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Yongsan drivers rev up
August 7, 2009 • Volume 7, Issue 42
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
First-place winner Brandon Timm (right center) meets with some new admirers of his ‘Best Overall’ winning 2002 Mazda Protege 5 at the 2009 Yongsan Auto and Cycle Show Aug. 1 at the garrison commissary parking lot. See additional photos from this event on page 16 and flickr.com/usag-yongsan. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Choi Keun-woo
By Sgt. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON – Some of the hottest brands in the automotive and motorcycle industry could be found at the 5th Annual Auto and Cycle Show at the Yongsan Commissary parking lot Aug. 1. Porsche, Corvette, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Harley Davidson, Moon Choppers and many more sport marvels were on display as community members gawked, chatted up owners, and had their photos taken with the machines. “The turnout this year for the 2009 Yongsan Auto and Cycle show is nothing short of spectacular,” Chief of Community Recreation Division Eric Yim said. “At least 500 people must have showed up. What a day it was!” GARRISONS
Indeed, despite the hot weather, hundreds swarmed the parking lot amazed to see so many luxurious cars gathered in one place. Ji Yeonsu, a racing model, was surprised. “Honestly, when I first heard that there would be a motor show in Yongsan Garrison I was skeptical,” Ji said, who has been modeling for seven years. “But to my surprise the quality of cars displayed here is very high. In fact, just in terms of how much the cars are worth, I don’t think they are any less expensive than the ones you would see in motor shows outside.” Cars and motorcycles were not the only source of entertainment, however. The World Aid Band performed a mixture of rock and pop music all throughout the event. In between their songs, Hooters girls took the stage and gave dance performances. Hooters and several OVERVIEW
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local car shops sponsored the event and had set up their own displays. “Our Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs are top-notch,” USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall said in a nod to FMWRs hard work coordinating the event. Despite some summer rainfall, the awards ceremony went on with Hall handing out awards plaques, gift certificates, and even bicycles. Best overall car award went to Sgt. Brandon Timm whose 2002 Mazda Protege 5 also took the best sound system award. “The turnout today was great,” Timm said, who has been in several auto shows in the U.S. “There were a lot more nicer cars than I had thought there would be. I’m looking forward to coming back next year.”
Car category Best overall: Brandon Timm, 2002 Mazda Protege 5 Best wheel and tire: Jamie Wahl, Dodge Ram Best engine compartment: Billy Epperson, Chevy Corvette Motorcycles category Under 1200CC 1st Place: Chong Song-han, 2008 Honda Korea 2nd Place: Constantine Panayiotou, 2001 Harley Davidson 1200 XLC Over 1200CC 1st Place: Scott Hartigan, 2002 Harley Davidson Fatboy 2nd Place: Rodney Lamberson, 2000 Harley Davidson Fatboy Sports bikes 1st Place: Aundrey Clark, 2008 Honda CBR RR 2nd Place: Elizabeth Aabon, 2007 Yamaha YZF-600 B6
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Brig. Gen. Jones takes charge of Army FMWR Command
Incoming commander Brig. Gen. Reuben D. Jones (left) shakes hands with outgoing commander Col. Brick T. Miller while Installation Management Command commander Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson watches during an Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation change of command ceremony July 30 at Wallace Theater on Fort Belvoir, Va. — U. S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs
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FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Brig. Gen. Reuben D. Jones took the reins of the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command from Col. Brick T. Miller during a change of command ceremony July 30 at Wallace Theater. Jones came to FMWRC after serving as The Adjutant General of the U.S. Army, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency and Executive Director of the Military Postal Service Agency in Alexandria, Va. “Let me first of all thank Brick Miller, Soldier,” Jones said. “Look into his eye and you see the eye of a tiger. … the eye of an eagle, and he takes that same strength and determination when it comes to defending you, defending Families, defending programs and budgets for our great Army.” Jones also applauded Miller’s wife, Judy, for her “sacrifice and commitment to FMWRC, and to your great sons who are out there waging and taking care of our nation’s business.” “I would like to thank the IMCOM staff, the directors at FMWRC, Command Sergeant Major [Abe] Vega, the great NCOs who continue to celebrate their year of celebration and stand in the spotlight of our Army, and the entire FMWRC team for the great
support that you’ve provided during my transition. “I look forward to working with each of you as we facilitate the programs and services that our Soldiers, their Families, and our commanders so richly deserve. I pledge to give to you all I have. Together we will ensure the command continues to set conditions for success by keeping the Soldier, by keeping the Soldier,” Jones reiterated, “the center of our focus. … The Army is only as good as our Soldiers who man it, and the support they receive from their Families.” Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson, commander of the Installation Management Command, and Sgt. Maj. Abe Vega of FMWRC assisted in the passing of the unit flag during the change of command ceremony, a time-honored military tradition that originated during the 18th century rein of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. It signifies the passing of responsibility for the unit from one commander to the next through the unit’s senior enlisted Soldier. Miller will resume his duties as the FMWRC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff. “It’s truly been an honor and a privilege to command FMWR for the last six months,” he said. “It’s been the greatest adrenaline rush and the most humbling and rewarding experience of my career.”
Space Available Military Health Care
By Jack Terwiel Military Retiree Assistance Office
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Retirees and their family members may feel a residual entitlement to use Military health care facilities without regard to their status as retirees. The undeniable reality is that their access is contingent upon the availability of appointments after all active duty members and their command-sponsored dependents are served. There is no guarantee that retirees and their families will get an appointment on a desired date and/or at a desired time. If you get an appointment, show up. When you don’t show up, that’s an appointment that’s wasted and you may have denied space available medical care to someone else who would have used the appointment if it were available. If you know that you can’t make an appointment, call as early as possible so that it can be given to someone else.
Continued abuse of the space available appointment system could result in limitations applied to the retiree community as a group. The military medical community in Korea is working very hard to provide medical care to our community and squeezing us in wherever they can. Complaining to the medical staff won’t make it any better or easier for anyone. Some retirees seem to have much greater access to military health care than other retirees. Why is that? Probably because they are persistent in trying to get an appointment; they show up on time so the preappointment health checks can be completed before the appointment time; and they’re courteous rather than demanding. A courteous approach will also work wonders at the Dental Clinic, the Pharmacy and at the TRICARE office.
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The following entries were excerpted from the military police blotters. These entries may be incomplete and do not imply guilt or innocence. Area I: Simple Assault; Subject #1 and Subject #2 were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical, when Subject #1 grabbed Subject #2 by the neck and slammed Subject #2 against the connex in the motor pool. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were apprehended by MP’s and transported to the USAG-Casey PMO where Subject #2 rendered a written sworn statement attesting to the incident. Subject #1 rendered a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. Subject #1 and Subject #2 were processed and released to their unit. Investigation continues by MPI. Area II: Shoplifting; Subject #1 was observed by security, via closed circuit TV, removing a face powder from the display shelf and concealing it in Subject #1’s purse. Subject #1 then attempted to exit the Main PX without rendering proper payment. Subject #1 was detained and transported to the USAG-Yongsan PMO where Subject #1 rendered a written statement denying to the offenses. Subject #1 was processed and released to Subject #1’s sponsor. The merchandise was retained and returned to AAFES. Estimated cost of loss is $8.95. This is a final report. Area IV: Assault; Investigation revealed that Subject # 1 with an unknown person and Victims # 1, #2 , #3 were involved in a physical altercation adjacent to Mir Dental Hospital, Samdeok-Dong. Victim #1 sustained injuries consisting of bruises to the chin. The unknown person fled the scene and Subject #1 was apprehended by Korean National Police and transported to Jungbu Police Station. At 0945 Hours, 2 AUG 09. Subject #1 was released into MP custody proper forms and transported to the Camp Walker PMO, where Subject #1 was administered a Portable Breathalyzer Test, with a result of 0.128% BAC. Subject #1 was processed and released to his unit with instructions to return to the USAGDaegu (Walker) PMO at a later time and date, investigation continues. Area IV: Shoplifting; Subject #1 was observed by loss prevention of the PX via closed circuit TV switching tags on pants, pajamas and a sweater at the P.X. Subject #1 was apprehended by MP’s and transported to the USAGDaegu PMO where Subject #1 was advised of their legal rights, which Subject # 1 waived rendering a written sworn statement admitting to the offense. Subject # 1 was processed and released to assigned unit. This is a final report. Area V: Shoplifting; Subject #1 was observed via CCTV, concealing a nail hardener in her purse and exiting the PX without rendering proper payment. Security Forces was contacted and Subject #1. Was escorted to the security office where she rendered a written statement denying the offense. She then was issued and AAFES Barment Letter and was processed and released to her sponsor. ECOL is unknown. Area V: Damage to Government Property; Unknown person(s), by means unknown, damaged the kitchen of 3 rooms in BLDG # 1372. Damage to the kitchen is unknown. A search of the area for subject(s) and/or witness (es) met with negative results. ECOD is unknown.
The Seoul Olympic Park is comprised of the Mongchon Fortress, six stadiums for the 1988 Olympic games, the Park for the Displaying Arts in Commemoration of the Olympic Games, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. — U.S. Army photo by Edward N. Johnson
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities
Damyang: A Garden without bamboo is like a day without sunshine Jeonju has bibimbap, Boryeong has its mud festival, and Damyang-gun in Jeollanam-do has bamboo. Bamboo may be universally associated with sword wielding ninjas, crouching tigers and hidden dragons, but Damyang, the northernmost point on the Korean Peninsula where bamboo grows in abundance, has cornered the market as far as Korea goes. There are plenty of attractions in Damyang, but the bamboo is inescapable and seems to pervade every aspect of life here. Not to be confused with the similar sounding Danyang in Chungcheongbuk-do, Damyang is a beautifully green county, teeming with nature and history. A short hop from Gwangju, it is a place where the specters of scholars live on in the pavilions and gardens that bear their names. Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ Biodiversity of Suncheonman Bay Suncheon is the ecological capital of Korea. It represents Korea on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and shares information on environmental conservation with the international community. Suncheonman Bay’s vast tidal flats and reed fields offer not only a beautiful landscape, but also incredible biodiversity. Other than the bay, Suncheon has many tourist attractions, including Seonamsa Temple, which is over 1000 years old, and Naganeupseong Folk Village, which has thatched roofs and dates back to the Joseon dynasty, but is still inhabited. Songgwangsa Temple, one of the Korea’s three major temples, is also located in Suncheon, as well as Suncheon Drama Film Set, where many popular TV dramas and films have been shot. Visit the Suncheon area to experience untouched beauty and get a taste of Korea’s history. Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ A Leafy Retreat! Spending your summer vacation in a forest is a great plan. Korea’s forests are well known for their beautiful valleys and cool mountain streams. Visitors can cool off from the heat by dipping their feet in the refreshing stream, and by taking a refreshing walk through the forest. Also, it has been scientifically proven that Phytoncide, the organic compound derived from plants is good for relieving stress and for restoring energy. Many of the forests have been designated as Natural Recreation areas and so often contain sports facilities and charming log cabins, where visitors can stay the night right in the middle of the forest. If you want to get away from scorching summer heat, then VisitKorea recommends you pay a visit to a refreshing natural recreation forest. Visit english.visitkorea.or.kr Pohang International Fireworks Festival The Pohang Fire Light Festival held in Pohang’s Northern Beach is a summer festival which the theme this year is based on fire and light. Pohang is not only a sightseeing city where Homigot Beach is located, famous for its beautiful sunrise, but also an industrial city where Posco, the world famous steel-manufacturing company, is located. As the largest festival in Pohang which about three hundred thousand spectators visited in 2005, five large-sized barges will be set afloat on the sea 300~400 meters far from Pohang’s Northern Beach to light up Yeongil Bay by splendid fireworks from the barges. A multimedia show and a music concert are also planned. Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto ‘Beautiful Kimchi’ Exhibition now at COEX Kimchi Museum A special exhibition on Kimchi runs until August 30 in the Kimchi Museum, which is located in the COEX Mall in Seoul. The exhibition sheds a new light on Korea’s traditional cuisine, Kimchi, turning it into a piece of art. Kimchi, Korea’s traditional preserved cabbage dish is becoming widely known for its healthy properties. This exhibition, however, takes a new approach to Kimchi. 3 Korean artists have immortalized the dish in 12 different works of art, which include paintings and installations. The museum also holds a hands-on activity program, where visitors can try making kimchi themselves. Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ ‘Ballerina who Loves a B-Boy’ This show made its debut in November 2008 and is also aiming for international success. While the first production introduced audiences to the excitement and amazing feats of break-dancing, the sequel goes further by combining break-dancing with a compelling storyline. The performance will not merely showcase the dance skills of the performers, but will show the emotions of the characters through dance and music. Rather than just focusing on break-dancing, the second production contains many different kinds of modern dance and features high-energy group dance routines. Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto
Source: english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu, www.korea.net, www.seoulselection.com, http://english.tour2korea.com, www.visitseoul.net — No endorsement implied.
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What if you are a victim of ID theft
By 1st Signal Brigade IA Cell YONGSAN GARRISON – If you are a victim of identity theft, report it immediately Here are some things you should do. 1. Contact the three major credit bureaus and have them place a fraud alert on your credit report. 2. If a credit card was involved, contact the credit card company and close the account. 3. Contact your local law enforcement agency and file a report. 4. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. 5. Document all conversations so you know whom you spoke to and when.
Identity theft is a crime
Resources from the Government http://www.idtheft.gov/
Paternity, dependent support obligations
By Capt. May Saetang Legal Assistance Attorney YONGSAN GARRISON – Army Regulation (AR) 608-99 sets forth the Department of the Army’s policies, responsibilities, and procedures on a variety of personal obligations, including responses by Soldiers and their commanders to paternity inquiries. Under AR 608-99, company or battalion commanders, as appropriate, must fully investigate every inquiry alleging paternity on the part of a Soldier and provide complete, accurate and timely information to the individual making the inquiry. When a commander receives an inquiry regarding alleged paternity of a child by a Soldier under his/her command, AR 608-99 requires that an investigation be conducted into the allegation. Prior to counseling Soldiers regarding paternity inquiries, commanders should refer to the counseling provisions of AR 608-99, which includes guidance on informing Soldiers of their rights under Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). A commander must inform a Soldier who is the subject of a paternity inquiry of his legal and moral obligations, if any, and refer him to an attorney for legal assistance if he has questions about his legal rights. A commander must urge the Soldier to provide financial support to the child if, after legal consultation, the Soldier admits paternity. However, if there is no court order or judicial equivalent of a court order establishing paternity, a Soldier has no legal obligation under AR 608-99 to provide financial support for a child born out of wedlock. Even if a Soldier admits paternity and agrees to provide financial support, the Soldier may terminate financial support at any time for any reason in the absence of a court order. If a Soldier admits paternity over a child, or if there is a court order establishing paternity but it does not direct financial support, AR 608-99 directs the Soldier to provide financial support as outlined by the regulation. A paternity order and financial support obligation from a foreign court (for example, a civilian court in the Republic of Korea) must be complied with if the court had proper jurisdiction over both the Soldier and the issue of paternity. If the financial support provisions of a foreign court order are unenforceable, AR 608-99 directs Soldier to provide a certain level of financial support as calculated by the regulation. Under limited circumstances, a Special Court-Martial Convening Authority (SPCMCA) may release a Soldier under his/her command from financial support obligations resulting from paternity under AR 608-99. This authority may only be exercised only when there is no enforceable court order or a written financial support agreement. Relief that may be granted may include a release from the total support requirement, a reduction in the amount of the monthly support requirement, and/or a credit towards the regulatory support requirement. In order to grant relief, a SPCMCA must be satisfied by a preponderance of the evidence that the Soldier requesting relief should be released from the support requirement as a matter of fundamental fairness. These cases will depend on the unique facts for each individual case Commanders have a variety of administrative and military justice tools available to them to ensure that Soldiers fulfill their legal obligations to their family members. For example, a Soldier who fails to satisfy a financial support obligation that arises from paternity may be subject to adverse administrative action, non-judicial punishment under Article 15 of the UCMJ, or criminal prosecution under Article 92 and other applicable articles of the UCMJ. Soldiers who are facing paternity inquiries should consult with a legal assistance attorney to obtain specific information regarding their rights and obligations under AR 608-99. Commanders of Soldiers facing paternity inquiries should obtain legal advice on their responsibilities under AR 608-99 from a Department of the Army attorney (either a judge advocate or civilian attorney) who is not providing legal assistance to the Soldier in question. Authors Note: This article is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute officially-endorsed legal advice.
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By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs
Soldiers train for combat life saving on Casey
combat as possible,” Maull said. “Most of the medics belong to me.” When patients are fully treated as far as they can be in a combat area, they are taken to an evacuation site to be moved to a combat hospital in the area, Holms said. The training did not just happen on the range; there were four days of day-long classroom activities including learning how to stick someone with a needle for an intravenous infusion. “More than 40 hours of classroom and 10 to 15 hours of hands-on training is spent for the entire course, Holms said. “We have spent more than 10 hours per day for this course.” The battlefield simulation was made as real as possible to train Soldiers for combat situations, which may arise when deployed to combat zones, Holms went on to say. “We will not certify just anyone,” Holms said. “This program of training took two months of planning and preparation.” After completing the training Soldiers must pass their examinations to receive certification. “There are three critical things students must successfully achieve,” Holms said. “The IV stick, pass a 40 question written test, and
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CASEY GARRISON — The 210th Fires Brigade spent time at the range on USAG-Casey July 31 learning and practicing combat life saving skills. This hands-on training was met with simulated live fire action complete with yellow smoke and the usual hustle of live combat, and real-time coaching from combat life saving experts barking orders and prodding Soldiers to do the right things in order and move quickly with their battle buddies acting as wounded Soldiers. “The point of this exercise in combat life saving is to give the Soldiers a chance to get hands-on experience in simulated combat to prepare them for real life scenarios,” said Spc. Patrick Holms, chief combat life saving instructor. “I personally organized this training today.” Capt. Darwin Maull made sure the training included realism with simulated live fire and smoke. “My battery provides the resources as the ammunition and pyrotechnics used to make this training as close to actual
Spc. Joseph Okpe (left, kneeling), 1-38 Field Artillery, dresses simulated wounds on a Soldier while Pvt. Jocelyn Cupido (center), 210 Fires Brigade helps as Pvt.Jocelyn Cupido (right), 210 Fires Brigade serve as 68W Combat Medics evaluating the Combat Life Saving course exercise held on the range at USAG-Casey July 31. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham qualify with their instructor’s approval for the hands-on training.” After passing the Combat Life Saving course, Soldiers are ready to help wounded Soldiers in actual combat, Holms explained. “Combat Life Savers are the bridge between self-aid on the battlefield and the combat medic,” said Maj. Luciel PryorCordes, 210 Fires Brigade. “They will be the first ones on site to help wounded Soldiers in an actual battle.” “This training will not just help people in the battlefield,” Maull said. “Anyone who has taken this training can use these techniques to help someone who may be injured in a vehicle accident. These Soldiers will be able to apply life saving skills until emergency services can arrive.”
Hovey DFAC selected for Connelly Award
(from left to right) Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Winzeried, 8th Army Command Sgt. Major and Lt. Gen. Joseph Fil, 8th Army commanding general, present Sgt. 1st Class Noel Black, dining facility manager, Warrant Officer Wondra Williams, food service advisor, Son In Jul, food program manager and Pfc. Jason Sansom with Delta Company, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Sports Cafe, Camp Hovey with the 42nd peninsula wide Phillip A. Connelly Award. The Sports Cafe, which won in the Large Garrison Award Category, stood out because of their continuance to improve the professionalism of food service personnel, which in turn gives the best quality food service to supported Soldier diners, one of the many objectives the Sports Cafe met governed by Army Regulation 30-22. “It is great to be reconized amongst the other great DFACS on the peninsula because this really shows all the hard work that we put into it everyday,” said Pfc. Joseph Kennedy, a food and healt care specialist at the Sports Cafe. “We really try to create an atmosphere at the Sports Cafe where Soldiers can get away from their busy day, relax, and enjoy what we have to offer.” — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Jamal Walker
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News & Notes
Water Outage on Camp Red Cloud USAG-Red Cloud Directorate of Public Works will turn off the water to all USAG-Red Cloud facilities and barracks from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Aug. 7 through 9. For more information call: 732-6002. Workforce Town Hall Meeting The next workforce town hall meeting will be held Sept.11. For information call: 732-6151. Taxi Price Increase The cities of Uijeongbu and Dongducheon have increased the taxi prices to 2300 won. For more information call: 732-6307. USAG-Red Cloud back gate The back gate to USAG-Red Cloud is open to outbound traffic only from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call: 732-7843. Operation Rising Star Auditions For Operation Rising Star 2009, Area 1 will have two qualification rounds: The first round will be held in the USAG-Casey Gateway Club Aug. 30 at 7 p.m., the second round will be held in the Hanson Field House parking lot on USAG-Casey Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Simi-finals will be held in the USAG-Casey Gateway Club Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. and the Finals in USAG-Casey Gateway Park Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. For more information call: 732-6274. Casey American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Course The American Red Cross on USAGCasey will hold an Adult/Child/ Infant CPR and First Aid Course tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the ACS classroom building 2317 on USAG-Casey. Cost of the course is $40. For information call: 730-3184/732-6160/ Applications for Funded Legal Education Program The Office of The Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. For information call: 732-8339. Community Bank Closure All Community Banking Centers will be closed Aug. 15 for Korean Liberation Day. For more information call: 721-7792. Women’s Equality Day The Women’s Equality Day observance will be held Aug. 26 in the CG’s Mess at 11:30 a.m. Guest Speaker will be Command Sgt. Maj. (R) Diane Foster. For information call: 732-6856. 7 K Mountain Bike Challenge The first Warrior Country Invitational 7k Mountain Bike Challenge will be held tomorrow at Carey Fitness Center on USAG-Casey. For information call: 732-6276/6927. For more news and notes and information from around Area I log on to: http://ima.korea.army.mil/area1
70th Brigade Support Battalion welcomes new CSM
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON — The 70th Brigade Support Battalion welcomed a new Command Sergeant Major July 28 during a Change of Responsibility ceremony held on Carey Field. 1st Sgt. Kevin Beldner, acting 70th BSB Command Sgt. Maj., passed the 70th BSB guidon to Lt. Col. Miguel Martinez, commander, 70th BSB. Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda Lomax took the guidon from Martinez, signaling she will take responsibilities as Command Sergeant Major of the battalion. “In the last 45 days, 1st Sgt. Kevin Beldner has served exceptionally well as Battalion Command Sergeant Major,” Martinez said in his address to spectators and Soldiers of the 70th BSB. “He provided the essential element of continuity at the command group level, and facilitated a smooth integration of a new battalion commander, a new company 1st Sergeant, and now a new Command Sergeant Major.” Martinez went on to say Beldner had shown superior leadership ability during the cycle of leadership change of the 70th BSB. “The Secretary of the Army established 2009 as the year of the noncommissioned officer,” Martinez said. “This is to recognize the noncommissioned officers commitment to serve and willingness to make great sacrifices on behalf of our nation. I want to express my deepest gratitude and admiration for our Noncommissioned Officers Corps and its service to our Soldiers. With this said, I now welcome my new Warrior buddy Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda Lomax. Lomax stands for ‘low density; maximum capacity.’” Martinez commended Lomax as a noncommissioned officer of the highest caliber, and one who has served with distinction in many leadership positions throughout her career. “Lomax lives the Army values and no one is more professional,” Martinez said. “Competence is her watchword.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda Lomax (foreground left) takes the 70th BSB guidon from Lt. Col. Miguel Martinez (foreground right), commander of the 70th BSB, accepting the responsibilities of Command Sgt. Maj. of the 70th BSB during a change of responsibility ceremony July 28 on Carey Field in USAG-Casey. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Mar tine z explained Lomax was joining the 70th BSB from USAG-Baden Wuerttemberg, Heidelberg, Germany. Previous to serving in Germany, she served as Area I Command Sgt. Maj. from June 2003 to May 2006. “It feels great to be back in the land of the morning calm,” Lomax said in her address. “I stand here today with boots on the ground, committed, poised and ready to take on the responsibility as the Command Sergeant Major of the 70th BSB. I am truly humbled as I become a member of the Blacksmiths, Fires Brigade, and 2nd Infantry Division team. I take great pride in standing shoulder to shoulder with a battalion of noncommissioned officers and to live the creed of the noncommissioned officers who are consummate standard bearers that carry the torch for discipline, courage and teamwork. I take pride in knowing that the Warriors of this battalion are the enduring centerpiece of this august division.” explaining specific ways to prevent summer hazards. “Accident prevention is everybody’s job,” she said. The next topic was about Korean Augmentee to the United States of Army history and program whose instructor was Cpl. Song, Eu-Jong. “KATUSAs are unique because they only exist in Korea. You will never see Japanese or German Augmentee to the United States Army. It signifies the special relationship between the Republic of Korea and the United States,” Song said. “KATUSAs exist for the interests of both countries.” Master Sgt. Samuel Ramos, USAG-RC Human Resources noncommissioned officer, gave a short brief about the Equal Opportunity Program, which was followed by some briefings about prostitution and human trafficking in regard to Army values. To conclude New Horizons day, Cpt. Han, Yun-Song, HHC commander, gave closing remarks encouraging Soldiers to keep what they learned in mind. “Remember what we learned today. Live up to Army Values. If you do, there will be no trouble,” he said.
Warriors stand down for New Horizons Day
By Cpl. Kim, Tae Hoon USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON — Soldiers from the U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and USAG-Casey gathered for a series of lectures and presentations during the 15th semiannual New Horizons Day July 23 in the Red Cloud Theater. Various subjects like the roles of the United States Forces stationed in Korea, summer safety, equal opportunity, prostitution and human trafficking awareness, and Army values were covered in the training. The purpose of the New Horizons Day, which originated in 2002 as a safety stand-down training event, is to increase Soldier’s knowledge about cultural differences and Army policies and regulations. It is mandatory for all Solders assigned to Area I. The instructors include civilian employees and directors as well as noncommissioned officers and officers in and out of the unit. At the beginning of the training, Solders watched a series of video clips about the important roles of the U.S. Army in Korea and the historical background of the U.S./Republic of Korea alliance. Lt. Gen. Joseph Fil, 8th U.S. Army commanding general gave the opening remarks in a video clip and emphasized the importance of the alliance. “The theme for today’s New Horizon’s day is ‘Woo Ri Nun Hana’ or ‘We are one’. It’s important to remember that U.S. and R.O.K. Soldiers have served together in Korea and other parts of the world shoulder and shoulder for more than 60 years,” Fil said. “I am directing you to take responsibility and full accountability for your actions and attitudes at all times.” After the video clips, Capt. Benjamin Hogan, 2nd Infantry Division administrative law attorney, gave a briefing on military claims and legal assistance. He also talked about ethics and foreign criminal jurisdiction. Yi, Yon Hwa, USAG-Casey safety specialist, lectured about summer safety. She said safety is not a slogan, but condition individuals should be aware of,
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Warrior dependents work in Area I Summer Hire program
By Isaiah Stuckey USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON — College and high school students from within Area I took advantage of the Summer Hire program to gain experience and earn money for their educations and other needs. Area I had 20 slots set aside for the program and filled all available jobs for a college session from May 11 to Sept. 25 and two high school sessions from June 22 to July 17 and July 20 to Aug. 14, said Lawrence Keys, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, deputy director. The students work as general helpers on military bases during the summer. This allows students to lend a hand in the day to day tasks of the normal work day in Area I organizations while accumulating pay and work experience. After being selected, Summer Hire employees are assigned to work as general helpers. They can be assigned to office work including filing, faxing, and making telephone calls and other office tasks. They can also be assigned to help with physical labor jobs and more, depending on their area of assignment. “I do a little bit of everything,” said Kolyn Hill, a high school Summer Hire. “I work mainly for the Department of Logistics, USAG-Red Cloud and USAG-Casey. It’s a good work experience, preparing me for future jobs and looks good on my resume. One of the best things about working here is it gives us experiences working for the military; the directorates welcome the extra help and they provide excellent working environments, which also gives us a chance to add to our college funds.” Jung, Do Huh, a high school Summer Hire working for the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program, says the rules on his job are perfect and the people are great. “The reason I applied was for the work experience,” Jung said. “I also needed the money for college.” Summer Hires not only have a set of rules to follow at work, they also have a dress code, and they are expected to be at work on time. They usually work 40 hours per week on an hourly wage schedule, and must have a supervisor. Students also accumulate sick leave but no annual leave. The high school session is split into two separate terms and the college session is a full summer. They can be assigned to many different organizations including: Family Morale and Welfare and Recreation, Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Directorate of Public Works and others. However, for no matter what organization they work, all students are paid the same wage. The advantages of the work environment are many. Students can learn much from their experience in the program, and they can include this experience in their resumes. How their fellow workers and superiors interact with each other is another key aspect of the Summer Hire program that many participants can put to use in the future. “I didn’t know what to expect or how the office would accept me,” said Sarah Turritin, a college Summer Hire working for CPAC. “I found I do like working here; the people are great and they are hard workers.” Overall the program provides jobs these students ordinarily wouldn’t have, and it gives them an advanced work experience which will come in handy when they apply for future jobs, Keys said.
Jung Do Huh, a high school Summer hire works for the Alcohol and Substance Abuse program on USAG-Casey. He performs basic office duties and handles unclassified information. — U.S. Army photo by Isaiah Stuckey
Sarah Jo Turritin, a college summer hire wirking for the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center USAGRed Cloud, works at the sign-in desk making sure people sign in. She also provides information as needed. — U.S. Army photo by Isaiah Stuckey
Army Community Services celebrates 44th birthday on Red Cloud
By Cpl. Kim Tae-hoon USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON — Army Community Service cut a birthday cake during open house events, which took place at the ACS centers in Red Cloud Garrison, Casey Garrison and Camp Stanley in celebration of their 44th anniversary July 28, 29 and 30. ACS employees handed out pieces of cake, pens, T-shirts, and badges while introducing their services to the visitors. “Army Community Service has been here for 44 years to provide various services,” said Jimmy Smith, ACS emergency relief specialist. “And that is valuable services for Soldiers and family members in need.” “The beginning of ACS goes back to 1965 when the United States was at the height of the Vietnam War,” Smith said. “Although there had been different kinds of voluntary support for the Army community, they often disappeared or stagnated when their originators transferred or left the service.” For this reason, July 25, 1965, ACS was officially started to fill the need for services once provided by irregular volunteers. “ACS provides relocation and Army Family Team Building, which teaches military spouses to understand the functions of the Army and the Soldier’s role,” Smith explained. “We also offer the Family Advocacy program which deals with different family issues like how to cope, how to nurse kids or how to raise them.” ACS has been facing a lot of changes and issues as Area I became command sponsored last year. Now that they have more family members to take care of, Smith said, ACS is looking to make more family oriented programs. They are planning to organize children’s day events on USAGCasey in September as a part of these new programs. “What makes us special is we are a family, we are a family of Soldiers, and we work as family members.” Smith said. To conclude the open house event, Linda Hough, ACS Family Advocacy program specialist and acting director, gave closing remarks. “We clearly want to tell you we are here to help.” she said. “We are here to provide information, support our Families, noncommand and command sponsored. I want to thank all of you for supporting us and the community. Without you we couldn’t be where we are today.”
Jimmy Smith (far left), emergency relief specialist, Elizabeth Samarripa (center right), outreach program coordinator, and Linda Hough (far right), ACS acting director, cut a birthday cake along with Sgt. Maj. Dionne Davis (center left) as a representative of Soldiers in Area I, to celebrate the ACS 44th anniversay. ACS held an open house featuring events at the Red Cloud ACS center July 28, followed by the Casey ACS center July 29 and Stanley July 30. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Kim Tae-hoon
AREA II Traffic tickets roll in for government drivers
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By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Korean law enforcement cameras are clicking away at all violators, including drivers of U.S. military vehicles. Garrison officials are wading through tickets to compare date and time of violations with vehicle drivers. “In the end, an individual will be held responsible for violating Korean traffic law while driving a U.S. Army vehicle,” said Ricky Oxendine, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Emergency Services director. The USAG-Yongsan Directorate of Emergency Services is working closely with the Transportation Motor Pool to identify drivers who are caught on camera speeding, or parking illegally off post. “This makes the vehicle dispatch even more critical,” Oxendine said. “We are going to go by the date and time listed on the dispatch vice when the infraction occurred.” If the vehicle dispatch is mistaken, the driver who signed for that time period will still receive the traffic ticket. Speeding notices received from the Korean National Police will be forwarded to the Garrison Directorate of Emergency Services, and then result in a DD Form 1408 Military Traffic Ticket being issued to the violator.
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Korean law enforcement agencies are forwarding traffic tickets to U.S. Army GarrisonYongsan for government vehicle infractions. — U.S. Army photos by David McNally
“Our drivers do not enjoy diplomatic immunity,” Oxendine said. “A military traffic ticket will be issued once identity is established. Points will be assessed and it is possible to forfeit driving privileges for repeat offenders.” Oxendine said all American and Korean drivers of official vehicles should be prepared to answer to their commanding officer with possible Uniform Code of Military Justice action, or civilian administrative actions, if they disobey local traffic laws. “I would also like to point out that we have a new Driving in Korea guidebook available for download,” Oxendine said. “I highly recommend all USAG-Yongsan drivers print out the booklet and read it thoroughly.” Understanding local traffic laws, obeying the speed limit at all times and striving to be a defensive driver are the best deterrents for not getting a traffic ticket, he said. “In the past, it was rare to see a traffic ticket mailed to the garrison,” Oxendine said. “These days, with all the technological advances, the Korean National Police have enforcement cameras all over the place. It’s hard to argue with a photo of you breaking the law.”
Yongsan NCO wins worldwide motorcycle giveaway
By Dan Thompson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs Y O N G S A N G A R R I S O N — O n e Yo n g s a n noncommissioned officer with the 142nd Military Policy Company was in “hog heaven” July 25 when he was presented with a brand-new Harley Davidson courtesy of Army and Air Force Exchange New Car Sales. Sergeant First Class Laverne Starr formally accepted the keys for his new 2009 Harley Davidson 883 Iron at the entrance of the Main Post Exchange in a ceremony presided over by USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall and AAFES New Car Sales Area Three Sales Manager Richard Berger. Starr’s entry form in the “It’s your time to ride” promotion was selected from among 100,000 contestants worldwide. According to Berger, Starr’s lucky entry form for the $9,000 machine was submitted at the Dragon Hill Lodge location. With so many entries being submitted worldwide, Starr did not expect to win. “When I was initially informed about winning, I was surprised,” he said. “It is nice that AAFES is giving back to the community and service members with such great prizes.” Hall said the contest is a great example of AAFES supporting the community. “We’re glad to see Yongsan represented in this worldwide giveaway, and we’re always thankful for the service and financial contributions AAFES makes to supporting our quality of life every day.”
Proud new Harley Davidson owner Sgt. 1st Class Laverne Starr sports his new 883 Iron motorcycle July 25 at a giveaway ceremony inside the Main Post Exchange. Starr was selected among 100,000 entries in the Army and Air Force Exchange Service New Car Sales “It’s your time to ride” contest. — Courtesy photo
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News & Notes
No Left Turns Into Gate 1, Camp Kim USAG-Yongsan officials caution all drivers: Left turns into Camp Kim and Gate 1 are prohibited. Korean traffic law forbids entering or crossing bus lanes marked with blue lines and red pavement. Several traffic accidents have occurred since July, causing injuries and property damage. Pregnancy and Postpartum PT Pregnancy and Postpartum PT is being held at Trent Gym Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6:30-7:30 a.m. All pregnant Soldiers and Postpartum Soldiers (up to 180 days post delivery) are encourage to attend. For information, call 737-6090. Free or Reduced School Lunch Please apply for free or reduced lunch for the coming school year at the Community Services Building, Bldg. S4106, Rm. 113. Applications must be submitted every new school year. For information, call 738-4655. Human Resources Supervisors Course The next class is Aug. 10-14 in the Area II CPAC classroom, Rm. 101, Bldg. 4314. This course is mandatory for all DA civilian and military supervisors who supervise at least 3 appropriated fund DAC employees. The course is 40 hours long and is intended to help the supervisor in performing his/her HR management duties. For information, call 738-4331. August Special Event The Arts and Crafts Center has picture frame ornament making 2-3 p.m. Aug. 10. Also you can enjoy coil pot making 2-3 p.m. Aug. 17. Pre-registration is required. For information, call 738-4750. ACS Volunteer Orientation Welcome new ACS Volunteers! Come spend an hour noon-1 p.m. Aug. 18 in the ACS building classroom #1 to complete your volunteer registration and learn more about our organization. For information, call 738-7510. Welcome Wednesday! The USAG-Yongsan Child, Youth and School Services is welcoming new students every Wednesday through Aug. 19. This social event meets at 10 a.m. at the Soul American High School and includes a tour of all the facilities, an orientation and lunch is provided. A signin sheet and permission form is required. For information, call 738-5556. Transportation 101 Learn to use the mass transportation system in Seoul. Dress for the weather and bring Korean won for lunch and transportation. Each participant receives a free T-Money Card. The next class is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 19 Bldg. S4106, Rm. 124. For information, call 738-7505. Family Readiness Support Assistant Training Calling all new FRSAs! This two day training 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 11-12 is designed to meet your job’s training requirements. Please call by Aug. 7 to register or if you have questions. For information, call 738-3510. Senior Citizens Celebration Yongsan celebrates the experience, contributions and wisdom of our senior community members 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Yongsan Library. Enjoy 40s and 50s music, snacks and learn how to record your life history with the activity “Everybody has a story.” For information, call 738-3510. For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG-Yongsan official web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil
Pool keeps Yongsan cool
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Yongsan children keep cool on a hot, sunny day at Pool No. 2 on South Post July 29. With temperatures reaching up to 85 degrees this week, the free pool was a popular place to keep cool. Pool No. 2 is open daily noon-8 p.m. The Hannam Village Swimming Pool is also open daily, but the hours of operation are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. — U.S. Army photo by Debbie Hong
School bus pass registration now open
By Sgt. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — With the new school year approaching, Department of Defense Dependents Schools is reminding community members that students needing the ride the DODDS bus system must register for a bus pass before school begins. “ We p r ov i d e t r a n s p o r t a t i o n ser vice to DODDS students in Yongsan community,” said DODDS Transportation Specialist Ken Bakameyer, “however, we require a school bus pass to use it. We have a pretty good number of people that have not yet come in, and we invite them to stop by as soon as possible to renew their passes.” The DODDS School Bus Transportation Office is aiming to get more registrations in the coming weeks by making the process easier. They have arranged the following special pass pick-up events: n Community Center Hannam Village (second floor of the Commissary), Aug. 14, 1-4 p.m. n Yongsan Main Exchange lobby, Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. nArmy Community Service building, room 121, Aug. 17-21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. “We will be distributing bus passes once we print those out in the second week of August. They will be available starting from Aug. 14,” Bakameyer said. Parents cannot pick up passes unless they have registered. To register a new student for a bus pass or to renew a pass, parents must visit the school bus transportation office in the ACS Building. For information, call 738-5032.
Members of the traditional Korean chamber music ensemble Yegahui play for more than 100 USAG-Yongsan Soldiers July 22 at the Moyer Theater. The performance was part of the New Horizons Program to build cultural awareness between Korean and American Soldiers. — U.S. Army photo by Yun Ho-Song
Traditional music ensemble enchants Yongsan Soldiers
By Sgt. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Seven college musicians filled the Moyer Theater with traditional Korean music as Yongsan Soldiers gazed in wonder at the young women playing melodies emanating from various traditional Korean instruments. The musical performance held July 22 was part of New Horizon’s program, which among other objectives, intends to raise awareness of Korean culture. Yegahui, a chamber music ensemble from Ewha Women’s University, is a frequent U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan guest. Yegahui performed in front of an audience of over 100 Soldiers from USAG-Yongsan Headquarters and Headquarters Company. The ensemble featured five different traditional instruments, an electric piano and a vocalist. “We’ve tried to compose traditional Korean music to accompany a modern context,” said Kim Hee-jin, who played the Gayageum, a 12-stringed Korean instrument. “We hope we can perform more often in the future to help Americans become more comfortable with Korean music and culture.” Yegahui has already performed four times this year for the garrison. “Whenever we come here to perform the audience has always been very supportive and active,” said percussion player Kim Ye-seul.” It’s always a treat to come on base to perform.” An Chang-sin, USAG-Yongsan community relations officer, emphasized the importance of constant cultural exchanges. “Performances like this where U.S. Soldiers get an opportunity to meet a part of Korean culture is central to becoming good neighbors,” An said. “We’ll continue to provide these events to form a stronger bond and alliance.”
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General Sharp honors Good Neighbors
By Cpl. Hwang Joon-hyun USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — United States Forces Korea recognized its top Good Neighbors at the 7th annual Good Neighbor Awards ceremony held July 24 at Dragon Hill Lodge. General Walter Sharp, USFK commander, presented medals to 11 Koreans and five Americans. Additionally, Gangnam-gu and People-to-People New Seoul Chapter received Good Neighbor organization awards. The United Nations Command Security Battalion-Joint Security Area won the Good Neighbor unit award. “The Good Neighbor Program has evolved into a cornerstone of the Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance,” Gen. Sharp said. “The individuals and organizations that we recognize today are living embodiments of personal sacrifices made in the name of Korean-American relations and an inspiration to alliances across the globe.” The U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan nominated the Peopleto-People New Seoul Chapter for the organizational award because of their outstanding devotion to the Yongsan military community. Since 1994, PTP-International New Seoul Chapter has been a generous civic group whose sole purpose is the betterment of bilateral relations between the United States of America and the Republic of Korea. After years of working as an active member, Hwang Moo-young assumed the presidency of the organization in 2005. In his role as an upstanding civic leader, Hwang has made exceptional contributions to promote and enhance the vital Korean-American Alliance. This year, as in the past, Mr. Hwang led PTP efforts to
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financially support many Yongsan Good Neighbor events. The group’s actions made a significant impact on the 17,000 Americans stationed here. For example, each year, Mr. Hwang champions supported of the Super Bowl festivities at the Yongsan Main Post Club. Through generous giving, he and his organization provided free food and beverages to community members at this uniquely American sports celebration. The New Seoul Chapter is also at the forefront of coordinating donations to support the annual KATUSAU.S. Soldier Friendship Week. Last year, they presented more than $40,000 to the community to help support this event designed to bolster the friendship and working relationship between Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army Soldiers and American Soldiers. Their unwavering support of this watershed event alone is justification for this award; however, the group did much more. New Seoul Chapter continues to lead efforts to build stronger relations between the American military community and Korean neighbors in Seoul. For example, last year, the organization donated generously to the American Fourth of July celebration. This event, which is open to thousands of Korean citizens, showcased the partnership and strong relations between the United States and the Republic of Korea. New Seoul Chapter is also behind the support of the annual Yongsan Fall Festival; unit holiday parties; and even food for Korean National Police during garrison KNP appreciation events. “This is a great partnership,” said Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall. “Mr. Hwang consistently goes above and beyond to further U.S.-ROK relations. He and his organization are the epitome of a ‘Good Neighbor.’”
United States Forces Korea Commander Gen. Walter Sharp (left) present Hwang Moo-young with a Good Neighbor Organizational Award for the People-to-People International New Seoul Chapter. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Hwang Joon-hyun The PTP group, which Mr. Hwang leads, is made up of about 80 Korean businessmen and women who desire to promote the United States and Republic of Korea alliance. Under his steady hand, their goals are being met, and the alliance remains strong.
Garrison, school ready new classrooms
KATUSA NCO leads by example
By Cpl. Hwang Joon-hyun USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — All Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldiers share a similar background as university students and receive the same training, but U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Headquarters and Headquarters Company Sgt. Kang Byung-kook is a KATUSA unlike any other. Kang, a Northwestern University undergraduate, serves with the Area II Republic of Korea Army Support Group as an important link between the ROK Army and the U.S. Army. He translates for both ROKA and U.S. Army officers and serves as an interpreter at various U.S. Army command functions. What makes him stand out amongst the peninsula’s 3,500 KATUSAs is his Army experience. Kang has participated in Soldier board competitions up to the 8th U.S. Army level, competed in the Bataan Memorial Death March qualifier at Camp Casey, and the Manchu Mile. “Like every KATUSA or U.S. Soldier, I started at the unit-level monthly board,” he said. “On that first monthly board, I still had my old study habits. I procrastinated a lot, and I was very disappointed when I found out I lost.” Kang said that was the tipping point in his military career which inspired him to change. “Some KATUSAs may lose ambition about their military life with $80 monthly salary and lack of valuable incentives, but I came to the Army to change something about myself. I decided to change that first,” he said. “I stopped procrastinating. That’s what started it all.” He went on to win the unit-level quarter and year board, the Installation and Management Command-Korea Region Best Warrior
Garrison and school officials are planning to unveil a new classroom building designed to make room for additional students as a result of increased command sponsorship to Korea. “This is exactly what we need to absorb the increase in population,” said U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall. “This supports the Army Family Covenent and the U.S. Forces Korea commander’s initiative to increase quality of life through tour normalization.” The 7,900-square-foot building is the second such facility constructed on Yongsan Garrison in as many years. Last year, a similar classroom opened in the former parking lot of the Falcon Gymnasium. This year, officials used the Seoul American High School tennis court as the site for a new classroom building. Garrison officials project an additional 140 students for the 2009-2010 school year. The new building’s six classrooms - each 900 square feet - will accommodate up to about 144 Department of Defense Dependent Schools students. High school students will use the new classroom building. The contractor will be finished in mid-August. This project shows the garrison’s dedication to the Army Family Covenant principles of improving quality of life programs for Army Families according to the garrison commander. “Yongsan is a better community today because of this project,” Hall said. “We’re looking to do everything we can to make Yongsan the best community in the Army.” — Courtesy photo
Competition and placed second in the 8th U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition. “ Winning the IMCOM board was proof that I could Sgt. Kang Byung-kook be an outstanding person,” Kang said. “I came into the army with a lack of self esteem. I didn’t know if just trying hard would be enough to change myself and become a better person. IMCOM board realized that. It boosted my self-confidence to a whole new level. I did those things that most KATUSAs wouldn’t do, wouldn’t want to do.” He said Sgt. John Cushman, another Yongsan IMCOM-K Best Warrior, played an instrumental role in his success. “Sgt. Cushman helped me through the whole thing. He was so eager to teach me how to do the basic things that an Army Soldier should know how to do,” he said. “I experienced leadership firsthand at that time.” Kang said he grew as a noncommissioned officer as he underwent more difficulties. “The Bataan Memorial Death March taught me the importance of being motivated,” he said. “I stayed motivated through the entire run, and although I didn’t qualify for the New Mexico event, when I look at photos of me coming in, I’m laughing. If you are motivated, it will take the pain away.” He said it was the happiest moment in his whole military career. Kang vows to pass his wisdom on to the younger Soldiers. “I want to be an NCO who reminds people that they are not alone in the fight,” Kang said. “I want to support, not just lead and order, but support and motivate Soldiers.”
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s we get ready for the school year to begin later this month, I want to talk to you about a serious issue: On-Post Speeding. It is critical to the safety of our children that all drivers obey the posted speed limits. Our three schools are located along 8th Army Drive, but the school zone also extends around X Corps Boulevard. Normally, the speed limit around these areas is 40 kph, or about 25 mph. But, when school is in session and the flashing yellow lights are flashing, the speed limit changes to 25 kph, or about 15 mph. We need your cooperation to ensure our children are safe, and these speed limits are obeyed. Recently, we have acquired three radar trailers to help ascertain speeds at various locations around the installation. These have been effective in reminding drivers about their current speed and the posted speed limit. By the end of the month, we will have 40 military police officers certified to conduct radar operations at installations in U.S.
Army Garrison-Yongsan. This, coupled with the recent purchase of eight new handheld battery-operated radar guns, means increased speed enforcement. When school begins, you will notice our military police at a series of traffic control points along 8th Army Drive. The intent is to ensure our schoolchildren safe passage using various pedestrian crosswalks. I would also like to point out the success of our “kiss-n-drop” lanes at Seoul American Elementary School. Just a reminder, after exiting the lane on X Corps Boulevard, you’ll have to go straight toward Collier Field House because there will be no U-turns allowed. Also, these kiss-n-drop lanes are not for parking. This holds up traffic, and causes delay. I encourage Yongsan drivers to be overly cautious, stay within the posted speed limits and be ever vigilant for pedestrians. We are committed to providing our Families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive, that is part of the Army Family Covenant. Please help us to make safety our first priority.
DODDS free, reduced price school lunch program can offer savings for eligible families
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Families eligible for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools free or reduced school lunch program can apply now at Yongsan’s Army Community Service. Applications are available at the ACS financial readiness office in Bldg. 4106, and the program is available to activeduty military and civilian employees who have children up to eighth grade in DODDS schools. Eligibility is based on a family’s size and income, said Allison Blake, ACS financial readiness program manager. Last year, Yongsan families combined saved more than $24,000 under this program. A family of four with a total family annual income of $34,450 is eligible for the free lunch program. That family would save either $373.32 or $439.20 per child, depending on the child’s grade. The same family with an annual income of $49,025 is eligible for the reduced lunch program and would save up to $366 per year. “The guidelines have changed from last year, so if you were eligible last year, you must re-apply,” she said. Applicants must submit a copy of their latest Leave and Earnings Statement and other income verification documents as needed, along with a copy of orders showing command-sponsored family members, Blake said. For children not listed on orders, a copy of birth certificates or adoption papers must be submitted with the application. Some families may not qualify based on income, but have special hardships conditions, Blake said. Those families can still apply and ACS officials will review their cases. In some cases, foster children are eligible for free or reduced lunches. The school lunch program is designed t o m e e t f e d e r a l re q u i re m e n t s f o r nutritionally balanced meals and to offer free or reduced price lunch and breakfast (where available) to eligible children under the National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act. For information, call 738-4655 or 738-5028.
AUGUST 7, 2009
Yongsan, Osan win post-level crowns
By Mike Mooney FMWR Marketing Chief and Special Events Coordinator HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Yongsan’s bats were faster than their cars on their journey to the Korea-wide Post-Level Men’s Softball crown here this past weekend. After learning the hard way about the new Korean Summer Vacation policy that brought expressway traffic to a standstill, Yongsan ripped Humphreys 23-8 and Casey 28-6 and 19-8 to win the coveted Korea-wide crown, averaging 22 runs per hour of play. “More than four hours … that’s what it took some of our guys,” said All-Army and Yongsan star ‘Mase’ Mason. “A drive that normally takes just over an hour took more than four hours. And everyone was tired when they got here.” But Yongsan overcame the shortage of players and fatigue from the 10-kilometer per hour expressway drive to win the Korea-Wide Post Level Men’s Championships on Soldier Field here Sunday; Osan won the Women’s title. Both champions did it the hard way, though, fighting their way through the Loser’s Bracket and forcing both tournaments into the dreaded “If ” games. Yongsan beat surprise finalist USAG-Casey for the Men’s crown, while Osan nipped the host Humphrey’s female Bulldogs to win the women’s title. Shorthanded Yongsan – about a third of their players were still on the road--which entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, edged Suwon 7-6 in the opening round and then dropped into the Loser’s Bracket by falling to Humphreys, 12-11. Meanwhile, Casey, which entered the tournament as the Number 4 seed, dispatched Daegu, 17-6, and followed that with a 10-9 victory over the Number 1 seed and regular-season champion Osan. The upsets weren’t done, either. Casey edged Humphreys, 3-2, in the Winner’s Bracket Finals to assure itself a berth in the championship game. The host Bulldogs averaged 11 runs per game in their first two victories, but turned into Orville Redenbacher clones against Casey, with every bat stroke a perfect pop (up). Forced to play extra games because of falling into the dreaded loser’s bracket, Yongsan dispatched Daegu 12-4 and then knocked Osan out with a 12-9 victory, setting the stage for Sunday’s offensive run. “Their bats came alive Sunday,” said tournament director Lonnie Herring. “Yongsan was a team with a mission. And they accomplished it in a big way.” Yongsan was still batting in the third inning against Humphreys when the game was halted by the 15-run rule; they continued their surge against Casey as they scored a tournament high
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USAG-Humphreys third baseman Buck Buchanan administers the tag on a Kunsan runner who wandered too far from third base in the Korea-wide Post Level Softball Tournament Saturday and Sunday at Soldier Field at Humphreys. Buchanan and his fellow Bulldogs finished third in the Men’s Tournament, won by Yongsan. Kunsan was 1-2, losing to Humphreys and Osan AB and nipping Suwon, 16-15. Osan Airbase captured the Woman’s Tournament title. — U.S. Army photo by Mike Mooney
28 runs in the originally-scheduled final. The “If ” game was called on the 10-run rule. Meanwhile, in the Women’s Tournament, Number 4 seed Osan opened with a 2-1 victory over the Number 1 seed and winner of the previous week’s Eighth Army Championship, Yongsan. Humphreys thumped Daegu, 13-3 and then edged Osan, 7-6, to make it into the Finals. Osan again beat Yongsan, 11-6, to earn the second chance at Humphreys in the Finals. The first game wasn’t pretty as Osan won, 16-1, to be followed by a 6-5 victory in the “If ” game.
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Yongsan Catholics donate tons of rice to community
By Walter T. Ham IV 8th U.S. Army Public Affairs
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YONGSAN GARRISON – Since 2000, the Yongsan Garrison Catholic Community has given more than 100,000 pounds of rice to charitable organizations in Korea. Donated by Yongsan Army Garrison’s Holy Family Catholic Church parishioners and coordinated by the Knights of Columbus Council, the donations are delivered to a home for abused girls in Seoul, a soup kitchen in Incheon and migrant worker centers in Buchon and Gasan. Eighth U.S. Army Command Chaplain Lt. Col. Neal Buckon said the rice donation program originated when Holy Family parishioner Lance Toyofuku and his wife started giving rice dishes to the homeless around Seoul Station in 2000. After a South Korean government program was established to provide rice to the
homeless, the Yongsan Catholic Community worked through local religious leaders to find organizations for the rice donations. Over time, the organizations they contribute to expanded to the current four: Euphrasia House, Friends without Borders, Gasan Migrant Workers Camp and Feed the Poor. The rice is gathered during Catholic Mass on the second Sunday of each month at the South Post and Main Post Chapels. The Yongsan Catholic Community currently donates approximately 800 pounds of rice per month, distributing it equally to each organization. “These rice donations demonstrate the compassion and commitment of the Yongsan Catholic Community’s parishioners and volunteer leaders,” said Buckon, “and the enduring nature of this program reflects the highest values of their faith and the nation they serve.”
The Yongsan Garrison Catholic Community has donated more than 100,000 pounds of rice to local charities since 2000. — Courtesy photo.
The Army’s Funded Legal Education Program
YONGSAN GARRISON – The Office of The Judge Advocate General (OTJAG) is now accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Under this program, the Army projects sending up to 25 active duty commissioned officers to law school at government expense if funding permits. Selected officers will attend law school beginning the Fall of 2010 and will remain on active duty while attending law school. Interested officers should review Chapter 14, AR 27-1 (The Judge Advocate General’s Funded Legal Education Program) to determine their eligibility. This program is open to commissioned officers in the rank of second lieutenant through captain. Applicants must have at least two but not more than six years of total active Federal service at the time legal training begins. Eligibility is governed by statute (10 U.S.C. 2004) and is non-waivable. Eligible officers interested in applying should immediately register for the earliest offering of the Law School Admission Test. Applicants must send their request through command channels, to include the officer’s branch manager at AHRC, with a copy furnished to the Office of The Judge Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PT (Ms. Yvonne Caron10th Floor), 1777 North Kent Street, Rosslyn, VA 22209-2194, to be received before 1 November 2009. Submission of the application well in advance of the deadline is advised. Interested officers in Area I should contact the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 2nd Infantry Division at DSN 732-8796. Interested officers in Area II and III should contact the Office of the Judge Advocate, UNC/USFK/EUSA at DSN 723-6353. Interested officers in Area IV should contact the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at DSN 768-7258.
August 7 - 13
CASEY 730-7354 HENRY 768-7724 HUMPHREYS 753-7716 HOVEY 730-5412 KUNSAN 782-4987 OSAN 784-4930 RED CLOUD 732-6620 STANLEY 732-5565 YONGSAN 738-7389
G-FORCE (PG) 6:30 p.m. LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 8:30 p.m. HARRY POTTER (PG) 7 p.m.
G-FORCE (PG) 6:30 p.m. DRAG ME TO HELL (PG-13) 8:30 p.m. HARRY POTTER (PG) 1 / 7 p.m.
UP (PG) 6:30 p.m. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 8:30 p.m. HARRY POTTER (PG) 3 p.m. THE HANGOVER (R) 7 p.m. G-FORCE (PG) 3:30 p.m. LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13)6:30 / 9 p.m. G-FORCE (PG) 7 p.m.
UP (PG) 7:30 p.m.
THE HANGOVER (R) 7:30 p.m.
LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 7 p.m.
G-FORCE (PG) 6:30 p.m. LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 9 p.m. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 7 p.m.
G-FORCE (PG) 3:30 p.m. LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13)6:30 / 9 p.m. TEARS OF THE SUN (R) 5 p.m. UP (PG) 7:30 p.m.
THE HANGOVER (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
THE HANGOVER (R) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
IMAGINE THAT (PG) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
IMAGINE THAT (PG) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 7 p.m.
ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG) 7 p.m.
THE HANGOVER (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
THE HANGOVER (R) 6 / 8:30 p.m. ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG) 1 / 6 p.m. STAR TREK (PG-13) 3:30 p.m. THE HANGOVER (R) 8:30 p.m THE HANGOVER (R) 7 p.m.
MY LIFE IN RUINS (PG-13) 6 p.m. IMAGINE THAT (PG) 8:30 p.m. ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG) 1 / 6 p.m. STAR TREK (PG-13) 3:30 p.m. THE HANGOVER (R) 8:30 p.m MY LIFE IN RUINS (PG-13) 7 p.m.
HARRY POTTER (PG-13) 6 p.m.
ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG-13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG) 7 p.m.
HOTEL FOR DOGS (PG) 1 p.m. ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG) 7 p.m.
THE HANGHOVER (R) 7 p.m.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 7 p.m.
HARRY POTTER (PG) 6:30 p.m. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 9 p.m. TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13) 7 p.m. X-MEN ORIGINS (PG-13) 9:00 p.m. ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG) 5:30 / 8:30 p.m. GHOST OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST (PG-13) 6 p.m. CHARLOTTE’S WEB (G) 6 p.m.
UP (G) 7 p.m.
IMAGINE THAT (PG) 7 p.m.
DRAG ME TO HELL (PG-13) 7 p.m.
HARRY POTTER (PG) 7 p.m. DRAG ME TO HELL (PG-13) 9 p.m. ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.
HARRY POTTER (PG) 7 p.m.
THE HANGOVER (R) 7 p.m.
ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG) 7 / 9 p.m. MY LIFE IN RUINS (PG-13) 7 p.m. LAND OF THE LOST (PG-13) 3:30 / 6 p.m. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 3:30 / 6 p.m.
MY LIFE IN RUINS (PG-13) 7 p.m. MY LIFE IN RUINS (PG-13) 7 p.m. AUGUST RUSH (PG) 3:30 / 6 p.m. BOLT (PG) 3:30 / 6 p.m.
ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. DRAG ME TO HELL (PG-13) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m
IMAGINE THAT (PG) 7 p.m. DANCE FLICK (PG-13) 3:30 / 6 p.m. CORALINE (G) 3:30 / 6 p.m.
IMAGINE THAT (PG) 7 p.m. BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA (PG) 3:30 / 6 p.m. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) 3:30 / 6 p.m.
U.S. ID card holders enjoy free movies courtesy of Army MWR at U.S. Army installations in Korea.
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Area II Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday 0930 1030 1100 0800 0930 1100 1230 1430 0910 1330 1830 0930 0510 1000 Brian Allgood Hospital K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Collective Sunday Gospel Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday 1000 1000 1030 1100 1100 1100 1100 1100 1100 Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Memorial Chapel, Casey Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel Stanley Chapel 1230 1930 1300 1900 1840 1800 1830 1830 1830 CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Jackson Auditorium Camp Stanley Chapel Casey Stone Chapel Camp Castle Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel
Area III Worship Schedule
1100 1100 1300 1700 1900 1930 Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel Freedom Chapel
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Friday Korean Tuesday Wednesday 1000 1030 1700 1215 1300 1900 1900 1830 Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Liturgical Sunday Contemporary Sunday Traditional Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday Korean Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday KATUSA Tuesday
COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Sunday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Thursday
Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0900 0900 1830 Annex 2 Chapel Freedom Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Annex 2 Chapel
Mass Sunday 0900 1130 1700 Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Early Morning Service (Korean) Mon-Sat Episcopal Sunday
Every 2nd Friday
For information, contact Corey Ringer at [email protected]
, or call 753-3909
Jewish Worship Service
Every Friday at 1900 - Camp Walker Chapel, Classroom #1
Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday 1130 0900 1215 0930 Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel
Catholic Mass Saturday Sunday Sunday Mon/Fri Tues/Wed 1st Sat. 1700 0800 1130 1205 1205 0900 1900 Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel
The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: www.usfk.mil/org/FKCH/Index.html?/org/FKCH/Contents/mission.htm for helpful links and information.
West Casey Chapel
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG-Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David B. Crary: [email protected]
, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Terry E. Jarvis: [email protected]
, 738-4043 Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr.: [email protected]
, 736-3018 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.-P) Klon K. Kitchen, Jr.: [email protected]
, 753-7274 Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Flores: [email protected]
, 753-7042 USAG-Red Cloud/Casey 2ID Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jonathan Gibbs: [email protected]
, 732-7998 Red Cloud Chaplain (Lt. Col) David Acuff: [email protected]
, 732-6169 USAG-Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Kwon Pyo: [email protected]
, 764-5455 Chaplain (Capt.) Billy Graham: [email protected]
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Yongsan Community checks out hot rides at auto and cycle show
Car category Best overall: Brandon Timm, 2002 Mazda Protege 5 Best wheel and tire: Jamie Wahl, Dodge Ram Best engine compartment: Billy Epperson, Chevy Corvette Motorcycles category Under 1200CC 1st Place: Chong Song-han, 2008 Honda Korea 2nd Place: Constantine Panayiotou, 2001 Harley Davidson 1200 XLC Over 1200CC 1st Place: Scott Hartigan, 2002 Harley Davidson Fatboy 2nd Place: Rodney Lamberson, 2000 Harley Davidson Fatboy Sports bikes 1st Place: Aundrey Clark 2008 Honda CBR RR 2nd Place: Elizabeth Aabon 2007 Yamaha YZF-600 B6
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Three important decisions to make before adopting Rover
By MAJ Jennifer Beck Marianne Campano 65th Medical Brigade YONGSAN GARRISON — The unconditional love, snuggling and laughter that dogs provide can benefit you physically, psychologically and even socially. In the high operational tempo of Korea, spending playful time with a pet can help lower your anxiety and stress, and even reduce your blood pressure. Additionally, dog owners are more likely to get out and walk than non-dog owners. Research studies have shown that for children; owning a pet enhances self-esteem, teaches responsibility and respect towards other living beings, and that these children are more involved in sports, hobbies, clubs and even chores. Bringing a pet into your life is a major decision, and one that you have to make sure you are prepared for. It is essential that you understand the cost of pet ownership. In Korea, most newly acquired pets are dogs, and the cost to maintain a dog is far more than just dog food and cute accessories. Within the Military system basic vaccines and preventive medicine costs are around $35-$50 per visit, and puppies require around 3-4 visits. This amount is considerably less than in private civilian practices, but nevertheless, can be a significant expense over time. Also, all pets belonging to SOFA personnel are required to have a microchip (USFK Reg 40-5, and USFC Command Policy Letter #49), at a cost of around $15.00. Not only is the microchip necessary for Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) purposes, but it is a reliable means to identify your pet in case it gets lost or stolen. Another major expense is the cost of shipping your pet home, which may cost upwards of $700. It is also important to have your pet spayed or neutered, so they cannot reproduce. This costs approximately $100.00-150.00 at most military veterinary facilities, when available. If this amount is too much, then it is best not to buy a pet. Financially providing for your dog is a big part of being a responsible dog owner. It’s not fair to the pet or your family to get one for just a year. Pets are not disposable. If you are prepared for the cost of dog ownership, another consideration is the breed of dog. Look at the needs of your family, especially if you have children, and think about the size, energy level and age of your new dog. Regardless of breed, every dog needs routine exercise and training, so make sure your schedule will allow for that. Unfortunately many behavior problems are the result of excess energy, and many dogs are given up or euthanized all because they did not get enough exercise. As odd as it sounds, the shape of your dog’s snout is also an important consideration too, because dogs with short snouts and smooshed faces have more difficulty breathing and therefore are more susceptible to overheating and may not do well during international travel. Those Bulldogs and pugs are very cute, but they aren’t without major medical issues. The bottom line is: do your research before selecting a breed. Finally, determine where you will get your new dog and exercise CAUTION whenever you buy a puppy. Across the pen peninsula, vet clinics have been flooded with sick puppies, often so sick that they die within a few weeks. Local procedures may result in the separation of puppies from their mothers prematurely, and as a result, the puppies do not get the important maternal antibodies necessary to fight disease. In Korea two major viruses are common causes of disease in puppies: Parvo virus, and Distemper virus, both of which can be deadly, and expensive to treat ($400.00 and up for most cases). The diseases and parasites these puppies carry can be contagious to both humans, especially children, and other dogs, so if you do have a new puppy, get them to the vet clinic as soon as possible for vaccines and deworming, and don’t let them around other dogs, especially puppies. Young puppies must be seen regularly by a veterinarian to receive immunizations, just like children require immunizations by your family physician. A wonderful resource for new dogs is your Military vet clinic or humane society on the economy where numerous dogs and cats are available for adoption. The sense of satisfaction that you’ll have in giving a dog a good home and potentially saving their lives is an added benefit to the joys that pet ownership can bring. Pet own ownership is a major commitment that requires careful planning and dedication. But, if you can truly open your heart and home to a dog, the benefits are almost endless. For more information, please contact the Yongsan Vet Clinic at 738-5145. The 106th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) also has vet clinics at Camp Red Cloud, Osan Air Base, and Camp Walker. For more information, go to the 65th Medical Brigade website at http://www.korea.amedd.army. mil/about.asp,and click on Veterinary.
The benefits of dog ownership
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These dogs are ready for adoption at the Yongsan Veterinary Clinic. Phone 738-5145 or stop by to learn more. — U.S. Army photo by Capt. Nhianh Luong
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Soldier earns culinary recognition through hard work
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Pfc. Tiana Carroll (right), a food specialist at 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Talon Café recently won runner-up honors in the Private through Specialist Category, 2nd Quarter Soldier Culinarian board for culinary achievements. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ma Ju-ho By Pfc. Ma Ju-ho get the recognition they deserve. Café recently won runner-up honors in 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs However, each quarter at U.S. Army the Private through Specialist Category, Garrison Humphreys, the top Soldier 2nd Quarter Soldier Culinarian board for HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Food culinarians are recognized for their culinary achievements. specialists have some of the longest duty days performance with awards. “It’s a great honor,” said Carroll, 602nd in the Army. Most begin work at 4 a.m. They Pfc. Tiana Carroll, a food specialist Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd CAB. “It work while most Soldiers sleep and seldom at 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Talon was so quiet and I was a bit scared, but I
tried to concentrate and remember … and I thought about my drill sergeant who always motivated me. It helped me a lot.” Carroll, a Washington, D.C. native, was not an expert cook when she decided to join the Army. “I didn’t even know how to cook,” she said. “But I wanted to build structure in my life, with a job to be proud of. And I learned a lot from this job.” Carroll’s first assignment is here at Humphreys Garrison; she has been with 602nd for about seven months. As a food specialist, working at a dining facility has never been an easy job for her. “We come to work at four or five in the morning everyday to have meals ready. I’ve never worked this much before joining the Army, but even though this job is hard, I think it would help me to build my career,” she said. Learning how to cook and getting used to long working hours are challenges she’s already overcome. “I learned a lot of things through studying for the board, things that I couldn’t learn from my regular job,” said Carroll. “Some Soldiers may find the board a bit boring and complicated, but knowledge helps you to be a better Soldier. And at some point, when you get to a leader’s position, it will help you to teach others, too.” Carroll said she wants to learn many other things in the Army besides her job. She is also planning to enroll in college courses and study as much as she can. “Education is one of the best opportunities you can get from the Army. You should take full advantage of it,” she said.
By Pfc. Ma Ju-ho 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
Harris committed to serving fellow Soldiers and the Army 24/7
H U M P H R EY S G A R R I S O N — Soldiers may face diverse problems while in the Army and sometimes it is not easy for them to solve those problems on their own. Fortunately, there are people and resources available to help Soldiers through difficult times. One of the people who can help is Master Sgt. Mark T. Harris, the Equal Opportunity Advisor for 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade and Area III. Harris can help Soldiers with problems, no matter what they are. As the EO advisor, Harris’s job is to ensure that no one feels any kind of discrimination based on their race, sex, age, or national origin. Or, if they feel they have been discriminated against, he can help them resolve the issue. Harris constantly talks with Soldiers and other Army members to help them deal with the issues that might interfere with their job performance. But, in fact, it has not been that long since he started to work as an EO advisor. Harris was a senior drill sergeant and first sergeant of a Basic Combat Training Company at Fort Jackson, S.C. before he became an EO professional. “Becoming a drill sergeant was instrumental for me to understand my Soldiers better,” Harris said. “I wanted to help them adjust better to the Army and I
Master Sgt. Mark T. Harris, the Equal Opportunities Advisor for 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade and Area III, gives a lecture to NCOs and officers during an Equal Opportunity Leaders course here Monday. He was promoted to Master Sergeant after more than 22 years of service and still works day and night for his Soldiers’ better quality of life. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ma Ju-ho wanted it to be first hand.” Consequently, his concern for the wellbeing of Soldiers expanded to the whole Army. He decided to study mediation in the
EO training course, so he “could continue to serve not only Soldiers, but everyone in the Army while still doing (his) job as a noncommissioned officer.” “We make up one of the most diverse organizations on earth. So it is very important to recognize different geographical and cultural backgrounds of each one of us. It’s not easy for anyone, but we choose not to relinquish our Army values,” Harris said. Harris talks with Soldiers who come to his office and advises commanders and senior NCOs on their EO issues. He works alone, but he thinks he is “responsible for every Soldier in this installation.” And his faith to be there for every Army member leads him to his excellence. “I’m available 24/7, seven days a week, whenever they want to talk with me. I also take care of their real life problems even they are not related to the EO issue,” Harris said. He also gives lectures and runs several EO classes throughout the year. As busy as he is, he is “still happy to be here,” for his fellow troops. “I think my labor and sweat paid off for me,” Harris said. After 22 years of service, from an infantryman to an EO Advisor for 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade and USAG-Humphreys, he still finds himself motivated and having fun. And he will continue to do his best and always be there for everyone in the Army.
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News & Notes
Freedom Road Traffic Signs Two stop signs on Freedom Road have been removed affecting traffic flow along Freedom Road and the intersection of Walmsley Road and Oflahavan Street (near the Chapel) in efforts to reduce traffic congestion. Vehicles traveling on Freedom Road at this intersection are still requried to yield to personnel utilizing pedestrian crosswalks. Please use caution in this area due to change in traffic flow. Temporary Closure Notice The Burger King trailer near MP Hill will be closed Aug. 11-12 for maintenance. It will resume normal working hours Aug. 13. For more information, please call 753-6870. Customer Service Assessment It is nearly time for the annual Customer Service Assessment survey to capture feedback on the services you receive here. Your voice can make a difference in changing the quality of life at USAG-Humphreys. The survey begins late August and will close mid-September. For more information contact Sandra Peckins, Installation Customer Service Officer at 754-8060. CFC Unit Coordinators Training The Combined Federal Campaign Mandatory Training for Unit Coordinators and key Persons will take place at Bldg. 544, third floor briefing room, 9 a.m., Sept. 23. For more information please contact Suzanne Castillo, CFC Community Area Project Officer, Military Personnel Division, at 753-7327. Homeschooling Spouses Get Together The monthly Homeschooling Spouses Get Together will discuss the balancing act of juggling life and homeschooling at the same time. The event will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10 at Family Housing Bldg. 510, Apt. 108. Contact Elisabeth Townley at [email protected]
or 010-31440352 for more information. Women’s Equality Day The Area III Equal Opportunity Office presents Women’s Equality Day to celebrate women’s right to vote at the USAG-Humphreys Post Theater, 11:30 a.m., Aug. 26. This event is free for all participants. For more information contact Master Sgt. Harris at 753-8078. Humphreys American School Here are some upcoming events at HAS: New student orientation is Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the HAS cafeteria. Parents can attend either session. Meet and greet teachers 2-3 p.m., Aug. 28. Registration ongoing, stop by and register your children today. Office hours 7 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. weekdays. Please contact 753-8894 for more information. Law Enforcement Day The USAG-Humphreys Military Police will host Law Enforcement Day Sat., Aug. 15. Activities begin at Independence Park with a 5k run at 8:30 a.m. Starting 10 a.m. there will be booths, contests and food. Furnishings Management Branch Furnishings Management Branch Bldg. 793 will be closed for pickup and delivery for AFH/ UPH furniture and appliances Aug. 19-21 for inventory. Call 753-3530 for more information. We want to publish your stories and photos in The Morning Calm Weekly and on the USAGHumphreys Command Channel. Please send any information or products to Ken Hall at the USAGHumphreys Public Affairs Office at 754-8847 or [email protected]
AFTB provides insight into the Army way of life
By Joni Ramsey USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Army Family Team Building has much to offer Soldiers and Family Members at USAGHumphreys – promotion points, weekend passes, tons of useful information. AFTB is a volunteer-led organization, governed by the Department of the Army, dedicated to educating all of the Army family, including Soldiers, Family Members and Civilians. It offers three levels of classes for a range of audiences from new Army members to experienced key players in the community. Commanders have taken a positive role in encouraging soldiers and Family Members to attend AFTB classes. In June, Lt. Col. Erik Rude, commander of 3rd Battalion 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, invited AFTB to speak at the battalion’s Family Readiness Group meeting. FRG members got a brief lesson on the chain of command and learned about how they could benefit from AFTB classes. “I’m a firm believer that when soldiers have healthy relationships with their spouses, they are better performers on the job,” says Rude. “They can keep their mind in the game when they know their spouse can take care of things in their absence.”
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Because AFTB teaches Army basics, including how to read a Leave and Earnings Statement, community resources and military acronyms, Rude has offered a threeday pass to any single Soldier or spouse in his battalion who takes AFTB Level I.
“Our main focus is to enable our spouses. Even the soldiers can benefit from Level I,” Rude said. Soldiers staff sergeant and below can earn four promotion points by attending 40 hours of AFTB or other ACS classes. Some commanders even let Soldiers take time off from their normal duties to attend classes. “The Army has to include the Family into its planning. Not taking care of [Soldiers with] Family Members would be a huge distracter to the Soldier and could potentially make that Soldier combat ineffective,” said Capt. Andrew Brown, Commander, Alpha Company, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion. AFTB is looking for community members interested in instructing classes. AFTB instructor training is scheduled for Aug. 11 and 12. If you would like to attend AFTB classes or invite AFTB to speak at your FRG or military training session, please contact Joni Ramsey at [email protected]
or call Army Community Service at 753-8401.
Humphreys TRICARE team gears up with new Medical Center
Liz Henderson (left) and Suzanne Pitchford (right), Humphreys TRICARE representatives, assist a patient getting on the TRICARE courtesy van. The courtesy van is available by reservation to patients traveling to Dankook University Hospital. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Kim Hyung-joon By Joni Ramsey USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON — About a year ago, the Humphreys troop medical clinic was small and ill-equipped to serve the growing number of Families here. If you had a TRICARE question, you had to call the Yongsan TRICARE service center. Things have changed here and, along with the transformation of the troop medical clinic into a family-centered healthcare facility, there is now a dedicated TRICARE beneficiary counseling and assistance coordinator and patient liaison. The Humphreys community welcomed new TRICARE representative Liz Henderson in February. As a TRICARE representative, her main focus is to educate members of the community on their TRICARE benefits. She also assists members with regional enrollment, filing claims and coordinating host nation hospital appointments. “TRICARE is one of the first inprocessing stops for many families. No matter how long you have been a TRICARE beneficiary, navigating the military health system can be confusing,” Henderson said. “Often families come into the office overwhelmed with adjusting to all the changes in moving to Korea. We want to make our beneficiaries’ transition as smooth as possible.” Patient liaison Suzanne Pitchford accompanies patients to Dankook University Hospital and helps them with administrative details at the Korean facility. “I am there to be a friendly face and do my best to settle any anxiety patients may have about visiting a host nation partnership hospital,” said Pitchford. Amber Lynn is a military spouse who has benefited from the TRICARE office here. “Liz Henderson has always assisted me in making sure that my referrals are processed quickly,” said Lynn. “Both ladies return all of my calls and do whatever they can to make the medical treatment process easier for me. They are always friendly and willing to help. I don’t think there could be two better people to fill these positions.” Ginger Lashley recently delivered her baby at Dankook University Hospital. “I used the TRICARE courtesy van several times, saving 30,000 won each trip,” she said. The courtesy van is available by reservation to patients Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Henderson encourages all new families in the community to stop into the TRICARE office to find out about all of their benefits in Korea. “Your eligibility for TRICARE does not change when you move, but your benefits may change, such as the TRICARE plan you are using,” said Henderson. The TRICARE office, located on the second floor of the Humphreys Medical and Dental Clinic, is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 753-7708 for more information.
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Humphreys Boy Scouts attend 2009 Korean Kudu Jamborette
scouting programs. At midday the American scouts ate lunch at a local restaurant with the KSA scouts, enjoying traditional Korean dishes such as Soy Bean Soup and Bi-bim Bop. At the end of the missions a very tired but happy group of boys from both troops rode the bus back to base camp that evening, where they retired to their camps in order to prepare their meals. The third day’s events consisted of testing scouting skills. The American scouts again linked up with a KSA host patrol and helped in navigating the round-robin style skill testing. They participated in such scout events as knot tying, fire starting, field cooking and archery. Both the Americans and Koreans did well in all of the events they participated in and received patches for their accomplishments. At the end of the day, they traded old patches with the other scouts from previous events they had attended. Our scouts were glad to have many of the unique patches from the Hong Kong and Korean scouts. The evening meal was a festival of flavors as the Korean hosts set up samples of each Korean Troop’s special dish. The boys tried many new meals, some which they liked more than others. The boys spent the evenings after meals attending the evening entertainment provided by the Korean hosts and socializing with their new neighbors. Sunday began with a light breakfast and the packing up the camp. The boys then made their final patch trades and said goodbye to their new friends. As noon approached they started the journey back to USAG-Humphreys and Seoul, bringing to an end the American’s adventure at the 2009 Korean Jamborette.
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By Thomas Bain Special to the Morning Calm Weekly HUMPHREYS GARRISON — A contingent of Boy Scouts from U.S. Army Garrisons Humphreys and Yongsan joined about 1,200 scouts from Korea, China and Hong Kong at the annual Korea Scout Association (KSA) Jamborette recently. Scoutmaster Wayne Clark, his son Andrew, and Joshua Nascimento, all from Troop 80 in Seoul represented Yongsan Garrison. Scoutmaster Thomas Bain and his son Tommy from Troop 203, Assistant Scoutmaster Charley Altvater, and James Altvater from Troop 86 based in Osan represented Humphreys. Scoutmaster Clark organized the American’s participation in the event and kept the scouts on track in order to take part in the Jamborette’s activities. He and his son lived with the Korean Scouts and acted as a liaison between them and the American Scouts. Scoutmaster Bain ran the American encampment with the help of assistant scoutmaster Altvater. The American Scouts had a great time meeting the other counties’ Scouts and learning about their organizations’ similarities and differences to the American scout program. Before the American Scouts arrived, Andrew Clark took first place in the KSA Ironman competition, which included a five kilometer mountain backpack hike, a 500 meter swim and a canoe race. Arrival day consisted of setting up camp and meeting the new neighbors. The location for this year’s Jamborette was a beautiful valley surrounded by high mountains covered in mature forests. The site had several creeks running into a large
Boy Scouts from Humphreys Troop 203 and Yongsan Garrison’s Troop 80 joined about 1,200 Scouts from Korea, China and Hong Kong at the recent Jamborette in Gyeong-ju. The American Scouts and their leaders are shown here: (left to right) Humphreys Scountmaster Tom Bain, Assistant Scoutmaster Charley Altvater, Andrew Clark, Tommy Bain, James Altvater, Yongsan Scoutmaster Wayne Clark and Joshua Nascimento. — Photo courtesy of Tom Bain lake where rafting was taking place. The remote nature of the location added to the camping experience that the scouts thoroughly enjoyed. The boys learned the Korean Scouts next to their camp had a love for baseball and they played catch for a while. The scouts then attended the Jamborette’s opening ceremony which featured a great light show and a series of Korean performers from both the KSA and local popular talents such as the B-Boys break dancing group. The second day involved a hike around the historic city of Gyeong-Ju, famous for the kings of the Silla dynasty. The boys had to discover many artifacts and landmarks as part of a mission to complete a series of tasks. It was, in effect, a treasure hunt to find the historic places used by the kings and a great adventure for the boys as they moved from location to location. The American Scouts would have had a very difficult time navigating the city were it not for the help of the leaders and scouts of KSA Troop 7 who guided them through the stops and helped in making this an enjoyable event. This was a fantastic opportunity for the two Scouting organizations to work together and achieve a common goal. The teambuilding helped strengthen the mutual respect of the two
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs
‘The Army has taught me a very valuable lesson in life … it’s taught me who I am’
Dix, N.J. with a drill sergeant up close in my face, yelling instructions at me, I realized it was time to woman-up and stand up for myself,” said Potter. “My drill sergeant was a great role model to get me started in my Army career.” Potter graduated from advanced individual training as a transportation specialist and reported to her first duty station in Fort Carson, Colo. “In the beginning, I didn’t really care much about my NCOs at my first permanent party assignment,” said Potter. “They sounded like my mom and my dad and I believed I didn’t need their opinions because I had too many of my own. As time went on, and I saw the NCOs doing what they do – taking care of us – I figured out they really made me part of a new family away from home. I got a birthday card from my squad leader during that time and that motivated me to want to be an NCO so I can take of Soldiers, too.” Potter said parents entrust the lives of their children to NCOs and that Soldiers’ well-being has been the focus of her career. “I still remember my NCO induction ceremony and it’s one of the proudest moments of my life,” said Potter. “From that moment, I became responsible for the lives and morale of other Soldiers, and also their futures. Everyone in my section is enrolled in college and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to complete at least an associate’s degree by the end of your first enlistment contract.” When Potter began her Army career, she planned to serve only 20 years. Now she plans to stay active duty up to 25 years. “When I retire, I plan on running my own catering business and I know it’ll be around the military because I love working with Soldiers,” she said. “The Army has taught me a very valuable lesson in life … it’s taught me who I am.”
HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Master Sgt. Ruth Potter, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion has spent the past 21 years in the U.S. Army, but joining the Army was a choice she almost never made. Potter had finished her third year of undergraduate study at the University of Virginia in 1988 when she went to a U.S. Marine recruiting office to enlist, just as her stepfather, (then an active duty Marine sergeant major) did 20 years before her. The recruiter told Potter she was welcome to proceed with enlistment into the Marines but there was a familiar catch-phrase ringing in the back of her mind that motivated her to walk a few more doors down the hallway to the Army’s recruiting office. “When I came home from the recruiting office that day my family thought I was joking when I told them I had enlisted in the Army and not the Marines,” said Potter. “I looked up at the Army sign on the door and saw the slogan ‘Be all you can be’ and knew that was me and what I was going for.” Two months passed as Potter continued to tell her Family that she had enlisted in the Army and not the Marines when the Army recruiter finally came by one day to pick her up for travel to basic training. “My Family still didn’t believe I had joined the Army even with the recruiter standing at our front door,” she said. Prior to her Army enlistment, Potter knew discipline and was looking forward to her senior year of college and
Master Sgt. Ruth Potter, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall graduation. Moving out of the college dormitory and into society was something she had to do. “I wanted to go places and be independent, not relying on my parents who were paying my way through school,” she said. “After my first week in Army basic training at Fort
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Daegu Garrison holds town hall
By USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP WALKER — Soldiers, Family Members and Civilians filled the Camp Walker Chapel Fellowship Hall on the evening of July 28 when US Army Garrison Daegu held their first town hall meeting of the year. Ready to answer questions from the community were Daegu Garrison Commander Col. Terry D. Hodges, Command Sgt. Maj. David Abbott, Deputy Garrison Commander Bill Christman and some 20 other personnel representing virtually every service provider in the Daegu area. Hodges took a few minutes to open his first Daegu town hall by explaining the way ahead at the Garrison and a little bit about what being a focal area for tour normalization in Korea will mean to the community. He also stressed that it is not just the Garrison but the community members that help make Daegu a station of choice and winner of an Army Community of Excellence Award. Then, with the cameras of AFN Korea rolling to catch the action, the floor was
‘Safety Guy’teaches pet safety to childeren
Daegu Garrison Commander Col. Terry D. Hodges is giving a speech during Daegu Garrison’s first town hall meeting.— U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Park Kyung-rock opened up for questions. These ranged from child care issues at Camp Carroll to the closure of the AAFES Shoppette at Camp George, housing office procedures and utility bills, veterinary services and drivers license tests, spouse welcome aboard briefings to playgrounds (or, the lack thereof ). At the conclusion of the meeting, all were able to enjoy the pizzas provided courtesy of AAFES, as they networked with leaders, service providers and each other in search of ways to make the community better. Look here in the area IV section of the Morning Calm Weekly and on the USAG Daegu Web site http://ima.korea.army.mil/ areaiv/ as answers to community questions get posted and the Garrison works through some of the issues raised. Stay tuned for the next Town Hall which should be taking place sometime in October of this year.
Mr. Charles Ryan dressed up as the ‘Safety Guy’ and taught pet safety using childeren’s books.— U.S. Army photo by Stephanie K. Strong By Charles Ryan 19th ESC Safety Manager Recently the 19th ESC Safety Manager, Charles Ryan, read a children’s book at the Camp Walker Library ‘Story Hour’. Dressed up as the ‘Safety Guy,’ Ryan read books that taught children and adults about the dangers of petting stray dogs, or dogs they don’t know. “You should always ask the pet’s owner ‘May I pet your dog?’ before just reaching out” explained Mr. Ryan. “Dogs have feelings and moods too; so think safety first! This is the best way to stay safe around dogs and pets.”
Learn Korean language with ACS
By Kim A-yeon USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP HENRY — If you want to learn Korean but you don’t know where to learn, don’t hesitate! Have you ever heard of the Korean Class at Army Community Service? Camp Henry’s ACS prepares Korean classes for Soldiers, Civilians and their family members. You can choose a class according to your Korean linguistic ability after enrollment. Enrollment is very simple. You just need to sign the resister. ACS has three class levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. An intern from Kyungpook National University teaches Beginner Class. It is
(TOP) Kyungbook University student intern Seo Jung-Jung is conducting her Korean language class for beginners with students of Hunsa Nile, Vivian Thomas and Melo Jane. D. Welch (BOTTOM) Melo Jane D. Welch, student at Korean Class smiles holding a her Korean Name Card.— U.S. Army photos by Kim A-yeon
open from 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday morning. You can have a chance to talk with a young Korean. To more learn, you can take Intermediate or Advanced Class instructed by ACS volunteers. Intermediate class is held from noon to 1 p.m. on every Thursday and Advanced Class is the same time every Monday and Thursday. In a typical Beginner Class on Aug. 4, Seo Jung-Jung, an intern at ACS, prepared a handout for her students. Most students of Beginner Class are not good at Korean or are new to Korea. They learn Korean by various ways. One day they sang a Korean child song, on the other day they made Korean names and learned Konglish (Korean English) words. Seo said, “I want not only to teach Korean language but also Korean culture because my students are unfamiliar with Korea.” Vivian Thomas, Civilian Family Member said, “I want to learn Korean language and culture. I enjoy the class and the enthusiasm of the instructor. I hope the class is continued.” “I learn Korean little by little everyday,” another family member, Melo Jane D. Welch said, “I will keep studying Korean with ACS. As I learn Korea and Korean culture I feel better that I understand more.” When Melo was in trouble with Korean landlord, she learned how to say some Korean sentences at the class. Also when Hunsa Nile, military spouse, wanted to know how to eat Korean Barbeque at local restaurant, she asked the instructor and learned how to eat. Nile added, “I want to learn more Korean language and Korean culture. I would like to be able to do some conversation in Korean. To make my wish, this class is really helpful. Also I’ve met a lot of spouses at the class. If — See KOREAN Page 27 —
Camps George and Henry Water is Good
The inspection of water tower work on the Camp Henry and Camp George is now complete. — U.S. Army photo by Kim, Moon Hee By USAG-Daegu Public Affairs The required structural inspection of Camp Henry water tank is complete. The USAG Daegu Department of Public Works (DPW) has filled the tank, tested the drinking water and found it to be potable. Now it is fine to drink water on Camp Henry and George. Thank you for your cooperation during the inspection. For more information, contact Joe Wendl at 764-4421.
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Office Spotlight: Human Resources
By Christopher E. Miller and Christopher J. Mead USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP HENRY — When you hear “human resources” what comes to mind? Most people would say that HR handles personnel matters. But Daegu Garrison’s Directorate of Human Resources does a lot more than just personnel. Of course, one of their main goals is taking care of the “human capital” which comprises Daegu Garrison They deal with both Military and Civilian personnel processes, U.S. and Korean as well. They are in charge of the Official and Consolidated mail rooms. DHR also runs substance abuse programs, and includes Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) which helps Soldiers transition out of the military gives then a head start towards a new career. Don’t forget the ID card, CAC and DEERS sections; they are also part of DHR, as is the Transition Center and the Army Continuing Education Division. “I don’t believe many people realize that the DHR is comprised of multiple functional areas,” said Stephanie Williams, director of DHR. “To include: ID Card Section; military personnel; civilian personnel, including Department of the Army Civilians, Korean Nationals, students,
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Come enjoy Samgsum Lion Probaseball game 5:00 p.m. Friday Aug 15. The game will be held at Daegu Citizen’s Stadium, baseball field. The bus will depart from Commissary parking lot and the other from HQ building Daegu Garrison at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are First come, First served. Tickets can be picked from Public Affairs Office, Daegu Garrison. For more information, please contact [email protected]
Apple Tree gift store is now hiring. There are two positions available: Assistant Manger and Bookkeeper. Please stop by the Apple Tree for details. For more information please contact Kelly Abbott, manager at 053-474-0884. Would you like a traditional Korean Meal with our wonderful Korean Hosts? WHO: Soldiers, DA Civilians, Family Members WHEN: You decide the date!!! WHERE: Residence of our Good Neighbor WHY: Promote ROKUS friendship and community For information, call 768-6684/7851. All SOFA military, civilian (APF/NAF), contractors and Family Members must be registered in the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System(ADPAAS). It takes about 10 minutes. Sponsors can register family members. When an exercise is called, each sponsor must go on-line to ADPAAS and let the Army know where you and your family are. For information, call 768-8968. Syncadd Systems, Inc will be conducting a space and manpower survey of buildings on Camps Henry, Walker, and Carroll until September 2009. They will be using a laser measuring device to record the dimensions of garrison facilities. They will also be photographing building exteriors, which has been approved by USAG Daegu. Please afford them access to the facilities to complete this project. For information, call 768-8760. If you want to meet other gamers in Korea, then you can just provide your Gamer tag or Online ID at your local USAG Daegu Gaming Corner. Sign up at your Community Activity Center Today! You will have a chance to organize and compete against other local teams. If you want to advertise any events or information for the Area IV community in the Morning Calm Weekly, please send an e-mail to Cpl. Park Kyungrock, [email protected]
or 768-8070 for Camp Walker, Henry and George and contact Cpl. Lee Dodam, [email protected]
for Camp Carroll.
We Want Your Stories USAG Daegu Gaming Building Survey Notification Register in ADPAAS now! Korean Home Visitation Now Hiring!
Marleen Rosalie (left) chief of administrative services, and Director of the Human Resources Directorate Stephanie Williams get their heads together to plan how best to take care of the many people that depend on their services. — U.S. Army photo by Christopher E. Miller contract personnel and others; Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programs; and the official and consolidated mail facilities.” What exactly are the differences between “official” and “consolidated” mail? Williams explained: “The official mailroom takes care of the distribution operations and processing of controlled mail. For example, the official mailroom may address, handle and transmit mail to other U.S. Army or Federal organizations. “The consolidated mailroom delivers personal mail (bills, magazines, packages, etc.) to U.S. citizens living outside the United States. Although a mail box is located outside the consolidated mailroom, neither of the mail facilities (official or consolidated) personnel sell stamps or process outgoing mail being sent to friends and family back in the United States.” How do new employees get to Daegu Garrison? DHR has that answer as well. “In addition and through collaboration with the Civilian Human Resources Agency Far East, the DHR is responsible for hiring employees, advising management on — See OFFICE Page 27 —
15km Loop Race meets the Challenge
By Modesto C. Algarin Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Director CAMP CARROLL — For runners who find early morning races daunting and welcome the chance to idle over their breakfast and reading their Saturday paper, the 15 km “Loop Race” was the answer for the 40 runners who dared to the challenge to participate. The event was held at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 1. It offered runners the chance to test their spirits over the scenic run along the popular hills of both the BEQ and the gate #2 main strip, among other spots alone the challenging route through the intramurals of Camp Carroll, Waegwan. Established in 2006, the 15 km “Loop Race” boasts a distinguished history as is one of the two longest distance races offered at Camp Carroll, Daegu Area. The mission of the Camp Carroll Sports Running Program is to provide our community with then yet another sports, leisure activity conducted in a safe environment that makes sure to build esprit de corps, support fitness goals, and
enhance community relations among our Soldiers, civilians, etc... The Men’s overall winner Thomas Marnoch established an early lead that he maintained from start to finish. He crossed the finish line in an impressive 56:57 almost four minutes difference from second place participant Mr. Patrick Noble who’s 1:00:45 time was overalls second best. In the women’s category Alice Kim stopped the clock at 1:11:19 while Amanda Fisher ran to a second best in the same division with a time of 1:19:02.
KAFC hosts 11th closing ceremony at Novotel
By Pfc. Adrianna N. Lucas 19th ESC Public Affairs DAEGU — The 11th Korean American Friendship Circle opens the night with live entertainment, awards and plenty of laughs at the Novotel Hotel Daegu July 12. The closing dinner ceremony signifies the end of a semester for the college interns participating in the good neighbor program that allows them to serve under 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command for college credit. Both American and Korean sponsors of the program host an opening and closing dinner Students from the Lincoln House Daegu School opened the 11th Korean American Friendship for the students coming from eight different circle with a percussion performance. — U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Adrianna N. Lucas universities in the Daegu community area. The night opened with live performances Brian S. Connie. Once all the certificates were “I learned how to coordinate an event from students of the Lincoln House Daegu presented to the interns and presented the from start to finish; we start with flyers and School. They performed Nanta, which is a awardees and the presenters came together then work on transportation and whatever for a group photo. percussion recital. else is needed for the event.” “What I learned from my internship here All the interns were then presented with As the night went on, dinner was served certificates of completion and outstanding with the 19th is better organizational and a slideshow of various activities the skills,” said Sarah Yeou from the interns took part in was shown. The crowd contributions to the KAFC by Brig. Gen. Xavier P. Lobeto, Commanding General Community Relations section, a student at laughed and reflected on the past semester of the 19th ESC and Command Sgt. Maj. Kyungpook National University. spent at Team 19.
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Pet of the Month: Sparky Kick it! Break it! and Scream it!
By Christopher E. Miller USAG-Daegu Public Affairs By Cpl. Lee, Dodam USAG-Daegu Public Affairs Adopt me? This is Sparky, the one year old Pomeranian mix. With a very rambunctious attitude, wonderful with adults and children, Sparky makes for the perfect pet. Was found on the 4th of July and would love to have a caring home. He is neutered and has already taken his first set of shots. If you would like to meet Sparky, or any of the other pets available for adoption, please contact the adoption center on Camp Walker at 764-4858. KATUSA Soldiers from Area IV participated in Taekwondo promotion test July 29 at the Camp Carroll Crown Jewel Fitness Center. Soldiers had been practicing for several months for this test. Official Taekwondo classes were offered every Wednesday afternoon after KATUSA mental training. Confirming their dedication and hard training, most of Soldiers passed the test successfully. The test was composed of many tasks including breaking wooden board, Pumsae (forms or literally, “quality Shapes of Strength”), kick and selfdefense. They are now hoping to transfer these skills to U.S. Soldiers which could be a barrier-breaking experience between the two cultures. “I think it was a very meaningful experience,” said Pfc. Lim, Eunkyu, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, Chaplain assistant. “Although I am Korean, it was first time learning Korean traditional martial arts. From the experience I got to understand our culture even better. I can’t wait to introduce Taekwondo to U.S. Soldiers in the near future.”
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performance matters and ensuring civilian personnel practices conform to various policies and procedures. DHR works hard to ensure personnel policies and practices are fair and equitable for all personnel.” Obviously there is a lot on DHR’s plate, but Williams enjoys the challenge. “As the Director, I feel privileged for the opportunity to share my experiences, knowledge and lessons learned with others that may benefit,” she said. “Our organization’s greatest resource is its people
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and as my personal tenet, I believe in taking care of people.” The rest of the people at DHR have a big hand in the success of the department. “The DHR staff is a seasoned group of people and genuinely care about the well-being of Soldiers, Family Members, civilians and others assigned to USAG-D,” Williams said. DHR is located in the Daegu Garrison Headquarters Building on Camp Henry.
KATUSA Soldiers participated in Taekwondo promotion test July 29 at Camp Carroll Crown Jewel fitness center. — U.S. Army photo by So Ki-chun
spouses have baby sitters or the class opens at Camp George, I think more spouses will attend the class.” Surprisingly Korean classes at ACS are free. You don’t need pay for learning Korean language and culture, but you can meet many friends of different nationalities and talk with native Koreans. “I always tell students my experience,” Seo said, “Though I am not a perfect English speaker, I can talk with any foreigners. Don’t try to be a perfect Korean speaker. And you don’t need to try to study Korean, but try to communicate and just enjoy talking with Korean.” Many people who want to learn any foreign languages feel a burden.
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But language is a part of their culture. Learning language is not difficult if you are open-minded to other cultures. For more information, please contact Camp Henry ACS at 768-7112 or 768-8799.
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AREA IV Job Opportunities
VACANCY Camps Henry, Walker , George GRADE LOCATION Supv Housing Spec Supv Human Resources Spec Human Resources Spec Supv Substance Abuse Spec Logistics Management Spec Current Ops Spec Social Worker Safety & Occu Health Spc Mechanical Engineer YC-2 YC-3 YA-2 YC-2 YA-2 GS-12 GS-12 YA-2 GS-11 GS-11 GS-12 GS-11
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ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER APF US CITIZEN POSITIONS KOEZ09096461 KOEZ09634972 KOEZ09963898 KOEZ09589904 KOEZ09632193 KOEZ09389039r KOEZ09626686 KOEZ09670772 KOEZ09430766R KOEZ0955397 KOEZ09652393 KOEZ09180319R1 NAF US CITIZEN POSITIONS Cf09-420 KRNAFEZ09-004-K4-R2 KRNAFEZ09-005-KR-R2
USAG, DPW, Housing CHRA, Area IV CPAC CHRA,, Area IV CPAC USAG, DHR, A&DCO Sus Cmd 403rd Spt Bde USAG DPTMS DFMWR, ACS Sus Cmd, 403rd Spt Bde USAG, DPW 501st SBDE AFSBN-NEA MSC-K
Aug 7 Aug 7 Aug 7 Aug 7 Aug 10 Aug 14 Aug 14 Aug 14 Aug 26 Aug 11 Aug 14 Aug 17
Camp Carroll Safety & Occu Health Spec Hvy Mobile Equip Mech Supv Safety & Occu Health Spec
Camps Henry, Walker , George CYS Facility Director CYS Functional Tech Spec CYS Program Assoc Tech Lab
NF-4 NF-4 NF-3
DFMWR, CDC DFMWR, CYSS DFMWR, SAS
Aug 10 Aug 20 Aug 24
NAF KN & 3RD COUNTRY FAMILY MEMBER POSITIONS SA-09-0834T Nursing Assistant
For more information, contact Employment Readiness Program Manager, Steven Wegley at 768-7951
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