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We sustain the land we defend. #EarthDay2018

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“For the dead AND the living, we must bear witness.” ~ Elie Wiesel

Today the Fort Huachuca leadership and the community recognized the volunteers who donated 32,619 hours in 2017 to the local community.

20-26 April 2018 Range Closures
Fri 20 Apr: W, V, Z, V1, T1, T2, T3
Sat 21 Apr: W, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Sun 22 Apr: W, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Mon 23 Apr: W, K, U, Y, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Tues 24 Apr: B, C, D, W, M, K, U, Y, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Wed 25 Apr: B, C, D, M, W, U, K, Y, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Thurs 26 Apr: B, M, W, K, U, Y, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Range closures are subject to daily change. For information call Range Operations at 520.533.1014 or the MP Desk Sergeant at 520-533-3000.

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Welcome home, Bravo Company!

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We can all step up to protect our people. #SAAPM

It's easy to make excuses to blow off your workout. Here are some tips to push past them and stick with the routine. #HuachucaWellnessWednesday

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Why am I here?! 😭 (via Health)

Posted by People on Friday, April 13, 2018

Troopers and their mounts are at the Fort Huachuca Army Community Service (ACS) Volunteer Fair. The fair runs until 3:30 p.m., so there's still time to stop by and check out the organizations recruiting volunteers.

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We were so caught up in celebrating #BatAppreciationDay yesterday, that the announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the lesser long-nosed bat is being delisted as an endangered species flew under the radar.

The lesser long-nosed is the first bat delisted from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to recovery. A rigorous review of the science indicates threats to the bat have been eliminated or reduced, populations are healthy and stable, and it no longer is endangered or threatened with endangerment under the ESA. The final delisting will become effective May 18, 2018.

There were thought to be fewer than 1,000 bats at only 14 known roosts range wide in Mexico and the Southwest United States when the bat was initially protected under the ESA in 1988. There are now an estimated 200,000 bats at 75 roosts range wide.

In the United States, most lesser long-nosed bat roosts and forage areas are managed by federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and the U.S. Army's Fort Huachuca. All have integrated management of lesser long-nosed bat forage plants – agaves, saguaros and organ pipe cactus – into their land use and resource management plans. Agencies are also aiding in deterring human disturbance of roost site caves and abandoned mines through site closures, law enforcement and, together with state agencies and Bat Conservation International, the design, research and installation of bat gates that allow bat access to roost sites and eliminate human access. Arizona residents also played a role in recovering lesser long-nosed bats.

Community involvement has also helped our flying furry friends. For a decade, southern Arizona residents have monitored night-time bat use of hummingbird feeders, providing biologists with useful data leading to a clearer understanding of the timing of bat migrations. They also provided biologists with the opportunity to capture bats and affix radio transmitters that aided in doubling the number of known new and existing roost sites.

Attitudes regarding the conservation of bats and the understanding of the value bats provide to the ecosystem have improved as a result of education and outreach.

To ensure the lesser long-nosed bat continues to thrive following its delisting, USFWS, together with conservation partners, drafted a Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan committing to monitoring the lesser long-nosed bats’ continued roost occupancy, as well as monitoring and assessing the bats’ forage availability.

In accordance with DoD Directive 1005.06, and as a mark of respect in honor of and in tribute to the memory of United States First Lady Barbara Bush, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset, the day of interment.

The flag shall be flown at half-staff on all Department of Defense buildings, grounds and naval vessels throughout the United States and abroad. (File photo)

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Here's an interesting fact for #NationalBatDay. Lesser long nosed bats play a key role in the tequila circle of life. We make sure to take care of our flying friends on Fort Huachuca. 🦇🦇🦇

We'll be wearing purple tomorrow. Show your support for military kids Wednesday by wearing purple. #PurpleUpDay #MOMC

ICE customer access outside of .mil systems is still not operational. These means customers cannot submit ICE comments from personal computers or other electronic devices. DoD ICE is aware of this situation, and they are engaged with DISA daily to rectify this situation. We don’t know when the system will be operational again.

Interim alternatives to submit an ICE comment card include the following options:

1 - Contact your local service providers to see if the issue can be resolved directly.
2 - Use paper comment cards if available, and leave these with your local service provider for input/resolution as appropriate.
3 – Contact the local ICE site administrator at 520.533.9263 for assistance with entering/forwarding your comment to the appropriate service provider manager.

We appreciate your patience and will post an update once the system is restored.

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We're celebrating #NationalBatAppreciationDay today.
Check out these fun bat facts:

Some species of bats can live up to 40 years.

Bats can see in the dark and use their extreme sense of hearing.

Bats are the only mammal naturally capable of true and sustained flight.

There are over 1,200 known species of bats.

The United States is home to an estimated 48 species of bats.
Nearly 70% of bats are insectivores. We're home to a number of nectar-feeding bats here at Fort Huachuca which is why we protect agave plants -- a major food source for our flying friends.

One of the largest bats is the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox bat weighing up to 4 lbs with a wingspan of up to 5 feet, 7 inches.

Bats are clean animals, grooming themselves almost constantly.

North America’s largest urban bat colony is found on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. It is home to an estimated 1,500,000 Mexican Free-Tailed bats. This colony of bats eats approximately 10,000 to 30,000 lbs of insects each night. It is estimated 100,000 tourists visit the bridge annually to watch the bats leave the roost at twilight.

One colony of 150 Big Brown bats can protect farmers from up to 33 million or more rootworms each summer.

Almost 40% of American bat species are in severe decline, with some already listed as endangered or threatened.

Three U.S. states have an official state bat. Texas and Oklahoma have named the Mexican Free-Tailed bat their state bat, and Virginia has dubbed the Virginia Big-Eared bat their state bat.

Bats are at home on Huachuca. Don't panic!

Bats can get into buildings, especially older homes and offices, fairly easily. They are about fist-sized or smaller, and able to squeeze into crevices as small as 1 inch in diameter. Most will have entered looking for shelter and will not be aggressive unless confronted.

If you spot a bat or other animal, most are not aggressive unless handled. Do not touch or move them. Instead, leave them alone and call for removal. If there are repeated cases of animals in a building, complete a work order to fix the structural issue allowing animals to enter.

Don't handle wildlife. Report any animals found in buildings. For removal of bats or general questions about wildlife, call the Environmental and Natural Resources Division at 520.678.8112. 🦇🦇🦇

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The Arts & Crafts Center will be closed Saturday, April 21 due to construction at the Exchange which requires a power outage to allow conductors be connected to the conduit. Call 533.2015 or 533.5550 for more information about the closure.

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The USO hosts a networking coffee for military spouses April 24 at the Mountain Vista Community Center.

Students at Colonel Smith Middle School wrote and illustrated a book in Spanish as a National Reading Month project.

This was undoubtedly a disappointing development for Team 50, but we're still proud of their commitment to the competition and the effort they put into training for it. We wish Captains Goldsworth and Shalvoy all the best and look forward to hearing about their adventure when they return to Huachuca.

Keep at it, Team 50! We're proud of you.

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Our Ranger team, Team #50, is off to a good start!

Huachuca’s Best Ranger Team ready to start! Good luck CPT Goldsworth and CPT Shalvoy. Leaders of the Corps!

Posted by 304th Military Intelligence Battalion on Friday, April 13, 2018

Fort Huachuca supports the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One’s training exercise here 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, April 13. The exercise is conducted annually in April and October as the final training event for CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters based in Yuma, Arizona.

During the exercise, CH-53s fly into Libby Army Airfield and Hubbard Landing Zone. Marines exit the helicopters, secure selected areas and return to their aircraft. On LAAF, the group conducts a Forward Air Refueling Point event, refueling a couple of the helicopters from a KC-130. This is done while the aircraft's engines are on. Additionally, several C-130s and F/A-18s will provide overhead support. The exercise ends with all helicopters and the KC-130 departing LAAF within the 2-hour window.

Efforts are made to reduce the noise foot print of the helicopters crossing Huachuca City to the East Range, however residents in this area will hear the CH-53s flying in formation to and from the East Range.

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13-19 April 2018 Range Closures
Fri 13 Apr: B, C, D, K, M, W, U, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Sat 14 Apr: K, U, W, P1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Sun 15 Apr: K, U, W, M, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Mon 16 Apr: B, K, W, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Tues 17 Apr: K, W, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Wed 18 Apr: K, W, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Thurs 19 Apr: W, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Range closures are subject to daily change. For information call Range Operations at 520.533.1014 or the MP Desk Sergeant at 520.533.3000.

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The Best Ranger Competition starts Friday and we'll be keeping a close eye on Team #50. Capt. Bill Goldsworth and Capt. Rob Shalvoy of the 304th Military Intelligence Battalion are representing the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence.

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WEATHER ADVISORY

Due to high winds in the area, there is an excessive amount of flying debris across the installation. Please use caution and police your area to secure items such as trash and butt cans, cleaning items, etc.

The following locations are areas of concern: the commissary, PX complex, TMAC, and post housing which all have the largest sighting of flying debris. For housing residents, please secure trampolines, lawn furniture, trash cans, and inflatable toys.

Latest Weather Details from the National Weather Service Tucson AZ

FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS, LOW HUMIDITY, AND A HIGH FIRE DANGER.

* TIMING
From Noon Thursday through 11 pm MST Thursday.

* WINDS
Sustained 20-foot southwest to west winds will increase during the late morning Thursday and peak around 20-30 mph with gusts near 40 mph. Higher sustained winds and gusts are likely above 5,000 ft. These sustained winds are expected to diminish late Thursday evening.

* IMPACTS...Any fires that develop or are ongoing will have the potential to spread rapidly.

* FOR A DETAILED VIEW OF THE HAZARD AREA
Visit weather.gov/Tucson and click on the Detailed Hazards Icon.

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.

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Celebrating a magical partnership: For five years, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and The Walt Disney Company have teamed to bring wonder to Soldiers, Airmen and their families around the world with first-run movies and advance screenings; Disney merchandise; and Disney-themed events for military kids at Exchange locations. Read more:https://bit.ly/2qs2c6F