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  • Eye in the sky Aerostat system detects aerial incursions into U.S. for decades

    11/22/2015 12:12:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    FORT HUACHUCA — For decades, the large, helium-filled aerostat has floated silently against the horizon above Sierra Vista, time enough for both long-time residents and new arrivals to possibly lose sight of the skyborne equipment’s mission as an important link a chain of detection spanning the entire international border. The Tethered Aerostat Radar System, or TARS, traces its origins back to the 70s and 80s, when traditional, ground fixed radar systems were being evaded by the newly airborne efforts of South American drug cartels.
  • 5 Pakistanis, 1 Afghan detained near Patagonia

    11/20/2015 10:16:02 AM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies
    U.S. Border Patrol agents detained five undocumented border-crossers from Pakistan and another from Afghanistan near Patagonia this week. The individuals were detained Monday along with two smugglers, the Border Patrol said in a statement issued Thursday. Patagonia Marshal Joe Patterson said the arrests occurred in the Rail X Ranch Estates neighborhood just northeast of town, near Milepost 22 on State Route 82. “As a standard procedure, agents processed the six individuals and checked their identities against numerous law enforcement and national security-related databases,” the Border Patrol statement said. “Records checks revealed no derogatory information about the individuals.”
  • B Troop, 4th U.S. Cav Reg (Memorial) to change command

    11/19/2015 10:55:21 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) hosts a Change of Command Ceremony 2 p.m., today, Nov. 19, on historic Brown Parade Field here. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst will relinquish command to Army Capt. Andrew Uthlaut. The public is invited to attend this unique, colorful ceremony which highlights Fort Huachuca's Old West cavalry heritage. The 4th Cavalry Regiment is one of the most famous and most decorated regiments in the U.S. Army. Since its activation in 1855, the 4th Cavalry has continuously served in peace and war. The regiment has fought gallantly in the Indian Wars,...
  • Redhouse Dancers to perform on post

    11/11/2015 6:56:58 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Fort Huachuca Military Equal Opportunity Office celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month at 11:30 a.m., Nov. 12 at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre here. The public is welcome to attend. The Redhouse Production Dancers will perform. Roman Orona is the guest speaker and the event concludes with free cultural food samplings. Throughout our Army's history, American Indians have served valiantly and with distinction in times of peace and war, while also fighting for the right to be an equal part of our nation. American Indians have a distinguished legacy in our Army. The Army's last Indian...
  • Veterans, come get your free event tickets

    11/10/2015 2:17:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Veteran Tickets Foundation is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation that provides free event tickets to currently serving military, veterans and family members of those killed in action to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities. By providing free tickets to these events, our military veterans experience improved morale and strengthened family bonds through shared interests, all while encouraging service members to stay engaged with local communities and American life. Recently, GreatNonprofits, the largest site for nonprofit stories and reviews, announced Veteran Tickets as their No. 1 overall nonprofit atop their 2015 rankings.
  • Veterans Day brings parade in Sierra Vista Most city facilities closed for the holiday

    11/10/2015 2:08:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Liz Manring
    SIERRA VISTA — The City of Sierra Vista's 21st annual Veterans Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, with veterans, floats, cars, musicians and more filling Fry Boulevard starting from the 7th Street intersection and finishing at Veterans' Memorial Park. In addition to the 50 participating groups, such as scouts, JROTC cadets, clubs and pageant queens, this year’s parade is expected to include an F-16 flyover, conducted by the 162nd Wing, around 9:20 a.m.
  • Facility demolition clears way for Cochise College Downtown Center

    11/08/2015 8:35:05 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — The near-empty shell of the former Sierra Vista Regional Health Center is slowly giving way to demolition work as crews prepare the decades-old facility for its new life as Cochise College’s Downtown Center, set to open next year. When the facility was officially gifted to the college by the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona earlier this year, it effectively expanded the square-footage of the college’s Sierra Vista Campus by 50 percent, with just over 90,000 square feet of additional space to house the college’s nursing and allied health programs, culinary arts program and more. “We’ve basically gutted...
  • FR Advice please

    11/04/2015 6:34:02 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    I'm being inundated every time I sart up internet by my internet provider to upgrade to MSIE10, Google, FireFox, Chrome, or Safari. Before I pick one to upgrade to or curse out my provider for annoying me, please adise which internet. I'm curresntly using MS I.E.9 and very happy with that.
  • DOD replaces plan it concedes put commissaries at risk

    10/31/2015 9:39:53 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott
    The Pentagon’s last two budget plans to “reform” the commissary benefit for military families and retirees were driven by a goal to save money, without due regard for preserving the benefit, said a senior Defense official who claims to be leading commissary reforms on a less perilous path. In a strikingly frank address Tuesday to commissary brokers, suppliers and product representatives at the annual convention of American Logistics Association, Peter Levine, deputy chief management officer for the Department of Defense, confirmed what critics in Congress and industry, and advocates for commissary patrons, had charged for the past two years. That...
  • Fort leadership disputes lost civilian position figures

    10/30/2015 9:13:53 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Fort Huachuca leadership are disputing the figures cited by the local president of a union of federal employees regarding the number of civilian positions lost on the military installation over the last year and a half. "Recently, a false report of 1,100 Department of the Army civilians being cut from Fort Huachuca over the past 18 months has come to our attention. Let me be as clear about this as I possibly can: that number is incorrect,” said Tom Borer, deputy to the Garrison Commander Col. Thomas Boone, in a statement Thursday. On Wednesday, Katie Rasdall, president...
  • 29 buried with honor at veterans' cemetery

    10/26/2015 12:37:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    SIERRA VISTA The afternoon was bright and a slight wind made it feel like a usual autumn day. The flags of the five services Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard fluttered, their services insignias backlighted by the sun. On a table containers were placed holding the cremains of 21 soldiers, a Marine, two sailors, four airmen, a Coastie and the spouse of one the soldiers and five American flags, one for each branch of Americas armed forces, which would be symbolically be unfolded and then folded again during the hour-long service.
  • Wonder how many "Hillary Costumes" will show up on HALLAOWEEV

    10/10/2015 2:48:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 29 replies
    That would be a truly scarry costme.
  • North Korea claims it has miniaturized nuclear BBs

    09/26/2015 9:33:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies
    UN NEWS ^ | 20 May 2015 | Mother Ship of amateur comedy writing
    Pyongyang says it has developed miniaturized nuclear BBs making it possible to fit them into standard BB and Air-soft projectors. The report comes just days after North Korea claimed a joint venture with Lucas Films to build a golf-ball-sized Death Star. It has been a long time since we began miniaturizing and diversifying our means of nuclear strike,North Koreas National Autocratic Defense Commission said in a statement, as cited by the official Korean Nuclear Agency (KNA). "We have also reached the stage where the highest accuracy rate is guaranteed not only for short- and medium-range BBs such as 10 yards...
  • Harvest time for the Tree of Life

    08/24/2015 9:51:32 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Some people love them, some people could live without them. There are differing views on their benefit, but almost everyone is fond of the taste. From the honey and the smoke of the wood, to the highly nutritional flour made from the ground pods, they are a signature flavor here in the desert. The early start to monsoon this year affected the first mesquite harvest, with many finding unacceptable mold, which renders them inedible. However, the second harvest is looking better, and is in progress in parts of the county, although some altitudes have already peaked. I heard rumor about...
  • Veterans honored on 70th anniversary of WWII end

    08/17/2015 1:32:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA Conducted in coordination with similar ceremonies held around the world, local military and civilian officials, state agency representatives, and the friends and families of veterans of World War II gathered at Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Sunday to honor those who served in the last world conflict. Taking place within days of the 70th anniversary of the Japanese announcement of its surrender and the end of the war, the ceremony was an opportunity to continue to recognize and honor the millions of men and women who served at home and abroad during World War II, said...
  • Local martial arts students bring home medalse from Worlds Soo Do Family World Championships

    08/10/2015 1:48:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    Members of Sierra Vistas Choson Martial Arts took part in the recent 4th Biennial Worldwide Tang Soo Do Family World Championships in Las Vegas. The event brought Tang Soo Do practitioners from 12 different countries: Aruba, Belgium, Chile, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Republic of South Africa, Scotland and the USA. More than 600 competitors and masters participated in the world-class tournament. Team Choson, representing the US team, and brought home one gold medal, one silver and one bronze. This was their first ever competition at the international level, and medals were awarded in the forms and sparring...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Commissary reformers eye repeal of cost-plus-5%' pricing

    08/09/2015 8:22:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Defense officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus 5 percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary shoppers everywhere pay the same prices. Officials have drafted a replacement formula that would allow prices to vary from store to store to meet a new twin goal: reducing taxpayer support for commissaries while maintaining still attractive savings for patrons. Variable pricing would seek to keep savings consistent across the commissary system by pegging local commissary prices for a market basket of goods at some target percentage level below prices of...
  • Ceremony to honor World War II's greatest generation next Sunday.

    08/09/2015 8:14:09 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA The United States is fast approaching the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Americas entry into World War II officially began on Dec. 7, 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and other military installations in Hawaii early one Sunday morning. One of the deaths during the attack was Bisbee resident Seaman 1st Class James Murphy, one of seven Arizonans who died while serving on the battleship USS Arizona. Although the U.S. was already providing war support war primarily to England by escorting merchant ships through the Atlantic, the official war status of...
  • Bomb threat clears stores at Charleston Crossing.

    08/06/2015 7:24:39 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA Several businesses were evacuated at the Charleston Crossing Shopping Center across from Walmart on Wednesday afternoon after a threat was received by the Navy Federal Credit Union. Sierra Vista Police responded to the credit union at about 3:50 p.m. Their call action center, which is in a different state, called them to be advised that a member of the credit union called them, made some veiled threats about some things they have done in the past and that bad things could happen here. They take that as a threat, said Sgt. Brett Mitchell. At the request of...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Compound drugs fleece TRICARE, create deep budget hole.

    08/01/2015 7:42:55 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Dodgy companies peddling pricey compound pharmaceuticals have fleeced the TRICARE program so severely this year, before tougher screening procedures took effect May 1, that they are largely to blame for a $2 billion defense health budget hole Congress is scrambling to fill. In fiscal 2010, military outpatient pharmacy costs totaled $6.6 billion, with only $23 million spent on compound drugs. By fiscal 2014, outpatient pharmacy costs had risen to $7.7 billion but compound drugs costs soared to $515 million. In the first nine months of fiscal 2015, compound drug costs tripled again for TRICARE, to $1.7 billion, or more than...
  • Fort access changes begin Monday

    07/31/2015 7:21:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA Beginning Monday, newly enacted criteria for accessing Fort Huachuca will take effect, requiring most non-military personnel to submit to a background check before being authorized to enter onto the post. Announced earlier this summer, the changes have come about as a result of new orders Army-wide and have been or will soon be enacted at other military installations across the country. Military retirees, military family members, Gold Star ID holders and those with a Common Access Card will continue to be able to access the fort in the way they have in the past and will not...
  • Post paper ends publication after 60 years.The Fort Huachuca Scout No More

    07/31/2015 7:16:24 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA After more than six decades of being a weekly publication, The Fort Huachuca Scout is not in the racks on this southern Arizona Army Post today, the day it used to come out. Its demise came about from a lack of readership and decline in advertising, Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Officer Angela Camara told the Herald/Review on Wednesday. The last publication of the paper, with a more than 61-year history, came out July 24, and its entire front page was headlined FINAL ISSUE. Camara said the post paper, has been part of the installations history. While the...
  • Dodging an Army bullet. State gets only a fraction of services 40,000 job cuts

    07/19/2015 7:49:18 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    WASHINGTON Arizona may have averted disaster in the Armys plan to trim 40,000 jobs, but the announcement that Fort Huachuca will lose 114 positions over the next two years still is not welcomed news, officials said this week. The Sierra Vista base is the only one of the three Army facilities in the state that will see reductions, as the service works to cut personnel to a pre-World War II level of 450,000. Fort Huachuca currently employs nearly 8,000 personnel, 2,468 of whom are active-duty troops, so the cuts ordered last week will account for less than 5 percent...
  • OUR VIEW: Cutting too much military strength

    07/11/2015 8:32:24 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    Political reaction to the announcement that the Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers within the next two years was predictable in Arizona. With Fort Huachuca scheduled to lose 114 soldiers by 2017, local Congresswoman Martha McSally issued a statement Thursday warning that the force reduction was short-sighted, and properly reminded people that the local post is conducting some of the militarys most important missions at a time when national security has never been more threatened. Arizona Sen. John McCain said the aggression of ISIS in the Middle East and events in the Ukraine have overturned any conceivable strategic rationale for...
  • Final flight for the Hunter at Fort Huachuca. ... one of the first Unmanned Aerial Systems

    07/11/2015 8:23:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    More than two decades of history and the memories of pilots who were instrumental in the development of unmanned aerial systems gathered at a small airstrip Friday morning to commemorate the last flight on Fort Huachuca of the Hunter. Developed in the early 1990s, the Hunter UAV was the first of its kind to be deployed in combat, with just 40 people trained in how to take off and land this large, two-propeller aircraft.
  • Army personnel reduction will impact Fort Huachuca. 114 soldiers to be reduced over next few years

    07/10/2015 7:18:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    SierraVista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA Fort Huachuca will see a reduction of about 114 soldiers from its active duty population over the course of the next three years as part of an Army-wide reduction of 40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilian employee personnel announced by the Department of the Army on Thursday. The cut represents less than 5 percent of the active duty permanent party personnel on post, said Tanja Linton, media relations officer. We do not yet have a specific breakdown by command to identify which positions will be reduced, Linton said. Neither did the fort have any specifics on any reduction...
  • Hail, heavy rains pound Sierra Vista

    07/02/2015 7:22:04 AM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA Tuesdays storm dropped marble-sized hailstones and more than an inch of rain on many parts of Sierra Vista, flooding streets and contributing to a rollover injury accident near the airport. It was just after 7 p.m. when Sierra Vista police received a report of a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 90 near Airport Road.
  • Brush fire spurs alarm on Fort Huachuca

    06/30/2015 1:46:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    Smoke from a brush fire that consumed about 30 acres of land on Fort Huachuca brought response from the post fire department and the Coronado National Forest Sierra Vista Ranger District. Sometime after 6 p.m., the fire was reported off from Range Road in the general proximity of the wind turbine on Fort Huachuca.
  • Body of Iraqi pilot recovered from F-16 crash site.

    06/27/2015 5:51:12 AM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA The body of an Iraqi student pilot killed when his F-16 crashed north of Douglas on Wednesday has been recovered. American military officials had been searching for the body of the pilot since the crash. He has been identified as Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sadeeq by Iraqs Defense Ministry, according to the Associated Press. On Thursday, a defense ministry official provided a different name for the killed pilot, identifying him as Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan. The ministry on Friday had no explanation for the conflicting identities, the AP reported. Residents near the site of the crash...
  • Iraq confirms its pilot died in Arizona military plane crash

    06/26/2015 3:03:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    BAGHDAD (AP) The body of an Iraqi pilot whose military plane crashed during a training mission in the United States has been found at the crash site, Iraqs Defense Ministry said on Friday, as violence continues to strike around the capital, Baghdad.
  • Pilot of crashed F-16 was Iraqi student training in US

    06/25/2015 2:47:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    The pilot of the crashed F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft has been identified as Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan by a spokesman for the Iraqi defense minister, according to the Associated Press. The fate of Hassan remains unknown. Thursday afternoon, U.S. Martha McSally released a statement on the crash. My thoughts and prayers are with the pilot, his family, and all first responders. Instances like this remind us that those who wear the uniform put their lives on the line every day, and deserve our constant gratitude. SIERRA VISTA The F-16 aircraft that crashed east of the Douglas Municipal Airport...
  • COMMENTARY: The Day The Earth Shook in Cochise County

    06/16/2015 11:52:52 AM PDT · by SandRat · 22 replies
    A major earthquake tremor stopped all the clocks in Tombstone at 3:06 p.m. May 3, 1887. It sounded liked the explosion of dynamite echoing through the town, with the earth shaking violently. People ran screaming into the streets, merchandise and glassware crashed to the floor from their shelves, gaping holes appeared in buildings on Allen Street. A reporter from the Tombstone Prospector newspaper pulled out his watch and counted the 35 seconds the earthquake lasted. Eight minutes later, a second shock of about two seconds; a third shock was hardly felt, about 4:15 p.m. Water spurted up out of the...
  • Former Buena grad relinquishes command.

    06/11/2015 6:29:55 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA A 1990 graduate of Buena High School Lt. Col. David A. Thomas handed command of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion to his successor on Wednesday. Taking over is Lt. Col. Cora D. Henry who assumed command of The Renegades the battalions nickname at a morning ceremony on Brown Parade Field on the southern Arizona Army post.
  • Humor the Antidepressant The Curse

    06/06/2015 10:06:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan
    Did you know being organized can be a curse? How can this be? you ask with disbelief burning in your eyes and a taunting tone in your voice. Well, Grasshopper, the world is divided into organized and disorganized people. Do unreliable folks exist for a specific purpose? Perhaps they are natures way of providing balance. On the other hand, it could be some bored gods perverted idea of a colossal prank. Whatever the reason, the curse comes into play when the two types have more than cursory contact with each other. Are unreliable people aware of the fact that they...
  • Sierra Vista among the best places to live. Survey finds city has a great quality of life

    06/06/2015 9:59:50 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    SIERRA VISTA NerdWallet ranked Sierra Vista as one of the best small cities in the nation based on economic health, affordability and quality of life, in a study published on June 1. Out of more than 1,300 cities with a population of less than 75,000, Sierra Vista is ranked 44, making it the top Arizona community on the list. The study ranked cities using data from the 2007 and 2013 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, giving equal weight to the three categories considered: affordability, economic health and quality of life. Im not surprised to see...
  • Fort plans birthday luncheon. Public invited to attend June 11

    06/06/2015 9:45:39 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA The community is invited to join Fort Huachuca for lunch in celebration of the Armys 240th birthday. Although the actual birthday is June 14, the celebratory meal will be served June 11. On June 11, the birthday meal will be served at the Thunderbird Dining Facility from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Service is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Weinstein Dining Facility. Cost of the meal is $9.05. The menus at both DFAC feature T-bone steaks, crab legs and shrimp with assorted side dishes and desserts. The Army continues to serve the United States...
  • Police seize manure-masked marijuana.

    06/06/2015 5:48:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA An attempt to smuggle several bales of marijuana hidden inside a horse trailer was thwarted by a sharp-nosed Sierra Vista Police K-9 on Friday morning. It was about 9:15 a.m. when officers conducted a traffic stop on the white pickup truck hauling the trailer. A department narcotics-detective dog was brought to the scene and alerted to the presence of illicit drug inside the vehicle, prompting a search. Inside a hidden compartment within the trailer, investigators located 19 bales of marijuana covered in manure in an apparent attempt to mask the drugs smell. A total of 482 pounds...
  • OPINION: Bernie Sanders is Hillary's leftward advance man

    05/27/2015 6:09:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies
    Is Bernie Sanders pulling Hillary Clinton to the Left? No, for the same reason a canoe doesnt pull an aircraft carrier. The Vermont socialist running in the Democratic presidential race is currently at 7.4 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, versus Clintons 64.2 percent. Clinton is in fact moving leftward on issues like immigration, gay marriage, inequality and more, but its not because shes feeling the heat from a little-known competitor. Still, Sanders is staking out a role as the forward scout of the Democratic Left,
  • Cochise Stronghold to close Monday May 26 2015

    05/27/2015 5:49:41 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    The Coronado National Forest, Douglas Ranger District, will close the Cochise Stronghold Campground on June 1 due to increasing temperatures that occur in that location during the summer. Recreationists can still enjoy dispersed camping in both the East and West Stronghold areas. Campers are encouraged to practice Leave-No-Trace and extinguish campfires completely during their camping experience. The campground is scheduled to reopen on August 28, 2015. For more information please contact the Douglas Ranger District located at 1192 W. Saddleview Road in Douglas,...
  • Understanding Memorial Day. Congresswoman speaks to more than 400 at Monday evening event

    05/27/2015 5:42:53 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    SIERRA VISTA There are two things Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally dislikes about Memorial Day. One is people who wish others a Happy Memorial Day, which means they have no idea of the significance of the day. Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifice those who served in the nations armed forces and gave their lives and there is nothing joyful about that, she told more than 400 people who attended the late Monday afternoon ceremony at the state-operated Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
  • Memorial Day an emotional event for many on Fort Huachuca. More than 800 attended

    05/27/2015 5:32:24 AM PDT · by SandRat
    FORT HUACHUCA Memorial Day is the time to remember those who gave all their lives in defending the freedom Americans believe in, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley told more than 800 gathered at the post cemetery Monday morning. A bright sun created shadows on the ground, as one bird constantly chirped throughout the ceremony, as a slight breeze rustled leaves in the trees
  • Honor those who gave their lives keeping America safe.

    05/25/2015 6:54:05 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Its time for a short American history lesson, especially appropriate on the day we honor our war dead, those killed in combat defending us. Surprisingly, Memorial Day has its genesis not in the Revolutionary War, which we fought to gain our independence from England from 1775 to 1783. Rather, it was the 20th war or conflict of the 74, so far, we as a nation have engaged in including 20 named against Native Americans. It was our own Civil War, fought from 1861 to 1865. Americas Civil War was a bloody affair and there was nothing civil about it....

    05/21/2015 4:12:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
  • Ashley: As war evolves, so does the military

    05/20/2015 6:10:23 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA The nature of warfare is changing, and the Army and other armed forces are changing with it, the leader of Fort Huachuca said Monday. It was at a meeting of the Cochise Chapter of the Air Force Association that Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley spoke about the changes in both methodology, philosophy and training for modern warfare and the militarys ongoing commitment to citizens that hold it in the highest regard. Ashley is the commanding general United States Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca. One of the first in a series of slides presented to those attending...
  • NBC News comes to Cochise County

    05/18/2015 6:18:34 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Robert Charette
    The Chiricahua Community Health Centers mobile clinic has been a boon for the region in recent years since its designed to treat rural and low income areas like those found in Cochise County. The clincs are empowered by grants from the national Childrens Health Fund, which made possible the story that NBC News will tell the world this week about Buena rising sophomore Efrain Gonzalez II. The mobile clinic treats Gonzalez for Type 1 Diabetes, which allows him to backpaddle into pass coverage just like any other defender in one of the Colts last football practices of the school year.
  • ISIS Threatens More Attacks On American Soil; Names States and Time Frame

    05/15/2015 5:32:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 44 replies
    While ISIS claimed responsibility two days after the attack, there was no immediate indication that the terror group in Iraq and Syria had contact with Simpson or Soofi, who both lived in Phoenix. Meanwhile, U.S. authorities continue to search for clues that could possibly link Sundays shooters with the Islamic State.
  • Fort Huachuca bids farewell to Morse Code training

    05/11/2015 2:31:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 53 replies
    TRADOC NEWS CENTER ^ | Tanja Linton, Fort Huachuca Public Affairs
    Fort Huachuca, Arizona Its the beginning of the end of an era at Fort Huachuca. On April 27, National Morse Code Day, the last Manual Morse Code class begins here. In the future, the course will be taught by the Air Force at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. National Morse Code Day is celebrated on what would have been Morses 224th birthday. On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse dispatched the first telegraph message in Morse code, the message, What Hath God Wrought? sent from the U.S. Capitol to Alfred Vail at a railroad station in Baltimore, Maryland....
  • Celebrating surrender.War ravaged Europe sees end of conflict 70 yrs ago today

    05/08/2015 7:40:30 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    SIERRA VISTA It was 70 years ago today May 8, 1945 when World War II ended in Europe. That day, Army buck private Sam Rumore was heading south in battle-ravaged Germany heading for a repo depot, after landing at Bremerhaven. I didnt see any combat, Rumore told the Herald/Review. But what he saw was what Hitler and his Nazi henchmen ended up doing to Germany, causing the allied powers to lay waste to the Third Reich, which Hitler had once boasted would last a thousand years.
  • Prayer breakfast "expect the supernatural". Chaplain points to Gideon Scripture reading

    05/08/2015 7:32:29 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    FORT HUACHUCA Following the story of Gideon in the Bible, Chaplain (Col.) Gregory Edison called on soldiers and civilians attending Thursdays annual prayer breakfast on Fort Huachuca to be ready and resilient as the Army re-energizes after more than a decade of war. Stating that conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have put a tremendous strain on the nations military force, Edison pointed to five dimensions of strength emotional, family, physical, spiritual and social. All these attributes that we talk about are right here in the sacred Scriptures, Edison said
  • JITC to hold Change of Responsibility Ceremony.

    05/06/2015 9:34:08 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    FORT HUACHUCA The Joint Interoperability Test Command will conduct a change of responsibility ceremony between Sgt. Maj. Lewis Brown, outgoing senior enlisted leader, and Sgt. Maj. Monekia Denkins, incoming senior enlisted leader, May 21 at 10 a.m. in the Greely Hall auditorium here. A retirement ceremony for Brown will immediately follow. The public is invited to attend this event. For more information, please contact Maranda Flynn, (520) 538-2608.