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Navy officer fired at Fort Leavenworth

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Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Leavenworth[(NavyTimes.com) Army college fires CO of its Navy component:][1] A Navy captain in charge of the Navy Element of the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was relieved of command last month. Capt. Gary Noble was fired July 20 by Army Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, the commandant of the Army Command and General Staff College. The reason cited for Noble's dismissal was a "poor command climate," Naval Education and Training command spokesman Ed Barker said. The Navy transferred Noble to Naval Station Great Lakes July 21 for temporary duty. The sea service plans no disciplinary action against Noble, Barker said. Noble declined comment through a Navy spokeswoman.Fort Riley ¢ 1st Infantry Division[(Matt Sanchez: Back in Iraq blog) "They don't shoot at us":][2] Dora is a dangerous neighborhood. Due, in part to the "surge", 1st Squadron 4th Cavalry, of Fort Riley Kansas, increased their presence in this small area. Soldiers talk to Iraqis on a daily basis and form relations. These personal relations between Iraqis and the American military may just be the least reported aspect of the war. (See video) [(Lake Oswego Review) Coming home from the war in Afghanistan:][3] Three soldiers from Lake Oswego in the 41st Brigade Combat Team of the Oregon Army National Guard have returned home after a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan. Spc. Douglas Ashby, Sgt. First Class Joseph Marcotte and Maj. Michael Wegner were trained for three to four months prior to their deployment with the primary mission of training the Afghan National Army. ... Ashby volunteered to go to help fill a slot after someone backed out. For the first five months he was an intelligence officer assigned to mentor the Afghan National Army while simultaneously tracking his own people. His experience was unique in that after the first five months he and his platoon were flown back to Oregon on a mission for two weeks to escort a group of 63 Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police back to Fort Riley in Kansas. "Having one interpreter along the way allowed the people who were replacing us to experience working with the Afghans before they got in the country," Ashby said. [(Stars and Stripes) 1st AD dependents are encouraged to remain in Germany:][4] Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling on Wednesday outlined some of his goals for the 1st Armored Division's upcoming deployment to Iraq and weighed in on a big decision families must make in the weeks ahead: Should dependents stay put in Germany for the 15-month tour or return to the States? "We're asking soldiers to think hard about this and make an informed decision," Hertling said, responding to a question from a sergeant seeking guidance on what advice to give his soldiers. ... When the brigade's tour concludes, it will reflag as a new unit out of Fort Riley, Kan., Hertling said. The brigade will then be known as the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division. Then, "they will go back into a training cycle and after a certain period of time will become available to deploy again," Hertling said.[(BlackAnthem.com) Troops uncover cache, capture two suspects:][5] Soldiers uncovered a weapons cache and captured two suspected insurgents during raids in eastern Baghdad Aug. 14. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, based out of Fort Riley, Kan., and part of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, detained two suspects and recovered two large civilian trucks, six rifles, one homemade silencer, .308 sniper rounds, two bolts and one bandoleer of ammunition in an operation in the New Baghdad District of the Iraqi capital. The two suspects are being held for further questioning. [(HammerSlogger blog)Luncheon given to Coalition Forces by Iraqis:][6] Iraqis and American troops broke bread together during a luncheon on Aug. 1 when Company C, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment from Fort Riley, Kan., handed over their area of operations in Baghdad's Al Jadia neighborhood to members of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, based out of Fort Benning, Ga. Both units are currently attached to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. [1]: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/08/navy_collegeco_fired_070815w/ [2]: http://www.matt-sanchez.com/2007/08/because-they-do.html [3]: http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/features/story.php?story_id=118721759727428200 [4]: http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=48131 [5]: http://www.blackanthem.com/News/U_S_Military_19/Troops_uncover_cache_capture_two_suspects9458.shtml [6]: http://hammerslogger.gulfeast.com/index.php/hammerslogger/luncheon_given_to_coalition_forces_by_iraqis/

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