August 20, 2010 • Volume 8, Issue 44
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
IMCOM Korea commander nabs first star
Fox pins on brigadier general Friday during ceremony
By Russell Wicke IMCOM Korea Public Affairs
IMCOM Korea Region Commander, Brig. Gen. David G. Fox (left), receives congratulations from Maj. Gen. Lawrence L. Wells, Deputy Chief of Staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea. Fox began his military career as an enlisted Soldier. After completing Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Infantry in 1982.— U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Francisco Alejandro
YONGSAN GARRISON — The commander for Installation Management Command Korea Region pinned on his first star during a promotion ceremony held Aug. 13 here. The U.S. Senate approved the promotion of Brig. Gen. David Fox along with his peers, retroactive to July 2. During the ceremony, General Walter L. Sharp, U.S. Forces Korea commander, remarked that Fox was “absolutely the perfect choice” for the Army’s newest general officer. Fox himself attributes nearly all of his successes to the NCO corps. He began his Army career by enlisting to the service in 1980. According to Fox, it was a platoon sergeant who taught him the fundamentals of leadership during his enlisted years. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry in 1982, and served in numerous places, such as Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq. But throughout his career as an officer, Fox repeatedly emphasized how the NCO corp has always been the foundation behind his accomplishments. Fox took command of Korea Region June 22, marking his first time to serve in Korea. His previous assignment was commander of the Iraqi Assistance Group, Camp Victory Iraq. Fox has earned numerous prestigious awards and decorations, to include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. As the Region commander, Fox is responsible for all Army garrison operations support services in Korea, including support and training of the fighting force, installation support, environmental programs, construction, force protection, and morale and welfare - all during a time of persistent conflict. His background is Special Operations. FEATURE
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Eighth Army participates in Ulchi Freedom Guardian
COMMAND POST OSCAR — Eighth (Field) Army is honing its ability to defend the Republic of Korea from Aug. 16 - 26 during exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the world’s largest annual command post exercise. “The ROK-U.S. Alliance maintains security here in the Republic of Korea and stability throughout the entire region,” said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Schweiger, 8th Army Chief of Staff, “and exercises like UFG keep us ready to deter, and if necessary, defeat any aggression or provocations against the Republic of Korea.” Schweiger said 8th Army will train together with its Korean allies and with U.S. units around the globe during the command post exercise. “The great prosperity in South Korea was built on the foundation of security provided by generations of warriors who have served on freedom’s frontier,” said Schweiger. “We welcome the opportunity to once again train together with our allies and to maintain our ability to fight and win.” Originally called Ulchi Focus Lens, UFG takes place around the same time every year, and it is the second of two annual peninsulawide exercises. The exercise is named after Ulchi Mundeok, an early Korean military leader who repelled an invasion by China’s Sui Dynasty in the 7th century.
Eighth Army is honing its ability to defend the Republic of Korea from Aug. 16 - 26 during exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the world’s largest annual command post exercise. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Song Changdo, 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs.
U.S. Wants Renewed Military Contacts with China
By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Resumption of militaryto-military contacts between the United States and China is in both countries’ best interests, senior defense officials said yesterday. The officials, speaking on background about a new report delivered to Congress yesterday, also said the Chinese have not been as transparent as they could be about their military transformation program, leaving the Sino-U.S. dialogue open to misunderstanding and miscommunications that could lead to miscalculations. The congressionally mandated annual report, titled “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2010,” was released on a day when officials announced China has surpassed Japan as the world’s secondlargest economy. China should have a gross domestic product of just over $5 trillion this year. The United States has the world’s largest economy, with just over $15 trillion. The booming Chinese economy is a good thing for the world, the report says, noting that the Chinese middle class is growing by leaps and bounds. The economic expansion has given the Chinese government the money needed to transform its military. “We welcome a strong, prosperous and successful China,” a senior defense official said, noting that a strong China has played an increasingly important role on the international stage. “At the same time,” the official added, “the Chinese government has embarked on a mission to transform its military into a modern force capable of conducting a growing range of military missions.” A decade ago, China’s army issued a new roles and missions statement that goes beyond the country’s immediate territorial interests. Some of the growth is good: China is participating in humanitarian relief, peacekeeping, search and rescue and counterpiracy missions. At the same time, “the lack of transparency around China’s growing capabilities and its intentions have raised questions about Chinese investments in the military and security sphere,” the official said. This worries planners and strategists in the
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People’s Liberation Army Navy sailors stand at attention during a visit by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead aboard the People’s Liberation Army Navy type 920 hospital ship Daishandao (AHH 866) in Qingdao, China. Roughead visited China last year to participate in the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy and to foster naval and military relationships between the two nations and explore areas for enhanced cooperation. — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones
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Pentagon. The Chinese have not been open about anti-access capabilities they are developing, about cyber attacks, or even about the cost of their military effort, officials said. In March, Chinese army leaders announced a 7.5 percent increase in the country’s military budget to about $78.6 billion. “The [Defense Department] estimate of China’s total militaryrelated spending for 2009 stands at some $150 billion,” the senior defense official said. “The complexity of the regional and global security environment, as well as the advances in China’s military capabilities and its expanding military operations and mission, call for a stable, reliable and continuous dialogue between the armed forces of the United States and China to expand practical cooperation where our national interests converge and to discuss candidly those areas where we have disagreement,” the senior defense official said. “Such dialogue is especially important, we believe, during periods when there is friction and turbulence.”
The Chinese ended the military-to-military dialogue with the United States after the United States sold $6.4 billion in defensive weapons to Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979. It was the second such halt in recent years. Last year — the year covered by the new report — Sino-U.S. military-to-military relations were good. But the on-again, off-again nature of China’s engagement with the U.S. military ended the period of civility and progress in the military-to-military relationship. The stop-and-go cycle limits the areas the two militaries can discuss. Even more troubling given China’s increasing military capabilities, this cycle increases the risk that miscommunication and misperception could lead to miscalculation, the official said. — See CHINA, Page 4 —
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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: Simple Assault; Subject #1 and Subject #2 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical when Subject #1 pushed and struck Subject #2 in the mouth with a closed fist. Subject #2 then retaliated by pushing Subject #1 and Subject #3 joined in and kicked Subject #2 in the thigh. Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3 were apprehended by Korean National Police and transported to Korean National Police station. Subject #1, Subject #2 and Subject #3 were charged with (Inflicting Bodily Injuries to Other). Subject #1 and Subject #3 who were SOFA members were processed and released into MP custody on CJ Form 2. Subject #1 and Subject #3 were later administered Portable Breath Test with the results of 0.074% Blood Alcohol Content and 0.122% Blood Alcohol Content. Subjects # 1 and # 3 were placed on International Hold, then processed and released to their unit. USAG Yongsan: Larceny of Private Funds; Unknown person(s), by unknown means, entered the quarters of Victim and stole the Victim’s wallet containing $840.00. Victim was unsure if the door was secured. A search for possible subject(s) and/or witness (es) was unsuccessful. USAG Yongsan: Shoplifting; Subject was observed via Close Circuit TV removing a make-up compact and leaving the PX without rendering a proper payment. Subject was detained and transported to the PMO. Subject was advised of their legal rights, which Subject invoked. Subject was processed and released on their own recognizance. Estimated Cost of Loss is $25.50. USAG Humphreys: Assault Consummated by a Battery; Provoking Speech/Gestures; Subject struck Victim in the face with a closed fist at. Subject and Victim were transported to the PMO where they were advised of their legal rights, which they waived rendering written sworn statements attesting to the incident. Subject was processed and released to their unit. USAG Humphreys: Larceny of Private Property; Unknown person(s), by unknown means, removed Victim’s white gold diamond bridal set which was left unsecured and unattended inside of their bag at Soldier’s Field. A search of the area conducted by Victim #1 met with negative results. Victim rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. Estimated Cost of Loss is $2,149.00. USAG Daegu: Underage Drinking; Subject was observed unconscious in an off-post taxi. Subject was transported to the PMO. Due to their level of intoxication, Subject lost consciousness and was then transported to the Troop Medical Clinic. There the subjects commander was contacted and gave authorization for a Legal Blood Alcohol Test to determine Subject’s Blood Alcohol Content, with results pending. A check of Subject’s ID card also revealed he was under the legal age to consume alcohol. Subject was processed and released to their unit.
This “kissing statue” is in Yeoido Park located in Seoul. The park is divided into four zones; Korean traditional garden, green area, cultural plaza, and natural ecological forest. Yeouido is also home to the Korean National Assembly and the 63 Building. — Courtesy photo by Dave Palmer
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off–post events and activities
Guemsan Ginseng Festival Guemsan, in Southern Chungcheongdo Province, will be holding the 30th Geumsan Ginseng Festival from Sep. 3-12 to celebrate the health benefits of Ginseng, a product for which the area is well known. Festivities will take place in Guemsan Ginseng Square and along the Ginseng and Medicinal Herb Streets in Geumsan-eup Joongdo-ri, and will include a number of programs that will allow guests to experience the whole ginseng process from cultivation to harvest and trade. Last year, the ‘Ginseng Medicinal Herb Health House’ was especially popular among visitors and has since been upgraded and renamed ‘A House Full of Energy,’ where visitors can experience the physical benefits of ginseng through the five senses. Scheduled events include a Ginseng Fashion Show, Ginseng Cocktail Show and activities using Ddukme, a mallet used when making rice cakes and ginseng. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities such as weighing ginseng with traditional scales, peeling ginseng, selecting ginseng seeds, making ginseng wine and chopping medicinal herbs. Korea’s Water Parks The sweltering heat creeps up on us quickly here in Korea and there is always a need to keep cool. Going to a water park in Korea is one of the most fun things to do to cool off in the summer. Of course, things like wave pools that replicate an ocean of rolling waves; slides with a thrill factor on par with roller coasters; and a wide selection of swimming pools await visitors. But something special about Korea’s water parks is that many of them also have hot spring spas including Jjimjilbang (Korean style sauna), allowing you to relax and recharge after a fun-packed day. Ttukseom Once a sandy spit on the Hangang River where Korea’s kings went to fire off arrows. Now, the peninsula is home to the sprawling greenness of Seoul Forest, one of the city’s most important natural spaces, which, unbelievably, was designed in 2003 and opened only in mid- 2005. Its southern, western and northern shores are lined with cycle paths, while the southern shore doubles as the bank of the Hangang River and forms one of the key sect ions of the Hangang River Park. Once beloved by Seoulites as a place to relax and play, Ttukseom is now breaking through the hangover brought upon it by half a century of breakneck urbanization and industrial development, and becoming a place to enjoy clean water and fresh air. All Aboard! Haerang is a train that’s part hotel, part observatory, part entertainment facility, and 100% fun. On the outside, the train is a striking blue with a gold phoenix emblem; on the inside, it’s full of clean and modern accommodations and conveniences, ensuring visitors a safe and pleasant travel experience. The luxury train takes passengers to major tourist destinations in Korea’s southwest, southeast, and eastern regions as part of a one-night, two-day or two-night, three-day program. Train fare is inclusive of all services and travel fees. Travelers move from one destination to another by train or by bus and visit famous local restaurants to feast on regional specialties like hanjeongsik, raw fish, and hanu beef. Haerang’s guest rooms range from standard rooms and family rooms to deluxe rooms and suites. All passenger rooms are equipped with a bed, an individual bathroom, a TV and air conditioning.
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By Col. William P. Huber Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan
There is no doubt about it, Korea is a special place to live and work. What was once considered a hardship tour is now fast becoming the tour of choice for Servicemembers and civilians alike. While we remain vigilant in our very serious mission to preserve peace on the Korean Peninsula, we are also committed to making Korea a home away from home for our community members. As many of you know, being thousands of miles away from the United States does present some challenges – a new language, new culture and big city life. Luckily, our Korean neighbors have always been willing to partner with our garrisons to help. As many of you have already noticed, many of our Korean neighbors are thankful that we are here. Whether a group of youths asks to have their photo taken with you, or an elderly couple on the subway offers your child candy, the warmth and generosity of the Korean people is unmistakable. That is why Garrison Yongsan has made community outreach an important part of its daily efforts, bringing Koreans and Americans together to improve our quality of life. As Installation Management Command Commander Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch mentioned earlier this month, our neighbors are looking for ways to show their gratitude for our service. Here in Seoul, we are partnering with organizations like People to People International New Seoul Chapter for intercultural events and traditional Korean entertainment at our major festivals. We have teamed up with Seoul fire departments to increase catastrophe response to ensure that you and your family get the best possible first responder assistance off and on post. The Korean National Police assist in protecting our perimeter so
Col. William P. Huber — U.S. Army photo
you can sleep safely at night. Our Korean neighbors sponsor newcomers’ tours weekly in Seoul. This is only a small sample of what our Korean neighbors do to make our tours better. I am committed to making your tour in Korea a safe and rewarding one. Whenever possible, we will work side by side with our Korean friends to augment the services we have, and introduce new services they wish to offer when they are available. I encourage you to give back to the community, too. Consider volunteering either on or off-post, participating in a Good Neighbor program, or participating in the English Summer Camp by adopting a Korean teen for a few weeks to learn English. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you make it your priority to get to know our Korean friends and find a role in our community. To learn more and get the latest news in the Yongsan community, click to www.facebook.com/ youryongsan.
“Moreover, we believe that it is in our mutual interests ... that we have a balanced and reciprocal dialogue allowing us to build mutual trust, cooperative capacity, institutional understanding, and develop common views, all of those things on our normal checklist, and that there is a real cost to the absence of military-military relations,” the official said. The United States has tried to restart the contacts. It is now up to China to make the next move and “demonstrate that it is in their interest to stay in that relationship and that they desire to sustain these engagements through periods of turbulence,” the official said. In the near term, the Chinese are preparing for a Taiwan contingency. China also is developing the capability to attack at long range military forces operating in the Western Pacific. The capability still is limited, but it can grow in numbers and accuracy, the official said. China has the most active ballistic and cruise
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missile development program in the world. The Chinese are developing new classes of missiles, upgrading others and working on countering ballistic missile defenses. At sea, China’s navy has the largest force of principal combatant submarines and amphibious warfare ships in Asia. China continues to invest heavily in nuclear-powered submarines and diesel electric boats. It’s also building an aircraft carrier and other combatant surface ships. The Chinese are also developing space and cyber capabilities, pursuing the ability to dominate across the spectrum of information in all its dimensions on modern battle space, the official said. “China’s investment in advanced electronic warfare systems, counterspace weapons and computer network operations reflect the emphasis and priority China’s leaders place on building capability in these areas,” the senior defense official said.
AUGUST 20, 2010
New commander takes reins of Iron Brigade
by Sgt. Ryan Elliott 1st HBCT Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON – After two years of commanding the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Col. Thomas Graves handed over the reins of the ‘Iron’ Brigade to incoming commander, Col. Ross Davidson Jr., during a change of command ceremony held on the Camp Casey Indianhead Field, Aug. 3. Prominent Korean and American leadership along with friends from around the command gathered to bid Graves farewell and to welcome Davidson and his wife, Jodi, to the “Iron Team.” “If I have been successful in command, it is only because I owe thousands of great Soldiers thanks for making this great brigade successful,” said Graves in his opening remarks to a field of Iron Warriors. “The battalion commanders, brigade staff members, command sergeants major, and NCOs of this brigade have inspired me with their diligent leadership and dedication to duty. When called upon, they have never failed and I remain forever inspired by their performance,” Graves went on to say. “I have many to thank for the blessings of command; I’ve been overwhelmed by the support that the Iron Team has received from the local community and our ROK allies,” he continued. Extending a warm welcome to the incoming commander, Graves said, “Ross and Jodi Davidson, welcome to Korea and the Iron Brigade. I know that you will enjoy your tenure in command; it is truly the best job in the Army.” Davidson joins the Iron Team from his most recent assignment as the operations officer of the 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson, Colo. He is the former squadron commander of the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division and Task Force Falcon, a combined arms maneuver task force specializing in night air assault and follow on search and attack operations to destroy terrorist networks in Iraq. He returns to the Republic of Korea after a 21 year absence, where he previously served two tours of duty on the Demilitarized Zone, to include command of Guard Post Collier. “It is with great humility that I return to my roots here in the Warrior Division,” said Davidson. “The Soldiers standing before you, both Korean and American, represent the commitment of our respected nations to ensuring the unbreakable strength of our alliance.” In his closing remarks Davidson reaffirmed his commitment to the Iron Brigade and its mission of deterrence against aggression. “As I take command of the Iron Brigade I affirm to my fellow warriors that I will always place the mission first; I will never accept defeat; I will never quit; I will never leave a fallen comrade. I will insure that we remain at the peak of combat readiness, and should deterrence fail, I will lead you in combat with all the skill I possess to achieve victory over those who would impose tyranny.”
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Maj. Gen. Michael Tucker, commander of 2nd Infantry Division, passes the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team colors to the incoming commander Col. Ross Davidson during the brigade’s Change of Command Ceremony held on the Casey Garrison’s Indianhead Field, Aug. 3. The outgoing commander is Col. Thomas Graves. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ryan Elliott
Dongducheon welcomes Army spouses to Warrior Country
Local community, Casey team up to offer orientation tour
By Pfc. Jin Choi USAG Red Cloud Public Affairs DONGDUCHEON – Dongducheon City and Casey Garrison’s Community Activity Center officials are working to take the confusion out of an assignment to this installation in Warrior Country for new families who arrive in the area. Thirty spouses of Warrior Country Soldiers were given an opportunity to explore Dongducheon Aug. 10 as part of a cultural tour billed as “Together With U.S. Army Soldiers’ Families” – by the city’s Particular Operation Region Division. It was the first time Dongducheon and the CAC have teamed up to offer an orientation tour. “This tour will help them learn about and understand Korean culture, food and location where they live,” said Suk Harper, a volunteer for Casey Garrison’s America Red Cross and the CAC. “I only have been here for two weeks, so everything around me is new and interesting,” said Dawn Mcluckie, Army spouse. “I’m eager to learn about Korean culture today.” The tour began in Dongducheon City Hall with an introductory video about the municipality’s history and landmarks, followed by a video greeting from Mayor Oh Sechang. Afterwards the spouses were presented a handkerchief and hand mirror souvenirs from the city and were asked to complete a survey about how the city could best enhance the mutual friendship between Koreans and Americans in the community. “Although they are American, we consider them our citizens, so we hope they enjoy their life in Korea,” said Jeon Heung-sik, chief of Particular Operation Region Division of Dongducheon City government. “We will do our best to help them out.” The tour then moved to Lotte Mart. It is one the biggest and most popular chain discount stores in Korea and is similar to a super Walmart in the United States. “I saw many different styles of food and products compared to America,” said Sarah Nicholson, Army spouse. “The most interesting thing was a hairy crab. I’ve never seen it before. It was really ugly.” For lunch, the spouses dined on traditional Korean food that included a myriad of side dishes. “I was shocked there were so many kinds of foods,” said Laurie Hoffman, Army spouse. “Do Koreans really have every meal like this? It must be hard to cook food and clean up all the food remains, but vegetable side dishes were lovely for me since I’m a vegetarian.” The tour also included natural landmarks such as the Freedom Protection Peace Museum, Soyo Mountain – the most famous mountain in northern Gyeonggi Province – and Jungang Market – a traditional marketplace in the heart of the city. Dongducheon and the CAC are planning to hold additional programs for new arriving U.S. Soldiers and their families in the future. Among those being explored are programs such as a traditional Korean tea ceremony and instruction in the Janggu – an hourglass-shaped drum used in traditional Korean music. There will be a town hall meeting for members of the Warrior Country community from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Aug. 26 in the Casey CAC. Topics include back-to-school information and Casey Elementary School tour.
An employee from the Eudeum Mandu Restaurant at Jungang Market in Dongducheon helps an Army spouse make traditional Korean mandu from scratch during a city tour . — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jim Choi
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News & Notes
Main Gate Lane Closure The outbound lane at the main gate on Red Cloud Garrison will be closed from 7 to 9 a.m., Saturday for the Directorate of Public Works to trim trees that are creating a driving hazard and interfering with the power lines. Road Blocked The road by building S-270, 522nd Signal Company Barracks and S-279, Headquarters, HHSC Special Troops Battalion on Red Cloud Garrison will be blocked from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday for the Directorate of Public Works to replace water branch lines. For more information, call 732-7306. School Registration Parents with children entering kindergarten through eighth grade at Casey Elementary School can drop off registration packets at the school, bldg. 2400. For more information, visit the school Web site at http://www.Casey-es.pac.dodea.edu or call 730-6444. Town Hall Meeting There will be a town hall meeting for the Warrior Country community from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday in the Casey Garrison Community Activity Center. Topics include back-to-school information, a Casey Elementary School tour, newcomer information and information about important upcoming community events and service support programs. Everyone from Casey Garrison, Red Cloud Garrison and Camps Castle, Hovey, Jackson and Stanley are invited to attend. Women’s Equality Day The movie, “Iron Jawed Angels” will play during the lunch and dinner hours Thursday at the Kilbourne Dining Facility, the Camp Hovey Community Activity Center and in the 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment Dining Facility in commemoration of Women’s Equality Day. The Golden Globe-winning movie highlights the history of women’s suffrage. For more information, call 7326814. Visa and SOFA Stamp An A-3 Visa and SOFA stamp is required for all U.S. citizens (except active duty servicemembers) and most other country nationals. Visit the nearest Army Community Service to complete the necessary forms. When arriving in Korea, U.S. citizens receive a 90-day tourist Visa stamp in their passport if they don’t already have the A-3 Visa. They must be renewed for civilian employees and family members when a Soldier or civilian employee extends their tour of duty in South Korea. For more information, call ACS at 730-3107, 7327779 or 732-5883. Feedback Matters Red Cloud Garrison leaders want to know what you think about the services on Warrior Country installations. To provide feedback, complete the online Customer Service Assessment between Aug. 30 and Sept.26 at www.mymilitaryvoice.org. Customer feedback has already led to changes. For information, call 732-6788. Labor Day Festival USAG Red Cloud will host a Labor Day Open Post Festival from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sept. 3 at Casey Garrison. For more information, pick up the August edition of In the Zone magazine.
Warrior Country Soldiers take morning stroll
Soldiers from combined U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud are led by Lt. Col. Richard Fromm, Casey Garrison commander, during the battalion’s 4-mile run across Casey Garrison July 30. It was the battalion’s first combined run to include Casey Garrison and Red Cloud Garrison Soldiers. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jin Choi
End of light near for incandescent bulbs
By R. Everett Langford USAG Red Cloud Directorate of Public Works RED CLOUD GARRISON – Ever since Thomas Alva Edison invented them in 1878, incandescent light bulbs have been the most common source of lighting around the world, but as energy efficiency becomes more important the venerable old incandescent bulbs will be retired. They will be phased out in the United States beginning in January 2012. In Brazil, they have already been outlawed. Over the span of a few years, almost all incandescent bulbs will be removed from sale in the United States. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 – Public Law 110140 – mandates many changes in how energy is used. First introduced in the House, then, after amendments and negotiation between the House and Senate, a revised bill passed both houses on Dec. 18, 2007, and President George W. Bush signed it into law the next day. A key provision about lighting standards requires an efficiency improvement of roughly 25 percent for light bulbs, phased in from 2012 through 2014. Under the law, incandescent bulbs that produce 310 – 2600 lumens of light – roughly, light bulbs of about 40 watts to 150 watts – will be banned from sale. Bulbs outside this range are exempt from the ban, as are appliance bulbs, “rough service” bulbs, colored lights, industrial plant lamps and three-way bulbs. The U.S. Army in Warrior Country is already in compliance with the law through the use of fluorescent lighting in most locations. However, there are environmental concerns about these newer bulbs. All fluorescent lamps contain small amounts of mercury as vapor inside the glass tubing. Most bulbs contain 3 to 5 milligrams of mercury. Because mercury is poisonous and a reproductive hazard, even these small amounts are a concern for landfills and waste incinerators where the mercury from lamps may be released and contribute to air and water pollution. Health and environmental concerns about mercury have prompted many jurisdictions to require spent fluorescent lamps to be properly disposed of or recycled rather than being included in the general waste stream sent to landfills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that if all 270 million fluorescent lamps sold in 2007 were sent to landfill sites it would represent about .13 metric tons, or .1 percent of all U.S. emissions of mercury, which was about 104 metric tons that year. In addition, fluorescent light bulbs contain phosphors which can also be hazardous. Special handling instructions for disposal and breakage aren’t printed on the packaging of most household bulbs. The USEPA recommends that, in the absence of local guidelines, fluorescent bulbs be doublebagged in plastic before disposal because the amount of mercury released by just one bulb can temporarily exceed U.S. federal guidelines for chronic airborne exposure. A 2008 study conducted by the state of Maine Department of Environmental Protection noted that it is unclear what the health risks are from short-term exposure to low levels of elemental mercury. The Maine DEP study confirmed that, despite following USEPA best-practice clean-up guidelines for broken bulbs, researchers were unable to remove mercury from carpet, and agitation of the carpet – such as by young children playing – created spikes as high as 25,000 nanograms per cubic meter in air close to the carpet even weeks after the initial breakage. Recent developments have led to the manufacture of a machine that reduces the risks from fluorescent light bulbs and the U.S. Army Garrison has the fluorescent lamp crusher that is being operated by a hazardous waste contractor. The machine is hand fed spent light bulbs which are sucked into the machine where a spinning steel wheel crushes them into tiny fragments and a filter absorbs the mercury. The glass fragments and filters are then collected and removed by hazardous waste companies which then recycle the glass and properly dispose of the filters. For your part, do not throw away fluorescent light bulbs in the general trash. If they are broken, carefully place them in a double plastic bag – ensuring no tears in the plastic – and take them to the hazardous waste collection point where they can be processed by the contractor. Call 730-4168 to find out about the nearest hazardous waste collection point in Warrior Country.
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I caution the beginner, intermediate or advanced runner to not run too quickly as you will deplete your energy system. Once the energy system is depleted it will take some time to replenish and certainly not before the race or run is complete. Stand tall, shoulders back and down, chest out, chin up focused on a point in the distance with a slight forward lean that is almost unnoticeable. Your hands should be relaxed, not clenched or in a Spiderman position, but rather where they look like you are holding a tea cup with your first finger and thumb touching gently. Next, the arms should be locked in at 90 degrees and should remain very close to this position throughout the movement. Don’t use dolphin flips. The movement should consist of front arm thumb going to chin level and back arm going to glute and alternating on every swing. Once you have this done you should focus on gaining a rhythm where you feel comfortable. Basically, get into your zone. One way to get into your zone is to use tempo. Many runners count to themselves in an upbeat pace of repeating one-two, one-two over and over until it becomes repetitive. The arms and legs should move at the same speed. As far as breathing techniques, different distances and types of runs (incline/decline) involve different breathing techniques through the nose and out through the mouth. If one encounters an incline in terrain or head wind drop the chin slightly toward your chest and the surface area will decrease. This will lessen your drag, decrease your resistance and improve your speed. Another trick for inclines or hills is to shorten your stride. Make your strides shorter and quicker in pace. Don’t try to lengthen or power through or you will drain your energy and tire out your leg muscles. Keep these tips in mind and notice the improvement.
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Sports director offers tips for running performance
By Randy Behr USAG Red Cloud Sports, Fitness and Aquatics
1. Get an adequate warm-up. Avoid a static stretch. 2. Prior to dynamic warm ups, engage in a 3 to 5 minute walk, elliptical or bicycle activity. 3. Don’t run too quickly and deplete your energy. 4. While running stand tall, shoulders back and down, chest out and chin up. Hands should be relaxed and not clenched. 5. Focus on gaining a comfortable rhythm. 6. There are different breathing techniques for inclines and declines. Generally, breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. 7. On an incline or head wind, drop your chin slightly toward your chest. Make your strides shorter and quicker. 8. Last but not least, stay hydrated! Editor’s note: Randy Behr has 30 years of experience in sports and fitness from teaching, coaching and participating. He holds a Master of Arts in physical education and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and other organizations. He also has been involved with the NFL, USA Track and Field, NJCAA, USOC and the Olympic Training Center. For more information, contact him at 732-6276 or via e-mail at [email protected]
korea.army.mil. Warrior Country sports director Randy Behr demonstrates proper A skips. — U.S. Army photo by Robert Haynes
RED CLOUD GARRISON – Fall is approaching, which means the weather will get a little cooler and more people will be running outside. Here are a few tips easy to implement: First, make sure you get an adequate warm-up. Not a stretch, which is static. Second, engage in a 3 to 5 minute walk, elliptical or bicycle – a light activity before beginning your run. This will elevate your core temperature before beginning the next phase. The warm-up should be functional and dynamic in nature. What does this mean? It means perform activities your body would do within the course of a normal work day such as twisting, moving or bending. It also means movements that require multiple joints and muscles. Examples, of these activities include Soldier walks, A skips, B skips, pawing and shuffling to walking lunges. Don’t just leave your house or office and go run. This is not efficient and it’s unsafe. Warming up using dynamic movements doesn’t only decrease the chance of injury, but research shows it actually improves performance. A couple of ways it does this is it provides a muscle memory for the activity that one is participating in. This is very important when performing any activity. It also allows the body to provide oxygen to the body and muscles. Did you ever wonder why when you begin your run the first 10 to 30 seconds seems so difficult? Almost as if you are tired already? What one experiences is the first energy source being utilized is the phosphagen system – the non-oxygen phase. This feeling doesn’t last very long so there is no need to worry. Rather, keep it in the back of your mind as a reminder not to start off too quickly. Now we are ready to begin running.
Rookies earn All-Army men’s softball tryout
By Kevin Jackson USAG Red Cloud Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON – Two Soldiers from Casey Garrison have been invited to participate in the All-Army men’s softball tryout from Aug. 25 to Sept. 17 at Fort Benning, Ga. Powerhitting catcher Brandon Sonnenburg, Charlie Battery, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, and outfielder Robert Mitcham, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, are vying for spots on the roster. It is the teammates’ first invitation to try out for the All-Army squad. Sonnenburg led his Charlie Battery intramural level team that finished fourth in the 8th Army Men’s Softball Championship in batting average and home runs this past season. The 32-year-old, Des Moines, Iowa native also played for the Casey Garrison post team during the 2005 and 2006 and the Warrior Country team this past season. He’s eager to test his skills against the other All-Army candidates. “I can’t wait to see if I have what it takes to be on the AllArmy team,” he said via e-mail about the invitation. Robert Hochmuth, who has coached the Casey Garrison and combined Warrior Country teams for the past 18 years likes his players’ chances to make the team. “Sonnenburg has been a great player with exceptional power,” Hochmuth said. “For a big man – he goes about 250 – he has exceptional speed but his biggest asset is his power. He hustles on every play. Both guys put a lot of pressure on the defense.” This was Mitcham’s first season of organized slow-ptich softball. The 26-year-old Ludowici, Ga. native, played two years of baseball for Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville, Ala., where he was a catcher. “I feel good about [the tryout],” Mitcham said. “I’m young and in decent shape. I feel very comfortable in the outfield. I’m not as comfortable on offense.” While Mitcham may be less confident at the plate, Hochmuth praised his prowess as a hitter. “[Mitcham is] an exceptional hitter with a lot of power and speed,” said Hochmuth. “His nickname on the post team is 50 cal – like a machine gun – because of the power of his arm.” Dann Rogers from Daegu is the only other player from South Korea selected to participate in the tryout. The three players from South Korea will compete against 22 others for spots on the All-Army team, which will play in the All-Armed Forces Softball Tournament at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Sept. 18-24. The best players from the All-Armed Forces Softball Tournament will play in the Amateur Softball Association tournament in Oklahoma City, Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.
Warriors catcher Brandon Sonnenburg will attend the All-Army men’s softball tryout at Fort Benning, Ga. later this month. — Photo by Jeffrey Rivers
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AUGUST 20, 2010
Yongsan isn’t playing around with safety
By Spc. Rick Canfield USAG Yongsan Public Affairs
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YONGSAN GARRISON — Hanging upside down on monkey bars and getting blisters on our hands while others were climbing through concrete pipes is how some remember a playground to be. Not anymore! The Department of Defense Education Activity has put in a half million dollar playground at the Seoul American Elementary School. Tube slides, rope bridges, ladders, tunnel systems, fireman poles and more. “I absolutely think the new playground is wonderful. I have seen playgrounds this big and they are like a wonderland for kids. This is a gift to the post and it’s a gift to our children,” said Dr. Cathy Yurica, Principal, Seoul American Elementary School. “These playgrounds are built for age specific children and safety is our number one concern, adequate precautions are being taken so that no child can slip through at this height.” Looking out the window from the front office of the school, the playground resembled a castle. Places where kids can climb up inside and take a look at the world from a different view. “At this height it kind of makes it exciting and thrilling,” said Dr. Yurica. Mike Evans, Yongsan Garrison Safety Manager demonstrated how the playground would be thoroughly tested before any students are allowed to play on the structures. Evans simulated a child’s torso and head using a tool that allowed him to check for openings that may be too big and cause choking or falling hazards. “As a Garrison, we are going to make sure that all our playgrounds are safe for our children here at Yongsan,” said Evans. “The playground was built to the exacting standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials. There were no areas absent of protective barriers more than five feet and our surfacing materials are certified for a critical height of six feet.” “At Garrison Yongsan, we put safety first,” said Garrison
Got Playground? Seoul American Elementary School does. DoDEA installed a half million dollar playground just in time for the new school year. Built big, built safe and just in time! — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rick Canfield
Commander Col. Bill Huber. “That means looking out for family and friends, planning ahead, and developing situational awareness. That is something we can all accomplish.” Dr. Yurica encourages everyone in Yongsan that use the
playground to please keep the school yard clean and safe for everyone. School starts August 30. For more information about Seoul American Elementary School, call 736-4613/5978.
USA pro racquetball players conduct free clinic and demonstration
By Pvt. Hong Moo-sun USAG Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — USA professional racquetball players Tim Doyle and Chris Crowther conducted a free clinic and demonstration at Collier Field House August 4 with nearly a dozen U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan community members packing the racquetball court to attend their class. Doyle and Crowther were in town for the World Racquetball Championships being held in Korea. They came over to train the Korean National team and also promote racquetball around Korea. One of their stops was USAG Yongsan to help develop passion for racquetball. Doyle played racquetball for 30 plus years, 20 years as a professional. He works full time for E-Force Racquetball now, travelling through the U.S., Central, South America, and Asia promoting and developing racquetball. Crowther does all the sales for E-Force Racquetball and also competes on the professional racquetball tour. He is ranked five in the world right now. Doyle gave the class about some basics, concentrating on explaining why and how. He covered topics such as grip, warm-up, position, and serve. Community members actively engaged in the class by asking questions they had as they played racquetball. Following the class, community members had the chance to use what they learned by playing a game with Crowther. Crowther offered constructive criticism tailored for each Community Member to improve their game, after volleying back and forth with them. “The class was very informational. Anytime that you can attend a class just to learn the basics is really good, because it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been playing,” said Internal Relations Officer Timothy Spann, United States Forces Korea Status of Forces Agreement Secretariat, who is also the president of USA Rokers. “Crowther was here two years ago to participate in the Korean Championships. It is good to see him again.” USA Rokers is a Korea wide racquetball club. We have players
USA pro racquetball players conduct a free clinic and demonstration to USAG Yongsan community members at Collier Field House August 4. — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Hong Moo-sun
all around the Korea. We don’t have a whole lot of people and sometimes it is difficult to get people to play because of time. We are open to anybody. All you have to do is go on facebook and find USA Rokers. We will connect you. Come out and play with us, he added.
I was very fortunate to be able to come out to the base and help Soldiers with the game. We appreciate the opportunity to be here, develop racquetball, and interact with the military, said Doyle. World Racquetball Championships will be held at Sudo Electric Technical High School, Seoul from August 13 to 21.
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News & Notes
8th Army IA Training Workshop 8th Army IA Training Workshop will be held to provide 8th Army and USFK IA personnel informational briefings and to provide training on IA technical and management requirements within the theater Sep. 14-16 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Main Post Club. For more information, call 723-2948 or email [email protected]
Be a member of the US Ski Patrol – Asia If you enjoy snow skiing, caring for others and having fun, then the Ski Patrol is for you. Join us for our Candidate Orientation session Sep. 15 at 6:30pm in the 1st Replacement Center’s Training Room (next to Harvey’s) on Yongsan. Candidate Schedule begins Sep. 28 from 1830-2100 hrs on Tuesday & Thursdays thru December, when we hit the ski slopes for On-The-Hill Training. See you on the 15th. Visit www.usskipatrolasia.com <blockedhttp://www.usskipatrolasia.com/> for more info. Walker Center Reservations Reservations are required to stay at the Walker Center. Please email [email protected]
korea.army.mil for the required reservation form. Become a Facebook Fan The American Red Cross at USAG Yongsan now has its own Facebook page. Become a fan today and learn about upcoming events, find volunteer opportunities, view photos, and post your own comments. Just search for “American Red Cross USAG Yongsan”. Healthcare Advisory Council 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. Bowling Laser Light Show The show is on Friday, 9:30 p.m. - midnight and Saturday, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. with live DJ on Saturday at Yongsan Lanes. For information, call 723-7830. Free Spinning Bike Classes The classes are on Tuesday-Thursday, 6 a.m. and Monday-Thursday, 5:15 p.m. at Collier Field House. For information, call 738-8608. Free Yoga Classes The classes are on Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m., 5:15 p.m. at Collier Field House/ Hannam Gym, Saturday - 9 a.m. at Collier Field House, and Monday and Wednesday 6 p.m. at Hannam Gym. For information, call 736-4588. Free Pilate Classes The classes are on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Trent Gym. For information, call 724-8466. Club Beyond Club Beyond meets every Tuesday night from 6:30-8 p.m. in the South Post Chapel. The club is for students in 6th-12th grade. For information, call 010-5797-0631. Tricare Online Beneficiaries living in Korea should verify their enrollment in TRICARE Overseas Program Prime. Log onto www.tricareonline.com. For information, call 736-7236. For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG Yongsan Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/youryongsan
Exercise named for Korean hero
By Choi Keun-woo USAG Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — With Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2010 exercise in full swing, few people may know what the ‘U’ in UFG stands for. This may be understandable, given that there are many abbreviations used frequently in the community. And so in a way, one may use the term ‘UFG’ without giving it much thought. But Ulchi is a term steeped in Korean history. Ulchi Mundeok was the name of Korea’s ancient Goguryeo kingdom commanderin-chief who fought the emperor of the Sui dynasty of China, Yangdi, when in 612 he sent 1,303,800 men to conquer the Korean people. Yangdi was expecting a swift sweep of Goguryeo’s fortresses. The war, however, did not unfold quite as Yangdi had planned. Ulchi Mundeok had concentrated all of his Manchurian forces behind the fortresses of Liao River where his Soldiers and citizens put up a fierce fight. He had trained his men well and Yangdi’s million men simply could not breach the walls of the many fortresses. The war reached a stalemate. Frustrated by the embarrassing turn of events, Yangdi formed a contingent army of 350,000 men, headed by Gen. Wu Jung-mu, to bypass the fortresses and head straight to Pyongyang (now in present day North Korea). Ulchi Mundeok responded artfully. He rode to the Chinese Sui camp alone, appearing to deliver his intent to surrender, but it was actually a ploy to assess the strength of Sui’s contingent army moving down to Pyongyang. He pretended to be
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General Ulchi Mundeok, from whose name derives the title “Ulchi Freedom Guardian,” is a well respected Korean general who defended his country against overwhelming forces. — Courtesy Illustration
intimidated by the large Sui army but he could see that the state of the Sui infantry was hopeless; they were tired and short on supplies. Already in the mind of Ulchi Mundeok, he was formulating a strategy to annihilate the Sui. Ulchi Mundeok returned to his base and sent a letter to Gen. Wu advising him to leave the Korean peninsula. When he refused and resumed the campaign, Ulchi Mundeok retreated seven times in order to lure his enemy deep inside Goguryeo territory. Wu took the bait and advanced to within five miles of Pyongyang when he realized that the supply lines had been stretched too far. The futility of continuing the campaign was obvious and he ordered his troops to turn back. On their way back, Wu’s contingent army
faced the Chungchon River, which appeared to be uncharacteristically shallow. And what caused the drop in water level? Ulchi Mundeok had built a dam in the upper river which had blocked the natural flow of water. Fooled, Wu ordered his troops to cross the river and when they were half way across, Ulchi Mundeok broke the dam. All of the sudden, the shallow waters of Chungchon turned into a torrent of ferocious whitewater. Of the 350,000 men that had come to sack Pyongyang, only 2,700 survived and made it back to China, according to historical records. Today, Ulchi Mundeok is still very well respected among Koreans as a general who served his country selflessly. In facing — See ULCHI, Page 12 —
Seoul American Elementary School back to school BBQ
By Sgt. Opal Vaughn USAG Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Parents and students lined up at the doors of Seoul American Elementary School cafeteria for a back to school barbeque Aug 13. “Garrison Yongsan and the Installation Management Community supports all Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians with quality programs and safe communities that meet their needs,” said Garrison Commander Col. Bill Huber. “We are keeping our promise to make Yongsan a place where community members can thrive.” Hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh sushi, chips, cookies and lots of juice boxes were available at no cost to families new to the Garrison with children who will attend SAES this fall, starting Aug 30. “This is for the new students to see what activities are available here and in the community and it kind of orientates them about the grounds of the school,” said Rebecca Hayes, Vice President SAES PTO. “They will come back and meet their teachers at the end of the month when they get their class lists. This way they will have time to do a one-on-one but for now, this is just kind of a way to try to get them in and to let them know that we are here and
Seoul American Elementary School volunteers grill up hot dogs and hamburgers at no cost to Garrison families with students who will be attending Seoul American Elementary School during SAES back to school barbeque Aug 13. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Opal Vaughn
we care about them.” The idea behind the BBQ was to introduce families to what is available to their young student, as well as what is available to the stay-at-home mom or dad while their student is at school. “They can find out about Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. For moms and dads they can find out about AFSC
(American Forces’ Spouses’ Club) and AWC (American Women’s Club), which will give them a break while the children are at school,” smiled Hayes. “There’s also Child and Youth Services here, Red Cross is here and then we have some activities where the kids are decorating dolphins to decorate the new principal’s office.”
AUGUST 20, 2010
Possible Job Opportunity
By Cpl. Kim Hyung-joon USAG Yongsan Public Affairs
Coaching teen sports is always a win
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FMWR Marketing! I have a Business Admin degree with concentrations in Insurance & Risk management, management, and marketing and a minor in marketing. I worked for MWR at Ft. Drum, and Ft. Riley and loved every minute of being able to give back to the Soldiers and their families. Being able to bring smiles to the faces of the people around you just by offering programs to improve every day life.
Players and coaches from the “Bulls” team pose after the moment of final victory of the season over the “Spurs” August 5. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rick Canfield
By Spc. Rick Canfield USAG Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Coaching a co-ed teen basketball team is not about winning. “Coaching is an experience, not only do you teach them about basketball, but how to be good sportsmen and how to have teamwork,” said Staff Sgt. Shavonda Douglas, Garrison Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear NCO. “It’s not always about winning; the most important thing is having fun and working with your team. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, don’t let that be the standard for what you always look for.” Coach Douglas was proud of her team the “Spurs” and the
Elementary Teacher! I waited nearly 8 months to get the job I have a degree in! I know it is hard for very qualified spouses to find employment, but don’t give up hope!
way they played, despite the score board loss. She could not say enough good things about the Child, Youth and School Services. “Get your kids out there and sign them up in CYS Youth Services and it also gives parents a chance to meet other parents, this is a great community event.” “Garrison Yongsan and the Installation Management Community supports all Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians with quality programs and safe communities that meet their needs,” said Garrison Commander Col. Bill Huber. “We are keeping our promise to make Yongsan a place where community members can thrive.” — See SPORTS, Page 12 —
Waterwheel sets an example of Korean beauty
I would absolutely make the Arts and Crafts Center my Professional home. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Design and Technology. In addition, I earned a Certificate in Scenic Art from Yale University and have 10 years experience as a Scenic Artist/Lead Scenic Artist. That experience also includes all kinds of painting and carving, managing projects, budgeting, procurement, leading staff, and training. I love to help people see their projects come to life.
I ended my 15 year career with a fortune 500 company to relocate to Korea. I would take any job in Human Resources. I have my Business School in Business Management. I was the Executive HR Market Expert for Target stores from Raleigh NC to the Jacksonville Coastline. I fully believe any work environment can be fun and still effectively complete tasks timely.
Jenni Kim visits Gyeongju, a coastal city in the far southeastern corner of North Kyeongsang province, to see a waterwheel. The photo was posted August 5. — Courtesy photo by Jenni Kim
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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CYSS provider profile: Miok Brady
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USAG Yongsan Parent Central Enrollment Registration Office Clerk Miok Brady works at the Army Community Services building Aug 6. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choe Yong-joon
By Pfc. Choe Yong-joon USAG Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Child, Youth and School Services recognized Miok Brady, Parent Central Enrollment Registration Office Clerk, as top employee of the week thanks to her great eagerness and sincere dedication to service throughout her 17-year career at CYSS. Parent and Outreach Services Director Melody Francis praised Brady for her professionalism and vast amount of “on-thejob” knowledge. “Ms. Brady has a lot of information. She serves as an information source here at Parent Central Office, as well as our customer liaison with the community. With her consistent hospitable customer service and knowledge base, she has many repeat customers who come back specifically to her.”
“Since 1993, the reason why I have worked as a CYSS provider is because I am fond of taking care of children and their parents as well,” said Miok Brady. “Year after year, the biggest thing I learned is how I can provide people service as fast as I can and get to know what they need.” I feel my job is most rewarding when I looked after babies for single parents or dual military personnel who have less time to spend with their children, and when they come back to Korea and try to find help directly from me again, Brady added. “Garrison Yongsan’s workforce has helped make this a Community of Excellence three years in a row,” said Garrison Commander Col Bill Huber. “Their dedication and commitment to excellence makes a positive impact every day.” For more information, contact CYSS at 738-2311.
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such a strong opponent as the Sui army, a virtual super power in its day, he maintained composure, united his soldiers, and defeated his enemy. So now you know, if not briefly, the significance of the term ‘Ulchi’ in the present
military exercise title “Ulchi Freedom Guardian.” It is a term which may lack a clear definition for those unfamiliar with Korean history, but still embodies a rich history of bravery, loyalty, and selfless service.
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Watching the teens running back and forth down the court from hoop to hoop it was one big blur of red and black uniforms. One player wearing pink stood out. Katelyn, daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Jose Soriano explained why she wore pink shoes for the game. “I am wearing them because my mom’s best friend has cancer and I want to create Cancer Awareness.” Her team the “Bulls” had just won the final game of the season and stood undefeated
through it all. Never once did she mention the victory over the “Spurs” or how badly they lost. All she talked about was her father who was her coach and how proud she was to wear the pink shoes for a cause. Apparently, Soriano must be teaching his team and daughter the same values that Douglas is teaching her team and daughter that what really matters isn’t the score board, it’s the content of your character.
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AUGUST 20, 2010
AFN, reasons to stay up late
RIVERSIDE, Ca. — Three hours of the most critically acclaimed, talked about and watched premium cable TV programming began airing Saturdays and Sundays at 11 p.m. (CET and Japan/Korea time) as AFN|spectrum LateNight kicked off on Aug. 7. Saturdays will highlight drama at its finest including True Blood, Treme and Big Love. Sunday’s focus will be on mature comedies, like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, and Hung. All of this programming is rated TV-MA (for mature audiences) and airs in this special late night time period just as it does in the USA: uncut and unedited. According to Jeff White, Executive Director of the AFN Broadcast Center, AFN|spectr um LateNight marks a milestone for the network. “The launch of AFN|spectrum LateNight gives us the opportunity to offer mature AFN viewers access to many of the same premium cable TV series available to millions of people stateside,” said White. T h e d e c i s i o n t o b r i n g T V- M A programming into the late-night lineup came after several successful trial runs. According to Larry Marotta, AFN Director of Television, “We’ve presented other programs like The Pacific and Men of a Certain Age, unedited during the late-night hours and viewers have accepted this as a time where we can give them edgier, more mature programs.” White emphasized that AFN|spectrum’s LateNight weekend lineup isn’t designed for kids. “Because these programs are edgier and feature adult-oriented themes, they’ll air in
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Denial of service attacks
can consume your quota, preventing you from receiving legitimate messages. Unfortunately, there are no effective ways to prevent being the victim of a DoS attack, but there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood that you could become a victim. Install and maintain antivirus software for more information. Install a firewall, and configure it to restrict traffic coming into and leaving your computer. Follow good security practices for distributing your e-mail address (Applying e-mail filters may help you manage unwanted traffic). If you notice that you cannot access your own files or reach any external web sites from your work computer, this may indicate that your computer or your organization’s network is being attacked, contact your network administrators or your ISP. They might be able to advise you of an appropriate course of action.
time slots when the younger set should be asleep,” said White. The change also allows AFN to offer its audience even more top-rated programming. “We recognize that our viewers come from all areas of the USA and have varying tastes in television programming,” says AFN’s Chief of Entertainment Program Planning, Karreem Lowe. “With AFN|spectrum LateNight we broaden the programming landscape and offer troops and their adult family members award winning premium tier television, including HBO’s True Blood and Entourage, which between them have been nominated or received more than fifty industry awards,” said Lowe. White agrees, “Series like True Blood, Entourage, and Big Love represent some of the most critically acclaimed programming on television today; we’re confident that AFN|spectrum LateNight will be a huge hit with our viewers.” AFN plans to air all available episodes of these shows in the order they originally aired on premium cable. In the coming weeks, the network also plans to premiere more stateside cable shows on AFN|spectrum LateNight, including Showtime’s Emmy nominated Nurse Jackie and unedited versions of Dexter. And, says Larry Marotta, “AFN provides viewers with a representative sample of American television. With AFN|spectrum LateNight, the sample just got a good deal bigger,” and, as a result, we hope more viewers will be watching AFN, and thereby also seeing more of our command information.
On the Internet, hackers will “flood” a network server or an Information Service Provider network with tons of information or requests. This inaccessibility to Internet information is generally referred to as a Denial of Service or Distributed Denial of Service attack. The server can only process a certain number of requests at once, so if an attacker overloads the server with requests, it can’t process your request. This is “denial of service” because you can’t access that site. Attackers can use spam email messages to launch similar attacks on your e-mail account. Whether you have an e-mail account supplied by your employer or a commercial provider, you are assigned a specific quota, which limits the amount of data you can have in your account at any given time. By sending many, or large, e-mail messages to the account, an attacker
Be a member of the US Ski Patrol Asia
If you enjoy snow skiing, caring for others and having fun, then the Ski Patrol is for you. Join us for our Candidate Orientation session Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the 1st Replacement Center’s Training Room (next to Harvey’s) on Yongsan Garrison. Candidate Schedule begins Sept. 28 from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday & Thursday through Dec., when we hit the ski slopes for On-The-Hill Training. Visit www.usskipatrolasia.com for more information.
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New Parent Support Program, parenting challenges and demands
By Rob McIlvaine FMWRC Public Affairs ALEXANDRIA, Va — The New Parent Support Program addresses the many concerns and challenges that military Families with children, ages 0 to 3, face during early childhood with an emphasis on Family strengths. “The program is offered to military Families to enhance parent and infant attachment, increase knowledge of child development, and provide connections to the support services that allow parents to become nurturing and capable caregivers,” NPSP Program Manager Rich Lopez said. By integrating prevention education services and activities, NPSP involves both parents, if possible, and supports the Family’s adaptation to military life by enhancing knowledge and skills needed to promote healthy Family interaction, form healthy relationships, provide safe and nurturing environments for children, and enhance formal and informal support networks. “While NPSP’s primary focus is child advocacy and maltreatment prevention through parenting education and support, NPSP helps all Families with young children by providing the skills necessary to promote healthy parenting,” Lopez said. The NPSP services are provided by experienced, licensed clinical social workers and registered nurses who have extensive experience working with Families with young children and who are sensitive to the unique challenges facing military Families. According to Dr. Lori Worley, NPSP & Military Child/Family Issues Program Manager., one mom’s life was saved through the interaction with her home visitor who noticed something was wrong with the pregnancy of one of the
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Cpl. Gretchen M. Sweeney (on the right) and NPSP home visitor Elaine Sexton, RN, at Fort Lee, Va., both enjoy a moment with Emily, born on June 5. Emily was born six weeks premature. – Photo by Anne Hwang, NPSP home visitor
mothers in a class she was teaching. “About two months ago, I was participating in a group of classes called “Mommy and Daddy Boot Camp” with my husband, Sgt. Sean Sweeney at Fort Lee, Va. One morning before the next class was to begin, I woke up more swollen than normal. Elaine Sexton, RN, and our home visitor, took me aside after the class and told me to call my doctor to schedule an emergency appointment since I was showing signs of preeclampsia,” Cpl. Gretchen M. Sweeney said. Preeclampsia is a condition of pregnancy marked by high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Left untreated, it can lead to serious, even fatal, complications for both mom and baby. One of the signs, although not conclusive, is swelling in the face and hands. “My doctor diagnosed me with preeclampsia
and told me if I hadn’t gotten to him my baby and I would have both been in danger. Since then, Miss Sexton has been very attentive, often calling to check up on me and has even visited on numerous occasions to make sure everything is okay,” Sweeney said. Spc. James Clark and his wife Kristie at Fort Campbell, Ky. joined the program because they had concerns about their son’s medical issues. “Our son Hunter has umbilicus hernia and colic and had been crying all the time, plus I had symptoms of post-partum depression,” Kristie said. “Our home visitor, Mary Vozar from NPSP, was great. She was able to answer all our questions, and what she couldn’t answer, she was able to point us in the right direction to get those answers,” she said. Sgt. David Brown and his wife, Karinna,
stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C, have known their home visitor Diana McNamara for 33 months. “We heard about the New Parent Support Program while attending the infant care and parenting classes. At the time I was feeling overwhelmed and a little depressed. Diana is always bringing a lot of good information to me at my home,” Karinna said. Diana, Karinna said, always knows what’s needed when she visits and is very “on-target” with helping. “It’s made things easier by having her come to visit and helping me through some difficult times like when my brother died last year, and when my husband deployed,” Karinna said. “She’s also helped us understand my older son’s developmental delays, and navigating through educational and developmental intervention services. Diana goes above and beyond to help my Family and I can’t express in words what she means to me,” Karinna said. While all active Soldiers, National Guard and Reserve, and their Families within a 50mile radius of an installation are eligible to receive these services, priority is given to firsttime parents, single parents and dual military Families. Families can enter the program by referral from a health professional, the command or by a civilian agency, or by simply requesting NPSP services through ACS. Program activities include screening, play groups, support groups, deployment briefs, reunion and reintegration briefs and command briefs. Classes offered by NPSP may include prenatal and infant care, home safety, children and the deployment cycle, stress management, and infant safety, to name a few. For more information, contact the local Army Community Services or family center.
AAFES to reward military pets with $1,500 in shopping sprees and prizes
AAFES Public Affairs DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is “throwing a bone” to military pets and their owners in the “Patriot Pet Just Say ‘Treat’” photo contest. From Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, authorized exchange shoppers can submit a photo of their pet along with a short description of their fourlegged friend. “Based on the success of our last pet photo contest, with more than 800 entries received, it’s apparent that pets play a huge role in the lives of military families,” said AAFES’ Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Jeffry Helm. “I expect this competition to be even more ‘dog eat dog’ than the last.” Submissions will be judged on creativity, uniqueness, quality and effectiveness in conveying the loyalty and companionship of pets belonging to military members. The grand prize winner will “fetch” a $1,000 AAFES shopping spree. Additional prizes include a $500 shopping spree for first place and eight runners up will receive either an aquarium, pet
Blogger shares back-to-school tips
By Elaine Wilson American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — After two months of summer vacation, the natives are restless. My kids have been at home at close quarters for weeks at a time now and the tension is mounting. It started out innocently enough. Back in June, my six and eight-year-old were thrilled to toss off their school shackles and dive right into summer fun. They swam for hours, visited amusement parks, built sand castles on the beach and sweated gallons during outdoor play. While at first they were best buds, over time the sibling quarrels began to escalate along with the temperature. I’ve come to realize there really is such a thing as too much together time. While my children won’t admit it out loud, I think we all are secretly looking forward to the first day of school. They may grumble and moan about it, but I know when that first day of school arrives, they’ll head off excitedly to meet their friends with new backpacks and school supplies in tow. Since that time is almost at hand sooner than later for some – I wanted to share some helpful back-to-school tips I found on the Great Schools website. • For pain-free adjustments, start schooltime preparations early. For example, A few weeks before school starts, move bedtime back to an earlier time. • Put a positive spin on going back to school. Talk about the fun things your children will learn, the old friends they’ll see and the new friends they’ll make. • If your children are anxious about starting the next grade, reassure them that other children have these feelings too. • Don’t make plans for big trips right before the start of school. • Establish school-day schedules for homework, TV, baths and bedtime. • Arrange play dates with friends from school to re-establish connections that may have been dropped for the summer, or to create new ones. • Hit the books. Find age-appropriate books about going back to school to initiate conversations about excitement and fears. • Get organized. • Many schools send out school information and a packet of forms to fill out before school starts. If you can discipline yourself to fill out the paperwork several days before it’s due, you’ll avoid a last-minute panic. • Have the necessary immunization records available for easy reference. • Update school emergency contact and health information for the coming year. • Become familiar with your school’s traffic safety rules, drop-off and pick-up procedures. Please visit the Family Matters blog.
bed, pet’s view eye cam, pet gate or a portable pet crate. To participate in the Patriot Pet contest, military shoppers can send entries to PatriotFami[email protected]
with “Patriot Family Pet” in the subject line. Entries must include name, address, phone number, rank/occupation and pet’s information (name, breed or type of pet) as well as a brief description. Additional details are available at www.aafes.com
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Area II Worship Schedule
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Tuesday Tuesday 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Memorial Chapel, Casey Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel
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Area IV Worship Schedule
Liturgical Sunday Traditional Sunday Contemporary Sunday Sunday Sunday Nondenominational Sunday Gospel Sunday
8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital South Post Chapel K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Memorial Chapel
Collective Sunday Gospel Contemporary Church of Christ KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday
11 a.m. 1 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Wednesday Friday KATUSA Tuesday Tuesday
10 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5 p.m. 12:15 a.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday 2:30 p.m. United Pentecostal Sunday KATUSA Tuesday 1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m.
Mass M, W, T, F Sunday 11:45 a.m. 9 a.m. Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel
Mass Sunday 9 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Camp Walker Camp Carroll
Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Episcopal Sunday
Sunday Sunday Sunday 9 a.m. 12 p.m. 9:30 a.m. CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel
Catholic Mass Saturday Sunday Sunday M, W, T, F 1st Sat. 5 p.m. 8 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 7 p.m. Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post 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
West Casey 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]
, 738-4043 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) John Chun: [email protected]
, 753-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) Anthony Flores: [email protected]
, 753-7042 USAG-Red Cloud Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Suk Jong Lee: [email protected]
, 732-6169 Chaplain (Maj.) Alfred Grondski: [email protected]
, 732-6016 USAG Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Milton Johnson: [email protected]
, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Mike Jones: [email protected]
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Above, a visitor to the Daejanggeum Theme Park in Yangju sits down in front of replica “royal” cuisine called “surasang.” — Photos by Kevin Jackson
Gyeonggi Province: A trip ‘off the beaten path’
The entrance to the Daejanggeum Theme Park offers a view of the king’s residence, or “Daejeon.” The theme park located in the MBC Culture Valley in Yangju pays tribute to the mini-series “Daejanggeum,” or Jewel in the Palace. Right, a sculpture of Mexican women greets visitors at the entrance to the Latin American Cultural Center Museum in Goyang - the only one of its kind in Asia. The center that opened Oct. 6, 1994 has more than 1,500 Latin American artifacts from Mexico and Meso-America, the Caribbean and South America.
Above, an employee at the World Traditional Musical Instrument Museum in Paju demonstrates the klongput from the central highlands of Vietnam. The museum has more than 2,000 instruments from more than 100 countries. The experience room has a djembe, balaton, anklung, bogong and harp literally putting a world of music in a visitor’s hands. Below, a performer from the Yangju Byeolsandaenori parades around the plaza before the mask dance show. The mask dance features 32 characters and is comprised of eight acts. The more than 200-year-old Yangju Byeolsandaenori is designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 2. Free performances are every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
A staff member at the Youngjip Bow and Arrow Museum in Paju demonstrate the proper method to hold the weapon. The Youngjip Bow and Arrow Museum is the first of its kind in Korea dedicated to archery. Bow and arrow making called “gangsi jang” has been designated as Korean Intangible Cultural Asset No. 47.
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By Wayne Clark and Marci Baker Special to the Morning Calm
NEWS Customer service in Korea builds momentum
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YONGSAN GARRISON – “We are the Army’s Home” and “Korea is Your Assignment of Choice” are two important motto’s that drive the Installation Management Command –Korea (IMCOM K) to excel with continual improvement to Soldier, Family and Civilian services at each of our award winning Garrisons. The Korea of the twenty-first century is definitely not the Korea of the 1980’s or even 90’s. Korea is now one of the most modern, economically leading countries in the world. For this reason, the U.S. Forces Command is undergoing vast transformational change to realign forces through programs of Land Partnership, Yongsan Relocation and Tour Normalization. Family command sponsored tours (two- and three-year tours) are now offered in all garrisons. Likewise, IMCOM K reflects this initiative. The services provided and expected in the upcoming years far exceed those of previous years. In fact, USAG Humphreys, the future home of most Army personnel, is undergoing the greatest modernization effort since World War II. As more families arrive, we are listening to Your Voice! We know you expect the best. The Korea Region mission is to provide the best quality of life the Army has to offer. To help us meet our goals, IMCOM uses an array of programs aligned with the overall IMCOM Community Campaign Plan. One valued example is Customer Management Services, a program designed through the use of its three-tiered customer feedback mechanisms. CMS is a process that provides the region commander and his garrison commanders with the “Voice of the Customer” – that’s you. CMS assists garrisons in providing the best quality of services to mission commanders, constituents, and individuals who live, work, train and play on IMCOM Garrisons. We hear your constructive customer feedback voice through three primary feedback means: the ICE program, or Interactive Customer Evaluation; Community FIRST, which stands for Feedback, Issues, Resolutions, Solutions, Today; and the annual Customer Service Assessment survey, known as CSA. Programs are effective playbooks, but to get us into the end zone we need “first string” employees. Customer Service Officers are the garrison commanders’ hard charging running backs tasked with singularly executing the three tiers of feedback for a 360-degree view of customer needs across the entire region throughout the year. The Korea Region CMS program began in June 2008, with the appointment of a CMS Korea Regional Program Manager and a full-time professional CSO at both USAG Daegu and USAG Humphreys. Knowing the value of the program, the region commander and the USFK commander energetically sought additional CSO’s for USAGs Red Cloud and Yongsan to give the Korea Region a full starting lineup. Today, the Korea Region is the only IMCOM Region with 100 percent CSO fill. As a result, the region sprung into action initiating ICE, the first tier of the three in the CMS arsenal. ICE is designed to be the customer’s direct link to management on a one-to-one level, ideally at the point of service. Since the inception, garrison leaders have put forth considerable efforts to improve marketing of ICE and installing Kiosk’s at high traffic areas. However, the best means to obtain ICE feedback is with our employees personally handing out the ICE cards, explaining its importance and thanking them for using our services. This also gives them a chance to provide us with valued feedback – the good, bad and ugly. As a result, the CMS program has helped to successfully improve overall customer satisfaction and use of the ICE program across the IMCOM Korea region. The chart displays the increase in ICE submissions over the past three years. It shows our overall regional customer satisfaction rate increase from 64 percent in fiscal 2008 to 89 percent in fiscal 2010. Through Community FIRST, we have hosted 19 focus group sessions over the last 18 months resulting in the collection of 281 additional community issues that could not be readily resolved using the ICE feedback mechanism. For instance, at a Teen Focus Group session, the teens raised concerns about the lack of variety in clothing offered at the USAG Yongsan PX/BX. As a result, AAFES is now adjusting their clothing styles and sizes to meet that market demand. Good for customers – good for business. The third and final CMS tier is the annual IMCOM-wide
This image is a snapshot from the Morning Calm May 14 edition, highlighting Yongsan’s Bronze Award in the Army’s 2010 Community of Excellence ceremony, held at the Pentagon May 4. The event marked the third time that Yongsan placed as an ACOE finalist. The region commander presented the Yongsan team a check for $250,000.
Customer Service Assessment survey. Through effective multisocial media marketing along with the regions commander and garrison commanders energizing the senior commanders, we dramatically increased fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009 CSA participation from 1,593 to 3,104. Success stories are abundant in just this short implementation time period. Recently, the USAG Daegu Commercial Travel Office was able to assist a customer with dependent commercial travel following an error in airline tickets. The customer identified the program by submitting an ICE comment using the Web-based program. USAG Yongsan launched a new pilot program to extend their taxi service hours on the weekends from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Saturday. They also positioned taxis near installation access points so community members could easily use the taxi service when located off-post. This is important because USFK policy prevents junior enlisted members from having private vehicles. Region CMS programs are such a success that several Garrisons are exceeding 90 percent satisfaction ratings, with many receiving the most ICE comments since the inception of the ICE program. USAG Daegu ICE satisfaction rating reached an all-time monthly high of 96 percent this July. At USAG Red Cloud, the CMS program efforts have resulted in significantly increased outreach, particularly to the Soldier community, through the use of Community FIRST focus groups. The garrison has made positive improvements to the life of Soldiers and their Families in Area I. Examples include offering special AAFES incentives, creating CDC daycare, and building structures, such as an elementary school and a Family Lodge, among other things. This is especially important in supporting theater Tour Norm as this is the first year for Area I command sponsorship two-year family tours to begin. Currently, Korea Region CSOs utilize a wide range of social
media outlets to include the Morning Calm Korea-wide community newspaper, AFN Korea Television and radio, Facebook, the Commander’s Access Channel, garrison community calendars, marquees, banners, flyers, community recreational events, and other outlets. Since the deployment of our CMS program in mid 2008, we have also collectively produced 122 strategic command documents in effort to advertise the CMS program and its threetiered customer feedback mechanisms. Another effective initiative is using FMWRC sponsored community events such as 5K fun runs. Taking it a running step further, we raffled off donated items in exchange for ICE customer comment submissions. USAG Humphreys, our fastest growing garrison, is now canvassing the entire community using the “See Something, Say Something” automated customer comment service. This enables beneficiaries the opportunity to submit comments telephonically, complimenting the Web-based ICE system. In less than one year, USAG Humphreys’ monthly overall ICE statistics significantly increased from only 59 customer comment submissions in October 2009 with a 47 percent garrison ICE satisfaction rate to 284 customer comment submissions and a 77 percent garrison satisfaction rate in July 2010. Through the hard work of the CSOs at the installation level, the CMS program has made each garrison a champion. Positive and effective changes are taking place daily to improve the “Voice of the Customer.” Building on the success of CMS three-tiered feedback mechanisms, we are look forward to heightening capability in the upcoming IMCOM Customer Relations Management program. Korea Region, “We are the Army’s Home” and we want you to make “Korea Your Assignment of Choice!” Katchi Kapsida (we go together).
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2CAB Soldiers execute severe weather plan
By Spc. Timothy N. Oberle 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs SEOUL AIR BASE — With a monsoon looming on the horizon, the 2nd Assault Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade activated its severe weather protocol to prevent damage to the battalion’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, here, Aug. 10. Severe weather exercises are commonplace for the U.S. military in Korea, due to the destructive nature of the monsoon season and torrential rains that come with the country’s naturally recurring phenomena. Only this time it wasn’t an exercise, because tropical storm Dianmu was headed straight for the Korean peninsula and all precautions had to be taken. “Generally, severe weather protocols are initiated when you are going to have winds stronger than 45 to 50 knots,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bennie N. Branham, 2-2 Avn. Production Control Officer. “We are not worried about flooding as much as we are worried about the hail storms and strong winds that often accompany it. Due to the possibility of harm to the aircrafts, we must bring them into the hangar in order to mitigate any type of damage. The problem here is exasperated by the limited amount of space that we have for storage in the hangars.” Branham added that in order to prepare for severe weather, you must fold the blades on each one of the Black Hawks and then put them inside the hangar. The blades are folded so that all of the helicopters can fit. “Generally it takes about 45 to 60 minutes to get the first aircraft in and then after that it takes about 30 minutes for each additional aircraft,” he said. “When we put
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Soldiers from the 2nd Assault Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade move UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from their hangar at Seoul Air Base, Aug. 11th, during a severe weather exercise in preparation for tropical storm Dianmu. After the weather passed, they remove the helicopters from of the hangar and place them in their appropriate spot. – U.S. Army photo by Spc. Timothy N. Oberle the ‘birds’ into the hangar this time, the weather conditions were deplorable due to heavy rains, so it took a little longer than usual. However, we still finished in about eight hours. Thankfully we are always prepared for weather conditions like this because we receive regular weather briefs well in advance of any storms proximity to the airfield.” He added that the crews were extremely well prepared “because we just conducted one of our exercises about two months ago and it was still fresh in our minds. They were able to get all of the helicopters in quickly and without any issues.” Branham said the primary difference between Korea and other duty stations has to do with the annual monsoon season and the limited amount of space. Following the passing of the severe weather, Branham said it usually takes about 30 to 40 minutes to get each helicopter out of the hangar. However, when they have two crews working, it averages out to about 20 minutes because they are unfolding the blades in better weather conditions. “This storm didn’t affect us because we were well prepared and had all of the helicopters put away with plenty of time to spare,” said Branham.
Humphreys troop finishes second in IMCOM competition
By Steven Hoover USAG Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON — It’s often said, sometimes in jest, “that behind the success of every man is a good woman.” For Pfc. Thomas D. Stout, the Installation Management Command-Korea 2010 Best Warrior Competition Soldier of the Year winner, that seems to be the case. Stout, an air traffic controller assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, credits his wife of two years, Jessica, with much of his success. “She was the person most instrumental in how well I did here and in the states,” said Stout, who also finished as the runner-up in his category at the IMCOM Best Warrior competition, held at Fort Belvoir, Va., from July 12 to 16. “She would always quiz me on things pertaining to the board and let me ‘perform’ first aid on her. She is where I draw my motivation.” Stout, who calls Savannah, Ga., home, said that he actually thought he had won the competition before the final results were announced. “All indications are that it was extremely close,” he said, “within a couple points.” Du r i n g t h e d e t a i l e d t h r e e - d a y competition, he and more than 20 others, from IMCOM installations around the globe, were required to take a written test with essay, test in combatives, weapons and land navigation, and more. “The overall competition, as a whole, was important to me,” he said, “but, the most valuable event was probably the Warrior Tasks and Ruck March.” They started that day with a timed confidence course which included flipping a HEMTT tire, carrying a 50-cal tripod and a log 75 meters each, in combat gear. Stout finished second in that event. Fo l l ow i n g t h a t “w a r m - u p,” t h e competitors ruck-marched the initial six miles and then were tested on 12 different Warrior Tasks. Around 9 p.m., the Soldiers began the second six miles and 12 more Warrior Tasks, before calling it a night around 4 a.m. “The reason that event was most important to me is because that is what a Soldier does,” Stout, who grew up in a military family, said. “It made me realize how much further I am actually able to push myself and I also learned a great deal more about Soldier tasks. “It took a lot to muster up the strength to go back out in 100 degree heat, after doing that first six miles and have to do it again,” he said. “But, that’s what competitions are all about.”
Private 1st Class Thomas D. Stout, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, placed second at the Installation Management Command Best Warrior Competition, July 12 to 16. – U.S. Army photo by Steven Hoover
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By Jessica Ryan USAG Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON — The Head Start Program, offered through Army Community Services, provides garrison newcomers with a three-day crash course on Korean history, language, and culture. The program, which was established in 2005 through a partnership with Pyeongtaek University, is mandatory for Soldiers, while Department of the Army civilians and Family members are encouraged to attend on a space available basis. The university provides all trainers and support materials for the program. During the first two days, participants spend part of their mornings watching video presentations. The Korean War video is a big hit among newcomers because it documented the war with colored film footage and personal narratives. “I learned a lot about (Korean War) history from the video,” said Pvt. Ramon Sarmiento, of Bravo Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion. “Everyone knows why we are in Iraq and Afghanistan, but not everybody knows why we are here.” Lectures, from several Korean history professors, are also a part of the curriculum. These lectures cover Korean history, before and after the Korean War; discuss the differences between the Korean and U.S. political systems; talk about Korean culture and attractions; and the differences between American and Korean cultures. Following the morning activities, newcomers are treated to traditional Korean cuisine for lunch. For many, this is their first time in Korea, let alone overseas and this could be the first time they are using chopsticks and tasting different Korean dishes. During the first two afternoons, participants attend Korean language classes.
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AAFES Fixing Double Charges Army and Air Force Exchange customers recently experienced a double whammy no one saw coming; a processing error resulting in duplicate charges on credit and debit card transactions. Shoppers who swiped their cards between Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 at an AAFES facility are strongly encouraged to review their statements to see if they are impacted by this issue. AAFES officials said that if a customer finds a billing problem, no action will be required on their part. If an overdraft fee results from a duplicate charge, they will fix it. The processing error that produced the duplicate charges affected AAFES locations worldwide. Depending on the type of card used, corrective action could be visible to the customer anywhere from 24 hours to a couple of weeks. For more information, call 753-6870. OAHS Hosts Information Night Osan American High School will host a “High School Information Night,” tonight (Aug. 20), from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Humphreys American School cafeteria. Faculty members will be on hand to help high school students learn more about classes, sports, extra-curricular activities and transportation needs. For more information, call 753-8274. Zoeckler Gym Closed For Maintenance The Zoeckler Gym basketball court, aerobics room and racquetball courts will be closed Aug. 17 to 29 for maintenance. For more information, call 753-8807. Father/Son Adventure Day Set A Father/Son Adventure Day will be held at Outdoor Recreation (Bldg. 1044) Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can enjoy Laser Tag, Rock Wall climbing, archery, a video game station, bouncers, water balloon fights, and other activities. Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be served. Cost for Fathers is $10; sons are free. For more information, or to register by Aug. 25, contact Lisa Hogue at lisa. [email protected]
Housing Office To Consolidate Services The main Housing Office, located in Bldg. T-307, and the satellite Housing Office in the Soldiers One-Stop, Bldg. S-544, will be closed Sept. 2. Effective Sept. 3, the satellite office will close. All housing customers will then need to go to the Housing Office in Bldg. T-307. The offices are consolidating in order to provide more efficient customer service to Soldiers, civilians and their Families. For more information, call 753-7358. Primary Voting Information Military and Overseas Voters, should submit their ballot request for upcoming state primaries. The following states will hold Primary Elections on the date indicated: Sept. 4: Guam Sept. 11: Virgin Islands Sept. 14: District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin All members of the U.S. Uniformed Services, their Family Members and citizens residing outside the U.S., who are residents from these States and have not yet submitted a registration and ballot request (FPCA) for the 2010 calendar year, should do so as soon as possible. The ballot application and instructions are available at www.fvap.gov/FPCA. Community Job Fair Set The Employment Readiness Program at Army Community Service will host a Community Job Fair, Sept. 17, in the Super Gym, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is free to both the recruiting employers and potential hires. For more information, call 753-8321.
Head Start Program introduces newcomers to ways of Korea
After sitting through two days of lectures and language training during Korean Head Start, students get the opportunity to put what they’ve learned to practical use by visiting a local Lotte Mart and the Suwon Folk Village. At the folk village, students are introduced to making tie-dyed scarves, traditional Korean games and more. – U.S. Army photo by Jessica Ryan They learn the basics of Hangul, the language of Korea, by speaking and writing out vowels and consonants. They also practice saying basic expressions such as greetings and common questions. “In order to know Korean culture, there needs to be more understanding of the Korean language,” said Yu Ho-jun, assistant professor of Freshmen English and Korean Language Education, at Pyeongtaek University. Along with teaching basic words and pronunciation, Yu instructs her students on how to write their names in Hangul. She also educates them on important places and cities in South Korea. “I tell stories about cities and why those cities are so important,” said Yu. She informs her students about famous places, such as Gyeongju and JeJu Island, by showing them pictures and talking about her own previous experiences. On the final day, Pyeongtaek University students accompany the newcomers to a local Lotte Mart department store and the Suwon Folk Village. Lotte Mart, along with Home Plus and E-mart, are department stores set up very similar to those in the U.S. The student tour guides are on hand to answer questions, and give explanations on food and different products. At the folk village, which is compared to historic towns like Jamestown and Williamsburg in the states, newcomers can participate in many activities. One major hit is the scarf dying station. Participants dip scarves into various colored dyes to create unique patterns. Then the student tour guides teach them how to play traditional Korean games and provide explanations on Korean history and cultural artifacts. “I thought the interaction with actual Korean students was great,” said Sgt. Luis Luciano, also from Bravo Company, 602nd ASB. “They were extremely helpful and seemed excited to be part of the program.” The student tour guides also find the experience to be rewarding. “There’s not (too) much (of a) chance for us meet foreigners,” said Yu Ji-eun, a Pyeongtaek University student. “When we do this program, we meet foreigners and have a good time.” After a brief summer hiatus, classes begin again next week and will continue, almost weekly, through the middle of December.
Professor Yu Ho-jun, an assistant professor of Freshmen English and Korean Language Education at Pyeongtaek University, teaches Humphreys Garrison newcomers basic Hangul during a recent session of Korean Head Start. – U.S. Army photo by Jessica Ryan
AUGUST 20, 2010
DFAC juggles priorities, earns ‘best’ award
By Spc. Timothy N. Oberle 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs SEOUL AIR BASE — Working in a dining facility is perhaps one of the toughest jobs for a Soldier to undertake. Not only do they have to work some crazy hours every day, but they are also required to complete all of the normal tasks and training required of other Soldiers. To make matters worse, food service workers hardly ever get weekends or holidays off because they have to be there each day to serve food to the Soldiers. For one 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade dining facility, here, simply punching into work every day and going home is not enough. The workers at the K-16 Air Base Dining Facility come into work every day with a hunger to perfect their craft and ensure Soldiers receive no less than the highest quality of service during their dining experience. “We are open 365 days a year, which can be trying on young Soldiers who work here, so I try to give them as much time off as possible,” said Staff Sgt. Alicia Bradley, the dining facility manager and also assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion (Assault), 2nd Aviation Regiment. “The main reason we have so much success is because we all work as a team and help to make sure that Avn. and discussed their various issues and concerns. Following lunch, Thomas presented the award to Bradley who said the quality of care that a dining facility provides is of the utmost importance. “I have always tried to maintain a high standard for excellence in this dining facility and my goal is to keep the atmosphere and quality similar to that of an up-scale restaurant,” Bradley said. In addition to ensuring a luxurious atmosphere, Bradley likes to make sure that the Soldiers who frequent the facility have a variety of choices in meal selection. “I like to make sure that we have a variety of foods to choose from and that we have freshly cooked food from the first Soldier who walks through the door for each meal to the last,” said Bradley. “Each day we have about 12 to 15 workers for the entire facility. For each meal we have to feed roughly around 250 Soldiers. If you times that by three meals during the day we feed roughly around 750 people and there are only 15 of us, making it extremely difficult to maintain such high standards. “This installation is also going through a lot of changes and the head count is only going to continue to rise,” Bradley added, “but I think we will be alright because most of the workers here are young and eager to learn as much as possible.”
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Brigadier Gen. Kelly J. Thomas, the 2nd Infantry Division assistant division commander for support, speaks with Soldiers during a brief lunch at the K-16 Dining Facility at Seoul Air Base, Aug. 11. Following the lunch, Thomas presented the dining facility staff with the 2ID Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility, for small DFAC’s, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2010. – U.S. Army photo by Spc. Timothy N. Oberle we all stay motivated.” In recognition of this level of success and motivation, the dining facility was presented with the third quarter 2010 2nd Infantry Division Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility, for small DFACs, by Brig. Gen. Kelly J. Thomas, the 2ID assistant division commander for support, Aug. 11. Prior to presenting the award, Thomas had a brief lunch with Soldiers from 2-2
Camp Adventure summer activities come to a close
By Megan Clancy F&MWR Marketing HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Camp Adventure, an eight-week program that offers children and counselors opportunities to learn about Korea and to enjoy a camplike environment, ends here today (Aug. 20). Camp Adventure is designed for firstthrough fifth-graders. Throughout the week, campers participate in fun and educational activities following a particular theme. Campers and counselors alike were on their toes all summer. Besides taking weekly field trips to some of Korea’s popular tourist attractions, they also explored different themes each week such as “Hip, Hip Hooray! Happy Birthday USA!,”“Alice in Wonderland,” and “Outer Space.” They learned about these themes through various hands-on activities, such as singing songs, playing games and doing art projects. While participating in the “Happy Birthday USA!” week, campers made an “ABCs of the USA” book. Each camper was designated a letter and had to research a topic in relation to the United States. Then, on Friday, they presented their project to the group. The theme songs for Camp Adventure were “Peace Like a River” and “Hip Hop, Camp A Rocks,” said Yong-mi Morrill, a Child Youth program assistant. Most of the activities took place at School Age Services, Bldg. 570. Arts and crafts, dance, cooking, songs, games and talent shows kept the children occupied. “I like the games we played and going on field trips,” said Michael Payne, 7. “I like playing Marco Polo, cooking and playing
Camp Adventure counselors, like Joe Knight, enjoying a snack with his group, are either high school or college students. – U.S. Army photo by Megan Clancy Adventure next year. “Stop!” “Shh!” “Be quiet!” “Please put that away.” and “Line up straight please,” were often heard during the course of the week. The counselors had to keep up with the children, keeping them well-behaved and safe, which could be daunting at times. At the end of each day campers and counselors gathering in a friendship circle. This circle is a way to bring them together to calm down after a long day. Here, they sings songs and talk about their favorite part of the day. The counselors were mostly high school and college students. Some became counselors through the Summer Hire Program, while others came from stateside universities. “Although being a counselor was hard work, I got to travel to Seoul, Busan and JeJu,” counselor Rob Vance said. Campers called this Iowa State University student Big Bang. Overall, Camp Adventure benefited both children and counselors by offering them the opportunity to explore Korea and understand Korean culture.
Camp Adventure is designed for children in first through fifth grades. Throughout the week, campers participate in fun and educational activities following a particular theme and take weekly field trips to some of Korea’s popular tourist attractions. – U.S. Army photo by Megan Clancy tag.” The children also went swimming and bowling each session. They even got to play Laser Tag. Field trips were different every week and took place on Thursdays. The campers visited Seoul Land, Asan Spavis, Lotte World, Seoul Grand Park Zoo and the COEX Mall, to name a few. “I liked shopping in the big malls,” said Emma Johnson, 6. The children weren’t the only ones enjoying the experience. “I have really enjoyed going on field trips with the children and seeing more of Korea,” said counselor Alex Penno, or Super Junior, as he was known to the campers. Penno is a college student, attending the University of Iowa. He hopes to return to Camp
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AUGUST 20, 2010
Operation Eagle Strike sets the
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Firefighters team up to evacuate simulated casualty PV2 Lovett from the emergency. — U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. George Clay By Staff Sgt. George Clay and Cadet Kenneth Hunkus 42nd Ohio Volunteer Battalion DAEGU GARRISON — 293rd Signal Company has a unique mission in 1ST Signal Brigade, as it is one of the most geographically dispersed companies in Korea with several interlacing missions. One of these is the operation of Technical Control Facilities. They provide all communications services to Area IV through critical hubs. To accomplish this mission successfully they must train the personnel manning these hubs to face the unexpected and to respond to situations involving crippling communication outages. In order to test their abilities to handle these challenges they developed their own company training. Mission Training Plans or Army Training and Evaluation Plans do not typically incorporate Technical Control Facilities because the facilities are governed by the Defense Information Systems Agency. DISA outlines the training and operational standards needed in order to run the facilities but does not provide “crew drill” style doctrinal training guides. In order to raise the training standards, the 293rd had to come together to develop training that would be effective, challenging and quantifiable. Training of the company’s junior leadership required the senior leaders to pull together to make a quantifiable program of instruction that could be evaluated and then structured to fit quarterly demands. Operation Eagle Strike was the first of its type: a multi-tiered training exercise which the 293rd developed, produced, tested and executed successfully to exercise, maintain and revise standard operating procedures and emergency action plans for communications facilities throughout Area IV. Eagle Strike was comprised of three parts. The first; planning and development of the program of instruction was uniquely challenging since no site or crew level training had ever been accomplished prior to Eagle Strike. One of the main aim points of Eagle Strike was to develop an emotionally strenuous training environment; training Soldiers in difficult, “under fire” style scenarios was meant to develop mental agility and courage, enabling them to perform better in real events. To build the necessary stress, they included an actor simulating a severely injured Soldier. To better create realism and in an effort to increase stress on the site leadership, 293rd coordinated with local emergency rescue personnel. The USAG Daegu Camp Carroll Fire and Rescue Team was eager to participate in Operation Eagle Strike and assist the company integration of the Garrison into our emergency response execution. The exercise took place over the course of two days at four technical controls with the full speed run-through at Camp Carroll only. With a single run-through and no resets, Soldiers were tested on the move and the situation developed from every action and inaction. The Fire Department responded within minutes of placing a call, and Soldiers worked with the teams to complete the mission and restore function at Top Site. Observers used “go / no-go” checklists based on emergency action plans and standard operating procedures to note proper execution of the exercise as well as shortcomings. Checks were conducted during and after the exercise to ensure that proper security was maintained during the movement of sensitive equipment. Evaluation of the exercise consisted of numerous after action reviews in order to create feedback and assist in revision of both the exercise and site standard operating procedures. Operation Eagle Strike was the first of what is likely to be many exercises used by the 293rd to prepare emergency response plans and standard operating procedures. Eagle Strike’s success was directly based on proper planning and strong leadership, two traits characteristic of the 293rd Signal Company, and future leaders will no doubt turn to Eagle Strike as the standard to meet in Defense Communications Services.
Pfc. Holstine stands guard during sensitive equipment evacuation — U.S. Army Photo by Cadet Kenneth Hunkus
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Driver serves a dozen commanders over 40 years
By Pfc. Chae, Ki-soo 19th ESC Public Affairs DAEGU GARRISON — He’s seen it all, the ruins of Korea from the Korean War transformed into a modern day metropolitan jungle of skyscraping buildings filled with digital technology. The world around him has changed a great deal but the way he goes about his business has not changed much. Chong Mu-cho, a Korean National, driver to the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade commander, has more than 40 years on his job while serving 12 different commanders. Chong served in the Korean Air Force in 1960, when Korea was beginning to heal from the devastation of the Korean War, fulfilling his duty to the nation as a 20 year old. Once he completed his service, Chong sold fruits in the streets of Seoul to provide for his family. He took tests and submitted applications hoping to find a stable job on a U.S. base but there was nothing available for nearly three years. Chong said life in Korea during the 1960s and 70s was incomparable to life now. The Korean War was still a close memory then, occurring only 10 years previously. He clearly remembers the tragedy that destroyed the Korean peninsula. While many Koreans fled southward escaping the communist invasion, Chong and his family took refuge in Suwon, a nearby town of Seoul where many of his relatives lived. His family was lucky enough to survive through the communist advance, but they still witnessed the massacre during the war. Families separated during refuge, North and South Koreans brutally killing each other, but no matter how tragic the war was, Chong said his love for his family and prospect of rebuilding life after the war allowed him to stay strong and remain optimistic for life. He recalls the situation then, “In the aftermath of the Korean War, working on a U.S. base was one of the most preferred jobs because there weren’t too many jobs available in general.”
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Walker Speed Limit is 25 KPH The speed limit for all of Camp Walker is reduced to 25 KPH from now through the end of August. Please be careful as foot traffic increases during UFG-10. Busan International Market Shopping Camp Carroll CAC. Aug. 28, 9 a.m. (CC) & 10 a.m. (CW). $10 per person (kids 10 & under: $5). Han River Cruise Casino Curise. Sept. 18, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Single & Unaccompanied soldiers, active duty US military personnel. Price of ticket is $35.00 per person.Best dressed contest, live DJ/Dance hall and cash bar. Final day of registration is on Sept. 15. Sign up at the Cp Walker CAC. Call 764-4123 for more information
New Army Suicide Prevention Program Website Army Suicide Prevention Program has adopted the website domain name www. preventsuicide.army.mil. This initiative is part of the Army’s continued efforts to assist anyone seeking information on suicide prevention training, policy, strategy, and resources, or to find links to other agencies that offer assistance. Parent’s Night Out Aug. 28, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Camp George CDC. Provided for children 6 weeks - 5th grade. First come, first served. Advance sign up required. Must be a registered CYS member. Call 764-5298 for more information. Club Beyond parent and volunteer interest meeting If you are a teen, a parent of one or are interested in volunteering to help our teens, come to the Camp Walker Chapel Fellowship Hall for dessert, 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29. Club Beyond is a ministry for all teens grades 7 to 12 in the USAG Daegu Area IV community. For more information call 010-9407-1034.
Chong Mu-cho, driver to the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade commander, takes a familiar seat behind the wheel, a seat he’s held for 12 commanders over a 40-year career. — U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Chae, Ki-soo In September 1968, he started the last job of his life – one that would last more than 40 years at the Logistics Assistant’s Office of Far East, Yongsan Garrison. His day mirrored the commander’s schedule, meaning wherever and whenever the commander needed to be, Chong was ready. Han S. Kim, a Korean American and co-worker of Chong said, “Chong carries out his duties without any hesitation or judgment or evasion. He is always there for his commander.” Of the 12 different commanders he served during his long tenure, he remembers a certain commander who especially enjoyed dwae ji gal-bi, or Korean pork ribs. Chong said, “After completing the day’s schedule, the commander would often invite me out to dinner, you know eat dwae ji galbi and have some soju. Sometimes he would even invite my wife out for a couple’s dinner.” Chong fondly remembers the commander for being warm-hearted and thanks him till this day for his generosity and kindness. In retrospect, looking back on his 33 years in Yongsan and seven years he spent apart from his family in Daegu, seeing them only on weekends, he has no regrets at all. If anything, he said, he would like to work a couple years longer to serve one more commander. Moreover, “I am grateful to have worked because the job gave me the opportunity to provide for my family in a country that was devastated by war,” he said.
Calling all fantasy football players from all branches of U.S. military
By Tim Hipps FMWRC Public Affairs ALEXANDRIA, Va — Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons from all five branches of the U.S. military are invited to play in a free fantasy football league with $100,000, a trip to Super Bowl XLV, and championship rings on the line. Participants can create an account and begin drafting teams to compete in the RapidDraft Fantasy Football League at www.mwrfantasysports.com. Fantasy football revolves around the statistics of players in the National Football League. Registration and all drafts must be started by Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. EDT. Do not wait until deadline time because draft rooms could be full and computer servers can get overloaded, so draft early. And draft often. Each player can field as many as 60 teams, each of which will draft and play a full season of fantasy football games against 11 Fantasy Football Professionals, including Joe Namath, MVP of Super Bowl III. Avatars/cartoon characters are used to represent the pros. Each fantasy pro is a “robotic general manager,” with a draft strategy managed by a real person or team of experienced fantasy professionals. Each pro has defined a unique, professional draft strategy and will create and submit a proprietary, subjective player draft ranking. The draft rankings or player lists are updated dynamically – often hourly, daily, or weekly – based on subjective analysis, breaking player news and research done by each pro. After creating an account and becoming a World Fantasy Games member, participants may enter the website and sign-up to draft a fantasy football team against the fantasy pros. Members may draft at any time of day or night until the final draft deadline. The best place to start is by clicking on the official rules tab at the bottom righthand corner of the page and studying steadfastly. Wily old fantasy football players never seem to know the rules well enough – and even they tend to forget policies and procedures that help ensure the most pleasant gaming experiences. You roster will consist of 20 players and defenses in any numerical combination. A starting lineup consists of nine players (QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, Flex – RB, WR or TE, K) and one defense/special team. You must submit a lineup each week and positions left blank will receive zero points. Be forewarned: successful fantasy football playing can be very time consuming. Somewhat like playing golf, success depends on the level at which you aspire to perform. RapidDraft Fantasy Football is strictly for entertainment purposes and may not be used in connection with any form of gambling. All participants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of their registration and have public or private Internet access as of Sept. 15, 2010. The league is open to all Active Duty personnel, their Family members, Retirees, Reservists, National Guard, DoD and Coast Guard Civilians. This is a game of skill, although luck often comes into play. Winners are determined solely based on the objective RapidDraft Fantasy Football scoring system outlined in the official rules. The overall military winner, based on the accumulation of points throughout the season, will win a trip for two to Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, 2011, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The winner from each branch of the military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard – will receive a custom championship ring. All MWR contestants also will compete for the national grand prize of $100,000.
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AUGUST 20, 2010
Team ends flawless season through emphasis on teamwork, values
By Sgt. Megan Garcia 501st SBDE Public Affairs DAEGU GARRISON — The 501st Special Troops Battalion won the Area IV basketball tournament against the 2-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion Saturday at the Camp Carroll Fitness Center, wrapping up the 501st STBs’ flawless season during the summer intramural basketball league. Capt. Keith W. Brown, the 501st STB, HHC Company Commander (and the starting point guard) said the team was most successful in staying undefeated due to the tremendous amount of teamwork the Soldiers displayed. “We got to play without any weak moments,” said Brown. “The team gelled very well and never argued over playing time. We identified who would do what and stuck to that strategy.” Although seven of the 11 teammates played together in the previous basketball season, Brown said the four new players were the biggest contributions to the team. “They matched the skill level of our team in certain areas” said Brown. “We had some scorers and we had some defenders which was good so that we didn’t have to rely solely on the starting five. When we made substitutions, the level of play did not go down. The new players were able to sustain the lead, or
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Pfc. Diquaris Richardson charges for the lay-up as Spc. Jamie Mobley prepares for a possible rebound. — U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Megan Garcia
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get it back if we had lost it. “ Spc. Jamie Mobley, an Automated Logistics Specialist with the 501st STB and one of the new players for the team, said he enjoyed playing with a team that exhibited so much teamwork. “Everybody always gave me advice on how to improve and work harder if I would mess up,” said Mobley. “We were outstanding as a team. I had a lot of fun.” Aside from the teams’ emphasis on teamwork, Brown also highlighted the teams’ success through everyone’s ability to maintain good attitudes and values. “While winning, the team never gave off
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a cocky attitude,” said Brown. “Everyone was very humble. We never went into a game thinking we were going to win. We played every game as if our opponents were as good or better than us.” For Mobley, it’s more than just winning a championship with fellow Soldiers. “It felt pretty good to win, because we are like a family,” said Mobley. Spc. Jamie Mobley makes a tough shot over his opponent, Spc. Davinte Grice, during the Area IV Championship game.— U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Megan Garcia
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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.
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한반도의 평화를 수호하기 위한 강한 공동체
용산기지사령부- 한국이 살기에 특별히 좋은 환경인 사실에 대해서는 의심할 여지가 없습니다. 예전에는 어려움을 많이 담고 있었던 한국에서의 삶이 이제는 군인들과 군무원들의 선호 지역으로 빠르게 바뀌어 나가고 잇습니다. 우리가 한반도의 평화를 수호하기 위하여, 중요한 임무를 조금도 방심하지 않고 임하고 있는 동안, 고향에서 떨어져 일하는 우리 공동체 구성원들이 한국을 또 다른 고향으로 생각하도록 노력하고 있습니다. 많이 알고 있으시다시피, 미국에서 수천마일 떨어진 곳에서 사는 것은 언어, 문화, 대도시 생활 같은 어려움을 동반합니다. 하지만 다행히도 한국 이웃들은 우리 기지를 돕고, 동반자가 되기를 항상 자원하고 있습니다. 또한 많은 한국 이웃들은 우리가 이 곳에 머무름에 감사를 표하고 있습니다. 젊은 층들이 함께 사진을 찍자고 권유를 한다던가 지하철에서 나이 지긋하신 분들께서 어린 아이들에게 사탕을 나눠주시는 것처럼, 한국인들의 따뜻하고 너그러운 면모는 틀림없는 사실입니다. 이러한 것들이 용산 기지로 하여금 공동체 기여 및 봉사활동을 중요한 하루 일과로 만드는데 기여하였으며, 한국인들과 미국인들을 함께하게 하여, 우리 생활의 질을 높이는데에도 일조하였습니다. 기지관리사령부 사령관 중장 릭 린치 (Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch) 는 이번 달 초에 우리 이웃들이 저희 서비스에 대해 감사를 표하는 방법을 찾아보고 있다고 말했습니다. 여기 서울에서 우리는 문화간의 이벤트들을 위해 국제피플투피플 새서울지부(People to People International New Seoul Chapter)와 우리 주요 축제들을 위해 한국 전통 엔터테인먼트 등의 기관과 파트너쉽을 맺고 있습니다. 우리는 서울 경찰 부서와 협력하여 여러분과 여러분의 가족들을 부대 내외에서 재앙으로부터 안전하게 보호하려고 노력하고 있습니다. 여러분들이 밤에 안전하게 주무실 수 있도록 한국 경찰이 우리 영역을 보호하는데 도움을 주고 있으며, 한국 이웃들은 매 주 있는 신입자 서울 관광을 후원하고 있습니다. 이는 한국 이웃들이 우리가 한국에서 생활함에 있어서 더 빨리 적응하고, 좋은 시간을 보내도록 도와주려는 아주 작은 예에 불과합니다. 저는 여러분들이 한국에서 안전하고 보람있는 삶을 보내도록 노력하고 있습니다. 언제든 가능할 때마다, 우리는 한국 친구들과 함께 우리가 하고 있는 서비스를 증가시키고, 사람들이 원하는 새로운 서비스를 바로 개설하려하고 있습니다. 또한 저는 여러분들이 공동체를 위해 다시 환원할 수 있도록 권장하고 싶습니다. 기지 내외에서 봉사활동 하거나, 좋은 이웃 프로그램 (Good Neighbor program) 에 참여하는 것, 그리고 몇 주간 한국 청소년을 집에 머물게하면서 영어를 가르치게하는 여름 영어 캠프에 참여하는 것들을 고려해보시길 권장합니다. 여러분이 어떤 것들을 결정하던 간에, 저는 여러분들이 우선시 하는 것들을 이루어서 한국 친구들을 잘 알게되고, 공동체 생활에 있어서 역할을 갖기를 희망하고 있습니다. 용산 공동체에 관한 추가 정보와 새로운 소식은 www.facebook.com/ youryongsan 을 방문하여 확인 하실 수 있습니다.
By 윌리엄 후버 대령 번역 일병 최용준 / USAG Y 공보실