,Aug. 9.

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ByAbigailMeyer

FortBlissBugleStaff

Sometimes all it takes is one unexpected

emergency–a sick familymember,amajorcar

issue or even problems with pay to cripple a

budget.ForSoldiers, their familiesand retirees,

theArmyEmergencyRelief fund canbe awel-

come resource.

The2017AER fundraising seasonofficially

began Wednesday, and Fort Bliss Financial

Readiness opened the season Feb. 23 during

theFortBlissSeniorLeaderUpdateat theCen-

tennialBanquet andConferenceCenterhere.

“Ourgoal thisyear, for thecampaignseason,

March1st throughMay15th, is$300,000,”said

AnaHernandez,FortBlissFinancialReadiness

programmanager. “Iwant to recoverwhatwe

issue in grants sowe can continue to help Sol-

diers that aremost in need. I thinkwe can do

it. I justwant tomake surewe continue in the

tradition ofSoldiers helpingSoldiers.”

Last year,AER assisted some 45,000 Sol-

diers across the Army. At Fort Bliss, service

members received $4.3million in funds.

“TheAER campaign is two-fold.One is to

fundraise, the other is to increase awareness,”

Hernandez said. “Project officers from brigade

down to company level have been trained al-

ready.”

3rdBn.,501stAvn.

Regt. looksbackon

its time inEurope

ByStaffSgt.CorinnaBaltos

24thPressCampHeadquarters

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Ro-

mania –The connexes are being load-

ed, duffel bags are being packed and

the crews are conducting pre-flight

checkson theirhelicoptersas theypre-

pare to head home after a nine-month

training rotation inEurope.

June 2016, Soldiers assigned to 3rd

Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment,

Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Ar-

moredDivision, left their desert home

at Fort Bliss, and set out for Eastern

Europe where they would spend the

next nine months training in support

ofAtlanticResolve.

“We came here to strengthen our

alliancewith our European partners,”

said1stLt. JacobTappe,platoon lead-

er, Company B, 3rd Bn., 501st Avn.

Regt.,CAB, 1stAD.

Tappe said during his unit’s time in

Europe theyhad the chance togrow as

a force and flex their capabilities by

trainingwith our allies, and operating

in variousNATO countries.

After arriving inGermany, the Sol-

diers received their helicopters from

theGerman port ofBremerhaven, and

thenflew them to Illesheim,Germany,

formaintenance and training.

From Illesheim, the battalion gen-

erated their combat power bymoving

the companies to different locations

in Europe. Company A flew to Lat-

via to train, while Company C flew

to Romania. Company B, or “Beast

Assault” as they are known, initially

stayed inGermany.

“We replaced Charlie Company

here inNovember,”Tappe said.

During their time in Romania, the

Soldiers participated in severalmulti-

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ʻIRON DRAGONSʼ

StaffSgt.TamikaDillard

/2ndBCT,1st Inf.Div. PublicAffairs

FourApachehelicopterswere transportedandunloaded from

two C-5M Galaxy airplanes at Ramstein Air Base, Germany,

Feb. 22. The aviation assets belong to 1st Battalion, 501st

Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored

Division, Fort Bliss. The unit arrived in Europe in support of

OperationAtlanticResolve as part of theUnitedStates’ com-

mitment to the security ofEasternEurope.

AbigailMeyer

/ FortBlissBugleStaff

AnaHernandez,at podium,programmanager,FortBliss FinancialReadiness Program, speaks to senior 1st

Armored Division and Fort Bliss leaders about the importance of the Army Emergency Relief fund at the

CentennialBanquet andConferenceCenterhere Feb. 23.

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