Even as flames from a wrecked vehicle grew larger, Spc. Elvis Romero stayed calm and worked quickly to free the vehicle’s driver, a soldier who was unconscious and pinned inside.
Romero watched the flames spark in the smashed engine while he and another soldier unbuckled the unconscious man and carefully pulled him from the vehicle.
Romero never hesitated. Walking away was unfathomable, he said.
“I wanted to make sure he was OK,” Romero said, recalling the multiple vehicle crash that happened outside Simmons Army Airfield in December 2016.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180131/specialist-recognized-for-heroic-actions-in-fiery-crash
Female officers in infantry and armor jobs will be heading to three additional installations, leading the way for women who are choosing jobs on the frontlines.
Col. Michael Lawhorn, a spokesman for U.S. Army Forces Command, said women in combat jobs can now be assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Carson, Colorado; and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The move expands opportunities for women, who have previously been assigned only to Fort Bragg and Fort Hood, Texas.
“Forces Command plans to provide a long-term plan to its units in the next 30 days,” Lawhorn said, noting the expansion is based on commander recommendations.
Read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180128/army-expanding-installations-to-assign-women-in-combat-jobs
Soldiers from the 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion traveled to Wilmington last week to learn about port operations ahead of an upcoming deployment.
The soldiers will be partnered with the Navy for the deployment across several countries in the Pacific Command theater, where they could be called upon to advise on port operations. They are scheduled to leave at the end of February.
“We’re learning how ports operate so we can be one step ahead,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Peckenpaugh, a Civil Affairs specialist.
Read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180127/civil-affairs-soldiers-learn-port-operations-ahead-of-deployment
Flames grew larger as Sgt. Jeffrey Rose reached into a smashed vehicle and wrapped his arms around an unconscious soldier pinned in the wreckage.
Rose and another solider moved quickly, tugging the soldier out of the vehicle that early morning in December 2016. Minutes after the soldiers freed the injured soldier, the passenger compartment of the smashed vehicle was engulfed in flames.
“I was just reacting,” Rose said, downplaying his actions. “You never know what you’re capable of until you’re in that situation.”
Read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180126/soldier-honored-with-soldiers-medal-for-saving-unconscious-soldier-after-wreck
Women quietly broke through barriers last fall when they became the first in the Army to earn the prestigious Expert Infantryman Badge at Fort Bragg.
The badge, which was created in the 1940s, only recently opened to women when the Department of Defense struck down regulations that prevented them from serving in infantry jobs. The women earned the badge during testing with hundreds of male candidates in November — about two years after infantry jobs opened to women.
“This historic achievement is a reminder of the great things we can achieve when women are seen and treated as equals and given the same chance to contribute to their country,” U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said in a statement. The Democrat from Illinois was among the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180123/bragg-6-women-become-first-to-earn-expert-infantryman-badge
Seconds after leaping from the Black Hawk, rifles were drawn and paratroopers moved into position — all part of an air assault training exercise for 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers deployed to Kosovo.
Smoke concealed their movements as they ran toward an enemy bunker. The solders moved together seamlessly, shooting at simulated enemy forces.
“They have to immediately be able to go into the battle drill,” said 1st Sgt. Edward Michel. “They have seconds to make decisions, or it can cause American or allied forces to be wounded or worse. This puts the enemy on their heels.”
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180120/1st-brigade-soldiers-practice-skills-in-kosovo
The Army’s first field feeding company activated during a ceremony on Fort Bragg Wednesday — signifying the push of moving culinary specialists from dining facilities to the battlefield.
Read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180117/armys-first-field-feeding-company-activates-at-fort-bragg
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