Monday, May 13, 2013
As the war winds down, the number of injuries including traumatic brain injuries are staggering, and professional football players can relate.
NFL players will visit Fort Bragg on Tuesday, May 14. The players will meet with soldiers to discuss concussions and other health-related issues that affect both organizations at a roundtable discussion. Soldiers and their families who would like to join the conversation are welcome to attend from 11 a.m. to noon at the Main Post Chapel. Have to work, but want cannot attend? Follow the meeting on Twitter @FtBraggNC, #TBI. In a 2013 Congressional Research Report, casualties reported in Operation Iraqi Freedom totaled 31,925. U.S. servicemember deaths reached 4,409. As a Feb. 5, 2013 the number of servicemembers wounded in action in Operation Enduring Freedom are 18,230, many of which include traumatic brain injuries. TBI's are classified …
Injured in an IED blast in 2010, Fort Bragg's Vomund cycled in the 30k event.
Monday, May 13
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The 200 wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans competing in this year’s Warrior Games are the best of the best, says the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Sunday, May 12
By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON -- The 200 wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans competing in this year’s Warrior Games are the best of the best, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Saturday during the event’s opening ceremonies in Colorado Springs, Colo. Winnefeld called the games, comprising volleyball, wheelchair basketball, archery, swimming, cycling, shooting, track and field including discus and shot put events, the “highlight of the year” in his keynote remarks. The games run through May 16 at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Olympic Training Center, both in Colorado Springs. “You're here because of your willingness to overcome great …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Qualls’ responsiveness, initiative, and attention to detail were critical to the quick and accurate accountability of the 62 USASOC participants following the devastating bombings after the Boston marathon.
Saturday, May 11
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Great news for hockey and ice skating fans alike.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Fort Bragg’s Cleland Ice Rink will remain open past the previously announced May 24, 2013, closure date with permanently increased fees. The new fee structure is listed here. More information about future programs will be made available by Fort Bragg’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
After doctors told her she'd never walk again, Spc. Elizabeth Wasil ditched her wheelchair and pushed herself into the swimming pool.
Thursday, May 9
Army News Service By Sgt. William Smith (4th ID) "Seeing that is something I will never forget," said Lisa Stratman, Wasil's strength coach and World Class Athlete Program, or WCAP, assistant coach. "She used her arms and upper body to propel her through the water and started rehabbing herself." Wasil sustained bilateral hip injuries while she was deployed to Iraq in 2010. Through sheer determination she qualified for the Warrior Games as part of Team Army in 2012 and 2013. "The Warrior Games changed my life," Wasil said. "It took me from a Warrior Transition (Battalion) Soldier who was struggling to try to return to the Army, to a (WCAP) member in one year." A swimmer with WCAP, Wasil underwent rigorous physical therapy. Three years after…
Malfunctions aren't concrete in numbers, but operator error seems to be the culprit here.
It's bound to happen. Errors happen and it's no different for paratroopers when they jump from the aircraft. On LiveLeak.com they posted video footage of an Army paratrooper who accidentally deployed his reserve parachute inside the aircraft. How does this happen? Most rigs have a three-ring release that connects the main canopy to the container. One would only deploy the reserve when the main canopy had a malfunction. To cut away the main, you reach down and pull the release handle attached to one of your shoulder straps. This handle releases the lines on both risers simultaneously. You are now in free fall again. Then, one of two things happens: Had any close calls or malfunctions under canopy? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Before starting his second season in the NFL, Army Reserve 1st Lt. Collin Mooney embarks on a 2-week high school tour to promote Army recruiting.
Army News Service NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Before starting his second season in the NFL, Army Reserve 1st Lt. Collin Mooney embarked on a two-week tour of area schools to support Army recruiting. The Tennessee Titans' fullback visited 13 high schools across western Kentucky and middle Tennessee during his annual training period. Encountering Titans fans at each stop, Mooney said he was amazed at their enthusiasm despite the team's 6-10 record in 2012. "There are a lot of Titans fans in the middle Tennessee area who like to see somebody from the team and be a part of it," Mooney said. "It was good to be able to spend time with them and see the support Titans are getting from them." Mooney, 27, signed with the Titans in May. Shortly afterward, he…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
75 teams to participate in Lightening Warrior Challenge
Thursday, May 2
--by USASOC News Service The 4th 4th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) will host the Lightning Warrior Challenge, its first adventure race, on May 3, 2013. The race will run through the All American Trail and adjacent training areas in the Fort Bragg area. The competition will pair Soldiers in teams of two, competing to become the Lightning Warrior champions. The teams will have to complete a variety of mental and physical challenges that will test their adventurous spirit and physical and mental stamina. "This is an opportunity to enhance teamwork, cohesion, and camaraderie in a very challenging and physical atmosphere" said Command Sgt. Maj. John Condroski, 4th MISG (A) command sergeant major. This sentiment is echoed …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The three Soldiers are being considered for Army and civilian awards for their actions.
Wednesday, May 1
Army News Service By Sgt. Daniel A. Carter, USASOC PAO NCO The instincts of an American Soldier took over when three United States Special Operations Soldiers rendered emergency first aid to those who had fallen victim to the bombings at The Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. "I was recovering at the water point when the first bomb went off approximately 50 meters away," said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Spielhagen, a team sergeant in the Group Support Battalion of the Ft. Carson-based 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). "At first it sounded like a celebratory cannon had been fired off, which I thought was rather odd." After turning towards the blast, his training as a Special Forces demolition engineer instantly told him that a bomb had just …