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Year of the NCO
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December 11, 2009 • Volume 8, Issue 10
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
Learn not to burn
To highlight fire safety this holiday season the Yongsan Garrison Fire Department utilized building T-1116 on Camp Coiner Tuesday morning to show just how easily a fire can start and spread. In this scenario a newspaper is ignited by a space heater and quickly engulfs clothing left on a chair to dry. The other scene depicted what happens if a person smoking in bed falls asleep and the cigarette comes in contact with the bedding. The building is scheduled for demolition this week and was equipped with smoke alarms that clearly amplified their need, sounding well before smoke was even visible in the room. This training was documented by IMCOM Korea Region Public Affairs for use in a series of Public Service Announcements to educate and raise awareness for fire safety at the holidays and year round. — U.S. Army photo by Slade Walters GARRISONS
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Slim-Fast Recall Bongeunsa Temple G1 Conference Smallpox Study Good Neighbors Korean Page P02 P03 P04 P13 P14 P30
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Do not consume Slim-Fast Ready-To-Drink
YONGSAN GARRISON — USFK Veterinary Food Inspectors in conjunction with DSCP and the FDA have issued a DO NOT COMSUME recall on all Slim-Fast® Ready-To-Drink products in cans, regardless of flavor, Best-By date, lot code or UPC number, due to the possibility of bacterial contamination. Veterinary Food Inspectors have identified that facilities in all Areas on the Korean Peninsula stock the named products. Consumers/ end users should return products to the facility in which the items were purchased for a refund. No other Slim-Fast® products are affected by this recall. Unilever United States, Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of all Slim-Fast® ready-to-drink (RTD) products in cans, due to the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus. The products are packaged in paperboard cartons and contain four, six or 12 steel cans that are 11 FL OZ (325 ml) each. Link for more information: https://www.dscp.dla.mil/subs/fso/alfood/alfood.asp
Support Improves for Families With Special Needs
By Elaine Wilson American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Officials are working to boost the resources and support the Defense Department’s Exceptional Family Member Program provides to military families with special needs. “Most people are aware of EFMP as a mandatory enrollment program, but we’re working to raise awareness of the family support we can provide,” said Rebecca Posante, communications director for the Pentagon’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy. Military families with special needs are asked to enroll in the program so their requirements can be taken into consideration for future assignments. Parents with a child with major medical needs, for instance, are stationed at an installation near a hospital that can accommodate those needs. “The program is to prevent you from getting in a situation where your family can’t get appropriate care,” Posante said. “Your asthma may be controlled here, but not at a place overseas. You might not know that and unknowingly be put in a lifethreatening situation. The goal is to protect the family.” While the assignment component is standard throughout the services, each branch offers a varying level of family support, and the resultant family services are inconsistent at best, Posante acknowledged. For instance, some bases have one program specialist and others have up to seven. “The Marine Corps and Army have plussed up their programs, but it really depends on the passion and the staffing at the installations,” Posante said. On a positive note, she said, changes are on the horizon. The fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Barack Obama in October, mandates a standard program to support military families with special needs, establishes a Defense Department Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs and requires a comprehensive policy on support to families. While changes lie ahead, Posante said, she is working in the meantime to put the resources in place to ensure success. Last month, the department sponsored its first joint exceptional family member support conference in Jacksonville, Fla. Posante said the conference was a definite success, and that she equipped family support personnel with tools they “could take back and use on Monday.” Posante noted these same tools also are offered online for families. A Parent ToolKit, available on the Military OneSource site, offers information and resources to aid parents of special-needs children, taking them from birth to 21 years old. It includes a list of support organizations, sample forms and letters, and other resources. To supplement the toolkit, Military Homefront offers hundreds of resources online, listed by state, that parents can use to pinpoint a local program. The Special Care Organizational Record for Children With Special Health Care Needs, also available on Military OneSource, is a binder where parents can store all health care-related information pertaining to their child, from medications and allergies to doctors’ business cards and receipts. It also can be used for specialneeds adults. “Imagine if you were a parent and one day you couldn’t take care of your child, [and] someone would have to step in and care for that child,” said Isabel Hodge, family support program manager for the Pentagon’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy. “This gives them what they need to know. It’s a set of instructions.” “It’s not your official medical record,” Posante added. “But it’s something you can take with you as you move [or go] to different appointments. You can take it with you and share with doctors to aid in care.” Posante also urges parents of special-needs family members to take advantage of Military OneSource’s specialty consultations for adult and special needs children by calling 1-800342-9647. With the program’s new legislation and resources, Posante said, she hopes families will remember to associate the Exceptional Family Member Program with more than just assignments. She wants them to equate the program with family support. “Enrollment is for your protection. This is a big benefit to our families,” she said. “But we also can help support your family. Seek out your EFMP coordinator at your family center; that person knows the area; they can get you the right information. We want our families to know [that] we know the system, and we can help.”
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In September, the Air Force printed, published and mailed its retiree newsletter, the Afterburner, after three years without a hardcopy version being produced. Budget problems left the Air Force retirees with only an electronic version of the newsletter. As explained in the Afterburner, “Special funding was granted to provide news and information to our retirees and surviving spouses, and also to urge those with computer access to forego a hard-copy version to save money.” It’s important for retirees to understand that budget problems could affect the ability of all services to provide hundreds of thousands of hard-copies of their newsletters to all retirees and survivors. One of the distinguishing characteristics of military service is the development of teamwork. It’s time to apply the teamwork principle to saving the newsletter. There are a number of retirees
and surviving spouses who lack a computer and who may not have the ability or desire to learn how to use one. To these members of our community, a hard-copy newsletter may be the only way they get the news that’s important to all of us. If you use a computer, you can help to extend the life of your service’s newsletter by cancelling the paper version and opting for the e-mail version if that’s available. That will save the limited funds to continue producing a reasonable number of hard-copy newsletters for those who really need them. Locally, the e-mail newsletter Still Serving in Korea is produced monthly and is sent to retirees only in the e-mail version. It is available in a printable version via the ‘Archives: HTML/Txt’ at http://www.rao-osan.com. If you have computer access and know a non-computer retiree or widow(er), why not print a newsletter for him/her. A Korean-language newsletter for Korean widows is printed and mailed to about 175 widows.
DECEMBER 11, 2009
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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 Arson; Failure to Obey Lawful Order; Drunk and Disorderly; Underage Drinking; Subject #1 and Subject #2 exited a barracks room when Subject #1 burned the name tag on the door. Subject #1 and Subject #2 proceeded to the second floor, where Subject #1 burned the tag on the dayroom, at which time the fire alarm was activated. Subject #1 and Subject #2 then fled the scene, which was observed by Witness #1. Witness #1 ordered Subject #1 and Subject #2 to stop, which they refused and continued out the emergency exit in an unknown direction. On Dec. 2, Witness #1 notified the PMO that Subject #1 and Subject #2 were responsible for the fire. On 03 DEC 09, Subject #1 and Subject #2 reported to the PMO where Subject #1 was advised of Subject #1’s legal rights, which Subject #1 waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense and Subject #2 was advised of Subject #2’s legal rights, which Subject #2 invoked. Estimated cost of damage is unknown. This is a final report. USAG Yongsan: Assault; Failure to Pay Just Debt; Unknown subject, after having ridden in Victim #1’s taxi, exited without paying the fare. Victim #1 exited the cab confronting the unknown subject asking for the fare, at which time the unknown subject struck Victim #1 in the face with a closed fist. The unknown subject then fled the scene. Victim #1 sustained injuries consisting of a cut to the lip. Victim #1 declined medical treatment. Investigation continues by Military Police. USAG Yongsan: Traffic Accident Without Injuries; Damage to Private Property; Fleeing the Scene of a Traffic Accident; Unknown person(s), operating an unknown vehicle, struck Victim #1’s privately owned vehicle, which was legally parked and unattended, and fled the scene. Damages to Victim #1’s vehicle consisted of cracks to the left rear bumper. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met with negative results. Estimated cost of damage is unknown. This is a final report. USAG Humphreys: Larceny of Private Funds; Unknown person(s), by unknown means, stole Victim #1’s $500.00 in U.S. currency out of Victim #1’s vehicle, which was unsecured and unattended. Victim #1 rendered a written statement attesting to the incident. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met with negative results. Estimated cost of loss is $500.00. Investigation continues by Korean National Police. USAG Daegu: Traffic Accident without Injuries; Damage to Private Property; Damage to Government Property; Obligation for Safe Operation; Subject #1 operating a government owned vehicle, struck Victim #1’s privately owned vehicle at an off post intersection. Damages to Subject #1’s vehicle consisted of dents, scratches, and paint transfer to the front bumper. Damages to Victim #1’s vehicle consisted of a broken right mirror. Estimated cost of damage is unknown. This is a final report.
Bongeunsa is a Buddhist temple in the Gangnam-gu district of Seoul located across the street from the COEX Mall. It was first founded in 794 during the reign of King Wonseong by the monk Yeon-hoe, then the highest ranking monk of the Silla Dynasty. It was originally named Kyongseoungsa and is on the slope of Sudo Mountain. Surrounded by the city it is amazingly peaceful and beautiful. — Photo courtesy of Dave Palmer
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities
Korean-American Friendship Holiday Concert Eighth Army presents a free concert for all U.S. Servicemembers, Family and friends. The performance will be held at the world class venue Seoul Arts Center on Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. Free round-trip transportation is also be provided but you must make reservations by calling 723-4834 or 011-9974-4063. USO New Year’s Eve Ocean Cruise Spend this New Year’s Eve on a stunning sunset dinner cruise viewing the beautiful western coastline and islands near Incheon. During the evening cruise you will enjoy a fabulous dinner, a show, night views of Incheon and fireworks. Your ticket price includes transportation to and from Incheon, one night at the luxurious Sheraton Incheon Hotel, and breakfast on New Year’s Day. Call the USO Camp Kim for details and to make your reservation at DSN 724-7003 or Commercial 02-795-3028. Trip to the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty The Joseon Dynasty began in 1392 and lasted for 519 years. Rarely have any of the world’s royal dynasties lasted for over half a thousand years, but what is even more surprising is that the tombs of all the kings and queens of the Joseon dynasty have been preserved until the present day. The roads to the royal tombs lead travelers to an auspicious place. The sites of the royal tombs were carefully selected by Feng Shui experts, and the landscape, structures, and architecture surrounding the tombs combined to produce the highest art form of the time. Royal tomb sites are picturesque and places to relax and escape from the bustle of the city. Mountain Trout Ice Festival The Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival will be taking place Jan. 9-31, 2010, in Hwacheon in Gangwon province. This virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice. Visitors can try out ice fishing, and those who are feeling brave can try to catch mountain trout with their bare hands. As well as fun activities and performances, there is also an exhibition of ice sculptures that took 20 weeks to prepare. Visitors can sample raw and grilled mountain trout, both of which are delicious. To get to the festival, take a bus from Dong Seoul terminal to the Hwacheon bus terminal (estimated travel time of 2hrs 40min). From the bus terminal, it will take around 10 minutes by foot to get to the festival grounds. Detailed Info on the location can be found at www.narafestival.com. Satisfy the Munchies with Traditional Street Snacks When traveling abroad, one may find unexpected pleasures on the streets. With a unique ambience, Insadong and Myeongdong are the most popular streets teeming with travelers in search of shopping and dining. In Insadong, you will be intrigued by the pushcarts of street food, which are as unique as the area’s shop displays of traditional memorabilia. While Myeongdong and most other streets in Seoul have street stalls selling tteokbokki, fritters, oden, and chicken skewers, Insadong sells traditional cookies and some street foods of the past. Visit Insadong and Myeongdong for the joy of seeing and eating. In Insadong a mound of hardened honey and malt is kneaded and stretched into 16,384 strands that look like a thin, white skein of glossy silk. Kkultarae, meaning honey skein, is filled with a mixture of ten ingredients such as almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, peanuts, black beans, and black sesame seeds, and then rolled. The candy, which was a royal Korean snack, is sweet and delectable. Best of all, you can watch the Kkultarae-maker as he creates his culinary work of art. On most any corner on a cold day a ball of flour or glutinous rice dough is filled with a mixture of sugar, ground peanuts and cinnamon powder and then pressed flat on a hot griddle. Hotteok is especially popular in the winter season. USO Panmunjom Tour The USO Panmunjom tour is one of the best ways to understand the situation, the tensions, and the reality of the North and South Korea division. From the time you start to prepare for the trip until your last view of the barbed wire fence that lines the “Freedom Road” or “Unification Road” (the highway connecting Seoul to Panmunjom), your understanding of the recent history of Korea will take on a new dimension. In preparing for the trip, don’t forget to follow the Dress Code for the Panmunjom tour. You can download the dress code from this site http://affiliates.uso.org/Korea/ or pick one up at the USO. Also, very important, be sure to bring your passport or military ID the day of the tour. The Panmunjom tour is one of the most popular tours the USO offers. No endorsement implied.
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One of the issues that gathered everyone’s attention was the changes to Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System and how it will be replaced as a future program by IPPS-A. Chief of Human Resources Assistance Team, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tony Geiger said, “These are our systems and our Soldiers depend on them. It is very important that we maintain their accuracy and integrity.” January 2009, the Deputy Secretary of Defense directed that the current plan for DIMHRS would be transitioned to the separate Services for completion at their level. In response, the Army adopted IPPS-A and the Deputy Chief of Staff G-1 directed that the development and fielding strategy for IPPS-A should employ an incremental approach to retiring legacy systems in order to begin delivering integrated HR capability as quickly as possible. The timeline for testing, training, and implementation is still unknown. However, it needs to be implemented soon because legacy systems are growing in cost and complexity to maintain. This new strategy allows the Army the opportunity to reassess the path of the program and implement an optimal fielding strategy. Under the new strategy, HR personnel are also projected to gain military pay responsibilities. This is could greatly streamline the process through which Soldiers usually receive military pay services, such as pay and entitlements, making it a one stop shop for all pay and personnel issues.
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Eighth Army G1 hosts Human Resource conference
By Capt. Marco Rosa Special to the Morning Calm YONGSAN GARRISON — Eighth Army G1 hosted an Adjutant General Corps Association, Land of the Morning Calm chapter, breakfast and conference that included Human Resources professionals from all over the Korean peninsula Dec. 2. The breakfast served as a platform to start cordial interaction among members and a venue to discuss plans for the much anticipated Adjutant General Corps Regimental Ball in 2010. Eighth Army G1, Lt. Col. Steven R. Shappell spoke about the positive changes he has seen in the HR community in his last 25 years of service and motivated attendees to interact with each other while sharing experiences and concerns. Following the breakfast, noncommissioned officers participated in lectures about Assignment Incentive Pay, Exceptional Family Member Program, postal operations, updates to the Command Sponsorship Program, Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army and awards submission procedures. When asked about the importance of the conference, Warrant Officer Lakesha Griffith of Eighth Army G1 said, “It allows the G1s and S1s to come together and discuss HR matters in an open forum. It also helps to build up the unity in our HR community throughout the peninsula.”
How do intruders break into your computer?
Courtesy of 1st Signal Brigade YONGSAN GARRISON — In some cases, they send you an e-mail virus. Reading that e-mail activates the virus, creating an opening intruders use to enter or access your computer. In other cases, they take advantage of a flaw or weakness in one of your computer’s programs, a vulnerability. Once they’re on your computer, they often install new programs that let them continue to use your computer – even after you plug the holes used to get onto your computer in the first place. The Internet was built on the level of trust placed in its users. There was little thought given to malicious activity. Computers communicated using a straight forward scheme that relied on everybody playing by the rules. Any information you receive from another computer on the Internet should not be trusted automatically and unconditionally. Over time, there have been technological changes that are worthy of a higher level of our trust than before. A true sense of insecurity is better than a false sense of security. So, think about the information you trust. Be critical and cautious. Most Internet conversations are in the clear, meaning the information exchanged between computer systems is not concealed or hidden in any way. Information sent across the Internet may risk the possibility of loss or injury or others listening in, capturing what you send, and using it for their own benefit. When you attach your computer to the Internet for the first time, it instantly becomes a target for intruders. Be ready right from the start. The additional costs to tailor your computer and to keep you and the others who use your system safe are also your responsibility, and are part of the total cost of ownership of your home computer.
DECEMBER 11, 2009
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CHRA deputy visits command on Red Cloud
Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson (right), USAG-RC commander and Richard Davis (left), USAG-RC deputy commander, spoke with Leopold Toledo (second from the left), Civilian Human Resources Agency far east regional director, Clifford Dickman (middle), CHRA deputy director, and Geraldine Jones (second from the right), USAG-RC Civilian Personnel Advisory Center director, during Dickman’s visit to Area 1 Dec. 7 at the USAG-RC command group building. Dickman spoke after meeting with Jackson about the importance of his visit because “understanding the commander’s intent and understanding what is important to them will help us better plan to meet their requirements and needs.” — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Jamal Walker
Soldiers beautify garrison during cleanup
Pfc. Sung, Min-kyu, Sgt. Jang, Young-kwang and Sgt. Do, Hyung-jin help rake leaves at the Headquarters, Headquarters Company USAG-RC barracks during the 2009 Fall Clean Up Nov. 30. The Fall Clean Up lasted for an entire week as Soldiers in Warrior Country prepared their living quarters and work sections for the upcoming fall and winter seasons while in Korea. — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Jamal Walker
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ASAP training for NCOs on Casey
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs (Editor’s note: This is part two of a two part series about ASAP.) CASEY GARRISON — In keeping with the Army Family Covenant, the Army provides the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program to help Soldiers struggling with all kinds of substance abuse including alcohol and drugs, illicit and over-the-counter. There are five components of ASAP: prevention and outreach, risk reduction, testing, treatment and rehabilitation, and suicide prevention. For the treatment and rehabilitation component, once a Soldier shows positive results from a urinalysis test, it is returned to the Alcohol and Drug Control Officer, Wayne Johnson, who notifies the commanders if there are any positive results found by the tests. “If a positive result is showing a prescription medication, it goes to the medical review officer,” Johnson said. “This officer rules whether or not the drug was issued legally. Controlled substance drugs do not require a MRO review, only prescription drugs require this review.” When a Soldier is found positive for illegal drug use, two separate things happen: a CID investigation and a referral to ASAP for treatment. When he or she arrives at the ASAP office he/she will begin evaluations to determine the specific treatment needed. “The Soldier will come to us with a form DA 8003 signed by his commander or first sergeant,” said Brenda Kittrell, clinical director for garrison ASAP. “The form will have a check mark indicating a positive biochemical urine analysis.” Once the Soldier hands in his DA 8003, he will be given a stack of forms to fill out called an intake packet. After he/she fills out the packet materials, they will go over the items in a screening process to make sure
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News & Notes
USAG-RED CLOUD OFF-LIMITS The following establishments in Area 1 are off limits: Kwangamdong AO, USAG Casey: Empire Club Bosandong(ville), Bunny Club Toko-ri (Hovey), Geo-Shi-gi Karaoke Club, NB Club Saengyeondong, Dongducheon Uijongbu Ville, USAG Red Cloud: None Stanley Ville, Kosang-dong, Camp Stanley: None Western Corridor: Yong ju gol (Turkey Farms) For information, call 732-6762. H1N1 Vaccine and Immunizations Immunizations for USFK Families are available at the Casey TMC. For more information call: 7328210. USAG-Casey CAC Closure The Community Activity Center on USAG-Casey will be closed from Dec. 14-17 due to the AFAP Conference. CAC internet, Video Game Room, Pool, Table Tennis and television lounge will be closed during this time. Signing up for tours will continue at the Reception Desk. For information call: 730-4602. USAG-RC Mailroom Hours Weekday mailroom hours have changed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to 3 - 5 p.m. Saturday hours remain 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays the mailroom will be closed. Change in Renewal Process for Installation Passes Effective immediately, personnel (KGS, KWB, KSC, contractors) can renew their installation pass by memorandum as long as there are no changes to the pass. Complete the USFK Form 37EK (AUTO) and provide a copy of the current USFK Form 37EK (AUTO) Korean ID card. This memorandum and other changes will be discussed during the Installation Access Control Training Dec. 9 from 1-3 p.m. in the Red Cloud Theater. If there are any questions regarding the new changes or the training, call 732-7843. Utility Survey for Korea The Annual Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) Utility Survey for Korea will began on Nov. 15 and will continue through Dec. 14. All Service members in Korea who reside off-post and receive OHA are highly encouraged to take the survey at https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/ oha/survey/novoha.html or via the 175th Financial Management Center (FMC) web site https://175fmc. korea.army.mil. The survey may be taken at work or at home. By taking the time and effort to complete the survey, Service members enable the Department of Defense to set equitable OHA utility rates. For information call: 725-5202. Troop Issue Subsistence Activity Closure TISA 38 will close at 11:30 a.m. today to hold a Christmas party. For information call: 730-6747
More than 20 noncommissioned officers on USAG-Casey train in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention classroom to be alcohol and drug prevention noncommissioned officers for their unit during 40 hours of instruction. These NCOs will be given the title Unit Prevention Leader. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham everything is in order. Soldier and counselor. This is when the “We will also determine if the person commander can tell us if he knows of will need to see the psychiatrist,” Kittrell anything that is going on in the command said, “he/she may have suicidal or homicidal with the Soldier that would not normally ideations, in which case they would be be mentioned. Many will put down the fact immediately referred to the psychiatrist.” they have had drug problems before they Once the Soldier is found not to have came to the military. Once we have this homicidal or suicidal ideations, they are meeting, the truth will come out about the scheduled to have an appointment within Soldiers background.” seven days for a full assessment. The Soldier’s commander or first sergeants “During an assessment the Soldier sits are the only ones who can enroll them in down with a counselor for approximately ASAP treatment programs. an hour and a half to go over everything “Once they are enrolled they will start they wrote in their intake packet,” Kittrell attending group and individual treatment,” said. “He will talk about his history and his Kittrell said. “Group treatment is usually family’s history, military history, to include once a week for an hour and a half; this everything that has been going on in his life, is where they start being truthful with and if he has been enrolled in our program themselves and each other. This is when the counselor finds out what has really been before.” Many incidents in a Soldiers life will flag going on in their lives over a period of time. the counselor’s interest. Incidents like being This is why we ask the commander to enroll drunk in public, underage drinking, charges them for a minimum of 90 days.” Kittrell will go over all her cases with the for driving a vehicle under the influence of clinical psychiatrist once a week. alcohol or drugs, and whether or not they The clinical psychiatrist can refer Soldiers had this behavior before coming to the to ASAP and vice versa. “At the end of the military. Any previous incidents involving alcohol or drugs will flag the interest of the first 90 day period, there will be another rehabilitation team meeting,” Kittrell said. counselor. “After the full assessment, they will have If the Soldier stays clean for 90 days during a rehabilitation team meeting,” Kittrell said. the program, he is usually released, Kittrell “This meeting includes the commander, explained.
King and 8 over 10 and 2 win Hold’em Tournament
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON — Brian Simecek drew Kings and 8s to win the annual Texas Hold’em Championship held Nov. 28 by USAG-Red Cloud Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. “I won today because I was able to watch other players and guess their hands,” Simecek said. “Texas Hold’em is a game that is 60 percent chance, 40 percent skill. Sometimes it is good to be lucky.” Adam Pepper placed second holding 10s. “My last hand was a 10 and a duce,” Pepper said. “I took second in this tournament last year. There is a lot of skill involved in poker; it is a psychological battle with an element of risk.” Texas Hold’em tournaments have been in high demand by Warriors in the land of the Morning Calm, said Chris Bradford, FMWR business manager. “We like to provide events for our Soldiers that are in high demand and very popular,” he said. “This championship is not a part of a series nor are there any tournaments that lead into it. It is something we provide every quarter or, at least every six months. We have weekly leagues on Red Cloud and on Casey, but those are independent of this tournament.” Total prizes given totaled more than $2,000 and were paid to the top 10 gamblers finishing the tournament. “We gave prizes for different funny things, such as the person who loses out first, etc.,” Bradford said. “Our first prize is a $1,000 gift certificate from Army and Air Force Exchange Service.” More than 120 gamblers played seven hours before the top two champions emerged.
Brian Simecek (end of table) awaits his winning hand of Kings and 8s during the 2009 Texas Hold’em Championship held Nov. 28 in Red Cloud’s Mitchell’s Club. Adam Pepper (table right holding poker chips) awaits his hand of 10s. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
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Java Cafe opens in Gateway on Casey
(From left to right) Avelina Richardson, Gateway Club manager, Command Sgt. Maj. John Fortune, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team command sergeant major, Col. Thomas Graves, 1HBCT commander, Oh, Sea-chang, Dongducheon City mayor, Lt. Col. Richard Fromm, USAG-Casey commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Nidal Saeed, USAG-Casey command sergeant major cut a ribbon in celebration of a reopening ceremony for the USAG-Casey Gateway Club Dec. 1, 2009. The renovations done on the Gateway Club were particulary made to extend the patio and dining area in the Java Cafe for Soldiers and their Family members to enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee outdoors in warm weather. — U.S. Army photo by Robert Haynes
Warrior Country Officers over NCOs 26-14 in Turkey Bowl
By Pvt. Jamal Walker USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON — The Warrior Country Noncommissioned officers flag football team came up short against the Officer’s team 14-26 in the first ever Turkey Bowl, NCO’s vs. Officers game Nov. 25, on the USAG-RC soccer field. Winning the coin toss and electing to receive the ball in the second half, the NCO’s, wearing “Army Green,” jerseys, took the field with a much larger bench than the Officers who were considered the underdogs by the Soldiers filling the bleachers to watch the game, a view also shared by the loud NCO team and even a few members of the Officers team. “I told my team before, throughout, and during the game, the NCO’s can have 200 guys on their team, but in the end, only eight can go on the field.” said Lt. Col. Michael Calvin, quarterback. “And, we are going to match our best eight against theirs and see what happens.” The NCO’s were moving the ball with crafty running plays yet on the third play of the possession Lt. Col. Frank Martin, cornerback, intercepted the ball from the NCO’s on their first intended pass. Capitalizing on the NCO’s first mistake, Calvin threw a pass intended to Lt. Col. James Burns, center, which was bobbled and tipped by multiple players before landing in the hands of Maj. Robert Stokes, wide receiver, for the first touchdown of the game. The Officers converted on the next play for the extra point making the game 7-0. The NCO’s took the field again, but Martin took the ball away from them on an option play as the quarterback was pitching the ball to the running back, Martin took the ball in mid-pitch causing another turnover for the NCO’s team. At the end of the first half, Calvin and the Officers team scored two additional times while holding the NCO’s scoreless at 20-0. “We were mostly concentrating on our offense,” Calvin said. “We came together a couple of days before the game and we just looked at using operational strategy by moving the ball up the field with our short game and then we would go long.” The Warrior Country NCO’s came out pumped-up and ready to play a more aggressive game than what their opponents were used to seeing. “It was a pretty tense atmosphere and it felt really good being out there with all of the sergeant majors and Army Noncommissioned Officers,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Billy Harris, quarterback. Harris was subbed into the game for a short amount of plays in the first half giving Dunbar a chance to work with the offense, but in the second half of the game the NCO’s decided Harris should try to change up the game play for the NCO team. “I came into the game as quarterback to give the offense a different look from what our opponents were used to seeing which was the power running short pass game and to spread the ball out,” Harris said. “I saw an opening on the left, and I gave it a shot. It was great we were able to score because the momentum of the game just changed tremendously to our side.” After throwing a touchdown and another pass for the two point conversion by Harris, the NCO’s were showing signs of a comeback with the score 20-8. Calvin and the Officer team threw a late interception, which resulted in Dunbar scoring but was unable to convert for two additional points leaving the score to 20-14. Unable to retrieve the ball, the NCO team still held their ground with a strong defensive performance by forcing the Officers to punt the ball three plays following the unsuccessful on-side kick. Looking desperate, the NCOs heaved the ball deep every play, forcing a tough pass in their attempts to score, but Burns came down with an interception with seconds left and scored the game ending touchdown leaving the final score 26-14. “This game was fun and a great way to build camaraderie,” Calvin said. “But in the end, this was a competition, and this is for bragging rights, and we are going to place this trophy at headquarters so NCOs never forget we beat them in the first ever Turkey Bowl.”
After throwing a touchdown and another pass for the two point conversion by Harris, the NCO’s were showing signs of a comeback with the score 20-8. Calvin and the Officer team threw a late interception, which resulted in Dunbar scoring but was unable to convert for two additional points leaving the score to 20-14. — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Jamal Walker
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Yongsan Tree Lighting electrifies holiday cheer
By Dan Thompson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — The weather outside was not too frightful Dec. 3 when more than 500 U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan community members and guests gathered at dusk for the 2009 Yongsan Community Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Yongsan Fire Station. More than just a ceremony, this year’s event featured free hot refreshments, soups, photos with Santa, choral presentations, and prize giveaways. Lending their voices to inspiring holiday cheer at the event were the School Age Services Choir Band, Protestant Choir, Brownie Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall welcomed the community following the invocation by Garrison Chaplain (Maj.) Terry Jarvis. “What a great turnout this evening,” Hall said. “This season really about drawing close to our friends and families and reflecting. Be sure to take a break to enjoy this special time and recharge a bit. You truly are what make this a Community of Excellence. From the Hall home to your home, we wish you happy holidays.” Following his remarks, children were invited on stage to light the Garrison tree, which stood at about 30 feet tall. “Three, two, one!” Hall and the children counted aloud before the Garrison tree erupted in light and set off a chain reaction activating thousands of lights forming the Winter Wonderland displays around the installation. Despite the cold temperatures, children were visibly excited when Hall announced that Santa Claus was about to arrive at the event. Courtesy of the Yongsan Fire Department, Santa arrived on a fire truck to ecstatic crowds of children while Military Police struggled to escort the superstar through the adoring crowds to the stage. Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, and the U.S. Airline Alliance all helped Santa pack his bag of gifts, which were raffled to the audience. The most notable were a boy and girl’s bike and two free roundtrip tickets to anywhere in Asia. Carmen Avorado won a bike for her son, while Maninder Sharma won a bike for her daughter provided by AAFES. The most coveted prize of the evening, two roundtrip airline tickets to anywhere in Asia courtesy of U.S. Airline Alliance, went to Myong Yi. “When they called my ticket number, I couldn’t believe it!” she exclaimed moments later. “I have a 10-month old daughter, so we are going to find a place that is good for families. I’m just so glad I came to the event!” Santa then moved to the warmth of the fire station, where children lined up waiting to get their photos taken with him and sip on free hot cocoa and soups. Katy Morris was one of those children anxiously waiting to meet Santa and deliver her Christmas wishes. “I really hope I get a Girl Scout Barbie doll,” she said. “This is my second Christmas in Korea and I really like it. Last year we had lots of candy in our stockings.” When asked how she imagined the North Pole to be, Morris said she could only speculate. “I think it’s cold and snowing with a lot of penguins.” She added that Korea’s proximity to Alaska could mean that Santa would be visiting Korea before America - an often overlooked benefit of living in Korea. “I think Santa will be visiting Korea first, but we watch him on the tracker to find out,” she said alluding to the popular NORAD Tracks Santa Web site, www.noradsanta. org, that uses a combination of ground radar and satellites to determine Santa’s position on Christmas Eve and into early Christmas morning. Her mom, Kelly Morris, said that this will be their final Christmas in Korea after being with the community for two years. When asked if she would miss Yongsan, she said she definitely would. “We have really enjoyed Korea during our time here,” she said. “From the friendly people interacting with our children on the subway to the sense of community we have living here - yes - we are definitely going to miss that.” Community members watch the Garrison’s holiday lightings at the 2009 Yongsan Tree Lighting ceremony (top); (bottom) Santa Claus stands with U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall as he and an elf present a U.S. Airline Alliance gift certificate to Myong Yi (far left) Dec. 3 at the 2009 Tree Lighting Ceremony. — U.S. Army photos by Dan Thompson
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News & Notes
Temporary 1RC Building Closure Eighth U.S. Army has announced that the 1RC Building will be closed to all customers on Dec. 15. Full service operation of ID cards, ration cards, DBIDS, and limited military personnel actions will be available at the Army Community Service Building, Bldg. 4106, Rm. 118. For inquiries, call Sonja Goodman at 738-4008. Pothole Patrol Patches Up Yongsan Now you see it, now you don’t. That could have been the Directorate of Public Works motto last Saturday, Dec. 5 as they tracked down and filled 14 problem potholes around Yongsan. Have you spotted a pothole needing to be filled? Call 724-3360 to report it. Overseas Housing Allowance Utility Survey Protect your Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) now! The annual OHA Utility Survey for Korea is until Dec. 14. All Servicemembers in Korea who reside offpost are highly encouraged to take the survey at the 175th Financial Management Center web page. We are counting on you! For information, call 725-5202. Volunteer at the Yongsan Tax Center For more information and to apply for a volunteer position, go to Army One Source at www.myarmylifetoo.com. Click on “Be A Volunteer” and search for “Yongsan Tax Center” in “Opportunity Locator.” Newcomers Kick Start in Korea Get a Kick Start in Korea 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Dragon Hill Lodge. The ACS Outreach Coordinator will answer questions and provide information about the garrison, the community and Korea! For information, call 738-7123. Driver’s Testing Reservation Reservations for driver’s testing must be made at least 24 hours in advance to obtain both a military and a civilian drivers license. Driver Testing and License Section is currently accepting applications. USAG-Yongsan Fitness Groups Do you enjoy working out with a group or do you need the motivation of another to get you up and moving? Currently DFMWR Sponsored Fitness Groups are forming now with 17 different clubs... from walking to water fitness. Contact Tracey L. Briggs at DSN 736-3340 or cell 010-2991-6550 for more information on how to join today! Diagnostic Radiologist Position Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital is accepting applications for a contract position. Qualifications: Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Osteopathy (DO) board-certified or board-elegible in Diagnostic Radiology with three references. Call for information on qualifications. For information, call 737-8003. Patient Satisfaction Survey The Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital is asking you to please complete the Patient Satisfaction Survey you receive in the mail (either online or mailing back), this directly influences the access and quality of care you and your family receives. For information, call 737-3045.
Tensions high as Army vs. Navy game approaches
team, Navy Chief (Mass Communications Specialist) Athena Blain said her loyalty was unquestionable. “I have no doubt the Navy is going to take the title next weekend,” she said against a pro-Navy backdrop she posted on her door earlier. “In fact, I had Rear Adm. Peter Gumataotao in here recording a television commercial supporting the Navy, so it is clear where my support is - and that is with the Navy.” In that recording, Adm. Gumataotao reportedly taunted Army audience members with pro-Navy cheers and Navy team regalia. When asked if he was forced to produce a pro-Navy commercial with Chief Blain for the admiral earlier last week, Army Staff. Sgt. Rob Oson initially declined to comment, but later explained himself. “I’m here today helping Col. Hall and Sgt. Maj. Rusch get their message on television so that we can get all of our Soldiers hyped about beating Navy this weekend. I’ve done what I’ve had to do, but I want to make it clear I support the Army team 100 percent.” Despite the underlying tension at AFNKorea studios, everyone was able to agree that the AFN staff was very helpful and that Yongsan is truly a Community of Excellence supporting not only Soldiers, but also Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Watch the AFN-Korea Web site at www. afnkorea.net and the Garrison Facebook page for ongoing coverage of the Army vs. Navy game at www.facebook.com/ youryongsan.
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After a few attempts, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall and Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Rusch finish an American Forces Network television commercial at AFN-Korea’s Yongsan studios Dec. 3 promoting the upcoming U.S. Forces Korea Army vs. Navy football game on Yongsan. — U.S. Army photo by Dan Thompson By Dan Thompson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — After a few attempts, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall and Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Rusch finished an American Forces Network television commercial at AFN-Korea’s Yongsan studios Dec. 3 promoting the upcoming U.S. Forces Korea Army vs. Navy football game on Yongsan. The game will be held at the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation field at Seoul
American High School Dec. 12 at noon. Tempers in the studio remained relatively calm despite Army and Navy personnel having to collaborate on the commercial production. “Go Army, beat Navy!” cheered Hall and Rusch at the end of the commercial, which will began airing last weekend. After a round of high fives on camera, Hall and Rusch were visibly confident that Army would win the high-stakes battle. When asked if she felt uneasy recording a commercial supporting the Army football
General Sharp recognizes Garrison presidential support staff
By Pfc. Kim Hyung-joon USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — United States Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp recognized U.S. Army GarrisonYongsan staff who supported the recent presidential visit at a ceremony held at the 8th U.S. Army Headquarters Dec. 2. “I want to thank each one of you for hard work that you did to make the President’s visit so successful,” Gen. Sharp said. “What I appreciate is not just a hard work, but the way you worked with the teams that were visiting here and made sure that they were set up properly.” He e m p h a s i z e d t h e i r e xc e l l e n t , professional demeanor and technical proficiency, saying that even the President recognized their focus during his visit. Yongsan heliport staff member Sgt. Andrew McMahon said he was honored to support President Obama’s visit. “It was once in a lifetime experience. I have never met or seen a president in person before. It was definitely something to be proud of.” While transparent to many, Garrison agencies began providing security, logistical and planning support to the presidential entourage more than a month before it arrived. “A presidential visit is a major event for the community, and I want to congratulate all of our Garrison staff and partners for a job well done,” said Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall. “Many have put in many extra hours to make sure this important visit went flawlessly. Your commitment is what helps make this a Community of Excellence.”
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Receiving one of 35 coins awarded by U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp, 1st Lt. Roger Bradley is recognized Dec. 2 for his support of President Barack Obama’s Seoul visit last month. Bradley and other members of the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan team were thanked for successfully ensuring the President’s visit was successful. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kim Hyung-joon
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Army vs. Navy
By Cpl. Hwang Joon-hyun USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
General thanks Garrison heliport for service to President
USAG-Yongsan Facebook fans predict the result of the upcoming Army versus Navy football game on Dec. 14. Whoever guesses closest to the actual result will win a trophy spot in next week’s Morning Calm. Find out what more than 1,400 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAGYongsan Facebook Fan at facebook.com/youryongsan!
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Yongsan Garrison heliport staff member Sgt. Andrew McMahon (left) shows 8th U.S. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Joseph Fil a map Dec. 3 while explaining air traffic procedures for entering Seoul, which is a highly restricted airspace. — U.S. Army photo by Jane Lee
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YONGSAN GARRISON — Eighth United States Army Commander Lt. Gen. Joseph Fil recognized the Yongsan Garrison’s heliport support staff Dec. 3 for helping make President Obama’s visit to Yongsan last month a success. “That was just about flawless. It looked like Apocalypse Now [a war movie] with all the helicopters coming in and out of here,” Gen. Fil said. “Thanks for all that you are doing; thanks for all your great work with the President.” He praised the sheer amount of coordination and planning needed to land three Chinook heavy-duty helicopters on an adjacent softball field - a feat that has never been done before; not to mention the two Black
Hawk helicopters snugly parked on the heliport. Their professionalism and focus paid off when the power went out just moments before the President arrived. Yongsan heliport staff member Sgt. Andrew McMahon said before the emergency power kicked in, the tower staff jumped in and did radio and crash radio checks. “We made sure everything was working right before the President actually came in.” Captain Ryan Abbot, Aviation Liaison Officer with B Company, 3-2nd Aviation Regiment General Support Aviation Battalion said the time spent scouting different locations and coming up with contingency plans with Marine One pilots and their civilian counterparts was busy but very rewarding. — See HELIPORT Page 12 —
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Facebook Fan Army 25, Navy 17 YONGSAN GARRISON — More than 200 poinsettia flowers provide a backdrop for a Santa Claus figure at the Dragon Hill Lodge lobby Dec. 1. The flowers were staged to be placed around the facility, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland since Thanksgiving. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kim Hyung-joon
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to last up to two weeks. Place a large sharp knife on top of your first aid kit. A serrated hunting knife with its own sheath would be your best bet. Place your warmest blanket(s) within several large black garbage bags and put them on top. When all items have been placed in your duffel bag, put the bag in the backseat or trunk of your car. If you find yourself stranded, get to your survival kit as quickly as you can and bring it into the car with you. Shut your doors as you quickly get your road flares out. Set up your flares and return to your car. Try to stay in your car until help arrives. If you have a working cell phone, use it. If not sit tight until help arrives. Stay in your car. Exposing yourself to the elements even for a short while greatly enhances your risk of hypothermia, even death. These tips will save your life, especially if you are travelling around Korea this winter or live in a secluded area and encounter flash snowfall. The good news is that traffic accidents for personnel living and working on Yongsan Garrison are declining steadily from previous years. The bad news is that incidents of driving under the influence of alcohol are increasing. This trend is extremely alarming. The threshold for driving under the influence in Korea is BAC .05. For a normal person, this would mean only one drink, either a glass of wine, a shot of bourbon, or a can of beer. Bottom line is if you’re going to drink, don’t drive. Have a designated driver, or call a taxi. During this winter holiday season watch out for those activities that expose us to increased risk. Holiday parties usually expose us to alcohol, lots of food and sometimes continue late into the evening. Fatigue and excessive speed can be natural byproducts of these factors. As a fatigued driver becomes less alert, his ability to judge distance, depth and speed is reduced. Accidents involving sleepy drivers are usually the most serious because a sleeping driver cannot exercise any degree of control. Fortunately, drivers can take measures to ensure their personal safety – and that of their passengers. The holiday season is a time for joy, hope and fellowship and giving thanks for our blessings. Don’t let the festivities overcome you, and make you become a statistic. From all of us at the Garrison Safety Office, we wish you and your family have a wonderful and safe winter season. See you in April when we all thaw out, and begin the “Spring and Summer Safety Campaign.”
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Quick safety tips that could save your life
appy Holidays everyone. My name is Michael Evans, and I am your U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Safety Manager. As you may have noticed, the weather has become a lot colder, and we have already experienced a few snow showers. If this is your first time in Korea, you should know that winters on the peninsula can be harsh. So I would like to take a moment to discuss winter safety and some ground rules for alcohol and driving. Being prepared for winter will increase your peace of mind, especially when the snow starts falling unexpectedly. Make sure you have everything that you need to keep you and your family safe during this period. At your home, keep plenty of warm blankets and some additional food and required medications on hand in case you are unable to leave your home for a period of time. In your car, put together a survival kit. The kit should include the following: • A duffel bag • A first aid kit • A high calorie short-term food supply • Water • A heavy warm blanket • Zip lock bag • Large sharp knife • Flashlight • Batteries • Several butane lighters • Road flares To pack your survival kit, begin by gathering or purchasing all of the items on the list. Pack small items such as flares, lighters, high calorie food, and spare batteries in the side pockets of your duffel bag. Place lighters and flares in zip lock bags to prevent wetness. High calorie food stores should include several candy bars and other high sugar items. These high energy foods will help you to stay warm by providing extra energy to keep yourself warm. People have had to eat stale crackers from their floor boards and ketchup packets just to stay alive. Don’t let yourself get to that point – be prepared. Place a 12 pack of unopened bottled water in your backseat or trunk. Place your first aid kit in the bottom of your duffel bag. Make sure your first aid kit is complete, add in any items or medications that you think you may need. If you are on any prescriptions be sure to have enough extra pills
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“We all have different ways that we work, but at the same time we can come together and still get the mission done.” Specialist Sean Blanchard said the stress and extra work that came with being in charge of the tower was worth it for the once in a lifetime opportunity to support President Obama’s trip. While many on Yongsan may see helicopters landing on the base, few may
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know that the Garrison operates a control tower located at the helipad. “These men and women worked many late hours making sure our President’s visit was a success,” said U.S. Army GarrisonYongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall. “Air traffic control is vital to the safety of our aviators, especially here in Seoul, where you routinely execute you mission successfully, albeit behind-the-scenes.”
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person’s vaccination site, blood and throat are potentially contagious after receipt of the smallpox vaccine. This will help us understand more about our currently licensed vaccination to better inform Soldiers, Seamen, Airmen and Marines.” Study protocol coordinator, Larry Korman added that the study will also provide information on how our body responds to the smallpox vaccination. Study participant Pvt. Brandy Freeman with the 129 MED DET said that when she went to get her required vaccine, she learned about the study. Even though she’d never done anything like it before, she realized the importance of this research and wanted to be part of the project. She said “The study helps understand the condition better.” Freeman explained that her co-workers are curious about the research and asking what kind of test is being performed on her. She explained that they were not doing tests on her, rather just documenting her reaction to this required vaccine. Pittman emphasized that this is not a study of a new vaccination or an experiment, but an opportunity to learn from the response Service members have to the current licensed vaccination. Service members in good health, who have not vaccinated against smallpox and are willing to return for several visits for vaccination site assessment and blood samples, are eligible to participate in this study. Soldiers in Area II only may participate. Participation in the study will last 42 days after vaccination and require 11-12 visits. Participants will receive a $50 Visa gift card per blood draw. For more information, please contact protocol coordinator, Larry Korman at 010-2352-7453.
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Smallpox study begins at Yongsan Hospital
By Marianne Campano 65th Medical Brigade YONGSAN GARRISON — Smallpox, one of the deadliest viruses in history was declared eradicated in 1980 with the success of a worldwide vaccination program. In the 20th century, smallpox killed 300-500 million people and left serious scars on up to 90% of those infected. Still, if smallpox has been eradicated, what is the need for the vaccine? The United States and the DoD regard the deliberate release of smallpox as a possibility. According to COL Phillip Pittman of the US Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease and principal investigator of the Yongsan study, “The problem with smallpox is that we know the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics made tons and it may now be in the freezer of our adversaries. The military is concerned about wrongful use of this.” Consequently, Service members in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea are required to have the smallpox vaccine. The smallpox virus highly contagious and there is no proven treatment for the disease, but it can be prevented through the use of the vaccine. This important study is sponsored by Military Vaccine Agency, a U.S. government program operating within the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General to enhance military medical readiness by coordinating U.S. Department of Defense immunization (vaccination) programs worldwide. Force Health Protection is supporting this study that is currently being conducted at the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital in Yongsan. Pittman added, “The study will further our understanding of how long a
Scheduling routine appointments just got easier
TRICARE Prime beneficiaries can schedule routine appointments with their Primary Care Manger using TRICARE Online. TRICARE Online offers quick access to scheduling appointments. Beneficiaries living in Korea should verify their enrollment in TRICARE Overseas Program Prime. After verification of enrollment, TRICARE Prime Beneficiaries are encouraged to log onto www.tricareonline.com to schedule routine appointments. For more information or assistance call 736-7236. For more information on health care in Korea visit the 65th Medical Brigade web site at www.korea.amedd.army.mil
Medical Brigade prepares for accreditation
By Pierre L. Swafford 65th Medical Brigade YONGSAN GARRISON — The 65th Medical Brigade/USAMEDDAC-K will soon be demonstrating their compliance with the Joint Commission’s National Standards for Health Care Quality and Safety during its survey Dec. 15-18. The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of health care through voluntary accreditation. The commission also evaluates and accredits over 20,000 health care organizations world-wide. The Joint Commission is the world’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting organization in health care. Although the previous command, 18th MEDCOM Integrated Healthcare Organization, originally earned Joint Commission accreditation in 1999 (The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval), a health care organization is required to undergo periodic re-certification to maintain its accreditation. The Joint Commission Survey team will visit the 65th Medical Brigade/ U S A M E D D AC - Ko re a , w h i c h i s comprised of Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital and the 168th Medical Battalion (Area Support) outpatient clinics located throughout the Republic of Korea. Further information can be obtained through Mr. Pierre Swafford Chief, Quality Management Division; Pierre. [email protected]
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DSN: 315- 737-7395/010-4772-5714.
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Korean college students learn about alliance
MacArthur nominees recognized
The Eighth U.S. Army nominees for the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award were recognized at the 8th Army headquarters Dec. 4. From the 12 nominees, two were selected to represent 8th Army in the Army-level competition in Washington, D.C. – U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Kim Kyu-ho By Pvt. Kim Kyu-ho 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs Maj. Henry C. Brown, deputy for the 8th U.S. Army Operational Maneuver Directorate (G9), explains the Good Neighbor Program to Korean college students. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Kim Jun-sub By Cpl. Kim Jun-sub 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — South Korean college students were invited to Yongsan Garrison Dec. 3 to learn about the importance of the Republic of Korea-United States Alliance and the contributions of U.S. and South Korean servicemembers to local communities around the Korean Peninsula. Hosted by the Republic of Korea Army Support Group, 25 young adults from the non-profit Youth and College Students Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea learned about the Good Neighbor Program and the roles of the RSG and Korean Augmentation to the United States Army, more commonly known as KATUSA. Maj. Henry C. Brown, deputy of the 8th U.S. Army Operational Maneuver Directorate (G9), described the Good Neighbor Program and other activities that strengthen the ROK-U.S. Alliance. “We are ultimately here to build a better country and, at the same time, help maintain the peace on this penninsula,” said Brown. Following a bus tour of Yongsan Garrison, students were then taken to the Korean Demilitarized Zone to see Korean and American Soldiers working shoulder-to-shoulder to maintain peace at the line that divides the Koreas. “As a civilian, this opportunity to visit the military post and DMZ gave me a valuable lesson. After listening to the lectures and seeing the stretched fence separating the country, it reclaimed the importance of ROK-U.S. Alliance and freedom in Korea,” said, Park Ji-min, director of education of Youth and College Students Alliance for Human Rights, at the end of her day tour. Col. Yoon Won-hee, the commander of the ROK Army Support Group, plans to invite more organizations on a monthly base to enlighten them on the importance of the ROK-U.S. Alliance. “Many locals are not aware of these programs and activities that we practice throughout the country and I hope that this invitation of local organizations will help them rectify the view of our true friend and alliance - the U.S. Forces Korea,” said Yoon. YONGSAN GARRISON — The Eighth United States Army representatives for the 2009 Department of the Army General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award Competition were recognized Dec. 4 at the 8th Army headquarters. Eighth Army Commander Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr., applauded the nominees - eight company grade officers and four warrant officers. “Each one of them has shined through their own leadership style and work ethic, thus earning their place as a nominee in this prestigious competition,” said Fil. “I challenge all of you, especially the officers who competed magnificently today, to keep striving for success and to lead by example every day, just like General MacArthur did, throughout his legendary career,” the general said. After Fil’s remarks, each nominee received a letter of commendation and a signed copy of a “MacArthur” DVD. Family members and fellow Soldiers were there to cheer on the nominees. From the nominees, Capt. Michael A. Kotich from the 2nd Infantry Division and Warrant Officer 1 Magnus O. Thorpe from the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command were selected to represent the 8th U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., against 34 company grade officers and 26 warrant officers from the other major commands around the world. “It was a great honor for my name to be associated with such a great Soldier as General MacArthur,” said Thorpe. “I dedicate my winning to my former leaders that mentored me and to the Soldiers that have allowed me to be a better leader.” The MacArthur Foundation, in coordination with the Department of the Army, established the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award to recognize company grade officers and warrant officers who demonstrate duty, honor and country - the ideals MacArthur stood for. The award also promotes and sustains leadership in the United States Army.
2009 US Army Yongsan Garrison Holiday Religious Services & Programs
Catholic Advent Community Penance Service Christmas Eve Family Mass Christmas Carols & Midnight Mass Christmas Day Mass (One Mass ) New Year’s Day Mass Episcopal Christmas Holy Eucharist Jewish Hanukkah Celebration Date/Time Dec. 23, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 24, 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 9:30-11:30 p.m. Dec. 25, 1130-1230 Jan. 1, 1130-1230 Location Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel
University awards eight scholarships
By Dr. Scott Goldberg University of Phoenix OKINAWA — The University of Phoenix, Asia-Pacific Military Campus is pleased to announce the first recipients of the university’s new military campus scholarships. The students are located across the breadth of the Pacific region, from Korea in the west, through mainland Japan and Okinawa, and as far east as Guam. The scholarship students are found on five of the 14 installations on which the University of Phoenix offers graduate Business/Management and Education programs via traditional classroom methodology. The scholarships were awarded based on merit and were available to graduate students seeking either a Master of Business Administration or Master of Education degree at one of the University of Phoenix ground campuses across the Theater. The following students were awarded scholarships for Graduate Education: Bernadette Andrews, Kathy Clark, Sarah Gates, and Brian Jordan. The following students were awarded Graduate Business Scholarships: Anthony Stupak, Fred Sieber, Michele Sung, and Fredric Zeyer.
Dec. 24, 7-8 p.m.
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So. Post Chapel
Toys for Tots collecting until Dec. 20
Drop boxes are located at the Osan, Yongsan and Daegu Exchanges, and at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. Toys will be collected until Dec. 20.
Protestant Christmas Party (R.O.C.K Service) Dec. 12, 5-9 p.m. So. Post Chapel Christmas Cantata Dec. 13, 8-9 a.m. Memorial Chapel Christmas Cantata Dec. 13, 11-12 p.m. So. Post Chapel Christmas Eve Caroling/Fellowship Dec. 24, 6-9 p.m. Allgood Chapel Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Dec. 24, 6-7 p.m. Hannam Chapel Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Dec. 24, 7-8 p.m. So. Post Chapel Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Dec. 24, 7-8 p.m. K-16 Chapel Christmas Day Community Service Dec. 25, 3-4:30 p.m. YoungNak Church (AIM-Korea – Busses depart South Post Chapel at 2 p.m.) Joint Watchnight Service Dec. 31,10:30-11:30 p.m. Hannam Chapel Watchnight Service Dec. 31, 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. So. Post Chapel For more information call 738-3011.
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Area II Worship Schedule
Sunday Sunday Sunday 0930 1030 1100 0800 0930 1100 1230 1430 0910 1330 1830 0930 0510 1000 Brian Allgood Hospital K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday 1000 1000 1000 1100 1100 1100 1100 1230 Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel
Area III Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday 1100 1100 1300 1700 1900 1930 Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Wednesday Friday Korean Tuesday Wednesday 1000 1030 1700 1215 1900 1900 1900 1830 Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Liturgical Sunday Contemporary Sunday Traditional Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday Korean Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday KATUSA Tuesday
Gospel Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday
COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday
1230 1900 1900 1800 1830 1830
CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel Camp Castle Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel
Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0900 0900 1830 Annex 2 Chapel Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Annex 2 Chapel
Mass Sunday Saturday 0900 1145 1700 Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Early Morning Service (Korean) Mon-Sat Episcopal Sunday
Every 2nd Friday
Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday 1130 0900 1200 0930 Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel
Catholic Mass Saturday 1700 Sunday 0800 Sunday 1130 Mon/Wed/Thur/Fri 1145 1st Sat. 0900 Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel
The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: http://www.usfk.mil/usfk/fkch.aspx for helpful links and information.
West Casey Chapel
South Post Chapel
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG-Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Terry E. Jarvis: [email protected]
, 738-3917 Chaplain (Maj.) Daniel E. Husak: [email protected]
, 736-3018 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Klon K. Kitchen, Jr.: [email protected]
, 753-7274 Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Flores: [email protected]
, 753-7042 USAG-Red Cloud/Casey 2ID Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jonathan Gibbs: [email protected]
, 732-7998 Red Cloud Chaplain (Lt. Col) David Acuff: [email protected]
, 732-6169 USAG-Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Kwon Pyo: [email protected]
, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Billy Graham: [email protected]
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USAG Red Cloud celebrates Christmas with tree lighting ceremonies
Family members hold vigil candles and sing Christmas carols on the steps of Camp Stanley’s Chapel during the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony held on Stanley Dec. 8. — U.S. Army photo by Robert Haynes
Santa hands gifts of candy and toys to children of Family members during the USAG-Casey Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 1. — U.S. Army photo by Robert Haynes
Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker (center) 2nd Infantry Division commander, throws the switch with children of Family members on Red Cloud to light up the USAGRed Cloud Christmas Tree Dec. 3. — U.S. Army photo by Robert Haynes
A trio of two flutes and a violin perform for Family members providing holiday music for the USAG-Red Cloud Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Dec. 3 in front of Freeman Hall on Red Cloud. — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Jamal Walker
2nd Infantry Division Band Brass Quintet provides holiday music for the Camp Stanley Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the steps of the Stanley Theater Dec. 8. — U.S. Army photo by Robert Haynes
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Monument unveiled for legendary U.S. Army general
By Pfc. Song Chang-do 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs SEOUL, Republic of Korea —The 59th memorial ceremony for former 8th U.S. Army Commander Gen. Walton H. Walker took place in Seoul Dec. 3 to pay tribute to his sacrifice and courage during the Korean War. The ceremony was held in the middle of the street near Dobong Subway Station, the site where Walker was killed in a jeep accident in 1950. Many Korean War veterans and U.S. and Republic of Korea Soldiers attended the ceremony, including veterans who fought together with Walker. They mourned the general during the ceremony, recalling the Korean War 58 years ago when they were fighting at the last line of defense at the Naktong River. “Only 58 years ago, we were in a time of despair and General Walker saved us from the crisis at the last fort of Naktong River,” said Kim Ri-Jin, chairman of the Memorial Foundation of the Late Gen. Walker. “We are here to remember the sacrifices General Walker and other Soldiers have made. Their great achievement will be remembered in eternity.” Walker commanded 8th U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1950. With United Nations forces under seige, he reversed the dire situation, retreating his Soldiers behind the Naktong River and forming a defense parameter that prevented South Korea’s defeat and made the Incheon landing possible. On Dec. 23, 1950, Walker was killed in a jeep accident. He was posthumously promoted to four-star general and buried with full military honors at Arlington National Ceremony on Jan. 22,1951. Command Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Winzenried, the Command Sergeant Major for U.S. Forces Korea, Combined Forces Command and 8th U.S. Army, spoke at the ceremony. “When the outcome of the war was uncertain, he is one of our Army’s most storied combat leaders, and his battle command is still studied today by the Army as the model of true courage,” said Winzenried. In honor of Walker, Dobong-gu District Mayor Choi Sun-Kil announced the establishment of the Walton Harris Walker monument near Dobong Subway Station in Seoul to mark the site of the general’s death. The monument pays tribute to the general and serves as a reminder of all those
A monument is unveiled near Dobong Subway Station in Seoul to honor the service of Gen. Walton H. Walker, commander of the 8th U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1950. – U.S. Army photo by Pfc, Song Chang-do, 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs. who defended Korea. “On the wall of the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., these words are inscribed, ‘Freedom is not free,’” said Winzenried. “We all strive to honor the sacrifice General Walker and other Soldiers have made by doing our duty everyday and standing for freedom, no matter where we serve.” In an age where children often rebel against parental guidance and struggle with coming of age issues, the Harris children have flourished under the guise and wisdom of their mother. Her common sense approach to parenting has led all of them to give back to the community as they have become young adults. Readerlyn and Breana volunteer for School Age Services, Keearia and Tyria both volunteer on the weekends providing quality child care, Harold volunteers at the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, and Breana also volunteers at the Youth Center. Mark Jr. is an active boy scout and is often involved in community service. Setting the example for her children’s gratuitous participation, Alethea actively pursues volunteer work counseling new mothers, volunteering her time to provide the community with quality child care and is an active member of the New Testament Christian Church. Between all of the volunteer work Alethea and her children provide, they make sure to leave enough time to support their father in his military capacity. “My family goes out of their way to support me in my military career,” said Mark. “As an equal opportunity administrator in the Army I have to attend a lot of events and they come out and support me all the time.” “It also serves as a teaching tool to my children because my position in equal opportunity is a unique opportunity to implement change and show them the importance of diversity.” Mark’s 22 years of military service have given him a unique perspective about diversity. “I began my career as an infantry soldier and really miss the camaraderie” said Mark. From an infantry Soldier Mark moved on to become an air traffic controller. “I met people from all walks of life in both positions,” said Mark. Currently Mark serves as the Equal Opportunity Administrator for 2nd CAB and is actively involved in diversity training and has the power to implement change in areas of concern. “I have really enjoyed my time in the military and enjoy being around Soldiers, but I know retirement isn’t to far away,” said Mark. “My family has been great in supporting me through my time in the military, but I think they are looking forward to settling down to one place.”
Civic responsibility leads to service
By Spc. Timothy N. Oberle Special to the Morning Calm HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Most people spend years looking for a soul mate and have to travel great distances to meet that one special person. Master Sgt. Mark T. Harris, the equal opportunity administrator, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, had the unique experience of growing up on a Washington, D.C. playground with his future wife Alethea M. Harris. Introduced involuntarily through their parent’s mutual friendship, Alethea and Mark took their playground romance to another level when they dated off and on during high school, but didn’t have a serious relationship until Mark entered the U.S. Army. Together for 20 years and married for 18, the Harris’s have never looked back. Brought together by their strong sense of civic duty, the Harris’s have gone to great lengths to support their family, friends, and community. During the early 1990’s the Harris’s and their five children welcomed Mark’s niece and nephew following the tragic death of their mother. Now with a total of two boys, Harold and Mark Jr. and five girls, Keeria, Janay, Tyria, Readerlyn and Breana, the Harris’s became one cohesive unit ready to battle the treacherous road of maintaining a family in the military. “The children really didn’t like all of the traveling at first, but they always remained flexible, loving and supportive,” said Mark. “I am really proud of the way they deal with challenges that military children face during permanent change of station periods.” The children’s attitude probably has something to do with the fact that Alethea, Mark’s wife, homeschooled the children and instilled in them a redeeming sense of moral and ethical values alongside their schoolwork. “I had the rare opportunity to really pour into them some true life skills that I know will be beneficial to their survival as great citizens in the community,” said Alethea. “I want to make a positive impact of how important it is to give back.”
Early Birds Get the Bargains at Army & Air Force Exchanges
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs DALLAS — Prices inside BXs and PXs will be dropping faster than the temperature outdoors this December as “early bird” shoppers will be rewarded with a flurry of discounts during two limited special events from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. “For just two hours on Sat., Dec. 19 and Thurs., Dec. 24, exchanges will offer exclusive ‘early bird’ discounts,” said the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Senior Enlisted Advisor CMSgt. Jeffry Helm. “These reduced prices will, of course, be in addition to the exceptional value exchanges offer every day.” Specials during the two-hour event scheduled for the 19th will include 75 percent off all Foster Grant sunglasses, 50 percent of all Goody Hair Accessories as well as a variety of furniture discounts ranging from $50 to $250. Shoppers who wait until the day before Christmas to finish marking everyone off their lists will be rewarded the morning of the 24th with offers ranging from 40 percent off Oshkosh brand children’s clothing to 25 percent off all in-stock IPod accessories and Bluetooth headsets. BXs and PXs will distribute two pages of coupons for each “early bird” event beginning Dec. 12 and Dec. 17. Discounts reflected on the handouts provided from the 12th on will be honored from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sat., Dec. 19 while coupons passed after the 17th will be accepted Thurs., Dec. 24.
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THE ARMY FAMILY COVENANT: WHAT IT MEANS TO SINGLE PARENTS
★ Enhanced Quality of CYS Programs ★ Eliminated CYS registration fees ★ Increased Respite Child Care ★ Improved Medical Care ★ Created Army OneSource website to provide support for
geographically dispersed youth
★ Created tools to help fund off-post housing during transition and/or
★ Established improved Deployment Cycle Support ★ Increased construction of new CYS facilities ★ Mitigates effects of deployment on children
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By Pfc. Michael Vanpool 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Public Affairs
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Gen. Chiarelli the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff visits Humphreys
35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade commemorates St. Barbara’s Day
OSAN AIR BASE — Air Defenders of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade reveled in accomplishments from the previous year and commemorated the ADA branch during the Saint Barbara’s Day Ball at the Osan Officer’s Club here, Dec. 3. The feast of Saint Barbara is celebrated at the end of the year on or about Dec. 4; it is traditionally recognized with a formal dinner and the presentation of the Order of Saint Barbara medallion to those who have distinguished themselves. “The celebration of Saint Barbara’s Day is a time-honored tradition shared among all Air Defense Artillery and Field Artillery units around the globe,” said Sgt. 1st Class Monica Bell, the master of ceremonies for the ball and equal opportunity advisor for the 35th ADA. “St. Barbara has been held as the Patron Saint of Artillerymen and women everywhere for hundreds of years.” Soldiers from the 35th ADA Brigade, including the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air and Missile Defense and the 2nd Battalion, 1st ADA, were joined by Servicemembers from 7th Air Force, Republic of Korea ADA and the Joint Tactical Ground Station. Honorary Korean nationals were also present for the celebratory event. “The Ancient and Honorable Order of St. Barbara recognizes Soldiers who have demonstrated an outstanding degree of excellence in the ADA branch, contributed to recognition of ADA in the combined arms community and possess qualifications of both personal and professional nature that set them apart from other Soldiers,” said Bell. Some of the spouses of 35th ADA Soldiers were initiated into the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher, which recognizes their devotion behind the scenes in ensuring continued success of the 35th ADA’s missions and support. The recipients of the Orders of St. Barbara and Molly Pitcher were presented with medallions and plaques, as well as a tasting of the Air Defense grog. “Artillery Punch has a long and glorious history,” said Bell. “It is consumed in preparation for battle as a source of courage, at solemn ceremonies such as this, or at any time an Air Defender feels the need.” The first ingredient added is a sample of the punch from the previous year’s St. Barbara’s Day Ball, ensuring a continuation of the grog from year to year. “The base traces its heritage to the original punch bowl ceremony and the ingredients which we are about to add represent the spirit, camaraderie and tradition of artillerymen and women
Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army’s 32nd Vice Chief of Staff visited U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Dec. 5. During his visit, Chiarelli ate lunch with Soldiers and Family Members at the Red Dragon Inn Dining Facility, toured the Community Fitness Center or Super Gym, received the Humphreys Transformation briefing from Garrison Commander Col. Joseph P. Moore and viewed construction progress on the newest land at Humphreys. Mrs. Beth Chiarelli accompanied her husband during his visit to USAGHumphreys. — U.S. Army photo by Lori Yerdon
Community members welcome holidays and Santa during tree-lighting ceremony
By Lori Yerdon USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs Office H U M P H R EY S G A R R I S O N — Humphreys’ community members enjoyed Christmas caroling, warm beverages and an early visit from Santa Claus Dec. 7 at Transformation Park during the annual Tree-lighting ceremony here. Col. Joseph P. Moore, USAG-Humphreys garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason K. Kim, the garrison command sergeant major solicited help from Humphreys’ children to light community Christmas tree. With a flip of the switch, the community tree lit up as well as 13 additional trees located around “Christmas Tree Lane”. “The idea of a Christmas Tree Lane originated about five years ago,” said Mike Mooney, Humphreys’ Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing chief. “The idea was to add something extra to the tree-lighting ceremony.” Each year, Humphreys’ units and organization are eligible to decorate trees, display them on Christmas Tree Lane and compete for prizes. This year, nine units and four organizations displayed their trees – vying for prizes awarded by FMWR. As the trees lit the chilly night, the Humphreys American School Middle School chorus sang “Joy to the World” and “Jingle Bells”. Several members of the crowd joined in and sang. Then, everyone’s attention turned to flashing red lights coming from the Fire Department’s ladder fire truck as it approached Transformation Park. The fire truck had a special passenger aboard – Santa had arrived early. Children flocked around the truck once it stopped and Santa Claus handed out candy. As the festivities came to an end at Transformation Park, Santa and the crowd headed toward the Community Activity Center for a Holiday Social with cookies, candy, hot cocoa and hot cider for everyone. Santa reappeared and posed for pictures with children of all ages.
“The celebration of Saint Barbara’s Day is a timehonored tradition shared among all Air Defense Artillery and Field Artillery units around the globe.” Sgt. 1st Class Monica Bell Equal Opportunity Advisor for 35th ADA Brigade
Several Air Defenders from the 35th ADA and some of the Korean distinguished guests were inducted into the Honorable Order of St. Barbara. everywhere,” said Master Sgt. Frederick Cuffie, the noncommissioned officer in charge of operations for the 35th ADA Brigade.
Santa arrives early to Humphreys and hands out candy after the tree-lighting ceremony. — U.S. Army photo by Lori Yerdon
Col. Brian Dunn (center), the commander of the 35th ADA Brigade, and Sgt. Maj. Micheal Leach (right), the command sergeant major of the 35th ADA Brigade, hand the previous year’s St. Barbara’s Day Ball punch to Sgt. Scott Smith (left), the command group noncommissioned officer in charge for the 35th ADA Brigade. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Michael Vanpool
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By Sarah Dobson Area III FMWR Marketing HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation invites the Humphreys’ community to celebrate the holiday season at the first-ever KoreanAmerican Holiday Concert featuring the Eirene Philharmonic Orchestra, Dec. 16 at the post theater. The evening’s concert will combine the music of Korean and American cultures with a mix of classical, jazz, Christmas and traditional sounds. The concert will also feature entertainment from members of Humphreys’ community including: Staff Sgt. Michel Gordon, Alpha Company, 304th Signal Battalion, who recently competed at the Army-level Rising Star Finals, Sgt. Hyung Ryul Park, 557th Military Police Company, Sgt. 1st Class Fredlisha Lansana, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the Humphreys American School Chorus. A special visit from Santa Claus will round off the night’s entertainment. Under the direction of Maestro Jong Hoon Bae, the Eirene Philharmonic Orchestra has adopted the mission to create harmony beyond performing arts. Eirene stands for peace through harmony in the Greek language and the Eirene Philharmonic Orchestra reinforces the strong Korean-American bond through the beauty and power of music. The orchestra members are dedicated to
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News & Notes
Traffic barrier replacement On Dec. 12 and 13, DPW is replacing the traffic barriers on Freedom Road. The section affected is near the main gate, in front of the Gateway Club. Traffic will be re-routed through the Alaska Mining Company parking lot. Detour signs and road closure signs will be posted for motorists. Expect delays in this area as we make improvements to our roadways and please plan accordingly. 160th S.O.A.R Recruiting Team The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment recruiting team will be at USAGHumphreys and to have informational briefings Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 10 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. in the 3-2 General Support Aviation Battalion classroom. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Evans at 753-8063. Holiday Concert featuring the Eirene Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrate the Holidays with a Korean-American Friendship Concert Dec. 16 in the Post theater starting at 6:30 p.m. The concert features the world-famous Eirene Philharmonic Orchestra. Eirene stands for peace and harmony and they wish to share that with our community during this festive Holiday Season. The concert will also host special performances from the USAGHumphreys Scouts, Humphreys American School Chorus, American and KATUSA Soldiers and a special visit from Santa. Call 754-5875 for more information. Wanted: Youth Basketball coaches With basketball season just around the corner, Youth Sports is still in need of a few more coaches to make the season possible. Age groups that need coaches are: 4 year olds, 7-8 year olds, 11-12 year olds, and 13-15 year olds. If interested in coaching a team, please e-mail [email protected]
or call 754-5051 or 010-5368-5051. Volunteers needed Cheongdam Middle School located in Anjeongri needs volunteers for its monthly English Village program from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec. 19. Volunteers will participate in English-speaking roles with students. For more information or to sign up by Dec. 16, call 754-7652. Combined Federal Campaign update As of week nine, the Area III Combined Federal Campaign has collected $130,566.20 from donors. $3986.00 of the donations went directly back to Humphreys through the Family Services Youth Program. If interested in contributing or for more information on the Combined Federal Campaign, call 753-7327. The CFC season ends Dec. 15. Overseas Housing Allowance Utility survey All servicemembers in Korea who reside off post and receive Overseas Housing Allowance are encouraged to take the OHA utility survey. OHA is a valuable entitlement for servicemembers stationed overseas. The time spent answering the survey questions enables the Department of Defense to set equitable OHA utility rates. Participation in this year’s OHA Utility Survey is critical to Families receiving equitable OHA utility allowance. All servicemembers in Korea who reside off post and receive OHA may access the survey Nov. 15 through Dec. 14 at http://175fmc.korea.army.mil. We want your stories! We want to publish your stories and photos in the Morning Calm Weekly and on the USAGHumphreys Command Channel. Please send any information or products to Lori Yerdon. Call 754-6132 for more information or e-mail lori. [email protected]
Eirene Philharmonic Orchestra set to perform on Humphreys
Eirene Philharmonic Orchestra is set to perform at the post theater on Humphreys, Dec. 16. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 6:30 p.m. — Courtesy photo enriching lives through music and culture written eight number one songs, sold 75 – for not only communities throughout million records and worked with a range the world, but for the USAG-Humphreys of musical talents to include Frank Zappa community – during this season when many and the Mother of Invention, Heart, Kenny of us are away from friends and Family. Loggins, Patti LaBelle, Santana, Chicago, Bae is the Artistic Director and Principal the Pointer Sisters and more. Conductor of the Eirene Philharmonic Lindemann, hailed as one of the most Orchestra, the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra celebrated trumpet soloists in history, has and the Korean-American Symphony in appeared in major concert venues around Germany. the world playing lead trumpet for the Special performances from multi- Canadian Brass; he also presented a solo Grammy nominated Peter Wolf and command performance for Queen Elizabeth International Brass Personality of the Year II of England. Jens Lindemann will compliment the Doors at the post theater open at 5:30 evening’s entertainment. p.m.; only 400 seats are available. The Wolf, a world renowned composer, free concert begins at 6:30 p.m. For more producer, songwriter and arranger has information call 754-5875.
602nd Aviation Support Battalion Soldiers learn the finer points of self-defense
Staff Sgt. Ronald R.C. Helm (rear) puts Pfc. Kevin S. Burr in a head lock during a Hand-to-Hand Combat class Sgt. Jody Long taught 602nd Aviation Support Battalion Soldiers recently. Students practiced moves on each other and taught those moves to each other. The class is designed to instruct the instructor and upon completion, students should be able to pass on their knowledge to their units. Hand-to-Hand Combat prepares Soldiers to defend themselves in case they’re attacked while unarmed. — U.S. Army photo by Allexthea I. Carter
See Something; Say Something: Think safety while driving
By Dave Elger AREA III Health Promotion Coordinator before they happen and stay alert. In and around Humphreys, cars and trucks share the roadways with an abundance of runners, walkers and cyclists. Ongoing construction projects and narrow roadways present additional hazards, not to mention soon-to-be arriving snow and ice. The good news is most accidents involving motor vehicles can be prevented by following a few simple rules: when you are driving, stay alert at all times and don’t let yourself get distracted; let your phone ring until you can safely pull over; slow down in construction zones and be aware of other cars at every stop and go intersection. Above all, keep your eyes peeled for pedestrians and cyclists. Finally, the cameras strategically located on major highways throughout Korea are
HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Be honest - do you ever drive while talking on your cell phone? How about changing a CD, eating, or drinking? Distractions such as these are a major cause of motor vehicle accidents, which according to Area III Safety Manager Randy Turnage are a concern on USAG-Humphreys. In November alone, there were 15 motor vehicle accidents on and off post involving Humphreys personnel. In most cases, inattentive driving was the primary cause said Turnage. Driving is a privilege to be taken seriously. When you’re behind the wheel, especially during peak drive times, anticipate problems
Motorist should exercise caution each time they get behind the wheel. — Courtesy photo there to catch speeders and fines can be hefty. Be aware of them and monitor your speed. Let’s all have a safe and an accident-free holiday season!
DECEMBER 11, 2009
Expecting a new addition to the family? The key is to start planning early
By Capt. Daniel Choi USAG-Humphreys Consolidated Legal Center HUMPHREYS GARRISON — It has been said that no one can truly prepare for having a baby; readying the nursery, buying baby clothes and baby proofing the house are just a few of the things new parents have to think about when having a newborn. However, add to that the pressures of having a newborn in a foreign country and the stress level can go up exponentially. As a servicemember in Korea, two of the most common questions may be: “Where do I get the birth certificate?” and “How do I go about getting a passport and Report of Birth Abroad for my newborn?” For expectant servicemembers and their spouses, the main key is to prepare early and know what to expect. When a child is born in Korea to U.S. parents at an off-post facility, normally, the hospital will issue a report or record of birth (the birth certificate). Depending on the hospital, this document may or not be in English. The parent should request a sealed copy of the report of birth, as well as another copy that can be translated into English at a later time. A report of birth will always be issued in English at a hospital on post. This form will be necessary in getting the newborn a passport and social security card, as well as the Report of Birth Abroad. The birth of a child abroad to U.S. citizen parents should be reported as soon as possible in order to establish an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth, e.g., a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America. The Consular Report of Birth or FS-240 is furnished to the parents at the time the registration is approved by the U.S. Embassy. This process takes approximately two to four weeks. Parents will be required to complete a
series of forms. The most important forms will be the DS-2029 (Report of Birth Abroad: http://www.state.gov/documents/ organization/83127.pdf ); SS-5 (SSN: http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf; getting a Social Security card for your newborn is free of charge and a requirement in order to enroll the child in DEERS); and DS-11 (Passport: http://www.state.gov/documents/ organization/79955.pdf ). Furthermore, the parent must be able to provide a birth certificate for the new born child. As mentioned above, this will either be an original U.S. Military Hospital Birth Abroad certificate or a Korean Signed and Sealed Envelope of Birth Abroad. Also necessary are the American citizen parents’ original U.S. birth certificate, passport or naturalization certificate; if married, the parents’ original marriage certificate; also, if applicable, an original divorce decree; current valid photo identification (e.g., Military ID or current state driver’s license (two copies of both parents), and one photo of the child (2 inches by 2 inches) against a white background (available at the Visual Information Support Center, Bldg. S-756 – a work order must be placed at https:// www.vios-west.army.mil/; contact Terri Donald at [email protected]
; or any AAFES photo center) – the baby’s eyes must be open against a plain white background without the parents’ hands showing. There will also be a fee associated with procuring the passport and Report of Birth Abroad. Payment should be made in the form of a money order made payable to the “U.S. Embassy” in the amount of $150 ($85 for the passport and $65 for the Report of Birth). If only one of the parents is an American citizen, the American citizen parent must submit proof of having physically resided in the U.S. for five years (at least two years must be after age 14). At least one item of proof must be primary evidence: a junior
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For expectant parents, planning early can be the key to success when having a child aboad. — Courtesy graphic high, high school, or university transcript (copies are accepted), or a Leave and Earning Statement or DD-214 (military personnel). Secondary evidence may be a letter of employment from a U.S. employer stating the work period and location and a W-2 or copy of the current year tax return; passports with U.S. and foreign entry stamps and Korean Immigration Entry and Exit Certificate; or utility bills and rental agreements for a U.S. residence. Due to the complex nature of the entire process, it is recommended that the parents bring the newborn to the Osan Air Base passport processing center, Bldg. 936, room 118 (contact Mr. Kim at DSN 784-6719), along with the completed forms. The time frame to receive the passports and Report of Birth Abroad is approximately two to three weeks. The Social Security Number will be delivered directly to the address provided by the parents in four to six months because all applications must be mailed to the United States for printing and processing purposes since there is no Social Security Administration office here in Korea. Congratulations on the new addition to your Family and good luck!
Army Family Team Building turning 15 years old: Humphreys community invited to celebrate
By Crystal Christian USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs Office HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Army Community Service and the Humphreys community will join volunteers and staff for Army Family Team Building’s annual birthday celebration Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at ACS, Bldg. 311. Army Family Team Building is a volunteer-led organization with an objective to train individuals to function at a highlevel of success in any situation with minimal support. The AFTB Program has evolved into a program that meets the educational needs of the Army Family, providing Family members with the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance family readiness. AFTB is a direct result of lessons learned from Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield about the self-reliance that was needed for the Army family. It is the goal of the AFTB Program to educate Soldiers, Family Members and civilians globally to adapt to Army life, manage change and accept challenges. There are currently 221 active programs worldwide and more than 20,000 volunteers and paid staff. “My goal is to equip the Army community with strategies to cope as well as the resources they need to know they are not alone and know they can reach out for help if needed,” said Stefanie Cole, AFTB Instructor. The program trains Army Families in the Humphreys community through several courses: AFTB Levels I, II and III and Concept Blocks once a month. AFTB Instructor training is conducted quarterly. AFTB Level I teaches the basics about the military way of life. In Level II, attendees are trained on growing into community leaders. Leadership is the focus of AFTB Level III. Concept Blocks are half-day training sessions on topics such as “Army 101”, “Spouse Boot Camp” and “Change Can be Good”. “This is a wonderful time to promote the positive learning experiences AFTB offers the entire Army Family,” said Suzanne James, ACS director.
Humphreys Family Members cut the cake during last year’s Army Family Team Building birthday celebration. — U.S. Army photo by Lori Yerdon Everyone is invited to attend AFTB’s birthday celebration; there will be cake and giveaways. For more information, call 753-8401 or [email protected]
DECEMBER 11, 2009
Tree lightings reflect the spirit of giving
By Chaplain(Lt. Col.) Pyo, Gwon USAG-Daegu Chaplin DAEGU GARRISON — The Area IV Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies recently brought people across the community together to celebrate the season of love and grace. The holiday season reminds us of the love of God. We celebrate life together recognizing that we are brothers and sisters in God’s love regardless of our race, skin color, language and ethnicity. In true holiday spirit of Christmas, Area IV Protestant congregations collected over 5 million Won ($4776) and donated it to Elder Park, the director of “Love and Hope Orphanage” during the Camp Walker Tree Lighting Ceremony. Love and Hope Orphanage provides care for mentally and physically handicapped children. Although they may be handicapped in many ways, they are still beautiful children of God created in his image. We pray that through this small token of our love, these little children may know that God cares. And people care, too. When we share burdens of life each other, they get lighter; when we share love, it multiplies! God’s richest blessings and peace to our little friends in Love and Hope Orphanage in Daegu. This year more than 200 people braved the cold weather, including many young children. U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Commander, Col. Terry D. Hodges and about 30 children pulled the rope tied to the switch box to activate the holiday lights. The excitement from children filled the air, when Santa arrived in a red fire truck. It was a beautiful evening with beautiful people coming to together enjoy the holiday spirit of love and grace.
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Overseas housing allowance survey
Servicemembers throughout Area IV are reminded at this writing that there is still time to participate in the Annual Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) Utility Survey for Korea. The survey, which is conducted annually by the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) is designed to collect utility and recurring maintenance expense data from service members who receive OHA. The data, which is collected by DTMO, is used to compute OHA Utility and Recurring Maintenance Allowances for service members worldwide. All Service members in Korea who reside off-post and receive OHA are highly encouraged to take the survey at https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/ oha/survey/novoha.html or via the 175th Financial Management Center (FMC) website https://175fmc.korea. army.mil. The survey will be available through Dec. 14 and may be taken at work or at home.
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(TOP) USAG Daegu Commander Col. Terry D. Hodges (left) presents Elder Park (farright) of Daegu’s Love and Hope Orphanage with a sizable donation collected by Area IV Protestant congregations during the Dec. 2 Camp Walker tree lighting ceremony — U.S. Army photo by Gu, Youjin (BOTTOM) The Camp Carroll tree lighting ceremony was held in front of the Community Activity Center, Dec. 4. Hundreds of people from the Waegwan community came out to support the event regardless of cold weather. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Kim, ChangHyun
Command energy behind boost in CFC contributions
Campaign was USAG Daegu Commander Col. Terry D. Hodges, along with CSM David R. Abbott. “The leadership used any opportunity it could, particularly local community events, to promote the importance of the Combined Federal Campaign,” Rosalie said. Manning the CFC stations, and speaking to soldiers and family members one-on-one, gave the campaign a boost, and I think it energized the individual contributor. Thanks to the help of commanders within the community, Area IV has, to date, increased the amount of contributors from last year by 13 percent, and raised more than $100,000. Currently, with less than five days left in this year’s campaign (Dec. 15), we anticipate these numbers will increase significantly,” she said. Rosalie said that there are numerous reasons to contribute to CFC. “Under CFC, each charity has been screened by a committee of federal employees, ensuring its legitimacy; CFC’s administrative expenses are low and have the effect of reducing overhead for each participating organization; and your contributions to CFC are tax deductible.” While command support may determine the success of the CFC campaign, it is the contributions made by individuals that keep many charities afloat. Said Rosalie, “The minimum cash contribution is one dollar, and the minimum payroll deduction is one dollar per month for Soldiers, and one dollar per pay period for civilian employees. There is no limit to the amount of your contributions or to the amount of charities that you can contribute to. “With that said, although a slow economy has had a great impact on many areas of income and finances, that impact has not stopped people from giving to CFC. Of course, the state of the economy is on the minds of some folks, but thankfully it has not prevented them from making contributions.” When asked how, if at all, CFC differs from similar campaigns, Rosalie explained that CFC consolidates charitable solicitations…including the Family Support and Youth Programs, and local charities, into one campaign. “The CFC campaign is conducted once a year, thereby lowering the cost for participating charities and making it easier and more convenient than ever for federal employees to support the charitable organizations closest to their heart,” she commented. With time winding down for this year’s CFC Campaign, Rosalie said, “It’s important for everyone to remember that every contribution counts. No contribution is too small, and a little goes a long way.” She then added, “By giving to CFC, you make a world of difference by helping your fellow man.”
USAG Daegu leadership reach out to the Area IV community in support of the 2009 Combined Federal Campaigh (CFC). Soldiers, family members and civilians contribute to the success of the annual campaign which is recognized Armywide. — U.S. Army photo by Mary Grimes By Mary Grimes USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP HENRY — In support of this year’s annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), it wasn’t solicitation, but old `fashioned determination that was the incentive behind the efforts of U.S. Army Garrison Daegu’s leadership to get out and spread the word about the joy of giving. According to Marleen Rosalie, chief, administrative services division, human resources directorate, USAG Daegu, “Area IV leadership has shown their support by hosting a community CFC Kickoff event, along with a cake cutting ceremony that drew a sizeable number of people from across the community, to the Camp Walker post exchange (PX) where CFC activities were held.” Leading the charge in this year’s CFC
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News & Notes
Driver’s Education Training
Winterize your baby, then you can chill
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For DOD, Youth 15 yrs 9 months-19 yrs of age classes begin Jan.11 and will last approximately 6 weeks. (Classes/Training will be held during after school hours. Costs include classroom instruction, observations & drivers training.) Minimum eight students required. Cost is $ 500. Register now at CYS Services CER (Building # 257) on Camp Walker. For more information please call Juhwan Kolath at 764-5822.
AAFES / DECA Area IV Community Advisory Council
AAFES / DECA Area IV Community Advisory Council will be held at main chapel Annex on Camp Walker, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Dec. 11. For more information, call AAFES(764-5188) or DECA(764-5310). On Thursday, Dec. 24, your military post offices (MPOs) will conduct a second unit mail call early that evening. The purpose of this second mail call is to ensure that all mail received in theater by 1:30 p.m. on Christmas eve is available for delivery to the addressee prior Christmas day.
Personal Property Movement Branch Closure Operation Santa Claus 2009
(LEFT) Camp Henry auto mechanic Young-kwang Ju provides much needed anti-freeze to a vehicle that is undergoing maintenance, and being winterized in preparation for the coming cold weather. (RIGHT) Ju conducts an anti-freeze and coolant test as part of the car care and winterizing process at the Camp Henry Auto Crafts Shop. — U.S. Army photos by Gu, Youjin By Gu, You-jin USAG-Daegu Public Affairs Intern CAMP HENRY — A cool car may not be able to handle the winter chill, if routine maintenance is not kept up. So says Won Sik Kim, auto crafts shop manager at U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, Camp Henry, where keeping vehicles serviceable is a matter of constant routine. “ With winter fast approaching, vehicle owners will need to step up their maintenance practices,” said Kim. “Vehicles must always be safe. Maintenance is basic and essential for any vehicle at all times. This is especially so if long distance traveling is involved,” The Auto Crafts Shop provides authorized car owners a variety of services. The services range from car-washing to engine exchange. Said Kim, “Here at the auto crafts shop, we provide both major and minor maintenance. However, we don’t allow auto transmission services because this job is too complex and requires an enormous amount of time.” Kim, who has spent nearly two decades in the auto business, said that individuals have the responsibility of ensuring their vehicle is safe to be on the highways. “For many drivers, it’s the common sense things that often are overlooked.” he said. “People have to check for things like anti-freeze, functionality of windshield wipers and wear and tear of tires. It’s the seemingly small and obvious things that can leave a driver stranded on the side of the road,” he added. Another big mistake made by vehicle owners is that new vehicles are not likely to fail the driver. “All vehicles require the constant attention of the owner,” Kim said. “Although the latest cars may be of greater quality, the owners still must conduct regular maintenance. It is the safe thing and the best thing for the vehicle and the occupants.” When it comes to slippery roads and rain-slick highways, Mother Nature is not biased. “It doesn’t matter where you’re driving – whether here in Korea or abroad, the most common accidents during the winter season are a result of slippery roads,” he explained. “Although drivers may not see what we call black ice… frozen ice on the road, it’s there and it can cause severe accidents. Early morning drivers must be especially careful because this seemingly invisible ice can be tricky. Curves can also be an enemy,” explained Kim. For the driver in need of assistance in bringing his vehicle up to speed, Kim said that the Camp Henry auto crafts shop is the place to visit. Although the auto crafts shop is designed for car owners to do the bulk of the repairs for themselves, it is there that the vehicle driver can receive instructions on how to manage the upkeep of their vehicle. “We can train individuals on how to do things like changing oil, engine tune-ups, and rotating or changing tires. We’re more than happy to assist drivers in doing what we can to ensure their vehicle is safe and ready for the road.” Kim added that while the auto crafts shop may not be able to fix all the troubles associated with a vehicle, it will, when possible, recommend a reputable repair shop in the Daegu community. Kim said that authorized users of the auto crafts shop will find Wednesday to be the busiest day of the week. “Since the shop is closed on Monday and Tuesday, we have a lot of people that will stop by on Wednesdays. That’s fine, but you’ll find a day like Sunday to be quiet and with less traffic. Weekends are also a good time to come in and work on your vehicle at your leisure. Use of the auto crafts shop is free, and for that kind of deal everybody should be even more motivated to stop by and do what they can to ensure the safety of their vehicle and their family while on Korea’s highways.” Individuals needing more information or assistance on winterizing their vehicle can call the Camp Henry auto crafts shop at 768-8164.
The Personal Property Movement Branch USAG Daegu will be closed Thursday, Dec. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon, to perform required training for the staff. We apologize for any inconvenience this training may cause. For information, call 768-6745. Need a DA Photo, command photo or passport photo? All Visual Information Support Center Photo Studios operate by appointment only. Plan early for the upcoming SFC promotion board by scheduling your appointment today. Log onto the Visual Information Ordering Site with your CAC card at www.vios. army.mil, Camp Henry building 1865. For information, call 768-7219. Your feedback is important to TRICARE. Please complete the outpatient survey located on the quick links portion of the 65th Medical Brigade Web site www.korea.amedd. army.mil if you have visited one of our host nation partnership hospitals. Remember, on and off post, you are always our patient. For information, call 736-9130. If you want to advertise any events or information for the Area IV community in the Morning Calm Weekly, please send an e-mail to Cpl. Park Kyungrock, [email protected]
or 768-8070 for Camp Walker, Henry and George and contact Cpl. Lee Dodam, [email protected]
for Camp Carroll.
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501st Returns from ‘Warpath III’, support of 2ID
By CW4 Austin Brown 501st SBDE Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL — The 501st Sustainment Brigade has just returned to home station at Camp Carroll after two weeks of supporting the 2nd Infantry Division’s command post exercise “Warpath III.” During armistice, the 501st provides ongoing maintenance and supply sustainment to 2ID, but every fall the 501st deploys the Brigade Tactical Operations Center to Camp Casey to support the divisions battle staff training. During this year’s exercise 2ID became the first U.S. Army division to use the new Warfighters’ Simulation (WARSIM) system. The 501st played a critical role by ensuring that 2ID’s battle command training was relevant and realistic for sustainment supply and maintenance as they fought and defeated the enemy. In today’s modular army a sustainment brigade, like the 501st SBDE, is designed to provide direct support any U.S. Army units in the area and on order support our sister U.S. military services or coalition partners. During the “WARPATH III” exercise the 501st SBDE ensured that the 2ID and other supported units had all of the resources necessary to engage and destroy the enemy. By understanding 2ID’s plan and predicting the supply and maintenance requirements that 2ID would need, the 501st SBDE ensured that the combatant commander had the freedom to execute his tactical operations, enabling 2ID to defeat the enemy and successfully meet their training objectives. This highly successful relationship between 2ID and 501st SBDE demonstrated once again the exceptional tactical and technical proficiency of the US and ROK Soldiers and KATUSAs.
DECEMBER 11, 2009
Cirque Holidays Wonderland a big hit
By Kang, Hye-jin USAG-Daegu Public Affairs Intern CAMP WALKER — If you were among there in search of something special, then most likely you found it at the recently held “Cirque Holidays Wonderland” performance at Camp Walker’s Kelly Gym. According to MWR officials, the holiday festivity brought more than 200 members of the community to see elves, marionettes, giants, flying Christmas angels, and incredible feats of strength to what many are calling “a dream of a show.” Amazingly, less than 30 performers and staff members had the enormous job of preparing for the highly successful event. Daniel Stover, a performer with the Holiday Wonderland crew said, “Our team has been performing for nearly ten years. We’re so happy to be here in Daegu. To date, we’ve put on two shows for Korea. As in every performance, we try to be as creative and exciting as possible.” Echoing similar sentiments, Nicolas J, another Wonderland performer said, “We appreciate the audiences as much as they appreciate us. Performing for the Army is really special for us. We always want to bring them our best, and we are determined to do just that no matter what.” That no matter what came with a price, according to Nicolas. “While preparing for the show, some of us incurred injuries. Nevertheless, we worked through the challenge and the pain to make sure
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Close to 250 fiiled Camp Walker’s Kelly Gym to see the show, Cirque Holidays Wonderland. The arrival of Santa Claus marked the end of the musical dream show in Area IV. — U.S. Army photo by Kang, Hye-jin nothing kept us from putting on this show for the soldiers and their families,” he said. Praising the show from start to finish, Kihyon Song, USAG Daegu employee said, “I have worked in Area IV for a long time,and I have attended many performances. Unlike any other performance I’ve seen, this show allowed for audience participation. Cirque Holidays Wonderland is by far the most impressive show I’ve ever seen. The framework of the story was really organized. I could feel that the performers put all of their energy into their work. If this cirque is held again, I’ll come again.”
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AREA IV Job Opportunities
VACANCY Camps Henry, Walker Logistics Management Spec Security Specialist Supv Substance Abuse Spec Supv Substance Abuse Spec Camps Carroll YA-2 GS-9 YC-2 YC-2 GRADE LOCATION
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ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER APF US CITIZEN POSITIONS KOEZ09632200 KOEZ09914547 KOEZ09589904D KOEZ09589904R
403rd Spt Bde 837th Trans Bn USAG, DHR, ASAP USAG, DHR, ASAP
Dec. 11 Dec. 18 Dec. 24 Dec. 24
KOEZ09924132 KOEZ09907410 NAF US CITIZEN POSITIONS KRNAFEZ09-018-K4-R1 CONTRACTOR POSITIONS N/A N/A N/A
Supv Quality Assurance Specialist Maintenance Manager Camps Henry, Walker Recreation Asst. (Lead Life Guard) Camps Henry ESL Instructor F/T Human Resources P/T Human Resources
Dec. 18 Dec. 21
USAG, MWR, CRD
N/A N/A N/A
Central Tex Coll SERCO, MPD SERCO, MPD
Until Filled Until Filled Until Filled
For more information, contact Employment Readiness Program Manager, Steven Wegley at 768-7951
OHA is a valuable entitlement for Service members stationed overseas. By taking the time and effort to complete the survey, Service members enable the Department of Defense to set equitable OHA utility rates. Before answering the survey questions, respondents should review actual bills or records of their utility and maintenance expenses for the last twelve months. A monthly average for the utility and maintenance portion will be required. Respondents whose utilities are included in their rent are not required to report the actual monthly average of utility bills because a monthly flat rate
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utility supplement is already included in their OHA. For further information, please contact Master Sgt. Schliesleder at DSN 7255202.
DECEMBER 11, MAY 22, 2009 2009