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  • COMMENTARY: Fighting back for Fort Huachuca

    07/15/2014 9:34:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Submitted by Second District Congressman Ron Barber For 137 years — for 3½ decades before Arizona was a state and 80 years before Sierra Vista was a city — Fort Huachuca has secured our nation’s Southwestern flank. But now the fort faces a new type of threat — a threat from within our own nation. The harmful requirements of sequestration, the irresponsible across-the-board budget cuts passed by Congress in 2011, are forcing the U.S. Army to consider slashing the size of its active-duty force to levels not seen since before Pearl Harbor was attacked. This makes no sense and I...
  • Growing Brown Fire draws national concern. Sheriff to develop pre-evacuation plan

    04/15/2014 7:47:16 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Brown Fire in the Huachuca Mountains, which began Sunday, exploded from nearly 25 acres to about 300 acres of blackened brush and timber with no containment reported as of 7 p..m. Monday. “The rapid expansion in a little more than 24 hours requires a national Type I Incident Management Team which will be in place by 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to Heidi Schewel, spokeswoman for the Coronado National Forest. The expanded size of the fire was done by an airborne GPS survey, she added. Concerns that the fire may spill over into populated areas is leading...
  • Fire in Huachucas thought to be human caused

    04/14/2014 2:55:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The Coronado National Forest Service assigned fire resources, to include air tankers, to suppress a fire burning high in the Huachuca Mountains, near Garden Canyon, on Sunday afternoon. Spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said the fire, called the Brown Fire, is thought to be human caused, because there was no lightning in the area, and is under investigation. In her last report, received at about 4:30 p.m., the fire was burning 5 acres in a remote location near the Miller Peak wilderness area. An air attack unit is mapping and monitoring the fire and the forest service has also...
  • Some great news about Fort Huachuca

    04/04/2014 6:01:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    A non-jeopardy opinion was issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for Fort Huachuca. The Biological Opinion (BO) was signed earlier this week and it recognizes the Fort's ability to continue its ongoing and planned missions without a negative impact for continued survival or recovery of any threatened, endangered or proposed species or result in adverse modification of existing or proposed critical habitat, on-post or in the nearby San Pedro and Babocomari rivers. This non-jeopardy opinion was important to the continued viability of the Fort to accomplish its missions - particularly as the Army begins to grapple with the...
  • Gallagher's leadership highlights command change

    04/03/2014 10:40:30 AM PDT · by SandRat
    FORT HUACHUCA — With a toss of a football Wednesday morning Brig. Gen. Peter A. Gallagher symbolically handed off the leadership of the Network Enterprise Technology Command to Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr. It was a light moment following the formality of the assumption of command ceremony held in the Greely Hall auditorium, which saw senior officers speak about the importance of NETCOM. The Army’s chief information officer Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell praised the command for its work “providing unprecedented communications for over 12 years of war.” It was NETCOM’s leadership, not only at the headquarters but its...
  • Barber: Further military reductions would be 'foolish'.

    03/21/2014 12:40:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Bill HessBill
    SIERRA VISTA — The United States cannot “hollow out our armed forces,” in light of tensions around the world, said congressman Ron Barber (D), whose district in Arizona includes two major military installations. Speaking during a press conference Thursday, which the Herald/Review attended by a video teleconference hookup from Tucson at Barber’s Sierra Vista’s office, the congressman said lawmakers have to ensure defense cuts are carefully thought through. And currently he said it doesn’t appear the Department of Defense is doing that. As for the Army’s announcement that Fort Huachuca could be facing a reduction of 1,700 soldiers and 1,000...
  • Troop cut may cost fort 2,700 soldiers, civil service

    03/20/2014 6:15:16 AM PDT · by SandRat
    FORT HUACHUCA — A reduction of 2,700 positions on this southern Arizona Army post is possible in the next five years, as the Army looks at a proposed end-strength of 420,000 soldiers, the post’s senior commander told the Herald/Review Wednesday. But before the Army makes any decisions impacting the fort, and other of its installations, there will be a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA), allowing area community and business leaders, and the general public, to comment on on any environmental or socio-economic impacts such a reduction will have, Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley said. “For Fort Huachuca the planning (reduction) numbers...
  • Fort the focus of TV program tonight PBS to host Finnegan, Col. McFarland to talk about post

    02/21/2014 3:14:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    On PBS channel 6, at 8:30 p.m., two familiar faces in Southeastern Arizona are featured on the television program, “Arizona Week.” Tom Finnegan, co-chair of the Governor’s Military Affairs Commission, and Fort Huachuca Garrison Commander, Col. Dan McFarland, will be discussing Fort Huachuca and its impact on the community and its importance to the state. Tonight’s broadcast will feature host Lorraine Rivera, who each week brings a timely review of statewide issues. The program provides depth and perspective to top issues of the week, with both on-location and in-studio interviews with key newsmakers, followed by a panel of journalists who...
  • Grenades, .50 caliber machine guns on U.S. border

    01/22/2014 7:31:23 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 45 replies
    WND ^ | Jan. 20,2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – Mexican drug cartels are “killing each other” with .50-caliber machine guns and grenades just across the U.S. border with Mexico, sources have told WND. The gun battles are occurring near Fort Huachuca, Ariz., which is the location of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and school. The Army center is 15 miles from the Mexican border, but the installation runs up against the border. A source associated with the center said that only a “three-strand barbwire fence” is keeping any spillover of heavily armed cartel members out of the compound. Students at the post have had only basic training...
  • Rivalry returns at annual Turkey Bowl

    11/22/2013 7:35:05 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble! In the talk of genus Meleagris: “Its time for the Turkey Bowl.” The annual touch football game will again see the Orange team of Signal Corps soldiers face off against the team wearing Military Intelligence Corps Blue. The winning team will have bragging rights for a year — along with a token trophy — until the next game in November 2014. While advertised as a touch football game, the event has been known to occasionally include some penalty causing touch football plays, like tackling an opponent carrying the ball. Going on...
  • Vets day events begin Friday

    11/08/2013 9:24:49 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — A number of events connected with Veterans Day will begin Friday. At noon Friday, the groundbreaking for a chapel on the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery will take place. Funds for the chapel had to be privately raised, as neither the federal government nor the state, which operates the cemetery, could use taxpayers’ funds for the project. The cemetery’s nonprofit foundation was able to raise more than $200,000 in 15 months, meaning if the weather cooperates, the chapel could be dedicated on Memorial Day in 2014. Fundraising to obtain another $50,000 continues in order to furnish the...
  • Gary Sinise aims to help the military 'keep it strong'

    11/04/2013 5:50:13 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — America’s defense depends on a continuously strong military, but proposed cuts concern a noted actor who has performed for military and civilian audiences in the states and overseas. Since his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump” nearly 20 years ago, Gary Sinise has become involved in numerous military-affiliated activities, establishing a musical group named after his character in the movie — the Lt. Dan Band. On Sunday afternoon, the band performed on the post’s Warrior/Sentinel Field but before taking the stage to entertain the audience — and after a warm-up session — he spoke with...
  • Commissary reopens on fort

    10/08/2013 3:44:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — The post commissary will reopen at 9 a.m. this morning after being closed due to employees being furloughed as a result of the federal government shutdown during the past week. When the recall of most of the furloughed Army civil service employees on post was announced on Sunday, some of the store’s employees were called to work that day to prepare for the Tuesday reopening of the facility, post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said Monday. Western Region of the Defense Commissary Agency spokeswoman Nancy O’Nell said about 11,000 of the agency’s 16,000 employees were furloughed, of which 62...
  • t civilians going back to work

    10/08/2013 3:28:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The furlough of federal employees which began on Oct. 2, the day after Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution is unraveling, as special exceptions are being made for Department of Defense civil service workers. Of the nearly 350,000 defense civilian workers laid off as part of the federal government shutdown, nearly all are expected to be back to be back at their jobs today. While no official comment was received from Fort Huachuca officials, knowledgable sources confirmed to the Herald/Review on Sunday afternoon nearly every civilian assigned to the post who were furloughed, and have been...
  • Hospital earns fort's appreciation {Sierra Vista]

    10/03/2013 10:53:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    SIERA VISTA — Going to a hospital emergency room is traumatic for most, but when a person is a victim of a sexual assault, it is even more psychologically and physically painful. Wednesday, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley came to the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center to thank those who work in the hospital emergency department. He had a two-fold mission, one to express his appreciation for the service provided to Fort Huachuca soldiers and military families when they have a medical emergency, and to express his personal gratitude to a nurse who helped a female soldier make it through the...
  • Plans for a new hospital draw fort's praise [Sierra Vista]

    10/03/2013 10:50:28 AM PDT · by SandRat
    SIERRA VISTA — Military leaders on Fort Huachuca are looking forward to the construction of the new 100-bed Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, the ground-breaking for which will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16. After Wednesday’s ceremony honoring the hospitals’s emergency department’s staff, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley said it’s addition to the local communities, military and civilian, will improve health care for everyone. It was some years ago when the post hospital functions were changed to be a health center, meaning soldiers and their families have to go to civilian hospitals for care beyond what the Raymond W....
  • Fort shutdown imposes another furlough

    10/02/2013 10:19:41 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — For the second time this year, many civil service employees on post were furloughed, while the federal government struggles with its budget woes. In July and August those furloughed were ordered to give up 11 days without pay, but ended up surrendering six. One thing which will impact active duty and retired military personnel and their families is, starting today, the post commissary is closed until the furlough ends, according to the Post Public Affairs Office. But now, there is uncertainty as to how many days they will be asked to forego pay. Based on the last...
  • Ashley remembers all who have fallen since 9/11

    09/12/2013 6:03:32 AM PDT · by SandRat
    FORT HUACHUCA — On Sept. 11, 2001, Brown Parade Field on this southern Arizona Army Post was scene for a morning change-of-command ceremony where Maj. Gen. John Thomas handed off the reins of the Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca to Brig. Gen. James Mark. The ceremony was cut short as news reached the western United States of terrorist attacks in the eastern portion of the country putting the nation on a war footing. Wednesday, at a late afternoon Sept. 11th Remembrance Ceremony of a dozen years of continuing conflict was held on the same parade field, at which the center’s...
  • Army undersecretary finds fort ready to serve

    08/30/2013 10:29:01 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — There is a special synergy at this southern Army post which provides the military with a variety of capabilities, Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal said Thursday. Saying he heard from post officials as well as people from the civilian community, Westphal noted this was his second trip to Arizona, but during his first, the Army wasn’t going through the budget travails it is now experiencing. For Army leadership, the continuing financial issues — to include the budget cuts, continuing sequestration requiring even more drastic trimming, civilian furloughs and future reductions in soldier strength — means the...
  • Compton cites vital role of EPG at fort [Huachuca]

    08/25/2013 12:47:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a two-day series involving the commander of the Army Electronic Proving Ground on Fort Huachuca. FORT HUACHUCA — When it comes to Army testing at this southern Arizona Army post there’s a fortunate nexus in having a proving ground and schoolhouse on the same installation, said Col. Raymond Compton, the commander of the Electronic Proving Ground. “This is the only proving ground that has a resident Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) schoolhouse on the same installation, the only one,” Compton said Wednesday during an interview with the Herald/Review. By having soldiers who are...
  • Sen. Rubio, ‘You Know Nothing About Our Border’: Arizona Sheriff Hammers Immigration Bill

    08/13/2013 10:57:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/13/13 | Sara Carter
    SIERRA VISTA, Arizona — Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels doesn’t mince words. He’s angry that local law enforcement and the citizens who call the Southwest border home have been left out of the decision making process when it comes to security and immigration reform. Dannels has lived along the border since 1984. He remembers when the dangers from smugglers circumventing the rocky, mountainous terrain were few and far between. Now, he says, a different breed of narcotics traffickers has amassed weapons, technology and small armies of death; threatening not only the stability of Mexico but U.S. national security as well....
  • Every Dog Has It's Special Day

    06/23/2013 7:07:41 AM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies
    In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, our four-legged canine friends can often soothe the soul and put a smile on one’s face. In response to the U.S. Army Fort Huachuca Facebook request, the Fort Huachuca community has shared their favorite furry Family member stories for the public to enjoy. The top three entries that were chosen are: Jennifer Kowalk McClanahan “When we got our first dog 13 years ago, my husband said, ‘No dogs on the bed.’ That lasted less than a week. Laddy now sleeps with us on a pillow. Five years later, we got a...
  • Fort celebrates 238th Army birthday Fort celebrates 238th Army birthday

    06/15/2013 6:42:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA — Friday was a special day for any member of the U.S. Army, but Spc. Shinece Canady’s experience likely takes the cake. “It’s a great day. Not only is it the Army’s birthday but it’s the day that I re-enlisted,” Canady said. She also made the birthday cake served to her fellow members of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB) at the Thunderbird Dining Facility, a duty that required several early mornings of meticulous decorating for the novice cake-maker. “I really love the Army,” she said. “I get to do two of my passions at the same time,...
  • Slain soldier remembered near anniversary of death .

    03/23/2013 8:06:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Army Capt. Christopher Seifert was in his mid-20s and the father of a son, who was born about four months before a fellow soldier killed Seifart and Air Force Maj. Gregory L. Stone on March 23, 2003, at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait. Friday, a day before the 10-year anniversary of Seifert’s death, he was remembered on this southern Arizona Army post — the home of the Intelligence Center — in front of a building named after him on the fort where he received his intelligence training. Although he never had the opportunity to cross the berm into...
  • Burns continue on fort land

    03/01/2013 3:28:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A prescribed burn at two training areas in Garden Canyon are planned on the post today, according to a fort spokeswoman. The burn of 1,104 acres in the first training area is planned for the morning and 781 acres of the second training area are planned for the afternoon if weather conditions and time permits, Tanja Linton said Wednesday. If time and weather conditions are not favorable for the burning of the second area Thursday afternoon, the burn will be rescheduled for Friday morning, she said. Area residents can expect to see smoke over Fort Huachuca today...
  • Return of 11th brings Christmas early

    12/14/2012 4:11:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — It was an early Christmas present. That’s how Canadian Brig. Gen. Dean Milner described the return home of about 60 soldiers of the 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade Thursday. Just before 11 a.m., a contract commercial airplane landed at Libby Army Airfield on this southern Arizona Army post and a short time later, the soldiers were walking off the aircraft, going through a cordon of honor of American flags held by local motorcyclists, many from various veterans’ service organizations. Milner went into the airplane to shake each soldier’s hand before they deplaned and went through the cordon...
  • Honor, at last . Homeless and veterans who died alone honored at local ceremony

    09/13/2012 3:19:06 PM PDT · by SandRat
    SIERRA VISTA — They served during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War; during the Vietnam and Cold War eras. They served in the Army, Navy and Air Force. While different in many aspects, they have one thing in common — the 18 were Missing In America. Some were homeless. Some were destitute. Some were forgotten, their cremains stored in funeral homes because they had no families or they were abandoned by their families. You must be a premium member to read the rest of this story. To become a member, please click here.
  • Last of Arizona immigration protesters on trial

    07/29/2011 6:25:14 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2011 | AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press
    PHOENIX — The president of a national religious organization and five others went on trial Friday in Phoenix a year after they were arrested while protesting Arizona's tough immigration law and a crackdown on illegal immigrants.
  • Activists want new biological opinion set [Enviros attacking Military again]

    04/22/2011 4:25:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    TUCSON — A lawyer for environmental activists wants a federal judge to order two U.S. agencies — The Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army — to renegotiate a biological opinion concerning the San Pedro River and its environs contending the two entities have failed to follow the Endangered Species Act. The plaintiff’s attorney, McCrystie Adams, said the continuing growth in the Sierra Vista area is caused by the existence of Fort Huachuca and as more people come to the area, they “are draining the aquifer year after year.” However, a U.S. Department of Justice attorney contends all the requirements...
  • Big welcome home set for returning soldiers

    03/24/2011 4:57:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 1+ views
    SIERRA VISTA Herald/Review ^ | Beatrice Richardson • Herald/Review
    Ty Langley, 13, helps hang up a welcome home poster for soldiers of Bravo Company, 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, who are expected to arrive sometime this morning from Afghanistan. In the second photo, Ty’s mother, Tracy Langley, and he look over a number of welcome home banners to be put up in the Barnes Field House on the post. She is the wife of Capt. C.J. Langley, the company commander, who deployed for a year to Afghanistan, and is expected to return to the fort on the next flight either later this month or early in April. The advance party...
  • Fort’s leader outlines busy upcoming slate

    02/18/2011 7:38:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The importance of Fort Huachuca can be seen with the number of new construction projects which will start soon and future ones planned for upcoming years, Brig. Gen. Gregg Potter said Thursday. New facilities, worth $15 million for the Army’s Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial System training, is a year out from opening and a $6 million replacement fire station will be occupied in May 2012, said Potter, who commands the Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca. Making his comments at a dinner of the Fort Huachuca 50, an organization which for the past 23 years has...
  • Military dog finds himself in lap of leisure

    01/19/2011 10:08:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Occasionally, Szarik will open one or both eyes as he watches people walking past. Whenever Kacy Sandlin moves, he is on his feet — all four of them — as her protector. No longer does the shiny thick black- and brown-coated German shepherd put on gear like other military working dogs to do his job detecting drugs. Szarik has hip issues and other ailments that meant he could no longer do his military work. So the dog was put up for adoption, once it was determined he could cope in the civilian world. Even though Szarik is retired, he doesn’t...
  • Fort Huachuca canine team licks the competition (Woof! Woof!)

    12/10/2010 10:12:34 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Teamwork, a word involving more than one helping another. When it comes to the Army, teamwork has a more than special connection in one area — between a being that walks on two legs and another whose four paws hit the ground. Soldier and dog are part of the service’s military working dog program. And on this southern Arizona Army post is one of nine teams — Sgt. Zachary McNew and Chico — who recently returned from Hawaii, where they won two trophies during an eight-event competition in which 37 teams vied for honors. “We did way...
  • Member says group never claimed torture is taught on Fort Huachuca [Freakazoids Spin]

    11/16/2010 4:45:06 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Taking exception to news accounts, including some in the Herald/Review, about people protesting outside Fort Huachuca’s Main Gate and claiming torture is taught on the post, was Jack Cohen-Joppa of Southwest Witness Against Torture. He said the group has never said torture is taught on the fort because the group does not know what is part of the lesson plans used on the post. A couple of years ago, post officials invited a small group of protesters to the fort for a briefing about what is taught. It included what can and cannot be done to elicit...
  • Main Gate closure planned for Sunday post protest [Freakazoids Comming]

    11/13/2010 4:11:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — The annual protest of this Army post will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, across the street from the Main Gate. Because of the protest, which alleges torture is taught at the Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, the gate will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., a post spokeswoman said. During the more than six hours the Main Gate is closed, the Directorate of Emergency Services will “exercise for protection procedures during a planned demonstration across the street from the gate,” Tanja Linton said. When the protests began a few years ago, those...
  • Unmanned aerial systems soldiers deploy to war zone

    09/23/2010 9:58:26 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 1+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — The importance of unmanned aerial systems can be seen in the increase of requirements for Army systems over areas of conflict. And Wednesday, a small group of soldiers from the Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Battalion left the post for a yearlong assignment in a conflict area, to keep eyes in the skies as part of protecting U.S. and other allied forces. Talking to the nearly a dozen soldiers — five others left earlier as part of the advance party — who departed Libby Army Airfield in an Air Force C-17, was Col. Timothy Edens, the deputy commander...
  • Soldiers’ arrival home was a welcome relief

    07/01/2010 7:44:09 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Smothered in hugs, Chief Warrant Officer Frank Volpe holds on to his two sons, Hunter and Cody, as his wife, Sarah, buries her head into his. The chief warrant officer was one of 17 soldiers from Echo Company, Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Battalion on Fort Huachuca to return from a 12-month deployment to Iraq late Tuesday. (Angela Moncur • Fort Huachuca) FORT HUACHUCA — First, the 17 soldiers were supposed to be home on Sunday. Then it was to be Monday Finally, it was rescheduled for Tuesday. Well, it was almost Wednesday morning before the soldiers of Echo Company...
  • Face of Defense: Female Super-Athlete Finds Inspiration in Army Life

    06/02/2010 6:12:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 814+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Jennifer Caprioli, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Huachuca
    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. , June 2, 2010 – Army Capt. Kelly Calway doesn't don a cape, fight crime on a daily basis or possess any sort of superhuman powers. Army Capt. Kelly Calway stretches before a track workout at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., May 28, 2010. Calway will enter the World Class Athlete Program for marathon running in August. U.S. Army photo by Jennifer Caprioli  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Yet, Calway, the Army’s 2008 Female Athlete of the Year, indeed is a super heroine. She is defending her country and raising a family, while preparing to join the World...
  • Last equipment leaves fort to join troops

    04/07/2010 8:41:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 356+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — To the Air Force crew members who fly a specific C5 Galaxy cargo jet — the second-largest military transport plane in the world — she’s the “Big Beautiful Doll.” Now, 860026, the plane’s official designation, doesn’t have an hourglass figure, but it can hold a lot of cargo. On Tuesday, 120,000 pounds of equipment was loaded for shipping to the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion to support nearly 400 soldiers recently deployed to Afghanistan. The takeoff weight for the flight was about 627,000 pounds, more than 200,000 pounds less than the maximum 420 tons allowed for the C5,...
  • Exercise will have local skies busy soon

    04/05/2010 4:49:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 319+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Parts of Cochise County will be used for a major Air Force exercise later this month, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s Angel Thunder 2010. Southern Arizona’s terrain lends itself to meeting the goals of the exercise, which will bring in personnel from a number of nations, Staff Sgt. Jacob Richmond said. Along with American forces, others involved in the event will be coming from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, said Richmond of the Davis-Monthan 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office. Additionally, a number of different aircraft, from fixed winged to...
  • 5 taken into custody in Fort Huachuca protest

    11/16/2009 4:30:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 938+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Review | Bill Hess
    FORT HUACHUCA — With five individuals taken into custody Sunday by fort law enforcement officers, the sixth annual protest against the post ended. For the Rev. Jerome Alexander Zawada, a Franciscan Roman Catholic priest from Tucson, Sunday was at least the second time he was taken into custody for illegally entering the installation. He and three others — John Edward Heid of Tucson, E. Robert Carney Jr., of Tucson, and Mariah D. Klusmire of Albuquerque, N.M.— were all given letters prohibiting them from post property for a year, fort spokeswoman Tanja Linton said. After receiving their letters, they were released...
  • Post to draw protesters this weekend

    11/14/2009 7:28:22 AM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 719+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Since 2004, one Sunday in November has been the time when a group of people gather outside Fort Huachuca’s Main Gate to protest what they say are torture procedures being taught on the post. And every year, the anti-post group is countered by supporters of the fort. This year, the sixth year of the event, will begin at noon Sunday with a “No to Torture Rally” followed by a procession from Len Roberts Park where protesters are expected to hold “A Vigil of Presence” across from the post’s main gate. Because of the annual protest, fort officials...
  • A reward to those with a ruff job (Working Military/Police Doggie Story)

    09/27/2009 7:27:42 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 355+ views
    Saturday, that connection — past and present — came together as a group of former military working dog handlers visited the fort to say thanks to the handlers and their families as well as members of the fort’s veterinarian clinic. For Sgt. 1st Class Charlotte Banks, the fort’s kennel master and only one of two women in the Army with that job, being a military working dog handler means a lot of deployments away from family. In March, Banks will be leaving the post and heading for a year deployment to Iraq, where she will be the program manager for...
  • Army cook is no Mickey Mouse job (Disney let him go due to recession, so he enlisted at 36)

    08/25/2009 6:35:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 1,040+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — The downturn in the economy led one man to find a better path to financial security for his family. For 36-year-old Angel Ruiz, that avenue was to enlist in the Army. Now a private first class assigned as a cook to Company B, 40th Signal Battalion, Ruiz said becoming a soldier has provided him “security and peace of mind” when it comes to ensuring his wife and two children will continue to have support. He used to provide that support by working as a lead cook at a number of resorts. Taking a break from preparing deep-fried...
  • Charlie Daniels Band thrills crowd

    08/06/2009 5:23:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 629+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — It’s not likely that one fan will be washing his right hand anytime soon. Not after Charlie Daniels shook it. “He just strolled off that burgundy bus wearing a Hawaiian shirt, walked right over to me and shook my hand,” Rick Hawkins said, holding it up for all to see. “I was completely shocked.” The Charlie Daniels Band performed Wednesday evening on Fort Huachuca, delivering an energized concert that opened with a string of hits, kicking off with, “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye” (Sitting on a bar stool, actin’ like a dern fool), then rolling into “The South’s...
  • Brownies' project warms congresswoman's heart

    07/19/2009 6:46:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 573+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — One of the first things a group of post Brownies did with a solar oven was bake brownies. Members of Brownie Troop 2181 have decided their community service project will involve solar ovens. The girls’ goal is to buy five of the ovens for needy families. “We want to help people who don’t have a lot,” 6-year-old troop member K.J. Engasser said. The recently formed troop is working with Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture, a nonprofit education organization in Sierra Vista that promotes sustainable food production and sustainable methods of cooking, such as solar ovens That the Brownies...
  • Time is running out' for local piece of black heritage (Historic Colored Officer Club)

    07/19/2009 6:34:39 AM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 695+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — For years, Building 66050 has been vacant. It is deteriorating, but members of the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers are determined to save the structure, which during World War II housed the Colored Officers Club. The building, its paint now peeling, windows broken and interior unsafe, is where black entertainers such as Lena Horne would come to the post to perform for black soldiers when the Army was segregated. The fort is where two black divisions, the 92nd and 93rd, trained before heading off to combat in World War II. One division went to Italy and the...
  • With flag’s unfurling, 40th is home

    04/17/2009 4:29:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 194+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Although a Thursday ceremony was short and simple, it was full of symbolism. Members of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion stood on Thunderbird Field. As a brisk, cool wind blew through the formation, Team 40th’s battalion commander Lt. Col. Linda Jantzen reminded the soldiers that their 15-month deployment was over. She praised them for their accomplishments while in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and Afghanistan. The first symbolic act was having the rear detachment’s guidon furled and cased and marched off the field. The rear detachment’s mission was completed. Then Jantzen and battalion Command Sgt. Maj. John Womble marched...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Returns After 15-Year Break to be Close to Troops

    04/03/2009 4:01:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 342+ views
    U.S. ARMY GARRISON HUMPHREYS, South Korea, April 3, 2009 – Some people just can’t get the military out of their system – nor do they want to. Army Staff Sgt. Dianne Smith, right, an administrative soldier in the 3rd Military Intelligence Battlion, talks about her return to the Army noncommissioned officer corps after a 15-year break in service with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston and 8th U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Winzenried at Humphreys Garrison, South Korea, Nov. 25, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. That is the...
  • Driving on Fort? Put away the phone (MPs to crack down on use of devices)

    03/06/2009 3:01:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 337+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Starting Monday, people using a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving a motor vehicle on Fort Huachuca will receive a fine. The fine for this violation is $50 plus court administrative fees, which are currently $25, according to the Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office. The use of a non-hands-free cell phone or Blackberry device while operating a motor vehicle on Fort Huachuca is prohibited for military personnel and civilians. This prohibition is extended to all soldiers operating any motor vehicle, whether on post or off post. Personnel not affiliated with the fort, including visitors, must...