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  • 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 installation’s history.” While the...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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 – It’s 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 Morse’s 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....
  • Changes in Fort Huachuca access coming in August

    05/03/2015 8:18:59 AM PDT · by SandRat · 15 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Sierra Vista recognized as Purple Heart City

    12/05/2014 11:09:45 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA — When it comes to honoring the veterans who make up a significant portion of the community, the city of Sierra Vista now clearly wears its heart on its sleeve. As of late Wednesday afternoon, anyone entering Sierra Vista by way of Buffalo Soldier Trail will see a sign denoting it as a Purple Heart City, which will be joined by another sign on Charleston Road. The sign was posted on the west side of the highway, just south of Fort Huachuca’s East Gate, during a ceremony attended by Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller, Fort Huachuca Garrison Commander...
  • Veterans Day parade steps off Tuesday. Traffic will be prohibited on some streets

    11/09/2014 6:50:40 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The 20th Annual Veterans Parade in the city will be held Tuesday — Veterans Day — said Laura Killberg, special events supervisor for the community’s Parks and Leisure Services. There are 55 entries in the parade and the event begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, she said. Since Wednesday Killberg and others have been putting the finishing touches on the parade to include the lineup of the participants. The entries will be broken down into three sections with the first being veterans’ organizations — 17 of them — led off by the Buena High School Marching Colts, she...
  • Fort access orders lengthens gate times

    10/28/2014 1:44:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    SierraVista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — Motorists traveling on to Fort Huachuca for work in the morning are advised to give themselves more time than usual after a change in policy has resulted in a more thorough check of identification cards for people entering the installation. On Monday morning, congestion at the Main Gate was backed up far enough that drivers were blocking the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail and Fry Boulevard. Sierra Vista police officers issued at least two verbal or written warnings to motorists, and are hoping that driver’s will remember not to block the intersection in the future. After Monday’s...
  • Training brigade moving to fort. Army reserve unit brings 72 positions

    09/16/2014 6:57:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    FORT HUACHUCA — A training brigade currently based in Providence, R.I., will be relocated to Fort Huachuca with an execution date of Oct. 16. The Headquarters, 1st Brigade (Military Intelligence) 100th Training Division (Operational Support) will transfer 72 positions to the post in Sierra Vista, Tanja Linton, spokeswoman for the fort media office said Monday. Fifty-eight of those positions will be part-time reservists who will be at the fort one weekend a month for drills and two weeks a year for annual training. The 1st MI BDE trains both active and reserve soldiers in several military intelligence occupational skills. The...
  • Projects at fort entry sure to impact traffic. Construction will span months at the Ea Gate.

    09/11/2014 1:18:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A much needed traffic project at the post’s East Gate will begin Monday, which will impact traffic flow and cause delays, Fort Spokeswoman Tanja Linton said. The project will last into next year with work coming to a stop in November, as winter temperatures delay the repairs, she said. Starting Monday, two lanes will be open for inbound traffic, which means drivers will be rerouted through the outbound lanes. During that time, traffic will be inbound from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Linton said. From 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. outbound traffic will have...
  • 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...