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  • Changes in Fort Huachuca access coming in August

    05/03/2015 8:18:59 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    FORT HUACHUCA — Following the issuance of new orders pertaining to access to Army installations last year, Fort Huachuca officials are preparing to implement a new series of criteria that will affect a majority of people wanting to go onto the post. Beginning Aug. 3, visitors, contractors and anyone else 18 years old or older who want access to Fort Huachuca and do not already have a Department of Defense identification card will be subject to a background check before being allowed access to the post. Military retirees, military family members, Gold Star ID holders and those with a Common...
  • Fire season fears

    05/01/2015 12:26:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — At the local level, seasonal winds and high temperatures are always cause for concern when it comes to the potential for an active fire season. “We received a lot of rainfall during the monsoon last year, and we had a lot of moisture during the winter, but the problem that always exists here is that it gets hot, it gets windy and it dries out,” said Fry Fire Chief Bill Miller. The only thing that would calm concerns would be unseasonably early rains in the late spring and early summer timeframe, which could reduce the threat from...
  • Huachuca Canyon reopened after bear put down

    05/01/2015 7:28:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A week after an aggressive bear resulted in the closure of Huachuca Canyon on Fort Huachuca, the popular recreation area has reopened after the animal was put down by authorities. Last Thursday, April 23, a brown bear followed and charged hikers in the canyon and later approached cyclists. Initially, fort officials opted to close the canyon to vehicles, hikers and other visitors in the hope that the bear would move on, as other problem bears have done in the past. However, the ongoing aggressive nature and lack of fear of humans necessitated the bear be put down...
  • Bear activity closes Huachuca Canyon on fort.

    04/25/2015 10:39:56 AM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Huachuca Canyon, a popular location for hikers, runners and cyclists on Fort Huachcua, has been closed until further notice due to increased bear activity. On Thursday, a bear followed and charged hikers in the canyon and later approached cyclists. That same day, a mountain lion was spotted in the canyon.
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Congress steps toward blended military retirement

    04/25/2015 7:47:04 AM PDT · by SandRat · 37 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    Congress on Thursday took a first, perhaps historic step toward phasing out the 20-year-or-bust retirement system the U.S. military has used to shape and retain its career forces since the end of World War II. The replacement plan, as endorsed by the House armed services’ personnel subcommittee, is a blended system that would cut by 20 percent the value of future force annuities in return for an added tool to build nest eggs earlier — a 401(k)-like Thrift Savings Plan with government matching of service member TSP contributions. The enhanced TSP, with matching of monthly deposits of up to five...
  • New Orbital ATK paint job for Pegasus carrier jet

    04/24/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    SPACEFLIGHT NOW ^ | Justin Ray
    The aircraft that air-launches the Pegasus rocket has been repainted with new livery to mark the recent corporate merge that formed Orbital ATK. The L-1011 jet, named Stargazer, carries the light-class Pegasus launchers to an altitude of 39,000 feet and releases the booster to fire into space. Pegasus has flown 42 times and the 32 using the XL version. The rocket weighs 51,000 pounds, stretches 55 feet long and is comprised of three solid-fueled stages for boosting small satellites into orbit. Launches have occurred from California, Virginia, Florida, the Canary Islands and the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Stargazer...
  • Canyon Vista Medical Center now open. Old hospital closes

    04/23/2015 7:28:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — At 6 a.m. today Canyon Vista Medical Center was declared officially open by its CEO, Dr. Dean French. The first of 51 patients, 8-day-old Edgar Zuriel Tebaqui Sallard whose mother Judith lives in Douglas, arrived from the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center at 6:05 a.m. The last patient transported was Richard Holt, who left SVHRC at 10:14 a.m. and a minute later French declared the half century-old facility closed. Outside the American flag was symbolically lowered and folded, as workers covered signs of the old hospital. Canyon Vista Medical Center came into being when an agreement by...
  • Perfect strangers. Exchange students from Sister City in Germany 1st to visit B Troop's new stables

    04/17/2015 8:47:17 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    Even for those who’ve never left Cochise County, B Troop’s shiny new stables on Fort Huachuca offer the quintessential southwestern backdrop. Needless to say, this year’s Sister Cities Commission of the City of Sierra Vista’s German delegation was in awe to be the first to tour them. It didn’t hurt that where the students came from in Radebeul, Germany’s weather was middling in the 50s.
  • Multitudes died in concentration camps during WW II. .Fort ceremony remembers Holocaust

    04/17/2015 7:21:34 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — The death of 6 million Jews and millions of others was partially the fault of untold others who remained silent as Nazis and their supporters went on a murderous campaign from 1933 to 1945. That was the message sent by those who spoke at Fort Huachuca’s annual Days of Remembrance ceremony, during which horrors of the Holocaust were recalled.
  • Ceremony sees 40th receive new senior enlisted leader Sword of responsibility handed over

    04/15/2015 8:05:29 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — When it comes to Army noncommissioned officers, they like their ceremonies short and simple with the right touch of traditions. So it was on Tuesday, when two command sergeants majors — John Reinburg and Christopher Schultingkemper — stood on Brown Parade Field, with soldiers of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion before them, watching as the unit’s senior NCO position changed. Reinburg has deployed 10 times during his career, which will now continue with his reassignment to the Army Central Command at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
  • April is a special month for Army kids az

    04/14/2015 9:31:11 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — April is a special month for the Army as it celebrates the most precious and youngest of its soldiers — the children of those enlisted — especially considering that often GI parents and their kids are separated by the needs of military. Saturday, the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre on Fort Huachuca and the grounds outside were turned over to the young as a place for them to cavort, to play games, and to...
  • Border mayors meeting in Sierra Vista. Economic development tops list of issues

    04/09/2015 6:21:13 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A number of city leaders from both sides of the international border will gather in Sierra Vista this week to discuss a range of issues that affect their communities and how they can work together to best address them. On Friday, the Border Mayors’ Coalition will host a number of guest speakers with an eye on economic development, including Lea Marquez-Peterson, the president and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “I will be discussing the growing importance of the Hispanic community in the State of Arizona and the opportunity for Arizona businesses in Sonora,” Marquez-Peterson...
  • Fort one of two installations chosen for special project. to protect land in and around the post

    04/09/2015 6:14:01 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    FORT HUACHUCA — This southern Arizona Army post is one of two military installations chosen to use special funds to conserve land in and around the fort as part of a multiple federal agency program called Sentinel Landscapes. The program involves federal, state, private and non-profit groups, which have committed more than $25 million in funding to support the two military installations to conserve and restore habitat, implement conservation practices and strengthen local economies, according to a Wednesday news release by the Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Interior. Within the Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape, the U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources...
  • APRIL FOOL'S - Herald/Review partners with Charmin for dual-purpose paper

    04/01/2015 8:49:52 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Matt Hickman
    In an ever-changing media world, where dual purposeness is every bit as important as speed and both more important than accuracy, the Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review has exciting news to announce. Beginning Aug. 17, the Herald/Review, will offer to its subscribers the opportunity to experience the morning news in ways never before felt. Herald/Review publisher Francis Wick announced today that, thanks to a partnership with Charmin, Inc., a subsidiary of Tactile Media International, Cochise County’s paper of record will be additionally printed on rolls of bathroom tissue, complete with convenient cardboard roll for built-in application. “Let’s face it, every...
  • <b>APRIL FOOL'S:</B> Dems want to make Spanish Arizona's official language

    04/01/2015 8:44:04 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    Sensing vulnerability in the GOP’s control over state government after four rocky months under the Ducey administration, Arizona Democrats are wasting no time in trying to crank up voter turnout for 2016. And if Andy Dresden, D-Casa Grande get his way, that aggressive posture will swim in waters never before tested in Arizona, or any other state for that matter. “I am proposing a bill to make Spanish the official language of the Great State of Arizona,” said Dresden, who admitted he, himself, ‘even in a Taco Bell drive-thru,’ does not speak Spanish, “There’s a reason America has never had...
  • Shower will aid military moms. Green Valley group has 28 mothers-to-be

    03/29/2015 10:30:12 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Four years ago, when the charity-minded Women of Quail Creek collected baby shower items for military wives and active military moms-to-be, the event was so graciously welcomed that they’ve continued the event every year since. This year, the event has been moved from August to April 18 so winter visitors can participate. Idea originator and 30-year Army retiree Peggy McGee said the first event was held at the Army National Guard in Tucson with successive showers at the Air National Guard with the Army invited. For this shower, 28 moms-to-be are expecting 29 babies, and 13 are active members of...
  • Access to Garden Canyon on fort closed. Monday starts renovation project

    03/29/2015 9:58:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    FORT HUACHUCA — Beginning Monday, the lower Garden Canyon Picnic Area will be closed to the public so it can be used as a staging area for heavy construction equipment needed to repair Garden Canyon Road, according to a press release from the Post Public Affairs Office. The road in Garden Canyon is in extremely poor shape after last year’s flood. It is hazardous in its current condition and the danger level will increase as heavy construction equipment moves in Monday to begin repairs, the release stated. For safety reasons, public access to Garden Canyon Road will now be further...
  • Honoring those almost forgotten. Vets laid to rest in local cemetery for GIs

    03/29/2015 9:50:09 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — A small group of “almost forgotten veterans” were laid to rest during a short, simple ceremony Saturday. Fred Santana, the founder of the Missing in America Project, said those who were honored are like many “who have been on the shelves in America’s funeral homes.” The cremains were brought to Sierra Vista from Tucson. Santana came to the event from California to witness the latest group of soldiers, sailors and airmen — 17 of them this trip — to finally have a military-style burial. He said one time he helped recover 15 Civil War veterans and some...
  • Saturday ceremony to honor indigent service members. Public invited to attend

    03/27/2015 10:03:44 AM PDT · by SandRat
    SIERRA VISTA — The Missing In America Project will have another ceremony Saturday at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery during which the cremains of 17 former service members and one dependent will be laid to rest. Joe Larson, the cemetery administrator, said normally two such ceremonies a year are held in which indigent service members are honored. This year, two of those involved are World War II veterans. Since those being honored may not have family members, Larson said the public is a stand in for them an he hopes area residents will attend the ceremony. People should arrive...
  • Dannels, Arizona residents, officials tell senators Southwest border ‘is not secure’

    03/18/2015 10:36:45 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | JESSICA BOEHM
    WASHINGTON – Local law enforcement must be involved in securing “the rural parts of the Southwest border,” which is still dangerously insecure, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told a Senate panel Tuesday. “Sheriffs are a direct voice of trust in their respective counties so I think it’s important that we continue that voice with the sheriffs,” said Dannels, who told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee not to “ignore us.” Dannels’ testimony came during a two-hour hearing that brought residents and officials from Texas and Arizona to Washington to share their “perspectives from outside the Beltway” on Southwest...
  • Soldiers' identities used as a way to scam people. Army leads in FTC fraud complaints

    03/15/2015 7:02:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Defending against love when it is part of a scam is what soldiers have to do, along with watching out for more personal identity attacks against them. In a February release of reports gathered in 2014, and published by the Federal Trade Commission, two of the 102 pages dealt with statistics involving America’s armed forces. Fort Huachuca Spokeswoman Tanja Linton said, just like the nation’s civilian community, service members — men and women — and their families are targets of scammers. In the FTC Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, the Army, which is the largest service in...
  • McSally: Sequestration harming defense capabilities. Army has 'East Coast' focus

    03/11/2015 9:01:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The United States is in danger from both national politics and international issues, Republican congresswoman Martha McSally said Monday night. Speaking at the Fort Huachuca 50 dinner, attended by more than 60, the first-term Congresswoman said that if sequestration continues as part of the national budgeting process, America’s defense capabilities will be reduced, opening an avenue for international threats, such as ISIS, McSally said. “We have sequestration causing us to shrink our defense budget,” she said. “A state sponsor of terrorism in Iran, Russia continues to invades its neighbors and ISIS, the most barbaric organization I’ve seen...
  • Rodeo finals uncertain for veterans and beginners alike

    03/09/2015 7:52:46 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    SIERRA VISTA — There was one thing a grizzled cowgirl shared with a freshly stationed Yankee to Fort Huachuca as the Grand Canyon region of the National International Collegiate Rodeo Associate kicked off its spring schedule this weekend. Uncertainty. “My whole weekend was unsure, she was coming back from injury, I was on a new calf horse I’ve never taken anywhere,” New Mexico State University sophomore cowgirl NaLynn Cline said. Cline won the region last year in barrel racing as a freshman, but her horse of six years was coming back from injury and she was third in the event...
  • Old ordinance to be detonated this morning

    03/04/2015 9:42:09 AM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    SIERRA VISTA — An unexploded 60 mm mortar dating back to the World War II era recently uncovered during a prescribed burn on Fort Huachuca is set to be disposed of this morning. Discovered on the post’s Range 11, the mortar is scheduled to be detonated some time after 9:30 a.m. by members of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s ordinance disposal team, said Tanja Linton, media relations officer for Fort Huachuca. If any fort personnel or visitors ever come upon any unexploded ordnance, they are asked to avoid the item, note its location, and contact Range Control at 533-7311 or...
  • WH Task Force Wants Obama to Change “Thanksgiving” to “Celebrate Immigrants Day” via E. O.

    03/04/2015 9:28:14 AM PST · by SandRat · 43 replies
    Restoring Liberty ^ | Joe Miller
    Susan Payne, a Maryland political activist who was interviewed on the Mark Levin Show last week, called into The Joe Miller Show yesterday and provided even more details on what a White House task force is planning with respect to illegals in this country. She explained that not only did members of the task force make it clear that their efforts are designed to provide as much money and benefits to illegals as possible, they were also trying to expand ways to induce illegals to come to the United States. With respect to those who receive executive amnesty, Ms. Payne...
  • 40th makes its return official. Recent deployment has soldiers in seven countries

    02/21/2015 9:52:02 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A time-honored Army tradition officially marked the return of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion to its home post in Arizona Friday morning. Signifying its return, the battalion stood on Brown Parade Field as the unit’s flag, held by Spc. Jessica Mortimer, was uncased and unfurled by the battalion’s commander, Lt. Col. David Thomas, and Command Sgt. Maj. John Reinburg.
  • Judge orders civil contempt hearing for Arizona lawman Arpaio

    02/14/2015 8:19:43 AM PST · by SandRat · 37 replies
    YAHOO News | REUTERS ^ | David Schwartz
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Controversial Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio and his top lieutenants will face a civil contempt-of-court hearing in April for repeatedly ignoring judicial orders arising from a 2007 racial-profiling case, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ordered the evidentiary hearing to be conducted after determining there was sufficient evidence to move ahead with the proceeding that could result in penalties against Arpaio, four other individuals, and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
  • State Senate panel votes to ban gun laws, punish Tucson

    02/13/2015 6:39:51 AM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Declaring state law to be above all others, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to both block federal gun laws they believe violate the Second Amendment and punish the city of Tucson for enacting its own restrictions. They also agreed to bar state and local governments from helping any federal agency that collects metadata like phone and email records without a warrant. Any official who cooperated would be forever barred from holding public office. And if that isn’t enough, the same committee declared that county sheriffs are supreme, meaning they can arrest federal officials — including police — who...
  • After nine months deployed, 40th soldiers home again. New babies part of the welcoming

    02/06/2015 6:17:37 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A woman held a sign as she sat on a bleacher in the Barnes Feld House Wednesday night. It read: “I’d wait for you forever, but 292 days is long enough.” Little did she know the sign should have read 293 days, because that is the length of time she actually had to wait for her soldier to come back home, after spending more than nine months in the troubled areas of the Middle East and Afghanistan. It wasn’t until after midnight — precisely 15 minutes into Thursday morning — before the unnamed soldier was one of...
  • Progress on fort museums continues

    02/05/2015 10:54:06 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SierraVista Herald ^ | Tanja Linton
    The Fort Huachuca museums, which closed to the public Oct. 11, 2014, are undergoing extensive renovations. The project includes long overdue upgrades and repairs to both the interior and exterior of the Main Museum, as well as the Museum Annex, which will house Buffalo Soldier exhibits. The Main Museum underwent several transformations in the 122 years since its construction in 1892. Immediately after its construction, at a cost of $4,926.70, the building served as the post chapel and later as the home of the post chaplain. By 1905, it was used as bachelor officers’ quarters, with a reception room, dining...
  • American Pickers is heading to Arizona

    02/05/2015 9:49:29 AM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies
    BENSON — When the show American Pickers comes through Arizona in March, Cochise County’s communities could have a lot to offer the documentary series. The county, with its colorful 1800s history of mining, ranching, military and Native Americans, is bound to be an ideal stopping place for this History Channel hit documentary series. American Pickers showcases the exploits of expert pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they search for America’s most valuable antiques. The two are interested in everything from old motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. They urge folks to tell them about unique collections...
  • 2,000 are family for unclaimed veterans. Cemetery Administrator Larson: 'You are the next of kin'

    02/05/2015 9:43:36 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — As a piper played “Going Home,” the cremains of 13 veterans were carried by soldiers, sailors and airmen, and placed on a table on the amphitheater stage at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. It was time Saturday afternoon to give the final salute to the 13, whose remains had not been claimed except by the Arizona part of the Missing in America Project (MIAP). It was not the first time such a ceremony has been held at the state-operated cemetery, on land which once was part of Fort Huachuca, until the Army turned the acreage over...
  • With colors cased, 40th readies for next mission

    02/05/2015 9:29:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Renegades of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are leaving. Well at least 60 percent of the 500 soldier-strong battalion are heading to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on a nine-month deployment. The last remaining battalion of the 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade on the fort, the 40th has been deployed to global hot spots, even prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the United States. Symbolically, the battalion’s commander Lt.Col. David A. Thomas and the unit’s Command Sgt. Maj. John E. Reinburg cased the battalion’s colors held by Spc. Edward...
  • Deployed soldiers back on home turf. 257 arrive late Wednesday

    02/05/2015 9:22:10 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — It was about 9:57 p.m. Wednesday when a Delta commercial jet touched down at Libby Army Airfield. Inside the plane were 257 soldiers of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. The plane’s main cabin door door opened at 10:07 p.m. and soon the soldiers began walking down the steps to be greeted by senior post officers and others of the 40th who were on hand to welcome them back to their home turf. At the bottom of the steps was the commander of...
  • Libya attack kills former Sierra Vista man. Berry a 2000 graduate from Tombstone

    01/29/2015 6:25:37 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    A U.S. Marine veteran who grew up in Sierra Vista was one of nine people killed in Libya by a gunman in an apparent attack by the Islamic State. David Berry, a 34 year-old combat veteran who was working for a Virginia-based security contractor, was the sole American who died in Tuesday’s attack. Berry grew up and spent most of his early life in Sierra Vista, attending Buena High School and graduating from Tombstone High School in 2000. He enlisted in the Marine Corps immediately after high school and earned promotions to become a gunnery sergeant. He was deployed to...
  • Sierra Vista has state's cheapest insurance. Local average at $990 per year

    01/28/2015 6:11:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A recent study by a New York-based personal finance research firm has found that Sierra Vista residents pay the lowest homeowners insurance premiums in the state. With an average annual premium of $990, Sierra Vistans pay a full 23 percent less than the state average of $1,275 for a $200,000 house, according to the study by ValuePenguin.
  • Congress on the border. Delegation meets with ranchers and learns of security challenges

    01/25/2015 12:33:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Shar Porier
    PALOMINAS — After a day of round table talks with ranchers and a tour of the U.S./Mexico border in Cochise County on Saturday, a group of 21 congressional representatives have a broader view of border problems. Initiated by newly-elected U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas,) the largest group to ever come to the local border saw for themselves just what Border Patrol agents and Americans living in this area have to deal with on a daily basis. “To hear from the ranchers first hand about the threats that come from across the border, shows the...
  • Dangerous bee hives provide rich harvest of honey

    01/21/2015 10:03:43 AM PST · by SandRat · 25 replies
    Shar Porier
    MCNEAL — Once it housed soldiers stationed at Fort Huachuca, then it was moved to McNeal and was filled with the sounds of happy feet dancing and the chattering of ladies at coffee cloches. Now abandoned, there are new inhabitants that really are no fun — killer bees. The irritable, six-legged flying pollinators have been in the building on Frontier Road for a number of years, tending huge honeycombs and creating problems for those who walk their dogs, ride horses or just take a morning stroll. If one puts out nectar for the hummingbirds and orioles in spring within the...
  • Plunging San Diego toilet gets 5 1/2-foot snake

    01/08/2015 9:15:39 AM PST · by SandRat · 29 replies
    AP Story so click URL toread HEHEHEHEHEHEHE.....
  • Local veterans get a mission . Maj. Gen. Ashley points to declining numbers who volunteer

    01/05/2015 9:34:40 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — While it’s a new year, one constant Americans can count on every year is its military, Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley said. But even that constant is going through changes with the reduction in its forces coupled with fewer citizens willing to to be part of the nation’s volunteer military forces, the commander of the Army’s Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca said Saturday. Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Greater Sierra Visa United Veterans Council, Ashley said, “I’m here today in a very elite company. You are part of an honored few that were...
  • Police: Toilet paper links man to heist attempt

    12/30/2014 8:53:39 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies
    UP URL only http://tucson.com/news/bigstories/police-toilet-paper-links-man-to-heist-attempt/article_aa2f2ba1-196a-5108-ba91-9824e9e7faab.html LOL LOL LOL
  • Pols celebrate new airfield facility on fort. Congressional delegation told of fort's importance

    12/19/2014 11:26:40 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Libby Army Airfield saw its flying missions officially increase with the ribbon cutting opening a new facility Thursday. And, the flight missions will not involve Army or Air Force aircraft, but rather those of the Arizona Air National Guard. The 214th Reconnaissance Group has been operating MQ-1 Predators since 2006. Construction of a facility on the local Army post provides the group with a home for its launch and recovery training missions, said Air Guard Brig. Gen. Ted Maxwell, the commander of the Arizona Air National Guard.
  • Arizona senators disagree on Cuba. McCain against, Flake for

    12/19/2014 10:01:20 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Carol Broder
    FORT HUACHUCA — They may be both Republicans and represent Arizona in the upper chamber of Congress but they don’t agree on the recent decision of the Obama Administration of the reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after six decades. After about 90 minutes on Fort Huachuca Thursday, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake discussed the announcement with the Herald/Review during a quick walking interview to a plane waiting to take them to Yuma.
  • Raised that way. Fort soldier gives bikes to make kids' Christmas

    12/15/2014 6:03:39 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Selfless service is one of a soldier’s core values. It’s right in the middle of the seven values and basically means putting others before self. For one soldier of Company A, 2nd Battalion of the 13h Aviation Regiment, what he recently did not involved mandatory actions of living the values of a soldier but reaching out to other soldiers who have children facing a bleak Christmas. You see, Pvt. Robert Groenings is one of Santa’s elves who purchased four bicycles for children of Fort Huachuca’s soldiers, with a total value of about $400 although he would not...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Commissary money restored, base tobacco prices rising

    12/13/2014 6:08:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. Once again lawmakers thwarted a cost-saving initiative targeting military compensation and endorsed by the Joint Chiefs as a way to dampen personnel costs so more dollars can be spent on training, weapon buys and other readiness accounts being victimized by arbitrary “sequestration” cuts. Only last week House and Senate conferees on a different bill, the 2015 defense authorization act, unveiled a deal to lower the Defense Commissary Agency annual $1.3...
  • Sens. McCain, Flake to attend fort ceremony

    12/13/2014 3:30:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 18, at Fort Huachuca to celebrate the creation of a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle launch and recovery facility at the post. U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are scheduled to attend the ceremony, which is being hosted by the 162nd Wing at the fort. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the facility located at 14606 Air Guard Way. The ceremony will be hosted by the commander of the 162nd Wing, Col. Phil Purcell, and the commander of the 214th Reconnaissance Group, Lt. Col. Bobbi Doorenbos. Brig. Gen. Edward P. Maxwell,...
  • NOEL brightens up fort's Brown Parade Field. Annual public event is at new place

    12/13/2014 3:18:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — On a hill not far from Brown Parade Feld, a large white star shined on a Christmas NOEL scene. The field and houses and former enlisted barracks dating to the late 1800s, lining the north and south ends of the field, were lit with festive lights adding an even more glow. Inside a large tent, children did holiday crafts, some making decorations for their family tree, or as gifts for friends and families — all at no cost, courtesy of the post’s Family, Morale and Welfare Division. Brother and sister, Dylan, 8, and Skylar, 6, Rubstello were...
  • Tombstone JROTC to present colors at Cardinals game. Cadets prepare for Dec. 21 national broadcast

    12/12/2014 10:56:57 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    TOMBSTONE – The Tombstone High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard will be making a national television debut Sunday, Dec. 21, when they present the colors during the Arizona Cardinals football game against the Seattle Seahawks. Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Gross, the school’s JROTC senior army instructor learned Monday the color guard had been asked to present the colors. “This is by far the biggest event we have done, as it will be on the national broadcast,” said Gross. The five cadets Gross plans to send are Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Sam Powers, Cadet Sgt. 1st...
  • Army intelligence looking to combat future enemie. Conference begins today on fort

    12/08/2014 7:59:41 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — There are two sayings which today’s Army is striving to overcome. One is that past is prologue, or we’re always reliving over and over what has already happened. The other is when it comes to war, military leaders are always ready to fight the last one. But Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley said the new Army Operating Concept is “a very good job of laying out what the (future) operational environment is going to look like.” And while today’s world is already complicated, “it’s going to become more complex,” the commander of the Army Intelligence Center of...
  • NORAD Prepares to Track Santa’s Flight

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Dec. 1, 2014 – The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org/ , launched today featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are also available in the Windows, Apple and Google Play stores, so parents and children can countdown the days until Santa’s launch on their smart phones and tablets. Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+. Santa followers just...