Fort Rucker

Science & Health
7:31 am
Thu July 25, 2013

New Boat Accommodates Disabled Ala. Veterans

The Warrior is a boat at Fort Rucker customized to fit the needs of physically disabled people.

The outdoor recreation branch at Fort Rucker has developed a boat to allow wounded warriors and disabled people go fishing and participate in other boating adventures.

   Fort Rucker spokeswoman Janice Erdlitz tells ( ) the boat, named "The Warrior," is customized to fit the needs of physically disabled people. She says the decision to build the boat came after veterans offered feedback on things they felt could improve their quality of life.

Politics & Government
7:38 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Ala-Based Army Office Says Fatal Accidents Down

Fort Rucker, Alabama.

An Alabama-based military agency says fatal accidents are declining in the Army.

   The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker says accidental death rates of almost all types have stayed the same or fallen since this time last year.

   The overall accidental death rate in the Army is down 20 percent from the same time in 2012.

   That includes a 19 percent decline in private motor vehicle deaths. On-duty Army combat vehicle deaths declined 75 percent, and aviation deaths are comparable to the year before.

Army Helicopter Training
5:12 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Army Wants To Ground Heavy Training Pilots

Civilian helicopter instructors at Fort Rucker in Alabama face a new 250-pound weight limit from the Army starting Monday.
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The Army is trying to thin out the ranks of its civilian helicopter instructor pilots with a 250-pound weight limit.

New military rules set to take effect Monday at the Army's aviation training center in Alabama limit their weight.

The Army is defending the limit, saying heavier pilots increase costs because more fuel is required to keep them aloft.

A union representing civilian pilots at Fort Rucker has filed a federal lawsuit trying to block the new weight restriction, but a judge hasn't ruled.

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