April 4, 2008 • Volume 6, Issue 24
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
Handicrafts give personal touch to Insadong wares Page 3
Humhreys exercises Army Family Covenant with child health clinic Page 4
Tichina Arnold shakes hands with Warrior Country Page 7
Scouts display cars, creativity at annual derby
The Cub Scout Pack 89 Pinewood Derby took place March 29 on USAG Yongsan. The derby is an annual event in which the boys race cars they build with the assistance of their parents. Top contenders were recognized for their accomplishments. — U.S. Army Photo By Edward Johnson
Law enforcement at Busan trains, tests tactics during anti-terrorism exercise
See Page 25 for story and photos
Ofﬁcials plant future rooted in teamwork
A military dog catches up with a simulated escaping terrorist holding a weapon while a KNP SWAT Team captures him in a ROK/U.S. exercise — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul
Ofﬁcials from U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan and Yongsan City District Ofﬁce plant a pine tree at the heliport on Yongsan Garrison South Post in commemoration of Arbor Day. They also planted 18 cherry trees at the Namsan Botanical Garden in Seoul. See Page 9 for more information. — U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Im jin-min
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Published by Installation Management Command - Korea Commanding General/Publisher: Brig. Gen. Al Aycock Public Affairs Ofﬁcer/Editor: Edward N. Johnson Senior Editor:Susan Silpasornprasit USAG-RED CLOUD Commander: Col. Larry A. Jackson Public Affairs Ofﬁcer: Margaret Banish-Donaldson CI Ofﬁcer: James F. Cunningham USAG-YONGSAN Commander: Col. David W. Hall Public Affairs Ofﬁcer: David McNally CI Ofﬁcer: Kenneth Fidler Staff Writer: Cpl. Im Jin-min USAG-HUMPHREYS Commander: Col. John E. Dumoulin Jr. Public Affairs Ofﬁcer: Bob McElroy Writer/Editor: Andre D. Butler CI Ofﬁcer: Stacy Ouellette USAG-DAEGU Commander: Col. Michael P. Saulnier Public Affairs Ofﬁcer: Ronald Inman CI Ofﬁcer: Samuel G. Hudson Staff Writer: Cpl. Na Kyung Chul Staff Writer: Cpl. Jang Won il This Army newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The Morning Calm Weekly are not necessarily ofﬁcial views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, or Department of the Army. The editorial content of this weekly publication is the responsibility of the IMCOM-Korea, Public Affairs, APO AP 96205. Circulation: 9,500 Printed by Oriental Press, a private ﬁrm in no way connected with the U.S. Government, under exclusive written contract with the Contracting Command-Korea. The civilian printer is responsible for commercial advertising. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Army or Oriental Press of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political afﬁliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is conﬁrmed, the printer shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. Oriental Press President: Charles Chong Commercial Advertising Telephone: 738-5005 or 723-4253 Fax: (02) 790-5795 E-mail: [email protected]
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Bell Sends: 2008 COLA Survey
In April and May 2008, trained and experienced element, will consolidate the information and verify USFK Pricing Teams will complete a Retail Price its accuracy. Once I am conﬁdent in the accuracy Schedule (RPS) to document the prices of goods and of the information, it will be submitted to DoD services both on and oﬀ-post here in Korea as required for analysis. DoD will then compare our prices by Department of Defense (DoD) regulations. against the CONUS prices of similar goods and The teams will collect raw price data for 120 goods services. The results will produce the COLA rates for and services from vendors frequented by USFK Servicemembers stationed in Korea, compensating Servicemembers, as identiﬁed during the last Living them for the diﬀerence in these price levels. Pattern Survey (LPS) in 2006. Any adjustment to the COLA rates would be –The LPS online surveys of 2004, 2005, and 2006 announced in August 2008, with an eﬀective date established the shopping patterns of Servicemembers of October 2008. Gen. Burwell B. Bell in Korea and have remained consistent. The bottom line is that COLA improves the Commander –The RPS, which requires sending teams to quality of life for our Servicemembers and their locations identiﬁed in an LPS, is used to accurately families by adding dollars to their take-home pay report the prices of goods and services used by Serviemembers each month. Because it is a valuable ﬁnancial entitlement, this stationed in Korea. RPS teams go to the vendors ad price the goods command will ﬁght to ensure you receive every penny you are and services used to establish COLA rates. USFK will deploy RPS legally and ethically entitled to. teams in Seoul, Pyongtaek, Taegu, Chinhae, and at Osan Airbase We go together! as part of the 2008 COLA Survey. The 175th Financial Management center, as the USFK ﬁnance
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IMCOM Safety Update:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the 31,910 vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2001, 60 percent were not wearing a safety belt. Safety belts saved 13,274 lives in 2001, and if all vehicle occupants over age 4 had been wearing safety belts, 7,334 more lives could have been saved. U.S. Army Requirement All drivers and passengers in vehicles are required to wear seat belts while traveling on or through military installations. Military members are required to wear safety belts at all times in a moving motor vehicle.
Seat Belt Facts
• Seat belts spread impact forces over the entire body. • Seat belts stop you gradually, rather than abruptly. • Lap and shoulder belts reduce moderate to fatal injuries by 57%. • The majority of injuries and fatal crashes occur at speeds under 40 mph and within 25 miles of home.
Yongsan Red Cross honors volunteers at annual ceremony
by Kenneth Fidler USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs The American Red Cross Yongsan Station honored its volunteer corps Thursday, announcing the volunteer of the year for 2007 and recognizing volunteers and staﬀ for their service. Red Cross oﬃcials named Catherine Moug as the Volunteer of the Year and presented her with the Service to Armed Forces Award at the ARC’s annual volunteer recognition banquet here. “I am very humbled today to be with so many who give their time to Red Cross. I’m totally surprised,” said Moug, whose husband is the Australian defense attaché and special liaison to the United Nations Command here. “I have lived these three years believing that I get more out of this than I give.” Gen. B.B. Bell, commander of U.S. Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command, the event’s guest speaker, said volunteers “stand head and shoulders above the crowd because you not only feel the need to help, you do something about it.” “You are, in my view, making the best expression of the human spirit that any person could make,” he added. For Moug, she put in more than 275 hours last year as a volunteer caseworker, delivering critical emergency messages from families in the United States to Servicemembers here. She also gives the weekly Red Cross orientation brieﬁng at the Yongsan Readiness Center, which inprocesses every Soldier newly assigned to Korea. “I’ve always wanted to give back to my community if I had the opportunity,” Moug said. “The Red Cross was natural .... I’m giving back to a defense force.” During the ceremony, Dr. Lee Se-ung, President of the Republic of Korea National American Red Cross, and Lawson Hughes, Regional Manager for the American Red Cross Korea, exchanged presentations to signify their strong alliance. The Yongsan Station has 39 youth and about 130 adult volunteers who put in 20,317 hours last year. That time is worth the equivalent of $345,389, according to Red Cross oﬃcials. “The Red Cross is literally run by volunteers,” Hughes said. Some paid staﬀ members provide support, but volunteers provide the largest percentage of direct service. “It is very critical for us to have volunteers; if we didn’t have volunteers, we could not do they type of services that we do on a daily basis,” Hughes said. The following individuals and organizations received awards at the recognition ceremony: Home Town Hero’s Award: Yongsan Commissary American Chamber of Commerce American Forces’ Spouses’ Club 121st Combat Support Hospital U.S. Forces Korea J1 U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Volunteer Leadership Award Level II: Park, Si Employee Excellence Award for Support Services Level II: Choe, Won Kyong Health and Safety Services Award: Capt. Kang, Sang-guk, ROK Marine Corps Medical Volunteer Award for Support Services: Jafanna Tipton Medical Volunteer Award for Professional/ Technical Services: Park, Ji Hyun Employee Excellence Award for Technical/ Professional: Jessica C. Shanahan Employee Excellence Award for Management: Robert H. Owen Jr.
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The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. AREA I: Assault Consummated by a Battery; Preliminary investigation revealed that Subject #1 and Subject #2 were engaged in a verbal altercation while they were getting on a shuttle bus, which turned physical, when Subject #1 struck Subject #2 in the face with a closed hand. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were then separated by other people on the bus. Both soldiers then exited the bus and Subject #2 struck Subject #1 in the face with a closed hand. Subject #1 retaliated by striking Subject #2 back at which time Subject #2 tackled Subject #1 to the ground where the two of them scuffled briefly. Subject #1 then struck Subject #2 on the cheek and they were both separated again. Subject #1 left the area to find a taxi cab but returned to the bus station where Subject #1 proceeded to strike Subject #2 again with a closed hand. Witness #1 observed this action and detained Subject #1 until MP arrived on scene. Subject #1 was apprehended and transported to the USAG Casey PMO where Subject #1 was administered a PBT with a result of .054 percent BAC. Subject #1 was processed and released to Subject #1 unit. Subject #2 was transported to the USAG Casey TMC to be treated for injuries sustained during this incident. Subject #1 sustained minor bruising to Subject #1 face and a bump on the back of Subject #1 head. Subject #2 received stitches above Subject #2 left eye prior to this incident, Subject #2 stitches were re-opened and he had bruising to Subject #2 left eye. Subject #2 was given a command directed LBAT with results pending. At 1300 hrs, 23 MAR 08, Subject #2 and Subject #1 reported to USAG-Casey PMO where they were advised of their legal rights, which they waived, rendering written sworn statements admitting to the offense. AREA II: Assault Consummated by a Battery; Person(s) unknown, by reasons unknown, struck Subject #1 in the facial area with a closed hand. Subject #1 reported injuries consisting of a swollen right eye and a minor laceration to the left cheek. Subject #1 declined medical treatment. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness(es) met with negative results. Subject #1 was transported to the USAG Yongsan PMO, where Subject #1 rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. This is a final report. AREA III: Larceny of Private Funds; Person(s) unknown, by means unknown removed $120.00 - $130.00 out of an AAFES taxi which was left unsecured and unattended adjacent to BLDG #725, USAG Humphreys. Person(s) unknown then fled the scene in an unknown direction. Victim #1 rendered a written statement attesting to the incident. A search of the area by MP met with negative results. ECOL is $120.00 -130.00. Investigation continues by MPI. AREA III: Larceny of Private Property; Person(s) unknown, by means unknown removed Victim #1 Xbox 360 and Victim #2 video projector from a barracks room, USAG Humphreys, which were left unsecured and unattended. Person(s) unknown then fled the scene in an unknown direction. Victim #2 and Victim #1 rendered written sworn statements attesting to the incident. A search of the area by MP met with negative results. ECOL is unknown.
Insadong is an art district in the heart of Seoul that offers a variety of art work, antiques and handicrafts for shoppers. Both traditional pieces and modern sculptures and decor are on display in this historic cultural center. — U.S. Army Photo By Edward Johnson
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Current events and activities
Seoul Grand Park is a major theme park in Korea, containing all kinds of entertainment facilities including a zoo, well blended with the surrounding scenery. Covering an area of about 7,000,000 sq km, Seoul Grand Park features a lake at the park’s center, and zoo, botanical garden, educational center for youth, and various convenience facilities for shopping, resting and dining. A sky walk provides tourists with a bird’s eye view of the area. Currently, the zoo has an extremely rare Roland Gorilla, and about 360 kinds of animals, and total of 3,200 creatures from all over the world, divided into origin and species. The botanical garden is sectioned into diﬀerent temperature zones, and the zoo has a practical layout. The dolphin and seal shows are the pride of Seoul Grand Park. The live shows are scheduled throughout the day, providing plenty of opportunities to attend the performances. The botanical garden contains 1,300 kinds of plants, and the Mt. Cheonggyesan Forest Relaxation Area is great for trail walking. The large ﬁeld on which the Seoul Grand Park operates holds various seasonal festivals. In April, the Royal Cherry Blossoms Festival For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com
Seoul Grand Park
well, while serving a free special cherry blossom menu called the “Wakko” cocktail. The various events entailed such programs as climbing the stairs of the 63 Building, the Tongtong Love Spring Festival, a cherry blossom body-painting event, character parade, and a special yellow ﬁsh game greeting the blooming of the cherry blossoms. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com
The short, easily accessible journey to Yeouido will take spring enthusiasts to the city’s most celebrated venue for viewing cherry blossoms. The winding road of Yunjungno, behind the National Assembly building, is lined with over 1,400 cherry trees – all of which are roughly 30 to 40 years old. From early to mid April, the 5.7 kilometer-long-stretch turns snowy-white with cherry blossoms, drawing over 2.5 million visitors every year. When ﬂowers are in full bloom, some sections of the road are blocked oﬀ, making public transportation a more convenient choice than driving. Also, at the height of the cherry blossom season, a Cherry Blossom’s Big Festival will be held at the 63 Building. The 63 City Building food court will feature a special cherryblossom menu during the festival. Last year, China’s performing arts group held a dance performance and various other events as
Cherry Blossom Tunnel (Seoul)
Insadong has been at the heart of nation’s capital for 600 years and was the center of culture during the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910). Today, it is a major art and shopping district featuring handicrafts, artwork, traditional pottery ad antiques. Numerous alleys branch out from the main street with plenty of stores and stands to explore. Most of Korea’s antique stores are in Insadong. Most of the stores sell old books, pictures and calligraphy. Among the antiques are old pictures, pottery, wooden containers and jewelry. There are a variety of art pieces from earthenware of the Uniﬁed Silla Era to white pottery of the Chosun Era. Traditional Korean ceramic ware is the main art collection in Insadong, which is also the most popular item for tourists. At Naraksil and Gayajae are popular sites for old furniture and other antiques. Naraksil oﬀers good quality vintage furniture such as bookshelves and bookstands. Gayajae sells old pieces of furniture, stone Buddha and tiles. Other popular antiques can be found at the ‘Toto’s Antiques’ where there are contemporary articles. Visitors can ﬁnd schoolbooks, toys and ornaments in the 1950s and 1960s. Sunday has been named as a car-free day street with cars and various events are held instead. A ﬂea market is held this day where antiques, accessories, artworks and books are sold and bought. Traditional antiques from diﬀerent parts of Korea as well as international antiques brought by foreign tourists are displayed enabling visitors to view many traditional items at a glance. It is highly recommended to visit Insadong this day since you can also view street paintings. For more information, visit www.tour2korea.com
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immunizations screening, vitals screening, immunizations, meeting with a provider, and physical exams for receiving a copy of the completed physical. Having any vision issues would be a real detriment to anyone’s physical abilities in sports. The other thing we are pushing today is the use of proper eyewear. We want to make sure that the kids who are participating in sports are using the proper protective eyewear, said Lt. Col. Thomas White, chief of optometry, 215th Medical Detachment Optometry commander. “What we’re looking for today is color vision on the boys, who have most of the color vision defects and any sort of visual acuity diﬀerence between the two eyes and sharpness of vision,” said White. With any sports activity involving smaller balls such as baseball or tennis, proper vision and eye protection are very important. A child with a vision deﬁciency could suﬀer injury or accidental inflict injury onto others. Of course, with any activity, safety of all participants is a priority. “This event was a great example of how the Humphreys community pulled resources together to ensure our children have the best quality of life and opportunities,” said Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr., USAG Humphreys Garrison commander. “This event turned out so well because it was a great team eﬀort. The Humphreys Health Clinic, community volunteers and Child and Youth Services worked together to make this day successful. On behalf of all the Family members, my wife Jean, and I truly appreciate their hard work,” said Dumoulin. The normal process of attaining a pediatric medical physical is through the appointment system. For more information regarding pediatric physicals, contact Washington at 753-8131.
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USAG Humphreys child health assessment shows Army Family Covenant in action
by Stacy A. Ouellette USAG-H Public Affairs Members from the USAG Humphreys Health Clinic, 75th Medical Company Area Support conducted a Sports Physical and Health Assessment Day for the Humphreys community, March 29. This event was coordinated expediently to ensure all school-aged children would have the opportunity to participate in Humphreys Child and Youth Services and Child Development Center activities. “The purpose of today’s event is to make sure all the children that needed sports physicals had them prior to the sports season starting. Also for children to participate in the CDC, they need a full physical,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bessie G. Washington, USAG Humphreys Troop Health Clinic NCOIC. As part of the Army Family Covenant, children are authorized free child care to enable parents to attend unit Family Readiness Group meetings. Children must have current medical physical documentation to utilize the child development center. “I was so excited to find out they were going to have this event. For me it’s important because I’m home schooling my kids, and they need interaction with other children,” said J’Aime’ Stevenson. Physical appointments availability was limited due to a shortage of providers. Even seeking out appointments through other installations wasn’t an option, said Stevenson. There is one pediatrician assigned. After a complete review of all pediatric records held by the facility, it was determined that 50 percent of them were screened and up to date, said Washington. There were seven stations set up for attendees: signing in and records screening; patient administration; vision,
Mentoring champion provides career guidance to mentees and mentors
by Mary Tanzer IMCOM Mentoring Program Manager Pa r t i c i p a n t s i n t h e In s t a l l a t i o n Management Command Centralized Mentoring Program reconvened in March for two video teleconferences with Randy Robinson, director of IMCOM-West and the IMCOM mentoring champion. Robinson talked with participants about program activities, progress and expectations, and discussed individual development plans and program expectations. The Centralized Mentoring Program targets employees GS-11 through GS-13 and equivalent, employees to match with volunteer senior leaders who help groom them to assume positions with higher levels of responsibility. Thirty mentee-mentor pairs were selected for the fiscal 2008 IMCOM Centralized Mentoring Program in October 2007. During a two-day orientation the mentorship pairs developed agreements and action plans. Mentors and mentees also participate in stretch and one-week shadow assignments, assess leader skills, and complete online training courses during the one-year mentorship program. Robinson agreed that performing shadow and stretch assignments are extremely valuable experiences and attending training courses is important. However, he cautioned mentees not to get so caught up in training that they loose focus of their job and needed contributions. He emphasized that exceptional day-to-day performance on the job is as important as attending training. While training is necessary, accomplishing signiﬁcant tasks and achieving results are key, he said, “We need and desire people who can make a diﬀerence.” He added that attending certain senior service schools is critical in developing leadership. Mentors can assist in reviewing resumes and individual development plans to identify and modify potential shortfalls. –See Mentoring, Page 13–
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Fireﬁghters dressed in class ‘A’ fully sealed HAZMAT protective suits, plug a hole in the side of a simulated leaking chlorine bottle and wrench down a sealing cap on the top while training in how to deal with class ‘A’ HAZMAT emergencies. — U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
USAG-RC Fireﬁghters receive HAZMAT training
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CAMP STANLEY—USAG-Red Cloud firefighters spent 15 days training how to clean up hazardous materials in an emergency. The hands-on practical training took place in the now defunct ammunitions housing area on Camp Stanley March 28. The training is mandatory for all ﬁreﬁghters working for Installation Management Command-Korea. Fireﬁghters train continuously in order to stay proﬁcient in skills needed to save lives and put out ﬁres. However, training for HAZMAT situations requires a diﬀerent kind of mindset. “In a fire situation, firefighters need to assess the situation quickly in order to ﬁnd people who may be trapped inside a structure needing help to get out,” said John Cook, USAG-RC ﬁre chief. “The situation in a HAZMAT emergency is entirely diﬀerent. Fireﬁghters must slow down, assess the situation, and evaluate factors such as what kind of hazardous material is causing the emergency. If it is a gas, there will be such things as wind direction and terrain to consider, or if it were biological, such as anthrax, it would require a diﬀerent protocol to clean up.” Two levels of situations can be determined at a HAZMAT incident. Level ‘A’ covers poisonous gases. If a liquid on the ground is putting oﬀ poisonous gasses, then the situation is level ‘A.’ “If it is a combination of chemicals causing the same hazards as a poisonous gas, or if it is an unknown substance, we determine it is level ‘A.’ Level ‘B’ HAZMAT incident involves known chemicals such as chlorine, fuel spills and dry powder spills.” When an incident is determined to be a HAZMAT incident, ﬁreﬁghters must use protective clothing diﬀerent from the usual ﬁreﬁghting outﬁt. “A level ‘A’ HAZMAT incident requires the firefighter to put on special totally sealed protective suits that provide safety for handling hazardous materials; a level ‘B’ HAZMAT incident does not require a fully sealed protective suit. They are used for liquids that do not produce a toxic gas atmosphere,” Cook said. “Fireﬁghters will set up a decontamination station before they go into the scene.” Decontamination scenes include a tent, which dilutes the hazardous chemical, in this case, chlorine, by spraying water over the protective suit. In front of the decontamination tent is an open tub the ﬁreﬁghter steps into while being rinsed oﬀ by other ﬁreﬁghters before entering the tent. “The decontamination spray could be anything from water, bleach, water and soap, or NBC decontaminating foam,” Cook said. Once decontaminated, he may remove the protective suit. “The firefighter must slow down his response to a HAZMAT emergency because he will have no idea what the hazards are at the time,” said Kenneth Williams, fire protection specialist and instructor. “Because the ﬁreﬁghter has no idea what the isolation distances are, he must slow down and determine the highest level of protection. He must determine if the threat is a liquid, gas or a combination of both. There could be one or more chemicals involved, when mixed together, change the type of hazardous threat.” There is a plan for dealing with all situations, even unknown substances, Cook said. “We have plans that direct us for unknown substances and where to set our isolation zones,” Cook said. “We can go from unknown substance to identiﬁed substance; we use something called the Emergency Response Guide to determine the initial response.” Once the hazardous material is identiﬁed, procedures are put in place to evacuate the material and dispose of it. “Our response depends on the hazardous material and whether or not we have victims involved,” Cook said. “The ﬁrst thing we consider is victims and how to save them. We may have to make a decision on the scene: can we make a quick entry and pull out any victims, or if they are already dead, we slow down the process and go through the steps. From that point we will normally make the entry and mitigate the incident.” “The Department of Defense requires our Korean employees to have a certain level of training,” Williams said. “We are exceeding the DoD level by actually teaching them to earn national certiﬁcations which are recognized by civil authorities and by the DOD. We are going a step beyond what is required, and from this point on, once they are certiﬁed, all they will require will be annual proﬁciency training.” The ﬁreﬁghters will come back to this location and take a practical exam for what they learn today. “They need two things to be certiﬁed,” Williams said. “They need to pass the DOD test, and they will have to pass the performance evaluations. We put a package together and send it oﬀ to the DOD. They will send back a certiﬁcate.” The integrity of the training and the tests rely on experts in HAZMAT operations to conduct both the training and the tests. “To control the integrity of the program, I can’t be a judge,” Williams said. “The instructor has to be separate personnel as well as the person that administers the tests
and does the performance evaluation.” More specialized training is planned at USAG-RC, Williams said. “Our future plans are for much more of this specialized training; we sometimes attend training at USAG-Humphreys and USAG-Yongsan,” Williams said. “We share training opportunities with other areas as well.” “HAZMAT incidents are very technical in how we respond to them,” Cook said. “It requires a lot of knowledge, research and training; hands-on training, and practical training.” The ﬁnal test for ﬁreﬁghters in USAGRC takes place between April 7 and 10. The test will be assessing a HAZMAT emergency and solving the crisis following the steps learned in training. “The test is a response assessment that says ‘here is the situation, go and take care of it,’” Cook said. “To pass, they have to follow all the steps.”
A ﬁreﬁghter exits the decontamination tent where he was rinsed and decontaminated after working a simulated HAZMAT emergency during HAZMAT remediation training at Camp Stanley March 28. — U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
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News & Notes
2ID & USAG-RC Present Holocaust Remembrance Do not stand silent, remember kristallnacht 1938. Speakers are Jacob Rosenberg, Elle Wiesel and Gerda Klein Holocaust survivors. May 2 from 11 a.m. to noon in USAGRC CG’s Mess. For more information call: 732-6856. HHC, USAG-RC Mail Room Hours of Operation Monday—4-5:30 p.m., Tuesday—11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday—11:30 a.m.-1 p..m., Thursday—4-5 p.m., Friday—11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday—11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sunday—Closed. For more information call: 732-9063. 2008 Cheongdo Bull Fighting Festival The 2008 Cheongdo Bull Fighting Festival is seeking 10 to 12 troops to ride farmer’s bulls from April 11-13. For more information e-mail: [email protected]
HQ IMCOM Centralized Mentoring Program Be a mentor, help develop well-rounded managers at the mid or senior level by grooming high potential emloyees to assume higher levels of responsibilities. Mentees from GS-11—13. For more information call: 732-9063. Harvard Strategist Program Harvard Strategist Program is a one year degree producting program open to all Army active competitive category captains. Selected captains attend Harvard University on scholarship earning a Masters Degree in public administration. For more information call: 732-7015. 2008 Child Abuse Prevention Event 2ID and USAG-RC is sponsoring the 2008 Child Abuse Prevention Event: The best antidote to child abuse is a healthy marriage. April 16 from 1-3 p.m. in Hanson Field House on USAG-Casey. For more information call: 730-3002/3107. USFK Information Assurance Conference The USFK J6 will be hosting it’s fourth annual information assurance conference in the Osan Ofﬁcer’s Club from May 6 - 8. Presenters from DISA, PACOM, USFK, KTNOSC, RCERT-K, ROK MND, AF OSI will give addresses and the keynote speaker will be Robert Lentz. All IA professionals welcome. For more information call: 7233516. 2008 Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon All are cordially invited to attend the 2nd Infantry Division and USAG-RC Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon April 28 in the USAG-Casey Warrior’s Club at 11:30 a.m. Registered volunteers dine free. For more information call: 732-7314. Become a Volunteer To register as a volunteer log on to www. myarmylifetoo.com. If you are not sure where you would like to volunteer your time see the Army Volunteer Coordinator by callling: 732-7314. USAG-RC College Course Information For information about spring semister college courses call: 732-7015. Shincheon River Banks Clean Up The city of Dongducheon plans the 2008 Spring Shincheon River Banks Clean-up April 15. For more information call: 730-6630.
Soldiers from 304 Charile Company, Camp Stanley, engage in Military Operations on Urban Terrain training at USAG-Casey, March 26, as part of ‘White Week’, which took place March 24-28. — U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas
Warriors train at Stanley during White Week
by Spc. Alun Thomas USAG-RC Public Affairs CAMP STANLEY—As part of ‘White Week’, the 304th Signal Battalion, Bravo and Charlie companies, participated in various training exercises at Warrior Base and USAG-Casey, March 24-28, to allow the Soldiers an opportunity to work in a ﬁeld environment. The event is held quarterly, with some of the exercises including advanced riﬂe marksmanship, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical training, a live Medical Evacuation exercise and Military Operations on Urban Terrain training. Capt. Harold Morris, 304 Bravo Company commander, said the training is essential to maintain basic Soldier skills for companies who rarely engage in ﬁeld operations. “We are training Soldiers at Warrior Base this week in annual Warrior training tasks, something as non combat Soldiers we do not do enough,” Morris said. “My Soldiers don’t get to hold a riﬂe in their hands or perform a medical evacuation on a regular basis. We go out to the range once a month and qualify every six months, but I want to get a weapon in their hands as often as possible and be comfortable with it.” Hayes said the company tries to hold the AWT exercises once a quarter and is a good way to get away from the ﬂagpole, adding Soldiers need to be proﬁcient with such skills if they are called upon to use them in a real combat environment. Capt. Austin Hayes, 304 Charlie Company commander, said his company had spent the week at USAG-Casey undertaking advanced riﬂe marksmanship and extensive Military Operations on Urban Terrain training, to simulate a realistic urban combat setting. “ The Soldiers have gotten ver y comfortable and familiar with operating the M-16, M-4 and M-249,” Hayes said. “They learned how to carry them at low ready properly, walked and aimed, pivoted and turned, things they are not used to
doing or haven’t done in a while.” Hayes said the weapons training prepared the Soldiers for MOUT training, with one of the exercises including half of the company trying to take over a city occupied by the other half of the company, posing as militants. Soldiers wore the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System which allowed Soldiers to know when they had been hit by blank rounds, therefore eliminating them from the exercise. “We did walkthrough’s on how to clear rooms, conduct defense, four man stacks and how to react in case of weapons malfunction in hostile situations,” Hayes said. “Some of these Soldiers may have to do this for any reason, regardless of their jobs. Units are often taken, whether they are transportation or ﬁeld artillery and told they are not needed for their main job, instead they have to control a city.” Hayes said the week long training would conclude with a paintball exercise similar to the MOUT practice.
USAG-RC senior leaders attend stregic planning conference
Geraldine Jones (left), USAG-RC Civilian Personnel Advisory Center director, and Michael Ferguson (right), chief, USAG-RC Directorate of Logistics Transportation Division, point out threats during the two day Stregic Planning session March 27-28 at the Uijeongbu Convention Center. Leaders were given tasks to develop command mission and vision and values. In addition, teams discussed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the garrison. — U.S. Army Photo By Margaret Banish-Donaldson
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Members of the 210th Fires Brigade FRG prepare a ﬁeld picnic for the brigade March 28 to celebrate the end of two weeks of training at Firing Point 35. (From left) Jocean Bottorff, Kathleen Tripp, Kimberly Wanser, Jennifer Wade, Chandani Buccino, Sadiya Buccino, Maj. Joe Buccino. — U.S. Army Photo By Jim Cunningham
Fires Brigade FRG provides picnic for Soldiers
by Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs FIRING POINT 35—Family members of the Headquarters, Headquarters Battalion/ 210th Fires Brigade Family Readiness Group held a picnic in the ﬁeld for 72 Fires Brigade Warriors during the last few days of an exercise known as HHC External Evaluation. The idea behind the aﬀair is to build morale, provide lunch and baked goods for the Soldiers in the ﬁeld, said Maj. Joseph Buccino, commander HHB/210th Fires Brigade. “We are also integrating our Families into the training,” Buccino said. “Our Families are part of our readiness, and a part of our unit’s ability to do its mission. We wanted to bring them out and show them what their Soldiers do, and to recognize the Family members for all the volunteer work they do for us.” Buccino and his wife, Chandani, discussed the idea of having the Family members serve lunch for their Soldiers when the training mission was still being planned. “It came together two weeks ago,” Buccino said. “We discussed it with the other spouses in the FRG, and they helped put the whole thing together.” Being the ﬁrst of its kind in USAG-RC, Buccino hopes other commanders will see the beneﬁt of having such aﬀairs at the end of fortnight training periods. “I talked to Jim Allen, director of the USAG-Casey United Services Organization about getting the USO van to show up and play music for the picnic,” Buccino said. “He also provided some snacks and sodas for us, which is a great help.” Buccino also talked to Lt. Col. Donald Meisler, USAG-Casey garrison commander, about getting support from the USAG-Casey commissary. “Meisler arranged for us to get a discount from the USAG-Casey commissary,” Buccino said. “We greatly appreciate what Meisler does for the Families and the FRG as well.” There is a program that goes with the picnic where Soldiers and Family members will be recognized for their support to the Soldiers of the Fires Brigade and the FRG.
Tichina Arnold, TV star, visits Casey
perspective and, I want to see things up close for myself.” “For all the incredible men and women who serve our country, we owe it to them to come out and make our presence felt, and let them know they are still loved and respected,” Arnold continued. “I appreciate all they do for us and their country and this is the least I can do.” During the autograph session, Arnold posed for photos with Soldiers, signed various memorabilia such as ‘Martin’ DVD’s and was given several gifts from Soldiers, including an Army bag, binder and coﬀee mug. James Allen, USAG-Casey, USO manager, said the USO, who is constantly striving to bring popular entertainers to visit the troops overseas, handpicked Arnold to
“Some of the other battalions in the brigade have asked about doing this kind of event,” Buccino said. “We are excited about setting a trend here. The planning is not hard to do, but the resourcing is a challenge. If one starts planning four weeks away, it can be done.” “We are happy to provide some homecooked food and get to be with our spouses,” Chandani said. “The FRG bought the food and the USO supplied the beverages and the chips. We got some vegetables from the dining facility.” “We want to thank all the sponsors in our unit and the dining facility, our spouses, Jennifer Wade, Kimberly Wisner, Kathleen Trip, and the USO.”
by Spc. Alun Thomas USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG- CASEY – Actress Tichina Arnold, best known for her roles on the T.V. shows ‘Martin’ and ‘Everybody Hates Chris’, made a handshake and autograph visit to the United Service Organization, March 27, as part of a goodwill tour to Korea and Japan. James Richardson, deputy garrison commander, USAG-Casey, in honor of her visit, also awarded Arnold a commemorative pair of medals. “For the most part I am here because I want to be,” Arnold said. “It is my duty and my honor to be here, and my responsibility also. I keep telling the troops I have met, I’m tired of seeing things from the media’s
Actresss Tichina Arnold, makes her entrance at the USAG-Casey USO as part of her handshake and autograph tour March 27.— U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas
come to Asia. “This is a USO sponsored celebrity visit,” Allen said. “The USO sends celebrities here frequently, and all over the world also. This is an example of how the USO spends its money to support the troops.” Arnold said her trip had been educational in teaching her about how the military functions in a daily process, adding she had asked Soldiers as many questions as they had asked her. “This trip has been very educational and I’m happy I have had the chance to talk directly to the Soldiers and hear what is on their minds,” Arnold said. “There is a lot going on in the world today, a lot of things happening, and I felt I had to be part of it.”
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Arbor Day ceremonies signify Good Neighbor alliance
Army, Yongsan-gu ofﬁcials plant trees to honor friendship
by Pfc. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan and Yongsan-gu oﬃcials gathered March 27 to celebrate Arbor Day at Yongsan Garrison and at Namsan Botanical Garden in Seoul. More than 100 U.S. Army and Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldiers from Yongsan Garrison participated in the annual event to plant trees with Korean government oﬃcials. “On behalf of the United States Forces in Korea, we take great pride in sharing this activity with you,” said Col. Dave Hall, USAG-Yongsan commander, during the activity. “I hope that the trees we plant today will grow tall and strong and stand as a beautiful symbol of the lasting friendship between our two great nations.” Yongsan District Mayor Park Jangkyu said planting trees together would continue to strengthen relations between the United States and Korea. Hall and Park, accompanied by officials from both communities, started the morning by dedicating a commemoration monument and planting a pine tree near the heliport on Yongsan South Post. The group then traveled to the Botanical Garden near the Grand Hyatt Hotel where they joined other municipal oﬃcials and district citizens. “We put in a lot of eﬀort to create green spaces and parks,” said Park during his opening remarks at the ceremony. “I hope that the trees we plant today will grow beautifully and become a solid foundation to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Korea.” The group planted 18 cherry trees at Namsan. One of the participants was 1st
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Sgt. Darryl Wright, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAGYongsan. He said, “The good part of the event is that it does not matter what the culture or nationality was. It was all about the environment. It was good to see two diﬀerent cultures come together and work together.” Planting trees together was a chance for the Soldiers to interact with local community members. Pfc. Kim Tae-kyung, also of HHC, USAG-Yongsan, said, “It was good opportunity to do something for the community and environment.” The Arbor Day event is one of the most traditional and cooperative activities between the U.S. Army and Korea, lasting more than 15 years to promote the strong relationship between the two nations, said An Chang-sin, USAG-Yongsan’s community relations oﬃcer. Koreans oﬃcially celebrate Arbor Day during the ﬁrst weeks of April.
(Above Left to right) Yongsan-gu Mayor Park Jang-kyu, USAGYongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall, USAG-Yongsan Command Sergeant Major Ralph Rusch, and USAG-Y Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander Capt. Andrew Kletzing plant trees during Arbor Day ceremonies March 27. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lee Min-hwi (Left) Col. Dave Hall and Mayor Park Jang-kyu ﬁnish planting a cherry tree at the Namsan Botanical Garden. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Im Jin-min
Fun Fair set for Saturday
Yongsan’s annual Community Fun Fair is set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Child Development Center parking lot. The fair will feature games and bouncies along with various information booths to help educate community members on not only child and youth services available on Yongsan, but also other community service organizations. “This is a great opportunity for the community to share information and for children of all ages to have fun,” said Eskeletha Dorsey, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Child and Youth Services School Liaison Oﬃcer. Some highlights of the fair: • Information booths on pet adoption and pet care, family advocacy programs, early childhood development, ﬁre prevention, and community health. • Food booths, games and activities, including face painting, football, activity tables, arts and crafts, and a tae kwon do demonstration. Making a special appearance are the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program’s Daren the Lion and the fire department’s Sparky the Fire Dog. Call 738-5556 for more information.
Youth of all ages will enjoy the Yongsan Community Fun Fair Saturday. — Courtesy photo
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News & Notes
Good Neighbor English Camp Volunteer families are needed for the 2008 USFK Good Neighbor English Camp program to be held May 20-24. Participants are 10th grade Korean students who are selected by local school boards under the direction of the Korean Ministry of Education based on their ability to speak English and their willingness to participate in a home stay program. The goal is to immerse them in an English-speaking environment as they visit and interact with Americans during their home stay. Call 723-4685 or 4687 for information. Flowers for Housing Areas Flowers for family housing areas will be available for pick-up April 15, 17, 19 and 22 at the Self-Help Center on South Post. Flowers are free. Volunteer of Year Gala American Forces’ Spouses’ Club is sponsoring “A Night of the Stars” Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony 6-10 p.m. April 25 at the Main Post Club. Volunteers, Family Members and Friends are welcome to attend. For information, call 738-7510. 1st Annual College Fair Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presents its ﬁrst college fair noon to 4 p.m. April 19 at the Seoul American Elementary School cafeteria. Event planners are looking for volunteers to represent their college, university or service academy. For information, e-mail rokdstcollegefair@hotmail. com or call 010-3125-0466. Fine Arts Contest The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Arts and Crafts Center is sponsoring an art contest, with an April 16 deadline to submit entries. The categories are: ceramics, wood, ﬁbers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, drawings, prints, water-base painting, oil-base painting, mixed media 2-D and mixed media 3-D. For information, call 725-6070. Family Run Run/Walk A 5K Family Fun Walk and Run starts at 9 a.m. at Collier Field House Saturday as part of the Month of the Military Child activities. It will feature prizes and giveaways, and safety vests are required for all participants. For information, call 7385151. ACS Classes Army Community Service offers classes ranging from learning Korean to discovering Seoul. Following are free classes scheduled in April: Seoul Secrets Korean food discovery: Learn Korean food names, discuss restaurant etiquette, and eat in a local Korean restaurant touted as a “hidden secret” by community members. The class is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Seoul Secrets Transportation 101: Learn about the multitude of transportation choices Seoul has to offer to include the subway, express buses and local buses. The class is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16. Solo in Seoul: An ACS “Hearts Apart” program designed to provide information to Families of deployed or geographically separated spouses in USAG-Yongsan. Next class is 10:30 a.m. to noon April 17. Operation Smooth Move: Gain tips and information about moving or learn about your new duty station. The next class is 1-2:30 p.m. April 25. (From left to right) Michelle Roh, Jenna Weida, Kate Park and Jay Han solve a math problem during the Math Counts competition in March. The team won the DODDS contest, and Roh will compete nationally on the DODDS state team, joining three other students from Europe. — Courtesy photo by Sue Wilde
SAMS wins DODDS math contest
Eighth-grader to compete at nationals
by Kenneth Fidler USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Seoul American Middle School’s math team won the Department of Defense Dependent Schools Math Counts competition in March, with one “mathlete” moving on to compete at the U.S. national level. Jay Han, Kate Park, Michelle Roh and Jenna Weida beat out other DODDS’ region teams to earn the honor. In February, the team won the DODDSPaciﬁc title after beating 11 teams. Roh, an eighth grader, placed second in the individual category in the worldwide meet and will represent DODDS-Paciﬁc at nationals. She’ll join three students from Europe to form the DODDS state team, which will compete for the U.S. title May 8-11 in Denver. Kathee Lewis and Claire Park, Seoul American Middle School math teachers, coached the winning team. DODDS selected Lewis to coach the national team. “Math Counts is a pretty big program here,” Lewis said. “A lot of schools select four kids and train those four forever. We have more than 30 here. We meet every week and do these Math Counts problems and move up the sixth graders so they can compete.” Math Counts is a national program designed to help develop middle school students’ interest and achievement in mathematics, according to the Math Counts organization. Math Counts helps adolescents develop teamwork skills and learning how to set and achieve goals. The Seoul team endured three hours of math problems designed to test their speed, accuracy and problem-solving techniques. “We would always meet after school on Wednesdays and do questions that were on previous Math Counts competitions. We would act as if we were really doing it,” Roh said of her team’s preparation for the local, Paciﬁc and statewide competitions. Lewis has coached Roh since Roh was in
Library promotes writing through essay contest
by Pvt. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Yongsan Library recently recognized the winners of its March essay contest. The contest, held March 1-15, was designed to promote development of writing skills for all ages, said Dr. Esther Kim, library director. “Through this writing event, we expect not only to promote the usage of USAGYongsan Library, but also to enhance the morale of military families in Yongsan,” she said. “In addition, it is our great interest to develop writing habits of our customers, including students, so they can improve their writing skills.” Participants wrote essays from 150 to 300 or more words on the topics, “What is the future” or “Who is the world’s greatest person/inﬂuence and why.” The evaluation was based on the combination of Essay Contest several criteria, Winners said Larissa Toth, a Elementary school contest judge. “The 1st: Zachary Brehm 2nd: Thomas Barr most important 3rd: Sumaiya Irfan criteria was how well Middle School the essay addressed 1st: Madison Eister the topic questions. 2nd: Nathan Poravak 3rd: Michael Mscolo Creativity and the use of vivid High School 1st: Ana Barr descriptions and 2nd: Rachel Eister sensory imaging, as 3rd: Jahlay Dominguez well as grammatical Adults aspects, were also 1st: Maria Egel 2nd: Julianna Lopez equally important. 3rd: Briana Tillman I w a s i m p re s s e d 4th: Elinor Kim by the constant reference to the new technologies that might lead us into the future.” Zachary Brehm, who won the elementary school-age category, wrote about his view of future technologies. He
sixth grade. When she was in seventh grade, she was taking algebra, and is finishing geometry this year, three years ahead of the typical math student. “I’ve known Michelle for three years,” Lewis said. “I knew that if it was going to happen, it was going to happen this year. She was really good as a sixth grader without having had algebra or geometry. She was phenomenal last year when she was tasking algebra. So this year with geometry, we knew this was the year.” Math Counts was founded 24 years ago by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation. “Math Counts is put on by engineers,” Lewis added. “The kids who are competing are kids who may have the potential to be the next great engineer. If you were to win or be part of the team that wins, it means big scholarships and a potential future with those companies.” Participants and winners also come away with big prizes, such as scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $8,000, laptop computers and trips to Space Camp and math camps.
said, “I described new airplanes, vehicles and weapons in the future. It was a lot of fun because I like writing.” High school winner Ana C. Barr’s described how important her parents were and how they were her heroes. “Her eagerness just got my attention,” said judge Heather Brown. “It’s nice for the students to be recognized for their hard work. It was a really good contest for students.” David Norris, an English professor with University of Maryland University College, judged the adult category essays, and he emphasized the importance of writing activities. “Good writers are also good readers,” he said. “We absorb knowledge without realizing it.” Each winner received a certiﬁcate and an Army and Air Force Exchange Service gift card during the March 21 award ceremony.
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(Below) Staff Sgt. Shonda Chambers, 18th Medical Command, is cheered on as she eats a spiced pepper. (Right) Staff Sgt. Christopher Hall, 8th U.S. Army, wolfs down a mix of several foods and sauces. — U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Im Jin-min
By Cpl. Im Jin-min USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
Soldiers bring their own version of TV’s dare-reality show to Yongsan
(Top) Sgt. Jerome Gibson (left) and Staff Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 18th Medical Command, try to pass a balloon without using their hands. (Right) Pfc. Robert Powers puts hot wax on the eyebrows of Spc. C.J. Harbottle. Both Soldiers are from Camp Casey. (Bottom right) Participants choke down a concoction of spiced peppers and onions soaked in hot sauce. (Above) Winners Pfc. Ryan Ebersole (left) and Pfc. David Yankovitz, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, congratulate each other at the ﬁnish line of the last challenge.
YONGSAN GARRISON — They choked down spiced-up peppers, had their eyebrows waxed, and wolfed down something that looked like dog food mush. Yongsan’s version of Fear Factor came in the form of BOSS Factor, and two Soldiers from the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade each took home a ﬂat-screen TV for having the toughest mettle. More than 200 fellow Soldiers cheered on 30 teams from Yongsan and Camp Casey at Balboni Theater Saturday through a tamer version of the blockbuster dare-reality TV show – no live cockroaches or driving cars through walls of ﬁre. Winners Pfc. Ryan Ebersole and Pfc. David Yankovitz led the way. “We just feel like we came out from a ball of ﬁre,” Ebersole said after ﬁnishing the ﬁnal challenge. “It was rough, intimidating and mind boggling,” Yankovitz added. BOSS Factor was developed by Yongsan’s Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers
program, which plans and conducts recreational activities and gives Soldiers a chance to participate in community events. “We took a consensus from the Soldiers and they brought this great idea to the BOSS council,” said Staﬀ Sgt. Machell White-Broderick, Yongsan’s BOSS coordinator. “We just put it in motion.” The teams worked their way through seven challenges, starting with gobbling down a plateful of green pepper, garlic and onion smothered in hot sauce. One feat after another gradually eliminated teams as they struggled to eat all sorts of “who-knows-what-itis” foods and perform painful stunts, such as waxing their eyebrows. In the ﬁnal challenge, the remaining four teams found themselves putting together a puzzle using items found in junk-ﬁlled buckets, then racing down MP Hill to ﬁnish. “It was a blast watching,” said spectator Spc. Dimas Fomseca. “This is deﬁnitely going to build the Soldiers’ morale.”
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e are an Army at war, and we recognize that both our Soldiers and our Families are making sacriﬁces every day. With deployment being a significant reality of Army life, it is imperative that our Soldiers go on their mission with the certainty that their spouses and children have our support. The reality is that deployments to certain locations are long, unpredictable and dangerous. This puts signiﬁcant stresses on Soldiers, spouses and children. The Army has built powerful responses to these challenges, but it is not enough to just say “we have the services you need.” We now know from research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that some Army children touched by parental deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan are at greater risk for child neglect. The research confirms that the tremendous stresses (parenting alone, anxiety for the parent in harm’s way) experienced by Families contribute to the
problems associated with higher increases of injury and abuse. Now, more than ever, we have to demonstrate our commitment to provide our children and their parents and caregivers with a strong supportive environment where children can be safe and thrive. The quality of life for our Families must match the quality of their Soldier’s service. As the USAG-Yongsan Commander, I ask that you rededicate yourselves to protecting our children here on the home front. We have to mobilize everyone in our community to play a role in supporting child abuse prevention. Therefore, our Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Military Child campaigns for 2008 must reinforce the promises of the Army Family Covenant. Just as we give full support to the force, so we have to give full support to the Families. We are Army Strong. Now, we need to show that we are Army and Community Strong in keeping children and families safe.
Chelsea Creighton Youth volunteer
Army Family Team Building Army Community Service
Chelsea has been a dedicated volunteer for the Army Family Team Building program since October 2007. Her attention to detail helped shape the Army Family Team Building program to make it teen friendly. AFTB is a series of classes led by volunteer instructors that provides training and knowledge to Army family members to help them understand Army life. She redesigned the slides for all of the classes and redesigned class work material to make them more appealing to teens.
Reta Mills, AFTB program manager, said: “The amazing thing about Chelsea is her dedication to the program. She came in to volunteer immediately after the regular school day and was highly disciplined in her approach to ﬁnishing her project. She often stayed over her allotted time to complete her task for that day. Chelsea is very energetic and helped us to look at different perspectives of our AFTB program for teens.”
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Safety ofﬁce urges cyclists to gear up for spring
by 2nd Lt. Christopher De La Torre USAG Humphreys Safety Individuals wearing reﬂective vests and helmets are a common sight around USAG Humphreys, where the bicycle is one of the main modes of transportation. Correct wear of the appropriate safety gear is not only regulation but also a guardian to mission readiness. Soldiers from the 557th Military Police Company ensured personnel at USAG Humphreys were aware of the bicycle safety standard with informational ﬂyers and active bicycle patrols. This was the ﬁrst annual Bicycle Safety Campaign, lasting from 24 to 26 March. Military Police bicycle patrols and increased walking patrols hit the streets to spread the word on the mandatory and appropriate wear of bicycle safety gear. Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, 557th Military Police Company, handed out ﬂyers outlining the following standards per USFK 190-1, Appendix D, Paragraph 18: • Bicyclists are subject to the same laws that apply to those driving motor vehicles. • Bicyclists are required to travel on the street and with the ﬂow of traﬃc; sidewalks cannot be used, with the exception of children. • The bicycle will only transport as many people as it was manufactured to transport; Each Soldier will have their own permanent or regular seat. • Stop signs are mandatory for bicycles just as they are for motor vehicles. •Bicycles will not be pulled or pushed by any motor vehicles. • An approved Department of Transportation bicycle helmet must be correctly worn at all times (IAW DODI 6055.4). The helmet must be worn level on the head with the strap properly fastened under the chin. An ACH is not authorized. • A reﬂective vest must be worn during limited visibility. The vest cannot be obstructed by anything such as a backpack. • During hours of limited visibility, a front (white) light and rear (red) light must be used. • Hands must remain free to control the bicycle and to give turn signals. Packages, bundles, or articles must not be carried in the Soldiers hands. Bicycle safety violations have predominantly been for traﬃc violations and inappropriate bicycle safety gear. Common violations include riding on the sidewalk, disregarding stop signs, having an unstrapped helmet, wearing an ACH, improper wear of the reﬂective vest, and not using hand/arm turn signals. By stressing the proper use and wear of personal protective equipment while riding a bicycle and making the USAG Humphreys community aware of traﬃc regulations, Soldiers from the 557th Military Police Company are ensuring safe cycling and that everyone is ready to “Fight Tonight.” For instance, mentors at Fort Bliss, Texas, who are engaged in community volunteerism, set the example for a mentee who now is volunteering at the local boys and girls club, tutoring math and teaching chess. Another mentee who is in a position to partner with a local community, works to support the community’s infrastructure. Mentees expressed appreciation to their mentors who advise and assist in determining the next steps for their mentee’s career. Mentors stay strategically focused, mentor the whole person, facilitate networking, support individual strengths, provide a broader view of the organization, and promote career opportunities. Mentors acknowledged that mentoring is a two-way opportunity in which the mentor learns from the mentee, as well as the mentee learning from the mentor. Solicitations for the 2009 mentor program are open through June 23. Robinson encourages employees with leadership characteristics and those who have done well under the National Security Personnel System to apply for the ﬁscal 2009 mentoring opportunity. For 2009 announcements and applications, visit the Workforce Development website at http://www.imcom. army.mil/site/hr/wfdhcmp.asp or contact the mentoring program manager, Mary Tanzer, 703-602-5487 or DSN 332-5487. Her e-mail address is mary.tanzer@hqda. army.mil.
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During the video teleconferences, Robinson asked if anyone’s goals had changed since beginning the mentor program. “Agreements, action plans and individual development plans are living documents, and may change over time,” he said. Several mentees described their new career aspirations and revised goals under the counsel of their mentors. Robinson recommended a course of action, “Build a gant-type chart of what job you are in now and what job you want to be in when you retire. Fill in all the steps in between to include training, knowledge,
competencies, jobs, and experience necessary to get to that goal,” he said. “Getting cross-level experience to understand the Army Vision and move the organization forward are important qualities. The Army leadership model is of the multifunctional generalist — the Army needs people who can lead people, rather than a single track specialist.” Robinson praised the commitment of the senior leader volunteer mentors. “Your mentees gave great kudos and comments about the encouragement and examples set by their mentors,” he said.
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about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with your home state’s laws. On April 16, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Client Legal Services is welcoming the public throughout the day at Bldg. 4106, Room 229, with free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms. Despite recent gains in public awareness of the need for advance care planning, studies indicate that most Americans have not exercised their right to make decisions about their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves. The National Healthcare Decisions Day will help Americans understand that making future healthcare decisions includes much more than deciding what care they would or would not want; it starts with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences and selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if patients are unable to speak for themselves. Our goal is to encourage the people in our community to have thoughtful conversations about their
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Client Legal Services welcomes community for Nat’l. Healthcare Decisions Day
Courtesy of Client Legal Services The Client Legal Services Division, Oﬃce of the Judge Advocate, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive eﬀort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an eﬀort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. As a participating organization, the Client Legal Services Division is providing information and tools for the public to talk healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known. Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making diﬃcult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.For more information please visit our oﬃce, or the National Healthcare Decisions Day website at www.nationalhea lthcaredecisionsday.org.
Phishing e-mail to MWR patrons turns out to be Army exercise
Special to The Morning Calm Weekly More than 10,000 Soldiers, civilians and Family members with military e-mail addresses received an e-mail March 30 promising free tickets to area theme parks, with a link to a Web site that appeared to belong to the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command. These e-mails were sent without the knowledge or consent of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command or installation MWR oﬃces. These e-mails were “phishing” emails developed by the Army Computer Emergency Response Team in a Global Computer Network Defense exercise, Bulwark Defender 08 to test the defensive posture of the Army LandWarNet. FMWRC oﬃcials were not alerted to the exercise in advance because the unit “limits the number of trusted agents” in phishing exercises of this type, according to ACERT oﬃcials. FMWRC reacted decisively by informing their patrons that the oﬀer was not legitimate, distributing a press release to media outlets world-wide in an eﬀort to warn as many customers as possible, and coordinating through Army legal and information technology oﬃces to have the bogus Web site shut down. When ACERT oﬃcials ﬁnally conﬁrmed late Monday the e-mail and Web site were part of their exercise, FMWRC began coordinating with ACERT to prepare messages and media responses addressing the phishing scam, and more importantly, the breach of trust it represents to MWR customers.“From the outside, looking in, the customer has no way of knowing FMWRC was not involved in this exercise,” said Ms. Laurie Pugh, Public Aﬀairs Oﬃcer for FMWRC. “We have no idea how many of our customers this exercise has alienated.” FMWRC routinely sends e-mail messages to its customers and press releases to installation newspapers, inviting patrons to visit the oﬃcial Web site to learn about new oﬀers and promotions.“The Family and MWR Command has spent decades and millions of dollars establishing our brand as one that can be recognized and trusted by Soldiers and Families,” Pugh said. “We have yet to determine how much of that trust has been undermined by this exercise.”
The e-mail and Web site created by ACERT were convincing enough to entice more than 3,000 people to click through, in part because of the use of the MWR Web graphics and logo, and in part because patrons are used to receiving similar messages. “It’s important to be alert to potential phishing attempts,” Pugh said. “But it’s also important for FMWRC to be able to use e-mail and our Web site as an eﬀective marketing tool.” All legitimate e-mails from FMWRC will come from a .mil address, and links will direct patrons to www.armymwr.com. When in doubt, do not click through the e-mail. Type www.ArmyMWR.com directly into a Web browser and see if the oﬀer is advertised on FMWRC’s oﬃcial Web site. ACERT oﬃcials sent a follow-up email to the original 10,000 recipients of the “phishing” email describing the exercise and asserting the e-mail was non-malicious. Their second e-mail reads, in part: “For those individuals responding to the ACERT phishing attempts regardless of what you submitted, no personal data was collected or transmitted. This exercise illustrates how hackers can turn the popularity of a trusted resource such as the MWR Web site against unwitting personnel by using real information and activities openly available on the Internet. We apologize for any inconvenience or false hope these e-mails may have caused. As users of Army network and information systems, you play an integral role in the Information Assurance and Network Security posture for the Army. As you know, phishing e-mails are a common method used by hackers to inﬁltrate Army networks and systems. Your ability to identify and respond to phishing attempts is paramount to the defense of critical information systems that make up the Army LandWarNet. Soon, you will receive another e-mail from the ACERT that will provide education on how to identify “phishing” attempts as illegitimate. We appreciate your participation in this exercise. Everyone plays a part in the security of the Army networks and systems. It is important for everyone to know the MWR brand can be trusted, so please forward this e-mail to anyone you may have shared the original “phishing” e-mail with.” Anyone with questions or comments in the conduct of the exercise should contact the ACERT at 703-706-1113.
Casey 730-7354 Henry 768-7724 Humphreys 753-7716 Hovey 730-5412 Kunsan 782-4987 Osan 784-4930 Red Cloud 732-6620 Stanley 732-5565 Yongsan I Yongsan II Yongsan III 738-7389
The Eye (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Untraceable (R) 7 p.m. Shutter (PG13) 9 p.m. Untraceable (R) 7 p.m. College Road Trip (G) 8:30 p.m. 21 (PG13) 9:30 p.m. Shutter (PG13) 7 p.m. Untraceable (R) 9 p.m. 21 (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Veggie Tales Movie (G) 6:30 p.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Untraceable (R) 8:30 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m. Shutter (PG13) 9 p.m. Shutter (PG13) 7 p.m. College Road Trip (G) 8:30 p.m. 21 (PG13) 9:30 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 9 p.m. Untraceable (R) 9 p.m. 21 (PG13) 8 p.m. Veggie Tales Movie (G) 6:30 p.m. Alvin and the Chipmunks (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Untraceable (R) 8:30 p.m. Over Her Dead Body (PG13) 7 p.m. Shutter (PG13) 9 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m. Cloverﬁeld (PG13) 8:30 p.m. 21 (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Untraceable (R) 8 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m. 21 (PG13) 8 p.m. Veggie Tales Movie (G) 6:30 p.m. Water Horse (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Shutter (PG13) 7:30 p.m. Meet the Spartans (PG13) 7 p.m. Untraceable (R) 9 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show 21 (PG13) 7 p.m. Over Her Dead Body (PG13) 7 p.m. Untraceable (R) 7 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m. Martian Child (PG) 6 p.m. Water Horse (PG) 6 p.m.
Over Her Dead Body (PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show Untraceable (R) 9 p.m. Shutter (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show 21 (PG13) 7 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m. Martian Child (PG) 6 p.m. 27 Dresses (PG13) 6 p.m.
Rambo (R) 7:30 p.m. No Show Over Her Dead Body (PG13) 9 p.m. Untraceable (R) 7 p.m. No Show The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m. No Show 21 (PG13) 9 p.m. Over Her Dead Body (PG13) 7 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 6 p.m. 27 Dresses (PG13) 6 p.m.
Meet the Spartans (PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show Over Her Dead Body (PG13) 9 p.m. Bucket List (PG13) 7 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 6 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m. 21 (PG13) 7 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m. Over Her Dead Body (PG13) 7 p.m. The Eye (PG13) 6 p.m. Mad Money (PG13) 6 p.m.
APRIL 4, 2008 Area II Worship Schedule
Protestant Services Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday (Korean) Sunday Sunday (Relying on Christ in Korea) Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday KATUSA Thursday KCFA 2nd Tues. 3rd Tues. Catholic Mass Sunday Sunday Sunday Mon./Thrus./ Fri. Tues./Wed. 1st Sat. Jewish Friday Distictive Faith Group Services: Episcopal Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday
0800 0930 0930 1000 1000 1030 1100 1100 1200 1830 1145 1145 0800 1130 1700 1205 1205 0900 1900 Memorial Ch. (Communion) 121 Hospital Chapel Hannam Village Chapel South Post Chapel multi Purpose Trng Facility K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel South Post Chapel (Gospel) CRC Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel 121 Hospital Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel
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Taking care of ‘spiritual health’
Exercising, strengthening your spiritual side
Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel
Later Day Saints & Church of Christ: Call 738-3011 for information USAG -Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt.Col.) James P. King (Staff Chaplain), [email protected]
, DSN 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Adolph G. DuBose, [email protected]
, DSN 738-4043 Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr. (Family Life Chaplain), [email protected]
, DSN 736-3018
and worthwhile as human beings. Jesus said, “Do not worry about what you eat, drink, or wear. Is not life more important than food ust about everything we hear and see in life tells and clothing? Look at the birds of the air. They don’t us in one way or another that the true source of worry about anything, but the Heavenly Father takes happiness, value, acceptance, and life itself is to be care of them. Your Heavenly Father knows that you found in what we do, what we have, and how we look. need these basic things, but seek ﬁrst His Kingdom and Buying into this view of life is a very serious mistake. His righteousness, and all these things will be given to It leads to frustration and disyou as well” (Matthew 6:25-33). content. What we do, what we “We each have different exercises I believe we can maintain good have, or how we look can never spiritual health if we trust God for our physical bodies. Physical give value or meaning to life. with all areas of our lives, whether If we are going to be healthy exercise is important, but I believe it’s with our daily bread, provided physically, we have to eat that spiritual exercise is also of we work hard; receiving God’s correctly and exercise properly. forgiveness, provided we are willing If we are going to be healthy great importance in order to take to forgive others; or working to try spiritually, I think we need to to relieve the suﬀering of others. care of our spiritual health.” check out our spiritual health We each have diﬀerent exercises in the following ways: 1. Do for our physical bodies. Physical we thirst for God? 2. Do we exercise is important, but I believe Chaplain (Capt.) Kyeong W. Nam practice forgiveness in our that spiritual exercise is also of great personal relationships? 3. Do 1-44th ADA Bn. Chaplain importance in order to take care of we love others? 4. Do we have our spiritual health. a growing concern for the spiritual and physical need “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every of others? way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I We live in a world that is ﬁlled with stress and anxiety. know] your soul keeps well and prospers” (3 John 1:2, The world that is constantly tells us that what we have, Ampliﬁed Bible). what we do, and how we look is what makes us valuable
by Chaplain (Capt.) Kyeong W. Nam 1-44th ADA Bn. Chaplain
1. Do we thirst for God? 2. Do we practice forgiveness in our personal relationships?
Chaplain’s spiritual health assesment: Ask the following...
3. Do we love others? 4. Do we have a growing concern for the spiritual and physical need of others?
Check out Sites around Humphreys
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U.S. Army Photos By Andre Butler USAG Humphreys Public Affairs Ofﬁce
(above) Enjoy a view of Nong-seong Monument while walking or jogging around Nongseong Fortress in Anjung-ri. (clockwise) (1) The Culture Center in Pyeongtaek City offers a variety of sculptures and art work. (2) At Pyeongtaek City Market, Soldiers, Family Members and Civilian employees can enjoy a day of shopping. The market even has ﬁsh for sale. (3) Pyeongtaek Hyanggyo School, built in the 14th Century, is one of many ancient structures that can be viewed during a tour of Anjong-ri. (4) Fresh produce can also be purchased at the market. (6) The Pyeongtaek City Market extends for blocks. (7) An amphitheater is another attraction at the downtown culture center.
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APRIL 4, 2008
by Andre Butler USAG-H Public Affairs Ofﬁce USAG HUMPHREYS – Medical care for Soldiers, Family members, Retirees and Civilian employees is a priority for oﬃcials at USAG Humphreys. During the last few months, however, there has been some miscommunication about the types of health care services that are provided on the installation. Now members of the 75th Medical Company Area Support explain what is and is not true concerning care. A major issue surrounding health care at Humphreys is when people seeking medical attention should go off post or to the Humphreys Health Clinic for treatment. According to the 75th oﬃcials, the clinic only provides levels one and two services and the clinic is divided into two sections -- treatment and after hours care. “If a patient is sick, we prefer they come here ﬁrst,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bessie G. Washington, NCOIC for USAG Humphreys Health Clinic. “There is the misperception that we don’t want patients coming here for certain medical problems,” she said. “But that is not the case.” Washington said, “Patients should come here (the health clinic) ﬁrst before seeking medical treatment downtown or at other medical facilities.” This applies to Soldiers, Family members, Civilian employees and retirees, said Washington. “Whatever the problem, we can diagnose and treat it here, and if further medical attention is needed we can transport the patients to other medical facilities with capabilities of treating them.” “But regardless the condition, we will stabilize the patient before transporting them out,” she said. The facility has posted hours but patients can come in at any time to seek medical help. “Our after hours clinic is open 24 hours 7 days a week,” said Washington. But whether or not a particular medical problem can be treated in the clinic depends on the condition itself. The clinic does have patient transport services or medical evacuation capabilities on post for emergency situations. “The only reason I can think of that
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anyone should not call us or come here initially for service is if they live closer to a local hospital. Then they should seek immediate medical assistance from the nearest facility,” said Washington. Washington said every situation is diﬀerent and if the medical condition is severe always go to the place where you can seek help fastest. The clinic provides a range of services for the community. Services consist of hearing and vision exams to flight physicals for aviators. “You can’t do the job if you’re not visually ready,” said Lt. Col. Thomas M. White, USAG Humphreys Health Clinic chief of optometry and 215th Medical Detachment – Optometry commander. “We are providing our community with world-class eye care,” he said. The physical exams NCOIC for the 75th, Sgt. Lee Dong-yoon, said his section still examines at least 50 patients daily. “We are taking care of the hearing conservation test for entire Area III,” Kim said. The facility has a pediatrician for children. Community members can call to set up appointments or they can walk-in for care. “Anyone who walks through our doors will be seen,” said Capt. Christin C. Morelle, 75th Medical Company Area Support executive oﬃcer. “That’s why we are here. We want to provide the best health care we can for our community,” Morelle said. “Our overall goal is providing world-class customer service,” Washington said. “At the end of the day, it’s all that matters,” she said. Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to inform community members of USAG Humphreys Health Clinic procedures. It was previously run in September 2007. As of October 2007, USAG Humphreys Health Clinic Optometry is operated by 215th Medical Detachment-Optometry. If patients seek care from Dan-Kook University Hospital in Pyeongtaek the medical cost must be paid at time of service. Patients can submit proper paperwork to Tri-Care for reimbursements. For more information or to set up appointments at USAG Humphreys Health Clinic call 753-5627.
4-2 Aviation, 109th ROK receive awards
ROK, U.S. friendships built to last
by Capt. Brad DeLoach 2nd CAB Public Affairs Ofﬁce
USAG HUMPHREYS – During the annual conference for enhancing Republic of Korea and United States alliances, members from both ROK and U.S. forces were awarded certiﬁcates of appreciation March 28 at Daejon. Maj. Gen. Lim Kwan-bin, Republic of Korea Army Oﬃce of Policy and Public Aﬀairs chief, awarded the certiﬁcates, and 4th Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment was one of the units recognized at the home of the Korean Army Headquarters. “It was surprising to be recognized with this award for something we enjoy doing,” said Lt. Col. Lonnie Hibbard, 4-2 Aviation commander. Hibbard’s unit has a partnership with the ROK 109th Aviation Battalion, who also was recognized during the conference “We have had a great relationship with the ROK 109th Attack Battalion and the Combined Aviation Force over the past two years,” Hibbard said. The two units conducted combined training events and host social gatherings almost monthly. “With the battalion’s partnership and routine working relationship with the 109th and the CAF, we have built many personal
Lt. Col. Lonnie Hibbard, 4-2 Aviation commander, is awarded a certiﬁcate of appreciation from Maj. Gen. Lim Kwan-bin for his units contribution to the ROK-U.S. Alliance at a conference held at ROK Army Headquarters in Daejeon. — U.S. Army Photo By Capt. Brad DeLoach friendships among oﬃcers and Soldiers in the ROK Army,” Hibbard said. “These relationships have evolved into lasting friendships consisting of routine emails, phone calls and dinners,” Hibbard said. The event showcased what units have accomplished. Future goals for combined training were also established. The capstone event for both battalions is a week-long combined live-ﬁre exercise at Rodriquez Live Fire Range. During this event, Apaches attack helicopters from 4-2 and Cobra attack helicopters from 109th will conduct missions together. “It’s this kind of training we need to do more of so we can better appreciate one another’s capabilities,” Hibbard said. “If we go to war here on the Korean Peninsula we’ll be working side by side, and we have to have the same conﬁdence in the ROK Army as our wingman as we do with our own sister battalions,” Hibbard said. Participants were treated to a Korean style lunch as the ROK Army band provided entertainment. Other performances consisted of traditional ROK music and a drum demonstration.
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News & Notes
Sexual Assault Awareness Month The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Ofﬁce produces an outreach campaign to enhance awareness each year. The April 2008 Sexual Assault Awareness Month theme, “Prevent Sexual Assault: Ask! Act! Intervene!” concentrates on the capability of every Service member to reduce sexual assault incidents by being proactive in ensuring the safety friends and co-workers. For more information call Jocelynn M.P. Reyes-LaShier at 753-7091: to sign up for events call 7538401. April 4, 9 - 11 p.m. – “Take Back the Night Gate Watch” April 7, 11 a.m. – Provider Grill SAAM Information Booth April 10, 10 a.m. to noon – MP Hill Gym Rape Aggressive Defense Workshop, call ACS to sign up – 753-8401 April 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Red Dragon Information Booth April 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – ACS classroom “How Not to Date a Jerk” workshop, call ACS to sign up. April 19, 8 – 10 a.m. – USAG-H MWR Gym “Soldier and Family Fun Run” call ACS to sign up. April 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 2nd CAB Dining Facility SAAM Info Booth April 25, 5:30 – 7:30 – ACS classroom “May I Kiss You?” dating workshop, call ACS to sign up. April 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Alaska Mining Company SAAM Info Booth. 35th Air Defense Artillery Combatives Invitational 35th Air Defense Artillery’s ﬁrst annual Modern Army Combatives Invitational is slated for April 5 in the Osan Physical Fitness Center. Mandatory weigh-ins and medical screening will be conducted April 4. Contact Command Sgt. Maj. James Carr at 783-5560 for more information. Retirement Services Ofﬁce Information Luncheon The Retirement Services Ofﬁce will conduct an information luncheon at the Alaskan Mining Co., April 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Earth Day Fun Run There will be a USAG Humphreys Earth Day Fun Run April 19. For more information call 753 7964. The Eighth United States Army Inspector General has immediate openings for ofﬁcers wanting to become Inspector Generals. Vacancies are for Majors and branch qualiﬁed captains. Positions can be up to two years with command sponsorship. Point of contact is Lt. Col. Ed Hogan at 725-6739 or Col. Michael Mahoney at 7234006, email: [email protected]
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HAES, local students work together
American, Korean friendships alive at USAG Humphreys
by Diane Hobler USAG-HAES Librarian USAG HUMPHREYS —Korean teachers and students visited six Humphreys American Elementary School classes in March to participate in a variety of activities. Students from sure start through sixth grade had an opportunity to meet new friends, learn about Korean culture and try something new. Sure start students potted plants and played together, kindergartners worked with clay, ﬁrst and second graders learned to play Korean drums, fourth and fifth graders worked with plants and played board games and sixth graders learned Korean calligraphy. The Korean American Youth Association organized and sponsored the activities to help form bonds of friendship and understanding between cultures. They sponsor many such activities on the Korean peninsula, and will be returning to HAES over the next two months for more wonderful lessons with our students.
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(clockwise) (1) Sure start student Mikaella Bring is enjoying time on the playground with a visiting Korean child. (2) Fifth grader Brianna Pace and fourth grader Anna Lippert display their plant art and their smiles with a new Korean friend. (3) An educator from KAYA shows ﬁrst grader Andrew Webb the proper way to hold his drum. (4) Fifth graders Victor Denzine and Jeslie Balboa introduce their new Korean friend to the all American game – Monopoly.– Photos By Diane Hobler
Humphreys USO celebrates 2–year anniversary
by Stacy A. Ouellette USAG-H Public Affairs Ofﬁce USAG HUMPHREYS – The USAG Humphreys United Service Organization hosted a “Build Your Own Everything Party,” marking the 2nd Anniversary of the USO residing in Bldg. 375 here, March 28. “The vision for this is it’s our anniversary and only the second in this building. We’re in the middle of constructing our new two story facility. That’s why we entitled it build your own everything,” said Daisy Watson, USAG Humphreys USO director. “It goes with the concept of us building up the USO and Humphreys. So we invited all our guests to come and build their own food to go along with that theme, Watson said.” More than 30 servicemembers and their families took advantage of this free event, which has turned into an annual celebration since the USO occupied this location in March 2006. Attendees were able to add layers of toppings to hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos and ice cream. Raﬄe prizes were also part of the fun. “I didn’t know what I was going to build and thought probably tacos,” Pvt. Andrea Sheldon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG Humphreys. “It’s a way to meet people. It’s free food, fun and better than going out and spending money,” Sheldon said. Sheldon attended this event to see what USO services are oﬀered. She has been in Korea for less than a month. “This event is to raise awareness in the Humphreys community of all the great services oﬀered by the USO. We are here to support servicemembers and their families,” said Sidney J. Johnson, a USO employee. Ground breaking for the new $5 million USO facility is scheduled for October 2008. The project is scheduled to take 18 months to complete. This is the ﬁrst time the USO is solely funding a facility, Watson said. “It’s going to be state-of-the-art. It’s going to have a patio and deck outside with builtin grills. We’re going to have our own game room, conference room and kitchen. It’s going to be really nice,” Watson said. The new two-story facility will have separate rooms for all USO services provided compared to the condensed area currently oﬀered. The entertainment room will have
a theater style feel to it with surround sound and large screen electronics. “There are a lot of great things happening within USAG Humphreys. Servicemember support from the USO is one of them,” Johnson said. The USO has numerous events scheduled for the rest of the year including: quarterly Soldier appreciation events, BBQs and various celebrations. For more information about programs and services offered by the Humphreys USO, call 753-6281.
Andrei Townley, 9, loads up chips while attending the party. — U.S. Army Photos By Stacy A. Ouellette.
APRIL 4, 2008
Humphreys hosts power lifting competition
by Mike Mooney USAG-H MWR USAG HUMPHREYS — They were only seven competitors in the quarterly USAG Humphreys and Area III Power Lifting Meet here Saturday, but together the group lifted a total just short of 3.8 tons. “That’s a lot of iron,” said Area III Sports Director Lonnie Herring. “The turnout wasn’t as large as usual, but those who participated did a good job and learned a lot about power lifting at the same time,” Herring said. Sgt. Andrew Pollock, 4-58th Airﬁeld Operation Battalion, Humphreys, was the day’s leader with a total of 1,180 lbs. lifted – 405 lbs. in the squat, 325 lbs. in the bench press and 450 lbs. in the deadlift. All seven competitors participated in the three events that make up a power lifting meet. Pollock was the leader in the squat and deadlift, with Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Harrell, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, Humphreys, outdistancing everyone with 375 lbs. in the bench. Everyone who participated received a trophy, starting with Spc. Joshua Sumbler, A Company, 1-7th Air Defense Artillery, Suwon, in the 148 lbs. class and Staﬀ Sgt. Edwin Ignacio, B Company, 602nd ASB, Humphreys, at 165. Private Hugo Padron, 1-2 Aviation, Eagle, was the lone entry at 181 lbs. and
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Jimmy Harrell, 602nd ASB, USAG Humphreys, shows of strain of lifting 400 lbs. in the dead lift at Saturday’s Area III Power Lifting Meet. Harrell was second in both overall and 220 lbs. standings in the meet, hefting a total of 1,090 lbs. — U.S. Army Photos By Mike Mooney took home a ﬁrst place trophy. The two heaviest divisions – 198 lbs. and 220 lbs. plus – both had a pair of entries. Pvt. Joaquin Chavez, Headquarters 194th CSSB, Humphreys, was ﬁrst, and Spc. Dan Morehouse, 1-2 Aviation, Camp Eagle, was second in the 198 lbs. class with Pollock and Harrell, 1-2 Aviation, at the heavyweight. Humphreys holds either power lifting or bench press competitions quarterly for Soldiers at Humphreys, Eagle, Long and Suwon Air Base. Watch the monthly MWR Happenings for the next event.
35th Air Defense Artillery Soldiers get taste of Korean tradition
Air defenders with the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, participated in culture awareness training at the Suwon Theater at Suwon Air Base. As part of the unit’s State of the Battalion training, 1-7th ADA invited 37 performers from the Gyeonggi Province Dance Company who performed several traditional Korean dances during the training. The show included different performances to include a drum dance, and one with cymbals and a beautiful fan dance. Although a lot of the performances were done separately, the ﬁnale featured the entire dance company performing as one. — U.S. Army Photos By 1st Lt. Wes L. Allen
APRIL 4, 2008
First Busan AT/FP demonstration showcases U.S./ROK units’ response to terror attacks
by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul USAG Daegu Public Affairs BUSAN – The inaugural Combined Busan ROK – US Antiterrorism Force Protection (AT/FP) Capability Exercise (CAPEX) was held March 28 at United States Army Garrison Daegu’s Pier 8 facility in Busan to demonstrate ROK – US AT/FP capabilities and increase the cooperation and integration of combined forces in this port city. Many ROK/U.S. military representatives attended the exercise, consisting of seven scenarios conducted by 15 units from the military, police and emergency forces of both nations. The scenarios, based on simulated terrorist attacks in Busan, included a terrorist attack on a building, KNP SWAT deployment to the building, a terrorist attack on an Marine Support Command vessel, a vehicle bomb, fire and rescue response, chemical decontamination and USAG Daegu Tactical Combat Force and K-9 units arriving at Combined Incident Response Center Pier 8. “This demonstration deﬁnitely shows the inauguration of cooperation between the US and ROK,” said Marine Support Command Korea Commanding Oﬃcer, Cdr. Ron Oswald. “We are very proud to participate.” “I was impressed with [fire and rescue] scenario three,” said USAG Daegu Movement NCO, Sgt. Oh jung-hoon. “I felt as if it was a ‘real situation’ seeing the helicopter rescuing drowning Soldiers from the sea.” For the vehicle bomb scenario, the KNP Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team demonstrated the used of a robot to dispose of the bomb, which observers lauded as a positive aspect of the development of military technology. At the conclusion of the exercise, USAG Daegu Comnander, Col. Michael P. Saulnier congratulated the representatives of each participating unit and hosted a buffet lunch in their honor at the United Seaman’s Service Center. “This was a great demonstration,” said Saulnier. “It showed teamwork and alliance between Korea and the United States. This showed why the Alliance is strong and so we continue to work together to maintain its strength.” “It was a good experience for me,” said 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) ROKA Staﬀ acting oﬃcer, Capt. Bae Yong-min. “I felt that the ROK and U.S. can be strong when we work together. I’m sure other people also felt this way.”
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Test-taking success tips
by Jang Jin-young USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP GEORGE – Daegu American School has numerous tests for students during the school year. The purpose of administering tests is to help students determine where their strong areas are or where they might need to put more eﬀort in. Tests include the Preliminary Standard Achievement Test, Standard Achievement Test, American College Test, Algebra assessments and the TerraNova. The PSAT is a standardized test that provides ﬁrsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. Both the ACT and the SAT are nationally-administered standardized tests that help colleges evaluate candidates. The TerraNova is a series of standardized achievement tests used in the United States, designed to assess students’ (aged 5-18 years old) achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, vocabulary, spelling and other areas. DAS students have three SAT tests and two ACT tests throughout the year. The TerraNova and PSAT are given every spring and fall, respectively. Algebra assessments are administered quarterly. Many students feel pressure when they are taking tests, because these tests are so important and are going to show people how smart they are. Sometimes just hearing the word “test” can cause them to have a negative reaction. “I was one of the people that got nervous when taking tests,” said DAS Testing & Assessment Coordinator Pamela E. WebbMartin. “I am still afraid of taking tests, but after I started to practice test-taking tips, I could overcome my test-taking fear. So, now I want to share some tips with students to help them to overcome their fear.” Here are some when taking a test: •Don’t cram the night before a test. •Read the directions carefully. •Make sure your writing is neat and legible.
(Above) Korea National Police (KNP) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team 2 deploys to a building by helicopter fast rope to suppress simulated terrorists in the ROK-US Antiterrorism Force Protection Capability Exercise held March 28 at USAG Daegu’s Pier 8 facility in Busan. (Left) KNP SWAT Team 3 deploys to the second ﬂoor of a building by ladder truck. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul
(From left) USAG Daegu PAO intern, Jang Jin-young interviews Daegu American School Guidance Counselor, Miles Workman and DAS Testing & Assessment Coordinator, Pamela E. Webb-Martin. — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul •Concentrate on your own work and don’t worry about how others are doing. •Take time to plan before beginning to write. •Make decisions about how to make your writing interesting. •Read over your essay before turning it in. “I hope these tips help students to reduce their pressure about tests,” said Webb-Martin. “The tests we administer give students the chance to strengthen their test-taking skills. It takes a practice. We all know that practice makes perfect.”
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News & Notes
Community Family Day MWR will hold Community Family Day 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 26 at Camp Walker’s Kelly Fitness Center parking lot for the month of the military child/child abuse prevention month. There will be several events and demonstrations including Taekwondo, Swordfighting and Gymnastics. It will be fun for the whole family. For information, call at DSN 764-5298/768-8090. 2008 Eighth Army Full and Half Marathon 2008 Eighth Army Full and Half Marathon will be held April 26 at Carey Fitness Center on Camp Casey, Tongduchon. Those who want to participate can register at Camp Walker’s Kelly Gym by April 13. For information, call Thomas A. Corcoran at DSN 768-6603. Post Wide Yard Sale The residents of Camp Walker want to invite you to a Post Wide PCS Yard Sale from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 26. For information, contact Kelly Gemin at 010-8671-7042 or [email protected]
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. U.S. Girl Scouts The U.S. Girl Scouts Daegu Committee is seeking individuals the following positions for the 2008-2009 school year; Overseas committee Chairperson, secretary, treasurer, brownie & junior leaders. For information, call Maj. LaTondra M. Anderson at DSN 7686638 or 011-9857-6638. Fine Arts and Designer Crafts Contest The IMCOM-Korea MWR holds 2008 Fine Arts and Designer Crafts Contest. Deadline to submit entries to Yongsan Arts and Crafts Center is April 16 and award ceremony will be held at Yongsan Arts and Crafts Center May 7. Categories of competition include ceramics, drawings, wood, prints, glass, fibers and textiles, water base painting, oil base painting, metals and jewelry, mixed media-2D and mixed media3D. Winning entries will be submitted to the Army Arts and Crafts Contest. For information, call at DSN 7645692. Chungdo Bull Fighting Festival As a part of In-Country Tour, USAG Daegu Community Activity Center sponsors the Chungdo Bull Fighting Festival tour 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 19. For information or registration, call Camp Walker’s CAC at DSN 7644123/5919. Daegu Website For local news you can use, visit USAG Daegu’s website at http://ima. korea.army.mil/areaIV/sites/local/
Team Daegu celebrates Women’s History Month
by Spc. Natalie E. Kapteyn 19th ESC Public Affairs CAMP WALKER – The crowded dining room at the Evergreen Community Club, March 26 seemed to indicate there was a lunch special going on, but that wasn’t the case on this day. Guests were able to enjoy a lunch, but were there in support of the Women’s History Month Luncheon organized by the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and sponsored by United States Army Garrison-Daegu at Camp Walker. The guests who crowded the ECC to support this program included Area IV senior leaders, Soldiers, Civilians and Family members including 19th ESC Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Xavier P. Lobeto and USAG Daegu commander, Col. Michael P. Saulnier. The program’s theme this year was “Women’s Art, Women’s Vision,” which was organized by Master Sgt. Jerry Clements, equal opportunity advisor, 19th ESC, and scripted by Lt. Col. Imogene M. Jamison, Staﬀ Judge Advocate, 19th ESC. “We wanted to do something diﬀerent and we thought it was a good idea to have a representation of the community. There were more people involved than just one speaker,” said Jamison, who supported the program last year and was also the guest speaker. Jamison said she wanted each presenter to play the role of an accomplished female public ﬁgure. These women were chosen for the script because they made signiﬁcant positive changes in women’s history. They included Sandra Day O’Conner, Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Estefan and Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie. “It was truly a pleasure to work on this
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19th ESC resource manager, Albertha Grant performs a dramatic representation of Vashti Murphy McKenzie during the Women’s History Month Luncheon, March 26 in the Evergreen Community Club on Camp Walker. — U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Natalie E. Kapteyn program and I was happy to be a part of something important,” said Sgt. 1st Class Constance Marable, 19th ESC SJA oﬃce. “There was a lot of learning and knowledge to take away from this program.” “The goal of the program was to educate the audience by selecting diﬀerent facts from the women’s backgrounds while oﬀering advice in their own words, which were found in their past speeches and biographies,” said Jamison. The audience was able to enjoy e n t e r t a i n m e n t f ro m t h e d r a m a t i c presentation along with music, jokes and dancing and an opportunity to gain knowledge about women’s history they may not have known before. Saulnier presented the dramatic performers with an award for their eﬀort and participation in the program. “There are a couple things that came out of this that we all need to take away…You heard a theme: honesty, integrity, pushing yourself and reaching for the stars. It doesn’t just apply to women, it’s for all of us and we can learn a lot from them,” Saulnier said. Jamison said in her closing remarks, “Hopefully some words were said today to provide hope and inspiration. The women who presented the dramatic performances today are you. Women of the Area IV community. Women who have embraced the obligation to uplift women everywhere, and to become role-models.”
25th Transportation Battalion train in Spearhead Olympics
SHEA RANGE – With warm weather in Area I, Soldiers from 25th Transportation Battalion conducted their ﬁrst Spearhead Olympics at Shea Range, near Camp Hovey, March 17 – 24. T h e Sp e a r h e a d O l y m p i c s i s a combination of Movement Control Team and crew-level competition. This event allows the unit to train on required tasks and build ‘Esprit de Corps’ within the unit. Soldiers become certiﬁed once training is completed. The Spearhead Olympics is the start of a new training interactive. “This is the first time we have done this, but it is very similar to other crew competitions,” said 25th Transportation Battalion S-3 Officer in Charge, Maj. Francis J. Carr. The event takes ideas from the Expert Infantryman Badge and Expert Field Medic Badge courses, which naturally build unity and try to execute the competition in an evaluation scenario. Training is broken down into five diﬀerent training blocks, and each crew does
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a diﬀerent training event every day. “There are seven days of training, in addition to hands on training, the practical application of evaluation. There is also a written test to go with some common task events such as communication and first aid, so it’s a mix of the practical application with the written exams,” said Carr. Training events range from land navigation and crew missions where MCTs go out to do sight surveys to crew certiﬁcation where they train on individual qualiﬁcations and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical. They also conduct transportation speciﬁc missions where they evaluate on TC-Aims and how they can actually upload and get units ready for deployment. There are a total of ﬁve diﬀerent events that each MCT has to complete; weapons qualiﬁcation and passing the APFT make a total of seven events. The event attracted several senior leaders, including 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Xavier P. Lobeto, who visited to observe the training March 20.
665 Movement Control Team, Pfc. Peter Mayoliz ﬁres an M-249 weapon during the Spearhead Olympics March 20 at Shea Range. — U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Jung Seo-jin The 25th Trans. Bn plans to make the Spearhead Olympics an annual training event; however, it will depend heavily on - See Spearhead Page 27 -
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Camp Carroll to celebrate Army Earth Day with 5K race
Compiled by Cpl. Jang Won-il USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL – On Army Earth Day, April 22 of each year, Army installations around the world celebrate the Army’s commitment to the environment. This year, Soldiers will have a chance to celebrate the Earth Day with a 5k race, held 12 Apr. at the Crown Jewel Fitness Center, Camp Carroll. The Earth Day 5KM race is a joint eﬀort of MWR-Community Recreation Division and the Camp Carroll Sports Office, in partnership with the USAG Daegu Environmental Division. The race will be divided into four categories by age group, and further divided into men’s and women’s categories. The age group categories are; 29 years and under, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, and over 50 years. “The 5k race is something we feel is essential to accomplishing our common goal of restoring, caring for and protecting the natural world,” said Camp Carroll Fitness and Aquatics Director, Modesto C. Algarin, Sports. “This event is to heighten awareness of people from all walks of life and around the world in eﬀorts that help beneﬁt the environment and each other. It is not only for Koreans, but for all to cooperate in taking small to big steps in environmental conservation so that our children enjoy life and much-needed resources.” The event is open to ID card holders 18 years of age and older. Registration will begin citizens, evolved what started as a day of national environmental recognition into a world-wide campaign to protect the global environment. “An environmental stewardship project might be simple or complex and might take a day or the rest of your life. What is important is that we tackle these issues together and learn from each other by setting good examples,” said Algarin. “By running this 5k run, all participants will enjoy nature, feel the air and experience the natural landscapes that surround us here at Camp Carroll, the Crown Jewel of the Daegu area. I encourage everyone to partake in this great event.” USAG Daegu’s endeavor to improve the environment today and for future generations paid off as the command recently won the FY2007 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Environmental Quality, Team category. The award focuses on significant and lasting contributions to an environmental management program and the management approach employed, mission enhancement through the identiﬁcation of signiﬁcant environmental challenges affecting the installation and the extent of community involvement and outreach, highlighting programs and activities that enhance environmental awareness. As most installations in USAG Daegu are within city limits, they have put in eﬀorts to conduct environmental activities accordingly. One example is the recentlypromoted food waste separation eﬀort in housing areas. Also they have been actively engaged in environmental activities such as recycling, oﬀ-post cleanups and tree plantings. USAG Daegu plans to hold various activities to promote Soldiers’ awareness to the environment. The POC for the Army Earth Day Week Observance is Charles A. Harper, USAG Daegu Environmental Manager at 765-7478. The POC for the Earth Day 5k Race Series is Camp Carroll Fitness and Aquatics Director, Modesto C. Algarin at 7658118.
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at the Crown Jewel Fitness Center in Camp Carroll at 8 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m. The ﬁrst 80 participants to cross the ﬁnish line will receive a commemorative Earth Day t-shirt. Earth Day is a world-wide event demonstrating concern and mobilizing support for the environment. Earth day was ﬁrst celebrated April 22. 1970 and was one of the largest grassroots movements in U.S. history, rallying more than 20 million Americans to become involved in environmental activities. The movement also promoted the first major pieces of environmental legislation: the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. The Army has contributed signiﬁcantly to the impact of the monumental event. Soldiers, civilian personnel, families, and local community members have participated to make a sound and sustainable environment for a better quality of life for the people of today and tomorrow. According to Algarin, the combined eﬀorts of the U.S. government, grassroots organizations all around the world and
the training schedule. “The training is MOS based but we also learn a variety of other tasks for land navigation and vehicle reconnaissance,” said 138th Movement Control Team Pfc. Scott Rice. “The training has been very good, we can see the teams growing as a unit and working together, not only as a MCT at
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the command level, but they are working together at the individual crew level also,” said Carr. “We have seen the Soldiers bonding and coming together to complete all the tasks. It is good to see how a competition can make the team grow. We hope to plan this event again next year, and try to incorporate additional training opportunities.”
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USAG Daegu CDC children learn about fire prevention
by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP GEORGE – T h e Un i t e d States Army Garrison Daegu Fire and Emergency Services held an annual ﬁre truck/extinguisher demonstration for Child Development Center (CDC) members March 26 at Camp George’s CDC. USAG Daegu Fire Station frequently holds community outreach events to maintain a close, positive relationship with the USAG Daegu community, and this demonstration was held to demonstrate firefighting capabilities for the children and educate them on the prevention and evacuation procedure. Two firemen demonstrated spraying water from the tr uck’s ladder and showed children the inside a of fire truck. “I think the event was great,” said USAG Daegu PAIO management analyst, Capt. Sylvia D. Johnson. “It really gave the little ones an up-close look at what a ﬁre truck actually does. I also thought it was wonderful for them to take their time to let the children look inside the ﬁre truck and take pictures with them. The kids actually loved it.” “I’m sure children learn about safety through this demonstration,” said CDC education technician, Juhwan Kolath. “Their own learning stresses their role as ‘apprentices’ to more experienced members of community.” The fire station also conducts monthly fire evacuation drills, also. This is to emphasize the importance of how to evacuate safely from any fire not only for children, but everyone in the building. “To protect children from home ﬁres, fire prevention should be priority,” said USAG Daegu Fire Protection Inspector, Sin Ik-chu. “Fire evacuation drills should be held not only at companies or schools, but in each house.” USAG Daegu Assistance Fire Chief, Fire Prevention, Andrew M. Allen asked the community to take ﬁre prevention ahead of time. “Fire prevention is all about saving, lives, property and the environment,” said Allen. “Thinking fire prevention means planning for the worst. Thinking and practicing ﬁre prevention every day, no matter where you are, will ensure that all of your encounters with ﬁreﬁghters are happy memories.” If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Fire Prevention oﬃce nearest you. In the Daegu enclare, call DSN 764-5900/5487. At Camp Carroll, call DSN 765-4051/7326 and in Busan call DSN 763-7209.
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(Above right) Fireﬁghter Son Chae-myong helps Lena Laysa out of USAG Daegu Fire and Emergency Services Ladder-2. (Below right) Christian Gregory tries his hand at ‘driving’ a real ﬁre truck. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul
Arbor Day Day strengthens relationship between U.S. Army Army and Korea