MAY 13, 2011
MAY 13, 2011 • Volume 9, Issue 29
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
See full feature: Page 16
Left: Anh Hyo-jung, lead martial artist of the Yae-Mun Gwan organization, demonstrates “Sword Cutting” Saturday by slicing a shoot of bamboo in a precise location. Above: an Asian spear is used by Martial Artist Cho Hyo-gun to cleave a tightly-bound sheaf of hay. These demonstrations are part of a traditional performance called “Fire Ceremony” originating in the 18th century. The ceremony is performed daily in Seoul at the top of Namsan trail, free of charge to spectators. See more photos and a feature story on Page 16. — Photos by Russell Wicke
Pen-wide FTX aims at firmament
Sleep-deprived Soldiers take air defense training to new level
By Capt. Austin Liu 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
SUWON AIR BASE – They might have been sleep-deprived and drenched in mud and sweat, but Soldiers from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Battalion concluded a week-long field training exercise with a renewed sense of pride and confidence in their equipment, their comrades-in-arms, and most importantly themselves, officials said. The comprehensive air defense artillery field training exercise, which took place from May 2-6 across the Peninsula, put to test the air defenders’ ability to not only fulfill their primary mission of protecting the sky over South Korea, but also to execute combined force protection and logistic resupply missions with their adjacent U.S. and Republic of Korea units on the battlefield. The exercise included realistic scenarios that prepared the Iron Horse Soldiers mentally and physically to fight, survive, and prevail if engaged in a prolonged armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula. On Suwon Air Base, Pfc. Harley Farnsworth and the rest of his crew from B Battery, 6-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, received the order to reload one of the PATRIOT launching stations. The crews immediately dashed toward the launcher, their ballistic armor plates heavy upon them as they went through the steps to reload the spent canister utilizing the guided missile transport.
Farnsworth and his crew understood perfectly well that tens of thousands of innocent lives depend on whether they can successfully accomplish their missions in a timely manner. “We are the ones who keep the air battle going and the missiles firing,” said Farnsworth. His crews successfully passed the missile reload evaluation during the exercise. Just as the missile reload evaluation
— See FTX, Page 21 — GARRISONS
Defense News USAG Red Cloud USAG Casey USAG Yongsan USAG Humphreys USAG Daegu P02 P05 P05 P09 P21 P25
What is Daegu celebrating? Find out on Page 25
See the campaign, Page 23
Grilling tips: Page 28
Gen. Lynch on Soldiers, Page 2
The D6 Commitment
Sights & Sounds P03 Command Perspective P04 Photo Feature Page P16
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The Morning Calm
Published by Installation Management Command Korea
THE MORNING CALM
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Commitment to Soldiers and Families
New fiscal reality, same commitment
By Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch IMCOM Commander
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A fundamentally different fiscal reality. We will be hearing some variation of that phrase from Army leaders for a long time to come. The Army’s budget is smaller than it has been in previous years, and it will get smaller still. However, a different fiscal reality does not change the reality of what we owe to Soldiers and Families for their service and sacrifice. The Army’s commitment to Soldiers and Families remains as strong as ever. For the last 18 months, the Installation Management Community has been taking a hard look at the programs and services we provide to Soldiers and Families, with an eye not only to costs but also to effectiveness. As the inevitable belt-tightening comes, we are not trying to do more with less. We are working to make sure we can do the important things better. One of our most important efforts has been to fully establish Survivor Outreach Services, to provide Survivors with longer-term, expanded support and care after casualty assistance ends. SOS staff have made tremendous progress in a short time, receiving more than 24,000 cases from Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, and they continue to enhance services as more Survivors provide feedback. This past year, SOS initiated a Survivor vehicle decal program to ease installation access, established a Facebook page, and held the first annual SOS summit to address challenges Survivors face. Other efforts include: Transforming how Army Community Service delivers services, by crosstraining more generalists to handle multiple programs and moving service locations out into communities. Adding 44 more Systems Navigators to Exceptional Family Member Programs at 26 installations, to assist Families with special needs members in accessing educational, medical, housing and personnel services on and off post. Hiring more than 240 additional Army Substance Abuse Program counselors for installations worldwide. Launching the Confidential Alcohol Treatment and Education Pilot, a program which allows Soldiers to seek help for addiction without mandatory command involvement. Launching a pilot program in which Military Student Transition Consultants join School Liaison Officers in working with school districts, garrisons and Families to help students succeed at their new schools. Revising the Total Army Sponsorship Program that helps prepare Soldiers, Families and Civilians for their new duty station. Reinvigorating the Army Family Action Plan process, with an analysis and review process that has reduced the backlog of active AFAP issues from 86 in February 2010 to 51 in February 2011. This is a snapshot of what we have been doing to enhance support for Soldiers and Families. It does not begin to convey the full scope of the programs and services installation management professionals provide every day, including housing, public works, emergency services, environmental programs, recreation, child care, single Soldier programs and Family programs. When we look at some big indicators, we see evidence that the Army is meeting the needs of Soldiers and Families. The Army is exceeding its recruitment and retention goals, and on the most recent Survey of Army Families, the majority of spouses said they are satisfied with the Army as a way of life. This is significant after 10 years of ongoing conflict—it speaks to the dedication of Soldiers and their Families and the Army’s commitment to providing a quality of life commensurate with their service. In the new fiscal reality, it will be more of a challenge for the Installation Management Community to provide the level of support we want to for our Soldiers and Families, but we will. We are finding better and smarter ways to provide services and programs by asking ourselves the same questions Families ask when they look at their own budgets: do we really need it? Is it worth the cost? What are we willing to do without? To answer these questions, we need to keep hearing from Soldiers and Family members— through ICE and local AFAP summits, for example— about the specifics of what is working, what needs to be improved, and what is missing. The commitment to supporting Soldiers and Families remains as strong as ever, but more than ever, we have to make sure we are on target in meeting their needs. x
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School lunch balance often overlooked during PCS
By Sgt. 1st Class Jon Cupp Exchange Pacific Public Affairs
CAMP FOSTER, Japan – With a large number of military service members overseas in the Pacific choosing summer as the time to make their permanent change of station moves, one thing they sometimes overlook when clearing their base installations is their children’s school lunch balance. For PCS-ing service members at installations on Okinawa, Korea or mainland Japan whose children eat lunch at Department of Defense Schools, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which runs the school lunch programs, should be one of the places they clear, but this is not always the case, according to Craig Masek, food program specialist for the Exchange Pacific Region. “We have a large number of people who forget to close their overseas school lunch accounts when they PCS,” said Masek. “It’s actually quite simple to do which means going to their local Exchange customer service counter and closing their account. They will have either a positive or negative balance and will either receive or pay off the balance.” When military service members get to a stateside duty station, forgetting to close out their overseas school lunch balance can sometimes lead to a few challenges. “It can be an issue involving the military service member
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going through the process of having to wire their balance to us or us having to wire a balance to them,” said Masek, who explained that service members can save themselves a headache and some time by making a simple trip to their local Exchange prior to PCS-ing. “Where it can also be a big issue is in a case like Okinawa where Sailors and Marines have easy access to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service here, but once they leave, they may not see one of our facilities, so they won’t have direct access to us. We’re not common, for example, on Marine Corps bases.” Exchange customers have the option to check or pay their school lunch balance online at shopmyexchange.com by going to the school lunch program link under community information. In order to actually close their accounts, however, they still have to physically visit their local Exchange. For those personnel who stay overseas in the Pacific, their balance will carry over for the next school year and there is no need to close the account, but they should update their children’s information, such as a change of school, in the Exchange school lunch computer system to prevent any issues, according to Masek. During a typical school year, the Exchange serves more than 9,000 school lunches per day and 169,000 meals per month to students throughout the Pacific region. x
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The following entries were excerpted from the police blotters the previous week. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. USAG Red Cloud Larceny of Private Property and Funds: Subject forcibly entered Victim’s residence and stole approximately $31,818.00 in U.S. Dollars and Korean Won along with a PlayStation. During crime scene processing, a bloodstain was identified by Korean National Police which was later processed and determined to contain the DNA of the suspected Subject. Subject was interviewed by KNP and he denied any involvement. He further stated he did not leave the installation. A check of DBIDS revealed Subject’s ID card was scanned when he re-entered USAG-Casey. Estimated cost of loss is approximately 32,000,000 Won. Investigation continues by KNP and military police. USAG Yongsan Larceny of AAFES funds: Subject purchased an iPad and exited the Main Exchange. Subject then proceeded to her concession stand where she works, and began to refund the item in exchange for money. Subject was issued an Order to Show Cause Memorandum, and was released to her sponsor. Estimated cost of loss is unknown. This is a final report. Damage to Private Property: Subject broke a window of the Thai Embassy with a closed fist and sustained injuries consisting of lacerations to his hand. Korean National Police were notified and Subject declined transfer of custody to military police and was charged by KNP for damage to private property. Subject was processed and released on his own recognizance. Estimated cost of damage is unknown. USAG Humphreys Wrongful Use of Controlled Substance (Oxycodone and Oxymorphone): Subject tested positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone on Sept. 24, 2009, during a random urinalysis test. The urinalysis was administered while he was on active duty. Subject was separated from active duty April 1, 2010. Investigation continues by military police. Osan Air Base Larceny of Private Property: Subject was observed at an off post establishment by security forces removing a tea kettle and concealing it under his shirt. He stated he purchased the kettle from the club for 5,000 Won, which employees of the club denied. Subject was apprehended and transported to the detainment facility where he attested to the incident. He was then processed and released to his unit. This is a final report.
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Pictured above are Seoul’s main beacons which were used during the Joseon Dynasty for rapid communication over long distances. Beacons like this were strategically placed at high points in terrain and were lit with fire to signal a threat of enemy invasion. Fire signals were used during the night and smoke signals during the day. This particular beacon was the last notification point in a long line of beacons, making it the final destination to be lit during an emergency. It rests right on the edge of the old city wall, on top of Namsan Mountain, and is one of five beacon hills on Namsan. Each beacon was set up to monitor a different direction. To get there, take the subway Line 4 to Myeongdong Station, Exit 4. Upon exiting orient yourself so that Namsan Tower is visible. Walk toward the tower until you locate the cable cars that carry people to the top of Namsan. There is also a broad walking trail that leads to the top. — High dynamic range photo by Russell Wicke
Namsan: Seoul’s Beacon Hill
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off–post events and activities
Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum Established by Han Sangsu, Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum displays her beautiful works of embroidery, related items and historical relics. Since its foundation in September 2005, the museum has promoted the cultural significance of Korean embroidery to the public and foreign visitors through a variety of programs, including open classes, hands-on activities, seminars, international exchange programs, demonstrations, and regular exhibitions. The museum consists of exhibition rooms and an audiovisual room, allowing visitors to appreciate the process and history of Korean embroidery work and its aesthetic value. A Korean traditional house called Hanok was remodeled at the Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum, giving visitors the impression of visiting someone’s house. Displayed in the garden are arrays of sauce crocks for traditional Korean sauces and a low wooden bench, creating a distinctly exotic atmosphere. Over the low wall surrounding the museum, you can see Gahoe-dong, a traditional culture and arts district, in harmony with this serene and peaceful place. The museum consists of a permanent exhibition hall and three galleries showcasing a variety of works of embroidery by Han Sangsu, as well as her collection of a wide range of related items and relics. Audiovisual installations help to introduce visitors to the history and culture of Korean embroidery. The museum opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Mondays. The museum offers classes to encourage visitors to learn about Korean traditional embroidery. Visitors can also purchase various materials to make their own embroidered items before they take a class. The class takes about two hours to complete and is conducted in Korean. Another class at Bukchon Cultural Center is available at http:// bukchon.seoul.go.kr/exp/center1_1. jsp). To get there take subway Line 3 to Anguk Stn. Take a shuttle bus No. 02 and get off at Anguk Zen Center (next to Chicken Museum) from Exit 2 . For more information, call 02)744-1545
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THE MORNING CALM
Safety involves knowing limitations
By Col. William Huber Yongsan Garrison Commander
YONGSAN GARRISON — Your safety is my number one priority. With your cooperation, we can ensure that no child suffers an injury, no family loses their belongings in a preventable fire and that none of our garrison team members are injured on the job. U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan is getting ready for the summer. In just two short weeks, we’ll open the outdoor pools. School will be letting out soon. As we enjoy all the season has to offer, please remember water safety basics. Always swim with a buddy and know your limitations. During hot weather, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Use sunscreen and wear a hat when working or playing outside to protect you from severe sunburn, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke. Remember, too much sun can also lead to skin cancer. During your time off, I want you to get out and truly experience Korea – safely. You will find that driving in Korea is a unique experience for most American drivers. The high density of traffic found in the fifth largest city in the world is an eye-opening challenge. Always wear your seat belt. These are proven life savers. I encourage Yongsan
— Col. William Huber —
drivers to be overly cautious, stay within posted speed limits and be ever vigilant for pedestrians. And if you drink, don’t drive. My goal as your Garrison Commander is to make sure that your time in Korea is as safe as possible. We are working hard to make sure your assignment here becomes a highlight in your life’s journey. x
MAY 13, 2011
Army Community Service tests family assistance
By Kevin Jackson [email protected]
CAMP CASEY – Anger, confusion, lost ID cards, medical care and pregnancy complications, foreign languages, lost powers of attorney, no money, shelter or food. These challenges and many others were part of an Army Community Service exercise here to test U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud’s ability to run a family assistance center. ACS’ first ever family assistance center exercise May 3 was designed to test its ability to establish and operate a comprehensive facility to provide displaced people with the myriad of essential support agency services they could conceivably need during an actual natural disaster, mass deployment, mobilization or mass casualty event. “The exercise was a success,” said Vernon Johnson, exercise coordinator and ACS mobilization and deployment specialist. “We did capture lessons learned to determine our gaps and also the capabilities that we have.” The mock situation began with record raining falling on Dongducheon in the early morning hours causing many residential areas to flood – something all too realistic for the people who lived through the 1998 flood that inundated the community with 26 inches of rain in 48 hours according to a Stars and Stripes report. Mock displaced families began showing up at the center at 9 a.m. to work through 31 scenarios – all of which are potentially real life challenges – that would be addressed at the family assistance center. Legal, Tricare, finance, human resources, logistics, child, youth and school services, religious services, American Red Cross and United Services Organization representatives were all present to assist role players with the numerous challenges displaced families could conceivably
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Spc. Yingmei Yang from Delta Detachment, 175th Finance Company, attempts to help a Spanish-speaking spouse in need of money as Capt. Leon Cook, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, looks on. The spouse participated in the first ever Family Assistance Center exercise at Camp Casey May 3. - U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson
face during an actual emergency. One of the role players – Sgt. Matthew Tompkins, a supply sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud – performed credibly as an angry and aggressive Soldier in need of help. At one point with a military policeman following him, Tompkins slapped a door startling the chaplain. Tompkins said he used his friends’ experiences to act out his three roles. “The scenarios were very realistic and overall everyone handled it pretty well,” he said. “There was no one losing their cool or anything. They stayed pretty calm, which I was impressed with because I was being as irate as possible… I’m sure the stress level for them was high because of us.” The exercise finished about 11 a.m. with an after-action review attended by all 60 of the staff agencies representatives and role players. “We received a lot of feedback from the family members,” Johnson said. “They really enjoyed being a part of the exercise and knowing that Area I really cares about their safety in the event of a crisis.” It instilled confidence in the Tompkins that his family would get the assistance they could need. “If my family was over here and this happened, I’d definitely be happy to have them take care of them,” said Tompkins, whose spouse Wendy and 7-year-old son are living at Fort Riley, Kansas, while he serves a one-year unaccompanied tour of duty. Johnson said exercise may be included as part of the garrison’s annual base defense exercise in the future and that it is just one part of the requirements for ACS to receive its accreditation, which it is currently undergoing with the ACS Accreditation Division from Fort Monroe, Va. x
Band to bring symphonic pops to Red Cloud
CAMP RED CLOUD – Staff Sgt. Charles Freeman, lead guitarist from the 2nd Infantry Division Band, jams with vocalist Pfc. Steven Swaggerty to Smashmouths’ “I’m a Believer” during a concert on Camp Red Cloud’s Village Green April 10. The band will present the second in its concert series - “Celebrate the Soldier” - with symphonic pops featuring Americana, film and Broadway from 2-4 p.m., May 14 on the Village Green. It is an open post event and Koreans without post access will be permitted to attend. Bring your chairs, blankets and food for a relaxing afternoon of music and camaraderie. — U.S. Army photo by Kevin Jackson.
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THE MORNING CALM
News & Notes
19th Hole Barbecue The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is now operating a barbecue outside the Camp Red Cloud Golf Course Pro Shop from 5-7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Barbecued meats include galbi, pork ribs, chicken kebabs and assorted sausages. For more information, call 732-6263. Case Lot Sale The Camp Casey Commissary will hold its case lot sale from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., May 13-15 in its parking lot. Case Lot Sale The Camp Stanley Commissary will hold its case lot sale from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., May 14-15 in its parking lot. Concert on the Village Green The 2nd Infantry Division Band presents “Celebrate the Soldier” – a concert on the Village Green from 2-4 p.m., May 14 at Camp Red Cloud. The music will be symphonic pops featuring Americana, film and Broadway. Bring your chairs, blankets and food for a relaxing afternoon of music and camaraderie. For more information, call 732-9053. Living Pattern Survey The deadline to take the Defense Travel Management Office Cost of Living Allowance Living Pattern Survey is May 15. The link to the survey is https:// www.defensetravel.dod.mil/ oscola/lps/korea. Youth Employment Program The Area I Civilian Personnel Advisory Center is recruiting college and high school students for its Summer Family Member Youth Employment Program. College students will work from May 16-Sept. 23. There will be two sessions for high school students: June 20-July 15 and July 18-Aug. 12. For additional information, visit http://cpocwww.korea.army.mil/chra/cpac/ area1/area1cpac.php or call 7326472/6475. Courageous Channel Exercise All command-sponsored and non-command sponsored family members of U.S. military, Defense Department civilians and contractors are required to participate in the Courageous Channel exercise May 18-21. Noncombatants should bring their NEO packets with them to either the Hanson Field House at Camp Casey or the Camp Red Cloud gym for processing. Noncombatant evacuation operations processing will occur from 9 a.m.-10 p.m., May 18-20 and from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., May 21. For more information, contact your unit NEO warden or visit the 8th Army website. http://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/ NEO/Neo.asp
Col. Hank Dodge, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I commander, talks with Col. Song Hae-nam (left), 186th Infantry Regiment, and Col. Sun Byung-geun, 183rd Infantry Regiment, commanders following the signing of the base defense pact.
Garrison, Korean units renew base defense pacts
Story and photo by Kevin Jackson [email protected]
CAMP RED CLOUD – Col. Hank Dodge, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I commander renewed memorandums of agreement with two Republic of Korea Army units May 9 to provide base defense during force protection and anti-terrorism contingencies here and at Camp Stanley. The newly signed two-year pacts – identical to those from the past – outline the responsibilities of U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and the ROKA’s 183rd and 186th infantry regiments to provide defense of Camp Red Cloud and Camp Stanley, respectively, during a terrorist threat incident or event. Doug Atwater, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security chief said the units have held those responsibilities for about seven years. “Renewing these MOAs provides vitally important additional security to our communities during contingencies and reinforces the outstanding working relationships that we’ve had with our brothers in arms from the Republic of Korea for more than 50 years,” Dodge said after the ceremony. New commanders Col. Sun Byunggeun, 183rd Infantry Regiment, and Col. Song Hae-nam, 186th Infantry Regiment, whose units are from the Uijeongbu area, signed the MOAs that outline detailed responsibilities at the installations. The units are activated to support USAG Red Cloud and Area I upon an increase in force protection conditions and upon request by the garrison commander to the 65th Division, the higher headquarters for the infantry regiments. Among other more specific requirements, the pacts call for the U.S. Army and ROKA units to maintain communications during exercises and contingency operations. They also require the allies to work together to develop, write and publish a combined base defense plan and coordinate and execute an annual installation defense command post exercise/field training exercise. Sun said through a translator that the MOA signing will contribute to victory over terrorism. “This is very helpful for me as the base commander up here because I don’t have all the tactical elements – tactical troops – that you all have to provide some of the things that you all help us do,” Dodge said to the ROKA commanders following the signing. Both ROKA units routinely participate in garrison base defense planning and training, and were active participants in the 2nd Infantry Division and USAG Red Cloud and Area I Full Spectrum Force Protection Operations Exercise across all Warrior Country installations Feb. 22-24. Camp Casey has a valid MOA with the ROKA’s 75th Infantry Regiment to provide similar base defense operations. x
Retired colonel speaks, inspires Soldiers
Story and photo by Cpl. Jin Choi [email protected]
CAMP RED CLOUD – A retired Republic of Korea Army colonel visited with Korean Augmentation to the United States Army Soldiers at the theater here May 4 to talk about North Korea and their service to the nation. Cho Ki-hyeong, currently a professor from Sangji University in Wonju, who holds a doctorate in military and policy science, gave a lecture to KATUSA Soldiers from different units on the installation as part of their regular weekly mental and moral training. “We have seen North Korea’s provocations and attacks many times for decades since the Korean War,” Cho said. “After sinking of the Cheonan and the attack on Yeonpyeong Island last year by North Korea, we have to get ready against their unpredictable and monstrous attacks to protect our country, people and sovereignty. To do so, our Soldiers should be stronger and keep in mind the Soldier’s creed, which has become more important recently.” During his nearly two-hour remarks, Cho introduced a new acronym for KATUSA Soldiers – BEST. He explained that it stands for Basic - cleave to the basic, Effort – make every effort, Story – make their own story and Together – let’s go together. He emphasized that acronym for Soldiers who can improve and maintain their personal ability and friendship with Koreans and Americans by explaining the importance of a future united Korea, citizenship and their responsibility for compulsory military service. “He strongly motivated me through his speech,” said Cpl. Lee Jong-hwa, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud. “I had time to think and understand about myself and the situation here in my country once again. And ask me why, how and what can I do while I am serving my motherland as one of its Soldiers here.” Lt. Col. Lee Kyun-chul, commander of the ROKA Support Group, 2nd Infantry Division said, “I wish all of my soldiers here to be sound democratic citizens after their military service is done.” x
Republic of Korea Army Col. (ret.) Cho Kihyeong, a professor from Sangji University, addresses Korean Augmentation to the United States Army Soldiers at the Camp Red Cloud Theater May 3.
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More than 160 spouses from Warrior Country made a trip to Herb Island in Pocheon May 6. It’s famous for growing Mediterranean herbs. — U.S. Army photos by Robert Haynes
Spouses visit ‘the island’
A child and Tina Hernandez, family members of U.S. Soldiers in Warrior Country, take a moment to ride the mechanical animal figures at the Sanjeong Lake amusement park. The lake area offers something for everyone and is popular with hikers.
An artist at Sanjeong Lake in Pocheon draws a caricature of Tenecia White-Campbell. The lake that includes an amusement park was designated as a national tourist site in 1922 and draws more than 700,000 visitors annually.
Along with the sculpture park, Sangjeong Lake, which means “lake as clear as a mountain well,” offers an amusement park, boating, pools, skating rink and picnic area.
Lily Flor Clark poses for Rachel Henderson to record their visit to the tropical garden at Herb Island in Pocheon - far from their native Philippines.
A child, poses for a photograph inside the Aroma Therapy Center at Herb Island, where visitors can make their own scented candles.
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THE MORNING CALM
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Workoutbodies melt down the audiences and bring state of fever figures enthusiasts show off Sculpted
By Pfc. Choi Sung-il [email protected]
YONGSAN GARRISON - Despite the heavy rainfall all day long community members came out in droves to watch and compete in the U.S. Army Garrision Yongsan Community Bodybuilding Competition at Main Post Club April 30. Four female and nine male bodybuilders competed in the event and about 400 people filled the place. The contestants completed four rounds of components: symmetry round, compulsory round, pose down, individual-free pose during the contest. When the bodybuilders first appeared on stage in a straight line facing the judges for the symmetry round, they executed a series of quarter turns for judges to compare them from front, left side, back and right side. Every time bodybuilders came upon stage and made different poses in front of judges and spectators showing off their physique, people yelled out a cheer and supported their favorite participants. “The show was excellent. The performers take a lot of courage and the crowd is really motivated to see how well they have worked,” said Sgt. 1st Class Freida Carter at 8th Army Reserve Advisor Office. In the compulsory round competitors performed eight mandatory poses individually. Participants waiting for their turns backstage kept posing in front of mirrors and made corrections for the best angle. Then each competitor was given a certain amount of time to display free poses with music. They got the chance to showcase their figure, physical conditioning, personality and presentation in the third and fourth rounds. After the competition Tongwon University Belly Dance Team performed folk dances with fusion music while the scores were totaled up. The judges announced the winners of each weight class and overall champions. The 2011 Bodybuilding Competition produced the best overall champions of men and women divisions from the same platoon. They were 1st Lt. Jonathan Reid and Sgt. Shantina Lawden at Alpha Company 304th Signal Battalion. Both of the winners thanked their families for being their biggest supporters. “I worked out six days a week and four hours a day. I’d like to thank my wife for being a great architect of my diet helping me lose 23 pounds in three weeks,” said Reid. “I am ecstatic and I feel very blessed. I especially thank my family. My son really kept me motivated by going to the gym with me all the time and both of my parents, professional bodybuilders, helped me train well and eat the right foods since I was a kid,” said Lawden. The champions and runner-ups of each weight class and the overall winners were awarded trophies. “Garrison Yongsan and the Installation Management Community supports all Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians with quality programs and safe communities that meet their needs,” said USAG Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. William Huber. “We are keeping our promise to make Yongsan a place where community members can thrive.” x
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UMUC Asia holds 2011 Commencement
The ceremony kicked off with greetings from UMUC President Susan Aldridge, 2nd Infantry Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Michael Tucker and UMUC Alumni Association ’77 PresiYONGSAN GARRISON - University of Maryland dent Nathaniel Alston, Jr. After the greetings, OrUniversity College Asia held its 2011 Commenceland Johnson, regent and vice chair of the University ment Ceremony at Seoul American High School System of Maryland Board of Regents, delivered a Auditorium April 30. commencement address to the graduates emphasizUMUC Asia will award approximately 860 deing what graduation really means. “Today marks the end of a long and difficult journey for many of you. You should take time to reflect back over all your accomplishments,” said Johnson. “But today is also a beginning. As you move forward, you can carry with you all those things that you have learned.” Finally Aldridge conferred degrees to the 48 graduates of the Seoul Commencement. The degrees included two master’s degrees, 30 bachelor’s degrees and 16 associate’s degrees. Sgt. Maj. Gary Byers from 249th Military Police Detachment, who received a Bachelor of Science Degree, was very satisfied with the program. “It’s a long time coming. Maryland offers a great program for graduates,” Byers said. “I attended classes in Germany, in the States and in Asia. They offer tremendous staffS to take care of everybody. I’m looking forward to starting on my master’s degree.” “Garrison Yongsan and the Installation Management Community supports all Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians with quality programs and safe communities that meet their needs,” said U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. William Huber. “We are keeping our promise to make Yongsan a place where community members can thrive.” Commencements were held in Tokyo, Japan on David Horn, a graduate , shakes hand with Orland Johnson, regent and vice chair of the University System of Maryland April 16 and Okinawa, Japan on April 23. UMUC also Board of Regents, during UMUC Commencement at SAES, April 30. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Hong Moo-sun will hold a ceremony in Guam on May 21. x
(From left) Sgt. Shantina Lawden and 1st Lt. Jonathan Reid strike a pose as the champions of USAG Yongsan Community Bodybuilding Competition at Main Post Club April 30. - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Choi Sung-il
By Cpl. Hong Moo-sun [email protected]
grees this year. Graduates are active-duty Servicemembers from the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as Family Members and DoD civilians stationed in East Asia. Overall, nearly 300 associate’s degrees and over 500 bachelor’s degrees in a variety of disciplines are awarded at commencement ceremonies around Asia.
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News & Notes
CYSS Renovations CDC: April-June, playground turf (except Kindergarten area) will be replaced. Some minor repairs to window screens, door guards and door knobs. SAC: April-May, playground turf will be replaced. Drop-off zone will be off limits during repairs. MST: April-June, middle school section will undergo repairs to become ADA handicap compliant. All facilities will undergo some upgrades to restrooms to become ADA handicap compliant. Parking may be limited in the SAC/ MST back parking lot while DPW crews install one handicap space. Women’s Tres Dias Weekend USAG Yongsan Chaplain is sponsoring a 3-day intensive spiritual renewal experience for adult English-speaking women at the Yongsan Religious Retreat Center from May 12-15. This free event is open to any woman desiring to deepen her relationship with Jesus Christ. For more details on Tres Dias or to download an application, please visit www.seoultresdias.org or contact Claudette Mohn at 0102661-2297. Good Neighbor English Camp Demonstrate American hospital -ity by opening homes to young Korean participating in the seventh Annual USFK Good Neighbor English Camp on May 15-21, 2011. U.S. host families from Yongsan area are needed to house 60 tenth-grade students from Seoul, Pyeongtaek, and Taegu during this one-week program. For more information, please call the USFK PAO, 723-7669/4685 or send e-mail to [email protected]
mil. CYSS Job Opportunity The CDC is actively recruiting for Lead Child and Youth Program Assistants (CYPA). This position requires a minimum of 12 hours of relevant education, a Child Development Associate, or AA in ECE. Starting pay is $15 an hour (negotiable). For more information, call 738-2311. We are also looking for Family Child Care (FCC) Providers. Earn $26-40,000 a year while staying at home and building a long-lasting and portable career. For more information, call 738-3406. Living Pattern Survey The 175th Financial Management Center encourages you to participate in the Living Pattern Survey by logging on to www. defensetravel.dod.mil/oscola/ lps/korea. The web-based survey has been extended to May 15. The survey helps to offset the higher prices of non-housing goods and services. For more information, call 725-5260.
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SAES students become scientists
By Cpl. Hong Moo-sun [email protected]
YONGSAN GARRISON - More than 600 Seoul American Elementary School students participated in this year’s Science Fair from April 20-29 exhibiting their projects at SAES Dolphin Theater. SAES spotlighted science this year with a fair for all ages. Science Fair Coordinator Darby Donaho chaired the successful event, so students could demonstrate their science savvy. The judges were wowed by the ingenuity, creativity and understanding of scientific method demonstrated by students, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. Kindergarten, first and second graders kicked off the fair on April 20 with models and tri-boards explaining various topics from the water cycle to the human eye. From April 25-29 third, fourth and fifth graders showed their science know-how applying the scientific method in the areas of earth, physical and life sciences. Judging occurred Monday for third grade, Wednesday for fourth grade and Friday for fifth grade. Judging was difficult, but thanks to the volunteers sharing their time and expertise, winners were selected based on scientific processes and physical displays. SAES 5th grader Purdita Irving, who did her project about double color flower, explained her project enthusiastically and also why she picked the topic.
Seoul American Elementary School 5th grader Purdita Irving participates in the Science Fair with her project about double color flower at SAES Dolphin Theater April 29. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Hong Moo-sun
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Yongsan Garrison honros military spouses
The 8th Army Band Brass Quintet provided entertainment during the event. Active Duty Spouses received gift bags upon arriving. After everyone was seated, ACS Relocation Manager Marilyn Roseborough delivered opening remarks thanking the Spouses. “I welcome you to the Military
2011 SAES Science Fair “I came up with my project while I was looking at the website called Science Fair Projects World. I was interested in it because it was simple enough for me to finish, which is what we were supposed to do but also something that I like because I like flowers,” said Irving. Also the project was in biology area and I am probably going to study that further in high school, she added. “This is the first time I coordinated a science fair for a school this large. I have had a blast doing this. It has just been so fun to see these kids so excited about science,” said Donaho. “Science is reading. Science is art. Science can be music. There is so much — See SCIENCE FAIR, Page 12 —
YONGSAN GARRISON - Dozens of Military Spouses participated in the Military Spouses’ Appreciation Celebration held by U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Army Community Services at Main Post Club May 6.
ACS Relocation Manager Marilyn Roseborough interacts with MIlitary Spouses during Military Spouses’ Appreciation Celebration at Main Post Club, May 6. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Hong Moo-sun
Spouses’ Appreciation 2011. Our community has worked very hard to try to make this good for you,” Roseborough said. “I really want you to take the time to appreciate yourselves as we try to appreciate you.” Military Spouses’ Appreciation Following the opening remarks, various programs were ready to entertain the Spouses. Agency Representatives at the tables made announcements to the Spouses about providing jobs. Agency Representatives were from Central Texas College, Yongsan Civilian Personnel, ACS Employment Readiness, Army Career and Alumni Program and Survivor Outreach Services. As part of the celebration, a video titled “The Military Spouse is Everywhere” was shown and all the Active Duty Military Spouses in the audience were acknowledged by Roseborough. USAG Yongsan Commander Col. William Huber and United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp also participated to recognize the Spouses. “Today is a day nationally set aside to recognize and honor the contributions, accomplishments and sacrifices of those serving in the silent ranks,” said Huber. “I am extremely honored to pay tribute to the men and women — See MILITARY SPOUSE, Page 12 —
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Special Words for Mother’s Day
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By Sgt. Choe Yong-joon [email protected]
Mother’s Day was Sunday. We asked our Facebook audience if they had any special words for their mothers? How do you plan to celebrate? Find out what more than 7,400 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at facebook.com/youryongsan! (Comments are kept in their original form)
Child, Youth and School Services recognized Irene Chon, Program Assistant for the Preschool program, as top employee of the week, at Child Development Center, April 25. - U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Hong Moo-sun
We will be celebrating our youngest daughter’s 10th birthday! She is all the mother’s day present I need!
CYSS Provider Profile: Irene Chon
By Cpl. Hong Moo-sun [email protected]
YONGSAN GARRISON - Child, Youth and School Services recognized Irene Chon, Program Assistant for the Preschool program, as top employee of the week thanks to her positive and active working attitude throughout the past three years. “I prepare daily lesson plans, curriculum, interact with children and provide a safe, warm and loving environment for all children in our classroom,” said Chon. “And also I help the children to grow physi-
This will be my first year away from my mother and I wish I could be home to celebrate Mother’s Day with her. So I have decided to send her a card and have flowers delivered to her along with a package that will arrive the day before containing an unforgettable memory for this Mothers Day.
cally, intellectually, socially, and emotionally to the best of their ability.” I am very caring about families and their lives in the Military because of their stressful situation. There are also children that need special assistance so I am very sensitive to their needs, Chon added. Chon’s supervisor, Child Development Center Assistant Director Stephanie Wallace praised her dedication and service. “Ms. Irene Chon has been with Yongsan CYSS since July 18, 2008 and has been an excellent em— See CYSS PROVIDER, Page 12 —
Cub Scouts enjoy their annual day camp
They have mother’s day cards at the exchange from the dog or cat to Mom. I thought that was so ridiculous, but I bought one nonetheless.
There is a pre-season softball tournament for the men and women’s teams on Saturday and Sunday at the softball fields behind Collier if anyone is interested in supporting their Yongsan Post Softball teams as they play against other post teams!
We plan to be making lanterns at the Lotus Latern Festival and spending the day experiencing Korean culture! When in Korea. I have my Dad going to our home town Farmers Market and buying my Mom bunches and bunches of Daisy flowers in any color but yellow and filling the house with them.
The Korea District Boy Scouts of America host the annual Cub Scout Day Camp, while more than 70 boys from five different Packs located through out Korea, attend the event on Camp Coiner on April 16. — Courtesy photo by Colleen Powers See yourself in the Morning Calm when you become a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan. Just post your travel photos to our page with a quick description covering who, what, when, where and why and we’ll see you in the paper. Your Yongsasn PAO team
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to science that just bleeds through all the rest of the curriculum and it really helps the children to learn how to learn.” “Garrison Yongsan and the Installation Management Community supports all Soldiers, Families and Army
Civilians with quality programs and safe communities that meet their needs,” said U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Commander Col. William Huber. “We are keeping our promise to make Yongsan a place where community members can thrive.” x
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who stand beside the uniformed Servicemember.” Military Spouses truly are the backbone of the Armed Forces. You are resilient and you are strong. And it is my promise to you to make Yongsan a place where military spouses can thrive, he added. Huber and Sharp then presented awards to the essay contest winners. The essay contest was for the Servicemembers writing about their Spouses. Sgt. 1st Class Terry Williams from 501st Military Intelligence Brigade won first place. “My wife sent me the e-mail for me to put it out to my unit to publicize the program. I surprised her by submitting an essay myself and not telling her,” said Williams. “Through the essay, I just wanted to show her how
much I appreciated all the sacrifices she has made over the last 16 years. She gave up many great jobs she wanted to follow me and pursued my career in the army.” Sharp emphasized the importance of Military Spouses through his closing remarks. “Today’s celebration has been a great way to recognize the efforts of our community’s unsung heroes, Military Spouses. Without the Spouses of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, this command and the alliance would not be as strong as we are today,” said Sharp. “The support you provide to your Servicemembers and this command is very essential. This command would not accomplish our mission without you.” x
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ployee. She has gone above and beyond working extra hours when called upon,” Wallace said. “Ms. Chon gives the new staff lots of guidance and is really patient. She has also made great improvements within the module; making changes as directed or needed, still all the while providing quality childcare.”
“Garrison Yongsan’s workforce has helped make this a Community of Excellence three years in a row,” said U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Commander Col. William Huber. “Their dedication and commitment to excellence makes a positive impact every day.” For more information, contact CYSS at 738-2311. x
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‘Booming’ exercise commands attention in Northwest Islands
By Staff Sgt. Christina J. Turnipseed 8th Army Public Affairs
BAEKNYEONG ISLAND, Korea — Jarring vibrations shook the ground at Baeknyeong as the booming reports of nearby howitzers commanded the attention of Republic of Korea Marine Gen. Kyung Won-yoon and U.S. Army Col. Robert J. McAleer who are respectively in charge of training, exercises and readiness for Combined Forces Command. Yoon and McAleer were among ROK and U.S. leaders on Baeknyeong and Yeonpyeong Islands May 3 to observe the ROK Marine training to increase the training interoperability between the ROK and U.S., according to U.S. Army officials. Immediately following a South Korean Marine artillery live-fire exercise from Yeongpyeong Island in November last year, North Korea shelled the island killing four people. At that time a South Korean live fire artillery drill from Yeonpyeong Island, dropped shells into the water. The exercise was followed by shelling of the island by the north, killing four people. Many changes have been made since last year’s attack to increase military readiness in the area. “Since last year, we have more assets, with more assets coming,” said Lt. Col. Seung Jung, a ROK Marine officer on Baeknyeong. “We have been conducting more exercises.” The live fire exercise is part of reguit is clear that the ROK military has increased their defensive capabilities in the Northwest Islands,” said McAleer. “Like all military units, the 6th Marine Brigade on Baeknyeong needs to train,” added McAleer. “Live fire exercises are a part of military training and an integral portion of readiness. They will continue to conduct routine live fires from Baeknyeong and the Northwest Islands.” McAleer asked the 6th Brigade Marines many questions concerning the preparedness of the troops and other assets on the island. “In observing the 2nd Fleet crews on the PKMs (South Korean gunboats), it was clear that the crews understood their mission, rules of engagement and were very capable. They also had excellent situational awareness from their first-rate C4I systems,” stated McAleer. Alliance forces in Korea have worked together to increase South Korea’s readiness since last year’s incident. “As a close ally, the United States always stands ready to support the Republic of Korea and is firmly committed to the defense of our ally as well as the maintenance of regional peace and stability. This exercise was just one example that demonstrates the ROK-U.S. interoperability as well as the U.S. commitment to defend Korea,” stated U.S. Army officials. x
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South Korean K9 self-propelled howitzers fire rounds May 3 on Baeknyeong Island during a live fire exercise. — U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Christina J. Turnipseed
lar training, according to Yoon. “The Marine (ROK) Corps … conduct this live fire exercise annually,” said Yoon. “It is scheduled in the fire plan.” Some of the weapon systems fired during the exercise were K9 selfpropelled howitzers, Vulcan cannons and 81mm mortars deployed on Baeknyeong and Yeonpyeong Islands, both located near the Yellow Sea border. Yoon and McAleer were given a tour of Baeknyeong Island and briefed by ROK Marines who discussed new construction, more troops and increased weapon systems already supplied or in the process of being supplied in support to the military readiness of the Northwest Islands. “In observing the ROK 2nd Fleet and ROK Marine Corps’ 6th Brigade,
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8th Army forms sexual assault prevention team
By Capt. Jay Taylor 8th Army Public Affairs
YONGSAN GARRISON — Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, commanding general of 8th Army here, recently created a task force to enhance current efforts to prevent and respond to sexual assaults across the Korean Peninsula. The task force is being headed by Eighth Army Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. David J. Conboy and will consist of ten other senior leaders from 8th Army who will evaluate current programs, regulations, policies and procedures to make sure efforts in prevention and response are effectively combating this issue. “Lieutenant General Johnson established this task force because he is laser focused on combating sexual assaults in our formations,” said Conboy. “Sexual assaults are extraordinarily harmful to the victim, contrary to our Army Values and Warrior Ethos, and ultimately diminish our ability to accomplish our critically important job here in Korea.” Members of the task force are scheduled to begin visiting garrisons and unit headquarters this month and will hold sensing sessions with troops, walk through barracks and other facilities, discuss unit best practices and review sexual assault statistics and dispositions of cases. According to the Annual Report of Sexual Assault said Clifford L. Stanley, undersecretary of defense (personnel and readiness). “Sexual assault has absolutely no place in today’s armed forces.” Recent efforts, focusing on prevention and reporting of sexual assault, are credited in the report for reducing unwanted sexual contact of women serving on active duty from 6.8 percent in 2006 to 4.4 percent in 2010. A reduction of unwanted sexual contact of active duty men was also reported from 1.8 percent to 0.9 percent for the same years. Subordinate commands of Eighth Army will create liaisons to facilitate cooperation with the task force and assist with forums to identify and communicate localized efforts that are working to reduce and respond to sexual assaults. “Each of our units have best practices to share and by capturing these and leveraging the experience and diversity of the task force we will provide the [commanding general] recommendations to ensure that we are doing all we can to prevent sexual assaults in 8th Army,” said Conboy. The task force will be in Area IV today, Area I Wednesday, Area V on Thursday and Area II June 1. Events will be posted to the Eighth Army website - http://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/ - and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/8th-Army-Korea - as they are planned. The report is scheduled to be completed by June 30. x
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8th Army Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. David J. Conboy heads the 8th Army sexual assault prevention task force. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Hong Joon-sung
in the Military, released by the Department of Defense in March, there were 3,158 reports of sexual assaults involving service members in fiscal year 2010. This is a decrease of 2 percent from fiscal 2009. “The [defense] department’s position on sexual assault is clear: one sexual assault is one too many,”
Gates: Bin Laden’s death may impact Afghanistan
By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service
SEYMOUR-JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — The killing of Osama bin Laden “could be a game changer” that affects the situation in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here May 6. Still, it will take time before the situation clarifies, Gates told about 450 airmen at the 335th and 336th Fighter Squadrons. “Bin Laden and [Taliban leader] Mullah Omar had a very close personal relationship, and there are others in the Taliban who have felt betrayed by al-Qaida -- [they feel] it was because of al-Qaida’s attack on the United States that the Taliban got thrown out of Afghanistan,” the secretary said. “We’ll have to see what that relationship looks like.” Officials may know in six months or so how bin Laden’s death has affected al-Qaida operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere, Gates said. The secretary described U.S. relations in the region as complex. Using Pakistan as an example, the secretary said he would have been astounded if someone had told him two years ago that Pakistan would have 140,000 troops on its western border with Afghanistan and was going to drive the Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaida from South Waziristan and the Swat Valley. “I would have said that’s not going to happen, but it has,” he said. Pakistan has pulled troops from its border with India and has taken thousands of casualties in the fight against the terrorists. Pakistan also allows a huge percentage of the logistics sent to troops in Afghanistan to flow across their country, Gates said. The United States and Pakistan are firm partners in the fight against terrorism, Gates said. However, he added, the Pakistanis may be concerned that United States’ current interest in the region may diminish with time. “At the same time there is no question that they hedge their bets,” he said of Pakistan’s leadership. “Their view is that we have abandoned them four times in the last 45 years, and they are still not sure we are going to stay in the region. They saw us leave after the Soviets were thrown out of Afghanistan in 1989 and they are not confident that we won’t leave again when we have accomplished our mission in Afghanistan.” Pakistan and the United States have to keep working on their relationship, Gates said. At the tactical level -- across the border with Afghanistan -- the relationship is good and getting better, he said. U.S. and Pakistani forces take turns being the “hammer and anvil” with the Taliban stuck in the middle. “I would say it is a relationship we just have to keep working at,” he said. x
Special Ops invites local orphans to Yongsan
By Pfc. Park Young-ho 8th Army Public Affairs
YONGSAN GARRISON — Special Operations Command-Korea invited local children to Yongsan Garrison to celebrate the South Korean holiday Children’s Day May 5. As a part of SOCKIDS, one of the SOCKOR’s Good Neighbor Programs, about 25 children from the Virgin Mary, Sky Home and Yedalm Orphanage home were invited. Col. Daren A. Sears, SOCKOR deputy commander, welcomed the children on behalf of Brig. Gen. Neil H. Tolley, commanding general of SOCKOR. “You being here makes our day much brighter,” said Sears. Lt. Cmdr. No Soon-tae of SOCKOR, led the event where the children ate burgers, chili dogs, pizza and treats prepared for them. Sport activities included jumping on a trampoline and playing softball and badminton. Later, the children also got presents from donors to celebrate the day. Julia Kim and Chung Jin-kyoo of Peopleto-People International Hanyang Charter were the primary sponsor for this event. Joe Terry, president of Noncommissioned Officers Association also presented a check to purchase a new air conditioning unit for the Yedalm Orphanage. Lee Eung-kyong, director of Phoenix Organization, donated educational books and food for the event. Groove Magazine, Korea Exchange Bank and What the Book Bookstore will donate English books. Park Kwang-shin, CEO of Bo-sung Engineering, and Shin Yim-bum, CEO of UNITOA, donated three million won to the SOCKIDS program. SOCKOR’s Good Neighbor Programs sponsor three orphanages, as a part of SOCKIDS, and a debate club at Suwon Women’s University. Children’s Day in South Korea is much like Christmas Day in the western world. Children of all ages are celebrated and the entire community is involved in the festivities. Children get pampered with gifts, family fun and their favorite foods. x
Sgt. Bryon McGainey, (left) Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers coordinator and a volunteer prepare hula-hoops for Children’s Day festivities on Yongsan. — U.S. Army photo by Park Young-ho
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Area II Worship Schedule
10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Memorial Chapel, 12:30 p.m. Camp Liturgical Sunday Traditional Sunday Contemporary Sunday Sunday Sunday Nondenominational Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday 12:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel KATUSA Tuesday 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital South Post Chapel K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Memorial Chapel
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday Casey Stanley Chapel COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Tuesday Catholic Services/Mass Sunday Sunday Sunday
Area III Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Gospel Spanish Church of Christ ChapelNext 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Wednesday Friday KATUSA Tuesday Tuesday Catholic Services Mass Sunday 10 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5 p.m. 12:15 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. M, W, T, F 11:45 a.m. Saturday 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. (youth) KATUSA Tuesday 6 p.m.
Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Episcopal Sunday
9 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
Camp Walker Camp Carroll
9 a.m. 12 p.m. 9:30 a.m.
CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel
Catholic Services Catholic Mass Saturday Sunday Sunday M, W, T, F 1st Sat. Jewish Friday 5 p.m. 8 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 7 p.m. Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel
The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: http://www.usfk.mil/usfk/fkch.aspx for helpful links and information
Latter-day Saints Worship Sunday 4 p.m.
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffrey D. Hawkins: [email protected]
, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Terry E. Jarvis: [email protected]
, 738-4043 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) John Chun: [email protected]
, 754-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) Anthony Flores: [email protected]
, 754-7042 USAG-Red Cloud Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Suk Jong Lee: [email protected]
, 732-6169 Chaplain (Maj.) Alfred Grondski: [email protected]
, 732-6016 USAG Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Milton Johnson: [email protected]
, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Mike Jones: [email protected]
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Above, Cho Hyo-gun, martial artist of Yae-Mun Gwan, uses an Asian spear From left to right, Maeng Ji-suk, Kim Yong-hwan and Hong Sung-dae, performers for the orto cleave a tightly-bound sheaf of hay. ganization Yae-Mun Gwan, dance to the beat of traditional Korean percussion instruments.
Hong Sung-dae, a performer for Yae-Mun Gwan, risks a daring back flip in close proximity to a crowd, while wearing a streamer cap called a sangmo. The maneuver was executed in precise rhythm of a traditional beat.
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Performers offer taste of Korean antiquity
Story and photos by Russell Wicke [email protected]
SEOUL — Deadly precision with razor-sharp swords, brutal sparring, and acrobatic percussions — all salted with a bit of humor — are part of an amusing traditional Korean performance called “Fire Ceremony” originally performed by Joseonera soldiers. The performance is divided in two: Part 1 is called Samulnori, where impressive agility is combined with percussion instruments; a result that tickles ears and opens eyes. Part 2 is called 24 Martial Arts, a display that demonstrates bonecracking force via sparring and “Sword Cutting” — a difficult discipline made to look easy, according to Ham Ji-hee, spokeswoman for Yae-Mun Gwan, the organization that performs these ceremonies. Sword cutting involves a series of various items, such as bamboo, being cleanly cut in precise loca-
Left, Kim Yong-suk, martial artist of Yae-Mun Gwan, lops off the head of a tightly-bound sheaf of hay in the last scene of “24 Martial Arts” Saturday. Below, Lee Sung-hyuk (left) and Kwon Hyu-jin (right), both martial artists for Yae-Mun Gwan, spar violently with wooden swords Saturday in a style called Deungpae. The victor amuses the audience by harrassing his defeated opponent.
tions to demonstrate the swordsman’s precision, strength and martial skill. The name 24 Martial Arts derives from King Jeongjo, 1752-1800, of the Joseon Dynasty, who combined 18 types of ground combat with six types of horseback combat to make a dangerous military cocktail. Ceremonies of this type have been performed since 1790 to demonstrate the might of Jeongjo’s martial arts. Ham said Jeongjo incorporated Japanese and Chinese fighting techniques into Korea’s forms and the resulting 24 Martial Arts has, consequently, had significant influence on Korea’s modern martial arts. These performances can be seen free of charge daily (except Mondays,) 3 p.m. at the base of Seoul Tower on Namsan Mountain. A related performance, the Namsan Fire Beacon Ceremony, is performed on the same days, in the same area, at 10 a.m. x
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Above, Spc. Joshua Law of B Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, prepares a PATRIOT launcher for reload during a field training exercise May 5 on Suwon Air Base. — U.S. Army photo by Capt. Austin Liu Left, Pvt. Richard Aikman of B Battery, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, pulls security alongside an Korean K200 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, during a combined base defense exercise at Suwon Air Base on May 6. — U.S. Army photo by Capt. Austin Liu
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was winding down, a few miles down the road, another group of Soldiers were being tested on their skill to conduct aerial missile resupply missions. Near the Suwon Air Base flight line, Soldiers from A Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, along with personnel from F Company, 6-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion, eagerly await the arrival
of the CH-47D flying from Camp Humphreys. The helicopter, assigned to 3-2 General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), is poised to sling a PATRIOT missile canisters across treacherous terrain. “This training validates the battalion’s ability to coordinate for air support from 3-2 GSAB and resupply its fire units even during degraded road condition” said, 1st Lt. Stephen Bonner of F Company, 6-52, and one of the primary sling load coordinators. “The more times we do training such as this, the
Korean Airmen from the 10th Fighter Wing conduct decontamination at a chemical biological radiological and nuclear station at Suwon Air Base on May 6. — U.S. Army photo by Capt. Austin Liu
more comfortable we will be when we conduct aerial resupply missions during wartime.” Aside from air defense operations, the exercise also tested the ability to conduct combined base defense and force protection operations. Deep within Republic of Korea’s 10th Tactical Fighter Wing Command and Control bunker, the U.S. liaison officer received notification that a simulated breach was detected near one of 6-52nd Air Defense Artillery Battalion’s facilities. Within minutes, two Republic of Korea Air Force K200 infantry fighting vehicles loaded with ROK soldiers arrived at the site of the potential infiltration. Staff Sgt. James Forst, assigned to Foxtrot Company, 6-52 Air Defense Artillery Battalion explained the unfolding situation as forces from both nations began pulling security around the breach and executed a combined cordon and search operation. Forst, the noncommissioned officer in charge of F Company’s quick reaction force, said he thought that “the training was a great opportunity for U.S. Soldiers to learn how to work with their ROK counterparts.” The exercise concluded with a combined chemical biological radiological nuclear decontamination operation of personnel and vehicles. Sergeant Michael Camp, one of the primary trainers for the decontamination exercise said, “The intent of the operation is to familiarize both parties involved of each other’s gear, equipment, and tactics, techniques, and procedures. This type of training is very beneficial because there is always a good chance that we might be called upon to decontaminate our ROK counterparts here at Suwon or vice versa.” That cooperation and hard work made for excellent training, according to Maj. Frederick Ramirez, 6-52 Operations officer in charge. “I think the Iron Horse Battalion has once again proved its ability to successfully conduct air and missile defense operation. The most significant improvement ... is the increased level and proficiency in the coordination and cooperation between our battalion and the ROKAF 10th Fighter Wing in executing combined force protection measures.” x
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By Capt. Joseph Steere USAG Humphreys SJA
CAMP HUMPHREYS — The tax center here is closing today. As officer in charge of the center I would like to thank the staff, the Humphreys community, and the Internal Revenue Service for all of their support that allowed us to serve the installation this year. The Tax Center filed over 1,800 state and federal returns worth over $3 million in refunds, and provided our clients with services worth over $230,000. Among the issues the staff tackled were prior year returns, taxpayer identification numbers, and rental property tax implications. They did all this thoroughly and ensured clients received the maximum refund. Although most taxpayers have filed their return by now, it is important to keep certain tax implications in mind. First, most taxpayers at Camp Humphreys are entitled to a federal filing extension to June 15. To take the extension, attach a statement to your return
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Zoeckler Gym Closure Zoeckler Gym will be closed May 13-22. It will re-open with its normal hours on May 23. CIF Inventory The Area III Central Issue Facility will be closed May 18-27 for its annual inventory. For more information, call 753-3452 or 7537347. ACS Training Army Community Service facilities will be closed May 19 from 8 a.m. to noon for training. Facilities effected are: Building 311, Family Readiness Center in Building 1127; and the Suwon ACS, Building 2200. Input Needed For Survey The Defense Travel Management Office is conducting a living pattern survey until May 15. Data collected will be used to determine cost of living allowance rates. All servicemembers who have been in Korea longer than three months are eligible and encouraged to take the survey. The survey can be accessed at http:// www.defensetravel.dod.mil/oscola/lps/korea. NEO Exercise Approaching Courage Channel, a Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) exercise, is scheduled for May 19 to 21 at Zoeckler Gym. Participants should bring their NEO packet with them. The exercise is intended to improve the Humphreys NEO process. Raffle prizes will be awarded. Exchange Closures Several Exchange facilities will be closed for upcoming Organization Days. Closed on May 23 will be: the Exchange, the theater, Zoeckler Shopette, the food court, the Charley’s/Burger King trailer; and all concession facilities. Closed on May 25 will be: MCSS, the family housing Shopette, Burger King, Pizza Hut, the gas station, and the MP Hill Shopette. Photography Class A basic photography class is offered the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Community Activity Center. The class covers camera familiriazation, composition, lighting, use of settings, special effects, and PhotoShop. For more information, call 753-8825. OPSEC Officers Course A course for OPSEC Officers (Program Managers and Coordinators) will be held on Camp Humphreys from June 21 to 24. For more information, call 7232149 or e-mail [email protected]
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stating why you were out of the United States on the normal filing date and have your duty station or normal place of work outside the U.S. Longer extensions are also available but require additional filings with the IRS. Even if you have forgotten to obtain an extension, it is better to file a return, especially if you owe back taxes. The IRS is often willing to work with taxpayers who owe or have failed to file. Ignoring the debts, on the other hand, will usually result in increased interest and penalties. x
Commitment to Cooperate
CAMP HUMPHREYS — Chong, Pyeong-sik (left), President of the Korea Foreigner Tourist Facility Association’s Pyeongtaek Chapter, and Col. Joseph P. Moore, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys commander, sign a Memorandum of Understanding May 9. The signing signifies cooperation for the promotion of a healthy entertainment culture, Soldier safety and the prohibition of underage drinking in local establishments around Camp Humphreys. Han, Chong-sop, president of the Anjeong-ri Entertainment Establishments Association and Cho, Hang-won, president of the Paengseong Merchants Association also signed. — U.S. Army photo by Steven Hoover
HHC 2nd CAB takes volleyball title
By PV2 Han, Jae-ho [email protected]
CAMP HUMPHREYS — The regular season volleyball champions proved to be the toughest in the tournament as well. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, won a back-and-forth double elimination tournament to take the United States Army Garrison Humphreys Company Level Volleyball Championship May 2 at the Super Gym. HHC 2nd CAB wrapped up the sixteam tournament with a 26-24 victory over 3-2 General Support Aviation Battalion. It was the third meeting of the tournament for the two teams. The champs started their run with a 25-12, 25-22 victory over B Company, 52nd Military Intelligence Battalion. Next came a win over 3-2 GSAB, 25-22, 16-25, 15-12. The 3-2 GSAB team rebounded to win its loser’s bracket game over the 520th Maintenance Company, 25-14, 25-19, then downed HHC 2nd CAB, 2521, 17-25, 16-14, to force the title showdown. x
The Talons of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, are all smiles after winning the United States Army Garrison company-level volleyball championship. — Courtesy photo
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By W. Wayne Marlow [email protected]
Safety campaign kicks off
The 6th Annual Family Safety Day is scheduled for June 30 at the Community Activity Center. Among the activities will be a chance for attendees to get pointers on staying safe while in the water, barbecuing, being in the sun, and around animals. “Just about any offduty recreational activity you can think of, we cover,” Turnage said. Turnage encouraged supervisors to spread the word about safety and to lead by example. “All accidents can be prevented by ensuring leaders educate Soldiers, civilians, or Families on hazards associated with the summer or even their task at hand,” Turnage said. “When leaders show their personnel that they are engaged in safety and educate and reward them ... you hold them to the standards that you educated them on.” Making safety part of one’s routine is a crucial step to eliminating accidents, he noted. “A good habit is to stop and think about what it is that you want to do, then try and think out all the hazards or issues that might be associated with the event, and
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CAMP HUMPHREYS — The 2011 Spring and Summer Safety campaign began May 1 and runs through Sept. 30. United States Army Garrison Humphreys Safety Manager Randy Turnage said Soldiers, Family members, and civilians can enjoy the seasons in a way that will be both fun and safe. “With summer comes great weather to get out and do the things we want to do,” he said. “However, there are always hazards associated with just about anything that we do. We need to stop and think about what it is that we want to do and ensure that we mitigate ... the hazards associated with the event.”
Energy manager outlines vision
By W. Wayne Marlow [email protected]
CAMP HUMPHREYS — A new energy manager has started work for United States Army Garrison Humphreys and he took time to talk about what he would like to see happen during his time here. Morning Calm: What energy managment issues will you emphasize during your time with United States Army Garrison Humpheys? Jeff Chin, USAG Humphreys Energy manager: I want to focus on the construction phase of Energy Saving Performance Contract and also want to work with the building managers to improve the energy auditing program for energy conservation. Morning Calm: What are everyday habits a person can follow to conserve energy? Chin: Use heating, ventilation, and air-conditinoning, lighting, and water only when needed, set air conditioning for 78 degrees and shut it off during unoccupied hours. Morning Calm: What improvements have you seen in energy conservation during your career? Chin: Over the years, we have been educated in energy conservation in TV programs, public places, and training seminars. The Army now provides safe, secure, reliable, cost-effective energy facilities to Soldiers, Families, and civilians. Having campaign plans have been a big plus. They are roadmaps that define actions and considers short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals. Morning Calm: What energy-related goals would you like USAG Humphreys to accomplish during your time here? Chin: I would like us to reduce energy use by more than three percent per year. Heating oil use in general is out of control, but I think we can reach the goal. x
eliminate or mitagate them, but maintain awareness of them,” Turnage said. Key points to keep in mind are: monitor time in the sun; stay hydrated regardless of the activity; have proper allergy medicines if applicable; be aware of rodents and venomous snakes in the area; and carry a first aid kit that includes bandages, ointment, gauze, and disinfectant. Linda Alderson, USAG Humphreys safety campaign officer, said the campaign covers all outdoor activities. “We want to ensure they get all sorts of training, from motorcycles to recreational to preventing heat injuries,” she said. “Anything that’s related to summer activities is something we emphasize.” x
Jeff Chin, Energy Manager
Attendees at the Military Spouse Appreciation Day observance sample the food at the Community Activity Center on May 6. The annual event recognizes and rewards spouses for their contributions to the military+. — U.S. Army photo by Suzanne James
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Daegu hosts 10th Armed Forces Day open house
DAEGU GARRISON — U.S. Army Garrison Daegu welcomed thousands of their Korean n e i ghb or s to C a m p Wa l ke r ’s H-805 Helipad Saturday as they celebrated the 10th Annual Armed Forces Day Open house. Performances by Republic of Korea Army units highlighted the opening ceremonies. The 2nd Operationl command (2OC) Band got things rolling, with stirring renditions of Korean and U.S. Anthems and a precision performance by the 2OC Honor Guard Drill Team. But the highlight for the viewers came from the ROK Army 201st
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Commando Brigade. They put on a dazzling display of tae kwan do mixed with acrobatics and combatives that had everyone buzzing all day. x
Crowds line up to watch the Republic of Korea 2nd Operational Command Army Honor Guard Drill Team perform during opening ceremonies of the 10th Annual U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Armed Forces Day Open House celebration, held Saturday on Camp Walker’s H-805 helipad. — U.S. Army photo by Lee Seung-bin
The ROK 201st Commando Brigade performance was a hit! — U.S. Army photo by Im Hae-na
The ROK Army 2OC Band added a little flair to the opening ceremonies with these traditionally attired drummers. — U.S. Army photo by Im Hae-na
Military equipment, and especially the helicopters like this AH-64D Apache, is always a big draw for both American and Korean guests. — U.S. Army photo by Lee Seung-bin
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Financial Counseling Services Financial counseling for soldiers and family members with emphasis on managing personal finances and tracking spending habits. Development of a personal financial plan, retirement plan, and college saving plan. Call the ACS financial readiness program office, 768-8127 or 768-7112. FMWR Marketing Can’t find your favorite menu at the club? Got a party theme your friends would love? Have a program idea for teens? Tell us what you would do if you could reach out and touch FMWR programs, events and activities and you could win $100 in FMWR gift certificates. Suggestions can be e-mailed to laurel.baek[email protected]
Say it on ICE Ever wonder if your voice is heard. Say it on ICE, we’re listening. Fill out an online comment card today our response is guaranteed. http://ice.disa mil Texas Hold’em Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Carroll Hideaway Club. Weekly prizes for the top 3 players. $20 per person. Free meal for players. Points awarded for every 8 weeks of play toward the final game and a $1,000 prize. Calll 765-8574 for more information. Kyong-Ju National Museum Tour Transportation fee: $10 (adult)/ $5 (children under 12). Bus: Depart from the Camp Carroll CAC at 8 a.m. May 28. and Camp Walker Commissary at 9 a.m. May 28. Bring won for admission fee, food and snacks. Call 764-4123 or 765-8325 for more information. Spa Valley Indoor Water Park Transportation fee: $10 (adult)/ $5 (children under 12). Bus: Depart from the Camp Carroll CAC at 11 a.m. May 28. and Camp Walker Commissary at 11.30 a.m. May 28. Bring won for admission fee, food and snacks. Call 764-4123 or 765-8325 for more information. Kelly Fitness Center Closed Basketball, racquetball and the aerobics room will be closed for the NEO Exercise 17-23 May. For more information, call the Camp Walker Fitness Center, 764-4800 or 764-4225 Kids Club Register your child for our Jr. Membership Program. Program benefits include quarterly appreciation nights, $5 gift coupon for thier birthday and other great events. Open to kids ages 5-12. For more information, call the Evergreen Community Club, 764-4060. Scott Kennedy Comedy Tour II Scott Kennedy is Back in the Comedy Saddle Again. This show contains adult language and content. No children under the age of 18 allowed. 8 p.m. at Hilltop Club, May 26. For more information, call the Hilltop Club, 764-4985.
Israeli Ambassador to Korea, Tuvia Israeli, participated in the 2011 Holocaust Days of Remembrance ceremony hosted by the 6th Ordnance Battalion, May 4 at the Evergreen Club on Camp Walker. The candlelight vigil drew members of the USAG Daegu community to the annual recognition ceremony which is just one way of paying respect to victims of the Holocaust. Posing for a photograph with Ambassador Israeli are left, Pfc. Shanice L. Hills, HHD, 6th Ord. Bn., and Sfc. Lisa Y. Bowens, 19th ESC, EO.— U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Kim Min-jae
Israeli Ambassador attends Holocaust Ceremony
Reflection: What three things do you enjoy most
By Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Milton Johnson USAG Daegu Garrison Chaplain
DAEGU GARRISON — If I were asked what are the three things I enjoy doing, the answer would be: attending church, spending time with family, and pausing to meditate on nature. Although I enjoy a number of other things, these are first on the list because when I do them I give, receive, and learn more about myself and others than when I do other things. Since childhood, church has been an important part of my life. Although I am very shy, just preparing to go to church has always been exciting because that’s the time when I pull away from work to get spiritual energy to go through the next week happy and content. A young man stopped by my office recently to share an experience of surrendering his life to the Lord and the joy he sense as a result. His story was fascinating. He said an MP stopped to check him while he was changing a flat tire on his car. After asking several questions the MP started talking about the Lord and church. The conversation turned into a lengthy Bible Study that ended with an appeal for conversion and an invitation to go to church. This Soldier said he accepted both and have been happy ever since. He couldn’t wait to see the chaplain and talk about his new life. When he left my office I thought, “If everybody could have that kind of experience, what a better place the world would be.” But everybody can have that experience if they took time to do what that young man did – open did for the entire evening after supper. In those days I learned more about how to work hard and respect people than probably any class, job, or seminar. To this day, I still get a kick out of striking up a conversation over dinner and continuing to talk until time to take a shower and go to bed. Try that sometime, you’ll like it. Several years ago I developed a sermon entitled “When does God stop talking to us?” The main point in that discourse was that God talks through people, experiences, the Bible, prayer, and nature. But to hear his voice in nature we have to stop, look, observe, and listen. The Bible puts it this way in Romans 2:20, (New International Version), “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…” And Psalm 19:1-4, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the Earth, their words to the ends of the world.” I admire nature, and nothing relaxes me more when I’m tired and worn down than a pause to enjoy the beauty of creation. Every once in a while I like to reflect on previous moments from the past and desires for the future. Every time I do, my three joys come to mind: church, family, and nature. What three things do you enjoy the most? x
their hearts to receive the request of the Lord to come into their lives, and follow through with going to church or chapel. And I can’t think of a better time for a person to try it than right now while reading this article or this weekend. Christ and church can bring happiness to one’s life and I invite you to try them. The second joy for me is getting together with family. I grew up in a large family (six brothers and six sisters) and my parents practiced eating meals, going to church, and taking vacations together. It was at those family gatherings where I learned to pray, be polite, and feel good about the personality God gave me. When my folks got together we laughed, cried, talked, criticized each other, and sometimes that was all we
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Soldiers are going to die, and that’s a sacrifice that we have to shoulder. Q : The Army’s Birthday is coming in June. How important is this to a Soldier? A : To know our roots and to know how we started is important. We have to understand how we got to this point. So, it is very important to a Soldier – and we’re going to have to as leaders, continue educating Soldiers, and try and get them understand why the Army’s Birthday is such a big deal. It’s the birth of the great organization they belong to. So, it’s important. Q : How would you describe your leadership style? A : I think I’m more of a participative leader. What that means is it is important for me to set the example --- to let Soldiers know I’m willing to do, or I’ve already done the things that I’m asking them to do. So it goes back to the Drill Sergeant Creed for me, and your mentor and teacher Mary can appreciate this because she was a drill sergeant, too. I never require a soldier to attempt any task that you would not do yourself. That’s very important to me and I just won’t send somebody to do this unless I know I can do it or I’ve done it. That’s pretty much how I would describe my leadership style. Q : What type of leader do you want to be remembered as? A : I’d like to remembered as someone, regardless of whether that someone is a Soldier or civilian, Korean or a family member—but be remembered as someone who respected everyone. Q : May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Would you like to send a message to those AsianAmericans who serve USAG Daegu and the Southeast Hub? A : I would say that without a doubt I appreciate their service-- whether they are U.S. Army, KATUSAs, or civilians. I just want thank them for their service because without them we can’t complete our mission. I consider myself and my family so fortunate to serve here in Korea, and with people who are great and very respectful. So, on this very worthy occasion, I want to thank everyone for what they do for the U.S. Army and the United States, and please continue to serve. **Note: Look for part 2 of the interview with CSM Arnold in the May 20th issue of the Morning Calm. x
From USAG Daegu, Southeast Hub comes Soldier’s point of view
Story by Lee Seung-bin and Im Hae-na USAG Daegu Public Affairs
DAEGU GARRISON — He i s the senior enlisted advisor to the Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Daegu. He observes training, supports command policy and is always proud to be around Soldiers and their family members. He is Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Arnold. We sat down with CSM Arnold and asked him some questions we thought would be of interest to members of USAG Daegu and Southeast Hub. This is part one of a two part interview with the Arnold. Q : Why did you decide to join the army? A : After high school, I didn’t want to go right back to school. But it was a very important time for me. It was a time when I had to give thought to what I wanted to do in order to become successful. I asked my father, who had also served in the military for advice. He thought that the Army would give me discipline and keep me in good shape. So I chose the Army. Q : Memorial Day is recognized in May. What does Memorial Day mean to you as an American and as a soldier? A : Memorial Day to me is definitely remembering all the veterans who really paved a way for everything we enjoy today. From the freedoms we have, to the respect we get from America as service members. But Memorial Day really is a time to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served this great country. It’s also a time to continue that legacy of honoring them because if it hadn’t been for them, our country wouldn’t be where it is, and we wouldn’t be here today. Q : What attitude should soldiers have regarding honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice? A : Especially for young soldiers, one of my concerns is that they don’t know their history very well--especially their military history. So I’ve been encouraging soldiers to read a history book on our military, and learn to appreciate how much sacrifice so many men and women have made. Recently I finished reading a book on the Korean War. It said that we had 40,000 Soldiers killed in the Korean War from June of 1950 to July of 1953. So, 40,000 Soldiers died and scores were wounded. Over a million South Korean soldiers were killed during the Korean War. So, I have tremendous appreciation for how we got here, and why we are in Korea today. Q : There are still soldiers dying on
U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Command Sgt. Major Gabriel Arnold gives his thoughts on the roles of Soldiers during an interview. — Courtesy photo
the battlefield. What are your thoughts regarding that? A : This touches the heart of any Soldier. It is going to happen and it is the ultimate sacrifice. The reason the U.S. has a military is to protect our way of life. When “9-1-1” happened, it changed our life in America. However, in some ways, it didn’t change it a great deal. Because of the U.S. military, Americans are able to go on and live fairly normal lives. My point is since “9-1-1” there has not been another major terrorist event in the U.S. So, some people may argue why we are in Iraq or Afghanistan. It is because we are taking the fight to the enemy, and keeping it out of our homeland. It is very important to serve. War means
USAG Daegu Public Affairs intern Lee Seung-bin delves into the life of USAG Daegu CSM Gabriel Arnold— U.S. Army photo by Im Hae-na
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Unattended Grills: Don’t let summer fun go up in smoke
Photos and story Andrew Allen USAG Daegu Deputy Fire Chief
DAEGU GARRISON — There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. Firefighters love a good BBQ, but coming to your home with the fire truck is not good for the community or you, nor does it speak well of your BBQ skills! Firefighters respond to an average of 7,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues each year. Additionally we responded to more than 5,000 outside fires (grass, wildland, forest) and 3,000 outside structure fires (garages, sheds, etc). June and July are the peak months for grill fires. Outdoor cooking is very popular. As an outdoor cook, you need to avoid fires and injuries by observing some simple safety precautions. Before cooking: Instruct children on the dangers of a grill. Choose a safe grilling location away from children’s play areas and areas of heavy traffic. If adults have been consuming alcohol, keep them away from the grill. The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. At least 10 feet. Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. Never leave your grill unattended. Use only charcoal starter f luid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. Never start a fire with gasoline. Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. Never grill inside or even in a semienclosed area, such as a tent, garage or camper. Watch out for signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Always grill on a flat, stable platform. Make sure you’re not wearing clothing that could contact the fire, such as hanging shirt-tails or dangling strings. Finally, keep the Grill Master well hydrated (Non-alcohol and non caffeinated drinks); the grill is hot and you do not want to call the FD because the griller passed out from dehydration. If using instant-light briquettes. Spread them into a single layer, making sure they touch at the edges. Light several of them at their edges with a match. If using standard charcoal briquettes. Stack them in a pyramid to allow air to circulate around them, causing them to light faster. Apply lighter fluid before lighting; wait at least 1 minute before lighting to allow the lighter fluid to soak in. Never add fluid to the coals once they’ve been lit. Cooking with Propane (LP) Gas Grills: 35 percent of gas grill fires occur
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BBQ coals should be loose powder and cool to the touch before going into the trash, not hot like these coals.
because of leaking fuel. Read the owner ’s manual and operating instructions carefully. Use the exact type of tank and fuel specified. Check hoses and valve connections often. Do this by pouring soapy water on the connection points. If bubbles appear, retighten the connections and test again. Finally, do not store your grill away in the storage area until it has completely cooled off. Also, do not throw coals into trash cans/dumpsters until they have completely cooled off – all the way to the core. Need help – contact your local Fire Prevention office today. x
Hot coals burned this deck in just a few minutes. Never grill on a wood deck or on a dry grass field. Grill over a hard noncombustible surface.
Shop, Save and thrive
COMMISSARY BENEFITS are part of the Army
Family Covenant’s commitment to provide a strong, supportive environment where Soldiers and Families can thrive.
WhAT IT MEANS:
• Through the ‘Bringing the Benefit to You’ campaign, Guard and Reserve Soldiers and their Families have shopped on-site at more than 100 remote locations and purchased $14 million worth of commissary products. • An average of 30% SAVINGS OR MORE on purchases compared to commercial prices. • Within the next three years, more than $200 million will be spent on building new commissaries and enhancing existing commissaries to better serve customers.
to learn more about the Army Family Covenant.
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여름 안전에 대한 용산 사령관의 당부
화재 속에서 가정이 재산을 지키고 화상과 어지러움증, 경련, 그리고 충분히 입증된 생명의 은인과 다름 우리 공동체 구성원 모두가 안전하게 일을 할 수 있습니다. 용산기지는 여름에 대비하고 있습니다. 2주 내로 야외 수영장을 일사병으부터보호하기위해야외에서 놀거나 일을 할 땐 선크림을 바르고 모자를 착용하십시요. 장기간의 햇볕 노출이 피부암을 유발시킨다는 것도 없습니다. 용산 기지의 운전자들은 필히 조심하시고, 제한 속도를 항상 지켜주시고 보행자들에게 각별한 주의를 해주시기 바랍니다. 그리고 만약 술을 마셨다면 운전을 삼가해 주시기 바랍니다. 여러분의 기지 사령관으로서 저의 목표는 여러분들이 한국에서 안전하게 지내는 것입니다. 우리 모두 이곳에서의 임무가 우리의 인생에 있어서 값진 경험이 될 수 있도록
개장할 것입니다. 학교는 곧 방학을 기억하시기 바랍니다. 할 것입니다. 우리가 여름 시즌을 쉬는 동안 안전하게 한국을
즐기는 동안 수상 안전에 대해서 꼭 경험하시기 바랍니다. 미국인들에게
By 윌리엄 후버 대령
기억해야 합니다. 항상 친구와 함께 있어서 한국에서의 운전은 아주
번역일병최성일-USAGY공보실 수영을 하고 여러분의 한계에 대해서 특별한 경험이 될 것입니다.
용산기지사령부-저에겐 여러분의 안전이 최우선 사항입니다. 여러분의 협조가 있기에 우리는 그 어떤 숙지 하시기 바랍니다. 더운 날씨 동안, 탈수 방지를 세계에서 5번째로 가장 큰 도시의 고밀집 된 교통은 운전하는데 놀라운
위해 충분한 양의 물을 섭취하시기 도전이 될 것입니다. 항상 안전 벨트를
아이들도 다치지 않고, 예방 가능한 바랍니다. 햇빛에 의한 극심한
착용하시기 바랍니다. 안전벨트는 최선을 다합시다.