April 16, 2010 • Volume 8, Issue 26
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
IMCOM rolls out new campaign plan, logo
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch rolled out the new Installation Management Command Campaign Plan at the IMCOM Campaign Plan Roll-out Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Mar. 27 - Apr. 2. The plan included a new logo and updated slogan that emphasize IMCOM’s commitment to the readiness and well-being of U.S. Army Soldiers, Families and Civilians. See LOGO Page 18
Region News USAG Red Cloud USAG Casey USAG Yongsan USAG Humphreys USAG Daegu P02 P05 P05 P09 P21 P25
Sights and Sounds Command Perspective Chaplain Photo Feature Korean Page P03 P04 P15 P16 P30
Page 16 Warrior Friendship Week Activities
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THE MORNING CALM
Published by Installation Management Command - Korea Commanding General/Publisher: Brig. Gen. John Uberti Public Affairs Officer/Editor: R. Slade Walters Senior Editor: Dave Palmer USAG-RED CLOUD Commander: Col. Larry A. Jackson Public Affairs Officer: Margaret Banish-Donaldson CI Officer: James F. Cunningham USAG-YONGSAN Commander: Col. David W. Hall Public Affairs Officer: Dan Thompson Staff Writers: Sgt. Hwang Joon-hyun, Pfc. Kim Hyungjoon, Pfc. Choe Yong-joon USAG-HUMPHREYS Commander: Col. Joseph P. Moore Public Affairs Officer: Lori Yerdon Writer–Editor: Steven Hoover Designer: Pfc. Baek Joon-woo USAG-DAEGU Commander: Col. Terry Hodges Public Affairs Officer: Philip Molter CI Officer: Mary Grimes Staff Writers: Cpl. Park Kyung-rock, Cpl. Lee Do-dam Interns: Kim Seeun, Kim Min-yeong This Army newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The Morning Calm Weekly are not necessarily official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, or Department of the Army. The editorial content of this weekly publication is the responsibility of the IMCOMKorea, Public Affairs, APO AP 96205. Circulation: 9,500 Printed by Oriental Press, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Government, under exclusive written contract with the Contracting Command-Korea. The civilian printer is responsible for commercial advertising. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Army or Oriental Press of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the printer shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. Oriental Press President: Charles Chong Commercial Advertising Telephone: 738-5005 or 723-4253 Fax: (02) 790-5795 E-mail: [email protected]
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Resilience is also the ability to bounce back in the face of adversity… it’s mental toughness! Webster defines resilience as, “the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress” and “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” The strength of our Nation is only as strong as the Soldiers, Families, and Civilians that courageously support and defend it. Over the last 8 years, more than one million Soldiers have deployed to combat, over 3,900 Soldiers have sacrificed their lives, and more than 25,000 have been wounded in service to our country. Army units and Families across the globe are relocating in compliance with the Base Realignment and Closure Law, and we continue to transform our business practices. To remain strong in this dynamic environment, leaders must proactively maintain and develop resiliency programs and services to enable the total Army Community (Soldiers, Civilians, Families, and Retirees) to maintain healthy relationships and happy lives. Our approach to supporting resiliency for the Army Community is to enhance their ability to adapt to stress by supporting, maintaining, and developing programs and services that promote total wellness. As I have said before, I am convinced that the Army spends too much time fixing Soldiers after they break, evidenced by the rise in suicide and substance abuse rates. We should be spending our time, energy, and resources to make the Army Community resilient to prevent them from breaking. We will use the Public Health Model of assessment, education, intervention, and treatment to integrate and deliver services to help prevent Soldiers, Civilians, and Families from breaking. By applying this model before a crisis happens we will be better able to keep the Army Community strong in all dimensions of resiliency. Individuals must be fit mentally, physically, and spiritually to achieve optimum resilience. The Installation Management Community will provide the best care, support, and services for the Army Community by improving quality of life through initiatives, such as the Army Family Action Plan, the Army Family Covenant, Army Community Covenants, the Installation Management Campaign Plan and the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program. When I was the senior commander at Ft. Hood, I built a Resiliency Campus to enable the Army Community to become resilient before deployments, during deployments, and to solve many other challenges faced by Army Families. Other IMCOM garrisons are also focusing on resilience. Fort Bliss has a Restoration and Resilience Center that offers a Warrior Resilience Program and a Family Resilience Program. Fort Jackson is planning to open a Master Resilience Training school that will offer a 10-day Master Resilience Training Course to equip leaders to teach coping skills to unit members. At Fort Campbell, the Family Resiliency Council has teamed up with key organizations to be one of the first installations to publish an online resource guide to provide accurate and accessible information to Soldiers, Families, and Civilians. These are but a few initiatives underway dedicated to enhancing Soldier, Civilian, and Family resilience. The strain of multiple deployments and other
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stress factors may continue into the future. Therefore, I challenge leaders and personnel throughout the Army Community to think of new ideas to enhance installation resiliency initiatives and to send your ideas to your installation leadership or me. I also challenge each of you to take advantage of existing programs and services on your installation and in your community to remain mentally, physically, and spiritually fit. The Army Community is strength of our Nation and IMCOM garrisons are the Army’s Home! Support and Defend Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Defender 6 Commanding General Installation Management Command
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Respite care available for Family members with special needs
Eligibility for the Respite Care Program is based on EFMP enrollment and the medical or educational condition of the Family member requiring care. Criteria includes: • Eligibility of school-aged children on an Individualized Educational Program who have at least a moderate disability. • Eligibility of infants and toddlers on an Individualized Family Service Plan who have at least a moderate disability or developmental delay (including high probability of developmental delay). • EFMs who meet one of the following criteria as indicated by medical provider: - Little or no age appropriate self-help skills - Severe continuous seizure activity - Ambulation with neurological impairment that requires assistance with activities of daily living - Tube feeding - Tracheotomy with frequent suctioning - Apnea monitoring during hours of sleep - Inability to control behavior with safety issues requiring constant supervision - Life threatening or chronic condition requiring frequent hospitalizations or treatment encounters, which require extensive Family involvement in care giving • Sibling/child of an EFM child/parent undergoing treatment for a serious medical condition. ACS is also seeking individuals 18 years and older interested in becoming certified respite care providers. Health care training is beneficial but may not be required, based on needs of the EFM. Requirements include: tuberculosis testing; CPR and basic life support training; state license or certificate for Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Home Health Aides; physical exams and background checks. Nine hour Respite Care provider training is also required and provided at no cost by ACS. Respite care is intended to be used to give the Family a break from the stress of caring for a special needs family member and is not to be used to pay an individual who will do housework, provide child care while parents work, to hire a tutor, to support live-in nanny, or to provide educationally related or medical therapies. Contact your local Army Community Service Exceptional Family Member Coordinator or ACS Director for application for respite care and for additional information on how to become a respite care provider.
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By Yvonne Kearns IMCOM Korea FAP/EFMP Manager As the result of an Army Family Action Plan recommendation and in keeping with the Army Family Covenant, Army Community Service Centers in Korea have received funding to provide respite care to Exceptional Family Members of active duty Soldiers. Qualified Families are may receive up to 40 hours respite care monthly for each certified exceptional Family member. ACS staff will use a Family Services Needs Matrix to determine allowable respite care hours and cost per month.
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The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. USAG-Red Cloud: Traffic Accident Without Injuries; Failure to Judge Proper Clearance; Fleeing the Scene of a Traffic Accident; SUBJECT #1 while operating a Government Owned Vehicle, making a turn right into a legal adjacent parking lot, failed to judge proper clearance and struck an unknown vehicle, which was legally parked and unattended. SUBJECT #1 then fled the scene. SUBJECT #1 was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. SUBJECT #1 stated that the unknown vehicle was a HMMWV assigned to his unit; however, damage to SUBJECT #1 vehicle was inconclusive to the manner described by SUBJECT #1. The reported HMMWV did not have any damage. Estimated cost of damage is unknown. This is a final report. USAG-Yongsan: Larceny of Private Property; SUBJECT #1 attempted to remove a desktop computer which was unsecured and unattended from a hotel. SUBJECT #1 was observed by the hotel manager while attempting to exit the hotel through the window using a rope holding a computer monitor. KNP was notified of the incident. SUBJECT #1 was detained by KNP and transported to the KNP Station, where he was processed and released into MP custody on a CJ Form 2. SUBJECT #1 was transported to the Provost Marshal’s Office where he was advised a legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement denying the offense. Investigation continues by KNP. USAG-Humphreys: Simple Assault; False Official Statement; Underage Drinking; SUBJECT #1 and SUBJECT #2 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when SUBJECT #1 grabbed SUBJECT #2’s arm at the Bar. SUBJECT #2 then attempted to push SUBJECT #1 away and flee the scene. SUBJECT #1 pursued SUBJECT #2 and struck him multiple times in the chest area with a closed fist. SUBJECT #2 then again attempted to push SUBJECT #1 away and flee the scene, causing SUBJECT #1 to fall and strike her head on an unknown object. SUBJECT #1 and SUBJECT #2 were apprehended by Military Police and transported to the PMO where they were advised of their legal rights, which they waived rendering written sworn statements SUBJECT #1 denied consuming alcoholic beverages prior to the incident, which was later contradicted by witnesses. SUBJECT #1 and SUBJECT #2 were processed and released to their unit. SJA was contacted and opined that sufficient evidence existed to charge only SUBJECT #1 with listed offenses. This is a final report. USAG-Daegu: Curfew Violation; Aggravated Assault; SUBJECT #1, SUBJECT #2, SUBJECT #3 and SUBJECT #4 were observed, during hours of curfew. SUBJECT #1 was injured and claimed he was struck in the head by an unknown individual with a glass bottle at the club. SUBJECT #1 sustained injuries consisting of lacerations to his left eyebrow and left side of the head. SUBJECT #1 was transported to the TMC where he was evaluated and later transferred to the hospital where he was treated and released. ALL SUBJECTS were advised of their legal rights for violating the curfew, which they waived rendering a written sworn statements admitting to the offense. ALL SUBJECTS were processed and released to their unit. This is a final report.
The Itaewon neighborhood near USAG Yongsan has lots of interesting little antique shops with unique treasures from years past that are just waiting to be found. — U.S. Army photo by R. Slade Walters
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities
Gyeongju Travel Gwangju World Photonics Expo 2010 held in Sangmu Citizen’s Park in Geumnam-ro in Gwangju is the world’s most innovative lightthemed festival. The Expo’s slogan Light, Opening the Future is subdivided into three major programs: light-themed exhibitions, industrial exhibitions/conference and the light festival. To add to the fun, visitors can experience the beauty and mystery of light firsthand by participating in variety of events located throughout the area. Apr. 02, 2010 May. 09, 2010. Transportation: Subway:Get off at Kim Daejung convention center(Mareuk) on Gwangju subway line no.1 and go out of exit 5. City Bus:Circulation bus no. 1, Sangmu no. 2, Daechon no. 270, Sangmu no. 62, Songam no. 73, Songjeong no. 19, Cheomdan no. 20, Daechon no. 69, no. 518, Sangmu no.64 Contact: Korea Travel Phone: 1330 (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese) Monet to Picasso Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art “Monet to Picasso” will be featured at Busan Museum of Art from Apr. 3 to June 2. The exhibition will feature works of Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre August Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and more. Admission fee is 12,000 won for adult, 9,000 won for youth and 6,000 won for children. For more information call: 051-740-4200 Japanese Paintings and Calligraphy Seoul Arts Center presents some of the rare Japanese paintings of middle and modern ages from April 8 to 18. Admire the new style of traditional paintings that formed a basis to modern paintings in Japan. The gallery opens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket costs 3,000 won. Exciting World of Animation Let your children have firsthand experience with some of the world’s most popular animation by DreamWorks at the Seoul Arts Center. The exhibition presents including “Thomas & Friends,” “How to Train your Dragon” and “Shrek Forever After.” Thomas & Friends celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. The exhibition also showcases story book illustrations, 3-D animation display and animation workshop for the whole family to enjoy. The museum opens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and ticket costs 14,000 won. The museum is closed on April 26 (Monday) and May 31 (Monday). Seoul Museum of History “Seoul popular songs - Chanting Seoul” introduces 1,141 popular songs on Seoul sung by 710 singers. The exhibition displays 320 items including LP records, photos, and song festival trophies. This exhibition is the first of its kinds to make full display of popular songs on Seoul composed since the Japanese colonial period. One can also see music resources from music coffee shops of the 60s and 70s. Special Exhibition Hall, Cheong Gye Cheon Museum. Seoul Open Art Fair As art become more approachable, there exists a growing desire in the variety of art community, and Seoul Open Art Fair is constantly directing itself toward this market. Aiming to meet the demands of art-loving public, SOAF has provided continued attentions and opporunities to young galleries and artists. Seoul, COEX Hall B. Contact: 02-545-3314|02-545-3514|[email protected]
empal.com Yeouido Spring Flowers Festival A myriad of beautiful spring flowers such as azaleas, forsythias, and royal azaleas are all in full bloom during mid-April at Yeouiseo-ro (Yunjung-ro), but the festival is best known for the hundreds of King Cherry Trees that line Yeouido’s roads. During the festival period, the road encircling the Yeouido National Assembly building is closed to traffic, so visitors can come away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and stroll through the tunnel of blossoming cherry trees that winds alongside the waters of the Han River. After sunset, colored lights illuminate the cherry blossom trees and create a romantic nighttime view. Festival events include a selection of street performances and art exhibitions. Programs: * Opening Parade: Signaling the start of the festival and creating a spirit of harmony. *Cultural Art Performance: professional performance teams from home and abroad, side stage performances (application process: TBA)*Exhibitions etc.: flower show, cultural tourism photo display, poetry reading, and writing contest. Transportation: Take Seoul subway line 2 to Dangsan Station exit #4, or line 5 to Yeouido station exit #2, or line 5 to Yeouinaru station exit #1~3, or line 9 to National Assembly station exit1 and walk for about 5 to 20 minutes. During the festival period, there is a bus that runs between Dangsan, Yeouido, and Yeouinaru stations, which offers visitors easy access to all of the sites of the festival. Jeju Photo Competition: To highlight Jeju’s significance and rekindle affection for Jeju Island, the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province is holding the Jeju World Natural Heritage International Photo Competition. http://www.jeju-photo.co.kr
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By Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud For many who have been in the Red Cloud Garrison footprint over the years, you may have noticed we have been growing a ‘downtown’ area on Casey since we began tour normalization. Before a year ago, none of the areas I will be describing would have existed. We have been doing a lot of ground breaking ceremonies; we have just done one for the first phase of the Department of Defense Education Activity kindergarten through eighth grade school being built on Casey Garrison about three weeks ago. We have already started construction on a new Child Development Center, which will be able to take care of 126 of our young children. The School Age Center and Youth Center will be for grades 1-12. Kindergarten children will attend the CDC. The current location of our Army Community Service building is across the way just south of the Pear Blossom Cottage. It will move up north of what I call the Casey community footprint, which is the area next to the new school. These changes are very visible from the front gate as you approach the guard house. We have modernized the walk-in gate so that when people walk through they already have a good impression of the post. When you drive up to the guard house you will notice all the improvements to the gate area and even the tarmac of the roads are new. These pleasant impressions are only the beginning, but you will find you are on the threshold of a new ‘downtown Casey.’ Immediately to the right you will see Casey Garrison’s Casey Lodge, new and improved with more than 40 new rooms. Just beyond the Lodge about 20 yards you will see the new Bus Station, complete with a new waiting area that is Family friendly and contains new baby changing stations in the rest rooms. Immediately to your left is the Gateway Club, truly the Army’s best club for 2009. It is complete with a new outdoor café and new restaurant area. Further inside the club is the new dining room and bar, complete with new show stage, show lights and
Col. Larry Jackson — U.S. Army photo
disc jockey booth. Turn left in front of the Gateway Club and you will enter the new ‘downtown’ Casey. Directly in front of you as you pass the Gateway Club on your left is the new Department of Defense Education Activity School. It is rising from the ground like the proverbial phoenix and transforming from a barracks to a school. To your left is the new Child Youth Center. Here we have converted our Community Activity Center to a state of the art youth center which will be completed Sept. 20. As you continue north down the street, on your left is the new Child Development Center. This center will hold more than 120 children and be state of the art. Directly in front of you now is the Indianhead Golf Course and restaurant. This golf course was judged by the Army as the best in the Army for 2009. Many of our Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Clubs within the Red Cloud footprint have earned that distinction. I wanted to highlight all the new things going on from the renovation of the bus station to expanding the Casey Lodge to prepare for large Families. I want all of you to know we are doing a lot, and there is a lot more to come.
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Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker reads “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn to military children and Families during story time in Red Cloud Garrison’s Library April 6.- U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Mardicio Barrot
2ID Commander reads story to children on Red Cloud
By Pfc. Mardicio Barrot USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON — Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, 2nd Infantry Division commander, read a story to military children at the Red Cloud Library April 6. To begin Military Children’s Month, Tucker volunteered to come to the Red Cloud Library and read a story to the children of Families of Soldiers. Before the story was read, the children sang and danced to nursery rhymes such as “Bingo” and the “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” After the singing and dancing was finished, children gathered around Tucker while he read the story of “The Kissing Hand.” The story was about a raccoon that had the power of magic and love in his paws, and spread that love to other animals by placing his paw on the cheeks of other animals. The children were very entertained with the story and filled the room with a lot of laughter and smiles. After the story was read, Tucker gathered up the children to cut a cake with a sword, and have refreshments. “This event was great,” said Nicole Darak, member of the Red Cloud Pear Blossom Cottage. “It shows the general is supportive of helping Families more comfortable here.” “Some of the children may not have known who was reading to them, but most children enjoyed story time.” Darak said. “I hope we have more events like this one in the future.” “I think more people will come to the weekly readings now because they know about it.” “It’s good to know we are not only progressing as an Army post, but our military Families and Family support are progressing, which makes you feel glad about what’s to come.” Gordon Imrie, Red Cloud Library director, said more people took notice and attended this event than in the past. “I remember when only one parent and one child came,” Imrie said. “I’m glad to see we have made progress and more Families are attending.” Reading a story can be a great way to communicate with children, entertain them and educate them at the same time, Darak said. The general did those things and I think the children will appreciate and remember this event for a while.
Arbor Day plants roots of friendship in Kolsandong
Lt. Col. Richard Fromm, USAGCasey commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Nidal Saeed, USAGCasey command sergeant major, Brent Abare, USAG-Casey deputy garrison commander, and residents from Kolsandong Village throw shovels of dirt on the roots of a newly planted cherry tree in celebration of Arbor Day April 5 in Kolsandong Village. The event served to plant the roots of friendship and support among Soldiers and the community of Kolsandong as well as celebrate the good relationship Soldiers and the community have had in the past. — Courtesy photo
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News & Notes
Did You Know? The School Age Youth Center on Casey Garrison is a conversion from the old Casey Community Activity Center and will be completed Sept. 20. It is a tour normalization project and will hold 75 1-5th grade children and 45 6th-12th graders. USAG-RC Now on Facebook You can now find USAG-RC on Facebook. http://www.Facebook. com/pages/APO/USAG-RedCloud/246854871491. Volunteers Needed All chaplains in Korea are seeking unpaid volunteer piano players and organists, religious education coordinators, parish coordinators, and civilian clergy. If interested in volunteering, see your chaplain. Obstacle Course Challenge The second annual Obstacle Course Challenge will be held on Camp Hovey April 17. The registration begins at 9 a.m., the briefing starts at 9:55 a.m. and the events begin at 10 a.m. The competition will included individual and team categories and is open to all personnel and adult Family members stationed on USFK installations in Korea. For information call: 732-6276/6927. One Stop Center Ribbon Cutting The One Stop Center ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in front of the center on Red Cloud Garrison April 21 at 10:30 a.m. For information call: 732-6779. Helicopter Operations Division Special Troops Battalion will be conducting helicopter operations on Red Cloud Garrison April 20 and 23. For information call: 732-8047. 8th Army Half/Full Marathon The 8th Army Half/Full Marathon Championship will be held at Carey Fitness Center on Casey Garrison from 6:30 a.m. until 8 a.m. April 24. For information call: 732-6276. Red Cloud Lodge Ribbon Cutting The Red Cloud Lodge ribbon cutting will be held April 26 at 10:30 a.m. Area I Duathlon Championship The Area I Duathlon Championship will be held on Camp Hovey at the Hovey Fitness Center May 8 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. For information call: 732-6276. EEO and Prevention of Sexual Harrassment Brief EEO/POSH training will be held in Red Cloud Garrison’s Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation conference room, bldg. S-16, May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon for nonsupervisors and 1 to 3 p.m. for supervisors. For information call: 732-6273. Camp Stanley 5/10 K Run The Camp Stanley 5/10 kilometer run will be held May 15 at the Stanley Fitness Center at 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. For information call: 7326276.
Red Cloud Garrison and Dongducheon City sign memorandum
(From left) Cho, Yi Hyun, Mayor Oh, Sea Chang, and Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, Red Cloud Garrison commander, sign a Memorandum of Agreement in Dongducheon City Hall April 7 detailing the responsibilities of both the city of Dongducheon and Red Cloud Garrison for sewer line renovations affecting Casey Garrison. — Courtesy photo
Harsh weather preparations on track in Warrior Country
By Margaret Banish-Donaldson USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON — Every year Korea experiences seasonal rains from June 1 through Sept. 30. Monsoons, or rainy seasons, are a shift in wind direction, which causes excessive rainfall. These rains can cause floods, which are one of weather’s most deadly hazards. Floodwaters can be deceptively deep and fast-moving—and they can kill. Floods come in two varieties, flash floods and the kind often called ‘river floods’ or ‘main stream floods.’ The name flash flood tells the story. They occur when heavy rains or a broken dam cause a sudden rise in the level of a stream, often a small, harmless-looking stream. Floods, especially flash floods, kill more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, wind storms or lightning. “What most matters to people is the effect of too much water in places where they don’t want it, when they don’t need it,” said Dustin Welin, emergency operations and plans specialist, Directorate for Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security. The USAG-RC commander and his staff are aware of these threats and are taking mitigation actions now to lessen their effects by taking risk assessments of facilities, exercise locations, and training areas. “Historically, about twice a year typhoons make landfall in Korea with accompanying damage by high winds and local flooding from heavy rains,” Welin said. “Monsoons and typhoons, during a 30 to 40 day period, account for more than 50 percent of Korean’s annual rainfall. Upon receipt of a destructive weather advisory, point warning, or flood warning, units and individuals immediately start response actions to protect life, equipment and property.” Many people come to Korea who have never been here before, and know nothing of the dangers caused by a storm. “In 2006 heavy rains caused USAGCasey creek to overflow and flood other parts of the installation at a repair cost of more than $200,000” Welin said. During emergency conditions, the action phase of the plan goes into gear. “This means manpower places sand bags, controls traffic, relocates equipment, performs search and rescue operations, and evacuates and shelters victims,” Welin said. “Also, we will keep the people updated about the details through our USAG-RC website and facebook.” Preparing for disaster helps everyone accept the fact disasters do happen, and provides us a chance to identify and collect the resources needed to meet basic needs after a disaster, Welin said. Preparation helps; when people feel prepared, they cope better. A good check list to remember: Before a flood: • Keep alert for signs of heavy rain • Know where high ground is and how you will get there quickly • Plan an evacuation route • Have emergency supplies (batteries, portable radio, food and water) • Do not park or establish bivouac adjacent to streams or at the base of a hill: Mud slides down hill If in a residence fill bathtubs, sinks and jugs with clean water • Move valuable household possessions to upper floors if possible • If living off base know where the evacuation assembly area is on the closest US Military Installation During a flood: • If outside move to high ground immediately • Don’t cross flooded streams • If your vehicle stalls during a stream crossing then abandon it and move to higher ground • Listen to weather bulletins on AFKN radio • If in a residence turn off electricity and gas • Assemble emergency supplies, clothing and critical documents • If instructed to evacuate do so quickly to high ground and if possible, to the closest US Military Installation During evacuation: • Avoid already flooded and high velocity water flow areas. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream on foot if water is above your knees • Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas as the roadbed may have washed out underneath you • Avoid heavy floating objects like cars, boxes or conexs. Like an iceberg most of it will be under water and will injure you if it hits you • little time or money for going to class every day. This program provides financial support and gives Soldiers the opportunity to get all the information they need to take tests as soon as possible. This helps them accrue college credits quicker. “I’ve taken only six college classes, and I am already on my way to receiving a second bachelor’s degree in four months,” he said. “The program is free for Soldiers,” said James Campbell, Red Cloud Garrison’s educational advisor. “If you paid for the — See CLEP, Page 7 —
Soldier receives degree using CLEP
By Pfc. Mardicio Barrot USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON— Sgt. 1st Class Jorge Guzman was lauded for completing 18 College Level Examination Programs and Dantes Subject Standardized Tests April 9 in Red Cloud Garrison’s Freeman Hall. Guzman took college courses online and was able to earn his associate and bachelor’s degree in half the time. Guzman also was able to get all of his college credits accepted by Thomas Edison State College where he plans to pursue his master’s degree. “Using CLEP and DSST, I was able to finish an associate degree in computer technology and a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Management Studies,” Guzman said. “I’m working on my second bachelor’s degree in history at Thomas Edison.” This method of schooling is good for Soldiers, Guzman explained. Soldiers have
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Christi Lee, Family Morale Welfare and Recreation, fitness director, goes over the scores of people who placed in the Hooah Fitness Challenge during a Hooah Fitness Award ceremony April 8. – U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Mardicio Barrot
Hooah Fitness Challenge sweats the fat
By Pfc. Mardicio Barrot USAG-RC Public Affairs R E D C LO U D G A R R I S O N — Warriors and their Family members along with Civilians who placed high in Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Hooah Fitness Challenge were given awards during a ceremony held April 8 in Casey Garrison’s Warrior’s Club. The ceremony lauded those who lost the most weight or gained the most muscle during the competition. Christi Lee, FMWR fitness director, went over the awardees scores on a chart and showed the participants how much fat was lost, how much muscle was gained, and who scored the most points in the competition. Throughout the event, a total of 223 pounds of fat was lost among the participants. Individual and group awards were given to those who placed 1 through 5. All awardees received gifts and/or checks, courtesy of FMWR. “I was fortunate to be fat at the right time,” said Jundi Williams, placing 1 in both the individual and group challenge. “This was a great event. The challenge itself took a lot of hard work and dedication. FMWR and Lee really did a great job in organizing the event.” “It was a good event that gave people the opportunity to challenge themselves and lose weight,” Williams said. “The event is scored by measuring the amount of body fat loss and muscle gain,” Lee said. “For every pound of body fat lost people receive one point toward their total score, and for every pound of muscle gained they received two points. More than 200 people signed up for the challenge. I think everyone of them trained very hard to meet their goals.” The awardees described their training as intense. They said they had to push themselves to another level to accomplish their goals. “I did three workout sessions a day,” Williams said. “My workouts included low cardio in the morning, weight training in the afternoon, and high intensity cardio and training in the evenings. It was pretty tough, but I pushed myself to the limit.” “Placing 1 in both the individual and
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Jundi Williams, winner of the Hooah Fitness Challenge, holds his check of $400 during a Hooah Fitness Award Ceremony April 8. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Mardicio Barrot group categories was a great feeling. It “I was impressed by everyone’s results,” shows that hard work pays off. I wanted to Lee said. “To see the participants in challenge myself for 12 weeks to find if I the beginning and watch them change could do it, and I did. This is a great start throughout the process was impressive. for me, and I have to keep persevering from I’m proud of everyone who participated. here.” Williams and Lee both agree that Even though some people couldn’t place everyone who participated in the challenge everyone did a good job. I wish I could give did a great job and gave it their best effort. everyone a prize because it was inspiring. adequate study tips and information for these courses.” I recommend this program for future Soldiers who are coming in and are trying to further pursue their education, he advised. “Every college credit is worth promotion points,” Guzman explained. “And every CLEP exam is a college credit. Using this method of schooling is the easiest way to for new Soldiers to get their degree and gain promotion points in a short amount of time.” For those that are interested, the education center is providing information about these programs and are assisting people in getting into CLEP, Campbell said. “I strongly encourage Soldiers to look into the examination program the Army has,” Campbell said. “It’s free, it’s quick, and it’s a professional way to earn promotion points and your degree.”
courses in a regular college, in most cases, the cost of a semester hour could be around $250. If you calculate how many courses Guzman took, you can see how much money he saved with this program.” There is a wide variety of courses and classes for someone to take, Guzman said. “If you name the course they have it,” Guzman said. “All you have to do is find a
college of your choice that accepts your credits, which in most cases isn’t difficult at all.” Studying for these tests is not too difficult, he pointed out. “I study maybe an hour or two every night before I go to bed,” he said. “I read my books and I study at www.instantcertonline.com website, which is my main study source and has been a great source for me. They provide
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Shop, Save and thrive
COMMISSARY BENEFITS are part of the Army
Family Covenant’s commitment to provide a strong, supportive environment where Soldiers and Families can thrive.
WhAT IT MEANS:
• Through the ‘Bringing the Benefit to You’ campaign, Guard and Reserve Soldiers and their Families have shopped on-site at more than 100 remote locations and purchased $14 million worth of commissary products. • An average of 30% SAVINGS OR MORE on purchases compared to commercial prices. • Within the next three years, more than $200 million will be spent on building new commissaries and enhancing existing commissaries to better serve customers.
to learn more about the Army Family Covenant.
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Easter Bunny sighted at Yongsan
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The Easter Bunny greets one of 400 Yongsan children who attended the Garrison’s annual Easter Egg Hunt April 3. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choe Yong-joon
By Pfc. Choe Yong-joon USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — More than 400 U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan children descended on Field 10, bringing their uniquely decorated baskets to hunt for Easter eggs with their parents April 3. The event, supported by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Child, Youth and School Services, was also held simultaneously at Hannam Village. A program was offered for five different age groups: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, and 12 and up. Two “Golden Eggs” wrapped up in aluminum foil were buried for the kids to find; the lucky hunters winning an Easter basket full of prizes. With a long blast on the Easter Bunny’s whistle, a swarm of kids rushed onto the field to gather colorful eggs and find the golden eggs. Once every colorful egg was gathered, kids mingled with the giant pink Easter Bunny to pose for pictures. “It’s great to have this event in Korea so that kids are having the same Easter as in the States,” said Iris Beca, mother of 3-year-old Alyssa. “They have a lot of eggs for these kids to run around and chase. It’s a good little activity for them to do in Easter.” She added that the event gave her daughter and other kids an opportunity to do something different on the base, getting out of the house after the cold winter to enjoy the time together with other kids. “I really appreciate how our FMWR team got together to put on this event,” said Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall. “It’s great to see that so many community members participated in the event. We are here for the Soldier and their family, and we mean it when we say our Community of Excellence is the assignment of choice in Korea.”
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News & Notes
Healthcare Advisory Council Meeting Please join us the 3rd Wednesday of every month to discuss how we can improve health care. The meeting is held at Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital Command Conference Room. For information, call 737-3045. 8th U.S. Army AFAP Conference 8th U.S. Army will hold its Army Family Action Plan Conference April 19-23 at the Dragon Hill Lodge. For more information, please contact Ms. Kendricks at 724-3497. Annual Inventory The Yongsan Commissary will be closed on April 19, 8 a.m. - April 20, 6 p.m. due to an Annual Inventory. For information, call DSN:736-3022. Sexual Assault Prevention Proclamation Ceremony April is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month. U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Community will recognize Unit Victim Advocataes and Deployable Sexual Assault Response Coordinators during the ceremony for their commitment and support. COL Hall will be presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to them. The event is on April 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at ACS Room 118. For information, call 738-3034. Protect Your Teen from Rx Drug Abuse According to an annual survey by the Partnership for a Drug Free America, one in five teens has abused prescription medication, and one in ten has abused over-the-counter cough medication. Surprised? Need advice about a teen who may already be abusing meds? Call the Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Services for confidential advice at 7384579.
News and views at new BOSS lounge
By Pfc. Kim Hyung-joon USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Sometimes Soldiers do not have the opportunity to get information about what they want. To help solve that dilemma, Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers at Yongsan held a Grand Opening for a new BOSS Information Lounge March 25 on the 2nd floor of the Moyer Recreation Center. BOSS is a program that supports the overall quality of life of single and unaccompanied Soldiers by increasing retention and readiness rates by addressing grassroots issues at the Soldier level. “The BOSS Information Lounge is where Soldiers can come in and can get all kinds of information that they normally would pick up at Army Community Services and Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs,” said BOSS Coordinator Sgt. Bryon McGainey. “A lot of Soldiers have a tendency of not going to any of those places, so all different agencies donate their information to BOSS Information Lounge to help Soldiers get informed.” The lounge is not only for Soldiers, but also for all Yongsan community members. Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Adviser John O’Connor says that all community members are welcome and are able to come by who are new to Korea and do not know how to contact to BOSS. They may also find out what programs BOSS is offering and how they can get involved, which may be time well spent
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Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall (center) joins Sgt. Bryon McGainey (center right) and other Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers volunteers at a ceremony opening their new lounge March 25.— U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kim Hyung-joon
while waiting on a bus, he added. Soldiers who know BOSS programs expressed satisfaction and excitement about launching a new BOSS Information Lounge. “This will be a huge benefit to Soldiers because they haven’t had this kind of facility up until this point at Yongsan,” Korea Region BOSS representative Staff Sgt. Brooke Bray said. “Soldiers are able to come over here and get information about BOSS and it is also a great
place to publicize upcoming events. Since BOSS Information Lounge has a hangout area on the roof, we are going to barbeque and it will be a very positive way to bring single and unaccompanied Soldiers together.” Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall and Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Rusch attended the grand opening ceremony and cut the — See BOSS, Page 12 —
Korean National Police recognized for service
Tobacco Cessation Classes Do you want to quit smoking? We are here to help with ongoing smoking cessation classes every Tuesday at 1300 at the TMC. The classes will start on March 18, 2010 and end on Feb. 8, 2011. For more information, call 736-6693. Scholarships Available Visit http://yongsan.korea.army.mil and click on the 2010 Scholarships button on in the right column for the latest news about area scholarships. Application packet for 2010-2011 academic year are also available for download at www.awcseoul.org. Yongsan Health Clinic Relocated Since Jan. 22 Yongsan Health Clinic (Troop Medical Clinic) has relocated from the Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital/121 CSH to the newly renovated Bldg. 1663, (near Navy Club). Hours of operation have not changed. Call DSN 737-CARE 6-7 a.m. for same day appt/sick call. Hours of operation M-F 7 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call 010-8515-1025. Tricare Online TRICARE Prime beneficiaries can schedule routine appointments using TRICARE Online. Beneficiaries living in Korea should verify their enrollment in TRICARE Overseas Program Prime. Log onto www.tricareonline.com For more information call 736-7236. For information, call 736-7236.
For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG-Yongsan official web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil
Korean National Police Senior Inspector Sim Dong-joo receives a Certificate of Appreciation March 25 from the Yongsan Garrison Command Team March 25 at the John M. Woods Memorial Theater. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Hwang Joon-hyun
By Sgt. Hwang Joon-hyun USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Yongsan Garrison invited 110 Korean National Police officers who guard its numerous gates to Good Neighbor Program March 25. The policemen gathered at the John M. Woods Memorial Theater at Moyer Recreation Center where they were welcomed by the Garrison leadership. “This is our opportunity to show the KNP what they are helping protect,” said Col. Dave Hall, U.S. Army GarrisonYongsan commander. “This relationship
exemplifies the strength of the alliance between our nations.” Hall presented four Certificates of Appreciation to members of the KNP for their dedication to the Alliance. The policemen watched a short video about the history and the future of the Alliance between Republic of Korea and the United States and visited the post movie theater to watch “Wolfman,” followed by a tour of the Garrison and dinner at the Three Kingdoms Dining Facility. “On behalf of 25,000 people here in Yongsan, I thank you,” Hall said. “You
provide security for us 24/7, rain or snow. Without you, we could not do what we do now. You are part of what makes this a Community of Excellence - ensuring our Soldiers and Families are safe each and every day.” Serving in the Korean National Police is one of the ways in which Korean males can fulfill their military duty, like serving the Korean army or being selected for the Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army program. Yongsan holds a KNP Appreciation day every quarter to show continued support for the partnership.
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By Sgt. Hwang Joon-hyun USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Yongsan takes bronze at CFC award ceremony
What rumor did you hear about Korea before coming here that turned out to be wrong once you arrived? USAG Yongsan Facebook fans have the answer. Find out what more than 2,700 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG-Yongsan Facebook Fan at facebook.com/youryongsan! (Comments are kept in their original form)
Stine Guttery Lewentowicz
That my apartment was going to be tiny so I shouldn’t bring my awesome furniture. Now I have to use a pink issued couch. Boo!
I was warned that there was no bathrooms and everyone used the bathroom where ever they found a spot. I have so nicely wrote those people that gave me ridiculous “warnings” and told them how untrue they were. Another was how unsafe it is here... I don’t think I have ever felt any safer.
YONGSAN GARRISON — U.S. Forces Korea Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Lawrence L. Wells (left) presents a 2009 Combined Federal Campaign Bronze Award to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan at a reception at Dragon Hill Lodge March 31. Accepting the award on behalf of the Garrison were Resource Management Director Ted Jackson and Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Sgt. Michael A. Odom. Yongsan received the award for attaining more than 65 percent organizational participation and raising approximately $326,353. Wells said the CFC represents the Armed Forces at its best. “Despite the demands of being a professional in arms, you have stepped up to volunteer even more of your time to helping others unselfishly,” he said. “Many of you do not want any recognition for what you do, but we want to recognize you, as do many of your family and friends, because your example is an inspiration to others.” “I am continually amazed at how our community comes together to support the CFC,” Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall said. “Our generosity is truly part of what makes us a Community of Excellence year after year.” — U.S. Army Photo by Dan Thompson
Kids, pets dress up for Easter
I was told to leave all my shoes at home, because I could buy new ones. Glad I didn’t putall my size nine shoes in storage, it is impossible to find shoes for “large” feet.
I am 5’4 and I thought for once in my life I would be considered tall. Unfortunately, once I got here and stood in a mass group of Koreans, I realized I was still just as short as ever.
I was told that people here would not accept us and that it would be dirty, no hygeine. That is totally not true. When I send pictures to my friends they always say I never imagined it would look like that.
“Easter morning, my daughter Alyssa with our dog Kiwi” — Courtesy photo by Iris Beca See yourself in the Morning Calm when you become a USAG-Yongsan Facebook Fan. Just post your travel photos to our page with a quick description covering who, what, when, where and why and we’ll see you in the paper. - Your Yongsan PAO team
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ribbon to make it official. “About a month ago, this was a United Services Organizations satellite office,” Hall said. “Sgt. McGainey, saw an opportunity which has a great balcony which, in future, there might be a pub party. Command Sgt. Maj. Rusch and FMWR team Mr. Robinson
and Eric [Yim] made this happen. This is the greatest example of what Yongsan BOSS all about. What a great location!” For more information about the Yongsan BOSS program, please contact BOSS coordinator Sgt. Bryon McGainey at 738-5466.
The event of the year, KUSFW will be held from 19-23 of April. Various events are prepared for everyone!
This Year, KUSFW will be more meaningful because we also commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Korean War / KATUSA Program. Do not miss this opportunity for entertainments and New experience!
19-23 APR 2010
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monthly living stipend or their books, because they are all tied together.” By the second week of December, the end of the fall semester, VA was still receiving 1,500 to 2,000 certificates of enrollment a day for students who had been attending schools since August, he said. In fact, some are still trickling in to VA. “We learned a lot. We learned we had to talk to 6,500 schools and say, ‘We have got to do better,’” Shinseki said. “We needed to work with them and explain to them that ‘Whether you think it is important or not, the veteran doesn’t get paid until you send us this certificate of enrollment.’ So for the veteran’s sake, we need to do better.” Shinseki credited the VA staff with stepping up to the plate, contacting schools directly to solicit those enrollment certificates, then going into overdrive to manually process thousands of certificates a day. He convened a late-night meeting in November, bringing together the education directors from VA’s regional offices to come up with ways to further speed up the processing. “We took out steps that were redundant,” he said. “In the process, we have simplified and reengineered the business process. … We have worked the bugs out of an imperfect system.” By the end of the fall semester, he said, all 173,000 enrollees were being paid through this new process. As of Feb. 1, 131,000 of the 153,000 students enrolled in the system were being paid, and VA was “knocking down” the remaining certificates at the rate of about 7,000 a day, he noted. “So I feel pretty good about how this is going,” Shinseki said. “Our numbers are up and our payments are up, and we still don’t have an automated tool.” The first of those new tools is set to come online this month, with more capabilities to follow in July, November and December. By the year’s end, Shinseki said, the system will be fully automated. “I think we are on a good track,” he said. “Now, when automation comes, we are going to have a tremendous gain.” Shinseki said he’s counting on lessons
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Automation to Improve Post-9/11 GI Bill Processing
By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – With 153,000 veterans enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill this semester, and new automation tools to arrive this month to improve processing procedures, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki declared the program “on track” and headed toward greater efficiency. Shinseki acknowledged during an interview with American Forces Press Service that the Post-9/11 GI Bill got off to a rocky start after it took effect Aug. 1. He said he was surprised when many colleges and universities took months to submit the student enrollment certificates VA needed to begin cutting checks to the schools as well as enrollees. “They must be well-endowed,” he said of schools that covered the up-front costs of students’ tuition, room and board without seeking prompt reimbursement. “But because I don’t have that certificate, I haven’t paid them tuition. But neither have I paid kids their learned implementing the Post-9/11 GI Bill to carry over as VA tackles its major challenge this year: reducing the disability claims backlog. Shinseki called the Post 9/11 GI Bill a generous investment in the future of veterans who have served the country in uniform since 9/11. “I feel good about the GI Bill. That is an accomplishment,” he said. “I think that, longterm, this is going to be a huge return for the country. And it is a huge step for [veterans] and their lives.” The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides veterans seeking an undergraduate degree a full ride at any state institution at the highest in-state tuition rate, by state, along with a semester stipend for books and a monthly living stipend. For the first time in history, servicemembers enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children. The living stipend does not extend to activeduty servicemembers receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
Notice to determine existence of local debt:
Sgt. Brian W. Davis, HHD 36th Signal Battalion, died Apr. 10, 2010 in Daegu, Republic of Korea. Sgt. Davis was assigned to USAG Humphreys for 12 months and USAG Daegu for 9 months. Anyone with claims against the estate of Sgt. Davis should contact the the USFK Casualty & Mortuary Affairs Office Summary Court Martial Officer at DSN 764-0917.
2010 Korea LandWarNet Training Conference
The 2010 Korea LandWarNet Training Conference is scheduled for May 18 20 at the grand ballroom of the Hotel Capital in Itaewon. The conference theme is “Shaping Cyber Operations in the Far East.” The conference will bring Government and Industry together to communicate best business practices and implementations and train key personnel on the latest tactics, techniques, and procedures for network and enterprise service management and cyber operations.
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Gen. Sharp proclaims May 1 as USFK Law Day 2010
By IMCOM-K Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Gen. Walter Sharp, Commander, U.S. Forces Korea, proclaimed May 1, 2010 as Law Day 2010. The proclamation reads: “Whereas our legal institutions and system of justice depend on popular participation and support to maintain legitimate authority Whereas Americans from all walks of life, public figures and private individuals alike, have reaffirmed in words and deeds our national allegiance to the rule of law Whereas lawyers and judges recognize that they bear a special responsibility to foster public understanding of law and legal institutions and commitment to the rule of law Whereas Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and DOD Civilians have sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution and thus our nation’s laws Whereas Law Day has been an annual observance since President Dwight Eisenhower established it in 1958 as ‘a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law’ Whereas Law Day 2010 provides us with an opportunity to understand and appreciate the emerging challenges that confront our world—and the law—in the 21st century, while reaffirming enduring legal traditions NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter L. Sharp, General, United States Army, hereby designate Saturday, May 1, 2010, as Law Day for United States Forces Korea.”
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VoIP: Know the security considerations for Internet telephone service
By 1st Signal Brigade Special to the Morning Calm Weekly As telephone calling through the Internet, also known as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), becomes more common, it has also drawn the attention of online attackers. Before you try VoIP, you should know the benefits and drawbacks, and how you can enhance its security. Benefits of VoIP VoIP service for consumers offers these features for both conventional telephone and cell phone customers: • Easy setup and use: In many areas, you don’t even need a computer to get started; service is available through your telephone using a small adaptor. Major telephone, cable, and Internet providers also offer nationwide calling along with their other service packages. • Voice storage: You can access VoIP voice mail online, store your conversations on your computer, and replay them whenever you like. Risks of VoIP • Theft: Attackers who can access a VoIP server can also get access to the stored voice data and the phone service itself, to eavesdrop or make free calls on your account. • Attack from viruses: If a VoIP server computer is infected with a virus, it can result in loss of phone service for you. It can also affect other computers connected to that system. • Unregulated technology: Though regulation is in progress, users are currently open to some specific vulnerabilities and scams. For example, telemarketers can use VoIP to deliver enormous numbers of mechanical voice messages to consumers, sometimes resulting in a system shutdown. Criminals can also use a process called caller ID spoofing (displaying a false caller ID signature to call recipients) to pose as a trusted official to trick you into divulging sensitive account information. Next week: Part II of VOIP
Over 220 women from the Pacific region attended the Faithlift 2010 Women’s Conference at the Yongsan garrison south post chapel Mar. 26-27. — Photo collage courtesy Lisa Cooper
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Area II Worship Schedule
Sunday Sunday Liturgical Sunday Contemporary Sunday Sunday Non-denominational Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday Korean Sunday Collective United Pentecostal Sunday 0930 1030 0800 0930 1100 1100 1230 1430 0910 1330 1830 0930 0510 1000 Brian Allgood Hospital K-16 Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Hanam Village Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday 1100 Casey Memorial Chapel 1000 1000 1100 1100 1100 Stone Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel
Area III Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday 1100 1100 1300 1700 1700 1900 1930 Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Freedom Chapel Bldg. 558, Room 206 Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Wednesday Friday KATUSA Tuesday Tuesday 1000 1030 1700 1215 1900 1900 1900 1830 Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Gospel Church of Christ Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday
COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Tuesday Tuesday 1900 1830 1830 CRC Warrior Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel 1230 CRC Warrior Chapel
Mass Sunday 0900 1145 Camp Walker Camp Carroll
Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Early Morning Service (Korean) Mon-Sat Episcopal Sunday Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0900 1500 1830 Annex 2 Chapel Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Annex 2 Chapel
Every 2nd Friday
Sunday Sunday Sunday 0900 1200 0930 CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel
Catholic Mass Saturday 1700 Sunday 0800 Sunday 1130 Mon/Wed/Thur/Fri 1145 1st Sat. 0900 Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel
The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: http://www.usfk.mil/usfk/fkch.aspx for helpful links and information.
Friday 1830 West Casey Chapel
South Post Chapel
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG-Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffrey D. Hawkins: [email protected]
, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Terry E. Jarvis: [email protected]
, 738-3917 Chaplain (Maj.) Daniel E. Husak: [email protected]
, 736-3018 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) John Chun: [email protected]
, 754-7274 Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Flores: [email protected]
, 754-7042 USAG-Red Cloud/Casey 2ID Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jonathan Gibbs: [email protected]
, 732-7998 Red Cloud Chaplain (Lt. Col) David Acuff: [email protected]
, 732-6169 USAG-Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Kwon Pyo: [email protected]
, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Mike Jones: [email protected]
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Soldiers celebrate Warrior Friendship Week
Mark Chesnutt, noted country music singer, performs for Warriors at the conclusion of Warrior Friendship Week in Gateway Park on Casey Garrison April 8. — U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson By Kevin Jackson USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON – The 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team took home the overall champion and bragging rights from the first-ever Warrior Friendship Week held at installations throughout Area I April 5-8. Throughout the week, American and Korean Soldiers participated in numerous unit level sports, a golf scramble, chicken fights (gimajeon), a relay run, indoor soccer (jok ku), tug-of-war, Korean wrestling (ssireum), basketball, and ultimate warrior and MOS specific competitions. “You have competed on the friendly fields of strife with the same spirit, skill and determination that you began the Shield Ride, the Manchu Mile and the Warrior Stakes,” said Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division, in his closing ceremony remarks at Schoonover Bowl April 8. “We have found out who is the best on the soccer field, the basketball court, the wrestling ring and all the other assorted sporting competitions that we’ve had,” he said. “We’ve also reinforced something that we already knew. That this great American and Korean warrior team is truly second to none.” The general, assisted by Col. Yun Wonhui, commander of the Republic of Korea Army Support Group, passed out trophies and individual awards to all the teams.
Second Infantry Division’s tae kwon do demonstration team began the festivities by demonstrating breathtaking feats of the martial art. — U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson
Warriors challenge each other by unit in tug-of-war during the festivities in Schoonover Bowl celebrating Warrior Friendship Week April 8 on Casey Garrison. — U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson
An Area I Warrior crosses the finish line during the relay race celebrating Warrior Friendship Week in Schoonover Bowl on Casey Garrison April 8. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Warriors play gimajeon for bragging right to placing 1 during the sports events portion of Warrior Friendship Week April 8 in Schoonover Bowl on Casey Garrison. — U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson
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Commissaries celebrate the Month of the Military Child
By Cherie Huntington DeCA public affairs specialist FORT LEE, Va. — The news media eats it up, as does the intended audience: Military mom or dad returns from deployment; child, unaware, sits in class; child glances up and sees military parent step out from hiding. Emotions cycle quickly across the young face – surprise, disbelief, amazement and joy followed by tears of relief and happiness as the long-awaited hugs become real. These are the nation’s “Li’l Heroes,” wee soldiers with their own burdens of war to carry, and April marks a special month to salute their sacrifices. A legacy of former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Month of the Military Child underscores the important role children of military parents play in the armed forces Defense Commissary Agency Director and CEO Philip E. Sakowitz Jr. “We know it’s tough for them to handle frequent moves and long separations from loved ones serving in uniform, but we’d hope April feels like a month of homecomings.” Commissaries worldwide are engaged in various events geared toward children in April, ranging from nutrition tours and diaper derbies, to artistic endeavors such as egg coloring and grocery bag art – all opportunities to recognize and applaud military children for the daily sacrifices they make on behalf of service members. The American Academy of Pediatrics Web page features a special section dedicated to military children: http://www.aap.org/ sections/uniformedservices/deployment/ videos.html. Another site providing help for military children’s stress is Military OneSource, a virtual extension of base services, available for all active-duty, Guard and Reserve families: http://www.militaryonesource.com, or call at 800-342-9647. DeCA’s “Li’l Heroes Benefit Bulletin” points the way to goodies and information sure to delight mom and baby. This monthly newsletter gives links to coupons, special offers and mustread information on everything from recalls to children’s nutrition. Visit http://www.commissaries.com, and click “Shopping” on the menu bar. Then scroll down to “Li’l Heroes Baby Program” to subscribe.
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community. “Your commissary wants to make this an extra-special month for these little heroes,” said
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New logo represents the way ahead for IMCOM
By Ashley Bateman USAG Bamberg Public Affairs Military community members will now see a symbolic icon representing the progressive goals of Installation Management Command, the headquarters of Army garrisons worldwide. The logo, developed to coincide with the 2010-2017 Installation Management Campaign Plan rollout and to run in conjunction with the IMCOM emblem, is representative of the four major facets of Army community life: stewardship, readiness, facilities and families. Kathy Aydt, chief of Strategic Communications of Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management/ IMCOM, was asked by IMCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch to create a logo representative of the new goals. “He is very interested in instilling pride and ownership within the workforce and wanted something that really symbolized the importance of the work that we do and for the Soldiers,” Aydt said. “He felt it should be a logo that people could really relate to and get behind.” The team drew on the creative efforts of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command and the U.S. Army Environmental Command, as well as engaging members of the Installation Management Community to ensure the new image magnified the most significant aspects of the Army. “We extended it to our community at large in a type of contest format and solicited all the input,” Aydt said. The result, after only a one-week window for submissions, was more than 70 different versions of a logo to represent IMCOM. More than 2,000 people then contributed their opinions by voting on a symbol. The top choice contained all the elements the project team had hoped for. “We were thrilled that it was the one selected,” Aydt said. “It was designed to invoke pride in our command and our element in the final design had a specific significance to representing Army communities and IMCOM’s objectives for the coming years. “You have the green with the tree which symbolizes our that we’re responsible for and of course you see the family grouping at the bottom. You may note that you can’t tell who are Soldiers or if there are Soldiers there...we also have a large civilian workforce that is very important to us. In this day and age not only Soldiers deploy but [so do] civilians. Those things were intentionally built into this logo, and probably on some level it’s why it has such a wide appeal.” The campaign plan outlines the goals and areas deserving particular focus over the next seven years. Lynch, who implemented the campaign, outlined the purpose of the plan in the mission statement; “To provide standardized, effective and efficient services, facilities and infrastructure to Soldiers, families and civilians for an Army and Nation engaged in persistent conflict,” -emphasizing the focus on increasing the effectiveness of post programs and agendas. Lynch further underlined his aspirations for garrisons by choosing six major topics to focus funds, energy and manpower on. “My intent is to provide the facilities, programs and services required to support Army readiness, sustain the All-Volunteer Force and provide the infrastructure for current and future mission requirements,” Lynch wrote. “I will do so through six Lines of Effort: Soldier and Family Readiness, Soldier and Family Wellbeing, Leader and Workforce Development, Installation Readiness, Safety, Energy Efficiency and Security as imperatives in all that we do.” As garrisons move forward in meeting the goals of the 2010-2017 Campaign plan, the new logo will continue to serve as a reminder to what IMCOM is built upon, the Soldiers, civilians and families that make up the worldwide Army community.
mission. The symbols are strong and the colors are bold, as is our mission and our commitment to fulfilling that mission.” Aydt explained that each
stewardship,” she said. “You have the flag at the top that symbolizes our readiness in support of the Army. You see the facilities, the structures which represent the infrastructure
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Combined anti-terrorism exercise features IED detection, use of quick reaction force
By Spc. Timothy N. Oberle 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs K-16 AIR BASE — With sirens blaring, Republic of Korea Army tanks guarding the gates, and Military Working Dogs searching everywhere for explosives, this tiny installation was alive with activity during a four-day force protection exercise, March 29 to April 1. During the cold, rainy week, here, all units, including the 2nd Assault Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, ROKA’s 15th Composite Wing, the 718th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, and civilian personnel from the K-16 fire department, participated in the force protection exercise to ensure readiness for possible terrorist attacks. The exercise focused on “communication between the various units during changes in the force protection conditions on base,” said 2nd Lt. Laurence Hines, an intelligence officer for 2-2 Aviation. “It helps personnel know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it based on the command group’s overall protection plan.” Conducting the exercise satisfies K-16’s force protection requirements and allows USAG-Yongsan to evaluate K-16’s overall readiness, Hines said. Through simulated civil and military disturbances, 2-2 Aviation was able to designate responsibilities to two quick reaction force teams for the protection of assigned and visiting personnel. “The QRF (quick reaction force) teams will be relatively the same if we ever have to face a real-life threat,” said Sgt. Kevin Shoun, an assistant platoon sergeant for Delta Company, 2-2 Aviation and one of the QRF team leaders. Hines added that “in order to be ready, these teams need to know how to receive and execute QRF plans in order to mitigate those threats.” During the exercise, simulations were
Republic of Korea Army Soldiers form up behind an armored personnel carrier during a suspected gate breach at K-16 Air Base as part of a force protection exercise, March 31. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Timothy N. Oberle presented for a mass casualty, a Korean national protest, and a vehicle-borne and mail room planted improvised explosive device. The two QRF teams were formed and briefed before the exercise to respond to any type of event that might be simulated. “I think we did really well, given the short preparation time, but if we had more practice it certainly couldn’t hurt,” Shoun said. “I think they worked most of the kinks out on the first day during the administration portion, which made everything a lot easier.”
A member of the 718th Explosive Ordinance Disposal team suits up in preparation to disable a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device at K-16, March 31, while, right, Soldiers from K-16 Air Base treat a leg injury during a mass casualty simulation. – U.S. Army photos by Cpl. Ma,
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By Steven Hoover USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRSION — Veteran country music singer Mark Chesnutt performed at the Super Gym, here, April 9, before a crowd of about 900, during the second leg of a threestop tour through Korea last week. He and his band, who have also previously done shows in Kuwait, Iraq and on stateside military installations, also performed at Camp Casey and Kunsan Air Base as part of this trip. Chesnutt, originally from Beaumont, Texas, has been a touring musician for almost thirty years. After starting out with his father, Bob, singing cover songs of country legends like Merle Haggard, George Jones and Waylon Jennings, he finally caught a break, in 1989, when he signed with MCA Nashville. Later that year, he released his first single “Too Cold At Home,” eventually earning him the Country Music Academy’s Horizon Award. Following that, and thanks to Jones, the man Chesnutt calls his main mentor and “someone who is real special to me,” Mark began an almost non-stop career that continues today. “George is someone who has always been in my corner,” Chesnutt said. “We come from the same area in Texas and my dad used to run around with him. I owe a lot of my career success to him.” That recognition and initial success opened the door to offer him what he considers the chance of a lifetime...to sing country music for country fans. “I can remember one time during a tour, I didn’t set foot on the front porch for almost ten months,” he said “with the exception of a day or so, then it was right back out again.” Chesnutt has been so busy making albums and touring over the years, he was named one of Billboard Magazine’s Ten Most Played Radio
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Photoshop Tutorial Offered Humphreys’ Child, Youth and School Services is offering a Photoshop tutorial April 19 and April 26. Participants will learn how to edit, enhance, organize and share their digital images. For more information, call 753-8645. Town Hall Meeting USAG-Humphreys is hosting a Town Hall meeting in the Community Activity Center, April 20, starting at 6 p.m. Come out and address leaders in the community with questions, comments and concerns. For more information, call 753-3700. Homeschool Informational Meeting The Child, Youth and School Services is hosting a Homeschool Informational meeting, April 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Youth Center, Bldg. 570. CYSS will provide information about standardized testing, legal issues, homeschooling overseas, transcripts and more. Children are welcome to attend and for details, call 753-8274. Comedy ROKs Tour Coming Comedy ROK’s is back with a fresh crew and new laughs, April 23, in Tommy D’s, starting at 8 p.m. Sit back, relax and enjoy the humor of Rocco Stowe, Derek Gaines, Turae Gordon, Lawrence Killebrew and Richie Redding. For more information, call 753-8191. Commissary Hosts 5K Run Pre-registration is now open for the Commissary 5K Run scheduled for May 1, at 8 a.m. Runners may register the day of the event, starting at 7 a.m. The run begins in the USAG-Humphreys garrison headquarters parking lot. For more information, call 753-8811. Eobong Festival Trip Outdoor Recreation is offering a trip to the annual Eobong Festival, May 12. The festival celebrates the spirit of spring and the ocean and takes place at Busan. Visitors to the festival can try catching fish with their bare hands, take part in a cooking contest and sample different types of food. To register before the May 6 deadline, call 753-3255 or 753-3013. Force Protection Reminder During random anti-terrorism checks at USAGHumphreys facilities, be prepared to show your identification card. AR 600-18-14 and USFK Regulation 27-5, requires ID card holders to have their cards in possession at all times. For more information, call 754-6192. Voting Information Military and Overseas Voters should submit their ballot request for the May and June state primaries. The following states will conduct Primary Elections during May, on the date indicated: May 4: Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio May 11: Nebraska, West Virginia May 18: Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania May 25: Idaho June 1: Alabama, Mississippi, New Mexico June 8: California, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia Any eligible person who has not submitted a registration and ballot request for the 2010 calendar year, should do so as soon as possible. The application and instructions are available at www.fvap.gov/FPCA. OB Orientation Civilians and Soldiers are invited to attend the Obstetrics (OB) Orientation held on the last Friday of each month, in the Super Gym, starting at 9 a.m. For information, contact Capt. Beth Brauchli at 753-8003 or Stacee Roberts, at 753-6287.
Chesnutt tour a hit at Humphreys
was young and his father played the records on Sunday mornings before church. And, thanks to the folks from Time Life, he is getting to do the album of his dreams. “I’m real excited about this next album,” he said, “because it is filled with songs from legendary performers that I sang growing up in the business. Some of the songs, I’ve been singing all of my life. Others, this album was the first time.” Besides songs by the country legends previously mentioned, he covers songs by Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker. The album is scheduled for a June release. During the Humphreys show, which featured many of his well known titles such as “Bubba Shot The Jukebox,” “Blame It On Texas,” “It Sure Is Monday,” and “Old Flames Have New Names,” he told the crowd that he “wanted to join the Army when he was young, but somehow wound up with a guitar in a bar.” He thanked everyone in attendance, especially the Soldiers, because “we couldn’t do what we do if not for folks like you who volunteer to protect our freedom.” As the show concluded, Chesnutt received appreciation gifts from Col. Joseph P. Moore, USAG-Humphreys commander, and Col. Joseph A. Bassani, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade commander. He was then asked to play one more song, which turned out to be “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” a song that he had at the top of the charts for four consecutive weeks. After a short break, he came out and signed autographs and took pictures for those who waited.
Country singer Mark Chesnutt performed for about 90 minutes, April 9, at the Super Gym, in the middle leg of a three-stop tour. He also performed at Camp Casey and Kunsan Air Base during the trip. Artist’s of the 90’s. And, although he said he’s still young for a singer, he said he’s getting to “darn old to be climbing on tanks (which he did at Camp Casey) and in and out of helicopters. “It’s been a great trip so far,” he said before the Humphreys concert. “I’m really looking forward to putting on a great show for the folks.” He admitted that he still gets nervous before every show, even when he knows he’s among friends. “Once, when I had the privilege of playing at the Grand Ole Opry, Roy Acuff told me to never lose the nervousness,” Chesnutt said. “And, I guess it is something that has just stayed with me over the years.” Something else that has stayed with him over the years is his love of the “outlaw” era of country music. Songs that go back to the days when he
Spc. Chris Hopkins, HHB, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, welcomed fellow Texan, Mark Chesnutt, with their state flag, April 9, in the Super Gym. — U.S. Army photos by Steven Hoover
About 900 people, mostly camera-carrying country music fans, turned out to see Mark Chesnutt, April 9, at the Super Gym.
Summer Enrichment Program deadline nears
USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON – Registration for the Department of Defense Education Activity Summer Enrichment Program, at Humphreys American School for grades Kindergarten through 8th, concludes April 23. No late registrations will be accepted. Participation is limited to currently enrolled, space-required DoDEA students. This half-day Summer Enrichment Program, which begins June 28 and runs through July 23, is a supplemental extension of the DoDEA curriculum and standards. Students will experience a variety of engaging, theme-related activities emphasizing math and language arts skills. It is not a remedial program and is provided at no cost. However, sponsors must arrange for student transportation. In order for students to meet with success and gain the most benefit from this program, they need to be present each day. Those who register, but do not attend, are depriving other students the opportunity to participate. Except for illness and emergencies, regular attendance is required. To register a child for the program, obtain, fill out, and return the registration form to the HAS main office before the deadline. For more information, call 753-6313.
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“I went vegetarian, no meat, cheese, butter or dairy products of any kind,” Scott said. “My breakfasts consisted of oatmeal, laced with walnuts and raisins, topped with cinnamon. Lunches were almost exclusively salads with low (calorie) or no fat dressings. The evening meals were salads or other vegetables, with a boiled egg and tuna or broiled blackened fish with lime. “I kept my calorie intake to between 1200 to 1500 per day,” he added. “If I needed a snack after dinner, I ate half a Fuji apple or celery sticks with a few dry roasted peanuts. I took in plenty of low and no calorie liquids all throughout the day. I increased my exercise and movements throughout the day, so I would not have to face that long exercise session in the evenings. I swam and used the stationary bike for a half hour each.” As for Willis, he said, “I decided that I would cut my calories from 3000 a day to about 1500 a day. This, along with increased exercise every week, has helped me lose the weight. “Reading Dave Elger’s book, ‘Lose It Forever – Lose Weight and Improve Your Health: Do It the Right Way!’ helped me look at food differently. I now look at the calories on the box and look at how much fat is within the food that I am eating. “I stuck to the 15 minute rule,” he added. “Every time I wanted a snack, I waited 15 minutes to see if I really needed it. More often than not, the craving for that snack went away so I didn’t eat what I didn’t need in the first place. Attending the Win Over Weight (WOW) Support Group meetings also helped. We were able to share how we did things for weight loss and dieting.” Of the seven teams that finished, they
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‘Losers’ reveal secrets for successful weight drop
USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON — The team of Bert Scott and Howard Willis lost a combined total of 108.4 pounds to capture first place in the garrison’s “The Biggest Loser” contest. They also finished one and two in individual weight loss, with Scott dropping 70.4 pounds and Willis losing 38 pounds even. Final weigh-ins were conducted April 4, with prizes awarded April 10. The threemonth contest began in early January and was a combined promotion of the Area III Sports Program and Health Promotion. This year’s contest drew 29 two-person teams and 72 individuals. Winners were determined by the largest percentage of weight lost between entry and the final weigh-in. How did they do it?
combined to drop 230 total pounds. In the individual category, a total of 17 people dropped 294 pounds. Overall results were: Teams: Howard Willis and Bert Scott, 108.4 lbs.; Leticia and Walter Taylor, 34.6 lbs.; Alvin and Marie Jordan, 25.4 lbs.; J’amie and Clover Stevenson, 25 lbs.; Reggie and Sheri Castro, 24.6 lbs.; Sheur Yang and New Chang, 11.4 lbs. Individuals: Bert Scott, 70.4 lbs.; Howard Willis, 38 lbs.; Walter Scott, 32.2 lbs.; Alvin Jordan, 22.2 lbs.; Oddie Lowell, 22.8 lbs.; J’amie Stevenson, 16.4 lbs.; Sheri Castro, 15 lbs.; Kiu Travis, 15 lbs.; Jennifer Varney, 12.2 lbs.; Demoria Tucker, 15.2 lbs.; Katherine Turner, 12.8 lbs.; Maxine Blackwood, 6.2 lbs.; Nataska Jones, 7 lbs.; Jessica Noel, 3.8 lbs.; Dennis Fewell, 2.4 lbs.; and Leticia Taylor, 2.4 lbs.
Internship exposes student to ways of American children
By Lee, Hye-young USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs Intern HUMPHREYS GARRISON — “Taking care of children is not a matter to be slighted,” said Kim, Ho-yoen, also known as Grace, an intern currently working at both the Child Development Center and School Age Services, here. Grace, a student at Pyeongtaek University, is one of seven college interns who began work here in February. She works with children, infants to 5 years old, as an assistant at the CDC in the morning, and then spends time with school aged children at SAS in the afternoon. The internship program is part of the U.S. Forces Korea Good Neighbor and Community Relations Program, as well as a volunteer program of Army Community Services. During the six-month program, each student receives credit for an “overseas” internship and work experience in an English-speaking environment, without having to leave their country. Grace said that she always has been interested in children, so she wanted to work with both babies and youth. Because of two jobs, she is very busy. “I want to learn how to treat the children individually,” she said. “Spending time with them, I was sometimes embarrassed, and then I didn’t know how I should treat them.” But her love for children has no limits. “I had never met American children before I joined the internship program,” she said. “I really wanted to meet them. Also, my major is youth welfare.” “She always listens attentively when the children’s speak,” said Karla Burke, SAS director, who praised the intern’s patience. “During this internship program, Grace will meet many children who have various personalities and backgrounds. I hope she will have a great time with them.” Grace said that she is very happy with the program thus far and has high hopes for the future. “I would like to participate in this program, or another internship, after this internship,” Grace said. “It has been about two months since the start of this internship
Two Air Force Special Forces personnel are lifted out of harms way by a Black Hawk crew from Charlie Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, during an exercise near Camp Walker, in Daegu, March 26. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Timothy N. Oberle By Cpl. Ju-ho Ma 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
Exercise test ‘dust-off’ troops
HUMPHREYS GARRSION — It was about 3 p.m., March 26, when the call came in. Immediately, two Black Hawk crews from Charlie Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade flew to a dry pond near Camp Walker, in Daegu, and picked up injured Air Force troops, carrying them to safety to receive medical treatment. This training scenario was part of a Medical Evacuation exercise between dust-off and Air Force Special Forces personnel. “Our goal [for our crews] is to get them (the flight crews) to a higher level of proficiency and readiness, and that’s why we put them in various emergency situations and train them how to deal with those situations,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Johnny Garcia, the dust-off standardization pilot. “This training was also important in that we learned how to handle the differences that occur when two different services work together. We trained our Soldiers with an experience they hardly get and learned how to coordinate with other services.”
Kim, Ho-yeon, a CDC and SAS intern, plays with Gabriel Payne during an afternoon at SAS. — U.S. Army photo by Lee, Hye-young
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176th FMC hosts 3rd annual Best Finance Management Support Team Competition
Pfc. Somi Kim, a member of Charlie Detachment Team finds cover behind a brick wall during a dismounted patrol which was part of lane seven of the Best FMST Competition. — U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Daniel Wallace By Sgt. Daniel J. Wallace 501st SBDE Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL — Inside the community club, a rundown empty building tucked away on Camp Market, is an Army base no longer used by the military except for training purposes, and the factory that makes bread for the Army and Air Force Exchange Services, the mood is both somber and serious for its occupants. The Soldiers currently using this building are members of the 176th Finance Company. Recently, two teams of seven Soldiers each were in their respective areas, planning and rehearsing how to move as members of a fire team, how to react to direct fire, and the jobs assigned to each person. These teams were on hand to participate in the Third Annual 176th Best Finance Management Support Team Competition. The twenty eight noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted competitors that made up the teams were comprised of U.S. Soldiers and Korean Augmentees to the United States Army (KATUSAs). The competition consisted of seven different technical and tactical lanes designed to cover a three-day challenge period. The results of the competition were Bravo detachment team, Camp Humphrey, first place with 5,836 points while placing first in lanes one, two, four, and seven. Alpha detachment team, Yongsan Army Base, second with 5,700 points-placing first in lane six. Delta detachment team, Camp Casey, third place with 5,378 points and placing first in lane five. While Charlie detachment team, Camp Carroll, took fourth place with 5,276 points and placed first in lane three. While the race for first and second place was close and the race for third and fourth was even closer, the general consensus from the cadre, observer controllers and others who helped make the event possible was that all teams had great attitudes, performed above expectations, and set the bar high for next year’s competitors. On the final day of the competition, Brig. Gen. Belinda Pinckney, Army Diversity Task Force Director, arrived to observe competition events. Maj. John P. Pippo, 176th Finance Management Company Commander, set up a special demonstration of lane seven for Pinckney to observe, completed by Delta detachment team. A short time later, BG Pinckney took time out to speak to the Soldiers who participated in the competition and the workers who made it possible. “When I look around the Army, the important thing is that it’s all centered around leadership and that’s what I see here. You’re pulling
Members of Charlie Detachment Team pull security around the baseball dugout while Staff Sgt. Lucia Delgao calls in a medevac request for Sgt. Fiona Mckune. — U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Daniel Wallace out the best in everybody and all that ties into the mission and readiness. “I’m looking around and I see some young faces. I know we’re leading the Army. So when I decide to move on, I already know we’ll be in good hands because I’m looking at the future right now,” commented the General. BG Pinckney added in closing that she was looking at motivated individuals, dedicated individuals, and individuals determined to make a difference, while after each portion pausing to a loud hooah from the group.
Spc. Brandon Chambers and Pvt. Adrian Tequin carry Sgt. Fiona Mckune to the medevac pickup site after she was wounded by enemy fire during contact on the dismounted patrol. — U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Daniel Wallace
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By Mary Grimes USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP HENRY — USAG Daegu Deputy Fire Chief, Andrew Allen reminds everyone that you can prevent tragedies by testing and maintaining the smoke alarms located in your home or living quarters. “Test your smoke alarms and/or detectors monthly, and change your batteries every six months. If your battery-powered alarm gives off a low-power warning, which is usually a high-pitched chirping sound, please replace the battery immediately,” he said. According to the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission, every year in the United States, nearly 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. They said that most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not as a result of burns. Most deaths and injuries occur in fires that happen while the victims are asleep. Fire officials said that it is a good idea when replacing your smoke alarm batteries, that you also replace the batteries in your Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm. Often referred to as the Silent Killer, CO is a colorless and odorless gas that is produced when any fuel is incompletely burned. “Another thing we want to remind people of and that is, never disable your smoke alarm even --if it goes off while you’re cooking. You
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Camp Walker Indoor Swimming Pool Closed The Camp Walker indoor swimming pool is closed until further notice as additional maintenance is required. We apologize for any inconvenience. POSH/No Fear Training POSH/No Fear training scheduled for April 27 has been moved from the CPOC training center to the EEO/FED conference room located in building 1254 on Camp Henry. Military Spouse Essay Contest Write an essay on what it means to you to be a Military Spouse. Rules are one page document, handwritten or typed. Please drop off your essay at ACS or email to [email protected]
mil. The due date is May 3. Zumba Dance Class In addition to the classes at Camp Walker on Tuesdays & Fridays, ZUMBA will be taught at the Camp Carroll Fitness Center every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Personal Property Movement Branch The personal property movement branch USAG Daegu will be closed on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The purpose is to perform required training for the staff of the Movement Branch. We apologize for any inconvenience this training may cause. For more information please contact Mr. Davis at 768-6745. Daegu Spirit Allstar Cheer “If you want to be an allstar then you gots to go!” Cheerleading registration for season2 is open to all USAG Daegu girls and boys ages 6 - 18. It begins May 1. Coaches, staff and team comittee volunteers are needed also. For more information, contact [email protected]
Tobacco user support group Are you ready to kick the habit? If so, come out to the new Tobacco User Support Group every Tuesday at the Camp Walker, Optometry Clinic conference room or Wednesday at the Camp Carroll Army Community Services from 11 a.m. to noon. Please call at 764-5594 for details. Red Cross First Aid training Daegu American Red Cross is offering Lay Responder First Aid/ CPR/AED (With optional bridge to Professional Rescuer CPR/AED and/ or Babysitting), May 17 through May 20 with the possible bridge May 21. Classes will run each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the American Red Cross classroom, building 1425, Camp Henry. A number of certifications will be received, including adult, child and infant CPR. Limited space is available so sign up now. Call the Daegu ARC office, 768-7993.
Fire officials want you to get a charge out of your smoke alarm and detector
USAG Fire Officials encourage everyone to help save lives by testing and maintaining smoke alarms located throughout their home or living quarters. Officials said tests should be conducted monthly, and smoke detector batteries should be changed every six months. — U.S. Army Photo by Pvt. Jang, Bong-seok can easily relocate the alarm away from the kitchen. At least one alarm should be placed on every level of the home. Keep in mind that placing an alarm or detector near the bedrooms will provide a type of early warning to the sleeping occupants. “We want you to be safe and to enjoy your tour in Korea. Taking a few minutes out to check the batteries and test your smoke alarm or detector is something that fire officials in Daegu and Area IV don’t mind repeating. Do it now, so that your safety and the safety of your family are never, ever compromised,” stated Allen.
Camp Henry Employment Readiness Office shares updates on Military Spouses Residency Relief Act
The USAG Daegu Camp Henry Employment Readiness Office has made the following information regarding the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) available for your convenience. On November 11, 2009, the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) was enacted to extend certain protections to military spouses. Pursuant to the MSRRA, a military spouse who is present with a member in a particular State under military orders does not have to pay State income taxes on wages earned in that State as long as that State is not the spouse’s legal residence or domicile. The MSRRA does not allow a spouse to pick or choose a domicile in any State. Rather, domicile is established, which means that the spouse must have actually been present in the State, established it as his or her domicile, and maintained it by forming and maintaining the necessary contacts, such as registering to vote, owning property, registering vehicles, or indicating a State of probate in a last will and testament. Members and their spouses may seek free, confidential advice from a military legal assistance office if they have any questions. The Depar tment of Treasur y is considering whether Federal agencies have a legal obligation to withhold State income taxes for the military spouse’s State of legal residence or domicile (if that State is not the State in which the military spouse is employed). Regardless of the conclusion reached, military spouses are liable for income taxes imposed by their State of legal residence or domicile. They may request that income taxes for their State of legal residence or domicile be withheld from their pay. Below is the Defense Civilian Pay System (DCPS) workaround to allow military spouses to claim a non-taxable State as their State of legal residence or domicile. This workaround will remain in place until a DCPS system change is implemented to allow the CSR to change the employee’s State tax record to nontaxable for MSRRA. For more information, see http://www. whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statementpresident-s475 Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) Personal Income Tax Exemption Workaround: 1. Employee’s Responsibility: If an employee meets the conditions set forth under the MSRRA, the employee will provide to the Customer Service Representative (CSR): a. Proof employee is a Military Spouse by providing a copy of the employee’s Military Identification Card. b. A completed State form to claim exemption from income tax withholding due to the MSRRA, along with a copy of the member’s current military orders that reflect duty in the State in which the military spouse is employed. The forms can be found at the State websites pertaining to the MSRRA (attachment 1 has the links to these websites). c. If the employee wants to request that income taxes be withheld for the employee’s State of legal residence, the employee should submit a statement to request such tax withholding and a W-4 form to claim any withholding exemption allowances. Example: I, Jane Doe, am a military spouse and my official State of legal residence or domicile is Colorado. I request that income taxes for Colorado be withheld from my Federal pay. This is effective January 1, 2010. Signed, Jane Doe d. When an employee no longer qualifies under MSRRA, the employee should notify the CSR. 2. CSR Responsibility: Upon receipt of the supporting documentation from the employee, the CSR should do the following: The CSR should access the DCPS online tax deduction screen to verify that the tax record does not reflect that income taxes will be withheld for the State in which the employee is working and to determine if action is required based on the below: a. If an employee claims a nontaxable State as the State of legal residence and is working in a non-taxable State, no action is required. Example: Employee claims Florida as the State of legal residence and is working in Texas, no action is required. b. If an employee claims a taxable State as the State of legal residence and is
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Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival 2010 gone but not forgotten
and tackling the ever present challenges most often associated with heavy traffic, the bus seemed to approach its final destination slowly. The reason soon became clear to the passengers. The chilly weather had prevented the blossoming of the trees. Somewhat disappointed, the Area IV crowd did not allow the weather to completely destroy their weekend cultural tour. Commented one tourist, “I wanted to come down and experience being in Jinhae during the blossoming of the cherry trees, but no one can tell the weather what to do. You just roll with it. What’s important is that I can say I toured Jinhae and won’t forget this experience.” Rolling with it is exactly what the group did. Not limited to just viewing the blossoming of the cherry trees, the tour also included a visit to the U.S. Naval Base Chinhae, along with a host of activities in downtown Jinhae saluting the annual Cherry Blossom festival. From cornbread to cotton candy, and horse-drawn carriages, the atmosphere in downtown Jinhae was robust with activity. As the sun began to provide a blanket of warmth, moods quickly rose to a level of happiness and celebration. For Tae Chun Yu, Manager, Camp Walker Tour and Travel Services, the change in weather was the jolt needed to put the much awaited event back on course. “The day started out on an upbeat note positive note, and not being able to see the cherry blossoms put a bit of a damper on things. However, as the day progressed, the tour group was able to get out and experience Korea in a fantastic way. The vendors, the shopping, and the bright sunny day ended up making the trip worthwhile for everyone who participated in the tour,” he said.
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Turkish vendors encouraged USAG Daegu tour participants to try the original “Turkish Kabab” made in Korea. — U.S. Army Photo by Mary Grimes By Mary Grimes and Kim, See-un members and civilians, a recent tour to USAG Daegu Public Affairs Jinhae Kunhangje’s annual Cherry Blossom CAMP HENRY — Throughout the Korean peninsula, April is usually regarded as a time to get out and enjoy the blossoming flowers, feel the warmth of the sun after a long, harsh winter that kept so many of us indoors. Thanks to Camp Walker’s Tour and Travel Service, Area IV Soldiers, Family
Festival might have been just what the doctor ordered. That is, except for the winter chill that still lingered in the air. The 48th year for the festival, spirits ran high with excitement as the bus left Camp Walker enroute to its 90 minute destination –the Korea Naval Academy. Making its way through the countryside,
Known as the creater of the Turtle Ship, a statue of Admiral Sun Sin, Yi is located in the center of downtown Jinhae. — U.S. Army Photo by Mary Grimes
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working in a non-taxable State, no action is required with regard to the State in which the employee is working. Example: Employee claims Georgia as the State of legal residence and is working in Texas. No action is required since no taxes will be withheld for Texas. No State income taxes will be withheld from the employee’s
pay, unless the employee requests that taxes be withheld for Georgia. c. If an employee claims a taxable State as the State of legal residence and works in a taxable State: Delete the state of employment State tax record. A State tax deduction record should be created if the employee requests that income taxes for the State of legal residence be withheld from the employee’s pay. Ensure proper effective date is used (beginning of pay year). Example: Employee transfers from Georgia to California. Delete the California tax record. A State tax record for Georgia should be created if the employee requests
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that Georgia income taxes be withheld from the employee’s pay. d. If an employee claims a nontaxable State and is working in a taxable State, the CSR will notify the Payroll Office (PRO). Notification should be done via a Remedy ticket; using the title “MSRRA” for tracking purposes.
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