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Volume 10, Issue 19
Congressmen visit Humphreys
By W. Wayne Marlow [email protected]
CAMP HUMPHREYS — Two U.S. Congressmen got a first hand look at housing units under construction during a visit, here, Feb. 22. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, of New Jersey, and Rep. Kenneth Calvert, of California, also received aerial and windshield tours of the garrison and visited the Humphreys Super Gym. During their visit, the congressmen were given a briefing on the Humphreys Transformation by Col. Joseph P. Moore, United States Army Garrison Humphreys commander. According to garrison officials, the number of Soldiers stationed at Humphreys is expected to grow in the coming years by 238 percent, from 6,670 to 22,497, and the number of families is on track to grow by 1,270 percent. Joining the congressmen were Lt. Gen. John Johnson, Eighth Army commander, and Brig. Gen. Timothy Edens, deputy commander for support for the 2nd Infantry Division. During the housing tour, Frelinghuysen and
Construction work nears completion on three new Army Family housing towers on Humphreys. Two U.S. Congressmen toured the site, Feb. 22, to get a first hand look at the largest construction project in the history of the Army. During their visit, the congressmen also took time to meet with Soldiers from their home states. INSET: Col. Joseph P. Moore (right), Humphreys garrison commander, discusses the construction project with New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen— U.S. Army photo by Ed Johnson.
Calvert got a chance to see the facilities that Soldiers and their families will call home. The tour also included a stop by barracks under construction that will eventually house single Soldiers. Both Congressmen remarked how impressed they were with the modern, vibrant look of the units and said it was good to see that Soldiers and families are being taken care of. The visit ended with lunch at the Red Dragon Dining Facility, with the Congressmen having a meal with Soldiers from their home states. x
Sexual assault prevention program scheduled
Sex Signals, a 90-minute two-person program that includes skits dealing with dating, rape, intervention, and associated topics, will be presented at U.S. military installations in Korea during March and April. The schedule: Area I: Carey Physical Fitness Center on Camp Casey, March 20-22, 26 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Area II: Yongsan Movie Theatre, March 27-
28, 30, at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. Area III: Camp Humphreys MP Hill Gym, April 2-4 at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 1 p.m. Area IV: Kelly Fitness Center on Camp Walker, April 5-6 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. x
Death March qualifier held at Camp Casey Page 7
Yongsan honors KNP during reception Page 10
USFK News USAG Red Cloud USAG Casey USAG Yongsan USAG Humphreys USAG Daegu P02 P05 P05 P09 P21 P25
Sights & Sounds P03 Command Perspective P04 Photo Feature Page P16
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Humphreys recognized for excellence
CAMP HUMPHREYS — The U.S. Army Installation Management Command recognized USAG Humphreys with a first place award in the 2011 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition for “Outstanding Initiatives in New Media,” at the IMCOM-level. “This award is a real testament to the success of our social media communications strategy and overall public affairs program,” said Col. Joseph P. Moore, USAG Humphreys commander, “but what I’m most proud of is the teamwork across the garrison that went into achieving this accomplishment.” According to Moore, engaging the community via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter has made it easier for him to share news and information, announce post status updates, answer questions and work with community members to collectively resolve problems in an open and transparent online venue. “In the past, community members might have had to wait for the next town hall meeting, before they could voice their concerns, and that often lead to frustration,” said Moore. “By opening up lines of communication in the online world and addressing issues as they happen, Facebook has become the garrison’s de facto, 24/7, town hall meeting -- and that’s a good thing for everyone.” The ability to communicate rapidly via social media has proved important for the garrison, as it transforms to become the largest Army installation in Asia. Home to the 2nd Infantry Division’s combat aviation brigade and the Army’s most active airfield in the region, the number of Soldiers stationed at Humphreys is expected to grow in the coming years by 238 percent, from 6,670 to 22,497, and the number of families is on track to grow by 1,270 percent. As part of its transformation, U.S. Forces Korea will relocate from areas in and north of Seoul, to two enduring hubs south of the Han River: the northwest/Pyeongtaek hub, consisting mainly of USAG Humphreys and Osan Air Base; and the southeast /Daegu hub, comprised mainly of USAG Daegu and Chinhae Naval Base. “We are now home to the largest construction site in the history of the Army,” said Steven Hoover, the garrison’s chief of command information and a Facebook aficionado. “During this period of rapid transformation, being able to effectively communicate construction updates, road closures, service provider moves, grand openings and other construction-related news and information would simply not be possible without using all of the social media tools at our disposal.” Hoover believes the role social media plays in distributing news and information will continue to increase on par with the growth of the garrison. “Our newspaper remains an important part of our communications strategy, but it’s only printed once a week and can’t always keep up with the pace of activity on the installation,” said Hoover. “We specifically designed the garrison’s social media network in a modular fashion, to ensure it expands with the garrison and remains relevant throughout the transformation process.” According to Hoover, the overall success of the garrison’s social media initiatives is due in large part to the active role taken by the garrison commander, his deputy and other members of the garrison staff, in interacting with the community on sites like Facebook. “On a daily basis, either the commander or someone else from the command group is on Facebook fielding questions from our community and responding to comments and concerns,” said Hoover. “This active involvement by our leadership goes a long way in building trust and confidence with our audience, because they know their voices are being heard by the people who can help them.” Hoover also made the observation that the popularity and growth of the garrison’s social media network’s audience base appears to be accelerating. “Over the past year our Facebook audience has grown by 70 percent and more members of the community are turning to social media for their news and information than ever before,” said Hoover. “I’m really blown away by the number of people who are visiting our social media sites, joining our online discussions or sharing photos and videos from our online archives.” See “Social Media” on page 23
Corporal Han, Je-ho (left), Chang, Sang-hyon (center back) and Mary Kim, (right) look on as Steven Hoover, command information chief, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, demonstrates the use of Hootsuite, to schedule posts to Facebook and Twitter. The Humphreys social media team was recently selected as the best in Installation Management Command — U.S. Army photo by Ed Johnson
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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. Area I Failure to obey order. The Subject was observed by MPs entering a gate to USAG-Red Cloud. The Subject’s ID card revealed that he is an active duty Soldier subject to curfew. The Subject was apprehended and transported to the provost marshal’s office, where he was administered a blood alcohol test, with a result of .27 percent. Due to his level of intoxication, the Subject was processed and released to his unit with instructions to report to the PMO at a later time. The Subject later reported, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. Area II Disorderly conduct, failure to obey order, malicious mischief. The Subject was observed by MPs entering the installation during the hours of the USFKwide curfew at Gate No. 1 on USAG Yongsan. Upon approach of the MP, the Subject became belligerent and failed to comply with MP instructions. The Subject was apprehended and transported to the PMO. Due to his level of intoxication, he was released to his unit with instructions to report to the PMO at a later time. Further investigation revealed the Subject damaged government property by writing in pen on the walls inside an interview room in the PMO. The Subject later reported to PMO, where he was advised of his legal rights, which he waived rendering a written sworn statement denying all offenses. Area III Fleeing the scene of an accident with property damage. The Victim, while operating a POV, struck an unknown person’s vehicle which had suddenly pulled out in front of the Victim’s vehicle from a parking spot on the side of the road off post. The unknown person got out of the vehicle, inspected the damage and drove off. Damage to the victim’s vehicle consisted of dents, scratches and paint transfer to the right front of the vehicle. Medical attention was offered to the Victim, which he declined. Area V Criminal trespassing. Osan Air Base BDOC personnel were advised that a suspicious individual was on Foxtrot Taxiway. Authorities made contact with the Subject, a civilian without ID or base credentials. She was detained and transported out of the controlled area.
Namdaemun Market: Seoul’s Modern South Gate
Modern sky-rise buildings mark one of Seoul’s most robust market places, called Namdaemun Market. From the widelyknown, multi-floored Shinsegae shopping center, to vast underground and ground level independent vendors, this area is probably the most popular shopping area in Korea. There are also numerous restaurants and modern sculptures that are spread out through the area. The market area gets its name from its proximity to the Great South Gate of the Joseon Dynasty, the first of Korea’s national treasures. Namdaemun is the transliteration of South Gate in Korean. The gate itself, is part of the original walls surrounding Seoul and is still standing, but it is currently undergoing restoration from arson in 2008. This fire is widely known as the Namdaemun Fire where the top wooden portion of the gate was incinerated. Restoration started early in 2010 and is still ongoing. To get to this area, take the subway to Myongdong or Hohyeon Station and take any exit. — U.S. Army photo by Russell Wicke
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off–post events and activities
Namsangol Hanok Village The Pil-Dong area is where the Namsangol Hanok Village is found, at the northern foot of Namsan. During the Joseon period (1392-1910), the area was a popular summer resort destination because of its water streams and Cheonu-Gak Pavilion. It was originally called Cheonghak-dong because it was a sighting spot for blue cranes. Cheonghak-dong was one of the five most beautiful places in Seoul along with Samcheong-dong, Inwang-dong, Ssangye-dong, Baekwoon-dong, due to its beautiful view. A traditional garden was created, complete with flowing river, pavilion, and trees in order to provide traditional sentiment to the people. There are five traditional Korean houses on 7,934 square-meters of land, including the house of Park Young Hyo, who was one of the owners of the eight largest mansions in Seoul and houses of commoners as well. Arranged furniture that is well-matched with the sizes of these Korean houses and the social status of their owners represent the lives of Korean ancestors. Visitors will find traditional pieces and crafts of artists who are designated by the government as Intangible cultural assets in exhibition hall. To get there by subway take Line 3 to Chungmuro Station and it’s only five minutes walk from Exit 3 or 4. Hours of Operation April ~ October, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. November ~ March, 9 a.m to 10 p.m. Closed every Tuesday (If Tuesday happens to be a bank holiday, it is closed the next day.) Address - 84-1, Pildong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul Jongmyo (Royal Shrine) Jongmyo is a Dwelling Place of the Spirits of Joseon Era Kings. The first king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Taejo (Yi Seong-gye) built Jongmyo in 1394 when Seoul was known as Hanyang. At this royal ancestral shrine, the spirit tablets of Korea’s past kings and queens are enshrined, and memorial rites are performed. Although two of the buildings were destroyed by Japanese invaders in 1592, the tablets were hidden and kept safe and returned to Jongmyo in 1608. Jongmyo was built with much influence from the Chinese. The structures at Jongmyo are simple, long houses built using timbers. They’re impressive yet have a solemn quality to them in order to match the atmosphere when ancestral rites were performed on the grounds. Many shrines similar to Jongmyo existed throughout Korea in the Three Kingdoms Period, but only ones from the Joseon era remain today. Furthermore, while there are many shrines that exist throughout the world, Jongmyo is significant because it is still in existence after 600 years. Many structures were destroyed during Japanese occupation and during the Korean War. Jongmyo Jerye was designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 56 by Korea on May. 3, 1975, and World Cultural Heritage No. 738 by Unesco on Dec. 9, 1995. At this shrine, the ancestral tablets of Joseon-era kings have been enshrined in Jeongjeon (49 tablets in 19 rooms) and Yeongnyeongjeon (34 tablets in 16 rooms). Hours of Operation Open Wednesday to Monday *March~October 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (7 p.m. on weekends) * November~February 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No admission 1 hour prior to closing Admission Adult W1,000/Child W500 Closed every Tuesday Address - 1 Seoul Jongno-gu Hunjeong-dong
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Conserving energy a must
By Col. Joseph P. Moore Humphreys Garrison commander
CAMP HUMPHREYS — As the Nation faces stiff economic challenges, our funding across the Army is shrinking. We must be even better stewards of our resources, and one way everyone can contribute is through energy savings. The Army’s Energy Security and Implementation Strategy aims to reduce consumption, increase efficiency, and increase the use of renewable energy. Here are some ideas that can help with these goals: - Know that three to five percent more energy is used for each degree your thermostat is set above 68 and for each degree the air conditioner is below 78. - If you have defective plumbing or dripping faucets, turn in a DPW work order. A dripping hot water faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a month. - Wash only full loads in a dishwasher and use the shortest cycle that will get your dishes clean. - Turn off lights when not at home or when leaving the office – even if you’re just stepping out for a short period of time. If everyone turned off their office lights when going to lunch, it would add up to substantial savings. - Turn off video game consoles when not in use. Hitting “pause” while playing X-Box and coming back 30 minutes later will unnecessarily drain energy. - Turn off the ignition each time you
— Col. Joseph P. Moore —
get out of a vehicle. - When practical, consider carpooling, bicycling, walking, and taking the post shuttle. - Make only the number of copies needed, set your copiers to print on both sides of the paper and use electronic files whenever possible. - If the heat is on, windows should be closed. The same holds true for air conditioning. If we follow these simple tips and everyone does their share, the energy savings will be substantial. With everyone pitching in, we will make a difference. If anyone has additional ideas, feel free to mention them on our Facebook page. x
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At the newly-opened Family Readiness Center on Camp Red Cloud, soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division take part in Combat Life Saver training Feb. 29. A variety of training and other classes as well as various community events are among the many activities planned for the center, which gives Red Cloud’s family readiness groups their own meeting place. The center, formerly the Pear Blossom Cottage, is equipped with a family-style meeting room, play room for youngsters and a large kitchen. It opened Feb. 17 — U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Levi Spellman
FRC opens at Camp Red Cloud
Center gives family readiness groups at Red Cloud a home of their very own
By Spc. Levi Spellman 2ID Public Affairs
CAMP RED CLOUD — Family readiness groups at Camp Red Cloud now have a home of their own. A new Family Readiness Center opened Feb. 17 in bldg. S-16 and will give Red Cloud’s family readiness groups a central spot to hold a wide variety of events. It’s in what used to be the Pear Blossom Cottage. The center is equipped with a large kitchen, a family room-type meeting area, and even a play room for young children. The center aims to provide a comfortable place for any gathering in the community, said Dacia FlorencioEady, center’s administrator and the 2nd Infantry Division’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion’s family readiness support assistant. It’ll be used as a general purpose facility for community events and the needs of Soldiers and families. The advantage of such a facility over a Community Activity Center is that it provides support for families and groups, which are a key element in the Army’s resilience and readiness strategies, said HHBn’s Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Jacobs. “The CAC is great, but it’s geared more toward the single Soldier,” he said. While the FRC was created with the intent of serving families, single Soldiers are not being excluded, said Florencio-Eady. Participants in the Better
Opportunities for Single Soldiers program are also able to utilize the center. The new facility is perfect for the FRGs, units, groups, or even individual sections to conduct business, said Jacobs, adding that it can be reserved in advance. “It’s there for the families,” he said. “They should know that we’re supporting them as [their numbers] grow.” For more information call 732-7038 or 010-3132-8970. x
Changes announced to paid bus service between Area I and Yongsan
CAMP RED CLOUD — Paid bus service will operate on a limited basis between Camp Casey in Dongducheon, Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, and Yongsan Garrison in Seoul starting March 1, Army officials said this week. A bus company, Asian Bus, will make three trips daily each way at those installations, including on weekends. The Army and the bus firm have agreed to maintain this schedule until midnight March 31. A decision will be made as to whether there’s enough ridership to warrant continuing the service past March 31. The Myung Jin Bus company had been providing the paid bus service, but told the Army that because of financial difficulties it would halt service at midnight Feb. 29. There are no changes in the contracted “free” shuttle bus operations at Casey, Red Cloud and Stanley. Also unchanged is the medical bus service that runs between Casey, Red Cloud and the 121 Combat Support Hospital in Seoul. Asian Bus has told the Army it will honor customers’ Myung Jin tickets at no additional charge. Riders using the Asian Bus service will pay won or dollars to the driver as they board. Asian Bus will use the buses that Myung Jin had used and for at least the next month the buses will still bear the Myung Jin name and paint scheme. Students at Seoul American School who take part in after-school sports or other activities at Yongsan are reminded that if they want to return to Area I by bus they’ll have to be aboard the bus that departs at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, Army officials will continue engaging with other bus lines in an effort to set up continued bus services. For more information call 738-3084.
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News & Notes
Youngsters’ Fashion Show A St. Patrick’s Day fashion show at Camp Casey for youngsters ages 2 to 17 is scheduled for March 17 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Warrior’s Club. Fashion categories will be summer, winter, fall, formal and family clothing. All models will wear their own clothes. Those wanting to take part must sign up at the club, or call 730-2193 or e-mail: [email protected]
com. They must also attend a mandatory meeting March 5 at 6 p.m. in the club’s conference room. For more information call 732-7806. Community Town Hall A Community Town Hall meeting at Camp Casey is scheduled for March 7 at 10 a.m. at the Community Activity Center, bldg. 2236. If you cannot attend, tune in and watch the live broadcast on the USAG Red Cloud Facebook page. For more information, call 732-6235. Stanley Self-Help Moving The self-help store will remain open through March 9, after which its operations will be closed permanently. It will move to Camp Red Cloud and be combined into a single operation with the Camp Red Cloud selfhelp store in bldg. S-819 and be open for business March 19. For more information, call 730-3760 or 732-7737. Men’s Softball Tryouts Tryouts for men’s post softball begin this month, and are mandatory for those wanting to participate. Practices will last about two hours, from 12 – 2 p.m. as follows: March 10 – 11, Camp Hovey; March 17 – 18, Camp Stanley; March 24 – 25, Camp Hovey. For more information about tryouts at Stanley and Camp Red Cloud, call Larry Butler at 732-6309; for Camp Casey, call Richard Sanchez at 730-2322. Red Cloud Tax Office The 2nd Infantry Division tax office is open at Camp Red Cloud, in Freeman Hall, room 119. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. – noon, and from 1 – 5 p.m. Because of limited office space, taxes will be prepared by appointment only. Same-day appointments may be available. For an appointment or more information, call 730-2568. Red Cross Volunteers The American Red Cross in Area I is seeking volunteers for work with special events or as health and safety instructors, fundraisers, and office assistants, among other positions. For more information, call 730-3184.
At Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, the post’s first-ever thrift shop, called the “Second To None Thrift Shop,” opened last October and has been doing a brisk business ever since. It sells a wide variety of items at very low prices, and the bulk of its proceeds go to help fund library, chaplain and family readiness group services. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Ro Jin-hwan
Thrift shop thriving at Red Cloud
By Cpl. Ro Jin-hwan Indianhead Staff Writer
CAMP RED CLOUD — A thrift shop that opened not long ago on Camp Red Cloud is providing lowpriced items to community members while also generating hundreds of dollars that help pay for on-post services. The Second to None Thrift Shop opened in October in bldg. S-14 near the post Exchange. The shop sells a broad array of items – pots and pans, baby clothes, men’s and women’s wear, shoes, baby items, toys, puzzles, books, among others. And they go at very low prices – a DVD player in good condition sold recently for $5, for example. It’s open Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturday of each month 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays. Eighty percent of proceeds go to help meet the needs of the post library, chapel programs, and the family readiness group of the 2nd Infantry Division’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, said Cindy McQuarrie, the shop’s manager and president of its board of directors. Recently, for example, each of those three received more than $700 generated by the shop’s sales, said McQuarrie. The other 20 percent goes to the store’s operating expenses. The Red Cloud community has welcomed the shop, the post’s first. “The spouses were complaining about not having a thrift shop on base since other posts in South Korea already had one each,” said Sue Durham, senior advisor on the shop’s board. “Our PX is small and limited,” said Germichelle Ponton-Corea, a former president of the shop’s board. “Going to a thrift shop is much more convenient and affordable than visiting other posts,”she said. Camp Casey and Yongsan are among posts that have thrift shops. Donated items are inspected and only those in good condition are sold. “We have a policy where items that are not sold in a season are donated to local orphanages,” according to Ponton-Corea. The shop offers no refunds, returns or exchanges. Prices are not negotiable and payments must be in U.S. cash only.
Prices low but yield is high in money that goes back to community’s needs
The shop is staffed by volunteers, all of whom are currently Army wives or other civilians, and a Korean national who has permission to enter the post. Volunteers are needed and welcome, said McQuarrie. She said those wanting more information can contact her by calling 010-2760-1178. A thrift shop for Red Cloud became possible after the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud, which manages Army installations throughout Area I, made the building available. “The ladies were so excited to have a thrift shop here on CRC,” said Durham. “The garrison,” she said, “was really supportive.” x
At the Second to None Thrift Shop on Camp Red Cloud Feb. 7, Sgt. 1st Class Steve Jackson of Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, makes a purchase, helped by Cindy McQuarrie (seated), shop manager and president of its board of directors. Working with her are shop volunteers Erika Chester (far left) and Angela Lee. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Ro Jin-hwan
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Casey ruck races tax body, mind
By Franklin Fisher [email protected]
CAMP CASEY — Two grueling rucksack races that Area I hosted last week at Camp Casey drew more than 150 entrants who toughed it out through long, often painful miles over hilly terrain in windy, subfreezing weather. The longer of the two events was the 2012 Bataan Memorial Death March Qualifier, in which the 114 entrants – all of them Soldiers – had to cover a 13.1 mile course in uniform, including combat boots, and under a rucksack or other load of at least 35 pounds. It was open to actived u t y personnel only. Master Sgt. Nathan Stahl, 38, took firstplace with a time of 2 hours 6 minutes., 55 seconds. The other event was the 2012 Warrior Country Rucksack Challenge, in which 37 entrants faced an eight-mile course under a load of at least 35 pounds, but in civilian clothes. It was open to activeduty personnel and civilians. 1st Lt. Tom Westphal, 24, took first place with a time of 1 hour 10 minutes 4 seconds. Both races began at 10:10 a.m. from the same start line near the Carey Fitness Center. Temperatures were below freezing and winds in the area were around 15 miles per hour, said Air Force Capt. Thomas De Luca of the 607th Weather Squadron’s Det. 1 at Camp Red Cloud. “About the last mile I actually started feeling cold because the sweat was now through the shirt and the cold air was hitting it,” said Stahl, of Headquarters and Support Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, at Camp Humphreys. “But up until then it was actually nice,” he said. He’s done ruck events before but not in combat boots. “ T h e officer of Headquarters and Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, at Camp Red Cloud. “The uphill are a lot harder – up – than regular runs,” he said. “The uphill is orders of magnitude harder just because you’re carrying so much more weight, the gravity, it’s that much harder.” Spc. Robert Churches, 23, had a similar experience in the Bataan event, which he finished in 3 hours 1 minute. “Oh yeah, the last two miles were excruciating, and my legs were just pounding, cramping,” said Churches, 23, of Company A, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion. He and other participants said mental toughness was no less key than physical fitness. “It’s always that last part of the competition that gets ya,” he said. “Where ya have to find motivation to dig deep. How’d he handle the mental part? “Just kept on saying, ‘Almost there...almost there,”
At the firing of the starter pistol at Camp Casey Feb. 25, Soldiers surge from the start line during two grueling rucksack races, the 13.1 mile 2012 Bataan Memorial Death March Qualifier, and the eight-mile Warrior Country Rucksack Challenge. Participants in either race had to run the course under a load of at least 35 pounds. Although both races started at the same place they eventually followed different courses. Five of those who qualified in the Bataan event will form a team that will represent Korea in the Army-wide Bataan competition in White Sands, N.M. March 27. — Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Rivers
Entrants forge through leg pain, cold winds, in Bataan and Rucsack events
said Churches. “…Came this far…Can’t quit now.” The following were first-place winners in the two events. BATAAN DEATH MARCH MEMORIAL QUALIFIER: men’s division, Master Sgt. Nathan Stahl , Headquarters and Support Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion at Camp Humphreys, time, 2:06:55; women’s division, Capt. Sindi Connell, Company A, 719th Military Intelligence Battalion, Camp Humphreys, time, 2:35:24; team event, Team 58, representing Company A, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry, at Camp Casey, time of 2:37:57, Spc. Andre Lessa, Sgt. Anthony Lett, Pfc. Weston Cearbaugh, Pfc. Brandon Wright, Pfc. Young-jae Park. WARRIOR COUNTRY RUCKSACK CHALLENGE: men’s division, 1st Lt. Thomas Westphal, Headquarters and Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, time, 1:10:04; women’s division, Brooke Susselman, 1:44:30; team event. Team 90, representing Company E, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air and Missile Defense, at Camp Casey, time of 1:26:44, Pfc. Frank Newsmans, Pfc. Michael Welsh, Pfc. John Foster, Pfc. Wann Reed, Pfc. Alen Stajkowsi. x
Drive and determination show in the face of 1st Lt. Tom Westphal, who took first place in the Warrior Country Rucksack Challenge Feb. 25 at Camp Casey. — Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Rivers
first two miles, my calves hurt, only because they weren’t ready for that,” he said. “Once I got past that point, it was just goin.’ “It’s just, the fatigue hits ya, probably around, I don’t know, around mile 10, the last five (kilometers) my legs were getting fatigued. It took pushing.” “The ruck is a big difference,” said Westphal, the first-place Rucksack Challenge winner. He’s executive
Korea team to vie in Army-wide Death March event
The upcoming 23rd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March set for March 27 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., covers a 26.2 mile route that winds across dusty, hilly desert terrain where elevations range from about 4,100 to 5,300 feet. The U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud’s sports and fitness staff will assemble a five-member team of those who took part in last week’s qualifier and send them to the White Sands competition. The event honors the 78,000 American and Filipino troops who underwent what’s become known as the “Bataan Death March” as prisoners of the Japanese in April 1942. Many were starved, brutalized, and murdered by the Japanese, who force-marched them more than 60 miles out of the Bataan peninsula in searing heat for a period of days to an internment camp to the north. Thousands died.
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SAES gets hands on with robots
By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding [email protected]
YONGSAN GARRISON - As the students watched the presentation given by Robotis, a robotics manufacturing company based in Seoul, an excited whisper ran through the crowd of over a hundred students in the Seoul American Elementary School gymnasium Feb. 28. But, when they were told they got to ‘fight’ with the robots, the excitement burst. The demonstration given by Robotis was a part of SAES’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, or STEM. The STEM program began last year in the United States to help educate leaders and children on important subjects, and has recently moved to DODDS to provide those opportunities to the children. Dolores Elliott, a 2nd Grade teacher and the STEM director for SAES, said that seeing the program in action is valuable to their long-term learning. She also thanked Robotis for holding the presentation. “To see the light in the kids eyes with what they are experiencing now, teaching them in a book cannot compare to what they’re learning now,” Elliott said. Various robotic kits offered by the company were featured in action. Students lined up to control a robot sumo, which aimed to push their fellow students off a small circular stand. After each of the events, coloring was set up in the back for the students for them to show off their ideas for a robot. After the competition, the children were given a demonstration of one of the company’s main attractions, a bipedal robot called ‘Chase’. He and his partner, assistant research engineer Chase Noh, showed off Chase’s ability to track an object, listen and follow vocal commands and even right itself when it fell down. The children laughed as the robot followed a red ball held by Noh, and when it came time to kick, Noh got the students to yell the command. When it came to STEM and the schools, Noh said
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Chase Noh, the assistance research engineer for Robotis, catches a ball kicked by ‘Chase’ the robot during the Seoul American Elementary School STEM presentation Feb. 28. The robot kicked the ball with help from the audience, who yelled the command loud and clear enough for the robot to respond. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
that Robotis focuses on education, and their excitement is a good sign for him. “Right now I’m out of words,” Noh said about his experience at SAES “I’ve been overwhelmed with the kids’ excitement. It’s been very good, very positive and the kids have been great. So we’re happy.” Finishing off the event was a ‘battle royale’ between six of the winners in the robot sumo. Three robots on each side were tasked to follow the black lines to the other side, despite lighting that threw off their sensors. The ‘blue team’ won all three of the rounds given, with the students assembled cheering on both sides at the top of their lungs. The second prize winners received small robot kits from Kayla Kim, Robotis sales representative and event organizer, while the first place winners received larger models for a job well done. The kits will give them practice as they prepare for another STEM event on April 23, where they get to show off their own robotic creations for the school. x
By Staff Sgt. Cody Harding [email protected]
Yongsan celebrates Black History Month
for a rendition of the ‘Negro National Anthem’ before introducing the guest speakers for the celebration. The first guest, Col. (Ret.) William Alexander, covered the sacrifices black Soldiers and civilians have made to the Army and to the nation, from Medal of Honor awardees from the Civil War to the Woman’s Army Corps in World War II. He stressed their importance to the strength of the nation’s fighting force and to the fight for civil rights. Following him, Brianna Nubine, a student at Seoul American Middle School, gave a reading of Sojourner Truth’s ‘Ain’t I a Woman’ speech, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd. “Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it?” recited Nubine, with a heavy southern — See BLACK HISTORY, Page 12 —
Six final contestants watch their robots move across the board as they are cheered on by their classmates at the Seoul American Elementary School STEM presentation Feb. 28. The event, held in part by Robotis, helped give the kids hands-on experience with robotics to help encourage their learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
YONGSAN GARRISON - With the help of 8th Army Equal Opportunity Office, Yongsan garrison held it’s Black History month observance celebrating the role of African American women in our nation’s history at the R&R Bar and Grill, Feb. 23. Black History month, which began as ‘Negro History week’ in 1926, serves to teach others about notable black figures in history. This year’s observance concentrated on African American women and their roles in struggles for civil rights, women’s suffrage and racial equality. The event began with a reading of President Barack Obama’s proclamation for the month, stating the importance of their work to the nation. Two Soldiers then took to the podium
Brianna Nubine, a student on Yongsan Garrison, recites Sojourner Truth’s ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ speech for the Yongsan Garrison Black History Month observance Feb. 23. Her speech, given with a souther drawl and a weary lean, received a standing ovation from the room. - U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
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News & Notes
NEW AREA II Gate Hours On Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, we implemented a few changes to the current gate hours of operation. Hannam Village Back Gate: 05:00-21:00 (Mon-Fri) Gate #3 (MARFOR-K Gate): 0500-2100 (Mon-Sun) Gate #4 (PX Gas Station Gate): 0600-2400 (Mon-Sun) Gate #19 (Camp Coiner Visitor Center Gate): 0500-2100 (Mon-Sun) Gate #16 (MP Station Gate): 0500-0900 & 1500-1800 (Mon-Fri vehicle & pedestrian only) Check out facebook.com/ youryongsan or yongsan.korea. army.mil for the complete list of gate hours effective Feb. 14.
Yongsan individual laundry service closing
By Mark Abueg [email protected]
YONGSAN GARRISON - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan’s Quartermaster Laundry Service will discontinue individual piece-rate laundry service effective April 1, 2012. Customers will need to pick up their individual garments by April 30, 2012. The laundry service located on South Post has been serving eligible Department of Defense Service Members and Civilians since 1968 and has been one of only four facilities on a garrison installation around the world to have still offered individual piece rate services to the Community. “This was a difficult decision,” said Col. William Huber, garrison commander for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. “The laundry services we provide to the Community have been a long standing tradition of excellence, but because of the reduction in personnel we are experiencing to our Quartermaster Laundry Service, measures were taken to manage the remaining talent in a way that best supports the missions of the Army.” The U.S. Army was given targets to reduce its civilian workforce by the end of Fiscal Year 2012. Installation Management Command is one of three commands in the Army responsible for the majority of the Army’s workforce reduction. Organizational support such as laundry or cleaning of Army-owned property, government property for other DoD agencies and the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital will continue. “We are in a very challenging fiscal environment,” Huber said. “I just continue to ask for our Community’s support as we make tough decisions that impact us all. We are making decisions in a thoughtful and deliberate manner that best enables the garrison to support the community for the Army and its mission on the Korean peninsula.” The recommendation and decision to close the individual laundry service was approved by 8th Army and U.S. Forces Korea. USAG Yongsan will continue to analyze the laundry facility to ensure it provides services to standard in the most cost efficient manner.
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Busses keep rolling for Yongsan/CRC Due to a recent situation with the company providing the bus drivers that operate between Camp Casey and Yongsan, a new company has offered 30 days worth of bus service for the Military community to help fix the issue. For new information on the bus schedule, check out http://yongsan.korea.army.mil, and head to the Directorate of Logistics (DOL) section to get a schedule of the new times. Help for Education Costs The Yongsan Sergeants Major Association is committed to assisting Servicemembers achieve a quality higher education. Through the YSMA Military Textbook Fund, active duty Servicemembers, regardless of branch of service, attending college during their off-duty time may apply to receive an award to help pay for textbooks. This award is available to all active enlisted personnel, E1-E9, who are pursuing higher education in Area II. Servicemembers must be receiving tuition assistance and have a minimum of 6 credit hours to be able to receive this award. Call the Yongsan Education Center at 723-8098 for more information and application.
Jeong Gap-soon, a staff member for the Quartermaster Laundry Service on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, gets things straightened and flattened in Seoul, South Korea. Due to a reduction in personnel, the QLS will discontinue individual laundry piece rate services to the Community beginning April 1, 2012.- U.S. Army photo by Mark Abueg
Alternate venues of dry cleaning are located throughout USAG Yongsan, including the Dragon Hill Lodge Creases and Army and Air Force Exchange Service Cleaners. x
Korean National Police receives hearty thanks
By Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang [email protected]
YONGSAN GARRISON - They work outside of the garrison’s gates regardless of whether it’s the freezing winter or sizzling summer. They are the Korean National Police, who stand outside Yongsan garrison’s gates every day and night, even without having met the people they are protecting or knowing what’s going on behind the gates. And so, in order to appreciate these dedicated individuals, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan invited KNP officers to a special reception hosted at Seongnam Golf Club, on behalf of the KNP, Feb. 23. The event started off with garrison commander Col. William P. Huber’s warm welcome and opening remarks. “I want to take this moment to acknowledge and thank senior superintendent Park, Chan-Heung, the chief of Seongnam Sujeong police station, and also his loyal and dedicated staff members.” He then continued with words of appreciation to acknowledge the KNP members’ dedication. He described what their selfless work really meant for the community. He also recognized that it was the Korean National Police officers who were central to representing the ideals of a community while also maintaining their safety. “Many community services only survive because of the hard work from our Korean National Police force who gives their time. I thank those of you tonight who do this,” Huber stated. “Your contributions enrich our community, make us more resilient and help define the character of the Republic of Korea - United States of America alliance. After dinner, KNP members and Col. Huber shared the gifts they prepared. The night was very special for those who rarely interacted with the people they protect and KNP members appeared to be looking forward to the day’s event. “Through the dinner, I hope that it will be a good opportunity to enhance the relationship between your — See KNP, Page 12 —
New Stop Sign exit lane Gate 1 Planning on driving out Gate 1 (Dragon Hill Lodge)? Remember to STOP at the pedestrian crosswalk. You asked, we answered. DPW installed a new stop sign at the crosswalk as you exit 8th Army Drive for Gate 1. This was brought up as a quality of life issue at the AFAP Conference. Remember to obey all traffic speeds and watch out for pedestrians.
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Park Chan-Heung, Chief of Seongnam Sujeong Police Station, and Col. William P. Huber, the Yongsan Garrison Commander, share gifts to acknowledge each other’s dedication at the Korean National Police appreciation dinner, Feb. 23.- U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Lee Hyo-kang
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remarked, “I honestly was not expecting to win, so my feeling was definitely shock! There were so many other volunteers up for the title that I was humbled.” Being a volunteer allowed Worley to give back to the Community while learning valuable skills useful at future duty stations. Worley noted, “Volunteering for this program has taught me how to deal with team dynamics, plan events, manage deadlines and work within the protocol. All these are assets that any employer seeks for their organization. It is valuable experience!” Looking back on the experience, Worley says, “As our time here in Korea is coming to a close, I had to leave my position as VPM for USAG Yongsan AFAP. The ACS here in Yongsan is the best that I have seen and had the pleasure to work with. They have a great team working for our Community and they are in need of volunteers to help run the various programs within it.” The Army Family Action Plan Conference will be held October 3-5. For more information or to learn how to become a volunteer, please call 738-3617. To learn how to become a volunteer at USAG Yongsan, please visit the ACS building or call 738-7505.x
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Yongsan’s volunteer impacts community
By Melissa Wetherbee [email protected]
YONGSAN GARRISON - Patti Worley, Yongsan’s Volunteer of the 4th Quarter, knows firsthand the impact one person can have on the Community. Her dedication and commitment as USAG Yongsan Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Volunteer Program Manager (VPM) was instrumental in the success of the yearly conference, which affects both the Garrison and Army Community. Worley’s volunteer experience began in 2007 as part of the Family Readiness Group in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 2008, she was introduced to volunteering as an AFAP Delegate at Fort Sill. Worley continued her interest in volunteering at Yongsan. “When I arrived in Korea, I went to the ACS building and I found myself part of the USAG Yongsan AFAP Conference Planning Team. It is here that I realized my passion for the AFAP program.” “AFAP is a process. You can be a part of something that can improve the quality of life for the members in your Community and even the entire Army Family. It is that exciting!” explained Worley. On winning the Volunteer of the Quarter, Worley
What I miss about Korea
By Cpl. Choi Sung-il [email protected]
What do you think you will miss most about Korea, when you leave? Post your answers and look for them in next Friday’s Morning Calm. Find out what more than 9900 Yongsan community members are talking about by becoming a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan at facebook.com/youryongsan!
Graduation in a tense situation
By Spc. Amber Smith [email protected]
DAESONG-DONG, Republic of Korea - Military escorts, United States and Republic of Korea Soldiers and school children? These are not the normal sights you would see at an elementary school graduation. But in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) they are all too common. In the village of Daeseong-dong, just 1,050 feet from the border with North Korea, every day is met with military presence, including a school graduation. The town is the only one allowed in the entire southern portion of the DMZ. On Feb. 17 Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony W. Mahoney; his wife Alisa; Command Sgt. Maj. Sung,
The public Transportation and of course the food!
Chang Woo; and his wife, Eun Hee Heo, toured the DMZ, the Joint Security Area (JSA), and the village of Daeseong-dong. The group toured the village, usually off limits to the public, before the graduation. The village, whose residents are excluded from military service and national taxes, usually remains very quiet as the military guards the citizens. The people who live in Daeseong-dong are under heavy restrictions; they must be in their homes every night by dusk and are only allowed to live away from their residences 130 days out of the year. Residents must also put in requests for family member visits or to leave for extended periods of time. “The ladies felt like this was a very unique and — See GRADUATION, Page 12 —
Miranda Hamilton Parker
Facebook Fan All of the Korean women doting on my children!! They are completely enamored with them.
Diana De Anda
Visiting ancient Korea, a look at Pottery and Soju
The most I would miss about Korea would be the cherry blossoms, they are simply beautiful & I wish they lasted longer.
Well I left in December this past year and honestly I miss everything. From the times at work at the DFAC at Killbourne Memorial DFAC in CRC to the nights of clubbing with my battles to just the from time to time shopping the streets of Itaewon away. I can honestly say Korea grew on me big time after I left, and I hope to get restationed back in Korea next enlistment.
This was taken during the ACS New Comers Pottery & Soju Tour on 22 February!!! I recommend ANY and ALL ACS tours & classes they have to offer! You will receive the best culture & education to begin your tour here in Korea! Contact them TODAY!!! Thank you ACS & PAO for a WONDERFUL tour and day out with my man & some NEW Friends! It was a WONDERFUL day, I can’t say that enough!- Courtesy photo by Becky Candee See yourself in the Morning Calm when you become a USAG Yongsan Facebook Fan. Just post your travel photos to our page with a quick description covering who, what, when, where and why and we’ll see you in the paper. — Your Yongsan PAO team
I will miss the MWR facilities and what they bring to the troops...They are the best I’ve seen...
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drawl, leaning on a cane for emphasis. “Intellect! That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?” The Keynote speaker, Command Sgt. Maj. Dorothy Hernandez, command sergeant major for the 2nd Infantry Division Intelligence, was introduced to speak on the many African-American
women who have played a role in our nation’s history. Each speaker was then honored by Col. Mark Elliott, the Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Signal Brigade, and Lt. Col. Kevin Lynch, the Director, Joint Command Information Systems Activity and the event’s organizer. The crowd was then invited to lunch by the R&R staff, free of charge, to top off the celebration of history. x
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Garrison and the Korean National Police,” remarked Chief of Seongnam Sujeong Police Station, Park ChanHeung. Thursday’s event was hosted only for the commissioned police officers who gave orders, organized and scheduled duties for the enlisted police members. The Garrison also hosts the Garrison tour two or three
times every year, offering opportunities not only to the officers but also to enlisted KNP members who are serving their two year mandatory service in KNP instead of the Korean military. They get to go into the gates they protect to see what it is like inside the gates and experience the dining facility. x
special event that they were privileged to attend,” said Alisa Mahoney, who was on her first visit to the village. “Going to the village is not a normal spot on the DMZ tour and we appreciated JSA Command Sgt. Maj. (Eric) Kloss for arranging the trip to the school and the DMZ.” The graduation was a traditional Korean graduation with ceremonial
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dress and music performed by the students. The elementary school is the village’s only school and only goes as high as sixth grade. The graduation class this year consisted of only five students. Of those five, only one was a resident of the village. The rest of the students were selected to attend the school from a long waiting list of applicants. x
Hannam digs deep with one year of fiery
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By Pfc. Han Samuel [email protected]
YONGSAN GARRISON - Zumba, a fitness program that involves moving your body to fast-paced Latin music, may or may not be your idea of fun. For the residents of Hannam Village, however, Zumba offered much more than just a fitness program. It served as a way for the community at Hannam Village to meet new people, partake in an activity, and to get out of the house. “Formerly we would have people stay at home and have nothing to do,” said Patricia Nubine, an instructor for the Zumba program in Hannam Village. “When Zumba came to Hannam Village, though, it gave these people something to do within Hannam Village, and allowed community members to come out and meet each other.” And so to celebrate its one year anniversary, Hannam Village community members gathered in the Hannam Fitness Center to have its first Zumba Party, Feb. 23. Zumba is a Latin inspired fitness program invented in America by a man from Columbia named Beto. He seized the opportunity to teach fitness based on Latin dance music when he forgot his planned music and had to resort to using Latin music left in his car. Zumba is now incorporated with Latin and other international music. During the party, community members came to enjoy drinks, food, games, gifts, a special music performance by “Eddy and the Crew,” and of course some exciting Zumba. Certificates were given to long time members who had attended ever since the start of the program. Additionally, gifts such as bracelets, towels, and bottles were also given to community members through raff les. Ever since Hannam Village kicked off its Zumba program, it was an instant success, with 73 people showing up on the very first night. “We had so many people the first night that we barely had room to Zumba,” said Nubine. As the months progressed, Nubine claimed that the number did shrink some, but as new members of the community came to Hannam, it was able to retain a pretty large group. In addition, stable members formed a compact group that shared a strong friendship. “I’m really glad it’s here and I am loving the instructors,” said Erika Thornton an Army Wife living in Hannam. “I met a lot of people through the event, and everyone feels like family,” Thornton said. Thornton also explained how formerly, she didn’t get to meet as many people even when living in the same community. With the Zumba program, however, it allowed her to meet many community members that she otherwise would probably not have met. Thornton added that for people new to the community who wanted to spend time with other people but didn’t have many friends yet, Zumba was a great way to make new friends. Anyone interested in Zumba can get more information on facebook.com/ yongsanzumba. x
A Hannam community members wins a banner from the raffles during the Zumba party at Hannam Fitness Center, Feb. 23; During the Zumba party, there were many prizes and giveaways. These two enthusiastic students received prize bracelets; Hannam Village community members enjoy an exhilarating evening of Zumba; (Left) Many students received certificates for their commitment to the Zumba program - U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Han Samuel
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Soldier brings energy to Zumba class
By Staff Sgt. Vincent Abril 2nd CAB Public Affairs CAMP HUMPHREYS — Stationed far from home, many people yearn for a sense of community. Army installations, around the peninsula, often provide social and recreational resources to Soldiers and families. Most of these activities are the product of volunteers who believe in the well-being of their military communities. For one volunteer, however, it is much more than just a way of giving back. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Elvia Palumbo of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, is a UH60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot, instructor and instrument examiner, and a mother of two who is married to another pilot. Even with all of this, Palumbo finds time to give back to the community by volunteering as a Zumba instructor twice a week at the Humphreys Super Gym. The classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Palumbo infuses Zumba sessions with her native Panamanian music to help motivate the class members and to get them moving. “This class is high-impact, interval training with Latin music and world beats, so my class will enjoy the workout and stay motivated,” Palumbo said. The success of her approach is evident by the number of participants. Most of her classes average between 60 and 70 people. Her students say they enjoy the action-packed workout, which keeps them coming back for more. “I enjoy two things from this great class – getting a good workout and being with friends,” said Staff Sgt. Tiffany Reese of Headquarters Company, 3-2 Aviation Regiment. There is another reason why Palumbo volunteers and it touches on an important aspect of workouts. “Not only do people benefit from my class by losing pounds and inches, but it also helps me after a long, stressful day to see 60 to 70 smiling faces in my class, which energizes and brings me to life,” Palumbo said. While her Zumba students help to motivate her, the ability to provide such voluntary services starts with support from the people around her. “It’s easy for me to balance everything, with such a great husband and supportive leaders within my organization,” said Palumbo. While remaining committed to her other responsibilities, she finds the time to give back, said Palumbo’s commander. “She is able to juggle a plethora of duties, and is someone I rely on daily to keep me straight,” said Capt. Travis Owen, commander of Co. A, 3-2 Aviation Regiment. “She is a total-package Soldier.” x
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enjoy getting a good workout and being with friends.” -Staff Sgt. Tiffany Reese
Zumba enthusiasts get into the rhythm during a workout at the Super Gym. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. — U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Vincent Abril
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Elvia Palumbo leads a Zumba session. — U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Vincent Abril
Immigration, PCS tips from Humphreys legal center
By Capt. Ethan McWilliams USAG Humphreys Legal Center CAMP HUMPHREYS — With PCS season just around the corner, here are a few tips concerning immigration, Status of Forces Agreement issues, and claims. International Marriage: If you decide to marry a non-U.S. citizen during your time in the Republic of Korea, you should apply for a permanent resident card immediately. If you hesitate, you may be creating significant hardships for yourself in the future. Most critically, your spouse’s ability to return with you to the United States might be jeopardized if you procrastinate. The paperwork is relatively straightforward, but the process can take as many as six months to complete. Be sure to start early and give yourself plenty of time to complete the process. More details are available at www.uscis.gov. If you require guidance with the visa process, please contact the USAG Humphreys Legal Center at 753-6245. U.S. Citizen Dependents: If you bring a spouse or other dependents to Korea they will need a SOFA stamp in their passport. This is a critical step because a missing or overdue SOFA stamp may result in a steep fine. Worse yet, a problem with a SOFA stamp can also result in a delayed departure. Birth of a Child: If you have a child while stationed in Korea you will need to immediately apply for a Report of Consular Birth Abroad, which is a birth certificate issued by the U.S. Embassy. You must also apply for a passport, then get a SOFA stamp in it. Failure to attain the SOFA stamp within 30 days of your child’s birth can result in fines and may even delay your departure from Korea. Report of Birth Abroad paperwork is available at your local legal office and seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_report_of_birth.html. Claims: Before you PCS, remember to brush up on the claims services offered by the U.S. Army. These services can protect you from financial loss when your household goods are lost or damaged during a move. Be sure to document your significant items prior to moving. Significant items can include expensive electronics, antiques, heirlooms, art work, and china. When possible, take pictures of these highvalue items. If you have receipts for any bigticket items, keep them organized in a key documents folder. Furthermore, make sure that this folder is not shipped with your other items. Also, if appropriate, take the time to get appraisals for items with high value that have no receipts, especially antiques. It is also a good idea to explore insurance options. If your property is lost or damaged in transit, the Army claims office will only be able to pay the depreciated value of the property. This figure is determined by finding the replacement cost and reducing that price by a set percentage per year. Another reason to consider personal property insurance is that the Army claims office is bound by statutory limits for recovery. As a result, you may only be able to receive partial compensation for some items. Personal property insurance is generally inexpensive. So long as it covers your goods for an OCONUS move to or from Korea, this can be an option for servicemembers. x
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Aquarium trip March 5 is the deadline to sign up for Outdoor Rec’s March 10 trip to the COEX Mall Aquarium and Shopping trip. The trip, which departs at 9 a.m., costs $25 for adults and $20 for children. The fee includes transportation and aquarium entrance fee. For more information, call 753-3013 or 753-3255. Spa trip March 5 is the deadline to sign up for Outdoor Rec’s March 12 trip to the Asan Spavis Spa. The trip, which departs at 8:30 a.m., costs $35 for adults and $25 for kids. For more information, call 753-3013 or 753-3255. Bicycle bonanza The Camp Humphreys Provost Marshal’s Office will release abandoned bicycles which have been found on the installation on March 10 These bikes have not been claimed and will be given back to the community from 9 a.m. to noon at the Provost Marshal’s impound lot (S-677), located adjacent to the fuel point. There are some barbecue grills available as well. Everything is first come, first served. For more information, call 753-3137. Hiking trip March 12 is the deadline to sign up for Outdoor Rec’s March 17 Songmi Mountain Hiking Trip. The trip, which departs at 8 a.m., costs $20 for adults and $15 for children. Participants should bring snacks, water, and lunch, or won for a Korean lunch. For more information, call 753-3013 or 753-3255. Lake tour March 12 is the deadline day to sign up for Outdoor Rec’s March 18 Sapgyo Lake Tour. The trip, which departs at 10 a.m., costs $15 for adults and $10 for children. There are several things to see and do here. For more information, call 753-3013 or 753-3255. Social media workshop The U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Public Affairs Office, in partnership with FMWR Marketing, will host a social media workshop March 16 in the Super Gym. Speakers and subject matter experts will cover a variety of social media strategies and offer handson demonstrations during this one day event. Attendance is open to all Department of Defense Public Affairs, Marketing and Communications Professionals in Korea. To sign up for the event, contact Steven Hoover at [email protected]
com or call DSN 754-6132. The registration deadline is March 7. There is no fee to attend the workshop. CPR and First Aid class The Osan Red Cross Office is offering a CPR/First Aid/AED class for Hangul speakers March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $30, which includes all materials. To register, call call 784-1855. Marriage garden seminar The Marriage Garden Seminar, will be March 20 at 5:30 p.m., in the Main ACS (Bldg. 311). For more information, contact Tracy Daniels at 753-6252 or 753-3742.
Passion drives Scout volunteer
CAMP HUMPHREYS — In 2008, only seven girls from here were involved with the Girl Scout program, and they were attached to a troop at Osan Air Base. Today, Camp Humphreys has its own troop and the number of girls involved has mushroomed to more than 100. Not coincidentally, 2008 is also when Andrea Billy Black became part of the Humphreys Girl Scouts. Today, she still serves as a volunteer and is also co-overseas chair of the Humphreys chapter. She had already been involved in Girl Scouts for 17 years when she arrived at Humphreys. “I was really excited during my first year, but I soon realized that there was really no content related to the Girl Scouts program,” she said. Black, who came here with husband, Dathan, and daughters Kaya, Kara and Annie, has been running the Humphreys program for three years, said “I grew up with Girl Scouts.” “The Humphreys Girl Scouts program sets the foundation for girls to be leaders of tomorrow,” she said. “We teach them 3 C’s, which are courage, confidence and character. Girl Scout programs teach them that anything is possible. However, we never forget to get loud and silly, as well.” Black finds her involvement rewarding. “I love working with girls who are passive and won’t try anything without their parents,” she said. “They come in, spend a few months with the program and realize that they can achieve anything on their own. It is about developing themselves as individuals. It is such a rewarding experience to watch them come up with ideas on how they can achieve things and figure out who they are.” According to Black, the Humphreys Girl Scouts program is a continuous, open-ended program that is constantly growing and changing. “Watching girls grow and become who they are is an inspiring thing to see,” she said. Jessica Dunn, an overseas committee chair for the program, vouched for Black’s contributions. “She is very dedicated. She has been in the Girl Scouts program for over 20 years, and Camp Humphreys wouldn’t have the Girl Scouts program without her,” Dunn said. “When you think of Girl Scouts, you automatically think of Billy Black.” x
Andrea Billy Black accompanies a Girl Scout troop during a tour the Camp Humphreys fire station. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Han, Jae-ho
6-52, ROK units in NBC training
By 1st Lt. Eric Riedel 6th Battalion, 52nd ADA
OSAN AIR BASE— During a joint training exercise, Soldiers from the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery went to the Nuclear Biological Chemical chamber for their annual certifications. NCO’s and officers explained the real world application to the training. With North Korean chemical capabilities, the need for chemical attack battle drills is all too real. Soldiers were able to take advantage of their South Korean alliance during this exercise. Soldiers reported that the ROK gas was stronger than the gas used in U.S. training. Soldiers were also able to experience what their ROK counterparts do for training because the ROK Army allowed 6-52 ADA Soldiers to use their gas chamber. Once inside the chamber, Soldiers were tested in their ability to quickly perform mask clearing procedures while under pressure. They were instructed to remove their masks, take a deep breath, open their eyes and repeat a variety of drills. Private First Class Joseph Huerta said, “They had me repeat my full name, Social Security number, and then recite as much of the national anthem as I could. It really showed me that my gear would protect me in the case of a chemical attack.” Staff Sgt. Billy Pickron added, “The training is a great confidence builder. For those Soldiers that had a leak in their mask, you could tell because they would begin to react immediately to the gas. But for the Soldiers that had operational masks, they could sit in the gas all day and not be affected.” x
Area Public Affairs personnel recognized
FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII — Several journalists, broadcasters, and offices on U.S. military installations in Korea and Hawaii were recognized in the Installation Management Command Keith L. Ware competition. Those recognized, and the categories, were: COMMUNITY RELATIONS Category C: Special Event 1st Place: USAG Hawaii, Ohana Day PRINT MEDIA Category B: Tabloid-Format Newspapers 2nd Place: USAG Humphreys Morning Calm Category F: Outstanding Initiative in New Media 1st Place: USAG Humphreys Category H: Website 2nd Place: USAG Yongsan 3rd Place: USAG Humphreys Category I: News Article, Civilian, 2nd Place: USAG Japan, Dustin Perry Category J: News Feature Article, Military 1st Place: USAG Yongsan, Staff Sgt. Cody J. Harding Category L: Personality Feature Article, Civilian 1st Place: USAG Japan, Dustin Perry Category O: Story Series, Civilian Honorable Mention: USAG Hawaii, Vickey Mouze Category P: Photojournalism, Civilian 1st Place: USAG Japan, Dustin Perry. Honorable Mention: USAG Yongsan, Jane Lee Category Q: Photograph, Civilian 3rd Place: Fort Wainwright, Brian W. Schlumbohm Category U: Contribution by Stringer, Photojournalism 1st Place: USAG Daegu, Lee, Seung-bin Category X: Moss-Holland Civilian Journalist of the Year 3rd Place: IMCOM Pacific, Russell Wicke BROADCAST MEDIA Category J: Television News Report 2nd Place: USAG Japan, Daisuke Sato Category K: Television Feature Report 3rd Place: USAG Japan, Daisuke Sato Category M: Local Television Newscast 2nd Place: USAG Japan, “USARJ This Week” Category P: Command Information Campaign 2nd Place: USAG Hawaii, “Kaena Point” x
MARCH 2, 2012
“Turn off lights when not in use, stop running the A/C or heater AND having the windows open.”
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Question of the Week
What can we as a garrison do to be more energy efficient?
“During the winter months it seems it is always very, very warm in the PX/Commissary. Do we really need the heat set that high? I break out in a sweat as soon as I get inside.”
“Programmable thermostats. When the building isn’t in use, have it programmed to automatically cool down or warm up. I don’t know if the on-post housing apartments have them, but I like to turn the heat down at night.”
James Allen Ashley Robles
“More windows to allow natural light in and sky lights for new structures.” “Install energy-saver shower heads, use compact fluorescent lamps, recycle refrigerators over 10 years old.”
35th ADA chefs spice up competition
By 2nd Lt. Richard Chapman 35th Air Defense Artillery
OSAN AIR BASE — Soldier-Chefs from the 35th Air Defense Artillery came here Feb. 21 for the Brigade Chef of the Quarter board. Sergeant Thomas Miller and Pvt. Alexandria James won Brigade Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Chef of the Quarter, respectively. The competition consisted of a written portion, a taste test, and a question and answer session. “The board gathers the Soldiers who stand out in the unit and allow them to compete against one another,” said Sgt. 1st Class James White, 35th ADA food service advisor. “The Soldiers take a written exam, had a taste test competition, and where able to stand in front of a board of their superiors.” “At first I was nervous, I didn’t think it would go well,” James said. “As it went on, I got comfortable and I gave it my best.” To prepare for the board, the Soldiers studied a wide range of topics, including basic Soldier skills, food service preparation, field sanitation and current events. “I did mock boards, a lot of study, and a lot of cramming,” James said. “Most of the taste testing I already knew. I knew some of it from training, but I used to cook with my grandmother when I was younger.” “They asked about all the basics that Soldiers should know, like land navigation and regulations,” said Pvt. Aldon Brantley, one of the competitors. “We talked about current events, because that’s big. I knew they’d probably talk about the Army drawdown.” The board had a few surprises for the Soldiers. “They asked about Whitney Houston. I wasn’t expecting that at all,” Brantley said. The surprises, however, are all part of the development process of these Soldiers and junior NCOs. “This board is preparing them for what they will do as they grow in the ranks: answer questions and deliver accurate information while under a little bit of pressure,” White said. “As a young lower enlisted Soldier, I attended several chef of the quarter boards. What it did was show me that time and time again, at some point in your career, you are always under the gun, being able to answer questions and draw on resources. I appreciate what it did for me then and helped me to get to where I am now. I’m sure when they make sergeant first class, they will appreciate what it did for them.” x
Private Alexandria James attempts to identify a spice during the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Chef of the Quarter competition. — U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Richard Chapman
Humphreys takes social media honor
Continued from page 2 According to data collected by YouTube and Flickr, the garrison’s online video channels and photo archives are among the most visited social media sites in the Army. “We’ve now uploaded more than 22 thousand photos to our Flickr photo sites and they’ve been viewed more than 7 million times. Our videos on YouTube are also being viewed at a rate of about 100,000 times a month - these are big numbers,” said Hoover. “Just yesterday, we uploaded 234 photos from one of our weekend events, and they’ve already been viewed more than 12,000 times.” According to Hoover, one of the advantages of social media over traditional media platforms like newspapers, television or radio, is the ability to measure analytical data, site traffic, viewer preferences and trends. “Being able to measure what works and what doesn’t, has really helped us ensure we’re providing the news and information people need - when and where they want it,” added Hoover. While the garrison’s social media network was primarily designed with its local community in mind, it is also used to share news, information and multimedia products with a worldwide audience. “We currently publish videos to several sharing sites like YouTube, Break and Dailymotion,” said Cpl. Han, Jae-ho, a Korean Augmentation to the United States Army Soldier and member of the garrison’s social media communications team. “These sites are really useful in distributing newcomer and welcome videos, and it’s a lot less expensive to use them than producing and distributing DVDs the old fashioned way.” As part of his daily routine, Han is responsible for selecting and uploading photos to the garrison’s Flickr image archive, as well as publishing content from the Morning Calm Newspaper to social media sites like Scribd and Facebook. “These tools are really powerful and it’s an honor to be serving as part of this team,” said Han. “Working as a social media communicator has definitely opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me.” While the garrison’s social media network has already proved to be a successful tool in communicating with local, regional and world-wide audiences, garrison officials say their work is far from over. “We’re currently expanding our social media infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing community and testing new automation tools to improve the way we update our sites and push out information,” said Hoover. “But of course, it’s not just about the technology, it’s also about ensuring we do everything in our power to build open, honest, transparent and meaningful online relationships with our audiences here and around the world.” The garrison’s social media entry, along with IMCOM’s other winners, will now compete with winning entries from other major Army commands, at the Department of the Army level. x
MARCH 02, 2012
EFMP and Trevor Romain give bullying a black eye
Houston said that during her discussion with Romain, the two reviewed some survival tips to teach children to recognize if they are being bullied. “There are a number of tips and suggestions we felt children should be aware of,” Houston said. “For starters, ignore the bully and walk away. This is definitely not a coward’s response. Sometimes doing this can be harder than losing your temper. Bullies thrive on the reaction they get, and if you walk away or ignore hurtful emails or instant messages, you’re telling the bully that you just don’t care. Sooner or later the bully will probably get bored with trying to bother you. Walk tall and hold your head high. Using this type of body language sends a message that you’re not vulnerable.” “Solving this problem really requires that the parents are i nvo lve d ,” s a i d U S AG Da e g u Commander Col Kathleen Gavle. “I want to also add, as it relates to deployment and separation that some of things we are requiring Soldiers to now learn about is resiliency. My impression of some of the Soldiers is that they may not have the necessary coping skills. There are times when they may not know how to handle the stress themselves. But they have a family. So, this is a huge task, and the important thing is the kids know that the parents love them. It is important to help them to understand that.” Closing out the discussion, Houston dedicated herself to doing her best to help reduce or eliminate the problem of bullying. “Here in USAG Daegu, we’re not going to ease up on the issue of bullying –not until the problem no longer is a problem.” x
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Daegu American School student Jashona Hopson and Trevor Romain share a tender moment during his visit to DAS in early February. A motivational speaker, Romain travels worldwide to take his message, “With You All the Way,” to military children and their families. His trip was sponsored by the USO. — U.S. Army photo by Lee, Seung-bin Story by Mary B. Grimes [email protected]
DAEGU GARRISON — During his recent visit to Daegu, Trevor Romain, author of a number of children’s books aimed at topics ranging from bullying to grief and separation, met with community leaders and representatives to share his thoughts on these critical issues and more. U.S. Army Garrison Daegu E xce p t i o n a l Fa m i l y Me m b e r Program Manager Mirian Houston, took the opportunity in a one-onone session to ask a few rather poignant questions regarding bullying. An issue that continues to make national headlines, Houston said she felt addressing the topic was something the USAG Daegu community needed to be brought up to speed on. “Bullying is a problem, and one that we won’t tolerate in our USAG Daegu community,” she said. “There is no other way to put it accept to say that bullies are mean, and they are scary. From my experience in dealing with children who have been confronted with this issue, I can’t put it any other way.” Houston said that Romain agreed with her assessment. “Mr. Romain reassures kids that they’re not alone and it’s not their fault if a bully decides to pick on them. He also stresses this point in all of his literature. During
our conversation, he explained that some people are bullies, and described realistic ways to become ‘Bully-Proof.’ That is, how to stop bullies from hurting others-- as well as how a child can get help when they find themselves in dangerous situations.” D u r i n g h i s v i s i t to Da e g u American School on Camp George, Houston, along with other USAG Daegu and DAS officials, sat in on the exchange between the students and the noted author. “If you are a bully, do you really want people to think of you as unkind, abusive and mean?” he queried the very attentive children. “It’s never too late to change, although changing a pattern of bullying might seem difficult at first. Ask an adult you respect for some mentoring or coaching on how you could change?” According to Lee Seung-bin, an intern at USAG Daegu, the sincerity expressed by Romain toward the DAS students was matched only by the emotions unleashed by the children themselves. “Sometimes we think children don’t understand what’s going on with issues like separation, deployment, and even bullying,” Lee said. “It was clear, however, that this is not always the case. The children asked questions that were difficult and painful. They do have thoughts about these issues, and they do tend to keep them to themselves and that hurt and pain
at some point, is too much for them to handle. Mr. Romain gave them a chance to let go of some of that hurt. It was truly a necessary and an unforgettable session.”
Manager of the USAG Daegu Exceptional Family Member Program Mirian Houston listens closely during a discussion about bullying with noted author, entertainer and motivational speaker, Trevor Romain. While in Daegu, Romain visited Daegu American School where he addressed topics ranging from deployment to reintegration. — U.S. Army photo by Lee, Seung-bin
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THE MORNING CALM
News & Notes
CYS Services New Family Child Care Home Opens CYSS is proud to welcome Amanda Dwyer as our new FCC provider. Her home is located on Camp George. All FCC providers go through extensive training, background checks and home inspections. Please call 764-4835 for more imformation about this program and to find out how you can become an FCC provider. We are particulary looking for providers who want to open up their homes for evening and weekend care.
Intern Program completes 15 ‘semesters’
DeCA/Exchange Advisory Council Wonder why they don’t have patis in the Commissary? Can’t find an Otter© case for your iPhone4© in the Exchange? Well, on March 14 at the Daegu High School on Camp Walker, from 3:30 p.m., Ms. Henderson, Exchange Southern Region Director and and Mr. Miraflor, DeCA Store Director will host a DeCA/Exchange Council - open to the community for you to voice your ideas, sugggestions and concerns!
USAG Daegu Commander Col. Kathleen Gavle poses with Korean student interns during the 15th closing ceremony held Feb. 23 at Keimyung University, in Daegu. The ceremony provided the interns, who worked side-by-side with U.S. military personnel from various departments and agencies across the Southeast Hub, a chance to share with supervisors and school representatives all that they experienced during their six-month cultural exchange. The university students represent Korean educational institutions from both Daegu and Busan. — U.S. Army photos by Pfc Jeong, Hyuk soo
Free Credit Score and Analysis Check your free FICO ® credit scores and the educational information and tools in the FICO Sstandard product availabe free of charge to eligible active duty service members and their spouses. Contact your installation Army Community Services office to call ahead for an appointment: Camp Carroll 765-7900 Camp Henry 768-7112
Story by Sgt. Bryan Willis [email protected]
Command Sponsorship Enhances Mission Readiness
sponsorship section that includes information and example packets for incountry requests. Your unit S1 personnel section or unit CSP manager will have the required documents and information on the entire process. An In-Country (IC) Command Sponsorship packet must include: The 3-page memo with the Soldier’s Data, DA 5888-R, DD 2792 and or 2792-1 (if EFMP), Brigade Commander’s Endorsement Memo, PCS
Mandatory Personal Financial Management Training Every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Camp Henry Army Community Services (ACS) Classroom, family members are welcome on a space available basis. This course is comprised of eight sessions mandated by Department of the Army for First Term Soldiers. This class teaches how to develop a personal budget/spending plan; recognize signs of financial trouble and where to get assistance; the importance of credit and how to establish a savings account, emergency savings and long term savings; how to make the consumer decisions; how to plan for large and small purchases; and how to plan insurance needs on life, auto, personal property, and home. Call 768-7112 for further information.
DAEGU GARRISON — The Command Sponsorship Program allows service members to bring their families to Korea and is designed to enhance mission readiness throughout Korea by promoting continuity, predictability and stability. A service member can apply for command sponsorship before coming to Korea or apply once they are in Korea. The 8th Army website has a command
and pinpoint orders, and ERB/ORB. Packets are to be sent through the Soldier’s S1 personnel section for a final decision approval from the Military Personnel Division Yongsan. This programs availability is based on current infrastructure limitations and all CSP allocations must be managed very closely and be synchronized with mission requirements. The 19th ESC, CSP Primary Manager is CW2 Marnisha Grant and Staff Sgt. Nancy Jefferson assists. x
Putting the right foot forward during proper lifting
Story and Photo by Jose R. Melendez [email protected]
DAEGU GARRISON — As you go about your daily tasks be aware of your body’s movements and the pressure and strain that you may put on your back. Below are some lifting tips that will help with the prevention of back injuries. Your body has natural limits. Some job tasks can lead to injuries when you go beyond these limits. Many strain and sprain injuries of the back are caused by repeated smaller injuries over a period of time. Most back pain is caused by injuries to the muscles, ligaments and discs. Your body tells the truth. It is important to pay attention to the very first signs of back pain before a small problem turns into a crippling injury. Report all back pain. Lifting is not the only activity that leads to sprains and strains. Carrying, bending, twisting, pushing, pulling and repetitive movements can also lead to strain and sprain injuries. Keeping your back stretched and healthy is a good thing to do. Stretching can prevent some injuries and reduce the time your body needs to heal after an injury. Exercises only help prevent injuries when they are part of a comprehensive back injury prevention program. 1) Stand close to the load and center yourself over it with your feet shoulder width apart
Saving and Investing This class provides an overview of all types of saving and investment products and covers the basic information needed to understand how savings plans and different types of investments works. The topics include IRA’s 401K’s, TSP, 529 plans and money market accounts. 21 Feb 1330-1530, Camp Carroll ACS Classroom Call 765-7900 for further information.
2) Tighten your abdominal muscles. 3) Keeping your back straight, bend your knees and squat down to the floor. 4) Get a good grasp on the load with both hands. 5) Keeping the load close to your body use your leg muscles to stand up lifting the load off the floor. 6) Your back should remain straight
throughout lifting, using only the muscles in the legs to lift the load. 7) Do not twist your body when moving the load. Instead take small steps with your feet turning until you are in the correct position. 8) Again bend at the knees using only your leg muscles and place the load in the appropriate spot. x
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The “Star-gazing Tower”
By Pfc. Bang Bong-joo [email protected]
March is Women’s History Month, so our theme for this month’s Question of the Week is...you guessed it! Up first: What woman in U.S. history have you or do you admire the most, and tell us why.
Clara Barton: a nurse who tended to wounded soldiers of both the North and South during the American Civil War and thereafter tirelessly worked to identify those missing in the war. Ms Barton went on to found the American National Society of the Red Cross in 1881 to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and to provide humane services to all in times of war or natural disaster.
Geyonju, a coastal city located in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsan Province in South Korea, is home to the Cheomseongdae Observatory. Dating back to the seventh century, the observatory was created during the reign of Queen Seondoek. It stands approximately 9 meters high, and consists of 356 stones. Known as the “star-gazing tower, the structure is said to be Asia’s oldest surviving observatory, and was used by the Queen’s astronomer to gather information regarding weather patterns and the timing of any solar eclipse. — Courtesy photo by Mary B. Grimes
LTC Emma Marie Baird who served in the United States Army for 24 years and was one of the first women to join the newly formed Women’s Army Corps in 1942. She was the first woman assigned to the U.S. Military Academy staff as the Personnel Officer, and establish an official “family assistance” program addressing the growing needs of military families. Her efforts led to the creation of Army Community Service in 1965. Affectionately known as the “Mother of ACS”, she was a mentor to the volunteers who were trying to grow into leadership responsibility, and is the cornerstone upon which Army Community Service was built.
Raven Rae Rae Calloway
Michelle Obama: the first African American first lady, she is great role model women of any ethnicity. She is extremely active in her husband’s administration. She is openly family orientated and clearly expresses her opinions. She works to fix issues and concerns in the United States such as, child obesity and support of military families. She does not sit back and let her husband do all the work. Her dedication to creating a better life for the American people by working and educating is what makes me admire her.
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The Southeast Hub acknowledges Black History Month 2012
THE MORNING CALM
The Camp Henry DFAC, with the help of the USAG Daegu Equal Opportunity Team did its best to make this year’s Black History Month an occasion to remember. Members from the local community gathered in strength at the DFAC to listen to guest speaker, Master Sgt. Demita V. Vital share some precious thoughts and recollections of her own experience as a mother and as a Soldier. Currently assigned to 8th Army G-6, the Jacksonville, Fla. native expressed her appreciation at being a part of this year’s efforts to highlight Black History Month, as well as having a role in celebrating the theme “Black Women in American Culture and History.” Here Capt. Brandon Wilkins, Commander, HHC USAG Daegu presents an award to Vital, in appreciation for her support of this year’s equal opportunity effort.— U.S. Army photos by Pfc Jeong, Hyuk-soo
USAG-Daegu holds Change of Responsibilty ceremony
USAG Daegu was all about tradition in a Change of Responsibility ceremony held Feb. 24, on Camp Henry. The event highlighted the departure of Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel S. Arnold, who will move on to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. where he will serve as the Regimental CSM for the Chemical Corps. CSM Arnold stands at attention as USAG Daegu Commander Col. Kathleen Gavle passes the NCO sword to Master Sgt. Troy L. Parnell, who assumed the duty of USAG Daegu CSM.— U.S. Army photos by Pfc Bang, Bong-joo