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1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team is bringing out the big guns...

Footage courtesy of Operations Group, National Training Center.

Video footage of NTC Rotation 18-06, TD 10-12, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. U.S. Army, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse, Opsgroup Pao, Operations Group, National Training Center, National Training Center/Fort Irwin

Posted by Operations Group, National Training Center on Friday, April 20, 2018

#USArmy Soldiers assigned to 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team assault forward to engage the enemy in a cave during Decisive Action Rotation 18-06 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., April 12, 2018. Units training at the NTC face a complex mix of threats, from insurgent and guerrilla forces to cyber attacks and sophisticated peer-level opponents.

(U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Brooke Davis, Operations Group, National Training Center)

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Gen. Robert B. Abrams, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), is awarded a place in the desert during Decisive Action Rotation 18-06 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., April 10, 2018. The National Training Center is designed to test the capabilities of Army Brigade Combat Teams against similarly equipped, opposing threats. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. John Scarpati, Operations Group, National Training Center)

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Fresh from the field...footage of 1-2 SBCT, 7th Infantry Division training here at the NTC, courtesy of Operations Group, National Training Center.

Video footage of NTC Decisive Action Rotation 18-06, TD2-5, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), 1-2 SBCT, 7th Infantry Division, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse, Opsgroup Pao, Operations Group, National Training Center, National Training Center/Fort Irwin

Posted by Operations Group, National Training Center on Friday, April 13, 2018

Last year, a training rotation for the 1/25 SBCT "Arctic Wolves" tested out new ways to provide advanced forward medical care, developing methods that could save lives on the battlefield. It's just one example of how ground-truthing innovations here helps increase #USArmy readiness across the board!

Read more: https://www.army.mil/article/203597 . (Photo Credit: Spc. David Devich)

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U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1-2 SBCT, 7th Infantry Division prepare to roll out at the commencement of Decisive Action Rotation 18-06 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., April 6, 2018. Decisive Action Rotations at the National Training Center are designed to test the capabilities of Army BCTs against a similarly equipped, opposing threat. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Parrott, Operations Group, National Training Center)

Check in with Operations Group, National Training Center for more photos!

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Today we recognize our Special Forces units everywhere.

While the first Special Forces unit in the #USArmy was formed June 11, 1952, the Special Forces branch was established as a basic branch of the U.S. Army April 9, 1987.

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Today we recognize our Special Forces units everywhere. While the first Special Forces unit in the #USArmy was formed June 11, 1952, the Special Forces branch was established as a basic branch of the U.S. Army April 9, 1987.

Posted by National Training Center/Fort Irwin on Monday, April 9, 2018

The 3rd Squadron 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment/3-103AR conducted railhead operations in preparation for NTC. Training rotations here simulate everything a unit will face when deployed -- including moving equipment and supplies.

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The latest issue of the Fort Irwin High Desert Warrior is out! We had a lot going on this past month, from 2916th Aviation Battalion field training exercises to the Hiring Our Heroes employment transition summit to the Heavy ArmHER Roller Derby skate-a-thon.

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Today, on #GoldStarSpousesDay, we honor and remember the
husbands and wives of fallen service members. We are indebted to them, as they are the legacies of their spouses’ ultimate sacrifice.

This Saturday, Fort Irwin will be the starting point for the national Run for the Fallen, a 6,000-mile tribute to fallen service members that will cross 19 states over 5 months on its way to Arlington National Cemetery. The run starts at Painted Rocks at 7 a.m.; you can show your support by joining NTC/Fort Irwin community groups as they complete the first few miles with the team.

Photo by Ken Drylie, NTC / Fort Irwin PAO

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Check back with Operations Group, National Training Center to see photos and video footage of 1-2 SBCT, 7th Infantry Division as they take on the challenges of the "Box" and the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse!

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We are going live for the Q&A panel at the Hiring Our Heroes transition summit, happening here at Fort Irwin today!

We are going live for the Q&A panel at the Hiring Our Heroes transition summit, happening here at Fort Irwin today!

Posted by National Training Center/Fort Irwin on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Opening remarks at the Hiring Our Heroes transition summit at Fort Irwin. Going on all day!

Opening remarks at the Hiring Our Heroes transition summit at Fort Irwin. Going on all day!

Posted by National Training Center/Fort Irwin on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fort Irwin Denim Day Raises Awareness, Promotes Prevention of Sexual Assault

FORT IRWIN, Calif. -- Fort Irwin Soldiers, families and community members marched to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment during the sixth annual Denim Day walk at the National Training Center April 2. The event coincided with the kickoff of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Representing all of Fort Irwin’s major command groups, hundreds of participants joined together for the nearly 2-mile march through the community town center. They wore jeans in the tradition of the first Denim Day, an international movement that began in 1999 after Italy’s highest court overturned a rape conviction because the victim had been wearing tight jeans.

Fort Irwin observes Denim Day each year to help prevent sexual assault. It does so by raising awareness, educating community members about the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) programs, dispelling myths that can lead to victim-blaming, and empowering individuals to intervene when they encounter behaviors that can lead to assault.

Addressing the formation at the end of the walk, Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew R. Lowe, command sergeant major of the NTC and Fort Irwin, thanked those in attendance for their support of the event and the SHARP program. He also made clear that sexual assault and harassment are crimes that go against Army values.

“We are professional Soldiers, part of the Army profession – the people’s Army. We can do better. For those doing the right thing, thank you. If you see something that’s wrong, remember ‘I A.M. STRONG’ – Intervene, Act, Motivate,” Lowe said, referencing the Army’s campaign to engage all Soldiers in preventing sexual assaults before they occur. “It’s good that folks come forward and they trust in the chain of command, to tell them when something has happened, but we can all do better to intervene and act.”

One of the focuses of the Fort Irwin - NTC SHARP program is educating community members about sexual consent.

“[Consent is] to make sure that you’re engaging. Making sure that, hey, I’m asking questions before I touch you, or I’m asking if it’s something you’re ok with,” said Melissa Pinckney, the SHARP program manager for Fort Irwin and the NTC. “Because consent can be taken at any point, and I think that’s something that people may not understand. You can agree to a certain thing, but may not agree to something else, and it’s ok to do so.”

In addition to Denim Day, the Fort Irwin – NTC SHARP program conducts regular training with command groups and units at Fort Irwin, and several units have started their own campaigns to raise awareness by performing educational skits. The SHARP program is also kicking off a new social media initiative to encourage community members to share photos of handwritten signs proclaiming positive affirmations and support for sexual assault and harassment victims. The initiative aims to keep the community engaged and talking about the topic of sexual assault, and to empower victims to come forward, Pinckney said.

Across the Army, the sexual assault prevalence rate decreased 27 percent between 2014 and 2016 for the Army’s Active Component. According to the 2016 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active Duty Service Members (WGRA), 87 percent of Army females indicated they would report if they experienced a sexual assault, while 91 percent of Army males indicated the same. The WGRA is conducted every two years. Results of the 2018 survey will be published next year.

Story by Codi Kozacek, Photos by Dave Dupree (NTC/Fort Irwin PAO)

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Preparing for liftoff!

A medevac helicopter from C Co., 2916th Aviation Battalion takes off from its helipad at the NTC March 29, 2018.

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Welcome to the live Fort Irwin Town Hall! Post your questions below.

Welcome to the live Fort Irwin Town Hall! Post your questions below.

Posted by National Training Center/Fort Irwin on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

We will be going live for the Town Hall at approximately 6 p.m. Listen in to hear what is happening on post and to ask questions.

Memorial Fitness Center Receives Extensive Upgrade

This month, the Memorial Fitness Center completed a $140,000 upgrade to its strength training equipment, adding and replacing over 60 machines and individual fitness mechanisms.

The upgrade marks the largest equipment improvement to a gym facility on the installation in over eight years.

Joshua Villagomez, fitness facility manager for Memorial Fitness Center, said most people are enthusiastic about the changes and new equipment.

“Most people are excited we have more leg machines,” he said. “We have the Jammer, which gives you a full body workout, depending how you use it.”

Along with the new “Jammer” machine, the facility added two squat rack platforms, a squat machine and various leg, chest and back machines. The upgrade also included subtle changes, such as pulling the new dumbbell rack away from the mirror.

“We had several suggestions to free up mirror space so people can focus on their form,” Villagomez said.

He added that fitness facility staff are more than happy to give instructions on any of the new equipment.

“We‘re not trainers, but we know how to use the equipment safely," he said. "We can show you how to use proper form and how to use the machines properly.”

Memorial Fitness Center is a 24-hour facility. In addition to regular business hours, the facility provides keyless entry hours Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m., and all hours of the day on the weekends. Those interested in after-hours access can stop by the front desk at Memorial Fitness Center with a military ID, pay a $7 deposit and sign an agreement understanding the after-hour rules.

Story/Photos By Jason Miller (Fort Irwin/NTC PAO)

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U.S. Army Sgt. Faatali Siaea, a 89B Ammunition Specialist for Operations Group, National Training Center reenlisted at the National Training Center Monday at the installation's iconic painted rocks. #KnowYourMil

Originally from American Samoa, Siaea joined the Army for the education opportunities, however now that he’s only three classes shy of an Associate’s Degree, his direction to stay in the Army has shifted.

“I just enjoy serving my country and leading soldiers, it’s the comradery” said Siaea “I really want to go drill sergeant, I really want to lead the new Soldiers coming in.”

The National Training Center is Siaea's second duty station. Before arriving at the NTC, his only experience with the "box" was as an RTU Soldier on rotation from his first assignment in Fort Hood. That experience made him a bit hesitant to continue in the Army, once he received orders assigning him to the NTC.

Siaea claims his biggest influence to reenlist came a little after the installation’s newcomers briefing. “After the briefing, Brig. Gen. Jeff Broadwater, commander of the National Training Center conducted a run and stopped at various locations giving history and motivational talks, “ said Siaea “ I remember him saying that Fort Irwin is what you make of it.”

Shortly after the briefing, he says that his outlook has changed, “I love it here, the change of pace is great, you know your schedule, I get to go to school and actually do my job, which is amazing,” said Siaea “I plan on staying here longer if I get the choice.”

For his reenlistment, Siaea chose Broadwater to administer the oath of reenlistment “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, he [Broadwater] takes care of his Soldiers and it’s an honor to have the highest ranking officer of the National Training Center to reenlist me.”

While stationed at Fort Irwin, Siaea became the NCO of the month for Operations Group in November 2017. In addition, he was recognized as the NCO of the Quarter for Operations Group in December 2017.

His long term goal is to earn a degree in Science and retire from the Army as a Command Sergeant Major. #SoldierForLife

Jason MIller (Fort Irwin/NTC PAO)

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As the nation celebrates #WomensHistoryMonth , women continue to make history in the #USArmy: As of December, more than 600 female Soldiers were serving in infantry, armor and fire support specialist occupations. By the middle of this year, female infantry and armor officers will be integrated into 45 percent of installations across FORSCOM.

U.S Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Saure

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Looking for a challenge and do you want to make an impact?

Contact your branch manager or a local career counselor if you're currently serving and you want to volunteer for a position at a Security Force Assistance Brigade.

New Opportunities for SFAB

Looking for a challenge and do you want to make an impact?Contact your branch manager or a local career counselor if you're currently serving and you want to volunteer for a position at a Security Force Assistance Brigade.

Posted by National Training Center/Fort Irwin on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

JTAC training at Fort Irwin National Training Center

One team, one fight!United States Air Force joint terminal attack controllers, or JTACs, deploy with U.S. Army units to direct close air support and offensive air operations. Troops from the two services learn to work together before deployment by training together at the National Training Center/Fort Irwin. #KnowYourMil

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Over 700 Marines and Sailors with USMC 2nd LAR 2nd MAR DIV joined forces with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse during a February training rotation at the National Training Center. The exercise helped enhance interoperability in terms of communications, tactics and operations for both joint service partners.

https://www.army.mil/article/201991/