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April 25, 2008 • Volume 6, Issue 27

Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea

Casey Paintball enthusiaists take aim at fun

K-16 community discovers local Fun Fair

Daegu honors Alliance with ‘Friendship Week’

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8th Army hosts local athletes American, Korean youth team-up for ‘Good Neighbor’ soccer match, clinic

See page 18 for full story Andrew McClung, 29, and Joshua Elder chase down the ball during a spirited 8th Army Good Neighbor Program Youth Soccer match April19. — U.S. Army Photo By Edward Johnson

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USFK Good Neighbor English Camp Message We are all ambassadors for America and our Good our spouses, recognize and congratulate everyone for Neighbor Program empowers us to engage positively their participation in this great camp. with our Korean partners. The USFK Good Neighbor Like all other Good Neighbor activities, the English Camp at Yongsan Garrison is one of those English Camp depends on volunteers. We need wonderful Good Neighbor Program events that your help. If you live in the Yongsan Garrison area, allows us to reach out. This youth outreach program we are looking for host families and students who is designed to positively impact future Korean leaders can spend a bit of their time from the twentieth to by introducing that to USFK and its mission and the twenty-fourth of May befriending and assisting role through organized, interactive and educational a Korean student in their homes. This is a chance activities. The goal is that the camp participants become for each of you to really make a positive difference Gen. Burwell B. Bell “Goodwill Ambassadors” as they relay their experiences in Korean-American relations. Commander to their friends, classmates, teachers and families. If you live in the Yongsan Garrison area and are This year, Yongsan will conduct its fourth GNP accompanied with your family, I would like to ask English Camp by inviting Korean high school students from Seoul, you to volunteer to support this fantastic opportunity to help expose Pyeongtaek and Taegu to join us in Yongsan. The concept is simple. local students to American culture and have a lot of fun doing it. To USFK runs a five-day camp at Yongsan Garrison for a select group volunteer as a host family for the Yongsan Good Neighbor English of 60 Korean high school sophomores. The visiting students are Camp, visit the USFK website. You may also volunteer by calling immersed in an English-speaking environmental as they visit USFK 723-4685/7669 or email [email protected] We need you to installations, attend U.S. high school classes, receive U.S. military volunteer as a host family for the USFK Good Neighbor English briefings, see displays and meet/talk with USFK Servicemembers. Camp. Thank you. During the camp, the students live with American families in Katchi Kapshida! order to provide an interactive opportunity to facilitate their understanding of American family life. A sports day and picnic with their American and Korean families precedes the graduation ceremony where the Command Sergeant Major and I, along with

Prepare early for summer PCS moves Special to The Morning Calm Weekly Personal Property Shipping and Processing Offices experience their peak movement season each year from May through August. During these four months, there are as many personal property shipments as the rest of the year combined. As such, customers are reminded to plan their moves well in advance. Customers who are within the 90 days of their Date Expected to Return from Overseas and still do not have reassignment instructions should contact their order-issuing authority in order to expedite processing and issuance of their orders as soon as possible. Servicemembers, retirees, and DoD employees are advised to make counseling appointments with PPPOs in their area of responsibility immediately upon receipt of PCS/Travel Orders. In order to obtain desired packing and pickup dates, customers should make counseling appointments at least three weeks in advance to alleviate conflicts that may occur with desired packing and pick up

dates. When scheduling dates, customers should: • Avoid scheduling pickup dates on the day their housing lease expires, since this prevents adjustments for unforeseen challenges such as carrier equipment shortages which sometimes occur during this extremely busy time of year. • Avoid changing their scheduled packing and pickup days once made— there is no guarantee that they will be able to obtain immediate or near-term alternate dates. • Please understand that not everyone will be able to move on the last day of the month due to the many moves occurring during this peak movement season. As a reminder, certain items cannot be shipped. These items include: • Combustible liquids (certain alcoholic beverages, antifreeze compounds) • Explosives (fireworks, propellants, ammunition) • Compressed gases (fire extinguishers,

scuba diving tanks, aerosol cans) • Corrosive liquids (acids, acidic batteries, disinfectants, rust preventing/removing compounds) • Flammables (acetone, ammonia, cleaning fluids, enamel, kerosene/gasoline, propane tanks, enamel, paint, varnish, turpentine) Another important part of many people’s PCS moves is shipment of their pets. Please remember that shipment of pets is the owner’s responsibility and is done at the owner’s expense. Commercial airlines often restrict shipment of pets to certain destinations during summer months due to high temperatures coupled with extended aircraft ground times. Pet owners should coordinate their shipments well in advance of their projected departures with the airlines. Members are referred to the – See PCS, page 4 –

Word on the street:

‘How can motorcyclists stay safe while riding in Korea?’

Submitting to The Morning Calm Weekly Send Letters to the Editor, guest commentaries, story submissions and other items: [email protected] For all submitted items include a point of contact name and telephone number. All items are subject to editing for content and to insure they conform with DoD guidelines. IMCOM-K Public Affairs and the Morning Calm Weekly staff are located in Bldg. 1416, Yongsan Garrison Main Post. For information, call 724-3365.

“Riders new to Korea, regardless of previous experience, should seek those familiar with riding here for mentorship before and during their initial rides.”

“Wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Don’t go on the center line and keep your eyes on pedestrians.”

“First, hesitate at the intersection. Don’t go when the light turns green. Wait and look all in directions first and then go...expect unexpected things. Drive very defensively.”

— Master Sgt. Scott Haymaker

— Bin, Jin-hye

— Paul O’Leary

APRIL 25, 2008



MP Blotter The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. AREA I: Aggravated Assault; Resisting Apprehension; Disorderly Conduct; Under Age Drinking; Failure to Obey Order or Regulation (2ID Policy Letter #8); At 1920 Hrs, 12 APR 08, SUBJECT #1 entered VICTIM #1 room, for reason(s) unknown, held a knife to VICTIM #1 throat telling VICTIM #1 to get out of the room. SUBJECT #1 then attempted to stab VICTIM #2 in the leg while VICTIM #2 was lying down on the bed. There was no verbal altercation prior to this incident and SUBJECT #1 had not been provoked in anyway. SUBJECT #1 was apprehended and transported to the USAG-Casey PMO where SUBJECT #1 was administered a PBT with a result of .189% BAC. SUBJECT #1 was further processed and detained for pre-trial confinement. SUBJECT #1 then became belligerent and refused to follow instructions by the MP, and showed blatant disrespect for military authority as SUBJECT #1 continued to use profanity towards various NCOs and Officers. At 1330 Hrs, 13 APR 08, SUBJECT #1 was advised of SUBJECT #1 legal rights, which SUBJECT #1 invoked. At 1400 Hrs, 13 APR 08, SUBJECT #1 was transported by SUBJECT #1 unit to the 249th Confinement Facility, USAG-Humphreys. AREA II: Entry #1Purchase in Excess of Personal Needs SUBJECT #1 was observed by MP purchasing 4 packages of Newborn shirts, 4 packages of Gerber zip-front shirts, 2 packages of Gerber gowns, 2 packages of Gerber Onesies, 6 packages of men undershirts, 3 boxes of Centrum vitamins, 3 boxes of Polygrip, 2 boxes of Tylenol, 3 bottles of Omega 3 vitamins, 3 boxes of Sensodyne toothpaste, 2 Estee Lauder dusting powders, 2 bottles of Estee Lauder soft clean, 3 Estee Lauder fresh ivory mist boxes, 3 Estee Lauder bright skin tone moisturizers, 3 bottles of Estee Lauder soft clean moisturizer, 2 Estee Lauder re-nutriv lotions, and 1 Panasonic cordless handset and base phone in excess of SUBJECT #1 personal needs. SUBJECT #1 was detained and transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO by MP where SUBJECT #1 was advised of SUBJECT #1 legal rights, which SUBJECT #1 waived, rendering a written sworn statement denying the offense. SUBJECT #1 was processed, issued an Order to Show Cause memorandum and released on SUBJECT #1 own recognizance due to SUBJECT #1 sponsor being out of the country. SUBJECT #1 RCP was retained. AREA III: Entry #1 Wrongful Destruction of Private Property; Conduct Unbecoming a Member of Military Service; KNP notified to the USAGHumphreys PMO of a Destruction of Private Property. Investigation revealed SUBJECT #1 struck VICTIM #1 vehicle’s hood, passenger side door, and passenger side mirror by kicking and striking with a closed hand. SUBJECT #1 was apprehended and transported by KNP to the Pyongtaek Main KNP Station where SUBJECT #1 was charged with ROK Criminal Law, ART #266 (Damage to Private Property). SUBJECT #1 was released into MP Custody on a CJ Form 2 and transported to the USAG-Humphreys PMO where SUBJECT #1 was administered a PBT with a result of .130% BAC. SUBJECT #1 was not advised of SUBJECT #1 legal rights due to SUBJECT #1 suspected level of intoxication. SUBJECT #1 was processed and released to SUBJECT #1’s unit. At 1227 Hrs, 12 APR 08, SUBJECT #1 reported to the USAG-Humphreys PMO where SUBJECT #1 was advised of SUBJECT #1 legal rights, which SUBJECT #1 waived, rendering a written sworn statement neither admitting nor denying the offenses. SUBJECT #1 stated SUBJECT #1 did not recall committing the offenses.

The Peace Bell celebrates the new millenium. It weighs 21 tons, stands on top of 21 steps, with an area of 21 pyeong (Korean measurement for space). — U.S. Army Photo By Edward Johnson

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Current events and activities Seoul Lantern Fest (May 3 – 4)

The Celebration Committee for Buddha’s Birthday Seoul is celebrating with a festival of lanterns in May. Everyone`s invited to the resplendent Lotus Lantern Festival, where thousands of gathered lanterns brighten our minds and our world. Participants can enjoy an exhibition of traditional lanterns May 2 at Bongeunsa Temple, Samseong-dong; the eve celebration of the festival on the streets of Insa-dong, featuring shows and a parade May 3 from 7-9 p.m. in front of Jogyesa Temple; the Buddhist Street Fest at which participants can create their own lantern, sample temple food, make traditional art pieces and enjoy song and dance performances May 4 from noon to 7 p.m. on the street in front of Jogyesa Temple in Insa-dong; the Lantern Parade features floats and 100,000 lanterns May 4 from 7-9:30 p.m. from Dongdaemun to Jogyesa Temple; and the Finale May 4 from 9:30-10:30 p.m. on the street in front of Jogyesa Temple. Transportation: KTX (Seoul Station - Subway Line #1-Jonggak station); Express Bus (Express Bus Terminal - Subway Line #3-Anguk station). Accomodation motels around Jogyesa temple and Insa-dong information: Tel : 02)722-2206 Fax : 02)722-2203 E-mail : [email protected] More information about his event can be found at www. or

Busan Aquarium (Busan)

The Busan Aquarium houses more than 35,000 kinds of fish, algae, reptiles, and amphibians. This state-of-the-art facility is one of Korea’s top aquariums. The Busan Aquarium has three underground levels as well as an outdoor park. In the first underground level visitors can find a simulator, souvenir shop, and several places to eat, while in underground levels two and three, there are various aquariums. The third underground level boasts a seabed tunnel. One feels like they are walking

along the ocean floor as they pass through this tunnel with numerous species of fish and sharks swimming above. This is one of the most popular areas of the aquarium and guarantees to be a special experience. The simulator will stretch your imagination and give you the tingling feeling of experiencing life on the ocean floor. The Busan Aquarium is open yearround. For more information, visit or Or call the Busan Aquarium at Tel. +82-51-740-1700.

Imjingak (Gyeonggi-do Province)

“Peace” is the theme at Imjingak, an educational park and memorial site located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line in Gyeonggi-do Province. Monuments, Unification Park and North Korea Center are located in Imjingak along with “Peace Land”— a small amusement park for children. Hundreds of photos and documents showing the stark reality of North Korea are displayed in the North Korea Center of Unification Board. Outside, there are 12 kinds of tanks and weapons on display that were used during the Korean Conflict. Mangbaedan is famous as the place where people from North Korea visit and perform ancestral rites by bowing toward their hometown every Lunar New Year’s Day and Chuseok. The Bridge of the Freedom, South Koreans crossed when they came back from North Korea, stands behind Mangbaedan. In front of Imjingak, there is the Gyeongui Train Line which was destroyed during the Korean Conflict in 1950, but has been reconstructed. Visitors can also see the “Peace Bell” built in honor of a new millennium. The bell was sounded on New Year’s Eve in 2000. Imjingak is open every day except Mondays and holidays. It is located about an hour north of Seoul near Imjingak Station in Paju. Tourist Information: +82-31-953-4744 (English).

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Scouts enjoy fun in the sun at Day Camp


Cub Scout Pack 89 was treated to a Day Camp April 20 at USAG Yongsan. Activities included tug-of-war and air rocket launching. — U.S. Army Photo By Edward Johnson

PCS Transportation and Travel “It’s Your Move” Army Pamphlet 55-2 on the SDDC Home Page at for further helpful shipping information. DoD customers (Servicemembers, retirees and Department of Defense Civilians) now enjoy Full Replacement Value protection on most DoD-funded personal property shipments. Un d e r t h e F RV p r o g r a m , t h e transportation service provider/carrier is liable for the greater of $5,000 per shipment or $4 times the net weight of the shipment (in pounds), up to $50,000. The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution

from page 2 Command has published a detailed set of guidelines that governs FRV coverage on its website. DoD customers can find the website at; click Full Replacement Value Protection. Further FRV information can be found on various Military Claims Office web sites. The IMCOM Korea Installation Transportation Offices remain committed to doing everything possible to help ensure you have a smooth move. Early preparation by people moving during the peak movement season will greatly help. Contact your local transportation management office for more details.

Sorority kicks off ‘May Week’ activities The Republic of Korea Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is gearing up for its annual May Week Celebration. May Week is a national initiative held annually for chapters to showcase programs centered around the Sorority’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust as well as emphasize scholastic achievements, educational opportunities, and cultural awareness in the community. The Five Point Programmatic Thrust consists of the following: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. The Chapter has worked tirelessly in the community to promote and bring awareness in each of these areas such as the Angel Tree, Delta Academy/

Delta Gems, Breast Cancer Awareness and Voter Registration and is excited about its International Awareness Initiative with the Pearl S. Buck Foundation This program was recently initiated in order to provide young ladies who are of both American and Korean descent with an opportunity to learn more about their American culture. The ROK Alumnae Chapter kicked off its May Week Celebration with a College Fair at Seoul American Elementary School April 19 where more than 40 schools were represented. May Week activities will conclude May 3 with Jabberwock, our Debutante/Scholarship Ball. Scholarships and awards will be presented to those deserving high school seniors as they prepare to embark upon new endeavors. The Republic of Korea Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. sponsors programs like its International Awareness Initiative with the Pearl S. Buck Foundation during May Week. For information, call June Wilkins at 010-6696-7214. — Courtesy Photo



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Korean Service Corps employees sharpen service combat skills by Jack Loudermilk & PV2 Kim, Jong Chan USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG-RC -- Members of the 15th Korean Service Corps challenged their combat service support skills in two days of common task testing April 17-18 at USAGRed Cloud’s Village Green. KSC is a paramilitary labor force that supports U.S. forces in Korea and 8th U.S. Army during armistice and wartime operations. “Our mission is supporting the U.S Army both at peacetime and wartime,” explained Yi Kung-tok, 15th KSC company commander. “We renovate buildings, roads and facilities on post; operate hot refuel points; provide ground medical support and surveillance; conduct ammunition control; and just about everything else the U.S. Army needs in the way of support. “Across the peninsula, the 15th KSC is composed of Korean National indirecthire civilians who perform combat service support duties,” Yi said. “The KSC supports the activities of the 2nd Infantry Division, 19th Sustainment Command Expeditionary, 18th Medical Command and the Defense Commissary Agency. The 15th also provides an 8th U.S. Army mobile labor force.” In case of war, Yi said, other Korean employees would evacuate, but the KSC employees will stay and continue supporting U.S. Soldiers and commanders. During their two days of training and testing, KSC members in battle dress uniforms rotate from station to station and receive “Army Warrior Training” and evaluation. “We conduct common task testing every year,” Yi said. “For us, this is

an opportunity to assess individual KSC knowledge and skills on combat critical tasks. It also determines weaknesses and strengths of company personnel.” Yi said Army Warrior Training consists of eight training events per year and covers field first-aid, map reading, and nuclear, biological and chemical defense; as well as hands on weapons familiarization. Evaluations are carried out by KSC supervisors skilled in Army Warrior Training. KSC member Chin Chong-pom said he appreciates the training and evaluation. “Army Warrior Training is beneficial,” Chin said, “and the instructors are fair, yet hard. I think KSC and our mission are very important, and I am proud of what I do.” As an evaluator, Chi O-sik said, “This training is important and essential; and people take this training seriously. There are some nervous people, but instructors and evaluators try to make them comfortable. Most people do their best as they are trained. We all try to succeed in our missions because our missions are important enough.” The company moved from Red Cloud to Camp Stanley Sept. 30, 2005 as part of the 2nd Infantry Division transformation. At present, the roles of the company are designed to parallel the wartime mission as closely as possible, and to provide an experience base for expansion if a shooting war resumes. “Most American Soldiers know 15TH KSC supports office and construction work for the U.S. Army,” Yi said, “but that’s not all we do. We have many other responsibilities even into wartime.”

BOSS holds first Soldiers Fair at Casey by Spc. Alun Thomas USAG-RC Public Affairs

Volunteers from the USAG-Casey Better Opportunites for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers program, grill hot dogs at the first BOSS Fair, April 15, at the USAG-Casey Post Exchange parking lot. -- U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Alun Thomas

Members of the 15th Korean Service Corps practice first aid treatment during common task testing at USAG-RC Village Green, April 17, as part their mission of supporting the U.S. Army — U.S. Army Photo By Jack Loudermilk

USAG- CASEY – The first Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers Fair was held April 15 at the USAGCasey Post Exchange parking lot, in an attempt to help Soldiers understand the concept of BOSS and how it aims to serve them on their tour of Korea. During the program Soldiers were able to sign up for BOSS programs, fill out surveys and become eligible for various BOSS prizes which included t-shirts, bags, phone cards and hats. Command Sgt. Maj. Nidal Saeed, USAGCasey, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, said the purpose of the program was to spread the meaning behind BOSS and make Soldiers aware of the alternatives to activities outside of the gates of their camp. “What we are trying to create is an atmosphere where Soldiers have the opportunity to discover events BOSS has going on,” Saeed said. “Instead of going outside the front gate, getting drunk, Soldiers can stay on post and become involved with our activities. We don’t advertise alcohol, we advertise fun.” Saeed said some of the upcoming BOSS activities include a Hukilau in May and the BOSS Beach Blast in June.

“Today we are expecting about 300 to 400 Soldiers and we have provided free food for them,” Saeed said. “We are trying to put BOSS out there to the Soldiers and this is why we are having this event, so people say ‘what is this’ and want to find out what BOSS is.” Saeed said BOSS is a program designed by the top of the Army all the way down to provide opportunities and fun on and off base and provide options for single and unaccompanied soldiers. During the event Soldiers were able to spin a ‘wheel of fortune’ which decided the gift they received after signing up for the BOSS program. Spc. John Decker, USAG-Casey BOSS vice-president, said he wanted to put out information regarding BOSS at the program to inform Soldiers at USAG-Casey exactly what BOSS offers. “Today BOSS is trying to put its face out there and let people know who we are and what we are doing,” Decker said. “I have been associated with BOSS for seven months and this is the first time we have really tried to put our name out there.” Manuelita Hall, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said a public event is a good way to advertise BOSS because of the low turnouts to some BOSS meetings, which BOSS hopes to change. “When we have a BOSS forum at Casey

we usually have about 30 people attending, but for some of the smaller bases the turnout may be three or four people,” Hall said. “We need to increase the profile of BOSS in these areas because the word is not getting out.” The BOSS program is an MWR component and intended to boost the morale of single and unaccompanied Soldiers through various events including leisure and recreation. BOSS headquarters are located in Alexandria, PA.

A USAG-Casey Soldier spins the ‘wheel of fortune’ to claim a prize after signing up for the BOSS program at the first BOSS Soldiers fair, April 15, at the USAG-Casey PX parking lot. — U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Alun Thomas



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.


Traditional Korean Wedding held at Casey

Volunteer to support 2009 Presidential Inauguration Army is looking for 200 Volunteer Reserve Component Soldiers (USAR, TPU, IMA, IRR, ARNG, or Retiree Recall) that want to volunteer to support the 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. Sourcing this event at 100% is a top priority. For more information contact creighton. [email protected] USAG-Casey TMP Closing USAG-Casey Troop Motor Pool will be closed from noon April 25 and reopen at 1 p.m. April 28. If anyone has an early mission Monday morning please pick up your car by noon Friday. For more information call: 730-2212/2213. Korean Green Choir The Korean Green Choir has a Mass starting at, May 24 at the USAG-RC Chapel, followed by a choir perfromance from 4 to 4:30 p.m. All are invited to attend. EEO/POSH Training EEO/POSH training is scheduled for supervisors 9-11 a.m., non supervisory 1-3 p.m. May 5 at USAG-RC DFMWR Conference Room. Call 732-6277 for more information. 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. Women’s Professional Development Symposium The Annual Women’s Professional Development Symposium takes place May 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the USAG-Casey Digital Conference Center. Call 732-6273 for more information. USAG-RC Commissary Camp Stanley hosts a block party and yard sale, May 3, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., at the commissary parking lot Call 732-5485 for more information. 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. For more information call: 732-7015. Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? If you think you are smarter than a fifth grader then here’s your chance! Event takes place May 5 at USAG-RC Mitchell’s Club, 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Dinner buffet tickets available at nearest CAC. Call 730-4601 for more information.

Members of the Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation perform a colorful fan dance following the staging of a traditional Korean wedding at USAGCasey Hanson Field House, as part of the Child Abuse Prevention program, April 16. — U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas by Spc. Alun Thomas USAG-RC Public Affairs USAG-CASEY – The pageantry and color of a traditional Korean wedding was on display at Hanson Field House April 16 as Pfc. Jose Garcia and his wife Spc. Elizabeth Garcia renewed their wedding vows as part of a Child Abuse Prevention program aimed at promoting healthy marriages. The program, entitled ‘The Best Antidote to Child Abuse, Healthy Marriage.’ featured a presentation from Stacey Barnes, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program regional trainer and an introduction to the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation, who staged the Korean wedding. During her invocation Chaplain (Maj.) Carol Highsmith, USAG-RC, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, said every parent should strive to have happy and healthy children and have safe homes. “Today we celebrate the opportunity to honor and protect our children,” Highsmith said. “Teach us to love and nurture our children in a house of trust, and help us to

develop the necessary parenting skills we need in our marriages and relationships.” Col. Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, USAGRC commander, said National Child Abuse Prevention month should help to strengthen and help build a better and more compassionate community for children of those in the Army. “ T h i s e ve n t a l s o a c k n ow l e d g e s our commitments to identifying and implementing solutions to preventing child abuse in the Army,” Jackson said. “We should all work together to make sure our children have safe homes to live in.” During her presentation Barnes said she was honored to be asked to deliver her perspective on how to strengthen marriages and explain child abuse. “There are many different forms of child abuse and I want to relate them specifically to the Army,” Barnes said. “I want to show you how through strong marriages child abuse can be prevented.” Ba r n e s s a i d c h i l d a b u s e i s a n y mistreatment or neglect of a child, which results in nonaccidental harm or injury and

cannot be reasonably explained, with some of the types of abuse including physical and emotional abuse. “Eighty-four percent of children are being abused by their parents,” Barnes said. “In a recent research project it was found if you have a good marriage your children have fewer problems and with all the deployments in the Army currently, maintaining that good marriage is a bigger challenge than ever.” Hee Jung Sackett, USAG-RC Family Advocacy Program specialist, then introduced the couple involved in the Korean wedding ceremony and explained the role of the KCHF, who hold traditional wedding ceremonies for public display. During the wedding ceremony both bride and groom were bought out separately undertaking custom rituals including a display of dancing and a ceremonial drum routine, which consummated the union. The couple was presented with several gifts from the KCHF following the ceremony, and an exchange of gifts between Jackson and the KCHF.

Warrant Officer looks to the future

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeffrey Harley, USAGCasey, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, looks on as son, Demarcus, pins on his father’s new rank, WO2, at a promotion ceremony held at USAG-Casey Gateway Club, April 18. The ceremony was attended by Larry ‘Pepper’ Jackson, USAG-RC garrison commander, who delivered a speech prior to the ceremony, USAG-Casey garrison commander Lt. Col Donald Meisler,Command Sgt. Maj. Nidal Saeed, USAG-Casey and Command Sgt. Maj Marshall Downs, USAGRed Cloud. -- U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas

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Capt. Kimberly Nelson, USAG-Casey, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment commander, assists in the annual Shincheon River Clean Up program, April 15, at the Sangpae Bridge, along with local Korean residents and over 100 USAG-Casey Soldiers. — U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Alun Thomas

Casey Soldiers assist in area river cleaning

by Spc. Alun Thomas USAG-RC Public Affairs

USAG-CASEY – Soldiers from USAGCasey and Camp Hovey joined together with residents of Bosandong April 15 to help clean a section of Shincheon River in Dongducheon for the 2008 river clean-up program. More than 100 Soldiers participated in the event, which involved cleaning under the Sangpae Bridge to ensure the cleanliness of the area. “This event is held by the city of Dongducheon and takes place from different sections of the city, ending at the Dong-

ducheon border,” said Hyon Sok Kim, 2nd Infantry Division EAID-GC. “Last year we had more than 100 American Soldiers out here helping and this year we have exceeded that number.” Kim said each local district divides up portions of the river to be cleaned, with USAG-Casey falling under the Sangpae Bridge, which would be cleaned by the Soldiers from 2ID, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and the 210th Fires Brigade. “We are taking care of this portion and the other people are cleaning their districts,” Kim said of the other cleaning efforts taking place in the immediate river area. “This is

a very meaningful event for both Americans and Koreans because Casey is part of the Dongducheon area.” Kim said the stretch of bridge cleaned by U.S. Soldiers and local Korean residents is two to three kilometers long, ending south at the Annung Bridge. Dongducheon Mayor Sea-chang Oh attended the river clean up and said he was grateful for the contributions of the USAG-Casey volunteers. “This is a good way for both Koreans and Americans to become real friends, and I thank the U.S Army for their help,” Oh said. “This is also good for the local residents as we are concentrating on

improving our English skills.” Lunch was provided for those helping clean up followed by a speech from Oh and a group photo with all the American volunteer Soldiers. Command Sgt. Maj Nidal Saeed, USAGCasey, said the clean up is another form of building relations in the local community. “Today we have Soldiers from various companies and units helping in the clean up.” Saeed said. “This is a great story.” The Shincheon River runs through the city of Dongducheon, which has a population of 88,000 people. Kim said the turnout was the biggest in years and hoped for continued USAG-Casey help.

Annual paintball tournament held at Casey by Sally Hall USAG-RC Public Affairs Stringer

USAG-CASEY—Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation held its annual Paintball Tournament April 6 at the USAG-Casey Paintball field. Each team played five rounds in a two-bracket round robin system. There were 12 five member teams competing. The tournament serves as a qualifying round for the 8th Army FMWR Paintball Championship to be held May 10-12 at USAG-Humphreys. Four teams will represent USAG-RC in May. Teams of different units chose interesting names such as : “Raise Hell,” “Hung-over,” and “Ramrod” (61st Maintenance), “The Beatles” (USAG-Casey BOSS program),

“AOG,” (Stanley Dental team), “D-Block,” (176th Financial team), “Demented,” (70th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade team), “Dragons,” (4th Chemical team), and “Shenanigans,” (1-7 Air Defense Artillery team). 2nd Infantry Division teams 1 and 2 garnered the first two places and the Shenanigans took third place. “This is the best tournament we have ever had on Casey,” said Staff Sgt. Travis King, Headquarters, Headquarters Battalion, leader, 2nd ID paintball teams. “It is great to see new players enjoying the tournament and building a winning team.” The tournament was logistaclly supported by the staff of Hovey, Casey and USAG-RC Community Activity Centers. Volunteers served hot dogs with chips and beverages.

A competitor at the annual Paintball tournament takes aim at his opponents, April 6, at the USAG-Casey Paintball field. — U.S. Army photo by Sally Hall

APRIL 25, 2008



A pest control technician sprays pesticides on bushes as part of a project to treat trees and bushes around U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan installations to reduce damage from insects. — Courtesy Photo

Pesticide treatment to begin on trees, bushes by Cpl. Im Jin-min USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — The garrison will start next week treating trees and bushes with pesticides to reduce damage from insects and bugs. “During warm and hot seasons, pesticide applications are frequently required to protect our natural resources from pest attacks,” said Yi Kyu-ung, pest control foreman with U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Directorate of Public Works. “Our foremost concern, however, is to keep Yongsan community members safe and aware.”

This is a two-phase project. The first starts when DPW workers inject capsules filled with pesticide into trees. This starts next week and will last for about one month. The second phase involves spraying insectides onto trees, shrubs and turf grass as needed. “It will be monitored from beginning to end,” said Enrique Blanco, chief of the DPW Roads and Grounds Branch. “There will be spraying only during periods without wind, and we will hand out brochures to inform garrison residents ahead of time.”

Community members should be careful to avoid pesticide sprays and tree injections that may be harmful, Yi said. Injections will occur mostly along the tree-lined streets. “We will put up signs on the spraying vehicles,” Yi said. “We will also station cones around the sprayed area before, during and after the spray until the application has dried. The pesticide capsules will be removed from the tree trunks when the injection is complete.” Pesticides under normal conditions dry up in about 40 minutes. Once dry, they are not harmful, Yi said. In case of rain or extreme humidity, however, Yi advised

people to stay away from the treated areas until the grounds have fully dried. “While the health hazard to humans by contact or inhaling the pesticide sprays is virtually nonexistent, community members must make sure their kids and pets don’t approach the control area,” Yi said. Some other precautions:  If in a vehicle, passengers should keep the windshields closed  If you or your vehicle comes into contact with the chemicals, wash the affected areas with warm water and soap  If any unusual symptoms arise, seek medical help

Community honors victims of Holocaust

Ceremony remembers millions who died by Pfc. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

Sgt. Brian Tabios, U.S. Army Troop Command-Korea, arranges candles during the 2008 U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Days of Remembrance Ceremony honoring victims of the Holocaust. Each of the six candles represents 1 million lives lost during the Holocaust. — Photo By Pfc. Lee Min-hwi

YONGSAN GARRISON — More than 100 Yongsan community members gathered April 16 to commemorate the Holocaust during a special ceremony at the Multipurpose Training Facility. U.S. Army Troop Command-Korea organized this year’s event. “Today, we gather here to honor and remember the 6 million people who died during the Holocaust,” said Sgt. 1st Class Desiree Tomlinson, U.S. Army Troop Command Korea equal opportunity advisor. Six participants – each wearing yellow armbands to signify the yellow patches Jewish prisoners wore in Nazi Germany – lit six candles to represent the millions who died during the Holocaust. “Each of these six candles represents 1 million people whose lives had perished during the Holocaust,” Tomlinson said. “In 1933, there were 9 million Jews across 21 countries in Europe that were occupied by Germany during the war,” said Rafael Reyes, 8th U.S. Army equal employment opportunity officer. “In 1945,

two out of every three European Jews had been killed. But the European Jews were not the only single group of victims, but one-half million gypsies and 250,000 mentally and physically disabled persons also fell as victims of Nazi genocide.” During a poetry recital, Sgt. Hong Sub-seo of the 38th Chemical Detachment relayed the words of “Kristallnacht,” or Night of Broken Glass. “Night of Broken Glass began almost 70 years ago,” Hong explained. “It happened on Nov. 9 and 10 in 1938. On this night of terror, at least 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen, Birkenau, and Dachau.” The ceremony included a musical presentation that showed the photographs of victims during the Holocaust, along with a video clip of a movie, “Schindler’s List.” Participants also heard testimonies from some Holocaust’s survivors through recordings. “I appreciated coming to the ceremony,” said Sgt. Darcie Johnson of Naval Forces Korea. “I learned about the Holocaust, its victims and survivors as well as things that happened at the camps.”


News & Notes ACS Classes Army Community Service offers free classes ranging from learning Korean to discovering Seoul. Following classes are scheduled in May at the Community Service Building: English as a second language: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m. The classes are designed to assist foreign-born dependents of U.S. Servicemembers looking to improve English language skills. Call 738-7505. American culture discussion group: Prepare and practice for upcoming citizenship exam topics through the ACS American Culture Discussion Group. The group meets every Friday in Room 124 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Call 738-7186. Korean language class: Learn to read basic Korean letters and learn Korean phrases to improve your cultural experience in Yongsan. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pre-enrollment is required. Call 738-7505. 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. May 14. Call 738-7505. 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. May 21. Call 738-7505 to sign up. Sponsorship training: Are you a unit trainer looking for a class that offers training in a unique and motivating manner? Schedule your next sponsorship training class at 738-7186. Solo in Seoul May Movie Morning: An ACS “Hearts Apart” program designed to provide information to Families of deployed or geographically separated spouses. This month, it offers a movie morning at the Multipurpose Training Facility 10:30 a.m. to noon May 22. Call 738-7186. 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. May 23. Schedule individual counseling by calling 738-7505. Relationship enhancement program: Family Advocacy holds quarterly workshops on establishing and maintaining healthy relationships for couples. For information, call 738-3034 or 738-7075.



Local group donates $40K to support friendship week

by David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

YONGSAN GARRISON — A local private organization donated about $40,000 to directly support activities during the 2008 KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week in a formal presentation to the garrison leadership April 18. Korean Augmentee to the U.S. Army - U.S. Soldier Friendship Week is an annual event designed to foster improved understanding between members of the Korean-American alliance. The week includes field trips to local amusement parks, live concerts, sporting competition, a talent show and cultural exhibitions. KATUSA Soldiers work side-by-side with American Soldiers, a relationship that is unique across the globe. People to People, New Seoul Chapter is a nonpolitical, nongovernment, private organization established in 1990. “Our goal is to promote United States and Republic of Korea relations,” said Chapter President Hwang Moo-young. “We have about 80 Korean businessmen and women in our organization. We hope to strengthen the bonds of friendship between our two nations and express appreciation to American servicemembers.” Hwang presented 40 million Korean won, or about $40,000, to U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall April 18, three days before the start of the friendship week. “This is a great partnership,” Hall said. “I am honored to receive this donation.”

People to People New Seoul Chapter President Hwang Moo-young (left) presents USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall with about $40,000 for the 2008 KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week. — U.S. Army Photo By Pfc. lee Min-hwi

Hall said the PTP New Seoul Chapter continues its tradition of support for American Servicemembers, and without the support many programs would simply not happen. “We would not be able to enjoy an enhanced quality of life and well-being without the great support we get from our good neighbors. With PTP at our side, day in and day out, they help to make Yongsan the assignment of choice in Korea.” People-to-People is an international organization started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to enhance American

relations throughout the world. The organization’s Web site says the purpose of PTP International is to “enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.” In Korea, the New Seoul Chapter has supported morale-boosting activities, such as the annual Super Bowl Party, Fourth of July celebrations, the Yongsan Fall Festival and various other community events.

Collier gets new fitness equipment

CIF Closed for Inventory The Central Issue Facility will be closed April 25 through May 5 for annual inventory. For information, call 736-7499. Become an Inspector General The 8th U.S. Army Inspector General has immediate openings for officers wanting to become inspector generals. Vacancies are for majors and branch-qualified captains. Positions can be for up to two years with command sponsorship. For information, call 725-6739 or 723-4006 or e-mail to [email protected] or michael. [email protected] 2008 Army Birthday Ball The 2008 U.S. Army Birthday Ball will celebrate America’s Army, “The Strength of The Nation.” This year’s ball will be held at the Washington D.C. Convention Center June 14 and will include dining, dancing and entertainment. All Army members, Family members, Department of the Army Civilians, Retirees and Veterans are invited. Visit page/137983 for more information and reservations.

Collier Field House patrons work out on new fitness machines installed earlier this month. Collier now has 24 new weight-training machines, nine elliptical machines, and new free weight equipment. Expected soon are 24 new spinning bikes. Collier Field House is open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends and holidays. — U.S. Army Photo By Pvt. Choi Keun-woo


APRIL 25, 2008


Yongsan continues upgrades to family housing, barracks

Actor Robert Downey Jr. debuts new film at Yongsan

by Kenneth Fidler USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs

Actor Robert Downey Jr. (left) and director Jon Favreau sign posters of their new movie, Ironman, at Yongsan’s theater April 16 during a free, advance showing of the movie based on a Marvel Comics superhero. Nearly 600 community members turned out to watch the movie and get autographs and photo opportunities with Downey and Favreau. This showing, in coordination with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, came two weeks before the movie is to released to theaters May 2. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Im Jin-min



YONGSAN GARRISON — Nearly 200 homes and 20 barracks have been renovated under a continuing garrison-wide program to upgrade housing facilities. “In all areas, we’re looking at renovating, upgrading and improving our quarters,” said Carol Jones, housing division chief. Yongsan has two types of housing, government and leased. Government-owned family housing and barracks are managed and maintained by housing and the Directorate of Public Works. Leased housing areas are maintained by a contract company, Korea National Housing Corp., which sub-contracts the Korea Housing Management and Maintenance company to maintain the buildings. “If you look at our South Post leased housing areas – Eagle Grove, Itaewon Acres and Black Hawk Village – we’re renovating all those buildings,” Jones said. Forty buildings that contain 300 homes are getting major facelifts. “These are complete renovations – gut the buildings, new piping, electrical upgrades, new kitchens, bathrooms, doors and closets,” Jones said. Government-owned homes are getting partial renovations with new entrance doors, new foyers and cabinets where possible. “ We’re also doing bathroom and kitchen replacements during change of occupancy or as requested by residents,” Jones said. The garrison has 260 government-owned homes and spends an average of $3 million a year in renovations and routine maintenance. “Many of these homes were built in the 1950s and have needed these welcome upgrades,” Jones said. At the same time, a few government-owned homes have been combined into five-bedroom homes to accommodate large families. Six have been finished since June. Yongsan Garrison has had a shortage of quarters for large families, Jones said, and a five-bedroom home off post is too expensive.

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ENGINEERING CANDIDATES: Stella Cho (left) and Christine Robinson of Seoul American High School were selected to attend an Army engineering and construction camp this summer. Cho, a sophomore, and Robinson, a junior, earned trips to attend the two-week camp this June in Vicksburg, Miss. All fees and travel expenses are paid for by the Korea Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers. — Courtesy Photo By Monica Yang

By converting a two-bedroom duplex into one five-bedroom home, these homes can accommodate a family with up to eight children. At Hannam Village, the leased three vacant highrise buildings are currently being looked at for possible renovation, as well, Jones said. “We’re currently talking with KNHC and KOHOMM to see about the feasibility of this,” she said. They have been vacant since August 2006. The six low-rise buildings at Hannam were renovated in 2002 under a project that combined two apartments into one, including new floors, air conditioners, kitchens and bathrooms. For the garrison’s 68 barracks, the majority on Camp Coiner and on Main Post, 20 have been completely renovated in the past 18 months, Jones said. “We’ve created a neighborhood concept and consolidated some units that had Soldiers in barracks spread throughout the garrison,” Jones explained. This means that Soldiers assigned to the same unit live in the same building, increasing unit integrity, she said. “We have a very aggressive program,” she said. “When we renovate a barracks, we also install brand new furniture, and that’s a huge quality of life upgrade.” The barracks consolidation opened up buildings that can be renovated and used for more bachelor officer and bachelor enlisted quarters. The next barracks project started Tuesday, with an $800,000 project under a Far East District Corps of Engineers contract to renovate an 80-person barracks at the Yongsan Transportation Motor Pool. Jones said most of the renovation projects for the government-owned buildings have been funded locally. “We’ve gotten a lot of support from leadership to fund these projects,” Jones said. “The message here is we’re still looking at ways to improve quality of life,” Jones added. “Even though we know the time here at Yongsan is uncertain, we still plan on keeping our quarters in top-notch condition and finding ways to improve them.”

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BOWLING TOURNAMENT RAISES NEARLY $1,000: Jim Thorn (left) presents Hyun EE Kim with the award for the high game, female category, after Saturday’s Korean-American Friendship Fundraiser Bowling Tournament at Yongsan Lanes. The tournament raised more than 920,000 Korean Won, and the donations will support charitable activities of the MacArthur Masonic Lodge #183. Looking on are Dan Melton, representing the Lodge, and JJ Kim, Korean team coordinator. — Courtesy Photo




Celebrating KATUSA-U.S. Friendship


his week, we had a true success story. enemy. Together, Korean and American Thousands of Korean and American Soldiers fought bravely to repel the invaders Soldiers participated in the 2008 and restore peace, prosperity and security to KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week. the Republic of Korea. This should serve as This is a prime example of how strong the a strong reminder that the KATUSA-U.S. U.S.-Korea alliance can be. Soldier relationship is battle-tested. It is a Korean Augmentee to the U.S. Army relationship that works. Soldiers play an enormous role in our Serving in uniform, in my opinion, is one ability to meet the challenges of protecting of the most patriotic things a person can do. the Korean peninsula. This week, we We need to remember that our KATUSA have learned about each others cultures, Soldiers are all volunteers. They are required competed on our sports fields, enjoyed a to serve, but they applied for the KATUSA great talent show and shared some excellent time together building friendships. What a great opportunity for Americans to learn firsthand about the Korean people. Korean Soldiers stand in our formations, live with us, eat with us and learn about our alliance through us. These KATUSA Soldiers are ambassadors for their country and I’m proud to serve with them. The KATUSA program was born out of necessity U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers share spirited competition and cultural during the Korean War. exchanges during KATUSA and U.S. Soldier Friendship Week. So u t h Ko re a n So l d i e r s — U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Im Jin-min fought along side Americans providing critical translations, navigation and cultural insights that helped program and passed rigorous language tests. immensely in the defense of their young They are their nation’s best and brightest. democracy. I am proud of their accomplishments and In the 58 years since the beginning of the contributions to the mission. Republic of Korea-U.S. alliance, countless I am also proud of our U.S. Soldiers. At KATUSA Soldiers have served with U.S. this important juncture in history, we are Army units. These young men went on to an Army at war. The American people are become leaders in industry, law, politics asking more from her volunteer Soldiers and all sectors of Korean society. Without a than at any time since the Revolutionary doubt, our KATUSA Soldiers are the future War. Yet, we continue to attract and retain of Korea. quality Soldiers. Our men and women are The friendships that are forged by up to the task because we are a professional working side-by-side in our alliance are fighting force. lasting ones. Together Korean and American Soldiers In Seoul, there is an initiative to organize form an unstoppable force. We stand a KATUSA veterans group. The fact together ready for the fight. that there is high interest among former During this KATUSA-U.S. Soldier KATUSA Soldiers to come together again Friendship Week, we had an opportunity means the bonds that brought us together to better understand one another; to learn are still strong. more about each other’s cultures; and to As a Soldier, I take pride in the Army enter into some exciting competitions. story. Our Soldiers do great things in all As a result, we built stronger friendships corners of the globe. The warrior ethos that and helped to strengthen the alliance led Soldiers to victory in battles during the between our great nations. If you have the chance to thank a Korean War is the same lineage that drives Soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan and KATUSA Soldier for the part they play in Iraq today. the alliance, by all means, give them a pat This entire city where Yongsan Garrison on the back, a handshake and a sincere, stands was once taken and occupied by the “Kam-sa-ham-nida!”


APRIL 25, 2008

SAFETY Think before you sink


101 Critical Days of Summer launches with water safety message Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

Army releases heat injury prevention video Combat Readiness/Safety Center In an effort to combat heat injuries, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/ Safety Center released a new video, highlighting areas such as heat injury, heat illness prevention measures and leadership engagement. Each year, heat injuries pose a threat to Soldiers, civilians and Family members. Leaders, take a moment, watch this video and pass the information to your Soldiers. The video is available on the USACRC website at Once there, scroll down to the Medical category under Army Safety Videos. The video is located under the title Heat Injury Prevention. Preventing heat injuries will keep our Army Safe and Army Strong!

As the winter chill gives way to warmer temperatures, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center is reminding Soldiers to be mindful of the risks associated with water-related activities. Over the last 10 years, the Army has experienced 95 water-related accidents involving one or more Soldier fatalities. In fiscal 2007, there were 14 Army waterrelated accidents, resulting in 15 deaths. With the summer months approaching, many Soldiers will be drawn to some form of water, whether it’s a swimming pool, river, pond, lake or ocean. However, before participating in any water-related activity, Soldiers need to take the proper safety precautions and assess the readiness of everyone in their group — especially children. Perhaps the most important precaution a Soldier can take is to learn to swim. Yet, no matter how confident Soldiers may be in their swimming abilities, they should always bring a buddy along before taking the plunge. “Even the most experienced swimmer can encounter difficulties in the water,” said Col. Randall Cheeseborough, USACRC Ground Task Force director. “The battle buddy system is an excellent combat multiplier to help prevent a tragic accident from occurring. Soldiers must take care of each

other, on and off duty.” Another safety measure Soldiers often tend to overlook is the importance of wearing a personal flotation device while on a watercraft. According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, small-boat accidents are the most frequent cause of drowning fatalities nationwide. In half the water-related accidents in fiscal 2007, the Soldier did not plan on entering the water but went overboard from a fishing boat or similar watercraft. In one of those accidents, a Soldier drowned when his kayak capsized in the ocean and he was caught in a rip

“Operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous. When it comes to water-related activities, leave the alcohol on shore.” Col. Randall Cheeseborough, USACRC Ground Task Force director current. The Soldier was not an experienced swimmer and wasn’t wearing a PFD. Just weeks later, another Soldier drowned when the canoe he was sharing with two other Soldiers overturned about 200 meters from the shoreline. While attempting to swim to shore, the Soldier became fatigued and went

underwater. His body was later recovered by emergency services divers. None of the Soldiers were wearing PFDs. The Coast Guard estimates PFDs could have saved the lives of more than 80 percent of boating fatality victims. Because accidents can occur with terrifying speed and leave no time to reach stowed PFDs, the Coast Guard recommends they be worn at all times when on the water. While taking the time to put on a PFD is certainly a wise decision, some Soldiers choose to negate it with a poor decision – operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Coast Guard statistics reveal that a boat operator with a blood alcohol concentration above .10 percent is estimated to be more than 10 times more likely to die in an accident than a sober operator. To make matters worse, watercraft motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray all intensify the effects of alcohol and drugs. “These environmental stressors can cause fatigue and dramatically affect a watercraft operator’s coordination, judgment, vision and reaction time,” Cheeseborough said. “Operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous. When it comes to water-related activities, leave the alcohol on shore.” For more information, visit https://crc. or




Army rolls out new service and support mechanism for Soldiers, Families by Margaret McKenzie FMWRC Public Affairs The Army is transforming the way it provides services and support to the entire Army Family. The Army Integrated Family Support Network establishes a comprehensive multicomponent approach for Soldier and Family support and services. It meets the diverse needs of Active Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve Soldiers, Accessions Command Families, employers, and the community. The program integrates baseline services and resources traditionally found on installations into a network that supports Soldiers and Families no matter where they live. Services include childcare and youth and Family program information and referrals, online resources, assistance with school transitions, mobilization and deployment, information about Soldier programs, recreation and fitness programs, club systems, money management, and much more. “The Army intends to capitalize on the existing resources and integrate our programs across components,” said Jean Mills, AIFSN program manager at the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, in Alexandria, Va. “The goals are to ensure Families from all three components receive the same quality of service; provide better coordination and synchronization of support by the components to reduce redundancy; and ensure Soldiers have access to the same baseline services no matter where they live in relation to a military garrison.” Family Programs and Child and Youth Services Directorates at FMWRC started the process by providing access to their services through a single access portal, www. Through an on-

going process with the Reserve and Guard headquarters, they are working to establish baseline standards. The goal is to establish memorandums of agreement and other means to provide Soldiers with those baseline services, no matter what component they are or where they live. The two directorates brought together representatives from all three components to conduct training on how to provide standardized baseline services. The training also provided networking opportunities for staff members within state and region boundaries and components. “Since Oregon doesn’t have any active component base or post, it’s important for me to attend training like this and meet all the different state and local agencies located around me that offer support services,” said Dianne Gooding, director of Family Programs for the Oregon National Guard. “Now I can link up with them and potentially help any active component or reserve folks here in Oregon.” “We really try to work together through the Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee and it was really important to come here and meet these folks face to face,” Gooding continued. “This training really opens up the networking opportunities for us. We have many programs in place and we have made partnerships within our local communities. The active component and the Reserve can only benefit from what we have to offer them. We can only get stronger with everyone in partnership.” The course provided 134 representatives from all components an overview of what AIFSN is about and how it will impact all the components and the customers they serve. This AIFSN Basic Institute Course demonstrates the Army Family Covenant’s commitment to provide Soldiers and Families

a quality of life that is commensurate with their service, according to Brig. Gen. John (JD) Johnson, Deputy Commander at FMWRC. “This conference is designed to help Family programs and Soldier programs help the people who need it the most,” Johnson said. “Soldiering is about heart. The Covenant is a reflection of that heart,” he continued. “It is a contract with the leadership, Soldiers and their Families that says we understand what you need and we are signing up to provide standardized, predictable service to you at a high quality.” When fully implemented, the global network should make that goal a reality. Many military members and Families don’t live close to a National Guard assistance center, an Army Reserve readiness center or an installation. This system should enable them access to the same benefits and services they’d receive on a garrison through online services or referrals to local and state community agencies where they can receive equivalent services and support. “It’s all about readiness,” Johnson said. “It’s all about making sure Soldiers and Families are ready. Because the one thing we cannot control is when they are going to be called on to go forth and do what they sign up to so. That’s a piece we don’t control. “We want Soldiers and Families to know the Army cares. We want Families and loved ones to know we can take care of them and do it in such a way that they feel they are in control of what is going on in their lives,” he said. Soldiers and Families will be linked through AIFSN to local community services and programs in their geographical areas, not just those on the nearest installation. “The whole idea behind this program is to develop and use all the various systems

to come together so that anyone can enter the network to find out where they can get help, no matter where they live,” Johnson said. “They can take advantage of all the great things that are being offered out there – whether in the government, private sector, or public sector – by accessing the network.” Currently, each component functions independently and access to services is dependant on unit resources. For a Reserve unit with three or four personnel in the rear detachment, hundreds of miles from an Active Component garrison, providing support is as difficult as it is critical. Local community support is the key to making AIFSN work, and AIFSN will level the field as much as possible. “We are working on things we can change,” said Kathy Classe-Friend, Child and Youth Service coordinator for both the National Guard and Reserve components at a Combat Support Training Center in California. “I think the training gives a general overview of how the National Guard operates and I think it is up to us to merge our services and address the needs. For me the National Guard is our community, so we have been working with the community for a long time. I believe it will be a newer process for the Active Duty component because their community has always been inside the fence and everything they need is right there. The National Guard members live out in the community and have always used the community resources. That is our life.” “As AIFSN rolls out,” Mills said, “we will make every effort to make sure Families know they can go to the Web, the phone, or to a brick and mortar facility closest to where they live and receive the same baseline services.”

April 25-May 1




Vantage Point (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Vantage Point (PG13) 7 p.m.

Vantage Point (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7 p.m.

Prom Night (PG13) 7:30 p.m. Witless Protection (PG13) 7 p.m.

Spiderwick (PG) 7:30 p.m. No Show

Prom Night (PG13) 9 p.m.

Prom Night (PG13) 9 p.m.

Prom Night (PG13) 9 p.m.

Definately, Mabe (PG13) 9 p.m.

Definately, Mabe (PG13) 9 p.m.

Vantage Point (PG13) 7 p.m.

Prom Night (PG13) 7 p.m.

Vantage Point (PG13) 7 p.m.

College Road Trip (G) 8:30 p.m.

Cloverfield (PG13) 8:30 p.m.

Today 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

Witless Protection (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Strange Wilderness (R) 7 p.m.

College Road Trip (G) 8:30 p.m.


Wednesday Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show Step Up 2 (PG13) 9 p.m.

Thursday Vantage Point (PG13) 7:30 p.m. No Show Step Up 2 (PG13) 9 p.m.

Witless Protection (PG13) 7 p.m.

Prom Night (PG13) 7 p.m.

Fool’s Gold (PG13) 7 p.m.

No Show

No Show

No Show

The Eye (PG13) 6 p.m.

21 (PG13) 7 p.m.

21 (PG13) 7 p.m.

The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m.

The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m.

Witless Protection (PG13) 7 p.m.

No Show

88 Minutes (R) 7 p.m.

Witless Protection (PG13) 7 p.m.

21 (PG13) 9:30 p.m.

21 (PG13) 9:30 p.m.

21 (PG13) 8:30 p.m.

Prom Night (PG13) 7 p.m.

Witless Protection (PG13) 9 p.m.

Vantage Point (PG13) 8 p.m.

Spiderwick (PG) 7 p.m.

Untraceable (R) 9 p.m.

Untraceable (R) 9 p.m.

The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m.

Untraceable (R) 7 p.m.

Yongsan I

88 Minutes (R) 8:30 p.m.

88 Minutes (R) 8 p.m.

Spiderwick (PG) 8 p.m.

Spiderwick (PG) 7 p.m.

Witless Protection (PG13) 7 p.m.

Witless Protection (PG13) 7 p.m.

Witless Protection (PG13) 7 p.m.

Yongsan II

Step Up 2 (PG13) 6:30 p.m.

88 Minutes (R) 8 p.m.

Spiderwick (PG) 8 p.m.

Definately, Mabe (PG13) 6 p.m.

Definately, Mabe (PG13) 6 p.m.

Vantage Point (PG13) 6 p.m.

Vantage Point (PG13) 6 p.m.

Yongsan III 738-7389

National Treasure 2 (PG) 6:30 p.m.

National Treasure 2 (PG) 6:30 p.m.

Over Her Dead Body (PG13) 6 p.m.

Over Her Dead Body (PG13) 6 p.m.

Untraceable (R) 6 p.m.

Untraceable (R) 6 p.m.

National Treasure 2 (PG) 6:30 p.m.

No Show

21 (PG13) 9 p.m.

The Eye (PG13) 7 p.m.


APRIL 25, 2008 Area III Worship Schedule Protestant Services Collective Protestant Sunday


Sunday Wednesday

Contemporary Sunday

KATUSA Tuesday Sunday

10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Zoeckler Station Chapel Freedom Chapel Camp Long Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel

1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Freedom Chapel Freedom Ch (Bible Study)

6:00 p.m.

Freedom Chapel

7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Freedom Chapel Camp Long Chapel

Catholic Services Mass

Daily Sunday

11:45 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 4 :00 p.m. 5:10 p.m.

Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Camp Long Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel

USAG Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Klon K. Kitchen, Jr. [email protected], 753-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) James E. O’Neal [email protected] , 753-7276 Chaplain (Capt.) Charlie Lee [email protected], 721-3356


Chaplain suggests how to communicate effectively during deployment separation

by Chaplain (Capt.) Charlie Lee USAG Humphreys (Wonju) Chaplain “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19, NIV).” Se p a r a t i o n b e c a u s e o f d e p l oy m e n t s a n d unaccompanied overseas tours creates stress for Soldiers, spouses, children, and Family Members. No one likes to be separated from the ones you love and care for. According to the Family Redeployment Readiness Plan [Chaplain (Col.) William De Leo; May 2003], “about 30% of wives say that deployments harm their marriages” and “nearly half of wives of sergeants and below have lowered their positive attitude about military life after experiencing a deployment.” So, what should we do? Don’t give up. There is hope. Think positive. “Separation is a Stressor: It is like the sun on a plant. Under the sun, some plants shrivel and die. Other plants grow stronger and larger. The key is this: If the plant in the sun receives water and food, it grows under the sun’s heat! In the same way, when you separate for a military operation, your relationship is going under the sun. If you water it and feed it, your family can grow under this pressure (Surviving Separations, author unknown).” Communication skills are very important during the separation especially when you are stressed. A lot of soldiers want to talk to family when they feel stress. The soldiers want to hear the encouragement, appreciation, thanks, and praise from family members, but family doesn’t fulfill soldiers’ needs and expectations. The stressed soldiers receive more stress and anger during the conversation. Then what should we do? Should we not communicate with family? No. We need communication. During the

separation we all need communication with family. However, we need effective communication skills. Effective communication during a separation takes practice. It does not just happen. You have to work at it. Be careful about what you say and what you hear when you talk on the phone or by e-mail. I would like to introduce the Speaker/Listener Technique from the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) (Christian PREP Inc, 1997). The Speaker/ Listener Technique is helpful for soldiers when they are talking to spouses and children on the phone.

Learn to connect by playing by the rules of communication Rules for Speaker:

1. Speak for yourself. Don’t read minds! 2. Don’t go on and on. 3. Stop and let the listener paraphrase.

Rules for Listener:

1. Paraphrase what you hear. 2. Don’t rebut. Focus on what the speaker is saying.

Rules for Both:

1. The speaker has the floor. 2. Speaker keeps the floor while the listener paraphrases. 3. Share the floor.






by Pvt. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — The K-16 Community Activities Center held its Community Fun Fair Saturday, treating participants to Korean culture and fun and games for children. “This was a partnership under the Good Neighbor Program with the people of Seongnam,” said Mario Farrulla, director of U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Community Activities Centers. “We brought in different dancers and bands from the local community.” Some of the performances included Korean traditional dance, belly dance and modern dance, martial arts demonstrations and a B-Boy performance. Twenty-five children from the “House of Angels,” a local orphanage, also attended the event. “I feel good about this because we’re doing something for them,” said Spc. Carrasquillo Japhet, one Soldier who helped organize the children’s visit. “They get to have fun.”

Photo By Pfc. Lee Min-hwi

Photo By Pfc. Lee Min-hwi

Photo By Pvt. Choi Keun-woo

Photo By Pvt. Choi Keun-woo

(Clockwise from main photo) Keldon Erickson, 8, recovers from a “punch” from Sean O’Connor, 7; a Korean belly dance group performs for the crowd; Lee Yoo-bin, 8, throws a dart at a board of balloons; having a turn at the dunk tank; B-Boyz performer Kim Sung-hyun wows the crowd with his moves; Elizabeth Herrera, 2, enjoys playing in a bouncy.

Photo By Pvt. Choi Keun-woo

Photo By Pvt. Choi Keun-woo




Mathieu (Matt) Gosselin, Eighth Army Youth Good Neighbor Soccer Team, presents a signed team ball to the Gangnam team’s captain prior to the start of the April 19 soccer match. This was the GNP youth soccer team’s second match since the team was started. — U.S. Army Photo By Edward Johnson

New 8th Army Good Neighbor Program Youth Soccer Team keeps their focus on friendship Volunteer coaches make sure buidling teamwork, friendships remains team’s most important ‘goals’ by Susan Silpasornprasit IMCOM-K Public Affairs April 19 marked the second game for Eighth Army’s Good Neighbor Youth Soccer Team. Youth ages 10 to 12 years enjoyed a friendly game of soccer with a Korean team from the Gangnam district on the field at Yongsan Garrison. Although the two teams played to win, the true goal of the day’s event was to promote good relations between children in the Army community and their Korean counterparts. MSgt. Josue Morales, a volunteer coach for the Good Neighbor youth team, expressed his pride in the team’s improvements since the first game. “There’s been an improvement in teamwork and fundamentals of soccer,” he said. “They’re playing their positions, distributing the ball and playing as a team.” Learning the different positions teaches the players to rely on and trust their teammates, Morales explained. “It’s a game of 11,” he said. “Everyone has something to give to the team.” The Good Neighbor Team plays Korean soccer teams year-round. It was created as a branch of 8th Army’s adult Good Neighbor Programs. The matches reinforce good relations with the host country by bringing youth together to share their skills and bond over the game of soccer.

But soccer isn’t the only event the children partake in. Each soccer match includes an additional group activity before or after the game. Last week, the two teams enjoyed lunch at the Yongsan’s food court. The children paired off, the American children helping their Korean “neighbors” order their meals. Ung Sellen, 8th Army’s Host Nation Specialist and volunteer referee for the April 19 game, acknowledged the generosity of spirit displayed by the Korean and U.S. Army communities in bringing the soccer team together. The team has a Korean sponsor providing support such as uniforms and the coaches are all volunteers from within 8th Army, he explained. “The goal of the Good Neighbor youth soccer team is to build friendships and teamwork among players,” Sellen said. “We want the children to interect and get to know each other through the game.” The 8th Army Good Neighbor Youth Soccer Team began practicing in January and now have two practices per week. They will continue to play Korean youth soccer teams throughout the year “Whether we win or lose, we approach the game with the same ethics—to get the kids out to have fun and learn the game of soccer,” Morales said. Soccer is an avenue to friendship for the Good Neighbor Program. The teams are given an opportunity to share tips and skills on the field before the matches begin. A rematch with another Korean team is already being discussed, paving the way for a friendly reunion between children who are learning to build new skills and new relationships.

APRIL 25, 2008



KATUSA, U.S. Army Soldier’s Friendship Week celebration at USAG Humphreys by Andre Butler USAG-H Public Affairs Office USAG HUMPHREYS – Community members from USAG Humphreys and Pyeongtaek City came together this week to celebrate Korean Augmentee to the United States Army and U.S. Soldier’s Friendship Week here. KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers Friendship Week combines sporting events and activities as a means to building new friendships as well as making existing relationships between KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers stronger. “During the next few days you will be tested and challenged in a number of sporting events and activities: soccer, basketball, softball, Korean traditional wrestling, tug of war, bowling, putt-putt golf and taekwondo,” said Col. John E. Dumoulin, Jr., USAG Humphreys commander, during his opening remarks at MP Hill Gym Tuesday. “You’ll also have the opportunity to see Korean traditional dance, belly dancing and a break dancing show by the B-Boys and other performances,” Dumoulin said. “While fierce, the competitions should also be friendly because we are all part of the same team and have been for a long time,” he said. KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers began competitions Monday and continued to battle in the games that would crown a unit team champion at week’s end. It’s good to have these games with U.S. Soldiers,” said Kim, Dong-hyun, Company B, 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion. “We really don’t have a lot of time to

Par Seong Sil Dance team showcase talents during a fan dance at Humphreys MP Hill Gym.

Pvt. Robert Rodriguez, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion 2nd Aviation Regiment, and Sgt. Kim, Dong-hyun race to the finish during a swimming meet at USAG Humphreys Community Activity enter indoor swimming pool. — U.S. Army Photos By Andre Butler make friends at work so this gives us that chance,” Kim said. “This builds camaraderie,” said Sgt. Jeffrey Curtis, 194th Combat Service Sustainment Battalion. “You don’t get this kind of interaction normally because of the different jobs we all perform,” Curtis said. “Today we can swim as a team and learn more about each other.” The KATUSA and U.S. Soldier’s friendship has lasted more than 58 years and

began during the early days of the Korean War when Gen. Douglas Macarthur, general of the United States Army, and President Rhee, Seung,man, president of South Korea, formed the KATUSA program to augment U.S. Army units fighting in the war. At the war’s peak in 1952, 27,000 KATUSA Soldiers fought along side U.S. Soldiers. “Our KATUSA Soldiers are key members of our units throughout the Korean peninsula,” Dumoulin said.

After the war the number of KATUSA Soldiers decreased to today’s total of about 3,500 with somewhere around 600 working at Humphreys Garrison. “It’s not exaggeration to say that we could not run this installation without the fine support our KATUSAs provide,” Dumoulin said. “And…I think it’s safe to say that our lives are better for serving with our KATUSA brothers,” he said. “We build trust and forge friendships that can last a lifetime.”

Pfc. Nicholas Ross, 557th MP, takes a swing during a softball game against 527th MI.

Third Special Forces, ROKA, Taekwondo team performs for more than 300 KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers, Pyeongtaek City officials and USAG Humphreys community members at MP Hill Gym.

Team Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade and 1st Battlation 2nd Aviation Bn., kick it out against Team 4th Battalion 2nd Aviation Bn., and 18th Medical Command in a game of soccer during KATUSA and U.S. Soldier’s Friendship Week at USAG-H.


News & Notes USFK ALERT USFK officials are asking its servicemembers and beneficiaries to use caution when eating in non-USFK approved establishments due to a recent outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 Virus (HPAI-H5N1 Virus) in the Republic of Korea. All dishes containing chicken and/or eggs should only be consumed if properly cooked. The USFK is taking these precautions even as the Korean government aggressively works to contain the outbreak. 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 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. USAG-Humphreys Sergeant Audie Murphy Club The USAG-H Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is looking for SAMC and Sergeant Morales Club members. Monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month. Please contact Sgt. 1st Class (P) Grandison at 753-6136 or Sgt. 1st Class LawsonHurt at 753-7978 for more information. Osan Air Base Space Available Seminar There will be a Space Available Seminar held at Osan Air Base April 30 from 10 11 a.m. in Building 884, AMC Passenger Terminal. Everyone is welcome to include spouses, retirees and DOD Civlians. The seminar willl cover everything you need to know about how to fly our of Korea on a military airplane to include documentation, catergories and frequency flights. No reservations are needed to attend; however, there is very limited parking. For more information call 784-1854. Inspector General Openings 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] mil or [email protected] Free Bowling on Fridays Military in uniform can enjoy free bowling every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Humphreys Strike Zone and Long Bowling Centers. The snack bars will be open for your convenience. Call 754-5722 for more information. Please Send Us Stories and Photos To submit info for publishing in The Morning Calm Weekly, USAG Humphreys common pages, call 754-6132, 8847 or 8598 -- or e-mail [email protected]

AREA III HAES students prepare for future with online tests


by Diane Hobler HAES Librarian USAG HUMPHREYS –Computers have brought big changes to elementary schools, including in the area of testing. Beginning last year, Humphreys America Elementary School students in third, fifth and sixth grade have participated in a DoDEA online assessment. Sixth graders take an online social studies test while third and fifth graders take an online science test. The purpose of the tests is to provide feedback to teachers and to DoDEA about how well science and social studies standards are being met by HAES students. Although these tests don’t affect the student’s grades, they enjoy the fact that the tests are scored as soon as they are finished. In turn, HAES students find out right away how well they’ve done. “Giving students experience with online testing is important because many more tests in high school and college are going online,” said Myra Taylor, HAES counselor. “Helping students become comfortable with this now will help them succeed in the future.”

Educational Technologist Jim Mitchell explains procedures to students as they take a practice test to prepare for their online testing. — Photo By Diane Hobler

Registration required for animals USFK-Reg

(May 19) to take care of everyone.” Pet owners who want to make an appointment for the May 19 clinic can call 784-6614. Appointments are preferred since the clinic can bring any records it has on your pet or start building a patient file ahead of time. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. Sipes said they be bringing whatever animals are available for adoption.

Osan Vet clinic pays visit to Humphreys by Mike Mooney USAG-H Morale, Welfare and Recreation USAG HUMPHREYS –The sound of barking dogs, mewing cats and even the “thump, thump, thump” of a rabbit turned the Humphreys Community Activity Center into a busy place Sunday. And it isn’t over. With the semi-annual noncombatants evacuations exercise just around the corner, the Osan Veterinary Clinic moved its range of services to the Humphreys CAC in an effort to help pet owners get ready. NEO rules now require that all domestic pets be micro-chipped in order to be evacuated, and that was one of the major services the veterinary clinic was performing Sunday. “We had 55 appointments and another 10-12 walk-ins,” said Tech. Sgt. Theresa Sipes. “It has been a busy day.” In addition to micro-chipping, the Vets were also providing updated inoculations, performing physicals, checking for parasites and, where necessary, making appointments for follow-ups. “This is great,” said one young Soldier who brought his dog to the clinic. “It’s impossible for me to get to Osan during the week to visit the Vet. Even if I could get the time off, I don’t have a car and nobody wants

Boris (a mixed breed German Shepherd and something else) slobbering in their car. I can’t use a taxi and I can’t take the dog on the bus, so what am I supposed to do. Bringing the Vet here makes it easy.” Family and MWR has been bringing the Osan Vet to Humphreys at least once a quarter for the past four years. Now that the NEO rules have changed, Sipes said they “would like to come more often. As you can see, there are a lot of pets to take care of.” In addition to providing veterinary services for the Community, the Osan Vets also brought a selection of dogs, cats and even a rabbit that were available for adoption. Humphreys Soldiers selected at least four dogs with several others in the “let me talk to my wife” stage. “We’ve had two of the dogs that were adopted at the clinic since October,” Sipes said. “It’s great to see them get a new home.” The next NEO is scheduled for May 1517 in the community activity center, and the Osan Vet Clinic is part of the process. All pet owners are required to visit the clinic station to get information about what’s needed to assure the safe evacuation of their dogs and cats. “A lot of people still don’t know about the new rules, so I’m sure we still have animals that aren’t micro-chipped,” Sipes said. “We will make appointments for anyone who needs them during NEO and then come back to Humphreys the following Monday

Friendly Hoops Pfc. Wesley Bozeman, Company D, 1st Battalion 2nd Aviation Regiment, takes a final shot against defenders from Company A, 501st Signal Battalion. — Photo By Andre Butler

APRIL 25, 2008



Part II: Living in Wonju Enclave by Stacy A. Ouellette USAG-H Public Affairs Office

WONJU –After the closure of Camp Page in Chunchon, 1st Battalion 2nd Aviation (Attack) Regiment found a new home in Wonju. As one of the last remote U.S. Army installations remaining in the Republic of Korea, Eagle residents encounter a unique lifestyle similar to those at Camp Long, located 20 kilometers away. “I like being stationed at Camp Eagle because we’re away from the ‘big Army.’ We’re a small, tight group. We’re like family where everybody knows everybody. It’s like a small town,” said Staff Sgt. Kimberly Veals, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 2nd Aviation Regt. With larger installations two-hours away, it is easy to take a break from Eagle, which is one of the most positive aspects of life here. It’s easy to take a day or weekend trip and appreciate the break. Residing at a larger installation doesn’t always afford this type of escape, said Pfc. Sierra Krukowski, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 2nd Aviation Regt. “The positive thing about living in a remote area is we can always get away. I grew up in a big city and to be in a small, remote area is great, it’s something different and I appreciate that a lot,” Krukowski said. Being a remote area provides a certain type of challenge due to fewer amenities and agencies to support residents. Partnered in Wonju with Camp Long, residents at Eagle share facilities. “This is like their house, their home. We don’t have all the facilities they have at Humphreys and at Yongsan, but what they have is theirs. We don’t share it with anyone else. For the Soldiers, it’s a great opportunity,” said Lt. Col. Cory Mendenhall, 1st Bn., 2nd

Soldiers at Camp Eagle have this facility as their Gym. The Eagle Dome has played host to many basketball and volleyball games since 2005. — U.S. Army Photo By Stacy A. Ouellette Aviation Regt. commander. The sense of ownership extends beyond the concrete structures into the lives of each Soldier. Due to the small town style community, there is a certain lack of privacy. Everyone knows everyone and what people are doing. “Everybody knows your business. You can’t get away with things and it’s good because we take care of one another. When they go into the local community, they do the right thing every time,” Mendenhall said. Included as part of the family-oriented community are the U.S. Civilian and

Korean National employees working at Eagle. The majority transferred to Eagle after the closure of Camp Page in 2005. Their support extends beyond business hours and schedules. “We go to the field and if come back on a day they are not open, they will come in on a day their store is closed and open to support the Soldiers,” Veals. Taking care of Soldiers is the most important thing, Veals said. “With my Soldiers, I’ve taken care of them and they have taken care of me in return,” Veal said. The mission is going to accomplish itself. As a leader, Sgt. 1st Class Dan Phillips,

Pet adoptions possible at Osan Air Base

Tech Sgt. Theresa Sipes checks the choppers on a cat that was brought to the Osan Veterinary Clinic in the Humphreys Community Activity Center this past Sunday. Cats and dogs got physicals, shots and, if needed, micro-chips in preparation for NEO. Predictions are that this little bunny won’t be little much longer. Meanwhile, he created a lot of smiles and cooing at the Osan Vet Clinic held at the Humphreys CAC this past Sunday. This is one “lucky dog,” adopted by a Soldier and his Wife Sunday at the Osan Vet Clinic held at the Humphreys CAC. At least four animals found new homes — Photo By Mike Mooney

Company C, 1st Bn., 2nd Aviation Regt., said trying to give his Soldiers more than 24 years of knowledge and experience. Scheduled to retire this June, Phillips wants to leave the Army knowing he helped to better prepare Soldiers for future assignments and deployments. “A lot of them haven’t been to combat yet. I try to prepare them for what is about to come because it’s inevitable that the majority of these Soldiers are going to combat,” Phillips said. Having Eagle as a first assignment, Krukowski has experienced different types of leadership styles and has developed respect for dedicated NCOs leading the way. “From my perspective, an NCO takes care of their Soldiers,” Krukowski said. “They know what is going on in their sections and know what’s happening in their Soldiers lives not only at work, but after work, as compared to a sergeant; they just have the rank,” Krukowski said. With fewer agencies to assist Soldiers, NCOs at Eagle have a deeper responsibility in taking care of their Soldiers needs. The atmosphere allows Soldiers to focus on their specialized training, work on their education and enough time to practice their craft while mentoring others. “The nicest thing about being away from everything is I get to actually do my job as a paralegal. I’m not involved in a lot of the other stuff that takes place so I can concentrate on taking care of Soldiers,” said Sgt. Lornce Applewhite, 1st Bn., 2nd Aviation Regt. By tackling challenges of living at Eagle together, the entire community seems to benefit. They function as a close-knit family, one probably not seen in anywhere else on the Korean Peninsula, which is a humbling experience to be a part of, Mendenhall said.

APRIL 25, 2008



Daegu tour appreciates beauty of Geoje Island

Oedo Island is four kilometers away from Geoje Island. This private-owned island is beautified by more than 1,000 different types of subtropical and other exotic plants. People can enjoy a beautiful view of the crystal blue south sea from the island. — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul by Cpl. Na Kyung-chul USAG Daegu Public Affairs GEOJE – Forty people from the Daegu community recently experienced a one-day trip to Geoje Island, the southernmost area of Kyungsang province in Korea. The trip was planned by United States Army Garrison Daegu Community Relations Officer, Chong Yong-kon and sponsored by the manager of Oedo Island, Joo Kanghyuk. The trip was composed of visits to a shipbuilding factory, Oedo Botanical Garden and the historical Geoje Prisoners of War (POW) Camp. “I planned this trip to

let people experience the beauty of Korean nature,” said Chong. The group first visited Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Company. It was established in 1973 at Okpo bay in Geoje Island and has developed into the world’s premium specialized shipbuilding and offshore contractor that builds various vessels, offshore platforms, drilling rigs, floating oil production units, submarines and destroyers. People were amazed that the company employs more than 28,000 skilled workers and grosses sales of nine billion dollars a year. After watching the introduction

movie, the group had the chance to see the areas where workers work hard to build ships. “Even though I watched many kinds of ships on TV, it was first time to see the procedure for building ships,” said USAG Daegu Command Sergeant Major driver, Pfc. Lee Jung-joo. “I realized that shipbuilding is a kind of hard and detailed work.” One of the highlights of the trip was visiting Oedo-Botania. People were attracted by the beauty of several kinds of flowers and gorgeous views. Oedo-Botania is a marine botanical garden located in Hallyeo National Marine Park, which has a beautiful view of the crystal blue south sea and surrounding

landscape. There are more than 1,000 different types of subtropical and other exotic plants maintained and cultivated by Lee Chang-ho and his wife Choi Ho-sook. The couple have maintained and cultivated these subtropical and exotic plants since 1969. It is reputed to be the first Island in Korea to be owned and developed by private individuals. “It was a very interesting experience for me,” said Daegu American School Student Transportation Officer, Michael Dudley. “I was amazed that private individuals are taking care of the whole island and growing several kinds of flowers there.” On the way to Oedo-Botania by an excursion ship, the group appreciated the superb view of Haegeumgang which is called the ‘sea diamond of the south sea.’ The last stop of the trip was the historical Geoje POW Camp, built to hold prisoners during the Korean War. It held 170,000 prisoners of war, 20,000 from China and 150,000 from North Korea. The camp was closed in 1953 and turned into a park in 1997 to ensure that the Korean War is not a forgotten war. For about an hour, the group walked through the park grounds and felt the tragedy of war. “Through the military perspective, I liked the POW Camp visit most,” said AFSBnNEA Operations Officer, Capt. Joshua Bastman. “It showed me the difficulties of prisoners in wartime.” The one-day trip let people see various lifestyles around them. “It was a great cultural learning experience for me because I’ve not been to outside of Daegu for a while,” said Deputy SPO of 19th ESC, James A. Chen. “It was a good chance to see a lifestyle outside of the big city. I was impressed by the slower lifestyle of people.”

2008 KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers Friendship Week celebrates, unites Soldiers as one team CAMP HENRY – 2008 KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers Friednship Week was held to continue to strengthen and renew the lasting relationship between Korea and the United States, from Apr. 21 - 25. KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers participated in sports events including soccer, softball, volleyball, Ssireum and tug of war, and enjoyed a variety of performances including martial arts such as a traditional Gumdo demonstration, Taekwondo, ROK Special Forces and face painting. Regardless of nationalities, each unit’s KATUSA and U.S. Soldiers became one team to compete against other units. Soldiers also had a Daegu City Tour on the third day, and experienced Korean traditional cultures. — U.S. Army Photos By Cpl. Na Kyung-chul (1, 2) and Jang Jin-young (3)




News & Notes Community Family Day MWR will hold Community Family Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Apr. 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 DSN at 764-5298/768-8090. 2008 Eighth Army Full and Half Marathon The 2008 Eighth Army Full and Half Marathon will be held Apr. 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. Factory and Cultural Tour There will be a Factory and Cultural Tour held May 9. Participants will visit Daedun Mountain by cable car, Hite beer factory and Jeonju Hanok village. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and Hite beer factory will provide a beer tasting opportunity, beer for adults and soft drinks for the underaged. For information, contact Community Relations Officer Chong Yong-kon at DSN 768-6907 or [email protected] Commissary Awareness Day BOSS holds Commissary Awareness Day 9 from a.m. – 12 p.m., May 16 at the Commissary parking lot on Camp Walker. A variety of events are planned for the day. For information, call Spc. Aleshia Fenner at DSN 764-4426. Spirit Warrior Men’s Conference Spirit Warrior Men’s Conference will be held 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 10 at Camp Walker’s Soldier Memorial Chapel. Dr. Chuck Stecker will participate together and continental breakfast will be served. For information, call Chaplain (Capt.) William E. Graham at DSN 768-6140. BOSS Luau A luau sponsored by BOSS will be held 12 – 7 p.m. May 17 at Camp Carroll’s Pool. There will be music, foods, volley ball games and horse shoes. For information, call at DSN 764-4426. 233rd United States Army Birthday Ball To celebrate the 233rd United States Army Birthday, the Army Ball will be held 6 p.m. June 14 at Inter-Burgo Hotel in Daegu. Ticket price is 40,000 won. For information, call Spc. Natalie E. Kapteyn at DSN 768-8622. Daegu Website For local news you can use, visit USAG Daegu’s website at http://ima.


Soldier for democracy preaches hope by Sgt. Suk Kyung-chul 19th ESC Public Affairs CAMP HENRY – People join the U.S. Army for reasons as numerous as the number of Soldiers in the Army. Some joined to see the world, others for money and some for citizenship. Capt. Yan N. Xiong, Chaplain, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion joined after his life took a drastic turn during China’s Tiananmen Square protest in 1989. Yan was born in China in 1964. Life in China at that time was under a communistcontrolled government, where every agency and organization from the government and education system to the media was run by the government. “All I knew was communism,” said Yan. However, as Yan grew up, he encountered Western literature and began to think about the Western legal system. “I was a law student at Peking University in 1988, a year before the movement,” said Yan, reflecting on the Tiananmen Square protest he helped to lead. “In April of 1989, I was a student leader for the protests. I organized many protests against the Chinese government, initiated hunger strikes and negotiated with Chinese Prime Minister Li Peng. After the massacre, I became one of the 21 most-wanted persons in China,” said Yan. For his involvement in the Tiananmen Square protest, Yan served one year and seven months in prison. He was kept in a small solitary cell, and was never allowed to go outside. “Hundreds of protesters were caught and kept in the horrible jails, even worse than concentration camps. The torture they used on us was invisible. Instead of physical harm, they gave us just enough food to stay alive. Even by Chinese standards, you are allowed thirty minutes a day for outdoor activities. I did not even get that,” said Yan. After his release in 1991, a group of Chinese church members gave Yan the New Testament from the Bible. “This was my first encounter with the life

Capt. Yan N. Xiong poses with children after giving Christmas presents to an Iraqi village and orphanage when he was with the 615th Aviation Support Battalion in 2004. — U.S. Army Photo Courtesy 19th ESC Public Affairs Office of Jesus. I read the books again and again, but I still did not know what it all meant,” said Yan. Yan’s life in China after his release from prison was miserable. He could not get a job or enroll in school due to the Chinese government’s control and interference. “After I got out of custody, there was no place for me in Beijing. I went south to Guangzhou, seeking employment. In Hong Kong, which was still under British rule at that time, I met people from democratic organizations who were sympathetic to me. They helped me and my wife seek political refuge in the United States,” said Yan. Yan was allowed to come to the United States in 1992. His wife, Qian, who was also imprisoned for her work with the student movement, joined him a year later. In 1994, they began their careers in the unlikely place of the United States Army where health care, reasonable pay and a chance to practice English were available. In the Army, he accepted the Christian gospel, and decided to be a chaplain instead of studying law.

Tips for college students: Choosing a computer by Jang Jin-young USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP HENRY – When you decide to purchase a computer, you may have a dilemma. As a college or university student, which is a better buy, a notebook or a desktop PC? What should college students look for when choosing a computer? After buying a computer, you may hit another roadblock which is, what is the most effective way to maintain a computer? Here are tips for college or university students to remove the stumbling blocks related to the selection, purchase and maintenance of a computer. Laptop computer or desktop PC? Which kind of computer system best meets the needs of a college student? A laptop computer. A laptop is portable and is a big plus in the life of a busy, mobile college

student. You can take your laptop to the library, to a coffee shop, to a friend’s room or wherever you want to study. Unlike desktops, laptops can easily make a trip home for break. College students move around quite a bit and moving a laptop from classroom to classroom is no hassle at all. What should you consider when buying a computer and software? One thing you would want to check is whether a computer has wireless connectivity or not. College students are always on the move and often connect to the Internet for essays or recreation. As wireless Internet becomes more widely available, laptop computers become all the more convenient. So an internal wireless capability is a major factor that you have to take a look at. College or university students frequently use Microsoft Office for college work. You need to run Word for your essays or

“In China, there is a cry for the rule of the law,” he said. “I am still interested in law, but China’s real cry is for the gospel; that’s more important for China, for me, for my life.” Yan has been to many places since his escape from China. He has deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In January 2007, he was sent to Korea where he is currently assigned to the 194th CSSB, located in Camp Humphreys. “Serving in Korea gives me more opportunity to know different people. I like the Korean culture and the people,” said Yan. He also mentioned, that being in Korea allows him to meet more young Soldiers who are away from their families. He believes he has more opportunity to serve and help the Soldiers here more than anywhere else. “Captain Xiong does an excellent job as the Battalion Chaplain. He shows genuine concern for the Soldiers, and he always has a smile on his face, making everyone cheerful around him,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Darren A. Young, 194th CSSB Headquarters and Headquarters Company. PowerPoint for reports and presentations. You might even need Outlook to connect to e-mail. You are definitely need some type of office collaboration software. It’s a good idea to take a close look at your laptop computer to ensure it has enough Universal Serial Bus ports to support any devices you have. Four to six USB ports is a good number to have on a laptop, while six to eight is enough for a desk top to have. Just about any computer that you buy today comes with one or more USB connectors on the back. These USB connectors let you attach everything from a mouse to a printer to your computer quickly and easily. Windows Vista or Windows XP? Windows XP has been out since 2002. Windows Vista is Microsoft’s newest operating system, released in January 2007. Windows Vista is newer and is upgraded which means it also has more security and added features. There are a few challenges to working with Vista versus XP. Particularly, Windows Vista, on occasion, has memory management problems. This sometimes – See Computer Page 27 –

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Responsible use of government purchase, travel cards by Jang Jin-young USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP HENRY – Credit cards are convenient. But if you misuse or abuse them, it can reflect negatively on your credit and your career. You should use your credit card wisely and carefully according to responsibilities and limitations of the specific card. When using a government purchase card or government credit card, there are other things that you should take into account. The Government Purchase Card is an internationally-accepted VISA credit card issued by individual contractors. The purpose of the GPC is to minimize the paperwork needed to make, with proper authorization, purchases of up to $3,000. The GPC is available to personnel in all federal agencies under a single General Services Administration contract with the understanding that it will not be abused

Computer causes Vista to slow down and not work as fast as Windows XP. The majority of people are more familiar with Windows XP than Windows Vista. What size hard drive is best for college work? The typical size of a hard drive in a laptop is about 250GB. This size hard drive is good enough for college work and almost whatever else you want to do. You won’t need to upgrade your laptop unless you have specific needs because doing homework and

or misused in any way. Abuse of the GPC is subject to criminal, civil, Uniform Code of Military Justice, administrative and disciplinary actions as appropriate. So, understanding the responsibilities and limitations of the GPC is the way to save yourself from legal and financial trouble. The following points are important for you to remember: •Requirements shall not be split to circumvent exceeding the cardholder’s single or monthly purchase limit. •Under no circumstances can a requirement estimated at over $3,000 be purchased using the GPC. •The GPC is used by organizations to purchase goods and/or services needed to fulfill immediate mission requirements that are authorized for local procurement. • Don’t split requirements and/or permit anyone to use your card. •Always maintain an accurate purchase

from Page 26 research, surfing the Internet and playing video games, etc., are the typical college student’s work with a computer. How to maintain a computer? After buying a computer, it’s a good idea to know how to maintain it. There are three basic computer maintenance actions you have to keep in mind. First, you need to make sure your laptop computer has some type of virus scanning product. Second, defragment your hard drive. Third, do not access questionable sites.

log. For more information on the GPC, call Resource Management Office Budget Analyst Chon, Hyon-chong DSN: 7687932. The Government Travel Card is intended to facilitate and standardize the use by commissioned corps travelers, to ensure a safe, effective, convenient, commercially available method to pay for expenses incidental to official travel. The GTC will be used to pay for all costs incidental to official business travel, to include travel advances, lodging transportation, rental cars, meals, and other incidental expenses, unless otherwise specified. The GTC is available to Department of Defense employees with the strict understanding that it will not be abused or misused in any way. Use of the GTC is a benefit, not an entitlement. Abuse of the GTC is punishable under Department

of Defense regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, so understanding the responsibilities and limitations of using the card can save you from serious legal and financial trouble. The following points are important for you to remember: •The GTC may only be used for official travel purposes when on official government orders; never for personal use. •ATM withdrawals are not authorized sooner than 3 days before scheduled travel. •It is the member’s responsibility to ensure the full balance of the GTC is paid monthly no later than the due date on the statement. •Members are required to split-disburse all outstanding charges against the GTC when filing the travel voucher. For more information on the GTC, call RMO Budget Analyst Sherri A. Brown DSN: 768-6368.

“You should defragment you hard drive on a regular basis - every six month is good – to keep your system running well,” said Information Assurance Manager David Dillard. “In the course of normal usage, files are constantly changed and written or re-written to the hard drive. The file system tries to pack the files tightly. It breaks them into pieces to fit where it finds space for them. Over time these pieces get scattered all over the drive. It begins to take a lot of drive head movement to read and write files. As a result, your computer’s performance suffers, and worse, it’s easier for errors to creep in.” New computer versions come out overnight.

“You never overtake a train,” said IA manager Dillard. “What I mean is, there is always going to be something new and larger than before. That’s going to come out faster. So what I do when buying a computer, is to judge what I need it for. Do I need it for playing computer games or do I need it for research? And I judge how much money I am going to invest based upon what kind of a computer or what my computer needs are. Obviously you might be a person who buys a computer just for e-mail and surfing the Internet. In that case, you don’t need a state-of-the-art computer. Sit down and decide what your computer is for, and then draw up a budget.”





1-44 ADA Soldiers tour Geumsoo Culture Center Apr. 15 A ROK Air Force 512 HAWK Battery Soldier dribbles the ball down the field while other players chase him away during a soccer match-up at the joint culture experiencing event held at Geumsoo Culture Center at Seong-ju County, Apr. 15. — U.S. Army Photo By Cpl. Jang Won-il

by Cpl. Jang Won-il USAG Daegu Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL – The best way for Soldiers to learn Korean culture is to walk out the gate and mingle with Korean nationals. There are many opportunities for Soldiers which will enhance their cultural understanding in fun ways. One such opportunity came to Soldiers of 1-44th Air Defense Artillery Battalion as 10 U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers visited Geumsoo

Culture Center at Seong-ju County, Apr. 15. What made the event a little more special was the participation of the ROK Air Force 512 HAWK Battery, which is also an air defense artillery unit. 10 ROK Airmen joined their U.S. counterparts to experience a traditional culture of Korea. 512 HAWK Battery Commander, Maj. Oh Chang-ho said, “We have known about the 1-44 ADA for quite a while now because we both conduct similar tasks on the

peninsula. We have been visiting this facility since last year, and this time we’ve decided to invite the U.S. Soldiers to join us.” “Today’s event was conducted to promote friendship among the two sides, and build a firmer relationship. I believe the best way to understand a different culture is to be exposed to it,” said 512 HAWK Command Sgt. Maj. Jeon Byeong-seon. Geumsoo Culture Center, which opened in 2000, used to be an elementary school which closed down when the residents moved out to the area. The town council redesigned the place to make it into a facility where visitors can experience the rich cultures of Korea. The first event the Soldiers experienced was making traditional-style nameplates out of wood and branches. The 20 Soldiers made jokes and giggled while expressing their creativity on the wooden plate. Some U.S. Soldiers managed to put their names in Hangul by asking their fellow ROK Airmen. Lunch was served at a local restaurant just across the street from the culture center. The Soldiers experienced Korean food for the first time, while others learned how to use the chopsticks. After lunch, the US Soldiers and ROK Airmen decided to play a game


of soccer, mixed-team, which proved to be a memorable experience. “My favorite was the soccer, definitely,” said A Company, 1-44 ADA, Pfc. Jeff Dawsey. “I talked to most of my teammates while playing soccer, and learned a lot of different things that South Koreans do, which I think is very interesting.” “It was a really bonding experience,” said Headquarters Battery, 1-44 ADA, Spc. Jeremy C. Mulholland. “I think this whole experience was wonderful because there was the mixture of cultures. It was fun spending time with the ROK Airmen.” After the soccer match, the crew gathered back inside to make traditional Korean mask figures with colored clay. The Soldiers also created figures of fruit, vegetables and even a miniature version of a Big Mac with fries and soju. “It was a great way to experience the Korean culture,” said D Company, 1-44 ADA, Pfc. Jason A. Weiser, who managed to create a clay tank. “I got to see various ways Koreans have fun and it was a great to mingle with them. We did a lot of things with the ROK Airmen and KATUSA and I enjoyed all of them.” “Not only military interactions,” said Oh. “but activities in which the two units can come together in support of the local community are very important. I think it’s a good experience for our Airmen as well. I hope to have more opportunities like this in the future, and also hope that the U.S. Soldiers can take good memories about Korea when they go back to their homes.”


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