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U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM)

Bamc Commander Promoted To Brigadier General

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas Brooke Army Medical Center once again has a general officer in command. The last general officer to command BAMC was in 2013.

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42nd Army Surgeon General Lauds Medical Graduates

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas The 42nd Army surgeon general had high praise for the nearly 250 medical and allied health graduates being honored at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium awards and graduation ceremony June 10 in downtown San Antonio.

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U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)

Sergeant Embraces Role As Army Mentor

"Every class I go through I learn something different," Thy said. "The students don't realize that but I learn how to be a better instructor, a better NCO. I learn how to actually be a public speaker and I go from actually being a terrifying instructor to a counseling, coaching, mentoring instructor. I succeeded when the student has learned something."

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Warfighters Demonstrate True Grit For Air Assault

The 25th Infantry Division's Lightning Academy is one location where Soldiers can see what it takes to become an Air Assault Soldier in the U.S. Army.

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U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC)

Marine Of The Year: Above And Beyond The Baseline

Story by Cpl Harley Thomas on 06/27/2016
While he had prepared for just another shift, Wright, a New York native, walked up the stairwell of the terminal building, located near the flight line aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, to an unexpected surprise it was the day he first learned he could claim the title "Marine of the Year."
"Truthfully, I was shocked," Wright said. "Earning that title is a great honor and although it was always in the back of my mind ever since my first board, I didn't quite see that as my stopping point. I see that as a culmination of everything I have done up to this point, whether it's the volunteer work, the Marine Corps courses or the work I do every day, but that title was not my focus."
He said "Marine of the Year" was something that could mark your personal progress, but, win or lose, you should keep striving to do your own thing and keep working hard. Nonetheless, he said he is very happy to have won, but not only for himself.
"I really do believe that hard work pays off and I am very happy to have earned it, but this isn't something I did for myself," Wright said. "This is something I did for my unit when I went for it, I did so representing them. The support I've gotten here has been amazing and I love these guys."
A friend and fellow flight planner, Cpl. Brandon Stallworth, said Wright has always been motivated to help around the shop in order to better the unit.
"You can tell he loves the Corps and he loves what he does, it shows in his work," said Stallworth, a Detroit native. "Wright will come to work early every day and, while I don't know for sure because I'm not here, I wouldn't be surprised if he leaves a little later as well. When he comes in, he makes sure everything is good to go and if there's a problem, he handles it himself. That's how he operates and that's good, I think that's what is needed in the Marine Corps."
Wright said that ever since he first joined the military, he wanted to work to become someone that people, especially those junior to him, could always look up to. He also said that working to earn that respect is part of why he had joined in the first place.
"If I was going to join, it was going to be the Marine Corps," he said. "The other recruiters would tell you about the things their branches would provide for you or what you would get from them. The Marines, however, would not do that. They wouldn't tell you that you'd get anything, instead, they'd tell you what you can earn. I don't want anyone to give me anything I want to earn it for myself."
Before becoming roommates with Wright, Stallworth said he heard Wright's old roommate say that while preparing for a board, Wright would shout out various Marine Corps knowledge in his sleep.
"That just goes to show that this guy eats, sleeps and breathes the Corps," Stallworth said. "He is definitely a motivator and I think that plays a part in why people like him so much: He's a people person and treats others with respect. For that reason, even though I've been here longer and he is junior to me, I would never question anything he asked me to do. I respect him, both as a man and a Marine although I'm sure he'd say he's always a Marine first, and I can't say I'd disagree with him."
Stallworth said he was happy for Wright because earning "Marine of the Year" is a great accomplishment.
"He deserved it," he said. "He always says he wants to be the commandant, and if I were ever to see him reach that point, it's probably because he continued to do what he does now."
Wright said he hopes to keep moving forward, doing the best he can, no matter what the outcome, so that he may inspire those around him to do more. He said it is motivating to see someone, even if they're the best of the best, still striving to be better because they know people are looking up to them.
"You know, I'd love to try to be the commandant one day," he said, half-jokingly. "That's the person everyone looks to; everyone has high expectations for him and believes that he is knowledgeable in what he does. Even if I don't quite reach that point, I would still try to be the best and get as far as I could so that I can pass on what I've learned so far, doing what my leadership has done for me." read more

What I've Learned: Guillermo Fuentes

I was born in Ensenada, Mexico, and I grew up there until I was 11. My family immigrated to the United States and we settled in Banning, Calif.

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Navy Region Hawaii

For The Love Of The Plane

"This will just take a second!" he yells.

Moments later, an enormous hangar door opens revealing a bright yellow Boeing Stearman Kaydet Primary Trainer plane nestled safely inside as if it had been taking a nap. Greene walks out of the hangar into the sunlight, admiring the plane with the trademark grin his crew at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point knows all too well.

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Wo2 Cunningham Australian For Lno

Story by MAJ Troy Frey on 06/29/2016
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command hosted Warrant Officer Class 2 Dominic "Fred" Cunningham from May 19 - June 20 as part of an officer exchange between the 94th AAMDC and the 16th Air Land Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery.
Australia has recently increased their interest and commitment to enhancing their Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability. The renewed commitment by Australia to counter the ballistic missile threat is welcomed by the 94th AAMDC, which is seeking immediate opportunities to engage with Australia.
"Australia is a key strategic and regional leader as well as one of five Treaty Allies in the Indo-Asia Pacific region," explained Capt. Cameron Smith, strategic plans (G5) planning officer. "Their partnership enhances coalition willingness and ability to work multilaterally to counter the growing threats to stability in the region."
The 94th AAMDC is working with Australia to build a recognized officer exchange program which is meant to foster and enhance collaborative efforts between the two nations. In the short-term, the 94th AAMDC and the Australian 16th ALR are periodically sending officers on temporary duty to work these collaborative efforts until a long-term exchange program is developed.
Cunningham, who is the operations warrant officer with the 16th ALR, was the first Australian officer to participate in the exchange. He learned of his nomination for the officer exchange program in April.
"I found out that I would be coming to the 94th AAMDC in Hawaii during a conversation in early April with my commanding officer, Lt. Col. White," shared Cunningham. "He asked me if I had any plans for June and if I would like to go to Hawaii and work with the 94th needless to say I didn't take long to decide."
The importance of this exchange and the possibility for a permanent liaison officer position between the two units is not lost on Cunningham.
"A Permanent LNO position between our two units [the 94th AAMDC and the 16th ALR] would allow us to gain a better understanding of the way we both do business," said Cunningham. "As we grow our partnership it will enable us to find ways to work together and become inter-operable."
Smith agreed with Cunningham and said, "Australia's IAMD capability developments will reduce the long-term burden on U.S. forces in the Pacific and enhance our multilateral efforts critical to building a strong outer layer of Homeland Defense."
There are many differences between the two units but the similarities are very apparent.
"The 16th ALR and the 94th AAMDC have capabilities which are in high demand," said Cunningham. "This means both units are extremely busy."
While a lot of time was spent explaining the capabilities of the 16th ALR and working with the 94th AAMDC planners looking for ways that the two units could integrate; Cunningham was also able to enjoy Hawaii.
"Hawaii has amazing islands with lovely beaches, amazing countryside and good coffee," said Cunningham. "My favorite activities were snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, running up Diamond Head and Koko Head, and watching the sunrise from the top of Haleakala on Maui."
The experience was one that WO2 Cunningham will likely not forget, and he looks forward to sharing what he has learned with his colleagues back in Australia and letting them know about the Sea Dragons.
"The engagements being conducted with countries in the region, especially Australia, to try to build partnerships in the air and missile defense capability is the main thing I will take back from my time here," stated Cunningham. "I found the 94th AAMDC to be a thoroughly professional unit which provides an important defense capability to the region. I've made some good contacts which will help pave the way for future engagements between our two units." read more

Air Force 15th Wing

For The Love Of The Plane

"This will just take a second!" he yells.

Moments later, an enormous hangar door opens revealing a bright yellow Boeing Stearman Kaydet Primary Trainer plane nestled safely inside as if it had been taking a nap. Greene walks out of the hangar into the sunlight, admiring the plane with the trademark grin his crew at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point knows all too well.

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Wo2 Cunningham Australian For Lno

Story by MAJ Troy Frey on 06/29/2016
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command hosted Warrant Officer Class 2 Dominic "Fred" Cunningham from May 19 - June 20 as part of an officer exchange between the 94th AAMDC and the 16th Air Land Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery.
Australia has recently increased their interest and commitment to enhancing their Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability. The renewed commitment by Australia to counter the ballistic missile threat is welcomed by the 94th AAMDC, which is seeking immediate opportunities to engage with Australia.
"Australia is a key strategic and regional leader as well as one of five Treaty Allies in the Indo-Asia Pacific region," explained Capt. Cameron Smith, strategic plans (G5) planning officer. "Their partnership enhances coalition willingness and ability to work multilaterally to counter the growing threats to stability in the region."
The 94th AAMDC is working with Australia to build a recognized officer exchange program which is meant to foster and enhance collaborative efforts between the two nations. In the short-term, the 94th AAMDC and the Australian 16th ALR are periodically sending officers on temporary duty to work these collaborative efforts until a long-term exchange program is developed.
Cunningham, who is the operations warrant officer with the 16th ALR, was the first Australian officer to participate in the exchange. He learned of his nomination for the officer exchange program in April.
"I found out that I would be coming to the 94th AAMDC in Hawaii during a conversation in early April with my commanding officer, Lt. Col. White," shared Cunningham. "He asked me if I had any plans for June and if I would like to go to Hawaii and work with the 94th needless to say I didn't take long to decide."
The importance of this exchange and the possibility for a permanent liaison officer position between the two units is not lost on Cunningham.
"A Permanent LNO position between our two units [the 94th AAMDC and the 16th ALR] would allow us to gain a better understanding of the way we both do business," said Cunningham. "As we grow our partnership it will enable us to find ways to work together and become inter-operable."
Smith agreed with Cunningham and said, "Australia's IAMD capability developments will reduce the long-term burden on U.S. forces in the Pacific and enhance our multilateral efforts critical to building a strong outer layer of Homeland Defense."
There are many differences between the two units but the similarities are very apparent.
"The 16th ALR and the 94th AAMDC have capabilities which are in high demand," said Cunningham. "This means both units are extremely busy."
While a lot of time was spent explaining the capabilities of the 16th ALR and working with the 94th AAMDC planners looking for ways that the two units could integrate; Cunningham was also able to enjoy Hawaii.
"Hawaii has amazing islands with lovely beaches, amazing countryside and good coffee," said Cunningham. "My favorite activities were snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, running up Diamond Head and Koko Head, and watching the sunrise from the top of Haleakala on Maui."
The experience was one that WO2 Cunningham will likely not forget, and he looks forward to sharing what he has learned with his colleagues back in Australia and letting them know about the Sea Dragons.
"The engagements being conducted with countries in the region, especially Australia, to try to build partnerships in the air and missile defense capability is the main thing I will take back from my time here," stated Cunningham. "I found the 94th AAMDC to be a thoroughly professional unit which provides an important defense capability to the region. I've made some good contacts which will help pave the way for future engagements between our two units." read more

Coast Guard

U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers Compete In Warrior Games

WEST POINT, N.Y. (June 21, 2016) In the One Army' concept, the reserve components play an important role in a successful U.S. Army. The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games is no different. Four U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers earned seven gold medals, five silver medals and eight bronze medals for Team Army at the Warrior Games held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

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New Commander In Houston Takes Charge Of Region's Ports, Waterways

Martin assumed command of Sector Houston-Galveston and responsibility as Captain of the Port for operations along the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Lake Charles, Louisiana, to the Colorado River in Matagorda, Texas. This extensive area of responsibility includes 10 units and eight cutters between Texas City, Galveston, Port Arthur, Freeport, Sabine and the entirety of the Houston Ship Channel.

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