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Complexity, realism and technology enhances C-IED training (Rock Island, IL) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carlos Cruz   
Monday, 02 July 2012 12:47

Army Sgt. John McSorley, counter IED trainer mentor with 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry Regiment prepares a simulated pressure plate IED for use on the Dismounted IED Visual Indicator Lane.

By Ian Lumley, Matthew Brady and William Fisher
174th Infantry Brigade Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Integration Cell

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- A major part of training service members for combat revolves around countering the insurgent’s use of improvised explosive devices. IEDs remain the weapon of choice for terrorists, insurgents and criminal networks worldwide.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., serves as a mobilization training center for First Army Division East with the mission of preparing joint forces for military operations in Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and other active conflict areas around the world. A great deal of time and effort is devoted to training service members how to operate effectively in an IED environment.

“Before they go to an active area of operations, they need to know what to look for,” said Army Sgt. John McSorley, 174th Infantry Brigade Counter-IED trainer mentor. “The DIVIL is a great way to expose troops to multiple scenarios and increase IED awareness overall.”

The latest joint base training enabler, the DIVIL, or Dismounted IED Visual Indicator Lane, encompasses 15 independent IED training stations. Each station provides information concerning a specific type of IED and provides multiple examples of the IED as it may appear in an active IED environment. The intent is to expose service members to as many devices as possible to increase potential survivability, according to McSorley.

He went on to explained that training lanes have progressed from being a simple walk in the woods where an opposing force sets off training devices and simulates gunfire. During the last 10 years training enablers have increased in complexity and changed how service members train for deployment. Training enhancements such as the Virtual Battle Space Simulator is an example of how training has evolved to assist service members preparing for missions in an IED environment. The increased realism and reduced cost from less wear and tear on traditional field equipment has proved an effective enhancement at the joint base.

“Building the lane is an ongoing project,” said McSorley. “Our goal is to continuously update the exhibits and tailor the site towards multiple areas of operations and keep current with the latest tactics being used by the enemy.”

The DIVIL is a joint project between the 174th and installation entities. Soldiers assigned to the 174th used their skills and experience to build realistic representations of IEDs and 174th maintains project oversight. The Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security provided and maintains the terrain, while the Training Management Division assists with work orders.
In keeping with the Army Training Model 2015, which stresses the importance of hands on training, instructors take students out of the classroom and onto automated with fully-operational simulated IEDs active lanes. Students encounter hidden IEDs along the lane, which reinforces the training they receive.

Instead of a blast, the IEDs are connected to a siren or horn to simulate a blast.

“The DIVIL affords us a more productive learning environment, and constant lane improvements will keep training relevant,” said McSorley. “We are working on putting together a marine-time station to demonstrate threats Coast Guard and Navy personnel may encounter.”

The 174th IN Bde., trains service members from all branches of the military in preparation for deployments around the world. This newly redesigned lane allows them to train any unit for any area of conflict.

Veterans: Quality of life PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Bury   
Monday, 02 July 2012 12:30
What is Quality of life for our veterans?  The meaning for most upon
returning home is security.  Jobs that offer equitable pay with benefits,
home ownership, education opportunity.

Many veterans returning home bring with them acquired skills. Skills they
did not have prior to entering the military.  These personnel are the
support groups who maintain and operate equipment.  They are apart from
those whose primary duty is combat.  For the most part, they are well
trained in job skills.  They are mechanics, builders, electronics
technicians, equipment operators, medical technicians, cooks, bakers,
administrative personnel; just to name a few skills they bring home.  Most
have attended schools in the military.

Those personnel who do require education, it is available to them through
government programs.  Programs that offer a variety of productive skills.
Veterans Affairs (VA) have counselors to help in their decision making
process.  Many of these counselors maintain offices in nearly all schools
of higher education.

Employers can be eligible for tax break incentives for hiring veterans.
Some might say,why give preferential treatment to veterans?  Military
personnel of all branches can and often are placed in harms way.  Their
main obligation is to maintain our Country's posterity, freedom from
oppression as a sovereign nation.  They have earned the hard way a right
to better quality of life.

Many returning veterans are not without problems, medical and mental.
Here again, one other purpose of our VA is to afford its veterans
undeniable medical and mental care.  All the veteran should need to verify
service is their DD-214 proof of military service and discharge under
honorable conditions.  In the event of being in combat, proof of medals in
a combat campaign.  For any service connected disability, whether it be
combat or non-combat, proof of that disability.  Military personnel at
discharge should make copies of their DD-214, record of awards, record of
duty stations, medical records that could be significant for possible
disability medical issues in the future.  If and or when a time lends
itself, these records become valuable in making a VA claim.  Congress and
Senate introduces legislation for VA disability to help veterans.  How
many of these Bills are stuck in committee?  Our best support is the
American people to write Congress and Senate, ask them to support our
veterans in need for medical care and compensation.

If a veteran needs advice in dealing with the VA, there is help.  The VA
has veterans liaison coordinators.  Other good sources of help is the VFW
1-816-756-3390,  American Legion 1-202-861-2700, Disabled American
Veterans 1-877-426-2838, Vietnam Veterans of America 1-800-vva-1316,
American Veterans 1-877-726-8387.  These organizations are recognized by
the VA and Federal Government.  There is no charge for their services.
Upon discharge from military service, it is advised to register with the
VA to be in the system.
By: John J. Bury, US Navy/retired, Vietnam War veteran, Media, Pa. (for
immediate release)

Loebsack, Schilling Honor Rock Island Arsenal’s 150 Years of Service to Nation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:19

Congressmen introduce Resolution recognizing 150th Anniversary of Rock Island Arsenal

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today introduced a bipartisan Resolution in the House of Representatives to recognize the 150th Anniversary of the Rock Island Arsenal and its ongoing contributions to our nation’s security and the Quad Cities economy.  On July 11, 1862, President Lincoln signed into law legislation that established the Arsenal.  Over the years, the workforce of the Rock Island Arsenal has equipped our men and women in uniform, and the Arsenal has long played a key role in job creation and economic development throughout the Quad Cities.

“The men and women who have worked at the Arsenal over the past 150 years have one thing in common- dedication to our nation’s defense and providing for those who wear our nation’s uniform,” said Loebsack.  “Since it was first established, Rock Island Arsenal has played a critical role in our nation’s defense and in job creation and economic development in the Quad Cities.  As we mark this historic occasion, I will continue to work with the Quad Cities community and the bipartisan, bicameral congressional delegation to ensure that Rock Island Arsenal continues its 150 year tradition of playing a central role for the Army, in equipping our troops, and in the Quad Cities.”

“The Rock Island Arsenal and its hard working employees have made remarkable, vital contributions to our national security and our area’s economy in the 150 years since its establishment,” said Schilling. “As I’ve said before, the Arsenal is truly a national treasure that should be preserved and protected.  It’s an honor to represent the Arsenal and the men and women it employs, and I will continue to be a strong advocate along with the folks from the Quad Cities area so that the Arsenal can be around for another 150 years.”

A copy of the resolution can be found here.


Military Museum Flag Project Continues with 8th Illinois Cavalry Guidon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois Guard PAO   
Friday, 29 June 2012 10:23

Private-Public Partnership Conserves Flag of First Union Unit to Fire at Battle of Gettysburg

SPRINGFIELD, IL (06/28/2012)(readMedia)-- The three-foot long, red, white and blue flag carried by Soldiers of the 8th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War hangs proudly at the DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton, thanks to a private-public partnership program with the Illinois State Military Museum.

"The 8th Illinois Cavalry guidon ranks as the 13th flag from the Military Museum collection to be conserved and loaned for display," said Bill Lear of Springfield, curator of the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield. "This joint effort conserves flags without any cost to the state while giving more opportunities for the public to see historic flags from the collection."

A guidon is a small flag that has colors and shapes to identify a unit. The Military Museum has nearly 1,100 guidons and regimental and national flags that were carried by militia and Illinois National Guard units from as early as the 1846 Mexican War to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Private donors raise the money to pay for the conservation of the flags, which remain the property of Illinois. Upon completion of the conservation process, the Military Museum loans the flag to donors for display. However, the flag must be displayed in a building that meets strict standards for physical security and for environmental controls of temperature and lighting.

The 8th Illinois Cavalry conservation project took 12 months and cost $20,000, which the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation raised. The foundation also assisted in raising money to conserve the 36th Illinois Volunteer Infantry national colors. That flag has been on display at the DuPage County Historical Museum since 2010.

Recruited in northern Illinois in 1861, the 8th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry played a key role in Civil War history at the battle of Gettysburg. Lt. Marcellus E. Jones of Company E is credited as the Union Soldier who fired the first shot July 1, 1863. Jones of Danby, which is now Glen Ellyn, borrowed a carbine from Sgt. Levi Shafer of Naperville and fired at a Confederate Soldier. Besides its service at Gettysburg, the unit also aided in the hunt for John Wilkes Booth, President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and served as Lincoln's honor guard while he lay under the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact the Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 North MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, Ill., or call (217) 761-3384.


The Illinois State Military Museum displays the history of the Illinois National Guard from 1723 to the 21st Century. Located two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave. in Springfield, Ill., the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For further information about the museum call (217) 761-3910 or visit . Like the museum on Facebook at www.facebook.Illinois.State.Military.Museum. To learn more about Illinois National Guard history visit

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Hometown Military 4th of July Greetings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carlos Cruz   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:41

Below are the playlists and date/times for the individual states that we have July 4th greetings for. They will play out of DVIDS Channel 2.


Galaxy 17 Service

Located @ 91 degrees west

Transponder: C21

Downlink Frequency: 4133.6150 Horizontal

Carrier type: MPEG-4, DVB-S2

Modulation: 8PSK

Symbol Rate: 6.960

FEC: 5/6

Pilot: On

Network ID: 620

SD2 is service channel #2


DVIDS 24/7 Technical Operations Center 678-421-6690



Thursday June 28 at 11:00am ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 9:00am ET)

july4_connecticut TRT- 00:00:30

july4_newyork TRT- 00:02:36

july4_newjerseyTRT- 00:01:06

july4_pennsylvania TRT- 00:00:16

july4_delaware TRT- 00:00:27

july4_maryland TRT- 00:00:59

july4_virginia TRT- 00:03:13


Thursday June 28 at 11:15am ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 9:15am ET)

july4_northcarolina TRT- 00:11:17

july4_southcarolina TRT- 00:01:36

july4_tennessee TRT- 00:01:16

july4_georgia TRT- 00:06:18

july4_florida TRT- 00:02:56

july4_alabama TRT- 01:00

july4_mississippi TRT- 00:00:26


Thursday June 28 at 2:00pm ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 11:00am ET)

july4_kentucky TRT- 00:01:10

july4_ohio TRT- 00:02:13

july4_indiana TRT- 00:01:01

july4_michigan TRT- 00:01:13

july4_wisconsin TRT- 00:00:32

july4_iowa TRT- 00:00:35

july4_illinois TRT- 00:00:56

july4_missouri TRT- 00:00:42


Thursday June 28 at 2:15pm ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 11:15am ET)

july4_northdakota TRT- 00:00:16

july4_oklahoma TRT- 00:01:16

july4_arkansas TRT- 00:01:36

july4_louisiana TRT- 00:00:11

july4_texas TRT- 00:06:14


Thursday June 28 at 2:30pm ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 12:15pm ET)

july4_colorado TRT- 00:02:26

july4_utah TRT- 00:00:19

july4_arizona TRT- 00:44

july4_nevada TRT- 00:00:32

july4_idaho TRT- 00:02:12

july4_washington TRT- 00:00:36

july4_oregon TRT- 00:00:13

july4_california TRT- 00:01:49

july4_alaska TRT- 00:28


Thursday June 28 at 2:45pm ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 1:00pm ET)

july4_puertorico TRT- 00:01:48

july4_virginislands TRT- 00:00:13


Since I have sent this out after the fact, please contact me directly if you would like to use the greetings for your state and need me to do another play-out.

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