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Follow high-protein diets when you target losing weight healthy

Remember Natalie Minh, the sexy fitness model that offered us a great interview a while back? Great! Because our collaboration continued I will now offer you some great recipes of high-protein that she follows. And look at her great great body.

A high protein diet is a bless for those who want to lose weight but still maintain their muscle structure in great shape. High protein foods contain few calories, are low in carbs and unhealthy fats and, as a plus, they are really nutritive. Therefore, by eating a high protein diet loaded with high protein foods, you end up eating a lot of healthy, filling, low calorie foods.

"A high-protein diet is often recommended by bodybuilders and nutritionists to help efforts to build muscle and lose fat. It should not be confused with low-carb diets such as the Atkins Diet, which are not calorie-controlled and which often contain large amounts of fat." According to

Natalie created on her online magazine, a post which contains yummy recipes of high-protein foods, and here are some of them that you may use if you are interested in following this type of weight loss program.

- 1 cup oatmeal
- 7 egg whites
- 2 big scoops of protein powder (I use vanilla or gingerbread cookie flavor)
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 banana
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
- artificial sweetener to taste (I used 5 Splenda packets)
Throw everything in a blender and puree it. Heat up the pan at medium heat and make your pancakes in a nonstick pan with spray oil (not necessary though). This makes enough for two people. You can eat this plain or with some applesauce instead of syrup.

- 3 egg whites
- baked and chopped chicken breast, 3oz
- few pieces of green beans
- lettuce
- cilantro to garnish
In a nonstick egg pan, fry with only spray oil the three egg whites to make a round flat wrap for the filling. Toss in there the chicken, green beans, lettuce, and cilantro. I didn't say that this was as great as a regular burrito but if you are in contest prep this is a fun way to eat the same ingredients.

- 1 apple chopped fine
- 10 egg whites
- 500g of nonfat "fromage frais" or cottage cheese (~16-18oz)
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder or plain protein powder and a dash of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
- (optional) 1 teaspoon baking powder
- artificial sweetener to taste
Mix everything together in a bowl. Spray a muffin tray with oil and pour into molds. Bake at 200c for 40 min. Let cool before eating.

She also mentions there that you should increase water intake due to the fact that you may have digestion problems.
So, want to look like a model, start acting like a model.
A new diet could be a good place to start.

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Bragg Soldiers Dies After Company Run

A Fort Bragg soldier has died from injuries related to over-heating during a company run July 29, according to the 82nd Airborne Division.

Sgt. Joshua Mann, 22, of Winside, Neb., died Saturday at Womack Army Medical Center, according to a release.

Mann was an airborne infantry team leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

The death is being investigated by the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army's Combat Readiness/Safety Center, which is at Fort Rucker, Ala., according to a division spokesman.

Mann's death comes during a summer marred by heat-related injuries among soldiers and weeks after 82nd Airborne Division officials re-emphasized safety for physical training during hot weather.

In June, 10 soldiers were hospitalized during a 10k run by the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Of the 3,000 runners, more than 500 could not finish, an official said.

The temperature near the start of the June 10k run was 78.3 degrees, according to the state climate office.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures on Friday averaged 90 degrees in Fayetteville and peaked at 103 degrees, with a low of 77 degrees.

It is unclear when the company run took place Friday or what the temperature was at the time.

Following the June run, the 82nd Airborne Division emphasized a year-old policy on identifying and treating heat-related injuries.

That policy called for regular break intervals during times of intense heat and increasing the availability of sheets soaked in ice water, which are used to treat heat-related injuries.

The results of an investigation into the 3rd Brigade's run have not been released, but a brigade spokesman previously said recommendations related to the investigation have been implemented across the division. Those include additional personnel to monitor soldiers, an educational campaign and added aid stations.

It is unclear if the additional precautions were taken during the run in which Mann was injured.

A division spokesman said he could not comment on specific details of the run because of the ongoing investigations.

Mann is survived by his wife, Rachel, of Norfolk, Neb., and his father, David, also of Norfolk, and mother, Melanie, of Winside, Neb.

Mann joined the military in 2008 and previously served as a gunner and an assistant squad leader with Company D, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

He deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division to Iraq from August 2009 to July 2010.

Mann's awards include the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.


Hydration Is Huge For Overall Health

Research has demonstrated time and time again the critical importance of water consumption in athletes, bodybuilders and even the average human-being. For bodybuilders, the rule of thumb is that in a state of just 2% dehydration, you'll experience a drop of 10% in anaerobic strength.

That translates to a waste of 15, 20 or even 25 pounds on your bench press, simply by not getting your daily amount of water. Not to mention, water has an incredibly large effect on the entire body.

Blood pressure, metabolism and even kidney function are all directly affected by water consumption. Keeping your kidneys healthy is quite important if you're currently taking any supplements that may be hard on your body.

Water helps flush out the system and keeps your body processing correctly. So when it comes down to it, make sure to keep the water flowing through your body for overall health. For the average person, somewhere between about a half a gallon and a gallon of water a day is best.

If you feel thirsty throughout the day, make sure to get some fluids as soon as you can. Once you're thirsty, you're dehydrated.


Living With TBI

Ninety percent of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are mild, and most people are able to resume their normal lives. However, some individuals with a mild TBI and those with moderate or severe TBI may have longer-lasting symptoms or life-long symptoms that interfere with daily life. Thankfully, help and treatment options such as community reintegration programs are available for individuals who have experienced a TBI.
Living with TBI requires knowledge and work, so as you begin your journey, it might help to prioritize your goals. This means setting goals that you can achieve in the short-term and long-term.

Research studies indicate that good social support from families, friends and other resources is very important in the recovery process for an individual who has sustained a TBI.

Most common models of community reintegration programs following TBI focus on providing help to individuals with moderate to severe TBIs, especially those with significant persistent symptoms which make returning to the community challenging. One such model is the DVBIC-Johnstown.
Individuals who complete a community reintegration program have high rates of success in achieving their goals that could include any of the following:

-Returning to active or reserve military service
-Starting or continuing technical training or college
-Starting or returning to a civilian job
-Simply resuming normal life with family and friends

Community reintegration is like real life. Community integration brings service members and veterans together who've shared similar experiences. Patients live in a home-like setting while they gain the real-life experiences, skills and goal setting opportunities necessary to return to their military or civilian homes.

Individuals with TBI receive comprehensive rehabilitation therapies including:
-Rehabilitation psychology evaluation and treatment
-Physical therapy
-Occupational therapy
-Speech-language pathology therapy
-Physician evaluation and treatment
-Neuropsychology evaluation and treatment
-Nurse case management
-Family treatment

In the final month of community reintegration, individuals try out their skills and abilities in independent living situations. Once completed, active military personnel prepare to return to their home unit or next duty station. Veterans and those individuals not returning to active service choose their volunteer placement that best meets their needs.


Nine-Year-Old Saves Mother’s Life

At the beginning of a school day May 23, Nicholas Seymour woke up by himself at 8 a.m. His mother, Melanie, usually woke him up and prepared him for school, but that morning she was missing.

"I thought something might be wrong," said Nicholas. "So I went downstairs and saw my mom passed out on the couch, sweating from head to toe."

Nicholas tried, unsuccessfully, to wake his mother, who suffers from Type I diabetes, but she wouldn't wake.

"There was stuff coming out of her mouth. I was really scared for her. I remembered the last time this happened, how I saw my dad helping her. I wasn't sure what to do, though, so I called 911."

With his adrenaline pumping, Nicholas doesn't remember what he told the 911 operator.

"I was just really, really scared," he said. "They asked so many questions. I remember them asking if she was unconscious and I said yes.

"Then military police and the Fort Polk Fire Department came and there were like 800 people in the house. I saw them coming in and hung up on 911 and took them to my mom."

Nicholas' little sister Devyn, 3, was fast asleep until the paramedics arrived. In a move befitting that of an older brother, Nicholas reassured his sister.

"I told her to sit on the couch by my mom and that everything would be OK."

The furniture was arranged in such a way that it was hard for the crew to get his mom out of the house on the gurney.

"They had to take the whole house apart to get my mom out," said Nicholas.

"One of the firemen took me up to my room and helped me get dressed and got my shoes on.

That's when our friends came over to watch us."

Melanie Seymour has suffered from Type I diabetes since she was 10 years old. Though usually controlled by insulin, there have been a few times in her life when she has become unexpectedly comatose because of low blood sugar.

"This has happened before," she said. "But my husband (Sgt. Eric Seymour) was always at home.

He usually gave me orange juice or sugar and I'd be fine."

Unfortunately, this day, Seymour was deployed in Afghanistan and could do nothing to help.

"Nick did exactly what we had trained him to do. We're incredibly proud of him. He kept his head, kept calm," she said.

"I was sergeant of the guard duty in Barak, Afghanistan that night. It was approaching midnight. I called home as I often do when I was up late so I could check on the kids and my wife," said Sgt. Eric Seymour.

" Instead of my Family answering the phone, our neighbor, Ines Alonzo, answered. I hadn't met her before " I deployed before she moved next door " but she explained what had happened. She said Melanie was in the hospital but that she was OK and that she was taking care of the kids. She offered to contact our regular babysitter."

After that phone call, Seymour immediately called Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital, where Melanie had been taken.

"Mel assured me she was OK but to call the babysitter, Natalie. Natalie Jennings and her husband, Staff Sgt. Jason Jennings, are really good friends of ours and always took good care of the kids.

"Everyone was Johnny-on-the-Spot. Ines, Natalie and our neighbor Angel, who took care of the kids as well, were so supportive. They reassured me and told me not to worry."

After the concerned phone calls were over, Seymour spoke with his acting first sergeant and told him about the situation.

"He told me if I needed to go home, I'd go home. But Melanie wanted me to finish what I started. She told me to worry about staying safe so I could get home as soon as my deployment ended."

Seymour didn't have long to wait. He was injured in Mohmand, Afghanistan when a berm " an artificial embankment " slid on him and he broke his ankle.

"I was able to go home after that. I arrived home on July 4.

"My heart was in my throat the whole time. My coming home was a surprise to the kids. They had no idea."

Nicholas gave his father a big, long hug as his father cradled his head.

"I just couldn't be prouder of him," said Seymour. "He handled the situation a lot better than I did when it first happened for me after Mel and I were married.

"I absolutely believe he saved my wife's life. But that's just who he is. He always does stuff to help others. He's extremely kind-hearted. He always thinks of other people before himself. And he's incredibly smart. When he was 5 he programmed the home satellite. None of us could figure it out. He did whatever it is he did and said 'here you go.' I couldn't help but laugh."

Natalie Jennings, who babysat for Melanie while she was in the hospital, is proud of Nicholas, too.

"He's a hero. For Nicholas to be so young and know what to do, and to remain calm and collected like he did: It is absolutely amazing."

Devyn agrees.

"Even though he's bossy, he saved my mom's life," she said.

Nicholas was honored for his actions during a ceremony at the Army Airfield Fire Station on July 23.

"I thought the ceremony was for my dad. I was in disbelief when I found out it was for me."

Nicholas was honored by Fire Chief Michael Kuk with a certificate declaring him an honorary fireman for the day; a coin from Maj. Macedonio Molina; and a toy fire truck.

"We're going to get a shadowbox and put all that he was given and display it proudly so we're reminded every day of what he did for us," said Melanie.

With the honesty of a 9-year-old, Nick is upfront about his actions that day.

"I'm a hero," he said, " because I saved my mom's life."

Nick's grandfather passed away recently, and Nick is sure that his grandpa in heaven is proud of him.

"He was always one of Nicholas' biggest fans," said Melanie.

As to what he wants to be when he grows up, Nicholas has a long list.

"I've been thinking of a lot of things, because I can't think of just one. I want to be a meteorologist, a Marine Corps scout sniper, a professional wrestler and a baseball player."

"We'll narrow it down in the next 10 years," said his father.

"Nicholas takes protecting his family and being the man of the house when dad's away very seriously," said his mother. "He gave me the ultimate gift: My life. I got to come home safe and sound and be with my family because of him."


Records Part of Reason for Drug Spike

A change in record keeping methods may be partially responsible for a spike reported in prescription drug use among Soldiers, said the Army surgeon general.

Department of Defense data shows that prescriptions for painkillers to military members have gone up by four times since 2001 -- from just under 900,000 in 2001, to nearly 4 million in 2009.

Surgeon General of the Army Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker and Dr. Charles Rice, performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense, Health Affairs, spoke during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on personnel. They said that some of that increase in painkiller prescriptions may be due to changes in the in the way the Army tracked those on prescription drugs.

The general said that between 2001 and 2006, changes in a Soldier's status, from active-duty to retiree, for instance, could change the way his prescription drug use was counted. When a Soldier retired, their entire prescription drug use history recorded in the Department of Defense Pharmacy Data Transaction Service became marked as belonging to that of a retiree -- so historical numbers for prescriptions to active-duty Soldiers were not accurately reflected.

"Everything attributed to his active-duty time -- or her active-duty time -- would have disappeared from the active-duty roster," he said.

In 2007, the general noted, the Pharmacy Data Transaction Service changed the way it tracks the use of prescription drugs to more accurately record actual usage. Now, a Soldier's prescription drug use while on active duty will always reflect that the prescription was written for an active-duty Soldier.

"We're looking at trends from 2007 and beyond as being much more accurately reflecting the trends in use," he said. "And there is no question ... we are all concerned about the amount of use of drugs and the stress on the force that this reflects. But the increase is not quite as marked as the data would suggest there."

The general also discussed Army efforts to expand "healthcare product lines," including the expansion of clinical space in 14 areas across the United States. In those places, he said, the Army is establishing "community-based primary care clinics" by leasing and operating clinics located in off-post communities that are close to where active-duty families live.

"These clinics will provide a patient-centered medical home for families, an effort which is warmly embraced and resourced by all three of the medical services in the military health system," he said.

The Army is also engaged in an effort to educate Soldiers about mild traumatic brain injuries, mTBI for short -- and commonly called concussions.

"Army leadership is also engaged in an all-out effort to change the DoD culture regarding mild traumatic brain injury," he said.

The general told senators that TBI encompasses a wide spectrum from concussion to penetrating head injuries, for instance. But the Army is focusing on concussive injury, which is the most common.

"Every warrior requires appropriate treatment to minimize concussive injury and maximize recovery," he said. "To achieve this goal we are educating the force so as to have a trained and prepared Soldier, a leader, and our medical professional and personnel to provide early recognition, treatment and tracking of these concussive injuries."

Also, the general said, the Army is issuing standards to healthcare providers and commanders to include an automatic "grounding" and medical assessment of Soldiers who meet certain injury criteria.

"The end-state of these efforts is that every servicemember sustaining a possible concussion will receive early detection, state-of-the-art treatment, and return-to-duty evaluation with long-term digital health record-tracking of their management."


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 Imagine being a psychologist sitting across from your patient.

Now imagine that patient is actually hundreds of miles away.

The first-ever live Introduction to Telemental Health Delivery Workshop at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology's, or T2, headquarters on Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week offered guidance to providers on offering mental health services from a distance -- in this case, using videoconferencing technology.

"The (Department of Defense) is pushing for this form of care because it's a way to reach a lot of people who otherwise wouldn't get care," T2 clinical health psychologist Dr. Greg Kramer said.

Kramer was one of the all-day workshop's presenters. About 25 health care professionals from every military branch attended the training, some coming from as far away as Japan. The idea was to build a knowledge base so that clinicians can provide care even when their patient is too far to get to.

The session included information on the history of teletechnology in health care, addressed legal concerns and gave them the chance to practice videoconferencing with each other.

"It allows them to get comfortable with the technology," Kramer said.

In fact, the use of remote technology in mental health care is relatively new. Efforts to incorporate it into DoD policies and procedures increased in the late 2000s.

Since then emphasis on these programs has increased, in hopes to better serve those who live in areas where there are shortages of mental health care providers. An estimated 87 million Americans live in places where care is scarce, and up to 25 percent of servicemembers screen positive for mental health concerns, according to T2's Introduction to Telemental Health.

"This allows us to provide things like telepsychiatric appointments especially in rural and high needs areas," T2 clinical telehealth division chief Dr. Jamie Adler said.

The technology can be used in a variety of ways, from treating post-traumatic stress disorder and depression to wellness and resiliency interventions.

Of course, the new medium for care comes with some specific quirks. Participants at the workshop got a taste of technical difficulties when T2's network went down briefly during the training. Other issues had to do with clinical practice -- for instance, if a patient appears to be avoiding eye contact, it's more likely that they're looking at the face on the computer screen instead of the video camera.

Many of the attendees had already begun using teletechnology to provide services to patients at off-site locations, but the rare in-person training (as opposed to online sessions) gave providers the chance to learn about and discuss technical, legal and clinical elements of providing telemental health care.

"I took some notes that I think are valid points for implementing this," said Dr. Agnes Babkirk, a psychologist from U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.

She's bringing that information back to her colleagues, who currently use teletechnology to interact with patients three or four times a week.

Dr. Daniel Christensen, the chief of Madigan's Soldier Readiness Service, had a similar experience. The service has been using teletechnology for post-deployment behavioral health screenings since March of this year. He said the training validated the practices they already had in place.

In the future, psychologists at T2 hope to offer more trainings, and expand them to reach providers at different levels. For instance, separate sessions for those considering using teletechnology, beginners and experienced clinicians.


VA, DOD National Mental Health Summit

Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense are hosting a first-of-its-kind national summit to address the mental health care needs of America's military personnel, families and veterans, harnessing the programs, resources and expertise of both departments to deal with the aftermath of the battlefield.

"This is about doing what is best for those who serve this country and using every federal, state and community asset to do it," said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. "We're proud of the people and the organizations who have stepped up today to make sure everyone who fought for this country gets a fighting chance for a sound mind and an independent life."

The summit, which opened Oct. 26 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., invited mental health experts from both departments, Congress, the president's cabinet and more than 57 non-government organizations to discuss an innovative, wide-ranging public health model for enhancing mental health for returning service members, veterans and their families.

Striking down the stigma associated with the mental health risks of service in a combat zone is among the priorities of the joint VA-DOD campaign on mental health for service members, veterans and families.

Various studies show a large incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder occurs during the lifetime of many combat veterans.

A final report following the summit will summarize policies, programs and practices that show promise for enhancing the well-being and care for individual service members, veterans and their families. VA and DOD officials view mental health in returning service members and veterans as a matter of public health and an opportunity to engage in a broad response throughout America.

VA officials operate the largest mental health program in the nation. They have bolstered their mental health capacity to serve combat veterans by adding thousands of new professionals to the rolls in the last four years. Department officials also have established a suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK and Web site available for online chat at


Army Preps for 'Complex Catastrophes' Stateside

Were an earthquake to occur along the 150-mile-long New Madrid Fault system -- which has in the past produced quakes in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana -- Army North is ready to assist.

Department of Defense resources stand ready to provide defense support to civil authority in the case of any man-made or natural disaster, said Dr. Paul Stockton, the assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs.

"The Department of Defense will always be in support of the lead federal agencies that are responsible for such domestic events," said Stockton. "We're in terrific shape in the Department of Defense to support FEMA and DHS for what I call normal disasters -- the kind of disasters that happen every year or every couple of years."

Stockton said the DOD is also honing its skills for the possibility of facing complex catastrophes, such as what was practiced in the recent National Level Exercise 11, in which Northern Command and Army North both were key participants.

The exercise scenario featured a 7.7 earthquake along the New Madrid fault, which falls along the Mississippi River. The 7.7 earthquake typifies what Stockton terms as the challenges of complex catastrophes.

"First, the magnitude," he said, because "it's so much bigger than anything we've faced -- way beyond Hurricane Katrina -- over 100,000 casualties in the scenario."

Stockton said such an earthquake would be a complex catastrophe due to the effects of cascading failures of critical infrastructure.

Army North is situated to provide assistance through its 10 direct coordinating elements, which are co-located within the 10 FEMA regions, said the commanding general of U.S. Army North, while speaking before a packed house, July 29, during the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo.

"We are embedded with FEMA across the country," said Lt. Gen. Guy C. Swan III. "So this time of the year, especially with hurricanes, we're joined at the hip with our team of partners.

Swan said units such as Army North, and its military partner units throughout Northern Command and the Department of Defense, bring a wealth of knowledge to the fight.

"The conflicts that we've been involved in over the past 10 years have built up a knowledge base within our armed forces on planning, training and equipping for a variety of threats," Swan said. "We often find ourselves in a capacity-building role with our federal partners. We play an advise and assist role, just as we do overseas, with our own federal partners."

During the security conference, Swan served as a member of a three-person panel discussion titled: "The war abroad and the threat at home." Among the highlights was a discussion on the Department of Defense's, Army North's and U.S. Northern Command's role in homeland security.

The general was joined on the panel by Stockton and retired Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, who serves as a special assistant to the president for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

During the discussion, Swan also touched on another concern he has for the United States.

"Mexico is something that we ought not to take our eye off of," Swan said."The strength of the transnational criminal groups, the cartels, is very disturbing -- and even more so because it's on our southern border. Part of our military-to-military mission within the command is to work with our military counterparts and other security forces in Mexico to compliment what we do with the border patrol, the (Center for Domestic Preparedness) and others."

Among Army North's responsibilities are providing the land component support to Northern Command for homeland defense and homeland security responsibilities, and providing military support to other federal agencies, such as FEMA, in a disaster. The command also provides military support to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Border Patrol for border security, and it provides training and assistance support to the security forces of Mexico in the fight against transnational criminal organizations and drug cartels.

Other aspects of the command's responsibilities include maintaining trained and ready response forces for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive weapons-of-mass-destruction attacks or disasters, in addition to defending the homeland against missile attacks, providing maritime and air defense of North America, and various other missions.


FORSCOM, Army Reserve Command Move to Bragg

Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command on Monday unfurled their flags on Fort Bragg, officially completing their BRAC move from Atlanta six weeks ahead of the deadline.

"Fort Bragg is known best as home of the airborne and Special Forces, and soldiers of Forces Command proudly take our place alongside those heroes today here at Fort Bragg," Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg said.

Bromberg is acting commander of Forces Command.

The ceremony makes Fort Bragg the headquarters for the Army's combat-ready conventional forces and the Army Reserve, as well as Army special operations forces and the U.S. military's counterterrorist forces that killed Osama bin Laden.

The arrival date for Gen. David Rodriguez, the four-star general who will command Forces Command, has not been determined, Bromberg said after the ceremony.

The Army dedicated the 631,000-square-foot combined headquarters at Knox and Randolph streets in memory of Gen. George C. Marshall, the five-star general who served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's chief military adviser during World War II.

Marshall was the Army chief of staff during World War II, and Winston Churchill described him as "the organizer of victory," Bromberg said. He had a home in Pinehurst.

The 2005 Base Closure and Realignment law directed the move of the two headquarters from Fort McPherson in south Atlanta no later than Sept. 15, 2011. All three of the Army's four-star headquarters relocated under the law. Billions of dollars was spent to realign, relocate and close Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine installations throughout the United States.

The housing of the two commands under one roof on Fort Bragg "symbolizes one Army," said Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz. He is commander of U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg and chief of the Army Reserve at the Pentagon.

Forces Command connects Fort Bragg with active-duty Army posts such as Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Drum, N.Y., Stultz said.

"On this side of the building, the Army Reserve Command connects you with every community in America because those 205,000 soldiers live in the communities across America," Stultz said.

Participating in the ribbon-cutting with Bromberg and Stultz were Command Sgt. Majs. Roger Howard and Michael D. Schultz; Col. Eric R.P. Conrad, deputy commander of the Army Corps of Engineers' South Atlantic Division; and Adam Rogers, project manager for Hensel Phelps Construction Co., the contractor for building.

About 2,400 soldiers and civilians will work there, Bromberg said. More of them will be civilians than military personnel, he said. The building has a capacity of more than 2,700 workers.

About 65 percent to 70 percent of the civilian employees came from Atlanta to Fort Bragg, Bromberg said after the ceremony. The move was voluntary for civilians and mandatory for military.

The move comes at a time when national leaders are talking about enormous cuts in federal spending. Bromberg said the command tried to get ahead of those budget cuts.

"It's no secret that we've also reduced our structure as we moved," Bromberg said. "We did that intentionally. As people retired, we just didn't replace those individuals. We've actually reduced our headquarters by about 10 or 15 percent."

Among guests at the ceremony were retired Gens. James J. Lindsay of Vass and Dan K. McNeill of Fayetteville. Both are former commanders of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. McNeill was commander of Forces Command in 2005 when the decisions were made to move the commands to Fort Bragg.

"It was something that goes back a few years," McNeill said after the ceremony. "Decisions that were made now seem to be pretty obvious, although some didn't think much of the decisions in those days. It has come out the way we all planned it ought to come out."

McNeill said there was one decision that did not go his way when he was the Forces Command commander.

"I was of the belief there ought to be a parking garage because parking was going to be a problem," he said. "They thought that was too much money."