Following in the footsteps of Jesus, deployed Fort Bragg soldiers descended into the Jordan River Crossing for one of the most spiritual Christian sacraments.
The water was calm as three soldiers from the 18th Field Artillery Brigade stood hand-in-hand at Qasr al-Yahud in the river where the Bible says John the Baptist and Jesus met.
Army Chaplain Thomas Robinson held onto each of the soldiers as he dipped them in the water. Baptisms symbolize purification and admission to the Christian church.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170419/deployed-fort-bragg-soldiers-baptized-in-jordan-river-crossing
The driver who fatally struck a soldier during early morning physical training in October said the soldier wasn’t running in formation, there were no guards to block off roads and the soldier’s reflective belt wasn’t visible until it was on her windshield.
“I never saw another person on the road,” the driver said, just hours after the crash on Oct. 24. “The runner must have been out in the median as I was traveling towards Canopy and away from Reily (sic) and she came from the left. I never saw a reflective belt or any other reflective device until contact was made.”
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170413/army-investigation-soldier-fatally-struck-during-pt-failed-to-yield-to-traffic
Boston, a 3-year-old Maltese ball of white fluff, darts in and out of rooms at Dr. Lisa Gushin’s dental office to check on patients.
His first stop was a room in the back, where a woman was preparing for a root canal. He visited with her, before dashing into a different room where a man was sitting up after a teeth cleaning.
Boston paced around the office for a few minutes before he jetted off again. A woman was getting ready for a teeth cleaning and Boston was needed.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170409/dog-calms-ruff-dental-procedures
In a field kitchen deep in the arid desert of the Middle East, a team of nine culinary experts from Fort Bragg experiment with new ways to cook the same, bland food they’ve served for months.
Canned cheese and soggy macaroni had become a sad excuse of a comfort food they’d hoped would remind their fellow soldiers of home. The cooks worked off recipe cards, but tweaked spices and sauces.
Impressed with their ingenuity, celebrity chef Rachael Ray chatted with the soldiers on her daytime television show, sharing tips and promising to send goodies.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170404/from-middle-east-field-kitchen-fort-bragg-troops-chat-with-rachael-ray
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