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Fort Irwin Army Base - Barstow, CA




ARMED FORCES VOTERS WEEK: Armed Forces Voters Week encourages you to fill out the FPCA (SF-76) which allows you to apply to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and/or update your contact information with your local election office. The FPCA is the primary method of communication between you and your election official. Contact FVAP ET Phone: 1-800-438-VOTE (8683) I DSN: 425-1584 I Email:

Ten times a year, we train adaptive leaders with tough, realistic training, across a full spectrum of conflicts. We prepare Soldiers for tomorrow's challenges to ensure the #USArmy of 2028 will be ready to deploy, fight and win, against any adversary, in a joint, multi-domain, high-intensity conflict.

The #ArmyVision is Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper's and Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Mark A. Milley's guidance for building a more lethal Army to meet the nation's needs over the next 10 years.

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FORT IRWIN: The MWR Kennel is now open. Phone number for reservations: 380-7387.

Operating Hours are: Monday - Friday from 0800-1700 Early or Late Drop off/Pickup Times or Dates can be coordinated with the Kennel personnel, however there is an additional charge.

Priority reservations are for animals of PCSing families from now until end of August. All other animals are on a daily Space Available basis.

Customers must bring their own pet food; if PCSing a copy of orders and proof of current vaccinations The MWR Kennel is not able to take animals with medical requirements as we do not have trained staff to administer medicine.

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Congratulations to Operations Group, National Training Center (Vulture Team) Spc. Guy Mingo for being selected for taking the "Photo of the Rotation" for Rotation 18-08!

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SFAB VOLUNTEER PROCESS ( as of 18 May 2018)

**HOW TO OFFICIALLY VOLUNTEER** When volunteering to #JoinSFAB, complete the SFAB Volunteer DA Form 4187 AND the SF 600 (SFAB Medical Screening) and email to HRC’s SFAB Team at

Get current information, news, and forms from (Forms will not load on mobile devices)

MILPER Message 18-139, Recruitment of Volunteers for Service in Security Force Assistance Brigades…/SFAB_Recruitment_18_139_2…

This message includes--
-- SFAB eligibility criteria (highlighted on attached picture)
-- Exceptions for Drill Sergeants/Recruiters
-- Authorized SFAB positions (MOSs/Ranks)
-- Authorized Substitution MOSs
-- Application Procedures for Assessment/Interview
-- Official Volunteer Process & timeline


MILPER Message 18-156, Selective Retention Bonus (SRB)…/M…/SRB_18_156_20180516.pdf

NOTE: For retention bonus, must be selected for SFAB assignment OR already earned SQI 3 from Military Advisor Training Academy (MATA) graduation.


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2nd SFAB, Fort Bragg, N.C.
3rd SFAB, III Corps and Fort Hood, TX
4th SFAB, U.S. Army Fort Carson, CO
5th SFAB, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
6th SFAB (National Guard), Pending Final Stationing Decisions

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Tasked with an extremely important mission, Charlie Company 2916th Aviation Battalion provides air MEDEVAC support to 50,000 service members who train here annually. "Dustoff" crews respond day or night, as many as five to eight times a day during summer months, in very challenging environmental conditions at the #USArmy National Training Center.

By Jason Miller (Fort Irwin/NTC PAO)
U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)

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Maj. Audrey Boenker signed off as 2916 Support Brigade Charlie Company Commander in a Change of Command Ceremony on Main Post Helipad, June 15.

"Her diligent actions created readiness in her aviation fleet," said Lt. Col. Eric A. Vanek.

An integral part of the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California and Weed Army Community Hospital, Charlie Co. is responsible for over 243 Medical Evacuations over the past two years during Boenker's time as company commander.

Charlie Co. is committed to the success of the Soldiers, Civilians, Contractors, and Families. (Story and photos by Jo Garrison, WACH PAO)

To view the photos from Boenker's change of command ceremony go to the following link:

After 243 years, technology changes – Army values endure

FORT IRWIN, Calif. – As Soldiers from the National Training Center pressed into Dining Facility #2 June 14 to witness the cutting of the ceremonial Army Birthday cake, NTC Commanding General Brig. Gen. Jeff Broadwater called the installation’s youngest service member to the front of the room.

He asked the Soldier, Pvt. Deadrick Person of the 2/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment, if they might Facetime Person’s family in Mississippi to share the birthday cheer. It took several attempts – and a good deal of hilarity – but the pair finally got Person’s mother on the phone.

“Ma’am, nobody is in trouble or anything,” Broadwater assured her. “He’s just cutting the cake with me and we wanted to put you on Facetime because he’s one of the Soldiers we’re proud of.”

It was a moment that captured both the monumental changes the U.S. Army has seen over its 243-year history and the enduring spirit that binds the institution together.

Ten years ago, Facetime didn’t exist. Rapidly evolving technology has changed more than the way we call home. It has altered the way Soldiers train and fight. The NTC is constantly adapting to prepare the Army’s brigade combat teams to overcome the latest threats. Units training here, for example, must navigate everything from cyber attacks to insurgent forces that organize and fund operations using social media.

But while the gear and tactics of today’s Army may be vastly different from those of the Continental Army in 1775, its fundamental values remain.

“No matter when our nation needs us, we are part of making sure we are ready to do that,” said Broadwater.

Another thing that hasn’t changed much? The trust and connection between Soldiers. Take away the smartphones at the NTC birthday celebration this year and it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine a similar scene happening during the Great War, or even the Revolution – Soldiers coming together to celebrate, to trade jokes, to pass on tradition.

It’s something 1st Lt. Jose Martinez, of the 11th ACR’s Regimental Support Squadron, hopes will still be a vital part of the Army in another 243 years.

“It’s the camaraderie. The esprit de corps. Events like this that bring us together,” he said.

--Codi Kozacek, NTC / Fort Irwin PAO


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Light the candles. Today the Army turns 243! Share your shout-out with #ArmyBDay. And speaking of candles, if you'd like some cake, stop by DFAC #2 today at 1130 for the NTC's Army Birthday celebration!

(U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Kyle Edwards, Operations Group, National Training Center)

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The latest footage of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division training in the "Box".

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The feeling you get when your 243rd birthday is in 2 days....

Help us celebrate by posting a video shout-out to your social media using #ArmyBDay!

If you're at Fort Irwin, stop by DFAC #2 at 1130 on June 14 for a cake cutting ceremony and birthday meal (we're talking grilled ribeye steak, golden fried catfish, honey baked ham, peach cobbler, baked Mac & Cheese, cole slaw.... honestly there's too much to list).

(Photo via U.S. National Archives. "One of the guns of Battery D, 105th Field Artillery, showing American flag which was hoisted after the last shot had been fired when the armistice took effect. Etraye, France. 1918."

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11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse Troopers rolled by Brigade Hill June 10 to salute the regiment's outgoing commanders, signifying the loyalty and respect they have earned. As the NTC's professional Opposing Force, the 11th ACR and its commanders make an enduring mark on each and every unit that trains here.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin May)

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The vast scale and complex scenarios at the NTC test all of a unit's assets across multiple domains -- from land to air to cyber. Here, a Soldier assigned to 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division launches an RQ-11 Raven Unmanned Aerial Vehicle during training June 3.

(U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Dana Clarke, Operations Group, National Training Center )

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A week from today, the U.S. Army will turn 243 years old! On June 14, join us in celebration by posting a shout-out to your social media with #ArmyBDay!

When: June 11-14 (especially on the 14th)

How: Shoot a selfie-style video. Tell us what the Army means to you, or recognize someone you know in the Army, and wish the Army a Happy Birthday! Post to your OWN social media account -- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube -- using the hashtag #ArmyBDay.

The U.S. Army will feature some of the shout-outs on the Army's official accounts the evening of June 14.

(U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Kyle Edwards, Operations Group, National Training Center)

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June 6, 1944:

"This operation is not being planned with any alternatives. This operation is planned as a victory, and that’s the way it’s going to be. We’re going down there, and we’re throwing everything we have into it, and we’re going to make it a success." -- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower #DDay

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A successful mission at the NTC requires more than fighting battles in the Box. Training units must also navigate logistics, security and maintenance challenges before they even head into the field, as shown in this video footage of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, courtesy of Operations Group, National Training Center.

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Things are heating up in the Mojave Desert (and we're not just talking about the 100+ degree temperatures) as the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division takes on the complex scenarios, tough terrain and even tougher Opposing Force in the Box.

Here, a U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 3ABCT, 1AD ground guides an M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle out of the Rotational Unit Bivouac Area prior to rollout June 1, 2018. You can find more photos by following Operations Group, National Training Center. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Esmeralda Cervantes, Operations Group, National Training Center)

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The results are in... Operations Group, National Training Center Vulture Team member Spc. Courtney Hubbard took the "Photo of the Rotation" for ROT 18-07. Spc. Hubbard's winning photo was selected from hundreds of photos taken every rotation.

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Coverage of Memorial Day and the Torrance Armed Forces Day parade, images from "Irwin Island", and a new column from Fort Irwin's own Bonnie Conrad are all inside the latest edition of the High Desert Warrior!

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In this installment of "NFL 360" #MichaelIrvin and #SteveMariucci take a special, and at times harrowing, trip to the Fort Irwin National Training Center to walk in the footsteps of the men and women who make our freedoms possible.

On #MemorialDay, Soldiers from the National Training Center joined community members of the High Desert at the Mountain View Memorial Park in Barstow, California to honor military men and women who gave their lives in defense of our Nation and its values.

Fort Irwin Garrison Commander Col. Seth Krummrich provided remarks for the day's event, followed by more than 20 organizations that laid wreaths at the foot of the cemetery's veterans monument. A rifle squad from Operations Group, National Training Center fired a 21-gun salute as a bugler played "Taps," concluding the event.

(Photos by Jason Miller, NTC / Fort Irwin PAO)

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The Sandy Basin Community Center came alive with the music and dance of the Pacific Islands as Fort Irwin celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May 23. The dances were choreographed and performed by members of Toa O Samoa, a homegrown dance group comprised of active duty service members, retirees, DOD civilians and dependents here at the National Training Center.

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Soldiers from the National Training Center and Fort Irwin made the trip to #TorranceCA to take part in the city's 59th annual #ArmedForcesDay parade May 19. Thousands of community members lined Torrance Boulevard to show their support and take part in the celebration.

"It's always a great event. This is my second year down here, and the community definitely comes out to support their military, to support their Soldiers," said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Stunkard, the command sergeant major for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse. "We feel the support, we feel the love when we come down here to Torrance."

It's a unique chance for the American public to get to know their military, said Sgt. Maj. Robin Bolmer, who serves as the G3 sergeant major for the National Training Center.

"In many cases, the military and civilian population don't get a lot of opportunity to meet each other and interact," he said. "An event like this here in Torrance gives us an opportunity to showcase our equipment and our Soldiers, and interact with the public, that we don't normally get on a daily basis."

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